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Acupuncture to Relieve Migraines

Migraines are severe and chronic headaches, which can last for 3 to 72 hours. Apart from the throbbing and pulsating pain, which is usually experienced on one side of the head; the affected person may also have symptoms, like nausea with or without vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people perceive warning symptoms, called auras; which include visual or olfactory experiences, like flashes of light and blind spots in vision.

It has been observed that, women are more prone to migraine; and may start showing symptoms during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. The symptoms, severity, and frequency of migraine headaches may vary from one person to another. The exact cause for migraine is still not known, but it is believed that, genetics and environmental factors play an important role in causing the condition. There are some triggering factors, like certain foods, weather changes, stress, hormonal changes in women, and changes in sleep pattern.

The conventional treatment involves use of drugs to relieve the symptoms, and to prevent migraine attacks. Even abortive medication is prescribed, to abort impending migraine attacks. Such medications should be taken before the onset of the symptoms, in order to be effective. Most often, it happens that such conventional treatment may turn ineffective in preventing migraine attacks. Treatments for migraine are offered by almost all wings of alternative medicine. Acupuncture is found to be effective in treating migraine, to a certain extent.
Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is a popular therapy, which comes under the umbrella of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves stimulation of specific points of the body using various techniques. Among them, insertion of hair thin needles into the strategic points in the body is one of the most widely-accepted technique. These points are positioned along the meridians through which energy flows.

As per the theory of acupuncture, any blockage in the free flow of energy through the meridians leads to diseases, and acupuncture aims to restore the balanced flow of energy in the body. Acupuncture is used for treating various diseases, and is said to be very effective in providing relief to people with back pain, high blood pressure, and headaches.
How is Migraine Treated with Acupuncture
Finding the location of pain
An acupuncturist has to find out the exact location and type of pain, experienced by the patient. Migraine pain may develop on different locations, like behind the eye, above the eyebrow or one side of temple. Migraine pain is often described as throbbing or shooting type. Some may experience dull pain too. Once the exact location and nature of the pain is determined, the acupuncturist can find out the area where the flow of energy is blocked.

Frustration Among Youth in Today’s

Studies show that the overuse of technology can prove to be extremely harmful to one’s mental health. A question we should ask ourselves: Are our smartphones and other smart gadgets making us dumb and emotionally void?
Why to tame the roaring mind?
Good or bad, all turned blind,
The roses are all black,
In darkness, losing track,
The world is all fabricated,
Here we lay,
Frustrated and devastated …
“I am frustrated with my life!” This term has come on the tip of the tongue of almost everyone that we meet today. Today’s youth are most prone to frustrations. It is not surprising that suicide rates have increased by leaps and bounds all over the world. What is the reason that the generation today is so weak-hearted? Why is our life filled with frustrations? Why does a single negative comment or an incident that happens against our wish tend to irk us so much? Be it waiting at a traffic light, or a long line at the eating joint, everything gets on our nerves.

The Virginia Tech Shooting in 2007, where a student gunned down several students and faculty members, including himself, proves the rising amount of frustration and violence among youth these days. Where does this anguish stem from? What are the possible reasons of this frustration and anger? While a lot depends on socio-economic factors, the reasons can be different for different places. For a developing country, the major concern for the youth might be unemployment. For a radically modern culture, frustration might stem from obsession with technology, fashion, bullying, etc. On the other hand, in a culture where there is less freedom, youngsters might be frustrated over the fact that their voice is unheard, and they do not have the liberty to live life as they want.

Common Causes of Frustration Among Youth
Time Management

Time management is the biggest issue today. Though machines have automated so many things, yet, we always find ourselves running out of time. We all have lost the ability to have patience, want things to move quickly, and detest a slow-paced life.

Unemployment

This is the greatest cause of frustration among youngsters, especially in developing countries. When education does not guarantee jobs, it is certain that the youth is going to be disturbed. Well, again, a lot depends on the political and economic status of that nation. An empty mind is a devil’s workshop indeed. This is a grave cause of why crime rates can increase and disrupt the civil life of that country.
Feeling of Worthlessness

Lack of confidence is one of the major issues of the youth today. When they’re not accepted in their schools, are bullied, or do not manage to reach the top position, a feeling of worthlessness immediately crops up. Moreover, this also leads to depression.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurvedic medicines have long been used to strengthen and improve eyesight. One has to no longer depend on artificial tear drops or ointments to treat eye conditions like dry eyes. Ayurveda provides a number of methods to heal dry eyes at the earliest. Ayurvedic eye care is fulfilling that rejuvenates and nourishes the eyes to the core.

Before we actually delve into the different Ayurvedic treatments, it is necessary to know about dry eyes. In this condition, the eyes are unable to produce tears in sufficient amounts. This failure to provide adequate moisture may lead to a persistent burning sensation. Decreased tear production has been attributed to a wide range of reasons, the most common being failing to blink regularly.

Ayurvedic Cure for Dry Eyes

It might not be overly obvious, but to facilitate the healing of eye conditions, you need to follow a healthy diet and stay away from smoking. Here are some Ayurvedic treatments that can help you from the condition of dry eye.

Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Ghee has proven to be very effective in promoting eye health. Simply massaging the eyes externally with ghee can soothe the eye and provide relief. Ghee is a powerhouse of nutrition, hence simply adding a drop of lukewarm liquid ghee into each eye can help heal the condition.

Triphala Powder
Triphala powder, made up of 3 herbs – amla, harada, and baheda, can also work wonders in treating dry eyes. Prepare a mixture by adding a teaspoonful of Triphala powder in a glass of water and leave it overnight. In the morning, strain it with a cheesecloth and use this water to wash your eyes.

Triphala Ghrita
This Ayurvedic medicine, that essentially consists of ghee and numerous herbs, can also help relieve itchy sensation in the eyes. You can drink a solution containing water mixed with half a teaspoon of Triphala Ghrita, preferably before meals, twice a day, or else you can simply add a teaspoon or two of Triphala Ghrita to warm milk in the morning. Drinking this milk can provide a substantial amount of relief from dry eyes.

Honey
Honey too is good for the eyes, and can help relieve dry eyes. Just add a drop of honey to your eyes every week and you will feel better. Honey is full of minerals and displays antioxidant activity. It acts as an excellent antimicrobial agent, hence its application can work wonders in healing eye problems. Another way of using honey is to dilute it with water. Prepare a mixture by adding honey to boiled water in equal proportions. Allow the water to cool; you can either use it as an eyewash, or else apply it gently on the eye with a cotton ball.

How to Treat Burns Effectively Using Aloe Vera

I am sure everyone of us must have been burnt at least once in life – the first time you tried to cook your mom a meal when she was unwell, that cold night you tried to light a fire in the fireplace, during the campfire on a school or college trip, or while doing something as simple as lighting a match stick or a candle! You look around, and almost NEVER is there anything within reach that you can quickly apply on the burn to soothe the pain! An aloe vera plant nearby could have done the trick though, did you know? These hardy plants can grow in almost any kind of soil and do not need any special care. Having a potted aloe vera plant on your kitchen window sill or in the balcony could be a good idea!
How to Use Aloe Vera to Treat Burns
► First and foremost – DO NOT PANIC if you get a burn! Most of the pain we feel is all in our heads!

► Cut off a part of the aloe leaf with a sharp scissor. You can even simply break it off by hand, but scissors are better; especially if you have burnt your hand!

► Take a clean bowl and squeeze the leaf. The gooey aloe vera gel will come out of the leaf.
► Scoop the gel off the bowl and apply it on the burn site.

► Alternatively you can squeeze the aloe leaf gel directly onto the burn.

► Massage gently on the burn. Do not rub too hard. If it burns more on massaging, DO NOT PANIC! It is not because of the gel, but most probably because of the friction caused by rubbing.
If massaging causes the burning sensation to intensify, just gently dab the gel onto the burn. You can even blow over the burn, it helps.If massaging causes the burning sensation to intensify, just gently dab the gel onto the burn. You can even blow over the burn, it helps.
Why Aloe Vera Works

Aloe vera is in fact the scientific name of the plant. It belongs to the genus Aloe and is referred to as true aloe or even medicinal aloe. There are many medicinal uses of aloe known to us. However, it would be rather surprising for some of you to know that there is no documented reference as to why aloe vera works, or what the mechanism of action of aloe vera gel is! However, sometimes experience teaches us more than a ‘documented reference’! Aloe vera is very commonly used in beauty products, incense and a lot of other things. Aloe juice is consumed as well! Those who actually consume it claim that there are indeed several benefits of this herbal juice and that it helps cure inflammatory diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and even helps tackle diabetes.