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Seven Little Known Facts about Acupuncture

Seven Little Known Facts about Acupuncture

Though acupuncture is considered to be a pseudoscience, more and more people who want to try alternative medicine are using it. Acupuncture is a Chinese method of treatment and is not generally based on scientific study, but there are certain documented benefits of acupuncture.

The technique is used to heal the body by inserting thin needles into the skin at various locations in the body. By inserting the needles, certain energy points are stimulated providing healing.

Just like other Chinese medicine practices, acupuncture is not a well-known practice and has gained attention only recently. If you are not very familiar with acupuncture and would like to know more, here are some little-known facts about it:

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1. It is scientifically validated.

The National Institute of Health considers acupuncture to be a safe procedure when performed by an experienced person. The needles used in acupuncture are considered to be medical equipment by FDA.

The FDA recognizes them as medical equipment provided they are labeled for single use and are nontoxic in nature. Acupuncture does have some scientific validity and recognition.

2. Acupuncture changes brain chemistry.

According to scientific studies, acupuncture has three demonstrated effects on health which generate health benefits. First, acupuncture may activate opioid systems which effectively reduce pain. Secondly, it causes changes in brain chemistry resulting in an impact on body sensations and involuntary movement.

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3. Mattress and pillows are important for a pain-free session.

The Mattress is important to achieve optimal results from any acupuncture session says Irina Logman, CEO of acupuncture in NYC . She says with the right approach and accessories (needles, sheet covers, and mattress) a patient feels at rest as needles can cause pain. With a comfortable mattress and pillows (placed both at the head and foot level) any acupuncture session can be pain-free and easier for the patient to bear.

4. Acupuncture is available through National Health Service of UK.

If you are from the UK, you can request the NHS to provide you acupuncture sessions. Though the access is limited and is not free, it is offered in medical institutions of the UK. This fact alone validates some of the claims that acupuncture is a medically acceptable procedure and is done on a smaller scale in organized medical facilities, too.

5. Acupuncture can speed up recovery from cancer.

There are scientifically-documented results of acupuncture being used in speeding up the recovery from cancer. If effectively used, it can also speed up the recovery from chemotherapy.

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Acupuncture can increase the immune strength of an individual. Therefore, if this treatment is taken during cancer recovery it will boost the recovery by improving the immune system of the individual.

6. Acupuncture sessions can be long.

Depending on the severity of the situation, acupuncture sessions can either be taken on a weekly or fortnightly basis. A typical session lasts around 30 minutes and treatment is carried out for approximately twelve weeks. If you are planning to use acupuncture to deal with physical symptoms or diseases, make sure you commit enough time to take full advantage of this therapy.

7. Acupuncture jobs are available online.

A good practitioner is always a certified acupuncture practitioner. Though online job hunting is quite easy now and you can easily find many acupuncture jobs on Monster, Indeed and Linkedin, acupuncturists are often hired through recommendations and word of mouth.

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Acupuncture has tremendous benefits and can provide relief from insomnia, arthritis, and muscle pain, as well as slow down aging. Though it is not a very well-known or accepted form of treatment for most complex medical situations it can, however, provide relief from pain and other related issues.

Before deciding to go for an acupuncture session, do contact your GP or nurse as unadvised acupuncture sessions may not add into your health recovery and provide you all the required benefits.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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