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Oct 09, 2017: The most common forms of pain that people face today are migraines and headaches. Although a headache is a minor issue that lasts for a few hours, migraine can be very serious enduring for a number of days. While headaches are caused due to excessive stress, tension, and emotional changes, migraine is a more intricate situation where the blood vessels of the brain expand to discharge chemicals from the nerve fibers that often result in inflammation and severe pain.
Causes of Migraine
Although the exact cause of a migraine is unknown, there are certain factors that are likely to be the main forces behind a migraine. They are:
It is one of the most powerful triggers of migraines. This is the reason why most women suffer from painful migraines during or before the onset of periods. Migraines become more rampant with the visitation of puberty and fades away following menopause.
Unhealthy eating habits can be another provoking factor causing migraines. Most common triggers of migraine are tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and fermented foods.
Stress, tension, work pressure, sleeping disorder and changed atmospheric pressure may also culminate into ugly migraines.
Acupressure Regions to Heal Migraine
Migraines can be healed by means of acupressure and reflexology. Counter medicines can render instant belief but reflexology not only heals the ailment externally but also treats the problem from within thereby giving you complete alleviation.
6 Important Regions to Relieve Migraine and Headaches:
Applying pressure in the following 5 regions clears the blocked meridians so that energy may flow freely throughout the body releasing endorphins which are the natural painkiller produced by our body.
1. Forehead Region
All the points on your face and forehead are full of energy that originates from the head and face and flow downwards.
Third Eye Point: Applying pressure to the third eye point region which is situated just between the two eyebrows can help to improve concentration, relieve eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pains. You should apply pressure for around 1 minute.
Bright Light: This point is located in the inner corner of the eyes just beneath the eyebrows. Applying pressure at the Bright Light points ameliorate sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. Pressure should be applied on both sides for 1minutes.
Temple Region: It consists of a chain of points that curl around the ear starting from the top of the ear and are positioned just at a one finger distance from the ear. All these points have to be provided light pressure concurrently to secure the best results. This aids in mitigating temporal headaches on the sides of the head and prolonged migraines.
2. Face Region:
Welcome Fragrance: Situated on both sides of the nostril, the welcome fragrance points can be very helpful in opening sinuses and relieving tension headaches if stimulated for a few minutes.
3. Neck Region:
Wind Pool: These are positioned at the back of the head exactly between the ear and spine. Applying pressure at these points can alleviate nasal congestion, pain in eyes, ears, throat, headaches as well as migraines.
Shoulder Well: Located at the edge of the Shoulder halfway between the point of the shoulder and the base of the neck, applying pressure on the Shoulder points can reduce the stiffness of neck and shoulders and mitigate neck pain. It can be helpful in ameliorating asthma and spasms.
Heaven’s Pillar: These points situated two fingers beneath the base of the skull. Applying pressure on Heaven’s Pillar points help in reducing aches at the back of the head, neck pains, eyestrain, stress, insomnia and neck stiffness. Besides, stimulating these points also aids cough relief.
Union Valley: Positioned between the web between the thumb and index finger, Union valley point can be very helpful in mitigating back pain, frontal headaches, toothache, and releasing tension from neck and head if stimulated for a few minutes.
This point is situated in the valley between the big and second toe. Applying pressure on these points can alleviate nasal congestion, pain in eyes, ears, throat, headaches as well as migraines.
Thus the next time when a headache hits you hard, instead of resorting to painkillers, give reflexology and acupressure an opportunity to see the difference. Try out different pressure points because particular pressure points work more effectively for particular kind of headaches and some points might yield better results while other may consume more time. Thus, experiment every pressure point to know which point works the best for you.
Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram. Twitter @mohimahaque26
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.