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291. Water Therapies for Headache
There are certain water applications that help relieve headaches. Copious drinking of water can help, as do the cleansing enema with water temperature at 98.6º F, the hot foot bath, a cold throat pack, frequent applications of towels wrung out from very hot water to the back of the neck, a cold compress at 40 to 60º F applied to the head and face or an alternate spinal compress. Hot fomentations over the abdominal region just before retiring relieve headaches due to stomach or liver upsets.
292. Animal Flesh Carries the Horror of Slaughter
The flesh of slaughtered animals is poisoned by the emotion of fear. As is well known, emotions of worry, fear and anger actually poison blood and tissues. Imagine the excitable condition of animals after many days of travel, closely packed in shaking vehicles- hungry, thirsty, scared en route to the slaughter-houses. Many die even before the end of their journey. Others are driven half dead with fear and exhaustion to the slaughter pans, their instinctive fear of death augmented by the sight and odour of the blood shambles. Sodium naturally present in animal flesh and sodium added to the meat captures adrenaline in forms that are extremely toxic. In its purest form, this sodium-bound adrenaline can even cause heart attack. Avoid this toxin by avoiding the flesh of slaughtered animals.
293. Coconut for Eczema
An efficacious remedy for persistent eczema is found in the coconut. Coconut oil may be applied to the portions with eczema. It will help the skin to stay soft. Walking or jogging should be resorted to in order to inactivate the bowels. Sun bathing is also beneficial as it kills the harmful bacteria and should be resorted to early in the morning, in the first light of dawn. A light mudpack should be applied over the sites of the eczema is also helpful. The pack should be applied for an hour at a time and should be repeated twice or thrice a day.
294. Water Cures for Persistent Rash
In cases of acute eczema, cold compress or cold wet fomentations are beneficial. The affected part should be wrapped with a thick soft cloth. The cloth should be moistened with cold water every 15 to 30 minutes for two hours at a time. The bandage should be left intact, keeping the cloth cold. There may be intensification of itching or pain initially but this will soon subside. A cold compress may be applied twice daily for a week or so.
295. Correct Nearsightedness without Glasses
Here is a surprising remedy for short sight: Sun gazing: Sit on a bench facing the sun with your eyes closed and gently sway sideways several times for 18 minutes. Open the eyes and blink about ten times at the sun and look at some greenery. This helps nearsightedness and is good for inflamed eyes. Also helpful is the procedure called palming: 1. Rub both palms together quickly for 8-10 seconds. This friction creates a mild heat. 2. Close the eyes and gently place the left palm over the left eye and the right palm over the right eye for one minute. Do not press the eyeballs with the palms, just let them gently rest there. Breathe in and out slowly to release stress. 3. Repeat 2-3 times. 4. Other poses that strengthen the eyes include the Bhujangasana (snake pose), Surya Namaskara (sun salutes), and Shavasana (rest pose).
296. The Barefoot Cure
Going barefooted all day long, except when it is very cold, is also regarded as a valuable step towards achieving good health and true happiness. Men can draw vital energy and strength out of the earth through their feet. Jesus Christ also attached a great deal of importance to the practice of going barefooted. He himself was barefooted and commanded his disciples likewise. It is advisable to go entirely barefooted as often as possible, especially on the bare ground but in rooms with painted floors it is better to wear sandals, since the painted floor affects the body adversely if one walks on it with bare soles. The American Indians, especially the Hopi people, lay great stress on earth treatment. They believe that healing power is strong in leaves and herbs, powerful in the air, but very powerful indeed in the earth. They have a custom to bury sufferers from all kinds of disease in the earth up to their necks, leave them there for some hours, and then remove them. They believe that many of them are cured. Presumably the body draws unto itself the healing minerals and some of the earth's magnetism. To a lesser degree, it is possible to obtain these benefits by baring of the feet.
297. Colour Therapy Is Easier Than It Appears
A simple rule of colour therapy is this: Blue + Red = Purple The colour purple has potent healing effects. Yesterday we considered diagnoses of deficiency of the healing colours blue and red, but how do these deficiencies related to states of illness and health? Cool, soothing and sedative, blue alleviates pain, reducing bleeding and heals burns. It is beneficial in the treatment of dysentery, colic, asthma, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure and skin aberrations. In a study at the New England State Hospital in the United States, 25 members of staff with normal blood pressure were bathed in blue light for half an hour. It resulted in universal fall in blood pressure. The blood pressure rose when red light was applied. Red, of course, keeps blood pressure from falling too low. Symbolic of heat, fire and anger. It is a stimulating and energising colour. It stimulates arterial blood and brings warmth to cool extremities. Used as a general tonic, it is very valuable in the treatment of diseases like low blood pressure, rheumatism, paralysis, anaemia and advanced cases of tuberculosis. Here is a simple treatment to ensure you benefit from both colours: Purple or indigo combines the blood-warming red and the cooling antiseptic blue. It is an excellent stimulant without being an irritant. Today eat some familiar purple food, such as black carrot, berries, or purple grapes.
298. A Surprising Therapy Heat for Acne
A hot Epsom-salt bath twice a week will be highly beneficial in all cases of acne. This bath is prepared by adding one and a half kg of Epsom salt to 50 litres of water having a temperature of about 100º F. The patient should remain in the bath from 25 to 35 minutes until he perspires freely. After the bath the patient should cool off gradually. Why should this method work? The warmth of the water stimulates the flow of blood. The bloodstream is then able to carry off impurities from acne-affected skin. This therapy is especially important in cases of "diabetes of the skin." Acne sufferers who are in any way sensitive to sugar (whether or not they have diabetes) can benefit from the therapeutic bath.
299. Castor Oil Beneficial in Allergy
An exciting remedy for allergy has been discovered by an Indian physician, Dr. Hement Pathak. He found that the use of five drops of castor oil in a little juice or water taken on an empty stomach in the morning, is highly beneficial for allergies in the intestinal tract, skin and nasal passages. Dr. Pathak, who is an expert in Chinese medicine, has reported numerous cases of allergic protection by this method. For allergic conditions in which an element of stress is present, it is essential to employ such methods as relaxation, exercise, meditation and mind control. These methods will reduce or remove stress and thereby contribute towards the treatment of allergies.
300. A Secret Supplement for All Around Good Health
For all-around good health, take lecithin. Dr. N.A. Ferri, an eminent physician remarks-"Lecithin has a versatile function in life. It is an extremely important factor in the digestion and oxidation of fats, thus creating more muscle and glandular activity, resulting in greater body exertion and less fat accumulations. Lecithin is essential not only for tissue integrity of the nervous and glandular system in all living cells, but has been regarded as also the most effective generator and regenerator of great physical, mental and glandular activity. Shattered nerves, depleted brain power, waning activity of vital glands, find in lecithin, especially in the cellular structure of the nervous system and endocrine glands a source of dynamic energy."
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