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Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha) And Its Side Effects

Winter melon is a part of the Cucurbitaceae family and is the most extensively harvested plant. It is also used in a number of cuisines around the globe. Stew, candies, soups, cakes, curries, stir-fries, curries, juice and most importantly winter melon tea are some of the food items made from it. Winter Melon is an excellent companion to the weight loss journey as it is a low-calorie vegetable, therefore, they can be added to any diet plan of low calories. As per research, winter melon has some medicinal properties as well and has proven to be an effective natural remedy for curing a number of ailments. They measure about 15 inches in diameter and weigh in more than thirty pounds when fully grown. They are most likely sold in the sliced form because of its massive size. Winter melons are pistachio colored, hard, chalky with a feel of wax. As the name suggests, these are available majorly in winters. The flesh tastes mild and has a similar texture as that of a watermelon. It has a large cavity for seeds.

Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha) And Its Side Effects

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Winter Melon (Petha)
Nutritional Value of Winter Melon (Petha)
Health Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha)
Boosts vision
Protects the heart
Boosts immunity
Stimulates growth & development
Helps in digestion
Increases energy levels
Improves cognitive function
Detoxifies the body
Helps in weight loss
Winter melon prevents constipation
Winter melon for kidney problems
Winter melon for diabetics
Uses of Winter Melon (Petha)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Winter Melon (Petha)
Origin And Cultivation of Winter Melon (Petha)

Winter Melon (Petha)

The winter melon is known by a number of names such as white gourd, ash gourd, tallow gourd and winter gourd. It is the one and only member of the Benincasa genus which is harvested widely. The underdeveloped melon is sweet when consumed and has a thick white flesh. It loses its fuzzy hair when it matures and develops a wax-like texture quite similar to watermelon. But this wax makes it last longer. It grows up to 80 cm in length. It has broad leaves and yellow flowers.

Nutritional Value of Winter Melon (Petha)

Winter melon is abundantly laden with nutrition. It has essential minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B1 and B3 and a number of complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine. This vegetable is a great source of potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, sodium, manganese and calcium. Water covers about 96% content of this vegetable. It provides healthy carbohydrates, proteins and dietary fiber. It is known to boost the health and relieve one from a number of diseases. It helps in maintaining blood pressure levels because of its potassium content. It is an ideal vegetable to be included in the weight loss diet plan.

Health Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Winter Melon (Petha)
Health Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha)

Boosts vision

It is known that most of the vision problems occur due to the deficiency of riboflavin or commonly identified as vitamin B2. Winter melon has vitamin B2 in abundant quantity. It covers approximately 11% of your daily dietary requirement in just one single serving. By increasing the consumption of winter melon, you can easily reduce the risks of eye disorders. Also, the other antioxidants help in minimizing retina’s oxidative stress and the macular degeneration.

Protects the heart

Potassium and vitamin C are found in abundance inside the winter melon. Therefore, it is a tried and tested protector of one’s cardiovascular wellbeing. Potassium acts as a vasodilator and helps to lower the blood pressure by discharging tension in the blood vessels and veins, letting free flow of the blood in the body. This makes it very difficult for heart issues to crop up and decrease the risk of coronary heart ailment. Besides, vitamin C present in winter melon is known to reduce the chances of a heart stroke.

Boosts immunity

It is a powerful immunity booster as it contains vitamin C which stimulates the creation of white blood cells. Also, it provides zinc in a decent quantity, which is also a major component of immunity

Stimulates growth & development

Vitamin C present in winter melon not only boosts the immunity but also facilitates production of collagen which is essential for building and repairing of bones, tissues, blood vessels, muscles and cells

Helps in digestion

High amount of dietary fiber in this vegetable helps in digestion and also in the prevention of many gastrointestinal issues such as stomach upsets, hemorrhoids, constipation, cramping and bloating. It is also effective to reduce cholesterol levels.

Increases energy levels

Vitamin B2 plays a vital role in human metabolism, by ensuring that the consumed nutrients are transformed into usable energy. High quantity of vitamin B2 in the winter melon impacts the hormonal balance and wellbeing of an individual so that we can function efficiently

Improves cognitive function

The significant amount of iron content in winter melon makes it a perfect answer to increase the blood circulation to all corners of the body. We all know that iron is a major component in the creation of red blood cells; therefore better circulation of fresh and oxygenated blood is ensured if you consume iron. Winter melon protects against anemia, ensures proper flow of blood to the brain and helps in increasing the memory, concentration, and focus.

Detoxifies the body

It is used as a diuretic in traditional medicine. It helps to detoxify the body. Winter melon induces detoxification and it is through urination that all the excess fats, toxins, water and salts from the body are eliminated. It helps the liver and kidney to perform at optimum levels.

Helps in weight loss

Winter melon is often commended as an efficient weight loss tool, due to its fiber content and lower calorie count. It will make you feel full, therefore decreasing the craving between meal snacks and binging. The blend of essential nutrients and minerals promotes the growth of muscles and makes the metabolism stronger, thereby increasing the weight loss effects.

Winter melon prevents constipation

Winter melon is known to be extremely rich in dietary fiber and other essential nutrients which help in digestion. It promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation.

Winter melon for kidney problems

Consuming winter melon regularly can help a lot in protecting the kidneys, as it lowers down the blood pressure and the cholesterol levels which are quite beneficial for the heart as well as the kidneys. It efficiently improves the immunity and working of the kidneys. By acting as a diuretic, winter melon immensely helps in detoxifying the body by eliminating the toxic waste through the urine or stool

Winter melon for diabetics

Diabetics are known to be benefitted a lot due to the medicinal and healing properties of winter melon. Also it can be included in the diet of a diabetic since it is low in calories.

Uses of Winter Melon (Petha)

Winter melon has great uses. Firstly even if it is harvested in winters, it can still be stored throughout the year in the form of winter squash. In India, it is known for its medicinal properties and is recognized by the Ayurveda. This vegetable is also used traditionally to prepare dishes such as “Meethe Pethe Ki Sabzi”. Also “Petha” a kind of sweet candy is made out of winter melon in India. South Indian and North Eastern side of India use this vegetable extensively. In Vietnam, it is used to make stew or soups. For mothers who breastfeed, it is good to cook winter melon with pork short ribs so as to produce more milk. In China, you can try the winter melon stir-fry soup or winter melon pork beef soup which is usually served in the scooped out melon. It is used by bakers to make candies, cakes and pastries. The leaves, tendrils and shoots can be consumed as salads. In Southeast Asia, you can even try winter melon tea which is extremely healthy and beneficial.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Winter Melon (Petha)

Along with an unlimited number of benefits, winter melon has some side effects as well. People suffering from obesity should consume winter melon in minimal doses. It is also not ideal to consume it if someone is suffering from asthma, cold or bronchitis as it is known to increase kapha.

Origin And Cultivation of Winter Melon (Petha)

Along with an unlimited number of benefits, winter melon has some side effects as well. People suffering from obesity should consume winter melon in minimal doses. It is also not ideal to consume it if someone is suffering from asthma, cold or bronchitis as it is known to increase kapha.

Popular Questions & Answers

Please suggest. Is there any case in India whose diabetes is cured completely. If yes then approx how many cases there are. Is it really so difficult to find the cure of diabetes with such technologies.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Diabetes is disease of lifestyle. It can't be cured but only controlled. There are lakhs of people who controlled their diabetes without medicines. It can be kept under control for years. But it usually happens only in those who have mild diabetes.
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Suffering from IBS problem since last more than 12 years. Consult many doctors and they did many tests like endoscopy, colonoscopy but all normal. I feel constipation and gas. Take about 45 mins while going for fresh. Go 2-3 times in day for fresh but have feelings to go more time also but due to time limitations I tolerate it. Gas problem is much much high. Whole day gas pass. If go for fresh then too much gas passed. Feel very shame if some relative come in our house or I go somewhere because big sounds of gas passing come while go to toilet.

MBBS
General Physician, Hisar
Hi First of all I will advise you not to take stress as stress aggravates irritable bowel syndrome. It happens when our large intestine colon gets hypersensitive and overreacts to mild stimulation. First of all tell me do you feel pain too and exactly where and are stools hard or weak and secondly are you taking any other medications for anything else too. Now for gas and constipation do as follows:- Take Tab Pantocid 40 mg Od Half hour before breakfast Syp Looz 3tsf BD And do some diet and lifestyle modifications like   CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS FIND A DOCTOR FIND LOWEST DRUG PRICES HEALTH A-Z DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS LIVING HEALTHY FAMILY & PREGNANCY NEWS & EXPERTS MOBILE APPS SUBSCRIPTIONS SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE Irritable Bowel Syndrome    Guide  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS affects between 25 and 45 million Americans. Most of them are women. People are most likely to get the condition in their late teens to early 40s. IBS is a mix of belly discomfort or pain and trouble with bowel habits: either going more or less often than normal (diarrhea or constipation) or having a different kind of stool (thin, hard, or soft and liquid). It’s not life-threatening, and it doesn't make you more likely to get other colon conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or colon cancer. But IBS can be a long-lasting problem that changes how you live your life. People with IBS may miss work or school more often, and they may feel less able to take part in daily activities. Some people may need to change their work setting: shifting to working at home, changing hours, or even not working at all. What Are the Symptoms of IBS? People with IBS have symptoms that can include: Diarrhea (often described as violent episodes of diarrhea) Constipation Constipation alternating with diarrhea Belly pains or cramps, usually in the lower half of the belly, that get worse after meals and feel better after a bowel movement A lot of gas or bloating Harder or looser stools than normal (pellets or flat ribbon stools) A belly that sticks out CONTINUE READING BELOW Stress can make symptoms worse. Some people also have urinary symptoms or sexual problems. There are four types of the condition. There is IBS with constipation (IBS-C) and IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D). Some people have an alternating pattern of constipation and diarrhea. This is called mixed IBS (IBS-M).  Other people don’t fit into these categories easily, called unsubtyped IBS, or IBS-U. What Are the Causes? While there are several things known to trigger IBS symptoms, experts don't know what causes the condition. Studies suggest that the colon gets hypersensitive, overreacting to mild stimulation. Instead of slow, rhythmic muscle movements, the bowel muscles spasm. That can cause diarrhea or constipation. Some think that IBS happens when the muscles in the bowels don't squeeze normally, which affects the movement of stool. But studies don’t seem to back this up. Another theory suggests it may involve chemicals made by the body, such as serotonin and gastrin, that control nerve signals between the brain and digestive tract. CONTINUE READING BELOW Other researchers are studying to see if certain bacteria in the bowels can lead to the condition Because IBS happens in women much more often than in men, some believe hormones may play a role. So far, studies haven’t borne this out. How Is It Diagnosed? There are no specific lab tests that can diagnose IBS. Your doctor will see if your symptoms match with the definition of IBS, and he may run tests to rule out conditions such as: Food allergies or intolerances, such as lactose intolerance and poor dietary habits Medications such as high blood pressure drugs, iron, and certain antacids Infection Enzyme deficiencies where the pancreas isn't releasing enough enzymes to properly digest or break down food Inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease Your doctor may do some of the following tests to decide if you have IBS: Flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to look for signs of blockage or inflammation in your intestines Upper endoscopy if you have heartburn or indigestion X-rays Blood tests to look for anemia (too few red blood cells), thyroid problems, and signs of infection Stool tests for blood or infections Tests for lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, or celiac disease Tests to look for problems with your bowel muscles CONTINUE READING BELOW How Is IBS Treated? Nearly all people with IBS can get help, but no single treatment works for everyone. You and your doctor will need to work together to find the right treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Many things can trigger IBS symptoms, including certain foods, medicines, the presence of gas or stool, and emotional stress. You’ll need to learn what your triggers are. You may need to make some lifestyle changes and take medication. Diet and Lifestyle Changes Usually, with a few basic changes in diet and activities, IBS will improve over time. Here are some tips to help reduce symptoms: Avoid caffeine (in coffee, teas, and sodas). Add more fiber  with foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. Drink at least three to four glasses of water per day. Don't smoke. Learn to relax, either by getting more exercise Limit how much milk or cheese you eat. Eat smaller meals more often instead of big meals.
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Hi, My Mom is 47 years old and Diabetic patient. Her sugar level is under control. For Constipation sometimes she takes Madiphala rasayana with lemon (almost 2 times in a week). This gives her relief. Is it good if diabetic patient's have that syrup?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Madiphala rasayana is not good for diabetic patient madiphal is citrus fruil but process in syrup base .which is sweet in nature. Triphala powder is good for her constipation.

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Ash Gourd (Green Pumpkin) - 11 Benefits You Never Knew!

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Alwar
Ash Gourd (Green Pumpkin) - 11 Benefits You Never Knew!

The Ash Gourd belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae and Benincasa hispida is its binomial name. It is recognized for its medicinal properties in Ayurveda System of Medicine. It is also commonly known as Wax Gourd, Winter Melon, Green Pumpkin. It is not just the fruit, which is useful, but its seeds and seed oil is equally useful. Ash gourd is easily available throughout India.

Understanding the Key benefits of Ash Gourd

  1. It helps in treating Acid reflux syndrome with the help from its active principles such as Terpenes, Flavanoid C, glycosides and sterols, since they have antioxidant effects which help in inhibiting gastric mucosal damage.
  2. It helps in treating Purpura 
  3. Due to its alkaline property it is used as diuretic or bladder purifier
  4. It also acts as an Aphrodisiac i.e. a substance, which increases sexual potency and as an appetizer
  5. It is an important ingredient in various Ayurvedic medicines for treating bleeding disorders and helps in improving body weight and is ideal for diabetic patients
  6. It helps in combating general debility and treats mental disorders by stabilizing nerve cells.
  7. It often has bronchodilator effect on patients, through an antihistamine activity (H1 receptor-antagonism)
  8. It also acts as an Antidiarrheal agent and provides relief from constipation
  9. The pulp of Ash Gourd is a rich source of vitamin B and C and is also an excellent remedy for tapeworms.
  10. With the help of Ash Gourd one can also get relief from symptoms of morphine withdrawal
  11. In case of a burn, topical application of Ash Gourd pulp is also highly beneficial.

Classic Ayurvedic medicines which are prepared with Ash Gourd

  1. Kushmand Avleha
  2. Kushmand Khanda
  3. Kushmand Rasayan

How it is used, across India?

  1. In Northern India it is used to prepare a candy called “Petha”
  2. In South Indian cuisines, it is traditionally used to make a variety of curries.
  3. Soup or vegetable dish also can be possible
  4. In Southeast Asia winter melon tea or Winter melon punch is famous

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ash Gourd - Know How Beneficial it is for You?

B.A.M.S
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Ash Gourd - Know How Beneficial it is for You?

कुष्माण्डं बृहणं वृष्यं गुरु पित्तास्त्रवात्नुत् | बालं पित्तापाहं शीतं मध्यमं कफ़कारकम् ||

वृद्धंनातिहितं स्वादु सक्षारं दीपनं लघु | बस्तिशुद्धिकरं चेतोरोगहृत्सर्वदोषजित ||   Ref. भा.प्र.

The Ash Gourd belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae and Benincasa hispida is its binomial name. In Ayurveda it is also known as कुष्माण्ड. It is recognized for its medicinal properies in Ayurveda System of Medicine. It is also commonly known as Wax Gourd, Winter Melon, Green Pumpkin or पेठा. It is not just the fruit, which is useful, but its seeds and seed oilis equally useful. Ash gourd is easily available throughout India.

Understanding the Key benefits of Ash Gourd

  1. It helps in treating Acid reflux syndrome (अम्लपित्त) with the help from its active principles such as Terpenes, Flavanoid C, glycosides and sterols, sincethey have antioxidant effects which help in inhibiting gastric mucosal damage.

  2. It helps in treating Purpura (रक्तपित्त)

  3. Due to its alkaline property it is used as diuretic or bladder purifier (बस्तिसुद्धिकर)

  4. It also acts as an Aphrodisiac i.e. a substance, which increases sexual potency (वृष्य) and as an Appetizer (दीपन)

  5. It is an important ingredient in various Ayurvedic medicines for treating bleeding disorders and helps in improving body weight and is ideal for diabetic patients

  6. It helps in combating general debility and treats mental disorders (चेतोविकार) by stabilizing nerve cells.

  7. It often has bronchodilator effect on patients, through an antihistamine activity (H1 receptor-antagonism)

  8. It also acts as an Antidiarrheal agent and provides relief from constipation

  9. The pulp of Ash Gourd is a rich source of vitamin B and C and is also an excellent remedy for tapeworms.

  10. With the help of Ash Gourd one can also get relief from symptoms of morphine withdrawal

  11. In case of a burn, topical application of Ash Gourd pulp is also highly beneficial.

Classic Ayurvedic medicines which are prepared with Ash Gourd

  1. Kushmand Avleha
  2. Kushmand Khanda
  3. Kushmand Rasayan

How it is used, across India?

  1. In Northern India it is used to prepare a candy called “Petha”
  2. In South Indian cuisines, it is traditionally used to make a variety of curries.
  3. Soup or vegetable dish also can be possible
  4. In Southeast Asia winter melon tea or Winter melon punch is famous
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Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FRCS - General Surgery , Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon, Delhi
Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

Laparoscopy is an advanced surgical technique that is often used to find out and treat any abnormalities or a myriad of medical complications such as an infection, ectopic pregnancy (a condition where the embryo attaches itself to an organ other than the uterus), cyst, fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Laparoscopy comes in handy in the case of an accident or an injury where it helps in the detection of any damages to the internal organs. There are instances where laparoscopy is even used in a biopsy (to collect the tissue sample).

The technique involves a small incision, often in the belly, through which a lighted tube, called a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen to analyze or treat the problem. The technique is quite hassle-free, causing minimum discomfort to the patient. In fact, there are so many associated benefits that more and more people are choosing laparoscopy over other surgical techniques and open surgery.  In this regard, some of the advantages of laparoscopy that deserves a special mention are as follows:

  1. Involves a smaller incision: Most of the surgical procedures, including open surgery, can be quite messy. The laparoscopic technique is simple, minimally invasive, and involves an incision which is 1.2 inch or less.
  2. Quick recovery with lesser chances of an infection: In surgeries involving a large cut, there is a high probability of infection at the incision site, leading to complications and delaying the recovery and healing process. In laparoscopy, with a small incision, chances of an infection or associated complications are almost negligible. An infection-free surgery will heal at a faster rate, ensuring a quick recovery.
  3. The USP of Laparoscopy lies in the fact that the procedure is less painful (since the procedure involves a small cut with reduced loss of blood) as compared to many of the other surgical techniques. In some of the surgeries (including an open surgery), there may be profuse bleeding with the patient even requiring a blood transfusion. Such complications are unheard of in the case of a Laparoscopic surgery. In fact, patients undergoing a laparoscopy are often required to spend a lesser time in the hospital.
  4. Negligible chances of a wrong diagnosis: PCOS or endometriosis can be a contributing factor, triggering infertility in women. In females with fertility issues, an accurate diagnosis can go a long way to treat the condition better. The symptoms and complications associated with PCO or endometriosis can be alleviated if diagnosed early and accurately. Laparoscopy, in the majority of the cases, ensures an accurate diagnosis, making the treatment effective.

Most of the surgical treatments such as an open surgery can leave a huge hole in your pocket. Laparoscopy, though effective, is not very expensive, making it a highly affordable surgical treatment.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Problems

The Laparoscopy surgery is often advised to treat a myriad of gastrointestinal problems such as Diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, Familial polyposis, Colorectal Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis. The Laparoscopy surgery may also be helpful in the case of severe constipation, bowel incontinence (a condition where a person fails to control the bowel movements) or a rectal prolapse.

As with most laparoscopic surgeries, the procedure involves the surgeon to make few (usually 3 and more) incisions in the abdomen. With the stomach inflated with carbon dioxide gas (to view the diseased organs better), a laparoscope and the surgical instruments are then placed into the stomach via the incisions to perform the surgery. The different laparoscopic surgeries of the intestine to treat the gastrointestinal disorders include:

  1. Abdominoperineal Resection: In people with cancer affecting the anus or the lower part of the rectum, a surgeon may perform the Abdominoperineal Resection to get rid of the rectum, anus as well as the sigmoid colon. With the removal of the rectum and the anus, the surgeon creates a colostomy (an arrangement to connect the healthy end of the colon to the anterior wall of the abdomen through an incision) to eliminate the waste and the fecal matter out of the body. 
  2. Proctosigmoidectomy: In people suffering from Diverticulitis (an inflammation or infection of the diverticula) and polyps (both cancerous as well nonmalignant growths), a Proctosigmoidectomy may be carried out to excise (complete or partial removal depending on the severity of the case) the affected part of the sigmoid colon or the rectum.
  3. Total abdominal colectomy: This laparoscopic surgery is used to treat conditions of Crohn's disease  (an inflammatory bowel disease that causes abdominal pain and a host of associated symptoms), Ulcerative colitis (severe inflammation of the colon), or Familial polyposis (a condition that triggers the formation of many colon polyps). Total abdominal colectomy involves the surgical removal of the large intestine (usually from lower part of the ileum to the rectum which is then followed by the stitching the end of the ileum and the rectum together).
  4. Right colectomy: As the name suggests, Right Colectomy, also termed as Ileocolectomy involves the surgical removal of the right side of the colon or the large intestine. The excision also includes the end part of the small intestine (attached to the right side of the colon). The Right Colectomy is used to treat cancer, the symptoms associated with Crohn's disease as well as the polyps.
  5. Rectopexy: In the case of a rectal prolapse, where the rectum protrudes out of its original place, a rectopexy goes a long way to stitch the rectum to its original position.
  6. Total proctocolectomy: This is a laparoscopic surgery to remove the large intestine, the rectum and the anus (the anus may or not be removed depending on the severity). People with inflammatory problems of the colon such as Crohn's disease or  Ulcerative colitis benefit immensely from total proctocolectomy. The surgery may be followed by a temporary ileostomy (in the case the anus is removed or damaged, a permanent ileostomy may be needed) to eliminate the wastes out of the body.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Diabetes and Your Pancreas: Things You Should Know!

D ( Diabetology), AFIH, DNB (F.MEDICINE), MBBS
General Physician, Pune
Diabetes and Your Pancreas: Things You Should Know!

You pass by that cake shop and happen to glance at a sumptuous chocolate cake, and then realization dawns on you that you are not allowed to eat simple sugar. Why? The answer to it is diabetes, for which you only have your pancreas to blame. Situated behind the stomach in your body, the pancreas is an organ whose role is to produce hormones and enzymes that aid in the digestive process. One of the hormones that the pancreas produces is insulin which is required by the body to metabolize sugar that is present in various foods.

So, if your pancreas does not produce the required amount of insulin or fails to utilize insulin effectively, it leads to accumulation of glucose in your blood. The improper functioning of the pancreas leads to diabetes. There are four types of diabetes and they are classified with respect to the manner in which the pancreas mal-functions:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: In this type, the immune system of the body wrongly attacks the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. This impairs the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, thus leading to Type 1 diabetes. However, even after extensive research in this field, the exact triggers haven’t been found yet.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin. It can either mean that the pancreas is producing less than normal insulin or the body is not being able to utilize the produced insulin effectively. Factors such as a poor diet and lack of exercise increase the risks of Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Pre-diabetes: Pre-diabetes is a condition wherein the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered as ‘diabetes’. It can again occur due to a reduced secretion of insulin or the inability of the body to utilize the insulin effectively.
  4. Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes can develop only during pregnancy. This occurs primarily as the placenta, that connects the fetus with the body’s blood supply, produces hormones that impair the functioning of insulin. This type of diabetes can affect both the mother and the child.

Another common link
Pancreatitis is a condition that is marked by an inflammation of the pancreatic cells. This inflammation can damage the beta cells that produce insulin, thus resulting in diabetes. Factors that contribute to it are a poor diet, lack of exercise, presence of excessive calcium in the blood or excessive alcohol consumption.

How can you avoid the same?
It is best that you incorporate lifestyle changes if you have any of these disorders, and talk to your doctor about a treatment plan. Making a few simple lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, avoiding smoking and exercising on a regular basis can reduce the chances of you suffering from both diabetes and any other pancreatic problems. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

BHMS, MD-Homeopathy, PGPC - Preventive Cardiology
Homeopath, Delhi
Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition wherein the body doesn’t metabolise sugar properly. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is responsible for carrying the sugar or glucose, from the bloodstream to the individual cells. When the pancreas fails to produce insulin, glucose builds up in your bloodstream and enters your urine. Homeopathy focuses on the overall health of the individual. Homeopathic medicines for diabetes include:

1. Abroma Augusta: This homeopathic medicine is best for diabetics who have weak muscles, increased appetites and frequent urination.
2. Phosphorus: If symptoms include weak vision, Phosphorus is the best remedy for it.
3. Syzygium Jambolanum: This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for diabetes mellitus. It acts efficiently and promptly in lowering sugar levels.
4. Phosphoric acid: If you feel exhausted or weak all the time, either physically or mentally, then Phosphoric acid is beneficial. Weak memory, forgetfulness and numb feet are also treated with Phosphoric acid.

5. Gymnema Sylvestre: Sometimes, diabetics drastically lose weight and have low energy levels. Gymnema Sylvestre is an excellent remedy for such symptoms.

Sometimes one or more homeopathic medicines may be combined to treat symptoms. Some common combinations include:

1. Lachesis, Arnica, Belladonna and Phosphorus are combined in a treatment to treat retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes.
2. Serum Anguillae, Arsenic Album and Lycopodium are used together to treat kidney damage (nephropathy) in diabetics.
3. Helonias, Sulphur and Phosphoric acid are taken to deal with neuropathy or nerve problems such as numbness in feet and hands.
4. Syzygium Jambolanum is combined with Secale Cornutum to treat skin ulcers, which is a common problem among diabetics.
5. For people suffering from constipation due to diabetes, Natrum Sulph, Defloratum and Carlsbad are the best medicines.
6. To improve weak memory, Phosphoric acid, Nux Vom and Kali Phos are the best remedies for diabetics.
7. Sometimes diabetics complain of extreme, incapacitating weakness. To improve energy and boost overall health, Carbo Veg, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus and Arsenic Album are recommended.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Winter Melon (Petha)
Nutritional Value of Winter Melon (Petha)
Health Benefits of Winter Melon (Petha)
Boosts vision
Protects the heart
Boosts immunity
Stimulates growth & development
Helps in digestion
Increases energy levels
Improves cognitive function
Detoxifies the body
Helps in weight loss
Winter melon prevents constipation
Winter melon for kidney problems
Winter melon for diabetics
Uses of Winter Melon (Petha)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Winter Melon (Petha)
Origin And Cultivation of Winter Melon (Petha)