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All About Acupressure

Definition

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with finger pressure instead of with the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain.

 Origins

One of the oldest text of Chinese medicine is the Huang Di, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which may be at least 2,000 years old. Chinese medicine has developed acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and other remedies as part of its healing methods. Nearly all of the forms of Oriental medicine that are used in the West today, including acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, and Chinese herbal medicine, have their roots in Chinese medicine.

One legend has it that acupuncture and acupressure evolved as early Chinese healers studied the puncture wounds of Chinese warriors, noting that certain points on the body created interesting results when stimulated. The oldest known text specifically on acupuncture points, the Systematic Classic of Acupuncture, dates back to 282 A.D. Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture, as Chinese physicians determined that stimulating points on the body with massage and pressure could be effective for treating certain problems. Outside of Asian-American communities, Chinese medicine remained virtually unknown in the United States until the 1970s, when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. On Nixon’s trip, journalists were amazed to observe major operations being performed on patients without the use of anesthetics. Instead, wide-awake patients were being operated on, with only acupuncture needles inserted into them to control pain. At that time, a famous columnist for the New York Times, James Reston, had to undergo surgery and elected to use acupuncture for anesthesia. Later, he wrote some convincing stories on its effectiveness. more »

Side Effects and Precautions of the Red yeast rice extract

Description

Native to China, red yeast rice extract is the byproduct of Monascus purpureus Went (red yeast) fermenting on rice. Part of the Monascaceae family, Monascus purpureus is identified by its ascospores. The color of the mycelium is initially white, but soon changes to pink and then yellow-orange due to an increase in acidity and the development of hyphae. They explain that as the culture ages, it is characterized by a dark crimson color at the substratum.

General use

Documented as early as 800 A.D., Chinese red yeast rice was used in the preserving, flavoring, and coloring of food and wine. However, in addition to red yeast rice’s culinary properties, it was soon discovered that red yeast rice possessed medicinal properties as well. The ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia, Ben Cao Gang Mu-Dan Shi Bu Yi, published during the Ming Dynasty (1368– 1644), recorded a detailed description of red yeast rice and its manufacture. According to the pharmacopoeia, red yeast rice promotes blood circulation and stimulates the digestive system and spleen. Recent studies of red yeast rice indicate that it contains substances similar to those found in cholesterol-reducing (statin) prescription medications. In addition, research indicates red yeast rice may contain other cholesterol-reducing and be itself an agent useful in lowering cholesterol

Lachesis- General use

Not all products used in alternative healing come from plants. Lachesis is the venom of the bushmaster snake, Lachesis mutus. It is used in homeopathic medicine. L. mutus is a tropical snake that lives in the jungles of Central and South America, growing to a length of 12 feet (3.6 m). It is the largest poisonous pit viper in the Western hemisphere, and second in size in the world only to the king cobra. L. mutus is related to the familiar North American rattlesnake. A large bushmaster can have fangs more than 1 in (2.5 cm) long. Its venom is deadly and kills rapidly by inhibiting nervous impulses or slowly by interfering with blood clotting and accelerating the destruction of red blood cells. The bushmaster is also called the surucucu (sometimes spelled surukuku).

General use

Homeopathic medicine operates on the principle that “like heals like.” This means that a disease can be cured by treating it with substances that produce the same symptoms as the disease, while also working in conjunction with the homeopathic law of infinitesimals. In opposition to traditional medicine, the law of infinitesimals states that the lower a dose of curative, the more effective it is. To achieve a low dose, the curative is diluted many, many times until only a tiny amount remains in a huge amount of the diluting liquid.

In homeopathic terms, fresh L. mutus venom was “proved” as a remedy by Constantine Hering around 1830. Although born in what is now Germany, Hering is considered to be the founder of American homeopathy. In 1827 he went to Surinam, South America, to conduct biological research for his government. In experimenting with lachesis venom in an attempt to find a homeopathic inoculation for smallpox, he accidentally poisoned himself with a small amount of venom. This led him to his “proof” that lachesis was a homeopathic remedy. Ever the curious scientist, Hering later accidentally paralyzed his right side by continuing to test higher and higher doses of lachesis on himself.

Lachesis is used in homeopathy to treat a wide range of symptoms. These fall into the following general categories of:

• menstrual and menopausal complaints

• throat and mouth complaints

• fear, paranoia, and associated mental complaints

• nervous system complaints

• circulatory complaints

All these complaints exhibit certain patterns or modalities that indicate they should be treated with lachesis.

These symptoms may:

• worsen after sleep and upon awakening

• worsen in the spring

• worsen after drinking hot beverages, taking hot baths, or direct exposure to the sun

• worsen if touched or if the body is constricted by tight clothes

• worsen with alcohol consumption

• produce surging waves of pain

• move from the left side to the right side of the body

• result in a mottled, engorged, congested face

• result in a very sensitive neck

• improve from eating

• improve from the onset of bodily discharge

• improve from exposure to cold and fresh air

In homeopathy, certain remedies are thought to be especially effective in people with specific personality and physical traits. The “lachesis personality” tends to be egocentric, self-important, unstable, and jealous. They may be possessive. This personality type often talks about doing great things, but rarely follows through. Physically, lachesis types tend to be overweight and bloated. They often have red hair and freckles.

Cum sa ne pastram frumusetea naturala, prevenind din timp unele afectiuni ale pielii?

Pielea, ca orice organ, poate fi supusa unor factori nocivi. Agentii cauzali pot actiona fie in mod direct, fie in mod indirect, reusind sa produca modificari ale stratului cutanat.

Cauzele externe- se pot clasifica, dupa natura lor in:

  • factori microbieni parazitari, factori fizici, mecanici sau chimici.

Factorii microbieni constituie una dintre cauzele cele mai frecvente. Stafilococul si streptococul pot da nastere la leziuni variate cum ar fi foliculitele, erizipelul sau furunculii.

Parazitii afecteaza firul de par dar si pielea capului si determina diferite micoze ale firului de par, numite pilomicoze. Ei pot ataca si pielea glabra, unde determina afectiuni superficiale, cum ar fi pitiriazisul si epidermatia.

Cuperoza este o afectiune ce poate aparea cand circulatia din vasele de sange nu este bine echilibrata. In acest caz, se recomanda:

-spalarea obrazului cu apa la temperature camerei, evitand apa prea calda sau prea rece, sapunul sau lotinuile alcoolice;

  • Evitarea schimbarilor bruste de temperature
  • Evitarea alimentelor prea condimentate
  • La frig sau la soare se va proteja obrazul cu o crema ecran.
  • Seara, dupa demachere, tamponarea fetei cu lotiuni nealcoolizate, tonice si reconfortante.

Ridurile se intalnesc pe toata perioada vietii.

Primele riduri pot aparea chiar de la 15 ani, mai ales pe frunte.

Aparitia ridurilor are loc astfel: intre 20-25 ani dupa regiunile frontale, verticale si orizontale apar ridurile de la ochi si tample (laba gastii).

Intre 20-30 ani tenul femeii este mai ridat decat al barbatului. Dupa 40 de ani apar ridurile de la coltul gurii.

Printre factorii care favorizeaza aparitia ridurilor putem enumera:

  • factorii meteorologici
  • lumina puternica si brusca
  • cititul la lumina slaba
  • curele de slabire brusca
  • incordarea repetata a musculaturii fetei
  • rasul care face sa se contracte un numar mic de muschi.

Pentru combaterea ridurilor se recomanda:

  • o igiena riguroasa a pielii
  • o demachere perfecta a pielii
  • creme cu substante biologice active, bine hidratante cum ar fi Fiolele cu Acid Hialuronic și Vitamina CGerovital H3 Hyaluron C, care sunt disponibile în toate supermarketurile, hipermarketurile și magazinele de profil din țară, precum şi din magazinele de brand Gerovital și online, pe www.farmec.ro
  • ser bogat în acid hialuronic pudră și lipozomal și vitamina C
  • in jurul ochilor, indiferent de natura tenului, pielea va ramane unsa si in timpul noptii.

Tenul uscat, lipsit de protectia sebumului, este predispus la o ridare accentuate si precoce. Abuzul de apa calda si sapun, precum si lotiunile degresante aplicate pe un ten uscat, nu fac decat sa grabeasca procesul de ridare.

Folosirea indelungata a cremelor pe baza de mercur si bismut, in scop decolorant, au acelasi efect: pielea se deshidrteaza, se usuca si se rideaza.

Astfel, cremele decolorante trebuie aplicate alternativ cu creme hranitoare.

Tulburarile interne si viata dezordonata pot contribui la o ridare timpurie.

Efelidele (pistruii) constituie una dintre cele mai frecvente dermatoze pigmentare inestetice. Ele sunt pete mici de culoare galben-bruna, localizate pe fata, maini,brate sau chiar pe tot corpul.

Profilactic, se evita expunerea la soare mai ales primavara si vara.Tegumentele expuse se protejeaza cu unguente, lotiuni si pudre foto-protectoare.

Repar totusi, deoarece indepartarea definitiva a  pigmentului presupune o exfoliere mai profunda, cu atingerea dermului si formarea ulterioara a unei zone atrofice, ceea ce nu corespunde cu scopul urmarit.

~Scris pentru Spring SuperBlog 2018~

Cum sa iti diversifici imbracamintea prin diferite prelucrari tehnologice

Produsele de îmbracaminte la prima mana sau SECOND HAND se realizeaza succesiv, prin prelucrarea reperelor în vederea obtinerii elementelor de produs, urmata de reunirea elementelor în subansambluri, a caror complexitate si grad de prelucrare cresc pâna la obtinerea produsului finit, care poate fi vandut cu succes si second hand .

În structura produselor de îmbracaminte- haine mana a douaEvernisaj pot fi puse în evidenta repere, detalii, elemente si subansambluri, pe care se pot plasa diferite accesorii.
Reperele sunt componente plane indivizibile ale produselor de îmbracaminte, obtinute prin croire, din materiale de baza sau secundare (captuseli, întarituri).

Detaliile reprezinta repere pe care s-au realizat prelucrari tehnologice (termolipire, coasere, calcare), dar nu au ajuns în stadiul de element de produs.
Elementele de produs sunt componente cu functii bine definite (acoperire a corpului, ornamentare, fixare pe corp, depozitare a unor obiecte , termina tie a produsului etc.) si pot avea form a plana sau spatiala. Elementele pot include unul sau mai multe repere, sau se pot constitui prin prelucrari tehnologice ale unor zone apartinând altor elemente sau subansambluri (de exemplu, unele variante de închideri, realizate prin prelucrarea unei zone a elementelor de acoperire a corpului, sau unele terminatii, realizate prin îndoirea elementului mâneca sau a subansamblului compus din fata si spate etc.).

Exista situatii în care un element se identifica cu reperul respectiv, daca nu au existat operatii ulterioare croirii (de exemplu, spatele realizat dintr-un singur reper). Prin interschimbarea constructiva sau tehnologica a elementelor se poate realiza diversificarea modelelor si a sortimentelor
Subansamblurile cupleaza cel putin doua elemente de produs. Complexitatea subansamblurilor creste prin asamblari de noi elemente sau prin prelucrari tehnologice, pâna se obtine produsul finit.

Matlasarea pentru reliefarea unui desen plasat pe un reper al produsului de îmbracaminte este o tehnologie recomandata produselor unicat sau de serie mica.

În acest scop se poate utiliza matlasarea pentru reliefarea unui desen plasat pe un reper al produsului de îmbracaminte este o tehnologie recomandata produselor unicat sau de serie mica. În acest scop se poate utiliza:

  • reliefarea cu snur,
  • reliefarea prin conturare.Reliefarea cu snur creaza efecte estetice deosebite si poate fi realizat a prin tehnici diferite, în functie de particularitatile desenului si compozitia produsului.
  • Pentru trasee liniare sau cu raze de curbura mari, coaserea se poate efectua cu masini cu doua ace, în una din urmatoarele variante:
  • 1.  masinile cu doua ace cos între ele cele doua straturi, ce au dimensiuni comparabile, urmând ca introducerea snurului în canelurile formate sa se realizeze manual; grosimea snurului trebuie adoptata în functie de distanta dintre cusaturile paralele, grosimea si rigiditatea la încovoiere a celor doua straturi textile;
  •  Prin atasarea unui piciorus special (având o canelura longitudinala pe talpa) unei masini cu doua ace, se poate fixa direct snurul plasat între cele doua straturi. În acest caz, stratul superior trebuie sa aiba dimensiuni mai mari ca staratul inferior, iar operatorul va dirija stratul superior catre zona de coasere.
  • Pentru trasee mai complexe, ce se intersecteaza, coaserea se realizeaza în general manual, iar snurul se va introduce manual, prin mici taieturi realizate pe stratul spate,urmarind cu atentie modul de suprapunere în intersectii.

~Scris pentru Spring SuperBlog 2018~

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