Posts published in July 2009

Top 50 Holistic Medicine Blogs

by admin on Jul 14, 2009

Sometimes it is easy to forget, with the rigors of scientific medicine, that sometimes the whole person needs to be treated. With holistic medicine, the health of the patient involves spiritual, lifestyle, nutritional, emotional, mental, social and environmental aspects in addition to the physical. Holistic medicine can be used in a manner that is complementary to medical practices present in modern Western health care. Here are 50 blog resources that can help you learn a little more about holistic medicine:

General Holistic Medicine Blogs

3276143432_cb8f4c8c48If you are looking for more information on general holistic practices, here are some helpful blogs that can rovide you with an overview:

  1. About.com: Alternative Medicine provides a look at complementary medicine, including holistic practices.
  2. Alternative Medicine Zone offers overviews of different holistic medicine practices, and focuses on how you can be treated as whole person, rather than just your physical symptoms.
  3. Holistic Medicine Blog has posts on different types of holistic healing, as well as helpful hints for using holistic practices in your own life.
  4. Natural Holistic Health Blog gives the reader special hints on how to best use holistic remedies and practice to help improve one’s health.
  5. Phoenix Holistic Health Center has a blog devoted to helping readers understand the basics of holistic healing and overall health.
  6. Alternative Medicine — The Blog devotes itself to answering questions about alternative medicine, including holistic healing practices.
  7. The Times Untion Blog in Albany has a series on holistic health, and how it can aid you in terms of your emotional health as well as your physical health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

One of the ancient forms of healing is with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese were adept at treating the whole person, and looking beyond the physical to promote overall health.

  1. Chinese Herb Blog provides information about herbs commonly used in TCM, and how you can make use of them in holistic healing.
  2. Chinese Medicine News offers recent findings about the effectiveness of TCM in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. News and information about using Traditional Chinese Medicine in healing.
  3. Traditional Chinese Medicine Discussion focuses on providing a place where you can find modern examples of TCM used for healing. Additionally, the blog addresses different aspects of TCM, from herbs to massage to acupuncture.
  4. Chinese Medicine Notes has a number of useful posts on using TCM in healing, as well as living a healthy lifestyle. The blog also includes information on specific TCM treatments for different ailments.
  5. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a number of different ways in which you can use TCM in your life. Includes news, lifestyle hints and products and services related to TCM.
  6. TCM Directory features posts on different Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, as well as myths that you might encounter, and a directory of holistic medicine practitioners. There is a heavy emphasis on acupuncture for this blog.

Ayurveda

Another ancient holistic medicine practice is the Indian health care Ayurveda. Ayurveda includes herbal remedies, lifestyle choices and counseling, as well as surgery practices and exercise through yoga.

  1. AnmolMehta.com offers a blog that focuses mainly on meditation and yoga as ways to promote healing and overall wellness.
  2. Yoga Blog focuses on yoga as it is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and how it can be used in your own life to ease certain ailments.
  3. Ayurveda for Daily Life provides information on how you can use ayurveda has a holistic practice in your life every day.
  4. Ayurveda and Yoga Blog devotes itself to helping you learn how Ayurveda (including regular yoga practice) can help you overcome ailments and improve your health.
  5. Dr. Eddy Clinic and Ayurveda School offers information on the body, answers to Ayurveda questions and more about this holistic practice.
  6. AyurvedaDosha.com provides helpful information on home remedies, Ayurveda, and different aspects of holistic healing.

Chiropractic

Today, chiropractic medicine often goes beyond spinal manipulation. Many chiropractors are well versed in holistic healing, and can help you with techniques and lifestyle counseling to live in a healthier manner.

  1. Chiropractic Blogs brings a number of posts from different chiropractic sources to one blog, helping you find some great posts from around the Web.
  2. Back To Action Chiropractic Blog provides insight into how chiropractic can help you get your entire body properly aligned, as well as how this type of healing can help specific ailments.
  3. Performance Chiropractic Blog offers news and information on chiropractic, and how it can help in daily life.
  4. The Chiropractor List Blog has posts on how this holistic healing can address a number of issues in your body. It also provides helpful links that you can use to find a chiropractor in your area.
  5. Spine Health features a very helpful chiropractic health center that focuses on how chiropractic treatment can be beneficial.
  6. Dr. Riggs Chiropractic Blog is written by a chiropractor sharing information on treatments, and how chiropractic might be able to help a number of conditions.

Herbalism

The use of herbs for healing is part of a long tradition. Herbalism focuses on the use of herbs to heal specific ailments, as well as using them for everyday purposes that enhance one’s health.

  1. Hamida the Herbalist offers insight into the ways that herbs can help heal you, and keep you generally healthy.
  2. The Essential Herbal Blog provides information on using herbs for healing, and for using them as a natural part of a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Possum Creek Herb Farm Blog has information on the uses of herbs, as well as helpful hints on growing your own herbs for a variety of uses, including medicinal.
  4. Herbal Reflections shares the thoughts of a medical herbalist hoping to help others heal and live healthy.
  5. AltNature.com has a number of posts and articles on the uses of herbs, including in holistic medicine, as well as a gallery of pictures and information on growing your own herbs.
  6. Natural Remedies offers a number of posts on the health and medicinal benefits of a number of herbs, and shares information about herbalism as part of holistic health efforts.
  7. Medicinal Herbs provides an overview of different herbs used for healing, and how they are properly applied.

Naturopathy

Holistic healing practices include those with a focus on nature. Naturopathy believes that there are natural techniques and remedies that can aid in healing. Additionally, naturopathy concentrates on holistic practics said to help general health and wellness.

  1. Alchemille’s Secret Garden is devoted to teaching others about living a more natural life, and finding healing in natural processes.
  2. Traditional Naturopath offers information on combining natural processes and remedies found in nature with holistically treating the body’s ailments.
  3. Discovering Naturopathy follows a student on the journey to becoming certified as a Naturopathic Doctor in Canada.
  4. New York Naturopathic Blog looks at natural remedies for common afflictions, as well as holistic practices for general health.
  5. Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D. is written by a Naturopathic Doctor who offers insight into holistic medicine and natural healing.
  6. Naturopathic Medicine 365 provides insight into how you can take advantage of naturapathic healing.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy makes use of special solutions to help heal specific ailments. However, homeopathy is holistic in that the solutions are created to work in harmony with the whole body, as well as the conditions surrounding it.

  1. Homeopathy and Homeopathic Medicine Blog looks at holistic medicine from a homeopath’s point of view, offering news and information on the uses of homeopathic medicine.
  2. Homeopathy News Source offers new and information about homeopathy and other holistic medicine practices.
  3. Homeopathy Works is devoted to showing how homeopathy can be used practically as part of a holistic health regimen.
  4. Homeopathy, Nature’s Cure offers homeopathic remedies and information on natural cures for ailments.
  5. The Homeopathic Pregnancy Blog focuses on helping women use homeopathic medicine and other holistic approaches to having their babies.
  6. The Happy Dog Blog devotes itself to helping dog owners learn to use homeopathy to make their dogs’ lives better. Holistic medicine isn’t just for humans!

Other Blog Posts Related to Holistic Medicine

Even on blogs that are not devoted to alternative and holistic medicine practices, there is good information on treatments and healing. Here is a sampling of other blog posts on the subject of holistic medicine:

  1. Skin Care Blog offers a book review of Vanity Calamity, a publication about how acupuncture can help you age more gracefully.
  2. Nutrition Help provides a look at Ayurvedic medicine and its global reach.
  3. Holistic Online has a look at different techniques used by chiropractors to help manipulate the muskuloskeletal system.
  4. Esoteric Coffeehouse has a look at the 7 main principles of homeopathy, and how they can be applied in your life.
  5. The Essentia Blog provides a look at medicinal herbs that can help increase your wellbeing.
  6. Associated Content offers ways to save money on your holistic medicine treatments.

The Ultimate Guide to Carpal Tunnel Prevention & Treatment: 25 Must-Know Tips

by Linda on Jul 07, 2009

Do you have tingling fingers and a pain shooting up to your shoulder? Do you find it harder to grip small objects? You might think you're having a heart attack or, simply, getting older. Instead, you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS.

The list below contains information about CTS causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. The list is categorized, and the links can lead you to a vast store of online information about CTS issues. In most cases, with recognition of symptoms and preventative measures, you may be able to avoid permanent damage to your wrist or surgery.

Causes of CTS

  1. When the carpal tunnel is swollen or the tissue changes position in the wrist area, it presses on the median nerve. This swelling causes some pain, but it is more known for tingling and numbness of the thumb, index and middle fingers.
  2. Many individuals who are prone to CTS are those with a congenital predisposition to a smaller carpal tunnel in the wrist area where the median nerve is located.
  3. Some physical conditions can cause CTS such as obesity, pregnancy, hypothyriodism, arthritis, wrist fracture and diabetes.
  4. It is thought that people with thin wrists also are prone to CTS.
  5. People who experience pain and difficulties from this decreased carpal tunnel syndrome include assembly line workers or people who perform repetitive tasks (like typing).
  6. Some rare diseases such as multiple myeloma, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can cause deposition of abnormal substances in and around the carpal tunnel, leading to nerve irritation or damage.
  7. Hobbies such as gardening, needlework, golfing and canoeing can sometimes bring on the symptoms.
  8. Addictions, such as smoking and alcoholism also can lead to CTS.
  9. Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

CTS Symptoms

  1. Some early symptoms of CTS include numbness or tingling in the thumb, index and middle or ring fingers, but not in your little finger. This sensation often occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper. As the disorder progresses, the numbness may become constant.
  2. Other symptoms include pain, or an "electric shock" feeling that radiates from your wrist up to your shoulder or down into your palm or fingers.
  3. You may also experience weakness in hand strength and a tendency to drop objects or to be unable to open jar or bottle lids.
  4. Many times, this pain or numbness may occur during sleep, causing the CTS victim to awake frequently during the night.

CTS Treatment

  1. If you leave the condition untreated, never and muscle damage may occur.
  2. Tapping over the median nerve at the wrist may cause pain to shoot from the wrist to the hand. This is called the Tinel's sign. Bending the wrist forward all the way for 60 seconds will usually result in numbness, tingling, or weakness. This is called the Phalen's test. These tests, however, may be insignificant to CTS.
  3. Initial treatment usually involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least two weeks to avoid activities that caused the pain.
  4. Sometimes, the wrist may be immobilized in a neutral wrist splint to avoid further damage.
  5. Your doctor may prescribe nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or other pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicine such as prednisone (mouth) or lidocaine (injected into the wrist).
  6. Since the median nerve impingement is often caused by soft tissue swelling and inflammation in the carpal tunnel, acupuncture is a treatment option to consider, especially for the those in the early stages of CTS.
  7. Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following initial treatment is rare, as the majority of patients recover completely.
  8. Surgery may be recommended for severe CTS cases or where nerve or muscle damage is irreparable.

CTS Prevention

  1. Evaluate your daily routine to discover how you might develop CTS. Avoid any repetitive tasks by varying tasks or by taking frequent breaks.
  2. During these breaks, you can perform stretching exercises.
  3. Wear splints — especially at night or while typing — to help keep your wrist straight, and use correct posture and wrist position.
  4. Wearing fingerless gloves can help keep your hands warm and flexible, which also helps to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome.