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Mai 31, 2007 at 13:37 o\clock

NECK PAIN

              NECK PAIN

Introduction:                   

Neck muscles, particularly those in the back of your neck, become fatigued and eventually strained. When you overuse your neck muscles repeatedly, chronic pain can develop. Even such minor things as reading in bed or gritting your teeth can strain neck muscles. In rare cases, infection or tumors may cause neck pain. In some people, neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms. 

Signs and symptoms:                               

Neck contains bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves, any of which can hurt.  Neck pain also may come from regions near your neck, such as your jaw, head and shoulders. Conversely, problems in your neck can make other parts of your body hurt, such as your upper back, shoulders or arms. The reason for other related complaints such particularly headaches, feelings of light-headedness and dizziness are due to the tensed and stiff muscles in the neck. The sensations of numbness and tingling in the hands and arms can be attributed to spasms which generate pressure on a nerve, eliciting either an over function or under function. 

Causes:          

The most common causes of neck pain are soft tissue abnormalities due to injury or prolonged wear and tear. The cause of this condition is connected to the maintenance of a poor posture in the body when this is accompanied by tension and stress that is continuously borne by the shoulders. The muscles in the neck become sore, heavily ache and become stiff leading to the appearance of pain in the neck. Arthritis, disk orders andinjury may be responsible for neck pain. 

Diagnosis:               

 For diagnosis, the doctor may use the methods stated below.MRI -This non X-ray study allows an evaluation of the spinal cord and nerve roots. CT (computed tomography). This specialized X-ray study allows careful evaluation of the bone and spinal canal. Myelogram - This specific X-ray study also allows careful evaluation of the spinal canal and nerve roots. EMG - This test evaluates nerve and muscle function. The orthopedist may supplement your evaluation with blood tests, and, if necessary, will consult with other medical specialists.

 Prevention:

The best way is to decrease or eliminate activities that stress your neck muscles. In general, try to avoid any bending or twisting of your neck, and avoid lifting and reaching above shoulder level. Try to save high heels for special occasions, and wear low-heeled shoes or flats most of the time. Tilt your chair back. Often, neck pain is caused by jutting your head forward. When you read or watch television, recline your chair so that your head is supported by the back of the chair or a wall. Adjust your monitor so it's at eye level. Wear a headset. Trade up to a down pillow and sleep on your side or back, not your stomach.  Drink 1 cup beef or chicken bouillon before you ride. 

Treatment:

The treatment depends on the severity of the disease. Pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (Aleve) and. Acetaminophen relieves pain but not inflammation.Physical therapy strengthens muscles that support the cervical spine. Pain medications -Opioid analgesics are sometimes used briefly to treat acute neck pain. Muscle relaxants antidepressant medications also may be prescribed. Traction -This therapy, under supervision of a medical professional and physical therapist, may provide relatively fast relief of some neck pain, especially pain related to nerve root irritation. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Electrodes placed on your skin near the painful areas deliver tiny electrical impulses that may relieve pain. Corticosteroid medication. Although there is some evidence that corticosteroids are useful, research is inconclusive. These drugs may be administered orally or via injection into the space around the nerve roots. Short-term immobilization- A soft cervical collar that supports your neck without taxing your muscles may help. Surgery is rarely needed for neck pain. It is used to relieve nerve root or spinal cord compression. 

Home remedies: 

Epsom salts contain loads of magnesium that is absorbed through the skin. Magnesium helps promote the healing of torn muscles. Add 2 cups Epsom salts to a tub of hot water. It also relieves any swelling.Banana- Eat a banana or two a day and you may cut down your cramping. Milk contains adequate amounts of calcium that helps to curtail cramps. Water is the best bet for avoiding a painful muscle cramp while you exercise. Ice is another good way to reduce inflammation. Heat can help relax sore muscles. Apply heat or ice for 15 to 20 minutes, with a 40-minute rest between applications. 

Herbal remedies:                         

 Herbal remedies have the advantage of producing minimal, if any side effects, and are often more effective than their allopathic counterparts. For temporary relief of pain capsium creme has proven effective in providing pain desensitivation.A few leaves of rosemary can help reduce swelling in strained muscles.The primary use of devil's claw today is for conditions that cause inflammation and pain:               
Willow bark is more effective remedy for neck pain.
Tart cherry is known to reduce inflammation and help people suffering from arthritis.Healing of constricted muscular tissue and relief from pain may be obtained by massaging the stiffened muscles of the neck with the oil of St. John's wort, in combination with the oil of the arnica herb and a salve made from hops along with beeswax as a base. In certain cases and for the same condition tea made from the chamomile herb is effective, so is the tea from the lady's slipper, the tea of passion flower, the skullcap, tea from the wood betony, the hypericum herb and valerian tea can greatly ease the symptoms, all these herbs may also be if preferred taken in a tincture or a capsule form for those who may dislike the teas. 

Homeopathic treatment:

Bryonia is to be used with those patients with neck problems who experience stitching sensations in the shoulders and in the region in the nape of the neck.
Calc. phos is used in patients with neck problems when exposed to a cold draft and wind or when moved slightly.
Causticum is used in problems of the neck where the tendons and muscles have contracted and are extremely stiff. Chelidonium is to be prescribed as a homeopathic treatment option in cases of problems of the neck where there is tenseness and heaviness in the neck along with pressing pain.
Cimicifuga is to be used in cases where the pains are like electric shocks, spreading and shooting into the left arm affecting this particular side of the body.
Gelsemium is to be used when the neck problem includes soreness and tenderness in the region, there is a dull but persistent headache in the back of the head along with a stiffened neck.
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Mai 31, 2007 at 13:19 o\clock

LEUKEDERMA

                                    LEUKEDERMA

Introduction:

                   Leukederma, also known as Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease. This is caused by the loss of pigment, resulting in irregular pale patches of skin. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune, genetic, and environmental factors vitiligo develop patches of de-pigmented skin appearing on extremities . The patches may grow or remain constant in size.

 Occurrence:                                           

Vitiligo is a disorder in which the body destroys its own pigment cells (melanocytes) in various parts of the skin. In affected areas, the pigment gradually disappears. Small or larger areas of skin then become white with sharp margins where they adjoin unaffected parts of skin. If hairs are involved in this area, they too also grow white rather than pigmented.  Patches often occur symmetrically across both sides on the body. Occasionally small areas may repigment as they are recolonised by melanocytes.               

The location of vitiligo affected skin changes over time, with some patches re-pigmenting and others becoming affected. In some cases, mild trauma to an area of skin seems to cause new patches - for example around the ankles . Vitiligo may also be caused by stress that affects the immune system, leading the body to react and start eliminating skin pigment. The condition is most noticeable in summer, when normal skin darkens. Because of the lack of protective pigment, the affected areas are also likely to burn and blister in the sun. Vitiligo may also occur at sites of injury to the skin and therefore may at first show itself in scars or burns.

             In vitiligo, white blood cells attack and destroy pigment cells in discrete areas of the skin. It is called an auto-immune disorder, because the pigment cells become regarded by the body as "foreign" and are therefore rejected. If the affected areas of skin are examined under the microscope, white blood cells called lymphocytes can be seen clustering around the pigment cells. These are eventually destroyed and the skin loses its pigment. Vitiligo on the scalp may affect the color of the hair (though not always), leaving white patches or streaks. It will similarly affect facial and body hair.

  Causes:           The main cause of the problem is the development of an antibody to an enzyme in the pigment cell. It is this antibody and the lymphocytes which together result in destruction of the pigment cells. These patches are due to the partial or total loss of skin pigmentation. There are many causes of leukoderma. Vitiligo is a specific type of leukoderma and there are many causes of leukoderma, some of which include: Congenital Tuberous sclerosis Partial albinism Piebaldism and Waardenburg's syndrome Immunological Vitiligo Halo mole Post-inflammatory Thermal burns Dermatitis (eczema) Psoriasis Cutaneous lupus erythematosus Infection Pityriasis versicolor Leprosy Lichen planus Syphilis Occupational/chemical Exposure to depigmentation agents, e.g. p-tertiary butyl phenol Leukoderma  occurs on the exposed parts of the body, but other areas not necessarily in contact with the chemicals may also be affected Depigmented areas may continue to arise even after the patient is no longer in contact with the chemicals

Repigmentation may or may not occur

 Treatment:                        

Vitiligo is the name given to the white patches on the skin .It is mainly a cosmetic problem. However, treatment can help some patients. The treatment of choice is corticosteroid (cortisone-like) ointment or cream. The appropriate strength will be used, depending on the site involved. A mild steroid would be used on the face and a stronger steroid for the trunk and limbs.          

There are a number of ways to alter the appearance of vitiligo without addressing its underlying cause. In mild cases, vitiligo patches can be hidden with makeup or other cosmetic solutions. If the affected person is pale-skinned, the patches can be made less visible by avoiding sunlight and the sun tanning of unaffected skin. However, exposure to sunlight may also cause the melanocytes to regenerate to allow the pigmentation to come back to its original color.          

Phototherapy is also beneficial. Exposure to long-wave ultraviolet (UVA) light from the sun or from UVA lamps, together with Psoralen, called "PUVA", can help in many cases. Psoralen can be taken in a pill 1-2 hours before the exposure or as a Psoralen bath or soaking the area before the exposure.Novitil is safe and has no side effects. 

Herbal treatment:                          

The herbs are extremely effective is retaining skin's natural pigmentation. It helps to treat the white skin patches and other pale areas on the skin. It moisturizes, softens and smoothens the skin. Anti-Vitiligo™ Oil is a herbal remedy for re-pigmentation in Vitiligo. It is the most effective herbal remedy for this purpose .The remedy has helped thousands of people with varying racial and ethnic backgrounds in attaining their normal complexion medicinal use and value.           

 Basil, Bawachi(Psoralea Corylifolia, Nagarmotha(Cyperus Rotundus), Chaulmoogra Oil Plus, Aloe vera or cucumber Gel is added to prepare the herbal paste for the treatment of Leukederma. Empty an entire package of herbal blend into a bowl, add entire 100 ml of gel and 100 ml water. Mix the contents until it becomes a jelly-like paste. The paste must be refrigerated preferably in an air-tight container. It is very effective in the treatment of Vitiligo.        

Neem Ghritam is a natural herbal infused ointment made from medicated ghee and coconut oil of the following herbs. Neem (Azadirachta indica) Gotu Kola herb (Hydrocotyl asiatica) Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum) Vetiver (vetiveria zizanioides) Tea tree, Gentain root (Gentiana macrophylla) Burdock (Arctum lappa) Madder root (Rubia tinctoria) Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) Comfrey leave (Symphytum officinale) Horsetail herb (Equisetum arvense) Ylang Ylang.      

Dong Quai include treatment for bronchial asthma, skin infections, chest pains, abdominal pain, unhealed skin lesions, urticaria, and eczema, leukoderma Recouleur® supports the body by filling in deficiencies and may promote repigmentation.  

 

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Mai 31, 2007 at 13:06 o\clock

Nephritis

                        Nephritis 

Introduction:                      

Nephritis derived its name from the Greek word meaning "inflammation of the kidney". The two most common causes of nephritis are infection or an auto-immune process. Nephritis can be acute or chronic acute nephritis is most commonly caused by hypersensitivity (allergy) to drug therapy. Chronic nephritis can similarly be due to a very large number of causes, including drug hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, infections, radiation of the kidney, obstruction of the urinary tract, hypertension (high blood pressure is a very well known cause of chronic nephritis), sickle cell disease, and polycystic disease of the kidney. 

Symptoms:                  

Symptoms may develop as the disease gets worse. The inflammation causes blood and protein to leak into the urine. Nephritis has the effect of damaging and closing up the microscopic filters in the kidney. This means that in addition to various toxic waste products, the inflamed kidney filters out important proteins (larger molecules) from the blood. Therefore the characteristic symptom of nephritis is proteinuria meaning the excessive removal of protein from the blood and its excretion in urine. Loss of blood protein(s) can result in a number of problems including swelling, excessive water retention, and the danger of blood clots (as a result of the removal of anti-coagulation proteins).It is a serious, incurable condition, but it goes into spontaneous remission in about half of all cases. 

Classification:                     

 Nephritis can be classified as follows.          

Glomerulonephritis is inflammation of the glomeruli.  Interstitial nephritis or tubulo-interstitial nephritis is inflammation of the spaces between renal tubules. Pyelonephritis is when a urinary tract infection has reached the pyelum (pelvis) of the kidney. Lupus nephritis is an inflammation of the kidney caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a disease of the immune system.      

Apart from the kidneys, SLE can also damage the skin, joints, nervous system and virtually any organ or system in the body. Sufferers of lupus nephritis may or may not have symptoms of kidney disease, but it can manifest itself through weight gain, high blood pressure, darker foamy urine or swelling around the eyes, legs, ankles or fingers. Patients may suffer from other symptoms of lupus unrelated to kidney function. Such symptoms can include arthritis, fevers, gastro-intestinal disturbances, headaches, fatigue, and fluid in the joints.

Causes:           

Nephritis may be caused by a bacterial infection of the kidneys pyelonephritis or exposure to a toxin and can occur in two ways. The first way in which an antibody can attack either the kidney itself or a substance that stimulates an immune reaction (antigen) attached to kidney cells. In the latter an antigen and antibody can combine somewhere else in the body, forming an immune complex, and then attach to cells in the kidney.                  

 Some types of nephritis involve infiltration of kidney tissues by white blood cells and deposits of antibodies. In other types of nephritis, inflammation may consist of tissue swelling or scarring without white blood cells or antibodies. Nephritis can occur anywhere in the kidneys. Nephritis may also involve the blood vessels within the kidneys. Inflammation of the blood vessels is called vacuities.  

Diagnosis:                 

For diagnosis, the patient has to undergo the tests  that show protein, blood cells, and kidney cells in the urine, while a high concentration of the body's waste products of metabolism (such as urea and creatinine) may be found in the blood. Swabs of the throat may show that there has been a streptococcal infection, while blood tests may be used to check for antibodies to streptococci or other infections, or signs of an abnormal immune response. Sometimes a small biopsy or sample of tissue is taken from the kidney to examine in the laboratory. 

Treatment:                  

The treatment of nephritis depends on the type and cause of the condition. The aim is to reduce inflammation, limit the damage done to the kidneys and support the body until kidney function is back to normal. Medicines which decrease swelling lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation by suppressing the immune system.               

Patients may need to monitor intake of protein, sodium, and potassium. Patients with severe disease should restrict their sodium intake to 2 grams per day and limit fluid as well. The medical therapy for lupus nephritis depends on the severity of the disease. As a result, mycophenolate mofetil is now considered to be the first-line therapy for this disease.            Restriction of sodium (salt), potassium, protein and fluids in the diet may be necessary. Sometimes bed rest is advised. Antibiotics may be needed too, although in many cases the infection which initially triggered the nephritis has long since gone. Medication may also be needed to control blood pressure.         

In severe cases, renal dialysis may be necessary, although this may only be a temporary measure. The goal of treatment is improvement of kidney function.Corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive medications are often effective in reducing symptoms. Whether high doses of corticosteroids or immunosuppressives are likely to be beneficial depends on the precise findings on kidney biopsy.       

Dialysis may be necessary to control symptoms of acute or chronic renal failure. A kidney transplant may be recommended to treat kidney failure resulting from lupus nephritis. 

Herbal treatment:                                 

Nettle seed tincture is emerging as a useful treatment for nephritis. Avoidance of low quality fats and oils helps reduce kidney inflammation. For treating progressive kidney disorders, a combination of shilajatu and triphala is effective.  Dose: 2 grams twice a day. It contains cooked rehmannia root, astragalus root, cornus fruit, moutan bark, water plantain rhizome and wild yam root. Other useful herbs include cordyceps mushroom, rhubarb root and salvia root. The simple combination of astragalus root and cooked rehmannia root proved to be an effective treatment for protein and blood in the urine, causing improvement and recovery of renal functions. The combination of white peony root, dang gui root, tangerine peel, astragalus root, cinnamon bark, ginseng root, white atractylodes, and cooked rehmannia root, schisandra berry, poria mushroom and poygala root is effective treatment in autoimmune nephritis. 

Home Remedies:                       

Some useful remedies for nephritis are given below. Bananas prove very effective due to their low protein and salt and high carbohydrate contents. They should be taken for three to four days, consuming eight to nine bananas per day.The use of carrot juice is an effective remedy. One glass of juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey a teaspoon of fresh lime juice should be taken every day first in the morning.Aracados are valuable as a stable food in Nephritis. It is rich in high mineral and low protein contents.Grapes are very excellent for the treatment of acute and chronic nephritis. They possess high contents of water and potassium salts.Tender coconut water is also an excellent remedy. It could be taken once or twice a day. It is an effective and safe diuretic in the treatment of Nephritis.    

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Mai 30, 2007 at 14:36 o\clock

MENINGTIS

                            MENINGTIS

INTRODUCTION:                    

  Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord.  It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Non-bacterial meningitis is often referred to as "aseptic meningitis." Bacterial meningitis may be referred to as "purulent meningitis." Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious.  Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications.  It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.

 TYPES:

The types of meningitis include

Meningitis - cryptococcal

Syphilitic aseptic meningitis

Meningitis - H. influenza

Meningitis - meningococcal

Meningitis - pneumococcal

Meningitis - staphylococcal

Meningitis - tuberculosis

Aseptic meningitis

Meningitis gram negative

Carcinomatous meningitis (meningitis due to cancer) 

SYMPTOMS:

The symptoms of Meningitis are as follows.

High fever, sometimes with chills

Severe headache

Nausea or Vomiting

Light sensitivity (called "photophobia")

Sound sensitivity Neurological signs such as drowsiness or confusion  

Twitching Opisthotonus Delirium (particularly in children)

Seizures (occurs in about 20 to 40% of patients).

Nuchal rigidity (stiff neck)

 In infants under12 months include high fever, fretfulness, irritability - particularly when handled, difficulty awakening, drowsiness, difficulty feeding, and/or a stiff neck, or bulging fontanelle.

Neisseria meningitis, a rapidly-spreading petechial rash is typical, and may precede other symptoms. The rash consists of numerous small, irregular purple or red spots on the trunk, lower extremities, mucous membranes, conjunctiva, and occasionally on the palms of hands and soles of feet. 

TRANSMISSION:                   

Meningitis is not as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.  The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body.  They are spread when people exchange saliva.  The germ does not cause meningitis in most people.  Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months.  The bacteria rarely overcome the body's immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness. 

CAUSES:            

Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by the microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites.  These micro organisms that cause the disease spread into the blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Non-infectious causes include cancers and certain drugs.  In meningococcal" meningitis, meningitis is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. 

DIAGNOSIS:             

 If meningitis is suspected based on clinical examination, the patient should be given antibiotics. The next step is to perform laboratory tests on the blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is obtained by means of a lumbar puncture (LP).The opening pressure is noted during the LP and the CSF sent for examination of white blood cell, red blood cell, glucose, protein, Gram stain, culture, and possibly latex agglutination test, limulus lysates, or PCR for bacterial or viral DNA. If the patient is immunocompromised, the doctor may also consider testing the CSF for toxoplasmosis, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, JC virus and fungal infection. 

PREVENTION:               

Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes.

 Vaccinations against Haemophilus influenza (Hib) have decreased early childhood meningitis significantly.

Hib vaccines are very safe and highly effective. It is a part of standard immunization for infants and children.

Vaccine against pneumococcal meningitis can also prevent other forms of infection. 

TREATMENT:       

 Antibiotics will be prescribed for bacterial meningitis; the type will vary depending on the infecting organism. Antibiotics are not effective in viral meningitis. Treatment of secondary symptoms including brain swelling, shock, and seizures will require other medications and intravenous fluids. Hospitalization may be required depending on the severity of the illness and the needed treatment. Special antiviral drugs are used to treat brain infections caused by herpes. Anticonvulsants are used to prevent or treat seizures. Irritable or restless people will receive mild sedation. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:                        

Hypericum, Garlic, Nettle, Sage, Comfrey, Mugwort, Ginseng, Maritime Pine and White Willow along with the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy are effective for meningitis. This mix may be started at any time in the cycle of this illness from the moment it is diagnosed and is best continued for 12 weeks at least to allow the best change of full recovery and to minimize any risk of brain damage. 

Colloidal Silver is a versatile and effective natural agent against bacteria and has many unexpected health benefits.

Zell-Oxygen is also an excellent remedy. Chlorella contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals are a superb natural remedy during the recovery from Meningitis.

The antibacterial properties of garlic will help resolve infection. Give the child one capsule or one fresh clove, three times a day, until the infection clears.

 American ginseng is an excellent source of trace minerals and micronutrients. It will also support and strengthen the child's immune system.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous), with its rich concentration of trace minerals and micronutrients, will help strengthen the child's immune system. Give the child one dose, three times a day, for two weeks.  This herb should be used during the recovery phase only, not while fever or any other signs of acute infection are present.  


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Mai 30, 2007 at 08:49 o\clock

MEMORY TIPS

                                MEMORY TIPS

                                

              

INTRODUCTION:

 

 Memory works like a bank. You can get to it, only if you put it there. If you didn't deposit it, you can't collect it when you need it. If our brains were computers, we'd simply add a chip to upgrade our memory. Because the human brain is more complex than even the most advanced machine, upgrading human memory requires slightly more effort. Memory loss is a problem for people with Alzheimer's disease (AD).In most of the cases, their memory is fine. The power to remember is certainly there. They just need to take the time to learn ways to "register" the events more clearly, so they can “recall" them more successfully, later.   

 

ESSENTIAL EIGHT STEPS:

 

 Positive expectation. Believe that you have a good memory It is better to think that your memory is basically good. When you learn better memory techniques, you will have a better memory.

Interest and importance: When you are greatly interested in a subject, you pay close attention and your brain releases chemicals to form deeper "imprints" on the cells that store memory. Those can literally become "long lasting impressions.”

Pay attention: If you want to recall something, pay close attention to it at the time. The problem may not be memory; the problem may be one of attention.

Memory is an active process. The more active attention you pay, the more details you observe, the more you think, reason, and comprehend, the more associations you make of what you know with what you are trying to learn, the more you will retain and be able to recall, later on. Good memory is a state of the active mind.

A relaxed mind helps memory: Learn with a relaxed mind. Recall the learned material with a relaxed mind.

Reduce anxiety. While mild anxiety can increase interest and attention, high anxiety can impair attention and concentration, and therefore, limit the recall of learned material

Monitor depression. Depression can impair the interest and joy in the events surroundings us. As a result, too little energy is left to recall anything. Once depression is treated, memory as a general rule, returns to the normal.

Use your favorite sensory channel. Some remember better what they see, "visual memory, " and some remember better what they hear, "auditory memory. "

  

MEMORY BASICS:

 

 Experts say that the following memory basics can help anyone improve their ability to remember:

Sleep well — Get 7 or more hours of sleep a night.

Breathe deeply — your brain needs a fresh supply of oxygen for good memory. Try to breathe deeply.

Exercise — Regular exercise brings oxygen to the brain, reduces stress, and improves memory

Eat a balanced diet — a poor diet can contribute to memory problems. Eat a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups.

 Avoid alcohol — Alcohol can interfere with memory, and it can also interact with some of the medicines you may be taking.

Drink water — not drinking enough water can cause health problems, including memory problems. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

Don't smoke — Smoking makes less blood, oxygen, and nutrients available to the brain. It also damages brain cells.

Have your hearing checked — Hearing loss can interfere with memory. Many people with Alzheimer's disease also have hearing problems. Have your hearing checked regularly brain cells.

Relax — if you're stressed, it's harder to remember. Take time to breathe deeply. Relax with music or exercise.  

 

DIET:

 

 You probably know already that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and “healthy” fats will provide lots of health benefits, but such a diet can also improve memory.

B vitamins, especially B6, B12, and folic acidBest sources: spinach and other dark leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, strawberries, melons, black beans and other legumes, citrus fruits, soybeans

Antioxidants: Vitamins C and E, beta caroteneBest sources: blueberries and other berries, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green tea, nuts and seeds, citrus fruits, liver

Omega-3 fatty acids Best sources: cold-water fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, halibut, and mackerel; walnuts and walnut oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil  

 

MNEMONIC DEVICES:

 Mnemonics are clues of any kind that help us remember something, usually by causing us to associate the information we want to remember. Common types of mnemonic devices include:

Visual images: Use positive, pleasant images, because the brain often blocks out unpleasant ones, and make them vivid, colorful, and three-dimensional — they’ll be easier to remember.

Sentences in which the first letter of each word is part of or represents the initial of what you want to remember. Eg.The musical notes E,G,B,D and F can easily be remembered as “Every good boy does fine” (or “deserves favor”).

Acronyms, which are initials that creates pronounceable words. The spaces between the lines on the treble staff, for example, are F, A, C, and E: FACE.  

Rhymes and alliteration: remember learning “30 days hath September, April, June, and November”? A hefty guy named Robert can be remembered as “Big Bob” and a smiley co-worker as “Perky Pat”.

Jokes or even off-color associations using facts, figures, and names you need to recall, because funny or peculiar things are easier to remember than mundane images.

Chunking information; that is, arranging a long list in smaller units or categories that are easier to remember.

Method of loci: This is an ancient and effective way of remembering a lot of material, such as a speech. You associate each part of what you have to remember with a landmark in a route you know well, such as your commute to work.  

HOME REMEDIES:

 

 Pistachio nuts. If your memory loss is the result of a thiamine deficiency, pistachio nuts can help.

Wheat germ. Wheat germ is a good source of vitamin E, which may help with age-related memory loss.

Artichokes. These are thought to increase your mental acuity. Pull the artichoke apart, leaf by leaf, then put the pieces into a jar and add enough water to just barely cover. Cover the jar with a lid or saucer, and place in a pan with water. Boil for two hours, adding more water to the pan (not the jar) as necessary. Then strain the contents of the jar and give the artichoke leaves a good squeeze to get out all the juices. Take 3 to 4 tablespoons four times a day.

Blueberries. These luscious little fruits are the richest source of antioxidants, and they help improve short-term memory.

Carrots. They contain carotene, which is a memory booster. Eat them raw, cooked, or in casseroles, or make a juice with carrots and apricots. The apricots are used to add a little compatible juice to the dry carrots.

 Eggs. These have lecithin, which keeps the memory nerve cells healthy. Lecithin is also found in sunflower and soybean oils and can be purchased in capsule form, too.

Okra. Is a memory-enhancing food.

So are sweet potatoes, tapioca, and spinach. Fresh fruits, especially oranges, and vegetables, almonds, and milk are also good for stimulating the memory. 

 Almonds. Soak almonds in water overnight, then rub in milk and give it to the child to lick on. Fennel seeds. Dry roast fennel seeds (big) and grind to powder, add to honey and give to the child to lick on.

  

HERBAL TREATMENT:

 

 Memory could be improved by the use of following herbsAllium Sativum,Basil,Bhringaraj,Calamus Root,Carrot Juice,Curcumin,European Bilberry,Ginkgo Biloba,Ginseng,Gotu-Kola,Haritake,Holly,Kelp,Lemon Balm,Nutmeg,Peppermint,Rosemary,Sage,Schizanda,Skullcap,St. John's Wort,Valerian Root,Wood Betony, resveratrol, folic acid, rosmarinus officinalis, salvia officinalis.huperiza serrata,ephedra sinensis, etc.Herbal teas. Any of these will help a weak memory: sage, rosemary, marjoram, basil. Use 1/4 teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Steep for five minutes. These herbs, in an essential oil, can be added to olive oil and massaged over the neck and forehead. Add these oils to bath water, too: 5 drops to a tubful. 

 

 

 

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Mai 30, 2007 at 08:45 o\clock

measles

MEASLES

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

 

                   Measles also known as rubeola is a disease caused by a virus, Morbillivirus. It is mostly seen in children .adults also become victims to this disease. Humans are the only known natural hosts of measles, although the virus can infect some monkey. This disease is highly contagious. The incubation period usually lasts for 4-12 days. Infected people remain contagious from the appearance of the first symptoms until 3-5 days after the rash appears.

  

 SYMPTOMS:

 

              Usually signs and symptoms of measles appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. They typically include: Fever, Dry cough, Runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis), Sensitivity to light, and tiny red spots with bluish-white centers on the inner lining of the cheek, called Koplik's spots. A rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another. Then a fever spikes, often as high as 104 or 105 F. At the same time, a red blotchy rash surfaces, usually on the face, along the hairline and behind the ears. This slightly itchy rash rapidly spreads downward to the chest and back and thigh and feet. The characteristic measles rash is classically described as a generalized, maculopapular, erythematous rash that begins several days after the fever starts. It starts on the head before spreading to cover most of the body, often causing itching. The rash is said to "stain", changing color from red to dark brown before disappearing.

  

TRANSMISSION:

 

                      Measles is a highly contagious. The airborne pathogen spreads primarily through the respiratory system. The virus lives in the mucus in the nose it is contagious for the first four days .When the patient coughs, sneezes, talks, the infected droplets spray in the air.  The virus is transmitted in respiratory secretions, and can be passed from person to person via aerosol droplets containing virus particles, such as those produced by a coughing patient. Once transmission occurs, the virus infects the epithelial cells of its new host, and may also replicate in the urinary tract, lymphatic system, conjunctivae, blood vessels, and central nervous system.

  

PREVENTION:

 

                     In developed countries, most children are immunized against measles at the age of 18 months, generally as part of a three-part MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella). Infants are generally protected from measles for 6 to 8 months after birth due to immunity passed on from their mothers. Older kids are usually immunized against measles according to state and school health regulations. No treatment can get rid of an established measles infection. However, non immunized infants may be given the measles vaccination within 72 hours of exposure to the measles virus, to provide protection against the disease. Isolation is another method of prevention as measles is highly contagious.  

 

TREATMENT:

 

 Pregnant women, infants and people with weakened immune systems who are exposed to the virus may receive an injection of proteins (antibodies) that can fight off infection, called hyper immune gamma globulin. When given within six days of exposure to the virus, these antibodies can prevent measles or make symptoms less severe. The child can be given such as acetaminophen like Tylenol; to help relieves the fever that accompanies the virus. Don't give aspirin to children because of the risk of Reye's syndrome — a rare, but potentially fatal disease. If you develop a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia or an ear infection, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Young children who are hospitalized with severe measles might also benefit from prescription doses of vitamin A. 

 

 

 

  

SELF CARE:

 

                 The patient should take some rest and avoid busy activities. He should drink plenty of water, fruit juice and herbal tea to replace fluids lost by fever and sweating. He should use a humidifier to relieve cough and sore throat. . If he finds bright light bothersome, as do many people with measles, keep the lights low or wear sunglasses — even while sleeping. Also, avoid reading or watching television because light from a reading lamp or from the television may be bothersome.

  

HERBAL TREATMENT:

                                     Flavonoids, plant compounds with potent biologic activity, are believed to help fight viruses. Wax tree; rhusflavanone is the active ingredient in the case of measles. Calendula flower has shown antiviral activity in vitro and is thought to enhance the immune system.  

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT:

 

                                     Aconitum is used for symptoms that come on suddenly including fever, conjunctivitis, dry cough, and restlessness; best used very early in the course of the disease. Belladonna can be used either during early stages of measles or after the rash has erupted. Bryonia is used for individuals with a delayed rash who have a dry, painful cough, headaches, and muscle pain that worsens with movement and warmth. Euphrasia is used for nasal discharge, red eyes, and tears associated with measles.    

                       Gelsemium is used for the early stages of measles when there is a slow onset of fever and chilliness, cough, headache, weakness, and a watery nasal discharge that burns the upper lip. Pulsatilla can be used at any stage of the measles but often used after fever has resolved. Sulphur is used for measles in which the skin has a purplish appearance; the individual for whom this remedy is appropriate may have red mucus membranes with a cough and diarrhea that is worse in the mornings.

 

 

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Mai 29, 2007 at 07:31 o\clock

HERBS FOR PILES

                             HERBS FOR PILES 

INTRODUCTION:

Piles or a haemorrhoid is one of the most common ailments today. It is a varicose and often inflamed condition of the veins, inside or just outside the rectum. In external piles, there is a lot of pain but not much bleeding. In the case of internal piles, there is discharge of dark blood. Oral dietary supplementation can help to treat and prevent many complications of hemorrhoids.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING DRY FIGS:

Three of four figs should be soaked overnight in water after being cleaned thoroughly in hot water. They should be taken first thing in the morning along with the water in which they were soaked. They should also be taken in evening in the similar manner. 

 

PILES TREATMENT USING MANGO SEEDS:

Mango seeds are an effective remedy for bleeding piles. The seeds should be collected during the mango season, dried in the shade, powdered, and kept stored for use as medicine. This powder should be given in doses of about one and a half to two grams with or without honey, twice daily.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING JAMBUL FRUIT:

The jambul fruit is another effective remedy for bleeding piles. The fruit should be taken with salt every morning for two or three months during its season. 

 

PILES TREATMENT USING RADISH:

White radish is considered highly valuable in piles; 100 mg of grated radish mixed with a teaspoon of honey may be taken twice daily. This vegetable can also be taken in the form of juice mixed with a pinch of salt. White radish, well ground into a paste in milk can also be applied over inflamed pile masses to relieve pain and swelling.  

 

PILES TREATMENT USING TURNIP:

The leaves of turnip have been found useful in this disease. The juice of these leaves should be extracted and 150 ml given to the patient. It is, however, necessary to take a proper diet of raw fruits and vegetables while taking this juice. For better results, 50 ml of the juice should be mixed with equal quantities of juices of watercress, spinach, and carrots.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING BITTER GOURD:

The juice of the fresh leaves of bitter gourd is also valuable in piles. Three teaspoons of the leaf juice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk, should be taken every morning for treating this condition. A paste of the roots of the bitter gourd plant can also be applied over piles with beneficial results.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING GINGER:

Ginger is also useful in this disease. Half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with one teaspoon each of fresh lime juice and fresh mint juice, and a tablespoon of honey, constitutes an effective medicine for piles.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING ONION:

Onions are valuable in bleeding piles. About thirty grams of this vegetable should be finely rubbed in water and sixty grams of sugar added to it. It should be taken twice daily by the Patient. Onion is also useful in the treatment of dry piles. A crushed onion, skinned and roasted in aches, may be applied with beneficial results.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING RICE:

Rice has a very low fiber content and is, therefore, extremely soothing to the digestive system. A thick gruel of rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk and a ripe banana, given twice a day, is a very nutritious diet for a patient with piles.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING WHEAT GRASS:

Wheat grass juice used as an enema helps detoxify the walls of the piles. The general procedure is to give an enema with lukewarm or neem water. After waiting for twenty minutes, 90 to 120 ml of the wheat grass juice enema is given. This should be retained for fifteen minutes. 

 

PILES TREATMENT USING SESAME SEEDS:

Sesame seeds are also valuable in piles. They can be taken in the form of a decoction by boiling twenty grams of seeds in 500 ml of water till it is reduced by one-third, or as sweetmeats. Ground to paste with water, they can be given with butter for bleeding piles.

 

 PILES TREATMENT USING CHEBULIC MYROBLAN:

The herb chebulic myroblan is a popular remedy for piles. The fruit should be roasted to a brown color in cluster oil, and then powdered and stored. Half a teaspoon of this powder at bedtime will bring about normal bowel movements in the morning. A decoction of the herb prepared by boiling six 10 seven dry fruits in half a litre of water should be used for washing bleeding piles. The paste of the fruit mixed in bland oil is good as an external application. 

 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

Taking herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as butcher's broom, horse chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese pagoda tree extracts. GasAmrit, Arshina, Pielocure, White Oak Bark 

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Jimikand (Amorphophallus campanulatus).  

Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), cranesbill and aloe vera

Eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and Psyllium seed husks to help create soft stool that is easy to pass to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoids.

Butcher's Broom: Butcher’s broom extract contains ruscogenins that have anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effects. Supplementation with Butcher’s Broom helps tighten and strengthen veins. Butcher’s broom has traditionally been used to treat venous problems including hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

 Horse Chestnut: Horse chestnut extract, contains a saponin known as aescin that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and venotonic actions. Aescin improves tone in vein walls, thereby strengthening the support structure of the vein

Bilberry Bioflavonoid: Bilberry extract, or Vaccinium myrtillus, is an anthocyanoside bioflavonoid. Supplementation with this potent flavonoid protects and maintains venous strength and function. 

 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Aesculus- This remedy is especially suitable to the form of haemorrhoids arising from portal congestion, abdominal plethora. Haemorrhoids from chronic constipation may be cured with Aesculus.

Pulsatilla is one of the best remedies in haemorrhoids. 

Collinsonia-No remedy can equal Collinsonia in obstinate cases of haemorrhoids, which bleed almost incessantly. It is of special use in females with inertia of the rectum and a congestive tendency to the pelvic organs.

Ignatia - Remedy for Haemorrhoids characterized by sharp, stitching pains, shooting up the rectum.

Hamamelis is one of the best in haemorrhoids. An external application either hot or cold of Hamamelis extract will promptly reduce the inflammation and soreness.

Aloes is also a most useful haemorrhoidal remedy. It is indicated where the piles protrude like a bunch of grapes, bleeding often and profusely, and are greatly relieved by the application of cold water. Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling.

Nux vomica may be prescribed if the haemorrhoids are large and blind, with a burning, stinging and constricted feeling in the rectum.

 Arsenicum can be indicated in bluish piles with burning pain, prostration and debility.

Muriatic acid – remedy for great sensitiveness of the anus, cannot make use of the softest toilet paper; the piles are so sore and sensitive that the slightest touch is unbreakable.

Graphites- remedy for Haemorrhoids which burn and sting, anus sore, and worse sitting. The rectum seems to have lost its contractile power, and the varices protrude.

Lycopodium-A very useful remedy for piles which do not mature, but remain as hard bluish lumps, and also for bleeding piles containing large quantities of blood.

 Sepia - remedy for Haemorrhoids from retarded portal circulation; bleeding haemorrhoids with fullness in the rectum; oozing of moisture with great soreness.

Sulphur-This remedy corresponds to ailments producing haemorrhoids and to the troubles resulting from piles which have stopped bleeding, and as a result fullness in the head and uneasiness in the liver; constipation is present; a desire for stool and itching of the anus.

 

 

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Mai 28, 2007 at 07:21 o\clock

PILES

                           PILES

INTRODUCTION:

Piles or a haemorrhoid is one of the most common ailments today. It is a varicose and often inflamed condition of the veins, inside or just outside the rectum. In external piles, there is a lot of pain but not much bleeding. In the case of internal piles, there is discharge of dark blood. In some cases the veins burst and this results in what is known as bleeding piles. 

SYMPTOMS:

Pain or irritation while passing stools, bleedingPain at passing stools, slight bleeding in the case of internal trouble, and feeling of soreness and irritation after passing a stool are the usual symptoms of piles. The patient cannot sit comfortably due to itching, discomfort, and pain in the rectal region. 

CAUSES:

The primary cause of piles is chronic constipation and other bowel disorders. The straining in order to evacuate the constipated bowels and the pressure thus caused on the surrounding veins leads to piles. Piles are more common during pregnancy and in conditions affecting the liver and upper bowel.

Other causes are prolonged periods of standing or sitting, strenuous work, obesity, general weakness of the tissues of the body, mental tension, and heredity. Using a squat toilet has been hypothesized to reduce straining and therefore reduce the occurrence of hemorrhoids.  

Dehydration can cause a hard stool or chronic constipation which can lead to hemorrhoid irritation. An excess of lactic acid in the stool, a product of excessive consumption of milk products such as cheese, can cause irritation and a reduction of consumption can bring relief.

Vitamin E deficiency is also a common cause.Excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption can cause diarrhea which in turn can cause hemorrhoid irritation.Food considered "probiotic," such as yogurt with active culture, may help keep the gut functioning normally and thus help prevent flare-ups, as will the consumption of fruit. 

TYPES:

If the vein ruptures and a blood clot develops, the hemorrhoid becomes a thrombosed hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids are those that occur outside of the anal verge (the distal end of the anal canal). They are sometimes painful, and can be accompanied by swelling and irritation.

 Internal hemorrhoids are those that occur inside the rectum. As this area lacks pain receptors, internal hemorrhoids are usually not painful and most people are not aware that they have them. Internal hemorrhoids, however, may bleed when irritated.

Untreated internal hemorrhoids can lead to two severe forms of hemorrhoids: prolapsed and strangulated hemorrhoids: Prolapsed hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids that are so distended that they are pushed outside the anus. If the anal sphincter muscle goes into spasm and traps a prolapsed hemorrhoid outside the anal opening, the supply of blood is cut off, and the hemorrhoid becomes a strangulated hemorrhoid.

DIAGNOSIS:

Diagnosis made out from a good history and rectal examination. A hollow, lighted tube, known as a proctoscope, is also often used to look at piles and examine the lining of the rectum usually helps in establishing a diagnosis. 

MEDICAL TREATMENTS:

Some people require the following medical treatments for chronic or severe hemorrhoids: 

Rubber band ligation: Elastic bands are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several days, the withered hemorrhoid is sloughed off during normal bowel movement.

 Hemorrhoidolysis/Galvanic Electrotherapy: desiccation of the hemorrhoid by electrical current.

Sclerotherapy (injection therapy): sclerosant or hardening agent is injected into hemorrhoids. This causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up.

Cryosurgery: a frozen tip of a cryoprobe is used to destroy hemorrhoidal tissues. Rarely used anymore because of side effects.

Enema: This Practice is only used to clean the rectum in some cases and should only be done by a doctor.  

DIET:

The treatment of chronic constipation is the only way to get rid of the trouble. To begin with, the entire digestive tract must be given a complete rest for a few days and the intestines thoroughly cleansed. For this purpose, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for, at least, seven days. Thereafter he may adopt a diet of natural foods aimed at securing soft stools. 

Avoid potato, yellow variety of pumpkin, colocasia

Go for the following diet:
Seeds: Mango Seeds, Sesame seeds
Fruits: Jambul Fruit, Dry Figs, Papaya & Amalaki.
Vegetables: Radish, Turnip, Bitter Gourd, Onion, Ginger
 Grains: Rice, Wheat  

HERBAL REMEDIES:

Some people successfully apply natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. Although unorthodox, olive oil has been known to bring relief.

Taking herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as butcher's broom, horse chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese pagoda tree extracts.

Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling. Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), cranes bill and aloe Vera.

Eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and Psyllium seed husks to help create soft stool that is easy to pass to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoid.

Oral dietary supplementation can help to treat and prevent many complications of hemorrhoids, and natural botanicals such as Butchers Broom, Horse Chestnut, and bioflavonoid can be an effective addition to hemorrhoid treatment.

Butcher's Broom: Butcher’s broom extract, or Ruscus aculeatus, contains ruscogenins that have anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effects.  Horse Chestnut: Horse chestnut extract, or Aesculus hippocastanum, helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with chronic venous insufficiency.

 Bilberry Bioflavonoid: Bilberry extract, or Vaccinium myrtillus, is an anthocyanoside bioflavonoid which protects and maintains venous strength and function.

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Mai 26, 2007 at 11:59 o\clock

INSOMIA

INSOMIA

Introduction:                  

 Insomia refers to sleeplessness. A complaint of sleeplessness may be due to a mood disorder or depression. Sleep allows our brain to re-organize information. Unimportant information is "erased" and important information is locked into our permanent memory. Sleep restores the body. During sleep, the body goes to work actively repairing itself. Damaged cells are replaced with new ones, while organs and muscles are repaired and re-energized.  The immune system is also boosted during sleep. Inadequate sleep can disrupt the immune system, decreasing the ability to fight off diseases and illness.  Lack of sleep can cause problems with memory and concentration. 

Classification and symptoms:                                            

Classification of Sleep Disorders does not recognize a category of primary insomnia but discusses the following 3 free-standing insomnia subgroups such as Psycho physiological insomnia, Idiopathic insomnia and Sleep state misperception.

                    Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause. The predominant symptom is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or nonrestrictive sleep for at least 1 month. The sleep disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

 Psycho physiological insomnia:          

Sleep disturbance varies from mild to severe.Insomnia may manifest as difficulty falling asleep or as frequent nocturnal awakenings.Patients often find that they can sleep well anywhere else but in their own bedroom).Patients with this type of insomnia tend to be more tense and dissatisfied compared to people who sleep well. Emotionally, they typically are repressors, denying problems. 

Idiopathic Insomnia:      

                             Insomnia is long-standing, typically beginning in early childhood. Patients often present with other hard-to-localize neurological signs and symptoms such as difficulties with attention or concentration, hyperactivity, and mild nonfocal electroencephalographic abnormalities. These individuals often show atypical reactions, such as hypersensitivity or insensitivity, to medications. Insomnia tends to persist over the entire life span and can be aggravated by stress or tension.

 

Sleep state misperception: Patients report insomnia subjectively, while sleep duration and quality are completely normal.

 

 Causes:                

There are many causes of insomnia including:

  • stress
  • environmental noise
  • extreme temperature changes in the surrounding environment
  • sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag
  • medication side effects
  • depression
  • underlying health problems such as arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, Parkinson's disease and hyperthyroidism

Tips for good sleep:

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.Try to go to sleep at the same time.Avoid nicotine, alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime.Exercise regularly.Finish eating 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.Follow a routine to help relax before sleep. Make your surroundings conducive to sleep.

Treatment:            

Drug therapy may be helpful for the short-term management of insomnia. Benzodiazepines are commonly used for the management of sleep disorders. Other drugs used in the short-term management of insomnia include a unique agent called Ambien(zolpidem), barbiturates, sedating antihistamines, and a new drug called Sonata.Dromias contains a proprietary blend of natural ingredients that help you get to sleep faster and maintain a healthy sleep cycle.

Home Remedies:                 

Cookies, nighttime snack of milk may help insomia.Sugary foods eaten about 30 minutes before bedtime can actually act as a sedative,

Epsom salts. Naturopathic practitioners recommend this remedy for sleepless nights. Add 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes before hitting the hay.

Honey- Folk remedies often advise people with sleeping difficulty to eat a little honey. It has the same sedative effect as sugar and may get you to bed more quickly. Try adding 1 tablespoon honey to some decaffeinated herbal tea or even to your warm milk for a relaxing pre-sleep drink.

Toast- High carbohydrate, low-protein bedtime snacks can make sleeping easier. Carbohydrate-rich foods tend to be easy on the tummy and can ease the brain into blissful slumber.

Milk-Drinking a glass of milk, especially a glass of warm milk, before bedtime is an age-old treatment for sleeping troubles  

Herbal Remedies:                        

Dill seed, herb is often used as a folk cure for insomnia in China. Its essential oil has the most sedative-producing properties.

Fibromyalgia is an effective remedy for insomnia.

Valerian Root Extract is excellent remedyfor anxiety, nervous tension, stress, insomnia and restlessness. -

Insomnia has been associated with calcium Chamomile has been known to treat anxiety and insomnia.               

Jujube is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Magnesium supplements may be helpful for relieving restless leg syndrome (RLS) and for treating insomnia.

Niacin can be used to stimulate a healthy nervous system, thus easing symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia 

Passion Flower is the herb of choice for treating intransigent insomnia It is also used as a sedative in nervous disorders (including gastrointestinal complaints of nervous origin), difficulties in sleeping, and anxiety or restlessness.

Valerian is a common ingredient which is used as a mild sedative and sleep aid for nervous tension and insomnia.            

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Mai 26, 2007 at 11:05 o\clock

INTESTINAL WORMS

                             INTESTINAL WORMS

Introduction:

                        Intestinal parasites are worms and other intestinal parasites which infest human beings that populate the gastro-intestinal tract. Children are more often infested with intestinal worms than adults. In humans, they are often spread by poor hygiene related to feces, contact with animals, or poorly cooked food containing parasites. The major groups of parasites include protozoan and parasitic worms.

 Symptoms:                

 The usual symptoms of intestinal worms are diarrhoea, foul breath, dark circles under the eyes, constant desire for food, and restlessness at night with bad dreams, anaemia, and headaches. Round-worms may give rise to inflammation of the intestine and lungs, nausea, vomiting, loss of weight, fever, nervousness, and irritability.                

Threadworms may cause intense itching in the area around the rectum. They may also cause periodic bouts of diarrhoea alternating with constipation, loss of weight, cough, and fever. Hookworms may give rise to anaemia and nutritional disorders.  

Causes:             

The eggs of these parasites are introduced into the human system through the medium of contaminated food, water and dirty fingers. When the organisms are swallowed, they move into the intestine, where they can reproduce and cause disease.Roundworms are caused by eating contaminated food. Threadworms may enter the body from dirty fingers and food. Hookworms enter the human body through bare foot walking on infected earth. Tapeworms are transmitted to the body through undercooked flesh foods or foods contaminated by dogs. The real cause of intestinal worms, however, is faulty living.

Prevention:                

Healthy immune system is the best defense against parasites and disease. Some of the things to reduce the risk of parasitic infections are: 

Wash all fruits and vegetables. Scrape off the wax substance on the outer surface on any fruit or vegetable with a knife before washing.

Avoid eating grapes with open splits.

Washing in ozonated water, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach will kill parasites.  

Do not eat raw or uncooked meats or fish. 

Check for worms, especially on fish.

Spray with hydrogen peroxide or wash in ozonated water before cooking.

Keep all work surfaces clean

Drink pure water

Practice good personal hygiene.

Wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, or handling pets. 

Keep your fingernails short and clean. 

 Parasites can live for two months under the fingernails. 

Do not walk barefoot on warm, moist soil or while working in the garden.  

Avoid swimming in rivers, lakes, ponds, or public swimming pools.  

Avoid swallowing or drinking the water while swimming anywhere.  

Avoid swimming if cuts or open sores are present.

Diet:

     The treatment for intestinal worms should begin with diet. The patient should be kept on an exclusive fresh-fruit diet for four or five days. He may adopt a well-balanced light diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, milk, and whole meal bread. In some cases, the all-fruit diet may have to he repeated at intervals and in obstinate cases, the patient should resort to a short fast of raw fruit and vegetable juices. Use more cloves with every meal. Adding some cloves to foods will help kill the eggs from parasites in the intestinal tract. Cloves added to coffee or herbal teas add a little different taste. The diet should exclude fatty foods such as butter, cream, and oil, and all flesh foods.

Treatment:              

 Warm-water enema one litre of water should be boiled thoroughly with two spoons of Cumin (Jheera). After 250 ml water is evaporated, should be taken early morning for 10 days. Also similar treatment with boiled water of coriander seeds (dhania).During the all-fruit or fasting period, the bowel should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema. 

Home remedies:                        

 The use of coconut is most effective in the treatment of intestinal worms. It is an ancient remedy for expelling all kinds of intestinal worms. A tablespoon of freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast, followed by 30 to 60 ml of castor oil mixed with 250 to 375 ml of lukewarm milk after three hours. This process may be repeated till the cure is complete.                     Garlic has been used for expelling intestinal worms. Both fresh garlic and its oil are effective. Chew three cloves of garlic every morning.                      Carrots are valuable in the elimination of threadworms among children as they are offensive to all parasites. A small cup of grated carrot taken every morning, with no other food added to the meal, can clear these worms quickly.           

         Papaya seeds are also useful for this purpose. They are rich in a substance called caricin which is a very effective medicine for expelling roundworms. The seeds should be powdered and taken in doses of one teaspoon with one cup of milk or water daily in the morning on an empty stomach. The alkaloid carpaine found in papaya leaves also has the power to destroy or expel intestinal worms. An infusion can be made by pouring 250 ml of boiling water over 15 gm of dry leaves. This can be taken with honey.                            The bark, both of the root and the stems of the pomegranate tree, is well known for its anthelmintic properties of destroying parasitic worms. A cold decoction of the bark, preferably fresh bark, should be given in quantities of 90 to 180 ml three times, at intervals of one hour, to an adult. A purgative should be given after the last dose. The dose for children is 30 to 60 ml. The decoction is also used for expelling tapeworms.

             The seeds of ripe pumpkin are useful in intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. One tablespoon of the seeds should be peeled and crushed, and then infused in 250 ml of boiling water and drunk. This will kill the parasites and help in expelling the tapeworms. It will be necessary to fast for a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes. The next day, three or four tumblers of the pumpkin seed infusion should be taken.

Herbal Remedies:                                                     

The herb wormwood is an ancient cure for expelling intestinal worms. The flowering tops are used as a drug to kill intestinal worms. They are usually powdered and given in eight to sixteen gram doses daily for roundworms and tapeworms. The oil distilled from this plant also possesses the property to kill worms. It should be mixed with olive oil in doses of 50 to 100 ml for this purpose. An infusion of the herb can also be prepared by mixing 2 ml of wormwood oil in 120 ml of water, and be given as an enema for killing worms in the rectum.                                   

              The herb belleric myroblan, mixed with the seeds of the herb butea(palas) on a 50:50 basis is an excellent anthelmintic. It should be given in doses of one teaspoon thrice a day. It helps remove all intestinal parasites. The seeds of butea can also be administered alone with beneficial results in expelling intestinal worms. One teaspoon of seeds may be given either in the form of powder or paste with one teaspoon of honey, thrice daily. They are especially beneficial in the treatment of roundworms and tapeworms.                                        The leaves, bark, rout-bark, fruit, and the flowers of vasaka tree also help in removing intestinal parasites. A decoction of the root and bark can be prepared by boiling 30 gm of the root and bark in 500 ml of water, till it is reduced by one-third. This decoction may be given in doses of 30ml twice or thrice daily for two or three days. The juice of the fresh leaves can also be used in doses of a teaspoon thrice a day for three days. Another valuable remedy for expelling intestinal worms is the herb calamus.  

 

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Mai 26, 2007 at 10:27 o\clock

JAUNDICE

                                           JAUNDICEIntroduction:                  Jaundice comes from the French word jaune, meaning yellow. It got its name so as the skin and whites of the eyes and mucous membranes appear yellow in colour.This occurs as a result of increased production of bilirubin in the human body. When red blood cells die, the heme in their hemoglobin is converted to bilirubin in the spleen and in the hepatocytes in the liver. The bilirubin is processed by the liver, enters bile and is eventually excreted through feces. Symptoms:               Jaundice usually occurs with high fever. The symptoms of jaundice are extreme weakness, headache and fever, loss of appetite, severe constipation, nausea, and yellow discoloration of the eyes, tongue, skin, and urine. The patient may also feel a dull pain in the liver region. Obstructive jaundice may be associated with intense itching. The itching can sometimes be so severe that it causes patients to scratch their skin “raw,” have trouble sleeping, and, rarely, even to commit suicide. Causes:            There are three different classes of causes for jaundice. They are Pre-hepatic, hepatic and post hepatic. In the prehepatic, too many red blood cells are broken down. Malaria can cause jaundice in this manner. Hepatic causes include acute hepatitis, hepatotoxicity and alcoholic liver disease, whereby cell necrosis reduces the liver's ability to metabolise and excrete bilirubin leading to a build up in the blood   and in the post-hepatic the removal of bile is disturbed. Post-hepatic jaundice is caused by an interruption to the drainage of bile in the biliary system. The most common causes are gallstones in the common bile duct, and pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas. The presence of pale stools and dark urine suggests an obstructive or post-hepatic cause as normal feces get their color from bile pigments. Patients often complain of severe itching.Neonatal jaundice is usually harmless: this condition is often seen in infants around the second day after birth, lasting until day 8 in normal births, or to around day 14 in premature births.There are several uncommon conditions that give rise to over-production of bilirubin. These conditions include: rapid destruction of red blood cells, a defect in the formation of red blood cells that leads to the over-production of hemoglobin in the bone marrow absorption of large amounts of hemoglobin when there has been much bleeding into tissues. Any condition in which the liver becomes inflamed can reduce the ability of the liver to conjugate and secrete bilirubin. Common examples include acute viral hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, and Tylenol-induced liver toxicity. Chronic liver diseases:
                                           Chronic inflammation of the liver can cause jaundice. Common examples include chronic hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease with cirrhosis, and autoimmune hepatitis. Infiltrative diseases of the liver refer to diseases in which the liver is filled with cells or substances that don’t belong there. The most common example would be metastatic cancer to the liver; Diseases causing inflammation of the bile ducts, for example, primary biliary cirrhosis or sclerosing cholangitis and some drugs can stop the flow of bile and elimination of bilirubin and lead to
jaundice. The most common causes of blockage of the bile ducts are gallstones and pancreatic cancer. Less common causes include cancers of the liver and bile ducts.  Drugs:
           Many drugs can cause jaundice. Some drugs can cause liver inflammation (hepatitis) similar to viral hepatitis. Other drugs can cause inflammation of the bile ducts resulting in Jaundice... Drugs also may interfere directly with the chemical processes within the cells of the liver and bile ducts that are responsible for the formation and secretion of bile to the intestine.
 Treatment:                 The treatment of jaundice differs according to the severity of the disease. The patient has to undergo a variety of tests like blood, urine, etc… The treatment of jaundice usually requires a diagnosis of the specific cause of the jaundice and treatment directed at the specific cause, e.g., removal of a gallstone blocking the bile duct. Home remedies for Jaundice:                                                The juice of bitter luffa is regarded as an effective remedy for jaundice. It is obtained by pounding and squeezing the bitter luffa through cloth. The juice should be placed on the palm of the hand and drawn up through the nostrils. This will cause a profuse outflow of a yellow-colored fluid through the nostrils. Tomatoes are valuable in jaundice. A glass of fresh tomato juice, mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper can be taken early in the morning. One glass of sugarcane juice, mixed with the juice of half a lime and taken twice daily, can hasten recovery from jaundice.  Barley water drunk several times during the day is another good remedy for this disease. One cup of barley should be boiled in three litres of water and simmered for three hours. Diet:          The person suffering from jaundice should pay special attention to his diet as it must not affect his digestion. A mild form of viral jaundice can be cured rapidly by diet therapy and physical rest. A simple light carbohydrate diet with exclusion of fats, best obtained from vegetables and fruits, may be resumed. Juice like lemon juice and water, beet and beet greens and dandelion or black radish extract are good for rebuilding and cleansing the liver. Rub the body with lemon slices.                   Raw or undercooked fish, meat, or poultry should be avoided as all raw fish pose a risk of infection from bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Digestive disturbances must be avoided. Foods with a tendency to ferment in the lower intestines like pulses and legumes should not be included in the diet. Avoid consuming alcohol as it place a great stain on the liver, which may worsen the condition further. Herbal cure:                   A combination therapy made from dandelion, the silverweed and black radish juice can help stimulate the liver and the gall bladder.  Detoxification of the liver and gall-bladder is necessary to alleviate jaundice permanently.  Black radish juice and some other kinds of radishes are excellent for jaundice. Make fresh black radish juice, with the black skin on, and drink 1 tablespoon diluted in water three times daily. Beet leaves and roots rejuvenate and rebuild the liver. Add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 teaspoon of leaves and roots, steep and drink twice daily.  Burdock root and red clover aid in cleansing the blood. Calendula is useful in the treatment of liver complaints.   For further details visit http://www.herbsandcures.com 

Mai 25, 2007 at 08:18 o\clock

HYSTERIA

HYSTERIA

Introduction:                      

 Hysteria   refers to the neurotic disorders, characterized by a variety of somatic and mental symptoms resulting from dissociation, typically beginning during early childhood. People who are "hysterical" often lose self-control due to the overwhelming fear. Hysterical strength is human strength exhibited superior to expectations, commonly in a hysterical state. It can be seen when muscles violently contract when a person is electrocuted. Hysterical strength is also observed in people who have taken mind-altering substances. Hysteria is common in women than in men.

Symptoms:               

The main symptoms include inappropriate elation or sadness, crying without cause, almost conclusive laughter, deep sighing, cramps in the limbs, mild rumblings in the belly and sense of constriction in the throat.             

 The symptoms of hysteria are of two degrees. In the first degree, the patient may feel heaviness in the limbs, more severe cramps, strong feeling of ascending abdominal constriction, continual sightings, difficulty in breathing, construction in the chest, palpitations, feeling of a foreign body lodged in the throat, swelling of the neck and of the jugular veins, suffocation, headache, clenched teeth, generalized and voluntary tensing of muscles of locomotion. The patient remains conscious during paroxysms. The convulsions are usually milder and occur more often during the bending and extending of limbs.             

         In the second degree, additional symptoms, besides the preceding ones, are noticeable and these may include wild and painful cries, incomplete loss of consciousness, enormously swollen neck, violent and tumultuous heart-beats, involuntary locomotors muscle contraction, frightening generalized convulsions, violent movement and frequent spitting. Sometimes the patient jumps about on his / her bed and at other times adopt almost tetanic postures. The attack may last several hours. 

Histrionic Personality Disorder:                            

The essential feature of the histrionic personality disorder is a pervasive and excessive pattern of emotionality and attention-seeking behavior. These individuals are lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. Females with HPD over identify with others; they project their own unrealistic, fantasied intentions onto people with whom they are involved. They are emotionally shallow and have difficulty understanding others or themselves in any depth.                             

Males with HPD usually present with identity diffusion, disturbed relationships, and lack of impulse control. They have antisocial tendencies and are and of sensor motor symptoms have been considered to be specific to and characteristic of hysterical neurosis. 

Causes:             

The cause of this disorder is unknown, but childhood events and genetics may both be involved. It occurs more frequently in women than in men, although some feel it is simply more often diagnosed in women because attention-seeking and sexual forwardness is less socially acceptable for women. The main causes for hysteria include psychological disorders, physical disorders, brain disorders, dementia, and brain tumor.                                            

                Weakness and paralysis of muscular groups are common; spasms and abnormal movements, less frequent. The motor disturbances are usually accompanied by altered sensibility, especially those involving touch, pain, temperature, and position sense. Especially characteristic are the "glove and stocking" distribution of the motor and sensory disturbances when these affect the limbs; in some cases, special senses and functions may be affected, such as in hysterical blindness, deafness, and aphonia; both visual and auditory hallucinations may occur. 

Diagnosis:

The person's appearance, behavior, and history, and a psychological evaluation are usually sufficient to establish the diagnosis. There is no test to confirm this diagnosis. Medication does little to affect this personality disorder, but may be helpful with symptoms such as depression. Psychotherapy may also be of benefit. 

Diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV-TR)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines histrionic personality disorder as a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

1.     is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention

2.     interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior

3.     displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions

4.     consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self

5.     has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail

6.     shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion

7.     is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances

8.     considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are. 

Treatment:               

The treatment of these disorders remains based on the case report method and not on clinical trials. On the basis of case presentations, the treatment of choice is psychotherapy aimed at self-development through resolution of conflict and advancement of inhibited developmental lines. 

Herbal Treatment:

                          Passion flower is useful for the treatment of hysteria.

Ignatia is the great homoeopathic remedy for hysteria. One of the characterizing features of hysteria is the globus hystericus, or the sensation of a ball in the throat.

Asafoetida has this symptom very prominently. Fainting is the great keynote of Moschus. When hysterical attacks are found with fainting, other drugs may be indicated. Asafoetida may be indicated, Cocculus, Ignatia or Nux moschata, but in most cases

 Valeriana is a remedy largely used in the allopathic school for hysteria, and forms one of the main props of their treatment. Nux moschata is also one of our good remedies in hysteria. It is especially adapted to nervous hysterical people who change rapidly from grave to gay.

Gelsemium remedy has a few marked symptoms which indicate its usefulness in hysteria. It is especially the remedy in hysterical convulsions with spasms of the glottis.

Kali phosphoricum, one of the tissue remedies, has been found clinically to be one of our good remedies in hysteria.

 

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Mai 25, 2007 at 07:52 o\clock

INDIGESTION

                                        INDIGESTION

Introduction:

                   Indigestion is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. It is also   known as upset stomach or dyspepsia. People of all ages and of both sexes are affected by indigestion. An individual's risk is increased with excess alcohol consumption, use of drugs that may irritate the stomach, other functional disorders such as gastro esophageal reflux disease, and emotional problems such as anxiety or depression.

 

 

 Symptoms:                  

The person suffering from indigestion may have a pain or a burning feeling in the upper portion of the stomach, nausea, feeling bloated, sometimes uncontrollable burping, heartburn, feeling feverish, and a bitter taste in the mouth from stomach acid coming up into the esophagus; rumbling in the stomach., sense of fullness after eating, a feeling as though something is lodged in the esophagus, pain and discomfort at the xiphoid region, sudden chills, comparable to those felt during fevers. Indigestion can be a sign of more serious disease, if a person has vomiting, weight loss, or appetite loss, black tarry stools or blood in vomit, severe pain in the upper right abdomen, discomfort unrelated to eating, indigestion accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, or pain radiating to the jaw, neck, or arm and symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks. 

Causes:         

Indigestion might be caused by a disease in the digestive tract such as ulcer or gastro esophageal reflux disease, but for many people, it results from eating too much, eating too quickly, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations Indigestion is caused by the excessive acid accumulation in the stomach, and over consumption of alcohol. There is a sphincter (muscle) at the join between the stomach and the esophagus. It relaxes to let food into the stomach but then tightens to stop stomach acid coming out and back up into the esophagus. Sometimes the sphincter doesn't work very well, allowing acid back up and causing the uncomfortable symptoms of indigestion.         

Some people have persistent indigestion that is not related to any of these factors. This type of indigestion is called functional or non ulcer dyspepsia which may be caused by a problem in the muscular squeezing action of the stomach (motility). Acid indigestion is a type of indigestion involving an excess of hydrochloric acid n the stomach. Frequent occurrence of acid indigestion can lead to aggravation of the duodenum or to an aggravation of the lining of the stomach, both of which can lead to ulcers.  

Diagnosis:         

To diagnose indigestion, the physician must first rule out any underlying conditions such as ulcers. He may have X-rays of the stomach or small intestine. He may also use an instrument to look closely at the inside of the stomach, referred to as an endoscope. An endoscope is a flexible tube that contains a light and a camera to produce images of the stomach and intestines in a procedure called endoscopy. A gastro copy is a similar procedure used to evaluate just the inside of the stomach. 

Treatment:           

As indigestion is a symptom rather than a disease, treatment usually depends upon the underlying condition causing the indigestion. Keep in mind that excess stomach acid does not cause indigestion, so using antacids will not help the indigestion. To treat indigestion caused by a functional problem in the digestive tract, the doctor may prescribe medicine that affects stomach motility. Avoiding foods and situations that cause indigestion are the best ways to treat it.

                         Changing the following eating habits can help to get relief from indigestion. They are chewing with your mouth open, talking while chewing and eating food too fast. Drink fluids after rather than during meals, and avoid late-night eating. Try to relax after meals. Avoid spicy foods, smoking, and alcoholic beverages. Sometimes aspirin can irritate the stomach lining. If this occurs, switch to acetaminophen. If indigestion is a functional or non ulcer condition, the physician may prescribe medications that affect stomach function.

 

 Prevention:

The best way to treat indigestion is to prevent it by avoiding the foods and situations that seem to cause indigestion.

Eat small meals so the stomach does not have to work as hard or as long.  

Eat slowly.

Avoid foods that contain high amounts of acids, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.

Caffeine causes the stomach to produce more acid, so reduce or avoid foods and beverages that contain caffeine.

If stress is a trigger for indigestion, reevaluating lifestyle may help to reduce stress.

Smokers should consider quitting smoking, or at least not smoking right before eating, as smoking can irritate the stomach lining.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting garments because they tend to compress the stomach, which can cause its contents to enter the esophagus.

Do not exercise with a full stomach. Rather, exercise before a meal or at least one hour after eating a meal.

Do not lie down right after eating. Wait at least 3 hours after the last meal of the day before going to bed.

 Sleep with the head elevated (at least six inches) above your feet and use pillows to prop yourself up. This will allow digestive juices to flow into the intestines rather than to the esophagus.

The patient should not stay awake late at night and should be free from mental stress, anxiety, fear and grief.

Do not eat while moving or traveling in a car, watching television or reading.

Do not eat fast food or food that has been cooked in a microwave oven.

Eating should not be too fast or too slow and the food should be properly chewed.

Sleeping during the day, especially after lunch is not recommended, as it produces indigestion.

 

 Home remedies:       

 Taking fruits, fruit juices and boiled vegetables for one week is also a beneficial way of fasting.

Lemon juice mixed in warm water taken three times a day improves digestion.

Chewing a small piece of fresh ginger with salt, five to ten minutes before meals, stimulates digestion. Take equal amounts of ginger powder, black pepper, dried mint leaves, asafetida (hing), anise seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, fennel and common salt. Grind together to make a fine powder. Dosage: Take about 1 teaspoon of this powder with water, twice a day after meals.

Drinking buttermilk after a meal improves digestion.

Roasted cumin seeds and a little salt in the buttermilk enhance its effectiveness.

Drinking water gives immediate relief to symptoms like wind, distended stomach and acidity.

Eat half a teaspoon of aniseed to improve digestion. A teaspoon of ginger juice mixed in a quarter cup of warm water can be taken two or three times a day.

A teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt can also be added to make it more effective.

Mix equal parts of baking soda and water in a glass and drink it.

Have papaya fruit and get some relief.Take a teaspoon of aj.wain with a little rock salt

A teaspoon of cinnamon water taken half an hour after meals relieves from indigestion.

Ground cardamom seed mixed with ginger, cloves and coriander is an effective treatment for indigestion. 

Herbal Remedies:

Acigon is the best classical herbal combination for amlapitta-hyperacidity. It’s an everlasting solution for acid peptic disorders. It relieves gaseous distention and bilious symptoms.

Mulathi (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is effective anti-ulcer herb, gives miraculous results in acid peptic disorders. It is very effective in treating pain due to stomach ulcers, as it soothes the irritation caused by acids.

Marich (Piper nigrum): Pepper has a stimulating effect on the digestive organs and produces an increased flow of saliva and gastric juices. It is an appetizer and a good home remedy for digestive disorders.

Sunthi (Zingiber officinale): Ginger has been used to aid digestion and treat stomach upset.

Pippali (Piper longum): Piper Longum helps to stimulate appetite and it dispels gas from the intestines.   

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Mai 25, 2007 at 07:15 o\clock

INFLUENZA

                       INFLUENZA 

INTRODUCTION:

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infectious disease of birdsand mammals caused by an RNA virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses).Flu often termed as a seasonal problem is very common during late fall and winters. Flu generally occurs in small outbreaks but sometimes they can turn out to be a human pandemic infecting a lot of people at a time because flu virus is easily transmittable through cough or sneeze through the air.  

SYMPTOMS:

The symptoms of influenza(flu) appear suddenly and often include:·        Fever of 100 F to 104 F, which can reach 106 F when symptoms first develop.

·        Shaking chills.

·        Body aches and muscle pain (often severe), commonly in the back, arms, or legs.

·        Headache.

·        Pain when you move your eyes.

·        Fatigue and loss of appetite.

·        A dry cough, runny nose, and a dry or sore throat. 

CAUSES:

The flu is caused by three types (strains) of viruses - influenza A, B and C. Type A is responsible for the deadly influenza pandemics (worldwide epidemics) that strike every 10 to 40 years, whereas type B causes smaller, more localized outbreaks. Type C is less common and causes only mild symptoms. 

TRANSMISSION: 

The influenza virus is generally passed from person to person by airborne transmission. Influenza virus is spread by inhaling droplets that have been coughed or sneezed out by an infected person or by having direct contact with an infected person's secretions.  Handling household articles such as doorknobs, pens, pencils, keyboards, telephone receivers, and eating or drinking utensils that have been in contact with an infected person may sometimes spread the disease.

 RISK FACTORS:

The following groups are at increased risk for serious illness with the flu, or in contact with those at high risk, and should receive vaccine:

·        All people 50 years of age and older; 

·        Adults and children with long-term heart or lung problems, including asthma;

·        Residents of nursing homes and other facilities housing patients of any age who have serious long-term health problems;

·        People who have kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia, cancer or immunological disorders and other medical conditions for which they are under the close supervision of a doctor, including people with HIV inflection;

·        Children aged 6 months to 18 years on long-term aspirin therapy and, therefore, might be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after influenza infection; and

·        Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season. 

TREATMENT:

To keep yourself away from this deadly disorder, take the yearly flu vaccine. Antivirals like Tamiflu, Relanza, Rimantadine and Amantadine are also very effective in the treatment of Flu. These drugs work by paralyzing the action of viruses in your body.  

HOME REMEDIES:

Long Pepper-Half a teaspoon of the powder of long pepper, mixed with two teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of juice of ginger should be taken thrice a day. This will help greatly if taken in the initial stages of the disease.

Garlic-Garlic is useful as a general antiseptic and the patient should take as much as he can bear.

Turmeric-A teaspoon of turmeric powder should be mixed in a cup of warm milk and taken three times a day.

Onion-Equal amounts of onion juice and honey should be mixed, and three or four teaspoons of this mixture should be taken daily in the treatment of this disease.

Ginger-A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste, is an excellent diaphoretic mixture which increases sweating and reduces fever in this disease. The fenugreek decoction may be prepared by boiling one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in half a litre of water, till it is reduced by one third.

Grapefruit-The juice of grapefruit has proved useful in this disease as it tones up the body and the digestive tract.

Basil Leaves-About one gram of green leaves of the basil plant  should be boiled along with some ginger in half a litre of water till about half the water is left.

Finger Millet-Fumigation of the burnt flour of finger millet is useful in influenza. It should be inhaled gently in the treatment of this disease.

Honey -Drink a whole cup of honey by itself and then sleep... it gives you more energy. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Aconitum napellus: A flu that comes on suddenly and intensely—with fever, anxiety, constricted pupils, and strong thirst—is likely to respond to this remedy.

Apis mellifica: This remedy may be helpful if a person has dry fever that alternates with sweating, facial flushing, and a very sore throat with swollen tonsils.

Arsenicum album: A person who needs this remedy during flu feels chilly and exhausted, along with an anxious restlessness

Belladonna: Sudden, intense symptoms — including fever, red face, hot skin, and extreme sensitivity to light and jarring — suggest a need for this remedy.

Bryonia: When a person is very grumpy and feels miserable with the flu, wanting only to lie still and be left alone, this remedy is likely to be useful.

Eupatorium perforliatum: Flu with deep pain occurring in the legs or back (“as if the bones would break”) often responds to this remedy.

Ferrum phosphoricum: This remedy may be helpful during flu with fever, headache, rosy cheeks, and a feeling of weariness.

Gelsemium: Symptoms of fatigue and achiness that come on gradually, increasing over several days, may indicate a need for this remedy.

Nux vomica: When this remedy is indicated in influenza, the person may have high fever, violent chills, strong nausea and cramping in the digestive tract.

Oscillococcinum (also called Anas barbariae): Oscillococcinum has strong antiviral effects.

Phosphorus: When this remedy is needed during flu, the person has a fever with an easily-flushing face, and feels very weak and dizzy.

Rhus toxicodendron: A person who needs this remedy during flu feels extremely restless. Fever is accompanied by bone and muscle aches.

Sulphur: This remedy may be useful if flu is very long-lasting or has some lingering symptoms—often after people have neglected to take good care of themselves.

 HERBAL REMEDIES:

ANISE Tea stimulates mucus secretion in lungs & throat.

BONESET- Expectorant.

CATNIP Tea relieves fever & digestive upset, relaxing effect.

CAYENNE can be added to fresh orange juice or soup to relieve congestion and increase mucus flow.

ECHINACEA is an excellent immune stimulant that relieves major flu symptoms.

ELDERBERRY prevents infections and shortens duration of flu.  

EPHEDRA Opens bronchial passages.

GARLIC Is an antibacterial that helps prevent infection. Eaten raw or taken in capsules.

GINGER A tea made by steeping the fresh, chopped root in boiling water for 20 minutes is used to soothe throat and ease congestion.

MULLEIN-Used as expectorant and to soothe sore throat.

TILDEN FLOWER Tea used for sore throat & headache.

ESSENTIAL OILS:

Some essential oils can be very helpful as well. For severe congestion dab a bit of salve or aloe gel under the nose (to protect the sensitive tissue) and then apply a drop of essential oil of peppermint directly under the nose. Breathing in the vapors helps clear nasal passages, and alleviate nausea. Ginger infused oil can be mixed with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to make a nice chest rub. Cold Comfort Tea Recipe and Aromatherapy for Boosting Immunity are also used in treatment.

PREVENTION:

Vaccination: The single best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated in October or November every yearAntiviral Medications: Four antiviral drugs (amantadine, rimantadine, zanamivir, and oseltamivir) can be used to prevent influenza. Other Habits for Good Health: These steps can help prevent influenza and other illnesses:

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

·        Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.

·        Washing your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand cleaner will help protect you from germs.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching contaminated things.

·        Stay home when you are sick.

·        Practice healthy habits

·        Get regular exercise, enough rest, and eat healthy balanced meals.

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Mai 24, 2007 at 10:29 o\clock

HYPOTENSION

                                  HYPOTENSION

INTRODUCTION:                 

Hypotension is abnormally low blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is a reading of less than 120/80 mmHg. Hypotension is blood pressure that is lower than 90/60 mmHg. In physiology and medicine, hypotension is best understood as a physiologic state, rather than a disease. It is often associated with shock, though not necessarily indicative of it..               The vast and rapid compensation abilities of the autonomic nervous system allow normal individuals to maintain an acceptable blood pressure over a wide range of activities and in many disease states. 

SYMPTOMS:                

 The cardinal symptom of hypotension is lightheadedness or dizziness. Low blood pressure is often accompanied by Chest pain, Shortness of breath, Irregular heartbeat, Fever higher than 101 °F, Headache, Stiff neck, Severe upper back pain, Cough with phlegm, Prolonged diarrhea or vomiting, Inability to eat or drink, Burning with urination, Foul-smelling urine, Adverse effect of medications, acute, life-threatening allergic reaction, Dizziness, or light-headedness, particularly when suddenly standing up from sitting down.  

CAUSES:          

The most common mechanism producing hypotension is the reduced blood volume, called hypovolemia, is. This can result from hemorrhage, or blood loss; insufficient fluid intake, as in starvation; or excessive fluid losses from diarrhea or vomiting. Hypovolemia is often induced by excessive use of diuretics. Decreased cardiac output, due to severe congestive heart failure, large myocardial infarction, often produces hypotension and can rapidly progress to cardiogenic shock. Beta blockers can cause hypotension both by slowing the heart rate and by decreasing the pumping ability of the heart muscle.Excessive vasodilatation, or insufficient constriction of the resistance blood vessels (mostly arterioles), causes hypotension. Excessive vasodilatation can also result from sepsis, acidosis, or medications, such as nitrate preparations, calcium channel blockers, or ACE inhibitors. A lack of the essential vitamins B-12 and folic acid can cause anemia, which in turn can lead to low blood pressure. Postprandial hypotension is caused by a disordered or aging autonomic nervous system not compensating appropriately while digestion takes place.

 TYPES:

Orthostatic hypotension, also called "postural hypotension", is a common form of low blood pressure. It occurs after a change in body position, typically when a person stands up from either a seated or lying position. It is commonly seen in hypovolemia and as a result of various medications. Neurocardiogenic Syncope is a form of dysautonomia characterized by an inappropriate drop in blood pressure while in the upright position.Postprandial hypotension, which occurs 30–75 minutes after eating.  

DIAGNOSIS:               

To help reach a diagnosis, the doctor may recommend one or more of the following such as blood tests to get information about anemia. Electrocardiogram detects irregularities in the heart. Echocardiogram produces images of the heart that shows abnormalities in the heart muscles or valves. 

TREATMENT:                   

 Hypotension that causes signs or symptoms rarely requires treatment. When hypotension is drug-induced, treatment usually involves changing the dose of the medication or stopping it entirely.Increased salt intake- It is usually recommend limiting the amount of salt in the diet because sodium can raise blood pressure, sometimes dramatically. But for people with low blood pressure, that can be a good thing.

Increased water- Drinking more water is beneficial for people with low blood pressure.

Compression stockings - The same elastic stockings and leotards commonly used to relieve the pain, swelling, and blood stagnation of varicose veins may help reduce the pooling of blood in your legs.  

Medications - Doctors traditionally have used the drug midodrine to raise standing blood pressure levels in people with orthostatic hypotension. In addition to increasing standing blood pressure, midodrine also raises already-high supine pressure, leading to the possibility of strokes. The drug, pyridostigmine (Mestinon), increases standing blood pressure without affecting supine pressure. 

SELF CARE:

Drink more water, less alcohol.Follow a healthy diet. Get all the nutrients such as grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean chicken and fish.Go slow. You may be able to reduce the dizziness and lightheadedness that occur with orthostatic hypotension by taking it easy when you move from a prone to a standing position.  

Eat small, low-carb meals. To help prevent blood pressure from dropping sharply after meals, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread. 

Drinking caffeinated coffee or tea with meals may temporarily raise blood pressure. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

 Blood pressure is raised by the action of the hyssop when enhanced with supplements of the seaweed kelp; to alleviate the other physical symptoms associated with hypotension. Another herbal remedy is to drink the juice of the rosemary leaves which has been steeped in some aged red wine, dosage of this herbal juice can be a tbsp. every day to function as a heart tonic. The lowered blood pressure is also increased by supplements of the Siberian ginseng, the root of the goldenseal herb, the root of the ginger, spirulina and the miracle herb ginkgo biloba. The heart is fortified by supplements of the hawthorn berries and the garlic; these herbs also regulate blood pressure in individuals affected by the lowering of blood pressure. 

 HOME REMEDIES:

 Soak 32 small raisins in a ceramic bowl full of water over night. Chew them one by one first thing in the morning. Chew well and drink the water also.
Soak 7 almonds in water over night. Peel them and grind to a smooth paste. Add in a glass of milk and boil. Drink warm.
Crush 10-15 holy basil leaves (tulsi) and strain through a clean muslin cloth. Mix with 1 tsp honey. Have it the first thing in the morning.
The juice of raw beetroot is one of the most effective home remedies for low blood pressure. The patient should drink a cup of this juice twice daily for treating this condition.

The herb Indian spikenard is another effective home remedy for low blood pressure. It should be taken in doses of thirty to forty grains with a pinch of a little camphor and cinnamon (dalchini). An infusion can also be prepared by steeping 15 to 20 gm of the herb in 250 ml of boiling water, and taking it thrice a day.

 

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Mai 24, 2007 at 10:02 o\clock

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

                      HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE 

INTRODUCTION:                                  

 Hypertension or high blood pressure is more commonly known and regarded as a silent killer. It is a disease of the modern age. The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the increasingly industrialized and metropolitan environments have a role to play in the rise in blood pressure. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms. Blood pressure changes during the day. It is lowest as you sleep and rises when you get up. It also can rise when you are excited, nervous, or active. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater. 

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:

Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of the body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats (about 60–70 times a minute at rest); it pumps out blood into the arteries. The blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest, between beats, the blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure.  Blood pressure is measured with an instrument called sphygmomanometer in millimeters of mercury.Blood pressure is always given as these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. A blood pressure reading below 120/80 mmHg is considered normal. High blood pressure is a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher.  

PREHYPERTENSION:

Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number. If the blood pressure is in the prehypertension range, it is more likely that the sufferer will end up with high blood pressure unless he takes action to prevent it. 

SYMPTOMS:                       

Some people may not find out any symptoms, until they have trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys. The first symptom of hypertension may appear as a pain at the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning, which soon disappears. Some of the other common symptoms are dizziness, palpitations, pain in the region of the heart, frequent urination, nervous tension, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing. 

CAUSES:             

The main causes of high blood pressure are stress and a faulty style of living. Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants, tea, coffee, and refined foods destroy the natural pace of life and prevent the expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body. Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), obesity, and diabetes lead to hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are an excessive intake of common table salt, and eating a high fat and low fibre diet.  

EFFECTS:         

High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. It is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard. If not controlled over time, high blood pressure can affect not only the heart and blood vessels but also other organs, making them function not as well as they should. The effects of uncontrolled high blood pressure include 

Stroke:  High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. High blood pressure can cause a break in a weakened blood vessel in the brain. This can cause bleeding in the brain, which is a stroke. If a blood clot blocks a narrowed blood vessel, it can also cause another type of stroke.  

Impaired vision - Blood vessels in the eye can in time burst or bleed due to high blood pressure. Vision can become blurred or impaired and can result in blindness.  

Kidney Damage: High blood pressure can narrow and thicken the blood vessels. The kidneys are unable to filter the waste and the waste build up in the blood resulting in kidney failure. 

Heart Attack: High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor for heart attack. If the heart cannot get enough oxygen, because of narrowed arteries, chest pain can occur. Heart attack is caused when the flow of blood is blocked. 

Congestive heart failure:  High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor for heart failure, where the heart is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.  

  DIET:                                             

 Persons with high blood pressure should always follow a well-balanced routine of a proper diet, exercise, and rest. Diet is of primary importance. Meat and eggs, more than any other food, cause the blood pressure to rise. The pressure can be lowered and blood clotting diminished by increasing the consumption of fruits, reducing protein intake, and sticking to a vegetarian diet. A natural diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to get rid of the toxins from the body. Salt should be avoided; in any case, it should not exceed more than three grams or about half a teaspoon per day. Persons suffering from hypertension must get at least eight hours of good sleep, because proper rest is a vital aspect of the treatment. Most important of all, the patient must avoid overstrain, worries, tension, anger, and haste. He or she must develop a calm and cheerful attitude and develop a contented frame of mind   

TREATMENT:                

A change in diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle may reduce the blood pressure to normal. It is important to lower the amount of salt
if necessary; high blood pressure can be treated with a range of different medicines, including:
Beta-blockers, which make the heart, beat more slowly and less strongly.Diuretics, which work in the kidneys to make you pass urine more often and get rid of excess fluid.Calcium-channel blockers, which relax arterial blood vessels making them less narrow. These lower the resistance to blood flow, allowing blood to flow more easily. They work by preventing calcium from entering the muscles in blood vessels because calcium is important in narrowing down blood vessels.ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II antagonists, which in general relax the blood vessels. It is believed that angiotensin II is involved as one of the causes of high blood pressure.                

        It is also important to follow any lifestyle instructions that the doctor has given, like trying to give up smoking, reducing your weight, doing more exercise and eating a healthy diet. When these and other risk factors are present together with high blood pressure, then this means there is even higher risk of serious disease. It is also important to continue taking any medications given by the doctor, even if you feel normal. 

HOME REMEDIES:                           

Garlic is regarded as an effective means of lowering blood pressure. It may be taken in the form of raw cloves or two to three capsules a day.

Indian gooseberry is another effective remedy for high blood pressure. A tablespoon each of fresh Alma juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning in this condition. Lemon is also regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a rich source of vitamin P which is found both in the juice and peel of the fruit. This vitamin is essential for preventing capillary fragility.

Grapefruit is useful in preventing high blood pressure. The vitamin P content in the fruit is helpful in toning up the arteries.

Watermelon is another valuable safeguard against high blood pressure. A substance extracted from watermelon seeds is said to have a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, which results in lowering the blood pressure. The seeds, dried and roasted, should be taken in liberal quantities.

Rice has a low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-salt content. It makes a perfect diet for those hypertensive persons who have been advised salt-restricted diets.

Calcium in brown rice, in particular, soothes and relaxes the nervous system and helps relieve the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Potatoes, especially in boiled form, are a valuable food for lowering blood pressure. When boiled with their skin, they absorb very little salt. The magnesium present in the vegetable exercises beneficial effects in lowering blood pressure.

Parsley is very useful in high blood pressure. It contains elements, which help maintain the blood vessels, particularly, the capillaries. It keeps the arterial system in a healthy condition.

Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot and spinach juices, taken separately or in combination, are also beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure. If taken in combination, 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice should be mixed to make 500 ml or half a litre of the juice, and taken daily. If taken separately, one glass should be taken twice daily, morning and evening.

Keep clean potable water in a copper urn overnight. Drink a glass early morning. It reduces blood pressure.

 Potassium is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables, and calcium in dairy products.

Mix juice of onion and pure honey in equal quantity. Taken two spoons of this mixture once a day is an effective remedy for high blood pressure. 

 HERBAL REMEDIES:                        

Among the herbs, rauwolfia is the best remedy for high blood pressure. Alkaloids of this drug, which have a direct effect on hypertension.

Take four leaves of Basil and two leaves of Neem (Margosa) and grind them with four spoons of water. Take this ground mixture empty stomach with a glass of water.

Eat empty stomach one Papita (Papaya) everyday for one month.  Do not take anything after this for at least two hours. It is very essential to follow the advice of the physician if you have high blood pressure and have it checked at regular intervals of time.   

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Mai 24, 2007 at 09:36 o\clock

HICCUPS

HICCUPS

INTRODUCTION: 

                    Hiccups are sudden, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. As the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between the vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air and makes the hiccup sound. Irritation of the nerves that extend from the neck to the chest can cause hiccups.

SYMPTOMS:            

Hiccups are brief, irritable spasms of the diaphragm that can occur for a few seconds or minutes. A case of the hiccups is rarely a medical emergency. If hiccups last for more than 3 hours, occur with severe abdominal pain, or spit up blood, however the sufferer should seek medical attention.  

CAUSES:

Many conditions are associated with hiccups and some causes are given below.

·        Drinking too much alcohol.

·        Swallowing too much air.

·        Smoking.

·        A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.

·        Emotional stress or excitement.

·        Any other practices that might irritate the diaphragm such as eating too much or drinking too much can make you prone to having hiccups.

MEDICAL TREATMENT:

Treatment for hiccups depends on how severe they are.
  • For the common hiccups that will usually stop on their own, home remedies are generally recommended.
  • For more severe, persistent hiccups, Chlorpromazine is usually the first prescription medication tried for hiccups, although drugs such as baclofen (Lioresal) and medications for convulsions such as phenytoin (Dilantin) have also been successful.
  • Surgery to disable the phrenic nerve (the nerve that controls the diaphragm) is often the treatment of last resort.
 HOME REMEDIES:

                            Numerous home remedies for hiccups exist. The reason that these remedies are thought to work is that carbon dioxide build-up in the blood will stop hiccups, Try these methods at home:

·        Hold your breath.

·        Drink a glass of water quickly.

·        Become frightened.

·        Use smelling salts.

·        Pull hard on your tongue.

·        Place one-half teaspoon of dry sugar on the back of your tongue. (You can repeat this process 3 times at 2-minute intervals. Use corn syrup, not sugar, in young children.)

·        Place an ice bag on the diaphragm for sometime,

·        Sip ice water quickly,

·        Close your eyes and gently press your eye balls,

·        Drink a glass of soda water quickly.

·        Eat some sugar,

·        Eat one tbsp peanut butter.

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT:

                             For belching and violent, noisy hiccups, try a 6C dose of Cicuta every 15 minutes, up to six doses.

Ignatia is a good remedy for hiccups which occur soon after an emotional upset or eating, drinking or smoking.

Persistent hiccups with a sore chest and retching may be relieved by Magnesia phosphoricum. In case of children with hiccoughs, a spoonful of peanut butter or honey is a good remedy. It should be swallowed at once, without retaining it in the mouth. Alternatively, a spoonful of curds sweetened with sugar can also be given to children.

 

 HERBAL TREATMENT:

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Inhaling black pepper powder can induce a person to sneezing. Sneezing is a violent movement of the respiratory tract. Therefore, it can put an end to hiccoughs.

Cardamom (Elattaria cardamomum) Cardamom is another spice that is used for the treatment of hiccoughs. If the hiccough is persistent then a half teaspoon of cardamom powder is mixed in a cupful of water and then boiled to half its quantity. This solution is then filtered and drunk.

Mustard (Brassica junpea) Due to its strong taste, mustard has capacity to stimulate the nerves in the throat region. Slowly swallowing a tablespoonful of mustard seeds mixed with ghee helps to reduce hiccoughs.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT:                             

For acute hiccoughs, Mayurpichcha mashi (the ash of burnt peacock feather) is given along with ginger and honey. This mixture is to be licked repeatedly, after every few minutes. It stops the hiccoughs in some time. 

For persistent hiccoughs, take Chitrakadi vati in quantities of 250 milligrams thrice a day. Treatment is to be continued for two weeks.

It is advisable to give carminative foods such as ginger, black pepper, fennel, cardamom, etc. to cure the gastrointestinal problem that may be causing the hiccoughs. 

Somnath rasa is also a commonly prescribed medicine for hiccoughs.  

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Mai 23, 2007 at 10:28 o\clock

GOITRE

                                         GOITRE

Introduction:

                     Goitre is a swelling in the neck just below the larynx due to an enlarged thyroid gland. It is also called as bronchocele. Goitre was previously common in many areas that were deficient in iodine in the soil. The condition now is practically absent in affluent nations, where table salt is supplemented with iodine. Women are more vulnerable to Goitre as compared to men. The people mainly affected by Goitre are those who habitually live on denatured foods and nut and those who eat mainly raw or uncooked food.

 

 Symptoms:

                The main symptoms of this disease are diminished power of concentration, emotional upsets, depression, irritability, swelling of the thyroid gland. Initial goitre symptom may be emotional upsets which gradually increase in duration. The thyroid gland may swell but this has no relation to the severity of the ailment.

 

 Classification:                

 Goitre is classified in different ways as mentioned below.A "diffuse goitre" is a goitre that has spread through the entire thyroid and is contrasted with a "simple goitre", "single thyroid nodule" and "multinodular goitre". "Toxic goitre" refers to goitre with hyperthyroidism. These are derived from inflammation, neoplasm, and some kinds of activating autoimmune disease as in Grave's disease.

"Nontoxic goitre” is associated with normal or low thyroid levels. It refers to all other types such as that caused by lithium or certain other autoimmune diseases.

 

 Causes:

           The most common cause for goitre in the world is iodine deficiency. This condition is commonly called endemic goitre. It is curable by mass food-supplementation with iodine. Other causes are Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves-Basedow disease, Juvenile goitre due to congenital hypothyroidism, Neoplasm of the thyroid Thyroiditis (acute, chronic), Side-effects of pharmacological therapy (lithium). Iodine is necessary for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine (T3 and T4). In conditions producing endemic goitre, when iodine is not available, these hormones cannot be made. In response to low thyroid hormones, the pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Thyroid stimulating hormone acts to increase synthesis of T3 and T4, but in excess it also causes the thyroid gland to grow in size as a type of compensation.

 Treatment:                   

Treatment for goitre may not be necessary if the goitre is not caused by disease and is small. Removal of the goitre may be necessary if it causes difficulty with breathing or swallowing. There is now an alternative to surgery in large goiters. Radioiodine therapy with or without the pre-injection of a synthetic thyroid stimulating hormone, TSH, can relieve obstruction and reduce the size of the goiter by 30-65%. But removal of certain types of diffuse goitre mentioned above will result in removing the entire thyroid as well. The complete removal of the thyroid gland destroys the body's ability to produce thyroid hormone. In this case, supplements of oral thyroid hormone are necessary to avoid harm from hypothyroidism.

                         For the first five days of the treatment the bowels should be cleansed daily with lukewarm water. The patient should take plenty of rest and spend a day in bed every week for the first two months of the treatment. More and more physical exercise should be taken after the symptoms subside.

 

 Cure with Magnetic Therapy:

                                           Goitre can also be treated by Magnetic Therapy: North Pole oil should be applied before the spot application of the magnets. In case the gland is swollen on both sides across the wind pipe, the CCM should be applied locally north pole on the Tight lobe and the south pole on the lobe of the gland for twenty minutes twice daily.

 

 Home treatment:                     

 Iodine should be given in its organic form. All foods containing iodine such as lettuce, turnips, carrots, garlic, onions, oats, pineapples, whole rice, tomatoes, strawberries, guavas, citrus fruits, egg yolks, and sea foods could be taken. Goitre can be treated with Watercress. It is effective in correcting the functioning of the thyroid gland. Its regular use is highly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of goitre. A paste made of this vegetable can also be applied beneficially over the affected parts. It helps to reduce swelling.

                Expothalmic goitre can be treated using the leaves of swamp cabbage. A teaspoon of the juice with tea almonds should be given once or twice daily as a medicine. The leaves are also useful in myxodema, a condition that result's from lack of thyroid hormones.

 Herbal Remedies:             

Kachnar, botanically known as Bauhinia variegata, has been used as a folk medicine for treatment of goitre in India. About 30 ml of the decoction of the bark should be given twice a day in the morning on an empty stomach. Dandelion has been found valuable in treating goitre. The leaves of this salad vegetable should be smeared with ghee, warmed and bandaged over the swollen parts for about two weeks. The seeds of flex are also useful in reducing swellings in goitre. The seeds should be ground in water, heated and applied over the affected parts. The leaves of the tree should then be bandaged over them. 

Diet for Goitre:

The patient should be precautious in his diet. The patient should take juices of fruits such as oranges, apples, pineapples, and grapes every two or three hours for five days. Then the patient may spend the next three days on fruits and milk, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits with a glass of milk, at five hourly intervals. Diet rich in iodine such as marine fish, green vegetables, banana, and turmeric could be taken regularly. Certain foods and fluids are extremely injurious for goitre patients and should be avoided. These include white flour products, white sugar, flesh foods, fried or greasy foods, preserves, condiments, tea, coffee, and alcohol.     

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Mai 23, 2007 at 09:47 o\clock

HEART ATTACK

                                       HEART ATTACK

INTRODUCTION:

Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. The resulting ischemia or oxygen shortage causes damage and potential death of heart tissue. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a medical emergency, and the leading cause of death for both men and women all over the world. 

SYMPTOMS:

Classical symptoms of acute myocardial infarction include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, sweating, and anxiety or a feeling of impending doom  The most common symptoms of MI in women include shortness of breath, weakness, and fatigue. The onset of symptoms in myocardial infarction (MI) is usually gradual, over several minutes, and rarely instantaneous. Chest pain is the most common symptom of acute myocardial infarction and is often described as a sensation of tightness, pressure, or squeezing. Chest pain due to ischemia (a lack of blood and hence oxygen supply) of the heart muscle is termed angina pectoris. Pain radiates most often to the left arm, but may also radiate to the lower jaw, neck, right arm, back, and epigastrium, where it may mimic heartburn. 

CAUSES:

The most common causes of heart attack are

·        High blood pressure

·        Hardening of arteries

·        Obesity

·        Thrombosis (formation of clot in blood)

·        Vitamin B deficiency 

RISK FACTORS:

Risk factors for atherosclerosis are generally risk factors for myocardial infarction:

·        Older age

·        Male gender

·        Cigarette smoking

·        Hypercholesterolemia (more accurately hyperlipoproteinemia, especially high low density lipoprotein and low high density lipoprotein)

 ·        Diabetes (with or without insulin resistance)  

FIRST AID:

Acting immediately by calling the emergency services can prevent sustained damage to the heart ("time is muscle"). A half-sitting position with knees bent is often recommended. Access to more oxygen can be given by opening the window and widening the collar for easier breathing.Other general first aid principles include monitoring pulse, breathing, and level of consciousness and, if possible, the blood pressure of the patient. In case of cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be administered.

 DIAGNOSIS:

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) can detect abnormal heartbeats, some areas of damage, inadequate blood flow, and heart enlargement.
Blood test will be done routinely to check for enzymes or other substances that are released when cells begin to die. These are "markers" of the amount of damage to your heart.
Nuclear scan shows areas of the heart that lack blood flow and are damaged. It also can reveal problems with the heart’s pumping action.
Coronary angiography (or arteriography) is used to check blockages and narrowed areas inside coronary arteries.  

TREATMENT:

A heart attack is a medical emergency which demands both immediate attention and activation of the emergency medical services. Treatment of heart attacks includes:

·        Anti–platelet medications to prevent formation of blood clots in the arteries

·        Anti–coagulant medications to prevent growth of blood clots in the arteries

·        Coronary angiography with either percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. (PTCA) with or without stenting to open blocked coronary arteries.

·        Clot–dissolving medications to open blocked arteries.·        Supplemental oxygen to increase the supply of oxygen to the heart's muscle.

·        Medications to decrease the need for oxygen by the heart's muscle.

·        Medications to prevent abnormal heart rhythms 

DIET:

The key is to eat whole foods and a predominantly vegetarian diet, consisting mostly of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and nuts and seeds.Eat vegetables and fruits in raw to preserve the enzymes.Whole grains should be soaked first to break down the phytic acid.

During the first week following a heart attack, take several small meals low in salt.

Cauliflower, asparagus and carrots are good.

The essential fatty acids found in unrefined, cold-pressed nut and seed oils such as flax seed oil are useful to keep the arteries clear. Use flax seed oil daily as a dressing on salads, mixed into mashed potatoes, or in any other dish that does not require heating.

Avoid cold fluids red meat, shortening, margarine and commercially processed foods.

Get your protein from fish or from vegetable products such as soy that reduce blood cholesterol.

Eat plenty of magnesium rich foods such as tofu, wheat germ, broccoli, potatoes, spinach and chard to help regulate heart activity.

Garlic lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, prevents thrombus formation and lowers blood pressure.

Eat three fresh cloves daily. You can add it to your salad.

Include almonds, brewer's yeast, grains, and sesame seeds in your diet.Enjoy onions frequently.

Drink fresh vegetable juices.

Cayenne pepper lowers cholesterol, dilates arteries, increases blood flow to the coronary circulation, and inhibits blood platelets from collecting.

Walnuts- eating just an ounce of walnuts a day (about seven nuts) may reduce the risk of a heart attack by 8 to 10 percent.

To strengthen the heart, take one teaspoon of honey, dissolved slowly on the tongue, three times daily for a few weeks.(Skip it if you are a diabetic patient) 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

Herbs are useful to help prevent heart attacks, and to heal after an attack.

Hawthorn berries regulate, heal, repair and soothe the heart. 
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of hawthorn blossoms, steep for five to ten minutes, strain and take 2-3 cups daily for a month.
Or, take 10 drops extract in liquid twice daily, or take 1 tsp. of tincture three times daily.

Ginkgo biloba increases the blood supply to the brain, prevents accumulation of blood platelets and controls angina. 
Take 20 drops of tincture three times daily. Take two 40 mg capsules of 24% standardized extract.
Ginger has a tonic effect on the heart, lowers cholesterol and inhibits blood platelet collection. 
Make a fresh ginger infusion using 2 slices of fresh root per cup of water. 
Take 2 cups daily.

Mistletoe strengthens capillary walls, encourages repair and slows heart rate.
Soak 1/2 tsp. of herb in 1 cup of water for twelve hours. Strain and drink three cups daily.

Herbal Tea: Make a tea by combining valerian, nettle, daisy, hops, lavender, dandelion, lemon balm and yarrow. Drink 3 cups daily.Alfalfa, borage seed, horsetail, nettle, and pau d'arco are rich in minerals necessary for proper regulation of heart rhythm.

Black cohosh, oat straw, passionflower, valerian root, skullcap, and wood betony may help to regulate arrhythmias.Butcher's broom, motherwort, and red sage strengthen the heart muscle.Cayenne (capsicum) and ginger root strengthen the heart and are helpful for chest pain.
Gotu kola, primrose, and rosemary are helpful in managing angina.
Green tea has superb antioxidant properties. Drinking 10 to 20 cups a day can provide protection against heart disease and many other illnesses. 
Turmeric lowers blood cholesterol.
 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Rhus tox: For recovery from heart attack, take Rhus tox every three hours for up to one week when the left arm still feels numb and weak.

Arnica - Useful for angina pectoris, when the pain is severe in the left arm, left elbow, in the region of the heart, when the pulse is feeble and irregular and there is distress in breathing.

Cactus mother tincture: When the symptoms are those of a heart attack and not just those of angina pectoris, when there is suffocation, cold sweat, screaming pain, when the face turns blue. Give 10 drops in water, every 30 minutes till the condition stabilizes.

Camphor: In case of collapse with coldness of external surfaces, give Camphor mother tincture, 10 drops on sugar every 15 minutes .The victim should be made to smell Camphor drops on a clean cloth.

Glonoine mother tincture: In case of arterial spasm with pallor and blue skin with the pulse small and weary, when there is temporary loss of consciousness. Give Glonoine mother tincture, 15 drops in a teaspoon of water every few minutes. 

HOMEOPATHIC FIRST-AID REMEDIES:

Aconitum napellus: Use when the patient has difficulty breathing, is anxious, but feels better sitting up.

Cactus grandiflorus: When the attack strikes between approximately noon and midnight, feels as if something is "squeezing" the heart or the pain is severe enough to make the patient cry, shout or whimper.

Digitalis: This remedy is indicated when symptoms include blue skin, numbness and weakness of the left arm, a slow pulse and great fear. 

HOME REMEDIES:

·        Embika myrobalan (Amla) prevents heart problems.

·        Lemon prevents accumulation of blood vessels.

·        Beet juice is effective for heart ailments.

·        Intake of two pieces of garlic boiled in milk is effective.

·        Take parsley tea 2-3 times a day.

·        Fresh grapes, Apple jam and apple juice have effective heart stimulating properties.

·        Intake of Vitamin E improves oxygenation of the cells.

·        Regular exercises, brisk walking, aerobic exercises are beneficial.        

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Mai 23, 2007 at 09:25 o\clock

HEALTHY TEETH

                                   HEALTHY TEETH 

Introduction:                 

 The beautiful and healthy teeth add to the beauty of the face. The mouth is the seat of the kapha dosha. Hence, care must be taken not to vitiate the kapha dosha. Problems with the kapha dosha lead to several oral and dental problems, including the loss of whiteness of the teeth. Teeth are made up of three distinct layers, namely enamel, dentine and pulp. Some food particles get accumulated every time you munch on your favorite food. And if you do not clean them regularly, the food that is stuck is converted into lactic acid by the bacterial action. 

Self Care:

Taking care of your teeth helps prevent plaque, which is a clear film that sticks to your teeth. The film itself might not sound so bad, but it's very sticky, and it acts like a magnet for bacteria and sugar.

·        Brush at least twice a day – in the morning and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly breaks down plaque.

·        Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums.

·        Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.

·        Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles. Ask your parent to help you get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it's time to change them.

·        Learn how to floss your teeth, which is a very important way to keep them healthy. It feels weird the first few times you do it, but pretty soon you'll be a pro. Slip the dental floss between each tooth and up along the gum line. The floss gets rid of food that's hidden where your toothbrush can't get it, no matter how well you brush.

·        It's also important to visit the dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean, and he or she can help you learn the best way to brush and floss. 

Type of tooth paste:                

                 Toothpastes contain abrasives, detergents, and foaming agents. Fluoride, the most common active ingredient in toothpaste, is what prevents cavities. So you should always be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. Using anti tartar toothpastes and mouthwashes, as well as spending extra time brushing the teeth near the salivary glands, may slow the development of new tartar.                          

            If you have teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure, you may want to try special toothpaste for sensitive teeth. But you'll still need to talk to your dentist about your sensitivity because it may indicate a more serious problem, such as a cavity or nerve inflammation (irritation). Be careful when buying over-the-counter whitening products. Some bleaching agents may damage your gums and mouth. So always follow the instructions on any whitening product you use. 

Diet:

·        Eat carbohydrates (sugars and starches) with a meal.

·        If you can't brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum.

·        Don't eat sugary foods between meals. Avoid tea and coffee. The same is applicable to smoking. Almost every person who smokes will lose the white coloration of the teeth.

·        Chewing of the paan (betel leaf), is also disastrous to the whiteness of the teeth. This habit can stain the teeth cream, yellow or even a dirty shade of rust brown. 

Gum care:           

Gums not only rot the root canals but at the same time decay the teeth. The herbal medicine prepared at home from the functional foods or other organic herbs properly treat the gum diseases. Some of them are so simple to try out:

·        Intake of vitamin C should be increased. Also, the juice of lime can be applied to the gums with the help of fingers.

·        Don't smoke at all and drinking should also be avoided.

·        Rub the gums with clove oil very gently.

·        You can keep a piece of clove inside your mouth and suck or chew it slightly.

·        Prefer a tooth paste with peppermint oil and sage oil.

·        Add small portions of salt in one glass of lukewarm water to prepare a saline solution. Gargle with it, 2-3 times a day.

·        To heal the swelling of the gums, anti-bacterial mouth wash can be used.  

Herbal Remedies:                

Sunflower seeds are also storehouse of various elements. They contain vitamin A, fluoride, phosphorus and calcium. Sunflower seeds also prevent bleeding of gums.

Foods like parsley, turnip, beet and radishes, to name a few, contain green pigment chlorophyll that helps you keep proper health of your teeth. Rose water, spirit and peppermint mixed with water makes a refreshing mouthwash. 

Babul-The tannin present in babul is effective in increasing the whiteness of teeth. 

Banyan-The aerial roots of the banyan can also be used as disposable toothbrushes. The banyan roots have astringent properties, which not only make the teeth whiter, but also make the teeth and gums healthier. 

Holy Basil -The leaves of the holy basil are dried in the sun and powdered and used for brushing teeth. The leaves help in maintaining dental hygiene and make the teeth whiter.  

Margosa -The neem tree, or the margosa, is a traditional remedy for having white healthy teeth. Neem oils contain astringent and antiseptic properties to fight bad breath, kill microorganisms accumulated on the teeth and to combat dental caries and cavities. Neem sticks are of great help as they are highly rich in chlorophyll. 

Home Remedies:  

Prepare a mixture of charcoal of babul wood, roasted alum and some rock salt. Rub this on the teeth instead of using the conventional toothpaste. You will have white and long-lasting healthy teeth. You can try using sodium bicarbonate regularly each morning as a toothpowder instead of toothpaste. Sodium bicarbonate replenishes the lost mineral content of the teeth, which helps them to regain their whiteness. 

Strawberries, tomatoes and amalaki contain good vitamin C content. These can be directly applied on the teeth. Vitamin C helps in removing the plaque on the teeth and makes them whiter. 

Rub an orange peel on the teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C of the orange peel will combat with the microorganisms all through the night. Take adequate measures of dental hygiene.

Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least in the morning and before going to bed. While brushing your teeth, take care to sweep out all the embedded food particles. This is the most natural way to keep your teeth white and healthy.  

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