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BEE VENOM THERAPY.

 

 

“If life isn’t about human beings and living in harmony, then I don’t know what it’s about.”
 Orlando Bloom (English actor).

Introduction:

One-third of the food we eat comes from crops that need animal pollinators. Without bees, billions of dollars’ worth of crops across the United States would fail. The importance of bees as pollinating insects has increased all over the world. It is estimated that a quarter of human food depends on bee pollination.

Since 15,000 years, man has been using honey.  This has been possible because bees have been visiting flowers by the millions.  It .is estimated that that one kilo of honey is produced after bees visit 5-7 million flowers.   Bees utilize their glands to produce enzymes, which convert nectar into honey. The end result is a well-preserved, bacteria-destroying, easily digestible, readily energized food.

It is also known that bees can sting badly.  The much feared bee sting has a lot of therapeutic value. Bee venom therapy is also called as APITHERAPY.  Man has known the medicinal use of honeybee products since ancient times.  This is a very remarkable experimental therapy that is useful for humans and does not cause cruelty or death to these precious insects.

The Chemical Ingredients in Bee venom:

Honeybee venom contains at least 18 active substances.

  • Melittin is an anti-inflammatory agent, which is 100 times more potent than Hydrocortisol.
  • Adolapin is another strong anti-inflammatory substance, which inhibits Cyclooxygenase activity and thus exhibits an analgesic effect.
  • Other substances include, hyaluronidase, Compound X, Phospholipase, A2, Histamine and Mast Cell Degranulating Protein, Neurotransmitter like Dopamine, Nor adrenaline and Serotinin.

 Research using Bee venom:

 Patients suffering from phlebitis and thrombophlebitis improved in terms of increased skin temperature and better blood circulation in their limbs.

  • Good results were shown in all the sciatica cases.
  • When combined with an oral therapy, such as vitamin therapy, good analgesic effects were obtained in cortisone-dependent patients suffering from rheumatoid, polyarthritis. The bee venom is applied for 4 –5 days, followed by a 2 – 3 day break. Treatment is then re-commenced again. Using this method no adverse effects were reported.
  • Applying the venom as an ointment topically provided a long-lasting effect and offers significant benefits in arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
  • Bee venom therapy was found to be useful in acute and chronic injuries, bursitis, tendonitis and chronic neck pains
  • It is useful in dissolving scar tissues and keloids.
  • It is useful in Multiple Sclerosis, where its mechanism of action is poorly understood.

How is Bee venom therapy performed?

Bee venom therapy can be performed by a beekeeper and the patient can be taught to use the bees. The bee is taken out of a hive and the number of sites, where the patient is to be stung is determined beforehand and it depends on the condition that the patient is suffering from. A simple tendonitis may respond with a few stings. A chronic arthritis may require 2 to 3 stings for about 3 months, before a favorable result is obtained.  Patients with Multiple Sclerosis take many months before they respond.  Bee venom is also extracted in sterilized vials and doctors mix anesthetic agents and to prevent the pain of the sting.

The Side effects of the treatment are:

  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Rarely a severe life threatening choking may result because of an anaphylactic reaction.

Conclusion:

Bee venom therapy is an interesting alternative therapy, which has important uses. It has generated a lot of interest among medical researchers because it shows promise in refractory disease.  This therapy is an example of man using nature’s resources for his benefit, without exhibiting cruelty to the bees.

References and links:

 Abstracts from The XXIXth International Congress of Apiculture of Apimondia, Bucharest, 1983.

Elena Palos and Filofteia Popescu; Use of Bee Venom in Anti-rheumatic Drugs. (Romania).

www.beevenom.com.

www.gilbertsville.com.

www.ahealthyme.com.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 157.

RUMEX CRISPUS.

 This remedy is derived from the Yellow Dock, which is a common British weed.

This remedy is useful for wandering pains, which are neither fixed nor constant.

This remedy is useful for cough caused by incessant tickling of the throat pit. The cough is fatiguing and worse from the change of air or the room and is associated with hoarseness and involuntary passage of urine and stool with the cough.  This remedy is useful whenever the subject has cough with tickling in the pit of the throat, preventing sleep.

This remedy is useful in enlarged lymph glands with coughing.

This remedy is useful in chronic gastritis, with nausea, flatulence and eructation.

It is also useful whenever there is a copious mucous discharge from the nose and the trachea.  It is useful in thin watery frothy expectoration with rawness of the larynx and the trachea.

It is useful whenever there is intense itching of the skin especially of the lower extremities, which is worse with exposure to the cold air and while undressing.

This remedy is useful in advanced cases of Tuberculosis, when the cough is worse from talking, lying down on the left side and after inspiring cold air.  It also suits T.B. patients who get asthma at 2 a.m.

This remedy is also useful in urticaria.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from cold air and better from wrapping up, in the evening, on the left side of the chest and from uncovering.

AROMATHERAPY.

Introduction:

Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy, which uses essential oils, each of which has specific curative qualities. The essential oils help patients to calm down, some help stimulate the immune system, yet others improve the appetite and some help in mitigating the pain in stiff joints.  Typically aromatherapy contains an array of brown bottles containing small quantity of essential oils.

How old is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy goes back thousands of years.  Ancient Indian, Chinese and Egyptian civilizations are known to have used these essential oils from time immemorial and since then the perfume industry has grown steadily.

Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, uses aromatic massage as an important aspect of treatment.

Ancient Chinese civilizations used forms of aromatics. Shen Nung’s herbal book has references of over 300 plants and their uses and this treatise dates back to approximately 2700 BC.  The use of aromatics in China is linked to other ancient therapies such as massage and acupressure.

It is said that Cleopatra used aromatherapy to make custom blended perfumes and they were the secrets to her seduction abilities.

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, revived aromatherapy in the 1920’s. He was the first who coined the term aromatherapy. In the 1980’s it was the Americans, who discovered this fragrant medicine. Today fragrances and essential oils are used in many cosmetics and household products. Scientific research has been and continues to be performed that verifies the emotional and physical benefits of aromatherapy.

The principle of Aromatherapy:

The essential oils are extracted from the root, stem, flower or any part of the plant and may treat individual or a string of ailments.  The oils are applied by massage, compresses, skin creams, by bathing, sauna, by inhalers in the form of burners, sprays or candles.  The principle involved is that these oils can be absorbed in the body through any of the above-mentioned methods and give relief to a wide array of symptoms.

Aromatherapy does not suit some patients:

Aromatherapy may not suit epileptics, patients with sensitive skins, blood pressure, heart conditions and some cases of renal failure. Many oils are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
Care should be taken while using these essential oils:

  1. Care should be exercised to see that the essential oils are never swallowed.
  2. The essential oil should not be used in an undiluted state on the skin as it might cause allergic reactions.
  3. It is very important that the essential oils do not fall on your eyes.
  4. These oils should be kept out of reach of children.

Conclusion:

The cost of orthodox medicines is rising, side effects of prescription drugs can be life threatening and fed up with allopathic medicine, more and more people are turning back to nature to seek answers for treatment of illnesses.  Aromatherapy is an interesting and intriguing branch of Alternative medicine that is useful in emotional states, headaches and joint problems. Therapies and medicines that were once viewed as alternative have risen from the shadows and are becoming more mainstream. They are now being used alongside conventional medicine.

References and links:

www.aromaweb.com.

www.aromatherapies.net.

www.aromatherapy.com.

www.naturalbloom.com.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 156.

RHUS TOXICODENDRON.

 

This remedy is derived from the Poison Oak shrub.

This remedy suits subjects, who are listless, have sad thoughts and contemplate on suicide.

This remedy has a profound effect on the skin, joints and mucous membranes. Rhus tox affects fibrous tissues, joints, tendon sheaths and aponeurosis etc.

This remedy suits subjects, who have ailments coming on after strains, over-lifting, getting wet and while perspiring. This remedy suits subjects who get rheumatism in the cold season.

This remedy also suits subjects, who are extremely restless with continued change of position. It suits subjects, whose sensorium is cloudy with a great sense of apprehension in the night, which forces the subject out of bed in the night.

This remedy suits subjects who have a headache in the back of the head and have humid eruptions in the scalp with great itching.

This remedy suits subjects, whose eyes are swollen edematous and who have orbital cellulitis (inflammation around the eye-lids).  This remedy is also useful in pus forming infections where there is a profuse flow of yellow pus of the eyelids with a suppuration of the iris.  This remedy is also useful in Rheumatic iritis.

This remedy is useful when there is pain in the ears with discharge of bloody pus.

This remedy suits subjects, who have coryza with sneezing while getting wet.

This remedy is useful in facial neuralgia with comes on while getting cold.

This remedy suits subjects who have a sore throat with swollen glands.  It suits subjects, who have hoarseness on first beginning to sing and disappears after singing for a while.

This remedy suits subjects, who lack an appetite with an unquenchable thirst associated with a bitter taste in the mouth.  This remedy suits subjects who have nausea with vertigo and a bloated abdomen after eating. This remedy also suits subjects who have a desire for milk and who are drowsy after eating.  This remedy suits subjects, who have rumbling flatus after eating, which disappears after continued motion.

It is a useful remedy in male subjects who have a swelling in the prepuce, which is dark red and erysipelatous, edematous with an intense itching.

It suits female subjects, who have intense itching and swelling in the vulva.

It suits subjects who have a hypertrophy of the heart and who have trembling and palpitation, while sitting still.

It suits subjects, who have pain and stiffness in the small of the back, who are better with motion or while lying down on something hard and who are worse while sitting up.

This remedy suits subjects who have tearing pains in the ligaments, tendons, fascia and rheumatic pains in the nape of the neck, loins and extremities, which is better with motion.  This remedy also suits subjects who have stiff limbs, which may be paralyzed.   This remedy also suits subjects who have Sciatica, which is worse in cold damp weather and at night.

This remedy suits subjects, who have fever and who are restless, and whose bowels may be loose, and those who feel cold as if cold water were poured over the subject.

This remedy suits subjects, who have a skin that is red, swollen, intensely itching, vesicular eruption. This remedy is also useful in urticaria, pemphigus, erysipelas and cellulitis.

This remedy is considered to be specific for Typhoid, Dengue fever, Erysipelas, Influenza, Measles, Septicemia and Rheumatic fever.

This remedy suits subjects, who sleep with dreams of great exertion, and get up groggy, as if in a stupor, and, are sleepless before midnight.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from sleep, cold wet rainy weather and after rain in the night, after drenching, while lying on the back or on the right side.

This remedy suits subjects who are better in warm dry weather, motion, walking, change of position, rubbing, warm applications, and from stretching the limbs.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 After a Cataract surgery, RHUS TOX is beneficial to control the threatened Iritis and the formation of pus.

Dr. Dewey, M.D.

RHUS TOX is the Homeopathic knife in Appendicitis.

Dr. Biegler.

 RHUS TOX has been a remarkably efficient in relieving the soreness, restlessness and other distress after operation involving the right lower quadrant.

Dr. Stearns, M.D.

 RHUS TOX is the best prophylactic for cases of surgery.  It should be given for 48 hours in the 30th dilution every 3 hours.  It will prevent sepsis.

Dr. R. B. Das.

 In any inflammation of the eye following cataract extraction, RHUS TOX is a most valuable remedy and is given as soon as the patient begins to complain of pain, accompanied by lachrymation and puffiness of the lids.

Dr. Norton, M.D.

RHUS TOX is valuable in volvulus of the intestine.

Dr. Grimmer, M.D.

 I have had to treat very young babies with cyanotic faces and have here used RHUS 3 with striking benefit.  In several cases, in little infants, in whom I had noticed a bluishness of the face or just of the lower lips only.  I have used RHUS with undoubtful benefit, the bluishness disappeared.

Dr. Burnett, M.D.

  RHUS TOX is the remedy for musicians who suffer from Pulmonary hemorrhages due to prolonged performance.

Dr. Burt.

 RHUS TOX rarely fails in chronic cases of SCIATICA.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

 Para-paresis occurring in young children, caused by exposure of the back or seat to damp cold, readily yields to RHUS TOX and an occasional dose of SULPHUR.

Dr. Durham, M.D.

 I have myself found COLOCYNTHIS curative only in recent cases of SCIATICA, greatly preferring ARSENIC & RHUS TOX in those of longer standing.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 RHUS TOX will enable persons to withstand muscular fatigue.

Dr. E. A. Farrington, M.D.

As soon as Enteric fever is suspected BAPTISIA should be administered, 1 or 2 drops of 1x dilution of the strong tincture, every 2 or 3 hours.  This remedy is of great value, modifying and even cutting short the attack by destroying the poison in the blood.  Should, however, the administration of BAPTISIA have been much delayed and the specific poisonous effects produced, other remedies must be resorted to, especially ARSENICUM & RHUS TOX.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

 RHUS TOX is invaluable, often modifies in considerable degree the cutaneous inflammation of chicken pox and thus favorably influencing the future of the case.

Dr. Goodnough.

 Probably the very best remedy in the Materia Medica for Parotitis accompanying Scarlatina is RHUS TOX.

Dr. Farrington, M.D.

 RHUS TOX is an excellent remedy for barber’s itch. It should be tried first before resorting to any other remedy.

Dr. R. B. Das.

 Skin diseases alternating with Dysentery or Asthma: RHUS TOX.

Dr. Tyler, M.D.

 RHUS TOX for toxic dermatitis occurring in professions handling Mercury, Carbolic Acid, washer men, dyers or miners suffers from similar affections.

Dr. R. B. Das.

 Immediately bathing with water as hot as can be borne for a length of time followed a compress of ARNICA, ACONITE, RHUS TOX or RUTA. This treatment employed promptly generally cures at once.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

 The specific remedy for lumbago is not PULSATILLA, as was formerly supposed, but RHUS TOX; so far I have cured about every case that I have had to treat with RHUS TOX in 3 or 4 days, except perhaps 2 or 3 cases where I had to complete the cure with PULSATILLA.

Dr. Jahr.

 Bad effects of oil bath: RHUS TOX.

Dr. C. Boericke, M.D.

The Ayurvedic view on energy foods.

Introduction:

Do you suffer from an energy crisis and feel that you need a high-energy fix from time to time? Do you then resort to drinking coffee, eating a bar or chocolate, or go on an eating binge of junk foods and high sugared snack. If you do I suggest that you should read on…

You are not going to believe this:

You are going to be very surprised to hear that ayurveda; the most ancient Indian medical system has an answer and has golden tips for solving your energy crisis.  Ayurveda advocates a diet that is generous in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The ancient ayurvedic texts tell us that these foods are rich in life giving energy, healing powers, fighting body fatigue and have the power of detoxifying the body.

Grains have power:

Long distance runners from Africa have always relied on carbohydrates in grains for long-term endurance and energy.  All carbohydrates are not the same. For instance the croissant is high in fat and low in nutrition.  Whole grains have lower cholesterol; they also have anti-bacterial properties and actually lower elevated blood sugar levels

Ayurveda considers rye, millet and amaranth as highly nutritious, as they have high protein and mineral content. In fact, these grains are considered so auspicious that they are used during Vedic ceremonies as items for worship.

Rye for instance, contains high proteins, and one cup yields about 15 grams of protein, 9 grams of iron and adequate quantities of B-complex vitamins, iron, zinc and copper which is an important trace element for boosting energy levels and raising the body’s immunity.  The ancient seers used a term called as ‘Ojas’, an energy, which is the result of good digestion and creates a sense of lightness in the body, gives a person the inner energy or glow, confers immunity against infections and bestows the individual with bliss.

Energizing Vegetables and Fruits:

Ayruveda advocates that fresh vegetables and fruits should constitute forty percent of every meal. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in mineral and fiber, and they should be eaten often.

Ayurveda considers fruits as a rich source of energy.  Ayurvedic physicians recommend pears and apples, if you are hungry between meals. They recommend papaya, if you feel bloated after lunch.

Ayurveda strongly recommends the generous use of dry fruits, especially raisins. The ayurvedic texts extol the virtue of raisins calling them the best among dry fruits because it has the quality to enhance purity of the mind and pacify the mind and heart.  Dry fruits are a rich source of iron and Vitamin B6, and provide magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium.  Raisins aid digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful per person is a good amount everyday.

Ayurveda also cautions against energy draining foods:

The ayurvedic texts warn us not to eat left over foods or highly seasoned foods and foods that make us sluggish. Ayurvedic physicians were extremely conscious of energy draining foods, which clogged the micro-channels called as Nadis and created an accumulation of toxins.

Conclusion:

We have advanced a lot in this millennium.  But our diet practices are abysmal. We eat foods bereft of energy, we consume milk, which is a poison, we eat meat, and we eat tinned, canned and processed foods and do not realize how much harm we cause to ourselves.  It is fascinating how Ayurveda, a science that dates back thousands of years warns us of these dangers.  It was almost as if our ancient seers who wrote these treatises were aware, what humanity was going to come to in this millennium.

Links:

www.bigshakti.com.

www.bluelotusayurveda.com.

www.experiencefestival.com.

 

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 155.

RHODODENDRON.

 

THIS REMEDY SUITS PERSONS WHO ARE WORSE IN STORMY AND WET WEATHER.

This remedy is derived from the Snowrose plant.

It suits nervous patients, who are susceptible to thunderstorms.  This remedy suits subjects, whose rheumatic and gouty symptoms are well marked.  This remedy suits subjects who suffer from rheumatism in hot weather.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse before a storm and those who have a dread of a storm.

This remedy is useful in subjects who have ciliary neuralgia.

It is useful in male subjects, whose testicles are swollen, painful and drawn up (Orchitis of the testes – inflammation of the testicles). This remedy is also useful in induration of the testicles after an attack of gonorrhea.

This remedy is useful for rheumatism of the great toe, especially in gouty arthritis.

This remedy is of great use whenever there is tearing pain all over the limbs.

This remedy is useful in subjects who have stiffness in the neck, pain in the shoulders, arms, wrist, which is worse at rest.

A PECULIAR SYMPTOM OF THIS REMEDY IS THAT IT SUITS SUBJECTS, WHO CANNOT SLEEP UNLESS THEIR LEGS ARE CROSSED.

This remedy suits subjects who feel worse after wine, wind and cold weather.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 ABROTANUM has a reputation for hydrocoele in children, this we have rapidly cured before now, with RHODODENDRON.

Dr. Tyler, M.D.

 

ALTERNATIVES FOR GERD (ACID REFLUX DISEASE).

Nobody knows how terrible GERD can be more than I.  In the year 1979 as a medical student, I was obese, eating junk food, drinking endless cups of coffee, smoking often and having weekend binges of alcohol. In addition there was the stress and pressure of studies for the final year medical student. We were always stressed out, short of sleep and in a bad physical shape.

I had this one coming. For several weeks, I was popping antacids and drinking cold milk and eating butter to quell the sharp pain of acid reflux. One night out of the blue, after a rather heavy meal, I got a severe chest pain and shortness of breath and intense burning in my throat. It is said that half knowledge is bad. I feared the worst. I thought that I had suffered a heart attack.  I was immediately rushed to our hospital and put into the ICU.

Tests revealed that my heart was normal and I was sedated, put on antacids and anti-spasmodic agents. I had to be put on a Ryle’s tube feeding of cold milk for three days. In those days, this was the standard treatment and it was called as the Sippy’s treatment for Acid-peptic disease or GERD.

The experience left me shaken. I was chastised and much wiser and I started on a  Yoga, Ayurvedic regimen. I gave up coffee, cigarettes and alcohol.. This experience definitely made me more health conscious and I embarked on my first steps of a long and rewarding journey towards holistic health. My professor’s words still ring in my ears – He said. ”Raj if you want to be healthy in your life, AVOID EXCESSIVE HURRY, WORRY AND CURRY”. 

Introduction:

Acid reflux is also known as GERD or Gastro-esophageal reflux disease.  Acid reflux can be an excruciating illness and if left untreated it can outcome in damage to the esophagus and larynx (voice box) leading to crucial complications. When you eat food, it passes down your throat and through your esophagus – a tube that transports food from your throat to your stomach. A muscle termed the lower esophageal sphincter dominates the opening between the esophagus and the stomach, and remains firmly closed except when you swallow food. When this muscle fails to close, the acid-containing contents of the stomach can travel back into the esophagus. This backward movement is called reflux which if persisted causes ulcers in the lining of the esophagus, leading to pain and various other symptoms.

Statistics on the frequency of heartburn and GERD differ greatly. In accordance with some approximations, 7% of Americans have heartburn everyday and 14% suffer it at least once every week. Alternative estimates suggest that GERD affects about 20% of the adult American population, mostly those in their forties or older. But, GERD can affect people of all ages, including infants and children.

Causes of Acid Reflux:

  • Hiatus Hernia (is a situation in which the stomach extends beyond the diaphragm that separates the stomach from the chest making it easier for the acid to reflux up).
  • Excessive smoking and alcohol.
  • Eating substantial meals at a time.
  • Lying down shortly after eating.
  • Intense physical activity instantly after meals.
  • Overweight.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Certain foods such as spicy, fried, chocolate, caffeine, onions, tomatoes, citrus and carbonated beverages.
  • Certain medications like sedatives and calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure.
  • Stress.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux: 

  • Heartburn – burning feeling in the chest.
  • Food regurgitation.
  • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Choking.
  • Vomiting blood and black colored stools.
  • Hoarseness or sore throat.
  • Chest pain.
  • Dry cough.
  • Asthma.
  • Bad breath.
  • Back pain.

 

It is very important for patients experiencing the above symptoms to see their doctor because untreated GERD can result in serious complications such as; esophagitis, strictures, esophageal bleeding and ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus, and an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

Some methods to reduce GERD symptoms

 Avoid heartburn triggers. Keeping a food diary may help you identify problem foods. Foods and drinks that commonly trigger heartburn include:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw onions
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Fatty foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Coffee
  • Citrus juice
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages

 Don’t go to bed after eating. 

Try to go to bed three hours after eating
Eat smaller portion sizes.

Take time to eat.
Do not eat hastily or while watching TV or reading a newspaper at the same time.  Try practicing mindfulness while eating. Eliminate all distractions and savor, rather than inhale, your food. Pay full attention to what the food looks like on your plate, how it smells, how it tastes.  Chew slowly and chew the food many times before swallowing it. In short enjoy your meal.

Stress Reduction

A survey by the National Heartburn Alliance revealed that 58 percent of frequent heartburn sufferers identify a hectic lifestyle as a factor that contributes to their heartburn and 52 percent say work-related stress makes their symptoms worse.

We do know that stress can disrupt our normal routines and make us do things, like eat the wrong foods, smoke, drink coffee or alcohol that may trigger heartburn.

Stress also slows down the emptying of the stomach, which may increase the likelihood of heartburn.

Here are some natural methods that may help to manage stress:

Mindfulness Meditation (http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm)

Relaxation Response (http://altmedicine.about.com/od/mindbodytechniques/a/relaxationresp.htm)

Natural Remedies for Anxiety (http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Anxiety.htm)

Quit Smoking

Nicotine, an ingredient in cigarettes, can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, a band of muscle at the end of the esophagus that closes off the esophagus and prevents the acidic stomach contents from entering the esophagus.

 

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 154.

RHEUM.

 

This remedy is derived from Rheum Officinale.

This remedy suits children, who have a sour diarrhea, difficult dentition and the whole child smells sour.  It suits impatient and vehement children, who constantly cry and crave of various things.  This remedy is useful whenever children have difficult teething, and the whenever the children are restless and irritable.

This remedy suits subjects who desire various kinds of food.

It suits subjects, whose stools smell sour, and is pasty and associated with tenesmus.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse after uncovering or after eating.

 

Caffeine and its risks.

 

Introduction:

Legend has it that an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi discovered coffee.  One day he found his goats dancing joyously around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.   Kaldi soon found out that it was the bright red cherries on the shrub that were causing the peculiar euphoria and he tried it on himself and experienced a sense of well-being and euphoria.   Monks at a local monastery to stay awake during extended hours of prayer then exploited the stimulating effect. Coffee soon found its way into all parts of the world.

I became a coffee addict when I was in the final year of my medical school. This addiction continued even when I was a resident in hospital. I started drinking coffee to keep awake.  I was always short of sleep during my resident days. I was drinking more than 16 cups of coffee a day. I was constantly suffering from a craving.  I had heartburn. I was constantly irritable and when I did not get my coffee in time, my hands started trembling.  I knew that something was very wrong.

Finally I decided that enough was enough. I took a sabbatical from my work for three weeks and signed up at an ashram, where you got only fruits and raw vegetables and I got myself detoxified.  It was terrible for the first three days.  But, I managed to quit that habit.  I must confess, I do occasionally get tempted to drink coffee and I do indulge in one small cup, whenever temptation overpowers me.

Did You Know?

1. Coffee shops make up the FASTEST GROWING part of the restaurant business, checking in with a 7% annual growth rate!

2. World coffee production in 2005-2006 was at 113 million bags!

3. 14 billion espresso coffees are consumed each year in Italy, reaching over 200,000 coffee bars, and still growing!

4. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, or equivalent to 146,000,000,000 (146 Billion) cups of coffee per year; making the United States the LEADING CONSUMER of coffee in the world

5.Japan ranks number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.

6. Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.

7. Café Bars average sales of 230 cups a day.

8.Coffee is grown commercially in over 45 countries throughout the world.

The coffee trade employs over 5 million people in Brazil.  Most of those are involved with the cultivation and harvesting of more than 3 billion coffee plants.

It is not easy to understand the ill effects of coffee:

What complicates our understanding the danger of coffee consumption is that we drink coffee with hundreds of other things like, tea, colas, soda, sugar and mild.  Then there are decaf drinkers.  This group is more health conscious and takes nutritional supplements and vegetables. Heavy-coffee drinkers generally smoke more, drink more alcohol, and eat more fatty foods than non-coffee-drinkers.

Caffeine Benefits:

A stimulant like caffeine can give us more alertness, elevate our heart rate and blood pressure and improve our performance in certain sports.

Moderate coffee consumption may be beneficial in gall bladder disease. Coffee drinkers are less prone to liver cancer and coffee may exhibit a protective effect on the liver in persons who drink alcohol excessively.  Researchers attribute the beneficial effect of coffee on the liver to caffeine and antioxidants.  It is also said to lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Coffee is also said to improve brain function and alertness. It is believed that coffee drinkers had a less risk from Parkinson’s disease.

It is said to be effective in controlling a migraine headache.

Caffeine Risks;

It is said to disturb the sleep when taken at night.
Sensitive subjects discover that even one cup of coffee can raise the Blood pressure and if one has a blood pressure, caffeine carries a risk.   It can increase the bad cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease.

Excessive caffeine can cause osteoporosis.

Pregnant women should consume less caffeine because it is associated with the risk of miscarriage. It also may cause birth defects in the new born. Caffeine is also said to affect fertility adversely.

Coffee can raise the serum homocysteine levels and raise the risk of coronary artery disease. Men who drank five or more cups of coffee a day were two and a half times more likely to develop heart disease than men who drank no coffee.

Conclusion:

 Your caffeine can come form coffee, tea, chocolates or energy drinks.  There are several health benefits in caffeine. The key to caffeine’s health benefits like in consuming it moderately. Even decaffeinated drinks are not totally safe, as they are known to adversely affect the lipid profile.

It is dangerous to get addicted to coffee. I have discovered that the hard way. If you must drink coffee, then drink it in moderation. Cheers!

Reference:

www.coffee-statistics.com.

 www.nmhct.nhs.uk.

www.cdc.gov.

www.coffeeresearch.org.

 

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 153.

RATANHIA.

 

It is a useful remedy in curing Pterygium in the eye.

It is useful in curing violent HICCUPS.

It is useful in curing cracked nipples.

It is a remedy that can expel threadworms.

It is useful whenever subjects suffer from bursting pain in the head after stools or while leaning down.

It suits subjects who have aches in the anus after stools.

It suits subjects who have fissures in ano.

It is a useful remedy in hemorrhoids, which burn like fire, relieved by cold water and when there is oozing of a thin liquid from the anus.