Body Talk 5/6/13

Did you know that acupuncture could be helpful for your painful knees? Research has proved that patients receiving acupuncture reported dramatic reductions in pain and stiffness along with improvements in mobility. Improvements were so dramatic that they didn’t need to have surgery.

Perhaps less appealing but just as effective is the use of leeches. These are special medicinal leeches that are bred on a farm in wales. Research has proved that a single session can significantly reduce knee pain caused by arthritis for at least two months. Researchers claimed that the improvements were comparable to taking painkillers like ibuprofen.

Apparently the secret is in the saliva from the leeches. It contains a large number of analgesic, anaesthetic and blood thinning compounds that combat pain and inflammation.

Finally, don’t sleep on your problems, it only makes them worse.

If you have had a bad experience the best thing is to talk it through or work it out in your head before you sleep. Remember what your mother told you and don’t go to sleep on an argument. It will worry you through the night and possibly keep you awake.

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About Mel Watson

I have been with Phoenix FM since April 2007 - I came in to be interviewed about yoga just after the station launched in March, and enjoyed it so much that my own show - Body Talk - was born. On Body Talk I cover a different health topic every week and interview top healthcare profesionals including doctors, surgeons, healers, reflexologists and life coaches. I feel that all therapies have their place in today's world, and some of the more alternative methods can easily complement convential medicine. I have been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, am a qualified hypnotherapist, and I have also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Lucid Dreaming and Dream Therapy. I run regular classes at the Brentwood Centre as well as private one to one sessions. I've walked a spiritual path for most of my life and outside of radio and teaching I'm an Independent Celebrant. I officiate at Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Spiritual Blessings and Funerals. You can find out more at www.blessmysoul.co.uk.