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venerdì 22 luglio 2011

Health wonders of black berry

The Jamun is a purple coloured tropical berry with a unique taste, colour and flavour. It is acidic and astringent in nature, with a sweet taste. The jamun also popularly known as jambolan, kala jamun, jambas, rajaman, neredu, naval, nerale, java plum, jamali, black plum and black berry. The anthocyanin a plant pigment present in the fruit renders purple colour to the tongue.
The fruit has loads of minerals, with glucose and fructose being the major sugars found in the ripe fruit. It offers lesser calories, in comparison to other fruits. The seed of the fruit is rich in protein carbohydrates and calcium. The fruit is also a fair source of iron, folate and vitamin-B, carotene, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and fibre.
Health benefits:
  • Jamun is particularly used in treatment of diabetes. Extracts of the bark, leaves and seeds have been found to cause a marked prolonged decrease in blood sugar and glycouria. Studies have shown that jamun has hypoglycaemic effects, wherein a 30percent reduction in blood sugar is reported. It has therefore been rightly named diabetic fighter, as recommended by studies – Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre and Central Drug Research Institute. An effective remedy to control diabetes is to mix jamun seeds, bitter gourd (karela), Basil (tulsi) and Gurmar. This, when taken regularly, controls diabetes in a better way.
  • Unani and Ayurvedic system use it for treatment of digestive disorders, including diarrohea.
  • Studies have proven that Jamun could be protective in liver disease, thereby playing a vital role in preventing liver damage.
  • The Jamun fruit extract, due to the presence of bioactive phytochemicals including polyphenols has shown to have an anti-cancer potential. The fruit consumption is also believed to have benefits during chemotherapy and radiation.
  • The polyphenolic compounds in the fruit have great health benefits including prevention of several chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, ageing, diabetes and arthritis.
  • The anti-bacterial property in the leaves of the jamun tree makes it an ideal medicine for strengthening of teeth and gums.
  • The bark of the jamun tree is used for urinary disorders, de-worming, and to formulate herbal medicines by traditional healers.
  • Extracts from the bark of the tree also has moderate level of antibiotic activity, and high astringent properties.
  • The bark and leaves of the tree are used in controlling high blood pressure.
  • The powder of jamun is applied externally to stop bleeding

Need natural remedy to cure insomnia? Try cherry juice

For all those of you suffering from insomnia, drinking a glass of cherry juice twice a day may be just what you need for a good night’s sleep, according to latest study!
The researchers at the University of Rochester, New York, found that having a glass of unsweetened cherry juice in the morning and evening regularly, helped people enjoy better sleep.
The study lead, Psychiatrist Dr. Wilfre Pigeon, said that the effect of cherry juice is largely due to the presence of high content of melatonin in the fruit, the hormone which regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
The researchers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing sleep patterns of participants in two phases. During the first phases, the volunteers were given cherry juice both morning and evening, and in the second phase they were given a comparable fruit juice.
Curing insomnia is one of the biggest health challenges of modern age. About one in four adults suffer from insomnia and sleep less than five hours every night.
“Considering the side-effects of certain medications, it is encouraging to have a natural alternative,” Pigeon said.
The results of the findings are published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

Prostatitis – alternative and natural treatment methods

What is Prostatitis?
The Prostate is a small wall-nut sized organ in men, located at the base of the bladder, surrounding the urinary passage called urethra, and sits in front of the rectum.
Prostatitis is the general term used to describe Prostate Inflammation. The Prostate is associated with the male reproductive system, but, given its location, majority of the prostate problems also tend to be associated with the urinary bladder.
Causes: Most often, the acute form of Prostatitis is caused by bacterial infection. But, at times, there is another chronic form of prostatitis, which is not caused by bacteria, but the patient may experience inflammation, pain, discomfort and urinary difficulties associated with this condition, owing to injury, stress or any cause that may be of an unknown origin.
Some other causes could be prolonged periods of sitting, as in certain desk jobs that increase pressure on the pelvic region which results in congestion of tissues around the prostate gland, exposure to cold and chill, and infectious diseases (chronic prostatitis is often an after-effect of acute condition), excessive sexual excitement, constipation and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Symptoms: Some common symptoms of Prostatitis are fever, tiredness, decreased interest in sex, urgency to urinate, increased frequency of urination, burning sensation during and after urination, poor urine out-flow, inability to begin a urine stream, pain in the groin, abdomen or lower back, pain in the perineum and in the area between penis and the anus, or testicular pain.
Treatment: Although majority of men with prostatitis turn to prescription medications as a remedy for the condition, there are several alternative and natural modes of treatment available, that can minimize the discomfort associated with the symptoms, and can cure the condition when taken long-term. The positive aspect is that these herbal supplements have much lesser side effects and are less expensive. Herbal remedies are particularly effective in alleviating the symptoms of Prostatitis (non-bacterial form).
Alternative Therapies
Among the most natural treatment for Prostatitis is a form of hydrotherapy, wherein you sit in a device called “sitz” bath, a plastic mechanism which fits into your standard toilet and holds enough water so as to submerge the pelvic region of the body. First fill it with warm water, and sit for 10 to 30 minutes a day, as warm water is thought to improve blood circulation within the prostate. Increased blood circulation, not only soothes the pain or discomfort, but also fosters healing within the prostate gland itself. Continue to add warm water as it cools. Else, you could also use your bathtub by filling just enough warm water to cover the pelvis. This will also yield the same results.
Hot, cold hipbaths
Here, after a thorough cleansing of bowel using warm-water enema, alternate hot and cold hipbaths are given. While the heat relieves the tissues, a brief cold immersion tones them up. They are of much help in relieving pain and reducing congestion.
Wet girdle pack
This is another valuable remedy, which forms a part of hydrotherapy. Here thin cotton underwear is wrung in cold water and worn by the patient. Then a thicker dry wear is worn above the wet undergarment. This treatment is suggested for 90 minutes every night. It is considered to relieve prostatitis and prostate enlargement.
Acupuncture can relieve pain and discomfort associated with Prostatitis, particularly, when the cause of the condition is unknown. Here needles are inserted along the pressure points in the body to reduce the inflammation of prostate, thereby alleviating associated symptoms. The Acupuncture points for chronic prostatitis is one the lower abdomen, lower back, sacrum and legs. The treatment course involves five to ten acupuncture treatments once or twice a week. For chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome, improvement is gradual, but can be effective.
If all these methods of treatments fail to bring relief, biofeedback therapy could be considered to treat the condition. Here, a licensed therapist gives necessary tools for actually using your mind to alleviate pain. When working with the therapist, you actually learn to relax the muscles of the body and dissolve pain from the inside. But, for this procedure, you need to consult a biofeedback therapist recommended by your physician.
Here are some potent herbs which can cure both acute and chronic cases of prostatitis:
Saw Palmetto – Saw Palmetto is a tiny palm tree found along the coasts of south-eastern United States, in Mediterranean Europe and in Africa. The active components of Saw Palmetto are known to decrease inflammation in men who have prostatitis. Saw Palmetto is widely used in Germany to treat prostatitis symptoms. This herb offers relief for general pain and inflammation in the pelvic region, urination problems and impotence. It is available in health food stores and in nutritional supplement departments too.
Shilajit – It is a good medicine for prostatitis. Being diuretic in nature, it washes away the infection, and given its aphrodisiac properties, it helps strengthen male reproductive system.
Ashwagandha – It is an effective herb that not only empowers the reproductive system, but increases vitality and reduces stress levels.
Pygeum – It is a herb which is considered beneficial in fighting prostatitis. Pygeum is an evergreen tree, found in the African region. Men who take atleast 200mgms of Pygeum extract daily, have found considerable improvement in their prostatitis symptoms.
Lycopene – It is another natural bioflavonoid present in tomatoes. It contains a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent prostate cancer, and relieve symptoms of prostatitis, particularly frequent urination and dribbling.
Golden Seal – It is widely considered as a natural antibiotic, which has been effective in killing most bacteria that cause prostatitis. It is also helpful in reducing urinary tract inflammation and in shrinking a swollen prostate gland.
Cranberry JuiceCranberry juice has properties to dislodge bacteria from the bladder wall, so that any loose invading bacteria are washed away. It can help prevent infection from prostate spreading to the bladder and vice versa. It can be taken as juice or as chewable tablets (take 1 tablet thrice a day).
Couch Grass, Pipsissewa, Watermelon Seed are few natural diuretics that help flush out urine, while Echinacea and Siberian Ginseng are immune-system enhancers that help with natural defense system of the body. Comfrey and Marshmellow have demulcent properties that help sooth and protect, while valerian, crampbark and skullcap help relax muscles in the area.
Lifestyle modifications:
One of the effective methods of treating prostatitis naturally is to avoid any substance that prompts inflammation and pain associated with the condition. Therefore alcohol, caffeine, citrus fruits, spicy peppers, fried food, junk food, certain herbs and food products that irritate the gland should be avoided. You may have to maintain a dietary intake diary to look at the substances that worsen your symptoms and avoid them.
Make it a point to include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, soy, beans, seeds, nuts, olive oil and cold-water fish into your diet.
Drink atleast 50% of your body weight in ounces of water.
Use an inflatable cushion or pillow when sitting to ease pressure on the prostate. Also avoid activities such as bicycling, biking, or wear padded shorts, to relieve pressure on your prostate.
Finally, avoid sexual excess, irregularities in eating and drinking, prolonged periods of sitting, vigorous exercise, relax and reduce stress by learning stress management techniques, and make all efforts to tone up the general condition of the body.

Ayurvedic cures for Herpes

Herpes is the short for herpes simplex, a common viral infection, that often leads to blemishes or sores on the skin, particularly on the face or in the genital area. The most common is the Herpes Simplex infection, the symptoms of which are known as ‘fever blisters’, or ‘cold sores’ that appear on mouth or lips. This is known as HSV-1 (facial herpes). The other common form of herpes appears in the genitals, known as HSV-2 (genital herpes). A person infected with HSV will have recurrent episodes of active herpes for the rest of his life.
The common cause of Herpes is through skin-to-skin contact, which transmits HSV-1 and HSV-2. In case the first episode of herpes occurs during pregnancy, there are possibilities of passing on the virus to unborn baby.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, when our immune systems are weak, that is when the body does not receive enough food, exercise or sleep, and are exposed to environmental toxins or chronic stress, the body experiences imbalance of doshas. Impurity of Pitta, along with blood, is considered the main causative factor for the condition. This impurity of blood, which can also be caused due to poor digestion, wrong eating habits, leads to appearance of leasions in the skin.
Hence as for Ayurvedic treatment, the first step is to balance the doshas. This is achieved through dietary modifications, and adding herbs and dietary supplements to balance the doshas that lead to this disease. The herbal preparations detoxify blood and lymph, expel the toxins and vitiated doshas from lymph and blood, and hence the underlying tissues get rejuvenated. This reduces the burning, inflammation and tingling sesation.
Second step involves rejuvenation of body, as ayurveda believes that a disease affects not only a particular organ, but the entire body. Hence after balancing the doshas, the body needs to be rejuvenated using Rasayanas, so that the body develops immunity to fight recurrent attacks of the disease. One such ayurvedic preparation for body rejuvenation is Chyavanprash.
Apart from balancing doshas, and rejuvenation of body, the treatment to particular organ that mainly affects the disease is the final stage of treatment. This is called Sthanika Chikitsa (local treatment). In the case of genital herpes, this is achieved through local application of herbal paste prepared from rose, amalakki, neem and sandalwood. These preparations restores and rejuvenates the structure and color of the skin, while also reducing inflammation and tenderness of the skin.
Finally necessary diet and lifestyle modification needs to be taken into consideration. An anti-Pitta diet is recommended.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, fish, chicken and eggs are considered beneficial for people with herpes. A good night’s sleep of more than 8 hours is vital. Half an hour of regular exercises are suggested to reduce stress, as stress is a possible factor for trigger of herpes. Yoga and meditation also has proved to support immune system immensely by reducing stress and offering tranquility and well-being.

Cranberry juice protects against viruses

The Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs in the genus Vaccinium, and is a close relative of the common blueberry. The Native Americans used it as food and for treatments of Kidney and Bladder diseases.
According to recent study by New York-based researchers, the juice of Cranberry protects against viruses.  For carrying out the study, the researchers studied the anti-viral benefits by exposing the viruses to Cranberry, Orange or grapefruit juices, and measured the extent of virus infectivity.
It was found that 20 percent Cranberry juice suspension was sufficient to stop the virus from binding to the cell surface. However, the percentage requirement was higher in the case of Orange and Grapefruit juice.
The popularity of the fruit has been on the increase during the recent years, with increasing consumer awareness, and more scientific evidences revealing the health benefits of the fruit. Although, the fruit has been long considered an effective method in fighting urinary tract infections, which has prompted several parents in the US to give it to their children, it was France, which became the first country to endorse the health claim for the North American Cranberry species Vaccinium macrocarpon, during the year 2004.
Their claim stated that Cranberry helps in reducing the adhesion of certain E.coli bacteria to the urinary tract walls. (by

giovedì 21 luglio 2011

Pilates exercises

Pilates exercises, help in developing efficient movement and core strength, utilizing Pilates principles. Before getting into actual Pilates exercises, the warm up exercises serve as a foundation before practicing mat exercises.
Pilates Quick workouts – This series of exercises can be done anytime as quick warm-up exercises. Apart from pepping up, it stretches and tones the muscles of the arms, legs, abdomen, back and butt. The warm-up series includes exercises such as the Pelvic Curl. Spine Stretch, The Hundred, Swimming, Saw, Plank, and the Single Leg Stretch.
Pilates Side Kick Series Mat Exercises – The Side Kick Series of Pilates classes help in toning the legs, thighs, hips and abdomen and also develops core strength. The exercises in this series emphasize on the use of powerhouse core muscles to keep the trunk in a steady position, while there is an independent lower body movement.
The set up for the Side Kick Exercises are the same, and the effectiveness of this phase depends on getting a good set up and sticking to it during the exercises. Each exercise in this series is the base for more advanced exercises. Regular work out of the Side Kick Series is sure to yield beneficial results.
Two such simple Pilates exercises are mentioned here.
The Ballerina Arms
  • Sit cross-legged with spine kept in an erect position.
  • Bend the elbows at a ninety degree angle so as to rest the shoulder in its socket
    Gently bring the arms back to connect to the shoulder blades without hiper extending.
  • Take the arms down so that the shoulder blades slide down the spine.
  • Lift the bent arms above the head, and end with arms in the same position, as in the beginning of the exercise.
This exercise can be repeated thrice a day in one week for better posture.
The Roll up
  • Lie down by resting on the back, with legs straight, arms stretched above the head.
  • Slowly lift the arms towards the ceiling and inhale.
  • Exhale and gently roll forward by lifting the spine off the mat, while the head remains straight, stomach kept in a rigid position, and eyes focused forward.
  • Inhale and stretch out over the legs.
  • Exhale and gently roll back down to the floor, as in the original position.
  • Continue second repetition without pausing until ten such repetitions are done. (by

Herbs for better sleep

A good night’s sleep is as important to good health, as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Insomnia can take its toll on people both physically and mentally. People with insomnia generally lead a low overall quality of life, compared to people who sleep well.
Therefore, when given the option of a good alternative, majority of us would rather do away with prescription medication, due to the various negative effects associated with regular popping of sleeping pills. There are plenty of natural herbs that are non-addictive and safe and a gentle alternative to prescription drugs.
Valerian Root: Valerian is well-known for its ability to induce sleep. Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine recommend valerian as cure for insomnia. Valerian is much in demand all over the world, and holds the eighth rank on the list of most purchased herbs, and is approved for treatment of certain sleep disorders in Germany. Valerian doesn’t cause feelings of grogginess on waking up and doesn’t lead to chemical dependency.
Chamomile: The dried chamomile flower is an ancient medicine used in Greece, Egypt and Rome. It has been used for centuries in tea as mild, relaxing sleep aid. Chamomile is widely popular and has been included as a medicinal substance in the pharmacopoeia of 26 countries.
Passion Flower: This flower extract is a good relaxant and has a mild sedative action. It is believed to work by increasing levels of neurotransmitter, known as GABA which creates relaxing effect by lowering activity of some brain cells. The flavonoids and Chrysin active compounds in the extract mimic the effects of sleeping medication benzodiazepine and produce a calming effect. It promotes sleep and relieves nervous irritability.
Hops Flower: The extract of this herb has been long used as traditional medicine to promote restful sleep. A clinical study with hops revealed that it reduced sleep disturbances when given in combination with valerian, while another study found that hops and valerian combination demonstrated equivalent results of fitness, sleep quality and quality of life, in comparison to benzodiazepine drug.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) and Shatavri (Asparagus racemosus): These herbs react to body’s needs, increasing stamina and strength during the day, while also helping to remain calm and focused for better sleep at night.
California Poppy: Is a sedative, sleep promoting herb, helping one to relax and ease mild anxiety, while also promoting sleep. Due to its mild sedative and analgesic properties, it is very safe and improves both sleep latency and quality.
Lavender: Acts as a gentle strengthening tonic for nervous system. Few drops of lavender oil when added to bath water at bedtime, helps alleviate sleep disorders. It can also be used as a compress or massage oil or even simply inhaled to alleviate insomnia.
Wild Lettuce: Is a mild sedative and nervine, used in treating restlessness and insomnia. It can be found in variety of formulas for treatment of chronic and acute insomnia. (by

Chocolates not so bad after-all

We have been constantly hearing about all possible negative effects associated with eating chocolates. Let’s take a look at the positive side too, so that the next time your children decide to ask chocolate for a treat, you may think twice before bluntly refusing them.
Chocolate cannot be blamed for cavity formation:
Cavities are usually formed when bacteria in the mouth metabolize starches and sugars from any food containing Fermentable Carbohydrates (FC) to produce acids. Although FCs are present in chocolate, the cocoa butter in the chocolate, coats the teeth, making it less prone from tooth decay. Thus there would be too little time left for bacteria to attack teeth and cause cavities.
Chocolate has lesser caffeine content than a cup of coffee:
Although the stimulation on eating chocolate is equivalent to that of a cup of coffee, the amount of caffeine in a piece of chocolate is far less than a cup of coffee. A milk chocolate has only 6mg of caffeine, for instance, while a cup of coffee has 65-135mg of caffeine.
Chocolate is not addictive
Although many believe that chocolate could be addictive, there is no scientific evidence to prove so. There is no particular ingredient or anything for that matter in chocolates that could lead to cravings for chocolate.
Sugar-free chocolates ideal for diabetics
Unlike what is other-wise believed, sugar-free chocolates are not meant for people watching their diet. On the contrary, they are meant for diabetics, who need to keep their weight under check.
Chocolates are not the cause for pimples:
Chocolates are packed with anti-oxidants that help in gaining better-looking skin. However, it is the milk often mixed in few chocolates that could lead to acne.
Chocolates are nutritious too:
Unlike what is otherwise believed, chocolates are a good source of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. It also contains polyphenols that have been often associated to reduce risk of coronary diseases. (by

Fruit juice and coffee prevents Alzheimer's

Want to stay off dementia? Drink a glass or two of apple juice everyday, recommends a new study.
Researchers at Massachussets University in their study noticed that drinking fresh apple juice on a daily basis can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and several other age-related cognitive declines.
For their study, the researchers carried out several laboratory experiments which demonstrated that drinking apple juice helped mice perform better than normal in maze trials and prevented decline in performance, otherwise observed in aged mice.
They found that mice receiving human equivalent of two glasses of apple juices a day, for a month, produced less of beta-amyloid, the protein fragment responsible to form senile plaques commonly found in brains of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The studies further suggested that regular consumption of apple juice apart from keeping one’s mind functions at its best, also delays onset of Alzheimer’s disease and augment therapeutic approaches.
People with Alzheimer’s disease have abnormal levels of plaques and tangles in their brain cells. An earlier research in the Loma Linda University, US, revealed that daily consumption of pomegranate juice helps in cutting down risk of Alzheimer’s by fifty percent, as it prevents degeneration of brain cells.
Meanwhile a previous Scandinavian study showed that drinking at least 3 cups of coffee everyday in mid-life can prevent onset of Alzheimer’s in old age. The mice bred with Alzheimer’s when given equivalent of 5 cups of coffee per day, showed better memory and half the beta amyloid plaques, otherwise noticed in decaffeinated mice with the disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting elderly population across the globe. The Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Neil Hunt, said that it is vital for people to lead a healthy lifestyle with balanced diet rich in antioxidants. The best way out is to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and monitor blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly. (by

Spinach: This Green has Powerful Healing Ability

(NaturalNews) Can just one green, leafy vegetable prevent cancer, help one achieve weight loss goals, lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart, and even prevent birth defects? Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B 2 (Riboflavin), Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin B 6. The strong natural mineral and vitamin content in spinach can be an effective source of healing for a multitude of health ailments. One cup of boiled spinach produces 41.4 calories with a whopping 1100% daily value percentage of Vitamin K in just one serving.

Spinach has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is known in Ayurveda to be a cooling medicine that enriches one`s complexion. Spinach is used in Ayurveda as a headache remedy by bandaging spinach leaves onto the forehead. It is still promoted today, in Ayurvedic ways, as a sleep remedy for insomnia. While old Ayurveda texts claim spinach to be an aphrodisiac, modern medicines have linked the consumption of spinach to decreased hearing loss in men over 60.

Folate, a mineral found in high amounts in spinach, has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and inflammation of blood vessels. The chemical version of folate, folic acid, has long been associated with lower rates of birth defects when taken orally during pregnancy.

Eating raw spinach is a popular choice but not the best choice for everyone. Spinach is high in oxalic acid when ingested raw. Oxalic acids can produce damage to blood vessels. Some people may produce symptoms such as gout, arthritis, and rheumatism after eating large quantities of raw spinach. These acids can cause kidney stones and gallstones in people with lower renal functions.

However, oxalic acid can be lowered in spinach by boiling. Frequently change the water the spinach cooks in by boiling, draining the cooking water, boiling again, and then rinsing before consumption. This will greatly lower the oxalic acids present. The nutritional value of spinach does reduce with cooking, yet it still remains one of the most excellent sources for bountiful natural nutrients available.

Choosing spinach wisely is an extremely important factor according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The EWG has compiled a list of vegetables most affected by pesticide use. Spinach tested as the eighth most likely to carry a large amount of pesticides after washing.

Organic fresh spinach from local growers is an excellent choice for consumption. Storing spinach in a refrigerated airtight container after preparation can lend creative uses of spinach in the kitchen. Taking advantage of spinach`s excellent vitamin and mineral content can be as easy as adding already prepared spinach to soups, sweet smoothies, green smoothies, and dips. (by

mercoledì 20 luglio 2011

Home Remedies for ear ache

People seek simple home remedies for minor pain and ailments rather than rushing to the physician or popping a pill. Few such simple effective herbal home remedies which could be can ease common ear ache are:
Ajwain (Bishop’s Weed): Boil three grams of ajwain with crushed garlic in 30 to 40ml of sesame oil until the garlic and seeds turn red. Strain the mixture and cool it. This could be used as ear drops.
Clove: Saute a clove in a teaspoon of sesame oil and use the warm oil as ear drop to ease the pain, as clove is a gentle but effective pain reliever.
Garlic: Take a clove of garlic. Crush and warm it in a teaspoon of edible oil. Use the resulting mixture as ear drops.
Ginger: Gently warm ginger juice and use as ear drops. It offers effective relief from ear ache.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The warm juice of tulsi leaves is a common ear ache remedy.
Almond Oil: Take a quarter spoon of sweet almond oil and heat it. When it reduces to a warm temperature, use it as ear drops and gently massage under the painful ear at the portion where the ear joins the cheek. Similar process can be done with olive oil too, as both are effective in soothing ear aches.
Parsley: Parsley oil or the juice from parsley when slightly warmed and applied on a cotton wool plug and used, can help in relieving ear ache. This is an age-old ear ache remedy.
Onion juice / Lemon juice: Warm lemon or onion juice when applied to the troublesome ear on a plug of cotton wool, heals infection and relieves pain.

Yoga cure for thyroid imbalances

Yoga is the best-suited alternative form of healing available to thyroid patients, which can be of great help even to people suffering from thyroid cancer.
Regular practice of few yoga asanas can help in boosting the functioning of thyroid gland, making lungs healthy and strengthening the back muscles. These asanas, when practiced regularly can help in keeping tab on thyroid imbalances in the body.
Kapalbathi Kriya: This helps strengthen the thyroid gland, regulates hormones, exercises the upper parts of the body, and helps fight diabetes, obesity, arthritis and asthma.
  • Sit in Sukhasana with neck straight.
  • Place both hands on knees in gyan mudra, with eyes gently closed.
  • Exhale forcefully through both nostrils, while also pulling in your stomach. Do not inhale.
  • Repeat this several times, until you feel tired.
  • Remain in this position and relax.
  • Increase this procedure gradually. Repeat 3-4 times.
Caution: People suffering from high blood pressure, heart ailments and hernia should breathe gently. Take care not to lift your head while inhaling.
Setubandasana (Bridge pose): This position helps to strengthen thyroid glands and lungs.
  • Lie on your back. Lift legs at the knees and bring heels close to your hips.
  • Catch your ankles with the hands. Else, place your hands on the floor on sides of your hips.
  • Inhale and lift your hips and back slowly in a manner such that your chin touches your neck.
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on thyroid area. Remain in this position for few minutes, and then slowly return to normal position. Repeat the process 2 to 3 times.
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose): This asana helps strengthen the back muscles, spine, heart, lungs, kidneys, thyroid glands and stomach.
  • Lie on your stomach with forehead touching the ground.
  • Fold your legs at the knees, so as to touch the hips with the heels.
  • Placing the hands on the floor, lift up your torso, pulling your head and neck backwards by inhaling.
  • Now close your eyes and breathe normally.
  • Remain in this posture for few seconds and come back to normal by exhaling.
  • Repeat two to three times.
Caution: People suffering from hernia are advised against performing this asana.
Here is an asana that is specifically meant to improve the condition of Hypothyroidism.
Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand): This helps in improving blood flow to the neck area, stimulating the thyroid gland.
Fold two thick blankets into a square. Place them at the back end of your mat.
  • Lie down with your shoulders on the blankets, but head off them.
  • Bring your arms alongside your body and keep them close to your body.
  • Keeping legs together, swing your legs and hips up, so that your hips are stacked above your shoulders.
  • Place your palms on your lower back with fingers pointing up towards your heel.
  • Tuck in your chin, nestling it right in the notch between your collarbones.
  • Tuck your elbows closely. Remain in this position for minimum of 50 breaths for maximum benefit.
  • Gently come out of the position bending your knees towards forehead, hinging from your hips, using abdominal muscles to roll your back and hips towards the floor. Thereafter, straighten your legs out one at a time.
The asanas described below is thought to be of help for Hyperthyroidism
Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breath): This balancing breath technique calms your mind and helps in regulating the pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
  • Fold the middle and index fingers of your right hand and close your right nostril with your thumb.
  • Inhale with your left nostril.
  • Close your left nostril with your ring finger, release your thumb and exhale through right nostril.
  • Inhale through your right nostril. Then close it off with your right thumb.
  • Release the ring finger and exhale through left nostril.
  • Repeat these steps for five to ten rounds.
Balasana (Child’s Pose): This pose will help calm your mind, and soothe your eyes.
  • Calm your mind and soothe your eyes with this restful, rejuvenating pose.
  • Kneel on your mat, bring your feet together and spread your knees wide apart. Place a bolster between your knees.
  • Sit back on your heels. With your pelvis heavy, draw in your navel. Lengthen your spine upward and then bend forward and rest your forehead on your bolster with your arms comfortably at your sides.
  • Use a block or folded blanket under your forehead to keep the neck in a neutral position.
  • Hold for two to five minutes.
Savasana (Resting pose): With this pose you will ease breathing and soothe sympathetic nervous system.
  • Lie on your back with folded blanket under your head, arms and legs, spread slightly apart.
  • Keep eyes closed, relax, focused on your breath for 10 minutes.

Ayurvedic product launched for treatment of H1N1 I

PUNE: As pandemic Influenza H1N1 spreads at an alarming rate in Pune, city-based Institute of Integrative Healthcare (IIHc) under the aegis of India International Multiversity has launched ‘Immurich’, an Ayurvedic product made out of ‘Gau-Piyush’ or cow colostrum that can act as an effective treatment against communicable and pandemic diseases.

Addressing the media here on Wednesday, India International Multiversity founder Dr Vijay Bhatkar said that with increasing H1N1 cases being reported from the city and the country in general, it is difficult to find a vaccine immediately because of extreme costs, time consumption and other challenges.

It is in this backdrop that IIHc constituted a task force of experts together to find a solution.

The task force decided to focus on nutritional immunology inspired by Ayurveda. The group found a number of references for communicable diseases in Ayurveda and recommended the use of cow colostrum as a powerful and effective treatment against many diseases, including Influenza-Like Infections (ILI).

Bhatkar said that IIHc had approached the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to test on H1N1 patients and is awaiting permission for the same. (by

martedì 19 luglio 2011

Tea tree oil may help combat skin cancer

Tea tree oil may be a cheap and effective treatment for certain skin cancers and is used widely for spot removal and insect bites, say Scientists.
For the study, the Researchers at the University of Western Australia, apparently identified solid tumors grown under the skin in mice. The mice were then treated with tea tree oil formulation. It was found that the tea tree oil can shrink non-melanoma skin cancers in mice in just a day and cure them in three days.
The tea tree oil activated the body’s immune response. It prevents evaporation and increases the penetration of tea tree oil through the skin.
Unlike the other approved skin cancer chemotherapies, tea tree oil formulation produces only mild skin irritation which disappears within days of finishing the treatment, said Dr. Greay and Dr. Demelza, the lead researchers in the study.
The non-melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common types of skin cancer that affects thousands across the globe each year.
The results from three year old study are published online in the journal Cancer Chemotherapy Pharmacology.
Tea tree oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-viral, expectorant, balsamic, cicatrisant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Olive leaf extract can help tackle obesity

Sipping a cup of coffee rich in olive leaf extract can help combat obesity, said the latest research by few Australian scientists.
The first-of-its-kind study conducted by scientists at Southern Queensland University used olive leaf extract and reduced the fat storage in rats. The researchers noticed the contraction of fats in rats, when exposed to olive leaves.
The study, conducted by Lindsay Brown, professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland, involved feeding rats with high carbohydrate and fat diet for eight weeks until they developed signs of metabolic disorder.
The rats were then given coffee fortified with Olive leaf extract for a further period of eight weeks, which showed improved cardiovascular, liver and metabolic signs, when compared to rats that were fed with normal coffee.
The results indicated a reduction in the stored weight and fats in the adipose tissue. According to researchers, the leaf extracts reduced weight due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The olive leaf extract can be consumed in the form of tea. About five to seven ounces of water, boiled with crushed olive leaf, should be drunk five to six times a day to cure chronic diseases.
Oleuropein, a chemical compound that constitutes 15percent of olive leaf extract, is also an effective anti-oxidant.
The phytochemical, apart from imparting pungent taste, it also strengthens the immune system. Given, its anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties that are double that of green tea, it is intensively used for research works. It is also known to lower blood pressure, ward off cold, and treat heart-related ailments.
The study results were published in the American Journal of Nutrition.

Watermelon seeds can effectively lower high blood pressure

Watermelon seeds, usually thrown unused, can be the best way to control high Blood Pressure, offering the potential to control several major ailments, according to new research.
This latest research finding by AP Verma, former Head of Botany Department of AN College in Patna, has been further confirmed by the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi.
The research shows that chemicals extracted from the juice of watermelon seeds contain cucurbotrin, a glucoside, which also has the efficiency to reduce cholesterol. Cucurbotrin also helps with weight loss and scanty urination. The substance extracted from these seeds is said to have a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure.
The findings revealed that considerable amount of glucoside is present in the watermelon seeds, which further establishes its efficiency in controlling loss of weight, scanty urination, protection of arterial lumen and haemoptysis, Verma said.
Watermelon, the summer fruit, is generally consumed for its soft pinkish flesh that can quench thirst. Apart from helping to beat the summer heat, the edible part of watermelon is rich in sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorous, magnesium and other minerals. Therefore, it well-qualifies as supplementary food to compensate loss of minerals in summer, besides containing Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin C.
Further, the pink watermelon is a rich source of lycopene, the potent carotenoid. These powerful antioxidants help in neutralizing free radicals in the body. Free radicals are substances in the body that can actually cause great damage, leading to increased incidences of heart attack, stroke, asthma attacks, arthritic inflammations, and cancer. However, the presence of Vitamin C and beta carotene in watermelon, help in getting rid of such harmful molecules.
Watermelon juice is also an excellent source of ‘Arginine’, the essential amino acid that helps lower blood pressure. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide, known to lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, thereby protecting against strokes and myocardial infarction.
Watermelon seeds, whether dried or roasted, can be consumed in liberal quantities. In general, it has been found that men who consumed a lycopene-rich diet were half as likely to suffer a heart attack, than those who had little or no lycopene in their diets. (by

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Nuts increase life expectancy, confirm studies

Nuts contribute to longevity. It is a proven fact according to several studies. A higher intake of these healthy fats helps increase life expectancy is what studies suggest.
The Unsaturated fats like Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish and nuts, are essential for protecting brain, bones, joints, heart, and skin. Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats.
Walnuts, almonds and pecans, though high in calories, provide your body with excellent nutritional essentials. They are the perfect snacking option to remain healthy, but, it is best to have them unsalted and in their pure form. They render a feeling of fullness, while also boosting the body’s ability to burn fat, says Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvado at the University of Rovira I Virgili in Reus, Spain.
Now, even dieticians recommend substituting meat with nuts. Meat contains saturated fats, while nuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids that regulate cholesterol levels and improve brain functioning. Therefore, eating a handful of nuts daily for a year, along with a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruit and fish can help undo a collection of risk factors associated with heart disease.
According to Dr. Salas-Salvado, nuts have an effect on metabolic syndrome by multiple mechanisms. Further, apart from being rich in anti-inflammatory substances, including anti-oxidants, fibre and vitamin E, they are high in unsaturated fat, a healthier fat known to lower blood triglycerides and increase good cholesterol levels.
Although nuts are a fatty food and though the weight-watchers are a little cautious about eating nuts, the Nurses’ Study revealed that frequent nut consumers were actually thinner on an average, than those who never consumed nuts. In fact, daily supplements of almonds or peanuts for six months resulted in little or no increase in body weight. Nuts seem to satisfy hunger quite well, so as to appropriately reduce consumption of other foods.
All studies, wherein the volunteers were fed nuts, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachio nuts, pecans and macadamia, as part of their diet for weeks, it was found that all these altered the composition of blood in ways that would be expected to reduce risk of coronary disease.
On the whole, the best advice currently propagated is to eat variety of nuts, with walnuts in particular thought to be highly beneficial, due to the presence of n-3 fatty acids. (by

Tomato juice fights breast cancer: Expert

Tomato, although technically a fruit, is used more as a vegetable by people. The juice of tomato is highly recommended for people with various ailments and even for healthy people. Lycopene, an antioxidant is a part of almost all vegetables and fruits, but is found in large quantities in tomato. Experts have long recommended tomatoes for several kinds of medical conditions, including heart problems and muscular degeneration.
However, most of all, tomatoes are highly recommended in treatment of almost any type of cancer, particularly breast cancer. It helps neutralize free radicals of cancer cells and hence considered to be a significant aid in cancer treatments. Apart from this, even healthy individuals can benefit from the lycopene content in tomatoes, as it considerably reduces chances of getting cancer and heart diseases.
Lycopene reacts with all toxins in the body and purges. Lycopene is also found to reduce incidents of prostate cancer and atherosclerosis and coronary disease. Moreover, several studies have revealed that tomatoes contain enzymes that prevent blood clotting, and this helps people who are prone to getting a stroke.
It is said that cooked tomatoes, rather than eating them fresh out of garden, can double the effect of lycopene. This is the reason that the study focuses on tomato juice, rather than raw tomatoes. The other good ways to consume tomatoes are in the form of tomato sauce (says another study from Ohio University), as there are 2 separate strings of lycopene molecule in the tomato sauce. Another good way is to mix tomato with corn or corn oil, as this combination releases the largest amount of lycopene.
Health expert, Dr. Enaam Abdul Razag of Supreme Heal Council -Maternity Section, Doha, mentioned that fresh tomatoes can reduce incidence of breast cancer by 77 percent, while also confirming that a healthy, balanced diet goes a long way in preventing the disease.
All meals should essentially contain fresh veggies, particularly tomatoes, lettuce and carrots as they play a vital role in preventing breast cancer. Even fruits such as cherries, oranges and strawberries help in preventing breast cancer, Dr. Razag said.
Other health benefits of tomato: Apart from cancer preventing properties, the lycopene content in tomato helps improve blood circulation, lowering blood pressure. Raw tomato juice is a good source of potassium, the deficiency of which could cause general weakness and malaise. juice, when mixed with spinach juice and consumed, help in activating a sluggish liver, while also preventing constipation. But, tomato juice is not recommended for people with gallbladder disease.

Oregano, the wonder herb in Ayurveda

The natural spices that we use in the kitchen are, in fact, herbal medicines. Several spices including garlic, ginger, cardamom, cloves are actually Ayurvedic herbs with potency to cure and heal several ailments.
One such herb which we use for seasoning our pizza, and for improving flavor of food, is oregano. Most of the time, we overlook the numerous benefits offered by this wonderful herb. It has the potency to cure several ailments, apart from improving appetite and helping with digestion.
Oregano belongs to the mint family, and apart from its use for culinary purposes, it offers great medicinal value, particularly its oil. Also known as the “mountain joy”, this popular herb is much used in Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines.
Oregano leaves are a good source of iron, manganese, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, it is a general immune booster.
The Thymol and Carvacol compounds in oregano help in digestion and treats stomach upsets. For quick relief from stomach upset, add 2-3 drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and drink. Oregano tea instantly cures indigestion, flatulence and bloating. For abdominal pain, a good massage with oregano oil may help.
Unsweetened Oregano tea is also used as mouthwash, while chewing few leaves of Oregano thrice a day, can help in relief from menstrual cramps.
Due to the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids, oregano is high in antioxidant properties. Therefore, it prevents formation of free radicals in the body, which could otherwise lead to ageing of body cells.
Bronchial problems, including cold, sinusitis and lung congestion can be treated with oregano oil. Just add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and drink 3-4 times a day.
The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of Oregano make it a good remedy for treating skin infections. The Journal of Applied Nutrition says that Oil or Oregano is effective against Candida. Researchers in Mexico said that it possesses strong anti-parasitic actions, particularly against Giardia.
The paste made from the plant leaves can be applied topically for pain relief from itching, rheumatism, sores, swelling and muscle aches (put a handful of leaves in a coffee filter or cheesecloth and run steam bath over it, and relaxing in this water will instantly soothe tired muscles).
Oil of Oregano is an effective pain killer too. An article in the Physiotherapy Research, said that oregano oil surpassed anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing inflammation and pain.
Genuine Oregano Oil helps in treating nervous tension, tooth ache, diarrhea, nervous tension, earache, coughs, bronchitis, insect bites and toothache.
Moreover, the University of Arizona, in their latest study, revealed that oil of oregano is effective in preventing cancer. They revealed that a particular phenol called caryacrol, present in oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities, and prevents nearly 78 percent of cancer-causing molecules that usually come about when meat is cooked at high temperatures.
Therefore, making this wonder herb a part of daily diet will, help in improving overall nutritional value of the meal, apart from adding flavor and fragrance to the food. (by

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