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5 Ancient Healing Techniques Still Used Today

5 Ancient Healing Techniques Still Used Today

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Ancient Techniques | 0 comments

Even though I am a professional medical practitioner in the UK, I admit that in the thousand year history of medicine, some medical practices have survived the test of time and are still being used today.

This only proves that the ancients had a much more advanced idea of medicine than we originally give them credit for.

While it is true that many of these medical practices are erroneous and sometimes even life threatening, some them are still proved to be highly useful in saving people’s lives.

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Recent Health Convention and My Booth!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

I got to attend another health convention, but this time instead of just being an attendee, I actually got to have my own booth for my blog! Yes, that’s right—Asia-Commons.net was one of the featured blogs during that recent health convention.

It wasn’t a giant convention… and I didn’t exactly have one of those huge booths either. But they did set me up with a pop up exhibition stand that I happily decorated and filled with pamphlets and blog swag.

You can bet I had a nice looking booth that day—but I got so busy with ingress and egress and everything in between that I failed at one of my major duties as a blogger…and I forgot to take photos! :( I’m sorry. You’ll just have to use your imaginations. :P

Anyway, during the two day convention I had my booth set up to where people could come by and just take pamphlets and blog swag if they wanted, but I also got in touch with a few people to set a few more things up.

Here’s how my booth was during the convention. I was pretty proud of my set up, and you’ll see why…

Blog Swag and Health Pamphlets Galore

The most prominent thing that featured in my exhibition stand is the wall of pamphlets behind me. I hung up a lot of those pocket things that teachers use to hold flashcards and filled each pocket with leaflets and pamphlets about diseases, holistic cures and ancient medicine.

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People always came by and took one or two with interest. It was interesting to watch them looking at the wall until a pamphlet caught their eye. I also had some blog swag up for grabs.

Charity is Good

163557-charity-collection-can-box-shaker-generic-good-qualityI took advantage of the situation and set up a few charitable donation buckets where people could drop their money if they wanted and it would go toward charities that fund medical research. But if they didn’t want to donate their money, I did make sure another option was available.

I got in touch with some sponsors and asked them to donate some goods that I could sell during the convention.

I set these products up and put a sign under them that said 100% of profits go to charity, and then whenever anyone would purchase one of those items I would take their money, take the profit off (still had to pay the sponsor!) and put the profit directly in the donation bucket.

That way even though they made their purchase and came away with something they can actually use, they were still also able to make a donation to medical research. You won’t believe how quickly I sold out of a lot of things!

Card Bowl

fish_bowl_card-297x300I had a bowl where people could drop all of their business cards if they were interested in signing up to my website for updates. But what they didn’t know is the card bowl also served as a raffle draw.

At the end of the convention I took out the bowl, then went up on stage and drew a card.

The lucky winner got blog swag, sponsored healthy food and skin care items, and even a gift cheque to a spa for a few healthy treatments! This was a lot of fun because I really had to work hard to put this little raffle draw together,

I had tremendous fun at this convention, and I can’t wait to do this again, that’s for sure!

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Acupuncture for Back Pains

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Ancient Techniques | 0 comments

A little while back, my husband got into an accident at work that lead to him injuring his back. He was working at his desk when suddenly, his chair fell out under him.

He consequently hurt himself in the process, which is bad news for him overall. He would not be able to go back to work for a few days, and he now has to endure constant back pain brought about by the injury.

My husband’s employer naturally wanted to defend himself, saying that it was the fault of my husband. He claimed that he was too heavy and was never meant to sit on that chair.

However, we had an investigation done that proved him wrong: my husband is not overweight, and the chair was well under its carrying capacity.

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My husband decided to sue and was able to make a successful back injury claim. He received compensation for his injury and now had enough money to pay for his therapy. When I heard that his injury claim was successful, I decided that I wanted to bring him to the best acupuncturist in town.

My husband agreed, and after we received his compensation, we immediately booked an appointment with the acupuncturist.

What is acupuncture?

Needles for Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an amazing form of medicine and has a 2,500 year history behind it. That’s much older than most kinds of medicines nowadays. Using needles, the acupuncturist gently inserts them into your skin at specific pressure points. In my husband’s case, they inserted five needles in a V pattern on his lower back to help mitigate the pain.

How does acupuncture help heal any lower back pains?

Acupuncture controls your body’s energy. If there is pain or an injury, there is an imbalance in the positive energy that governs all of your body’s processes. Acupuncture helps pin point that negative energy and creates a flow of Chi that relieves pain and kick starts the healing process.

Applying Acupuncture For Your Back Pains

Since the lower back acupuncture was working for my husband, the acupuncturist eventually started applying needles down the length of his spine too, to further release some of that negative energy.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe if done by a professional. I know that I would never let myself be punctured by a student. First of all, professional acupuncturists only use sterile, single use needles for their patients. I strongly suggest that you avoid places that only use an autoclave or downright reuses their needles. It simply is not safe and you can contract a lot of serious diseases from an unclean needle.

 

Back Pain Treatment Through Acupuncture

A professional acupuncture specialist also knows exactly how many needles to use and in what locations. They also know exactly how deep the needles need to be inserted into the skin to have an effect. Shallow punctures tend to be ineffective, and deep punctures can only cause damage to the lower levels the skin.

After my husband’s successful injury claim and his weeks of acupuncture therapy, he is now feeling better than ever.

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Start Early By Teaching Children to Care for Their Health

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

I’m sure that by now you know just how much I value health.

I always make sure to spread the word about people needing to take stock of their health and take better care of themselves—especially in this day and age where health can easily fall by the wayside because of how busy and stressed people are.

This is why I always stress the importance of starting early.

And when I say early I mean we should really get started teaching our kids the importance of health and fitness early on.

Not all the kids will enjoy physical education, or even health class, which is why I think the best way to teach them is actually outside of a classroom environment.

For me, a kids after school club is an ideal place to teach the children to start caring for themselves and their health.

It doesn’t have to be intensive lessons, in fact I encourage the parents/adults to make sure that the activities are fun to make it interesting to the kids.

Of course it’s not necessary to be teaching them about ancient healing techniques just yet… that can come way later on, but a good foundation is important at the beginning.

So let’s talk about the things that I think would be good to teach children.

Dental Health

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We all know kids absolutely, positively adore sweets.

Most kids have a sweet tooth to rival that of… well, that one doesn’t need a metaphor. Kids just really have giant sweet teeth.

This is why I find it incredibly important to make sure that we are teaching them dental health and hygiene.

It’s not good for them to be skipping brushing their teeth.

And of course it’s a good idea to teach the kids the proper way of brushing their teeth.

And the bad habits to avoid in order to preserve teeth (chewing on ice, chewing on hard candy and so on).

The Importance of Personal Hygiene

photos.demandstudios.com-getty-article-92-39-144880120_XSI think children should learn from an early age the importance of personal hygiene not only to health, but also for appearances.

Good hygiene can help to prevent the spread of many contagious illnesses.

Not only that, it also teaches kids to groom themselves from an early age.

We all know the importance of hygiene, so it’s only good that they learn it too.

The Impact of Food on the Body

With how big of an issue obesity is these days, I really think that this is one of the most important things to teach the children from an early age.

Food can really make a huge impact on health—eating nothing but junk and sugar will ensure them becoming overweight and unhealthy.

Coupled with a sedentary lifestyle (most common these days), it’s not difficult to see why our waistlines have been ballooning.

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So I think it’s a good idea to teach kids healthy eating, and show them that healthy food does not have to mean bland, disgusting food.

Of course I still am not quite sure just how to turn these lessons into nice, fun little activities for the children to enjoy during their after school programs and clubs.

Perhaps by creating something interactive with activities and games.

Anyway if you have any ideas I would love to hear them—and if you agree with how necessary it is to teach kids about health from an early age…leave a comment too!

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Is it Legal to Use Alternative Medicine?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Herbal Remedies | 0 comments

While I am a great proponent of alternative medicines, the truth is that many of these medicines are unregulated and are therefore not entirely safe for the populace to consume.

It is especially problematic if alternative medicine manufacturers add claims to their pills and concoctions that are otherwise unverified and not reviewed by medical personnel and scientists.

Due to the popularity of herbal medicine, the British government has started to put regulations in place that would control the sudden influx of alternative medicine sellers.

Various alternative medicines

The unfortunate part of it all is that many manufacturers do not know what they exactly put in their medicines and often times, the pills are tainted with other ingredients that are used as fillers.

I have decided to visit a solicitor who works at one of the law firms in Manchester about the issue to understand the legality of using alternative medicine in the United Kingdom.

She says that while it is not illegal to use alternative medicine, the government is concerned about protecting its citizenry from medical malpractice while still providing them with access to natural medicine if they so choose.

images (37)She says that there are now about 1,300 registered complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in the United Kingdom, spread out over fields such as homoeopathy, Chinese herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and acupuncture.

The UK is now trying to set standards that would train new medical practitioners to provide safe services to the British peoples, and to regulate the production of herbal remedies.

The law also states that herbal remedies are not allowed to make any written claims in their products without clinical trials.

Unfortunately, the loophole is that natural medicine practitioners are simply not regulated in the same way that mainstream doctors and nurses are screened.

Practically anyone can claim to be a herbal doctor and get away with prescribing herbal drugs to just about anyone.

This is problematic as it allows many unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of the populace who are interested in alternative medicine.

Generally, if an alternative medicine bottle makes wild claims, it is generally illegal and should be reported immediately. I once found a bottle of green tea and moringa tea that made wild claims about curing cancer.

This is extremely far-fetched and while green tea does contain anti-oxidants that lower the risk of contracting cancer, it certainly is not a cure if you already have it.

My friend at the law firm confirms that under current British law, these kinds of claims are illegal.

As a lover of herbal medicine, I typically avoid the overly processed pills and remedies that I see in stores.

I prefer fresh and dried herbal ingredients, because it is the best quality and you can check how much of it you are taking.

When buying medicines, make sure that you choose natural, unprocessed herbs that are free of any illegal claims. Avoid snake oil vendors and go with what is safe.

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The Best Aromatherapy Oils for Health and Relaxation

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Herbal Remedies | 0 comments

Aromatherapy is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long, stressful day.

It is one of the least invasive of the classic medicinal practices and have been used to help a variety of ails including body pains, inflamed sinuses, runny noses, and coughs.

Aromatherapy is also used to sooth sore throats after extended singing or speaking, and indeed, many singers still swear by the healing powers of a good aromatherapy session.

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Aromatherapy has been around for several thousand years and have been featured prominently in Asian religions and philosophies, including Buddhism and Taoism.

The most common form of aromatherapy in these settings are incense sticks, which are burned for their fragrant smoke that is believed to banish negative energy.

I also believe that aromatherapy can banish negative energy. I keep several types of different oils and perfumes ready when I need a good aromatherapy session.

My favorite type of scent diffuser is an oil burner. I have one made of natural clay with a beeswax candle underneath.

I fill the diffuser with one parts oil and two parts water, and light the candle. Of course, you can try other methods as well. Scented candles, incense sticks, and modern vapor diffusers all work well.

I even had a particularly crafty friend before who would use cheap lanyards on a budget.

She hung them up in her room and attached dry herbs to them to create beautiful, fragrant bouquets of dried flowers. They would fill her room with a heavenly scent.

Here are some of my top aromatherapy oils for your health and relaxation.

You can use them on an oil burner, on pot-pourri, or on a diffuser. It is your choice.

peppermint1Peppermint

Peppermint is perhaps my favourite of all of my aromatherapy oils. Peppermint is quite common and has a soothing, icy feeling due to the menthol compounds in the plant.

It has a sweet, cool scent, and I use it to invigorate myself after a long day of work.

Peppermint is also great for soothing sore throats and clearing out your sinus when you are sick.

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus_tereticornis_flowers,_capsules,_buds_and_foliageEucalyptus is another fragrant oil that has a fresh, clean aroma.

It is also great for soothing coughs and congested nasal airways and has great antibacterial properties.

Eucalyptus is a great anti-inflammatory, and it is natural and safe.

You can use it as often as needed when you are sick, and it can be combined with complementary scents such as peppermint.

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Lavender is a fresh, floral scent and is one of the most popular of the flower based oils.

Lavender has a very distinct smell and reminds you of lush open fields and the promise of spring.

I like burning lavender in the winter when I need something to cheer me up from the gloom. Lavender also battles depression and improves memory.

 

 

Arabian_Jasmine_maid-of-orleansJasmine
Jasmine is another popular scent and it has a strong, heady perfume.

Jasmine oils have an alluring scent and are great for cooling you down and battling feelings of anger and other negative feelings.

Jasmine is also believed to be an aphrodisiac, so it is a wonderful scent for times when you need a little help for romantic escapades.

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Relaxing With Some Herbal Methods You Will Surely Enjoy

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Herbal Remedies | 0 comments

Everyone needs to be able to relax and take a breather, no doubt about it. Not a lot of people will want to work 24/7 all year round without being able to take at least one vacation to recharge.

 

If you are feeling the stress and the burn out in the moment because of your work load or your problems at school (if any), here are a few tried and tested ways in which you can relax.

 

These are focused more on herbal and holistic methods, in case you are interested (you probably are since you are on this site after all). Not everyone can afford to relax in Belgium on a golfing holiday, so whatever it is you do, these herbal methods are also more affordable for you.

 

Drinking Herbal Teas

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This has been proven over hundreds and even thousands of years to really be a great way to relax and release the tension. In fact there are even variants of tea called “Tension Tamer” simply because there are many ways in which herbal teas can help you to relax.

 

There are many different ingredients in teas like chamomile, lavender and so on that really help to calm you mentally and physically. Try it—you’ll see the effects immediately!

 

Hot Compresses and Hot Pillows

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Heat is proven to relax you. If you have a pulled muscle or a sore part on your body, a hot compress can really help. Or if you have a stiff neck and you really need to loosen it up, you can put a hot compress on it.

 

Meanwhile, here is a video about the other health benefits of herbs and spices:

 



But since we’re talking about herbal methods here…well, you can still use a hot compress, but this time around use a rice pad with an herbal infusion so you can get all the benefits in one! This is also great for menstrual cramps, should you get them.

 

Herbal Aromatherapy

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You know how people love to light incense or scented candles, right? Well skip the expensive scented candles and just buy a cheap aromatherapy oil burner that runs on tea light candles.

 

Or if you’re willing to splurge, get an electric one. Choose aromatherapy using essential oils that can relax—green tea, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus and so on and put it in your oil burner (if using tea light candle mix in water with maybe 8-10 drops scent; if using electric use the oil/scent directly).

 

You will notice the effect! Remember to never leave a candle unattended though, especially with children or pets in the house.

 

Massages with Herbal Massage Oil

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You know how it goes. Massages on their own are really already very relaxing in their own right, but throw in the use of herbal massage oil and I’m sure you’ll truly enjoy one of the most relaxing feelings in your life.

 

If your muscles are sore have your massage therapist use an oil that has a minty or menthol effect, you will feel your muscles relax!

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