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Acupuncture Reduces Stress without Negatively Affecting Empathy

A recent study was done on health care workers using auricular acupuncture to reduce stress levels. Health care work is a profession where empathy and caring for patients is integral and an absolute necessity. Subjects administered the treatment tested much lower on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory test for stress levels and higher in courage and patients on the Caring Ability Inventory. This is great news for anyone working as a health care provider because this can be one of the most stressful jobs out there. To know that you can reduce your stress levels in such an environment in a safe, natural way while maintaining your passion for your work and the people around you is a godsend. Anyone in a high stress professional life should definitely see an acupuncturist to discover how it can help you live better and work better. Links to the Articles: –...
6 best Chinese herbs to lower cholesterol

6 best Chinese herbs to lower cholesterol

List here are the 6 best Chinese herbs to lower cholesterol   Hawthorn Hawthorn contains hawthorn acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and other substances. It can dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and increase gastric digestive enzymes. Hawthorn is available as tablets, granules. it is also available in dried raw fruit for herbal tea or decoction.   Polygonum multiflorum Polygonum multiflorum can promote intestinal peristalsis, reduce cholesterol absorption and accelerate the excretion of cholesterol. Hence reduce cholesterol. It has anti-atherosclerosis effect. Clinical you can used Polygonum multiflorum tablets or granules 2.5 gram each dosage, 3 times per day. Polygonum multiflorumthe also helps constipation, particularly suits for elderly patient who has chronic constipation and can be diagnosed as Liver and Kidney deficiency in Chinese medicine.   Rhubarb root Rhubarb root can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Clinical Rhubarb can be ingested as 0.25 gram per dosage, 4 times a day. Triglycerides may reduce after one month treatment. As Rhubard has a strong laxative effect, it is particularly suitable for patients with high cholesterol and constipation.   Cassia seed Cassia seed inhibits serum cholesterol and atherosclerosis plaque formation. Take fried Cassia as herbal tea can gradually lower cholesterol levels close to normal range. Average dosage is 5 to 10 gram per day, for a whole month.   Pollen Typhae Pollen Typhae inhibits intestinal absorption of exogenous cholesterol. Therefore it can reduce lipids in the blood. Note only raw Pollen Typhae is effective in reduce cholesterol (charcoaled Typhae is widely used for excessive menstruation and painful menstruation).   Ginkgo biloba Research discovered that Ginkgo biloba has coronary dilation effect and it is able to lower serum cholesterol. Ginkgo biloba can...

治疗失眠的10个妙方

当你为失眠而痛苦的时候,放下药片(常常有副作用),除了数数,可以试试以下方法:   一、睡前将白天的事情与衣服一起脱下 情绪紧张和琐事会妨碍我们放松而影响入眠。 记住心理学家的建议:努力活在今天,不要让头脑塞满过去痛苦的回忆或者未来悬而未决的问题。 清理自己的愤怒、委屈和妒忌等负面情绪。因此,晚上头脑里最好想些愉快的事。   二、莫扎特的音乐和电风扇的噪音–最好的治疗失眠的方法 与其他古典音乐比起来,莫扎特的音乐最具有治疗失眠的功效。它可以使血压和脉搏正常,降低神经紧张。不过如果你不是他的音乐爱好者,睡前也可以听其他舒缓的轻音乐。 最好乐曲里有波浪拍打岸边的声音,海鸥的喧叫声–它能使你很放松。如果这些都不起作用,那就打开电风扇,单调的嗡嗡声会使你昏昏欲睡。   三、溜狗 首先,与四条腿的朋友交流会大大降低神经紧张; 第二,无论你愿不愿意,晚上你得领着它去散步。睡前半小时的散步会很好的缓和神经系统。散歩的时候努力避免负面的情绪和焦急的思绪。这一切会给你一个安稳的梦。   四、晚上7点后不要再吃正餐 这不仅对睡眠有益,对身材也同样有好处。因此,如果晚饭没有吃饱,喝点酸奶或者吃些水果吧。   五、泡个香精油澡或者海盐澡 放松一下水温不要超过37摄氏度,泡10–15分钟即可。然后马上进被窝。 帮你推荐:练太极拳可以调整神经功能活动,使高度紧张的精神状态得到恢复,阴阳达到平衡。因此,通过练拳养神,能够治疗神经衰弱、健忘失眠、神志不宁等症。   六、按时睡觉 如果能做到这一点,失眠的问题就不会存在,因为身体已经“知道”该睡觉了。   七、看无聊的书或者电视节目–很好的催眠方法 睡前将大脑快速填满(类似一晚上记住很多外语语法)。一个有趣的事实:当我们觉得无聊时,血压会降低,精神萎靡,非常想睡觉。相反,当我们专心致志时,我们感觉不到疲劳。因此,专家建议失眠者不要晚上工作或者看有趣的节目。   八、睡前吃些鱼子酱或感受一下寒冷 可以用芥末就着鱼子酱吃–这种方法帮助很多人很快入睡。也可以试另外一种方法,虽然有些残忍,但很有效:离开被窝,冻一段时间,忍耐一下,哪怕已经打哆嗦了,然后盖上被,这种感觉如同冷天你被窝里放个热水袋一样惬意。   九、睡前喝杯温牛奶或温蜂蜜水 大多数人喝过后会像小孩一样甜甜睡去。   十、培养睡意!! 保持稳定健康的情绪 要想保证睡眠安稳、舒适,必须心情愉快,平静轻松:因此睡前要尽量避免精神过于紧张和忧虑,养成入睡前不看惊险刺激的影片或书刊,不把烦恼带入睡眠的良好生活习惯。...

What Causes Skin to Age?

Aging is an inevitable biological process but thankfully there are some measures that can be taken to minimise the potential changes our skin will succumb to. Understanding the skin and its greatest offenders can help you take some control over the aging process.   Skin Layers:   Epidermis: The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis (stratum corneum) and is about as thick as a sheet of paper! It is avascular-has no arteries, veins or capillaries but is nourished by the dermis via the lymph. The most bottom layer of the epidermis is referred to as the basal layer which is responsible for continual skin cell renewal and maintaining the epidermis. Skin cell renewal occurs every 15-30 days. New cells develop in the basal layer and make their way up to the stratum corneum. Eventually these cells die and slough off and are replaced by new cells. As we age this process slows down. The epidermis is your skins first line of defence and contains many barrier properties. The cells that comprise the epidermis are coated with ‘humectants’ chemicals that keep the cells moist and flexible and they are cushioned by lipids or special fats to help control moisture loss. The epidermis is also covered by sebum which is produced in the sebaceous glands and primarily keeps the skin lubricated to prevent dryness and keep it looking healthy. An over production of sebum can lead to problems and ‘oily’ skin as we know it. The epidermis is also host to melanocytes which produce melanin and give your skin it’s colour. Sunlight stimulates the production of melanin and...

Nutrients For the Prospective Father

Nutrients For the Prospective Father     Zinc Zinc is one of the most commonly seen deficiencies in males of reproductive age. It is an essential mineral because it is needed for testosterone production. It is at the upmost importance that Zinc is supplemented for males with any fertility issues. Zinc also needs to be taken for as long as possible. Zinc is vital for viable sperm count, motility, quality and quantity. Recommended daily dose is 50 mg. Potassium Deficiency can reduce sperm motility. Avoid salt to keep potassium levels up. Sources include fresh fruit and vegetables. Magnesium Important for healthy sperm and nervous system. Sources include dark green leafy vegetables, seeds, legumes, tofu, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, brown rice, avocado, dried apricots. Manganese Severe deficiency can lead to a total lack of sperm. Sources include nuts and whole grains, seeds, legumes, leafy green vegetables. Beta Carotene: Important for sperm production, health of the testes, and conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. Vitamin C Vitamin C is necessary to prevent sperm clumping together, which inhibits the sperm motility. Vitamin C can be also particularly helpful for smokers fertility. Vitamin E Vitamin E protects the body against free radical damage. Deficiencies may compromise the formation of new sperm. It is also important for sperm count and especially if sperm stick together. The recommended daily dose is 400-800 IU. Selenium Selenium is needed for the production of testosterone. Again prevents free radical damage. Aids the sperm to attach to the ovum in IVF. Recommended daily dose is 200 mg daily, do not exceed daily dose. Coenzyme Q10 Coenzyme Q10 is an excellent...