Scary Scars – Is there a natural way to eliminate acne & other scars?

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by admin  |  No Comments »

You get scarred some time or the other in your life. The usual culprits are post acne scars; scars from cuts, brazes, boils, burns, injuries, surgery etc.

They are actually growths of collagen (protein) that form beneath the skin as a result of all of the above. Collagen consists of fibers that strengthen the layer of skin beneath the surface. When the skin is injured, the collagen that is produced becomes thicker.

How you treat this cut, wound etc. can determine what kind of scar, if any, may develop. And how you care for that scar can determine how fast and to what extent it will fade (as scars do overtime).

Can you prevent scars in the 1st place?

Well, if you don’t want scars, don’t get cut…Ain’t it simple??

It’s a very personal thing, but you should consider protecting your skin with gloves, long pants, and long sleeves whenever working around thorny, sharp or jagged objects; especially if you are prone to injuries. Once again – it’s a very personal thing. If you feel protecting your skin will help, please do that.

Similarly for acne, it is important to develop a good skincare routine that involves cleansing your skin in the mornings, evenings and after workouts. Read more about how to prevent & treat acne here.

Help wounds heal properly

A wound (including the ones from severe acne boils & pimples) that heals quickly and neatly is less likely to develop a scar than a wound that festers. Make sure all your cuts and scrapes are properly cleaned (hydrogen peroxide is a good cleanser), and try to keep the wound slightly moist with an anti-biotic ointment (or a natural herbal one as we generally recommend) while it is healing.

Don’t pick at scabs

Your parents and ours too, were right when they said that picking scabs off a healing wound could increase your chances of leaving behind a visible scar. Similarly, avoid touching, rubbing, picking or popping pimples.

Protect your skin from sunlight

Always apply sunblock and never allow direct sunlight to shine on the damaged area. Scars have less pigment than the rest of your skin. They therefore lack the ability to develop a protective tan, and they are especially vulnerable to sunburn.

Eat a well balanced diet

Now comes the first part of healing from inside out. Wounds won’t heal right unless your body has what it takes to make them heal right. Protein & vitamins obtained by eating a well-balanced diet are essential. Go for good sources of zinc – an important mineral for good & quick healing – like pumpkin, Brazil nuts, peanuts, lean beef, sunflower seeds etc. Yoghurt and skimmed milk supply zinc in smaller amounts. Incorporate fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins from the body’s system.

Natural remedies

More and more people are looking for natural and holistic ways to heal scars from acne, chicken pox, injury or surgery. While some topical creams and medical procedures such as dermabrasion and laser resurfacing may lessen the appearance of scarring, they are often very costly and harmful to the skin.

Natural treatments such as herbal remedies are less invasive and gentle to use on the skin. Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide range of therapeutic benefits that act as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier and lymphatic cleanser. Homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate help to maintain skin health and support the regenerative processes of the skin.

Further, herbal ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil & Neem contain antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties and are not only effective for acne but for other skin conditions too. Other herbs such as Rooibos and Bulbine frutescence (a South African herb) have wonderful antioxidant and healing properties and also help to prevent skin infection and provide ongoing relief. In addition, Lavender essential oil acts as a circulatory stimulant and antiseptic, and is used to treat burns and wounds and to prevent scarring. These herbal remedies are thus excellent for keeping your skin clean, fresh and scar free.

Dermabrasion & chemical peeling

Dermabrasion and deep chemical peeling are techniques designed to remove outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and the upper part of the second layer (dermis), usually for cosmetic reasons. Dermabrasion is performed  with a rapidly rotating brush; chemical peeling is done with a caustic chemical. Both procedures leave the skin raw and bleeding. In time the treated area becomes crusted and heals, forming a pink surface that gradually becomes lighter in color – in much the same way that any scar does.

Such surgery should be done by physicians experienced in the technique, and patients must understand what the procedure involves and what side effects might follow. These include scarring, infection & pigmentary changes.

 

For acne scars in particular!

In cases where scarring is a result of severe acne, your doctor or dermatologist may use pressure treatings or silicone gel sheetings to treat scars. For protruding scars such as keloids or hypertronic, steroid injections may be used. Collagen injections may also be helpful in treating pitted scars

Dermabrasion is one technique used to modify acne scars. The patient must be prepared, however, for a relatively prolonged period (around 3 weeks) of recovery from the side effects. The procedure involves stroking a high-speed rotary brush or abrasive across the anaesthetized skin to peel and level the outermost layers; this causes the skin to swell & crust over. The crust is eventually shed – usually within 2 weeks – as new skin begins to form underneath. The underlying skin is thinner and pinker, and it may take several months for the skin to return to normal.

Dermabrasion does not completely remove all acne scars, but it does tend to make the less noticeable. Also, the procedure does not help all types of scars, nor does it help all scars to the same degree. Finally, there are a number of risks involved, including infection and changes in skin color. As a result, if you wish to have this treatment, you should proceed only after careful evaluation by a physician experienced in the use of the technique.

Chemical peels. Chemicals are applied to the skin to remove the top layer and generate new skin growth beneath the scars. This lifts the scar to the level of the surrounding skin, minimizing its appearance. In general, “medium” or “deep” peels are used to treat acne, meaning that the peel is designed to affect the deeper layers of the skin. Deep peels may cause lightening of the skin and a change in skin texture. Bandages may be required for several days.

Laser skin resurfacing. This removes the top portion of the scars and creates heat in the deeper layers of the skin. This heat causes the skin to tighten and smooth out the scar. The result is the smoothing out of the skin. Laser resurfacing is particularly helpful for boxcar scars and further improvement of scars treated by other methods. In some cases, only a single treatment is required; however, final results may not be seen for 12-18 months. Redness following treatment may last for several months.

How’s your stomach doing today? Natural Herbal & Homeopathic remedies for Intestinal & Digestive System disorders

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by admin  |  No Comments »

About your digestive tract & the digestive process

Your digestive system plays a crucial role in keeping you alive and every cell of your body, nourished. It measures about 9 meters in length (usually called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract) and is in the form of a circuitous tunnel, large in some places, tightly coiled in others, through which all the food consumed must travel.

This GI tract is made up, chiefly, of the esophagus and the stomach, the small and large intestines and the rectum, and each is secured by one or more sphincter muscles – which, like the strings of a purse, can open and close at various junctures in the digestive process. The other 2 main components completing your digestive system are  – liver and gall bladder.

Liver is an extremely important organ of your body and is a biochemical factory. Its chief functions include metabolism, detoxification, storage, the making of blood proteins etc. Its very important function is the production of bile (which is stored in the gall bladder). This half-a-liter a day produce of the liver helps the fats to be digested and to counteract stomach acid.

The stomach stores and partially digests food that has been broken down in the mouth and mixed with enzymes and saliva. As it churns the mass, the stomach adds more secretions – hydrochloric acid and pepsins. Yet, digestion occurs largely in the duodenum and small intestine. Here additional digestive enzymes and contractions convert food into basic elements such as protein, sugar and fat. It is also in the small intestine that nutrients, extracted from these elements, are absorbed and carried to the bloodstream and lymphatic system and on to, the rest of the body.

During the final stage of the digestive trip, which takes place in the large intestine, indigestible fibers and wastes are compressed, water is reabsorbed, and the mass that remains is ready for elimination.

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What can go wrong with your digestive system?

Irregular eating habits, fatty foods, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, hepatitis, intestinal worms, parasites etc. – all can affect the normal and nourishing progression of food through the  body.

The usual digestive disorders faced by people are

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Intestinal remedies

Apart from case specific conventional medications required to be prescribed by a doctor after a thorough diagnosis, there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are available for various digestive system disorders, mainly constipation, diarrhea and , of course, acidity or heartburn.

Main problem with laxatives is that they are habit forming as also result in malabsorption of food, particularly in children.

Antacids – Some of them cannot be taken with milk as they are absorbed by milk; some may interfere with the absorption of antibiotics and other necessary drugs; people suffering from kidney disease should be extra careful as antacids containing aluminum may be contradicted.

 

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Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote gentle food breakdown and support the digestive system. Filipendula ulmaria is a soothing digestive remedy which helps to protect the digestive tract and reduce excess stomach acid.

Matricaria recutita and Ulmus fulva are also helpful herbs in the treatment of digestive disorders helping to address post meal troubles such as heartburn, indigestion and flatulence. In this way, natural remedies can provide welcome relief to after-eating problems.

Tissue salt like Kali. Phos is well known for its antiseptic and cleansing properties and is effective at addressing putrefactive conditions such as halitosis, foul smelling flatulence and stools.

Wormwood, liquorice and agrimony are excellent as worm remedies.

Are you sick of Morning Sickness?

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by admin  |  No Comments »

When a pregnant woman has daily bouts of nausea, it’s no surprise. But that does not mean it can be explained. Considering how queasy many women feel, they have a perfect right to complain and snap at their partner now and then. When your stomach feels like it’s riding a rollercoaster, you have morning sickness.

Morning sickness – which doesn’t necessarily occur in the morning – may be the result of rising levels of estrogen, mild dehydration (not enough water intake to keep your body wet enough on the inside), or the lower blood sugar characteristic of early pregnancy.

Stress, traveling, some foods, antenatal vitamins and certain smells can aggravate the problem.

Typically, morning sickness begins around week 6 of pregnancy, about the same time that the placenta begins serious production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a special pregnancy hormone. In most women, symptoms peak during week 8 or 9 and wane after week 13.

The good news is that morning sickness seems to be a sign that the pregnancy is going well. A research shows that women who vomit during their 1st trimester were less likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely. Morning sickness may also play a role in promoting healthy placenta development.

That cheers you some, but you definitely need some thing extra to sail through that difficult period.

1)      Nothing beats morning sickness like a cup of ginger tea. Use a ginger tea bag, or add ½ teaspoon grated root ginger to 1 cup very hot water, leave to infuse for 5 minutes, strain & sip.

2)      Try raspberry-leaf tea, which is often used to help with morning sickness – and a lot of women drink it in gradually increasing doses in later pregnancy to ease labor because it acts as a uterine tonic. Use 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of hot water, but don’t drink more than 1 cup a day in the first 3 months of pregnancy (and avoid raspberry-leaf tablets).

3)      As already mentioned, dehydration is one big culprit. Women who drink a glass of water every hour have a lot less morning sickness. You should also drink a glass of water every time you get up in the night to go to toilet.  This helps to ensure that you start your day feeling as good as you can.

4)      In the morning, you might be able to prevent nausea by eating before you get out of bed. Keep some plain crackers or dry biscuits on your bedside table  and have a few as soon as you wake up, just to put something in your stomach.

5)      Eat a number of meals throughout the day. Small amounts of food are much easier to tolerate than a large meal. In fact, you might want to have a snack every hour or two, keeping the servings small.

6)      Avoid fried-fatty foods – Anything fried often seems to make pregnant women more nauseated. The body takes longer to digest such foods, which means that they sit in the stomach longer. You need to put glucose into your system quickly and easily by eating simple sugars, like fruit sugars.

7)      Keep raw almonds close to you all the times. Snacking on them fulfills the requirement of small, frequent meals. They contain some fat, some protein and are high in B vitamins.

8)       Try wearing the acupressure wristbands designed for people who suffer from seasickness. They apply constant pressure to acupressure points of nausea.

A variety of natural, alternative health care treatment options are also available. During this period of the pregnant woman’s life, drug therapy is an issue of great concern especially since the fetus is so vulnerable. Natural remedies that are specifically formulated for use during pregnancy can be very helpful to the mother-to-be suffering from morning sickness. Remember that just because the remedy is natural does not mean that it is safe during pregnancy!

Some herbs are not recommended during pregnancy, and pregnant women are advised to only use products specifically formulated for safe use during pregnancy and to consult their health care professionals if they are in any doubt as to the safety of any medication – natural, OTC or prescription.

Rather than just treating morning sickness symptoms, specially formulated herbal and homeopathic remedies have the potential to ensure a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby – as nature intended! Correctly chosen natural therapies, safe for pregnancy, are also free from undesired side effects that can occur with prescription medications. A naturopath or homeopath will examine your diet, exercise regime, stress levels and personal habits and will be able to make recommendations to improve your lifestyle safely.

Memorise NATURALLY!! – using Herbs and Homeopathy

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by admin  |  No Comments »

What’s in your brain?

This wrinkled white and grey matter is the seat of consciousness, reason and emotion, center of learning and skill, and warehouse of memories. Our brain controls the activities of all the other organs and systems of the body.

Every second of our lives, the brain receives, processes and acts on information. Scientists claim that even when we are asleep, the brain receives and sends out about 50 million messages per second. But the brain does not work alone: it relies on our sense organs for reports from the outside world; and it needs a means of communicating with the rest of the body. This is where the nerves come in. Through the spinal cord and the vast network of branching nerves that make up the peripheral nervous system, nerve impulses pass back and forth between the brain and every part of the body. These crucial messages not only keep us alive but enable us to feel, think, remember and carry out acts as simple as raising a hand, or as complex as writing a story.

The structure of your brain

Your brain consists of three main parts. The cerebrum interprets messages from the sense organs and controls such higher functions as the ability to speak, reason and remember. This activity takes place largely in the outer grey layer of the cerebrum, the cortex. The cerebellum orchestrates balance and muscle coordination. The brain stem links the brain with the spinal cord and helps tpo regulate breathing, heartbeat and other vital functions.

Deep within the brain are several crucial structures: the thalamus relays sensory nerve impulses to the cerebral cortex; the hypothalamus helps to regulate appetite and sex drive; the pituitary gland activates other glands throughout the body; the basal ganglia relay outgoing impulses from the cerebral cortex and are associated with the ability to move rapidly and smoothly.

 

 

What can go wrong with the brain and the nervous system?

Like any other part of the body, the brain and our nervous system are subject to a variety of ills. Despite the protection of the skull and vertebrae, the brain and the spinal cord can be injured, sometimes with terrible consequences. The brain’s blood supple can be interrupted, resulting in a stroke. The system can be damaged by an infection, by toxins, or by disturbances whose causes are still unknown.

Natural care of your brain & nervous system

There are ways and means to prevent, limit and repair damage to the nervous system, and of coping with its invaluable, but often devastating, warning signal – pain.

There are also many herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without side effects or sedation. These products are known for their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system, and circulatory health, as well as overall well-being.

There are many ways how to improve memory through natural remedies, many of which aim to improve blood flow and circulation. These thereby providing the brain with the precious oxygen it needs to perform at its peak ability. By providing the brain with the oxygen it needs, you’ll be providing your memory with the vital power it requires to stay strong.

Taking these preventative measures may also help ward off more serious memory problems later in life. Avoiding stress, maintaining a balanced diet, and getting regular exercise are also proven memory improvement techniques.

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Herbal & Homeopathic remedies for various brain & nervous system diseases

Important herbs and homeopathic tissue salts that are helpful in various brain & nervous system related disorders are:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – Ginger, Mint, Kalium phosphate, Cocculus, Lemon Balm, Lavender
Alzheimer’s Disease – Ginkgo biloba, Rosemary, Sage, Potassium Phosphate, Passion Flower, Ginseng, Sodium Chloride
Asperger’s Syndrome  – Ginkgo Biloba, Skullcap, German chamomile, Gotu cola, Hyoscyamus, Verta alb., St. John’s Wort, Passion flower, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Asian Ginseng, Avena sativa
Epilepsy (Seizures) – Passion Flower, Skullcap, Cuprum metallicum, Cicuta virosa, Kalium phosphate, Magnesium phosphate
Memory Problems – Gotu kola, Rosemary, Panax ginseng, Kalium phosphate, Calcium phosphate, Ginkgo Biloba, Salvia Officinalis
Migraine (Cluster Headaches, Headache) – Feverfew, Milk Thistle, Passion Flower, St. John’s Wort, Cinnamon
Motion Sickness (Dizziness, Seasickness) – Ginger, Kalium phosphate, Cocculus, Pulsatilla vulgaris, Aconite
Multiple Sclerosis – Ferrum phosphoricum, Passionflower, St. John’s Wort, Kalium phosphate, Magnesium phosphate
Narcolepsy – Ferrum phosphoricum, Kalium phosphate, Magnesium phosphate
Neuralgia (Neuritis) – German Chamomile, Burdock, Ferrum phosphoricum, Magnesium phosphate, Juniper, Sweet woodruff
Parkinson’s Disease – Ferrum phosphoricum, Kalium phosphate, Natrium muriaticum, Tarentula, Magnesium phosphate
Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident (CVS)) – Passion Flower, Hawthorn, Guelder Rose bark, Ginkgo Biloba
Tardive Dyskinesia – Milk Thistle, Stramonium, Tarentula, Dandelion, Kalium phosphate, Magnesium phosphate, Vervain
Vertigo – Ginger, Mint, Kalium phosphate, Cocculus, Pulsatilla vulgaris

4 Homeopathic Remedies for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Posted on December 25th, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

Sweat mainly consists of water which contains various kinds of salt as chlorides of sodium & potassium and other chemicals. It is, therefore, saltish in taste.

Sweat is formed in sweat glands which are situated below the skin, especially that of the palms and the soles of the feet and also that of head. Usually there number ranges between 2-3 million in a human body. Women have greater number of sweat glands than men. Yet, they do not sweat so much as men because of the testosterone hormone.

The formation of sweat depends upon the instruction received from the brain which is activated by hypothalamus. When our body is heated up due to some reason, the heat passes on to the blood and when the hot blood reaches the hypothalamus part of the brain, it gets agitated. Consequently, the process of keeping the heat under control and making the temperature normal begins through vibrating nerves and the forming of sweat in the sweat-glands starts and the various parts of the body begin to sweat.

Due to atmospheric heat and dryness, the sweat begins to evaporate. In this process it uses body-heat thus reducing body temperature. During the summer season, the human body excretes ½ liter sweat every hour to keep the body cool.

Normal sweating is an indication of good health. Sweating keeps the pores in the skin open and the skin gets proper oxygen. Consequently, it retains its shine and smoothiness.

Excessive sweating results in the loss of too much water and salts leading to dehydration, headache, sleepiness, peevishness, and sometimes vomiting. The patient finds himself at a loss. The body becomes cold, breathing becomes fast and the pulse rate goes up.

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Natural Remedies

Many people are now turning to natural remedies as a first step towards treating excessive sweating caused by overactive sweat glands. There are a number of natural ingredients that can help reduce sweating and treat some of the underlying causes. Nat mur. helps to reduce excessive sweating and clamminess.

Lupulus as well as Castoreum and Argentum Nitricum help to address sweating, especially when related to nervousness, panic, anxiety, or obsessive thoughts. Lastly the ingredient Syphilinum helps to control fluid levels in the body, while also helping to control body odor which commonly accompanies excessive sweating.

  • Nat mur (6X) is used extensively homeopathically as a tonic for the skin and skin glands, this remedy can also be used to address fluid secretions from the body – such as sweating.
  • Lupulus (30C) is used to address perspiration that is profuse, clammy or greasy.
  • Castoreum (30C) is useful when sweat seems to feel icy cold, and may smell sour.
  • Argentum nit (6C) is used homeopathically to address sweats brought about by fretting and made worse with fussing. This also suits those individuals that tend to get caught up in nervous excitement.

You may get more info on these remedies over here

5 Nutrition & 7 herbal supplements & homeopathic remedies for Mood Swings

Posted on September 28th, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

Quite surprisingly, everyday foods can affect people’s mood quite profoundly. The link between food and mood is complex; nutritional deficiencies, adverse or allergic reactions and the glucose level in the bloodstream can all have an effect on a person’s mental state.

The brain produces potent chemicals called neurotransmitters which are made out of nutrients from food. As a general rule, neurotransmitters are produced from amino acids, which are the building blocks of the proteins in the foods that you eat.

The manufacture and release of these neurotransmitters can be altered to some extent naturally by taking certain foods, using herbal supplements and going for homeopathic (including biochemic tissue salts) remedies.

Causes of mood swings

Any specific cause and effect is difficult to define, as age, sex and any medications you may be taking are factors that can also affect the chemical reactions of the brain.

Nutrition, herbal supplements & homeopathic remedies for Mood Swings

Still, causes and Common Triggers of Mood Swings are:

Here are some of the ways; nutrition can help in your mood changes/swings

1)      Milk & Eggs – An amino acid called tryptophan is found in such protein rich foods. Tryptophan is a component of a soothing neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin is needed for normal sleep, and some experts think that it may play a role in controlling certain types of depression.

2)      Sugars & starches – It has been claimed that meals rich in carbohydrates (sugars & starches) help to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, making a person feel calm and drowsy. May be that’s the reason why people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often have a craving for sugary carbohydrates through out the dark winters.

3)      Chocolate – Chocolate usually gives instant life to the spirits and acts an anti-depressant. It is mainly due to phenylethylamine, a chemical in cocoa, and occurs naturally in the brain and is allegedly released at times of emotional arousal. Chocolate also contains the stimulants theobromine and caffeine, which increase alertness.

4)      B vitamins – Deficiency in one of several B vitamins can also cause a change in mood. Vegetarians and vegans are prone to vitamin B12 deficiency, while alcoholics are deficient in both thiamin & B12. Rich sources of B vitamins include beans, brown rice, egg yolks, fish, nuts, soya beans, dairy products, fortified with B12 soya milk, yeast extract and breakfast cereals.

5)      Irregular eating habits – This drops down your body glucose levels and irritation and wakefulness are usually associated symptoms of this.

homeopathic remedies for mood swings

Herbal supplements & Homeopathic Remedies for mood swings

There are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies that have been shown to optimize nervous system health and promote balanced mood and peacefulness.

1)      Homeopathic remedies like Nux vom, Chamomilla, and Lycopodium are used as cellular nutrients for the nervous system and brain to support calmed mood and balanced emotions; when the emotional reaction seems out of proportion to the situation or event; and are meant for individuals who are said to be ‘highly strung’ or volatile. They reduce feelings of frustration and discontent; relieve nighttime tension, including night terrors and sleep talking; and reduce angry emotions and is especially suited for stressed, workaholic personalities. These 3 basically have the ability to address emotions causing anger, irritability and temper outbursts. You may get more info on these remedies here

2)      Biochemic tissue salts like Kali. Phosphoricum & Nat. sulphuricum; and homeopathic remedies such as Tarentula & Hyoscyamus niger are suited to those who become introverted and solitary, tense, and uncommunicative when unwell; who tend to have rapid extreme mood swings, are irritable and slightly hysterical. These remedies reduce mood swings, calm temper and anger outbursts and agitation, balance extreme emotional highs, and eliminate uncharacteristic hyper behavior. More info on these biochemic salts can be had here

3)      Homeopathic biochemic tissue salts like Natrium sulphate, Kalium phosphate and Natrium phosphate ward off those common feelings of discouragement and dismay; are excellent nerve tonics and natural calmatives, helping to soothe nerves and lessen the feeling of ‘being on edge’; and support the healthy brain and nervous system by promoting equilibrium at a cellular level. They lessen common feelings of the blues and promote healthy, balanced moods and support the therapeutic effects of other remedies by promoting brain and neurotransmitter efficiency. You may get more on these here

4)      Herbal supplements and remedies like St. John’s Wort and Passion Flower have been traditionally used for centuries to balance mood and safely support routine calm and mental equilibrium. Both support a reasonable positive mental attitude, maintain a well-adjusted outlook and positive temperament, and support healthy sleep patterns and a healthy balanced appetite. You may get more info on these here

5)      For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), herbal remedies that are generally recommended contain ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms.

6)      For menopause, many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and sooths the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

7)      Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Homeopathic remedies & biochemic tissue salts like Calc carb, Alumina, Aurum met, Nat mur, & Kali phos relieve weather-related sadness; suit those individuals that tend to feel tired when it is colder and have a general dislike to cold environments; address general sluggishness and the feeling of wanting to ‘curl up and hibernate’; calm temperament; promote an easy-going, positive emotional outlook; and help beat the winter blues and overcome grief in the holidays.

A FISH for your heart

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

Fish is meat from the sea. It has long been thought that fish was ‘brain food’. But we are also learning that it is perhaps the best thing to eat to prevent heart attacks. Fish is recognized as a major source of a class of fats (omega-3s) that have far-ranging effects on the metabolism.

Researchers are finding that fish oils lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, the blood fats associated with heart disease. They help prevent clots, a major cause of heart attacks, and retard development of atherosclerosis.

Current research indicates that omega-3s may also:

Seafood is what nutritionists call ‘nutrient-dense”. Most dieters know that seafood is a great source of low-calorie protein. A 100-gram portion of cooked white fish provides about 1/3rd of an adult’s recommended dietary allowance of protein, yet contains fewer than 100 calories. Beyond that, new research shows that eating the right kinds of fish may lower the risk of heart disease, by changing your blood chemistry.

Atherosclerosis is a killer that strangles the heart’s arteries with patches of a plaque made of fat, cholesterol, cells and debris. An artery slowly clogs to the point where a blood clot or a spasm can close it entirely, resulting in a heart attack. Researchers know that atherosclerosis is more deadly for people who ingest large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat both found in abundance in red meats and dairy products.

Most seafoods, however, are low in cholesterol. Even the worst offenders-prawns, crab and lobster contain less cholesterol per serving than an egg does. Seafood is also low in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels.

But much of this excitement about fish centers on the oils found primarily in cold-and deep water varieties-mackerel, herring, sardines. These oils are rich in polyunsaturated fats that give blood a preventive tune-up against heart disease. The most abundant source of these omega-3 fatty acids is seafood.

Healthy Heart - Fish is important

Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) come in 2 major forms: the omega-6 fatty acids, predominant in vegetable oils, and the omega-3 fatty acids, predominant in fish and marine oils.  Vegetable oils are good at battling cholesterol but research shows that fish oils are 2-5 times more potent in lowering blood cholesterol. They also make blood ‘thinner’, slower to clot and less likely to contribute to atherosclerotic lesions on artery walls – all pluses for people at risk from heart disease.

The theory behind this is that PUFAs are used by the body to build the oily membranes that surround cells, making the membranes more fluid. With a high intake of PUFAs, the clots that trigger most heart attacks may not form as easily.

Additionally, omega-3s somehow change the delicate balance of blood components, called lipoproteins, that shuttle cholesterol around the body. Omega-3s force down the levels of low & very-low-density lipoproteins that carry cholesterol and  – particularly – triglycerides into body tissues, and may push up the level of high-density lipoproteins that are thought to carry cholesterol away.

Advice

So, should we eat more high-fat fish?

While increasing seafood intake is a good idea, keep in mind that shellfish from polluted waters may contain toxins, as well as organisms that can cause cholera, gastroenteritis and hepatitis. Mollusks and fish that inhabit, or migrate in, shallow ocean waters tend to concentrate environmental contaminants in their bodies. Deep water fish are usually safe, however, as are fresh water fish raised in unpolluted waters.

Keep all seafood chilled to prevent bacterial growth, and eat it as soon as possible after it is bought. Raw seafood may carry tapeworms, round worms and other parasites. So, eat your seafood well cooked.

How to get rid of painful, persistent, recurring leg cramps? Nutrition & Homeopathy might help!

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

A prolonged, painful and involuntary contraction of a muscle is known as cramp. Any muscle can be affected, but these spasms commonly occur in the calf or the foot. These sudden, painful cramps, or spasms, in the muscles of the leg often occur at night and are common among athletes, people with circulatory problems, during pregnancy, but the people most at risk for leg cramps are the elderly, those who are overweight, and those who are ill.

Cramps may be caused by an injury to the muscle, by overworking or overstretching the muscle, or by an abrupt constriction in one of the arteries supplying blood – or oxygen – to the muscle. When the muscle does not get the oxygen it needs, it goes into spasm, causing intense pain.

One should treat the cramp gently. Although it is difficult at the heat of the moment; try not to jump up and down on the affected leg or slap the area that’s cramping. The best way to alleviate the problem is with massage and stretching; as stretching the muscle will help to relieve the pain and gentle massage is also useful, as is walking about the room. However, nutrition is possibly the most effective way to prevent cramping.

homeopathic remedies & massage for leg cramps

Nutrition to prevent the occurrence of leg cramps

When cramp occurs during or immediately after exercise, it is likely to be the result of a gradual build-up of lactic acid, which is a by-product of muscle activity. If the exercise has been fairly vigorous and the weather very hot or humid, the cramp may be due to dehydration caused by excessive sweating. An isotonic drink will help to replace the fluids and salts as quickly as possible.

To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise – about a liter per hour of activity. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), found in fortified breakfast cereals, yoghurt and lean meat, may be useful for cramps in athletes, as well as for cramps associated with pregnancy and diabetes.

Leg cramps may signal a lack of calcium, needed for muscle contraction. Foods high in calcium are dairy products, sesame seeds and sardines eaten with their bones. Magnesium, too, may be helpful – seeds and nuts are excellent sources.

Night leg cramps are generally a result of poor circulation. Eating foods high in vitamin E (like avocados and vegetable oils) may help to improve the poor circulation causing them. Night cramps in the elderly may also be helped by vitamin B12, found in foods such as fish, eggs, cheese and pork.

 Homeopathic remedies & medicines for leg cramps

Natural remedy for leg muscle cramps to relieve sudden calf and thigh pain during the day or night. 

Natural remedies to prevent & treat leg cramps

Various conventional medications have been known to cause leg cramps and worsen symptoms. However, natural and alternative treatments provide a safe and effective solution to help alleviate leg cramp symptoms.

Below mentioned are some of the homeopathic remedies usually recommended for preventing recurring leg cramps. These homeopathic leg cramp remedies relieve acute pain associated with leg cramps, relax muscle spasms in the legs and calves, and encourage healthy circulation in the lower limbs.

Calc phos (6X) is a biochemic tissue salt that promotes strength of muscles during times of growth and development. It is also excellent for promoting healthy circulation.

Mag phos (6X) is one of the 12 Biochemic Tissue Salts and is very useful in maintaining rested limbs. Mag phos also addresses adequate absorption of Magnesium into the system.

Rhus tox (6C) is a natural homeopathic remedy recommended to support comfort in the legs as well as healthy sleep patterns during the night.

Nux vom (12C) suits those who consume too much rich food or coffee and can be used to address cramps occurring in the legs, often at night.

Fortunately, the cramps generally disappear on their own within a minute or two. If you are still troubled by persistent, recurring leg cramps, see your doctor. Cramps that occur after exercise may have a serious underlying cause; most night cramps in older people, however, are not serious and can be relieved with simple medications.

How to increase and boost sex drive in women by using natural female libido enhancers?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

There is a wide variation in the sex drive of individuals, especially in women. Signs of low libido include reduced sexual desire, less frequent sexual thoughts and fantasies, and a reluctance to initiate sex.

Drinking & Smoking – the 2 main culprits of today’s world

Alcohol & nicotine are known to suppress the sex drive of people, including women, who smoke or drink heavily. The hops in beer may also play a part in reducing the libido in women who drink excessive beer. Constituents in hops are used in herbal medicine to lower the sex drive of men, but they can accentuate depression too.

Smoking also increases the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) leading to heart diseases, which in turn can decrease sex drive. Caffeine, found in coffee, tea, colas & chocolate can also reduce sex drive, though its effect depends very much on the individual. High cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, urinary infections and various drugs (such as antidepressants and contraceptives) can also play a part in suppressing women’s libidos.

Psychological factors that may contribute to low female libido include depression (Including postpartum depression), anxiety disorders, stress, sexual abuse and trauma, and relationship issues with partner.

Dietary recommendations to boost sex drive

Women who are concerned about having a low sex drive or low levels of libido should take steps to reduce stress, take some form of regular exercise and ensure that their diet is well balanced and provides all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that they need.

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Some nutrients may be particularly important. For example, zinc is needed for sperm production in men and is also essential for the development of the reproductive organs in both partners. A lack of zinc can cause infertility and impotence. Weight for weight, oysters contain more zinc than any other food – so perhaps their reputation in folklore as an aphrodisiac is based on truth. Crab, offal and pumpkin seeds are other good sources.

Many women believe that a menu of eggs, broccoli and wheatgerm – all rich in vitamin E – will help to maintain a healthy sex drive, but there is no scientific evidence for this.

Something about Aphrodisiacs

There is no scientific evidence that certain aphrodisiacs, such as powdered rhino horn and Spanish fly, increase sex drive. Both substances irritate the urethra, and the resulting burning sensation may be behind the myth. The claims made about Siberian Ginseng restoring sex drive in women are however much more credible.

But definitely, herbs have a long history of effectively increasing libido in women naturally along with sexual performance. Selected herbs can enhance sexual arousal without the negative side effects of prescription medication.

Natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years as a tonic for the female reproductive system, supporting healthy and efficient hormone production and providing a sound platform for sexual delight.

Practitioners of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, African herbalists, and traditional healers from a wide range of cultures have many centuries of knowledge regarding the use of herbal medicines to support sexual health and desire and maintain sexual functioning in women. In more recent times, research has confirmed this traditional wisdom.

Herbs and nutritional supplements recommended for increasing female libido such as Withania somnifera (Ashwaghanda), NN Diemethylglycine (DMG), Siberian ginseng, Tribulus terrestris, Ginkgo biloba, Muira puama, Saw Palmetto and Sarsaparilla are known to:

  • Support systemic balance in the female reproductive system responsible for sexual arousal
  • Support healthy, pleasurable orgasms
  • Support a healthy sex drive and desire
  • Maintain a healthy nervous system to support a healthy sex drive
  • Maintain ongoing female sexual pleasure
  • Maintain optimal sexual health and vitality
  • Support the female reproductive, circulatory and hormonal systems

You may get more details on these wonderful, natural & safe aphrodisiacs for women here

Get your oxygen – the natural way (help yourself naturally for respiratory problems like Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD)

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by admin  |  No Comments »

Your lungs

Alveoli are hundreds of millions of tiny sacs, deep within the lungs, where one f the most important physiological exchanges takes place: oxygen, which is required by every cell in the body to release every, is drawn from the air you breathe and enters the red blood cells, while carbon dioxide, a waste product is given off.

The route to this process, or more specifically to the alveoli, is remarkable. It begins in the nose and mouth and leading down through the windpipe, or trachea, to the bronchi, the tubes that lead into each lung, and on into even smaller passageways, known as bronchioles.

This pathway is reasonably well protected by the nose, which warms and filters the air you breathe, and by the mucus lining that cloaks the system, and is activated by millions of cilia, tiny hair-like projections that help to move impurities back towards the mouth and nose.

In spite and despite of these safeguards, the lungs are directly exposed to the outside world, and are bombarded constantly by the bacteria and viruses, by potentially dangerous pollutants, including those that may be self-administered (such as cigarette smoke), and by airborne irritants (known as allergens) that can cause special problems for those who suffer from hay fever and asthma.

Common lung disorders

Some of the most common lungs and breathing disorders are

 

Smoke you don’t!!

Smoking is the biggest cause of respiratory system disorders apart from chronic allergies, occupational hazards or an underlying disease leading a person to this stage.

Conventioanl medications vs. natural alternatives

Conventional Western medicine generally treats asthma with a combination of preventative and quick-relief medications. These may include the frequent use of inhalers, anti-inflammatory medication, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and anti-allergy medications.

While conventional medical treatment may sometimes be necessary (especially quick relief medications), many of them come with a number of potentially dangerous side effects as well as negative effects on immune system functioning. Prolonged use of these medications have the potential to lower immune system health, resulting in increased asthma attacks, reduced resistance to allergens, while also leaving the body more vulnerable to other illnesses.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used throughout the ages to promote respiratory health. Either taken internally or inhaled via an infusion, herbs have played a big role in helping to maintain open air passages and easy breathing – while also supporting the immune system for systemic protection and health.

 

BioVent Drops™
Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

 

 

Herbs such as Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Hyssopus Officinalis (Hyssop), and Sambucus Nigra (Elder) have long been used for their soothing effect on inflamed and irritated mucous membranes, while promoting respiratory health and vitality.

Matricaria recutita is one of nine sacred herbs believed by the Anglo Saxons to have been given to the world by the god Woden. It is widely used in holistic medicine as an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and calmative herb, and is particularly useful for allergy-induced asthma.

Astragalus membranaceus is a tonic herb that has been confirmed by clinical research to be effective in strengthening immune system functioning. It also has antispasmodic and antibacterial properties.

There are also a few tissue salts known for their tonic effect on the overall respiratory system such as Bryonia (30C) and Kali. Mur. (6C.) While these ingredients help relieve troubling respiratory symptoms, other remedies are especially helpful in assisting with speedy recovery and boosting the immune system to help your body fight off infection.

 

Triple Complex BronchoSoothe
Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

 

 
Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera are commonly used for their antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, as well as their ability to support the immune system. These herbs work as a tonic for the immune system and are often recommended to prevent and assist recovery from illness or infection, including bronchitis.

Finally, there are combinations of pure, therapeutic essential oils will help to keep the airways clear and promote the comfort of the entire respiratory tract, including nose and chest, allowing easy, normal breathing. Some major oils belonging to this category are Lavender, Chamomile and Eucalyptus.