The body as a whole is an excellent source of dream imagery. Particularly given the number of body related metaphors in daily use. In general the head and its features are related to spiritual or intellectual matters; whereas dreams of the torso and limbs are to do with physical concerns or instincts. The heart, is the traditional centre of our emotional lives and actual source of our life force. Phrases such as ‘broken-hearted’ or ‘the heart of the matter’ may feature in dreams, but it often represents love. Either yours or the love for someone else or the love that surrounds you.
Blood is a very powerful dream symbol. It represents the life force within everyone, literally the life blood of the human race. To dream about blood is connected to our physical and mental strength or general health. If you dream you are bleeding, you may be concerned about a loss of morale, will power and physical strength. The dream is probably only telling you what you already are aware of; But, it is strange how we often ignore the detrimental affects that our lifestyles and relationships have upon us in waking time. But when we dream about it in such a literal way, seeing ourselves being drained of our life force, our life blood, it can often be the wake up call we need to do something about it!
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There can be many reasons for why someone might become unwell. But by far, one of the biggest contributory factors to this, is a weakened Immune System, due to a prolonged exposure to stress. As many of us know, stress can leave you feeling extremely tired and run down. In this state, you are more likely to catch any cold or virus that is going around. Scientists believe, that it is for this reason, people who suffer traumatic events, such as sudden redundancy, bereavement; relationships issues such as infidelity, separation and divorce are more at risk from conditions such as heart disease and depression.
When under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease. Because inflammation plays a role in many diseases such as cardiovascular, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model suggests why stress impacts them as well. Knowing this is important, it can be very helpful for identifying which diseases may be influenced by stress and how to go about preventing disease in chronically stressed people. There are also many other ways that stress can make us ill.
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The study of herbal remedies is known as herbalism; it is the knowledge of how plants and herbs can be used to prevent and cure many ailments. It has been around for centuries and there is evidence that the earliest civilisations used herbs for various purposes.
Herbal remedies are natural – they use various parts of certain plants and herbs, such as the flowers or the roots, to treat various conditions. Natural remedies are much more affordable than manufactured products. They are purer too, as they contain less ingredients. If you have a specific condition that hasn’t responded to traditional medication, or if you are having unwanted side effects, then why not give natural, herbal remedies a try?
Although most herbal remedies are perfectly safe to use, it is advisable to speak to your doctor or a qualified herbalist before taking any herbal remedy; this is because some of them can cause allergic reactions, or shouldn’t be used when pregnant, as with any form of traditional medication. If you visit a herbalist, they will ask you questions about your lifestyle and any previous allergies you may have, so they can provide you with the exact remedy you need.
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You would be surprised to know just how many illnesses are caused by stress. When we are stressed we can literally make ourselves sick with worry. Playing imaginary negative scenarios over and over in our minds can harm the body, as the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something real and something imagined.
When you are ill, it is always a good idea to go and visit a doctor. They can examine you and make sure there isn’t anything physically wrong with you. If there is, they can heal your body by providing the necessary medication. Sometimes, you may go to your medical practitioner and be told that there is either nothing wrong with you, or that your symptoms are likely to be psychosomatic; this means that your illness is all in your mind. You have either caused the symptoms by worry, or you imagine the symptoms and they’re not really there.
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