Our bodies never cease to surprise us. For something that we have lived inside all of our lives, it's amazing how it can still be so full of mysteries. Even when scientists and medical professionals think that they have certain aspects of the human body all figured out, they usually end up discovering a new phenomenon that once again brings into question just how much we really know about our anatomy.
There are a variety ailments and minor annoyances that plague our bodies from time to time. Many of us have grown accustomed to reaching for pain medication when dealing with pain or discomfort, but there are actually some pretty awesome, natural ways to relieve these symptoms by using pressure points and manipulating the nerves in our bodies. Say goodbye to unnecessary pill consumption!
1. Relieve An Itchy Throat.
There are quite a few tried-and-true remedies to assuage the pain from a sore throat. When it comes to the persistent tickle that accompanies an itchy throat, however, few endeavors seem to be as effective as we'd like. Most of us have tried gargling salt water, or taking over-the-counter cough syrup, but those seem to only provide fleeting relief.
The next time you are plagued with a scratchy throat, you may want to heed the advice of Dr. Scott Schaffer, the president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center. According to this specialist, an itchy throat can be relieved by scratching your ear. "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," he explained. "This spasm relieves the tickle."
2. Soothe Your Nerves.
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Even the most tranquil individuals will experience stress and pressure once in a while. When you feel like you're at wit's end, it is important to disengage yourself from the source of stress. Before you're ready to face the world again, you'll need to calm your nerves. Rather than stress-eating or flipping a table, there is an easier and less detrimental approach to mollifying yourself.
All you have to do is hold your breath and splash some ice-cold water on your face, and you'll feel better in no time! By doing so, you trick your brain into activating the "mammalian diving reflex." This is usually employed by mammals when they need to optimize respiration to stay underwater for a longer period of time. By regulating your oxygen usage, your anger and stress should subside. Alternatively, you could also try downing an ice-cold glass of water to cool your temper.
3. Overcome Your Fear Of Needles.
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Even if you aren't a regular blood donor, you will occasionally have to deal with needles at the doctor's office. Unfortunately, many of us don't do well with this terrifying inevitability. Some people swear by this one trick that can distract you from the dreaded moment when the needle penetrates your skin: simply letting out a tiny cough. This should distract you from the critical moment when the needle pricks your skin. Just be sure to inform the nurse ahead of time to prevent any mishaps!
4. Clear Your Stuffy Nose.
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A stuffy nose can be a serious inconvenience when you are trying to be productive and efficient throughout the day. When this happens, try pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then alternate pressing two fingers firmly in between your eyebrows. This gentle pressure will loosen the mucus in your sinus and allow you to breathe with ease again.
5. Reduce Burn Blisters.
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The next time you accidentally scorch yourself, don't reach for the ice pack right away. Instead, gently place the pads of your fingers on the burn area. This will allow the lesion to return to body temperature more naturally, which will minimize your chances of developing painful blisters.
6. Combat Toothaches.
Toothaches can seriously get in the way of your day-to-day activities, so they are not taken very lightly by most people. For immediate relief, try rubbing an ice cube on the back of your hand, particularly over the webbed area between your thumb and your index finger. This region contains tons of nerve pathways that are responsible for sending pain signals from your face and hands to your brain; the coldness from the ice cube will numb those signals and reduce the pain.
7. Blow Your Anxiety Away.
When you're nervous, the frenzy of figurative butterflies in your stomach is usually the least of your problem. Anxiety can impact your cognitive functions, hindering you from performing at your best during a presentation or on a date. Strangely enough, some people insist that blowing on your thumb will calm your frantic vagus nerves, which will moderate your heart rate.
8. Eliminate Migraines.
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As effective as pain medication can be, wouldn't you rather treat your migraines with a more natural remedy that works just as well? People have been targeting their pressure points to alleviate various types of physical pain for centuries. The next time you are battling an agonizing migraine, apply pressure to the webbed area between your thumb and forefinger with your other hand. Press down on the area for two minutes while moving your thumb and forefinger in a circular motion to stimulate blood flow to your head and neck. This is said to release blocked energy, known as Qi or Chi.
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