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Meditation sound technology has made the benefits of meditation available to those of us who don't have the time to learn traditional methods. Technology has created many of the problems in our lives, but occasionally, it comes up with a solution.

I have attended guided meditation sessions and found them extremely beneficial. I left with a feeling of peace and tranquility that lasted for several hours. Unfortunately, pressure of time and work meant that I had to give them up.

Meditation is a skill, like any other, and I hadn't been able to acquire it in the time available. When I tried to meditate alone, I just couldn't achieve that relaxed state I had come to enjoy, let alone maintain it.

Meditation sound technology came to my rescue. Using binaural beats, it is able to put your brain into a state of deep meditation by a process of entrainment. All you have to do is listen to the sounds through headphones and it happens automatically.

A different frequency is applied to each ear. This causes the brain to generate waves that are the difference between the two original frequencies. In this way, the state that you are trying to achieve by meditation is induced automatically.

There is no effort to maintain focus, or count breaths, repeat a mantra or visualize a candle flame. You can remain fully conscious during the process. It is up to you what you do with this opportunity.

You can still practice your usual meditation technique while listening or just use the time for quiet reflection. You can even think about everyday stuff. Whatever you choose, the meditation sound is working automatically in the background.

If you are particularly tired, you might even fall asleep. If you were practicing normally, this would mean that you had stopped meditating. Not so with meditation sounds. As long as you are wearing your headphones, it is working.

I took up meditation when I was suffering from the effects of chronic stress. It is hard enough at the best of times to calm the 'monkey mind' and achieve relaxation. When you are highly stressed, it is all the harder. When work forced me to give up my guided sessions, it was nearly impossible.

Everybody is concerned about the possibility of catching the swine flu (H1N1), a form of influenza that has recently emerged. I have been asked what can be done to prevent infection by the swine flu using herbal supplements.

Volumes have been written on the subject of immune-boosting supplements. Since the question seems to be of vital concern, especially if you've been listening to the news lately, I will cover what I consider, only the best ways to boost your immune system with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I must diverge for a moment, if you are serious about building a strong immune system as a few lifestyle issues must also be implemented. Otherwise, no matter what supplements you take, long term benefits will elude you. I will only list the absolute essential practices you need in your daily life to keep your immune system in balance or homeostasis.

Getting enough sleep is essential. Drink water and exercise everyday. (At the very least fit some walking into your day.) Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress, which is next on this list. Eat a healthy diet, think variety and consume as little sugar as possible. If you are not incorporating these practices into your everyday life, you are weakening your immune system and any variety of infections will find you a welcome host.

That being said, boosting your immune system with Chinese herbs can and will help you prevent infections, but herbal supplements are not an overnight quick fix. Chinese herbal formulas should be taken for at least one month for a powerful, long lasting effect. Adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ganoderma, (also known as reishi mushrooms), astragalus, cordyceps and eleuthero are all herbs at the top of the "boost the immune system" list. Adaptogenic herbs do exactly what their name implies, they assist the body in "adapting" to its environment. Keep in mind Chinese herbs are best taken within a formula, rather than individually, to enhance synergistic actions between herbs.

Scientific studies have shown these herbs all support and enhance the body's immune functions. These adaptogenic herbs have compounds such as polysaccharides which increase the body's natural killer cells, also known as lymphocytes. Extensive studies also support the claims that these herbs promote the activity of antibodies, improve the body's resistance to stress and infections, help balances stress, reduces allergies, improve energy and promote healthy liver functions, just to name a few. A side note, if you are taking immuno-suppresant drugs these herbs are not recommended as they have potent immune enhancing effects which can increase the risk of rejection of the
drugs and thus may severely compromise a person's health.

Most importantly, if you are looking to purchase any medicinal herbs please buy from a reliable source that you can trust. There are many companies who do not start with high quality crude herbs. Quality herbs, testing for contaminants, proper storage and preparation are all vital to ensuring a herbal products potency. I can't stress enough, the importance of knowing your buying from a reputable source.

I wish you good health and a strong and healthy immune system.

Cathy Margolin is a Licensed Acupuncturist in CA and has been certified as a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has specialized in Chinese Herbs and her company PACHerbs.com caries high potency herbal products sold in individual packets for freshness. She has visited herb manufacturers in both China and Taiwan and has extensively researched Chinese herb processing. You have full permission to reprint this article provided this box is kept unchanged.

The Chinese people have a very interesting way of looking at the body and its overall health. They believe that well-balanced body will not only lead to a relaxed and calm state of mind but also lead to good healthy body functions. And this also includes the ovaries. A healthy body along with a healthy state of mind will lead to a healthy functioning of the ovaries. The two seem to go hand in hand.

Improved Conception

The use and application of Chinese herbs can potentially help create a sound body in which a healthy baby can be created. Certain Chinese herbs can enhance the possibilities of better conception and will also helping maintain your health. Sometimes all that is required from a person is to make a few changes in their lifestyle, and then it will become possible to conceive.

Chinese herbs do not provide instant success overnight. In most cases, it may take months before the desired results will show. One of the basic functions of Chinese herbs is that it provides the right kind of nourishment to the body, thus straightening it's reproductive systems.

By consuming these ancient herbs you can expect to get better sleep, which is very critical in helping the digestive system work well. With you proper amount of sleep, the mind will be sharper and more focused mentally, as well; you'll feel more energetic. These herbs may also help the body find it's right hormonal balance, which will aid in fertility-related organs becoming stronger. In fact, it may even help with your sexual vitality and you will also start to have heightened sexual experiences with your spouse - all of which are important factors that aid with your fertility.

With so many different options to pick and choose from, one made first consider consulting with an herbalist. A good experienced herbalist should be able to help you determine which are the best Chinese herbs for your particular needs. Once your body becomes healthier and stronger, you may discover that there is less need to rely on these herbs to remain fertile. There seems to be a growing trend among clinics using and applying Chinese herbs. Even some of the medical schools in the US are starting to learn about the benefits that can be derived from these particular medicines.

If you are like many couples out there who want to conceive children but are having a difficult time doing so, then you may want to have a look at some of these old Chinese herbs. After all the Chinese have been using them since the recorded history of man. The soon you start with these herbs, the sooner you and your spouse can potentially become great parents.

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