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ACIDITY

Jul 21st, 2007 2:49:36 am - Subscribe

ACIDITY

INTRODUCTION:
Acidity is a problem that occurs very frequently. Acidity is caused by the imbalance between the stomach and proximal intestine. Excess secretion of acid by the gastric glands results in acidity. Consumption of alcohol, highly spicy foodstuffs, on vegetarian diets are predispose to gastric acid.

CAUSE AND PATHOGENESIS:
The stomach, intestines secrete hydrochloric acid and pepsin breaks and digests food. The stomach must be protected from acid and enzymes. The acid may enter Oesophagus.This causes heartburn. Over secretion of acid causes ulcer. The imbalance between the digestive juices and various factors that protect lining of stomach and duodenum causes over secretion. Peptic ulcer is a raw area in the lining of small intestine whose protective mucosal lining has been eroded by the gastric juices. Duodenal ulcers are more common.
Hydrochloric acid is one of factors for the development of ulcer. Large amount of acid secretion, known as Zollinger-Ellision Syndrome, in which large amounts of secretion are stimulated by tumors in the pancreas. Pepsin breaks down proteins. Pepsin and hydrochloric acid causes damage to stomach if the stomach’s protective system is altered. The mucous layer defends against acids and pepsin. The body secretes bicarbonate into the mucous.

SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS:
The symptoms of acidity are Dyspepsia and heartburn. Heartburn creates a burning pain in the chest behind the sternum. It occurs after meals and by excess intra-abdominal pressure like lifting weights. The pain is related to posture. Regurgitation of gastric contents may also occur. Sometimes it radiates to back or chest. The most common symptom is dyspepsia, a burning pain in the upper abdomen.

INVESTIGATIONS AND DIAGNOSIS:
The important aspects of diagnosis are clinical symptoms and history. Any use of present and past drug use, especially chronic use of NSAIDs, alcohol consumption and smoking are useful in determining the cause of the condition. A trail with acid blocking medicine for a month is given. Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscope is done to detect the presence of ulcers. If Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is suspected, blood levels of gastric should be measured. Barium Meals studies are useful.

TREATMENT:
Identifying and avoiding the causative factors are essential in the treatment of acidity. A suitable diet must be strictly followed avoiding spicy, salty and acidic foods. Smoking and alcohol consumption must be stopped. Antacids provide immediate relief of symptoms by neutralizing the excess acid secreted. A group of drugs called H2 Receptor Blockers cause the stomach to produce less acid by blocking histamine receptors. Another group of drugs called the Proton Pump Inhibitors, which selectively disable a mechanism in acid-making cells thus stopping acid production are more powerful and include Omeprazole and Lansoprazole.

HOME REMEDIES:
Sucking a piece of clove will give relief from acidity. Consumption of milk and milk products is good. Intake of mint juice daily. Drinking cabbage juice prevents acidity. Fruits like banana, cucumber, water melon reduce acidity.
Consume a small piece of jaggery after having all three meals and see what wonders it can do to keep acidity away.
Take a cup of water and boil it. Add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf) to the water and leave it overnight. On the next morning, filter the water and add 1 tsp of honey to it. Drink it thrice a day.
Take a cardamom and a clove and powder it. Consume it like a mouth freshener after having your each meal.
Take about 1-½ liters of water and add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera) to it. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drink it while warm at least 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
Soak 10-15 dried seedless black raisins (kaale draksh/Angoor) overnight in water. In the morning eat these raisins and also drink same water.
Eat a cup of vanilla ice cream or drink a glass of cold milk to get heartburn and acidity relief within minutes.
Almonds can relieve heartburn. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist.
Lemons can prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.
Lemon rind can also be eaten to prevent heartburn.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:
Nux vomica is a remedy influencing both in glandular secretion and muscular tone of the digestive organs.
Carbo vegetabilis is a putrid remedy, and will be found most useful in the putrid variety of dyspepsia.
China officinalis. In cases where the food does not digest, but lies a long time in the stomach, causing eructation and finally is vomited undigested, China is the remedy.
Lycopodium is especially suitable for chronic congestion.

HERBAL REMEDIES:
Acigon is the best classical herbal combination for hyperacidity. Asparagus reduce hyperacidity of the digestive system. Cardamom has soothing effects on the stomach. Gooseberry is effective in the treatment of stomach ailments, dyspepsia and burning sensation.
Amalaki or Triphala chooran can be taken in a dose of 3gms thrice a day.





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HEALTHY TEETH

Jul 17th, 2007 2:12:14 am - Subscribe

HEALTHY TEETH

Introduction:
The beautiful and healthy teeth add to the beauty of the face. The mouth is the seat of the kapha dosha. Hence, care must be taken not to vitiate the kapha dosha. Problems with the kapha dosha lead to several oral and dental problems, including the loss of whiteness of the teeth. Teeth are made up of three distinct layers, namely enamel, dentine and pulp. Some food particles get accumulated every time you munch on your favorite food. And if you do not clean them regularly, the food that is stuck is converted into lactic acid by the bacterial action.

Self Care:
Taking care of your teeth helps prevent plaque, which is a clear film that sticks to your teeth. The film itself might not sound so bad, but it's very sticky, and it acts like a magnet for bacteria and sugar.
•Brush at least twice a day – in the morning and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly breaks down plaque.
•Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums.
•Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.
•Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles. Ask your parent to help you get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it's time to change them.
•Learn how to floss your teeth, which is a very important way to keep them healthy. It feels weird the first few times you do it, but pretty soon you'll be a pro. Slip the dental floss between each tooth and up along the gum line. The floss gets rid of food that's hidden where your toothbrush can't get it, no matter how well you brush.
•It's also important to visit the dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean, and he or she can help you learn the best way to brush and floss.

Type of tooth paste:
Toothpastes contain abrasives, detergents, and foaming agents. Fluoride, the most common active ingredient in toothpaste, is what prevents cavities. So you should always be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. Using anti tartar toothpastes and mouthwashes, as well as spending extra time brushing the teeth near the salivary glands, may slow the development of new tartar.
If you have teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure, you may want to try special toothpaste for sensitive teeth. But you'll still need to talk to your dentist about your sensitivity because it may indicate a more serious problem, such as a cavity or nerve inflammation (irritation). Be careful when buying over-the-counter whitening products. Some bleaching agents may damage your gums and mouth. So always follow the instructions on any whitening product you use.

Diet:
•Eat carbohydrates (sugars and starches) with a meal.
•If you can't brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum.
•Don't eat sugary foods between meals. Avoid tea and coffee. The same is applicable to smoking. Almost every person who smokes will lose the white coloration of the teeth.
•Chewing of the paan (betel leaf), is also disastrous to the whiteness of the teeth. This habit can stain the teeth cream, yellow or even a dirty shade of rust brown.

Gum care:
Gums not only rot the root canals but at the same time decay the teeth. The herbal medicine prepared at home from the functional foods or other organic herbs properly treat the gum diseases. Some of them are so simple to try out:
•Intake of vitamin C should be increased. Also, the juice of lime can be applied to the gums with the help of fingers.
•Don't smoke at all and drinking should also be avoided.
•Rub the gums with clove oil very gently.
•You can keep a piece of clove inside your mouth and suck or chew it slightly.
•Prefer a tooth paste with peppermint oil and sage oil.
•Add small portions of salt in one glass of lukewarm water to prepare a saline solution. Gargle with it, 2-3 times a day.
•To heal the swelling of the gums, anti-bacterial mouth wash can be used.

Herbal Remedies:
Sunflower seeds are also storehouse of various elements. They contain vitamin A, fluoride, phosphorus and calcium. Sunflower seeds also prevent bleeding of gums. Foods like parsley, turnip, beet and radishes, to name a few, contain green pigment chlorophyll that helps you keep proper health of your teeth. Rose water, spirit and peppermint mixed with water makes a refreshing mouthwash.
Babul-The tannin present in babul is effective in increasing the whiteness of teeth.
Banyan-The aerial roots of the banyan can also be used as disposable toothbrushes. The banyan roots have astringent properties, which not only make the teeth whiter, but also make the teeth and gums healthier.
Holy Basil -The leaves of the holy basil are dried in the sun and powdered and used for brushing teeth. The leaves help in maintaining dental hygiene and make the teeth whiter.
Margosa -The neem tree, or the margosa, is a traditional remedy for having white healthy teeth. Neem oils contain astringent and antiseptic properties to fight bad breath, kill microorganisms accumulated on the teeth and to combat dental caries and cavities. Neem sticks are of great help as they are highly rich in chlorophyll.

Home Remedies:
Prepare a mixture of charcoal of babul wood, roasted alum and some rock salt. Rub this on the teeth instead of using the conventional toothpaste. You will have white and long-lasting healthy teeth.
You can try using sodium bicarbonate regularly each morning as a toothpowder instead of toothpaste. Sodium bicarbonate replenishes the lost mineral content of the teeth, which helps them to regain their whiteness.
Strawberries, tomatoes and amalaki contain good vitamin C content. These can be directly applied on the teeth. Vitamin C helps in removing the plaque on the teeth and makes them whiter.
Rub an orange peel on the teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C of the orange peel will combat with the microorganisms all through the night.
Take adequate measures of dental hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least in the morning and before going to bed. While brushing your teeth, take care to sweep out all the embedded food particles. This is the most natural way to keep your teeth white and healthy.



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