Depression

There are two general types of depression. Situa-tional depression in which there are normal reactions to external events and endogenous depression, indicating an internal cause such as a biochemical or hormonal imbalance or nutritional deficiency. If depression is recurrent, constant, or severe, a physician should be consulted to find out the cause. Treating symptoms with antidepressants does not solve the underlying reason for the illness. Situational depressions can often be handled through...

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a dysfunction of the electrical activity in the brain. Seizures may involve loss of consciousness or be of a milder form with symptoms such as momentary loss of awareness, rapid heart beat, sweating, and high blood pressure. The illness is not always, but can be, inherited. Children in a study who had both migraine headaches and epileptic seizures had no seizures or had fewer when foods they were allergic to were eliminated from the diet. The common offenders are cow's milk and...

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS

PMS is characterized by symptoms including mood swings, irritability, insomnia, joint pain, tender breasts, headache, and bloating and starts approximately 2 weeks before menstruation begins. The cause is likely a hormonal imbalance, too much estrogen being produced by the body as opposed to the amount of progesterone. In studies, eating complex carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and oats throughout the day has relieved symptoms due either to the release of serotonin, a...

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hardened crystalized deposits that form from an excess of minerals and oxalates that concentrate in the urine, grow, and can block the flow of urine through the kidneys. Symptoms include pain in the lower back or pelvic area and possibly blood in the urine. It is often a hereditary condition and can also be caused by infection or from medications. Testing the kind of stones passed determines which foods need to be restricted in the diet. Most often the stones are made up of...

Insomnia

Insomnia may be caused by anxiety, stress, depression, too much caffeine, overeating, numerous health conditions, and the use of stimulating drugs. Food allergies can cause insomnia and narcolepsy, a condition in which an individual falls asleep suddenly, at any time, and anywhere. Eating carbohydrates 30 minutes before bedtime increases production of serotonin, a neu-rotransmitter that can reduce anxiety and promote sleep. For some individuals, warm milk has a sedative effect. As we age, the...

Hypertension High Blood Pressure

When pressure exerted by blood on the walls of the arteries is greater than normal, blood pressure rises. Usually, blood pressure falls when at rest. It rises in response to strenuous physical activity, stress, or a perceived danger in which the sympathetic nervous system dominates, arteries constrict, and more blood is sent to the brain increasing blood pressure. This heightened state of the sympathetic system does not seem to retreat in individuals with hypertension and damage to the heart,...

Cancer

Cancer develops when changes to DNA, nucleic acids that are the basis of heredity and contain the genetic blueprint, result in the production of malignant cells that replicate but are not controlled or killed by natural defense mechanisms in the body. Cells are most vulnerable to intrusion and damage from cancer-causing agents when cells normally divide and their DNA uncoils so that the gene information can be copied. Often cancers are hereditary, meaning there is a predisposition to the...

Gout

Gout is a painful condition affecting the joints, especially in the toes, and is caused by the deposition of urate crystals. There is either an overproduction of uric acid or an inefficiency in eliminating it from the body. The acidic compound results from the breakdown of proteins, specifically purines. Foods that are high in purines should be restricted or avoided in the diet they include organ meats, meats, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring, chicken, dried beans and peas, turkey,...

Asthma

Asthma is caused by spasms of the bronchial passages restricting the flow of air in and out of the lungs. The bronchi are chronically inflamed and hypersensitive. Asthmatic attacks can be triggered by allergens such as food, tobacco smoke, pet hair, or chemicals or by stress, viral infection, physical exertion, or inhaling cold air. The body also releases histamines in reaction to an allergen which results in coughing and further constricting of the bronchial muscles. Treatment involves...

Allergy

An allergy is the body's reaction to a substance that may be harmless in itself but the immune system misidentifies and treats it as a pathogen. Antibodies, called immunoglobulin E or IgE, react by attacking the substance and in the process histamine is released by the surrounding cells which causes an allergic reaction. The allergic reaction may include itchy nose and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritations, hay fever, hives, asthma, high blood pressure, abnormal fatigue,...

Ulcers

Ulcers usually form in the duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine a peptic ulcer is in the stomach as well as the duodenum and is so called because of the involvement of pepsin, a digestive enzyme. Ulcers are sores that can bleed. They form when there is too much acid for the mucosal lining to tolerate. They are often caused by an infection of the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori food allergies are also a possibility. It is believed that this bacteria releases acids into the area and may...

Atherosclerosis

At birth, human arteries are smooth and elastic and the blood flows freely. In as little as a year, streaks of fat can begin to appear under the layer of cells that line the arteries. Turning into plaque, fatty deposits build up and bulge into the arterial cavity and restrict the circulation of blood. The plaque attracts cholesterol and calcium, which have a solidifying effect. Arteries become thick and lose their elasticity preventing the blood from passing through easily and allowing clots to...

Back Pain

Acute back pain can result from lifting a heavy object, from a misstep, falling, or a sudden motion. Chronic back pain can develop from a viral infection, stress, muscle tension, emotional problems, poor posture and movement, weak muscle strength, as a result of pregnancy, or a congenital defect. Smokers often have back pain that may possibly be due to a deficiency of vitamin C that is destroyed by tobacco. The brain can sometimes mistake signals from another part of the body such as the...

Headache

Most headaches, characterized by a dull pain, are tension or stress related. Other sources may be a musculoskeletal problem in the upper back and neck that can be helped with craniosacral therapy by an osteopath or pressure from the sinuses. A headache on awakening may be an indication of high blood pressure. About 10 of headaches are called migraines throbbing in nature, genetic in origin, they are the result of constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain. Severe headaches that...

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic means the science of life, and is probably the oldest system of healing. It encompasses a philosophy that is both subtle and complex. In treating an individual, an assessment is first made of metabolic body type or dosha. There are three doshas vata, pitta, and kapha, and the dominance of one over the others determines classification. Doshas are blueprints, or a health profile of an individual, encompassing physiology, innate ten dencies, strengths, weaknesses, and susceptibilities to...

Ear Infection

Inflammation and infection of the middle ear, called otitis media, is a result of blockage of the Eustachian tubes that run from the back of the throat to the middle ear. Fluid gathers and pressure builds up, causing pain. Symptoms are a throbbing pain and sometimes fever. If there is a sudden sharp pain and pus drains from the ear, the eardrum has been perforated. Ear infection can be of a bacterial, viral, or fungal nature. It can also be the result of a structural obstruction or an allergic...

Stress

Stress is inherent in our way of life and is part of the human condition. What is important is how we react to it. Reacting with anger, fear, depression, and anxiety without release of the tension can result in illness, either directly or indirectly. Symptoms include muscle tension, high blood pressure, psychological problems, digestive disorders, a weakened immune system, cancer, and heart disease. When the mind perceives a threat, whether real or imagined, the brain instantly and...

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the breathing, or bronchial, tubes. Acute bronchitis follows a cold or flu when the viral infection moves to the chest. Chronic bronchitis is a result of smoking or exposure to polluted air or allergens. Bacteria is present if phlegm is yellow-green in color. Eating spicy foods liquifies the mucus and helps to open air passages. Identify allergens if they are the cause. Avoid dairy products as they contain components that suppress...

Hypnotherapy

The hypnotic state is one of relaxation and increased alpha and theta brain wave activity which allows for the opportunity to control the autonomic nervous system and to make changes in thinking and behavior. Properly applied, hypnosis can be used for a variety of conditions including the reduction of stress, pain, and anxiety, in lowering blood pressure, slowing the heart rate, producing analgesia during surgery, supporting the immune system, and treating sleep disorders and depression. For...

Constipation

Too little fiber and fluids are the most likely cause of constipation others are drugs such as painkillers, antidepressants, antihistamines, and heart medications lack of exercise, stress, anxiety, laxative overuse dull intestinal nerve reflexes pregnancy, and aging due to the loss of muscle tone. If constipation develops suddenly, see a physician as it may be an indication of colon cancer or impaction. Chronic constipation may be triggered by food allergies. Fiber acts like a sponge, absorbing...

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammation of the myelin sheaths that surround and protect nerve fibers causing nerve electrical transmissions to become dysfunctional. The cause is not known but the two most prominent theories are a virus or autoimmunity in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the sheaths. Stress, environmental toxins, and food sensitivities can exacerbate the condition. Symptoms vary and include muscle weakness, loss of coordination, loss of vision and bowel and bladder...

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and periodentitis is the inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues that can eventually result in loss of bone support. Symptoms are gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily. They often recede and bad breath may be present. A good diet and proper oral hygiene are essential in preventing gum disease. Sugar significantly increases plaque formation while adversely affecting white blood cell function. Toothpaste or mouthwash containing...

Nutrients

Optimal health and well-being require that carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients be supplied to the body in adequate and balanced amounts. These macro- and micronutrients are vital for normal organ development and functioning, for cell reproduction, growth, and maintenance for high energy and working efficiency for resistance to infection and disease and for the ability to repair bodily damage or injury. No nutrient works alone each is dependent on the...

Pregnancy

Pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the last day of menstruation. Changes in hormonal levels cause symptoms such as nausea in the first trimester, digestion problems and constipation in the second, and, in the third trimester, the growth of the fetus may result in back pain and swelling of the legs. Varicose veins, which can develop in susceptible individuals, may be due to an inherited weakness in the structure of the veins. Blood gathers in pools causing the vein to bulge. Topical application of a...

Pharmacological Activity

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Vaginitis

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the lining of the vagina. It is caused by a hormonal imbalance during postmenopause or postpartum by irritations from allergies or irritating substances and chemicals or by bacteria, candidiasis, or yeast infection, and trichomoniasis. The symptoms include itching, pain, and a white discharge. It is recommended sugar and possibly fruit juices be avoided in the diet as yeast thrives in that particular environment. Boric acid and gentian violet have shown to be as...

Heartburn

Heartburn or acid reflux occurs when hydrochloric acid and pepsin from the stomach seep into the lower part of the esophagus, irritating the lining which is not suited for the strong acids. Sometimes the pain is mistaken for a heart attack. Acids are allowed to pass into the esophagus because of the relaxation of the esophageal sphincter, a small ring-shaped mus cle that opens to let food into the stomach but closes tightly to keep contents in. This muscle can become weakened. A hiatal hernia...

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an acceleration in the growth of skin cells that results in patches of dry scaly itchy skin. The cause is unknown although it tends to run in families. Stress is often a trigger and gluten in foods or alcohol can precipitate the condition in some individuals. A sluggish liver may also be a factor. Getting sunlight is a common and effective remedy to alleviate symptoms. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that play a role in inflammatory diseases like psoriasis. In studies, fish...

Cystitis

Cystitis is a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder affecting mainly women. It is usually caused by E. coli which travels from the anus through the urethra and into the bladder. Food allergies, vaginal yeast infections, chemical sensitivities, tissue abrasion from friction during intercourse, and a too large diaphragm may increase exposure to bacteria. Stress and oral contraceptives can lower resistance to infection. Symptoms of cystitis include burning pain upon urination, pain in...

Herpes

The herpes simplex virus causes sores in and outside of the mouth, in the genital areas, as well as other parts of the body. A sign of eruption is a tingling sensation followed by blisters that eventually crust over and disappear. The virus lives in nerve cells, protected from immune-system defenses, and remains dormant most of the time for life. The virus is contracted by skin to skin contact. Triggers that can cause an outbreak are fatigue, viral infections, sunlight, menstruation, and...

Gallbladder Disease

Gallstones and inflammation of the gallbladder, which rarely happens without the presence of gallstones, are most common in women. Pain felt in the upper-right quarter of the abdomen, then often moving to the back, is frequently the result of a stone blocking the bile duct. Stones are formed when there is an excess of cholesterol in the bile or a deficiency of substances such as lecithin needed to disperse the fat. Gallstones are primarily composed of cholesterol that crystalizes and hardens...

Prostate Problems

Prostate problems include inflammation, enlargement, or cancer of the prostate gland which surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. An inflammation of the gland is called pros-titis resulting in pain during urination and ejaculation, frequent urination and possibly low back pain. The causes include infection, too much or too little ejaculation, jarring exercises such as horseback and bicycle riding, and food irritants like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and red pepper. Drinking...

Eye Problems

In cataracts damage to the protein of the lens of the eye clouds the lens and impairs vision. Oxidation of the lens from exposure to the sun and other sources in the environment is partly responsible for the destruction and nothing can reverse the situation once it has developed. Nutrient deficiencies, selenium, for example, may contribute to cataract formation. Symptoms are blurred or hazy vision, seeing spots, or the feeling of a film over the eye. Vitamin C supplementation may help improve...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by profound fatigue that is not alleviated by sleep, and a myriad of other symptoms including impairment of memory and concentration, muscle pain, and swollen lymph nodes. There is no single cause of the illness and a physician should be consulted to explore all possibilities. Causes may be a viral infection, adrenal gland dysfunction, chemical sensitivity, autonomic nervous system disorder, or food allergy. Common allergens are found to be wheat, corn,...

Umanganese For Pimples

Acne is a common disorder of the oil glands in the skin and can appear on the face, back, shoulders, chest, and arms. In adolescents during puberty, sex hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands resulting in excess secretion of sebum, a fatty oil that lubricates the skin. The glands become blocked and inflamed, which causes blackheads and pimples. If the glands become infected, sebum and pus build up under the skin and larger pimples and cysts appear which can eventually lead to scarring and...

Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease characterized by impaired memory, mood swings, confusion, and mental deterioration in how the brain receives and processes information. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, fear, aggressive behavior, restlessness, and repetitive actions. An accurate medical diagnosis is important because other diseases can have the same symptoms. The cause of Alzheimer's is unknown. Oxidative damage is part of the disease progression. Patients often have an...

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine, or traditional Chinese medicine, is thousands of years old and one of the most traditional healing systems on earth. Central to Chinese medicine is the principle of qi, or energy, which travels along invisible meridians, on the surface of the body, and through internal organs. A balance of this energy is crucial for maintaining good health. To a physician of Chinese medicine, visible illness is preceded by invisible illness, and detection of nascent diseases is a main focus...