Holy Water – A Proven Method to Heal Injuries and Cure Pain

Holy water is plain water that is blessed by someone with the authority to do so. I am not qualified to sanctify water and call it holy. It requires a formal ritual that must be followed; and in the Catholic church, for example, it is performed by a priest, or a higher authority, such as a bishop or an archbishop. I promote holy water freely and openly with family and friends as a healing agent; and I have tested its power to heal and to cure pain over the past few years with amazing results. Do people in general believe that this water has any form of healing power? Of course not, but I feel that it is due mainly to the lack of information and experience in its use.

In previous articles, I said that holy water is traditionally used for blessing ceremonies. To date, I have yet to hear or be informed by anyone that this water can be used to heal injuries, and to cure pain. But I have found it to do exactly that, and I want to say, with incredible success. I am not a child to be making this up. I am 65 years-old, and I maintain a very active life: physically, professionally and spiritually.

Allow me to clarify that the healing power of holy water that I speak about so often is bestowed upon it by God, and certainly not by man. However, it is our birthright to ask God to give us the inspiration to promote blessed water to anyone looking for relief of constant acute pain, or perhaps are having difficulty sleeping well at night. Why not allow the blessed water to do its work? I believe that to be a far safer solution, than to form a habit of taking strong pain killers and a variety of sleeping pills.

I came across the “healing power” of holy water totally by accident. Five years ago I tried it out on a torn ligament in my right hand. The pain was unbearable, and with x-rays taken the thumb was found to be dislocated. The cost for surgery to repair the damage was beyond my financial capacity. So I took the next best alternative (as advised by my older sister), and I dipped my entire hand in holy water for a period of three weeks, once a day. The hand healed within a month, and my thumb has been fully functional since. With the holy water treatment I avoided surgical intervention, and didn’t bother to purchase the pain medicine that my doctor prescribed.

People have asked me if blessed water can relieve rheumatic pain, and I say, yes it can! I have concluded through experimentation that holy water can and does miraculous things to those who apply it. The results with me have always been more than favorable. Just the other day my left shoulder was aching severely with pain from exercise. I took holy water that I keep in a bottle in my desk, and I rubbed it generously over my shoulder. The pain went away, like magic, in just a few minutes after the water made contact with my skin. And allow me to add, I got relief for the rest of the day, and better still, the pain didn’t return to haunt me the next day either.

A friend of mine who owns a high-end bike shop had a terrible road biking accident a few years back, and today the pain on his shoulder is unbearable. I took my mountain bike over for a tune-up this weekend, and I offered to take a bottle of holy water to him. Will the water work to relieve his pain? Yes it will because it works for me every time, and all that the recipient has to do is follow my instructions.

I have found that the firm belief of the giver in the healing power of blessed water is what counts most, and not so much on that of the recipient. So I am saying to you, if you give a vial of holy water to anyone for their use, it will be your faith (or mine, if I send you the vial) in the healing power of this element that will carry forward to the other person. I will give you some ideas on possible uses of holy water for yourself, family members, friends and new people that you will meet in your journey through life. These methods have served me well over the years, and I hope the same for you.

1) Sore, tired, and red eyes – with your fingers place the water over the eyelids top and bottom on both eyes. Avoid getting the water inside the eyes for it could irritate them. Once or twice a day is fine, or as many times as you wish.

2) Pain anywhere in the body – rub the water gently over the areas with your hand. Try with your ‘heart and soul’ to feel the pain go away as the holy water comes into contact with your skin. Remember these words, “As thy faith is, so be it unto you!”

3) Headaches: migraine, sinus, stress, etc. – touch the temples, your forehead and your nose with your fingers wet with the water. Take your time, and try to feel the relief coming on almost immediately. It works for me every time, and the same with my eyes, sore joints and muscles.

4) With family members that live at home, place the water on their forehead once in a while. Members that live in other locations, bless them by placing holy water on their photos. It is a form of requesting God to protect them from evil, accidents and disease.

5) Sleeping problems – I exercise a lot, and sleeping soundly is not an issue with me. I would recommend, if this is not your case, that instead of taking a sleeping pill to solve the problem, place holy water with your fingers over your forehead and gently spread it. Let go of everything that might be holding you up, and feel the body relax. You may also want to say these words, “Thank you Lord for your help.”

6) Cancer patients – use the water over the areas that are cancerous to relieve the pain. You have nothing to lose by trying the ‘holy water treatment’ as I call it. Regardless of your religion of birth, it is the same God for all of us, and it is His water that you are using and not mine. I will make it available for you, if you don’t have a way to acquire it from a church nearby wherever you live.

If you know of a friend that is going through chemo and radiation treatments at the present time, please ask them if you can sprinkle holy water on their head and on the areas where the cancer is concentrated. Not a lot, but a few drops is sufficient, and preferably on a daily basis. Just make sure that the patient is amenable to the idea of this procedure. Should they object for any reason at all, please desist and don’t insist.

If you ask me for a vial of holy water, I will get it from my church, and I will send it to you anywhere in the world. Please make your request through my email address. It will be my courtesy to send a small bottle filled with the blessed water at my expense. I ask nothing of you, just your blessings and your prompt healing, or that of your loved ones or friends. Fair enough?

Importance of Joints in Rocks

Joints are fractures present in the rocks caused due to compressive stress created by overlying sediments, and due to shear forces produced along the movement of tectonic plates. They are ubiquitous. Their presence is the most important physical property for determination before the use of any rock in a construction project.

Joints are disadvantageous because they reduce the strength of rocks and provide a seepage path for rainwater to percolate in buildings.

Landslides caused in mountainous areas are due to the presence of them.

Further faults defined as a perceptible movement along the fracture of rocks are responsible for 95% of the earthquakes in the world.

However, there are a few benefits of joints too. They act as a reservoir for storage of oil, and most of the aquifers formed are due to the presence of them.

Classification of Joints is of two types: according to from their origin and according to geometry.

According to their origin, categorization of joints is by tectonic joints (due to environmental magnitude stresses) and non-tectonic joints.

Formation of Tectonic joints is due to the large magnitude of stresses acting over the rocks. They are further subdivided by the resultant pressure acting on them as compressive stresses (showing tight folds, highly irregular, open in the middle and having beveled edges at the corner and showing plumose markings), Shear stresses (showing partly open folds, irregular, open in the middle and closed at ends) and Tensile stresses (open folds, smooth surface, formed by three sets of joints).

The other types of joints are peripheral joints found near volcanoes and radial joints found along plutonic igneous bodies.

Similarly, Joints are classified by their attitude that is the strike and dip direction. According to this there are strike joints (along strike direction) dip joints (along the dip), oblique joints (inclined to strike as well as the dip) and bedding or foliation joints (parallel to both strike and dip direction).

For non-layered metamorphic rocks, they are classified by the tightness of folds, extremely tight, very tight, tight and broad joints which are a measure of the degree of the opening of their folds.

Joints are the source for providing secondary porosity and permeability to the rocks and provide storage of water in aquifers, as such rocks are devoid of porosity due to their interlocking structure joints help them in achieving the former. Water can flow down these crevices and gain seepage into the ground. It may as well scale upwards due to capillary action making its way to the surface through these crevices.

Hence the determination of joints is essential.

Tinea Versicolor- Fungus Which Causes Salmon Colored Skin Patches

Tinea versicolor is also sometimes referred to as pityriasis versicolor. It is a common fungal infection of the skin. Unlike other fungi, tinea versicolor has the ability to somehow interfere with the skin pigmented cells and cause large discolored patches on the chest or back. Even though the discoloration may appear alarming, the condition is very easily treated.  However, despite successful treatment, tinea versicolor may return especially when one is exposed to warm humid weather.

Tinea versicolor is some how acquired from the environment. Why some people get it and others do not is not known. Once the fungus is acquired it lays dormant until the individual is exposed to warm moist environments.

The typically symptoms of Tinea Versicolor include:

–         Appearance of small scaly patches of discolored skin on the back or chest

–         The patches slowly start to grow in an irregular manner

–         The patches often become more noticeable after sun exposure

–         A few individuals complain of an itch

The majority of individuals who acquire Tinea versicolor develop a large pink salmon colored patch, but the color can very from white to dark brown.Tinea versicolor affects all races and both genders. The infection is typically most common on the back, neck, chest and upper arms. For some unknown reason, the fungus is usually seen in the adult population, and rare in children.

How tinea versicolor is actually derived remains a mystery- some researchers believe that the fungus is already present on the skin and is activated in certain environments. The triggers which can activate the fungus include the following:

–         Warm humid weather. Tinea versicolor often becomes visible while on vacation to a tropical country where the weather is hot and humid.

–         Individuals who are prone to excessive sweating have been known to activate the fungus

–         Individuals who have very oily skin often acquire the fungus.

–         Some females generally get tinea versicolor during certain days of their menstrual cycle.

–         Individuals who are immunosuppressed often are prone to fungus infections.

The diagnosis of tinea versicolor is generally straight forward. Most dermatologists can make a diagnosis of Tinea Versicolor based on the presentation and clinical exam. In only very rare cases are skin scrapings analyzed under a microscope. There is no need for any other studies.
The Treatment & Prevention of Tinea Versicolor

Most individuals can treat Tinea versicolor with over the counter medications. The topical lotions that are available to treat tinea versicolor include:

Selenium sulfide

Ciclopirox gel/ointment

Ketoconazole cream

Selenium sulfide should be the first choice treatment; it is available with out a prescription. Any shampoo containing selenium sulfide can be used for a few weeks. If this fails one can try the other creams and ointments

All the above 3 treatments for tinea versicolor are available in various formulations and need to be applied to the skin twice a day. In most cases, the results are not instantaneous but can take at least a few weeks/months of treatment to see any improvement in the skin.

If the tinea versicolor still persists, one may have to take oral medications. The oral medications require a physician’s prescription and include the following:

Ketoconazole

Itraconazole

Fluconazole

The pills have to be taken for least 2-3 weeks. The pills generally work a lot faster than the topical medicines. However, even after the infection has completely disappeared, it can come back. Relapses are more common if there is exposure to warm moist humid environment.

There is no sure way to prevent tinea versicolor. However, if someone has already acquired tinea versicolor, some of the ways to prevent it from coming back again include not wearing tight restrictive clothing which do not aerate well. In addition, one should avoid application of gobs of oil on the body.

Individuals who have had a few recurrence of tinea versicolor may need to use the topical lotions or pills on a continual basis. The selenium lotion can be applied every few weeks or the pills can be taken once a month.

The Top 2 Handheld Portable Nebulizers

With handheld portable nebulizers you can now enjoy the freedom of being anywhere without having to worry about breathing problems. There are quite a few brands out there that you can go for, but from the consumer reports and research it comes out that there are only two which are the best ones. The handheld portable nebulizers actually offer great performance in spite of their tiny package. These nebulizers are have two sections, the compressor and nebulizer, which are built into a small handheld device. They can weigh anywhere from around four ounces to 4 pounds. Obviously, lighter the nebulizer the more expensive it is. Here I would like to bring to light two most popular and excellent brands that have found favor with customers all over America.

The Omron NE-U22v nebulizer: This handheld portable nebulizer is actually considered the best nebulizer on the market today. It uses two standard ‘AA’ batteries, It’s really so compact that it can be put in a pocket or purse with ease. Even kids can use it and carry it in a backpack. Even though it is small, it packs a punch as it creates dense fumes to penetrate the lungs. One great thing that consumers say about it is that this handheld portable nebulizer never wastes even a drop of medication. It can be used in any position, lying down, upright or even standing on one’s head. It also uses Vibrating Mesh Technology, so there is no noisy compressor. It is totally silent!. Absolutely no ‘vibration’. Perfect for school, work, camping, airplanes, or any environment where you want to take a discreet treatment without having to plug in.

MABISMist II Handheld Ultrasonic Nebulizer: This is another brand name that is quite well-known. This handheld portable nebulizer is also versatile as it can be taken anywhere and everywhere with ease. It is a Small Volume Nebulizer (SVN) that transforms liquid medications into an aerosol mist. It delivers fast and silent treatments within 6 minutes as it uses an advanced ultrasonic technology. However, it is a little heavier than the Omron nebulizer and a little cumbersome because of its bigger size.

There are many choices for the patient for handheld portable nebulizers which are powered by rechargeable batteries. If it makes it easier for the subject to take his breathing treatment with him which allows him to keep up with the regime, then a handheld portable nebulizer is preferable to a full-sized machine. Nebulizers by Mabis and Omron range from compact bedside nebulizers to fully portable nebulizers. Nebulizers by Omron and Mabis have stood the test of time and have always been an efficient and effective method of delivery in both preventive and acute aerosol delivery.

What is it that Causes Cold Sores?

Well, first of all, what are cold sores? They are lesions on the lips, or on the skin near the mouth.

People can be exposed to different causes of cold sores, each and every day. They are often referred to as “fever blisters.” These lesions can be painful. They usually last a few days. They are caused by a virus. But, unlike other viral infections, these sores are not completely eliminated by our body’s defense system. This is the reason why they usually recur over time.

So … What Causes cold sores?

The main cause of cold sores is the herpes simplex virus is t. While there are two types of herpes simplex virus, the main culprit for these fever blisters is Type 1. This type affects the body tissues that are found above the waistline.

Most viral infections are caused by exposure to the germs themselves, but this is not one of the causes of a cold sore. It occurs, not with the recent contact with the herpes simplex virus, but with the reactivation of the HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) particles that are already in your body. These germs are already residing inside the body before being reactivated, but are then “awoken.”

Initial contact with the virus does not result in the formation of the actual sores; and therefore it cannot be detected immediately.

A person with this virus would first be inflicted with fever, headache, and difficulty swallowing. The person might also be easily irritable. A day or two after these initial symptoms occur, the person will usually feel pain in his mouth, and the gums will also become inflamed. On the third day blisters appear near the mouth or lips. The blisters will pop, over time, but the person’s mouth will remain painful it will be hard to eat.

The sores themselves will heal over time. The infection period lasts between 10 to 14 days. But when the virus remains in the body, cold sores can repeat again at a later date.

Most cases of such infections occur before the age of seven. This is why many people don’t know the actual causes. Further, the majority of people who are inflicted with fever blisters (another word for cold sores) don’t even know they have them. The symptoms are subclinical, and not obvious to the normal person. The patient might only feel one or two mild sores near his mouth.

Fever usually accompanies the sores, and the common flu virus can also reactivate the virus. Getting your skin sunburned might also trigger cold sores.

Prostate Milking – The Best Position to Stimulate the Prostate

The act of stimulating the prostate gland in order for men to reach orgasm or ejaculate is called prostate milking. This could be done for medical reasons or just for the fun and pleasure that it brings. We must understand what prostate milking is first before we tackle more about the topic.

Let’s talk about the medical reasons first, medical doctors have used this technique to relieve the pain felt by the people who have prostate disorder. They also use prostate milking when they need to get a semen sample from paralyzed patients. They soon discovered that there are more benefits that could be reaped from performing prostate milking though. One of those said benefits is the less chance of acquiring prostate cancer.

How does this work?

The doctors explained that when men ejaculate or have orgasm in the normal way, not all of the semen gets released. There are traces of the semen left behind and given the right situation; those could develop into prostate cancer. I am not saying that these residues are the only culprit to having prostate cancer. I am merely saying that they contribute to the chance of having one.

Let us move on to something much fun. As I have mentioned earlier, another reason for prostate milking could be because of the ecstatic feeling that it brings to us men and for some couples alike. Though it may be considered taboo, we cannot deny the fact that it really brings a higher level of satisfaction.

Many couples have even testified that performing the act not only gives men pleasure but it also brings great pleasure for both parties. Having this in mind, did you know that there are different positions in performing this? Do you know what position works for you? If you are not familiar with the different positions of prostate milking then let me teach you some. You could determine later what works for you. Mind you, there are some things you must remember before doing any of these positions.

First of all, prostate milking could be done either by only you or with the help of your partner. Second, you have the liberty of using your fingers or an adult toy. Just make sure to lubricate before inserting anything. Lastly, have proper hygiene when performing this because you would have to touch or apply pressure in sensitive areas. Read on and enjoy.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 1: STANDARD FETAL POSITION. Do this by lying on your side and bending your knees. Place your knees as close to your stomach as possible. By being in this position, you could easily reach for your anus or your perineum.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 2: LIE ON YOUR BACK AND LIFT YOUR LEGS. Insert your finger or your toy before you proceed to be on this position. Also remember that you have to do this slowly so as not to cause any damage to the membranes inside your anus. You could also place padding underneath the small of your back so that you would be more comfortable in the position.

• PROSTATE MILKING POSITION 3: ON ALL FOURS. You could start by kneeling on a soft surface. You could either do this on the bed or anywhere that you may fancy. You could experiment on this position. You could try stretching your hands farther away in front of you. You could also try and arch your back for a bit.

There are still other positions for prostate milking that you could try. Your imagination and your creativity would be the only limits. Bear in mind that though pleasure is good, it is still better to on the safe side of things.

Gonorrhea And The Dangers With It

Gonorrhea is an STD or sexually transmitted disease, caused by a bacterial infection. This infection is brought by a bacterium that thrives in warm, moist areas of reproductive tract. It is called as neisseria gonorrhoea. Beside from the reproductive tract that includes the fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix in women as well as in the urethra of both genders; it can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. Although any individual could get easily infected by this kind of disease, there have been some seventy-five percent of cases that are already reported with victims between 15 to 29 years old. To be more accurate as well as particular, those who are most likely to contract such infectious health problem tend to be those females between 15-19 years old and males between 20-24 years old.

Gonorrhea is a very common disease that can be acquire through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Any sexually active person can be infected with it. However, it can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery. Signs and symptoms of infection for some men appear 2 to 5 days of infection but can also take as long as 30 days which include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from penis. It could be also in form of painful or swollen testicles. However, some men may have no symptoms at all. Gonorrhea is often mild but mostly has no symptoms at all for infected women. Even if a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific which results to them being easily mistaken as some vaginal or bladder infection.

The initial symptoms and signs include a painful and burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge or bleeding between periods. But regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms, women with gonorrhoea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Symptoms for both genders of rectal infection may include discharge, anal itching, bleeding, soreness or painful and uneasy bowel movements. Even rectal infection could cause no signs or symptoms at all.

Infection in a victim’s throat could cause sore throat but still usually causes no symptoms. Gonorrhea can easily spread to other parts of the body and it is important that these symptoms must be treated as soon as possible. Luckily, a single dose of certain antibiotics can treat gonorrhoea normally depending on your age and whether or not you are pregnant, some antibiotics may not be suitable to take. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea complicating the treatment of this infection have become increasingly common in the U. S. and around the globe. What’s best, as well as the safest would be to visit a private STD clinic to seek help for this kind of health problem. A medical professional is the perfect person to ask for any assistance in facing this disease. Never turn a blind eye to symptoms and telltale signs your body will show since this type of sexually transmitted disease could cost you your life Gonorrhea – a type of STD, Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterial infection by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Know some other facts about this particular disease.

Psoriasis -the Best Ayurveda Can Provide..

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by eruptions of superficial papules and larger patches with phenomena of chronic inflammation. The name Psoriasis seemingly emerged from the Greek word ‘Psora’ meaning ‘itch’. The aetiology of Psoriasis is unknown.Various investigators have suggested many theories to explain the origin of the disease. The theories of nervous origin have been given the best substantiation. According to this theory, psoriasis is caused by the disturbances in the functions of the nervous system. It is very well known that psoriasis or its relapses sometimes develop after psychic traumas or mental stress.

Psoriasis is one of the more serious skin diseases. Incidence of Psoriasis is on the rise in the recent times. It is believed that there are 6 million Psoriasis patients in North America alone and 2.5 lac new cases are being reported every year. It is not a contagious or an infectious disease but a life style induced disease. Psoriatic patients suffer from systemic disorders in which the immune system sends faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle process of the skin. Once the disease in triggered, the skin cells pile up on the surface of the body faster than normal. Normally, skin renews itself in about 30 days. It takes 30 days for the new skin cells to work its way up from the innermost layer of skin to the surface. In psoriatic condition, these cells reach the top in just about 3 days. The result is raised areas of skin called plaques. After the cells reach the surface, they die like normal cells, but there are so many of them that the raised patches turn white with dead cells peeling off.

There is much more emotional than physical suffering by the patient and he/she is forced to withdraw from most of his/her social activities due to the physically unappealing appearance on the skin. Ignorance and inadequate information about the disease lead to social ostracism of the patient in his/her social circles. Let us have a correct perspective of Psoriasis through Ayurveda.

SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND TYPES:

Generally the disease appears as a papulation – eruption of small circumscribed solid elevation of the skin in ones and twos. They may be discrete or confluent and silvery scales will appear on the papulations. The lesions usually occur at first on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower limbs and later spread all over the body. Psoriasis patients are likely to develop psoriatic arthritis which gives joint discomfort, swelling, stiffness or throbbing. Psoriasis usually goes through cycles of relapses and remissions. In Ayurveda, Psoriasis is termed as ‘Sidhmam’. Though there are many types of Psoriasis, the two recognized as the most common and widespread are:

1. Dry, circumscribed papulations with very prominent silvery scales.
2. Moist and/or suppurating papulations with scales.

As per Ayurvedic science, type 1 is the result of the combined effect of ‘Vata’ and ‘Kapha’ doshas of the body and type 2 is the result of combination of ‘Vata’ and ‘Pitta’ doshas of the body.

CAUSES:

Human skin, though simple, is a complex system comprising protective, circulatory, sensory, lubricatory and thermo-regulatory components. Psoriasis is a condition of the skin related to the imbalance of the blood chemistry (Rakthadooshyam). Climate, food habits, anxiety, depression, heredity, etc in singly or in different combinations are considered to be the causative factors of Psoriasis.

Incompatible life styles, which could initiate the disease, among others, are: –

a) Exposure to extreme climatic and weather conditions.
b) Alternate exposure to cold (air conditioned) and natural environment.
c) Drinking of very cold water/beverages when the body is warm.
d) Faulty food and drink habits.
e) Heavy physical activities on a full stomach.
f) Mental stress & strain, job pressures, anxiety, depression, effects of psychic trauma etc.

The above conditions affect the physiological homeostasis (balance of functions of the internal organs) and upset one’s temperature regulatory mechanisms. An area of the brain called Hypothalamus controls a person’s body temperature. In persons with Psoriasis, it has been observed that the temperature regulatory mechanism of the Hypothalamus is upset. Clinical studies by reputed Ayurveda hospitals and Ayurveda Medical Colleges in Kerala have recorded a higher body temperature of the patients at the time of admission for treatment. Mentally stressful conditions of the patient contribute very largely to this higher body temperature and the mental trauma experienced by him/her due to the disease aggravates it further. After treatment the body temperature has been observed to revert back to normalcy.

The higher body temperature cause lesions on the skin to appear and when the scaly epidermis is peeled off and discarded, the underlying dermis and its complex systems of blood vessels, nerve endings etc are affected adversely.

The food constituents in excess that could trigger the onset of the disease are:

a) Hot, salty, spicy, acidic food.
b) Freshly harvested grains and sesame seeds in particular.
c) Milk and milk products, particularly yogurt and buttermilk.
d) Fish, honey, jaggery (crystallized/ partly dehydrated molasses).
e) Alcohol.

TREATMENT:

Ayurveda provides a promising treatment for the disease. A very important part in the treatment of psoriasis is played, in addition to general therapy, by a proper regimen and elimination of harmful factors from the patient’s working and living conditions. The patient’s regimen must provide for at least 7-8 hours of daily sleep, vitamin-rich food and regular outdoor hours (not less than 1 ½ to 2 hours a day). The patient should be very thoroughly examined and in cases of internal or nervous diseases, should be given corresponding treatment. It is very important to safeguard the patient against any nervous shock.The patient should avoid allergy causing food and should take sufficient
quantity of water. Any soap or shampoo should not be applied over the lesions.

Traditional Ayurveda treatment addresses the

a) Purification of blood.
b) Rejuvenation of the complex systems of the skin, the nervous system in particular.
c) Temperature regulation of the body.
d) Strengthening of the body immunization system, and
e) Psychological stabilization.

Time-tested Ayurveda procedure, Panchakarma chikitsa (Panchakarma treatment which encompasses five distinct treatment procedures) is the best course of treatment. Of the five ingredients of Panchakarma treatment, three are used to treat Psoriasis. They are: –

1) Snehapanam (consuming medicines with ghee as its base)
2) Vamanam (taking medicines that induce vomiting)
3) Virechanam (taking medicines that act as purgatives)

The treatment purifies the entire system and stabilizes the metabolism of the patient. The body immune system is built up through intake of specially prepared herbal potions.

Other procedures used to stimulate the body functionary systems and stabilize the mental and psychological condition of the patient are: –

a) Application of medicated oil on the head.
b) Applying medicated pack on the head.
c) Dhara (pouring medicated fluid/other liquids on the head in slow unbroken stream for a specified time).
d) Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation, Reiki and Pranic healing sessions.

The net result of the treatment is

a) Blood purification by Snehapanam.
b) Stimulation of hypothalamus by Dhara resulting in temperature regulation of the body.
c) Stabilizing the blood chemistry by ensuring balanced nutritious food, which are more alkaline than acidic.
d) Immunization of the body.
e) Achieve a psychological state of mental well being by application of Yoga, meditation, Reiki, Pranic healing etc.

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Lowering Your Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

What Is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder worldwide after Alzheimer’s disease. PD involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the part of the mid-brain known as the substantia nigra. These cells produce a chemical neurotransmitter called dopamine which sends messages to other parts of the brain that control movement and coordination. As PD progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, resulting in motor symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and difficulties with balance.

  • Presently, the reason for this cell death is still poorly understood but PD does involve the buildup of proteins into Lewy bodies in the midbrain and other areas including the brain stem and olfactory bulb. The presence of Lewy bodies in these other areas may explain the non-motor symptoms experienced by some people with PD before any motor sign of the disease appears, as these areas of the brain correlate with non-motor functions such as sleep regulation and sense of smell.
  • The intestines also have dopamine cells that degenerate in PD, and this may account for the gastrointestinal symptoms, such as constipation, that are part of the disease. A study found that 60-80 percent of PD patients have constipation (less than one bowel movement in three days) which seems to appear between 10-20 years prior to the onset of symptoms.
  • As the signs and symptoms of PD worsen over time, it may eventually lead to cognitive problems including dementia, depression, and anxiety.

Current Treatments For PD

– Drugs

There is currently no cure for PD. Since most symptoms of PD are caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain, many PD drugs are aimed at either temporarily replenishing dopamine or mimicking the action of dopamine. In early stages of PD, they generally help reduce muscle rigidity, improve speed and coordination of movement, and lessen tremor.

But as PD progresses, the effects of the drugs may wear off and higher dosages may be required, raising the risk of developing additional side effects.

– Exercise

In PD, the brain cells that produce the chemical transmitter dopamine are damaged and lost. However, there is a lag between the time when the loss of nerve cells begins and the time when PD motor symptoms start to show. In fact, by the time most people are diagnosed, nearly 80 percent of their dopamine nerve cells are already gone.

However, scientists found that the brain is extremely neuroplastic, which is the potential to change and compensate. At the molecular level, exercise has the ability to improve the efficiency of how brain cells utilize dopamine even though the amount of dopamine remains unchanged. Studies found that high intensity exercises that are more difficult and complex, are noticeably more effective than low intensity balance and stretching exercises. These are exercises that move opposite sides of the body in rapid succession like using a treadmill or an elliptical machine.

– Speech Therapy

Approximately half of all PD patients experience communication problems, such as slurred speech. A speech and language therapist can help with the use of language and speech. Patients with swallowing difficulties may also be helped by a speech therapist.

– Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery

This type of surgery is for patients with motor complications that cannot be adequately controlled by medications. In DBS, surgery is performed to insert electrodes into a targeted area of the brain. A second procedure is performed to implant an impulse generator (similar to a pacemaker) under the collarbone or in the abdomen. The devise provides an electrical impulse to the part of the brain involved in motor function. Those who undergo DBS surgery are given a controller to turn the device on or off. DBS is not a cure and it does not slow PD progression.

What Causes PD?

To date, despite decades of intensive study, the exact causes of PD remain unknown. Nevertheless, experts generally agree that the disease is largely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A simple way to describe it is that “genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger”.

Genetics

Statistically, people with a first-degree relative who has PD, such as a parent, child or sibling, have a 4-9 percent higher chance of having PD as compared to the general population. There are two categories of genes that are linked to PD:

– Causal genes (alpha-synuclein)

Theseare genes that actually cause the disease. A causal gene alone, without the influence of other genes or environmental factors, guarantees that a person who inherits it will develop PD. This kind of genetic PD is very rare, accounting for only 1-2 percent of people with PD.

– Associated genes (LRRK2)

These genes do not cause PD on their own but increase the risk of developing it. For LRRK2, there is great variability in the mutations that occur in the gene as well as in their effects. Some people with LRRK2 mutations develop PD in their 30s or 40s, while others develop the disease in their 80s, and others never develop PD at all. In some cases, people with LRRK2 gene mutations develop dementia, while others develop a form of PD that shares features with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Environment

Epidemiological research has identified a number of factors that may be linked to PD. In North America and Europe, early onset PD appears to be associated with rural residence. Factors associated with this include vegetable farming, well water drinking, as well as wood pulp, paper, and steel industries. In China, living in industrialized urban areas increases the risk of developing PD. Many studies have demonstrated that prolonged exposure to certain chemicals and heavy metals are associated with an elevated risk of PD. They include:

  • Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides,
  • Heavy metals such as manganese, lead, and copper,
  • Solvents and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).

Risk Factors For PD

Although scientists have yet to determine the exact mechanism that leads to PD, a number of factors are highly associated with the disease. Therefore, by addressing these factors, you may be able to lower your risk of developing PD.

Toxic Environmental Exposure

As mentioned above, toxins and heavy metals are strongly correlated with PD. As we now live in a rather toxic world, the following are some preventive steps that your can take to reduce the risk:

  • Always buy organic produce and grassfed/organic meats to avoid eating pesticides. If the label of the meat says 100 percent grass-fed or certified organic, that means the animal feed is also organic.
  • Choose wild caught fish over farmed fish which are usually contaminated with PCBs and other harmful chemicals. Smaller ocean fish are better than big fish because they have less mercury.
  • Invest in a good water filter that removes heavy metals.
  • Do not use aluminum or teflon-type non-stick cookware. The best is glass, stainless steel, and ceramic non-stick pots and pans.
  • Opt for all natural personal care and household products. Conventional brands are often loaded with noxious chemicals.
  • Use an indoor air filtration system if you live in a polluted area.

– Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in PD patients. Vitamin D has numerous beneficial health effects, in particular for the brain which has many vitamin D receptors. Get a blood test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D to monitor your vitamin D status. For healthy people, you want to have your level at around 50-70 ng/ml. If you currently have PD, you want to keep your level in the range of 70-100 ng/ml to help fight the disease. Unless you manage to get regular sun exposure without using sunblock on your skin, most people will need to supplement with vitamin D to attain this level. If so, you want to choose the natural form of vitamin D supplement – D3, not the synthetic D2.

– Omega-3 (DHA) Deficiency

Animal-based omega-3 fats (found mainly in fatty fish and grass-fed beef) contain two fatty acids that are crucial to health – DHA and EPA. DHA is especially important because it is one of the major building blocks of the brain. About half of the brain is made up of fat, much of which is DHA. Studies found that DHA deficiency is a risk factor for developing PD. DHA has many neuroprotective capabilities:

  • Protect the brain against inflammation,
  • Stimulate growth of nerve cells and repair of synapses or nerve junctions,
  • Reduce apoptosis or death of cells that make dopamine,
  • Increase glutathione (an antioxidant) activity that results in decreased accumulation of oxidized proteins in the brain.

– Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Ongoing research continues to support the link between SIBO and PD. PD patients with SIBO, by and large, have much worse motor function than PD patients without it. Eradication of SIBO in PD patients generally results in an improvement in motor function. This is probably due to the bidirectional connection between the gut and the brain via the vagus nerve. If you have unresolved gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea/constipation, ask your doctor to order a non-invasive lactulose breath test to see if you have SIBO.

– Gluten Intolerance

Numerous research studies have tied gluten to neurological disorders including PD. If one has an intolerance to gluten, eating gluten on a regular basis can cause havoc to the body. First, it creates inflammation in the gut and subsequently, the inflammation spreads to other parts of the body including the brain. People who have gluten intolerance may or may not have gastrointestinal symptoms. The best and most accurate way to determine whether you are gluten intolerant is to get a Cyrex Lab Array 3 blood test, which tests for reactions against the full wheat proteome, not just gluten, but also other proteins in wheat.

– Excess Iron

Scientists agree that iron is absolutely essential for the brain, but too much of it can be dangerous or deadly, especially to nerve cells in the substantial nigra, the area that deteriorates with PD. Dopamine may team up with excess iron to form a toxic compound that destroys nerve cells. Dopamine has a number of breakdown products, and one of these produced by interactions with iron can become very damaging to nerve cells.

Iron levels tend to increase with age, especially in elderly men and women after menopause. If a blood test for iron markers like serum transferrin saturation and serum ferritin indicate elevated iron levels, it is best to look into an iron reduction protocol, such as blood donation. Removal of blood is the most effective way to reduce excess iron in the body. Bear in mind that vitamin C significantly increases iron absorption. So you definitely do not want to take in a lot of vitamin C together with iron-rich foods like organ meats and shellfish if you have high iron levels.

– Poor Diet

Since nutrients affect how cells produce energy and provide vital antioxidant functions against free-radicals, a poor diet may lead to increased oxidative stress, which can impede the antioxidant defense system. Hence, to cut down on your risk of developing PD, you want to eat a well-balanced diet that is neuroprotective, including foods like:

  • Copious amounts of vegetables which are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber,
  • Some fruits (watch out for excessive sugar),
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fats like fatty fish (that are mercury and toxin-free) and grass-fed beef and its full-fat dairy products,
  • Fermented and cultured foods that are rich in good bacteria to enhance gut health, eg. sauerkraut, kimchee, tempeh, miso, and unsweetened kefir and yogurt.
  • Prebiotics are foods with high non-digestible fiber compounds that feed the good bacteria. Examples include unripe banana, jicama, garlic, leeks, onions, dandelion greens, asparagus, and artichoke.
  • Tea and coffee (organic is preferred as coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides).

The Growing Diabetes Epidemic

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. Its mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. It collects, collates and publishes statistics related to diabetes.

According to the IDF, 415 million people around the globe suffer from diabetes today. This figure is expected to rise to 642 million by 2030, less than 15 years away, at which time 10% of the world’s population will suffer from diabetes.

The disease is a killer. In 2015, five million people died from diabetes.

Indeed, somewhere in the world, a person dies of diabetes (type 2 or type 1) every six seconds… and nearly half of these deaths are among people younger than 60 years of age.

Type 2 and type 1 diabetes

The most prevalent form of diabetes is type 2, which accounts for 90% of all cases in the developed world.

Our muscles are powered by glucose which is produced by the digestive process and delivered to the muscle cells through the blood stream. But insulin is needed to open receptors in the cells so the glucose can enter. Insulin is produced by the pancreas on demand.

In type 2 diabetes the insulin produced by the pancreas cannot open the receptor cells in the body’s muscle cells because the receptors are blocked by fat. In type 1, by contrast, the pancreas fails to produce insulin as required.

Type 2 is known as a life-style disease as it is triggered by poor diet and a lack of exercise. It is most closely associated with the developed world where people eat processed foods containing excessive fat, sugar and salt and follow sedentary occupations.

However, according to the IDF, it is no longer a rich-world disease. It is spreading rapidly in South-East Asia, parts of Africa and Mexico.

Diabetes in Africa

In Mauritius, for example, statistics show that 17% of the population are diabetic. However the IDF suggests that the figure may be closer to 24%, an extremely high prevalence.

Africa has about 7 million diabetics at the moment. However the WHO (World Health Organisation) predicts that this figure will have increased to more than 18 million by 2030. This astonishing rate of increase is being blamed on a growing reliance on processed foods.

According to the WHO, many people in Africa do not know they have the condition and thus are not being treated. As a result, in some parts of Africa, diabetes is responsible for more than four-fifths of deaths.

Diabetes in Mexico

In Mexico, over a third of the deaths of people aged 35 to74 years can be attributed to diabetes, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The participants included diabetics and non-diabetics aged 35 or older at the start of the study. They were monitored over 12 years and the mortality rates of those with diabetes were compared to the rates for the non-diabetics. The mortality rate for diabetics was 35 percent which is extremely high.

Nearly all the participants were type 2 diabetics. The researchers attributed the excess deaths to poorly controlled diabetes. There are at least two possible reasons for this lack of control.

The most commonly used medication to control diabetes in Mexico is sulphonylureas, used by nearly 70 percent. Only 20 percent of Mexican diabetics use metformin. Sulphonylureas lower blood glucose levels effectively by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin.

This drug, however, causes weight gain, makes insulin resistance worse and gives rise to pancreatic burnout which makes the drug less effective after years of use. Users of sulphonylureas also show poorer heart health compared to users of other diabetes drugs.

Thus the medication used in Mexico may be a significant contributing factor to the high death rate from diabetes in that country.

Another key factor could be the very high consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in Mexico. In 2014, the government imposed a tax on sugary drinks but it is too early to say whether is this is having an effect on the high rate of diabetes and related deaths in the country.

The cost of treating diabetes

The cost of treating diabetes is horrendous.

The IDF estimates that diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of health spending globally. Indeed, in some countries it represents a fifth of all healthcare expenditure.

This is not surprising as diabetes is not diagnosed until it is advanced… because in its early stages it has few symptoms. Indeed the statistics suggest that that globally one in two people who have diabetes are not aware they have the disease.

This means that by the time they are diagnosed the disease is well advanced and they require daily medication to control their diabetes rather than being able to rely on a change of diet and lifestyle.

In order to ensure that diabetes is diagnosed at an early stage, it is likely that governments will need impose mandatory screening… this may be made easier in the future with new non-invasive quick diagnostic techniques for predicting the risk of diabetes. These techniques do not require blood tests and could be performed during an annual check-up.

Nail Fungus – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

The medical term for toenail fungus is “onychomycosis,” Despite the commonly used term “fungal toenails”, onychomycosis describes both fungus and yeast infections in the nail. The prevalence in America is about 2-3%, but some have reported it as high as 13%. Even at a low estimate of 2%, this accounts for 6 million Americans with toenail fungus. Toenail fungus affects men twice as often as it affects women.

Nail fungus or onychomycosis is an infection of the nails occurring both on the hands and feet but certainly more prevalent on the feet due to the environment that feet find themselves in. Nail fungus generally thrive in dark, moist environments, so when you consider wearing shoes and socks all day along with perspiration that occurs, it ends up being a perfect growth media for nail fungus.

Unfortunately as we grow older, our chances of contracting onychomycosis increase. The condition is rare in children and young adults but the risk increases once a person reaches their thirties. In fact, nearly one in every four adults has experienced some type of nail fungus by the time they reach forty. For senior citizens the statistics are even higher with nearly half of the population having been affected by either type of nail fungus.

Causes of Nail Fungus

The primary cause of nail fungal infection is the contamination made by the fungus that comes from the family of dermatophytes. Dermatophytes are fungus that affects the skin with its parasitic attribute. Moreover, nail fungal infections is also brought about by the certain type of yeast called Candida albican as well as molds that are non-dermatophyte. These fungal parasites can live in moist and warm environment. This includes places like showers and swimming pools.

What are the symptoms of nail infection ?

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection. They are especially common in people with diabetes or circulation problems. Children hardly ever get fungal nail infections. Primarily you may see, smell, or feel a nail fungus infection once ittakes hold.

Nails may look brownish, yellowish, or have little white patches.Some may even be brown or black. Nails may get flaky, brittle, and chipped.Bits of “gunk” or debris may collect under your nails. Your nails may smell bad.

Treatment

Medications for onychomycosis fall into two categories; topical and oral. There are any number of effective topical medications available over the counter. Topical medications are most helpful in treating early, small infections and for maintaining clear nails. Since, toenails grow so slowly the complete process will take a year or more. Lactobacilli taken internally is a beneficial bacteria needed to inhibit bacteria needed to inhibit bad bacteria and fungus. The lack of sufficient friendly bacteria in the body can result in the growth of fungus under the around nails.

There have been a series of treatments for onychomycosis . A most assertive as good as in effect approach to provide a mildew is with verbal anti-fungal medications . A most usual verbal anti-fungal medications have been Itraconazole as good as Terbinafine. Both medications can be utterly costly as they need to be taken once each day for 3 months . A efficacy of a medications ranges from 60 to 80%, with a regularity rate of 15% . Lamisil appears to be some-more in effect as good as has fewer drug interactions than Sporonox.

Does the Amount of Water My Overweight Cat Drinks Have Anything to Do With His Weight?

Is your cat overweight? Has your cat been drinking more water lately and you worry that’s the reason why he’s overweight?

An unusual increase in water drinking, particularly by an obese cat may indicate a chronic disease, such as diabetes.

Water has zero calories, no carbohydrates and no fat. Your cat did not become overweight by drinking water. Unless you are adding food that contains calories into his water, that’s the only way your cat can become heavy by drinking water. If you’re adding sugar to your overweight cat’s water, that might be the culprit. Adding sugar to your obese cat’s water will not only make him overweight but also cause more health problems.

Some cats are genetically “heavy.”. Regardless of how much food or little food they eat, they end up still heavy. Your fat cat might just fall into one of these stockier breeds. You can certainly find out by checking with your vet or by doing some quick searching online.

One of the major reasons your cat could be overweight is because you are most likely feeding him with an unbalanced, manufactured food made mostly out of corn. You need to switch your fat cat to a more balanced food that contains real meat protein, along with fats, carbohydrates in the ideal ingredient percentage range. And don’t forget about vitamins, minerals and other micro-nutrients.

You may also be over feeding your cat. Could he be ingesting too much food/calories he doesn’t need? If you are in the habit of leaving his food (most likely a dry food) out all day long, he may overeat.

Have you recently changed his feeding pattern? Switching from a canned or wet food to more dry foods? Dry foods contain approximately 10% moisture while canned foods typically contain 70 – 80% moisture. If you have recently added or replaced moist, canned food with dry foods the increase in dry foods could probably cause your fluff-ball to drink more free water. In this case drinking more free water would be a natural balancing from ingesting less moisture from his food.

Some cats would just eat and eat regardless of whether they are hungry or not. I bet your cat eats when he is bored. You can cut down on his food intake by getting the appropriate dish size. Try as much as possible not to put your obese cat on an unbalanced diet by just reducing calories!

Is your overweight cat exercising consistently? A cat that snoozes and lounges around all day long is prone to obesity. If you recently added a new play-toy, or if your chunky fluff-ball just discovered a new play-toy, and his exercising has increased, that’s a good activity. However, he may need additional free water because of his exercise!

Water by itself won’t cause weight gain. If your overweight cat is drinking too much water, it could be a sign of more serious problems. Drinking too much water can cause your cat’s kidneys to fail. Other serious problems like Thyroid and Diabetes could also be reasons why your heavy cat is drinking lots of water. On the other hand, drinking more water may be the natural consequence of a life-style change.

If you notice any changes in your cat’s behavior especially his eating habit, you should observe and monitor him carefully. Research online. Consult a veterinarian. A vet will carry out the necessary tests to check if anything is wrong.

Can Dry Penis Skin Mean an STI?

Even men who take extra pains when it comes to proper penis care may find that they occasionally get dry penis skin. There can be numerous reasons for this unwelcome occurrence, and usually the cause is fairly harmless. Sometimes, however, dry penis skin can be a sign of a deeper problem – such as the presence of a sexually-transmitted infection, or STI for short.

Not always an STI

As mentioned, there can be numerous other reasons for dry penis skin other than an STI. So what are some of those other causes?

– Lack of lubrication. One of the most common causes of dry penis skin is sex (either partner-based or solo) without sufficient lubrication. Sexual activity by nature requires a certain amount of friction on the penis to provide the stimulation that results in ejaculation and orgasm. But if the penis is not properly lubricated, that friction can cause damage to the skin, including dryness and flakiness.

– Dermatitis. One of the most common skin ailments, dermatitis usually results in a red rash and generally dry skin, often to the point of flakiness. Contact dermatitis is the most common form of dermatitis on the penis; as the name suggests, it results when the comes into contact with an irritant. Most often this is a chemical in harsh soaps or detergents that gets on the skin through showering or washing clothes with a detergent that is simply too strong.

– Psoriasis. Another skin issue, but this one is typically caused by a faulty immune system. Psoriasis is often marked by a scaly rash that also dries out the sensitive.

As annoying or uncomfortable as the above causes of dry may be, they are relatively benign. This is not necessarily the case with dry caused by an STI.

Several STIs can be (but by no means always are) associated with the presence of dry. These include:

– Gonorrhea. Dry is one of the less common symptoms of gonorrhea, but may appear, especially near the tip of the penis, which may also become swollen.

– Syphilis. Men with syphilis often do develop dry, especially during the secondary stage. It may present itself as dry patches, sometimes scaly. Because symptoms of syphilis are often similar to symptoms of other issues, it’s important to be tested for the condition if a man thinks he may possibly have it.

– Herpes. When the herpes virus is at its peak, it may cause some dryness to occur on or around the penis.

What to do

Men who are sexually active need to take steps to prevent an STI, including wearing condoms during sexual activity with a partner. Sexually active men who believe they might have contracted an STI need to immediately seek medical attention. If a doctor diagnoses an STI, he will then prescribe a course of treatment that must be followed closely. Untreated or under-treated STIs can do serious damage to a person.

Treating an STI is crucial, but a man may also need to take steps to treat the symptom of dry penis skin. Whatever the cause, most forms of dry penis skin respond well to regular use of an exceptional penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Moisturizing is key, so select a crème that can do the job. Look for one that includes a combination of potent hydrators, such as natural Shea butter and vitamin E. Antioxidants are also useful when fighting dry skin, so select a crème that contains alpha lipoic acid, one of the most effective antioxidants around.

Allergies Can Cause Asthma Symptoms

Allergy induced asthma affects millions of people and is becoming more common every year. Many people do not even realize that allergies are causing their asthma symptoms and do not seek any help. We are exposed to more and more environmental triggers every year that cause people to have allergic reactions and many times, asthma symptoms.

Allergies can be caused by many things including environmental triggers, foods, pet dander and smoke. These allergies do not only cause the normal symptoms such as headaches, sinus problems, and fatigue but they can also trigger asthma symptoms. The basic asthma symptoms are difficulty breathing, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Allergy induced asthma can begin in childhood but many people do not develop it until later in life.

If you are diagnosed with allergy induced asthma, the first thing you need to do is find out what things are triggering your allergic reactions. Normally a scratch test is given by an allergist to determine what things you are sensitive to. Then you will need to treat your allergies by either using medications or by avoidance practices. Sometimes a combination of both is the best option.

By avoiding your allergy triggers, you obviously will eliminate your symptoms. Many people who suffer from asthma caused by their allergies, can completely eliminate chronic asthma symptoms by treating their allergies. Other times, people will still have mild asthma occassionally depending on the severity.

If you suffer from asthma, you might want to examine your symptoms closely and look for little signs that can lead you to unknown allergies. Many times, you will be able to eliminate many of your asthma symptoms by controlling your allergies. If you are not sure, go see your family physician and explain your symptoms. Many times you will be referred to an allergist who can do further testing.

Treating a Cold Sore With Amazing Results

Treating a cold sore is never fun. Cold sores seem to happen at the worst times. They are ugly, painful and a big inconvenience. And they can be difficult to treat, especially when you have a busy schedule.

One good thing about treating a cold sore – it forms on the surface of your skin where you can easily take care of it. If cold sores were internal sores, like some diseases create, they could be life threatening.

For effectively treating a cold sore, you should be aware of the different stages. As you will see, you will use a different treatment based on the stage of your sore.

These are the variations of cold sore treatment methods for each symptom.

1. The first stage of a cold sore is the tingling stage. The herpes virus has become active and is moving to the surface. When it gets there, it will infect thousands of nerve cells in its effort to replicate.

At this stage you should put something cold on the area. Ice cubes in a plastic bag work well. You can also use a cold can of soda. Cold really discourages the virus and can cause it to give up before it actually creates the sore.

2. Once the virus actually enters the cells, swelling begins to occur. Cold application is still the best treatment at this stage. Apply for 15 minutes at a time. This always helps swelling, and does give some comfort.

3. During the next stage, the open wound appears. This is because of the devastation of thousands of cells by the herpes virus. Ice no longer is the best treatment for your cold sore. Your wound is now in the healing stages.

Ice will still provide great comfort, and reduce swelling. But, unfortunately, it slows down the healing process by driving blood away from the area.

The most important part of treating a cold sore at this point is to keep the wound sterile. You should cleanse the wound with peroxide or alcohol. You can get throw-away alcohol swabs from the diabetes section of your drug store. These are very handy. They can be carried in purse or pocket.

One very popular treatment, for this stage, is a product called Campho-Phenique. It numbs the sore for more comfort, and it combats infections.

4. Treating a cold sore during the healing period calls for application of a warm compress. Applying warm, moist heat greatly shortens healing time since it brings extra blood and oxygen to the wound.

Continue to keep the area sterile. Also, continue applying the comfort treatment (numbing agent) of your choice. Keep in mind that most all drug store cold sore treatments are for comfort and have not proven to speed healing.

APPLYING WARMTH. There are several ways to keep the cold sore warm. One way that works very well is using a damp, warm washcloth. This can be heated up in the microwave. Be cautious not to burn yourself.

A better way of treating a cold sore is by the use of a warm tea bag. This not only provides healing warmth, but also applies some great anti-viral ingredients found in the tea plant.

CAUTION. Cold sores, and the herpes virus that actually causes them, are extremely contagious. This is true, not only for infecting your friends, but other spots on your body as well.

If you have seen folks with numerous cold sores around their mouth, these are likely spread from the original cold sore. Spreading it to your eyes is especially dangerous. It can cause permanent vision damage.

When you are treating a cold sore, protect your fingers from being contaminated. If you must itch or treat the sore, use a tissue or cotton ball. Wash your hands after treatment. The use of hand sanitizing lotion is an excellent way of preventing the spread of the disease.

Cold application is for stopping or slowing the growth at the beginning, and heat is for quick healing of the damage. Keep the cold sore clean and avoid contaminating your fingers for best results in treating a cold sore.