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Common Colorectal Conditions - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

MS - Ayurveda, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Mumbai
Common Colorectal Conditions - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Your colon and rectum plays a vital role in the digestion process. Therefore, any disorder or disease affecting these regions is considered to be quite serious. Conventional medications are effective in treating such conditions, but they are fraught with side effects. Ayurveda is a much safer and convenient for of treatment for colorectal diseases.

Here is a look at two of the most common complications affecting the colon and rectum.

  1. Ulcerative colitis: An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) causes long-term swelling and ulcers inside the colon and rectum. It is a debilitating condition that can cause severe complication and may pose a threat to life as well. Even though there is no permanent cure, treatment is required to keep symptoms under control.
  2. Crohn’s Disease: Another form of IBD, the condition causes inflammation inside the digestive tract. It can lead to severe diarrhoeastomach crampsmalnutrition or even weight loss. Conventional medications are unable to cure the condition completely, even though the symptoms can be managed.

Role of Ayurveda in treatment of colorectal conditions
Ayurvedic treatment relies on a system that classifies people into different doshas. There are three doshas, namely, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. If all of the three doshas are in perfect balance, a human being remains healthy. However, when a person’s Kapha properties are lost, it may aggravate the Pitta. This change causes the inflammation and the bleeding ulcers in the colon and rectum region.

Treatment mainly consists of powders, salts, alkalis and varieties of buttermilk may be prescribed under the Ayurvedic remedy. Apart from medications, therapies are also used in conjunction. Ayurveda targets the ulcers and balances the dosha. This not only treats the colorectal disease, but bolsters the entire immune system.

Lifestyle changes, such as diet and activities will also need to be adopted to maximize the results of Ayurveda.

Diarrhea & Children - Recognising Dehydration!

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, Fellowship in Neonatology
Pediatrician, Zirakpur
Diarrhea & Children - Recognising Dehydration!

Diarrhea occurs when the body is expelling germs out of it. An episode of diarrhea can last anywhere from a couple of days to a week. Dehydration, cramps, vomiting, nausea and fever often accompany diarrhea. Usually, children tend to get diarrhoea more than adults.

Diarrhea treatment according to causes behind it

  1. Treating diarrhea due to infectionSome common causes of diarrhea include infection from rotavirus, salmonella (a type of bacteria) and rarely giardia (a type of parasite). In children, virus is a common cause of diarrhea. Besides watery or loose stools, viral gastroenteritis infection symptoms include fever, headache, stomach ache and vomiting. Gastroenteritis diarrhoea can last for 5-14 days. During this time, fluid loss must be prevented. In younger children, oral rehydration solution (ORS) or breast milk is enough. Just feeding them water won’t replenish the potassium, sodium and other nutrients they lose. Older children, to prevent fluid loss, can be given ORS and popsicles to counter dehydration and vomiting.
  2. Treating diarrhea due to medications: Antibiotics or laxatives can cause diarrhea in children. If the diarrhea is mild, make sure your child is hydrated. If the antibiotics are causing diarrhoea, you need to continue medication, but do consult your doctor immediately.
  3. Treating diarrhea due to food poisoningWhen it comes to food poisoning induced diarrhea, the same method as countering infection-induced diarrhea should be followed. Keep your child hydrated and call your doctor.

Diarrhea and children - recognising dehydration

The most serious complication of diarrhea is dehydration, especially if the diarrhea is severe. Severe dehydration is critical as it can cause brain damage, seizure, even death. Your child may need immediate medical attention, if you notice the following symptoms:

  1. Light-headedness and dizziness
  2. Sticky, dark mouth
  3. Dark yellow urine
  4. No or few tears when crying
  5. Dry, cool skin
  6. Loss of energy

When should you visit a doctor?

Diarrhea resolves within a few days, but it can have serious complications. Call your doctor if you notice signs such as:

1. Looks very sick
2. Diarrhea has persisted for more than 3 days
3. Your child is less than 6 months old
4. Your child is vomiting bloody yellow or green fluid
5. Seems dehydrated
6. The fever reads above 105 degree Fahrenheit
7. Bloody stools
8. Rashes
9. Stomach pain persists for more than 2 hours
10. Infrequent urination

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Can Consuming Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diarhhea?

Diplomate of National Board , DM in Gastroenterology , MD in General medicine, MBBS
Gastroenterologist, Faridabad
Can Consuming Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diarhhea?

Diarrhea is a condition wherein you suffer from loose, watery bowel movements on a frequent basis, generally 3-4 times a day. This lasts for a few days and due to the frequency of fluid loss, it results in dehydration. Dehydrations signs begin to show up with the loss of ability to stretch the skin and frequent irritations in behaviour. Passing of less urine, loss of skin, heart rates getting faster and slow responses are some of the other signs. You can easily sense the occurrence of diarrhea by following certain symptoms. We take a look at some of the signs and symptoms typically associated with the problem of diarrhea.

Signs and symptoms of diarrhea

As mentioned earlier, one of the most common symptoms of diarrhea is watery bowel movements on a frequent basis, occurring minimum 3 to 4 times a day for a few days.

Some other symptoms are as follows:

  • Cramps in the abdomen followed by pain
  • Fever
  • Blood in the stool
  • Bloating, a situation, arising when stomach gets swollen due to gas.
  • Nausea
  • You feel an urgency to have a bowel movement.

When you come across these symptoms and feel as if they are slowly turning into severe ones, consult your doctor. Diarrhea persisting for more than two days seek for an immediate appointment with the doctor.

You need to be extra cautious if your children seems to have either of these symptoms, as diarrhea can very easily lead to dehydration for them.

Causes behind diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused as result of a number of diseases and conditions. They include:

  • Viruses: Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus and viral hepatitis are some of the viruses, that can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea among children are caused due to Rotavirus.
  • Bacteria and parasites: Another cause behind diarrhea is contaminated food or water, which has the potential to transmit bacteria and parasites to the body. Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium are the two parasites which cause diarrhea.
  • Medications: Some antibiotics can also cause diarrhea as they destroy both good and bad bacteria, thereby causing disturbance to the natural balance of bacteria in our intestines.
  • Dairy Products: Dairy products like milk, curd etc have lactose in them. Lactose is a sugar found in these products. Now people, who face difficulty in digesting lactose suffer from diarrhea after eating dairy products.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: Sorbitol and Mannitol are some of the artificial sweeteners, generally found in chewing gum and many other sugar-free products, cause diarrhea.

Treatment for Diarrhea

In majority of the cases involving diarrhea, they get resolved without treatment. Still, some of the treatment options which people go for to get relief from diarrhea are:

  • Rehydration: As diarrhea results in loss of fluid during to frequent bowel movements, so drinking enough water to stay hydrated is a must. ORS can help replenish the water and salt in the system.
  • Eat Bland Diet: Only drink water for one whole day. Then gradually limit your diet to only bananas, rice, toast and tea.
  • Antidiarrheal Medication: Medicines like Loperamide and Imodium, which restricts stool passage are both available over-the-counter.
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Stomach Infection - How To Administer It?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - General Medicine, Sleep Medicine(Training)
General Physician, Bhopal
Stomach Infection - How To Administer It?

Food is one of the most common ways of getting an infection, and so the stomach is more prone to infections than other body parts. Whether it is eating raw or uncooked foods or unhygienic foods, the stomach bears the brunt of one’s bad food practices. The only consoling factor is that it is equally easy to treat a stomach infection if some simple measures are adhered to.

Read on to know some of the easiest and most effective ways to treat a stomach infection.

  1. Drink it right: What you drink and how you drink makes a lot of difference to the way your stomach infection will respond. The vomiting, diarrhoea and sweating are robbing the body of a lot of fluids, and so replenishing this fluid along with minerals is very essential. Ensure you drink a lot of clear liquids like water, coconut water, clear soups, sports drinks, and other energy drinks. Electrolyte replacement can be added to improve their efficacy. Herbal teas like ginger tea and peppermint tea are highly recommended to soothe the stomach too. At the same time, avoid caffeine, strong black tea, alcohol, and chocolate as they are detrimental to the already affected stomach.
  2. Eat right: Even on a regular basis, you are what you eat. So, when your stomach is already infected, eating right assumes a lot more importance. Go easy on the stomach and give it something easy to digest, yet of high nutritional value. Banana, rice, apple, and toast (abbreviated as BRAT) is very easy and packs in good nutrition for the recovering stomach. Avoid a lot of fibres, fatty foods, greasy foods, sugars, and dairy products which are hard for the stomach to digest. Eat small meals, but eat a lot more frequently than you otherwise would.
  3. Rest well: With the body losing a lot of fluids and nutrition along with it, the body would naturally feel very tired and fatigued. Let the body run its course, and give it the rest it demands. In the next couple of days, once the virus has run its course, this will resolve.
  4. Medications: Stomach infection is usually caused by a virus, and so antibiotics do not play a curative role here. However, if you have a high fever or body aches, Tylenol or acetaminophen can be used sparingly. If diarrhoea or vomiting is severe, loperamide or promethazine can also be used. However, this should be substituted with sufficient rest and nutrition (solid and liquids).

If these are not helping and you are not able to keep the food down, visit the doctor. Sometimes, a day or two in the hospital may be required for complete cure and recovery.

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Diarrhoea - Is It Associated With Tonsillitis!

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopathy Doctor, Patna
Diarrhoea - Is It Associated With Tonsillitis!

There are two tissue masses (oval-shaped) at the backside of the throat and those are known as tonsils. Tonsils trap airborne germs that enter the windpipe through the nostril and such germs can cause infections. So, tonsils don’t just trap the germs, they fight the germs by producing antibodies targeted to the germs.

However, tonsils themselves can also get infected if there is an overwhelming presence of viruses or bacteria. In such a situation, the tonsils swell up and become inflamed. This condition is known as tonsillitis. If the tonsillitis is caused due to the flu virus, it can also cause stomach infection which can lead to ‘Diarrhea’.

Can tonsillitis give you Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a watery, loose, and more frequent bowel movement problem that causes dehydration and weakness. Sometimes, both tonsillitis and Diarrhea, are not considered an illness, but these can be symptoms of some other diseases. For example, if a person is suffering from fever, there are chances that he/she may experience tonsillitis and Diarrhea.

What Cause Tonsillitis?

Infections from bacteria and viruses are responsible for tonsillitis. The most common bacteria that can precipitate tonsillitis is Streptococcus. And among the viruses that can cause tonsillitis, there are many, such as Influenza virus, adenovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, Enteroviruses, Parainfluenza viruses, Herpes simplex virus, etc.

Cause of Diarrhea

Usually, Diarrhea is caused due to an infection in the gastrointestinal tract. The microorganisms that can cause this infection include:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites

Symptoms of Tonsillitis 

Symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling and inflammation of the tonsils. If the swelling is severe, it may even block airways causing severe distress. Other symptoms include:

  • Throat tenderness or pain
  • Redness of tonsils
  • A yellowish or whitish coating on tonsils
  • Painful blisters in throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ear-ache
  • Fever and chills

Symptoms of Diarrhea

How Diarrhea is Associated with Tonsillitis? 

Since both, Tonsillitis and Diarrhea can be caused due to the attack of virus or bacteria, so both of these can be associated with each other. This case or condition is most common in young children. Young children who suffer from tonsillitis due to the flu virus may also experience the problem of Diarrhea. They can also experience stomach infection which causes vomiting, stomach ache, dehydration, nausea, etc.

Treatment  of Diarrhea

To treat any problem, doctors first identify the cause. In most cases, limiting the causes can help to get rid of the problem. This is also true in the case of Diarrhea associated with Tonsillitis. Doctors first diagnose the problem performing different tests and if both the conditions are caused by the flu virus, doctors will prescribe a few medicines. If the condition is not too severe, then within a week you can see the changes and results.

Conclusion

Though the problem of having both tonsillitis and Diarrhea at the same time might not seem to be associated, it is possible. If this happens due to the attack of the flu virus or any other disease, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible and get rid of it.


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Red Diarrhea - Know More About It!

MBBS, MD - General Medicine
General Physician, Pune
Red Diarrhea - Know More About It!

Diarrhea, one of the most common but curable disease. It usually happens due to unhealthy food consumption or for an unpleasant digestive system. In today’s lifestyle, there may be hundreds of reasons behind an unpleasant digestive system like the consumption of junk food, drinking impurified water etc.

The symptoms of diarrhea can be determined by simply examining the stool. Where a usual and healthy stool is brown, soft and shaped, diarrhea effected stool can be seen in the form of liquid. There are several types of diarrhea and the colour of the stool helps determine the type of it. Though it is a perfectly curable disease but the type ‘red diarrhea’ is not a good sign for your health. In this article, we will learn about the bloody or red diarrhea briefly.

What is Red Diarrhea?
After the consumption of food, it takes some time to get digested and later stored in the intestine. There the digested remaining turns to a solid material which we know as stool. In case of diarrhea, the digested materials come out of the intestine without spending there enough time to form into a solid material. Diarrhea effected stool comes out in the liquid form.

As we mentioned earlier, there are several types of diarrhea, Red Diarrhea or also known as bloody diarrhea is one of them. It is not much harmful and can be cured easily with proper medicine and diet. Below we have discussed the major reasons behind red diarrhea.

Strange Reasons behind Red Diarrhea:
There are five major reasons that may cause red diarrhea.

  • Anal Fissure: A tiny tear in the anus pipe, known as anal fissure can be the cause of your red stool. In such case, the stool won’t be fully red coloured but partially red.
  • Haemorrhoids: In case you don’t know about the haemorrhoids, these are puffy blood vessels inside the anus or rectum. It is one of the major reason behind the red diarrhea and rectal bleeding.
  • Dysentery: diarrhea effected stool with blood is known as dysentery. Parasites named entamoeba histolytica and shigella bacteria are the reason behind it. These parasites may affect your intestine so badly that it can even start bleeding and cause red diarrhea.
  • Red Coloured Food: Yes, consuming unhygienic red coloured food may cause food poisoning and result in red diarrhea. We must be focused on our daily foods, the healthier the better.
  • GI (Gastro Intestinal) Bleeding: Gastric cancer and IBD are the two major reasons behind GI bleeding. It may cause high blood release via anus which can turn bloody diarrhea.

How to Get Rid of Red Diarrhea:
There is nothing to scare about red diarrhea. A simple treatment with proper diet can cure your body in a few days. Here are the treatments for red diarrhea you can try.

  1. As our body loses a huge amount of liquid in diarrhea, one must consume plenty of water or other liquids.
  2. Drinking ORS is must or your body may become weak.
  3. One should not eat unhealthy or spicy food when they are already affected by diarrhea.
  4. In serious cases, one must consult to the doctor.

Hope we have successfully provided you with all the needed information. If you have any query regarding this please comment below.

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Magnesium Deficiency - How Does It Impact Your Body?

MSC in Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Magnesium Deficiency - How Does It Impact Your Body?

We all know about magnesium as a mineral, but what most individuals do not know is the fact that it is a very important mineral for our body health. Magnesium is involved with more or less 300 complex metabolic processes in our body, thus earning the title of ‘master mineral’.

Here is a list of reasons why magnesium holds an important place in our body:

It is responsible for transportation of calcium across cell membranes. As such, it helps calcium get into the bone matter. Like we all know, magnesium is anti-inflammatory. It helps in waiving conditions mentioned below:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Alzheimer’s disease
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Respiratory issues
  5. Diabetes

So magnesium deficiency can definitely cause numerous problems in the human body. This element works in our body at a cellular level. It is important to have a check up done with the doctor to ensure the magnesium level. However, a simple a blood test cannot determine the presence or absence of it.

Here are a few signs that might suggest that an individual is suffering from magnesium deficiency:

  1. A lot of calcium deficiency which means brittle bones
  2. Very poor heart health
  3. A lot of unnecessary weakness
  4. Very frequent muscle cramps at unusual situations
  5. Tremorsnausea and unnecessary anxiety
  6. High blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  7. Difficulty in swallowing food
  8. Poor memory
  9. Lots and lots of useless confusion

Although individuals with magnesium deficiency suffer from these symptoms, it is not necessary that any individual suffering from such symptoms might have magnesium deficiency. So, the only way to improve magnesium amount in the body is by changing your diet and including magnesium rich foods or my supplementing your food with magnesium-based food products.

Magnesium overdose is close to impossible and so, many would not check their magnesium intake. However, consuming too much of anything can never be a good idea. Excessive magnesium intake might end up causing the following issues:

  • Irregular heartbeats in individuals
  • Slow breathing
  • Diarrhoea

Excess amount of magnesium in the body might be due to the fact that not all supplements can be easily absorbed by the body. So it is a better idea to eat inexpensive food to keep the magnesium levels at par with the bodily requirements.

Here is a list of items that can relieve the deficiency symptoms of low magnesium:

  1. Seeds of pumpkin
  2. Seeds of sun flower
  3. Soya bean
  4. Black beans
  5. Sesame seeds
  6. Almond
  7. Spinach and many more 
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Homeopathic Care For Monsoon Ailments!

BHMS & MD, MCAH
Homeopath, Vijayawada
Homeopathic Care For Monsoon Ailments!

Rains after a scorching summer heat give delight to everyone. It also brings several diseases due to contamination of food and water with bacteria and virus. Humidity, a sudden change in weather, breeding of bacteria, viruses and insects give rise to infections with fever, colds, cough, diarrhea, dysentery, and diseases like typhoid, malaria, dengue, pneumonia and so on. If these are not attended in time, it may lead to severe complications.  If adequate precautions are taken, we can avoid many of the diseases and their complications. The common diseases of monsoon and the precautions that could be taken to reduce the impact on health are as under:

Common coldRunny nose, constant sneezing, headache, and recurrent sore throat are the common symptoms. It affects all age groups.  It is the common diseases in the rainy season; probably that is why it is known as the common cold. It is infectious but not that serious. 

Precautions:   Avoid sharing towels and handkerchiefs. Wash your hands frequently when touching different surfaces used by so many people. Use your hands to cover your mouth when you sneeze, so that you do not spread your cold to others. Avoid exposure to rains for long.  Keep the children away when any of the family members have a common cold. Keep the air-conditioner at normal temperature and avoid ice-creams.

The best homemade remedy is a glass of hot milk turmeric. Gargles with warm water and steam inhalation give relief to your sore throat. If things don’t improve then it is always better to see a doctor.

Common homeopathic remedies are  Aconite, Allium cepa, Belladonna, Bryonia, Dulcamera, Euphrasia, Gelsemium and Rhus tox. Each of these medicines have their own indication and may be  taken in consultation with a Homeopathic doctor

Typhoid: This is a highly infectious disease that spreads during the monsoon. This is caused by contaminated food and water with bacteria. The most common symptom of this disease is prolonged fever, severe pain in abdomen and headache with diarrhea/constipation.

Precautions: Take safe food and safe drinking water to prevent typhoid. Fresh vegetables and fruits should be washed thoroughly with clean water before eating raw. This is a highly communicable disease so the patient should keep good hand hygiene so that it does not spread to the rest of the family. Take vaccination when the disease is prevalent or going to the place where typhoid is epidemic. Take more fluid to prevent dehydration. Since this disease has a tendency of relapsing in two weeks time, the patient should care and the precautions should continue even after apparent recovery.

Common homeopathic remedies are  Baptisia, Acid mur, Arnica, Ars alb and Gelsemium. Please consult a homeopathic doctor before taking any of these medicines.

Malaria: Malaria is one of the most common diseases in monsoons. The disease is spread by Female Anopheles mosquito. Since there is a problem of water logging during the rainy season, mosquitoes get conducive conditions to breed. This is the most dangerous disease in India with the highest number of deaths credited to it. Fever at regular intervals, bouts of shivering, muscle pain and weakness are the symptoms that a patient shows while suffering from Malaria.  

Precautions:  Since this disease is spread by mosquitoes, the mosquito repellents and nets should be used to prevent mosquito bites. Also, make sure that water does not stagnate in your area as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Use DDT in the drains near your home. Do not ignore any symptoms of malaria and consult your doctor immediately when there is high fever.

It is always better to take the conventional anti malarial treatment as it is having proven benefits.   Homeopaths often prescribe  Natrum Muriaticum 30c, 1 dose = 2 pills, pill no. 40, one dose every morning, Chininum Sulph 3X, 1 dose = 1-grain powder, one dose twice daily.
 and  Vitex Neg θ, 1 dose = 5 drops in 2 ml water, one dose twice daily. However, this should be done under strict medical supervision.

Dengue: Dengue is another serious disease that is caused due to mosquitoes. The symptoms are sudden onset of fever with chills, intense headache, severe muscle and backbone pain, vomiting, tastelessness, weakness, dry tongue, constipation, reddish eye, puffiness on face and a characteristic skin rash. The fever is raised up to 102 to 105 degree, lasts for 5-7 days after which the recovery is usually complete. Over the years, diseases have become serious and one must really take extra care to stay healthy and safe.  

Precautions: Use proper mosquito repellents and creams to avoid becoming a victim of dengue. Wear full sleeve shirts and full pants with socks. Use bed nets for sleeping infants and young children, old persons during day time to prevent mosquito bite (mosquitoes spreading dengue are day bitters).

The selection of homeopathic remedies depends upon the individual response to infection. In repertory there are several remedies are mention for dengue fever. Eupatorium perfoliatum and Echinacea angustifolia were found most effective remedies for dengue fever.

Cholera: Poor hygiene conditions and contaminated food and water also lead to cholera. Diarrhea and vomiting are common symptoms. Cholera infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe, with profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, leg cramps leading to a severe loss of water from the body.

The precautions include plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) is used to prevent dehydration. Standard home solutions such as salted rice water, salted yogurt drinks, vegetable and chicken soups with salt can be given. Home solutions such as water in which cereal has been cooked, unsalted soup, green coconut water, , and unsweetened fresh fruit juices. WHO recommends a child with diarrhea should be fed continuously. Continued feeding speeds the recovery of normal intestinal function. In contrast, children whose food is restricted have diarrhea of longer duration and recover intestinal function more slowly.

Common homeopathic remedies are  Veratrum alb, Camphor, cuprum met and  Ars alb. These may be  taken in consultation with a Homeopathic doctor

Hepatitis A and E: The diseases are commonly spread through the fecal-oral route (ingestion of contaminated food and water). It is usually a short-term (acute) infection and its symptoms pass away within three months. A vaccination can protect against hepatitis A. Vaccination is recommended if a person is traveling to countries where the virus is common, such as the Indian subcontinent,

Precautions: Avoid eating food that is uncovered and exposed to flies and drinks safe water.

Homeopathic medicines  Chelidonium 6X, Thuja 30C, Carduus marianus Mother tincture and  Lycopodium 30 are said to be effective in Hepatitis infections. However, the patient should consult a  Homeopathic doctor and take medicine only as per his direction.

Some other diseases that get aggravated during monsoon:

Allergic asthma: This is more severe in its intensity and frequency during the monsoons because of weather changes and the associated dampness in the environment.

Amoebiasis is a very common problem during the monsoons, as the parasite Entamoeba histolytica, which is responsible for it, tends to survive for longer under warm and moist conditions. It enters the body through contaminated food or water and produces diarrhea or dysentery with blood and mucus.

Fungal infections are common during the monsoons because of constant dampness and the possibility of coming in contact with filthy water. The moisture present in the environment helps the fungi to grow and thrive, especially in skin folds such as the groins or between the toe.

Monsoon also brings diseases like Conjunctivitis, tonsillitis, earache, pneumonia, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting.

Gastro enteritis is a general term that refers to infections (bacterial/viral) of the gastrointestinal tract. It gives rise to several problems such as stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting, causing loss of body fluids that in turn lead to dehydration. Children are usually affected. Unhygienic surroundings, contaminated water and food items, and overcrowding are the known culprits.

Avoid eating at unhygienic places and drink boiled water to keep gastrointestinal infections at bay.

General care and precautions during monsoon -

If you have kids and elderly people at home, they will be really susceptible and are affected by health conditions like allergies, cough, cold, etc.  Even when you are having your diet, it will be really important to be cautious about meal and choose the adequate type of meal that won’t make you sick.

Avoid taking food from outside vendors as that might be infected  by flies and bacteria

  • Always try to take filtered water and warm drinks.
  • Use a powerful insect repellent to hold mosquitoes away and prevent getting bitten. It’s a furthermore good concept to take the anti-malarial drug during this monsoon.?
  • Where likely, try to avoid walking through rainy water. It can lead to numerous fungal diseases of the feet and heels.
  • Keep the items like Umbrella, raincoat, etc when you are going out.
  • Take moderately hot food and drinks in this monsoon.
  • Keep away the children to play in the rain and rainy water.
  • Also avoid walking where water is lying on the street, as traffic will propel by and spray it all over you.
  • Dry your feet when they get wet.
  • Avoid colds and coughs by keeping your body moderately hot and dry.
  • Don’t go in air conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp apparels.
  • If you suffer from asthma or diabetes, avoid residing in any place with wet walls. It encourages the development of fungus and can be especially hurtful.
  • Drink many of heating herbal teas, particularly those with antibacterial properties.

Home Remedies -

  • A glass of warm milk mixed with turmeric is an effective homemade remedy to fight the cold in its initial stage. Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric in 2 cups of warm milk, strain the mixture and drink the milk in hot.
  • Ginger tea:  Ginger mixed with tea gives instant relief to running nose.
  • Honey in warm water gives relief to cough.
  • Warm water gurgling sooth the throat and give relief to almost all throat infection.
  • Boiled water, more liquids like buttermilk, coconut water, and apple juice may be taken. Paneer, rice and curd may be taken. Avoid oily, spicy and roadside eating.

It always advised availing the best medical help at the earliest, especially when there is fever, long continued diarrhea.

Diarrhea - How To Handle It Naturally?

MBBS, MD-Gastroentrology, Fellowship in Gastroenterology, FACG
Gastroenterologist, Mumbai
Diarrhea - How To Handle It Naturally?

Diarrhea is not usually a serious condition but can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. This can be caused by a number of factors including bacterial or viral infections, food poisoning, contaminated water etc. Thankfully, it is easy to treat and does not require medication unless it is very severe. Let us take a look at some of the most effective ways to treat diarrhoea:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Keeping your body hydrated when dealing with diarrhoea is very important. This is because your body loses a lot of water while passing stool. To hydrate your body, drink lots of water. You could also add oral rehydration salts to the water. Avoid drinking sodas, packaged juices and caffeinated drinks such as coffee as they can further dehydrate the body.
  2. Probiotics: To function optimally, your digestion system requires good bacteria. Diarrhea is usually a sign that the bad bacteria levels have overtaken the good bacteria levels. Thus, you need to balance this equation. Probiotics are a source of good bacteria and are available in powder or pill form. It is also available naturally in foods like yoghurt, pickles and kimchi.
  3. Eat the Right Food: When suffering from an upset stomach, eat food that is easy to digest. Food items such as bananas, rice, apples and dry toast are easy to digest and can help bulk up your stool. This is also known as the BRAT diet. You could also include a simple chicken soup, baked skinless chicken and oatmeal in your diet.
  4. Drink a Little Tea: Tannins in black tea are good for the digestive system. They help calm inflammation in the intestines and help the body absorb fluids. Raspberry and blackberry leaf tea are ideal for diarrhoea. You could also try sipping caraway tea. Other tea such as chamomile tea help reduce spasms and calm the stomach. When looking for such teas, ensure that they are made from the leaf and not powdered. Also, do not drink any form of caffeinated tea.
  5. Avoid Spicy Foods: Do not eat anything that is spicy or fried when you have an upset stomach. Also, avoid eating foods rich in fibre as they can make you feel bloated. Alcohol and milk are best left aside until your stomach has healed. Other foods you should avoid include chewing gums with artificial sweeteners, berries, beans, peas, prunes, peppers and ice cream.

If your diarrhoea does not improve, consult a doctor. If it lasts for more than 2 weeks, it could be a symptom of another underlying condition.

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Naturopathic Treatment For Constipation!

Diploma In Naturopathyu, Diploma In Acupressure Therapy
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Nashik
Naturopathic Treatment For Constipation!

Constipation is the most widely found problem of mankind. Almost the largest number of drugs, are available for the problem and largest sums of money are spent by people to get rid of it. Even then the medical science does not recognise it as a serious disease.

To some extent they are correct. Constipation is not a disease as such. It is merely a condition but it can be responsible for attacks of almost all diseases which are effecting the humans. Unfortunately it is also spreading wildly as the civilization is spreading and eating refined foods is becoming fashionable. Many drugs also cause constipation. If so the prescribing doctor should be immediately contacted for change of the prescription.

The present treatment of the condition is drugs of three different types. A) Lubricating, B) Bulk forming and C) Agitating.

Lubricating drugs include various oils, milk of magnesia etc. These drugs lubricate the elementary canal and/or lubricate the faeces and thus facilitate the movement. These are the least damaging type of drugs. Yet they can make even undigested foods to pass through the system or cause diarrhoea.

Bulk forming drugs include isabgol, rice bran etc. When the bulk is increased the faeces move and are expelled faster. It should be remembered that these are just substitutes for the fibre which is lost during various processes adopted in kitchens. It is clearly foolishness to first throw away the natural fibre and replace it by purchasing substitutes from the market. Further rejected natural fibre carries away several essential nutrients with them, which are not replaced by the additives.

The agitating type drugs include several herbs and chemicals which are not acceptable to the system and therefore the system works extra harder to get rid of them. These ultimately tire out the system and weaken it. The weakened system requires more powerful drugs and the endless race starts. Thus this category causes maximum harm to the digestive system.

It is now obvious that all the above drugs are not the cure for constipation. These have only a one-time effect and can harm the system.

In fact, the cure for constipation lies in lifestyle itself. To get rid of it, one should follow the following advice:

  1. Avoid refined foods.
  2. Eat maximum foods in raw form.
  3. Eat lots of salads and fruits so that there is enough fibre in the food.
  4. Avoid refined flour (Maida), polished rice etc.
  5. Do some regular exercise so that the body, including gut is in good health.
  6. Eat sprouted boiled pulses instead of pulses available in the market.
  7. Do not peel all those vegetables which can be used without peeling. Even if peeling is absolutely necessary do by minimum possible.
  8. Drink sufficient water. (Humans need about 3 litres of water every day).
  9. Try discharge faeces twice a day-Morning and Evening.
  10. Never ignore an urge. Attend to it as early as possible.

Even then sometimes the faeces become dry and hard. In all such cases instead of applying pressure it is better to take a plain water enema (Douche). It is totally harmless, does not form habit, and convenient to take.

It is very important to get rid of constipation. Since constipation is the main cause of several diseases.

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