Mari kita berkongsi petua daripada Dr. Mao bagi mengurangkan sakit kepala, jet lag dan sakit perut semasa dalam perjalanan jauh, sama ada naik kapalterbang atau naik kenderaan darat yang lain (kereta/bas/keretapi).
Secara ringkasnya, 4 petua yang disarankan oleh Dr. Mao ialah:
1. Tekan di belakang kepala, iaitu di pangkal tulang tengkorak yang dikenali sebagai kolam angin (wind pond) seperti dalam gambarajah di bawah ini dengan ibu jari bagi meringankan atau melegakan sakit kepala, pening dan buang angin.
2. Ringankan jet lag dengan pengambilan suplemen vitamin B atau makanan yang mengandungi vitamin B seperti brokoli, beets, pisang, strawberries, telur, yis dan kacang hijau.
3. Makan halia atau makanan berhalia kerana ia dapat melindungi serta mengurangkan rasa loya, mabuk angin, alergi atau sakit perut/perut memual semasa dalam perjalanan jauh. Halia juga dapat meningkatkan sistem pertahanan badan.
4. Bawa makanan ringan yang berkhasiat dan segar serta air masak/air mineral bersama semasa dalam perjalanan bagi mengelakkan rasa yang terlalu lapar. Rasa lapar juga boleh menyebabkan pening, sakit kepala perut memual.
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Travel Tips: Relieve Headaches, Jet Lag, and Digestive Issues
By Dr. Maoshing Ni
Jul 20, 2012
Summertime is here, whica h for most of us, means we are planning a vacation or weekend getaway! Travel and recreation are lots of fun, so don’t let a headache, jet lag, or upset stomach get you down. Here are 4 helpful tips and remedies to help prevent and relieve the illnesses that can creep up on you as a traveler, so you’ll be at your peak all summer long!
1. Press Here to Relieve Headaches
Whether it’s the airplane altitude or your kids asking “are we there yet?” for the millionth time, a headache can creep up during times of travel. Other culprits could be allergies, dehydration, lack of sleep, a cold, or some deeper condition. When you experience a headache, blood vessels are contracting and producing pressure, inflammation, and pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, we view this as a signal from the body that there is a blockage of energy and blood. Stimulate your energy and help relieve the pain with acupressure! This is the ideal on-the-go treatment for headaches, because you don’t need anything but your own two hands.
• Wind Pond Acupressure Point
This Wind Pond (GB-20) point clears the head, benefits the eyes, nose, and ears, and is a very effective pain reliever. You can find this point in the natural indentation at the base of your skull on both sides of your neck (see illustration above). With your thumbs, press and lift up the base of your skull and lean your head back. Use your head’s weight against your thumbs for a steady pressure. Hold for about 5 minutes. Breathe deeply and slowly while you are pressing the acupoint.
So forget over-the-counter painkillers, and try using acupressure instead! It goes wherever you go and there are numerous acupressure points that will help free up your energy blockages and alleviate pain in minutes. Isn’t that wonderful news? To learn more acupressure points to relieve a variety of health conditions, I recommend you read my newly released eBook, Secrets of Longevity: Acupressure Healing.
2. Alleviate Jet Lag with Vitamin B
When we have jet lag, it means that our natural body’s clock–our circadian rhythm–has been disturbed, which puts a lot of stress on our nervous system. Some research has shown that taking a good amount of stress-busting vitamins like B complex a couple days before the trip, during, and a few days afterwards can help your body cope with the stress of long-distance travel. Consider taking supplements or eating foods that are high in B-vitamins, like broccoli, beets, bananas, strawberries, eggs, brewer’s yeast, and mung beans. Also choose nuts, fish, and other foods that are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps relax the nervous system. Make sure that you are exposed to plenty of natural light and maintain physical activity before, during, and following your trip.
3. Restore Your Stomach with Ginger
Not only is ginger delicious and stimulating, it will do wonders to protect or relieve you from nausea, motion sickness, allergies, and even the common cold! Ginger will act on your side in two ways: firstly, by strengthening your immune system against future breakdowns, and secondly, by settling your stomach and providing gentle mental stimulation to help you settle the discomfort. The best way to consume ginger is by making a tea by boiling 3 slices of fresh ginger in water—add two ice cubes to make a cool tea for a hot summer day! On the go? Bring ginger tea bags or ginger supplements with you.
4. Stave Off Cravings and Pack a Snack!
When you’re traveling, you never know when you’re going to experience a sudden pang of hunger, or what type of food will be available. I always have healthy snacks with me for my family and myself: trail mix, fresh fruits, and veggies that are easy to eat on the spot. Bring along fresh cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, an avocado, or a peach! Dip broccoli in an organic, all natural peanut butter. Accompany this with some dried fruits and nuts in the form of a home made trail mix. These will give you a boost of energy, fill you up, and do wonders for your health! Make sure that your trail mix is free of added salts and sugars.
We also make sure to have plenty of filtered water when we travel, which we carry around in glass bottles. It is less expensive, and may be even healthier than bottled water; research has found bottled water to be almost the same a tap water, which can be contaminated with harmful substances even when it is from areas with strong infrastructures. Stay hydrated to beat the heat and travel with comfort!
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
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