Beat the Heat

Indian Summer not only brings heat but also a lot of ailments. It is possible to fight these ailments using Homeopathy. Some of the most common problems during Summer period are:

HEAT EXHAUSTION- Elevated core temperature associated with hyperventilation and symptoms of tiredness , fatigue , muscular weakness , dizziness and collapse .

HEAT CRAMPS – Painful muscle cramps occur most commonly in the legs of young people following vigorous exercise in hot weather.

HEAT RASH – Skin redness , dryness , irritation from excess sweating .

PRICKLY HEAT  – Iitching eruption of the skin due to blockage of sweat ducts

CONJUNCTIVITIS

DYSPEPSIA

VERTIGO

Following are useful homoeopathic remedies for these summer ailments:

HEAT EXHAUSTION – Antimony crude , Gelsemium , Natrum carb , Selenium , Lachesis , Nux mosch .

HEAT CRAMPS – Colocyinth , Cuprum met , Gelsemium , Belladonna , Natrum mur , China .

HEAT RASH –  Kali bich , Ledum pal

PRICKLY HEAT – Acon , Bry , Jaborandi , Ammonium mur , Arsenicum album , Ledum pal , Syzigium , Urtica urens .

CONJUNCTIVITIS – Acon , Bell , Ferrum phos , Puls , Kali bich , Natrum mur , Calcarea carb , Nux vomica

DYSPEPSIA IN SUMMER – Antimony crude , Bryonia , Lycopodium .

SUN HEADACHE -Gels , Glon , Natrum carb , Bell , Kali bich , Lach , Antimony crude , Bry , Calcarea carb .

VERTIGO  – Acon , Agar , Bell , Natrum carb , Nux vomica .

OFFENSIVE PERSPIRATION  – Lycopodium , Nux vomica , Pulsatilla , Graphites

There are a number of medicines listed against each ailment because unlike Allopathy, Homeopathy does not have targeted medication for a decease. Homeopathic medication, in addition to decease symptoms also heavily depends on person’s constitution. The above list is a short list of possible remedies from thousands of available remedies. On can hone in on a specific remedy from this list based on his / her personality, constitution and other symptoms using homeopathy self-help guide books.

आहारातून उपचार / Healing With Food

नुकतेच माझ्या वाचनात डॉक्टर अंजली मुखर्जी यांचे मराठी अनुवादित पुस्तक “आहारातून उपचार” हे आले. पुस्तकात खूप उपयुक्त माहिती सोप्या व ओघवत्या भाषेत दिली आहे. त्यातील थोडी माहिती, सध्या आपण ज्यांना  “Life style” आजार म्हणतो त्यांवर खाली संकलित केली आहे. जर ही तुम्हाला आवडली तर तुम्ही संपूर्ण पुस्तक जरूर वाचा.

आहारातून उपचार

कोलेस्टेरॉलवर मात

         दररोज दोन मोठे चमचे ओटचा कोंडा, कमी स्निग्धांश असलेल्या गरम दुधात घालून घ्या.

         सोयाबीन दररोज ७०/८० ग्राम पोटात गेले पाहिजे.

         रोज एक सफरचंद खा.

         शिजविलेल्या कपभर छोल्यांमध्ये (बेंगाल ग्राम) कांदा, टोमाटो, कोथिंबीर घाला आणि कोशिंबिरी सारखे खा.

         रोजच्या जेवणात कच्चा कांदा खा.

         नियमितपणे हिरवा रस (गव्हांकुर, कोथिबीर) प्या.

         रोज दोन चमचे आळशीचे चूर्ण खा.

         रोज दोन पाकळ्या लसून ठेचून खा.

         एक वाडगा भर काळे किंवा हिरवे चणे उकडून, सलाड बनवून खा.

         रोज विटामिन ई चा २०० ते ४०० IU चा डोस तुमच्या डॉक्टरांच्या सल्ल्याने घ्या.

         साखरेच प्रमाण कमीत कमी राहूद्या. 

 रक्तातील गुठळ्या कमी करा

ह्या पदार्थांचा उपयोग खाण्यात करा लसून, आलं, कच्चा कांदा, हिरवा मिरच्या, ढोबळ्या मिरच्या, ग्रीन चहा, कच्च्या भाज्या, जवसाचे तेल, जीवनसत्व च्या गोळ्या.

उच्च रक्तदाबावर चाप

तुमचा रक्तदाब नेहेमी १२०/८० च्या जवळपास असला पाहिजे आणि १४०/९० च्या पुढ जाताकामा नये.

         फळे, भाज्या भरपूर खा.

         लसूण खा. गाव्हान्कुरांचा रस प्या.

         मीठ कमी खा.

         धुम्रपान व दारू बंद करा.

 अतिआम्लता

         जालोपचार तुमचा दिवस एक लिटर पाणी पिवून सुरु करा. नंतर दिवसात ६/७ ग्लास पाणी प्या. पाणी एकदम न पिता थांबून थांबून प्या.

         काळ्या मनुका –  रोज ४/५ मनुका रात्री पाण्यात भिजवून सकाळी खाव्यात. जास्त त्रास असेल तेंव्हा १५/२० मनुका खायला हरकत नाही.

 मधुमेह

         तुमचे वजन वाढले असल्यास ते ताबडतोब व्यायाम व योग्य आहाराने कमी करा.

         रोज ३०/४० मिनिटे चालण्याचा व्यायाम करा.

         मैद्याचे पदार्थ खाऊ नका. फळे आणि भाज्यांचे आहारातले प्रमाण वाढवा.

         तुमच्या आहारात जास्तीत जास्त तंतूंचा समावेश करा. ग्वार गम , सफरचंदाची साल, ओटचा कोंडा, चोथा असलेली फळे व भाज्या ह्यांचा आहारात समावेश असावा.

         कारलं दररोज उपाशी पोटी कपभर कार्ल्याचा ताजा रस घ्या. त्यात एक चमचा आवळ्याचा रस टाकल्यास उत्तम.

         आवळा दररोज ३/४ आवळे खाल्ले तर रोगप्रतिकारक शक्ती चांगलीच वाढते.

         मेथी दाणे –Type २ मधुमेहावर खूप फायदेशीर. दररोज सकाळी उठल्याबरोबर दोन चमचे मेथीचे चूर्ण खाल्ल्यास फयदा होतो.

पुस्तकाचे नाव – आहारातून उपचार – अनुवाद – सुनंदा अमरापूरकर

मूळ पुस्तक – Healing With Food by Dr. Anjali Mukherjee

Costly medicines? You can still save money.

Ever wondered why your doctor prescribes medicine of a specific brand when similar Imagemedicine from other brands is available at a much lesser price?

There are a couple of reasons.

One, most doctors are bonded to specific medical companies and their brands through various free give- aways they receive from these companies which include free samples, gifts, foreign trips, sponsorships to seminars etc. Further medical representatives keep a tab on the way doctors prescribe through the neighborhood medical shops. So doctors do not want to prescribe other brands for the fear of loosing various sops.

Other reason is that today doctors are less concerned about wholesome benefit for their patients, which includes not only their physical health but financial health also. Instead of doing some research about low cost but effective medication, they take the easy way out as finally it the patient who is at the receiving end.

I do not imply at all doctors act in this fashion but many do. I salute those doctors who still treat their patients as a human and act with real care and compassion.

Recently when faced with a similar situation I spoke with my doctor about the low cost (normally called ‘generic medicine’) medicine. While his response was on predictive lines, my take away from this interaction is as follows:

1. Doctors assume that big pharmaceutical companies, which mostly are MNCs (well advertised brands) will have better quality medicines as compared to Indian companies even if Indian companies are also large in size and are operating for a long time in the country.
2. Doctors do not want to experiment with low cost medicines.. There is no incentive for them for doing so.
3. Even when your doctor is unwilling to prescribe a low cost medicine, you can still go for such medicine if the manufacturer is well know. Just for example Pfizer versus Ajanta Pharma or Dr. Reddy’s Lab.

If your doctor is not willing to change the brand and you are ready to take a calculated risk then you can go for lower cost drugs manufactured by known companies and try them out for a reasonable period. If they work it is good for you but if they don’t (there is hardly any reason for this happening), you still have the option to switch to the costlier brand.  This approach should work well for those on long term medication for the so called life style deceases like BP, Cholesterol control and Diabetes. The underlying assumption is that just because a company is Indian and not a MNC, it does not cast any shadow on drug quality. In fact, India today is considered as world’s pharmacy and is one of the leading low cost drug providers to the world.

Here I recollect the example of ‘Cipla’ which slashed their cancer drug prices by as much as 75% forcing other drug companies to follow suit and reduce their astronomical profits.

There are a large no. of pharmaceutical companies in India who spend less on marketing, produce quality drugs which are out of patent and hence can sell them at a much lower price. If one is interested here is a web site (http://www.medguideindia.com) which provides a lot of information about drugs, their manufactures and prices.

Homeopathy for layman ……..by layman

If you are interested in trying out homeopathy, I recommend the following remedies as a Imagegood start. The 30c potency is a good general purpose potency and doze will be 4/5 pills 3 times a day. Avoid taking any food or drink within one hour of taking the medicine for best effects.

This part will cover some Homeopathic remedies to be kept in the home First Aid Kit.

First Aid Remedies

  • Arnica – For accidents, shock, injuries and bruising. Also useful to heal a sour body after a long travel and jet lag.
  • Calendula – Also available as a cream for healing wounds. It quickly seals the wounds and should be applied after the wound is completely cleaned.
  • Hypericum – A good remedy for injuries to nerve rich and sensitive areas like fingers, toes and genitals when pain is sharp and shooting.
  • Apis Mel – Very effective for bites and stings especially when they are accompanied with redness, pain and swelling.
  • Ledum – Good remedy for puncture wounds. Works well when pain is better from cold application and worse from heat.
  • Aconite – Extremely useful for treating ailments from cold winds and chills. Stops cold in it’s track if  taken at the first hint of illness.
  • Cantharis – Remedy for intense pain of burns. Great remedy when the skin is blistered, hot, burning and very painful.
  • Mag Phos – Remedy for cramps, convulsions and spasms. If is effective if tablets are crushed and placed in cup of warm water and sipped.
  • Nux Vomica – Great remedy for ailments from over indulgence of food, alcohol, tobacco and resulting digestive complaints.
  • Rhus Tox – A great remedy for overexertion, strains and over-lifting. For muscle, tendon and connective tissue injuries. Works better in cases when a pain becomes better after movement.

Homeopathy….cure or con?

picWhen you visit your doctor he is likely to offer you Conventional, Drug-based Medicine. Rarely, if ever, will your GP discuss with you any alternative treatments. Indeed, most conventionally trained doctors have not been trained in Homeopathy, or any other Alternative Treatment, and so are not qualified to advise you.

The main contention of people opposed to Homeopathy is that the reason patients get better is not because of the homeopathic remedy but because of a placebo-effect and the lengthy consultation with a compassionate clinician. But placebo effect theory is wrong, as homeopathy is known to work even better for kids and infants who are not influenced by placebo effect. But is there anything wrong with using the placebo effect? After-all no one will deny that a patient feels a lot better if his doctor talks with compassion, shows concern for his  condition and gives him time to express his feelings. Unfortunately in today’s fast paced world, time is a precious commodity and doctors with their heavy patient load are always short of time.

What are advantages of Homeopathy?

  1.  Homeopathy is extremely effective, but requires a good match between the symptoms of your illness, and the known symptom picture of a homeopathic remedy. When this match is achieved, Homeopathy will be effective.
  2. Homeopathy is safe.
  3.  Homeopathy is inexpensive – Today it is hard to find a GP to treat your every day illnesses like common cold, cough, sprains etc. Visiting specialists costs a bundle and often exposes you to heavy doses of antibiotics.

A growing number of people, throughout the world, are now turning to Homeopathy to treat illness. It is now the second most used therapy worldwide.

To build up confidence you can start treating  everyday illnesses like common cold, cough, flu, sprain, acidity, indigestion etc. Once you gain confidence and develop trust you can graduate to higher levels.

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