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Yes it can be extremely annoying and embarrassing having a scalp condition like dandruff, eczema, scalp infections or a nasty itchy red rash on your scalp.

If you are suffering from:

itchy scalp, sore scalp or do you have a flaky dry scalp with redness and rashes that drive you crazy?

scalp picking - do you constantly find yourself picking at & scratching?

oily scalp and limp hair leaving you feeling less than your best

embarrassing dandruff falling on your clothes

or even a fungal infection of your scalp...that can lead to lesions or scalp sores.

Hair falling out & patches on your scalp

Your instinct might be to pick up a product from the store shelf or your doctor. Most of these scalp treatments that promise relief from dry scalp conditions sound very attractive until you start reading the fine print.

Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)? What's that? Why do you have to call a Poison Control Center if you accidentally swallow shampoo? And what are those warning labels on the back all about? What does it do to your head if it's that toxic?

Stop! What you must know is that several chemicals, especially SLS, strip the natural oils from the skin and even corrode it, along with your eye membranes. Have you also noticed that your hair has been thinning? Well hair follicle damage is another little known but very common symptom of these chemicals.

Actually, most commercial shampoos & scalp treatments are designed to meet people's "sensory" expectations...offering instant gratification and the illusion that they are doing their job. So therein lies the problem. For example adding silicone to conditioner induces an artificial shine but in truth can create problems long term including sensitivities.

Most people expect a shampoo to:

Foam up nicely

Smell good

Take all the so-called "nasty" oiliness out of their hair

Make their hair feel squeaky-clean

And that's a reasonable ask - think about it...if your shampoo didn't foam up, smell good, or leave your hair feeling squeaky-clean, would you trust it? Well, here's the thing: 90% of commercial shampoos achieve the foaming effect using the equivalent of engine degreasers to strip off not only dirt and grime but also valuable natural oils that your scalp needs.

Yes --your scalp needs natural oils. Without them, your body has no natural defence - those oils are there for a reason! Your scalp needs to maintain a natural PH balance that if disturbed - can develop into a dry, itchy irritated scalp. The good news is that there are many natural remedies you can use with moisturising oils and natural powerful alternatives to heal & reverse any scalp problem by restoring balance safely. You can easily repair follicle and damage - even boost hair growth and use your own home remedy for scalp cell regeneration. There are also the artificial aromas that are added - its alarming the huge percentage of people who are mildly to severely averse or allergic to artificial scents - resulting in itchy scalp, skin rashes etc and we don't even know it.

So what non toxic itchy scalp treatments and natural remedies can help? Well there are many non toxic shampoos which are nourishing and conditioning while still giving you're the "foam effect", they smell devine with the addition of the natural oils they contain. So you do have a choice and it does NOT have to cost you more - in fact most of them are less - you just have to know what to look for.

So lets have a look at natural oils for treating your scalp...

Here are some of my favorite natural oils you can use for hair & scalp treatments.

Zinc Pyrithione: Wonderful stuff for dandruff & itchy scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930's, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It's used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Jojoba: Is excellent as a scalp moisturiser and helps to rebalance sebum.

Tea Tree: Oily hair ... Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention

Basil: Oily hair ... promotes growth

Chamomile: Fine to normal hair ... gives golden highlights

Clary sage: All types of hair ... dandruff treatment

Lavender: Normal hair ... Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!

Lemon: Oily hair ... Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Myrrh: Dry hair ... Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Patchouli: Oily hair ... Dandruff treatment

Peppermint: Dry hair ... Promotes hair growth

Rose: Fine hair ... Soothes scalp

Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil: Itchy Scalp, Dry Scalp Excellent for itchy scalp, dry scalp and dandruff

Rosemary: Oily hair ... Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth

Tea tree: Oily hair ... Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Ylang-ylang: Oily hair ... Dandruff treatment

Neem: ... a wonder oil from India. Neem is amazing for all of the wonderful "stuff" it does. It's also derived from a type of tree bark. Neem is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils). In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone. Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp...and it's a great skin conditioner. Best of all its excellent for relieving itching fast.

The best part of knowing that there are alternatives is that you can have mix these into super powerful blends like a super moisture boosting home remedy for dry scalp, or soothing itchy scalp treatments. Dry itchy scalp can be dealt with fast and permanently without spending a ton on traditional scalp med products.

Here's just one easy remedy you can make today:

Home remedy for dry itchy scalp Take ¼ c oatmeal and soak in water for 20 mins. Mix well and then strain the liquid adding it to a cup. Add 5 drops lavender oil (or lavender stalks steeped in ¼ cup hot water. Add 5 drops rosemary (or rosemary stalks steeped in ¼ cup hot water. Allow to cool until tepid.

Mix the liquids together and dab on your scalp...leave in for 10 mins to soothe the itch. This a good temporary soother for itching. Chamomile tea is also soothing!

There are hundreds of ideas that are excellent scalp treatments from dandruff to scalp infections like scalp sores & psoriasis. These remedies combined with the knowledge of what causes itchy scalp and other scalp conditions will enable you to be free from itching, dryness and allow you to grow fabulously thick, shiny beautiful hair also.....so have fun experimenting and "luxuriating" by giving your hair a treat using the many natural gifts from nature that are right under our noses! There are also many natural shampoos that so not use these ingredients and do wonders for your hair such as Akin shampoo, and Thursday Plantation which is fantastic as an effective anti-dandruff shampoo.

I have included a few more remedies and uses for oils below. There are many many more in "Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies " and a list of shampoos that are not toxic. They are nourishing & repairing for your scalp & hair.

SOOTHING & HEALING ANTIFLAMMATORY REMEDY: Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon of Neem oil (antifungal & antiitching) 1 teaspoon Teatree or Manuka (also antifungal) which much stronger than teatree, one teaspoon of Rosemary oil and one teaspoon of Lavender oil together in 3 tablespoons of carrier oils such as Olive or Almond oil (Wheatgerm and Macadamia carrier oils closely match your natural sebum) and apply to your scalp daily.

Alternatively add the oils together minus the olive/almond oil to one cup if water in spray bottle and shake vigorously then spray on your roots. If you can get a teaspoon of hemp oil add that to the mix as well.

GARDEN REMEDY: Go to your garden and get 3 sprigs of Rosemary, and chop up and add to 3 tea bags of Chamomile tea. Boil gently, let cool, strain and rinse your hair with this liquid for a calming antiflammatory effect.

As with all remedies please patch test first and use at your own risk. And but only non toxic shampoos without ingredients that cause your head to react, flake itch and burn....plus more remedies in "Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies "

Heres a little about the oils above which can be mixed to create various formulas to treat different conditions and add condition to your hair found in my eBook "Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies ".

Neem Oil: Derived from a type of tree bark it is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils). It has a very strong odor which can overpower other fragrances but its effectiveness is proven:

In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone.

When applied to the skin, Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching while improving the condition of the skin while being treated. In the case of eczema clinical studies demonstrate that even the application of weaker Neem leaf extracts effectively cured acute conditions of eczema with the fresh cold pressed oil with its high concentration of active ingredients.

Neem effectively kills the bacteria that cause Acne and studies prove that Neem will reduce inflammation caused by acne and other bacterial infections.

Its also good for other skin conditions such as Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Dandruff, Itchy Scalp, Skin Ulcers and Warts which can be effectively remedied with soaps and other products containing Neem oil.

Lavender Oil: Lavender is known for its calming properties both emotional and physical. There are different varieties of lavender and certain ones are favored more than others for medicinal treatments. Lavender is effective to soothe itching from skin and sore scalp inflammations such as burning red itchy scalp, and dandruff to insect bites as well as having a powerful calming effect to treat scalp itching and irritated scalp as well as relax you and help you nod off to sleep.

In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (a disease of unknown cause characterized by significant hair loss, generally in patches), those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils. It is not entirely clear from this study whether lavender (or a combination of lavender and other essential oils) was responsible for the beneficial effects. Scalp massage is also highly beneficial to stimulate follicles and blood supply to the skin's surface.

Aromatherapists also use lavender as a tonic in inhalation therapy to treat headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), dandruff, eczema of the scalp, wounds, scalp acne, with lavender oil. It is also used externally in a healing bath for circulatory disorders and as a rub for rheumatic ailments (conditions affecting the muscles and joints).

Tea Tree Oil: One of the strongest known natural antiseptics. Also has punative skin penetrating capacity as an anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, germicide and fungicide. The scientific name for it is Melaleuca Alternifolia.

Rosemary Oil: Rosemary oil has a pronounced action on the brain and the central nervous system and is wonderful for clearing the mind and mental awareness, while having excellent brain stimulant properties, as well as improving memory.

It helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion and the antiseptic action of rosemary oil is especially suitable for intestinal infections and diarrhea, easing colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders and jaundice and relieving pain associated with itchy flaky scalp, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain and gout. It also helps for arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins.

The diuretic properties of rosemary oil are useful with reducing water retention during menstruation, and also with obesity and cellulite.

On the respiratory system, it is effective for asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, sinus and whooping cough. Because of its astringent action, it is also effective for countering sagging skin. Its stimulating action benefits scalp disorders and encourages hair growth.

On the skin, it helps to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling and can also be used for acne, dry inflamed scalp, dermatitis and eczema, but a very popular use of this oil is the use in hair care products, as it has a pronounced positive effect on the health of the hair and scalp. It increases the circulation to the scalpand is therefore also effective for promoting hair growth after having conditions such as dandruff or scalp sores causing hair loss, scalp itching and scratching.

Rosemary oil is effective for mental fatigue, circulation problems, pain relief for the muscular system, decongests the respiratory tract and is a skin and hair booster.

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This root's name is pronounced "yoo-ka," not "yucca," and is appreciated by nearly half of the world. It's definitely worth trying. If tapioca is a favorite, the yuca root will be, too. The flesh of this root, known as manioc or cassava, is used as a base for this pudding. Yuca is not Yucca, a genus of the bayonet-leaved showy plants of the Agave family.

An excellent source of iron, yuca root provides some niacin and calcium. One-half cup of cooked yuca contains about 40 calories. Eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables lowers the chances of cancer. A recent study found that eating nine or ten daily servings of fruits and vegetables, combined with three servings of low-fat dairy products, were effective in lowering blood pressure.

You can use yucca in various ways including:

1. Eat Yucca root (Cassava), as if it were a potato. Cook the root into the oven and place the potatoes in the recipes to increase your intake of vitamin C, B and A as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.

2. Use its powder, the pure dry root of yucca contains, by mixing with water, yogurt, smoothies or juice as you protein powder. The powder from its root contains saponins, which are effective as anti-inflammatory agents, muscle spasms, reduce pain, provide relief from arthritis.

3. Its roots' extracts in the form of tablets, joint pain, arthritis, bursitis, colitis, and treatment of osteoporosis. This supplement is also known that you extra energy, too.

4. Cassava Drinking tea, cleanse blood and purify the intestines.

5. Apply the root: Shampoo your hair soft. You can get shampoo of roots of the Yucca from many natural and healthy food or stores Buy online or make shampoo. Its roots were used by Indian tribes for years to get out, hair loss and dandruff, while preventing the hair shiny and beautiful.

6. It acts like a cleanser and food for your joints. It is excellent for those who have had limited mobility due to age. It contains steroidal saponins that promote working as a cleaner and nutrition for joints, so that there is less risk of future damage. Fill your diet with yucca for a healthier and more flexible!

Scientific Names: Yucca spp. Family: Agavaceae

Common Names: Yucca, Manioc, Cassava, Mojave (Mohave) Yucca, Spanish Bayonet, Our Lord's Candle, Joshua Tree, Datil, Adam's-Needle, Mole, Soap Weed, Whipple Plant, or Dagger Plant

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Nowadays, peptic ulcer affects more than 10% of the Americans. It is mostly caused by a bacterium (H. Pylori) and by inadequate use of medication. Peptic ulcer causes an injury upon the stomach or duodenum lining, known as gastric ulcers or duodenum ulcers.

Because of this erosion, abdominal pain and burning might occur during the night, when the stomach is empty, or two-three hours after eating. Also, nausea, vomiting, belching and indigestion might occur. These are the general symptoms of a peptic ulcer.

If you vomit blood, or see that your stool is bloody or black, call for a doctor immediately, because a complication of the peptic ulcer might have occurred. Also, an increased abdominal pain is urgency.

Peptic ulcer occurs when inside your stomach and duodenum increased levels of acid are produced. This acid injures the line of stomach and duodenum and so ulcer appears.

The level of acid inside the stomach increases because some factors interfere within its production. For example, following a treatment with NSAIDs for a long time could increase the level of produced acid inside your stomach. To prevent ulcer from occurring your current doctor will prescribe some antacids, inhibitors of the proton pump (Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, and Pantoprazole), and H2-Receptor antagonists (Famotidine, Cimetidine, Nizatidine, and Ranitidine).

Another factor that leads to ulcer is a bacterium (H. Pylori). This bacterium weakens the natural barrier that protects the lining of your stomach against the acid's action. A lot of people possess this bacterium inside their stomach but not all of them develop ulcer. This is quite an interesting thing for scientists and is still studied.

People who suffer of Zollinger - Ellison Syndrome might develop ulcer because they have tumors in the pancreas that produce a hormone called gastrin, which increases the acid production in the stomach.

Alcohol, smoking, intensive stress, radiation therapy and other direct physical injuries can also lead to an ulcer. Ulcer has even a genetic predisposition.

People who have a weakened immune system and live in unsanitary conditions are exposed to H. Pylori.

In order to diagnose the ulcer, the doctor will ask you about your symptoms, will want to know for how long have you been having them, and will inquire about your lifestyle and diet.

After that the doctor will perform a physical exam to see if there are any signs of bleeding. A blood test is also required to see if you are anemic.

If the doctor suspects a peptic ulcer has occurred he will prescribe you antacid drugs.

But if you continue to feel abdominal pain and burnings even after treatment the doctor will have to perform other investigations like: endoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal test with barium.

These tests are quite accurate in detecting H. Pylori, the bacterium which could have caused your peptic ulcer. In this case antibiotic drugs are recommended, alongside with antacid medication.

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Nutrient (substances that provide energy) deficiencies are common in people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) particularly Crohn's disease. These deficiencies are more common in kids than in adults and can lead to failure to grow and gain weight in children.

This article will focus problem in adults only. Common deficiencies include water soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, minerals like zinc, calcium and iron and proteins. People with these disorders have reduced intake of food secondary to decreased appetite and worsening of symptoms with meals a lot of times. Because of diarrhea there is poor absorption of food. Their energy requirements are higher because of chronic disease (inflammation). Some patients will need resection of part of their intestines, which can lead to poor absorption of specific nutrients.

Commonly seen nutritional deficiency in people with ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease include:

繚 Hypoalbuminemia (low albumin) 25 - 80% of patients
繚 Vitamin D deficiency 75% of patients
繚 Anemia 60 - 80% of patients
繚 Iron deficiency 39 - 81% of patients
繚 Vitamin B12 deficiency 20 - 60% of patients
繚 Folic acid deficiency 36 - 54 % of patients
繚 Zinc deficiency 40 - 50 of patients
繚 Calcium deficiency 13 of patients
繚 Magnesium deficiency 14 - 33% of patients

People with their disease under control should be able to eat a normal healthy diet and should have the minimal need for any additional supplements outside the daily requirements of nutrients. There are no specific restrictions for people with inflammatory bowel disease. Individuals however may be not able to tolerate certain specific foods and should avoid those items. In general it is a good idea to avoid fried food, red meat as well as excessive oil and cheese containing food.

1. Because vitamin deficiencies are prevalent in patients with IBD, multivitamin supplementation is suggested.

2. Iron deficiency is common and most common cause for anemia in patients with IBD. Patients need to be periodically checked for iron levels particularly if their blood counts are low. Supplements can be given orally or intravenously.

3. Folic acid is usually given to most patients with IBD as supplement.

4. Serum levels of vitamin B12 should be monitored in patients and if needed it can be given as a monthly injection.

5. The recommended intake of vitamin D is 400 to 800 IU daily for adults, the same as for healthy individuals. People with chronic diarrhea may require higher doses of Vitamin D.

6. High dose vitamin E supplementation is not recommended.

7. There is no need for supplementing vitamins A & K.

8. Vitamin A & E excess can cause serious side effects.

9. Zinc supplement with 10-15 mg of elemental zinc daily is recommended. Higher doses have not proven to be beneficial.

10. Negative calcium balance is one of several factors contributing to bone disease in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The recommended intake of elemental calcium for adults with IBD is 1500 mg daily. Patient requiring steroids frequently or with extensive disease of small bowel may need higher doses.

Your doctors should be periodically checking you for above deficiencies and suggesting appropriate treatment. For more details, discuss with your healthcare providers. For more information go to Dr. Jain's Blog

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The term "colon infection" can be used in various ways to include a number of different colon disorders and conditions.

When used by doctors, however, it usually refers to a disorder caused by the Clostridium difficile bacteria - more commonly known as C. difficile or simply C diff.

Most C. diff colon infections are experienced by older adults who are in a hospital or living in a nursing home or other long term care facility. The reason they get these infections is the fact that they're taking antibiotics to cope with some other health problem.

The problem occurs because antibiotics not only kill bacteria that cause sickness - they also kill bacteria in our intestines which help us digest our food properly. Without enough of this beneficial bacteria, C. diff takes over and grows rapidly. Once C. diff gets established, it causes an infection by producing a toxic substance that attacks the lining of the cells and intestines. The resulting inflammation causes abdominal pain and discomfort.

If your colon infection is fairly mild, it will probably go away when you stop taking the antibiotic. However, in cases in which the colon infection is more severe, an entirely different type of antibiotic may be needed to kill C. diff.

There are several kinds of antibiotics that seem to produce more colon infections from Clostridium difficile than others. These include fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins, penicillin and clindamycin.

C difficile bacteria is common in nature. It can be found in abundance in dirt and water, and also on plants. This bacteria, which is also found in the feces of humans and animals, tends to spread quickly in places where sanitation is poor. It floats easily in the air and can settle on surfaces where it can be transmitted to hands.

Avoiding C. diff bacteria can be done the same way you protect yourself from germs of all kinds: keep surfaces at home clean and wash your hands a lot. C diff produces spores that spread readily and can live on surfaces for months. Touching a surface where these germs have landed, and then touching your lips or mouth, could give them entrance to your digestive tract. This could start a chain of events that ends with a colon infection.

The fact that you have C. diff germs in your digestive tract doesn't always mean your going to get sick. But individuals who have C.. diff can certainly spread them to other people who will then develop a colon infection in turn.

In the last few decades, an increasing number of colon infections caused by C. difficile have been reported. A new form of Clostridium difficile bacterium has mutated which is even more aggressive. This type resists medications that were effective before, resulting in several serious outbreaks in the last ten years or so.

Symptoms of a colon infection can take a long time to appear after C. diff germs get into your system. It can be months. When colon infection symptoms do appear, they may include those detailed below.

* Mild abdomen pain and tenderness, or stomach cramps.
* Very watery bowel movements and diarrhea that lasts at least two days.
* A type of severe colon inflammation known as colitis.
* The most disconcerting symptom may be raw tissue, blood, and pus that you'll notice in bowel movements..
* Fever and nausea.
* Loss of appetite followed by loss of weight..
* Signs of dehydration

It's time to call a doctor if you have these symptoms for 2-3 days or more.

Once it's been established that your colon infection has been caused by Clostridium difficile, your doctor will probably tell you to discontinue the antibiotic you've been taking. Even though your colon infection symptoms will probably improve, there are other treatment steps that may still be required.

The good news is this. There are other antibiotics you can take that will kill Clostridium difficile without destroying the helpful bacteria in your system. The most frequently prescribed among these are known as metronidazole and vancomycin. Side effects like nausea are possible with both, and they may also leave a bitter taste. It's especially important not to drink alcoholic beverages when taking metronidazole.

There are a number of probiotics which be beneficial in restoring your intestinal tract Saccharomyces boulardii, a variety of yeast, has been effective for some patients when combined with medications.

Surgery is not usually performed, but may be done in severe cases.

Not all the treatments for a colon infection recommended above will work every time. When a colon infection returns, it's usually because the Clostridium difficile bacteria was not completely removed in the initial treatment. It can also come back because the individual has been exposed to a different strain.

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When it comes to diseases of twenty first century, we all think that syndrome X comprising of diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia is the topmost disorder. Well, it's not false but here is another disease that is increasing in its incidence, pertaining to instant foods and irregular eating habits of people. Yes, I am talking about piles, which are technically termed as hemorrhoids.

In the simplest terms, we can say that hemorrhoids are the varicose veins of rectum and anal canal. The engorged veins in the rectum lead to piles, which may be external or internal. External piles are covered by skin while the internal ones are covered with mucus membrane.

Causes of hemorrhoids:

(1) Heredity: However we blame the eating habits, the first culprit lies in our genetic make up. Congenital weakness of blood vessel walls is found in families, which are prone to hemorrhoids. Also in some families, very large arterial supply to hemorrhoidal plexus is found. This may be called as a non-modifiable factor; however, with apt precautions and treatment, this tendency can be curbed positively.

(2) Pregnancy: Due to straining during childbirth, many women suffer from post-partum hemorrhoids. Sometimes they occur lately also. Due to lax pelvic floor muscles and ligaments, venous walls get loosened too, because of which protrusion of hemorrhoids may occur.

(3) Chronic constipation: This is by far the commonest cause of hemorrhoids. If the wrong eating habits are left uncorrected, patient suffers from chronic constipation. Also drinking less water, too spicy food, lack of exercise, etc account for exciting factors for aggravating latent hemorrhoids.

(4) Colitis, dysenteries, diarrheas, and enteritis etc may lead to hemorrhoids if left untreated for long.

(5) Serious diseases: In some serious health conditions like systemic or portal hypertension, inferior vena caval congestion, cardiac or pulmonary disease, cancer of rectum, etc.

Signs and Symptoms of hemorrhoids:

Bleeding per anus is the commonest symptom of hemorrhoids. Bright red blood oozing during stools is usually the first symptom experienced by many patients. Protrusion of hemorrhoids palpable per anus is usually the late sign. Internal hemorrhoids however may not lead to bleeds, but develop acute pain while defecation. The pain is usually excruciating and may remain even after stool in form of dull ache. Mucus discharge may accompany prolapsed hemorrhoids. Complications like profuse hemorrhage, thrombosis, strangulation of piles, ulceration, and rarely gangrene can occur if hemorrhoids are left untreated for long.

Treatment of hemorrhoids and homeopathic approach:

Conventional treatment of hemorrhoids most of the times is surgical intervention. Hemorrhoidectomy is performed under general or local anesthesia. But we certainly have homeopathy as the best weapon to treat hemorrhoids and cure them completely. According to homeopathy, hemorrhoids occur in people with venous constitution usually. This tendency can be curbed by utilizing aptly chosen constitutional medicine, which is selected by considering the totality of symptoms. Numerous locally acting medicines may be used at times to lessen bleeding, pain and/or mucus. But remember these local medicines have to be backed with constitutional and miasmatic remedy for perfect cure.

Several homeopathic medicines have to be thought of while treating hemorrhoids. Aloe socotrina, Nux vomica, Aesculus, Hamamelis, Collinsonia, Pulsatilla, Graphites, Calcarea carb, etc are some of the homeopathic remedies, which can alleviate the pain and bleeding.

Auxiliary line of treatment:

Well, as for any other disease, some preventive aspects are very important in hemorrhoidal cases. Here is the list-

  • Regularize your eating habits (crucially important)

  • Eat food rich in fiber

  • Avoid too much fatty stuff and spices,

  • Drink lot of water,

  • Exercise regularly

  • Seek medical help immediately upon any type of intestinal problems

  • Avoid frequent use of laxatives and purgatives

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There are people who suffer from poor health and diseases and rather than seek medical help continue to be at the mercy of symptoms and suffer in silence. If colitis is the problem, then it can actually be dangerous to health not to seek medical intervention. For the vast majority of sufferers, whilst they do receive help, it is important to ensure that they are taking advantage of all the colitis treatment available.

It is only natural that the sufferer in the early course of a colitis diagnosis will have concerns and questions that require to be answered relating to the impact the symptoms will have on their life, what exactly all the colitis symptoms are and how to cope through daily life, both during periods of a flare up and remission. It is essential that the sufferer is aware of, understands and uses the treatments for colitis available that will help in coping daily with the effects of the disease.

It is not an unusual scenario that when discomfort and pain occur in the abdominal area, there can be a tendency to just carry on with life or if it persist for a few days then take "over the counter" medication to try and stop the principle symptom of diarrhoea. Unfortunately, the symptoms will not be brought under control by these medicines. What has to be realised is that this is a challenge that cannot be overcome utilising such medication as the cause of the problem is not temporary as with a gut infection. It is essential that the sufferer makes contact with their doctor to discuss the symptoms being endured and in the first instance a course of anti inflammatory drugs will be prescribed to try and reduce the inflammation and ulceration of the large colon, the reasons for the symptoms occurring.

This prescribed medication requires to be taken over a period of time in order for the inflammation to reduce and for the normal function of the colon to return. It is the case that some amount of medication will continue to be used to try and ensure that the inflammation remains dormant but unfortunately there is no guarantee this will happen. Extra assistance will take the form of steroids to fight the inflammation and ulceration. It should be understood that colitis symptoms will not disappear during the few days after the medication is taken, but there is a gradual reduction and slow return to health. This period of time can take from a week to over a month.

Unfortunately, there will be times that the patient will have to enter hospital due to the strength of the symptoms where a period of intense care should have the effect of bringing them under control. There will be more powerful medicine available though its use will only be adopted in instances where the regular treatment has not succeeded as anticipated.

To ensure that every sufferer's colitis experience is as manageable as possible, it can be very advantageous to gain and use the knowledge of others who have experienced colitis to ensure that they are not missing out on a colitis treatment to enable them to make their daily life easier to cope with and, importantly, to ease their anxieties.

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Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain that is accompanied by at least two of the following: relief by defecation, change in frequency of stool, or change in consistency of stool. The cause is unknown, and the pathophysiology is incompletely understood. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common medical disorder that is characterized by chronic abdominal discomfort or pain, bloating and changes in bowel habits. The abdominal pain or cramping can be a dull ache but, for some women, it can be intolerable and without relief. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of altered bowel habits associated with abdominal pain or discomfort. The pain, discomfort, and impairment from IBS often lead to healthcare medical consultation and workplace absenteeism, and associated economic costs. Obviously other conditions can contribute towards or result from this. Is there a connection between irritable bowel syndrome and bipolar disorder?

Stressful situations can cause digestive tract upset in healthy people. Children with irritable bowel syndrome seem to have more digestive problems when stressed or anxious than healthy children do. Stress can make the symptoms worse, but does not cause the symptoms. Stress, or inability to handle stress, is cited in most cases of colitis. We all approach this differently.

Bipolar disorder doesn't seem to necessarily be linked with irritable bowel syndrome, though there does seem to be a potential genetic connection.

Depression is a medical illness which affects an organ, the brain, which in turn affects the rest of the body. One can no more snap out of depression that one can snap out of diabetes or heart disease. Depression is a term used to describe a common condition characterized by feelings of sadness, gloom, misery, or despair. Most people experience temporary depression at various points in their lives. Depression is usually treated with counseling or antidepressant medicine, or both. It sometimes takes a few tries to find the right treatment, and it can take several weeks for the medicine to start working.

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Any word ending in 'itis' implies inflammation of a designated part of the physical body. The painful areas manifest certain symptoms which are given a name. All complaints - and it's easy to understand why they are called complaints when you are suffering from them - share a common cause. They are both indicators that the body generally is in a high acid condition. In other words, it is the acidic body (acidosis) that sends the brain signals by the means of symptoms (messages) that there is a problem that REQUIRES ATTENTION.

That problem basically is acidosis but finding yourself in pain you understandably want to be rid of the symptom. This is fine so long as it is understood that alleviation of the symptom is not going the resolve the condition of the body that is producing the signal. Otherwise it is like receiving bad news from a messenger and treating them well and taking no notice of a vital message that effects your future well-being.

This is the great mistake of conventional medicine: placating the symptoms and not addressing the cause which is simply storing up much worse health conditions in the future. All this means is drug dependency whilst lining the pockets of the 'fat-cats' at the expense of society as a whole. In chronic pain it is understandable to alleviate the present suffering but the cause MUST be addressed too. It is my view that this responsibility must be wrenched back from 'the authorities' and placed firmly in the hands of the individual themselves. This means self-education, awareness of their own body and observing the simple practices of living that the body demands in accordance with the basic natural laws of life.

So, is there a connection between colitis and arthritis? Yes, they are both manifestations of the body in a high state of acidosis that has produced two different sets of symptoms. Cure one and you cure both. I personally can testify to this. It actually took longer to clear up the arthritis than it did the colitis. And even now if I lapse even just a little in my own life habits I find that it is the arthritis that comes a knockin' first. Mild but apparent.

What do I do? I cut out everything for several days other than water and vegetables. That makes a difference within a day or two. Also visualising the healing process in my body taking place NOW aids quick recovery. My sensitivity now is that I eat and live according to my awareness not simply by blind habit or routine.

Bottom line: If symptoms are signals for help then listen to them and act accordingly. Better still, rather than reacting, why not be pro- active and simply take your body into a higher level of health and many of these conditions won't arise? Meanwhile, know that you are facing the direction of improving health. You're doing good - after all you're reading this to learn how to put yourself in a better place with regard to your own health. Congratulations; that's taking responsibility!

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Topical steroids are widely used in medicine to treat dermatitis problems. They are a great agent to reduce skin inflammation, but their use also can bring a long certain health problems that are worth knowing about. In this article I will explore the good, the bad and the ugly of topical steroid creams.

They were first introduced in dermatology back in the 50s, and they became the first line of treatment against skin inflammations (eczema, dermatitis) and other skin conditions. This type of medication is not safe, like with all meds out there an abuse of them will bring along side effects.

Currently we can find steroids classified according to their strength. We have currently 4 classes of these, being Class 1 the most potent. Doctors will be the ones who will prescribe you the use of them, but in general it is recommended to use the cream that is less potent and does its job. In other cases, however, depending on the skin condition doctors can direct you to use a potent class for just a few days and then stop completely.

Side Effects of Topical Steroids

Like any medication, these steroid creams will bring adverse side effects if used incorrectly. Sometimes as an uniformed patient, you may think that using a potent cream every day will help you stay clear of your current condition. This is a wrong idea, some of the effects from the abuse of topical steroids can be irreversible and will make you change your appearance.

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During my research with thousands of patients suffering from almost every kind of illness, including terminal diseases, I found that each person had large numbers of gallstones in the liver and, in many cases, also in the gallbladder. When these people eliminated these stones through the liver flush and introduced simple health-forming habits and supportive measures, they recovered from diseases that defied both conventional and alternative methods of treatment.

What follows is a description of some of the more common signs indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If you have any of them, you will most likely derive great benefits from cleansing your liver and gallbladder. In my practice, I have found these indications to be highly accurate. In case you are not sure whether you have stones, it may be useful to cleanse the liver anyway; it can improve your health significantly, regardless. There is an old saying: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." The only way to discover for yourself whether you have gallstones is to do the liver flush. You will find that when you remove all the stones that may be present, the symptoms of disease will gradually disappear, and health will return to normal.

Signs and Marks

The Skin

The major function of the skin is to continuously adjust our internal body to the ever-changing external environment, which includes temperature, humidity, dryness, and light. In addition, skin covers the body to protect us against injury, microbes, and other harmful agents. Apart from having to deal with these external influences, the skin also monitors and adapts according to internal changes taking place within the body. Accordingly, the skin reflects the condition of the organs and body fluids, including the blood and lymph. Any long-term abnormal functioning of the body will inevitably show up in the skin as skin blemishes, discoloration, or changed condition, such as dryness, oiliness, wrinkles, lines, and so forth. Almost all skin disorders have their root in an imbalanced liver condition. Gallstones lead to circulatory disorders, which reduce the nutrient supply to, and waste removal from, the skin and prevent healthy development and normal turnover cycles of skin cells. The following marks are particularly indicative of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder:

Black spots and small or large brown patches that are the color of freckles or moles: They usually appear on the right or left side of the forehead, between the eyebrows or under the eyes. They may also show up just above the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades. Most prominent are the so-called liver spots on the back of the hands and forearms, often seen among middle-aged and elderly people. If gallstones, which are spontaneously excreted by the gallbladder, get caught in the colon, such spots may also appear in the area where the thumb and index finger meet. These liver spots usually start fading after the majority of stones are removed from the liver and gallbladder. Most people assume that the liver spots are due to sun damage and "normal" aging. This is a myth. Liver spots, as the name suggests, come from the liver. Sun exposure merely brings to the surface of the skin any existing acidic waste deposits.

Vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows:There may be one deep line or two, sometimes three, lines in this region. These lines or wrinkles, which are not a part of natural aging, indicate an accumulation of many gallstones in the liver. They show that the liver is enlarged and has hardened. The deeper and longer the wrinkles are, the more the deterioration of liver function has progressed. A line near the right eyebrow also indicates congestion in the spleen. Furthermore, the vertical lines represent a great deal of repressed frustration and anger. Anger arises when gallstones prevent proper bile flow. A bilious nature is one that keeps toxins trapped-toxins that the liver tries to eliminate via bile. Vice versa, anger can trigger gallstone formation. If white or yellow patches accompany the wrinkles, a cyst or tumor may be developing in the liver. Pimples or growth of hair between eyebrows, with or without wrinkles, indicate that the liver, gallbladder, and spleen are affected.

Horizontal wrinkles across the bridge of the nose: These are a sign of pancreatic disorders due to gallstones in the liver. If a line is deep and pronounced, there may be pancreatitisor diabetes.

Green or dark color of the temple area at the sides of the head: This shows that the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen are underactive because of deposits of gallstones in both the liver and gallbladder. This may be accompanied by a green or blue color on either side of the bridge of the nose, which indicates impaired spleen functions. A horizontal line across the bridge of the nose implies weakness of the pancreas.

Oily skin in the area of the forehead: This reflects poor liver performance due to gallstones. The same applies to excessive perspiration in this part of the head. A yellow color of the facial skin indicates disorders of the bile functions of the liver and gallbladder, and a weakness of the pancreas, kidneys, and excretory organs.

Hair loss in the central region of the head: This mark indicates that the liver, heart, small intestines, pancreas, and reproductive organs are becoming increasingly congested and aggravated. There is a tendency to develop cardiovascular disease, chronic digestive problems, and the formation of cysts and tumors. Early graying of hair shows that liver and gallbladder functions are underactive.

The Nose

Hardening and thickening at the tip of the nose: This indicates chronic liver weakness, resulting in hardening of the arteries and the accumulation of fat around the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, and prostate glands. If the enlargement is excessive and blood vessels are visible, a heart attack or stroke may be imminent.

The nose is constantly red: This condition shows an abnormal condition of the heart, with a tendency toward high blood pressure(hypertension). A purple nose indicates low blood pressure. Both conditions are due to imbalanced liver, digestive, and kidney functions.

Cleft nose or indentation of the tip of the nose: This mark indicates irregular heartbeat and heart murmur. If one half of the cleft nose is larger than the other, this shows that one side of the heart is abnormally enlarged. Arrhythmia and panic attacks may accompany this condition. There may be severe lymphatic congestion caused by digestive disorders such as constipation, colitis, stomach ulcer, and so on. Liverfunctions are subdued because of large amounts of gallstones cutting off the blood supply to the liver cells. Bile secretions are insufficient. (Note: I have personally seen clefts in the nose disappear after liver flushing.)

The nose is bending toward the left: Unless caused by an accident, this asymmetric shape of the nose implies that the organs on the right side of the body are underactive. These include the liver, gallbladder, right kidney, ascending colon, right ovary or testicle, and right side of the brain. The main cause of this condition is an accumulation of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder (the nose is likely to return to center once the stones are removed).

The Eyes

Skincolor under the eyes is yellowish: This indicates that the liver and gallbladder are overactive. A dark, even black color in the same area results when the kidneys, bladder, and reproductive organs are overtaxed because of a prolonged disorder of the digestive system. A grayish, pale color occurs if the kidneys and, occasionally, the lungs are malfunctioning owing to improper lymphdrainage from these organs. Also, the endocrine system may be affected.

Water-containing bags under the lower eyelids: These are formed as a result of congestion in the digestive and excretory organs, which results in inadequate lymph drainage from the head area. If these eye bags are chronic and contain fat, this points toward the presence of inflammation, cysts and, possibly, tumors in the bladder, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and prostate.

A white cloud covers the pupil of the eye: The cloud consists mostly of mucus and degenerate protein particles. It indicates the development of cataracts brought about by longstanding poor liver and digestive performance.

Constant redness in the white of the eye: This condition is caused by the protrusion of capillaries, indicating disorders in the circulatory and respiratory functions. White or yellow mucus patches in the white of the eye show that the body is accumulating abnormal amounts of fatty substances because the liver and gallbladder have amassed large quantities of gallstones. When this occurs, the body has a tendency to develop cysts and both benign and malignant tumors.

A thick white line covers parts of the periphery of the iris, particularly the lower parts: This indicates the accumulation of large amounts of cholesterol in the blood circulatory system. The lymphatic system also has major congestion and fat retention. (Note: If you wish to understand the connection of the eyes and iris with the various parts of the body, I recommend that you study the science of iridology, or eye interpretation.)

The eyes have lost their natural luster and shine: This signals that both the liver and kidneys are congested and unable to filter the blood properly. "Dirty" blood, loaded with toxins or waste products, is heavier and more sluggish than clean blood. The thickened blood slows circulation and reduces oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells and organs, including the eyes. If this condition persists, the cells will deteriorate and inevitably age or die off. The eye and braincells are especially affected because the blood has to flow against gravity to reach them. Most vision problems are the direct or indirect result of reduced blood-cleansing capacity by the liver and kidneys. Clean and nutrient-rich blood from a healthy, efficient liver can flow easily and nourish the eye tissues better, thereby improving most eye problems.

The Tongue, Mouth, Lips,and Teeth

The tongue is coated yellow or white, especially in the back part: This indicates an imbalance in the secretion of bile, which is the major cause of digestive trouble. Toxic residues of undigested and fermented or putrefied food linger in the intestinal tract. This blocks lymph flow in the thoracic duct and prevents toxins and microbes in the throat and mouth area from being removed.

Teeth impressions on the sides of the tongue, often accompanied by white mucus discharge: This indicates weak digestion and inadequate absorption of nutrients from the small intestine.

Pimples on the tongue: They are indicative of poor digestion and the presence of fermenting and putrefying food in both the small and large intestines.

Cracks on the tongue: These are signs of long-term intestinal trouble. When food is not being mixed with a sufficient amount of bile, it remains partially undigested. Undigested foods are subjected to bacterial putrefaction and, thereby, become a source of toxicity. Constant exposure of the intestinal wall to the toxins that these bacteria produce irritates and injures it. The resulting lesions, scars, and hardening of the intestinal walls is then reflected by the cracks on the tongue. There may be little or no mucus discharge on the tongue.

Repeated mucus discharge into the throat and mouth: Bile may regurgitate into the stomach, thereby irritating its protective lining and causing excessive mucus production. Some of the bile and mucus may reach the mouth area. This can create a bad (bitter) taste in the mouth and give rise to frequent attempts at clearing the throat, which sometimes involve coughing. Mucus discharge without this bitter taste results when food is not digested properly, and toxins are generated. The mucus helps to trap and neutralize some of these toxins, but as a side effect, it causes congestion.

Bad breath and frequent burping: Both signs point toward the presence of undigested, fermenting, or putrefying food in the GI tract. Bacteria acting on the waste material produce gases, which can be very toxic at times, hence the bad odor emanating from the breath.

Crust formations at the corners of the mouth: This indicates the presence of duodenal ulcers, caused by regurgitation of bile into the stomach, or by other reasons discussed earlier. Ulcers in various parts of the mouth or on the tongue show that inflammation or ulceration is occurring in the corresponding parts of the GI tract. For example, a mouth ulcer on the outside parts of your lower lip points to the presence of ulcer lesions in the large intestine. Herpes ('cold sores') on the lip corresponds to more severe inflammation and ulceration of the intestinal wall.

Dark spots or patches on the lips: These marks occur when obstructions in the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys have resulted in slowness and stagnation of blood circulation and lymph drainage throughout the body. There may be advanced, abnormal constriction of blood capillaries. If the color of the lips is reddish (dark) or purple, this indicates that heart, lung, and respiratory functions are subdued.

Swollen or expanded lips: This condition indicates intestinal disorders. If the lower lip is swollen, the colon suffers constipation, diarrhea, or both, alternating between them. Toxic gases are formed from improperly digested foods, which give rise to bloating and abdominal discomfort. A swollen or enlarged upper lip indicates stomach problems, including indigestion, frequently accompanied by 'heartburn'. An abnormal, tightly closed mouth shows that a person suffers from disorders of the liver, gallbladder, and, possibly, the kidneys. If the lower lip is dry, peels, and splits easily, there may either be chronic constipation or diarrhea, with large amounts of toxic acids prevalent in the colon. This condition is accompanied by advanced dehydration of the colon cells.

Swollen, sensitive, or bleeding gums: Any these symptoms occurs when lymph drainage from the mouth area is inefficient as a result of intestinal lymph congestion. The blood has an overload of acid compounds. Inflammation deep in the throat, with or without swelling of the tonsils, is also caused by lymphatic blockage. Tonsillitis, which often occurs among children, is a sign of constant retention of toxins contained in the lymph fluids and back-flushing of waste from the GI tract into the tonsils.

Toothproblemsare generally caused by nutritional imbalance: Poor digestion and overconsumption of refined, processed, and highly acid-forming foods, such as sugar, chocolate, meat, cheese, coffee, soda, and so forth, deplete the body of minerals and vitamins. Adults usually have thirty-two teeth. Each tooth corresponds to a vertebra of the spine, and each vertebra is connected to a major organ or gland. If any of the four canines are decaying, for example, it indicates the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. A yellow color of the teeth, and of the canines in particular, indicates the presence of toxins in the organs located in the mid abdominal region, that is, the liver, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, and spleen. Bacteria are not the cause of tooth decay. They only attack tooth tissue that already has an unbalanced acid-alkaline ratio. Proper saliva secretions also play a major role in the protection of the teeth. Truly healthy teeth last a lifetime and are maintained by a healthy digestive system.

Hands, Nails, and Feet

White, fatty skin on the fingertips is a sign of dysfunctional digestive and lymphatic systems. In addition, the liver and kidneys may be forming cysts and tumors. An excessive discharge of fats may occur, seen as oiliness on the skin.

Dark red fingernails point toward a high content of cholesterol, fatty acids, and minerals in the blood. The liver, gallbladder, and spleen are congested and underactive, and all excretory functions are overburdened with waste products. Whitish nails indicate the accumulation of fat and mucus in and around the heart, liver, pancreas, prostate, or ovaries. This condition is accompanied by poor blood circulation and low hemoglobin levels (anemia).

Vertical ridges in the fingernails generally indicate poor absorption of food and the disruption of important digestive, liver, and kidney functions. There may be general fatigue. Strong vertical ridges on the thumbnails, possibly with split ends, show that a person's testicles and prostate or ovaries are not functioning properly. This is caused by the ineffectiveness of the digestive and circulatory systems.

Horizontal indentations in the nails show unusual or drastic changes in dietary habits. The changes can be either beneficial or harmful.

White dots on the nails appear when the body eliminates large amounts of calcium and/or zinc in response to excessive consumption of sugar or sugar-containing foods and beverages. Sugar has highly acid-forming properties and leaches out these minerals from the bones and teeth.

A hard protrusion at the ball of the foot: This condition shows progressive hardening of the organs located in the middle of the body, including the liver, stomach, pancreas, and spleen. It points to the accumulation of numerous gallstones in the liver and gallbladder.

A yellow color of the feet indicates the accumulation of many gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If the color of any part of the feet is green, then spleen and lymph functions are severely disrupted. This may lead to cysts and to benign and malignant tumors.

Hardness at the tip of the fourth toe or a callus in the area under the fourth toe: This symptom shows that gallbladder functions are stagnant. General rigidity, a bent condition, and pain in the fourth toe imply a long history of gallstones in the gallbladder and liver.

Curving of the first toe: If the large toe curves inward toward the second toe, it shows that liver functions are subdued owing to the presence of gallstones in the liver bile ducts. At the same time, spleen and lymphatic functions are overactive because of the accumulation of toxic residues from inadequately digested foods, metabolic waste, and cellular debris.

White color and rugged surfaces on the fourth and fifth toenails: This indicates poor performance of the liver and gallbladder, as well as of the kidneys and urinary bladder.

The Constitution of Fecal Matter

The stool or fecal matter emits a sharp, sour, or penetrative odor: This indicates that food is not being digested properly. Fermented and putrefied food and the presence of large quantities of 'unfriendly' bacteria in the feces give rise to an abnormal odor and sticky texture. Normal stool is coated with a thin mucus lining, which prevents the anus from being soiled.

Dry and hard stools are an indication of constipation, and so are sticky stools. Diarrhea is yet another sign of weak performance of the digestive system and the liver, in particular.

Pale or clay-colored feces: This is still another indication of poor liver performance (bile gives the stool its natural brown color). If the stool floats, large amounts of undigested fats are contained in it, making it lighter than water.


There may be many more signs and symptoms indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder than those listed above. Pain in the right shoulder, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, numbness in the legs and sciatica, for example, may have no obvious relation to gallstones in the liver. Yet when the gallstones are removed, these conditions usually disappear.

The body is a network of information, and every part influences and communicates with every other part. Seemingly insignificant marks or signs on the skin, in the eyes, or on a toe may be the harbingers of serious health issues. When you recognize them and flush your liver and gallbladder, in concert with adopting a healthy regimen of diet and lifestyle, you will find that the signs of wellness and vitality begin to reappear. To prevent illness and make permanent health a practical reality in your life, it is important to understand what actually causes gallstones in the first place.

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OPC (or Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) belongs to the family of Antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect our body's cells and tissues from being damaged by oxygen free-radicals that contribute to aging and illness. Free radicals are created by environmental pollution, food additives, growth hormones, high fat diets, excessive alcohol, smoking and second hand smoke, radiation, growth hormones and nutrient deficiencies. While OPC itself does not specifically cure any disease or condition, what it does do, is cut down on the free radicals in the body. Without the onslaught of free radicals, the body has the ability to heal itself. Given the chance to work like it should, your own natural immune system is capable of amazing healing properties.

Although it is seldom mentioned in the traditional medical community, there are a surprisingly large number of medical doctors who use natural antioxidants like OPC in their own personal care. This phenomenon is documented as far back as 19 years ago. In a 1992 issue of the Medical Tribune it was written that "8 out of 10 Doctors Take an Antioxidant for Long Term Health". If this is the case with a majority of doctors, why is it that they are reluctant to recommend them to their own patients?

Studies from the National Cancer Institute On Aging, John Hopkins University and the American Heart Association have found how antioxidants isolated from fruits and vegetables and natural herbs function within our body's cellular and tissue systems. Fruits, vegetables and other plants have hundreds of protective nutrients that protect our bodies from "free radicals" which enter and destroy our bodies. In many instances, the damage can even be reversed by antioxidants.

These natural antioxidant nutrients found in fruits and vegetables along with herbs are called bioflavanoids. the most commonly known bioflavanoid is of course Vitamin C, but there are literally thousands of other types of them in nature. Some others include, Vitamin A, E, Zinc, Selenium and Beta Carotene. But the most powerful of all is the Bioflavanoid OPC. OPC is found naturally in grape seed extract, red wine, and pine park, and is considered to be by far, the most potent of all antioxidants. It has twenty times the strength of Vitamin C and 50 times the strength of Vitamin E. Actually OPC has been shown to enhance the healing properties of Vitamin C when the two are used together.

It is truly a wonder, why the wondrous healing properties exhibited by bioflavanoids like OPC have been a secret for so long! Maybe it's time now, to share the secret to the thousands, even millions of people suffering worldwide from inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's and Colitis.

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From the earliest Egyptian settlements everyone has been applauding the incredible medicinal features of aloe. It is a plant with succulent green leaves arranged in a rosette pattern. The scientific name of the common aloe plant is Aloe barbadensis or aloe vera. Discovered in Africa, this medicine is now common in America, Europe and Asia. For their medicinal qualities, parts of the Aloe plant used are the gel, the latex, the extract, the juice and capsules.

Aloe vera is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory attributes. Aloe is also a very powerful laxative. It is rarely used as a laxative because it causes severe stomach cramps. Aloe gel used topically on burned or broken skin is used as a soothing agent and also a pain killer. Studies in animals have shown aloe to reduce inflammation. In a study that tested the use of aloe in the treatment of ulcerative colitis aloe gel (internally ingested) showed better results than a placebo in aiding disease treatment. Due to its anti-inflammatory property it is considered an excellent cure for easing digestive problems.

Aloe extract has aloemannan which aids the growth of kidney cells and also in slowing down kidney stone production. Aloe juice is a very good antidote for ulcers and heart burns. However, its effectiveness is limited to peptic ulcers and does not extend to ulcers caused due to stress. In asthma patients who have not been on corticosteroids, use of aloe orally has been found to give good results. Use of aloe vera during pregnancy needs to be discussed with your doctor. One of the components of aloe vera, Aloe-emodin, is a very good laxative. Additionally it also kills the herpes virus which causes painful shingles and cold sores. Aloe vera is infused in base oils (almond and apricot) and used in aroma therapy. Astringent, anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties are shown by such treated oils.

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There are various natural remedies to reduce the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. These natural solutions could prove to be effective in alleviating pain, cramps, bloating and diarrhea.

More and more patients suffering from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are now going the natural way to bring their situation under control. Natural solutions are mainly preferred to avoid the side effects caused by conventional medicines. Natural remedies are known for their safety and you feel in greater control without any worry about surgery. You also need not worry about the nutritional value while resorting to natural methods. Natural treatments are also beneficial to keep a check on irritable bowel syndrome.

When conventional methods of treatment are not helping in healing ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, then alternative medicine or natural therapy may be resorted to. However it is always advisable to take the opinion of your physician before doing so because any wrong move could further aggravate your condition. Most doctors also advise natural supplements to be taken along with conventional medicine and not as a replacement.

Some commonly referred natural solutions for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease includes peppermint oil, Boswellia, probiotics, psyllium and elm. Other vitamin and mineral supplements for colitis and Crohn's include omega-3 fatty acids, garlic and ginger. Probiotics is extensively used, as they are known to benefit the intestinal tract. If you have an inflammation in the intestinal region, then probiotics helps fight the infection. Similarly, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome may also be contained with probiotics.

Capsaicin is used as a natural remedy for pain. It also helps bring down diarrhea, cramps and bloating. The lemonade detox diet is a very old therapy which uses mineral water, maple syrup, pepper and lemon. This diet is supposed to improve your digestive system, liver and bile ducts. Aloe Vera has a calming effect and is used as a natural ingredient for the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. But it has to be taken in mild quantity else may aggravate diarrhea.

Peppermint oil is supposed to reduce abdominal pain and bloating. It is also said to have properties that help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Fish oils, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are believed to be a natural solution for colitis and Crohn's. Ginger and peppermint has shown to reduce some symptoms of colitis and Crohn's. Certain teas, which use these ingredients, have proven to be beneficial. They are also quick remedies to ease bloating and cramps.

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Medical marijuana has developed into a treatment for painful gastrointestinal disorders that involve bowel inflammation and cramping. These diseases include colitis, Crohn's disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Often with these diseases patients can suffer from cramping, inflammation, chronic pain, weight loss, and diarrhea. Medical marijuana is often able to alleviate these symptoms substantially.

Crohn's disease represents a chronic autoimmune inflammatory bowel disorder that causes intense, severe pain. The cause is unknown. Digestion is adversely affected, and in very rare cases it can be fatal. The disease is destructive to the intesting. There are over 500,000 people in the US who suffer from Crohn's disease. In most states who have approved medical marijuana, Crohn's disease is an accepted condition for usage.

Traditional medications utilized for Crohn's include immunosuppressive ones such as Imuran, methotrexate, 6 MP, steroids, Mesalamine, and Remicade. These medications may cause the same symptoms as the disease including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Steroids have some side effects that may include adrenal dysfunction, bone thinning, ulcers, and glucose intolerance.

Various studies have shown promising results for medicinal marijuana alleviating the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's.

A 2005 study published in O'Shaughnessy's found that cannabis helped a lot with the symptoms of Crohn's disease. It was a pilot study using marijuana at the Society of Cannabis Clinicians in a dozen patients with Crohn's and patients described significant improvement for appetite, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and depression. There were less flare-ups and fewer stools per day. Patients were able to decrease the amount of immunosuppressive medications necessary as well.

Another study from 2001 called Cannabinoids and the Gastrointestinal Tract found that the cannabinoids found in marijuana represent a potentially excellent option for the treatment of numerous GI disorders - including inflammatory bowel diseases, functional bowel diseases, gastro-esophageal reflux conditions, secretory diarrhea, gastric ulcers, and colon cancer. There are receptors both in the brain and the GI system named CB1 receptors. In animals the study showed that agonists for these receptors delayed gastric emptying and inhibited gastric acid secretion. CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Endocrinolog Investigation demonstrates that activation of the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors exert biological functions on the gastrointestinal tract.

There are CB2 receptors in numerous cells outside of the brain, including in the GI tract lining. Marijuana contains cannabinoids which activate the CB2 receptor - this is thought to decrease inflammation in the GI tract along with reducing pain and swelling. There is another compound in cannabis named beta-caryophyllene which turns on the CB-2 receptors as well.

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Aloe Vera is a plant that originates in Africa and has long been regarded as having anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. The gel from the plant can be taken orally for Ulcerative Colitis. Initially there wasn't real evidence that the plant could have a proven benefit as an Ulcerative Colitis remedy. Proponents believed that it did but there were definitely skeptics as well. More recently there have been blind studies conducted that have shown that there actually is a marked positive effect for sufferers of the disease who consume the gel orally as compared to those who don't.

In the studies a number of patients were given a regime of Aloe Vera gel. Another set of patients were given the same regime but the in this case were administered placebo. The results indicated that there were definite benefits for those who were given Aloe Vera. For instance:

  • Clinical remission occurred in 30% of Aloe Vera patients as opposed to 7% of those who took placebo

  • Improvement was documented in 37% of those who took Aloe Vera in contrast to only 1% of those who didn't

  • Response occurred in 47% when Aloe Vera was used but for only 14% of the patients who received placebo

In light of these findings it seems very obvious that a clinical benefit exists. Many in the medical field often discredit natural remedies for diseases in favor of expensive manufactured drugs. Hopefully this proves to them that alternatives to harsh medicines may exist and can benefit those who suffer from illness. It is important to remember to always heed the advice of a medical professional, but it never hurts to research ways to supplement and maybe even replace harsher prescription drugs in favor of a natural remedy for Ulcerative Colitis. Aloe Vera gel has other significant uses as a natural remedy as well. Here are some examples:

Can be used topically for

  • Minor burns

  • Wounds

  • Sunburn

  • Radiation-related skin reaction

  • Genital herpes

  • Psoriasis

Can be used orally for

  • Ulcers

  • Diabetes

  • Crohn's disease

  • Immune Support

  • Constipation

Since Aloe Vera gel has also been proven as a safe natural remedy for Ulcerative Colitis there is definitely good reason to make use of this supplement in your routine. Many have already done so and are gladly reaping the benefits of this wonderful natural remedy. In addition, using natural supplements can also mean a great cost savings especially if the patient can reduce the amount of the costly prescriptions drugs that are required.

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There is a very dramatic pattern that has been emerging among Crohn's sufferers today. Based on my reading and research, I see, an increased trend in people taking on more of an active role in managing and controlling their own Crohn's Disease condition. It is becoming popular for example, for people with Crohn's to choose more holistic or homeopathic approaches to their treatment, using healthy alternative choices of natural supplements, vitamin and food offerings, that sometimes are very successful in effectively treating Crohn's, sometimes to the point of even eliminating the need for prescription drugs altogether.. I'm hearing that the goal of many people seeking holistic medicine is to obtain the end result of getting their life back on track from Crohn's as smoothly as possible, and without the risk of the potentially dangerous side effects chemically derived prescription drugs can give them. Some Crohn's sufferers have complained that the side effects from prescription drugs were far worse than dealing with the Crohn's disease itself. One lady wrote "my GI doctor urged me to consider Mercaptopurine or Humira. In researching these drugs, I learned that they were quite toxic and could have extreme side effects, including bone marrow toxicity and lymphoma. For me, the risk did not seem worth it - why treat a debilitating disease with a drug that could potentially leave me with another more life-threatening one?"

Why and how are people becoming more aware and informed about holistic approaches and their worth in controlling Crohn's Disease? For years many now, Crohn's patients have been frustrated with the limiting and harsh treatment options available to them from the medical/drug establishment. One gentleman wrote "I too have come up against a lot of skepticism (and even strong opposition) when bringing up holistic/natural treatment approaches at local support groups". "But I'm sticking with a holistic approach - not only because I've had the most success with it in terms of seeing improvement in my condition, but also because it makes me feel like I am in control of my disease, not the drug companies". There was at one time really only two choices available to Crohn's Disease patients, either to elect to have major surgery (if granted by the attending physician), or opting to take a chance on potentially toxic prescription drugs with accompanying side effects like cancer, liver disease, skin, joint, and bone damage or suppression of the immune system. Folks with Crohn's hoped and prayed that there would be some kind of medical break through in technology (some new miracle drug), that would solve all their Crohn's problems, but sadly, it never came to be. Sometimes Crohn's patients were even ridiculed and looked down upon by some traditional medical professionals for even asking for healthier alternatives, or holistic ways of treating their Crohn's.

Thankfully over the past decade or so, a different kind of break through occurred that impacted the world of medicine, the drastic advances in computer technology, resulting not only in the increase of power and sophistication of personal computers but their accompanying ease of use ushered in by of the internet. Since then, Internet site alternatives (like Web MD and many others), have popped up and prospered, offering millions of Crohn's disease sufferers now the vital information they so badly needed in order to seek out and bettor understand their condition and available treatment options. With the rise of internet technology, came also the availability of internet blogs, chat rooms, forums, and online medical journals, making laymen even bettor informed than in earlier years. From such venues, I have discovered holistic natural treatments I never knew existed, like papaya, Aloe Juice, Slippery Elm, Cats Claw, the SCD Diet, L Glutamine, and powerful anti-oxidants/anti-inflammatory agents like OPC-3, and pycnogenol now available online for Crohn's people to try. Not only is it now more convenient to research this stuff, but you can also arrange to buy it online and have it shipped within a few days, in some cases free, to your very doorstep.

I must mention though, even with all the abundant information on holistic alternatives on the internet these days and all the possible choices it opens up to Crohn's sufferers, it still is imperative to seek out the advice of a skilled yet open minded licensed and board certified gastroenterologist, adequately schooled in the digestive system before proceeding in trying anything new. Though the chance of natural supplements reacting with currently prescribed medicines already being taken or causing an allergic reaction with you is not great, it still is it is only prudent to check it out first with a licensed and board certified professional.

I've suffered myself from a brutal form of Crohn's Disease (specifically Ileitis) for a period of 39 years. At the time I contracted Crohn's, little was know of the disease at all, regarding its diagnose and treatment possibilities. After suffering through the Jr. high School and Sr. high school years, and early college, unaware of what the ailment I had was, finally after all the physical and emotional anguish, my condition eventually came to a head in the spring of 1971. It was then that I had a blockage leading to a completion perforation of my intestine, the part connecting to my small bowel (Iliem). The life saving emergency surgery I had, was particularly serious, resulting in the loss of several feet of my intestines and a re-sectioning of my small bowel. However, with the Lord's help and very capable surgeon, I did pull through, and without the need for a colostomy bag. Since then, I have always felt close to other people experiencing Crohn's or other related autoimmune disease/digestive disorders like IBD, or Colitis, wherever they may be. For those out there feeling lost and alone (like I was), suffering from one of these diseases, hopefully this information will give you the tools you need to get the support and help you need in both the medical and patient help support community.

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Relieve the Pain and discomfort of Fibromyalgia with a highly effective course of treatment that will leave you feeling less pain, more capable of dealing with your tiredness, improves your quality of life and allows you to sleep better.

In recent clinical research, Craniosacral Therapy, widely recognised as a highly effective way to treat baby colic, sleeping problems and feeding issues, was shown to vastly improve the lives of a group of Fibromyalgia patients.

The group was treated for a 25 week period and then followed up after 6 months and one year. Throughout the period of treatment and afterwards the patients reported sleeping better, having a much improved quality of life and being in considerably less pain.

Even a year after the end of the treatment period people still felt better than a year and a half earlier before they started the course, and were sleeping better.

The conclusion of the research is that Craniosacral Therapy should be used as a complementary form of treatment in addition to other forms of treatment and drugs given to clients. The research paper can be accessed here

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands on form of manual therapy which releases tensions and strictures in and around the nervous system. This improves the working of the nerves of your brain and spine and so allows the rest of your body to function better, deal better with pain, feel more relaxed and allows your body's own healing mechanisms to help your body heal and mend itself.

Craniosacral therapy also releases lesions and strains in the layer of tissue called fascia. The fascia surrounds muscles and organs, as well as nerves, and can become strained and tense due to injury or infection. This can also be a cause of the muscle or body pain of Fibromyalgia and it is also this part of treatment which can have the greatest healing and pain relieving effect on sufferers.

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If you have chronic pain, your body is trying to tell you something. Pain is simply a message that something is wrong. There are many natural remedies to treat pain. If you use natural remedies, you will have fewer or no side effects and should be able to heal completely.

There are several reasons why your body cannot heal completely. In order to heal well, you need to have all the vitamins, enzymes and minerals your body needs to function normally. Your body needs these raw materials to make the chemicals it uses to heal you and maintain health.

Magnesium is a good example of a nutrient that can treat a lot of ailments. It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans do not have enough magnesium. We do not get enough of it in our diets and we also flush it out of our systems when we drink soft drinks. Phosphoric acid is in most soft drinks. Your body has to buffer this acid to protect you from damage to your tissues. It uses minerals to do this.

If you have a magnesium deficiency, you are very prone to having chronic inflammation and tight muscles. The muscles use magnesium to relax. If you do not have enough, your muscles will be too tight. Tight muscles can cause pain in any part of your body. Migraine headaches are a common result of a magnesium deficiency.

Systemic enzymes are a good supplement to take for pain. They work for pain and inflammation anywhere in your body. Your body makes its own enzymes to digest your food and treat damaged tissue. Enzymes are used to dissolve things. They dissolve your food and they dissolve tissue that has been damaged by trauma. That is why they are so effective to treat pain. They are natural to your body, have no side effects and can be used to treat many health problems.

Bromelain is a good example of an enzyme being used for inflammation. It is derived from pineapples. If you eat raw pineapple, you might have an irritated tongue. Your tongue is irritated because the Bromelain in the pineapple has started to dissolve the coating on it. That makes it irritated. Bromelain is fast acting. It is best to take it on an empty stomach. When you take enzymes on an empty stomach, they can go into your bloodstream and heal inflammation. Pineapple in cans has been boiled and is not useful to relieve pain.

Acupuncture is also very effective for chronic pain. It works by improving circulation and relaxing tight muscles that are putting pressure on nerves. In Chinese medicine theory, if you have pain, you have blocked circulation. If you have no blockages, you have no pain. It is as simple as that. You do not have to wait until you are in pain to get acupuncture. When you get acupuncture, your circulation is greatly improved as well as your energy levels. If you have a healthy energy level, you are less likely to have a blockage.

Chronic pain is complicated. It is important to take all the appropriate vitamins and minerals your body needs to function well. Supplements like Bromelain and magnesium can go a long way to treat many cases of chronic pain. If you combine this with the right nutrients, you will have a good chance of staying pain free.

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Irritable Bowel Medication Used in Drug Therapy

When speaking about drug therapy for IBS, it is worth mentioning that this therapy is used in cases of moderate to severe IBS patients, those who have been recommended changes in the food they eat and given other medical councils, but with no, or little effect.

In spite of the fact that in the past the first stage treatment for IBS was intended to deal with the main symptom, now there are several therapies that shown their efficiency in dealing with multiple symptoms.

1. Laxative

The first step in approaching the IBS traditionally is dietary fiber. This is part of a group of irritable bowel medication called laxatives. Apart from the dietary fiber, there are other three types of laxatives that are used in case the first doesn't have the expected effect.

This type of IBS medication is used in progressively in an attempt to find a solution for the specific IBS symptoms that a patient might show.

2. Anticholinergic/Antispasmodic agents

If laxatives prove inefficient to fight IBS, then the physician uses a second group of irritable bowel medication called antispasmodic agents. The problem with this type of IBS medication is that there are no significant results in the general population, and also, those have shown some little effect are not available in USA.

3. Antidiarrheal agents

For IBS patients suffering from diarrhea, a GI doctor would next use as irritable bowel medication antidiarrhea agents. The downside of this method is that it doesn't eliminate abdominal pain and it causes constipation.

4. Antidepressant medications

Considering that the gut flora and motility is influenced by antidepressant medications, the medical procedure uses this type of irritable bowel medication. In addition to that, IBS is often present when psychological issues may be involved.

This way can be relived abdominal pain.

5. New serotonin agents

Due to the new research results, now is used another type of irritable bowel medication. These newer drugs have proved to be efficient by high standard clinical tests. We will mention two of these irritable bowel medications that act on serotonin receptors in the body.

Serotonin (5-HT) has an important role for the bowel function. That is why it is used as an irritable bowel medication..

There are several drugs that include serotonin, but the most known are:

  • Alosetron ( Lotronex), which is used for IBS patients with diarrhea, and

  • Tegaserod (Zelnorm), which is used when the IBS patients present constipation symptoms.

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