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Quit Snoring: Get a gentle, virtual, helping hand to stop your snoring | App Saga

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Let’s be honest: some of us, if not all of us, snore from time to time. And if you ever share your bed with another person, chances are you’ve heard them mention that your snoring was keeping them awake. If you’re one of those people, and you probably are, then you should check out today’s app, Quit Snoring.

Simply put, Quit Snoring is exactly the kind of app it sounds like: an app to help you quit snoring. Let the app run on your phone throughout the night, and in the morning it will give you a detailed analysis on how you slept. Throughout the night, if you start snoring, the app will give you a gentle “nudge” of sound or vibrations to alert you and stop the snoring. In the morning, that detailed analysis will show you how you slept, how often it had to wake you up, and more. It’s a great companion app to have for helping you stop your snoring, and get better sleep, along with improving the sleep of your partner. If you’re at all concerned about your snoring, then you should check out Quit Snoring and get some virtual help with the problem.

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via Quit Snoring: Get a gentle, virtual, helping hand to stop your snoring | App Saga.

Slow-Cooked Salmon, Chickpeas, and Greens

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INGREDIENTS

SALMON

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more

1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed

½ teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

1 bunch small mustard greens, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon honey

4 6-oz. skinless salmon fillets

VINAIGRETTE AND ASSEMBLY

½ small shallot, very finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ teaspoon honey

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, patted dry

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 700 Fat (g) 49 Saturated Fat (g) 7 Cholesterol (mg) 105 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 6 Protein (g) 46 Sodium (mg) 810

PREPARATION

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SALMON

Preheat oven to 250°. Brush a large baking dish with oil. Combine chickpeas, cumin, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Mash about half of chickpeas with a fork; season with salt and pepper. Transfer chickpea mixture to prepared dish.

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mustard greens and cook, tossing, until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Add honey and ¼ cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until greens are completely wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to dish with chickpea mixture.

Season salmon with salt and pepper; arrange over greens and chickpea mixture and drizzle with oil. Bake until salmon is opaque in the center, 30–35 minutes.

VINAIGRETTE AND ASSEMBLY

Whisk shallot, lemon juice, mustard, and honey in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook capers until opened and crisp, about 30 seconds; drain on paper towels.

Drizzle salmon with vinaigrette and top with capers.

via Slow-Cooked Salmon, Chickpeas, and Greens – Bon Appétit.

C-section birth ‘link to later obesity’

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People born by Caesarean section are more likely to be obese later in life than those born naturally, a large analysis suggests.

The analysis of 38,000 births, published in the journal PLoS One, showed the odds of being obese were 22% higher.

The UK researchers say it is important women are informed about the long-term consequences of Caesarean section.

But experts said it was unclear what was really going on.

The study showed that for every 100 vaginal births, 60 adults would go on to be overweight or obese. But out of every 100 born by Caesarean section, there would be 65.

On average, being born by C-section added half a point to a person’s body mass index (BMI).

One of the researchers, Dr Matthew Hyde from Imperial College London, told the BBC: “It is an increase of five in 100, which is a significant concern.

“It is only a half unit increase in BMI, but if you have that increase across a population you’ll see a large increase in weight and the well publicised side-effects.”

He said advice around childbirth was tailored to the immediate consequences for baby and mother, but long-term issues needed to be raised as well.


We need to understand the long-term outcomes in order to provide the best advice to women who are considering Caesarean delivery”

Prof Neena ModiImperial College London

Previous research has hinted that other conditions, such as asthma, may be more likely after Caesarean birth.

Why so big?

There are two main theories about how vaginal birth could protect against obesity:

  • the stress of a natural birth may alter the activity of genes in the baby
  • a vaginal birth exposes the baby to bacteria that colonise the gut, so differences in gut bacteria could in the future affect weight

However, the study cannot prove that C-section makes people fatter as other factors could be at work.

This could include obese women, who are more likely to have obese offspring, being more likely to need a Caesarean.

Either way, researcher Prof Neena Modi said: “There are good reasons why C-section may be the best option for many mothers and their babies, and C-sections can on occasion be life-saving.

“However, we need to understand the long-term outcomes in order to provide the best advice to women who are considering Caesarean delivery.”

Commenting on the study, Patrick O’Brien, a consultant obstetrician and a spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told the BBC: “It is important and interesting to flag up this association, but it is important to realise that it is hard to know for sure if it is the Caesarean section that led to this or whether something else was the cause.”

He said it was important to be fair to women when advising them about the pros and cons of different methods of delivery, and that the theoretical long-term outcomes from vaginal birth would need to be discussed equally.

via BBC News – C-section birth ‘link to later obesity’.

Child health problems ‘linked to father’s age’

Older dad and son

A wide range of disorders and problems in school-age children have been linked to delayed fatherhood in a major study involving millions of people.

Increased rates of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems were all reported.

The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, suggests mutated sperm were to blame.

However, experts say the benefits older dads bring may outweigh any problems.

The investigation by Indiana University, in the US, and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute has been described as the largest and one of the best designed studies on the issue.

The researchers looked at 2.6 million people and at the difference between siblings born to the same father as it accounts for differences in upbringing between families.

Comparing children of a 45-year-old dad to those of a 24-year-old father it indicated:


“I would make the point very strongly that men should not decide on whether or when to have children on a single study, or cumulative studies”

Dr James MacCabeInstitute of Psychiatry

  • autism was more than three times as likely
  • a 13-fold increased risk of ADHD
  • double the risk of a psychotic disorder
  • 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder
  • 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal behaviour or problems with drugs
  • lower scores at school

There was no starting point after which the risk started to increase, rather any increase in age had an associated increase in risk.

However, the overall risk is likely to remain low. Even if a the risk of a rare disorder is doubled, it is still very unlikely to affect a child.

The problem is small increases in risk scaled up over millions of people having children later can lead to an increased incidence of such disorders.

One of the researchers, Dr Brian D’Onofrio, said he was shocked by the findings, which suggested a higher risk than previously estimated.

He told the BBC: “The implications of the study is that delaying childbearing is also associated with increased risk for psychiatric and academic problems in the offspring.

“The study adds to a growing body of research, that suggests families, doctors, and society as a whole must consider both the pros and cons of delaying childbearing.”

Faulty sperm

Sperm are produced constantly throughout a man’s lifetime. As the sperm-making mechanism ages, so too do the number of errors – older sperm have more mutations which may be damaging.

Dr James MacCabe, senior lecturer in psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry: “I would make the point very strongly that men should not decide on whether or when to have children on a single study, or cumulative studies.”

He said the risks were low and that even a doubling or trebling of risk would still affect a small proportion of people.

“Having said that, with the demographic change we have seen in the last decade, on a population level this is a concern and we might expect higher rates of psychoses now and in the future.”

He added that older dads bring many advantages such as more stable relationships and higher income, which “probably outweigh” any risks.

via BBC News – Child health problems ‘linked to father’s age’.

Women have more obesity treatment

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More than twice the number of women than men needed hospital treatment because of their waistline, figures for England show.

Health and Social Care Information Centre data showed 8,740 admissions in women and 2,990 admissions in men listed obesity as the primary reason.

Weight loss operations – known as bariatric surgery – accounted for the majority of these 2012-13 admissions.

There was a 7% decrease in admissions on the previous financial year.

They went from 11,740 in 2011-12 to 10,960 in 2012-13.

Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, told the BBC: “On the face of it, it looks terrific.

“But I am concerned that this fall is because of the number of obesity operations being refused because of a lack of funds.

“The barrier for treatment is going up and people are being denied the treatment they deserve.”

The latest figures still mark a huge increase on a decade ago when there were only 1,280 admissions in 2002-03.

Around one in four adults in the UK are classed as obese.

The difference in hospital admissions between men and women is thought to be down to differing attitudes to health.

Alan Perkins, the head of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, said: “Obesity has been a public health issue for many years and can increase the risk of disease and long-term illness.

“The past 10 years of data show hospitals have dealt with considerably more women for obesity than men and it will be interesting to see if this pattern changes in coming years.”

via BBC News – Women have more obesity treatment.

Three-person baby details announced

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How the creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people will be regulated in the UK has been announced.

The draft rules will be reviewed as part of a public consultation and could come into force by the end of 2014.

Doctors say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal diseases that are passed from mother to child.

Opponents say it is unethical and could set the UK on a “slippery slope” to designer babies.

Using the parents’ sperm and eggs plus an additional egg from a donor woman should prevent mitochondrial disease.

Mitochondria are the tiny, biological “power stations” that provide energy to nearly every cell of the body.

One in every 6,500 babies has severe mitochondrial disease leaving them lacking energy, resulting in muscle weakness, blindness, heart failure and even death.

As mitochondria are passed down from mother to child, using an extra egg from a donor woman could give the child healthy mitochondria.

However, it would also result in babies having DNA from two parents and a tiny amount from the donor as mitochondria have their own DNA.

Scientists have devised two techniques that allow them to take the genetic information from the mother and place it into the egg of a donor with healthy mitochondria.

 

Method one: Embryo repair
1) Two eggs are fertilised with sperm, creating an embryo from the intended parents and another from the donors 2) The pronuclei, which contain genetic information, are removed from both embryos but only the parents’ is kept 3) A healthy embryo is created by adding the parents’ pronuclei to the donor embryo, which is finally implanted into the womb


Method two: Egg repair
1) Eggs from a mother with damaged mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected 2) The nucleus, containing the majority of the genetic material, is removed from both eggs 3) The mother’s nucleus is inserted into the donor egg, which can then be fertilised by sperm.
The Department of Health has already backed the technique and says this consultation is not about whether it should be allowed, but how it is implemented.

The woman who lost all her children

Sharon Bernardi and her son Edward, who died last year aged 21

Every time Sharon Bernardi became pregnant, she hoped for a healthy child.

But all seven of her children died from a rare genetic disease that affects the central nervous system – three of them just hours after birth.

When her fourth child, Edward, was born, doctors discovered the disease was caused by a defect in Sharon’s mitochondria.

Edward was given drugs and blood transfusions to prevent the lactic acidosis (a kind of blood poisoning) that had killed his siblings.

Five weeks later Sharon and her husband, Neil, were allowed to take Edward to their home in Sunderland for Christmas – but his health slowly began to deteriorate.

Edward survived into adulthood, dying in 2011 at the age of 21.

Now Sharon is supporting medical research that would allow defective mitochondria to be replaced by DNA from another woman.

Sharon’s full story

The regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, will have to decide in each cases that there is a “significant risk” of disability or serious illness.

It is anticipated that only the most severely affected women – perhaps 10 cases per year – would go ahead.

The regulations suggest treating the donor woman in the same manner as an organ donor.

Any resulting children will not be able to discover the identity of the donor, which is the case with other sperm and egg donors.

Prof Doug Turnbull, who has pioneered research in mitochondrial donation at Newcastle University, said: “I am delighted that the government has published the draft regulations.

“This is very good news for patients with mitochondrial DNA disease and an important step in the prevention of transmission of serious mitochondrial disease.”

The chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: “Allowing mitochondrial donation would give women who carry severe mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have children without passing on devastating genetic disorders.

“It would also keep the UK at the forefront of scientific development in this area.

“I want to encourage contributions to this consultation so that we have as many views as possible before introducing our final regulations.”

Dr David King, the director of Human Genetics Alert, said this was a decision of “major historical significance” which had not been debated adequately.

“If passed, this will be the first time any government has legalised inheritable human genome modification, something that is banned in all other European countries.

“The techniques have not passed the necessary safety tests so it is unnecessary and premature to rush ahead with legalisation.

“The techniques are unethical according to basic medical ethics, since their only advantage over standard and safe egg donation is that the mother is genetically related to her child.

“This cannot justify the unknown risks to the child or the social consequences of allowing human genome modification.”

via BBC News – Three-person baby details announced.

小心斷腳筋!減重+泡溫水舒緩足踝

足球金童貝克漢阿基里斯腱斷裂,引起全球注目,但阿基里斯腱斷裂可不是球員專利。醫師指出,「斷腳筋」其實就是「阿基里斯腱斷裂」,患者以男性居多,主要以過度運動,和暖身不夠所致。預防上,除控制體重外,運動前可多做弓箭步伸展,或是泡溫水舒緩足踝,以保護「腳筋」避免斷裂。(影音/攝影記者張世傑)

足踝常泡溫水,有助於防止筋腳斷裂。
足踝常泡溫水,有助於防止筋腳斷裂。

 

台北慈濟醫院骨科王禎麒醫師指出,阿基里斯腱俗稱「腳筋」,是人體最大的肌腱,位於下肢後踝區域,連接小腿肚的肌肉,附著在跟骨的後側上緣,總長約15公分,又稱為「跟腱」。

當它收縮時腳部便可以向下,走路或跑跳時,都會使用到阿基里斯腱,若斷裂會導致患者在行走時無法將後腳跟提起,走路也會不穩定。特別是平常不運動,或運動前暖身不夠、突然過度用力,就可能讓腳筋「波」一聲,應聲而斷。

腳筋斷裂 異體肌腱移植

禎麒醫師(如圖)指出,阿基里斯腱俗稱「腳筋」,是人體足踝最大的肌腱。(攝影/張世傑)
禎麒醫師(如圖)指出,阿基里斯腱俗稱「腳筋」,是人體足踝最大的肌腱。(攝影/張世傑)

去年新北市1名陳先生,在住家頂樓清理水錶時不小心滑倒割傷右小腿,造成大量出血及腳筋斷裂,在北部某醫院開刀治療不見好轉,傷口嚴重感染化膿,轉到台北慈濟醫院治療。經由骨科醫師以「異體肌腱移植」方式重建阿基里斯腱,搭配整形外科的轉位皮瓣重建手術,陳先生術後3個月復原情況相當良好,透過定期復健,已能用拐杖慢慢行走。

台北慈濟醫院骨科運用「異體肌腱移植」方式,讓患者免於斷腳筋。(攝影/張世傑)

台北慈濟醫院骨科運用「異體肌腱移植」方式,讓患者免於斷腳筋。(攝影/張世傑)

 

捐贈肌腱 大愛留在人間

王禎麒醫師強調,像陳先生這種開放性的傷口很容易感染化膿,需要經過多次清創才能進行手術;此外,有些醫院會以病人身上其他較小的肌腱來連接,腳部功能恐怕無法恢復得很好。但醫療團隊運用台北慈院特有的「異體肌腱移植」方式,也就是用器官捐贈者的阿基里斯腱來進行移植手術,以特殊的縫法,將兩側斷端與一塊帶有跟骨的阿基里斯腱固定,使肌腱重新連接。

整形外科再以「轉位皮瓣重建手術」,取用陳先生右小腿的肉,覆蓋在移植好的阿基里斯腱上面,待傷口慢慢癒合後,順利展開復健之路,重建了陳先生斷裂的腳筋和缺損的肌肉,恢復腳部功能。

【防斷腳筋 6個小撇步】:

1.習慣:維持規律運動習慣,勿突然大量運動,要循序漸進。

2.體重:維持正常體重,避免增加足踝骨骼肌肉負擔。

3.熱身:動前至少要暖身10至15分鐘;運動後,做10分鐘的緩和運動。

4.放鬆:可多做弓箭步的伸展運動,或泡溫水,讓肌腱放鬆。

5.舒適:運動鞋的舒適選擇很重要,有助於避免運動傷害。

6.就醫:若聽到腳後跟有「啵」的聲響,合併疼痛感、無力感,應盡速就醫檢查。

via 小心斷腳筋!減重+泡溫水舒緩足踝 | 20140226 | 華人健康網.

寶寶飲食地雷 1歲前少碰3類食物

寶寶一歲前腸胃還很脆弱,從6個月後副食品的選擇也要多加注意。
寶寶一歲前腸胃還很脆弱,從6個月後副食品的選擇也要多加注意。

 

剛誕生的小baby就像天使一樣可愛,但是這樣脆弱的小生命,需要爸媽的百般呵護與細心照料,才能安全長大,根據美國兒科學會(APP)建議,嬰兒出生6個月內哺餵母乳,是最好的方式,而過了6個月之後,漸漸可以開始食用其他東西,這時爸媽也會開始頭痛,究竟哪一些食物寶寶可以吃,哪一些又是不能碰的地雷呢?

根據美國兒科學會給予的建議,嬰兒最好自4~6個月大起,再開始食用副食品。因為此時消化系統的發育已有基本能力,家長可以準備流質、糊狀至泥狀的食品餵食。不但可以補充額外營養,還能訓練寶寶吞嚥和咀嚼的能力。

不過,雖然可以開始進食其他東西,仍要注意要以「全熟」的食物為主,特別是肉類、肝臟、魚、蛋或海鮮等食物,才能避免一不小心讓寶寶感染到細菌,造成拉肚子的症狀。

一歲前寶寶最好還是以母乳或配方奶為主,鮮奶含有大量腸胃尚無法吸收的酪蛋白大分子。

一歲前寶寶最好還是以母乳或配方奶為主,鮮奶含有大量腸胃尚無法吸收的酪蛋白大分子。

 

【1歲前寶寶 三大常見飲食地雷】

1.想讓小寶寶喝最營養的鮮奶?反而易消化不良

1歲前的小孩儘量別飲用鮮奶。美國小兒科健康兒童網站指出,鮮奶中含有多種礦物質及蛋白質,像是結構較大的酪蛋白分子,但1歲前的寶寶腸胃功能還無法完全分解、吸收,且腸道分泌的乳糖酵素仍不足以分解乳糖,恐怕反而容易造成疾病或產生不適症狀。美國兒科學會建議家長,也別給小嬰兒飲用果汁,其中含有高量糖份,對於寶寶的腸胃吸收也會造成影響。

2.蜂蜜營養高又甜甜的,寶寶最愛?小心病菌感染

蜂蜜、玉米糖漿不建議讓1歲以下小孩食用。蜂蜜在製造過程中為了避免營養成份遭到破壞,因此沒有經過高溫殺菌消毒的程序,有可能存有肉毒桿菌感染的危機,而1歲以下的寶寶免疫系統及腸道菌叢都未發育齊全,感染風險更高。不過1歲之後的寶寶,倒是可以讓他們吃點蜂蜜,因為蜂蜜富含許多天然微量元素,還能幫助寶寶排軟便,避免便祕危機。

3.花生醬寶寶應該也可以吃?恐有過敏危機

小嬰兒最好避免食用花生醬。家中有過敏家族病史,要小心孩子可能也會有同樣的過敏原。在食物的方面,花生就是一大過敏因子,且堅硬的花生乾果類,小孩子本就不易入口,加上花生本身含有花生油酸,會促進人體易發炎的症狀,因此小嬰兒最好避免食用這類堅硬又有過敏因子的食物。

via 寶寶飲食地雷 1歲前少碰3類食物 | 20140227 | 華人健康網.

拔牙傷口久不癒 恐是齒齦癌找上身

每個人都有過拔牙的經驗,但牙醫師提醒若拔牙傷口久久難以癒合且疼痛,可能是非典型齒齦癌的早期症狀。

每個人都有過拔牙的經驗,但牙醫師提醒若拔牙傷口久久難以癒合且疼痛,可能是非典型齒齦癌的早期症狀。

 

 拔牙經驗人人有,通常忍耐個幾天,傷口就會癒合、不再疼痛,但有一名60歲男性患者,因牙周病拔牙,傷口卻持續疼痛一個月且無法充分癒合,影響食慾和生活品質,到醫院做詳細檢查發現牙齦上有異常黏膜腫塊,經過切片化驗後確定罹患「非典型齒齦癌」。

初期症狀不明顯 齒齦癌易誤認牙周病

台中榮民總醫院口腔醫學部主治醫師程稚盛表示,在台灣每10位罹患口腔癌的病患中,就有1位惡性腫瘤生長在齒齦部位,僅次於頰黏膜癌和舌癌。而牙齦部位的結構特殊,早期的齒齦癌經常表現為牙痛、牙齦紅腫、牙齒動搖及齒槽骨破壞等,症狀與一般牙周病類似,常被錯誤診斷。

對口腔癌病患而言,如何早期確診口腔病變和發現病灶是治療成功的決定因素之一,但臨床醫師常因一些非典型症狀,難以適時發現惡性的黏膜變化。而「拔牙後傷口癒合不良」就是「非典型齒齦癌」的初期表徵,難以和牙周病作鑑別,經常需等到患者拔牙後出現傷口久不癒合,且腫瘤從傷口處生成時,才警覺為口腔癌。

齒齦癌的牙痛、牙齦紅腫、牙齒動搖及齒槽骨破壞等症狀,與牙周病類似,臨床難以鑑別。

齒齦癌的牙痛、牙齦紅腫、牙齒動搖及齒槽骨破壞等症狀,與牙周病類似,臨床難以鑑別。

 

統計:1/3齒齦癌從拔牙傷口處生成

根據台中榮民總醫院口腔醫學部近15年的統計資料,約三分之一的齒齦癌患者表示口腔腫瘤皆從拔牙傷口處生成,且這類患者呈現高比例的骨質破壞。

程稚盛牙醫師提醒,民眾若警覺拔牙後傷口久久難以癒合、拔牙後齒槽骨持續疼痛或麻木、有異常腫塊自拔牙傷口處生成時,非常有可能罹患「非典型齒齦癌」,應及時就醫,尋求專科的協助,接受適當的治療,以免耽誤病情。

【小辭典/齒齦癌】

齒齦癌屬於口腔癌種類的一種,80%病灶位置來自於下牙齦,60%來自於臼齒區,病因與口腔衛生不良、齲齒、長期潰瘍、感染和不潔物的刺激有關,若出現牙齦局部紅腫、搔癢、碰觸性出血,甚至牙齒鬆動、上或下頜骨疼痛,一定要有所警惕。齒齦癌經口腔X光片與電腦斷層檢查,可以辨別腫瘤是否侵犯至下頷骨,中晚期發生淋巴轉移的機會為15至20%。治療應視腫瘤的大小、位置、生長型態與頸部淋巴結狀態,採行合適的治療。

via 拔牙傷口久不癒 恐是齒齦癌找上身 | 20140227 | 華人健康網.

中醫助好眠!首選紅棗酸棗仁安眠飲

紅棗能補中益氣、鎮靜安神,能緩解失眠種狀。(圖片/華人健康網資料)

紅棗能補中益氣、鎮靜安神,能緩解失眠種狀。(圖片華人健康網資料)

 在台灣有1/4人口飽受失眠困擾,不僅影響生活品質,更會增加慢性病和癌症疾病的風險。臨床發現,中醫有許多放鬆入眠的好方法,不一定要藉助西藥幫助入睡,在家按摩「三陰交」等穴位,或是服用紅棗酸棗仁安眠飲,都是不錯的方法。

中醫師吳明珠指出,失眠是中醫門診常見的疾病之一,青年學子、更年期婦女或老年人等各個年齡層都可能會出現。臨床證實,長期的失眠,會造成脾氣暴躁、白天疲倦、頭痛頭暈、胸悶心悸、注意力無法集中,對於工作品質及人際關係都是一大危害。

臨床觀察並發現,現代人常因工作等因素,時常熬夜或日夜顛倒,生理時鐘亂了調,或是老人家生理機能退化,都很容易造成失眠,因此推薦患者及親朋好友,透過藥膳茶飲,幫助調理體質,遠離失眠。

【紅棗酸棗仁安眠飲】:

1.作法:準備3錢的酸棗仁、茯苓、枸杞,加上1錢的甘草與3至5枚的紅棗,以1000.CC的水煮成700.CC,當作日常茶飲飲用即可。

2.禁忌:有胃食道逆流症狀的患者睡前不適合喝。

3.功效:紅棗能補中益氣、鎮靜安神,酸棗仁有補肝腎、養血的功效,茯苓能健脾、安神,枸杞也可以滋腎,調和藥物、矯正性味。

4.叮嚀:喝紅棗酸棗仁茶主要能調理體質、助眠,但是要有良好的睡眠品質,生活習慣還是要保持規律、避免熬夜。

三陰交是肝經、脾經、腎經三條足部陰經的交會穴,能改善失眠多夢症狀。(圖片/華人健康網資料)

三陰交是肝經、脾經、腎經三條足部陰經的交會穴,能改善失眠多夢症狀。(圖片/華人健康網資料)

 

中醫師吳明珠指出,不論是何種證型,失眠主要都是心、脾、腎三臟虛損所引起,在中醫處方上,皆以養心安神為主,可取心經原穴神門或耳神門來調理心氣、寧心安神,或選用三陰交穴來協調肝、脾、腎的氣機。其次,再依據病情不同作詳細的辨證用藥,臨床大都能達到滿意的療效。

◎穴道按摩◎:

每天早晚各按摩穴道30次,每次1分鐘。如遇失眠時,可自行在家按壓的穴道如下:

1.【三陰交穴】:緩解失眠多夢。**

  • 位置:在足內踝上3寸(約四指幅寬度) ,小腿脛骨內側後方凹陷處。
  • 功效:三陰交是肝經、脾經、腎經三條足部陰經的交會穴,可以促進血液及淋巴循環,有調和氣血的作用,還能調理更年期失調,改善失眠多夢症狀。

2.【耳神門穴】:平息焦慮助好眠。

  • 位置:穴位位在耳朵上方三角窩的地方。
  • 功效:可安定神經、促進血液循環,可起到寧心安神的作用,改善失眠焦慮症狀。

《抗失眠 4小撇步》

1.生活:晚餐後禁止喝茶、咖啡、可樂,或含有巧克力的飲料。

2.作息:避免日夜顛倒或作息不正常。

3.睡前:避免吃甜食、油膩食物或寒冷的瓜果,像西瓜、哈密瓜、木瓜等,恐引起腹痛、腹脹而失眠。

4.運動:保持運動的習慣或靜坐,都能安定神經,增強免疫能力。

via 中醫助好眠!首選紅棗酸棗仁安眠飲 | 20140227 | 華人健康網.

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