Archive for September, 2010
Tooth decay is also called by the name of caries. You may find no symptoms of caries in the initial stages. A small scrap of demineralised enamel appears on the surface of the tooth at first. Only a dentist can figure out such a patch on the tooth surface. Teeth become sensitive to cold or hot in the advanced stages of tooth decay. Dentists use an instrument called explorer to spot this. When the cavity reaches the pulp stage, pain and swelling may appear.
The most obvious sign of tooth decay is toothache, particularly after hot or cold foods or drinks. However, pain may not be present until decay has reached an advanced stage.
Pits or holes may also be visible in the teeth.
Most tooth decay is discovered at an early stage during a routine check up.
A serious complication can be the development of a tooth abscess – the build up of pus resulting from a bacterial infection of the centre of the tooth.
Infection may spread out from the root of the tooth and to the bones supporting the tooth.
Plaque and tartar also irritate the gums, and lead to a gum disease called gingivitis.
Prevention Of Tooth Decay
Times of Brushing:
Brush at least twice a day morning and evening. Contrary to popular perception brushing should be done after major meals. So you can skip brushing in the morning and can really do it after the lunch and dinner.
Changing of toothbrushes is very important because due to prolonged usages the bristles become quite ineffective and plaque may grow in them. Change or replace toothbrush after every 2-3 months.
Technique Of Brushing:
While brushing remember to clean the back side of the teeth and the gums as plaque may form there. Use toothpaste with fluoride content.
Use dental floss and fluoride rinse for fresher breath.
Many of us do not know and do not do it while brushing. Food particles may get deposited in the tongue and in time they are acted upon by bacteria and if they are cleaned properly during brushing with the help of tongue cleaner or the brush then they may be the cause of the bad breath.
Herbal Mouth Fresheners:
Cloves, cardamom, tea tree oil they are all good for the teeth. Clove oil is used for treatment ofÂ gum problems and pain. After meals you can put a single clove or a cardamom in the mouth for fresh breath.
Foods to be avoided:
To keep the breath fresh you must avoid spices like garlic, onion, and sugary foods. They are also the cause of tooth decay. Have more calcium, and phosphorous that helps to maintain healthy teeth.
There are several foods that have been discovered to lower cholesterol levels. These foods cover a wide variety, ranging from red wines to walnuts. Most of these foods are relatively healthy for you and can be located in the food pyramid.
Causes of High Blood Cholesterol
Following are the major high blood cholesterol causes:
1. Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption
2. Eating high fat diet
4. Heredity factors
5. Stress and over work load
6. Diseases like diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, liver disease, or hypothyroidism
Home remedies For Controlling Cholesterol
1. Add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lime juice in one cup of hot water. Take it daily in morning for natural lowering cholesterol
2. Take lecithin rich diet like egg yolk, vegetable oils, wholegrain cereals, soyabeans, and unpasturised milk. With proper intake of lecithin, cholesterol cannot build up against the walls of the arteries and veins. It is one of the most effective cholesterol lowering diets.
3. Take foods rich in Vitamin E like sunflower seeds, safflower, soyabean oils, butter, and sprouted seed and grains
4. Take Vitamins B6, choline and inositol rich diet such as wheat germ, yeast or vitamin B extracted from bran
5. Boil two tablespoons of dry seeds of coriander in a glass of water and strain the decoction after cooling. Take this decoction twice a day for lowering cholesterol
6. Take onion juice to reduce cholesterol, clean the blood, and regulate the heart
7. Add a teaspoon of methi powder in a glass of water. Take it empty stomach for one month
8. Take fenugreek seeds to control high serum cholesterol
The exact cause often remains unknown. It has been proved that migraine is a vascular disorder. Due to some triggering factors, varying from person to person, there is some kind of vasoconstriction and vasodilatation of the branches of the carotid artery ( the major neck blood vessel) which leads to typical throbbing and congestive attack of headache.
Many independent studies at various institutes ahve also shown that most migraine sufferes show one or many of teh follwoing behavioral patter : conscientiousness, fastidiousness, rigidity of views, constant conflict between the environame and self, high level of expectation.
Migraine sufferers are more females than males. However, we are observing a shift. Often observed to be running in the family, showing hereditery links.
Types Of Migraine
Abdominal migraine is most common in children with a family history of migraine. Symptoms include abdominal pain without a gastrointestinal cause (may last up to 72 hours), nausea, vomiting, and flushing or paleness (pallor). Children who have abdominal migraine often develop typical migraine as they age.
Basilar artery migraine involves a disturbance of the basilar artery in the brainstem. Symptoms include severe headache, vertigo, double vision, slurred speech, and poor muscle coordination. This type occurs primarily in young people.
Carotidynia, also called lower-half headache or facial migraine, produces deep, dull, aching, and sometimes piercing pain in the jaw or neck. There is usually tenderness and swelling over the carotid artery in the neck. Episodes can occur several times weekly and last a few minutes to hours. This type occurs more commonly in older people. Doppler ultrasound studies of the carotid arteries are normal.
Headache-free migraine is characterized by the presence of aura without headache. This occurs in patients with a history of migraine with aura.
Home Remedy For Migraine
Migraine can be treated effectively with the help of fresh grape juice. Grind grapes to extract the juice. Consume the juice in the concentrated form, without adding water.
Increase the intake of niacin (vitamin B3), as it has been found to be helpful in alleviating migraine pain. Some of the foods rich in niacin are yeast, whole wheat, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, nuts, sunflower seeds, liver and fish.
Cabbage leaves are helpful in relieving the pain of a migraine headache. Squash cabbage leaves and place them in a cloth. Place the cloth on your forehead for sometime. Once the cabbage leaves become dry, remove the cloth and make a fresh one.
Lemon peel is helpful in solving migraine headache. Grind lemon peel to form a paste and apply it on the forehead. Let it dry and then rinse off with cool water.
A mixture of carrot juice, either with spinach, beet or cucumber juice, works effectively in curing migraine. Combine 300 ml of carrot juice with 200 ml of any other juice and drink it.
You can also mix 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices, with 300 ml of carrot juice and drink it on a regular basis.
Massaging the forehead with primrose oil is beneficial in curing migraine. It works as an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, preventing any kind of constriction in the blood vessels.
Include garlic in your diet. Either chew a piece of garlic in the raw form or mix it with other food items.
Another effective method would be to have chamomile tea. This is effective in reducing the occurrence of migraine.
Taking lukewarm water enema is effective. It cleanses the bowels, thereby removing the toxins from the body and helping prevent migraine.
Take some sandalwood powder and add a few drops of water to it, so as to form a paste. Apply this paste on the forehead and let it dry. Once dry, rub it off by hand and wash it.
It is advisable to avoid direct sunlight; smoking and drinking alcohol, as all these can aggravate migraine.
Treatment of Syphilis
Syphilis is treated with penicillin, administered by injection. Other antibiotics can be used for patients allergic to penicillin.
A small percentage of patients do not respond to the usual doses of penicillin. Therefore, it is important that patients have periodic repeat blood tests to make sure that the infectious agent has been completely destroyed and there is no further evidence of the disease.
In all stages of syphilis, proper treatment will cure the disease, but in late syphilis, damage already done to body organs cannot be reversed.
This defect causes a bulging of the abdominal wall. This bulging is usually more noticeable when the abdominal muscles are tightened, thereby increasing the pressure in the abdomen. Any activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure can worsen a hernia; examples of such activities are lifting, coughing, or even straining to have a bowel movement. There are several reasons for this tendency. First, there is a natural anatomical weakness in the groin region which results from incomplete muscle coverage. Second, the upright position of human posture results in a greater force pushing toward the bottom of the abdomen, thereby increasing the stress on these weaker tissues. The combination of these factors over time breaks down the support tissues, enlarging any preexisting hole, or leads to a tear, resulting in a new hole.
Symptoms of Hernia
Symptoms of hernias vary, depending on the cause and the structures involved. Most begin as small, hardly noticeable breakthroughs. At first, they may be soft lumps under the skin, a little larger than a marble; there usually is no pain. Gradually, the pressure of the internal contents against the weak wall increases, and the size of the lump increases.
Early on, the hernia may be reducible – the protruding structures can be pushed back gently into their normal places. If those structures, however, cannot be returned to their normal locations through manipulation, the hernia is said to be irreducible, or incarcerated.
Yoga Treatment for Hernia
Utthan Pada Asana
Bhastrika with antar kumbhak
Anulom Viloma without kumbhak
Mudra and bandh
Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of yoga nidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.
Dyspepsia is a chronic or recurrent discomfort centered in the upper abdomen and can be caused by a variety of conditions. It includes a group of symptoms that come from a problem in your upper gut. The gut is the tube that starts at the mouth, and ends at the anus. The pain might come and go, but it is normally there most of the time.
There are three types of dyspepsia:
1) Ulcer- in which the primary symptom is pain.
2) Motility-in which the primary symptoms may be bloating and gas.
3) Reflux-in which the primary symptom is similar to that of heartburn.
Causes For Dyspepsia
Dyspepsia is caused by bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), although the frequency with which this condition causes dyspepsia has not been determined, and there is little research in the area. The relationship between overgrowth and dyspepsia needs to be persued, however, since many of the symptoms of dyspepsia are also symptoms of bacterial overgrowth. Overgrowth can be diagnosed by hydrogen breath testing and is treated primarily with antibiotics.
Natural Treatment For Dyspepsia
Lemon (bara nimbu) : The use of fruits in general is beneficial in the treatment of Dyspepsia. They flush out the undigested food residue and accumulated faeces, and re-establish health to perfect order. The best of the fruits is lemon. Its juice reaches the stomach and attacks the bacteria, inhibiting the formation of acids. Lemon juice removes indigestion by dislodging this acid and other harmful substances from the stomach, thereby strengthening and promoting a healthy appetite.
Grapes (angoor) : This fruit is light food which removes indigestion and irritation of the stomach in a short time. It also relieves heat.
Pineapple (ananas): Pineapple acts as a tonic and relieves much of the digestive disorders. Half a glass of pineapple juice should be taken after a meal in treating this condition.
Pomegranate (annar): The juice of a pomegranate mixed with a tablespoon of honey is valuable in indigestion accompanied by giddiness. The dose may be repeated a few times if necessary.
Whooping cough was common among infants and youthful children, but it’s not as common these days as most children are vaccinated against it. The vaccination doesn’t give you all-time protection, so you can get the infection as a teenager or adult. However, symptoms in adults are typically milder than those in infants. Whooping cough is very simple to catch. It is spread by small drops of liquid when coughing and sneezing. It can also be increase on hands to the nose if the hands have come in contact with the bacteria.
Symptoms of Whooping Cough
Common symptoms of a Whooping Cough include:-
1. Runny nose.
2. Dry cough.
3. A mild fever.
4. Watery eyes.
6. Red, watery eyes.
7. Nasal congestion.
Home treatment For Whooping Cough
Mix 5-6 drops of almond oil and 10 drops each of ginger juice and onion oil. Have this mixture three times daily.
Cut a small slice of ginger and dip it in some rock salt and lemon juice. Store this in an airtight container. Lick this whenever the cough attacks.
A soft laxative like castor oil should be used to help constipation. It also relieves pain in the abdominal muscles during coughing
Aniseeds Aniseeds have the herbal qualities to act as a wonderful home remedy for whooping cough. It could be additional to the tea given to the patient to help his body from this irritating infection.
Crush a medium-sized onion and add the juice of one lemon to it. Now, pour a cup of boiling water over it and add a tsp of honey. Take this 2 to 3 times a day.
Roast and powder the root of turmeric. Take 3 grams of this powder, along with milk, two times a day.
Mix 2 grams of the pulp of the herb of belleric myroblan, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp long pepper and 2 tsp honey. Have this mixture two times a day.
Dry the herb of belleric myroblan and cover it with wheat flour. Now, roast the herb and consume it.
Grind 100 gm of raisins, with water. Add 100 gm of sugar to the paste. Once it forms a saucy consistency, preserve it. Have 20 grams of this mixture everyday, before going to bed.
Aniseed is helpful in treating whooping cough. Prepare a tea with it and have it 1-2 times in a day.
Extract garlic juice and have a tsp of this, 2 to 3 times a day. This is an effective way to treat whooping cough.
In a cup of water, add a tsp each of fenugreek seeds and fresh ginger, along with a dash of honey. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool. Strain the drink and consume it.
Malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura) or abdomen (the peritoneum). Most people with malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos.
Like most cancer, malignant mesothelioma is best treated when it is found (diagnosed) early. You should see your doctor if you have shortness of breath, pain in your chest, or pain or swelling in your abdomen. If you have symptoms, your doctor may order an x-ray of your chest or abdomen.
Your doctor may look inside your chest cavity with a special instrument called a thoracoscope. A cut will be made through your chest wall and the thoracoscope will be put into the chest between two ribs. This test, called thoracoscopy, is usually done in the hospital. Before the test, you will be given a local anesthetic (a drug that causes you to lose feeling for a short period of time). You may feel some pressure, but you usually do not feel pain.
Your doctor may also look inside your abdomen (peritoneoscopy) with a special tool called a peritoneoscope. The peritoneoscope is put into an opening made in the abdomen. This test is also usually done in the hospital. Before the test is done, you will be given local anesthetic.
If tissue that is not normal is found, your doctor will need to cut out a small piece and have it looked at under a microscope to see if there are any cancer cells. This is called a biopsy. Biopsies are usually done during the thoracoscopy or peritoneoscopy.
Your chance of recovery (prognosis) depends on the size of the cancer, where the cancer is, how far the cancer has spread, how the cancer cells look under the microscope, how the cancer responds to treatment, and your age.