Jumat, 31 Mei 2013

How to Learn Acupuncture at Home

How to Learn Acupuncture at Home

Acupuncture is a centuries old practice attributed to Chinese medicine doctors, used to alleviate pain or promote continued good health. The acupuncturist studies "meridians," which are areas of the body thought to stimulate health. Traditionally, needles were placed into the meridians or acupoints, but acupuncture has evolved into a practice with lasers, magnets and even herbs. Although acupuncturists must be licensed by their state's medical board with a "Licensed Acupuncturist" certification, you can still begin your study of the field from home, gathering information about Oriental medicine and studying the basics before setting out to earn your certification.

Instructions

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    Join an industry organization such as the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. From your computer, you'll have access to resources like the group's online library, which has information on the history of acupuncture, a directory of state acupuncture websites, legislative updates on the field and a member directory. Search the member directory for chapters, offices or professionals in your area, and contact someone to ask about possibly serving as a mentor or tutor.

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    Purchase an introductory text such as "Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure" by David Sollars, "Acupuncture" by Shi Cun Wu or "Acupressure & Reflexology for Dummies" by Bobbi Dempsey and Synthia Andrews.

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    Enroll in an online course or program in acupuncture such as the one offered by the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences. The programs let you learn at your own page and use CD-ROMs and the Internet to discuss topics, such as philosophy of acupuncture, acupuncture as a neurophysiological science, patient instruction, acupuncture trigger point theory, new treatment concepts and basic terminology. Some programs, such as Blue Heron's, result in a Practical Acupuncture Certificate of Completion.

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    Watch a CD-ROM or DVD about acupuncture practices, such as HopTechno's Complete Acupuncture CD-ROM, covering the basic principles of acupuncture treatment, needles and preparation, classification of acupuncture points, acupuncture point measurement and location and the different research studies that have been conducted about the practice.

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    Gently practice pressing your fingertips on the acupoints or meridians on your body. For example, according to the Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center, if you press the lung meridian which is above the wrist on the inside of your arm, it may ease upper body disorders such as sore throat, cough, asthma or headache. Experiment on your own body and observe any results.

Electronic Head Lice Removal

A lice infestation can make life a living nightmare for the entire family. Lice shampoos contain pesticides, which many parents try to avoid, but the shampoos are the most widely available remedy for these parasites. Electronic lice-killing combs have gained popularity in recent years in response to parental concerns, but they, too come with their fair share of concerns.

How it Works

    Electronic lice removal involves using a metal comb with a battery installed. The user combs their hair slowly, in small sections. When the electric comb comes in contact with a louse, it electrocutes the bug. The user must then clean the dead bugs out of the comb.

History

    The most popular of the lice combs, the Robi Comb, was invented in Israel in 1991. In initial testing, it was proven to be as effective as the leading ingredient in most lice shampoos, permethrin. The comb sold in several European countries for several years before releasing in the United States in 1998.

    Robi Comb's nearest competitor, the MagiComb, advertises itself as "21st Century Technology," so it is relatively new to the marketplace. Both combs can be purchased online, and the Robi Comb is available at most chain pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS.

Robi Comb vs. MagiComb

    The Robi Comb has a small design that must be assembled and disassembled each time the comb is used. It electrocutes the louse, then makes a sound to alert the user to clean the dead louse out of the comb's teeth. The comb only works with dry hair, and will not run at all if the comb is wet. Between users, the comb is sanitized with rubbing alcohol.

    The MagiComb is bigger than the Robi Comb, and features a hairbrush-like handle. It can be used on wet hair, and does not require the user to clean the teeth after each bug electrocution, but rather at the end of the 15-20 minute combing session.

Considerations

    Electronic combs do not kill "nits," the eggs lice lay on hair follicles; thus, the combs must be used once a day for at least 10-12 days. Like any comb, these combs can tangle in the hair, causing pain when the tangle is removed. Nit removal gels (sold in the same aisle as lice shampoo) can aid in removing both live and dead nits.

    The combs must be sanitized between users. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol is recommended, though Robi Cob's guide states it is permissible to use germicide if the comb is being used in high-capacity situations, such as by a school nurse.

How to Use Acupressure Points on the Hand to Improve Health

How to Use Acupressure Points on the Hand to Improve Health

Although people use their hands to reinforce a statement, articulate thoughts or compensate for an inability to fully express themselves with words, the hands also provide access to major meridians of the body. The heart, heart constrictor, lung, large-intestine, triple warmer and small-intestine meridians flow down the arm and into the hand and fingers. The fingers function as discharge points, or outlets, for energy flowing from the body.

Instructions

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    Locate the major meridians of the hand by extending an arm in front of the body with the palm facing you. Three meridians flow along the inside of the arm and down into the fingers. The lung meridian flows through the middle of the large muscle at the base of the thumb, then to the tip of the thumb. The heart constrictor meridian flows from the middle of the inside of the arm, through the middle of the hand to the tip of the middle finger. The heart meridian flows from the bottom of the arm on the inside through the bottom of the little finger, then at the last joint, turns upward to end at the top of the little finger, terminating at the inside of the nail.

    Turn the hand over so that the palm is facing away from the body. Three meridians flow along the outside of the arm and down into the fingers. The large-intestine meridian runs from the index finger, over the back of the hand (over the muscle between the thumb and index finger), up the crook of the arm, over the top of the shoulder, and along the sides of the mouth to a point where the nostrils meet the face. The triple heater meridian flows down the middle of the outside of the arm, along the back of the hand and into the ring finger. The small-intestine meridian runs from the nail of the little finger, up the back of the arm, to the shoulder blade, up the back of the neck, to a point just in front of the ear hole on the side of the face.

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    Test your mind and body's flexibility by using the hands. Place the hands together in a prayer position in front of the chest. Raise the palms upward and outward, while keeping the fingers of both hands touching. Create two right angles with the fingers and the backs of the hands. The palms should be horizontal, the fingers vertical. Flexible hands can indicate a person who is open to a variety of opinions and finds it easy to go around obstacles. Hands that are inflexible or tight can indicate a person who is conceptual, perhaps rigid and somewhat stubborn. If the hands are strong and inflexible, the person may tend to be confrontational when they deem it necessary.

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    Spread the left thumb and index finger apart. Place the right thumb in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, on the back of the left hand. Place the fingertips of the right hand on the palm directly behind the thumb of the left hand. Squeeze together the thumb and index finger of the right hand firmly, pressing into the webbing of the left hand. Angle the pressure toward the bone that connects the palm of the hand to the index finger. Hold for one minute. Switch hands and repeat the process. This point helps relieve headaches, head congestion, arthritis, neck pain and irritability.

Home Remedy to Thicken Endometrial Lining

The endometrial, or uterine, lining is the spongy material that covers the inside of the uterus in preparation for pregnancy. Mostly composed of mucus and blood cells, it provides the resting place and nourishment for a newly fertilized egg. In order for an embryo to thrive, the lining needs to be thick enough, but not too thick. While there is debate, an accepted range of thickness is six to 13 mm.

Thin Endometrium

    The thickness of the uterine lining varies throughout the month in conjunction with your menstrual cycle. As you ovulate, the lining thickens to get ready in case an egg is fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized and begins decomposing, the lining will degrade and slough off. This becomes your menstrual flow. After your period, your lining is thinner, and will begin to build up again to repeat the cycle. Rarely, a woman will have a chronically thin endometrial lining. If it measures less than five millimeters at the fullest time of your cycle, you may have difficulty becoming pregnant. Your body may perceive that you will not be able to nourish another life.

How to Thicken the Endometrium

    Fertility doctors often prescribe medications that can thicken your endometrial lining. They may prescribe other drugs, too, that are designed to increase your chances of conception. Some of these medications have side effects, like multiple births, which may not be desirable to you. Working with a fertility clinic is also very expensive. If you have been told that your infertility may be a result of a thin endometrium, you can try to thicken it using a home remedy before paying for other fertility measures.

    The uterine lining responds to the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body at any given time. As your estrogen level rises during the course of your menstrual cycle, the lining will increase. If you have a thin lining, you may simply need estrogen supplementation. Recent theories state, however, that taking synthetic or animal-derived estrogen may increase your chances for breast or uterine cancer, as well as heart disease. Rather than a prescription, you can try plant-derived phytoestrogens. These substances, found in soy, red clover and other plants, act the same way as your own estrogen in your body, without the health risks.

    You can find phytoestrogen supplements at your local pharmacy or health food store, and online. Follow package directions, and be sure not to overuse these products. Changes in hormone levels can affect many aspects of your health, not just reproduction. If you supplement with phytoestrogens, and still have trouble conceiving, consult with a qualified fertility expert.

Types of Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture may seem like torture to the needle-shy---like a visit to the doctor's office for a shot, many times over. But acupuncture needles are very thin, and very different from syringe-type needles. Acupuncture needles vary in size and type, but none of them should cause pain.

History

    The first recorded mention of acupuncture is from the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, the earliest known medical textbook. In ancient Chinese acupuncture, practitioners used nine types of needles to stimulate Meridian points to try to bring a patient's Qi, or life force, into balance. The nine types of needles were of different lengths and widths, useful for different ailments. The earliest acupuncture needles were made of stone, but silver and gold needles existed, too.

Types

    As of 2009, most acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are disposable, though some practitioners do use silver or gold needles. Only six of the original nine types of needles are in general use today. The differences between these six types are in length and width of the needle, as well as the shape of the head. Another type of needle is used for electro-acupuncture. This kind will carry a mild electrical current through it to stimulate the desired point.

    Acupuncture needles are solid, so they're much thinner than a syringe-type needle. They also have rounded tips, so they don't cut through muscle like other needles, decreasing the pain associated with penetration.

Size

    Acupuncture needles are extremely thin---some resemble a strand of hair. Widths vary from .012 to .35 millimeters. The length varies more widely, from 7 millimeters to 8 centimeters. Your practitioner will choose the size of needle based on the desired affect of the acupuncture and the point to be stimulated.

Considerations

    The size of acupuncture needle may also be chosen based on the style of acupuncture your practitioner uses. In general, the Traditional Chinese Medicine style uses thicker and longer needles. This is to bring about a "de qi" sensation in the patient, which is a feeling of heaviness or numbness. In contrast, Japanese-style acupuncture uses thinner needles and doesn't penetrate as deeply.

Warning

    The FDA has approved acupuncture needles as a Class II medical device, which means there are special controls in place governing their approved use. According to these controls, acupuncture needles must be sterilized and are approved for single use only. Think carefully before going to a practitioner who doesn't use disposable needles. You could be setting yourself up for a serious infection.

Distillation of Orange Oil

Distillation of Orange Oil

Orange oil is a type of essential oil that is natural and non-toxic. Noted for its beautiful aroma of oranges, orange oil requires no harmful chemicals or additives to produce. Find out how to extract this versatile oil, using orange peels and water, and produce your own orange oil at home.

Purpose of Distillation

    Steam distillation is a heating process commonly used to extract natural oils from plant, fruit, flower or tree parts. It works by creating steam that pulls natural oils out of the products. The extracted oil, along with water droplets, drip into the distiller's collection chamber. Separation of the oil and water completes the process, creating essential oil.

Preparation of Oranges

    Peel three medium-sized oranges and place them in a blender. Add about 4 ounces of water and blend until pureed. Breaking down the orange rinds allows the natural oils to flow more readily during distillation.

Distiller Setup

    A distiller contains three parts: a flask that holds the orange rind mixture, a condenser tube that receives heated oil vapors and water, and an end chamber that collects the essential oil and water. A heat source, placed under the flask, raises the temperature and creates steam. Whether homemade or store-bought, distillers consist of the same three interconnected components.

Distillation Process

    With your distiller setup complete, pour the pureed orange rind mixture into the flask and add water to the halfway point. Apply a heat source underneath the flask to begin a slow heating and steaming process. The oil vapors and water droplets pass through the condenser tube and into the collection container. Once in the collection container, the orange oil will rise to the top, while the water sits on the bottom. Remove the orange oil from the container and bottle for use.

Uses of Orange Oil

    Orange oil is a clear, non-toxic essential oil that smells like oranges and has an amber or light orange color. Due to its potency, and potential for skin irritation, it requires dilution before use. Dilute orange oil by adding several drops to a gallon of water. For ease of use, keep diluted orange oil in a convenient spray bottle, and store concentrated oil in a dark-colored glass bottle away from direct heat. Orange oil has a variety of household and personal uses, such as household cleaner, body spritzer, air freshener, massage oil or insect repellant. Unless advised by an alternative health professional, do not take orange oil internally.

The History of Oils as Aphrodisiacs

The History of Oils as Aphrodisiacs

Oils have been used for centuries to increase the attraction between a man and a woman. Many believe these essential oils, the concentrated "essence" of a flower, spice or herb, have aphrodisiac properties.

Cleopatra

    Cleopatra reportedly used essential oils from red roses and jasmine to enhance her libido. According to Lindisima.com, she also took baths in milk and rose petals.

Jasmine

    Jasmine essential oil has been a popular aphrodisiac in India for centuries. Women traditionally put some in their hair before going to bed with their husbands to encourage love making.

Vanilla

    Before European contact, native groups in Central America used vanilla essential oils to attract the opposite sex. Vanilla was very precious in their culture.

Ylang Ylang

    Ylang ylang, a sweet smelling flower, was used as an aphrodisiac in Ancient China.

Oils Today

    Today all of these ancient aphrodisiac essential oils can be found in candles, massage oils and bath oils. Rich, warm scents are most likely to encourage romance.

Eucalyptus Plant Uses

Eucalyptus is a multifunctional plant native to Australia. Since Aboriginal times, the healing properties of eucalyptus have been celebrated and widely used. Eucalyptus leaves contain valuable tannins, flavonoids, and the antiseptic cineole---all of which can aid in the treatment of a variety of ailments. Eucalyptus boasts many healing attributes, including anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial and decongestant qualities.

Treating Congestion, Coughs and Colds

    Due to its distinct aroma, many have come to know eucalyptus as "The Vick's VapoRub Plant." This moniker is certainly not off-base, considering that Vick's VapoRub's main healing ingredient is eucalyptus oil.

    For a powerful, sinus-clearing inhalant, add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a large bowl of steaming hot water. Covering your head with a towel, lean over the bowl and inhale deeply.

    To relieve the discomfort of coughs and colds, prepare a cup of eucalyptus tea. Pour one cup of boiling water over one to two teaspoons of crushed eucalyptus leaves. Cover, steep for 10 minutes, and strain. Do not exceed two cups of eucalyptus tea daily.

Alleviating Arthritis Pain

    Eucalyptus oil can offer fast temporary relief for pain associated with arthritis and other types of joint inflammation. The tannins in eucalyptus have an anti-inflammatory effect.

    Due to its power and strong scent, warm a small amount of eucalyptus oil and rub it in a thin layer over the inflamed area. Cover this area with plastic wrap and apply a warm towel over the region. Continue providing heat to the area by refreshing the warm towels before they have a chance to cool down.

Soothing Burns

    The relaxing and soothing properties of eucalyptus can relieve the sting of burns on the skin. However, eucalyptus should not be used on sunburns, open sores, or exposed wounds.

    Add 15 to 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a mild carrier oil, such as sunflower, olive, sesame or almond. Mix well, and topically apply a small amount to the burned area. Gently rub the oil into the skin.

Warnings

    Though eucalyptus has many medicinal uses, it should not be used by everyone. Those with kidney or liver disease, bile duct inflammatory disease, gastrointestinal tract issues, or blood pressure problems should steer clear of eucalyptus leaf extract. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid eucalyptus remedies. People with asthma should use caution when working with eucalyptus, as it has been known to instigate asthma attacks.

    Bear in mind that the topical use of eucalyptus is safe and nontoxic. However, if you are ingesting eucalyptus oil, make sure it is diluted well. Taking large quantities of eucalyptus internally can be toxic.

How to Use Flaxseed Oil for Arthritis Symptoms

How to Use Flaxseed Oil for Arthritis Symptoms

People who have arthritis--its main symptoms being stiff and achy joints--know that unfortunately there is no cure for their painful disease. Some arthritis patients opt to use FDA-approved medications to ease their pain. Those who want a more natural approach to lessen arthritis pain can use flaxseed oil. The oil is laden with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is similar in composition to the omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Instructions

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    Purchase flaxseed oil packaged in a dark or otherwise opaque bottle. Light and heat can cause the components of the oil to break down and become less effective. For this reason, avoid frying or baking with flaxseed oil.

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    Store flaxseed oil in the refrigerator. Pay close attention to the expiration date to avoid spoilage. Discard the oil if it starts to smell bad.

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    Stir flaxseed oil into a tall glass of juice with your breakfast. In addition to helping your arthritic joints, the oil can help regulate your digestive system for the day.

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    Add flaxseed oil to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lowfat cottage cheese. The fats present in the oil are better absorbed by your body when they bind to proteins. The nutty flavor of flaxseed oil is complemented by the cheese flavor to make a healthy side dish.

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    Substitute a flaxseed oil-based salad dressing for your regular dressing. Wisk together 1/2 cup of flaxseed oil with 1/2 cup of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate leftover dressing for the next day.

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    Ease your symptoms of arthritis by using a warm flaxseed compress. Use flaxseed flour and hot water to make a paste. Apply to the affected areas with a warm washcloth, avoiding contact with any open cuts or sores.

What Is Bergamot Oil?

What Is Bergamot Oil?

The use of bergamot oil as a scent for perfumes has a long history. Even though today, we consider a cologne to be a scent that has a lighter concentration of essential oils, in the 1700's the original "eau de cologne" was created from a mixture that contained neroli, lavender and bergamot oil. Today bergamot has a variety of uses, including aromatherapy.

Function

    There is a wide disagreement about the origin of both the name and the tree. Experts claim the tree comes from Southeast Asia and was later introduced to Europe. Some believe that Greece was its ancestral home. The name may come from the Turksih phrase "beg-armundi," which means "the lord's pear" or after the town where they first sold bergamot, Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy.

Identification

    Most bergamot grows in Calabria, Italy. The tree is only about 12 feet high. The leaves are smooth, and the tree is evergreen. The fruit of the bergamot is pear shaped, but is a citrus fruit. It has flowers, which are star-shaped and blossom in the spring, produces green fruit that ripens and turns yellow. Originally scientists debated how this natural hybrid developed but now most agree that the plant is a cross between the lime tree and the bitter orange. Often people misconstrue the oil of the bergamot for the herb bergamot, which is monarda didyma and named after the bergamot tree because of its citrus smell.

Function

    Bergamot oil is in many different commercial products. Earl Grey tea gets its distinctive flavor from the oil of the bergamot fruit. Bergamot is in over one third of the world's perfumes or colognes. Bergamot components are used in treatments for psoriasis. Bergamot plays an important role in aromatherapy. While bergamot oil is the primary use of the plant and comes from the skin, the juice and pulp find use in cooking.

Theories/Speculation

    Use bergamot oil in aromatherapy when you feel depressed, tense or just plain stressed out. The oil has antiseptic and antibiotic qualities and is a powerful analgesic. It helps digestion and infection. Bergamot oil is a quicker picker-upper when you feel down in the dumps or just recovering from an illness. When used in burners, it's effective for respiratory problems. Blended in massage oils or put in the bath it's a treatment for PMS. When you blend bergamot oil into a base cream it can be used for acne, psoriasis, cuts, cold sores and even chicken pox.

Warning

    The use of bergamot on the skin causes photosensitivity and sometimes rashes. If you use bergamot as a skin treatment or in massage oil, stay out of the sun. Ingesting too much bergamot oil from sources such as Earl Grey tea, can block the absorption of potassium.

Kamis, 30 Mei 2013

How to Cleanse With Sage

Sage has been used for thousands of years to cleanse and heal toxicity. Sage can be used to cleanse a person from a negative experience or a house from previous tenants before moving in. Sage has been known to relieve migraines, sinus infections and anxiety. Burning dried sage is the most common method of cleansing a person or space. Boiling fresh sage into tea can also enliven the spirit.

Instructions

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    Light the sage on fire. Light a single stem or a bundle of stems commonly called a smudge.

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    Blow out the fire. The flame should be reduced to a dim orange glow with a trail of escaping smoke.

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    Gently inhale the smoke. This works best when burning one stem of sage at a time. Lightly inhale the smoke in through your nostrils and exhale through your mouth.

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    Move smoke around your entire body. Set the burning sage in a bowl and gently cup the smoke in your hands. Release the smoke near your neck, chest, stomach, groin and feet. Focus on the area of your body you wish to cleanse.

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    Move smoke around your space. Walk with the bundle of sage in your hand around the room or space you wish to cleanse. Start at the back wall and walk the length of the room. Be sure smoke reaches all four corners.

    6

    Extinguish the sage. Place the bundle in a bowl of sand with the burning end down. This is also a good time to give thanks for its cleansing properties.

How to Extract Ginseng

How to Extract Ginseng

Ginseng extract is used in many cultures for its curative properties. Natives Americans used it to treat everything from headaches to indigestion. The Chinese and Russians use ginseng to improve mental stamina and alertness as well as to protect against colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses. The results of a study on ginseng published in the June 2001 issue of the medical journal "Antiviral Research" support the idea of using ginseng to fight off flu symptoms. Flu symptoms were found to last for a shorter period in those who consumed ginseng extract. Making ginseng extract is simple to accomplish at home.

Instructions

Hot Water-Based Extraction

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    Ginseng tea can help fight off a cold.
    Ginseng tea can help fight off a cold.

    Buy finely cut dried ginseng root. The root should be firm, free of mold, and brown in color.

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    Boil a cup of water in a metal pot. Place one teaspoon of ginseng in a teapot and pour the boiling water over the ginseng.

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    Cover the teapot with the top and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Using a tea strainer to strain the ginseng tea into a cup.

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    According to health experts at the University of Maryland Health Center, you can drink ginseng tea 1-3 times a day for up to 3 months, followed by taking a few weeks without ginseng tea.

Alcohol-Based Extraction

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    Store the tincture in glass dropper bottles.
    Store the tincture in glass dropper bottles.

    Place 1/2 cup dried ginseng root in a glass mason jar. Pour 2 1/2 cups of 100 proof vodka over the root and cover the jar with the lid

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    Shake the jar daily to mix the vodka and ginseng root.

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    Steep the ginseng in alcohol for 2 weeks. Strain the ginseng into amber glass dropper bottles and store in a cool cupboard. The tincture should be a golden yellow.

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    Mix 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of tincture with 1 tbsp. of warm water. Experts from the University of Maryland Health center recommend taking this mixture 2 to 3 times a day for up to 3 months, followed by several weeks of not taking it.

Thuja for the Treatment of Warts

Warts, everyone agrees, are extremely difficult to treat. There are different types of warts, the most common being plantar, filiform, plane, mosaic, genital and common warts. Warts are caused by a virus. They differ in appearance and location on the body, but they are all distressing to the person affected, and are all stubbornly difficult to remove. Alternative treatments are now becoming more common as a way of dealing with these uncomfortable lesions.

Causes and Conventional Treatment

    Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, a virus that can cause the warts to spread to other parts of the body or to other people. This simply adds to the distress of the affected person, and any skin doctor will attest to the fact that wart removal is a major part of a dermatologist's practice.

    Common wart-removal techniques include topical treatments containing salicylic acid, cyrotherapy (freezing the warts so that they "die") and even laser surgery. Even with these treatments, however, warts often return, because even if the outward manifestation of the virus is eliminated the virus itself may remain.

Homeopathic Treatment: Thuja

    A popular alternative medicine that has been gaining support in recent years is homeopathy. Homeopathic treatments are remedies selected according to the patient's symptoms, both physical and psychological---even those that may not seem to be pertinent. (A homeopathic practitioner will want to know about the patient's disposition, other health issues, any stressors in the patient's life and so on.) Homeopaths believe that illnesses are best treated by substances that can induce the presenting symptoms---these homeopathic remedies have been diluted and, as treatment progresses, continue to be administered in increasingly diluted form.

    Thuja, a ceder tree that grows in North America and Asia, is believed by homeopaths to contain properties that will successfully treat all forms of warts. Homeopaths generally use a topical compound containing Thuja occidentalis to treat warts, and report much success with this remedy--- especially notable with genital warts, which for conventional practitioners have proven to be the most difficult form of wart to treat.

    Homeopathic remedies are similar to conventional medicine in that one should take great care before using any medications or treatments. A doctor (or, in the case of homeopathic medicines, a licensed homeopathic practitioner) should always be consulted so that the treatment is conducted properly and to maximum effect. Many homeopaths, for example, recommend mixing thuja with olive oil before applying it to genital warts; this is information that few people would know if they were treating themselves.

Importance of Openness to Alternative Treatments, Such as Homeopathic Thuja

    It is clear that conventional medicine seems clueless in treating warts. Alternative medicines, including homeopathic thuja, may offer relief to many people who are searching for a cure for this distressing and frustrating condition.

Healing Garden in Gulfport, Mississippi

Healing Garden in Gulfport, Mississippi

A regular massage can do wonders for your health. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered massage an important part of the health regime. The Healing Garden Therapies (HGT) website says that A well-trained and licensed massage therapist employs their hands as finely tuned yet powerful tools to promote wellness. HGT in Gulfport, Mississippi, offers a variety of therapeutic massages, body wraps, facials and other services.

Therapeutic Massage

    Relax in a warm, quiet room with soft music playing as you experience one of the many massages available at HGT. Start your experience at HGT with the Garden Stone massage, which combines hot stones and massage to melt away sore muscles. The classic aromatherapy massage incorporates essential oils to relieve stress, relax muscles and bring about well being. Your feet will get a real treat with the Oh My Aching Feet massage. Massages are customized to your specific needs.

Therapeutic Facials

    Its important to take care of the skin all over the body, but especially on your face since it is seen everyday. According to the Healing Gardens Website, every facial at HGT starts with a DermaPrint Clinical Skin Analysis to determine skin type for proper care. Try the acne treatment to help clear up problems for teens and adults. The Anti-Aging Multi-Vitamin C treatment is designed to firm and rejuvenate tissue. The Gentlemen's Facial is a deep-pore cleansing treatment to exfoliate and stimulate the skins vitality.

Body Treatment

    Whether you need to detox or exfoliate, HGT has several Body Treatments. The Garden Acti-Sea Body wrap is most effective for stimulating, moisturizing and detoxifying. Choose the Garden European Rose Body wrap for a deep hydrating, skin-renewing treatment. Try the Garden Body Sea Salt Glow to restore your skins radiance through exfoliation.

Other

    Ear Candling is a non-invasive cleansing of the ears, and includes a face and scalp massage. Ear candling helps to relieve sinus congestion and detoxes the lymph and sinus system, according to the Lisa's Natural Path website.

    Body, facial or specific area waxing is available.

Products

    HGT offers a variety of products for sale, including: music, Bean Pod Soy candles, bath therapies, essential oils, diffusers, Dead Sea salt, Indigo Wild soaps, Blinc make-up and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup.

How to Take Saw Palmetto Supplements

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been used in the treatment of enlarged prostate gland, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). There have been smaller studies conducted on saw palmetto and BPH and the National Centers for Complementary Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) states there is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of saw palmetto for treating BPH. Historical uses saw the Mayans using it as a tonic and Seminoles using it as an antiseptic.Studies have not shown any reduction in enlarged prostate with consumption of saw palmetto.

Instructions

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    Buy saw palmetto from a health store or purchase online.

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    Select saw palmetto berry extract of either 320 mg at 85% or 95% potency or one of 640 mg at 45% potency. The potency refers to the percentage of fatty acids present in the extract.

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    Take 1 to 2 capsules of the 320 mg or only 1 of the 640 mg. Do not exceed this dosage.

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    Note any side effects. If you have any blood in your stool or urine, discontinue use and see your physician right away for assessment.

How to Cure Hemorrhoids with Natural Remedies

An easy cure for Hemorrhoids is natural remedies. Hemorrhoids are swollen, and often painful, veins in the lower portion of the rectum. Hemorrhoids are often accompanied with pain, discomfort, itching and sometimes bleeding. Below are some natural remedies that are effective in the treatment of Hemorrhoids.

Instructions

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    Take 200 to 300 mg of Butcher's Broom in supplemental form. Butcher's Broom helps to reduce inflammation of Hemorrhoidal tissue and works especially well to relieve discomfort caused by Hemorrhoids.

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    Take 500 mg Collinsonia three times per day. Collinsonia has been proven to reduce the swelling of Hemorrhoids.

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    Apply Witch Hazel gel directly to external Hemorrhoids. You can also add Witch Hazel to running bath water to help with both internal and external Hemorrhoids.

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    Take 100 mg of Aescin daily. Aescin helps to improve circulation as well as reduce swelling. Aescin is found in horse chestnuts, so will usually be found in Horse Chestnut supplements.

How to Naturally Cure Ulcers

How to Naturally Cure Ulcers

Ulcers are erosions in the stomach lining caused by irritation. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, and nausea. It is important to be tested by a doctor to see if your ulcer is being caused by the bacteria H. pylori. There are some natural treatments that can prevent and cure some ulcers.

Instructions

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    eat more berries

    People who have higher levels of vitamin C in their blood are less likely to be infected with the H. pylori bacteria. Make sure to include enough vitamin C soures of food into your diet such as oranges, strawberries, red bell peppers, etc.

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    make herbal licorice tea

    Licorice root can attack the bacteria that causes ulcers. Make licorice root tea. Calendula tea is also recommended.

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    fresh carrot juice prevents ulcers

    Carrot juice can be soothing to an inflamed stomach. Make it fresh at home with a juicer.

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    no spicy foods

    Evaluate your diet and eliminate very spicy or acidic foods.

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    Aloe vera gel can be very soothing and curative. Take one teaspoon twice a day. It can be found online and at your local health food store, check resources below.

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    cabbage salad

    Raw cabbage juice is highly recommended for ulcers. You also can buy it fresh and add to salads and other foods.

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    Poor digestion can be the cause of ulcers. Enzymes will assist in digestion. Take with probiotics. Check resources to get an in-home test which will test digestive function.

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    Acupuncture can be effective and should be tried over the course of at least a month for noticable improvement.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Essential Oils

The Therapeutic Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are distillations of plant materials primarily acquired through a steaming process of distillation that separates and purifies the oils. More than 3,000 plants have been distilled into essential oils. These oils are commonly used in the creation of fragrances, perfumes, soaps, candles, as food enhancers, in incense and for medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Aromatherapy

    The most common application of essential oils for therapeutic benefits in the United States is with aromatherapy. According to NaturesGift.com, essential oils are diluted at a rate of 15 drops per one ounce of carrier oil. The diluted oil is then used as part of a spa treatment that might include massage, baths and the burning or atomizing of oils. Some practitioners also use spritzers and others use humidifiers to propagate a scent into the treatment environment.

Considerations

    Aromatherapy is one of the fastest-growing areas of alternative medicine, particularly with the nursing community, according to a 1997 study by M. Lis-Balchin in The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. Lis-Balchin notes that there is some resistance in the aromatherapy community to in-depth study of how essential oils and, more specifically, how the treatments that fall under the umbrella of aromatherapy work. There is strong "evidence that essential oils can act as an anti-microbial or antioxidant agent or have a pharmacological effect on various tissues." But there isn't any evidence that these properties can be delivered through massages or bathing.

Potential

    Many aromatherapy treatments include counseling, listening and advice as well as the massage, and Lis-Balchin notes that patients being seen by conventional biomedical doctors are seldom given the type of attention that alternative practitioners give their clients. Validation, reassurance and counseling, added to an atmosphere and treatment designed to relax and reduce stress, is likely to reflect improvement in how those clients feel after treatment. Such subjective opinions describing improvement doesn't mean that the oil is the cause of this improvement.

Aroma Science

    There is significant scientific evidence supporting the aroma science application of essential oils, according to Lis-Balchin. Inhaled essential oils like camphor through oil-soaked scarves worn about the face and mouth helped doctors protect themselves against fungal and bacterial infections during the Black Death when they visited patients. Some essential oils are well known anti-microbial and antioxidant agents, and some have been shown to slow the aging process in animals. Lis-Balchin goes on to say that rubifacients, which are briskly rubbed into the skin at the site of pain, are the basis for Vicks and Tiger Balsam.

Benefits

    Eucalyptus globulur, pine needle and camphor are well known for relieving symptoms of respiratory problems such as cough and congestion, Lis-Balchin says, and fennel, dill and caraway are used as well as peppermint in remedies for indigestion, flatulence and dyspepsia. Many essential oil vapors are known to induce sedative or stimulant affects. Other essential oils are already used in conventional medicine to treat gallstones and ureteric stones. However, these treatments using essential oils are either inhaled or applied internally; none of these treatments is absorbed through the skin as the mechanism of delivery. Lis-Balchin notes that the practitioners of aromatherapy use very small amounts of essential oil in their treatments, and how these low doses might work remains unknown. He goes on to say that, despite the lack of studies on some aspects of essential oil use, it is recommended that aromatherapy be used as a complementary alternative treatment along with conventional biomedicine and that, in some cases, it can be used on its own.

Rabu, 29 Mei 2013

Accupressure Points for Back Pain

Acupressure is an ancient system of stimulating key points on the human body with the fingertips to influence subtle energy channels, known as meridians, in order to promote healing and pain relief. Back pain is a common condition that can be due to a number of different causes, including injury and degenerative conditions. The use of acupressure to relieve pain in the back by finding and holding the points that correspond to back pain can be a very efficient and cost-effective way of resolving various back problems without negative side effects.

History

    The discovery of pressure points along channels in the human body that relieved pain and affected other parts of the body occurred more than 5,000 years ago in ancient China, according to acupressure.com. Through years of trial and error Chinese physicians recorded and mapped a complex chart of points throughout the human body that correspond to many different health conditions. The points themselves are believed to be places in the skin where the body is more sensitive to energy; by applying pressure, the body's own healing abilities are stimulated.

Effects

    Acupressure is commonly used for all sorts of pain in the human body, including back pain. In a study published in Preventive Medicine in July 2004, researchers applied both acupressure point therapy and standard physical therapy to a group of patients suffering from chronic lower back pain. They found that the group that received acupressure had significantly less pain after treatment and at a six-month follow-up compared to the physical therapy group.

Identification

    There are several different locations for points that are commonly used by acupressure therapists to treat back pain. According to holisticonline.com, the point B 54 is one of the most important points for relieving chronic pain in the back. B 54 is located on the back of the legs, behind the knees, and is stimulated by pressing the fingertips into the crease of skin directly behind the knees.

Function

    Traditional Chinese theory holds that energy, or "Chi," becomes blocked at points in the body, causing them to become tender and inflamed. By pressing and holding these points, the energy is released and the body is able to resolve the issue even if it is located in another part of the body. According to acupressure.com, acupressure inhibits the pain signals sent to the brain as well as provoking the release of endorphins--chemicals that cause pleasure--and effectively acts as a natural painkiller.

Potential

    Acupressure is a proven remedy for back pain that can be used at home by oneself absolutely free of charge. By finding and stimulating sore points on your body that are related to back pain, you can free yourself of chronic conditions that may be inhibiting your life from its full potential.

Detox Foot Soak Recipe

Detox Foot Soak Recipe

How to Tone Your Jowls - Without Surgery

How to Tone Your Jowls - Without Surgery

If you look in the mirror and a bulldog stares back at you, don't despair. Do these easy exercises just once a day and regain that youthful jaw line.

Instructions

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    Let your jaw hang down and back and separate your lips. The tip of your tongue will go behind your front teeth on your palate.

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    Bare your teeth as though you were growling (no sound effects necessary). Look up at the ceiling, then use your neck and jaw muscles to put your head down to its normal position. How do your know whether you are using the correct muscles? Don't worry. You'll feel them.

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    Repeat this five to fifteen times. You will start to feel the muscles in your jowl area stretch.

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    Put your lips together and then get your jaw in motion. Move it back and forth, then side to side, then up and down. The movement will get bigger until you are doing the last reps with your lips parted.

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    Repeat five to fifteen times. Do this every day, and the muscles in your jowl area will strengthen naturally.

How to Create Body Scents With Essential Oil

How to Create Body Scents With Essential Oil

Essential oils were used long before synthetic fragrances were developed. For generations, cultures all over the world used botanicals as body scents and still do. Essential oils can be used for creating body scents, body lotion, and body sprays, and can be used by most anyone, depending upon the oil and the dilution of it. Generally, a two percent dilution is safe for external use on adults. Creating your own scent with essential oils is fun and inexpensive way to get a one-of-a-kind scent.

Instructions

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    Choose a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil for mixing your perfume oils. Fractionated coconut oil is clear and will not stain clothes.

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    Pour the carrier oil up to the 10 ml line of your small beaker. This is a good, small amount to start with when figuring out your specific blend.

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    Mix your choice of essential oils into the 10ml of carrier oil one drop at a time, carefully counting how many drops you use. Write the amount you add on an index card, for future reference. Always start with fewer drops than you think you might need. It is easier to add drops than it is to dilute the solution.

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    Store the different test perfumes in an amber or cobalt blue glass dropper bottles, these specific colors help to protect the essential oils from UV rays. Store the bottles at room temperature and allow them sit for at least four days before opening the bottles.

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    Open the test perfumes that you created four days ago and see which ones are pleasing to you. Make any alterations to the body scent if need be.

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    Add essential oils to pre-made fragrance-free products, as another way to create body scents. Use 20 to 30 drops of your choice of essential oil per 8 ounces of lotion, 20 drops per 8 ounces of shampoo, and 20 to 30 drops per 8 ounces of conditioner. Shake vigorously to combine the oils with the pre-made fragrance-free product.

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    Fill a bottle with a mist nozzle with water and essential oil for yet another way to create a body scent. For every 8 ounces of water in the mister bottle, add 20 to 30 drops of essential oils and shake vigorously to mix before using. Shake lightly before each use after that. This can be used as a body spray, or room spray.

How to Stimulate Your Pressure Points Through Acupressure

How to Stimulate Your Pressure Points Through Acupressure

Looking for a way to treat your aches and pains? Acupressure is beneficial to those who seek to treat themselves for common, everyday lags in energy as well as for localized pain or soreness. By applying pressure to specific points on the body, you can generate healing and otherwise beneficial effects that promote physical and mental well-being (sometimes immediately!). Costs for stimulating your pressure points on your own are generally very minimal.

Instructions

Stimulate Your Pressure Points Through Acupressure

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    Locate the correct acupressure point for the area you wish to treat. Use your map of the body's pressure points. Apply pressure to that point. In acupressure-specific terms, this is called 'reinforcing the point.' Points that are pressed receive increased energy during acupressure.

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    Reduce the point next. To do this, continually move the blunt object of your choice in a counter-clockwise direction for 1 to 2 minutes. By reducing the point, you remove blocked energy from your system.

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    Balance the 2 techniques. Most people are more familiar with reinforcing the points. Incorporating reduction means you get reinforcement and reduction of blocked energy.

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    Apply heat. This will stimulate the point through warmth, making it more responsive.

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    Try different pressure points relative to the location you wish to treat. Because we are all physically different, your sweet spot may be located slightly off-center from the traditional acupressure point.

Determine Whether Treatment is Working

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    Change position. You may feel a great difference when you stimulate the same point with a slight adjustment in your posture.

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    Monitor your face. Many people notice distinct changes in their facial expression during acupressure. Use a mirror to gauge its effectiveness and position the blunt object accordingly.

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    Check the point map. Pressure points are usually .5 mm large, so there is definitely room for error. Precision is key.

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    Take note of changes in vision. Through the use of acupressure, some people experience improved vision, with increased clarity and color vibrancy.

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    Remember to breathe. Relaxing and breathing help you to lessen tension, thereby making yourself more aware of the treatment's effectiveness.

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    Consult the experts. Clear guides to the pressure points can be found at Eclectic Energies (see Resources below).

The Effects of Rosemary Essential Oil

The Effects of Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has a powerful, strong aroma that is woodsy and herbal in composition. It is very sharp and penetrating to the senses. Rosemary essential oil has a soft fragrance that is long-lasting and refreshing.

As an all around tonic, rosemary essential oil is stimulating and considered an antiseptic. It helps to relieve headaches and enables the ability to think more clearly. Rosemary essential oil is also thought to be a good facial massage oil to treat problematic skin.

History

    Rosemary essential oil has a long history dating back to Egyptian times. It was one of the most highly valued essential oils because of its many healing properties It was once considered a holy oil that had mystical qualities and a deep sense of mystery. Pieces of the rosemary plant have been found in tombs of the Egyptians. Traditionally it was used by the Egyptians for healing and purification.

    The Greeks and Romans were also known to use rosemary in their daily life by making wreaths of rosemary to give thanks and pay homage to their gods. It has been used by alchemists and early scientists as a universally healing herb.

Function

    Rosemary essential oil is a great first-aid oil. It can be used alone or combined with other essential oils to make its effects more pronounced.

    Having the highest hydrogen content of all the essential oils, makes rosemary essential oil warming and stimulating. It is great for use as a massage oil when combined with a small amount of almond oil. It is also an excellent choice for the treatment of various skin conditions, including oily skin, oily hair, and some scalp conditions like dandruff. Rosemary is also a wonderful choice to add to skin care treatments for acne, wrinkles, and sun damaged skin. It is also thought to aid in the prevention of hair loss.

Benefits

    Used as part of a massage oil blend, rosemary essential oil is an excellent choice. It benefits the the circulation of blood, and helps the lymph nodes and nerve supply. Combine a few drops of rosemary essential oil with a tablespoon or two of a base oil, such as almond oil, for best results. To relieve chronic symptoms of fatigue and stiff joints, use rosemary verbenone. The oil can relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis, gout and rheumatism by massaging into the affected areas. Rub a few drops of rosemary essential oil into muscular aches and pains.

Effects

    With its vast skin regenerative and its wound healing qualities, rosemary verbenone is particularly useful in treating psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Chronic skin conditions such as these respond well to the healing properties of rosemary essential oil. In addition, skin that is prone to acne is usually responsive to an application of rosemary verbenone. This will also benefit the skin by fighting infection and promoting glandular balance. Dry and mature, aging skin can also be treated with rosemary essential oil with its many skin nourishing qualities. To ease the appearance of cellulite, blend rosemary verbenone with pink grapefruit or juniper, and massage gently into the skin.

Potential

    Rosemary can also help to relieve mental fatigue, and can boost you up if you are physically exhausted. It also improves lethargy. Add rosemary essential oil to lemon, pink grapefruit or peppermint to improve your mood and boost your memory. Rosemary relieves mental fatigue, lethargy and physical exhaustion.

    Rosemary essential oil has a strong stimulating effect on the circulatory system, making it an excellent choice to lower blood pressure enable cellular detoxification.

Considerations

    Rosemary is also a superb choice for relieving respiratory symptoms such as a clogged nose or stuffy chest. Place a few drops in a humidifier, and breathe deeply for relief.

    With it's many applications and wonderful healing properties, rosemary essential oil is a optimal choice for naturally healing some of life's ailments.

How to Use Acupuncture to Treat Hair Loss

How to Use Acupuncture to Treat Hair Loss

Part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture seeks to maintain optimum health by stimulating individual acupoints across the body and moving the bodys energy, or Qi. Widely used for the treatment of ailments including chronic pain and nausea, acupuncture can also treat hair loss. Traditional Chinese medicine attributes hair loss to excess energy escaping through the top of the head, resulting in the expansion of your hair follicles and the loosening of hair.

Instructions

Use Acupuncture to Treat Hair Loss

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    Ask your primary care physician to refer you to a licensed acupuncture specialist.

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    Research the study and process to prepare for acupuncture. Knowing more of what to expect will ease your concerns and help with the overall process--and will also allow you to ask informed questions of the acupuncturist.

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    Meet with the acupuncturist and discuss your hair loss concerns. Together you can determine the cause for your hair loss, such as stress, diet inefficiencies or illness. The acupuncturist may ask about diet, appetite, energy level, lifestyle, sleep habits, and pain in the body. Women may be asked about their menstrual flow as a way to figure out the imbalance. The acupuncturist may also examine your tongue and feel your pulse at the wrist in order to analyze the reason behind the hair loss.

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    Restore life to your hair follicles by undergoing acupuncture, which clears energy blockages and restores the normal flow of Qi by placing fine, sterile needles at specific points in the body. Acupoints LU 7, which is at the thumb side of your wrist; GV 14, which is on the back of your neck; and GV 12 on your lower back treat hair loss. Other acupoints that promote hair growth include UB 13, in between your shoulder blades; LU 6, which is on the back of your hand; and LU9, located at the crease of the thumb side of your wrist.

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    See your acupuncturist once or twice a week. While the first treatment may last as long as an hour and a half because of initial paperwork, followup treatments won't last as long. An average length of time for treatment is 45 minutes. Continue treatment as determined by you and your acupuncturist.

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    Use a seven-star needle when at home to tap your bald spots and areas where hair is thinning. This will promote blood flow in your scalp, improving the state of your follicles. Such a needle can be obtained through your acupuncturist.

Selasa, 28 Mei 2013

IVF Acupuncture Treatment

IVF Acupuncture Treatment

As a woman undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, you have a lot to consider, such as how to find a good reproductive expert (RE), how to afford treatment and how to manage your numerous doctor appointments. Another consideration is whether acupuncture could be a worthwhile addition to your IVF protocol. While you might be familiar with how acupuncture can help with other ailments and diseases, you might not be aware of how it can benefit your attempts to build a family through IVF.

Features

    Acupuncture, a healing art that has been practiced in China since the 16th century, became widely known in the United States in the 1970s. With acupuncture, hair-thin, sterile needles are placed along the body at strategic points that correspond with energy and blood flow. When these areas within the body are blocked, the needles aid in releasing the energy and blood circulation, helping tissues and organs repair and restore function and balance to the body as a whole.

Function in IVF

    While acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, its use with assisted reproductive medicine is relatively recent. As of 2009, promising and reliable studies published in reputable medical journals have been conducted that show acupuncture, used in conjunction with IVF treatment, can improve the odds of success. According to Dr. Paul Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist in Colorado, acupuncture can improve blood circulation to the ovaries, making for healthier eggs, and to the uterus, making the uterine lining thicker and a more hospitable environment for implantation to occur.

Benefits

    Benefits of acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF treatment include a lower risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies and less chance of having multiples. According to Wendy Yu, licensed acupuncturist in Los Angeles, California, "Acupuncture also has a significant impact on 'poor responders,' whose bodies do not respond well to standard IVF medications or protocols." This is good news for women with high follicle-stimulating hormone levels. The greatest benefit of acupuncture, however, is that it can increase your chance of having a live birth.

Time Frame

    The timing of acupuncture treatments depends upon the individual patient. Some women, such as those prone to be poor responders, benefit from once weekly acupuncture before and while they are taking their stimulating medication. Other women might only need acupuncture immediately prior to egg retrieval and then again after embryo transfer. Factors your acupuncturist will take into consideration include previous IVF attempts and results, other health conditions that might impact your ability to get pregnant, and your age.

Considerations

    Make certain the acupuncturist is licensed to practice in your state. Inquire about her experience working with women undergoing IVF, success rates and price per treatment. Since egg retrievals and embryo transfers often fall on the weekend, it's imperative your acupuncturist is available seven days a week. Check with your insurance company to see if acupuncture is a covered medical expense. RESOLVE, the National Fertility Association, has local support groups and resources available to help you locate an acupuncturist in your area.

Warnings

    It's important that your RE know what treatments your acupuncturist is providing for you. The studies that have shown success have been conducted with licensed acupuncturists that are thoroughly knowledgeable about IVF protocols. You should feel comfortable with your treatment plan and the acupuncturist should be happy to sit down with you and answer all your questions, as well as be willing to speak to your RE at your request. IVF is high stakes, emotionally, financially and physically. If you don't feel confident in your acupuncturist it's best to find another.

Ancient Tribal Remedies For Pain Relief

Many herbs that are used today have been around since the time of the Indians. They used them from childbirth to the easing the pains of growing old. Some of these herbs are even used in modern day medicines today such as valium. They were used as teas, poultices and in food.

What Herbs did the Indians use for pain?

    Here are a few of the numerous herbs that the Indians used to assist in their pain.

    Steeped pennyroyal leaves and drunk as a tea cured headaches.

    Tobacco -- a favorite remedy for bee stings was the application of wet tobacco leaves to the sting.

    White Willow is what modern day aspirin is derived from and was used for headaches and aches and pains. The use of the entire herb does not create stomach issues like aspirin does.

    Wild Black Cherry. A sedative tea was made from the root.

    Hops is a sedative medicine from the conelike strobiles and was applied for toothache.

    Wild Lettuce was used for sedative purposes, especially in nervous complaints. It is an anti-spasmodic.

More Herbs

    The Indians used valerian root as a boiled extract for calming the nerves, anxiety and insomnia. It also relieves muscle spasms and has a tranquilizing sedative action on the entire central nervous system. Valium is derived from this herb and has a stinky odor to it, but many use it today for insomnia

    Wood Betony works on the central nervous system and is a sedative used for anxiety and tension. It will ease headaches and neuralgia when they are of nervous origin.

    Scullcap is a sedative with antispasmodic properties, used for nervous issues lke insomnia. It soothes the nerves and has been used to treat St. Vitus' dance, bells palsy, and convulsions.

Cautions

    The entire herb cannot be used in a prescription drug because you cannot patent an herb. Instead, drugs are usually made from the most effective portions and the rest is discarded. Please be careful if using herbs as they are powerful medicine, and consult a holistic doctor or herbalist before taking them, especially if you are pregnant.

Cinnamon Leaf Oil Uses

Cinnamon Leaf Oil Uses

The use of natural oils in aromatherapy and in massage can be an alternative means to support health and treat symptoms of specific disorders. Cinnamon leaf oil originated in Indonesia, although it was used by the ancient Greeks as a burned offering, and by the ancient Egyptians as a massage oil. While the leaves are green and shiny, the oil itself is usually yellow and has a musky aroma.

Uses

    Cinnamon oil can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, as an antiseptic, and to induce calming of the respiratory tract, digestive system and the nervous system. Some common uses include easing pain associated with rheumatism, menstrual cramps and arthritis. It can also be used to stimulate the glandular system and fight exhaustion as well as fight the symptoms of a cold and soothe respiratory ailments. Cinnamon oil has also been used as an aphrodisiac and a mosquito repellent.

How to Use Cinnamon Oil

    There are three common methods for using cinnamon oil. It can be used in a vaporizer or a burner for vapor therapy. The oil may also be used in diluted form either when blended with other essential oils for use as a massage oil or diluted in bath water. Finally, the oil may be blended into a cream or lotion and rubbed onto the skin.

Dangers

    Cinnamon leaf oil is not toxic, although it is strong and should not be ingested. It does contain natural chemicals that can cause irritation so it should be used with caution. Before using it, test it on a small portion of your skin to be sure you will not have an adverse reaction. Cinnamon leaf oil is not recommended for use during pregnancy. High doses of cinnamon leaf oil can cause convulsions, so be certain to follow instructions carefully. As with any treatment approach, be sure to discuss any medical concerns you have with your physician before trying an alternative treatment.

How to Make a Salt Pack

An application of heat can help stiff muscles and joints feel better, or can ease menstrual cramps and stomach aches. Though you can use heating pads, salt is an excellent retainer of heat and its weight can help soothe you further.

Instructions

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    Heat the salt over medium heat in a pot until it's very hot. Stir with a wooden spoon as you heat so all of the salt is equally heated. It should be fully heated within ten minutes.

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    Pour salt into a cotton pillowcase. Wrap the pillowcase around it so the salt will not spill. You may want to put the first pillowcase inside a second one to make sure the salt stays inside.

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    Immediately apply the salt pack to any area of your body that is stiff, to stomach for menstrual cramps or to any painful joints. Relax and let the weight and heat of the salt pack soothe you.

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    Reheat the salt when it looses its heat. You can use it four to five times, after which it stops retaining heat.

Alternative Acupressure Migraine Help

More than 28 million adults in the United States suffer from debilitating headaches called migraines, according to "Neurology" magazine. These headaches are frequently accompanied by symptoms such as light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, dizziness and nausea. There are many triggers for migraines, including environmental elements, food allergens and stress. Alternative practices such as acupressure offer migraine help. Since there is a correlation between blood flow and migraines, acupressure treatment helps relieve stress and improve circulation, thereby reducing pain and the duration of a migraine headache. Migraine sufferers can perform acupressure on themselves, providing immediate relief.

How Acupressure Helps Migraines

    Traditional Chinese medicine uses acupuncture as an "energy-based" approach for pain management. It's based on the premise that qi (energy) flows through a body just as blood flows through it. When something blocks the flow of energy, pain results.

    Constricting blood vessels cause migraines, and practitioners who treat patients with acupressure believe that the constriction also prevents energy from flowing through the body. Acupressure practitioners work with their hands, applying pressure through points on the skin that remove blockages, allowing blood and energy to flow freely, relieving migraine pain. The effect is similar to a massage, which relaxes muscle spasms and stiffness, which could be associated with migraines. This offers pain relief for the patient.

Self-Administered Acupressure

    The best way to learn how to do effective acupressure on yourself is to familiarize yourself with acupuncture points. Websites such as Acuxo, the Acupuncture Research & Resource center, provide diagrams and descriptions of a body's acupuncture points.

    Start relieving migraine headaches by applying pressure to your gallbladder (GB) 20 points. These are the points where your neck vertebra meets the base of your skull. Find a point on each side of the back of your neck and gently apply pressure with your thumbs on these points. Increase the pressure gradually as you press upward into your occipital bone.

    Other pressure points that help relieve migraine headaches are the GB 21 point, the large intestine (LI) 4, the governing vessel (GV) 20 and the triple warmer (TW5).

Professional Acupuncturists

    Some migraine sufferers might prefer going to a professional acupuncture practitioner for treatment. A professional practitioner can teach the patient about exact pressure points and how the body reacts to them. Some practitioners also teach martial arts that focus on striking pressure points.

How to Improve Allergies With Yoga Breathwork

Allergies can produce itchy, watery eyes, congestion and sinus issues. However, by incorporating yoga breath work into your daily routine you can help alleviate annoying allergy symptoms. Allergy sufferers will find relief when they practice yoga breath work on a daily basis. Allergens will be cleared from nasal passages and allergy symptoms will be greatly reduced. When exhaling old breath from the bottom of the lungs, your bodies will get rid of accumulated toxins built up in lungs. Asthma sufferers can also greatly benefit from the practice of yoga breath work.

Instructions

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    Sit on mat or sit on chair. Raise hands above head and inhale deeply through the nostrils. Hold the breath for the count of three (keep hands raised over head). Exhale slowly to the count of six while you release your hands to your side. Make a whisper sound in the back of your throat, but do not open your mouth. Repeat this warm up breath four to six times.

    2

    Place your thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril to the count of three. Take your pinkie finger and pinch your left nostril and hold the breath for three counts. Release your thumb from your right nostril and inhale to the count of three. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four and then pinch your thumb over your right nostril. Hold breath to the count of three. Release pinkie finger from left nostril and exhale to the count of three. Repeat four to six sets on each side of nostril.

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    Sit with your back and spine straight. Place your hands to your side (palms facing to the sky) or place both hands on top of your stomach. Inhale and exhale quickly like you are panting. Breathe through your nostrils in quick, forced breaths. Feel the rise and fall of your stomach as you pant quickly (if you place your hands on your stomach). Breathe in and out through nostrils at ten to twenty times. After completing first set, inhale deeply through the nose and exhale deeply through the nose. Repeat two to four sets.

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    Close your eyes and inhale slowly to the count of six and exhale slowly to the count of six through the nostrils. Raise your hands above your head as you inhale naturally through your nostrils and then release your hands to your sides as you exhale naturally through the nostrils.

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    Complete your breath work practice by bringing your palms together at heart center with the word: Namaste (which ends the yoga breath work practice).

Natural Way to Get Rid of Sinus Congestion

Natural Way to Get Rid of Sinus Congestion

Whether caused by a cold, flu, allergies or a sinus infection, clogged sinuses make life difficult. Over-the-counter drugs designed to leave congestion may be ineffective, leave you jittery or sleepy or leave you with unpleasant side effects, such as dry mouth or sore throat. Fortunately, you can turn to a number of effective, natural remedies to ease and even eliminate your sinus congestion.

Liquid Help

    Neti Pot

    Keeping sinuses moist helps them drain. Run a humidifier, especially in your bedroom at night, to keep the air moist. Take a hot shower and breathe in the steam. Give your nose a steam bath by heating water until it is almost to a boil. Pour the water into a bowl, lean over the bowl, cover your head with towel to form a tent to trap steam, and breathe for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as often as desired.

    You may have heard that chicken soup is good for a cold, but it can be good for sinus congestion, too. Any hot liquid such as soup, tea or hot juice can help open up the sinuses and get them draining.

    Add hot peppers to increase the effectiveness of hot drinks and soups. Try this tasty and effective version of a hot tomato cocktail: Combine 2 cups of V-8 or tomato juice with 2 or 3 cloves of crushed garlic, 2 tbsp. lemon juice and a dash or two of hot sauce. Heat until steaming and sip slowly. Breathe in the fumes as you drink. Repeat as necessary to unblock drainage.

    A Neti pot helps unblock sinuses and keeps them unblocked. A Neti pot is a small plastic or ceramic pot with a long spout, long used in ayurvedic medicine. Fill the pot with warm water. Add 1 tbsp. sea salt or un-iodized table salt and a pinch of baking soda. Swirl it around to dissolve. Lean over the sink and tilt your head. Insert the spout of the pot into one nostril and pour. The warm water will fill your sinuses and run out the other nostril. It is messy but effective in cleaning out that sinus. Repeat several times a day until sinuses are clear. Daily use helps keep the problem from coming back.

    If you do not have a Neti pot, you can use saline nasal spray, or use an eye dropper to drip a saline solution into your nostrils.

Other Remedies

    Hot Peppers Open Up Your Sinuses.

    Eating horseradish, hot peppers or fresh ginger root is another good way to open up the sinuses. You can also take ginger root capsules or make ginger tea. Some people find relief if they refrain from all dairy products.

    Get a massage and ask the therapist to concentrate on your sinuses. Facial massage and cranial sacral work can help ease pain and congestion.

    Try acupuncture. In a 1997 study reported in the "Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine," 200 people suffering from chronic rhinitis received at least temporary relief when acupuncture.

How to Take Tribulus With Maca

How to Take Tribulus With Maca

Individuals who suffer from erectile disfunction and low libido often use tribulus supplements. Taking tribulus along with maca, another natural sexual enhancement herb with aphrodisiac properties, often aids in increased sexual performance. Keeping certain points in mind will help in determining how to combine the two for better physical health.

Instructions

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    Take one capsule of tribulus supplement and swallow it with a glass of water. No current recommended dosages have been established, but it is recommended to keep the serving at one capsule a day.

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    Immediately follow with one capsule of maca root extract. Take with a glass of water.

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    Repeat these steps again every morning, or twice everyday.

Senin, 27 Mei 2013

How to Calm Nerves With Aromatherapy

How to Calm Nerves With Aromatherapy

Living a stressful life is no big news in today's fast-paced world. With deadlines looming and nerves twittering, many people seek out anxiety medication or other prescription drugs. A simple and natural answer to nervous tension is aromatherapy. Calm your nerves with aromatherapy and relax--here's how.

Instructions

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    Keep in mind that aromatherapy is essential oils or liquid plant materials. Each oil is extracted from a plant through a distilling process. The name of the oil generally corresponds to the plant it is derived.

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    Take some deep breaths. Before using aromatherapy try to relax and forget the stress of the day; live in the current moment.

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    Choose an appropriate fragrance. Each essential oil has different properties and can create a different mood.

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    Try lavender oil. The herb is known for its relaxing properties and can relieve migraines. It can also be dabbed on pillowcases and breathed in for its sleep-inducing effects. Lemon oil may lift your spirits and reduce stress. Basil oil can improve concentration and soothe headaches as well as lift spirits.

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    Apply aromatherapy oils. When applied to pulse points--the wrists, neck and temples--the smell is heightened by the heat of the body.

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    Mix oils for a combination effect. Dab a few drops of lavender with a few drops of basil on wrists for double relaxation. Reduce the aroma with a "carrier" oil like almond oil if necessary.

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    Sprinkle some oils on a handkerchief and smell it throughout the day to relieve stress and calm nerves. Use a warm compress or eye mask at night with aromatherapy as well. Breathe in the soothing vapors and relax.

How to Treat Appendicitis With Natural Medicine

How to Treat Appendicitis With Natural Medicine

While surgery is almost always prescribed to treat appendicitis, there are always risks involved. But, luckily, when inflammation of the appendicitis is caught in its earliest stages, and before a rupture occurs, surgery may be avoided through the use of several effective home remedies. Read on to learn how to treat appendicitis with natural medicine.

Instructions

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    Consult a naturopath at the first signs of appendicitis symptoms. Many naturopaths have successfully treated appendicitis through proper application of a natural medicinal fast, so their expertise and advice is necessary to administer this treatment properly. A naturopath can also offer other herbal and homeopathic treatments to help relieve the pain.

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    Begin fasting as soon as your symptoms appear. Because the appendix works to help clear toxins from the bowels, it is important that you don't give it any work to do while it recuperates. You may drink water, but only in very small amounts, taking sips every half an hour or so.

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    Take bed rest, trying to remain quiet and calm. Do not get out of bed except to go to the bathroom and sit up only to eat. You may rest in any position that is comfortable, but try not to move too much.

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    Soak a clean towel in hot water and apply a hot compress to the painful area several times a day to relieve cramping and inflammation. Massage almond oil over the painful area after removing the compress. Almond oil is used by massage therapist to relieve pain and by aromatherapists to help calm the body.

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    Use an enema daily to help cleanse the lower bowels, but only if it can be done comfortably, without causing excess stress on your body and abdominal region. For the first two days only use a partial enema containing about 1 pt. of warm water.

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    Administer a full enema, using about 3 pt. of warm beginning around the third day when symptoms should have noticeably improved. Continue daily full enema treatments until the symptoms of appendicitis have subsided completely.

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    Drink fresh, natural fruit and vegetable juices on the third day, but continue to avoid solid foods until the symptoms have disappeared completely. Increase your food intake gradually to prevent shock to your delicate and recuperating system. Begin first with soups, yogurt and other easily digested foods, avoiding meat, grains and processed cheeses for at least two weeks.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture Treatment

Part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. This ancient form of treatment involves stimulating certain points of the body using long, thin needles, according to Mayoclinic.com.

Benefits

    Acupuncture can provide pain relief. It also may relieve nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Other medical conditions treated with acupuncture include carpal tunnel syndrome, constipation, lower back pain, menstrual cramps, sinusitis and urinary incontinence.

Chinese Theory

    Traditional Chinese theory speculates that acupuncture balances the energy flow (qi or chi) through pathways called meridians, which are located throughout the body. When these pathways become blocked, disease or pain may occur. The insertion of needles along the meridian improves that flow of energy, unblocking chi.

Western Theory

    Western medicine, on the other hand, speculates that acupuncture stimulates the nerves and tissue. This encourages the body to increase blood flow and release its own painkillers.

Side Effects

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), acupuncture is relatively free of complications. Some complications may occur, however, if needles aren't properly sterilized. The NCCAM adds that adverse reactions can happen if the acupuncturist does not properly insert the needles.

Considerations

    People should choose a licensed acupuncturist to perform acupuncture, according to UMMC. Look for licensed acupuncturists that have the "LAc" title.

A Brief History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oil from plants, trees and flowers to promote physical and mental well-being. The oils are used in baths, massage therapy, tinctures or inhaled through diffusers. Different oils are used for different ailments. Tea tree oil, for example, can alleviate coughs and skin conditions while geranium oil may relieve stress and ease anxiety. Although the term "aromatherapy" is a modern one, the practice of using fragrances for medical and metaphysical purposes dates back to ancient times.

The Egyptians

    The first recorded use of essential oils as therapy dates back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians invented a machine that extracted cedar wood oil, which was used in embalming along with clove, cinnamon, myrrh and nutmeg. Women also used oils to hydrate their skin after bathing. Men and women were fond of perfume and wore cones on their heads that would melt and release fragrance.

The Greek and Romans

    The Greeks discovered a fondness for perfume during their invasion and conquering of Egypt circa 48 B.C., but they were using herbs and aromas as medicine long before Anthony met Cleopatra. Hippocrates studied more than 200 herbs and documented their uses throughout his life. Dioscorides, a Roman physician, traveled throughout Europe with Nero's army to study and record the healing properties of plants. His work was chronicled in "De Materia Medica" and contained drawings of more than 600 plants.

The Plague Years

    By the 14th century, most medicines were under the control of the Catholic church and not easily accessible to common people. Apothecaries began creating their own formulas from herbs and essential oils. During the second wave of the bubonic plague in the 17th century, those who worked closely with essential oils or relied heavily on aromatics such as perfume makers seemed to survive more often than those who had no contact. Essential oils are antiseptic by nature and may help keep viruses and bacteria at bay, according to azaroma.com.

The French

    During the early 20th century, French chemist Ren-Maurice Gattefoss accidentally discovered the benefits of lavender essential oil when he plunged his badly burned arm into a vat of the pure oil. The lavender soothed his pain, helped the wound to heal faster and left no scar. He shifted his focus to the properties of other essential oils and in 1937 published "Aromathrapie: Les Huiles essentielles hormones vegetales." Inspired by his work, French doctor Jean Valnet studied and used essential oils in surgery and as psychiatric medication. His work, "The Practice of Aromatherapy," brought modern aromatherapy to the English world.

Modern Times

    The invention of modern medicine pushed the medical use of essential oils into the background, but it is making a comeback as it become more accessible to the public through online sites like aromaweb.com and guide books like "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless. As more people are turning toward natural holistic approaches to healing, aromatherapy is once again gaining in popularity.

Ear Acupuncture to Lose Weight

While there is no quick and easy solution for losing weight, some people have found that acupuncture treatments administered by a trained acupuncture professional have brought them success in their weight loss goals. Acupuncture is believed to strengthen the digestive system and thereby helps to control appetite. Acupuncture may also improve a person's metabolism by burning more calories at a faster rate. However, before including acupuncture in your weight loss program, learn more about the technique and how it works to control hunger.

Instructions

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    Use acupuncture treatments in combination with eating a healthy diet and regular exercise to lose weight. When used as a component of an overall weight loss program, acupuncture may help to speed weight loss by promoting a state of well-being that results in increased energy and decreased appetite. However, keep in mind that the rate of weight loss varies among individuals.

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    Talk to a board-certificated acupuncturist about how using acupuncture can aid in a weight loss program. You may also want to consult with a medical doctor trained in acupuncture techniques to gain a better understanding of the procedure. Tiny needles are inserted into the upper part of the outer ear. Needles may also be inserted at other points on the body, the locations of which depend on the causes for a person's weight gain.

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    Find out into what areas of the body other than the ear acupuncture needles may be inserted. Acupuncturists typically choose a number of appropriate acupuncture points including the stomach, lung, kidney, thyroid, ovary and spleen when helping a person to lose weight.

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    Ask for how long an acupuncture session normally lasts. Painless needles, which are about the thickness of a human hair, are usually inserted to just below the surface of the skin where they are left in place for about 20 to 30 minutes.

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    Inquire about any potential side effects or risks. While acupuncture is generally safe, some people experience a temporary drop in blood pressure following treatment. Like other medical treatments, acupuncture needles must be sterilized to prevent infection. In rare cases, people have experienced an allergic reaction to the stainless steel needles.

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    Discuss how inserting needles in the ear stimulates the release of endorphins, which reduce stress and anxiety, preventing overeating caused by emotional eating. Depending on the other acupuncture points selected, the goal may be to improve metabolism by stimulating thyroid and endocrine glands to speed a slow metabolism. This, in turn, stabilizes blood sugar levels helping to curb food cravings. Acupuncture for weight loss may also target digestion, so that you get the nutrients you need from the food you eat, making you feel less hungry.

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    Be prepared to feel a slight tingling or some numbness at the sites where needles are inserted. Any pain sensations should be no worse than if you pricked your finger with a pin.

Minggu, 26 Mei 2013

Methods for Rose Oil Extraction

Methods for Rose Oil Extraction

Rose oil is expensive to buy because it is difficult to extract it from the plant. It takes a lot of plant matter to produce a minute quantity of rose oil, and consequently some producers of rose oil often adulterate pure rose oil with other oils. However, only purchase unadulterated rose oil for therapeutic aromatherapy practice.

Rose Oil

    Rose oil is extracted from fresh rose petals. According to Julia Lawless in "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils," rose oil is extracted by either distillation or solvent extraction of rose petals. Patricia Davis, in "Aromatherapy: An A-Z," writes that there are two varieties of roses that are used for the production of rose oil: Rosa damascena and Rosa centifolia. Both types of rose oil have similar therapeutic properties.

Distillation

    Distillation is one of the most common methods of extraction for essential oils; however, it is also one of the most difficult ways to extract rose oil, as it takes a lot of rose petals, and labor, to produce a small amount of rose oil. According to Davis, rose was the first flower to be distilled in Persia in the 10th century by alchemist Avicenna.

    Shirley Price, in "The Aromatherapy Workbook," writes that distillation is a method of extraction in which plant matter is heated by steam in a still. When the plant matter is heated up, small oil molecules are released into the air and evaporate in the steam. The steam is forced along a pipe, through a vat of cold water, and begins to cool. As the steam cools, the oil molecules return to liquid form and the liquid is collected in water. The essential oil liquid either floats on top of the water or sinks to the bottom of the water, where it is separated and bottled as an essential oil.

Solvent Extraction

    According to Davis, most rose oil is produced today by solvent extraction. However, solvent extraction involves the use of additional chemicals to extract the oil. Rose petals are placed on a rack in a sealed container and a liquid solvent is pumped through the connecting containers and over the rose petals. The liquid solvent might be a chemical such as liquid butane or liquid carbon dioxide. The resulting solvent is distilled to produce an absolute rose oil for aromatherapy purposes. An absolute rose oil has alcohol added to it to liquidize the more solid concrete form that is initially produced by solvent extraction.

Adulteration

    Some producers adulterate rose oil due to the high labor and production costs involved in producing pure rose oil. Adulterated rose oil may contain a quantity of another essential oil that is similar in fragrance, such as geranium or palmarosa oil, or part of the oil may be substituted with a synthetic substance. The addition of a synthetic substance to rose oil makes the oil unsuitable for therapeutic aromatherapy practice.