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Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, "needle", and pungere, "to prick".

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are situated on meridians along which qi, the vital energy, flows. There is no known anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points or meridians. Modern acupuncture texts present them as ideas that are useful in clinical practice. According to the NIH consensus statement on acupuncture, these traditional Chinese medical concepts "are difficult to reconcile with contemporary biomedical information but continue to play an important role in the evaluation of patients and the formulation of treatment in acupuncture.

The earliest written record that is available about acupuncture is Huangdi Neijing, which suggests acupuncture originated in China and would explain why it is most commonly associated with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Different types of acupuncture (Classical Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Korean acupuncture) are practiced and taught throughout the world.

Acupuncture has been the subject of active scientific research since the late 20th century but it remains controversial among Western medical researchers and clinicians. Due to the invasive nature of acupuncture treatments, it is difficult to create studies that use proper scientific controls. Some scholarly reviews have concluded that the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment can be explained primarily through the placebo effect, while other studies have suggested some efficacy in the treatment of specific conditions. The World Health Organization published a review of controlled trials using acupuncture and concluded it was effective for the treatment of 28 conditions and there was evidence to suggest it may be effective for several dozen more. Additionally, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Medical Association (AMA) and various government reports have studied and commented on the efficacy (or lack thereof) of acupuncture. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles, and that further research is appropriate.
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Body Waxing

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Waxing removes unwanted body hair. This method removes the hair roots making the hair grow slower. So you can enjoy a long lasting smooth skin. When doing waxing remember that the hair should be least 1/4 inch in length. Do not wax over open sores, new scars, varicose veins, raised moles. If you skin bleed, bruise, or tears easily avoid waxing. You can try another way of removing your hair.

Here are some tips on how to wax your legs:

1. Don't take a shower before waxing. Hair absorbs water making it soft causing the wax adherence less effective.

2. Choose your product. There are waxes or sugar solutions available.

3. Read instructions thoroughly, twice.

4. If product needs to be heated, do so for suggested time.

5. Test the temperature so that you don't burn yourself.

6. Check legs to be sure that they are dry. This is very important.

7. For first time wax users, apply a thin layer of wax/sugar solution in a small area of the leg following hair growth direction.

8. Press strip onto leg.

9. Turn a small area back against the strip.

10. It should be resting flat against the strip about to be removed.

11. Lift the end as instructed and pull back toward you.

12. Do not pull up but instead pull back.

13. Repeat procedure if you have missed a few hairs.

14. Continue the leg until you are hair free

15. Clean your freshly wax skin with warm moist towel.

16. Don't wear tight fitting clothes after to prevent skin irritation.

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Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oil and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body pleasant smell. It is part of beauty treatment and will enhance makeup, hair and most importantly one�s mood. There are several benefits of using fragrances.
Fragrances not only make you smell good but it also attract opposite sex. It is important that you choose the right fragrance for you.
Fragrance relieves stress by calming your nerves. It can boost your mood and make you feel more sensual. It can be the first thing noticed on you or the last thing remembered.

Fragrance completes your look. It should be use daily as a part of your routine. It is something personal. It reflects your personality. It reacts differently on individual skin. It may smell good to others but it doesn't mean it will smell the same on you. When purchasing perfume, you have to apply it on your pulse and allow it to dry naturally.

Different kinds of Fragrances:

The most strongest and concentrated in fragrance oil. It contains a hundred of ingredients. The mixture is normally aged for one year. It contains around 20-50 percent aromatic compound and it last for up to 6 hours or more.

Eau de parfume
This is lighter in fragrance and less expensive. It contains 10-30 percent aromatic compounds and it last to 3-5 hours.

Eau de toilette or EDT
This will last for up to 2-4 hours. It contains 5-20 percent aromatic compounds.

Eau de cologne or EDC
It's the least concentrated. It contains 2-3 percent aromatic compounds and it last for 2 hours.

Some of the popular scents used in perfume:

Flowers and blossoms � is the largest source of aromatics. It includes rose, lavender, jasmine and some blossoms from citrus and ylang-ylang tree.

Fruity, citrus and spicy � fresh fruits such as apple, strawberries and cherries. They don't really yield the expected odors. If these fragrances are in the bottle, they are synthetic. Grapefruit, oranges, lemon, lime and citrus are the most common fruits that yields aromatics from rind.

Musk and pheromones � an animal source from musk deer, it has now been replaced by the use of synthetic musks due to its price and various ethical issues.

Classic woodsy scent - It provides a base note to the perfume. Most commonly used wood includes sandalwood, rosewood, birch, agarwood, cedar and pine.

Fragrance Tips:

1. When buying a perfume. Apply the perfume to you skin, on your pulse. You can get the true reaction of the fragrance from your skin and not from the bottle. Let it dry naturally. Allow the heat of your body to react with the perfume and then you smell it. Do not try more than 3 perfumes at once. It will decrease your nose ability to tell the difference.

2. When applying perfume. Avoid using it near your eyes or behind your ears. It doesn't last long on those areas and it will only dry your skin. Apply the perfume on you pulse, behind the neck and let it dry naturally. The heat of your body will react with the scent and it will give a delightful smell. When you are using eau de perfume, cologne and toilette. You can spray and dab it on your skin. These fragrances are designed all over the body. You can try spraying it on the air and walk into it, to have a head to toe experience. Whatever you type of fragrance you use, just don't over do it.
Do not put perfume directly on fabrics and jewelry. They can cause stains and discolorations on your clothes. The best is to put perfume before dressing up.

To keep the fragrance last longer, you can try layering. You can do it by using several products such as scented bath soap, body wash or bath oil then followed by body lotion or cream and dust with powder to set the fragrance. For night time use try Eau de perfume rather than Eau de toilette. Eau de perfume is much deeper and it last longer. It will make your night more sensual. Avoid wearing strong perfume at work or in the office. Some people are allergic to strong smell and it causes headache and sometimes asthma attack.

3. When storing your perfume. Keep the bottle tightly capped in upright position. It can turn rancid or evaporate if not capped tightly. It should be keep in a in a cool dark area, away from the sun preferably in the box. A cool dark place will prolong the life of your perfume.

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