The Thai Herbal Ball compress technique offers several potential health benefits: It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.
The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety. The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body's energy reserves a huge boost.
The herbs in the compress possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.
Kafir Lime leaves contain volatile oils which have therapeutic benefits. The extract of the plant helps increase the circulation of the blood, is an appetite enhancer and like all members of the citrus family acts as an anti- bacterial and an anti-inflammatory.
Use in herbal medicine
The fruit and leaves are excellent for skin regeneration. Traditional malay medicine in Pahang used Kaffir Lime juiceto treat dandruff and hair loss and encourage healthy hair growth.
Kaffir Lime also acts as an excellent rejuvenator, alleviates colds, and helps regain energy and dispell tiredness. Kaffir lime juice may be mixed with water and drunk three times a day as a tonic, to dispel fatigue and tiredness and increase thecirculation of the blood.
The traditional Malay sauna bath or mandi wap uses the leaves of the Kaffir Lime. The extract of the fruit is used in aromatherapy.
Anti Depressant: This is one of the oldest known medicinal properties of Ylang-Ylang and it comes in its essential oil too. It fights depression and relaxes body and soul, thereby driving away anxiety, sadness etc. It also has an up lifting effect on mood and induces and feeling of joy and hope. It may be an effective treatment for those undergoing nervous breakdown and acute depression after a shock, accident etc.
Anti Seborrhoeic: Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic Eczema is a dreaded disease which is caused due to malfunctioning of sebaceous glands resulting in irregular sebum production and consequent infection of the epidermal cells. It looks very ugly as the skin, colored white or pale yellow, dry or greasy, starts peeling off, particularly from the scalp, eye brows and wherever there are hair follicles. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and reduce peeling off of skin by regularizing sebum production and treating infection thereof.
Anti Septic: Any wound from cut, abrasion or burn comes with the fear of the wound getting septic from bacterial infection. The fear is doubled when the wound is from an iron objectas there remains a chance of it getting infected by tetanus germs. Essential Oil of Ylang-Ylang might help us avoid both septic and tetanus as it inhibits microbial growth and disinfects the wounds. This property of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil protects your wounds from infections from bacteria, virus and fungus and does not let it go septic. This way it helps it heal quicker too.
Aphrodisiac: The Essential Oil derived from Ylang-Ylang can really activate that Cupid in couples and can give you a good time. This can be very beneficial for those people who are losing interest in sex due to tremendous work load, professional stress, worries and effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is an alarmingly growing problem in metropolitan lives. Here, this oil can be a real help.
Hypotensive: This oil is a very good and effective agent for lowering blood pressure. In a scenario, where high blood pressure is an alarmingly growing problem among young and the old, andthe drugs for lowering it having serious adverse side effects on the health, the Ylang-Ylang oil can be a safe refuge. It is natural and has no adverse side effects on health, if taken in prescribed quantities.
Nervine: The Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is a health booster for the nerves. It strengthens the nervous system and restores it from damages. Further, it also reduces stress on nervesand protects them. It can also help heal nervous disorders.
Sedative: This oil sedatesor calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety and induces a relaxing feeling.
Other Benefits: It can be used to cure infections in internal organs such as stomach, intestines, colon, urinary tracts etc. It is also good for people suffering from insomnia, fatigue, frigidity and other stress related factors. It is extremely effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin and takes very good care of it.
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cellsto which it was applied.
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger mayslow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger isjust as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
One study showed that gingerhas anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
Ginger has long been used as a naturalheartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
A study done on diabeticrats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).