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Old-Time Home Remedies We Need to Bring Back | Reader’s Digest
56 Old-Time Home Remedies We’ve Forgotten—but Need to Bring Back ASAP Tina Donvito Sep 19 Jennifer McCaffery Sep 19 Your grandmother grew up with these common cures but they’ve long since fallen out of fashion. We asked medical experts which ones we’d be wise to rediscover. Salt water for a sore throat
Salt doesn’t just make food taste good—it’s extremely useful around the house for a variety of purposes, one of which is an old-fashioned remedy to soothe a sore throat. “Gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat may help relieve some of the pain and irritation,” says Dan McGee, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “But don’t overdo it—one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water should do it.” And be sure not to swallow it—yuck! Studies have shown gargling to be effective, but if the symptoms persist, see your doctor to make sure you don’t have an infection. Ginger for nausea
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Ginger has been used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties, including helping to calm tummy troubles. “ Research has found ginger to be an effective digestive aid most notably by helping to alleviate nausea due to morning sickness during pregnancy, motion sickness or chemotherapy,” says registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade , RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat for Dummies . “Although we do not yet understand the exact method that allows ginger to be effective at reducing nausea, it is thought it may work by ginger obstructing the serotonin receptors in the gut that cause nausea.” It also may prompt the body release enzymes that help break down food, she says. Cool tea for eye bags
Tea has tons of benefits for both inside and outside your body, such as helping calm puffy eyes, which your grandmother probably knew. “The caffeine in the tea bags helps with vasoconstriction, or shrinking of the blood vessels, around the eyes, leading to less puffiness or swelling skin,” says dermatologist Purvisha Patel, MD, creator of Visha Skin Care . “The cool temperature also helps decrease inflammation and swelling under the eyes.” Simply wring out wet tea bags, place in the fridge for a bit, and then put over eyes. Some studies have even shown the caffeine in tea applied topically can also act as sunscreen and help prevent skin cancer. Prunes for constipation
When you just can’t go, try a home remedy for constipation like prunes. They sound gross—probably why the California Prune Board got them renamed as “dried plums”—but if they were good enough for Grandma, they’re good enough for us. “A high fiber diet, along with adequate fluid, can be effective at helping to alleviate constipation,” Palinski-Wade says. “Prunes are an all-natural source of fiber, with three grams of fiber per serving and only 100 calories, making them an easy way to boost the fiber content of your meal plan.” Oatmeal bath for skin ailments
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If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or even just have run-of-the-mill dry skin, home remedies may help. Although it sounds weird to bathe in something you might eat, old-fashioned oatmeal baths can be very soothing—they’re even recommended by the National Eczema Association . “Oatmeal baths are great for dry, itchy skin,” Dr. Patel says. “Oatmeal, when soaked in warm water, creates a slimy film that coats the skin to protect it and trap in moisture.” Grind up rolled oats (not the instant variety) and pour into a warm, but not hot, bath. Pat dry instead of rubbing when you get out. Cranberry juice for UTIs
At the first signs of a urinary tract infection, your mother probably drank cranberry juice. But can a fruit really stave off a bacterial infection? Although some experts theorize that it’s really just the flushing out of the urinary tract by drinking a lot of fluid, or that the acidic environment isn’t hospitable to bacteria, there may be more to it. “Cranberry has been shown to reduce how well the bacteria stick to the lining cells of the bladder,” says Diana Bitner, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Spectrum Health, although studies in women with recurrent infections have been inconsistent. Even so, “cranberry is unlikely to cause harm, might reduce bladder infections, and could be used in conjunction with other strategies your health care provider recommends,” Dr. Bitner says. Look out for these 12 home remedies that are actually more harmful than beneficial . Honey for coughs
There’s nothing worse than a pestering cough that keeps you up at night, but luckily, there are some old-fashioned natural remedies for coughs that can help. “Honey may help with a cough caused by irritation,” Dr. McGee says, by lubricating the throat. Studies have actually shown honey to be more effective than cough medicine. “Just be sure not to use it in small children [under age one] as it may cause botulism,” Dr. McGee says. Lavender for trouble sleeping
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You can harness the power of this fragrant herb by using lavender essential oil to help you get more shut-eye. Its old-time medicinal powers help the body to relax, allowing you to fall asleep easier. “ Research shows that smelling lavender decreases heart rate and blood pressure, key elements of relaxation,” says sleep expert Richard Shane, PhD, creator of the Sleep Easily method. “The two main chemicals in lavender have been shown to have sedative and pain-relieving effects.” One study showed that people who smelled lavender before bed had brain waves indicating deeper sleep. But only use lavender externally, or by inhalation. Aloe for burns
You may think of aloe for sunburn relief, but the ancient treatment can also be used for other types of burns as well. One study demonstrated the effectiveness of aloe over other treatments for second-degree burns. “Aloe is a very soothing remedy for burns,” Dr. Patel says. “It is a gel derived from the aloe vera plant that contains-anti inflammatory agents that can help with burns.” Make sure you use pure aloe and not a fragranced version, and test it out first to make sure you’re not allergic. For serious burns, though, you should still see a doctor. Chicken soup for colds
Even in these days of take-out food, there’s nothing like a bowl of Grandma’s chicken soup when you’re sick—and it turns out, the chicken soup remedy is backed by science. “Chicken soup works for me,” Dr. McGee says. “On top of it making me want to watch cartoons and take a nap, there is actually a small amount of prostaglandins in chicken soup that can help fight infections.” The landmark study on chicken soup showed that the nourishing food might have an anti-inflammatory effect, which later research backed up. Check out these 8 popular old wives’ tales that are false—and 3 you should be paying attention to . Sign Up for Our Newsletters Get articles sent right to your inbox Sign Up Enjoy the BEST stories, advice & jokes! Witch hazel for hemorrhoids
Although it sounds like something an old witch in the woods might use, this compound is actually an anti-inflammatory made from the witch hazel plant, common in natural beauty products. Your grandparents probably knew it can also help cool the burn of hemorrhoids, because the tannins in witch hazel help calm blood vessels and reduce swelling. Although there haven’t been many studies on this herbal remedy, generations (and anyone who’s ever tried it) can attest to its soothing powers. Lemon for motion sickness
Looking for ways to survive a road trip with the family? Be sure to pack lemons, a time-honored way to reduce car sickness. “Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva, which can upset your stomach and trigger a nauseated feeling,” Palinski-Wade says. “Sucking on a lemon, which causes your mouth to pucker from the sore taste, can reduce the production of saliva, which in turn can help to prevent the nausea associated with it.” Lemon water made ahead of time may work, too, and research has shown even sniffing the refreshing scent of lemon can help. Duct tape for warts
Originally invented during World War II, duct tape was also found to have a host of genius first aid uses along with home projects. The weirdest one? To cure warts! This low-tech method is actually endorsed by the American Academy of Dermatology and has research to back it up. Although doctors aren’t exactly sure why it works, one study found that placing duct tape over warts was 25 percent more effective than freezing them—and much cheaper to boot. Petroleum jelly for wounds
Petroleum jelly has many uses you never thought to try, although your grandmother probably did. But for skin, using it too frequently might not be a good idea. “It is comedogenic, or acne causing, and can lead to breakouts when used on the face and body,” Dr. Patel says. “It also makes sunburns worse by trapping in heat.” However, she does recommend one particular use for the old-time product. “I do not recommend petroleum jelly for all skin issues, but it can be helpful to occlude [or close up] a wound and can prevent infection,” she says. Studies have shown it’s even effective in post-surgery healing. Check out the old wives’ tale treatments that only make injuries worse . Apple for cleaning teeth
If you’re at work and can’t get to a toothbrush but want to save your teeth from coffee stains, try munching an apple. Turns out, the old adage might be true—and apples keep away not only the doctor, but the dentist, too. “When you eat this fleshy fruit, it scrubs the teeth—think of apples as a natural toothbrush,” says dentist Nancy Rosen , DMD. “The skin of the apple, which is extremely high in fiber, can scrub against your teeth, helping to remove plaque and stain.” Although apples do contain acids and sugar, which can damage teeth, the benefits to your chompers may outweigh the negatives. Swish your mouth with water afterwards to rinse them off. Neti pot for congestion
If you have symptoms of a cold, try to nip it in the bud with the ancient Indian tradition of a neti pot for nasal irrigation. As you pour water into your nostrils, the pot works to clean out your nasal passageways. In a recent study from the U.K., participants who used a neti pot had a greater reduction in symptoms of chronic sinusitis than those who didn’t. But be careful to clean and use your neti pot correctly. “If you don’t use sterile water, which means boiling it and letting it cool, one can develop a sinus infection or worse from neti pots,” Dr. McGee warns. Cod liver oil for inflammation
Old-time remedies like cod liver oil can naturally help the pain of arthritis. Plus, this fish oil has other health benefits. “This oil, extracted from cod fish, provides a rich source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which are the primary omega-3s you need to support heart health, brain health, eye health and maternal health,” Palinski-Wade says. “ One study found that cod liver oil reduced inflammatory markers in insulin-resistant individuals.” If you’re squeamish about the oil itself, try fish oil supplements. Licorice root for bad breath
Licorice has been valued for its healing properties since ancient times, which is why your grandfather may have chewed on it to freshen his breath. “It may be an effective agent to fight the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease,” Dr. Rosen says. “It’s also used as a breath freshening ingredient in some natural toothpastes.” But we’re not talking about licorice candy—we mean the actual licorice plant . Studies have shown it may also be effective at preventing stomach upset and relieving stress. Find out the 14 healthy home remedies that are hiding in your spice rack . Ice for headaches
Try this old-school remedy: ice. The National Headache Foundation advises applying cold packs on the forehead and temples. A study from the University of Hawaii also found that a frozen wrap placed in the front of the neck, over the carotid arteries, significantly reduced pain in migraine sufferers. Baking soda for whiter teeth
Forget those whitening strips—there are natural teeth cleaning methods that can whiten teeth. Try using baking soda, which is probably what your grandmother brushed her teeth with and has been shown in studies to benefit teeth. “You can whiten your teeth with making a paste out of baking soda and a little water,” Dr. Rosen says. “Put some baking soda in a small dish, then add a little water, which will form a thick paste.” Then dip a toothbrush in it and brush. The abrasiveness will remove plaque and whiten the teeth, she says. But “you want to be careful and not overuse this method due to the abrasiveness of the baking soda,” Dr. Rosen says. “Too much can hurt the enamel or the gum tissue.” Avoid the cold to fight off colds
It seems like an old wives’ tale—that cold weather actually makes us sick. It’s now generally believed the real reason we get sick more often in winter is because we are cooped up inside sharing other peoples’ germs. But, there could be some validity to keeping warm when it’s chilly out. A Yale study found that the common cold virus replicates more effectively in cells of cooler temperatures than at core body temperature, with the researchers noting it appears the immune response, not the virus itself, was the cause. In any case, it can’t hurt to wear a hat like your parents told you! Tennis ball for achy feet
Tennis balls have so many uses, including as a massage device for tired feet. This old-school remedy is low-tech, but very effective, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians . “This is a ‘plantar fascia’ [the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes] massage,” says certified athletic trainer Phillip Adler, PhD, ATC, manager of Spectrum Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Programs. “The tennis ball helps to lengthen tight tissue on the bottom of the foot. Combined with heel cord stretching, or Achilles stretching, this technique can be very helpful for plantar fasciitis.” Chewing gum for stress
Your grandfather’s choice of chewing gum might be considered retro now (Beemans, anyone?), but the sticky substance has more advantages than just freshening breath, no matter what the brand. A study from Japan found that two weeks of regularly chewing gum improved participants’ levels of anxiety, mood, and tiredness. Another study from Australia echoes these findings, with levels of the stress hormone cortisol lower in gum chewers by 16 percent during mild stress and 12 percent in moderate stress. It’s like a stress ball for your mouth! Read up on these 10 natural remedies for anxiety relief . Buttermilk for age spots
You can skip the expensive skin creams. This rich by-product of butter contains lactic acid and ascorbic acid. One study showed that this combination lightened age spots more effectively than lactic acid alone. Apply to the spots with a cotton ball, then rinse with water after 20 minutes. Vitamin C for allergies
Vitamin C isn’t just good for the common cold; it turns out to be an effective natural antihistamine. In one study, 74 percent of the subjects who received a vitamin C nasal spray reported that their noses were less stuffy, compared with 24 percent of the patients who took a placebo. The study’s authors recommend getting two grams per day from food and/or supplements. Comfrey for back pain
This medicinal plant has been used for centuries to treat joint and muscle pain. A study of 215 patients found that applying concentrated comfrey cream to the lower and upper back reduced muscle pain. You can buy it in health food stores and online. Aspirin for calluses and corns
To create your own corn-softening compound, crush five or six uncoated aspirin tablets into a fine powder. Mix the powder thoroughly with one half teaspoon of lemon juice and one half teaspoon of water. Dab the paste onto the thickened skin, lay a piece of plastic wrap on top, and cover the plastic with a heated towel. Remove everything after ten minutes and gently scrub away the loosened skin with a pumice stone. Of course, you shouldn’t try this if you are allergic to aspirin. Milk of magnesia for canker sores
Canker sores are ulcers of the mouth that can be caused by viral infections or injuries. To ease the pain, rinse your mouth with milk of magnesia or apply it to canker sores three or four times a day. Check out 26 more home remedies proven to work for your next health woe. Ground flaxseed for constipation
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“It’s almost as if nature tailor-made ground flaxseed to relieve constipation,” says Will Bulsiewicz, MD, a gastroenterologist in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “It is a great source of both insoluble and soluble fiber, which add bulk to the stool and promote the growth of good bacteria.” Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help soften stool and relieve constipation. Aim for two to three tablespoons a day as part of a fiber-rich diet. Thyme tea for a cough
Thyme is a natural expectorant that relaxes the respiratory tract and loosens mucus. Studies have found that using thyme in combination with primrose or ivy relieves the frequency and duration of coughs. To make thyme tea, place two tablespoons of fresh thyme (or one tablespoon dried) in a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep, then drain out the herb. Add honey to taste. Blackberry tea for diarrhea
Blackberries are rich in tannins, substances that can tighten mucous membranes in the intestinal tract. They have long been used as a treatment for diarrhea. Make blackberry tea by boiling one or two tablespoons of fresh or frozen blackberries or dried blackberry leaves in one and a half cups of water for ten minutes, then strain. Drink several cups a day. You can also buy blackberry tea, but make sure that it contains blackberry leaves and not just flavoring. Cucumbers for eyestrain
Lie on your back and place one cucumber slice (about one eighth-inch thick) over each closed eye. Cucumbers contain antioxidants that studies have shown help decrease swelling and relieve pain. Replace the slices with a cooler pair every two or three minutes, for up to 15 minutes total. Lavender oil for foot odor
Lavender essential oil not only smells good but also has antibacterial properties that help kill germs. Before bed, rub a few drops of oil onto your feet and massage it in. Pull on a pair of socks to protect your sheets. Globe artichoke extract for GERD and heartburn
Compounds in artichoke leaves called caffeoylquinic acids stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder, which helps relieve nausea, gas, bloating, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn. Since the leaves are mostly inedible, look for artichoke extract capsules in health food stores or online. Don’t miss these other home remedies for heart burn everyone should know . Cherries for gout
People who ate about 20 cherries every day were less likely to experience flare-ups of gout, according to a study of 633 patients with the condition. Cherries contain compounds that help neutralize uric acid. Peppermint oil for headaches
Peppermint essential oil cools the skin, numbing the pain of a tension headache as well as acetaminophen does, according to two small studies. Mix a few drops with olive oil to prevent skin irritation, then gently massage onto your forehead and temples. Sugar for hiccups
A spoonful of sugar doesn’t just help the medicine go down. When it comes to hiccups (contractions of the diaphragm), it is the medicine. “Eating the grainy sugar crystals forces you to swallow harder than normal, and this resets your diaphragm” to stop the spasms, says Claire Martin, a nutritionist based in Oakland, California. Niacin for high cholesterol
Studies show that taking niacin (vitamin B3) can lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol by 10 percent and triglycerides by 25 percent, and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 20 to 30 percent. Since high doses can cause gastrointestinal problems, liver damage, and glucose intolerance, ask your doctor before taking any supplements. Valerian for insomnia
Valerian, an herb, helps people fall asleep faster without the “hangover” effect of some sleeping pills. It binds to the same receptors in the brain that tranquilizers such as Valium do. Take one half to one teaspoon of valerian tincture or two valerian root capsules 30 minutes before bed. Fennel for indigestion
Those tiny seeds that you often see in bowls at Indian restaurants are fennel. They contain carminative agents, which help expel gas from the intestinal tract. Chew a pinch of fennel to help prevent after- dinner belching. Check out these 9 medicine-free stomach ache remedies you never knew . Green tea for joint pain
A potent antioxidant found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may put the brakes on the joint pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study in Arthritis and Rheumatology . Researchers suggest drinking two or three cups a day to reap the benefits. Lemon juice for kidney stones
The most common type of kidney stone occurs when oxalate—a compound found in foods such as spinach, bran, and french fries—builds up in urine and “sticks” to calcium, forming crystals. Drinking at least four ounces of lemon juice per day could help, researchers say, as citric acid can prevent the crystallization of calcium and oxalate that creates these stones. Olive oil for lip cracking
When you’ve got chapped lips, coat them with olive oil, a natural lubricant that will help soften and moisturize lips nicely. In fact, any vegetable oil will do. Sage for memory lapses
A study in healthy older adults found that taking sage leaf extract capsules improved word recall and memory. Find out the 8 old wives’ tales about food that we’re glad are true . Hypnotism for menopausal symptoms
A study published in Menopause found that women who had five sessions of hypnosis per week experienced 74 percent fewer hot flashes at the end of a 12-week study than did a control group. Even better, the women in the hypnosis group reported that the hot flashes they did have were less severe than before. Pressure for neck pain
With your thumb or your fingertips, apply steady pressure on the painful spot on your neck for three minutes. Research shows that this simple acupressure technique helps loosen tight muscles to lessen pain. Soy for osteoporosis
A review of several studies conducted at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, found that people who ate foods rich in soy had healthier bones and a reduced risk of fractures. Scientists are still trying to figure out which active compounds may account for the protective effect, but good sources of soy protein include soybeans, soy milk, miso, tempeh, and tofu. Capsaicin for psoriasis
Capsaicin is what gives cayenne its heat. Research has shown that applying capsaicin cream helps lessen the itching of psoriasis. Avocado for razor burn
Avocado is rich with vitamins and oils that soften and hydrate skin to relieve the tenderness of razor burn. Apply mashed fruit or avocado oil directly to the irritated skin. Check out the 13 home remedies for all of summer’s annoying problems . Eucalyptus oil for sinusitis
Give your congested sinuses a steam treatment. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of water, boil, and remove the pot from the stove. Drape a towel over your head and shoulders, then lean forward so it forms a tent over the pan. Keep your face about 18 inches above the water as you breathe deeply. As the vapor rises, it carries droplets of oil into your sinuses and loosens congestion. Studies show that the main ingredient in eucalyptus oil, cineole, can help people recover faster from acute sinusitis. Horehound tea for a sore throat
Horehound, a plant in the mint family, can reduce the swelling of inflamed throat tissue. It also thins mucus, helping you clear it from your throat. To make the tea, steep two teaspoons of the chopped fresh herb in one cup boiling water for ten minutes; strain and drink. Clove oil for tooth and gum pain
“Oil of cloves can sometimes soothe an inflamed tooth,” says Saul Pressner, DMD, a dentist in New York City. Clove oil has bacteria-slaying properties and also a numbing effect. Mix a few drops with olive oil to avoid irritation, then swish it in your mouth. Horse chestnut for varicose veins
Horse chestnut seed extract improves blood vessel elasticity and seems to strengthen the valves inside veins, thanks to an active ingredient called aescin. Take a 250-milligram pill of horse chestnut seed extract twice a day for three months. Don’t miss these these bizarre ancient remedies you won’t believe used to exist . Honey for wounds
Since ancient Egyptian times, people have used honey as a salve for wounds. Pure honey contains the enzyme glucose oxidase, which causes a chemical reaction that releases hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Honeys range widely in their antibacterial potency, however. For best results, scientists recommend manuka honey, from New Zealand, which contains an additional compound that increases its effectiveness. Apply honey directly to a wound every 12 to 24 hours and cover it with sterile gauze. Sea salt for a yeast infection
Sprinkle a cup of sea salt in a tub of warm water, then take a nice soak to relieve itching and pain. Tea tree oil for zits
In one study, a 5 percent tea tree oil gel was as effective as a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide lotion in limiting acne outbreaks—with fewer side effects. Don’t miss these 50 natural remedies that actually work . Originally Published on Readers Digest Reader Interactions
Meditation – The Stress Relief Secret When Your Mind Is Full
Meditation – The Stress Relief Secret When Your Mind Is Full By 0 Life Inspired By Nature “Here we are – the soldiers of life. We long for a paradise with tranquility. Relying on angels to arrive. Never realizing they are already here. Also, they do not wear their armor for fun.” ~ Maria Lehtman H ow do you train your mind? Do you realize that as complex beings our mind is a renewable engine? We are never ready – never complete. However, our minds can become stronger. When meditation is not enough “Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.” ~ Owen Feltham My meditation studies began when I was 5-years old. Accompanying my parents to Norway one summer I learned from the pioneers of the transcendental meditation (TM). I practiced alongside my parents and learned to offset some of the pains that I had. I suffered from headaches and migraines very early on. At the time, there was not enough support for the right nutrition, physical training, and physiotherapy that could have helped me further. About transcendental meditation: “Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it’s relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results: TM cuts right to the chase, taking only days — or for some, minutes — before one feels a reprieve from their painful and overwhelming thoughts.” ~ Forbes During the meditation retreat, everyone received a personal mantra. Repeating the mantra and breathing exercise, I would sit meditating next to my mother. I had my meditation timer set for 10 minutes, and then I was free to go and play. Growing up I continued to meditate although less frequently. I was creative and kept hobbies that today are called mindfulness practices. I had no idea that my 8-year old girl’s hobbies would later be considered mindfulness practices. Decades and many more courses later, not to mention rigorous years of team leadership in a tight and competitive ICT field, I hardly believed a day would come when none of my methodologies would work! I had learned to calm my mind with single commands, such as: “Reduce stress level by 30%,” with an immediate response. This year my mind found its limits of meditative tranquility. The impossible had become real. How have I managed from that point on? Leaning on energy healing and grounding through nature “Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti After years of practicing complicated energy healing, I did not foresee a day when my childhood mantra would become my only rescue. Lately, my meditation method has been walkabouts in nature, calmly, without too much hurry. Sitting down and admiring the lakes and trees if I feel tired. Taking pictures when I feel like it. If I do not want to bother, I leave my mobile in the car and my heavy Nikon at home. When I have tried to reach out in any way to my inner core, or the channels that connect us to the universe, I have felt broken. Something inside me, where I know our identity sits, has no longer been responding correctly. I know, that trauma endured during the past year cannot be overlooked. Moreover, for the first time in my entire life, I see my body react appropriately in social events with my sympathy and empathy working as programmed while knowing that I have no possibility of reaching in for the deeper connection within me. Yes, that happens – and no, there are no treatments, medication, yogis, therapies, gurus or fix-it methods for me. Why? Because there is only one person, who has decades of history of what the identity matrix should look like. The one was looking back from my mirror. When I hit that point, I started to follow my earlier methodology learned during my peaks of fibromyalgia. Here is one of the basic practices: Calming an overwhelmed mind:
Do not let thoughts occupy your mind even when they enter your mind. When going gets tough, lie down (or sit comfortably) and focus on breathing. You do not have to think about any specific techniques, breathe and focus your vision, e.g., on a tree behind the window, a painting or a photograph you enjoy. If it helps, close your eyes and imagine a place you love (a beach, a peer, sitting on a river bank). Do not let thoughts occupy your mind even when they enter your mind. Keep your vision on the mark, and let the thoughts pass through you as if they were not part of you at all. Consider that all that clutter entering your mind is like leaves in the wind whirling across the street. If you can make it in one piece for the next 10 minutes, you can make it another 10 minutes and so on. Until finally, you feel grounded enough to stand up and do something practical. Learning a mantra: You do not need a specific retreat to gain a mantra. You can associate any word or words to work with your mind and body. For example: Breathing in think of the word: ‘relax.’ Breathing out think of the word: ‘calm.’ You can also choose any positive word, a phrase, or a short prayer like a Sanjeevini and repeat it in your mind when panic sets in. Connecting with your inner circle of trust Despite my continuous efforts, I hit a complete wall. I asked my friend, a skilled healer, to help me out – seeking out options when my road seemed blocked. Until one night, we both knew I had to replace energy connections from the very past causing my trauma and panic. It all happened late in the evening. I was sitting in my car thinking about how to do the impossible. I knew my mind was going to be my worst enemy. My day-to-day crust protecting my trauma was getting so thin that any meditation only triggered a worse impact. I had to fix the underlying matrix. I took my healing wands and initiated a connection with my energy. Immediately the pain and trauma came over me like a moving train. I searched back to any thought that could help me get through the healing session. Suddenly I thought of the mantra I had learned as a child. I repeated it on the back of my mind over and over again. After two hours of fighting back the tears, pain, overwhelming emotions that seemed to come in from everywhere at once, I completed the healing. I felt as if a hurricane around me had withdrawn. I was completely exhausted. However, scanning my inner energy vortex, I found something substantial. A response. A new beginning. The gift of winning your mind-battle
Your price in learning mind-calming techniques is that you can move through a trauma cycle without anyone else getting hurt on the way . Meditation and mindfulness do help . There will be days when your mental strength is tested to the limit. There will be a battle, and you will feel like a pawn with your identity at stake. Make sure you build a practice and self-discipline to prepare for those days. Build up the armor your mind needs. Your price in learning mind-calming techniques is that you can move through a trauma cycle without anyone else getting hurt on the way . You may take damage, but you do not bring down others with you. When you do not isolate yourself from your circle of trust – you will always have people supporting you. And remember: The only regret is regret itself! Winning a battle never feels like a victory, but it can feel like the sea calming after a stormy night. Keep up the practice! And no, you do not even have to believe in it. You need to keep up the method of calming your mind. Your subconscious association and neural connections will work for you. Meditation is a powerful technology to create self-awareness and your place in the world. “Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales Sources: Transcendental meditation® TM ǀ https://www.tm.org/ Transcendental meditation ǀ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendental_Meditation
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Home » Blog » CAREGIVING » Could A Chiropractor Help With Your Pain? July 17, 2017 By Rena McDaniel 11 Comments Could A Chiropractor Help With Your Pain?
Chiropractors use spinal alignment correction in order to treat a range of different health issues. The most common ones include various muscular and skeletal disorders, spinal alignment and general pain relief. Some individuals have even used chiropractic care to successfully treat problems such as disorders of the connective tissues, lactose intolerance in infants and even migraines.
What makes chiropractic care so popular is the fact that it is a non-invasive, drug-free solution which, when performed adequately achieves amazing results. That said, let’s go over some of the conditions that can be helped with a trip to the chiropractor. Pregnancy pain
Aching and pain are a pretty common occurrence during pregnancy. What most people don’t realize is that improper pelvic alignment might be the one to blame for the pain in the lower back and sciatica, which pregnant women often treat using chiropractic care. Future mothers have rather limited options when it comes to alleviating pain as most treatments have the potential to harm their fetus and chiropractic treatment is often their best option. There’s a complete maneuver used to address sacroiliac joint and sacrum in order to balance the pelvis called the Webster Technique . According to some reports, the technique in question has an 82% success rate and should preferably be performed during the 8th month of pregnancy. High Blood Pressure
In an effort to find a solution for controlling high blood pressure, some researchers have put chiropractic care to use. They have tested a realignment procedure that is performed on the spine to adjust the Atlas vertebra. That is the bone at the top of your spine that sticks out the most. This was done for eight weeks and once Atlas was realigned with the rest of the spine, the patients who’ve had the procedure performed had considerably lower blood pressure. Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy is a condition which causes hearing disorders, paralysis of the facial muscles and issues with the jaw and the muscles supporting it. The recovery process varies from one patient to another. With enough time to fully understand the patient’s problem, professional chiropractors can actually create individual treatment programs used to relieve pain, improve motion and help with nerve-related issues. A 49-year-old woman who suffered from this condition received chiropractic care over a 6-month period and showed overall improvements. Headaches
Headaches are the second most common condition regularly treated using chiropractic care , with the first being general pain. There are many reasons why we suffer from headaches, including alcohol abuse, processed food, sleep deprivation, hunger, stress, as well as pain originating from nerves in the cervical part of the spine. An experienced chiropractor can manually loosen up the muscles and joints in order to alleviate the pressure on the nerve. This is particularly useful with patients suffering from neck-induced pains and headaches. Asthma-related pain
Asthma is an agonizing condition followed by intense spasms of the bronchi in the lungs which make it extremely difficult to breathe. When struggling for air, those experiencing an asthma attack tend to cough regularly. Constant coughing can lead to pain in the mid-back which additionally worsens the entire situation. Although chiropractors can’t cure asthma, they can help by relieving pain in the posterior musculature caused by it. This is particularly useful for small children who are often the ones who are afflicted by this condition. Lower-back pain
This is one of the most popular, or should I say requested, technique. Pain in the lower back has become widespread due people spending more and more time sitting behind a computer, both at home and at work. A skilled chiropractor can easily manipulate the sacroiliac joint to alleviate pain. Some chiropractors have a certificate to perform the Active Release Technique said to relieve the muscles from scar tissue and relieve pain at the same time, making it an ideal treatment for lower-back pain. This is why it’s important to avoid cheap and unlicensed practitioners and only go for the most experienced chiropractor Perth can offer. ADHD
ADHD is a condition often treated with prescription drugs such as Ritalin. However, simply stuffing our children with drugs is hardly going to solve the problem. This is exactly why researchers have tried to use other, less destructive options. Chiropractic care is one of them and it has shown some rather promising results in treating kids suffering from ADHD. There are numerous researches which have linked posture with brain and motor activities and helping realign the spine becomes a perfectly reasonable answer when compared to hard drugs.
These are just some of the numerous disorders and issues that can either be treated or positively affected using chiropractic care. From headaches and pregnancy pains to attention disorders and asthma, in some cases, even inflammatory bowel disease and therapeutic support for patients with cancer, the chiropractic care has proved itself to be an invaluable technique for non-invasive treatment. So why not give it a go? (Visited 150 times, 2
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September 17, 2018
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Written Sept. 4, 2018 – Today the heat and humidity inside my cell has reached a level which has caused me to feel dizzy, and I have been experiencing migraine headaches. Only five states air condition all their prisons. States in the Deep South, from Texas to Georgia and Florida, do not.
Senior U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle denied my request for an emergency preliminary injunction. One of my main requests was that she order TDCJ to fix the inoperable and malfunctioning HVAC system here on the McConnell Ad-Seg Unit.
The specific area which has been affected the worst by the faulty HVAC system is F-Pod. F-Pod consists of six separate sections, A through F. Sections D, E and F have the worst living conditions on the unit, and sadly most of the inhabitants are Black and Latino males.
Invidious racism is a dark and dirty secret being covered up and masked down here on the McConnell Unit.
During the month of August 2018, while we were waiting on U.S. District Judge Tagle to answer my request for emergency intervention, Senior Warden Philip Sifuentes of McConnell Unit and TDCJ Region IV Director Miguel Martinez were formulating a plan to usurp and circumvent my request to have the agency fix this HVAC system, which has left prisoners to deal with inhumane conditions of confinement.
Here at the McConnell Unit, located in Beeville, Texas, the heat is a problem right now! McConnell Unit has cell-phone jammers, and possession of contraband cell phones has not been a major problem. However, Sifuentes and Martinez recently conspired to overstate the threat.
Instead of bringing contractors in to fix the inoperable HVAC system, Sifuentes decided to bring in contractors to install cell-phone blocker upgrades! So here we are in the midst of super humid and hot temperatures, prisoners here in McConnell Ad-Seg are sealed in cement ovens, and these oppressors spend $87,000 (eighty-seven thousand dollars) on cell-phone blockers?
And then, to add insult to injury, they charge that balance to the TDCJ Maintenance Department, which is now over budget, and has no money to fix the HVAC system, which has us suffocating and lying on the floor just to seek relief! Invidious racism is a dark and dirty secret being covered up and masked down here on the McConnell Unit.
What we need down here is a public information request and the comptroller in Austin to start investigating these violators of the public’s trust!
This is not the first time that TDCJ resorted to deceptions and lies in order to withhold humane living conditions from Texas prisoners.
Just recently, Jolie McCullough from the Texas Tribune reported that the $20 million estimate the prison agencies’ expert claimed it would take to install air conditioning at the Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas, has now gone down to $4 million – imagine that! This is not the first time that TDCJ resorted to deceptions and lies in order to withhold humane living conditions from Texas prisoners.
But you see, Sisters and Brothers, when these unethical liars were in the midst of the federal civil lawsuit where prisoners were challenging the unconstitutional conditions of their confinement, the state of Texas said and did anything it could to mislead and misinform “the trier of fact”! Will Judge Hilda Tagle be fooled? We shall see!
Dare to struggle, dare to win!
All power to the people!
Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com . Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3001 South Emily Drive, Beeville, TX 78102. –
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