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Aromatic Oils to Enhance Your Environment

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 30, 2010 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

Everyone loves smelling something good. Fresh air scented with fragrant flowers and trees, a freshly baked apple or peach pie, the aroma you get when you walk into the chocolatier, or even your favorite perfume are all exhilarating to your sense of smell. From richly scented candles to reed diffusers, thousands of products claim to deliver those scents to your home–but which ones are worth your while?

Nose Overload
Air fresheners and home fragrances are a multi-million-dollar industry, and we see the results through the thousands of advertisements for new products each year. Claiming to last 30 days, 60 days–even years!–each product is more “new and improved” than the next. You can choose sprays, solid wax, electric units, motion sensors, candle forms, and even “flameless” candles. And don’t forget all those odor absorbing products, from good old baking soda to expensive sprays for your car, upholstery, and clothing.

After being bombarded with ads every day, you might be tempted to throw up your hands and buy the “latest and greatest” product out of sheer frustration. But what if you could keep your favorite scent in your home or workplace for three to four months at a time without even trying–and without overspending?

A Different Kind of Aromatherapy
When it comes to fragrance, simplicity and pure ingredients will win out any day. Three products in particular–aroma oils, reed diffusers, and candle tart warmers–do wonders to calm your mood and relieve stress, all without the cost, waste, and gimmicks of the commercial fragrance industry.

One of the best ways to enjoy your favorite fragrance is by finding essential aroma oils. These oils are simple to use, economically-priced, and last much longer than a typical store-bought air freshener. They are available in a variety of scents, from floral and fruit to decadent chocolate. By pouring a small amount of richly scented oil in a decorative jar and adding handful of diffuser reeds, you can enjoy a wonderful fragrance for months. Aroma oil diffuser reeds are inexpensive, safer than candles, and don’t use electricity.

Warm and Wonderful
If you like candles, try a tart warmer–and no, that doesn’t refer to dessert! A tart warmer is a small ceramic container that uses your scented tart candle to warm the complimentary aroma oil. The effect is wonderfully rich and long lasting. This is a great way to add fragrance to your home or office without worrying about the cost, maintenance, and effectiveness of other scent systems. You do have to remember to blow out the candle when you’re done, though.

Using aroma oils in your environment is an economical, safe, and healthy way to experience aromatherapy.

Relaxing With Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 29, 2010 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

Using aromatherapy essential oils is just one of a long line of methods that have been developed over the years to help with your relaxation, and in these days of growing stress and anxiety we need all of the help we can get.

In this article we’re going to have a look at what aromatherapy essential oils actually are, what they can do for us, and where the best places are to find them – without adding any additional stress to your day.

Just what do we mean by aromatherapy essential oils?

These are oils that have been specially designed to help us relax when we inhale the scent that they give off. Scented waters (possibly a forerunner) have been documented as being in use as far back as the middle ages.

There are three main ways that the oils are extracted from the plant.

  • First there is Expression. This is where they are cold pressed (expressed mechanically) until the oils start to come out of them. This technique is a fairly cheap method and is therefore used for doing bulk extractions of oils from cheaper sources, for example the peels of citrus fruits.
  • The next method is Distillation. Most of the more common aromatherapy essential oils e.g. eucalyptus and lavender, will have been extracted through distillation.

To distill the oils the raw material (flowers, leafs, roots etc) will be placed in an alembic which is made up of two vessels joined by a coil. This is placed over a container of boiling water. The steam passes through the raw materials, vapourises the volatile compounds and the vapour then passes through the coil. The vapour then becomes liquid again in the adjoining vessel.

  • The final method is solvent extraction. There are a number of plants that we want to extract the oils from that don’t have enough volatility to be able to be distilled; for those plants solvents such as supercritical carbon dioxide or hexane have to be used.

Oils extracted by the solvent method contain a mixture of substances. Due to the process being used they will often contain waxes or oils and are, attractively, known as concretes.

Is there any reason to think that aromatherapy essential oils can do us any good?

It is widely believed that scents can make people feel and react in different ways. One example of this is using Lavender to aid in sleeping and the relief of anxiety.

There may be something to the claims because most of the plants that are having their oils extracted have been used for other ‘medical’ purposes over the years. Lavender was used during the First World War as a disinfectant, and was used even earlier as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

It would seem possible that if they have worked in these other forms in the past, then the concentrated version that you get in the oils should have as positive an outcome, if not even better.

Aromatherapy essential oils are normally used in one of three ways. Often they’re inhaled as a fragrance (via aerial diffusion), applied directly (baths, and massaging, etc.) or directly inhaled (for colds, and decongestion, etc.)
Where can we get these pleasingly scented stress relievers?

Not so long ago you’d have had to have gone to a specialist health store to find them, but, with more people needing relaxation, and generally feeling the stress of life, a lot of the pharmacies have started to stock them as well.

If you can’t get a hold of them locally then you can always do a quick search, using your favourite search engine, and quickly find a number of places online that will be able to supply it for you. They may even be able to give you handy hints and tips on the best ways to use it.

So there we have it. Aromatherapy essential oils are the extracts of plants that have, for the most part, been used in the past to cure all kinds of stress and illness, with the earlier scented waters having been around since the Middle Ages; and you should be able to find them locally, or at least online.

Is today your day to get stress free with aromatherapy essential oils?

Home Remedies For Sinus Infections

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 28, 2010 in Home Remedies with No Comments

After my cough and sore throat I picked up over the holiday season, those little bacteria that get into my sinuses were causing sinus infection. Good thing I’ve become quite experienced at how to handle these sinus infections for myself with a more natural approach than conventional medicine.

These are some of the resources I used to help me get rid of my infection of the sinus with natural products. Please don’t take these to mean that they will work for you, I’m just sharing my experience.

I prefer natural alternatives to something like…

Head and neck surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are utilizing a minimally-invasive means of treating chronic sinusitis and clearing blocked sinus passageways. Jefferson otolaryngologists are performing sinuplasty using a balloon-tipped catheter, which is threaded more than a guidewire and inserted by means of the nose and to the sinus cavity. The procedure, known as balloon sinuplasty, is developed, to open up sinus drainage pathways.” – Science Daily

Though I believe in some extreme cases a sinus infection medical procedure might possibly be needed, I prefer to take the angle of a holistic approach and if they don’t work, then I could possibly take into consideration a medical methodology.

What I share with you is just that…sharing. I am in no way saying that you should go out there and try them yourself. I ask that you do your own additional research and do what’s appropriate for you..

Remember to consult with your own physician and make an informed decision. This progression is in no way intended to become taken as advice nor does it make any type of claims that it will heal you in any way.

That said, here we go:

  • First, is understanding the idea that if I drain my nasal passage with water and a saline or colloidal silver solution, this could assist the process.
  • This is a specific thing that I did within the morning and also the evening, just prior to heading to bed. In addition, prior to hitting the sack at night I used Eucalyptus Essential Oil in one of two ways. It all depended on how lazy I got. If I made the time, then I boiled some water in a cup and placed about 8 drops of each of the oils in to the cup, and allowed them to dissapate their fragrance within the room. If I didn’t remember or didn’t make time to heat up the water, then I basically put the oils (4 drops of each) in my hands and rubbed them on my shirt and then massaged the bottoms of my feet with the oil just prior to going to bed.

Both methods seemed to assist a great deal. Something worthwhile to remember is the symptoms and cycles of a sinus infection.

Which tend to be:

  • Yellow, green, or dark phlegm.
  • Swelling and pain within the eyes, nose, or throat.
  • Coughing, sneezing, and sinus drainage.
  • Headaches and the occasional fever.

I feel very fortunate to have chosen a more natural approach to my sinus infections, and I trust that my results will somehow support your sinus health.

Acupuncture for Sports Injury

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 27, 2010 in Acupuncture with No Comments

Acupuncture according to the written records of its history tells us that it was first used by the Chinese in the second century BC. The word acupuncture has been derived from the Latin word ‘acus’ which stands for ‘the needle’ meaning ‘puncturing of bodily tissues for the relief of pain’. A technique that has been mastered over the years by many experts, this scientific therapy is used to heal all kinds of injuries. The acupuncture treatment is basically performed by inserting nails of various lengths at specific points on the body to relieve pain. For instance, a sports injury may effectively be healed by acupuncture, rather than the allopathic therapy which does not heal the wound internally. While sports injuries are commonly noticed among many sportspersons it is important to understand that temporary healing is not always a wise option and most often an expensive deal.

Acupuncture for sports injury is the easiest way of curing or alleviating pain caused by an injury and hence is widely used across the globe. Injuries such as a sprain or strain are often caused while playing different kinds of sporting activities, which athletes find possible to cure through the acupuncture therapy. The acupuncture for sports injury most often prevents major swelling and suppresses inflammation in finest ways. It is important for athletes to perform well in all their gaming sessions as a lot of money gets invested on them for playing popular matches and other sporting events. This treatment helps them deliver a non stop performance and play to the best of their ability.

Acupuncture for sports injury helps heal a wound better than by taking pills and resorting to other short cuts that do not prove effective in the long run. The usual pain killers are not only addictive but are also harmful in the long run. Acupuncture being the scientific way of healing, relaxes the senses and allows the body to heal on its own without causing any complications. Acupuncture for sports injury is a great idea for a permanent solution to all your problems. What’s more, going by its higher number of positive impact, apart from China, acupuncture has become a widely popular phenomenon in the West as well. A lot of American athletes finally see this treatment as a solution to all their sports ailments. What this means is that they will be able to play for a longer period and will break records once again. All these enthusiasts will also finally be able to return to the field as fit players. Also in Great Britain, most footballers have hired full time acupuncturists on board in an event of getting a minor or major injury. However, along with the treatment, a true practitioner may also sometimes recommend extra additions of a good body massage or an electric stimulation.

What Do All the Aromatherapy Scents Mean?

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 26, 2010 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

In setting up a meditation area for relaxation, or for use in yoga classes, many people use incense, candles and/or essential oils. Scent is a powerful and wonderful tool that can be used to fill a space or our bodies with qualities and symbolism to match the intentions or goals for any practice.

Sometimes, during Savasana (or corpse pose), one on the most relaxing parts of yoga practice where the body is completely relaxed, many instructors use scent in the room to aid in relaxation. My personal yoga instructor, for example, dabs a tiny drop of lavender oil on our necks during Savasana, Lavender has many properties to help soothe and relax.

So what kind of scents are available and what does one use? It really depends on what your goals are for that particular meditation or yoga session. Are you trying to relieve stress? Then you might use Lavender….Have you been fighting a cold? Then you might try Hyssop. Are you trying to gain energy and wake up? Then you might use Lemon or Peppermint.

Here is a list of some common essential oils and what they mean or what they can help achieve to get your started on your way to setting up the right mood or intention for your practice.

Lemon – Lemon is an energizer also helping as a disinfectant. It also has natural bleaching qualities. Along with that, it also serves as an energizer. The oil is extracted from the rind and juice of lemon and has a rich, fruity and warm scent.

Lavender – Lavender is a great stress reliever, promoting peace and well-being. Because of it’s stress relieving ability and can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia and stomach aches. The oil is extracted from the flowering spikes of lavender and has a sweet, floral and slightly sharp scent. As mentioned earlier, this is a great scent for savasana.

Hyssop – Hyssop has been around for centuries. It has healing properties that have been used by many throughout the years. It helps with cold and flu. It can also be used as a skin-improving agent, helping fight against blemishes.

Jasmine – known for its relaxing and soothing properties and can be, at times, used as an aphrodisiac as well. The oil is extracted from jasmine flowers and has a heavy and sweet dreamy scent. (Another good option for savasana!)

Basil – Helps with concentration. Also used in a wide variety of problem such as upset stomach, headache, flatulence, low appetite, lack of concentration, abrasions, sinus, muscle aches, migraine, gout and bronchitis. The oil is extracted from flowering tops and leaves of basil and has a sweet and spicy scent.

Chamomile – Used to promote sleep, relaxation and meditation. (That’s why so many people have a cup of chamomile tea at bedtime!) It’s relaxation properties and can be used to treat indigestion, peptic ulcers, nervousness, menstrual cramps, sore throat, burns and skin inflammations, vaginal infections, insomnia, sunburn, hay fever and sprains. The oil is extracted from chamomile flower heads and has a sweet, fruity and floral scent.

Sandalwood – This scent is popular for incense burning and is still burned in many homes today. It is a very sweet woody scent helping promote relaxation and spiritual harmony. Also, help with dry hair and skin. It can also be used to treat depression, dry skin, nausea, skin problems and stress. The oil is extracted from sandalwood itself and has an exotic and slightly spicy scent.

Rose – There are many different types of roses. They all have some differences in healing properties. Rose oil has soothing and calming abilities and can be used to treat scurvy and nervousness. It also promotes the feelings of love and peace. The oil is extracted from petals, hips and root bark of rose and has a light, sweet and floral scent.

Peppermint – A true energizer. Often used to help with muscle aches, fatigue, pain, gas, sore throat, digestive problems, stomach ulcers and nausea. The oil is extracted from leaves of peppermint plant and has a minty scent.

Eucalyptus – Powerful decongestant. Used for centuries to help with cold symptoms. It also has antiseptic qualities and can be used to treat nasal and chest congestion, asthma, sore muscles, cuts and abrasions. The oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves and has a strong, fresh and minty scent.

Ginger – An energizing scent, ginger is widely used to help with nausea.

Nutmeg – Used by some to help with sleep and indigestion.

But what if your intentions are specific? What can scent do to solidify your practice intentions? If you are in a troubled relationship and need to evoke positive feelings towards that relationship, you might initiate a meditation session surrounding love and focus on that to heal that relationship. In this case you would have several choices of scent to aid in that intention.

Here are several themes and ways you can specifically gear your practice using scent:

Love, Companionship & Relationship

The scents of apple, cinnamon, clove, copal, gardenia, jasmine, lavender, musk, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rain, rose, vanilla, white jasmine, and ylang-ylang essential oil signify the different aspects of a relationship, such as love, companionship, affection and adoration.

Goals, Gains, Money & Success

The scents that signify material success, along with money, profits and aims, include the fragrance of allspice, almond, bergamont, basil, cinnamon, clover, dill, honeysuckle, lemon, pine, red ginger and sage essential oils.

Protection, Harmony & Well Being

Signifying the overall harmony of a person are the scents of angelica, basil, bay, bayberry, carnation, cinnamon, clove, coconut, dill, dragon’s blood, eucalyptus, frankincense, gardenia, geranium, heather, juniper, lilac, myrrh, narcissis, sandalwood and violet essential oils.

Inspiration, Psychic Awareness & Intuition

If you are looking for essential oils with scents that signify inspiration, psychic awareness and intuition; anise, cedar, chamomile, cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense, green tea, lavender, lemongrass, lime, lotus, musk, myrrh, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, and valerian essentials oils will be the best bet.


Maybe your focus is to work on one of the seven Chakras that is of concern for you. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk. It signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body which are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve within our spinal column. In addition, the Chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements (Jungian concepts), developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and more. Aromatherapy oils aimed at specific Chakras can be used in healing or working on those areas of concern during your meditation or yoga practices.

Med Spa: Know the Services Typically Offered

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 23, 2010 in Health with No Comments

Med Spa, your probably wondering what happens there. Many people have heard of this kind of location but wonder what is so great about it. The difference between this kind of business and the typical salon is that more complex procedures that get dramatic results are often done. If you are tired of simply getting your nails done or getting waxed at your local salon, consider the procedures often found at the typical med spa that you might be interested in.

If you are sick of making appointments to get waxed, you should start considering the benefits of laser hair removal. Many spas provide this kind of service, which uses a laser to get rid of stubble for a much longer time period than waxing or shaving does. Of course, several sessions are necessary to get results, but the time you will save when you do not have to wax or shave often is worth it.
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Perhaps you have a tattoo that you would like to get removed. Rather than making an appointment at an intimidating medical clinic, you should get the ink removed in the more relaxed setting of a local med spa. This kind of business usually has employees that are experienced at this kind of practice, but can also put you at-ease while using some of the latest technology available.

Liposuction is another procedure available at many such spas, allowing you to get rid of fat on your body through a rather common surgery. As long as you make sure that the person performing it is experienced and certified, you should be able to feel comfortable at your appointment. There is a recovery period of a few weeks, but your results should be clear after that, allowing you to admire your new body minus the stubborn fat pockets. Of course, like at any clinic or hospital, you will have to qualify for this procedure, as not everyone is a candidate due to unrealistic expectations or medical issues.

The typical med spa features these and other procedures that you might have previously thought were only available through a hospital or clinic. Most people would rather spend time in a relaxing salon environment than a doctor’s office, which is why spas like this exist. As long as the local business that you are considering has good reviews and licensed employees, you should feel comfortable getting the services that you want.

Control Mood Swings With Herbal Remedies

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 22, 2010 in Health with No Comments

Women are very much acquainted with the discomforts of mood swings. This is a problem commonly associated with women because of hormonal imbalance. This is usually experienced before your menstrual cycle and during the menopausal stage.

Stress and work loads also aggravate the emotional instability of many women. That being said, women are more likely to experience break downs during stressful situations. Although this is a normal occurrence and even expected by most people sometimes, it is not good to always succumb under the effects of mood swings caused by hormonal imbalance.

Control this problem right away and try the following herbal remedies for mood swings:

1. Ginseng – This herbal remedy does not directly treat the imbalance of mood but it helps you achieve a better frame of mind. It improves energy levels so you are less likely to feel sad and tired. It also sharpens the functions of the brain. It triggers the production of serotonin, a “feel-good” kind of hormone that can drive away sad and melancholic feelings.

2. Winter Cherry – This herbal remedy has shown notable benefits in controlling anxiety and extreme nervousness. It calms frazzled and agitated nerves. It also helps sharpen mental functions so you can focus on your work and do things that are more important in your life. This herb also boosts energy levels.

3. St. John’s Worth – This is an all-around natural remedy that can help improve the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are responsible for hormone production that can control unnecessary melancholic feelings.

4. Passion Flower – This contains natural sedative properties. In the past, it has been used to calm frazzled nerves and nervousness. It has also shown benefits in treating irritability and short-temperedness.

Although these remedies work in normalizing mood, you also have to make sure that you have an active and healthy lifestyle. Get lots of exercise. Exercise for at least 30 minutes everyday in order to boost production of neurotransmitters in the brain. When you exercise, your brain releases more serotonin and endorphin. These are good hormones that promote happy and contented feelings.

Avoid eating foods that has estrogenic effects. Certain foods loaded with additives and parabens mimic the functions estrogen. As a result, there is an imbalance of hormone level in the body resulting to depression and mood swings.

Make the right food choices. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of junk or processed food. Also drink lots of water to purge out harmful toxins.

Acupuncture – Does Your Qi Need To Be Balanced?

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 21, 2010 in Acupuncture with No Comments

Acupuncture has been around for ages. The Chinese belief about this treatment is that it helps to balance life energy in a person’s body, sometimes called chi or qi. Can it help you?

Acupuncture is a medical treatment which began in China many years ago. This energy is supposed to flow through meridians and when blocked can cause health difficulties. Western medicine has begun to utilize this discipline, as well, but for different reasons. Western practitioners believe it can be helpful when applied to pressure points located in nerves, connective tissue and muscles. Doctors have found it useful to tap into the body’s natural ability to handle pain and appropriate blood flow.

The way that acupuncture is performed is by inserting extremely slender needles into designated locations of a person’s body, depending on the ailment. Doctors in America have found it to be helpful in treating certain conditions including those with chronic pain. Some examples include menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chemotherapy side effects, migraine headaches and backaches. Mental conditions such as depression and anxiety have also been treated with success. Infertility, addiction and other miscellaneous applications have shown promising outcomes, as well.

As with all medical treatments, there are some risks involved. Complications are rare but may include bruising, pain, infection near the needle insertion sites. If a needle was pushed into a locale too deeply, injury to internal organs could occur. If dirty needles were reused, a patient could catch Hepatitis or other blood borne diseases.

Practitioners do a thorough examination on a patient before performing the technique. Items such as condition of tongue, color of face, rate of pulse and pain locations will all be notated during the initial exam which may take up to one hour. Subsequent visits may take only half an hour and be repeated over a period of several months. Even though the needles are long, they are very tiny in width and cause little or no pain. Five or ten will be used in a body region per session depending on the need of the individual. In order to increase effectiveness, twirling motion, heat or electric current may be added to the devices. After insertion, the patient will lie quietly for fifteen or twenty minutes when it will be time to remove the tools. Many patients report a feeling of being deeply relaxed or energized.

In selecting an acupuncturist, a person should ask friends, family and co-workers for recommendations. The family doctor’s office may have a list of potential worthy possibilities, as well. When screening a new practitioner, it is helpful to ask about their training, see if the office hours and location are convenient, and if the office staff is welcoming. A practitioner who is not an M.D. should be certified by NCCAOM which is the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Is this the type of practitioner that can help you with your health and well being concerns? Perhaps. There have been many success stories in both Eastern and Western medical communities. One way to find out is by making an appointment with a reputable acupuncture practitioner and find out for yourself.

Avoiding Seasonal Health Challenges With Essential Oils

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 20, 2010 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

The use of essential oils to combat colds, flu, viruses and other bacteria has been prevalent at least since the Middle Ages. It is reported that during the plagues that persisted in that time period, those who used plants or oils such as workers in the lavender fields or herb gardeners, were able to survive while many around them succumbed to disease.

As the seasons change, we are often met with challenges to our health including colds, flu and viral infections. Today’s modern medicine has attempted to formulate antibiotics and vaccines to combat even more complex flu viruses, bacterial infections and what are termed super germs. However, it often appears that the race to keep up with the ever-emerging viruses and plagues of our day is not always being won and researchers are finding viruses and bacteria increasingly resistant to the formulated drugs. Infections and death from infections have increased dramatically within our modern hospitals, not to mention deaths from AIDS and other epidemic viruses in underdeveloped countries.

Because of the complex molecular structure of essential oils, they are being researched more intently for their ability to offer resistance to infection. The scientific community is paying more attention to the chemical components of these oils which are pressed or distilled from the stems, leaves, fruits and flowers of plants, and testing their usage as antibiotic and antiviral agents with good result. Of course, the quality of essential oils varies and it is difficult to standardize their production because of the nature of plants themselves and their environment, the soil they grow in, the elevation and air quality, rainfall, harvesting procedures, etc. It is essential to use therapeutic grade, well-tested oils when they are put to use for your personal health.

The primary oils that are recommended for their antibiotic and antibacterial properties include tea tree, geranium, oregano, thyme, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark and clove. It is reported that these oils not only fight infection themselves but assist your own body in rallying its own immune system forces. Oils can be vaporized into a room, breathed in by using a handkerchief or cloth, ingested orally in some cases and massaged into the skin by adding essential oil to a light carrier oil. Reports have concluded that people who regularly use essential oil for health purposes present a much higher level of resistance to illness.

Young Living has created a formula called Thieves combining peppermint, cinnamon bark, clove oil, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary. It is said that 15th century thieves rubbed this oil on themselves while robbing those dead and dying of the plague. This formula has proven very effective and is offered in many forms including spray, mouth lozenge, mouthwash, toothpaste, soap, hand purifier and household cleaner. Try using essential oils this year as the seasons change and test their positive effects on your immune system for yourself!

Sports Injuries and Back Problems

Posted by Alternative Medicine on October 18, 2010 in Acupuncture with No Comments

Sports injuries and back problems can be stressful to deal with for a person who is suffering with severe pain and who is frustrated because they are forced to take time out from playing or from work. Because sports injuries and back problems are so common, pain relief is available in all different forms, from hot and cold therapies, to acupuncture and physiotherapy, choosing the right method of pain relief is down to personal preference and finding what works best for you. One method that more and more people are coming to rely on is acupuncture; a method which relies on finding trigger and pressure points on the body and targeting these with tiny needles to relieve pressure and treat pain.

If you are wondering if acupuncture treatment will work for you then you should first know about which injuries this method of treatment is known for curing. Some pains that are treated with acupuncture include pain as the result of swelling and inflammation, skin discoloration, redness, and lack of joint motion. If you are suffering from inflammation then you should consider getting the acupuncture treatment right away because the longer you wait, the more likely you are to experience limited mobility in the affected area.

Muscle pain and injury can have a knock-on effect on a person’s mental state if it is left untreated and becomes a long term problem; it can cause distress and sometimes even depression as the cause becomes seemingly hopeless and it starts to have an impact on sleep patterns and daily routines. Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain of strained muscles and sports injuries and can also help with related emotional and mental distress at the same time.

One thing that too many people rely on to treat sports injuries is painkillers, while these can certainly be helpful in the early stages, they often mask the pain and cause you to use the muscles too much without realising it. Acupuncture techniques listen to your body and work with it to treat sports injuries effectively, targeting the core pain from the very first treatment.

Other health problems such as Arthritis, back pain, stress and insomnia can be treated with acupuncture and it can be used in conjunction with back supports, orthopaedic supports, sports massage and hot and cold therapy for any of these problems. Seek relief with the acupuncture treatment and see if this ancient method can help to relieve the pain of sports injuries and get you back to full fitness as quickly as possible.