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Benefits of Himalayan Hot Stones for Depression
Depression, and its associated disorders; Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Postnatal Depression PND, Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD, and Bipolar Disorder, are generally associated with Mental Health Illnesses and are usually treated with Psychotherapy and Medication. 
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 6.7% of American Adults have had depressive illness during the last 12 months, with Women 70% more likely to develop Depressive Symptoms in their lifetime. 
Depression, and its associated disorders, is a Medical Illness that can lead to other Emotional and Physical Problems.  Based on facts compiled at Harvard University, an ability to reduce Depression translates to a capacity for improving some of our culture’s most widespread physiological ailments, as more irrefutable evidence links Depression Disorders to Arthritic, Heart, Respiratory and Digestive Diseases.
We live in a fast pace world filled with a lot of Stress and Hardship.  Our Jobs, the Economy, our Families/Spouses, Injuries and Illnesses….can all potentially lead to Depression. 

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Himalayan Hot Stones help to reduce Depression by increasing the concentration of Negative Ions in the air and by promoting the production of serotonin in the body.

We have all experienced the Peace and Relaxation of being in the country, beach, woods, or mountains.  One of the reasons for this is because these natural settings all expose us to a large concentration of Negative Ions.  Positive Ions are created by the Electromagnetic Radiation from our computers, cell phones, tablets, televisions, microwaves, and all electronic appliances.  Positive Ions drain energy from our bodies, increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, decrease the body’s immune response, and contribute to disease, all of which can lead to depression.  When Himalayan Stones are heated by light, the moisture that the salt naturally attracts from the air is evaporated and Negative Ions are created, reducing the Stress and Fatigue caused by positive ions.  Studies demonstrate that negative ions can definitely benefit people suffering from seasonal depression (SAD), as well as other forms of depression.  A 1995 study by Columbia University showed that 30 minutes a day of exposure to a concentrated source of negative ions led to a dramatic reduction in the severity of depressive symptoms, with no side-effects observed.  Dr. Pierce J. Howard, author of “The Owners Manual for the Brain” and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in North Carolina, claims that Negative Ions increase the flow of Oxygen to the brain, resulting in increased concentration and more mental energy.

In addition to the atmospheric benefits of Himalayan Hot Stones, when the stones come in contact with our skin, because the minerals contained in the stones exist in colloidal form, they are small enough to be easily absorbed by the cells of our bodies.  The mineral Magnesium specifically works to relieve stress by promoting the production of Serotonin, a  mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.

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