Acupuncture as a Holistic Treatment

Lower back pain has long been the bain of the modern world not only in lost man hours but also because of the numerous side effects, complications and nuances of lower back pain complaints. While many people would pop pain killers to stop any pain, there are holistic treatments to tackling lower back pain. It is said that acupressure and acupuncture have been helpful to many areas of health care including low-back pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, just to name a few.

Studies had shown that acupuncture was able to provide pain relief, improve function and mobility of joints due to arthritis inflammation and had been helpful to complementary healing. Once upon a time, I had doubted the effectiveness of acupuncture, but after being a patient, I became a believer. There are many testimonies including a man who hurt his upper back while carrying a motorcycle jack but after a series of acupuncture treatments, the pain was greatly reduced.

It has been proposed that acupuncture works and produces its effects through regulating the nervous system holistically. It induces the release of endorphins and immune system cells at specific areas on the body. Without a shadow of doubt acupuncture is beneficial for the person seeking for overall health and it had helped with my back pain. As a holistic treatment, acupuncture works on the belief that we must maintain balance of our vital energy flow in order to remain healthy. To be healthy, our vital energy flow has to be balanced and acupuncture is able to achieve that holistically. When in doubt if the treatment is suitable for you, always speak to a qualified doctor or health expert.

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Has Stress Caused The Death of the King of Pop?

Do you treat stress seriously? I am prompted to highlight stress management and how it can affect our lifestyle, after reading about the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Even though I’m not a very big fan of Michael Jackson, I recalled dancing to his famous tunes of ‘Beat it’ and ‘Billy Jean’ when I was kid. It was still sad to hear that someone so talented had left this earth at a young age of 50. Let’s also look at the some natural remedies to stress too.[DFR::461608108-6374-ss|align_right_1]

Though there aren’t any confirmed reports of what may have caused the death of the King of Pop, some have guessed that stress may be the cause of it. When a person is a little stressed, his body tends to react and respond in situations efficiently. But this can only be true to the level of stress is low. When stress increases, it becomes unhealthy. It will affect the performance of a person. With low stress levels, the body is pushed to work hard which is positive. While when the body is over stressed, the response is negative.[DFR::453428220-6374-ss|align_left_1]

Here is the truth – Stress can lead to body disorders and illnesses. When the normal functioning of the body is affected, the person isn’t able to use his natural instincts when facing a situation. Eventually he can become less creative and loses efficiency. I’m not sure if Michael had been stressed over his comeback concert but I believe it would be hard for him to get back to intense work after a long break. This stress was certainly more mental than physical.

[DFR::453428219-6374-ss|align_right_1]Stress can make our lives miserable. One of the best natural remedies to combat stress is the use of stress management therapy. What is a Stress Management Therapy? This refers to the various strategies used by stress specialists and doctors to help people who are stressed out. The goal of stress management therapy is to help a person live life healthfully and stress free.

I have read much about stress management therapy and according to experts, it helps to prevent the negative effects of stress. In general, stress management therapy involves relaxation, counselling, exercises, yoga, meditation, and time management therapies. The key to combat stress is to learn to manage it. If you can balance your needs, expectations and abilities, there will be less room for stress.[DFR::456367385-6374-ss|align_left_1]

Why do you need to combat stress? Stress affects the whole personality of a person and can affect a person’s mental ability and sound judgment. In order words, it can put your social, emotional, spiritual and physical life in jeopardy. Worse still, it can lead to serious health problems like phobias, heart problems and high blood pressure.

Well, I know it is hard to kick out stress in our lives but as mention earlier, a little stress is not bad at all. What is needed is the ability to handle and manage stress. Stress management therapy is vital especially today where life becomes more demanding. With other natural remedies and stress management therapy, you will be able to enjoy life the healthy way.

May you rest in peace, King of Pop

Natural Sleep Remedies for Better Sleep

Anyone having trouble falling asleep? If you are one of them, welcome to the club. Unlike my hubby who never had any trouble with sleep at all, I am a light sleeper and experience trouble from time to time. I choose not to take any sleeping pills or whatsoever, instead, I prefer to use natural sleep remedies to get me a good slumber.  A lack of sleep can result in stress and less performance on the job or at home. Here are some natural remedies that can help you achieve better sleep.[DFR::453647346-6374-ss|align_right_1]

1) Cut out caffeine. If you are sensitive to caffeine, avoid it after 6pm. Caffeine is found in not only coffee but certain teas, colas and even chocolates! The effects of caffeine last much longer than most people expect. This can lead to insomnia. Studies have shown people sleep better if no more caffeine is consumed after 6.00 PM. So cut out that extra cup of cuppa after dinner 🙂

[DFR::455288430-6374-ss|align_left_1]2) Check your room temperature. A warm or overheated bedroom can be the cause of sleep problems. Scientific studies show that the body can better relax with temperatures at 70 degrees or slightly below.

3) Keep your bed for sleeping only, not for work or even watching TV. I’m one person who don’t agree that the TV should be placed in the bedroom unless you live in a studio. In any case, you should avoid watching TV on the bed if you have sleeping problems. Sleep requires your brain to relax slowly and any interruption can cause sleeping problems.[DFR::461608142-6374-ss|align_right_1]

4) Avoid having a full meal before bedtime. I know some people enjoy having suppers before bedtime. Indigestion can sometimes be the cause to insomnia. If you need to eat something before bedtime, try drinking a glass of warm milk.

5) Don’t change your bedtime back and forth. Sleep around the same time night. Having a certain schedule developed it will be easier to fall asleep pretty much at the same time every day. A recurring schedule will help your body to get into a sleep pattern and make it easier to fall asleep.

[DFR::455288444-6374-ss|align_left_1]As you can see, many of these natural sleep remedies are easy to carry out though it does require a certain amount of discipline to it. You also need to identify the cause of your sleeping problems. If stress is causing it, then you should learn to wind down and find ways to relax. Take a short vacation, check yourself into Riviera hotel and put aside your work – rest your mind.


Other good natural remedies to promote good sleep include listening to a soothing piece of music, meditating and soaking in a relaxing bath before bedtime with a few drops of lavender oil of course. To learn more about other holistic treatment tips for insomnia, click on the link.