Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Treating Constipation through Homeopathy

Often our lifestyle is the key reason for constipation in adults as well as children. The greatest remedy for this also lies in our lifestyle change, diet change & a bit of exercise. Most commonly assumed symptom of constipation is not passing stools every day, but medical science looks at it in a very different way. Some of the symptoms termed as ‘Constipation’ among others are when

1. An individual has not had at least 3 bowel movements in a week.
2. If the stools are hard or difficult to pass.
3. If even after passing stools, there is a feeling of ‘need to go more’.
4. Need to strain hard for the stools to pass.
5. Sense of obstruction at anus during the time of passing stools.
6. Having a bloated feeling & being sluggish.

What causes constipation? The food we eat is processed in our colon-the large intestine. The colon extracts water from the food and absorbs it and once the food is processed, it contracts and passes the waste from the food absorbed into the rectum from where it is excreted out of the body. So as you can see, water is important for the colon to function normally, so also, wastage or fiber in food.

As suggested earlier, the best remedy for constipation definitely, is a change in lifestyle, diet and exercise. Drinking lots of water will give relief to a large extent. Another remedy is drinking a tall glass of warm water on an empty stomach in the morning. It will also do a lot of good as warm water in the morning activates all the internal organs and gets them functioning normally. But, there are cases where the condition can be very challenging and this can be best treated using Homeopathy.

Authentic and traditional Homeopathy does not consider only the symptoms but rather looks at holistic healing of the problem from its roots and that is why Homeopathy takes into account the psychological factors of the patient also before suggesting treatment. Many of the illnesses have their roots in the psychological set up of the patient. For example, some people will not pass stools while traveling even if there is an urge, because they don’t like using public toilets. Now this is not a major problem if the person travels only once in a while, but if they travel literally often then the problem of constipation slowly sets in and the cause for it is their psychological set up. Hence treating such cases definitely needs a good understanding of the person’s psychological set up and cannot just go on symptoms and that is where Homeopathy plays a vital role. The medicines used in authentic Homeopathy are free from any side effects and therefore the perfect system for treating any illness.

In stubborn cases of constipation where help is needed, there are a few medicines that can be used, but do remember these medicines are to be used strictly only on consultation with a certified Homeopathic practitioner.

NUX VOMICA – this is used for patients who have the urge to pass stools but unable to pass, which in most cases may be due to abuse of drugs, irregular sleep habits or maybe even irregular food habits.

OPIUM – this is used in patients who don’t have the urge to pass stools at all.

PLATINA – this is used for patients who don’t give in to the urge to pass stools which may be caused due to traveling etc.

ALUMINA – this is used for patients who have developed constipation over the years caused due to cooking food in aluminium utensils. In many cases, this has proved to be very useful in treating constipation in children too.

SENNA – this is used for patients who have very severe constipation.

These are just a few of the medicines used from the wide range of Homeopathic medicines available. 
Drinking lots of water, eating good fibrous food and a bit of exercise is by far the best remedy for constipation.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Remedies in Alternate medicine for Arthritis

Arthritis is primarily pain in the fingers, knees, elbows, hips, or any place where there is a joint between bones. It can be excruciatingly painful and unpredictable especially as there are many nerves around the joint that are needed to make the complicated joints work properly. There are many forms of arthritis—Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are just two common ones to mention.

Anyone suffering from arthritis will know how desperate one could get, to obtain relief. You may feel that you could give all you have to get that cure coming your way. Your doctor could prescribe medicines that could bring relief but that could be temporary, have limited benefits, and sometimes cause unpleasant side effects. 

Today many people with arthritis want to try alternate medicines, natural herbs, and home remedies including dietary supplements to help ease the pain away. A general view of few remedies in alternate medicines for arthritis has been given below:

Boswellia - Mainly found in India, this herb has been used as an anti-inflammatory. Gum extracts of this tree is used to relieve joint pain and inflammation. It is also effective for ulcerative colitis (ulcers) formed in the lining of the stomach.

Cherries - A rich source of magnesium (a natural painkiller) and potassium helps reduce inflammation by ridding tissue of fluid. Consuming six to eight cherries a day helps keep the pain at bay.

Dandelion leaves - Rich in Vitamin A and C, when eaten raw in portions, helps the liver clear toxins out the body. It is also effective in helping the body repair damaged tissue.

Warm water therapy - The affected regions of the body are immersed in warm water for about an hour or so, thereby effecting relief from pain.

Aloe Vera - This herb is known for its great boost to energy levels and immune system. It is also known for reducing inflammation and pain that eventually promotes healing.

Eucalyptus oil - Smearing a thin film of oil on the affected areas, covering it with a plastic wrap and continuously applying heat with the help of steaming towels is an age-old traditional home remedy. This proves to be an effective pain relief routine.

Other herbal medicines that are used to treat arthritis are: oregano, American ginseng, licorice, rosemary, turmeric, and sesame seeds. Some of these are used externally and some internally for best results.
Apart from these, other supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin sulphate (in right doses), hyaluronic acid (used in beauty treatments), fatty acid-Cetyl myristoleate (anti-inflammatory and joints lubricant) may help in relief for those suffering from arthritis.

Adequate exercise, be it water aerobics/ aquatic exercises or gentle stretching like yoga without placing heavy burden on the joints would be the ideal way for arthritis sufferers to gain strength and cardiovascular endurance with further low risk of joint wear and tear. The benefits of ice and heat on arthritis could also be worthwhile. Ice is useful for reducing the inflammation and swelling while heat would be good for relaxing muscles and blood circulation.

Homeopathy has been used worldwide for all forms of arthritis and has a 200 year history of excellence in safely, energetically treating the cause, individually for each person and is highly recommended. 

Acupuncture is also known to be an effective remedy for arthritis. In this procedure, fine needles are meticulously inserted at various points on the skin to reduce the cause of arthritis. According to Dr. James Mckoy, MD, Chief of rheumatology, Honolulu, “In order to effect a change in health outcome, patients must change their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs.” While many people are under the pretext that herbal therapy/ aid would not cause them side effects, the irony is that herbal supplements can be quite powerful and can have strong side effects. Therefore, before you opt for herbal treatment, it would be wise to discuss the same with your doctor.