Restoring Psychological Balance Through Hor-me Therapy

One of the most widely practiced home remedies in Tibetan Medicine used by families and Amchis (Tibetan doctors) as part of the Tibetan Medicine oral tradition. Horme has many applications and especially used for restoring balance in the case of “wind disorders” such as agitation, depletion or weakness. Horme is traditionally used for emergencies, for disturbed emotions, fear, worry, back and shoulder pain, restlessness, to release tension, to relieve insomnia, shock, mental disorders, anxiety, for depression, low energy and more! It is not used in cases of severe inflammation since it is a heating practice.

Essentially the technique is the warming of body points with warm bundles of oil and herbs. One of the main herbs used is Nutmeg, a classic pain killer which also has a soothing aroma (a must have herb for many home remedies) and Cumin.

Nutmeg and cumin are mixed in organic butter or organic sesame oil. It should be organic, because otherwise we would be driving in the toxins from the oil and fabric into the skin! This bundle of warm oil and herbs is placed in a small piece of organic cotton and warmed in a pan over a fire. Then these bundles are placed on specific points in the body and continuously warmed on that point before moving to other points and continuing on to various points for thirty to forty minutes.

Generally the points used for Horme are the same as the points used for Moxabustion. For a short home remedy to calm the mind and settle the nerves – one point that can be used by anyone (unless you have a condition of excess heat such as migraine headaches) is the crown point at the top of the head.

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