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NLP Jargon – What Is Uptime?

I’m starting a new line of articles: NLP Jargon. These articles will help you figure out the myriad of terms used by NLP gurus in seminars and in the seminal books of the field.

Our NLP term for today is uptime. I first came across that word when I read Frogs Into Princes for the first time. Grinder and Bandler used it to describe a state of heightened sensory acuity. Let’s explore its meaning in a bit more depth.

You’ll find the term “uptime” used mostly in books about therapy and training. “Uptime” simply means that all of your sensory channels are focused on external stimuli. In simpler terms, you’re paying attention to your surroundings. When you’re in uptime, you pay little attention to internal dialogue, internal visualizations, or internal feelings. You focus on objects around you, micro-movements in people’s facial expressions, sounds in the environment, the temperature of the sun on your skin or the feeling of the wind in your hair.

When you’re in uptime, you perceive the world around you in much greater accuracy and you absorb patterns with much greater facility. Babies live mostly in uptime. When you engage in NLP Modeling, you enter uptime to unconsciously absorb the patterns of excellence you wish to model.

So as you finish reading this article now, you can begin to notice the all the sounds that surround you and the feeling of your weight on the chair. Allow your eyes to unglue from your monitor and begin to wonder how much more you can notice today…

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Vertigo Dizziness Caused By Sinus Pressure Alone

Vertigo is NO fun at all. It’s like being on a nightmarish ride you didn’t ask to go on, and one you can’t get off of.

Sinusitis is usually blamed for vertigo, but inflammation of the para nasal sinuses, due to infection, allergy or a result of autoimmune diseases is NOT the only cause.

Most of the cases of sinusitis are caused, due to viral infection and take about 10 days to heal completely. Depending on the duration, sinusitis can either be acute, sub-acute or chronic.

The interconnected cavities or small air pockets in the facial structure are known as sinuses. These air pockets are found around the nose, the forehead and cheeks.

There are four pairs of sinuses, and are lined inside the cavities and have a protective mucous membrane. So much of the information about vertigo is linked to a sinus “infection.”

Light-Headness and Sinus Pressure Vertigo

Allergies are the most common cause of sinusitis, which further leads to pressure build up and dizziness. The human body consists of many complex systems. It’s the interactions between different systems, that help us to maintain our sense of balance.

The eyes capture different images, they are exposed to, while the inner ear takes care of monitoring our directions and movements. It’s the joints and muscle sensors that gauge the parts of the body which are in motion.

The central nervous system acts like a supervisor, and makes all the other systems work. When any one of the systems face a problem, it can cause vertigo.

Usually, when a person suffers from a sinus infection, it leads to sinus pressure build up in the inner ear, or congestion in the inner ear, causing normal air flow to be disrupted.

This causes the connection to the brain to be disrupted as well. The pressure builds up in the back of the eyes, the roof of the mouth and the inner ear.

Since there’s pressure on the inner ear, the brain processes are not able to ensure normal balance. The person loses equilibrium and becomes off-balance, causing dizziness.

Sinus infection and vertigo go together.

In a respiratory tract infection, if the bacteria or viruses attach themselves to the mucus lining of the sinuses, it may spread to the ear tube and cause an ear infection.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure and Vertigo:

One remedy for sinus pressure relief is to warm a soft cloth on a hot griddle and apply it to the ear.

A hot shower will also help in draining the mucus, that’s blocking the sinuses and relieve ear pressure. Try to avoid being in a room with cool air.

Taking steam is one of the simplest and the easiest way to relieve sinus. Adding eucalyptus oil or menthol oil will help in getting rid of sinus infection rather faster. One can take steam two to three times in a day for faster relief.

My favorite method helps in clearing up nasal congestion. Saline water has to be passed through the nasal openings for the same. I use a Neti-Pot.

Eating spicy food is known to relieve sinus pressure. Once a person eats spicy food, clogged sinuses will open up and mucus will drain out. Adding ginger, garlic, dried lemon etc. in your diet will also work towards relieving sinus pressure.

When you’re suffering from sinuses, one of the home remedies is to increase the intake of fluids. This helps in diluting mucus and eases pressure on the inner ear.

Having the right sleeping position will not only help in relieving sinus pressure, but will also help in avoiding vertigo. Sleep with your head on an elevation.

If you normally sleep with your head on a pillow, you may want to make use of two pillows.

If you have been suffering from these problems for some time, then you may not want to talk to your health care professional immediately.

Although there is a close relation between sinusitis and vertigo, there are other reasons, which may also cause dizziness. You may want to talk to your health care professional and rule out any other cause of the problem.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, “Sinusitis is a common condition that affects millions of people across the world. Estimated to be as many as 35 million Americans suffer from this disease at that it accounts for at least $2.4 billion in direct medical costs alone.”

Sinus problems can cause a number of symptoms and adverse affects on the body like head pain, a persistent cough and vertigo.

The sinuses purpose is to catch any unwanted airborne particles from entering the lungs. The sinuses are very temporal and can be irritated by change in humidity, allergies or the common cold.

This is what I experience. The change in humidity… specifically a lowering in humidity. Dry air is NOT My friend!

When the sinus cavity is inflamed, it swells to its maximum capacity, preventing normal air flow and abnormal amounts of pressure to build up in and around the sinuses.

This is what has caused my equilibrium to become off-balance, causing vertigo.

To properly treat vertigo caused by sinus pressure, a person first must deal with the sinus issue. If the sinuses are infected, you need to kill the infection.

If the sinuses are simply irritated, an over-the-counter decongestant will help calm the swelling and irritation. Vertigo is no fun, but won’t last if you keep the sinus swelling down.

My recommendation for “drainage of the sinuses or no drainage,” is still to use the Neti-Pot and decongestant, to keep the swelling down.

You may still have some vertigo, but it will go away in 3-5 days if your sinuses are better.

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Alpha Male Characteristics – NLP Secrets

What is it about the term ‘Alpha Male’ that grabs people’s imagination? Those two words ooze a sense of dominance, power and authority. To some, learning alpha male characteristics is to learn underhand techniques to get your way to the top of the food chain. To some, being an alpha male symbolises aggressiveness. Sure, there are certain ‘covert’ tactics you can use, but first I want to talk about how exhibiting alpha male characteristics will actually improve your life in many, many more ways than just being able to hit on women.

According to our old friend Wikipedia – “the alpha male is the individual in the community to whom the others follow and defer”. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing wrong (or aggressive) with wanting to be the kind of person that people look up to and respect! Imagine how improved your life would be if YOU are always the person that people come to, whether it’s for a hot night on the town, giving advice at work, or within your local community.

Imagine how different your life would be at work or at college if everyone notices when you walk in, and gives you a smile, says “Hi” and is genuinely pleased to see you? Some people can do this naturally, and it’s the kind of thing that most people dream of, but resign themselves to thinking that they’ll never have what it takes.

Wrong!

Anyone – and I mean ANYONE – can learn the characteristics of an alpha male and make changes that will give you this kind of authority. You may have heard about NLP. Not to worry if you haven’t, but there is a tool in NLP called ‘modelling’. Nothing to do with being a model! I talked earlier about how certain people have natural skills in this area – well, modelling is a techniques where we analyse the exhibited behaviours of these people, and then break down the behaviours into actions we can learn to do, which in turn will give the impression to others that we are indeed that type of person.

Make sense? Let me give you an example. We’ll take a person who is not particularly confident at public speaking (most people probably!) All we need to do is to learn certain key actions and behaviours we must exhibit during our speaking and it will ‘give the impression’ to others that we are super confident! At first it will feel awkward, but after time and practice it will become more and more natural, which is turn will make it easier to do. After a while it will become second nature.

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Anxiety: Can The Fear Of Being Harmed Cause Someone To Experience Anxiety?

If one is going through a challenging time, it could be because they are having trouble at work. Perhaps someone they work with is making their job harder than it needs to be, or the company they work for could be downsizing.

As a result of this, one might spend a lot of time worrying about if they are going to lose their job. This could be something that will only affect them, or it could be far worse if they have a family.

A Close Relationship

Alternatively, one could be in a relationship that is not going very well; the other person might have just had an affair, for instance. The person they love has then let them down, and they might not know what to do.

At the same time, it might not be this severe, and one could be with someone who they are no longer attracted to. Part of them might want to break up with them, but another part might want to carry on as normal.

Another Area

On the other hand, what is taking place within them could be what is causing them to suffer. This could show that one spends a lot of time feeling down, and it could then be a challenge for them to do anything with their life.

It could be hard enough for them to get out of bed, let alone for them to actually go out into the world. One could find that they have only just started to feel this way, or it might be how they have been for as long as they can remember.

A Gradual Decline

If they haven’t experienced life in this way for very long, they may find that their life is gradually getting worse. Instead of going out and spending time with friends, they might prefer to stay in.

And while there may have been plenty of things that they enjoyed doing in the past; they might not feel like doing anything anymore. One then has the same name, but they are not the same person.

A Different Problem

There is also the chance that one is not depressed, or if they are, it is not something they experience all the time. One could find that they suffer from anxiety, and this is going to make it harder for them to handle their everyday life.

This could be something that they experience more or less all the time, or it might arise during certain situations. If they were to think about how long their life has been this way for, they may find that it is a fairly recent occurrence.

The Contrast

Due to this, one might be able to remember how much easier their life used to be. One could think about something in their life that they used to do without even thinking about it and, if they were to do this now, they could end up feeling overwhelmed.

For example, they might have enjoyed spending time with others, but this could be something that they now avoid. This will cause them to miss out, but it will also stop them from having to lose control.

No Where to Run

However, if one experiences anxiety more or less all the time, it might not matter where they are. Therefore, one could feel this way when they are at work and when they are around their friends.

One could then find that the only time they don’t experience anxiety is when they are asleep. Yet even if they are asleep, they could find that this is something that has an effect on the kind of dreams that they have.

Part of Life

If one has been this way for as long as they can remember, they are not going to be able to think about how their life used to be. As far as they are concerned, this could be just how life is.

It is then not something that they can change, it is something they have to put up with. What this could then mean is that someone like this is less likely to reach out for support than someone who hasn’t always experienced life in this way.

Reaching Out

But with that aside, if one was to look into what they can do to change their life, they might go to see their doctor. This could be a time when they are offered some kind of medication, or they might end up being referred to a behavioural therapist, for instance.

If they go on medication, they are not going to have the chance to look into why they are experiencing anxiety. And, if they have behavioural therapy, they are likely on focus on what is taking place in their mind.

On The Surface

One is then not going take the time to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, or they won’t look into what is taking place in their body. Taking drugs can be seen as another form of repression, and focusing purely on the mind can be seen as another way for one to avoid how they feel.

Now, this is not to say that there is not a time and a place for someone to go on medication or that it is wrong to focus on the mind. What it comes down to is that this is not always going to be the best approach, and the answers are not always going to be found in the mind.

Going Deeper

The body is where emotional pain is carried, and so it is not much of a surprise that the mind is given most of the attention in today’s world. By staying on the surface, there is no reason for one to embrace how they feel in their body

If one was to get in touch with what is taking place in their body, they may find that there is a reason why they experience anxiety. They may find that they have a fear of being harmed, and this is why they are on edge from time to time (or all the time.)

Why is this?

What this illustrates is that anxiety is not always the main problem; it can simply be what is taking place on the surface. Anger is the same in this regard, as it can allow someone to avoid other feelings.

If one does have a fear of being harmed, it could be the result of what took place when they were younger. This could have been a time when they were abused and/or neglected by their caregiver/s.

Awareness

So, although time has passed, the trauma they experienced all those years ago is still in their body. In order to change their life, it is going to be vital for them to deal with what is taking place in their body.

This is something that can take place with the assistance of a therapist or a healer.

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How Long Will It Take to Heal Acid Reflux?

It is important to treat your acid reflux before it causes any serious complications. However, the type of treatment and how long will it take to heal acid reflux varies from person to person. Meaning you need to find the right treatment option that will work for you.

Everyone responds differently to treatment based on how severe their GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) condition is, and how their body reacts to treatment. So, what works for one individual may not for another. Likewise, how long will it take to heal acid reflux depends on how well a person responds to treatment and the severity of GERD. Therefore, for many acid reflux sufferers, discovering the treatment best suited to their specific needs is often a process of elimination, and may result in a combination of treatments.

There are many different types of treatment options. The following is a breakdown of the most common methods:

Lifestyle change – This is the most recommended treatment when it comes to healing acid reflux because it is simply a matter of changing habits to prevent acid reflux such as avoiding foods that trigger acid reflux, improving eating habits, maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise, reducing stress, avoid eating before bed, etc.

Traditional medicine – There are three main medication types used to treat and prevent acid reflux and they include:

1. Antacids (I.E. Tums, Gaviscon, etc.) – they work by neutralizing stomach acid and can be beneficial for those who suffer from occasional heartburn.

2. H2 -receptor antagonists (I.E. Zantac, Pepcid, etc.) – neutralize acid by preventing stomach cells from producing acid and is stronger than an antacid. Tends to benefit GERD sufferers who do not suffer from additional complications such as ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus.

3. Proton Pump Inhibitors (I.E. Prilosec, Nexium, etc.) – Highly effective at stopping the production of acid, and also helps to heal an inflamed esophagus. They are ideal for GERD sufferers who have complications.

It’s difficult to determine how long will it take to heal acid reflux when it comes to traditional medicine, because many of these medications are not meant to be taken for long-term treatment.

Alternative medicine – There are various alternative medicines, but three commonly used to treat GERD are:

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine. This primarily includes the ancient practices of acupressure and acupuncture. Both techniques involve manipulating specific acupoints in the body as prescribed by ancient Chinese medicine. By applying pressure or inserting needles in to the specific acupoints that are connected to the symptoms one is experiencing, it is believed that the meridian system that exists within the body known as Yin, Yang and Qi can be brought into alignment and allow the body to heal itself. The techniques are virtually the same, except that acupuncture uses thin needles, while fingers, knuckles and elbows are used to apply pressure to acupoints in acupressure.

2. Homeopathy. This alternative therapy works to treat an individual based on their mental, physical, and personal characteristics. A GERD sufferer will be treated based on their specific symptoms, not their condition. Therefore, no two GERD sufferers will be prescribed the same course of treatment. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural plant, animal and mineral substances.

3. Herbal remedies. This is an alternative treatment that uses various plant and plant parts for medicinal purposes. Popular herbal remedies for GERD include, but are not limited to:

– Chamomile

– Clove

– Ginger root

– Licorice

– Turmeric

Herbs are commonly ingested in the form of tea but can be sold fresh, dried, or in powder, tablet, and pill form. They can usually be found in health food stores or sold from an herbalist.

When pursuing alternative treatment it is imperative that you find a qualified and experienced professional for the specific treatment you are seeking. Furthermore, if you are wondering how long will it take to heal acid reflux with an alternative remedy, it depends on the specific symptoms you are experiencing.

Remember, you must be patient when healing acid reflux, as it takes time, often months before there is any real improvement. Furthermore, healing is all about preventing the recurrence of acid reflux. There is no treatment that cures GERD indefinitely; acid reflux can continue to occur if you do not maintain your methods of prevention.

Finally, regardless of the treatment method you use, you should first consult your doctor to receive professional advice on how long will it take to heal acid reflux, and also so he/she can monitor your progress or provide you with new treatment ideas if you have trouble finding treatment that works.

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How to Ease Kidney Stent Related Pain

Undergoing a kidney stent placement becomes a necessity till the time the renal blockage is healed in a patient. While the stent helps in reliving the obstruction and aiding in urine flow it can also cause painful symptoms in the users. Though the degree of pain experienced by people can vary from a mild one to excruciatingly agonizing episodes based on their individual conditions, there are some basic steps that all of us using a kidney stent can take to help ease the pain and keep it to a minimum.

Relieving Kidney Stent Pain

Easing Stress – Decreasing the level and intensity of physical activity can really help in minimizing stent related pain. Most patients experience pain when they are doing a lot of strenuous manual activity like playing sports or lifting heavy objects. It is therefore advisable to completely avoid any extreme and laborious activity till the stent is removed. In case you experience pain when you are moving around, taking a break and lying or sitting down for a while will help in relieving pain symptoms considerably.

Heat Therapy – Most people who use a kidney stent have ascertained that taking a warm bath, using a hot water bottle or massaging the lower abdominal area with thermal oils helps in easing stent related pain.

Pyridium Pills – Pyridium is a dye which is similar to indigo and has a numbing and cathartic effect when introduced into the urinary tract in the form of a pill. You can ask your doctor for the proper dosage of pyridium tablets suitable for your pain which is especially effective in relieving the burning sensation during urination.

Anti Incontinence Pill – Experiencing urinary incontinence as well as frequent urination is one of the common symptoms of using a kidney stent. Both of these side effects can result in the occurrence of more pain to the patient. For this reason, anti incontinence pills like Detrol LA are helpful in decreasing bladder spasms as well as alleviating painful symptoms especially in women.

Painkillers – If your pain becomes so unbearable that it starts interfering with your normal activities and sleep patterns you must consult your doctor immediately and get some painkillers for immediate relief. While using painkillers remember that they can play havoc with your immune system in excessive dosage, therefore ensure that you never surpass your daily prescribed limit.

Extra Precautions – When a kidney stent is placed into the body of a patient, it is placed in the ureter so that it allows urine to drain from the kidney into the urinary bladder. In order to aid proper repositioning in case of stent dislodging as well as aid smooth stent removal the lower end of the stent is suspended by a thread which can be a cause of pain to some users and especially amongst women when tugged accidentally. It is therefore important to take due precautions and be extra careful not to pull at the thread which can result in shifting it as well as causing intense pain and discomfort.

Whether you have just undergone a ureteral stent placement or have been using one for quite some time now, following the above guidelines will surely help you to ease as well as mitigate pain symptoms resulting from the use of a kidney stent.

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Natural Remedies for Anxiety: Top 5 Exercises for Anxiety Relief

I was awakened by butterflies. But instead of being in some enchanted land with fluttering fairies and surreal colors, I stared up at my ceiling and was worrying about money again. My old friend Anxiety had returned. He came back into my world and as usual, didn’t even bother knocking…

My breathing had become short. I had to sit up and used the momentum to swing out of bed and get ready to face the day. God, was it really only Wednesday?

No matter. I went down to the floor, assumed the push up position, and proceeded to bang out push-ups. 10-20-30, not stopping for a break until I reached 50. The butterflies weren’t all the way gone yet, but would soon be like crushed dead leaves in the palm of my hand, before they could molt into a full-blown anxiety attack.

Since I know I’m not the only one to have suffered from anxiety, I wanted to share the one thing that has always helped me, which has been to use fitness for anxiety relief. As simplistic as that may seem, it’s sometimes the most simple, fundamental things in life that still work best. And therefore, it sometimes bears reminding.

So get up, get going, and keep moving. It’s kind of like being in a war zone. You don’t want to make yourself a sitting duck, so you have to keep moving! Here are my top 5 exercises for natural anxiety relief:

  • Push-ups. Do as many as you can in one minute. Don’t worry (ha-ha!) about how many you can do or not do. Your goal is to just get going and slowly improve, but doing more each time. You’ll be surprised by how fast you’ll improve.
  • Sit-ups. They’re not just for sexy abs any more! Tell that especially to the person suffering from anxiety in the pit of his stomach. The goal here is the same as push-ups; just do as many as you can in sixty seconds. This is a great exercise for getting rid of butterflies and yes, it will help give you sexy abs, if you eat right too.
  • Pull-ups. This one may be the hardest for some people, especially if you don’t have access to a chin up bar, but you can buy an over-the-door model, bolt one to the wall, beam/rafter in the garage, or even just use a tree branch in the yard or nearby park. Do as many as you can. Even if it’s only 1 rep and then try for 2 next time and so on. This is another exercise where you will improve rapidly if you just keep at it.
  • Air Squats or Deep Knee Bends. Simply bend down until your thighs are at a complete 90 degree parallel to the floor while keeping your back as straight as possible. You can throw your arms out in front of you to help keep your balance and momentum going. Again, do as many as you can in a minute.
  • Jogging or Running. I realize not everyone can lace up their running shoes and go run for a few miles, but if you can, go for it. If not, that’s fine too, but get out there and walk at a brisk pace to get your heart rate up, thereby strengthening your cardiovascular system. Fresh air is best, so get outside if you can. Even if it’s raining. Embrace it!

You’ll notice that none of these exercises require a fancy gym and that’s the point. You don’t need to spend money for anxiety relief! It can be attained naturally, with a little effort, but once you get going, you will feel better. To your health and success!

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All Natural Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. According to Dr. Oz, it is estimated that by the time a man is 40, 20% will have suffered from erectile dysfunction. Each year that percentage is increasing. What causes men to suffer with this ailment can vary. The general cause of Erectile Dysfunction can be divided into 2 types:

  • Psychological causes
  • Physical causes

Psychological causes

For some men, Erectile Dysfunction can develop with age and the onset of stress and depression. Emotions can strongly affect sexual performance including being nervous or self conscious about having sex. Having an open communication with your sexual partner can alleviate a lot of the stress and possibly the Erectile Dysfunction itself. In some cases, professional psychological help may need to be sought out in order to get to the root of the problem that is causing the ED. Seeking the help of a sex therapist can also be an effective treatment. With a sex therapist, it is recommended that your sexual partner come along for at least the initial visit, to help discuss any communication problems you may be experiencing.

Physical causes

Some of the most common physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction are high blood pressure, clogged blood vessels, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, low testosterone levels, Peyronie’s disease, the use of tobacco, substance abuse including alcoholism, previous pelvic surgeries and certain prescribed medications. Of course there could be other physical causes of ED not on the list, that your doctor can detect. There are several different treatments for physically caused Erectile Dysfunction, some of which can be extremely costly. The two most popular treatments are surgery and natural supplements.

Surgical treatments

Surgical treatments for Erectile Dysfunction can involve direct injections to the penis, penile prosthesis and vascular surgery. These surgeries can be extremely invasive, costly and even dangerous. The surgical procedures are not guaranteed to cure ED and can leave devastating results. Possible surgical treatment should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Because of the risks involved, surgery should always be left as a last resort, only after other options for treatment have been exhausted.

Natural Supplements

Alternative treatments such as, taking natural supplements, has been a popular choice in treating Erectile Dysfuntion. In fact, the use of natural herbs is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. Natural herbs and supplements are known for improving and increasing the flow of blood to the penis. Here are some of the most effective natural ingredients used for treating Erectile Dysfunction:

Pomegranate 70% ellagic

Ellagic acid, a phenolic acid is found in berries, pomegranate, grapes, and nuts. Ellagic acid has shown to be a positive attribute in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. It does so by increasing nitric oxide (NO) supply that has a definite role in maintaining the blood flow (and hence erection) of your penis. Studies have also shown that ellagic acid acts as a strong sexual stimulant and aphrodisiac that eventually leads to longer excitement time and greater erection capabilities.

Muira Puama

Muira Puama or potency wood is one of the most active botanical with a long history of traditional use as an energy tonic, general health improver and remedy for impotence & sexual insufficiency. It is known in some circles as “the Viagra of the Amazon”. According to a study published in the American Journal of Natural Medicine, out of 262 men who took Muira Puama, 62% reported an increased sex drive and harder erections.

Epimedium Sagittatum (horny goat weed)

Used by practitioners for over 2,000 years, horny goat weed is a leafy plant which has long been used to restore sexual performance and boost erectile function. It also improves sperm production and has a moderate androgen-like influence on the testes, prostate gland, and anal muscles, thereby influencing sexual desire and activity.

Tongkat Ali (Asian Viagra)

Tongkat Ali is a tree that has been used for many years by men to increase sexual desire, libido, and sexual performance and to treat Erectile Dysfunction. It works by increasing levels of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is primarily responsible for the growth and development of male reproductive organs, including the penis, testicles, scrotum, prostate, and seminal vesicles. It comes in different dosage ratios. For example, 1:20 means 20 grams of root is used to produce 1 gram of extract and is the recommended minimal dose to enhance sexual function and treat male impotency.

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM)

MSM, the beauty mineral, is necessary for collagen synthesis in tissues (including those of penis). Chemically, MSM is an organic form of sulphur, an abundant mineral in the body. Present naturally in meat, milk, fish, vegetables and fruit, it is easily lost in processing. It is, therefore, important to use a natural health supplement that contains sufficient quantities of MSM.

MSM also keeps cells from becoming rigid and rough. MSM is also believed to relieve stress, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, constipation, candida, detoxify the body and, most importantly, increase blood circulation through the penis that improves overall health look and health of the penis and even beautifies it.

L-Methionine

L-Methionine is an essential amino acid (protein) that helps against premature ejaculation. This essential amino acid has some role in the growth and development of normal penis. Essential amino acids are those that must be acquired through diet or supplements because the body cannot produce them. L-methionine is also believed to be essential for heart and brain function. The highest amounts of methionine per 200-calorie serving primarily are found in fish, meat and other animal products, but some vegetables are good sources as well. However, it is difficult to include the “recommended daily dose” of L-methionine by eating all of such food sources on regular basis. Nutritionists, therefore, recommend consuming some good natural supplement on daily basis that contains just the right amount of L-Methionine.

Maca

Maca is a root or vegetable that is widely known to act as libido-booster and sex enhancer. Unlike other herbs, it does not directly affect the sex hormones. Instead it has been proposed that it provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. In a study that involved 4-month treatment with maca in nine adult men, increased seminal volume, sperm count, and sperm motility were observed.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Smooth and consistent blood supply to the penis is a must for erection, growth and better sex performance. To really get your blood going, natural circulation-enhancing nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids are best. Omega-3 also makes your nervous system function better and as sex is really about circuitry, it also improves your sex life.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed, also called linseed, contains a rich supply of lignans in its hull. Lignans are phytoestrogens that are helpful in maintaining a healthy ratio of testosterone. Optimal testosterone levels are crucial to a raised sex drive for both women and men. Besides enhancing sex drive, these nutty-flavored seeds contain essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are the major building blocks of all sex hormones.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps sinensis is a type of fungus that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Cordyceps sinensis is a powerful aphrodisiac. Recent studies performed in both China and Japan demonstrated a 64 percent success rate among men suffering from impotence. Scientists have isolated two chemical constituents in cordyceps, (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol), which are thought to be the active compounds that increase sex drive.

All of these ingredients are safe and natural alternatives to surgical procedures. The use of natural supplements has proven to be a successful treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. One natural supplement that includes each of these proven ingredients is MaleExtra. Regardless of what treatment plan you choose, there is help for Erectile Dysfunction.

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Hand Reflexology – What is the Difference Between Hand and Foot Reflexology?

There are many similarities between hand reflexology and foot reflexology, this article is going to look at how they compare and the benefits come from reflexology.

Both hand reflexology and foot reflexology use the energy system in the body to promote healing and well being. There are specific reflex points that are centralized in the hands and feet, and those reflex points relate directly to the major organs in the body.

When specific health problems are occurring, it is possible to help stop the symptoms and let the body heal by using reflexology. It is important that you locate the specific areas in the feet and hands that correlate with the problems that you are having.

Using reflexology techniques on the hands or feet (depending on the physical condition you are targeting) will help to balance out the energy levels in your body. Reflexology helps those energy points to become un-blocked allowing the energy to flow freely, which in turn encourages the natural healing processes of the body.

Reflexology is an alternative form of medicine, and some doctors do not agree that it will help you to heal or overcome physical ailments. But, there are many people that have experienced life changing healing by using reflexology on a regular basis.

When you begin to apply reflexology techniques in your life, be sure to start it with an open mind. The energy levels within the body are very sensitive and they contain quite a bit more healing power than most people realize. Having an open mind about reflexology will allow you to experience the full benefits that reflexology has to offers.

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Music Therapy Aids in Treatment of Anxiety Disorder

“Music is the universal language of mankind,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most popular American poet in the 19th century. No doubt, music touches everybody’s life one way or the other, and listening to it can have a soothing effect on our bodies and minds. No wonder, it enhances the listener’s mood.

In fact, music can be an effective tool in managing anxiety in individuals receiving treatment for anxiety disorder. Several studies unequivocally echo the numerous benefits that music can have in pacifying anxiety in people.

According to a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 72 trials by doctors from Queen Mary University of London, surgical patients who listened to music reported to be significantly less anxious than those who did not. They also appeared more satisfied postoperatively. They observed that the patients who were permitted to choose the music showed non-significant reductions in pain and analgesia use.

“Cognitive activities such as listening to music can affect perceived intensity and unpleasantness of pain, enabling patients’ sensation of pain to be reduced,” felt the authors. They said, “Another potential mechanism could be reduced autonomic nervous system activity, such as reduced pulse and respiration rate and decreased blood pressure.” This explains the potential effect of music on anxiety.

Patients receiving treatment for an anxiety disorder can immensely benefit from the use of music as a complementary therapy. There are many generalized anxiety disorders treatment center that include music therapy in their treatment plans and asses its impact on the patients.

Another 2015 study titled “Music Therapy in Generalized Anxiety Disorder,” now available online, explored the possible benefits of music in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The authors said that music therapy is a novel approach in clinical psychiatry for generalized anxiety disorder.

The study used music therapy to decrease the symptomatology of this disorder following a structured protocol and the results visibly demonstrated that music therapy was effective in reducing anxiety and depression levels in GAD patients.

Key takeaways from the research:

  • Along with pharmacotherapy treatment, music therapy can reduce anxiety levels in case of a GAD.
  • Along with pharmacotherapy treatment, music therapy can reduce depression levels in a GAD case.
  • Music therapy can achieve a significant improvement in patients with GAD.

Well-known treatment programs like the GAD treatment Center can gain extensively from such researches, which would add a new dimension to the treatment.

A similar study by researchers at the University of Utah Pain Research Center also discovered that listening to music can be highly effective in reducing pain in high-anxiety individuals. Music, according to them, can distract people and can be effective among those who can easily become absorbed in cognitive activities. The research, which tried to evaluate the potential benefits from music in diverting psychological responses to experimental pain stimuli, unraveled that the arousal from the pain stimuli decreased reliably with the increase of music-task demand.

This shows that music has a role to play in reducing anxiety in people. It can divert the attention from a worry and work in mollifying anxiety symptoms in an individual. Extensive use of this therapy will assuage medication in anxiety treatment and also work as a long-term solution for anxiety disorder patients. Besides, it is cost effective as well.

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