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9 Natural Health Alternatives for Dogs

In today's world, prescribed medication for dogs are just as common as humans. It seems that whatever injury or pain we may be experiencing a prescription is written, but they can take a toll on our livers and kidneys. While some may be necessary, for others there are alternatives that work just as well if not better. Below are 9 natural health alternatives for dogs that I've personally tested and approved.However, I must stress that is very important to check with your vet before giving anything to your furbaby. I may be a dog, but not all dogs are created equal. I would never want to put my fellow canines in harm's way and there's no guarantee it will work the same for you as it does for me.Health Alternatives for Dogs: Spice and HerbsTURMERICTurmeric is a great and strong anti-inflammatory caused by injuries, arthritis, and even cancer. When I strained...
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Treating Headaches Naturally: The Treatments

 Treating headaches naturally 3,000 years ago consisted of drilling a hole in your head was the remedy of choice. It was believed evil spirits in the brain were the culprit of headaches, and needed to be released. Thankfully, our understanding has evolved. We now know that the two most common kinds of headaches are tension headaches and migraine headaches.Treating Headaches NaturallyChiropractic treatment is among the favored options for treating headaches naturally. Chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive option if you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. It focuses on returning full function to your spine.What is a tension headache?Tension headaches are often caused by the contraction of muscles in your shoulders, neck, and head. This tension can be the result of emotional stress, environmental overstimulation, or injury. It’s natural for your body’s muscles to contract when you feel threatened. However, if your muscles remain in this state for long periods of time it...
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Treating Headaches Naturally: The Triggers

Treating Headaches Naturally
Do you ever feel like headaches just happen, with no rhyme or reason?  Many people simply feel unlucky, and suffer excruciating pain as a chronic fact of life. The best home remedy for treating headaches naturally is found in making lifestyle changes. Locating and controlling common reasons for headaches mean you can reduce the duration and frequency of your headaches.Triggers can include alcohol, certain food and beverages (especially caffeine), changes in weather, bright lights, certain medications (such as birth control), noise, smells, smoking, and stress. Understanding dietary, environmental, and personal triggers is the first step toward taking control and treating headaches naturally.Headache TriggersAlcoholAlcohol can trigger two types of headaches: an attack within a few hours and a delayed attack, such as a hangover. Attacks which happen within a few hours, typically start between 30 minutes and 3 hours after your first drink. While some studies show red wine is more frequently a trigger...
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Experiencing the Art of Acupuncture

Experiencing the Art of Acupuncture
Although I went a little piercing and tattoo-happy in my college days, I’ve never been a huge fan of needles. I cannot watch needles puncturing my skin because I WILL get ill and I WILL pass out.Why would I consider acupuncture then, you ask? First of all, I’m all about alternative forms of medicine. I don’t particularly enjoy having to ingest prescribed medications full of manmade chemicals. Lately I’ve been a lot more aware of what I choose to put inside my body, and at the ripe old age of 24, my body needs a little more TLC than in previous years.I want to go on record as saying my acupuncture experience was my least frightening encounter with needles ever. Lying on my stomach without the opportunity to see the needles didn’t hurt, but the needles literally didn’t hurt.There were a few more tender spots than others, like the tops of my...
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Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Hemodialysis Patients

Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Hemodialysis Patients
Among patients with end-stage renal disease who were undergoing chronic hemodialysis, the application of 20 minutes of acupressure three times a week for four weeks resulted in a significant reduction in fatigue, as compared to both a placebo and control group, according to recent research.The study, “Effect of acupressure on fatigue in patients on hemodialysis,” involved 96 patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis. Criteria to participate in the study included a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease, undergoing hemodialysis for at least three months and a primary complaint of fatigue with a score of five or more on the Fatigue Severity Scale. Participants were randomly assigned to either the acupressure group, the placebo group or the control group, with 32 subjects in each group. Before and after the four-week intervention began, the subjects filled out the Piper Fatigue Scale, which assesses the behavioral, emotional, sensory and cognitive dimensions of mental fatigue.For the intervention, patients assigned to...
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Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Shoulder Pain

Why do I have chronic shoulder pain?If you’ve ever suffered from chronic shoulder pain, you know how difficult life is when you’re working with this condition.  But you are absolutely not alone. Shoulder pain is a common problem. There are a variety of potential causes for this discomfort.  Why? Because the shoulder is complex.The first step in getting rid of your shoulder pain is always understanding the cause of the pain.  If you think you’re suffering from any of these conditions, it’s good to schedule a checkup with your primary care physician.Common Causes for Chronic Shoulder PainFrozen ShoulderThis condition (also called ‘adhesive capsuliitis’) is when the shoulder becomes immobilized. The exact cause is unkown. Most commonly it affects people between the ages of 40 – 60, particularly women.Rotator Cuff TearA torn rotator cuff occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone. Sometimes they separate completely (which can require...
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