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Showing posts with label Alternative Medicine. Show all posts

Valerian Root Benefits and Side Effects

Valerian is a flowering plant mostly found in Europe and Asia. It may grow up to a height of 5 ft and bears pink or white flowers. Valerian was used as a medicinal herb in ancient Greece and Rome. It was used as sedative, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, pain reliever and to treat sleep disorders. Now Valerian root is sold as capsules and used as dietary supplement. Some researches were done on Valerian plant and found that it contain some chemicals that interact with our central nervous system, which might be responsible for its medicinal properties.

Benefits of Valerian Root

Valerian Root is herbal medicine used for treatment of following medical conditions

  • sleep disorders like insomnia
  • improving sleep
  • prevents dizziness
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • improves heart rate
  • cures restless leg syndrome
  • effective in cancer therapy
  • used to treat drug addiction and alcoholism
  • helpful in controlling hyperactivity
  • decreases menopausal symptoms

Precaution: Above listed benefits are not proved by any research and might not be accurate.
According to some reports, Valerian Root is the number one non-prescription sedative in Europe.
Valerian Root Oil
Valerian root oil is used by some people to treat disease. If the plant is grown in stony-dry soil then it contains more oil compared to wet-fertile soil. Some people find its smell bad and compare it with smell of unwashed foot due to its pungent and earthy scent.

Valerian Root Tea
Usage of Valerian Root Tea started in 16th century when the Anabaptist reformer Pilgram Marpeck prescribed valerian tea for a sick woman and it worked. Users of Valerian tea suggest that this special should not be prepared with boiling water, as it may evaporate the lighter oil which is its important ingredient. Now a days Valerian Root Tea is available in market as tea bags.

Government Regulations on Valerian

  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Valerian as a traditional herbal medicine, which can be used to relieve mild nervous tension and aid sleep. EMA also states that there are insufficient evidences about its medicinal use as per clinical studies.
  • Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act allows Valerian extracts to be sold as a nutritional supplement in United States.

Valerian Root Side Effects

Valerian root is not a clinically tested medicine, so it should be used with precaution as it deals with central nervous system. Following precautions should be taken to save yourself from any possible side effects.

  • Valerian should not be taken with any other depressants or antihistamine drugs.
  • Pregnant women should never use Valerian.
  • Even short term usage of Valerian is associated with liver injury which is known as hepatotoxicity in medical terms.
  • Long term usage may result in withdrawal symptoms such as cardiac complications.
  • Over dosage of Valerian can be dangerous.

Kidney Stones removal Home Remedy Treatment Naturally

A number of people face Kidney Stone problem. A number of theories are there about creation of these stones (crystals) in our kidney, which causes pain while urinating. The patients of this disease are increasing day by day. A number of treatments are available for Kidney Stones Removal. If the size of stones are small then some medicines and dietary changes are recommended to dissolve the stones,  but if the stones are larger then surgery is recommended.

Kidney Stones removal Home Remedy (Treatment Naturally)

However now the surgery has become painless, as it can be done without any incision, but still most of the people try to remove kidney stones without surgery. There are some home remedies and natural treatments are are used by some patients, however doctors don't recommend them as they don't have any scientific evidence to support such treatments. A number of people get benefited through such treatments. Such treatments are also known as Alternative Medicines or Alternative Therapies.

Why do people go for Home Remedies and Natural Treatment of Kidney Stones ?

Alternative Medicines/Therapies, Home Remedies and Natural Treatments are all same things. People believe them because they came to know about it through word of mouth, and word of mouth is believed quickly than an advertisement on Television. Same is with Kidney Stones Removal. Kidney Stones have become a common disease now and so is the treatment. We are not saying that these therapies don't work. They work but not on everybody. People want to get treated for Kidney Stones naturally, because they know that Allopathic medicines have side effects connected with them while natural treatments and home remedies are side-effect free.

Here we are going to tell you about some common home remedies and natural treatment used for Kidney Stones Removal across the world.

  • Lemon Juice and Olive Oil: Mix 4 oz of organic olive oil with organic lemon juice (2-2 oz of each). Drink it and then drink 12 ounce glass of purified water. Repeat the process several times a day. Warning: Lemon is acidic in nature and it may damage tooth enamel and cause heartburn and ulcer.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Add 1/2 lemon and 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in 12 oz of purified water. Drink this solution in one go. Repeat it 3 to 4 times per day till the symptoms improve. Warning: Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in citric acid and it can cause the same side effects as the previous remedy. It is more dangerous for patients having BP or Diabetes medication.
  • Coke and Asparagus: Aspagarus is diuretic (that makes an urge to pass out urine) and Coke contains phosphoric acid which can help in dissolving kidney stones. Warning: Some researches have found that it can worsen the condition.
  • Lab Grade Chanca Piedra: It is a weed also known by a common name "Stone Breaker". Its name is based upon its traditional usage in breaking kidney stones. It is also available in form of capsules. I tried to find its reviews on Webmd and found that most of the patients are benefited by its usage.
  • Beer: Some people drink more beer as a home remedy to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Fruits and Herbs: Some fruits and herbs are known for better effect on Kidney stones such as Watermelon, Pomegranate, Basil and Wheatgrass. 
  • Basil Tea: Basil is an important herb according to Ayurveda. Just chewing 2-3 leaves of basil on daily basis can a person healthy. Basil Tea is considered as a remedy for Kidney stones. Just boil 5-6 basil leaves in water for 10 minutes and then add some honey in it ! Your basil tea is ready.

Note: None of these treatments are used by us and we don't bear any type of responsibility of these treatments. So its better to research more before starting any of these treatments.

Alternative Medicines for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Alternative Medicines for High Blood PressureAlternative Medicines are those treatments which are usually known as home remedies or those therapies which are not a part of modern medicines. Such treatments are usually not encouraged by doctors as these treatments don't have any significant research or authorized practitioners behind them. However in some cases these alternative medicines work either because they are really effective or because we believe in them very strongly (or may be both).

A number of people use alternative medicines to get relief from high blood pressure and get benefits at very low cost and in a natural way. Here we have collected some facts about alternative medicines for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).

Herbs for Reducing High Blood Pressure

Lets begin with some herbs which are found effective in reducing the blood pressure readings.

  • Basil: Its a medicinal herb with various medicinal qualities (according to ayurveda). Its leaves can be added to pastas, soups, salads, and casseroles.
  • Cinnamon: It enhances the flavor of stir-fries, curries, and stews and also reduces the high blood pressure.
  • Cardamom: Its a common spice used in India and South Asia. Its seeds or the powder can be used in soups and stews, and even in baked goods for a special flavor.
  • Hawthorn: Its a trditional chinese medicine and it prevents clot formation and increases blood circulation.
  • Celery Seed: Another chinese traditional medicine. It acts as a diuretic, which itself explains its effect on blood pressure.
  • Cat's Claw: It is a chinese herbal medicine and it reduces blood pressure by acting on calcium channels in your cells.
  • Flaxseed: This herb is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and it lowers the blood pressure significantly.
  • Garlic: It can reduce the blood pressure by making blood vessels to relax and dilate. However its pungent smell is unbearable for some people but this herb have a good reputation in reducing BP.
  • Ginger: It reduces the blood pressure by relaxing the muscles near blood vessels.
There are some therapies as well which are known to help in reducing the hypertension. We will put some light on them after telling about some diet changes which can really help you in the best way to keep your BP under control.

  • Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.
  • Foods rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium help in maintaining good blood pressure.
  • Avoid sweets and food with high saturated fat.

Some physical activity can also help in maintaining your High Blood Pressure under control.

  • If you are physically active then it reduces your chances of developing High BP as a disease irrespective of your age.
  • Even if you are a patient of High BP still some mild exercises will help you in keeping it under control. (Consult your physician regarding that).
  • Some researches suggest that Yoga, Tai-chi and some breathing exercises can help you in dealing with High Blood Pressure. 
Some Lifestyle Changes can also bring your blood pressure back on track. Some of the changes are:

  • Reducing your Weight
  • Limit Alcohol Intake
  • Quit Smoking

Some people also try to use acupressure and acupuncture to get relief from high blood pressure. There is some suspense on effectiveness of these techniques as no scientific researches are done yet to confirm them.

Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety

Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety are one the most common problems now a days. It also leads to various other diseases related to blood pressure. Several medications are used to regulate it. But some people go for Alternative medicine. Alternative medicine is actually not a medicine but some alternative techniques and natural ways to control your disease. In some cases these Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety have shown some good results. Natural ways of treatment are always considered better as they don't show any side effects. But in some cases you have to use you brain before getting some alternative medicine therapy. For example running is good for health, but a heart patient should never do it without consulting a doctor. So take your time to decide which Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety is best for you.

Here we are providing some Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety to help you in getting relief. We suggest you to consult you doctor before going for any of these Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety.

Homeopathy: A Homeopathy specialist study your physical and emotional symptoms and provide you treatment according to them. Usually Homeopathy treatment is considered lengthy but its worth it.

Herbal medicine: Some researches have shown that herbal medicines can treat mild depression. You should consult a expert of herbal medicine before starting the treatment.

Nutritional Therapy: Sometimes Depression and Anxiety is caused due to lack on some nutrients and chemicals in our brain. Nutritional Therapy can help you in regaining those nutrients by doing some diet changes. Its considered as one of the best natural way to treat Depression and Anxiety. Some researches have shown that lack of  vitamins C, B12, B9, B3, B6, B2, l-tyrosine and dl-phenylalanine can cause depression. 

Light Therapy: If you are less exposed to sunlight then it can cause SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Spending sometime outdoor can help you in such a case. Sunlight is necessary for our body to behave normally.

Hypnotherapy: Sometime everything is fine in your diet and still you suffer from depression and anxiety. In such case Hypnotherapy might help. Hypnotherapy can reveal old behaviors and patterns hidden in you subconscious mind, that might be making you feel uncomfortable. It can also be treated using hypnotherapy.

Aromatherapy: This therapy helps a lot of people. A good fragrance can change your mood. So you can also try it.

Yoga: Its one of the most well known treatment for depression. A good yoga practitioner can teach you how to use yoga to treat depression. Those who know yoga to its depth continue this practice for lifetime as it helps them in various other aspects of life.

Workout: Workout on a daily basis can also help you in getting rid of Depression and Anxiety. Its one of my favorite Alternative Medicine for any disease. Workout increases the blood flow to your brain and thus your brain can collect some extra oxygen and nutrients to take it to a better state. 

Diet Changes: Changing you diet can also help you. Avoid taking Alcohol, high sugar and caffeine in your diet. According to a research 20-25% of depressed patients get relief if they remove sugar and caffeine from their diet.

Talk Therapy: Sometimes we can let the depression go out of our mind by talking ourselves out to somebody. If you don't have someone to talk to then you can talk to yourselves or write your emotions on a blank page or diary. Talk therapy has shown improvement in various diseases related to our mind.

There is no end to list of Alternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety. But you need to select that which one can work for you. 

Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients Treatment

Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients Treatment

Alternative Medicine are one of the widely used treatment method apart from the conventional medicine system used by doctors and cancer patients. Alternative Medicine Therapy has shown positive impact on the side effects of cancer and conventional cancer treatment. The importance of Alternative Medicine Theraphy can be estimated by the fact that National Cancer Institute (NCI) is running clinical trials and researches to know its effect in cancer treatment.

Types of Alternative Medicine Therapies for Cancer Patients

  • Prayer and Spiritual Practice
  • Relaxation
  • Faith and Spiritual Healing
  • Nutritional Supplements and Vitamins
  • Natural Products
  • Deep Breathing Exercises

Some of the commonly used Alternative Medicine Therapies to treat various types of cancer are given below.

  • Acupuncture to prevent dry mouth and improve quality of life in head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation.
  • Tai Chi for physical fitness and stress reduction in cancer survivors.
  • Acupressure for persistent cancer-related fatigue.
  • Coenzyme Q10 on doxorubicin blood levels in women undergoing treatment of breast cancer. 

Note: Before starting any alternative medicine treatment for cancer, its better to consult your doctor. Sometimes alternative medicine may interfere with your regular medicine. So to avoid any complications its better to take this preventive measure and ask your doctor, instead of being your own doctor.

Before starting the Alternative medicine treatment its better to know the answers to following questions :

  • What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
  • What are the risks / side effects are associated with this therapy?
  • Do the known benefits outweigh the risks?
  • Will the therapy interfere with conventional treatment?
  • Is this therapy part of a clinical trial? If so, who is sponsoring the trial and Are there some good results?
  • Will the Alternative Medicine therapy be covered by health insurance?

Proper research must be done before starting any new treatment. So don't just go for Alternative medicine unless you are sure and have confidence on it.

All types of Alternative medicine treatment for various types of cancer can't be put on this page. Its better to stick your search to particular type of cancer and search for its alternative medicine.