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Breast cancer is a deadly condition, which affects more than a million women across India in a year. While the disease is common, its treatment still remains quite complex. Furthermore, how effective the treatment is for you depend on a number of factors, such as your age and the stage at which the doctor diagnoses cancer. If you have breast cancer, your doctor may recommend undergoing radiation therapy. In radiation therapy, doctors use X-rays and other particles to kill off the cancer cells from the body.
Doctors perform radiation therapy in two major ways. These include
• External radiation- In this method, the doctors use a machine to pass X-rays, particles and protons through your breast from outside the body. This is the most common form of radiation treatment for breast cancer.
• Internal radiation- This is a procedure of radiotherapy, where the doctors place a small machine inside your chest cavity along with a radiation source. This is done only when you have already undergone surgery to remove the tumour causing cancer. Even so, the machine is not left inside your body for long, as too much radiation can cause more harm than good.
How long does a radiotherapy course last?
Radiation therapy uses radioactive sources to kill off cancer cells in the body. Even though these rays affect cancer cells more, they can harm healthy cells as well. Therefore, to ensure your safety, normal radiation therapy uses minimal traces of radioactive particles to treat cancer. Due to the low level of radiation passing through your body during each session, you will need to undergo one radiation treatment every day for five days a week. This course will last for 5-6 weeks. However, now, doctors have come up with a shorter course of radiation therapy for breast cancer, referred to as short duration hypofractionated radiotherapy.
What is short duration hypofractionated radiotherapy?
In this form of radiotherapy, doctors will treat your breast cancer with larger doses of radiation, but for fewer sessions. For instance, if you needed 6 weeks of radiotherapy normally, the hypofractionated radiotherapy will cut it down to just 3 weeks. Research indicates that this method is just as beneficial to prevent cancer recurrence as the standard radiotherapy. Furthermore, in the case of the shorter therapy, the short-term side effects from the treatment are minimal, unlike the standard radiation treatment.
Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatia i.e. true sciatica and pseudo sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma etc.
According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body, and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication.
Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are :
1. Babunah is also known as Bitter Chamomile. Not only is it used to relieve and reduce the pain faced by a sciatica patient, but it is also used for treating problems such as rheumatism due to the advancement of age. Compressed bitter chamomile flowers are prescribed for sciatica.
2. Guggulu is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.
3. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Juniper oil is extremely helpful when massaged onto the thigh muscles with firm strokes or pressure. It is used extensively in massage therapy for treating sciatica since the extent of reduction in sciatic nerve pain is tremendous.
5. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.
6. Kumari is also known as Indian Aloe. Properties of Indian Aloe are extremely helpful in treating lower back ailments such as sciatica and lumbago.
7. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain.
Ayurvedic preparations such as yogaraja guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica.
A head louse is an insect that lives on the human scalp and feeds on human blood. The female louse lays eggs in the head and makes sure the eggs are attached to the hair shaft. It takes around eight days for the egg to hatch. The louse takes another 11 days to mature into an adult louse.
The primary cause of head louse is poor personal hygiene. Other causes due to which a person can be infected by lice are:
- Using combs and towels that are infested.
- Coming in contact with another person who has this condition.
- Sharing the bed with a person who is affected by lice.
When a person is affected by this condition then the following symptoms are observed:
- The saliva of the lice causes an allergic reaction in the scalp which leads to constant itching. It can occur in various places such as ears, scalp and the neck. It may not occur initially, but it tends to occur after a few weeks.
- Constant scratching can lead to formation of small red bumps on the skin. A bacterial infection usually occurs from constant itching.
- It may lead to symptoms of dandruff in the scalp.
- Presence of various insects in the scalp.
Prevention of Lice:
Lice can be prevented by using medicated shampoos and conditioners to wash the hair. The shampoos are usually based on a chemical called pyrethrin. This compound is toxic for lice and helps in getting rid of it.
You can also opt for the following lifestyle changes to prevent lice:
- You should avoid sharing your hairbrush with others.
- In case you have long hair, tie it in buns or ponytails.
- Add tea tree oil to your shampoo before using it.
- Keep the scalp clean to prevent infestations.
- Avoid sharing pillows and clothes.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian origin science that deals with herbal medicines. This holistic arm of medical science is well known for combining practices like massages and Yoga for better lifestyle management. One’s lifestyle is of vital importance when one turns to Ayurveda for treatment. This is due to the fact that Ayurveda reaches the root of the problem and fixes the same, so that a reoccurrence of the ailment may be avoided. It does so in order to repair the dosha present in one’s body.
When there is an imbalance in one of the four doshas, it can lead to an ailment that is connected with the relevant dosha. Cuisine is one of the ways in which Ayurveda diagnoses and treats a number of imbalances in the doshas, and the related symptoms or ailments. Let us learn more about the healing powers of Ayurvedic Cuisine:
- Ayurvedic Cooking: The rationale behind cooking the Ayurvedic way can be better understood when we realise that the human body and its balance is made up of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, either, fire and water, respectively. In Ayurvedic cooking, some dishes are prepared by steaming and others, by roasting. This is due to the fact that the composition of the food changes once it is processed. The way it changes will have an effect on the human body. For example, tomatoes are cooked so that they lycopene can be extracted and enhanced with such a process. Also, when one blanches carrots, its beta carotene properties are lost. This is why one must eat carrots in their raw form, as per Ayurvedic doctors.
- Lactic Fermentation: The use of oil and ghee is prevalent in Ayurveda when it comes to the treatment of various kinds of ailments. Lactic fermentation is a process that produces products like clarified butter or ghee. This was also used as a morning beverage by many royals, as it was believed to keep the various organs clear of toxins.
- Salads: Raw food was very popular in ancient times, and Ayurveda still propagates the use of raw food. Salads are usually seasoned with lemon juice and ginger so that minimum processing takes place. This ensures that the food retains its most natural vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Par boiled or raw food is the norm for most Ayurvedic cuisine, which was adopted by the Chinese as well. This was after visiting Chinese pilgrims observed the benefits of the same.
- Herbs and Condiments: Ayurveda makes use of a generous variety of herbs and other condiments when it comes to its cuisine. Turmeric root and Curcuma aromatic or Kasturi, are some of the most important and commonly used condiments in Indian cooking.
When the temperature soars to extremes in the summer, all you want to do is switch on the air conditioner and stake out in a room during the day. Alas! That's not a real-world option. In reality, we have to work in the kitchen, step outside to reach office and do our daily chores bearing the heat. In some places, the added humidity becomes an even worse problem with sweat draining us out of our energy. While we can blame it on global warming and other problems, it really isn't going to solve our problem. To do that, we need to look inside and not outside. Nature's bounty is infinite and there are several foods in nature that helps our body stay cool from the inside. That's because nature likes to maintain balance and has all the solutions we need. We only need to look.
Here are a few options on summer friendly meals that can help you beat the heat.
1. Summer Salads -
Fresh and healthy summer salads are one of the sure shot ways to make you feel light and full and keep your body cool while keeping your taste buds super happy. Fill it with the goodness of cucumber, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cottage cheese and flavor it with salt, pepper and a dash of homemade cream cheese and pomegranate. We've seen this salad being gobbled up in a record time of 7 seconds. You just have to give it a try.
2. Cool drinks -
From buttermilk to lemon mint coolers to variants made from fennel seeds (saunf) cooling drinks are a must have in any home. You can stock these up on a Sunday to have them through the week. Also, you can consume many of these with honey instead of added sugar to keep your health and calories in check.
3. Fresh fruit salads with ice cream -
Fruit salads can actually be a wonderful breakfast or meal option. Using a mix of locally available fresh fruits and topping it with fresh custard or ice cream can be a delightful summer coolant.
4. Summer vegetable saute -
Want some freshness on the side. A fresh vegetable saute can just become a full meal. Filled with the goodness of vegetables sauteed in virgin olive oil and a very little seasoning, the crunchy texture and colorful mix can work wonders in keeping you healthy during the summer. Try a mix of corn, spicy jalapenos, onions and lettuce and tofu to make it a full meal.
Summer heat can sometimes really take its toll. Be careful if you experience unusual symptoms like excessive sweating or faintness.