Archive for April, 2010

HAIR LOSS

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Symptoms of Hair Loss

Following are the major hair loss symptoms:

1. Falling of hairs.
2. Thinning of hairs

Causes of Hair Loss

Following are the major hair loss causes:

1. Lack of vitamins (specially vitamin B6 and folic acid) in diet
2. Inadequate nutrition and improper diet
3. Stress, worry, anxiety, and sudden shock
4. Heredity factors
5. Prolonged Illness (like typhoid, syphilis, chronic cold, influenza, and anaemia)
6. Unclean condition of the scalp
7. Poor blood circulation

Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss

1. Boil one cup mustard oil with four tablespoon heena (mehendi) leaves. Filter it and keep it in a bottle. Message it on the bald patches regularly. It is very effective natural remedy for baldness.
2. Grind fenugreek seeds with water and apply on the head. Leave for at least 40 minutes before washing. Continue it for a month.
3. Do a vigorous rubbing of the scalp with fingers after washing the hair with cold water. It is also a good natural hair loss treatment.
4. Rub the bald area with onions till it becomes red. Then apply honey on the bald area. It is very effective natural cure for baldness
5. Make a mixture of honey with egg yolk. Properly massage on the scalp and hairs. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then wash
6. Prepare a home made shampoo by adding 5 tbsp of curd, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of gram raw (chholia) powder. Apply it on the head for an hour and then wash
7. Apply fresh leaf juice of amaranth to the hair. It will help the growth of the hair and keep it soft.

Depression Home Remedies

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

There are three types of depression

  • Dysthymia: it is the mild form of depressive condition that has a long history and sometimes shows chronic presentation. It gets triggered any time and does not fade away with time and keep on relapsing time and time again.
  • Bipolar disorder : a condition also called manic depressive illness. It is not a common type of disorder which presents sudden fluctuation of moods.
  • Major depression : it is a kind of disorder that occurs several times in life time. Its involvement interferes in day ti day activity of a person disturbing his normal lifestyle.

Home Remedies

  • whenever you fell depressive just add some rose petals in boiling water and add some sugar to it also
  • A glass full of warm milk sweetened by honey when taken with an apple relives from depression.
  • Two cardamom are added to a cup full of boiling water with sugar is a very effective method that relieves from depression.
  • Neutral immersion bath everyday for and hour has been very effective.
  • Drinking of rose water diluted in water is a good remedy t keep away from depression.
  • One should take a balanced diet as it also helps in maintaining mental calm.
  • One must perform yogic exercises like hala asana, paschimuttan asana, sarvang asana, shava asana, shalabh asana, vakra asana and bhujang asana to keep physically and mentally fit.
  • Deep breathing is also advised and doing pranayam is also very useful.
  • Taking orange juice in morning is very helpful in relieving from mental strain
  • Intake of chamomile in one cup of water (boiled) is also very helpful..
  • Take tulsi (holy basil) and two time’s sage. Now prepare herbal tea by using it.
  • Chewing 5 to 7 over night soaked almonds with its cover removed is very effective in relieving from depression.

How to turn off a leaky faucet

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Triggers of Runny Nose

While most runny noses are due to allergies, colds, or other upper respiratory infections, the following factors may also trigger a runny nose:

1. Hot or spicy foods
2. Side effects from drugs such as beta-blockers (used for high blood pressure and heart disease)
3. Head injury
4. Foreign body stuck in nostril
5. Cold temperatures
6. Low ambient humidity
7. Structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum
8. Pregnancy or hormonal changes
9. Environmental irritants — tobacco smoke or smog
10. Allergens, including dust mites, pollen, and animal dander  Other possible causes include:

11. Nasal polyps or tumors
12. Measles
13. Diphtheria (a bacterial throat infection)
14. Rubella (also called German measles)
15. Vasomotor rhinitis (a rare nasal abnormality)
16. Wegener’s granulomatosis (a rare condition affecting multiple organ systems)
17. Rhinoscleroma (a rare degenerative condition)

Increase your height

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Forget about growth hormone injection or limb lengthening operation. They are way to expensive and dangerous for you. What you need is a safe, effective and affordable way to grow taller naturally and easily by using homoeopathic medicine

It is seen that short heighten people are always tensed because of their height. There are many ways to increase height one is Scientific treatment due to which one can gain height and other is Homeopathic treatment which can give you height .Now you all can take a deep breath as now your height problem will be solved by Homeopathic treatment.

First of all its necessary to now that why our body growth stops. The growth is not only dependent on genetic but hormones equally plays important role in body’s growth. Cartilage is the joint which is present in between the hormones bones. Now it is proved that cartilage plays an important role in the growth of the body. Cartilage is like sponge or cushion present between the joints of the bones. Cartilage can be kept fit & fine by supplying good required amount of energetic food to the hormones because the development of the cartilage is the reflection of the growth of height.

Pituitary gland also gives may hormones who affect the upper bodies 26 bones and lower bodies 62 bones whose cartilage is affected.

But now Homeopathic had discovered the reasons of Short heighten ,why growth is stopped ?

Due to this treatment the cartilage can be made strong and healthy ,so the height can be increased. and you can gain your actual height get tension free from your height problem.

The development of the 26 skeletal bones and the cartilageneous portions of the 62 bones of the lower body. The stimulation of the pituitary gland would increase hormonal production, which would then spur the growth of the cartilageneous portions of the bones of the lower body, ultimately leading to height increase.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Obesity

Friday, April 9th, 2010

In Ayurveda underweight and overweight are signs that the vata, pitta, and kapha systems are out of balance. This can happen irrespective of how much or how little food you eat. Weight control problems happen when your food intake is not balanced by a proper digestion or metabolism.

Overweight or obesity is mostly found in people with predominantly kapha-type constitutions. This dosha is composed of water and earth. When it is imbalanced, the heavy characteristics of these elements become exaggerated.

However, obesity can be found in people with the other two doshas also. For example, people with pitta dosha are generally of medium build. But they can suffer from poor digestion if their digestive fire is too low because they have burned themselves out. As a result, food isn’t processed properly, and that, in turn, can result in weight gain or obesity.
For people with vata dosha the problem generally is that of underweight rather than overweight. They cannot properly absorb nutrients. However, they can become overweight when imbalanced if they attempt to eat sweet, oily foods in an attempt to calm their vata imbalance.

The Ayurvedic approach to achieving your ideal weight is based on taking a realistic look at your body type and what it can be, and then nourishing it back to natural health. It is about getting to know your body and becoming in tune with its rhythms.

Weakness

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

> >  Drink 12 oz. of fresh carrot juice daily to improve blood circulation in the legs. Weakness and stiffness are often caused by lack of proper circulation, so carrot juice can be effective in improving blood circulation in the legs.

> >  Get plenty of healthy protein to reduce weakness in the legs. Healthy forms of protein include eggs, yogurt and nuts. Particular vitamins and minerals your nervous system needs for muscle function include Vitamin E, amino acids, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, all available through a diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.

> >  Take daily supplements of Lysine and Coenzyme Q10. Lysine is a naturally occurring essential amino acid that the body needs to build strong bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Fatigue, muscle weakness and irritability are among the list of symptoms of lysine deficiency. Coenzyme Q10 helps the body absorb essential vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium.

> >  Make a tea from horsetail, a natural medicine that has high levels of silica, and drink it thee times a day. Silica can increase muscle strength by assisting muscles to contract. To prepare, boil 1 cup of water and remove from heat before adding 1 tsp. fresh horsetail. Allow the tea to steep for at least 5 minutes before straining and drinking.

> >  Exercise regularly to maintain health and muscle tone. Even gentle exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates is a great place to begin building the strength in your legs.

NON-SURGICAL SNORING REMEDIES

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Alternative Therapies


There are several alternative remedies – some ancient, some fairly new, and some in-between – that have provided snoring relief for countless people around the world.

Many of these alternative medicines are not alternative at all in parts of the eastern world; in fact, in some countries (such as India, China, and Russia), some of these remedies are quite mainstream, and if you travel to those countries you’ll quite easily find many of these solutions in use.

In the western world, particularly the United States and Canada, practitioners of these alternative medicines are emerging quite rapidly. Educational institutions are quickly developing certification programs, and standards organizations are developing frameworks within which to help responsibly guide and develop these alternative therapies.

If you’re interested in learning more about these therapies, a quick Internet scan, or a visit to a holistic health shop (or probably any health store) will most often lead to some quality information, both referrals and literature. Some of the most popular anti-snoring alternative remedies are noted below.


• Warm Beverages Before Bedtime

Drinking warm beverage just before bedtime has proven to be effective for a number of snorers. Adding a small amount of honey to the water can help coat the walls of the trachea. Some people have even found that combining honey, warm water, and apple cider vinegar creates a rather potent, yet non-addictive and non-fattening anti-snoring drink.

Herbal tea, particularly the kind labeled “Breathe Easy” (or anything that promotes an unclogged airway) can help prevent snoring. Some of these teas can also contain chamomile or other herbs that promote sleeping.

Bear in mind, however, that if the snorer becomes too relaxed, then while sleep may occur quite readily, it’s important to remember that sleep isn’t the problem: snoring is the problem! So don’t necessarily choose herbal teas that promote drowsiness or “sleepiness”; for snorers, any herbal tea that will clear the airflow/trachea should help alleviate some snoring.


• Relaxation Techniques


As noted above, stress can be a factor in causing snoring. We’ve discussed how reducing external stress, in the form of sound and light, can potentially help alleviate snoring (as strange as that may seem). Yet in addition to this, there are (of course) other forms of stress: the kind that builds up at our jobs, or while we’re stuck in traffic, or filling out our tax returns, and so on.

This kind of stress can be equally damaging to the snorer; and various relaxation techniques, such as:

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Medication
  • Reiki
  • Gentle massage
  • Relaxing music

These treatments can also help treat other ailments that may or may not be linked to snoring, including lung problems, obesity, and more.


• Homeopathic Medication


Homeopathic medicines have been used for centuries to deal with a wide range of health concerns, including snoring. A popular homeopathic medicine under the trade name Snore Stop™ is proving to be effective for some snorers by dissolving secretions in the nose and throat, thus opening up the airway.

Another popular homeopathic nose drop called Y-Snore™ is also receiving some critical acclaim from snorers and non-snorers alike. Y-Snore is a mild, non-addictive decongestant, which helps open up the nasal passage and thus inhibits/prevents airflow vibration in the trachea during sleep.


• Magnetic Therapy


Though not yet widely known in the west, magnetic therapy is extremely common in other parts of the world, particularly in China. Magnetic therapy can potentially help snorers by stimulating the nerves in the nose, thereby opening up the airway to the throat, and cutting down on potential vibration (and thus snoring).

Magnets can also be applied to the entire body (i.e. not just focused on the nose) to help stimulate nerves and body processes that can indirectly help deal with snoring.

For example, some people have relied upon magnetic therapy as a part of an overall weight-loss program. Since excess weight/obesity is often linked with snoring, magnetic therapy can, ultimately, help treat and/or reduce snoring.

A nose ring with earth magnets (under the brand name Snore Free™) has received some positive feedback from those who have used it to open the nasal passage.


• Hypnosis


Believe it or not, but hypnosis has been suggested as a remedy for some people. It has not, however, been widely accepted as a potential solution; and as such, it does not get an expanded discussion in this guide. However, I would be remiss not to note that many people are in fact relying upon hypnosis to deal with a number of health ailments, including snoring.


• Addition Alternative Therapies


In addition, there are numerous alternative therapies that are generating growing attention as potential anti-snoring options. These additional alternative therapies include: the use of crystals and gems, light therapy, and color therapy.

The efficacy of these potential solutions is being tested, and scientific research on these methods is not yet well established; and hence, we will not explore them further in this guide. However, this does not mean that they lack promise; for they do.

As any snorer – or someone who lives with a snorer – will attest, anything that promises a healthy, long-term, safe, and surgery-free solution to snoring is a good idea, no matter how far fetched that idea may seem today!

What is high blood pressure?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension means high pressure (tension) in the arteries. Arteries are vessels that carry blood from the pumping heart to all the tissues and organs of the body. High blood pressure does not mean excessive emotional tension, although emotional tension and stress can temporarily increase blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80; blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89 is called “pre-hypertension”, and a blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered high.

The top number, the systolic blood pressure, corresponds to the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood forward into the arteries. The bottom number, the diastolic pressure, represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes after the contraction. The diastolic pressure reflects the lowest pressure to which the arteries are exposed.

An elevation of the systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart (cardiac) disease, kidney (renal) disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis), eye damage, and stroke (brain damage). These complications of hypertension are often referred to as end-organ damage because damage to these organs is the end result of chronic (long duration) high blood pressure. For that reason, the diagnosis of high blood pressure is important so efforts can be made to normalize blood pressure and prevent complications.

It was previously thought that rises in diastolic blood pressure were a more important risk factor than systolic elevations, but it is now known that in people 50 years or older systolic hypertension represents a greater risk.

The American Heart Association estimates high blood pressure affects approximately one in three adults in the United States – 73 million people. High blood pressure is also estimated to affect about two million American teens and children, and the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that many are under-diagnosed. Hypertension is clearly a major public health problem.

Sinus Infection

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Sinus Infection Causes 

Acute sinusitis usually follows a viral infection in the upper respiratory tract, but allergy-causing substances (allergens) or pollutants may also trigger acute sinusitis. Viral infection damages the cells of the sinus lining, leading to inflammation. The lining thickens, obstructing the nasal passage. This passage connects to the sinuses. The obstruction disrupts the process that removes bacteria normally present in the nasal passages, and the bacteria begin to multiply and invade the lining of the sinus. This causes the symptoms of sinus infection. Allergens and pollutants produce a similar effect.

Sinus Infection Treatment

Home care can help open the sinuses and alleviate their dryness.

1. Promote drainage
2. Drink plenty of water and hydrating beverages such as hot tea.
3. Inhale steam two to four times per day by leaning over a bowl of hot water (not while the water is on the stove) or using a steam vaporizer. Inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. Taking a hot, steamy shower may also work. Mentholated preparations, such as Vicks Vapo-Rub, can be added to the water or vaporizer to aid in opening the passageways.
4. Thin the mucus: Expectorants are drugs that help expel mucus from the lungs and respiratory passages. They help t thin mucous secretions, enhancing drainage from the sinuses. The most common is guaifenesin (contained in Robitussin and Mucinex, for example). Over-the-counter (OTC) liquid cough medications or prescription tablets can also combine decongestants and cough suppressants to reduce symptoms as well as to eliminate the need for the use of many medications. Read label ingredients to find the right combination of ingredients or ask the pharmacist for help.
5. Relieve pain: Pain medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil are examples), aspirin, and naproxen (Aleve) can reduce pain and inflammation. These medications help to open the airways by reducing swelling. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used for pain and fever but does not help with the inflammation.

6. Bacteria that normally cause acute sinusitis are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis. These microorganisms, along with Staphylococcus aureus and some anaerobes (bacteria that live without oxygen), are involved in chronic sinusitis.

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a doctor when experiencing pain or pressure in the upper face accompanied by nasal congestion or discharge, postnasal drip, or ongoing bad breath unrelated to dental problems.

Fever can be a symptom of a sinus infection or a cold. Simple congestion with a low-grade fever probably indicates a cold and may not call for medications or antibiotics. Those also experiencing facial pain or headaches may have a sinus infection.

A doctor often can treat simple sinusitis. If left undiagnosed and untreated complications of sinusitis can occur that may lead to severe medical problems and possibly death. The following complications are medical emergencies and require immediate treatment in a hospital’s emergency department:

1. Headache, fever, and soft tissue swelling over the frontal sinus may indicate an infection of the frontal bone, called Pott’s puffy tumor or osteomyelitis. Usually, this complication is limited to children.
2. Infection of the eye socket may result from ethmoid sinusitis. The eyelid may swell and become droopy. Fever and severe illness are usually present. A person with this infection may lose the ability to move the eye, and permanent– blindness may result.
3. Ethmoid or frontal sinusitis may also cause the formation of a blood clot in the sinus area around the front and top of the face. Symptoms may be similar to those of eye socket infection with the addition of a fixed and dilated pupil. This condition usually affects both sides of the face.
4. If a person experiences mild personality changes, headache, neck stiffness, high fever, altered consciousness, visual problems, or seizures, infection may have spread to the brain. Coma and even death may follow.

Why Do Kids Abuse Cough and Cold Remedies?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) replaced the narcotic codeine with dextromethorphan as an over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressant in the 1970s, teens were simply guzzling down cough syrup for a quick buzz.

Over the years, teens discovered that they still could get high by taking large doses of any OTC medicine containing dextromethorphan (also called DXM).

Dextromethorphan-containing products — tablets, capsules, gel caps, lozenges, and syrups — are labeled DM, cough suppressant, or Tuss (or contain “tuss” in the title).

Medicines containing dextromethorphan are easy to find, affordable for cash-strapped teens, and perfectly legal. Getting access to the dangerous drug is often as easy as walking into the local drugstore with a few dollars or raiding the family medicine cabinet. And because it’s found in over-the-counter medicines, many teens naively assume that DXM can’t be dangerous.

Viral Fever

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Introduction

Viral fever refers to a broad spectrum of conditions where viral infections are associated with elevations of body temperature. The term encompasses a wide variety of viral infections, some of which can be clearly identified by their symptoms and signs. These viral infections may show generalised symptoms, but may target specific organs.

Headaches, body aches and a skin rash characterise most of these viral fevers. They may affect any age group, and are seen world-wide. They require only symptomatic treatment. Some are highly contagious. Most of them are not dangerous and self-limited, but some can progress rapidly leading to death.

Symptoms and Signs

Once the virus enters the body, there is an incubation period when the virus multiplies to a level high enough to cause infection. This is followed by a prodromal phase of fatigue, malaise and body and muscle aches that may lead to the onset of fever. The fever may be low grade or high grade and remittent. Inflammation of the pharynx, a running nose, nasal congestion, headache, redness of the eyes, cough, muscle and joint pains and a skin rash could be present.

The fatigue and body pain could be disproportionate to the level of fever, and lymph glands may swell up. The illness is usually self-limited but the fatigue and cough may persist for a few weeks. Sometimes pneumonia, vomiting and diarrhoea, jaundice or arthritis (joint swelling) may complicate the initial viral fever. Some viral fevers are spread by insects, for example, arbovirus, can cause a bleeding tendency, which results in bleeding from the skin and several other internal organs and can be fatal.

Treatment and Prognosis

Treatment of viral fever is purely symptomatic with antipyretic and analgesic drugs. Bed rest and adequate fluid intake is advised. Nasal decongestants may be beneficial. Specific antiviral therapy is not routinely recommended. Steroids are not advised as it may lead to bacterial super-infection. Only in cases of super-infection do antibiotics need to be prescribed. It is important that antibiotics are NOT routinely used for prophylaxis.

Complications of viral infections like pneumonia (viral or super-infection by bacteria) need to be addressed specifically by clearance of respiratory secretions and utilising ventilator assistance if hypoxia is severe. Symptoms of gastroenteritis should be managed with anti-motility agents. Most viral fevers recover completely in a week although fatigue may persist for a few weeks.

Prevention

Viral fevers are difficult to prevent. They occur as epidemics of infection depending on their mode of spread. Vaccines have been tried targeting the respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses with little success due to several sub-groups of viruses with different forms of antigenicity, all of which cannot be covered with a single vaccine. Fortunately since most infections are mild and self-limited, we can be assured of a full recovery.

Home Remedy for Body Rashes

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Home Remedy For Body Rashes

  • An effective home remedy for healing body rash would be to wash the affected area with chamomile tea. Take a cup of boiling water and steep 2-3 tsp fresh or dried chamomile flowers in it. Strain the decoction and cool it down.
  • Olive oil is said to have therapeutic qualities. Apply olive oil to the affected area. It would penetrate the skin and cure the rash.
  • A simple way to treat body rash would be to apply Aloe vera gel or pulp. Apply this on the affected region. This would be very helpful in treating the body rash.
  • Apply baking soda on the affected body part. After applying it, press the area gently. It would provide relief from the irritation and also cure the rash.
  • A poultice made from yellow dock root, chaparral and dandelion would be effective in treating skin rashes. Take a handful of herb and blend in the mixer, with water, to form a puree. Apply on the affected area and cover with cheesecloth or bandage.
  • Take a piece of cotton cloth and dip it in calcium water or comfrey. Place this cloth on the affected area. Not only would it be calming, but also help reduce inflammation.
  • Blend 10-15 basil leaves with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Apply a coat of this mixture on the rashes.
  • Increase the intake of food rich in Vitamin C. Citrus fruits will work best in this regard.
  • Oatmeal bath proves useful in treating body rashes. Take a cup of uncooked oatmeal and pour it into the bathwater. Immerse your body in this water. Apart from providing instant relief, it would also heal the rash.

How to Cure Fingernail Fungus at Home

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Here are some home remedies that are used with items you probably already have in your home, rather then the expensive prescriptions that take months to show progress….

1.  Plain Vinegar ~

Use equal amounts of vinegar and water and soak your hands in it for about half an hour one or two time a day. After about a week you will notice that the fungus is leaving. when the nails are soft after soaking you can sue a nail file and file away the infected part of the nail, make sure that you do not file to much so that it does not become sore. This works equally well on feet that suffer from fungus infections.

2.  Apple Cider Vinegar ~

Soak your nails once or twice daily in straight apple cider vinegar. Within about two weeks you will notice that the fungus is clearing up and a new beautiful fungus free nail is growing.

3.  Vicks Vaporub ~

Apply Vicks Vaporub to the affected nails every day one or two times, and then within a week or so you will see the fungus disappear. Each person will see different results and it may take up to three months to work, but most of the time it shows results within a week or two.

4.  Vitamin E Oil ~

Apply Vitamin E oil to affected nails once or twice daily. With this treatment it takes awhile to show progress. As the nail grows out it will grow healthy and fungus free.

5.  Listerine Mouthwash ~

Soak your nails in Listerine mouthwash once or twice daily. The antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy and cure the fungus quickly.

Of all of the home remedies that I have heard of for curing nail fungus I have heard that regular vinegar works the best. If you have a severe case of nail fungus the first thing that i recommend to you is that you see your doctor. You can ask them what they recommend for home remedies instead of expensive prescription medications.

Treatment For Lung Cancer

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Alternative therapies should complement conventional treatment, not replace it. Before participating in any alternative treatment programs, patients should consult their doctors concerning the appropriateness and the role of such programs in overall cancer treatment plans. Appropriate alternative treatments can help prolong a patient’s life or at least improve quality of life, prevent recurrence of tumors, or prolong the remission period and reduce adverse reactions to chemotherapy and radiation.

The use of beta-carotene and vitamin A supplements in lung cancer patients is controversial. Vitamin A and beta-carotene were advocated as antioxidants with lung-protective effects that may decrease the risk of lung cancer. However, recent studies suggest that betacarotene supplements may have no demonstrated effect in smokers and no effects on nonsmokers. Therefore, use of beta-carotene supplement in lung cancer patients or as preventive measure in smokers is not recommended at the present time. However, researchers believe that patients benefit from nature’s source of beta-carotene and vitamin A. Beta-carotene in food carries all the benefits, yet does not have the harmful effects controversial high-dose supplements may carry.

The effectiveness of many of the anticancer drugs used to treat lung cancer can be reduced when patients take megadoses of antioxidants. These antioxidants in patients not undergoing chemotherapy can be helpful in protecting the body against cancer. However, taken during chemotherapy, these antioxidants protect the cancer cells from being killed by chemotherapy drugs. Because high-dose supplementation of antioxidants can interfere with conventional chemotherapy treatment, patients should check with their physicians concerning dosage and recommended daily allowance (RDA) during chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Kidney Infection Treatment

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Kidney infections can be a temperamental sickness. You can catch it quickly and get rid of it very easily. This is when the home remedies are most effective. But, if you don’t catch the infection quickly, then the infection can become rather serious. This is when it is best that you use home remedies along with medical care. Your biggest mistake would to be to think you could take care of the infection with just home remedies and then assume that it has been taken care of, only to find out that it has grown worse. If you have found out that you have a kidney infection, and you are taking care of it properly, there are a few things that you can do to restrict a kidney infection:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Drink 100% cranberry juice. Make sure that it doesn’t have added sugar, it should be 100% natural. You can use added flavors; i.e. Cranberry Grape.
  • You can use cranberry pills.
  • You can use garlic pills. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
  • You can use Echinacea pills; Echinacea is also a natural antibiotic.
  • You can drink a shot glass full of vinegar. It may taste nasty but it will work
  • Do not drink sodas.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Be careful about wearing tight fitting clothes.
  • Mix a spoonful of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water, drink this mixture three to four times a day.
  • Drink Aloe Vera juice.
  • Increase your Vitamin C intake.
  • Avoid using synthetic underwear’s and garments.

You should make sure that you take care of yourself if you have a kidney infection. Make sure that you go to the doctor and follow the medical advice he prescribes. Home remedies are only good as long as you are taking care of yourself. If you suspect a kidney infection, it is extremely important that you seek medical help. A kidney infection that has not been taken care of effectively can become very serious very quickly. Use home remedies in conjunction with medical treatment

Knee ligament injury treatment

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Ligaments are strong, leather-like fibers of connective tissue that enclose a joint. They can be stretched (sprained), or partially or completely torn. A patient can tear one or more ligaments, or ligaments and menisci simultaneously. The degree of damage depends on the direction and magnitude of the injuring force.

The most common combination is injury to the medial collateral and the anterior cruciate ligaments, often seen in football after a player is hit from the side. The high incidence of knee injuries from this mechanism led to the abolition of the “crack-back” block in American football. Most ligament tears are caused by severe forces, but the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be damaged by moderate forces such as landing from a jump. An isolated tear of the anterior cruciate ligament is the most common ligament injury.

If the force to the side of the knee is more severe, or if you are rotating your knee when you are hit, then the ACL may be stretched or torn. The most severe ruptures are caused not by trauma but usually by a heavy athlete, such as a football lineman, running and then planting his foot and turning 90 degrees to go upfield. This twisting can cause a complete ACL rupture. If the ACL ruptures, a loud pop may be heard. A person will feel pain and instability in the knee. The knee will swell up rapidly because the ACL bleeds quickly when injured. Any ACL injury causes symptoms profound enough for one to seek professional help.

A ligament tear causes a hemorrhage, producing a swollen, painful joint that will not bear weight. A chronic tear causes symptoms only during vigorous activities such as sports, usually in the form of giving way. Over a period of time, this can damage the menisci and cartilage, leading eventually to degenerative wear and tear osteoarthritis. Within two weeks of the injury, a simple sprain or partial tear are treated in a plaster cast (groin to toes) for four to six weeks. This is followed by approximately six weeks of physiotherapy and a return to sports in three to six months.