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It is scientifically proven that acupressure points converge on the earlobe. Thus, piercing it enables an efficient working of every body part

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  • The relevance of certain traditional and beauty rituals goes beyond culture and are scientific
  • Science testifies that the constant friction produced by bangles on the arm stimulates our circulatory system
  • Along with being a colouring agent, henna has a number of medicinal properties too

While most of us prefer the modern way of grooming ourselves that heavily relies on the use of chemicals, it must be understood that the relevance of certain traditional and beauty rituals goes beyond culture and are scientific.

Here are some of the astonishing reasons behind our cultural practices:

  • Bangles: Traditionally worn by a married woman, bangles not only add to the feminine grace but are also known to enhance the blood circulation. Science testifies that the constant friction produced by bangles on the arm stimulates our circulatory system. The thermal energy produced by this friction is in turn absorbed by the hands, enabling our hands and arms to work better.

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Silver toe ring. Image Source:inmagine.com
Silver toe ring. Image Source:inmagine.com
  • The connection between toe ring and fertility: Symbolic of the marital status of a woman, these are worn in the second toe and are made of silver. It is believed that the vein of this very toe in the foot is directly connected to the uterus. The silver in the toe activates the nerves and enables a smooth flow of oxygen and blood, thus maintaining a regular menstrual cycle. Directly affecting and encouraging conception, toe rings are adorned by married women only, mentions indiatribune.com.
  • Piercing: Earlobe piercing is a trend followed throughout the world but its purpose stretches beyond being a mere fad. It is scientifically proven that acupressure points converge on the earlobe. Thus, piercing it enables an efficient working of every body part. In a similar way, nose piercing in women is associated with reproductive health, sexual pleasure, and smooth brain functioning.

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  • Haldi: For almost every north Indian family, a wedding ceremony is incomplete without a haldi function. Haldi or turmeric apart from being antiseptic works as a magical ingredient for skin and related ailments. It is probably because of this property that a bride and a groom both are scrubbed with Haldi, at least a day before the wedding.
Mangalsutra. Image Source: womenpla.net
Mangalsutra. Image Source: womenpla.net
  • Mangalsutra: Worn close to the skin, mangalsutra is much more than an ornament. The reason behind wearing mangalsutra is that the gold in the pendant being close to the skin regulates blood pressure and blood circulation of a married woman who generally works very hard throughout the day.
  • Henna: We do know that a bride is incomplete without applying henna on her hands and feet on her wedding. But there is a theory behind this tradition too. Along with being a colouring agent, henna has a number of medicinal properties too. Known for its cooling property, henna is an essential part of major Unani and Ayurvedic medicines. It is generally used for treating headaches, leprosy, and some skin-related problems. It also helps people with the bad temper and controls this emotion.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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Scientists Prepare To Explore Uncharted Indian Ocean

The mission’s principal scientist, Lucy Woodall of Oxford University, said the researchers expect to discover dozens of new species.

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In this image taken from drone video, the Ocean Zephyr is docked in Bremerhaven, Germany, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019. VOA

Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.

The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the planet, a vast body of water that’s already feeling the effects of global warming. Understanding the Indian Ocean’s ecosystem is important not just for the species that live in it, but also for an estimated 2.5 billion people at home in the region — from East Africa, the Arabian peninsula, South and Southeast Asia.

The Nekton Mission, supported by over 40 organizations, will conduct further dives in other parts of the Indian Ocean over three years. The research will contribute to a summit on the state of the Indian Ocean planned for late 2021.

The Ocean Zephyr is preparing to leave Bremerhaven, Germany, on the first leg of trip. Researchers will spend seven weeks surveying underwater life, map the sea floor and drop sensors to depths of up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) in the seas around the Seychelles.

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FILE – An undated and unplaced handout photo obtained from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Dec. 3, 2015, shows Havila Harmony, one of three ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the remains of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (VOA)

Little is known about the watery world below depths of 30 meters (100 feet), which scientists from Britain and the Seychelles will be exploring with two crewed submarines and a remotely operated submersible in March and April.

Ronny Jumeau, the Seychelles’ ambassador to the United Nations, said such research is vital to helping the island nation understand its vast ocean territory.

While the country’s 115 islands together add up to just 455 square kilometers (176 sq. miles) of land — about the same as San Antonio, Texas — its exclusive economic zone stretches to 1.4 million square kilometers (540 million square miles) of sea, an area almost the size of Alaska.

Jumeau said the Seychelles aims to become a leader in the development of a “blue economy” that draws on the resources of the ocean. The archipelago relies on fishing and tourism, but has lately also been exploring the possibility of extracting oil and gas from beneath the sea floor.

“Key to this is knowing not only what you have in the ocean around you, but where it is and what is its value,” he said. “It is only when you know this that you can properly decide what to exploit and what to protect and leave untouched.”

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Gunner Richard Brown (L) of Transit Security Element looks through binoculars as he stands on lookout with other crew members aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth as they continue to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 10, 2014. 

“Research expeditions such as the Nekton Mission are therefore vital to help us fill those gaps and better know our ocean space and marine resources to make wise decisions in planning the future of our blue economy,” Jumeau added.

The island nation of fewer than 100,000 people is already feeling the effects of climate change, with rising water temperatures bleaching its coral reefs.

“Our ocean is undergoing rapid ecological transformation by human activities,” said Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York, England, who is a trustee of the mission.

“Seychelles are a critical beacon and bellwether for marine conservation in the Indian Ocean and globally,” he said.

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The mission’s principal scientist, Lucy Woodall of Oxford University, said the researchers expect to discover dozens of new species, from corals and sponges to larger creatures like types of dog-sharks.

The Associated Press is accompanying the expedition and will provide live underwater video from the dives, using new optical transmission technology to send footage from the submarines to the ship and from there, by satellite, to the world. (VOA)