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Medicine, traditional chinese medicine, chiropractic manipulation, and energy healing --which is legit?
All legit at times: Obviously "medicine is "legit" but that does not mean it is the only valid approach & many conditions are not helped much by conventional medicine.There is scientific research confirming that tcm, chir. And energy healing can be beneficial, but it depends on the condition. Like medicine, each of these can each help some conditions more than others & some practitioners are more skilled than others. ...Read more
Give me a break: This is a serious forum. Take your infantile humor somewhere else. ...Read more
No : Oils and massages will not enlarge breasts. The breasts enlarge naturally with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). Building up pectoral muscles can lead to the breasts sitting on the chest wall in a manner that is attractive but will not increase cup size. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!
Not necessarily: Massage can be useful in managing myofascial type pain. It promotes relaxing spastic muscles and may also improve blood flow in the muscle. The latter can further enhance tissue healing if there is injury to the muscle. Adding oil may enhance the experience and decrease rough friction on the skin which may be irritating otherwise. However, it may not directly improve the benefit on its own. ...Read more
No: Reflexology is completely bogus. It has no basis in fact whatsoever. Reflexologists have no training in anything medical or anatomical. A reflexologist is either woefully ignorant if he believes that what he does is real, or dishonest if he knows it isn't. Either way, it's claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that they give me anything more than a good feeling. ...Read more
Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation?
L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.
Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. Beet root better than l-arginine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are facial massages beneficial ? Some claim improvement in nasolabial folds , sagging ect? One specific program called "tanaka message ?"
Yes: Facial massages at least can be beneficial in terms of relaxation which has a wide range of health benefits. Should increase blood flow to facial skin which also may have some benefits. ...Read more
Why would s/he?: Someone already trained in shiatsu massage is presumably competent to practice his/her own area of complementary and alternative medicine (cam). Unless s/he wants to also learn about other treatments and systems of healing that are part of cam, it seems unnecessary. An "overview" course in cam would probably be less in depth in any one area than needed to really practice that modality well. ...Read more
Acupuncture may be: of benefit. I recommend seeing your physician to have the source of your pain evaluated. Diagnostic assessment will help determine what treatment options are available. Acupuncture is a good approach for many causes of foot/ walking pain (but not all). I have only commented about acupuncture (and not massage) as that is an area of expertise. ...Read more
Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is magnesium blend good to take with korean red ginseng? - Also are most products alright with korean red ginseng?
Ginseng ..: I think it says everything that red ginseng is believed to BOTH increase and decrease the immune system. There are not reliable trials on it. It is not possible to really control what you are getting with it. Magnesium, however, is a mineral and unless they are totally lying, the content of it should be reliable and it can't stale. 200-400 mg/day is good. ...Read more
There is ..: There is no oil....Basically the more turned on the harder the erection unless there is an underlying issue. Performance anxiety can affect erections as well especially at a younger age although it can happen at any age. Health issues such as diabetes can cause erection issues as well. ...Read more