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Jun 27, 2007 at 14:03 o\clock

Graying of Hair

Graying of Hair

 

 

 Introduction:

Graying of hair is generally considered as a sign of old age. At times, graying starts even at young age. This is considered as morbidity. In Ayurveda this is called palitya. According to Ayurveda excessive passion, anger and psychic strain results in graying of hair. Persons suffering from chronic cold and sinusitis and those who use warm water for washing there hair are more likely to be victims of this condition. 

Causes:

Dietic errors

 Worries and tension

 Lack of certain vitamins iron, copper, iodine, etc

Genetic factors

Unhygienic habits like unclean scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer, and use of hair dyes.

Heredity 

Gray Hair as a Sign of Illness:

Due to graying of the hair at a particularly young age. Several illnesses may be heralded, including:

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Neurofibromatosis

Thyroid disease

Vitiligo

Alopecia areata

In addition, there is research linking premature graying of hair to other health conditions such as heart disease and low bone mass called osteopenia, Cigarette smoking also has been linked to premature graying. 

Dos and don’ts:

Avoid contaminated food.
 Avoid foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them. Avoid soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies.

Avoid greasy and spicy food.

Avoid salty food.

Don’t use chemical based shampoos, gels and colors.

Regularly wash your hairs.

Give a gentle massage to your scalp once a week.

Oil your hairs twice a week.

Give stream bath to your hairs once in every 15 days.

Avoid extreme cold and hot environmental exposure to your hairs.

Keep your separate comb and do not use comb of other people.

Take at least eight hours continues sleep.

Drink lots water.

 Protect your hairs from direct exposure to sunlight.

Ayurvedic treatment:

Bhringraja and amalaki are popularly used for the treatment of this condition. Medicated oil prepared by boiling these two drugs, viz ,Mahabhringraj taila is used extremely for massaging the head, The powder of these two drugs is also used internally in a dose of one teaspoonful three times daily with milk. The oil prepared from the seeds of the Neem tree is used for inhalation twice a day for about a month. Along with this, the patient should be advised to take only milk as his diet.
 

Home Remedies:    

The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature graying. The water in which dried amla pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair.

 Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black color and prevents it from premature graying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.

 Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature graying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.  

Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature graying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair. 

The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature graying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week. 

 Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo.  Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1-teaspoon everyday.

 Other Treatments:

The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature graying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, and inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-graying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid, they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.  

 

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Jun 27, 2007 at 13:53 o\clock

HAY FEVER

HAY FEVER

 

 

Introduction:     

Hay fever is caused by pollens of specific seasonal plants in people who are allergic to these substances. When these symptoms are caused by pollens, the allergic rhinitis is commonly known as "hay fever," after the fact that it is most prevalent during haying season. 

Symptoms:   

The effect of hay fever can vary greatly: some people may only be mildly afflicted, whereas others may suffer greatly. Common symptoms include:Coughing Headache Itching nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin. Runny nose (and occasionally nosebleeds) Impaired smell (and thus sensitivity to flavors) Sneezing Stuffy nose (nasal congestion) Watering eyes and/or plugged up ear canals. Sore throat Wheezing Fever Cross-reactivity allergy to some fruits Conjunctivitis .

 Causes:

The causes for hay fever include: Airborne allergies Pollen allergy Mold allergy Dust allergy Animal dander Food allergy 

Prevention:    

 The goal of prevention is to reduce allergy symptoms.

Avoiding exposure to pollen is the best way to decrease allergic symptoms.

Remain indoors in the morning and evening when outdoor pollen levels are highest.

Wear face masks designed to filter out pollen if you must be outdoors.

Keep windows closed and use the air conditioner if possible in the house and car. Do not dry clothes outdoors.

Avoid unnecessary exposure to other environmental irritants such as insect sprays, tobacco smoke, air pollution, and fresh tar or paint.

Avoid mowing the grass or doing other yard work, if possible.

Regular hand- and face-washing removes pollen from areas where it is likely to enter the nose.

A small amount of Vaseline around the eyes and nostrils will stop some pollen from entering the areas that cause a reaction

A very small amount of Vicks VapoRub(TM) cream around the eyes will effectively reduce the itching.  

Diet:   

Eat a clean, healthy and balanced diet. Include vitamin C in your diet.

 Avoid refined food, processed food, alcohol, tea, coffee, and flour, and sugar, salt and dairy products for one week.

 Include beta cartene rich food, dark green food, sprouted seeds and bean sprouts, garlic, yoghurt, pollen, Aloe Vera, oats in regular diet.

Drink plenty of filtered water and herbal tea. Eat good quality protein. 

 Treatment:

The best "treatment" is to avoid what causes your allergic symptoms in the first place. The most appropriate medication depends on the type and severity of symptoms. Specific illnesses that are caused by allergies (such as asthma and eczema) may require other treatments. Fast-acting strong antihistamines such as drugs including chlorphenamine which relieve the symptoms after a hay fever "attack". Corticosteroid nasal sprays are effective and somewhat safe, and may be effective without oral antihistamines. These medications include fluticasone (Flonase/Flixonase budesonide (Rhinocort), mometasone (Nasonex), triamcinolone (Nasacort) and beclomethasone. 

Herbal Remedies:                          

Bayberry can help to reduce the symptoms of nasal-pharynx congestion. In addition, Feverfew and Turmeric are effective.

Butterbur has been traditionally used to treat asthma and bronchitis and to reduce mucus.

 Evening Primrose is considered as a potential treatment for allergic rhinitis because the main active ingredient in it is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that may relieve allergy symptoms.

Stinging nettle has traditionally been used for treating a variety of conditions, including allergic rhinitis.

Chamommile tea is used to reduce duration of hay fever attacks.

Ephedra relieves congestion & bronchial spasms.

Eucalyptus is used in steam inhalation to ease congestion.

Eyebright tincture or capsules reduce hay fever symptoms.

Ginger reduces inflammation, antimicrobial.

Licorice root reduces inflammation, antiviral, antibacterial.

Rooibos tea is sometimes helpful in relieving symptoms.

St. John's wort capsules are used to relieve sinus headache.  

Homeopathic treatment:

Allium cepa:

Indications for this remedy include watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough.

 Arsenicum album:

A burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks suggests a need for this remedy.

Euphrasia:

This remedy can be helpful if the eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge.

Ferrum phosphoricum:

This is a very useful remedy in the early stages of any inflammation.

 Gelsemium:

A tired, droopy feeling during allergies with a flushed and heavy-feeling face suggests a need for this remedy.

Natrum muriaticum:

Allergy attacks with sneezing, watery eyes, clear nasal discharge that resembles egg white, and a loss of taste and smell will all suggest a need for this remedy.

Nux vomica:

If the nose is alternately stuffed up (especially outdoors or at night) and running (indoors and in the daytime), this remedy may bring relief. Other symptoms include a teasing cough, a scraped or tickly feeling in the throat, and headache.

Sabadilla:

Long paroxysms of sneezing, itching in the nose with irritating runny discharge, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and watery eyes will all suggest a need for this remedy.

Wyethia:

Intolerable itching felt on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose sometimes extending into the throat and ears strongly suggests the use of this remedy.

Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, is as effective in preventing release of histamine as a commonly used hay fever drug, sodium cromoglicate.

Green tea helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Drinking two or three cups of green tea daily, especially during the hay fever season, may be beneficial.  

Home Remedies:             

For Hay Fever, apply a little Petroleum Jelly inside your nose at the start of each day, this stops the irritation. 

Boil minced grapefruit and lemon rind in a little water for 10 minutes. Add some honey and take three spoonfuls a day. For hay fever, sometimes eyes get itchy just make black tea and put it in the fridge make it quite cold , keep on dipping the cotton wool in the tea and put it on your eyes, You will feel fresh and relaxed. 

Boil chamomile in water and inhale fumes from the water. 

 Acupuncture:     

It has been established in controlled trials that acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in treatment of hay fever. Acupuncture's lack of side-effects is a distinct advantage in treating this condition    

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Jun 22, 2007 at 12:55 o\clock

MIGRAINE

                   MIGRAINE 

Introduction:                   

 Headache is one of the most frequent of human discomforts. In today’s life headache is a regular feature. Most of the times a headache is more of a nagging nuisance than an indicator of a serious problem. But, in some cases the headache needs more serious attention as it can be the indicator of some significant problem. 

Types:
   A variety of causes can lead to headache, like fever, injury, anxiety, long hours at work, lack of sleep, common cold and so on. Headache in such cases can vary in severity from a mild discomfort to a throbbing pain which leaves you unable to work. It occurs for a limited duration; no other side effects like vomiting, nausea, or flashes of light. It is
relieved with common medications like Aspirin (Disprin), Paracetamol (Calpol).
 

Tension headache:                        

This type of headache usually affects both sides of the head, though it may sometimes be pointed to the neck or the front of the head. A sensation of fullness or lightness in the head is common. The characteristic feature is that, this is the only type of headache which persists continuously throughout the day and night without any relief in between. Tension headache may occur under conditions of emotional crises or intense worry. It is generally, found in patients having associated depression or anxiety 

Migraine Types:   
       There are two main types of migraine. They are common migraine and classical migraine. Migraine without aura (common migraine) affect around three quarters of people who get migraine. The headache comes on quite suddenly, without any warning at all. There are the usual migraine symptoms - headache, sickness, sensitivity to light, but there are no aura symptoms.
                             Migraine with aura (classic migraine) affects about a quarter of all migraine sufferers. People sense when a migraine is coming on. Nervous system symptoms - called an aura - develop before the migraine symptoms.


Symptoms:               

 The symptoms may include, yawning, hunger and thirst, visual disturbances - such as seeing flashing lights or zigzag lines. Occasionally, the symptoms can be more severe - there may be a tingling around the mouth or in one arm, difficulty in speaking, or weakness in an arm or leg. Aura symptoms usually settle down within an hour. Throbbing and dull ache nausea or vomiting; worst behind one eye or ear usually on one side of the head.                   

Migraine headaches can be debilitating. They are   the most severe headaches wean have. A migraine often starts with light sensitivity and is sometimes accompanied by nausea or vomiting. The severe headache will begin shortly after these symptoms have started. 

Causes:                       

Though the cause of migraine pain is not clear, but it is believed that the headache develops as a result of swollen blood vessels in the head pulsating, causing the surrounding nerves to feel pain, while visual disturbances are caused by blood vessels to the eyes contracting. The brain chemical serotonin, whose levels drop during a migraine, is also involved. For this reason, headache medication itself may provoke migraines. For the same reason, seeking the advice of a physician before taking drugs or other remedies is very important; the wrong diagnosis could easily make migraine worse! In women who suffer from migraine, hormone changes may also be involved. In some women, migraine occurs a few days before, during, and immediately after a period. About 70% of women who have migraine can relate their migraine headaches to their menstrual period. 

Prevention:                

As soon as one feels the first symptoms of a migraine attack, drink a caffeinated beverage. While caffeine has been thought to trigger a migraine, once it starts the caffeine will actually help by opening up constricted blood vessels. Make sure you drink plenty water for the duration of the headache. Even mild dehydration can worsen headache symptoms.             

 A warm shower or bath may help at the onset of the symptoms. If he is not able to take a shower, try putting a cool compress on his head. Sit quietly in a darkened room. This will help ease light or noise sensitivity as well as nausea. A face massage can ease the headache pain and stimulate blood circulation. A warm foot soak is also good for blood circulation.                 

In order to prevent a migraine, you need to identify what causes it. Many foods can trigger an attack. These include cheese, chocolate, wheat and caffeine. If you indulge in one of these foods and experience a migraine attack 24 hours later, the food is most likely a migraine trigger. Other triggers include stress, changes in sleeping patterns, hormonal changes and changes in altitude.

 Tips to avoid migraine:

                                    There are a few tips to avoid migraine.
Eat regularly - missing meals is a well-known cause of migraine, particularly for children. Avoid foods which can provoke migraine - chocolate, cheese, alcohol.Bear in mind that parties involve a number of trigger factors - rushing, excitement, bright lights, alcohol and noise. Late rising at weekends or on holiday can precipitate an attack so try to get up at the same time each day. Shopping, and being out in the hot sun for long hours. 

Herbal cure:                   

Most commonly used remedies for migraine are Lachesis, sanguinaria, sepia, iris.vers, pulsatilla, natrum.mur…etc.

Clear Migraine™ contains a unique proprietary blend of 14 Chinese herbs, formulated to work in combination with these active homeopathic ingredients to provide safe and effective relief.

Feverfew contains substances that inhibit the release of mood hormones in the brain. For best results, use fresh feverfew. When this is not available, consume as tea or in capsule form.

Bay combined with feverfew has been recommended by doctors to prevent a migraine headache.

Ginger has long been known to relieve and prevent headaches. It is an anti-inflammatory and has substances that help reduce pain. Take in capsule form, according to directions.

Peppermint can be taken internally or used externally. Peppermint can help to relieve a migraine headache. To take internally, drink peppermint tea. To use externally, mix several drops of peppermint oil with lotion or body oil and massage into the temples.

Jatamansi is an effective remedy for migraine. 


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Jun 22, 2007 at 12:40 o\clock

OILY SKIN

                       OILY SKIN 

INTRODUCTION:

Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look. Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. Oily skin is something of a mixed blessing. On the plus side, it is slow to develop discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles.  

CAUSES:

Oily skin is caused by over-active glands, which produce a substance called Asebum, a naturally healthy skin lubricant. When the skin produces too much sebum, it becomes thick and heavy in texture. The other causes include

Heredity

Diet

 Hormone levels

 Pregnancy

Birth control pills

Use of Cosmetics

Humidity and hot weather  

DIET:

Diet plays a vital role in treating oily skin.

Take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt.

Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits. Add Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats as they provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2.

Whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly are rich in vitamin B2. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are rich in iron and rejuvenate pate skin.

Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

Reduce the amount of fat in the diet.

Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods 

Don’t consume animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.

 Do not cook with oil or eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.

Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages.

Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.

 SKIN CARE:

Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged.

Don't touch. Keep your hands off your face during the day. Hands deliver excess oil and dirt.

Keep the skin very clean. Limit washing the face to two or three times a day. Avoid heavy cleansing creams and the use of harsh soaps or cleansers.

After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.When cleansing, massage the face well with the fingertips, using an upward and outward motion.

Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.

If the oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.

Use an oil-free moisturizer and cosmetics.

Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.

Use a light antiseptic night cream and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions.

Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients. 

 

TREATMENT:

Cleansing is one of the best solutions to dealing with oily skin.  It is done two to three times a day, using gentle and antibacterial water-based products. After cleansing, use an oil-free cream that controls shine and dissolves oils that form on the skin. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

Aloe vera is excellent in absorbing skin oils healing properties. Apply aloe vera gel. Slice open a leaf and smear the gel onto the face up to three times a day. Let dry.

Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin.Lavender is very good for oily skin. Mist your skin with lavender water several times daily. Steam the skin several times a week.

 Add chamomile, lavender oil or dried herbs such as rosemary, parsley or thyme to the water. A facial sauna using lemongrass, licorice root, and rosebuds is good for oily skin. Two or three times a week, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water and steam for fifteen minutes.  After fifteen minutes, splash the face with cold water and allow the skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel.

Witch hazel applied to the skin is excellent for absorbing oil.Rub oily skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.Evening primrose oil supplements are beneficial for skin. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Take Mercurius for an oily face that smells unpleasant, with trembling, sticky perspiration and overproduction of saliva. Oiliness is worse in cold and hot weather.

Natrum Mur is useful for a person with an oily, shiny face that is worse on hairy parts, and who is constipated. 

HOME REMEDIES: 

Make a puree of fresh tomatoes and apply to the skin.

 Beat together 1 egg white, 1 tsp spirits of camphor, 1 heaping Tbsp skim milk powder and a scant drop of essential oil of mint. First apply a thin film of odorless castor oil to the skin, and then apply a thick layer of the egg white mask. Lie back for about 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, and then rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution or witch hazel. 

Mix half teaspoon honey with egg white and one teaspoon lemon juice. Add fuller's earth or brewer's yeast powder. Mix into a paste and apply. Remove after 20 minutes with water.

Mix equal parts lemon juice and water, pat on face, and let dry. Rinse first with warm water followed by cool water for a refreshing treat.
 

Try mixing 1/2 teaspoon lime juice with an equal amount of cucumber juice. Apply to skin a few minutes before showering.   

Add lemon juice and a little milk to oatmeal. Apply the paste and remove after 20 minutes with water. Do not use if there are eruptions. 

Mix one tablespoon yoghurt with fuller's earth and apply. Yoghurt itself can be applied o the face. It helps to soften the skin.  

Make a pulp of raw papaya and apply. Papaya has a cleansing action, softening dead skin cells and aiding their removal.

Almonds and honey 

Mix a small amount of ground almonds with honey to make a paste. Gently massage the paste into the skin with a comfortably hot washcloth. Rinse with cool water.

Baking soda

Liquid soap users can add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into the mixture. Rub gently onto oily areas such as the nose and chin. This gentle abrasive works well in getting rid of blackheads as well as oil. Rinse with cool water.
 

Cornstarch 

Cornstarch dries up oily patches. Mix 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch with enough warm water to make a paste. Rub on the face, let dry, and then shower or rinse off with lukewarm water in the sink. Try this once a day for best results.
 

Salt

Place tepid water into a small spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon salt. Close the eyes, and squirt some of this salt spray on the face once during the day. Blot dry.  

Apples

Mix 1/2 cup mashed apple, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 slightly beaten egg white, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a smooth paste. Apply to the face for 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

Egg yolk 

A fast fix for removing oil shine requires one of the simplest foods: the egg. An egg yolk mask dries out the skin. Apply the egg yolk with a cotton ball to oily spots. Leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.  

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Jun 22, 2007 at 12:32 o\clock

MUMPS

                     MUMPS

INTRODUCTION:

Mumps or epidemic parotitis is a viral disease of humans. It is caused by a virus that usually spreads through saliva and can infect many parts of the body, especially the parotid salivary glands. These glands, which produce saliva for the mouth, are found toward the back of each cheek, in the area between the ear and jaw. In cases of mumps, these glands typically swell and become painful. 

SYMPTOMS: 

The main symptoms are Swelling of the parotid gland on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral), and pain behind the lower jaw when chewing.

Fever

Headache

Sore throat

 Loss of appetite

Orchitis, referring to painful inflammation of the testicle..

Other symptoms of mumps can include, sore face and/or ears and occasionally in more serious cases, loss of voice. 

CAUSES:

Common Causes of Mumps are

Paramyxovirus

Droplets from coughs & sneezes

Lack of immunization  

TRANSMISSION:

The mumps virus is contagious and spreads in tiny drops of fluid from the mouth and nose of someone who is infected. It can be passed to others through sneezing, coughing, or even laughing. The virus can also spread to other people through direct contact, such as picking up tissues or using drinking glasses that have been used by the infected person. 

TREATMENT:

There is no specific treatment for mumps. The symptoms may be relieved by the application of intermittent ice or heat to the affected neck area and by Acetaminophen/Paracetamol (Tylenol) for pain relief. Warm salt water gargles, soft foods, and extra fluids may also help relieve symptoms. Patients are advised to avoid fruit juice or any acidic foods, since these stimulate the salivary glands, which can be painful. 

PREVENTION:

The most common preventative measure against mumps is immunization with a mumps vaccine. 

The first dose given to children at 12 to 15 months of age and second dose of MMR is generally given at 4 to 6 years of age. 

COMPLICATIONS:

Complications of mumps are potentially serious, but rare. These include:

Orchitis - This inflammatory condition causes swelling of one or both testicles.

Pancreatitis - This is swelling of the pancreas. Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting.  

Encephalitis - A viral infection, such as mumps, can lead to inflammation of the brain.

Meningitis - It can occur if the mumps virus spreads through the bloodstream to infect central nervous system.

Inflammation of the ovaries - Pain in the lower abdomen in women may be a symptom of this problem. Fertility doesn't seem to be affected.  

Hearing loss - In rare cases, mumps can cause hearing loss, usually permanent, in one or both ears.  

HOME REMEDIES:

Chebulic myroblan is another good remedy for treating mumps. A thick paste should be made from chebulic myroblan by rubbing it in water. This should be applied over the swellings. The patient may feel good after applying it.

Mullein Tea - Apply a cloth soaked in mullein tea to the affected areas. This will help to combat with swelling.

Seeds of Asparagus - The seeds of asparagus are valuable in mumps. The seeds of asparagus combined with an equal proportion of methi (fenugreek) seeds, should be ground together and made in paste form. This paste can be applied over the swellings.

Margosa Leaves - Margosa Leaves act as a good herbal treatment for mumps. Make powdered form of margosa leaves and mix it with haldi and make a paste of it. This should be applied externally over the affected parts by mumps.

 Peepal Leaves

The leaves of the peepal tree are another effective home remedy. These leaves should be smeared with ghee and warmed over a fire. They should then be bandaged over the inflamed part for beneficial results.

Indian Aloe

The use of the herb Indian aloe is a well known remedy. A piece of a leaf of this herb should be peeled on one side, warmed and then sprinkled with a little turmeric (haldi) and the extract of Indian barbery (rasaut), and then bandaged over the swelling.

Ginger

Dry ginger is considered beneficial in the treatment of mumps. It should be made into a paste and applied over the swollen parts. As the paste dries, the swelling will be reduced and the pain will also subside.

 DIET:

To begin with, the patient should be kept on a diet of orange juice diluted with warm water on a 50:50 basis, for a few days. If the orange juice does not suit the patient, the juices of other fruit such as lemon (mossambi), apple, pineapple, grapes; or vegetables like carrots should be given. Then the patient can swallow food comfortably and the swelling has subsided, an all-fruit diet should be adopted for a day or two.  Then he may be allowed to gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of natural foods, with emphasis on fresh fruits and raw vegetables. 

 HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Aconitum napellus:

 This remedy may be indicated in mumps if the fever comes on suddenly and the person is very agitated. Stabbing or tingling pain can be felt in the jaw or face. The person feels worse from warmth and better from fresh air, and is often very thirsty. 

Apis mellifica:

When this remedy is indicated, the face looks puffy, pink, and tender, and cool compresses are soothing. Even with fever, thirst is usually low. The person is irritable, disliking interference.

 Arsenicum album:

Strong anxiety and restlessness despite a feeling of exhaustion suggest a need for this remedy. The head may feel hot and the rest of the body chilly. This remedy is sometimes helpful in preventing complications involving the ovaries or testicles. 

Belladonna:

When the illness comes on quickly with high fever, a hot flushed face, and eyes that are sensitive to light, this remedy may be indicated. Shooting pains can be felt in the swollen cheek. The person may also have a throbbing headache. 

Bryonia:

 This remedy is indicated when the person feels worse from any motion. Hard, tender swelling is felt in the cheek, and fever may be accompanied by headache. The person’s mouth feels dry, with thirst for long cold drinks.  

Calcarea carbonica:

This remedy often helps during the mumps if the person’s head perspires during sleep, the hands and feet feel cold and damp, and lymph nodes are also swollen. A person who needs this remedy often feels anxious and is easily fatigued. Children may feel hot, but adults tend to be chilly.

 Carbo vegetabilis:

 When this remedy is indicated, fever may develop slowly, and the person may feel chilled and faint. The stomach may also be upset, with gas and belching. This remedy may often help if testicles, ovaries, or breasts become involved in mumps, when the other symptoms fit.

 Mercurius solubilis:

This remedy can be helpful if hard, painful swelling of the salivary glands occurs below the chin, as well as in the cheeks, along with a large amount of salivation. The person is very sensitive to temperature changes. Offensive breath, swollen lymph nodes, and perspiration during sleep are also seen. 

Phytolacca:

 This remedy may be useful if swelling of the parotid gland is sore and tight, or if the breasts or other glands are becoming painful and swollen. The person may feel tired, dizzy, and sore all over. Relief may come from drinking something cold, but the person is better from warmth in general.

 Pulsatilla:

  This remedy is used when the person feels worse from warmth and in the evening and better from open air. Despite a fever, thirst is often low.

Rhus toxicodendron:

When swelling of the cheek looks reddish and the person feels achy, restless, and driven to get up and move around, this remedy may be helpful. Stiffness and aching are relieved by warmth and motion.  

 

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Jun 18, 2007 at 13:00 o\clock

CHICKEN POX

                CHICKEN POX

INTRODUCTION:

Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. Anyone can get chickenpox but it mainly affects children. People who get the virus often develop a rash of spots that look like blisters all over their bodies. The blisters are small and sit on an area of red skin that can be anywhere from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a dime. 

SYMPTOMS:

The chickenpox rash passes through a number of stages.Pre-rash symptoms can include headache, fever, sore throat, backache and a general feeling of being unwell.Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals.The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs. 

CAUSES: 

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, also known as human herpes virus 3, one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. It starts with conjunctival and catarrhal symptoms and then characteristic spots appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and becoming itchy raw pox (pocks), small open sores which heal mostly without scarring. The other causes of Chicken Pox includeContact with broken chickenpox blisters Inhaling airborne droplets Poor immune system  

TRANSMISSION:

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that spreads from person to person by

*direct contact with a person who has broken chickenpox blisters

*indirect contact with clothes or other articles infected with the fluid that  leaks from the vesicles, or with saliva and nasal discharge

*small airborne droplets of infected mucus or vesicle fluid  

PREVENTION: 

To prevent from children from chicken pox, doctors recommend chickenpox vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and a booster shot at 4 to 6 years old. 

TREATMENT:

Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days. 

Oatmeal baths can help to relieve itching. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)

Patting (not rubbing) the body dry.

Putting calamine lotion on itchy areas (but don't use it on the face, especially near the eyes). Give the child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult.

Avoid feeding the child anything highly acidic or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels. 

Give the child acetaminophen regularly to help relieve pain if the child has mouth blisters.

Trim the fingernails short to reduce secondary infections and scarring.

Do not use aspirin for someone who may have chickenpox. Use of aspirin has been associated with Reyes Syndrome. 

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be used.

HOME REMEDIES:

Using Brown Vinegar

The use of brown vinegar is one of the most beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. Half a cup of this vinegar should be added to a bath of warm water. This will relieve the irritation of the skin.

Using Oatmeal

A bath of oatmeal is considered a natural remedy for relieving the itch due to chicken pox. This bath is prepared by cooking two cups of oatmeal in two liters of water for fifteen minutes. This mixture is then put into a cloth bag, preferably cotton, and a string is tied tightly around the top. This bag is allowed to float in a tub of warm water, and swished around until the water becomes turbid. Precaution should be taken to ensure that the bag is not torn. The child with chicken pox can splash and play in the water, making sure that water goes over all the scalds, while the pouch of oatmeal can remain in the tub.

Using Pea Water

Green pea water is another effective remedy for relieving irritation of the skin. The water in which fresh peas have been cooked can be used for this purpose.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular remedy to control the itching in chicken pox. Some baking soda should be put in a glass of water. The child should be sponged with this water, so that the soda dries on the skin. This will keep the child away from scratching the eruptions.

Using Vitamin E Oil

The use of vitamin E oil is valuable in chicken pox. This oil should be rubbed on the skin. It will have a healing effect. The marks left by chicken pox will fade away by this application.

Using Honey

The use of honey as an external application has also proved valuable in chicken pox. The skin should be smeared with honey. It will help in the healing of the disease within three days.

Using Carrot and Coriander

A soup prepared from carrots and coriander has been found beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. About 100 gm of carrots and 60 gm of fresh coriander should be cut into small pieces and boiled for a while. The residue should be discarded. This soup should be taken once a day. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

Using Herbal Tea

A mild sedative herbal tea can also prove beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. This tea can be prepared from any of the herbs like chamomile (babunah), basil (tulsi), marigold (zergul) and lemon balm (billilotan). A little cinnamon (dalchini), honey, and lemon may be added to this tea. 1t should be sipped slowly several times a day.

*Use Catnip tea sweetened with molasses.  It reduces fever.    Make a tea with: 
  2 tbs. of queen of the meadow
  1 tsp. of coltsfoot leaves
  2 tsp. of marigold flowers 
  2 cups of
boiling water 
 
In a nonmetallic pot mix all ingredients let sit for 20 minutes. Take one cup a day.

*Mix 2 tbs. marigold flowers. 
            1 tsp. witch hazel leaves. 
            1 cup of water

 Let them sit over night. Apply on rash as needed it will relieve the itch of    chickenpox. 

*Some very powerful herbs are St. John's wart, pau d'arco, ginger, burdock root, Echinacea, and goldenseal. 

*Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.  Also, drink fresh juices. 

 *Fill the bath tub with cool water and add ginger to it, take a 30 minute bath. This helps stop the itching. 

 HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Some very useful homeopathic remedies are

Antimonium tartaricum:

This remedy may be indicated when eruptions are large and slow to emerge. The child feels sweaty, fussy, and may be nauseous with a white-coated tongue. Antimonium tart is likely to be the appropriate remedy, if chest congestion with a rattling cough develops. 

Antimonium crudum:

A child who needs this remedy usually is irritable and may object to being touched or looked at. The eruptions are sore, and touching them may bring on shooting pains. 

Apis mellifica:

When this remedy is indicated, the skin around the eruptions is pink and puffy and very itchy, with stinging pains. The eyelids may also be swollen. The person feels worse from warmth, is irritable, and usually is not thirsty. 

Belladonna:

This remedy is indicated when a child is hot and feverish, with a red flushed face, and eyes that are sensitive to light. A pounding headache may be felt, accompanied by either restlessness or drowsiness. The rash usually is red, with a feeling of heat and throbbing. 

Bryonia:

When fever persists for several days during chicken pox, and a dry nagging cough develops, this remedy may be useful. The person’s mouth is dry, with thirst for long cold drinks. The person may be very grumpy, feel worse from motion, and dislike being interfered with in any way.

Mercurius solubilis:

 This remedy may be indicated if eruptions are large and become infected. The child is very sensitive to temperature changes and feels worse at night. Perspiration and drooling during sleep, swollen lymph nodes, and offensive breath are strong indications for Mercurius. 

Pulsatilla:

A child who needs this remedy is often sweet and tearful when ill and wants a lot of attention and comforting. Itching and other discomforts are worse from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and improved by cool fresh air. The person is rarely thirsty, even during fever. 

Rhus toxicodendron:

This remedy is useful in cases of chicken pox with tremendous itching that is worse from scratching and relieved by warm baths or applying heat. The child may be very restless, both physically and mentally. The eyes may become inflamed and sticky. Muscles can ache and feel very stiff, also relieved by warmth and gentle motion. 

Sulphur: 

If itching is so severe that the person finds it impossible to keep from scratching—or if eruptions have a nagging, burning pain—this remedy may bring relief. The symptoms (and the person) become worse from warmth and aggravated after bathing. Both heat and chills are felt during fever. The person may feel drowsy in the afternoon and restless and hot at night. 

Urtica urens:

Eruptions with stinging, burning pain and itching may be relieved by this remedy. Symptoms are aggravated by exertion and from overheating.  

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Jun 15, 2007 at 08:08 o\clock

BURNING TONGUE

                    BURNING TONGUE

INTRODUCTION:

A burning tongue is a constant burning sensation in all or part of the tongue. There are two medical names, glossodynia and glossopyrosis. If there is also burning in other areas, it is called burning mouth syndrome. The patient may or may not have decreased or altered taste. It may be caused by a problem with the nerves going to the tongue or by a reduced amount of blood to the tongue. 

SYMPTOMS: 

The main symptom of burning mouth syndrome is a burning sensation involving the tongue, lips, gums, palate, throat or widespread areas of the whole mouth. Other symptoms may include:

Dry mouth

Sore mouth

A tingling or numb sensation in your mouth or on the tip of your tongue

A bitter or metallic taste

 CAUSES:

The main causes of burning mouth syndrome are many and complex. Possible causes include:

Dry mouth (xerostomia) - This condition can be related to use of certain medications, including tricyclic antidepressants, central nervous system depressants, lithium, diuretics and medications used to treat high blood pressure. It can also occur with aging or Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes both dry mouth and dry eyes.  

Other oral conditions - Oral yeast infection (thrush) is a common cause of a burning mouth that may also occur with other causes, such as diabetes, denture use and certain medications. Geographic tongue, a condition that causes a dry mouth and a sore, patchy tongue also may be associated with burning mouth syndrome.  

Psychological factors – Emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are often associated with burning mouth syndrome, as is an extreme fear of cancer.

 Nutritional deficiencies - Being deficient in nutrients, such as iron, zinc, folate (vitamin B-9), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and cobalamin (vitamin B-12), may affect your oral tissues and cause a burning mouth.  

Irritating dentures -Dentures may place stress on some of the muscles and tissues of your mouth. The materials used in dentures also may irritate the tissues in your mouth.

 Nerve disturbance or damage (neuropathy) - Damage to nerves that control taste and pain in the tongue may also result in a burning mouth.  

Allergies- The mouth burning may be due to allergies or reactions to foods, food flavorings, other food additives, fragrances, dyes or other substances.

Reflux of stomach acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease)-The sour- or bitter-tasting fluid that enters your mouth from your upper gastrointestinal tract may cause irritation and pain.  

Certain medications- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, used to treat high blood pressure, may cause side effects that include a burning mouth.  

Oral habits include often-unconscious activities, such as tongue thrusting and teeth grinding (bruxism), which can irritate your mouth.

Endocrine disorders- Your oral tissues may react to high blood sugar levels that occur with conditions such as diabetes and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

Hormonal imbalances, such as those associated with menopause. Changes in hormone levels may affect the composition of your saliva.

Excessive irritation- Irritation of the oral tissues may result from excessive brushing of your tongue, overuse of mouthwashes or consuming too many acidic drinks.

DIAGNOSIS:

As part of the diagnostic process, you may undergo some of the following tests:

Complete blood count (CBC)-This common blood test provides a count of each type of blood cell in a given volume of blood.

Other blood tests -As nutritional deficiencies are one cause of a burning mouth, doctor may collect blood samples to check blood levels of iron, zinc, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine and cobalamin. The doctor may also check your fasting blood sugar level.

 Allergy tests- The doctor may suggest allergy testing to see if you may be allergic to certain foods, additives or even substances in dentures.

Oral swab culture or biopsy- If your doctor suspects oral thrush, he or she may take a small tissue sample (biopsy) or an oral swab culture to be examined in the laboratory.   

TREATMENT: 

The type of treatment depends on the underlying cause.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) - Treating the cause of dry mouth, use of medications or some other cause may relieve burning mouth symptoms. In addition, drinking more fluids or taking a medication that promotes flow of saliva may help.  

Other oral conditions - If the cause is oral thrush, treatment is with oral antifungal medications such as nystatin (Mycostatin) or fluconazole (Diflucan)  

Psychological factors- For a burning mouth that may be caused by or associated with psychological factors such as anxiety and depression, the doctor may recommend antidepressant therapy or psychiatric therapy or both together.

Nutritional deficiencies- You may be able to correct nutritional deficiencies by taking supplements of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc and iron.

 Irritating dentures – The dentist may be able to adjust your dentures so they are less irritating to your mouth. You may also improve symptoms by practicing good denture care, such as removing dentures at night and cleaning them properly.

 Nerve disturbance or damage (neuropathy)- Your doctor may suggest medications that affect your nervous system and control pain, including benzodiazepines such as clonazepam (Klonopin), tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline or nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl), or anticonvulsants such as gabapentin (Neurontin).  

Allergies- Avoiding foods that contain allergens that may irritate the tissues of your mouth may help.

 Certain medications- If a medication you're taking is causing a burning mouth, using a substitute medication, if possible, may help.  

Oral habits - Tongue thrusting and teeth grinding (bruxism) can be helped with mouth guards, medications and relaxation techniques.

HOME REMEDIES:

Home remedy for burning tongue is very effective. Below are given a few beneficial burning tongue cure home remedies:Chewing a sugar free gum serves as an excellent burning tongue home remedy treatment. Suck an ice cube for relieving pain. Brush your teeth with baking soda rather than going in for toothpaste. Eat Vitamin B and iron rich foodsAvoid hot and spicy foods. They may aggravate the condition. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

A sample of the many homeopathic remedies for tongue disorders is given below. For recurring or persistent problems, an experienced homeopath can provide a more in-depth treatment to achieve lasting results.

Antimonium is recommended for a thick, milky and dirty-looking coating on the tongue, especially in children.

Take Bryonia for a thick, white coating. The mouth and tongue are dry and the person is very thirsty.Take Hydrastis for a swollen tongue that feels scalded. Down the center of the tongue is a strip of yellow coating.

 Natrum Mur is useful for geographical tongue that is blistered and burning. The affected areas are white or yellow and the rest of the tongue is red.Use  

Taraxacum for geographical tongue that peels in the affected patches 

Arsenicum album

A person who breaks out in burning, painful mouth sores, and also feels anxious and tired, is likely to benefit from this remedy. Hot drinks often ease the pain, and the person feels best when keeping warm

Borax

This remedy is often helpful when canker sores feel hot and sensitive. Acidic foods-especially citrus fruits-may be irritating. Sores may break out on the inside of the cheeks, on the gums, and on the tongue.

Calcarea carbonica

This remedy is often indicated when infants and small children have recurring canker sores. A child who needs this remedy may also have head-sweats during sleep, and be slow to teethe or learn to walk. Calcarea carbonica may help with canker sores in adults who are chilly, stout, and easily fatigued.

Hepar sulphuris calcareum

If a person develops painful mouth sores that become infected-with pus formation, extreme sensitivity, and aggravation from cold drinks-this remedy may be indicated.

Mercurius solubilis

Bleeding gums, a swollen coated tongue, and offensive breath are seen along with canker sores when this remedy is needed. The painful, burning sores feel worse at night, and salivation is profuse, with drooling during sleep. The person tends to sweat at night and is very sensitive to any change in temperature.

Natrum muriaticum

Pearly sores that erupt inside the mouth, especially on the gums or tongue, may respond to this remedy. The mouth feels dry, and the tongue may have a tingling feeling.

Nux vomica

A person who needs this remedy may have swollen gums, a coated tongue, and bloody salivation. Irritability, impatience, and a general chilliness are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Sulphur

This remedy may be helpful for sores that are painful, red and inflamed, with burning pain that is worse from warm drinks and aggravated by heat of any kind. The mouth may have a bitter taste, and the gums can be swollen and throbbing.

 HERBAL REMEDIES:     

 The development of a burning sensation in the tongue is directly attributable to a chronic deficiency of gastric acid in the stomach, the flow of stomach acids can be triggered again by the use of several of these bitter herbs. Herbal remedies such as the juice of the dandelion, the herbal juice of the wormwood herb, the juice of the plantain, the juice of the black radish and the juice of the nettle can be very effective in ensuring the proper flow of gastric acids to correct the deficiency in stomach acids. These herbal juices can be taken at a dosage level of a tbsp. of any of the herbal juices thrice every day.    

 

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Jun 15, 2007 at 07:47 o\clock

DANDRUFF

                 DANDRUFF

INTRODUCTION:
 Dandruff is an itchy, annoying and persistent skin disorder of the scalp. Dandruff can cause either an overly dry scalp with itchy white flakes that may be waxy or greasy or dandruff can manifest as an oily greasy scalp with scales. It is a form of skin inflammation (dermatitis) which has no known cause. Dandruff is a mysterious ailment. This condition can appear at any time from infancy to old age.


CAUSES:
There are two types of causes-internal & external causes. Internal causes are hormonal imbalance, poor health, and poor hygiene, lack of rest, improper nutrition, and heredity predisposition. External causes are excessive use of hair sprays & gels, improper use of hair coloring products ,excessive use of hot hair curlers, cold weather and dry indoor heating, stress and anxiety, infrequent shampooing of the hair or inadequate rinsing of the scalp and hair.
 Dry or Greasy Dandruff: Although bacteria may aggravate a dandruff condition; bacteria do not cause the initial problem. Dandruff is associated with a tiny fungus called Pityrosporum ovale, or P. ovale for short. This fungus lives on our bodies and scalp all the time, usually without causing a problem. Unfortunately, for some people, it can get out of control leading to dandruff.



DIET:

Nutrition can play a big part in controlling dandruff. Diet plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff.
Nutritional yeast and raw wheat germ are two excellent sources of B vitamins, particularly vitamin B6 which plays an important role in controlling dandruff.

Eggs and cabbage also provide vitamin B6 in addition to supplying sulfur which is nature's beauty mineral for the scalp. A well-balanced diet, with emphasis on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to control dandruff.
Avoid citrus fruits, bananas; tinned fruits.
Dried stewed
fruits should not be taken.
Avoid strong tea/coffee, pickles, refined and processed foods.
Meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles; refined and processed foods should all be avoided.


TREATMENT:
Yoga headstands will also help with circulation. Exercising out in the fresh air will also help with circulation to the scalp. Nizoral shampoo is also unique in that its effect is long-lasting. Even after rinsing, Nizoral carries on working for several days. The foremost consideration in the treatment of this disorder is to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimize the accumulation of dead cells.
Hair should be brushed daily to improve circulation.
The hair should be brushed daily to improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. The most effective way to brush the hair is to bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground, and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head.


HOME REMEDIES:
Garlic and oil of oregano are also excellent for fighting dandruff. You can take it internally or externally.


Onions are high in sulfur. Cut a fresh onion in half and rub it on the scalp. Onion juice is massaged on the scalp half hour before bath and then the hair is washed.


Mix 1 tblspn of Olive oil with 1 tspn of limejuice. Apply well on the scalp and cover the head by tying an old scarf. Keep it on overnight and shampoo the next morning.


The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff. 

Dandruff can be removed by massaging the hair for half an hour with curd which has been kept in the open for three days, or with a few drops of lime juice mixed with amla juice every night, before going to bed. 

Another measure which helps to counteract dandruff is to dilute cider vinegar with an equal quantity of water and dab this on to the hair with cotton wool in between shampooing. Cider vinegar added to the final rinsing water after shampooing also helps to disperse dandruff.

 To get rid off dandruff you can try a mixture of 2 tbsp of curd and a few drops of honey is rubbed on the scalp half hour before bath and then the hair is washed.

Mix the olive oil with the almond oil. Leave it on about 5 minutes after it starts to burn. Rinse well.

HERBAL TREATMENT:

The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most important remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons of these seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for half an hour. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or shikakai.
 Put the aloe Vera gel where there is lots of dandruff. Leave it for ten minutes. Then have a shower. Wash your body with soap. Then use a shampoo called Palmolive naturals. Aloe vera shampoo and apply the shampoo on your hair.

A valuable prescription for removal of dandruff is the use of green gram powder. The hair should be washed twice a week with two tablespoons of this powder mixed with half a cup of curd.
Beets
have been found useful in dandruff. Both tops and roots should be boiled in water and this water should be massaged into the scalp with the finger tips every night. White beet is better for this purpose.

The juice of snake gourd has been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of dandruff. The juice should be rubbed over the scalp for this purpose.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:
Commonly used homeopathic remedies for treatment of dandruff are: Cantharis, Arnica, Graphites,Phosphorus, Kali phos,Natmur,
Sulphur, and Ars etc.The flaking and itching of the scalp can be due to eczema, psoriasis or a simple fungal infection. Sulphur 30x twice a day can relieve these symptoms. Use a gentle shampoo without mint, menthol, and eucalyptus or tea tree oil.

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Jun 14, 2007 at 08:50 o\clock

MORNING SICKNESS

               MORNING SICKNESS 

INTRODUCTION:

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) are commonly known as morning sickness. It affects almost 50 to 80% of pregnant women. Women have been suffering from this condition for centuries, but still the exact mechanisms or causes of the diseases not known. NVP is probably due to a number of factors which include a combination of physiologic changes, higher levels of hormones, higher sensitivity to odors, etc....The nausea can be mild or induce actual vomiting. In extreme cases, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, hospitalization may be required to treat the resulting dehydration. Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, though it occurs most often upon waking, because blood sugar levels are typically the lowest after a night without food. 

SYMPTOMS:

The common symptoms are stated below

Nausea

Vomiting

Constipation

Backache

Darkening of areola

Excessive salivation

Frequent urination

Lower abdominal cramps  

CAUSES:

No one is exactly sure what causes morning sickness but it would seem that the cause is a combination of issues related to the chemical changes the body is going through.One of the theories is that morning sickness is caused by the dominant hormone during pregnancy, progesterone. Another theory is that morning sickness is caused by the buildup of HCG, human chorionic gonadotopin in the system. The other common causes includeLow blood sugar during pregnancySmelling certain odors like perfume, petrol etc.  Smelling certain foods Eating certain foods like meat Eating foods that are rich in fat or spicy Tiredness Becoming anxious or worried Vitamin or mineral deficiency   

TREATMENT:

Treatments for morning sickness typically aim to lessen the symptoms of nausea, rather than attacking the root cause(s) of the nausea. Treatments include:

Avoiding an empty stomach

Eating five or six small meals per day, rather than three large ones

 Ginger, in capsules, tea, ginger ale, ginger beer or ginger snapsVitamin B6 (either pyridoxine or pyridoxamine), often taken in combination with the antihistamine doxylamine (Diclectin®).

Lemons, particularly the smelling of freshly cut lemons.

Accommodating food cravings and aversions Eating dry crackers in the morning 

Eating bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea. Drinking liquids 30 to 45 minutes after eating solid food.  The doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medications if the expectant mother suffers from dehydration or malnutrition as a result of her morning sickness, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Vitamin K and vitamin C, taken together, may provide relief of symptoms for some women.


SELF CARE:

• Try to avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea.

•It might also help to stick to bland foods. Try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because it tends to have less of an aroma than when it's hot.

• Keep simple snacks, such as crackers, by your bed. When you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Snacking on crackers may also help you feel better if you wake up nauseated in the middle of the night.

• Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so that your stomach is never empty. Some women find that carbohydrates are most appealing when they feel nauseated, but high-protein foods were more likely to ease symptoms.

• Avoid fatty foods, which take longer to digest. Also steer clear of rich, spicy, acidic, and fried foods, which can irritate your digestive system.

• Try drinking fluids mostly between meals. And don't drink so much at one time that your stomach feels full, as that will make you less hungry for food. A good strategy is to sip fluids frequently throughout the day.

• Aim to drink about a quart and a half altogether. If you've been vomiting a lot, try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes.

• Give yourself time to relax and take naps if you can.

• Try taking prenatal vitamins with food or just before bed. You might also want to ask your healthcare provider whether you can switch to a prenatal vitamin with a low dose of iron or no iron for the first trimester, since this mineral can be hard on your digestive system.

• Try ginger, an alternative remedy thought to settle the stomach and help quell queasiness. Grate some fresh ginger into hot water to make ginger tea, or see if ginger candies help.

• Try an acupressure band, a soft cotton wristband that's sold at drugstores. You strap it on so that the plastic button pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist. This simple and inexpensive device, designed to ward off seasickness, has helped some pregnant women through morning sickness.

• Ask your provider about a device that stimulates the underside of your wrist with a mild electric current. This "acustimulation" device is available by prescription only.  

HOME REMEDIES:

Instead of eating foods, try to drink them, it’s easier for the body to digest a milk shake or fruit shake instead of having to chew them.

Avoid foods and odors that make you feel nausea.

Drink plenty of carbonated beverages, without caffeine.

Consuming ginger ale for example, will promote the elimination of gas, when at the same time ginger ale contains ginger, an herb that soothes the digestive tract. Also mix singles drops of ginger, fennel and peppermint oils, then add them in an ounce of carrier oil. This exquisite oil massaged into the skin will settle the stomach.

 For something more relaxing, put a few drops of lavender oil in the bath tub and enjoy the immersion.

Taking ½ to 1 tsp of Wild yam root every day will help you deal your morning sickness.

Mix 1/2 tsp ginger juice, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, 1 tsp mint juice and 1 tsp honey to be taken 3-4 times a day

Take about 15-20 fresh curry leaves and extract the juice. Add 2 tsp of fresh limejuice and 1 tsp of honey to it. Drink this mixture 3-4 times in a day. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

The most common herbal treatment includes Herbal Tea which contains: Meadowsweet herb, Linden flowers, Peppermint leaf & Fennel seed.Ginger has a place in all types of nauseous responses and Morning Sickness mix has this herb along with Chamomile, Liquorice, Sarsaparilla, Raspberry Leaf, Hypericum, Vervain, Fennel and St.Mary's Thistle all in concentrated liquid extract form. In addition Bach Flower Remedies such as Olive, Gorse, Scleranthus, Oak and Agrimony are also included. This mixture (just a few drops in water) will support the Liver and Pancreas where most nausea responses originate as well as gently assisting the body and the nervous system to come to terms with the hormonal changes generally involved in early pregnancy. It is quite a good idea to take a dose in the evening as well as in the morning and it should alleviate the symptoms common during the first trimester. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Asarum

This remedy is indicated when a woman feels very ill, with constant nausea and retching. She is extremely sensitive to everything-especially noise, which can aggravate the nauseous feelings. She feels best when lying down and resting. Cool drinks or food may help, but it is hard for her to even think of eating.

Colchicum

Horrible nausea that is worse from the sight and smell of food (especially eggs or fish) often indicates this remedy. The woman retches and vomits, and has a sore and bloated feeling in the abdomen. She has trouble eating anything - although she often craves things, when she tries to eat them they make her sick. She is likely to feel ill from many smells that others don't even notice.

Ipecacuanha

This remedy is indicated for intense and constant nausea that is felt all day (not only in the morning) with retching, belching, and excessive salivation. The woman may feel worse from lying down, but also worse from motion. Even after the woman vomits, she remains nauseous.

Kreosotum

When this remedy is indicated, the woman may salivate so much that she constantly swallows it, becoming nauseous. She may also vomit up food that looks undigested, several hours after eating.Lacticum acidum This remedy is indicated for "classic morning sickness": nausea worse immediately on waking in the morning and on opening the eyes. The woman may salivate a lot and have burning stomach pain. She usually has a decent appetite and feels better after eating.

Nux vomica

Nausea, especially in the morning and after eating, may respond to this remedy-especially if the woman is irritable, impatient, and chilly. She may retch a lot and have the urge to vomit, often without success. Her stomach feels sensitive and crampy, and she may be constipated.

Pulsatilla

This remedy can be helpful if nausea is worse in the afternoon and evening (often in the morning, as well). The woman is not very thirsty, although she may feel better from drinking something cool. She can crave many different foods, but feels sick from many things (including foods she craves). Creamy foods or desserts may be appealing, but can cause discomfort and burping or bring on vomiting. A woman who needs this remedy usually is affectionate, insecure, and weepy-wanting a lot of attention and comforting.

Sepia

Gnawing, intermittent nausea with an empty feeling in the stomach suggests a need for this remedy. It is especially indicated for a woman who is feeling irritable, sad, worn out, and indifferent to her family. She feels worst in the morning before she eats, but is not improved by eating and may vomit afterward. Nausea can be worse when she is lying on her side. Odors of any kind may aggravate the symptoms. Food often tastes too salty. She may lose her taste for many foods, but may still crave vinegar and sour things.

Tabacum

This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels a ghastly nausea with a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. She looks extremely pale, feels very cold and faint, and needs to lie very still and keep her eyes closed.  

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Jun 12, 2007 at 13:03 o\clock

EYESIGHT

                  EYESIGHT

 Introduction: 

"The fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes"
                       
It is said that face is the index of the mind and eyes are windows of the soul. On a tangible level, eyes are our only windows to the world. Human eyes need care and attention.  Eyesight becomes weak after the muscles around the eyes lose their elasticity and become rigid, thereby reducing the power to focus different distances. Also, tension around the eyes affects the brain causing stress and anxiety. Normal vision is essential for carrying out our day-to-day activities efficiently.  

Causes:           

 Infection, malnutrition and lack of eye care rob people of their sight - and their quality of life. Blindness can be caused by a host of diseases and conditions, including diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, vitamin A deficiency, leprosy, trachoma Injury to the eye, including from chemical burns, contact with a sharp or blunt object or fireworks. Blocked blood vessels. Complications from eye surgery or premature birth. Conditions like Tay-Sachs disease, optic neuritis, retinitis pigmentosa, retinoblastoma and optic glioma. Stroke. Lead poisoning.

Watery eyes:                

Watery eyes can be caused by a variety of factors, including an eye infection, allergy or irritation. Watery eyes also can signal a more serious problem, including a blocked tear duct that prevents tears from draining normally. 

Symptoms:

Persistent tearing without apparent cause. Pain in the eye, especially when it tears. Soreness around the eyes or sinuses. Redness in the eye, or significant discharge from the eye.Blepharitis is a common condition that is caused by inflammation of the eyelid. It results in red, scaly, and thickened eyelids and typically some loss of the eyelashes. The most common complaints are itching and burning. Blepharitis is initially treated by applying hot compresses to the affected eye, followed by an eyelid scrub. Lint, dust, an eyelash or other foreign matter can become stuck in the eye. When the substance cannot easily be removed either with your finger, water, or an ophthalmic irritant, a doctor should be seen.                                                                                                                               

 Eye care:                                                                                                  

 Constant exposure to ultraviolet light can damage your eyes. Too much exposure increases pigmentation in the eye. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun's harmful rays. Wear Protective Gear and Eye wear during Work and Sporting Events. Wear safety glasses and protective goggles while playing sports or working with hazardous and air-born materials lowers your risk for eye injury, impaired vision and complete loss of sight.                  

 A balanced diet, correct postures, exercise, personal hygiene and fresh air are highly recommended for prevention of eye defects.The three common faults of vision are: not using peripheral vision, staring and not moving the eyes sufficiently in their sockets. All these conditions are there while watching TV. Therefore TV and Video viewing should be restricted to 40 to 50 minutes especially for children. The viewing should be done at a correct distance (at least 10 feet) and in the correct posture. If these habits are formed in childhood, they can help prevent many problems in the future.

 Preventive measures:                                     

 Prevention is always better than cure. People who spend a lot of time at computers can take preventive steps to minimize the negative effects on the eyes. Here's a short list of things you can do to stop those ill effects:

Keep the computer screen four to nine inches below eye level.

Place the computer straight in front of you if you're looking at it most of the time. 

Relax your eyes after every one hour if you are working on a computer.


Herbal Remedies:                 

Bilberry protects the eyes from eyestrain or fatigue, and can improve circulation to the eyes. It improves microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple, a substance required for good eyesight. The herb contains Vitamins A and C, providing antioxidant protection which can help prevent free radical damage to the eyes. Vitamin A is required for sharp vision, while Vitamin C helps form collagen and is needed for growth and repair of tissue cells and blood vessels. Anthocyanosides support and protect collagen structures in the blood vessels of the eyes, assuring strong, healthy capillaries that carry vital nutrients to eye muscles and nerves.Eyebright was historically used to support healthy eye function.Hyssop is also an excellent aid for the eyes,Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) alleviates eye fatigue and improves vision. Vitamin E protects the eyes. 

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Jun 12, 2007 at 12:51 o\clock

HERBS FOR BOILS

            HERBS FOR BOILS

INTRODUCTION:
A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After 4-7 days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin. Individual boils can cluster together and form an interconnected network of boils called carbuncles. In severe cases, boils may develop to form abscesses. Generally the boils appear on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. If several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called a carbuncle. 

CAUSES:
There are many causes of boils. Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair. Others can form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Boils are generally caused by an infection of the hair follicles by Staphylococcus aureus or staphylococcus epidermidis, a strain of bacteria that normally lives on the skin surface. It is thought that a tiny cut of the skin allows this bacterium to enter the follicles and cause an infection. This can happen during bathing or while using a razor. Hidradenitis suppurativa causes frequent boils. Boils in the armpits can sometimes be caused by anti-perspirant deodorants.

 HOME REMEDIES: 

Bitter gourd

For boils filled with blood, bitter gourd acts as the perfect boils home remedy treatment. Take 1 cup juice of bitter gourd and add 1 tsp limejuice to it. Consume this mixture empty stomach in the morning on a daily basis for a couple of months and see the magical results. 

Garlic and Onion 

The juice of garlic or onion may be applied externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate the pus. An equal quantity of the juices of these two vegetables can also be applied with beneficial results. Eating of two to three pods of garlic during meals will also bring good results.  

Betel Leaves

Betel leaves are a valuable remedy for boils. A leaf is gently warmed till it becomes soft. It is then coated with a layer of castor oil. The oiled leaf should be spread over the inflamed part. It should be replaced every few hours. After a few applications, the skin boil will rupture, draining out all the purulent matter.  

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are beneficial in the treatment of boils. The seeds should be ground in water and made into a paste. This paste can be applied to boils with beneficial results.  

Margosa Leaves

The use of margosa leaves has proved effective in boils. They can be used as a poultice, decoction, or liniment with beneficial results. To make the decoction, 15 gm of margosa leaves should be boiled in 500 ml of water till it is reduced by one-third. 

Parsley

To treat boils, this vegetable should be steeped in boiled water till it is soft and juicy. When comfortably hot, it should be wrapped with clean muslin or linen cloth and applied to the boils as a poultice.  

Turmeric

Application of turmeric powder on boils speeds up the healing process. In the case of fresh boils, a few dry roots of turmeric are roasted, the ashes dissolved in a cupful of water, and then applied over the affected portion. This solution enables the boils to ripen and burst. 

 HERBAL REMEDIES:

The leaves of the Wild pansy, catnip, dock, chickweed, burdock, or yarrow herbs are effective healing treatment for boil. Soften any of these leaves by steaming. Apply it on the boil.

Linseed -On a boiling water, place crushed fresh linseed to create a paste. Put it on the affected area of the skin and cover it with clean cloth.

Lemon-Cut the lemon in half and place it on the boil.

Comfrey - Combine comfrey with garlic and honey. Apply it on the boil. Apply the juice of onion or garlic on the boils, as it helps in evacuating the pus.

Kala Jeera - Purple Fleban
 Mix the powdered kala jeera with basil and neem, and apply it on the affected zone. This mixture can be preserved for nearly a week.

Manjishtha - Indian madder
 Apply an amalgamation of Indian madder with red sandalwood powder, turmeric, kuth and fuller's earth (multani mitti) on the affected area.
 

Virang (Embelia ribes)
For heat boils and acne, mix vavdinga with Bavchi oil and turmeric and apply.

Chamomile and Roman Chamomile Essential Oil are very effective in the treatment of most skin ailments, including acne, boils, burns, cuts, and wounds, irritated and sensitive skin.

Red Clover

This powerful blood cleanser is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems, including childhood eczema. It is good for skin
disorders, abscesses, bacterial infections and a weakened immune system. It also acts as a natural antibiotic and blood purifier.

Sarsaparilla

This is a good detoxifier and helps with problems that are caused by blood impurities. It’s used for scaling skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Yellow Dock

This is a good blood purifier and cleanser that tone the entire system. It’s used extensively in the treatment of chronic skin complaints such as psoriasis. A detoxifier that helps for acne, boils, abscesses and psoriasis. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Arsenicum album

This remedy is useful for deeply infected boils with intensely burning pain and offensive discharge. Warmth and hot applications usually are soothing. The person may feel exhausted and ill, yet anxiety and discomfort also make them restless.

Belladonna

This remedy is often indicated in early stages of inflammation, before much pus has formed. Boils recurring in the spring also indicate the remedy. Arnica produces a crop of boils all over, beginning with soreness, go on to suppuration, and another crop follows. When the boils partially mature and shrivel up Arnica is the remedy indicated. 

Calendula

This remedy is often helpful as a topical application for boils and infected sores. It can be used in herbal form or in low dilution as a tincture, ointment, or compress. Taken internally, Calendula can help the body overcome infection.

Echinacea angustifolia

This well-known herb is often used to help the immune system overcome infection. In homeopathic form, it sometimes helps a person with recurring boils. People who need this remedy typically feel sickly, lethargic, achy, and chilly.

Hepar sulphuris calcareum

When a boil is extremely tender and sensitive to touch, this remedy can be helpful. A splinter-like sticking pain is often felt. The boil may produce deep pockets of offensive pus or be slow to heal. This remedy is also indicated when boils seem to be spreading. A person who needs this remedy usually is vulnerable and touchy, with extreme sensitivity to cold.

Mercurius solubilis

This remedy is indicated when boils are very sensitive with advanced development of pus. The person may have moist or greasy-looking skin, with swollen lymph nodes and offensive breath, and be very sensitive to changes in temperature. Warmth may aggravate the pain.

Tarentula cubensis

This remedy may be indicated when a boil is sore and swollen with stinging, burning pain, and purplish or bluish discoloration of surrounding tissues. A person who needs this remedy may also have restless feet and difficulty sleeping.

Sulphur This remedy produces a tendency to boils and is applicable to scrofulous persons.

Phytolacca is said to be specific in boils. 

 Belladonna, Arnica and Lycopodium is efficient in the treatment of boils. Berberis vulgaris hastens suppuration in boils and prevents their recurrence.

 Arctium lappa and Echinacea is excellent remedies with which to break up the "boil habit". In the latter remedy profound prostration is an indication.

Silicea

This is a great boil remedy, and, in conjunction with Hepar sulphuris, prescribed for the general indications of abscess will cover many cases. It is a remedy to prevent boils. It produces inflammation of the connective tissue, and following the boil will be a plastic indurated and often inflamed lump, which Silicea will remove.

Calcarea sulphurica is also a remedy to remove the tumefaction of boils. Arsenicum and Carbo vegetabilis come in boils of a low adynamic type. 

 

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Jun 12, 2007 at 12:43 o\clock

BOILS

                             BOILS

INTRODUCTION:


A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After 4-7 days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.
Individual boils can cluster together and form an interconnected network of boils called carbuncles. In severe cases, boils may develop to form abscesses. Generally the boils appear on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. If several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called a carbuncle. 

TYPES:

There are several different types of boils. Among these are: Furuncle or carbuncle: This is an abscess in the skin caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. A furuncle can have one or more openings onto the skin and may be associated with a fever or chills.  Cystic acne: This is a type of abscess that is formed when oil ducts become clogged and infected. It is most common on the face and typically occurs in the teenage years. Hidradenitis suppurativa: This is a condition in which there are multiple abscesses that form under the arm pits and often in the groin area. These areas are a result of local inflammation of the sweat glands.  Pilonidal cyst: This is a unique kind of abscess that occurs in the crease of the buttocks. These frequently form after long trips that involve prolonged sitting.  

CAUSES:

There are many causes of boils. Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair. Others can form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Boils are generally caused by an infection of the hair follicles by Staphylococcus aureus or staphylococcus epidermidis, a strain of bacteria that normally lives on the skin surface. It is thought that a tiny cut of the skin allows this bacterium to enter the follicles and cause an infection. This can happen during bathing or while using a razor. Hidradenitis suppurativa causes frequent boils. Boils in the armpits can sometimes be caused by anti-perspirant deodorants.  

RISK FACTORS:  

Though anyone can develop boils or carbuncles, these health problems make people more susceptible to skin infections:

Diabetes

Problems with the immune system

Poor nutrition

Poor hygiene

Exposure to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin  

PREVENTION:

There are some measures to prevent boils from forming. The regular use of antibacterial soaps can help to prevent bacteria from building up on the skin. Carefully wash clothes, bed linen, and towels of a family member who is infected with boils. Clean and treat minor skin wounds. Practice good personal hygiene. Stay as healthy as possible.  

SELF-CARE:

The following measures may help the infection heal more quickly and prevent it from spreading:Apply a warm washcloth or compress to the affected area. Do this for at least 10 minutes every few hours. If possible, first soak the cloth or compress in warm salt water. This helps the boil rupture and drain more quickly. Gently wash the boil two to three times a day. After washing, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic and cover with a bandage. Never squeeze or lance a boil. This can spread the infection. Wash the hands thoroughly after treating a boil. Always launder clothing, towels or compresses that have touched the infected area. 

 DIAGNOSIS:

Doctors usually diagnose a boil simply by looking at the skin, but sometimes they take a sample of pus to check for the bacteria it contains. If the patient has recurring infections, he may be tested for diabetes or other illnesses that weaken the immune system. 

TREATMENT:

The primary treatment for most boils is heat application, usually with hot soaks or hot packs. Antibiotics are often used to eliminate the accompanying bacterial infection. For recurring cases, sufferers may benefit from diet supplements of Vitamin A and E.In serious cases oral antibiotics such as dicloxacillin (Dynapen) or cephalexin (Keflex) are commonly prescribed. For patients allergic to penicillin-based drugs, erythromycin (E-base, Erycin) may also be used. Magnesium sulfate paste applied to the affected area can prevent the growth of bacteria and reduce boils by absorbing pus and drying up the lesion. 

Other Boils treatments:

Warm-water enema

A warm-water enema should be given daily to cleanse the bowels. Warm moist compresses should be applied three or four times a day over the tender area. This will help to bring the boil to a head and encourage easy drainage.

Hot Epsom salts bath

A hot Epsom salts bath is highly beneficial and should be taken by the patient two or three times in a week until the boils persist and once a week thereafter. Other helpful measures in the treatment of boils are daily dry massage in the morning followed by a cold sponge.

Fresh air, breathing exercises, and outdoor exercises are also essential for toning up the system. Avoid constipation. 

DIET:

A thorough cleansing of the system is essential for the treatment of boils. To begin with, the patient may fast on orange juice diluted with water.  Then he should adopt a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on wholegrain cereals, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits. The patient should avoid tea and coffee, starchy and sugary foods, especially cakes, pastries, sweets, chocolates, white sugar, and white bread. He should also avoid all condiments, pickles, and sauces.  

HOME REMEDIES: 

Iodine - To prevent the boil from further development, apply iodine on the area on and around the boil at least 3 times a day. This will also prevent the boil from further infection.

Bread

On boiling water, put a piece of regular bread. Remove it when it is soft. Apply it to the boil on a temperature tolerable to the skin. This will bring out the head of the boil faster.

Carrot and wheat germ 

On a 1 tbsp of wheat germ oil, mix a grated raw carrot and apply it on the affected area.

Honey

There are several ways to prepare honey as a home remedy for boil.

·        Mix honey with oil.

·        Soak fresh figs in honey.

·        Combine wheat germ and honey.

·        Apply plain warm honey.

·        Apply one of these on the affected area and the boil will come to its head.

·        Honey can also be mixed with equal amount of fresh cod liver oil, orange juice, and fresh lemon juice. Take at least a tablespoon of it three times a day. 

Milk Cream

Milk cream is beneficial in the treatment of boils. One teaspoon of milk cream, mixed with half a tea spoon of vinegar, and a pinch of turmeric powder, makes an excellent poultice. It helps in ripening the blood boils and in their healing without allowing them to become septic.   

 

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Jun 11, 2007 at 07:29 o\clock

HYPERCHLOSTEROLEMIA

                HYPERCHLOSTEROLEMIA 

INTRODUCTION: 

Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood .It is not a disease but a metabolic derangement that can be secondary to many diseases and can contribute too many forms of disease.The most notable among them is the cardiovascular disease. The elevated levels of lipids are "hyperlipidemia” and the elevated levels of lipoproteins are known as"hyperlipoproteinemia." Familial hypercholesterolemia is a rare genetic disorder that can occur in families, where sufferers cannot properly metabolize cholesterol. 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

Longstanding elevated hypercholesterolemia leads to accelerated atherosclerosis: this can express itself in a number of cardiovascular diseases Angina pectoris, leading to PTCA or CABG Myocardial infarction (heart attack) Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) Cerebrovascular accidents/Strokes Peripheral artery disease (PAD 

CAUSES:

The cholesterol in a person's blood originates from two major sources, dietary intake and liver production. Dietary cholesterol comes mainly from meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. Organ meats, such as liver, are especially high in cholesterol content, while foods of plant origin contain no cholesterol. After a meal, cholesterol is absorbed by the intestines into the blood circulation and is then packaged inside a protein coat. Other causes include

·        Heredity

·        Excessive consumption of fried fatty foods and other rich foods like ghee, butter, white flour, sugar, cheese and non vegetarian foods like meat, fish etc.

·        Smoking

·        Alcoholism

·        Mental stress and strain

·        Major Risk Factors That Affect Your LDL Goal

·        Cigarette smoking

·        High blood pressure

·        Low HDL cholesterol

·        Family history of early heart disease

·        Age   

SECONDARY CAUSES:

There are a number of secondary causes for high cholesterol:

·        Diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome

·        Kidney disease (nephrotic syndrome)

·        Hypothyroidism

·        Anorexia nervosa

·        Zieve's syndrome

·        Family history  

RISK FACTORS:

High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of having testicular cancer in men. High Cholesterol is linked to Alzheimer’s disease which is a degenerative brain disease that usually begins gradually, causing a person to forget recent events or familiar tasks.High Cholesterol is a potential risk factor and increases chances of stroke even in healthy women with no history of heart disease or stroke. 

DIET:

Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels. Thus it is mainly by limiting the amount of saturated fat in one's diet that helps lower total serum cholesterol.  Being overweight is a definite risk factor for heart disease. It also tends to increase your cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower the LDL and total cholesterol levels, as well as raise your HDL and lower your triglyceride levels.

 Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity can also help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It also helps you lose weight. All three of these activities done together can have a positive effect on one's blood cholesterol level.

 TREATMENT:

Clinical Evidence has summarized treatment for both primary prevention and secondary prevention.  Two factors to consider when choosing therapy are the patient's risk of coronary disease and their lipoprotein pattern.The treatment depends on the type of hypercholesterolemia. Fredrickson Types IIa and IIb can be treated with diet, statins (most prominently rosuvastatin, atorvastatin, simvastatin, or pravastatin), cholesterol absorption inhibitors (ezetimibe), fibrates (gemfibrozil, bezafibrate, fenofibrate or ciprofibrate), vitamin B3 (niacin), bile acid sequestrants (colestipol, cholestyramine), LDL apheresis and in hereditary severe cases liver transplantation. Many primary physicians and heart specialists will initially prescribe medication in combination with diet and exercise. According to various resources, statins are the most commonly used and effective forms of medication for the treatment of high cholesterol.  

 HOME REMEDIES:

Coriander seeds are considered valuable in lowering blood cholesterol. They also aid in stimulating the kidneys. In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day.

Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries. You just need to modify the cooking style a bit and substitute sunflower seeds for solid fats such as butter and cream.

 Incorporate loads of fiber in meals, as fiber helps a great deal in lowering the cholesterol pressure in blood.

 HERBAL REMEDIES: 

The common herbal remedies for high cholesterol include Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpurea) Gugulipid, Aspalathus linear is (Rooibos), Fenugreek, Dandelion, Garlic, Fennel, Rosehips, and Agrimony as well as the Bach Flowers Chestnut Bud, Honeysuckle, Heather and Wild Rose. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES: 

Guggul, Arjuna, shudh shilajit, cinnamom are some of the excellent homeopathic remedies. Shudda Guggul, Arjuna and garlic can be obtained in the form of capsules.  

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Jun 11, 2007 at 07:01 o\clock

WHITLOW

                WHITLOW

 Introduction:                     

 Whitlow is a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail. A pus filled abscess or boil is seen on the tip of the finger next to the nail. Virus or bacteria primarily causes whitlow that enters the human body via cut. People who work in water are likely to suffer from this disease more. Briefly, whitlow can be stated as “Finger tip soft pad infection”. 

Symptoms:              

 Some of the symptoms of Whitlow include, Fingertip infection, swollen fingertip, Painful fingertip, Fever, Tender elbow lymph nodes, swollen elbow lymph nodes, Tender armpit lymph nodes & swollen armpit lymph nodes.         

In a fingertip abscess, most often initial symptoms are pain and burning. This usually is followed by erythema, edema, and the development of 1- to 3-mm grouped vesicles on an erythematous base over the next 7-10 days. These vesicles may ulcerate or rupture and usually contain clear fluid, although the fluid may appear cloudy or bloody. Lymphangitis and epitrochlear and axillary lymphadenopathy are not uncommon. After 10-14 days, symptoms usually improve significantly and lesions crust over and heal. Viral shedding is believed to resolve at this point. Complete resolution occurs over subsequent 5-7 days.  

 Types:             

 Whitlow or the nail disease paronychia is of two types. They are acute paronychia and chronic paronychia. Whitlow is often a tender bacterial or fungal infection where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. The infection starts suddenly in acute paronychia and gradually in chronic paronychia.               The cuticle acts as a protective seal, but if it is damaged in any way then bacteria are able to enter the skin and cause infection. Despite the small area affected these infections can be extremely painful as the skin becomes inflamed, hot, red, and throbs continually. Pus is usually present, along with gradual thickening and browning discoloration of the nail plate. If a large amount of pus has collected then it may be necessary to make a little cut in the skin under local anesthetics to release it.          Prosector’s paronychia is a primary inoculation of tuberculosis of the skin and nails, named after its association with prosectors, who prepare specimens for dissection. Paronychia around the entire nail is sometimes referred to as runaround aronychia.When the infection comes on quickly it is usually caused by bacteria. Most often it is trauma to the cuticle that allows infection in. 

Causes:                 

  Herpetic whitlow is an intense painful infection of the hand involving 1 or more fingers that typically affects the terminal phalanx. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is the cause in approximately 60% of cases of herpetic whitlow, and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is the cause in the remaining 40%.Herpetic whitlow is initiated by viral inoculation of the host through exposure to infected body fluids via a break in the skin, most commonly a torn cuticle. The virus then invades the cells of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue, and clinical infection ensues within a matter of days.          

  In children, HSV-1 is the most likely causative agent. Infection involving the finger usually is due to autoinoculation from primary oropharyngeal lesions as a result of finger-sucking or thumb-sucking behavior in patients with herpes labialis or herpetic gingivostomatitis. Similarly, in health care workers, infection with HSV-1 is more common and usually is secondary to unprotected exposure to infected oropharyngeal secretions of patients. This easily can be prevented by use of gloves and by scrupulous observation of universal fluid precautions. 

Diagnosis:               

 The diagnosis varies according to the severity of the disease. Diagnosis of herpetic whitlow usually is clinical, based on presentation of the affected digit with characteristic lesions and a typical history. In children, observation of concurrent gingivostomatitis is almost pathognomonic. In adults, the presence of occupational risk factors or finding of concurrent oral or genital herpes lesions should strongly suggest the diagnosis. Definitive diagnostic testing includes the Tzanck test, viral cultures, serum antibody titers, fluorescent antibody testing, or DNA hybridization. 

Treatment:        

 Herpetic whitlow is a self-limited disease. Treatment most often is directed toward symptomatic relief. Acyclovir may be beneficial to shorten the duration of symptoms and viral shedding during the primary infection. Oral acyclovir may prevent recurrence. Antibiotic treatment can be used only in cases complicated by bacterial super infection. Tense vesicles may be unroofed to help ameliorate symptoms, and wedge resection of the fingernail may be used for the same purpose in cases involving the subungual space.Deep surgical incision is contraindicated, since this may lead to delayed resolution, bacterial super infection or systemic spread, and complications such as herpes encephalitis.

 Prevention:                   

Biting or picking at the cuticle, damage through work and overenthusiastic manicuring are the usual culprits. Individuals who work with their hands in water, such as health care workers and food processors, are quite prone to this type of infection.

Excess water weakens the seal and soaps or detergents will remove the protective skin oils, leaving the skin dry and more liable to split.

To prevent from this painful disease, Health care workers should use gloves, practice strict hand washing, and scrupulously observe universal fluid precautions In general it is important to moisturize the skin well after having the hands in any water and not to go digging around the cuticle when manicuring the nails.  Studies have demonstrated herpes virus in 2.5% of asymptomatic patients and in 6.5% of hospitalized patients with tracheostomies. Caution patients with oral, labial, or genital lesions and the parents and caregivers of children with lesions against digital contact with lesions. 

Home Remedies:                       

The remedies for whitlow which can be done at home are stated below.

 *Make a hole in a lemon fruit and thrust the infected finger inside it for 30 minutes in a day for fast relief.
* Apply a poultice out of rice flour and linseed and apply it on affected finger for quick relief.
 

Homeopathic Remedies:                                         

 Hepar sulphur is the great homoeopathic remedy for suppurations where the pus is not decomposed. It suits especially lymphatic, phlegmatic individuals. Excessive sensitiveness of the parts is a leading indication. It is further indicated by these symptoms: chilly sensations, throbbing in the parts or sharp, sticking pains which are worse at night .If given low in threatening suppuration it will favor the formation of pus. The suppurative process will often be aborted by Hepar if given in the higher potencies. Such abscesses as felon or whitlow generally do well under Hepar. If there be a bruised pain present, sometimes Arnica may do well.  

 

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Jun 11, 2007 at 06:42 o\clock

WHOOPING COUGH

                                              WHOOPING COUGH

Introduction:                  

Whooping cough, also known as Peruses is an infection of the respiratory system. It's characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in. Although whooping cough can occur at any age, it is most severe in immunized children and in infants under 1 year of age. But more cases have been reported in teens and adults, because their immunity has faded since their original vaccination. Pertussis is a serious bacterial infection of the lining of the breathing passages, particularly in the windpipe area. 

Signs and Symptoms:                           

 Symptoms of the infection include prolonged, violent, coughing spasms that often cause thick mucus and severe inhaling difficulties. The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold such as runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and low-grade fever. After about 1 to 2 weeks, the dry, irritating cough evolves into coughing spells. During a coughing spell, which can last for more than a minute, the child may turn red or purple. At the end of a spell, the child may make a characteristic whooping sound when breathing in or may vomit. Between spells, the child usually feels well. During these spasms, the tongue may protrude, the eyes may bulge, and the face may become discolored. Mucus may be produced, and vomiting may occur.  

Transmission:             

 Pertussis is highly contagious. The bacteria spread from person to person through tiny drops of fluid from an infected person's nose or mouth. These may become airborne when the person sneezes, coughs, or laughs. Other people then can become infected by inhaling the drops or getting the drops on their hands and then touching their mouths or noses. Infected people are most contagious during the earliest stages of the illness up to about 2 weeks after the cough begins. Antibiotics shorten the period of contagiousness to 5 days following the start of antibiotic treatment. 

Diagnosis:           

The diagnosis depends on the severity of the disease. Various tests are performed which include  Culture tests- A history of symptoms and physical examination leads to a diagnosis, which may be confirmed by detecting the bacteria in cultures or smears of secretions from the nose and upper throat. The doctor takes a nose or throat swab or suction sample. The sample is then sent to a lab and cultured or otherwise tested for whooping cough bacteria. Blood tests- A blood sample may be drawn and sent to a lab to check for a high white blood cell count. White blood cells help the body fight infections, such as whooping cough. A high white cell count typically indicates the presence of infection or inflammation. This is a general test and not specific for whooping cough, however. A chest X-ray -The doctor may want to use an X-ray to check for the presence of fluid in your lungs, which can occur when pneumonia complicates whooping cough and other respiratory infections. 

Causes:            

 Whooping cough is an upper respiratory infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacterium, which is transmitted through droplets of respiratory secretions that are coughed or sneezed into the air by someone who's already infected. Once the bacteria enter inside the airways, the bacteria multiply and produce toxins that interfere with the respiratory tract's ability to sweep away germs. Thick mucus develops deep inside the airways, causing uncontrollable coughing.          

The bacteria also cause inflammation that narrows breathing tubes in the lungs. This narrowing leaves the patient gasping for air, sucking in air with a high-pitched "whoop". Emphysema, cerebral hemorrhage and encephalitis can occur. In infants younger than 6 months of age, whooping cough can even be life-threatening. 

Prevention:                                     

The best way to prevent whooping cough is  three-in-one combination, known as the DTaP vaccine during infancy. The vaccine consists of a series of five shots, typically administered in the arm and given to children at these ages:2 months 4 months 6 months 12 to 18 months 4 to 6 years It takes at least three shots of the pertussis vaccine to fully protect a child against whooping cough, but a total of five shots are recommended by age 6. Because immunity from the pertussis vaccine tends to wane by age 11, and because of the increase in cases of whooping cough in adolescents and teens between 11 and 18 years of age, doctors now recommend a booster shot for those in this age group — the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine, or Tdap. 

Self-care:

The following steps are essential for dealing with coughing spells apply to anyone being treated for whooping cough at home:

Get plenty of rest. A cool, quiet and dark bedroom may help you relax and rest better.

 Drink plenty of fluids. Water, juice and soups are good choices.

Eat smaller meals. To avoid vomiting after coughing, eat smaller, more frequent meals rather than large ones.

Avoid banana, dairy, wheat and meat products.

Use a mist vaporizer to help soothe irritated lungs and to help loosen respiratory secretions.

Clean the air. Keep the home free of irritants that can trigger coughing spells, such as tobacco smoke and fumes from fireplaces
 

Treatment:               

 Treatment is b ased on antibiotic therapy, which may also be prescribed to other members of an infected person's household to prevent the spread of infection. The infected person should be isolated for five days after antibiotic therapy has been started, and exposure to infants should be strictly avoided. Respiratory complications can be severe in infants and may include suffocation (asphyxiation.) Even after treatment to destroy the bacteria, your body continues to repair the damage to the lining of your trachea. As a result, the cough often lingers after the initial illness. With time, coughing usually lessens but can persist for six weeks or longer.

 Homeopathic Treatment: 

Aconite - should be taken during the first 24 hours that symptoms appear.  Drosera is used for dry, spasmodic cough with sharp chest pain and a tickling sensation in the throat.

Hepar sulphuricum can be used for later stages of pertussis with wheezing, little mucus production, and coughing that comes on when any part of the body gets cold.

Ipecacuanha is effective for spasmodic cough and gagging or vomiting;  

Phosphorus can be used for several different types of cough, most particularly a dry, harsh cough.

Spongia is effective for harsh, barking cough that produces no mucus and is associated with a tickling in the throat. 

Herbal treatment:                                    

Coltsfoot has traditionally been used to treat coughs, whooping cough, asthma, excess mucous, bronchitis, and laryngitis. Use as a tea or a tincture.  

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), a very common culinary herb also has medicinal properties qualifying it as a wonderful cough remedy.

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) and hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) are used for treating coughs, colds, and bronchitis.

Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina) continues to be a favorite ingredient in cough and cold remedies.

Red clover is an expectorant and anti-spasmodic especially good for children (over the age of 2) with whooping cough. A tea of the dried flower tops is the most convenient; a tincture may also be used.

 Home Remedies:                         

 There are a few home remedies given below for the treatment of whooping cough.Garlic is an effective home remedy for whooping cough. Extract the juice from garlic and give it to the patient in the doses of 1 tsp, twice or thrice a day.

Ginger has proved beneficial in treating whooping cough. In 1 cup of Fenugreek decoction, add 1 tsp of fresh ginger juice and some honey for taste. You can prepare the Fenugreek decoction easily at home. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds till it reduces to half.

Almond oil is of great value in the treatment of whooping cough. Take about 5 drops of almond oil and mix with 10 drops each of fresh white onion juice and ginger juice. This mixture has to be taken three times in a day for a fortnight.

Take 1 tsp of fresh radish juice and mix with an equal quantity of honey. Also add some rock salt in it. This home made syrup should be given to the patient three times in a day.  

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Jun 9, 2007 at 08:07 o\clock

THUMB SUCKING

                                   THUMB SUCKING

Introduction:                

Thumb sucking is the act of putting the thumb into the mouth for a prolonged duration. It is considered to be soothing and therapeutic. Thumb sucking is generally associated with babies and young children. Children suck on objects to soothe themselves; sucking is one of the baby’s natural reflexes and completely typical for babies and young children.                 

Thumb sucking can start as early as 2-3 months of growth in the womb or within months of being born. Most thumb-suckers stop gradually by the age of five years. Rarely does it continue into adulthood. 

Causes:

More than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs or fingers through the first year of life. For these children, thumb sucking is an appropriate and useful behavior that allows them to soothe and entertain themselves. A child usually turns to his thumb when he is tired, upset or bored. It is not unusual for a thumb sucker to simultaneously engage in other self-comforting behaviors like pulling at a strand of hair, touching an ear, or holding onto a blanket or stuffed toy. Children who suck their thumbs are able to begin at an early age to meet their own need for sucking. These children fall asleep more easily, are able to put themselves back to sleep at night more easily, and sleep through the night much earlier than infants who do not suck their thumbs. 

 

Effects:

Thumb-sucking can cause problems for dental development. The more time a child sucks his thumb and the greater the sucking pressure, the more harm done to teeth and jaws. Day and night forceful thumb sucking makes front teeth move, and can even reshape the jaw bone. Upper front teeth flare out and tip upward while lower front teeth move inward. The reason that thumbs and fingers are effective tooth-movers and bone shapers is that the jaw bones of children under age eight are especially soft and malleable. Children have upper and lower jaws rich in blood supply and relatively low in mineral content, especially calcium. Unfortunately for children and parents, prolonged thumb or finger sucking easily deforms the bone surrounding upper and lower front teeth, producing a hole or gap when teeth are brought together known as an "open bite". The child who sucks her thumb will have dental and speech problems. The top jaw begins to form a gap in the front where the thumb is always placed causing an open bite. Other problems include a cross bite, crooked teeth, malocclusions, lisps, or a tongue thrust. In addition, prolonged thumb sucking can cause minor physical problems, such as chapped lips or cracked skin, calluses, or fingernail infections. 

Prevention: 

If your child is still sucking their thumb after age five interventions is necessary. The timing of this intervention is important.Praise children for not sucking, instead of scolding them when they do. If a child is sucking their thumb when feeling insecure or needing comfort, focus instead on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child. If a child is sucking on their thumb because of boredom, try getting a child's attention with a fun activity. Involve older children in the selection of a means to cease thumb sucking. The pediatric dentist can offer encouragement to a child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking. Only if these tips are ineffective, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock/glove on the hand at night.First of all, a parent must meet their infant and toddler's emotional needs. Give your baby and toddler a structured day. Respond to their crying to soothe them. They are tired, hungry, cold, bored or wet. Find out what it is and meet their needs. 

Treatment:

Many parents are concerned that thumb-sucking at a late age is a sign of emotional immaturity or lack of self-confidence.Breaking a habit is much easier when the child is a willing participant. It can also be helpful to place a bitter-tasting liquid on the nail (not directly on the finger), especially at night, as a reminder not to suck. Mittens, gloves, or a finger-splint may also be worn at night. Talk to your pediatrician and your child's dentist, who may recommend, especially in the case of an overbite, the insertion of a device in the child's mouth known as a palatal bar that prevents sucking. With all treatments, a child should be offered strong emotional support. With all treatments, a child should be offered strong emotional support. Instead, you want to create an environment where she chooses to stop on her own. You can weaken the thumb-sucking habit by distracting her when you notice her thumb in her mouth. Engage her in a way that she uses both hands.
Painting something that tastes yucky on the thumbs can make sucking them less satisfying.
Comments from other people, though, can be helpful. 

Tips to stop thumb sucking: 

Make the child conscious of the habit.

The first step is to validate your child’s feelings when you begin to talk to them about their thumb sucking habit.

"Chart the progress." Place a sticker or gold star on the calendar each night a child goes without sucking his thumb. Plan a reward if the child goes five nights without sucking his thumb,

" Cover their hands. "All the tricks used to stop thumb-sucking--covering their thumbs with socks, nail polish, bandages or rubber bands--will work, but only after the child is made conscious of thumb-sucking,"  

 Herbal Remedies:

Valerian has a fairly wide range of uses in the home medicine cabinet. Valerian can induce restful sleep it has shown some promise in helping reduce thumb sucking and nail biting in children. 

”Control-it!”  Nail Cream is odorless, invisible, and will not stain.
It has been formulated to prevent casual biting or sucking of the nails and Thumb Sucking. The unique blend of all natural ingredients that provides a bitter taste to the nails more importantly delivers vitamins and nutrients to the nails and cuticles, ensuring rapid healing of hangnails that are often a trigger to bite.
  

 

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Jun 9, 2007 at 07:51 o\clock

TUBERCULOSIS

                                TUBERCULOSIS

Introduction:                  

Tuberculosis briefly known as TB is a deadly infectious disease caused by the mycobacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis. Tuberculosis most commonly affects the lungs as (pulmonary TB) but can also affect the central nervous system, lymphatic system, circulatory system, genitourinary system, bones, joints, and even the skin.It is a highly contagious disease.It may be lifethreatening if left untreated.

Symptoms:                 

 In many cases TB becomes an active disease, affecting the lungs is called pulmonary TB. Symptoms include a productive, prolonged cough of more than three weeks duration, chest pain, and coughing up blood. Systemic symptoms include fever, chills, night sweats, appetite loss, weight loss, paling, and those afflicted are often easily fatigued. If TB bacteria gain entry to the bloodstream from an area of damaged tissue they spread through the body and set up many foci of infection, all appearing as tiny white tubercles in the tissues. This severe form of TB disease is most common in infants and the elderly and is called miliary tuberculosis.

Classification:   

 There are two major patterns of disease with TB:

Primary tuberculosis: seen as an initial infection, usually in children. The initial focus of infection is a small sub pleural granuloma accompanied by granulomatous hilar lymph node infection. Together, these make up the Ghon complex. In nearly all cases, these granulomas resolve and there is no further spread of the infection.

Secondary tuberculosis: seen mostly in adults as a reactivation of previous infection (or reinfection), particularly when health status declines. The granulomatous inflammation is much more florid and widespread. Typically, the upper lung lobes are most affected, and cavitation can occur. When resistance to infection is particularly poor, a "miliary" pattern of spread can occur in which there are a myriad of small millet seed (1-3 mm) sized granulomas, either in lung or in other organs.When the infection spreads out of the lungs, extrapulmonary sites include the pleura, central nervous system in meningitis, lymphatic system in scrofula of the neck, genitourinary system in urogenital tuberculosis, and bones and joints in Pott's disease of the spine. An especially serious form is disseminated, or miliary tuberculosis. Extrapulmonary forms are more common in immunosuppressed persons and in young children. Infectious pulmonary TB may co-exist with extrapulmonary TB, which is not contagious.

Causes:          

 The cause of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), is a slow-growing aerobic bacterium that divides every 16 to 20 hours; this is extremely slow compared to other bacteriaThe M. tuberculosis complex includes 3 other mycobacteria which can cause tuberculosis: M. bovis, M. africanum and M. microti. The first two are very rare causes of disease in immunocompetent people, and M. microti is not usually pathogenic, although it is possible that the prevalence of M. microti infections has been underestimated. Other pathogenic mycobacteria are known, such as Mycobacterium leprae, Mycobacterium avium and M. kansasii. The last two are part of the group defined as Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Nontuberculous mycobacteria are mycobacteria that are not part of the M. tuberculosis complex, and do not cause leprosy, but do cause pulmonary diseases resembling tuberculosis.

Transmission:                     

 TB is a highly contagious disease and can be easily spread by aerosol droplets expelled by people with the active disease of the lungs when they cough, sneeze, speak, or spit. The probability of transmission from one person to another depends upon the quantity of the infectious droplets expelled by the patient, the effectiveness of ventilation, the duration of exposure, and the virulence of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain.The chain of transmission can therefore be broken by isolating patients with active disease and starting effective anti-tuberculous therapy.

Diagnosis:                 

 Tuberculosis can be a difficult disease to diagnose, due mainly to the difficulty in culturing this slow-growing organism in the laboratory. A complete medical evaluation for TB must include a medical history, a chest X-ray, and a physical examination. Tuberculosis radiology is used in the diagnosis of TB. It may also include a tuberculin skin test, a serological test, microbiological smears and cultures.

Treatment:               

 Treatment for TB uses antibiotics to kill the bacteria. The two antibiotics most commonly used are rifampicin and isoniazid. However, these treatments are more difficult than the short courses of antibiotics used to cure most bacterial infections as long periods of treatment around 6 to 12 months are needed to entirely eliminate mycobacteria from the body. Latent TB treatment usually uses a single antibiotic, while active TB disease is best treated with combinations of several antibiotics, to reduce the risk of the bacteria developing antibiotic resistance. Keep your immune system healthy. Make sure you eat plenty of healthy foods, get adequate amounts of sleep and exercise regularly to keep your immune system in top form.

 Prevention:               

 To prevent the infants from this life threatening disease, BCG vaccine is given at the time of birth. The vaccine isn't very effective in adults. For the adults suffering from this disease it is essential to finish the entire course of medication. When you stop treatment early or skip doses, TB bacteria have a chance to develop mutations that are resistant to the most potent TB drugs. The resulting drug-resistant strains are much more deadly and difficult to treat.     

Stay home during the first few weeks of treatment for active TB. Ensure adequate ventilation. Open the windows whenever possible to let in fresh air. Cover the mouth. It takes two to three weeks of treatment before you're no longer contagious. During that time, be sure to cover your mouth with a tissue any time you laugh, sneeze or cough. Put the dirty tissue in a bag, seal it and throw it away. Also, wearing a mask when you're around other people during the first three weeks of treatment may help lessen the risk of transmission.

 Diet:      

 It is very important to pay attention to diet.

Avoid eating Toxins

Diet should contain: Foods That Heal, Vegetable juices, Fats that Heal, Unrefined Sea Salt. Also, try to understand food tolerance.

Herbal Treatment:                          

  Two 450-milligram capsules of echinacea can be an effective remedy. Forsythia (Forsythia suspensa) can be used as an antibacterial antiseptic.. The plant has been used clinically against TB, often combined with honeysuckle. To fight a variety of infections, use forsythia twigs in a 1:2 ratio with honeysuckle in a tea or hot lemonade.

Honeysuckle flower extracts are strongly active against several bacteria, including those that cause TB.                       

Licorice is also an effective treatment for tuberculosis.

Eucalyptus globulus is another herb used to treat TB. Try a drop or two added to water or tea. Don't use more than a drop or two: This is powerful stuff.

Onion is also an effective remedy for TB.

Raw garlic is an effective treatment for TB. Drink this with a cup of warm water after every meal. Keep this up for several months. 

Propolis is a natural treatment for all chest conditions including Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

Serrapeptase is an effective natural treatment for the lungs including Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

Black Seed oil has an unprecedented strengthening effect upon the immune system.  The protective and healing powers of Black Seed, the seeds from the plant Nigella Sativa, are excellent.              

For adequate silica supplies in the diet, take a single tbsp. of the herbal horsetail juice every day or you can also take a vegetal silica aqueous extract powder, dosage can be about three to four capsules along with the daily meals thrice every day.

The herbal nettle juice taken in a raw form is a rich source for the mineral calcium. This herbal remedy can be taken in the diet, for example, use some new nettle shoots, finely chop them up and sprinkle them on soups and salads, you can also sauté them with some onions for variety and eat these along with the meals. The herb can be rendered more appetizing by mixing the nettle juice with some carrot juice.                

A herbal tea can be prepared using one portion each of herbs such as the mullein, the bugleweed, the knotgrass and the sage, about three parts each of herbs such as the chamomile and the horsetail can also be added to help relieve the coughing which is often persistent in TB patients. Prepare this tea by suing about three cups of boiling water to steep a tsp. of the herb mix and daily drink three to four cups of this tea.             

 Intestinal health is promoted by garlic, which is an excellent antibacterial agent-it can be used in the long term to provide relief from many of the symptoms of the disease. Use about three capsules thrice a day. The resistance of the body to infection can be increased by taking some natural antibiotics such as the horseradish, the watercress and the juice of the nasturtium herb. Dosage of these herbs can be a tbsp. of herbal juice daily; alternately you can add some pesticide-free watercress and nasturtiums to a freshly prepared garden salad-all these natural remedies are without side effects.

Ayurvedic treatment:                                                                     

Ashwagandha has many significant benefits. It helps the mind and body adapt better to stress. The root finds its efficiency in treatment of tuberculosis. A decoction of the root is used with long pepper and honey. This decoction is also beneficial in the treatment of scrofula, that is, tuberculosis of lymph glands, especially in the neck.   

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Jun 9, 2007 at 07:39 o\clock

TYPHOID

                                    TYPHOID

Introduction:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Typhoid fever is an infection of the intestines which spreads to the blood and other parts of the body. It is caused by the bacteria, Salmonella typhi. When untreated, typhoid fever persists for three weeks to a month. Death occurs in between 10% and 30% of untreated cases.

 Symptoms: 

Symptoms may be mild or severe. People with typhoid fever typically have a sustained fever as high as 103° to 104° F (39° to 40° C). They may also feel weak, or have gastroenteritis, headache, diarrhea and anorexia (loss of appetite). In some cases, patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. Typhoid fever has an insidious onset characterized by fever, headache, constipation, malaise, chills, and myalgia with few clinical features that reliably distinguish it from a variety of other infectious diseases. Diarrhea is uncommon, and vomiting is not usually severe. Confusion, delirium, intestinal perforation, and death may occur in severe cases. 

Causes:

Salmonella Typhi lives only in humans. Persons with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream and intestinal tract. In addition, a small number of persons, called carriers, recover from typhoid fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed S. Typhi in their feces (stool).
Once S. Typhi bacteria are eaten or drunk, they multiply and spread into the bloodstream. The body reacts with fever and other signs and symptoms.
 

Transmission:

Typhoid germs are passed in the stool (feces) and, to some extent, the urine of infected people. The germs are spread by eating or drinking water or foods contaminated by stool (feces) from an infected person. Flying insects feeding on feces may occasionally transfer the bacteria through poor hygiene habits and public sanitation conditions. A person may become an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, suffering no symptoms, but capable of infecting others. 

Diagnosis:

Typhoid fever is diagnosed by isolating the bacteria from a patient's stool or blood. Diagnosis is made by blood, bone marrow or stool cultures and with the Widal test (demonstration of salmonella antibodies against antigens O-somatic and H-flagellar).

 Prevention:

People traveling to countries where typhoid is endemic should exercise the following precautions: Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled.  Only eat foods that have been thoroughly cooked. Fruits and vegetables can be eaten if you have peeled them yourself.  Avoid eating fruits and vegetables that have not been cooked or pealed such as salads.  Avoid undercooked or raw fish or shellfish.  Avoid eating foods or beverages from street vendors or food service establishments where the sanitary conditions appear poor.

 Diet: 

 The people suffering from typhoid are advised to have the following diet.  Juices should be taken, especially orange juice. Light soups can be taken Eggs and non-veg foods should be avoided High fiber diet should be avoided in starting days Vegetable broths and raw garlic must be takenRed clover tea and goldenseal tea are both good. Lot of rest should be taken. 

Treatment:

Typhoid fever can be fatal. Antibiotics, such as ampicillin, chloramphenicol, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and ciprofloxacin, have been commonly used to treat typhoid fever in Vaccines for typhoid fever are available and are advised for persons traveling in regions where the disease is common.Typhim Vi is an intramuscular killed-bacteria vaccination and Vivotif is an oral live bacteria vaccination, both of which protect against typhoid fever. 

Homeopathic treatment:

Baptisia    is an excellent remedy for typhoid yet it has a drowsy state.

Rhus toxicodendron   is another remedy thoroughly suitable for the typhoid state.

Bryonia   is one of the great typhoid fever remedies indicated in a majority of cases of the disease.

Arsenicum    is one of the remedies for typhoid fever when the case begins to looks "bad"; but it is hardly ever indicated in the beginning of the disease.

Carbo vegetabilis is another low down remedy; suitable when the patient lies pulse less and cold.Lachesis    is a remedy indicated in the later stages of typhoid, where the patient is in a stuporous condition.

Muriatic acid   is used to treat ulceration of the mucous membrane.

Gelsemium   is a remedy often indicated in the first stage, and especially in comparatively mild cases.

Hyoscyamus    is quite likely to be required sooner or later in typhoid fever.Arnica, Cinchona, Kali phosphoricum, Phosphoric acid is some other frequently used remedies. 

Home remedies:

Large raisins - the germs of typhoid can be destroyed by burning raisins or large raisins and other dry fruits.

Cloves: Give clove water to the patient suffering from typhoid. Boil five cloves in 2 liter of water, when the water is reduced to half the quantity, strain it. The patient should take it frequently every day for some time. Plain water should also be boiled and given to the patient when it cools down.

Salt: Heat a tsp. of salt and mix it in a glass of water. Drink this solution once every day for three days. If the patient feels thirsty, do not give him water for an hour. After that give him water only in little sips. Do not give too much water. It will cure the fever. Typhoid gets cured before time through this treatment.

Orange: It has a cooling effect and provides relief from restlessness caused by typhoid. The patient can take milk mixed with orange juice or can eat an orange after taking milk. Oranges can be eaten several times in a day. It is beneficial in typhoid.

 Apple: Apple juice is beneficial in typhoid.

Banana: It is an ideal food for the patients of typhoid. It satisfies hunger and thirst.

Honey: During Enteric fever and pneumonia the digestive system is affected and it does not function properly. If hot water with some honey is given to the patient frequently, it has a soothing effect on the intestines and the patient does not become weak. The patient should not be given solid food. Honey gives energy to the patient and also provides treatment.     

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Jun 8, 2007 at 14:08 o\clock

TENNIS ELBOW

                                          TENNIS ELBOW

 INTRODUCTION:

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender, usually as a result of a specific strain or overuse. Whilst it is called "tennis elbow", it should be noted that it is by no means restricted to tennis players. Tennis elbow is an inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside (lateral) side of the upper arm near the elbow. There may be a partial tear of the tendon fibers, which connect muscle to bone, at or near their point of origin on the outside of the elbow. 

SYMPTOMS:

 Signs and symptoms of tennis elbow may include:

·        Pain on the outer part of elbow (lateral epicondyle).

·        Pain when you touch or bump the outside of your elbow.

·        Gripping and movements of the wrist hurt, especially wrist extension and lifting movements.

·        Tenderness to touch and elbow pain on simple actions such as lifting up a cup of coffee or throwing a baseball.

·        Pain usually subsides overnight.  

CAUSES:

This injury is due to repeated motions of the wrist or forearm. Any activity that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist (like using a screwdriver) can lead to this condition. Movements such as gripping, lifting and carrying tend to be troublesome. Also if you hyperextend your elbow doing any type of sports (wrestling, hockey, football, boxing, baseball, etc.) this may be tennis elbow.  

RISK FACTORS:

Tennis elbow is most common in adults ages 30 to 60 — but the condition can affect anyone who repetitively stresses the wrists. Tennis players, carpenters, gardeners, dentists and musicians may be at particular risk. 

DIAGNOSIS: 

Differential diagnosis for tennis elbow includes anconeus compartment syndrome, bursitis, cervical radiculopathy, radio-humeral joint dysfunction, hypothyroidism, lateral epicondyle avulsion, musculocutaneus nerve entrapment, non-union of radial neck fracture, osteoarthritis, posterior interosseous syndrome, posterolateral rotatory instability, radial nerve tension, radial tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, strained lateral collateral ligaments and snapping plicae syndrome. 

TREATMENT:

Treatment may include:

·        Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin)

·        Local injection of cortisone and a numbing medicine

·        Using a splint

·        Heat therapy

·        Physical therapy

·        Pulsed ultrasound

·        Cold compression therapy

·        Exercises and stretches

·        Physiotherapy

·        Manual therapy

·        Surgical intervention

·        Low Power or Low Intensity Laser Therapy

·        Acupuncture 

HOME REMEDIES:                 

Suggested home remedies for tennis elbow include:

Ice Packs: Ice packs applied over the elbow joint for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours can reduce pain and swelling around the elbow joint area.
Zostrix: Is a derivative of hot pepper. It can be wrapped around the elbow joint to reduce sensation of pain.
Heat Packs: Alternating ice packs with heat packs can comfort the elbow joint.
Potato Pack: Warm and baked potatoes can help reduce the pain.


HERBAL TREATMENT:

 T .L.C (Tendons Ligaments Cartilage) a well known remedy contains infused oils of: Calendula, chamomile comfrey root, St. John's Wort, chickweed, arnica, angelica root, wintergreen, eucalyptus. 

Essential oils of Camphor, wintergreen, black pepper, wheat germ oil, helichrysum italicum.  These ingredients are built into a base of sweet almond oil and beeswax. 

DIET:

Include these in your diet Celery is known to be a good remedy for rheumatism.  The fluids can be extracted from seeds and had with hot water before meals.  5-10 drops of fluid with hot water can be beneficial in treating the pain.Omega -3 fatty acids found mainly in fish also help treat arthritic conditions.  Intake of Omega- 3 supplements can help reduce the inflammation and pain. 

PREVENTION:

To prevent tennis elbow:

·        Lift objects with your palm facing your body.

·        Try strengthening exercises with hand weights.  With your elbow cocked and your palm down, repeatedly bend your wrist.  Stop if you feel any pain.

·        Stretch relevant muscles before beginning a possibly stressful activity by grasping the top part of your fingers and gently but firmly pulling them back toward your body.  Keep your arm fully extended and your palm facing outward. 

CAUTION:

To prevent a relapse:

 ·        Discontinue or modify the action that is causing the strain on your elbow joint.  If you must continue, be sure to warm up for 10 minutes or more before any activity involving your arm, and apply ice to it afterward.  Take more frequent breaks.

·        Try strapping a band around your forearm just below your elbow.  If the support seems to help you lift objects such as heavy books, and then continue with it.  Be aware that such bands can cut off circulation and impede healing, so they are best used once tennis elbow has disappeared.      

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Jun 8, 2007 at 13:53 o\clock

UNDERWEIGHT

                                 UNDERWEIGHT

INTRODUCTION:

Whether it’s weight loss or weight gain, whether it’s five pounds or fifty, almost everyone in our society – irrespective of gender or age – has dealt with some form of weight issue. Often excess weight and weight loss issues revolve around slow metabolism and lack of energy. So, detoxification and system cleansing are frequently needed to boost both metabolic rates and energy levels. The term underweight refers to a human who is considered to be under a healthy weight. The definition is usually made with reference to the body mass index (BMI).

 SYMPTOMS:

The common symptoms are

·        Fatigue

·        Poor physical stamina

·        Low resistance to infection 

CAUSES:

There are hundreds of possible medical causes for excessive weight loss or a person being underweight. Some of the more prevalent include:

·        Malnutrition

·        Mental or physical disease

·        Poverty

·        Famine

·        Torture

·        Anorexia nervosa and bulimia

·        Cancer

·        Tuberculosis

·        Hyperthyroidism

·        Diabetes (especially type 1)

·        Anxiety and depressive disorders

·        Drug abuse

·        Diseases of digestive organs

·        Feebleness, especially in the untended elderly

·        Dental pain

·        Obsessive overtraining

·        HIV/AIDS

·        High metabolism

·        Hormone Disorders:

·        Decreased fat forming tendency of the body:

·        Infections

·        Malabsorption syndromes

·        Various Neoplasms of the body organs

·        Metabolic defect

 ·        Chronic Naturopathic Cachexia

·        Chronic Caloric deprivation syndrome

·        Deficiency of various neurotransmitters

 ·        Disorders of appetite centers

·        Increased Energy Loss

·        Obstructive gastrointestinal disease

·        Pernicious anemia

·        Inflammatory bowel disease 

DIAGNOSIS:

These tests include: Thyroid test, Cortisol, ACTH, Metabolic tests, CBC, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, Multiple chemical screen, Mammography, Serum protein electro-phoresis, Parathyroid hormone, human PTH-related peptide,
Angiotensin-converting enzyme, and 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D Colonoscopy, Upper endoscopy,  Short ACTH,  test 72-h stool for fat,
Vitamin B.

 HOME REMEDIES FOR UNDERWEIGHT:

Musk Melon

Musk melons are taken three times during the day for forty days or more. In the beginning, only three kilograms of melons are taken daily for three days. Then the quantity is increased by one kilogram daily till it is sufficient to appease the hunger. Only the sweet and fresh fruits of the best variety are used in the treatment.

Mango-Milk Cure

Ripe and sweet mangoes should be taken thrice a day-morning, afternoon, and evening. Two medium sized mangoes should be taken first and then followed by a glass of milk. Mango is rich in sugar but deficient in protein. On the other hand, milk is rich in protein but deficient in sugar. The deficiency of one is made up by the other. Mango thus combines very well with milk and an exclusive mango-milk diet taken for at least one month, will lead to improvement in health and vigor and gain in weight.

Milk Cure

An exclusive milk diet for rapid gain of weight has been advocated by some nature cure practitioners. At the beginning of this mode of treatment, the patient should fast for three days on warm water and lime juice so as to cleanse the system. Thereafter, he should have a glass of milk every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first day, a glass every hour and half the next day, and a glass every hour the third day. Then the quantity of milk should be gradually increased so as to take a glass every half an hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., if such a quantity can be tolerated fairly comfortably.

Figs

Three dried figs soaked in water should be taken twice daily.  

Raisins

Raisins are a good food for those who wish to gain weight. Thirty grams a day may be taken for this purpose.

 Nutrients

Although all vitamins and minerals are required for relaxation, the most important ones are vitamin D and B6, calcium, and magnesium. The richest sources of vitamin D are milk, cod-liver oil, and rays of the sun. Calcium is supplied by milk and yoghurt. Magnesium can be obtained from green leafy vegetables such as spinach, parsley, turnip, radish, and beet tops. These vegetables should, preferably, be taken in salad form or should be lightly cooked.  

DIET:

Drink 6-8 glasses of distilled water a day.
Eat frequent but small meals.
Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables (green leafy vegetables are great).
Do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop.
Do not eat processed foods; white sugar, white flower.
Avoid red meat and animal fats.
Reduce intake of dairy products.
Do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke.
Avoid refined food. 

TREATMENT:

Treatment of underweight thinness & less body muscles includes

1)    Cure of primary cause of underweight

2)    Hormone therapy

 3)    Fat & protein formation increasing drugs

4)    Anabolic steroid drugs

5)    Macronutrient Therapy

6)    Micronutrient Therapy 

7)    Essential Vitamin Therapy

8)    Growth Hormone therapy

9) IGF-1 therapy

10) Growth hormone stimulating Tablets

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Underweight include:

 ·        Oxandrolone

·        OxandrinExercises and Yoga

Regular exercises like walking, dancing, yoga, meditation, and massage are also important as they serve as relaxants, reduce stress, and induce good sleep. Yogasanas which are especially helpful are sarvangasana, halasana, and matsyasana.     

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