Mengubat sakit kepala secara semulajadi

Artikel Dr. Mao kali ini adalah tentang kaedah mengubat sakir kepala secara semulajadi (natural). Cara perubatan tradisi Cina ini telah lama diamalkan oleh masyarakat Cina.

Semoga perkongsian artikel ini dapat memberi manfaat kepada semua…..

Heal Your Headaches Naturally

By Dr. Maoshing Ni

One in six Americans experience chronic headaches. Headaches are especially common at this time of year when allergies wreak havoc on your sinuses. Luckily, Chinese medicine has an arsenal of natural remedies to help soothe your aching head.

Your body is trying to tell you something

According to Chinese medicine, pain is your body’s signal that there is a blockage of energy and blood. Your body is asking you to notice, evaluate, and change the behavior that caused the pain in the first place. For example, a headache may be pointing to improper diet. It is best to treat pain using natural methods, so you can avoid side effects and also become more aware of your body’s unique needs.

What is happening when you get a headache? In a migraine, blood vessels contract, causing pressure, inflammation, and a throbbing, pounding pain. Tension headaches are often the result of muscle tightness and spasm in the neck, upper back and shoulder areas pulling on the scalp. Most headaches, whether migraine or tension, are most commonly triggered by sinus problems, muscle tension, eye strain, jaw clenching, a virus, stress, hormonal imbalance, lack of sleep, or allergies.

Headaches may be due to severe medical conditions like glaucoma and brain hemorrhaging. If you experience severe, debilitating headaches that don’t respond to over the counter medication, visit your physician or the emergency room immediately.

Here are 6 all-natural remedies to alleviate headaches:

1. Press Valley of Harmony for headache relief

Recently, a patient’s eight-year-old child was suffering from a headache. I was able to bring her the benefits of acupuncture without the needles. I simply used my own fingers to administer acupressure on an acupoint in the web between her thumb and index finger called Valley of Harmony. Within five minutes, her headache was gone.

Find the acupoint Valley of Harmony (Li 4) on yourself. It’s in the web between the thumb and index finger on both hands. Apply steady pressure with your thumb until you feel soreness. Hold for 2 minutes. Repeat on the other hand.

Find the acupoint Great Yang (taiyang), which is in the indentation of the temples. Stimulate the point with the knuckles of your thumbs or the tips of your index fingers. Massage in circular motion for 5 minutes.

2. Massage your headache away

Give yourself a simple spa experience to help relieve a headache. Put 5 drops of lavender essential oil in 1 cup of warm water. Soak a small towel in the water, wring it dry, and then place it on your forehead as a compress during a headache.

You can also apply tonic oil, which consists of oils of camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, fennel, and wintergreen, to your forehead and massage gently in a circular motion. For a traditional blend of tonic oil in a pure sesame oil base, click here.

3. Heal with white light

How often have you uttered these words in a stressful situation, “This is giving me a headache!” It turns out that the human brain is genetically programmed to translate physical and emotional stress into headaches. Headaches can typically be prevented by relaxation or stress releasing techniques like meditation and tai chi.

Here is a simple visualization meditation called White Light Meditation that I have taught to my patients to reduce stress and headaches:

1. Sit or lie down comfortably. Clear your mind, relax your body, and breathe deeply and slowly.

2. Inhale and visualize a white light or clear mountain spring water entering your body at the top of your head and flowing down to your abdomen.

3. Exhale and visualize the white light or water continuing its downward course from your abdomen to the bottom of your feet, where it drains out.

Repeat for 10 minutes. Usually you will experience a quick reduction in symptoms right after this exercise.

4. Be free from headaches with vitamins

B-complex vitamins are one of my recommendations for headaches — not only for their pain-relieving properties, but because they are crucial for energy production and help the nervous system. Vitamin B6, in particular, can be very effective for alleviating pressure headaches. Use supplements of B-complex vitamins to relieve pain when a headache strikes and take them daily to prevent headaches.

5. Herbal tea helps headaches

• Sichuan lovage, or ligusticum, has for centuries, been a traditional Chinese remedy for agonizing migraines. The usual dosage is 300 to 500 mg daily, or it can be taken as tea, 2 or 3 cups a day. You can find ligusticum (not to be confused with European lovage) in health food stores, online, and at the offices of acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists.

• Ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to cure pain. To make ginger tea, you can cut up the root, boil it for 10 minutes, then strain the water and sip as tea; or, use ginger tea bags available in health food stores.

• Plum, mint, green tea will help release tension. Boil 5 dried plums, 1 tablespoon of green tea, and 2 tablespoons of mint in 3-1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day until the headache subsides.

6. The Food Factor

What we eat on a regular basis affects the energy flow in our body. The foods we eat eventually end up in our blood and meridians in the form of energy. Good eating habits help maintain a good flow of energy and blood to the head, preventing headaches. Some common headache-causing culprits to cut back on include sugar, wine, cheese, and caffeine (although caffeine may alleviate one temporarily, especially if you are addicted to it).

Here’s an uncommon food remedy: Drink a glass of fresh carrot juice every 4 hours until the headache subsides.

If you are suffering from the headaches that come with allergies, try Allergy Tamer, a traditional Chinese herbal blend that promotes temporary relief from nasal congestion, sneezing, itchiness and watery eyes.

If all-around head health is what you’re after, try Super Clarity, an herbal blend that nourishes the brain and clears the mind.

I hope you have found ways to heal your headaches naturally! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

-Dr. Mao

Kurang tidur pendek umur?

Biar betul berita ni!

Berita myMetro

2010/05/07

LONDON: Penyelidik berkata, seseorang yang tidur kurang enam jam setiap malam 12 peratus lebih berpotensi besar mati lebih awal. Bagaimanapun, dalam kajian sama, mereka juga menemui kaitan tempoh tidur lebih sembilan jam sehari dengan kadar kematian awal.

Ketua penyelidik di Universiti Warwick, Francesco Cappuccio, berkata seseorang yang tidur sedikit akan mengalami diabetes, kegemukan, tekanan melampau dan kadar kolesterol berlebihan.

“Kami berpendapat kekurangan tidur dan penyakit mempunyai kaitan kerana mekanisme hormon dan metabolisme,” katanya dalam laporan disiarkan jurnal Sleep.
Kajian dilakukan di Naples, Itali, membabitkan penyelidikan selama berdekad-dekad di seluruh dunia membabitkan 1.3 juta orang.

Kata Cappuccio, pihaknya yakin tempoh tidur seseorang membabitkan isu kesihatan awam dan perlu dianggap sebagai risiko oleh doktor. – AFP

Kuasa tidur sekejap di siang hari

Banyak kelebihan tidur sekejap di siang, terutamanya sebelum waktu zohor, sebagaimana yang disarankan oleh Rasulullah saw sejak lebih daripada 1430 tahun yang lalu.

Sejak kebelakangan ini, kelebihan tidur sekejap di siang hari ini telah diakui oleh para saintis dan doktor perubatan di mana ia dapat meningkatkan prestasi kerja seseorang. Subhanallah, betapa syumulnya ajaran Islam yang dibawa oleh baginda Rasulullah saw yang banyak telah terbukti kebenarannya sekarang ini, setelah berbagai kajian dilakukan.

Dipanjangkan di bawah ini artikel mengenai “The Power of Napping”

The Power of Napping

By Heather Hatfield

Napping is a proven way to clear out the cobwebs and pave the way for a more productive afternoon — whether it’s Wednesday or the weekend. In fact, in today’s hectic world, as our lives get busier and the amount of sleep we get at night gets shorter, counting sheep come midafternoon can be an important way to recharge your battery.

“The majority of Americans are sleep deprived — they aren’t getting enough nighttime sleep,” says Bill Anthony, PhD, author of The Art of Napping. “Since most people can’t rearrange their lives to get more sleep — with two jobs, child care, elder care, long commutes, whatever it happens to be — we recommend they learn how to nap.”

Experts describe to WebMD the power a “power nap” can have on your life, and offer tips on how to snuggle up for a quick snooze.

Know When to Nap

“Naps are one of the most powerful alertness strategies,” says Mark Rosekind, PhD, president and chief scientist at Alertness Solutions. “It is the only strategy that gets directly to the ‘sleep debt’ we rack up at night when we don’t get the amount we need.”

So one of the most important components of napping is knowing when to lie back and relax.

“What people should do is develop their own signs and symptoms checklist: What are the things you do when you know you are at your peak performance, and what are your individual signs and symptoms that indicate you are tired,” Rosekind tells WebMD.

For some people, it’s mood; anything sets them off. For others it’s memory; they can’t remember where they put their keys.

“You need to identify signs for you that you are off your game, and those are cues that you should use to indicate you need a nap,” says Rosekind. “When you’re not getting enough sleep, it can degrade all aspects of who you are — affect your judgment and decision making. It can reduce your reaction time, your memory, your communication skills, and these things can go down 20%-50%.”

Even NASA Likes to Nap

Napping is a good solution to achieving optimal performance. So when you’re ready to catch some ZZZs come 1 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon at work, how can you get your boss on board with you sleeping on the job? Tell her even NASA agrees with napping.

“When I was at NASA we gave the pilots a planned nap in the cockpit,” says Rosekind, who is a board member of the National Sleep Foundation. “While two pilots flew the plane, the third would have 40 minutes to nap. We found they would sleep for 26 minutes, which boosted their performance by 34% and their alertness by 54%.”

In less than a half hour, the pilots were able to increase their performance significantly, and better yet, explains Rosekind, the effects of a short nap lasted for two to three hours.

Control Your Environment

“If possible, lying flat when you’re napping is a good start,” says Rosekind. “Control the environment, which means dark and quiet, and that can either be shutting windows and doors, or potentially earplugs if needed, and sometimes a mask is good for daytime naps. Create as much comfort as you can get, give yourself enough space, control the temperature with a blanket or a pillow — [and] any other things you can do to get comfortable.”

Get Out Your Blankie

“Gather your ‘napnomic’ devices,” says Anthony, who is director of psychiatric rehabilitation at Boston University. “It’s a word we made up meaning devices that assist you in napping. As infants and toddlers we had teddy bears, bottles, pacifiers, crib sheets — all these things to help you nap. We do this as an adult, as well, although it might be a favorite blanket, or opening a window, putting on music, various things that get you in a napping mood.”

Anthony explains that in addition to your own napnomic devices, napping is an individual unconscious activity. You should nap according to what works for you. Some people need to eat before they nap; others do it on an empty stomach. Some people need background noise, others prefer dead silence. How you nap, explains Anthony, should center around your own napping style.

Sleep Inertia

“Another important tip to napping is to understand and be prepared to deal with sleep inertia,” Anthony tells WebMD.

Sleep inertia, he explains, is that groggy and disoriented feeling some people get when you wake up from a nap.

“The trick is to find out what nap period works best for you that doesn’t produce that feeling,” says Anthony.

For some, 10 minutes is just right for a nap, while for others, 20 minutes hits the spot. Whatever your nap number, if sleep inertia does set in, you can easily spring back into your afternoon, explains Anthony. Splash water on your face, have a glass of water, go for a walk — something quick to wake yourself up.

Nappers beware, however, that you can overdose on the afternoon snooze. When your nap starts creeping upward toward 25 minutes or 30 minutes and beyond and you fall into deeper stages of sleep, you can hinder your ability to fall asleep when it counts: at night.

‘Nappus Interruptus’

Also important when you hit the hay midday is to do it uninterrupted. “You need to have control over your napping environment and make sure you have privacy,” says Anthony. “We call it ‘nappus interruptus’: if you are going to get interrupted from your nap it’s not going to be a good nap.”

Set Your Alarm

“Ensure that you have a way to wake up on time,” says Anthony. “Either an alarm clock, a wrist watch, or a colleague that will wake you up on time. A lot of people lie down and they don’t know if they’re going to wake up or they worry they’re going to sleep too long, and it winds up ruining their nap.”

Stay Regular

“Just as you should have a regular sleep-wake schedule at the same time every day from Monday to Monday, including the weekends, your napping should be regular as well,” says James Maas, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Cornell University.

While napping once or twice a week might feel good, it can throw your internal clock — what experts refer to as circadian rhythm — out of whack.

“You shouldn’t just nap once or twice a week; you have to do it on a regular basis or you’ll screw up your circadian rhythm,” says Maas. “It’s like playing ping-pong with your sleep habits.”

Sleep at Night

While napping is crucial to getting the sleep we need when we’re burning the candle at both ends, it’s also important not to undervalue the sleep we need at night. The amount of sleep each person needs may depend on different factors such as age.

“Try to avoid all naps as a general rule, unless you can’t meet your daily sleep requirement,” says Maas. “If a person is having adequate nocturnal sleep at night he should never feel tired during the day.”

While some people never nap and feel good all day long, others are constant nappers. Why the discrepancy? It probably has something to do with the fact that the first group is well-rested, while the second is just plain pooped because they stay up late and get up early.

“If you do have that tired feeling after lunch and have a dip in alertness, that should be a signal that you are not getting adequate sleep at night, which means you need to nap during the day to make up on the sleep you miss at night,” says Maas.

Enjoy Your Nap Time

“Revel in your nap,” says Anthony. “You are unconscious, but you should be enjoying it. Tell yourself or your colleagues that napping is good for you and it’s going to help your mood and productivity — and that’s a fact. So remind yourself of that and get over the guilt and enjoy it.”

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Dalam kajian lain, tidur sekejap di tengah hari memberi kesan yang baik kepada orang yang telah berumur…

Study Shows Adults Who Nap Learn Better, Perform Better

”What is new and exciting about this study is, he’s shown that sleep, in addition to helping the memory consolidation process, also primes the brain to learn new information,” says Jessica Payne, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, who has also researched the topic.

”Memory really has three stages,” she says. They are:

* Initial memory encoding, after you learn something new
* Memory storage or consolidation
* Memory retrieval

Most of the sleep research has focused on the consolidation process, she says, although the new study looks at how sleep affects the initial encoding.

The new study findings, Payne says, may be of particular help for aging people who feel their memories are failing. A brief midday nap may help them learn and remember later in the day, she says.

Walker and Payne concede that a 90-minute nap in the middle of a workday isn’t feasible for many people. But it may turn out that briefer naps would provide the same, or similar benefits, Payne says.

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