Showing posts with label Diseases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diseases. Show all posts

2012-04-25

The Power Naturals Against Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, also known as the silent killer because it slowly damages our bodies isn't curable at present. But no matter how abstruse the disease, some purely natural substances are beginning to show promise as researches continue.

Diabetes is a syndrome which causes a disordered metabolism, and results in abnormally high blood sugar levels that damage our bodies. For now, there isn't a cure, though the disease is manageable with the aid of anti-diabetic drugs including pills and insulin shots.

While a cure eludes doctors and scientists, Complementary and Alternative medicine (all therapies excluding conventional medicine) might enable the disease management a lot better without any side effects, perhaps.

How broccoli fights the disease?

One of the most undesirable consequences of having diabetes is the increased risk of getting heart disease and stroke. In fact people with the disease are at risk, five time over than healthy individuals.

So how broccoli helps? Researchers from the UK, based on the findings of a study suggest that broccoli has the potential to heal the damage done by the disease to heart blood vessels.

Apparently, the green vegetable houses a chemical compound known as sulforaphane, which helps the cause, as it has been found to increase enzymes responsible for protecting blood vessels of the heart in addition to reducing the harmful molecules that cause the damage.

The harmful molecule is called the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), and is present in quantities 3 times more in diabetics than in healthy people. And the helpful component (sulforaphane) found in broccoli, reduces ROS molecules. In fact, it was even found to reverse the increase in ROS due to high blood sugar by 73 per cent. The scientists at the University of Warwick carried out this study published in the Journal, "Diabetes."

How spices can rescue diabetics?

For thousands of years, man has made good use of spices and herbs to add a dash of delight to culinary offerings, but no one knew that the same would be found to be highly potent against diabetes, one day.

Now the researchers at the researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered, that herbs and spices known to be rich in antioxidants, are in addition potent inhibitors of tissue damage and inflammation caused due to high blood sugar levels. These findings have been published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The paper, identifies extracts from 24 common herbs and spices, which have been studied.

Apparently, when the levels of blood sugar are high it leads to the formation of compounds known as known as advanced glycation end products, or AGE compounds. The compounds in turn trigger the immune system and lead to inflammation and tissue damage that goes along with diabetes and aging.

However, herbs and spices have a high content of phenols, the helpful compounds, which inhibit tissue damage and inflammation. For instance, cloves and cinnamon derive 30 percent and 18 percent of dry weight from phenols. And hence consuming spices has a healing effect. In fact when tried on mice, cinnamon was effective in lowering blood sugar.

Many natural substances are slowly being shown to show promise against disease, and so are many conventional medicines. But the best part perhaps is, that every day food items such as spices that may be a component of alternative medicines, help without causing side-effects.

2012-02-06

Top 13 Tips To Prevent Common Cold!


There's no cure for common cold till date, not even vaccines to prevent it. While a majority of common cold infections aren't life-threatening, its symptoms including sneezing, fever, runny nose, etc, are enough for you wish for an effective pharmaceutical drug cure. Perhaps in the absence of a vaccine or a cure, prevention seems to be the best bet.



Tips to Prevent Common Cold

1.
Frequently washing your hand is critical, especially after a visit to a public place, gym, or contact with a person with cold. Washing hands will wipe off the virus from your hands.



2. If you send kids to a child care or a day care center then choose those which have a policy of keeping sick kids at home.


3. Stay clear from cigarette smoke as it can irritate your airways making you more vulnerable to catching a cold.


4. Disposing off used tissues is important because they can easily contaminate surfaces they come in contact with.


5. If you've been in the proximity of people with cold ensure that you don't touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes.


6. Keep your stress levels well managed. Studies have shown that stressed out individuals become more vulnerable to catching a cold.


7. If someone in the family is infected then try to use disposable items such as cups and glasses so as to minimize exposure to a utensil laden with a cold virus after being used by an infected person.


8. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle keeps your immune system intact and may make it better equipped to prevent a virus from establishing a cold infection. Your healthy lifestyle may include diet, exercise, rest and sleep, etc.


9. Often cold viruses can thrive for hours at a stretch on door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, etc. As a result, it makes sense to keep these surfaces clean after use by an infected person.


10. Avoid persons afflicted with common cold from sneezing or coughing in your direction. Encourage them to use tissues, which need to be discarded ASAP after use.


11. When someone in the family has cold don't share cloth towels. While generally using separate towels is a healthy practice doing so during colds becomes all the more important. If possible replace cloth towels with disposable paper towels.


12. Avoid close and prolonged contact with a cold sufferer.


13. If any kids in the family have cold, make sure that you clean their toys after use.


Try you best, but if you catch cold don't worry consult your doctor who may advise you or may prescribe medication for alleviating the symptoms of cold and/or you may try alternative medication to make you feel better till your body is able to knock out the virus by itself.


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Home Remedies for Child Cough and Cold

Herbs for Winter Health

2012-01-24

Autism Can Be Managed Naturally: Alternative Health News

Autism has grown to be likely by far the most damaging sorts of nerve ailments acknowledged to medication and science. It could possibly cause critical hurt at about three areas of the person’s improvement, significantly the habits, communication and social interaction ranges. The condition is usually regarded through the entire initial phases on the kid’s existence, even when early as infancy. For those who believe that the kid or member of the family is having difficulties together with the problem, you must have your doctor study them and operate some checks to confirm this.

- autistic persons have issues indicating empathy or knowledge when someone else is in distress or pertinent with each other which signifies they have got an issue with their emphatic capabilities

- remaining absent from eye-to-eye communicate with or receiving issues interacting socially with others
- inadequacies or inappropriateness with non-verbal and verbal communication skills
- adhd or hypo-activity which signifies intense habits layouts which includes remaining absent from interaction, getting quite energetic, remaining excessively inactive, heading by way of a tough in acting or calming reduced, and demonstrating small if any response to stimuli
- not reacting to listening to their names becoming often known as
- very poor imitation capabilities for instance resembling essential gestures or facial expressions
- fighting off conduct or setting alterations significantly when it will involve permitting some others to hinder their distinct applications for instance participating in repetitious, stereotypical attractions and steps indication of autism
- the insufficient capacity to understand the existence of risk and do some thing about this simply just simply because they usually do not know possibly risky ailments
- the inclination to consider element in particular pursuits or steps which could most likely direct to them performing hurt to on their own such as banging their heads from equivalent to their child cribs or most likely a wall or itching on their own excessively.
Autism now can be managed with natural medicines and therapies. rVita Ayurveda center at Chennai has created a unique and effective healing plan with Ayurveda, Yoga with diet and Social and behavioral therapies. Usually they create a healing plan varies from 12-18 months with Ayurveda therapies, yoga plays for child and parents, specialized nutritional diets etc.

Call Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director of rVita Ayurveda centers & www.rvita.com at 1800 425 4325 (India) / 00 91 9940079511 for a telephonic consult / gowthaman@rvita.com for a e mail consult.  

Gout(Vatrakta) and Ayurveda Detoxification Therapies


Gout is one of the commonest forms of arthritis becoming very common in India. Accumulation of toxins is the primary cause and pathogenesis of this condition. This fact is well accepted by Modern, Ayurveda and most of the traditional medical systems across the world.
Excessive accumulation of uric acid leads to formation of small uric acid crystals which are deposited in the joints and causes recurring joint inflammation and pain. In chronic cases, the larger amounts of uric acid crystals leads to complete destruction of joints, decreased
renal function and renal stones. High blood uric acid levels could also leads to this condition without any history of pain. This condition is marked by fever and extremely painful joint inflammation with rapid onset.
Gout usually starts with affecting one or two joints. Pain and inflammation usually disappears in 7-10 days time with or without any treatments. The second or later attack may be after months or sometimes after years. Gout usually starts with joints of the feet and ankles, most commonly the big toe. As time goes it spreads to other joints leads to disability and crippling. Men are most affected with gout however women after menopause too have the same risk as men.
Inflammation or gout is known in Sanskrit term as vatrakta. Panchakarma therapy is one of the most effective treatments in curing gout. VataRakta is a combination of two words Vata & Rakta. There are three known synonyms (identical) of vatrakta. They are Khuda, Adhayavata and Vatabalasaka. The description of each synonym is as follows:

Khuda
Khuda means small joints. Since in this disease, the small joints are inflicted it is called as Khuda Vata
Adhayavata
Adhaya means the rich class of people & those who are delicate. Since this class of people is generally inflicted with the disease, it is also called as Adhayavata.
Vatabalasaka
The aggravated vata having been obstructed in its passage by aggravated blood, affects the entire blood.
Symptoms
  • Shate Atiruk- Severe pain on injury
  • Sandhi Shaithilyam- Laxity in joints
  • Excess or absence of perspiration.
  • Sedation like feeling.
  • Acute pain on any kind of wound.
  • Lack of sensation in knee, thigh, feet, shoulder.
  • Unusual facial appearance.
  • Karshnya- Blackness
  • Sparshaagyatvam- Anaesthesia
  • Aalasyam- Lassitude
  • Sadanam- Malaise
  • Pidakodgam- Appearance of boils
  • Bhedo Gurutvam Supti Kandu - piercing pain, quivering, tearing, heaviness
  • Numbness & itching in knee, shanks, thigh, waist, shoulder, hands, feet & joints of body.
  • Sandhishu Rug Bhutva- unstable pain in joints.
  • Vaivarnam & Mandalotpatt- abnormal complexion & appearance of patients.

Ayurveda explains the following are causes for Gout

  • Excessive sleep during day time.
  • Irritation & Anger.
  • Consumption or eating during dyspepsia.
  • Intake of diet consisting of an excess of sour, pungent, alkaline, fatty, hot & uncooked articles, moist or dried things, meat of aquatic & marshy animals, oil-cakes, radish, horse gram, black gram, nishpava and other leguminous. Vegetables, seasum paste, sugar cane, curd, sour gruel, sauvira, shukta (vinegars), butter milk, sura are asava also the causative factors
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating during indigestion
Ayurveda Classification According To Doshas
1. Control of Vata
Enlargement of vessels, soreness, shivering and sharp pain, coarseness, exasperation, tightening of veins and joints, inflexibility and severe ache in body parts.
2. Control of Rakta
Inflammation with severe and sharp pain and swelling.

3. Control of Pitta
Over excitement, severe pain, acidic sensation after meals, weakness, dehydration, swelling and desiccation.
4. Control of Kapha
Sensation of Humidity, bulkiness and placid ache.
Complications
Some things need to be taken care of when treating this disorder:
  • Insomnia.
  • Pain.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fever.
  • Psychological mystification.
  • Sudden glitch.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Indigestion.
  • Sleepy feeling.
  • Swelling.
  • Smoldering sensation.
  • Inflexibility in body parts.
  • Tumor.

Ayurveda therapies for prevention of Management of Gout
Ayurveda recommends therapies for prevention as well as for the management of this condition. Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of detoxification therapies (Pancha karma), oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(Oleation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout.
a. Abhyanga (Oil massage) - It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissuerespiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

b. Pizhichil (Oil bath)- In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, Gout, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Home Remedies for Gout
A. Apples are good for gout
B. 3 ml of lemon juice mixed in 100 ml of water, thrice daily helps the kidney to detoxify
C. 30 ml French bean juice said to be effective in gout. It has to be taken for at least 30 days as one course
D. Cherries play a vital role in improving the anti oxidants in the system. Some naturopaths recommend 10 fresh cherries a day to keep the gout in control.
E. Carrot juice mixed with the juices of beet and cucumber acts as diuretic hence it is recommended for Gout
F. A charcoal bath is a good Home Remedy for Gout. Mix in old basin one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is enclosed. Steep your foot in the charcoal bath for thirty to sixty minutes.
Commonly used drugs
Basically, all ayurvedic medicines are used. Some of them commonly used are as follows:
Guggul
  • Gokhshuradi (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Kaishor (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Panch Tikta Ghurta (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Mahayograj (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Yograj (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Sinhnad (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
Bhasma
  • Shrung (Ras Tarangini)
  • Shankha (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Swarna Makshik (Rasendra Saar Sangraha)
  • Praval (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)
Arishtha / Asava
  • Dashmularishtha (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Chandanasava (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Maha Manjishthadyarishtha (Siddha Yog Snagraha)
Rasa Kalpa /Vati / Mandur
  • Samshamni (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Gandhak Rasayan (Ayurved Prakash)
  • Punarnavadi Mandur (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)

Conclusion
Our eating and living habits, environmental factors etc produces toxins which usually accumulated in the body and ends up with conditions like Gout. Ayurveda’s five purification therapies (Pancha Karma) are primarily targeted to remove these toxins and rejuvenate the human system which in turn helps in prevention and management of Gout better than any other modern medical systems.

YOGA CURE FOR ARTHRITIS during winter.
Watch Swami Ramdevs Yoga Tips on how to cure arthritis, joint pain, gout and osteoporosis. Swami recommends several exercises and medicines. Just click Play Video button below.


2011-08-15

Common Illness During Rainy Season:Prevention and Cure

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and  make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season.Rainy season invites lots of health disorders.Dealing with such illnesses requires extra-careful precautions as most common illness is related to respiratory system and water and food borne diseases that cannot be overlooked.

Cold and flu are common illness that is found in rainy season and this is usually due to fluctuation in the temperature. If you are a student, a working citizen or a mom, you need to protect yourself from these illnesses and prevent from getting sick. The first immediate step that you can do is wash your hands every now and then. Avoid food from outside.

Common Illness caused During Rainy Season
  1. Dengue
  2. Cold
  3. Flu
  4. Food infection
  5. Water infection
  6. Cholera
  7. Leptospirosos is caused by bacteria that can be carried either by a man or some animal. Its severe form can damage kidney, lever, meningitis and respiratory failure.
Precautions During Rainy Season

Increasing the intake of Vitamin C either in natural form or as food supplement will help you drive away the cold virus faster. Vitamin C will activate your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold, undoubtedly.
  • Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths.
  • Shower After Being Caught in Rain as this will protect you from many infections.
  • Increase intake of Hot drinks like a cup of hot milk, adrak tea, vegetable soup etc..This will help you from catching cold or save you from catching any kind of infection that can occur due to sudden change in the temperature of the body.
  • Cleanliness is very important during rainy season. Even if you catch a cold, you should clean your hands regularly and use a sanitizer always after that.
  • Drink Plenty of Water as this will help you drain toxins from your body.
  • Try to eat nutritious food and avoid eating out during rainy season. Prepare meal with full precaution and maintain health and hygiene throughout the house.
  • Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
Ayurvedic Tips to increase body immunity and preventing diseases of monsoon.
Rainy season leads to low digestive power.Hence following diets which increase power of and strengthen the digestive system would be beneficial in rainy season.  
  1. Light foods prepared out of old barley, rice and wheat
  2. Sour and salted soups of vegetables.
  3. Drinking boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey.
  4. Consuming little quantity of wine prepared out of grapes.
  5. Adding ginger and green gram in daily diet.
  6. Eating warm food.
  7. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
  8. Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.
  9. A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough
  10. Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.
  11. Incase of Diahorrea cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm. This gruel rehydrates body and supply energy . This soothes inflamed walls of intestine and controls bowel movements.
  12. In flatulence cook rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together. Add salt to it.Consume this when it is warm. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement.

    Thus precautions coupled with care really help you to enjoy monsoon. Have a healthy and safe monsoon.





























































2010-05-13

How to Prevent and Cure Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

Urinary tract infection is the bacterial infection of urinary tract that takes away all body waste in the form of urine from bladder out of the body. When a person gets infected with UTI, s/he feels a strong urge to urinate every now and then and sometimes the expelled urine is of milky cloudy nature due to the presence of pus in it. In more severe cases when the infection reaches the kidneys, urine might also contain blood traces. The person with urinary tract infection feels extremely weak. There are many causes for UTI like infection from bacteria in the colon that reach and cling the cells that line the urinary tract, sexual contact with infected person, unhygienic conditions like using unclean public toilets or not keeping one's private areas clean, kidney or gall stones etc.

Whatever be the cause of urinary tract infection, once a person catches UTI, s/he tends to be infected often. Therefore, the best policy to cure UTI is to prevent it at the first instance by taking care for avoiding all the reasons that can lead to UTI. Secondly, one should always drink enough water during the day to cleanse the body toxins and to flush off all harmful bacteria from body. Also, one should avoid using public toilets (or use those that do not come in body contact like Indian toilets instead of Western toilet seats.) If anyhow, one catches urinary tract infection, she should immediately get a urine test done (with the advise of physician) to know the gravity of the infection. One should always complete the whole medicinal course prescribed by doctor as UTI tends to recur. There are many home treatments for UTI that can also be followed for UTI cure. Read these Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

2009-07-01

Ayurveda- Simple Remedies for All Diseases

Ayurveda means “ayu” that is life and “Veda” that is science. Thus, Ayurveda is “the science of life”, which has always taken human body as a composition of five great elements or “Panchatatva”- earth, water, fire, air and space. As the human body is made of natural elements, Ayurveda always advocates its maintenance through natural ways. It advocates a lifestyle that is in sync with nature. It takes help of right diet to keep a person healthy. If, anyhow, there occur diseases, Ayurveda always depends upon herbs and herbal products for their cure. For example, it uses honey for curing simple diseases like cold and cough as well as more serious health problems like asthma and blood pressure. For maintaining strength and immunity, it administers various tonics made of such natural substance as walnuts, almonds, raisins, dates etc.

Ayurveda is not just for internal purification, it also helps one to look beautiful, the natural way. Not only this, it also helps to reduce weight by natural ways and suggests remedies for hair loss and balding. Whether it is about taking care of eyes or about first aid for common health problems like external bleeding, burns, cold, diarrhea etc. Ayurveda is always there to help out. Apart from all its herbal therapies and nutritional guidelines, Ayurveda represents massage as an easy way to stay healthy.

All these examples are meant to show how Ayurveda cleanses the internal system and beautifies the external look of a human body. 

2008-08-05

Breast Cancer Disclosure: An Emotional Battle for Women

Women, conventionally socialized to play the role of caregivers, often find it difficult to spontaneously disclose the diagnoses of their disease to family members.

Not only is it an onerous task for them to confess it to their family, but when they actually break the news they do it tactically, an American Sociological Association (ASA) research uncovers.

When women learn about the diagnoses, even though they are themselves in the need of support and reassurance, they have to make an emotional effort and consider the vulnerabilities of their family members too while informing them.

Aside from emotional support it's also the progress being made in cancer research and cancer drugs these days that's reassuring. In fact the power of some natural compounds has also shown promise.

To conduct the research, the scientists comparatively and qualitatively examined how breast cancer survivors from different racial and ethnic backgrounds went about sharing the news of their illness with family, friends and acquaintances.

Research participants included 164 breast cancer survivors, who were examined for the “emotion work” involved in disclosing a breast cancer diagnosis. The mode of data collection was interview. Furthermore, The survivors were a mix of racially diverse women born in the United States and immigrants.

On the one hand women found it difficult to share the news with their family, but on the other, these women reported to have shared their diagnosis with their peers quite spontaneously. And following which they were themselves surprised by the extent of the support they got as a result of these spontaneous conversations from their own social networks.

The researchers believe that those women who limit their emotions in discussing their breast cancer diagnosis also limit the possibilities for support they might receive. So the take away seems to be, that involving others in an illness, increases intimacy among friends and family in addition to opening up newer doors to get additional support that is so much needed at times of stress, such as during breast cancer diagnoses.