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Ban tobacco advertising to protect young people

29 MAY 2013 | GENEVA – On World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, WHO is calling for countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce the number of tobacco users. Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people every year.

“Governments must make it their top priority to stop the tobacco industry’s shameless manipulation of young people and women, in particular, to recruit the next generation of nicotine addicts.”

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

Bans on tobacco advertising are effective

Bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship are one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco consumption, with countries that have already introduced bans showing an average of 7% reduction in tobacco consumption.

Research shows about one third of youth experimentation with tobacco occurs as a result of exposure to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Worldwide, 78% of young people aged 13-15 years report regular exposure to some form of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

“Tobacco use ranks right at the very top of the list of universal threats to health yet is entirely preventable,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Governments must make it their top priority to stop the tobacco industry’s shameless manipulation of young people and women, in particular, to recruit the next generation of nicotine addicts.”

“Most tobacco users start their deadly drug dependence before the age 20”, says Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases department. “Banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is one of the best ways to protect young people from starting smoking as well as reducing tobacco consumption across the entire population.”

Dr Bettcher warns however that, even when bans are in place, the tobacco industry is constantly finding new tactics to target potential smokers including:

  • handing out gifts and selling branded products such as clothing, in particular targeting young people;
  • “stealth” marketing such as engaging trendsetters to influence people in places such as cafes and nightclubs;
  • using online and new media, such as pro-smoking smartphone applications and online discussions led by tobacco company staff posing as consumers;
  • placement of tobacco products and brands in films and television, including reality TV and soap operas; and
  • corporate social responsibility activities such as making donations to charities.

“That is why the ban has to be complete in order to be fully effective,” he added.

Countries and banning tobacco advertising

WHO’s report on the global tobacco epidemic 2011 shows that only 19 countries (representing just 6% of the world’s population) have reached the highest level of achievement in banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. More than one third of countries have minimal or no restrictions at all.

Countries that are making strong progress in banning the last remaining forms of advertising include Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Iran, Mauritius, Panama and Vietnam.

WHO supports countries to meet their obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which requires Parties to introduce a comprehensive ban of all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship within five years of the entry into force of the WHO FCTC for that Party.

According to the “2012 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO FCTC”, 83 countries have already reported that they have introduced a comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Countries that have banned displays of tobacco products at points of sale include Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Palau and Panama, with Australia also introducing plain packaging of tobacco products.

A recent survey on tobacco use in Turkey shows the ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship, combined with other tobacco-control measures, has contributed to cutting tobacco use by more than 13% – translating to 1.2 million fewer tobacco users – since 2008.

Tobacco kills millions

Tobacco kills up to half its users. By 2030, WHO estimates that tobacco will kill more than 8 million people every year, with four out of five of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. Tobacco is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.

First global treaty for health

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO and demonstrates the world’s commitment to decisive action to reduce tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death. The Treaty was adopted in 2003 and now has 176 Parties, covering 88% of the world’s population.

WHO

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/who_ban_tobacco/en/index.html

 

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Artichoke and Feta Tarts

Artichoke and Feta Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces feta, divided
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 14-ounce (1 sheet) or 17.3-ounce (2 sheets) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • All-purpose flour (for work surface)
  • 2 4-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Blend cream and 2 ounces feta in a food processor until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  • If using 14-ounce package of puff pastry, cut in half and roll out each half on a lightly floured surface into a 16×10-inch rectangle. (If using 17.3-ounce package, use 1 sheet of pastry for each tart.) Transfer each piece of pastry to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a paring knife, lightly score pastry (do not cut all the way through), leaving a 1-inch border.
  • Spread feta mixture over pastry, dividing evenly and staying within border. Arrange artichoke hearts over feta mixture and crumble remaining 2 ounces feta over; drizzle with oil. Brush pastry border with egg.
  • Bake tart until pastry is puffed and beginning to brown, 10-15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° and continue to bake until pastry is deep golden brown and cooked through, 20-25 minutes longer. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • DO AHEAD: Tart can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

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Common painkillers ‘pose heart risk’

Pills

Two common painkillers, ibuprofen and diclofenac, can slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time, data suggests.

People with severe arthritis often take the drugs, which also calm inflammation, to go about daily life.

The researchers said some patients would deem the risk acceptable, but they should be given the choice.

A study, published in the Lancet, showed the drugs posed even greater risks for smokers and the overweight.

The risks have been reported before, but a team of researchers at the University of Oxford analysed the issue in unprecedented detail in order to help patients make an informed choice.

The group investigated more than 353,000 patient records from 639 separate clinical trials to assess the impact of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

They looked at high-dose prescriptions levels, rather than over-the-counter pain relief, of 150mg diclofenac or 2,400mg ibuprofen each day.

They showed that for every 1,000 people taking the drugs there would be three additional heart attacks, four more cases of heart failure and one death as well cases of stomach bleeding – every year as a result of taking the drugs.

So the number of heart attacks would increase from eight per 1,000 people per year normally, to 11 per 1,000 people per year with the drugs.

“Three per thousand per year sounds like it is quite a low risk, but the judgement has to be made by patients,” said lead researcher Prof Colin Baigent.

He added: “So if you’re a patient and you go and sit in front of your doctor and discuss it, you are the one who should be making the judgement about whether three per thousand per year is worth it to allow you, potentially, to go about your daily life.”

He said this should not concern people taking a short course of these drugs, for example for headaches.

However, he did warn that those already at risk of heart problems would be at even greater risk as a result of the high-dose drugs.

High blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking all increase the risk of heart problems.

Prof Baigent said: “The higher your risk of heart disease, the higher your risk of a complication. Roughly speaking, if you’ve got double the risk of heart disease, then the risk of having a heart attack is roughly doubled.”

He said patients should consider ways to reduce their risk, which could include statins for some patients.

Alternative

A similar drug called rofecoxib (known as Vioxx), was voluntarily taken off the market by its manufacturer in 2004 after similar concerns were raised.

There are more than 17 million prescriptions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the UK each year. Two thirds are either ibuprofen or diclofenac.

A third drug, naproxen, had lower risks of heart complications in the study and some doctors are prescribing this to higher-risk patients.

The drug does a similar job to aspirin by stopping the blood from clotting although this also increases the odds of a stomach bleed.

Prof Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said the drugs were a “lifeline” for millions of people with arthritis and were “extremely effective in relieving pain”.

He added: “However, because of their potential side-effects, in particular the increased risk of cardiovascular complications which has been known for a number of years, there is an urgent need to find alternatives that are as effective, but safer.”

Prof Donald Singer, member of the British Pharmacological Society and from the University of Warwick, said: “The findings underscore a key point for patients and prescribers – powerful drugs may have serious harmful effects.

“It is therefore important for prescribers to take into account these risks and ensure patients are fully informed about the medicines they are taking.”

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22694858#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

War on drugs ‘driving hepatitis C pandemic’

Artwork of HCV
Hepatitis C virus can lead to fatal liver disease

The global war on drugs is fuelling a hepatitis C pandemic causing millions of needless infections, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has warned.

Repressive drug law enforcement is driving high rates of infection among injecting drug users, it said.

Resources need to be redirected into treatment and prevention.

The Commission estimated that of 16 million people worldwide who inject drugs, 10 million are living with hepatitis C.

This puts them at risk of fatal and debilitating liver disease.

The Global Commission called on governments to decriminalise drug use and provide schemes, such as those which give access to sterile needles, to halt the spread of the disease.


“The war on drugs is a war on common sense.”

Ruth DreifussGlobal Commission on Drug Policy

The group, which includes seven former presidents, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan and other world leaders, has previously linked the “failed” war on drugs with the spread of HIV.

In its latest report it says in some countries with the harshest drug policies more than 90% of people who inject drugs are living with hepatitis C.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia have seen the fastest spread of infection and the highest number of infections has been reported in China, the Russian Federation and the USA.

Strongly enforced policies criminalising drug use force users away from public health services and locking up vast numbers of injecting users perpetuates the spread of the infection, the Commission warned in the latest report.

Hidden epidemic

Hepatitis C is highly infectious and around a quarter of those with chronic infection will develop fatal liver disease.

But the disease can go undetected for several years with no or few symptoms and many people are completely unaware they are infected.

Governments “must immediately redirect resources away from the ‘war on drugs’ and into public health approaches that maximise hepatitis C prevention and care”, the report recommended.


Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is most commonly spread through blood-to-blood contact
  • It is three times more prevalent than HIV among injecting drug users
  • Initially it can cause no or very mild symptoms such as fever, nausea and fatigue
  • In 80% of those infected the infection becomes chronic and the virus remains in the body long-term
  • A quarter of those with chronic infection will develop potentially fatal liver disease
  • Many people do not know they are infected until they get advanced liver disease

“Hepatitis C has to be one of the most grossly miscalculated diseases by governments on the planet,” said commissioner Michel Kazatchkine, who is also the UN secretary-general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“It is a disgrace that barely a handful of countries can actually show significant declines in new infections of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs.”

The report highlighted Scotland’s national Hepatitis C Action Plan as an example of best practice.

Launched in 2006, the strategy has led to a four-to-six-fold increase in the provision of sterile injecting equipment and an increase in the number of people, mainly in drug services and prisons, being tested for the infection.

The provisions put in place, which also include an eight-fold increase in the number of prisoners receiving treatment for hepatitis C, have led to falling rates of infection.

The Commission also highlights the potential for dramatic savings to countries’ health and welfare budgets in the long term from preventing cases of liver disease.

“The war on drugs is a war on common sense,” said commissioner Ruth Dreifuss, who is also the former president of Switzerland.

“Repressive drug policies are ineffective, violate basic human rights, generate violence and expose individuals and communities to unnecessary risks.

“The hepatitis C epidemic, totally preventable and curable, is yet another proof that the drug policy status quo has failed us all miserably.”

The World Hepatitis Alliance said: “It is incomprehensible that hepatitis C, along with hepatitis B, is so consistently ignored.

“If you compare rates of hepatitis C in drug users in countries with good harm reduction and more enlightened drug policies with those in countries without, it is clear that regarding drug use exclusively as a criminal justice issue is a health disaster. Hepatitis C, its prevention, care and treatment must be addressed and must be addressed as the health issue it is.”

A UK government spokesperson said: “This government is committed to breaking the vicious cycle of addiction and drug usage remains at its lowest level since records began.

“The best protection from drugs is not to take them in the first place, but we must ensure good healthcare is available for those who want to treat their addiction – and we are seeing a rise in the numbers of users exiting treatment programmes free of drugs.”

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22705901#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

HIV inner shell structure revealed

HIV
HIV escaping from a white blood cell

Researchers have for the first time unravelled the complex structure of the inner protein shell of HIV.

The US team, reporting in Nature, also worked out exactly how all the components of the shell or ‘capsid’ fit together at the atomic level.

Until now the exact structure had proved elusive because of the capsid’s large size and irregular shape.

The finding opens the way for new types of drugs, the researchers from the University of Pittsburgh said.

It was already known that the capsid, which sits inside the outer membrane of the virus, was a cone-shaped shell made up of protein sub-units in a lattice formation.

But because it is huge, asymmetrical and non-uniform, standard techniques for working out the structure had proved ineffective.

HIV
Computer model of HIV capsid structure

The team used advanced imaging techniques and a supercomputer to calculate how the 1,300 proteins which make up the cone-shaped capsid fit together.

Critical interactions

The process revealed critical interactions between molecules in areas that are necessary for the shell’s assembly and stability.

These potential vulnerabilities in the protective coat of the viral genome could be exploited by scientists designing new drugs to tackle the problem of HIV resistance, the researchers explained.

Study leader Dr Peijun Zhang, associate professor in structural biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said: “The capsid is critically important for HIV replication, so knowing its structure in detail could lead us to new drugs that can treat or prevent the infection.

“The capsid has to remain intact to protect the HIV genome and get it into the human cell, but once inside, it has to come apart to release its content so that the virus can replicate.

“Developing drugs that cause capsid dysfunction by preventing its assembly or disassembly might stop the virus from reproducing.”

She added that the fast mutation rate of HIV made drug resistance a big problem.

“This approach has the potential to be a powerful alternative to our current HIV therapies, which work by targeting certain enzymes.”

Prof Simon Lovell, a structural biologist at the University of Manchester, said not only had the researchers managed to achieve something that was very difficult, they had also found some really interesting results.

“The big problem with HIV is that it evolves so quickly that any drug you use you get drug resistance which is why we use a multi-drug cocktail.

“This is another target, another thing we can go after to develop a new class of drugs to work alongside the existing class.”

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22708437#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

UN anti-cholera plan in Haiti ‘failing’

Cholera victims in Haiti
The epidemic has killed 8,000 people and many thousands have fallen sick

UN efforts to tackle cholera in Haiti are “almost non-existent”, a charity says, as the world body faces court action for inadvertently starting a cholera epidemic in the country.

Late last year, the UN launched a $2.2bn-appeal (£1.5bn) to improve water supplies in Haiti.

But Medecins Sans Frontieres says this has had almost no practical effect.

The UN is accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti’s water with cholera.

The epidemic, which is spread by infected sewage, has killed more than 8,000 people since late 2010.

‘Alarming’ situation

“There have been grand plans – a 10-year $2.2bn project,” Duncan McClean, a senior manager for MSF, told the BBC.

But the UN plan had not been implemented, he added.

“I travel regularly to Haiti; the impact on the ground today is almost non-existent.”

The UN plan to improve drinking water and sewage outlets – which MSF says is unfulfilled – was widely seen as the international body’s attempt to deflect calls by the victims of cholera for financial compensation.

Responding to the MSF charge, the UN told the BBC that “enormous efforts” had been made to support Haiti’s cholera eradication plans. These efforts had resulted in significantly fewer cases and reduced mortality rates.

But the UN also recognised that a shortage of funds meant “resources mobilised to date are clearly insufficient to face a potential peak of cases” in the forthcoming rainy season.

It has called for more resources from member states to tackle the cholera epidemic.

The UN says it has legal immunity from the compensation case.

Lawyers for the cholera victims say that unless talks on compensation begin in the next few weeks, they will take the UN to court in New York.

MSF said the cholera situation in Haiti was currently “extremely alarming”. The rainy season had begun – causing the usual flooding of infected open sewers – while donor countries had reduced aid commitments.

By Mark Doyle BBC International Development Correspondent

BBC –
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22703387#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

兒童顧目睭 必備4大護眼營養素

台灣國小學童近視率高,應從小就補充護眼營養素,避免近視危機。

台灣國小學童近視率高,應從小就補充護眼營養素,避免近視危機。
台灣兒童近視率長久以來一直居高不下,根據國民健康局統計,國小學童就有高達65.8%的人近視,到了大學甚至更有9成以上的人有視力問題。主要是經常接觸電視、電腦等3C產品,加上現在智慧型手機日益普及,連小學生都有可能整天離不開電子產品,而網路遊戲、社群網站的興盛,更是讓兒童小小年紀就近視的原因。兒童視力保健越早開始越好,在平日補充4大必須營養素,就能維護視力健康。

葉黃素、天然海藻DHA 護眼必備

兒童視力保健除了少盯電視、電腦,多補充抗氧化劑營養素也是護眼很重要的方法,天然抗氧化劑包括維生素A、C、E、類胡蘿蔔素及花青素等,其中又以「葉黃素」(Lutein)以及DHA為護眼最佳幫手。美國醫學會期刊JAMA期刊曾指出,每天攝取6毫克葉黃素,可降低罹患老化性黃斑部退化症的風險;且比維他命A與胡蘿蔔素更容易被人體吸收,葉黃素與另一種類胡蘿蔔素玉米黃素(Zeaxanthin)皆是組成視網膜和黃斑部的重要物質。

由於視網膜含有豐富的DHA不飽和脂肪酸,因此葉黃素的抗氧化保護作用可以讓視網膜免於受到脂肪氧化的傷害,目前已知金盞花為含有最多葉黃素的植物,在一般蔬菜中則以甘藍、綠花椰菜、菠菜,水果以奇異果、葡萄、柳橙,富含葉黃素,建議平日可多攝取此類蔬果補充葉黃素。

葉黃素又可分為游離型與酯化型兩種,游離型葉黃素較容易為人體所吸收,臨床實驗也證明可通過胃酸,但必須透過特殊製程保護,否則成分易被外在環境破壞,而酯化型葉黃素還需經消化道酵素移除分子內脂肪酸,才能讓人體吸收利用,因此吸收率較游離型葉黃素來得低。

至於DHA則是構成細胞及細胞膜的主要成份之一,但人類無法自行合成,必須從飲食中獲得,對於大腦發育、視力維護都是不可或缺的營養素,從食物中攝取又可分為植物海藻DHA與動物DHA兩種,而植物海藻DHA的吸收率勝於動物DHA約4倍左右,更是天然的護眼營養品。

山桑子、小米草 眼睛的維他命

山桑子又稱歐洲藍莓,其中豐富的花青素具有保護微血管的作用,且眼睛正是所有器官中微血管最細、密度也最高的地方,醫學研究證實,山桑子可加速視紫質(Rhodopsin)重生能力,還可提升視覺敏銳度、增加眼部血液循環,對於像壞血病、泌尿系統感染、靜脈曲張、長期糖尿病患者的血管病變,也都能修復。

小米草英文就稱作「EyeBright」,直接就取「眼睛明亮」之意,在西方自古以來就被指定為護眼補品,富含維他命A、B群、C、D,以及鐵、矽、微量碘等元素,有「眼睛的維他命」之稱,眼睛疲勞痠痛,或是過敏感冒引起的眼部不適,都可幫助改善。

盯螢幕限制時間 避免雙眼使用過度

除了從吃的方面保護眼睛之外,由於小孩子常常一看電腦或是電視就是幾個小時都不休息,對於眼睛還正在發育的兒童來說影響很大,因此平常就應該規定每天只能看1至2小時的電視或電腦,讀書也該定時閉目休息一陣子,從小養成良好護眼習慣,才能保護好雙眼,不當四眼田雞!

【華人健康網 記者羅詩樺/台北報導】

http://www.top1health.com/Article/244/13537

 

太極拳防眩暈 4要訣防天旋地轉

長期鍛鍊太極拳確實可以改善動脈動脈硬化及肌力退化的現象,中老年人應養成運動習慣,預防眩暈症狀出現。

長期鍛鍊太極拳確實可以改善動脈動脈硬化及肌力退化的現象,中老年人應養成運動習慣,預防眩暈症狀出現。
台灣進入高齡化社會,老年人眩暈問題,在門診中經常可見。醫師指出,造成眩暈的原因很多,年長者除應定期接受專科醫師檢查,及藥物諮商外,並應調整生活型態,包括多練習太極拳,預防肌力退化。

成大附設醫院李威霆主治醫師表示,引起頭暈症的原因很多,門診發現,國內每5個老人中,就有1人有經常性眩暈情況,而「天旋地轉」更時常抱怨的症狀之一;一般來說,眩暈可以分為中樞性眩暈和周邊性眩暈2種。中樞性眩暈就是站不穩、走路會搖晃無法平衡的感覺;周邊性眩暈則是天旋地轉或地面劇烈搖晃的感覺。

臨床上,眩暈其實是一個症狀,背後的診斷相當多,須找出確切的原因才能對症下藥。一旦診斷良性陣發姿勢性眩暈,可以在診間簡單使用耳石復位術,很快的達到治療與緩解眩暈的效果,甚至不一定要服藥。

太極拳改善眩暈

李威霆醫師指出,老人家長期頭暈的成因,和身體前庭、視力、本體感覺、肌力同時退化有關,這類型的眩暈可以藉由前庭功能復健來獲得改善,並可以鼓勵年長者適度活動增加肌力來做平衡復健。

臨床證實,長期鍛鍊太極拳確實可以改善動脈動脈硬化及肌力退化的現象,中老年人應養成運動習慣,並持之以恆長期鍛鍊,太極拳很適合在社區推廣,做為中老年人天天練習的健身運動,預防眩暈症狀出現。

【預防眩暈4要訣】:

1.找出病因:在未找出病因前,不能隨意購藥服用,以免貽誤病情;在應用藥物治療的同時,要採取正確的康復保健措施,這樣有利於緩解眩暈症狀,防止眩暈症復發。

2.居家安全:家中若有眩暈困擾的長輩,需要格外提防跌倒的風險,藥物上需避免引起姿態性低血壓,配戴眼鏡矯正視力、改善安全的居家環境、裝設夜燈及扶手、使用拐杖或助行器等等,以避免老人跌倒後可能引起更多嚴重的併發症。

3.飲食注意:避免食用含有高鹽或高糖成份的食品,食物內若含高鹽與高糖,會導致內耳液壓力變動,而加重症狀。食品宜以含新鮮水果、蔬菜、全麥等為目標,少食用罐頭食品,或冷凍、加工食品等。

4.多攝取水:避免含有咖啡因的液體與食品,咖啡因有刺激效果,會加重症狀。同時要限制飲用酒精量,因為酒精會直接影響內耳,改變內耳液體體積與濃度,而加重眩暈症狀;平日應多補充水分,防止水分嚴重缺乏造成眩暈。

【華人健康網 記者張世傑/台北報導】

http://www.top1health.com/Article/31/13557

讓秀髮烏黑亮麗 按5穴道就對了

多按壓此5個穴位,有助於氣血暢通、維持烏黑秀髮。

多按壓此5個穴位,有助於氣血暢通、維持烏黑秀髮。
頭髮對許多人來說就是第二生命,深怕髮質損傷或是變得乾枯等,而髮質的好壞其實也與身體健康息息相關,從中醫理論上來看,頭髮與肝、腎、脾經有關,因此如能通此三經,就能疏通經絡、讓氣血順暢運行,有益頭髮長的烏黑亮麗。

1.百會穴

百會穴(攝影/黃志文)

百會穴(攝影/黃志文)

位於頭頂正中間,是人體經脈中很重要的穴道,按壓此穴道可消除壓力、清除風熱;當人壓力大時會刺激交感神經作用、血管收縮造成血液循環障礙就會釀成掉髮問題,按壓此穴位可以放鬆神經,舒緩壓力型掉髮問題。

2.肩井穴

位於頸部、肩膀末端正中央,按壓此部位如果會感到疼痛、僵硬,就表示頭部血液循環不良,頭皮緊繃,按壓此穴也能幫助頭部放鬆、紓緩頭痛、頭暈現象。

風池、肩井穴。

風池、肩井穴。

3.風池穴

位於頭後方髮際上凹陷處,有習慣性頭痛的人按壓此穴可疏通頭部經絡、鎮靜神經作用,除了幫助頭部血液循環、醒腦開竅,有可以治療眼睛相關疾病,例如眼睛乾澀、模糊等。

4. 太沖穴

太沖穴(攝影/黃志文)

太沖穴(攝影/黃志文)

太沖穴位於腳大拇指與第二指中間,大約就是夾腳拖交界處位置,此穴位可幫助肝經脈絡運行、清除肝火,改善頭皮新陳代謝,有效幫助毛髮生長及烏黑潤澤;也可以定期以熱水泡腳,邊按壓此穴位。

5.太溪穴

太溪穴

太溪穴

內側腳踝與腱間的凹陷處,為腎經上的穴道,因此能補腎益精、促進血液循環,頭痛目眩者也可以按壓此穴位,緩解頭痛;也能幫助消水腫、美化小腿曲線。

【華人健康網 記者羅詩樺/台北報導】

http://www.top1health.com/Article/248/13560

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