Popularity of the No Fire Cupping Therapy

Cupping is gaining more and more popularity in the western world due to the many benefits that are associated with it. It is beneficial to the skin and it is greatly therapeutic as well. However, many people didn’t like the fire cups and this is what has led to the development of alternatives. The fire cups can actually be messy and you may not be able to use them without some sort of help.

When the no fire cups are used, then there is a need to lubricate the skin and oil is used so as to get the area ready. Usually, a partial vacuum can be achieved within the cup. A mechanical or manual pump can be used so as to create that much needed vacuum as it is necessary for the whole healing process. The cup can be placed on the skin after which the rubber ball is released so as to facilitate suction.

What makes it different?

When this method is used, the cup has to be moved over the skin constantly in a motion that massages the skin. This is as opposed to the fire cups which are left to sit in a single position. With the method, it is possible to get some sort of bruising, especially when you have just started using them. This happens mainly when one has some blood circulation issues and if at all your lifestyle is sedentary.

The bruising healing potential

Western medicine doesn’t react well to bruising. However, the east concentrates on some practices that actually show that there is healing potential when bruising occurs and this is what the fire cupping is based on.

Since the fire cupping has been used for a long time for treatment of different ailments, a bruise is common, and this is believed to repair mechanisms of the body that are truly powerful. One needs antibodies and some hormones so as to commence the healing process.

How the cupping therapy works

When a suction cup is used, then a partial vacuum is created and this means that blood squeezes through capillary walls that are just under the skin. This also causes a bruise. Healthy capillaries are supposed to be very elastic and the pressure that builds will not break them. Instead, there is more blood squeezed out. This is a fact that is applied during treatment.

Cupping concentrates on the rejuvenation of the skin and it can actually be done very effectively.

Why bruising occurs?

Inelastic capillaries make blood seem stagnant. Such blood is quite acidic and may be an indication that there are lots of blood cells that are not shaped in the normal manner.

When this stagnant blood emerges after the treatment, the regenerative mechanism of the body is triggered. This causes an immune response that facilitates rejuvenation of tissues. The renewed flow of blood, then stimulates metabolism within the areas where there is excess fat and this makes the fatty tissue, even more pliable and aerobic exercise can be released.

Healthy Living – Three Important Health Tests

Constant assessment of your health is a must if you want to live a long and disease free life. Sadly, many people are not taking the time to have the assessments carried before they run into serious health problems: full-blown health issues that could have been avoided.

Fortunately, by educating yourself on the health tests you should be taking, you can have a better idea of which tests to get done to optimize your well-being. Let us go over three such tests so you can ask your doctor about them at your next check-up…

1. EKG or ECG. Chances are, you have heard of an EKG or ECG. This test is often associated with those people who are experiencing serious medical emergencies or are having a heart health scare. An EKG will reveal if there are any problems with your heart’s electrical system. But, an EKG can also be used for preventative purposes as well.

In this test, the heart’s activity is represented as a line tracing on graph paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are divided into sections and show how your heart is working. Your results will be compared to a normal heart graph and any abnormal rhythms showing poor blood flow will be revealed and then be able to be treated.

Get tested now so you know if you are at risk and can then start taking steps to help negate the risk.

2. Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer is a devastating disease and sadly, one that impacts many. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer affecting many people and often comes without any obvious signs or symptoms. Although alternating diarrhea and constipation and abdominal pain are some of the signs, along with blood in the feces, they are brushed off as being a part of living.

It is often fatal in 90% of cases, so not one you want to come down with. Early screening is going to be key as if polyps are found early, they can be removed before developing into full-blown cancer.

3. Lipid Profile. Finally, make sure you schedule a routine blood test at least every 12 months to get your lipids checked. From these results, you can determine your risk for the metabolic syndrome, which is a condition characterized by…

obesity,
elevated blood pressure readings,
high cholesterol levels, as well as
insulin resistance.

If you are diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome, you will be at a higher risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes if you are not suffering from these already.

So keep these three tests in mind and ask your doctor about being checked out. It is always better to be on the safe side.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

9 Months in, Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Continues to Improve Paralyzed Patient’s Life

Asterias Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company, which is dedicated to regenerative medicine. Recently they have launched a new medicine AST-OPC1 that offers embryonic stem cell based treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries. The medicine was under trail for a while and now it has been declared completely safe and highly effective for patients with spinal cord diseases.

The trial involved injecting the medicine into the affected area and patients showed improvement in their upper body function within 3 to 6 months after the therapy. Asterias Biotherapeutics conducted a press release in June, 2017, in which they have clearly stated the effectiveness of the medicine. It also recorded the detailed results after 9 months of the trial.

It was conducted on 6 patients. Each one of them received an injection of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells after 2 to 4 weeks of their injury. After 9 months, it had been noticed that all the patients showed improvements in their finger, arm, and hand movements.

Spinal cord injuries affect more than 17,000 people around the world every year. With the announcement of AST-OPC1, certainly they now have hope to restore their upper body movements. Dr. Edward Wirth, Chief Medical Officer of the trial said, “The new efficacy results show that previously reported meaningful improvements in arm, hand and finger function in the 10 million cell cohort treated with AST-OPC1 cells have been maintained and in some patients have been further enhanced even 9 months following dosing.”

Coming back to the trial, it involved patients who were suffering from severe spinal cord injuries in the neck that resulted into lack of feeling and loss of neck down upper body movement. The team at the Asterias Biotherapeutics quantified the results of the therapy by referring them as “motor levels” of improvements. These motor levels were associated with different levels of movement abilities. In the press release, the team confirmed that restoring the movement abilities, “can result in lower healthcare costs, significant improvements in quality of life, increased ability to engage in activities of daily living, and increased independence.”

After 9 months of clinical trial, the researchers at the Asterias confirmed that 50% of the patients (3 out of 10 patients) showed two motor levels of improvement. And all the 6 patients involved in the trail, showed at least one motor level of improvement. However, some of the experts might say that recovery from spinal cord injuries is possible without stem cell therapy. This is true. But no other study or therapy showed patients regaining their two motor levels of improvement within 9 months of the treatment.

Earlier data from 62 untreated patients showed that 29% patients got back two motor levels of improvement with 1 year whereas AST-OPC1 promises massive improvements within 9 months. Dr. Edward Wirth also confirmed it when he said, “We are increasingly encouraged by these continued positive results, which are remarkable compared with spontaneous recovery rates observed in a closely matched untreated patient population.”