Pain Is A Part Of Life Pt 2
More and more of the many holistic therapies such as acupuncture are not just facets of the European healthcare
system but are gradually becoming incorporated into the Western health system.
Holistic therapies are traditional approaches to the relief of pain that were created by the Chinese and
have been around for approximately two to three thousand years. It is believed that Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) has been around even longer, in the area of 5,000 years old.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on more than one technique and makes use of herbal remedies to balance out
the body's internal vital energy. The Chinese believe in the concept of acupuncture through and through.
Acupuncture is based on the concept that a person's health is based on how much chi (or vital life energy) is to be
found in the human body.
This positive life force or vital energy is able to traverse throughout the body by way of pathways that the
Chinese refer to as meridians. Each of the meridians links up to particular organs in the human body. Qualified
practitioners of acupuncture are known as acupuncturists and when it comes to their patients they insert thin
stainless steel needles into spots on the body that bare connected to the meridians and channels in the body.
The goal of acupuncture is to unblock the chi, as it is believed that blocked chi is the cause of pain in the
human body. The needles are inserted and left in for anywhere from a couple of minutes to 30 minutes or more.
Acupuncture is a holistic form of treatment that is theorized to stimulate endorphins in the body, which are the
body's form of natural painkillers.
Acupuncture has been shown to successfully work well in the treatment of a number of disorders such as sinus
pain, jaw pain, spinal problems, backaches with a number of different causes, and both withdrawal such as quitting
smoking and mental and psychological disorders. Herbal medicine is another important aspect of Traditional Chinese
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Alternative ReliefWhen you choose fruit and vegetables that are both local and in-season attempt to buy them as close to the day that they were first picked as possible. Never buy anything that has been in the market for a number of days. Buy the majority of your groceries not at the local grocery store but at a farmer's market and the health food store. Avoid junk food, fast food, fried and fatty food at all costs and do not drink sugary drinks loaded with chemicals, artificial sweeteners and sugar such as soda pop. Avoid chemical preservatives wherever possible such as mono sodium glutamate (Otherwise known as MSG), nitrates (which are commonly found in such products as bacon) and any animals that were fed antibiotics or hormones of any kind. pain treatment
Herbs have been used for many centuries, dating back thousands of years for their unique ability to
help relieve pain. There are different herbs that are recommended for different health problems. For example for
spasms and cramps reach for angelica, kava, rosemary, valerian root and cramp bar whereas if nerve pain is your
problem then turn to chamomile, capsaicin, licorice, white willow and gotu kola.
If you are plagued by back pain then turn to the herbs wood betony, passionflower or hops for
relief. For headaches in general look to spearmint or peppermint whereas for migraine headaches in general turn to
linden, skullcap or feverfew for help. If it is joint pain that is causing you problems then sea cucumber and
ginger are what you need to help you through the rough spots.
Don't exercise if it causes you back pain, but do try to do as much as you can to
stay active. An immobile lifestyle can contribute to back pain, as well as other
Meditation is an ancient art that has been practiced for centuries and it is a conscious method of uncluttering
everything that is in the mind and helping to rid the brain of stressful thoughts and anxiety that might either
directly or directly be causing pain. There are many different methods of meditation but in general meditation is
broken down into three distinct categories, which include concentrative, transcendental and mindful meditation.