1. Treat a Tickling Throat
Yes, we all played our armpits when we were 9, it was a cool trick. And even today, as adults, we can still have a great time laughing at those moments. But, that is not all. Some of these body-based feats can be of great help when used as a health remedy. For example, the tickle in your throat -- nothing to worry about.
Use this trick to scratch the itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” explains Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”
2. Feel No Pain While Giving Blood
Many of you would gladly participate in the blood donating actions, but the needle prick is something you just can get over. German researchers have found that if you cough during the needle stick, you will feel less pain.
Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, explains how the trick causes a sudden, but temporary rise in the pressure in the chest and the spinal canal, which inhibits the structures in the spinal cord that conduct pain.
3. Stop a Nose Bleed
Put a cotton pad on your upper gums, behind the small dent below the nose, and press hard against it. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” explains Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”
4. Overcome The Urge to Pee
You need to pee and there is no bathroom nearby. Think of your wildest fantasies. Thinking about sex and what turns you on will preoccupy your brain, and you will feel less discomfort, explains Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
5. The Sleeping Position Will Help You Fight Acid Reflux
You really enjoyed that spicy dish, right? And acid reflux was the last thing that came to your mind. Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College, suggest that you try this preventive trick: “Sleep on your left side.”
Experts have explained that the patients who sleep on their left side are less likely to suffer from acid reflux when compared to those who sleep on their right side. Need an explanation?
The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. Sleeping on your right side will elevate the stomach higher than the esophagus, so the food and stomach acid can easily slide up your throat. The stomach is lower than the esophagus when you sleep on your left side, so thank you, gravity!
6. Swallow Horse-Sized Supplements Easily
Not all of us can easily swallow huge health supplements. Need to swallow more than one at a time? This trick will get them down. Drink some water and tilt your head forward. The pill should float at the back of your throat, ready to swallow.
7. Instant Migraine Relief
Having a nasty headache, huh? Well, you may not want to hit the nearest pharmacy. Just use your thumb and forefinger and pinch down on the muscle web in your hand. Place the thumb on the back of the hand, and the forefinger underneath.
Press for 2 minutes, then repeat. You should feel some relief in just 4 minutes. It is the shiatsu point that addresses headaches by dispersing the stagnant Ki (i.e. blocked energy) and moving the blood in the head, neck and other parts of your body.
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