Tuesday, 30 November 2010

BLOOD GROUPS AND YOUR HEALTH

Our blood is certainly one of the most important elements in our body to keep us alive. This may appear in one single color but it is loaded with essential chemicals and components that are needed to make it function normally. We all become apprehensive if we or our loved ones are diagnosed with abnormal blood condition, because we know how important our blood to the body is.
Moving on, it is also essential to be equipped with information about the different blood groups not only to know what our blood type is but also to be aware of the benefits of it especially if we want to donate some of our blood to those who need it.
There are different blood groups because of the presence or absence of particular protein molecules called the antigens and the antibodies. Antigens are those located on the surface of red blood cells or RBC while the antibodies are those in the blood plasma. We all differ in blood groups or blood type because of the different combinations of the said protein molecules. Our blood group is based on what we have acquired or inherited from our parents.
Donating blood to patients is easy, but the difficult one is choosing the compatible one to avoid blood poisoning. Since we all have different amount of protein molecules in our blood, precise blood typing tests are required before initiating blood transfusion.
Here are the four major blood groups/types:
1. Type A – person who has a blood type A have an A antigens on his red blood cells and B in the blood plasma. This individual can give blood to those who have type A and AB and can receive blood from those who have blood types A and O.
2. Type B – person who has a type B blood have B antigens on his red blood cells and an A antibodies in his blood plasma. He can give blood to those who have types B and AB, and receive blood from donors who have blood type B and O.
3. Type O – a person with type O blood has neither A nor B antigens on the red blood cells, but have A and B antibodies in the blood plasma. He can give blood to those who have types A, B, AB, and O and can receive from donors who have type O only.
4. Type AB – a person with type AB blood has both A and B antigens on the red blood cells but no A or B antibodies in blood plasma. He can donate blood to those who have type AB and receive from donors with blood types AB, A, B, and O.

Having a healthy lifestyle makes our blood to function well. We can do this by:
§ Eating healthy foods especially those green leafy ones that are rich in iron.
§ Refraining from cigarette smoking for it will greatly ruin our blood.
§ Maintaining a normal blood pressure, and blood sugar content
§ Visiting your personal health provider regularly.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Reflexology: Healing-Touch to Senses

Many theories but the approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of the working of reflexology is pressure sensors in the feet and hands are a part of the body's reflexive response that makes possible reaction to danger. It is a zone therapy that is practise of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, the hands and the ears. Feet ready to flee and hands ready to fight communicate with the body's internal organs to make possible wither eventuality. This encourages a beneficial effect on other parts of the body to improve general health. The sudden adrenal surge that enables a person to lift a car is an example of this reaction. Reflexology taps into this reflex network, providing an exercise of pressure sensors and thus the internal organs to which they are inextricably tied.

Traditionally, Egypt way back to 2330 BCE, China 2704 BCE and Japan 690 CE points to ancient reflexology systems. The concept of treatment emerged in the 19th century based on research into the nervous system and reflex. Round the world and throughout history, the reflexology has been rediscovered and reinstated as a health practice time and time again by peoples around the globe seeking to deal with health concerns. While no direct evidence from ancient times has been discovered, the practice of foot and hand work in a variety of cultures, belief systems and historical periods speaks to reflexology for health as a universal concept.

It is easy to do reflexology along with doing other activities. Though it can be done practically anytime and anywhere, there should be consistency in tricks. This requires self help and family help as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up the stress patterns in your feet and hands. There are many impressive results across the country. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond to every part of the body. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to have benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation and promoting the natural function of the related area in the body, though there is some scepticism about such claims. Nonetheless, reflexology can release endorphins, and is pleasurable.

Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile. Be creative but be consistent. A well-conducted consultation enhances the treatment the personal follows reflexology, as a professional the practitioner understands his approach to treatment is of great importance and the treatment itself is part of the wider therapeutic encounter.

Summary:

Reflexology is a comprehensive process available to human as the means of bringing the body back from a state of inability to a state of health. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

What are the Risks of Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)?

Siberian ginseng is also known as eleuthero, which has been used in the eastern countries including Russia and China for many centuries. Siberian ginseng is related to the Asian ginseng and American ginseng, which has a different active chemical ingredient. It is believed to be effective for enhancing overall health, longevity, vigor restoration and stimulation of appetite as well as the memory. Russians used Siberian ginseng for adapting to stress and enhancing productivity.

In the Chinese medicine, Siberian ginseng is prized for the beneficial effects it brings to the ‘qi’ and the capacity to cure the ‘yang’ deficiency of the kidney and the spleen. Siberian ginseng is also known to be an adaptogen similar to panax ginseng. It is helpful for stress as well as for the balance of the body. Adaptogen can decrease the pressure of the blood for people who have high blood pressure. On the other hand, it can also increase the pressure of the blood for people who have low blood pressure. Eleutherosides is an active ingredient present in Siberian ginseng that helps in enhancing stamina and stimulating the immune system of the body.

Most of the scientific research regarding Siberian ginseng was performed in Russia wherein researches were supported the use of the herb in strengthening the immune system and maintaining the health rather than treating certain diseases and disorders. Siberian ginseng may be helpful for the body in dealing with mental and physical stress, cold, heat, viruses, chemicals, bacteria, physical fatigue noise, pollution and intense working conditions. As the immune system strengthens, several illnesses are prevented.

Different studies prove that the use of Siberian ginseng is beneficial for patients with colds and flu. It is also effective for restoring and maintaining mental alertness. As of physical performance, Siberian ginseng can enhance stamina and improve muscle strength. Ancient Chinese medicine used Siberian ginseng in treating sexual dysfunction and enhancing reproduction. Siberian ginseng is also helpful for elderly people to enhance the quality of life. It improves mental and social function as well.

Supplements with Siberian ginseng are available in the market. The roots of the ginseng have different components including eleutherosides and polysaccharides that are effective in improving the immune system and lowering the levels of blood sugar. You can get Siberian ginseng supplements as solid extracts, powders, tablets, capsules and liquid extracts. Dried roots of ginseng are also available, which are usually used for tea.

Siberian ginseng is not recommended for children. In addition, if you are going to take supplements with Siberian ginseng or other herbs, make sure that you know the other ingredients included in the product. It is always safe to ask your doctor about the benefits of herbs and supplements in your health.

Bear in mind that herbs contain certain components that can cause side effects and may interact with other supplements, medications and herbs. Be cautious in taking herbal supplements and make sure that you are under doctor’s supervision.

People who have obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, narcolepsy as well as pregnant and lactating women must avoid taking Siberian ginseng. Some common side effects of Siberian ginseng include insomnia, high blood pressure, headache, drowsiness, nosebleed and irregular heart rhythm.