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Shuttlecock Woes – A Layman’s Guide to Common Badminton Injuries

A rather common opinion about badminton is that it is one of the safest games possible-a fun, family game innocent of malice and devoid of any real danger of injury. Such notions are highly probable, given the immense popularity of the game worldwide, as entertainment for children during playtime as well as a serious Olympic sport.

However, contrary to popular opinion, badminton players are also prone to injury-some so intense in nature that they may take months to heal completely. According to one study conducted by a Denmark-based group of doctors and published in 2006, badminton injuries occur at an average rate of 2.9/person every 1000 hours of play time. Despite being a non-contact sport, where there is no physical contact between the opposing players, badminton injuries happen frequently-mostly due to over use of certain parts of the body and sometimes because of accidents happening suddenly and painfully. Mostly they occur in players who wear the wrong shoes, do not warm-up, warm-up more than required, sport bad technique, are overweight or generally unfit. Injuries are witnessed in players who have not indulged in sport for a while as well as in seasoned players who have overused body parts such as wrists, ankles, knees and elbows to name a few.

Acute/Accidental injuries:

Ankle Sprains- Although still wanting in detailed statistical studies, some research papers have shown that on an average, ankle sprains constitute more than half of all reported badminton injuries. An ankles sprain can be described as the stretching and or tearing of ligaments and muscles in the ankle. In extreme cases, there may also be damage to tendons, bones and other joint tissues. The resulting bleeding within tissues can cause sudden edema and swelling of the ankle, which in third degree sprains, often takes more than 6 months to heal completely. Ankle sprains are accidental in 99% of the incidences and happen when the player lands on his partner’s foot or on the floor with his own foot turned inwards, outwards or flexed. The extremely quick directional changes required during badminton, often cause the feet to roll over or twist, resulting in a sprained ankle. Fatigue, extra body weight and shoes with more than normal ‘grip’ are frequent contributors to such injuries.

Meniscus Tear- This also goes by the layman-friendly alias ‘Torn Cartilage Knee Injury’ and is as painful as a sprained ankle. During the intricate footwork required during a badminton game, the meniscus or cartilage, which provides a soft cushioning between the thigh and shin bones, sometimes ruptures, causing pain in the joint-line of the knee, swelling and inability to flex the leg completely. This may sometimes also be accompanied by an injured or totally ruptured ligament, which increases the pain factor and healing time. Normally, the swelling and pain settles down easily for most people. However for some sportspersons, the knee can become prone to knee locking or ‘giving way’, in which case, surgery is required.

Muscle Strain- Unexpected movements, such as a sudden overhead smash, may put muscles in various parts of the body under pressure, thereby causing a disruption of fibres in the affected muscle. This can result in pain, swelling, bruising and in extreme case, loss of function. Muscles commonly affected are the hamstring, knee, shoulder and calf, to name a few.

Ocular hurt- A Malaysian study reportedly called badminton the ‘sport which presented the greatest ocular hazard in Malaysia’. Another Canadian study backed up these claims saying that 30-58% of all eye injuries in Canada caused by racquet sports were attributed to badminton. This may seem funny to a layman, since a shuttlecock looks anything but devious, with its lightweight feathery appearance, compared to the heavier balls used in tennis and squash. Although the frequency of eye injuries on an average is more in squash than in badminton, the latter does account for injuries which are greater in severity. This is partly because the bottom round of the shuttlecock fits into the eye orbit and also because of the extremely high speeds achieved during badminton. Badminton is widely considered to be the fastest racquet sport in the world and shuttlecocks have been known to reach speeds of more than 300 km/hour. On 25 September 2009, Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong set the international smash record of 421 km/hour in the men’s double’s category at the Japan Open 2009. This is 1/3rd the speed of sound at sea level, so one can imagine the effect of a shuttlecock travelling at that speed and hitting one’s eye. It would be painful to say the least.

Fractures- Fractures are fairly rare in badminton, although some have been reported. They normally happen when another player’s racquet hits a player’s arm or leg or if the player himself falls down heavily or if another player missteps and falls/steps on him/her.

Chronic/overuse injuries:

Achilles Tendonitis- Loosely defined, Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendonipathy is an inflammation of the heel cord of the foot. In reference to badminton, it can be described as a chronic degenerative change in the Achilles Tendon (a cord of inelastic tissue connecting bone and muscle running from heel to calf) occurring due to repetitive jumping and running, worsened by poor warm-up techniques. More common as one ages, it also tends to worsen with activity.

Tennis Elbow- Do not be mislead by the nomenclature of this particular injury. Tennis Elbow is often seen in sports other than tennis and very frequently among badminton players. The injury, known as Lateral Epicondylosis among the medical fraternity, is a chronic overuse injury which occurs due to the inflammation of the tendons of the forearm on the outer part of the elbow. Players who indulge in repetitive backhand strikes are often subject to Tennis Elbows. Change of grip size, lack of recovery and excess stretching tend to make them worse.

Golfer’s Elbow- This particular injury is similar to Tennis Elbow in mostly all respects except for the location of the injury. While Tennis Elbow causes inflammation on the outer part of the elbow, Golfer’s Elbow usually occurs on the inner side of the elbow with the pain sometimes radiating along the forearm. It is also a chronic degenerative problem, mainly caused by an overuse of the wrist.

Jumper’s Knee- As the name suggests, this injury often comes on due to repeated jumping on hard surfaces. Known in medical terms as Patellar Tendonitis, the Patella Tendon located below the knee cap is affected over a long period of jumping and landing during badminton. Activity normally worsens the tendon damage and a rupture may sometimes follow with lack of rest

Rotator cuff injury- The most prominent shoulder injury to affect badminton players over time, typically a rotator cuff injury is brought on over time by repeated stress to the shoulder area while playing overhead shots in badminton. It usually begins as a lingering irritation in the shoulder known as an ‘impingement syndrome’, which if left uncared for, worsens to develop partial tears in the rotator cuff muscles. Further activity and stress can cause a complete tear in one or more muscles in the area.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction- The Sacroiliac Joint connects the sacrum at the base of the spine to the ilium of the pelvic region. Continuous badminton playing with low core stability causes an anatomic issue in this joint, which results in chronic lower back pain. The condition is known as Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and affected players are advised to refer a physician for a complete evaluation of the condition.

Neck sprains- Focusing on the shuttlecock for long durations and turning one’s neck accordingly in various directions, can cause the neck to be extended beyond the normal angles, especially while playing smashes and strikes around the head, thereby causing neck sprains.

Cramps- A cramp can be described in a badminton player as a sudden and intense pain caused mainly in the leg area due to major loss of fluid, overheating of the muscle and fatigue. Although the suddenness of a cramp could warrant it to be placed in the “acute injury” category, it is considered to be a chronic injury, since it happens after playing badminton for a long time.

Abrasions and blisters- Common yet less malignant as compared to the rest of the above-mentioned conditions, abrasions occur mostly on the hands and knees due to direct contact with hard surfaces when the player falls or scratches himself. Blisters occur due to pus or fluid formation under the skin caused by extended periods of gripping a racquet, an abrasion not being cleaned or healed properly and heels or toes being continually encased in shoes or being in direct contact with a hard surface for long periods.

Prevention and cure:

It would be wise to adhere to the oft heard rule in the exercise arena “You don’t get fit to play a sport, you play a sport to get fit!” Therefore it is advisable for badminton players of all ages and levels to take a few important pre-game precautionary measures, which include but are not limited to increasing fitness levels, better nutrition, decreasing weight, getting the proper shoes, grips and other attire, warming-up before playing and improving playing technique.

One cannot stress enough the importance of a good warm-up session before and cool-down session after a heavy game of badminton. A typical warm-up should include about 5-10 minutes of gentle jogging , spot walking or skipping, followed by short stretches of 30 seconds each, slightly longer stretches on the tighter muscles ending with stretches for certain individual muscle groups like shoulder, hamstring etc. If the player wishes, he/she may also follow this with certain specific exercise drills such as push-ups, sit-ups and the like. Stretching releases tension within muscles, allows freer movement and circulation and not only prepares the body for heavy-duty badminton, but also the mind. Begin the game with around 5-20 minutes of gentle shots with your partner and then gradually increase the pace and tempo of your game. Ideally one must end a game with cool down exercises and stretches too.

Shoes and grips especially are of utmost importance in preventing ankle and elbow injuries respectively. Gripping a racquet too hard or long can bring on a Tennis Elbow, while wearing heavy grip non-supportive shoes cause ankle sprains and Achilles Tendonitis.

To prevent elbow issues, take extra care to buy a good quality racquet which fits precisely into the palm of your hand. Turn your racquet into a powerful, injury-preventing instrument by adding more grip to the handle, taking care not to add too much to disrupt the racquet balance. For those of you, who already have suffered from Tennis Elbows before, it would make sense to wear a Tennis Elbow Compression Strap, which works by reducing tension on the elbow tendons.

Badminton requires the player to slide across the court and hence it would be a good idea to get shoes which have a good arch support, shock absorbers to prevent injury to the ankle, heel cups to keep the heel protected and special soles which do not provide much room for friction with the ground below. Take care to buy a shoe which has a combination of these qualities in order to be assured of all rounded protection. Never wear jogging or basketball shoes for your badminton game and make sure you keep a pair of good badminton shoes aside meant solely for badminton.

A few other recommended products for badminton injuries include orthotics and insoles, knee and Achilles straps, ankle braces, shoulder supports and blister socks.

To prevent eye injuries, many research scientists recommend that certified plastic polycarbonate glasses be worn by beginners and experienced badminton players alike.

Lastly, as a generic rule, make sure you are always well stocked up on water or isotonic sports drinks, especially while playing badminton in hot weather, since like all other sports, badminton too tends to sap the fluids and cause dehydration.

When a badminton injury has already happened, quick and correct procedures are essential for a speedy cure. In case of acute injuries like sudden sprains, strains and tears, the first step towards healing is correct diagnosis. This must be followed by the rest, ice, compression and elevation protocol which is absolutely necessary for recovery. Special care must be taken to keep weight off the injured area and lengthy periods of rehabilitation are a must. In case of a sprained ankle a removable plastic cast walker may be necessary to provide the required support. Tennis Elbows can usually be alleviated by rest and ice therapy, but in the more severe cases, pain relief and anti inflammatory medication and sometimes corticosteroid injections are required. Golfer’s Elbow on the other hand is usually treated with tape, elbow guards, manual therapy and stretching. When Achilles Tendonitis occurs, ice packs are normally helpful, but a minimum rest period of three months is required for the body to produce the collagen tissue in order to repair the injured tendon.

Sounds scary? It doesn’t have to be! Badminton can continue to be a fun sport for all those who have even a smidgen of interest in it. The fear of injury need not come into the picture at all, if the necessary precautions are taken and if players choose to keep themselves intelligently informed about the protocols to be followed- in case of injury.

Keep the shuttlecock flying fearlessly and treat yourself to a great injury-free badminton blast!

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Treatment For a Dog Itchy Skin Problem

Does your dog have dry itchy skin that he just can’t stop scratching?  Is he relentlessly biting and licking these areas with no relief in site?  By now, more than likely you’re feeling helpless with you dog’s itchy skin problem.  You know there’s just got to be a simple solution that doesn’t involve dragging your dog to the vet and paying a high priced doctor’s bill. 

Well…you’re right!  There ARE some simple solutions to a dog with dry itchy skin.  After all, it’s a VERY common problem.  Here I’ll be giving you some great tips that will give your dog (and you) the relief you’ve been searching for. Let’s get started!

It can be a bit intimidating at first, trying to cure a pet’s health ailment.  Don’t let your lack of knowledge on the subject intimidate you.  You don’t have to be a veterinarian to solve MOST itchy skin conditions in dogs.  You simply need to know what safe treatments you can start implementing and go from there.  Here, I’ll be giving you my top two favorites:

The Shampoo Factor:  Shampoos can work FOR or AGAINST a dog with itchy skin.  It really all depends on root cause of the itch.  For instance, if he’s suffering from fleas (flea allergies cause the insatiable itch), you’ll want to pick up a reputable flea & tick shampoo.  He’ll feel relieve INSTANTLY as most flea shampoos kill the fleas within 24 hours of application.

Shampoos can also work against your dog when it comes to itching.  If your groomer is using a particular brand, you may want to investigate.  Perhaps you’re taking him to the groomer too often.  See, whenever your dog has a bath with shampoo, the oil from his fur is stripped and a drying effect takes place on the skin.  This can cause itchy dog skin but the solution is much simpler than the former scenario. You can either give him less baths or…

They do make dog dandruff shampoos which moisturize itchy dog skin.  Try this out if you’ve already eliminated the possibility of fleas, rash, infection or a sore as the cause of the problem.  Moisturizing his skin with one of these shampoos is a nice easy fix.

Soothing Solutions:   Aloe Vera works especially well on “hot spots” (sores).  Hot spots are incredible itchy patches of irritated skin.  They usually occur when a scratch on the skin becomes minorly infected.  Applying a dab of aloe vera to the spot will immediately soothe your dog.  You can also dissolve Aloe Vera in a spray bottle with water.  Spray the solution on your dog’s coat to give him FAST relieve.

Emu Oil is another natural substance that relieves irritated skin.  It’s used best with skin irritated by ringworm, flea bites and hotspots. 

Finally, Petroleum Jelly works wonders on patches of itchy dog skin.  It can get a bit messy, so just put a dab on.  I prefer using this solution for hotspots.  It’s a nice way to prevent the dog from further infecting the area and allowing the sore to heal.  Petroleum Jelly is less effective for a recurring issue such as a flea infestation.

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How to Get the Best Results From a Pilates Program

Whether you’re doing Pilates to get toned and lean, increase flexibility or lose weight, there are a few things to keep in mind and add to your regimen to help you get the best results. In the case of weight loss it is important to be sure you’re watching your caloric intake. While any form of exercise burns calories, they don’t all burn the same amount. For example 30 minutes of Pilates can burn just over 200 calories, while 30 minutes on a spin bike will burn closer to 300.

For weight loss, you will also get the best results from Pilates if you incorporate it with another fitness regimen that focuses on cardio. Go for a jog a couple of nights a week or do an aerobics class. Even 30 minutes on an elliptical or treadmill a couple of days a week will greatly increase your weight loss. At the same time the Pilates work will help increase your stamina when doing the cardio activities.

With diet in mind, there are also certain foods you can eat to help ensure you get the flat belly you’ve been working for and help keep it that way once you start your Pilates regimen. These foods include almonds, various berries, yogurt and fish that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids are all great for reducing belly bloat and belly fat accumulation. Many health experts believe the best way to eat in order to lose weight and maintain energy throughout the day is by eating six small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. This is especially beneficial for Pilates work because you never have to wait long after eating to do your workout and it improves regularity in digestion which helps keep the tummy lean and ready for ab workouts.

Keep proper posture even when you’re not engaging in your Pilates exercises. You can do this while driving, sitting in your office, going for a walk or even sitting on the couch watching TV. Practice your Pilates breathing and keep your belly button pulled up and in. You will be surprised how easy it is to do and hold by just concentrating a little. Soon it will seem like it doesn’t take much concentration at all. You will also find that this helps your posture improve, which can lessen back pain.

Stay relaxed and embrace the proper Pilates breathing methods. The exercises in Pilates are designed to compliment your breaths. This means that if you focus on your breathing as you do the exercises the breaths will help make the exercises easier on you. Proper breathing during Pilates also ensures the oxygen is flowing to all of your muscles and penetrating the tissues as they work. This helps result in less chance of injury and helps the muscle become stronger and longer faster.

While many people see results after just 10 sessions of Pilates, you will probably start to feel better after the first few. People who tend to see results within the first 10 sessions generally do a 30 to 40 minute Pilates exercise session two times a week. This means that if you work hard and do 4 or 5 of these sessions each week, your chances of seeing and feeling results will more than likely increase. You may start to see significant changes after your first two weeks of Pilates practice.

Keep building up your routine. Often people continue to stay at the introductory or intermediate level in their Pilates work. As you continue to do Pilates you will notice the exercises getting easier or just staying at the same effort level. In order to get the most out of your Pilates work outs you will need to incorporate more advanced movements and maybe even visit a Pilates studio where you can do work on the machines or other apparatus under the instruction of a certified Pilates instructor.

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Effective Stomach Pain Remedies and Cure

The term stomach pain refers to pain in any area between chest and the groin. The area above pelvic bone and under rib cage is commonly known as stomach. Pain can arise anywhere in this area when there is some problem with the natural function of internal organs. Stomach ache is mild in most of cases but it could be chronic and severe in many cases. Both men and women have to suffer from stomach ache every now and then. When pain is frequent and acute, it might be due to some serious medical condition.

There are some common disorders that can cause stomach pain. Constipation and indigestion are most common disorders that can awaken stomach ache. Stomach digests the food with the help of certain acids and enzymes. A damaged stomach lining will cause pain while dealing with stomach acids. Formation of excessive gas may dilate the liver or the internal lining of stomach. This dilation is unnatural and it can cause pain in the stomach. However, there are some more serious problems for rising stomach ache. Ulcer, appendicitis, kidney stones, hernia and infection in urinary tract can lead to stomach pain. In such conditions, when pain is chronic and acute, consultation of physician is recommended for proper diagnosis of any serious problem. There are some stomach pain remedies mentioned below to treat the problem effectively.

1. To ease stomach cramps, mix fennel with peppermint tea and drink it.

2. Take some basil leaves with 3 tablespoon of curd and mix them thoroughly. Pinch a little black pepper and add salt to taste. Have this mixture when stomach pain disturbs your routine.

3. Grind ginger to a paste, with the help of grinding stone. Apply this paste on belly and massage with firm pressure to work out its juice. This massage is very effective, especially in the case of children.

4. When pain occurs due to heavy meals, use this remedy for quick relief. Prepare a mixture by adding juice of one lemon with juice of one whole radish and drink it. It will stimulate the digestion and it will prevent from stomach aches caused by indigestion.

5. Prepare a mixture with two teaspoons of juice of lemon mixed with one teaspoon of juice of ginger. Add some sugar to taste. Drink this mixture for relief from almost any kind of stomach ache.

6. Prepare a paste by crushing three grams of tender tamarind leaves. Add one gram of rock salt; it will partially turn the paste into liquid. Have it for a quick relief from pain.

There are some precautions for preventing stomach aches. Drink at least 10 glasses of water in the duration of 24 hours. Water smoothes the bowel movements and it will prevent from constipation. Include green vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet. Develop habit of taking small walks after dinner. Avoid going to bed right after having meals. In order to keep digestive system healthy, light exercises and regular morning walks are important. Quit smoking and prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages. These precautions are not only helpful in preventing stomach pain, but also for healthy life.

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How to Do Preframing For Hypnosis Power

The goals of conversational hypnotist are aimed at using hypnosis power to change the lives of the subjects and to take control of them in order to direct interactions with other people. This is done through four simple tactics, the first is to maintain your frame second being how to preset in order to change frames third deframing and finally reframing.

Frames are the restrictions or boundaries within which you want to live your life, think what you want to think. These are obvious in every one's everyday life.

Preframing is a way to avoid the confrontation or disagreement. It is used to tell others in advance what to think about a frame before you actually get to the disagreement of a particular frame. This is normally used along with maintaining your frame quite often and you will be sure to learn how to combine these two.

Preframing is a tactical that needs little planning. In this you will use hypnosis power by setting up the conditions for the way you want a person to view the frame before you get to the actual frame. Here you can use the fact that the conscious mind can only handle five to nine pieces of information at a time.

Since your listener believes that you are correct because you have already bypassed the ability to criticize your view with the information you have provided. Now the only question with them is not whether you are right but whether they understand your view on the subject.

Changing the ways in which objection will fall, is a way to preframe. If you want to sell a house and it is very large you set the preframe up to make that a thing the buyer is okay with. You show the house to someone who is looking for a large house. The preframe is set up when you warn them that you are not sure it is large enough, even though you know it is. This takes attention away from other aspects that may cause concern for the buyer, such as location.

Here by using preframes in different situations you are drawing the attention of the person through using hypnosis power, away from natural disagreements by setting up another disaggregation to absorb their attention and using said discrepancy to extremely fall in your favor.

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How to Increase Female Libido – Improve Sex Drive Naturally

There is no doubt man has been able to identify an herb for almost any ailment; some with fast action others a little slow, meaning you have to take for a long period to see results. Libido levels having been identified as being affected by medication, pregnancy, many psychological problems etc, now brings you the most appropriate remedy to redeem it.

An herb known locally in Swahili by the name kukumanga is one of the fastest therapies I have ever come across. The dried fruits are pounded and taken like spices, only a gram or two with a cup of tea is enough to put all systems on. You can also add to food if need be as you prepare for the act. The plant is common in East Africa. It works for both sexes very well. It brings complete erection in males setting the stage for action while in women complete lubrication of the vulva is instant. It is locally referred to as the local Viagra.

One species of aloe vera plant has the capacity to stimulate libido production. The action of treating other skin ailments and ulcers has been known to engage the hormone producing organs to render the service of sex. The smooth clean skin elaborates cuddling and general romance during foreplay. When taken a class every morning, hormone imbalance diminishes.

The Chinese have beneficial herbs in many areas including the ones that balance hormones. Dong quai or choraka as it is known locally does exactly that. It increases the level of estrogen, blood circulation and restores libido to women undergoing stress. Hot flushes associated with menopause are trimmed and tamed very well to manageable levels. Monthly periods too are regularized. Satisfaction in performance is enhanced upon complete recovery. It is a good product in the management of reproductive health care for women in many hospitals.

Ginkgo biloba and ginseng are known to boost libido quite satisfactorily. Both act similarly in regard to the igniting of sex drive in women by improving circulation around the vulva area especially the clitoris. Ginsenosides the active ingredients are known to facilitate nitric oxides release thus increasing flow of blood to clitoris. Ginkgo biloba is a catalyst in the breakdown of food in the cells. It streamlines the nervous system, treats stress and anxiety and brings about stability and relaxation. The product of this is seen in libido increase accompanied by readiness to make love.

Avena sativa and damiana are herbs available in the tropics of the world. Avena sativa is a relaxer; it sensitizes the vulva in return and prepares for any eventuality. Damiana is a short shrub; its pale green leaves are used as an aphrodisiac for both sexes. It has a wide range of activity; it is medicinal and mainly used to treat impotence. In being a relaxer it also stimulates sex organs for both males and females.

Schizandra another herb increases the blood supply to the waist area with the same general effect to the sex organs. Its extracts act similarly, as estrogens in the body.

Satavri extract is a unique herb in that it acts as a muscle steroid bringing a mass stretch of strong muscles in the body. In this development, it generates a lot of moisture for all dry cells among this are the female genitalia.

This summary however is an indicator of direction things are going; but one thing is certain proper extraction and dosage is of paramount concern. Supplements are now available synthesized into tablets from the same sources.

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Three Main Iris Colors (Constitutions) In Iridology

INTRODUCTION: As you will notice there are only three colors of the iris (according to Iridology). In iridology the true color of the eye is blue. In fact, when you are born you had blue eyes, they change as you get older.

Then “Why are there other colors”? Good question. The simple answer for now is that the other colors (other than Blue, Brown, and what we call Mixed) displays toxins or other pigmentations on top of the eye to make it change to a different color. For now I am going to cover the three main iris colors (constitutions) in iridology.

BLUE EYE TYPE also known in Germany as Lymphatic.

Description: Solid blue or blue/gray color with no discoloratrion or psora (pigments). The iris fibers are visible. The true blue-eyed person is associated with the traditional Western phlegmatic or water constitution. This is the “pure” eye that is typically found in people of European descent.

Tendencies: These people are thought to have an excess of water, which leads to a greater tendency towards water retention, lymphatic congestion and stagnation. There are 3 primary systems of concern for blue-eye people: Lymphatic, Respiratory and Urinary. Diseases people with blue eyes have are: allergies and allergic reactions, skin conditions like eczema and seborrea dermatitis, chronic sinus, respiratory congestion, ear aches and ear infections, swollen lymph nodes, sore throats, stressed kidneys and bladder.

BROWN EYE TYPE also known in Germany as Hematogenic.

Description:

Pure Brown eye with pigments covering the iris fiber structure. The iris fibers are covered with a heavy pigment layer that has a velvety or carpet-like appearance. Iris fiber are generally not visible through this heavy layer of pigment. True hematogenic constitutions are nearly always found in people with darker skin and hair.

Tendencies: Pure brown eyes are more difficult for the iridologists to read because of the layer of pigment completely covering the iris fibers, so some of the subtler signs are not detectable. There are 3 primary systems of concern for the brown-eyed people: Hepatic (liver and gallbladder), Cardiovascular, and Glandular (endocrine and exocrine glands, and lymph nodes). Disease brown-eyed people have are: venous congestion, tendency to imbalances in blood composition, anemia, thicker blood, tendency to hardening of the arteries, trace minerals deficiencies and difficulty in storing trace minerals, intolerance to dairy, liver problems, and decreased white blood cells.

MIXED EYE TYPE also known in Germany as Biliary.

Description: This eye is characterized by light to moderate brown pigmentation or discoloration over the top of a whitish-yellowish background. The overall appearance of the iris is usually a light brown, but unlike the true brown eye, the iris fibers are visible through the pigment. Color is often concentrated towards the center of the iris around the collarette and digestive zones.

Tendencies: In autopsy, eyes are composed of materials from the blood stream which have been broken down due to liver imbalance. They are called biliary constitution, because it relates to biliousness (digestive disturbances) due to liver problems. There are 3 primary systems of concern for mixed-eye people: Digestive (stomach and pancreas), Hepatic (liver and gallbladder), and Intestinal (small and large intestines). Diseases mixed-eye people have are: indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation disturbances in fat metabolism causing gall stones, high cholesterol, sleep disturbances, food allergies, and reproductive disturbances.

As you can see from my brief descriptions, there is a lot to consider when an iridologist does an analysis of the iris of the eye. Iridology is the most useful tool in determining the constitution of the individual.

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Drinking Tea – The Health Benefits

Herbal teas have been used for centuries to cure minor ailments. Whether or not you believe that they do have specific medicinal benefits, one thing the teas do have is a high vitamin content. Why not substitute your coffee or diet drink for a delicious fruity tea instead. Who knows, they may have those hidden health benefits after all.

1. Anise Tea is antioxidant rich and is said to relieve stomach ache and flatulence.

2. Apple Tea is also antioxidant rich.

3. Anise Fennel & Caraway Tea is said to have many benefits. It is said to relieve stomach ache, relieve flatulence, help relieve griping pain and indigestion. It is also used to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding and as a remedy for colic and digestive disorders.

4. Aniseed, fennel & licorice tea is said to help ease the discomfort of rheumatism. It is said to aid digestion, help relieve griping pain and also indigestion. The tea is said to provide relief from stomach ulcers, improve digestion, and can help with headache reduction.

5. Apple & Cinnamon tea has a high level of antioxidants. It is often used to help with the symptoms of colds. It is also used to ease flatulence, the feeling of nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

6. Apple & Ginger tea is a powerful antioxidant. It is used to treat upset stomachs, travel sickness, general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid. It may help reduce dizziness and limit flatulence.

7. Artichoke Tea has a very high antioxidant level. The tea is also used to aid digestion. It has also been used to strengthen the liver and the gall bladder function.

8. Bai Mu Dan tea has a fuller flavour and has more potency than normal white tea.

9. Blueberry & Acai tea has numerous health benefits as a result of its high levels of antioxidants.

10. Breathe Deep tea helps clear the airways and relaxes the body.

11. Camomile tea’s health benefits may include the reduction of anxiety and insomnia.

12. Camomile & Spearmint tea is said to reduce anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to ease a stomach ache and reduce nausea. It has also been used to treat heartburn and mild indigestion.

13. Caraway Tea is a great remedy for colic, it can counteract a loss of appetite and can calm digestive disorders.

14. Cat’s Claw Tea is used as an anti-inflammatory and is said to provide immune support.

15. Chamomile, fennel & marshmallow tea is drank in order to relieve digestive problems. It is also said to alleviate tension, help relieve griping and indigestion pain and encourages milk supply when breastfeeding.

16. Cho-Yung Tea is drank in order to promote weight loss.

17. Chun Mee China Green tea has high levels of antioxidants. Some of its health benefits may include weight loss and improved cholesterol levels.

18. Cinnamon tea is said to give relief from colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

19. Cinnamon, cardamom & ginger tea may relieve indigestion, prevent stomach pain, colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

20. Classic Earl Grey is a tea that contains oil of bergamot, or the flavour of bergamot.

21. Cycleplus Tea’s health benefits may include an improved circulation and it may also ease the symptoms of Pre Menstrual Tension.

22. Dandelion tea is said to relieve indigestion, heartburn, stomach aches and constipation.

23. Easy Night Tea’s health benefits may include relaxation and the encouragement of a restful nights sleep.

24. Echinacea & Cranberry tea is drunk as a preventative measure against colds. It is also used to reduce cold symptoms. This is due to its high antioxidant levels.

25. Elderflower & Lemon tea is said to fight the signs of cold and flu. The tea is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It is also said to aid digestion and can help clear skin.

26. English Breakfast tea is a black tea, which is full-bodied, robust and goes very well with milk and sugar.

27. Fennel Tea helps relieve griping and indigestion pain. It is also used to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding.

28. Figuro Tea boasts health benefits, which may include weight loss.

29. Genmaicha tea is a green tea which is combined with roasted brown rice.

30. Ginger tea is said to relieve an upset stomach, travel sickness and general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid, to reduce dizziness and to limit flatulence.

31. Ginger & Lemongrass tea is used to help with an upset stomach, with travel sickness and general low-grade fevers. It is also used as a digestive aid. It reduces dizziness, limits flatulence, and helps with sleep disorders. The tea is said to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it may relieve symptoms of nausea and menstrual cramps.

32. Ginger Hibiscus Tea is said to help reduce high blood pressure.

33. Gingko Tea helps improve memory. It is also said to improve blood circulation and oxygen to the brain.

34. Ginseng Tea is said to increase libido and improve male erectile dysfunction.

35. Green Tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is also used to aid weight loss and improve cholesterol levels.

36. Green Tea with Lemon and Myrtle has a high level of antioxidants. It is said to help with weight loss, improve cholesterol levels and provide anti-bacterial and immune boosting qualities.

37. Green Tea with Echinacea’s health benefits may include cold prevention and cold symptom reduction.

38. Green Tea with Gingko is said to help improve memory, improve blood circulation and improve oxygen levels to the brain.

39. Green Tea with Ginseng’s health benefits may include increased libido and treating male erectile dysfunction.

40. Green Tea with Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It aids digestion and clear the skin.

41. Green Tea with Manuka Honey is antioxidant rich. It’s health benefits may include weight loss and improved cholesterol levels. It may also have antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

42. Green with Aloe Vera Tea’s health benefits may include an improved immune system, additional anti-bacterial properties, relief from constipation and bowel discomfort as well as being a digestive aid.

43. Hawthorne tea is said to improve cardiovascular function. It may also increase the blood supply to the heart and improve circulation.

44. Hibiscus Ginger & Goji berry is said to reduce high blood pressure and hypertension.

45. Himalayan Darjeeling is a black tea from the Darjeeling region.

46. Hojicha tea is drunk to improve the immune system, to ease cardiovascular diseases, to aid weight loss and improve relaxation.

47. Honeybush tea is antioxidant rich. Its potential health benefits may include reduction in irritability, reduction in headaches, as a relief from insomnia. It is also used to relieve hypertension, nervous tension and mild depression.

48. Horsetail tea is also an antioxidant rich tea. It has a mild diuretic effect and it increases the activity of the kidneys and bladder. it is also said to promote weight loss.

49. Huang Cha China Yellow tea is a delicate tea. When brewed it is a pale yellow liquid.

50. IMUPLUS Tea’s health benefits may include a strengthened immune system.

51. Jasmine Green Tea is rich in antioxidants. it is used to aid weight loss, to promote cholesterol reduction and to aid relaxation.

52. Kukicha Tea is a Japanese blend of tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs.

53. Lapsang Souchong is a tea, which aids digestion, helps the immune system and helps lower your cholesterol. The tea is also said to aid relaxation and help with weight loss.

54. Lax Plus tea health benefits may include a natural relief from the effects of constipation.

55. Lemon tea is rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant. It is said to aid digestion and clear the skin.

56. Licorice tea is said to help stomach ulcers, combat diarrhoea, ease sore throats, and relieve viral liver inflammations.

57. Licorice & Cinnamon tea is used to combat stomach ulcers, diarrhoea, sore throats, colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods.

58. Licorice Fennel & Orange is antioxidant rich. Health benefits may include the treatment of stomach ulcers, relief from diarrhoea, sore throats, viral liver inflammations. It is also used to help relieve griping and indigestion and also to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding.

59. Lime & Mint Tea is vitamin c rich. It is said to rejuvenate the skin, relieve constipation, reduce ulcers, gout, piles and gum problems.

60. Liquorice & Oriental Spice tea is said to reduce stomach ulcers, combat diarrhoea, sore throats and viral liver inflammations.

61. Lotus Tea’s health benefits may include the treatment of diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. It may also be helpful when trying to treat gastric ulcers and haemorrhoids.

62. Mint & Chilli tea is said to help with irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches.

63. Mocha Spice tea is a rich tea with the added sweetness of carob.

64. Moroccan Mint Green tea is said to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches.

65. Natural Strawberry tea is used as a diuretic, to help relieve diarrhoea and sore throats.

66. Nettle & Peppermint tea is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting. it is also used to treat diarrhoea, headaches, bad breath, arthritic or rheumatic conditions. It is also used as an adjuvant in treating allergies, anaemia and kidney diseases.

67. Oolong Tea is a traditional Chinese tea, which is withered in the sun and maintains a high antioxidant level.

68. Orange & Coconut Tea is said to increase metabolism, help with weight loss and is also vitamin c rich.

69. Pau d’arco tea has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

70. Peppermint tea is said to relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches and bad breath.

71. Pomegranate tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is also used in order to reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

72. Pu’er Tea health benefits may inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and also weight loss.

73. Quebra Pedra tea may dissolves kidney and gall stones. It is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

74. Raspberry Leaf tea is antioxidant rich.

75. Rooibos tea health benefits may include the relief from nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

76. Rose, chamomile & lavender tea has high levels of vitamin C. It is used for colds, flu, anxiety and insomnia. It is also used to treat stress and headaches.

77. Rose, vanilla & shatavari tea has high levels of vitamin C and it is used for colds and flu. It is used to improve digestion, immune system, memory loss, depression, anxiety and stress reduction.

78. Rosehips & Hibiscus tea has a high vitamin c content and a high antioxidant level. It improves digestion and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

79. Sage Tea health benefits include the treatment of throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers.

80. Sencha Japanese green tea has high levels of antioxidants. It is used for weight loss and to improve cholesterol levels.

81. Sencha Green Tea is a Japanese green tea. It is used as an antioxidant. It is used for weight loss and to improve cholesterol levels.

82. St John’s Wort Tea is used to treat depression or mild depression.

83. Thyme Herbal Tea is used as a treatment for colds and flu.

84. Tulsi tea is an immune system boosting tea. It is said to reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

85. Valerian tea is said to relax the central nervous system and smooth muscle groups.

86. Vervain tea is used to relieve tension and stress. It is also used to treat depression.

87. Wild Berry Tea is antioxidant rich and therefore is used to improve the immune system.

88. Wild Blackcurrant tea is antioxidant rich immune system booster.

89. Yarrow Tea is said to speed recovery from severe bruising.

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Amazing Facts About Subliminal Messages

Are you wondering whether subliminal messages really work or not? Are you curious about how it works and what it can do? Do you know what it has done so far? Here are all the amazing facts you want to know about subliminal messages.

· They became most controversial after the Vicary movie experiment.

The strongest trial-based proof that subliminal video messages really do work is the Vicary movie experiment, a test conducted by James Vicary. In the test held in New Jersey, Vicary used a special device that could flash a series of images so fast during a movie screening. The messages he flashed were “Drink Coca Cola” and “Hungry? Eat Popcorn.” The messages led to an 18.1% increase in Coke sales and a 57.8% increase in popcorn sales.

· They are widely used in psychotherapy.

One of the strongest proof about the uses and effects of subliminal messages is the role that they now play in psychotherapy. Therapists and psychologists use subliminal messages a lot to help patients recover from problems that stem from mental illnesses.

· They can help you golf like Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods has been reported saying that he uses subliminal messages to help him stay focused during his golf games. A quick look at everything Tiger Woods has achieved in the world of golf is enough proof of how much control these messages can have on the mind and your capabilities.

· They are not illegal.

A lot of people are concerned about the safety and legality of using subliminal messages. The truth is that the use of these messages is not illegal. It is only evaluated closely and may be banned when it is used in advertising with the obvious intention to manipulate consumers. But regular consumers can use subliminal messages freely for personal development purposes, such as for losing weight, improving concentration, enhancing self perception, and so on.

· They have been used in politics and in the military.

These powerful messages have also been used in both politics and the military. In politics, former US president George W. Bush was reported to have flashed subliminal video messages during his campaign. In the military, they were used to help the soldiers develop better and faster perception, coordination, and abilities in speed reading and identifying enemy planes.

· There are many methods to use subliminal messages.

There are many ways to use these subliminal video messages to influence the subconscious mind. The most common method is when hidden messages are flashed very rapidly every once in a while in the duration of a film or video. Another method is when the messages are constantly displayed in the background of a film or video, without the knowledge of the viewers.

· They produce customized results.

Do you know that even when you and a friend use the exact same subliminal program or watch the same subliminal video, the effects are totally different? This is because no two minds are exactly the same. People have different personalities, memories, thought patterns, beliefs, ideas, perceptions, and attitudes. Subliminal video messages will change what needs to change, reinforce what needs to be reinforced, and enhance what needs more work. They target specific problems that are unique for each person.

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Ashwagandha – Herb for Stress, Antidepressant, Hypertension

Ashwagandha or Indian winter cherry is considered one of the most important herbs in ayurvedic system of medicines. As because of its vast area of application, ayurvedic physicians have used it extensively in curing people from their ailments. Due to its properties it has gained lots of respect in the eyes of herbal healers.

Ashwagandha is biologically known as Withania somnifera. It is a shrub, normally found everywhere in India especially in northwestern part of the sub continent, but is now a days cultivated in fields because of its great commercial demand. Plant size varies from 1-5 ft. Plant part used is root. It derives its named “ashwagandha” because of two reasons. First reason is that its root smells like horse and the other reason is that it vitalizes body to provide strength just like a horse possess.

Ashwagandha is ushan virya in potency, has laghu (light) and tickt (penetrating) properties. Contains tickt, katu and madhur rasa. Due these combinations of superior properties, ashwagandha acts in numerous diseases with great results. As it is ushan virya in potency, it acts as vata suppressant. There fore relieves from all the illness caused by vata dominance. Also because of its hot potency, it opposes the rise of kapha therefore it also acts in suppressing increased and unbalanced kapha dosha. Root is found to contain biochemical like cuseohygrine, anahygrine, tropine, and anaferine etc. it also contains glycosides, withenolide with starches and amino acid.

Ashwagandha is an herb with many uses. Following are its indications: –

· It is considered as most important adaptogens in ayurvedic system of medicine.

· It works in suppressing pains of any sort. It possess this property due to its ushan virya potency, which helps in eradicating vata that is the reason of initiation of pain in body.

· Good results have been seen in diseases like Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis), sandhi gata vata (Osteoarthritis), vatarakt (gout), gridhasi (sciatica) and other vata dominant diseases.

· Works as anti-inflammatory substance therefore helps in reducing swellings and restoring blood supply.

· Its local application also has tremendous results in lymphadenopathy, goiter and on any body part which is supposed to have inflammation and pain.

· Possess great healing properties therefore has great effects in healing wounds and injuries.

· It relieves stress due to presence of vata suppressant properties which helps in nurturing nervous system.

· Helps in promoting calmness and mental satisfaction in mind due to its good penetrating powers, which helps to counter negative adaptogens.

· It helps in relieving from the feel of numbness and burning sensation in extremities.

· Helps in providing nourishment to the brain for its better function and greater ability to work.

· It is often given in a person who regularly suffers from vertigo, uncautiousness, and depression as it helps in curbing mental and physical weakness.

· Improves mental ability, helps in gaining retaining power and improves mental concentration

· Increases muscular endurance and helps in building up of stamina.

· Revitalizes body and decreases untimely fatigue caused due weak body strength accumulation of negative energies in the body.

· Works as a rasayan i.e. a substance that helps in preventing early aging and rejuvenates whole body to provide youth.

· It works as powerful immune booster that helps in fighting any foreign invasion in the body.

· Its antioxidant properties helps in avoiding symptoms of early aging.

· A powerful aphrodisiac thereby helps in enhancing the sexual powers and long lasting endurance.

· It also helps in increasing sperm count and also the quality of sperms.

· It gives good results in leucorrhoea, as it possesses the properties that suppress kapha.

· It is considered as one of the most commonly used herb in relieving hypertension with excellent results.

· It has also been found excellent supplement that helps in proving strength to heart muscles and keeps heart working normal.

· It also possess the properties which helps it to behave as an diuretic therefore is very helpful in treating urinary tract infections (UTI).

· Wonderful remedy in increasing physical endurance is used extensively in physically weak people or people who are recovering from long illness as in case tuberculosis or surgeries.

· Good results have also been seen in upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and in asthmatic condition with wonderful results.

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