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Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

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It is estimated that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, it’s no wonder that there are many quit smoking products and programs out that are designed for these individuals. These are scientifically-proven quit smoking programs that have gotten the nod of many health professionals. However, using these products may not be that effective and may bring side-effects. For this reason, many alternative therapies are out to help many individuals in their desire to be nicotine-free. These alternative methods are considered by many as safe and effective way of quitting smoking.

Acupuncture

Medical studies show that acupuncture may increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are opiate-like substances in the body that are known elevate the mood and bring moments of relaxation. These factors may lower the cravings for that stick or pack of cigarette. Many health professionals recommend at least four sessions of acupuncture during the first month of quitting.

Herbal remedies

There are no herbs that contain nicotine. However, there are herbs like chamomile that has a calming effect that may help one’s transition to life as a non-smoker. The calming effect of this herb may help one cope with stressful situations that may lead one to light a cigarette. However, individuals who want to try this herb should seek the approval of a health professional because it might produce an allergic reaction and interact with other drugs.

Hypnosis

Smokers have natural cigarette triggers. Factors like driving, eating, watching TV, and stress may entice individuals to smoke. With subconscious reminders about the positive effects of quitting smoking, hypnosis may help reduce nicotine cravings and improve one’s ability to quit smoking. In addition to these health benefits hypnosis therapy uses no drugs and can be completed completely and there is no long-term cause.

Exercise and nutrition

Regular exercise may improve blood flow and help individuals deal with tensions and stress in life without cigarettes. Studies show that moderate exercise like 30 minutes of jogging and brisk walking may bring many health benefits. Exercise and other physical activities may also promote the production of endorphins. In addition to exercise, eating regular meals and cutting down fat in one’s diet may aid in the management of blood sugar changes associated in quitting smoking.

Massage

Having a massage may promote better moods and less anxiety which may lead to fewer and less nicotine cravings. A University of Miami Touch Research Institute suggested that a two-minute hand or ear massage may curb nicotine cravings and, therefore, cut daily cigarette intake.

There are many scientifically proven quit smoking products and alternative methods that are available. These products, however, cannot do all the work, the best and effective to quit smoking involves determination, discipline, and commitment to stop the habit permanently. Using these products and engaging in alternative methods can help smokers cut the habit by making them more comfortable and complacent to adjust to life without cigarettes. However, before taking over-the-counter or herbal products and engaging in many alternative methods to quit smoking, individuals are advised to seek the approval health professionals. They may explain various alternative methods and clarify side effects and drug interactions that may take place while under medication. With the right tools and attitude, quitting smoking can be easier than others think.

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Pregnancy Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment in which extremely thin needles are inserted at specific key points on the body through skin. It is used to commonly to deal with the pain.

Chinese Explanation:

According to Chinese medicine, human body consist of specific trails, through which energy or force of life flows, and acupuncture is a technique to balance the flow of energy. By inserting needles to the specific points on these trails will recover the imbalance flow of energy in the body.

Western Point of View:

Western medical science relate these specific points to the connective tissues and muscles. Acupuncture needles can be helpful to excite the natural pain-terminators in our body as well as regulate the blood circulation.

Why is it used?

Acupuncture is generally considered as an alternative treatment, commonly used to lessen the physical pain of the patient in different diseases, such as, labor pain during pregnancy, migraine and stress head-aches, spinal pains and dental pain are some the cases in which acupuncture can be considered for the patient. Acupuncture is not a regularly prescribed treatment, but used as a combined treatment with conventional therapies.

Drawbacks:

Acupuncture is a matter of great care and sensitivity. It involves needles which have to be pinned at the exact specific points. Needles must be sterilized,otherwise they may cause serious diseases such as hepatitis.

Here are some of the factors which make acupuncture risky or rough in some cases.

* After acupuncture, patient may face minor bleeding and soreness at the points where needles were pinned.

* Needles must be maneuvered by certified and experienced operators, because if needles are pushed too much through the skin, they may cause organ injury. Only a highly qualified practitioner with steady hands can deal with this kind of stuff as it is a matter of great complication.

* Sterilized and clean needles are required for acupuncture and one needle must be used once. If needles are reused or not clean, it may cause serious internal infection which may lead to deadly diseases such as hepatitis.

* If the patient is suffering from some kind of bleeding disorder, acupuncture would not be a great idea for them. Both of the patients and doctors must be aware in such a situation.

* Acupuncture is also used for pregnant women to lessen the labor pain. If treatment is not dealt professionally or a complication occurs, it may cause pre-mature or abnormal delivery.

Pregnancy
Acupuncture during pregnancy is SAFE, GENTLE, RELAXING, & EFFECTIVE –
I offer a Pre-Birth Acupuncture Package that make acupuncture affordable too.

1st Trimester
Congrats! You are growing a human! Your baby‘s most critical development will occur during the next ten weeks. Optimize your health by eating right, avoiding toxins, gently exercising, and getting lots of extra rest and relaxation.
Common first trimester ailments include fatigue and ‘morning’ sickness, which can actually be nausea and/or vomiting that lasts all day. Many mommies-to-be may also experience some anxiety. Anxiety, which often goes undetected, may intensify your fatigue and nausea. Your first trimester care focuses on reducing tension and anxiousness and working to replace it with a calm mind and relaxed nervous system. Morning sickness often responses well to gentle acupuncture and minor dietary modifications. Oriental medicine has also been used for centuries to “secure the fetus” or strengthen the pregnancy to prevent miscarriage during early pregnancy.
2nd Trimester
Yes, you are finally glowing! By now, much of the discomfort of early pregnancy has subsided or soon will. You’re beginning to have a little bump, which probably makes the last several weeks seem all worth it. While your energy may be strong, your body continues to change. You may (or may not) notice headaches, leg cramps, back pain, abdominal pain, heartburn, pain in the buttocks or down the leg (sciatica), and wrist. Acupuncture is extremely effective in alleviating many of these aches and pains as baby begins to make his or her presence known.
3rd Trimester
Feeling a bit crowded? By this point your body has expanded a great deal and you have gained twenty to thirty pounds or more. Baby takes up a bunch of space and plays trampoline on your ribs. The strain on your body may cause shortness of breath, swelling of your hands and feet, varicose veins, achy hips, abdominal cramps, round ligament pain and difficulty sleeping.
Aside from providing you with incredible symptom relief, third trimester acupuncture and bodywork help prepare you and your baby for a natural and healthy birthing experience.
Labor Preparation
Beginning at 36 weeks acupuncture is administered once a week as a safe and effective treatment to encourage natural labor. Studies indicate that gently needling specific points on the body can help to reduce the length of labor, prevent overdue births, and accelerate cervical ripening and dilation. The protocol calls for acupuncture once a week from week 36 through the 40th week. From your due date forward, sessions increase to 2-3 times a week until you go into labor.
Click here to read an abstract about Acupuncture to Optimize Natural Labor.
Postpartum Support
Yeah! Baby‘s here! …Now what??? For some new moms the transition from pregnancy to parenthood isn’t always smooth sailing. Fatigue and hormonal shifts team up with new changes in your body. The dynamics of the household suddenly shift as an amazing, new person now lives with you and runs the show. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can provide a vital support during this transition. If getting out of the house seems impossible with a new baby, your practitioner can usually arrange a house call.

Emily M. Bartlett, L.Ac, comes from a long line of health care practitioners-from her Filipino great-great-grandmother, a village shaman-healer, to her father, a Western family doctor. She applies her respect for both western knowledge and ancient wisdom to her practice of modern Chinese medicine for the whole family.
Emily received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s college, and has studied with renowned specialists in women‘s health and fertility such as Randine Lewis of The Fertile Soul. Emily guides women on the road to motherhood from pre-conception preparation for natural pregnancies to support for more advanced fertility challenges requiring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She has extensive experience helping expectant moms through all stages of their pregnancies, from morning sickness and back aches to breech babies and post-partum care.
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Pet Health Insurance for VIP’s

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When most people think a pet is spoiled feel that it is getting to many treats, has too many expensive toys scattered around the ground, or it’s allowed to sleep at night in bed with its humans, normally taking up the entire bed and hogging all the covers.
I once even saw a pot bellied pig who was so spoiled that its humans designed an built the miniature porker its very own out house so it wouldn’t get cold answering natures call.

Japanese pet owners take the term very-important-pets to a whole new level. In Japan well loved pets enjoy aromatherapy, acupuncture, trips to the doggie spa where they a lovingly massaged, and in some cases have their very own personal trainers.

It is a well known fact that we tend to spoil our pets because we love them we want them to have the best of everything but recent studies have shown that pampering our pets might actually doing as much harm as good. One recent study from an undisclosed source claims that we are actually making our beloved pets stupid by spoiling them. We are in such a hurry to make their lives easier that we take away their need to problem solve on their own. The less they have to loose their brains the less they can do on their own. This problem is especially common in households were the dog seems to be running the show. What would happen to that pet if it really had to think for itself?

A concern veterinarians have regarding spoiled pets is weight. The more spoiled the pet the more obese it seems to become. The obesity can lead to later health issues that can actually decrease the life of the pet. Weight can affect the skeletal system until hip problems start to develop, obesity can cause respiratory and cardiac problems, the extra pounds of blubber constantly pushing on the joints can start to create stiffness and discomfort.

It is not uncommon for veterinarians to see a lot of the spoiled pet as it enters into the last few years of its life. The problem with older overweight pets is that every time they are brought to the vet clinic they are exposed to more germs, bacteria, and viruses that can lead to still more endless trips to the vet.

For the most part the humans caring for the very-important-pet don’t have to worry about the increasing number of the visits to see a doctor. Most doting parents bought pet health care insurance during the early years of the pet’s life. All of the pet’s health care needs are essentially bought and paid for.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if in a few years you didn’t see pet health insurance companies raising the rates of their VIP customers. On solution to the pudgy, somewhat shallow house pet is the appearance of specialist animal slimming clinics. Pet owners can go to these clinics and learn all about their pets nutritional needs and exercise programs that will help the spoiled child start to shed some of those unnecessary pounds.

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Use These Tips To Eliminate Your Stress (4)

Use These Tips To Eliminate Your Stress

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Wouldn’t life be great if there were no such thing as stress? Well, believe it or not, we do need some stress in our lives. It’s when stress levels rise too high or are present all the time that stress becomes a problem. Integrating some of the following stress management techniques into your daily routine can help you maintain healthy stress levels and a more peaceful life.

Creative writing is an excellent outlet for dealing with stress. Writing poetry or keeping a journal can provide a way to express your feelings so that you can deal with them instead of keeping them bottled up inside. By writing down your problems and analyzing them, you can help reduce your stress.

Warmth and darkness together are said to be comforting. Try warming your hands up by rubbing them together vigorously for a couple of minutes. You can then place them over your eyes to create the darkness and warmth simultaneously. This can help relax you and also take your concentration off of your stress and towards your healing.

When you have a lot on your mind that is leading to you always feeling stressed, take the time to appreciate the small things in life. Take a step back when you are in a stressful situation to decide what is really important and then work towards accomplishing that, little by little.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop comparing yourself to everyone that you meet. If you’re always worried about what other people have and what you don’t have, you’ll never be happy. All you can do is focus on yourself.

One way to reduce stress is to go to bed an hour early. If you do this, you probably will naturally wake up before your alarm, which is a very relaxing feeling. By going to bed earlier, you will feel as though you have all the time in the world the next morning.

A great tip that can help you fight stress is to try acupuncture. Acupuncture works by targeting specific parts of the body that hold stress. If you can get over the idea of being poked with needles, you might find that acupuncture really works by keeping your stress down.

When you are feeling stressed out, it is important that you take a deep breath every few minutes. According to medical professionals, when you take a deep breath, you are breathing from your diaphragm, which oxygenates your blood. In turn, this helps to make you relax quicker and more easily.

Minimizing your exposure to the daily news will actually relieve you of some inadvertent stress. Even if you don’t realize it, watching a war on television, skyrocketing prices at the supermarket or neighborhood crime rates can really wear on your psyche. Every once in a while, especially when your stress levels are high, turn on a comedy or music instead of the news.

Now you have learned a few new techniques to help you keep your stress levels to a manageable level. While no techniques are guaranteed, none of them do anything at all unless they are put into practice. Give these tips a try, work them in to your daily routine, and see how stress management can improve your life.

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Chinese Medicine For Breast Health

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So many women these days face challenges with numerous breast problems, the most serious of which is breast cancer. It is estimated that as many as one in seven American women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. In addition to certain nutritional and lifestyle modifications, there are numerous Chinese herbs which can improve the health of the breast and which may help to prevent the development of breast cancer.

First of all, let’s talk about some basic lifestyle suggestions for maintaining breast health. Deodorants and anti-perspirants that are used in the area of the armpit need to be free of aluminum based ingredients. There are a large number of lymph nodes in the area of the armpit that branch out towards the breast. Many potential toxins, including aluminum, may be absorbed into this region through the skin. It is also important to wear bras that are not too tight, because this can inhibit the flow of lymph as well as blood circulation in this area. Underwire bras may be particularly bad for this reason. Sports bras and other bras that are made of more flexible material can be much better for allowing proper circulation in the area of the breasts.

In Chinese medicine, the functioning of the Liver has a great deal of influence over the health of the breasts. The Liver is adversely influenced by stress and abuse, and by nutritional and environmental toxins. Therefore, in order to maintain proper breast health, it is important to reduce or to manage stress in a healthy way. It is also important to avoid emotionally toxic and abusive situations. It is also important to reduce contact with toxic substances in our personal environment. Drinking purified water or spring water, eating pesticide free fruits and vegetables, eating hormone free meat, and avoiding harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes can all help by preventing carcinogenic substances from entering the body in the first place. Having a lot of indoor plants can also help to significantly reduce indoor air pollution. The breasts are predominantly composed of fatty tissue which can easily store all sorts of toxins which can eventually become carcinogenic over time.

One herb which can be useful for maintaining breast health is dandelion, or pugongying. Dandelion is an excellent herb for detoxifying the breasts. It is also useful for breast abscesses. Fresh dandelion greens can be mashed and applied topically as a poultice up to three times daily for breast abscesses. This herb is also good taken internally for detoxifying the liver.

For fibrocystic breasts, the herb, vitex agnus castus, or manjingzi, can be very helpful over time. Taken regularly over four to six months it may eliminate fibrocystic breast problems. The Chinese herbal formula, Free and Easy Wanderer, or Xiao Yao Wan, can also be used for fibrocystic breast conditions.

Some Chinese herbs which have been shown to have anti-cancer effects in the area of the breasts are Chinese rhubarb, or dahuang, and oldenlandia, or baihuasheshecao. Chinese rhubarb is a strong laxative, and should only be used under the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Oldenlandia has been shown in recent Chinese research to have anti-tumor effects on many different types of cancers, including breast cancer.

Chinese herbs can be used to promote lactation for breastfeeding or to stop lactation after a child is weaned.

Acupuncture can also be used in the treatment of fibrocystic breasts and chronic mastitis.

In order to prevent serious issues from arising, it is important for every woman to get examined regularly and to give themselves regular self-examinations. It is important to always get a proper diagnosis for any breast problems from your physician. Nevertheless, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can both be useful for maintaining breast health.