Home Remedies For Thyroid During Pregnancy

A miscarriage is defined as the loss of pregnancy before the period of viability, which is considered to occur before 20 weeks. Miscarriages generally occur during the first two trimesters. It caused due to disturbances in the body.

There are several different causes of miscarriage, some of them being are as follows:

1. Chronic illnesses like diabetes, chronic respiratory, high blood pressure, kidney problem, lupus and underactive or overactive thyroid gland.

2. Any infections such as including acute infections, viral infection, mycoplasma ("walking" pneumonia) and other unusual germs.

3. Taking certaindrug during pregnancy like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine can also cause of miscarriage.

4. Highh level of stress or emotional shock can also lead to miscarriage.

5. Problem in reproductive organ, genetic problem, abnormal embryo are other causes of miscarriage.

Some home remedies suggested to prevent miscarriages:

1. Take one teaspoonof fresh amla juice (Indian gooseberry) mixed with one teaspoon of honey every morning during the term of pregnancy to prevent the risk of a miscarriage.

2. Boil a teaspoonful of false unicorn herb in a half glass of water for five minutes then cool it and drink. This is one of the useful home remedies to prevent miscarriage.

3. Apply a cold compress to the internal portion of the thighs, the perineum, the vagina and the lumbar region during the first trimester of pregnancy.

4. Boil 1/4 teaspoon of ground bay leaf in a 1/2 cup of milk and after it cools off, drink it twice a day to help protect the foetus. One of the simple and effective home remedies for miscarriage.

4. Take one part of black haw, 3 parts of false Unicorn root and 1 part of Lobelia. Boil 3 oz herb in 1 1/2 quarts of water for 20 minutes. Drink 1 tablespoon with water at least 3-4 times daily.

5. Breathing exercise and some stretching exercise are effective for good pregnancy and preventing miscarriage.

6. Drink raspberry leaf tea during pregnacy can help to strengthens your uterine muscles and prevent miscarriage.

7. Reduce your stress level; follow a healthy and well-balanced diet are necessary to prevent miscarriages. Your diet should include nuts, seeds, whole grain, fresh vegetables and fruits.

8. Make a brew using foliage of safflower. This is one of useful in the prevention of miscarriage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Will natural progesterone help with pregnancy depression?
    To start from the beginning I had never had any type of depression until after I had my first baby 2 and a half years ago. Right away I got really bad post partum depression. I tried anti-depressants and hated the side-effects. I saw natural doctors who tried diets and homeopathic remedies and vitamins. Finally I found 'The Hotze Health and Wellness Center' online after a year. They really helped alot. They assesed my thyroid, and hormone levels, especially progesterone (which I was taking days 15-28 of my cycle) since your progesterone drops greatly after giving birth and can sometimes have a hard time picking back up which causes the depression. Anyway--I am pregnant for the second time and I'm feeling a depressed again! I called them right away and they said for the first trimester I should continue my progesterone everyday. I started that up again and it's helped a little but not alot and I'm scared to feel like this through out my whole pregnancy, I'm ready to be excited about this pregnancy even though it wasn't planned. So my real question is " Will these feelings go away" and "I thought during pregnancy progesterone was made in LARGE quantities so why should I have to take this natural progesterone?"

    • ANSWER:
      What the progesterone doesn't address are two things: The energetic imbalance that resulted in your depression, and your emotional "symptoms" themselves. This response to external healing substances is not infrequent. The response is temporary, like a bandaid. But, the deeper wound still persists.

      One concern when I see someone say they tried homeopathy is either it was limited to self-help home care - when a professional is required (akin to a first-aid kit v. the need to see your doctor) - or the practitioner, doctor, acupuncturist, etc. using homeopathic remedies has a consumer-level awareness.

      Homeopathy is so great for problems surrounding pregnancy. Anytime hormones shift, latent imbalances arise. This is the truth behind PMS and menopause (in health, both symptom-free).

      I have three suggestions:

      1. Look around my client's favorite self-help website, http://abchomeopathy.com. It allows one to plug in symptoms for remedy suggestions. For many women, a remedy as simple as Sepia or Natrum muriaticum comes up and shifts the depression immediately. (It works when "indicated," so a bit of sleuthing is required. If not the remedy you need, nothing happens. Think of a child's square toy where you place shapes into their own holes. The homeopathic remedy needs to be that precise.)

      2. A lovely book by a mother and homeopath, again that my moms and dads particularly love and find useful, is by Miranda Castro. It is "Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth & Your Baby's First Years" (http://www.mirandacastro.com/main/books.html). You will be able to use the book now and later.

      3. If you continue to have problems after a few days to a week of being on a remedy that seems to be a "match," contact a professional homeopath. You want someone who practices classical homeopathy, and is also certified (if in N. America) through the Council for Homeopathic Certification (http://www.homeopathicdirectory.com). I think someone with kids is a benefit, because that's part of a practitioner's experience. Interview 2-3 for a personality match, check credentials and that the person's practice is 100% homeopathy. You don't want someone who blends acupuncture, or muscle testing, or hair analysis. None of those are homeopathy, and the benefits of homeopathy are most quick and precise when used alone.

      So, while someone gave you one or more homeopathic remedies, you did not "receive homeopathy." Homeopathy is the philosophy for giving a remedy - by practitioners with the qualifications I described - not the remedy itself. Without that knowledge, the remedy is useless and misleads people into ruling out homeopathy.

      (For some reason, I keep getting the Yahoo! is taking a breather message when I submit an answer. If I submit "testing," then put in the answer, it works. So, sorry for the confusion. This has been going on for a full day.)

  2. QUESTION:
    what causes falling hair and how to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dealing with Falling Hair
      The kind of hair we have whether it is thick, thin, fine, sparse, straight or curly - depends a great deal on the genes inherited. The problems concerning hair loss are also passed on from the parents to the offspring. Diabetes and thyroid disorders are two real threats to healthy hair. Falling hair are also often directly inherited.
      Trauma
      The result of physical stress on the hair is called Traction Alopecia. This can be caused by tying up the hair in too tight chignon style, ponytails, or pigtails. The prolonged and continuing pull-like pressure on the hair can result in spot baldness.
      Spot baldness is also caused due to trauma or sudden shock experienced. A severe blow to the head may lead to spot baldness where the blow is received.

      Local Scalp Infection
      Bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause spot fall out of hair. It can, however, be treated with medicated shampoos and lotions.
      Diseases
      Internal disorders and infections which cause high fever such as flu, pneumonia and typhoid are often accompanied by excessive hair loss.
      Chemicals or Drugs
      Antibiotics and a durg called Cortizone administered sometimes in treating acne and scars lead to hair loss. Chemical therapies given in serious diseases such as cancer, cause the excess fall out of hair.
      Emotional or Environmental Stress
      People unable to cope with pressures of life, all the time worrying about the problems at work place or home, having most of their emotional conflicts unresolved, are easy victims of excess hair loss.
      With the tension in their minds, the muscles in the scalp and neck constrict. The blood circulation is thereby impeded, resulting in the suffocation of the hair follicles.

      To prevent the consequential excess hair loss, massage to loosen up the scalp is an excellent remedy.

      Hormonal Imbalances and Hair Loss
      Hormonal imbalances are the primary cause of most serious hair loss conditions. Pregnancy, contraception with birth control pills and menopause are the common conditions that induce hormonal changes.
      Pregnancy
      Generally, the hair condition improves during pregnancy as the endocrine glands function at their peak.
      The hair loss occurs only after the birth of the baby. This happens due to irregularity in the functioning of thyroid glands. It can be attributed to the change in the life style - the new unaccustomed life with the baby.

      The normal hair loss after delivery happens four months after birth and continues for about two months.

      Birth Control Pills
      If a woman in perfect health with normal weight, having regular periods, eating sensibly and physically active, uses the pill for contraceptive reasons, she can expect the problem of hair loss. Taking the pill can alter her perfect hormonal balance.
      In contrast if, however, a woman who is already suffering from hormonal imbalance takes the pill, it can restore the balance and promote hair growth.

      Menopause
      One of the problems of menopause is that the production of the female hormone estrogen slows down. This results in weak, dry hair and an excess fall out in one out of two women. How to Prevent Excess Fall Out of Hair
      Hair in normal and healthy conditions does not fall out at an alarming rate. The excess fall out occurs mostly when the hair condition is extremely dry, rough and damaged.
      Conditioning and nourishing of hair are the top priorities to prevent excess hair loss. Cream rinses help the dry and rough hair to regain its flexibility. Generous application of moisturisers and oil preparations replenish the moisture and oil in the dry hair.

      Massage is a very important element of the scalp treatment to control excess fall out of hair. It invigorates the blood circulation, giving hair an increased supply of nutrition and oxygen for healthy growth. Massage also stimulates the dormant hair follicles to grow fresh hair.

      The Home-made Cosmetic Care
      Try these age-old treatments.
      The Hair Rejuvenating Ointment
      Powder 10 gms each of lime seeds and black pepper. Make a fine paste in plain water or if possible in ginger juice. Apply this paste on the head every night. Leave it on for at least a couple of hours. Then rinse it out. Massage your scalp with your finger tips for five minutes while applying the paste.
      (Note: Application of the above paste may irritate your scalp. If you have sensitive skin, reduce the quantity of the ingredients.)

      The Magic Treatment for Spot Baldness
      Make a paste with a few small sticks of Mulathi in milk cream. Add a little saffron and apply it on the bald patches at night. Rinse it out with clear water in the morning. If possible, mix some ground Dhatura seeds in the paste. It increases the potency of the treatment. Massage your bald scalp spot generously with your finger tips for five minutes while applying the ointment.
      The Wonderful Oil Massage
      Castor oil is excellent for hair re-growth. If combined with white iodine which is available at the chemist shop, it can produce the desired results.
      Part your hair in small sections and apply the oil to the scalp with cotton. Massage it in with your finger tips. If you are able to get white iodine solution, use it similarly on every alternate day.
      Squeeze the milk out of 1/2 a coconut, add the juice of half a lime and massage into the scalp. Leave on for 4 - 6 hours. Wash with a mild shampoo or crushed Hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of crushed fenugreek seeds and made into a paste.
      Do's and Don'ts
      In case of baldness due to fungal, viral or bacterial infections, consult a dermatalogist.
      Use a soft brush with well-spaced bristles.
      Sanitise your implements, i.e. brushes, combs, etc. atleast once a week. Take iron tablets in case you are anaemic.
      Improve the protein content of your diet.
      Take birth control pills with a prescription.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have suddenly noticed darkening of skin on my face, above my upper lip !!?
    Can anyone recommend an over the counter remedy that will help fade this, or home remedy ? I am curious to know if anyone has had this and found a way to get rid of it !!
    I am not on any birth control/hormones. I am not pregnant. I do smoke, but have cut down to less than half pack a day. I have not had any unusual sun exposure. I have used tanning beds before, but havent been in one for over a month ! It is not hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Melasma, also known as cholasma, is characterized by irregular patches of dark skin on the face. These tan or brown patches usually occur symmetrically on the cheeks, upper lip, nose, or forehead. The symmetry of melasma distinguishes it from other conditions that cause darkening of the skin.

      Melasma is a common condition and is found more often in women. Those with darker skin types (including Indians, Hispanics, Middle-Easterners, and North Africans) are more prone to melasma than those with lighter complexions.

      Within a patch of melasma, pigment producing cells (called melanocytes) are increased in number and each melanocyte produces more pigment (called melanin). Increased melanin in the skin leads to the tan or brown coloration.

      The cause of melasma is not fully understood. However, genetics, hormonal changes, and sun exposure are known to play important roles. Oral contraceptives can also trigger melasma.

      Although there are some diseases that cause similar changes in the skin, melasma itself has no association with internal disease.

      Melasma Treatment and Removal Options:
      There are a number of treatments available for melasma. They include: topical bleaching creams, sunscreens, chemical peels, and laser therapy. Pregnancy-derived melasma may resolve spontaneously after delivery.

      Melasma and the uncovering an Even Complexion
      If you feel like your complexion is being punished by unsightly brown patches that never seem to go away, you are not alone. You may have called ‘melasma’, which is Greek for a black spot. Melasma associated with pregnancy is called ‘chloasma’, also known as "the mask of pregnancy." It is a form of pigmentation on the face sometimes mistaken for a suntan that appears around the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose, chin, and jawline. It can also show up on the forearms, but this is quite rare. Although melasma is most common in women of childbearing age, you don’t have to pregnant or even a woman to have it. It is also found in older women who did not have it during their pregnancies, and up to 10% of cases are dark skinned men. Melasma doesn’t really have a cure. In many cases associated with pregnancy, the discoloration fades away after delivery. If you are unlucky, it may persist for longer or indefinitely. The good news is that there are treatments that can be done that can minimize the visible effects and keep them at bay. Successful treatment usually begins with the trio of sunblocks, bleaching creams and time.

      Above all, sun exposure is the big culprit. Some medications can also cause melasma such as the antibiotics tetracycline and minocycline, and some anti-seizure and anti-malarial drugs.

      As a rule, any persistent, unexplained darkening or lightening of the skin should be looked at by a Dermatologist. The first step is to determine the cause. A complete medical history and a proper physical examination including evaluating the skin under a Wood’s lamp may be performed. Diagnostic tests, including thyroid function tests and skin biopsies, may also be done. The next step is to eliminate the cause, if possible. For example, if the cause is the medication you are taking, discontinuing it may result in a clearing, but melasma is not always that simple. The pigment may be located in the epidermis or the skin’s outer layer, the dermis or the deeper layer, or a combination of both. The more superficial it is, the easier it will lighten. In general, melasma that is more recent will respond better to treatment.

      Rule number one is that nothing will be effective if you are still trying to tan, because this completely reverses the process and repigmentation will start again. Hydroquinone 4% is widely considered the most effective skin lightening agent. Don’t self-treat. Some prescription bleaching formulas are marketed to consumers via the Internet, but these should only be used under medical supervision and can cause severe reactions on certain skin types. Lightening agents like kojic acid, derived from fungal or mushroom plants, are often combined with other ingredients like azelaic acid, glycolic acids, lactic acid, retinol, ascorbic acid, and botanical lighteners such as licorice extract and bearberry extract. Most skin lightening ingredients work better in tandem than on their own. For example, glycolic acid helps draw lightening agents into the skin better.

      Skin lightening is not a quick process. Depending upon how dark the area is compared with your normal skin tone, it can take six months to one year to see results. Non-prescription lightening creams can go only so far in improving the appearance of melasma. If you are seeking more dramatic improvement, you may have to look to more invasive remedies performed mostly by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Superficial glycolic peels, trichloracetic acid peels (TCA), microdermabrasion, and intense pulsed light treatments are the most common methods used to even out skin pigment. These treatments tend to be more risky for darker skin types.

      The most important lesson to learn to avoid brown patches is to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 all day, every day, year-round. Even incidental exposure such as through your car window on an overcast day can exacerbate melasma. The most effective sunscreens, including zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, should be applied every two hours and not just once in the morning. Consider SPF in your moisturizer and foundation as just icing on the cake. It is not enough to protect you all day long. Minimizing sun exposure can prevent darkening of existing dark patches, as well as the appearance of new areas. This is especially important for women who take birth control pills or hormone supplements or for past melasma sufferers. Once you have successfully lightened up your dark areas, maintenance is needed to keep the skin clear for the long term.

  4. QUESTION:
    Rib pain. 20 weeks pregnant. Cause for concern/home remedies?
    I have my doctors appointment Monday but till then can anyone tell me. Is rib pain normal during pregnancy. I can't stand to sit up right for very long. I have to be either laying down, walking, standing, or in some reclined positions in order to get the pain to stop. Any suggestions for alleviating the pain or what is causing it? I'm only 20 weeks pregnant and I've heard that pain from the uterous moving up usually doesn't start till well into your third trimester. (That is 8 weeks away, give or take) The ribs are tender to the touch, mainly on my right side but some on the left too. But there doesn't have to be any pressure at all and it is still VERY uncomfortable.

    P.S. I am doing my best to go through the entire pregnancy without having any medication. Including Tylenol. I take my multivitamins, and my thyroid prescription and that's it. So home remedies are great. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you have a big baby. Id say if its from the baby and its starting now I would hate to be you in a couple months. Rib pain and back pain are the most terrible things pregnancy brings in my opinion. I would mention it to your dr and see what they think.

  5. QUESTION:
    Thyroid in pregnency..?
    Any one had Thyroid during pregnency?? Im 6 weeks pregnent & yesterday doctor said i have Thyroid (not high). Im so scared.. as per the Doctor it effects to unburn baby's brain..
    Please share with me if any one had Thyriod during there pregnency..& how its effected to childs. Is there any home remedies are there to reduce this...
    Please help Im so worried..
    Thanks to all who is writting for me..

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not exactly sure what you mean....

      Everyone has a thyroid gland - it is really important for maintaining your metabolism and is in increased demand during pregnancy. Sometimes the levels of hormones it produces can be too much (hyperthyroidism) or too low (hypothyroidism).

      Both conditions are not great to have during pregnancy, but especially hypothyroidism because thyroid hormones are important in your baby's development. If your doctor is concerned he/she will manage you with hormone tablets you can take. Or if yours if overfunctioning that can usually be managed with tablets as well.

      I am currently on thyroid hormone tablets because I recently found that I have thyroid cancer and had half of my thyroid cut out. They will not harm your baby. They are very safe.

      Hope that helps

  6. QUESTION:
    What causes...............?
    hair to fall out and is there anything out there that stops it or any home remedies?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

      AND Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

      Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride (brand name: Propecia) is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

      If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement.

      Ya sorry for all the info but maybe this will help you :)

  7. QUESTION:
    How come my hair is falling out?
    some people have told me that it may be b/c of my Thyroid..So I had it checked, a little less than normal. Could this be enough to make this happen. It comes out in strands when I wash my hair..Is there a vitamin that anyone can suggest, or some other home remedy. I have refrained from syling my hair as often as I usually do, just to see if that was the problem and it doesnt matter what I do , it still comes out...
    almond oil huh? never heard of that, can I get it at any store? and when do I apply it..Just a small amount after I wash or what? Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      Try not to worry about it as it could make things worse if caused by stress, i suffered hair loss during and after pregnancy, so put it down to hormones and or stress was never given a straight answer by gp, i actually had quite sizable bold patchs, try a hair, skin and nail supplement , it helped for me, it certainly won't hurt.

  8. QUESTION:
    Whatt can cause hair loss at the age of 14?
    My friend has been losing her hair, and shes 14.
    She doesn't do anything harsh to her hair. Only straightening, and she using a heat protector.
    But since shes been losing a lot of hair, she stopped for about 2 weeks.
    She said when she drains the bathtub water, the bathtub is covered in hair =/
    She hasn't been eating lunch, can that be a cause?
    and its our first year of Highschool, so could it be just because shes stress about homework?
    What causes hair loss?
    and how can you get your hair to grow back quickly with home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

      Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

      Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

      Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

      Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

      Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

  9. QUESTION:
    Help!!! severe leg tension?
    Hi, I'm 18, my 35 year old mom is suffering from really severe muscle spasms. It started out this afternoon. Her lower back was in pain which is common for her because a slipped a disc about 6 years back. But when we got home she hobbled into bed and was just suffering all afternoon. We gave her 4 advil, 2 tylenol, and one of her leftover anti-inflammatory pills from the last time her lower back was causing her grief. But now the back pain is gone and her left leg is having spasms that she can't control no matter how much she flexes or stretched. It's painful for her. I helped her put on some bengay but it didnt help so I helped her into the bath and she's soaking her leg in hot water. But I'm worrie things won't get better. She doesn't want to go to the hospital because the last time she went they just gave her morphine and it made her feel 10x worse. But should I force her there anyway? I've tried massaging her leg, her foot, some basic accupuncture I read online, but they only caused temporary relief. HELP PLEASE

    • ANSWER:
      I found a website where they say these can cause leg cramps: leg-foot cramps have no origin other than from overstretching of the muscles during the day. There are however, some conditions which may cause muscle cramping:

      •Some medicines can cause cramps as a side-effect, or make cramps occur more often. These include: diuretics (water pills), nifedipine, cimetidine, salbutamol, terbutaline,lithium, clofibrate, morphine (withdrawal), phenothiazines, and nicotinic acid.
      •Dehydration
      •Conditions that cause alterations in the balance of salts in the bloodstream (such as a highor low sodium or potassium level).
      •Some people who have renal (kidney) dialysis get leg cramps.
      •Pregnancy - usually in the later stages.
      •An untreated under-active thyroid gland.
      •peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the leg arteries which causes poor circulation).
      •Cirrhosis of the liver is a rare cause.
      •Lead poisoning.
      •Sarcoidosis.
      •Rare disorders of nerves.
      •Excess alcohol.

      There are many simple treatments for night cramps, some work better than others, so some experimentation may be necessary. These include:

      •Magnesium- this mineral helps your muscles relax. Take 500mg twice a day, just be careful because it may cause diarrhea in some people. Natural sources of magnesium include whole grains, wheat germ, nuts, seed, seafood and low-fat dairy products.
      •Potassium- low levels of potassium will cause muscle cramping. Rather than take potassium supplements (too much potassium can cause heart problems) try getting your potassium from foods like grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish and poultry.
      •Stretching-for occasional simple night cramps, stretching and massaging the muscle is all you need.
      •Quinine-taken either as a pill or as quinine water every evening has been proven to be very beneficial in the treatment of night cramps. This is contraindicated in women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy as quinine has been used over the years in abortion.
      •Vitamin E- 800iu daily can be very effective in reducing night cramps. Note that vitamin E should not be taken by people who are on anti-coagulant therapy as vitamin E has a tendency to thin blood.

      For those who like to try home remedies here are two for you:
      1. Put a piece of silverware such as as spoon right on the cramp. The spoon does not have to be sterling; stainless steel is fine.

      2. Pinch your philtrum, which is the area between your nose and upper lip, until the cramp is gone, which should take no more than a few seconds.

      I get leg and toe cramps off and on and sometimes they last 15 minutes. If none of the remedies help your Mom, take her to the doctor, as they can give her a muscle relaxant.

      Pray for them to go away, as I am doing. You are a good child to help your mother.

  10. QUESTION:
    Bad Discoloration?PLS HELP!!!!?
    I've gotten this bad discoloration above my upperlip that I can't seem to get rid of. It make me look as though I have a mustache it is SOO embarrassing to have. I've tried lemon juice, meladerm, and lighteners. I know its hyperpigmentation caused by the sun but how in the world can I get it off my face. Someone please help me any advice given is better than nothing anyday. I was wondering if I have melasma or something.

    • ANSWER:
      You have tried all the known home remedies-you might want to check to see if you can get a stronger skin lightener, makeup, or consider medical treatment with a laser. Avoid sunlight or cover it when you are in the sun.
      Melasma usually occurs in those who are pregnant, are on hormonal treatment, have a hormonal-ovaries(estrogen,progesterone ), thyroid, pituitary imbalance,
      Treatments to hasten the fading of the discolored patches include:
      Topical depigmenting agents, such as hydroquinone (HQ) either in over-the-counter (2%) or prescription (4%) strength. HQ is a chemical that inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.Tretinoin, an acid that increases skin cell (keratinocyte) turnover. This treatment cannot be used during pregnancy. Azelaic acid (20%), thought to decrease the activity of melanocytes. Facial peel with alpha hydroxyacids or chemical peels with glycolic acid.Laser treatment. A Wood's lamp test should be used to determine whether the melasma is epidermal or dermal. If the melasma is dermal, laser (or "IPL") will acually DARKEN and worsen the appearance of the spots. Dermal melasma is generally unresponsive to most treaments, and has only been found to lighten with products containing mandelic acid. In all of these treatments the effects are gradual and a strict avoidance of sunlight is required. The use of broad-spectrum sunscreens with physical blockers, such as titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide is preferred over that with only chemical blockers. This is because UV-A, UV-B and visible lights are all capable of stimulating pigment production.

  11. QUESTION:
    how can i lose my weight and increase my height?
    according to my friends i am perfect!

    but......
    i love icecreams,chocolates,and since i live in mumbai i like vada pav(potato bun) a lot!
    i dont get hungry on time?half of the time i dont do my breakfast.
    i get tired very easily while returning home.
    i have tried drinking juices,fruits!!nothing helps me!
    plz help.

    • ANSWER:
      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents and cures "Obesity" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Obesity.

      Obesity may be described as a bodily condition characterised by excessive deposition or storage of fat in adipose tissue. It usually results from consumption of food in excess of physiological needs. Obesity is common among people in Western countries and among the higher income groups in India and other developing countries.

      Obesity can occur at any age in either sex. Its incidence is higher in persons who consume more food and lead sedentary lives. Among women, obesity is liable to occur after pregnancy and at menopause. A woman usually gains about 12 kgs of weight during pregnancy. Part of this is an increase in the adipose tissue, which serves as a store against the demands of lactation. Many women gain more and retain part of this weight. They become progressively obese with each succeeding child.

      Obesity is a serious health hazard as the extra fats puts a strain on the heart, kidneys and liver as well as the large weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees and ankles, which ultimately shortens the life span. It has been truly said, ‘the longer the belt, the short the life.‘ Overweight persons are susceptible to several diseases like coronary thrombosis, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, and liver and gall-bladder disorders.

      Causes: The chief cause of obesity, most often, is overeating - i.e., the intake of calories beyond the body’s energy requirement. Some people are habituated to eating too much while others may be in the habit of consuming high-calorie foods. These people gain weight continuously as they fail to adjust their appetite to reduce energy requirements. There has, in recent times, been an increase in awareness of psychological aspects of obesity. Persons who are generally bored, unhappy, lonely, or unloved, those who are discontented with their families, or social or financial standing usually tend to overeat as eating is a pleasure and solace to them.

      Obesity is sometimes also the result of disturbances of the thyroid or pituitary glands. But glandular disorders account for only about 2% of the total incidence of obesity. In such persons, the basal metabolism rate is low and they keep gaining weight unless they take a low-calorie diet.

      Treatment: A suitably planned course of dietetic treatment, in conjunction with suitable exercise and other measures for promoting elimination is the only scientific way of dealing with obesity. The chief consideration in this treatment should be the balanced selection of foods which provide the maximum essential nutrients with the least number of calories.

      To begin with, the patient should undertake a juice fast for 7-10 days. Juices of lemon, grape fruit, orange, pineapple, cabbage, celery, may be taken during this period. Long juice fast up to 40 days can also be undertaken, but only under expert guidance and supervision. In the alternative, short juice fasts should be repeated at regular intervals of two months or so till the desired reduction in weight is achieved.

      After the juice fast, the patient should spend a further four or five days on an all-fruit diet, taking three meals of fresh juicy fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya. Thereafter, he may gradually embark upon a low-calorie well- balanced diet of three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts and grains , (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits, with emphasis on raw fruits, vegetables, and fresh juices.

      The foods which should be drastically curtailed or altogether avoided are high-fat foods such as butter, cheese, chocolates, cream, ice-cream, fat meats, fried foods, and gravies; high carbohydrate foods like bread, candy, cake, cookies, cereal products, legumes, potatoes, honey, sugar, syrup and rich puddings beverages such as all-fountain drinks and alcoholic drinks.

      One sure method of reducing weight is by practicising what is known as "Fletcherism". It was discovered in 1898 by Horace Fletcher of the U.S.A.. Fletlcher, at 40, considered himself an old man. He was 50 pounds overweight, contracted flu every six months and constantly complained of indigestion and a tired feeling. After a deep study, he made some important discoveries and prescribed the rules for "Fletcherism" which are as follows:

      1. Chew your food to a pulp or milky liquid until it practically swallows itself.
      2. Never eat until hungry.
      3. Enjoy every bite or morsel, savouring the flavour until it is swallowed.
      4. Do not eat when tired, angry, worried, and at mealtime refuse to think or talk about unpleasant subjects.

      Horace Fletcher followed these rules for five months. As a result he lost more than 60 pounds and felt better than he had for 20 years. A weight-reducing programme built on Fletcherism works wonders and is worth a trial.

      Ingestion of honey is an excellent home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra deposited fat in the body and puts it into circulation which is utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with small quantity of about 10 g to be taken with hot water. The dose can be gradually increased.

      Fasting on honey-lime juice water is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity without the loss of energy and appetite. In this mode of treatment, one spoon of fresh honey should be mixed with a juice of half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and taken at regularly intervals. Another effective remedy for obesity is an exclusive lemon juice diet. On the first day the patient should be given nothing but plenty of water. On the second day juice of three lemons mixed with equal amount of water should be given. One lemon should be subsequently increased each day until the juice of 12 lemons is consumed per day. Then the number of lemons should be decreased in the same order until three lemons are taken in a day. The patient may feel weak and hungry on the first two days, but afterwards the condition will be stabilised by itself. Cabbage is considered to be an effective home remedy for obesity. Recent research has discovered in this vegetable a valuable content called tartroric acid which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction. A helping of cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim, a painless way of dieting. A 100 g of cabbage yields only 27 kg of calories of energy while the same quantity of wheat bread will yield about 240 calories. Cabbage is found to possess the maximum biological value with minimum calorific value. Moreover, it gives a lasting feeling of fullness in the stomach and is easily digestible.

      Along with dietetic treatment, the patient should adopt all other natural methods of reducing weight. Exercise is an important part of weight reduction plan. It helps to use up calories stored in body fat and relieves tension, besides toning up the muscles of the body. Walking is the best exercise to begin with and may be followed by running, swimming, rowing, and other outdoor sports.

      Certain yogi asanas are highly beneficial. Not only do they break up or redistribute fatty deposits and help slimming, but they also strengthen the flabby areas.

      Sarvangasana, halasana, bhujangasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, naukasana, ardh-matsyendrasana, paschimottanasana, vajrasana, yogamudra, and trikonasana are recommended. These asanas work on the glands, improve circulation, strengthen many weak areas and induce deep breathing which helps to melt off excess fat gradually. Yogic kriyas like kunjal and jalneti and pranayamas such as kapalbhati and bhastrika are also helpful in normalising body weight.

      The patient should also adopt measures which bring on excessive perspiration such as sauna baths, steam bath, and heavy massage. They help to reduce weight. Above all, obese persons should make every effort to avoid negative motions such as anxiety, fear, hostility and insecurity and develop a positive outlook on life.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Metal taste on lips, tounge, skin?
    Hi, I'm 19, female, i'd say i'm quite healthy and eat well, I do however suffer with depression and anxiety and well as echzema/dry/itchy skin.

    For the past 8 months or so i've had a metallic taste in my mouth that makes my mouth water. It tastes like i'm sucking a copper penny all the time, and my lips sometimes taste of metal aswell especially the bottom lip. My boyfriend said that he could taste the metal on my lips but didn't know where it was coming from. He also said my leg tastes of metal in a certian spot!

    Everyone always comments on how sickly and tired i look and my grandmother is anemic. I'm always tired, and i think anemia could be a possibility, but would this cause the taste?

    I'm on no medication whatsoever, i've had ONE single beta blocker which was wrongly prescribed to me and one ephedrine pill just before the taste started.

    I'm 100% not pregnant either as i have taken several tests. Periods are irregular though but have bein since i was younger. I've had a few new moles and was concerned maybe it's skin cancer but my doctor took a look and said they looked normal, but i was wondering if the metallic taste is either;
    - depression
    - anxiety
    - skin cancer
    - anemia

    I've also noticed some of my body hair is almost plain white! It's really freaky, i'm dark haired and pale skinned.

    Advice?
    And the more i notice the taste the worst it gets. When i start worrying about it it gets stronger.. starting to think i might be going mad!
    And the more i notice the taste the worst it gets. When i start worrying about it it gets stronger.. starting to think i might be going mad!
    I've gained a little weight too since it started. Could it be to do with my thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      A metallic taste in the mouth is a common complaint and can be due to a variety of causes - from medication you may be taking to dental problems. In the absence of other symptoms, it is unlikely that a metallic taste in your mouth indicates serious disease. But if you haven't had a thorough general checkup recently, I would suggest seeing your doctor to rule out any undiagnosed health problems.

      You might also want to visit your dentist, because the taste might be a symptom of gum disease. Even if you don't have gum problems, poor oral hygiene can affect taste. Be sure to brush your teeth carefully at least twice a day and use a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria and debris that can collect on your tongue. Dental work done in the past can break down and alter taste, so your dentist will probably look at that as well.
      In addition, not drinking enough water can contribute to problems with taste. Increase your intake and see if it helps. While you don't have to drink the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, my rule of thumb is to drink as much of that amount as you comfortably can and more than you think you need.
      Among the drugs that can cause a metallic taste in your mouth are antibiotics like Biaxin (clarithromycin) and Flagyl (metronidazole), used to treat a wide variety of infections; drugs used to treat an overactive thyroid; captopril, used to treat high blood pressure; griseofulvin, used to treat skin infections; lithium, used in bipolar disorder; penicillamine, used for rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, and too much copper in the body; plus some drugs used in cancer treatment.
      If you rule out all of these possible causes and still have the taste, it might be worthwhile to consult with a practitioner of Chinese medicine. That system might have an answer for you.

      HOME REMEDIES FOR METALIC TATE ON MOUYH:

      Metallic taste in the mouth is a condition in which the person feels as though she has something very sour and acidic in her mouth, even when she has not eaten anything. The continuous presence of this bitter feeling inside the mouth is often accompanied by bad breath, which is caused because of the insufficient production of saliva by the glands inside the mouth. Since saliva functions as a natural mouthwash and helps counter bacterial growth in the mouth, it is crucial to oral health.
      Metallic taste is the mouth is only the symptom for any of the following possible irregularities: lead, mercury or copper poisoning, gastric problems, fluctuation of hormone levels during pregnancy, consumption of prenatal antidepressants and antibiotics, jaundice, gas and acidity, oral infections, tooth decay and lack of oral hygiene. Of course, it is advisable that you consult your physician in order to ascertain which of these several possible causes is responsible for the metallic taste in your mouth.
      However, there are few simple measures that you can follow at home in order to counter this problem:
      •If the metallic taste in the mouth is accompanied by foul breath, you can temporarily overcome the problem by consuming strong flavored mints or eating food that has a strong taste.
      •Condiments like cloves and cinnamon can also be eaten raw in very small portions as means of temporary relief.
      •Citrus fruits are natural sources of juices that not only prevent bacterial growth inside the mouth but also help in better digestion of food by stimulating the production of saliva. Lemonade and foods marinated in vinegar are therefore effective means of countering metallic taste in the mouth.
      •Make sure that you wash your mouth properly every time you eat something. Brush your teeth as well as clean your tongue properly after every meal.
      •You could also try putting a pinch of baking soda on your dry toothbrush and then apply toothpaste to it to brush your teeth. Baking soda, being caustic in nature, counters the acrid taste and smell of oral acids and leaves the mouth feeling fresher.
      •You can also add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and use this as a mouthwash for similar results.
      •A teaspoon of salt added to a glass of water can also be used to rinse the mouth in order to get rid of the metallic taste in the mouth.

  13. QUESTION:
    Back pain that has been going on for a while, it comes and goes.?
    So I have had these back pains for a little over a year. They come and go quite often. My back hurts generally every day. It isn't just one part of my back that hurts, it is my whole back that does but it moves around day by day to if it is the lower or upper back. With these aches my neck hurts too. it usually is a very painful feeling like needles in my back and then it usually goes into a numbing feeling, like it feels when you put bengay on an ache. Last night I couldn't fall asleep because my back hurt so bad I cried. I am a server and I have noticed when I wear my apron on my neck or bend over to pick up items that weight more than 10lbs my back aches.
    My boyfriend really wants me to see a doctor because he has noticed tons of knots on my back and is worried it is something serious. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to your boyfriend and go to the doctor. There are things you can do about the knots, or your boyfriend could help you with them. Try massage in the natural direction of the muscle, apply a hot compress which can relax the muscles or even a hot shower or a warm bath - you need to apply the heat for several minutes at a time. Gentle stretches can help. Calcium and potassium are both important in reducing muscle knots so make sure you are getting enough in your diet, and make sure you are drinking enough water. Chamomile tea is a natural muscle relaxant, as is honey, so drinking the tea with honey could help. Read more here.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1064383/natural_home_remedies_for_muscle_knots.html?cat=5

      However, the sensations of numbness and tingling are more of a concern. Some of the possible causes of numbness include:

      Sitting or standing in a position for prolonged time
      Injury to a certain nerve can cause numbness in the body part of that nerve, or other parts connected with that nerve channel
      Shingles (herpes zoster) infection is another reason which can lead to numbness
      Pressure on the spinal nerves in condition like slip disk
      Pressure on the peripheral nerve which forms due to enlarged blood vessels, infection or tumors
      No blood supply to a certain body area, can also cause body numbness in the certain body part
      Body numbness at night or during sleep sensation gets worse in people having the peripheral neuropathy condition
      Medical condition of carpel tunnel syndrome where a person gets a pressure on a nerve at the wrist, is a common experienced condition of body numbness during pregnancy
      Other medical condition like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, under active thyroid also lead to body numbness and tingling
      Lack of vitamin B12 in body is also another cause of body numbness
      Certain medications or radiation therapy can also lead to body numbness
      Experiencing right side or left side of body numbness can be a stroke symptom
      Nerve damage due to consumption of lead, tobacco or alcohol can also lead to body numbness and tingling sensation

      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/body-numbness.html

  14. QUESTION:
    People with medical experience in BP and PCOS....please answer.?
    I am 25 yr old woman. Married for 2 yrs now .I have been diagnosed woth Hypertension last year. My BP is always 150 / 180. Every morning I get a headache after I wake up, I have a stiff neck and shoulder pain. My mom told me that they are BP symptoms.
    Now here's the thing....last month I did not take my medicines...and I was completely fine....i mean no headaches, stiff neck etc...everything was good.
    Wat does this mean??? Do I have BP or not??? ANother thing....we hv been trying to make a baby...but no positive results till now.....was wondering whether I have PCOS and may be my BP is because of that..wat shud i do???
    Eagerly waiting for suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypertension is not linked to PCOS. Do you ovulate and have normal regular periods?

      If you have hypertension (especially that high), you should buy a blood pressure monitor for home and monitor it daily (you can get it for like ). The 150 / 180 sound much much too high (especially 180). Has the doctor done a thorough testing to figure out potential causes and remedies for hypertension? for example, do you have any thyroid issue? Are you taking Vitamin D for example?

      BTW, hypertension and pregnancy can also be complicated (BP usually goes up during pregnancy, and can go up quite high with certain conditions). You really should be talking to specialists for answers.

      Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Please help. what could it be?
    I'm always tired, apart from in the mornings for about an hour.
    I get about 9 hours of sleep a night, and eat healthful foods.
    However, I feel like the food doesn't get me as much energy as it should, because I remain tired even after I eat.

    I'm 15.

    I'm thinking it might be something blood sugar related, because once I went to the doctor 2 hours after having a pretty big breakfast, and my glycemic index was only at 70. We never got it checked out after that.

    What could it be?
    I do feel a bit down because of it.
    ***not my glycemic index, my blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes People To Feel Low on Energy?

      My research on the lack of energy causes helped me realize some of the common factors which I was unaware of. They included, sleep deprivation/poor sleep, overwork, unhealthy habits and medical condition such as thyroid disorder, heart disease or diabetes. Also, lack of energy and motivation could be the result of psychological problems such as anxiety, grief, depression and the like. Stress is also known to be one of the major causes of lack of energy. When someone is stressed, he tends to breathe shallow. This in turn, results in an inadequate supply of oxygen to the blood, which eventually results in tiredness or fatigue.

      The body can be ripped of its energy due to several other reason such as anemia, caffeine use, cancer, emphysema, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, sleep apnea, pregnancy and emphysema. Smoking and taking an improper diet are also some common factors which lead towards lack of energy. Excessive physical activity could also be one of the obvious reasons. Apart from these causes, there might be a multitude of other conditions which may manifest themselves in the form of fatigue or tiredness. So, it is best to work with a doctor to help diagnose the real cause.

      Accompanying Symptoms and Treatment Methods

      What I would like to mention here is that, lack of energy is not necessarily a consequence of lack of sleep, which however, may be one of the causes. There might be several other severe disorders which may cause this low energy problem. So, it is important that you identify the symptoms on time and immediately initiate the required treatment.

      Feeling drowsy or sleepy throughout the day and finding it difficult to concentrate is one of the classic signs of lack of energy. People who toss and turn at night, more frequently, indicate that their body is not getting the rest they need. Weakness, low on energy especially during the morning hours, passing out or the feeling to do so, vertigo, shortness of breath, feeling sleepy and feeling restless are also some of the obvious signs of lack of energy.

      Apart from medical treatments, which you might be asked to follow by your doctor, there are a few things which you can follow at home to aid to the recovery. First of all, increase the amount of water you drink every day. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. A hydrated body suffers less fatigue. Then, try to get ample amount of sleep and inculcate a balanced diet. No high-fat foods, and reduce caffeine consumption. Take more foods rich in B vitamins, unrefined carbohydrate, protein, and iron. Take up cardiovascular exercises like jogging, walking, running, etc. It will make your body move more than usual, and also help you lose weight, which again, can be one of the reasons of lack of energy.

      To conclude, lack of energy is not a severe problem unless it is taken care of, at the earliest. Do not ignore it, or assume it to subside on its own. Get help from a doctor and consider following some of these remedies. They have helped me and I am sure they will help you too. Take care!

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