Use These Acupressure Points To Alleviate Holiday Stress And More!

 

This time of year can be exciting and fun, but also stress-inducing. I, myself, am in the middle of recuperating from a bout with something that I’m sure was triggered in part by trying to do too much and not listening to my body when it needed rest. Here are some simple acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach of acupressure.com for relieving stress, tension and  headaches/migraines, as well as for balancing the thyroid. I actually followed the exercises as he was going over them in the video and was amazed at how tight and painful certain points were, and how helpful it was to spend a little time working on them. Give it a try!

 

Acupressure to relieve shoulder tension, stiff neck, headaches, and more

 

I have used acupressure for over 40 years and helped thousands relieve muscular tension and stress related disorders. Acupressure points are especially effective for managing stress and dealing with common health problems that get worse under stress.

In this article, you’ll learn three potent acupressure points used in the Stress Relief self-care program for releasing shoulder tension and neck pain – now available in a downloadable version – to counteract your stress wherever you live. It’s my voice guiding you how to relieve stress using acupressure, stretching, and breathing. Here’s more info with illustrations of these three stress relief points.

Acupressure Points for shoulder and neck problems

Chronic Shoulder & Neck Tensions from common stress conditions cause circulation and neuro-muscular problems. I’ve found the following acupressure points extremely effective for relieving stress and urge you to use Stress Relief, which guides in detail to release these three points:

GB 21 is on the top of the shoulders, two finger widths out from the outside base of your neck.

This stress relief acupressure point is where you have the most tension in your trapezius muscles. I find it easiest to use my opposite hand to press this point. First feel for the tension on the top of your shoulders by firmly rubbing to feel for the tightest spot. Then curve your fingers to hook the weight of your arm into this stress relief point.

Special Neck Pain Points: B 10, Gv 16, GB 20

B 10 is on the back of your neck, just one thumb width down from you skull, and one thumb width out from the center of your spine on your upper neck. This acupressure point is good for hormonal balance, since it benefits the thyroid gland. Use firm, prolonged pressure on B 10. Stress Relief provides step-by-step guidance.

GB 20 is located in the hollows underneath the base of your skull, about 3 to 4 inches apart, depending on the size of your body. This great acupressure point further releases shoulder pain, neck stiffness, and tension headaches.

These acupressure points should be held for 2 to 3 minutes with firm finger pressure several times throughout the day and night. This can release your chronic and acute tensions in the shoulder and neck region of your body..

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/stress-relief-acupressure-points-for-shoulder-neck-tension/

Also check out:

Stressed? Rub Your Ears!

Acupressure Points For Sinus Congestion, TMJ And More

Spirit Gate 7: Relief For Anxiety And More

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

It’s That Pumpkin Time Of Year Again!

 

We’re into that pumpkin time of year again here in the US, so let’s take a minute to remind ourselves of why they are so good for us and not just for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween…..

 

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Five ways to use/recycle pumpkins after Halloween:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/5-ways-pumpkin-halloween

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https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

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https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

 

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Sinus Congestion, TMJ, Toothache, Eye Irritation? Acupressure Points St 3 & St 6 To The Rescue!

 

Awhile back a friend turned me on to what I think is a great self-help resource. It’s Michael Reed Gach’s blog on acupressure points called, not surprisingly, Acupressure.com. He has all sorts of information about what points and protocols to use for various health issues, but the ones I was most interested in are St 3 and St 6, since sinus congestion and TMJ are two issues I’ve had over the years. I love that these points are easy to reach and the routines are easy to do, AND St 3 is also known as the facial beauty point. Double woo-hoo!

 

(by Michael R Gach) I’ve had excellent results opening the sinuses and relieving jaw problems, including my own TMJ, simply holding the following acupressure points for a couple minutes at a time.

You’ll have to persist by holding these points for a couple of minutes, several times daily, for a few weeks – to get the best results. There is a lot to learn about how to use these acupressure points and the many things they are good for. I hope you’ll continue reading, to discover the benefits of using these points.

Toothache and Eye Irritation or Pressure:The Facial Beauty Point(St 3) is located at the bottom of the cheekbone (maxilla) directly down from the pupil. This master facial acupressure point relieves a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, and the pressure or pain associated with sinus problems. I have also used this point successfully on a client for facial paralysis.

I use this St 3 point for tooth pain, eye ache, eye irritation, and swelling around your eyes. The St 3 Point also improves facial muscle tone and increases circulation.

St 6 is the acupressure point for relieving TMJ, jaw spasms, and bruxism or grinding your teeth, especially during your sleep. St 6 is located between the upper and lower jaw, on the (masseter) muscle that bulges when the back molars are clenched. Follow the directions in the video clip, by holding this point firmly for two minutes several times a day, for a few months to retrain your jaw muscles and to prevent these jaw problems.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/sinus-problems-tmj-jaw-pain-and-bruxism-acupressure-points/

Gach offers a pdf on points (including St 3) for not only relieving hay fever and sinus problems, but also good for Bells Palsey, headache, stress, burnout, neck pain and stiffness and more.

The pdf contains 5 illustrations of 9 points and their benefits; six of these points are on both sides of the body, totaling 15 points. You can download the info and illustrations to have for easy reference here:

http://acupressure.com/sinus.pdf

And to learn about training Gach offers, you can go to this link: 

By signing up, you’ll get 3 illustrated articles and be on the list to get 3 free Acupressure videos that introduce the course and its details, all without any obligation.

 

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https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sinus-problems-horseradish-to-the-rescue/

Dealing With Sinus Congestion Naturally

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Tips, Tip, Tips: Round Four AND Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Okay, here we go with round four of the Tips, Tips, Tips series where I share a variety of tips, rather than concentrating on one particular topic. Hope there’s something here everyone can make use of. And at the end of the post be sure to check out my webpage for some healthy holiday gift ideas, plus some free gifts for yourself!

 

# 1 – “Recycling” garlic……

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If you have a bulb of garlic that starts to sprout, there’s no need to toss it out. I had actually heard long ago that it would be bad to eat it, so I always cut the green out or threw the bulb in the garbage. but it turns out that sprouted garlic is actually more nutritious. Makes sense, since sprouting almost anything increases  its nutrient value and bio-availability (see Tip # 12). So you can eat the sprouted cloves for extra benefit or set the bulb in a little bit of water, and as more green shoots begin to show/grow, you can harvest and use them for a mild garlic taste in salads, omelets, etc., much as you would chives.

 

# 2 – A tasty sounding recipe from Webecoist for boosting your metabolism….

Fitness, Fit, Fitness Motivation, Fitness Quotes, Fitspiration, Fitness Inspiration! :)

For more on boosting your metabolism, see this post with a 7-pose yoga routine specifically designed for weight loss and metabolism: Yoga For Weight Loss & Metabolism

# 3 –  From TruthAboutAbs night time teas:

Try “night time teas” that have relaxing qualities such as chamomile tea, mint tea, lemongrass tea, or all of them mixed.  A side benefit of chamomile tea, and another reason to include it in your weekly night tea repertoire, is that it contains unique phytonutrients that can help fight estrogenic overload from all of the xenoestrogens that we are exposed to from chemicals, pesticides, etc. in today’s chemical laden world.

Also remember that you can add a spoonful of tart cherry concentrate and you’ll get a double-whammy of sleep aid!  This works well about 1-2 hours before bedtime to help your body and mind relax.

 

# 4 – Did you know banana peels can be “re-purposed” in a variety of ways?

Whiten your teeth by rubbing the inside of the peel back and forth across them. You can also use the inside of the peel to shine and clean your indoor plants. And peels can be added to a compost pile whole or cut in pieces and scattered around the garden….oils from the peel help deter aphids; and rose bushes apparently love the extra potassium they provide.

 

# 5 – Shiitake  Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contain a number of health-stimulating agents, including lentinan, which has anti-tumor properties. They also have antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and immune-boosting effects. But it’s important to eat ONLY organically grown mushrooms, as they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in — good or bad. Mushrooms are known to concentrate heavy metals, and air and water pollutants, which would defeat their medicinal value.

 

# 6 – From the Vitacost blog, here are several uses for apple cider vinegar you may not have heard of….

5 Amazing Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Rust Remover: Before you toss those old, rusty tools, bolts, utensils, pots or pans, soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and try scrubbing away the rust. To remove a large amount of rust, you may need to soak the item in apple cider vinegar overnight.
  • Facial Toner: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (1 part ACV to 4 parts water) for a homemade facial toner that may help restore the delicate pH of your skin. Apply lightly and avoid the eyes.
  • Soap Scum Scrub: Got stubborn soap scum? Spray with apple cider vinegar to help dissolve soap scum, mildew and other bathroom or kitchen grime, then wipe with a clean towel or cloth. This remedy also works well for your dishwasher — pour 1 cup of ACV in the bottom, let it sit for a few hours and then run the (empty) dishwasher on a hot water cycle to remove soap scum and odor-causing buildup.
  • Chrome Polish: Apple cider vinegar can help clean buildup and grime on chrome pots, fixtures and even wheel spokes and hubcaps. Just dip a clean cloth in vinegar and scrub gently. For caked-on dirt, try adding a pinch of baking soda — but be careful not to scratch or damage the chrome.
  • Ant Repellent: Keep annoying ants from invading your home by spraying doors, windows, crevices and other entryways with a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.

Related Self-help Health post: ACV: Multi-purpose Health Aid In A Bottle

 

# 7 – Maybe sweet potatoes should be considered a  superfood?! Here’s some info about them from Rhia Catatoldo at Medical Medium….

Sweet potatoes are an excellent anti-stress food and are known to help relax muscles, steady nerves, and balance cognitive function. They are also one of the best anti-cancer foods and can particularly help to prevent breast, colon, lung, skin, and oral cancers. Sweet potatoes are known for being easy to digest and are very good for ulcers, inflamed colons, digestive disorders, and constipation. Sweet potatoes contain compounds called phytochelatins that can bind to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium and safely remove them through the body.

 

# 8 – I haven’t heard of this one from Thrive Market before or tried it yet, but it sounds interesting…..

As weird as it sounds, a bit of ketchup on a dishrag will clean copper pots and pans.

 

# 9 – I knew coconut oil had a ton of uses, but I’ve never heard about this one for dry eyes from an article by Susan Pattern for The Alternative Daily before….

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Susan writes “In order to liquify the coconut oil, I ran some hot water from the tap, and put it in a small bowl. In an even smaller bowl I added about a teaspoon of coconut oil. I placed the smaller bowl in the larger bowl until the oil liquified. Whatever you do, don’t use a microwave to melt your coconut oil. Microwaves change the molecular structure of the oil and kill the lauric acid that makes coconut oil so valuable.

Once the oil was liquified, I let it cool and used a small glass dropper to withdraw some from the bowl. I tipped my head back and put a few drops in each eye. For a couple of minutes my eyes were cloudy but they soon cleared.

I did this twice a day, morning and evening, for a week and found there was a substantial decrease in dryness. I seemed to be producing more natural tears and my eyes did not feel nearly as tired by the end of the day.”

Check out this post for more on the many uses and benefits of coconut oil. 

 

# 10 – I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but….

I read in an article at Natural News about taking detoxing baths that you can neutralize chlorine in your bath water by adding 2 teaspoons of vitamin C, and that adding Borax is helpful for eliminating fluoride (use 1 to 3 TBS per bath).

 

# 11 – A really short video on why buying non-GMO is only slightly better than GMO, and why organic is almost always the way to go…..

 

# 12 – Almost everything I read these days talks about the benefits of eating sprouted or fermented foods.  Here’s a “wowie”statistic from Dr. Mercola…..

Fresh sprouts can be easily grown at home. A wide variety of seeds can be sprouted, which maximizes their nutritional value. For example, once sunflower seeds are sprouted, their protein, vitamin, and mineral content will typically provide you with 30 times the nutrient content of organic vegetables. (FYI, you can get Go Raw Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds at a great discount price at Vitacost.)

Related Self-help Health posts:

Tips, Tips And More Tips

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Two

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Three

And be sure and visit my webpage for some great ideas for holiday gifts and specials going on, as well as some free gifts for yourself! 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

When It Comes To Eggs, Is Raw The Way To Go?

 

When I was young, way back in the Stone Age :-), we would visit my mother’s parents and I remember my grandfather always drinking a couple of raw eggs in the morning. At the time I thought he was just doing it to freak us grandkids out (he was a prankster), but now I realize he was really doing something very healthy. I’ve always heard that raw yolks are healthier than cooked ones, and that if you boil, poach or fry an egg , you should at least try to keep the yolk runny.

The thought of eating/drinking raw eggs still evokes my gag reflex, but after reading this article I think I will be fine whipping them up in my smoothie, so I’m going to give it a try. I certainly didn’t let the idea of eating raw egg deter me when snarfing down my share of raw cookie dough when growing up. 🙂 I also like that this article mentions how it can be unhealthy (and a waste of good nutrition) to always eat just the whites. I use to wonder if the people who eat just the whites as a weight loss measure knew they were foregoing the most nutritious part of an egg.

Anyway, read for yourself about the incredible, edible (raw) egg……

 

... picture of the egg emerges — and it’s anything but simple

 

7 Reasons to Eat a Raw Egg Daily

I don’t know about you, but I remember when I was a kid and I loved to steal my mother’s raw cookie dough from the bowl (oops, the cat is out of the bag).

She would turn away for a minute and the theft was easy and swift. However, one time I was caught red-handed with a mouthful of her delicious chocolate chip dough and my fun came to a screeching halt.

She put some serious fear in me when she told me that eating raw cookie dough, which contained raw eggs, would make me very sick. When I confessed that I had been stealing the cookie dough for a very long time and hadn’t once felt sick, she said I had just gotten lucky. The next time, she promised, would bring me great anguish!Today, I don’t eat raw cookie dough because I now know better for different reasons; however, I do enjoy raw eggs… at least one egg a day, for that matter.

If the thought of consuming raw eggs makes your stomach queasy, you are not alone. It may be that you were raised like me, with a distrust of raw eggs, or perhaps the media — with all its talk of salmonella — has scared you away from enjoying this amazingly potent nutritional powerhouse. In fact, raw eggs, when consumed from the right source, are not only safe but also good for you!

Yes, raw eggs are safe

One caveat here, you have to get your raw eggs from a reliable source. I am not talking about the store-bought, mass-produced eggs that come from unhappy hens. I am referring to eggs from organic, cage-free or free-range hens.

Hens that are not cooped up indoors, with no air or light, fed crappy grain and not allowed any time in the great outdoors. These hens are sick, their living conditions are sick and subsequently their eggs are sick.

In reality, the risk of poisoning from salmonella from even store-bought eggs is unlikely. The paranoia over salmonella poisoning started in the mid to late 1980s during outbreaks of egg-associated outbreaks of salmonella in the northeastern United States. After dozens of people died from poisoning, hen house owners changed the way they managed hen houses and the risk was substantially decreased.

A study from the U.S.Department of Agriculture in 2002 noted that only 2.3 million of the some 69 billion eggs produced each year are actually contaminated with salmonella. That equates to 0.003% or 1 in every 30,000 eggs.

Keep in mind that most of the bad eggs come from chickens kept in very unhealthy conditions. If we were to look only at eggs from healthy chickens (organic and free-range), even fewer than one in 30,000 eggs would be contaminated.

In addition, what you might not know is that salmonella is a microorganism found all over the place and is actually more likely to proliferate on cooked food kept in the fridge. When infection does occur, it generally causes only minor gastric upset, unless it occurs in individuals with a compromised immune system, such as elderly persons who take or have taken a number of antibiotics. In a healthy person, salmonella poisoning is easily treated with potent *probiotics every half hour until the symptoms dissipate.

According to David McSwane, co-author of Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation, “Salmonella, like a lot of food-borne bacteria, are what we think of as opportunistic organisms, in that they really don’t compete very well with a lot of other bacteria and microbes that are not only in nature, but also are in the human intestinal system.”

Why I consume raw eggs

So, hopefully I have now put your fears to rest and you are ready to learn more about why consuming one or two raw eggs daily is a good thing for your health. Here are just some of the reasons why I consume raw eggs daily.

raw eggsRaw eggs minimize risk of allergies

Cooking eggs changes the composition of fats and proteins. The chemical shape of the egg protein is altered when exposed to heat and this can cause allergies. Interestingly enough, many people who stop eating cooked eggs and switch to raw eggs find that their egg allergies disappear.

Raw eggs are loaded with vitamin B12 and folate

Raw eggs are loaded with essential vitamins, such as vitamin B12. One egg contains 0.2 milligrams of riboflavin or vitamin B12, which is needed to help the body break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

In addition, B12 also keeps blood and nerve cells in good working order. Raw egg yolks are also rich in folate, which guards against anemia, especially in pregnant women. Eggs also contain choline, which has been found to help in memory prevention.

Raw eggs contain fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K

Fat-soluble vitamins are highly important in your body. Vitamins A, D and K work together with each other and with other essential minerals including magnesium, calcium and zinc. According to research, optimizing vitamin D levels can cut your risk of cancer in half.

Egg yolks contain antioxidants

Just two raw egg yolks contain almost twice the antioxidant properties found in an apple. This is due to the presence of two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine. In addition, yolks are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that protect from age-related macular degeneration — the most common cause of blindness.

Proteins and minerals

Eggs are an awesome source of protein. One egg contains about 6 grams of protein, which is needed for your body to repair cells and produce new ones. One egg yolk also has more than 66 mg of phosphorus and 22 mg of calcium. Each of our 37 trillion cells needs phosphorus to function.

Of course, everyone knows that we need calcium for our bones and teeth. A whole egg contains selenium, a mineral that is incorporated into proteins to make antioxidant enzymes (selenoproteins). In addition, small amounts of iron, zinc and copper are also found in eggs.

Egg yolks are rich in cholesterol

Wait a minute, you might say, “Isn’t cholesterol bad for us?” Cholesterol is a type of fat that is crucial to the body’s proper functioning. It is needed for the production of cell membranes, and also carries nutrients, such as CoQ10, beta carotene and vitamin E, which are essential to the mitochondria (energy center) of the cells. Cholesterol is also integral in cognitive function, as well as to support hormonal stability and the production of vitamin D.

Egg yolks contain biotin

Egg yolks contain one of the highest concentrations of biotin found in nature. So, contrary to what you might think, ditching the yolks and eating the whites is not the way to go. If you only consume raw egg whites, you will most definitely develop a biotin deficiency unless you take a biotin supplement. Biotin is needed for the formation of fatty acids and glucose. Both of these are used as fuels by the body and are critical for the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids.

Two ways I eat my raw egg yolks

I am not going to suggest that you be like Rocky and drink your egg yolks on their own. There are, however, some clever ways to consume this nutrient powerhouse. I like to blend one egg with a little goat’s milk or an avocado along with a touch of raw honey.

You can also mix them in with your favorite smoothie. Mine is almond milk, a frozen banana, cocoa powder, pure vanilla, natural peanut butter and two egg yolks. Talk about a great way to start a busy day!

Tip: Before eating your eggs, wash them with soapy water. If there is any salmonella, it will most likely be on the shell from chicken feces. *Therefore, washing the egg reduces your chance of being infected.

— By Content Director at The Alternative Daily, a Certified Health Coach, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and Master Gardener. 

*Personal Tip: You can soak an egg in structured water for a minute or two to neutralize any toxins/bacteria on the shell. Or if you have a BerryBreeze™ and leave the egg carton open a smidge in the fridge (ha, sounds like the start of a Dr. Seuss book) the ozone will neutralize any harmful stuff. I don’t know what I’d do without these two devices! So many uses and health benefits they provide! And I’m glad it’s much easier to find eggs from pastured, humanely-raised hens these days. The place I shop started carrying them about a year ago and now even offers two brands to choose from. 

Also, Patterson mentions salmonella being easily treated with probiotics. She doesn’t say which particular strains to use, but I do know saccharomyces boulardii is known to treat food poisoning and I always keep a bottle in my bathroom drawer for dealing with such things.

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Ear Massage: Holiday De-stresser With Multiple Health Benefits

When I was growing up my mother would let me stay up later if I would agree to give her an ear rub. Neither of us knew it at the time, but there were actually a lot of health benefits she was receiving beyond just enjoying how it felt. I like ear rubs, too….it’s one of my favorite parts of getting a professional massage. It’s always fun to have someone else do the “work” for you, but there’s the expense that goes along with it, so it’s nice that ear massage is something we can easily do for ourselves. 

 

Auricular Points

(from Underground Health Reporter)

Are you familiar with auriculotherapy? It’s a branch of alternative medicine that not only has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but is also a clinical science recognized by WHO, the World Health Organization. The system is based on the principal that the outer portion of the ear (auricle) contains points that connect/correspond to and represent every part of the human body. It’s much like foot reflexology, where the soles of the feet have areas that correspond to the various organs and body systems.

Unlike acupuncture, which addresses health problems by working on the energy meridians of the body, auriculotherapy works with the nerve connections and can offer localized treatment for specific organs and/or systems. It has been used successfully for such things as weight loss, allergies and asthma, sinusitis and colds/flu, insomnia, pain relief, memory loss, eye disorders, diabetes, depression, and smoking cessation, as well as other addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse.

And that’s just a partial list of what auriculotherapy or ear massage can help with, so limber up your thumbs and fingers and start cashing in on its many health benefits. Or better yet, teach the techniques from The Underground Health Reporter given below to someone you know and swap out treatments with each other! This could be a great way to spend time with someone you care about, plus relieve holiday stress and provide multiple benefits to your body and theirs.

Here’s the directions….

Just follow the steps below to activate healing and ease the tension of a stressful day. Each variation of massage should be repeated at least three times.

ear massageEar Massage Technique

Step 1: Get yourself comfy. Either lie down, or stay seated in a comfortable position, with your head supported. Sweep your hair away from your ears. Start by gently massaging the ears—from the lobes to where the tip touches your temples—with your thumbs. Massage your scalp with your fingertips simultaneously.

Step 2: To release tension and activate healing in the head and neck, lightly press your earlobes between your thumbs and first two fingers. This massage consists of both gentle presses and soft rolls of the lobes.

Move on to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, feet, and ankles, by focusing the massage along the outer edges of the ear, alternating between pressing and rolling.

Step 3: Gently press your forefingers into the folds of your outer ear (it helps to rest your thumbs on your temples for support) and massage with a circular motion. The outer ears are associated with the neck, hips, knees, lower back, and pelvic region.

Step 4: For an internal organ massage that can strengthen hunger control, place the forefingers in the center of the ear, but not directly into the ear canals. Massage with a soft pressing motion, focusing on all the different points within the center of the ear.

Step 5: Position your thumbs in the center of your ears and lightly pull your ears upward toward your hairline. While shifting upward, massage with a circular motion.

Finish your ear massage by cupping both ears with the palms of your hands. Move your hands in circles, massaging the scalp while you relax the entire ear. Take a few deep breaths, enjoying the vibrations of relaxation and peace that flood your body.
Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/5-minute-health-tip-give-yourself-a-relaxing-ear-massage/#ixzz3LE4E8t81

Related Self-help Health post:  https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/feeling-stressed-rub-your-ear/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Drink Up: Water Is Good Medicine

 

Even when we think we’re well hydrated, that’s probably not the case. Wide-spread consumption of dehydrating caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, soda and tea are no substitute for pure water and make it easy to become imbalanced and dehydrated. The reality is that chronic dehydration, even if mild, leads to numerous health disorders, even serious ones like cancer, stroke and fatal coronary heart disease. Research has also shown that when the body is dehydrated, fatigue sets in and moodiness or anger can take over.

Water affects everything from digestion and mineral balance to detoxification and memory. By the time we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated by 1-2 percent, and constant dehydration can lead to hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, headaches/migraines, cancers of the bladder and colon, and much more. It also affects your mental functioning. A professor of physiology at the University of Connecticut named Lawrence E. Armstrong studied the effects of dehydration on cognitive skills, memory and mental stability, and found that both men and women were affected, even when mildly dehydrated. Women reported fatigue, difficulty concentrating, alterations in mood and headaches, while male participants noted increased anxiety and tension, as well as poor memory.

 

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So don’t forget to drink up, especially in the morning! And check out the information below from The Natures Farmacy for a system of water therapy you may want to give a try. But first here’s a little background from UndergroundHealthReporter.com about the protocol:

This remarkable water therapy originates from ancient Ayurvedic medicine. In Sanskrit, the name for the practice is Usha Paana Chikitsa, which roughly translates to “early morning water treatment.”

Can Water Wash Away Disease?

It has long been known that drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach purifies the body’s internal system. An especially important result of this treatment is that it cleanses the colon, which makes the body much more able to absorb nutrients from food.

This is achieved through the production of new blood, or haematopaises. This fresh blood has an immense restorative effect in the body and can even cure existing ailments.

An Unlikely Prison Discovery—Water as Potent Medicine

Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj discovered the healing powers of water and the link between dehydration and chronic illness 17 years ago. He was then serving a jail sentence as a political prisoner in Iran.

During his imprisonment, Dr. Batmanghelidj used the only medicine available to him—which was water—to successfully treat 3,000 fellow prisoners who were suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcers.

After his release from prison, Dr. Batmanghelidj—who trained in medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London—turned his full-time attention to the study of dehydration and its negative health effects. His subsequent discoveries have restored health for hundreds of thousands of individuals who were suffering from unidentified dehydration-related diseases.

In addition to presenting at international and world conferences, Dr. Batmanghelidj has published his findings in a number of scientific journals. He has compiled his research for the general public in two books, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, and How to Deal with Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain.

He has even produced a video on back pain and audiotapes of his lectures—all of which have been peer and media reviewed and acclaimed both nationally and internationally.

Dehydration’s Many Disguises

According to Batmanghelidj, the body’s biological thirst signals can be mistaken for signs and symptoms of other illnesses. If we treat the root cause of these—dehydration—we can avoid costly and unnecessary medical interventions and enjoy long-term wellbeing.

“Humans seem to lose their thirst sensation and the critical perception of needing water,” wrote Batmanghelidj in one of his two books on chronic dehydration and water therapy. “Not recognizing their need for water,” he continued, “they gradually become increasingly and chronically dehydrated with the progress of age.”

Further confusion results when the body produces complicated secondary symptoms of dehydration. Many doctors misinterpret those secondary symptoms as unrelated diseases.

Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/drinking-water-in-the-morning/#ixzz33bHhRHYq

 

(The Natures Farmacy) It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.


METHOD OF TREATMENT

1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x *160ml glasses of water

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

3.. After **45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days) (verify from a consultant)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.

*PERSONAL NOTE: According to my research, 160 ml of water equals 5.41 ozs, so at least you’re not having to drink four 8 oz glasses. However, I notice that two other sources for this type of protocol list the amount of water to be consumed as 4 – 6 (8 oz) glasses and the other as 44.45 oz, or around 5 1/2  8 oz glasses, so it seems like the best thing would be to muscle test and see what’s going to work best for your body.  You may want to start slowly and build up to what your body is able to handle. To me, it seems like the amount would partly depend on the size and weight of the person, but I didn’t see that addressed in anything I read. Also, I don’t think it’s mentioned anywhere, but it goes without saying that the quality/purity of the water you use is key. Of course I recommend using structured water.

**Some sources say wait an hour before eating. Apparently you are not supposed to eat for a period of time because the body is busy processing the water and detoxing and building new blood cells and you don’t want to divert it from these tasks by having to digest food.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times. It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink water and stay healthy and active.

This makes sense. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Source: http://www.thenaturesfarmacy.com

For more on water therapy, including making blue solar water:

http://www.selfhealgo.com/water-therapy-heals-where-medicine-fails/

Related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/salt-water-flush-cleansing-the-intestines-colon/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/sassy-water/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/structured-water-h2omg/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/structured-water-part-deux/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/fat-flush-water/

 

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.