Healing Ourselves and Our World
Healing is offered without judgment. Your religious or spiritual path is taken into consideration and respected. This healing work is informed by the ancient traditions of curanderismo and of Ayurveda. If you wish to receive Athena's free newsletter detailing specific healing techniques and other topics, you can subscribe to it on the contact page.
We are of the same Body as other people, animals, fish, plants, stone and minerals, the Earth, and all life in the Universe. This body is a manifestation of Spirit. Illness occurs when one does not live in balance with all these aspects of Self. The curandera or shaman sees illness in this framework and has the knowledge to guide the client back to balance with energy work such as Limpias and soul retrievals; plant medicines; lifestyle and diet changes; prayer and meditation; ceremony and gratitude.
The ancient healing system of Ayurveda, the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health system, empowers us to be healthy and realize our full potential. Ayurveda is like an owner's manual for your body.
This holistic healing system from India was derived from the Vedas thousands of years ago. It is not just a system to treat disease and imbalance, but a sophisticated method of creating enlightened people. You can find a few of the Ayurvedic remedies we use on the page, "Buy Plant Medicine". But, Ayurveda is a holistic system; not a collection of remedies.
It is recommended to make an appointment with the Vaidya before purchasing plant medicine. We begin by assessing your individual constitution and current condition. You will fill out the forms on this site, under the "More" button, so that we can determine your constitution (prakriti) and current condition (vakriti). The questions on these forms help describe your DNA by identifying certain genetic markers.
Therapies used by Ayurveda to empower you to achieve balance include, reflexology, specific diet, medicated oils, massage, sauna, medicated enemas, shirodhara (herbal oil poured over the pineal gland), color therapy, panchakarma (short description of this process further down the page), nasya (medicated oil in the nose), specific yoga, pranayam, prayer, meditation, surgery and other techniques. The sophistication and effectiveness of Ayurveda has never been equaled by any other medicine.
An issue presented for healing usually has many layers acquired through many lifetimes, and may require more than one session, using a variety of techniques for healing and resolution.
Here are some links to publications that can tell you more about Ayurveda:
Ayurvedic massage, panchakarma, beauty treatments will be available at our spa in Silver City, NM--not yet open.
Consultation at a Distance
This long-distance healing work is comprised of Determination of Constitution, a consultation for dietary and lifestyle changes according to Ayurveda, and a chakra clearing (limpia). It generally takes two hours. You will need to have a quiet place to lie down during the limpia where you can continue to talk on the phone or through skype.
Please contact Athena through the email on this site and arrange a time to talk. Then you can pay for that session here. You can then fill out the three forms on this site several days before your appointment. Fill out and submit the one called "Information for Office or Distance Appointment"; "Online Form for Constitution" and "Online Form to Determine Vakriti."
We will email each other with date and time that is convenient. After the appointment, Athena will email you with a summary of the consultation (excepting the limpia). If you would prefer to use a money order purchased at a US Post Office, rather than Paypal, mail $110 to HC68 Box 827, Mimbres, NM 88049, at least a week before the date agreed upon for your appointment. This option is only for those living in the United States. Please do not send any money order bought at a convenience store. The discount is only if it was purchased at a US Post Office, or it will be returned to you.
This session and the Soul Retrieval consist of energy work and Ayurveda. Athena does not do counseling.
Office Visit, reservation
Please email Athena at email@example.com to schedule your appointment. You can pay for that session in person. The fee is $120. This $25, to hold the appointment time, will be subtracted from the regular fee. Subsequent visits are $75. We do accept some barters if arranged in advance. There is a discount for cash.
Please fill out the three forms on this site several days before your appointment. Fill out and submit the one called "Information for Office or Distance Appointment"; "Online Form for Constitution" and "Online Form to Determine Vakriti."
We will email each other with date and time that is convenient. After the appointment, you will receive an email with a summary of the consultation (excepting the limpia).
This session and the Soul Retrieval consist of energy work and Ayurveda. Athena does not do counseling.
The Soul Retrieval is a Shamanic tool used to heal a person from imbalance. Illness can come from losing power or giving power away to something or someone. It may be otherworldly entities, or a living being who has an energetic cord attached to you and is sucking part of your soul away. Some people have generational soul loss that is passed down through the DNA. Soul loss can also be caused by sexual abuse, a traumatic experience, a car accident, a sudden death in the family, a violent crime, or a chronic illness.
These things can cause a loss of vital energy and that power must be restored to bring healing of body mind and spirit to the client .
The first part of the soul retrieval we call the Illumination. This is the work you do to bring up the heavy emotions around the issue you choose to work with; so they can finally be burned off. The wound is filled with light after this work is done.
The second part is work that the shaman does to bring back the missing "parts", to renegotiate any agreements that are not beneficial to you, to discover the source of the original wound and to bring back a gift or power animal waiting to help you.
First Office Visit
The energy work, known as Limpia, helps bring your energy back into balance to help you think more clearly and to be centered in calm strength. If you have had feelings of anger, tension, fear or discomfort the Luminous Body can be affected which influences your mental and physical bodies. The first Limpia usually done is a chakra clearing. The chakras are vortexes of energy that connect the soul and body. Heavy emotions can collect in these centers and filter the information that comes through. Having this shamanic clearing done can dispel the heavy energies and help you regain emotional, physical, spiritual and mental balance.
Panchakarma (“five therapeutic actions”) chikitsa (“treatment”) are physical therapies that thoroughly cleanse and purify the physical and mental impurities from the body and mind. This intensive, natural way of addressing the root causes of imbalance can help us live longer with more quality of life.
Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However due to one's repeated dietary indiscretions, hormonal changes, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, the digestive enzymes, metabolic cofactors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body's internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology-resulting in disease. Although most reasonable individuals recognize the value in maintaining a clean internal physiology, modern medicine has yet to accept this idea as a central tenet of healthcare and has therefore provided no practical guidance for detoxification therapies.
Through this protocol that can include sauna, herbs, special diet, nasya, mediated oils, color therapy, medicated enema and other techniques-- we will support and help you restore balance to reawaken your body’s natural healing mechanisms. We supply all of the food, tea, yoga and meditation therapies so that you can create a retreat at your own home. There are reduced fees for those (locals) doing panchakarma at home rather than the stayin with us. Unlike many health-promoting recommendations of Ayurveda, these are not self-administered therapies. It is essential that the therapy be supervised by a knowledgeable expert who can who knows what changes to make during the Panchakarma. This detoxification program is perhaps the "missing link" to restoring optimum function of our cells and tissues in many cases. Whether undertaken to prevent or treat disease, most people who avail themselves of authentic panchakarma chikitsa every two to three years will feel physically and mentally revitalized with a commensurate amelioration in many of the symptoms of menopause and premature aging. Following the physical panchakarma therapies, you will be advised to take a special category of herbal preparations known as rasayanas, for several weeks or months. Rasayanas are tonic medicines which, when given to an individual who has undergone panchakarma cleansing, increase the strength, vitality, and function of all the tissues of the body.
Reasons to Do Panchakarma
The world's largest facility for substance identification, the Chemical Abstracts Service in Columbus, Ohio, USA currently has more than 13 million artificial substances registered. At least 100,000 of these industrial commodities combine into a chemical “soup” which we constantly absorb through food, air and skin. A large percentage of the world's population suffers from environmentally induced diseases.
Most of the these environmental toxins are lipophils that accumulate in the fatty tissues of the body. These fat-soluble toxins are associated with a range of diseases such as hormone disruption, immune system suppression, allergies, diseases of the liver and skin, various types of cancer, neurological illness, reproductive disorders and deformities.
The techniques of panchakarma use non-toxic, lipophilic materials to loosen and remove lipid soluble toxicants from their deposited sites and stimulate their elimination. Panchakarma is one of the few therapies that focuses on the removal of toxins from the fat cells. This makes it the best liver cleansing procedure one can do. Cleansing the liver in this way clears chronic eczema and other skin problems.
Neurodegenerative Imbalances and Panchakarma.
Parkinson's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Eczema, Aspergers, Autism, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other Vata psychiatric disorders respond well to panchakarma. The holistic food-exercise-sauna and oil-based protocol known as “Panchakarma” has proven to be more effective than drugs for some chronic illnesses. This may be because fat-soluble drugs and toxins tend to be metabolized through the liver and are difficult to remove. Panchakarma subtly removes these toxins with procedures that work synergistically, while maintaining the harmony of natural body functions. The purifying and eliminating actions of this system first dislodge the toxins from the cells and then flush them through the digestive system.
Some of the many therapies that can be used during the five to ten days of panchakarma are--oleation, herbs, special diet, Ayurvedic sauna, and different medicated oils for: massage, in the nose, poured over the pineal gland, for enemas. One also practices specific meditations and exercises according to the imbalance being addressed. You can read more about the use of Shirodhara (a flow of medicated oil over the pineal gland) in this pubmed report http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3221068/.
In a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in its September/October 2002 issue, Dr. Robert Herron and Dr. John Fagan have shown that Panchakarma therapy greatly reduces the levels of 14 important fat-soluble toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in the body. A buildup of mutations in mitochondrial DNA from these toxins may be associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer’s motor skills, speech and other functions. It belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders and it develops from a loss of dopamine producing cells. Parkinson’s distinct symptoms are; slow physical movement, muscle stiffness and tremors. In Parkinson's, cells are destroyed in part of the brain stem. The cells that release dopamine, one of three major neurotransmitters which help the body respond to stress, are affected. By the time symptoms develop, patients have lost 80 to 90 percent of their dopamine-producing cells
Here are just a few of the many studies done on the Ayurvedic system of Panchakarma and the herbs used in this system. I've provided links so that you can read these abstracts yourself. The abstract is a summary of the research. This first study compares the use of Levodopa with the Ayurvedic herbal formulation.
HP-200 in Parkinson's Disease Study Group. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1995, 1(3): 249-255. doi:10.1089/acm.1995.1.249. "Our study examined the efficacy and tolerability of HP-200, derived from Mucuna pruriens, in patients with Parkinson's disease. Sixty patients with Parkinson's disease (46 male and 14 female) with a mean age of 59 years were treated in an open study for 12 weeks. Of these, 26 patients were taking synthetic levodopa/carbidopa formulations before treatment with HP-200, and the remaining 34 were levodopa naive... Ayurveda, was found to be an effective treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease."
You'll notice the following study compares groups using the Ayurvedic herbs alone, to those doing the cleansing (panchakarma) treatment beforehand. From the Journal of the Neurological Sciences http://www.jns-journal.com/article/S0022-510X(00)00329-4/abstract?cc=y "Ayurveda, the Indian system of traditional medicine, uses a concoction of several spices, herbs and minerals for the treatment of diseases. In this study we have evaluated the efficacy of Ayurveda treatment …in 18 clinically diagnosed Parkinsonian patients. As per Ayurveda principles, 13 patients underwent both cleansing (for 28 days) and palliative therapy (56 days), 5 patients underwent palliative therapy alone (84 days). Only the former group showed significant improvement in activities of daily living (ADL) and on motor examination as per UPDRS rating. Symptomatically, they exhibited better response in tremor, bradykinesia, stiffness and cramps as compared to the latter group… The study establishes the necessity of cleansing therapy in Ayurveda medication prior to palliative therapy."
From Movement Disorders http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mds.25420/abstract
"The clinical syndrome of parkinsonism was identified in ancient India even before the period of Christ and was treated methodically. The earliest reference to bradykinesia dates to 600 bc. Evidence proves that as early as 300 bc, Charaka proposed a coherent picture of parkinsonism by describing tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and gait disturbances as its components… In addition to proving the existence and identification of parkinsonism in ancient India, the study points to the significance of ancient Indian Sanskrit works in medical history."
From Drug Discovery http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359644609001767 "A reverse pharmacology approach, inspired by traditional medicine and Ayurveda, can offer a smart strategy for new drug candidates to facilitate discovery process and also for the development of rational synergistic botanical formulations."
This is an exploration of why mucuna pruriens works so much better than Levodopa. Phytotherapy Research http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2219/abstract "Levodopa is considered the ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, a serious concern is dyskinesia and motor fluctuation that occurs after several years of use. In vitro experiments have shown that in the presence of divalent copper ions, levodopa may induce intense DNA damage. Mucuna pruriens cotyledon powder (MPCP) has shown anti-parkinson and neuroprotective effects in animal models of Parkinson's disease that is superior to synthetic levodopa. … It exhibited chelation of divalent copper ions in a dose-dependent manner. The copper chelating property may be one of the mechanisms by which MPCP exerts its protective effects on DNA.”
From the Journal of Ethnopharmacology http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874105003624
Several preclinical and clinical studies have examined cytoprotective, immunomodulatory and immunoadjuvant potential of Ayurvedic medicines. The ethnopharmacology knowledge, its holistic and systems approach supported by experiential base can serve as an innovative and powerful discovery engine for newer, safer and affordable medicines.
This link describes a case study done with panchakarma and a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4012364/
Here is information from a clinic in India treating Parkinson's successfully
Following the phases of the moon helps us to tune ourselves with Nature. The moon ceremony is one way light-workers and healers can use to maintain balance and intuitive understanding of Nature's cycles. Peruvian breath exercises, meditation techniques and fire, help us set our intention to heal ourselves and our world. Athena is honored to facilitate this ceremony and does not charge people to participate.
Growing and harvesting as many medicinal plants as possible allows her to invite the spirit of the plant to assist with healing as well as its chemical attributes. Athena gives lectures on "Curanderismo", "Medicines and Remedies of the 19th Century", and "Growing Plants to Heal Yourself and Your Family."
Letters From Clients
I’ve been very impressed with Athena’s skills. In the short time we’ve worked together, she’s helped me with a number of issues, spiritual and physical, and she’s even bartered with me - so appreciated!" Jean E. Silver City
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I'm still amazed! This has been the only improvement since I started treatment with him more than 6 months ago. Thank you, thank you!" Laurie V. Silver City, NM
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" I was having a lot of problems with fatigue, asthma, jittery feelings and depression and found the doctors useless. Even though I went to a couple acupuncturists, who focused on the asthma, they didn't help either.
My friend recommended Athena. Using the Asthma Package I've been able to cut way down on Albuterol. The fatigue is about gone and after taking Yogaraj Guggulu I'm no longer depressed! These improvements have been gradual but I feel like I'm really healing, not just covering the symptoms. My circulation has improved as well!" Shannon, San Lorenzo, NM.
The reason that I wish to share my experience is because of how powerful the Limpia (Cleansing) was at the end of our appointment. My experience was laying down and she went through each of the chakras to essentially clear them out. She would ask questions with each chakra and I was supposed to answer immediately (answer with the heart or the, “gut” not take time to “think” of the right answer). She would also share her vision of colors, images and even items that might have some significance as far as impeding the cleansing of that particular chakra. Each step was more powerful than the one before it. I could never have known, nor could she as we had never met, how powerful her gift at intuiting went as well as the way that with each cleansing the metaphysical felt like a physical reality. Athena was very open about what she was able to clear and which areas would require some more extensive healing. Something special too was that she acknowledged areas of strength that she saw within a chakra (when they exist). This left me feeling very empowered and ready to focus on those parts of the body that needed some work. At the end of the cleansing I felt as though this person’s spirit had entered my own. She had an incredibly intimate view of my strengths and weaknesses and that she would know how to guide me in the next steps. This is precisely what happened.
I had a CT scan two weeks before I met with Athena. This scan showed a liver and a colon with healthy viable tumors. Almost four weeks after I had met with Athena there was another CT scan in preparation for a liver procedure. The head radiologist came to me a few hours later and he was visibly perplexed. He had a team of people working to analyze what the images revealed in the latest scan. He informed me that the tumors were calcifying from the inside out (this is highly unusual). He said it was only the third case he had ever seen like this (and admittedly, this was very good for me) and that tumors were in the stages of necrosis. Medically, there were other indicators but to make a long story short...this was a bit of a medical anomaly. The following week I had a PET scan. This confirmed what the radiologist had suspected. The tumors were not entirely dead but they were certainly changing.
The only variable that changed in my protocol up to this point was my appointment with Athena. I had suspected something powerful would come from the work that we had done (we have continued with phone and email correspondence due to distance), and indeed the measurements used in the allopathic world confirmed this fact. I am convinced that it is the combination of the physicality of the Limpia as well as the esoteric nature of her healing that made this happen. It is a road in which person is compelled to act and the intention of that will set the pace for the healing that is to come. I will forever be indebted to the healing hand that Ms. Wolf has extended as I work toward optimum health for this body, mind and spirit. The journey would not be the same without her. Rachael H., Washington".
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I have NEVER had anything work as magically for me as this does. I am eternally grateful to you for suggesting this for me. the truth is, I've had a bit of luck with Turmeric, but the results have been NOTHING CLOSE to what they are with this. It honestly feels like a miracle. I have already told three people about this and sent them to your website. I'm sure they've all ordered it by now! " Debra S., Banner Elk, North Carolina
"I took antibiotics for my Lyme disease but the symptoms came back. I was in pain every single day, every single moment for three months. I couldn't move one arm or sit. After taking the herbs Athena gave me for two days the pain lessened, after two weeks I have no pain at all! I am so happy and thankful." Sunny, New York, New York.
"I am grateful and amazed the Yogaraj guggulu worked so well for my depression! I tried counseling, drugs (felt sick and disconnected) light therapy etc. Who knew it was just a chemical imbalance?" Robert T. NY, NY
Chyvanprash is another Ayurvedac herb combination which I began to take as a result of feeling fatigued. I believe I've read on Athena's website or heard someone say that it's "natures vitamin pill". Indeed, I can attest to that. I not only feel more vibrant, I know that my skin and hair have also become healthier.
"Athena's website has detailed descriptions of these wonderful remedies. In addition to these two products, I also take Ashwagandha and Triphala, both of which you can read about on her website, as well.
Thank You Athena....I'm so fortunate to have you in my back yard!!"
Diana M., San Lorenzo, NM
Thank you for your wonderful work. I learned a lot and especially feel what you taught me concerning kinesiology is something I can use for years to come. Also, you are a great yoga instructor and I hope we get a chance to do more yoga. I'm glad you live here, you make this already special area even better." Dick C.
"Athena did an illumination and soul retrieval with me. It was deep and powerful work. I felt I was clearing issues at a core level. One more aspect that I liked about the soul retrieval—I loved the fact that you created and held the space for me to do the work myself. I found that very empowering". Tamara, Howard, Colorado
"My package of Arthritis remedy arrived today and I can't tell you how happy I am. I woke up at 4 am with my hands SO swollen and they hurt so badly. It's been four or five days since I ran out of it and they hurt so much I actually decided I simply would not leave until they arrived. I cannot tell you what a happy dance I did when I saw that package with your return address on it. I ripped open the box (not easily, I might say since my hands were barely working) and immediately took one. An hour later I suddenly realized how much I had been doing and how the swelling was down and the pain was gone.
I have NEVER had anything work as magically for me as this does. I am eternally grateful to you for suggesting this for me. the truth is, I've had a bit of luck with Tumeric, but the results have been NOTHING CLOSE to what they are with this. It honestly feels like a miracle. I have already told three people about this and sent them to your website. I'm sure they've all ordered it by now!
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