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What Can You Do To Avoid Stomach Infection?

Master of Hospital Administration, DTM&H, MBBS
General Physician, Kolkata
What Can You Do To Avoid Stomach Infection?

Contaminated food is one of the most common sources of infections in the human body and so the stomach is one of the most commonly affected organs. Whether it is eating raw food or unhygienically prepared foods, the stomach has very high chance of getting infected than other body parts.

One of the most common causes of stomach infection is the norovirus also called as cruise ship virus. Spread through vomitus and faecal material, it is quite contagious and can affect large amounts of people in confined areas like a cruise ship. The common symptoms would include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, bloated feeling, abdominal pain (generalised or localised), fatigue, and tiredness.

On the brighter side, there are well-proven measures listed below which are simple and easy to follow that can help avoid stomach infection.

  1. Restore bacterial balance: The good bacteria in the stomach are lost with the stomach flu and restoring it will help in managing the flu. A good amount of probiotics and fermented foods including yoghurt, sour curd, etc., will do wonders by restoring natural flora. Supplements can be taken if required, and these bacteria will restore the ability of the stomach to fight the virus.
  2. Isolation and separation: If there is a close family member affected by the virus, ensure they are staying separately and all their clothing (bedding included) are maintained in an isolated manner. Children and elderly need extra protection, whether they are affected or are in the same household.
  3. Cleaning methods: Since the virus spreads by contaminated faecal matter, vomitus and through surfaces, it is necessary to prevent the spread.
    • When in doubt, washing hands is very useful. Use soap and water instead of a hand wash. Staying away from picking nose and touching eyes are also useful.
    • The infected person’s clothes should be washed separately in extra hot water and bleached to get rid of the virus.
    • Using the dishwasher or soaking the washed utensils in extra-hot water is a good way to get rid of the virus.
    • Surfaces like laptops need to be cleaned more regularly and rigorously
    • Steam cleaning of carpets is a good idea to get rid of the virus that may be locked there.
    • Avoid going out or being in close contact for about a week, as the virus needs that much time to clear out completely.
  4. Food habits
    • Do not eat raw or uncooked foods
    • Drink loads of water, clear soups, sports drink and lime juice to replace lost fluid.
    • Eat whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables that are well-cooked to ensure you get the essential vitamins and minerals.

Following the above measures can help avoid the stomach flu and stay healthy.

Ayurveda For PCOS!

Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Ayurveda For PCOS!

Ayurveda believes that three ‘doshas’ or forces of energy – vatta, pitta and kapha – circulate in the body and facilitate important bodily functions. In healthy individuals, all three doshas are in perfect harmony. According to Ayurveda, any imbalance in the three forces of energies can lead to diseases.

Ayurvedic texts mention the presence of Shukra dhatu (semen) in both men and women. Shukra dhatu plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the reproductive system. Shukra dhatu can be considered as a combination of androgen (male hormone) and estrogen (female hormone). Any imbalance in Shukra dhatu can cause infertility.

An imbalance in the doshas can affect the efficiency of the Shukra dhatu. When “doshas” affect the efficiency of the Shukra dhatu in women, it leads to excess production of male hormones and other symptoms of PCOS such as the appearance of cysts in the ovaries.

PCOS treatment in ayurveda, just like any other ayurvedic treatment, focuses on correcting the imbalance of the doshas or forces of energy.

Ayurveda: Do’s And Don’ts For PCOS Patients
According to Ayurveda, here are some do’s and don’ts for patients of PCOS:

  • Minimize the intake of dairy products, including curd and other milk products. Butter milk is an acceptable drink.
  • Follow a natural sleep cycle. Avoid sleeping during the day time and try to get uninterrupted sleep during night.
  • Stay away from all kinds of junk food
  • Avoid white sugar
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food. Though Ayurveda allows an occasional intake of fish.
  • Use herbs like garlic, cinnamon, and fenugreek. For example, having fenugreek seeds water (soaked overnight) can do wonders for keeping your blood sugar under control.
  • Opt for herbal teas like spearmint tea or green tea
  • Eat healthy fats like ghee
  • Yoga Asanas For PCOS

Ayurveda also recommends specific yoga asanas for PCOS. These include:

  • Naukasana (Boat Pose)
  • Bhadrasana (Butterfly Pose)
  • Sarvangasana (Reverse Body Or Shoulder Stand Pose)
  • Shalabhasana (The Locust Pose)
  • Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist)
  • Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

21 Powerful Herbs For PCOS Treatment In Ayurveda

PCOS treatment in Ayurveda involves using a combination of powerful herbs that strengthen the reproductive system. These herbs also treat inflammation and hormonal imbalance that are at the root of PCOS. Certain herbs also work against other complications of PCOS such as digestive disorders, weight gain, insulin sensitivity, and improving mood. In essence, these herbs perform the same function as allopathic medications for treating the different symptoms of PCOS.

1. Shilajit (Purified Asphaltum)
Shilajit has anti-inflammatory effects. It also boosts immunity and energy levels and rejuvenates the female reproductive system. Many women with PCOS experience heavy bleeding, which increases the risk of an iron deficiency. Shilajit is known to increase iron levels. It also improves heart health

2. Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)
Shatavari is rich in various steroidal saponins, vitamins A, B1, B2, folic acid, C, E and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. These act as antioxidants and protect the female reproductive system. Shatavari also has anti-diabetic properties that help improve insulin sensitivity. This herb also helps in improving fertility.

3. Karavellaka (Momordica Charantia)
This bitter fruit has potent anti-diabetic properties. It also treats digestive disorders, lowers inflammation, boosts immunity and prevents cancer. It helps women with PCOS by regulating their periods and assisting in weight loss.

4. Haridra (Curcuma Longa)
Turmeric is known as the “friend of women.” Its benefits for women with PCOS are immense. It improves complexion, reduces acne, detoxifies the female reproductive system, helps in weight loss, and improves insulin resistance.

5. Vibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica)
Among the many health benefits of this plant, it has a positive effect on improving sugar metabolism. It also promotes hair growth and stops hair fall. This property makes it an ideal herb for PCOS. Vibhitaki also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and also cures digestive ailments.

6. Darusita (Twak) (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
Cinnamon helps in regulating blood sugar levels. It also improves insulin sensitivity and boosts fertility.

7. Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
This herb helps in regulating blood sugar levels. It is an immune booster and also boosts female sex drive. It is a potent liver tonic and is used to treat liver conditions like hepatitis. It also effective against many different types of cancers.

8. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Neem is an effective blood purifier and helps keep skin healthy. It is highly effective in treating acne and all kinds of skin disorders. It helps hair growth and regulates blood sugar levels.

9. Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)
Amalika or the Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is a highly revered fruit in Ayurveda. It has been a part of the Indian subcontinent diet since ages. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. It is also helpful in reducing weight. It is good for the heart, aids digestion and strengthens the immune system.

10. Ashoka (Saraca Indica)
Saraca indica helps in repairing the endometrium and heals the damage caused to its sensitive lining by inflammation. It also helps in regulating estrogen levels. It is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds. It also It has antimicrobial and antifungal activity and helps in protecting the urinary tract from bacterial and fungal (especially Candida) infections.

11. Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa)
Lodhra is rich in compounds called flavonol glucosides that are highly beneficial in reducing uterine disorders. It also helps in regulating ovarian hormones and improves fertility.

12. Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
Terminalia chebula is rich in vitamin C and minerals like selenium, potassium, manganese and copper. It is a digestive tonic and has been found effective on a variety of disorders like constipation, flatulence, colitis, etc. It has antibacterial, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in protecting the heart, improving appetite and regulating mood.

13. Usheera (Vetiveria Zizanioides)
Vetiver oil has muscle-relaxing activity and reduces uterine cramping. It has a cooling effect on the body. It is also effective in curing and healing skin disorders. Usheera also helps in relieving fatigue and aids in digestion. It is also beneficial for diabetics.

14. Nagara (Zingiber Officinale)
Commonly known as ginger, it is the world’s most popular and versatile home remedy. Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer as opposed to normal women.With its potent anti-cancer activity, it protects the uterus from cancer and also from infections. It is a digestive tonic, protects the heart, relieves constipation and helps reduce menstrual pain.

15. Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
Known for its anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing activities, this herb reduces menstrual cramping and pain and also relieves inflammation. It is also useful against diabetes as well in treating obesity.

16. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an excellent adaptogen (a substance that helps the body in adapting to internal and external stresses.) It also helps in controlling mood swings and is a natural energizer.

17. Yashad Bhasma (Zinc Calx)
Zinc is an immune booster and a blood sugar regulator. As the second most abundant mineral in the body, it plays an important role in many different biochemical processes.

18. Jambu (Eugenia Jambolana)
Java plum, better known as “jamun” in India (Hindi), helps in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also has anti-cancer and liver-protective properties. Jambu can also assist in reducing weight.

19. Meshashringi (Gymnema Sylvestre)
This herb is a potent anti-diabetic. It improves insulin sensitivity and is also vital for uterine health.

20. Vrikshamla (Garcinia Cambogia)
This citrus fruit is rich in a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which supports fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It helps in managing appetite and protects you from urges of binge eating. It also helps in maintaining optimum body weight.

21. Kirat Tikta (Swertia Chirata)
Chirata is a potent anti-inflammatory. It also has blood sugar regulating activities. It boosts immunity, keeps liver healthy and also fights skin disorders.

PCOS Treatment In Ayurveda: Final Thoughts
Ayurveda is not only about herbal medicines. In fact, the basic philosophy of Ayurveda advises on healthy ways to live life. The word “Ayurveda” itself means the “Science of Life.” I always say medicines are a last resort for treating any condition. In order to be healthy, you need to eat right, exercise regularly and manage your stress levels.

For the herbs to do their job effectively, you need to take care of what you are eating and how you are living your life. If you do so, there’s no stopping you from reversing PCOS or any other lifestyle disease.

Abhyanga (Oil bath)!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Abhyanga (Oil bath)!

Abhyanga (Oil bath) 

Application of oil on the head and body parts is one of the daily routines in Indian culture
Processed sesame seed oil is generally used for Vata and Kapha conditions. Coconut oil is good for pitta.
For Vata people, it is advised every day, for Pitta on alternate days, for Kapha people once in a week.

Application of oil on the head, ears and feet is necessary.
Warm water bath after fifteen to thirty minutes of massage is advised.
Avoid cold water bath, ice creams, curd, sex, day sleep, alcohol, exposure to sun and exertion during the day of massage.
Oil bath is avoided during indigestion, cough, cold, diarrhoea, fever, menstruation conjunctivitis, post emesis therapy, purgation and infectious diseases etc..  

Benefits of oil bath

1)It controls vata  Promotes strength and sleep
2)Overcomes fatigue
3)Provides growth Postpones old age Mitigates 
4)pain promotes hair growth and vision
 

Bajra - The Winter Food!!

Ditetics & Food Service Management, Bsc Human Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Indore
Bajra - The Winter Food!!

As winter has set in full swing from the mid of this month, we end up having sips of coffee and cuddle up in our blankets/sweaters. While the caffeine can give instant high, why not eat foods that can keep you energetic and regulate your body temperature. During winters, we tend to feel hungrier and body engine works better. I remember being given bajra roti with ghee and jaggery in winters as it produces heat in the body (thermogenic effect).

Bajra also called as pearl millet is packed with nutrients and has various health benefits.

It is the perfect satisfying meal and simply delicious. The staple diet across Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It gives you satiating feeling faster and releases energy slowly keeping you full for longer periods.

100gm of bajra has about approx 370 calories, 4.2gm fat, 11gm of protein, 5mg of sodium, 196mg of potassium and 9gm of dietary fibre.

This millet has low glycemic index and is considered good for diabetics. Its insoluble fibre helps in the slow release of carbs into your system, thus, providing energy for a longer period of time and keep blood sugar levels under check. Bajra has high amounts of magnesium in it, due to which it helps control the glucose receptors in the body.

It is good for the heart too. Since it is rich in magnesium, it helps your cardiovascular system by lowering your blood pressure, which in turn helps reduce the chances of heart attack or stroke. Moreover, bajra also contains high amounts of potassium which makes it a good vasodilator.

Bajra is also known for controlling the cholesterol levels. This is because it contains a lot of fibre, which goes a long way in lowering the bad cholesterol in your bloodstream.

This millet is filled with a ton of fibre. It helps to get regular and better bowel movements as it bulks up the stool and stimulates peristalsis, which moves it to the colon. It also avoids any digestive issues.

Another great benefit of eating bajra is that it detoxifies your body. It is filled with antioxidants which help in getting rid of free radicals from your body. It also contains catechins like quercetin that help keep the kidney and liver functioning properly by excreting the toxins from the body.

Bajra is rich in vitamin b components. Rich in vitamin b (niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folate) that is b1, b2, b3, b5, b6, b9, it also has minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and selenium making it a well-enriched meal by itself. This means that it helps to break down the carbohydrates and fat in your body.

It does not contain any vitamin a, c, d, or b12 in it. It is gluten-free. So good for people with celiac disease

Bajra is good for muscles too. One of the best ways that bajra impacts your muscular system is that it allows your muscles to become leaner and stronger over time. Bajra is not only good for health but also for the skin. It contains zinc which repairs skin and slows down the ageing process.

Bajra can be used in various forms to enjoy this winter. You can try making bajra roti (flat bread), bajra khakhra or bajra carrot-onion uttapam, bajra khichdi or bajra fritters.

When ground into powder form, mixed with water and boiled makes a perfect porridge. A sustainable meal for the children and elder who are unable to eat.

Roughly grounded bajra cooked with yoghurt and water for hours on a slow flame tempered with asafoetida (hing) and fennel is a rajasthani delicacy called the “ghaat”. A staple diet to sustain the cold in the desert regions

Powdered bajra mixed with rice paste fermented with sour curds can be used to make uttapams or even steamed as idlis, a healthy south indian variety.

If you have known the importance of whole grains, then you should make a conscious effort to include bajra in your diet.

So, forget that fancy quinoa and get to basics, add this millet in your diet plan and reap its benefits. 

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Food Items To Be Avoided While On Homeopathic Medicines

BHMS
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Food Items To Be Avoided While On Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic medicine is the field of science that involves the production of medicine using natural herbs and other substances. In this, the extracts are obtained from different sources and mixed together in right dosages. These dosages are prescribed by homeopathic doctors since they are able to understand how each extract serves a different purpose, and that they would be effective in their action only if they are combined in the correct proportion. An increase or decrease in the level used can render a homeopathic medicine ineffective or make it harmful for the body. Along with the medicines, doctors also usually suggest some dietary precautions that need to be followed.

It is said that each food item has a power and effectiveness level of its own and needs to be taken in certain quantities so that you can enjoy its full benefits. This is also one of the major reasons why people who are taking homeopathic medicines are advised to avoid a few food items that might be a regular part of their diet, in order to make sure that that particular food does not interfere with the action of the medicines. This is true in cases where, some foods with strong odour or taste can hinder the medicine's action by overpowering its effectiveness. 

So here is what you should avoid: 

  1. Drinking alcohol, chewing tobacco and smoking must not be continued when you are taking homeopathic medicines.
  2. Most doctors advise the patients not to take coffee, garlic and mint leaves, since these have strong odours and tastes. But coffee at times may not be restricted, since in few medicines, coffee beans are used for grinding the crude extract. 
  3. Non vegetarian foods might have to be avoided during the time period of medication if so advised.
  4. Sour foods like sour fruits or sour curd must be avoided in case you are taking medicines for skin disorders.
  5. Spicy and oily foods and other foods that give out a pungent smell must be avoided if medicines are being taken for gastric problems.
  6. Artificially treated foods and foods made with preservatives need to be avoided if the person has to take the medicines for kidney problems like kidney stones and renal failure. 
  7. Patients who are taking medicine for diabetes must avoid drinking aerated drinks.
  8. Generally, people are told to take their meals at the right time and no irregularity must set in when it comes to this.
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Winter Care For Skin!

MBBS, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine, Hair Transplant, Dermatology, Masters In Clinical Dermatology, VTCT Level 4 Laser Training, Aesthetic Practitioner Training, Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Injectables, Advanced Lip Filler Injectable Training
Dermatologist, Noida
Winter Care For Skin!

In winters, our skin becomes dry and flaky. The best way to combat this dryness is by following some simple skin care routines.

1) Use only lukewarm water for washing your face or bathing. Hot water will lead to more dryness.

2) Use a liberal/generous amount of oil or moisturiser on your body, hands and feet after taking bath.

3) Use a soap free face wash twice a day.

4) Use a sunscreen with SPF 30-50, 3-4 times a day, even if it's cloudy or you are spending more time indoors.

5) Drink at least 2 bottles of water daily.

6) Have a balanced diet comprising of fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses and curd.

7) Avoid long showers..the more time you spend under the shower, the dryer your skin will become.

8) Avoid oily, fried food such as samosas, pakoras, burgers, pizza and fries.

9) Keep regular hours with at least 8 hours of sleep

10) Exercise regularly

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Arthritis - How Can Ayurveda Help In Treating It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Arthritis - How Can Ayurveda Help In Treating It?

Inflammation and resultant pain in the joints are usually the basic tenets of Arthritis. This joint disorder can be painful and often, a debilitating one. It can also make the joints stiff. There are many ways of dealing with this problem, but with Ayurveda, one can get to the root cause of the ailment and its presence. This helps in taking a well rounded holistic approach towards treating it with ancient know how that revolves around herbs and other natural substances which have great medicinal value, lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and Yoga, oil massages, and other methods. Arthritis is known as Sandhivata in Ayurvedic jargon.

Read on to find out how Ayurveda can help in dealing with Arthritis.

  • Herbs: One can make use of various herbs that contain Linoleic Acid to help in providing lubrication to the joints so as to prevent pain and stiffness. These herbs include Borage seed oil which is extracted from Borage seed, Evening Primrose oil, Blackcurrant seed oil, Capsaicin, Curcumin, Feverfew, Flaxseed oil and a standard Ayurvedic concoction that combines Ashwagandha, Gugulla, gingercumin and haldi or turmeric. These substances can help in treating the joints that are suffering from the pain of Arthritis.
  • Diet: In Ayurveda, to treat ailments like Arthritis, it is usually recommended that a patient should start by flushing out the body toxins from within. Diet is one of the ways in which this can be done. A detoxification diet to clean the colon would be one of the foremost ways of doing a cleanse. Further, in one's daily diet, there should be a good dose of vegetables, fruits and other juices. Also, one must have plenty of herbs and spices, which can be used to season the food. Curd should generally be avoided and garlic should be used liberally. The various properties that help in an inside out cleanse that will help the system function in a better manner so that the treatment of ailments is also effectively supported.
  • Exercise: In Ayurveda, a certain amount of daily exercise, which spans at least 45 minutes to one hour, is a must. A pattern of healthy eating, restful sleep and exercise is what usually helps in treating ailments like Arthritis. For this ailment specifically, light exercise like walking is recommended. Various Yoga asanas that involve sitting, standing, balancing and lying down poses as well as restful poses will also help in treating knee, shoulder and lower back painspecifically. Also, mustard oil massages can help in reducing the pain.

These are the few ways in which Ayurveda can help Arthritis patients live a more normal life with minimal pain.

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) - Ayurvedic Remedies At Your Rescue!

MD - Ayurveda, BAMS, Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) - Ayurvedic Remedies At Your Rescue!

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This chronic disease is caused due to inflammation of the joints in the spine and usually affects young men. It causes the vertebrae to grow or fuse together, causing a rigid spine. Actually, it affects the discs in between the vertebral column. These discs get swollen, causing a limitation of spine motility. It is an autoimmune disorder and its symptoms are lower back pain and stiffness, which usually moves to the legs.

  • The deformity due to AS can be mild or severe. In extreme cases, the patient gets a stooped spine. 
  • Early diagnosis can prevent significant deformity as well as help in controlling the pain and stiffness.
  • Allopathy doesn’t really know the real reasons for this disease and here is where Ayurveda scores.
  • According to Ayurveda, AS is caused due to aggravated vata or wind, which causes an imbalance in vata dosha.

Ayurvedic treatment
Ayurvedic treatment starts with detoxification and elimination of toxins. It relies heavily on the right diet and lifestyle as well as Ayurvedic herbal preparations. The panchakarma techniques called kati vasti, sarvangadhara and patrapinda svedana are very beneficial too. The basic explanation for the disorder is that AS occurs due to an accumulation of ama or toxins in the body. Where ever ama deposits in the body, pain is caused. Ayurvedic treatments aim at digesting the ama by using herbs as medicine and balancing the aggravated vata.

  1. Herbs used in the treatment of AS are dry ginger (saunth), guggul, turmericfenugreekashwagandha and giloy. Gugul, curcumin, amlaki, haritaki, and ashwagandha are all very effective in treating AS.
  2. Avoid getting constipated and ensure proper evacuation of bowels.
  3. Include ghee in your diet for lubrication and for lowering the vata dosha.
  4. Apply heat on the affected areas to control the pain and stiffness.
  5. Eat light foods and strictly avoid oily foods and curd which increase ama.
  6. Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
  7. Yoga asanas like pawana muktasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, paschimottanasana and vakrasana should be practised regularly.
  8. The practice of pranayamas such as and shodhana, chandrabhedi sheethali and bhramari also helps.
  9. Chewing 2–3 raw garlic buds on an empty stomach in the morning with water helps in alleviating lumbar pain in AS.
  10. Use a powdered preparation of dried ginger root, celery seeds and cuminseeds in equal quantities with rock salt for taste, and have one teaspoon of this mixture with warm water at bedtime to reduce flatulence as well as lumbar stiffness.

What Is OCD?

Dr. Ramakrishna Chanduri 88% (2518 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad

What is OCD?

  • OCD is a mental health condition that centers around a debilitating obsession or compulsion, distressing actions, and repetitive thoughts.

  • A 2001 World Health Organization (WHO) mental health report estimated that OCD was among the top 20 causes of illness-related disability worldwide for people aged 15 to 44 years.

  • The report also suggested that OCD was the fourth most common mental illness after phobias, substance abuse, and major depression.

  • OCD is associated with a wide range of functional impairments and has a significant impact on social and working life.

Types:

There are several types of OCD that present in different ways.

1. Checking: This is a need to repeatedly check something for harm, leaks, damage, or fire. Checking can include repeatedly monitoring taps, alarms, car doors, house lights, or other appliances.

  • It can also apply to "checking people." Some people with OCD diagnose illnesses they feel that they and the people close to them might have. This checking can occur hundreds of times and often for hours, regardless of any commitments the individual may have.

  • Checking can also involve repeatedly confirming the authenticity of memories. A person with OCD might repeatedly validate letters and e-mails for fear of having made mistakes. There may be a fear of having unintentionally offended the recipient.

  • Contamination or mental contamination: This occurs when a person with OCD feels a constant and overbearing need to wash and obsesses that objects they touch are contaminated. The fear is that the individual or the object may become contaminated or ill unless repeated cleaning takes place.

  • It can lead excessive toothbrushing, overcleaning certain rooms in the house, such as the bathroom or kitchen, and avoiding large crowds for fear of contracting germs.

  • Mental contamination is the feeling of being 'dirty' after being mistreated or put down. In this type of contamination, it is always another person that is responsible. A person with OCD will try to

  • 'scrub away' this feeling by showering and washing excessively.

2. Hoarding: This is the inability to throw away used or useless possessions.

3. Rumination: Ruminating involves an extended and unfocused obsessive train of thought that focuses on wide-ranging, broad, and often philosophical topics, such as what happens after death or the beginning of the universe.

The person may seem detached and deep in thought. However, the ruminating never reaches a satisfactory conclusion.

4. Intrusive thoughts: These are often violent, horrific, obsessional thoughts that often involve hurting a loved one violently or sexually.

They are not produced out of choice and can cause the person with OCD severe distress. Because of this distress, they are unlikely to follow through on these thoughts.

These thoughts can include obsessions about relationships, killing others or suicide, a fear of being a pedophile, or being obsessed with superstitions.

5. Symmetry and orderliness: A person with OCD may also obsess about objects being lined up to avoid discomfort or harm. They may adjust the books on their shelf repeatedly so that they are all straight and perfectly lined up, for example.

While these are not the only types of OCD, obsessions and compulsions will generally fall into these categories.

Symptoms:

  • OCD is separated from other mental health conditions by the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both. The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time-consuming, and interfere with a person's normal function.

  • Indications of OCD can occur in children and teenagers, with the disease usually beginning gradually and worsening with age. Symptoms of OCD can be mild or severe. Some people experience obsessive thoughts only, without engaging in compulsive behavior.

  • Some people who experience OCD successfully hide their symptoms for fear of embarrassment or stigma. Friends and family may, however, notice some of the more physical signs.

Causes:

  • Person washing hands

  • Constant hand-washing and washing and cleaning in a specific way are common OCD compulsions.

  • Despite a wealth of research, the exact causes of OCD have not been identified.

  • OCD is thought to have a neurobiological basis, with neuroimaging studies showing that the brain functions differently in people with the disorder. An abnormality, or an imbalance in neurotransmitters, is thought to be involved in OCD.

The disorder is equally common among adult men and women.

*OCD in children:

OCD that begins in childhood is more common in boys than girls, with the usual time of onset of OCD later for females than males.

The condition might be triggered by a combination of genetic, neurological, behavioral, cognitive, and environmental factors.

*Genetic causes:

OCD runs in families and can be considered a "familial disorder." The disease may span generations with close relatives of people with OCD significantly more likely to develop OCD themselves.

Twin studies of adults suggest that obsessive-compulsive symptoms are moderately able to be inherited, with genetic factors contributing 27 to 47 percent variance in scores that measure obsessive-compulsive symptoms. However, no single gene has been identified as the "cause" of OCD.

*Autoimmune causes:

Some rapid-onset cases of OCD in children might be consequences of Group A streptococcal infections, which cause inflammation and dysfunction in the basal ganglia.

These cases are grouped and referred to as pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).

In recent years, however, other pathogens, such as the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease and the H1N1 flu virus, have also been associated with the rapid onset of OCD in children. As such, clinicians have altered the acronym to PANS, which stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.

Behavioral causes:

The behavioral theory suggests that people with OCD associate certain objects or situations with fear. They learn to avoid those things or learn to perform "rituals" to help reduce the fear. This fear and avoidance or ritual cycle may begin during a period of intense stress, such as when starting a new job or just after an important relationship comes to an end.

Once the connection between an object and the feeling of fear becomes established, people with OCD begin to avoid that object and the fear it generates, rather than confronting or tolerating the fear.

*Cognitive causes:

  • The behavioral theory outlined above focuses on how people with OCD make an association between an object and fear. The cognitive theory, however, focuses on how people with OCD misinterpret their thoughts.

  • Most people have unwelcome or intrusive thoughts at certain times, but for individuals with OCD, the importance of those thoughts are exaggerated.

  • For example, a person who is caring for an infant and who is under intense pressure may have an intrusive thought of harming the infant either deliberately or accidentally.

  • Most people can shrug off and disregard the thought, but a person with OCD may exaggerate the importance of the thought and respond as though it signifies a threat. As long as the individual with OCD interprets these intrusive thoughts as cataclysmic and true, they will continue the avoidance and ritual behaviors.

*Neurological causes:

  • Brain scan

  • Brain scans have shown abnormal activity in people with OCD.

  • Brain imaging techniques have allowed researchers to study the activity of specific areas of the brain, leading to the discovery that some parts of the brain are different in people with OCD when compared to those without.

  • Despite this finding, it is not known exactly how these differences relate to the development of OCD.

  • Imbalances in the brain chemicals serotonin and glutamate may play a part in OCD.

*Environmental causes:

  • Environmental stressors may be a trigger for OCD in people with a tendency toward developing the condition.

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adolescents and children has also been associated with an increased risk of onset of obsessive-compulsions. One study found that 30 percent of children aged 6 to 18 years who experienced a TBI developed symptoms of OCD within 12 months of the injury.

  • Overall, studies indicate that people with OCD frequently report stressful and traumatic life events before the illness begins.

Diagnosis:

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the diagnostic criteria for OCD include:

  • the presence of obsessions, compulsions or both

  • the obsessions and compulsions are time-consuming or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

  • the obsessive-compulsive symptoms are not due to the physiological effects of a substance, for example, drug abuse or medication for another condition.

  • the disturbance is not better explained by another mental disorder

  • If the above criteria are met, a diagnosis of OCD might be given.

A number of other psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as depression and anxiety, have similar features to OCD and can occur alongside the condition.

Role of Homeopathy in ODC :

Homeopathy is very proficient in managing the symptoms of OCD because homeopathic treatment for OCD takes into consideration the entire life situation, physical and emotional make-up of the person.
Each remedy in homeopathic treatment for OCD is chosen carefully and used judiciously, ensuring elimination of any side effects and maximization of the benefits.
Moreover, relapse and recurrence of the condition also be prevented with Homeopathy.
Homeopathic treatment for OCD is a patient-oriented science and medicines are prescribed on the characteristics of the individual rather than just the symptoms of the disease.

Diet And Nutrition:

  1. Have a Calcium-rich diet: Cheese, milk, curd, soybeans, sardines, cottage cheese, dark green veggies ( spinach, Chinese cabbage, watercress etc.), etc. are loaded with calcium. Include more of them in your diet.

  2. Ensure Vitamins: Sunflower seeds and oil, pistachio, meat, fish, chicken, banana, avocadoes, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, etc. that are rich in different vitamins should be consumed.

  3. Take food rich in Folic Acid: Broccoli, bananas, potatoes and soy products are good sources of folic acid. Folic acid is a nerve-strengthening vitamin

What Is OCD?

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What is OCD?

  • OCD is a mental health condition that centers around a debilitating obsession or compulsion, distressing actions, and repetitive thoughts.

  • A 2001 World Health Organization (WHO) mental health report estimated that OCD was among the top 20 causes of illness-related disability worldwide for people aged 15 to 44 years.

  • The report also suggested that OCD was the fourth most common mental illness after phobias, substance abuse, and major depression.

  • OCD is associated with a wide range of functional impairments and has a significant impact on social and working life.

Types:

There are several types of OCD that present in different ways.

1. Checking: This is a need to repeatedly check something for harm, leaks, damage, or fire. Checking can include repeatedly monitoring taps, alarms, car doors, house lights, or other appliances.

  • It can also apply to "checking people." Some people with OCD diagnose illnesses they feel that they and the people close to them might have. This checking can occur hundreds of times and often for hours, regardless of any commitments the individual may have.

  • Checking can also involve repeatedly confirming the authenticity of memories. A person with OCD might repeatedly validate letters and e-mails for fear of having made mistakes. There may be a fear of having unintentionally offended the recipient.

  • Contamination or mental contamination: This occurs when a person with OCD feels a constant and overbearing need to wash and obsesses that objects they touch are contaminated. The fear is that the individual or the object may become contaminated or ill unless repeated cleaning takes place.

  • It can lead excessive toothbrushing, overcleaning certain rooms in the house, such as the bathroom or kitchen, and avoiding large crowds for fear of contracting germs.

  • Mental contamination is the feeling of being 'dirty' after being mistreated or put down. In this type of contamination, it is always another person that is responsible. A person with OCD will try to

  • 'scrub away' this feeling by showering and washing excessively.

2. Hoarding: This is the inability to throw away used or useless possessions.

3. Rumination: Ruminating involves an extended and unfocused obsessive train of thought that focuses on wide-ranging, broad, and often philosophical topics, such as what happens after death or the beginning of the universe.

The person may seem detached and deep in thought. However, the ruminating never reaches a satisfactory conclusion.

4. Intrusive thoughts: These are often violent, horrific, obsessional thoughts that often involve hurting a loved one violently or sexually.

They are not produced out of choice and can cause the person with OCD severe distress. Because of this distress, they are unlikely to follow through on these thoughts.

These thoughts can include obsessions about relationships, killing others or suicide, a fear of being a pedophile, or being obsessed with superstitions.

5. Symmetry and orderliness: A person with OCD may also obsess about objects being lined up to avoid discomfort or harm. They may adjust the books on their shelf repeatedly so that they are all straight and perfectly lined up, for example.

While these are not the only types of OCD, obsessions and compulsions will generally fall into these categories.

Symptoms:

  • OCD is separated from other mental health conditions by the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both. The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time-consuming, and interfere with a person's normal function.

  • Indications of OCD can occur in children and teenagers, with the disease usually beginning gradually and worsening with age. Symptoms of OCD can be mild or severe. Some people experience obsessive thoughts only, without engaging in compulsive behavior.

  • Some people who experience OCD successfully hide their symptoms for fear of embarrassment or stigma. Friends and family may, however, notice some of the more physical signs.

Causes:

  • Person washing hands

  • Constant hand-washing and washing and cleaning in a specific way are common OCD compulsions.

  • Despite a wealth of research, the exact causes of OCD have not been identified.

  • OCD is thought to have a neurobiological basis, with neuroimaging studies showing that the brain functions differently in people with the disorder. An abnormality, or an imbalance in neurotransmitters, is thought to be involved in OCD.

The disorder is equally common among adult men and women.

*OCD in children:

OCD that begins in childhood is more common in boys than girls, with the usual time of onset of OCD later for females than males.

The condition might be triggered by a combination of genetic, neurological, behavioral, cognitive, and environmental factors.

*Genetic causes:

OCD runs in families and can be considered a "familial disorder." The disease may span generations with close relatives of people with OCD significantly more likely to develop OCD themselves.

Twin studies of adults suggest that obsessive-compulsive symptoms are moderately able to be inherited, with genetic factors contributing 27 to 47 percent variance in scores that measure obsessive-compulsive symptoms. However, no single gene has been identified as the "cause" of OCD.

*Autoimmune causes:

Some rapid-onset cases of OCD in children might be consequences of Group A streptococcal infections, which cause inflammation and dysfunction in the basal ganglia.

These cases are grouped and referred to as pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).

In recent years, however, other pathogens, such as the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease and the H1N1 flu virus, have also been associated with the rapid onset of OCD in children. As such, clinicians have altered the acronym to PANS, which stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.

Behavioral causes:

The behavioral theory suggests that people with OCD associate certain objects or situations with fear. They learn to avoid those things or learn to perform "rituals" to help reduce the fear. This fear and avoidance or ritual cycle may begin during a period of intense stress, such as when starting a new job or just after an important relationship comes to an end.

Once the connection between an object and the feeling of fear becomes established, people with OCD begin to avoid that object and the fear it generates, rather than confronting or tolerating the fear.

*Cognitive causes:

  • The behavioral theory outlined above focuses on how people with OCD make an association between an object and fear. The cognitive theory, however, focuses on how people with OCD misinterpret their thoughts.

  • Most people have unwelcome or intrusive thoughts at certain times, but for individuals with OCD, the importance of those thoughts are exaggerated.

  • For example, a person who is caring for an infant and who is under intense pressure may have an intrusive thought of harming the infant either deliberately or accidentally.

  • Most people can shrug off and disregard the thought, but a person with OCD may exaggerate the importance of the thought and respond as though it signifies a threat. As long as the individual with OCD interprets these intrusive thoughts as cataclysmic and true, they will continue the avoidance and ritual behaviors.

*Neurological causes:

  • Brain scan

  • Brain scans have shown abnormal activity in people with OCD.

  • Brain imaging techniques have allowed researchers to study the activity of specific areas of the brain, leading to the discovery that some parts of the brain are different in people with OCD when compared to those without.

  • Despite this finding, it is not known exactly how these differences relate to the development of OCD.

  • Imbalances in the brain chemicals serotonin and glutamate may play a part in OCD.

*Environmental causes:

  • Environmental stressors may be a trigger for OCD in people with a tendency toward developing the condition.

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adolescents and children has also been associated with an increased risk of onset of obsessive-compulsions. One study found that 30 percent of children aged 6 to 18 years who experienced a TBI developed symptoms of OCD within 12 months of the injury.

  • Overall, studies indicate that people with OCD frequently report stressful and traumatic life events before the illness begins.

Diagnosis:

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the diagnostic criteria for OCD include:

  • the presence of obsessions, compulsions or both

  • the obsessions and compulsions are time-consuming or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

  • the obsessive-compulsive symptoms are not due to the physiological effects of a substance, for example, drug abuse or medication for another condition.

  • the disturbance is not better explained by another mental disorder

  • If the above criteria are met, a diagnosis of OCD might be given.

A number of other psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as depression and anxiety, have similar features to OCD and can occur alongside the condition.

Role of Homeopathy in ODC :

Homeopathy is very proficient in managing the symptoms of OCD because homeopathic treatment for OCD takes into consideration the entire life situation, physical and emotional make-up of the person.
Each remedy in homeopathic treatment for OCD is chosen carefully and used judiciously, ensuring elimination of any side effects and maximization of the benefits.
Moreover, relapse and recurrence of the condition also be prevented with Homeopathy.
Homeopathic treatment for OCD is a patient-oriented science and medicines are prescribed on the characteristics of the individual rather than just the symptoms of the disease.

Diet And Nutrition:

  1. Have a Calcium-rich diet: Cheese, milk, curd, soybeans, sardines, cottage cheese, dark green veggies ( spinach, Chinese cabbage, watercress etc.), etc. are loaded with calcium. Include more of them in your diet.

  2. Ensure Vitamins: Sunflower seeds and oil, pistachio, meat, fish, chicken, banana, avocadoes, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, etc. that are rich in different vitamins should be consumed.

  3. Take food rich in Folic Acid: Broccoli, bananas, potatoes and soy products are good sources of folic acid. Folic acid is a nerve-strengthening vitamin

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