Thursday, 16 November 2017

Can you Lose Weight with Acupuncture?

Can you lose weight with acupuncture?It is true that there are a lot of people who are overweight. For those who are obese, perhaps surgery is the best option but for those who can’t, they can try to see if acupuncture can help take out the excess weight. Facial acupuncture is well known for its benefits for the appearance.In this post we want to discuss the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss.


Acupuncture is a form of holistic healthcare that uses needles to help treat a patient.  Unlike the cartoon where the balloon will pop and all the air will go out, the needles that are inserted into the vital points will stimulate the body to release endorphins thus helping the person control their appetite.

But before needles are inserted, the specialist will first ask the patient some questions and perform an examination. This is needed to understand the main cause for the person to be overweight.

Part of examination is to help the acupuncturist figure out where the needles will be inserted. Your pulse will give the person an idea on your general state of energy and the general health of your stomach.

You will also have to open your mouth and show your tongue to check for cracks, peelings or puffiness on the stomach area as this provides clues to why you are overweight.


Once he or she knows the reason, this is the time that the needles are inserted into different parts of the body. One way is called the multi-targeted approach which is designed to lower the body’s weight by increasing the output of the pituitary gland.

The areas where the needles will be inserted will be in the ear and in two of three body points.  These areas could also include the mouth, the stomach, the lung, the endocrine, the spleen, kidney or thyroid.

During the initial treatment, the “Four Gate” points would be used to circulate energy throughout the entire body. It is also possible that electro simulation will also be done to increase endorphin release and stimulate metabolism.

These needles will be kept in place for 30 to 45 minutes depending on how much support is needed. These are then removed and replaced with ear tacs with adhesives to make sure they are in the same spot as the needles.

These ear tacs work by applying mild pressure whenever he or she feels hungry. It causes a mild endorphin release and helps the patient relax making it possible to use their willpower and resist the temptation to eat.

The patient will also have to reduce cravings on certain food by cutting down the intake. Some studies suggest that this can also lower insulin levels or lipid levels in the blood.

The best part about acupuncture is that there are no harmful side effects and no chance for an addiction to occur. The patient will have to come back for regular treatment and have to pay attention to one’s diet and exercise regularly as needles can only do so much to control one’s weight.

The number of treatments for someone who is overweight varies depending on how many pounds they want to lose, the speed at which they want to lose it and their commitment to sticking to the plan. 

The average patient on the other hand who wants to lose 5 to 10 pounds will have to come for treatment every three days or twice a week then once this is attained, once every two weeks. It is up to the person until when the treatment will be done which shows that acupuncture can help you lose weight.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

How Meditation Helps for Spiritual Awakening

Do you want to know the connection between Meditation and your Spiritual Awakening?


Meditation is often visualized as an Eastern tradition where the person sits in a circle surrounded by candles and saying mantras or humming.  Currently, meditation and its benefits are recognized and is far from what we had in mind before.  Aside from the calming effect that it could bring, meditation are often said to be a path to awaken the spirit and start the journey towards spiritual awakening.

Meditation has different schools.  Each school would have its own thought about meditation.  There are also different techniques for meditation and it can also be classified based on their focus.  There are meditative techniques which focus on a field or a background perception, while there are others which focus on a specific object.

Meditation is used to calm the mind and relax the body.  

Tension, stress and anxiety can be relieved by performing simple techniques. Aside from the inner peace that meditation brings, it can also improve the body’s total and general health.  It is also a great way of improving your concentration.  There are studies showing the relation between meditation and other concentration exercises with the performances of athletic and sport professionals.


Health benefits of meditation 

Health benefits of meditation would include better circulation, deeper level of relaxation, increase in exercise tolerance among heart patients, regularizing blood pressure, reduces anxiety attacks and muscle tension, helps against allergies, arthritis, and shows significant help for those who are recovering from operation or surgery.




Concentration
 
With this concentration process, you get to listen to the inner self and separate from the pressures of daily life.  Understanding the inner self would lead to understanding of our higher self.  This would increase our knowledge and understanding how the higher self unites with the universe.  In meditation, you get the chance to tap into your inner self and get in touch on how it sees your life.  Getting in touch with the inner self will provide guidance towards our happiness and fulfilment. 

Meditation is about listening to the inner self, therefore it has something to do with controlling your attention and focusing.  There are too much distractions that it is very hard for some to focus their attention into what it is important and keeping the attention on fixed object. When focused on a fixed object or field, one-pointedness could be experienced and could take the person to a completely different state. This one-pointedness is not that easy to achieve though, there are some who would need to meditate for years to achieve it. 

When one-pointedness is achieved, the person would experience bliss.  Bliss is referred to as a natural state of the soul which cannot be experienced easily in daily lives. During this meditative state,  spirituality and also the mind expands its consciousness and understanding of nature and the universe.  Destructive thinking and behaviour brought about by the materialistic and  fast-paced world can be flushed away by focusing more on the your spirituality.

A deeper understanding and knowledge would be felt and the body would be in one with the universe.  This they say would be what would link us to the Supreme Being.  Attaining this one-pointedness could somehow be compared to a spiritual awakening, where the body and the mind can fully understand what cannot be seen or touch in the material world.