Natural Remedies For Fluid On Knee

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies for heartburn?
    It's primarily from very spicy food or drinking the night before.

    I need my doctor to prescribe me something for my acid reflux, but in the meantime I am wondering what I can do now. Whether it be quick fixes, natural remedies, or over the counter medication.

    I've tried drinking milk, pickle juice, and eating raw potatoes which all actually work fairly well.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How to Conquor knee pain while sleeping?
    I suffer sever knee pain during the night while sleeping. I also suffer from doulbe joint related arthritis. Prefer natural remedies

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly an electric heating pad on low. Also you might try some herbal remedy websites for natural medicines.

      Hot baths with the water as hot as you can stand just prior to bed.

      Glucosamine Sulfate is important for the formation of bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joint fluid.

      Calcium prevents bone loss.

      Shark Cartilage repairs bones and joints.

      Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) reduces pain and inflammation.

      Cat’s Claw relieves arthritis pain.

      Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

      Cayenne natural pain relief when applied topically.

      Nettle Leaf has anti-inflammatory properties.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why do i get heartburn when i have milk/icecream at night?
    whenever i have milk/icecream after about 8 or 9 pm i get very bad heartburn my saliva gets so thick sorry TMI but its so uncomfortable why does this happen, i dont have any other symptoms like naseau or stomach pain just heartburn that hurts :( Never ,ever in the daytime though Why do you think it happens??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.Similarly, high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    what vegetables contain vitamins that help with joint flexibility and pain?
    I suffer with cracking in my knees when I stand up

    • ANSWER:
      Joints

      Symptoms

      Any joint can crack but knees most commonly so. The joints of the jaw are also highly susceptible, causing what is known as *temperomandibular jaw syndrome. Most cracking joints are not painful, though it can be quite an uncomfortable sensation.

      Causes

      Cracking joints are the result of an imbalance in the body’s connective tissue, usually because of improper diet. Since muscles and connective tissue hold a joint in its correct position, any damage or strain to them will affect the joints. Glucosamine is a nutrient found naturally in the body, mostly in cartilage. A combination of glucose and amine, it is an ammonia derivative containing nitrogen and hydrogen atoms. With age, cartilage loses glucosamine, causing the cartilage to thin and eventually the joint becomes painful, stiff and swollen. Continued cracking of the same bones suggests a misalignment of the joint that is caused by muscle stiffness and under or overuse of certain muscle groups due to sports or bad posture. Over time, improper use of the joint can lead to *arthritis. Extreme weather conditions can also affect joints when the body’s resistance is low.

      Nutrition

      Seafoods, such as mussels which contain mucopolysaccharides (also known as chondroitin sulphates), are of crucial importance for the alleviation of snapping, cracking joints. Eliminate white flour, sugar, coffee, tea, beef and pork from your diet. Instead, eat a large variety of vegetables and fruits. They contain the many vitamins and minerals that play a part in smooth joint movement. Eat lemons and oranges daily for vitamin C which can prevent rheumatic pain in the joints. Strawberries contain high amounts of salicylic acid, so they are an effective remedy for painful joint movement. Eat nothing but strawberries, about two to four pounds, for an entire day. This strawberry diet can be repeated once or twice a week

      Nutritional Supplements

      Supplements will support healing. Vitamin C improves the lubrication of the fluid in the joints and helps prevent further injury. For knee cracking due to tightness, take vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 daily. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that improves circulation and repairs tissue. The vitamin-like substance coenzyme Q10 naturally exists in human tissue and declines with age. It also supports the *immune system.

      Glucosamine sulfates and chondroitin sulfates work well as anti-inflammatory agents and painkillers, and are effective for long-term treatment of chronic illnesses. In combination with proper diet and vitamins, they can rebuild damaged cartilage and help control enzymes that destroy cartilage, without producing side-effects. Most patients experience relief after taking glucosamine for six weeks.

      Daily Dosage

      * Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg three times daily

      * Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400 IU

      * Coenzyme Q10, 400 mg

      * Glucosamine, 500 mg three times daily for four months

      Herbal Remedies

      * To revitalize unhealthy connective tissue take horsetail as 1 tbsp. of juice, 3 cups of tea or 15 drops of tincture in water daily for two weeks, with a two-week break. Repeat if necessary. If using an aqueous extract, take 2-3 capsules three times daily.

      * Cat’s claw boosts the immune system and has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

      Homeopathy

      An experienced homeopath can provide a more in-depth treatment to achieve lasting results for recurring or persistent problems.

      Tissue Salts

      Tissue salt remedies are not applicable.

      External/Physical Therapies

      * Daily stretching and warm up exercises are recommended for overall fitness, but especially for any joint which cracks. These measures will promote circulation and ensure that the joint is well supplied with nutrients for proper cellular repair.

      Other Suggestions

      * If the joint persists in cracking, consider the possibility of a food *allergy, or digestive enzyme deficiencies and absorption problems.

      Available Brand Name Products: Nutritional Supplements

      * Glucosamine Sulfate (Albi)

      * Ascorbate/Non-acidic Vitamin C (Ester-C)

      * Calcium and Magnesium Citrate (Natural Factors)

      * Glucosamine Sulfate (Natural Factors)

      * Shark Cartilage (Natural Factors)

      * OsteoPlus Glucosamine (Platinum)

      * Advanced Glucosamine Sulfate (Quest Vitamins)

      * N-A-G (N-Acetyl Glucosamine) (Quest Vitamins)

      * Premium Chondroitin and Glucosamine Sulfate (Quest Vitamins)

      * Ocean Formula (Scandinavian Naturals)

      * Glucosamine Sulfate plus Shark Cartilage (Sisu)

      Available Brand Name Products: Herbal Remedies

      * Horsetail Leaves (Flora)

      * Green Magma (Green Foods)

      * Devil’s Claw Extract (Natural Factors)

      * Enriching Green Factors (Natural Factors)

      * Joint Ease (Natural Factors)

      * Muscle and Joint (Natural Factors)

      * Natural Pain Ease (Natu

  5. QUESTION:
    Does eating sugar increase arthritic pain?
    I don't eat much sugar, but once a week I buy one piece of cheesecake when I go shopping and it is my treat to myself for getting the shopping done. I hate shopping, so I have to do something special for myself to get it done. Well yesterday I did shopping and had my piece of cheesecake and woke up in extra pain this morning. Just wondering if sugar affects arthritic pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Most cheese-cake recipes are LOADED with BOTH sugars AND fat,

      which are BOTH known to cause or add to pain!!!

      According to one website, persons with Lupus should:

      Eat more antioxidant-rich foods
      (such as green, leafy vegetables) and fruits (such as blueberries, pomegranates, and cherries).
      AVOID REFINED FOODS, such as white breads, pastas, and SUGAR.
      Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, or beans for protein.
      Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
      Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.
      Drink plenty of fluids.
      Exercise moderately at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
      htp://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/systemic-lupus-000161.htm

      "...There are certain foods that are anti-inflammatory foods,
      but there are also foods that can cause inflammation.
      Most likely foods you are eating every day.

      "What you eat can affect your body.
      Eating foods that are high in *[MOST] saturated AND trans *FAT --AND-- SUGAR*
      are DEFINITELY foods that CAUSE inflammation...."

      "Make the Pain in Your Neck, Knee or Shoulder Go Away"
      www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/quotinflammation-painquot-make-the-pain-in-your-neck-knee-or-shoulder-go-away-666412.html

      Most store-bought sweets are made with *THE WORST* ingredients!

      Some substitutes that you can try, in perhaps making your own treats, are:

      Stevia (from an herb), instead of sugar:

      "Sugar-Free Blues: Everything You Wanted to Know About Artificial Sweeteners"
      - Stevia
      http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/570.html#stevia ;

      "Stevia - how sweet it is"
      http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut337.htm

      (Some brands are bitter, though. I use TJ's.)

      Coconut oil (is *anti*-inflammatory) instead of trans and other fats which are inflammatory:

      "Coconut oil is not like other fats. It offers relief to your muscles and joints because it contains a special group of fats known as medium-chain fatty acids. By nature, these fatty acids possess important healing properties.

      "Internally and externally coconut oil acts as:

      An anti-inflammatory
      A pain reliever
      Muscle & joint lubricant and relaxant

      "The oil works best when you warm it first and then apply it directly to the painful muscle(s) or joint(s).

      "Doing this:

      Increases blood supply to the area.
      Reduces pain and swelling.
      Is very soothing and healing.

      "As a gentle lubricant coconut oil benefits you because:
      Coconut Oil For Arthritis Works With Massage Oil and Coconut

      It promotes circulation in joints.
      It reduces stiffness and increases joint flexibility.

      *Many arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers have found that when they take coconut oil internally --as well as apply it externally-- that their pain significantly diminishes.

      "Coconut Oil For Arthritis: Your Best Natural Pain Remedy"
      www.be-healthy-with-coconuts.com /coconut-oil-for-arthritis.html

  6. QUESTION:
    I'm 66.Female. I get severe muscle cramps in my legs-calves-when I get up in the mornings.?
    I prefer to sleep on the cemented floor and I use a mat . Some times my toes get cramped after washing clothes in the bathroom.There are times my fingers too get cramped when wearing sarees.What can be the reasons?I'm a firm believer in natural remedies but I take vitamin tablets.

    • ANSWER:
      A muscle cramp is a sudden contraction of one or more of the muscles. The result can be intense pain and an inability to use the affected muscles. In athletes, common causes of leg cramps are overuse, stress and dehydration during sports played in warm weather. Overuse, injury, muscle strain or staying in the same position also may cause cramps. Writer's cramp affects the thumb and first two fingers of the hand with which one writes and is caused by using the same muscles for long periods. At home, one can develop hand or arm cramps spending long hours gripping a paintbrush or using a garden tool. Other causes may include circulatory or nerve problems. Some cramps occur during rest. A common variety of muscle cramp occurs in the calf muscles or toes during sleep.
      causes:
      In addition to the more common causes of cramps - muscle overuse, dehydration, injury and strain - muscle cramps in the legs can result from:

      Inadequate blood supply: Narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to the legs (arteriosclerosis of the extremities) can produce cramps in the legs and feet while exercising. These cramps go away within a few minutes after stopping.

      Nerve compression: Compression of nerves in the spine (lumbar canal stenosis) can produce pain and cramping in the legs. The pain usually worsens if one walks for a longer time. Walking in a slightly flexed position may improve symptoms.

      Potassium loss: Some diuretic medications prescribed for high blood pressure cause loss of potassium. Potassium is necessary for proper nerve function and muscle contraction.
      symptoms:
      Signs and symptoms of a muscle cramp include:
      Sudden and sharp muscle pain, often in the legs
      a hard lump of muscle visible beneath the skin
      What is the treatment?
      To reduce muscle cramps one can learn stretching exercises that can help reduce the chances of getting muscle cramps. Drinking plenty of liquids also helps. For recurrent cramps that disturb sleep, the doctor may prescribe medication like diazepam to relax muscles and decrease stiffness.
      How can these be prevented?
      The following steps may help prevent muscle cramps:
      Avoid dehydration: Fluids help the muscles contract and relax and keep muscle cells hydrated and less irritable. In general, drink about 10 glasses of liquids daily. The exact amount depends on the sex, diet, activity level, the weather, health, age and any medications being taken. It is important to drink at least 2 glasses of (non- carbonated beverage) liquid about 2 hours before starting physical activity.

      Stretch your muscles: Stretch before and after the use of any muscle for an extended period. If you tend to have leg cramps at night, stretch before bedtime. Stand 2 to 3 feet from a wall, placing the hands on the wall. Keep the heels on the floor. Lean toward the wall with one knee. Hold for 30 seconds. Straighten the leg. Repeat with the other knee. Stretch each leg two to three times.

  7. QUESTION:
    Scraped skin above elbow and knee, anything to stop the stinging?
    well the knee isn't really that bad just some red bruising and cuts (luckily i was wearing jeans when i fell) but i scraped my the skin just 2 inches above my elbow and its dark purplish-red and is about the size 3 quarters, already put neosporin on it, had bandages and had a guaze on it but they all got wet and they made my the scrape hurt so i took it off. So do you recommend anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Aloe vera gel might help with the stinging; however, the fact that the scraped area is inflamed and the gauze bandages got wet (presumably from fluid leaking out of the wound) indicates that the area is infected. Since you already tried Neosporin and didn't get relief, I would suggest that you try gentler natural remedies. You can soak the area(s) in warm salted water for 5 or 10 minutes once or twice a day. Use 1/4 teaspoon salt per cup of water; in this concentration, the salt does not sting and will clean the wound and draw out any pus. Raw honey also has a similar effect. You can get it at your local health food store--make sure the label says "raw honey." Smear a thin layer of it on the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes, then wash it off with warm water. It will sting a little at first, but helps clear infection, speed healing, and reduce scarring.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is it bad to sleep on your back when you're pregnant?
    My doctor told me not to sleep on my back and I'm wondering why. I didn't ask my doc at the moment...also, what other positions are bad when sleeping while being pregnant?
    THANK YOU!
    YOU ALL HAVE GREAT ANSWERS AND I AM SORRY I HAVE TO CHOOSE ONLY ONE. THANK YOU ALL.

    • ANSWER:
      I found this on kidshealth.org "Early in your pregnancy, try to get into the habit of sleeping on your side. Lying on your side with your knees bent is likely to be the most comfortable position as your pregnancy progresses. It also makes your heart's job easier because it keeps the baby's weight from applying pressure to the large vein (called the inferior vena cava) that carries blood back to the heart from your feet and legs.

      Some doctors specifically recommend that pregnant women sleep on the left side. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Ask what your doctor recommends - in most cases, lying on either side should do the trick and help take some pressure off your back.

      But don't drive yourself crazy worrying that you might roll over onto your back during the night. Shifting positions is a natural part of sleeping that you can't control. Most likely, during the third trimester of your pregnancy, your body won't shift into the back-sleeping position anyway because it will be too uncomfortable.

      If you do shift onto your back and the baby's weight presses on your inferior vena cava, the discomfort will probably wake you up. See what your doctor recommends about this; he or she may suggest that you use a pillow to keep yourself propped up on one side.

      Try experimenting with pillows to discover a comfortable sleeping position. Some women find that it helps to place a pillow under their abdomen or between their legs. Also, using a bunched-up pillow or rolled-up blanket at the small of your back may help to relieve some pressure. In fact, you'll find that there are many "pregnancy pillows" on the market. If you're thinking about purchasing one, talk with your doctor first about which one might work for you.

      Tips for Sleeping Success
      Although they might seem appealing when you're feeling desperate to get some ZZZs, remember that over-the-counter sleep aids, including herbal remedies, are not recommended for pregnant women. Instead, the following pointers may safely improve your chances of getting a good night's sleep:

      Cut out caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee, and tea from your diet as much as possible. Restrict any intake of them to the morning or early afternoon.
      Avoid drinking a lot of fluids or eating a full meal within a few hours of going to bed at night. (But make sure that you also get plenty of nutrients and liquids throughout the day.) Some women find it helpful to eat more at breakfast and lunch and then have a smaller dinner. If nausea is keeping you up, you may want to eat a few crackers before you go to bed.
      Get into a routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
      Avoid rigorous exercise right before you go to bed. Instead, do something relaxing, like soaking in a warm bath for 15 minutes or having a warm, caffeine-free drink, such as milk with honey or a cup of herbal tea.
      If a leg cramp awakens you, it may help to press your feet hard against the wall or to stand on the leg. Also, make sure that you're getting enough calcium in your diet, which can help reduce leg cramps.
      Take a class in yoga or learn other relaxation techniques to help you unwind after a busy day. (Be sure to discuss any new activity or fitness regimen with your doctor first.)
      If fear and anxiety are keeping you awake, consider enrolling in a childbirth or parenting class. More knowledge and the company of other pregnant women may help to ease the fears that are keeping you awake at night. "

  9. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux/sore chest, antacids don't work?
    I get acid reflux all the time and often just get a really sore chest in general.
    I'm taking medication for acid reflux and also use antacids when I still get heartburn.
    But it doesn't work! I still have that heartburn feeling.
    Could it be something else?
    I'm only 16.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      •Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      •Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      •Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      •Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      •Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      •Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      •Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

      For more info & recommendations on other related remedies on acid reflux, you may wish to read further on the link below

  10. QUESTION:
    I'm 17, before & during my period I have aches, is there a way to relieve pain w/o taking midol/pain relievers?
    the pain usually starts a day or two before
    and the pain is always at my lower back, knees, and toes

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need to do vigorous exercise, just go for a walk. Prevention helps too. Watch what you eat a few days before your period is due. Avoid salty foods and spicy foods. The more water you retain, the worse you feel. You could try a herbal remedy that works to reduce fluid retention, but don't use it for more than a day or two.

      It's quite natural to have some discomfort, but over time you'll find what works for you.

  11. QUESTION:
    How severe can tendenitous (spelt wrong) be?
    I had tendenitous for years and I sometimes wear a band. About a month and a half ago I drove everyday for 8 hours. This seemed to be what agravated it and still a month and a half later my arm is in general, vague pain (in the bisepe area) and I use A535 and wear my arm band and at times I baby that arm. Would this be from tenenitous? i will see a doctor, but my waiting list is for 2-3 months and he is the closest doctor in the area that is taking new patients... Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Remedies for Tendonitis

      A tendon is the end part of a muscle that attaches the muscle to the bone, tendons are more dense and stiff than the muscle itself – this makes them susceptible to a low level of tearing at a microscopic level. This tearing produces the inflammation and irritation known as tendonitis. Tendonitis is usually seen after excessive repetitive movement - for example, a tennis player may over - use the muscles of the elbow. The most common tendon areas that become inflamed are the elbow, wrist, biceps, shoulder, leg, knee, ankle, hip, and Achilles.

      Symptoms

      Symptoms can vary from an achy pain and stiffness to the local area of the tendon, to a burning that surrounds the whole joint. The pain is usually worse during and after activity, and the tendon and joint area can become stiffer the following day.

      Natural Tendonitis Treatment

      With proper care, the pain should lessen over a few weeks, in severe cases it can take over a year to heal - after 6 months this condition is considered chronic and is much more difficult to treat. It is important to loosen up the tendon, lessen the pain, and minimize any inflammation.

      MSM is a natural supplement that heals tissue at a cellular level and has anti-inflammatory effects. MSM has a leading role in helping to alleviate pain. It adds flexibility and permeability to cell membranes, facilitating fluid and nutrient transport in and out of cells (and the release of trapped toxins). It also has the effect of softening tissue, helping to equalise pressure on cells. So MSM is a perfect natural remedy for Tendonitis.

      Serrapeptase digests inflammation in all forms It has had wide clinical use, spanning over twenty-five years throughout Europe and Asia. It is a viable, natural alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen and the more potent NSAIDs. Unlike these drugs, Serrapeptase is a naturally occurring, physiologic agent with no inhibitory effects on prostaglandins and is devoid of gastrointestinal side effects. It is a natural treatment for all types of pain including Tendonitis.

      There are many silica and silicon supplements on the market, but we believe that the Organic Silicon G5 is unique in its therapeutic ability to replenish the system with sufficient silicon to allow the body to accomplish its own healing.

      Please note that cortisone injections are very caustic and can cause a weakening of the tendon structure and a create more scar tissue.

      Disclaimer: Regenerative Nutrition advocate a holistic approach to natural health and wellbeing. The body's ability and power to heal depends upon the totality of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors. No claims for the cure of any disease is intended, or implied. Always consult a health care practitioner when combating disease states. The statements in this article have not been approved by the FDA.

  12. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what illness this is?
    A week or so ago, I developed light colored, circular and oval spots that varied in size and itched. They started on my stomach and spread up to the back of my neck. I thought it could be Pityriasis Rosea. Well now there is more, they are redder and itch WAY worse. The are predominantly on my breast, but not on my nipples, (or any other personal area), heavily around my armpits and on my torso and back. There are a few on my neck, front and back, and a few in my hair line. There are some on my thighs and upper arms, but nothing below my knees, or past my elbows and they are not on my face either.

    A few times, while itching, I've pealed off a few. I have naturally dry skin so it's hard to tell if they are flaky, but they seem to be. The larger ones (about a half inch/inch) are on my breast and are paler in the middle. They are not filled with fluid but some are very circle like and are red rimmed and lighter red in the middle.

    Not only that but my boyfriend started getting red spots on his stomach too. (Rules out the Pityriasis Rosea because it's not contagious) His doesn't itch and he doesn't have any on his back yet.

    I'm going to the doctors as soon as I can afford it! Please, any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

    P.S. Before this rash, for a few days my boyfriend had bloodshot eyes, and I was waking up every morning for a week with a sore throat. Unrelated? Or related? Just thought to put it out there.
    P.S.S. We've both had chicken pox when we were younger. I thought it wasn't possible to get it again unless it's shingles? It's not painful. Just itchy and bothersome. Also, we don't have anything new :( Plus my boyfriend has absolutely no allergies, while I have some like seasonal and dogs and cats.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it could be Ringworm which is VERY contagious. If so then you'll need to treat it with an anti fungal cream containing Clotrimizole or Miconazole, if the infection is on your scalp (which can cause non permanent hair loss) you should use an anti fungal shampoo containing Ketoconazole, if the infection is quite bad then you may need oral anti fungal drugs which you'll need a prescription for.

      Here is some info on Ringworm: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ringworm/Pages/Introduction.aspx

      Here are some images for you to compare: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ringworm&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Qwi6UPHlJOaK0AXTw4DgCA&sqi=2&ved=0CAQQ_AUoAA&biw=1024&bih=595

      Info on how to disinfect after Ringworm infection: http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-ringworm-fungus/

      You can also look up natural ringworm remedies, also the Ringworm fungus can live for up to two years on surfaces, clothes etc so you do need to clean you living space thoroughly from top to bottom to prevent re-infection.

      You could also purchase a black light/UV lamp to help see the fungus which should glow green under it.

      And change your bed sheets daily, wash in the hottest heat you can.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are these lines on my legs?
    They are on the inside of my thighs and go down to my knee. It's been there for 2 weeks now. Its the color of a bruise but it doesn't hurt at all and its almost half an inch wide.
    why wont it wash off if its from my pants? I always wear jeans why now?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the easiest ways to tackle a scar is to apply some lemon juice. You can simply cut off a slice of lemon and squeeze the fresh lemon juice on the affected area. Regular application will help the scar fade. Using honey is another great way to get rid of scars. You can either use honey by itself or else mix a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice and rub on the scar. You can give yourself a massage at home, using Vitamin E oil. If your medicine cabinet does not have this, then you can massage a tablespoon of olive oil. Another easy remedy is the application of cucumber juice.

      Eating healthy and maintaining a regular schedule will also go a long way towards fading the scars. Regular sleep and a strict exercise regime will also help you develop healthy, glowing skin. Drinking plenty of fluid during the day and staying off oily food will also help your skin gain a glow.
      You can apply comfrey tea on your bruise. The tea will prevent further discoloration of the bruise and will also help reduce pain. Apple cider vinegar, a natural bactericide, can be applied if there is a cut or a gash on your bruise. Dilute the vinegar in some water before applying it. You may also take some mullein flowers and boil it in olive oil. Cool the oil and then apply on the bruise when still lukewarm. Home remedy for bruises

      A bruise or contusion is caused when a blow or injury to the body ruptures the blood vessels under the skin and the blood drains into the tissue running beneath the surface level of the skin. Often seen as discoloured patches of skin in a bluish-purplish tinge, it is most common in people with Vitamin C deficiency since that makes the blood vessels weak and prone to rupture. It is thus essential to stick to a healthy balanced diet rich in minerals and Vitamin C, found in fresh fruits and vegetables so that you blood vessels are strong and do not rupture easily.Avoid smoking since tobacco interferes with the circulation of blood and collagen metabolism, delaying the healing process.

      Once bruised, reach immediately for an ice pack and rub it over the affected area to reduce the inflammation and avoid hot showers the first day since that increases the inflammation. Use a heat pack from the next day onwards to dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation. If possible keep the bruised area elevated so that the blood drains out from the area, reducing the chances of bruising when the blood pools in that injured area. Application of apple cider vinegar to the bruise will speed up the healing process as do the leaves of the arnica plant. A classic remedy for lightening the bruise and speeding up the healing process is application of confrey root or buchu tea

  14. QUESTION:
    Whats the best exercises for digestion?
    I ride my bike for cardio, but it doesn't seam to get m,y stomach fluids pumping much, I was wondering what typs of cardio to the most for your digestive tract

    • ANSWER:
      Digestive problems are rather common. After eating a spicy or oily
      food, the digestion becomes tricky and makes you uncomfortable. Apart
      from having digestive tablets or homemade churans, you can try simple
      exercises to improve digestion.

      Exercises to improve digestion:
      Walk: When you eat a lot, you are advised to go for a walk. It is
      true! Walking is beneficial for improving your digestive system. If
      you have over-stuffed yourself after a heavy meal, take a slow walk.
      This not only digests food but also prevents your body from storing
      fat.

      Twist: Lay flat on your back. Straighten your hands on the either
      sides. Exhale and inhale deeply. Bend your knees to your chest and
      stabilise the upper half of the body. Make sure the upper body is
      straight while you bend your knees. Now gently twist the lower spine
      and waist on the left side. Hold on for 10-15 seconds and then twist
      on the right side. Do this easy exercise for 5-6 minutes everyday.

      Breathing: Digestive breathing is one of the most common exercises
      to promote digestion. Sit straight on a chair with your spine erect
      and legs straight down. Inhale deeply (count till 5) and hold for 2-3
      seconds (count till 5). Exhale out completely (count till 6). This not
      only improves the digestive system but also relaxes your mind.

      Straight reverse: Sit on the ground with spine erect and legs
      straight. Now gently bend your left leg and bring the foot towards the
      right knee. Twist your upper body (spine) on the left side. Inhale and
      exhale deeply. Hold the position and count till 10. Relax and repeat
      with the right leg.
      These are few simple exercises to promote digestion. Apart from these
      exercises, there are few points to remember.
      Avoid cold drinks: Digestive tract functions better at body
      temperature. Having cold fluid slows down digestion. So, if you think
      having a soda or cold drink can digest your meal and also, prevent
      gastric problems, think again!

      Have apple cider vinegar: This natural drink is effective to increase
      digestion. Just add few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with fruit
      juice and have it empty stomach regularly.

      Light food: Having a heavy meal slows down digestion. When you know
      it is difficult to digest a heavy meal, avoid hogging food. You not
      only slow down digestion, but also add extra pounds to your body
      weight.

      Amla: This fruit is an ayurvedic remedy to cure digestive problems.
      Improper digestion often leads to gas and bloating. Have amla with
      black salt and drink hot water to deal with digestion problems. Amla
      is rich in fiber that helps break down food particles easily.

      Practice yoga: Yoga is one of the most effective exercises to deal
      with digestion problems. Try triangle, bridge, pranayama etc to have a
      healthy digestive system.

  15. QUESTION:
    how to lose belly fat naturally? i have hip size of 40inches, weight:89 kgs, height: 5'9"?
    any natural remedies to lose belly fat? previously i.e before3 years i had only 28" of waist size now i have 40". Previously i had 65kgs now 90 kgs, I do suffer from man boobs condition can you clearly suggest what kind of excises can i do in home only to lose man boobs and lose belly fat and lose some weight???

    • ANSWER:
      Hi dear,
      follow these guidelines to get rid of belly fat
      - Start exercising. Getting a flat stomach involves losing belly fat. To achieve this, start a workout routine. If possible, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. If this isn't possible, strive to exercise for at least 90 minutes a week - running, power walking, swimming or biking.
      - Strengthen the core muscles. In conjunction with losing belly fat, choose workouts that exercise the core muscles. Effective workouts include dancing, pilates, crunches, and knee and leg lifts. For the best result, keep your abdominal muscles tight during core workouts.
      - Improve your diet. Bad eating habits can impede weight loss efforts. Eliminate fatty foods and sugary foods from your diet. Choose lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and eat no more than 130 grams of carbs a day.
      - Eliminate alcoholic beverages from your diet. Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day can raise cortisol levels in the body and decrease the metabolism. Cortisol increases hunger, and a slower metabolism makes it harder to burn fat and calories - especially in the abdomen.
      - Drink plenty of water. Water flushes excess sodium and fluids from your body, which can help you achieve a flat stomach. Additionally, drinking water fills your stomach quicker, and you're less likely to overeat.
      - Control stress. Being stressed or feeling anxious can also release high levels of cortisol. In addition to increasing appetite, this hormone redistributes fat to the abdomen. Learn how to control or reduce stress. Practice breathing exercises, workout or get a massage.
      - Reduce abdominal bloating. A low-fiber diet and certain foods can produce abdominal bloating. This prevents a flat stomach. Increase your fiber intake to fight bloating, and limit trigger foods such as beans, raw vegetables, lactose and starches. Take a digestive enzyme tablet to eliminate bloating.

      Good Luck

      :o)

  16. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of itchy heat rash?
    before bed i took my shirt off and i had this itchy heat rash, all over my arms, chest, back, shoulders, back of my knee's, armpits, and neck.
    Then this morning i woke up(no blankets) and now they are like big dots but in a bunch, then sometimes just not in a bunch.
    How do you get rid of it??

    • ANSWER:
      hi

      Alternative cures for heat rash -

      * Drink lot of fluid especially water and hydrate your self.
      * Take water melon juice as much as possible.
      * Apply a powder containing marigold and boric powder.
      * Take a homeopathic medicine called calendula 30, 5 pills 2 times daily for 10 days.
      * If the rash does not subside then take Sulphur 1m just a single dose.

      Home Remedies

      * Use jewelweed. Jewelweed is one of those natural remedies for heat rashes that just keeps on popping up. According to the Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, the juices from the reddish protuberances extending out from the lower stem of a jewelweed (as opposed to the leaves) are best, especially if applied soon after the heat rash outbreak starts.
      * Get an oatmeal bath. The oatmeal bath is perhaps one of the most popular natural remedies for rashes and other bouts of dermatitis (infections of the skin). How you go about applying the boiled oatmeal to your skin (not while boiling, hopefully) is up to you. Many suggest boiling it in a sock or a rag and using it as you would use a loofah in a cool tub of water—no soap.
      * Use aloe. Aloe is the most popular skin moisturizing treatment on the market today. You’ll find aloe in just about everything, including commercial rash treatments. On its own, it’s a steroid-free, cooling moisturizer that should be applied regularly to keep the rash moist and comfortable.
      * Use cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is one of those wonderful creams you can use to help keep that rash moisturized during the day. People use this stuff for treating hives, and it's highly recommended for treating other forms of rashes as well.

  17. QUESTION:
    how to cure acid reflux,it seems mine have lingered way too long,was in hospital for it.?
    it seems the acid attacks me at night when trying to fall asleep (esp when laying straight on the bed. have been taking nexium for it,but doc thinks to discontinue,meaning not to take it always. what to do??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    my puppies are going on 3 months and they've been throwing up, what does it mean?
    i did change their food from royal canine to Iambs cause i ran out, and thats when they started, then the next day got them on royal canine again, and they threw up again. Could it be just that? cause i changed brands?

    • ANSWER:
      A very common problem that virtually all of us see as dog owners is dog vomiting.

      There are potentially many different causes of dog vomiting. The most common cause is garbage gut, where your dog consumes something he shouldn't have, resulting in vomiting. Other causes include food allergies, parasites, medications, infectious causes (i.e. parvovirus), cancer, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, metabolic disorders (thyroid disease or diabetes), physical obstructions such as a ball or a bone, and primary motility disorders (the stomach doesn't contract normally).

      Any vomiting dog must be evaluated for dehydration. If your dog is vomiting persistently and unable to retain even water, wait no longer than 24 hours before going to your veterinarian. This indicates a severe problem, such as an obstruction, that needs to be treated with IV fluids and possibly surgery. If your dog is still consuming water and occasionally vomiting, then you can try some of the home remedies.

      Fasting. A 24 hour fast is the most important thing you can do to allow your pet's inflamed stomach to heal. Allow access to controlled amounts of water, but no food. After 24 hours offer bland food such as plain cooked white rice; give equivalent amounts of rice as you do dog or cat food. After 48 hours mix their regular food with rice and don't fully go to regular food until after 72 hours.

      For Food Allergens. For dogs and cats with chronic vomiting, I strongly recommend a diet change. Preferably switch to a hypoallergenic food or homemade allergy diet. At the very least, change to a premium quality food - I find that some pets respond to a more natural diet. In light of the recent Pet Food Recall, paying close your dog?s diet is even more important than ever. For a list of recommended foods, join my membership site, Dr. Andrew Jones' Inner Circle (see links below).

      Homeopathic. Nux Vomica is an effective homeopathic remedy for dog vomiting. Give 1 tablet of the 30C strength per 40lbs once daily for 3-5 days.

      Herbal - Ginger. A tasty addition for a curry is also effective for vomiting. The dried herb dose is 25mg per lb or 1 drop per lb twice daily of the tincture.

      Acupressure Point. The ST36 point, located on the outside of the hind leg below the knee may be effective; press it for 1 minute twice daily for 3-5 days to see if it helps.

      Flowers to the Rescue: Bach Rescue Remedy can make your pet feel a little better about their illness. Give your pet 3-4 drops by mouth every 6 hours.

      Herbal - Chamomile. This is commonly used in people with mild stomach upset and it may help your pet. Give 30mg per lb of the dried herb, or 2 drops per lb of the tincture three times daily.

      The treatments I covered may be all that you need for now. But I guarantee that you will use many of the thousands of at home remedies in my book.

      I use them every day in practice. They work. No side effects.

      You should try it.

      To your pet's good health...

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there any connection betw a Baker's Cyst & Fungal Infection?
    Please if you can include source of reference material and what natural remedy you reccommend for fungal infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A Baker's Cyst is a synovial fluid collection behind your knee - it is not a cyst. It collects there because there was a weakness in the ligament and the fluid pooled there.

      I have never heard of any causation between this pseudo-cyst and a fungal infection.

      Websites are abundant. Google Bakers cyst. Go to pubmed.com.

  20. QUESTION:
    home treatments for acid reflux?
    I was wondering if there is any home treatments for acid reflux. I was born with it and am now 14 years old. It is just getting worse and worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Emily,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

      For more info & recommendations on other related remedies on acid reflux, you may wish to read further on the link below

  21. QUESTION:
    Knee Problem. Can barely walk. Any Doctors? Help?
    Someone I know has problems with one of their knees.
    They didn't actually get injured, like they hit it or anything. It just came out of no where getting worse, it been over a month now.

    They went to the doctors and they say the fluid in her knee is gone and the cartilage is not all there so there is bone to bone contact. They can barely walk since their is a lot of pain. They don't even need to be walking , they can spend the whole day in bed and it still hurts them a lot.
    The doctor gave them joint medicine (like joint juice/lubricant), vikaden pain pills, she has had 2 cortisone shots since it has started.

    I guess they got the knee problem from just working too much on their feet with heavier lifting, as the doctor has said anything else. It's just a problem in their right knee, the left knee is fine.
    They have been off work for over a month now and has been home trying to recover and it's not improving.

    I personally don't think this doctor is too good. Anyone else know what we can do to help them recover.
    Is there anything that can help regrow or strengthen the cartilage in their knee?
    Anything that can replenish/heal the fluid in their knee?

    So the problem addressed are no fluid in knee joint and cartilage is missing causing bone to bone rubbing.
    Been over a month and it's not improving.
    Currently there is an appointment set up with an orthopedic practitioner for them to determine if surgery is required.
    That is our last option, so I am hoping to find other options as surgery is our last resort. We will try anything before going through with surgery.

    Me, myself I prefer natural remedies. So if you can, provide holistic remedies.
    But anything will help, we just want them to get better, as surgery is the last thing we want to try.

    • ANSWER:
      Speaking as a former sports masseur, not a doctor.

      First, one of the best ways to WEAKEN the cartilage is to give multiple cortisone shots. (1st website)
      Best for you to be getting another opinion.

      Have her to put the leg over the other knee, and put your hand on the knee as she moves it. If you get a rough feeling, or even a noise, it's called crepitus.

      Second website is a commentary regarding knee exam, without inserting anything. I'm including it so your friend can be perhaps a bit more aware of what the orthopod will be looking for, and might give more awareness to your friend as well.

      And unless it's too late, Glucosamine is the supervitamin for the joints.

  22. QUESTION:
    When i get up i feel dizzy?
    from sleep and getting up i feel dizzy and my stomach/chest hurts also my eyes hurt and i get really hot and sweaty aswell as my legs i feel like im going to drop and faint whats is this..? Im 15yr old boy and have a 6 pac not ripped. Im quite healthy i guess.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you have orthostatic hypotension.

      Orthostatic hypotension — also called postural hypotension — is a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded, and maybe even faint.

      Orthostatic hypotension can happen to anyone but is more common in older adults. Orthostatic hypotension is often mild, lasting a few seconds to a few minutes at most after standing. However, long-lasting orthostatic hypotension can be a sign of more-serious problems, so talk to your doctor if you frequently feel lightheaded when standing up. It's even more urgent to see a doctor if you lose consciousness, even momentarily.

      If you have mild orthostatic hypotension, you may not need treatment. Many people occasionally feel dizzy or lightheaded after standing, and it's usually not cause for concern. The treatment for more-severe cases of orthostatic hypotension depends on what's causing your episodes of low blood pressure.

      The most common symptom of orthostatic hypotension is feeling lightheaded or dizzy when you stand up after sitting or lying down. This feeling, and other symptoms, usually happens shortly after standing up and lasts a few seconds or minutes. Orthostatic hypotension signs and symptoms include:

      ■Feeling lightheaded or dizzy after standing up
      ■Blurry vision
      ■Weakness
      ■Fainting (syncope)
      ■Confusion
      ■Nausea
      ■Headache

      When you stand up, gravity causes blood to pool in your legs. This decreases blood pressure because there's less blood circulating back to your heart to pump. Normally, special cells (baroreceptors) next to your heart and neck arteries sense this lower blood pressure and counteract it by triggering your heart to beat faster and pump more blood, which stabilizes blood pressure. In addition, these cells cause blood vessels to narrow, which increases resistance to blood flow and increases blood pressure.

      Orthostatic or postural hypotension occurs when something interrupts the body's natural process of counteracting low blood pressure. Orthostatic hypotension can be caused by many different things, including:

      ■Dehydration. Fever, vomiting, not drinking enough fluids, severe diarrhea and strenuous exercise can all lead to dehydration. When you become dehydrated, your body loses more water, and often sodium, than you take in. Even mild dehydration can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue.
      ■Heart problems. Some heart conditions that can lead to low blood pressure include extremely low heart rate (bradycardia), heart valve problems, heart attack and heart failure. These conditions may cause orthostatic hypotension because they prevent your body from being able to circulate enough blood.
      ■Diabetes. Untreated diabetes can cause dehydration by causing frequent urination. This can trigger orthostatic hypotension. In addition, diabetes can damage the nerves that help send signals regulating blood pressure.
      ■Nervous system disorders. Some diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy (Shy-Drager syndrome) and amyloidosis, can disrupt your body's normal blood pressure regulation system.

      Lifestyle and Home Remedies

      There are many simple steps to managing or preventing orthostatic hypotension. Some suggestions your doctor may have include:

      ■More salt in your diet. This must be done with care, and only after discussing it with your doctor. Too much salt can cause your blood pressure to increase beyond a healthy level, creating new health risks.
      ■Get plenty of fluids. Keeping hydrated helps prevent symptoms of low blood pressure.
      ■Exercise. Exercise your calf muscles before sitting up. Also, when getting out of bed, sit on the edge of your bed for a minute before standing.
      ■Avoid bending at the waist. If you drop something on the floor, squat with your knees to recover it.
      ■Wear compression stockings. These may help reduce the pooling of blood in your legs, thus reducing the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension.
      ■Go slow. You may be able to reduce the dizziness and lightheadedness that occur with orthostatic hypotension by taking it easy when you move from a prone to a standing position. Instead of jumping out of bed in the morning, breathe deeply for a few minutes and then slowly sit up before standing.
      ■Sleep position. Sleeping with the head of your bed slightly elevated can help fight the effects of gravity.
      ■Leg movements. If you begin to get symptoms while standing, cross your thighs in a scissors fashion and squeeze or put one foot on a ledge or chair and lean as far forward as possible. These maneuvers encourage blood to flow from your legs to your heart.

  23. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of any natural/herbal/homeopatic remedies or medicines for GOUT?
    My foot is killing me!

    • ANSWER:
      According to the Patients individual symptoms the following remedies are subscribed in Homeopathy :-

      Pain knee joints,worse by movements;better initial movements,continuous pain in joints,worse while rising from seat;pain in heels,worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite nap 200 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation,worse by movements. Bryonia alb 200 or 1M 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation;beginning at the time of menopause;more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal;worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M fortnightly(3)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k.1M fortnightly(3)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling;tenderness and shifting pains;worse by motion.Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30 4 hourly

      When Rhus tox cease to work;pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea carb 200 or 1M 6 hourly(6)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints.At last nodules become painless(Rheumatoid Arthritis).Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim-crud 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles;stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly(3)

      Complaints of long bones;contraction of ligaments Causticum 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night;in wet weather;Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30 4 hourly

      Rheumatism;worse in damp cold weather.Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum sulph 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia lat 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest,night and warmth,better by cold,open air and movements Pulsatilla 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Pain - violent;bruised or as if sprained ;cannot bear touch,feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica mont.200 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling;soreness and drawing pain on stepping;worse in warmth,pressure and motion.Pain travels upwards;better cold compresses Ledum pal 200 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints;tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly
      Chronic nodosities of joints;hands twisted,out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium phos.6 or 30 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid-benz 6 or 30 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints;worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M 10 min(3)

      Almost a specific for gout(to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica u.Q 4 hourly,8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans(chronic rheumatoid,particularly of fingers) Picric acid 30 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly(6)

      Specific for pain with numbness;Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M 1/2 hourly(3)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold,numbness and tingling Agaricus mus.30 or 200 4 hourly

      In weak persons;burning pain with chilliness,feels better by heat,while eating,and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain;rigidity and stiffness.Superiority/inferiority complex Platina 1M weekly(3)

      Pain flies like electric shock;due to exposurse of damp cold weather.Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain,worse after washing clothes,doing laundry work Sepia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones;may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta g.200 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding,diarrhoea,vomiting China off.6 or 30 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling.Backache,worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berb-vul Q 4 hourly,8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body;worse by movement Stellaria Q 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling;pain joints;worse at night Iodium 30 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration.Pain,swelling,stiffness and tenderness of joints;worse by motion(cracking joints) and cold ;better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M weekly(6)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck.Intense pain along with sciatic nerve.Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy;rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching;cannot walk erect Sulpher 200 10 min(3)

      Rheumatism of knee joint;with round worms Natrum phos.6X or 30 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth;better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea flour.12X or 30 4 hourly
      *****************************************************
      I hope the information contained helps you out. If you need any more help you can email me with your complete symptoms and conditions.
      Take Care and God Bless you !

  24. QUESTION:
    I have a bad case of hemmeroids, for the past month, they don't seem to go away. I have tried Prep-H, etc?
    What should I do? No alcohol, drink tons of water, exercise, fruits and dieting? fiber? will that make them go away so there is less strain when I take a crap, and no bleeding?

    • ANSWER:
      - hey bud !

      - I have a medical book here & I'm gonna write down for U all it says about the subject okay.
      - there is a lot written here, but here goes anyway...
      - As a rule of thumb, doctors say U should avoid OTC products that have ingredients ending in "caine". These have an anesthetic that provides immediate relief, but if used regularly, cause increased irritation. In addition 2 testing out OTCs, however, there R plenty of household remedies U'll want 2 try.
      - 1: FAIR WARMING:
      - Fill the bathtub with 10 to 15 cm (4 to 4.5 inch) of warm water, then ease yourself into it. U should be in a seated position, but with U're knees raise, allowing maximum exposure of the anal area 2 the warm water. U'll find that this eases the pain. What U can't feel is how the warm water encourages increased blood flow, which, will help shrink swollen veins.
      - When U're using this "sitz bath" U can throw in a handful of Epsom salt before U plunge in to help constrict the hemorrhoids. Stir the water well 2 dissolve the salt.
      - Rather than fill up the whole tub , U can purchase yourself a "sitz bath basin". U can purchase those in most any pharmacies & medical supply stores. Its a much faster & easier way of doing it 2, being that it's more convenient, U'll probably wanna use it more often than having 2 fill up the tub each time.
      - For external 1's, apply a warm, wet tea bag. U can do it while sitting on the toilet. The warm water is soothing & U get added benefit from 1 of tea's main component, tannic acid. It help reduce pain & swelling & since it also promotes blood clotting, this treatment helps stop the bleeding.
      - 2: SADDLE UP ON ICE:
      - Fill a sturdy plastic bag with ice, wrap the bag in a thin cloth, & sit on it. The cold shrinks the swollen vessels, providing enormous relief. Sit on it for about 20 minutes. There's no limit on how often U can do this, but give yourself at least a 10 minute break between applications.
      - 3: DO DAB, DON'T SCRATCH:
      - Soak a cotton ball with undistilled witch hazel & apply 2 the hemorrhoids. It's rich in tannins, which cause the blood vessels 2 contract, + it's te main ingredient in pads Tucks.
      - A dab of vaseline can also soothe the area.
      - Liquid vitamin E & wheat-germ oil R both reputed 2 be effective. put them on a cotton ball & apply it a few times a day.
      - If U can find it in natural foods store, try a salve containing comfrey or marigold 2 soothe & premote healing.
      - Crazy as it sounds, a poultice made from grated potato is astringent & really soothing.
      - 4: LOUNGE AROUND:
      - A couple of times a day, find aa comfortable couch, stretch out & put U're legs up. What's good for U're frayed nerves is also good for U're hemorrhoids. In this supine posture, U take the weight off U're overstressed anal area. At the same time, U improve circulation 2 the roundabout that needs it. It's ideal if U can get 30 minutes breaks for this assignment.
      - 5: GO WITH THE GRAIN:
      - Get more roughage into U're diet. Research shows that a high-fibre diet can significantly reduce hemorrhoid symptoms, including pain & bleeding. Food that R rich in fibre include whole-grain breads, cereal, fresh fruits, vegetables, brown rice & nuts. Just make sure 2 drink plenty of fluids 2 stay well hydrated.

      - U can also try a little vicks VapoRub, which is an old home remedy for hemrrhoids. Most people say that it doesn't sting.
      - walking is also good cuz it eases the rectal pressure that leads 2 having them.

      - so there she wrote bud.
      - good luck & I hope this help U in some way.
      - chow

  25. QUESTION:
    Any cure for Burstitis?
    I keep having to have fluid drained off my knee about every 6 weeks> Anyone have a cure ??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi TOny

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Trauma, misalignment of specific joint or joints above and below the affected area, chronic overuse, acute or chronic infection, calcium deposits secondary to calcium malabsorption, magnesium deficiency, localized trauma, allergies (especially airborne or food), vitamin B12 malabsorption, inflammatory arthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, infective organisms (especially Staphylococcus aureus), and, in rare cases, tuberculosis organisms can all contribute to bursitis.

      One often undetected cause of bursitis is geopathic stress (unhealthy environmental energy), which should be considered.

      --------------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Note: Improvement of bursitis once treatment begins usually begins within two weeks and should not take longer than two months. Splinting and rest are helpful for acute symptoms but much less so for chronic bursitis.

      Aromatherapy: The essential oils juniper, chamomile, and cypress can provide relief when applied over the affected area.

      Diet: Identify and avoid all food allergies, which can exacerbate bursitis symptoms. Eat foods high in magnesium, such as dark, leafy green and yellow vegetables. Drink filtered water, apple cider vinegar, and honey upon arising, before bed, and throughout the day. Avoid foods from the nightshade family, especially tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. Also take one tablespoon of cod liver oil one to two hours before each meal.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® can be applied over the areas of pain a minimum four times a day.

      Herbs: Combine the tinctures of meadow-sweet, horsetail, and willow bark in equal parts and take one teaspoonful three times a day. Also gently rub a mixture of equal parts tincture of lobelia and cramp bark into the affected area. Drink strong chamomile tea, particularly at bedtime, to help relieve pain. Aloe vera gel can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Belladonna, Arnica, Ruta grav., and Silicea are the most useful homeopathic remedies for bursitis.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink equal parts carrot, celery, cucumber, and beet juice to help speed healing.

      Lifestyle: At the onset of bursitis, rest the affected area for a few days to ensure that symptoms don`t worsen or take longer than necessary to heal.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin B12 (administered intra-muscularly by injection), vitamin C and bioflavonoids, calcium, and magnesium can all help quicken healing time. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals can also help provide relief from bursitis pain.

      Topical Treatment: Place mullein hot packs over the affected area. To make mullein packs, boil three to four fresh mullein leaves in water for three minutes, then place over the affected joint. Wrap with a hot moist towel, then a dry towel and leave in place for 20 minutes. Do this three times a day.

      Best of health to you

  26. QUESTION:
    What creates acid/sour stomach?
    I never overeat and no junk food. I don't smoke, drink, almost vegetarian. However, since last year my stomach is so acid and I feel so tired after meals. I try Tums but it works only temporarily. I think it was originally caused by some stress but now things are ok and I don't know why it's not getting any better after a year. What else can be a cause? What can I do to improve?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      See if you have any of the below mentioned problems.

      One of the main causes is hiatus hernia, a condition in which part of the stomach forces its way into the chest through a weakness in the opening (a hiatus) where the esophagus passes through the abdominal cavity.

      Lying flat - usually, people have the tendency of lying down flat after the meals, especially in the night after a hard day’s work. But then the gravity helps stomach acids go in the wrong direction.

      Overweight people are more prone to acid reflux because of more pressure exerted on their digestive tract.

      Alcohol, fizzy drinks, peppermint tea, coffee and smoking are the other usual suspects (You already mentioned, but still)

      Food culprits include acidic foods such as pickles and vinegar, fried and fatty foods, hot spicy foods, onions, cucumber and meat extracts.

      Female hormone progesterone and certain gall bladder related diseases are also suspected for acid reflux.

      Stress and anxiety have also been attached with this problem.

      Wearing tight fitting clothes, especially the ones which are tight at the waist, including belt, also cause acid reflux.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    does anaemia causes finger numbness?
    my mother has some serious problems since she goes to sleep i bed and her finger becomes numbness her legs becomes stiff doctor is telling that some kind of fluid is accumulating over some main nerve of hand as she says which is causing to fell the numbness on finger tips whats it soln plz give details answers and your soln to the problem

    • ANSWER:
      •Prudent to be ‘aware of '

      Real Symptoms of Diabetes*:
      . Sudden loss of weight, heavy loss of stamina, getting tired very fast, Severe pain in calf muscles [below knee joints], reeling sensation after heavy lunch/dinner, unhealed wounds/injuries/gum infections, excessive thirst/hunger, excessive urination, blurred vision, frequent burning sensation/numbness in hands/legs and above all tensions add to the chief symptoms of diabetes. But, don't worry. See a doctor at once.

      •Type-2 diabetes means----pancreas is working to some extent.
      Type-1 diabetes means----total failure of pancreas to produce insulin.
      Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure diabetes in 45 days

      Treatment for increasing hemoglobin/ANAEMIA*

      Take [72] Black raisins [black dried grapes] as may be required daily. Soak them in a half a cup of water over night. Eat these black raisins as mentioned below and drink the water.

      MorningAfter noonEvening
      1st Day111
      2nd Day222
      3rd Day333
      4th Day444
      5th Day444
      6th Day444
      7th Day333
      8th Day222
      9th Day111

      Check the hemoglobin level of the blood. If necessary repeat as above after 8/10 days and continue in the same way till the hemoglobin level is satisfactory. This treatment may also be given to all the patients of cancer. T.B., paralysis, arthritis and brain problem and also to the children who have a deficiency of hemoglobin. Check if the parents to have a deficiency of hemoglobin and if so ask them to take treatment.

      2. Anemia, calcarea phos 3X two grains t.d.s. If this fails, take 10grams each of
      calcarea phos 3x , Ferrum phos 12 X, Kali phos 3X, Kali Sulph 3X, Mag Phos 3X, Natrum Mur 3X and Natrum Phos 3X; failing which add Natrum Sulph 3X and Silicea 12 X. This is wonderful. This cures even pernicious anemia. To increase red corpuscles in blood give Natrum Mur 3X.. . Dosage 2 grains t.d.s.

      . Dosage 2 grains t.d.s.
      ..

      All these biochemic salts are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.
      3. Aloe Vera juice – 30 ml. + 1 tsp of honey—t.d.s.
      4. Wheat grass powder – 1 tsp of powder + 2 drops of honey + 1 cup of hot water b.d.s.
      5. Noni Juice-A French fruit. 5 ml., tds., in the I week; 10 ml tds., in the II week and 15 ml. t.d.s, from III week onwards. Add double quantity of water every time.
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  28. QUESTION:
    My hands swell up sometimes?
    sometimes my hands, mainly around the knuckles and near the thumb on my palm, it itches but more than that, it burns. and aches so bad I cant even lift things sometimes. and sometimes my feet do the same thing, also I will get random lumps different areas of my body that feel the same as what my hands feel like, like around my hips and knees... what could cause this? I am greatly overweight and know this could definately have something to do with it, but is this really my problem? if you or someone you know has this happen to them, please let me know what it could be... thankyou!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Body swelling is usually due to infection, allergic reactions, injury, and/or the retention and shifting of bodily fluids. These factors must be addressed, if present, before long-term relief of swelling can occur.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Ayurveda: Drink barley water throughout the day. To prepare barley water, boil four parts pure, filtered water with one part barley, then strain.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, being sure to include lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, while drinking plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day. Herbal teas are also advised. Decrease your salt intake, and eliminate alcohol, soda, all refined sugars, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, commercial fruit and vegetables juices, milk and diary products, and all foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.

      Homeopathy: Belladonna, Aconite, Ferrum phos., and Sulfur are helpful homeopathic remedies.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Fresh-squeezed organic pineapple juice (be sure to juice the armor as well) is excellent for swelling because of its high bromelain content.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Proteolytic enzymes and bromelain, both taken on an empty stomach, are important nutrients for helping the body recover from swelling. Other useful nutrients include vitamin B-complex, vitamin B6, and vitamin C with bioflavonoids.

      Topical Treatment: For external swelling, apply a mixture of two parts turmeric with one part salt to the affected area.

      A hot pack of ginger root applied topically to the affected area can help increase circulation to the area, and help soothe accompanying pain and stiffness.

      Best of health to you

  29. QUESTION:
    can dehydration cause acid reflux?
    is dehydration known to trigger acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Yes, but do not go for too muck of liquids.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Swelling feet?
    Does anyone know of any organic remedies to help with swollen ankles? I was diagnoses with Juvenille arthritis when I was in middle school. back then my doctor prescribed fluid pills, but it seems my body became prone to using them. I elevate my feet everyday after work, but by 9am the next morning they are back swollen. This usually is at it's worst during the summer season. One doctor also suggested taking 3 Advils a day, but I dont want to take that much medicine everyday. I have tried cutting back on my salt intake as well. Any advise would be helpful, but I'm looking for a natural/organic method.
    After reading some of the responses. I am not experimenting. And I know that doctors do not read minds. Maybe some didnt understand what I was saying or maybe reading too fast. I'm not asking why my feet swell... I already know this is part of the arthritis. I have been dealing with this for quiet some time. Anyone taking any medication can become prone to it after a certain amount of time. I have been tested for everything from Lupus, which runs in the family. To diabetes, which also runs in the family. And rhumatiod arthritis. My kidneys and heart have also been monitored. Everything is fine. No one has been able to find any other cause as to why my feet swell besides the arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a very simple solution to this problem. You don't need any pills, or to reduce your salt intake or change your diet.

      What you can do to reduce the swelling is to wear compressive stockings. You can purchase these online very easily, and they generally cost around (more or less). That is what we do when we have patients with edema (swelling). You do not need to wear compressive stockings that go above the knee. Just up to your knees is fine.

      I don't know what the underlying cause is for the edema--you would need to see your primary care doctor to be diagnosed properly. Has your doctor ever referred you to a podiatrist? This is their specialty, and they would be able to tell you the reason behind it better than a regular family practice doctor would. I would urge you to make an appointment to see a podiatrist--you can get a referral from your primary care provider.

      However, if you are sick of seeing doctors and just want to treat yourself, wearing the compressive stockings will cause the swelling to go down.

  31. QUESTION:
    Leg edema increase-from the knees down-both legs?
    Hello, I'm 72 and overweight with very slight Edema. Lately, the fluid build up has increased substantially. My blood pressure has been under control for years with 20mg Vasotec A.M. + 20mg P.M., and 20mg Lasix A.M. In the past when this problem occurred, I would increase the Lasix to 40mg A.M. However, this time the increase in Lasix doesn't seem to help. Before, it would produce much more urine and a harshness. Should I request an Ultra-sound of my legs? My Doctor is on vacation until 8/9 and I'm concerned about this week.
    Thanks,
    David

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment involves rectifying the underlying causes of body water retention. A low dose of diuretic (water pill) may be prescribed to reduce swelling. In more severe cases of water retention, where the blood vessels are blocked or damaged, surgery may be required.

      If a blocked or damaged blood vessel is suspected as one of the causes of edema surgery may be needed to improve the flow of blood. Treating edema should include protecting any swollen, edematous areas of the body from pressure, injury and extreme temperatures. The skin over swollen areas becomes more fragile over time. Cuts, scrapes and burns in areas that have edema take much longer to heal and are open to infection.

      Treating edema with natural and holistic remedies can also provide rapid relief for swelling and improve the blood flow through the veins. Using homeopathic and herbal remedies is a safer, gentler alternative that can improve overall health. Herbs such as Agathosma betulina (buchu) offer effective diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties and have been used by the indigenous people of South Africa for centuries. Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) and Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) help to balance blood pressure, assist liver and gall bladder functioning and improve circulation.

      Together, these 3 herbs are very much capable to:

      - Support routine water balance in cells and organs of the body
      - Support healthy energy levels and feelings of well-being
      - Maintain blood pressure within normal ranges
      - Tone the heart and cardiovascular system
      - Support healthy circulation
      - Support the heart & maintain regular heart beat
      - Soothe the nervous system and common nervous tension
      - Support balanced circulation as well as the pressure of the blood on veins and arteries

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/w/waterretention.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    I'm sick but no one will help!?
    I'm 21 years old and I've been sick since I can remember. My GPs and Physios now think I have some sort of autoimmune arthritis. I've had problem with my joints since I was about 8 or 9 years old. In the past 12 months things have gotten worse and my doctors think I have something wrong with my blood now too. I feel sick all the time and I'm sore and tired and have skin rashes and nose ulcers and I just don't have the energy to do anything. I've had to give up my job and studying and move home to my parents.

    I saw a rheumatologist who did not seem interested. Despite of my positive blood tests and joint swelling and pain and other visible symptoms, she told me my problems are emotional and physical.

    My GPs don't get the rheumatologist. I have fluid under my knee caps, I have an autoimmune rash, I have an elevated ESR and ANA (that's all), I have ulcers in my nose.. But she still denies there's anything going on.

    So my doctor referred me to a new rheumatologist, but they've said I will have THREE MONTHS until I can see another rheumatologist..

    I'm on no medication, I feel terrible, I'm sore and tired and no one can help me! My GPs won't treat me in the mean time and said I have to wait to see the rheumatologist. But I don't think the doctors realize how debilitating whatever this is is!

    How do I get through the next three months? Thanks.
    Sorry I didn't mean to put it in this section, it's obviously not a respiratory disease.

    • ANSWER:
      U may try, while @ home.
      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer, HIV/AIDS has [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, cough and vomitting. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      2. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.
      3. Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements. Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO. U can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease& or the affected organ[s] with the aid of natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.

      PS.If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'YAHOO ANSWERS' on any health issue.

  33. QUESTION:
    Symptoms and treatment for gout?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is the most painful thing I have ever been though. It turns red and very hot. It also collects fluid in the area as well. Its painful no matter how you put your foot or knee or elbow. It usually sneeks up on you in the middle of the night and bring a lot of pain.

      Treatments are specific to the person with gout. Not two things help the same person. There is no real answers you have to find out your trriggers and why you have flare up and you need to control that. I would suggest you go to www.gout101.com and read some articles. They have some great articles about treatments. They also have articles about natural remedies.

  34. QUESTION:
    My dog won't stop throwing up?
    My dog just threw up four times in a row. At first it was yellow and watery but the last two were white, fluffy and thick. Aside from of course taking him to the vet is there anything else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Figures the Vet would give you that lame advice. The next bit of advice from the Vet would be to pump her full of meds. While I am not discounting a trip to the Vet if this does not clear up within 48 hrs, there are other methods you can try that are less evasive and more natural. You could try some of these home remedies, I hope it works for your poochie.

      First it is important to know why Dogs vomit at times. Some of the causes are garbage gut. Your pet consumes something he shouldn't have, resulting in vomiting. Other causes include: medications (Aspirin); parasites; food allergies; liver or kidney disease; pancreatitis; cancer; infectious causes (parvovirus); metabolic disorders (thyroid disease or diabetes); physical obstructions (a ball or a bone); and primary motility disorders (the stomach doesn't contract normally).

      Now for the solutions.

      ASSESS SEVERITY. If your pet is vomiting persistently and unable to retain even water, wait no longer than 24 hours before GOING TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. This indicates a severe problem such as an obstruction that needs to be treated with IV fluids and possibly surgery. If your pet is still drinking and only intermittently vomiting, you can try some of these home remedies.

      FASTING TIME. A 24 hour fast is the most important thing you can do to allow your pet's inflamed stomach to heal. Allow access to controlled amounts of water, but no food. After 24 hours offer bland food such as plain cooked white rice; give equivalent amounts of rice as you do dog or cat food. After 48 hours mix their regular food with rice and don't fully go to regular food until after 72 hours.

      A CUP OF TEA. Peppermint Tea is an old remedy used for upset stomachs in people. Brew up a strong cup of tea, but allow it to cool before offering it: give your dog 1/4 cup per 10lbs of body weight three times daily; give your cat 1 tablespoon three times daily .

      PEPTO-BISMOL. This is an old standby that can be effective for dogs. I do NOT recommend it for CATS. The dog dose is 1ml/10lbs of body weight given three times daily for no more than 7 days.

      HOMEOPATHIC. Nux vomica is an effective homeopathic remedy for vomiting for pets: give 1 tablet of the 30C strength per 10lbs of body weight twice daily for 3-5 days.

      GINGER. A tasty addition to a curry is also effective for vomiting. The dried herb dose is 25mg per lb of body weight or 1 drop per lb twice daily of the tincture.

      ACCUPRESSURE. The ST36 point, located on the outside of the hind leg below the knee may be effective; press it for 1 minute twice daily for 3-5 days to see if it helps.

      FOOD ALLERGENS. For dogs and cats with chronic vomiting, I strongly recommend a diet change. Preferably switch to a hypoallergenic food or homemade allergy diet. At the very least, change to a premium quality food. I find that some pets respond to a more natural diet, such as Innova or California Natural.

      RESCUE WITH FLOWERS. Bach Rescue Remedy can make your pet feel a little better about their illness. Give your pet 3-4 drops by mouth every 6 hours.

      CHAMOMILE. This is commonly used in people with mild stomach upset and it may help your pet. Give 30mg per lb of the dried herb, or 2 drops per lb of the tincture three times daily.

      I am concerned if she will not hold down water even. If this does not improve today I hope you will be able to see your Vet. Please let us know how you made out.

  35. QUESTION:
    Dry skin problems!!!!!!!!!?
    Well ever since i started shaving right under my knees my skins turned white and it's all itchy and bumpy- it's really gross. It's on both legs in the SAME exact spot. Sometimes it bleeds. I don't shave dry and use "moisturizing" shave gel. Also i use this Burt's Bees cream but it really doesn't help. THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dry Skin home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

      Home Remedies for Dry Skin
      There are a number of simple home remedies that can be used to combat dry skin. Let us take a look at some of them.

      • The best way to ensure that your skin doesn’t become dry is to keep it moisturized. Use a moisturizing cream and apply it liberally over the affected areas of your skin, especially after you bathe.

      • A hot water bath may feel wonderful in the winters, but it also dries out your skin more than normal water. Keep these hot water baths to a minimum or apply some body oil before you bathe so that your skin doesn’t lose all its precious moisture.

      • An occasional bath in milk is a royal treat and also does wonders for dry skin.

      Dry Skin : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Diet for Dry Skin
      Here are some dietary tips that will help to keep your skin moisturized in these cold winter months.

      • Drink plenty of water and fluids. This is the best thing you can do to keep dry skin at bay.

      • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. Although alcohol might make you feel all warm during these cold winter months, it doesn’t do good for the rest of your body, including your skin.

      • Vitamins A,D, and E can do wonders for your skin. Consume them in the form of capsules or through your diet.

      Other Suggestions for Dry Skin
      These tips will ensure that your skin stays moist and supple in the coldest of days.

      • Smoking is an absolute no-no when you’ve got dry skin. Smoking further dries out the skin and makes it parched and leathery.

      • Avoid keeping the temperature setting in your room too high. Also use a humidifier to keep the air moist.

      • Harsh chemicals such as those used in detergents and soaps can really play havoc with your skin. Use natural soaps to bathe and wear gloves when you’re washing dishes or clothes.

  36. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies to help with Sciatica?
    I hurt my back about 4 weeks ago but the pain was mild and lasted only a week. Then a week ago the pain came back and it's horrendous. It's in my lower back, the left side of my behind and all down my left leg. The pain is always there, but sometimes I get attacks so bad I'm in huge pain to walk/move/sit. The doctor told me it's Sciatica but says I haven't slipped a disc and prescribed 75mg twice daily of diclofenac. I only had one day off sick so I could see the doctor and then went back to work, as exercise is good and rest isn't very beneficial. I'm trying my best to carry on as normal and keeping on my feet, but the tablets aren't relieving the pain and sometimes I feel as though I'm in agony. How can I relieve the pain otherwise?
    The doc tested my reflex in various places, which is how (apparently) she knows there's nothing like a slipped disc.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry for your problem! I am surprised that your doctor didn't recommend a course of physical therapy. Ask your doctor about that. For pain I recommend the use of ice. Use if for fifteen to twenty minutes per hour on the lower back. Before going to sleep or getting out of bed in the morning try these movements. Lie on your stomach while you are resting on your elbows. Just allow the natural sway of the lower back to occur. This will help to move the fluid portion of the disc away from the nerve. Stay there for as long as you can or up to five or ten minutes. Lie on your back and keep the legs out straight. Have the muscles of your feet bring the front of the feet up towards the knees. You should feel a stretching in the calves. Hold that stretch for ten seconds and repeat that cycle four more times. That last one is a neurotensioning stretch. You should find that it helps to release tension on the leg and back. See a therapist as soon as you can and let them help you with specific movements and stretches.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have been feeling light headed all day!!! any ideas please?
    Ima a 16 year old female and all day since 6:oo i have been feeling lightheaded... I went to bed around 12 at midnight and woke up at 6, i ate breakfest so why do i feel lightheaded??? Please any ideas

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Bye Bye, I pulled up some reasons for lightheadedness. I hope this internet information helps you with your questions. Take care.

      Light-headedness is a feeling of getting ready to pass out or lose consciousness. Many people never completely pass out, but the sensation is generally not a comfortable one. Some symptoms may also experience overall weakness, rapid heartbeat, sweating and inability to stand up or maintain balance. While occasional light-headedness may have no known medical cause, frequent symptoms may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

      Anemia
      Anemia is a condition that involves low counts of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood. Anemia occurs when the body begins to decrease the overall production of red blood cells or hemoglobin or when there is internal bleeding or a loss of a large amount of blood. Underlying medical conditions and disease can cause anemia, or it can occur naturally. Anemia can cause light-headedness. If not properly diagnosed, anemia can cause an irregular heart rate and a low oxygen levels, called hypoxia.

      Hypoglycemia is a form of low blood sugar levels in the human body. This can be a natural process, or it can be caused by someone, such as a diabetic, who has injected too much insulin into his body. Just as high blood sugar is damaging to the body, so is low blood sugar. Blood sugar levels under 50 mg can lead to dizziness, light-headedness and eventually syncope, or passing out. This is a dangerous condition and can lead to a diabetic coma and eventually death if not treated. A high amount of glucose or raw sugar is needed to bring blood sugar levels up and prevent syncope or coma.

      Pregnancy
      One of the earliest signs of pregnancy can be light-headedness. The reason for this may be because of the fluctuating hormone levels in the body. Light-headedness is common in the first few weeks and months of pregnancy. Another reason could be a rapid and sharp drop in blood pressure. Eating right, seeking adequate prenatal care and drinking plenty of fluids will help to combat feelings of light-headedness during pregnancy.

      Low Blood Pressure
      Low blood pressure is where the body's ability to pump blood in and out of the heart is slowed or delayed. Drops in blood pressure can occur for several reasons: standing up too fast, standing in one location for too long, surgery, blood loss, pregnancy, medications and septic shock. Light-headedness usually dissipates once the blood and oxygen flow is reestablished to the brain. This is often just a temporary condition and can be remedied by placing the head between the knees to increase blood flow to the brain or by laying back and relaxing until the light-headedness passes.

      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/19207-reasons-lightheadedness/#ixzz1sPidvYKy

  38. QUESTION:
    Seniors, Have any of you had a Bakers Cyst in your Knee?
    Have any of you had medical treatments for a Bakers Cyst behind your knee, if so how did that work out for you?
    I have tried a natural alternative to anti-inflammatorydrugs, cortozone shots and drainage methods.
    I know the last resort is surgery, don't want to go there.
    I have tried the Osmo Patch to help drain the fluid naturally. Sort of helpful but didn't work 100%, a slight improvement with the patches.
    please tell me of your experience with treatments for the cyst in the knee.
    Thanks...
    Thanks everyone for your sympathy and good advice.
    I do exercise daily, stretching, yoga, walk allot when my knee isn't acting up, swim, whatever I can do to keep it going.
    Ice works for pain but not a cure.
    I sent away for the Osmo Patch , 10 patches that you wear overnight to drain out the fluid, sort of helps but that adds up, . for the 10, cheaper then a doctors visit but still for long term not too practical.
    I was thinking of going to a Chinese herb store to see what they have for natural treatments.
    I also don't want to take drugs or pills for the condition.

    • ANSWER:
      I have both knees with arthritis and Baker's cysts. I find that walking at a normal to slow place (depending on the day) regularly is probably the most helpful in my case. If I overdo on stairs or just twist the knee wrong (ouch) they can swell up and I can barely take a step for a day or so.

      Hot, cold and massaging helps and sometimes. if not TOO tight, a knee support (with the cut-out for kneecap) helps sooth the problem while swelling subsides. I take it off if I'm lying down or sitting for awhile. It seems like it cuts off circulation sometimes and increases the pain.

      I once went to a specialist and she gave me a cortisone shot which helped for awhile, but I'm not a huge fan of that therapy, and I really didn't want to continue that forever and now I just deal with it day by day.

      Sorry I can't help you with a cure since I've only had trouble with this in the past 8 years. It's just one of those unsightly and painful annoyances we get to deal with as we age. Like with arthritis, the doctors just sort of shrug and we more or less are told to "get used to it." You'd think there would be more options or real remedies.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there any remedies for hormone imbalance that is causing chronic pain?
    I had low testosterone that is being corrected with proper exercise. However when I exercise i get pain in my spinal cord that cause pain at my brain stem (the base of my skull) that triggers an intense migraine headache which lasts 6 to 12 hours. I never head spinal cord injury.

    I'm no hormone expert but is there another hormone that is causing pain in my central nervous system? If so how could I correct it? Any remedies or anything? My doctor only checked my testosterone levels.

    Also I read that cerebro spinal fluid could be the cause or something due to hormone imbalance.
    Please be detailed as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert on hormone problems, but I can give some advice about the spine pain.

      If you feel the low testosterone is being fixed by more exercise, you should keep exercising. But if you think the exercise is causing pain in your spine and headaches, you should consider changing the types of exercise you are doing.

      I'm not sure what kind of exercise you are doing, but some kinds do cause back pain/headaches. Running has a lot of up and down trauma to the spine. Each time you take a step, the force has to be absorbed somewhere, either your knees, ankles, spine, neck...You can try to get new shoes or switch from an impact activity to a low-impact workout like treadmills, elliptical trainers or swimming.
      Make sure to properly breathe while exercising. In some types of exercise, especially weight lifting, it may feel natural to hold your breath while your body is in need of more oxygen than normal. This lack of oxygenation can make it easier to get headaches.

      Proper breathing and lower impact workouts might help with the spine problems and headaches you are having.

  40. QUESTION:
    Summer is coming up, and I need to cure osgood-schlatters.?
    I have asked this question before, asking it again. I have had this for around a year, hockey is coming up soon, and I need them to be better. They seem "somewhat" better, but not really up for exercise yet. I was smart and never pushed them to the point where they would get bumps on them. I have scoured the web for good information on how to cure it, and for reliable sources on whether Oscon would work (found nothing but testamonials Oscon posted themselves) and out of all the information about helping to heal it, I found this one article that suggested a large amount of things: http://www.mamasource.com/article/osgood-slaughter

    On that link, the first response down, by J. K. or whatever, posted a lot of stuff (it seemed biased toward that company of course) and I am curious about whether if any of it is true, or if it is all baloney. I currently intake protein stuff after weight lifting (I started weight lifting when I couldn't use my knees, I do not do any exercise involving my knees in it however). I want to try Oscon again, I guess I am a little desperate. Er. I don't suppose I can cuss on here ***! ****! ****! I am just angry... I used to be the most amazing long distance, short distance runner and an amazing skater now I am down to rubble b/c of my knees. Just give me solid advice. here is the stuff I do know: ibuprofen to reduce swelling, braces whilst exercising, stretches to strengthen surrounding muscles to ease tendon or whatever, and little to none knee activity.

    I know a billion people have asked questions about osgood-schlatters, I just need information about cures. I also don't need some cynic to come tell me these are all a waste of time and money, a guy has to have some hope, right? T_T

    • ANSWER:
      I found one blogger who recommended prescription painkillers such as famotide or ponstan for their anti-inflammatory properties.

      This site has some good information about the natural anti-inflammatory remedies Bromelain - an enzyme derived from fresh pineapple juice and Boswellia - a herbal resin extracted from the gum of the Indian Boswellia serrata tree. http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C168799.html

      From Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the following supplement program is recommended for healing these types of injuries:

      Chondroitin sulfate (500-1,000 mg daily) nutritional support for strengthening joints, ligaments, and tendons

      Glucosamine sulfate or N-Acetylglucosamine (as directed on label) Very important for the formation of bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid.

      Inflazyme Forte from American Biologics or Wobenzym N from Marlyn Nutraceuticls (as directed) To destroy free radicals released during injury

      Methylsulfonyl-methone (MSM) (500-1,000 mg 3 times daily) A sulfur compound needed for reducing pain and inflammation; also for joint and tissue repair.

      Also helpful are bromelain, calcium and magnesium, curcumin, desiccated liver, dimethylglycine (DMG), essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil), free-form amino acid complex, grape seed extract, L-Leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine, manganese, multivitamin and mineral complex

      They also recommend the homeopathic Arnica montana for bruises, muscle strain, and other workout-related injuries.

  41. QUESTION:
    I have osgood schlatters for 1.5 years now?
    i have had osgood schlatters for 1.5 years now, since beginning of 8th and now to end of ninth. it is normally not too bad but after, say, a gym class w/ lots of running or a day fishing and wading in rivers/streams, it is sore and can occasionally hurt so much i will stay on the couch or in a chair or whatever for the rest of the day. it is usually to this degree once or twice every month or so. otherwise the only time the pain is almost unbearable is when i bump it against something.
    the bump/bulge just below my knee is now larger then my knee and i want to know if there is anything i should do to help stop the pain. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can use ibuprofen to reduce swelling, wear a special knee brace for gym class or when you're exercising, and there are some stretches you can do to strengthen the surrounding muscles. This site has the recommended stretches: http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/9616650/osgoodschlatters-disease-physioadvisor.htm

      I found one blogger who recommended prescription painkillers such as famotide or ponstan for their anti-inflammatory properties.

      This site has some good information about the natural anti-inflammatory remedies Bromelain - an enzyme derived from fresh pineapple juice and Boswellia - a herbal resin extracted from the gum of the Indian Boswellia serrata tree. http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C168799.html

      From Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the following natural supplement program is recommended for healing these types of injuries:

      Chondroitin sulfate (500-1,000 mg daily) nutritional support for strengthening joints, ligaments, and tendons

      Glucosamine sulfate or N-Acetylglucosamine (as directed on label) Very important for the formation of bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid.

      Inflazyme Forte from American Biologics or Wobenzym N from Marlyn Nutraceuticls (as directed) To destroy free radicals released during injury

      Methylsulfonyl-methone (MSM) (500-1,000 mg 3 times daily) A sulfur compound needed for reducing pain and inflammation; also for joint and tissue repair.

      Also helpful are bromelain, calcium and magnesium, curcumin, desiccated liver, dimethylglycine (DMG), essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil), free-form amino acid complex, grape seed extract, L-Leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine, manganese, multivitamin and mineral complex

      They also recommend the homeopathic Arnica montana for bruises, muscle strain, and other workout-related injuries.

  42. QUESTION:
    help i have an acid relex question?!?
    my mom has really bad acid reflex shes tried everything to make it better but it didnt help.. she took medicine, different excersises, elevated pillow and even purchased some stuff online but nothing worked... i feel bad cause i cant do anything about it.. please help me if u have any idea on a way to help her.( ps she it gets worst in the nights)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      It seems that the cause of her GERD is unknown.

      Hi There,

      See if you have any of the below mentioned problems.

      One of the main causes is hiatus hernia, a condition in which part of the stomach forces its way into the chest through a weakness in the opening (a hiatus) where the esophagus passes through the abdominal cavity.

      Lying flat - usually, people have the tendency of lying down flat after the meals, especially in the night after a hard day’s work. But then the gravity helps stomach acids go in the wrong direction.

      Overweight people are more prone to acid reflux because of more pressure exerted on their digestive tract.

      Alcohol, fizzy drinks, peppermint tea, coffee and smoking are the other usual suspects (You already mentioned, but still)

      Food culprits include acidic foods such as pickles and vinegar, fried and fatty foods, hot spicy foods, onions, cucumber and meat extracts.

      Female hormone progesterone and certain gall bladder related diseases are also suspected for acid reflux.

      Stress and anxiety have also been attached with this problem.

      Wearing tight fitting clothes, especially the ones which are tight at the waist, including belt, also cause acid reflux.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a very loud heartbeat? (And) a cough that has been going on for a month?
    Ok, so I have been having this cough for a month now, in the mornings the cough is the worst an I even puke 3-10 times a week from coughing so much. But normally as the day goes on it becomes much better, BUT the moment I slouch down in a chair or lay down it becomes horrible and I have had a hard time sleeping lately. Also I have had random hot waves when randomly in class I burn up and get a little red but they normally don't last for more that 5 mins. So, my mom decided to check me with her stethoscope and said that my lungs are perfectly normal but she has never heard such a loud heartbeat.
    I have been taking cough medicine for the first week I had it and now but it does not help me much (almost not at all). Also, with in the month, my ears have been plugged especially when/if i tilt my head to the back or left side (it is my left ear) but it unplugsif i tilt my head forward or to the right. However, I have not managed to unplug my right ear. So sorry if this is all confusing but i'm worried and my mom won't take me to the doctors because they ddon'tnnecessarilybelieve that they do anything but take your money and say your fine.

    Symptoms (that have gone on in the month) :
    Cough - sometimes puking from it.
    Stuffy and runny nose - cause headaches
    Clear lungs - apperantly...
    Hot flashes - last no longer that 8 mins.
    (I'm on my dads side of the family and he says that he was stuff like that happen to him too and its from snot or something dripping down your throut and into your lungs, but if thats true how do i cure it and all my other symptoms?????)

    PLEAS HELP ME CURE MY SYMPTOMS!!! I'M SICK OF BEING SICK!(: My three main problems right now are my runny and stuffy noses (and the headaches that come from nasal congestion) my plugges ears and my coughing!

    On my knees wanting some help
    ~Steph
    One more thing!!! The cough is a dry cough, I don't cough anything up normally and when i do its almost nothing.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural remedies for curing a dry cough:

      Mix 3 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 cup honey, and 1/4 cup warm water and take two teaspoons daily.

      Peel a small piece of fresh ginger. Sprinkle some salt on it and chew.

      Add a gram of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey.

      This is very useful for a dry cough if you are not allergic to nuts, soak almonds overnight. Remove their skin. Make a paste of these almonds with little butter and sugar
      Here are some natural remedies for curing a dry cough:

      Mix 3 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 cup honey, and 1/4 cup warm water and take two teaspoons daily.

      Peel a small piece of fresh ginger. Sprinkle some salt on it and chew.

      Add a gram of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey.

      This is very useful for a dry cough if you are not allergic to nuts, soak almonds overnight. Remove their skin. Make a paste of these almonds with little butter and sugar
      It is very important to eliminate the mucus which comes while coughing. At night if she feels tired or lazy to get up, full a cup with some water and spit the mucus in it.
      Add a tsp of turmeric powder in a cup of boiling milk. Drink this twice daily especially before going to bed. Turmeric has a soothing effect in treatment of cough.
      An herbal tea made by boiling grated ginger, lemon juice, mint leaves, 1 whole pepper, and holy basil in water helps a lot to deal with stubborn cough. Add honey for palatability and drink twice daily.
      Increase the intake of fluids in the day time when you are at work. A nice chicken broth/soup or vegetable soup with garlic in it would also help.
      Dry cough can be a symptom to various conditions like lung diseases, respiratory problems, certain medications that causes dry cough (ACE inhibitors), gastro esophageal reflux disorder, asthma, or any other major or minor associated condition. Consult a specialist to get the correct diagnosis for appropriate treatment is the condition does not improve with self care.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do I have heartburn?.....?
    I just started a diet of 6 small meals a day. Is it the small meals that are giving me heart burn?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Hi There,

      See if you have any of the below mentioned problems.

      One of the main causes is hiatus hernia, a condition in which part of the stomach forces its way into the chest through a weakness in the opening (a hiatus) where the esophagus passes through the abdominal cavity.

      Lying flat - usually, people have the tendency of lying down flat after the meals, especially in the night after a hard day’s work. But then the gravity helps stomach acids go in the wrong direction.

      Overweight people are more prone to acid reflux because of more pressure exerted on their digestive tract.

      Alcohol, fizzy drinks, peppermint tea, coffee and smoking are the other usual suspects (You already mentioned, but still)

      Food culprits include acidic foods such as pickles and vinegar, fried and fatty foods, hot spicy foods, onions, cucumber and meat extracts.

      Female hormone progesterone and certain gall bladder related diseases are also suspected for acid reflux.

      Stress and anxiety have also been attached with this problem.

      Wearing tight fitting clothes, especially the ones which are tight at the waist, including belt, also cause acid reflux.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Why am I fainting?
    I'm 12 years old and i get around 2hours sleep most night but recently when it hits early hours of the morning i faint and then i wake up 2 hours later. What's happening to me?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Baby Bry

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      It is usually caused decreased flow of blood to the brain. It can also be caused by arrhythmia (abnormal change in the beating of the heart), or may be due to heat exhaustion associated with excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, drenching sweats, and fainting.

      Low blood sugar, low blood pressure (hypotension), allergies, anemia, and nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and iron can all cause or contribute to fainting. If fainting spells are recurring, all of these factors should be screened for and, if present, addressed.
      Note: Should you feel faint, sit down and put your head between your knees until you feel better. Also be sure to breathe fresh air.

      Caution: Recurring fainting spells, as well as fainting caused by no discernible reason, require the immediate attention of a physician or other health expert.

      --------------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Peppermint, neroli, basil, lavender, rosemary, or black pepper placed under the nose of a fainting victim can help speed a return to full consciousness.

      Diet: Eating an organic, whole foods diet that includes healthy supplies of protein foods, and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water (I drink a gallon a day) can help to prevent fainting.

      Flower Essences: Apply Rescue Remedy® topically to the lips of the fainting victim to help him or her recover.

      Homeopathy: Ignatia, Aconite, and Arsen alb are useful homeopathic remedies for preventing fainting spells.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help prevent and speed recovery from fainting spells: Vitamin B, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating fainting: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork, Environmental Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    I've been fainting?
    I have had two fainting spells in the last week. All tests (EKG, CAT scan, blood and urine) were normal. They are preceeded by overwhelming sleepiness. The doctor says that, on paper, I am the picture of health. Any ideas?
    Preceeding the two fainting spells, I was sitting.. in class and in work. My stress level has increased lately, it's only 4 weeks til the end of the semester, but I've been under this kind of stress before. Also, I had dengue fever in Cambodia 2 years ago...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Cate

      Here are some answers and ideas to help heal yourself.

      Cause
      It is usually caused decreased flow of blood to the brain. It can also be caused by arrhythmia (abnormal change in the beating of the heart), or may be due to heat exhaustion associated with excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, drenching sweats, and fainting.

      Low blood sugar, low blood pressure (hypotension), allergies, anemia, and nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and iron can all cause or contribute to fainting. If fainting spells are recurring, all of these factors should be screened for and, if present, addressed.
      Note: Should you feel faint, sit down and put your head between your knees until you feel better. Also be sure to breathe fresh air.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Peppermint, neroli, basil, lavender, rosemary, or black pepper placed under the nose of a fainting victim can help speed a return to full consciousness.

      Diet: Eating an organic, whole foods diet that includes healthy supplies of protein foods, and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water can help to prevent fainting.

      Flower Essences: Apply Rescue Remedy® topically to the lips of the fainting victim to help him or her recover.

      Homeopathy: Ignatia, Aconite, and Arsen alb are useful homeopathic remedies for preventing fainting spells.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help prevent and speed recovery from fainting spells: Vitamin B, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  47. QUESTION:
    How to limit sugar intake? - Diet Troubles?
    Hey so i'm a 17 yr old guy and do health and food at school so i am both aware of the importance of a healthy diet and the foods to eat to do so. I would like to reduce my sugar intake to sort of 'detox' my body to strengthen my liver, as both of these will help eliminate my acne. It isn't very severe, just enough to make me really upset and self-conscious. Don't come here to tell me to be comfortable in who i am or to try treatments because proactiv for the past 6 months has done nothing, the key is from inside the body.

    So, my question is: as i am a REALLY BIG sweet tooth, how can i learn to cut sugar from my diet. I try almost everyday to set out and eat little sugar, however it's almost as if knowing i'm trying to cut back makes me want it more, so i eat way more sugar than normal even before attempting to resist it! Please tell me possible substitutes to sugary things like biscuits, ice cream, chocolates. I know eating fruit is better, but that is almost equally as high in sugar, and i eat 3 serves of fruit a day. What i want to know is how can i cut back on processed sugars, gain the will power to stick to it, and replace or eliminate my constant craving for sweet things without increasing my fruit intake.

    Thank you so much for your time, all answers welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Chew every mouthful of Ur food stuff 25 times before gulping; so that cerbro-spinal fluid secreted in the brain shall get mixed-up with Ur saliva to keep Ur Pancreas intact to function very well.
      2. •Real Symptoms of Diabetes*:
      . Sudden loss of weight, Severe pain in calf muscles [below knee joints], reeling sensation after heavy lunch/dinner, unhealed wounds/injuries/gum infections, excessive thirst/hunger, excessive urination, blurred vision, frequent burning sensation/numbness in hands/legs and above all tensions add to the chief symptoms of diabetes. But, don't worry. See a doctor at once.

      •Type-2 diabetes means----pancreas is working to some extent.
      Type-1 diabetes means----total failure of pancreas to produce insulin.
      Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure diabetes in 45 days



      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘YAHOO ANSWERS’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is 'Hemuroid or Piles? How it happens and what is the better treatment for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hemorrhoids (AmE), haemorrhoids (BrE), emerods, or piles) are varicosities or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus.

      Prevention

      Prevention of hemorrhoids includes drinking more fluids, eating more dietary fiber, exercising, practicing better posture, and reducing bowel movement strain and time. Hemorrhoid sufferers should avoid using laxatives and should strictly limit time straining during bowel movement. Wearing tight clothing and underwear will also contribute to irritation and poor muscle tone in the region and promote hemorrhoid development. Some sufferers report a more comfortable experience without underwear or wearing only very lightweight panties, etc.

      Straining can be lessened by defecating in a standing position, knees slightly bent. This position seems to use the muscles of the abdomen to expel feces preventing a strain on the anus. Fluids emitted by the intestinal tract may contain irritants that may increase the fissures associated with hemorrhoids. Washing the anus with cool water and soap may reduce the swelling and increase blood supply for quicker healing and may remove irritating fluid.

      Examination
      Endoscopic image of internal hemorrhoids seen on retroflexion of the flexible sigmoidoscope at the ano-rectal junction
      Endoscopic image of internal hemorrhoids seen on retroflexion of the flexible sigmoidoscope at the ano-rectal junction

      After visual examination of the anus and surrounding area for external or prolapsed hemorrhoids, a doctor would conduct a digital examination. In addition to probing for hemorrhoidal bulges, a doctor would also look for indications of rectal tumor or polyp, enlarged prostate and abscesses.

      Visual confirmation of hemorrhoids can be done by doing an anoscopy, using a medical device called an anoscope. This device is basically a hollow tube with a light attached at one end that allows the doctor to see the internal hemorrhoids, as well as polyps in the rectum.

      If warranted, more detailed examinations, such as sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy can be performed. In sigmoidoscopy, the last 60cm of the colon and rectum are examined whereas in colonoscopy the entire bowel is examined.

      A pathologist will look for dilated vascular spaces which exhibit thrombosis and recanalization.

      Treatments

      Treatments for hemorrhoids vary in their cost, risk, and effectiveness. Different cultures and individuals approach treatment differently. Some of the treatments used are listed here in increasing order of intrusiveness and cost.

      Temporary relief

      For many people, hemorrhoids are mild and temporary conditions that heal spontaneously or by the same measures recommended for prevention. There is no medicine that will cure hemorrhoids, but local treatments such as warm sitz baths, using a bidet, extendable showerhead, cold compress, or topical analgesic (such as Nupercainal), can provide temporary relief. Consistent use of medicated creams (such as Anusol and Preparation H) during the early stages of a hemorrhoid flare-up will also provide relief and may stave off further development and irritation. However, creams containing steroid preparations weaken the skin and may contribute to further flare-ups. Keep the area clean and dry, with some lubrication provided by hemorrhoidal creams or a lubricant, such as Surgi-lube or petroleum jelly. Suppositories can also relieve the symptoms.

      Natural treatments

      Some people successfully apply natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. These procedures largely echo the prevention measures. However, you should always inform your doctor of any self-care measures you have taken, including herbal or "natural" remedies, to avoid possible drug interactions. Although unorthodox, olive oil has been known to bring relief.

      They include:

      * Reducing regional pressure in such ways as improving posture and muscle tone
      * Taking herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as butcher's broom, horse chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese pagoda tree extracts. Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling.
      * Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), cranesbill and aloe vera
      * Eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and Psyllium seed husks to help create soft stool that is easy to pass to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoids.
      * Using the squatting position for bowel movements.[4]

      Oral dietary supplementation can help to treat and prevent many complications of hemorrhoids, and natural botanicals such as Butchers Broom, Horse Chestnut, and bioflavonoids can be an effective addition to hemorrhoid treatment.[5]

      Butcher's Broom: Butcher’s broom extract, or Ruscus aculeatus, contains ruscogenins that have anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effects. Supplementation with Butcher’s Broom helps tighten and strengthen veins. Butcher’s broom has traditionally been used to treat venous problems including hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
      Horse Chestnut: Horse chestnut extract, or Aesculus hippocastanum, contains a saponin known as aescin, that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and venotonic actions. Aescin improves tone in vein walls, thereby strengthening the support structure of the vein. Double blind studies have shown that supplementation with horse chestnut helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with chronic venous insufficiency.

      Bilberry Bioflavonoid: Bilberry extract, or Vaccinium myrtillus, is an anthocyanoside bioflavonoid. Supplementation with this potent flavonoid protects and maintains venous strength and function.
      As reported in Doctor Yourself, by Andrew Saul, PhD (Basic Health/publisher), treatment with topical Vitamin E (twice daily, open up Vitamin E capsule and squeeze Vitamin E out and apply to the site) has also been successful for some individuals.

      Medical treatments

      Some people require the following medical treatments for chronic or severe hemorrhoids:

      * Rubber band ligation: sometimes called Baron ligation. Elastic bands are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several days, the withered hemorrhoid is sloughed off during normal bowel movement.
      * Hemorrhoidolysis/Galvanic Electrotherapy: desiccation of the hemorrhoid by electrical current.
      * Sclerotherapy (injection therapy): sclerosant or hardening agent is injected into hemorrhoids. This causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up.
      * Cryosurgery: a frozen tip of a cryoprobe is used to destroy hemorrhoidal tissues. Rarely used anymore because of side effects.
      * Laser, infrared or BICAP coagulation: laser, infrared beam, or electricity is used to cauterize the affected tissues. Lasers are now much less popular. Infrared coagulation has been studied in comparison with RBL and found to be as effective in hemorrhoids up to grade III. These are the most readily available non-surgical procedures in the US.
      * Hemorrhoidectomy: a true surgical procedure to excise and remove hemorrhoids. Has possible correlation with incontinence issues later in life; in addition, many patients complain that pain during recovery is severe. For this reason is often now recommended only for severe (grade IV) hemorrhoids.
      * Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy: Also called the procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids, it is designed to resect soft tissue proximal to the dentate line, which disrupts the blood flow to the hemorrhoids. It is generally less painful than complete removal of hemorrhoids and also allows for faster recovery times. It's meant for hemorrhoids that fall out or bleed and is not helpful for painful outside conditions.
      * Enema: This Practice is only used to clean the rectum in some cases and should only be done by a doctor. Water is injected into the rectum and then flushed out cleaning the area.
      * Doppler Guided Hemorrhoidal Artery Ligation : The only evidence based surgery for all grades of hemorrhoids. It does not involve cutting tissues or even a stay at the hospital; patients are usually back to work on the same day. It is the best treatment for bleeding piles, as the bleeding stops immediately. (This reference was added by a doctor who specializes in this technique, and the reference links to his site.)

      Diseases with similar symptoms

      Symptoms associated with rectal cancer, anal fissure, anal abscess, anal fistula, and other diseases may be similar to those produced by hemorrhoids and may be reduced by the topical analgesic methods described above. For this reason, it is a good idea to consult with a physician when these symptoms are encountered, particularly for the first time, and periodically should the problem continue. In the US, colonoscopy is recommended as a general diagnostic for those over age 50 (40 with family history of bowel cancers); a clear (normal) scope is good for 10 years.

  49. QUESTION:
    my friend is fainting?
    When someone faints how long around do they stay fainted for? Im talking about if the person is fainting from not eating? Im asking becasue my friend has been dieting and im alomst positive the wrong way and she fainted the other day, but i was not sure if it was from it. How long usually do people stay inconcious if they faint from not eating? Thanks<33
    sorry about the spelling on the question
    i dont mean that she never came concious....shes not dead but i was not with her when she like un fainted so im trying to figure out how long people usually stay fainted for, when they havent eaten. Im worried adn trying to figure out if this is the real reason why she fainted, by seeing how long people usally stay uncious when they are fainting from not eating. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Hearts

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      It is usually caused decreased flow of blood to the brain. It can also be caused by arrhythmia (abnormal change in the beating of the heart), or may be due to heat exhaustion associated with excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, drenching sweats, and fainting.

      Low blood sugar, low blood pressure (hypotension), allergies, anemia, and nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and iron can all cause or contribute to fainting. If fainting spells are recurring, all of these factors should be screened for and, if present, addressed.
      Note: Should you feel faint, sit down and put your head between your knees until you feel better. Also be sure to breathe fresh air.

      Caution: Recurring fainting spells, as well as fainting caused by no discernible reason, require the immediate attention of a physician or other health expert.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Peppermint, neroli, basil, lavender, rosemary, or black pepper placed under the nose of a fainting victim can help speed a return to full consciousness.

      Diet: Eating an organic, whole foods diet that includes healthy supplies of protein foods, and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water can help to prevent fainting.

      Flower Essences: Apply Rescue Remedy® topically to the lips of the fainting victim to help him or her recover.

      Homeopathy: Ignatia, Aconite, and Arsen alb are useful homeopathic remedies for preventing fainting spells.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help prevent and speed recovery from fainting spells: Vitamin B, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating fainting: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork, Environmental Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  50. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP. How do I avoid fainting? Help, it's important.?
    Guys, I fainted today. (Second time in my life). It was so damn trippy. I hate it. I totally blacked out. But only for a few seconds. I dont want this happening tomorrow. Hilary Duff is filming at my school! I don't wanna miss this. I'm so worried it'll happen, I can't even control it. I don't wanna be unconscious while cool things are happening. But forget the movie thing, I just don't want to have this happen again. It scares me, a lot, too much. I hate it. Please help? I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow at 6. Which is after school. Until then?

    Well, I've been feeling like crap the night before too. Super exhausted. Neck hurts, head hurts. Took Advil and drank water, didn't help. That was this morning. I was sitting in Math Class, it was a hot room and I could feel it about to happen. I tried to stop it so I closed my eyes and next thing I know I just sort of blacked out, opened my eyes after and saw everyone looking at me. =[

    • ANSWER:
      HI GRR

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      It is usually caused decreased flow of blood to the brain. It can also be caused by arrhythmia (abnormal change in the beating of the heart), or may be due to heat exhaustion associated with excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, drenching sweats, and fainting.

      Low blood sugar, low blood pressure (hypotension), allergies, anemia, and nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium and iron can all cause or contribute to fainting. If fainting spells are recurring, all of these factors should be screened for and, if present, addressed.
      Note: Should you feel faint, sit down and put your head between your knees until you feel better. Also be sure to breathe fresh air.

      Caution: Recurring fainting spells, as well as fainting caused by no discernible reason, require the immediate attention of a physician or other health expert.

      --------------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Peppermint, neroli, basil, lavender, rosemary, or black pepper placed under the nose of a fainting victim can help speed a return to full consciousness.

      Diet: Eating an organic, whole foods diet that includes healthy supplies of protein foods, and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water can help to prevent fainting.

      Flower Essences: Apply Rescue Remedy® topically to the lips of the fainting victim to help him or her recover.

      Homeopathy: Ignatia, Aconite, and Arsen alb are useful homeopathic remedies for preventing fainting spells.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help prevent and speed recovery from fainting spells: Vitamin B, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating fainting: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork, Environmental Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

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