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Showing posts with label Health Issues. Show all posts

Intestinal worms: Symptoms, Home Remedies


Intestinal worms give rise to a number of symptoms that are troublesome and may lead to various severe complications. Some of most commonly found parasites in human intestines are: round worms, hook worms, thread worms and tape worms.

Intestinal worms Symptoms:

The presence of such parasites in a person's intestines typically gives rise to symptoms such as:

  • A voracious appetite,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Anemia,
  • Headaches.

Thread worms give rise to severe irritation round the anus, forcing the patient to scratch it; while round worms may cause problems cough, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Hook worms may lead to problems like anemia, simply because these parasites tend to suck the blood of the patient.

The worms are passed out with the stools. In insanitary conditions, the worms are likely to spread and cause further infestation to others. Continued presence of worms may lead to obstruction of the intestine or the bile ducts, giving rise t further complications.
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Home remedies to cure intestinal worms:


Seeds of fresh ripe papaya, administered in 5 gm to 10 gm doses with water are an excellent remedy for intestinal worms. Other anthelminthics (Drugs which destroy intestinal worms) are fresh seeds of palash (flame of the forest), vidanga (Embelia ribes), or baheda, one of the triphalas. Tender leaves of the Indian coral, mandar, given with honey are also helpful. "Vidanga" and "palash" seeds ground together should be administered in one spoonful doses three times a day. Haridra (Curcuma longa) is also very helpful in case the powder of the rhizome of this plant is given in a dose of one teaspoonful, three times a day, with a cup of milk. This drug is also useful in urticaria and fevers which may be associated with intestinal worms. Raw "areca" nut should be ground on a piece of stone and mixed with the juice of lime. It destroys thread worms more effectively then any other remedies. Seeds of round bitter gourd, which is called "tumbi" in India, in a quantity of 200 mg, taken with buttermilk, will deal with the most intractable case of intestinal worms.

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What Is Insomnia? Causes Of Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia or sleeplessness, which is called "anidra" in Ayurveda, is a poor health condition that deprives the patient of his natural rest, resulting in annoyance and interference with his/her routine activity during the day. When it becomes common, it may pose really serious risk or menace to the person's health.

What Causes Insomnia: 


Insomnia might occur because of various causes that keep the person awake altogether, resulting in sleeplessness or in disturbing dreams and un-refreshing slumber. In temporary cases of sleeplessness or dreaming in which the patient often complaints that he or she often suffers from uneasy, disturbed nights.

The cause is typically sought in some external source of irritation. Pain in some part of the body, such as toothache; uncomfortable surroundings, such as inadequate covering in harsh winter night or lack of a fan, cooler or AC in a hot, summer night; an overloaded stomach resulting in or causing uneasiness; or a niggling concern or some kind of worry or anxiety may also prevent the brain from achieving or attaining the required degree of relaxation that is essential to get a sound sleep. 

Many other factors like extreme worry, overwork, limitation of the hours of sleep, and constant grief may lead to a habitual lack of sleep. Presence of poisonous substances in the blood, as in the case of an infection, neurasthenia, or nervous weakness also causes sleeplessness or insomnia.


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Heart Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen


The heart, one of the most important organs in the body, can be described as a hollow, muscular pump with four cavities, each provided at its outlet with a valve, whose function is to maintain the circulation of the blood. The heart beats at the rate of 72 per minute in a healthy adult. The blood is pushed out through the arteries, returns through the veins, and is pumped out and in again. The blood circulation in the body is completed in 15 seconds.

Causes and Symptoms Of Heart Disease: 


Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine science, as well as modern science have recognized the heart as one of the most important organs in the body. 

Ayurveda suggests that the various diseases of the heart are born when vayu is vitiated and disturbs the balance of rasa dhatu in the body. Ayurveda also says that heart disease may be caused by the vitiation of vayu, pitta, kapha or the three doshas taken together, along with certain organisms.

The detailed working of the heart and the diagnostic procedures for pin-pointing the defective part of the heart are the contribution of modern researchers. The classification of the heart disease into congenital or acquired; those of the endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium; various disorders relating to the conduction of electrical impulses and the production of heart beats, is a modern phenomenon. The circulation of blood in the coronary arteries keeps the heart muscles nourished, and its deficiency leads to disorders or diseases like angina pectoris, coronary heart disease, and even deadly heart attacks. Surgical procedures to reverse a heart disease is also modern phenomenon.

Main symptoms produced due to heart malfunctioning include: 

  • Generalized weakness, 
  • Diminished appetite, 
  • Swelling all over the body, 
  • Breathlessness, 
  • Fast respiration, and abnormal pulse rate. 

Malfunctioning of different parts of the heart can also cause other specific symptoms, such as constriction in the chest or severe pain in the chest.

Diet and Other Regimen for Heart Disease Patients: 


A person with heart disease should eat fat-free foods that can be digested easily. It would be better if the patient can take a salt-free diet. Liquid diets comprising fresh seasonal vegetables and meat soups; juices of seasonal fruits and vegetables like carrots, should be taken. The best regimen would be a diet of boiled vegetables, free form salt.

A strict regimen must be prescribed for a person suffering from any heart ailments. He should never strain his heart; after an attack, he must be given complete bed rest.

The patient should not be disturbed and no worries or strain should mar his daily routine. Exertion of any type should be prohibited. After the attack has passed, he can be allowed to go for walks. 

Care should also be taken that his bowels remain clear so that no flatulence forms in them because it can depress the diaphragm which, in turn, can pave way for cardiac issues.




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Constipation - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

Constipation ( which known as Koshtabadhata in Ayurveda) is perhaps one of the most common disorders. Individuals leading an easy, sedate life in cities and consuming rich food or diet are more prone to suffer constipation than others.

Causes and Symptoms: 

The main symptom of this disorder is the urge to void the stools but the inability to do so. If constipation continues for some time, it leads to a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, and later causes problems like headaches, lethargy, loss of   appetite, and total apathy. The inability of the intestines to expel the waste matter leads to putrefaction and flatulence. Some studies have also proved links between back pain and constipation, and abdominal pain and constipation.

This disorder is also common among babies, and it is called baby constipation, which also has similar symptoms. Constipation continuing over a long period can lead to distension of the stomach in addition to severe discomfort.

Home Remedies: 


In the absence of any organic obstruction, change of eating habits is the ideal way to cope with the disease of constipation rather than the use of expensive drugs of any sort. If constipation disorders are caused by the poor habit of consuming excessively spice, fatty foods and highly  refined cereals, the first step to deal with constipation is to advise the patient to take light foods, such skimmed milk, fruit, juices, and boiled vegetables, as well as totally abstain from fats and refined foods. Consumption of sufficient amount of liquids like water, milk, and juices reduces the dryness of the intestines and ease symptoms of constipation.
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Insanity - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies


Define Insanity:

Insanity can be defined as the state of being seriously mentally ill. It is also known as mental illness, mental disorder, mental derangement and madness.

Insanity and other mental disorders are more intractable than somatic or physical diseases. The human brain and its workings are not easy to understand in the best of circumstances, and when the brain is diseased or refuses to function along normal lines, even the best of physicians may be puzzled.

Causes and Symptoms: 

Mental illnesses like insanity arise from malfunctioning or disordered working of that part of the nervous system that controls the mind and conduct. There are a variety of grades of mental disorders ranging from minor peculiarities to temporary delirium and more.

Home Remedies:

Cannabis indica ( a type of herb known as "Bhang" in India) should be ground in goat's milk, and the resultant paste should be applied to the palms and soles. It will ease insanity symptoms.
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When And How Frequently One Should Eat?

The benefits of cutting back on salt, fat and eating more fruits and vegetables for maintain a healthy heart is well-known. Now a new research has suggested that even timing of eating and how frequently you eat also play a role in maintaining healthy weight and heart.

A team of from different committees of the American Heart Association (AHA) suggested that paying attention to how often you eat, and at what time of the day you eat, can play a crucial role in lowering risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Led by Associate Prof. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an expert of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City, the panel reviewed all of the available studies on how frequently and when people s shout eat, and supported existing advice about the benefits of breakfast.

Various studied comparing breakfast-eaters to non-eaters have suggested that those eat breakfasts tend to have lower rates of heart disease and less likely to suffer high cholesterol and high blood pressure (BP). Breakfast-eaters also tend to have more normal blood sugar levels and sugar metabolism, meaning they face lower risks of developing diabetes than those who don’t eat breakfast.

Eating breakfast and avoiding late-night eating in addition to mindful meal-planning have long been associated with healthier life and lower risks of developing heart disease, blood vessel diseases other health issues. However, previous studies didn’t suggest how often you should eat, and at what time of the day you shout eat to keep your heart healthy.

The new research suggested that eating frequent meals can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One study of men indicated that those who ate more than 4 times per day had a lower risk of obesity than those who ate 3 or fewer times per day. Thus you show have at least 4 smaller meals a day rather than 3 or fewer, heavier meals a day. However, frequent meals may also be unworkable as it may be tricky to create a meal that is so small to ensure that you aren’t overeating.

The experts also suggested that you shouldn’t eat dinner or snacks late at night because it may have a detrimental effect on your weight and heart health. Late night eating can affect your body’s internal clock that responds to circadian rhythms when it comes to metabolizing food and absorbing nutrients. Circadian rhythms guide our sleep and wake cycles. Organs like liver also have their own clocks, which may also explain why late night eating is detrimental. Some animal studies have suggested that late nigh eating followed by sleeping leads to weight gain, insulin resistance as well as inflammation.

Irrespective of timing and the frequency of eating food, the experts stressed on the health benefits of a balanced diet that includes vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry and fish, and seasonal fruits, and limits salt and sugary beverages.


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Leprosy Disease

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Leprosy, an infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, mainly affects the patient's skin, eyes, nose as well as peripheral nerves. It spreads fast by airborne droplets. While modern leprosy treatment and cure has helped a lot in tackling this chronic disease, it is still prevalent in parts of Africa, Central & South America, the Indian sub-continent.

There are to distinct types of leprosy -- tuberculoid and lepromatous. While the former type runs a relatively benign course and is often self-healing, the later type is a steadily progressive form of this devastating disease. However, it is not easy to distinct one type form the other because of mixed symptoms, involving the skin and the nervous system. 

Main Leprosy Symptoms Include:
  • Light-colored or red skin patches,
  • Decreased sensation,
  • Numbness,
  • Weakness in hands and feet.

The skin manifestations range from areas of whitening of the skin to huge nodules of the types that are often found on the bodies of the leprosy patients in advanced state of the disease.

In serious cases, the nervous system manifestations include total loss of feeling in certain parts of the body.

The eyes may be affected and the patient may suffer total blindness. In addition, ulcers may occur in the mouth and larynx.

According to India Ayurveda, leprocy is caused by aggravation of all the three doshas (vata, piitta ans kapha)of the body.

Experts suggest that leprosy is totally curable and it takes just 6-12 months involving multi-drug therapy to get rid of the disease. Multi-drug therapy has been made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) for free since 1995. Although the disease of leprosy still exists, the WHO eliminated it as a public health problem in 2000, which means that there is less than 1 case per of leprosy disease 10,000 people, thanks to leprosy cure. Early treatment avoids disability and other complications.
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Meditation Reduces Stress And Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety disorder, a devastating condition of chronic as well as excessive worrying, affects as many as seven million people in the United States along during any single year. This psychological disorder only set a person back mentally, physically, socially, but also financially as doctors often suggest expensive treatments.  However, a team of researchers have suggested a really simple and affordable approach to fight back anxiety disorder.

A rigorously designed clinical trial, led by a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researcher and published in the Tuesday (Jan. 24th) edition of the Psychiatry Research, proved that mindfulness meditation ( a part of yoga) helps the body respond to stressful situations and significantly reduces anxiety disorder. 

Led by M.D. Elizabeth A. Hoge, an associate professor in Georgetown University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, the researchers found that stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to stressful situations significantly dropped in anxiety disorder patients after they took an 8-week mindfulness meditation course.


The researchers also found that participants in the control group who took a non-meditation stress management course during the same time had worsened responses.

Mindfulness meditation training offers a number of health benefits over other treatments. For instance, meditation training improves the patient’s resilience to stress. In addition, meditation training is a low-stigma treatment approach and it is relatively inexpensive.

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Over-cooking May Increase Risk Of Cancer


Eating burnt toast, over-roasted potatoes or other starchy foods cooked at high temperatures can significantly increase the risk of cancer, the U.K. Food Standards Agency has warned.
www.letmesay.in image showing over-roasted toastThere is longstanding evidence from various animal studies conducted in the past that overcooked starchy foods, such as over-roasted toasts or potatoes, can significantly increase risk of cancer because overcooking produces high levels of a compound dubbed acrylamide.

Acrylamide makes starchy foods to turn golden in color when the food is baked, fried, toasted or roasted. Formed from simple sugars, such as glucose, acrylamide (which is found naturally in starchy foods) reacts with an amino acid known as asparagine, when a starchy food like potatoes or toasts are cooked at temperatures higher than 120 degrees Celsius.

If you cook a starchy food for too long at high temperatures, the food simply turn from golden to brown and eventually black in color. During the process, the food produces higher-than-prescribed levels of acrylamide compound, which pushes the risk of cancer up.

Thus, the FSA’s “Go for Gold” campaign advises people to cook their foods yellow or golden brown in color when frying, roasting or baking food; and not to allow it to turn darker in color.

The FSA also advises people to:

Follow cooking instructions mentioned on food packages to avoid overcooking.

Make sure they eat a balanced diet.


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Active Lifestyle Delays Aging


If you are worried that you aging quickly, ahead of your age, and you appears to be older than your real age, then you might have a problem that has nothing to do with diet, according to a new research.
The new research, conducted by a team of experts at University of California San Diego (UCSD’s) School of Medicine, suggests that women who maintained an active lifestyle as they get older age more slowly than counterparts who pursue a more sedentary lifestyle.

In other words, women can slow the pace of their aging by maintaining an active routine or lifestyle as they get older.

www.letmesay.in image showing a women in her late 80sThe experts studied cases of nearly 1,500 women in the age group of 64 to 95, and were surprised to find out that those women who maintained an active lifestyle aged more slowly than counterparts who were following a more sedentary lifestyle.

Lead researcher Dr. Aladdin Shadyab said that one should not sit idle for more than 10 hours a day, particularly as one ages. He stressed that physical exercise should start when one is young, and continue to be part of one’s daily life even at the age of 80 years.

The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, explains that science of aging lies in our DNA. Throughout the course of one’s life, our cells continuously replicate themselves. After each copy, minute caps, known as telomeres, at the end of DNA strands shorten, which exposes chromosomes to decay.

In the new research, the experts measured participants’ movements for a week using accelerometers and discovered that that those women who exercised for at least 30 minutes a day didn’t have shorter telomeres. It is also worth-mentioning here that several studies have linked shorter telomeres to heart disease and cancer.


A previous research had identified the specific molecule (NRF1) responsible for maintaining so-called telomeres. In that study, researcher had found that those participants who spent 45 minutes exercising on a stationary bicycle got the levels of NRF1 boosted, which kept their cells younger.  

One of the best ways to remain active throughout life is yoga as this Indian traditional type of exercise offers a number of health benefits.
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Flu - Symptoms, Causes

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Influenza, which is commonly called flu, is often a season disease/infection/illness. Being a viral infection, it can spread easily from an infected person to a healthy person, and sometimes prove to be deadly, particularly in high-risk groups like kids, the elderly, pregnant women or others who may have weak immune system. Flu often hits when seasons are changing.  

Flu or influenza disease has caused several epidemics around the globe in the past few decades, claiming many live and leaving a large number of people ill. In the 20th century, at least five massive flu epidemics occurred, and claimed a heavy toll of human life. The deadliest epidemic occurred in 1918-19, when more than 15 million people lost their lives across the world.

Symptoms:

Flu is characterized by symptoms like fever, chills, cough, congestion, runny nose, ache in muscles and joints, headache, weakness and fatigue.

Being a respiratory disease, flu mainly attacks the patient’s nose, throat and lungs. Apart from young kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases are at particularly high risk chronic diseases often leave the patients with weak immunity.

Causes:
Doctors say flu is caused by a virus, thus a patient should undergo an incubation period of up to 10 days, depending on the illness’ severity. However, Ayurveda, which call influenza or flu as ‘Vata Sleshmika Jawar,’ say that this disease occurs when the balance of “three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha” gets disturbed.

Individuals with constipation, diseases of the mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat, are at a higher risk of suffering seasonal flu.      


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Leukaemia - Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen


Leukaemia, which is also known as blood cancer, is one of the deadliest diseases. It is usually of chronic type disease, in which the number of white corpuscles of the blood or white blood cells grows uncontrollably. In some ways, the leukaemia disease resembles a type of malignant disease.
In chronic cases, periodic transfusions of blood of may become necessary to lengthen the life of a leukaemia patient.  

Symptoms:

While a lot f leukaemia patient may don’t have symptoms, particularly in the intial stage of a slowly-growing type. But, those who suffer from a fast-growing type of leukaemia may have symptoms like weight loss, frequent infections, easy bleeding/bruising, fever, chills, night sweats and fatigue.
Mouth ulcer, nose bleeding, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite are also counted among symptoms of the potentially deadly leukaemia disease.

In addition, a person suffering from the disease of leukaemia shows pallor, occational purpuric rash, and enlargement of the lymphatic glands (swollen lymph nodes) and spleen.

Diet & other regimen:

A leukaemia patient should be given old rice and oats, pulses like moong, raw banana, raw papaya, gourds, onion, spinach, radish; and fruits like orange, apple, grapes, figs and amla.

Meats like fresh liver (grilled) and meat soups; butter and buttermilk offers much-needed strength and immunity to the body. In addition, extra care should be taken as any injury may lead to excessive bleeding.     
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Insomnia - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies


Insomnia (sleeplessness) is one of the most annoying conditions that deprive the person of his/her natural rest and relaxation. As the person fails to get required rest at night due to sleeplessness or un-refreshing slumber, he/she faces trouble with his/her activities during the next day. When it becomes a daily issue, the individual faces serious health problems. 

Causes and symptoms of insomnia:

There are a number of causes that keep the person unduly awake for most or all through the night. Sleep of people with nervous temperament is more liable to be disturbed by trivial causes than others. Many times, an external source of irritation, and not an internal problem, leads to Insomnia/sleeplessness. However, external sources, such as uncomfortable surroundings, lack of quilt or insufficient covering during harsh winter, lack of fan/AC during a scorching night in harshly hot summer also causes sleeplessness.

Headache or pain in any body due to any reason, a nagging worry, or an overfull stomach causing discomfort are some of the other causes of insomnia or sleeplessness. 

Ayurveda believes that the annoying problem of insomnia is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha.

Home remedies for insomnia or sleeplessness:

  • One of the easiest home remedies to treat insomnia is to give the patient banana with milk. The blend helps the patients get a sound sleep, thanks to various essential nutrients present in the yummy fruit and milk. It can be taken as the last thing at night.
  • You can also give the patient a teaspoonful of powder of fried cumin seeds mixed with pulp of a ripe banana.
  • Massaging the soles of the patient with cow’s ghee or til (sesame) oil also provides relief. Massage of the whole body, followed by a hot/cold bath (depending on the season), also go a long way in treating the condition. 

The treatment of insomnia lies in finding the precise cause and removing it. If the problem persists even after removing the somatic reasons, such as pain or uncomfortable surroundings, the person should be taken to a qualified psychologist as a psychological issue might be the real cause.
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Low Blood Pressure - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies


A healthy adult’s normal blood pressure is generally taken to be 140 to 150 mm of mercury (systolic) and 80 mm (diastolic). Any variation from the normal gives birth to the problem. If the pressure of the blood at which it is pumped by the heart into the arteries and organs fall below the average 140 (systolic) and 80 (diastolic), the person suffers low BP.

image showing Low BP machine Symptoms:
  • Increase in pulse rate.
  • Cold sweats.
  • A feeling of extreme weakness and giddiness.

Causes: Low BP may be caused by a number of issues, including the following:
  • Acute/chronic anemia.
  • A big injury leading to loss of blood.
  • Food poisoning.

Home remedies:

Ayurveda believes that low BP is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” viz. vata, pitta and kapha. More precisely, it is caused by a vitiation of vata or vayu. Thus, it can be treated by correcting the imbalance.

Giving the patient a cup of coffee or administering him/her 15-20ml of brandy diluted with warm water provides an instant but temporary relief from the condition. Beware, it is not permanent cure. As the condition may be triggered by various causes, one should pin point the exact cause and correct it with the help of an expert.

Diet and other regimen:

If low BP is caused by anemia, one should make sure that the patient gets balanced diet complete with all essential nutrients, including proteins and carbohydrates. Milk, cheese, dry fruits and seasonal fruits like mangoes, apples, bananas and grapes.

Those who take non-veg. diet can go for flesh of country chicken, pigeon, rabbit and goat. One can also take soups of meat from these birds/animals.

  • Avoid hard physical activity or exercise until the condition is cured.

If BP falls very slightly below the normal, it is a healthy sign because the heart will be able to cope with any emergency in case of stress. But if it falls below the minimum necessary, it should be taken seriously and a qualified doctor should be consulted as it can cause serious health problems.
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Hypertension - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies


an image showing high BP machine Hypertension or high BP is a condition characterized by more than normal pressure at which the blood is being pumped by the heart. Heart pumps blood into the arteries, organs and then receives the blood back when it returns. It is a normal process and taken less than a second in completing one full circuit. But, the problem arises when a disorder occurs in arteries, such as arteriosclerosis (a condition in which arteries becomes hardened due to deposition of fat). Arteriosclerosis makes arteries unable to contain the amount of blood necessary to maintain normal circulation of blood throughout the body. It puts more pressure on heart because this vital organ has to work harder to pump blood through narrower arteries. Thus, the pressure at which the heart pumps blood rises, triggering the problem of high BP or hypertension. 

Normal blood pressure: A healthy adult’s normal BP is generally taken to be 140 to 150 mm of mercury (systolic) and 80 mm (diastolic). Any variation from the normal gives birth to the problem.

Causes and symptoms: Depending upon an individual’s constitution, any variation from the normal BP brings forward symptoms like headache, a pressure in the frontal part of the head, a sensation of ringing in the ears, a general feeling of unease or palpations. 

Malfunctioning of kidneys also causes the problem because kidney malfunction increases the level of urea in the blood which, in turn, causes hypertension. 

Ayurveda believes that hypertension or high BP is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. More precisely, it is caused by a vitiation of vata (vayu) that could be because of excessive use of intoxicants like alcohol, excessive use of salt, lack of physical exercise.

Home remedies for high BP: According to Ayurveda, hypertension can be treated by correcting the balance of vata. Garlic, which is called lahsuna in India, is very helpful in treating high BP. The patient can be given 2-4 cloves of garlic with water as the first thing of the day. A teaspoonful of garlic paste mixed with a glass of buttermilk can also be given to the patient suffering hypertension of high BP. The strong smell of garlic can be tackled by frying it in ghee but it tends to destroy some of its medicinal properties.

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Influenza - Causes, Symptoms And Homemade Remedies


Influenza is one of the most infectious diseases responsible for frequent epidemics around the globe, particularly in countries like the United States. In the recorded history, influenza has taken a heavy toll of human life several times, including in 1918-19, when it claimed millions of lives.

Causes: Influenza generally strikes at the change of seasons. Health experts say influenza is caused by a virus. They suggest an incubation period of up to ten days, depending on the influenza attack’s severity.

Ayurveda also believe that influenza strikes at the change of seasons, but it suggests that this infectious disease is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. These three doshas get distrurbed when seasons changes.

People with weak immunity, the elderly, children, those suffering from constipation and from a disease of mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat are more susceptible to influenza.

Image showing a kid suffer from influenzaSymptoms:

  • Irritation and inflammation of the nose, larynx and pharynx.
  • Runny/stuffy nose.
  • Irritable dry hacking cough.
  • Soar throat.
  • Slight fever or feeling feverish.
  • Headache, pain in muscles.
  • Fatigue (tiredness).
  • Some people, particularly children, may suffer vomiting and diarrhea after a severe influenza attack.

Homemade Remedies: Long pepper, which is also called pippali,helps a lot in easing this condition. Administering the patient half a teaspoon of long pepper powder mixed with teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice is a strong homemade remedy for influenza. This homemade remedy can be given to the patient thrice a day. It prevents further worsening of the disease, which affects larynx and the bronchial tubes.

Green leaves of Holy Basil or Tulsi mixed with ginger and honey also help cure influenza symptoms. One can also prepare a decoction by boiling Holy Basil/Tulsi leaves in a glass of water until it remains half in quantity. This decoction can be given to the patient twice or thrice a day.

Some important things to keep in mind while fighting influenza:

The patient should not be given heavy, solids foods for around a day after the onset of the disease as the patient’s digestive system become weak. You can give him/her sago (a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is known as saksak or sagu) boiled in water or milk. This will help the patient sustain his/her strength. Sour fruits like grapes and banana should be avoided.

Last but not the least, the patient should avoid exposure to cold, and harsh physical labor. He/she should also not devoid him/herself of sleep.
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Hypertension - Symptoms, Causes and Ayurveda Cure

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (High BP) is one of the main causes of premature deaths around the globe. Blood pressure is high when pressure of blood in arteries is elevated above the normal pressure reading of systolic 120 over diastolic 80. When there is a disorder of arteries such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries), they become unable to contain the amount of blood that is essential for normal functioning of the blood’s circulation throughout the body. It makes the heart to work overtime and pump with greater force to maintain the requisite amount of blood. It elevates the pressure of blood in arteries.  If remained untreated, hypertension causes a number of health disorders or conditions, such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney failures.

Symptoms of Hypertension:  

The problem of hypertension does not come without a warning. Prior to the complete arrival of the disease, the body develops a number of symptoms that, if monitored closely, points to the potential problem.  Some of the main symptoms are as mentioned below:

  1. Pain in heart.
  2. Unexplained palpitations. 
  3. Nervous tension. 
  4. Excessive fatigue. 
  5. Dizziness. 
  6. Giddiness.
  7. Impairment of digestion.
  8. problem in breathing. 
  9. Pain at the rear part of the head and neck on waking up, which in a little while fades away.

Causes of Hypertension:  While hypertension can be caused by many factors, such as bad eating habits and poor lifestyle; Ayurveda holds vitiation of vata responsible for hypertension. Apart from vitiation of vata in the body, following factors are also responsible for the disease of hypertension:

  1. Modern, stressful, hectic lifestyle. 
  2. Smoking.
  3. Excessive intake of alcohol. 
  4. Hardening of the arteries. 
  5. Excessive weight or obesity.
  6. Disorders of metabolism. 
  7. Excessive intake of salty, fried foods, such as junk foods.


Ayurveda says that those individuals whose body constitution is predominated by Pitta or Vata are more prone to hypertension or high blood pressure than others as even a slight vitiation in Pitta and Vata can cause the problem. But, vitiation of vata dosha mainly that of ‘Vyana vayu’ is the main cause of hypertension. Therefore Ayurveda focuses on treating the imbalances in doshas to bring blood pressure ranges to normal.
Ayurvedic Diet for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure:

Ayurveda suggest hat patients of hypertension should avoid animal products like meat, beef and eggs and follow vegetarian diet. Parsley, lemon, garlic and fruits like watermelon, grapes, Indian Gooseberry are quite helpful in fighting back hypertension. Animal products like skimmed milk, clarified butter can also be included in diet for hypertension.  Sodium and protein-rich foods should be avoided.

As caffeine-rich beverages like coffee boost the action of adrenaline and non-adrenaline that in turn increases levels of blood pressure, it is highly recommended to avoid such beverages.

Adopt Ayurvedic Lifestyle:

Ayurveda suggests that regular physical exercise should be made an integral part of life as it helps in improving the physical as well as mental strength and bringing lightness by depleting physical and mental stress and strain. Excess fats or obesity, which is one of the main causes of hypertension, can also be reduced through regular exercise. One the one hand, regular exercise helps in eliminating body fat and lowering total cholesterol; while on the other, it elevates level of HDL cholesterol that prevents fatty-cholesterol deposits in the body.

Ayurveda also suggest that one should adopt ethical elements. 'Achara Rasayana' says that avoiding hatred and nurturing love and affection calm the body and mind and significantly drag down blood pressure levels. Similarly, speaking truth and avoiding lying helps a lot in controlling blood pressure levels. It is because when you lie, you unknowingly build up tension and stress, which are enough to push your blood pressure levels up.

Meditation and Yoga poses like Corpse Pose foster complete peace of mind and bring blood pressure to normal.


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Some Really Easy Herbal Remedies for Corn, Cracks, Dandruff and Dark Circles


Corn: Applying the milky juice of raw papaya fruit on the affect area daily alleviates the painful symptoms of corn.

Cracks in soles of feet:  Applying cashew nut oil or mustard oil or purified butter to the affected areas of feet daily at bedtime is an ideal home remedy against the irritating skin issue. Make sure your feet are clean/free of any dust particles before you apply any oil on them.

Dandruff: Applying sandalwood oil mixed with lemon juice in the ratio of 1:3 is one of the most popular, tested home remedies to get rid of dandruff.

Dark circles under eyes: Apply turmeric mixed with lime juice or cucumber juice mixed with honey regularly removes dark circles without any side effect. Make sure the juice doesn’t get into eyes.
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Diabetes - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Cure


Diabetes, which is known as Prameha, is one of the most widespread diseases of the modern-day world. Every now and again we come across patients of diabetes as this disease of modern stressful living hasn’t spare any part of human populations - - even children are facing increasing risks of developing diabetes. Diabetes in children is called juvenile diabetes, which is mostly caused by unhealthy practices or poor life style adopted by parents.

Diabetes is actually a chronic disorder of metabolism that leaves the body is unable to make proper use of glucose, which in turn leads to hyperglycemia (high levels of sugar in blood) and glycosuria (sweetness/sugar in urine).

According to Ayurveda, diabetes (Prameha) can be classified into as many as 20 types, of which 6 are due to Pitta, 4 are caused by Vata, and 10 result from Kapha. However, Ayurveda basically hold vitiation of kapha responsible for diabetes.

Causes of diabetes:

Ayurveda believes that diet that increases kapha dosha, such as sugary products, fats, rice and potatoes, paves way for the disease of diabetes. Lack of physical exercise, mental stress and strain, and excessive sleep – all of which are the products of modern lifestyle – also cause diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes:

According to Ayurveda the list of symptoms of diabetes or Pramea includes: Excessive and frequent urge to urinate; excessive thirst and increased appetite; burning of palms and soles; blurry vision; sweet taste to mouth; unexplained extreme fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Ayurvedic cure for diabetes:

For treating and taking care of single problem of diabetes, Ayurveda suggest that one should pay heed to all - diet, herbs, physical exercise and stress management. It is because diabetes is not just a lack of insulin; rather it is a product of poor maintenance of your body.

As diet plays the biggest role in causing or preventing diabetes, anyone trying to prevent or treat diabetes should pay heed to his/her diet. Including certain foods while excluding certain other foods from diet goes a long way in treating diabetes.

Lack of physical exercise is one of the main causes of diabetes. Therefore, doing physical exercises regularly can help treat/heal diabetes a lot. Regular physical exercise in any form, aerobics, anaerobic or yoga, is a must to tame diabetes.

Ayurveda also suggests that some herbs are very helpful in treating even chronic diabetes. Jamun, particularly the core (seed) of the fruit, is one of the proved Ayurvedic remedies for diabetes. Bitter Gourd, Neem, Triphala, Shilajit, Bel (Aegle marmelos), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) and Turmeric are some of the other useful herbs that have been in use to treat diabetes for ages in India and some other Asian countries of the world.

 Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes also recommends patients to avoid excess sleep. You can easily do that by avoiding sleeping during daytime. Avoid smoking. Avoid junk foods, such as burgers, pizzas, hotdogs, as these foods lead to obesity - one of the main causes of diabetes.

Practicing Yoga will not only make your body fit but also keep mental stress at an arm’s length. Yogasanas like ‘Paschimottanasan’ and ‘Halasan’ are very effective in taming the problem of diabetes.
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Health Benefits of Vitamin D

A recent study found that nearly 97 per cent of those who became victims of hip fracture in a certain period of time were suffering from lack of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in providing strength to bones. The elderly and Women, in particular, should make sure that they get sufficient amount of vitamin D because they are more prone to osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become fragile and flimsy due to loss of tissue, usually as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D).
When women hit the period of menopause or the climacteric (the time in most women's lives
when menstrual periods stop permanently), they become more prone to osteoporosis.

Most people do not pay heed/attention to vitamin D because they are just unaware of this vital vitamin’s importance in keeping the body fit and healthy. Vitamin D is as important for the body, particularly bones, as calcium. Some researchers even say that vitamin D is more important than calcium for keeping bones strong because it is the vitamin D that enables the body to absorb calcium. Thus, health benefits of vitamin D are really great.

Sources of Vitamin D:

Sunshine: The biggest as well as the best source of vitamin D is absolutely free -- as we get is from sunlight/sunshine.  That is why vitamin D is also called ‘sunshine vitamin’ or ‘sun-shine vitamin’. Thus make sure that you get sunshine for sometime daily. But avoid sunburn.

Food: the Mother Nature has provided us with a range of foods or eatable things that give us vitamin D. The list of foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D includes fish oils, fatty fish, beef liver, milk, mushrooms, egg yolk and cheese.

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2/11/2017
Intestinal worms: Symptoms, Home Remedies

Intestinal worms give rise to a number of symptoms that are troublesome and may lead to various severe complications. Some of most commonly found parasites in human intestines are: round worms, hook worms, thread worms and tape worms.

Intestinal worms Symptoms:

The presence of such parasites in a person's intestines typically gives rise to symptoms such as:

  • A voracious appetite,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Anemia,
  • Headaches.

Thread worms give rise to severe irritation round the anus, forcing the patient to scratch it; while round worms may cause problems cough, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Hook worms may lead to problems like anemia, simply because these parasites tend to suck the blood of the patient.

The worms are passed out with the stools. In insanitary conditions, the worms are likely to spread and cause further infestation to others. Continued presence of worms may lead to obstruction of the intestine or the bile ducts, giving rise t further complications.
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Home remedies to cure intestinal worms:


Seeds of fresh ripe papaya, administered in 5 gm to 10 gm doses with water are an excellent remedy for intestinal worms. Other anthelminthics (Drugs which destroy intestinal worms) are fresh seeds of palash (flame of the forest), vidanga (Embelia ribes), or baheda, one of the triphalas. Tender leaves of the Indian coral, mandar, given with honey are also helpful. "Vidanga" and "palash" seeds ground together should be administered in one spoonful doses three times a day. Haridra (Curcuma longa) is also very helpful in case the powder of the rhizome of this plant is given in a dose of one teaspoonful, three times a day, with a cup of milk. This drug is also useful in urticaria and fevers which may be associated with intestinal worms. Raw "areca" nut should be ground on a piece of stone and mixed with the juice of lime. It destroys thread worms more effectively then any other remedies. Seeds of round bitter gourd, which is called "tumbi" in India, in a quantity of 200 mg, taken with buttermilk, will deal with the most intractable case of intestinal worms.

2/03/2017
What Is Insomnia? Causes Of Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia or sleeplessness, which is called "anidra" in Ayurveda, is a poor health condition that deprives the patient of his natural rest, resulting in annoyance and interference with his/her routine activity during the day. When it becomes common, it may pose really serious risk or menace to the person's health.

What Causes Insomnia: 


Insomnia might occur because of various causes that keep the person awake altogether, resulting in sleeplessness or in disturbing dreams and un-refreshing slumber. In temporary cases of sleeplessness or dreaming in which the patient often complaints that he or she often suffers from uneasy, disturbed nights.

The cause is typically sought in some external source of irritation. Pain in some part of the body, such as toothache; uncomfortable surroundings, such as inadequate covering in harsh winter night or lack of a fan, cooler or AC in a hot, summer night; an overloaded stomach resulting in or causing uneasiness; or a niggling concern or some kind of worry or anxiety may also prevent the brain from achieving or attaining the required degree of relaxation that is essential to get a sound sleep. 

Many other factors like extreme worry, overwork, limitation of the hours of sleep, and constant grief may lead to a habitual lack of sleep. Presence of poisonous substances in the blood, as in the case of an infection, neurasthenia, or nervous weakness also causes sleeplessness or insomnia.


2/02/2017
Heart Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen

The heart, one of the most important organs in the body, can be described as a hollow, muscular pump with four cavities, each provided at its outlet with a valve, whose function is to maintain the circulation of the blood. The heart beats at the rate of 72 per minute in a healthy adult. The blood is pushed out through the arteries, returns through the veins, and is pumped out and in again. The blood circulation in the body is completed in 15 seconds.

Causes and Symptoms Of Heart Disease: 


Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine science, as well as modern science have recognized the heart as one of the most important organs in the body. 

Ayurveda suggests that the various diseases of the heart are born when vayu is vitiated and disturbs the balance of rasa dhatu in the body. Ayurveda also says that heart disease may be caused by the vitiation of vayu, pitta, kapha or the three doshas taken together, along with certain organisms.

The detailed working of the heart and the diagnostic procedures for pin-pointing the defective part of the heart are the contribution of modern researchers. The classification of the heart disease into congenital or acquired; those of the endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium; various disorders relating to the conduction of electrical impulses and the production of heart beats, is a modern phenomenon. The circulation of blood in the coronary arteries keeps the heart muscles nourished, and its deficiency leads to disorders or diseases like angina pectoris, coronary heart disease, and even deadly heart attacks. Surgical procedures to reverse a heart disease is also modern phenomenon.

Main symptoms produced due to heart malfunctioning include: 

  • Generalized weakness, 
  • Diminished appetite, 
  • Swelling all over the body, 
  • Breathlessness, 
  • Fast respiration, and abnormal pulse rate. 

Malfunctioning of different parts of the heart can also cause other specific symptoms, such as constriction in the chest or severe pain in the chest.

Diet and Other Regimen for Heart Disease Patients: 


A person with heart disease should eat fat-free foods that can be digested easily. It would be better if the patient can take a salt-free diet. Liquid diets comprising fresh seasonal vegetables and meat soups; juices of seasonal fruits and vegetables like carrots, should be taken. The best regimen would be a diet of boiled vegetables, free form salt.

A strict regimen must be prescribed for a person suffering from any heart ailments. He should never strain his heart; after an attack, he must be given complete bed rest.

The patient should not be disturbed and no worries or strain should mar his daily routine. Exertion of any type should be prohibited. After the attack has passed, he can be allowed to go for walks. 

Care should also be taken that his bowels remain clear so that no flatulence forms in them because it can depress the diaphragm which, in turn, can pave way for cardiac issues.




2/01/2017
Constipation - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies
Constipation ( which known as Koshtabadhata in Ayurveda) is perhaps one of the most common disorders. Individuals leading an easy, sedate life in cities and consuming rich food or diet are more prone to suffer constipation than others.

Causes and Symptoms: 

The main symptom of this disorder is the urge to void the stools but the inability to do so. If constipation continues for some time, it leads to a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, and later causes problems like headaches, lethargy, loss of   appetite, and total apathy. The inability of the intestines to expel the waste matter leads to putrefaction and flatulence. Some studies have also proved links between back pain and constipation, and abdominal pain and constipation.

This disorder is also common among babies, and it is called baby constipation, which also has similar symptoms. Constipation continuing over a long period can lead to distension of the stomach in addition to severe discomfort.

Home Remedies: 


In the absence of any organic obstruction, change of eating habits is the ideal way to cope with the disease of constipation rather than the use of expensive drugs of any sort. If constipation disorders are caused by the poor habit of consuming excessively spice, fatty foods and highly  refined cereals, the first step to deal with constipation is to advise the patient to take light foods, such skimmed milk, fruit, juices, and boiled vegetables, as well as totally abstain from fats and refined foods. Consumption of sufficient amount of liquids like water, milk, and juices reduces the dryness of the intestines and ease symptoms of constipation.
Insanity - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

Define Insanity:

Insanity can be defined as the state of being seriously mentally ill. It is also known as mental illness, mental disorder, mental derangement and madness.

Insanity and other mental disorders are more intractable than somatic or physical diseases. The human brain and its workings are not easy to understand in the best of circumstances, and when the brain is diseased or refuses to function along normal lines, even the best of physicians may be puzzled.

Causes and Symptoms: 

Mental illnesses like insanity arise from malfunctioning or disordered working of that part of the nervous system that controls the mind and conduct. There are a variety of grades of mental disorders ranging from minor peculiarities to temporary delirium and more.

Home Remedies:

Cannabis indica ( a type of herb known as "Bhang" in India) should be ground in goat's milk, and the resultant paste should be applied to the palms and soles. It will ease insanity symptoms.
1/31/2017
When And How Frequently One Should Eat?
The benefits of cutting back on salt, fat and eating more fruits and vegetables for maintain a healthy heart is well-known. Now a new research has suggested that even timing of eating and how frequently you eat also play a role in maintaining healthy weight and heart.

A team of from different committees of the American Heart Association (AHA) suggested that paying attention to how often you eat, and at what time of the day you eat, can play a crucial role in lowering risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Led by Associate Prof. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an expert of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City, the panel reviewed all of the available studies on how frequently and when people s shout eat, and supported existing advice about the benefits of breakfast.

Various studied comparing breakfast-eaters to non-eaters have suggested that those eat breakfasts tend to have lower rates of heart disease and less likely to suffer high cholesterol and high blood pressure (BP). Breakfast-eaters also tend to have more normal blood sugar levels and sugar metabolism, meaning they face lower risks of developing diabetes than those who don’t eat breakfast.

Eating breakfast and avoiding late-night eating in addition to mindful meal-planning have long been associated with healthier life and lower risks of developing heart disease, blood vessel diseases other health issues. However, previous studies didn’t suggest how often you should eat, and at what time of the day you shout eat to keep your heart healthy.

The new research suggested that eating frequent meals can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One study of men indicated that those who ate more than 4 times per day had a lower risk of obesity than those who ate 3 or fewer times per day. Thus you show have at least 4 smaller meals a day rather than 3 or fewer, heavier meals a day. However, frequent meals may also be unworkable as it may be tricky to create a meal that is so small to ensure that you aren’t overeating.

The experts also suggested that you shouldn’t eat dinner or snacks late at night because it may have a detrimental effect on your weight and heart health. Late night eating can affect your body’s internal clock that responds to circadian rhythms when it comes to metabolizing food and absorbing nutrients. Circadian rhythms guide our sleep and wake cycles. Organs like liver also have their own clocks, which may also explain why late night eating is detrimental. Some animal studies have suggested that late nigh eating followed by sleeping leads to weight gain, insulin resistance as well as inflammation.

Irrespective of timing and the frequency of eating food, the experts stressed on the health benefits of a balanced diet that includes vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry and fish, and seasonal fruits, and limits salt and sugary beverages.


1/27/2017
Leprosy Disease
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Leprosy, an infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, mainly affects the patient's skin, eyes, nose as well as peripheral nerves. It spreads fast by airborne droplets. While modern leprosy treatment and cure has helped a lot in tackling this chronic disease, it is still prevalent in parts of Africa, Central & South America, the Indian sub-continent.

There are to distinct types of leprosy -- tuberculoid and lepromatous. While the former type runs a relatively benign course and is often self-healing, the later type is a steadily progressive form of this devastating disease. However, it is not easy to distinct one type form the other because of mixed symptoms, involving the skin and the nervous system. 

Main Leprosy Symptoms Include:
  • Light-colored or red skin patches,
  • Decreased sensation,
  • Numbness,
  • Weakness in hands and feet.

The skin manifestations range from areas of whitening of the skin to huge nodules of the types that are often found on the bodies of the leprosy patients in advanced state of the disease.

In serious cases, the nervous system manifestations include total loss of feeling in certain parts of the body.

The eyes may be affected and the patient may suffer total blindness. In addition, ulcers may occur in the mouth and larynx.

According to India Ayurveda, leprocy is caused by aggravation of all the three doshas (vata, piitta ans kapha)of the body.

Experts suggest that leprosy is totally curable and it takes just 6-12 months involving multi-drug therapy to get rid of the disease. Multi-drug therapy has been made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) for free since 1995. Although the disease of leprosy still exists, the WHO eliminated it as a public health problem in 2000, which means that there is less than 1 case per of leprosy disease 10,000 people, thanks to leprosy cure. Early treatment avoids disability and other complications.
1/25/2017
Meditation Reduces Stress And Anxiety Disorder.
Anxiety disorder, a devastating condition of chronic as well as excessive worrying, affects as many as seven million people in the United States along during any single year. This psychological disorder only set a person back mentally, physically, socially, but also financially as doctors often suggest expensive treatments.  However, a team of researchers have suggested a really simple and affordable approach to fight back anxiety disorder.

A rigorously designed clinical trial, led by a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researcher and published in the Tuesday (Jan. 24th) edition of the Psychiatry Research, proved that mindfulness meditation ( a part of yoga) helps the body respond to stressful situations and significantly reduces anxiety disorder. 

Led by M.D. Elizabeth A. Hoge, an associate professor in Georgetown University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, the researchers found that stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to stressful situations significantly dropped in anxiety disorder patients after they took an 8-week mindfulness meditation course.


The researchers also found that participants in the control group who took a non-meditation stress management course during the same time had worsened responses.

Mindfulness meditation training offers a number of health benefits over other treatments. For instance, meditation training improves the patient’s resilience to stress. In addition, meditation training is a low-stigma treatment approach and it is relatively inexpensive.

1/24/2017
Over-cooking May Increase Risk Of Cancer

Eating burnt toast, over-roasted potatoes or other starchy foods cooked at high temperatures can significantly increase the risk of cancer, the U.K. Food Standards Agency has warned.
www.letmesay.in image showing over-roasted toastThere is longstanding evidence from various animal studies conducted in the past that overcooked starchy foods, such as over-roasted toasts or potatoes, can significantly increase risk of cancer because overcooking produces high levels of a compound dubbed acrylamide.

Acrylamide makes starchy foods to turn golden in color when the food is baked, fried, toasted or roasted. Formed from simple sugars, such as glucose, acrylamide (which is found naturally in starchy foods) reacts with an amino acid known as asparagine, when a starchy food like potatoes or toasts are cooked at temperatures higher than 120 degrees Celsius.

If you cook a starchy food for too long at high temperatures, the food simply turn from golden to brown and eventually black in color. During the process, the food produces higher-than-prescribed levels of acrylamide compound, which pushes the risk of cancer up.

Thus, the FSA’s “Go for Gold” campaign advises people to cook their foods yellow or golden brown in color when frying, roasting or baking food; and not to allow it to turn darker in color.

The FSA also advises people to:

Follow cooking instructions mentioned on food packages to avoid overcooking.

Make sure they eat a balanced diet.


1/22/2017
Active Lifestyle Delays Aging

If you are worried that you aging quickly, ahead of your age, and you appears to be older than your real age, then you might have a problem that has nothing to do with diet, according to a new research.
The new research, conducted by a team of experts at University of California San Diego (UCSD’s) School of Medicine, suggests that women who maintained an active lifestyle as they get older age more slowly than counterparts who pursue a more sedentary lifestyle.

In other words, women can slow the pace of their aging by maintaining an active routine or lifestyle as they get older.

www.letmesay.in image showing a women in her late 80sThe experts studied cases of nearly 1,500 women in the age group of 64 to 95, and were surprised to find out that those women who maintained an active lifestyle aged more slowly than counterparts who were following a more sedentary lifestyle.

Lead researcher Dr. Aladdin Shadyab said that one should not sit idle for more than 10 hours a day, particularly as one ages. He stressed that physical exercise should start when one is young, and continue to be part of one’s daily life even at the age of 80 years.

The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, explains that science of aging lies in our DNA. Throughout the course of one’s life, our cells continuously replicate themselves. After each copy, minute caps, known as telomeres, at the end of DNA strands shorten, which exposes chromosomes to decay.

In the new research, the experts measured participants’ movements for a week using accelerometers and discovered that that those women who exercised for at least 30 minutes a day didn’t have shorter telomeres. It is also worth-mentioning here that several studies have linked shorter telomeres to heart disease and cancer.


A previous research had identified the specific molecule (NRF1) responsible for maintaining so-called telomeres. In that study, researcher had found that those participants who spent 45 minutes exercising on a stationary bicycle got the levels of NRF1 boosted, which kept their cells younger.  

One of the best ways to remain active throughout life is yoga as this Indian traditional type of exercise offers a number of health benefits.
1/21/2017
Flu - Symptoms, Causes
Image showing child flu patient
Influenza, which is commonly called flu, is often a season disease/infection/illness. Being a viral infection, it can spread easily from an infected person to a healthy person, and sometimes prove to be deadly, particularly in high-risk groups like kids, the elderly, pregnant women or others who may have weak immune system. Flu often hits when seasons are changing.  

Flu or influenza disease has caused several epidemics around the globe in the past few decades, claiming many live and leaving a large number of people ill. In the 20th century, at least five massive flu epidemics occurred, and claimed a heavy toll of human life. The deadliest epidemic occurred in 1918-19, when more than 15 million people lost their lives across the world.

Symptoms:

Flu is characterized by symptoms like fever, chills, cough, congestion, runny nose, ache in muscles and joints, headache, weakness and fatigue.

Being a respiratory disease, flu mainly attacks the patient’s nose, throat and lungs. Apart from young kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases are at particularly high risk chronic diseases often leave the patients with weak immunity.

Causes:
Doctors say flu is caused by a virus, thus a patient should undergo an incubation period of up to 10 days, depending on the illness’ severity. However, Ayurveda, which call influenza or flu as ‘Vata Sleshmika Jawar,’ say that this disease occurs when the balance of “three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha” gets disturbed.

Individuals with constipation, diseases of the mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat, are at a higher risk of suffering seasonal flu.      


Leukaemia - Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen

Leukaemia, which is also known as blood cancer, is one of the deadliest diseases. It is usually of chronic type disease, in which the number of white corpuscles of the blood or white blood cells grows uncontrollably. In some ways, the leukaemia disease resembles a type of malignant disease.
In chronic cases, periodic transfusions of blood of may become necessary to lengthen the life of a leukaemia patient.  

Symptoms:

While a lot f leukaemia patient may don’t have symptoms, particularly in the intial stage of a slowly-growing type. But, those who suffer from a fast-growing type of leukaemia may have symptoms like weight loss, frequent infections, easy bleeding/bruising, fever, chills, night sweats and fatigue.
Mouth ulcer, nose bleeding, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite are also counted among symptoms of the potentially deadly leukaemia disease.

In addition, a person suffering from the disease of leukaemia shows pallor, occational purpuric rash, and enlargement of the lymphatic glands (swollen lymph nodes) and spleen.

Diet & other regimen:

A leukaemia patient should be given old rice and oats, pulses like moong, raw banana, raw papaya, gourds, onion, spinach, radish; and fruits like orange, apple, grapes, figs and amla.

Meats like fresh liver (grilled) and meat soups; butter and buttermilk offers much-needed strength and immunity to the body. In addition, extra care should be taken as any injury may lead to excessive bleeding.     
4/19/2016
Insomnia - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

Insomnia (sleeplessness) is one of the most annoying conditions that deprive the person of his/her natural rest and relaxation. As the person fails to get required rest at night due to sleeplessness or un-refreshing slumber, he/she faces trouble with his/her activities during the next day. When it becomes a daily issue, the individual faces serious health problems. 

Causes and symptoms of insomnia:

There are a number of causes that keep the person unduly awake for most or all through the night. Sleep of people with nervous temperament is more liable to be disturbed by trivial causes than others. Many times, an external source of irritation, and not an internal problem, leads to Insomnia/sleeplessness. However, external sources, such as uncomfortable surroundings, lack of quilt or insufficient covering during harsh winter, lack of fan/AC during a scorching night in harshly hot summer also causes sleeplessness.

Headache or pain in any body due to any reason, a nagging worry, or an overfull stomach causing discomfort are some of the other causes of insomnia or sleeplessness. 

Ayurveda believes that the annoying problem of insomnia is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha.

Home remedies for insomnia or sleeplessness:

  • One of the easiest home remedies to treat insomnia is to give the patient banana with milk. The blend helps the patients get a sound sleep, thanks to various essential nutrients present in the yummy fruit and milk. It can be taken as the last thing at night.
  • You can also give the patient a teaspoonful of powder of fried cumin seeds mixed with pulp of a ripe banana.
  • Massaging the soles of the patient with cow’s ghee or til (sesame) oil also provides relief. Massage of the whole body, followed by a hot/cold bath (depending on the season), also go a long way in treating the condition. 

The treatment of insomnia lies in finding the precise cause and removing it. If the problem persists even after removing the somatic reasons, such as pain or uncomfortable surroundings, the person should be taken to a qualified psychologist as a psychological issue might be the real cause.
Low Blood Pressure - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

A healthy adult’s normal blood pressure is generally taken to be 140 to 150 mm of mercury (systolic) and 80 mm (diastolic). Any variation from the normal gives birth to the problem. If the pressure of the blood at which it is pumped by the heart into the arteries and organs fall below the average 140 (systolic) and 80 (diastolic), the person suffers low BP.

image showing Low BP machine Symptoms:
  • Increase in pulse rate.
  • Cold sweats.
  • A feeling of extreme weakness and giddiness.

Causes: Low BP may be caused by a number of issues, including the following:
  • Acute/chronic anemia.
  • A big injury leading to loss of blood.
  • Food poisoning.

Home remedies:

Ayurveda believes that low BP is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” viz. vata, pitta and kapha. More precisely, it is caused by a vitiation of vata or vayu. Thus, it can be treated by correcting the imbalance.

Giving the patient a cup of coffee or administering him/her 15-20ml of brandy diluted with warm water provides an instant but temporary relief from the condition. Beware, it is not permanent cure. As the condition may be triggered by various causes, one should pin point the exact cause and correct it with the help of an expert.

Diet and other regimen:

If low BP is caused by anemia, one should make sure that the patient gets balanced diet complete with all essential nutrients, including proteins and carbohydrates. Milk, cheese, dry fruits and seasonal fruits like mangoes, apples, bananas and grapes.

Those who take non-veg. diet can go for flesh of country chicken, pigeon, rabbit and goat. One can also take soups of meat from these birds/animals.

  • Avoid hard physical activity or exercise until the condition is cured.

If BP falls very slightly below the normal, it is a healthy sign because the heart will be able to cope with any emergency in case of stress. But if it falls below the minimum necessary, it should be taken seriously and a qualified doctor should be consulted as it can cause serious health problems.
Hypertension - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

an image showing high BP machine Hypertension or high BP is a condition characterized by more than normal pressure at which the blood is being pumped by the heart. Heart pumps blood into the arteries, organs and then receives the blood back when it returns. It is a normal process and taken less than a second in completing one full circuit. But, the problem arises when a disorder occurs in arteries, such as arteriosclerosis (a condition in which arteries becomes hardened due to deposition of fat). Arteriosclerosis makes arteries unable to contain the amount of blood necessary to maintain normal circulation of blood throughout the body. It puts more pressure on heart because this vital organ has to work harder to pump blood through narrower arteries. Thus, the pressure at which the heart pumps blood rises, triggering the problem of high BP or hypertension. 

Normal blood pressure: A healthy adult’s normal BP is generally taken to be 140 to 150 mm of mercury (systolic) and 80 mm (diastolic). Any variation from the normal gives birth to the problem.

Causes and symptoms: Depending upon an individual’s constitution, any variation from the normal BP brings forward symptoms like headache, a pressure in the frontal part of the head, a sensation of ringing in the ears, a general feeling of unease or palpations. 

Malfunctioning of kidneys also causes the problem because kidney malfunction increases the level of urea in the blood which, in turn, causes hypertension. 

Ayurveda believes that hypertension or high BP is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. More precisely, it is caused by a vitiation of vata (vayu) that could be because of excessive use of intoxicants like alcohol, excessive use of salt, lack of physical exercise.

Home remedies for high BP: According to Ayurveda, hypertension can be treated by correcting the balance of vata. Garlic, which is called lahsuna in India, is very helpful in treating high BP. The patient can be given 2-4 cloves of garlic with water as the first thing of the day. A teaspoonful of garlic paste mixed with a glass of buttermilk can also be given to the patient suffering hypertension of high BP. The strong smell of garlic can be tackled by frying it in ghee but it tends to destroy some of its medicinal properties.

4/16/2016
Influenza - Causes, Symptoms And Homemade Remedies

Influenza is one of the most infectious diseases responsible for frequent epidemics around the globe, particularly in countries like the United States. In the recorded history, influenza has taken a heavy toll of human life several times, including in 1918-19, when it claimed millions of lives.

Causes: Influenza generally strikes at the change of seasons. Health experts say influenza is caused by a virus. They suggest an incubation period of up to ten days, depending on the influenza attack’s severity.

Ayurveda also believe that influenza strikes at the change of seasons, but it suggests that this infectious disease is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. These three doshas get distrurbed when seasons changes.

People with weak immunity, the elderly, children, those suffering from constipation and from a disease of mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat are more susceptible to influenza.

Image showing a kid suffer from influenzaSymptoms:

  • Irritation and inflammation of the nose, larynx and pharynx.
  • Runny/stuffy nose.
  • Irritable dry hacking cough.
  • Soar throat.
  • Slight fever or feeling feverish.
  • Headache, pain in muscles.
  • Fatigue (tiredness).
  • Some people, particularly children, may suffer vomiting and diarrhea after a severe influenza attack.

Homemade Remedies: Long pepper, which is also called pippali,helps a lot in easing this condition. Administering the patient half a teaspoon of long pepper powder mixed with teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice is a strong homemade remedy for influenza. This homemade remedy can be given to the patient thrice a day. It prevents further worsening of the disease, which affects larynx and the bronchial tubes.

Green leaves of Holy Basil or Tulsi mixed with ginger and honey also help cure influenza symptoms. One can also prepare a decoction by boiling Holy Basil/Tulsi leaves in a glass of water until it remains half in quantity. This decoction can be given to the patient twice or thrice a day.

Some important things to keep in mind while fighting influenza:

The patient should not be given heavy, solids foods for around a day after the onset of the disease as the patient’s digestive system become weak. You can give him/her sago (a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is known as saksak or sagu) boiled in water or milk. This will help the patient sustain his/her strength. Sour fruits like grapes and banana should be avoided.

Last but not the least, the patient should avoid exposure to cold, and harsh physical labor. He/she should also not devoid him/herself of sleep.
3/22/2016
Hypertension - Symptoms, Causes and Ayurveda Cure
Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (High BP) is one of the main causes of premature deaths around the globe. Blood pressure is high when pressure of blood in arteries is elevated above the normal pressure reading of systolic 120 over diastolic 80. When there is a disorder of arteries such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries), they become unable to contain the amount of blood that is essential for normal functioning of the blood’s circulation throughout the body. It makes the heart to work overtime and pump with greater force to maintain the requisite amount of blood. It elevates the pressure of blood in arteries.  If remained untreated, hypertension causes a number of health disorders or conditions, such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney failures.

Symptoms of Hypertension:  

The problem of hypertension does not come without a warning. Prior to the complete arrival of the disease, the body develops a number of symptoms that, if monitored closely, points to the potential problem.  Some of the main symptoms are as mentioned below:

  1. Pain in heart.
  2. Unexplained palpitations. 
  3. Nervous tension. 
  4. Excessive fatigue. 
  5. Dizziness. 
  6. Giddiness.
  7. Impairment of digestion.
  8. problem in breathing. 
  9. Pain at the rear part of the head and neck on waking up, which in a little while fades away.

Causes of Hypertension:  While hypertension can be caused by many factors, such as bad eating habits and poor lifestyle; Ayurveda holds vitiation of vata responsible for hypertension. Apart from vitiation of vata in the body, following factors are also responsible for the disease of hypertension:

  1. Modern, stressful, hectic lifestyle. 
  2. Smoking.
  3. Excessive intake of alcohol. 
  4. Hardening of the arteries. 
  5. Excessive weight or obesity.
  6. Disorders of metabolism. 
  7. Excessive intake of salty, fried foods, such as junk foods.


Ayurveda says that those individuals whose body constitution is predominated by Pitta or Vata are more prone to hypertension or high blood pressure than others as even a slight vitiation in Pitta and Vata can cause the problem. But, vitiation of vata dosha mainly that of ‘Vyana vayu’ is the main cause of hypertension. Therefore Ayurveda focuses on treating the imbalances in doshas to bring blood pressure ranges to normal.
Ayurvedic Diet for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure:

Ayurveda suggest hat patients of hypertension should avoid animal products like meat, beef and eggs and follow vegetarian diet. Parsley, lemon, garlic and fruits like watermelon, grapes, Indian Gooseberry are quite helpful in fighting back hypertension. Animal products like skimmed milk, clarified butter can also be included in diet for hypertension.  Sodium and protein-rich foods should be avoided.

As caffeine-rich beverages like coffee boost the action of adrenaline and non-adrenaline that in turn increases levels of blood pressure, it is highly recommended to avoid such beverages.

Adopt Ayurvedic Lifestyle:

Ayurveda suggests that regular physical exercise should be made an integral part of life as it helps in improving the physical as well as mental strength and bringing lightness by depleting physical and mental stress and strain. Excess fats or obesity, which is one of the main causes of hypertension, can also be reduced through regular exercise. One the one hand, regular exercise helps in eliminating body fat and lowering total cholesterol; while on the other, it elevates level of HDL cholesterol that prevents fatty-cholesterol deposits in the body.

Ayurveda also suggest that one should adopt ethical elements. 'Achara Rasayana' says that avoiding hatred and nurturing love and affection calm the body and mind and significantly drag down blood pressure levels. Similarly, speaking truth and avoiding lying helps a lot in controlling blood pressure levels. It is because when you lie, you unknowingly build up tension and stress, which are enough to push your blood pressure levels up.

Meditation and Yoga poses like Corpse Pose foster complete peace of mind and bring blood pressure to normal.


Some Really Easy Herbal Remedies for Corn, Cracks, Dandruff and Dark Circles

Corn: Applying the milky juice of raw papaya fruit on the affect area daily alleviates the painful symptoms of corn.

Cracks in soles of feet:  Applying cashew nut oil or mustard oil or purified butter to the affected areas of feet daily at bedtime is an ideal home remedy against the irritating skin issue. Make sure your feet are clean/free of any dust particles before you apply any oil on them.

Dandruff: Applying sandalwood oil mixed with lemon juice in the ratio of 1:3 is one of the most popular, tested home remedies to get rid of dandruff.

Dark circles under eyes: Apply turmeric mixed with lime juice or cucumber juice mixed with honey regularly removes dark circles without any side effect. Make sure the juice doesn’t get into eyes.
Diabetes - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Cure

Diabetes, which is known as Prameha, is one of the most widespread diseases of the modern-day world. Every now and again we come across patients of diabetes as this disease of modern stressful living hasn’t spare any part of human populations - - even children are facing increasing risks of developing diabetes. Diabetes in children is called juvenile diabetes, which is mostly caused by unhealthy practices or poor life style adopted by parents.

Diabetes is actually a chronic disorder of metabolism that leaves the body is unable to make proper use of glucose, which in turn leads to hyperglycemia (high levels of sugar in blood) and glycosuria (sweetness/sugar in urine).

According to Ayurveda, diabetes (Prameha) can be classified into as many as 20 types, of which 6 are due to Pitta, 4 are caused by Vata, and 10 result from Kapha. However, Ayurveda basically hold vitiation of kapha responsible for diabetes.

Causes of diabetes:

Ayurveda believes that diet that increases kapha dosha, such as sugary products, fats, rice and potatoes, paves way for the disease of diabetes. Lack of physical exercise, mental stress and strain, and excessive sleep – all of which are the products of modern lifestyle – also cause diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes:

According to Ayurveda the list of symptoms of diabetes or Pramea includes: Excessive and frequent urge to urinate; excessive thirst and increased appetite; burning of palms and soles; blurry vision; sweet taste to mouth; unexplained extreme fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Ayurvedic cure for diabetes:

For treating and taking care of single problem of diabetes, Ayurveda suggest that one should pay heed to all - diet, herbs, physical exercise and stress management. It is because diabetes is not just a lack of insulin; rather it is a product of poor maintenance of your body.

As diet plays the biggest role in causing or preventing diabetes, anyone trying to prevent or treat diabetes should pay heed to his/her diet. Including certain foods while excluding certain other foods from diet goes a long way in treating diabetes.

Lack of physical exercise is one of the main causes of diabetes. Therefore, doing physical exercises regularly can help treat/heal diabetes a lot. Regular physical exercise in any form, aerobics, anaerobic or yoga, is a must to tame diabetes.

Ayurveda also suggests that some herbs are very helpful in treating even chronic diabetes. Jamun, particularly the core (seed) of the fruit, is one of the proved Ayurvedic remedies for diabetes. Bitter Gourd, Neem, Triphala, Shilajit, Bel (Aegle marmelos), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) and Turmeric are some of the other useful herbs that have been in use to treat diabetes for ages in India and some other Asian countries of the world.

 Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes also recommends patients to avoid excess sleep. You can easily do that by avoiding sleeping during daytime. Avoid smoking. Avoid junk foods, such as burgers, pizzas, hotdogs, as these foods lead to obesity - one of the main causes of diabetes.

Practicing Yoga will not only make your body fit but also keep mental stress at an arm’s length. Yogasanas like ‘Paschimottanasan’ and ‘Halasan’ are very effective in taming the problem of diabetes.
3/14/2016
Health Benefits of Vitamin D
A recent study found that nearly 97 per cent of those who became victims of hip fracture in a certain period of time were suffering from lack of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in providing strength to bones. The elderly and Women, in particular, should make sure that they get sufficient amount of vitamin D because they are more prone to osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become fragile and flimsy due to loss of tissue, usually as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D).
When women hit the period of menopause or the climacteric (the time in most women's lives
when menstrual periods stop permanently), they become more prone to osteoporosis.

Most people do not pay heed/attention to vitamin D because they are just unaware of this vital vitamin’s importance in keeping the body fit and healthy. Vitamin D is as important for the body, particularly bones, as calcium. Some researchers even say that vitamin D is more important than calcium for keeping bones strong because it is the vitamin D that enables the body to absorb calcium. Thus, health benefits of vitamin D are really great.

Sources of Vitamin D:

Sunshine: The biggest as well as the best source of vitamin D is absolutely free -- as we get is from sunlight/sunshine.  That is why vitamin D is also called ‘sunshine vitamin’ or ‘sun-shine vitamin’. Thus make sure that you get sunshine for sometime daily. But avoid sunburn.

Food: the Mother Nature has provided us with a range of foods or eatable things that give us vitamin D. The list of foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D includes fish oils, fatty fish, beef liver, milk, mushrooms, egg yolk and cheese.