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Alternative Medicine

PAPupuncture 100 times more effective than Acupuncture in providing Pain Relief

Acupuncture has been used for long for the management of pain. It acts by stimulating an acupuncture point by inserting a needle. This causes the release of nucleotides which are then converted into adenosine. It is adenosine which decreases the body’s sensitivity to pain and thus provides pain relief. Scientists from the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology and the UNC Neuroscience Center, led by Mark J. Zylka, studied the chemicals involved in providing pain relief during acupuncture...

Gut directed Hypnotherapy is effective in treating Refractory IBS

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A new research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has found that hypnotherapy directed towards the gut of patients suffering from refractory IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is effective in reducing disease relates symptoms. However, the hypnotherapy provides better results when performed in specialized clinical settings. The study was carried out by the researchers from The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. IBS is a fairly common disease in which the...

Mechanism of Action of Chinese Wonder Herb discovered

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Chang Shan, a type of hydrangea found in Tibet and Nepal has been used for thousands of years by Chinese doctors for treating malaria. The bioactive constituent of hydrangea and more than 50 other Chinese herbs is febrifugine. The derivatives of febrifugine have been found to be effective against many diseases like malaria, cancer, and various auto-immune disorders like multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, etc. Now researchers have tracked down the mechanism of action of this bioactive compound. The...

New research finds out the biological connect of \'listening to music\'

Music has no language – listening to music is rather a biological trait. Findings of a new study by the University of Helsinki explore ‘listening to music’ to a deeper level. Regardless of the culture, creed, nationality, age, gender or any other barriers music is listened to by one and all and is also loved by all. Recently published in the journal ‘Journal of Human Genetics’, findings of this new research reveal the biological connect of ‘listening to music’. Researchers from the University...

Yoga reduces basal metabolic rate

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Long term practice of combined yoga postures and ‘Pranayama’ can lead to lowering of the basal metabolic rate (BMR). Yoga is considered to be an ancient technique that was first practiced by the yogis and sages to attain physical and psychological fitness and lead a healthy life. The purpose of yoga is to allow an individual to attain a balance between the internal and external environment and achieve physical, spiritual as well as mental wellness. Yoga asanas (postures) and ‘Pranayama’ (...