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Emerging evidence shows that massage therapy is effecitve in treating a number of conditions. The following articles offer more information on massage therapy treatment options.

Allergies

Nothing to Sneeze at mtj®


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Why Massage Works e-touch


Autism

Massage Therapy Helps Calm & Center Children on the Autism Spectrum mtj®


Burns

Youngest burn survivors help prove that massage heals mtj®


Fibromyalgia

The Power of Touch for Those Suffering From Fibromyalgia mtj®
Easing the Constant Pain mtj®


HIV/AIDS

Massage Therapy for HIV/AIDS Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies
Cancer vs. HIV/AIDS: A Comparative Overview mtj®


Massage for Seniors

Massage + Hospice - mtj®
A Touch of Compassion: Massage Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease mtj®
The Aging Body mtj®
Massage for Seniors: What the Research Says mtj®
Research Literacy - Massage at End of Life mtj®


Oncology Massage

Cancer and Massage Therapy: Essential Contraindications, Part 1 mtj®
Cancer and Massage Therapy: Contraindications & Cancer Treatment, Part 2 mtj®
Massage Clients With Cancer mtj®


Pain Management

Easing the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee mtj® 
A Comparison of Massage Therapy and Usual Medical Care for Chronic Low-Back Pain mtj®
Living Well: Helping Clients With Low Back Pain mtj®
Massage & Lupus mtj®
Methods for Correcting Upper Quarter Strain Patterns mtj®
Sitting, Standing and Bending Are All Causes of Back Pain mtj®
Massage Therapy Has a Role in Pain Management Practical Pain Management magazine 
Massage for Chronic Neck Pain National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


Pregnancy

Pregnancy Massage mtj®


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Relieve TMJ Pain with Massage Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies
Jaws mtj®


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  • Cinnamon – A Natural Medicine
 

Cinnamon – A Natural Medicine

 

 
The magic stick of cinnamon can have astounding effects on human health. It is believed that in ancient times cinnamon was more expensive than gold. Its name has also been mentioned in the Bible. The well known herb is actually a bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is dried and then rolled into sticks called quills. The dried cinnamon barks are also grounded to make cinnamon powder. This small tree is mostly grown in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Egypt. Found in it is an essential oil called cinnamonaldehyde, which gives it a magnificent taste and aroma.

 

There are 4 varieties of this spice; out of which two are the most popular ones, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is also known as true cinnamon; it has a sweet taste and is more expensive than Cassia cinnamon. You can find them in specialty stores. Its quills are soft enough to be grounded for coffee.

A natural medicine - Cinnamon

It is believed that in ancient times cinnamon was more expensive than gold

The cinnamon mostly found in North American supermarkets is Cassia cinnamon and is relatively cheap. It is dark in color and its quills are hard. It has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine and in Indian Ayurvedic medicines. Let’s find out why is it known as a natural medicine?

Cure for diabetes
Research has proved that cinnamon is beneficial for curing Type 2 Diabetes. The evidence was first revealed in the journal, “Diabetes Care” in the year 2003.

This study was conducted by US department of Agriculture, on 60 participants from Pakistan with type 2 Diabetes. Each participant was given 1 mg of cinnamon for 40 days. It was evident from the research that the blood sugar level, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol was significantly reduced. The beneficial after effects of the cinnamon persisted for 20 days even after stopping its use.

However it is highly recommended that patients taking prescribed medicines for cholesterol should not substitute them with cinnamon supplements.

Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Preliminary lab research and animal studies helped to find the antifungal and antibacterial properties of Cinnamon. This amazing spice helps to fight Candid albicans, a fungus that is known to cause yeast infection. The bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, is also curable with the help of cinnamon, responsible for causing stomach ulcers.

Cinnamon bark and esential oil

Some doctors claim that memory and performance of certain mental tasks can be improved just by smelling cinnamon

Cinnamon as an anti-inflammatory spice
Today the growing problem is increased intake of processed, fatty and fried foods that cause inflammation of internal organs and tissues, and further cause heart diseases. In a book called “Natural

Health, Natural Medicine”, Andrew Weil claims cinnamon to be beneficial for decreasing inflammation of the artery walls that causes atherosclerosis and other heart diseases.

Rich source of Minerals and Dietary fibers

 
Cinnamon contains essential minerals such as manganese, iron and calcium. The perfect combination of fiber and calcium has proven to protect the colon cells from getting damaged by removing bile; as a result it prevents colon cancer.

 

Cures Constipation
The dietary fibers found in cinnamon have also been found helpful in curing IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and constipation.

Improves Memory
Quiet unbelievable, but true! Some doctors claim that memory and performance of certain mental tasks can be improved just by smelling cinnamon. It is also beneficial in curing Alzheimer’s disease. Migraine and headaches can also be relieved with the use of cinnamon.

Cures Cough
Cinnamon has been used in Chinese medicine for a long time. It is a natural remedy for common cold and coughs. You can treat your sore throat by drinking a cup of cinnamon tea. Take a cup of water and add a cinnamon stick to it, bring it to a boil and remove the stick. Use this tea twice a day you will feel better within 3 days; otherwise consult a doctor.

For cough take a teaspoon of warm honey with a pinch of cinnamon powder in it. It will cure your cough in a few days.

Relieves Toothache
An easy home remedy for toothache lies in cinnamon. Make a paste of 5 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply it to your aching teeth 2 to 3 times in a day. You can store this paste at room temperature in a container.

How can you use cinnamon?
Cinnamon can be added to a number of foods and cereals in powdered form. A small stick can be added to give flavor to the soups. Even an herbal tea made out of cinnamon can be taken once a day.

Cinnamon is also available in the form of capsules which helps in its consumption process.

 

Risks of taking Cinnamon
Just like most of the medicines, cinnamons have side effects too.

Taking too much of cinnamon can cause soar mouth and lips. Some people might develop allergic reactions to it. Cassia cinnamon can prove to be toxic especially for people having liver problems. Patients having cancer that is affected by change in hormone levels such as breast cancer should avoid taking cinnamon.

Cinnamon has blood thinning properties. Therefore it is important for you to consult your doctor before taking cinnamon supplements with other medicines.

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