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How ‘Forest Bathing’ Keeps Us Well

How ‘Forest Bathing’ Keeps Us Well

Micro-dosing on Nature Can Help with Stress

The practice, long popular in Japan, is gaining popularity globally as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.

Nowadays it feels like we never have a minute to stop and just relax. We’re so busy that there’s always something going on; whether it’s work, family, emotional, or other aspects of our lives. It can feel like there are always things to do or to worry about.

Being active and getting outdoors regularly is a great way to keep healthy and fit physically. It can also play an important role in your mental wellbeing. Research suggests exercise can enhance the body’s ability to respond to stress, and increase norepinephrine levels, which helps moderate the brains’ stress-response.

The idea is simple: being around trees for relaxation and recreation can help to reduce stress, increase mental-wellness and boost immune systems. Breathing in the organic compounds (phytocides) that trees emit as you explore the forest, can directly improve your health and wellbeing.

Using nature for emotional wellbeing is well known across the globe. In 1982, Japan made shinrin-yokuor ‘forest bathing’ a part of its national health program. The aim was to briefly  reconnect people with nature in the simplest way possible. Go to the woods, breathe deeply, be at peace. Forest bathing was Japan’s medically sanctioned method of unplugging  before there were smartphones to unplug from! Since shirin-yoku’s inception, continued research has been carried out testing its efficacy, and the documented benefits to one’s health include lowered blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and stress hormones.

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Acupuncture reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia according to study

Acupuncture reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia according to study

Evidence suggests acupuncture reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a Mayo Clinic study.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder considered disabling by many, and is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. No cure is known and available treatments are only partially effective.

Mayo’s study involved 50 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial to determine if acupuncture improved their symptoms. Symptoms of patients who received acupuncture significantly improved compared with the control group, according to the study published in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Scientists prove how Acupuncture works to reduce Stress

Scientists prove how Acupuncture works to reduce Stress

Acupuncture works by blocking the release of stress hormones, from the brain, according to a scientific study.

Professor Ladan Eshkevari, an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University in America, designed studies to test the effects of Acupuncture. They showed that the Chinese Therapy reduced levels of hormones secreted by pathways involved in the stress response.

Prof Eshkevari said the study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, added to a growing body of evidence on Acupuncture’s protective effect against stress.

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Tired of Insomnia? Research shows Acupuncture maybe the fix

Tired of Insomnia? Research shows Acupuncture maybe the fix

Lack of sleep can have a wide variety of negative consequences, from daytime drowsiness and irritability, to depression and an increased risk of various health problems. Unfortunately, the most common treatment for insomnia consists of pharmaceutical drugs such as sedatives, hypnotics and antidepressants, which may carry side effects. In contrast, Acupuncture is considered non-invasive, safe and side-effect free.

An early review on the effectiveness of acupuncture as an insomnia treatment was conducted by a postdoctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2003. The researcher reviewed 11 separate experimental studies published in the English language between 1975 and 2002. Every single study found that acupuncture treatment significantly improved the symptoms of insomnia.

Further evidence suggests that acupuncture may improve not just sleep duration, but also quality. One study, conducted by researchers from China’s Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University and published in the Chinese Medical Journal in 2009, found that acupuncture therapy led to significant improvements in sleep quality (including REM sleep and slow wave sleep time) and in daytime social function. Notably, 67 per cent of participants were still free of insomnia one month later.

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New research on efficacy of Acupuncture for Depression

New research on efficacy of Acupuncture for Depression

The University of York has released a major RCT comparing acupuncture, counselling and usual care for depression. The conclusion reached by the study was that acupuncture versus the usual care was associated with a significant reduction in the symptoms of depression.

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Food for Winter Months – Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Food for Winter Months – Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Winter is cold with yin dominating: dark, damp, cold. Moving from Autumn to Winter is another major seasonal change when we need to eat plenty of energizing foods to combat the increased risk of external pathogens in the months ahead.

Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Oats are a stimulating food for the nervous system, energizing and anti-depressant. They are a rich source of B Vitamins, they lower cholesterol levels, help to regulate blood sugar and contain iron and iodine. Goji berries help to nourish Blood and tonify Liver and Kidneys. Cinamon helps to clear internal cold and warm the kidneys. A great start to the day for the winter months!

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