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Benefits of Horseradish And Its Side Effects

Horseradish is widely used as a spice in a variety of cuisines all over the world. But it has some beneficial effects on your health too. These include helping you to lose weight, fighting respiratory problems, lowering blood pressure, making your bones stronger and even boosting your immune system. In addition, including horseradish in your diet can be good for your heart, lower the chances of neural defects in infants and even help to fight cancer due to high concentration of glucosinolates.

Benefits of Horseradish And Its Side Effects

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Horseradish
Nutritional Value of Horseradish
Health Benefits of Horseradish
Strengthens your immune system
Helps to relieve pain
Treats urinary tract infections
Helps to prevent cancer
Helps to regulate blood pressure
Treats sinus infections
Helps in digestion
Good for your teeth
Useful during pregnancy
Helps in metabolism
Uses of Horseradish
Side-Effects & Allergies of Horseradish
Cultivation of Horseradish

Horseradish

Horseradish, a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family, is a root vegetable which is native to Russia or Hungary. It is actually a member of the mustard family which also includes kale, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. It is widely used as a condiment, either by itself or as an ingredient in sauces and dressings. The plant grows up to a height of 1.5 meters and it is mainly grown for its large, white and tapered root. Horseradish contains the compound isothiocyanate which gives off the heat which can be felt n eating or cutting it.

Nutritional Value of Horseradish

Horseradish is rich in a number of essential minerals and nutrients that are extremely beneficial for our body. It is rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It also contains a powerful organic chemical composition of enzyme and oils, like sinigrin, which is a powerful glucosinolate.

Health Benefits of Horseradish

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Horseradish
Health Benefits of Horseradish

Strengthens your immune system

Horseradish contains various forms of isothiocyanate and sinigrin that have antioxidant effects and help to strengthen your immune system. It is also very rich in Vitamin C which is also a powerful antioxidant and is effective against viral infections. It acts against the harmful free radicals and thus prevents inflammation and infection.

Helps to relieve pain

Horseradish helps to stimulate blood flow to both the surface of the skin and beneath it and, thus, helps to alleviate pain. You can treat the symptoms of gout, arthritis and chilblains by applying horseradish over the affected areas. It brings relief to swollen joints and muscles.

Treats urinary tract infections

Horseradish has diuretic and antibiotic properties due to the presence of certain chemicals and help in the production of urine. The enzymes present in it prevent toxins from getting accumulated and facilitates their removal. Sinigrin is a glycoside present in horseradish that has a stimulating effect on blood capillaries and, in this process, helps to prevent urinary tract infections and even minimizes the chances of developing kidney stones.

Helps to prevent cancer

Sinigrin is a glucosinolate present in horseradish that prevents the growth of cancerous cells. This is because this chemical prevents free radicals in our body to transform the healthy cells into cancerous cells. Thus you can include horseradish in your diet as it will help you to fight off cancer and delay the spread of metastasis of cancerous cells.

Helps to regulate blood pressure

Potassium is essential to maintain our blood pressure as it regulates the flow of cellular fluids and also the tension in our blood vessels. Horseradish is rich in potassium and incorporating it in your diet will reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. Potassium helps to take care of your heart by lowering blood pressure and regulating the flow of fluids and nutrients.

Treats sinus infections

When mucus gets accumulated in the sinuses, harmful bacteria tend to thrive there and it finally leads to sinus infection. Horseradish has volatile compounds that help to thin out the mucus and prevent this painful condition from developing. Furthermore, intake of horseradish also provides relief from influenza, colds and congestion.

Helps in digestion

The horseradish plant has elements that act as gastric stimulants and helps in digestion and facilitates easier absorption of nutrients. The salivary, gastric and intestinal glands are stimulated by the phytochemicals in horseradish. Horseradish also helps to normalize bowel movements and occurrence of irritable problems like constipation and diarrhea by stimulating the peristaltic motion of the smooth intestinal muscles.

Good for your teeth

Horseradish has intense stimulating effects that help to treat paradontosis. The roots of the plant, when chewed, act as a natural medicine for curing toothache, strengthening gums and also treating scurvy.

Useful during pregnancy

Horseradish contains high levels of folate which helps to protect mothers and infants from any complications that may develop during pregnancy. It also helps the foetus to develop properly and eliminates the chances of neural tube defects.

Helps in metabolism

Horseradish contains essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The protein ingested can be metabolized into useful energy that can be used to repair and strengthen defenses again various diseases. Thus it helps you to gain energy and perform your daily tasks more easily.

Uses of Horseradish

In the United Kingdom and Poland, horseradish sauce made from grated roots of horseradish and vinegar is used as a condiment. Moreover, it is also served with roasted beef as it is a popular part of traditional Sunday lunches. It can also be used to enhance the taste of sandwiches and salads. The leaves of horseradish are also edible and it can be consumed both raw and cooked.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Horseradish

Horseradish has a number of beneficial effects and it is mostly safe for most people when taken in optimum quantities by mouth. However, it contains mustard which can irritate the lining of the mouth, throat, nose, digestive system and the urinary tract. Consumption of horseradish can also cause some other side effects such as stomach upset, diarrhea and vomiting. People suffering from kidney problems and hypothyroidism also should refrain from consuming this vegetable.

Cultivation of Horseradish

It is believed that horseradish has been cultivated since ancient times and is probably indigenous to temperate Eastern Europe. It has been used by the Greeks as an aphrodisiac and also for treating lower back pain as early as 1500 B.C. The recent applications of horseradish have been traced back to Central Europe. It is still by Jews during Passover Seders as one of the bitter herbs.

Horseradishes are tough and persistent plants and can be cultivated in a wide range of climates. After the leaves of the plant are killed with the first frost of autumn, the root is dug and divided. Then, the main root is harvested and one or more of its offshoots are planted for next year’s harvest. It can be grown in gardens as well as in pots.

Popular Questions & Answers

My granddaughter has got tests done for thyroid. The results show T3 total =1.19 T4 Total =6.00 TSH =8.25 (higher than the reference) All other blood tests are normal she is 19+ (years) has added about 10 kg in one year.

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Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi, Good Foods For Hypothyroidism Foods that are rich in iodine are highly recommended in the struggle to ward off hypothyroidism. Below is a categorized list of good food sources. Iodine-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Iodized Salt •Seaweeds and Seafoods •Salt Water Fish •Sushi •Nori Rolls •Celtic Sea Salt Selenium-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Meat •Chicken •Salmon •Tuna •Whole Unrefined Grains •Brazil Nuts •Dairy Products •Garlic •Onions Iodine For Hypothyroidism The thyroid gland needs iodine, therefore if you have an underactive thyroid gland you should increase the iodine intake in your diet. A well-balanced diet that includes iodine can help in alleviating the symptoms that you encounter with your condition. With the simplest intake of the foods mentioned above, you can greatly assist your thyroid in keeping up with your body's metabolism. Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism These foods must be avoided in order to prevent recurrence of hypothyroidism symptoms. Avoiding them will also prevent aggravating the already aggravated thyroid glands. Here is a list of foods to be avoided: •Cassava •Linseed •Kohlrabi •Peanuts •Kale •Turnips •Mustard Greens •Mustard •Millet •Cauliflower •Rutabagas •Peaches •Coffee •Spinach Goitrogenic Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism The food items listed below can impede your body's ability to absorb iodine. And when your body can't absorb iodine, your thyroid gland will swell and you will eventually develop goiter. Some of the food listed above can also be goitrogenic. P.T.O •Bamboo shoots •Soybeans and related products •Canola Oil •Horseradish •Bok Choy •Foods with Gluten •Garden Kres •Tempeh •Babassu •Sweet Potato Goitrogenic Chemicals These chemicals, when ingested through processed food or medications can cause goiter: •Amiodarone •Lithium •Oxazolidines •Iopanoic acid •Minocycline (MN) •Propylthiouracil •Thioureylene •Sulfadimethoxine •Carbamazepine •Phenobarbitone as per Lybrate policy you have to paid consultation for prescription or visit clinic (1).

I would like to reduce weight. Currently 83 kgs. Started doing long walks. Do around 2-3 hours in a day. Having high BP n taking medicines. Currently having prostate infection too. Please advise diet plan for 7 days on a week. I feel whole body pain throughout the day.

Ayurveda, Delhi
Monday This is no deprivation diet: You'll eat three meals and two snacks daily, plus each dish packs a filling balance of 45 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 25 percent healthy fats. When it comes to drinks, Forberg recommends sticking to no- and low-cal picks like coffee, tea, and water. And to accelerate weight loss, The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper suggests doing 60 to 90 minutes of moderate exercise four times a week. So get motivated, get started, and get ready to watch your weight drop! Breakfast 1/2 cup egg whites scrambled with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped basil, 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan, and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes 1 slice whole-grain toast 1/2 cup blueberries 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt topped with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries Lunch Salad made with 3/4 cup cooked bulgur, 4 ounces chopped grilled chicken breast, 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar, diced grilled veggies (2 tablespoons onion, 1/4 cup diced zucchini, 1/2 cup bell pepper), 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro, and 1 tablespoon low-fat vinaigrette Snack 2 tablespoons hummus and 6 baby carrots Dinner 4 ounces grilled salmon 1 cup wild rice with 1 tablespoon slivered toasted almonds 1 cup wilted baby spinach with 1 teaspoon each olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and grated Parmesan 1/2 cup diced can notaloupe topped with 1/2 cup all-fruit raspberry sorbet and 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts Tuesday Breakfast 3/4 cup steel-cut or old-fashioned oatmeal prepared with water; stir in 1/2 cup skim milk 2 links country-style turkey sausage 1 cup blueberries Snack 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese with 1/2 cup raspberries and 1 tablespoon chopped pecans Snack 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1/2 cup salsa Dinner 1 turkey burger 3/4 cup roasted cauliflower and broccoli florets 3/4 cup brown rice 1 cup spinach salad with 1 tablespoon light balsamic vinaigrette Wednesday Breakfast Omelet made with 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup chopped broccoli, 2 tablespoons each fat-free refried beans, diced onion, diced mushrooms, and salsa Quesadilla made with 1/2 of one small corn tortilla and 1 tablespoon low-fat jack cheese 1/2 cup diced watermelon Snack 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt with 1 sliced apple and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts Lunch Salad made with 2 cups chopped Romaine, 4 ounces grilled chicken, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup diced mushrooms, 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheddar, and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar dressing 1 medium nectarine 1 cup skim milk Snack 1 fat-free mozzarella string cheese stick 1 medium orange Dinner 4 ounces shrimp, grilled or sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 medium artichoke, steamed 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous with 2 tablespoons diced bell pepper, 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro, and 1 tablespoon fat-free honey mustard dressing Thursday Breakfast 1 light whole-grain English muffin with 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter and 1 tablespoon sugar-free fruit spread 1 wedge honeydew 1 cup skim milk 2 slices Canadian bacon Snack Yogurt parfait made with 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons sliced strawberries or raspberries, and 2 tablespoons low-fat granola Lunch Wrap made with 4 ounces thinly sliced lean roast beef, 1 6-inch whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce, 3 medium tomato slices, 1 teaspoon horseradish, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup pinto beans or lentils with 1 teaspoon chopped basil and 1 tablespoon light Caesar dressing Snack 8 baked corn chips with 2 tablespoons guacamole Dinner 4 ounces grilled halibut 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion, and 1 cup green beans Salad made with 1 cup arugula, 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette 1/2 cup warm unsweetened applesauce with 1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped pecans and dash cinnamon Friday Breakfast Burrito made with 1 medium whole wheat tortilla, 4 scrambled egg whites, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup fat-free refried black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 tablespoons grated low-fat cheddar, and 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro 1 cup mixed melon Snack 3 ounces sliced lean ham 1 medium apple Lunch Turkey burger Salad made with 1 cup baby spinach, 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup cooked lentils, 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon light Russian dressing 1 cup skim milk Snack 1 fat-free mozzarella string cheese stick 1 cup red grapes Dinner 5 ounces grilled wild salmon 1/2 cup brown or wild rice 2 cups mixed baby greens with 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar dressing 1/2 cup all-fruit strawberry sorbet with 1 sliced pear Saturday Breakfast Frittata made with 3 large egg whites, 2 tablespoons diced bell peppers, 2 teaspoons chopped spinach, 2 tablespoons part-skim shredded mozzarella, and 2 teaspoons pesto 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1 small bran muffin 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 1/2 cup diced pear Lunch 4 ounces sliced turkey breast Tomato-cucumber salad made with 5 slices tomato, 1/4 cup sliced cucumber, 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, and 1 tablespoon fat-free Italian dressing 1 medium orange Snack Smoothie made with 3/4 cup skim milk, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt, and 1/4 cup sliced strawberries Dinner 4 ounces red snapper baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon no-sodium seasoning 1 cup spaghetti squash with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup steamed green beans with 1 tablespoon slivered almonds Sunday Breakfast 2 slices Canadian bacon 1 whole-grain toaster waffle with sugar-free fruit spread 3/4 cup berries 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1/4 cup cherries and 1 tablespoon slivered almonds Lunch Salad made with 2 cups baby spinach, 4 ounces grilled chicken, 1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries, 3 slices avocado, 1 tablespoon slivered walnuts, and 2 tablespoons low-fat vinaigrette 1 apple 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon sugar-free fruit spread and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 1/4 cup blueberries Dinner 4 ounces lean pork tenderloin stir-fried with onions, garlic, broccoli, and bell pepper 1/2 cup brown rice 5 medium tomato slices with 1 teaspoon each chopped ginger, chopped cilantro, light soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.

I am 22 years (Female). My height is 157 cm with 56. 5 kg now. I was 63 kg before some months and reduced my weight by food control and yoga. What should be my exact weight and What should eat and do to be fit, healthy and young forever.

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
According to your height your ideal weight should be 52 kgs. Take fresh fruits and vegetables a lot and high protein foods to maintain healthy weight and look young forever. Keep yourself hydrated always.
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I need a dietician .who can help me to find out what exactly do I need to eat as I'm having thyroid and I. Post delivery phaSe. Thank you in advance Kindly suggest.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Dietary tips to avoid hypothyroidism. 2. Cook goitrogenic foods: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cassava root, horseradish, kale, millet, mustard, mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach, and turnips. Here's what to eat (and why) to improve your thyroid function: Cruciferous vegetables. Eat them raw, cooked or juiced. Brazil nuts. These are the richest dietary source of selenium, which is essential in converting thyroxine to its active form, T3. Sea vegetables. Chlorophyll..Maca. No gluten. No soy protein isolate.

Hello Dr. please suggest any medicine which can really help to get fair clear skin. My skin tone is little brown I just need 2 shades fairer skin.

Diploma in Gastroenterology, Diploma in Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
There is a wide array of factors that can trigger melasma or aggravate the condition. Sun exposure is one of the main factors. Excessive exposure to sunlightcauses of Melasma Deficiency of vitamin D in the skin Overuse of birth control pregnancy Hormone replacement therapy Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy Genetic predisposition of a person People suffering from thyroid diseases, Stress – Overproduction of melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) Allergic reaction to certain medications or cosmetics 15 natural Remedies to Get Rid of Melasma at Home Although a wide range of cosmetic procedures such as chemical peel and microdermabrasion is available to remove melasma, most of them have harsh effects on the skin. Therefore, it is best to rely on home remedies that have absolutely no side effects in the long run. Turmeric Turmeric, commonly known as the holy powder has potent medicinal properties which make it a popular ingredient in ayurvedic medicine. It is especially effective for curing skin diseases and issues related to skin. It is a time-tested cure for pigmentation on face, also known as melasma. Curcumin, the active ingredient existent in turmeric has strong antioxidant and skin lightening properties, and it also helps in reducing melanin pigmentation. It also flushes out toxins from the skin and helps cure acne and pimples. Turmeric powder Make a thick paste by mixing 5 tablespoons of turmeric with 10 tablespoons of milk. You can also add 1 teaspoon of gram flour to thicken the paste. Apply this paste on the skin affected by hyperpigmentation and let it dry out completely. Then rinse your skin with lukewarm water while massaging gently using a circular motion. Repeat this cure daily for best results. Horseradish We are aware of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables for weight loss, but certain vegetables are equally effective for the skin as well. Horseradish is widely used for natural skin care because of its capacity to reduce all types of skin discolorations, blemishes, and scars, and it is one of the most effective melasma home remedies also. This remedy works by bleaching the skin and lightening undesired discoloration and hyper pigmentation of the skin. Horseradish helps in peeling off the damaged skin and revealing the healthy skin that is present underneath the top layer. Horseradish for melsma Add 2 tablespoons of horseradish powder to 1 cup of sour curd; mix well and apply to affected areas. Wait for 30 minutes and swab off with lukewarm water. Reapply this treatment once every week till you get desired results. Lemon Juice When it comes to improving skin complexion naturally, there is no other remedy like raw lemon juice. The mixture of lemon juice and warm water is also one of the natural home remedies for weight loss. Topical application of lemon juice is considered a potent melasma natural treatment that works the peeling off the damaged outer layer of the skin, thus removing the melasma pigmentation. Lemon juice Lemon juices work as natural bleach that lightens the grey-brown patches that appear on cheeks, forehead and nose. Squash out the juice from one lemon and apply it thoroughly all over the affected areas rubbing gently for 2 minutes. Leave it like that for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat this cure 2 times a day for 3 weeks to see wonderful results. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is an extremely popular treatment for various types of skin and hair problems. It is used as a popular ingredient in natural hair mask for dull and damaged hair and is also considered one of the functional home remedies for melasma. The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar makes it a natural bleaching agent that removes skin spots and makes the skin radiant and smoother. In addition, it also removes toxins from the skin. Apple-cider-vinegar Mix equal shares of apple cider vinegar and water and apply a generous amount of the solution to the melasma spots and allow it to air dry. Then wash the areas with lukewarm water and pat dry using a clean towel. Follow this treatment 1 time every day for required results. Papaya Papaya is an extremely versatile fruit that has numerous uses for the skin. Both raw and ripe papayas are used for using several skin issues, and ripe papaya is widely used in fruit facial masks. Papaya is also a powerful natural melasma treatment at home that is readily available in the kitchen. The natural active enzyme papain present in papaya works as an exfoliant that removes the damaged and dead skin cells and helps in restoring a smooth and even skin tone. 3.2Papaya and Honey Face Pack for dry skin Mash a few pieces of ripe papaya to bring it to a paste like consistency and add 2 teaspoons of honey to it. Mix well and apply the mask all over the affected skin. Wait for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Follow this natural cure 1 time every week for 2 to 3 months to remove melasma completely. Almond The benefits of almonds and almond milk for skin need no new emphasis. A nourishing and exfoliating scrub made of almonds and honey is undoubtedly the best treatment for melasma. The high protein content in almonds has the capacity to lighten skin complexion. Almonds also contain vitamin E that not only corrects skin discoloration but also nourishes the skin. Benefits of almonds Grind 8 to 10 almonds to make a coarse paste and add enough honey to make a thick paste. Smear this mixture on the affected skin, massage for 5 minutes and leave it on for another 20 minutes. Wash off the pack with lukewarm water. Follow this cure 3 to 4 times a week till the melasma is gone completely. Aloe Vera Gel The amazing hydrating properties of aloe vera gel makes it a popular ingredient in many skin care products and it is one of the beneficial natural remedies for melasma. It is also used to treat numerous skin diseases, and it is a potent cure for treating ringworm. Pure aloe vera gel contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that lighten blemishes, dark spots caused by excessive sun exposure and melasma discoloration. The potent antioxidant properties of aloe vera gel protect the skin from the damage caused by oxidative stress. It is best if you have access to pure aloe vera gel. Aloe Vera Apply pure aloe vera gel evenly on the affected skin and massage gently for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Follow this natural cure 2 times daily for few weeks to get best results. Oatmeal Oatmeal is an important complex carb that is included in the diet of health conscious individuals because of its benefits for weight loss. But oatmeal is also an effective way to get rid of melasma naturally. A nourishing oatmeal scrub is the best solution to the question of how to get rid of dead skin cells. The natural exfoliating properties of oatmeal gently scrape off the layers of dead skin cells in order to reveal brighter skin. This remedy is also quite effective in reducing chloasma during pregnancy.
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Ayurvedic Ways To Treat Sinusitis!

BAMS, MD
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Ayurvedic Ways To Treat Sinusitis!

Sinusitis is an irritation or swelling of the tissue covering the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are loaded with air. But there are times when they get blocked and loaded with fluid. In such cases, germs can develop and cause an infection. Due to this infection, your nose gets heavily blocked along with you sinuses and might make it difficult for you to breathe.

Conditions that can bring about sinus blockage include the following:

Here are some of the ways you can get rid of sinusitis naturally:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink a lot of water, soup or broth, along with juices with no added sugar and hot tea. These liquids will disperse bodily fluids and drain it from the disturbed sinuses.

  2. Salt Water Rinse: In case you suffer from sinus infections often, invest in a neti pot. This helpful container makes it simple to hydrate your nasal tract, getting out undesirable bodily fluids and any contaminants you may have breathed, an which may have been caught in the nasal cavity.

  3. Turmeric/Ginger Root: Turmeric root is an excellent fragrant spice found in most Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric not only contains the regular calming and anti-inflammatory curcumin, it is also an antioxidant. When it is mixed with hot ginger ale and blended with hot tea, this mixture can remove excess fluid from the clogged nasal sections, ease sinus pressure and make you feel better.

  4. Spicy Food: Spicy ingredients such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and masala in one’s food may help in clearing sinuses. In case you like spices, think about including some hot flavours to your food to open your nasal entries.

  5. Apply Warm Packs: You can use a warm pack to keep the nasal tissues damp. Also, fill a round bowl or pot with steaming water and place your face over it with a towel around your head to inhale the steam in. This will open up your sinuses and make an easy path for fluid drainage.

  6. Take a Steam: High temperature water vapour can saturate the sinuses. Sprinkle a couple drops of eucalyptus or menthol in the shower or bath and steam up your bathroom. A hot shower can also relax the bodily fluid as well as the mucus and debris that are stuck inside your nose.

  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not only powerful in disposing off sinus issues; it can also be used for different skin and hair issues. What it does essentially for sinus infection is that it clears up the nose so that the bodily fluid can be removed quickly.
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Headache Cure With 15 Herbs

Ayurveda, Delhi
Headache Cure With 15 Herbs

Not tonight hunny, I have a headache.

Here's a list of 15 herbs that might help you with your headache.

1. All spice: This spice is an analgesic, which means it has a numbing effect on the nerves and gives relief from pains such as headaches and sinus problems. It is also a relaxant, and has a calming effect on the body and mind.

2. Borage:  Borage is known for its soothing properties and it helps the body cope with stress and nervous tension. This is perfect for tension headache problems.

3. Catnip: This herb is a wonderful sedative and helps relax your body and relieve stress. Even better, it is safe for children. It will help as a pain reliever for your headaches and can even work for migraines, though you will need to take a strong infusion in order to fully relieve a migraine.

4. Chamomile: Chamomile is a wonderful remedy for stress, nerves, and anxiety. This one is also safe for children. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, helping with certain types of headaches.

5. Feverfew: This herb is a famous remedy for migraines and headaches. It also has a calming effect and helps reduce stress. However, it is most famous for reducing the amount of migraines a sufferer has. If you often get bad headaches or migraines, this herb is best used as a preventative. Take it every day, either eat the leaves raw, in a salad, in a piece of bread, in your tea, in tincture form, etc. You will get less migraines by taking feverfew daily.

6. Horseradish: This herb/root is a wonderful nasal and sinus decongestant, for those that suffer from sinus headaches. The raw leaves are supposedly an analgesic, and if you press the leaves on your forehead, they help numb headache pain. In addition, if you have a sinus headache, take some juice or sauce made with horseradish and watch the sinus problems vanish. I find that just chopping the horseradish helps drip out the clogged sinuses and brings relief.

7. Lavender: Lavender’s scent promotes relaxation. It eases anxiety and increases calmness, which means that lavender is a big help for stress-related headaches. I find massaging lavender essential oil on my forehead helps my headaches, and sometimes just smelling the essential oil is enough to make my headache ease up.

8. Lemon balm: This herb is good for tension and anxiety-type headaches. It promotes a calming and relaxing feeling and is a mild sedative as well, if you are like me and you need to sleep off some of the bigger headaches.

9. Lemon verbena: Lemon verbena is also a calming herb, excellent for relaxing and aiding nerves and anxiety. It is also full of vitamin c, which is helpful for bad headaches.

10. Passion flower: Passionflower is a wonderful sedative and helps those that suffer from nervousness or anxiety. It gives a calming effect and is also a mild pain reliever.

11. Rosemary: This herb is a stimulant to the nerves and also improves circulation. For this reason, it is a good tactic for some headache-types, like cluster headaches. It reminds me of the remedy where you put your feet in as hot of water as you can handle. You do this to help improve your blood circulation, because the blood rushes to your feet, giving you instant headache relief. A rosemary tea/infusion would be excellent in combination with this tactic to help improve circulation and relieve these types of headaches.

12. Sage: This common culinary herb is wonderful for a few specific types of headaches. It is good for cluster-type headaches, where you need to keep the blood circulating (making it a great combination with rosemary). It is also good for headaches from eating too heavy of meals (stimulates digestion). It is also good for hormonally caused headaches, especially those from menopause (it also helps with hot flashes). In large doses, it is also great for tension and nerve-related headaches.

13. Skullcap: This herb is a relaxing nerve and has antispasmodic properties. It is an excellent remedy for anxiety/stress/tension headaches and is a mild sedative as well.

14. Valerian: Valerian is a strong sedative and also a strong pain-reliever. It helps heal the nervous system and is also an excellent remedy for stress and anxiety. I always include valerian in my teas or as a tincture for my headaches. I find that it is more of a pain reliever than tylenol-type pills, without the negative side effects. I love that it helps me sleep off my headaches as well.

15. Vervain: This herb has a restorative effect on the nervous system. It is wonderful for stress and tension headaches for this reason. It also has pain-relieving qualities.

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Sinusitis - How To Cure It Naturally?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Advance Diploma in Psychological Counseling, Advance Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, MD - Alternate Medicine, M.A. Sanskrit
Ayurveda, Indore
Sinusitis - How To Cure It Naturally?

Sinusitis is an irritation or swelling of the tissue covering the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are loaded with air. But there are times when they get blocked and loaded with fluid. In such cases, germs can develop and cause an infection. Due to this infection, your nose gets heavily blocked along with you sinuses and might make it difficult for you to breathe.

Conditions that can bring about sinus blockage include the following:

  1. Common cold
  2. Allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining around the nose) 
  3. Little developments or growths in the covering of the nose called nasal polyps 
  4. A deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity)

Here are some of the ways you can get rid of sinusitis naturally:

  1. Soups and warm water: Drink warm water, soup or broth, and hot tea. These liquids will disperse bodily fluids and drain it from the disturbed sinuses. 
  2. Turmeric/Ginger root: Turmeric root is an excellent fragrant spice found in most Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric not only contains the regular calming and anti-inflammatory curcumin, it is also an antioxidant. When it is mixed with hot ginger ale and blended with hot tea, this mixture can remove excess fluid from the clogged nasal sections, ease sinus pressure and make you feel better. 
  3. Spicy food: Spicy ingredients such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and masala in one’s food may help in clearing severely blocked sinuses. In case you like spices, think about including some hot flavours to your food to open your nasal entries.
  4. Apply warm packs: You can use a warm pack to keep the nasal tissues damp. Also, fill a round bowl or pot with steaming water and place your face over it with a towel around your head to inhale the steam in. This will open up your sinuses and make an easy path for fluid drainage. 
  5. Take a steam: High temperature water vapour can saturate the sinuses. Sprinkle a couple drops of eucalyptus in the shower or bath and steam up your bathroom. A hot shower can also relax the bodily fluid as well as the mucus and debris that are stuck inside your nose. 
  6. Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not only powerful in disposing off sinus issues; it can also be used for different skin and hair issues. What it does essentially for sinus infection is that it clears up the nose so that the bodily fluid can be removed quickly. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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How To Cure Sinusitis Naturally?

M.D. (Ayurved), D.H.M, CHSE
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
How To Cure Sinusitis Naturally?

Sinusitis is an irritation or swelling of the tissue covering the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are loaded with air. But there are times when they get blocked and loaded with fluid. In such cases, germs can develop and cause an infection. Due to this infection, your nose gets heavily blocked along with you sinuses and might make it difficult for you to breathe.

Conditions that can bring about sinus blockage include the following:

  • Common cold

  • Allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining around the nose)

  • Little developments or growths in the covering of the nose called nasal polyps

  • A deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity)

Here are some of the ways you can get rid of sinusitis naturally:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink a lot of water, soup or broth, along with juices with no added sugar and hot tea. These liquids will disperse bodily fluids and drain it from the disturbed sinuses.

  2. Salt Water Rinse: In case you suffer from sinus infections often, invest in a neti pot. This helpful container makes it simple to hydrate your nasal tract, getting out undesirable bodily fluids and any contaminants you may have breathed, an which may have been caught in the nasal cavity.

  3. Turmeric/Ginger Root: Turmeric root is an excellent fragrant spice found in most Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. Turmeric not only contains the regular calming and anti-inflammatory curcumin, it is also an antioxidant. When it is mixed with hot ginger ale and blended with hot tea, this mixture can remove excess fluid from the clogged nasal sections, ease sinus pressure and make you feel better.

  4. Spicy Food: Spicy ingredients such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and masala in one’s food may help in clearing sinuses. In case you like spices, think about including some hot flavours to your food to open your nasal entries.

  5. Apply Warm Packs: You can use a warm pack to keep the nasal tissues damp. Also, fill a round bowl or pot with steaming water and place your face over it with a towel around your head to inhale the steam in. This will open up your sinuses and make an easy path for fluid drainage.

  6. Take a Steam: High temperature water vapour can saturate the sinuses. Sprinkle a couple drops of eucalyptus or menthol in the shower or bath and steam up your bathroom. A hot shower can also relax the bodily fluid as well as the mucus and debris that are stuck inside your nose.

  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not only powerful in disposing off sinus issues; it can also be used for different skin and hair issues. What it does essentially for sinus infection is that it clears up the nose so that the bodily fluid can be removed quickly.
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MBBS, Diploma in Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad

5 Ways To Reduce Joint Pain And Inflammation

Rule out Allergies

Food allergies can have on those little aches and pains that we often pass off as nothing. I believe the first step in dealing with acute and chronic pain is to rule out allergens as you may likely nip the issue in the bud by doing a very simple allergen test.

Like with any health plan that you may be pursuing, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Many of the foods included in this post may contradict with some medications. So, when you go in for a allergen test, be sure to have a discussion with your health practitioner.

Reduce Inflammatory Foods

Now, if going the route of an allergen test is not something you want to do, you may still want to experiment with foods that are known to be inflammatory. Here are the main culprits: Sugar, Dairy, Gluten, Grains, Trans Fats, Artificial Sweeteners, Starches (in excess) and Alcohol.


Increase Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Foods (like nuts) and fish (like salmon) are loaded with Omega-3s, that will help fight inflammation. Other great sources of anti-inflammatory foods include blueberries, kelp, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, watercress, parsley, celery, pickles, lemon and rose-hip tea. And, don’t forget to add more vibrant vegetables into your diet as they are loaded with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and antioxidant properties that are essential for building and repairing tissues.

Herbs such as turmeric and ginger are known to be natural pain remedies, so when you’re cooking, be sure to add one or both of these ingredients to your meals. I especially love these two ingredients in smoothies.

Get Moving

It’s a known fact that a lot of joint pain can be a result of stagnation in the muscles and joints. Now, starting to run a 10km is not what I would suggest. In fact, I’m suggesting light weight training, low impact walking, pilates or yoga. These all really help to get your joints in motion and reduce stiffness and pain. Light weight training can also strength the muscles surrounding your affected joint, providing them more support.

Supplements

Normally, I would list off a selection of supplements to help you reduce symptoms of pain and begin the healing process. At the same time, if you are taking medications, there can be certain contradictions that may impede on the effectiveness of the medications. So, again, I encourage you to consult with your medical practitioner.

I would certainly recommend that you start with a high-quality multi-vitamin or mineral supplement especially if your dietary choices haven’t been the best. Now, this doesn’t imply that you should take supplements and then continue to make poor food choices. I don’t personally take a multi-vitamin anymore as I always create a plate that is 75% vibrant, fresh vegetables that provide what I need.

As with any protocol for improving health, you also need to look at your diet and lifestyle to make significant, long term changes. Consider the steps above as great starting points.

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Horseradish
Nutritional Value of Horseradish
Health Benefits of Horseradish
Strengthens your immune system
Helps to relieve pain
Treats urinary tract infections
Helps to prevent cancer
Helps to regulate blood pressure
Treats sinus infections
Helps in digestion
Good for your teeth
Useful during pregnancy
Helps in metabolism
Uses of Horseradish
Side-Effects & Allergies of Horseradish
Cultivation of Horseradish