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Have a go at Chinese Ear Acupuncture

Anti-Aging Developments, May 31, 2011 -- In his recent newsletter, Dr. Sears, talks about a form of an ancient Chinese healing method called auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture. Ear acupuncture has been used for centuries to treats conditions like chronic pain and addictions, whether they be alcohol, nicotine or other drugs. It is also used to treat nausea and high blood pressure.

massaging the ears could help to cure internal problems according to proponents of auriculotherepy or ear acupuncture, an ancient Chinese form of medicine

But it wasn’t until the 1950s that this technique became better known, when it was introduced by French physicist Dr. Paul Nogier.

Dr. Nogier realized that the outer ear was a “map” of the body, corresponding to different systems and organs.

By simply pressing on specific trigger points on the outer ear, it is possible to help relieve pressure or aches and pains.

Studies, including one by the American Journal of Chinese Medicine showed improvement aftr auriculotherapy.Today it is viewed as a state-of-the-art therapy used to treat over 350 conditions and diseases. It’s also recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective treatment method.Dr. Sears shares this small exercise:

"Take your hands and rub them together. Let the friction create warmth. When your palms and fingertips are warm, bring your hands to your ears and begin squeezing and pressing every inch of both ears. "If you find a tender spot on your ear (which is not a previous injury), squeeze the spot using firm pressure three times. "Then squeeze it again, this time using soft pressure. "Repeat for as long as it feels comfortable. "Finally, end your massage by grasping the entire ear. Pull your hands down as you slide all the way to your ear lobe."Share your views of how this works with

Spicing Up Your Life Can Fight Depression

Saffron can cut depression rates by a quarter

Anti-Aging Developments, May 31, 2011 -- Two professors from the School of Medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences have conducted several studies that support the belief that saffron is as effective as Prozac at alleviating the symptoms of depression, without any of the unpleasant side effects.

saffron for depression, this spice has shown to cut depression by 25% and was as effective as Prozac in some clinical trials

Dr. Noorbala who is also MD at Roozbeh Hospital in Tehran and specializes in psychiatry conducted the initial studies. Follow-up studies were made in collaboration with Professor Shahin Akhondzadeh who is also a member of the Psychiatry Department and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Both scientists have published over 40 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Noorbala’s original study followed 40 adults with mild to moderate depression for six weeks, directly comparing an extract of saffron to fluoxetine, also known as Prozac.

Half the patients were given 30mg of saffron and the others 20mg of Prozac. The results showed little difference in the efficiency of one treatment over the other.

A follow-up study by the two professors administered a placebo to one group and saffron to the other. The group on saffron had a slightly better outcome than the patients who were given a placebo.

In the second follow-up study patients were given the same doses of the drug and the spice as in the original study, but this was administered twice daily and the group was followed for an extra two weeks.

The results were similar in that both the drug and saffron showed a remission rate of 25 percent.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects 121 million worldwide. Over 40 million are on Prozac, but recent findings, including one published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicate that antidepressants are not working for many people. Studies including one by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) showed that Prozac can cause sexual dysfunction, insomnia, nervousness, and agitation.

Consequently, Professor Irving Kirsch of Hull University who led the JAMA study suggests that only severely depressed patients should be given these drugs, unless alternative treatments have failed.

What is Saffron?Saffron a spice made from the dried stigmas of a purple flower called Crocus sativus. The spice has over 3,500 years of cultural history and was used as a fragrance, a dye and a spice by ancient Sumerian kingdoms.

Adding Saffron to Your Diet
Harvesting saffron is very labor-intensive and therefore the spice is expensive. However you can find alternative versions of saffron in powder, capsule, and extract form online and in health food stores which costs a lot less. The recommended dose for depression is 30 mg once or twice a day. NHD Health Watch cautions that patients should pay attention to the type of saffron they buy. In its purest form, the spice is red, has a unique odoeur from the dried stigmas of the flower. Although the alternative yellow saffron will work you need more of it to have the same effect.(Source: National Health Dossier, NHD Health Watch) > Anti-aging Discoveries > Anti-aging Developments - May 2011

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