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Alternative Treatments for Mesothelioma

Introduction:

Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and is most commonly found in the outer lining of the lungs called the mesothelium.  The majority of people who develop mesothelioma contract this cancer through breathing in asbestos fibers or being exposed to asbestos dust while on the job.


There are a number of reasons that make diagnosing mesothelioma in its early stages extremely difficult. The symptoms of mesothelioma can have a latency period of anywhere between 20 to 50 years after the initial asbestos contact, which means by the time the symptoms begin to show, the cancer is already within its advanced stages.

The success of treatment for mesothelioma is dependent on the stage in which the cancer is found.  Mesothelioma treatments can be very frustrating as the diagnosis is made in advanced stages.

Studies show that when found within either stage I or II, treatment for mesothelioma – usually with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy – is successful in extending the patient’s life for five years at a rate of 74.6%.

Although the Allopathic medical community frowns upon Alternative Medicine for mesothelioma, many patients have found them to be effective in combating symptoms of the disease.

Many of these treatments are what most people would describe as “holistic” in nature.  They’ll treat the patient not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Others use these alternative therapies as a complement to traditional therapies, hoping to use every resource available to them to achieve as much success as possible in fighting the disease and its troublesome symptoms.

Alternative treatments for mesothelioma include:

Acupuncture – The art of acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to relieve pain.  Mesothelioma victims seek acupuncture treatments to decrease the intense pain often caused by the disease so that they may enjoy a better quality of life. 

Massage– various forms of massage therapy are used by mesothelioma patients in order to reduce both pain and stress. Many maintain that massage is by far the best way for patients with terminal diseases to enjoy some time of relaxation. Massage works by applying tension, pressure, and motion to the soft tissues of the body, which include tendons, muscles, ligaments, and lymphatic tissue.

Massage therapy may also aid is reducing nausea, which is often a side effect of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Patients can seek a specially trained massage therapist for these treatments, which may also be administered by a chiropractor.

Herbs and Nutritional Supplements– Most often used as a complement to traditional therapies, the use of herbs and nutritional supplements have proven helpful to some mesothelioma patients. Though they’re efficacy is not verified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some herbs and supplements claim to boost the immune system while others attest to slowing the progression of cancers such as pleural mesothelioma. Some herbs may reduce the potency of certain chemo drugs.)

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) involves the placing of electrodes on the nerve pathway, which then produce an electrical current that is said to stimulate the production of a morphine-like substance in the brain. This substance may serve to reduce pain. Many mesothelioma patients seeking a fairly non-invasive form of palliative treatment have tried TENS therapy, with some success.

Meditation – Proponents of meditation claim that it increases the body’s immune function, but most patients use it to reduce stress and pain, not unlike massage. Meditation has been an important part of many Eastern religions for more than 5,000 years and involves bringing about a healthy state of relaxation for the individual involved in meditating. Mesothelioma patients who meditate are taught how to be aware of the mind and the attitudes that produce stress.

Aromatherapy is a type of therapy that falls under the guise of alternative medicine, typically through the use of different essential oils derived from plants. Though aromatherapy as use of essential oils for treatment purposes has roots in ancient times, aromatherapy as it exists today is a decidedly Western idea.

Hypnotherapy: Both guided and self-hypnosis may be done to ease the pain.

Conclusion:

According to statistics published by the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate for patients with mesothelioma is approximately 10 percent.

The mesothelioma prognosis for an individual who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma is not good; not so long ago, mesothelioma sufferers were generally told that they could expect to live eight to 18 months beyond the diagnosis. However, with new mesothelioma diagnostics and medical treatments, the lives of many mesothelioma patients have been extended significantly.

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-treatment.

www.medicalnewstoday.com.

www.mesotheliomatreatmentcenters.org.

The Alternative Method of Treating Cancer.

Introduction:

Many people with cancer are interested in trying anything that may help them, including complementary and alternative cancer treatments. If cancer makes you feel as if you have little control over your health, alternative cancer treatments may offer some feeling of control. But many alternative cancer treatments are unproved and some may even be dangerous. However, in recent times there has been a concerted effort to research alternate therapies and there are many promising options for cancer sufferers.
A list of Homeopathic remedies those are useful in cancer:
Carbo Animalis
Cancer of the breast with burning, drawing pains through chest. Cancer of the uterus, glands of stony hardness. Buboes

Carcinosinum:
Suicidal tendency and cancer diathesis. Anaemia acute pernicious, thirstless, wasting.

Castoreum:
Hysterical individual; antisycotic, cured pedunculated vegetation around the anus, few drops of the blood escape from the uterus with sort of uterine tenesmus.

Chelidonium
Bruised, aching pain at the interior angel of the right scapula. The dirty yellow complexion produced by chelidonium with other signs of cachexia, strongly suggest cancer

Conium Maculatum
Cancer with glandular enlargement and diminution of the senses. Dizziness is aggravated by moving the head sideways and when lying down.

Sabadilla
Sore throat with a sensation of lump in the throat and a constant necessity to swallow.

Samucus Nigra
Edema, especially of legs, instep, and feet. Obstruction of nose.

Scirrhinum
A tremendous sinking at navel. Dr Burnett used scirrhinum in breast tumor

Secale Cornutum
Haematuria, bloody urine, aluminous urine, thick black blood.
There are more than 200 Homeopathic Remedies from Plants or Vegetable Kingdom, Mineral and Animal Kingdom, that are useful in treating Cancer, here are some of them :-

1. Ammomia Carb 2. Astacus Fluviatilis 3. Anacardium Orientale 4. Antracinum 5. Cinnamomum 6. Cistuc Can 7. Calc Iod. 8. Cubeba 9. Copaiva 10. Camphor 11. Cina 12. Gastein 13. Grindelia 14. Hedera Helix 15. Heloderma 16. Jaborandi 17. Juglan Regia 18. Lacerta 19. Murex 20. Myristica Seb. 21. Myrica Ceri 22. Nat. Ars.23. Nux Moschata 24. Physostigma 25. Raphagus 26. Ruta 27. Sinapis 28. Scrohularia 29. Teurinum 30. Terebinthina 31. Urea 32. Verat. Alb. 33. Vinca Minor.

 Ayurvedic drugs with Anti-cancer properties:

1. Ashwagandha (Latin: withania somnifera) – The roots of ashwagandha are used as a medicine. Ashwagandha is bitter, sweet, astringent, light and unctuous. It stimulates digestive power and promotes expulsion of gases, increases quantity of urine, reduces swelling, pain and congestion of uterus. It is useful in cough, asthma, wrinkling of skin and pain in legs, back and waist. It is a tonic for muscles and generative organs and increases the quantity of semen. Withaferrin is the active ingredient in the roots of ashwagandha. If its paste is applied on the surface, the tumor stops growing, it protects bones from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose: Ashwagandha powder is taken in dose of 3 to 6 grams per day. Ashwagandharistha is taken as 20 ml. It is contraindicated in persons with pitta constitution.

2. Anantamoola (Latin: sariva hemidesmus indicus) – The root is used as medicine. It is sweet, unctuous, heavy, cold and fragrant, and subdues all the 3 doshas. To introduce doshas, there are five fundamental elements that make up the universe–space (akasha), air (vayu), fire (Agni), water (apu) and earth (prithvi) and as per the Human view there are three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha and each of them use a combination of two of the above elements. Vata dosha combines space and air, Pitta dosha is made up of fire and water and Kapha dosha is a combination of water and earth.

Anantamoola purifies blood and increases the quantity of urine and sweat. It is a tonic and increases the quantity of semen. It is useful in fever, skin diseases, itching, burning, edema and bleeding tendency. It contains active ingredients which have anticancer properties to some extent and is particularly useful to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose: Anantamool powder 3 to 6 grams.

3. Amalaka (Latin: emblica officinale) – Amalaka is the best tonic i.e. rasayana nad subdues all the three doshas. It is a good tonic for all the tissues and all the age groups. Amalaka and pomegranate though sour subdue pitta. It is useful in bleeding disorders, prameha (Diabetes), haematuria (appearance of blood in the urine), burning sensation, fever and jaundice. Amalaka contains tannin, terbechin, korilagin and elagic acid. Elacid acid is an antioxidant and controls free radicals. It is useful to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose of amalaka powder is 3 to 6 gms per day or 10 to 20 ml juice twice a day.

4. Hareetaki (Latin: termialia chebula) – Hareetaki subdues vata because of sweet and sour tastes. It subdues pitta because of sweet and astringent tastes. It subdues kapha because of pungent and bitter tastes. The qualities and actions of amalka and hareetaki are similar. Amalaka is cold while hareetaki is hot. It is useful in cough, asthma, heart disease, prameha, edema and obesity. It promotes intellect and is good for eyes. It contains tannin and terbechin. It reduces the free radicals and it’s a great antioxidant. It is also useful in reducing the side affects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose is 3 to 6 gms powder per day.

5. Bibheetaka (latin: terminalia bellerica) – Its fruits are used and it is astringent, dry, light, hot and acts as an eye tonic. It is useful in cold, cough, asthma, hoarseness of voice and blood in sputum. It contains gallic acid, elgic acid, chebulic acid and cystosteral which decreases the free radicals and acts as antioxidants. It is useful in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose is 3 to 6 gms per day.

6. Triphala – it is a mixture of powders of amalaka, karretaki and bibheetaka. All these protect the patient from free radicals. It acts as a tonic and postpones ageing and slows the growth of cancer.

Dose is 2.5 to 3 gms per day.

7. Kumara (Latin: korphad-aloe vera) – Its leaves are thick and contains sticky thick white colored juice. It is sweet, heavy, unctuous, sticky, cold, and subdues kapha and pitta. It is useful in cough, asthma, enlargement of liver and spleen, enlarged lymph glands, urinary disorders and bleeding disorders. It has 23 polypeptides of this emodin and lectve have anti-cancer properties. Kumara increases the number of T – lymphocytes and the number of cytokines in lymphocytes. It is useful in all cancers except cancer of brain and pancreas. It reduces the size of tumors which could not be done without operation otherwise.

Dose is 10 to 20 ml of juice of leaves per day.

8. Kutaki, katuka (Latin: picrorrhiza kurroa) – The roots of kutaki are used as medicine. It is bitter, dry, light, cold and subdues pitta and kapha. In small doses it stimulates liver function and is choleritic. In large doses it acts as purgative. It is useful for jaundice and cancer of skin and liver.

Dose is ½ to 1 ½ gm per day.

9. Kakamachi (Latin: solanum nieurum) – Its leaves, fruits, roots, flowers and bask i.e., the entire plant is used as medicine. It is bitter, light, and unctuous which tones the voice. The glycosides in kakamachi inhibit the growth of cancer of uterus. It is worth trying for the cancer of larynx. If taken in excess it produces vomiting, diarrhea, pain in abdomen and headache. Medicines and diet which subdues pitta are helpful.

Dose: of its juice is 10 to 20 ml. per day.

10. Ghaneri – narakya amrutya – It contains quinolone alkaloids, camplothocin which are known to have anticancer properties.

11. Guduchi (Latin: tinospora cordifolia) – It is a parasite which grows on trees of mango or kadu nimbi (Neem/Azadirachta indica). The steam of guduchi is used as medicine. It is bitter, astringent, pungent, hot, and stimulates digestive power. It subdues all the three doshas and acts as a tonic. It is useful in jaundice, disease of liver and spleen, diabetes, burning and fever. It prevents neutropenia which is a side effect of cancer therapy with cyclophosphamide. It improves the function of G.M.C.S.F. it reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dose: 3 to 6 gms of powder per day. Guduchi satva is taken as 1 to 2 gms of powder per day. While its decoction is taken in dose of 50 to 100 ml per day.

12. Chitrak (Latin: plumbago zevalnica) – The skin of roots of chitrak is used as medicine. It is pungent, light, hot, penetrating, and dry and increases appetite and digestive power. It is useful in curbing of enlargement of liver and spleen and piles. Plumbagin is the active principle of chitrak and is useful in lymphocytic leukemia.

Its dose is 1 to 30 gms of powder (of its skin of roots) per day. If given in larger doses, it gives rise to burning in stomach and burning micturation. It may cause abortion if given to pregnant woman.

13. Tagara (latin: valeriana wallichii DC) – Again this herb also has been reported to have anticancer properties.

14. Bala (Latin: sida cordifolia linn) – The roots, leaves and seeds of bala are used as medicine. It is sweet, light, unctuous, and cold and is a tonic for hair and generative organs. It is useful in thin, lean and weak people and for weakness in cancer. An anticancer ingredient is found in bala.

Dose is 3 to 6 gms of powder per day or 10 to 20 ml of juice per day.

15. Tulsi (Latin: holy basil ocimum sanctum) – The leaves, roots and seeds of holy basil are used as medicine. It is pungent, bitter, light, dry, hot deodorant and a heart stimulant. It is useful in cold, cough, fever, asthma, vomiting and backache. The seeds of tulsi increase the quantity of urine and decrease the burning sensation. The leaves of tulsi contain ozone. If in spite of adequate supply of glucose, the supply of oxygen is less, the normal cells get converted into carcinogeni cells. It is useful in cancer because of ozone. It is likely to be useful in cancer of lungs.

Its dose is 3 to 6 gms of seeds or 10 to 20 ml of its fresh juice.

16. Bhallataka – marking nut (Latin: semicarpus anacardium) – The marking nut tree is 20 to 40 feet tall. Its fruits are used as medicine. Bhallataka is pungent, bitter, light, unctuous, and hot. It subdues kapha and vata and increases pitta. “kaphajow na cha rogostiya yum na bhallatakum jayatey’’ which denotes that there is no disease caused by kapha which is not cured by bhallataka. As cancer is a disease when kapha dosha is dominant, bhallataka should be tried in all varieties of cancer. It should not be given to patients in whom symptoms of pitta like fever, burning sensation, bleeding are present. It should not be given to pregnant women and individuals with pitta constitution. It is useful in curbing of enlargement of liver and spleen, enlargement of glands and hemi paralysis. Marking nut should be held with forceps on a flame of a candle. As it melts, oil starts dribbling. The oil drops should be allowed to fall in a cup of milk 5 to 10 drops of the oil should be stirred in the cup of milk and the milk should be drunk daily.

Its dose is 5 to 10 drops of its oil with milk per day. In powder form it is taken as 1 to 10 gms after boiling it with milk. Remember that marking nut is notorious as it causes irritation and allergic reactions. And these are very common. So, one should use it with care and under guidance of an experienced ayurved-acharya. This medicine should be treated with butter, ghee and coconut applied locally and taken internally to reduce its side effects and increase the potency.

17. Bhoomyamalaki (Latin: phyllanthus amorus) – The entire plant is used as medicine. It is bitter astringent, dry, light and cold. It is useful in jaundice, bleeding disorder, skin diseases, burning sensation in body, urinary disorders, enlargement of liver and spleen and disease of uterus. It is useful in cancer of skin and liver. Its dose is 3 to 6 gms in powder form or can be taken as juice form in dose of 10 to 20 ml per day.

18. Shatavari (Latin: asparagus racemosa) – The tubers of medicine is used. Shatavari is sweet, bitter, heavy, unctuous and cold. It promotes growth of fetus. It is a tonic for breast and female generative organs. It is given to mothers to increase the milk supply. It reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Its dose is 5 to 10 gms per day or juice can be taken in 10 to 20 ml dose per day.

19. Garlic – Its cloves are used as medicine. It is pungent, bitter, salty, and sweet in taste. It is hot, penetrating, unctuous, and sticky, it increases pitta. It promotes intellect and increases quality of semen. It acts as a tonic for bones and breasts. It is useful in cold, cough, asthma, rheumatism, heart diseases, hyperlipedemia and in all sorts of diseases caused by vata dosha. It also helps in diseases predominant in pitta dosha like stomatitis, fever and diarrhea. Preferably should be consumed in winter and spring. It should not be taken in summer and sharad ritu (post monsoon season). It is useful in cancer of esophagus, stomach and lungs.

It is taken as powder form in dose of 3 to 6 gms per day with ghee or 2 drops of its oil per day with ghee (clarified butter).

20. Shilajit – It is bitter, pungent and rasayana. It is useful in edema, anemia, breathlessness, prameha, curbing of enlargement of liver, spleen, glands and prostate. It is useful in obesity, piles, urinary stone, obesity and rheumatism.

Its dose is 250 mg to 1 gm per day.

21. Guggul – It is a gum collected from the barks or trunks of the tree. It burns the skin as it is an irritant to the skin. It gets melted in heat and gives white color to solution when dissolved in water. It is light, dry, minute, fragrant, unctuous, sticky, bitter, pungent and hot. It increases red and white blood cells and subdues all the three doshas. It is useful in rheumatism, curbing enlarged lymph glands, skin diseases, prameha, obesity, edema, piles, and urinary stone. As gugggul is hot, one should avoid eating pungent and sour food items, alcoholic drinks, sex, and exercise, sitting in sun, and getting angry.

Herbal remedies in cancer:

We will describe some of the most important herbs useful for immunity.

Garlic

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that stimulates the immune system and increases the effectiveness of white blood cells and T cells. It blocks toxin production by germs. It also possesses broad-spectrum bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties. Garlic is a key to achieving optimal immunity.

Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the best-known immune- enhancing herbs. 
It is effective against a wide range of microbes, including many viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

Herbalists say that ginseng affects the immune control centers of the central nervous system, directly and indirectly through adrenocortical hormones, toning, increasing output, or simply restoring equilibrium.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous)

Astragalus increases the production of interferon, an immune factor that inhibits viral growth. One study demonstrated that chronic bronchitis patients experience significant reduction in symptoms when using astragalus.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

According to herbalists, licorice is one of the two or three most important herbs in the world. To the Chinese, there is no other herb that acts on such a grand scale except, perhaps, ginseng. Licorice root is found in more medicinal combinations in Chinese Medicine than any other herb including ginseng.

Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)

Wild indigo has been used for centuries as a natural antibiotic against infections. Wild indigo has an antibiotic effect on a wide range of microbes. It kills the microbe by preventing it from multiplying in the body. Wild indigo also has an immune-enhancing effect. It is also a strong decongestant.

Conclusion:

Approximately one-third of adults in the United States use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yet less than 40 percent disclose such use to their physician and other health care providers. Women are more likely than men to use CAM therapies… Some forms of CAM are being incorporated into services provided by hospitals; covered by health maintenance organizations; delivered in conventional medical practitioners’ offices; and taught in medical, nursing, and other health professions schools. Insurance coverage of CAM therapies is increasing and integrative medicine centers and clinics are being established.

HOMEOPATHY AND ARTHRITIS.

Homeopathy interprets diseases and sickness as caused by disturbances in a hypothetical vital force or life force. The vital force is a dynamic force. It sees these disturbances as manifesting themselves as unique symptoms. Homeopathy maintains that the vital force has the ability to react and adapt to internal and external causes, which homeopaths refer to as the ”law of susceptibility”.  The law of susceptibility implies that a negative state of mind can attract hypothetical disease entities called ”miasms” to invade the body and produce symptoms of diseases.

Hahnemann’s “Law of similars”

Hahnemann observed from his experiments with cinchona bark, used as a treatment for malaria, that the effects he experienced from ingesting the bark were similar to the symptoms of malaria.

He therefore reasoned that cure proceeds through similarity, implying that “Like cures like”. He therefore reasoned that that treatment must be able to produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease being treated.

He believed that by inducing a disease through use of drugs in highly potentised form, the artificial symptoms empowered the vital force to neutralize and expel the original disease and that this artificial disturbance would naturally subside when the dosing ceased.

Miasms and disease

In 1828, Hahnemann introduced the concept of ”miasms”; underlying causes for many known diseases.  A miasm is often defined by homeopaths as an imputed “peculiar morbid derangement of vital force”.

Hahnemann associated each miasm with specific diseases, with each miasm seen as the root cause of several diseases. Hahnemann’s miasm theory remains disputed and controversial within homeopathy even in modern times.

Remedies in Homeopathy for Arthritis:

It is beyond the scope of this small article to discuss all remedies. Some remedies are listed here and they greatly help suffering patients. But a classical Homeopath will take a detailed history and find out the exact remedy. However some useful remedies are:

  1. Rhus tox is best suited for people who experience symptom improvement from moving but tend to get stiff from rest.
  • Bryonia is best for people whose symptoms worsen from movement.
  • Apis Mel is suitable for people with hot, burning, stinging pain and swelling.
  • Belladonna is best suited for people who experience a rapid and violent onset of throbbing arthritic pain and red, hot, and swollen joints.

I should end with a note of caution that the ordinary lay person should not self medicate himself, instead would be well served by contacting an experienced Homeopath for arthritis.

There are many remedies for arthritis and most patients will experience a good relief of their symptoms.

Balneotherapy

Introduction:

Balneotherapy involves treating health problems by bathing, usually in hot springs and other naturally mineral-rich waters. Long practiced in alternative medicine systems all over the world, balneotherapy is often offered at spa, wellness centers, and hot springs resorts. Balneotherapy is thought to promote healing by increasing circulation, encouraging detox and easing stress. In addition, the minerals found in hot springs (such as sulfur and magnesium) are said to fight off illness by nourishing the organs and stimulating the immune system.

Alternate Names

  • Bath Therapy
  • Hot Springs Immersion
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Spa Therapy
Uses
Principal Proposed Uses

Other Proposed Uses

Arthritis

Mineral baths may be somewhat helpful for people with osteoarthritis. It can help treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Fibromyalgia

Balneotherapy may help treat fibromyalgia, according to a small study published in Rheumatology International in 2002. Study results showed that those treated with balneotherapy showed significant improvements in some fibromyalgia symptoms and in depression (a common problem among people with fibromyalgia).

Low Back Pain

In a 2005 study from Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine, scientists found that bathing in sulfurous mineral water may help alleviate low back pain.

Conclusion:

Overall evidence is insufficient to show that balneotherapy is more effective than no treatment, that one type of bath is more effective than another or that one type of bath is more effective than mudpacks, exercise or relaxation therapy.

If indeed it does work, balneotherapy could act through the effects of heat, both locally (on muscles, joints and skin), and systemically, through absorption of substances, such as sulfur through the skin.

Auriculotherapy.

Introduction:

Auriculotherapy is a form of acupuncture and uses a special tool and stimulates through specific points on the ear… Auriculotherapy is similar to ear acupuncture but without needles.  The treatment is virtually pain-free.

While ear acupuncture has been practiced in Asia over 2,000 years and auriculotherapy has been used in continental Europe for the past 40 years, it is only recently been considered by most medical doctors in the United States…

Mode of action:

The mode of action of Auriculotherapy is that every part of the external ear connects through the micro system remote reflexes to every part of the body, a wide variety of health problems are relieved by auriculotherapy. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating reactive ear points. The most commonly reported uses of auirculotherapy have been for the control of chronic pain, detoxification from addictive drugs, relief of nausea, and reduction of hypertension.

The range of responses to an auriculotherapy session are quite varied, but it is common that a patient suffering from severe pain will notice mild to marked reduction of their complaint on the very first session. This reduction in their pain experience can actually improve for the next several hours after treatment, but the benefits often begin to subside several days after the first treatment. With each successive treatment, the degree of pain relief usually becomes more and more prominent and the duration of pain relief progressively extends from several days to several weeks .In case of drug detoxification or the cessation of smoking, the benefits of auriculotherapy can last several days after just one or two auriculotherapy treatments.

Benefits of Auriculotherapy:

  • Chronic pain, especially lower back pain.
  • Insomnia and other sleep issues.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Stress.
  • Infertility.
  • Migraine and other head pain.
  • Addiction.

Contraindications for auricolotherapy:

The only contraindication for Auriculotherapy is treating an open wound on the ear.

Conclusion:

Auriculotherapy is a great complementary therapy and can be used to improve the body’s flow of energy, balance hormones, and regulate your nervous system

THE LAWS OF HOLISTIC HEALTH.

Introduction:

Health can be looked upon as a spectrum, where one end is positive health and the other extreme is death.  Most persons are seemingly not ill, but from the Holistic point of view, AVERAGE HEALTH IS NO HEALTH AT ALL.

Causes of diseases:

Holistic health specialists believe that diseases result from causes such as:

  • An acute disease, which has been treated incorrectly.
  • Allopathic Medicines used can cause chronic ill health, as they are foreign to the human body.
  • Biological inheritance from the parents and ancestors, which belongs to the field of Genetics.
  • The Polluted environment can result in diseases.
  • The disordered mind, with faulty ambitions and unrealistic desires.

Holistic laws of health:

  1. The Law of Excretion: This law is inherent to every cell. The elimination of toxins is of paramount importance for healing the human body.
  2. The Law of Assimilation: In a disease state, the nutrition must be balanced and absorbable by the body.  The nutrition may vary from water, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and glucose.  In some conditions, fasting the patient helps the elimination process and aids in healing.
  3. The Law of Flow:  The circulation of the body is important to heal the body.  The circulation within each cell is important to improve the intra-cellular metabolism. The proper circulation of the Vital Energy or ‘Prana’ is important to achieve Spiritual health.
  4. The Law of Relaxation:  This law is important for healing of the body.  It helps improve the circulation and includes Relaxation, Massage, Hydrotherapy, Calisthenics, Yoga, Pranayama and deep breathing exercises.
  5. The Law of Emotion:  This law mainly deals with the control of the mind, unwanted desires and negative emotions.

Conclusion:

The five laws of health are Holistic laws.  The application of these laws in life will help those with average health achieve optimum health, as intended by nature.  When these laws are applied along with higher spiritual laws governing the soul, then Supra-normal health is achieved and the mind, body and soul of the person are attuned to the “Divine Consciousness”.

PAST LIVES THERAPY.

Introduction:

Reincarnation is an ancient belief, widely believed by the Hindus and the Buddhists and even great thinkers from the west.

Reincarnation is not accepted by the Church, but research by Western Medical Schools have shown that reincarnation exists and many persons actually remember their past lives during “Regression” in Hypnosis.

The most famous case was that of Shanti Devi, a girl of three from Delhi, who recalled the details of her former life in a town of Mutta about eighty miles away.  She identified all her past life relatives and her home and indicated the place where money had been buried and later removed by her family.

Reincarnation is a controversial subject, but researchers like Dr. Ian Stevenson, School of Medicine at the University of Virginia have presented cases studies where past life has been verified scientifically.

Dr. Morris Netherton and Dr Helen Wambach from California are the pioneers of Past Life Therapy and have used Hypnotic Regression and Psychotherapy to help patients get rid of anxieties and phobias.

Dr. Weiss, a Miami based Psychiatrist has written a book, MANY LIVES MANY MASTERS, about the life of one of his patients whom he regressed and found of that she had live 86 past lives and recalled many of them vividly and most of her fears and anxieties experienced in this life were due to bad experiences in her past lives.

The Methodology:

Past Lives Therapy combines Hypnotherapy and Regression to take the patient to his past life and seen the mental anguish that he suffered.  For example; a person suffering from fear of air travel may be suffering because he might have been killed in an air accident in the past life.  The patient is made to relive this past life experience during hypnosis, in a detached manner.   This structured therapy is seen to help patients resolve unexplained anxiety and phobias.

Conclusion:

Past Lives Therapy works effectively in persons who are open minded about it.  It is clear that human consciousness registers sensory impressions and memory patterns that extend back further than the present life span.

Art therapy.

Introduction:

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic connection.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensor-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

Who are art therapists?

Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by principled standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists’ work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.

Art therapists can work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in diverse settings. Some examples include:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Veteran’s clinics
  • Private practice
  • Psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Crisis centers
  • Forensic institutions
  • Senior communities

There are 5 main types of art therapy:

Painting

Collaging

Photography
Digital art

Textiles

How does art therapy help the distressed?

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.

Conclusion:

Art therapy can help people with chronic/terminal illness:  As art therapy helps in expressing feelings, it can also help patients to regain their sense of freedom and control. – People who cannot express their feelings: People who cannot express their feelings can use art therapy to show their emotions without any verbal communication.

WHY MORE PATIENTS ARE SEEKING HOLISTIC PHYSICIANS?

Introduction:

Medicine is as much as an art as it is a science. Today the allopathic physicians are time strapped and do not treat the patients as a complete holistic entity –THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL. 

Physician factors:

It is time that allopathic physicians should look within and deeply introspect. Very often their own attitudes and behaviors contribute to difficult encounters with patients.

Many allopathic physicians can be:

  • Angry or overtly defensive
  • Physicians can sometimes experience a burn out. They can get stressed and generally frustrated react negatively to patients.
  • Fatigued or Harried Physicians
  • Physicians can be overworked and sleep deprived.
  • Dogmatic or Arrogant Physicians. Some physicians are dismissive about diet and Alternate therapies because of their own personal prejudices.
  • Some physicians have strong personal beliefs and values, which prevent them from providing us with adequate information about their care.
  • Language problems and difficulty in communicating with patients due to a lack of a proper interpreter.
  •  Multiple persons in the Exam Room can sometimes unnerve physicians. 

Patients can also be at fault:

Often, the time strapped allopathic physician encounter several difficult varieties of patients like:

  • Angry, Defensive, Frightened or Resistant Patients
  • Manipulative Patients who love to play on the guilt of others, threatening rage, legal action or suicide
  • Somatizing Patients who present with a chronic course of multiple vague or exaggerated symptoms and often suffer from co-morbid anxiety, depression and personality disorders. They often have a history of multiple diagnostic tests.
  • Grieving Patients
  • Embarrassed patients who may be lonely, dependent or too afraid or embarrassed to ask the questions they really want answered. They may also be patients with a large number of perfectly sane questions.

Conclusion:
 
More and more patients are seeking the help of a Holistic physician because a Holistic MD will at first function like any other orthodox specialist.  He will take a detailed history and do a clinical examination, such as pulse, BP and a complete physical examination.  Then he will perform the diagnostic blood tests that any MD normally does.  The initial work up may last more than an hour and this helps both the physician and the patient to understand each other and develop trust for one another.
 

When a patient chooses a Holistic physician, he or she has the option of trying natural complementary therapies in tandem with the allopathic treatment and this helps in elimination of the toxins in the patient and leads him to a complete and comprehensive holistic cure.


Patients with intractable health issues often search for a physician because they believe in the power of the body to heal itself, but they also recognize the need a physician who can prescribe drugs if needed.


Other patients seek holistic cures because they have exhausted all the options of conventional medicine.  A holistic physician will be able to factor past therapies and then initiate a new health regimen to help patients improve their health through orthodox and alternative means.

The Vexing problem of Erectile Dysfunction in men.

Introduction:

Everyday, I get at least 5 Spam mails asking me, whether I have erectile dysfunction? Whether I am able to satisfy my partner?  Whether I would like Viagra or Cialis?  Apparently erectile dysfunction is a big problem and most adult males are reticent about discussing their problem openly.  One of the most embarrassing and shameful conditions that a man may face throughout his lifetime is an inability to perform sexually.  It’s a problem that many men throughout the world face.

Consider these statistics:

A one out of nine man in America faces problems with erectile dysfunction. That accounts for over eleven percent of all men in the country!  As far as the total number of men in the United States there are that have problems achieving an erection, the number sits at around thirty million people.

Between twenty and forty six percent of all men that are between the ages of forty and sixty-nine experience erectile dysfunction. While the problem is prevalent in those of an older age, it can strike young and old men alike.

What are the causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men?

The most common cause of ED are Diseases—such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, arteriosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurological disease—account for about 70 percent of ED cases. Between 35 and 50 percent of men with diabetes experience ED.

Lifestyle choices like, smoking, being overweight, and avoiding exercise are possible causes of ED.

In addition, many common medicines—blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers, appetite suppressants, and cimetidine (an ulcer drug)—can produce ED as a side effect.

In 10 to 20% cases, experts believe that psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, and fear of sexual failure cause ED.

Some foods are great aphrodisiacs:

Some foods are said to increase the libido. The real reasons may be due to psychological effects on the brain, which helps release certain chemicals that increase the libido.  It is believed that plant aphrodisiacs include nuts, grains, fruits and some grains.  There is no real scientific proof that vegetables, herbs, nuts or grains can really improve libido.  Much of our current knowledge is based on folklore.

Vegetables.  Asparagus and artichoke are two vegetables that seem to have aphrodisiac like properties although nobody knows what chemicals in them do this trick.  Celery is said to contain a hormone called as androsterone, a male hormone that stimulates sexual arousal in females. 

Even vegetables like carrot, fennel and onions have a reputation of being good for the libido.  In many Indian ashrams, where aspirants are practicing celibacy, onion is never on the menu.

Fruits.  Among fruits, banana takes the cake. It is said to contain certain minerals and an enzyme called as bromelain that is supposed to improve the libido.  Chinese swear by the pomegranate as a symbol of fertility because of its abundant seeds.  The peach is considered to be a seductive fruit, perhaps by virtue of its shape. Perhaps, these fruits have vitamins and minerals that contribute to the well-being of the individual and confer an increased libido.

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Nuts.  The gingko nut is most popular, as it is said to increase the circulation in the lower part of the body and thus improves the libido.

Grains. Grains like oats help the release of testosterone and this helps libido.

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Herbs and spices. Basil, cardamom, clove, garlic, ginger, pepper and asafetida are good for literally spicing up your sex life.

Some of the best selling herbs for libido:

Ginsengis one of the best-selling herbs in the US and much of Asia.  I have to doubt is efficacy. It is valued for its revitalizing capacity and perhaps the root has a peculiar human like shape.

Horny Goat Weed is another popular aphrodisiac from China  and its weed is prized.

Fo-Ti is also called he shou wu, which means “black-haired Mr. It is said that a Chinese villager called “He” took fo-ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and sexual vitality

Damiana  is a plant native to Mexico and the southern United States. It has been widely used as an aphrodisiac in Mexico for men and women.

Tribulus Terrestris is a herb that has been used in the traditional medicine of China and India for centuries.

Tongkat Ali is a tree found in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and is called as the “Asian Viagra”. 

Maca  is an ancient herb used by ancient Incan warriors before going to battle to make them physically strong.  However they were not allowed to take this herb after battle as it increased the libido.

Muira Puama is called as the  “potency wood”. It  is a small Brazilian tree that grows across the Amazon River basin. It has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac.

.Yohimbe is an evergreen tree that grows in western Africa in Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo and Gabon. It is promoted as a natural aphrodisiac.

Ayurvedic aphrodisiacs:

Ayurvedic texts provide a detailed classification for male sexual dysfunction.

Herbs for promoting the quality of semen.

The most prominent herb is White Musali. This herb is supposed to increase the sperm count and the quality of semen and increase the motility of the sperms.

Ayurvedic Herbs For erectile dysfunction.

These herbs act as sex stimulants, they promote the sexual drive and increase the sexual desire.  Prominent among these herbs are:. Ashwagandha, Musali, Sambal Musali and Nux vomicaSome herbs actually cause sexual arousal by irritating the urinary bladder.  Some herbs  like Suchi, Karpura, and Sarpagandha  sedate the nerves and increase sexual stimulation.

Ayurvedic Herbs For Premature Ejaculation. 

These herbs delay the ejaculation of semen and increase the copulation time. These have an astringent and dry property.  Some examples are  Samundarshosha, Jaiphala, and Akarakara.

Ayurvedic anaphrodisiacs:

Anaphrodisiacs are herbs reduce sexual drive and sexual drive. In the extreme cases these can cause diminished libido and cause Impotency. This action is mediated in two ways. Some of the herbs contain alkalis destroy the semen or decrease its production. I think these herbs are well worth trying on habitual sexual offenders.

Homeopathy and erectile dysfunction.

There are several useful remedies in Homeopathy. Prominent among then is Agnus, Arnica, Avena Sativa, Chininum Sulf, Cinchona, Conium, Damiana, Selenium, Staphisagria, Yohimbine and Zinc phos.

Conclusion:

It is sad to see that men with go to any length to get over this problem, often getting fleeced by quacks. 

“The age of discretion is the age of impotence” – Author unknown…

Victims of this malady should first consult their physicians to rule out any organic disease or drug interactions. There are drugs for this disease.  Between Viagra and Cialis, I find that Cialis is safer in my allopathic practice. If these drugs do not work, there are papaverine injections, which give you a goodish erection. The ultimate allopathic weapon is the penile implant, which offer good results in well-selected subjects.

If the cause is psychological, which is about 10 to 20 % then counseling may be the best answer.  Ultimately sufferers of psychological ED should realize that sex is an act, which is begins between the ears (in the mind) and not an act, which is between the legs alone.

Reference:

www.steadyhealth.com.

www.altmedicine.about.com.

www.webmd.com.

www.mayoclinic.com.