Nerve Impingement – Brachial Plexus (Shoulder-Arm Complex) And Lumbar – Sacral Complex

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for disk herniation or neural stenosis or any other neurological dysfunction.

This article is only intended to provide some information related to sources of pain with neurological origins.

Any individual suffering from neural pain may wish to consult with their physician or specialist before seeking massage therapy.

I am a graduate in Winnipeg in advanced massage therapies.

I have studied neurology for three years within my massage therapy courses and would like to share what might be causing nerve impingement in the brachial plexus.(shoulder/arm complex) and lumbar/sacral complex.

The nerves which serve the arm come out of the gap between the vertebrae below C5,6,7and T1. This is called the ‘brachial plexus’.

One branch goes to the left arm and the other to the right arm, via the armpit and contains five main nerves, the axillary, radial, musculocutaneous, median, and ulnar.

There is an annular disk between the vertebrae made of a fibrous outer disk and an inner gelatinous pulposa.

When this disk dries out, one of them being aging; for many reasons, it narrows the gap between the vertebrae and can impinge, entrap, or irritate the nerve by rubbing it the wrong way, excuse the humour. Another cause of nerve impingement related to disks is the anterior or posterior herniated disk. This happens when due to an over-flexed or over-extended spine or due to anterior/posterior or lateral shearing when there is excessive pressure placed upon the disk and the inner portion, the gelatinosa, protrudes posteriorly and impinges the posterior nerve root. This can happen during an activity of sports or over-exertion during gardening or other occasional nature. Sometimes this type of injury can happen because of an imbalance in musculature between left and right, flexors and extensors, causing the strain and subsequent herniation of the disc.

The other main cause for vertebral nerve impingement is vertebral subluxation, caused by hypertonic (tight) muscles which because of overuse or trauma have twisted or rotated the vertebrae left or right, anterior or posterior, and impinged the nerve.

I’ve heard of neurosurgeons performing laminectomies where they remove the laminaes between the anterior part of the vertebrae and the posterior processes and then fuse the vertebrae together. This limits motion but also limits the friction. While they remove the laminaes, they also enlarge the gap where the nerve exits by digging out the bone between the vertebrae.

This procedure is also often performed in the lumbar area where many posterior herniations occur, esp. between L4-L5, L5-S1.

The scenario which includes pain being severe upon ‘arising’, during hip extension, makes sense. Any nerve impingement at the sacrum or lumbar area will pull the ‘erector spinae’ all the way up the back to the neck and irritate any nerve impingement in the cervicals “neck” area. This will cause the pain possibly to be referred into the shoulders, arms, neck, and face.

The muscles which support the back are the extensor group, which are along each side of the spine, which attach to the sacrum between the hips, the iliac crest of the hips, and climb to the neck, attach to the transverse and spinous processes of all the vertebrae. They are responsible for back extension, side-bending, and rotation.

Any ‘stenosis’ or narrowing of the gaps between the vertebrae may cause nerve impingement.

Which brings me to the other aspect of why I wrote this article. That has to do with the benefits of massage. Sometimes there are muscles which are’hypertonic’: tight.

These muscles may have become that way because of chronic overuse, guarding: which occurs when there is surrounding trauma and the muscles contract to protect the surrounding area by limiting movement. Unfortunately sometimes these muscles don’t know when to turn off and elongate after the guarding is no longer needed or useful. And so they stay shortened and tight. Massage therapy can help relax and elongate these muscles and in many instances relieve nerve impingement. The nerves sometimes go through these muscles or between two fascicles “bundles” of muscles and can impinge nerves.

The resulting pain will be similar to vertebral stenosis(narrowing) and the patient may present themselves with similar pain to the upper brachial plexus, or to the lower sciatic like pain, caused by the tight piriformis muscle in the gluteal ‘buttocks’ region. Because the sciatic nerve which innervates the posterior leg, runs between the piriformis muscle and the obturator foramen which is the opening where the sciatic nerve passes through to go from the anterior of the sacrum to beneath the gluteus maximus and then down the leg,

A tight piriformis will impinge the sciatic nerve upon arising or hip extension, or when externally rotating the leg. This pain is usually felt when driving for a long time, or when going from sitting to standing, crossing the leg over the knee would be impossible because of the increase in pain.

This treatment , piriformis release, can be performed by any remedial massage therapist who has been trained to recognize the difference between a herniated disk, an impinged disk due to stenosis, and a hypertonic muscle situation. The straight’well’ leg test or the slump test will test for a herniated disk. A negative test would lead one to suspect the piriformis, esp. is there is pain upon lateral rotation of the leg ,esp. with hip flexed. Herniated disks usually herniate to one side appearing unilaterally,

There is not much which massage therapies can do to assist a herniated disk condition, except to release some of the muscles which may be guarding the dysfunctional vertebrae allowing for more movement. This may not be the best thing to do because the guarding muscles are preventing more pain and motion in the region to minimize future injury. The advantage gained by more mobility may be offset by the disadvantage of increased risk of further injury with excessive motion.

The best solution would be to apply ice, for ten minute sessions every hour, in the acute stage; contrast hot(three minutes) and cold(one minute) applications in the sub-acute stage on injury. This usually is one week to three weeks after the initial injury.

Besides the rest and reduced stress on the area for the period of acute recovery, the hernia usually will heal or rectify itself without surgery. It is only in rare cases where spinal fusion of the vertebrae is required because the pain is too intense with motion.

In the neck and shoulder, the brachial plexus can be impinged beneath the trapezius, or , between the neck muscles and the sterno-cleido-mastoid “scm”.

Or it can be impinged between the clavicle “collarbone’ and the ribs by a tight pectoralis minor and major. Shoulders which are rotated forward, usually accompanied by a hunchback are symptoms of a possible tight pectoralis.

There is a ‘pec minor’test which can be performed. Raise your arms up above your head. If you get tingling, numbness in the arms and fingers , usually unilaterally, to one side, that would confirm a tight pectoralis. It is possible to have the neurological deficit bilaterally, on both sides, but this would be less common.

Treatment for a tight pectoralis can be performed by any qualified massage therapist with assessment capabilities.

The Functions of the Gallbladder and the Gallbladder Disease

The gallbladder is a small organ situated near mid-abdominal area of the body. Its main function is to store the bile that comes from the liver. Bile is a substance that helps in the digestion of fat. Fat does not dissolve in water, so in order to emulsify fat something special is needed. The liver produces the bile and then stores it in the gallbladder until the body needs to digest fats. When this moment comes, the gallbladder starts to let the bile flow down into the intestine, inside the duodenum, where fat is digested with its help and then absorbed by the organism. While bile sits in the gallbladder, the water from it pours out through the gallbladder’s walls, making the bile more concentrated and therefore more effective. Bile also neutralizes some of the acids that are found in certain types of food.

Just like every other organ in the body, the gallbladder can malfunction and cause illness. At some people, usually women that are over 40 years of age, (but there have been quite a large number of cases of men suffering from gallbladder too), the bile inside it can crystallize into small stones, called gallstones. Gallstones are made of salt, calcium and cholesterol, all put together in a small stone. These gallstones can cause some problems, starting with the inflammation of the gallbladder and ending with severe pain and blockage.

In 3 quarters of the patients gallbladder does not cause any visible symptoms, but in one quarter something appears. These are the most encountered symptoms of the gallbladder disease:

-variable pain in the abdominal area. Variable because this pain is sometimes easy, sometimes very bad, and sometimes it lasts long, sometimes it doesn’t

-vomiting accompanied by temperature

-yellow-ish skin and eyes, when a gallstones obstructs the canal through which bile flows from the liver into the gallbladder

Fortunately, gallstones can leave the body by themselves, but in some cases they get stuck on the way and obstruct the flow of bile. If this happens surgery is required. The gallbladder surgery is called cholecystectomy, and it consists of a procedure that removes the gallbladder from the body and connects the liver directly to the stomach, so bile does not pass through it anymore. This causes the fat substance digestion to be less effective.

In the most unfortunate cases, complications lead to gallbladder cancer. This can happen if someone suffering from the gallbladder disease has weight problems and also smokes and drinks a lot. Gallbladder cancer is a fatal illness, although advanced surgical tehniquies attempt to remove it most of the patients with gallbladder die.

Gallbladder disease is in most cases almost harmless, but if you feel any of the symptoms you should visit a doctor and listen to his advice. Patients that have been operated of gallbladder and had it removed can soon return to their normal lives, but they need to pay attention to the quantity of fat that they eat, because without the gallbladder the body can’t handle the fat substance digestion to well.

Foods May Contribute to Rheumatoid Arthritis Through a Leaky Gut – The Gut-Joint Axis

Foods frequently blamed for food allergies and sensitivity reactions are also believed to cause or contribute to inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. These common foods are likely doing so through a process of gut inflammation resulting in leaky gut. This injury, especially occurring in genetically predisposed people, and in the setting of altered gut bacteria (dysbiosis), and immune stress likely predisposes to further inflammation and leaky gut. This vicious cycle is thought to allow toxic food protein-bacteria complexes to enter the body resulting in a variety of inflammatory and/or autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. A new study sheds some additional light on link of food intolerance to rheumatoid arthritis is reviewed in this context.

Researchers from Norway in 2006 published in the British journal Gut additional new evidence of the link between foods and rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Bradtzaeg and his colleagues at the Institute of Pathology in Oslo measured IgG, IgA, and IgM antibodies to foods. The measured these antibodies in blood and intestinal fluid in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy people.

The researchers performed blood and intestinal fluid antibody tests to the following food antigens: gliadin, oats, cow’s milk proteins (casein, lactalbumin, lactoglobulin), soy, pork, cod fish, and egg (ovalbumin). These foods are in the top 10 of common food allergens as well as food protein intolerances.

What they found was a “particularly striking (incidence) of cross reactive food antibodies in proximal gut secretions” as well as increased IgM antibodies to some of these foods in the blood. The findings in the blood were less striking than in the intestinal secretions. This is consistent with difficulties finding elevated blood antibodies to foods in people with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune/inflammatory conditions despite a lot of anecdotal and elimination diet experience supporting the role of foods in these conditions. Interestingly, Dr. Ken Fine’s stool antibodies tests may be on to something.

The results, in their opinion, indicate that measuring blood antibodies to foods in rheumatoid arthritis provides little information about the role of foods in rheumatoid arthritis. However, intestinal antibodies not only show a “striking” pattern of elevation consistent with adverse food immune reactions but also that there appears to be a potential cumulative effect of multiple foods. That is, not only may some foods trigger an abnormal immune response resulting in joint inflammation but the combination of multiple problem foods may be a key component to this link. Their results support the connection of mucosal (gut) immune activation from cross reaction of foods to rheumatoid arthritis in at least some people.

What might this mean? This data supports the concept and the experience of many people that elimination of certain problem food combinations may be beneficial in preventing or reducing joint inflammation. This is both exciting and intriguing.

Multiple commonly eaten foods frequently linked to food allergies and sensitivities may be contributing to inflammatory and/or autoimmune conditions. These common problem foods or their lectins are likely contributing to the process of gut inflammation. This is likely causing gut injury resulting in leaky gut. This injury and leaky gut, especially in genetically predisposed people, may, in the setting of altered gut bacteria (dysbiosis), predispose to further injury. This then allows the entry of toxic food protein (lectin)-bacteria complexes into the body, especially the blood stream. The result is inflammatory and/or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

This gut-joint axis is likely the same mechanism as the gut-brain axis and gut-skin axis that produce the myriad of symptoms and diseases we are now seeing. The associated food protein (lectin)-bacteria immune reactions in the gut are increasingly being blamed for the development of a myriad of diseases.

Much more needs to learned, but it is interesting that certain foods keep showing up as the usual suspects. These problem foods or lectins include the grains (especially wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn), dairy (casein), nightshades (potato, tomato, peppers) and peanuts, soy and other legumes. Diets eliminating or restricting these foods have been reported as being beneficial for many symptoms and diseases. However, definitive links are difficult to establish because of limitations of scientific research.

The foods implicated are usually limited in some manner in a variety of elimination diets such as the gluten-free/casein free diet, naked diet, paleolithic/hunter-gatherer or caveman diets, arthritis diet, low carbohydrate diet, anti-inflammatory diet, and six food elimination diet.

The Paleolithic or Hunter-Gatherer diet specifically recommends restricting grains, dairy and legumes. Various anti-inflammatory or arthritis diets usually recommend eliminating either wheat or gluten, dairy and the nightshades. The dietary approach to autism commonly advocated is a casein-free, gluten-free diet.

Despite lay public reports of great successes with such elimination diets, mainstream medicine continues to be slow to study the dietary treatment of disease. However, especially in the past two to three years more studies are appearing showing links supporting a significant role of food and bacteria in the gut and various autoimmune diseases.

Understanding The Menstrual Cycle

Menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining. It is normal to the reproductive system of women and happens on a regular basis. Normal menstruation happens around 3 to 7 days. During the monthly menstrual cycle, female sex hormones prepare the uterus to support a pregnancy. If pregnancy happens (remember do not drink more than one cup of wine a day, over dose of alcohol will drain the vital folic acid that is essential for fetus nourishment. Lack of folic acid may cause birth defect) menstruation will be suspended until given birth to a child, abortion, or miscarriage. Otherwise, the uterine lining sheds and menstrual blood, tissues, fluid and mucus leave the body through the vagina caused by natural reactions in the female reproductive system due to high levels of certain hormones.

a) Estrogen

Estrogen helps to promote the development and maintenance of female reproductive structures and prepares the follicle for the release of an egg.

b) Progesterone

It helps to prepare the womb lining for the implantation of an egg if pregnancy takes place, milk production occurs.

c) Follicle-stimulating hormone

Produced by the purity gland. Besides regulating the development, growth, maturation and reproductive processes of the female body it also helps to stimulate the growth of immature follicles to maturation resulting in ripening of an egg.

d) Luteinizing hormone

The mature follicles ripen over a period of about seven days and releases more estrogen into the bloodstream stimulating the hypothalamus (a gland in the brain responsible for regulating thirst, hunger, sleep patterns, libido, and other endocrine functions) to release luteinizing hormones that help to trigger the process in the menstrual cycle by discharging a maturity of follicles most commonly known as an egg resulting in the last stage of the menstrual cycle. Some people may suggest that sex during menstruation will stimulate the production of certain hormone, thereby helping reduce some of the menstrual cramps. According to Chinese herbalist, sex during menstruation not only may cause prolong bleeding and sometime infection in female but also cause the inflammation of your partner reproductive organ and chronic disease later on.

Because of a surge of hormones during the menstrual cycle, some women may experience a variety of sensations before, during, or after their menses such as:

a) Complaints of pain in the inner thighs

b) Bloating and nausea

c) Mood change

d) Constipation

e) Breast tenderness

f) Irritability

g) Stress

and during menstruation:

a) Uterine cramping

b) Abdominal pain

c) Emotional sensitivity

d) Depression

Let’s assume the menstrual cycle has a 4 weeks period. If you look closer at the cycle, you can see the 2 and 3 weeks are easier for conception than the others.

Sinusitis Polyps: Definition, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Trying to get to the cause of your sinusitis? Getting to the cause is one of the most effective ways to treat the condition, especially in cases of chronic sinus flare-ups. One of the possible causes of such chronic problems is the blockage of the nasal passages due to nasal polyps. To help you out, here is more info on these sinusitis polyps.

What is a Nasal Polyp?

These polyps are growths of inflamed nasal tissue. They can grow inside the passages connecting the different parts of the nose and the sinuses. Although people can actually have them without suffering from any adverse effects, some growths can get large enough to start blocking the connections which are typically narrow. Most of the growths develop near the ethmoid sinuses which are located somewhere in the middle of the nose, in between the eyes.

What Causes These Growths?

Here are some of the possible causes and risk factors (things that will increase the risk of you developing the growths) according to the Mayo Clinic:

– Aspirin Sensitivity

– Asthma

– Chronic sinusitis

– Cystic fibrosis

– Hay fever or Allergic Rhinitis

How Can I tell if I have the Growths?

Again, you don’t have to worry about every growth. Some are too small to cause problems. The growths that cause blockages can present cold-like symptoms including a feeling of congestion (which leads to you using your mouth to breathe), an impairment of your ability to taste or smell, and your basic runny nose.

As these symptoms are very similar to the common cold, you should get examined before you jump to any conclusions. If you are suffering from chronic sinus flare-ups and have these symptoms, you and your doctor should perform tests to rule this out.

What Tests and Examinations Should be Used?

Direct examination of your nasal passages can reveal this condition. This is usually done through an endoscope, a special device with a camera and a light that goes into your nose to let your doctor see inside.

Sometimes, a CT or computed tomography scan is employed to confirm the case. The particularly large growths should show up as gray blobs in the scan image.

What do I do?

Your diagnosis is very important to get to the cause of the growths so be invest in an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes the growths can be shrunk through medications. If they can be reduced in size, most of the time you won’t have to worry about them causing flare ups. However, know that usually the growths come back after the meds are stopped. Meds used would include corticosteroids and nasal sprays. Antibiotics can also be prescribed if bacterial infections are present… again it is important to determine what you actually have through your diagnosis. Improper use of meds can further weaken your body.

In some cases, surgery may be suggested but again you have to be sure of the reason why. Also, there is sometimes no guarantee that the sinusitis polyps can be removed permanently, even with surgery. They often come back after some time.

If you suffer from this condition and the chronic sinus problems it causes, you can employ some of the basic techniques in dealing with the chronic sinus flare ups: neti pots and irrigation, steam inhalation, and drinking plenty of fluids.

Foods That Shrink Fibroids – Components of a Fibroid Diet

Many women seek out alternative ways of treating fibroids rather than opting for surgery and one way that women can help themselves is by looking at foods that shrink fibroids. Although diet on its own will not get rid of fibroids, there is no doubt that diet is an extremely important part of your overall strategy should you wish to use natural treatments.

One of the most important principles to remember is that you should stick with the components of a general healthy diet-whether you have fibroids or not. However, there are specific elements you should both include and exclude to give yourself the best chance of seeing an improvement.

The first thing you should do is ensure that you are well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water ensures that toxins are flushed out of the body and if you do not drink enough fluids, toxins will accumulate in the organs, and this is thought to be one of the various reasons why fibroids form. In addition, constipation can be a by-product of not drinking enough and this again causes the accumulation of waste products which can be reabsorbed into the body.

With regard to a fibroid diet, you should firstly ensure that you buy organic foods wherever possible. the bulk of your general diet should consist of grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and essential oils. Meats should form a small part of your diet and you should avoid eating any processed meats, such as sausages and salami, and fatty meats.

Fresh fruits are loaded with vitamins and bioflavanoids which are excellent for the body. Rather than concentrating on which fresh fruits you eat, it is important to understand, that they are all beneficial and to thoroughly wash the exterior of fruits and eat the skins where possible. Obviously some are better for you than others as they contain concentrated nutrients, such as kiwi fruits and blueberries but on the whole, a good balance of as wide a range of fruits is the best approach.

Other foods that shrink fibroids are vegetables. As with fruits, a balanced approach is best. Nutrients are generally higher when foods are in their raw state so get into the habit of eating a salad daily, made up of a “rainbow” of colored vegetables as in general, the brighter the color, the higher the nutrients. If you cook vegetables, ensure they are just lightly cooked-steaming is an excellent way to preserve water soluble nutrients. If you do cook them in water, try to use the water in gravies or sauces.

Onions and garlic deserve a special mention. They are both excellent sources of antioxidants and help keep your female hormones in balance. You should include them wherever possible, particularly in their raw form.

Eating the correct oils is also important for a fibroid diet. Olive oil and the Omega oils contained in oily fish are particularly useful for the body. Avoid saturated fats, including butters and those in cheeses.

With regard to meats, try to stick to fish and lean white meat such as chicken, choosing organic where possible. If you do eat red meats, stick to very lean cuts from a reputable source. It is also worth trying soya burgers and vegetarian “sausages” if you enjoy these types of foods.

Other foods that shrink fibroids include beans, nuts and seeds, the most beneficial being flax, pumpkin and sunflower.

It is important to understand that on their own, foods that shrink fibroids will not be as effective when the dietary element if thought of as just one part of an overall treatment strategy for fibroids. Not only is diet important, but you will need to make lifestyle changes if you want to see significant success.

Bartholin Cysts – A Troublesome Vaginal Condition

A cyst is a closed sac-like structure, an abnormal pocket of fluid similar to a blister, that contains either liquid, gaseous, or semi-solid substances. A cyst is located within a tissue, and can occur anywhere in the body and can vary in size; some are so small they can only be viewed through a microscope, while others may become so big that they displace normal organs.

A cyst is not a normal part of the tissue where it is located. It has a distinct membrane and division on nearby tissue – the outer or capsular portion of a cyst is called the cyst wall. If the sac is filled with pus it is not a cyst, it is an abscess (acute Bartholin’s gland cysts are actually abscesses). The English word cyst comes from the Latin word cystis, which came from the Ancient Greek word kystis, meaning “bladder” or “pouch”.

Cysts can be caused by:

  • Tumours
  • Genetic conditions
  • Infections
  • A fault in an organ of a developing embryo
  • A defect in the cells
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • A parasite
  • Impact injury that breaks a vessel
  • Blockages of ducts in the body which cause a fluid build-up (Bartholin cyst cause)

So what is a Bartholin Cyst?

The Bartholin abscess was discovered and named by Caspar Bartholin, a Danish physician and anatomist whom lived between 1655 and 1738.

The Bartholin’s glands are located at the entrance to a woman’s vagina, one on each side. They are small and cannot be seen or felt when they are functioning normally. Their function is to secrete fluid onto the inner surface of the vaginal labia to assist with lubricating the external genitalia and vaginal orifice.

Bartholin’s glands secrete relatively minute amounts (one or two drops) of fluid when a woman is sexually aroused. The minute droplets of fluid were once believed to be important for lubricating the vagina, but research has demonstrated that vaginal lubrication comes from deeper within the vagina. The fluid may slightly moisten the labial opening of the vagina, serving to make contact with this sensitive area more comfortable for the woman.

Problems with the Bartholin’s glands include cysts, which are relatively painless enlargements of the gland, and abscesses, which are infections of the gland. Typically only one of the two glands is affected, although both may become affected over a woman’s lifetime. A Bartholin cyst develops when the duct exiting the Bartholin’s gland becomes blocked. The fluid produced by the gland then accumulates, causing the gland to swell and form a cyst. An abscess occurs when a cyst becomes infected and can cause excruciating pain for the sufferer, sometimes making it difficult to sit or walk.

Bartholin abscesses can be caused by any of a number of bacteria. These include bacterial organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, as well as bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract, such as Escherichia coli. It is common for these abscesses to involve more than one type of organism. It is important to understand that bacterial infection is the most prominent cause of Bartholin cysts, and as such, good general health and hygiene is a vital component in the prevention of Bartholin cysts.

Any condition that causes immune system compromise such as high stress, general systemic infections, glandular fever, HIV/AIDS, etc, will make a woman more prone to bacterial infections throughout her body, including the vagina. Bartholin Cysts are diagnosed by visual patient history, visual inspection and palpation. There are very easy to diagnose as they appear as enlarged ‘lumps’ just inside the labia on one side or the other.

How are Bartholin Cysts Treated?

Bartholin cysts if uninfected are usually left alone as they do not really pose any issues to comfort or health. However, it is advised that women with asymptomatic Bartholin cysts pay close and regular attention to any changes in size, shape, tenderness, or temperature as these changes may indicate infection. Infected Bartholin cysts (also known as abcesses) need to be treated quickly by a medical professional. Sometimes, if the infection is deemed low grade, antibiotics are prescribed and the woman is advised to supervise changes and take a sitz bath to assist in easing the pain, he swelling and the infection. More serious infections require surgical intervention, which may include lancing and draining the cyst under local anesthetic, to a Bartholin cysts marsupialisation which usually requires general anesthetic sedation and a procedure which sews an open hole in the cyst wall to allow the drainage of infected material and the proper functioning of the gland once the tissue has healed. Due to the vascularisation of the genital tissue, there can be a lot of blood with this procedure, however the woman will feel relief almost instantaneously and will be able to return to normal functioning within a week or two, once the surgical wounds have healed.

Are there any Natural Remedies for a Bartholin Cyst?

When a cyst in acutely infected, the interventions are quite limited, either antibiotics or surgery. However, for those women who are conscious about their health and want to investigate natural options in the management of Bartholin cysts, there are a number of natural remedies that are incredibly worthwhile.

1) Prevention is key! Stopping an infection occurring in the first place is obviously the absolute best option for Bartholin cysts. This means keeping your body health through correct nutrition and exercise, and losing any additional weight (it has been shown that Bartholin cyst infection may be a precursor to diabetes type 2). Be aware of your hygiene and having an excellent ‘vagina wellness plan’ will ensure that you minimise your risks of developing an infection. Reducing your stress is also vital. Stress decreases our bodies ability to fight infections due to the impact stress has on our immune systems. By reducing your stress levels and using supplementation, nutrition, and complementary medicine interventions such as meditation and mindfulness, herbal therapeutics, tai chi, yoga, massage, etc, you really assist your body in fighting off any infection before it invades your gentle lady pieces.

2) A standard sitz bath with Epsom salts, or standard sea salt has been shown to reduce the swelling and potential infections within the Bartholin’s gland. If you do suffer from Bartholin cysts that are asymptomatic, doing a sitz salt bath once or twice a week should really assist in reducing a possible and painful Bartholin cyst infection.

3) There are homeopathic, naturopathic, nutritional and aromatherapeutic interventions which have been shown to work very well with Bartholin cyst issues. Everything from the food you eat, the herbal remedies you can take, the underwear you put on, the way you wipe when you go to the toilet, and essential oils blends that you can dab on the cyst, can make a big difference in symptoms and recurrences.

Bartholin cysts are not fatal, however when infected and not managed correctly can be incredibly painful, debilitating, and may have further impacts on self-esteem, sexual health, etc. Bartholin cysts are nothing to be embarrassed of, and just as any other part of our body can become dysfunctional and/or infected when we are not at our optimal health, so too can these liitle glands of the vagina. As women, we should all be aware of our Bartholin’s glands and aim to keep them in the best health we possibly can.

Thrush Remedy – How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Clear Your Thrush

Apple cider vinegar is a known home remedy for thrush. Many sufferers who are fed up trying to eliminate their thrush through the usual topical creams and pessaries etc., have turned to natural remedies like apple cider vinegar. Thrush (also called yeast infection) is an infection caused by the overgrow of a yeast-like fungus called Candida Albicans. A majority of women sufferers have vaginal thrush. Here you’ll discover how to use apple cider vinegar for vaginal thrush.

Apple cider vinegar has successfully been used as a natural remedy for a range of ailments for thousands of years. The trace elements, minerals, enzymes, beneficial bacteria, etc., found in raw apple cider vinegar accounts for its healing properties. And thrush is no exception.

But your have to make sure that it is raw, un-distilled and unpasteurized, with no additives or preservatives. You may get it from some grocery stores or supermarkets, but your best bet is your local health food store. Here’s how to use it…

As a drink, mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink three times a day. This will help to control the Candida Albicans fungi in your gut.

As a topical medication you can douche with it. Just add two tablespoons of vinegar to two quarts of warm water and gently douche using a cotton pad. Do this twice a day. Stop when the symptoms disappear. The vinegar helps to re-balance your vaginal pH (acidity), thus helping to check the growth of the Candida fungi there. 

Many women prefer to bathe. To a warm, low bath add two cups of apple cider vinegar and sit in the bath for around twenty minutes or so. Open the lips of the vagina so that the warm solution can get at the infection better. If you can repeat twice a day until the thrush symptoms go away.

Apple cider vinegar is a very popular home remedy for thrush. But it is only one of many home remedies for thrush in use today. What women have found is that some work better than others, and, what might work for one person might not work for another.

And there are other conflicting factors to consider. For example some of the things that can help the Candida fungi overgrow are things like antibiotic overuse, bad diet, steroids, a compromised immune system, weight issues, drug taking, diabetes, etc. You’ll need to factor in all these things to achieve a permanent cure for your thrush.

Natural Treatments for Hepatitis C

What I’ve noticed over the years is that I get a run of cases with the same disease in a short period of time. Last month I saw lots of clients with Multiple Sclerosis (or the misdiagnosis of same.) We learned about the low-fat Swank diet and all the drugs used to treat this particular disease process.

This month I had a run of Hepatitis C clients. They each had contracted the disease differently, but none-the-less, their lives have been permanently shifted from this terrible disease which is seemingly not curable. The common thread that assisted these clients was that each person had to make some lifestyle changes (a permanent lifestyle choice that was healthier than they were living.) Stressing the optimal amounts of raw fruits/vegetables is always a staple in my programs–especially the dark green ones in hepatitis cases, but we also centered on the liver.

So let’s review hepatitis C and natural treatments for it.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver (Hepato is the root word for liver and anything ending in “itis” means inflammation.) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the many viruses that can cause inflammation of the liver. Other causes are irritation to the liver from alcohol, bacterial infections, drugs, and cancer. At least 75% of people infected with hepatitis C develop chronic hepatitis C which can be progressive and fatal. Once you have it, you will need to find ways to keep it under control. This disease never completely goes away. However, my clients have had very good luck with alternative medicine treatments for hepatitis C, but they work at it and stick with a good program.

About 4 million people in the United States have antibodies to HCV, meaning they have been infected with the virus at some point. Half of these people don’t even know they have it. All forms of viral hepatitis are contagious.

The most common way hepatitis C is passed is through direct contact with blood. Drug users often have this disease because they re-use and share needles. Needles, and before 1992 prior to the blood test which became available to test for the virus, transfusions, organ transplants, and hemodialysis have all been vehicles for transferring the virus, but I have known people to warn others not to even drink out of the same cup as they are drinking out of, so it could also be passed through saliva.

Childbirth, sexual intercourse and accidental needle sticks (most common in nurses and the human medical field) are also less common causes of transmission. Sharing toiletry items is another way of passing the virus (e.g. razors and nail clippers.)

Symptoms and Signs of Hepatitis: Eighty percent of people infected with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms. Symptoms may also be mild and come and go over the lifetime of the patient. Less frequently, the patient will come down with an acute case of hepatitis with full-blown symptoms.

Symptoms typically occur 5-12 weeks after being exposed to the virus and may last for weeks to months and include: liver pain (on the right side just under the rib cage area), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dark colored urine, gray or clay colored stools, irritability, confusion, and headaches (due to dehydration from chronic diarrhea.) Chronic hepatitis often leads to cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is where healthy liver tissue is taken over by scar tissue. When this happens, the liver loses its ability to detoxify the blood.

Additional symptoms at this time include fluid retention (especially below the rib cage in the belly area), jaundice (also called icterus which is a yellowing of the skin seen most obviously in the whites of the eyes), chronic fatigue, sleep disturbance, itchy skin, weight loss (wasting disease), vomiting now with blood in it (so it could look like coffee grounds) and finally hepatic encephalopathy characterized by hallucinations.

When the liver is sick, we see diseases like high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hemorrhoids, cancer, allergies, varicose veins and lots of anger and resentments.

I don’t know which comes first in these types of cases; anger causing the liver-based diseases or liver-based diseases resulting in anger. The good thing is that we have LOTS of options on how to overcome these challenges and it doesn’t really matter where you start as long as you start and keep at it.

My favorite treatments for hepatitis include:

1. Raw fruits/veggies (especially dark green foods, bitter vegetables, red fruits, and beets.)

2. Barfy Green Stuff (or some other green food–it really doesn’t matter too much what you choose.

3. Drink plenty of filtered, chorine and fluoride free water to stay hydrated.

4. Exercise, but don’t overdo it. Walking is wonderful–especially on a consistent schedule.

5. Homeopathics specifically to bind and excrete the Hepatitis virus (I use Professional Health Formulations Hepatitis Nosode Drops.)

6. Emotional release work (to help dislodge the Emotional Cysts in the liver.)

7. Herbs to support the liver as needed including but not limited to: Milk Thistle (Also Called Silymarin), Burdock Root, Safflower, Licorice, Green Tea, Dandelion, Artichoke, Cordyceps Mushroom, Turmeric, and Peppers. Note: It’s important to take what your body needs but not more than it needs. The body has to process everything put into it. If there is extra, the liver has to work to get it out of the system.

8. Evaluation of current lifestyle habits and suggestions to decrease toxification.

9. Rebuilding of the cells with a Glandular/protomorphogen (I love Livaplex by Standard Process Labs(TM))

10. Abstinence from all alcohol products and any kind of drug that is processed through the liver (Tylenol, NSAIDS, some pain killers, and lots of other drugs are processed through the liver–ask your pharmacist and doctor about anything you put into your mouth!)

11. Work on relieving all anger and resentment issues in your life and dove-tail in forgiveness work. Anger and resentments are stored in the liver.

12. Managing liver-associated diseases: allergies, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, glaucoma and cancer.

13. Eliminating metaphors from your vocabulary having to do with anger, hatred, resentment, and being galled and stubborn.

Self-forgiveness seems to be one common obstacle to overcome in these particular cases. It is most important to understand that there was a reason why they contracted the disease, it taught them valuable lessons, but now it’s time to come to a resolution and move onto a healthier way of being.

Life is a journey. The challenges we have are a Gift from God. What we do with those challenges are our gift to Him. If we focus on the similarities instead of how we feel ostracized and alienated, we find that all in all, we want the same things…to be loved, understood and valued. I believe that this is what life is all about.

Liver Cirrhosis Diet – The Natural Cure

A natural liver cirrhosis diet is showing promising results in relieving the nausea, fatigue, jaundice and malaise of this debilitating disease.

The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate itself, even after liver disease hits. When provided with the right foods, herbs and nutrients, the liver can heal itself and give you back your health and life. Lets look at some of the most important foods in the liver cirrhosis diet.

The corner stone of an effective healing diet is an abundance of fresh salads, vegetables and fruit. These foods are rich in enzymes and antioxidants to help heal and regenerate a scarred liver. Juicing your fruits and vegetables can accelerate the healing process.

Secondly the addition of good quality protein foods like fish, free range chicken, legumes and raw nuts and seeds can boost your immune system and repair damaged liver cells. Although excess fats are to be avoided, the addition of the healthy omega 3 fats like those found in deep sea fish and flax seed oil can repair damaged cell membranes.

The use of healing herbs and nutrients in the liver cirrhosis diet can help repair a damaged liver. Popular herbs include milk thistle, artichoke and gotu kola. Essential nutrients include vitamin C, zinc, vitamin E and the B complex.

Lastly there are foods which need to be avoided on the liver cirrhosis diet. These include the more obvious liver-toxic foods like alcohol, coffee, preservatives, additives, trans fatty acids and highly processed foods. Too much refined carbohydrate like that found in sugar, breads, cereals, rice and pasta, can trigger inflammation and hinder healing. For this reason it is best to minimise their intake. Whole grains in small amounts are usually tolerated on the liver cirrhosis diet.

The specific foods, herbs and supplements and their dosages are discussed in detail in a comprehensive e-book called “The Liver Cirrhosis Solution”. This program will give you the tools to turn your life around. All the recommended foods, herbs and nutrients on the diet are affordable and readily available from your local grocery and health food stores.

Cat Sick After Eating? 7 Reasons Why Your Cat Might Be Vomiting

It’s gross and it’s scary. It’s cat puke!

But don’t worry, it’s very common. I have two cats (Tini and Cheddar) and both have had puking spells before. But eventually it passes, once the reason has been found out. All cats at one point or another will throw up. But let’s make sure it’s nothing serious first.

But if you see blood in your cat’s stool, a fever, or diarrhea, it may be time to go see a vet.

1. Stuck Hairball

Hairballs are a common occurrence. Most of the time they’ll pass without much notice but when the hairball is too big and much too matted, your cat will bring it up the only way he can: by throwing up. This can happen right after eating because as they’re trying to get the food past that hair blockage, it’s just not working so instead the poor cat hurls up everything. Check the vomit for hair to double check that this is indeed a hairball issue. If it is, then spend more time grooming your cat.

2. Eating Grass or Plants

Cats often ingest copious amounts of plants. To be on the safe side, keep your cat indoors and make sure all your plants and flowers out of your cat’s reach.

3. Change In Diet

If you change your cat’s diet too quickly, your cat’s stomach won’t be ready for it. Since cats are slaves to routine, the enzymes and bacteria within your cat’s digestive track may not be ready for the drastic switch. If you have changed your cat’s diet, switch back to the old food and gradually introduce the new food a little bit at a time.

4. Overeating

Cat sick after eating? Then take the time to monitor your cat’s eating habits. At least for a few weeks.

You’ve felt this before. You’re at a hotel buffet and before you know it, you’re passed out on your bed nursing a stomach ache. This happens to cats too and on some occasions, they’ll throw up. Regulate your cat’s mealtimes as well as how much they eat. Some cats eat much too fast for their own good and don’t realize they’re full till it’s too late.

5. Poisons

Cats are relatively independent creatures and as such we feel comfortable leaving them alone at home. But we forget that they can be incredibly curious. Your cat may have gotten into your cleaning closet and ingested some cleaning detergent, soap, or oil. Even alcohol can make your cat puke. Double check your cleaning agents and make sure there was no way your cat could have gotten into it.

6. Cheap Cat Food

Cheap cat food is filled with filler, food dye, and unknown “meat”. This kind of cardboard cat food isn’t good and probably has low protein content. Stuff like food dye and filler can be hard on your cat’s digestive track and is much harder to digest. Switch from cheap, generic cat food to one made specifically for your cat’s age group and type. Ensure it’s AAFCO (Association Of American Feed Control Officials) approved or at least by another government agency. I know you’ll want to save money but having a cat sick after eating is no fun for anyone.

7. Gastrointestinal Issues

There are a variety of digestive issues: gastritis, colitis, worms, or pancreatitis. The only way to be sure is to go see a vet and get your cat completely checked out.

When you see your vet, report on your cat’s bowel movements, eating habits, and any change in behaviour.

Hope this helps you figure out your cat’s puking spell. It can be scary but in many cases it’s harmless or treatable.

Natural Supplements For Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is certainly a potentially dangerous condition but for sure one of the most unpleasant experiences one can have. A person’s body reacts to toxins produced by bacteria that contaminates food or water. The most common types of food poisoning result from the bacteria of salmonella, campylobacter, and staphylococcus.

Most cases of food poisoning can be avoided. Improper handling, storing, or cooking of food causes most of the problems. That is why it is important for people to always wash their hands thoroughly with soap before eating and especially before preparing a meal.

Always refrigerate foods like mayonnaise, egg salad, potato salads, rice puddings, and fried rice. Another common error is not to cook foods thoroughly and at high enough temperatures ( especially meats).

Food poisoning can also occur from eating plants (certain types of mushrooms) that contain toxic chemicals. If you suspect that your child has eaten a poisonous plant, seek medical attention immediately.

Fortunately, most cases of food poisoning are short-lived, and your appetite will return within one or two days. But if any member of your family has a medical condition that impairs the immune system, such as HIV, hepatitis) or displays any of these severe symptoms, head to the emergency room:

* Violent vomiting

* A temperature of more than 102 degrees F

* Vision problems

* Severe diarrhea that lasts more than one day or contains blood

* Trouble breathing or talking

* Headache and dizziness

* Dehydration

Here are some examples of food poisoning

Staphylococcus

If foods have been handled by people with skin infections and left at room temperature. Symptoms usually come on within 2-8 hours, and usually begin to calm within 12 hours. Symptoms may include

* Severe nausea and vomiting

* Abdominal cramps

* Diarrhea

* Headache and fever

Campylobacter

This infection results usually from poultry that has been infected and not cooked properly. Also unpasteurized milk and contaminated drinking water. Symptoms usually come on in 2-5 days after exposure. Symptoms may include

* Diarrhea

* Nausea and vomiting

* Fever

* Abdominal pain and cramping

Salmonella

The are many types of salmonella bacteria. The most common contaminated foods include unpasteurized milk and undercooked poultry and eggs. Acute intestinal distress, with sudden onset of headache, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and even sometimes vomiting. This can be very severe for infants because of dehydration. Symptoms begin 16-48 hours after eating and can last up to 7 days.

Botulism

Possibly home canned foods are the most common source of the spores that cause toxicity to the nervous systems, although commercially prepared foods can also be at fault. The spores are very resistant to heat. The toxins that are produce by the spores can be killed by cooking the food at 176 degrees F for 30 minutes. Symptoms usually start 18-36 hours after taking in the botulinum toxin. This can be a very severe and potentially fatal poisoning. Symptoms can include

* Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps, followed by neurological symptoms such as

* Vision changes

* Muscle weakness

* Difficulty breathing

* Constipation

Botulinum spores may be present in honey, so it is best not to give honey to children under one year of age. Infant botulism occurs most often in children who are less than six months old.

E. Coli

This infection usually occurs as a result of undercooked beef or unpasteurized milk or through fecal-oral contamination. It infects the digestive tract and can lead to bloody diarrhea and possibly kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are more likely to to be susceptible to the damaging effect. Symptoms usually include

* Severe abdominal cramps

* Watery diarrhea, followed by bloody diarrhea (usually 1-8 days)

* Fever is usually absent or may be low grade

Clostridium Perfingens

This can be found in feces, water, soil, air, and even water. Contaminated meat left at room temperature is the main source of infection. Symptoms begins 6-24 hours and usually resolve in 24 hours. Symptoms commonly include

* Watery diarrhea

* Abdominal cramps

Parasitic Infections

The most common example is Giardia. It is transmitted through the fecal-oral route, such as water contamination. Many times there will be no symptoms, and it they do they will take 1-3 weeks after exposure. If the do occur

* Watery, malodorous diarrhea

* Abdominal cramps and distention

* Flatulence and burping

* Nausea

* Low grade temperature

* Fatigue

Of course the Wild mushroom, Fish, Shellfish can be classified as Chemical Food Poisoning.

Obviously severe cases require conventional treatment that focuses on identifying the type of infectious organism and then prescribing and antimicrobial medicine ( antibiotics for bacterial infections). However, natural therapies are often effective for mild cases and can be used adjunctively for more severe cases.

There are some very effective antimicrobial supplements such as Colloidal Silver and Oregano oil. Probiotics or friendly bacteria needs to be replaced to normalize the intestinal tract. Also activated charcoal capsules taken internally can help to absorb toxins from food poisoning if taken in the first stages, say when you first realize you have food poisoning.

The Natural Treatment of Mouth Ulcers Using Homeopathy

The natural treatment of mouth ulcers is most effectively dealt with by the use of homeopathic medicines. This is because homeopathy only works by raising your immune system, so that you cure you.

This option is far superior to any suppressive measures, which will do nothing to resolve the condition, allowing for its constant return at best, or more serious diseases to start, if your immune system is at rock bottom.

Another name for mouth ulcers is aphtha, or aphthae or aphthous ulcers.

It’s important to know what a mouth ulcer is, as most people call eruptions ulcers. An ulcer is when tissue has been ‘eaten away’, as it forms a hollow or crater. An eruption, equally sore and troublesome, is like a hill – it’s proud of your skin.

Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur) is a common homeopathic medicine for mouth ulcers or aphthous ulcers.They can be on your tongue or on your gums. They often smart and burn on contact with food. So your appetite may desert you.

Mouth vesicles, or blisters (a fluid filled sac), also come under the influence of this medicine. As does a numbness or tingling of your tongue.

Frequently you lose your sense of taste and smell.

Animals who have the dreaded foot and mouth disease often need Nat mur, as long as their symptoms agree.

Those who do well with Nat mur tend to experience greater soreness during the day, typically between 10 am and 3 pm, but all hours of sunlight is worse for them. Relief comes at night. So you might find yourself eating more at night, little during the day.

The warmth of the sun, as well as its light, also can make your symptoms worse. As do hot drinks and food.

The best natural treatment of mouth ulcers works by raising your immune system to a level where it can take over its job of healing you. Then other conditions are also likely to disappear in its wake.

Treating Hyperacidity

You’ve just had your fill at a fancy restaurant when all of a sudden you experience a sharp pain in your stomach. The pain appears to extend to your heart and you’re all sweaty. Blame it on hyperacidity – a common condition that happens when you eat spicy or fatty foods.

Hyperacidity refers to the excessive acidity of the stomach that causes a burning pain after meals. The problem is also called acid indigestion or sour stomach and is a common symptom of gastric or duodenal ulcer, both of which can be triggered by skipping meals or eating irregularly, smoking, stress, excess alcohol or caffeine consumption, and the use of certain drugs like aspirin or cortisone which irritate the stomach. In others, the cause of excess stomach acid is unknown.

“Twenty minutes after eating a hearty meal, it happens: a searing pain in your midsection. You feel as though a burning coal is creating a hole inside your gut. You even feel the urge to puke. And when you do puke, it taste sour, as though you have just drank a stale orange puree. When nighttime comes, you wake up sweaty because your stomach hurts: it burns painfully and you even feel as though the pain even extends to your heart. What you experienced is an acute attack of hyperacidity. It is painful, irritating and can cause sleepless nights. And you are not alone,” explained MedicinesBlogger.Com (MBC).

“Every night, millions of people wake up just to ease the pain that hyperacidity brings. It is a common medical condition that distresses people of all races and ages. As they say, sometime in our lives, hyperacidity strikes us, although not as frequently as some do,” MBC added.

For relief, you may occasionally take antacids under a physician’s guidance. But these drugs should never be used regularly without consulting a doctor for they have side effects. Calcium carbonate, for instance, can cause constipation and produce rebound acidity, a condition wherein more acid is produced after the product is taken. Magnesium tends to cause diarrhea while simethicone is a questionable ingredient.

“Antacids counteract stomach acid and relieve symptoms, but they can cause complications. For ex¬ample, sodium bicarbonate, a primary antacid ingredi¬ent, contains large amounts of sodium which can aggravate kidney disease or high blood pressure,” said the editors of Consumer Guide’s “Family Medical Guide.”

As for the time-honored remedy of drinking milk to neutralize excess stomach acid, forget it! This habit can cause more trouble since milk tends to increase stomach acid.

“A study at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, showed that milk (either whole, low-fat or skimmed) had a minimal effect on the existing environment of the stomach. In addition, it actually stimulated the production of more stomach acid,” according to Carole Ann Rinsler in “The Dictionary of Medical Folklore.”

A more practical way to deal with hyperacidity is to drink plenty of water and avoid the risk factors such as alcohol, cigarettes, aspirin and caffeine. There’s no need to stick to a bland diet. People with hyperacidity can eat anything they want to (provided the food they take doesn’t make matters worse). What is important is that the person eats regularly or consumes small frequent meals.

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19 Best Home Remedies for Acidity

Read this article to know the best Home Remedies for Acidity. First of all let me tell you what is Acidity?

Acidity refers to a set of symptoms caused by an inequity. More names for acidity are hyperacidity or acid dyspepsia. Acid reflux or Acidity is one of the most normal diseases that cause heart burns in the upper body

Acidity can be a result of inappropriate dietary regimen or stress. It is a problem which when left unattended to, results in peptic ulcer and other complications. It is quite a simple problem when it begins, but it can get out of hand easily if not taken critically. It means the excess secretion of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach.

The usual signs of heartburn are a burning sensation or pain in the stomach after one to four hours of a meal. The too much secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causes acidity. Acidity can be a result of improper dietary regimen or stress

The too much secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causes acidity. Some causes of acidity include Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, citrus, tomato, peppermint, fried and fatty foods, over-eating, stress, some medications, and being overweight. Acid Reflux Disease causes harms to the esophagus as the acidic contents from the stomach, containing acids and pepsin, pushes back to the esophagus since the sphincter develops into weak and can no-more prevent the contents from stomach from gushing back in esophagus

Skipping meals, not eating on time, fried and spicy food, stress, anxiety, insomnia, obesity, pregnancy, smoking, alcohol, and wearing tight clothes can give you hyperacidity and heartburn.

Acidity is a problem that occurs very commonly; so going in for medications every time doesn’t seem to be a very good thought. Some home remedies can be used to treat and prevent acidity.

Here is a list of some best Home Remedies for Acidity:

Home Remedies for Acidity

1) Eat a cup of vanilla ice cream or drink a glass of cold milk to get rid of acidity. This is an easy Home Remedy for Acidity

2) Raita prepared with fresh curd, grated cucumber, fresh coriander, tomato is a sure shot remedy in aiding digestion, and helps eliminate acidity.

3) Mint: Fresh mint juice taken every day or fresh mint leaves boiled in a cup of water and sipped slowly after meals also helps to keep the stomach acids at bay

4) Mint juice before meals keeps acidity at bay. This is another good Home Remedy for Acidity.

5) Chewing 5-6 basil leaves relieves flatulence and acidity.

6) Half a glass of fresh pineapple juice should be taken after a meal for treating and preventing acidity

7) A piece of jaggery or gur after lunch and dinner prevents acidity

8) A very simple remedy for acidity is thin butter-milk mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder

9) 9) One of the common Home Remedies for Acidity – Onion (pyaz): The juice of onions is an excellent remedy for acidity.

10) Habitual eating habits and a healthy diet can prevent acidity

11) Drink plenty of water (at least 6 to 8 glasses per day) and other fluids to maintain the acid balance in the stomach

12) A sherbet made with kokum and jeera reduces acidity

13) Lemon rind can also be eaten to prevent heartburn

14) A glass of cold milk provides instant relief. This is an effective Home Remedy for Acidity

15) Eat almonds to give relief to symptoms of acidity

16) Chew a few holy basil (tulsi ) leaves to get relief

17) Bananas, watermelon and cucumber have protective action against the acidity and heart burn

18) Lemon: Juice of one lemon mixed in half glass of water and ½ teaspoon sugar if consumed before meals helps to relieve acidity and is a good Home Remedy for Acidity

19) When suffering from acidity, drink five to eight glass of coconut water a day.