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Whole Body Massage

A whole body massage can be a wonderfully nourishing and relaxing experience, good for body and soul. The overall benefits of massage, such as improved circulation, soothed nerves and relaxed muscles, and the general sense of well-being that results? Make it a great way to maintain good health. Massaging the entire body also enhances body awareness, giving us a more complete body image and making us feel more whole.

When we do succumb to the stresses and strains of life, then often a massage can help to restore the harmony that we have lost. The following sequence, which should take about one hour, takes you step by step through the whole body. It is just one possible way of doing a massage- As you become more familiar with the strokes and with giving massage you will develop your own sequences and discover many other techniques. Stay aware with your hands, and use them to “listen” to your partner’s body. See if you can put your whole body behind your movements, and let them come from your hara (see p. 19) and pelvis. Try, also, to regard the massage as a kind dance or a piece of music. As you go, flow from one part of the body to another and develop your own natural rhythm. The head is the main control centre of the body, and in the protective cave of the skull lies the amazing brain – a vastly complex and mysterious organ. The head is also the seat of two of the chakras, or energy centres (see p. 12), found along the centre line of the body- The Crown chakra, at the top of the head, is related to our essence and spirituality? And the pineal or Brow chakra, at the centre of the forehead, is related to clear seeing, intuition and intellect. In a head-oriented culture, we sometimes find our mind racing and overloaded. Instead of clarity of thought we experience confusion and weariness. The result of this is often a headache. There are a variety of other causes for headaches – one of the commonest is stress, which can create tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and scalp. Other types of headache include those resulting from sinus congestion, colds or flu; menstrualrelated headaches; headaches following whiplash or neck injury? And migraines – recurring, throbbing headaches, which may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Both massage and Shiatsu have effective treatments for headaches and head congestion, so in the following pages we have included helpful sequences from both.

Throughout history we have used our hands to impart comfort and healing to one another. Touching is contact, warmth, reassurance that we are not alone, affirmation of our sense of being and self-worth. It is a simple way of communicating, something we all do naturally. And with a little willingness and commitment we can turn this natural talent into a creative healing skill, by learning the basic strokes and techniques of massage and widening our vocabulary in the language of touch. Our sense of touch is registered by our skin – our largest and most sensitive organ. In the developing embryo, the skin arises from the same cell layer as the nervous system and can thus be seen as the external portion of the nervous system – able to receive and register a vast quantity of varied signals, and to make a wide range of responses to them. Also, touch is the first sense to become functional in the embryo.

The value of massage

The intent that goes with touch makes all the difference to its effect. When we lay our hands on another with compassion and good-will many subtle changes take place. Gentle holding and cause transformations both physically and psychologicallyIn the 1920s in Philadelphia the anatomist Frederick Hammett and other American researchers in the 1950s and 60s conducted experiments with groups of rats to investigate the effects of touch. Some were consistently handled and stroked and others were not. The rats that were regularly touched showed faster growth rates, better immunity to disease and higher fertility and were subject to stress than those that were not. It is well known, that for infants, fondling and tender touch that go beyond the basic needs for food and cleanliness are vital for life. In America, between 1910 and 1935, studies of babies in institutions were conducted by Drs. Chapin and Knox and J. Brennemann. They found that many babies died in infancy and others showed clear signs of disturbance and poor physical and emotional development as a result of too little tactile stimulation. Physiologically 5 caring touch and massage help the flow of blood and lymph in our bodies. Touch can also decrease our blood pressure and heart rate, soothe our nerves and decrease tension? Producing relaxation and a state of well-being. It has been suggested that massage may aid the production of endorphins morphine within’7), the brain chemicals that function as natural pain-killers. One of these, enkephalin, has the ability to reduce pain and produces a state of mind akin to euphoria.

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The experience of being nourished and cared for and allowing ourselves to receive healing touch affirms our self-esteem, creates trust and openness and can sometimes facilitate the release of blocked emotions as tense muscles relax. Touch can make us feel valued, peaceful and more aware of our whole body and being. It is not only receiving touch that is beneficial, however. Giving massage is also highly rewarding. There is pleasure in the physical contact and in feeling the contours and undulations of the body as bones and other tissues. There is enjoyment in knowing the body, in being alive to its different tensions and energies, and in realizing that you can care for and help another. There is also satisfaction in experiencing the results of your massage as you feel muscles relaxing and realize that your concern and your touch can help to stimulate the receiver’s own healing process. Often the interaction between the giver and receiver induces a similar state in both – a state that is very similar to meditation.

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NECK, SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK

Bridging the head and the shoulders, the neck is a busy junction where a huge amount of activity takes place. Major blood vessels in the neck link the body to the head. The spinal nerves travel through the vertebrae of the neck and on down the spine, carrying messages between the brain and all other parts of the body. And the throat houses the voice-box, as well as the passages for food and air. The shoulder joints have the widest range of movement in the body? And the whole shoulder and neck area can be easily strained by overuse, unwise lifting or sudden jarring movements. Massage Deals around Cairns

When we are under stress, it is the shoulder and neck muscles that tend to hold tension the most. This area also links with the Throat ckakra, which relates to the expression of feelings ice. “Heart” feelings (see Heart chakra are also expressed through the arms. When we bottle up our feelings we actually tighten muscles in the throat, shoulder and chest area to hold them in. Tense raised shoulders can reflect fear, being the posture of the “startle reflex” when we galvanize ourselves to meet some real or imagined threat, for all these reasons this area often causes us discomfort. CHEST The chest is the emotional centre of the body, housing our Heart cKakra, which relates to compassion, love and selfdevelopment.

 

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It is also the centre of breathing and if our chest is not constricted by tension, the ribcage expands and contracts freely as we inhale and exhale. Any tension in the chest area will restrict the breath and hence limit the amount of oxygen that we take in and use. Chest problems are often due to bottling up feelings – hence the expression “get it off your chest”. Asthma attacks, though often an allergic reaction, may also be triggered by anxiety and upset. Those who suffer from chest problems can try cutting down dairy produce (thought to create mucus) and those who smoke should give it up. The following pages contain strokes that will help loosen mucus from the chest, and others that will aid and deepen the breathing. VC^hen massaging this area, bear in mind open” than the back. Before beginning, rest both hands gently on your partner’s chest and tune in to the breathing rhythm. If your partner is undressed, oil and soothe the chest first, using the strokes from the whole body massage. Massage Deals around Cairns

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ARMS AND HANDS

Our arms are crucial for our survival and how we relate to the world. Ever since we stood upright during the process of evolution we have been able to use our arms for a whole variety of activities, These thumbs probably make our hands the most skilful biological organs to have evolved. Our arms and hands are also vehicles of self-expression. They relate to the Throat and Heart chakras (see p. 12) and with them we are able to express a huge range of feelings – from reaching out tenderly in love and affection, to expressing hatred and rage by beating or hitting, to warding off danger. As the arms, wrists and hands are so mobile and are used constantly in everyday activities, the joints and muscles can be subject to sprains or strains if they are stressed or overstretched (see p.90). These injuries can respond well to massage in their recuperative stages. Tennis elbow is a common strain of the arm for which we have given a massage sequence here. Hands and arms can also sometimes suffer from cramps, and the joints from rheumatic complaints such as arthritis (see p. 92). Careful working with massage around the joints of the hand can bring relief and comfort.

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STOMACH AND BELLY

The stomach and belly are a soft, sensitive, muscle-covered area of the body, unprotected by encircling bones (though the lower abdomen is in part protected by the bowl of the pelvis). Long ago, when we first became upright, we exposed our tender bellies to the world. This made us more vulnerable, but also able to relate more sensitively to one another. The stomach is also linked to the Solar plexus chakra (see p. 12), which is the seat of raw emotional energy? Often of fear, but also of change and transmutation. Also on this level is the diaphragm, which separates chest from abdomen. Our breathing pattern is a vital gauge of our physical and emotional health. Stomach problems, such as indigestion, are often linked to anxiety and emotional causes; a surge of adrenalin can provoke a sudden sick feeling in the stomach.

The belly houses the gut and also our “gut feelings”. The fiara chafer a, below the navel, is our centre of gravity 5 strength and vitality- This is the centre from which we “ground” ourselves through our legs – It is also closely linked with our sexuality. Tension and congestion here may cause constipation, flatulence or menstrual pain. Both massage and Shiatsu can help to ease complaints in the abdominal area.

MID AND LOWER BACK

The back is the strength area of the body. Yet despite its strength more people have a back problem at some time in their lives than any other ailment. Lack of regular exercise, poor posture, tension and stress all contribute to our backs’ proneness to aches and strains, and sometimes to more serious problems. One of these, the “slipped disc” occurs when the pad of cartilage between two vertebrae ruptures and some of the gel-like nucleus protrudes and presses against a nerve. Vet this is not always the cause of back pain. The large muscles of the back can suffer from strains that massage can often ease. The mid-back area relates to the Solar plexus chakra, which is linked with emotion and change, and the lower back connects with both the Hara (strength, vitality and lower back connects with both the tiara (strenguij viwmj situation). Many back problems, and particularly those located in the lower back area, seem to have emotional causes, often linked to energy blocks and withheld mobility in the pelvic area. Since it is so vital to your back’s health to have sufficient flexibility in the joints and muscles, we have included exercises to help your back to regain or retain its suppleness.

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LEGS AND FEET

Our legs and feet support us, transport us, and connect us with ground beneath. They link with our sense of security and stability -or lack of it. Many expressions in our language reflect the legs connection with security: “to stand on our own two feet”; “to stand our ground”; “to be a person of standing” and “having our feet firmly on the ground” can give us a false sense of security 5 but in fact this increases our susceptibility to shock or injury as it makes our joints less flexible. The legs link with the hara (our centre of gravity) and the Root ckakra (our grounding and root situation in life, ). The Root chakra is at the base of the spine and it is from here that the nerves emerge to supply the legs and feet, which are indeed our “mobile roots”. Our feet are complex structures, each having 26 bones and an arch, which have to support the weight of the whole body above, and act as shock absorbers. Massage brings awareness to our legs and feet, helps to improve our circulation, clears waste toxins and generally increases our sense of connection with the ground. Sprains and strains A strain is an injury to muscle fibres or ligaments that have been forcibly stretched beyond their proper length. This can result in some local pain and perhaps swelling.

A sprain is more severe and is caused by a violent wrench or twist, causing tearing of the muscle fibres or the ligaments of a joint, resulting in pain, swelling and bruising. The most common areas to be affected are wrists, ankles and backs. These are both common injuries that can be helped by massage in the recovery stages, but you will need to follow the process outlined below. Having ascertained from a doctor that no bones are broken, the best initial treatment for sprains and strains is an ice pack or a cold-water compress if no ice is available. Then you should apply a bandage and support the joint, elevating it if possible. Rest for between 24 and 48 hours, or until tenderness has subsided. Remedial massage treatment can then begin. Don’t work directly on swollen areas, but start with gentle gliding strokes that push up toward the heart, above the injury. In the case of a sprained ankle, for example, work first from knee to thigh, and then from ankle to knee, to help disperse the fluid (see below). As the injury heals you can begin to work all around the area with careful kneading and friction strokes, finally, where possible, you can work with passive movements to help restore mobility. Always keep within the threshold of pain. Massage Deals around Cairns

You could use a mixture of lavender and rosemary essences (see p.21). Arthritis There are many different kinds of arthritis, all of them involving the joints. The most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a generalized disease that can start in childhood, usually in the small bones of the hands or feet. Joints become very painful, swollen and inflamed, and the condition can spread throughout the body. Osteoarthritis is a disease of later life, linked with wear and tear and mechanical It is often found first in the lower neck and lower back, and can occur in joints where there have been previous injuries. Massage can help to reduce pain in both these ailments. However, if a joint is swollen or inflamed do not work on it. You may give it hand healing by just resting your hands lightly on the painful area for several minutes while remaining centred. Then work with light gliding strokes above the swelling, in the direction of the heart. Where there is no swelling you can use whatever strokes feel good to your partner, from the section of the book that deals with that part of the bodyBefore doing passive movements on arthritic ) oints check with a doctor to see if this is alright and then always go very sensitively and keep within the pain threshold. Never force movements beyond their range. General soothing, slow stroking and gentle kneading and thumb circling around the affected areas can be comforting and relaxing. Rosemary and lavender essences solved in oil will also help to alleviate pain

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Body Electrical Treatments

Most Body electrical treats are used as par of a program designed specifically for | clients to allow them to lose weight or recontour their body- Electrical equipment may be contour their body. Electrical equipment may be introduced.

? when the client is on a weight-reducing diet-the use of electrical equipment can increase the effec tiveness of the diet

• to provide a variety of treatment, motivating and maintaining the client’s interest

I when specific areas only need to be treated to effect a localised reduction.

It must be stressed to the client that use of electrical equipment alone is not enough to lose weight or re-contour the body- The essential ingredients in an effective body treatment program are:

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weight-reducing tiealtliy diet

t to increase the amount of physical exercise taken • the application of appropriate body treatments W a beauty therapist.

The electrical treatments offered by the beauty therapist include:

• vibratory treatments

I vacuum suction massage treatments

which includes high frequency treatment, galvanic treatment, electrical muscle stimulation and microcurrent treatment.

VIBRATORY TREATMENTS

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Vibratory treatment is a form of mechanical massage and there are three types:

I Percussion. Machines work only on a vertical plane, which means the movements they make are only up and down, equivalent to tapotement or hacking. The percussion vibrator is used mainly in facial therapy

• Gyrators. Machines work on a vertical and horizontal plane. The movements are up and down as well as circular, simulating the actions of effleur and are used in body therapy

I Audio sonic. Machines use sound wave vibrations to achieve their effects and may be used when other types of vibratory treatment are contraindicated.

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(3yratory vibrator

%This machine was designed by M- Henri Cuinier and is usually known as the model number and this model is still used today

The gyratory vibrator is the most commonly used used for body work are normally free standing on a I Pedestal, notor is heavy-duty with an air-cooling system so j that it does not overheat with prolonge use. From motor comes a flexible insulated arm to “which applicator heads are attached to perform treatment All the applicators are kept in an accessory tra^/ on t the pedestal base.

Machine has several different applicator • heads made from polyurethane or rubber, and they come in various shapes and sizes. They arc all used during treatment to achieve similar effects to those of manual massage:

• The sponge heads are used for effleurage• The hard rubber heads are used for petrissage• The spiky and brush heads are used to simulate similar effects to those produced by tapotement.

The selection of the applicator head used depends upon the area being treated, and the depth may be controlled t>y varying: • the pressure applied • the type of applicator used.

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Applicator heads

• The round sponge applicator is used with light pressure at the beginning and end of treatment. It produces a hyperaemia and relaxes the client.

F The curved sponge applicator is used on those parts of the body that it moulds to, such as the limbs and shoulders. Effleurage in manual massage.

T The pincushion applicator is made from rubber with many round-ended protrusions and is effective in the treatment of rough skin. It produces a Iiyperaemia and desquamates the skin.

T The heavy pronged applicator is a rubber applicator with larger protrusions than the pincushion. It provides depth to the massage movements and is used in areas of solid subcutaneous fat or thick tissue.

I The football applicator is made of rubber and used dense areas such as the gluteals (buttocks) • It also used for kneading of the colon.

9 The egg box applicator is a rubber applicator and is used with deep pressure in dense fleshy areas such as gluteals and thighs.

I The lighthouse applicator is rubber-tipped and may be used on either side of the spine, but great care must be taken to avoid irritation or damage to the vertebrae. It is also used on the colon.

• The sucker applicator is a round rubber head, the surface of which is covered W small suckers. It is suitable when treating a client with a cellulite problem. The treatment should combine some manual massage movements with the mechanical application, thereby combining the depth of the vibratory treatment with the personal touch of the manual massage

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Effects of G5

9 It stimulates the circulatory system, blood supply to the area being treated, so providing nourishment to the skin and muscles and improving skin colour

t It improves lymphatic flow and aids elimination of waste products. This is particularly important for a cellulite condition.

I It has a desquamating effect on the surface of the skin.

I It relaxes tense muscles.

• It eases muscular pain.

• It penetrates deep into the subcutaneous layer helping the dispersal of fatty deposits.

• It motivates clients by helping them to achieve the desired results in a weight-reduction and body shaping plan.

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Audio sonic vibrator

This is a sound wave vibrator which is placed on the skin, vibrating smoothly up and down and gently assaging the tissues. Contact is maintained over the area being treated and the vibrations penetrate quite deep into the underlying tissues.

Sound waves are transmitted to the area requiring treatment through a sound head which is applied without pressure to the surface of the skin. There are two applicators, a round ball-shaped head providing sound waves to a small area and a disc-shaped head with a larger surface area for normal use. The sound waves can penetrate up to six centimetres within the body, allowing the therapist to treat areas which are ii inaccessible to conventional manipulative techniques. When the sound wave energy produced has been absorbed by the body tissues the sound waves t cease to travel further.

The vibrator is used normally for the specific effect of relieving tension in tense contracted muscles but § may also be used when the use of Oratory vibrators contraindicated because of hypersensitivity*

unit is quite small and is handheld. Therefore, only small areas can be treated effectivelytissues are very gently stimulated and this treatment is most effective on areas of soft tissue which offer little resistance. The effects achieved are deep in the little resistance. The effects achieved are deep in tne ) the skin, making this an excellent treatment for sensitive skin

Phvsioloqical effects of audio sonic m Massage occurs at a cellular level deep within the tissue.

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T There is an immediate tightening of cell wall membranes.

Cellular activity is increased and metabolism improved.

• Warmth is produced in the tissues.

• The increase in circulation supplies nourishment the area.

9 The Emphatic system is stimulated, waste products are removed more efficiently* I Tension nodules are relaxed.

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Muscle Flexibility: Stretch It or Lose It

you’re a woman who wears high heels, most likely you’ve heard the warnings: V^ear them too much and the muscles in the backs of your lower legs-the calf muscleswill shorten. And if you haven’t, here it is now: Wearing high heels is asking for problems, and it’s one of the worst things you can do to your feet and body. You can visualize this effect

Just imagine your calf muscle as a rubber band that extends from the back of your knee to your heel. When you wear high heels, the rubber band contracts (or gets shorter) to accommodate the shorter distance between your heel your knee. Over time-particularly if you wear these shoes to eight hours a day, five days a week-the muscle adapts to this shorter position, so that when you take the high heels off, you feel a pull as the calf muscle tries to lengthen again to set your heel on the floor.

The same thing can happen to the muscles in the backs of thighs, called the hamstrings. Visually’ you can imagine the hamstring “rubber band” at a certain length when you’re standing. What happens when you sit down? F he rubber band—in this case, the muscle in the back of the legshortens to allow you to sit.

If you sit too much, the muscle will adapt itself to that position as normal and become permanently shortened, again, reducing your flexibility and causing pain when you stand or need to bend over. This shortening of the muscles happens throughout the body, with any muscle that is required to remain in a shortened position for a long time-and is stretched too little.

Lack of stretching and overwork of muscles are a couple ot reasons why we lose flexibility- But there is another reason, which you never hear health care professionals talk about: excess fibrin. A more common term for it is “scar tissue. More about fibrin in Chapter 6, but for now, understand that when you work a muscle, some of the f ibers are damaged. This is a good thing, because when the body goes into repair mode, it typically builds the muscle back stronger than it was before.

Part of that process involves which forms a sort latticework on which the body can build new tissue. (Picture crisscross framework on a building undergoing remodeling.) To provide maximum structural integrity for your injured tissues and joints,fibrin is a naturally stiff and inflexible material. The more fibrin that builds up in your body, the more inflexible you become.

Typically* once the repair work is finished, a special type of enzymes called proteolytic enzymes come in to complete job by breaking down the fibrin and whisking it away.

Unfortunately, as we get older, our bodies don’t produce as much of these critical enzymes as when we were younger. Without these enzymes doing the cleanup job, fibrin builds up in our connecting tissues. This is why> when you turn 40, 50, or 60, you begin to feel stiff all over and less springy than when you were younger.

When you were younger. Is it going on between strong versus weak muscle pairs, it’s happening between flexible versus inflexible muscle pairs. And guess what’s in the middle of the battle? Your spinespecifically your neck, back, and hips.

Trigger Points

Muscle imbalances are not the only physical causes of back pain. Another source is something known as trigger points or “knots’ in one or more of your muscles.

When you use your muscles, your body tells them to contract. Long, hairlike muscle fibers lock together, shorten, and draw in. For example, when you lift your coffee cup, all the muscle fibers in your bicep contract, allowing your arm to lift. When you’re done lifting’ your body tells these muscle fibers to relax. The fibers “unlock” and allow your muscle to elongate.

When a muscle is overworked (contracted “too much”), it may simply radiate pain,but oftentimes a knot also will develop. (In the case of a tendon or ligament, inflammation injury may occur.) These knots are really small tangles the fibers of your muscles.

If you’ve ever had a massage, you’re probably familiar with this. Knots are tender, feel hard to the touch, and can require a lot of pressure to release. If you think of the muscle as a length of hair—-since muscles are made of up fibers similar hair strands—a normal muscle would look like healthy,

combed hair, whereas a muscle suffering from a knot would look like you took the hair and twisted it.

This knot slows blood flow through the muscle, causing several problems. First, the waste products produced, by your muscle cells aren’t removed quickly, so they settle into fibers.

Second, the ceils in those areas aren’t getting as much oxygen as they re used to getting—so they re mildly oxygen deprived.

Third, your blood transports the fuel that powers the unlocking” mechanism within those last few muscle fibers that are “stuck” together. Without ample blood circulation, these muscle fibers never unlock. This creates a vicious self reinforcing cycle where a knot causes slow blood circulation, which prevents the knot from releasing itself, which causes the knot to persist even further. (This is a classic situation of your blood circulation moving “too slow”that specific part of” your body).

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These three conditions combine to cause inflammation, tenderness, and pain in that part of the muscle. The result is a trigger point, or what most people think of as a knot, in their muscle.

It’s also important to note that trigger points can develop in tendons, and because tendons are so much less vascular, meaning they get so much less blood flow, they often are much harder to treat effectively.

Physical Dysfunctions and Conditions

A physical dysfunction occurs when your body posture and/or mechanics are no longer optimal, or “normal,” and are now creating excessive wear and tear on your muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. This can show up simply as pain, or it can develop into a medical condition, such as scoliosis, a joint condition, disc herniation, and more.

Imagine a puppet. If you pull one string up tight and leave the others loose, the body will change posture. The same is true of your muscles. The tighter, shorter ones will pull your body out of its normal position and the result will be a curved or crooked posture.

This is what’s happening to our bodies when the muscles are out of balance. The changes may be subtle, but we re walking around in twisted ways and, eventually we’ll experience pain and/or suffer an outright condition, such as a herniated disc or sciatica. Vertebrae are pulled to the right or left, strainingthe spine. Backward, forcing the lower back into an unnatural position Shoulders round, pulling on the upper back and neck. These joints and bones are then forced to move every day in these strange, tilted positions.

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Small Doses Yield Big Results

After years of trying to fend off his hay fever with antihistamines, Richard was fed up.

“It was so bad that by the time I blew my nose and washed my hands, i* nose would be dripping again. It was getting to the point that I could barely practice dentistry, ‘ says Dr. Fischer (D.D.S-), a dentist in Annandale, Virginia.

Then a patient told him about a homeopathic physician nearby who had helped many people cope with their allergies, pr. F ischer was skeptical^ but on his third visit to the homeopathic doctor, a remarkable thing happened.

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“He gave me a remedy that literally popped my sinuses open. You could actually hear it happen. It shocked the daylights out of me. When I experienced f< r myself what a profound change homeopathy could make, I knew I learn more about it,” says Dr. Fischer, president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a 500-member group of dentists, physicians an^archers that promotes the use of safe dental materials and procedures.

After 15 years of training from the National Center for Homeopathy, a nonprofit educational service in Alexandria, Virginia, that conducts seminars physicians and dentists. Dr. Fischer says he now uses homeopathy to treat everything from bad breath to toothaches.

“I find it surprising that more dentists and doctors aren’t using homeo^athy,” pr. Pischer says. The patient.. • I can’t imagine practicing dentistry without it.”

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What Is It?

Homeopathy, a form of medicine that relies on minute amounts of herbs, minerals and other substances to stimulate a person ‘s natural defenses and help the body heal itself, often tames illnesses with a single dose of medicine and causes virtually no side effects, proponents say. worldwide, homeopathy is commonly practiced many countries, including India, Mexico and Russia.

About four in every ten people in France and one in three people in England—including the British royal family- use homeopathy, according to the National Center for Homeopathy.

In the United States, however, homeopathy is less well known. It was introduce this country in 1825, and W 1890 14.000 homeopatmc physicians, 22 homeopathic medical schools and more than 100 homeopathic hospitals nationally. But less than 50 years later, homeopathy forgotten in the United States as reliance and scientists developed antibiotics and other power capable of eradicating any disease.

But homeopathy is experiencing a renaissance in this country. When there were fewer than 200 practitioners nationwide, there has been a in the medical community. Wiile their number is small cornpared with the number of Western practitioners, today there are at least 2,50<^f doctors, dentists, chiropractors and nurse-practitioners who regularly prescribe homeopathic remedies, according to the National Center for Homeopathy..

Each year, more than 2.5 million people seek homeopathic care. Retail sales of hor;°pathic remedies have increased about 25 percent a year since I98B and now top $200 rr^n annually. In comparison, Amencans spent $290 million for over-the-counter antacids and $56 billion for prescription medicines in 1992. But that disparity is somewhat misleading, proponents say; since homeopath: cost a fraction of most conventional drugs. A typical homeopathic remedy, confuting 30 to 100 doses, costs from S3 to $5, says Chris Meletis, N.D., a naturopathic physician and medicinary director at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

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Like Cures Like

Homeopathy I which is derived from two Greek words, literally means ilar suffering.” Although the concept dates back to at least the tenth centa*y B.C., modern homeopathy is based on the observations of Samuel Hahnemann , an eighteenth-century German physician. Dr. Hahnemann considered the medical practices of the time barbaric, because patients were regularly bled.

Leeched and blistered to purge them of fluids believed to cause most illnesses. Disillusioned, he quit medicine and became a translator of scientific texts, says , a homeopathic physician in Tipp City, Ohio, and co-author with Jane Heimlich of Homeopathic Medicine at Home . But Dr. Hahnemann continued to experiment on himself with various substances in hopes of finding a more humane way of healing people he suspected that disease represented modern homeopaths believe he meant the immune system) and that only a small stimulus was needed to restore balance in the body’s nature defences.

But that hunch didn’t fully bloom until he began experiments to discover why small doses of quinine, an extract from a Peruvian tree bark, malaria. To his surprise. Dr. Hahnemann found that large doses of the drug had unexpected effects. After taking massive doses of quinine for several days, he developed trembling, heart palpitations and other symptoms of malaria- As soon as he stopped taking the drug, his symptoms disappeared, from this experiment. Dr. Hahnemann developed his belief that “like is cured by like,” known as the as law of similars, which is the basis of homeopathy.

pr. Hahnemann theorized that if large amounts of a substance such as quinine cause symptoms of illness in a healthy person, then small doses of that same substance should cure an ill person who has similar symptoms. So if you have a cold, for example, taking a small amount of a substance that in large doses would cause coldlike symptoms should cure your sniffles, according to pr. Hahnemann’s theory. But the remedy will work only if its pattern of induced symptoms matches the symptoms of the ill person.

pr. Hahnemann and his early followers conducted more experiments, called provings, in which they gave large amounts of herbs, minerals and animal extracts to healthy people and recorded all of the symptoms they developed. Later, Dr. Hahnemann compiled these experiments into a book, Materia Medica, a reference guide first published in 1811 that helps practitioners match a patient’s symptoms with a corresponding homeopathic remedy.

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Making Poisons Work for Us

But Dr. Hahnemann had to overcome one major obstacle. Some of the substances he used, such as arsenic, mercury and belladonna (deadly nightshade), were extremely poisonous. So Dr. Hahnemann diluted the substances in water and alcohol until he believed he had safe doses that would trigger healing in the body without causing any harmful effects. In fact, Dr. Hahnemann theorized that as the doses got smaller, the remedy not only would become less toxic but would actually be more potent and effective as well.

Today, more than 1,200 substances are recognized as homeopathic remedies. These remedies are diluted so that 1 drop of a medicine is mixed with either 9 or 99 drops of a solution that is 87 percent alcohol and 13 percent distilled water, creating a dilution of 1 to 10 or 1 to 100, Dr. Meletis says. This mixture is vigorously shaken, then 1 drop of the mixture is diluted and shaken into another 9 or 99 drops of solution. After about 24 dilutions, there usually isn’t one molecule of the original homeopathic medicine left in the solution, Dr. Meletis says. This process, however, often continues for 1.000 or more dilutions and shakings to increase the solution s potency, homeopaths say.

Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Available as pill, powder or liquid, these remedies are considered safe enough that 95 percent of them are sold over the counter in the United States in many health food stores, acording to the national Center for homeopathy. (when buying, remember that remedies that are labeled X have been diluted 1 to 10, while remedies labeled C, which are more potent, have been diluted 1 to 100 So a 3C remedy, for example, has been diluted three times at a ratio of 1 to 1OO the equivalent of one drop of homeopathic remedy in one million drops of a solution of water and alcohol.)

Emerging Scientific proof

Much of the support for homeopathy is anecdotal. But proponents say that most conventional medical studies of homeopathy are flawed because these studies attempt to measure the effectiveness of one homeopathic remedy in fighting one disease. Since homeopaths believe that individuals can have the same disease but different symptoms and therefore need different remedies, they claim any study requiring that every participant be given the same homeopathic remedy is bound to have inconclusive results.

“Homeopathic physicians have always been more involved with caring for their patients and haven’t had the time or motivation to do these kinds of controlled studies,” Dr. Panos says.

That is changing, however, as more homeopaths conduct research that proponents say is likely to prove that homeopathy does work. In a study of 478 people who had flu symptoms, French scientists found that 17 percent the people who received homeopathic treatment improved within %S Hoars of beginning treatment compared with 10 percent of the individuals wh<o of beginning treatment compared with 10 percent ot tne individual who macological effect. A group of 40 Nicaraguan children who received homeopathic treatment recovered from bouts of diarrhea an average of one day earlier than children who were given placebos, according to researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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In another study often cited by homeopaths, Scottish researchers gave

homeopathic grass remedies to 56 people with hay fever. After five weeks, these people were less likely to have runny noses, irritated eyes arid other symptoms of hay fever than a group that took placebos.

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Varicose Veins Cairns

Varicose Veins Cairns

Many people suffer from varicose veins. Overweight, carrying heavy loads, feet injuries, pregnancies, and medications that contain estrogen can aggravate the problem. However there are ways to alleviated or prevent this phenomenon from getting worse.

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When summer comes, it’s the time to pull out the swimsuits, sandals and shorts from the closet. But what do you do with all those ugly veins that look like bluish spiders or snakes tangling up under the skin? What causes them and how to prevent them?

It is thought that varicose veins in the legs is a problem primarily aesthetic, but it is important to know the phenomenon may indicate venous insufficiency – a medical problem that requires investigation and treatment.

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Dilated veins in the legs may be due to a problem of the venous valves, whose role is to ensure the blood flows in only one direction – toward the heart and the legs. When these valves do not function properly, blood flows to the legs, puts excess pressure on the walls of the veins causing them to expand, swell and protrude through the skin. This phenomenon of varicose veins is called in the medical language “venous insufficiency”. This is one of the common diseases in the world: one in two women and one in four men will suffer during their lifetime from varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

Overweight, carrying heavy loads, feet injuries, pregnancies, and medications that contain estrogen (such as birth control pills) may aggravate the problem. It was also found that it is particularly prevalent among people with professions that require prolonged standing, including athletes surgeons, hair dressers, cashiers and sellers. Genetic weakness of the vein walls and valves, and excessive pressure in the veins are also among the causes for the phenomenon.

Dilated veins can cause swelling, edema, heaviness and pain in the feet, bleeding and infection, and sometimes even deep wounds and venous leg ulcers. In addition, patients may develop leg cramps, redness, skin color changes around the ankles, skin thickening and hardening of the legs and ankles, joint pain and more. More severe cases may develop inflammation of a vein Thrombosis which may cause pulmonary embolism.

Despite the prevalence of the disease, and the risks which it entails, only 10% of those with varicose veins treat the problem. While there is no option to completely prevent the appearance of varicose veins, it is possible to delay and prevent it from getting worse.

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How to delay the appearance of varicose veins?

1. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without movement. If you need to stand for a long time, you should move your legs from place to place and from time to time to avoid the stress resulting from the accumulation of blood.

2. Avoid strenuous physical activity which applies heavy pressure on the veins, such as weight training.

3. Exercise moderately such as walking or swimming. These activities may strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and prevent or delay the development of prominent veins. When you go, make sure you do a full motion from heel to toes. This movement stimulates the blood flow to the heart.

4. Avoid hot tubs, prolonged sauna, long stay in the sun and hot wax hair plucking. The heat involved in these activities expands the capillaries.

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5. Make a cold or lukewarm showers. It shrinks the veins.

6. It is recommended to sit or lie down with your legs raised slightly. This position will improve the blood flow from the legs to the heart. When sitting, rest your feet on a chair or stool. When lying down, place a pillow under your feet, and make sure they slope upward.

7. Avoid sitting cross-legged. Such a sitting will increase pressure on the leg veins.

8. Apply elastic stockings or elastic bandages. These socks will not eliminate prominent veins, but they may prevent them from getting worse.

9. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing high heels. Walking in high heels could exacerbate the phenomenon of prominent veins if it already exists.

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10. Maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight puts unnecessary pressure on your veins.

11. Try to avoid situations of constipation that increase the pressure on the legs.

12. During long haul flights (and only after consulting and obtaining a prescription from your physician) take blood thinners such as aspirin to prevent blood clots and venous thrombosis. Also avoid prolonged sitting and make sure you move to prevent edema and reduce venous pressure in the legs. In addition, during long-haul flights make sure to wear elastic socks.

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13. Take nutritional supplements. Vitamin B, vitamin C and zinc help to maintain the elasticity of blood vessels and strengthen their walls and can prevent or delay the appearance of varicose veins.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar for You!

We have found a considerable amount of thought-provoking information about Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and all of its amazing properties! You will not believe how many uses there are for this remarkable liquid. Apple cider vinegar is reportedly a miracle cure for many conditions — from minor ailments to serious illness. Some people swear by it. For example, apple cider vinegar is used across the world as a natural/alternative treatment for allergies, and is thought to reduce the risk of cancer.

Vinegar has been in use since ancient times – as a health remedy, cleaning agent and for many other purposes from household to science. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the revered ancient father of medicine after whom the Hippocratic Oath was named, prescribed it for curing pleurisy, fever, ulcers, and constipation. [1] It was utilized throughout history in other societies as well; for example, the Egyptians are thought to have used it to kill bacteria and the Babylonians relied on it to preserve food and medicines. [1]

In Ancient Rome, Apple cider vinegar was considered the holy grail or fountain of youth. It was commonly consumed for its properties as an elixir; one that has been forgotten in modern times – until recently.

Fast forward to the future: Today, Apple cider vinegar is considered to be useful in cases of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. For example, in 2001 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study [2] in which it was indicated that alternative or natural therapies like ACV might be more effective than prescription drugs and other western medical treatments. Apple cider vinegar is also useful in emergency situations such as jellyfish stings because it acts as a deactivating agent toward the venom. [3]

Apple cider vinegar is made via fermentation, which is very beneficial for digestion and has in some cases worked as a cure for acne. Apple cider vinegar is also commonly used as a treatment for other skin disorders such as warts. In fact, studies have shown that Apple cider vinegar can clear up blemishes and breakouts – avoiding the need for potentially harmful prescription medications such as Retin A or Acutane. [4]

Another little known fact we found in a scientific report: During the American Civil War, Apple cider vinegar helped to prevent scurvy and also was used as a disinfectant for wounds. [5]

Apple cider vinegar has the potential to balance pH levels in the human body. This process occurs because of the naturally-occurring acetic acid it contains. When PH levels are balanced, the body maintains an alkaline state which reduces the potential for disease. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar may be too strong for some palates. For this reason, many people drink it with honey and lemon. Others prefer to add 1 Tablespoon to an 8-ounce glass of water.

We were surprised and intrigued to find that Apple cider vinegar has many benefits for hair health. Apple cider vinegar has been known to encourage hair growth and reduce the occurrence of breakage. To improve body and shine of the hair shaft, apply 1/2 Tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup water after shampooing.

Another suggestion that is made with regard to consuming Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is to rinse the mouth afterwards. This is because, being acidic, there may be a possibility of harm to tooth enamel with long term exposure.

Apple Cider Vinegar for You!

We have found a considerable amount of thought-provoking information about Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and all of its amazing properties! You will not believe how many uses there are for this remarkable liquid. Apple cider vinegar is reportedly a miracle cure for many conditions — from minor ailments to serious illness. Some people swear by it. For example, apple cider vinegar is used across the world as a natural/alternative treatment for allergies, and is thought to reduce the risk of cancer.

Vinegar has been in use since ancient times – as a health remedy, cleaning agent and for many other purposes from household to science. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the revered ancient father of medicine after whom the Hippocratic Oath was named, prescribed it for curing pleurisy, fever, ulcers, and constipation. [1] It was utilized throughout history in other societies as well; for example, the Egyptians are thought to have used it to kill bacteria and the Babylonians relied on it to preserve food and medicines. [1]

In Ancient Rome, Apple cider vinegar was considered the holy grail or fountain of youth. It was commonly consumed for its properties as an elixir; one that has been forgotten in modern times – until recently.

Fast forward to the future: Today, Apple cider vinegar is considered to be useful in cases of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. For example, in 2001 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study [2] in which it was indicated that alternative or natural therapies like ACV might be more effective than prescription drugs and other western medical treatments. Apple cider vinegar is also useful in emergency situations such as jellyfish stings because it acts as a deactivating agent toward the venom. [3]

Apple cider vinegar is made via fermentation, which is very beneficial for digestion and has in some cases worked as a cure for acne. Apple cider vinegar is also commonly used as a treatment for other skin disorders such as warts. In fact, studies have shown that Apple cider vinegar can clear up blemishes and breakouts – avoiding the need for potentially harmful prescription medications such as Retin A or Acutane. [4]

Another little known fact we found in a scientific report: During the American Civil War, Apple cider vinegar helped to prevent scurvy and also was used as a disinfectant for wounds. [5]

Apple cider vinegar has the potential to balance pH levels in the human body. This process occurs because of the naturally-occurring acetic acid it contains. When PH levels are balanced, the body maintains an alkaline state which reduces the potential for disease. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar may be too strong for some palates. For this reason, many people drink it with honey and lemon. Others prefer to add 1 Tablespoon to an 8-ounce glass of water.

We were surprised and intrigued to find that Apple cider vinegar has many benefits for hair health. Apple cider vinegar has been known to encourage hair growth and reduce the occurrence of breakage. To improve body and shine of the hair shaft, apply 1/2 Tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup water after shampooing.

Another suggestion that is made with regard to consuming Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is to rinse the mouth afterwards. This is because, being acidic, there may be a possibility of harm to tooth enamel with long term exposure.

 

 

 

 

Stress Relief Cairns

Stress Relief Cairns

Stress Relief Cairns

Stress Relief Cairns

Stress Relief Cairns

Your Real-Life Stress Survival Guide

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Got stress? Of course you do. And even if you were one of the few American women who don’t occasionally feel like ripping their hair out, you’d probably be ashamed to admit it. Like it or not, stress has become a status symbol, the badge a woman wears to prove she has a full, active life.

But women may pay dearly for that stress—with chronic health problems or even their lives. Sure, some let stress roll right off them. Others just think they do. Over time, stress—and the parade of nasty chemicals it sends through the body when a deadline looms or a kid talks back—grinds away at your cells. That wear and tear triggers everything from insomnia to heart failure and exacerbates many other conditions, including headaches, digestive problems, and obesity.

Prevention found six women with significant stress-induced health issues who fought back, developing their own arsenal of stress-busting habits and weapons. Their experiences can help you get through each day stronger, calmer, and more in charge of your life than ever.

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Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy

36, single; yoga instructor and entrepreneur, New York City

Stress problem: Digestive troubles

“In 1997, I spent 10 days in the hospital before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I almost died.” Although the precise causes of Crohn’s—a painful inflammatory bowel disease that affects about 1 million Americans—are unknown, stress may worsen the disease.

Knew she was in trouble when “I read what the doctor wrote on my chart—he called me a workaholic. Here I was, in my 20s, an MBA with a big job at MTV. I was always waving off my boyfriend when he tried to talk to me about balance. Working until 1:00 am was normal—and fun. And here’s a doctor writing, ‘TV executive, high stress, never takes vacations.’ In his eyes, I was a stress case. It was very humbling.”

How stress fooled her “I never felt stressed-out, even though I had some physical symptoms. I thought I was the picture of health—I even had six-pack abs.” When she injured her back during a workout, the pain medication aggravated the Crohn’s, putting her back at square one.

What saved her Yoga. “For a year, I couldn’t even lift myself out of a bathtub because of the inflamed disk in my back. At first, my approach to yoga was just to practice breathing.” Over the next year, she gained strength and then began to train as a teacher. In 2002, she founded the Ta Yoga House in Harlem. “I know I’m a type A yogi, but my practice has given me a new sense of managing my energy. I’ve rebuilt my health from the ground up.”

Why it works Yoga diminished stress symptoms in a 2004 Reed College and Oregon Health Sciences University study of 18 yoga students. And in a 2003 Spanish study, researchers found that when 42 people with Crohn’s learned stress-relieving techniques, most had significantly less pain.

Early warning signs “Mostly, my Crohn’s is under control now. But when my joints start to ache–a symptom of a pending flare-up—I know I haven’t been taking care of myself.”

Emergency stress Rx “I focus on breathing deeply. You can do it anytime, even if you’re injured or too busy to do yoga.”

Serenity strategy “In addition to my daily yoga practice, I keep my mantra right on my computer: faith, family, and healthy food.”

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Stress problem: Obesity

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and chronic stress is part of the cause. Elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been linked to increases in body fat and a decreased ability to sleep, so the body has less energy to exercise and craves more quick-fix snacks.

Knew she was in trouble when “I saw my reflection in the glare of the TV one night. I had always been a big stress eater, but I was in an unhappy marriage, which was making me eat more and more. My husband would go in one room and use the computer; I’d go in the other and eat. That night, I really saw myself, shoveling chips in my mouth while I was watching one of those home-decorating shows. I just said, What are you doing? The next month, I signed up with Jenny Craig.”

How stress fooled her Research has shown that big-league stressors—like Whaite’s lousy marriage and subsequent divorce—compounded weight issues, regardless of what study subjects ate and how much they exercised. And in a 2003 study from the University of California, San Francisco, stressed-out rats went for foods that were high in sugar, fat, or both, instead of their normal rat chow.

What saved her “Daily exercise. At first, I hated it. Then one day, I went walking with some friends in the park. People were there with their dogs; birds were singing; it was sunny. And I realized, this is what I need to handle my stress. When I hit my goal weight of 165 pounds, I bought myself a Tiffany bracelet that says I did it.”

Why it works Women who increase the intensity of their workouts (as Whaite did by cranking up her walking to running) reduce anxiety even more effectively, found a 2003 study.

Early warning signs “M&Ms. But as I’ve gotten used to eating healthy meals, it only happens every few weeks.”

Emergency stress Rx “Heading outdoors for a run or a walk, enjoying the fresh air and the scenery.”

Serenity strategy “Because stress makes me crave food, I’ve retrained myself to find other things that soothe me, like spending time with friends or getting manicures and pedicures.”

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Marlene Welch

45, single, raising her 12-year-old nephew; marketing, Chicago

Stress problem: Anger

Women are especially vulnerable to the health risks anger creates. A 2004 study of 1,500 women found a high correlation between needing anger management therapy and having heart disease symptoms. And women are more likely than men to take out their work-related stress and anger at home. Scientists still don’t know whether women suffer more than men because they repress their anger. But they do think stress plays a key role: A study of rats found evidence of a fast-acting feedback loop, where the animal’s stress and anger continually reinforced each other.

Knew she was in trouble when “I felt like my life was falling apart. I’m a recovering alcoholic, and although I had taken care of that problem, everything was still a mess—my marriage was imploding, and I was always unhappy. I called a couples’ counselor to make an appointment, and over the phone, the therapist said to me, ‘You sound angry.’ I got mad and heard myself saying, ‘I’m not angry!’ I was that out of touch.”

How stress fooled her “I just didn’t get the connection between stress and anger. And then it was hard for me to admit I was angry. If I admitted it, that meant I was not a nice person.”

What saved her Therapy. “Right after I started meeting weekly with Mitch Messner, the director of the Anger Clinic in Chicago, I had a really dramatic ‘aha’ moment. As I was telling him what was wrong, he told me I was in danger of living the rest of my life as a miserable woman. All of a sudden, it hit me. I was angry with everybody. But I had a choice. I could keep on playing the victim and be angry—or be happy. It was up to me.” Though she and her husband eventually divorced, a year of regular therapy helped her see how directly her anger stemmed from the way she handled stress.

Why it works While therapy isn’t a Band-Aid for all emotional problems, researchers at Stanford University found that the coping skills learned in therapy are even more valuable for people with anger management problems than for those with depression.

Early warning signs “My heart pounds, I breathe faster, and I feel afraid. ”

Emergency stress Rx “I’ll sit down and write an ‘anger letter’—a quick note to help me figure out who or what I’m really upset with or about. They aren’t meant to be sent. I’ve written them to my ex, my parents, even myself. They clarify things. And taking 10 deep breaths helps a lot. When I do have an outburst with someone—which happens infrequently—I make sure we sit down and talk about it afterward.”

Serenity strategy “I still see the therapist from time to time, when I feel like I need to check in, and I’ve also run some anger management sessions for women at the Anger Clinic. Helping other people with the same problem gives me perspective.”

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Love your Gut

Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Today we know he was right! An unhealthy gut can be the basis of many health issues, so for the sake of your health and wellbeing, take steps now to look after your gut. Here’s how

 

Digestion begins when you eat food to access nutrients so you can absorb and employ them for a multitude of vital bodily functions. While it would be nice if everything ran according to plan, you often thwart the grand scheme by lifestyle influences such as unsuitable diet, taking medications, not staying well hydrated, not exercising enough and allowing too much stress into your life. Your emotional health plays a crucial part in gut function as your gut and brain work in tandem, constantly relaying messages back and forth.

 

Eight steps to a healthier gut

  1. Eat Well – lots of organic, fresh fruit and fruit juices, raw veggies, steamed veggies and fish, will help maintain a healthy digestive system.
  2. Drink alkalised pure water – to help clear toxins from your system.
  3. Swap coffee for refreshing herbal teas – from a naturopathic perspectives, people who suffer from tummy troubles are often advised to avoid coffee, especially if they’re prone to diarrhoea. Caffeine doesn’t just stimulate your mind; it also stimulates your gut, which can hasten the speed at which the food you eat moves through your gastrointestinal tract and is excreted out the other end. Try refreshing herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile and fennel, all of have traditionally been used to help relieve flatulence, bloating and cramping, pain.
  4. Chew your food well before swallowing – this helps to make it easier on your digestive system to do its job.
  5. Keep stress under control – eat in a quiet, relaxed environment.
  6. Supplement with probiotics to help build up the good gut flora, which assist digestion and help build immunity. Take a supplement or eat fermented foods such as yoghurt, miso, tempeh or sauerkraut. For IBS sufferers, a strain of lactobacillus plantarum (Lp299v), has been extensively researched and is widely in Europe for the management of the condition.
  7. Supplement with plant derived digestive enzymes if you are suffering digestive symptoms such as indigestion, flatulence or bloating – the body does produce enzymes (such as amylase, pepsin, proteases and lipase) which help break down the nutrients in food (such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats) into smaller molecules that the body can easily absorb and use. Sadly the modern diet contains high levels of foods containing saturated fats, complex carbohydrates and proteins which can put extra strain on the digestive system. Supplementing with a plant derived digestive enzyme supplment can help support digestive and relieve some common digestive complaints. Ginger is also a great digestive soothing her that is sometimes added to digestive enzyme supplements.
  8. Ensure you have sufficient fibre in your diet to keep you regular: If you are not sure, taking a daily fibre supplement could be a great support to your digestive system. Psyllium is a good source of fibre, it absorbs a great deal of water in the intestinal tract, helping to soften stools. Because it swells inside the intestines, psyllium also helps to make you feel more full and satisfied after meals. Taking a fibre supplement that also contains taurine and glycine can help improve the production of healthy bile, and help with the removal of excess cholesterol from your body. To really have maximum impact on your digestive system, try a fibre supplement such as Cabot Health Fibretone which also includes liver herbs dandelion root and St Mary’s thistle. These herbs have a cleansing and healing effect on the liver and help stimulate the gall bladder and improve fat metabolism. Fibretone is excellent for people with constipation, abdominal bloating, flatulence, diverticulitis or gall bladder conditions or those who suffer a fatty liver.

 

 

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How to have sex for infertility

 

Orgasm and retaining sperm in the vagina to increase your chances of conception

Researchers Dr Robin Baker and Dr Mark Bellis of the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Manchester, England, are quite categorical about it: female orgasm before ejaculation decreases the retention of sperm. This means the male has to ejaculate first then the female should orgasm afterwards. Orgasm after ejaculation can reduce flow-back and increase sperm retention.

 

TO paraphrase – male orgasm and ejaculation should occur first and then the female should orgasm which then leads to more chances of sperm retention in the vagina and therefore increases the chances of conception.

 

Dr Baker and Dr Bellis arrived at this conclusion with the help of 35 very co-operative couples – couples who timed and measured their flow-back (escape of sperm from the vagina) in relation to the woman’s orgasm and to the man’s ejaculation in 323 copulations. (They also got similar information from 3679 women who responded to a nationwide survey.)

Specifically they claim that:

It makes not difference whether the womens orgasm happens during intercourse itself or is initiated (by either partner) after it.

Extra sperm will be retained if orgasm happens at any time up to the time flow-back starts:

Orgasm more than a minute before ejaculation reduces sperm retention and increases later flow-back and

Up to a few days, the longer it has been since a previous orgasm the more semen is retained (I presume this is because the orgasm might be better).

 

So to recap, when a women orgasm after her man has ejaculated means that this decreases the escape, or flow-back, of semen out of the vagina after sex. So a rather late orgasm by the women is a good thing for retaining semen and for getting pregnant – at least when you’re having sex around the time of ovulation.

 

When to Have sex

For fertility its better for sperm to be in the fallopian tube before ovulation takes place. The normally ovulated egg is poised to be fertilized as soon as it gets there. Its fertile life is then no more than about 10 to 12 hours, perhaps less. On the other hand, sperm will take just two or three hours to reach the tube and be capacitated, that is, in a condition able to fertilize the egg.

The symptoms that precede ovulation include an increase in secretions in the vagina, when some women will detect particularly stretchable cervical mucus. Once these symptoms disappear, the mucus will have tightened up to keep further sperm out of the uterus. So-called oculation pain, or Mittelschmerz, in fact precedes ovulation by up to 24 hours; it’s therefore a good indication of when to time intercourse (provided it’s not so bad that it causes intercourse itself to be painful – a rather cruel situation when it occurs).

 

How often to have sex

Every second day during the middle of the cycle is good. With care in timing it , it’s possible to have sex less frequently, and probably have more pleasurable and satisfying sex. Timing sex becomes more important if there’s a decrease in the sperm count. When you have sex outside the time of ovulation, of course, it’s nothing to do with getting pregnant and everything to do with keeping your relationship pleasant and mutually supportive.

 

Ovarian Monitoring

Not uncommonly either you or your doctor will want to know precisely how long it takes from the start of your period until you ovulate (this is the follicular phase) and then how long it takes until your period starts again (this is the luteal phase). This might be to check how well you are ovulating and to rule out a luteal phase defect (or the luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome or LUF), or to time a diagnostic test that has to be done, say, as you are ovulating (such as a postcoital test) or just before an anticipated menstrual period actually begins (such as a premenstrual endometrial biopsy). The monitoring this requires includes both frequent measurements of hormones (in particular serum estradiol, serum LH and serum progesterone), together with follicle tracking using transvaginal ultrasound.

Generaly speaking, though, this is all much too intrusive and expensive to go through every month, just to time when to have sex.

 

Temperature Charting

Is useful for helping to see when you are ovulating and get you educated in your cervical mucous changes at ovulation – once the temperature goes up it’s too late to conceive – so this charting is useful to put an end to an exhausting regimen of sex-to-get-pregnant. Second, a dip in temperature can occur with ovulation, so if you are deft this might be used as a signal. But third, and most useful, over several months it will give you and your therapist an idea of the time in the cycle during which ovulation can occur, providing a general guide to when having sex will give the best chance.

 

LH testing

When a follicle in the ovary is ready, the pituitary gland’s signal to ovulate consists of a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH). More often than not it starts during sleep, at about three or four in the morning, and will result in ovulation 36 to 40 hours later. LH enters the urine within a few hours of the start of the surge, where it can be measured using a variety of kits bought over the counter from pharmacists or off the shelf supermarkets.

The measuring technique varies a little: the package insert will explain how to use the particular kit. I find that the urine sample to test is not the first one when you wake up, the bladder-full that’s there when you arise has the night’s accumulated urine, so it can be too dilute. The urine to test is later that morning or at lunchtime. If the test is equivocal, test again the same day. A positive result (after negative results the day before) means that ovulation will take place in the next day and a half. Sex that night, and / or the following morning, will be well timed. However, with this schedule for testing it’s best to test the next day as well: if it’s still positive, try that evening too.

 

The kits for testing urinary LH ar not all that cheap, especially if you have irregularity to your cycle. To keep the cost down, you might either:

keep a basal body temperature chart as well, first to show when testing should start (about day 11 for a 28 day cycle, earlier for shorter cycles, and second to show when to stop testing, should the LH surge signal have been missed and the temperature be up or

look for evidence of rising levels or estrogen, which always precedes the LH surge.

You can detect rising estrogen levels either by being aware of changes in cervical mucous or by investing in a store-bought testing kit for detecting changes in your saliva.

 

Saliva testing for Estrogen

Unlike tests for the LH surge, which are use-once and so are relatively expensive, a home testing unit for estrogen (a rise in which always precedes the LH surge) can be used repeatedly. These devices are based on a poorly understood phenomenon called ferning – the crystallization of mucus molecules in a branching pattern when mucus (including saliva, as it turns out) that has been exposed to high levels of estrogen is allowed to dry on a glass slide and examined under a microscope.

Ferning has long been known to characterize cervical mucus shows the effect of estrogen at ovulation (it is one of the phenomena used to give the cervix a score, the cervical score or insler score). Without understanding how, estrogen circulating in the blood can also affect saliva in this way.

Maybe Baby is a lipstick-sized personal microscope that lets you look at your saliva for ferning. Designed for contraception it’s also good for getting pregnant. Have sex if you are ferning! Look for it a your pharmacist or supermarket!

 

Do We have to?

 

Sex or insemination?

In some circumstances sex consistently fails to deliver the goods. Impotence, anatomical problems such as hypospadias, and physiological malfunction such as retrograde ejaculation are examples of problems with sexual intercourse that can be overcome with masturbation, semen preparation in the laboratory and then assisted insemination, usually with ‘washed’ semen into the uterus.

But it is any use to carry out such assisted insemination for low sperm counts or for example, for unexplained infertility? Apart from these three well-defined disturbances, the usefulness of IUI compared with having sex to get pregnant is controversial – despite IUI having become a medical industry. With proper timing in regard to ovulation, Dr Gordon Baker in Melbourne and Dr Micahel Hull in Bristol, amoung others, have shown in careful and purposeful studies (involving control groups of couples who had sex normally for comparison) that sex is better than insemination. The Amsterdam study showed that IUI can have the edge if there are more than 2 million washed sperm available for the insemination procedure.

 

 

 

 

Lets Talk about Smoking

Whether or not you have a cigarette after sex is up to you, although right now is a good time to say that smoking does decrease fertility, especially in women. Cigarettes have a heavy metal called Cadmium…this accumulates in your blood and pushes zinc out of your system. Zinc becomes deficient in your body and zinc is a hugely important nutrient for conception. Zinc gives sperm the extra energy and enthusiasm to push through the egg in the uterus. Zinc nurtures the egg and makes it healthy. Zinc Deficiency directly related to cigarette smoking means you are more likely to be and stay infertile.

I do know a couple who conceived within two months of stopping smoking, after about 10 years of tests and unsuccessful attempts at treatment. The harmful effect of cigarette smoking is ‘dose-related’ – the more you smoke, the more it decreases fertility.

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IVF and Acupuncture in Cairns

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IVF and Acupuncture in Cairns

IVF and Acupuncture and other strategies for maximising IVF success

1. Acupuncture

This 3000 year old medicine can increase the chances of conception with IVF by 30%.

Acupuncture can assist in vasodilation of the blood vessels before and after the fertilised egg is transferred to the uterus. The uterus lining has to have the best blood flow and capacity to feed vital nutrients to the egg before and after implantation.

Acupuncture excells at increasing this vital blood and therefore nutrient supply to the uterine walls where the fertilised egg sticks to!

Try at least three acupuncture treatments done only by a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist who is registered with the National Registration board of Australia for Acupuncture. Please call me on 0408 054 538 for an Acupuncture treatment if you are in Cairns or Port Douglas and would like to set up treatment time for you Acupuncture & Infertility treatment.

 

  1. Improve you Mitchondria

 

Mitchondria are the energy generating structures inside all of your cells. The mitchondria inside your eggs are what provides energy to your developing embryo once the egg and sperm have been joined. Once the sperm has penetrated the eggg its midpie e and tail fall away, so that only the head of the sperm fuses with the egg.

 

Therefore all the mitochondria responsible for providing rapidly dividing celss with energy come from the woman. Mitochondria are highly sensitive to free radical damage: therefore you need a lot of antioxidants inside your body to protect them.

Mitchondria contain numerous inner cell membranes which are composed of delicate fatty acids. These fatty acids are highly susceptible to oxidation. Along with antioxidants, mitchondria have a high requirement for omega 3 fats and magnesium – antioxidants are found in grapeseed extract (www.mercola.com) and Krill Oil has good omega 3 (www.mercola.com). Good magesium supplements can also be found at www.mercola.com.

 

3. Maximise Methylation

Methylation is the process your body uses to repair DNA. This process is heavily reliant on B Vitamins and is influenced by several lifestyle factors. A blood test for homocysteine will give you some indication of how well methylation functions in your body: high levels of homocysteine are a definite indicator of a problem and you should not attempt to conceive until this is resolved. A blood test called a full blood count can reveal defiency of B vitamins; having abnormally large red blood cells (macrocytic anaemia) can indicate poor methylation. Vitamins B6, B12 and folate are the most important nutrients for methylation and it is important to take them in supplement form to guarantee you receive enough.

 

Excess sugar, coffee, cigarettes and alcohol can all deplete you of B vitamins, but they are not substances you’ ll be consuming while trying to fall pregnant anyway.

So eat more – sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, salmon, chicken, beef, and eggs. If you are vegetarian please take a B vitamin supplement.

 

  1. Use Natural Progesterone

 

Progesterone will help to thold the pregnancy until the placenta is well formed and can produce sufficient progesterone on its own. Progesterone will also help to dampen down an overactive immune system and reduce the risk of your immune cells destroying the embryo. Progesterone supplementation in the form of pessaries, troches or cream should be used for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Progesterone is commonly used I IVF but it is usually not used for long enough.

I hope you have a successful conception – please call me on 0408 054 538 for an Acupuncture Treatment if you are in Cairns.

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