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Sweda Vidhi - Know More About It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Sweda Vidhi - Know More About It!

Sweda Vidhi (Sudation)    

Inrroduction:-

  • Sweda means sweat which is the mala  through which pitta is eliminated. The therapies which help in producing perspiration are called swedana. 
  • In Swedana, certain procedures are done to dilate the srotas and to make the body sweat.   This is done after sneha therapy. Swedana works in conjunction with sneha to facilitate   the removal of ama and mala from the srotas and dhatus and to transport them back to  the kostha (Gastrointestinai tract). 
  • It can be done in specific parts or all over the body
  • It is mainly indicated for kapha and vata diseases.

A. Types of swedana 
It is classifted into 4 main types
I.Tapa sweda:-

Sweating using hot sand.Used in Ama vata (acute rheumatic conditions)

 2. Upanaha sweda - Poultices  
Powders of herbs and food grains are mixed with vinegar, oil and a little salt .warmed, applied on specific parts which are then covered by leaves and cloth tightly.It is done in night and removed in the morning 

3. Drava sweda  Fomentation with warm liquids 
A.Pariseka - Dhara (pouring warm liquids). E.g. Decoctions of anti vata herbs are used in Ama vata     
B.Avagaha - Tub bath

4. Usma sweda 
a. Pinda sweda (fomentation using bolus) 
b.Nadi sweda (fomentation using tube)
c.Kuti sweda (sweat house)
this all type of swedana done in our vishwavallabh ayurvedic panchakarma center,nashik-pune.

Signs of proper swedana

  • Disappcarance of cold and pain  
  • Softness, alertness, free movements of joints, normal skin, normal appetite etc. 
  • If done in excess. pitta and rakta will be vitiated. 
  • Thirst,giddiness,pain, rashes can manifest.

Maintane Blood Sugar!

Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar
Maintane Blood Sugar!

Instead of stocking up on chocolate as glucose boosters, try high-fibre, low sugar oat bars. These take care of your cravings.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus!

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
This is an autoimmune disease and it affects the body in many ways. It is chronic in nature and you can manage the symptoms with proper treatment. It is one of the most common types of lupus and it usually causes anaemia and general weakness in the body coupled with joint pain and headaches. It is generally known to affect women than men as the estrogen hormone triggers this condition in many cases. As the symptoms of this condition are not specific to lupus, it is not an easy task to diagnose this condition. Once it is clear, doctors will begin proper treatment and you need to be watchful about the symptoms for a long time as this condition is chronic and there is no cure to this condition. You can, however, manage the symptoms by taking suitable medication. In rare cases, it can cause severe complications and this usually happens when you are suffering from this condition for a very long duration.

Symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  Some of the common symptoms of this condition include severe fatigue along with pain in the joints. It can also cause swelling of the joints and this will be very painful. You need to consider these symptoms seriously and get suitable treatment at the right time to avoid further complications.

-  It can also cause a headache as the immune system works harder than required to counter the allergic reaction in the body. This can affect the normal breathing and the supply of oxygen to the brain will be reduced leading to severe headaches.

-  It is also common for people suffering from this condition to experience rashes on the nose and cheeks. This condition is also generally termed as butterfly rashes and it is easily visible on the face.

-  It can also cause significant hair loss due to the overworking of the immune system and this can also become permanent hair loss when suitable treatment is not provided in a timely manner.

-  Some people also experience issues with clotting of blood due to this condition. It can also cause anaemia and you will feel general weakness.

-  Apart from that, there can be many other symptoms depending on which organ is affected by this condition. When it affects the heart region, symptoms like chest pain and other things are very common.

-  When it starts affecting the skin, it can create rashes or another sort of inflammation as an allergic reaction. In the same manner, when the digestive tract gets affected due to this condition, it can cause diarrhoea and other related symptoms in the body.

Causes of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The exact cause of this condition is not yet established and some factors are considered to trigger this condition in many individuals.

-  Even though it is not a genetic disorder, it is likely to affect people having a family history of autoimmune disorders. If anyone in your family is suffering from this condition, you need to be careful about the symptoms and get suitable treatment.

-  You will be surprised to know that exposure to UV light can also trigger such a condition in many people and some sensitive people develop this even after exposure for a few minutes. You should avoid getting outside during the peak sunlight period and stay away from trouble when you are allergic to such conditions.

-  Similarly, taking certain medication can trigger this condition when it causes any side effects. If you notice such symptoms, you can talk to your doctor to get an alternate prescription to treat your problem.

-  Exposure to certain viruses can also cause this condition and you have to treat such issues at the earliest to avoid further complications in future.

-  When you are physically stressed too much, the immune system will work hard to bring it back to normal condition and this can sometimes cause this condition. In the same way, even emotional stress can mess up with the hormonal activity in the body and affect the immune system leading to this condition.

-  Even trauma can induce such conditions in many individuals even though this will usually be a temporary reaction in most cases.

-  Women are more likely to get affected with this condition and the estrogen hormone is known to trigger this condition. If you notice such symptoms during the monthly cycle, you need to take suitable medication to treat the issue. This condition is also common during pregnancy and the symptoms will usually last for a short duration in this case.

Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The first step in diagnosis begins with a physical examination of the symptoms and this will give the doctors some idea about the overall nature of the problem. In this situation, the symptoms like sun rashes along with ulcers will give a clear indication of the problem. Some people may also experience hair loss and even show signs of hair loss and improper heartbeat.

-  After this is done, further blood tests will be suggested as this will provide some clarity about the working of the antibodies in the body. When the immune system overreacts to certain situations, it can create more antibodies and this will be clearly understood after getting the results of blood tests.

-  The kidneys will not be able to remove all the unnecessary proteins from the body in this case and you can get to know such abnormalities in the Urine test. This will also show the clear overworking of the immune system and doctors will begin suitable treatment based on the results of this test.

-  Along with that, an X-ray of the chest region will also help to notice any inflammation in this area. This will also give a clear indication of any improper functioning of the lungs and heart and doctors can prescribe suitable medication to treat the condition.

-  It can also be due to various autoimmune diseases and you need to discuss your medical history in a detailed manner with the doctors to aid them in the diagnostic process. Remember that a series of tests may be required before they identify the exact problem in this situation.

Prevention of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  You can take suitable precautionary measures to avoid this condition in the future. Remember that you need to be watchful about the symptoms and analyze what is causing them in your body. If it happens after you eat some food or after you are exposed to some environment, make sure to avoid them in the future.

-  Remember that exposure to UV light can also trigger this condition in many individuals and you should note the changes in your body after you are exposed to sunlight. If you notice any rashes or other inflammation on the skin surface, you need to be careful next time and use suitable protection to avoid UV rays. You can use some creams and lotions that will protect your exposed skin from UV radiation.

-  In the same manner, you can also avoid stress to a large extent and this will help you to prevent this condition in future. It is also important to engage in a limited physical activity as overloading your body can also trigger the immune system and it can overreact in some situations.

-  Also, make sure that you eat a healthy and nutritious diet as this will keep your immune system functioning in proper order. You should also note that having certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body can lead to problems with bones and joints and this can get inflammation easily at a later stage. On the other hand, when you exercise and eat a healthy diet, you will be able to avoid such complications.

Treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  There is no specific way to treat this condition and only the symptoms have to be managed by choosing some medication. In this situation, it is important to know about the affected region in the body so that proper treatment can be given to providing some relief.

-  When it comes to treating joint pain and other related issues due to this condition, some anti-inflammatory medication may be used as this will reduce the inflammation in the body.

-  In the same manner, inflammation on the skin surface can also produce rashes and use steroids as medication or cream will provide suitable relief in this situation.

-  It is also possible to slow down the immune system on a temporary basis by using some medication. However, this cannot be continued for a long duration and you need to choose this treatment only as a temporary solution.

-  It is also noticed that using drugs that are used to treat malaria can give effective results in this situation.

-  Apart from that, you should also make suitable changes to your diet and lifestyle as this can have a significant impact on your overall health condition. It is necessary to reduce stress and eat a healthy diet to keep your immune system in proper order.

Complications of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
-  The complications of this condition are many as this can affect various organs of the body in no time and cause severe damage when proper treatment is not provided at the right time.

-  When it normally causes blood clots along with inflammation of the blood vessels in the body, it can lead to complications like vasculitis in many individuals.

-  In extreme cases, it can even lead to a heart attack as it can cause inflammation of the heart region due to the autoimmune disorder.

-  When this affects the brain region, it can cause a stroke in many cases. Many individuals also report seizures on a frequent basis when they are suffering from this condition.

-  It is also known to impact the memory functioning of the brain and this can affect the overall ability of the person to handle various tasks in everyday life.

-  It can also cause certain behavioural changes all of a sudden without any other health conditions. This should be noticed carefully as the person suffering may not be able to distinguish this as a symptom and other people in the family should identify such symptoms.

-  When it affects the lining of the lungs region, it can lead to inflammation in that area and this causes shortness of breath and other complications in the long run.

-  It can put a lot of pressure on the kidney as the body reacts aggressively to normal substances and produces antibodies in large quantities. In this situation, the overall functioning ability of the kidney can get reduced to a large extent and it can even lead to inflammation of this region or complete failure of the organ in extreme cases.

-  You should be very careful about this condition during pregnancy as this can lead to various complications and even affect the newborn baby. In extreme stages, it can even cause miscarriage or other complications during delivery.

Myths about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Myth #1:
This condition can be cured: 

There is no cure for this condition and you should only manage the symptoms in the long run. Whenever you notice any symptoms, you need to treat them and there is no way of completely avoiding them in the future.

Myth #2: It cannot be caused by stress: 

Most people do not realize the importance of leading a stress-free life and take it for granted. However, you need to understand that emotional, as well as physical stress, can trigger such conditions in the body and you will have to suffer a lot for a long duration. It is a good idea to relax once in a while to reduce the stress levels in the body.

Conclusion
You should understand that this is a chronic condition and there is no way to treat this permanently. However, the symptoms can be easily managed and you need to reduce the overactive immune system during this phase. It can be easily controlled with proper medication and you should try to avoid things that can trigger them in your body. If you notice that any medication is causing this condition, you can speak to your doctor to get some alternative medicine to treat the underlying issues.

Seborrheic Dermatitis - Know More About It!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Seborrheic Dermatitis - Know More About It!

Seborrheic Dermatitis 
This condition is very common and it appears as red rashes on the scalp and other regions of the body. The rashes will form flakes on the surface and it is also generally called dandruff. While the exact cause of this condition is not yet known, it is generally assumed that this happens due to weather conditions combined with a yeast infection on the scalp. In some cases, the medication you take for other diseases and stress can also increase the symptoms. It does not create too many complications and will usually subside on its own within a few weeks. In some cases, treatment is also not needed when the symptoms are not severe. However, in extreme conditions, even long-term treatment may not yield good results and patients suffer from this condition for many years.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  The most common symptoms you notice is the skin flakes on the scalp region. This dandruff is a very common problem that affects many people. In rare cases, it can also be formed in the eyebrow region or the beard and moustache.

-  The flakes are usually white in colour and they look oily when you peel them from the skin surface. When it affects the body, it can appear on the chest, groin area and even on the face.

-  You can notice red skin in the affected area and there will be constant itching sensation in that area.

-  The tendency to get this condition increases with cold weather conditions. It can also get aggravated due to stress and other medication.

-  It looks very similar to other skin problems and you need to visit a dermatologist for the proper treatment.

-  Even babies get affected with this condition and it usually affects the scalp region.

Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  It is not clear as to what causes this condition and the most likely cause is said to be due to the yeast infection. Our skin secretes oil in a natural way and this keeps it protected from various external factors. The Malassezia fungus can affect this function and flakes can get formed on the skin surface.

-  Other than that, this condition can also be triggered due to the improper response of the immune system. When it overreacts to some health condition, it can result in a sudden increase of dandruff on the scalp.

-  Apart from this, even genetics plays a major role and this can increase with stress.

-  Some medication can also trigger this condition when the immune system is not working at its best and this usually will be a temporary reaction.

-  Apart from these factors, eating disorders and alcoholism can also increase your chances of getting this condition.

-  Certain other skin diseases like psoriasis and rosacea can also cause this condition in many people.

-  People suffering from epilepsy or any other heart condition may be prone to getting this disease.

Diagnosis of Seborrheic Dermatitis
In most cases, the diagnosis is done through physical examination and there is no need for biopsy and other imaging tests. When you first approach your doctor with such symptoms, you may be referred to a dermatologist as these professionals specialize in handling such diseases. Remember that the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are similar to that of other skin diseases and only a professional dermatologist will be able to identify the exact disease based on careful analysis of the symptoms. When the affected area is washed clean and analyzed carefully, the nature of the flares and the way they have spread across the scalp and other regions will give a clear indication about the condition. After this step, you may have to undergo a blood test in some cases to determine the suitability of some medication to treat the condition. Finally, the treatment will begin with the external application of creams and lotions to reduce the symptoms and you may have to make suitable changes to your lifestyle to avoid the problems in the future.

Prevention of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  Lifestyle changes: You may have to make suitable lifestyle changes to avoid this condition in the future. To begin with, you need to understand that this condition can get triggered due to external factors and you can try to avoid them as much as possible. When the weather condition is too cold, you can wear a cap to protect the scalp and this will reduce the irritation to some level. In the same manner, it is also important to wash your scalp regularly and keep it clean so that it does not become too oily. Also watch for symptoms regularly and approach your doctor whenever you notice anything on your scalp.

-  Washing your hair regularly: When you keep your scalp clean, you will reduce the chances of getting this condition in the future by a huge margin. Make sure that you use a good shampoo that is well known to prevent dandruff and this will reduce the symptoms in a few weeks. Make sure that you consult your dermatologist before choosing the right shampoo and this is essential when you are using them for your kids.

-  Self-care: Along with medication, you should also work hard and maintain your scalp in good health. Always put oil on your scalp before you wash your hair. This ensures that the scalp will loosen up dandruff and you can easily wash it with a good shampoo. This will also moisturize the scalp appropriately and provide relief from redness and itchiness. You can use olive oil or any other mineral oil that enriches your scalp with essential nutrients.

-  Apart from these remedies, you should also take care not to use styling gels or any other cosmetic products on your scalp as this can trigger the occurrence of symptoms in quick time. Many such products contain alcohol and they can irritate the scalp and this leads to increased redness in some people. You will also notice that dandruff flares up after using such products. You can also consider using Aloe Vera in the gel form on the affected area. This can give you relief from itchiness and also reduce the redness of the scalp.

 

Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis-
-  In most cases, this condition will go away after a few days or few weeks on its own and there is no need for any particular treatment. However, when you find the symptoms very hard to deal with, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo that is readily available in the market and try to control the flares. Remember that dandruff will keep coming every now and then whenever it gets triggered due to environmental conditions or stress. In this regard, you must understand that you need to treat this as a lifelong condition and provide suitable treatment whenever it is needed in the future.

-  When you want to choose the best shampoo to treat this condition, you can take care to ensure that it has salicylic acid or zinc pyrithione as one of its ingredients. This is well known to prevent the symptoms and you will get relief from dandruff in quick time. In the same manner, even ketoconazole shampoo is also good for your scalp when you are suffering from this condition.

-  If your baby is suffering from this condition, you should always use a mild shampoo that does not harm the scalp in any manner. You can even use some mineral oil before you apply shampoo and this can soften the thick patches of dandruff. Be gentle when you remove the scales as any irritation can increase the symptoms in future. When you are taking the baby outside, always use sunscreen on the scalp as the skin in the affected area will be very sensitive to UV rays.

-  Apart from these therapies, you can also use antifungal products that are available in the market and get temporary relief from the symptoms. Some doctors also recommend corticosteroid lotions to reduce the flaring and you can use them after careful consultation with your doctor.

-  Finally, you need to make suitable changes to your lifestyle to avoid such problems in the future. Remember that stress can trigger this condition anytime in future and you need to be very careful about this factor. Along with this, you should also maintain a healthy diet as this will strengthen your immune system and your body will be in better condition to fight the disease.

-  In severe cases, your doctor may even suggest you take antifungal medication and this can give you good relief when other methods are not giving good results. However, this medication may come with some side effects and you need to bear them for a few days to get relief from this condition.

-  You can also use ointments that will reduce the flaring and this can be a good way to reduce the redness and itchiness of the scalp. Your doctor will prescribe such medication after carefully examining your symptoms and your overall health condition.

Complications of Seborrheic Dermatitis
-  In rare cases, this condition can lead to complications when the problem is not properly diagnosed. As the symptoms of this condition are not specific to seborrheic dermatitis, it can sometimes be confused with other skin diseases and wrong medication may be used to treat this condition.

-  In this situation, the scalp can get irritated and even the redness can get increased due to the use of such medication. In most cases, using anti-inflammatory drugs to treat this condition can result in flaring up of the symptoms as the steroids will trigger dandruff in an aggressive manner.

-  For this reason, you should always approach a professional dermatologist when you are dealing with such symptoms and they will be able to clearly distinguish between various skin diseases and provide the proper treatment.

-  In extreme cases of seborrheic dermatitis, hair loss can be seen due to itchiness in the affected area. Many people tend to scratch the area repeatedly to remove dandruff and this can result in hair loss in that particular region. However, this condition is temporary and you can see regrowth of hair in that area after the symptoms have reduced to some extent.

-  In case of misdiagnosis of this condition, using medication that contains steroids can also lead to thinning of the skin layer in the affected area. You need to be careful while using medication and always consult your doctor and get the proper treatment.

Myths about Seborrheic Dermatitis
Myth #1:
Seborrheic dermatitis is caused due to lack of hygiene

Remember that this can be caused even when you maintain your hygiene in proper order. Even babies get affected due to this condition and it has got nothing to do with keeping your scalp clean. The exact cause of this disease is not known and it can get triggered due to various factors.

Myth #2: Seborrheic dermatitis is contagious

you need not worry about catching this condition from someone else in your family. It is not contagious and you will not get seborrheic dermatitis from another person. However, it makes sense to avoid using the same towels when someone is having this condition in your family. This will help the patients to avoid infection and other complications.

Myth #3: Diet changes can cure seborrheic dermatitis

While diet and lifestyle changes can bring in some strength to your overall immune system, it can in no way cure this condition. The fact is that there is no permanent cure for this condition and you need to take care of your scalp forever to avoid the symptoms.

Conclusion
You can approach your doctor whenever you are facing such problems and get proper treatment at the right time. One thing you need to understand is that the symptoms can be confusing as they often overlap with other health conditions. For this reason, you should always approach a professional dermatologist and get the right treatment after careful diagnosis. Also, try to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can avoid the symptoms in the future. There is no cure for this condition and you have to treat this as a lifelong condition that keeps flaring up whenever it is triggered due to external factors.

Fatty Liver - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Fatty Liver - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention!

Fatty Liver
Building up of fat in the liver is known as a fatty liver. There is some amount of fat in the liver which is normal for a healthy individual, but excessive fat accumulation in the liver can be a matter of serious concern.

The liver is an important organ which performs various necessary functions. It is the second largest organ in the human body and performs the function of processing the food and water that the body intakes and filters the unwanted and harmful substances from the blood. This function of the liver might be compromised if there is excessive fat accumulation in the liver. In this condition, vacuoles of triglyceride fats are present in the cells of the liver because of the abnormal lipid retention in the cells. When the fat metabolism process is disturbed it leads to the accumulation of high amounts of fat which results in a fatty liver.

Fatty liver can be an indicator of serious conditions if left untreated. Collection of fat cells in the liver is termed steatosis. In case inflammation is caused in the liver tissue because of these excess fat cells, the condition is known as steatotic hepatitis which should be taken seriously. A major cause of steatotic hepatitis is alcohol consumption or conditions which cause biochemical changes in the body. In case the problem is because of reasons other than alcohol, it is known as Non-Alcoholic Steatotic Hepatitis or NASH.

In case there is inflammation of the fatty liver, it can lead to scarring and also fibrosis of the liver. This is a serious condition which is known as cirrhosis and can lead to difficulties if left untreated.

This condition is reversible and can most often be taken care of by making healthy changes in one’s lifestyle. Fatty liver shows no signs in most of the cases and does not lead to any permanent damage to the liver in most of the cases unless the situation worsens or progresses. This condition can also become hazardous in case the underlying cause is not timely recognized and treated.

Grades/Stages of Fatty Liver
Fatty liver is most often not a serious and critical condition. The levels of development of the disease are divided into three grades, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Each one of these stages is related to different signs and symptoms which become severe as the disease progresses. The first two stages can be handled with proper medicinal treatment but treating grade 3 fatty liver might be more challenging.

Fatty liver grade 1 is the onset of the disease. It is the beginning stage of accumulation of fats in the liver. The symptoms in this stage are not severe and it is not serious in most cases.

Fatty liver grade 2 is the situation when the amount of fat accumulation in the liver increases. As the level of the fat cells increases in the liver, the liver starts decreasing its functionality. Due to the invasion of fats into the cells of the liver, the cells that are responsible for carrying out different functions start dying. Medical attention is necessary at this stage.

Fatty liver grade 3 is the most severe and serious form of the condition. At this stage, the fat accumulation has spread to the entire liver. The liver becomes inflamed and the situation worsens. The blood vessels in the liver are not able to perform the function of pumping in the nutrients and pumping out toxins. Distension of the abdomen might also appear. The normal cells of the liver start fading and fibrotic cells start appearing. Significant diet changes are made at this stage. Fatty foods and red meat products should be avoided. Industrial cooking oils should not be used and should be substituted with coconut oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil etc. Intake of fresh fruits and vegetables should be increased.

Risk factors
The condition of fatty liver is due to the building up of more than normal fats in the liver. It is more prevalent in individuals who are obese or are overweight. Individuals suffering from Type 2 diabetes are also at a higher risk of developing fatty liver. Accumulation of fat is often connected to resistance to insulin which is the main cause of development of type 2 diabetes.

Other factors that are associated with the development of the condition are consumption of alcohol in excessive quantities, high levels of triglyceride fat cells in the body, a high level of cholesterol, high blood pressure patients taking long-term medicines for the condition, taking higher than usual and/or recommended dosage of some over the counter medicines like Tylenol etc. The risk is also heightened during pregnancy. Fatty liver might also affect individuals experiencing malnutrition. The condition of metabolic syndrome is also associated with the development of fatty liver.

Symptoms
Beginning stage of fatty liver disease generally shows no symptoms. Mild cases of fatty liver are mostly asymptomatic. Fatigue and abdominal discomfort might be experienced by the individual. This condition is usually uncovered during routine check-ups and physical examination. The liver might become enlarged which is detected by a physical examination.

Some people might experience vague symptoms such as fatigue even with little or moderate physical exertion, wanting to rest because of the feeling of discomfort, heaviness and fullness in the abdomen mostly in the upper right corner etc. Sometimes applying pressure might result in pain in the liver area. Liver inflammation might cause signs like confusion, pain in the abdomen, loss of weight, a poor appetite, weakness and fatigue etc.

If left unchecked and untreated, the fatty liver might transform into cirrhosis which is a serious and life-threatening condition. Symptoms of this condition include easy bleeding tendency, confusion, enlargement of the abdomen, fluid in the abdomen, symptoms of jaundice like dark coloured urine, yellow colour of the skin start appearing, inability of blood to clot, fine tremors of the fingers, poor memory and concentration, distending of veins in hands and legs, nauseavomiting, loss of appetite, giddiness etc.

Causes
Most often the fatty liver disease occurs in people who indulge in heavy drinking and their alcohol intake is higher. Though, it might occur in people without any drinking problems.

There are various causes other than alcohol for the occurrence of fatty liver disease. These include metabolic syndromes which lead to an imbalance in the metabolic capacity in the body like glycogen storage diseases, acute fatty liver of pregnancy, abetalipoproteinemia, Weber-Christian disease etc. Other conditions like diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, Wolman’s disease, Galactosemia, Wilson’s disease and infections like tuberculosis and malaria are also known to be causes of fatty liver disease.

Various nutritional causes like obesity, malnutrition, sudden weight loss, gastric bypass, total parenteral nutrition, refeeding syndrome, jejunal diverticulosis with overgrowth of bacteria, jejunoileal bypass etc. are also some of the factors aiding in the development of the fatty liver disease.

Certain drugs like Valproic acids used in epilepsy, Sedatives, Anti-retroviral drugs, corticosteroids, methotrexate, Vitamin A overdose, Tamoxifen which is used in the treatment of breast cancer, medications like amiodarone and diltiazem which are used in treatment of heart conditions like high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats environmental hepatotoxins like phosphorous and mushroom poisoning are also some causes of fatty liver disease. Inflammatory bowel diseasehepatitis C particularly genotype 3, HIVCeliac disease and alpha 1- antitrypsin deficiency can also be the cause of the development of a fatty liver.

Diagnosis
Most often the diagnosis of fatty liver is incidental. Most of the individuals suffering from this condition are asymptomatic and the disease is uncovered through incidental abnormal tests like liver function tests or hepatomegaly done for other medical conditions that are unrelated. There is no particular test that can show whether the accumulation of fats in the liver is because of alcohol use or other factors. Thus, the doctor will inquire about the alcohol consumption habits of the individual to establish the reasons. This information helps the physician in determining whether the condition is ALD or NAFLD.

Various tests can be used by the healthcare practitioner to diagnose the disease. Some of the tests used are-

Physical Examination: In case of inflammation of the liver, the doctor can detect it by the examination of the abdomen for any enlargement of the liver. The doctor needs to be informed if the patient is experiencing fatigue, loss of appetite etc. The doctor also enquires about the alcohol history, medications and the history of supplement usage.

Blood tests: Blood tests might reveal high levels of liver enzymes in routine tests. Abnormal liver enzymes level in the blood give a deeper understanding of the cause of the disease as well as is an identifier of the problem. Liver function tests also provide an understanding of the efficiency of the treatment and the improvement that can be expected. But, this test does not fully confirm the diagnosis. Further analysis of the situation is necessary.

Imaging studies: Ultrasounds can also be conducted to diagnose the problem of fatty liver. It is a painless and a non-invasive test and can most often detect the condition accurately. The fat in the liver shows as a white patch on the ultrasound image.

Computed Tomography scan also knows as CT scan can also be performed as it can measure the organs and the inflammation accurately through the use of X-Rays. MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging can also be used to scan the internal organs. But these tests cannot confirm whether the individual has a simple fatty liver or NASH. Another kind of imaging study is a FibroScan, which helps in determining liver density and the fat tissues and normal tissues areas.

Liver Biopsy: In liver biopsy is performed, a needle is inserted into the liver for removal of tissue for examination. Anesthetics are given to the patient to relieve the pain. Through a liver biopsy, the doctor can certify of the disease and also know the cause of the condition.

Treatment-
There is no set method of treatment for fatty liver. Undergoing treatment for the underlying cause of the problem can help reverse the changes that have happened in the liver. Reducing the risk factors is often recommended. Some of the most common recommendations that are prescribed are:

Controlling cholesterol levels: Reducing the number of saturated fats in the diet can be a healthy approach which can help control and reverse the situation. Also, medications that lower cholesterol levels are also prescribed which can be used along with exercise and regular workouts to reduce and reverse fatty liver.

Exercise and Weight loss programs: The objective of these programs should be to lower the body mass index of the patient by around two units in comparison to the existing BMI. Aerobics is an effective way to burn off excess fat in the body. In order to reap long-term benefits, dedication and sustenance matter more than the intensity of the workout.

Controlling Diabetes: Lifestyle changes are required to move towards a healthy body and control diabetes. Management of sugar levels in the body can be done by taking proper medication. Controlling diabetes can stop the disease from advancing to the more stage of cirrhosis or failure of the liver.

Avoiding harmful substances: Substances like alcohol, certain drugs and fatty junk foods should be avoided to prevent the condition from advancing. Certain medications which can cause complications should also be substituted by consulting with a healthcare practitioner.

 

Prevention
Protecting the liver from harmful substances is the most important way to avoid the occurrence of fatty liver. The reduction in alcohol consumption is the most important method to eliminate the risk of fatty liver. Smoking should also be reduced as it leads to various biochemical and hemodynamic changes which can cause liver damage.

A proper check should be kept on the weight. A healthy routine of exercising and a healthy balanced diet should be followed to maintain a healthy weight. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to prevent fatty liver. It is found in various natural sources like fish oils, walnuts and flaxseed oils. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy body.

Erectile Dysfunction And Ayurveda!

Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Erectile Dysfunction And Ayurveda!

Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic, whole-body approach to health. It originated thousands of years ago in India. This practice promotes a combined use of herbal compounds, dietary guidelines, and specific exercises. It seeks to address the spiritual and social components of a person’s well-being in addition to their physical health.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) causes men to have difficulty maintaining an erection during sex. It’s a common problem, especially in men over the age of 40. Treating ED often involves addressing underlying psychological and physiological concerns that appear disconnected from sexual function. Research suggests that ayurvedic medicine approaches may aid the treatment of ED.

1. Indian ginseng-
Withania somnifera is an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s also called Indian ginseng and ashwagandha. It has been found to improve sperm count and fertility in men. Indian ginseng does this by regulating hormone levels and making your cells healthier.

The herb also is used to improve mental clarity and help reduce stress. Both factors can have an impact on ED symptoms.

You can purchase this herb from most drug stores and health food stores. It’s available as a powdered root extract and in capsule form. In order for it to be most effective, a high daily dosage (up to 6,000 milligrams per day) is recommended.

2. Asparagus racemosus-
Asparagus racemosus is a particular species of herb that grows in regions of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It’s known as shatavari, or “curer of one hundred diseases.” The Asparagus racemosus root is used in many preparations of ayurvedic vajikarana mixtures: It’s meant to improve sexual function and health.

Some studies have shown its effectiveness on the male reproductive system in its capability to improve circulation and calm nerves. Both of these benefits should aid men with ED. In the Ayurvedic tradition, it’s also believed to be an aphrodisiac that promotes love and loyalty in those who use it.

Asparagus racemosus extract is available as a tincture and as a powder, but there has been little to no research on what the optimal daily dosage for a person would be.

3. Safed Musli-
Safed Musli, or Chlorophytum borivilianum, is also a vajikarana herb. It has shown an aphrodisiac effect in multiple lab studies, and some research suggests that it boosts sperm count. The recommended daily dose of Safed musli is 2 grams per day. It can be purchased in capsule or pure powder form.

4. Cassia cinnamon-
Cinnamomum cassia is a type of cinnamon extracted from the bark of an evergreen tree that grows in regions of India. The extract of the Cinnamomum cassia twig is sometimes called cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon. It has been demonstrated to improve sexual function.

Cassia cinnamon is different from the species of cinnamon most typically used to season sweet foods. This means ground cassia cinnamon powder isn’t as easy to find. Be careful to make sure you’re purchasing the correct kind of cinnamon.

It’s also important to note that not much is known about the maximum daily dosage of cassia cinnamon, or how much someone should take to see improvement of ED.

5. Yoga
To really embrace the ayurvedic method of treatment for any health condition, physical activity should be part of your treatment. The practice of yoga is being researched more and more for its health benefits. Yoga combines stretching, concentration, and meditation, improving circulation and reducing stress levels.

Sexual Health Tip!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Jodhpur
Sexual Health Tip!

Take medications on time. Timely follow up is the key for better sexual health. Sexual health is the utmost priority for today.

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I have taken lariago at 10 .30 pm but I have fever now 1.45 am can I take dolo for fever.

General Physician, Hyderabad
I have taken lariago at 10 .30 pm but I have fever now 1.45 am can I take dolo for fever.
Yes you can take dolo for relief of fever. Did us malarial test come positive or did your doctor prescribe empirically. If so than better to get tested based on your clinical details rather than taking empirically.
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His fasting blood sugar is around 125-130, pp135-40, random average 151. Taking 30/70 insulin's 12/8 units and Melmet500 SR 1 tab twice a day. Which diet he should avoid?

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Endocrinologist, Delhi
His fasting blood sugar is around 125-130, pp135-40, random average 151. Taking 30/70 insulin's 12/8 units and Melmet...
He should avoid sugar, jaggery,honey, sweets,sweet fruits like banana mangoes grapes cheekoo etc. Junk food.
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