With the medical knowledge we have today, you don’t have to rely on medicines and doctors appointments to find a cure.
From curing a headache to getting over a tickling throat before you even notice it get worse, you can train your own body into being healthy again with these awesome health tricks.
It really can be that simple!
1. Curing a Tickling Throat
This might sound crazy, but there is medical research to suggest that by scratching your ear you can relieve an itchy or tickling throat. This has to do with the nerves that reside in this part of your body that create a reflex in the throat, causing a muscle spasm, which in turn relieves the tickle!
2. Use Your Right Ear for Listening
A recent study conducted at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine has shown that your right ear is better at following “rapid rhythms of speech”, so if someone is talking too quietly or too quickly adjust your positioning so you are primarily listening with your right ear and you will hear everything they are saying. Your left ear, however, is best for listening to music and identifying the different tones in music.
3. Calm Down With Cold Water
One of the best ways to calm down is not to take a puff on a cigarette or slap yourself in the face (please don’t try any of the above), it’s to splash yourself in the face with cold water. By splashing cold water on your face, you trigger the mammalian diving reflex that is genetically part of our bodies. You essentially trick your body into thinking it is diving into cold water, which allows your body to use oxygen more efficiently and calm down.
4. Stop Peeing All the Time
If you really need to pee and you don’t have access to a bathroom, then think about something that turns you on. Seriously. According to Larry Lipshultz, the chief of male reproductive medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, if you preoccupy your mind with thoughts of sexual pleasure and fantasies, you will forget about your pee and it won’t hurt as much.
5. Give Blood Without Feeling the Prick
Giving blood is a great thing, morally at least, but it can often hurt, especially when the needle goes in for the first time. Now you can give blood without worrying about the pain by coughing when the needle goes in. According to a recent study by Taras Usichenko by coughing you cause a sudden rise in pressure in your chest, which stops the pain-conducting structures of your spinal cord.
6. Clear a Stuffed Nose
Before you head to the medicine cabinet to relieve your sinus pressure, try this little trick. Thrust your tongue on the roof of your mouth, then use one finger to press between your eyebrows. If you alternate these two techniques one after the other for around 20 seconds you will start to feel your sinuses drain. This is because the motion causes the vomer bone, which runs through your nasal passages to your mouth, to rock back and forth.
7. Cure Toothache
A Canadian study has found that by rubbing ice on the back of your hand, where the V-shaped webbed area is, you can reduce the pain of a toothache by 50 percent. This is because of the nerves in that V area stimulate the part of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.
8. Make Light Burns Disappear
If singing your hand on the stove happens a lot to you, you know it can really hurt. If this happens to you, first of all, clean the affected area, and then apply light pressure with the finger pads of your other hand to the spot and the pain will be reduced. You can also try ice, but if you if you use your hand the skin will be far less likely to blister.
9. Get Rid of a Stitch
We’ve all had it, we exercise and think we are coping with it, whether it be running or playing an organised sport, and then all of a sudden we have a “stitch”. This is caused because, like most people, you naturally exhale when your right foot hits the ground, by doing this you cause a downward pressure on your liver (which is on the right side of your body), which then tugs on your diaphragm, and creates the stitch. Instead of stopping and going home, try exhaling as your left foot hits the ground and feel the stitch disappear.
10. Stop a Νose Βleed
To help stop a nose bleed take some cotton and place it on your upper gums, just behind the small dent below your nose. Then press hard against it to help stop your nose from bleeding. Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides your nose, and this pressure should intercept the bleed.
Have you ever tried any of these health tricks? Let us know.
By Charlotte H.