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3 Ways Alleviate Stress 10 Minutes

What if you could combat and alleviate stress in 10 minutes or less? Your body, family, friends and co-workers would probably thank you. So, let’s explore three easy ways to fight off everyday stress.

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Habits To Lower Risk Of Cancer

Quit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life. Healthy diet A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing.  Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. Exercise According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, women who are active have…

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Acupuncture and PTSD

PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event.  The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching.  Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. Getting help can be hard at first, but can have a great impact for helping PTSD. A recent study into the efficacy of acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has shown promising results. Researchers investigated the effects of acupuncture in adjunct to normal treatment approaches and the results showed significant improvement. Studies in the past have shown that veterans with PTSD are wary of seeking treatment for PTSD as many do not believe that mental healthcare can be effective. Researchers hope…

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Alternative Treatments For Arthritis

Exercise For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. Acupuncture One of the most common reasons people seek out acupuncture is for arthritis relief. Acupuncture can help relieve pain from arthritis and increase blood flow and circulation, reducing inflammation. Through the specific placement of needles on acupuncture points on the body, acupuncture realigns the body back to balance. Capsaicin Cream Made from the chemical that gives chili peppers their heat, Capsaicin cream has been known to relieve arthritis pain. The cream works by decreasing the body’s pain receptors and as…

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Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Don’t forget about physical exercise Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth. Make sure you’re sleeping Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure your brain and memory are in tip-top shape on a daily basis. To get the most out of your sleep, aim for 7.5-9 hours every night. Make sure to shut off the electronics at least an…

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Acupuncture for Immune Deficiency

As a traditional therapy applied for thousands of years, acupuncture has recently been attracting more and more investigators throughout the world. In the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, it is proposed that acupuncture can strengthen the human body to resist diseases by puncturing needles at certain points. The characteristic that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related with the immune system, which functions in defence, homoeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance anticancer and antistress immune function and exert anti-inflammation effects. This may be the basis of acupuncture in preventing and treating later diseases. If you tend to catch colds often or easily, having acupuncture and taking Chinese herbs before the cold weather hits, can change this. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory claims that this happens when our protective surface energy, or ‘wei qi’, is weak, thus allowing pathogens – equivalent…

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Crush LDL Cholesterol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who suffer from high LDL cholesterol are twice as likely to develop heart disease – the number one cause of death in both men and women (source). High levels of LDL cholesterol is a serious health condition that affects approximately 7.1 million adults in Australia. (1 out 3). But an ancient Chinese herb is turning heads in the medical community due to its surprisingly powerful effects on cholesterol levels. Good vs Bad Cholesterol: What’s The Difference? Before we reveal this powerful herb, let’s first discuss the different types of cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol: HDL (the good variety), and LDL (the bad variety). LDL cholesterol is categorized as the “bad” variety because it promotes buildups of plaque in the arteries. When an individual suffers from high LDL cholesterol, his or her arteries will become stiff and narrow,…

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Boost Immune System by Acupuncture

Although they are invisible to the naked eye, we are exposed to millions upon millions of germs. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa are found on nearly every surface,  including doorknobs, furniture, office supplies, phones, remote controls, and even the food we eat. Thankfully, most of these germs are harmless and pose no direct threat to our health, but there are others which aim to cause infection and illness. You can safeguard yourself against these foreign invaders, however, by utilising the Lu 7 and St 36 acupuncture points. Lu 7 to Boost Immune System The Lu 7 (also known as the Lieque 7 or Lung 7) is an acupuncture point that’s commonly used to treat human infections while subsequently boosting the immune system. To locate it, form a “thumbs up” gesture with your hand and look for the small crease in your skin at the base of your thumb. The Lu 7…

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Can Acupuncture Help Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness that can lower a person’s quality of life while contributing to the onset of symptoms such as headache, insomnia, fatigue, and malnutrition. Most cases of depression are treated with prescription drugs that trigger a range of problems of their own. The most frequently prescribed antidepressants all have a long list of adverse side effects. However, researchers are now saying that acupuncture may effectively treat depression in some individuals. A recent study conducted researchers in the U.K. examined 755 patients whom were diagnosed as being clinically depressed by the their primary healthcare physician. The patients were then split into three different groups based on the treatment they were about to receive. One group received one-on-one counseling, another group received “usual care” (antidepressants), and a third group received acupuncture. To determine the success of the treatment, researchers gave patients a health questionnaire at 3 months and…

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Acne Treated by Acupuncture

Acne Intro How Acupuncture Can Help Evidence (EBM) Acne Acne – Treated by Acupuncture   Although acupuncture is normally associated with helping relieve physical pain or internal maladies, there are also acupuncture treatments that are specifically designed to treat acne. Even more specifically, we have been using acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat adult acne, especially in those who have not seen success with normal acne treatments (such as cleansers, spot creams, and prescription medicines). Our treatment designed for adult acne may sound enticing, but does it really work? In order to treat acne with acupuncture, patients are normally required to make some changes to their diets, come in for weekly acupuncture appointments, and take Chinese herbs as a medicinal supplement. Acupuncture helps the body correct abnormalities from within, while the herbs serve to reinforce and strengthen the body’s natural processes. This is why many people who have been through an…

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