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TMJ Pain Causing Dizziness, Ear Fullness and Crackling Sound and Temple Headache

Do you experience jaw pain? Or do you clinch and grind your teeth? If so, then you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 20% of the general population at one time or another have symptoms relating to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Your jaw or the TMJ is the most frequently used joint in the body. It’s also one of the most complex joints. Much like the knee joint, a small disc of cartilage cushions and separates the TMJ so the jaw may move easily. Each time you talk, chew or swallow you move the TMJ.

The jaw has three functional motions: opening / closing, side-to-side and protrusion / retraction. When the mouth is opened, the TMJ first rotates around a horizontal axis. And as you open your mouth wider, the motion is then combined with gliding of the jaw forward and downward. When you close your mouth the motion is reversed.

A common jaw problem is TMJ dysfunction syndrome. TMJ dysfunction syndrome typically occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Early signs and symptoms include jaw clicking, tenderness to the muscles in front of the ear and back of the teeth and dull aching pain in the joint. These symptoms are often followed by spasms of the jaw muscles characterized by pain on movement of the jaw during chew and talking. Gradually, the pain becomes worse and is accompanied by decrease mobility.

Chronic and untreated TMJ dysfunction syndrome can displace the cartilage that causes pressure and stretching of the associated soft tissues and sensory nerves. The displaced cartilage can get trap in certain position when you open your mouth causing your jaw to lock up.

When you clinch and grind your teeth, you increase the wear of the cartilage lining of the joint. You’ll also increase the stress and strain of the associated jaw muscles including the pterygoid, masseter, temporalis and digastric muscles. These muscles are often tight, sore and pain sensitive to touch.

Typical symptoms of TMJ dysfunction syndrome include ear pain, sore jaw muscles, temple headache, jaw pop or clicking, difficulty opening mouth and neck aches. However, people who clinch their teeth a lot may also experience dizziness, disequilibrium and feeling of pressure or fullness in their ears and hear crackling sounds.

Regular clinching of the jaw may also affect the tensor tympani and tensor veli palatini muscles. The tensor tympani muscle controls the movement of the ear drum. When it spasms you’ll hear rumbling and crackling sounds. You’ll often feel that your ear drum is trembling and vibrating like when you’re jumping on a trampoline. The tensor veli palatini muscle controls the diameter of the auditory tube. And when it spasms, you’ll often feel pressure or fullness in your ears.

There are a few things you can do to relief TMJ pain. Avoid chewing gums and eat softer food until the pain subsides. Wearing a mouth guard when you sleep may reduce the stress and strain associated with teeth clinching and grinding. And stretching your mouth may relief your TMJ pain.

Sit in a relax and comfortable position. Now place your tongue in contact with the hard palate as far back as possible while keeping your jaw in a retracted position. Maintaining your tongue and jaw in this position, slowly and rhythmically open your mouth in a limited range ten times. When you finished with this warm up exercise, open your mouth as wide as possible within the pain-free limit and hold this open mouth position for about five seconds. Now relax and close your mouth for five seconds. Repeat this exercise two to three times a day.

If you continue to experience TMJ pain and associated problems despite D-I-Y remedies, consider consulting with a chiropractor specializes with TMJ disorders.

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Overcome Your Anxiety With Phosphatidylserine

Almost all of us deal with stress on a daily basis. Its clammy, familiar grip wrecks havoc on our insides: our hands get sweaty, our heart races, our stomach gets tied up in knots. None are immune. At home, at work, at school, worry can overwhelm us because stress-induced biochemical reactions are often beyond our control. They are an automatic response to some internal or external stimuli that puts our bodies on high alert. And in our hectic world, worry is all around us.

A modern malady

Like most bodily functions, stress has a positive, or at least protective, role to play in our lives. When we are in harm’s way, powerful stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin are released from the adrenal glands to give us the strength and energy we need to survival an ordeal. Called the fight-or-flight response, it has served humankind well – until now, that is. Why the sudden change?

Some experts believe that the frantic pace of modern life and all the stressors we are subjected have put us in an endless emergency state; one where stress hormones are coursing through our bodies when we don’t need them. This prolonged period of chronic stress can have both short and long-term effects on our health. One of them is the increased risk that we will develop an anxiety disorder.

The most common mental illness in America, more than 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. Most receive treatment in the form of powerful prescription medications designed to treat depression and related disorders. Although popular, these mood-altering drugs have a laundry list of serious side effects, including toxicity. In fact, nearly 30 percent of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involve prescription antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications! With numbers like those, it’s no wonder a growing group of anxiety suffers are embracing natural supplements.

What is phosphatidylserine?

Clearly, we need to find a way to manage our stress that does not involve addictive, potentially-deadly prescription medications. Both exercise and meditation have proven effective at inducing the release of hormones that reduce stress. However, they cannot combat the stress hormones that are already in our systems. To control cortisol and adrenalin from within, we need to fight it from without, through nutrition. One popular and effective treatment option is a nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine. How does it work?

A vital chemical that is in every cell of the human body, phosphatidylserine plays a key role in maintaining cellular structure, especially in the brain. By keeping the billions of nerve cells in our heads healthy and secure, the nutrient helps them complete their signal-transmission functions. One of the many benefits of this action is enhanced memory, which can be compromised with age, injury, or disease. Because the body does not make enough of the chemical on its own, we must get phosphatidylserine from other sources, such as food and dietary supplements.

Well-tested for stress reduction

In addition to memory enhancement, clinical trials also found that phosphatidylserine helped alleviate mental and emotional stress. This unexpected discovery suggested that the supplement might be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. Of course, more testing was needed. At last count, there have been at least 3,000 research papers and 60 clinical trials on the benefits and function of phosphatidylserine, making it one of the most studied supplements around.

After cognitive benefits, the most common finding was a positive effect on mood when test subjects were put in stressful situations. These reports and observations were confirmed by significant reductions in stress hormones by subjects who were taking 400 mgs a day of phosphatidylserine. In particular, one study found that the nutrient helped reduce stress in young adults because it helped them better regulate fluctuations in cortisol levels. (The link between elevated cortisol levels and a reduction of stress-relieving hormones and neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, has been firmly established.)This observation was corroborated by another study that found that phosphatidylserine kept cortisol levels induced by exercise and muscle stress comparatively low.

Effects

Because elevated cortisol levels over protracted periods can result in numerous health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, it behooves us to regulate them when under stress. Although its mechanism of action is poorly understood, testing has confirmed that phosphatidylserine can help lower cortisol levels, which may help alleviate anxiety by inducing the release of stress-relieving chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

Dosages and side effects

As we mentioned, the nutrient is found in every cell of our bodies, making it completely safe for regular consumption. The only reported side effects are mild stomach issues from users who took more than the recommended dosage, which is 400-600 mgs daily, according to most sources. It should also be noted that there are natural food sources for phosphatidylserine, including herring, tuna, soft-shelled clams, and white beans. However, the average American gets far less than the recommended dosage just 75 to 184 milligrams a day, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, supplementation is an attractive option for most folks.

Conclusion

A safe, natural, and ostensibly effective treatment for anxiety, phosphatidylserine is an increasingly popular alternative to powerful prescription medications. By regulating cortisol to healthy levels, the nutrient can help prevent a whole host of health issues, from heart disease to diabetes and high blood pressure. Not to mention the fact that phosphatidylserine acts as a neuroprotective in the brain, enhancing memory and recall in patients with cognitive impairment. All of this makes phosphatidylserine supplementation a no-brainer… Pun intended!

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Foundation Wall Cracks, Cause, Effect and Solution

There are no perfect houses and that would include its foundation. Whether you have a new home or one that’s a hundred years old, house foundations crack. Houses shift and settle after construction. Houses will have cracks in either the cosmetic finishes or structural components. Most of these cracks have no structural significance. The common types of cracks in foundation walls will include;

Vertical (or near vertical) cracks; Just because a wall has cracked doesn’t mean that it has failed or that corrective action is required. If the crack is narrow (1/8 inch or less), is nearly vertical, has no lateral separation between the adjacent portions of the wall, and no water is leaking through the crack, no action generally is required. This is a shrinkage crack and occurs as moisture in the wall evaporates causing the wall to shrink into the voids created by the escaping water. This type of crack is controlled, or minimized but not eliminated by, using horizontal reinforcement steel, which helps distribute the stresses in the wall. If horizontal steel is present, you are more likely to get several very small cracks instead of one or two much wider cracks. Another method of limiting shrinkage cracks is to control the amount of water used in the concrete mix.

Reentrant Cracks; Whenever a concrete element has a sharp angle, there is a concentration of stress. This almost always results in a crack called a reentrant crack that emanates from the inside corner. It may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal as it exits the corner. This phenomenon exists in nearly all materials. Round openings can dissipate the stress but this is not practical in concrete wall construction. The typical remedy to reduce this type of crack is the placement of steel reinforcement in the corners. It will not eliminate these crack but keep they tight and controlled.

Horizontal cracks; Horizontal cracks require greater scrutiny. Most residential foundation walls are designed to span from the footing or floor slab to the connection of the floor structure above. An 8-inch concrete wall in normal soil conditions usually is strong enough to withstand the forces exerted on the wall with no vertical reinforcement. Exceptions include areas with high ground water conditions or in expansive soil conditions. If there is vertical reinforcement in the wall, a horizontal crack is probably not a concern. An expert should be consulted when a horizontal crack appears to evaluate whether there is a structural risk.

These cracks typically result from one or more of the following;

1. Soil settlement beneath the footing resulting in downward movement of the footing, and shifting is common to most newly constructed homes.

2. Alteration of the local water table whenever a new home is built. Specifically, the soil beneath the home dries; the resultant soil shrinkage causes minor settlement of the footing which can result in hairline cracking in the foundation walls.

3. A new home, without of furniture and effects, does not impose a significant load on the foundation. Once all of your furniture and appliances are moved in, the weight borne by the foundation, and the structure in general, increases and causes some flexing (or movement) of structural members throughout the building. This increased load can cause hairline cracks in the foundation.

4. Drying shrinkage. While poured concrete is dries and hardens, it will shrink. The major factor influencing drying shrinkage is the total water content of the concrete. As the water content in poured concrete increases, the amount of shrinkage increases. Significant increases in the sand content and significant reductions in the size of the coarse aggregate used in poured concrete increase shrinkage because total water content is increased and smaller size coarse aggregate provide less internal resistance to shrinkage.

5. Thermal expansion and contraction of concrete. Concrete poured during high daytime temperatures will contract as it cools during the night, this can be sufficient enough to cause cracking if the concrete is restrained.

6. Restraint; The restriction of free movement of fresh or hardened concrete subsequent to the completion of placing (pouring of concrete) in formwork or within an otherwise confined space; restraint can be internal or external and may act in one or more directions.

7. Subgrade settlement or movement. The dropping of soil or the footing due to their mass, the loads imposed on them, or shrinkage or displacement of the underlying support.

Most foundation cracks are minor and insignificant; they are common to both poured concrete and block foundations. Structural cracks (horizontal) in residential foundations are usually the result of settlement and/or horizontal loading. They can be the result of hydrostatic pressure or the use of heavy equipment next to the foundation. The possible implication of cracks in your foundation is moisture penetration, moisture that can ruin finished wall coverings, floor coverings and furniture.

Water will leak through a foundation crack if there is enough hydrostatic pressure to force water through the crack. If a waterproofing system was installed during construction, the basement may not leak even if there is a large crack. Keep in mind that waterproofing is not the same as damp-proofing. Installing an exterior waterproofing system after the wall has been backfilled can be cost prohibitive. The best solution is the use of an epoxy injection system. It will adhere to the side of the cracks and actually may strengthen the wall. These systems can be DIY but is it highly recommended that they be applied by a professional.

If you take anything away from this article…take this. All foundations crack, your foundation, my foundation and most of these cracks are insignificant and have no structural implications. If you do have a concern about the size and type of crack call a professional to evaluate.

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Black Ops Hypnosis – Discover The Dark Side Of Hypnosis

To every thing there’s a dark side. The dark side of hypnosis is called Black Ops Hypnosis. This article reviews this dark side, what it is and how you can learn to control it. The fact that I’m writing this doesn’t mean that I support people who use Black Ops Hypnosis or that I recommend that you use it. I have to admit that I had second thoughts about writing this because if an immoral person starts using Black Ops Hypnosis because of me, I’ll feel guilty. This is because of the immense power this can give someone over other people.

Black Ops Hypnosis is a form of covert hypnosis, meaning that you’re going to hypnotize people without them knowing it. It’s a combination of seduction techniques, suggestion messages, control of facial expressions and tone of voice, and the ability to weave words and phrases to a powerful command.

Using Black Ops Hypnosis can improve your life beyond recognition. Imagnine what it would be like to be able to influence your boss to give your a raise, to get more sales, to be able to seduce more women (or men), to be able to get people to agree to do what you want and agree with what you say.

If you want to learn Black Ops Hypnosis there are a couple of excellent hypnosis training programs on the Internet today: Conversational Hypnosis and Underground Hypnosis. Both of these can teach you how to control this powerful tool completely, though Underground Hypnosis is more geared towards Black Ops Hypnosis.

One final note: For God’s sake, don’t use hypnosis unethically. Use it to improve your life without taking away from others.

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The Importance of Peace of Mind in Your Life

In a world where stress, strain, rush and restlessness abound, peace of mind is of paramount importance. It is a treasure that everyone desires, but only very few know how to gain it, and even fewer really do something to get it.

With all the advancement of science, no remedy has yet been found for lack of inner peace. Often, even when being in good financial condition and in good health, people have no peace of mind, which only proves that peace of mind does not depend on external conditions or on any scientific or technical progress. The solution has to come from within, not through external means.

It is not always possible to change external conditions, but you can certainly change your inner attitude and learn to stop allowing outside influences affect your moods and states of mind.

Peace of mind is not something to be found only on the Himalayas, by monks and hermits. It is attainable here and now, wherever you are, irrespective of your external circumstances, since it is an inner state, and is independent of circumstances and external conditions.

Peace manifests, when the incessant inner chatter of the mind slows down. When it appears, anxiety, stress, worries, fear, mental and emotional restlessness, nervousness and impatience disappear. It is a state of inner calmness, tranquility and serenity, which brings forth happiness, tolerance, inner poise, inner balance and self-control.

Peace of mind is an acquired skill, which requires time, practice and perseverance to develop, just like any other skill. With the right training, and with desire, motivation, patience and perseverance, you are sure to attain at least some degree of inner peace.

Peace of mind will enable you to manifest calmness and tranquility in your daily life, and also in difficult and trying situations. It will allow you to display emotional and mental detachment whenever needed, and thereby avoid being too affected by other people’s words, feelings and behavior. It will also enable you to control your reactions and become a happy, patient, tolerant and open-minded human being.

There are various techniques for gaining peace of mind, and following and implementing them, even for just a few minutes a day, will make a noticeable difference in your life, and you will soon become aware of positive inner changes within you.

You don’t have wait for the perfect circumstances to start working on gaining it. You can start here and now, regardless of the kind of life you are living, and irrespective of your circumstances. This might require some effort on your part, but it is a worthwhile project and the rewards are great.

You can continue living your own life, without changing your external condition, continue with your job and relationships, and yet work on attaining inner peace. This is done in a gradual manner, by learning to change your mental attitude, developing inner strength and inner detachment, through meditation and through other means.

It is not possible to teach this important and fascinating subject in such a short article, but you can find more articles and guidance at

www.successconsciousness.com/peace_mind.htm

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Acupuncture Treatment: A Pin for Pain!

Did you encounter a stress issue, migraine or any physical problem again? Most likely you would go for medication to get rid of it. Hardly will you think to go to a doctor who will insert needles in your skin! You might wonder what kind of treatment is this to weed out such problems through needles. Well the treatment is called Acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatment is a viable option for pain relief and it is increasingly getting chosen by the people. Acupuncture treatment involves insertion of needles to stimulate acupuncture points on the body which helps the body to heal and to improve functioning itself. Stimulating these specific points corrects imbalances in the flow of energy through channels, known as meridians.

Acupuncture treatment is an individualized phenomenon. It differs from person to person. Most of the patients either feel minimal or no pain during needle insertion. Once the needles are placed in the specific parts of the body, it leads to no pain. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and typically made of stainless steel, so the risk of rusting & breaking of needles is very less. Moreover the chances of bruising and skin irritations are minimal. Sterilized needles are used so the chances of infection are also the least.

Acupuncture treatment involves the mechanism in which acupuncture needles remove the obstructions and again restore the regular energy flow through the meridians. Acupuncture tries to settle the flow of energy via using needles, based on which part of the body is facing problem. Inserting needle in the right location create an effect on the flow of the energy of the body.

Acupuncture is a pain control treatment effective in various body pains which is essentially due to stress in the muscular system of the body.

Muscular strain: Acupuncture mechanism is helpful in slowing down the tension produced in the muscles which results in muscular pain such as frozen shoulder, back pain, knee pain and arthritis.

Acupuncture Treatment is often related to pain control, but it can serve a much wider application as well.

Medical problems: Acupuncture treatment is beneficial in healing many physical disorders such as digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, neurological disorders and muscular disorders.

Effective for female related issues: Acupuncture can be an advantageous treatment for women suffering from urinary disease, menstrual cramps or reproductive problems, also reported to be beneficial to prevent miscarriages as well.

Stress buster: Acupuncture treatment stimulates the central nervous system, helps to bust out physical problems related to stress, anxiety and emotional conditions. People with headaches, migraines may find this treatment effective and energetic.

Equilibrium setter: Acupuncture treatment sets a balance in the body by triggering the release of hormones which influence body’s own internal regulating system.

Immune system booster: Acupuncture is an effective tool for boosting the immune system of the body to fight against the diseases. Acupuncture is a treatment which heals naturally and it helps the body in many ways with no side effects.

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Tinnitus Relief – My Favorite Solutions For Solving This Problem

The innumerable innovations in the healthcare industry give a lot of preference to effective ways of bringing tinnitus relief to patients suffering from this ailment. The information and detailed accounts on this auditory problem is one of the most helpful breakthroughs which opened the threshold to a very promising and tinnitus-free condition.

In the course of finding the most viable and efficient ways of bringing remedy to the constant and high-pitched ringing in your ears, there are several alternatives you can choose which is most preferable to your body response particularly on medication. Hence, if you are not very much amenable to using the conventional forms of medication, you can always resort to other options just to stop the buzzing and hissing in your ears.

Tinnitus relief is very much prioritized especially if you are seriously searching for the best remedy to your hearing dilemma. One of the most trusted alternatives is through using natural therapeutic treatments. In basic medical research and experimentation, tinnitus relief is typically caused by several factors and reasons, usually triggered by psychological constraints and changes. For instance, you may experience a tormenting ringing sound in your ears if you have extreme anxiety disorders or under stressful conditions. Others experience this auditory problem due to exposure to too much noise pollution and trauma.

Hence, in order to promote and materialize the much needed tinnitus relief, most patients resort to natural treatments such as relaxation and meditation. This is often used through masking treatment which is done through overcoming the disturbing noises and masking them with more relaxing sounds of natural running water, white noise and music.

Tinnitus is imminently caused and aggravated by the various noise pollution and trauma that you may experience in a daily basis. This s not a surprising reality since the modern era is full of new advancements that oftentimes trigger nuisance and other innovations contributing to auditory damage among others. Hence, relaxing yourself through silence and meditation also lessens the noise you experience from the inside and out.

Another tinnitus relief source is through the use of conventional medical treatments. It is imperative that you consult with your ENT specialist or audiologist in order to determine the best option or medicine to treat the ringing in your ears. Some patients have no serious implications or damage in their ear nerves however there are some who require surgical procedures in order to remedy their tinnitus problems.

Since tinnitus is mainly caused by too much stress or anxieties, tranquilizers particularly Temazepam is prescribed to patients particularly in inducing sleep which is oftentimes deprived from those experiencing intense ear-ringing. Other medications are valium, caffeine-free painkillers and paracetamol or aspirin are likewise used however this option is most likely to have side effects and addiction tendency.

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The Use of Mirroring In Mind Control

Mirroring is a natural process we use every day in our interaction with other people. However, once its mechanism is dissected and understood, it can become a powerful mind control tool.

Mirroring is the process of becoming as much like the person you are trying to influence, as possible. You can accomplish this by mimicking both their physical (e.g. body language) and non-physical (e.g. values, thoughts, ideas, perception of reality) traits. Mirroring is necessary in influence because in order to influence someone, you must first build rapport with them and mirroring is one of the most effective means of building rapport.

Rapport, according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity. So essentially, by deliberately mirroring or becoming like another person, you are ‘artificially’ establishing the state of rapport that occurs spontaneously in everyday life between people who like each other. You must first build rapport with someone in order to influence them, because people are motivated by emotions, not thoughts; therefore, to get them to do something, you must stir their emotions, appeal to their hearts, not their heads. Don’t try to change peoples minds; change their mood and their mind will follow.

An example of natural, commonly-occurring mirroring is the following: people in normal, everyday conversation, even if they are mere acquaintances with a low level of rapport, tend to adopt similar facial expressions. This is done automatically and is below their level of awareness. That is one reason why people with conditions such as autism, who are not as aware of, or as responsive to social cues, as neurotypical (‘normal’) people, find social interaction so challenging. Moreover, it has been hypothesized that we have specialized neurons in our brain that are responsible for reproducing in us (i.e. mirroring) other people’s feelings, emotions etc and are thought to be part of the neurological basis of phenomena such as empathy, morality etc. I mention all these examples as evidence that we have evolved to mirror one another naturally on many different levels.

Is mirroring immoral? As with any form of mind control, mirroring is neither moral nor immoral, because it is simply a means to an end. If the end is to influence other people positively through mirroring, then it is not immoral. The reverse of course is also true.

In what ways can you mirror a person’s reality? Generally, two; you can mirror both their external as well as their internal reality.

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Ice Bath Treatment For Anxiety – Does it Work?

It may seem like a bit of a radical idea, but many are starting to look at ice baths as a treatment for certain types of anxiety or panic attacks. Looking at it on the surface, it would almost seem like some sort of torture, but after looking into it a little more, you can understand how this can be an effective treatment.

Have you ever watched sports on TV and then seen the locker room interviews where the athletes are all iced up? The other thing you sometimes see are athletes that will immediately take full ice baths after a game or a hard workout. Why is that?

One of the main reasons is that it ice is believed to cool the body down and help with the relaxation of tense muscles. In their situation, the body is hot from the exertion and the muscles have become tense from strain. Obviously the body heat is eating away at the liquids that would normally naturally cool them off. The ice bath offers almost instant relief and relaxes their muscles so they can recover from their physical activities. While a panic attack is not an athletic event, it often shares some of the characteristics in that the victim will be begin sweating, become very flush and their muscles tense up and sometimes totally lock up. If this treatment works for athletes, why would it not work in the relief of a panic attack?

While this may not be a widely used approach to treating panic attacks and anxiety symptoms, it is proving effective for some. When doing research on the topic, results are difficult to find, but it is being reported by some people who have used the treatment with some success.

Each and every day, panic attacks are increasing. They are being taken more seriously and research is being conducted to not only find the causes, but the cures. The world presents emotional, physical, and mental challenges today like never before and we are all exposed to so much more in our daily lives. Being able to deal with the stress of life is proving to be more and more difficult for so many people. The result is an ever increasing number of people ending up with anxiety and panic disorders. As they become more prevalent, so does the search for treatments that work. While ice baths as a treatment for anxiety seems wild, it’s just one of numerous natural treatments for the symptoms of the condition.

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Cystic Acne – Is It Causing You Grief? Look No Further, Help Is At Hand

Cystic acne is the severest form of acne and is hard to control. It can have big emotional costs and unpleasant long-term consequences. If there are bumps under your skin, say on your face or shoulders, then you could have cystic acne. If you owe it to yourself to find a cure then read on.

Cystic acne sometimes flares up when blocked oil glands in the skin burst. Bacteria in the pus seep into the surrounding tissue and breed rapidly. More pus is produced as the infection spreads and quickly forms into cysts, which are usually found in the deepest layers of the skin, especially on the face, back, and shoulders.

The accumulated pus can be painful and makes the skin tender and itchy. But you should never scratch or squeeze cysts because the infection will spread into nearby tissue if they rupture. Swollen, pustules and cysts typically appear on the skin of sufferers and are unsightly. The red, inflamed scars may be visible for years before slowly fading away. In some people, they become permanent.

Genetics largely determines whether or not you get cystic acne. For instance, your sebaceous glands may have a genetic tendency to manufacture extra oil if you have a hormonal imbalance. That excess oil clogs up pores in the skin, producing perfect conditions for bacteria. An imbalance of hormones can be caused by:

  • Toxins made by bacteria in the body
  • Stress brought on by things like a lack of sleep or fear (stress causes the adrenal glands to produce a hormone called cortisol that stimulates the sebaceous glands).
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals in various drugs and cosmetics
  • Alcohol, beverages containing caffeine, and foods with lots of histamines (e.g. cheese, red wine, bacon, and yogurt).
  • Life cycle changes such as the onset of puberty when the body starts manufacturing male sex hormones.

Your internal acne environment is clearly a very complicated place. An effective cure for cystic acne therefore has to be comprehensive and versatile. It needs to:

  1. Be capable of neutralizing all the underlying causes of your acne
  2. Quickly restore and permanently maintain your body’s natural internal balance
  3. Work on all parts of the body, especially the face and shoulders where acne can be particularly severe
  4. Be realistic, and easy to incorporate in your current lifestyle
  5. Be straightforward and follow a logical, well-organized format
  6. Be easily customized into a strategy that satisfies your body’s unique requirements.
  7. Provide ongoing counseling and support from knowledgeable health experts

The holistic approach is the best way to get rid of cystic acne. A safe, natural alternative, it has cured many people of stubborn acne. It doesn’t resort to costly drugs or creams, and will make you look better, feel better, and give back your self-esteem and confidence. Most important, you can adapt it to fit your body’s unique requirements. This last characteristic of the holistic approach makes it truly effective against all types of acne on all parts of your body.

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