What Should You Consider Before Meditation?

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Get the meditation process or meditation techniques right after knowing and applying some considerations for effective meditation.

After understanding some information about meditation, are you following all the steps correctly or not? The root of the technique lies in how you are meditating.

If you want to take full advantage of meditation, you will need to follow the techniques as much as you are capable of.

Meditation will be made more effective if one follows certain things before starting it. Learning how to meditate is an important aspect if you do not want to spoil your practice.

There are certain things which you need to ignore to avoid devastation. So in short, there are some do’s and don’ts of the meditation, which one should follow to make meditation more effective.

Now, these things will be discussed separately.


There are some considerations on how to meditate that you should follow during meditation. These things are as follow:

Create A Calm Environment

The foremost important thing is to create an environment which is free of disturbances. Make sure that nobody is going to disturb you during meditation.

If you have some fixed responsibilities at home, try to wind up them first.   Moreover, while going for meditation, inform all family not to disturb you for some time. Choose a place where there will be no noise and distortion.

Comfortable Sitting Positions

It is not compulsory to use any specific sitting positions. Sit in a position in which you feel comfortable.  You can use yoga cushions as well.

Comfortable Clothing

Choose the clothes in which you feel most comfortable. Simple clothing will distract your attention less than any other superior clothing.

Deep Breathing

While starting meditation, you should try to breathe deeply and relaxing. Concentrate on your breath, and feel as it is coming from your abdomen.

Relaxing your Body

Try to relax your body. Start from one part of the body and extend this practice to other parts.

Develop your Concentration

Try to concentrate on a single thing. You may also concentrate on dim lights of your room. The cause is that your mind should not be wandering here and there during meditation.

Things that one should not be worried about

There are certain things in meditation, which should not be taken as a burden. These things also have the potential to spoil your meditation practice.

So, there are certain things to consider and also certain things to ignore during the meditation session. These things are as follow.

One Should “Own” Their Experiences

The first important thing, you should be impressed by any other’s personal experience.

Sometimes, people have had a bad experience with something, but you find it good during your own confrontation.

In the same way, sometimes others have good experience with something, but you do not find that thing up to the certain extent, during your own experience.

So the root is that every person sees the world through his own glasses, and their needs may be different from your needs, that make their experiences different.

During meditation do not bother, what others experienced during their meditation practices. Concentrate on your own self and experiences.

At the same time, try to take as much benefit from your meditation practice as you can.

Remember That “Meditation is Meditation”

Sometimes, it happens that people, who become conscious about meditation, cannot take benefited from it.

For example, a person who is conscious about the couch, on which he has to sit for meditation, and his clothing, he will not be able to concentrate on meditation.

One should remember that there is no set standard criterion for practicing meditation and one should do in which he feels comfortable.

The purpose of meditation is to bring calm and peace to the mind, not to make you more unfocused by immaterial things.

Gradual Processing

One should not jump to higher level of concentration in an inch of time. Everyone takes the time to bringing concentration in meditation so, be patient.

Each Meditation Session is Unique

Every meditation session gives you a new experience with a different level of peace and concentration. Don’t expect that all sessions will be equivalent in terms of their outcomes.

Make Best of your Meditation Session

Don’t worry about what is happening and what will you get after your meditation session. Just enjoy it as much as you can to get the full benefits out of it and don’t take the burden on yourself.

So, these are all the things, which one should take into account for a better and lively experience of the meditation session.

Meditation involves silencing our mind. It is not an intellectual activity. Think of it as a tool to relax your whole self, and also for better health. It also can be a valuable tool to discover one’s self.

The core of meditation is to focus and eventually quiet your mind. As you get better at it, you will find that you can meditate anywhere, anytime.



However for beginners, doing it is not as easy as saying it. So how exactly do you meditate?

1. Make time

When you are starting to learn how to meditate, you need to set aside enough time in your daily routine for meditation. It can be any time of the day. You may set time for meditation at the start of the day or you can put it at the end of the day as a means of relaxing. However, it is recommended that the easiest time to meditate is in the morning because your body is not tired and your mind is still fresh.

2. Find a quiet space

Once you find the time to meditate, you need to choose a suitable space to meditate. Create an environment that doesn’t have any noise or distractions. Turn off the television set or your handphone. You can put some music on but make sure it’s calm, repetitive and gentle as so not to distract you.

3. Relax

Sit on a level ground. Remember to keep your back straight. This will help with your breathing. Remember to relax your arms and legs. They don’t need to be in a special position. The most important part is that you are relaxed. Now start searching for part of your bodies that are not relaxed. It could be the face muscles or certain parts of your body. Try relaxing all of them.

4. Concentrate on something

It may be hard to control our thoughts through the power of the mind. So to silence your mind, try to focus your mind on something. It may be a simple mantra or it may be concentration on a flower or a candle.

5. Silence your mind

Once you are focused, now you can clear up your mind.  This requires discipline and it is alright if you are not able to master it immediately.

Most importantly, meditation is something done with intensity and focus, once you achieved that, you have reached the pinnacle of meditation. So try it at home today and you’ll find yourself feeling better than you have ever been before.

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20 Holistic Health Tips For A Better Wellbeing

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What do you know about holistic health care or holistic way of living?

The term holistic means approaching an entity as whole because all of its parts are interdependent.

As it relates to health care, a holistic approach addresses the whole person, paying attention to all of the interdependent parts, to achieve overall health and well-being.

A holistic approach is aimed at maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit.  The understanding is, if there is a problem in any one area, it can affect the others, so we need to look after the whole person, mental and physical, to achieve maximum health.

Many studies show that lifestyle, our physical and mental activities, has the greatest impact on our overall health.

20 Health Tips For Your Healthy & Holistic Lifestyle

1. Improve your posture.

It is important to keep your spine as straight as possible so that your muscles do not strain and contract unnecessarily.  Also, in order to keep energy circulating throughout your body, it is important to keep your spine straight and nerves unhindered.

2. Don’t forget to relax.

No human being is equipped to function in constant stress mode.  It is unhealthy to have a life filled with all work and no play.

Some of the most common health problems that result when a person doesn’t relax enough include high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, and other digestive disorders.

Be sure to take some time out for yourself at least once a week, preferably once a day.  This can help to prevent, and in some cases eliminate, these chronic health problems.

3. Improve your sleeping habits.

One of the best things that everyone can do to improve their well-being is to moderate their sleeping patterns.

Unfortunately, poor sleep is a habit learned by nearly everyone during the teenage years.  It is critical to allow your body the time it needs to wind down and relax so that you can be rejuvenated.

If you feel tired during the day, when you awaken in the morning or exhausted before bedtime it is a sign that you are not getting the right amount of sleep.  This could be too much, or too little.

Try setting aside eight hours for sleep each night, getting into bed no less than half an hour prior to the time that you want to be asleep.

If you do this for a few weeks, you will find positive improvements in your overall health and productivity.

4. Breathe mindfully.

The process of mindful breathing is a form of meditation; however it is also a great way to get more oxygen into your blood and tissues.

If you start right now and pay attention to how you are breathing, it is more than likely that you will find yourself breathing quite shallowly.

This is not a healthy breathing pattern. You can start out by just inhaling completely and then slowly exhaling completely.  If you take one minute to just do this focused breathing each day, you will find that you feel better during that minute.

And, you will catch yourself paying attention to your breathing several times throughout the day.  If you are stressed or tired, take a minute out of your day to breathe mindfully.

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5. Avoid clutter.

Clutter is an energy buster.  If your bedroom is cluttered, the energy will not flow as freely as it should and your sleep will be affected in a negative way.

Not only that, but clutter is frustrating because it often keeps you from finding something that you need in a few seconds.

Take the time to eliminate clutter, but start small with one area at a time. Otherwise, you risk overwhelming yourself with a lot of work.

6. Consider a peroxide bath.

Hydrogen peroxide is known for being a highly effective astringent that removes toxins, or dirt, from scrapes and cuts.  It can do the same thing for the rest of the body as well.

Simply add a quart of peroxide to your hot bath and soak for a few minutes to check for tolerance.

If you don’t have any irritation that does not stop quickly, add the second quart and soak for about ten minutes.  The peroxide will pull toxins from your skin and help you to flush toxins better afterward.

7. Consider a liver flush.

Gallstones form in the bile ducts and the gallbladder, and may be to blame for medical problems that go otherwise unexplained.  By performing a liver flush you are helping your body to eliminate the built up toxins and gallstones.

If you are interested in instructions for a liver flush, you can find them at any reputable holistic healer and even online.  If you have any health problems or suspect that you might, you should speak with your doctor prior to performing the process.

8. Be mindful instead of bored.

If you feel bored, or feel as though you are stretching every minute to its fullest extent in order to get things done, you are probably a good candidate for the practice of mindfulness.

Through mindfulness, you are going to get to the root of what is causing you to feel stressed or bored.

Often, there is something deeper that is causing you anxiety, and through this technique, you are likely to discover what that something is.

The premise is to let go of pain and to allow thoughts to flow freely.  By trying to suppress feelings and control thoughts, you are actually doing your body more harm than good.

9. Pay attention to your colors.

Although you may have stopped paying attention to color as a young child, there is definitely some benefit to examining what colors you tend to use, enjoy and prefer.  Color is directly associated with body energy and emotions.

Sometimes, you may feel out of balance and not realize that it is the colors surrounding you that are impacting your mind-body balance.

For example, if you tend to wear a lot of red or to surround yourself with red, you may be over-stimulating your emotions. However, if you frequently feel tired or listless you might want to add more red to your wardrobe.

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10. Play an active role.

If you have decided to see a holistic practitioner, one of the things that you need to realize when you get started is that this is not the passive medicine that you may have experienced in the past.

The practitioners are there to guide you as the patient, but you will need to make a significant effort and work with your practitioner to determine the best treatments for you and to increase the effectiveness of the treatments.

Many patients find that taking an active role in treatment makes the effects more immediate and tangible.

11. Focus on the dance of life.

Life is ever-changing and ever adapting.  Sometimes we all get bogged down in our day to day and forget to take time out for ourselves.  It is beneficial to take at least some time each day to work on personal growth and healing.

Spending time working on personal growth in some way will make you more aware of the ups and downs of your life and give you tools for dealing with whatever comes your way throughout your life.

12. Eliminate the cause of health problems before trying to treat the symptoms. 

For example, if you are suffering from indigestion it makes more sense to eliminate the foods that are causing the problem than it does to take medication after the pain starts.

Holistic healers are looking to heal the whole body. Therefore, it is believed that first you stop doing the things that are harming you, and then you replace those things with nutrients, etc. that are better for you. This can apply to the body, the mind or the soul.

13. Listen to more music.

Sound therapy is becoming commonplace in homes with newborn infants and older adults.  There are many benefits of sound therapy including calming and increasing the patient’s sense overall wellbeing.

Find a soft music that you enjoy, and try playing it at the lowest possible volume in a quiet room. You will find that before too long, if you are quiet and relaxed, that you hear the music as though it were at full volume.

14. Perform an act of love.

Many holistic healers claim that there is no more powerful medicine than love and that simply giving or receiving affection such as a hug can raise the spirits and begin to heal the body.  If you are suffering from the grief of some sort, love may be all that you need to start healing.

15. Nourish your soul.

Just like the mind and body, the soul also needs nourishment to continue to grow and develop.  Your soul is what provides you with energy and vitality. Everyone has different soul food, however, most find that their soul is nourished by a walk outdoors or spending time with friends and family.

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16. Get better sleep.  

Do your best to avoid stress and exertion within an hour of your bedtime. Consider having a cup of chamomile tea before bed, or using lavender infused oil in order to help induce a sense of relaxation.  Try to get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, to maintain healthy sleep habits.

17. Meditate for better well being.

The basic definition of meditation is to concentrate on some object or thought in order to quiet the mind.

There are many different types and styles of meditation; however the one thing that is consistent is that not every technique will work for every person.

Everyone can benefit from some type of meditation, take some time to read about different techniques or talk to a holistic healer for more information about what might work for you.

18. Be nicer.

Positive energy is contagious.  If you do something nice for someone today, chances are that before the end of the day that person will do something nice for someone else.

Holding the door for someone costs you nothing more than a few seconds out of your day. However, if that person is having a bad day it might just be the little pick up needed to put them in a better mood.

Little things mean a lot, and if you are doing nice things for people, you will begin to feel better about yourself.

19. Be gracious. 

Gratitude is extremely powerful, and remembering to say ‘thank you’ for even the littlest things can be a powerful positive change.

Expressing gratitude is much more pleasant than expressing frustration, and it will eventually begin to replace the negative habit of complaining that we all get into sometimes.

20. Accept that there is no clear and easy path.

Many people spend so much time looking for the easy route that they forget to enjoy the joys of the road.  Changing your perspective will take time, but try to begin thinking of obstacles as stepping-stones along the path of your life.



20 Holistic Health Tips
A holistic approach is aimed at maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit

  1. Improve your posture
  2. Don’t forget to relax
  3. Improve your sleeping habits
  4. Breathe mindfully
  5. Avoid clutter
  6. Consider a peroxide bath
  7. Consider a liver flush
  8. Be mindful instead of bored
  9. Pay attention to your colors
  10. Play an active role
  11. Focus on the dance of life
  12. Eliminate the cause of health problems before trying to treat the symptoms
  13. Listen to more music
  14. Perform an act of love
  15. Nourish your soul
  16. Get better sleep
  17. Meditate for better well being
  18. Be nicer
  19. Be gracious
  20. Accept that there is no clear and easy path


– Are your lifestyle activities contribute to your better health?

– Are your attitude and mental behavior promote better health?

– What other activities you can do to improve your overall well-being?




What Are The Medicinal Benefits Of Homeopathic Herbs?

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What do you know about homeopathy? How about medicinal herbs?

There are many different uses for herbs especially when it comes to medicinal uses, especially homeopathic uses.

Millions of people are now looking for more natural ways to provide relief for their ailments. Let’s take a look at some ways you can use herbs for homeopathic use.

What Is Homeopathy?

You may or may not have heard of homeopathic medicine? If not, here is a basic overview of what it is. It is based on the body learning to heal itself – “like treating like.”

When an invading germ or bacteria enters the body, its defenses create antibodies to fight it. Now that invader is recognized if it ever appears again.

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

An example would be to expose allergy sufferers to a small dose of pollen, ragweed or dust mites to help their bodies become desensitized to it.

The repeated dilutions are to render the substance non-toxic. This works in a very similar way to allergy shots with the main difference being the substance that is used.


A Comparison between Homeopathic Doctors and Medical Physicians

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.

These are:

  • principle of similarities,
  • principle of minimal dose
  • and principle of singular remedy.

Each of which proposes certain procedures that boil down into this: working on the symptoms is enough to bring health back into its order.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann first proposed his comprehensive concepts on homeopathy in his book called Organon.

His initial edition appeared during 1810 and was later supported by his last edition which is apparently published posthumously during 1842.

After 200 hundred years, the grounds he offered during his time are still useful today. In fact, many subsequent principles found today are still rooted in his book.

This is not to say that homeopathy hasn’t improved but it’s because Dr. Hahnemann has found the root principles and are therefore confirmed by succeeding investigators.

So what happened after 200 years?

As expected there has been rampant progress in medical science which did not exclude homeopathic treatments.

For several years, many homeopathic doctors have focused their studies and research on new substances and materials that could be part of the more comprehensive and more effective treatment using the principles as stated above.

In fact, due to the developments, homeopathic doctors have now given new meanings and scopes to the field apart from what the pioneers have already provided.

This only indicates that homeopathic doctors are not merely benefactors of the vast knowledge but are also contributors in the expansion of what is known in this field.

There are several major differences in conventional and alternative medicine. Homeopathy, by the way, is included in the latter.

Therefore, it is but likely that we could spot several differences between the people involved in these practices.

If we are too closely look at the other roles of homeopathic doctors and those of the medical practitioners, we are likely to find the following observations:

The distinction lies in the differences of methodologies as covered by each field. The medical doctors, for one, view the human body as a battleground for health and diseases.

They have the tendency to focus on the disease and conditions themselves rather than on the symptoms, a vital point in homeopathy.

Conventional medical practitioners use techniques, parameters, methodologies, and practices that are based on factual, statistically proven and scientifically documented researches.

There is nothing really bad in here. It just that it fails to see and target the other important factors, such as the case of focusing on discovering ultimate cures rather than individual treatments.

Additionally, medical practitioners treat only the part of the body that causes the whole body to be affected with the disease or the ailment.

For homeopathic doctors, however, treatment must be holistic. The individual’s health is the main priority and treatment of the symptoms would provide the cures.

Plus, the normal use of natural substances could get around the risk that patients would be running from when subjected to conventional forms of medicine.

Another major difference between homeopathic doctors and medical practitioners is the therapies or forms of treatment they use.

Often, conventional medicine deal on surgeries and medications.

However, with homeopathy, alternative forms of healing such as hypnosis, aromatherapy, acupuncture and the use herbs and minerals are offered to bring effects of healing.

It must be remembered though that while both types of doctors portray major differences, they only have one basic task in mind- to bring health to whoever lacks it and to improve health.


Homeopathic Herbs and Their Uses

There is more to homeopathy than what we described above. You can learn more about this type of medicine to get a better understanding of the mechanisms at work here.

Next, let’s discuss some of the herbs used as a part of that type of treatment.

Homeopathic medicines can be given in pill or liquid form depending on what is prescribed by the natural pharmacy.

They can also instruct you on dosage and frequency of use. They are recommended for treatment of minor ailments.

Arnica – This is also called “mountain daisy.” It is used to relieve pain after injuries like in sports and exercise.

Allium – Onion is a part of this family of plants. A common use for it is to help with common cold symptoms. As anyone who has cut an onion knows, it causes eye tearing and a runny nose.

Chamomile – It is soothing when steeped as a tea but also for relieving teething pain in children. It’s used with colicky babies as well.

St. John’s wort – Known to help improve mood, it can also be used for injuries and cuts that are accompanied by lots of sharp pains.

Nux vomica – It’s also known as “poison nut.” Works to relieve nausea and stomach complaints brought on by too much food and alcohol or a stomach bug.

Sepia – Assists with female menstrual issues.

Aconite – Used for treating shock, fever and maybe insomnia.

Apis – Used to treat insect stings on the body and resulting rashes and/or hives.

Herbs have been a part of medical treatment even before recorded history began.


Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

As we mentioned earlier more and more people are looking at herbal remedies, ones that can be used to improve their health and their homes.

Herbs for medicinal purposes are sometimes looked down on by members of the medical community.  However, there is more of a relationship between herbs and modern medicine than people know.

People all over the world have used herbs as well as berries, seeds, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers to treat everything from a cold to indigestion to abdominal pain.

Scientists aren’t sure exactly how herbs work. There are a variety of compounds found in plants and it can be hard to separate the active ingredients.

However, research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Once scientists learned to extract certain compounds from plants and create similar ones, plant use dropped off.

The herb remedies fell into hearsay but have been making resurgence within the medical community. People want to return to their roots – literally.


Popular Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses

Peppermint – It is great for candy but has several medicinal purposes as well. Leaves can be steeped in tea as a muscle relaxant, antispasmodic and antacid. The leaves can be used on the chest as an expectorant.

Calendula – This flower is used as a healing cream to fight inflammation. Use it to find relief from poison ivy.

Garlic – Tastes great on meats and in stews. Eat fresh cloves to help boost the immune system naturally as well as lowering blood cholesterol. Garlic is also an antibiotic.

Yarrow – This root can be used to stop bleeding externally. Also used as an antibiotic when ingested. Combine with lavender to repel insects.

Lavender – The purple flowers smell great. Used in essential oils to relieve headaches and stress. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used topically without burning or damaging the skin. This is used as an antibiotic and antifungal.

Chamomile – Steep the leaves in a tea as a sedative to help you sleep better. Also, chamomile is an anti-inflammatory.

Ginkgo biloba – We’ve all heard of this one for improving memory. It is used as well as a supplement to help fight the effects of free radicals in the body.

Echinacea – Known as the “immune booster,” it is used to help fight off the effects of a cold or a sore throat. When taking Echinacea, the duration of the cold is less.

Ginseng – Use this to boost the immune system.

Ginger – Eating fresh ginger root can help fight upset stomach and digestive problems. Try also in tea with a bit of honey.

Tea tree oil – Use this as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory.

Nettle – This is used to fight muscle spasms like menstrual cramps.

When using herbs for medicinal purposes make sure to check proper dosages used by herbalists for best results. Also, check with your doctor for any interactions with prescription meds.



Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.  These are:

  • Principle of similarities
  • Principle of minimal dose
  • Principle of singular remedy

Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

  • Research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Popular Homeopathic Herbs

  • Peppermint
  • Calendula
  • Garlic
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng
  • Ginger
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Nettle


– What are the things you know about homeopathy?

– What do you know about medicinal herbs?

– Have you tried taking some herbal homeopathic herbs?

– If so, what is your experience on taking them?

– What other homeopathic herbs do you know?



What Are The Uses Of Hypnosis?

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Are you familiar with the uses of hypnosis or what can hypnosis be used for? Hypnosis has many uses and has wide application.

You might be surprised at how much it can do and can contribute to your health and performance. Let’s check some of these.

You might be surprised at how much it can do and can contribute to your health and performance.

Let’s check some of these.

Weight Loss

In addition to eating right and exercising regularly, hypnosis is a powerful tool you can use in obtaining your weight loss goals.

For many people, their intentions are good, but they often lack the motivation needed to be successful when getting started. Here is how hypnosis can help:

Here is how hypnosis can help:

1. You will experience slow weight loss which is most healthy and longest lasting

2. You will learn healthy eating to keep weight off permanently

3. You will find new habits that you will enjoy, thanks to hypnosis, like exercise and healthy foods

4. You will have more positive self-image as a thin person which will help you lose weight

5. You will remove the stress associated with losing weight, causing you to eat less

6. Your view of the weight loss process will change from negative to positive

7. Your increased confidence will help you become a new person

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Why do people have weight problems? For various reasons, however, the most common reason is stress.

Most people are multi-tasking and trying to balance family and work.

The time crunch, coupled with the fact the many people eat comfort foods when stressed, means obesity and weight gain. Hypnosis can help.

Studies show that cortisol is a major player in the body’s response to stress. Stress signals hormones to stimulate the adrenal glands, which also activates pleasure seeking behaviors.

To many, eating comfort foods – those that are high carb, high fat, high sugar, and high in empty calories – is a pleasure seeking activity.

Hypnosis relaxes the stress drive, causing the brain to not crave comfort foods and overeating. Hypnosis is also used as a proactive tool to avoid overeating in the first place.

Hypnosis will help you achieve your weight loss goals by:

1. Helping your get, and stay, motivated

2. Change your food cravings from bad-for-you to healthy choices

3. Face cravings by “thinking thin.”

4. Ensuring that the subconscious doesn’t get in the way of your weight loss efforts

5. Helps you recognize the difference between true hunger and emotional eating.

Here are FREE hypnosis tracks for weight loss that you can use:

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Trick your Mind to Eat Healthy

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Improve Academic Performance

You can use hypnosis to turn poor grades into good ones. If the cause of difficulty in school is caused by your disinterest or dislike in it, hypnosis can help.

The suggestions given to your subconscious by a hypnotherapist will help you begin to enjoy learning and going to school each day, which will then impact your study habits.

Your grades will improve by your more focused attention, effort, and enjoyment that you will get from school.


Memory and Concentration Improvement

Also going hand-in-hand with helping you improve your educational experience, hypnosis will help you remember more and concentrate better.

There are a number of reasons why a person’s memory is compromised. Perhaps the lack of sleep, lack of food, stress, or aging has caused you to not be able to recall information as easily as before.

There are several points that are important when trying to improve your memory and concentration:

1. Heighten emotional states are typically times of easier concentration

2. You need to have the intention to remember

3. You need a real interest in the subject

4. Use imagery and repetition to create more favorable memory situations

5. Being relaxed is essential for recalling

6. You need to have self-confidence that you can have a strong memory

Hypnosis will help you sharpen your memory and improve your focus.  You will notice that your memory improves with the ability to remember more, more often.


Use Hypnosis to Bring Yourself Better Health

Hypnosis helps you listen to your body by listening to suggestions given to you while you are in a state of deep relaxation.  When you are deeply relaxed – as in hypnosis – your immune system is at its optimum.

Hypnosis also helps you sleep better. Sleep is essential for body rejuvenation and self-healing.

When your brain and body are able to reach a deep state of sleep, your immune system improves, and your health issues can begin to become less severe. Think of hypnosis as a break from feeling sick.

Not only that, hypnosis is often used for headaches. Migraines and tension headache sufferers use hypnosis to relax and reduce blood pressure.

With this, the blood vessels are not as constrained and the headaches diminish. Hypnosis helps headaches because:

– it relaxes you

– stress hormones are reduced

– concentration and memory are improved.

Hypnosis is used for other common health concerns. Teeth grinding can be eliminated through hypnosis. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also relieved through hypnosis.


Diabetes is more than just a biological problem.  In addition to troubled blood sugar levels, there is pricey medication, depression, and constant medical care. Hypnosis can help – especially with depression.

Studies have shown that high blood sugar levels lead to biochemical changes in the brain that cause depression.

Unfortunately, many doctors are still only treating the obvious symptoms of diabetes and ignoring depression. Nearly 46% of people with diabetes have some form of depression linked to the disease.

A two-pronged approach is best for diabetes. If medication is coupled with hypnosis, the disease’s entire impact on the mind and body will be treated.

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Eating Disorders

Bulimia and Anorexia are both deadly eating disorders that are treatable if the individual wants to be treated.

Both diseases involve a distorted body image when someone who is not overweight – and is many times dramatically underweight – thinks they are “fat.” These behavioral diseases are difficult to treat.

Behavioral treatments and medication are common for these two disorders, and hypnosis can help the mind change from thinking like a bulimic or anorexic, to a person that has a healthy body image and relationship with food.

Hypnosis can be used to reprogram the way a person thinks. A professional can use positive suggestions to change a bulimic’s or anorexic’s thought process in regards to eating and related behaviors.

Hypnosis is also used to find the root cause of the problem. Many times, eating disorders are caused by a person’s attempt to regain control in their life.

Sales Ability

Being successful in sales means that you need to have the right attitude and a strong belief system. Hypnosis is an excellent tool in helping you develop and build what you need to be an all-star salesperson.

One of the best parts about using hypnosis to improve sales ability is that the results are usually obvious right away.

Hypnosis will help you create a persona that will make people want to hear about what you are selling.  You will be able to develop the interpersonal skills you need to excel in sales.



Do you have trouble saying “no?” Do you avoid confrontation at all costs even if that means you have to compromise yourself to keep the peace?

Hypnosis can help people learn when it is appropriate to say no, and when you should add something new to your plate. You will learn to be confident, and turn a stress situation into a calming one, while still not agreeing to everything.


With anxiety, come the primal “fight or flight” reaction, rapid heart rate, tenseness, and nausea. Hypnosis can be used to reprogram the brain into knowing how to properly handle stressful situations.

It can also be used to develop more confidence, relaxation techniques, and coping skills for anxiety-inducing scenarios.

Hypnosis is also used in helping treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), after a traumatic event. Or perhaps there is anxiety over any number of phobias – hypnosis can help with that too.


Smoking Cessation and Discontinuing Tobacco Use

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things a smoker can do. However, it is of absolute importance for good health and longevity.

Hypnosis helps deal with the crankiness, weight gain concern, and helps you stop smoking once and for all.

Hypnotherapy can stimulate your motivation in the subconscious mind. This can be used to discontinue use of chewing tobacco, cigarettes or cigars.

A trained professional can help you through the power of suggestion to lose interest in tobacco altogether.

Pain Relief

Hypnosis provides welcome relief for people suffering from chronic pain. Pain relief is considered one of the most popular uses of hypnosis.

No matter if the pain is caused from an accident, Multiple Sclerosis or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, hypnosis will help your brain perceive the pain differently.

One of the main benefits of using this type of treatment is that you can avoid the many negative side effects of prescription painkillers, such as addiction.

Low Self-Esteem and Depression

Are you depressed or feeling low in self-worth? This is an increasingly serious problem: find out how hypnotherapy can help you create and build up feelings of self-worth and self-belief.

Overcome the hurts of the past and move on towards a more positive and hopeful future. You can move into a better future.

Panic Attacks

Do you ever feel as if you are losing control of yourself in everyday situations?

Have you ever been in the grip of frightening physical symptoms, like intense sweating, palpations, nausea, fainting?

Hypnotherapy can calm your nerves and get to the root of the problem – reducing or even releasing this terrifying anxiety.

Fears, Phobias & Flashbacks

Hypnotherapy can be most effective in releasing phobias -amongst the ones I am often asked to treat is the fear of traveling on the tube in London.

It can also deal with the effects of trauma, including flashbacks. Modern techniques can substantially reduce or even remove the symptoms in 2/3 sessions.

Post-Traumatic Stress

Have you have been the victim of a traumatic and frightening event?

Then you could be suffering the disabling effects of post-traumatic stress.

Nowadays there are techniques which have been seen to effectively and safely release the symptoms.

Hypnosis for Confidence

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. – Marcus Garvey

Before we embark upon the journey of instilling confidence in you through hypnotherapy, let’s understand the basics of low self-confidence.

The truth of the matter is that low self-confidence is often our doing, which ricochets back to us from other people.

Believe it or not, people even strangers can sense the low confidence levels in you; and this just triggers a similar feeling in them about you.

If you don’t trust yourself, why should anyone else trust you? The way we perceive ourselves directly affects the way others perceive us. A number of people lose out on great opportunities in life because of this.

From getting turned down in an interview to a failed marriage; from being laughed at in school to not getting enough responsibility at work, low confidence has the knack to seep into every corner of our lives.

Common examples of low self-confidence are – exam nerves, fear of public speaking, of being interviewed, of meeting new people, stage fright, and fear of being laughed at and so on.

General symptoms would include physical manifestations such as fidgeting, stuttering, shaking and sweating. However, low self-confidence is not just an “on the surface” problem, the reasons behind this could be a lot deeper.

From a stray incident in your childhood, to what someone once said about you, can create damaging impressions in your mind. Though Hypnosis for confidence you learn to get to the root of the problem.

Hypnotherapy teaches you to be more positive about yourself; it works towards creating a better self-image through training your subconscious mind to do away with the negative feelings.

It works on auto-suggestion and positive reinforcements…over a period of time, you will see the difference in yourself when your subconscious turns down any negative input about you. You will be more calm and composed, and ready to take on the world.

Someone once said that “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” It couldn’t be truer. Hypnotherapy lets you overcome your fears of new situations and people.

Hypnotherapy for confidence lets you be comfortable in your own skin and clear the clutter in your mind. It makes you love yourself. The power of your subconscious mind is something which has not been tapped.

More Usage of Hypnosis

There are some things hypnosis can help you do that might surprise or amaze you:

  1. Locate lost objects. If you were the one who put it away, or you witnessed it being put away, hypnosis might help. Even if the incident was years ago. Try it and see what happens.
  2. Enjoy foods you’ve avoided. Brussel sprouts are healthy, and whole-grain bread is better for you than white, nutritionists tell us. But what if you just don’t like the taste? A little hypnosis and you might change all that, though if your resistance persists, check for an allergy. Sometimes your body just “knows.”
  3. End cravings. The reverse of #2, this helps you turn down brownies, stop uncontrolled shopping, or even give up the boyfriend who keeps doin’ ya wrong.
  4. Enjoy public speaking. They call it a greater fear than death. Too bad. Being an effective speaker can boost your career in your company, your industry, and beyond. Once-reticent clients gasp at the changes in themselves—and the benefits they reap. If stopping smoking stops draining money, becoming a good speaker puts money in the bank.
  5. Exercise longer, stronger and more efficiently. Hypnosis can help your turn distaste for working out into a craving. Ask yourself: “What would exercising give me? What would it make possible in my life?” A talented hypnotherapist spins a powerful motivational story for your subconscious, making it all so desirable that you can’t wait to shop for running shoes.
  6. Attract your life partner. You think finding the person of your dreams is about mesmerizing her or her? Nope. Start with yourself. Hypnosis for confidence, sex appeal, or immediate rapport gives you a feeling you’ve never had before. And that sense of self is very appealing to others. Try it out.
  7. Get more done in less time. It’s not all about organizing your files or upgrading your technology. Productivity, effectiveness, and enjoying what you do all start in the mind. And specifically, in your subconscious mind.
  8. Relieve an itch. When is an itch not an itch? When it’s a habit. Keep scratching it and it feels itchier. And irritated. Irritated skin often itches (not to mention bleeds) so you’ve created a cycle. But you can tell your subconscious to disengage that phantom itching, allow your healing, and get back that healthy smoothness.


Other Uses for Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an excellent therapy for many other personal issues. It can help students keep focused and motivated to calmly approach learning in the best way possible.

Hypnosis is also great for attitude adjustments so that you have a better, more positive outlook on life.

When advancing your career, hypnosis can help with your written and verbal skills, concentration, professional behavior, tenacity, presentation, and decision-making abilities.

Hypnosis can help athletes get motivated for better performance. It can help you feel more relaxed and perform better when speaking in public.

And lastly, hypnosis is a wonderful way to tackle tough habits, like nail biting.



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Why Mindfulness Meditation Is Good In Improving Your Concentration?

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By looking around yourself, you will find that people are becoming busier with every passing day. Stress has become a compulsory part of life in this era. People have become so habitual of stress that, even they do not realize that stress is troubling their lives.

By starting mindfulness meditation, it actually brings many positive effects in an individual’s life. Mindfulness meditation is one of the simplest techniques, which a person can practice in a short period of time at any place.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is the simple technique of concentration on one’s breathing. This is not the surface level concentration, one need to develop deep concentration on breathing cycle and full absorption during that process.

This technique is suitable for persons who have difficulty in extracting extra time for meditation from their jam-packed routine. Sometimes, people find it difficult to concentrate on breathing.

Optimistic or pessimistic thoughts and feelings, noises, the things you see – everything around you, may it be a distraction or not should be received as you do mindfulness meditation.

You are not to exclude anything with this type of meditation.

All you need to do is sit down in peace and perceive any past or present events and feel any emotions you might encounter in the course of meditating.

Posture Talk

Posture is important in mindfulness meditation so that energy will flow better.

A comfortable seating position should be selected; it does not matter whether it is lotus, Burmese or Seiza positions.

Let your hands rest on top of your thighs. The palms of your hand should be on a downward position.

The Meditation Process

Once you have assumed a comfortable seating position, you are now ready to undertake the mindfulness meditation wherein you need to become aware of the current moment.

You should experience what is happening right now at this very moment where you would welcome yet slowly dissolve the fear, rage, qualms, and reservations in life.

Mindfulness meditation teaches you to be conscious of what is happening in your life as well as your environment.

It lets you witness the good and the bad events. Most importantly, it lets you respond in a positive way to the matters you have become aware of.

In this way, experts have broken down this breathing technique into different stages. The basic purpose of dividing this whole technique into different stages is to make perfect every step and getting absorb in the process.

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Stages of Mindfulness Meditation

We have seen that the purpose of breaking mindfulness meditation is to make every stage easier. Now, I will describe different stages of mindfulness meditation.

There are four stages. It is not necessary to follow these stages, as it is. One can use his own creativity to bring peace of mind for himself. These stages are as follow:

First Stage:

In the first stage, we have to concentrate on our breathing. The important thing on this stage is to get awareness with your breathing process.

In order to bring this awareness, we will count our breaths. You will count one after inhaling and exhaling the breath. In this way, you will count till ten, and then afterward you will start counting from one.

There will be many things during this process, which will divert your attention from your breathing process. Once distracted, you will have to start counting from one. If you are able to maintain your attention while counting from one to ten, you can move successfully to the second stage of the technique.

Second Stage:

You have noticed in the first stage that, we were counting one after completion of one breathing cycle. During the second stage, we concentrate n the start of the breathing.

It means that you will say “one” and then take a breath. You have to practice this sequence until you become habitual of this sequence. After this, we will move toward the third stage.

Third Stage:

In this stage, we will stop counting while taking a breath. The purpose of the breathing was to bring attention towards the breathing process and absorb attention into breathing system. Now, one has to sit quietly and concentrate on his breaths, without counting them.

In his stage, one has to attend the other parts which are involved in breathing system. Such as, one has to attend the movements of ribs and abdomen.

Fourth Stage:

When we will reach the fourth stage, we will have a sound experience of maintaining the focus and our attention, so that we will not be distracted by surrounding things.

In this stage, we have to concentrate on a single part of our respiratory system, which is involved in inhaling and exhaling of breaths. This is a subjective experience.

For example, I think that this particular part is nose while anyone else consider throat as a basic point for inhaling and exhaling the breaths. In this way, you need to concentrate on a single point.

In this way, we will complete our meditation session. The basic thing to remember is to take five minutes break before starting your routine chores. The reason for this is that the mind is in a quiet state and it will be shocked if you take it to hustle and bustle of the world at once.

This is the easiest form of meditation, which you can practice whenever you are feeling hectic due to the huge workload at your workplace.

A Simple Mindfulness Meditation Exercise

Creating a mindfulness meditation is a gentle but powerful exercise.

As with any meditation session, you need to get into a relaxed and comfortable position, eyes closed, and then commence with deep nasal breathing, focusing your thoughts on the breathing to ease yourself into a meditative state.

Once you feel that you are calmed by your breathing and that your breath is under your rhythmic control, then you can move on to focusing on your own body, a part at a time.

Concentrate first of all on the left foot, focusing on it from a position above ourselves. Then move up the body slowly, left ankle, knee, thigh and so on.

When reaching your head, you then do the same in reverse on the other side of the body: right shoulder, right elbow, right hand and so on.

Once you have completed your tour of your own body, as if you were someone else examining it, then it is time to open your eyes and increase your mindfulness of your surroundings.

To do this, focus on any object in the room. It does not have to be anything special: a cup on the coffee table, a vase, a plastic flower, anything.

Try to maintain that focus for half a minute, and then move on to any other object.

You can repeat this several times, always maintaining a focus on your own body and your own breathing, creating a triple harmony with each object on which you focus.

By using this simple mindfulness meditation you are increasing awareness both of yourself and your surroundings, in a very gentle and easy way.

It can serve as a prelude to some mental task, as well as being part of an ongoing mindfulness campaign to strengthen and expand the use of your own mind.

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What Are The Health Advantages Of Meditation?

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You’ve likely heard about the health benefits of yoga in improving mental and physical health and improving flexibility, and you might assume that meditation is the same thing.

Although meditation can certainly be incorporated into yoga, it is an entirely different practice.

How Meditation Works

Meditation involves stopping your mind while maintaining a state of awareness. It is much more than sitting and concentrating in a quiet area for a designated amount of time.

It involves clearing your mind of all thoughts, achieving a deep inward peace, and maintaining alertness in the process.

People often use certain postures, breathing techniques, and even chants to help facilitate the process, but these are not required, and they are not the act of meditation itself, just support Tools.

As a beginner, you should take a meditation class or a yoga class that heavily emphasizes meditation. Or you can also invest in a video that introduces you to the concept of meditation and teaches you various techniques for facilitating the process.

It is not as easy as you may think. Achieving a profound, deep sense of self, a “thoughtless alertness,” requires guidance at first.

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Specific Ways That Meditation Improves Health

Not only is meditation one of the very best ways to reduce stress, which is linked to a whole host of health issues and according to the Benson-Henry Institute, 60 to 90% of doctor visits are for conditions that are caused by stress, but Harvard University researchers conducted a study that connects deep relaxation to genetic changes in the body.

They found that “disease-fighting genes” are more active in people who regularly practice meditation, compared with people in the control group.

These genes protect the body against a number of health issues, including:

– Heart Disease

– Asthma

– Infertility

– Arthritis

– Various skin conditions

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Meditation even helps to boost immunity, and studies show that cancer patients have recovered more effectively due to meditation and are less at risk of developing another tumor.

The benefits of meditation in stress reduction cannot be overstated.

Meditation makes the body less responsive to stress hormones, which lowers blood pressure, improves blood circulation, improves digestion and immunity, and establishes emotional and neurological “balance.”

How does this work exactly?

It largely comes down to hormones. Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin increase blood pressure and heart rate, while “feel good” chemicals such as serotonin, which are released in a state of relaxation, work to repair cells.

You might be ecstatic to know that meditation also helps your brain in aging, concentration, attention, and more.

More Health Boosting Benefits Of Meditation

arrow2According to the Benson-Henry Institute, Chronic pain patients reduce their physician visits by 36% when they practice regular meditation

arrow2Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association, reported in their 2012 issue that a 5 year study on patients who had coronary heart disease found a 48% reduction in deaths, heart attacks, and strokes in those subjects who regularly practiced Transcendental Meditation versus those who did not.

arrow2An analysis of a controlled trial, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on October 2013 reported the significantly greater effect of Transcendental Meditation in reducing anxiety over conventional medical treatments and other forms of meditation and relaxation practices.

arrow2According to Behavioral Medicine, Volume 16, a 50% reduction in visits to HMO doctors was found when a relaxation-response based practice, like meditation, is used.

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How To Incorporate Meditation Into Your Life

Here are ideas for incorporating meditation into your own life.

Beginners should focus on numbers 1 and 2, and over time experiment with the other ideas.

1. Participate In A Group Class.

You may be able to find a class in your community specifically dedicated to meditation, but due to popular culture, it may be easier to find a yoga class that heavily focuses on meditation, such as Kundalini Yoga or Ananda Yoga.

Many people prefer taking these classes long-term as opposed to meditating by themselves because the group setting helps them to better focus or because they enjoy the sense of community.

2. Use A Video To Guide Your Meditation.

Some meditation videos can be found for free online, such as through YouTube, or you can order a professional DVD or online subscription.

If you prefer a mix of yoga and meditation, the best types of yoga to focus on include Kundalini, Ananda, Jivamukti, and Integral.

3. Devote 20+ Minutes In The Morning Or Evening.

Research shows that just 20 minutes of consistent meditation sessions can have tremendous health benefits. Make time before your day starts or before you go to bed to meditate. Some people find that their minds are clearer at these times.

4. Use Free Time To Meditate In Nature.

Many people find that sitting in nature – under a tree, on top of a mountain, or in a quiet place in the sunshine – helps them to facilitate the meditation process. It’s also a great way to get outside for Vitamin D.

5. Meditate While At Work.

This is certainly the most difficult way to meditate because distractions at work can interrupt the process, but many people have been able to achieve a state of meditation while performing job duties. Talk about being dedicated to the cause!

Everyone is different. Experiment with different ways of meditating to see what you like and what comes easiest for you.

Likewise, try experimenting at different times of the day and for different periods of time, but aim for at least 20 minutes to reap the most benefit. The health effects on your body are well worth the effort!

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What Are The Easy Steps To Meditate For The Peace Of Mind?

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Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, peace, quiet, and calm.

All counter stress and tension.  Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening The Buddha Within says, “Meditation is not just something to do. It’s a method of being and seeing – an unconditional way of living moment by moment.

In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have.

Henry Winkler is quoted as saying; “A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.”

Meditation is an opportunity to ‘shake hands with ourselves’ in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

It takes many forms in today’s society.  All have one thing in common.  They use concentration techniques to still the mind and stop thought.

Many experts agree that meditation is an invaluable tool for relaxation. It has many health benefits. It wards off the physical damage caused by stress, boosts your immune function and basically helps relaxes your body.

However, meditation is one of the most widely practiced stress management technique worldwide. There are many benefits that you can derive from meditating.

So let’s look at some of the benefits that meditation has to offer.


Meditation helps you control your own thoughts.

Man has conquered space and Mount Everest. But the most difficult thing to conquer is your own mind. Even the greatest minds on Earth are not able to control their thoughts.

Look at Van Gogh. He succumbed to his thoughts and committed suicide. They are not able to reject their negative thoughts and focus on the positive.

However, the art of meditation teaches that not only that you can control your own thoughts, you can also reject your negative thoughts.

Through meditation, you will be able to create the peace of mind that you always wanted.

Meditation also teaches detachment.

It is easy to get annoyed by all the little things in life. It may be the jam to work in the morning, the rude lady that cut your queue.

Every little small thing may annoy you. No matter how you try and avoid these problems, they will also keep appearing and we need to get used to doing that.

Meditation will help you develop detachment and also keep your mind in perspective. Through meditation, you will be able to detach yourself from all these irritating little nuisances.

Meditation also helps you discover the purpose of life.

If you are feeling empty inside, meditation allows you the time that you need to examine yourself inwardly and helps you gain a greater understanding of life.

You will start to be relaxed and you will be able to view your life from a whole different perspective.

Lastly, meditation leads to happiness and peace of mind. As we have pointed out before, it helps you control your thoughts. So it is out with the negative thoughts and in with the positive energy.

It detaches you from little petty problems and also helps you discover the purpose of life. So try meditating today to live a better life tomorrow.


How to Meditate?

So how do you start meditating? Here are a few simple steps on how to learn to meditate.

First, choose the time and place.

You need to set a time each day for meditation. It may be the start of the day or it may be the end of the day.

It is recommended that you meditate at the start of the day because that is the time of the day when you are least tired and your mind is still fresh.

However, it is really up to you. After you have allocated a time to meditate, you need to set a place for you to meditate in. Preferably it is somewhere that is calming and relaxing and away from all noise and distraction.

You need to be away from the television set, or any house phone and mobile phones. You could also put on some gentle, calming music that is repetitive and gentle. This will create an environment that is relaxing for you.

Second, relax your whole body. Sit with your back straight.

It does not have to be in any particular position. The most important part is to remember that your back must be straight. This will help with your breathing later on.

Third, remember you control your own thoughts and not the other way round.

Reject all the negative thoughts and try to empty your mind. You need to be patient. Don’t expect that you’ll be able to successfully silence your mind on your first try.

If you were told to not think of a pink elephant, your mind will straight away think of a pink elephant. That is how difficult it is. Remember to be patient.

Fourth, try to concentrate on something.

It will be difficult to control your thoughts with just your inner mind alone. So try an easier way first.

Choose something to focus your attention on. It may be a simple mantra or you could be concentrating on a flower or a candle. You could also try listening to your heart beat and try to focus on that.

Once you are able to focus, you can now focus on silencing your mind. Remember, be patient and you too will soon be able to enjoy the benefits that meditation

Guided Meditation to Reduce Stress

Meditation is an anti-stress antidote. It is a means of attaining calm and tranquility.

Ordinary people who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles and through meditation be better equipped to deal with the everyday stresses they face.

One of the ways that meditation benefits practitioners is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables the person to focus and attends to one thought or object.

The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. It also involves problems the world has an offer. Meditation succeeds where other approaches fail.

When the human body is subjected to either psychological or physical stresses, there are physical changes that occur that negatively impact the body.

The fight-or-flight response kicks in. This is the body’s way of preparing the person to “survive” the situation.

This physiologic response can be harmful when the stress is applied continuously, like what happens to people who live a stressful lifestyle.

It is therefore not surprising that the incidence of heart disease, hypertension, and other diseases due in part to stress is increasing in modern society.

Western medicine is successful in alleviating these conditions and improving the quality of life, but only to a certain degree.

Moreover, some people are looking for other ways, or alternative approaches to help them deal with stress and make themselves much more capable of dealing with any situation that arises without kicking into high gear all the time.

Scientific studies have shown that meditation has the opposite effect as the fight-or-flight response.

Based on research, the following are the physiological effects of meditation: lowered muscle tension, decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as lowered oxygen consumption. These effects are proven to be very good for the body.

To avoid stress build-ups, you can try meditation. Besides it being cool to do, you can obtain an immediate calming effect regardless of your meditation posture. In this manner, you can reduce your stress.

1. Practicing your breathing is the first process you should learn. If you observe that stress is starting to disturb you, just do a couple of light breathing. Concentrate on your breathing quality. Make sure that it’s light and still. Then slowly breathe deeper.

2. The next step is to balance your posture and make it even, head up and back straight. Most people who are stressed out often do a slouching posture while frowning.

3. Clear your thoughts. Start to imagine that you are swimming in relaxing waves. Feel the flowing waves in your consciousness that is taking away all you stress and anxiety. Make sure your body receives the constant flow of the waves.

4. Acknowledge your stress and review its root causes. This is a very important step. Denying stress in the meditation process is not good. Clearly, speak to your mind that the stress is true but you have the capacity to handle it by thinking straight and finding ways to deal and cope up with it immediately.

5. Repeat this statement during your meditation process for at least ten minutes or more. Then take control of your stress totally. Think of the person who caused you such stress and made you out of control. Control your mind and remove the stress from it.

6. Finally, concentrate on a decision that you have the right to a peaceful and free mind and nobody can say or do anything against this right, as you end the meditation process. Every time you need meditation just dictates this decision to your mind.

These steps can do something to change your outlook whenever stress disturbs you. Never be afraid to try, just believe in the benefits that it will give you in the end.

Practicing meditation is  an effective approach to promoting emotional balance as well as overall good health. Experts today recommend it as a way to deal with stress and to lessen the symptoms of some body ailments.


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What Are The Solutions To Some Hindrances To Meditation?

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What could be some obstacles during meditation and solutions to effectively push through your meditation? Nothing in this world is without effort.

When we want to attain our goals, we face many hindrances and obstacles in our way. Spirit and will power must be used to remove these obstacles from your way, or to mold these hurdles in your favor.

Sometimes, people are hyperactive and anxious in nature. Some anxious people withdraw because of their negative attributes while some people use their negative energies to gain positive goals, and use their hyperactivity and anxiousness in creativity.

Meditation is the process of attaining peace in life. If you will withdraw in the face of hurdles, you will not be able to attain your goals like peace and harmony.

Here are some hindrances which can come in the way of meditation.

Habitual Distraction of Mind

It is the habit of our mind that it keeps on thinking the things that are desirable for him. Our mind wants pleasure seeking, and it becomes difficult for it to calm down and concentrate on one object.

Ill Feelings

People may confront with bad feeling during their meditation sessions. These feelings can be due to the new physical postures because the body is not used to for such positions.

Sometimes, it happens that while developing concentration during meditation, we begin to concentrate on undesirable people and things. These things make us leave our meditation session.


Restlessness or unsteadiness is the thing that comes during meditation sessions when we are trying to concentrate our mind on one thing.

This type of concentration produces a large amount of mental energy. This mental energy then converts itself into physical energies.

By doing this, it becomes very difficult for a beginner to even preserve his posture during the session.


It is another thing which works as a barrier during the meditation session. Slothfulness refers to fatigue or slowness. Many things can induce this tiredness in you, for example, a long hectic day.

When you will start meditation after a hectic day, or with many tensions in mind, you will not be able to concentrate in meditation.

It is important to free your mind before practicing meditation. Another thing is that, when people start meditation session after a long hectic day, they find much pleasure in sitting and emptying their minds.

Instead, they focus their minds on more complex practice, they choose to leave their sessions or go to sleep.


It can be harmful during the meditation session. Try to convince yourself before indulging in meditation. If you don’t think that it will help you in any way then be sure that, it is not going to help you.

If you are not convinced of the power of meditation, you will find it less enjoyable, and it will be more likely that you quit it at an early stage.

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Solutions For Hindrances During Meditation

We have discussed five major obstacles that can prevent any person from attaining goals during meditation.

Many people believe that there is no problem which exists without a solution on this earth. With this, experts have suggested some solutions for these sorts of problems.

The important thing for getting a solution for your problem is your awareness for your problem. One should know that what kind of problem he is experiencing. Only in this way, one will be able to find the correct solution of the problem.

These solutions are as follow.

Solution for Habitual Distraction of Mind

As we have seen that different desires can divert us during the meditation session, one can bring his attention back to meditation.

Experts suggest that in such a situation, a person should concentrate on his breathing. This could help in concentrating on meditation steadily and unconsciously.

Solution for Ill Feelings

Being kind is the perfect solution for eliminating ill feelings. Whenever feelings of hatred and aggressive comes in your mind, try to calm down yourself, take a break and try to change ill feelings with healthy feelings.

You need to think about the pleasant things during this procedure. The best and practical thing is to be kind to you.

Kindness with your own self is essential because ill feelings are most damaging for your own mind and health.

Once you begin to take care of yourself, you will not destroy yourself with negative feelings, and it will also produce positivity in your attitude.

Solution for Restlessness

One can eliminate the feelings of restlessness through concentrating on lower parts of the body.

One should notice the breaths are coming into the abdomen. This deep breathing will develop one’s concentration slowly.

Another thing which one should adopt during restlessness is self-instruction. Saying “calm down” with every breath can be helpful, as well.

This self-instruction has great importance in Psychology, where clinicians teach self-instruction to individuals with anxiety in order to slow them down.

Solution for Slothfulness

Illumination or bright light is the best solution for the problem of slothfulness or tiredness.

Experts have recommended that one should focus on senses coming from your upper part of the body if he wants to reduce tiredness.

Another thing is that one should concentrate on any bright object if feeling tired. If you want to close your eyes, there should be enough light in the room that you can feel even with closed eyes.

Otherwise, on should conduct meditation session with open eyes because dark or dim light produces depression in individuals.

Solution for Doubts

The best thing to eliminate a doubt is to enhance your knowledge about the issue. If you are fully aware of the effects of meditation, then you will be less doubtful about its effects.

Another thing to reduce doubts is to experience doubted thing. Be dedicated to meditation for some sessions, and you need to carry on with that further if you find it useful.

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Other Techniques

There are some other techniques that one can try during meditation. I will discuss all of them briefly.


Sometimes, it is useful to concentrate on obstacles and their outcomes. Minor obstacles will be lightening away through this method.


If one comes to know about an obstacle, one should stop there for some time. One should let these situations go.

Hopefully, these momentary situations will pass away soon. One should not practice detachment during the condition of tardiness otherwise, the person with become more tired than before the exercise session.


If the obstruction is firm, and previously prescribed methods are not working over it then, one should try to push them softly. In this way, they will not be able to disturb you for a longer period of time.

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If you find that no method is useful for breaking your barrier, then you should wisely wind up the session and realize that your mental condition is not compatible with meditation that time.

Don’t think that all your effort during the session has come to nothing, because there is a series of sessions during meditation, and experiences during the current session will give confidence for the upcoming sessions to be taken effectively.


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Discover The Basics Of Meditation

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What do you know about meditation? Let us find out some meanings, history and relationship of meditation to our body.

There are various definitions and explanations of Meditation. People use different techniques to achieve different goals through meditation.

History remains unable to locate the person, who first started meditation to attain self-integrity and peace of mind.

Word’s History

 The word “Meditation” means to think, to think about something or to consider something. Later, people started using this word with reference to spiritual practices followed by the Eastern world.

Buddhists use word “dhyana” which is equivalent to meditation. Meditation is basically the word, which is used in modern English. Previously, it was used with different names.

Now, it has been confirmed that meditation is equivalent to the Christian term “Contemplation” in its meaning and perspectives.

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Various Definitions of Meditation

There is not any single definition of meditation. Several personalities have elaborated the meanings of meditation with their own perspectives.

We will look at some widely used definitions of meditation:

check4Some scholars define meditation as steady thought and consideration. This is the most basic and quite open definition of meditation.

This definition presents only one thing that one has to think about something, but this definition does not tell on which object one should concentrate? Usually, teachers ask students to concentrate on their studies. Is it really meditation?

check4According to the second type of definition, meditation is a pious religious or spiritual thought.

This definition also limits the meaning of meditation by connecting it to only religious thoughts. Other thoughts and ideas are discarded in this way.

check4Meditation is a process of continuously thinking upon a specific idea, verse or object. This concentration is equivalent to the process in which cattle chews cud endlessly.

check4Some definitions consider daydreaming as meditation, but there is much controversy exists in taking it as meditation.

Daydreaming cannot be called as meditation because it is usually a conscious process. Moreover, it does not give the same spiritual and healing effects which are attached with meditation.

Overall, meditation is an internal practice of a person which takes several forms. It mainly changes the mind of an individual, which brings peace to the mind and gives relief from mental stresses.

Meditation may mean two different things to two people, depending on where and how they learned to meditate.

Meanwhile, the primary purpose of meditation is shared by the many different approaches, and that is attaining a higher level of consciousness.

This altered state is a means of transforming and changing the mind such that it becomes calm and focused all the time.


Origin of Meditation

Finding the origin of meditation may be quite difficult. Meditation is deep rooted in Asia, and countries like China, India and Japan are practicing it for thousands of years.  Tribes in South India had developed Tantric Meditation about 15 thousand years back.

Tantric meditation was in common use those days. So, we can put forward that concept of meditation emerged from Asia and took various forms in all over the world.

Other views about the origin of meditation claim that it originated from the human being’s curiosity for the purpose of men, purpose of the universe and to find God by looking inside the self to realize the nature and its existence.

Historical Perspectives of Meditation

All historians have consensus over the points that, meditation has evolved during unknown ancient times and it was not practiced in such a way in which it is practiced today.

Taoists started practicing meditation during 500 to 600 BC. Buddhists also started using meditation in the same era.

In history, Buddha is one of the greatest promoters of meditation. He was the one to teach meditation in Asia during 500 BC.

Buddha has introduced the basic forms of meditation, and all the world adapted and transformed these meditation techniques according to their needs and purposes.

An important point to note here is that Eastern countries were the origin of meditation and getting relief through various meditation techniques. West had adopted this culture from East.

During 20th century, Western researchers conducted researches on meditation and came to know about its physical and psychological benefits. Since then, they are using meditation as a widespread practice in their culture.

Western population widely practiced meditation for peace of mind and to get relief from daily life stresses. Nowadays, a downfall has been observed in practices of meditation, and the reason is a lack of time.

Nevertheless, in your own little way and your own little time you can enjoy the moments and benefits of meditation.

Link Between Meditation And Your Body

When we experience stress every day, it causes physical damage to our body. Meditation could be the answer to this problem.

Meditation affects the body in the opposite way that stress does. Not only it calms down the body, it helps the body to repair itself and prevents new damages to the body too.

So what is the link between meditation and your body?

Meditation can reverse your stress response and thus protect you from the effects of chronic stress.

According to a research which compared a meditating group to a non-meditating group, they found that non-meditating group has worse stress responses such as high blood pressure, pain syndromes and other conditions compared to the meditating group.

Experts have said that any condition caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation.

When you are meditating, you are actually relaxing your body. This helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure and it also improves heart rate, breathing and brain waves.

You start using oxygen more efficiently and you also sweat less. When you do it daily, your immune functions starts improving. Once your mind is cleared of its stress, your creativity also increases.

In people who are meditating, brain scans have shown that there is an increase in activity in areas that control metabolism and heart rate. Buddhist monks have shown that meditation produces long-lasting changes in brain activity areas involved in memory, attention, learning, and perception.

Meditation also helps ward off illness and infections. It is an immune booster. When you are relaxed, you are less prone to suffering infectious disease.

Whereas for stressed people, their bodies are already physical damaged and their immune function is already low, so it does not take much to get them sick.

Ways to Meditate

Meditation is easier said than done. There are some who devote their time to studying this practice. Still, many of the techniques require very little in terms of materials and resources.

For instance, in techniques that is aimed at focusing one’s attention, the only requirement is a quiet place and an object that the person can pay attention to.

The latter may even not be necessary if the practitioner chooses to focus instead on a mantra or his own breathing pattern.

There are two other important elements of meditation, and these are universal requirements no matter which technique is to be performed.

First of all, the setting must be as quiet as possible, especially for those who are just starting out.

A quiet setting does not only refer to the ambient noise, but also to a lack of distractions such as modern gadgets, television, and reading materials.

In terms of body position, the familiar lotus position, which requires that person be comfortably seated, is the most popular body posture that is associated with meditation.

However, meditation may also be performed while lying down in a supine or even when walking.

As a person develops skill in entering the meditative state, he or she can meditate while on the move or in noisy and highly stressful environments.

Practicing meditation regularly allows a person to “escape” the chaos of traffic, a long line at the grocery store, or an all-day meeting.

The key to meditation is for the person to find a level of physical comfort which allows him to direct his mind toward the task at hand.

Meditation and Breathing

Breathing plays an important role in meditative practice. In fact, mastering a specific breathing pattern is central to the correct performance of many meditation techniques.

The objective of the slow, deep, and diaphragmatic breathing pattern that is taught to meditation novices is to improve breathing efficiency by promoting the use of the diaphragm.

The diaphragm is the primary muscle of respiration and using it is the most effective way to breathe, bringing an adequate amount of oxygen to all the cells of the body.  This part of meditation is said to heal.

Most people are unaware that their breathing pattern is not relaxed and efficient. Instead of the diaphragm, they are mostly using muscles of the shoulders, neck, ribs to breathe, which are accessory muscles of respiration.

The process is not that hard to master. There are classes that are being offered that can help in mastering the proper techniques of breathing.

Although meditation is a little difficult to start, it is not difficult to learn. All you need is practice. Over time, you will be able to meditate properly and to clear your mind, you too will be able to enjoy the benefits that meditation has to offer.


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What You Should Know About Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy?

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What do we know about hypnosis? Hypnosis has been used for centuries as a treatment for pain relief that is both chronic and during operations. Today, its use expands beyond just relief from pain to many other uses.

There is, however, much controversy over the use of hypnosis in the medical world, even though repeated laboratory studies have shown hypnosis to be a valid and useful treatment.

Hypnosis: Inside and Out

Hypnosis is often used in place of harmful prescription medication to treat a wide variety of ailments.

But what is hypnosis used to treat? The practice of hypnosis is called “hypnotherapy”, and is used either as a solitary treatment or in conjunction with other treatments.

Hypnotherapy is practiced by a trained licensed professional hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is often used to treat the symptoms associated with emotional, behavioral, habitual, social, and medical issues.

Hypnosis can help people deal with:

 – Labor and childbirth

 – Irritable Bowl Syndrome discomfort

 – Post-op surgery bleeding and pain

 – Dental treatment recovery

 – Migraine headaches

 – Chemotherapy nausea/vomiting

 – Weak immune systems

 – High blood pressure

 – Skin diseases

 – Asthma

 – Negative behaviors like eating disorders, smoking, drug use, bedwetting

 – Anxiety disorders, stress

 – Atopic and psoriasis dermatitis

 – Phobias


Hypnosis is used to help relax a person, allowing them to become much more relaxed and comfortable.

For example, a person with chronic pain will reach a new level of relaxation after a hypnotherapy treatment.

This new state of relaxation will help them fight depression, avoid problems at work and home, and help them better cope with the pain overall.

Hypnosis works better for some people than for others. It is essential that the participant is motivated for the treatment to work.

It is also key to the success of hypnotherapy for the individual to be ready to take on the suggestions that come out of the session.

With hypnosis, there are options.  Which technique should you choose? This depends on your personal preferences, and what you want to accomplish.

A consultation with a trained hypnotherapist will help you determine the technique that is best for you.

A Brief History of Hypnosis

In one form or another, hypnosis has existed since the beginning of time. For example, animals that hibernate are practicing one type of hypnosis.

They are practicing self-hypnosis by closing down their bodies while allowing their mind and physical being to renew.

The use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool is as old as man himself. As far as can be traced back through time, we can find records of hypnosis being used to heal and to make the change.

Hypnosis has been used under many different names down through the centuries and the use of hypnosis for healing can be traced back to around 3000 BC in Egypt.

Both the new and old testaments of the Bible speak of what could be deemed to be hypnosis and the ancient Greeks and Romans had sleep temples where those who were seeking healing would be put into a trance-like sleep. Their dreams would be interpreted by the priests.

By rhythmic drumming and monotonous chanting together with eye fixation, the Shaman of today can still produce catalepsy of the body and this helps to give the shaman the appearance of having magical powers just as they have done for centuries.

Much of what has been done in the past by the village witchdoctor, shaman or wise woman, can be attributed to the fostering of a strong belief, conviction, expectation and imagination in the one being healed, and the chanting and singing often takes the form of what we would term as a suggestion.

After all, if the most powerful and magic person you know tells you will become well, you are very likely to do just that.

Of course, in many cases where such an individual administered to a sick person, they would have recovered eventually anyway and this intervention just speeds up the healing process.

It has long been believed by many healers that body, thoughts, and emotions can influence one another. Therefore it is possible to influence a physical sickness by working on and realizing particular emotions and by changing thoughts and behavioral patterns.

The Romans said ‘MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO’, healthy mind in healthy body.

This saying seems to confirm that for many centuries it has been believed that physical and emotional well-being have an effect on one another.

To put this in perspective only has to consider how our health declines after periods of stress or as a consequence of radical events.

Prior to the 1400’s, when a person was sick it was thought to be intentionally caused by the gods as punishment for mortal man.

The healers of the time would have rituals that involved an altered state of mind, either in the sick person or the healer.

Every ritual was different, but they typically involved natural remedies from the rainforest, fire, music, and chanting.

A common thread in these treatments is that the ill person would be trying to reach a mental place where the mind would take over the body. This would begin the process of body healing.

By believing they were being healed, the power of the mind was unleashed.

The division between body and mind in medicine is something that only took place around 1750, with the scientific developments from Newton.

Since then the mind and spirit have been considered to be under the jurisdiction of the church and the body under the jurisdiction of science.

This is also the reason why all other kinds of medicine see the human being as a whole consisting of body, mind and soul.

Traumatic experiences are not only stored on an emotional level but also on the physical level. The emotional charge of the different traumas can influence our immune system and health conditions.

Through processing old traumas and the emotional charges that are connected to a certain sickness it is possible to find resources inside of us that could help us start the healing process.

Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer (1734 – 1815) in the 18th Century. Mesmer was a medical graduate from the famed medical school of Vienna and after studying as a Jesuit priest, he became interested in magnetism.

Mesmer became Europe’s foremost expert at magnetic healing, where magnets where passed over the body to effect a healing. His results were fabulous and so he became very famous.

Mesmer believed all living things contained a kind of magnetic ‘fluid’ and if a person had enough of this fluid, they would be healthy. This is where the term ‘Animal Magnetism’ comes from.

Mesmer forgot his magnets one day and so just made passes over the patient with his hands and was surprised to find that they got better. From there on, he thought he had sufficient magnetic fluid in himself to affect the cures.

James Braid (1795-1860) coined the terms ‘hypnotism’ and ‘hypnosis, in 1843. He was a Scottish surgeon working in Manchester.

He found that some people could go into a trance if their eyes were fixated on a bright object like a pocket watch for instance.

He believed that a neurological process was involved and that the process could be very useful when no organic origin could be found for a person’s disorder.

James Esdaile (1808-1859) another Scottish surgeon working in India would use ey fixation to prepare a patient for surgery and slow sweeping motions, putting them into a deep hypnotic sleep, causing full amnesia throughout the body.

James Braid and James Esdaile were among the first who could be called ‘scientific’ in their research and use of hypnosis.

These pioneers removed hypnosis from the realms of ‘mysticism’ and started experimenting with what could really be done with it to help people with their disorders.

Other scientific pioneers include Liebeault, Bernheim, Brewer, and Freud. Unfortunately, the great man himself, Freud, was responsible for hypnotherapy being shelved by many for some time when he abandoned its use.

Amongst those individuals who have been fundamental to the current view of hypnosis are Milton Erikson, Ormond McGill, Charles Tebbetts and Dave Elman.

Ormond McGill was, it is true a stage hypnotist, but he preserved the public interest in hypnosis, but then the great Charles Tebbetts was involved in stage hypnosis in the early part of his career.

But these were different times to those we live in today and the stage hypnosis would prove to engender a desire to know more about this curious art and therefore bring many of the people who moved the therapeutic use of hypnotherapy forward through the last (20th) century.

Dave Elman brought some measure of acceptance to hypnosis from the medical profession in the USA when the Council on Medical health of the American Medical Association accepted the use of hypnotherapy in 1958.

Probably the most important contributor to the acceptance of hypnotherapy as both an art and a science was the grandfather of hypnotherapy – Dr. Milton Erikson.

Dr. Erikson was a psychiatrist and hypnotherapist with outstanding professional credentials and because of his solid medical background he had credibility within the medical profession.

Other people worthy of note for their contribution to the advancement of hypnotherapy as a healing art and as a science in the 20th century are: Rosen, Abramson, Menninger, Shenek, Magonet, Wolberg, LeCron, Bordeaux, Wetzenhoffer, Erwin, and Simonton, who continues to do amazing things with cancer patients using mental imagery and focusing on beliefs and belief systems amongst other things.

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Hypnosis: What Is It?

People tend to either fully believe in hypnosis – or they do not. Rightfully, before you can claim to not believe in hypnosis, you need to fully understand what it is, and what it is not.

There is a lot of misinformation out there on the topic of hypnosis. People think that they have to give up all control of themselves when being hypnotized. That is not true. You retain complete control of yourself.

Hypnosis is a normal, natural state of mind that is achieved by many in everyday activities.

For example, remember the last time you were engaged in a good book? That relaxed, focused mind-body connection is similar to hypnosis.

Add a trained, professional guide that offers suggestions, and you have a snapshot of a hypnosis session.

When you are hypnotized, your mind is still in control.  You remain in the hypnotized state because you want to be there.

The power of your mind is being used in hypnotherapy, facilitated by the guide.  A seasoned professional can lead the trance a specific way, which is helpful when trying to pinpoint a specific problem.

Think of hypnosis as a type of meditation – only with a guide. Because of the training and experience of the hypnotherapist, often the results are better than self-induced hypnosis.

For hypnosis to work, the subject needs to be open to the idea. Remember, you are not handing over control of your mind, only believing in the effectiveness of hypnosis, which helps the mind-body connection.

 What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the application of therapy during hypnosis, to change or modify behavior patterns that we wish to change, such as the compulsion to smoke, gamble, drink etc.

It can help in the cure of phobias such as the fear of spiders/insects, fear of flying, fear of thunder and lightning, fear of injections etc. It can help with motivation, confidence building, and reducing stress and can be very effective in pain control.

Hypnotherapy deals with psychosomatic problems – that is, problems of the mind that are rooted in and controlled by the subconscious mind. We always do what our subconscious mind tells us even if it goes against reason and logic.

Hypnotherapy, therefore, bypasses the conscious mind to allow the positive life-affirming suggestions for change, of our own choosing, to be fed to our subconscious mind directly, for us to act upon.

Hypnotherapies, and more precisely, hypnotic suggestions, have a cumulative effect. So, over time there is a buildup of suggestions being reinforced in the subconscious mind that it will act upon.

And it will do so more rapidly than if you were feeding the suggestions to your conscious mind.

For problems where a causal event or events may exist in the past, hypnoanalysis is used initially in order to find the sensitizing event or events and release the emotion and motor actions associated with them.

Thus, freeing the individual from the grasp of an outdated and obsolete (possibly never really needed at all) thought pattern and/or conditioning.

Following this, healing suggestions and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) are used to build on the individual’s desire for change to strengthen and support forward movement into a positive future.

Hypnotherapists do not control your mind!

Hypnotherapy empowers you to take control of your mental resources to bring about the changes you want.

You are always in control during hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and the therapist cannot make you do anything against your will, or that is not within you as an individual to do.

With a little work a good therapist and a good client who wishes to make changes and is motivated too will be able to achieve success in about 95% of cases.

Who can be hypnotized? Virtually, everyone can be hypnotized if they have a good therapist and wish to cooperate with them in order to work on the problem with which they are presenting.

What does hypnosis feel like? I know how it feels to me, but it feels different to some people than to others. I would explain it as a relaxed easy feeling and a heightened state of awareness.

Sometimes you may be prone to drift away for a while just like day-dreaming, and you might just as easily be concentrating on your therapist’s voice.

Your good therapist will ensure you get the very best from your hypnotherapy session and will guide you in everything you need to know.

Hypnotherapy can help to address many problems including:

Fear of Flying

Fear of Crowds

Lack of Confidence

Stress Issues

Low Self Esteem

Fear of Heights

Panic Attacks

Exam Nerves

Driving Test

Nerves Smoking

Weight Loss

Nail Biting

Relationship & Sexual


Stop Smoking IBS

Stress Anxiety

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What You Should Know About Herbal Supplements?

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Are you familiar with herbal supplements?

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. And the doctor will, of course, prescribe medicines. You will go and buy medicines. You take them, and hopefully, you get well.

This is how the health profession goes on nowadays – a cycle of diagnosis and prescription.

If anyone were to give you herbs for medicine, you would probably say that that person was a quack.

But nowadays, studies are being conducted to see if there are really is any merit to what is called natural medicine.

Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments.


Every culture has a form of natural medicine. In ancient cultures, village medicine men served as the doctors of the community, passing on medical knowledge to the apprentices that followed them.

Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine. Among these are traditional medicine, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine.

Usually, natural medicine refers to medical practices that were in place before the advent of modern medicine.

This includes herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, which is prevalent in Chinese, Ayurvedic(or Indian), and Greek medicine.

Upon the advent of modern medicine, many professionals discarded the use of herbs in favor of man-made medicine. The fact that these treatments are based on the healing properties of some herbs was forgotten.

For example, opium, digitalis, quinine, and aspirin all have their roots in traditional medicine.


Natural medicine can be considered as a lost art. This does not mean that it has lost efficacy over time.

In some cases, natural therapy is actually better than modern medicine. This leads some doctors to seriously consider and study the possible uses of natural medicine

Before we continue, it is important to stress that not all the natural remedies are legitimate. It would help to only try those remedies which have been thoroughly studied and are relatively risk-free.

Take herbal medicine for example. There are much well-documented and studied herbal remedies available.

However, only those that deal with minor ailments such as cough, colds, fever, skin rashes, and its ilk are likely to be recommended by health professionals.


These remedies are sometimes superior to synthetic medicine.

This is because herbal medicines are less likely to cause negative side effects.

Currently, there are numerous organizations that study the effects and advocacy of natural medicine – among which is herbal medicine.

Some governments and health agencies openly advocate the use of natural methods since they are inexpensive and relatively risk-free.

As their studies compile, more herbs and treatments are added to the list of accepted medicines. However, many herbs and treatments have been proven to be bogus medicine.

This represents a challenge for both the user and the agencies because they have to ascertain that the treatments they either use or advocate are legitimate.

There exist today many alternative medical treatments that fall under natural medicine.

However, not all of them have been proven to be effective.

You could mention homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and other alternative medical treatments. It would pay to consult the experts as to the legitimacy of these treatments.


Natural medicine should also be thought of as an accompanying medicine. Right now, the current collective medical thought suggests that it be used only to supplement accepted modern medical practices.

In that case of minor ailments your expert we actually advise you to take natural therapies instead.

The practice of modern medicine revolves around diagnosing an illness and prescribing treatments for such.

Natural medicine is helpful because it suggests that treatment is not necessarily given only when sick.

It strives to make each patient practice good health habits. These habits include a good diet, healthy living, and the regular natural treatment.

It is this same line of thought that leads our parents to tell us to eat our vegetables. Yes, a healthy lifestyle and will do no harm to our well-being.

And this is the foundation of natural medicine – may it be massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy or others.

It is funny but true that science, in its quest for excellence, is studying the knowledge of sages past.

This, surprisingly, leads us back to the remedies nature offers. The possibilities of finding remedies to everyday illnesses in natural medicine are encouraging.

Staying tuned to studying these remedies is worthwhile until we can verify that these therapies are truly helpful to our health and our society.

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Natural Supplements – Help Your Body

Vitamins and mineral supplements are a good way to supply your body with nutrients that you might not be getting from your diet.

Go down any vitamin aisle in a drugstore, market, or health food store. The first thing you will see is all the ‘natural’ supplements and vitamin complex tablets that all claim to provide all kinds of benefits.

There are supplements that claim to help you lose weight without exercise. Does it sound too good to be true? It is. You have to burn more calories than you consume and exercise will help you accomplish that but I digress.

If you are considering adding supplements to your diet have a discussion with your doctor will help to determine whether or not adding supplements would be beneficial for you or not.

Are vitamins necessary for optimum health? Most people, if they eat a healthy diet, do not need them. Most vitamins are fine and are not harmful.

If someone does not eat a healthy diet or because of illness has a limited diet a vitamin supplement could be very helpful.

Fruits and vegetables have important vitamins in them and should not be eliminated from a diet unless a doctor orders it. In this case a supplement would almost be necessary. Your body needs vitamins to keep it functioning.

Most people think that vitamins are a source of energy that is not the case. Vitamins help regulate the body’s metabolism.

Vitamins also help the food we eat to release its energy. It’s the food that when absorbed and broken down into the nutrients the body can use that provides our body with energy.

The body more easily absorbs calcium if you are also taking Vitamin D. Most calcium supplements are already fortified with vitamin D. There are thirteen vitamins that are all important to achieve optimum health. Vitamins E and C contain antioxidants.

Antioxidants help to release free radicals, which are high-energy particles. These high-energy particles damage healthy blood cells. Studies are now coming out that indicate that the consumption of vitamins and supplements may aid in fighting cancer and preventing other chronic diseases.

The research is by no means conclusive in this regard. Studies continue to be conducted in an effort to provide us with the ultimate health.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. An excess amount of vitamins in your system could cause bleeding, negative interactions with some prescription medications.

Listed below are some vitamins and how overdoses can affect you.

Vitamin A – Too much vitamin A can cause neurological problems
Vitamin D – Too much vitamin D disrupts the balance of calcium in the body that can lead to calcium deposits in the soft tissues of the body.
Vitamin C – Too much vitamin C can lessen the effectiveness of other medications.
Vitamin E – Too much vitamin E can cause blood not to clot and can cause other bleeding issues.

Vitamins are just one tool among many that are available to us to help us get healthy and remain healthy. Vitamins alone will not do this. A healthy diet, exercise, and regular health checkups will do this.

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get some exercise in. I also take vitamins and other supplements to help my body work better.

There are a variety of opinions about vitamins, supplements, and healthy eating. Vitamins are generally fine unless they are fortified with iron. The effectiveness of vitamins with iron is often hotly debated.

Too much iron can cause iron overload and it doesn’t get ‘washed’ out of the blood as efficiently if at all. There is a disease called Hemochromatosis, which is fatal, as it attacks liver function.

It can be controlled and there must be liver function tests done among other things. The controversy continues to reign.

You have complete control in this area. Do your research because there are a great number of websites that provides information on supplements and how they work.

You should sit down with your physician and discuss your options. S/he may suggest you meet with a nutrition specialist as well. Get smart and be healthy.

A little knowledge is a very good thing and in the case of vitamins the more you know how they work and how they could be harmful, the safer and healthier you will be.

Trust your instincts, know your body, and get help if you need it. Good eating, good exercise plenty of water and common sense will help you to meet your goal of good health.


  • Herbal supplements utilize nature’s gift to help sustain your health and well-being.
  • With the proper regimen, they may help alleviate the need for them.
  • Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments.
  • The natural ingredients in herbal supplements can also work to help prevent disease or promote recovery.
  • Every culture has a form of natural medicine.
  • Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine.
  • It is important to stress that not all the natural remedies are legitimate.
  • There exist today many alternative medical treatments that fall under natural medicine.
  • Natural medicine should also be thought of as an accompanying medicine.
  • Natural medicine is helpful because it suggests that treatment is not necessarily given only when sick.


– Are you familiar with herbal supplements?

– Have you tried taking some herbal medicines?

– If so, what is your experience on taking them?

– Would you consider trying some herbal medicines?




What Are The Natural Remedies For Acne You Can Apply?

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What will you do when you have acne problem? The subject of natural or homegrown acne remedies is a broad one to cover as one must be able to separate the effective options from those that really amount to little more than old wives’ tales.

Yet, with this said, someone searching for successful remedies for acne would be foolish to overlook the benefits of those natural remedies that have been passed on in families.

These sorts of remedies based upon common sense practices or herbs are typically successful for most mild cases of acne. It is when these cases grow more severe that one should consult a physician or dermatologist.

For centuries, civilizations relied exclusively upon herbal and natural remedies for the treatment of every ailment.

No, there were no convenient drive-up pharmacies to get a prescription for manufactured medications. In order to find ways to help treat sickness one had to venture into the woods and search for cures there.

And for the most part, nature provided for these needs through the various herbs that were found to have medicinal value.

The earliest physicians were nothing more than what we today call herbalists or at a certain point in time, apothecaries.

Either way, the natural remedies they discovered were the basis for scientists who later found ways to create synthetic substitutes for these herbs and distill the innate properties down into a form that can be amplified or augmented by other elements.

Even though there are many nonprescription products for acne, home remedies for acne had better be preferred.

The most important reason is: natural home remedies won’t have all the chemicals that can dry your skin out and further irritate the condition.

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Common Natural Remedies

Hot/Cold Compresses 

A chief natural remedy that is recommended more often than not is the usage of hot and cold wet towel compresses to reduce swelling and eliminate clogged pores–the major culprit in the production of acne.

Drinking Water 

One of the best natural remedies for treating acne is water.  Water is used to hydrate the body, which, of course, hydrates the skin as well.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and must be properly hydrated to work correctly and serve its purpose.

This is accomplished in two ways: by washing the face, which hydrates the surface of the skin, and by drinking water, which hydrates the entire body, from the inside out.  This, of course, includes the skin.

Drinking plenty of water will keep the skin looking and feeling healthy.  Healthy skin cells promote a healthy body.

In addition to improving skin tone and texture, it can stimulate cell growth and will help all your organs work correctly.  It also helps filter out unwanted substances that can be harmful to your skin.

This natural remedy for acne is simple enough. The premise behind it the idea that if you drink a sufficient amount of water per day, typically 7-8 glasses of water a day, your body is cleansed of elements of toxicity that can actually contribute to the development and spread of acne.

Water is also a crucial component deep within your skin.  It provides the basis for a soft, smooth, and healthy complexion and will help you look more youthful.

Though very little water is stored in the outer layers of your skin, this moisture is important and is constantly removed by outside elements such as sun and wind.

Sun and wind can dry your skin, removing moisture and irritating its surface.  When this occurs, pre-existing acne can become even more irritated, which in turn prolongs the problem.

While irritation won’t directly cause more acne to form, it can worsen the problem.  It is important to keep proper moisture in the skin.

Perhaps one of the most common myths is that oily skin does not need moisture.  This is not true.  Just because skin is oily, does not mean it is moisturized.

By cleansing the skin, you are wiping away excess oil, and my moisturizing it, you are helping it remain smooth and decreasing your chances for irritation.

Properly hydrating the skin not only promotes and stimulates cell growth, but also helps the other organs of the bodywork together.

If properly hydrated, the skin will not wrinkle or sag as easily, and will appear youthful for a longer period of time.

It also should be noted, that many natural remedies not only recommend to merely drink plain old ordinary water but actually adding herbal ingredients by boiling fenugreek seeds and corn into the water.

Oils and Juices 

Though it can seem odd, the benefits of using natural substances like almond oil – which can actually help with the removal of acne scars – cannot be ignored.

Apricot juice helps to alleviate the presence of cysts by cutting through them.


Cucumber juice

Used as a topical application, either alone or combined with carrot juice, alfalfa or lettuce.


Citric fruit juices

These types of juices, such as lemon juice, serve as a natural exfoliate, removing dead skin cells which might cause clogging of the pores.

You should allow it to dry on the face for approximately 10 minutes before rinsing it away with cool water.



Orange Peel

Another one of the many home remedies for acne admits orange peel. Smash the orange skin and mix with water and apply to acne affected areas. One of the really fantabulous home remedies for acne.


Another citrus fruit remedy and an easy medicine at home for acne: Apply lemon juice to the pimples and acne.


Grated cucumber applied to the face, eyes, and neck, for fifteen to twenty minutes, can help prevent pimples and blackheads.


Rub down raw garlic over the troubled spots several times a day. Garlic has proved to cure the worst acne problems.

Eat three seeds of raw garlic once on a day for a month. This purifies the blood stream and helps keep acne away.

Coriander(Chinese parsley ) and Mint Juice

A teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a little turmeric powder, is an effective home remedy for pimples and blackheads. After washing the face each night, gently apply it before bedding.


Fenugreek Leaves 

This remedy provides great prevention of breakouts and involves taking the fenugreek leaves, crushing them, and making a paste out of them.

You should then apply it to infected areas every night, then wash it away the following morning with warm water.

Fenugreek Seed

Fenugreek is an effective therapy for acne. Make a paste from the leaves and apply over the face each night before going to bed and wash it off with hot water in the morning.

Nigella or Fennel Flower

Nigella or fennel flower is an effective herbal cure against Acne. The fennel flower belongs to the genus Nigella of the sativa species.

People or civilizations have been cultivating this plant for centuries for its medicinal qualities and also as a spice.

Ingredients: Nigella sativa consists of Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fatty acids, Vitamins and Minerals

Some of the other complex compounds found in the Nigella are:

arginine, Alanine, tryptophan, campesterol, asparagine, carvone, cystine, cymene, dehydroascorbic-acid, glucose, eicosadienoic-acid, glutamic-acid, iron, glycine, isoleucine, linoleic-acid, leucine, d-limonene, linolenic-acid, lysine, lipase, methionine, nigellin, myristic-acid, nigellone, palmitic-acid, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, phytosterols, beta-sitosterol, stearic-acid, alpha-spinasterol, stigmasterol, threonine, tannin, thymoquinone and thymol hydroquinone.

Benefits: Nigella has some magical properties that make it such a sought after herb for treatment of various skin and body problems.

Some of the common properties of Nigella are:

  • Antineoplastic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antipyretics

Nigella is a potent natural remedy for strengthening the immune system.

It is used for treating acne because acne can get aggravated due to a weak immune system and Nigella makes the immune system stronger.

HOney Mask 

Because honey has naturally occurring anti-bacterial qualities it is often applied to the face as a mask, killing surface bacteria.

Typically, the mask should be applied once or twice weekly depending upon the results of usage.

Distilled White Vinegar 

Apply the vinegar as a topical solution, letting it sit on the infected area for at least 5-10 minutes.

Then rinse it thoroughly with cool water. Often the vinegar can be a little too strong so it is recommended that you dilute it, though not too much.

Makeup or Cosmetic Usage 

Simply put, this is a common sense remedy for acne.

Just avoid using these products because more than likely the chemicals and oils used to manufacture them will clog the pores, which, in turn, leads to more breakouts.


Further Remedies

Beyond the common natural remedies for acne, there are a few other interesting options available and worth mentioning at this time.

Diet and Vitamin Supplements

Unlike former days, when the diets of civilizations included only naturally occurring food from the ground, the usage of fertilizers and pesticides has taken a toll on the nutrient content of much of the food that we eat.

Add to this the fact that our food is further manipulated by chemical preservatives and you have some further explanations for the occurrences of some acne breakout.

To combat this, observing a proper and balanced diet and taking a hearty multi-vitamin can actually go a long way towards preventing certain biochemical conditions which provide fertile ground for acne.

Echinacea and Oregon Grape

These herbs are both useful for boosting the body’s immune system and also combating many forms of acne-causing bacteria.


Niacin and vitamin A are good for caring for acne. Take 100 mg niacin, three times on a daily basis, and 50,000 units of vitamin A, three times daily.

Vitamin E, 400 mg, had better be taken once daily. Continue for a month.

Used in large quantities, vitamin A has actually been used to successfully treat some severe forms of acne.

But it must be clear that if you plan to use vitamin A as a possible remedy you should consult a physician because, if used in large enough doses, it can be toxic.


This vitamin, if added to one’s diet, can actually aid in the healing of acne lesions and help in the prevention of scarring. Zinc had better be taken in doses of 50 mg three times a day.

Zinc is in tablet and in capsule form. Take a dose of 50 mg daily equal to one month or till there is a noticeable improvement and then decrease the dose to 25 mg.

Green Tea

Green tea can serve many purposes, and it is recommended for a number of reasons.  It acts as an anti-bacterial substance, decreasing hormonal activity.

Since acne is often caused by hormones, which produce excess oil and clog pores, thereby causing blemishes, green tea could be a good remedy for this problem.

The antioxidants contained in green tea have been shown as very beneficial to acne prevention because they help the body fight against free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage.

Green tea also has very few potential side effects, especially when compared to other acne products and medications.

Because of its advantages, green tea is also used in various creams and other topical products used to treat acne.

When compared with other commonly used acne treatments, it ranked high, because of its natural anti-bacterial properties.

Other products containing green tea extract are also sold and developed and are available as herbal remedies.  It can be purchased as a cream.

Green Tea and honeysuckle are often called “Pimple Tea” in China.  It also helps your body rid itself of toxins, which helps prevent acne.

Drinking green tea will help cleanse your body from the inside out, while applying the topical cream, which goes directly onto the skin, will help cure and prevent acne at the source.

No matter how you choose to use it, it can serve many purposes, and may be a welcome alternative to harsh products or unwanted medications.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been proven effective at killing acne bacteria and healing scars, and it won’t clog pores, but many acne sufferers are very sensitive to the oil.

Start out with a very mild dose. Add only a drop or two of pure tea tree oil to an ounce of pure aloe vera gel, which is particularly soothing and healing to an irritated skin. Increase the amount of tea tree oil as you wish.

Tea tree oil is can be obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia by using steam distillation. It is the native herb of Australia and effectively fights acne. You can purchase undiluted or pure tea tree oil from health stores.

Ingredients: Contains terpinen-4-ol, which has antimicrobial properties.

Use: It kills bacteria hence should be used on acne lesions to kill Propionibacterium acnes, which is a Bacterium that lives on the skin and causes acne.

Benefits: Few side effects as compared to benzoyl peroxide.

Avoid: using undiluted tree tea oil as it may cause skin blistering, redness, irritation, itching and over-dryness

Concentration: 5% concentration gels should be used. You can also make it at home by mixing 5 parts of tea tree oil with 95 parts of water.

Limited research indicates that tea tree oil applied to acne lesions on the skin may work slower and may also cause fewer adverse effects  such as skin dryness, itching, stinging, or redness than do other commonly prescribed acne drugs.

The speed of action depends on the strength of the tea tree oil application.

Be forewarned, all medications can have side effects. Check with your doctor and pharmacist.

Chemical Compounds

Apart from the natural diets and applying or intake of herbs, you can also use baking soda to effectively fight against acne. Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate.

It is normally available in a fine powder form and is used for leavening food like cake. You can buy it from any food store. On reaction with acid, sodium bicarbonate produces water and carbon dioxide.

Sodium bicarbonate works in two different ways, which are:

Exfoliating agent

Acne can flare up anytime and anywhere and the reason it happens is because of clogging of the hair follicles.

When your hair follicle gets clogged then the sebaceous glands will start producing sebum continuously, which will cause the hair follicles to rupture.

If a bump appears on your skin with the sebum still inside then it is known as a whitehead but if the bump comes out of the skin then it is known as a blackhead.

Neutralize acidic environment

Fungal or bacterial infections are also one of the primary reasons of acne.

Baking soda in the form of sodium bicarbonate will help in damaging the bacterial cells that help bacteria to grow on your skin.

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Understand Acupuncture


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Are you familiar with acupuncture? You may have heard of acupuncture but are still not sure of what it is and how it can help you. This article will help you finally understand this.

Using needles to adjust bodily functions to optimum levels is the principle behind acupuncture. Both ancient Chinese and modern Western practitioners have used this technique to relieve many sufferers of chronic disease.

Needling is a relatively safe, beneficial treatment strategy that can be used to reduce pain, improve healing, and increase general well-being.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that involves the stimulation of points on your body with the use of needles. It is basically a holistic approach to curing a number of illnesses and ailments.

It is a family of procedures that stimulates the anatomy of the body and helps to balance the energy flow throughout the body.

It is this kind of acupuncture that is practiced in the United Sates today, through the use of tiny, metallic needles placed in affected areas and manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture is the basic foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on the belief that there are two opposing and inseparable forces within our body.

They are known as the Yin and Yang of the entire person. The Yin is representative of the cold, slow, or passive principle, and yang represents the hot, excited or active principle.

A healthy state is achieved by maintaining a balanced state of the yin and yang. This is done through vital pathways or meridians that allow for the flow of qi, or vital energy.

The vital energy flow occurs along pathways known as meridians.

These meridians connect over 2,000 acupuncture points along the body. There are 12 main meridians, and 8 secondary meridians.

Although traditional western medicine does not completely understand how acupuncture works, the proof that it does work has been shown in several studies conducted by western medical facilities.


Does Acupuncture Work?

According to the National Institute of Health, the answer would be yes. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in many areas of health care.

Areas such as postoperative nausea, chemotherapy side effects, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, addiction, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, just to name a few.

The study revealed that acupuncture was able to provide pain relief, improve function and mobility of joints due to arthritis inflammation, and served to complement standard care.

Although there are many who would doubt the effectiveness of acupuncture, once they are a patient, they are believers.

It has been proposed that acupuncture works and produces its effects through regulating the nervous system.

The theory proposes that since acupuncture produces its effect through regulation of the nervous system, it induces the release of endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites on the body.

There is also the theory that acupuncture alters the brain chemistry by the changing the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Although acupuncture is classified as an alternative medicine therapy, and there is still much to be understood about the way it works, it is a proven aid in maintaining optimal health.

What acupuncture can do?

Usually, people suffer from diseases when energy gets blocked in the meridians.

When the needles are inserted into the specific points along the meridian lines, the balanced flow of energy is restored.

Acupuncture works effectively because the needles stimulate the release of pain-relieving endorphins into the body, influences the release of neurotransmitters and also enhances the working of autonomic nervous systems.

By influencing the electrical currents in the body, acupuncture also improves blood circulation throughout the body.

Does a Well Individual can Benefit from Acupuncture?

Absolutely! Acupuncture works off the belief that we must maintain the balance of our vital energy flow in order to remain healthy, acupuncture serves as the tool for realignment.

Our vital energy flow can be out of balance, and we still feel and appear quite healthy. It is in this capacity that acupuncture serves as a sort of preventive medicine.

Checking and balancing the flow of energy on the meridian points in your body is like your car receiving a tune-up before it is in need of a repair.

How to Prepare for Acupuncture Treatment?

When looking for an acupuncture professional to treat your aches, pains, and ailments, be sure to ask if they are nationally certified.

Although this will not guarantee that your sessions are perfect and painless, it will guarantee that the specialist you visit has had a lot of formal education and is well qualified to perform the service. You should see the certificates on the wall.

Your acupuncturist will need to know your medical history. Start by making a list of your current medications and any serious treatments you may have or have had in the past.

Include things such as surgery, giving birthday, any broken bones or other injuries.

Some people actually prefer to have acupuncture performed while in a group setting. This is an option that is usually available in larger cities, but they do exist.

When going for treatment be aware that the acupuncturist’s needles may end up all over your body, so wear loose fitting clothes which can be easily moved out of the way.

It is best to dress as if you plan to attend a luxurious beach vacation but you don’t want to take a dip in the water.

Do not overeat prior to your appointment with an acupuncturist. You should also avoid going to the appointment without any food in your stomach.

Being too hungry could cause you to feel dizzy or even nauseous. A light meal or snack is all that you need to have an enjoyable experience.

You should also avoid over exercising, engaging in a sexual activity or consume alcoholic beverages 6 hours before and after treatment.

Since the acupuncture session will last from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on how often you have to go to the clinic, you better fix your schedule so you have time to rest.

Chances are, you were consulting with a doctor prior to your visit to the acupuncturist. If there are any prescription medicines given, don’t forget to take them.

If you’d like to get more out of your acupuncture sessions, start cleansing. A good cleanse will free your body of toxins, which means acupuncture will be more effective.

During this time, you may also want to detox from substances like alcohol. Ask your acupuncturist to recommend a good detox diet.

Before your appointment, it is important to stay relaxed. So if you happen to be running late, don’t get flustered, as this could affect your treatment. If necessary, you can always reschedule your appointment.

View your acupuncture treatments as a welcome break from the outside world. Let your friends know that you need a few hours to yourself and turn your cell phone off.

Isolating yourself for a few hours will help you focus on your different sensations and replenish your energy.

Get into the habit of arriving a little early for your appointment, about 15 minutes ahead of time is good. This way you know you will not be late, and if provides you with the opportunity to relax and reduce your stress levels.

Many people are a little cautious about trying acupuncture, simply because they believe the myths that surround it.

Contrary to what you might believe, acupuncture does not cause you any pain, leave scars and it is not any type of voodoo. It is an Asian method of healing that is effective and has been around for thousands of years.

As soon as you arrive at the clinic, make sure you turn off your cell phone to avoid any distractions. Don’t turn it to vibrate either, as this will just become a distraction and affect your treatment and the practitioner. Just turn off your phone and forget about it for a while.

The most important thing to do during the session is to relax. If you feel an itch or something, tell the acupuncturist. The same goes if you are nervous or experience a burning sensation so the specialist will take out the needles.


What is the Procedure for Needle Puncture?

There are two broad categories of acupuncture practice today, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and medical acupuncture. Both have their merits, so the choice is individual.

The decision for most people hinges upon which philosophy appeals more to them and which technique holds the least apprehension.

In TCM, practitioners adhere to the concept of Qi, or energy flow, and the meridians in which they travel. They use longer needles and insert them deeper in order to reach the acupuncture points.

Modern science has found little evidence to prove the existence of these energy channels, but this is the technique that has been used effectively for thousands of years.

In medical acupuncture, the practitioners are graduates of western medical schools. Their application of needles is not based on the traditional acupuncture points, but on anatomic data.

These acupuncturists use shorter needles and the insertions are shallower. They also tend to use fewer needles and leave them inserted for shorter periods of time.

Adherents to TCM feel this is a watered-down version of the real thing. Nevertheless, many patients have felt a relief of symptoms through this method.

What are the Conditions of Puncture Application?

There is a broad and extensive list of ailments which can be treated with acupuncture. The conditions run the gamut from asthma to constipation, anxiety to weight loss.

Most TCM practitioners believe that any health condition results from an imbalance in Qi flow, therefore amenable to needle therapy.

Western acupuncturists tend to have a more limited list of indications, the most common of which is undoubtedly control of pain.

Control of pain is the most well researched of all of the indications for acupuncture.

There is a definite beneficial effect for a majority of patients using this method. Migraines, premenstrual syndrome, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neuralgias are but a few examples.

The theory behind its effectiveness is also medically accepted and well researched, called the gate-control theory of pain. It states that the needles can stimulate nerves so that they block the impulses from pain triggers.

What are Expected Puncture Session Results?

It is important to emphasize that acupuncture is used only on top of existing medical therapy.

At no time should a patient discontinue medication or ignore medical instructions in favor of needle puncture.

After undergoing a needle puncture regimen, the primary care physician can make an evaluation with regards to decreasing dependence on other therapies.

You will not feel any improvement after just one or two visits with the acupuncturist.

Just the same, you should write this down so you can go back to the acupuncturist on your next visit and tell him or her how you felt during the previous session.

Such feedback will let the specialist know what needs to be modified in the future to help you with your problem.

The acupuncturist might give you some herbs to take as part of your treatment. Since you don’t know if taking them will have any side effects with the medication you are taking, you should first consult with your doctor if it is safe to consume both.

A course of acupuncture therapy will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This depends on upon the complexity of the particular medical condition.

Results also vary, so it is important to have a frank discussion with the acupuncturist regarding expected results and their time frame.

In general, the patient will begin to feel beneficial effects after three or four sessions. Certain specific conditions will actually get a little worse before improving so keeping informed is key.

In modern medicine, the use of traditional techniques with proven results has become a widely accepted practice. Acupuncture has proven its worth time and again.

Modern practice guidelines make it effective, reproducible, and safe. It is a gift of healing from ancient sages that have the potential to bring relief to millions of people.

Women who are pregnant are also advised not to undergo acupuncture treatment. However, they can engage in that once the baby is born.

How well the acupuncture treatment will go depends also on a specialist who will be performing it.

You have to take into account their years of experience and skill so they are able to make the correct diagnosis, finding the ‘acupoints’ in the body, the angle at which the needles will be inserted and the techniques they know as there are different types of acupuncture.

By now you should have a broader overview regarding this traditional approach to Chinese medicine, perhaps there is a way that acupuncture can be used to help you or a loved one.

As with any medical procedure, it is important to do your homework first. However, keep an open mind to non-Western approaches to healing, you may be surprised what it can do for you.



What is Acupuncture?

Using needles to adjust bodily functions to optimum levels is the principle behind acupuncture.

It is a set of procedures that stimulates the anatomy of the body and helps to balance the energy flow throughout the body.

Does Acupuncture Work?

The study revealed that acupuncture was able to provide pain relief, improve function and mobility of joints due to arthritis inflammation, and served to complement standard care.

What Acupuncture Can Do?

  • The balance of energy is restored
  • Stimulate the release of pain-relieving endorphins in the body
  • Influences the release of neurotransmitters
  • Enhances the working of nervous system
  • Improves blood circulation

Does a healthy individual can benefit from acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture serves as a tool for realignment
  • Acupuncture serves as a sort of preventive medicine

How to prepare for acupuncture treatment?

  • Ask if the acupuncture professional is nationally certified.
  • Your acupuncturist will need to know your medical history.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Do not overeat prior to your appointment.
  • You should also avoid over exercising, engaging in a sexual activity or consume alcoholic beverages 6 hours before and after treatment.

What is the procedure for needle puncture?

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
    Practitioners adhere to the concept of Qi, or energy flow, and the meridians in which they travel.
  • Medical Acupuncure
    The practitioners are graduates of western medical schools. Their application of needles is not based on the traditional acupuncture points, but on anatomic data.

What are Expected Puncture Session Results?

  • The primary care physician can make an evaluation with regards to decreasing dependence on other therapies.
  • Results also vary, so it is important to have a frank discussion with the acupuncturist regarding expected results and their time frame.
  • In general, the patient will begin to feel beneficial effects after three or four session.


– Have you tried undergoing an acupuncture treatment?

– After reading the article, would you consider acupuncture as your alternative medicine?

– What are your hesitations in undergoing acupuncture treatment?

– What are the benefits you like with acupuncture treatment?




Effective Natural Remedies For Headaches

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What are the effective natural remedies for the different types of headaches? Find out some tips and helpful herbs for you to get well.

Who have not experienced any headache at all? Most adult human beings do and many have experience on this. Headaches can be extremely painful. Often times they can leave you down for the count.

Everybody has definitely experienced a headache once in his or her lifetime. Since it is one of the indispensable and common illnesses everyone experiences, people have learned to find ways to relieve the discomfort brought by a headache.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from headaches on a regular basis, this article is for you.

Before you decide to reach for the medicine cabinet, try these all-natural remedies the next time you have a headache.

Here are the best non-drug remedies for the three most common types of headaches.


Tension Headaches

Of the three main types of headaches, tension headaches are the most common. With this type of a headache, the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head.

The pain can run from one ear to the other and back around. Tension headaches are usually caused by a lack of sleep and/or stress.

Natural Remedies for Tension Headaches



It inhibits a substance known as thromboxane A2 that prevents the release of chemicals that make your blood vessels expand.

Fresh ginger can easily be found at your local grocery store. Crush up no more than an inch of ginger and put it in a pot of boiling water.

Eating crystallized ginger or adding some grated ginger in your drink will be enough as a home remedy for your headache. Using fresh or powdered ginger when cooking your food will do just as well.

This homemade remedy will help reduce inflammation and ease your headache. It works just as good, if not better than an aspirin and is a completely natural plant-based remedy.


Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is also a well-known home remedy for a headache. Just put a couple of drops of this aromatic oil into a carrier oil or lotion and rub around your temple, neck, and forehead.

But make sure that you do not get any of the oil too close to your eyes as its vapors can be very overwhelming.

You can also place a drop or two of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and sniff it to help you get rid of your headaches. Peppermint oil has been known to relieve headaches caused by too much tension.

Most health stores sell peppermint oil for about $6. Take the oil and apply it to your hairline. The cooling sensation created by the oil will help relax the muscles in your head and neck.

Rosemary Oil can also be just as effective as a home remedy for headaches. Rosemary oil helps relieve your headaches by helping keep the blood vessels dilated.

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Herbal Teas

Herbal teas have also been known to provide headache relief. Peppermint tea and rosemary tea are examples of popular home remedy beverages for your nagging headache.

Drinking a cup or two of your favorite peppermint tea will do wonders for your headache.

Preparing a teaspoon of rosemary in a cup of hot water and steeped for about 10 minutes will also do as well.

Drinking this wonderful concoction three times a day will help you get rid of that headache.

Cluster Headaches

Those who suffer from cluster headaches often describe it as an ice pack in their head. The pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head.

Cluster headaches usually occur in a cluster of days, hence the name cluster headaches. They are most common in the winter.

Natural Remedies for Cluster Headaches

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Capsaicin Cream

Cayenne pepper is the main ingredient in Capsaicin cream. Put a dab on your finger and apply it to the inside of your nostril. Be sure to place it on the side where you are experiencing the pain.

Once applied, the cream starts working. It works by blocking pain signals. You can find Capsaicin cream at your local health food store.


Chlorophyll Supplements

Chlorophyll is used by plants for photosynthesis in the process of turning carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen.

Chlorophyll supplements promote the flow of oxygen to cells while also protecting the cells from oxidation damage and can naturally help with cluster headaches.

Placing ten drops of liquid chlorophyll concentrate on the tongue several times throughout the day and then drinking some water will help with these types of headaches and can also provide natural energy to get you through the day.

Migraine Headaches

Last but not least, we will cover migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are very debilitating and can have you in bed, unable to move for extended periods of time.

Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head. As a result of this pain, individuals are usually sensitive to light and sound. It some cases it can even cause nausea.

Migraines can be genetic as they are found to run in certain families. The bad news, however, is women are three times more likely to have them than their male counterparts.

Many experts believe migraines are a result of nerve signals being misinterpreted by the brain. Instead of interpreting them for what they really are, they interpret them as pain.

Treating Migraine

Prevention is still the number one treatment for a migraine. The best way is to make sure that one avoids the factors that may trigger the attack.

One of those factors is stress. By learning to relax a bit and do some stress management, one can prevent migraine headaches from recurring.

Try to spread your workload to a degree, which you can manage. Rest for a while when you feel that you are getting tired.

Another great way is to deal with the attack head on.

Relieve the pain in the head by keeping warm and avoiding extreme temperatures. If the problem is the position of the head when you are sleeping, buy a different pillow.

Choose a fluffier one that will cushion your head better. You can also experiment with a different sleeping position.

You can also rub your temples and massage the area that is painful. Try to close your eyes for a while and let it rest especially when you have been staring at the computer screen for a long time.

Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches


Acupressure Massage

Acupressure massage has been around for hundreds of years. It is an ancient Chinese healing method that centers around applying pressure to certain points on the body. The pressure is applied to help relieve pain. Doing this type of massage on yourself is very easy.

First, take your finger and place it in the groove between your first and second toe. Press firmly and apply pressure for at least three minutes.

If you can, hold it for a total of 5 minutes before letting go. If you would prefer not to do this yourself, you can always go see a massage therapist.



Feverfew is an herbal supplement that comes from the sunflower family. It has been tested in clinical trials with great results.

During these trials, Feverfew was shown to be a very effective treatment for migraines. It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is

It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is a pain. When inflammation is reduced, it eliminates pressure on the nerves. As a result, the migraine starts to subside. You can find feverfew in capsule form for around $12.


Changing Your Diet

As you can see, there are many different natural remedies for the various types of headaches.

However, one remedy can be applied to all headaches no matter what type. That remedy is to simply change your diet because certain foods can trigger a headache.

Start paying close attention to the foods you consume on a daily basis. Keeping a journal and jotting down everything you eat for at least 7 days is helpful so you can track any specific foods that cause you to have an adverse reaction.

Once you identify a pattern, you will know which foods should be removed from your diet.

Some foods that have been known to trigger headaches include wine, cold cuts, and caffeine or lack of it once one drinks it regularly.


Effective Headache Remedies

Headaches are usually caused by physical and emotional stress. If you are dying to find a solution to your persistent headache, try taking in over the counter remedies like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

But if you are not a big fan of prescribed or over the counter medications, try these additional home remedies for a change.


Try using compresses or cold packs.

For tension headaches—the most common form of headache—try applying a warm or cold compress to your forehead and the base of your neck to numb the pain.

check1Try using heat. 

If cold compresses wouldn’t work out for you, try using a warm washcloth or a hot water bottle can ease the pain.

check1Develop a routine of deep breathing exercises.

If you suffer from headaches very often, try sitting in a darkened room, take in deep breaths using your nose, and let it pass through your mouth.

check1Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and biofeedback.

By trying these relaxation techniques, the person who suffers from a headache can feel the pain flowing out of the head. It can also help reduce stress.

check1Relieve the affected area by applying an ointment with heat.

Ben-Gay or Icy Hot rubbed on the forehead or on the base of the neck can give a soothing warm feeling to your head.

check1The power of music.

Try listening to a relaxing music while lying down or resting.

check1Exercise regularly.

Physical activities like regular exercise can relieve stress because it can loosen up the knots and balls of pain in your head.

check1Get enough sleep.

Having six to eight hours of sleep can help you soothe your tired nerves. But, beware of sleeping more than 10 hours because it can cause a major headache as well.

check1If possible, use a neck pillow in bed.

If you are prone to experiencing morning headaches, try using a neck pillow to your neck while you sleep.

check1Totally eliminate caffeine, salt, MSG, and chocolate in your diet.

Load up on lots of fruits, veggies, and water to keep your body well hydrated.

check1If you can, avoid bright light because it leads to a major headache once your squint.

check1Don’t skip meals.

Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar. When your sugar level goes down, your blood vessels in the brain tightens that leads to a headache.

check1Don’t eat foods that have nitrates, sulfites, and msg because these are primary headache causes.

Also, avoid aged cheeses and nuts so you won’t experience headaches.

check1Don’t smoke and avoid smoke-filled rooms.


These are some alternative homeopathic relievers for any headaches you might have. Take care of yourself and do what is best for your health.



Tension Headaches

  • With this type of a headache, the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head.

Natural Remedies for Tension Headaches

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Herbal Teas

Cluster Headaches

  • The pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head.
  • Natural Remedies for Cluster Headaches
  • Capsaicin Cream
  • Chlorophyll Supplements

Migraine Headaches

  • Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head.
  • Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches
  • Acupressure Massage
  • Feverfew
  • Changing your diet

Effective Headache Remedies

  • Try using compresses or cold packs
  • Try using heat
  • Develop a routine of deep breathing exercises
  • Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and biofeedback
  • Relieve the affected are by applying an ointment with heat
  • Use the power of music
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • If possible, use a neck pillow in bed
  • Totally eliminate caffeine, salt, MSG and chocolate in your diet
  • If you can, avoid bright light because it leads to a major headache once you squint
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Don’t eat foods that have nitrates, sulfites and msg. because these are primary headache causes.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid smoke-filled rooms


– When was the last time you had a headache?

– What is your usual remedy when you have a headache?
Were you always dependent on pharma drugs?
Have you tried taking natural medicines when you have a headache?
If so, what is your experience taking them?
What natural remedies have you done to relieve headaches?




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22 Tips Of How Herbs Make You Feel Better

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Do you know that natural remedies or home remedies are part of an effective holistic healing process? Find out below some herb tips and herb cure to help you in so many ways.

And, do you agree that medicines manufactured in labs are not all good to our body? There could be some risks and side effects.

How about taking natural products  or natural remedies instead? It could be your first aid or a home remedy in itself giving relief to your pain.

Perhaps, it can also be a practical choice since not all the time you have the exact medicine needed.


Nature’s alternatives are cheap or free and all natural. This alternative medicine can be your sole preference to get better and feel better like what the others are doing.

Although, most of the medical industry is not promoting them since it can’t be patented. These can be your option for holistic health and healing.

Now, these are the 26 vitamins and herbs tips for better health:

1. Soothe your stomach with oranges and fennel seed.

Make a mixture of a tablespoon each of orange peel and fennel seed added to two cups of water.

Boil and then steep this tea. Add honey to sweeten the tea and drink it when you are suffering from indigestion.

The tea should refrigerate for about 48 hours, and will taste primarily like fennel.

2. Drink rosemary tea.

Rosemary is a kitchen herb known for its ability to stimulate the senses.

If you are feeling tired but have a lot to get accomplished you might do well to drink some Rosemary Tea.

Rosemary Tea is also an excellent remedy for headaches.


3. Use ipecac syrup to stop vomiting.

While this is one of the common ingredients in most home first aid kits, you may not realize that it is also a homeopathic remedy for vomiting when taken in very tiny doses.

While ipecac will not do much for patients experiencing nausea, it will work wonders for you if you are experiencing continuous vomiting.  A homeopathic physician or pharmacist can recommend exact dosages for you.

4. Take Ginkgo for better concentration.

Gingko is known for its ability to stimulate the mind and to help the brain to metabolize nutrients correctly.

In some cases, the herb has been noted to reduce the effects of aging and to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Gingko leaves are ground into a powder and the extract can be used in many different forms.  A few years ago, it became very common to see Gingko added to just about everything in the supermarket.

A homeopathic physician can help you to determine whether you would benefit from a Gingko supplement.

5. Mix garlic and honey.

If you are at risk for or suffer from high blood pressure, consider eating a teaspoon of minced garlic mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey every day.

Honey and garlic are known for being healing foods, and when combined they are extremely beneficial to the circulatory system.

6. Soothe diaper rash with beeswax.

Beeswax is the base for a homeopathic diaper cream solution.

By adding in other herbs such as chickweed and marshmallow, you are creating a cream that is not only developed perfectly from nature – but one that will not stain and stick to your hands.

This cream is far gentler than the conventional diaper rash creams currently on the market.


7. Try magnesium for leg cramps.

Many people suffer from cramps in their legs, particularly in the calves.

Drinking more water will probably help to relieve the frequency and adding magnesium to your diet is a great way to eliminate these cramps forever.

8. Try belladonna for ear pain.

If you have an ear infection or ear pain, belladonna extract could possibly help to alleviate this pain.

This extract helps to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, one of the common causes of ear pain.

Other ailments for which belladonna will help include toothaches, fevers, restlessness or insomnia and eye pain resulting from dryness.

9. Take St. John’s Wort for stress.

This plant extract is known for its ability to help relieve the symptoms of depression, grief and anxiety.

You can also try taking St. John’s Wort for any injury that causes sharp pains or a repetitive stress injury.

This supplement is commonly added to teas and is also widely available in capsules and tablets.

10. Consider poison ivy for an ankle sprain.

Although it is not commonly thought of as a good thing, poison ivy extract is actually an excellent pain reliever for sprains and strains.  Sometimes, the extract is given to patients with severe flu symptoms or even arthritis.


11. Use chamomile for teething.

Homeopathic remedies for teething contain this extract, which is known for its calming effects.

The safest way to use this extract is in a cream or gel designed specifically for teething babies.

There are specifically designed capsules that are placed under the baby’s tongue to induce calmness and relieve pain.

12. Use onions to relieve allergy symptoms.

Onions are an excellent treatment option for those suffering from allergies because the root is completely natural and proves to be very effective at opening nasal passages.  It’s not as simple as eating an onion.

Because onions cause the same symptoms that allergy sufferer’s dread, an extract should be taken in tiny doses, until the body begins to ignore the irritant and to develop a defense against the patients other allergens.

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13. Try lavender on your feet.

If you suffer from athlete’s foot, you already realize that there is little you seem to be able to do in order to stop the affliction.

That is true with traditional medications. However, using oils of lavender, garlic, and tea-tree in an alcohol solution will help to ward off the problem once and for all.

14. Try peppermint oil for headaches.

If you get chronic tension headaches and have found conventional medications to be failing, it might be a good idea to consider trying peppermint oil.

A few drops of this oil can be placed on a cotton ball and applied to the forehead.  Take a few minutes to relax and allow the oil to penetrate the skin.

15. Sleep better with a sesame oil scalp massage.

Warm a small amount of sesame oil, and massage into the scalp before washing your hair in order to induce sleep.

This can also be an effective technique to stop a headache.  Scalp massage, in general, is a good treatment option, however when combined with sesame oil the effects are better felt.

16. Try Passion Flower extract.

If you suffer from anxiety disorder, depression or hyperactivity this extract can help eliminate daily anxiety, calm hyperactivity and relieve stress.

The calming effects of this extract are also thought to help with high blood pressure.


17. Reduce stress naturally.

One of the most commonly treated medical conditions in the world today is an anxiety disorder.

Thankfully, nature provided us with natural stress relievers like passion flower, lemon balm, lavender and valerian to name a few.

Consider trying these various extracts to test their effect on your anxiety and stress levels with essential oils, teas and other forms.

18. Try feverfew for headaches.

Feverfew has been used for centuries by medical experts to treat rheumatoid arthritis and migraine headaches.

This root is known for its ability to reduce swelling and fevers as well.  You can try a tablet or even a feverfew tea.

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19. Try bee products for arthritis and joint pain.

If you suffer from stiff joints or arthritis, consider trying bee venom in any of its popular forms.  You might try a cream made from royal jelly, eating raw honey or even using bee venom itself.

If you are interested in experiencing the healing relief of bee venom, contact an API therapist, who will actually administer bee stings to your affected joints. If you are allergic to bee stings, you should not consider this treatment.

20. Try ginger for joint problems.

If you experience joint pain or stiffness, you might benefit from ginger caplets, or simply more ginger in your diet.

Ginger is an antioxidant that is known to assist the body in preserving cartilage. You can find ginger supplements in any health food store.

21. Try coriander oil for joint pain and stiffness.

Coriander oil or extract can be added to mineral oil for massaging sore joints, or it can be brewed into a tea.

Try making a 1 to 5 solution in an oil of your choice, letting it sit for 24 hours and then applying to sore joints.

22. Stop sneezing with Echinacea.

This herb has been used for thousands of years to treat the symptoms of the common cold.  It is thought to be an excellent immunity booster.

There are many different forms of Echinacea currently on the market.  Depending on whether you are taking it as a preventative supplement or to treat current symptoms, the dosage may differ.



– Are you using natural products or some home remedies?

– How effective and beneficial are they for you?

– What are the other tips you know?

– What are your experiences with them?




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