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Ascites - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

Dr. Paresh J Thakkar 88% (22 ratings)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Ascites - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

Ascites is a disease that is characterized by the buildup of protein-containing fluid in the abdominal cavity. It is a dangerous condition for the body and can cause kidney failure. At times, it is also a sign of life-threatening disease like cancer. So, it is important to start the treatment of the disease at the earliest. Symptoms such as bloating, abdominal stiffness, weight loss, weakness, and dilated veins should not be ignored and must be brought to the notice of a doctor immediately. If the examination confirms ascites, treatment should begin at the earliest. Ayurveda offers a complete treatment for this condition and it is long-lasting and not harsh on the body. Additionally, it does not cause any side effects.

Ayurveda medicines act as a diuretic
In ascites, the abdominal cavity experiences abnormal retention of protein-containing fluid, which is dangerous for the system and needs to be removed. Therefore, Ayurveda prescribes medicines that possess strong diuretic and cleansing properties. These medicines increase the secretion of urine from the body, which helps flush out the ascetic fluid retained in the abdominal cavity.

Ayurveda cleanses toxins
Since Ascites affects the functions of the liver, the body cannot remove toxins from the system. It starts building up gradually and adds to the ascetic fluid retained in the abdominal cavity. Therefore, herbs possessing detoxification action are given to the patient.

Ayurveda soothes inflammation
In ascites, the abdominal cavity and liver get scarred and this leads to swelling and pain. So, Ayurveda also prescribes medicines with anti-inflammatory properties as it soothes the inflammation in the liver and the abdominal cavity. A light, fat-free, and non-spicy diet is also anti-inflammatory in nature and soothes the gastrointestinal tract. It also takes away the load from the digestive system as such food gets digested easily.

Ayurveda increases immunity
In ascites, the immunity of the patient is severely affected. The patient becomes weak and also loses appetite. To make the patient recover from the illness, it is necessary to get their immunity back to its earlier state and Ayurveda does so with the help of diet, medicines, and external therapies. Medicines help boost immunity, while the easy-to-digest diet provides sufficient nutrition to the body and also gets absorbed easily.

The restrictions on alcohol, smoking, and the instruction to take enough sleep are also meant to act as immunity-enhancing remedies.

Ayurveda works in a holistic manner to provide relief from the painful symptoms and also soothe the gastrointestinal tract and liver in case of ascites. It increases the stamina of the patient as well so that the recovery is quicker and smoother. The whole treatment procedure is focused on curing the disease from the roots while making sure that the patient does not experience any side effect.

Ascites is severe and complicated situation patient must need proper consultation of an expert Ayurvedic doctor.

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5 Ways You Can Do Colon Cleansing At Home

Dr. Ajay Mishra 88% (171 ratings)
DNB, M.D. MEDICINE, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Surat
5 Ways You Can Do Colon Cleansing At Home

The colon is a part of the digestive system of your body, which extracts the vitamins, nutrients, water and salt from the indigestible food. This helps in getting rid of solid waste from your body. Now, you may wonder why colon cleansing is necessary. It is required when there is some disorder in the normal colon function, such as when the colon absorbs the toxins in place of removing them from your body, you may experience colon problems. These results in syndromes like gaining weight, fatigue, lack of energy, constipation, bloating and many more.

Cleaning the colon in a natural way is one of the earliest processes by which you can get a normal colon. This process is also called autointoxication. There are some ways by which you can go for natural colon cleansing.

  1. One of the easiest and best ways for colon cleansing is drinking plenty of water. Regular intake of water will keep your body hydrated and the body organs functioning. It will also help your body to get rid of various toxins.
  2. Intake of apple juice is yet another process of colon cleansing. Apple juice normalises your bowel movements and keeps your liver fit. It keeps the digestive system functioning as well. One glass of raw apple juice followed by one glass of water half an hour later works best for colon cleansing.
  3. Lemon juice with a high amount of vitamin C is excellent for the digestive system. A glass of warm water mixed with lemon juice and honey keeps your liver, colon and the entire digestive system fit and fine.
  4. Stay away from fried and processed food for a couple of days. It is better if you drink fresh vegetable juice for a number of times in a day. Green and leafy vegetables remove toxins from your body. They have high amount of minerals and enzymes which provides energy to your body.
  5. Yogurt is your best companion when it comes to colon cleansing. It contains some bacteria, which are good for your body and helps accelerate the digestion process. It is one of the best way by which you can cure every stomach and digestion-related problems.
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Treatment of Diarrhea!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Diarrhea!

Treatment of Diarrhea

Homeopathic Treatment of Diarrhea
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Diarrhea
Psychotherapy Treatment of Diarrhea
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Diarrhea
Surgical Treatment of Diarrhea
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Diarrhea
Other Treatment of Diarrhea
What is Diarrhea
Symptoms of Diarrhea
Causes of Diarrhea
Risk factors of Diarrhea
Complications of Diarrhea
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Diarrhea
Precautions & Prevention of Diarrhea
Treatment of Diarrhea

Homeopathic Treatment of Diarrhea

Homeopathy has very good reputation in treating all types of diarrheas. It can be life saving medicine. It has proved beneficial in allergic, viral, bacterial and all other causative diarrheas. There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies for diarrhea. Some common homeopathic medicines for diarrhea are:

Arsenicum Album
Rumex crispus

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Diarrhea

Acupressure at certain acupuncture points (acupoints) can help prevent and heal diarrhea but it can be used in an acute situation.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Diarrhea

If diarrhea is caused by bacteria or parasite, antibiotics are prescribed. Among the medications sometimes given for the symptom are Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, and Imodium A-D, all in tablet or liquid form.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Diarrhea

Do not drink unpasteurized milk
Eat hot, well-cooked foods
Avoid raw or undercooked meats and dairy foods
Drink plenty of fluids
Other Treatment of Diarrhea

Take a cup of hot water. Add to this a tablespoon of lime juice. Drink this every fifteen minutes

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is the frequent passing of loose or watery stools. Diarrhea often means more frequent trips to the toilet and a greater volume of stool.

Symptoms of Diarrhea

Abdominal bloating
Abdominal or rectal pain
Nausea and vomiting
Extreme thirst
Loose stools
Weight loss
Bloody or black stools
Dry mouth
Temperature of more than 102 F 

Causes of Diarrhea

Infection by bacteria
Infections by other organisms
Abdominal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery
Allergies to certain foods
Certain antibiotics
Lactose intolerance
Alcohol abuse
Digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, microscopic colitis and irritable bowel syndrome

Risk factors of Diarrhea

Having a severely weakened immune system, such as with AIDS or after an organ transplant
Traveling to a developing country where the water and food supply may be contaminated
Taking certain medications

Complications of Diarrhea

Hemolytic uremic syndrome

Diagnosis of Diarrhea

Diagnosis of diarrhea includes the complete physical examination of the abdomen. Your doctor may ask about any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs. The following tests are done:

Blood test – A complete blood count test may help determine what’s causing your diarrhea.
Stool test – Your doctor may recommend a stool test to determine whether a bacterium or parasite is causing your diarrhea.

Precautions & Prevention of Diarrhea

Wash your hands after using the toilet and changing diapers
Wash your hands after handling raw meat, seafood, or poultry
Do not drink unpasteurized milk
Eat hot, well-cooked foods
Avoid raw or undercooked meats and dairy foods
Travelers to developing countries should avoid tap water

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Fundoplication - Know What Is It!

M.Ch - Paediatric Surgery, MBBS, MS - General Surgery
Pediatric Surgeon, Hyderabad
Fundoplication - Know What Is It!

Fundoplication is a kind of surgery which aims to prevent stomach contents from going back to the oesophagus. The operation is conducted by wrapping the upper half of the stomach, close to the lower portion of the oesophagus, thereby tightening the outlet of the oesophagus as it empties into the stomach. In maximum cases, this surgery of fundoplication gets performed by a paediatrician by using a small telescope and small instruments, which get placed through few incisions, in the size of a band-aid on the abdomen.

Why is the surgery necessary?
Fundoplication is usually recommended for children who have the following problems and symptoms, which include:

  • Children who have complications or persistent symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which do not improve through medication.
  • The symptoms of this problem include vomiting, oesophagitis gastrooesophageal stricture, recurrent pneumonia, breathing problems and insufficient growth.
  • Before undergoing the surgery, a paediatrician can perform some tests on the child to confirm GER, like pH probe study or oesophogram.

How is the surgery performed?
The surgery of fundoplication is conducted in the following manner:

  • As mentioned earlier, the surgery is performed with the use of a small telescope and miniaturized instruments that are placed through 3-4 band-aid size cuts on the abdomen.
  • The surgery is performed within two to three hours and a child might need to stay back in the hospital for 2-3 days after the surgery.
  • After the operation, when the child is in hospital, he/she would receive intravenous fluids along with pain medication.
  • As and when the child feels well, he/she would be allowed to eat, drink as well as take medicines by mouth.
  • For some patients, a gastrostomy tube is put inside the mouth to ensure the feedings get administered and the air gets released. The release of air is known as venting.
  • It would be difficult for the child to burp for a number of weeks after a fundoplication has been done. So, the venting ensures that air leaves the stomach, which would lead to a decrease in bloating and thus keep the child comfortable.

Little bit of time would be needed for a child to fully recover from this surgery and for food to go through comfortably into his/her stomach. The first two weeks would involve only liquid diet including:

  • Water
  • Juices
  • Milk
  • Milkshakes
  • Ice Cream
  • After this in the 3rd and 4th weeks, his or her foods can include mashed potatoes, pasta, fish, cereal, cheese.
  • Then after one month, they can slowly resume their usual diet.

Pain Management
Pain medication as per prescription is not required to be followed on a routine basis after discharge. When the child is back home, they only give either Acetaminophen or Ibuprophen.

Digestion Problem And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Jeevan Sampat Jadhav 89% (79 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik

Digestion problem and ayurvedic treatment

Gas or bloating may occur if your digestive system can't break down and absorb certain foods, such as the sugar in dairy products (lactose) or proteins such as gluten in wheat and other grains. Constipation. Constipation may make it difficult to pass gas.

What are the symptoms of gas? 

Burping, or belching, once in a while, especially during and after meals, is normal. 
Gas pain in the chest can feel like jabbing pains or a general tightness in the chest area.
Gas form by improper digestion.

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Digestion Problem And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Jeevan Sampat Jadhav 89% (79 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik

Digestion problem and ayurvedic treatment

Gas or bloating may occur if your digestive system can't break down and absorb certain foods, such as the sugar in dairy products (lactose) or proteins such as gluten in wheat and other grains. Constipation. Constipation may make it difficult to pass gas.

What are the symptoms of gas? 

Burping, or belching, once in a while, especially during and after meals, is normal. 
Gas pain in the chest can feel like jabbing pains or a general tightness in the chest area.
Gas form by improper digestion.


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5 Best Ways To Treat Stomach Inflammation!

Dr. Nisha Singh 87% (222 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
5 Best Ways To Treat Stomach Inflammation!

Do you feel bloated like a whale? Do you have a burning sensation in your stomach that makes you want to bend over constantly? This inflammation of your stomach could be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most common scenarios can be that you may have had a little too much to drink the last night or eaten too much spicy food or just eaten something that may have inflamed your stomach. Worry not, stomach inflammation can be easily treated.

Here are a few home remedies that can help:

  1. Probiotics: Ever wondered why your grandmother told you to eat a bowl of curd if your stomach was out? Curd is rich in probiotics. These introduce good bacteria to your digestive system and help improve digestion. They also aid in regulating bowel movements and speed up the healing process. Apart from curds, foods such as kefir, Kimchi, and kombucha are also rich in probiotics and can help relieve the inflammation to a great extent.
  2. Green teaAmongst other things green tea also helps soothe the digestive system. It also improves digestion. Studies have shown that drinking a cup of warm green tea even just once a week can make a significant difference for gastritis patients. To improve the taste, you could add a spoonful of honey to the tea. Honey also has a number of potential health benefits for your digestive system.
  3. Eat smaller meals: Eating heavy meals with large gaps between them can be one of the major causes of inflammation. So, if you’ve been suffering from recurring gastritis attacks, consider eating smaller meals with shorter gaps between them. Also, pay attention to what you’re eating. Avoid foods that make you feel bloated and that are difficult to digest. If you do not know what foods trigger such a response, start maintaining a food journal. This will help you identify the foods that don’t suit your digestive system.
  4. Garlic Extract: Garlic has a number of health benefits. This herb is also great for an upset stomach. Garlic extract can help remove H. pylori from your stomach. This is the strain of bacteria most commonly responsible for stomach inflammation. To benefit from this crush a few pods of raw garlic and drink a teaspoon of the juice extracted. Alternatively, you can buy garlic extract from an Ayurvedic store.
  5. Ginger: Ginger also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat stomach inflammation. To benefit from this chew a piece of raw ginger followed by a glass of water. Alternatively, boil a piece of ginger with water and milk; drink this tea to get relief from inflammation.

Other Tips-

  1. Best way to increase healthy bacteria in stomach is take butter milk instead of curd . curd is mostly useful in loose motions.
  2. If any one is having regular stomach upset , its better to take warm water add coriander seeds and shunthi (dry ginger) and boil it. 
  3. Taking ginger and garlic raw are not recommended for all kind of patients. if any one has burning problem and acid regurgitation, these things will increase the symptoms. 
  4. Try to take light diet and on proper time. delaying itself create disease.
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Lactose Intolerance - Is There A Way To Manage It In Children?

Dr. Ajay 93% (122 ratings)
Diploma In Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
Lactose Intolerance -  Is There A Way To Manage It In Children?

People suffering from lactose intolerance find it difficult to digest the lactose or sugar in milk, which results in gas, bloating or even diarrhea. An inadequacy of an enzyme called lactase, produced in the small intestine, is the root of lactose intolerance, a condition also known as lactose malabsorption.

How to deal with lactose intolerance in your child?

  1. Cutting out on dairy products does not mean you would be deprived of sufficient amount of calcium. Find alternate sources of calcium in your food apart from dairy products, for instance, spinach, rhubarb, pinto beans oranges, milk substitutes such as rice milk or soy milk, canned salmon, juices, breads and broccoli.  Do give your child foods rich in vitamin D such as liver, eggs and yogurt. Asking your child to spend some time out in the sun can be a great idea in this regard, as well.  Your physician will prescribe you with calcium and vitamin D supplements.
  2. Limit your child’s intake of dairy products. Opt for small servings of milk so as to reduce the chances of gastrointestinal troubles. Your child should consume milk with other foods to delay the digestive process. Try out a variety of dairy products as not all of them possess the same amount of lactose. Buy lactose free products or use lactase enzyme drops or tablets that may aid your child in digesting different dairy products.
  3. Probiotics are living organisms that exist in your intestine and help you in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Yoghurt and other supplement capsules are rich in probiotics. Hence, they can be perfect choices for your child. 
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Turmeric (Haldi) - Things You Never Knew About It!

Dr. Vivek Rathore 90% (43 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Turmeric (Haldi) - Things You Never Knew About It!

Turmeric is widely used in cooking spicy dishes all over the world. But there are several pieces of research, which prove the efficacy of turmeric or haldi in warding off ailments like dementia and reduce the risk of cancer to a great extent. Turmeric has the highest usage in countries like India and Sri Lanka followed by other parts of the planet.

As per the results of the World Alzheimer’s Report, it is found that only about 3.6 percent of South Asians aged above 60 suffer from dementia which is quite lower than 6.4 percent of people in Australia as well as 7.2 percent of people in Western Europe. In similar lines, the World Health Organisation says that the rate of cancer patients is lower in India in stark comparison to the higher rates of more developed countries. If an individual is looking for the benefits of turmeric, he would come across several reasons to add more turmeric to foods on a daily basis.

  1. Reduces the risk of cardiac problems: Curcumin present in turmeric can have a positive effect on people suffering from high cholesterol. Animal studies opine that it can considerably lower down cholesterol levels as well as prevent building up off LDL or bad cholesterol. Thus, it is a viable means of preventing plaque build-up which in turn may block the arteries and lead to strokes and cardiac arrests.
  2. Fights inflammatory diseases: The anti-inflammatory qualities of turmeric can work as a potential anti-inflammatory medication without causing any unwanted side effects. It is also helpful in treating minor nicks and cuts and it can be administered with warm milk to heal any kind of inflammatory disease inside the body. There has been a study which showed turmeric to be useful in treating pain and disability stemming from osteoarthritis. Turmeric is also found helpful in combatting seasonal flu and viral infections.
  3. Helps in digestion and supports weight loss: Turmeric stimulates the gall bladder which in turn produces bile. As bile helps in digestion of fat, health experts are of opinion that turmeric improves overall digestion and may also aid in controlling weight. It is useful in treating bloating and excessive gas formation caused by improper digestion.
  4. Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels: Turmeric plays a crucial role in improving glucose control as well as controlling activities of insulin. It has the potential to bring about a drop in blood sugar levels. So, an individual with high blood sugar should add optimum amounts of turmeric in diet along with diabetes medication to help in reducing the blood sugar levels. But it is important to monitor the sugar levels continually to avoid conditions like hypoglycemia which is characterised by sugar levels dropping lower than required.

In addition to all these, there is a clear indication that turmeric helps in cancer prevention, reducing breast cancer, skin, and pancreatic problems along with multiple myelomas and juvenile leukemia.

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Bloating and Gas - 6 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr. Akash Kumar Sen 92% (108 ratings)
LBS Homoeopathic Medical College, Bhopal
Homeopath, Bhopal
Bloating and Gas - 6 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Bloating and gas are most commonly caused due to indigestion as well as excessive accumulation of gas in the abdomen region. This can lead to a feeling of tightness and swelling, along with debilitating pain and discomfort, in some extreme cases. The other causes for bloating and gas may include wheat or gluten allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, food that gives rise to flatulence, lactose intolerance as well as severe conditions like acid reflux.

Homeopathy is an age old medical science that seeks to treat these and many other kinds of ailments with the help of its natural medication. However, in order to get the right treatment, it's important to visit the doctor and allow him to examine you properly and prescribe the right combination of medicines. The better the doctor understands your condition and symptoms, the better treatment he can offer.

Bloated abdomen refers to a feeling of fullness, tightness and distension of abdomen. There is also an excessive accumulation of gas in abdomen. Bloated abdomen can be painful, with cramping as well. 

The main causes behind bloated abdomen are constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, wheat allergy, taking flatulent (gas-forming) food, overeating, food intolerance like lactose intolerance, and acid reflux (Dyspepsia). 

Over-the-counter instant gas-relieving pills and tonics can only provide very temporary relief, the causative agents remain firmly in place. Homeopathic medicines can completely cure bloatedness or bloated abdomen. Made from natural substances and free from any side effects, Homeopathic remedies for bloated abdomen can provide complete recovery by striking at the root of the problem, while ensuring there is no recurrence.

Homeopathic Treatment for Bloating and Gas-

Homeopathic medicines are very efficient in treating bloated abdomen. Sourced from natural substances, Homeopathic remedies are very beneficial in treating cases of bloatedness. Homeopathy provides complete recovery from bloatedness. The Homeopathic treatment for bloated abdomen is also of great help in releasing the wind from abdomen, thereby providing relief to the patient. The pain in the abdomen, burning and other associated symptoms also disappear with the use of natural Homeopathic medicines. Here is a list of some medicines that your homeopath might use to treat gas and bloating-

  1. Graphites: This is one of the most commonly used and most efficient elements in Homeopathy. Graphites can help in treat abdomen bloating, which is accompanied by constipation on a prolonged basis. When this gas gets obstructed, instead of being allowed to see itself out of the body, the gas gets accumulated and causes a lot of discomfort and pain within the abdomen. Also, when there is an offensive odour in the gas that manages to pass through, one can use this medication.
  2. Carbo Veg: This is one of the best homeopathic ways of resolving bloating and gas. This medicine is most commonly prescribed when there is belching along with the gas accumulation and bloating. The wind that accumulates in the abdomen may also give rise to breathing difficulties for many patients, in which case such a medicine is known to work wonders.
  3. Abies Can: This is a natural Homeopathic cure for painful bloating which also comes with heart palpitations. In such cases, the doctor may prescribe this medicine to fight the gas that is busy burning in the abdomen. Other symptoms treated by this medicine include a sudden spike in the appetite as well.
  4. Magnesium Phos: This medicine can help in treating gas and bloating that becomes colicky and gives rise to a lot of unbearable pain eventually. Also, it can be used for treating a feeling of fullness in the stomach due to the accumulation of gas. Further, the other symptoms treated by this medication include belching and hiccups.
  5. Raphanus: When the gas obstructs the normal digestive process of the abdomen. This medicine can also be prescribed for successful treatment. It can also be used when the abdomen becomes hard due to the gas, which does not escape as flatulence or even as burps.
  6. China: This is a Homeopathic medicine that can help in relieving symptoms like fullness, tightness, pain and even heaviness in the abdomen. It helps the patient in passing better motions so that the symptoms may be eliminated.

Homeopathy is an age old medical science that seeks to treat these and many other kinds of ailments with the help of its natural medication. However, in order to get the right treatment, it's important to visit the doctor and allow him to examine you properly and prescribe the right combination of medicines. The better the doctor understands your condition and symptoms, the better treatment he can offer. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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