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Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
आंतों की कमजोरी - Intestinal Weakness!

आंत हमारे शरीर का महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा हैं. हम जो भी खाते हैं वो पचने के बाद हमारे आंतों से होकर ही गुजरता है. हमारे पचे हुए भोजन का अंतिम हिस्सा आंत में अवशिष्ट पदार्थ के रूप में तब तक जमा रहता हैं जब तक उसे मल के रूप में शरीर से निकाल नहीं दिया जाता. यही कारण है कि आंतों का स्‍वस्‍थ होना बेहद आवश्यक है. अब तक आप ये समझ ही चुके होंगे कि हमारे शरीर में आंत आहार नली का ही एक भाग है जो कि पेट से गुदा तक फैली होती है. इसलिए इसके अस्‍वस्‍थ होने का सीधा असर हमारे स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य पर पड़ता है. आँतों को स्वस्थ रखने के लिए आइए इस लेख के माध्यम से आँतों की कमजोरी को दूर करने के कुछ तरीकों को जानें.

क्या है इसके कमजोरी का कारण?

जो व्यक्ति अपने दिनचर्या में सुस्ती भरा जीवन व्यतीत करता है उसके आंत के खराब होने की संभावना अधिक रहती है. लेकिन यदि आप नियमित रूप से योग व व्यायाम करेंगे तो आपके पाचनतंत्र की समस्या आपसे मीलों दूर रहती है. कुछ समय के लिए शाम और सुबह टहलना बेहद फायदेमंद होता है. आंतों को दुरुस्‍त रखने के लिए कम से कम 20 मिनट हर दिन किसी जोरदार तरीके को चुनकर

व्यायाम करें.

फाइबर युक्त खाद्यपदार्थ
वसायुक्त और संसाधित खाद्य पदार्थो से दूर रहें, ये कब्ज और अन्य पाचन समस्याओं को जन्‍म देती हैं. इसलिए इसे कम और फाइबर युक्त संतुलित खाद्य पदार्थों को अपने आहार में शामिल करें. सब्जियां, फल, अनाज और नट्स में मौजूद फाइबर आपकी आंतों को ठीक प्रकार से कार्य करने में मदद करता हैं, लेकिन फिटनेस बार और जूस ड्रिंक्‍स की तरह अपेक्षाकृत स्वस्थ नाश्ते आंतों के कार्य में बाधा उत्‍पन्‍न करते हैं.

पानी की पर्याप्त मात्रा

अगर आप फाइबर की अधिक मात्रा में लेते हैं, और इसके साथ पर्याप्‍त पानी नहीं पीते हैं तो आपकी आंतों को नुकसान हो सकता है. इसलिए इन स्‍वस्‍थ अनाज और सब्जियों के साथ पानी की उचित मात्रा लेना कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए.

विषाक्त पदार्थों को बाहर निकालना

डिटॉक्सिफिकेशन शरीर को सेहतमंद और तरोताजा रखने की एक प्रक्रिया है. इस प्रक्रिया के जरिए शरीर के टॉक्सिंस को बाहर निकाला जाता है, ताकि आपको शरीर के तमाम विकारों से मुक्ति मिल सके. डिटॉक्‍स के लिए कैफीन युक्त ड्रिंक की बजाय बिना छना ताजे फलों का जूस लें. यह न सिर्फ बॉडी में विटामिन की कमी दूर करेगा, बल्कि फाइबर की जरूरत भी पूरी करेगा. इससे पेट साफ रखने में काफी मदद मिलती है. इसके अलावा, हर्बल टी भी डिटॉक्सिफाई करने का काम करती है. आप चाहें, तो ग्रीन टी और नींबू पानी भी ले सकते हैं.

प्रोबायोटिक्स

नवीनतम वैज्ञानिक अनुसंधान के अनुसार, आंत्र रोग और अल्सरेटिव कोलाइटिस जैसी बीमारियों को दूर करने में प्रोबायोटिक्स बहुत मददगार होता है. हमारी आंत असंख्य बैक्टेरिया से भरी होती है. इनमें से कुछ हमारे शरीर के लिए रोग का कारण भी हो सकते हैं और जो अच्छे होते हैं, वे भोजन को पचाने का काम करते हैं तथा पाचन तंत्र को संतुलित रखने का काम करते हैं. प्रोबायोटिक भोज्य पदार्थों के सेवन से आंतों की कार्यप्रणाली को सशक्त बनाया जा सकता है, इन्फेक्शन से बचाव किया जा सकता है. प्रोबायोटिक मुख्यत: डेयरी प्रोडक्ट में ही होता है, जैसे दूध व दही.

आराम करें

शायद यह सबसे महत्‍वपूर्ण है. आपकी आंत सचमुच एक दूसरा मस्तिष्क होता है - शरीर में मौजूद लगभग 95 प्रतिशत सेरोटोनिन आपके आंत्र पथ को अपनी एक अलग मस्तिष्क संबंधी प्रणाली में रखता है. इसलिए आंतों के स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य के लिए मस्तिष्‍क का स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य होना जरूरी है. आपने नोटिस किया होगा कि तनावग्रस्‍त या चिंतित होने पर अक्‍सर आपका पाचन तंत्र गड़बड़ा जाता है. शांत जगह पर सिर्फ 5 मिनट आंखें बंद करके सांस लेने पर आप अपनी आंतों में काफी सुधार कर सकते हैं.

नियमित रूप से खाओ, लेकिन लगातार नहीं

हर समय खाते रहने की आदत आंतों के स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य के लिए अच्‍छी नहीं होती है. क्‍योंकि आंतों को साफ, बैक्‍टीरिया और अपशिष्ट मुक्त करने के लिए, पाचन को आराम देने की जरूरत होती है. हर दो घंटे के बाद कुछ मिनट के लिए आपकी आंतें, मौजूद चिकनी मसल्‍स पाचन तंत्र के माध्‍यम से बैक्‍टीरिया और अपशिष्‍ट को बाहर निकालती है. लेकिन खाते समय यह प्रक्रिया रूक जाती है. इसलिए आंतों को स्‍वस्‍थ रखने के लिए दो भोजन के बीच थोड़ा सा अंतराल होना जरूरी होता है.
 

Cancer Screening - Why, In Whom, When? And How?

Oncologist, Panchkula
Cancer Screening - Why, In Whom, When? And How?

WHY ? CANCER SCREENING- Checking for cancer in people who have no symptoms is cancer screening .Can help doctors find and treat several type of cancers early, before they cause symptoms. Early detection is important because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat .By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread and be harder to treat.

In Whom? - In Diseases where following principles can be followed like Disease should be important health problem in terms of frequency .Natural history of disease presents window of opportunity for early detection. Effective treatment should be available that favorably alters natural  history of disease. Treatment should be more effective if  initiated earlier than during the  symptomatic  stage .Suitable screening test - Cheap/Easily Available/Reproducible/Socially Acceptable

Caution!! Easier Said than Done due to False positive results  - anxiety /unwanted additional tests False negative results - false reassurance, leading to delays in diagnosis

Over-diagnosis - cancer detected was slow growing and would not have harmed that person in his or her lifetime

Some screening tests may cause bleeding or other health problems – Sigmoidoscopy/Colonoscopy Cost burden on healthcare/ Radiation Exposure  of  some tests / Incidental Lesions

When? & How? - In cancers like Breast,Prostate,Colon and Cervix 

 

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आइये जानें क्या है व्यक्तित्व व सेक्स के बीच संबंध!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Allahabad
आइये जानें क्या है व्यक्तित्व व सेक्स के बीच संबंध!

आइये जानें क्या है व्यक्तित्व व सेक्स के बीच संबंध
                

यौन इच्‍छा आदमी की जरूरत है और मनोविकार उसमें बाधा। व्‍यक्तित्‍व विकार यानी कि पर्सनालिटी डिसार्डर ऐसी बीमारी है जिसमें आदमी अपनी शख्सियत भूल जाता है। इसमें आदमी अपने व्‍यक्तिगत संबंधों को लेकर बहुत ही अनिश्चित हो जाता है। इस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त लोग अपनी फीलिंग्‍स पर काबू नही रख पाते हैं। बीपीडी से ग्रस्‍त व्‍यक्ति में सेक्‍स को लेकर इस प्रकार के कुछ लक्षण दिखाई देते हैं। सेक्‍स संबंध बनाते वक्‍त ज्‍यादा एक्‍साइटेड होना, ज्‍यादातर अलग-अलग पार्टनर के साथ यौन संबंध बनाना, कई दिनों तक यौन संबंध बनाने की इच्‍छा न होना, अजनबियों से शारीरिक संबंध बनाना, रेप का शिकार होना आदि।
पर्सनालिटी डिसॉर्डर होने पर ऐसा भी हो सकता है कि आदमी के अंदर यौन संवेदनायें पैदा ही न हों और ऐसी स्थिति भी आ सकती है वह बार-बार सेक्‍स संबंध बनाने की इच्‍छा जताये । आइए हम आपको बताते हैं कि पर्सनालिटी डिसॉर्डर और सेक्‍स एक-दूसरे को कितना प्रभावित करते हैं ।
यह एक दिमागी बीमारी है जिसमें आदमी सोचने और समझने की शक्ति खो देता है । सामान्‍य शब्‍दों में कहा जाये तो व्‍यक्तित्‍व विकार ऐसा रोग है जिसमें आदमी सामान्‍य स्थितियों में भी बेतुकी बहस करता है ।
दूसरे की बातें गलत लगती हैं और आदमी अपनी बात को मनवाने की कोशिश करता है। व्यक्तित्व विकार का पता अक्सर भावनात्मक प्रतिक्रियाओं से लगाया जा सकता है। व्यक्ति की भावनात्मक तरीके में प्रतिक्रिया व्यक्त करने की प्रवृत्ति अलग होती है।
व्‍यक्तित्‍व विकार से ग्रस्‍त आदमी अपनी भावनाओं पर काबू नही रख पाता है। सार्वजनिक जगहों पर इंटीमेसी दिखाने में भी उसे कोई दिक्‍कत नही होती है।
ऐसे लोग बड़ी जल्‍दी सेक्‍सुअल पार्टनर भी ढूंढ़ लेते हैं। अक्‍सर इस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त लोगों के सेक्‍सुअल पार्टनर अलग-अलग होते हैं।
इस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त लोग एक महिला या पुरुष के साथ यौन संपर्क बनाने से बचते हैं। ऐसे लोग एक पार्टनर के ज्‍यादा करीब भी आने की कोशिश नही करते हैं।
ऐसे लोगों को सेक्‍स आकर्षित नही कर पाता है । इस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त लोग कई दिनों तक सेक्‍स संबंध भी नही बनाते हैं।
ऐसे लोग यौन इच्‍छा की पूर्ति के लिए ज्‍यादातर अजनबियों के प्रति आकर्षित होते हैं । महिलायें हर बार नए पार्टनर की तलाश करती हैं।
बार-बार एक जैसा माहौल और पुराने लागों की संगत से दूर भागते हैं। पुरानी जगहों पर बार-बार जाने से बचते हैं ।
व्‍यक्तित्‍व विकार से ग्रस्‍त लोग एकांत गतिविधियों में लिप्‍त रहना पसंद करते हैं। लोगों के संपर्क में आने से कतराते हैं और मेलजोल करने से बचते हैं।
इस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त आदमी को सेक्‍स क्रियायें उत्‍तेजित नही करती हैं क्‍योंकि दिमाग काम करना बंद कर देता है और यौन संकेतों को समझने में दिक्‍कत होती है।
बॉर्डरलाइन पर्सनालिटी से ग्रस्‍त लोग यौन संबंध बनाते वक्‍त अचानक ज्‍यादा एग्रेसिव हो सकते हैं और पार्टनर का रेप भी कर सकते हैं।
व्‍यक्तित्‍व विकार से ग्रस्‍त महिलायें अक्‍सर किसी अजनबी आदमी से रेप का शिकार होती हैं क्‍योंकि वो अपनी भावनाओं को काबू नही कर पाती और अनजान व्‍यक्ति यौन संबंध बना लेती हैं।
ऐसे लोग होमोसेक्‍सुअल गतिविधियों में भी लिप्‍त रहते हैं। ऐसी स्थिति महिलाओं में ज्‍यादा देखी जाती है। महिलायें पुरुषों की तुलना में महिलाओं के साथ यौन संबंध बनाती है 
बॉर्डरलाइन पर्सनालिटी से ग्रस्‍त लोग रिश्‍तों को ज्‍यादा दिनों तक बनाये रखने में सफल नही होते हैं। मानसिक विकार के कारण ऐसे लोगों में अलगाव बहुत जल्‍दी हो जाता है। पुरुषों की तुलना में महिलायें इस बीमारी का ज्‍यादा शिकार होती हैं ।

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Celebrating Festivals With A Pinch Of Good Health!

MD- Homoeopathy
Homeopath,
Celebrating Festivals With A Pinch Of Good Health!

​​​​​​​In the upcoming festive season enjoy the celebration, let me take care of your health with a few simple tips and medicines.

The festive season is about to start with pomp and splendour and so is your preparation; however, your health should not be ignored. While you take care of your diet and exercise, a few homoeopathic medicines can help you enjoy your festivities and celebration with fervour without worries about your health.

​​​​​​​Taking care of your little ones

The most excited of us all are the children during this time; be it food or the random fun during the celebrations. They may get easily affected and fall sick. A simple close watch on hygiene and regular hand washing can avoid cough, cold or throat infections. Children also tend to gorge on the festive food being completely ignorant of the consequences including indigestion. Parents should see to it that the children eat only warm and properly cooked food, only when hungry. The outside or the roadside food for children may further lead to diseases, like diarrhoea, spoiling the fun for them. Do not stop your child from eating sweets; educate them about the proper way of brushing the teeth and oral hygiene so that the child does not develop a toothache. Parents and elders around children must also protect the children from burn injuries, common during Diwali.

Throat infection, running nose and cough

Bio-combination 5 to prevent respiratory infections, 4 tablets twice a day in the first two days of symptoms. Allium Cepa 30, 6 pills twice a day for running nose for 4 days.

Indigestion

Carbo Veg 30, 6 pills one dose per day for 5 days.

Diarrhoea

Arsenicum Album 30, a single dose of 6 pills for 3 days.

A toothache

Mag Phos 200, a dose of 6 pills, four times before every meal, for 5 days, Chamomilla 30, 5 pills every half an hour, only 4 doses to reduce the pain immediately.

Injuries

Cantharis ointment for minor burns. Cantharis 30, 6 pills every two hours for 1 day to help prevent blister formation and reduce the pain, consult your doctor for wound management.

​​​​​​​The multi-tasking ladies

Leading the charge of the festive preparations, the lady of the house neglects her health. Continuous exertion and the hard work of hosting the guests can be tiring, leading to body ache and muscle soreness. Learn the art of planning and delegating tasks to all the family members. Fasting during the festivals and the anxiety can lead to weakness and headache; keep yourself hydrated and take enough rest. Don’t forget to eat fruits in your diet to keep yourself healthy while you fast.

Many women worry about their menstrual cycles during the festive seasons; interfering with nature and postponing your cycles can lead to heavy bleeding. Meditation and yoga can help you tackle the physical and the mental stress, helping you feel relaxed and enjoy the celebrations.

To look beautiful, maintain a healthy lifestyle even during the festivities; a bit of makeup will help you look good, perhaps, but staying alive from within is essential. Avoid cosmetics that may harm your skin and hair. Never forget to remove your make up with a make-up-remover, cleanse and moisturise the skin it before you go to sleep.

Body ache and muscle soreness

Arnica 200, 6 pills twice a day 2 days before the celebrations,continue if needed uptil 8 days.

Headache

Iris V 30, 6 pills thrice a day will help ameliorate a headache for 5 days . Kali Phos 30, a single dose of 8 pills for 8 days, at night for a good sleep, and to tackle anxiety.

Weakness and tiredness

Five Phos 6X, 4 tablets thrice a day to help you feel and look fresh for 10 days.

Heavy menstrual bleeding and the pain

Secale Cor 30, 6 pills four times a day to control bleeding; continue until the bleeding reduces for 3 days. Viburnum Opulus 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 3 days to help manage the pain.

Skin rashes and eruptions

Bovista 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 7 days to help clear up the eruptions. Calendula mother tincture, 15 drops per day in half a glass of water for 10 days, for clear skin.

​​​​​​​Grandmas and grandpas, don’t hold back

We all are sensitive to noise and air pollution; avoid the areas of excessive noise and air pollution. Engage with children by teaching them rangoli, cooking, drawing, making handicrafts for the festival to move them away from noisy parties and polluting firecrackers. The engagement will keep you active and keep away a headache and annoyance. If you are asthmatic, avoid the incense-sticks at home and switch on the exhaust fans in the kitchen when deep-frying to prevent cough and breathlessness. If you suffer from BP and diabetes, you must not ignore your medication.

Headache, tiredness and annoyance

Natrum Mur 200, 6 pills a day for 2 days to control a headache which occurs due to noise exposure. Kali Phos 30, 8 pills at night for 5 days, to reduce the irritability and tiredness.

Cough and breathlessness

Ipecac 30, 6 pills a day for 2 days to avoid breathlessness in asthma. Antim Tart 30, 6 pills thrice a day for 3 days, if a cough with expectoration develops. Blatta Orientalis 6C, 6 pills thrice a day for 2 days, to prevent wheezing.

Irritability

Kali Phos 6X, 4 tablets twice a day for 5 days.


 

 

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Premature Ejaculation!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Premature Ejaculation!

Premature ejaculation (also known as early discharge or quick orgasm, early fall, Shigra-patan) is one of the most frequent, of sexual disorders in the male and is characterized by sudden ejaculation of the semen, just prior to or immediately after vaginal penetration during intercourse (before one wishes or before he could satisfy the female partner). Approximately 10% to 30% people of all age group suffer with quick semen discharge. Premature or 'before time' in other words, is a condition where the man has no voluntary control over his ejaculation. He is quick on the trigger once he starts the coitus. This is a very frustrating disorders of male sexual function in which man feels totally helpless. This leads to bitterness in husbands & wife relationships. For the man, lack of control of his body functioning leaves him feeling unsure of himself. His pleasure is often decreased by the abrupt early discharge. Eventually his preoccupation with trying to postpone ejaculation will hinder his ability enjoy himself to sexual pleasure. When a man is, feeling inadequate, and ejaculating fast, the woman will probably be left unsatisfied. Her frustration will only increase the negative pattern. This is an easily treatable condition. 

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Eating Disorders - How To Manage Them In Case Of Diabetes?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, DNB (Endocrinology)
Endocrinologist, Pune
Eating Disorders - How To Manage Them In Case Of Diabetes?

Diabulimia is a type of eating disorder in which patients of Type 1 diabetes take less amount of insulin purposely, in order to lose weight. These patients have excessive concerns related to body weight and body shape, and a disturbed body image emerges (regarding oneself overweight despite a normal or reduced body weight). These patients attribute too much importance to body weight and body shape and fear of gaining weight. 

Our body requires insulin for moving glucose from the blood to the cells. In type 1 diabetes patients, the pancreas stop producing insulin and glucose gets stored in our bloodstream. Kidney excretes excess glucose leading to increased urination. The body gets devoid of glucose and the calories associated with it and a rapid loss of weight occur.  Once the patient is started on insulin they develop weight gain. Patient with disturbed body image stops insulin in order to lose weight. Patients develop binge eating,  with more emphasis on sugar and carbohydrate enriched foods. The excess sugar gets out of the body by urinating.
Symptoms including excessive thirst, increased water intake, increased urination, and weakness are observed in the early period, irreversible findings including neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, and osteoporosis, which occur in poorly controlled diabetics, are observed in the long term. It has been proven by research that almost 30% of type 1 diabetes patients are the ones who abstain from or avoid using insulin in order to lose weight. This habit leads to the risk of many other fatal diseases which may be permanent in nature.

Prevention

Diabulimia is more common among teenage girls who suffer from type 1 diabetes and are generally obsessed with body image. Proper patient education can help a lot in these patients.  It is advised not to neglect your insulin.
 

Egg Myth Vs Facts!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Egg Myth Vs Facts!

Egg Myth Vs Facts!

Addiction - How Homeopathy Is Beneficial In Treating It?

BHMS, DHMS (Diploma In Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery)
Homeopath, Mohali
Addiction - How Homeopathy Is Beneficial In Treating It?

Addiction not only includes physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but also includes virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate, etc. In other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).

Causes: There is a link between the repeated uses of an addictive substance and how the human brain experience pleasure, its use has a nice reward, leading to further and more frequent use. The addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or some drug actually causes physical changes in some nerve cells in the brain. After a while, the user of the potentially addictive substance does not get the same pleasure and has to increase the dose, as his/her body's tolerance to it increases. Eventually, the user no longer experiences pleasure from the substance and takes it simply to prevent withdrawal symptoms taking the substance just makes them feel normal. When tolerance increases, the risk of addiction is much greater.

Signs and Symptoms: A person starts to show symptoms when a person takes the substance, such as nicotine , alcohol etc. and has given a serious attempt to stop, but is unable to do so because of the withdrawal symptoms. The body of an addict will go in withdrawal state when once the level of the substance abused is below a certain level. When a person goes in withdrawal state it will show signs, such as craving, bouts of moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, extreme temperament, poor focus, continuous feeling of depression, emptiness, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment. Apart from these the addict will also display symptoms such as increased appetite, insomnia, constipation,and diarrhea. Withdrawal caused by some substances can also trigger signs like violence, seizures, hallucination, sweating and trembling, etc. However, the addiction continues despite health problem awareness. An addicted person commonly feels they need their drug in order to deal with their problems.

Investigation of Addiction: Blood test is advised to determine whether the substance is still in the blood (whether the substance has been taken recently). DSM criteria for substance dependence that is a patient diagnosed with substance dependence (an addiction) must meet criteria laid out in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association.

What you can do?: Acknowledge the problem and consult for help from an expert. Family members must be supportive in creating a congenial environment for the addicted person.

Role of Homeopathy in Management of Addiction: The first step for the addicted person is to acknowledge that there is a substance dependency problem (addiction problem). The next step is to get help. In most of the world there are several support groups and professional services available. Treatment options for addiction depend on several factors, including what type of substance it is and how it affects the patients. Typically, treatment includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counselling (psychotherapy), self-help groups, pairing with individual sponsors, and medication.

Talking of medication, Homoeopathy definitely has a major role to play in the de-addiction journey of a 'patient'. Over the years it has been seen that homeopathy has produced tremendous results in such cases. People have approached for quitting alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc. and majority of them have been wonderfully helped by Homoeopathy. Those who haven't achieved desirable results have either lacked willingness or conviction on their own part, or have had a non-congenial and non-co-operative environment at home and work place. For any de-addiction plan to be successful for a patient these 2 factors are the most important. A willing person with a co-operative and supportive environment is much more receptive and responsive to the medical treatment.

The commonest attacking area for any addictive substance is the Central Nervous System (CNS). The substance inhibits the release of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying nerve impulses. Once these neurotransmitters are inhibited in their normal functioning, a person develops delayed nervous responses and irregular nerve impulses leading to addiction. It is a vicious circle. So, as the centre of attack is the CNS, a medical system that boosts and strengthens the CNS would automatically prove beneficial in such dreadful cases. Homoeopathy is that very medical science! The homoeopathic medicines are absorbed through the nerve root endings of the tongue and directly hit the CNS. There are some very powerful Homoeopathic medicines, which have the ability to shake up the CNS and work in a normal manner as it is used to be. These Homoeopathic medicines, thus have the ability to develop control and also the power to abstain from the substance in later stages of the treatment.

But the first and foremost attempt is made to manage the withdrawal symptoms. It is the fear of the withdrawal symptoms only that a patient may lose conviction and confidence in him and give in to the indulgence once again. This is where the role of family and friends also comes in. when the struggle of 1 man becomes fight for the whole team; chances are very high of coming out victorious. There are brilliant medicines in Homoeopathic science, which can help the person in managing and fighting with the withdrawal symptoms with ease. Medicines like Nux vomica, Kali phos., Arsenic Album, Coffea cruda, Aconite, Gelsemium, Argentum nitricum, Ipecac, Acid sulphurosum, Caladium, Daphna indica, Quercus, etc. have proved to be extremely effective in helping a person wean off completely of the addictive substances.

Mind the Mind: Over the past two issues, we took up the burning problem of addiction as a mental illness, explored its, nature and probable causes that go into the making of an addict. The current issue is aimed at spreading awareness about the available evidence based psychological treatments for de-addiction.

  1. Psychotherapy: Also called as 'talk therapy', is aimed at helping the patient to understand the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour so that the maladaptive ones can be replaced with more adaptive and productive processes. Interventions in terms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Behaviour Therapy are efficient in the treatment of addiction behaviour.
  2. Craving control: Use of certain medicines and behavioural techniques can help a person deal with the intense feelings of craving when it seems too much to bear. It gives a sense of greater control to the person over the substance, which in turn motivates him/her to stay away from using the substance. Many people report that they tend to continue the abuse the substance since they are unable to handle the period of intense craving, which can come all of a sudden.
  3. Relapse prevention: Arguably it is the most important component of de-addiction program. Leaving the substance is not that hard, but staying away from it is the most difficult part as reported by many patients with addiction. To ensure that the person stays clean and healthy without the substance, they are taught some techniques like asking for help whenever they feel the need to do the substance or staying away from potentially, dangerous situations, like going to party where alcohol is available. With therapy, the individual gains more confidence in his/her own abilities rather than depending on the substance for facing life situations. In addition to this, they also start enjoying their life without the substance. Both the patient and his/her family play an important part in this process hence they are educated about it and are advised regarding appropriate ways of ensuring sobriety for the patient.
  4. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): It is a self-hellp group in which ex-alcoholics come together and share their experiences, for instance how they got into drinking, how it affected their life and now how they are maintaining their sobriety. These are mostly weekly sessions and have been found to be very effective in supporting the recovery of alcoholics to stay motivated and be clean without the use of alcohol. Similar to AA, there is NA (Narcotics Anonymous for drug addicts) and Al-Anon (for the family members and friends of problem drinkers).
  5. Yoga and exercise: A healthy daily routine with yoga or regular exercise promotes feelings of general well-being and ensures healthy mind and body. It detoxifies the body faster and even helps in recovering from the damage caused due to excessive substance use.
  6. Social skill training: An important aspect for being away from drugs/alcohol is the ability to say NO to such offers from others. Assertive behaviour, healthy communication pattern and good problem solving ability are skills that are taught to assist the person to stay healthy without feeling the need to take the substance.

One of the simplest, yet very powerful principles of staying healthy is 'ONE DAY AT A TIME'! Instead of making any long-term plans for staying sober, which might seem over-whelming and extremely difficult, just plan for that very day and DECIDE to be clean without the substance.

Pre-Eclampsia - Why It Require Urgent Treatment During Pregnancy?

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Pre-Eclampsia -  Why It Require Urgent Treatment During Pregnancy?

Pre-eclampsia may affect some women during the second half of their pregnancies or after they deliver the baby. Ladies suffering from pre-eclampsia show symptoms like hypertension, problems in retaining fluids (oedema) and large amount of protein in their urine (proteinuria). If it is not treated in time, it can cause a lot of complexities during the pregnancy and even after the delivery. Pre-eclampsia increases the risk of harmful effects for both the mother and the baby. The real reason for pre-eclampsia is still unknown, but it is believed that it is thought to occur when there is an issue with the placenta (the organ that connections the child's blood supply to the mother's). Pre-eclampsia in pregnant women often goes undiagnosed.

Women may present with headache, visual disturbance, pain in upper tummy, nausea, vomiting and rapidly progressive oedema. Complications of placental insufficiency can lead to IUGR(Intrauterine growth restriction), placental abruption and in severe cases, if left untreated, intrauterine death. It may affect women`s kidney, liver, cardiovascular, brain and blood clotting systems in severe cases. 

Complications: As pre-eclampsia develops further, it can create complications in retaining liquid (oedema). Oedema is responsible for causing sudden swelling of the feet, lower legs, face and hands during pregnancy. It occurs in the lower parts of the body, for example, the feet and lower legs and increases gradually during the day. In case the swelling is sudden, and affects the face and hands, it could be a result of pre-eclampsia.

Risks: There are a few factors that could increase your risk of falling prey to pre-eclampsia. This might require immediate treatment. These are:

  • If it is your first pregnancy, pre-eclampsia will probably happen during your first than the ones that will happen later.
  • It has been 10 years since you were last pregnant.
  • You have a family history of the condition. For instance, your mom or sisters have had pre-eclampsia.
  • You had pre-eclampsia in a past pregnancy. There is an around 20% chance that you will experience the condition again in later pregnancies.
  • You are in your teens or are more than 40 years of age.
  • You have a current medicinal issue like diabetes, kidney problems, headaches or hypertension.
  • You were obese towards the beginning of your pregnancy (your body mass index was 30 or more).
  • You are expecting multiple babies like twins or triplets (this spots more strain on the placenta).


The main indication of pre-eclampsia in the unborn baby is slow and stunted growth. This is brought about by poor blood supply through the placenta to the child. The developing child gets less oxygen and less supplements than it is supposed to. This can affect the growth and development of the child. This is called 'intra-uterine growth restriction, or 'intra-uterine growth impediment'.

Treatment: Bringing down the blood pressure and dealing with the symptoms in a proper manner can help in managing pre-eclampsia. Delivering the baby is the best way to treat pre-eclampsia. If it is confirmed that you do have pre-eclampsia, you'll be asked to stay in the hospital until your baby is delivered.

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