ABOUT HOLISTIC MEDICINE

 

A brief history of Holistic Medicine:

 Holistic medicine is not a new system of medicine. It is as old as man’s foray into the world. A fact that is strangely lesser known is that India is the cradle that fostered Holistic medicine. More that 10,000 years ago, we had great physicians like Lord Dhanvantri, Rishis who brought forth the treatises on Ayurveda. Foremost among these great rishis were Sage Charaka and Sage Sushrutha.

The earliest western records credit Hippocrates as being the father of modern medicine, although he did his work more than 400 years before Lord Jesus was born.  But, Hippocrates was a visionary beyond comprehension. He wrote more than sixty books on Medicine. He was truly the father of modern medicine as well as the father or Holistic medicine.

Through the eons, mystics, spiritual persons and passionate men carried on their relentless quest for health. In the 12th century A.D. there was a great Arabian physician called as Rhazes, who emphasized on diet as a mode of treatment.

In the Renaissance period, Europe saw great strides in our understanding of Anatomy. Unfortunately, there was also ignorance. People thought that illness was as a result of demons. Debilitating therapies were in vogue like applying leaches to human beings to take away the “so called bad blood”.

 

Around two hundred years ago, Franz Anton Mesmer came into the scene and created a new system of cure, which was popularly called as Mesmerism.  Unfortunately, Mesmer had to flee his own country of birth.  About one hundred and fifty years ago, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann came into the scene and he revolutionized medical therapy by introducing Homeopathy, where the dictum of cure was Similia similibus Curentur –which simply means that like cures like.

World war II saw the advent of Penicillin and then man never seemed to look back. The war on the microbes seemed to have been won and a plethora of new antibiotics came onto the scene. Surgical techniques became refined in the seventies, eighties and the nineties and everybody thought that Holistic medicine should be confined to history textbooks. Everywhere it was Allopathy, allopathy and only allopathic.

Holistic Medicine makes a come back:

 With the advent of gross urbanization, mindless industrialization and gross destruction of the environment, a new set of diseases came up and they were Stress related disorders. Then sprang up the viruses like AIDS, SARS and BIRD FLU, just to name a few. In the nineties doctors discovered to their utter horror that existing bugs were becoming resistant to antibiotics and newer super bugs evolved – the MRSA’s, the ESBL’ s, the MDR tuberculosis.  Finally, we have come back one full circle and patients who became fed up of the allopathic system started seeking solace to their ailments through Yoga, Ayurveda, massage, nutritional therapy and Homeopathy. Thus, Holistic medicine has  made a comeback in the latter part of the 20th century and in the early 21st century.

What is Holistic Medicine?

The Canadian Holistic Medical Association defines holistic Medicine as follows.

Holistic medicine is a system of health care, which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health.

It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal health.

The other terms associated with Holistic Medicine are:

  • Alternative Medicine.
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Natural Healing.

Conclusion:

 Society is undergoing a rapid transition and values are changing. The world needs a spiritual revolution and Holistic medicine will give the world the spin of total health, it needs.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 165.

SARSAPARILLA.

 

This remedy is derived from Wild Liquorice.

This remedy suits patients who are suffering from combinations of Psora, Syphilis and Sycosis miasm.

This remedy suits subjects who are despondent, easily offended, ill humored and taciturn.

It is a useful remedy for eruptions following hot weather and vaccinations.

This remedy is also useful in Aphthous ulcers in the mouth (mouth ulcers).

This remedy is useful in colic and backache occurring at the same time.

This remedy is useful when the urine is scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy and bloody. This remedy is useful when there is gravel in the urine with renal colic.  This remedy is useful when the urinary symptoms are marked.  It is useful in Renal Colic, Marasmus and periosteal pain (pain around the bones) due to venereal disease.  This remedy is useful when there is dribbling of urine, while sitting down.  This remedy is useful when the bladder is distended and tender.  This remedy is useful for the tenesmus of the bladder, when the urine passes as a thin stream.

This remedy is useful in children who scream in pain before passing urine.

This remedy is useful when subjects have bloody seminal emissions.

This remedy is useful in removing the intolerable stench of the genitals.  This remedy is useful for Herpes of the genitals.  This remedy alleviates itching on the scrotum and the perineum.

This remedy is useful in female subjects who have withered, small and retracted nipples.

This remedy is also useful in female subjects who have itching and a humid eruption of the forehead.

This remedy is useful when the skin is emaciated, wrinkled and shriveled and lies in folds. (Similar to ABROTANUM & SANICULA).

This remedy is useful for rash that comes on from exposure to open air.  This remedy is suitable for summer skin eruptions.  This remedy is useful in treating non-healing varicose ulcers.

This remedy is useful for paralytic tearing pains in the extremities.  This remedy is useful in rheumatic pains in the bones, which are worse at night.  This remedy is also useful for rheumatism following an attack of gonorrhea.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from the dampness of the night, after urinating, when yawning, in spring and before menstruation.

Two remedies that follow SARSAPARILLA, to complete the cure are MERCURY AND SEPIA.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 During the very hot months, a great many children and some grown persons present themselves with cutaneous affections –their names are legion. Last year I gave to all such cases small doses 3 times a day of SARSAPARILLA 3rd triturition and never before have I practiced among skin diseases with such satisfaction and such triumph.

Dr. Holcombe.

Eating meat harms you and the planet?

Introduction:

According to Vernon Coleman, eating meat has health hazards because along with the meat you may be consuming hormones, drugs and other chemicals that have been fed to the animals before they were killed. No one knows precisely what effect eating the hormones in meat is likely to have on your health. Some farmers use tranquilizers to keep animals calm. When you eat meat you are, inevitably, eating those drugs. In America, over half of all antibiotics are fed to animals and it must not be a coincidence that there is a sharp rise in the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin that have gone up from 13% in 1960 to 91% in 1988.

It is also known that vegetarians visit hospitals about 22 % less than meat eaters and have shorter hospital stays. Vegetarians tend to be fitter and healthier than meat eaters. Many of the world’s most successful athletes follow a strictly vegetarian diet.

What is not well known is that meat eating has devastating environmental consequences.  Take a look at these statistics that are taken from a website called as peta2.com and then decide for yourself, whether you want to be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian.

Resources:

In the U.S., animals raised for food are fed 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains we grow. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth.

Land:
Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 80 percent is used to raise animals for food—that’s almost half the total landmass of the lower 48 states.

Water:

Nearly half of all the water consumed in the U.S. for all purposes is used to raise animals for food. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. A totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.

Pollution:

Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the U.S. than any other industry because animals raised for food produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population—87,000 pounds per second! Much of the waste from factory farms and slaughterhouses flows into streams and rivers, contaminating water sources.

Energy:

Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third is used to raise animals for food. The energy needed to produce the food that a meat-eater would burn in walking a given distance is greater than the energy needed to fuel your car to travel the same distance.

Deforestation:

Each vegetarian saves an acre of trees every year! The tropical rain forests are being decimated to create grazing land for cattle. The space equivalent to seven football fields is destroyed every minute. Fifty-five square feet of rain forest may be razed to produce just one-quarter pound burger.

Sources:

www.vernoncoleman.com

www.peta2.com.

 

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 164.

SANICULA.

 

THIS REMEDY SUITS OBSTINATE AND RESTLESS CHILDREN.

 This remedy is derived from the spring waters of Ottawa and it contains various salts.

This remedy suits headstrong, obstinate children, who kick and scream and want to be carried constantly. The child constantly throws himself backward and nothing seems to pacify him.  This remedy suits children who are restless and desire to wander from place to place and sweats profusely during sleep from the head and neck.

 This remedy is useful in incontinence of the urine, seasickness, constipation and rickets.

 

This remedy has a peculiar symptom in children – DREAD OF DOWNWARD MOTION (like BORAX).

It suits subjects who have profuse watering of the eyes with exposure to cold air.

This remedy is also suitable for motion sickness.

This remedy is useful when the stools are large, heavy and painful.  This remedy is also useful when there is a great straining of stools, when it is expelled only partially and crumbles at the anal verge, with a very offensive odor.

This remedy is useful for leucorrhoea with the odor of fresh brine or old cheese.

It suits subjects, whose skin is dirty, greasy, brownish, wrinkled, with a fissured eczema in the hands and fingers.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse while moving the hands backwards, downward motion, raising arms, from cold winds and damp weather.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 Dr. Boger in his little synoptic key, gives 3 remedies for nail biting; ARSENICUM, SANICULA & HYOSCAMUS. I have found SANICULA most effective in treating this condition.

Dr. Dixon.

THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE.

 

The body is like a fine Stradivarius violin. In order to extract sound from this instrument, specific areas of the strings must be stroked of puckered and the proper tension and release employed.

– Deanna J. Naddy.

 

Introduction:

 

Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique in Geelong, Victoria. After serving in World War II.  He noticed that when certain moves were made in the body, it had certain effects.  Bowen was a very humble person and attributed his healing ability as being a gift of God.

The Bowen Technique is a form of light-touch therapy in which the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make gentle, rolling-type moves at very precise points around the body. This technique offers many moves to the practitioner and most moves are grouped in sets and they are used in specific parts of the body such as; the shoulder, knees, spine, pelvis and the jaw.

How does the Bowen Technique Work?

 The human body is a self-healing organism. It is not exactly know how this therapy works, but it is believed that the light-touch therapy sends impulses to the brain and it results in muscle relaxation and pain reduction via the autonomic nervous system. The electrical impulses sent to the brain by this technique help the body regain normal movements in joints, muscles and tendons.  This helps in helping the body relax and heal itself. This technique relieves muscle spasm and increases lymph flow. Surprisingly, many of the moves made in this technique are made along acupuncture meridians and points that stimulate the balance of body energy.

A typical Bowen treatment:

 A typical Bowen treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes. Most of the work can be done through light clothing. Oils are never used.

During a session the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make rolling type moves on different muscles of the body. The therapist often interrupts the therapy in-between to allow the body to make healing adjustments.

Some patients experience pain relief after just one session. Two or three treatments are usually enough to achieve long-lasting relief. Even long-term conditions may respond very quickly.

Some conditions that get dramatically cured:

The Bowen technique is very useful in treating chronic backache, sciatica, migraine, frozen shoulder, cases of fibromyalgia, in chronic fatigue syndrome and sports injuries.  Promising results have been seen in some cases of severe arthritis.

Conclusion:

The Bowen’s technique is very effective and has been steadily been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals have been impressed by the capabilities of a Bowen treatment and the diversity of problems addressed.

This technique is an effective, safe and non-pharmacological technique.  Anybody can learn it and there is only one basic move. It is an uncomplicated Alternative therapy and the only post treatment advice that could be common to all patients is to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

Reference:

http://www.bowen-technique.co.uk/history.htm

www.bowenwork.com

www.bowen-technique.co.uk

www.bowen.asn.au

www.natural.bloom.com

http://www.highlandrealm.org/bowentech.asp.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 163.

SANGUINARIA.

 

This remedy is derived from the plant called as Bloodroot.

This is a right-sided remedy and affects the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract.

It is a suitable remedy for headache, which is periodical, weekly, every three days.  The headache is associated with bitter vomiting.  It is suitable for headache and neuralgia on the right side, beginning in the occiput (back of the head) and spreading over the face and settling in the right eye, with a feeling as if the forehead would burst, and the subject feels better after lying down or sleeping in a dark room. The headache is also better by rubbing, pressure and worse from mental and physical exertion.  It is suitable for menopausal headaches.

It is suitable in hay fever with chronic watery discharge from the nose.

This remedy is also useful for polyps in the nose.

It is a great chest remedy with rust colored sputum (similar to Bryonia), associated with sharp stitching pain in the right lung.

It is a suitable remedy for subjects who have tickling behind the sternum with a constant hacking cough, day and night, which is worse while lying down.

It suits subjects, who have pain in the right side of the chest, through the right shoulder.  It suits subjects with excess dyspnoea with a desire to breath deeply.

It is useful in subjects with rheumatic pains in the right shoulder who find it difficult to move their arm.  It suits subjects whose have burning in the soles of their feet.

It suits subjects who have eruptions on the face, worse during the menstrual period.  It suits subjects, who have a flushed face with flashes of heat and distension of the veins, with burning sensation in the feet and palms, with a feeling of a rush of blood in the head.

It is an extremely good menopausal remedy.  It is good for hot flushes of heat.

This remedy is useful in allergic complaints, which are worse from cold, odors of flowers, colds, diarrhea, colds, and leucorrhoea.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from sweets, right side, motion and touch.  It also suits subjects who are better from acidic food, sleep and darkness.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

I know of no remedy to take the place of SANGUINARIA in edema of the glottis, secondary to Acute Pharyngitis.

Dr. Irvins.

 In threatened phthisis (tuberculosis) with a bad bronchial cough after Pneumonia or Bronchitis, with foul smelling sputum, noticed by the patients, SANGUINARIA will often clear the atmosphere.

Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.

 One can hardly be successful in whooping cough without SANGUINARIA.  It may of use early before it has really gotten a start, but its greatest use is at the end where the cough returns every time the patient takes a cold.

Dr. Lehman.

 These three – SANGUINARIA, IRIS and MELILOTUS together with PULSATILLA & IPAECAC can have and will take care of most headaches.  And this is not after the manner of Aspirin and its companion sedatives, but when carefully matched, it removes it lock stock and barrel.

Dr. T. K. Moore, M.D.

A VITAL MICRO NUTRIENT – MANGANESE.

Introduction:

Manganese is a micronutrient that is nutritionally essential.  The effects of manganese are not fully understood and it is perhaps appropriate that it derives its name from the Greek word – which means magic.  People in UK are least likely to have Manganese deficiency because of their tea drinking habits.

Manganese has recently come under the scanner because excessive levels in the atmosphere is said to result in violent behavior in humans.

Sources of Manganese:
  • Tea
  • Wheat germ
  • Spinach
  • Split peas
  • Nuts
  • Oat germ
  • Oatmeal,
  • Pineapple
  • Green leafy vegetables.
Recommended daily allowance for Manganese:

US RDA: 2.5-7mg per day.

Why is Manganese so essential?
  • It is essential for smooth functioning of the brain
  • Manganese is an antioxidant nutrient that is important in the breakdown of amino acids and the production of energy.
  •    It is necessary for the metabolism of Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin E and it activates various enzymes, which are important for proper digestion & utilization of foods.
  •   Manganese is a catalyst in the breakdown of fats and cholesterol.
  •   It is necessary for normal skeletal development, and helps to maintain sex hormone production and to regulate blood sugar levels.
  •   Manganese super oxide dismutase (MnSOD) is the principal antioxidant enzyme, which helps the proper functioning of mitochondria, the powerhouse in our cells.
  •   Arginase, another manganese-containing enzyme, is required by the liver for the urea cycle, a process that detoxifies ammonia generated during amino acid metabolism.
  •   Manganese deficiency results in abnormal skeletal development.
  •   Manganese is required for wound healing.
  • Excessive levels of manganese can cause violent behavior:

Every cell in the human body uses manganese, and a deficiency of it will lead to death.  But too much of it, some experts say, can make a person prone to violence and certain mental disorders, particularly attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Excess of manganese has been long suspected of causing violent behavior in high doses. In California legislators have decided to monitor manganese levels in the air

It is believed that manganese and iron share a common absorption and transport pathways.  Absorption of manganese from a meal is reduced as the meal’s iron content is increased.

In one study it was found that young men who were fed a low-manganese diet developed decreased serum cholesterol levels and a transient skin rash. Blood calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase levels were also elevated, which may indicate increased bone remodeling as a consequence of insufficient dietary manganese.

Manganese deficiency symptoms include:
  • Pain in the joints.
  • High blood sugar and altered lipid metabolism.
  • Bone/disc problems.
  • Poor memory.
  • Impaired growth,
  • Impaired reproductive function,
Conclusion:

Manganese supplementation, in combination with calcium, zinc and copper, showed efficacy in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Manganese in combination with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate was helpful in treating knee osteoarthritis pain.  Manganese is also said to be useful in alleviating some PMS symptoms, including anxiety, depression, irritability and mood swings.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 162.

SAMBUCUS NIGRA.

 

THE ACTION OF THIS REMEDY IS MAINLY ON THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS.

 

This remedy is derived from the tree called as ELDER.

 The keynote symptom of this remedy is THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS.

It suits subjects, who have a hoarseness of the voice with a tenacious mucous.  It suits subjects with a suffocating cough, beginning around midnight with crying or shortness of breath.  It is a suitable remedy for spasmodic cough.

It is suitable for snuffles in infants (blockage of the nose), when the nose is dry and obstructed and the infant is forced to let go of the nipple and cannot breathe, while suckling.  This remedy suits children, when they suddenly wake up and cannot breathe out and go blue.

This remedy also suits subjects, who cannot breathe and go blue.

This remedy is useful for the bad effects of violent mental emotions, and for combating the bad effects of excessive sexual indulgence.

It suits subjects who have dry heat in the body with profuse sweating.

This remedy is useful for edema of the various parts of the body, especially the lower limbs.

It is also useful for aliments that come on during the sleep, worse from midnight, forcing the patient to sit up and making him worse on lying on the left side, or with the head low.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse from cold drinks, while over heated and worse from cold dry air.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 When the child has been frightened and suffocative attacks set in with bluish, bloated face, SAMBUCUS NIGRA is useful.

Dr. Krischbaum.

In the suffocating cough of children, waking them up in the middle of the night and accompanied by sibilant wheezing and great dyspnoea, but without croup, I have found small doses of SAMBUCUS Q of the most rapid service.

Dr. Bayes.

I have myself found SAMBUCUS NIGRA of great use in checking those debilitating perspirations, which often retard convalescence after delivery.

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

UNDERSTANDING THE MIND AND MEDITATING.

UNDERSTANDING THE MIND AND MEDITATING.

 More and more people are rediscovering meditation—a practice that takes you inside for an out-of-the-world experience.

 Parveen Chopra

Introduction:

 

What do Clint Eastwood, Richard Gere, the Canadian musician Leonard Cohen and the famous new age Indian Guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra have in common?  The answer is, they all meditate. Clint Eastwood has been practicing Transcendental meditation ™ for years. Cohen spent six months in a Zen monastery.  Richard Gere is a staunch meditating Buddhist.  Mitch Kapor was a TM teacher before he created software history by creating Lotus 1-2-3.

We are all a holistic combination of the Body, the Mind and the soul.  To be successful in life, we have to keep our bodies healthy with exercise and proper vegan lifestyle. The exercise for the mind is meditation.  Meditation is a fundamental spiritual discipline of all major religions.  Meditation may be defined as a withdrawal or the reversal of one’s consciousness from the body and the world, into the realm of the soul. It is an inward journey onto the bright path of contemplation of God.  Meditation helps one to have more awareness of oneself. It helps us experience a state of internal freedom and a sense of joy.

What is the Mind?

 The mind is just a bundle of thoughts. It is a Body within our bodies at a finer rate of vibration. The mind and the body are inter-connected.  Matter is the mind at a lesser rate of vibration and the mind is matter at a higher rate of vibration.  A disease of the body will affect the mind and vice-versa. To be successful in life one has to control the mind.  It is constantly wandering and distracting us.  Great thinkers, scientists and all the successful people on earth are innately meditative by nature.

 Why should we meditate?

 Meditation is food for the mind. It will help to still the mind and the soul force will take over our lives and the true purpose of life is revealed to us.  Meditation is a healing balm that helps us understand the chaos in this world. It is a tool for understanding the true meaning of our lives.

Several Hindu seers have compared the mind to a monkey that is innately restless in nature, which is drunken by the wine of worldly desires.  They further add that the monkey becomes bitten scorpion of jealousy and then possessed by the ghost of the past. Such is the state of our minds today. Sad! But true.

The constantly over-working chaotic mind is always preventing us from living in the present and being creative.  The mind is fear driven and always is either in the past or the future. The 21st century mantra is BEND THE BODY, MEND THE SENSES AND END THE MIND.

Will one become a zombie if the mind ceases to work?

When one begins to meditate, anguished friends warn us against taking up this spiritual practice. They feel that people practicing meditation will become non-functional and useless to society.

Nothing is further from the real truth. It is well known that when one goes into deeper states of meditation, one goes into the alpha levels in the brain (as recorded by the Electro Encephalogram – EEG) and meditative people become more creative, error free, intuitive and highly successful.

Medical benefits of Meditation:

 Medically speaking, regular Meditation and Prayer helps us in the following way:

  • It reduces stress.
  • It bolsters the immunity of the body.
  • It increases the memory and will power.
  • It can slow down the progress of cancers and certain forms of degenerative diseases.
  • It prevents the premature aging of the body.
  • It helps fighting psychosomatic disorders.
  • It helps fight depression, phobias and fears.

Meditation can make you a successful and creative person. It can be a valuable modern medical tool in many branches of Medicine such as; Psychiatry, Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastro-enterology, Skin and Connective tissue diseases, Sports and Aviation medicine. Meditation can also be a valuable tool in terminal diseases like cancers and AIDS and help in alleviating pain in the terminal stages of such diseases.

References:

 www.lifepositive.com.

 www.dailymantra.com.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 161.

SALICYLICUM ACIDICUM.

This remedy is suitable in Meniere’s disease, where there is ring and roaring in the ears, with deafness and vertigo.

This remedy is suitable for subjects with Vertigo with a tendency to fall of the left side.

This remedy is also suitable for subjects with Retinal hemorrhage.

This remedy is also useful in mouth ulcers with burning in the mouth with a fetid breath.  This remedy is useful when subjects have hot and sour belching with flatulence.

This remedy is useful in subjects, who have painful and swollen knees with sciatica with burning pain that is worse at night.

This remedy is useful when the skin is hot and burning and itching vesicles and pustules, which are better while scratching.

 

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

 Our main experience with SALICYLIC ACID has been in a few cases of Meniere’s diseases, where its action, in the usual small doses of Homeopathy, has been prompt and satisfactory.

Dr. M. L. Tyler, M.D.

 The 3rd trituration of SALICYLIC ACID is becoming quite a favorite medicine with me for simple deafness and tinnitus.

Dr. Claude.

 For inflamed or ulcerated corns, NITRIC ACID is good; also locally for painful corms, a solution of SALICYLIC ACID 1 in 5 to be painted on the corn at bed time every 2 or 3 nights is often successful.

Dr. Pettit.