Friday, April 30, 2010

Acupuncture and Electro Acupuncture

The Origins of Acupuncture

Acupuncture and its newer variant electro acupuncture are both methods of treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is an ancient method of treatment which was believed until fairly recently to have had its origin in China several thousand years ago. This link to China was due to the fact that it has been a recognised part of Chinese medicine for several thousand years and because the earliest written evidence of the existence of acupuncture is in a three thousand year old book also originating from China which refers to acupuncture at that time as being an ancient method of treatment with unknown origins.

Acupuncture and Otzi the Ice Man

However the discovery of Otzi the 5000 year old mummified man in the Otz valley in the mountainous border area between Italy and Austria in 1991 has put this theory in doubt. You may be fascinated like I was to find out that it was the tattoos on Otzi‘s body which prompted this revelation. Tattoos are usually ornamental yet some of the tattoos found on his body were in areas which would normally be covered up and they were in the form of simple stripes and crosses. Experts from three acupuncture societies have examined the locations of his tattoos and there was an amazing degree of correlation between the tattoos and the acupuncture points.

Principles of Acupuncture

Before an acupuncturist can begin any treatment they first have to make a diagnosis and this is done by interviewing the patient and examining their pulse and tongue. Acupuncture is administered to balance and improve the flow of chi through the body’s meridians as illness is caused when the chi does not flow as it should. An acupuncturist works out where the chi is weak, out of balance or stagnated and then uses this information to decide on which acupuncture points should be stimulated. Electro acupuncture is often used to dissipate an accumulation of chi in an area, which can result from chronic pain or in cases where chi is difficult to stimulate.

The Treatment

Patients more usually lie down for their session of treatment. The area of skin into which the sterilised needles will be placed is sanitised. One advantage of electro acupuncture is that needle placement is not so critical because the electrical current treats a larger area. Electro acupuncture needs two needles to be inserted so that the current can pass from one needle to the other. The current is applied by attaching a clip from a small machine to the needles and the charge used is very small. The current is used to remove the need for continual manual stimulation and can reduce the amount of treatment time needed as it produces a strong effect without the tissue damage which can sometimes arise from the twisting and movement of the needle up and down.


The acupuncture points or acupoints are located by the practitioner using a measurement unit called a cun and it is a proportional measurement computed using the distances between key anatomical landmarks which is calculated differently on different parts of the body. The distance between the two nipples is 8 cun and this cun can then be used to located acupoints on the chest whereas the distance between the centre of the patella to the lateral malleous is 16 cun and measurement is used to find acupoint this on the legs. There are over 350 recognised acupoints but many of the points are rarely used and some points are considered to be particularly potent and are utilised to treat a large number of different conditions.

The Yoga of Sound: Yoga Chants

Chanting mantras is the yoga of sound. Chanting has been used for centuries as an aid to humans who seek to communicate with the divine spirit within themselves and the universe. Chanting has the effect of raising the level of vibration of the individual practicing the chant, and it can help the practitioner to be filled with peace, and feel calm and centered.

There have been medical studies that have shown that performing yoga chants can have positive benefits for the body. These studies have shown that when a person chants it can stabilize their heart rate, lower blood pressure, produce beneficial endorphins in the body and boost metabolic processes. Chanting causes the body and mind to relax which helps us both physically, mentally and emotionally in countless ways.

An opening chant can be used at the start of a yoga class, or the beginning of a meditation session. Using an opening chant is an effective way to help participants lower their stress and set the proper spiritual tone for the yoga class. Chanting can be practiced at any time of the day. You can chant quietly to yourself, chant out loud, or listen to recorded chants on CD or on a portable .mp3 player as you go about your day. Listening to chants can help to soothe your spirit and energize you as you face the challenges of the day.

Closing chants are used to bring a meditation session or a yoga class to a peaceful end. A chant can be the thread that ties the positive benefits of the work done on the yoga mat, or the meditation session to the rest of the practitioner’s life.

This is an example of a closing chant taken from the ancient Sanskrit text, the Yoga Sutras:

Om Om Om
Asatho Maa Sath Gamaya
Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya
Mruthyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya.
Om Shanthi. Shanthi. Shanthi.
Now stay in complete silence for a minute.
Lokaa Samastaa Shukino Bhavanthu.
Jai Shree Sat Guru Maharaj Ki!
The English translation is:
Om Om Om
Lead me from unreal to Real
Lead me from darkness to Light
Lead me from death to Immortality.
Om Shanthi. Shanthi. Shanthi. (Peace, peace, peace be to all.)
(This may be followed by a minute of silence.)
May the entire world be happy.
Jai Shree Sat Guru Maharaj Ki!

You can buy recorded Yoga chants online, and there are many web sites where you can download sample yoga chants to listen before you buy.

Because of Yoga's ancient Sanskrit roots, chants are usually written and performed in Sanskrit, however their meaning is said to be universal, as Sanskrit is the language of the heart.

Chanting or listening to chants while performing yoga poses can help to bring a sense of calm to your mind and it can open your heart which will enhance your enjoyment of your yoga poses. Chanting is invigorating and energizing to the mind, body and spirit, and it reminds us of our deep and abiding connection to the divine and to our fellow human beings when it’s done in unison.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chinese Medicine - The History of Chinese Herbalism

Mention Chinese medicine to anyone today, especially in Western countries, and visions of acupuncture are the first thing that springs to mind for most people.
The truth is, Chinese medicine is so much more. Even more true, is the fact that Chinese medicine very often surpasses and is the foundation for Western medical practices.

Since practically the beginning of time, if it could be said that one culture literally wrote the book on herbalism -- only the Chinese could claim the prize of having the longest unbroken belief and traditions in herbal medicine.

It has always seems odd to me that the herbal medicine practices of Asian cultures, should be considered alternative medicine,while today's science of synthetic drugs (Western medicine) should be the standard.

Chinese Medicine

Roughly three thousand years ago, it is recorded history that the Chinese knew about three hundred different plants for herbal medicine. By then, they had already recorded descriptions of the plants, how to preserve them, and how to administer them correctly, all according to Chinese medicine practices of the time.
The wondrous thing is that many of these practices are still in use today and make up the foundation of herbal medicine as we now know it.

Let's Take A Look At How Chinese Medicine Came About

The Emperor Shen Nung (2698 B.C.)
The Emperor Shen Nung was a big fan or perhaps the "father" of Chinese medicine. He had the Canon of Herbs written, recording in precise detail three hundred and sixty-five plants, minerals, and animals. He further described how to preserve them for medicinal use, along with details on how to administer them.
The Canon of Herbs, is also known as the Shen-nung pen ts'ao ching (Divine Husbandman's Materia Medica), Legend has it, that he wrote it, but who actually penned his body of work is unknown.
One thing is certain, this Father of Chinese medicine is who introduce the technique of acupuncture to the common people of China.
He didn't just trust his theories and beliefs and the testing of them to others, he personally is said to have tasted at least one hundred of these traditional Chinese medicines.
He was quite a busy Emperor, because he additionally taught his people how to cultivate grains as food, solely for the purpose of killing less animals.

Haung Ti - The Yellow Emperor (2550 B.C.)
One hundred years after Emperor Shen Nung, Emperor Huang Ti (aka the Yellow Emperor) developed a central theory that in Chinese medicine that really understood human disease far better than any other culture during that time.
This one quote from his Nei Ching says it all:
"In treating illness, it is necessary to examine the entire context, scrutinize the symptoms, observe the emotions, and attitudes. If one insists on the presence of ghosts and spirits one cannot speak of therapeutics."
This optimistic viewpoint in his book, shows what today we know as, holistic medicine, being a concept a few thousand years old. The book was popular, even being updated in the 6th century, and then again in the 7th century.
The works also went into introduction to the then known concepts about living matter, medical physiology, known anatomy, and developments in acupuncture.

Su Jing
In the 7th century, a young man named Su Jing, went to the Tang Dynasty and asked for sponsorship to revised and update Emperor Huang Ti's Nei Ching. The court was so intrigued that it provided him with twenty experts to give him input, documentation, and even illustrations of useful herbs that they knew.
Two years later, the result was A Revised Canon of Herbs being published. When you think about it, this was an amazing feat because this was over eight hundred years beforethe Western printing press was invented -- the Tang Dynasty, not only printed it, they distributed it throughout China.

Li Shizhen (Li Shih-chen) - 1518 to 1593
The well known Ming Dynasty (1368 AD to 1644 AD) produced another great Chinese medicine work, written by Li Shih-chen. It was titled, Pen ts'ao kang mu (The Great Herbal). It took him twenty-seven years to write this book. It is a practical and scientific manual with over eleven thousand recipes or compounds.
Here was a man who was very determined from childhood as he helped his father collect herbs and copy prescriptions.
Inside it, is pretty much the sum total of herbal medicine known at the time. It contains descriptions of over eighteen hundred plants, animal parts, minerals, and metals that made up Chinese medicine for the time. The best part of Li Shih-chen's body of work in Chinese medicine is the fact that it is so revered, that it is updated and revised still to this day.

Chang Chung-ching - The Physician
During the time of the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) one practitioner of Chinese medicine, stands far above the rest -- Chang Chung-ching. He was considered the greatest physician of his era. He would forever go down in Chinese history as the Hippocrates of China.
He wrote Shang han lun (Treatise on Colds and Fevers), which profoundly affected Chinese medicine

Acupressure Sandals For Overall Health

The Foot Is Important !

Did you know that your feet hold the key to your overall energy and well being? Absolutely! Apart from providing you balance as you walk or run, the feet can be the right place to bring relief to most ailments you may have. True, we all love beautifying our feet with an excellent pedicure. But, giving yourself a foot massage applying pressure to certain points on the foot makes you stressfree and improves blood circulation. You might wonder at this. But, this works on the reflexology principle since the feet are connected to all the organs in the body. A Foot Chart such as the one in the picture below shows you which area of your foot is connected to which part of your body.

Foot reflexology or acupressure for the feet or foot massage can be done as part of your daily exercise routine or you could choose to wear the readily available sandals made for the purpose. These can be worn for a few minutes a day and slowly you could increase the amount of time you wear it for best results.

Benefits Gained From Foot Reflexology
1. Improved circulation
2. Relaxes and energizes you
3. Stimulates internal organs and major energy medians that end in the feet
4. Improves sleep
5. Maintains your overall health
6. Prevents sickness

In China, self therapy measures such as foot massages are part of the daily regimen and help take control of one's overall health effectively. Therapeutically used, foot massages can be helpful in healing of specific diseases or used to maintain one's health.

Acupressure Sandals

Acupressure is generally associated with sharp needles that are thrust into the skin to pinpoint the exact pressure points that are connected to particular organs to relieve troublesome conditions. One need not be bothered about needles if using the acupressure sandals giving you the same effective results.

Acupressure sandals are footwear, based on acupressure and magnetic treatment therapy with foot reflexology. The pair consist of pressure points and magnets for powerful results. Based on the principle that the pressure points in the soles of our feet influence every part of our body, these sandals are a great way to relieve any pain or simply to destress, while rejuvenating every part of your anatomy. They can be used by anyone and are available in various sizes to fit correctly for maximum benefit. If you cannot give yourself a foot massage or do not have the time to find the correct reflexology points from a foot chart before pressing on, and yet want a short cut method to the benefits, these acupressure sandals are for you. You will soon find yourself to be a more relaxed, energized individual with great improvement in overall health.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drinking Water On Empty Stomach Can Do Miracle!


It is hard to believe that without any medicine any disease can be cured. When I first heard it from my friend I didn’t believe also. Then I decided to give a try. Now it is only a few days I am following it and believe me, I am getting relieved from acidity problem I was suffering for years! Now I decided to share it so that others can also be benefited with.

Is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value.

For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure
for the following diseases:

1. Headache
2. body ache
3. heart system
4. arthritis
5. fast heart beat
6. epilepsy
7. excess fatness
8. bronchitis asthma
9. TB
11.kidney and urine diseases
18.all eye diseases
21.menstrual disorders
22.ear nose and throat diseases.


1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth,
drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water
and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active. This makes sense. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals..

not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose everything to gain.

For those who like to drink cold water this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks:

We should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Green Tea Weight Loss

Anyone who has looked into herbs and teas for health problems may have stumbled across green tea at one point or another. Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis family, the same family as black and oolong tea. The only difference is how the teas are processed. Green tea originated in China where it has been used for hundreds of years and touted for its health benefits.

Clinical studies have backed up many of the health benefit claims including a study showing that green tea does in fact increase weight loss. While it is not the end all for weight loss, adding green tea to your diet can aid in reducing weight and can be incorporated into most diets.

Green Tea Weight Loss Studies

According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
"Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis,fat oxidation, or both."

In layman's term, the above study's conclusion is saying green tea can help you lose weight and caffeine is only part of the story. While caffeine can speed up the metabolism and green tea has about half the caffeine of coffee, researchers now believe that the catechin polyphenols, mainly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is the trigger mechanism for the health benefits. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that makes up a large part of green tea leaves and works on the body in preventing cancer and other conditions as well as weight loss.

Other studies have added weight to the benefits of green tea and shown that weight loss is possible from drinking a couple cups of green tea daily or incorporating a green tea extract. Even so, green tea is not the end all for weight control. It still takes exercise and a more balanced diet to create lasting body change. Green tea merely helps increase the body's ability to burn weight during these other activities.

Green Tea and Your Diet

Green tea and green tea extracts can both contribute positively to your health and can be added to a diet easily. However, green tea as a drink is believed by many more beneficial than extracts. When I say green tea, however, I do not mean refrigerated drinks labeled green tea that are available in your local grocery store. While the drinks may be better than nothing most of the benefits are minimized due to processing and refrigeration. What you really need is tea you brew yourself from tea packets.

The amount of green tea to drink a day is subject to debate, but effects can be seen after as little as one or two cups. Others have recommended that you drink up to ten cups daily to see maximum results. One or two cups a day can easily be introduced into your routine by replacing coffee with green tea. Instead of bringing a thermos of coffee to work, bring a thermos of green tea. Green tea has about half the caffeine of coffee without the side effects.It also goes well with meals.

Taking a green tea extract will give you a concentrated dose of ECGC and health benefits but drinking and brewing green tea offers the added benefit of being more filling than a supplement pill. Tea takes more time and can be used if you're changing a diet to try and help yourself cut back on the amount of food you eat.
Whether a cup of hot tea or taking an extract capsule or tablet, the health benefits of green tea have been proven. The aid in losing weight coupled with the added health benefits make it a wonderful addition to any diet program you may be following.

Other Health Benefits of Green Tea

Here is a short but not all-inclusive list of many health benefits people have seen from drinking green tea or extracts:
• Increased metabolism
• Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
• Reduced risk of various forms of cancer
• Improved ability to fight infection
• May help prevent bad breath

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Reiki Symbols and Meanings

Reiki is an energy therapy that was developed by Mikao Usui - a Japanese Buddhist monk in 1922. It is a alternative medicine practice that uses a technique called palm healing which is said to transfer energy or qi through the body.

When used during a Reiki session, Reiki symbols are said to enhance the flow of certain life energy (depending on the symbol used) and also open higher levels of spirituality and awareness.

Most practitioners will say that all the Reiki symbols and their meanings are sacred because they originate from the ancient Sanskrit language which is said to be the language of the spirits.

Before a session of attunement the symbol is meditated on to increase the metaphysical energies that the symbol represents before 'drawing' it onto the patient.

The Reiki Symbols and their Meanings

The four main Reiki Master Symbols and meanings used are:

Cho Ku Rei - The Power Symbol
Cho: Connect the
Ku: Power, Energy with
Rei: The Soul, The Universe, The Unity

This symbol represents power and will help with general body healing. When used during a treatment it can increase the energy flow to various parts of the body.
You can also use this symbol to clear the energy from a room or space (if you feel that there are negative energies in the area), or give extra power to other tools such as crystals and food.

Sei He Ki - The Mental and Emotional Symbol
Sei: I Point
He: the Bow, Arrow to
Ki: Live-force, Light, Awareness

This strange symbol represents balance and emotions and is used for healing emotional and mental health problems. It is great for patients with depression, addictions, relationship problems and anger.
It promotes a lightness of being and calmness of the soul.

Distance and Mental Symbol
Hon = Spirit, Source, Origin, Universe
Sha = Mind, Surviving
Ze = Space, Be, Being
Sho = Feeling, Emotions
Nen = Consciousness, Body, Attention

This symbol is used for healing that must be performed over a large distance in the case where the patient is not with the Reiki healer.
It can travel through space which makes it a great symbol for karmic healing.

Dai Ko Myo - The Master Symbol
Dai Ko Myo - “great shining light”, “great luminous shining”, “great enlightenment”

The Dai Ko Myo symbol represents wisdom and power. This symbol is used to awaken a higher power or purpose within the individual or patient.
It's the strongest and most powerful of all the Reiki symbols and can replace any of the others as needed. Most Reiki masters will use this with all their work to receive more power.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SLEEP: The Best Remedy ever

There is nothing better then good sleep to get rest, regenerate the body and soul and get healed.

A lot of health problems occur just because people today do not have healthy quality and quantity of sleep,

• due to the modern style of life,
• our prejudices about sleep (we like to set up false standards about sleep, like how many hours is "normal", what is "too much" of sleep, what is "too little", when is "normal" to be awake, when is "normal" to be asleep etc).
• due to the constant noise to which are majority of people exposed in crowded cities,
• due to the alarm clocks that wake people up usually when they are in the deepest and highest quality of well deserved sleep and rest.
• due to the intake of various medications, alcohol, drugs
• due to the wrong belief that sleeping is wasting of time

Exact amount of sleep somebody needs is very individual parameter for every person. There are periods when body and neural system requires very many sleep. People usually confuse that need with depression but most often this is not so: the most valuable point of sleep is deep regeneration of brain cells, that can occur ONLY in deep sleep and if person sleeps as much is needed.

Sleeping, Self-healing and Law of Attraction

We create our material reality even during the sleep, while brain is processing emotions and memories and establish new brain patterns. With new, healthy brain patterns, created during the healthy sleep and healthy emotions are result of that, we easily attract healthy situations in our life. Brain has tremendous power of self-healing and healing of our life.

Many people believe that sleeping long is wasting the time - they cannot be more wrong: without enough sleep the life easily looses its quality.
Sleep Cycle and importance of deep sleep and REM sleep.

Healthy sleep is going on in cycles. After starting to feel sleepy, brain gradually slows down the activity and starts to produce slower brain waves (Alpha, Theta and finally Delta) then in awake state (when majority of brain waves are quick Bheta). At the same time, muscle activity slows down (with occasional muscle twitching) as well as heart starts to beat slower and breathing becomes slower. After stage of light sleep, /when we are easy to awake), we are gradually entering in the stage of deep sleep.

Deep Sleep - During the deep sleep brain is taking rest producing very slow waves, needed to restore the energy we expend during our waking hours. It is interesting to know that blood flow decreases to the brain in this stage, and it redirects itself towards the muscles,
• restoring physical energy,
• Regenerating the cells, tissues and organs of the body.
• This stage is extremely important for immunity to improve.
• This stage is regulating hormones in the body
• this stage is stage of deep self-healing

REM sleep - Dream Sleep – during that stage, eyes move rapidly (REM = Rapid Eye Movement). It is also called paradoxical sleep because brain activity is very alike to awakened state only body is paralyzed, although muscles can occasionally twitch. Breathing and heartbeat are rapid. In this stage brain is
• processing emotions,
• retaining memories,
• relieving stress and
• healing psychological traumas.
• REM sleep is extremely important for process of learning and developing new skills.
Most of dreaming occurs during the REM sleep.

We usually need to have three to five REM episodes per night.
Deep sleep and REM sleep are extremely important stages of sleep - brain cannot work properly without any of them, neither if the sleep cycle is constantly disrupted. Without sleeping as much as body needs - all our mental and physical functions gradually deteriorate, we cannot process traumatic experiences, brain becomes full of various information that is not properly processed and we also cannot learn new things and skills.

Today people suffer from heavy sleep deprivation, majority of people do not sleep enough or their sleep is of poor quality - no wonder why humanity is so tensed, not focused, full of fears, ill and confused. So many mental and physical problems would never appear if people would sleep as much as they need. Longetivity would also improve. Without enough sleep we literally burn ourselves too fast.
Medications create new sleeping disorders.

Many people try to heal their sleeping disorders by taking sleeping pills, what is certainly the worst possible option in majority of cases. Despite the fact that is so easy to ged addicted to them, they disturb normal sleeping patterns and negatively influence brain waves.

Sleeping goes in cycles that sleeping pills disrupt and most often completely suppress REM phase that is necessary for brain. As a result, brain does not get the chance to fully process all information, daily happenings and emotions and cannot fully regenerate. Effects of using sleeping pills are similar to that ones of sleep deprivation, maybe even worse - brain that cannot process memory causes that traumatic experiences and negative emotions never get healed which does not allow regeneration of brain cells as well.

Nothing strange that people who are constantly on sleeping medications usually do not heal their chronic diseases - their brains and whole bodies are constantly exposed to trauma caused by lack of normal and natural REM phase and lack of normal exchange of sleeping cycles.

Herbal remedies for good night sleep

For healing minor sleeping disorders there are two herbs that can be always of great help for this purpose:

Valerian Root (tincture is the best)
Passion Flower

They do not work the same as sleeping pills, they gently and tenderly restore natural sleeping powers and help nerves to start with healing.
Healing heavy sleeping disorders naturally.

We start to feel sleepy when our brain starts to secrete more hormone melatonin. It is secreted by pineal gland in the brain and it is very important for regulation of all other hormones.

For healthy production of melatonin, it is good to know that darkness stimulates it while light suppresses secretion of melatonin. If we would live without artificial lights, we would naturally start to feel sleepy immediately after the sunset. And we would sleep much more during the winter time, what would allow us to completely rest and regenerate.

Many heavy sleeping disorders are caused by low melatonin secretion and could be temporarily solved by using melatonin supplements, what is certainly much healthier then to depend on sleeping pills.

Top Ten Energy Healing Practices

Energy Healing is a term used for holistic healing therapies, which mainly focus on manipulating "life force" to help getting the balance and wellness in mind, body and soul.

The healings include certain area treatments, such as a person’s aura, chakras, human energy fields, and the meridian system. Some of the energy-based techniques involve practitioners using hands-on methodologies. Other therapies involve non-touch or absentia treatments.

Following are some of the most efficient alternative energy healing therapies available:

1) Reiki (pronounced as Ray-Key) is a union of two Japanese words “rei” and “ki” , which means the universal life energy. Reiki is an ancient healing system, which uses the hands-on laying technique through which the life force energies are healed, and subtle energies within our bodies are balanced. Reiki helps in healing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances.

2) Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the ancient and most widely used holistic medical technique in the world. Acupuncture points are believed to be points that allow entry of energy into channels. This is to redirect, increase or decrease the body's vital substance, Qi (pronounced as Chi) and restore balance on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. The word 'acupuncture' represents a matrix of procedures and techniques, which involve the stimulation of anatomical points on the body.

3) Ama-Deus
Ama-Deus is a hands-on method and works with the absentia energy healing process, to promote spiritual growth and awareness. It can also work well in supporting our physical and emotional bodies. This healing technique is taught in two levels. A ceremonial invocation is taught to the students, which helps them in connecting to the flow of Ama Deus energy.

4) Meridian Tapping Techniques
Meridian Tapping Techniques is basically used in repairing the blockages or disturbances in the body's energy system created by the negative emotions. In this treatment, a person opts for a particular emotion such as feeling of anger, embarrassment, frustration, insult, or belittlement to concentrate on, before going for the tapping session. During the tapping session, the person is asked to focus on the emotion to be reduced or cleared while also making positive statements to offset the negative emotions. One of the famous meridian tapping technique is the EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

5) Pranic Healing
Pranic Healing is a distant energy healing technique, which accelerates the healing procedure through the use of “life-force”. This life force gets directed to the part of the physical body that requires healing. In order to locate these chi blockages, the Pranic practitioner scans the patient’s aura or “energy field.” Chi energies are then directed through the Pranic practitioner’s palm chakras to do the cleansing, energizing, and revitalizing of the affected area.

6) Matrix Energetics
This quantum energy healing practice is designed and based on the science behind the quantum physics. Matrix Energetics is a basically a transformational healing method, which merges the healing principles of touch and intent. The Matrix Energetics practitioner's has to focus his intent to make effective changes that can bring healing to the intended recipient. The practitioner's touch is used to know and acknowledge the areas on the body that require healing.

7) Kolaimni
Kolaimni is a distant or non-touch form of energy healing. A professional Kolaimnist will work with her hands within the body's electromagnetic sheath (human energy field), approximately over one half to one inch of the physical body. Short manipulative strokes impart restorative energies into the recipient’s affected area. Kolaimni's technique has been called upon as an "etheric massage."

8) BodyTalk Therapy
BodyTalk is a complementary therapy, which is designed on the theory that the body has an ability to heal itself. BodyTalk communications are made on the neuromuscular biofeedback. This is also like the tapping or muscle-testing used in kinesiology. A Body Talk practitioner identifies "energy circuits" which are stressed, weakened or broken within the body through these communications, and then chanelizes the energy to heal the affected areas.

9) Tong Ren Therapy
This is another form of remote healing technique. Tong Ren healing methods are applied to an acupuncture doll as a focusing tool using the collective unconscious. The Tong Ren practitioner will focus his intention on the physical locations on the doll that will correspond with the similar locations on the recipient's body that requires treatment.

10) Chios Energy Healing
Chios (pronounced as Chee’-ohss) Energy Healing is a kind of holistic therapy, which was formulated by Steve Barrett. Chios healing process includes chakra system rebalancing, chakra charging, chakra cleansing, radiatory healing and seventh-layer healing.

Friday, April 23, 2010

3 Essential Minerals and What Happens If You Don’t Get Them

There are three essential minerals that you need to make sure to get into your diet if you want to increase your health. Those minerals are calcium, iron and iodine. Failure to get these three minerals can result in serious consequences such as anemia or problems with your bone development. Luckily, these minerals are easy to find in foods that you are probably already consuming. In fact, these minerals are each found in different foods so the most important thing will be that you are eating a well rounded diet.

Let’s take a closer look at these three important minerals and what happens to your body when you don’t get enough of them:

1. Calcium. Most people know that it is very important to eat enough calcium. This mineral is what makes your bones strong. If you don’t get enough calcium during your developing years then you can have problems with bone growth and you may even develop a serious condition called rickets. If you don’t get enough calcium in your adult years then you can experience bone loss and will be more prone to broken bones as you age. Women who have already gone through menopause are particularly susceptible to this problem. What you might not know is that calcium is an important mineral for other reasons as well. Calcium helps to control muscle contractions, initiate DNA synthesis, signal biochemical processes at the cellular level, improve your metabolism and even properly clot the blood. Failure to get enough calcium into your diet can affect all of these different things going on in the body and can have significant effects on your long-term health.

2. Iron. Another very important mineral that we need to get enough of is iron. Many people know that a lack of iron can result in anemia which is a blood problem. This is due to the fact that iron serves the purpose of helping to produce blood cells in the human body. Iron helps to carry oxygen throughout the body and also aids in digestion. If you don’t get enough iron then you can suffer from a number of different health problems, the most common of which is chronic fatigue. You may simply feel too tired to do anything. Additionally, you may find that your food doesn’t digest properly, your immune system is weakened and therefore you get sick more often and your memory or brain function is slowed down a bit. You can also get a condition called glossitis with is an uncomfortable swelling of the tongue. At its most severe, this condition can actually block your airway and make it difficult for you to breathe.

3. Iodine. Most people are aware of the fact that they need calcium and iron but they may not be aware of the fact that they need a third important mineral in their diet: iodine. Iodine works in the thyroid which affects your hormone levels. This can alter everything from your mood to your metabolic rate. Failure to get enough iodine in your diet can result in a feeling of fatigue or lethargy. It can also cause weight gain, dry skin and the growth of a goiter in the neck. Children who don’t get enough iodine in their bodies may have problems with mental development although this is rare in developed nations.

How to Get These 3 Important Minerals

It is clear that calcium, iron and iodine are important minerals for your total health and wellbeing. Failure to get enough of this minerals can result in problems ranging from feeling tired to developing uncomfortable abnormalities like a goiter or swelled tongue. It can also lead to serious problems with childhood development or with issues related to aging. So you need to get this minerals in proper doses. How should you do that?

The best way to get the right minerals into your body is to consume them as a part of your natural diet. These three minerals all come from different sources so a well-rounded, balanced diet is your best choice for getting all three minerals. Here are some of the sources for these individual minerals:

1. Sources of calcium. The best way to get calcium into your body is to consume milk and diary products. Low-fat milk, low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt are all really great, healthy sources of calcium. However, it is possible to get calcium from other sources as well. Spinach, oranges, baked beans and almonds all have calcium in them.

2. Sources of iron. Many people believe that you need to eat meat to get enough iron into your body. It’s true that meat is a great source of iron (with lean cuts of beef and poultry being the best choices). However, iron is found in many different foods. Non-meat sources of iron include dried fruit (apricots, raisin and prunes), dried beans, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains and green vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli).

3. Sources of iodine. Iodine is a mineral that is found in interesting places. It is added to table salt so any food that contains salt is going to add to your iodine intake. It is also found in sea vegetables. Additionally, some dairy products including milk and eggs have iodine and them. Interestingly, so do strawberries.

Speak to your doctor about getting the proper amount of these three minerals. You should be able to do so by getting them through your diet but you may need to take additional supplements especially if you are deficient in these things as you get into your older years.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Aromatherapy for Depression

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to treat various complaints in the body. Depression is no exception. Inhalation of essential oil, great smelling, aromatic baths, and body massages are just some of the ways that aromatherapy can be an aid in treating depression. If you are suffering from full blown depression and are under a doctor's care, aromatherapy can augment your treatment plan. If you only suffer from a mild case of the blues or sadness, aromatherapy can still be of benefit.

Many of the essential oils used to treat depression and sadness are derived from fruit and flowers. The scents extracted from these items are at once uplifting and calming. They tend to be light and airy and promote feelings of well being and peace.

Pure Bulgarian rose essential is one of the most commonly used essential oils used to treat depression, grief, sadness, and loss of self esteem. Unfortunately, it is one of the more costly essential oils available. Used primarily in the high end perfume business, rose oil is made by extracting the oil from thousands of pounds of rose petals. This makes about 1 lb. of rose oil. It is widely recommended as a potent anti-depressant and costs anywhere from 30 to 60 dollars for 1/16th of an ounce. This amount when used for strictly inhalation methods will last about 6 months if used twice a day. Just apply a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale deeply to feel the calming effects.

An aromatic blend using less expensive materials might be more what you have in mind. By combining different essential oils, you get the benefit of all of their different qualities. A useful blend for mild depression contains 4 parts of Clary sage essential oil, 4 parts of Ylang ylang essential oil, 3 parts Geranium essential oil, 2 parts Basil essential oil, and 1 part of Sandalwood essential oil. Mix the above oils in a glass amber bottle. You may place diffuser reeds in the bottle to disperse the scent throughout a room, or simply place in an aroma lamp or simmering pot. Clary sage provides an anti-depressant effect, ylang ylang is useful to diffuse states of anger, geranium is regulating and balancing. Basil helps to clear the mind, while sandalwood is the base note for the mix. Use this inhalation blend daily to see if it helps you.

Aromatic baths are aromatherapy's way of calming you and easing stress. It is recommended to take a long, aromatic bath at least 2 to 3 times per week for full benefit. Mix the essential oils in about 1/4 cup of natural honey. You will need 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil, 2 drops of basil essential oil, 2 drops of geranium essential oil, and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil. Mix the essential oils with the honey and add the mixture to warm, running water in the bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Play your favorite, soothing music and light some candles.

Massage is a great way to relieve stress and ease depression. Combine a few drops of your favorite essential oil with carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. Lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang are good choices. You will need about 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Mix the ingredients together and have someone give you a soft massage. If you are alone, gently massage your upper chest area, neck and shoulders to ease tension. It may also be applied to the back of your hands.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Headache

The headache is something that everyone gets at least once in awhile. It's a strange pain that can come on for any number of reasons. And the cure for most people is to pop an aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen and be done with it. Others don't want to pop pills to take care of their headaches so they just suffer through them. After all, unless you suffer from migraines, it won't take too long for the headache to go away on its own. But do you really want to live with that throbbing in your head if you don't have to?
People who want an alternative cure for headaches, one that is natural and not chemical, will be happy to find out that there are numerous natural ways to get rid of a headache. Here are some of those ways:

• Cayenne pepper can help clear your sinuses. If you suffer from sinus headaches, this type of home remedy can be a natural headache cure.

• Drink decaf. If you're a coffee, tea or soda drinker then you might be bringing on your headaches because of caffeine. If you fail to get that caffeine, you might get a withdrawal headache. You can either get a caffeinated drink when that happens or start curbing the caffeine out of your diet altogether.

• Drink water. Oftentimes, people get a headache because they are dehydrated. Getting some water in to your system can get rid of that headache. Drinking room temperature water is your best bet since water that is too cold can give temporarily give you even more of a headache.

• Eat right. If you get headaches on a regular basis, it could be due to a food allergy or a vitamin that is missing from your diet. Eat healthy and pay attention to what you eat and how you feel afterwards so that you can prevent the headache from happening in the first place. Also, if you get a headache, ask yourself if it's because you haven't eaten. Sometimes skipping meals can cause headaches so all you need to do is get some food in your system.

• Fresh air. Breathing deeply can do wonders for a headache in general; it'll be even more effective as a natural headache cure if you do it out in the fresh air.

• Lemons. Lemon juice added to water or tea can be a natural cure for a headache. You can also take the peel of a lemon and grind it up to make a paste. Applied to the face and forehead, this may be a headache cure as well because of the aromatherapy properties it has.

• Mint. Mint is soothing, especially in teas. And it can be a great natural way to get rid of your headache. Peppermint water will work as well.

• Take a nap. You might have a headache because you need some rest. This is especially true if your lack of sleep is causing you to strain your eyes during the day, resulting in a headache. If you can get away and take a nap when the headache comes on, you might wake up to find that it's gone.

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10 Ways to Calm Down When Anxiety Strikes

Anxiety is a terrible feeling. Your heart races. Your mind races even faster. You feel like all of the problems that have been hovering at the back of your mind suddenly need to be dealt with all at once. You imagine terrible things happening even though there's no good reason to think that they are. You panic.

How can you deal with this awful feeling when it creeps up on you. Here are ten ways to help yourself calm down when you're feeling anxious:

1. Identify the true cause of your anxiety. Most of the time, there's something that we're worried about that lies beneath the thing that we think is causing us to be anxious. If you are skilled at figuring yourself out then you might be able to determine what's really going on. For example, you're sitting by the phone waiting for your boyfriend to call and you're feeling completely anxious and you're sure that something horrible has happened to him or he's out on a date with someone else or ... that's what you think is causing the anxiety but what is really causing the anxiety could be that you've been feeling unsafe in this relationship and you're not sure where it's going. Although there's still a problem to be dealt with, you are able to recognize that it needs to be dealt with in a different way and that it's not the phone call that you're anxious about. This can reduce the immediate feeling of anxiety.

2. Exercise. Sometimes we can't talk ourselves down from that feeling of anxiety. It's just too strong. We can't think clearly. All of the emotions are coming at us. We feel like those surface problems are the real problems. Now what? Exercising is a good way to get out of your head and into your body for awhile. Do something that gets your heart pumping. Do something that's physically challenging so that you can focus on your muscles and your lungs instead of whatever it is that is making you feel crazy.

3. Breathe. There are going to be times when you feel anxious and you need to get out of your head but you can't just go for a run. You might be at work or at school or in a courtroom and you need to sit still. You can still get focused on your body by focusing on your breath. Take deep breaths, inhaling to a count of ten and exhaling to a count of ten. Or inhale give, exhale six, inhale six, exhale seven, etc. until you can't go any higher. Focus on how your breath feels in your chest and your nose. This will help get your mind off whatever is making you anxious so that your body can calm down a little bit.

4. Ask yourself what's the worst that could happen ... and how you'd handle it. Often we end up anxious about something because we are scared of it. If we can identify exactly what the worst thing about it would be and come up with some sort of action plan about how we would handle it then the anxiety may ease up. For example, you're anxious about an upcoming test. What's the worst that could happen? Even if you fail out of school and end up in a totally different career path, you're still going to be alive. Try to focus on the worst thing that could realistically happen. Pay attention to how this makes you feel, though. Some people go off the deep end into their fears and this exercise makes them feel worse instead of better.

5. Stop and smile. You can make yourself feel better just by acting like you feel better. Smile. Attend a laughing yoga class. Have someone tickle you. As the muscles in your face act happy, your body's limbic system will actually respond and you will feel a little bit happier. You'll feel calmer. Some of the anxiety will ease.

6. Analyze the extent of your anxiety. Ask yourself what your anxiety feels like. Don't focus on your thoughts. Focus on how tight your chest feels or how fast your heartbeat is. Try to rate your anxious feeling on a scale of one to ten. Simply taking at a look at your anxiety and recognizing it for what it is can sometimes help to reduce its impact.

7. Read a soothing book. Your brain needs to be taken away from whatever is causing it so much stress. A soothing book can be a great way to get away for a little while. Some people read the Bible, others read books of affirmations, others read uplifting quotations. Read something inspiring and lighthearted. If your mind is still racing with anxiety, try reading aloud.

8. Write a list of everything that is okay about your life right now. We are usually okay in the moment even though our anxiety would have us think we aren't. Making a list of all of the things that are going right and that feel safe can help us to realize that. Your health might be good, your sister might be in town, your clothes might fit great ... whatever is right in any way should go on your list. Don't think about the "buts"; just count your blessings.

9. Talk about what's going on. Talking about what's happening and what you're anxious about can sometimes make the feeling go away. The trick is to make sure that you talk to someone who isn't going to exacerbate your feelings or dismiss them. Choose someone who is a good listener. Let them know in advance that you just need to vent and you don't need advice. Or if you're looking for someone else to give you a little bit of perspective about how realistic your fears are then ask for that. You might consider talking to a friend who you trust but who isn't enmeshed in your every day life. Alternatively you might consider talking to a mentor or older family member. You might even think about talking to a counselor depending upon the extent of your anxiety and how long it's been happening.

10. Take medication. For many people, anxiety isn't just a passing thing that can be controlled with breathing and positive thoughts. Many people have real medical issues with anxiety that they need help with and medication can provide that help. If you can't get a grip on your anxiety on your own then you might want to consider speaking to a psychiatrist. These other tricks will still work for you once the medication has brought things down to a more manageable level.

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Herbal Remedies off the Kitchen Shelf

Spice Up Your Life

The Indian method of cooking adds a number of powdered spices to each dish. This is not just to complicate the cooking, but to get all the health benefits associated with each of these herbs and spices. Yes this method of cooking is in practice since the Vedic times and each and every component that goes into cooking a dish makes it that much more healthy.

In this post, we will give you a peek into the traditional Indian "Masala Box" without which no Indian woman can cook. We will also explain the health benefits associated with each of the elements that are in the masala box. These powders and herbs greatly enhance the taste of any dish that you may wish to cook, but they also pack a healthy punch. So let's take a look at these spices and herbs which double up as healers.

Top Ten Spices and Herbs

There are a number of herbs and spices used in Indian cooking, and try as we will we can not cover them all in one post. So here are the basics and the essentials. These are the ones that will always be used.

Indian name: Haldi
Turmeric is a root which is first dried and then roasted before it it ground and used as a powdered spice in the food. It is of redish yellow color. It also gives the food its distinctly yellow color.

Its health benefits are many. It is an antiseptic and is used both in food and externally. If you have a cold, you are advised to drink a warm glass of milk with half a spoon of roasted turmeric powder added to it.
If you have acne, you are asked to mix turmeric powder with gram flour and make a paste with lemon juice before you apply it to the face. Wash off after ten minutes and see that acne dries up.

Indian name: Jeera
Cumin is used in its seed form as tempering for a number of dishes. It is also used as a powdered spice. The seeds are lightly roasted and then ground once they cool down. The taste of cumin can get a bit bitter if you overdo it.
It is a good source of iron and if you need to build up your hemoglobin levels you should use it liberally in your food. It is also great for producing heat in the body to speed up your metabolic levels. Want to lose weight? Eat cumin.
Cumin is also good for indigestion and flatulence. It is also antiseptic in nature and said to relive the stuffy feeling that comes with the common cold.

Indian name: Dhania
This is a versatile plant and you can use the seeds whole, or powdered to cook your curries. It is also possible to use the leaves of the plant as fresh herb garnishing for your curries. It is essential to the green chutney that is often used as an accompaniment with food.
It is a good source of iron and magnesium. Also rich in vitamins A,B and C. It helps in lowering blood sugar in diabetics. It is also good for digestion and flatulence troubles. Its anti-inflammatory properties help fight against urinary tract infections and reduce arthritic pains.
A teaspoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and applied on the face will help reduce black heads and acne. It also moistens dry skin. Apply this mix on a washed face before you go to bed and wash the next morning.

Indian name : Elaichi
Cardamon is found in two forms. The smaller green pods and the larger brown pods. While the sweeter dishes tend to favor the green variety the savories generally use the brown one. The pods can be used whole or their seeds may be extracted and powdered for use.
Cardamon has detoxifying properties and is also anti inflamatory. It is supposed to help cure stomach cramps that come about from indigestion. It is also said to improve blood circulation to the lungs and so is good for those suffering from bronchial conditions and asthma.
The green pods are eaten whole as a mouth freshener. They are also supposed to speed up healing of mouth ulcers. Supposed to provide relief from nausea as well, so those who tend to get road sick will keep a pod in their mouth while traveling.

Indian name:Lavang
Used in both its powdered and naturally occurring form as a dried flower bud, cloves are a very versatile spice. It is supposed to have antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties.
The medicinal benefits of cloves have been well documented. It is good for tooth ache and you can keep one in the mouth for the essential oil to seep out and act as a painkiller. Great for blood circulation and digestion, cloves should be eaten in small quantities daily to benefit from their properties.
If you chose to use clove oil, be careful as the concentrated effect can pack quite a punch. It is great for de-stressing, blood purification and cure of infections.

Indian name: Dal Chini
Bark of a tree curled into sticks or powdered and used while cooking, the smell of cinnamon is as amazing as its unique taste and great health benefits. Good source of magnesium, clacium, iron and fiber.
What do arthritis, balding and kidney stones have in common? They all benefit from a daily dose of cinnamon. Has an anti clotting effect on blood and also kills bacteria in food. Said to help lower LDL cholestrol and be an efficient cure against yeast infections.
Regulates blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. Boosts memory skills and cognitive functioning. Highly effective against E.Coli bacteria.

Bay Leaf
Indian name:Tej Patta
It is the dried leaf of the Bay Laurel tree and is also known as sweet laurel for that reason. When added to a dish they provide vitamin A and C, also iron and manganese. Great for handling infections and skin diseases.
Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it a good cure for dandruff, cold and urinary infections. Bay leaf oil is also good for massages to de-stress and enhance blood circulation.
Keep a few bay leaves around the home to reduce insects in the surrounding area.

Curry Leaf
Indian name: Curry Patta
A standard part of the tempering in almost all Indian curries it adds that special taste and aroma. It is also good for the stomach and is used for dysentery, diarrhea and piles.
To stop premature greying of hair, heat oil and add a fistfull of curry leaves to it. Let them turn black. Strain the leaves out of the oil and use cooled oil to massage hair roots.
Mix lemon juice and honey with juice of curry leaves and drink as an antidote to nausea and vomiting.

Indian name: Lasun
The garlic pod is used whole in tempering, added as a paste to curries or crushed and sprinkled over vegetable dishes. It is also eaten sprouted and raw to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and purify the blood.
Its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties make it a very popular herbal remedy for a number of diseases. It is used in everything from allergies, cold and coughs, diabetes, hypertension and a number of other things.
Its pungent effect on your breath may put you off, but believe me the health benefits far out weight the bad breath caused by garlic.

Indian name: Adrak
The ginger root is used in many ways. You can slice, dice, julienne, or crush it into your food. The dried and powdered form is called "saunth" in Hindi.
From cancer to morning sickness ginger is a highly effective herb in many medical conditions such as migraines, motion sickness and heartburn.
As a remedy for flatuenece and painful gas you can add ginger juice to some lemon and honey and drink it a spoon at a time.

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Family Health through Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine, which can be used with confidence for treating the whole family. It is simple to use, has no taste or smell and has no side effects. Every home should have a simple, readily accessible first aid box containing sticking plasters, cotton wool and bandages.

The addition of a few homeopathic medicines, available from most high street chemists and health food shops, means you can deal quickly and effectively with any accidents in the home as well as common ailments such as the sudden onset of cold symptoms or exam nerves.

Every accident, whether great or small, is accompanied by some degree of shock. Keeping the person warm is vital.

1) Arnica 30 will also help. It is especially useful when the person pushes help away, insisting that they'll be all right in a minute, but it's also useful for panic. Arnica will help bruises and sprains. It is useful for tired, aching, over-worked muscles after too much gardening or unaccustomed exercise. You can also take Arnica after dental treatment when there is bruising. Whether it is a fall, an accident or surgery, Arnica is the first remedy to think of to reduce bruising and speed up the body's own healing process. Gentle massage with Arnica cream relieves swellings but do not use it if the skin is broken.

2) Calendula tincture made into a lotion (1 teaspoon to a pint of cooled boiled water) should be used to bathe and clean an open wound. It inhibits the proliferation of germs so sepsis will not form in a wound properly cleaned with Calendula. Don't forget to give Arnica internally for shock and bruising while the wound is being cleaned and dressed.

3) Ledum 30 is invaluable for puncture wounds, from nails or barbed wire for instance. It will quickly reduce the shooting and pricking pains.

Use Ledum internally every 4 hours and clean and dress the wound with Calendula. Typically, a wound requiring Ledum feels numb, is cold to the touch but better for cold applications.

Some injuries are especially painful. Nerve-rich tissues such as the spine, fingers and toes will benefit from

4) Hypericum 30. It's the remedy to think of for fingers crushed in a car door, a heavy block falling on toes, or a fall affecting the spine or coccyx. It will also soothe pain in the coccyx after giving birth. Apply Hypericum tincture to bites and stings and wherever there is pain shooting up the limb from the site of a wound.

One of the most common injuries is a sprain - usually the wrist or ankle. Usually the joint remains functional but there will be pain and swelling. Rest is important and a support bandage will help to reduce the swelling. To bandage an ankle, start the bandage under the foot and wind it in a figure of eight pattern around the ankle and back around the foot, overlapping the bandage on each turn. Give Arnica for shock and bruising.

After that give

5) Rhus. Tox 30 - a wonderful remedy for stiffness. Use it also for rheumatism, especially where the joint is stiff to begin with and gradually improves with movement.

Burns and scalds are amongst the most common and the most painful of home injuries. Of course, if the burns are extensive, you will need to take the patient straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency unit, but give Arnica first for the shock. For simple burns that can be treated at home give the patient frequent sips of water to alleviate shock and to prevent fluid loss. Treat first with Arnica 30 (up to 3 doses) for the shock and bathe the burned area of skin with a Calendula lotion (one teaspoon to a pint of boiled water) to soothe the pain. It is useful to keep an Aloe Vera plant in your kitchen for small burns from the iron or oven. The leaves contain a cooling gel, which can be very soothing and healing to burned skin. It also relieves the pain by shutting out the air. Recovery from burns can be assisted by taking extra Vitamin C.

6) Pulsatilla is a great remedy to have in your first aid box: it's useful for the family's coughs and colds, for painful periods and for teething infants. A good clue for prescribing Pulsatilla is that the person can seem a bit weepy or clingy but always feels better for being out in the fresh air. Pulsatilla can help in gastric disturbances especially if the cause is pork, pastry or bad fish or meat. There will be nausea, a bad taste in the mouth and dryness, together with bloating of the stomach and colicky pains. The patient is without thirst, restless and better for having the windows open.

7) Nux Vomica 30 is also a splendid remedy for poor digestion, especially when the cause is over-indulgence. It's a marvellous hangover remedy.

Quick treatment when a cold threatens can save the whole family a great deal of misery.

8) Arsenicum 30 taken in half-hour doses at the very first sign of a cold may abort it altogether. Give Aconite instead (30 hourly for three doses) if the chill is due to waiting around in a cold wind for a late train or a bus. Nux Vomica colds also come on after exposure to cold winds with fluent coryza in the morning and blocked flow at night. The patient will be unable to get warm, irritable and impatient. Give Nux Vomica 30 every two hours. In young children, the early stages of colds or childhood illnesses may be accompanied by a fever for which a parent may think of using Calpol.

9) Belladonna 30 is a good substitute. The patient will be thirsty, the face will be flushed red and there may be a headache of a throbbing kind. Giving water with a little lemon juice to drink and gentle sponging with tepid water will also help to bring down a temperature.

10) Gelsemium 30 is useful for colds or early stages of flu' where the person is chilly with heavy, aching limbs. Keep Gelsemium handy for anticipatory anxiety and stage fright before exams, interviews or driving tests. The nervous Gelsemium patient will be shaking, and having to make frequent trips to the bathroom with diarrhoea and/or frequent urination. For people who lack confidence but usually perform well once they get into their stride.

11) Lycopodium is the remedy. They become nervous before making a speech or making a presentation, even though they do it well when the moment comes. They like sweet things and when they are nervous their desire for chocolate may run away with them, so it's a good thing that Lycopodium is also a good remedy for indigestion with flatulence and irritability.

All remedies should be stored in a clean cool, dry place away from light, heat, electrical interference and strong smells. Do not keep you homeopathic remedies in the same box as aromatherapy oils, for example, or with any strong-smelling substance. Carefully stored, homeopathic remedies will last a long, long time. To give a dose, avoid touching the tablets by tipping a tablet into a spoon and then into the patient's mouth. Let the tablets dissolve slowly under the tongue. Remedies can be taken at any time of day but, ideally, allow a gap of at least 20 minutes away from food, drink or toothpaste. Discontinue treatment when the symptoms have abated and only repeat remedies when and if pain or other symptoms return.

Homeopathy has remedies to treat all sorts of illnesses in the whole family from babyhood to old age. Home prescribing for the family can be very rewarding and usually your local professional Homeopath will be happy to give advice over the telephone if you are not sure which remedy to give but do visit a professional Homeopath when more serious or chronic conditions arise

The potency commonly used in FIRST AID work is the 30 (30 centesimal Hahnemannian).

1. Bumps and Bruises: Take Arnica. Apply Arnica ointment. In any case of accident take or give Arnica, frequent dosage in severe cases, say every 10—15 minutes for 4 doses, less often for lesser severity.

2. Bites and Stings: Take Aconite, Arnica. Apply Anti—bite tincture. Additional remedies, Ledum, Apis, Belladonna. Ledum for reaction to insect bites and stings. Apis more particularly for bee and wasp stings, but also- of value generally, if reaction severe with swelling and itching. Belladonna would be of use for heat and fiery redness with hard swelling and throbbing.

3. Burns, Sunburn: Take Aconite. Apply Urtica ointment. Serious burns must receive medical attention, but Arnica internally will counteract shock.

4. Colds and Chills: Take Aconite. If ‘flu-like, Gelsemiun. If hayfever-like, Arsen Alb. With gastric Symptoms, Nux Vomica. If there is a tendency for chestiness, have Bryonia with you *

5. Cramp, from swimming: Take Aconite for chilliness. Nux Vomica for spasm. Additional remedy, Cuprum Met.

6. Continental Tummy. Digestive Upset: Take Nux Vomica. Additional remedy Colocynth if there is much griping. For food poisoning Arsen Alb. If there is marked lethargy, Baptism.

7. Heatstroke: Take Aconite, Gelsemium if lethargic arid shaking. Additional remedies, Belladonna. Severe headache, Glonoine.

8. Fracture: Take Arnica. Additionally, Symphytun. Apply Arnica ointment.

9. Sprains and Strain. Over Exertion: Take Rhus Tox. Alternate with Arnica if severe

10. Exposure to cold and wet: Take Aconite.

11. Rescued from drowning: Take Aconite and Arnica.

12. Grazes and Guts: Apply Calendula/Hypericum ointment. In any case of accident, shock, bruising, shaken up, use Arnica internally.

13. Jet lag, Travel Sickness: Take Cocculus 30 twice a day for two days before day of flight, during flight and two days after.

Dosages: Follow the general rules for dosage. In First Aid work give doses often, hourly or two-hourly for six doses. In very severe cases every 10-15 minutes until better, usually for 3 - 4 doses.

Monday, April 19, 2010

History of Homeopathy

Homoeopathy, the safest system for all ages, was founded by the once-vexed German orthodox physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, M.D (1755-1843). He was very disappointed with the ways of traditional medical treatment and the results. Not only was the treatment procedure painful, but the symptoms were reappearing with more side effects after some time. He observed that most of his cases would have done better if he had left them alone. Eventually, he stopped his medical practice and started translating medical and chemical works.

In 1790, while translating Cullen's Materia Medica, Dr. Hahnemann discovered the fever producing property of cinchona bark (Quinine) which was used to treat malarial fever. He took Cinchona for some days until he developed Malarial symptoms. Then he labeled a new theory "likes cure likes". (Cinchona can treat people with Malaria because it can produce the Malarial symptoms in a healthy person). Referring to this law of similarity, he coined the word "homeopathy" (homoios in Greek means similar, pathos means suffering). Since then, he started experimenting all the drugs on himself, his family and a small, but growing group, of his followers.

Dr. Hahnemann obtained a description of the drug by administering the one drug to a healthy person. (Homeopathic remedies are tested on humans, not on animals). In his new practice, he found that remedies prescribed by using the new law also produced some side effects. Slowly, he started reducing the quantity of remedies administered to the patient. Then he realized that only remedies in minute dosages would bring the desirable change in health without producing any side effects. He formulated basic guidelines for Homeopathic treatment in his book "Organon and philosophy".

To name just a few, Dr. James Tyler Kent, MD (1849-1910), Dr.Constantine Hering, MD (1800-1880), and Dr. Carrol Dunhum, MD (1828-1877) from USA, Dr. Richard Hughes, MD (1836-1902), and Dr. John Henry Clarke, MD (1853-1931) from UK, Dr. Carl Von Boenninghausen, MD( 1785-1864) from Netherlands, Dr. Rajendra Lal Dutt, MD (1818-1889), Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, MD (1833-1904), and Dr. Pratap Muzumdar, MD from India, are some of the other eminent homeopaths who have contributed to Homeopathy with their research, new remedies and books. It is surprising to see that most of these doctors were popular allopaths who became homeopaths after they/their family members were cured through the use of Homeopathy after undergoing agony with their health problems.

Despite the significant oppression from the orthodox medical profession, homeopathy has survived and is gradually growing. Homeopathy has attracted support from many of the most respected members of society including Mahatma Gandhi, William cullen Bryant, the famous journalist, and Britain's Royal family since 1830s. The most significant reason why homeopathy has developed immense popularity is its success in treating the various infectious epidemic diseases that raged throughout America and Europe during the 1800s. Statistics indicate that the death rates in homeopathic hospitals from these epidemics were often one-half to as little as one-eighth of those in orthodox medical hospitals.

Homeopathy is very popular in Europe, Asia (especially in India), Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is also widely practiced in Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria and the Soviet Union.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

This is the time of the year that many of us walk around feeling as though we are in a purple haze. Hence, a good reason to share knowledge of home remedies for seasonal allergy symptoms that has worked for many. You develop the symptoms of a stuffy nose, which reverses from being stopped up and then starts dripping, itchy and or watery eyes, and lungs burns or produces a wheezing sound, and or a scratchy throat. Or you may have the misfortune of getting sinusitis or a more serious infection that sends you running to the doctor’s office for assistance in getting well.

Since numerous allergens are inhaled a certain amount of exposure to whatever bothers you is unavoidable. Some people prefer to take allergy shots as a means of avoiding the unpleasant sometimes painful symptoms that comes with seasonal allergies. Today many of the prescription drugs like Claritin, Zyrtec, and other over-the-counter antihistamines, can now be purchased from your local drugstore without a prescription. Some people have to experiment to find out which product works best to stop one’s post nasal drip, and or red and itchy eyes. Such allergy products alone maybe enough to sustain your allergic reactions; however, for those suffering from severe allergy symptoms more assistance will be required.

Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms are categorized as mild, moderate, and severe. The ultimate goal of this blog would be to assist you in keeping your symptoms ranging from mild to moderate whenever possible. Now let’s take a look at what happens within each category of allergy symptoms:

Mild allergy symptoms – Include rash, itch or watery eyes, and or congestion. These symptoms tend to stay in a localized region usually in an around the area of where the allergen has entered the body. For example a rash would occur on hands if you touched something you were allergic to verses a food allergy might cause the throat to itch.

Moderate allergy symptoms – Itchiness and or difficulty in breathing are the symptoms of this category and these allergic reactions can include some or all of the mild allergy signs as well as one or both of the moderate symptoms. In addition these symptoms may spread to other parts of the body.

Severe Allergy Symptoms or (Anaphylaxis) – Anaphylaxis is serious. It happens when the body sets off a “warning, warning, intruder alert signal.” The body’s response to the allergen is sudden and affects the entire body. This is the one that can be potentially life threatening if not taken care of correctly and immediately. The allergic symptoms may begin with a sudden swelling and or itching of the face and or eyes and within minutes symptoms can worsen instead of improving.

• The overall severe allergy symptoms include: varying degrees of swellings that can make swallowing and or breathing difficult. There may be cramps, abdominal pain involved, vomiting, diarrhea, and or mental confusion or dizziness.

Several people have food allergies that cause them to move rapidly into the severe allergy stage. This can be a dangerous place to be in because the allergic response can be marked by swelling hives that ultimately can become severe enough not only to cause difficulty in breathing, lowered blood pressure, and or dilated blood vessels. An individual can go into anaphylactic shock and if not treated immediately, it can be fatal.

Suggestions for Allergy Relief

Here are some of the home remedies that you can use for recovery

Neti Pot - It naturally cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages, one of our body's first lines of defense against illness.

Multi-Vitamins – Suggestions are that you should make taking multi-vitamins a part of your daily regimen for numerous reasons. Well, add assisting to help provide nutrients that can ease the sneeze to the list. Allergy symptoms occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to allergens in your environment. Vitamin C stops histamine, magnesium may ease breathing, and other nutrients help to protect mucous membranes.

Probiotics - Are live microorganisms (good bacteria and or yeasts) that have been found to improve the immune system. When administered in adequate amounts it confers a health benefit to anyone that takes them on a routine bases.

European herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus) - There’s a lot of buzz about this product now a days. The British Medical Journal, in 2002 published results of a study from a group of Swiss researchers that revealed just one tablet of butterbur four times daily was as effective as a popular antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hay fever. The greatest benefit was there was no traditional symptom of drowsiness that sometimes occurs with antihistamines. Butterbur leaves and root extracts are used to treat allergies, as well as bronchial asthma, headache, and pain.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) - This nettle is one of nature’s best nutraceuticals (combination of nutrition and pharmaceutical) containing vitamins A, C, D, and B complex, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein. The stinging comes from the presence of histamine on the hairs of the leaves and stems. An extract from the root of the nettle contains natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory (including quercetin), that can open up constricted bronchial and nasal passages, helping to ease hay fever, and nose and or sinus type allergies symptoms. It acts as an astringent to mucous membranes. Use for chronic inflammations and excessive mucous discharge.

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Uncommon Alternative Healing Techniques

CAM, or Complementary and Alternative Medicine is becoming more and more popular. As we seek less invasive and toxin-free medical care, many new healing therapies are being introduced. Some work independently and some are now used in conjunction with other medical practices.

Unlike TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), which is thousands of years old, these practices are relatively new but many have similar philosophies and are often based on the ancient therapies.

Following is list of 11 therapies with a brief description/and a separate list with titles only - for your information.


Vatsu: Also known as water therapy. This early form of aquatic body work combines muscle stretching, dance, massage and shiatsu - all done in a pool of warm water. Working in a warm water environment helps relieve muscle tension, joint compression, and allows a free fluid movement that would not be possible without the use of warm water.

Raindrop Technique: The techniques combines aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. It is an 8-step process inspired by the Lakota First People. The aromatic oils are dropped onto the body from a height of 6 inches and then massaged into the back muscles. Oils are also used to perform reflexology on the feet.

Forgiveness Therapy (FT): In 1997, research done at the University of Wisconsin showed that forgiveness could be taught and yield positive results. This therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of addictions.

Bioresonance Therapy (BRT): BRT uses the body's own electromagnetic frequencies to locate and then eliminate health problems. Using a BRT machine, healthy and unhealthy energies are measured in response to food, bacteria and toxins. The BRT machine is used around the world by dentists, doctors, and veterinarians.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) aka Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT): Created in the early 1930's by a Danish doctor, this therapy involves a series of massaging motions to help relieve chronic sinus congestion and immune disorders. It is also used to manage lymphedema (swelling of arms and legs due to lymphatic fluid accumulation).

Humor Therapy: "Laughter is the best medicine" - and research has shown this to be true. In addition to being an affordable therapy, it is considered a type of Psychoneuroimmunology. The New England Journal of Medicine published the Norman Cousins case study in 1979 where Cousins designed his own therapy to treat ankylosing spondylitis. Cousins found that 15 minutes of laughter could bring him 2 hours of pain-free sleep. Laughter is known to reduce blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress hormones, and release the body's natural pain killers - endorphins.

Korean Chi Therapy: This therapy is based on traditional Chinese medicine, but instead of using needles, the therapy is done with sound energy. Using the 360 energy channels in the body, Korean Chi Therapy recognizes when energy flow is restricted - resulting in illness. Generally, the practitioner's fingertips move above the body but slight fingertip pressure may also be used.

Korean Hand Therapy (KHT): Uses acupuncture but only in the hand, to treat the whole body. For those afraid of needles other options are available.

Vega Test Method (VRT): VRT is also based on the principal of acupuncture but uses a machine to measure changes in skin conductivity. In VRT, the patient holds a device in one hand while a probe is placed on acupuncture points.

Therapeutic Eurythmy (TE): Often used to treat children with ADD or ADHD. It uses the principle of Eurythmy (harmonious rhythm). It is known as the 'art of visible speech and song' because it provides a physical element to the sounds of speech and music. In 1919, students in Germany were taught music, poetry and academic subjects using Eurythmy which showed improvements in coordination, and a sense of well-being.

Polarity Therapy: This therapy uses other energy-based processes. These include the ying-yang therapies of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and the Three Principles and Five Chakras of Ayurvedic Medicine. To measure a client's energy, the practitioner uses palpitation, observation, and interview. Polarity touch can have a variety of intensity levels. The therapy is designed to decrease a client's fixation on negative people, things, and events which reduces ones flexibility, and ability to forgive.

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18th International Conference on Alternative Medicine - A Stounding Success

Indian Board of Alternative Medicine held its 18th International Conference, Convocation and Award Presentation Ceremony, on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, on 21st February 2010, at The Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata, India.

The ceremony was Chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Samir Kumar Mookherjee, Former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, President of Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, gave Welcome Speech. Special Guests of Honour listed various eminent personalities from through out the globe like, Mahatma Madam Chris Griscom (USA), Dr. Allan Sweeney (UK), Dr. Hassan Abdlhadi Fageih (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Guiseppe Anzillotte (Italy), Mr. Klemens Vogel (Germany), Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Vogel (Germany), Dr. Ramaiah Bandi (Malaysia), Dr. Monjurul Ahasan (Bangladesh), Dr. U San Tin Aung (Mayanmar) and many more. Swami Chetasanandaji Maharaj of Ramkrishna Mission Narendrapur, did the Inaugural Invocation. The occasion was studded with Gems of various fields like Rev. Bishop P. S. P. Raju, Former Bishop of Calcutta, Swami Chetasanandaji Maharaj, Padmashree Dr. Vijay Kumar Shah, Padmashree Dr. S. Raman, Munishree Manikumarji, Dr. S. P Singh, Dr. Sohan Raj Tater, Mrs. Jaya Biswas, Dr. Suman Shah, Swami Athma Chaitanyanandajee, Mr. Vinod Ramchandra Ghosalkar are few to name. Vote of Thanks was addressed by Dr. Mangal Tripathy.

Numbers of registered delegates were more than 500 including participants, speakers, patrons, awardees and advisors. Complete media coverage was done by many local and national electronic and print medias.

This event received blessings and best wishes from various Governors, Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State, Foreign Embassies and High Commissions, WHO and other Non-Governmental Organizations and many other well wishers.

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