Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Your Immunity

What is the one feature in your body that fights off diseases and works to keep it in a healthy condition? It is your immunity system. It really does a stupendous job of defending your body against disease causing bacteria and viruses. But it does not work every time and fails in fighting away harmful germs and microorganisms. When this happens, you fall sick.  So how can this be prevented by making your immune system stronger? Do you take additional vitamins and minerals? Do you change the way you eat and incorporate other lifestyle activities?

Here are six simple ways to give your immunity system an immediate and effective boost.
    1. Walking Outdoors - Walking close to nature does wonders for a person’s physical and mental health. There is nothing more relaxing than a long slow walk in the great outdoors to unwind from the stress and tension of everyday living. When we walk in a park or in the woods, our white blood cells increase and lowers blood pressure and stress hormones. Plants emit phytoncides, a chemical that protects it from insects and rotting. When an individual breathes in this chemical, the natural killer cells within the body increase. These cells play an important in the immune system to fight off cancer. Being close to greenery improves our overall well being and makes us much happier. 

    2. Avoiding Refined Sugars - Your immune system literally takes a stab when you gorge on foods that are rich in refined sugars. A person’s immune function can drop by 50% after consuming sugar in just 30 minutes.  What’s worse is you are at risk of obesity, heart disease, mood swings, ulcers, colitis, etc. Many people don’t know what refined sugars are. It usually comes in many forms, which include lactose (milk sugar), sucrose (cane sugar), corn syrup, fructose and maltose (grain sugar). Canned/processed foods, frozen foods, cured meats are high in sugar levels. They lack the essential nutrients needed by the body to metabolize the sugar levels properly. They are also low in fibre which contributes to illnesses and diseases. 

    3. Thinking Positive - People who suffer from anxiety and depression have a weakened immunity system. Those who are optimistic and happy have stronger immunity, enhanced mental stability/functioning and good physical health. To put it simply, thinking positive everyday will improve your immunity function. To help boost and balance your immunity system, always portray self-acceptance, contentment, love, freely and have hope and faith. Negative thinking suppresses immunity function thus leading to fear, grief, depression, panic and anxiety. According to Louise Hay, in her widely acclaimed book titled “Heal your Body”, she described guilt, anger, resentment and criticism as the mental thought patterns responsible for causing disease and illness in the body. A pessimist will have poorer health compared to an optimist. It is in your hands to choose to live life more positively and distance yourself away from negative influences. 

    4. Laughing Often - Laughter is definitely the best medicine for your body. It can reduce inflammation in the body and significantly boost immunity levels. So laugh more, have fun, watch comedies and read lots of jokes to get into a good frame of mind. 

    5. Spending Time with Supportive People - People involved in caring and supportive social relationships have better health. People who are isolated and reclusive don’t have good physical health. To improve your health and immunity function, get acquainted with people you enjoy to be around like friends, family members and other support groups. 

    6. Meditating Everyday - Meditation produces positive vibrations in both the immune system and the brain. Take time off every day for at least 20 minutes to reflect on all good things that make you feel confident and worthy. You can also try your hand in Yoga and deep breathing exercises.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Homeopathy Treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder other known as PTSD is a psychiatric condition that is brought on by memories of extremely stressful situations or life threatening events. The individual relives the experiences through nightmares, flashbacks and behavioral disorders like depression, fear, anxiety and insomnia. They may also experience feelings of detachment from family members, friends and other familiar surroundings. In many cases, PTSD is so severe that it affects the individual’s lifestyle in a profound way.

Healing from a trauma can take several counseling sessions with constitutional homeopathic remedy. The patient should be given ample time to describe their experience and the effect it has had on them and their outlook. Homeopathy treatments works on the Principle of Individualization which simply means that every individual is given treatments tailor made for their problem. No two treatment procedures are the same. The medicine varies for every individual based on their onset, duration, progress, sensation, location, modalities and symptoms. However, homeopathic remedies have proven to have a positive effect on children as well as adults who suffer from PTSD.

Homeopathy has the power to relinquish PTSD’s energetic hold on the patient. This is because the energetic shock from the trauma or event sets up the subsequent pattern of dysfunction in the individual. Conventional drugs for PTSD will not yield satisfactory results as drug therapy only serves to suppress the symptoms for a temporary period of time, thus failing to address the underlying energetic nature of the problem. Talk therapies may manage the effects of PTSD but it is not capable of releasing the individual from its recurring tendency. In order to achieve true therapeutic success, homeopathic remedies are an energy based therapy to cure an energetically induced illness like PTSD. Homeopathic remedies for PTSD

  • Stramonium – This medicine is effective for night fears and nightmares, especially for children who are afraid to sleep in the dark. It is helpful for treating anxiety disorders after experiencing harrowing situations like rape and violence. It is also used for individuals who experience fear, anguish, sleeplessness and the constant feeling of being surrounded by danger.
  • Mancinella – This medicine is effective for worn out women, children or any individual who has the feeling of being possessed.  
  • Gelsemium – This medicine can quell anticipatory fears in children and adults who perceive that something bad will happen to them in the future. The patient will experience occipital headaches, diarrhea and often feels weak with heavy eyelids.
  • Staphysagria – This medicine helps children and adults deal with nightmares after violence. Individual who need this medication often feel powerless and unable to defend themselves. They may seem sweet in nature but are unable to deal with anger or grief. They suppress these symptoms which often lead to outbursts of uncontrollable rage.
  • Chamomilla – This medicine brings a sense of calmness to children who have experienced severe trauma and show signs of hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity. They may be overly sensitive to noise and music and complain of stomach aches. Patients feel relief and calm after they have been gently rocked.