Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lupus (Home Remedies)

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own connective tissue. This causes inflammation and damage to the skin and other organs, and leads to more and more varied infections. Lupus is most frequently a disease of women in their thirties and forties. Genetic factors play a role. In a predisposed person, environmental factors such as a latent viral infection, the use of certain drugs, exposure to ultraviolet light, or bodily injury can provoke the onset of the disease.

  • People with lupus often experience persistent fatigue that’s different from normal tiredness and that isn’t necessarily relieved by rest. For that reason, it can be hard to judge when you need to slow down. Get plenty of sleep a night and naps or breaks during the day as needed.
  • Because ultraviolet light can trigger a flare, wear protective clothing, such as a hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and use sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 55 every time you go outside.
  • Exercise can help you recover from a flare, reduce your risk of heart attack, help fight depression and promote general well-being.
  • Smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and can worsen the effects of lupus on your heart and blood vessels.
  • A healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Sometimes you may have dietary restrictions, especially if you have high blood pressure, kidney damage or gastrointestinal problems.
  • Turmeric. Take 300 milligrams three times a day.
  •  Reishi mushroom extract enhances immune function. Take 1 gram (1,000 milligrams) three times a day.
  • Avoid the herb echinacea. It stimulates the immune system, and should not be used in an autoimmune disease such as lupus.

 

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Diphtheria Treatment (Home Remedies)

deptheria

Diphtheria is a serious infectious disease. It is caused by bacteria through droplet transmission. The transmission could be from mouth. The infectious bacteria usually enter through nose, eyes and mouth. Most of the times, it stays in the throat and the symptoms are very general. They are because of the toxins that are produced and spread throughout the bloodstream. When a person suffers from it, the respiration is hindered.

  • Garlic is known to cure many deadly diseases. It has this uncanny feel of giving relief in most dire situations. As a remedy, take a spoonful of 2-3 crushed garlic cloves and it works wonders for curing this disease. Roll it in the mouth and swallow it. Keep repeating it for some time.
  •  Grab a tobacco pipe with a live coal in its bowl. Now place a little tar on it and smoke it in your mouth, drawing it out from the nostrils. This process is safe and tested and can be done easily.
  •  Make a paste of castor leaves, drumstick leaves and garlic. When the paste is ready, let the patient inhale it and also gargle this paste with lukewarm water.
  • Normal salt may be a good option for sore throat. Just drink a glass full of water with salt. The mixture of salt and water would definitely help in reducing the effect. It is helpful in breathing problem that usually occur due to lack of salt in the body.

Government recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations:

  • Birth to 2 months: hepatitis B.
  • 2 months: polio; diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (D.P.T.); Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • 2 to 4 months: hepatitis B.
  • 4 months: polio; D.P.T., Hib.
  • 6 months: D.P.T, Hib.
  • 6 months to 18 months: hepatitis B and polio.
  • 12-15 months: D.P.T.; Hib, measles, mumps, rubella (M.M.R.).
  • 12-18 months: chicken pox.
  • 4-6 years: polio; D.P.T., M.M.R.

 

Mumps Treatment (Home Remedies)

mumps

Mumps is a viral disease that causes the salivary glands to swell to abnormal sizes. It is contagious and could have serious long-term effects on the patient’s body, especially in boys who could grow up to have fertility issues. Children are the ones who are most likely to be affected by this ailment though it has also been reported in adults.

  • Ginger is also a well-known remedy for mumps. Peel a whole root of fresh ginger and grind this into a fine pulp. Use this fine pulp as a salve over the swollen area. If it is too watery, try to apply this over the area with the use of a clean bandage or clean piece of cloth and hold this cloth over the area by tying it around the head with the use of a bandana or a longer piece of cloth or an elastic headband.
  • Another herbal treatment one can use is the mixture of powdered margosa leaves and turmeric. Combine equal parts of these two and make these into a paste with the use of a little water. Apply this mixture over the swollen areas of the face. You can also apply a cloth soaked in mullein tea to the cheeks. This will help to combat with swelling or inflammation.
  • Asparagus’ seeds. These are to be taken with equal quantity of fenugreek seeds and should be grinded well to make a paste like form. This paste is to be applied on the cheeks i.e. affected area. This will help reducing the swelling.
  • Another good remedy for mumps is margosa leaves. These leaves act as a good anti-inflammatory agent for mumps. For this, make powdered form of margosa leaves and mix it with turmeric to make a paste. This can be applied over the cheek and the area below the ears.
  • Try to avoid acidic drink and beverages. This may include carbonated water, lime juice, lemonade etc. These drinks stimulate the salivary glands to produce more saliva and hence, may give more trouble in the mumps.
  • Chebulic myroblan is one of the good  for mumps. Make a thick paste from chebulic myroblan by rubbing it in water and apply this over the swellings..
  • Make a paste from powdered form of margosa leaves and turmeric. Apply this externally over the affected parts. This will help you to treat mumps quicklySimple the paste made out of ginger (fresh) and little water. Apply it over the swollen area. This will help reducing the mumps’ swelling and will make your cheeks in shape.
  • The leaves of banyan tree are considered to be very good for treating mumps. These leaves are to be smeared with ghee (butter oil) and heated on the flame. Apply them on the affected area and bandage on it. Keep them for couple of hours and then, take them off. This will help reducing the swelling.

Measles Treatment (Home Remedies)

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious acute viral disease. This disease is marked by a characteristic rash, fever, sneezing, coughing, and lymph node tenderness. Spread primarily by airborne droplets that travel from the throat, mouth, or nose of an infected person, there are two types of measles, rubella and rubeola. German (or three-day) measles is actually rubella. The second kind, rubeola, is sometimes called the seven-day measles. Most people have had the disease as children and have developed an immunity or have been immunized against it.

  • Fresh Orange juice had 2 times is good.
  • Barley water should be taken 2-3 times.
  •  Mix ½ tsp each of licorice and honey and consume on a daily basis. This is beneficial for a person suffering from measles.
  • Powder dried turmeric roots. Take about ½ tsp of this powder, with honey and juice of a few bitter gourd leaves. This is a good way to cure a person suffering from measles.
  • Have lukewarm water for baths and if possible, add neem leaves to the bathing water. It will be helpful in relieving you from the itching.
  • Having fresh orange juice, when struck with measles, is a good way to get healthy once again. Intake about two glasses of the juice per day.
  • Barley water is beneficial in treating measles. Consume a glass of this on an everyday basis.
  • Eggplant seeds are effective in curing measles. Take ½ to 1 gram of these seeds everyday, for about three days.
  • Mix equal amounts of tamarind seeds and turmeric and grind it well. Have this mixture, in a dose of 350 to 400 grams, three times a day.
  • Having a balanced diet is essential in treating measles. Avoid having milk products, spicy food and junk foods.

Depression (Home Remedies)

depression

There are many times in the course of life that you may feel overwhelmed and distraught. If you didn’t feel like singing the blues now and again you wouldn’t be human. It’s actually very healthy to get down from time to time. It’s when that down-in-the-dumps feeling begins to stick around longer than a couple of weeks that you might be suffering from a more serious condition, such as clinical depression. Here are a few of the effective home remedies for eliminating depression.

  • Boil seeds of 2 cardamoms in 1 cup of water with tea (avoid black tea). Add honey for taste and drink it twice a day.
  • Blanch 5-7 rosemary leavesin 1 cup boiling of water, add honey, wait 3 minutes and drink.
  •  Boil a few rose petals in 1cup of water. Add honey for taste. Drink occasionally in place of your usual tea or coffee.
  • Add to 1 cup boiling water 1/4 teaspoon Indian basil (tulsi) and 1/2 teaspoon of sage. Drink twice a day.
  •  Make a tea with 1/2 teaspoon each of ashvagandha and brahmi in 1 cup boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 times a day.
  •  Eat an apple with milk and honey. It will recharge your energy, uplifting your mood.
  • Cook 3-4 tablespoons of oatmeal to 1 cup of rice milk or soy milk, boil and stir for 1 minute on low temperature. Add honey, maple syrup, fresh or dried fruits, nuts, and almonds.
  •  Eat cashew nuts. A rich source of the B vitamin group that is extremely beneficial in treating depression. It stimulates the appetite, energy levels and promotes activeness.
  •  Aromatherapy. Helps the body to relax and revive the nervous system. Inhalation of some herbal oils like rose, jasmine, lime, and grapefruit are considered a natural remedy for depression. Flowers that smell good also help with eliminating depression.
  •  Relaxation is one effective measure in treating depression. Take daily walks. Fresh air and deep breathing exercises help in relaxation.

Asthma (Home Remedies)

asthama

  • The caffeine in regular coffee can help prevent and control asthma attacks. Researchers have found that regular coffee drinkers have one-third fewer asthma symptoms than those who don’t drink the hot stuff. The reason? Caffeine has bronchodilating effects. In fact, caffeine was one of the main anti-asthmatic drugs during the nineteenth century. Don’t load up on java, though — three cups a day will provide the maximum benefit — and don’t give coffee to children with asthma.
  • Onions are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that these properties can reduce the constriction of the airways in an asthma attack. Raw onions are generally too irritating, but eating cooked onions may help to lessen asthma attacks.
  • Put a fine cheesecloth over each room’s heat outlet. This homemade dust filter can help by catching dust, animal dander, and pollen before it’s recirculated into the air. Stick-on commercial filters are also available. And don’t forget the number one most effective home aid — scrupulous cleaning. It’s not easy, but being a bit obsessive about keeping a clean house goes a long way toward helping to alleviate asthma symptoms.
  •  Hot foods such as chili peppers open up airways. Experts believe this happens because peppers stimulate fluids in the mouth, throat, and lungs. The increase in fluids thins out the mucus formed during an asthma attack so it can be coughed up, making breathing easier. Capsaicin, the stuff that makes hot peppers hot, acts as an anti-inflammatory when eaten.
  •  Vitamin C is the main antioxidant in the lining of the bronchi and bronchioles. Research discovered that people with asthma had low levels of vitamin C; eating foods that had at least 300 mg of vitamin C a day — equivalent to about three glasses of orange juice — cut wheezing by 30 percent. Other foods high in vitamin C include red bell pepper, papaya, broccoli, blueberries, and strawberries.
  • Fatty fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids seem to help the lungs react better to irritants in people who have asthma and may even help prevent asthma in people who have never had an attack. Studies have found that kids who eat fish more than once a week have one-third the risk of getting asthma, as compared to children who don’t eat fish. And researchers discovered that people who took fish oil supplements, equivalent to eating 8 ounces of mackerel a day, increased their body’s ability to avoid a severe asthma attack by 50 percent.
  • Vitamin B12 can alleviate the symptoms of asthma, and it seems to be even more effective in asthma sufferers who are sensitive to sulfite. Studies have found that taking 1 to 4 micrograms (mcg) works best as protection against asthma attacks. The current RDA for vitamin B12 is 2.4 mcg for adults. One cup of yogurt has 1.4 mcg of the lung-loving vitamin.
  •  This is a folk remedy for a homemade vaporizer: Put 1 quart nonchlorinated water in a stainless steel, glass, or enamel pan, and put it on the stove. Add 10 drops peppermint extract or peppermint oil, and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 1 hour, until all the water is gone. The volatile oil will saturate the room air.