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Sep11
Stretch marks
The medical for stretch marks is "Oestriae atrophic" which tabor's medical dictionary describes as fie pinkish- white or gry lines, usually 14cm in length, seen in part of the body where the skin has been stretched. Commonly seen on thighs, abdomen, and breasts of women who are or have been pregnant, in persons whose skin has been stretch by obesity, tumor, or dropsy, or in persons who have taken for a prolonged period.


This is different from cellulite, which is a dimpling of the skin caused by a thin upper layer of the skin with large, irregular fat cells below. Stretch marks are, however, somewhat related to cellulite in that women are much more susceptible than men due to skin anatomy. Women have more subcutaneous fat, which has less of a cohesive cellular structure and also tend to have a thinner top layer of skin which makes the superficial skin more to damage of all kinds.


The top layer of skin and the underlying fatty layer are constructed mostly of fats. Besides eating good fats to preserve skin integrity, use plenty of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the primary nutrient in connective tissue repair. Skin is the largest and thinnest connective tissue organ of the body and uses a high percentage of the available vitamin c for upkeep and repair. Vitamin C is very safe in doses high enough to cause loose stool, at the point you're wasting nutrients, so cut back to a dose that normalizes the stool. This is called taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance fats would be ideally from fresh-baked, broiled or steamed fish, or plant sources such as olive, flax, and safflower. Avoid margarine, fatty meats including lunch meats and canola oil. Avoid mass-produced baked goods, which tend to use poor quality fats.


The best approach to stretch marks is, of course, prevention. Keep in mind that skin quality is at least 50 percent genetics, and some women are more prone to stretch marks just because of hard-wired information inherited from parents and grandparents. If your family history points to a greater possibility for stretch marks, you should apply the prevention tactics described below as faithfully as possible.


As with all prevention approaches to optimal health, good food is critical. Minimize red meat and other saturated fats, avoid caffeine and excessive alcohol, get lots of greens and fresh fruits, plenty of pure water, and of course, regular moderate exercise. Balancing work with play is essential. Don't forget to sleep. America's most ignored vital nutrient. Please don't skimp on sleep. The best approach to stretch marks is, of course, prevention. Keep in mind that skin quality is at least 50 % genetics and some women are more prone to stretch marks just because of hard-wired information inherited from parent and grandparents. If your family history points to a greater possibility for stretch marks, you should apply the prevention tactics described below as faithfully as possible.


As with all prevention approaches to optimal health, good food is critical. Minimize red meat and other saturated fats, avoid caffeine and excessive alcohol, get lots of greens and fresh fruits, plenty of pure water, and of course, regular moderate exercise. Balancing work with play is essential. Don't forget sleep, America's most ignored vital nutrient. Don't skimp sleep.


Skin Brushing :


Daily brushing of the entire skin surface with a stiffy, dry, skin brush is a Scandinavian beauty secret. Skin brushing takes off the top layer of dead cells. First thing in the morning, firmly stroke the brush over the skin towards the heart. Start with the feet, moving up the legs, be extra firm around the thighs and buttocks. Gentler on the belly, move in a clockwise direction as you look down at your navel, this is the direction which waste travels out of your body in the colon. Use the long handle to get the whole back. Gently up under the breasts and down the neck and throat. Go up the arms starting from the hands. with time, the skin becomes healthier and much less susceptible to irreversible stretching.


Contrast Hydrotherapy:



The alternating application of hot and cold water to the skin is a fundamental health tool for naturopathic doctors and, hopefully, their patients. Hot water encourages blood flow to the skin, cold contracts the tiny vessels, pushing excess fluid or debris into the natural garbage collection system of the body, the lymphatic channels. The basic approach to contrast hydrotherapy is bathing in warm or hot water, then chasing with cold. Ideally, the temperature differential would be at least 60 degrees F. The treatment must end with cold water, and kames sure to get under the armpit and the groin area. Also, turn around to reach to kidneys which are protected by the lower ribs in back, to encourage waste elimination.


Not losing or gaining weight quickly:


This is usually the reason stretch marks occur. You can improve the elasticity of the skin with a good diet, vitamin C, vitamin E and the skincare measures described above, but preventing skin stretching is best. Pregnant women should be prepared to gain 25 to 40 pounds slowly and steadily and take a full 9 months to regain their pre-pregnancy weight. Crash diets are notoriously bad for the skin and they don't work for permanent weight loss either.


Vitamin E topically and by mouth:


Personally, attribute getting through pregnancy with not a single mark on the belly to high-quality Vitamin E. I slathered it on daily the third trimester, and sporadically before that, from neck to knees, ingested 400IUs of vitamin E daily throughout the pregnancy, always breaking open the gel cap with teeth and letting the oil start to absorb right in my mouth, tossing the empty gel cap. I learned this trick from a nutrition instructor if you can possibly chew your supplements like food, the thousand or nerve receptors in the mouth single the brain what's coming down the pike, and start to prepare the digestive tract with the proper enzymes for optimal digestion and absorption.



Fact on stretch marks:


- Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks or stripes that occur when the skin is stretched too quickly.

- Pregnancy, puberty, and rapid weight gain call all cause stretch marks.


- There is little medical evidence available confirming the effectiveness of current treatments for stretch marks.

- Stretch marks often fade over time without treatment and do not pose any serious long- term health risks.


What are stretch marks??


Stretch marks are scars or disfiguring lesions. They are also called striae, striae distensae, striae atrophicans, and striae gravidarum.


The most common areas affected include:


- Abdomen

- Breasts

- Hips

- Flank

- Buttocks

- Thighs


Stretch marks are not physically dangerous but can cause problems with self-image and anxiety, for some people, stretch marks are a significant cosmetic concern that can affect day-to-day living.


Signs and symptoms:


Before stretch marks begin to emerge, the skin can appear thin and pink, it may also feel irritated or itchy.


The marks initially develop as wrinkly, raised streaks that can be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown or dark brown, depending on skin color. The streaks eventually fade and flatten and tend to change to a silvery color over time.


Causes and risk factors:


Extreme skin growth or shrinkage can cause stretch marks, common causes of skin stretching include:


- Pregnancy: Between 50 and 90 % of women who are pregnant experience stretch marks during or after birth.


- Puberty: Rapid growth is typical in young people going through puberty. This can lead to stretch marks.


- Rapid weight gain: Putting on a lot of weight in a short of time can cause stretch marks.


- Medical conditions: Certain conditions can cause stretch marks, such as Marfan the skin tissue, and Cushing's syndrome can lead the body to produce too much of a hormone that leads to rapid weight gain and skin fragility.


- Corticosteroid use: Prolonged use of corticosteroid creams and lotions can decrease levels of collagen in the skin. Collagen strengthens and supports the skin, and a reduced amount can increase the risk of stretch marks.


The skin consists of three key layers. Stretch marks form in the dermis, or middle layer, when the connective tissue is stretched beyond the limits of its elasticity. This is normally due to rapid expansion or contraction of the skin.


As the body grows, the connecting fibers in the dermis slowly stretch to accommodate alow growth. However, rapid growth leads to sudden stretching. This causes the dermis to tear, allowing deeper layers of skin to show through.


This can form stretch marks and contributes to the way they look.


Stretch marks eventually fade to a silvery, white, or glossy appearance, due to the pale fat beneath the skin becoming visible instead of the usual blood vessels.


They are more likely to develop and become more severe where there are high levels of circulating cortisone, or when cortisone is applied to the skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, is converted into cortisone. This weakness elastic fibers in the skin.


Risk factors:


A number of risk factors have been associated with the development of stretch marks, but the evidence varies. More research is needed to confirm the causes of stretch marks.


The risk factors for developing stretch marks could be linked to:


- Family history

- Chronic diseases

- Body mass index (BMI) before pregnant

- Birthweight of the child in women who are pregnant


These finding can be explained by the greater degrees of skin stretching in obese women with larger babies and by age-related changes in skin collagen and connective tissue that affect the likelihood of tearing.


Diagnosis:


Stretch marks are easily diagnosis based on a skin examination and a review of a person's medical history.


The doctor will usually ask questions based on signs and symptoms, as well as any medications currently being used or existing medical conditions.


Stretch marks are not harmful and do not cause medical problems. In rare cases, they may indicate an underlying medical issue that requires treatment or monitoring.


Prevention:


Stretch marks cannot always be prevented. However, the following steps may help to reduce the risk:


- Maintain a healthy weight

- Avoid yo-yo dieting

- Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamin and minerals. Consuming a suitable amount of vitamin A and C can help support the skin, as well as the minerals zinc and silicon.

- Aim for slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy.

- Drink six to eight glasses of water every day.


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Sep11
Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin in blotches. The extent and rate of color loss from vitiligo are unpredictable. It can affect the skin on any part of your body. It may also affect the hair and the inside of the mouth.


Vitiligo is a skin disorder in which the cells that make melanin pigments are destroyed. The destruction results in the appearance of white patches o the skin. Vitiligo can occur at any age, but usually before the age of 20 in about 50 % of patients.


Normally, the color of hair and skin is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious. It can be stressful or make you feel bad about yourself.


There are five main types of vitiligo, which are based upon the location of the white patches and the pattern of involvement, focal, generalized, acrofacial, segmental and universal.


Focal vitiligo: minimal involvement with only one or a very few white patches scattered on the skin.


Generalized Vitiligo: The most common type with symmetrical patches on any location on the skin including the trunk and or extremities.


Acrofacial Vitiligo: White patches limited to the fingers and around the mouth and eyes.


Segmental Vitiligo: White patches on one side of the body and in a linear or line like distribution.


Universal Vitiligo: Widespread patches involving the entire body.


The cause of vitiligo is not well understood. It is believed to be an autoimmune, disorder which means that certain blood cells in your body, lymphocytes, turn against and attack the melanocytes. Another theory is that vitiligo is caused by an interaction between the body nerve cells and melanocytes.


Vitiligo may be associated with other immune disorders. They include Addison disease, alopecia areata, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, melanoma, chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, pernicious anemia, and uveitis.


Skin is made up of many layers, the skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects, maintains the temperature balance, releases out the toxins out of the body in the form of sweat and maintains the equilibrium. It reflects the internal and general health of the person. Unhealthy, dry, discolored and pigmented skin depicts indication for certain medical diseases.


Skin cell contains melanin, a dark pigments that give the color to the skin and protects it from the strong rays of the sun that are particularly harmful. If the melanin is destroyed at a certain part of the body or not produced then the skin looses, its color and turns leave white spots known as Leukoderma or Phulveri in laymen's language. Leukoderma means Leuco- white and derma, the skin is also known as vitiligo in medical terminology. It is also true that all white spots are not of leukoderma.


Children born with congenital absence of melanin have complete white skin of the whole body called Albinism that is a congenital and incurable condition.


Symptoms:


The main sign of vitiligo is patchy loss of skin color. Usually, the discoloration first shows on sun-exposed areas, such as the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips.


Vitiligo signs include:


. Patchy loss of skin color

. Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.

. Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose

. Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball



Vitiligo can start at any age, but often appears before age 20


Depending on the type of vitiligo you have, the discolored patches may cover;


Many parts of your body. with the most common type, called generalized vitiligo, the discolored patches often progress similarly on corresponding body parts


Only one side or part of your body. This type, called segmental vitiligo, tends to occur at a younger age, progress for a year or two, then stop.


One of only a few areas of your body. This type is called localized vitiligo.


It's difficult to predict how your disease will progress. Sometimes the patches stop forming without treatment. In most cases, pigment loss spreads and eventually involves most of your skin. Rarely, the skin gets its color back.


Aetiology:



Vitiligo is obscure, the various hypothesis is suggestive of its genesis. Among these the important ones are


. Immune Hypothesis:

Melanocyte destruction and dysfunction or both may result in Hypopigmentation of vitiligo.


. Neural Hypothesis:

Neurochemical inhibitors are released at nerve endings that destroy the melanocytes or inhibit their functioning.


. Melanocyte self- Destruction Hypothesis:

Proposes that an intermediate in melanin synthesis causes melanocyte destruction.


.Dietary deficiency of proteins and cupro minerals is a major factor for causing vitiligo. Serum skin and cerebrospinal fluid copper levels are low in these cases.


. A gastrointestinal disorder like chronic amoebiasis, chronic dyspepsia, and intestinal worms may be additional factors.


. Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, especially chloramphenicol and streptomycin leads to the appearance of vitiligo.


. Trauma or local irritation caused by wearing the sari or trousers too tightly do produce vitiligo in individuals predisposed to it.


. Acute stress may be followed by a fast-spreading type of vitiligo proving the theory of Troponeurosis. The emotional crisis may be an additional factor.


. An Endocrinal disorder may be operative, Diabetes, Pernicious anemia, Thyrotoxicosis, Myxoedema, and Addison's disease may be associated with vitiligo.


. Composite Hypothesis- None of the theories alone is entirely satisfactory. The actual mechanism of inhibition or destruction of melanocytes is much more complex than any of these mechanisms suggested.


Precipitating Factors:


. Emotional crisis- Death in the family, loss of a job, sudden shock

. Gastrointestinal tract disorders like worms, Jaundice, amoebiasis.

. Prolonged use of drugs, antibiotics, oral ovulating agents

. Local causes like trauma burns exposure to chemicals etc.

. pathologically: A defect in enzyme Tyrosinase is held responsible for vitiligo. According to some dermatologists, it is a Trophoneurosis and melatonin, a substance secreted at nerve endings inhibits Tyrosinase, thus interfering in pigment formation.


Clinical Presentation of Vitiligo:


Localized type:


Focal- one or more macules in two single areas but not segmented.

Segmental- One or more macules in a dematomal pattern.

Mucosal- Involvement of mucous membranes alone.


Generalized Type:


Acrofacial- Involvement of face and distal extremities

Vulgaris- Scattered macules in symmetrical or asymmetrical distribution.

Universalis- Total or nearly whole body involvement


Precautions:


There are certain precautions, which can delay or stop the onset of the disease.


- Maintain good general disease

- It is a non- communicable disease

- Any patch should be thoroughly examined first

- Application of any unconfirmed tropical medication on the skin should be avoided

- Use of synthetic clothes should be restricted

- Avoid excess intake of sour things

- Avoid steroids

- It is a myth that leukoderma occurs by drinking milk over the fish. Thre is no relevance in avoiding anything to eat or drink which is white in color as assumed by some people similarly in cases of jaundice for yellow-colored things.


Homeopathy:


Offers a comprehensive treatment as it goes to the root of the problem by helping build up immunity and eventually restores the pigmented patches back to the normal skin color. I have observed in the clinic that there is some definite connection in the patents who are being treated for Hypothyroidism then getting Hypertjyroidism show patches of leukoderma as drugs induced leukoderma.


Miasmatically:


- Syphilitic- Destruction of melanocytes- the predominance

- Psoric - Though in Aphorism 195, Dr. Hahnemann states that in chronic local maladies that are not obviously venereal, the internal antipsoric treatment alone requisite suggests that it is Psoric in nature.

- Sycotic- As sycosis is the miasm which disturbs the pigment metabolism and produces hyperpigmentation and depigmentation in patches or diffuses in different parts.


How effective is Homeopathy?


Homeopathy is able to give wonderful and miraculous cures in many of vitiligo. This is due to the fact that homeopathy treatment enhances the natural production of pigments. According to Homeopathic philosophy vitiligo not a disease in itself but an expression of an inner disturbed state of the body. Thus, the cure should occur at a level where things have gone wrong. In order to archive this, the patient is analyzed on various aspects of mental and physical and familial attributes and also a complete study is done on the psychological environment that the patent has gone through in his life.


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May05
Causes Of Hair Fall And Homeopathic Remedies For It!
Hair fall also known as alopecia is a problem encountered by millions of men and women worldwide. Hair fall can be a very distressing problem and can make you feel depressed. Hair fall may happen due to several reasons. Finding out the root cause of your hair fall will help you to deal with your problem more efficiently. Following are some causes that could be the reason for your hair fall:

For some people hair fall may be a hereditary problem.
Hormonal imbalance may at times lead to hair fall.
Stress can be a leading cause of hair loss.
Frequent use of hair styling tools may cause your hair to fall rapidly.
Consuming steroids like birth control pills very often may result in uncontrolled hair fall.
A diet with insufficient amount of protein can trigger hair fall.
But there is no reason for you to be disheartened, because there are many treatments available for controlling hair fall. Homeopathy offers promising remedies for reducing hair fall.

Some of the treatment methods are mentioned below:

If your hair fall is due to scalp diseases like dandruff or eczema then your homeopathic physician may recommend you medicines like Psorinum.
Your doctor may recommend you medicines like Pulsatilla or Sepia Officinalis, if hair loss happens due to childbirth or after menopause.
If hair fall is due to alopecia then your doctor may recommend you medicines like Calcrea Carbonica.
Homeopathic medicines like Fluoric acid are used for growing back your hair if bald spots appear on your scalp due to hair fall.
Medicines like Lycopodium are used for growing back your hair in case of complete baldness.
Silicea is a common homeopathic medicine prescribed for hair fall in case of young people.
Hair fall must not be ignored. You may consider consulting a homeopathic doctor if your hair is falling at an alarming rate.


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Nov14
ACNE..... Rosy Buds
From a naturopathic viewpoint, acne is an external manifestation of an internal imbalance. As with many naturopathic treatments, nutrition is key to treating acne. The body makes the oil (sebum) secreted by the sebaceous glands from the fats that are eaten. If poor quality fats (saturated fats, trans fatty acids) are eaten, the body produces poor quality oil. If good quality fats (olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil) are eaten, the body produces good quality oil. Poor quality oil does not flow adequately, so it clogs pores and attracts bacteria. Good quality oil flows well and nourishes the skin.
Nutrition
• Eat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. Include vegetables, seaweeds, fish (cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, trout, and haddock), whole grains, sprouts, and fruits in the diet.
• Avoid fried foods, dairy products, processed foods, junk food, sugar, margarine, nut butters, citrus (except lemon juice), caffeine, food that aggravates the acne, and food sensitivities. Determine food sensitivities through the elimination and challenge diet.
• Fasting can be an effective method of treating acne but should not be undertaken for more than 2–3 days without a physician's supervision.
• Drink 50% of body weight in ounces of water daily (e.g., a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water).
Supplements
• Brewer's yeast—Take 1 tbsp 3 times daily.
• Chromium—Take 400 mcg daily.
• Flaxseed oil—Take 1�2 tbsp daily.
• Selenium—Take 200 mcg daily.
• Vitamin A—Take 100,000 IUs daily. Toxicity to Vitamin A can occur at doses of 20,000 IU daily; therefore, use vitamin A only with a physician's supervision. It is possible that the acne may return several months after discontinuing vitamin A.
• Vitamin B-6—Take 50 mg 3 times daily.
• Vitamin C—Take 1000 mg daily.
• Vitamin E—Take 400 IUs daily.
• Zinc—Take 50 mg daily (particularly for males).

Herbal Medicine
Herbs are used to treat acne by cleansing the blood. When toxins accumulate in the blood, the liver works less efficiently and cannot metabolize hormones effectively, which leads to skin eruptions (i.e., an external manifestation of an internal imbalance).
• Burdock (Arctium lappa)—Used as a blood purifier when taken internally and as an antibacterial when applied topically.
• Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)—Used as a liver purifier. The leaves may be applied topically in a poultice.
• Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus)—Indicated for acne associated with the menstrual period.
• Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)—Used as a liver cleanser.
• Red clover (Trifolium pratense)—Used as a blood purifier.
• Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)—Used as a skin disinfectant; it kills many organisms and penetrates the skin layer. Tea tree oil may be applied directly (sparingly) to the pimple. If irritation occurs, which is uncommon, use diluted tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has a very strong, medicinal odor.
Hydrotherapy
• Alternate hot and cold compresses with to the affected area.
• Apply a hot washcloth to the affected area for 45 seconds then apply a cold washcloth for 15 seconds. Do this three times in succession always ending with the cold. Repeat several times during the day.
• Apply a poultice to the affected area.

Prevention Tips
• Use a honey mask on a weekly basis. Honey is considered as a disinfectant and a great way for healing pimples. It can also kill bacteria found in your skin.
• Cut your hair short if it’s long. Hair has oil. When you are moving, dust particles often culminate in your hair, and as your hair touches your face, neck, or forehead, it can provoke acne or worsen an affected area.
• Take a powerful multi-vitamin twice every day; the biggest organ—your skin—requires proper nutrients to stay healthy.
• Take vitamin A daily. It both protects your skin and prevents acne. Plus, vitamin A reduces sebum production.
• Avoid over washing and rubbing or scrubbing your skin excessively. Acne is not caused by not washing or by having dirty skin.
• Some people, especially students, have claimed that their acne grows worse when experiencing stressful situations. Advise: if it’s in your power, cut down on stress.
• Drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Water helps to clean and hydrate the skin.
• Avoid alcohol-based creams and lotions.
• Either change or wash your pillowcase everyday.
• Eat food rich in zinc. A deficiency in zinc may cause acne breakouts.
• Add a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.
• When you are undergoing much stress, breathe deeply. Because there is a direct connection between acne and stress.

Other Recommendations
• Avoid exposure to oils and greases.
• Avoid medications that contain bromides or iodides.
• Avoid touching the face. Hands can transmit oil and bacteria. Do not pick or pop pimples.
• Avoid the use of greasy face creams or cosmetics.
• Do not smoke.
• Do not wash the affected area with soap. Use warm water to rinse off. If a cleansing agent is needed, use only a gentle non-soap product

Dr Wilkhoo HS www.wellnessdrwilkhoo.com


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Oct31
Ayurveda &Psoriasis
Dr Vipin Chaurasiya
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Oct 31, 7:29 PM

Psoriasis and ayurveda

Psoriasis is a long lasting autoimmune diseases which is characterised by an abnormally excessive growth of the epidermal layer of the skin. Abnormal production of skin cells and overabundance of skin cells result from the sequence of pathological events in the psoriasis.
Skin cells are replaced every 3 to 5 day's in psoriasis rather than the usual 28 to 30 day's. These changes are believed to stem from the premature maturation of keratinocytes induced by an inflammatory cascade in the dermis,involving macrophages and t cells. These immune cells move from dermis to the epidermis and secret inflammatory chemical signals i.e. interleukins
These inflammatory signals are believed to stimulate keratinocyte to proliferate.
Where ayurveda is work::
the ayurveda treatment is focus to moved out the dosha ( vaat pitta kapha...in this condition these are inflammatory cascade or inflammatory chemical signals) from the body by various panchkarma procedure. After this panchkarma procedures internal medication is used to correct autoimmune response by which disease is completely managed by ayurveda medication
So patient should select ayurveda treatment in psoriasis rather than allopathic treatment.


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Oct25
Alopecia areata and ayurveda treatment
Alopecia areata is completely cured by ayurveda treatment..this treatment needs at least three months..hair fall is major problem in district like rewa satna Jabalpur etc...chlorinated water is major factor which is responsible for the hairs fall...other factors like use of shampoo.,oils ,lakes of nutrition in diet ,anxiety,depression.

For complete care pls contact to our clinic at rewa mp India
Ayurkeralam ayurveda clinic , near to padhmadhar colony gate satna road rewa


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Jul18
PSORIASIS AND ITS COMPLICATION WITH ITS HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT
Research has shown that cells which heal the skin following an injury play an important role in the development of the skin disease psoriasis. In people with psoriasis, the skin peels much faster than normal so that it flakes and becomes inflamed. The scientist investigated the transit amplifying cells in the uppermost layer of the skin. These cells develop from stem cells and specialize into skin cells when new skin cells are needed. The transit amplifying cells are involved in the healing of the skin following an injury and in the regular renewing of the skin.

Normally these cells wait until they receive a signal to develop into skin cells. Scientists discovered that in people with psoriasis, some of the transit amplifying cells divide without waiting for a signal. As a result of this, too many skin cells develop and the skin is renewed more quickly than normal.

Psoriasis is a skin problem that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own system. It is also called the auto immune disorder. The auto immune systems mistake your skin cells as. In the case of psoriasis, not only is there a more rapid renewal of the skin, but the number of cell layers on the surface also increases. The skin condition causes red marks that are rich in blood and often inflamed. These red marks are covered with shiny white flakes of skin and sometimes itch.

Scalp psoriasis could be especially embarrassing because of its visibility. Not like psoriasis on other elements of your body, this sort of psoriasis is difficult to cover up. It might spread for the surrounding areas in the neck, forehead, and ears. Its not at all only uncomfortable and itchy, but it could be a supply of anxiety for psoriasis sufferers at the same time. Psoriasis appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with dead skin cells on the skin. Scalp psoriasis can be mild, with fine scaling or thick with crusted plaques, covering the entire scalp. The areas of the skin grow very rapidly and form red, scaling patches. Patients experience severe itchiness, a feeling of tightness and soreness, accompanied by hair loss. Scalp psoriasis is a common form of psoriasis.

These spots may be very small at first and are often confused with dandruff. However, unlike dandruff, these spots will have a silver tint. In the absence of treatment, this disease advances, spots and sores enlarge and can impede the growth of new hair or they may even become dormant until triggered again. In extreme cases can cause permanent loss or thinning in affected areas.
Why do I have Psoriasis?
While science hasn’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause as yet, a significant genetic predisposition has been seen (which means if any of your close relatives suffer from any autoimmune disease, not particularly Psoriasis), it might have been passed on to you via the genes. It is an autoimmune disease where the defense cells of the body start attacking their own skin cells by mistake. The skin cells when attacked, respond to it by starting to multiply abnormally leading to thickened skin and shedding of scales. This causes raw, red, peeling areas on the skin.

Homeopathy has been known to help. A study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, a conventional medical Journal, showed that psoriasis patients experienced significant improvement in their quality of life and reduction in their psoriasis symptoms with Homeopathy. And this was without any kind of side-effects whatsoever. Of the 82 patients involved in the study that went on for 2 years, many had suffered psoriasis for as long as 15 years and had previously unsuccessfully tried conventional treatments.

How can Homeopathy help me with my Psoriasis?”
In Psoriasis, our immunity needs to be strengthened from within and should be able to identify all our body cells as its own. Homeopathy assesses the individual as a whole and does not only treat symptoms. The environment, the person’s temperament and the presenting symptoms are all considered before prescribing the ‘remedy’ to the patient. Thus, no two people with psoriasis might have the exact same remedy. Homeopathy works on the principle ‘Like treats like’. Very small, infinitesimal dose of the substance which causes symptoms similar to the disease is diluted and packed into the sugar pills. With these doses, the body’s immunity recognizes its skin cells as it own, thus reducing the severity of the condition.

What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of chronic inflammatory arthritis associated with the chronic skin condition psoriasis, which is believed to be an inherited condition. Psoriasis, which affects about 2 percent of the population, most often causes patches of thick, reddened, irritated skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. Psoriatic arthritis typically appears about 10 years after the onset of psoriasis, which can manifest at any age, though most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35. The main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are painful, swollen joints, tenderness where muscles or ligaments attach to bones, particularly the heel and bottom of the foot, back pain, nail changes such as separating from the nail bed, or becoming pitted or infected-looking, morning stiffness, general fatigue, reduced range of motion
What are the effects?
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that for unknown reasons causes the body’s own immune system to turn against itself. Inflammation can occur causing the synovium tissue that lines the joint capsule and produces synovial fluid, which lubricates the joint and keeps it moving smoothly—to thicken resulting in a swollen joint. Over time, the synovium invades the cartilage, elastic tissue that covers the ends of the bones in a joint. The cartilage in turn erodes, causing bones to rub together. As the joint weakens, so do its the surrounding structures, such as muscles, ligaments and tendons. Because this joint damage can occur early in the disease process, diagnosing psoriatic arthritis as quickly as possible and treating it properly are important.

Here are many foods and beverages that get mentioned often by people as possibly causing their psoriasis aggravation. Some of the major food triggers as

Alcohol
“First and foremost, stop drinking,” Alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. When your blood vessels are dilated, white blood cells, including the T cells that are believed to be responsible for psoriasis, can sneak into the outer layers of your skin more easily and you don’t need to be inviting more T cells. “Your psoriasis symptoms may worsen even if you’re a light-to-moderate alcohol user,”

Junk foods
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. Junk foods tend to be high in saturated and trans fats and refined starches and sugars, all of which can promote inflammation. Another reason to avoid junk foods is that that they are high in calories with little nutritional value, and people with psoriasis often have weight problems. “If you have psoriasis, you have an increased risk of heart and vascular diseases,”

Red meat
Red meats contain a polyunsaturated fat called arachidonic acid. “This type of fat can worsen psoriasis symptoms because it can easily be converted into inflammatory compounds,”

Dairy products
Like red meat, dairy products contain the natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. “Cow’s milk is one of the biggest culprits because it also contains the protein casein, which has been linked to inflammation. Egg yolks, too, are high in arachidonic acid, so consider nixing them from your diet. Dietary changes: Follow an anti-inflammatory diet, making sure to get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those rich in carotenoids (mangoes, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash, as well as leafy greens and tomatoes).

Exercise: Regular physical activity may help.

Homoeopathic treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are.. should be taken under strict medical supervision


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Aug24
LICHEN NITIDUS
12 YEAR CHILD PRESENTED WITH TINY PAPULE
OVER INNER ASPECT OF HAND
SKINN COLOUR PAPULE
LESION ARE GROUP AND SOME IS DISCRETE
COMPLAINING OF ITCHY
TREATMENT IS STEROID AND ANTIHISTAMINIC


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Mar29
SOME HOME REMEDIES
आंखों के नीचे काले धब्बे ( black spots below the eyes ) :-

आंखों के नीचे काले धब्बे होना आम समस्या है कम सोने, अधिक थकान होने, कमजोरी अथवा किसी बीमारी के कारण होते है । प्राय: नींद न आने की बीमारी के कारण होते हैं और उनकी आंखों पर काले धब्बे पड़ जाते है । नींद लेना स्वास्थ्य के लिये आवश्यक है । यदि आपको नींद नही आती, आप को थकावट रहती है तो रोज सुबह घर में ही एक्ससाइज करनी चाहिये ।

आंखों की चारों तरफ की त्वचा बड़ी नाजुक होती है । इसलिये सौन्दर्य प्रसाधन लगाते समय बड़ी सावधानी बरतनी चाहिये । सोने से पहले त्वचा को नमी देने वाली क्रीम या लोशन इस्तेमाल करनी चाहिये । रूई के फोहे को आंखों के इर्द-गिर्द लगाएं । आंखों के लिये बादाम क्रीम सबसे उपयुक्त होती है । इससे रंग भी साफ होता है और साथ ही त्वचा का पोषण होता है। कोई भी सौन्दर्य-प्रसाधन तत्व आंखों वाले क्षेत्र पर ज्यादा देर नहीं लगाना चाहिये । चेहरे पर लगाया जाने वाला लेप आंखों के आसपास नहीं लगाना चाहिये । आंखों पर खीरे का रस,आलू का रस तथा गुलाबजल को रूई के फोहे में भिगोकर आंखों पर रखना चाहिये ।

मुँहासों के सफेद व काले दाग का प्रभाव :-

सफेद मुहांसे से भी काले मुँहासों की तरह त्वचा में चिकनाई जम जाने के कारण होते है । इन काले और सफेद मुँहासों में अंतर यह है कि जहां की त्वचा मुलायम और चिकनी होती है वहां रोम छिद्रों में चिकनाई बाहर नहीं निकल पाती इसलिये अंदर ही अंदर वह पस के रूप में बाहर की तरफ उभर आती है । जो ऊपर की तरफ से सफेद तथा नीचे से काले मुँहासों की तरह दिखाई देती है । अधिक चिकनी त्वचा के लिये यह अधिक परेशानी पैदा करती है । इन्हें समाप्त करने के लिये बाजार में उपलब्ध सौन्दर्य प्रसाधन व कुछ घरेलू नुसख़े काम में लाये जा सकते है।
चेहरे को पानी से अच्छी तरह धोकर साफ तौलिये से पोंछ लें और फिर सल्फर लोशन लगाएं । इसके बाद गर्म पानी में तौलिया भिगोकर चेहरे को भाप दें। इस उपाय को करने से त्वचा के बंद छिद्र खुल जायेंगे तथा इसके साथ-साथ आप विटामिन बी. सी की गोलियों का सेवन भी करते रहें ।


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Jan07
Hair Loss: Know the Cause, Know the Cure
Hair has been regarded as a sign of beauty and power for as long as one can remember. Judges in olden days wore wigs as mark of authority whereas monks shave their scalp as part of their renunciation of all worldly pleasures and to render themselves unattractive to the opposite sex.
Hair loss does not affect you just cosmetically but emotionally and socially. Research reveals how deeply hair loss can impact your life.
Emotionally, a high percentage of people experiencing hair loss are known to suffer from low self esteem and depression as a result of this problem, be it men or women
However, the most important aspect of hair loss is its medical implication. Loss of hair is almost always a sign of an internal disorder. It is often first warning signal of many deep seated ailments including thyroid, Diabetes and anemia.
Causes of Hair loss & Thinning
1. Androgenetic Alopecia – male or female pattern baldness
2. Auto immune diseases – an immune reaction that attacks the hair follicles, producing
antibodies which attack these tissues as if they were foreign invaders.
Androgenic Alopecia – the body’s immune system is sensitized to increased levels of DHT in the scalp causing hair loss in these high concentrated DHT areas
Alopecia Totalis, universalis – immune sensitivity to a substance other than DHT
3. Connective tissue disease – causes scarring of skin, loss of circulation to hair follicles and an autoimmune reaction leading to temporary or permanent loss of hair.
 Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, MCTD, Scarring alopecia
4. Exposure to toxic chemicals –Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of lethal and
damaging chemicals which can accelerate normal hair loss and retard effects of
medication and surgical restoration. This effect can result either from being a
smoker or from second hand smoke. We are exposed to other toxic chemicals
and metals through work, hobbies and environment. They can be present in our
homes (ie.: lead, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, etc.) Exposure can be
environmental and/or ingested through food sources.
5. Radiation exposure – Irradiation therapy or exposure to radiation from any source can cause localized or total hair loss, which may be permanent if thevdose is high enough.
6. Iron deficiency anemia – very common with women but can also affect men.
7. Hormonal changes – due to pregnancy, birth control pills, other medications,
and menopause.
8. Thyroid disease – either hypothyroid or hyperthyroid disease causes hair to become brittle and break resulting in localized or generalized loss. Correction of the thyroid condition usually causes hair to re-grow.
9. Stress – usually temporary and transient. Hair may re-grow when stress levels decrease
10. Drug interactions – certain vitamins, many prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) supplements may have individual and non-specific side effects of hairloss. Usually, when the medication is discontinued, the hair re-grows.
 Excessive Vitamin A has been linked to some hair loss scenarios.
11.Others: Exposure to toxic chemicals –Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of lethal and
damaging chemicals which can accelerate normal hair loss and retard effects of medication and surgical restoration. This effect can result either from being a smoker or from second hand smoke. We are exposed to other toxic chemicals and metals through work, hobbies and environment. They can be present in our homes (ie.: lead, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, etc.) Exposure can be
environmental and/or ingested through food sources.
Individual reaction to illness or a personal sensitivity to the environment, Chemotherapy, Fungal and bacterial infections, Cosmetic procedures like perming, crimping , straightening and colouring are enormously contributory factors, and should be avoided as far as possible.Also
• Androgenetic Alopecia- In men it is the most common cause of hair loss, In women the hormonal changes that occur at the time of menopause and post delivery are responsible.
• Alopecia Areata - In this type of hair loss, hair usually falls out, resulting in totally smooth, round patches about the size of a coin or larger. It can, rarely, result in complete loss of scalp and body hair.
• Thyroid Disease - Both an over-active thyroid and an under-active thyroid can cause hair loss.
• Low Serum Iron - Iron deficiency occasionally produces hair loss. Some people don't have enough iron in their diets or may not fully absorb iron. Women who have heavy menstrual periods may develop iron deficiency.
• Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania) - People with trichotillomania pull hair on various parts of their bodies, including the scalp, face, arms, legs and pubic areas. They may not notice the hair pulling until they need to cover up bald patches.
• Medications - Some prescription drugs used for gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high doses of vitamin A & birth Control Pills may cause hair loss
Other causes includes high Fever, Severe Infection, Severe Flu , Inadequate Protein in Diet ,Major Surgery/Chronic Illness ,Fungus Infection (Ringworm) of the Scalp.



Homeopathy & Hair Remedy
This is of utmost importance to understand that hair loss is almost always a sign of an internal disorder or disease. Very often patients try over the counter prescriptions or “tried and tested” beauty parlor remedy for hair & this remedy fail because they don’t identify the cause of the hair loss.
Homoeopathy is an excellent answer to hair loss. Its personalized approach is ideal for hair treatment since hair is as distinctive as fingerprints. Homeopathy is absolutely safe without any side effects, and works from within to treat the underline disorder that is causing the hair loss thus providing a permanent solution.
A consultation with a qualified homeopath will invest a great deal of time and care in asking questions to uncover your constitution. Doctors ask about not only your hair loss and heredity but also how you are affected by environmental factors such as weather and temperature, the types of foods you like or dislike and your moods and feelings; a thorough medical history will be taken in order to establish a complete picture of you. Your current symptoms are then taken into consideration in order to prescribe the correct remedy at the right strength.
In homeopathy, there are more than 100 remedies for alopecia or hair loss. The homeopath has to analyze your case systematically to choose the right medicine for you.
To help classify the hair type, the equipment like video microscope or trichoscan is usefull. These machines even alert to catch and avert impending hair loss before it actually takes place.
Hair Grow Therapy (LLLT) & HFT.

Along with homeopathic medication, use of supporting latest international machines is also useful in stimulating blood circulation and proven to help hair loss. But it has to be complimented by medication.

• LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy): The recent developments showed that low level lasers can also be used in treating hair loss and other skin diseases that usually occurs on the scalp. Low intensity laser energy works by absorbing the lasers into the scalp which stimulates cellular activity and hair growth. Absorption of light by the hair follicle molecules is essential in order for biological reaction to be stimulated in the molecules. Laser light reactions stimulated in cytochrome c sends signals throughout cells of the hair follicle, stimulating enhanced gene activity, decreased gene-regulated cell death, and other changes that enhance cell activity and survival.
• HFT ( High Frequency Therapy): A high frequency current which stimulates the surface of the scalp by means of massaging the cells of the scalp, also supposed to improve the process of nourishment, stimulate local blood circulation, stimulate local glandular activity, supplies heat and is soothing to the nervous system of the scalp.


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