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How can Yoga help you with your health problem?

There are a lot of people who are crazy about yoga. The reason why most people do yoga is that it makes them feel better, and it gets them into shape. The different poses and postures help to make your body healthy. Yoga is for most people, the best way to relax and unwind. If your aim is to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you.

Did you know that yoga is good to fight of certain illness? There have been numerous research, which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diOffice Worker Meditating at Work Reducing Stress Levelsabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

Yoga has a lot of benefits and advantages. All in a day’s work, it can reduce tension and stress. Of course after a heavy day, you will feel that your muscles have been stuck up, and you will feel wasted.

If you do yoga, your self esteem will be higher. It is important to gain more confidence inside and out so that you can face people with no worries.

Yoga is good for the body in increasing your muscle tone, strength, endurance and flexibility.
If you are too fat and conscious about your body figure, yoga can help you lower your fat and keep your body in shape. Yoga exercises can burn excess fat and give you the desired figure that you want.

If you need time to relax and forget your responsibilities, yoga will be good to improve your concentration and enhance your creativity. Yoga will help you to think in a more positive way. If you have a fresh mind, you can think of good things and apply it easily.

Your body needs to relax once in a while. Sometimes, work can leave us wasted and exhausted. During the heavy days, we may not find time to unwind because work is still on our mind. Yoga can help you create a sense of calmness and well being.

Yoga exercise helps you improve a good circulation. Your organs and veins need to be exercised for it to function properly. Yoga can help stimulate your immune system and keep diseases at bay. If you have a good immune system, you can be sure that you are free from sickness.

Some people do yoga to be enlightened. They believe that yoga will help them bring up their spirit and keep them relieved. Yoga works differently for everyone, be it spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical.

People think that yoga is only for spiritual people. But that belief is wrong. Even if you are not that religious, you can still do yoga. You will see and feel the difference at the same time. Find out how it works for you.

Due to the pressure and demands of life, we become stressed out, and we forget the essence of life. We tend to lose touch with the ones we used to spend time with, even ourselves.

We find that we are, most of the time, having to deal with deadlines and the hassle of keeping up with the paste of life. This leaves us a small time to wander and have that physical awareness.

These are the few things that yoga can provide. Find time to dedicate a part of it to yourself to relax and unwind in a way only yoga can give you.Man Performing Yoga by Lake

The History of EFT

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are really a combination and derivation of two other processes – Thought Field Therapy and Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been studied and practiced by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners for centuries.  Long before the ideas of traditional Western Medicine were conceived, practitioners were healing and empowering others using meridians and energy fields.  (1)

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is an offshoot of this theory, incorporating tapping at the meridian points accompanied by affirmations or statements. For close to 30 years now TFT has provided relief and assistance to balance the body’s energy system.  Unfortunately, TFT requires intensive knowledge and training to use correctly.

Dr. Roger Callahan, American psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, learned Applied Kinesiology and studied the meridian system of acupuncture.  He was the physician who combined the use of tapping for emotional problems and simultaneously focusing on a specific fear.  The process was discovered quite by accident with a patient who had significant fear of the water.  In an effort to help her calm her stomach pain from the anxiety he inadvertently changed her behavior and eradicated her phobia.

In the coming years Gary Craig studied with Roger Callahan to learn his Thought Field Therapy techniques.  Dr. Callahan was devoted to the development of this new technique that could produce ‘one minute wonders’ in patients who had suffered for years with phobias and fears.  In an effort to delineate it as much as possible, he used muscle testing to determine the exact area that required the ‘tapping’ to achieve success.

But this muscle testing made the use of the process cumbersome and time consuming.  And, it wasn’t clear that this type of precision was necessary to effect the results the doctors wanted to achieve.  In 1987, Dr. Carrington, psychologist, and Gary Craig, Stanford engineer and performance coach, came to the same conclusion at the same time.  They could attempt a single-algothrim method in order to simplify the approach and potentially achieve the same results.

Their methods didn’t rely on muscle testing but simply used the acupuncture end points during tapping rounds.  Dr. Carrington began achieving excellent results with her patients using her Acutap methods and Gary Craig separated himself from Dr. Callahan in order to pursue his goals.  Dr. Callahan didn’t approve of the new method that Craig called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Gary Craig has been teaching EFT since the early 1990s and it has become one of the most influential Energy Psychology methods in the world.  After investigating the methods that Gary Craig developed Dr. Carrington switched her patients from Acutap to EFT and began using it exclusively.

In 2000 Dr. Carrington expanded the EFT method and named it “Choices” which was endorsed by Gary Craig.  Today, psychologists use Choices in their clinical practice to help patients move past their negative emotions related to stress and anxiety and have been experiencing positive benefits and results for their patients.

This historical journey for EFT was put in motion decades ago when Chinese Medical practitioners discovered and used the energy fields, called meridians, in the body to help the healing process.  In the movement forward Dr. Callahan, Dr. Carrington and Gary Craig have all been pivotal in the development of a process that can be used by professionals in the office or individuals at home to improve their overall health and mental well being.

(1) Oxford Journals; Rheumatology: A Brief History of Acupuncture
http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/5/662.full

What is Emotional Freedom Technique?

Emotional Freedom Technique, also referred to as EFT, is a means of accessing energy meridians within the body that have long been a part of acupuncture in Chinese medicine. (1) However, EFT is noninvasive and can be used by the individual without the aid of a practitioner anywhere, any time and for any reason the individual feels it is necessary.

EFT is a powerful way of combining the established sciences of Mind Body Medicine and acupuncture without the use of needles. The history of the use of Emotional Freedom Technique lies in ancient Chinese medicine and is now becoming recognized by traditional Western medicine practitioners, mostly for its use as an anesthetic in hospital settings. However, Emotional Freedom Technique has been discovered to be a powerful way of accessing and erasing negative emotions in the human psyche.

In essence, Emotional Freedom Techniques are a way of stimulating certain points within the body through the use of tapping. Where an acupuncturist may have used needles or an individual practicing acupressure may use deep tissue pressure, those who practice Emotional Freedom Techniques take advantage of the immediacy in their environment by “tapping” into their meridian points and essentially breaking a negative emotional path.

Many of the tapping points that are used by Emotional Freedom Technique practitioners are those we automatically use ourselves when we are under stress. Think back to a time when you were recently stressed, had a headache or were thinking deeply. Most of us automatically reach for in the area on our face above our eyes, at our temples, below the eyes at the top of the cheekbone or at the base of the chin. Each of these are tapping points used in Emotional Freedom Techniques. In essence, the practice takes advantage of those points which we normally use to relieve our stress.

The interesting thing about emotional freedom techniques is that, when done at the correct places on the body, they work whether the individual believes in the practice or not. Think of it like a medical practice that your primary care physician would recommend to you. Whether you believe a medication can lower your blood pressure or not, the medication, for the most part, will work on the large majority of individuals for whom it is prescribed. Whether you believe that setting a fracture and placing it in a cast will work or not, when done correctly by a skilled practitioner, the leg will heal well and you will regain full function without pain. The same is true for emotional freedom techniques. When they are done at the correct position, whether you agree with the practice are not, it will work.

Critics of emotional freedom technique describe the theory as pseudoscientific and suggest that it stems from a cognitive component, such as a placebo effect where the individual recognizes the end result which should occur and makes it occur through the power of his own mind. There have been several scientific studies which purport to have found both negative and positive findings. Interestingly, the areas of the body which emotional freedom technique practitioners use, are those the same areas which are used for acupressure and acupuncture. And, while there has been the same degree of variety in scientific research for the use of acupuncture or acupressure, the basis of Emotional Freedom Technique is found in traditional Chinese medicine which has been functional for thousands of years.

Emotional Freedom Techniques are very easy to learn at home and help an individual to remove their negative emotions surrounding a specific event, reduce their food cravings and can be used to eliminate pain and help a person implement positive goals. Essentially, those who use EFT are inputting kinetic energy and short-circuiting and emotional block from the internal balance of the mind and body.

Despite its critics and the belief of traditional Western medical practitioners that the underlying scientific theory for the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques is flawed, the practice continues to grow as more individuals report significant positive results.

(1) Shen Nog: What is the Meridian System?

Asthma, Natural Home Remedies

As the conventional medicine used for asthma only treats the symptoms and not the problem it has often worsened the condition over a longer period of time.

Because of that, more and more people are turning to alternative remedies.

Nutritional Therapy

Magnesium
Because the magnesium acts a natural bronchodilator this means that it will relax and open up the bronchial tract, the airway to the lungs that becomes smaller during asthma attacks. It’s recommended taking a daily 500 mg supplement of either magnesium aspartate or magnesium citrate for 6 months.

Vitamin D / Sunshine
William Grant, who directs the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, a research and education organization based in San Francisco, suspects that sun exposure and higher 25(OH)D levels may confer protection against other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), asthma, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin B12
Not getting enough vitamin B12 leads to a deficiency which causes the red blood cells that are produced to be larger than normal and unable to function properly. It affects people of all ages. Vitamin deficiencies often go unnoticed and it can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of the wide ranging symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. The fact that the body does not store this important substance efficiently means that to avoid the levels of Vitamin B12 depleting rapidly it must be regularly absorbed into the body from food or using supplements.
The best supplement is one that will be absorbed by the skin, because using an oral version doesn’t reach the body in the amount that it needs, when you have a deficiency. Go to http://www.neemgenie.co.uk/imported-products/transdermal-vitamin-b12/prod_74.html

Fatty Accids
One of the most most important steps is to reduce the lung inflammation. The asthma attack causes the lungs to be inflamed which makes it harder to breath.

The natural way to reduce the imflammation is using the omega’s 3 found in fish and flaxseed oil. In asthma you have two kinds of inflammatory responses. The first one is an acute inflammatory response and the second one is a “late-phase” inflammatory reaction that can occur up to 24 hours later and could last for weeks.
This “late-phase” response is now believed to be the cause of cronic asthma and tissue damage and this can be stopped by using omega 3 fatty acids.

You can eat salmon, tuna and mackerel, three or four times a week. You can also use capsules. If you don’t like fish or the fish capsules than you can also use flaxseed oil, which is also rich in omega 3’s. Take 2 tablespoons a day.
If you’re sensitive to aspirin it could be that you’re also sensitive to fish oil. Take the fish oil only after you’ve checked this with your physician. Also, if you have a high risk of stroke as well as asthma, talk to your doctor before taking fish oil as fish oil may increase the risk of stroke in some people.

Anti oxidants
Our body produces unstable, cell-damaging molecules called free radicals.
When there is an inflammation in the body the level of free readicals rises. Because of this behaviour the theory is that these free radicals are doing much of the damage in asthma.

When using supplements with anti oxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E you can control the free radicals and limit their damage.
It’s recommended to take daily supplements containing 400 international units of vitamin E 3.000 milligrams of vitamin C (split in to three doses, but not taken later than about 6:00 pm because vitamin C can keep you awake), 15 milligrams of beta-carotene.

Chinese herbal remedies

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
This Chinese remedy boasts several healthful effects, including an ability to reduce allergies. Reishi inhibits some of the body chemicals that trigger inflammation, including histamine. In China it is used to treat asthma and other allergic disease. It’s available in capsules, tablets, syrups and teas. Typical Dosage: up to five 420 milligram capsules per day, or up to three 1.000 milligram tablets up to three times per day.

Ginger
In China Ginger tea is a popular treatment for asthma. You can make the tea yourself by using fresh ginger or you can by ginger tea in the health food stores.
When you make it yourself press a fresh ginger to extract the juice, and then use 1 teaspoon of the liquid to 1 cup of hot water.

Ginkgo
Ginkgo contains ginkgolides, which are compounds that relaxes constricted bronchial tubes and smoothes the lung tissue. The bark and leaves of this tree are used as a tea because of their effectiveness in the treatment of asthma. You can also use the seeds of Ginkgo to make a decoction for asthma. Combine the seeds with other herbs, such as ma huang, elecampane or mulberry leaves to treat both asthma and coughs.

What the Chinese call ma huang is also known as ephedra. For centuries, the Chinese have been stir-frying ephedra roots in honey and mixing them with apricot kernels. They find this preparation effective to treat asthma and a host of other illnesses.
Ma huang is the source of ephedrine, an active ingredient in many of our modern allergy and cold medications. Ephedrine causes the release of epinephrine, the quickly active stimulant component of adrenaline, used today to treat asthma by relaxing smooth muscle bronchoconstriction. Ma huang is available in health food stores and Oriental markets.
Be careful do; do not use ma huang if you are pregnant or when you suffer from hypertension.

Acupressure

Working like acupuncture without needles, this therapy aims to balance the body’s energy flow. It is assumed that acupressure has a similar, but weaker effect on the body than acupuncture.
People with asthma could benefit from a acupressure therapy.

Earthing
Earthing™ (re-connecting with the earth) is a recent idea. It is based on scientific evidence confirming the long-suspected necessity for barefoot contact with the earth. Modern science has determined that standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) has a wide variety of effects on the human body.

Standing barefoot on the earth (or otherwise connecting to the natural frequencies of the earth) connects the human body with an unlimited supply of free electrons resident in and on the surface of the earth.
Standing barefoot on the earth also connects the human body with rhythmic cycles of the earth’s energy field. These appear important for synchronizing biological clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms.
Earthing is not a disease treatment. Earthing, like a restorative period at the seaside, is one of nature’s gifts that can help the body to restore healthy operation. Symptoms are your own experience of a dysfunction. Reduction in symptoms means the body is addressing an imbalance in a better way. The changes that earthing brings for many people hints at a systemic rebalancing process.
In a month long, blinded study with 60 subjects who suffered from self-described sleep disturbances and chronic muscle and joint pain for at least six months, other found significant benefits in subjective sleep, pain, and well-being feedback. Some subjects reported significant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension while sleeping grounded.

Herbal Remedies
Make a tea of fresh or dried Eucalyptus leaves or use Fennel seeds. They both contain rutin, which is a bioflavonoid, which can reduce inflammation in the bronchial tubes. Drink the tea without milk, sugar or artificial sweeteners. It is better to use liquorice root or honey as a sweetener.

Fennel tea: Add 2 teaspoons of lightly crushed fennel seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain before drinking.

Eucalyptus tea: Standard dosage medicinal use: Take 3 times a day a teacup. The dosage for children and elderly people should be less. For elderly people use half the dosage (this because the metabolism slows down with age) and for children Give children under two years a fifth of the adult dose and let this slowly up to a quarter of children from 3 or 4 years (depending on the weight of the child), a third for children of 6 or 7 years, half of children aged 8 or 9 years, until the full dose in puberty.

1. Take a china or glass teapot which has been warmed and put one teaspoonful of the dried herb or herb mixture into it for each cup of tea that you intend to brew.
2. Pour a cup of just boiled water in the teapot for each teaspoonful of herb that is already in the pot and then put the lid on. Leave too steep for ten to fifteen minutes.

Hyssop
The plant contains a bitter compound that works as an expectorant and its oils are an effective treatment for all types of respiratory ailments. The Cherokee Indians used this plant to help subdue asthma attacks as well as general congestion.

Mugwort
Mugwort contains tannins, which are astringents and reduce secretions.

Peru Balsem
The Indians of Peru have found a treatment for asthma in the sap of the Peruvian balsam tree. This reddish-brown, syrupy sap of the tree is valuable for its ability to relieve respiratory ailments.

Traditional House Remedies
The proper British remedy for prolonged bouts with asthma is to soak thin onion slices in honey overnight. The resulting syrup is administered 4 times a day until the condition improves.

What Part of the Respiratory System is Affected by Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects 10’s of thousands of people across the world. Although it isn’t curable it is controllable. ‘Asthma’ is the Greek word for pant or to breath hard. The Greek’s named it ‘asthma’ because of the wheezing sound which is diagnostic of the condition.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that arises from allergies or allergic responses in the lungs and is characterized by sudden attacks of laboured breathing, chest constriction and coughing. So what part of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Diagram of the Lung and HeartThe respiratory system supports the oxygen needs of the body by taking in air, removing the oxygen at the level of the alveoli (air sacs) and delivering the oxygen to the blood, which then transports the life supporting oxygen around the body. This is a continual system. The air is exchanged constantly – not just when you take air in. There are thousands of tiny air sacs that store the air and oxygen for use. The air is exchanged with each pass of the blood through the pulmonary system.

During an asthmatic event the muscles surrounding the air tubules (bronchioles) constrict. This constriction doesn’t allow the air in the alveoli (air sacs) to be released and the lungs become over inflated. This over inflation forces the sufferer to cough in an attempt to get rid of the trapped air. If coughing doesn’t relieve the situation, or if the swelling and constriction becomes more severe, the sufferer begins to use their accessory breathing muscles. This causes the shoulders to hunch over and rise with each breath.

What part of the respiratory system does asthma affect when the asthma sufferer is wheezing? The wheezing sound that is common to asthmatics is caused by the contraction of the bronchioles as the air passes through tubes that are almost completely blocked.

During an asthmatic attack mediators from mast cells are released that causes the airway muscles to contract, which increases the mucus production and narrows the airways. This causes white blood cells to flood the area that keeps the attack going. This constriction of the airway, and the air forced through those tiny paths, is what causes the wheezing sound that can be heard either audibly or through a stethoscope.

What part of the respiratory system does asthma affect before an asthmatic attack? Triggers for the physical changes are varied and many. They range from environmental allergens, occupational chemicals, weather changes, cold, scented items such as deodorants and perfumes. Some asthmatics are induced by exercise.

The respiratory system is a complicated organ system that supports the body by delivering oxygen at the cellular level to help heal and provide life support. Taking care of the respiratory system helps to improve your health and take care of you.