Monday, February 25, 2013

Unwind after work - stress relief

Unwind after work

______________________Stress relief tips________________________

Its 5pm and all you are wanting to do is pack up your desk and head on home. You’ve had enough and are hanging out for that beer. As much as this sounds the best way to end the day it is not necessarily the only way to end the day.

With this in mind I thought I would share three practical steps for you to integrate into your life like a habit to let go of the day and be present in your mind when you are at home.

1. Move your body. Get out and play with your kids, go for a relaxing walk with your partner or even go and walk your dog. Just move your body even for 10 minutes. The aim of this is to relax your mind not necessarily your body.

2. Drink herbal teas. You have probably head about Chamomile herb tea being a relaxant but did you know that at your local health food shop you can also buy herb teas like Lavender flowers and hops? Yes the same hops that go into your beer can be made into a herbal tea. Taking hops as tea instead of in a beer means none of the same calories and can calm nervousness and anxiety and promote sleep in cases of insomnia.

3. Vaporise essential oils. I have designed a new essential oil blend called “Unwind”. Unwind is a grounding but uplifting blend of Vetiver, Australian Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood, Patchouli and Geranium. Unwind is designed to settle your busy mind and lift your spirit so that you can let go of work and be grounded in your home life.

So instead of waiting to have a crappy night where your mind is still racing from a busy day at work, take a few minutes to unwind and enjoy your evenings with the people you care about the most..... your family.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Home Remedies of Green Tea

To prove that green tea has become an essential part of a person’s health, below are just some of the many benefits of the tea when it comes to health.

Oral Use

Green tea is said to have certain compounds that can kill bacteria in a person’s mouth, reducing chances of cavities. Cavities can be good source for halitosis or bad breath, before that happens, drink green tea. With just a few green tea gargles, you can protect your teeth from having tooth decay.

Green tea has the properties of fluoride which can strengthen gums and teeth and aiding in the prevention of decay formation. Commercialized green tea mouthwashes are being sold that comes in different tingling and intriguing flavors.

Skin Use

Green tea is said to have shown positive outcomes in treatment and further care of skin. Two of the most irritating skin diseases being eczema and acne. If you have acne, you can use it applied to the skin with a cotton ball. It is an alternative to expensive astringents and toners. Mixing green tea with other ingredients like olive oil can help treat eczema.

Medicinal Use

There have been a lot of intriguing knowledge about the medicinal contribution of green tea to the body. It is said that daily intake of green tea can provide further prevention for diseases and infections. The antioxidants in green tea helps in flushing out free radicals inside the human body. Free radicals can cause terrible cell damage which can affect the body negatively.

Its no wonder a lot of people trust the wonderful effects of green tea. It has proven a lot of medical benefits in almost all aspects of health and fitness.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

An Overview Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The name chronic fatigue can be somewhat confusing since chronic or persistent fatigue is also a symptom of several conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. 

Fatigue is the feeling of exhaustion that results from exertion, lack of sleep and illnesses. However, ordinary fatigue is not extreme or persistent, and the patient generally gets better after getting some rest.

What is Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue happens when this sensation of extreme exhaustion and lack of energy persists for over six months. The exact cause of chronic fatigue is not known but it is believed that several factors play a role in its symptoms, such as stress, hormone levels and infection. Lack of sleep, insomnia and other sleep disturbances can also result to chronic fatigue. Other factors that contribute to the development of chronic fatigue are poor diet, lack of exercise and certain medications.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases or NIAMS for a patient to be diagnosed as suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, he must be having severe chronic fatigue for six months or longer. At the same time, the patient should also have four or more of the following symptoms:

Impaired short-term memory and concentration

Prolonged general malaise after physical exertion of any kind

Muscle pain

Pain, swelling and redness in multiple joints

Severe headache

Tender lymph nodes

Recurring sore throat

Un-refreshing sleep

Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue

Diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome can be quite tricky since there are no physical signs that identify it. There are also no diagnostic laboratory tests that confirm chronic fatigue syndrome. A diagnosis of CFS is given if the symptoms recur for six consecutive months or more and there are no apparent explanations for the fatigue such as disease. However, it should be noted that there are other conditions that overlap and sometimes coexist with CFS and have similar symptoms.

A study of patients suffering from CFS revealed that only 38% of the patients were diagnosed solely with the syndrome. The rest had a diagnosis of a number of diseases such as fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity or both. Doctors are still unsure whether these conditions are direct causes or have common causes with CFS; or whether that have no relationship whatsoever with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Treatment and Medication

There is still no known cure for CFS so treatments are aimed at relieving the symptoms and improving the body's functions. To achieve this, doctors usually recommend a combination of medications and non-drug therapies. Lifestyle changes, dietary restrictions, nutritional supplements are also recommended as an addition to drug therapy. Patients who suffer from CFS are also urged to have regular exercise to help reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue.
However, the doctor should carefully supervise physical activity as this can exacerbate the symptoms of chronic fatigue.

It is important that the patient discuss his/her symptoms with the doctor. It is also important that doctors know what other medications the patient is taking since some medications can exaggerate the symptoms of CFS. Recovery rates from chronic fatigue syndrome are varied.

In a 2005 review of published studies on CFS, it was revealed that improvement rates varied from 8% to 63% with 40% of the patients improving during follow-up.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Quick-Start guide to Acupuncture

I've had many friends and relatives swear by acupuncture and have seen amazing results with pain management and healing using these techniques.  here is a short description of what acupuncture is and how it may help.

Using needles to adjust bodily functions to optimum levels is the principle behind acupuncture. Both ancient Chinese and modern Western practitioners have used this technique to relieve many sufferers of chronic disease. Needling is a relatively safe, beneficial treatment strategy that can be used to reduce pain, improve healing, and increase general well-being. But exactly how is this procedure done and what sort of benefits can be obtained?

Procedure for Needle Puncture

There are two broad categories of acupuncture practice today, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and medical acupuncture. Both have their merits, so the choice is individual. The decision for most people hinges upon which philosophy appeals more to them and which technique holds the least fear.

In TCM, practitioners adhere to the concept of Qi, or energy flow, and the meridians in which they travel. They use longer needles and insert them deeper in order to reach the acupuncture points. Modern science has found little evidence to prove the existence of these energy channels, but this is the technique that has been used effectively for thousands of years.

In medical acupuncture, the practitioners are graduates of western medical schools. Their application of needles is not based on the traditional acupuncture points, but on anatomic data. These acupuncturists use shorter needles and the insertions are shallower. They also tend to use fewer needles and leave them inserted for shorter periods of time. Adherents to TCM feel this is a watered-down version of the real thing. Nevertheless, many patients have felt relief of symptoms through this method.

Conditions for Puncture Application

There is a broad and extensive list of ailments which can be treated with acupuncture. The conditions run the gamut from asthma to constipation, anxiety to weight loss. Most TCM practitioners believe that any health condition results from an imbalance in Qi flow, therefore fixable with needle therapy. Western acupuncturists  have a more limited list of indications, the most common of which is undoubtedly control of pain.

Control of pain is the most well researched of all of the indications for acupuncture. There is a definite beneficial effect for a majority of patients using this method. Migraines, premenstrual syndrome, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neuralgias are a few examples. The theory behind its effectiveness is also medically accepted and well researched, called the gate-control theory of pain. It states that the needles can stimulate nerves so that they block the impulses from pain triggers.

Expected Puncture Session Result

It is important to emphasize that acupuncture is used only on top of existing medical therapy. At no time should a patient discontinue medication or ignore medical instructions in favor of needle puncture. After undergoing a needle puncture regimen, the primary care physician can make an evaluation with regards to decreasing dependence on other therapies.

A course of acupuncture therapy will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This depends upon the complexity of the particular medical condition. Results also vary, so it is important to have a frank discussion with the acupuncturist regarding expected results and their time frame. In general, the patient will begin to feel beneficial effects after three or four session. Certain specific conditions will actually get a little worse before improving so keeping informed is key.

In modern medicine, the use of traditional techniques with proven results has become a widely accepted practice. Acupuncture has proven its worth time and again. Modern practice guidelines make it effective, reproducible, and safe. It is a gift of healing form ancient sages that has the potential to bring relief to millions of people. 

In my experience with back pain an acupuncture, the pain was completely gone for around 3 days - it really does work.

I hope this explains this form of treatment and alleviates any fears you may have in trying this