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Monday, 23 May 2016


Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as two thousand years before the birth of Christ. 

This is in sharp contrast to the American or Western forms of health care, which have been in existence for a much shorter time span.The American Medical Association, the largest health care member association in the United States, was formed in 1847, some 3,800 years after the first mention of traditional Chinese medicine).

Chinese medicine is quite complex and can be difficult for some people to comprehend. This is because TCM is based on the  belief that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.

Many of the concepts emphasized in traditional Chinese medicine have no true counterpart in Western medicine. One of these concepts is qi (pronounced "chi"), which is considered a vital force or energy responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. 

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as qi or chi

Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathways, which are called meridians. There are a total of 20 meridians: 12 primary meridians, which correspond to specific organs, organ systems or functions, and eight secondary meridians. 

Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed.

 Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.

Imbalances in the flow of qi cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance. Other concepts (such as the Yin/Yang and Five Element Theories) are equally important in order to have a true grasp of traditional Chinese medicine.

Saturday, 2 April 2016


What is pain?

The pain process

Everyone has felt pain but not everyone feels it in the same way. Pain is a complex sensation that differs greatly from person to person, even when the injury or cause seems the same. It can be an instant sensation, like when you cut yourself. Or it can be a dull ache, like from a tension headache. It can also be an inexplicable, nagging tingle on the skin. But, for everyone who feels it, pain means something is not right, and pain that goes untreated for a long period can alter one’s mood and well-being.

So what is pain?

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

This is a simplified explanation of how we feel pain:
 Pain starts when sensors or receptors trigger an electrical signal that travels to the spinal cord. The spinal cord then relays the signal to the brain. The spinal cord acts as a relay center, where the pain signal can be blocked, enhanced or modified before gets to the brain.
In reality, pain is a very complicated process. It involves the interplay of various chemicals (called neurotransmitters) in the body, which together act to produce the sensation of pain.

Neurotransmitters transmit nerve signals from one cell to another. Receptors on the cells receive the signals and act as gates that allow pain messages to be passed to neighboring cells or to the spinal cord and brain.

Receptors are important because they also play a role in blocking pain. For instance, some pain medications lock on to certain receptors, which stop the pain process and subsequently relieve pain.

Why do we feel pain?

We feel pain for different reasons. Pain can be broadly divided into three classes.

Nociceptive pain provides an ‘early warning’, detecting and protecting the body from damaging or toxic elements. This is the kind of pain we feel when we touch something too hot, cold or sharp. Nociceptive pain activates a withdrawal reflex to protect the body from further damage (for example, we instantly pull our hand away when we touch something burning hot.
Inflammatory pain is associated with tissue damage. Inflammatory pain has a protective effect – pain and tenderness after an ankle sprain, for example, discourages us from moving the joint and helps promote recovery. Inflammatory pain is caused by the activation of the immune system in response to tissue injury or infection. Although this kind of pain helps in recovery, it still needs to be reduced in people with ongoing inflammation (eg, in rheumatoid arthritis) or in very severe injuries.
Pathologic pain is pain that is not protective. It is a result of abnormal and amplified functioning of the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves). It may be due to nerve damage (neuropathic pain). Sometimes there may be no obvious cause, damage or inflammation (dysfunctional pain). Examples of dysfunctional pain include pain from fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome, and some headaches.
dpi-2014_WS-035_PainFocus_FigRedraw_HREach class of pain has a different mechanism, so treatment can differ according to the type of pain and mechanism.

Acute versus chronic pain
Pain is also classified based on how long the pain lasts.

Acute pain is short-term pain. 

It is often caused by disease, inflammation or injury. Acute pain is felt immediately, like after an accident or surgery. The cause of the pain is usually obvious. Acute pain is usually treatable, but sometimes it can go away without treatment.

Chronic pain is long-term pain. 

Acute pain that is not treated effectively can become chronic pain. Chronic pain can be much harder to treat than acute pain. Like acute pain, chronic pain can be made worse by environmental and psychological factors. Chronic pain can also affect quality of life. Chronic pain conditions include low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and pain due to cancer.

You Have Bad Hearing?


There are many pharmaceutical and alternative cures in the modern age but the garlic beats them all.
In Sicily people often use it as cure against many diseases and they use the following recipe for the bad hearing:
Take several cloves of garlic and little olive oil. Start pressing each clove so you will squeeze the juice out of them into the oil. Proceed the oil and put 3-4 drops inside of the ear and place piece of gauze or cotton on it.
The juice from garlic and even onion is considered as juice for the return of the hearing. Take 30ml juice from garlic and 30ml juice from onion. Make mixture out of them. Drink it once a day.
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Saturday, 20 February 2016

5 Simple Acupressure Points for Diabetes.

Acupressure is one of the natural ways to cure your body and has been sought after over allopathy due to its healing properties by using body’s own energy. Diabetes is of two basic types: Type 1, where the pancreas in one’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin to digest sugars and Type 2, where the cells become immune to the insulin and thus do not digest sugar that’s outside the blood. Either ways, blood sugar levels are affected giving result to a lot of adverse reactions in the body but the good news is diabetes can be controlled to a large extent if not totally cured.

So here’s a list of the most important acupressure points for diabetes


1. Palm

point 1
This acupressure point is a very important one that is said to help controlling not only diabetes but also reduce headache and other ailments.The fleshy part of your palm that falls between your index finger and the thumb is where this acupressure point lies. Hold this point with the index finger and thumb of another hand for as long as 5 minutes and repeat on the other hand. This point controls heat in the body and also relieves problems of the large intestine.

2. Wrist-Hand

point 2
This acupressure point basically lies near the wrist.The side of the wrist where the little finger of your hand lies i.e the right side of your wrist on your left hand and the left side of your wrist on your right hand is where this point lies. Very closely connected to the heart, this point helps in controlling stress from the heart. Massage this point everyday for 5 minutes to have a stress free heart which will control your diabetes automatically.

3. Knees

Knees are very closely connected to the digestive system as a whole. Diabetes can be controlled to a large extent if the digestive system work properly. Massage both your knees with your fingers in clockwise and anticlockwise direction for 5 minutes everyday to help your body cut down on stomach and digestion problems.

4. Feet

There are specific points on the feet that control problems like hypertension while treat diabetes as well as insomnia. This acupressure point lies on the front side of your foot, a little before your largest toe and the second toe. There is a joining point of both toes-measure 2 cms below that point and this acupressure point must be massaged for three to five minutes everyday to get your diabetes in control. Repeat on both feet.

5. Near the calf of your leg

This point is basically a little below the back part of your knee and above the calf of your leg. This acupressure point is connected to the urinary bladder which helps clearing impurities in the body. Problems regarding excess urination and others are common with diabetic people and applying pressure on this point for about three to five minutes shall help reducing such problems.
These acupressure points for diabetes must be practiced carefully and consistently for best results. These aim at some of the most closely connected problems to diabetes so when you treat core problems, the disease automatically becomes easy to treat. Eat healthy. Have a healthy lifestyle and practice these acupressure tips to eliminate any kind of ailments in your body.

Improve Your Eye Sight

Acupressure is a science with wide uses and here are a few important acupressure points for eyes or ailments related to the eyes. The eyes are an extremely delicate part of our body and yet have great control and functionality among the sense organs. Any kind of illness with the eyes not only affects our everyday life but also reduces our efficiency in doing various things. Acupressure claims that it is a science that is based on the ‘meridians’ through which energy flows and when any kind of obstruction or concentration of energy in a certain point occurs, it leads to ailments in the body. By the use pressure on certain point that correlate to the respective organs where the ailment lies, the ailment is cured and health is regained.
Here are some of the most important acupressure points to help release your pain and improve your eyesight:

1. Near the nostrils

This acupressure point lies either side of your nostrils. Use your index finger to locate the point right adjacent to your right nostril and your left nostril and apply medium amount of pressure while massaging simultaneously on both points with both hands. Massage gently for about 5 minutes each day to get relieved of sinus, headache or hazy vision.

2. Inner edge of eyes

Relax your eyes and improve your vision with this acupressure point that is located beside the bridge of the nose, the inner edge of each eye. Use the index finger and thumb of one hand to put enough pressure on these points or you can use each thumb to press evenly and massage. Put equal amount of pressure on this point for 3 minutes each day for best results.

3. Above the eyebrows

This point is very widely used while headaches are persistent. It has a magical way of relieving pain and gives a very good feeling after massage. This point lies above your eye and below your eyebrows- the eye socket. Use both your thumbs to put pressure in this space and massage it along the bone for 3 minutes each moving side to side. It not only relieves headaches but also work amazingly for a stiff back or a stiff neck.

4. Tips of thumbs on both hands and the first toe on both feet.

This acupressure point aims at giving you clearer vision. The tips of the thumb is related to your neck muscles which connect to your eyes. Use both your thumbs to massage the tip of the other thumb for 3 minutes for bright vision. The tips of the toes are known to cure many eye ailments. Use your fingers to press the tips of the first toe on each of your foot.

5. Between eyebrows

This is known as the power acupressure point that is very effective in controlling headache and also cures strain on the eyes. Use your thumbs to massage the point that lies exactly between your eyebrows and meets the nose line (the join of the t section). Massage this point upwards for about 3 minutes for better vision, stress free eyes and to relieve yourself from headaches.
Eyes are very sensitive and it is advised that when using the pressure points around the eyes, the pressure be kept to a mediocre range rather than applying excessive pressure like in case of other acupressure points.
No treatment can give the best results without using it regularly. Acupressure is advised to be used once a day for a considerable amount of time to show results. Steady pressure and practice will help you master the art while giving an effective cure to any problem in the body. Use these acupressure points for eyes carefully to get the desired results.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

Diagnosis & Treatment

What Are the Treatments for Spinal Disc Problems?

A surgeon may use a hollow needle to remove some of the soft core of a swollen disk so that it no longer puts pressure on a nerve. Other microsurgical procedures can remove fragments of core disk material that have broken through the fibrous outer wall.
Diskectomy is the surgical removal of part of a herniated disk that is done to relieve pressure on the nerve. In this procedure, the core of the disk is removed, leaving the tough outer casing in place between the vertebrae.
One treatment option for temporary pain relief of a disk problem is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), in which a device applies a small electrical current to critical points along the path of a nerve. TENS is not painful and also may be effective therapy for diabetic neuropathy. However, TENS for chronic low back pain is not effective and cannot be recommended, according to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
Another nonsurgical treatment option is acupuncture. It's not clear how acupuncture works, but some patients get significant relief. 
Epidurals Steroid Injections (ESI) involve putting steroids and a local anesthetic into the space outside the sac of fluid around the spinal cord. The local anesthetic provides short-term relief and the steroid reduces the inflammation that occurs because of the disk herniation. This treatment option is recommended when pain persists despite painmedications, modified activity, and physical therapy.
Surgery for Spinal Disk Problems
When a herniated disk causes weakness or paralysis of the nerves that control muscles of the back and limbs, or if you lose control of yourbladder or bowels because of the damaged disk, your doctor will recommend surgery.
Surgery may also be recommended for those who have persistent symptoms lasting for t least six weeks despite conservative treatment. The decision for surgery for pain alone (absent any neurological findings) must be carefully considered, because although pain may improve in the short term, clinical studies do not support a long-term benefit.