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Psoriasis Help !

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2008-05-12 20:31

Be sure to lick your fingers before you add other ingredients!

There, now that I've made my disclaimer I have some delicious information to share with you!

Honey has profound anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions on the skin. A study* has shown that compounds which include honey lead to a significant, measurable improvement in psoriasis.

So, to Palm'Hydra Base you can add some un-pasturized liquid honey and use this as a night cream.

For daytime use consider: vitamin-C rich rosehip oil which is an excellent natural antioxidant; and evening primorose oil which provides a source of GMA (Gamma Linoleic acid) and is an emollient, and promotes anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.

What does this mean in people speak?
If you or a loved one suffers from psoriasis, this would be a super treatment. Remember that our bodies are a reflection outside of what is going on inside. That being said, there are also benefits to those with skin conditions when they also detoxify their liver with a castor oil pack.

*Complementary Therapies in Medicine: 11; 226-34, 2003[i]

Heat & Back Pain Study

Category: Back Pain & Heat Therapy
Posted: 2008-05-06 07:21

With such a large number of our population suffering from lower back pain, this study has promising conclusions. I am very excited to share it with you!

Heat* Plus Exercise: Best Treatment for Acute LBP?

While chiropractic adjustments are considered one of the most effective forms of care for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), health care practitioners often employ other methods for back pain relief. Among the more common techniques are the application of heat and specific exercises that help strengthen the back and improve range of motion.

However, until now little is known about whether a combination of these treatments may be more effective than a single intervention.

In this randomized, controlled trial, 100 individuals with LBP lasting less than three months were allocated to one of four groups: a heat wrap therapy group (in which patients wore a disposable low-level heat wrap eight hours per day for five consecutive days); an exercise group (consisting of flexion and extension exercises performed one time every hour while the patient was awake for five consecutive days); a heat-plus-exercise group; and a control group that received an educational booklet on acute low back problems. At baseline, the participants were examined by a practitioner for assessments on functional ability, disability levels, pain intensity and pain relief. The same assessments were performed 2 days, 4 days and 7 days after randomization.

By day 7, patients in the heat-plus-exercise group experience significant improvements in function, disability and pain relief compared to the other groups. Functional improvement for heat-plus-exercise patients was 84%, 95% and 175% greater than patients in the heat wrap, exercise and control groups, respectively. Pain relief among the heat-plus-exercise patients was 70% greater than in the exercise patients, and 143% greater than the control patients.

The researchers stated that the combination of heat and exercise "provided superior functional improvement, disability reduction, and pain relief" compared to single interventions. They added that health care providers "should consider using continuous low-level heat wrap therapy in conjunction with exercise therapy during the early stages of care for acute low back pain in order to achieve optimal functional improvements during recovery."

Mayer JM, Ralph L, Look M, et al. Treating acute low back pain with continuous low-level heat wrap therapy and/or exercise: a randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2005;5:395-403.

*The Insta'Heat heat wrap is ideal for this treatment. For details, contact: instaheat@innovimport.com or call 1-877-388-0792
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