East Meets West in the Treatment of Ailments

Some may consider eastern practices like acupuncture and Reiki to be alternative forms of therapy, but practitioners prefer to consider it “complementary” to western medical practices. Both work on the idea that energies running through the body can be changed or redirected to alleviate pains and illnesses. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate the body while Reiki relies on strategic hand placements above the body to channel energy in a productive way. While there is little definitive proof that either works based on Western scientific principles, acupuncture has been used for centuries dating back to ancient China, and Reiki is …

A Funny-Sounding Cream Could Help Your Arthritis Pain

Two Old Goats isn’t the name of a farm but a cream that some swear helps with their arthritis, diabetes, and fibromyalgia pain. It contains six essential oils including lavender and peppermint, and may be helpful when used in conjunction with standard medication. Another benefit: it apparently lacks the strong odor of other creams. Read the full article here: New arthritis treatment provides relief [sc:mbta]

The Benefits of Greek (Yogurt) Life

Dr. Weil explains the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt. Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the liquid whey, resulting in a much thicker consistency. Because of its concentrated qualities, it is also much higher in protein and lower in carbs. Read the full article here: Is Greek Yogurt Better? [sc:mbta]

Fruits and Veggies Boost Mental Well-Being

More research is showing that fruits and vegetables are key to a healthy mind and body. A U.S. government panel of nutrition experts plans to recommend that higher amounts of both be incorporated into our daily diets. Meanwhile, a study from the U.K.’s University of Warwick has shown that those who ate five or more fruits and vegetables a day had much higher levels of mental well-being than those who ate less than one serving a day. This not only includes mental health but also levels of happiness, high self-esteem, and good relationships. In fact, researchers recommend consuming seven servings …

Migraines May Be A Dental Issue

If you suffer from regular migraines, the cause may be from an improper or imbalanced dental area. This can lead to problems in the head, neck, face, or jaw. One treatment option is called the TruDental system which has been used to alleviate migraine pain. Read the full article here: Lasting Relief From Migraine, Headaches, Tinnitus, Vertigo—In The Dentist’s Office! [sc:mbta]

5 Foods for Gut Moves

Want to feel better throughout your whole body? One way is through a healthier gut. It’s home to numerous bacteria that are responsible for digesting food and expelling unwanted byproducts. The five superfoods in this article have been used for ages by other cultures and may help to improve the workings of your gut. Read the full article here: 5 Superfoods For A Healthier Gut [sc:mbta]

Chronic Neck Pain May Be Helped By the Eyes

A new research study published in the journal Psychological Science shows that chronic neck pain can be influenced by surrounding visual cues. In the experiment, 24 long-time chronic neck pain sufferers were asked to put on a virtual reality head set that showed a virtual scene. During each scene, participants were asked to rotate their heads until they experienced pain, but what they didn’t know was that the visual feedback they saw in the head set did not always match the actual rotation of their heads. The result: people were able to turn their head about six percent further if …

Natural Recipes for Better Hair

Great hair can make you look and, more importantly, feel beautiful. These ten recipes incorporate natural oils and herbs that can make your hair fuller, shinier, and/or thicker without harsh chemicals. Give them a try and let us know if any worked for you. Read the full article here: 10 Easy Ways to Get Thicker Hair [sc:mbta]

The Best Way to Beat Stress

A few studies, including a recent one, have shown that walks in nature are incredibly beneficial for mental health. They are thought to help in lowering depression and stress levels, and enhance overall feelings of well-being. And those who had recently experienced severe negative life events such as divorce, unemployment, illness, or death of a loved one benefited even more from nature walks. Read the full article here: Forest Bathing for Mind and Body [sc:mbta]

Natural Pain Management

If you experience pain on a regular basis, you are not alone. And whether it’s chronic and unmanageable or able to be treated with regular pain medications, it may be beneficial to consider other options. There are natural treatments that you can ingest as well as activities that are shown to heal and strengthen the body. Ginger, capsaicin from chili peppers, chamomile tea, turmeric, and the African herb Devil’s Claw have all been shown to be effective in relieving pain or inflammation. That said, whatever you decide to try, be sure to consult with your doctor to make sure these …