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´╗┐For people who are suffering from insomnia, there is nothing so important as finding a good insomnia treatment. After all, the persistent inability to sleep, the constant fatigue, and the frustration of failing to get any rest night after night takes its toll. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for people who suffer from insomnia, and an effective insomnia treatment can be found by those who need one.

The first thing to do when looking for an insomnia treatment is to look at insomnia prevention. Eliminating caffeine in the evening hours, exercising in the early evening, avoiding television and the internet near bed time, and getting to bed early are all excellent ways to prevent insomnia before it starts. And prevention is the best way to start treatment.

Probably the best-known insomnia treatment is the classic glass of warm milk. For as long as anyone can remember, when somebody has trouble falling asleep, someone has recommended a nice glass of warm milk. The reasons for its effectiveness are still not entirely understood, but warm milk does help people fall asleep. Though it will not necessarily help someone who is suffering from chronic insomnia, it will help people who just need a little something that will help them relax enough to get to sleep.

When the insomnia is a little more stubborn, stronger methods may be necessary. There are several herbal insomnia treatments available and they can be very effective assistants when someone is having trouble falling asleep. The most common herbal treatments include ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, or valerian and they can be very effective when sleep will not come otherwise.

Another option for people who need help falling asleep is melatonin, a naturally-occurring hormone. This hormone is vital in regulating human sleep cycles and, when taken in pill form, it can help people get their insomnia under control and fall asleep when they need to fall asleep. And because it is a naturally occurring hormone in mammals, it is not as hazardous as some of the stronger insomnia treatments.

Unfortunately, some people do not respond to any of these methods and need a stronger insomnia treatment. Which means, of course, sleeping pills. Admittedly, sleeping pills are very effective. However, they also carry a risk of dependency and even addiction and should, therefore, be used sparingly. But, for people who are suffering from extreme, chronic insomnia, there is sometimes no other choice and sleeping pills are needed to finally get a good night's sleep. While it is not a method that should be taken lightly, serious insomnia sometimes require serious measures and sleeping pills are an extremely effective insomnia treatment.

Insomnia treatment is vital for people who want to start getting a good night's sleep again. And there are several treatment options available for people who are suffering from an inability to sleep, ranging from simple methods of prevention to the use of sleeping pills. But the best method is one created by sitting down with a doctor and putting together an insomnia treatment plan that tailor made for the person who is struggling with sleep.


´╗┐Natural therapeutics is as old as mankind itself, conveying itself in many ancient religions and cultures. Recently it has been combined with the knowledge of modern medicine and has gained new strength and validity. Ancient beliefs and practices have been studied alongside modern medicine to give way to alternative sources of therapy and healing. Natural therapeutics seeks to prevent and treat illnesses and disease through a combination of practices in the areas of nutrition, massage therapy, homeopathic and herbal medicine and mental balance.

Natural therapeutics is based on fundamental natural laws as well as modern drugless healing methods. The theories part from the idea that illness and diseases are caused by morbid and pathogenic material in the body. Different germs and bacteria feed upon specific types of pathogenic material, which accumulates due to the types of food, drink and toxins we incorporate into the body. When these pathogenic materials build up in the body's tissues, they obstruct the capillary circulation, which interferes with the nutrition and drainage of the cells. This means that the cells both starve to death and cannot purify themselves of their own excretions. That is why the first step to natural therapeutics and also the best method of prevention, is a cleansing of the system, thereby detoxifying the body. This can be done through diet and exercise, which harmonize mental and emotional discord. Therefore the solution to sickness and disease, according to Natural Therapeutics, is not treatment through chemicals and drugs, but to purify and rid the body of the material on which the germs and bacteria feed.

Diet and exercise are very important in not only detoxifying the body, but also in maintaining health and preventing disease. According to natural therapeutics, a healthy diet means obtaining the following ratio of daily calories: 70% from complex carbohydrates, 20% from fats and 10% from protein. Complex carbohydrates are unrefined and unprocessed foods, for example whole oats, wheat, rye, rice, barley, fresh fruit, all fresh vegetables, whole white potatoes and yams. Very little meat should be eaten, as it can lead to allergies, cancer, osteoporosis, and depletion of certain nutrients like calcium. Fasting, one of the most ancient healing strategies, can also be used as a method of treatment as it triggers the body's natural cleansing mechanisms. It eliminates accumulated waste and gives the organs a rest. In natural therapeutics, dieting is the keystone of a healthy body and can be used to both heal and prevent disease.

Other practices utilized in natural therapeutics have the ability to heal certain ailments through human touch. These practices include acupuncture, shiatsu and therapeutic massages. Acupuncture is an oriental practice that involves applying pressure at certain strategic points on a person's body to release the flow of chi, or energy. Similarly, in Shiatsu the physician applies pressure to points on the patient's body that affects the flow of the chi. There are two main types of shiatsu: Eastern and Western Shiatsu. Eastern Shiatsu, influenced by principle of Chinese medicine, focuses on the free circulation of the chi throughout the body and mind. Western Shiatsu intends to normalize the nervous system and release the accumulated stress from the body. Therapeutic massage is slightly different, and there are many types of massage. In general the massages aim to relax and tonify the musculature and increase the blood flow throughout the body. This will help bring nutrients to the cells as well as remove certain toxins that have accumulated in injured parts. These practices are very important in the healing process of many illnesses and injuries.

Hydrotherapy is also an age-old natural therapeutic practice involving the use of hot and cold water in order to increase the body's blood circulation. Hydrotherapy is based on the principle that proper circulation to internal organs and tissues is a necessity for pain relief, optimal metabolic function, repair of damaged or infected tissue and for general well being. It is a simple practice that has incredible effects on certain injuries.

Homeopathy and herbal medicines are used in natural therapeutics as an alternative to chemical and synthetic medicines, which are considered to be toxins. It is widely known that plants and herbs have medicinal properties. Homeopathic remedies can be used in daily life to aid in accidents, burns, allergies and insect bites. Herbal medicines are made in the form of tinctures, salves, teas, and oils and are used to help patients overcome illnesses and diseases and reestablish well being.

It has long been known that a healthy way of living will lead to a long life, free from illness and disease. Natural therapeutics incorporates these ancient practices and knowledge with our modern practices. Natural therapeutics gives us the opportunity to balance our lives and learn to exclude the waste and toxins that continually affect our health. Through the practice of natural therapeutics we can correct our way of being to live healthier, more natural lives.