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Medication & Treatment
June 18, 2018

What is cupping and how does it work?

Can cups boost your health? They just may. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, originally used in Egyptian and Chinese cultures for healing. The process involves therapy in which a practitioner places special cups on the skin to create a suction. The cups are usually made from glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone. How does it work? According to Ayesha Abrahams, a cupping practitioner from Cape Town, there are two types of cupping; dry and wet cupping. During both the wet and dry cupping process, the cupping therapist places a flammable substance like alcohol, herbs or paper in…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
June 6, 2018

5 unusual causes for headaches

You’ve been hit by a sudden storm of pain. Your head is pounding and you have no idea why. What could have triggered your headache? Headaches are categorised as primary or secondary headaches. The most common types are primary headaches that include tension, muscle and cluster headaches. These are caused by spasms in the neck muscles. Secondary headaches happen when an external factor triggers the sensitive pain nerves in the head. This could a hangover, a concussion, dehydration, blood clots, brain freeze (ice-cream headaches) and the flu. There are also a few unusual reasons for headaches: Your hairstyle Sure, that…
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Back PainSymptoms, Aches & Pains
February 20, 2018

How best to treat your back pain

After headache, back pain is the most common cause of pain. Do you know the signs, how to prevent it and what to do when pain strikes? An estimated 75% of South Africans experience back pain in their lifetime. Some of the factors that place you at risk include ageing, an inactive lifestyle, poor posture, genetic factors, pregnancy and smoking. Common symptoms  Pain in the back. Restriction of back movements. Numbness of one or both legs. Back pain radiating to the foot or knee. Dizziness or disturbance of vision related to neck posture. Difficulty standing up after sitting for a…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
December 26, 2015

Headaches: What’s causing yours?

Headaches are one of the most common ailments in the world, yet there are so many different kinds of headaches and each of them are caused by something else. We take a look at the different headaches and what you can do to treat them. A headache is a pain that stems from your head or neck – and the source of the pain can from the muscles, sinuses eyes or ears. (more…)
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