Friday, August 30, 2013

You cannot say no to these Christmas coffee mugs.

I am glad I changed my mind at the last moment while selecting Christmas gifts. Instead of buying 6 beautiful christmas coffee mugs, I paid for an equal number of snowman wine glasses that appealed to me. It would be certainly a first time for my former employer.
Look at both the Christmas coffee cup and the snowman wine glasses. Don’t you think it is difficult to choose between the two?

I know there is still lot of time but I am an early bird and wise too. I cannot shop peacefully when I am jostled by the holiday shopping crowd. Though online shopping is an easy option, I enjoy an outing in the sun during winter.
As an afterthought, instead of giving just the wine glasses, I also bought a bottle of wine. Very considerate of me-eh?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?

Probably the most used alternative treatment in the world is Acupunture. It is certainly painful but no medicines and hence harmful side effects. Acupuncture is one of several popular alternative therapies tracing its roots to traditional medicine in China more than 5,000 years ago. Although the treatment is regarded as one of the most common and oldest worldwide, acupuncture only started to become recognized in the US after New York Times journalist James Reston wrote a feature on how his post-surgery pain was eased by doctors in China in 1971 using the procedure.

Acupuncture (don’t put 2 Cs in it) has always delivered the desired results and hence its popularity. However, have you read anywhere as to why it has worked? Rather, What Happens During Acupuncture 

Here are some interesting facts about the basis of Acupuncture.
The treatment assumes something called qi (pronounced key) - energy in living beings that passes through twelve meridians or invisible energy lines in the body. Each line links to a specific organ system; the belief is that any imbalance in qi flow leads to a disease. The key component of acupuncture treatment is the insertion of needles into key points on the meridian lines to renew balance. These extremely thin, metallic needles are aimed at specific anatomical points and controlled manually or by electrical stimulation. An individual usually feels relaxed and energized after acupuncture.

Acupuncture is endorsed by the National Institute of Health

It is practiced by dentists, doctors and other health practitioners

How Does It Really Work?

Acupuncture reportedly induces the release of endorphins in the body, relieving an indivudal from pain. Other effects attributed to the therapy include influence over neurotransmitters, or substances transporting nerve impulses; promotion of circulation; and effects over the body's electrical currents and autonomic nervous system. Many common ailments and undesirable conditions are addressed by acupuncture treatment.

Commonly Treated Conditions

- Sinusitis
- The common cold
- Smoking and other addictions
- Migraines
- Tennis elbow
- Infertility
- Menstrual cramps
- Obesity
- Low-back pain
- Asthma
- Arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome


On the first meeting, acupuncturists usually ask new clients to fill up a personal health record prior to an interview. A session then has the client answer questions that cover main health issues, diet, emotional and psychological profile, and overall lifestyle and regular activities. The therapist should also be informed by the individual of any current medication and treatment being taken. During this interview, one can also expect the practitioner to evaluate pulse points and establish how healthy the individual's twelve meridians are. A diagnosis is then given, followed by the use of between 6 and 12 needles as treatment is commenced. Patients keen on acupuncture must realize that the exact placement on target points on the meridians is more important, not the number of needles used.

The initial insertion may make the patient feel pricked or stung. However, the treatment should be painless and comfortable for the duration that could extend to an hour or more. An individual should immediately tell the acupuncturist to discontinue if he feels any numbness, discomfort or pain. Variations of the treatment may involve use of herbal medicine - capsules, tablets or tea made from Chinese herbs to boost the therapy. Some practitioners also integrate cupping - a suction effect created with the use of glass cups on the skin, in part to promote blood circulation and continuous qi flow.

Rising Popularity

The recent withdrawal of the Vioxx painkiller has raised apprehension over pain relievers available in the market. This concern, combined with statements from the NIH and other government and health organizations that side effects from acupuncture are significantly lower, has made more individuals turn to the treatment, particularly for pain relief. Several studies have also shown how acupuncture has helped patients with osteoarthritis, post-chemotherapy nausea and even depression. Despite all the apparent positive feedback, those considering acupuncture should still consult regular doctors and health-care professionals for advice on their conditions first. If they decide to pursue the treatment, they must make sure that the acupuncturist or practitioner they see is highly-qualified and certified by organizations such as the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The world’s cheapest ATV. Sale ends soon.

Can you imagine? The Youth 125cc atv is priced only $950! The added attraction is-hold your breath; it is delivered free of cost at your doorstep.
ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) is not everybody’s favorite. It is liked by adventure lovers and big farm owners as this 4 wheeler motorcycle can move on just about all kinds of terrain such as mud, beach sand, snow and so on.
One look at the tires and you will believe the manufacturer’s claim that it can traverse on all terrains.

Some of its more advanced features:
 1. Air cooled
2. Clutch less operation
3. Reverse gear
4. Speed limiter meant for beginners

Of course you also get a tool kit plus a 12 V battery free as per the contemporary norms.

Hmmm.. quite a deal!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Prom dress aka Graduation day dress.

Though we the Indians learnt to copy every British culture and tradition, we sadly left out a few and one of them is dressing up for the graduation day. In the western countries, it is called the Prom night and is certainly the most exciting night of high school life.

Outgoing students and their parents eagerly look forward to this mega event.  It is the night for dressing up in your best attire and creating an impression that would last as long as your childhood memories. Dressing up for the prom night is every girl's dream.

Prom night is the most exciting night of high school life-and the most looked forward to. It is the night for dressing up in your best attire and creating an impression that would last as long as your childhood memories. Dressing up for the prom night is every girl's dream. 

A few years ago I have come across a few most talked about prom dress makers that include Alyce, Mori Lee, Tiffany, Riva, Cassandra and Jovani. Are they still the masters or are they facing new competition?

If you are an Indian school girl, you should definitely know that Prom dresses are mostly formal party gowns, long and stunning. Prom dresses may be based on the theme of the party or they can just be traditional ball gowns.  

While Prom dresses can be bought directly from retail stores, many girls get them designed to suit the exact body type and measurements as it is very important that the dress fits perfectly.

Of course color plays a big part on the big night. Choose the one that compliments your body color. Shades like deep gray, wine, forest green, burgundy, midnight blue and cocoa are ideal colors.  Long straight cuts and vertical patterns also make the wearer look slim and sexy. The material should skim the body. Clingy material accentuates fuller figures.

There are several online outlets that provide beautiful prom dresses and Amazon is the best among them.
Here is a fine example.
Light green long gown prom dress