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Myth: Homoeopathy takes long time to act

Myth: Homoeopathy takes long time to act

 

Myth: Homoeopathy takes long time to act

Its been about 10 years that I am practising, and still I hear this comment every single day  … that Homoeopathy will take long time to show effect….etc

Homeopathy has definitely progressed ,people are more aware than before but some myths still remain…

Homoeopathy can cure the problems from the root cause….that is what it is known for .For eg . a person suffering from recurrent kidney stone… can get relief with water therapy, some medications or even surgery but the recurrence can be solved only by Homoeopathy. We cure the ailment in such a way , that recurrence is prevented…. but to achieve this , it takes some time.

The duration of any homoeopathic treatment depends  firstly on the pathology of the disease or the cause of the disease and the duration of the ailmenton .  Hence , if it an asthma since 15years, you can expect immediate relief  but to cure asthma completely will take a littletime. But relief does not take time !! In cases like cold, fever, loosemotions or pain , the medicines shows results instaneously… in a few minutes. Infact  sometimes faster than the conventional line of treatment.

So , don’t be amazed the next time you see the sweet pill helping you instantaneously… pain vainishing in few seconds  etc… I can give  a example of myself….last couple of days, I use to have severe headache on the left side ,not responding to any treatment  and  a few magic pills … did it all !! The pain literally disappeared in a few seconds and there I was ready for my daily routine …that too with no side effects and after effects …

That’s the beauty of this amazing science…. Experience it to believe it… it is literally,’ The Magic of these sweet pills’.

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Benefits of Vitamin D

Benefits of Vitamin D

YOU NEED LOTS OF IT AND IT IS EASY, BUT DO NOT OVERDO IT!   

We have often heard of Vitamin D now a days.. and also know that it is definitely good for bones ..but there are lot many benefits of  vitamin D ,apart from it  being helpful for the bones. Here are a few of them :

Benefits of Vitamin D

Fifteen facts you probably never knew about vitamin D and sunlight exposure.

Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity.

Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That’s probably because it’s free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin.

 It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body.

People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the sam e amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.

Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.

Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D.

 

Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:

* Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption.

* Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.

* “Rickets” is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.

* Vitamin D deficiency may excaberate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.

* Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D.

* Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.

* Vitamin D deficiency can cause schizophrenia.

* Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.

* Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.

* Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% – 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week.

* Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.

So, get the vitamin D levels checked and take supplements or injections if  there is a deficiency !

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BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

Many of us have heard a bit of flower remedies, but don’t know how exactly it works and for what ailments it can be best given! We also doubt the efficacy of these medicines and wonder whether they actually act! So, as it is only experience that would enforce the belief about its action,let me share a bit of information about these flower remedies!

Invented  by   Dr. Edward Bach, these are also known as Bach flower remedies. Dr. Bach isolated and classified 38 flowers from which he extracted 38 essences with which he succeeded in healing patients’ ailments while taking into account their individual emotional states. Dr. Bach found that certain flower essences led to self-healing, as they purified the patient of negative elements that adversely affected their health. Though these cannot strictly be classified as ‘medicine, we must bear in mind that these are ‘regulators’ of the human mind. As mind is always altered in every physical and mental disease, these flower remedies are prescribed   based on the mood and disposition of the patient.

Some FAQ’s :

  • Is it safe to take the remedies alongside other kinds of medicine?

Normally there is no problem with taking Bach remedies alongside other medicines. The active ingredient in a flower remedy is an energy from the plant, not a physical substance, so it will not interfere with the physical action of the other medicine. Nor will the other medicine stop the Bach remedy from working.

These can also be given along with Homoeopathic medicines ,i.e it does not impair the action of Homoeopathic drugs .Unlike Homoeopathy ,wherein there are many number of medicines, these flower remedies are only 38 in number and no potencies  of these remedies.

There are absolutely  no diet or other restrictions   when one takes these remedies. It is not habit forming nor does it have any side effects. Upto  3 to even 6 medicines can be mixed and given together

  • Can you take the remedies in tea, coffee and so on?

You can put the remedies in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc., and in this respect they are not like homoeopathic remedies.

Putting the drops into a hot drink has the advantage of evaporating the alcohol. We sometimes recommend this method to people who for one reason or another dislike the alcohol content.

 

  • I have heard that if you take a remedy for too long you will experience the negative state of that remedy.

This is not true. The remedies are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear.

  • When does one stop taking the remedies?

When   the problem that is being treated has gone. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back and of course no need to wean oneself off the remedies gradually, as you have to do with drugs like steroids and beta-blockers. Nor do you need to take a complete course of doses over a specific number of days, as you do with antibiotics.

  • Is it always better to select as few remedies as possible?

The normal guideline is to try to use no more than six or seven at a time, since experience has shown that more than this number is not usually necessary if a little thought goes into the selection process. Taking more remedies than are actually needed means that the focus is lost.

  • How remedies are made?

Two methods are used to make remedies. Most of the more delicate flowers are prepared using the sun method. This involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight. Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method – i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.

In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture.

Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops.

  • Remedy-making today

Nowadays there are many companies making the 38 remedies. Any well-made remedy will work as well as any other. Our advice is to pick a brand you trust.

  • Guide to few remedies: Here I share of few of my own experiences in using these flower remedies.

Walnut – useful to help one overcome the difficulty one faces during CHANGE—eg change of place, profession, change of life like puberty ,menopause ,teething troubles in children etc..

 

Concentration in studies : especially in children to improve their concentration I generally prescribe  Scleranthus and Chestnut bud. Chestnut bud especially when children make a lot of silly mistakes again and again.

 

For Fears – fear of known eg. Fear of darkness,theif,animals etc   given Mimulus .But for extreme fear or Terror  eg. Terror of bombing ,floods,panic give Rock Rose.

 

I have given Crab apple with a lot of beneficial effects   in many cases of skin infections like pimples, unhealthy skin  ,dermatitis .

For a Possesiveness and self love ,Chicory can be given.The Chicory type tends to be possessive of others and would keep them close to her and try to control or direct their lives.’ Think what I have gone through for you, what I have done for you’  would be typical line.

Holly for hatred, anger envy,jealousy and suspicion.

Larch for lack of confidency in self and hence expectation of failure

Star of Bethlehem is a another remedy widely used by me , in after effects of shock –both mental or physical.eg. sudden  sad news, frights,  sudden unhappiness..

 

This is just a glimpse of few remedies which have helped me in my practice. Such and many others are there to help the sick individual.For further reference , one can read – Beginner’s Guide Bach Flower Remedies— by Dr.V.Krishnamoorty.

 

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Cholesterol Reducing Drugs

Cholesterol  Reducing  Drugs

Cholesterol Reducing Drugs

In continuation with my previous article ‘FACTS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL’, let us now know more about the medication used for reducing the cholesterol levels.

The first line of treatment for abnormal cholesterol is usually to eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats, and high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and to increase exercise. But for some, these changes alone are not enough to lower blood cholesterol levels; they also may need medicine to bring down their cholesterol to a safe level.

Conventional medicine  which act as Cholesterol-lowering drugs include:

  • Statins
  • Niacin
  • Bile-acid resins
  • Fibric acid derivatives
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors

Cholesterol-lowering medicine is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

1.   How Do Statins Work?

Statins block the production of cholesterol in the liver itself. They lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, and have a mild effect in raising HDL, the “good” cholesterol. These drugs are the first line of treatment for most people with high cholesterol. Statins have been shown in multiple research studies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and death from heart disease. Side effects can include intestinal problems, liver damage, and muscle inflammation.

Statins also carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. It’s important to remember that statins may also interact with other medications you take.

Patients who are pregnant or who have active or chronic liver disease should not take statins.

Examples of statins include:

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)

 

Statin Drugs: A Surprising Cause of Diabetes

Statins have been shown to increase your risk of diabetes through a few different mechanisms. The most important one is that they increase insulin resistance, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Increased insulin resistance contributes to chronic inflammation in your body, and inflammation is the hallmark of most diseases. In fact, increased insulin resistance can lead to heart disease, which, ironically, is the primary reason for taking a cholesterol-reducing drug in the first place! It can also promote belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Secondly, statins increase your diabetes risk by actually raising your blood sugar. When you eat a meal that contains starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to your liver, which then stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Statins work by preventing your liver from making cholesterol. As a result, your liver returns the sugar to your bloodstream, which raises your blood sugar levels.

Now, it’s important to realize that drug-induced diabetes and genuine type 2 diabetes are not necessarily identical.

If you’re on a statin drug and find that your blood glucose is elevated, it’s possible that what you have is just hyperglycemia—a side effect, and the result of your medication. Unfortunately, many doctors will at that point mistakenly diagnose you with “type 2 diabetes,” and possibly prescribe another drug, when all you may need to do is simply discontinue the statin in order for your blood glucose levels to revert back to normal.

 

If You Take Statins, You MUST Take CoQ10

Statins deplete your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results. If you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk. CoQ10 is a cofactor (co-enzyme) that is essential for the creation of ATP molecules, which you need for cellular energy production. Organs such as your heart have higher energy requirements, and therefore require more CoQ10 to function properly. Produced mainly in your liver, it also plays a role in maintaining blood glucose.

Physicians rarely inform people of this risk and only occasionally advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement. As your body gets more and more depleted of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure.

Coenzyme Q10 is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals. So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial DNA. If you decide to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it is important to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol.

      Statins Impair Numerous Biological Functions

Statins do reduce your body’s natural ability to create active vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol). This is the natural outcome of the drug’s cholesterol-reducing ability, because you need cholesterol to make vitamin D! It’s the raw material your body uses for vitamin D conversion after you’ve exposed your skin to sunlight.

 

Ninety-Nine Out of 100 People Do Not Need Statin Drugs

That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a testimony to the power of marketing, corruption and corporate greed, because the odds are very high— greater than 100 to 1—that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it. The ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.

And, even more importantly, cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.

If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk.

I have seen a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who were actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL levels. Conversely, I have seen many people with cholesterol levels under 200 who had a very high risk of heart disease, based on their low HDL. Your body NEEDS cholesterol—it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function. There is also strong evidence that having too little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behaviour.

2.       How Does Nicotinic Acid Work?

Nicotinic acid (niacin) is a B-complex vitamin. It’s found in food, but is also available at high doses by prescription. It lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. The main side effects are flushing, itching, tingling and headache. Research has not shown that adding nicotinic acid to statin therapy is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

3.       How Do Bile Acid Resins Work?

These drugs work inside the intestine, where they bind to bile from the liver and prevent it from being reabsorbed into the circulatory system. Bile is made largely from cholesterol, so these drugs work by depleting the body’s supply of cholesterol. The most common side effects are constipation, gas and upset stomach. Examples of bile acid resins include:

  • Questran and Questran Light
  • Colestid
  • WelChol

4.       How Do Fibrates Work?

Fibrates reduce the production of triglycerides and can increase HDL cholesterol. Examples of fibrates include:

  • Atromid
  • Tricor
  • Lopid

Ezetimibe (Zetia) lowers bad LDL cholesterol by blocking cholesterol absorption in the intestine. Research studies have not found that ezetimibe is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Some people with high cholesterol, other cholesterol problems, or some other medical conditions, achieve the best results with combination drugs — pills that contain more than one medication. Some examples include:

Advicor: Lovastatin and niacin (nicotinic acid)

 

What Are the Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?

The side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs may include:

  • Muscle aches*
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Allergic reaction (skin rashes)
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Flushing with nicotinic acid

 

 “Doctors and the public must be warned to immediately discontinue use of statin drugs at the onset of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness.”

“Prompt cessation of the use of statins at the first sign of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness and prompt evaluation by a physician including a blood test for creatine phosphokinase (a measure of muscle destruction) may avoid the progression to more extensive muscle damage, rhabdomyolysis and death.”

 

Lesser known Facts about CHOLESTROL

Present in every cell in the body, cholesterol is a fat-like substance produced by the liver. The body produces cholesterol as it is needed.  In fact, approximately 85% of cholesterol is produced by the body and only 15% comes from food.

Cholesterol levels in our blood can vary at different times of the day. People tend to have higher levels of cholesterol in the winter than summer. The level of cholesterol  rises high  after surgery and dental work. It also goes up when we’re under stress and diminishes when we are happy and relaxed. The reason for the fluctuations is that cholesterol is a healing agent. When the body has some healing jobs to do, it produces cholesterol and sends it to the site of the damage.

One of the biggest causes of high levels of LDL cholesterol is general stress. Our stress hormones are made of cholesterol. When we experience stress, the liver sends cholesterol to the adrenal glands for stress hormone production. At the same time, a storm of free radicals and other damaging biochemical reactions occur in the blood. As a result, the liver works overtime to produce and send out as much cholesterol as possible to deal with the free radical attack. In these situations our blood cholesterol will measure high, which means that the body is dealing with some kind of damage or stress. Once the damage is dealt with, the blood cholesterol will diminish naturally. In cases of chronic illness the blood cholesterol is constantly high. Rather than attacking the cholesterol, what your doctor should do is look for the underlying illness or the cause of the cholesterol problem.

REGULATING CHOLESTEROL WITH HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathic treatment can help reduce the LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol by helping the body to heal the underlying illness. When the organism is healthy and balanced, the liver stops producing high levels of LDL because there is no longer healing work to be done.

Chronically high levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood are indicative of an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed. Consider homeopathic treatment in maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle and optimum levels of blood cholesterol.

Leading Remedies in Homeopathy

  • Curcuma drains the liver and cholesterol deposits.
  • Fel tauri is an effective remedy in the treatment of high blood cholesterol. It treats a sluggish liver. It eliminates fat.
  • Nux vomica removes liver toxicity. It treats indigestion caused by alcohol or food abuse. The patient awakes at 3 a.m.
  • Chelidonium treats hepatic disorders. Recommended for fatty liver degeneration.
  • Berberis is an excellent stimulant and drainer for the kidneys.  The patient leads a sedentary lifestyle and has a big appetite.
  • Cholesterinum stops the degeneration of arterial walls. It treats an enlarged liver and gallstone colic.
  • Arsenicum album is indicated for insomnia after a big meal. The person wakes up between 3 and 5 a.m., feels drowsy during the day.
  • Uranium nitricum treats high cholesterol with diabetes.
  • CRATEAGUS OXYACANTHA : cardiac tonic especially for Artherosclerosis. Have a solvent power on deposits in the arteries, Urine diabetes.If you know that you started to have clogged arteries you can start to take Crataegus-mother tincture-15 drops/3times/daily for more than 3 months. Have a solvent power upon crustaceous and calcareous deposits in arteries.
  • ADONIS VERNALIS : This homeopathic remedy is chosen if the muscles of the heart are in the stage of fatty degeneration, regulates the pulse and increase the power of contractions of the heart, with increase urinary secretions.
  • PHOSPHORUS :

This homeopathy remedy is chosen for cholesterol associated with nervous symptoms. Remedy for destructive metabolism, yellow atrophy of the liver and sub-acute hepatitis. Blood extravasations; fatty degenerations, cirrhosis, caries, are pathological states often calling for Phosphorus.

Liver Drainage Remedies

  • Carduus marianus
  • Taraxacum

Natural Supplements for High Blood Cholesterol

  • Coenzyme Q10 improves heart function.
  • Lecithin helps lower high cholesterol.
  • Vitamin E prevents the formation of blood clots.
  • Red rice yeast reduces the amount of cholesterol.
  • Soy protein helps lower bad fats in the bloodstream.
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