Healing Arts

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Practices that align the body and the mind are becoming more common and losing some of the mystique and mystery that surrounds them. What was once thought of as bizarre has now become common practice. Even general practitioners have started recommending herbal supplements and acupuncture to people with chronic pain.

Chinese Medicines

Chinese medicine is at the forefront of the movement. Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular and well respected. It is often cited as a great way to relieve pain and to ease chronic back problems. Chinese herbs like ginseng and ginkgo are used to improve energy and memory, respectively, and are common ingredients now in health drinks and teas.

Green tea has emerged as a great beverage to strengthen the body's defenses. Green tea is filled with antioxidants, which help the body fight free radicals that cause clogged veins and heart disease. Green tea is also believed to combat aging by fighting free radicals.

Outside of Chinese medicine there are many holistic products available. Vitamin and mineral supplements have become so popular that even gas stations carry some. Iron, calcium, vitamin C and the like are readily available at almost any grocery store. Taking vitamins is a good way to start a healthy life, but must be accompanied with exercise and a healthy diet. Exercising at least once a day, even if its only for 15 minutes will help your body become stronger against illness and will help you work through chronic pain you might be having.


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