Preventing Ingrown Hairs With the No!No! Permanent Hair Removal System

For a great deal of time now ingrown hair has plagued many people. This problem can appear anywhere there is hair including legs, underarms and your bikini line. Ingrown hairs are caused by the hair becoming trapped under your skin and continuing to grow. This can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. Although this is not a serious skin care problem due to the irritation it can cause it may result in inflammation of the skin and look incredibly unsightly. This is a problem that affects people of all ages at one time or another. Although there are many different remedies you can try to resolve your problem.

A great natural solution to ingrown hair is using a salt solution. Try adding one cup of water and around 2 tea spoons of salt. Then take a cotton swab and apply to the area. You must then allow the solution to dry naturally without washing it off. This will cleanse the skin and exfoliate the area.

Another home treatment for ingrown hairs is to use one cup of cane sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Another great tip is to add some of your favourite essential oils. This will make it smell great and is really good for your skin. You must make sure you do this regularly. I recommend once a day for around a week.

There is another solution to the problem though. As permanent hair removal technology improves other options become available to you. It is possible to avoid ingrown hairs by using the No!No hair removal system. This is a completely painless permanent hair removal system available to you that using innovative new technology that is completely different from all hair removal treatments currently available. This permanent hair removal system does not use any primitive razors. It works by producing pulses of heat to remove the hair from the surface. After repeated use this will reduce new hair growth and make the newer hair thinner and more manageable. From recent studies that have been taken on the No!No they have show up to a 94% reduction in new hair. This can easily been achieved by using the No!No twice a week for 6 to 12 weeks. So stop using your razor now and try the new innovative No!No permanent hair removal solution.

Pain is Not Always Bad

It doesn’t surprise me when patients come to see me complaining they are in pain. More than 86 million Americans suffer pain and about 80% will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. Pain is a major reason why people seek medical care. The question is how is it treated and what happens if pain persists?

I tell my patients that pain is not necessarily a bad thing. Pain can be a warning sign that something is physically wrong. Depending upon the individual’s pain threshold, pain can range from mild to severe; occasional or constant. Pain can either be acute or chronic meaning sudden or ongoing. Let me explain.

oAcute pain comes on suddenly and is usually sharp in quality letting you know that your body is threatened in some way. Most of the time acute pain is resolved quickly but can persist up to 6 months. It is important to heed the warning of acute pain to prevent it from becoming worse and to develop a treatment plan to alleviate the cause. Examples of acute pain are surgery, broken bones, dental work, burns and cuts.

oChronic pain on the other hand lasts longer than 6 months and may be severe and remain even after the injury has healed. The physical effects of chronic pain can result in limited mobility, lack of appetite, energy level, and muscle tension. Chronic pain can be accompanied by emotional effects as well such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of recurring injury. Common types of chronic pain include headache, low back pain, cancer, arthritis, and nerve damage.

It is possible for people to suffer chronic pain even if they have never experienced an injury or have evidence of body damage. As a result chronic pain is more difficult to treat because there is no visible cause to explain the problem.

Treating Pain

There are a number of ways to treat pain, many of which are very common such as non-prescription medications like aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. When pain is severe, stronger prescription medication may be required including morphine, codeine or anesthesia.

In my practice we work as a team of doctors to find the treatment that best suits the patient depending upon several factors; the history of the pain, its intensity, duration, aggravating and relieving conditions, and the cause of the pain.

Once the origin of the pain is determined, other forms of pain relief may be offered in combination with other methods such as electrical stimulation, physical therapy, surgery, psychological counseling, and behavior modification.

In some cases it might be necessary to try various methods to maintain maximum pain relief. An X-ray called fluoroscopy is often used to find the precise location of the pain so that a medical injection reaches the appropriate spot.

What is Pain Management?

As you can see, there is no one solution to treating pain when it persists for a long period of time. The most common way to handle pain following an initial injury or trauma is to prescribe narcotic drugs. The downside to relying on prescription medications as a solution to pain management is the potential risk of dependency. Over time, you need more and more medication to numb the pain. Eventually your nerve cells in the brain stop functioning normally. Your body stops producing its own natural painkillers

(endorphins) and waits for the next hit of drugs to take effect.

Although living with pain is not easy, drug dependency is even worse. Everybody is different when it comes to pain related issues as I mentioned earlier. Finding what works best for you is a subject that needs to be discussed between you and your doctor. It is important to consider a number of factors that might be adding to your pain such as lifestyle, diet, exercise, and your weight.

The addition of nutritional supplements and vitamins can also play an important role in helping you feel better without the risk of dependency. Never underestimate the value of natural pain relievers. Here are just a few:

oFlax seed – can be taken in liquid or powder form and it is a well-known nutritional supplement that can offer a wide variety of health benefits including joint pain relief.

oFlax seed oil – has been successful in helping people with osteoarthritis.

oGlucosamine MSM and Omega 3 fish oils – offer natural pain relief and even help to improve prostate health and lower cholesterol.

Another treatment for persistent pain that has become increasingly popular is acupuncture which helps the body to increase the release of endorphins. It has been effective in relieving headaches, facial and low back pain, arthritis and spastic colon.

Along with nutritional supplements and vitamins, other helpful pain remedies include massage, hydrotherapy, hot and cold packs to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Physical therapy and exercise strengthens muscles and allows the body to relax.

If you or someone you know is suffering with chronic pain, don’t despair. The body is a miraculous machine and when given the chance to function properly it will not disappoint you. If your present pain management system is not working for you, talk to your doctor about some of the natural remedies mentioned here. You might find the right combination of treating your pain will get you on the path to making you feel better both mentally and physically.

Food Hygiene

The term food hygiene has been defined, by Codex Alimentarius (an international organisation for the development of food standards and guidelines) as “all conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety and suitability of food at all stages of the food chain.”

As will be seen from this definition the term “food hygiene” encompasses a wide range of measures that can be applied from the growth of food products and the raising of food animals, through harvesting and slaughter, processing, delivery, storage and final sale. However, for many, food hygiene will be equated with cleanliness; the cleanliness of food premises and food handlers.

Whilst the cleanliness of those who handle food and their equipment and surroundings is essential for good food hygiene to occur it is only one of the measures necessary if food is to be safely prepared.

Of equal or perhaps even more importance in maintaining good standards of food hygiene is the avoidance of cross-contamination and good temperature control. Cross-contamination is the passing of food poisoning bacteria from contaminated, usually raw food to ready-to-eat food. Such cross-contamination can occur in three ways, direct contact of e.g. raw meat with ready-to-eat food, the drip of raw food juices such as blood onto a ready-to-eat food and the use of unwashed hands or equipment to handle both raw food and ready-to-eat food.

Good temperature control is essential if satisfactory standards of food hygiene are to be achieved. In most investigations that occur following the outbreak of a food-borne disease a failure in temperature control is identified as one of causes of the event. Foods which are suitable media for the growth of pathogenic (disease producing) bacteria – mainly moist high protein foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products – must be kept either cold or hot. They should not be allowed to languish in the danger zone between 5°C – 63°C for any longer than absolutely necessary.

This means that good food hygiene practices will include the correct storage of cold food at 5°C or below and hot food at 63°C or above. Good food hygiene will also require that food is properly cooked and if not used straightaway that it is cooled quickly to 5°C and if reheated later that this is done quickly to a good temperature.

As far as cooking and reheating temperatures are concerned for potentially contaminated foods, like raw meat and poultry, the usual recommendations in food hygiene textbooks is 75°C for 30 seconds.

Besides cleanliness, temperature control and the avoidance of cross contamination food hygiene measures will also include a safe supply of water for food preparation and cleaning, pest control and the proper training of staff in the principles of food hygiene.

The modern approach to food hygiene puts considerable emphasis on food safety management systems, which are designed to provide assurance that the correct food hygiene practices are always in place. The internationally accepted HACCP approach is now incorporated as a mandatory requirement in Food Hygiene Regulations across the globe. HACCP stands for “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point” and is a system that establishes the stages in the food business that is absolutely essential (critical) for food safety and seeks to control and monitor them. Such critical controls might include thorough cooking of food, avoidance of cross-contamination and adequate refrigeration of perishable items etc.

So food hygiene really is a wide discipline and its implementation requires commitment and investment in time and money by those who carry the responsibility of providing and preparing food for consumption by the public.

Acne Boils – Cystic Acne Treatment

Acne boils are hard, red, painful swellings, usually beginning as pimples or nodules about hair roots. They increase rapidly in size and develop “cores” in their centers. Carbuncles are unusually severe boils, usually with more than one core or head, accompanied by general illness and debility.

Boils and carbuncles are caused by the same kind of germ – Staphylococcus aureus as a rule. To start a boil or carbuncle, the germs must gain entrance to an oil or sweat gland or hair follicle. It has often been noticed, however, that a general low level of resistance, a low metabolic rate, rubbing in of dirt by clothing, or diabetes paves the way for boils or carbuncles.

The core of an acne boil consists of innumerable bacteria interspersed with white blood cells. It tends to soften and form thick liquid pus around it, which escapes through a break in the skin. The pus, containing live germs, may spread the infection and cause other boils if it comes in contact with unprotected skin. Warmth and moisture hasten the formation and breakdown of the core, and help to keep the skin soft so that the pus may more easily break through. If the skin is kept wet continually, however, it may become soft enough to encourage the spread of germs through it. Dressings wet with strong solutions of salt or other chemicals stimulate drainage of the pus from the tissues into the dressings. Following adequate drainage, a boil subsides quickly.

Never squeeze or pick at a boil. The collection of germs in the forming core may be broken up and spread into surrounding tissues. The germs may even spread into the bloodstream, causing septicemia or “blood poisoning.” The most dangerous spot in the body for a boil to be located is the area marked out by the bridge of the nose, the corners of the mouth, and the outer corners of the eyes. This includes the inside of the nostrils. Many cases fatal septicemia or meningitis has resulted from improper interference with boils or pimples in this area.

What to Do

1. Immediately upon the appearance of a pimple which appears severe enough to develop into a boil – if it is not deep-seated ad has a small yellow spot in the center – dip the point of a needle into tincture of iodine or carbolic acid and open the pimple by thrusting the needle sideways through the yellow spot and lifting the needle. Do not press or squeeze. Wipe off the small amount of pus with a bit of sterile gauze or absorbent cotton. Apply 2 percent tincture of iodine to and around the opened pimple at once. This may abort the boil.

2. If the pimple is deep-seated, or if it does not have a definite yellow center, do not attempt to open it, but paint it and the surrounding skin twice a day with 2 percent tincture of iodine. Let the solution dry on the skin and apply no dressing of any kind for one hour. This will help to protect the surrounding skin from infection.

3. After the skin has been left dry for an hour, apply dressings of several layers of gauze kept wet with a warm saturated solution of Epsom salts on a repeat schedule of two hours on and one hour off. The dressings may be covered with waxed paper, oiled silk, or plastic to prevent their drying out. It is helpful to keep them warm by covering with a hot-water bottle with a layer or two of Turkish toweling between dressing and bottle.

4. The pain of the boil will be considerably relieved if the treatment outline in (2) and (3) is followed, and the boil will probably come to a head and break within a few days. If instrumental opening becomes necessary, it is better to have a physician do it.

5. Penicillin injections and sulfadiazine by mouth are recommended for a carbuncle or a severe boil. The use of these requires the supervision of a physician.

6. It is wise to keep a wide area of skin surrounding the boil disinfected by frequent application of rubbing alcohol or mild tincture of iodine, as described in (2), to prevent the germs in the pus from getting a foothold in the skin and starting new boils.

7. A “run of boils” should always lead to consultation with a physician. If diabetes is a factor, it must be treated. It may be advisable to build up resistance to the special strain of staphylococcus germ causing the boils by giving a course of injections of “autogenous vaccine,” which the physician can have made. Frequent changes of clothing, alcohol sponging, and frequent baths are also important.

Foot Ulcer – Types and Treatment

A skin ulcer is where an area of skin has broken down and you can see the underlying tissue. Most skin ulcers occur on the lower legs or feet. The skin normally heals quickly if it is cut. However, in some people with diabetes the skin on the feet does not heal so well and is prone to develop an ulcer. This can be even after a mild injury such as stepping on a small stone in your bare feet.

Types of Foot Ulcer

Venous ulcers are located below the knee and are primarily found on the inner part of the leg, just above the ankle.

The borders of a venous ulcer are usually irregularly shaped and the surrounding skin is often discolored and swollen. It may even feel warm or hot.
The skin may appear shiny and tight, depending on the amount of edema (swelling). The skin may also have brown or purple discoloration about the lower leg, known as “stasis skin changes.”

Neurotrophic (diabetic)

Neurotrophic ulcers are usually located at increased pressure points on the bottom of the feet. However, neurotrophic ulcers related to trauma can occur anywhere on the foot. They occur primarily in people with diabetes although they can affect anyone who has an impaired sensation of the feet.

Diabetes can cause damage to the nerve and vascular supply in the feet and legs. Patients with neuropathy have reduced or no sensation and, therefore, might be unaware of any trauma to their feet caused by ill-fitting footwear or an object in their shoes, such as a piece of glass, a stone or a drawing pin.
Continued walking on an injured foot will damage it further and minor lesions can become more serious. A simple examination of the feet, feeling inside the shoes before wearing them and not walking barefoot can help to prevent minor injuries. Many of the patients attending the diabetes clinic are older and some cannot see, feel or reach their feet, which means that they are often unaware of any injuries

Diabetic foot ulcers are caused by neuropathic (nerve) and vascular (blood vessel) complications of the disease.

Nerve damage due to diabetes causes altered or complete loss of feeling in the foot and/or leg. This is known as peripheral neuropathy. Pressure from shoes, cuts, bruises, or any injury to the foot may go unnoticed. The loss of protective sensation stops the patient from being warned that the skin is being injured and may result in skin loss, blisters and ulcers.

Treatment options for all ulcers may include:

Antibiotics, if an infection is present
Anti-platelet or anti-clotting medications to prevent a blood clot
Topical wound care therapies
Compression garments

As a rule, the better the control of your diabetes, the less likely you are to develop complications such as foot ulcers. Also, where appropriate, treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, and reducing any other risk factors will reduce your risk of diabetes complications. In particular, you are strongly advised to stop smoking if you smoke.

Our feet keep us balanced and carry our weight. In a lifetime they walk as much as going five times around the earth. We should look after our feet before any of these problems creep in. Some of the serious foot problems may need the attention of a doctor. So, prevention is always better than cure.

Some Facts About The Rosemary and Frankincense Oils

Since ancient times, it is very common to use herbal remedies for various physical and mental problems. Nature has a lot to offer for the well being of human body and mind. Various types of essential oils are used for therapeutics and production of variety of herbal beauty products. Rosemary and frankincense oils fall in the category of highly useful essential oils. These are used in variety of ways to cure body and mind.

Rosemary oil

Preferably, flowering tops and leaves of rosemary are used for the extraction of oil. Flowering tops are steam distilled for the extraction of highly pure rosemary essential oil. This plant is easy to grow and drought resistance and hence, is cultivated on a large scale for the production of oil. Since ancient times, this oil is being used for various purposes. These were given remarkable importance by the Romans in various religious ceremonies. These were also used by the Egyptians for incense purpose. The usage of rosemary oil has increased tremendously. These are used in wedding ceremonies and in making food, herbal and various cosmetic products.

Rosemary oil is also used for aroma therapy and culinary purposes. It is believed that this oil can heal the entire body and is very powerful in strengthening the soul. These are also used for making hair care products. These are known to be beneficial for strengthening hair root and stimulating hair follicles. It is also believed that the regular use of these oils can treat the scalp and can reduce the dandruff and other scalp problems. These oils are highly admired for improving memory and maintaining concentration.

These can be easily blended with frankincense, lemongrass, peppermint, lavender and other oils and hence, is extensively used in aromatherapy.

Frankincense oil

This is the most popular oil for aroma therapy. The highly pure frankincense essential oil is extracted from the tree resin by the process of steam distillation. The extraction processes decide the price of these oils.

Due to their aroma and highly admirable properties, these are widely demanded in cosmetic, perfume and pharmaceutical industries. It is known for its sweet fragrance. These are known to have rejuvenating properties and hence, find wide usage in various sectors. Frankincense oil has soothing, calming and relaxing effect that increases its demand in aromatherapy. These oils have healing properties and can cure sores, cuts and wounds leaving a clear skin. These are also used to cure the problems and symptoms of anxiety. These oils are also known to cure respiratory tract related problems. Apart from clearing of lungs, it can also cure asthma, cold, shortness of breath and other problems.

Opiate Addiction and Opiate Detox Facts and Effects

Opiate addiction is an issue that plagues many individuals yet the resources for help in getting away from the addiction seem to be few and far between even in the most populated of areas. Opiate addiction is perhaps one of the most difficult to break next to alcohol and the withdrawal symptoms are terrible to endure. They include sweating, shaking, and shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness, extreme nerve and muscle sensitivity mimicking that of the flu, vomiting and diarrhea among some others. Withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 3-7 days in extreme cases, and make it virtually Impossible to function normally or have any motivation, which is why getting help to get through them is so crucial compared to other drugs like Marijuana that have a lot less repercussions associated with coming off of them.

As you can see opiate detox is not easy to deal with on your own if you’ve never experienced it. It’s rather hard to fathom how miserable it truly is unless you’ve gone through it. It’s really nothing you would even wish on an enemy it’s that severe. The best option for relief from opiate withdrawal is an MAOI inhibitor known as seboxin. It actually blocks the opiates from reacting in your system and inhibits them from reacting as they normally would while at the same time acting like a mock opiate to deter withdrawals from affecting you.

While on it you feel perfectly normal, and have no withdrawal experiences while off the actual opiates. The problem with this treatment is that the drug is highly governmentally regulated, and it’s very difficult to find a doctor that is approved and willing to prescribe the drug. It’s actually easier to find methadone which is a very strong drug that’s even more potent than heroine! Once on that it’s something you have to take for the rest of your life in most cases as well! That’s why we’re writing this is to help those of you get the resources you need to get help with your opiate addiction, and not have to suffer through the withdrawals. We know what it’s like, and it’s not fun.

Heroin is the most commonly used street opiate drug along with pharmaceuticals such as vicodin Percocet and oxycontin. The affects include increased heart rate, energy, motivation, dizziness, natiousness, sleepiness, snoring, excess sleep needed, vomiting, constipation as well as others depending on the amount taken. It can be smoked or shot through a needle in your veins (mainlining). Mainlining the drug is very dangerous and has been the cause of many famous individuals’ deaths such as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.

These are the cold hard heroin facts and effects. Many first get involved with the drug by being duped into believing it is merely Opium a natural derivative from the poppy flower, but it really never is. True opium in most cases is actually stronger as heroin is cut down and not as potent. It’s this cut that adds to the toxicity of the heroin. If taken in excess you can cease breathing in your sleep which leads to death. This is precisely why it’s vital to get the help you need when you need it, because otherwise you just have to keep going back for more even if you want to quit. It’s both a dangerous and costly lifestyle. One ounce of heroin is going to cost you around $270, and for the heavy user that will not even last one person a week!

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension Herbal Remedies or Home Remedies

Blood pressure normally shoots up during winters because the blood vessel walls get hardened and blood flow becomes slow, raising the pressure of blood in the vessels wall. It is very common in elderly females after menopause (cessation of menstruation) due to hormonal changes taking place in them after stoppage of menstruation around 40 years of age. Before 40, males are more prone to hypertension due to emotional factors. Some people start taking precautions when they are diagnosed as mildly hypertensive. Those who do not care suffer from severe hypertension.

Raised blood pressure is normally diagnosed by chance while treating some other ailment. High blood pressure rarely causes symptoms until organic damage has occurred. Thus it becomes important to diagnose such people before this happens. Blood pressure should be checked at least once to two months and the aim of treatment should be attain a blood pressure below 140/90 mmhg, and ideally a blood pressure of 120/80 mmhg.

Daily intake the onion juice and honey (two teaspoonfuls) once a day is very effective in high blood pressure. Take this treatment for 5-7 days. If you find relief and comfort, continue for some more days.

Grind equal amounts of watermelon seeds and khas khas and keep together. Take one teaspoonful, morning (empty stomach) and evening with water for reducing blood pressure. This mixture melts cholesterol, which starts coming out gradually. Take this for three to four weeks as per need.

Take one teaspoonful of fenugreek sees morning and evening on an empty stomach for 10-15 days with water. It is also useful in diabetes mellitus.

Take one or two pieces of garlic rolled in raisin to lower blood pressure.

Use the water kept in a copper vessel for drinking.

Take four leaves of Tulsi and two leaves of Neem with two to four teaspoonfuls of water, empty stomach, for five to seven days. This reduces high blood pressure.

Take fresh papayas daily on an empty stomach for a month and do not take anything after it.

Onion and garlic, if taken in balanced amounts, do not let cholesterol in the blood increase because they contain fibrinolytic material, which keeps melting the blood cholesterol.

Do not take milk, butter, oil products, cigarettes, alcohol, ghee, salt, potato, jaggery, sweets, polished rice, sugar, meat and fish.

Garlic is a versatile herb that is excellent for thrombosis (clot formation in the heart vessels leading to obstruction in the blood flow), hardening of arteries, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Obesity is considered as major cause of high blood pressure. The greater the weight gains the greater the risk of blood pressure. Hence care should be taken to control excess weight gain. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet aids in controlling weight. Patients of hypertension are normally obese, so reduction in weight is essential. A hypo-caloric diet is recommended for such patients. Even those with normal weight having hypertension should lose weight and reduce energy, which helps in lowering blood pressure.

Poisonous Verdigris – Precaution and Tips in Taking Care of Brass and Copper Cookware

Amidst all the types of cookware coming out in the market, copper cookware is still one of the best. It has been tried and tested already for many generations already. Even if newer models are coming out made of aluminum or titanium, many users still prefer copper cookware. Copper cookware is not only considered classic, it is also popular for its beauty and excellent heat qualities. Most of these pots and pans feature copper and brass exteriors as well as stainless steel interiors. The combined materials make the cookware easy to clean and use. You can simply wash and rinse this using warm sudsy water to prevent food from sticking. Then wash with a copper/brass cleaner afterwards. Dry immediately to prevent discolorations and hard water stains.

Even if some copper and brass brands are deemed dishwasher safe, it still has parts that can discolor and tarnish. Handwash them to prevent this problem.

To clean, you can try using a homemade cleaning solution. This is a mixture of salt, flour, ammonia and lemon juice. This can be applied on copper cookware with a soft scrubbing brush. Make sure that you polish for a dry, clean luster.

Avoid using the following materials because they will scrape off the copper and brass material: alcohol, steel wool, bleach, abrasive cleaners, metal implements and oven cleaners. For burnt copper and brass pans and pots, clean them with cold water. It lessens the burnt taste and drastically reduces temperature after being heated in high temperature.

If you see cake-on, burnt-on coatings or films of food, you can boil it and add 1 tsp baking or washing soda. You can also use cream of tartar. Add 1 tsp for every cup of water. You will see the food flood within 20 minutes. After this, you can wash it the usual way.

Another option is to cover the inner burnt bottom with washing or baking soda. Then, add enough water to cover the soda. Soda will dissolve the stickiness of the food, releasing stuck food in even layers. However, sometimes this procedure takes overnight.

Wash cookware immediately after use. Never place most of your pans and pots inside the dishwasher. It is extremely important also not to boil your copper and brass cookware dry. This will melt the tin lining. Use wooden utensils when cooking with brass or copper cookware. Metal utensils can scrape off and scratch the tin lining.

Most copper and brass cookware are tin-lined because these two substances are known to develop verdigris. It is a highly poisonous substance that can contaminate food. Stop using your cookware when you see greenish discoloration already.

It is important to note that any material has a certain degree of harmfulness. Whatever we choose, precautions are always our first guards. Always keep cooking materials clean because these come in first contact with the food we eat. Dry these well after washing to prevent moisture. Wet surfaces are good environments for germs and other bacteria to grow.

When properly cleaned and maintained well, copper and brass still remain as two of the best materials used in cookware.

Aortic Valve Stenosis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Aortic stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve, mainly because of congenital causes, age related degeneration and scarring due to rheumatic fever. This results in hypertrophy of the heart muscles, gradually resulting in a decrease in cardiac output and heart failure. Chest pain, fainting and breathlessness are common symptoms of this condition. In a majority of the patients, dilatation of the valve or surgical valve replacement is the only viable option.

Ayurvedic treatment of aortic valve stenosis is initially aimed at reducing the immediate symptoms of the condition. Medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Triphala-Guggulu, Medohar- Guggulu and Trayodashang-Guggulu are used to reduce the strain on the heart muscles. Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Gokshuradi-Guggulu and Punarnavadi-Qadha are used to reduce the work load on the heart.

Medicines like Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Abhrak-Bhasma are used to strengthen the heart. Laxadi-Guggulu and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu are used to improve the function of the aortic valve. In addition, medicines acting on the’Rakta’ and ‘Mansa’ dhatus (tissues) of the body are also very useful for this condition. These medicines include Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Patha ( Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Triphala (Three fruits), Nimba (Azadirachta indica) and Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica).

Ayurvedic treatment, taken for a long duration, can reduce the symptoms of this condition and prolong the survival of affected individuals. While this treatment is mostly indicated for patients who cannot resort to surgical procedures, it is also very useful in the pre-operative and post-operative stages. Ayurvedic medicines can be taken in addition to standard therapy given for this condition.

Gastritis and its Natural Cure

An inflammation of the stomach lining, gastritis is usually signaled by indigestion, either with or without bleeding in the digestive tract. Acute gastritis, often develops when people are subjected to sudden stress, such as from extensive burns or other severe injury or illness; it may also develop after surgery, leading to stress ulcers and severe intestinal bleeding.

Gastritis is not a disease on its own but a symptom of abnormal digestion. It is characterized by inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. It affects millions of people worldwide. It can be divided into 3 categories: (1) erosive and hemorrhagic gastritis (2) non erosive and nonspecific gastritis (3) specific gastritis indicative of a disorder.

The presence of the gastric juices help in digesting the food. If the hydrochloric acid present in the stomach increases in quantity, the condition is known as hyperacidity.

Treatment:

1.    Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) The Indian gooseberry, or amla, is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments, gastritis included. The other digestive ailments it is used for dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and hemorrhage.

2.    Eating a light or soft diet provides a lot of assistance. Cessation of smoking and relaxation therapy can also help. Eating a diet high in fiber may not only cut your risk of developing gastritis and ulcers in half, but fiber-rich foods may also speed the healing of ulcers. Vegetables are particularly protective sources of fiber and seem to reduce the amount of inflammation in the lining of the stomach.

3.    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) The extract of ginger is effective in treating the acid dyspepsia that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

4.    Should avoid fatty foods, tomato-based products, chocolate, beverages containing caffeine, decaffeinated tea and coffee, peppermint, and alcohol. These foods relax the valve between the stomach and esophagus and make it easier for the stomach contents to back up into the esophagus, causing further irritation.

5.    Although foods are not the cause of gastritis, people with symptoms should avoid spicy or highly acidic foods, which can irritate the stomach lining. They should also avoid fatty foods, tomato-based products, chocolate, beverages containing caffeine, decaffeinated tea and coffee, peppermint, and alcohol. These foods relax the valve between the stomach and esophagus and make it easier for the stomach contents to back up into the esophagus, causing further irritation.

6.    For temporary, mild gastritis, taking an antacid such as Maalox and Tylenol, then eating no solid foods for a day is often enough to solve it. This gives the stomach a chance to rest and recuperate. After a day of liquids only, add mild, bland food such as bananas, rice and toast to your diet. If the gastritis symptoms persist, however, it may be time to see a doctor. Hopefully this article answered the question what is gastritis.

7.    There is a list of other Ayurvedic preparations that are useful in the treatment of gastritis. Some of these are Dhaatri loha, Sukumara ghrita, Sootashekhara rasa, Kaamadudha rasa, Leela Vilas rasa, Chandrakala rasa and Amalapittantaka rasa.

Five Phenomenal Foods

The superfoods that top the list for nutrition really don’t come as a surprise. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish have always been known to be good for us but as time goes by we are given more evidence to support that fact. We are constantly learning how essential it is to our well being to incorporate these powerhouse foods into our daily menu.

Certain foods have been shown to aid in the prevention of some cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many others. They can also benefit our appearance adding shine to our hair, strength to our nails and a glow to our skin. A balanced, nutritious diet paired with regular physical exercise is the key to promoting a long, healthy, energetic life.

Make the following foods a part of your regular diet and experiment with new flavorful recipes to add some variety to you plate!

1) Berries

Berries are loaded with health protecting antioxidants. Blueberries top the nutrition list but are closely followed by cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. All of them are rich in an antioxidant that has been shown to neutralize free radicals which may help ward off illnesses such as cancer and heat disease.

Berries of all kinds are delicious in a smoothie or mixed with cottage cheese, added to oatmeal, atop a salad or on toast with a little bit of almond butter. Take advantage of the summer months and the abundance of fresh in season berries. During the other seasons, stock the freezer with mixed berries. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutrient rich as fresh and are super convenient.

2) Fatty fish

Seafood like salmon, tuna, sardines and oysters are rich in Omega 3s. Omega 3 fats may help to lower blood fats and prevent blood clots associated with heart disease. A diet consisting of at least 2 servings of fatty fish per week can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Salmon and tuna are great when grilled on the BBQ with a little lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Use a variety of herbs, spices and cooking methods. Serve fish along with wild rice, mixed greens grilled veggies or add to pasta. Enjoy a few oysters or smoked salmon as appetizers. Order some salmon or tuna sashimi at your favorite sushi restaurant or mix tuna with fat free mayo for a nutritious, delicious sandwich filling.

3) Dark leafy greens

Popeye wasn’t kidding! Spinach, kale, bok choy, Swiss chard and other dark lettuces are packed with a plethora of nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, folate, iron, magnesium, phytochemicals and antioxidants abound in these versatile veggies.

Toss together a fresh crisp salad and top it with grilled salmon or tuna for a highly nutritious meal. Sautee dark leafy greens with olive oil and garlic for a tasty side dish. Include a variety of these greens in omelets, sandwiches, stir frys, frittatas, pasta or quiche or simply serve with balsamic vinaigrette dressing as an accompaniment to any of the above.

4) Whole grains

When I was a kid, I was told “Eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you. It’ll grow hair on your chest”. Thankfully since I was a little girl, it did not but it may have lowered my blood cholesterol levels. Whole grains are high in soluble fiber, contain folic acid, selenium, B vitamins and support heart health, weight control and reduce the risk of diabetes. The high fiber content helps keep you regular and promotes digestive health.

Choose a variety of whole grains and include 2 to 3 servings a day of brown rice, whole grain pasta, breads, cereals, quinoa or barley. The options for preparation of these heart healthy foods are limitless and they can easily be paired with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low fat dairy products.

5) Beans and Legumes

These little morsels of inexpensive protein pack a wallop of nutritional advantages. Beans and legumes are dense with phytochemicals, folic acid, fiber, iron, magnesium and some calcium. Adding these to your menu plan can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep blood sugar levels stable.

Serve homemade Hummus with fresh raw veggies or spicy black bean dip with salsa and whole wheat crackers as an appetizer. Add your favorites to soups, stews and salads. Kick your omelet up a notch with tomato, onion, chili powder and mixed beans or experiment with Tex Mex style recipes and vegetarian dishes.

Keeping your body well fed with nutritious meals doesn’t have to be boring or bland. Use your imagination and venture out to try new things, ethnic cuisine, different spices, flavors and seasonings. Have fun with your food and try to think outside the box. Incorporating a vast variety of whole foods will keep you feeling and looking your absolute best and extend an energized life!

Ringworm Cream – Know What Remedy to Use to Get Rid of Ringworm?

Ringworm has been around for a while. This parasitic fungus infects people as well as animals and is easily transmitted. Children have a higher probability of catching the disease because of their undeveloped immune system. As painful or embarrassing as it is, there are many ringworm creams available that can cure the disease in just 4 weeks.

Ringworm Creams

At any Walgreens or drug center you can pick up a variety of ringworm creams. You will normally find medication such as Miconazole, Lotrimin, Lamisil and Canesten. Many others will be available. You can just ask the staff to suggest a proper ringworm cream.

The ringworm creams suggested above have ingredients such as terbinafine hydrochloride which mainly disrupt that fungus’s ability to produce ergosterol, a main component of fungi cell membranes. The medications target this part of the fungi cell and eventually destroy it.

Can I take antifungal pills?

Ringworm creams such as Lamisil also offer an orally taken pill which is also very effective and eliminates the need to apply messy ringworm cream on your body. Remember to take the directed dosage only. Also, be aware of any symptoms that may show up when using this treatment. With any ringworm cream or treatment option, be sure you are not allergic to any of the substances in the medicine.

How to Prevent Ringworm

Once you cured the disease with the above recommended methods, be sure to keep a good hygiene and take baths at least once a day to prevent ringworm from appearing again.

Using Gaviscon For Acid Reflux? – Here's What You Should Know

“Is Gaviscon really safe for my Acid Reflux?”

I asked the same thing to myself when I first heard of the drug from a friend of mine. Her description of it was a liquid antacid that tastes good (I don’t know about you, to me… sort of) and is quite effective in alleviating the symptoms of acid reflux, GERD, or heartburn.

Sounds good to me, I thought to myself. But I’m not the person who easily jumps into newer medication, especially the ones that you have to take on a regular basis. If you are like me, I normally do research and get the facts straightened out and just don’t trust any doctor’s advice. I even have my own take on other meds such as the purple pill (Nexium), Maalox, and other antacids (even TUMS).

So I guess it’s a natural reaction for me to ask if Gaviscon is really safe for my acid reflux. Does it actually do what it claims to do? Or are there any better alternatives?

Here’s what I found that I believe every individual suffering from the above digestive problems should know. This is quite a bit long article but the information found here is priceless:

First of all, Gaviscon is an antacid that helps treat acid indigestion, heartburn, peptic ulcers, hiatal hernias, as well as reflux esophagitis. In generic form, it’s aluminim with magnesium hydroxide. It is said to help by neutralizing the stomach acid, while simultaneously producing a viscous material which floats on the stomach content.

Now that’s something that drove my curiosity. The purpose of this viscous material is to serve as a barrier to avoid reflux of acidic content. Think of it as a protective shield.

It likewise claims to help in the treatment of other forms of stomach ulcers and can prevent them from bleeding. I have had ulcers before but by the time I was introduced to this drug, they were already healed using safer and natural methods. My biggest concern at that time was my GERD.

I’ve learned that although Gaviscon is an over the counter (OTC) drug (meaning you can easily get in most drugstores), it is still best to get a doctor’s recommendation. He may think you’re an oddball (like me) since it’s categorized as an antacid, but there isn’t any harm asking. And besides, he gets paid a consultation fee.

If you are a pregnant or breast feeding mother DO NOT take this drug. Also it’s important that you are not allergic to any of its ingredients or such containing aluminum or magnesium. Inform your doctor as well if you or any member of the family had or has liver or kidney disease or appendicitis. And it is NOT advisable to take Gaviscon for your GERD, if you are both old and suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Gaviscon might also change the effects on some other medication that you are taking – a hard list includes Nizoral, Mandelamine, Rifamate and Tetracycline antibiotics. If you ask me, even if these other meds are non-prescribed or consist of vitamins or food supplements, you still need your wise doctor’s advice.

There shouldn’t be any side effects or complications if you follow the above precautions well, save that the only things you should remind yourself of when taking this drug are that it might cause dizziness and therefore, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking it. One time after dinner and eating the wrong kind of food (spicy pasta), I had no choice but to take it. I did feel a bit dizzy but still managed to drive. I believe the effect varies from person to person.

For knowledge’s sake, the common side effects include “dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and diarrhea”, of which if any of these occur while taking Gaviscon, you are advised to consult your doctor immediately.

I’m sure you’re also asking if there is such a thing as Gaviscon overdose. The answer to that is definitely, just like all drugs do. That’s why you should only use the recommended dosage and if you think you had an overdose, contact your doctor immediately. Overdose symptoms include “drowsiness, dizziness, stomach problems, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness”. Never ever take a double dose at a time… even if the packaging is pleasing to the eye and it tastes good to you, just like it does to me.

If you want to know the most important thing to remember about Gaviscon for GERD is that because it is an antacid, it should not be taken any longer than 2 weeks or larger doses than the ones recommended. All antacids (chewable or liquid form) should only be used for temporary relief of acid reflux or heartburn symptoms.

In the course of my battle with acid reflux and GERD, I’ve found that Gaviscon, along with other usual prescriptive medications, should normally be taken for emergency purposes only. If you want to have long-lasting relief and even cure your condition, then conventional methods are not going to be of any help to you at all. At best you can take them for a week, but this is frankly nothing more but a “band-aid” approach – focusing on masking the symptoms, instead of centering on the root cause.

Just having to read and remember all the side effects, precautions, warnings on overdosage, and important things to remember about Gaviscon, and you’re obviously intelligent enough to know that if you’re not careful, you can easily create another disease or health problem in your body because of this drug. That’s one of the things pharmaceutical companies don’t want folks like you and me to know about… even though they are already plain in sight.

If you want an honest recommendation, take Gaviscon for your acid reflux if you have taken all the necessary precautions and if you need to. Take it consistently for a week at the most and then, for emergency purposes only. But find safer and natural ways to treat your condition. You’ll be glad you did.

Going natural is still the best option and there are many ways to do it, right from the comfort of your own home. Best of all these methods are cheaper and safer, in comparison to what you have been used to taking for your reflux. And they also last longer.

Have you given it proper thought if you are Curing your Acid Reflux Disease, or making it worse? I hate to admit it, but frankly when I learned what conventional medicine was actually doing to my body, I was enraged!

Find out the shocking truths that your doctor failed to tell you, and how to put an end to your digestive pain and misery when you visit http://healmyacidreflux.com

The Best Wrinkle Cream Ingredients Emerge From the Pack

Stop surfing the web for a minute. Catch your breath, take a sip of water, and absorb the information in this article. You deserve a rest in your search for the best wrinkle cream for you, and we know you’re tired of the hunt. This never ending hunt for the best wrinkle cream has had you wading through advertising hype and suffering through trial after trial. We are about to uncover and discuss 5 ingredients in wrinkle creams that work and that are supported by real scientific evidence. From now on, as you browse the internet on your “Great White Wrinkle Cream Hunt”, you can simplify the task by looking for some simple ingredients. The list we’re going to discuss is not exclusive, but is a definite start and a guaranteed way to make sure you don’t buy another wrinkle cream with no real effect.

The ultimate wrinkle creams will contain more than just one of these ingredients, so watch for that, in your hunt. Pay attention to the key ingredients in prospective wrinkle creams and look for these. They are guaranteed to give you the best chance of finding a medical grade wrinkle cream that really will reduce your wrinkles and signs of aging. In NO particular order, here are 5 ingredients to look for in the best wrinkle cream.

The first ingredient on the list is copper peptides.
Copper is found in traces, in every cell that the body has. A copper peptide is when the copper is combined with small particles of protein. What a copper peptide does is interact with the skin and increase the ability of skin to heal its own wounds. If you didn’t know, a wrinkle is actually nothing more than a wound. So, healing wounds is, in scientific terms, what removing wrinkles is. When used in the best wrinkle creams the copper peptides go straight to the root of the skin and boost the ability to “heal” the wrinkles that there. Not by covering them up, but by actually making the skin heal. Also, Copper peptides make the skin start producing collagen again, like it did when you were young. There is no comparison in applying a collagen cream to your skin with actually making your skin produce it’s own. Whenever possible, your own skin’s collagen production is the best. Matrixyl is one such copper peptide that is become extremely popular with high-end wrinkle creams.

The second ingredient is a basic one, retinol.
Retinol is nothing more than vitamin A. It is one of the first wrinkle cream ingredients to be discovered, and is an antioxidant. Wrinkle creams containing retinol are quite common, although we consider retinol to be an important ingredient to consider. What retinol does, as an antioxidant, is eliminate free radicals. Not sure what a free radical is? Well, it’s just a “broken” oxygen molecule that leads to a breakdown of smooth skin, and the beginning of wrinkles. This ingredient is a nice compliment to any cream, but if this is the KEY ingredient in an anti aging cream, you shouldn’t be hoping for any miracles.

The third ingredient is a true breakthrough, called Sesaflash.
This is a trademarked active ingredient, where the effects are documented. It is used only in wrinkle creams and cosmetics, and is fairly uncommon to see in “drugstore” brands. It is made naturally by refining molecules from sesame protein (yes, like the seeds on sandwich buns). In the family of ingredients known as “tightening agents” Sesaflash rejuvenates the skin in comfort, tightens and lifts wrinkles within 5 minutes, and provides a moisturizing effect. Also, it smoothes and relieves wrinkling, sagging, puffy skin, and other signs of aging. The main thing that makes Sesaflash so different from other tightening agents is that the user doesn’t have to suffer through that uncomfortable “pulling” sensation that usually accompanies lifting or instant tightening agents. In addition to its tightening effects, this ingredient is backed by scientific studies that showed users gaining the benefit of deep moisturization.

The fourth ingredient we’re discussing is Renovage.
Renovage is a trademarked preventative active ingredient, for anti aging. Made in Paris, France, by Sederma, it is an expensive ingredient, which makes the products that contain it in “the big leagues” as far as quality and likelihood of really having a dramatic effect on your skin. Renovage is much more than an ingredient focused on wrinkles. Although it does remove wrinkles, it focuses widely on all of the signs of aging. Redness, age spots, enlarged pores, and wrinkles are among the symptoms of aging that Renovage stomps out. Renovage, unlike most other key ingredients is preventative too, so younger users who don’t yet show all the signs of aging skin, can make sure they retain their youthful look, before any signs of aging emerge.

The last type of key ingredient we will discuss is Hydroxy Acids.
The three kinds of these acids found in fruit containing sugar are alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and poly hydroxy acids. What they do, as exfoliants, is remove the uppermost layer of the skin, shedding dead, dull cells, and revealing the youthful layer underneath. They also encourage new growth of smooth, equally pigmented new cells. There is a side effect of using hydroxy acids. Your skin, because it is missing a layer of “protection”, provided by the dead cells that were removed, will be more sensitive to sun. As a result, it is important that for at least a week after using a hydroxy acid, you employ a liberal use of sun block, even when you don’t plan to enter the sun directly.

As you continue your quest for the best wrinkle cream you can buy, you will certainly find ingredients other than the ones discussed in this article. Look, however, at the ingredient list of the wrinkle cream you are considering, and see if at least one of the ingredients discussed here. If you don’t see one, you are rolling the dice that the product has any basis to work. A wrinkle cream containing more than two of the ingredients here is guaranteed to have an effect on your skin, and not just feel like another cream from the grocery store. In other words, chances are that you’ll be happier with your purchase. Now that you have a grip on five key ingredients that really work, and an idea of how they work, you are a much more educated consumer. Use this knowledge in your search for the best wrinkle cream, and you are guaranteed to have more success and make a much easier, better informed decision.