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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 October 18, 2018

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

      Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This

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