We often hear the saying, “whatever the mind can conceive, the body can achieve!”. This holds true because the mind and body should be connected. A great mind-body connection contributes to a healthy and long life. However, with all the stress and health threats that we are facing nowadays, creating a healthy mind and body can be somewhat challenging. Although there are medical advancements and innovations nowadays, there are still traditional and alternative medications that just never get old. One of these is cupping therapy, an ancient technique that is proven to work. And what makes it more interesting is that more and more people are choosing this natural technique because it is safer, more affordable, and does not have adverse side effects.
Introducing the Placebo Effect: Interesting Things You Should Know
WebMD has the following definition of ‘placebo’:
“A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment -- but isn't. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of "fake" treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health.”
Medical experts and researchers use placebos on their studies to aid them in understanding the effect of a new drug or treatment that might apply to a particular condition.
The article from WebMD says:
“Sometimes a person can have a response to a placebo. The response can be positive or negative. For instance, a person's symptoms may improve. Or the person may have what appears to be side effects from the treatment. These responses are known as the "placebo effect."
The article also stated that placebos can produce results on health conditions such as pain, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, and menopause.
It's no secret that the body and mind are connected. Look no further than the humble and ever-present Placebo Effect as a classic example of that connection.
Western medicine aids in extending the human lifespan and improves overall wellness using chemistry and surgical techniques. Unfortunately, the mysteries of the mind-body connection and how it affects human health have not clearly been addressed by the traditional medical establishment.
Luckily, it's the 21st century and the average person has access to more information on a daily basis than most people in previous centuries would use in an entire lifespan. Innovative tools and platforms are now very much available. Online sources provide health information that is viral on the web and social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Discerning readers will be able to find new sources of knowledge that can make us aware of living a healthy life. Just some clicks on the search box online and you can get information with minimal effort.
We all want to stay fit and healthy and to perform our tasks to the best of our ability. We want to give our best and keep ourselves safe and well. Good thing there are now natural ways that are proven to bring wonders when it comes to getting well and healthy. They are preferred by many since they do not have detrimental effects and are more affordable than many modern health practices.
Here are a few to think about going forward when searching for ways to deal with pain in your life.
Meditation in practice
Meditation might be one of the top recommendations for reducing pain. It is not, as most people might believe, a religious experience. Christianity has a long history with meditation as it was practiced monastically for centuries. Simply sitting in a quiet environment and following (not controlling) your breathing as it flows in and out of your body is enough to achieve many of the health benefits associated with the practice. (Imagine your breath as a blue cloud flowing in and out of your body.) The known benefits of meditation include: reducing anxiety, improving self-control and focus, reducing addictive cravings, and many more.
Healthline.com shared in its article entitled, “12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation” that meditation is a habitual process of training the mind to redirect your thoughts and increase your awareness in yourself and the surroundings. Here are the 12 benefits of meditation according to Healthline.com
- It controls anxiety
- It reduces stress
- It enhances self-awareness
- It helps reduce age-related memory loss
- It lengthens your attention span
- It helps generate kindness
- It helps control pain
- It lowers blood pressure
- It helps improve sleep
- It can be done anywhere
- It aids in fighting addiction
- It helps promote emotional health
Give it a try and see how you feel each day after you finish your meditation. The results may surprise you.
An advanced yoga technique
Yoga is a classic stress reduction technique imported from India into the West around 1890 by Swami Vivekananda. It involves a variety of stretching poses and might have included chanting or breathing exercises. Some people feel that it is a spiritual activity, as well as great exercise, which makes it excellent for both the body and the mind. Youtube is awash with starter videos on the subject and it doesn't take more than 30 minutes a day to experience real physical and mental results.
Yoga Journal pointed out that improved flexibility is one of the top benefits of yoga. It mentioned in one of its published posts:
“Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won't be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you'll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You'll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That's no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shin bones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.”
Aside from improved flexibility, the following are also the known benefits of yoga:
- It builds muscle strength
- It helps improve posture
- It aids in protecting the spine
- It helps prevent joint and bone damage
- It improves bone health
- It improves heart rate
- It helps boost immunity
- It promotes better circulation
- It helps regulate your adrenal glands
- It can help you feel happier
- It promotes a healthier lifestyle
- It improves your focus and concentration
- It lowers your blood sugar
- It helps improve your balance
- It releases tension in your body
- It helps you breathe properly
- It helps prevent digestive problems
- It gives you peace of mind
- It improves your self-esteem
Yoga is an effective method of relaxation. There are various yoga poses that you can learn to help achieve overall health and wellness.
#3 Cupping Massage
A nice massage is clearly among the most pleasurable and greatly enjoyed pain relief techniques one can experience. With a capable and professional massage therapist to assist you, stress and pain can readily be reduced.
The only trouble is that it usually requires another person to make it work. But what about those times when you are feeling stressed and really need to work on your shoulder muscles or you want to get that "spa" experience without the $100 per hour bill. Why spend a lot when there is a way to get the benefits from a natural and more affordable practice? Cupping massage to the rescue!
Medical News Today stated in one of its published articles various studies that are proving how cupping massage can help relieve pain.
“A meta-analysis that appears in the journal Revista Latina-Americano De Enfermagem claims that there may be evidence for cupping being effective in treating back pain. However, again, the researchers note that most studies were low-quality and that there is a need for more standardization in future studies”, as mentioned in the same article.
It also mentioned a study in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine where it was revealed that there is some evidence that cupping may help reduce pain.
Cupping has also been suggested to help in sports recovery, skin conditions, and improving wellness.
Just choose which part of the body you want to work on and carefully apply oil before suctioning the cup to your body. (Our Pro Cupping Kit has everything you need in one convenient package) When moved around slowly the cup will massage the subdermal layer of the body releasing tension and stress. Remember, always go slowly and carefully and never leave the cup in one place for more than 30 seconds or it will look like you've been attacked by a large octopus!
Pain and stress are a part of life sadly. But that doesn't mean a trip to the doctor's office is the only remedy. Meditation, yoga, and especially massage can help with those problems-no prescriptions required. With so many things out of your control in life. Isn't it nice to know that you have a few options for healing yourself at home? Let us know how you heal yourself at home in the comments.
Thanks and be well.
Rave & Rejuvenate
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