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Alternative Methods For Dealing With Sinusitis

Sinusitis is one of the most annoying nasal ailments known to man. Aside from the headache, eyestrain, and stuffy nose that comes with sinusitis, one also has to bear with the difficulty of breathing.

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Sinusitis is one of the most annoying nasal ailments known to man.

Aside from the headache, eyestrain, and stuffy nose that comes with sinusitis, one also has to bear with the difficulty of breathing.

To get rid of this nasal problem, people often turn to a wide variety of medications available in the market.

After having tried in vain to get sinus relief from Western medicine, some people have began to develop a taste for alternatives.

Aside from looking for a cure from traditional Chinese medicine, others have looked to growing all-natural medicines movement as a source of lasting, effective treatment for sinusitis.

The herbal lore and medical traditions of China have fascinated Western medicine-trained doctors and resulted in the conduct of in-depth research.

The Indian healing system ayurveda is also gaining some recognition in the West as an alternative form of medicine.

Ayurvedic theory views all human ailments as rooted in an imbalance in the body and that the proper cure is attained by restoring that balance.

The main difference from traditional Western medicine is that rather than simply matching a patient’s problem with the appropriate medication, ayurveda experts first determine the cause of the problem and work from there.

As such, if ten people come to the same ayurveda healer for their sinusitis problem, he might need to prescribe ten different methods, depending on what he perceives to have caused the imbalance in each particular patient.

A massage using herbal oils can be given for someone if the healer thinks the root of the problem lies in some chemical impurity, with the oils formulated specifically for the impurity in question.

Meanwhile, if the healer thinks that the root of the imbalance lies in stress, a meditation regimen might be advised.

In traditional Chinese medicine, sinusitis is like any other medical ailment.

In other words, it is a disruption of the natural elemental harmony of the body, similar to how Feng Shui sees how placing water in the wrong place would disrupt the harmony of within a house or building.

Going with this philosophy, Chinese healers discovered that certain herbal formulas, when mixed together in the proper proportions, can slowly realign a person’s elemental harmony and, as a result, remove the sinusitis.

Cang er san is a typical herbal formula that most traditional Chinese doctors will work with when dealing with sinusitis.

Typically, the proportions are altered slightly, depending on the discretion of the doctor preparing the mix.

Once the sinusitis has cleared up, traditional Chinese doctors can also provide some herbs to help secure the re-harmonized body using dang shen or huang qi.

Another alternative medication for sinusitis comes in the form of the art of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is more than just sticking needles in random locations.

Acupuncture follows the ancient Chinese concept of the chi, which is the living energy that flows within and through all life, similar to the concept of The Force.

There are certain parts of the body that act as focal points of the chi, with sicknesses emerging when the flow of the chi is blocked, delayed, or somehow stunted. According to some older texts, if the chi focuses or centers in one part of the body for too long, it can also cause an imbalance, though the consequences may prove more severe.

The point of acupuncture is to stimulate these wells of chi to resume regular flow, eventually clearing up the problem by restoring the proper ebb and flow of the body’s internal energy.

In most cases, acupuncture is accompanied by traditional herbal medications to supplement the restoration of the body’s natural harmony.

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Benefits Of Yoga For Breast Cancer Survivors

Researchers attribute the growing number of breast cancer survivors to raised awareness as to the symptoms of breast cancer and an increase in self-breast examination done by women.

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More and more people are diagnosed with cancer each year, it is true.  

But it is also true that more and more women are surviving breast cancer.

Researchers attribute the growing number of breast cancer survivors to raised awareness as to the symptoms of breast cancer and an increase in self-breast examination done by women. 

Knowledge of symptoms and doing self-breast examination helps in earlier detection of breast cancer.

The number of breast cancer survivors is on the rise because of early diagnosis and effective treatment.

Typical Conditions Post Remission

However, surviving breast cancer is not like pushing a reset button. 

No woman survives breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy to emerge feeling healthy.

Cancer survivorship has a lot of health consequences that are being discovered only now as more and more people are surviving cancer.

As any breast cancer survivor will tell you, even after the surgery and the chemotherapy and the doctor telling you that you are in remission, you will probably feel worse than when you first learned that you had cancer.

  • Survivors say that they live with pain. It is not just post-operative pain but it is often a generalized pain.
  • Survivors say they live with fatigue; they feel extremely run down and they cannot seem to find energy to do the usual things they used to do.
  • Survivors also say that aside from the pain and the fatigue, the most difficult thing to overcome is the worrying. They worry that the cancer has returned. 
  • They worry that every bump they feel is cancer coming back to haunt them.
  • For these reasons, breast cancer survivors do not sleep well or eat well; they feel depressed and anxious.

How Yoga Helps

A US study of breast cancer survivors found that yoga, particularly the deep breathing, meditation and the slow stretching movements actually help reduce inflammation and pain. 200 women participated in the study and they were randomly assigned to two groups.

  • Half of the women agreed to do yoga for three months.
  • The other half were asked not do yoga until after three months.

Conclusions Of The Study

When the study was over after three months, the group of women who took yoga classes reported that the pain they felt was reduced after doing yoga for three months. 

The other group of women who did not do yoga did not report any reduction in pain.

In case you were thinking that the study was just based on self-reports, the women gave blood samples at the beginning of the study, at the half point of the study at six weeks and again at the end of the study three months later.

The blood samples they gave were used to measure the level of blood proteins that signal inflammation.  

After the twelve weeks were concluded, the women in the study were encouraged to continue doing yoga.

They were even asked to keep a journal about their experiences doing yoga, including the number of minutes they spent doing it. 

On the sixth month, the researchers followed-up on the women.

They gave blood samples again to confirm that the proteins in their blood were lower than the women in the study who did not do yoga.

And their blood proteins were lower.

  • The researchers concluded that it was the deep breathing and the meditation that allowed the women to relax and calm down. 
  • Being more relaxed, the women were able to sleep and eat better.
  • The increased quality of sleep gave the women an increased feeling of vitality and they feel that they are able to do more of the things they used to do and the things they used to enjoy. 

Bottom Line

The study makes no claim that yoga can heal cancer. 

It does not claim that yoga can keep the cancer from coming back or from spreading.

It does provide one effective alternative to medication to decrease the pain, inflammation and anxiety that breast cancer survivors experience.

Yoga increases a breast cancer survivor’s quality of life.

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