*Aromatherapy and Acupuncture* - Health Benefits
Essential Oils - Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy - History
When we say Aromatherapy we think about the essential oils like Lavender or peppermint. Well today we are going to take a closer look at the history of Aromatherapy and how it all started.
Egypt, located in NE Africa is the birth place of medicine, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals thousands of years ago. A look back into time shows that ancient civilizations well understood the aromatic use of essential oils for health enhancement. As long as 6,000 years ago, during the time of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt the Egyptians discovered the therapeutic benefits of massaging with essential oils and were famous for their skin care formulas and cosmetics. We can wonder why Cleopatra had the most beautiful skin and people were falling in love with her left and right. Fragrances, herb oils and resins were used in embalming techniques and religious ceremonies.
The famed Balm of Gilead mentioned in the Bible was basically a resin from the balsam tree located on Mount Gilead in the Middle East. It was well known for its healing properties. These oils used throughout history in ancient times were most likely not true essential oils but gums and resins, or oils and fats saturated with fragrant blossoms or plant material. These were not as powerful as a true essential oil but worked great for those in ancient times and shows how early on healers recognized the power of fragrance in healing. (It wasn't a magical world - It was a great use of the nature and the stuff it provided.)
From the far lands of Egypt to Israel, Greece, Rome, and the entire Mediterranean world now used the essential oils wether it's during religious ceremonies, in the temples themselves or for healing properties. Every culture developed different practices of perfumery using oils, but with the approach of the dark ages, much of this knowledge was lost. A look at history shows that India is the only place in the world where this tradition was never lost. Ayurvedic medicine is the oldest form of medical practice using oils and has been in continuous use since its inception thousands of years ago. To this day India still uses the essential oils for healing, religious purposes and even inside homes to give an amazing smell.
Throughout history some households and traditional healers continued to use their natural methods but more and more people turned to chemical medicines and this was the period where the use of essential oils started to decline a bit due to the fact that everyone wanted to use medications and chemicals. The whole trend was to take medical practice out of the hands of ordinary people and put it in to the realm of specialists with their chemical medicines. Essential oils came to be mostly considered important as ingredients in fine perfumes and colognes to make them smell great. But fortunately later in 1928, it was the right time, it was the time when people were beginning to see some limits to chemical medicine and starting to search for natural remedies that worked right in their home.
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Benefits of the Essential Oils
The Essential Oils and their benefits -
1- Eucalyptus Oil - This amazing and great scented oil works wonders in so many different ways. One is that Eucalyptus oil are well-known for their properties of being anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other great qualities. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinctive taste and odor. Apart from it's great properties for antiseptic and decongestant, it also has healing properties for wounds, Respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. The other great benefit of the amazing oil is for Asthma. All you have to do is simply massage 1-3 drops onto the chest and the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved. It also helps with muscle pain, lice, intestinal germs, diabetes, refreshens the air, and Tuberculosis and Pneumonia.
2. Lavender- Talking about ancient Egypt and their aromatherapy. Well Lavender is one of those oils that they used during mummification process in order to make it smell good instead of the horrible smell of the dead body. Just like Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender has benefits for stress relief and it's also very beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia. It also helps with slowing down aging with powerful antioxidants. Research over the past years has even proven its ability to speed recovery from sores and can prevent allergic reactions! Another great benefit of Lavender is that it's used for treating acne scars and skin conditions such as eczema. Recently it has been discovered that lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds and a big part of this is because of it’s anti-microbial properties. And just like the great Eucalyptus Oil it the great property of refreshening the air.
3. Peppermint Oil - Known for it's strong smell, Peppermint oil is beneficial for many things such as reduces stomach pain, soothes digestive issues, boosts energy and clears the respiratory tract. The first use of this oil is for muscle pain and cramps. Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles, and melting away a tension headache. Another great thing about this essential oil is that when inhaled diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog your sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and may provide relief for colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis. The second great benefit of this oil is that inhaling peppermint essential oil can put a stop to the munchies and can help you feel full faster. Just like Tea Tree Oil, Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your scalp. By adding about 2-3 tbsp to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner it will help to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up! Because it is a powerful antiseptic, peppermint can also help remove dandruff and lice. Wanna get rid of those nasty bugs in your home? Well here's the solution.Ticks aren’t the only bugs that hate peppermint oil. In fact, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, and even lice will be repelled. Because of peppermint oil’s cooling effects, it is an excellent natural treatment to bring down a fever especially in children.
4. Rose Oil - Rose Oil boosts self esteem, confidence, and mental strength while efficiently fighting stress and depression. They can be very helpful to get rid of depression arising for any reason, and it also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, patients of acute depression or those undergoing rehabilitation can be given routine and regular doses of this essential oil to bring a positive boost into their lives. One of the other great benefits of Rose Oil is that it's very beneficial in other cases of inflammation caused by microbial infection, ingestion of poisonous materials, indigestion, and dehydration.Topically applying rose oil to wounds helps to protect them from becoming septic and developing into a really bad infections. One of the greatest benefits that i find really interesting is that this gives protection against the untimely loss of teeth and hair, wrinkles, the loss of firmness of intestines and muscles of the abdominal area and limbs associated with aging. (Yes I know it's a lot to digest but can I just say WOW, those are really great.) Above all, rose essential oil helps to stop the flow of blood from wounds and cuts by contracting the blood vessels. This goes to all the women out there, those who suffer from uterine discharge, tumors, bleeding, and irregular menses you are reading about the greatest treatment of all time. It purifies the uterus as well, and keeps it functioning properly even in advanced age, thereby delaying menopause. By regulating menstruation, it is possible to eliminate the associated symptoms and problems of menstruation, including mood swings, hormonal imbalance, overeating, bloating and cramping
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Some of us might find that it hurts when we have needles in our bodies. Well of course that goes with everyone. But one of the greatest and most well known medical discoveries of all times is called Acupuncture. Acupuncture is said to have originated in China, being first mentioned in documents dating from a few hundred years leading up to the Common Era. The Chinese believe that the practice of acupuncture began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character 'Bian', were used to puncture and drain abscesses. The origin of Chinese medicine is a fascinating story and acupuncture represents only one facet of their medical system. The first recorded attempt at conceptualizing and treating disease dates back to about 1500 BC during the Shang dynasty. One of the most important concepts of Chinese medicine is that of natural BALANCE. From this idea of balance arises the fundamental theory of yin and yang. The well-known symbol of the yin-yang further makes us realize that nothing is pure Yin or pure Yang; black and white embrace and intertwine in perfect symmetry, each side containing a small seed of its opposite.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable pathophysiological (disease) conditions in American medicine was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Have you ever wondered if the needles are clean and sterile? Well, after reviewing the existing body of knowledge, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed acupuncture needles from the category of "experimental medical devices." The FDA now regulates acupuncture needles, just as it does other devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes, under good manufacturing practices and single-use standards of sterility.
The most common serious injury reported from the needles of acupuncture has been accidental puncture of the lung, which results in a partial collapse of the lung called Pneumothotax. According to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicates it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more.
Most courses of acupuncture consist of up to 12 sessions depending on the acupuncturits. A visit to an acupuncturist will involve an exam and an assessment of the patient's condition, the insertion of needles, and advice on self-care. Most sessions last about 30 minutes give or take. The patient will be asked to lie down, either face-up, face-down or on his/her side, depending on where the needless are inserted. The acupuncturist should use single-use disposable sterile needles. As each needle is inserted the patient should feel them, but initially without pain.
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