Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cabbage Leaf can cure Migraine Headache

You can easily ease the pain of a migraine through using cabbage leaf. A cabbage leaf compress is prepared through placing crushed cabbage leaves on a cloth. Apply it on the forehead and leave it there. Replace the leaves when they dry out.

Fish, liver, sunflower seeds, nuts, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, whole wheat, and yeast are good sources of vitamins that can treat migraine. A proven cure for migraine is niacin. People suffering from migraine are recommended to take Vitamin B complex that contains 100 mg of niacin.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Overview about Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined.

Types of Cataracts include :
  • Subcapsular Cataract : It occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract.
  • Nuclear Cataract : It forms deep in the central zone (nucleus) of the lens. Nuclear cataracts usually are associated with aging.
  • Cortical Cataract : It is characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
Symptoms of Cataract

A cataract starts out small and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting.

A cataract may make light from the sun seem too bright or glaring. Or you may notice when you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did.

Different type of cataract has different symptoms and different effect on your eye sight. When a nuclear cataract first develops, it can bring about a temporary improvement in your near vision, called "second sight."

Unfortunately, the improved vision is short-lived and will disappear as the cataract worsens. On the other hand, a subcapsular cataract may not produce any symptoms until it's well-developed.

Causes of Cataracts

The lens inside the eye works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts the eye's focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.

The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.

But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

Some factors that can cause cataracts or are associated with cataract development :
  • Ultraviolet Radiation from Sunlight and Other Sources
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • High Myopia
  • Family History
  • Prolonged use of Corticosteroid Medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce Cholesterol
  • Previous Eye Injury or Inflammation
  • Previous Eye Surgery
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Significant Alcohol Consumption

Many cataracts are caused by oxidative changes in the human lens. This is supported by nutrition studies that show fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants may help prevent certain types of cataracts.

Prevention of Cataract
  • Certain nutrients and nutritional supplements may reduce your risk of cataracts.
  •  Many studies shown that higher dietary intakes of vitamin E and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin from food and supplements can decrease risks of cataract. Vitamin E found in higher quantities in almonds, sunflower seeds and spinach. Good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin include spinach, kale and other green, leafy vegetables.
  •  Similarly antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids may reduce cataract risk.
  •  You can wear protective sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun's UV rays, to reduce your risk of cataracts development.

Treatment of Cataract
  • When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids. 
  • When your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your visions, you must go for simple eye surgery. Many people consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision. 
  • Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. Nine out of 10 people who have cataract surgery regain very good vision. 
  • During surgery, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL). 
  • Presbyopia-correcting IOLs (plastic intraocular lens) potentially help you see at all distances, not just one. Another type of IOL blocks both ultraviolet and blue light rays, which research indicates may damage the retina.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

First Microchip Pills of World

World's first microchip pill has been introduced and approved by FDA.

The microchip is a normal digital chip made up of silicon with traces of magnesium and copper and is no bigger than the size of a normal medicine. Once the microchip is ingested, it gets activated by the digestive fluids of stomach and starts generating electric signals. These signals are received by a battery operated patch on the patient’s skin which forwards the medical information to a mobile app on patient’s consent. The battery operated patch has a life of seven days and in the mean duration; it is responsible for receiving all the inner-body conditions from the microchip.

The conditions such as heart rate, temperature, body position are tracked and then forwarded to the clinicians (via mobile app) so that the patient can be medicated accordingly. Currently the device has been approved to be used with placebo pills so as to test it’s safety and working. If the procedure turns out to be successful and safe, microchips will be soon integrated with medication. This chip will help to analyze Heart Diseases also.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Vital Functions of Water in Human Body

  • Composes 75% of Human’s Brain
  • Regulates Human Body Temperature 
  • Makes Up 83% of Human Blood
  • Help to remove wastes 
  • Composes 22% of Bones
  • Cushions Joint of Bones 
  • Helps in carrying Nutrients and Oxygen to Cells 
  • Moistens Oxygen for Breathing 
  • Helps in Converting Food to Energy
  • Protects and Cushions Vital Organs 
  • Helps Human body in absorbing Nutrients
  • Makes up 75% of Muscles

Saturday, 7 July 2012

How to Survive a Heart Attack when You are alone.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
  • A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
  • A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
  • Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
  • The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C, and E and are full of other nutrients like potassium. They contain folate, monosaturated fats and Antioxidants. Regular consumption of avocados helps us in many ways. 
  • Anti Cancer : Avocados have numerous phyto-nutrients which not only prevent Prostate Cancer but also repair the damaged cells. It also reduces the risk of Oral Cancer. Many studies have shown that avocado can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells without damaging the healthy cells. The oleic acid (also found in olive oil) in this fruit is effective in preventing Breast Cancer.
  • Anti-Diabetic Value : Avocado also lowers the triglycerides in the blood and thus is useful for Diabetic patients.
  • Anti-Aging : Being rich in Antioxidants, avocado is helpful in preventing aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado boosts Immune Systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy Nervous System.
  • Cholesterol Regulator : The monosaturated fats in avocados not only help in reducing LDL cholesterol but are also good for the heart. 
  • Hypertension : Avocado contains 30% more Potassium than banana. The High Potassium content helps in regulating Blood Pressure and prevents Circulatory diseases.
  • Helpful for Pregnant Woman : Avocados are good for Pregnant Women since the high folate content in them helps in the development of brain and other tissues of the baby. The B6 vitamin in these fruits may help in reducing nausea that is associated with pregnancy.
  • Helpful for Eye : Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and Cataracts, two disabling age-related Eye Diseases. 
  • Improve Digestive System : The nutrients and enzymes in avocado soothes the condition of inflamed mucous lining in the stomach and small intestines. It also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
  • Improve Nutrition Absorption : Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn't include avocados.
  • Anti-Oxidant : It is a powerhouse of vitamin E which protects our Skin from free radicals.
  • Improve Breath : Avocado is very effective in stopping Bad Breath.

Health Benefits of Figs

  • Protective against Postmenopausal Breast Cancer :  Results of a prospective study involving postmenopausal women for an average of 34% reduction in breast cancer risk for those consuming the most fruit fiber compared to those consuming the least. Fruits richest in fiber include apples, dates, figs, pears and prunes. 
  • Cardiovascular Effects : Fig leaves have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (a form in which fats circulate in the bloodstream), while in vitro studies, fig leaves inhibited the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Researchers have not yet determined exactly which substances in fig leaves are responsible for these remarkable healing effects. Besides their Potassium and Fiber content, figs is a good source of the trace mineral Manganese.
  • Asthma : Figs are considered beneficial in the treatment of asthma. Phlegmatic cases of cough and asthma are treated with success by their use. It gives comfort to the patient by draining of the phlegm.
  • Hypertension : Deficiency of potassium or low intake of potassium-rich foods can lead to high blood pressure. Figs are very good source of potassium which helps to control high blood pressure. 
  • An Insulin-Lowering Qualities of Leaves : The leaves of the fig tree as one of fig's edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu, and for good reason. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have anti-diabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect.
  • Bone Density Promoter : Figs are a fruit source of calcium, a mineral that has many functions including promoting bone density. Additionally, figs' potassium may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets, thus helping to further prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.
  • Weight Loss : Fiber and fiber-rich foods are helpful to lose weight. Figs are excellent source of dietary fiber and a great food for weight management.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Health Benefits of Guava

Diarrhea and Dysentery :

Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds those make your gums feel tighter and fresh after you chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava or use some toothpaste) which binds up loose bowels in diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, thus help cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Further, other nutrients in guava, such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium strengthens and tones up the digestive system and disinfect it. Guava is also beneficial in gastroenteritis due to reasons stated above.

Constipation :

Guava is one of the riches sources of dietary fiber. Its seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, serve as excellent laxatives. These two properties of guava help forming bowels, retaining water and clean your intestines and excretory system thoroughly. It is said that single constipation can lead to seventy two types of ailments. It is absolutely true. Every way to your total health goes through proper digestion and more importantly, proper excretion. Guava ensures both of these.

Cough and Cold :
Juice of raw and immature guavas or decoction of guava-leaves is very helpful in giving relief in cough and cold by loosening cough, reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs and inhibiting microbial activity due to its astringent properties. Guava is one of richest in vitamin-C and iron which are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections. In some areas in India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extreme cases of cough and cold and congestion.

Skin Care :

Guavas can help improve your skin texture and avoid skin problems more than the best of beauty creams or skin toner gels can do. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in its fruits (more in immature ones) and in leaves. You can benefit from it either by eating the fruits (this help tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by washing your skin with the decoction of its immature fruits and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the loosened skin. In addition to the astringents, guava is very-very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are very good anti oxidants and detoxifiers and keep your skin glowing and free from aging, wrinkles and other disorders.

High Blood Pressure : 

Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure. Studies have shown that food stuffs which lack fiber (such a refined flour) add to blood pressure, due to quick conversion to sugar. Guava, being very rich in fiber and hypoglycemic in nature, helps reduce blood pressure.

Weight Loss :

Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising with their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava, being very high in roughage and very rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but with no cholesterol and less digestible carbohydrates, is very filling and satisfies appetite very easily. Just have a medium sized guava in the lunch and you will not feel hungry till night. But ironically, it helps gaining weight in lean and thin people. This is probably due to its richness in nutrients, which keeps your metabolism right helping proper absorption of nutrients.

Scurvy :

Guava can outdo many other fruits, including orange and other citrus fruits, when it comes to concentration of vitamin-C, whose deficiency causes scurvy and which is the only remedy to it. It contains five times the vitamin-C in oranges.

Other Benefits :

Guava helps control diabetes, protects prostrate, its Lypocene reduces the risk of cancer, the juice of the leaves cures toothache, swollen gums and oral ulcers, heals wounds when applied externally, convulsions, epilepsy, bacterial infections and so on and so forth.

Health Benefits of Blackberries

  • Blackberries are one of the top ten foods containing Antioxidants.
  • Blackberries are filled with anthocyanins (antioxidants which give blackberries their deep purple color) which help in memory retention and the risk of Hypertension.
  • Blackberries are said to strengthen blood vessels, help fight Heart Disease and help improve Eyesight.
  • The high fiber content of blackberries helps reduce risk of intestinal disease and the risk of developing Diabetes.
  • Fighting Obesity : Blackberries are a healthy food choice that kids and adults love. They are a great way to refuel after a hard workout and help aid in fighting Obesity.
  • The high Tannin content of blackberries helps tighten tissue, relieve intestinal inflammation, and help reduce Hemorrhoids and Stomach Disorders.
  • Blackberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fiber. 
  • Cancer : 
  1. Blackberries are packed with Polyphenols helping to Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease.
  2. Ohio State University found that blackberries may protect against Esophageal Cancer, a cancer caused by Gastric Reflux Disease.
  3. Blackberries have shown to protect against other types of cancers. They contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), a compound believed to play a vital role in preventing Breast and Cervical Cancer.

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Sour Sop from Graviola tree is 10,000 times stronger Cancer Cell Killer than Chemicals.

The Sour Sop or the fruit from the Graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo.

This tree is low and is called "Graviola" in Brazil, "Guanabana" in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “Soursop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. Although it is effective for a number of medical conditions, it is its anti tumor effect that is of most interest. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types.

Besides being a cancer remedy, Graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to :

  • Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss.
  • Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections.
  • Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment.
  • Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life.
The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America’s largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970. Extracts from the tree were shown to :
  • Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
  • The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
  • What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts
  • down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!
Various parts of the Graviola tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree’s anti-cancerous properties and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.

When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola, they are gain tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree. Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola and its shocking cover up came in fast and furious.

The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public.

A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of Adriamycin (the commonly used chemotherapy drug).”

The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.

So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden. The other parts of the tree are also useful.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Monday, 26 March 2012

Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C, and E and are full of other nutrients like potassium. They contain folate, monosaturated fats and antioxidants. Regular consumption of avocados helps us in many ways. They are as follow :
  • The monosaturated fats in avocados not only help in reducing LDL cholesterol but are also good for the heart. Avocado also lowers the triglycerides in the blood and thus is useful for diabetic patients.
  • Avocado contains 30% more potassium than banana. The high potassium content helps in regulating blood pressure and prevents circulatory diseases.
  • Avocados are good for pregnant women since the high folate content in them helps in the development of brain and other tissues of the baby. The B6 vitamin in these fruits may help in reducing nausea that is associated with pregnancy.
  • Avocado contains carotenoid lutein. Lutein keeps the eyes safe from oxidative stress, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
  • Avocados have numerous phytonutrients which not only prevent prostate cancer but also repair the damaged cells.
  • Many studies have shown that avocado can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells without damaging the healthy cells. The oleic acid in this fruit is effective in preventing breast cancer.
  • It is a powerhouse of vitamin E which protects our skin from free radicals.
  • Avocado is very effective in stopping bad breath. It also reduces the risk of oral cancer.
  • Being rich in antioxidants, avocado is helpful in preventing aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system.
  • The nutrients and enzymes in avocado soothe the condition of inflamed mucous lining in the stomach and small intestines. It also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.

Friday, 9 March 2012

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplantation is slowly and steadily becoming a very popular and even cost effective way of regaining youth. But as it is a surgical process, people thinking of going for it have several common doubts regarding the process.

1. How does hair transplantation work?

Answer : Hair transplantation is really about transplanting the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head.

2. Does it work for a lifetime?

Answer : This process mostly works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness.

3. How long does hair transplantation take?

Answer : It depends on the extent of baldness or to be precise the number of grafts that needs to be planted. A typical session involves a full day of surgery with several breaks.

4. Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?

Answer : Completely. No one can tell by any means that you have undergone the surgery.

5. Does it hurt?

Answer : Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.

6. What is the recovery time?

Answer : With today’s technology, process is very less intrusive and thus healing is much faster. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.

7. Can hair be transplanted from one person to another?

Answer : A hair transplant between individuals can only be performed on identical twins, since they are genetically the same. In all other cases, including non-identical siblings, the transplanted hair will be rejected. We are often asked how it is that one can perform kidney transplants from one person to another, but not hair transplants. The reason is that the skin is more antigenic than a kidney, i.e. it is more likely to be rejected. The reason is complex, but this makes sense considering that the skin is the first line of defense against foreign organisms.

8) When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?

Answer : Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.

So while the options are aplenty, one should do a bit of research about the processes, facilities and surgeons before zeroing onto one clinic. 

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine – also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine – refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treatment and preventing disease.

History of Herbal Medicine

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants. Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.

In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, and over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.

Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600-700 plant-based medicines are available and prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the last 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbal medicine use.

What is herbal medicine good for?

Herbal medicine is used to treat many conditions, such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and other degenerative diseases, among others. Herbal supplements are best taken under the guidance of a trained health care provider. Be sure to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs.

Who is using herbal medicine?

Nearly one-third of Americans use herbs. Unfortunately, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 70% of people taking herbal medicines (most of whom were well educated and had higher-than-average income) were reluctant to tell their doctors that they used complementary and alternative medicine. Many herbs can interact with prescription medications and cause unwanted or dangerous reactions. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying any herbal products.

How can I find a qualified herbalist in my area?

For additional information, or to locate an experienced herbalist in your area, we recommend contacting the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) or visiting a professional herbalist website. 

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Foods for Improving Brain Memory

With the increasing popularity of personal computers, people become more and more dependent on computer and their own brain functions recede such as decreased memory. Some foods in daily life could promote the operation of brain, develop intellectual intelligence, and thus enhancing memory.

Milk : Milk is almost perfect for the brain, because it contains various amino acids required for brain and vitamin B1 which is beneficial to nerve cells. Drinking milk before going to bed is very conducive to sleep, which can relieve memory loss and other issues caused by insomnia.

Eggs : Studies have shown that brain activity and memory function are closely related with acetylcholine content in the brain. The egg yolk is rich in lecithin, and it can produce large amount of acetylcholine after decomposition and rapidly increase acetylcholine content in brain tissue, thereby protecting the brain and improve memory.

Fish : High quality protein and calcium are essential nutrients for the brain, and unsaturated fatty acids contained in freshwater fish could protect blood vessels and promote the development of brain cells.

Peanut : Peanut is rich in lecithin and cephalin, which are important materials to compose brain nerve system and they can improve blood circulation and slow brain function decline.

Garlic : Vitamin B1 is very useful for brain cells, and garlic can enhance that function. Garlic and vitamin B1 can produce garlic amine, whose functions are much stronger than vitamin B1.

Walnut and Sesame Seeds : Both of these two foods contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids. So it could supply adequate linoleic acid, linolenic acid and other unsaturated fatty acid molecules to brain; it helps to clear the impurities in blood and improve brain function to enhance memory. Among them, the rich vitamins in walnut are very effective in the treatment of neurasthenia, insomnia and memory loss.

There are some tips for improving Memory :  

  • People should not rely on computers too much and try to solve problems by themselves.
  • We should do exercise to stimulate the blood circulation of whole body and supply enough blood to brain.
  • We have to do some training to use your brain more frequently and effectively and improve your logic ability.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Herbal Cure of Dengue

Dengue fever can be fatal if untreated and undetected. Dengue can be acquired from a bite of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes live in the tropics and breeds in stagnant waters in cans, vases, old tires and others that will hold enough water.
Symptoms of Dengue are following :
  • Fever which may last 2 to 7 days
  • Joints and muscle pains including at the back of the eyes
  • Skin Rashes
  • Nose Bleeding
  • Abdominal Pains
  • Vomiting  
As of now, no vaccine is available for this disease. As the saying goes, Prevention is better than cure. It is better to prevent the growth of these mosquitoes. So clean all your water containers once a week. Replace water in vases, cover your water containers and make sure you dispose it after a week so mosquitoes cannot breed on them.

If a member of your family has dengue, you need to send them to the nearest hospital, if remains untreated, virus will start to infect/reduce the host's blood platelet count that will lead to death.

Increasing the patient's blood platelet count will eventually help him recover. Blood transfusion can be administered. As herbal remedy, eating Durian will help increase the platelet count. Tawa-tawa weed (Scientific Name : Euphorbia capitata Lam., Philippines herb) can be helpful too. Boil 1 liter of water, put 6 full tawa-tawa weed (roots removed), and boil for at least 1 minute. Put in a glass and let the solution to cool down before drinking. Drink 1 glass every hour. It will help in curing dengue.

Platelet Effect / Dengue Treatment of Tawa Tawa Plants : Study of decoction of tawa-tawa leaves on Sprague-Dawley rats showed an increase in platelet counts without notable effects on RBC and WBC counts. The increase was attributed to stimulation of bone marrow production in the bone marrow.

Tea Making Procedure :
  • Take 5 to 6 full whole Tawa Tawa plants.
  • Cut off the roots.
  • Wash and clean.
  • Fill a boiling pot with clean water.
  • Boil the Tawa Tawa for 1 (one) minute in a slow rolling boil.
  • Cool.
  • Let the dengue fever victim drink only the Tawa Tawa water for 24 hours.
  • Sip 1 to 1.5 glasses of Tawa Tawa water every hour.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Benefit of Watermelon

Watermelon is believed to have minimal health benefits, mostly because it is made up of water. Contrary to this belief, it extremely rich in vitamins A, B, and C and is packed with free-radical fighting lycopene. As a powerful antioxidant, lycopene has been linked to preventing an ever-growing list of cancers. All of these benefits are indulging in this pink powerhouse.

  • Watermelon especially is linked to fighting prostate cancer in men.
  • It keeps your eyes sharp by reducing your risk of macular degeneration.
  • It helps in breathing easily while fighting asthma.
  • It aids in keeping your joints lubricated.
  • It keeps your blood sugar stable.

Benefits of Lemon Juice for Diabetic Patients

Nutritional Value of Lemon Juice

One fluid ounce (30g) of raw lemon juice contains approximately 8 calories, 27.7g water, 2.6 g of carbohydrates and 0.1g of proteins. It contains no fats or cholesterol.

An ounce of lemon juice also contains vitamins A and C, folate and choline. Mineral content includes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. The amount of vitamin C in lemons, 40 to 50mg in a 100g lemon, is twice that found in oranges.

Important information to diabetics about lemons is that it has an estimated 0 Glycemic Load, which means it has no effect on blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Lemon Juice for Diabetes

Diabetics have been found to have low blood levels of vitamin C. This may be because the increased blood sugar levels hamper the absorption of this vitamin in the cells. Since pure lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C and has no effect on blood sugar levels, its role in the diabetic diet has been considered.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, or a substance that destroys free radicals in the body. Free radicals are products of normal metabolism that are produced by cells in the natural aging process and during periods of stress, including diseases. Antioxidants are also known to prevent cancer, hypertension and heart disease. They are also important in fighting infection and reversing or delaying premature aging of the skin. As a source of vitamin C, lemon juice also has the following beneficial effects particularly in diabetics :

  • Vitamin C in lemon juice causes an increase in collagen production. Collagen is a substance which is important in skin elasticity, strength of bones and cartilages and integrity of blood vessels.
  • It decreases blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Although there are conflicting studies that suggest this, it is now accepted that high doses (at least 1000mg) of vitamin C can decrease blood glucose levels.
  • Vitamin C reduces insulin resistance in type II diabetics though its action on the cell membranes, thus improving blood sugar levels.
  • It decreases lipid, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, also in high doses mentioned above.
  • By its action on the lining of blood vessels and collagen production, vitamin C improves blood flow and prevents undesirable blood clotting. This is particularly important in diabetics because they usually suffer from complications to the heart and kidneys secondary to poor circulation.
Therefore, being a rich source of vitamin C (double that of orange juice) that potentially decreases blood sugar levels, lemon juice is good for diabetes and may be considered a natural supplement in the management of diabetes.

Disadvantages in Taking Excessive Lemon Juice?

For the health benefits to be maximized it must be noted that vitamin C such as found in lemon juice has to be taken in relatively large amounts. Although lemon juice itself carries no risks since it does not cause any toxicity or allergies, taking large amounts may have some disadvantages such as:

  • Increased acidity in the stomach and worsening of gastro esophageal reflux symptoms
  • Its acidity has adverse effects on the tooth enamel and the surrounding gums.
Care must be taken as to the ingestion of large amounts of lemon juice so that these undesirable effects are not experienced.

Home Remedies for controlling Blood Sugar

There is an alarming rise in the prevalence of diabetes in India. Thanks to our eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, even gestational diabetes is not uncommon. 

The sad fact is that it could affect the baby too. According to recent statistics, India has more people with Type 2 diabetes than any other nation. As opposed to the misconception, eating sweets is not the only cause for this disease. Stress and genes too play a major role in this. Although one can not do much about it if it's genetic, it definitely does not harm to prevent it. 

Here are some things that you can do at home to prevent diabetes or reduce it if you already are affected by it. 
  • Nobody likes bitter things. But is not it better to take a fruit or a vegetable instead of medicines? Having bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach has proved to prevent diabetes. You could make stuffed karela (bitter bourd) or fry them like chips and have them as a snack. This will not just bring a change in your menu and give a respite to your taste buds, but also be beneficial to your health. 
  • Soak a few seeds (1/4 tsps) of methi in water overnight and sallow down the methi along with the water on an empty stomach in morning. 
  • Jambul fruit is considered as an effective medicine for diabetes considering its effect on pancreas. The seeds too can be dried, powdered and had with water twice a day. 
  • With its vitamin C property and high fiber content, guava is perhaps one fruit that diabetics can fearlessly have. However, a recent study has shown that having guava with its skin can heighten the blood sugar levels, so make sure you peel off the skin before consumption. 
  • Gooseberry/amla juice too cuts the blood sugar levels. 
  • If you can not do without sugar in your coffee or tea, try and substitute honey. 
  • Studies have shown that black coffee without sugar cuts the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Among other benefits, green tea is also helpful in reducing the blood sugar and insulin levels in the body. 
  • Besides, make regular walk and exercise part of your routine.

Diet Tips for Diabetic Patients

  • Diabetics have to limit their carbohydrate intake because it takes such a long time for most carbohydrates to digest. The carbohydrates that take a longer time to digest, cause higher blood glucose level.
  • Diabetics have difficulty breaking down in their system, foods which are high in carbohydrates. Digestion is slow and sugars and starches are absorbed into the blood stream, causing an excess blood glucose level.
  • Glycemic Index measures how quickly the carbohydrate present in the food raise your blood sugar and for how long. 
  • The Glycemic Index is a very helpful tool for diabetics who need to monitor their glucose level. 
  • The Glycemic Index ranges from one to one hundred. A low food in the glycemic index has a rating of below 55. 
  • The GI for Wheat – India is 90. Hence it is advisable to avoid wheat if one wants to maintain the blood sugar level without any medication.

Herbal Benefits of Bitter Gourd

Herbal Benefits of Bitter Gourd :
  • It is good for rheumatism and gout and diseases of the spleen and liver.
  • It aids in lowering blood sugar levels.
  • It helps in lowering blood pressure.
  • It relives headaches.
  • It disinfects and heals wounds and burns.
  • It can be used as a cough and fever remedy.
  • It is helpful for Treatment of intestinal worms, diarrhea.
  • It helps prevent some types of cancer.
  • It enhances immune system to fight infection.
  • It is helpful for treatment of hemorrhoids.
  • It is an antioxidant and parasiticide.
  • It is antibacterial and antipyretic.

Preparation and Use of Bitter Gourd : 
  • For coughs, fever, worms, diarrhea, diabetes, juice Bitter Gourd leaves and drink a spoonful daily.
  • For other ailments, the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally.
  • For headaches wounds, burns and skin diseases, apply warmed leaves to afflicted area.
  • Powdered leaves, and the root decorations, may be used as stringent and applied to treat hemorrhoids.
  • Internal parasites are proven to be expelled when the bitter gourd juice, made from its leaves, is extracted.

The bitter gourd juice and grounded seeds is to be taken one spoonful thrice a day, which also treats diarrhea, dysentery, and chronic colitis.

Bitter Gourd Juice for Diabetics Patient

Bitter gourd is a green vegetable with a bitter taste. In India it is used as a household medicine because of its medicinal and curative properties. It is a very nutritious vegetable. It contains a hypoglycemic substance which helps in lowering blood and urine sugar levels. Intake of bitter gourd in any form will be of immense help in controlling the blood sugar level.

Ingredients (for 1 Glass) :

  • Half piece of Bitter Gourd.
  • Half Lemon.
  • A pinch of Salt.
  • Half teaspoon Turmeric Powder
Method :

  • Wash the bitter gourd thoroughly.
  • Cut it into small pieces.
  • Soak the cut pieces in water with little salt and half teaspoon turmeric powder for 15 minutes
  • Remove the pieces from the water and grind it in the mixer with enough water.
  • Remove the fibers by passing the juice through sieve.
  • Add lemon juice and stir well.
Suggestion : Drink the juice in the morning on empty stomach daily.

Some Quick Tips

  • Soak the pieces in water with little salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes to remove the bitter taste.
  • Instead of lime amla can also be used along with bitter gourd.

Alternative Treatment for Diabetes : Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd and Diabetes Mellitus

Momordica charantia is a vine that belongs to Family Cucurbitaceae, and it is a relative of cucumber and squash. It is called bitter gourd or bitter melon in English speaking countries, kerala in India and Pakistan, and ampalaya in the Philippines, and it grows in damp and wet places. Upon reaching its reproductive stage, it produces a cucumber shaped fruit with wrinkled skin. It is known for its bitter taste, which makes some people uncomfortable eating it. Its taste, though, is overshadowed by the health benefits it offers.

It has been used as traditional medicine in India and China for thousands of years. People used it to treat various diseases, including diabetes mellitus. It is consumed as a salad, as an ingredient for other food recipes, or as a tea. It is a very popular herbal medicine to poor and diabetic people who cannot afford expensive drugs to treat their diseases, and they have found it to be very effective. In fact, wealthy people are now also taking bitter gourd supplements (in capsule form) because of its anti-diabetic effect.

Diabetes mellitus is caused by the failure of cells to absorb glucose, the main energy source of the cell. It must go inside the cell to be transformed into the energy rich chemical compound Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). The hormone insulin helps the cell to absorb glucose by initiating the necessary biochemical pathways in the cell membrane. When glucose molecules are not absorbed by the cells, glucose will concentrate in the blood – a condition called hyperglycemia. If there is not enough insulin produced by the Islet of Langerhans (specialized cells in the pancreas), Type 1 diabetes mellitus occurs. On the other hand, if the cells became resistant to insulin, Type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs.

Hyperglycemia is the major symptom of diabetes, but it is not the direct cause of death in diabetic patients. Body tissues are destroyed when cells produce too many toxic by-products through the metabolism of fats as an energy source. These toxic by-products are not produced if glucose molecules are used instead of fats. Unfortunately, cells have no choice but to metabolize fats, in the absence of glucose inside the cell. Too much of these toxic compounds can shut down vital organs, leading to death.

The hypoglycemic effect (lowering blood glucose level) of Momordica charantia has been investigated by biochemists, medical researchers, and pharmaceutical companies for decades. These studies broaden our knowledge of the positive effects of bitter gourd in treating diabetes mellitus.

The Hypoglycemic Effect of Bitter Gourd

Welihinda et al. (1982) investigated the effect of bitter gourd extract in stimulating the cells of the Islet of Langerhans to produce insulin. They found that the extract significantly affected the cells to produce insulin. This experimental result tells us that bitter gourd can be an alternative treatment for Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Further research is needed to investigate the effect of bitter gourd extract for patients with Type 1 diabetes.

Another study found that an active compound in bitter gourd is able to inhibit the absorption of glucose in the intestinal lining. If glucose uptake in the intestine is decreased, there would be a lower glucose concentration in the blood. This study, however, was performed on laboratory rats. More studies are needed to know if bitter gourd effectively inhibits glucose absorption in the intestinal tract of humans (Meir and Yanib 1985).

Khanna et al. (1981) investigated the hypoglycemic effect of a polypeptide-p isolated from bitter gourd. They claimed that polypeptide-p is an insulinomimetic agent – an agent that mimics the biochemical activity of insulin in the plasma membrane. It helps the cell to absorb glucose just as natural insulin does.

Sridhar et al. (2008) investigated the effect of bitter gourd extract in stimulating the sensitivity of insulin in the muscle cells of laboratory mice. Muscle cells need a continuous supply of glucose. If the muscle cells are resistant to insulin, glucose molecules cannot enter. The animal would then experience weakness or fatigue. In the experiment of Sridhar and colleagues, insulin sensitivity in mice was induced by giving them high fat diet. After injecting the mice with bitter gourd extract, the researchers measured increased insulin sensitivity in muscle cells. The result of their experiment is in agreement with the findings of other studies. The exact biochemical mechanism of the effects of bitter gourd in enhancing insulin sensitivity are still unknown, but scientists are working to unravel this mystery. Nevertheless, these experimental findings imply that bitter gourd can help patients with Type 2 diabetes, because it helps the cells to absorb glucose.


Bitter gourd is highly recommended as an alternative treatment for diabetes mellitus. There are now bitter gourd supplements available in capsule form for people living in the temperate region. If raw bitter gourd is available, diabetic people can eat it raw, blend it into a juice, or add it to their favorite salads and soups. It is, however, important for diabetic people to consult their doctors before they take bitter gourd.

Allowable dosage for common illness is at 50 to 100 ml per day. Though over dosage do not show any significant side-effect, it is discourage to take more than the normal dosage.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

गुड़ किस प्रकार लाभदायक है और चीनी का प्रयोग कैसे हानिकारक है

दिखावे पर मत जाओ अपनी अकल लगाओ! यदि मीठा खाना ही है तो गुड़ खाओ!

जानिए चीनी का प्रयोग कैसे हानिकारक है और गुड़ किस प्रकार लाभदायक है!

1- चीनी मिलें हमेशा घाटे में रहती हैं। चीनी बनाना एक मँहगी प्रक्रिया है और हजारों करोड़ की सब्सिडी और चीनी के ऊँचे दामों के बावजूद किसानों को छह छह महीनों तक उनके उत्पादन का मूल्य नहीं मिलता है!

2- चीनी के उत्पादन से रोजगार कम होता है वहीं गुड़ के उत्पादन से भारत के तीन लाख से कहीं अधिक गाँवों में करोड़ों लोगों को रोजगार मिल सकता है।

3- चीनी के प्रयोग से डायबिटीज, हाइपोग्लाइसेमिया जैसे घातक रोग होते हैं!

4- चीनी चूँकि कार्बोहाइड्रेट होता है इसलिए यह सीधे रक्त में मिलकर उच्च रक्तचाप जैसी अनेक बीमारियों को जन्म देता है जिससे हर्ट अटेक का खतरा बढ़ जाता है!

5- चीनी का प्रयोग आपको मानसिक रूप से भी बीमार बनाता है।

6- गुड़ में फाइबर और अन्य पौष्टिक तत्व बहुत अधिक होते हैं जो शरीर के बहुत ही लाभदायक है!

7- गुड़ में लौह तत्व और अन्य खनिज तत्व भी पर्याप्त मात्रा में होते हैं!

8- गुड़ भोजन के पाचन में अति सहायक है। खाने के बाद कम से कम बीस ग्राम गुड़ अवश्य खाएँ। आपको कभी बीमारी नहीं होगी!

9- च्युइँगगम और कैँडी खाने से दाँत खराब होते हैं!

10- गुड़ के निर्माण की प्रक्रिया आसान है और सस्ती है जिससे देश को हजारों करोड़रुपए का लाभ होगा!

Monday, 9 January 2012

How do You deal with a Personality which is of a Mean Type?

So how do you address a behavior that you dislike? Here are three steps :

1. Focus on the things that bother you. Try not to focus on why the person is behaving a certain way. If you do not know the person, you will make assumptions. You may categorize them and put labels on them. You may decide they are just evil. All of these assumptions and opinions and labels could be totally wrong. Instead, focus on behaviors. If the person has a tendency to interrupt you while you are speaking, then address that problem. If the person has a tendency to walk off during a conversation, address it.

2. Be honest and direct. Do not beat around the bush when telling a strong personality type you have a problem with their behavior. You will annoy them if you do. Tell them you have a problem with this or that. I have found in dealing with strong personality types that they appreciate when others are direct and truthful. So be strong. Be honest and be truthful. However, do so with care and love in your heart and not out of anger.

3. Do not ask a bunch of questions. You never want another person to feel as if they are in an inquisition. When you begin asking questions about a person's behavior, (e.g. do you know how it makes others feel when you do this or that?), you are perceived as lecturing them. You are setting yourself on a moral high ground, looking down on them. Make statements such as, "I know you have a strong personality and you get things done around here. I want to address something I observed in you that is making others, including myself; uncomfortable..."These three steps are enough to help you effectively confront a person with a strong personality at work, home or in your organization.
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