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Anxiety Prevention

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There are many ways to prevent anxiety.  Here are some of the ways you can effectively prevent this mental disorder.

Know more about anxiety – Knowing the nature of anxiety, how it affects your health and quality of life and the ways to treat and prevent them is a huge step in helping you to at least prevent this disorder from overrunning your life. Read as much articles about this problem as well as other mental disorders. Study the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder, know what things to avoid, what right foods to eat and what you must do when you are hit with a panic attack.

Avoid stress as much as possible – Too much stress not only affects your mental health but your physical health as well. It is one of the most corrosive forces in a person’s health. Avoid things and people that are stressors in your life. Learn to say no to occasions when you need to take care of more important things. Do not do overtime if it’s possible and do not accept extra work that you think will not be finished on time.

Start being assertive – There is a big connection between individuals with low self-esteem and anxiety disorder. Passive people are not usually good at socializing and may often feel depressed. If you are a passive person, start becoming assertive and involve yourself in groups especially anxiety support groups that can get you over your anxiety problem. These groups might help you develop your self-confidence enabling you to develop assertiveness and confidence enough to be able to attend social events and gatherings effortlessly.

Learn and indulge in relaxation techniques – Breathing techniques, meditation and yoga help you to have peace of mind and stay relaxed. These activities help to uplift your emotions. It also helps you develop self-control and make you happy, factors that enable you to gain self-esteem and self-confidence.

Exercise – Exercising provides so many health advantages to the person. It makes the body function optimally and boosts the immune system making the person healthy in both body and mind. Exercising for at least 20 minutes for three to five times a week can help you overcome your anxiety problem. Indulging in more intense exercises provides much healthier results.

Eat a balanced diet – Along with exercise, eating a good and balanced diet is needed to make the body resilient to sickness, healthy and keep stress at a minimum level. The best foods are unprocessed, natural and organic foods.

Stop taking caffeine and nicotine – Certain teas, soda and coffee and even cigarette smoking will only raise your nerves higher so that is certainly undesirable and therefore need to be avoided at all times.

Make a journal of your everyday life – This will help you and your mental health doctor determine the stressors in your life as well as the ones that make you feel relaxed and happy.


Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

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September 28th, 2013 at 3:04 am

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Eczema Treatments and Drugs

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Eczema can develop in all age groups. It basically encompasses a range of skin conditions also termed as dermatitis. Mild eczema is characterized by dry and itchy skin; severe eczema, on the other hand, will make the skin bleed, break and become tender.


Eczema medicine is recommended in accordance with the severity of the disease. Eczema lotions are widely utilized for many types of eczema. The lotions are designed to calm the inflamed and irritated skin. They likewise provide hydration to the eczema-riddled area. By providing enough hydration or moisture, the symptoms of scaling, inflammation, irritation and dryness can be mitigated. The lotions can also make the symptoms less noticeable. The soothing effect provided by lotions also helps relieve the discomfort a person feels from the disease. Some lotions are developed precisely to address eczema symptoms and can be applied to wide areas of the affected skin. Lotions are a very popular form of treatment but if you want a more effective and long-lasting treatment for your eczema, the lotions should be complemented with other treatment procedures.


Glucocorticoids are also very good at treating eczema. Glucocorticoids usually are packaged in lotions cream or ointment form. Desonide and other weaker steroid solutions are recommended by doctors to treat light or moderate forms of eczema.  If you have severe symptoms of eczema, very powerful steroids such as clobetasol propionate provide the healing power you need for treatment of those symptoms. Unfortunately, these corticosteroids come with side effects and patients should only take the doctor-recommended dosages. One typical side effect of corticosteroids is that it makes the skin brittle and thin. Corticosteroids are also immunosuppressive and can increase the likelihood for skin infections if not combined with antifungals or antibiotics. One nasty side effect of corticosteroids is that they can increase the risk of cataracts. These side effects are reasons why medications containing steroids should be only taken sparingly. Corticosteroids can be used in a short or medium term basis to treat eczema to avoid major side effects. For severe eczema, the doctor may recommend oral corticosteroids.  They should not be used long-term even if they provide prompt relief for your symptoms.


Eczema especially the atopic type can be addressed by medications called pimecrolimus and tacrolimus. These drugs are immunomodulators that temporarily “disables” the immune system in the part of the skin they are utilized on. Pimecrolimus/tacrolimus repulse eczema flare ups. You need to avoid exposure to UV rays and sunlight after applying this drug on your body.  If you need to go outside suit on protective and loose clothing that that can cover your whole body.


If your eczema is complicated with secondary skin infection, doctors may recommend antibiotics. Because the eczema causes the skin to dry out, the skin easily cracks permitting bacteria to enter the skin. The bacteria cause even more irritation and inflammation and weaken the skin even further. This is why antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for eczema.

Alternative Treatments

Eczema can develop or worsen due to either emotional or physical stress. Stress also retards the healing of the skin barrier. Studies even reveal that sleep deprivation and emotional stress greatly weaken skin barrier function in patients who are in prime health. Some types of alternative treatment for eczema that help reduce stress can help better manage their symptoms.

  • Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy is a proven effective technique to relieve stress. It is a type of alternative medicine that is very popular for a huge segment of the population. Studies show that hypnosis helps to improve the eczema symptoms of people whose eczema were shown to be resilient to conventional treatment. Besides treating eczema, hypnotherapy help improve the quality of sleep and the mood of the patient. This goes a long way for the proper control of symptoms.
  • Acupuncture – This is a uniquely Chinese therapy that has been used for the treatment of dozens of ailments and diseases for thousands of years. Acupuncture can have a very calming effect on the individual and many people come out of an acupuncture session feeling renewed and energized. The theory of how acupuncture works is based in the existence of energy called chi in the body and its pathways called meridians where chi is conveyed like blood throughout the body. Some times the pathways or meridians develop blockages that hinder chi from passing and nourishing body tissues and organs.  Sometimes also chi flow becomes too strong that it negatively affects these tissues and organs. To offset these issues, acupuncture needles are inserted into the affected meridians to regulate or unblock the flow of chi that can then restore the good health of the individual. Acupuncture also is used to relieve all types of stress in the body. This is how this treatment can be very effective in people with eczema that has worsened or have been impervious to conventional treatments due to extreme or longstanding physical or emotional stress. Acupuncture is most effective when complemented with Chinese herbal medicine and people using these two therapies have found complete treatment in a matter of weeks.
  • Herbal medicine – Herbs can provide relief for the different symptoms of eczema. Drinking herbal tea combined with acupuncture, creams and bath additives can lead to the total treatment of a lot of eczema cases within three months some Chinese studies reveal.
  • Essential oils – Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, a substance widely believed to contain anti-inflammatory attributes. This type of oil can be effective in relieving the inflammation of eczema sufferers, especially during flare ups. Some studies showed that evening primrose oil helped treat the redness, crusting and itch of subjects within a two month testing period. Another study revealed that almost all patients using evening primrose oil orally showed improvement in their symptoms compared to only a third of patients taking placebo meds.
  • Vitamin D – Some studies reveal that when using vitamin D supplementation, patients manifested marked improvement in their eczema symptoms especially during summer and winter when their symptoms are at their worse.


DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

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September 20th, 2013 at 6:12 am

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Migraine – Preparing for your Appointment

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When you visit your doctor for your appointment regarding your migraine/headache, you need to be well-prepared and know what things to bring along and what questions to ask your doctor regarding your condition. Here are some of the things you can bring along with you to help your doctor accurately sort out your problem and provide you with the best possible treatment for your condition.

You can bring these with you to your appointment:

  • Your Past Medical Records
  • A diary or journal recording your migraine attacks and your headaches – Keeping a diligent monitoring of your migraine and headache attacks will help your doctor come up with the right diagnosis and will fully answer some of the pertinent questions he will ask you about your condition. You can make a migraine or headache diary by either writing down all information about your headache/migraine on a small notebook or encode them on a computer.
  • Your own Medical History and your Family Medical History – These medical records can make the doctor aware if your migraine problem is genetically acquired particularly if you have already been diagnosed with migraine. Some members of your family may also be presently suffering from migraines which they might misconstrue as sinus headaches or headaches due to a cold.
  • A list recording your questions, comments and symptoms – This is to ensure that you don’t forget them during your appointment. You can submit this list to your doctor or just read the information if the doctor asks you questions whose answers are included in the list

Questions to Ask your Doctor

  • Do you have a diagnosis for my migraine/ headache?
  • What part of my lifestyle do I need to change to help me prevent these migraines/headaches?
  • What are things that trigger my migraines/headaches?
  • If I am diagnosed with migraine, will I be given preventive medicines if my episodes occur frequently?
  • What type of medicine should I use? Is it prescribed or over-the-counter?
  • How does this medicine work?
  • If you prescribe more than one drug, what drug should be taken when and in what order?
  • Are there side effects with these medicines? What are they?
  • Can these drugs potentially cause rebound headache? If yes, what can I take instead?
  • If these drugs cause nausea, what anti-nausea medicine should I take?
  • If these medicines do not work, should I undergo diagnostic exams like MRI or CT scan?
  • Do you recommend a magnesium supplement? If yes, what kind of magnesium and how many doses should I take? Do you recommend mineral or vitamin supplements as well?
  • Do you also recommend herbal medications?
  • Do you recommend Coenzyme Q10 for headache/migraine? How much amount?
  • Do you recommend biofeedback, massage or acupuncture as complementary therapies?

The doctor in turn will most likely ask you questions as well. Some of the important questions he may ask can include:

  • When was the first time you noticed your symptoms?
  • Have they been intermittent or continuous?
  • Are you your symptoms severe?
  • What things cause your symptoms to improve?
  • What things cause your symptoms to worsen?

While waiting for the day of your appointment you need to make and keep the aforementioned diary or journal. You need to make note of the foods you ate 24 hours before a migraine episode, the things you’ve been doing and how you’ve felt during the attack.

Fully rest your body in preparation for your appointment. Avoid stress and get enough sleep to make your body relaxed prior and during your doctor’s appointment.

Written by Valerie

September 20th, 2013 at 6:00 am

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Definition of Migraines

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Migraines are headaches that are characterized by pulsating and throbbing pain all over the head. The severity and duration of the pain can change intermittently, can affect one area of the head and can last for a few minutes to many hours. Migraines are considered vascular headaches which stem from the extreme sensitivity of the brain arteries making it particularly susceptible to spasms. This abnormal condition causes the scalp and brain arteries to dilate causing the migraine pain affecting the head.

Migraine headaches cause the sufferer to experience sensitivities to smell, sound and light and causes him to endure episodes of vomiting, nausea, depression and sleeplessness that all tend to lessen in severity during the course of time. When a migraine headache acts up, the body’s sympathetic nervous system is stimulated. This is the system that triggers the “fight or flight” reaction and it heightens the pain and stress of the person. An overactive sympathetic system causes reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. It also causes bowel movements in the small intestines to slow down and hinders the absorption of oral medications that were taken for the migraine pain. This is the reason why many migraine medications seem to be ineffective in controlling the headache. The over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system also weakens blood circulation causing cold extremities and skin pallor.

Almost 30 million people are affected by migraine headache leading to lost productivity and a poor quality of life for these people. Factors like start of the menopausal phase, menstrual problems and stress can trigger migraine headaches.

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244

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September 13th, 2013 at 2:38 am

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Infertility – Coping and Support

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Learning How to Cope

Infertility can cause a wide range of emotions for those suffering from it making effective coping skills quite necessary. Listed below are some helpful advices to better control and lessen the stress caused by infertility:

  • Make sex more of a recreational activity than a means for procreation – Simply put, keep sex fun and enjoyable. The problem is sex can become more of an obligation than a great way to express love for the partner.  It’s good to stay romantic and do certain fun activities like watching movies that are romantic or dine under lighted candles. This keeps your relationship from becoming tedious and boring.
  • Make infertility a minor issue in your life – There are so many ways to be happy. One way is to not let infertility problems become a serious issue in your life. Learn to accept it and move on to more important and positive aspects that will better your life and make you happier.  If you cannot avoid talking about your infertility, set a certain time and period to talk about it and make use of the rest of your day to think about other things.
  • Understand your fertility problems as much as possible – Learning about your problem and identifying good alternatives like living without a child or adoption can make you more willing to consider these options.
  • Communicate with your partner – Always talk to each other and express your feelings with each other. Try to be understanding with your partner. Your partner may have his/her own unique way of expressing her mind and feelings and if you love him/her you will be able to accept your partner the way he/she is.
  • Acupuncture – This alternative type of treatment has proven effective in treating certain types of infertility for certain types of people. This incredibly versatile therapy has been shown to significantly increase the rate of pregnancy when it is used to complement IVF therapy.  By itself, it has been able to aid some individuals in the treatment of their infertility.
  • Acknowledge your feelings – Express your feelings of frustration, anger and sadness in a way that does not harm others. Don’t bottle up your emotions as it can only impact your health and mind in a more negative way.
  • Find support – Keep in touch with people with similar fertility problems as you have. This can now be easily done online through forums. You can also go for counseling and join a non-online support group who are composed of people who know what you’re experiencing and can morally support you.
  • Go for counseling – Counseling is beneficial for infertile couples to help them unload the emotional stress that comes with infertility. A lot of fertility clinics are now requesting couples to undergo counseling before and during their therapy. If sad thoughts and feeling persist and if you find them starting to seriously affect your life, then it is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor and speak to him about your concerns.


1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632

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September 13th, 2013 at 1:59 am

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