Hawthorne Berry and Other Herbal Remedies for Heart Health

There are many herbal remedies for heart health on the market. The heart health benefits of magnesium have been studied by scientific researchers and magnesium is sometimes including in natural and herbal remedies for heart health.

Some of the herbs have basis in scientific fact, but care must be taken when selecting a product, particularly if you are taking prescription medications. Many of today’s prescription drugs are based on and function similarly to herb components. Thus, interactions can occur.

In order to understand how vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural products promote heart health, it is necessary to understand the risk factors that lead to heart disease. It is believed that if we can control these risk factors, we may be able to prevent many types of heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, blood clots and possibly strokes. Since the risk factors of heart disease and stroke are similar.

The major controllable risk factors for developing heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes, physical inactivity and chronic stress.

Studies have shown that the heart health benefits of magnesium are related to the risk factors that magnesium helps to address and other unique attributes of the mineral. In one study, patients who already exhibited signs of heart disease were noted to have lower levels of magnesium.

During a six month trial, patients who were given an oral magnesium supplement had less chest pain and performed better during stress tests. In other studies magnesium supplements have been shown to correct irregular heart beat, palpitations and even heart murmurs.

Because of the heart health benefits of magnesium, some of the better herbal remedies for heart health contain magnesium ascorbate. This is the form of the mineral that is most easily absorbed by the human body.

Some of the herbal remedies for heart health include Butcher’s Broom, Gingko Biloba, Green Tea and Hawthorne Berry. Butcher’s Broom was used historically as a diuretic and should have beneficial effects on blood pressure.

Gingko Biloba improves circulation by dilating the blood vessels and is believed to protect the arterial walls. Green Tea has been used for weight loss, as a diuretic and is believed to prevent platelet aggregation, this is the technical term for materials in the blood that bind together and eventually form blood clots.

Some herbal remedies for heart health contain Hawthorne Berry, because of its traditional use as a heart tonic. Components in the plant, probably flavonoids and procyanidins, improve the strength of heart muscle contractions, help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, and have been reported to reduce blood lipid concentrations.

Herbal remedies for heart health that contain Hawthorne Berry address several of the major risk factors and may improve the overall strength of the heart. To learn more about dietary supplements that contain Hawthorne Berry, please visit Heart Health Diet Tips.com.

Simonetta Vespucci – The Face That Launched A Thousand Prints

The visage of a ravishing, young woman appears again and again in the art of Sandro Botticelli, Early Italian Renaissance painter. It is a face that is almost as familiar to art lovers all over the world as that of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Botticelli’s model for his most famous art work, The Birth of Venus, was the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci. Once nominated “The Queen of Beauty” at a Florentine jousting tournament, it was Simonetta’s face that Botticelli painted on an art banner that was carried into battle by the tournament winner, Giuliano de’ Medici, a man soon to become her lover. Inscribed beneath her image, Botticelli described her as “the unparalleled one.”

Shortly after her arrival in Florence, Simonetta became known as “La Bella Simonetta,” attracting the attention of poets and artists like Botticelli. They vied to honor her with their artistic creations. At the age of fifteen, Simonetta married a cousin of Amerigo Vespucci, the famous Italian explorer for whom America was named. It was through the Vespucci family connection that Simonetta first met Botticelli and the Medici family, prominent political figures and art patrons. Giuliano de’ Medici was the younger brother of Lorenzo de’ Medici, a wealthy aristocrat who was referred to by his admirers as “Il Magnifico” or Lorenzo the Magnificent for his generosity and lavish lifestyle.

Simonetta, “the unparalleled one,” personified ideal beauty.

The personification of ideal beauty was an important concept to Italian Renaissance artists like Botticelli who thought that outward beauty reflected inner beauty or virtue (spiritual beauty). Simonetta died young in 1476 at the age of twenty-two from tuberculosis, but Botticelli continued to feature her image in his art for the next three decades. All of Botticelli’s female art images were portraits of Simonetta, her face even appearing several times within some compositions. At some time before his death thirty-four years later, Botticelli requested to be buried at Simonetta’s feet. His request was granted and both are interred in the Vespucci parish church of Chiesa d’Ognissanti in Florence, Italy.

How Dead Sea Salts Can Help Your Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common occurrence in daily life. The average person looses up to 100 hairs per day. This number increases due to heredity, stress, trauma, scalp infection, certain diseases, high fever, the use of certain medications, chemical therapies like those used to treat cancer, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances and various other reasons. The compound called dihydrotestosterone (dht) can have an adverse effect on the growth receptors in the hair follicle; it causes the blood vessels in the papilla to shrink which restricts food and oxygen to the matrix that produces hair protein. Dht also blocks certain receptors in the sebaceous gland producing a heavy sebum that later hardens in the follicle to for a hard deposit restricting the hair and causing it to fall out prematurely. This cycle will repeat itself until the follicle itself atrophies. This result in the term we refer to as baldness.

How do you cure hair loss? Well there are hundreds of companies with products stating they can reverse hair loss. They even claim that they can make hair grow. You have all seen the commercials where the balding man is not only the spokesperson but a client as well. Men and women spend hundreds of dollars to fight premature balding only to find that the product they are using is not for them. So why not go back to the basics and take your scalp back to its natural state, before the hair gels, creams, serums, sprays and other byproducts we use everyday to make ourselves look good. We have to think about detoxing our scalp. How do you do this? The same way you detox the rest of your body, you rid yourself of the unhealthy cells that clog your pores and hair follicles.

Dead Sea products have been proven to improve ailments such as eczema, acne, and other skin diseases. Dead Sea mud has proven to cleanse the scalp, resulting in improving the hair follicles ability to allow hair growth as well as strengthening hair roots.

Mud masks made with Dead Sea mud have also proved to be very helpful when applied to a scalp for hair roots strengthening. These masks help to stop hair loss and enhance new growth. They proved to be 4 times more effective than any other product of the kind during comparative tests with many other popular cosmetic brands. Another very powerful effect of using Dead Sea mud is the fact that as it dries, it pulls out any toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet. This leaves the skin completely clean, refreshed and pure on top of infusing it with the minerals. At the same time, it firms your skin and tightens it, giving you an exceptional anti aging benefit and leaving your skin looking younger. Because of this dual effect of exfoliating, cleansing and providing essential minerals, Dead Sea mud is able to help with so many various ailments or to simply keep you skin looking young and healthy for a long time!

Larynx Cancer – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Larynx cancer, also called laryngeal cancer, is a cancer of the voice box situated in the throat. Most cancers of the larynx begin in the glottis and are made up of squamous cells; hence these cancers are called squamous cell carcinomas. Men are four times more likely than women to get cancer of the larynx. Persons who smoke and drink alcohol are more at risk, as also are workers exposed to sulphuric acid and asbestos. Hoarseness of the voice, a lump in the neck, cough, and breathing problems are common symptoms of this condition. Radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy are the standard line of treatment for this disease.

Ayurvedic treatment can be given for laryngeal cancer in addition to the standard available treatment. Medicines used in this condition are Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadhi-Qadha, Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Sunthi (Zinziber officinalis), Marich (Piper nigrum) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). Medicines which act on the ‘Ratka’ and ‘Mansa’ dhatus (tissues) are useful in this condition. These include medicines like 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). The above mentioned medicines are useful to treat the original tumor and to prevent its spread in other parts of the body. Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata) is used in high doses to prevent the spread of the tumor through the lymph glands. Similarly, Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and Saariva are used to prevent the spread of the tumor cells through the blood.

In addition, medicines like Abhrak-Bhasma, Heerak-Bhasma, Suvarna-Bhasma, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Samudrashosh (Argyreia speciosa), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Nagbala (Grewia hirsuta) and Musli (Asparagus adscendens) are used to improve the immunity of the body, reduce tumor size, prevent or reduce side effects of modern treatment, improve quality of life, and improve overall survival. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the care and supervision of an Oncology team.

Measles Rash – Symptoms, Treatment and Information on the Vaccine

Though not spoken about as much today, catching the measles is still a reality for children as well as adults. Also known as rubeola, the measles are caused by the measles virus which is very contagious and brings a painful, spotty, red rash that starts on the face and spreads downward. It is accompanied by a fever, coughing, runny nose and watery eyes; in rare cases, pneumonia or an ear infection may develop. If not treated, it may bring fatal results or permanent brain damage.

Though the symptoms themselves may last a week on average, the process of catching this rash can occur over a period of time if not careful. It usually starts when a person with the measles virus coughs or sneezes into the air. The infected mist is contagious for at least two hours, whether it stays in the air or lands on a surface. The measles virus can be spread four days before getting a rash and four days afterward. A measles rash can appear almost two weeks after being exposed to the virus.

The best way to treat a measles rash is to use a cortisone cream or calamine lotion to relieve itching. Ibuprofen or aspirin may be taken to reduce fever along with plenty of fluids and bed rest. There is no actual cure but it can be prevented with a vaccine. The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine can be given to children as young a one year. Anyone who has not received the MMR vaccine but anticipate traveling to Europe or other parts of the world are strongly encouraged to get a shot as there have been recent outbreaks in the United Kingdom. I personally had the measles when I was young and was told my fever was over 104 degrees. The vaccine was available a year later.

How a Louise Hay Affirmation Movie Helped Me Be Less Ill!

A Louise Hay Affirmation Movie helped me turn from sickly to healthy… find out how…

Have you got a cold right now? Are you feeling a little under the weather? Do you lack energy or feel as if you spend most of the cold winter months sniffling? If so, you would not be the only ones. I am originally from the UK and half of my friends back home seem to have picked up a bug of some sort during the transition from the British (very short) summer and colder autumn months.

It’s to be expected though, isn’t it? Changes in temperature…new bugs…poor immune systems…lack of sunlight. All of these are regularly given as reasons for illness. How many times have you explained away an illness on a poor immune system, or lack of vitamin C, or even burning the candle at both ends? But is this really the case? What if the problem actually went deeper than that. What if the problem was connected to how you felt inside?

I recently saw a great movie called Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Louise Hay is a giant in the affirmations world and famously cured her cervical cancer through positive thinking. This may seem a little out there and new age for some people, but for a moment think of your own experiences. Think about a time when you were doing something everyday that you did not enjoy. It could have been a job, studying, in a bad relationship. How did you feel at the end of the day? Full of energy? For most people, the answer would be no.

I have some direct experience of this myself. Before I left the UK I was pretty unhappy. Not manic-depressive unhappy, but dissatisfied. I did not enjoy my job. I found faults with my relationships and, most of all, I found fault with myself. Looking back now, I realize I was a huge ball of negative thinking. So, how did I feel? Awful is the answer. Physically I was at the worst I have ever been. I put on a lot of weight and picked up every bug going around. I ended up taking so many sick days off work I got a written warning from work, it was that bad!

At the time I made lots of excuses about the weather, drinking too much, not eating healthily, not exercising and so on. At the time they did not even seem to be excuses. They were reasons I had accepted since childhood…when it gets cold you are more likely to get flu, if you work next to an ill person you are likely to pick up their bug. At no point did I link my worsening physical condition with the way I felt emotionally. I knew being unhappy, or unmotivated did not help my energy levels, but I did not make the leap to linking my illness with my unhappiness.

My life has changed a lot since this point and I am hugely grateful for that fact. I took the plunge, left the U.K and have ended up in Honduras working with great people who are focused on positive thinking, spiritual growth and financial freedom. It has been a really transforming experience. I am happy most of the time, I identify when I slip into negative thinking patterns and work my way out of them. I live in a supportive and loving environment that allows me to keep on growing!

The thing that occurred to me after the Louise Hay movie and inspired me to write this article, was that I have been sick around three times this past year. Two of those times were because I was being foolish by not drinking enough water and once was from being a bit experimental with my restaurant choices. No colds, no flu, no exhaustion, no chest infections. I am not eating much healthier, or exercising particularly more. In fact the only external difference has been the weather!

The main difference, and I believe the thing that has changed my health for the better, has been the inner changes I have made. I have started being honest with myself about how I am feeling. I focus on the positive things in life. I stop negative behaviour. I have spent time working on negative belief patterns. I have started using affirmations on a daily basis and listening to inspiring positive authors like Louise Hay, Abraham-Hicks, Dan Millman and many more. My health has improved in direct relation to my happiness.

I really do believe that anyone can be healthier just by incorporating positive thinking into their lives. It does not have to be a difficult process. Here are a few ideas based on things I have used successfully

  1. Try saying an affirmation everyday. I really was not comfortable with affirmations at first so, if you are the same, be patient with yourself. Louise Hay does some great ones on YouTube – Hay Affirmations is also a great channel. Find an affirmation with some music or a message you can relate to and just listen, try to it in the morning and evening before you go to bed.
  2. Read a book or watch a movie. There are so many great personal growth books and movies out there. Like I said, Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life was the inspiration for this article, but there are many other good movies. A book I would really recommend is Abraham-Hicks, Ask and It Is Given. Really inspiring stuff.
  3. Work out what your passions are. Spend 15 minutes thinking about what makes you feel passionate and make sure it has a place in your life.
  4. Be grateful for everything around you. Just sit in a place you find relaxing and beautiful (for me that is the beach) and spend a few minutes thinking about what you are grateful for.
  5. Start appreciating yourself more. Seriously, you are in the best place to do it! Think about all the great things about you. If there are any parts of you that make you feel uncomfortable (weight, honesty, generosity) write them down and think them out. Try and move from the negative place and think a more and more positive thought.
  6. Final trick, is when you start feeling the exhaustion or illness set in, don’t accept it. It’s a form of negative thinking. Just focus on something else, or say the affirmation “I am healthy and happy”. Sounds crazy but it works!

Anyway, I hope if illness or exhaustion is a reoccurring theme in your life that you will give these ideas a chance. What have you got to lose? Find an inspiration like a Louise Hay Affirmation movie and be happy and healthy!

Is My Bronchitis Contagious?

If you have bronchitis, you know how horrible it can make you feel. You probably feel like the only thing you ever get done is cough, hack, and wheeze. Not to mention the phlegm! Gross, right?

The biggest question on your mind is probably, “Is my bronchitis contagious?” The answer is that acute forms of bronchitis are very contagious and could easily be spread to everyone you come in contact with. Bronchitis is not something you probably want to share.

Bronchitis is broken down into two different types. The first you got acute bronchitis. This is the kind that makes bronchitis contagious, because it is caused by influenza, the common chest cold, or an infection.

Commonly, what makes bronchitis contagious is an infection of some sort that causes wheezing, coughing, and hacking. This is very hard for people to work through. It can be very unnerving to have to suffer with bronchitis, contagious or not.

The other kind of bronchitis is chronic bronchitis. This produces similar symptoms and signs as acute bronchitis, but is caused by different things. Smoking, second hand smoke, a virus, or something else. This usually isn’t the kind of things that make bronchitis contagious. However, it’s no less annoying.

One thing that is common for both types of bronchitis is that antibiotics don’t do any good. Quite simply, most bronchitis, contagious or not, is not affected by antibiotics.

A virus causes acute bronchitis and antibiotics do nothing for viral infections.

Antibiotics are useful for treating bacterial infections only, and on top of that, they’re not good for your health. You could be causing more problems with your body. Antibiotics are even known to create more infections, and especially yeast infections.

Usually, with bronchitis, contagious or chronic, there will be a dry cough at the beginning. This will soon turn into a ‘wet’ cough that is accompanied by fever, exhaustion and headaches.

Your acute bronchitis can actually be contagious for as long as you are experiencing symptoms! Those who have bronchitis for 6 months or more should get checked for other serious health conditions.

One way to deal with the antibiotic problem is to find a cure for your bronchitis that is all natural. This will ensure that you are not damaging your body with useless drugs.

There are different natural remedies for bronchitis however, the best kind of natural treatment for bronchitis, contagious or chronic, is a blend of different natural ingredients that target the root causes.

If you have chronic or acute bronchitis, tell your doctor to FORGET the antibiotics, and find something that will really work for you.

Street Fighting Statistics, Karate Technique Selection and the Medical Outcomes

This review article on street fighting emergency department data with a mapping to training curriculums is an abbreviated version of Chapter 1 of a book published in 2011 by the same author (Ref #1).

In the last decade I have been on a journey comparing traditional impact mainland Japanese karate (distance oriented strike fighting & sweep/take-down techniques) to close in fighting approaches. “Close in fighting” has more recently been broadly labeled as “more practical”, therefore, I have been exploring this world by expanding my understanding of kata bunkai and revisiting a little of my judo/grappling skills (which is where I started my martial arts over 25 years ago). This journey has lead me to begin authoring a book, along with a number of clinicians, identifying which injuries are actually recorded from street fights by hospital emergency departments, and based on that extrapolate which techniques seem more practical to train versus others. Follow-on chapters in the book then dissect the anatomy and physiology of techniques most likely to produce medical outcomes based on the data.

The goal is to facilitate thought about what may be regarded as “practical fighting training” so one can train the right techniques to protect oneself from serious injury should a street encounter arise. Even if one chooses not to practice the techniques that eventuate in street based injuries, understanding how others are likely to damage you provides the best insight for defense against any attack.

This excerpt article is not concerned with dominating an opponent in a fight (ego based outcomes), or submissive techniques for law enforcement – as such encounters have no serious medical outcome. But one does want to identify techniques which have an incredibly low probability of occurring based on police and hospital admission data. For the purpose of this article a serious injury from fighting is defined as one needing urgent medical treatment – anything less than that is certainly not worth training night after night, year after year to avoid.

Often when I have taught martial arts seminars I poll the participants on:

• why they train (the data below represents what I see as an answer in such seminars i.e. the largest % answer is self defense (Ref #1)

• how many have actually been in a fight?

• further more, of those who had been in a fight how many considered the situation to be in a category related to “serious bodily harm”? As ripped t-shirts, gashes from rolling on the ground and general bruising all relate to ego, not to self defense against serious bodily harm.

To preface the topic of “practical fighting training” I will discuss the medical practice acronym “EBP” which stands for evidence-based practice. Medical practitioners use “evidence-based practice” as a practice pathway that involves a doctor analyzing data to establish a path of treatment, or future practice. In contrast, very few martial artists have looked at the medical facts related to people’s fighting injuries and why they present at a hospital after fighting. To ensure we are studying the correct type of techniques for self defence (avoiding serious injury in a fight) if that is the aim of most karate-ka we should be looking at what is potentially damaging and combining that with a balance of the probability that such an injury will actually occur. As opposed to blindly practicing techniques year after year that according to medical and police data rarely cause an injury in a street fight today.

In the martial arts world all sorts of claims fly around about this technique, or that approach, being more practical than another. Let’s start by reminding ourselves of what practical means to be sure we do not start down a delusional argument path:

Macmillan Dictionary definition of practical:

“involving or relating to real situations and events that are likely”

Some keywords to note in this definition are “real situations” and “likely” i.e. we should be training for techniques that are probable and lead to injury – otherwise we are living in a delusional world, or one of paranoia, possibly training for a situation which statistics show are incredibly rare.

The data should also define whether a given technique or style of martial art really is:

1. only sports scenario given its low incidence of leading to injury on the street

2. a vestige from feudal times (i.e. practicing something not relevant to today’s medical injury statistics)

3. something that does not cause bodily harm with any degree of probability and, therefore, it is not justified spending many nights/years training to avoid (if the aim is to practice “practical” martial arts)

Using choking techniques as a first example. The reality of a street fight involving grappling that actually leads to strangulation (a medical outcome) is less than 0.001 percent of the population. Comparing the practicality of training for the 0.001 percent probability of strangulation implies someone feels training 3-5 nights a week is worth it for something that is 100 times less likely than getting hit by car while walking.

It is also worth noting that many of those rare strangulation cases are often elderly and women. Therefore young men focusing on choking techniques arguably fall somewhat further into the realm of impractical as their odds are far lower than 1 in 100,000 of ever needing it to create/prevent a medical outcome.

Another data point to put the risk of death by choking in a modern street fight into perspective is comparing the likelihood an average 35 year old male being afflicted with cancer (the odds are near 1 in 100; Modeling The Probability Of Developing Cancer in Germany by Breitscheidel & Sahakyan and published in The Internet Journal of Epidemiology. 2006 Volume 3, Number 2). That is to say that cancer is 1,000 times more likely than strangulation – yet do many 35 year old males go to a training center multiple nights a week for a few hours to engage in cancer preventative research and anti-cancer diet options?

Of course in most pre-1800 societies one would guess this technique was more practical as something to learn, or to learn to defend against. However, with the evolution of modern rigorous law systems, forensics and arguably a general higher regard for human life this technique really has a place in the past and the statistics point to that.

Grappling techniques and their probability of leading to medical outcomes. The data presented in detail in the upcoming book highlights that impact injuries (e.g. a head punch leading to hospitalization) as a result of street fighting are ten times more likely than grappling related injuries. Obviously gaining a high level of expertise at blocking, or staying out of distance of a fast incoming blow is the key technique of all to develop timing skills around (which is the very definition of karate’s core skill set as long as one includes hook and straight punches). Unless you are in law enforcement you are ten times more likely to need this than a grappling skill to protect yourself in the street (as a note one must remember even the odds of needing the punch aversion skill is low for the average citizen).

The police stats from the UK for the top 10 assault activities (which differ in only a minor way to the top 10 medical outcomes) are below (male-on-male data only):

1. Attacker pushes, defender pushes back, attacker throws a swinging punch to the head.

2. A swinging punch to the head

3. A front clothing grab, one handed, followed by punch to head

4. Two handed front clothing grab, followed by headbutt

5. Two handed front clothing grab followed by knee to groin

6. Bottle, glass or ashtray to the head, swinging

7. A lashing kick to groin/lower legs

8. A bottle, glass jabbed to face

9. A slash with a knife, usually 3-4 inch lockblade or kitchen knife

10. A grappling style headlock

Note: the top 9 of the 10 listed are all impact oriented forms of assault.

As case and point in regards to the importance of head punches in the street, in the month of writing this article we unfortunately had two adult members of our network in two distinct street fights. One was a kyu rank and the other fight involved one of our black belts. It is a shame whenever such a thing occurs but as a credit to their training both instances saw a block and single punch counter incapacitate their opponents where head punches were the issue at hand. Of course a single counter may not be defining outcome every time, but the key point here is the head shots and the probability of injuries resulting from technique over another.

There is no data to show that once two fighters “go to ground” regardless of whether they are trained or untrained that there is any reason to believe an injury is more/less likely to result (i.e anyone can “bear hug” another individual without years of grappling training and the result via the medical statistics is once they do so the likelihood of a medical injury is essentially gone). The grappler may get the better of person who is not trained but the statistics still show no significant medical outcomes – hence one must ask is it worth training for something with no outcome other than ego protection? We must come back to true self defense against serious bodily harm as a reason to train not an emphasis on ego related issues.

Break-Fall Techniques and the probability they protect one from medical outcomes. Reflecting on break-fall training (ukemi in Japanese), the data shows that serious concussion (traumatic brain injury [TBI]) from falls in an assault scenario results in hospitalization at a rate of 1 in 3,000 for Australian males around the 35 year age bracket (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Canberra, Hospital separations due to traumatic brain injury, Australia 2004-05 by Helps, Henley & Harrison). One must also note that this data includes fall injuries after being punched or kicked as well as from throws – so the actual grappling related injuries from falls/throws is lower than 1 in 3000. So the justification for break fall training is at least 35,000 times higher than strangulation techniques. Throws/falls are in fact the primary event that may produce an injury if a street fight moves from an impact scenario to a grappling event, so break fall training in ones curriculum is key if you are looking to address the top ten injury scenarios.

USA data mirrors the Australian results (Ref #1) in relation to concussion (TBI = traumatic brain injury) and the USA data conclusions state that:

“Most physical assault related injuries were caused by a person being struck by another person. The next largest category involved falls/throws etc. leaving less than 10% of injuries related to grappling.” – U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Violence-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments.

“Arm bars” or reverse joint breaks and the incidence of a medical outcome ina street fight. Joint hyperextensions (e.g. arm bars) had incidences at levels so low in USA and Australian studies that comments in a variety of reports given included:

• “too low to accurately report”

• “so low not recorded”

In talking with emergencies doctors I come across through my work or friend connections highlighted the reality of the emergency department surveys. For example, in interviewing 4 emergency consultants each with approximately 20 years experience (cumulatively that is 80 years of 8 hours a day hanging around emergency departments) none could report a fighting related incident involving hypertension of joint (e.g. arm bars) causing a dislocation and a need for medical treatment. So while those Steven Segal movies with reverse elbow breaks look great and bunkai from such kata as Seipai involving reverse breaks exist, injuries from such techniques never seem to present at hospitals.

Budo training – “All roads lead to Rome”

Extrapolating from the above data one could list the following summary:

1. The probability of an assault leading to a serious medical injury for the average citizen is very low

2. If by chance you are one of the few who suffers a serious injury in an assault, medical admission statistics and police assault data show that very few serious injuries result from grappling compared with strikes (an approximate ratio of 1 to 10).

The data make it very hard to justify spending many nights a week for many years in a dojo for self defence given the likelihood of using the techniques to prevent injury are far below such other remote possibilities causing bodily harm such as cancer, and even pedestrian car strikes (i.e. other things we would never think to spend so much time training for via preventative measures). Yet when practitioners are surveyed (above poll data) they indicate their primary desire for training is self defence against serious injury – this seems to be a mismatch, or imply a state of paranoia humans tend to have that is out of proportion relative to other health/life threatening events.

One must remember that martial arts encompass at least the following:

1. Self Defense

2. Health/Fitness

3. Character Development (confidence, stable emotion, clarity of thinking)

As per the Macmillan Dictionary definition of “practical” given earlier in this chapter the “Self Defence” component of the above list really does may not fit into the realm of practical regardless of one’s training style or emphasis. However, “Fitness” and “Character Development” are things we will all use every single day of our lives to be the best we can be in life, work and family. Therefore, the emphasis, and rationale for training must lie in the two items listed above that we use every day rather than the one item we will according to statistics probably never use. These issues should provide a compass for sensei to consider their curriculum and student outcomes.

In many ways, over so many decades and by so many of the martial arts masters an emphasis has been placed on the “zen” or character development side of the martial arts. The idiom “All roads lead to Rome” is very appropriate as no matter how one analyses martial arts inevitably discussions of Budo return to the inward journey to better oneself. The statistics and likelihood of medical outcomes from fighting also point to that same answer.

Why Do I Have Calf Pain? It Could Be Deep Vein Thrombosis

A young woman presents to her podiatrist office with pain and swelling in her calf. She was seen two weeks prior and was found to have a fractured bone in her foot. To treat this condition, she was given a CAM boot (walking cast) to stabilize the fracture. Current medications she is taking include oral contraceptives (birth control pills). What is the cause of her pain?

Definition of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

The ability of blood to clot plays a major role in healing. Upon injury that causes bleeding, platelets and fibrin clump together to form a durable barricade to blood flow. This prevents loss of blood from the body and facilitates the healing process. However, this process can occur at times that are unnecessary, resulting in an unwanted blockage of blood flow in blood vessels. A common site for blood clotting gone awry is the deep vein of the calf.

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep vein of the calf. You may have heard about episodes of DVT caused by sitting or lying down for a long period of time, such as on an airplane or in a hospital bed. A long period of immobility slows down blood flow through the veins, which is a major risk factor for clot formation. DVT can also occur after surgery due to damage to the venous vessel wall.

Hypercoagulability of blood is another reason why DVT can arise. Hypercoagulability is a state of excessive clotting in the blood, and could possibly be the reason why the patient in the above example presents to the clinic today. Supplemental estrogen from contraceptive use can increase the coagulability of blood. Notice also that the patient arrived in a CAM walker, which rendered her immobile for a considerable period of time and furthered her risk of developing DVT.

Other risk factors include pregnancy, smoking, or genetic conditions like thrombophilia.

Clinical Presentation

A patient with DVT can present with pain in one leg that gets better when the leg is elevated. Redness, swelling and tenderness are other symptoms to take into account. It should be noted, however, that a patient with DVT might not experience symptoms at all.

Potential complications

A major concern for development of DVT is the potential for portions of the clot to break off, forming an embolus. An embolus flows through the blood and can lodge itself in a downstream location. A pulmonary embolism is a dangerous complication that occurs when a portion of the clot breaks and gets stuck in an artery in the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include a sudden shortness of breath and cough. Patients experiencing these symptoms should immediately visit the emergency department. This condition can be life threatening!

Physical Exam

When a podiatrist suspects a DVT, there are certain simple physical test that can be performed as screening tools. Some patients may exhibit pain when their foot is extended towards the ankle, eliciting a positive Homan’s sign. A positive Bancroft’s sign is observed when the patient experiences pain when the doctor squeezes their calf from the front and back. Neither of these tests can absolutely confirm that a DVT is present, but can certainly aid in diagnosis when combined with patient history and further diagnostic testing.

Diagnostic test

Use of a duplex ultrasound is a sure-fire way to confirm diagnosis of DVT. This noninvasive procedure measures the blood vessels in the patient’s calf for irregularities in flow. A thrombus is present when blockage of flow is observed.

A d-dimer test can also be used. D-dimer is a fragment of fibrin, one of the molecules involved with building a robust clot in blood vessels. Blood is drawn from the patient and the level of d-dimer is measured. If measured level is high, indicating a positive test, then further testing can be done to confirm DVT. This test is usually used when there is a low probability that the patient has DVT because a negative test rules it out.

Treatment

The importance of treating DVT, even if it is asymptomatic, is to prevent the occurrence of more lethal complications such as a pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulants can be prescribed for the purpose of achieving this goal by dissolving the clot or preventing it from growing larger. These medications include injections of Low Molecular Weight Heparins (LMWH) or oral Coumadin.

Prophylactic measures can also be taken in patients that are at risk of developing DVT. Compression stockings can be used on patients who are bedbound for a long period of time. Anticoagulants can also be used prophylactically. It is important to advise patients who have had previous episodes or are at risk of clotting to not stay seated for too long when flying long distances since this can cause development of DVT.

If you are reading this because you think that this might be what is causing your calf pain….call 911 or go quickly to the nearest emergency room!

Breuzim – The Essential Oil From The Jungles of the Amazon

Out of the Amazon Jungles of Brazil comes an essential oil unique in its ability to aid in brain function. Breuzim has been used for centuries by the people of Brazil, but only recently has it been introduced to the United States in an essential oil blend called Brain Gem.

While serving in the military in Brazil, Dr. Guilherme Oberlaender de Almeida, M.D. got a firsthand look at how the tribes of the Amazon used their native plants. He found one group would use Breuzim incense as a way for the tribal leaders to recall generations of tribal history. They found this incense was amazing for memory. Some Indians of the Amazon use the Breuzim in the rites of baptism and other rituals. The incense of the resin is also used repel negative energies to keep the environment healthy

The Breuzim tree is a resinous tree that can reach up to thirty meters. All parts of the plants are aromatic.

Breuzim essential oil is used in natural medicine of the people of the Amazon rainforest as a cellular oxygenator which strengthens the entire central nervous system. It crosses the blood brain barrier and helps to accelerate synapse between neurons and the brain. It is also used in Brazil for sinusitis, lung disease and epilepsy.

Dr. Oberlaender once gave Breuzim oil to a mother who had a child with delayed mental development. The child was only four years old and was not expected to gain much more in mental capacity. The mother was to put it on the child twice a day which she did faithfully. Years later, Dr. Oberlaender received and letter in the mail from this woman. Expecting the bad news that the boy had died, he was delighted to be invited to this young man’s graduation from college with a degree in engineering.

Brain Gem synergistically combines the essential oils of Breuzim, Rose, Peppermint, Helichrysum, and Frankincense. This powerful combination creates a vibration equal to that of the brain.

It has been shown to have dramatic effects on people with brain damage due to stroke or injury or birth challenges such as autism and cerebral palsy. It increases memory, focus and coordination. It clarifies thought processes, aids in sleep and in memory recall and retention. You can use a drop of Brain Gem on the back of the neck and the temples to help you stay alert and help prevent brain challenges.

Only the very best essential oils will give you the results you are looking for. Brain Gem essential oil blend with the benefits of Breuzim oil is one of them.From the rainforests of the Amazon to you.

This article is designed for informational purposes only. It is to help you get ideas on how to nurture your health so you can enjoy wellness. It is not to diagnose or treat any disease. Consult your physician for the treatment of disease or health issues.

Sleep Paralysis – Help to Help You Sleep Better Tonight

The nature of this condition normally leaves one wondering whether sleep paralysis help is actually available. For one it is a neurological condition which was at first believed to be psychological in nature but of late has been linked to other things as well. The best way to tackle this problem would be to understand how it works and the things that cause it.

Sleep paralysis occurs when you suddenly wake up from a dream and you can not exercise voluntary movement over your muscles. The change over of the body from a state of being in totally fast asleep to being totally awake is meant to take some time. If it happens suddenly you become trapped in a state of partial consciousness where you do not know what is real and what is not.

The visions and sensations you feel are real to you and you try and react but because the body is aware that you are in a dream it effects paralysis upon you It's normal to panic and feel fear in such situations but it can be controlled. So when it comes to sleep paralysis help we try and get rid of all the things that will disrupt your normal sleeping cycle. The most obvious things are avoiding alcohol, smoking or caffeine just before you sleep.

Avoid going to sleep without having emptied your bladder. You would be surprised at the things that can trigger sleep paralysis episodes. The room that you sleep in should be fairly dark and be quiet. Light and sound are disruptive to the sleep pattern.

There is lots of sleep paralysis help available. There are so many remedies and techniques that you can make use of, some ideas that other people have tried and found to work very well. There is no need to be having sleepless and restless nights when you have so many options that you can try.

Choosing a Puppy – Umbilical Hernia and Its Implications

When planning to buy a puppy, you want to get the healthiest as much as possible. Those with pure breed may come expensive but enthusiasts will gladly pay for them. One of the conditions that you may want to avoid in your new puppy, especially if you plan to use them as stud in the future, is the presence of umbilical hernia if you can’t verify whether it’s a real one or not. This condition occurs when the contents of the puppy’s abdominal area sticks out through its abdominal wall around the belly button. When checking the puppy for hernia, see if there is a soft mass, usually irregularly round in shape, that protrudes in the belly button area.

In most cases, the cause of umbilical hernia is unknown. You may need to have the puppy checked with your veterinarian yourself if you happen to doubt the owner’s statement about the nature of the puppy’s condition. There are generally two causes for this condition: hereditary and delayed closures.

A true umbilical hernia, the hereditary one, should cause a concern for puppy owners especially who plans to have breeds of dogs. This condition can be passed on to their next generations. In this case, a solid circular cartilage may protrude on the abdominal part of the puppy that could extend into its diaphragm. This type of hernia may be very difficult to fix surgically and may require a mesh implant.

On the other hand, umbilical hernias that are caused by delayed closures may heal over period of time after birth, usually up to six months. While the puppy is still a fetus in its mother’s womb, blood vessels pass from the mother to the puppy through the opening in the puppy’s umbilicus (belly button). Normally, when the puppy is born, the belly button closes. However, when this fails to close immediately, umbilical hernia occurs and it may take some time for it to heal. In some cases, a minor operation is required.

So is it advisable to pass on puppies with umbilical hernia? It depends on you. If you are a strict dog breeder, you may want to avoid those with umbilical hernia. But if you just want to own and take care of any dog, those with umbilical hernia may touch your compassionate heart. On the other hand, if you are a practical pet owner, you may want to avoid paying the costs of surgery and therapy for the puppy’s umbilical hernia.

Take note, however, that larger umbilical hernia may cause serious difficulties to your puppy. It may cause a loop of the puppy’s intestines to be trapped, causing life-threatening situations. One sign of strangulation of the intestine is when the puppy keeps on vomiting and is having abdominal pains. Also, your puppy is often depressive and shuns away from food. Large hernia sac may feel warm as a sign that a part of intestine has been trapped in it.

True umbilical hernias may also be associated with other hereditary conditions in your puppy, such as cleft palates and heart problems. Furthermore, male puppies with umbilical hernia may run the risk of having cryptorchidism, an abnormal condition at birth in which the testicles (one or both) stay in the abdomen from where they were developed. The puppy’s testicles must descend to its scrotum at the latest of two months to avoid complications.

So whether or not you’ll pass on paying for a puppy with umbilical hernia, it is your choice. As long as you know the implications of having puppies with the hernia condition, you can assess whether or not you are up for the challenge to take care of such pet.

Pregnancy In The Stone Age – Can We Learn Something?

The woman who became pregnant during the Stone Age faced huge risks compared with today’s mother-to-be. There was no way to control bleeding or infection; Caesarean section was not an option. That we survived as a species seems remarkable – until you dig a little deeper.

The outcome of pregnancy depends on the underlying health of the mother, nutrition before and during pregnancy and the threat of infection. In all those areas the woman of 50,000 years ago was better off than her counterpart today. How is that possible in an age when there was no plumbing, no medical care and no protection from infectious diseases?

Better diet, better pregnancy

The primitive woman’s diet was less likely to be deficient in important nutrients than that of today’s young girls. (Ref 1) A study from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has confirmed earlier reports that adolescent and adult pregnant women take in too little iron, zinc, folate and vitamin E.

A woman who begins pregnancy without sufficient calcium, vitamin D and other bone-building nutrients increases her risk of developing osteoporosis in middle age. But that’s not the end of the story. Her infant may also be at greater risk of fracture in the future. Osteoporosis of middle age is at least partly programmed before birth, especially if the mother smokes and has little physical activity. (Ref 2, 3, 4)

Most laypersons believe that Stone Agers were hearty meat-eaters. Anthropologists know that isn’t so. They lived on a predominantly meat diet for only about 100,000 years, from the time that Homo sapiens developed keen hunting skills until the advent of farming. Before that time meat came from carrion and small game. The bulk of their calories came from vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts.

Plant foods contain everything that a pregnant woman needs, including vitamins, antioxidants, protein and minerals. Modern vegetarians often become deficient in vitamin B12 but small game, birds’ eggs and the deliberate or accidental inclusion of insects in the Stone Age diet provided more than enough of that critical nutrient.

Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy leads to defective formation of the infant’s brain and spinal cord. Those abnormalities are much less likely among the babies of mothers who receive an adequate amount of folate, at least 400 micrograms per day. So few women eat enough green leafy vegetables to boost their folate levels, the U.S. government requires that manufacturers of baked goods add it to their products.

Obstetricians have been prescribing multivitamins for their pregnant patients for decades but it is only in recent years that studies confirmed the wisdom of that practice. In 2002 the American Medical Association reversed a position of long standing and recommended that everyone, with no exceptions, needs a multivitamin/multimineral preparation every day in order to avoid subtle but health-damaging inadequacies of these nutrients. Taking a multivitamin reduces the risk of congenital defects of the newborn, especially those that involve the heart. Preeclampsia is a serious, sometimes fatal complication of pregnancy. Women whose intake of vitamins C and E is low have a threefold greater risk of that condition. (Ref. 5, 6)

Would these mostly vegetarian early Stone Agers have become iron-deficient? Not likely. Their diet was rich in iron as well as in Vitamin C that facilitates iron absorption. Under those conditions iron deficiency would have been rare. Cereal grains interfere with iron absorption, which explains why iron-deficiency is common in societies that subsist primarily on grains. However, one of the main reasons why Stone Age women were unlikely to be iron deficient is that they didn’t have nearly as many menstrual cycles as modern women do.

In a primitive society the onset of menses is about 5 years later than that of American young women. Modern hunter-gatherers, like the oldest Stone Agers, are either pregnant or nursing during most of their childbearing years and they only menstruate a few times between weaning one child and conceiving another. In those groups breastfeeding does suppress ovulation because it is literally on demand, i.e., every few minutes, even throughout the night. For a modern breastfeeding mother, on demand often means no more frequently than every couple of hours and perhaps once or twice a night after the third or fourth month. Thus menses return in spite of nursing and monthly blood loss continues.

The fish-brain connection

Beginning about 150,000 years ago our ancestors discovered seafood. The increased intake of fatty acids in fish and shellfish initiated the great advance in brain size and complexity that allowed humans to progress more quickly in the next 100,000 years than they had in the preceding million. Enormous gains in toolmaking and the development of language and group communication followed.

The human brain is composed mostly of water but the solid portion is mostly fat. The body can’t manufacture the omega-3 and omega-6 fats that make up so much of the structure of the brain and eye so we need them in our diet. Maternal deficiency of these nutrients, especially omega-3s, prevents the newborn brain and eyes from reaching their full potential. The best source of omega-3 fats is fish; nuts and leafy green vegetables are also good sources.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are found in every cell of the body. They allow efficient flow of nutrients, regulate nerve impulses and keep inflammation in the right balance. In a proper diet there is an equal amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. That allows the immune system to fight infection, a real threat that humans faced from the Stone Age until the age of antibiotics, a mere 70 years ago.

The advantage to the baby of a diet that is rich in omega-3 fats is obvious but mothers need it, too. Nature protects the unborn infant by tapping into the mother’s stores of omega-3 fats. A woman whose intake of omega-3 fatty acids is low during the months and years preceding pregnancy will develop a deficiency of her own. This becomes worse with succeeding pregnancies if her intake of omega-3s remains low. Postpartum depression affects about 10 percent of women following delivery and it is associated with a deficiency of omega-3 fats. (Ref 7, 8)

The newest epidemic

There is one complication of pregnancy that never occurred in the Stone Age: type 2 diabetes. No disease in modern times has risen so fast. It has increased several-fold since the 1950s; between 1990 and 2001 it rose by 61 percent. Gestational diabetics (Ref. 9) are those who do not yet have the full-blown disease but they cannot process blood sugar (glucose) properly during pregnancy. About half of them will develop frank diabetes in the years following delivery of their infant.

Most of us know type 2 diabetes, which was once referred to as adult-onset diabetes, as the disease that our grandparents developed in their later years. It’s no longer uncommon to find it in adolescents, even in grade-schoolers. As it has dipped into the younger generation it has alarmed – but not surprised – physicians to find that it is no longer a rarity in obstetric practice.

How can we be so certain that the pregnant Stone Ager didn’t have diabetes? This is a lifestyle disease that has three major associations: a low level of physical activity, a diet that is high in refined grains and sugars, and obesity. Those conditions simply didn’t occur during the Stone Age. Their lifestyle demanded strenuous effort. Grains of any sort were not part of their diet because they require tools and controlled heat. Sugar as we know it simply didn’t exist and honey was an occasional lucky find. Obesity would have been non-existent, as it is today among the planet’s dwindling populations of hunter-gatherers.

Diabetic mothers have more complications of pregnancy than normal women do. Their babies are 5 times as likely to die and are 3 times as likely to be born with abnormalities of various organs.

They kept germs at bay

Common wisdom states that Stone Age people were an infection-ridden lot but that simply isn’t true. They had powerful immune systems because of high levels of physical activity and a remarkably varied diet. Between the protective antibodies that a mother passed across the placenta and those that she conferred on her newborn via breastmilk, Stone Age babies had more protection against the germs of the day than modern infants do.

Sexually transmitted diseases don’t spread very far or very fast when people live in small isolated bands as they did during the Stone Age. The likelihood that today’s pregnant female will have at least one of these infections is more than 50 percent (Ref. 10). The impact on babies can be severe; some die, some will be brain-damaged.

Choice and consequences

Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs have produced a generation of infants with problems that Stone Age babies never faced. Mothers who smoke have infants that are smaller than the norm and whose brain development may be compromised. Alcohol or cocaine use by the mother during pregnancy results in stunted growth, congenital defects and other severe problems.

Given a choice, none of us would want to live in a Stone Age world but we have neutralized the almost miraculous medical advances of the last century. We have allowed our daughters to be less physically active and to subsist on a marginal diet. If we could reverse those two factors alone there would be a dramatic decline in prematurity and other complications of pregnancy.

The lessons that we can learn from the Stone Age are not subtle, obscure or beyond our capacity to imitate them. We can produce the healthiest generation ever by making better choices for our children and for ourselves.

Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. is the author of Health Secrets of the Stone Age, Better Life Publishers 2005. Contact him via his web site at http://www.stoneagedoc.com.

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Multiple Sclerosis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the nerves of the central nervous system degenerate. This disease is believed to be an auto-immune disorder, resulting from an immune dysfunction of the body. Genetic factors are believed to play a major role in MS. There are different types of MS, including a relapsing- remitting type, a primary progressive type and a secondary progressive type. Symptoms include visual disturbances, muscular spasm, numbness and weakness, loss of sensation, speech impediments, tremors, giddiness, cognitive defects and depression. Heat appears to intensify symptoms for some patients while pregnancy probably reduces the number of attacks.

The Ayurvedic treatment of MS is aimed at treating the basic pathology of the disease, reducing the number of attacks, improving recovery from attacks, halting or slowing down the progression of the disease, and treating immune dysfunction.

Medicines used for this purpose are: Yograj-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Kaishor-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Agnitundi-Ras, Vish-Tinduk-Vati, Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus). Yashtimadhuk and Kuchla (Strychnos nuxvomica) form the main stay of treatment for this disease.

Medicines which act on the ‘Majja’ Dhatu (tissue) of the body are also very effective in treating this condition and include medicines like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Musta (Cyperus rotundus).

In addition, localized therapy can also be used in which medicated oils are used to massage the body, followed by medicated steam fomentation. Medicines used for these procedures are: Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil, Mahasaindhav oil, Dashmool qadha (decoction) and Nirgundi qadha.

Specific problems or complications have to be treated separately, in addition to the use of the above-mentioned medicines. Visual disturbances can be treated using medicines like Triphala-Ghrut, Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Shatavari and Saptamrut-Loh.

Muscular weakness can be treated with medicines like Ashwagandha, Kuchla, Tapyadi-Loh and Trayodashang-Guggulu.

Cognitive defects can be treated using medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Vacha (Acorus calamus) and Ashwagandha.

Depression can be treated using Vacha, Laxmi-Vilas-Ras and Shrung-Bhasma.

Psychotic symptoms can be treated using Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina).

Medicines like Yashtimadhuk, Vish-Tinduk-Vati, Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Tapyadi-Loh, Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma and Suvarna-Bhasma can be given on a long term basis to bring about maximum recovery from this disease and prevent recurrence. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of a Neurologist.

Radiculitis – Let The Nature Help You Deal With It

The article deals with natural remedies to relieve pain caused by radiculitis. There are various forms of radiculitis depending upon the area it affects. The disease might be either acute or chronic.

When suffering from the disease, the first step towards recovery involves complete rest. You should lie down on even mattress. Your body should not sink into the mattress. In addition, you should wear firm corset for fixing the spine area. However, you should not wear the corset for longer than 2-3 hours per day.

The second step involves relieving the pain. There are various home remedies to relieve the pain.

  1. Smear the bad areas with honey and cover them with 2 layers of paper towel. Afterwards, put on 2-3 mustard plasters and polythene. Tie round warm scarf or blanket. You should leave the compress on for no longer than 1.5 hours. In case of the sensation of pain, you should take the compress off.
  2. Grate radish or horseradish and apply the paste to the painful areas. In order to make the effect of the remedy softer, you can add sour cream to the paste.
  3. Infuse thistle root with vodka to get a tincture. Rub the bad areas with it or use the remedy for compress.
  4. Mix thyme tops, chamomile blossoms, hedge hyssop tops and elder blossoms. Infuse the mix of the herbs with boiling water and use the infusion for warm compress. Put the compress on the bad area, tie round blanket and leave the compress on for an overnight.
  5. Mix 50 milliliters of apple vinegar with 40-50 grams of frankincense. Apply the mixture on a piece of woolen fabric and put the fabric on the painful area for 3 evenings by turns.
  6. Infuse 30 grams of red chili pepper with 200 milliliters of vodka or ethanol at 70 percent concentration. Let the infusion brew for 2 weeks. Decant the tincture and squeeze the sediment. Rub the bad areas with the tincture.
  7. Prepare eucalyptus infusion and use the remedy externally to rub the painful areas.
  8. Grind chestnut to get a powder and mix it with camphor oil or lard. Lay the paste on a piece of brown bread and put it on the bad area.
  9. Apply horseradish leaves to the bad area for a longer period of time. When the leaf withers, replace it with fresh leaf.
  10. Apply the soft side of thistle leaf to the painful are to relieve the pain.