Posts filed under: ‘Alternative therapies‘




Mind & emotion therapies

  1. Psychotherapy & conseling
  2. Hypnotherapy
  3. Autogenic training
  4. Biofeedback
  5. Relaxation & breathing
  6. Meditation
  7. Flotation therapy
  8. Visualization
  9. Sound therapy
  10. Music therapy
  11. Art therapy
  12. Feng shui
  13. Geomancy
  14. Color therapy
  15. Light therapy
  16. Energy medicine
  17. Other therapies
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Medicinal therapies

  1. Naturopathy
  2. Hydrotherapy
  3. Anthroposophical medicine
  4. Homeopathy
  5. Biochemic tissue salts
  6. Bach flower remedies
  7. Crystal therapy
  8. Western Herbalism
  9. Chinese Herbalism
  10. Ayurveda
  11. Nutritional therapies
  12. Orthomolecular therapy
  13. Clinical ecology
  14. Magnetic therapy
  15. Other therapies

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Touch & movement therapies

  1. Massage
  2. Aromatherapy
  3. Reflexology
  4. Metamorphic technique
  5. Chiropractic
  6. Osteopathy
  7. CranioSacral therapy
  8. Rolfing
  9. Aston-patterning
  10. Hellerwork
  11. Feldenkrais method
  12. Alexander technique
  13. Tragerwork
  14. Bioenergetics
  15. Acupuncture
  16. Acupressure
  17. Shiatsu
  18. Do-In
  19. Thai massage
  20. Qigong
  21. Tai Chi
  22. Polarity therapy
  23. Healing
  24. Therapeutic touch
  25. Reiki
  26. Yoga
  27. Dance movement therapy
  28. Bates method
  29. Other therapies

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Well being

Balanced body
  1. Body consists of 3 independent realms: biochemical, structural, & psychological. An imbalance in one realm can cause health problems & afffect the working of the other two realms.
  2. Biochemical: How cells, organs & body systems work to keep the body’s processes balanced. Biochemical function can be adversely affected by poor diet. Ex- high fat intake can harden the arteries. If diet or elimination of toxins, are poor, psychological problems like fatigue & depression can follow.
  3. Structural: How muscles, bones, nerves & blood vessels support body systems. Ex- narrow arteries can restrict O2 supply to tissues & impair cell biochemistry. Upper body tension can increase anxiety & psychological strain.
  4. Psychological: How thoughts, feelings, actions, or relationships can help or hinder body’s ability to cope with life. Ex- strain, anger or fear can lead to muscular tension & poor posture, inhibiting structural function. Depression can cause loss of appettite & impair biochemical processes.
  5. There are 3 stages of adaptation as the body copes with stress. Body’s 1st reaction is the “fight or flight” response. Stress harmones such as epinephrine are produced; tension builds around the head, neck, lower back, chest & abdomen; thoughts focus on escape or attack. If the stress is removed, body returns to normal functioning. 2nd stage- If stress continues, body copes by maintaining resistance or “adapting.” Although body begins to feel normal again, & may have adapted to deal with the stress, the process drains energy from the structural, biochemical, & psychological realms of the body. Over time, this will affect the body’s ability to function efficiently. 3rd stage- If stress is long-term, body becomes exhausted. Reserves needed to keep adapting to ongoing stress are depleted, & one or more of the body realms breaks down. Body becomes run down & fatigued, with recurring minor illnesses & psychological burnout. Symptoms may worsen & disease may develop, depending on the organs or systems affected. Eventually, even if the stress is withdrawn, the body may be irreversibly damaged.
  6. Physical fitness helps all the body systems funciton at their best & is imp for the prevention of major diseases. It also boosts energy, helps reduce stress, and benefits emotional well-being.
  7. Taking unnecessary risks can endanger not just your life but those of others & it increases stress & emotional problems.
  8. A diet low in fats & high in fiber, fruits & vegetables can protect against disease. What you eat & drink provides energy for cell growth, maintenance, & repair, & for physical & mental activity.
  9. Inheritance predisposes you to some diseases, & certain conditions are passed on in the genes.
  10. Regular health checkups are imp, particularly as you get older, to identify potential problems while a cure is still possible.
  11. Feeling stimulated & fulfilled in your daily work is an imp part of emotional well-being.
  12. Degree to which pressure affects you depends on how you perceive stress, how much you feel in control, & how effective your coping stress strategies are- exercise, healthy diet, relaxation.
  13. A contradiction betn our beliefs & our way of life creates uneasiness & dissatisfaction, that can affect our emotional & ultimately physical well-being. Inability to fulfill our creative urges causes frustration & low self-esteem. If you feel comfortable with yourself & where you are going in life, you are less likely to be threatened by unexpected challenges & will have a flexible attitude that enables you to adapt to circumstances.
  14. How you react to pressure/stress may be influenced by your personality. Some people behave in a hostile way, fuming & blaming others, making themselves prone to coronary heart disease. Cool persons may use up energy in trying to ignore the problem or in blaming themselves, & thus deplete their immune system & become vulnerable to infection.
  15. A sense of humor, the ability to express yourself & share your feelings, empathy with others, & tolerance of their opinions indicate a strong sense of self-worth & high self-esteem.
  16. Those who have partners with whom to share problems are less likely to get sick & recover faster than those without. If you feel good about yourself it’s easier to have close relationships. Sexual activity concerns satisfaction in a purely physical sense, while sexual intimacy concerns the mental aspect of an emotional involvement.
  17. Managing your life to achieve balance & ctrl involves self-confidence, self-esteem, a sense of priorities, assertiveness, the ability to say “no,” & planning ahead. It also means making time for things that maintain inner harmony & help you cope with challenge.

Balanced diet

  1. Healthy diet shd consist of approximately 15% protein, 50% carbohydrates & 30% fats, along with plenty of fiber & h20, adequate vitamins & minerals.
  2. Carbs- are our largest & most immediate source of energy. Body transforms them into glucose, the body’s basic fuel, & glycogen, which is stored in the liver & muscles & can be converted to glucose when necessary.
  3. 2types of carbs- Simple carbs are basic sugars that are rapidly absorbed to provide instant energy & have no nutritional value. Ex- Cane or beet sugar, sugars in fruit, honey, vegetables & milk. Complex carbs are broken down slowly. They are compounds of several sugars & tend to be stored as glycogen. Found in starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, legumes, cereal grains & in root vegetables. They have nutritional bonus of fiber, vitamins & minerals.
  4. Protein: Every cell & body organ needs protein, in the form of amino acids, for growth, maintenance, & repair. It is also used to make enzymes that help digestion & produce antibodies & hormones. It is not stored in the body, so a fresh supply is needed every day. Any excess is burned as energy or converted to fat. Found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, soybeans, cheese, cereal grains, legumes & nuts.
  5. Fats: They are composed of fatty acids & are the most concentrated source of food energy, providing twice as many calories as carbs or protein. They are vital for health in small amounts, but too much can cause health problems.
  6. 3types of fat- Saturated, unsaturated (mono & polysaturated) & trans fats.
  7. Saturated & monounsaturated fat can be made by the body, so are not strictly needed in the diet. Too much saturated fat found in fatty meat, hard cheese, & butter can raise cholesterol levels & lead to obesity & heart disease.
  8. Monounsaturated fat, found in olives, avocados, nuts, & seeds, is healthier than saturated fat.
  9. Polyunsaturated fat contains essential fatty acids, which are vital for health & can only be supplied by food i.e from most vegetable oils & oily fish.
  10. Trans fats, which are associated with heart disease, are manufactured by converting unsaturated vegetable oils into saturated fats.
  11. Vitamins: Although only tiny amounts of each are needed, they are essential to life.
  12. Vit A: Good vision, maintains skin & mucous membranes, antioxidant. In oily fish, liver, butter, cheese, eggs, carrots, tomato, apricots, spinach, broccoli.
  13. Vit B1/thiamine: Turns food into energy. In dried beans, whole grains, brown rice, nuts, bulgur wheat, whole-wheat pasta, bread, lean meat, fish, yeast extract.
  14. Vit B2/riboflavin: Helps turn food into energy. In lentils, nuts, dairy products, eggs, liver, lean meat, yeast extract, greens.
  15. Vit B3/niacin: Synthesis of DNA; imp for nervous & digestive systems, & release of energy from food. In dairy products, liver, chicken, turkey, oily fish, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, yeast extract, brewer’s yeast, nuts.
  16. Vit B6/pyridoxine: Brain function, antibodies production, RBC formation, helps release energy from protein.
  17. Vit B12: Helps protect nerves, necessary for cell division & RBC formation. In shellfish, white & oily fish, liver, kidney, red meat, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, nutritional yeast.
  18. Biotin: Helps produce energy & maintains skin, hair, bone marrow & glands producing sex hormones. In whole wheat bread, brewer’s yeast, yeast extract, brown rice, dairy products.
  19. Folic acid/folate: Helps form new cells, especially RBC & WBC, prevents birth defects such as spina bifida. In broccoli, green cabbage, wheat germ, legumes, nuts, yeast extract, liver.
  20. Pantothenic acid: Helps release energy from food, form antibodies, & maintain nervous system & skin. In nuts, brewer’s yeast, yeast extract, kidney, liver, wheat germ, soy flour.
  21. Vit C/ascorbic acid: For healthy gums, teeth, bones, skin. Makes neuro transmitters, aids iron absorption & wound healing, is antioxidant, so helps protect against infection. In tomatoes, citrus fruits, black currants, strawberries, kiwi, mango, papaya, spinach, dark greens, potato.
  22. Vit D: For Ca & P absorption, bones & teeth. In brown rice, milk, oily fish, eggs, butter, margarine. Also made by skin in response to sunlight. It is the only vitamin that can be produced efficiently by the body. All other vitamins must be obtained from diet.
  23. Vit E: Protects body tissues by preventing polyunsaturates from forming free radicals; a powerful protector against heart disease. In avocado, nuts, seeds, veg oils, eggs, whole grains, olives, asparagus, spinach, blackberries, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, salmon, tuna.
  24. Vit K: Helps form proteins & prevent blood clotting. In greens, especially green cabbage, broccoli, brussels.
  25. Minerals: Take up only 3-4% of our weight, but we can’t survive without them. Some are needed in large amounts & some in tiny doses, so called “trace elements.”
  26. Calcium: Helps blood clotting & muscle function, regulates heartbeat, for growth & maintenance of strong bones & teeth. Especially imp in women to prevent osteoporosis after menopause. In cabbage & other greens, milk, dairy products, eggs, canned sardines & other bony fish.
  27. Chloride: Regulates fluid & circulation of ions in bloodstream, helps formation of stomach acid. In salt.
  28. Chromium: Regulates blood sugar & cholesterol. In cheese, egg yolk, red meat, liver, whole grain cereals, seafood.
  29. Copper: Builds bones & connective tissue, helps iron absorption. In mushrooms, meats, shellfish, nuts, seeds.
  30. Flouride: Protects against tooth decay. In tea, tap h20, toothpaste.
  31. Iodine: Vital for hormone secretion by thyroid gland. In seafood, iodized table salt, seaweed.
  32. Iron: Carries O2 to blood cells. In shellfish, liver, red meat, dried fruits, legumes, whole-wheat bread, fortified cereals, dark greens.
  33. Magnesium: Helps bone growth, nerve & muscle function. In apricots, bananas, wheat bran, soybeans, whole grains, seeds, almonds, cashew, raw greens, low fat milk, yogurt.
  34. Manganese: For bone growth & cell function, works as an antioxidant. In fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, tea, egg yolks.
  35. Molybdenum: For DNA production. In legumes, whole grains, organ meats, yeast, greens.
  36. Phosphorus: For energy metabolism, nutrient absorption, healthy bones & teeth. In seafood, white fish, meat, poultry, egg yolks, milk, beans, nuts, dried peas.
  37. Potassium: Regulates heart beat, fluid, circulation of ions in blood stream, helps muscle contraction, transfers nutrients to cells, aids nerve function. In dried peas & beans, dried fruits, citrus fruits, bananas, avocado, peanut butter, potatoes.
  38. Selenium: Works with Vit E as an antioxidant & helps sexual development. In brazil nuts, whole grain cereals, whole wheat bread, muesli, organ meats, red meat, poultry, white fish, tuna, shellfish, dairy foods, egg yolks, lentils, avocado, garlic, tomato.
  39. Sodium: Regulates fluid balance with potassium. Aids nerve & muscle function. In anchovies, salt, yeast extract, ham, bacon.
  40. Sulfur: Helps produce protein. In animal & veg protein.
  41. Zinc: Vital for normal growth & sexual development, for immune function & enzyme action, works as antioxidant. In peanuts, sunflower seeds, liver, red meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, seafood, oysters.
  42. Mass-processing of food may destroy some vitamins & minerals. So supplements can sometimes be beneficial. Excess vit A, B6, & iron can cause health problems.

Healthy eating

  1. Dietary fiber is largely composed of carbs, but not broken down by the body for energy. It is found only in plant foods. B’cos it is resistant to digestive enzymes, passes through gut without being absorbed, helping to soften & increase the bulk of the stool.
  2. Insoluble fiber found in nuts, wheat bran, some whole grains, some dried fruits speeds the passage of food through intestines & helps prevent the buildup of carcinogens that could cause colon cancer.
  3. Water soluble fiber found in oat bran, legumes, rice bran, fruits & vegetables lowers cholesterol levels & inhibits the glucose absorption into the bloodstream, preventing a sudden rise in blood sugar.
  4. High fiber foods like rice, nuts, legumes, whole grains, prevent constipation, lower cholesterol & protect against bowel disease.
  5. Not all additives are bad: Vit C, is used to prevent fruit juices from turning brown & to prevent fatty foods from becoming rancid.
  6. Nitrites & nitrates used to preserve processed meats & smoked fish may convert to carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  7. Pickled foods are  said to contribute to cancer. Fruits & vegetables may harbor traces of pesticides, particularly organophosphates. Antibiotics are given to livestock & farmed fish to protect & fatten them. Fish & shellfish from polluted waters may contain heavy metals such as mercury & lead.
  8. Antioxidants protect against cancer, heart disease, premature aging etc bt seeking out & deactivating free radicals, which are molecules produced by body as part of its defense against bacteria. Free radicals can damage DNA & affect cholesterol. Chemicals, cigarette smoke, industrial pollution can also increase free-radical levels. Body produces some antioxidants but we need to obtain more from diet. Vit A, C, E, selenium, zinc, manganese, copper, bioflavonoids found in blackberries, black currants, lemons, plums, cherries, have antioxidant properties. Carotenoids include beta carotene, and can help protect against damage by environmental toxins. Found in tomato, spinach, broccoli, turnips, greens, brussels, carrots, red peppers, dried apricots, sweet potato.
  9. Mood foods- Chocolate contain chemicals that can lift the spirits. High protein foods like meat, milk, eggs, produce feelings of calm b’cos they contain amino acid called tryptophan, that produces serotonin, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter. Starchy & sugary carbs increase blood sugar & are thought to raise serotonin levels. Low levels of serotonin may be linked to depression & hostility & low blood sugar to irritability, depression & mood swings.
  10. A midday meal of complex carbs & protein, can help avert the after-lunch energy slump. A heavy meal containing saturated fats may cause sleepiness.

Dealing with stress

Sleep

  1. Good sleep is the best way to help cope with stress, solve problems or recover from illness. 2states- In REM/ rapid eye movement sleep that happens 15-20mts after falling asleep, most dreaming occurs. REM sleep acts as psychological safety valve, helping us work through unconscious events & emotional issues. In deep sleep/ Non-REM sleep, body repairs & regenerates tissues, builds bone & muscle, strengthens immune system. We get less of this deep sleep as we get older.
  2. For good sleep, avoid large meals, stimulants like caffeine before bedtime. Don’t go to bed hungry. Milky drinks, cereal, whole-wheat cookies, bananas reduce restlessness. Do aerobics during the day to reduce stress hormones. Stop work an hour before bedtime to calm mental activity. Well ventilate bedroom so the temperature is comfortable i.e below 75*F. If can’t sleep, go into another room & read a book or watch tv until you feel sleepy. Practice progressive muscle relaxation technique in bed. If there’s light, use eye mask.

Exercise

  1. Regular exercise improves function of heart & lungs, strengthens muscles to give more stamina, keeps joints mobile, increases circulation so that skin looks healthier, lowers high BP, cholesterol, cancers, diabetes, helps weight loss, strengthens bones by increasing the mineral content, improves mood, boosts self-esteem, lessens anxiety, encourages sound sleep, improves immune function.
  2. All human activity- physical or mental- is powered by energy converted from food & O2.
  3. Physical fitness requires cardiovascular & muscular endurance, strength & flexibility. 20-30mts aerobic exercise 3-5times a week brings definite health benefits.
  4. Cardiovascular endurance is the ability of the heart, blood vessels & blood to carry O2 to cells & to carry waste products away from them. It is developed by vigorous aerobic exercise, such as jogging, sustained for at least 12mts without a break. Aerobics oxygenates muscles via blood & enables the heart to pump more efficiently.
  5. Muscular endurance is the capability of muscles to maintain repeated exercise. It is built up with repeated exercising of large muscle groups, as in circuit training or swimming.
  6. Muscular strength is the capacity to carry, lift, push, or pull a heavy load. It is developed with anaerobic exercise, as in weight-lifting or tennis. Anaerobic exercise consists of brief bursts of activity during which there is no time for blood to pump O2 to the muscles, so they draw on chemical processes that produce lactic acid, a waste product that can cause muscle fatigue & cramps.
  7. Flexibility is the ability of joints to move through their full range of motion. It is achieved by stretching muscles as in golf or yoga. It keeps connective tissues from shortening & tightening, prevents muscle pulls & tears, relieves pain, boosts muscle strength & tone, helps prevent injury. It can enhance body awareness & appearance, increase energy, and improve circulation.
  8. If you stop exercising, the benefits gained can be lost within a matter of weeks.
  9. To function, brain depends on glucose & O2 carried in the cardiovascular system. If these are insufficient, brain cells die. Some believe that exercise requiring coordination & mental agility, such as tennis, may generate more connections between nerve cells.
  10. Exercise is nature’s antidepressant. It might take 6-8wks for exercise to change the body & improve body image, but it can change your mood at once.
  11. Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, is best for mood enhancement. Coordinating movements with breathing prevent overexercising.
  12. During pregnancy, avoid high risk sports, do yoga, swimming, walking for flexibility.
  13. After birth, try gentle stretching & toning floor exercises with baby.
  14. Optimum heart rate during exercise shd ideally be kept at 60-80% of your maximum heart rate, which can be calculated by substracting your age from 220.
  15. To check heart rate, place 2fingers on the pulse at the side of neck/on wrist, count the beats for 15secs, then multiply the number by 4.
  16. Warm up for 5-10mts before exercising to increast heart rate & blood flow, stretch muscles & reduce the risk of injury. Cool down afterward with slower movements & stretching to prevent muscle cramps & stiffness. Drink plenty of h20 before & after exercise to replace fluids lost.

Choosing an activity

  1. Choose an activity that you enjoy, so you will stick with it longer. Also see that it brings quick benefits, such as feeling better, learning new skills, or keeping weight down.
  2. Moderately intense activities such as walking with a companion, may be more enjoyable than vigorous activities in the beginning.
  3. Try to make exercise as part of your routine as possible.
  4. Prevent boredom by varying exercise.
  5. Walking, which has a host of health benefits, can easily be incorporated into a daily routine.
  6. Running/jogging are excellent, but don’t attempt them until you can walk briskly for 2miles/3km without difficulty. Always wear well-cushioned shoes that bend at the ball of the foot.
  7. Tennis is good for agility & coordination, helps build up muscular strength.
  8. Swimming is one of the best aerobic exercises, working the heart & lungs as well as 2/3 of the body’s muscles. Muscle strength, endurance, posture, & flexibility all benefit from swimming, & no undue strain on joints.
  9. Exercise classes vary from stretching & weight training to step aerobics, jazz dance, & dynamic yoga.
  10. Downhill skiing helps develop balance, agility, coordination, while cross-country skiing provides a more complete aerobic workout & exercises more muscle groups than any other part.
  11. Cycling gives the heart & circulation a thorough workout without straining the joints. It can be an excellent way of getting fresh air, but a stationary bicycle indoors might be more practical for some people.
  12. Dancing exercises the heart, lungs, muscles, & social aspect is an added bonus. Choose from tango, salsa, jazz, ballet, or any other form of energetic dance.
  13. Yoga is excellent for flexibility, breathing, muscle coordination, circulation, & relaxation.

Understanding emotions

  1. The way people handle difficult emotions, such as anger or frustration, can have a profound effect on physical health.
  2. It depends on the makeup of the body & nervous system, as well a on upbringing & experiences, & the culture in which we live.
  3. Learning to express emotion in a healthy & appropriate way shd be part of growing up.
  4. Sometimes, emotions can be so strong & confusing that it can help to talk them through with someone – perhaps a friend or counselor.
  5. If you feel “down” & depressed, you tend to view everything pessimistically.
  6. Pessimists tend to lack self-esteem, which enforces may other difficult emotions – jealousy, hostility, guilt, anxiety, etc. which is an internal stressor.
  7. “Cold responders,” who respond to stress by withdrawing & blaming themselves, & seldom get angry, cry, or express feelings, may be more prone to immune-related diseases.
  8. “Hot responders,” who blame others when under pressure, may place a different kind of strain on the body.
  9. When angry, hostile people experience increased BP & the release of stress hormones, which place strain on body. These people are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, & overeat.
  10. Constant feeling of mistrust, anger & aggression are risky to heart & may even contribute to cancer.
  11. If under stress & unable to cope, can undermine self-esteem & make you interpret every unfortunate event as the end of the world.

Handling emotions

  1. Overcoming poor self-esteem, even quite small shifts in self-perception can bring profound changes in life.
  2. Habitual cold responders have to learn how to become “hotter” & vice versa.
  3. Try to improve relationships with others by listening to what they say, so they respond more positively to you.
  4. Learn self-assertion, communication skills, practice tolerance, trust, forgiveness, confide in a friend or partner & get involved in your community.
  5. When you become aware that your thoughts are taking a negative turn, shout “Stop!” in your head. Then switch mind to a pleasant subject that you enjoy thinking about. The theory is that the mind can’t deal with 2 opposing feelings at once, so the 1st, negative emotion is defused. This method is part of cognitive behavioral techniques.
  6. Don’t let strong emotions, such as grief or despair, to bottle up. So grieve openly.
  7. Suppportive family & friends, are very imp for physical & emotional well-being. Feeling of loving & being loved is necessary.
  8. Being able to express emotions, through art or music also helps. They stir emotions & change mood.
  9. Religious affiliation has been linked to better mental & physical health.
  10. Be optimistic. Have hope, which means facing up to a problem & then looking for ways forward.
  11. People who have the ability to laugh/with sense of humor suffer less fatigue, tension, anger, depression in response to stress.
  12. Laughter eases muscle tension, deepens breathing, improves circulation, releases pain relieving hormones called endorphins. It also raises levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody in the mucous lining of nasal cavity, & helps release hormonal substances called cytokines that promote the activity of “natural killer” WBC. WBC fight off bacteria & viruses, destroy potential tumor cells.
  13. Be more positive. When you feel good about yourself, you can accept your own imperfections.
  14. Do something to help other people, which can help you feel good.
  15. Keep a diary to build a sense of inner stability. Expressing emotions verbally or in writing, in the long term, increase sense of well-being.
  16. Exercise, dance, play sports to improve body image & self-perception.
  17. Positive emotions may be lying beneath the surface, work each day to encourage them.
  18. If you lack confidence & feel anxious, practice a form of visualization in which you recall happy occasions in life & try to reexperience the feelings associated with them. Visualization helps to improve self-esteem, activate the body’s self-healing powers & even reduce pain.
  19. If your mind continually focussing on negative, pessimistic, & anxious thoughts, you may be depressed. Talk to doctor.
  20. Change your perspective by “reframing the image” – you are not a failure if you donot succeed, but rather a success for trying.
  21. In stressful situations, stop & relax, control your breathing, then reflect on how best to deal with it.
  22. Sometimes, it helps to put aside a problem until it can be dealt with more effectively.
  23. Tackling a difficult situation or taking action may sometimes help too.
  24. Learn meditation, youga, or qigong to help calm mind & focus thoughts.
  25. If unable to face a decision, listing pros & cons might suggest solutions & compromises.

Relaxing options- for shine & also curing sinus problems.

  1. Do deep breathing saying word “OM” 9times.
  2. Cleanse face with rose h20+kalabanda paste
  3. Scrub with chamanti powder.
  4. Then aroma steaming.
  5. Msg smoothly with chandan+swarna bhasmam+haldi.
  6. Acu-pressure treatment with serum & gel made from lily flowers.
  7. Apply fruit gel & cover face with rose petals.
  8. Give 2mts red light treatment.
  9. With palms press face for 10mts.

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Complementary medicine

  1. Holism: Derived from Greek holos, meaning “whole”. It deals with the patient as a whole & not merely with physical symptoms.
  2. Holistic health systems: Naturopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine. They believe that the body has a natural tendency toward equilibrium or “homeostasis”, which when disrupted, need to be fixed to promote self healing.
  3. Sleep, good diet, exercise & happiness provide the energy needed to recover from everyday stresses that knock us off balance.
  4. In India, China & Africa, these systems are in common use.
  5. Nowadays more visits are being made to complementary practitioners than to conventional doctors.
  6. In US, Traditional Chinese Medicine, aromatherapy & chiropractic are widely being used. Following public demand, insurers now are covering some complementary treatments.
  7. Homeopathy & Ayurveda, that are widely used in Europe are slower to gain ground in Europe.
  8. Close partnership between the patient & practitioner in complementary therapies encourages active participation of patients in healing process.
  9. Medical technology in the form of X-rays, brain scans & laparoscopic surgery, scientific miracles such as heart transplants & saving of premature babies, gave doctors godlike power over life & death. But people’s faith was shaken when so-called wonder drugs revealed unpleasant or dangerous side-effects, bacteria & viruses developed resistance to many drugs & surgical procedures failed to deliver complete cures.
  10. Funding for complementary medicine research is scant due to lack of backup.
  11. Finding scientific explanation for the principals behind many complementary therapies is one of the most difficult issues.
  12. Placebo: Latin for “I will please” is an inactive medication/treatment as a pill/meaningless procedure given to a patient in place of genuine drug or medical technique. B’cos patients expect it to work, placebo may have a therapeautic effect. This is in fact the self-healing response, which conventional doctors often dismiss b’cos placebos are not an intervention.
  13. When people a placebo, it is highly significant that, around 30% of people in clinical trials feel much improvement; some researchers say this can rise to as much as 90%.
  14. Immune system research has shown how patient’s expectations & feelings can influence healing processes.
  15. Group of neurotransmitters, known as neuropeptides are chemicals found everywhere that act as messengers within the nervous system. They enable diff body systems, to send signals to one another, propelled through tissues as well as nerves betn them.
  16. On surfaces of cells are receptors. Each receptor acts as a “lock” for a particular neuropeptide, which slips in like a key & turns on the relevant body process. Ex: When rats infected with neuropeptide linked with thirst, they drink continuosly, even when sated with fluid. Their kidneys retain urine b’cos the msg to body is “want h20, save h20.”
  17. In 1975, a type of neuropeptide called endorphins- natural opiates in brain that generate pleasurable responses- are discovered throughout the body. As emotions fluctuate, neuropeptides sweep though the body systems in response, signaling physical changes such as a rise in BP or relaxation of muscles.
  18. Viruses use the same receptors as neutopeptides, so whether or not a virus can enter a cell may depend on how much of the appropriate type of neuropeptide is around to block it.
  19. Negative emotions affect the immune system, reducing natural killer cell activity & antibody production. Stressful events can also have a long-term impact. Emotional support from others may help protect against stress & disease.
  20. Conventional & complementary practitioners need to exchange ideas & cooperate to combine the best drugs, herbs & other treatment approaches to improve the well-being of their patients in future.
  21. Conventional doctors examine the body for physical changes that helps to identify a disease. Without a diagnosis it is often difficult for conventional doctors to prescribe treatment.
  22. Complementary practitioners, on the other hand, assess physical & emotional health, lifestyle & personality.

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Herbs & supplements

  1. Acidophilus: Healthy micro-organisms called microflora reside in all areas where mucus membranes r exposed to the envt i.e skin, dig tract, resp tract, genital-urinary tract. They protect, synthesize imp vits, nutrients & enzymes such as lactase needed to digest lactose, allows removal of foreign metals or substances. There r 100,000billion bacteria in dig tract & 1000billion on skin. Total no of cells in body is 10,000billion, less compared to bacteria. Probiotics r supplement form of microflora, most familiar being yoghurt. 2strains of bacteria, lactobacilli which is more prominent in sm intesine & bifidobacteria that resides in L intestine r found in curd, cheese & other fermented foods. They produce organic acid & H2O2 which have lethal effect on harmful bacteria like E.coli etc. Probiotics also reduce gas, bloating, bad breath, replenish good bacteria lost during antibiotic use/due to aging/dig disorders etc, improves lactose digestion, prevents diarrhea, improves hypersensitivity in infants with food allergies. Probiotics shd always be refrigerated before & after opening at 3-4*C. Each capsule or dose shd contain more than 1billion viable bacteria since they must survive during shelf life, then after ingestion, during transit through acidic stomach, hydrolytic enzymes, bile salts in sm intestine.
  2. Alfalfa- Age old reputation as nutritious food. Contains chlorophyll, prot, minerals, beta carotene, BCEK vits. Folk remedy for indigestion, arthritis, bladder problems, high cholestrol, allergy, hayfever, irregular mensus. Contains phytoestrogens so may be useful for menopausal symptoms.
  3. Allspice: Pepper that tastes like combination of pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, juniper. Its oil has eugenol & so used as antiseptic & pain reliever. Mainly used for toothpain, gas & bloating, muscle aches, improve digestion.
  4. Aloe vera: Its long green leaves contain aloe gel & a sticky yellow residue called latex. Aloe latex has stong laxatives & other concerns, so better dont use. Gel is mostly used for healing wounds, burns, sunburn. For heartburn, take 1/4c aloe vera juice 20mts before meals.
  5. Alpha lipoic acid: Is a fatty acid made naturally inside every cell in the body. It converts glucose(blood sugar) into energy. It’s an antioxidant, so neutralises harmful chemicals called free radicals. It is found in sm amounts in spinach, broccoli, peas, brewer’s yeast, brussel sprouts, rice bran, organ meats. For max absorption, take supplements on an empty stomach.
  6. Althea/marshmallow: Its root is white & tastes slightly sweet. It is used in m.mallow recipe. Root contains high % of mucilage, a substance that swells & becomes gel like with h20. Once swelled, used to soothe irritation of cough, sorethroat. Boil root in h20 & drink as tea. Used in cough syrups. Coats stomach lining & reduces inflammation.
  7. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermentation of apple cider. Sugar is broken down by bacteria & yeast into alcohol & then into vinegar. Unlike white vinegar, it is a light yellow-brown color. Not used for cooking like other vinegars. Lower blood sugar levels, for wgt loss, for dandruff. If undiluted, may damage oesophagus, teeth.
  8. Artichoke: For liver & gall bladder concerns as stimulates bile. Lowers cholestrol, improves appettite, for indigestion.
  9. Asian ginseng: Is an adaptogen i.e increases resistance to physical, chemical, biological stress & builds energy & vitality.
  10. Beta carotene: Carotenes give color to fruits & vegs along with chemicals called flavanoids. It is converted to vitA, is an antioxidant like CEvits. Sources-green & colored vegs. Gives yellowish tinge to skin.
  11. Biotin: B vit for energy metabolism, helps 4essential enzymes break down CHO’s, prots, fats. Sources- brewers yeast, nutritional yeast, whole grains, nuts, egg yolk, sardines, legumes, liver, banana, c.fl, m.room. Used for brittle nails.
  12. Bitter melon: For mgt of non-insulin dependent diabetes. Drink juice of 1sm, unripe melon.
  13. Black cohosh/Cimicifuga: For mensus cramps, menopausal symptoms. Juice is an insect repellent.
  14. Bromelain: Mixture of enzymes found in pineapple. Helps with digestion of protein, so meat tenderizer.
  15. Capsaicin cream: From capsicum as pain reliever.
  16. Chamomile: For digestive ailments as anti-inflammatary.
  17. Cinnamon/cassia: For cold, flatulence, indigestion, for people who feel hot in upper body but have cold feet.
  18. Creatine: Increases production of ATP(adenosene triphosphate) which is an enegy source for muscles.
  19. Dandelion: Great dietary source of Ca, AKvits, antioxidant lutein that is imp for healthy vision. They r natural diuretics & detoxifiers.
  20. DHEA: Is a steroid hormone produced by adrenal glands. It is converted to estrogen & testosterone. Their levels r peak at 20yrs of age & decline with age, so used as anti-aging hormone.
  21. Echinacea: Popular as prevents & cures cold.
  22. Eyebright/euphrasia: Reduces redness, swelling of eyes.
  23. Garlic: Allicin is antibacterial, antifungal. cold remedy
  24. Ginger: Anti inflammatory so good for stomach.
  25. Gingko: To improve mental function, enhance blood circulation
  26. Goldenseal/Hydrastis: Used for infections of all mucus membranes. It stimulates secretion & flow of bile & can also be used as expectorant.
  27. Glucosamine: Found naturally in body. Used for arthritis as needed for repair of cartilage & other body tissues.
  28. Green tea: For stomach cancer.
  29. Hamamelis/witchhazel: for haemorrhoids
  30. Hypericum/st.john’s wort: Folk remedy for emotional disorders as has anti-depressent effects. Became popular as has fewer side effects. Can be used for 1-3mths for mild to moderate depression.
  31. VitD- fat soluble. Maintains normal functioning of Ca & P in blood to support hardening of bones, cell functions, proper nerve & muscle function. It enhances absoption of Ca & P, prevents cancer, diabetes, etc. Without it bones become weak. Mainly from sun, but also in fish, e.yolk
  32. VitE- Antioxidant, prevents & dissolves blood clots, prevents Ca deposits in blood walls & heart diseases, prevents sterility, muscular distrophy, fibrocystic breast disease. Found in sesame & sunflower seeds, w.germ, p.butter, almonds, many veg oils.
  33. Melatonin: Hormone that regulates sleep. So used for insomnia, jet lag. Melatonin is made from an amino acid called tryptophan. When our surroundings are dark, the SCN tells the pineal gland to produce melatonin, which is thought to trigger sleep. Some melatonin is also made in stomach & intestines.
  34. Milk thistle: To protect liver from toxins.
  35. MSM: Methyl suphonyl methane. It contributes sufur which helps to strengthen collagen in joints. It occurs naturally in cows milk, meat, seafood, fruits, vegs so there’s no dietary reqt.
  36. Peppermint: Carminitive i.e aids digestion. Reduces gas, bloating, abd cramping, increases bile flow from gallbladder. Its oil can be used topically to relax muscles, decrease pain, headaches but shdn’t be applied to broken skin. Chamomile tea, another carminitive better for children as can cause choking due to menthol.
  37. Rhubarb root: Powerful laxatives called anthraquinones irritate colon & stimulate bowel movements. Tannins in it reduce inflammation. Used for constipation, as stool softener, but dont use too long.

Add a comment January 9, 2008

Naturopathy

  1. Give up salt, oils, non veg, spices, coffee, red chilli, sweets.
  2. Salt destroys 1000’s of body cells, increases blood density, swells feet, face & hands. Salt in vegs is enough for us. Since new taste buds r formed every 10days, u’ll not have problem eating saltless food later. Na & K r in 1:8 in all cells & so in vegs. If u eat more, ratio disturbed & cells health disturbed. If ratio is normal, glucose converted into energy quickly with less insulin, so sugar comes down. 
  3. Raw vegs have reqd ratio of K & Na, can restore cells filled with excess salt to normalcy quickly.
  4. Honey is instant energizer as digested fast & reaches blood from stomach.
  5. Drink 5lt h20/day. It insures ur body from any disease.  Sodas, b.milk, coconut h20, fruit j’s are also good liquids but salt in them is not helpful in absorbing wastes like h20 does. Just like nature, our body has 2/3rd h20, 1/3solid. So we shd take h20 & food in same way.
  6. Take cold head bathes everyday. Improves blood circulation to head, cools head.
  7. Do fasting once in a wk. It is the supreme medicine.
  8. Sore throat, bad breath, dry mouth, headache, body pains etc are symptoms which tell us to avoid food & give rest.
  9. We suffer from sneezes, asthma, allergies etc in winter & rainy seasons b’cos we consume less h20 which rises histamine levels in body.
  10. Those who r not hungry or suffer from indigestion, heaviness in stomach, loss of appetite shd take fruits instead of cooked food till appetite normal. Then take 2-3roti, avoid rice.

Daily schedule

4:00am- Get up, drink 11/2lt h20, conc on intestines & move around. Empty bowels. Rest 1/2hr.

4:45- Exert body by walk/exercise/yoga for 1hr till it perspires. This helps muscles, veins, blood circulation.

5:45- Drink 11/2lt h20, concentrate, try for 2nd ablution. If not proper, go for enema. Continue enema till dig system normal.

6- Drink raw veg j of sn.gourd, ribbed gourd, bottle gourd, c.ber, carrot, tom, b.root etc + l.j + 4t honey. U can take fruit j or lime j with honey also.

7- B.fast. Sprouted cereal/beans, soaked almonds, raw coconut, dates(non diabetics). Who r reqd to go on enema in morning shd eat papaya, p.granate, cus.apple, mango, dates etc which generate hunger, easily digestible & move freely down the intestines.

9- drink 1/2lt h20.

12:30- drink 1/2lt h20.

1- Lunch. No white rice. Eat brown rice/roti, 1/2kg vegs, lot of curd.

4:30- juice of orange/citrus/p.granate etc + honey. Or eat fruits. If not available, drink honey + l.j.

6:30- drink 1lt h20, conc on 3rd ablution.

7- dinner. Secret of health is early dinner.

9- drink 1gl h20/b.milk if want.

10 to 11- If awake late, drink l.j + honey.

Add a comment October 2, 2007

Different ways of doing meditation

1. Whole body: 1st concentrate on head, observe sensations. Then face, throat, back, waist, chest, belly, right, left hands, right, left legs.
2. Observe breath
3. Nose: Try to remember that days foods that u smelled, each 1min. increases sense of smell.
4. Eyes: Try to visualise on eyelid(screen) that day seen faces, where & when u have seen,. also that day seen incidents, things, work projects, that day read book or magazines pages 1 by 1.
5. Skin: Sit under or close to fan & observe air touching skin. air flowing through hair to head. air touching skin through clothes. conc 1st, head tip where air flows gradually to head. enjoy that. then observe air touching forehead, eyes, ears, nose, lips, cheeks then back, backbone, waist, chest, stomach, shoulders 1 by 1. even when travelling, observe air touch.
6. 2parts touching got to be observed. ex: for eyes eyelid, for u.lip l.lip, tongue & mouth, fingers touching legs, finger to finger, toe to toe. Bring tension for 2secs, release, observe 3secs, do again. start from eyes & go gradually till toes.
7. Sit with back straight, observe gravitational force like pulling ur body down. In few mts, u will feel lightness or heaviness
8. Observe texture of dress u r wearing, if rough or smooth by bringing movement of body parts. 1st move shoulders up & down, observe touch on shoulders. then move shoulders front & back & observe touch on chest, stomach. Move right shoulder, observe touch on right side. Also observe touch when changing clothes, wiping with towel.

Add a comment September 22, 2007

Aromatherapy

It is treatment using aroma from essential oils(conc extracts from diff plant parts distilled, used as compressions, in bath, massage, steam inhalators) which stimulate brain to trigger a reaction & as drawn into lungs can also supply physical benefit(emotional, medicinal, skin).

Normally, add 10 to 20 drops essential oil to every 100 ml/ 4oz of carrier oil.

1ml essential oil= 20drops.

Carrier/base oils: pure vegetable oils used to dilute essential oils so can be applied to skin. Shd be lubricating, not absorbed into skin too quickly. Facial oil shd be more easiy absorbed. Best if odorless so essential oil smelt clearly.
1. Almond oil: no smell, non-irritant to most skin types, easily absorbed(specially good for itchy skin)
2. Olive oil: has smell but good for rheumatism, dry inflamed skin.
3. Wheat germ oil: rich in protein, vitB, E. Good for dry, damaged, aging skin. Prevents str.marks during pregnancy. Don’t use if have wheat allergy.
4. Avocado oil: rich in all skin vits A, B, D
5. Jojoba oil: useful as base for hair oils. It is a balancing oil(acne, oily skin as well as dry & dehydrated skin).
6.Soya oil: very nourishing, easily absorbed.
7.Sunflower oil: VitA, B, D, E, excellent for massage.

Alchemists- oils. 3types.
1. essential- essences, volatile, dilute with carrier oil.
2.glyceride or greasy- animal or veg origin
3.mineral- petrochemical products from fossil deposits refined to paraffin, pet.jelly, vasolene, baby oil etc. Not used as not absorbed by skin. Only cosmetic industry uses.

Top 20 Essential oils: Never directly apply undiluted to skin.
NOTE: do skin patch test to avoid allergic reaction. Put 1drop of oil on cotton ball, apply to inside of arm, back of wrist, place a band aid over patch, leave 24hrs. If itching or redness, do not continue to use. Avoid eye contact, sensitive body parts, children, infl’d areas, pregnant. Never use more than 10drops of o or combination.

1. Eucalyptus
1. Refreshing effect on n.sys(so treats tiredness, poor conc, h.aches)
2. resp prob’s(coughs, colds, asthma)
3. Boosts imm system
4. Relieves musc.tension
5. Antibiotic prop’s(so treats skin infec’s, wounds, herpes, ulcers)

2.Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata
1. Calming effect on n.system( anxiety, stress, d.ssion, tension)
2. Relaxing(reduces mus.tension)
3. excellent aphrodisiac for both men & women
4. b.ficial in balancing skins sebum secretions, suits both dry & oily skin types.

3.Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens
1. Cooling & calming effect on n.sys(anxiety, palp’s, panic attacks)
2. Relaxing & uplifting
3. balance hormones in women.
4. b.ficial in balancing skins sebum secretions, suits both dry & oily skin types.
5. A.depressant.

4.Peppermint, Mentha piperita
1. H.aches, mus.aches.
2. Dig disorders(slow digestion, indigestion, belching, d.hoea, f.poisoning, nausea, m.sickness, tr.sickness, gas)
3. Coughs(spasmodic, asthma, sinusitis, head colds, migraine).

5.Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia.
Most well known, widely used of all. calming effect on mind, 1.Cooling effect(relaxes body, mind), sharpens mind.
2. Antiseptic. One of 2 oils that u can apply directly to skin in cases of burns or stings to ease pain.

3. Irritability, d.ssion, insomnia, hysteria, shock, n.tension.

6.Lemon, Citrus limon
1. very uplifting & relaxing.
2. Wounds, infec’s
3. House cleaning, deodorizing.

7.Jasmine, Jasminum officinale
1. very relaxing.
2. a.depressant
3. Excellent aphrodisiac, mens.cramps
4. Relieves labor pain.

8.Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea
1. Natural p.killer(m.aches, pains)
2. very relaxing(insomnia)
3. very helpful in balancing hormones.
4. Has hypotensive properties(high B.P)

9.Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia Tea tree oil u can apply undiluted to skin as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, msg to help promote healing damaged skin while supporting healthy functioning of resp system.
1. germicidal, antibacterial(all fungal infec’s), anti inflammatory. U can apply undiluted to skin as antiseptic.
2. Boost imm system
3. resp infec’s(cold, flu)

10.Cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylancium
1. Tones cir, resp, dig systems
2. Strong antiseptic(cold, flu)

11.Roman Chamomile, Anthemus nobilis
1. very relaxing(insomnia, anxiety, m.aches, tension)
2. wounds, infec.

12.Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis
1. very stimulating & uplifting(metal, imm, dig)
2. very good for m.aches, tension
3. cold, cough, flu
4. aphrodisiac(frigidity)

13.Basil, Ocimum basilicum
1. relaxing & uplifting(m.fatigue, h.ache, insomnia)
2. pms

14.Clove, Syzgium aromaticum
1. antiseptic(infec dis’s, wounds, ulcers)
2. anti-neuralgic(soothes t.ache pain, abscess)

15.Chamomile, Matricaria recutica
1. soothing & calming(insomnia, irriability, n.ness)
2. balances hormones in women, mens.cramps
3. anti infl(soothes allergic skin cond’s)

16.Sandalwood, Santalum album
1. calming, relaxing(anxiety, aids meditation, soothes ner.s)
2. ur.tract infec’s(cystitis, g.rrhea, smelly disch’s
3. anti infl(soothes dry itching & infl’d skin)

17.Rosewood, Amba rosaeodora
1. calming, uplifting(aid conc, relieve h.aches, stress disor’s
2. aphrodisiac(frigidity)
3. hot, dry infl skin cond’s, scarring, wrinkles

18.Neroli, Citrus aurantium
1. aids relaxation, helps clear mind, lifts spirits
2. dry, mature skin, wrinkles, stretch marks, rejuv.skin

19.Grapefruit, Citrus paradise
1. detoxifying effect(lymphatic cleansing, reducing cellulite, 1 of main oils in treatment of obesity
2. very beneficial for resp.sys(colds, flu, fever).
3. very useful on oily skin, open pores, acne, also helps to tone & tighten loose skin

20.Cedarwood, Cedrus atlantica
1. chronic conditions like arthritis, chronic d.hoea, cystitis
2. excellent in t.ment of ner.tension, chronic anxiety, depression, tiredness.
3. Antiseptic+astringent(oily skin & hair, acne, d.druff, scalp prob’s

Using Aromatherapy in everyday life

Hot compresses: migraine h.aches, sinus h.aches, sore muscles.
Soak clean cloth in few drops rosewood/peppermint oil + very hot h20, wire out excess water, place over affected area.

Hot bath: Soak 10mts in warm h20+5drops rosemary/grapefruit/sandalwood oil’s.
Soothes skin, relieves mucus buildup in lungs, relaxes mind & body & relieves tension, profound effects on healing of skin disorders, alleviating musc.aches, enhancing resp funcs, reducing levels of stress, as well as increasing & supporting blood & lymph circulation.

Massage: With 2-3drops essential oil + 1t carrier oil. Relieves tension, stress.
1. Extra virgin cold pressed best as maintains highest level of purity while retaining most of natural nutrients.
2. Almond oil: most widely used, spreads easily, very nourishing, excellent as smell not too overpowering.
3. Grapeseed oil: easily absorbed but doesn’t leave “greasy” feeling
4. Sunflower oil: low cost, spreads easily, but feel little greasy afterwards, mostly heat pressed so very short shelf life.
5. Ylang Ylang: most useful as has sedating effect on nerv system which helps with relaxation, while stimulating blood circulation & production of endorphins, body’s natural pain killers. perfect for all skin types as it helps dry skin conditions as well as oily skin acne.
6. Eucalyptus oil: commonly used as anti inflammatory that help treat muscle cramps, spasms, sprains. also helps with skin problems.

St.Inhalation: clears lungs, sinuses of congestion & infection which will affect resp & blood supply immediatly.
Bring to boil 2c water, reduce heat, let cool for 5-10mts. Add 2-5drops ess oil or combination of 2-3ess oils(gr.fruit, cinn, e.lyptus, tea tree), inhale vapors for 5-10mts with towel over head 2-3times/day. Do at 1st sign of cold.

Room freshner: 5drops each lavender, bergamot+ 300m warm h20, shake, spray

Perfume: carrier o + ess oil.

Insect repellent: lavender 5drops + citronella 5drops + ced.wood 2drops + carrier o 2t

Depression: 2drops each r.mary, petigrain, bergamot, 2t carrier o.

Foot soak: hot h20, little of 6drops p.mint, relax, read book, pat dry, massage in marigold oil 4drops + 25ml carrier oil.

Add a comment August 8, 2007

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