There is a large variety of meditation to choose from. It isn’t all just sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut. Let’s explore types of meditation.
Types of meditation include Buddhist practices, transcendental, zen, mantra, chakra, sound, guided and active. How can someone choose where to start? Think about the type of person you are overall, the amount of time and dedication you have, and where your interests lie. What do you intend to get out of meditation? continue reading »
The modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading »
Neck pain can have any number of causes, but the end result is the same. Namely, discomfort that can have a serious negative effect on quality of daily life. Doctors try many different approaches for treating neck pain, typically involving various medications. Sometimes they help and sometimes they do not, and all have side effects.
Chronic neck pain can be tremendously frustrating, and people who suffer from it should know all the options for treating it.
Chronic neck pain calls for a holistic approach to pain management.
Acupuncture for neck pain management and other ailments has been practiced for around 2,000 years. The practice has been in use for so long because it gets good results. In fact, nearly 3.5 million Americans undergo acupuncture each year. Rigorously designed scientific studies reveal that acupuncture for pain management goes well beyond a “placebo effect” and can be an excellent alternative to more traditional Western treatments.
Theories on How Acupuncture Works
Doctors do not know the precise molecular workings of acupuncture, but there are several theories. One is that the insertion of acupuncture needles in specific places on the body causes the release of endorphins, which are the pain-relieving substances naturally created by the brain. Others theorize that acupuncture stimulates blood flow in certain regions, easing pain. Still others believe that acupuncture relieves anxiety and stress to the point that the body’s self-healing mechanisms can go to work.
Not everyone can have acupuncture, including people with chronic skin problems or for those who take certain medications, so it is wise to ask your doctor if you are a good candidate before you choose this treatment.
In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver energy flows upward into the eyes. When this energy is flowing smoothly and working as it should, your vision is clear and sharp, you have efficient night vision and the eyes are bright and well-lubricated.
When out of balance, the liver can generate heat that rises upward. This heat can manifest in dry eyes, itchy eyes or eyes that are red and irritated. Think about how red one’s eyes can get after a night of drinking. Alcohol adds heat to the liver, which in turn rises upward and creates hot, red eyes. The facial flushing you see after a night of imbibing is also indicative of this heat. continue reading »