Friday, January 24, 2014

Yintang - Acupuncture Point

I learnt from this article that yintang is "a single point located between the eyebrows, just below the area known as the third eye", and it is used in acupuncture to calm the mind and "for anything head and face-related, especially issues with the nose".

I also learnt from this article that we can apply self-acupressure on the yintang.
"To apply acupressure to Yin Tang, bring the first and middle fingers of your two hands together, using the ends of those four fingers, in concert, to very gently, in a circular motion, massage the area between the inner ends of your two eyebrows. The motion can be either clockwise or counter-clockwise (find out which intuitively feels best to you). As you apply that circular acupressure/massage, allow all the muscles of your forehead to soften and relax (saying "ahh" can be useful here), as though they were releasing backward, in the direction of the center of your skull (the upper dantian area)."
When googling "yintang acupuncture youtube", I came across this fun and edutaining video on the extra points in acupuncture, including the yintang point.

 I also find this information on this related article useful regarding how yintang or the pineal gland can be stimulated to secrete the hormone melatonin which makes us sleepy.

"The location of this acupuncture point corresponds to the third eye, a metaphoric eye in Hinduism and Buddhism that opens as our consciousness expands and we become enlightened. It is the location of the brow chakra, the 6th of 7 major energy vortexes that exist in our bodies, which has to do with inner guidance, mental clarity, and intuition. Even in western medicine this is an anatomically important location, where light enters the skull to activate the pineal gland. As darkness increases in the evening, the pineal gland is stimulated to secrete the hormone melatonin, which makes us sleepy. As the sun comes up and light increases, the pineal gland stops producing this hormone and we wake up."
This article says that research results showed "similarities measured in the human brain both under sedation using yintang and sedation using anesthesia."
"The journal Medical Acupuncture published a 2005 study entitled “Shenting and Yintang: Quantification Of Cerebral Effects Of Acupressure, Manual Acupuncture, and Laserneedle Acupuncture Using High-Tech Neuromonitoring Methods,” by Gerhard Litscher, MDsc. The study was about the electroencephalographic similarities of acupressure induced sedation and general anesthesia, as assessed by bispectral index and spectral edge frequency. Read the study here. The basic result showed similarities measured in the human brain both under sedation using yintang and sedation using anesthesia."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Amazing Herb Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Just 16 Hours

I have checked out this article and I learnt that "according to the researches published in “Life Science”, artemisinin, a “Sweet wormwood” or “Artemisia Annua” derivative, was used in Chinese medicine and it can kill 98% of lung cancer cells in less than 16 hours." I also learnt from the embedded video that "Artemisinin works in the presence of iron to create free radicals that kill cells that hoard iron, and it s non-toxic and has been used on over 4000 patients without problems."

Artemisinin or sweet wormwood is indeed an amazing herb, given its high effectiveness and safety profile in being used to klll cancer cells, which made it ideal for cancer treatment, as mentioned below.
"Artemisinin and its derivatives offer the possibility of using a non-toxic form of chemotherapy that is inexpensive and readily available. Because of its excellent safety profile, it should be a consideration for cancer treatment when conventional treatments have failed or when people refuse conventional therapies."

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I also learnt from this article below that according to researchers, an environment of pure oxygen adds significantly to the effectiveness of artemisinin to kill cancerous cells. 
"In the new study, using artemisinin or high-pressure oxygen alone on a culture of human leukemia cells reduced the cancer cells growth by 15 percent. Using them in combination reduced the cells growth by 38 percent, a 50 percent increase in artemisinins effectiveness.
“If you combine high-pressure oxygen with artemisinin you can get a much better curing effect,” said author Henry Lai, a UW research professor of bioengineering. “We only measured up to 48 hours. Over longer time periods we expect the synergistic effects to be even more dramatic.”"
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Zollinger Ellison syndrome

I have checked out the forum in which Lesley Anne shared that she was told she had "excessive secretion of Hydrocloric acid and IBS by GI doctor", and the medical doctor Kevin Pho who replied her post said "As for the reason for the hypersecretion of acid, you may want to consider gastrin and secretin stimulation test to evaluate for a gastric tumor known as Zollinger Ellison syndrome (which is manifested by hypersecretion of acid)."

I googled about this term, and I learnt from this article below that "excess stomach acid is only found in a few rare conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome". 
"In Wright’s 25 years of conducting these tests, he found very few people with excess stomach acid. Excess stomach acid is only found in a few rare conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome), and GERD is hardly ever associated with too much stomach acid."
I also learnt that one of the possible causes of stomach pain and/or cramps is skipping meals, as mentioned in this article.
"Nonulcer stomach pain refers to the common symptoms of bloating, belching, nausea and cramping not identified as originating from any specific disease or disorder, according to Skipping meals, leaving the stomach empty except for stomach acid, can create feelings of nausea." 
However, in Lesley Anne's case, it seems the epigastric pain was probably not due to skipping meals, as she wrote "It doesn't matter if I eat something or not--everyday is the same".

I agree with Dr Kho's advice to Lesley that following up with her personal physician is essential, as his answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.

Related articles
What Is Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome? What Causes Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome? 
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (Mayo Clinic) 
About Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
Misdiagnosis of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Being able to express repressed emotions can improve survival rate in cancer patients" - Candace Pert

I recognise Candace Pert's name as the one who wrote the book "Molecules of Emotions". I learnt from this article that when emotions are expressed, the flow of peptides in the body are released, so that the psychosomatic network facilities the healing of cancer cells, as mentioned below.

"Recent studies including those done by David Spiegel of Stanford have convincingly shown that being able to express emotions like anger and grief can improve survival rates in cancer patients.

In her fascinating book, Molecules of Emotion, Pert provides a theoretical model to explain why this might be so. Since emotional expression is always tied to a specific flow of peptides in the body, the chronic suppression of emotions results in a massive disturbance of the psychosomatic network."
Similarly, another article says:
"Re-living painful memories and giving yourself permission to fully and completely feel and express the painful feelings associated with them, is a liberating and healing experience.  It is the key to your health and well-being.  It is the key to releasing harmful negative energy from your body's cells, cells that mutate into cancer cells when under constant stress, due to depleted adrenaline levels, low oxygen levels, and high sugar levels.  And when practiced regularly, overtime, is the key to your healing and recovery from cancer."

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