Sunday, March 9, 2014

Get Rid of Tinnitus With Chakra Healing

Tired of hiring those strange sounds in your ears? Well, now you can get rid of Tinnitus by trying chakra healing, an ancient system of Indian spiritual healing.

If most people sit quietly in a totally silent space (like a sound recording studio) they may hear a slight whirring sound coming from their heads. In a normal environment (home/office), the regular sounds we hear around us usually drown out these tiny noises in the ears, and we don’t realize that they exist.

Tinnitus is a condition where a patient occasionally experiences louder noises in their ears. This could range from a hissing sound, a buzzing sound, a ringing sound, a roaring sound, a tinkling sound or an incessant humming. Some people suffering from Tinnitus also hear a strange ‘digital’ sound or the ‘TV tone’ sound. While in most cases, noises in the ears may have an underlying treatable cause, sometimes, doctors are not able to do anything to get rid of them.
Getting rid of noises in the ears

Tinnitus is a health problem usually seen in people over the age of 40. When people usually hear these sounds for longer periods on a more frequent basis, they decide to visit a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Some treatable causes of noises in the ears are wax accumulation, earache, infections in the inner ears, head injuries, auditory nerve tumours and anaemia. Patients suffering from Tinnitus also show other medical symptoms like ear pain, hearing loss, dizziness and nausea. In many cases, doctors find no cause for tinnitus, even after doing a whole lot of tests.

Getting Rid of Strange Noises in the Ears 

Whether it is a buzzing, ringing or hissing sound that you hear, you can get rid of tinnitus through chakra healing. This form of healing is very simple. You just have to meditate on a colour, sound, element and sense, for about 10 minutes, around 3-4 times a day.

Well, hearing strange ringing sounds in the ear is connected to the sixth chakra, known as the ‘Ajna Chakra’. This chakra is associated with ‘clairvoyance’ or ‘clear seeing’, and it has its centre in the ‘third eye’ – which is the area of the forehead in between your two eyes. It is linked to the colour indigo blue, the sound ‘Aum’, and the ayurvedic element ‘light’.

According to chakra healing, problems like tinnitus generally occur when a person is facing certain emotional and mental problems, which disturb the functioning of the ‘ajna chakra’. Some of these issues include:
  • Truth and knowledge issues
  • Intellect issues 
  • Having/lacking intuitive powers 
  • Learning from experience 
  • Feeling inadequate about oneself 
  • Inner wisdom
  • Knowing about yourself and self-evaluation
  • Open-mindedness: accepting yourself and others
  • Listening and seeing openly 
If you are experiencing ringing in the ears, chances are that you would most probably be facing one or some of the above issues. One way to get rid of Tinnitus would be to recognize that these issues need resolving, and begin practicing chakra meditation to harmonize the sixth chakra.

Chakra Healing Steps
  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  2. Close your eyes and keep your body relaxed. 
  3. Slowly breathe in and out.
  4. Chant the sound ‘Aum’ as you exhale. 
  5. Imagine the colour ‘indigo’, especially in the area of your ears. Imagine this area glowing with a bright indigo light, and pulsating with energy. 
You may have to do this a few times a day for a few weeks, to get rid of tinnitus completely. In addition, you should also try to solve the underlying emotional issues that are causing the sixth chakra to act up. For example, if the issue you are facing is lack of open-mindedness, try and keep your mind more open to what you are being close-minded to – whether new ideas or new people or new things or new changes in yourself.

Please let me know if this worked for you. For step-by-step chakra healing instructions and information about how it works, please read the full article about chakra healing here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Getting Rid of Ingrown Toenails with Salt Water

Foot pain can occur due to various reasons, of which ingrown toenails is a major cause. According to experts, about six million people in America itself are known to develop an ingrown toenail each year. In most cases, these ingrown toenails are very painful and cause a lot of discomfort. So, how to get rid of them?

Salt Water for Treating Ingrown Toenails 

According to scientists at California’s Stanford University, soaking the affected foot in a solution of warm salt water can cure ingrown toenails within a period of 4 days. When preparing a salt water bath for soaking your feet, ensure that the temperature of the water is ‘warm’ and not ‘hot’, otherwise you risk getting problems like chilblains, which would increase your discomfort.

The researchers say that the salt in the warm water solution naturally removes inflammation. In addition, salt is anti-bacterial, so it quickly gets rid of the tiny germs around the ingrown toenail that is causing the swelling and pain. All you need to do is take 1 teaspoon of salt for each cup of water, heat the solution to a warm temperature, and soak your foot for about 20 minutes, two times a day.

Salt water solution for treating ingrown toenails

It shouldn't be long before the infection subsides. Ingrown toenails are an avoidable health issue that is generally caused by improper-fitting shoes and not cutting toenails. Bad hygiene, not washing your feet, not changing socks etc. are some things that aggravate an ingrown toenail and lead to painful infections that make the problem worse.

While salt water helps get rid of the infection, one must avoid wearing the ingrown-toenail causing shoes during this treatment period, together with dirty socks etc. Though loose comfortable slippers would be the best, you may sometimes have to wear shoes to go to office etc. If so, take along a pair of slippers which you can change into after you are comfortably seated behind your desk. Also change the pair of shoes you are regularly using – go for something very simple, without heels, narrow toes etc.

If you live near the seaside in a warm country, nothing can be better than soaking your feet in the warm sea water on the beach. Take a stroll in the sand, and let the natural salt from the warm waves soak into your feet and get rid of the ingrown toenails.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What Are Psychosomatic Diseases

Is your health problem becoming worse due to a mental or emotional factor? Well, some physical diseases or pains are believed to be caused due to daily stresses and various mental issues that a person may be suffering from. While issues such as lower back pain and high blood pressure have been proven to get worse due to stress, it is difficult to classify diseases as being purely caused by pyschosomatic reasons, a mix of psychosomatic reasons and physical reasons, or only physical reasons. One thing is clear, in many cases, taking care to reduce the psychosomatic factors behind the health issue has brought patients relief, in some cases even curing the problem.

List of Psychosomatic Health Problems and Emotional Factors

Here is a list of some common psychosomatic diseases, and the underlying mental and emotional factors that are known to cause them or make them worse, all arranged in alphabetical order.
  • ANEMIA: Not recognizing your value, and feeling weak about your self-worth.
  • ARTHIRITIS: Inability to express yourself, and feeling inadequate, like you have been imprisoned.
  • CANCER: Having severe hate and/or resentment for another person, but not showing them or expressing it openly. Keeping the hate bottled up, and turning is inwards, almost throughout one's life. 
  • COLDS: Indecisiveness. Not making a decision when you need to do so. Feeling sorry for yourself for various reasons, and wishing to delay activity. 
  • COLITIS AND ELIMINATION PROBLEMS: Over attachment to something or someone. Holding in communication and not telling someone what they should be told. Not releasing situations.
  • DIABETES: Having a selfish attitude. Not wanting to give (money, time, affection etc.), Holding back when it comes to being generous.
  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS: Constant worrying, even about small things. Not letting yourself relax and do other things. This also causes ulcers. 
  • EYE DISORDERS: Inability or refusal to see things or people as they really are. 
  • HEAD ACHES: Feeling threatened or pressured by the environment in which you are in, usually happens in office. 
  • HEART ATTACK: If you are feeling pressured by responsibilities and want to escape from the situation. 
  • HEART PROBLEMS: Lack of love. 
  • HEARING DISORDERS: Inability or refusal to listen or accept what you hear, or what people are telling you.
  • KIDNEY DISORDERS: Condemning yourself. Not forgiving yourself for something you may have said or done. Not understanding self value, and not accepting love. 
  • LOWER BACK PROBLEMS: Mental power struggles
  • LUNG DISORDERS: Restricted feeling, attitude of feeling loss of freedom 
  • MIDDLE BACK PROBLEMS: Apprehensive, fearful, unable to support self. 
  • NECK AND SHOULDER TENSION: Carrying other people’s problems and thinking of them constantly. Feeling you have the whole world on your shoulders and lots of problems to solve.
  • NERVOUS DISORDERS: Being too demanding of yourself and restrictive. Letting emotions build up and not letting them out.
  • PROSTATE DISORDERS: This happens to men who are not appreciating their masculine expression. Sometimes when one feels guilt and/or fear to express an aggressive quality. Also, a feeling of being unproductive. 
  • REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS IN WOMEN: Not appreciating the feminine expression. Feeling guilt and/or fear to express the receptive quality. Also, a feeling of unproductivity.
  • SINUS PROBLEMS: Restriction in expression. A feeling of being trapped. Being overly sensitive to what others say or do.
  • STROKES: Problems with members of the family of origin (parent’s family) 
  • THROAT DISORDERS: These usually have to do with using the will. The need to make a decision and delaying in doing so, or not carrying out with the decision.
  • ULCERS: Feeling out of control, and not being able to control someone. Wanting to control others and their situations. 
One can get relief from these psychosomatic health problems by trying to solve and work around the underlying emotional/mental cause. For example, if you are suffering from an ulcer, try to find out whom you are trying to control, and stop doing that. Both you and that person will benefit.

After that, you can try some chakra meditation to further heal a friend or yourself. Here is a chart with more information about psychosomatic health problems, the underlying emotional causes behind it and the part of the body affected:

Chart on Psychosomatic Illnesses and Related Emotions

Take a look at this chart of psychosomatic health problems, and check if you continuously talk to yourself in the way mentioned beside each health issue. If you do, it is time to help yourself and change. You could find someone to talk to: maybe a family member, counselor, friend, spiritual person or psychologist. You can also read spiritual articles, to help you solve your mental and emotional problems yourself.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get Rid of Stomach Cramps (Endometrial Pain) with Oats

About 8-12 percent of women are known to suffer from endometrial pain in the form of ‘stomach cramps’, which can cause a lot of discomfort. One of the best ways to get rid of stomach cramps caused due to endometriosis is to have a bowl of oatmeal every day.

Endometriosis occurs when small parts of the uterine lining get detached and begin to grow outside the uterus.According to experts, these migrating cells can cause a lot of pain during menstruation. They sometimes result in so much inflammation, that one suffers from severe stomach cramps during their periods, together with a heavy ache that may last almost the entire month.

Reducing Stomach Cramps with Oats

This may prevent one from doing the things one wants to do and enjoying life as much as one would like to. However, there is no need to worry too much about how to cure it. According to research conducted by scientists, one can get rid of stomach cramps caused by endometriosis by choosing a diet rich in oats. This sort of diet has helped reduce endometrial pain for about 60 percent of women, within a period of six months.

Getting rid of endometrial pain with a bowl of oats

The main reason for this is that oats don’t contain ‘gluten’, a protein that triggers pain and inflammation in many women, and makes stomach cramps during menstruation periods very painful and almost unbearable. I usually have a bowl of oats about three times a week for breakfast, and I can thankfully say that it has brought me relief. Together with getting rid of stomach cramps, oats also have other benefits, such as improving your complexion and keeping you healthy overall.

There are different ways to cook oats. You can have it sweet in the morning with fruits for breakfast, add it to soups to thicken it, or have a savory dish with meat for dinner. If you have decided to go for an oatmeal diet to reduce monthly stomach cramps, then please let me know about your experience and whether you got any relief, by posting a comment below.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Rid of Chronic Pain with Turmeric

If you are suffering from chronic pain and are looking to get rid of it, nothing could be more effective than turmeric. Used all over Asia for flavouring food, turmeric (also known as haldi) is a spice that is known to be really useful for easing aches and chronic pain.

Easing Pain With A Sprinkle of Turmuric

According to various studies, turmeric is actually three times more effective at easing pain than allopathic medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. In addition to this, turmeric is known to relieve chronic pain for about 50 percent of people suffering from pain-intensive health issues like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Turmuric being grated and powdered
This finding came out of a study conducted by Cornell researchers. According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, nutrition researcher, turmeric has an active ingredient known as curcumin, which naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2. This is an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones. The dose of turmeric for getting rid of chronic pain recommended by the study is a ‘sprinkle of 1/4 teaspoon daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish’.

In India, we use a little turmeric in almost every dish we prepare for lunch or dinner time. In addition, turmeric is also used as an internal and external medicine. For aches and pains, it is usually mixed in milk and drunk in the night before going to bed. It may also be mixed with milk cream and other ingredients and applied on the face for a beautiful complexion. Tumeric may be bought at any supermarket or Indian specialty store.

If you got relief from using turmeric to get rid of chronic pain, please let others and me know about your experience by posting a comment below.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ash - Natural Cure For Thorn Removal

Having a thorn stuck in your foot can be a very painful experience, and here is a post about my experiments with thorn removal, including the use of ash as a natural cure.

Thorn Sticking in My Foot

Well, on Sunday morning, I went for a nature trek in a city forest. As I walked through the forest, a thorn from a branch lying on the forest floor pierced through the sole of my shoes (which were about half an inch thick btw), and got stuck in my foot. It hurt like hell. My friend yanked it out, but a tiny bit of it got stuck in the soles of my foot, causing a lot of discomfort.

Well, I limped back home and tried many methods of thorn removal. My mom told me to rub a bit of ash on it, as she had seen her brother doing so. This home remedy seemed like a lot of bull, so I didn't bother using this natural cure. I ran a search on Google, and found other natural cures. I tried soaking my foot in hot water, using tweezers, cutting the skin around it with a needle to expose the thorn, and rubbing baking soda on the area. Nothing worked.

I went to office for one day with the thorn painfully stuck in my foot. On the second day, my mother gave me a slice of onion to rub on the thorn. She said this was a good natural cure. Well, I took it to office and rubbed it on my soles in the area of the thorn, hoping that no one would notice the smell. The pain reduced a bit, but when I tried walking, the thorn still continued to prick me.

Natural Cure of Ash 

When I reached home, my mom gave me some ash (from some incense sticks) and said that this natural cure really works. Well, I rubbed the ash on my sole, and after some time I noticed that the pain had gone. When I tried walking, I could not feel any pricking sensation as before. While the thorn still seemed stuck in my foot, I could walk just fine.

Cigarette ash can be a good home remedy for removing thorns/splinters from your foot or hands.

A few decades ago, very few people wore shoes (at least in India where I am from). Almost everyone used to walk barefoot in fields, forests and tracks, and thorns/splinters sticking in one's foot was a very common issue. Nobody went to the doctor to treat this - most people knew a bit of ash rubbing would solve the problem. People living in villages still do the same.

Visiting a Doctor to Remove a Thorn

Having a splinter or a thorn stuck in your foot can be very inconvenient and painful. No one likes to limp about the city looking silly. A doctor's visit can prove to be very expensive. Some doctors even recommend surgery and injections. While this may be required in rare cases, some doctors, hospitals or clinics do this just to make a bit of extra money (because they know how much discomfort you are in).

People would pay anything to get rid of a thorn in their foot, and unscrupulous medical professionals take advantage of that. Well, the solution and treatment for thorn removal is very simple really. Just rub a bit of ash in the area of the thorn or splinter. The pain would go and you will be able to go about your daily tasks in comfort. This ash could be from any naturally burning substance, such as incense sticks or a cigarette. Here is where a cigarette can actually be beneficial for your health - just don't inhale any smoke.

What do you think of using 'Ash' as a natural cure/home remedy for removing a thorn in your foot? Did you try it? Let me know about your experience.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Preventing PMS with Yogurt or Curd

Who knew that yoghurt can actually help reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? A large number of women struggle with PMS issues – in fact up to 80 percent of women (according to researchers in Yale). Symptoms could range from irritability, to bloating and stomach cramps.

The main reason why this occurs is because the nervous systems of many women are sensitive to changes in the levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are naturally produced by the body every month. One natural way to reduce the symptoms of PMS is to eat yogurt or curd.

Cup of yoghurt for reducing PMS symptoms

According to researchers at New York’s Columbia University, eating two cups of yogurt a day can reduce PMS symptoms by about 48 percent. They say that yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that is known to naturally calm the nervous system, and helps prevent painful symptoms even when hormonal levels are constantly changing.

I usually have a cup of curd every day with my lunch. This is traditional in India and other eastern countries, but it is good to know that the usefulness of yoghurt is being recognized in the West as well. However, here in north India, most people do not have yogurt in the winters, as it has a cooling effect and makes one feel colder when the weather is already cold outside. Maybe that’s why yoghurt is not very popular in countries located at higher latitudes. It may also take a long time for bacteria to ferment and the curd to form.

I can say I thankfully don’t suffer from cramps or pain related to PMS, and the reason for this could be the yogurt that I have daily. I used to have stomach pains a long time back, but at that time I never included curd with my diet.

Have you tried eating yoghurt to reduce the symptoms of PMS? What was your experience like?