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Natural Cures for Indigestion and Heartburn

By Jenny McLarthan

When I think of Indigestion, Heartburn and nausea, the popular ad
campaign for Pepto Bismol with the dancing symptoms starts playing
in my head. Then the pink chalky residue comes to mind, ew. So what
is a natural health girl to do when she has a stomach ache? Consult
the herbalists and Alternative Medicine gurus, of course.

The main symptoms of Indigestion include abdominal pain, a burning
feeling in the upper abdomen, nausea, Heartburn, Bloating, Belching,
vomiting and Flatulence. Sounds like a good time, eh? Please do
consult with your Alternative Medicine practitioner if you have a
chronic problem, but if it is just the occasional malady, here are a
few Natural Remedies that may help:

Indigestion Prevention – Drink a mixture of one teaspoon Ginger and
two tablespoons baking soda in cold water before eating to avoid
Indigestion altogether.

Bananas – Ripe bananas are actually natural antacids that help to
soothe the lining of your stomach. I guess that is why pediatricians
often recommend them when the little ones are not feeling well.
Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice – Add either of these to hot water and
drink to alkalize the acid in your stomach if you do not have a
banana handy.

Tea – The following Teas are excellent for indigestion: Ginger,
Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Slippery Elm powder.
Why water=bad with a meal – Yes, the glass is on the table at
dinner, but you shouldn’t drink while eating according to experts.
Water can dilute the gastric acid in your stomach which causes
Indigestion.

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Health Care Workers Now Choose Alternative Medicine

By Dr. Mercola
Alternative medicine is no longer so “alternative” for health care workers, the majority of whom use a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for themselves.

In fact, 76 percent of health care workers use CAM, compared to 63 percent of the general population, according to research in the journal

Health Services Research. Even more revealing, health care providers, including doctors and nurses, were more than twice as likely to have used practitioner-based CAM, and nearly three times as likely to use self-treatment with CAM, during the prior year than support workers.
It seems health care workers are poignantly aware of many of the pitfalls of modern medicine and as such are embracing more holistic modalities. As psychiatrist Joya Lynn-Schoen, M.D., who practices alternative medicine, told Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health:
“As insiders, health care workers understand what’s missing in our medical system. They’re more educated than others about orthodox and alternative medicine … Mainstream medicine will say, ‘Here’s a pill’ or ‘Have an operation” or ‘There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re just tired.'”

With holistic therapies, attention is directed to finding the rootcause of disease so you can heal on a deep, instead of surface, level. In simpler terms, holistic medicine focuses on health, whereas conventional medicine focuses on disease.

Holistic Medicine Increasing in Popularity

The trend of CAM use among health care workers is mirrored by that of the general population. Increasing numbers of people are looking for treatments that fall outside of the realm of conventional medical care, often because conventional medicine has failed them or even made their conditions worse.

In 2007, more than 38 percent of U.S. adults used complementary and alternative medicine, along with 12 percent of children — a rate that’s been increasing since 2002. This amounts to 4 in 10 adults, and 1 in 9 children, embracing CAM. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, while CAM is used by people of all backgrounds, use is greatest among women and those with higher levels of education and income

CAM practices are very diverse and include, but are not limited to:

Nutritional medicine Holistic Nutritionist
Naturopathy Chiropractic
Herbalism, homeopathy, and nutritional-based therapies Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture
Ayurveda Meditation and hypnosis

Are You Fed Up with Prescription Drugs and Surgery?

Taking medications and having surgery is clearly not the route to optimal health that the modern medical system would have you believe it is. Dr. Null and colleagues published an oft-cited report in 2003 about the death toll caused by drugs and conventional medical treatments, which included the following statistics.

  • Adverse drug reactions — 106,000 deaths/year
  • Medical errors — 98,000 deaths/year
  • Unnecessary procedures — 37,136 deaths/year
  • Surgery — 32,000 deaths/year

Additionally, a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which analyzed 62 million death certificates from 1979 to 2006 (the most recent year available), found that almost a quarter-million of those deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors.  In an AMA article discussing the study, one co-author was quoted as stating that “medication errors are the second-leading cause of accidental death, and the only kind of accidental death that is increasing over time.”

An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year, and adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients. The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually — greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.

Further, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 found that 18 percent of patients were harmed by medical care(some repeatedly) and over 63 percent of the injuries could have been prevented. In nearly 2.5 percent of these cases, the problems caused or contributed to a person’s death. In another 3 percent, patients suffered from permanent injury, while over 8 percent experienced life-threatening issues, such as severe bleeding during surgery.

In all there were over 25 injuries per 100 admissions! In other words you have a one in four chance of getting injured if you are admitted to the hospital, not very good odds by any stretch. So it is easy to understand why some people are abandoning conventional medicine like rats leaving a sinking ship! Alternative medicine typically offers a more positive treatment experience and typically produces better results, and Americans are also increasingly distrustful of prescription medicines, and rightfully so!

Holistic Medicine Helps You Take Control of Your Health

The more you take responsibility for your own health — in the form of nurturing your body to prevent disease — the less you need to rely on the “disease care” that passes for health care in the United States.

If you carefully follow some basic health principles — simple things like exercisingeating whole foodssleeping enoughgetting sun exposure, reducing stress in your life, and nurturing personal relationships — you will drastically reduce your need for conventional medical care, which in and of itself will reduce your chances of suffering ill side effects.

But in the event you do need medical care, seek a health care practitioner who will help you move toward complete wellness by helping you discover and understand the hidden causes of your health challenges … and create a customized and comprehensive — i.e. holistic— treatment plan for you. You and your family CAN take control of your health, and you can typically do so using lifestyle choices and other natural, holistic strategies.

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The Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk benefits are multiple and well documented.  It’s the fiber supplement I most often suggest to clients who may benefit from more fiber than they can consume in their diet.   In the my office in Berlin Germany as well as my wellness center in Atlanta Georgia I am constantly faced with clients who will benefit from a fiber supplement.  Their conditions  consist of hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, constipation and watery diarrhea.  In our western diets we consume far less fiber than ideal for our bodies.  As a consequence we often struggle with bowel issues that are nearly unheard of in cultures where refined grain products are not consumed.

There are lots of fiber supplement options on the market, and I have come to the conclusion that psyllium husk benefits of lowering cholesterol tip the scales toward using psyllium rather than over the counter medicine. 

Psyllium is quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb Atkins-style diets. It is very difficult to get enough fibre in a diet when you eliminate the carbohydrates in cereals, whole grains and fruits. Psyllium capsules are an easy way to take care of this problem. It fills you with fibre, reducing appetite without overstimulating the nervous system; a much healthier approach than other harsh stool softners prescribed by medical doctors.

Psyllium has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.

Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.

Psyllium husk  is what I consider the best option for most people.  You can also consume it as a powder and mix it into water or juice.  The key is to drink it immediately.  If left to sit it forms a gel that is essentially impossible to drink.  I tell my clients to mix a heaping, snow-shovel heaping, teaspoon in a small cup of water and to gulp it down.  Then chase it with a large glass of water to dilute it in the stomach.  Done this way it is palatable.  Psyllium husk unlike others OTC colon cleansers helps lower cholesterol, helps modulate postprandial glucose if taken with a meal, and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Psyllium husk benefits digestion by keeping the colon contents moist, malleable, and in this way reduces cramps, pain, and bowel irregularity in irritable bowel syndrome.  It is also helpful in managing chronic constipation, hemorrhoids and anal fissures by leading to soft but formed stool that is easily passed and reduces the need to strain.  In cases of watery diarrhea the psyllium husk benefits by absorbing water and giving more texture to the stool which makes control of the bowels easier.

Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterollaemia. Soluble fibers such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Studies reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown psyllium to be quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.

Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.


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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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Natural Remedies for Blood Clotting

Home remedies for Blood clotting include canola oil, mustard oil, safflower oil, bread, beans, cereals, sprouts, Brussels, asparagus, broccoli, cayenne, vitamin C, banana, apricot, spinach, raisins, gingko, bilberry, turmeric, ginger, onion, garlic, spinach, pepper, clove, orange juice, skimmed milk, plenty of water, avoid smoking, obesity, heating pads, alcohol and sleeping pills, etc. Blood clot means clotting of a healthy vessel, which leads to several problematic situations. This may happen in any blood vessel and must be taken care well. It usually affects obese but people suffering from other clinical conditions may become affected. If not cured it may lead to amputation as well. There are many home remedies and its always beneficial for such patients to resort to these to stay active and healthy.

 

 

Blood clotting implies a mass of red blood cells and other components of cell that stick and clump together at the injured site and stop the blood flow in the blood vessel. During injury it is important for the person to prevent loss of blood. But if this happens within a healthy blood vessel which is flowing, it may cause sudden blockage of blood flow. It is called as emboli, which occurs rarely but is often dangerous and can be fatal leading to damage in tissue or death.

Blood clot may be caused due to missing of components of the blood system, plaque formation in the arteries (atherosclerosis), genetic factors, smoking, obesity, sickle cell anaemia, liver diseases, injury, any kind of surgery if taken place, cardiovascular disease and advanced age. 

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The Following Home remedies can prevent you from blood clotting

 

Cannola Oil, Mustard Oil: These are low fat containing oils and should be preferred for cooking purposes.

Bread, Beans, Cereals, Sprouts, Brussels and Asparagus: These are all rich in folate content which by a particular physiological pathway results in making the brittle arteries flexible.

Broccoli: Broccoli is rich in fibre content and considered good for patients having vascular disorders.

Celery: Celery contains an active compound which functions by lowering a stress hormone which thins or narrows down blood vessel. This way blood vessels maintain there optimum diameter.

Cayenne (capsicum) and Pepper: Both of these help in preventing platelets to stick together.

Vitamin C: It is an antioxidant and functions in proper vascular state.

Banana, Apricot, Spinach, Orange Juice: All of these keeps the vascular system active and maintain proper blood pressure.

Regular Exercise: Regularity in doing exercise must be shown as it is very important for the patients to keep the blood flow in all vessels continuously.

Avoid Smoking: Smoking results in replacement of oxygen by carbon monoxide to the already starved muscles of the veins. Therefore it complicates the situation and should not be practiced strictly.

Avoid Obesity: Obesity is caused due to fatty diet which results in deposition of fat on the walls of vessel leading to reduction in there diameter. Thus fat diet must be avoided by the patient.

Walking: A constant moving activity keeps various body parts in an active state.

Gingko: Gingko reduces the protein fibrin that is important in forming blood clots.

Bilberry, Turmeric, Ginger: Bilberry, turmeric and ginger reduce the phenomenon of sticking up of platelets which leads to blood clot formation.

Onion and Garlic: Onion and garlic also reduces fibrin and stickiness of platelets.

Hydrotherapy: Applying hot and cold packs alternatively at the site of pain results in maintenance of continuous blood flow at the site of blood clot.

Massage: This also has been found to give some relief to the patient.

Spinach, Pepper, Garlic and Clove: Leaves of spinach and one part each of pepper, garlic and clove are put together to extract the juice and then mixed well. This can be drunk by the patient.

As advised on our Free Health Tips Page, one must drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and avoid alcohol and sleeping pills because they cause immobility which raises the risk of stoppage of blood flow. It is also highly recommended that regular check ups with the doctor should be performed to evaluate cholesterol levels and rates of blood pressure.

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