March 24, 2015

Natural Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, usually by a herniated disk in your spine or by an overgrowth of bone (bone spur) on your vertebrae. More rarely, the nerve can be compressed by a tumor or damaged by a disease such as diabetes.

Corticosteroids help reduce pain by suppressing inflammation around the irritated nerve. The effects usually wear off in a few months. The number of steroid injections you can receive is limited because the risk of serious side effects increases when the injections occur too frequently.

Natural sciatica treatment products have been used for many years to safely calm muscle spasms and the resulting stiffness, and address muscle weakness, as well as numbing, burning or tingling sensations in the legs or toes.

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March 10, 2015

Natural Gout Treatment

Treatment for gout usually involves medications. What medications you and your doctor choose will be based on your current health and your own preferences. Gout medications can be used to treat acute attacks and prevent future attacks as well as reduce your risk of complications from gout, such as the development of tophi from urine crystal deposits.

All prescription gout medications should be used only as a last resort, as all carry the risk of significant side effects. If gout treatments aren't working as well as you'd hoped, you may be interested in trying an alternative approach. The herbs for gout provide pain relief due to their anti inflammatory action or for their ability to prevent uric acid build up, and have good attributes to aid the swelling of gout.

Many of these natural gout treatments have been used by the common man for hundreds of years, and pre-date the use of modern drugs.

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February 02, 2015

Neuropathy: Nerve Damage

Neuropathy is a general term that refers to diseases or malfunctions of the nerves. Any nerves at any location in the body can be damaged from injury or disease.

Nerve damage may be caused by a number of different diseases, injuries, infections, and even vitamin deficiency states.
  • Diabetes is the condition most commonly associated with neuropathy. Neuropathy is generally more severe in those who have had difficulty controlling their diabetes, or those who are overweight or have elevated blood lipids and high blood pressure. 
  • Deficiencies of the vitamins B12 and folate as well as other B vitamins can cause damage to the nerves. 
  • Some infections, including HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, leprosy, and syphilis, can damage nerves. 
  • Alcoholism is often associated with peripheral neuropathy. 
  • Certain drugs and medications can cause nerve damage. Examples include cancer therapy drugs such as vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar), and antibiotics such as metronidazole (Flagyl), and isoniazid (Nydrazid, Laniazid). 
  • Trauma or injury to nerves, including prolonged pressure on a nerve or group of nerves, is a common cause of neuropathy. Decreased blood flow (ischemia) to the nerves can also lead to long-term damage. 
The treatment of neuropathy involves measures to control the symptoms as well as treatment measures that address the underlying cause of neuropathy, if appropriate.

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December 18, 2014

Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

People with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). The compulsive rituals are performed in an attempt to prevent the obsessive thoughts or make them go away.

How to Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Natural OCD treatment products work gently, yet powerfully to relieve symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  The nutritional/herbal approach to OCD focuses primarily on boosting natural serotonin levels and to a lesser extent boosting GABA levels. These two neurotransmitters put the brakes on worrying thoughts going around and around in the mind.

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October 13, 2014

Natural Treatment of Vertigo

Prescription vertigo medications may provide some relief, but are not recommended for long-term use. Meclizine is often prescribed for persistent vertigo symptoms. Benzodiazepine medications like diazepam (Valium) are also effective but may cause significant drowsiness as a side effect. Other medications may be used to decrease nausea or vomiting. It is should be recognized that medications can provide symptomatic relief, but are not considered "cures" for vertigo.

Natural vertigo treatment products support your overall health and medication regimen, while incorporating an integrated medicine approach to your healthy lifestyle choices. Just like most of natural medicines, these natural products relieve symptoms without the negative side effects commonly associated with prescription vertigo medications.

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September 10, 2014

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment: How to Cure Fatigue?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a serious condition that can cause long-term illness and disability, but many people – particularly children and young people – improve over time.

Fatigue is a symptom of an underlying disease and is described in many ways from feeling weak to being constantly tired or lacking energy. There are numerous potential causes of fatigue as a major complaint. They range from those that cause poor blood supply to the body's tissues to illnesses that affect metabolism, from infections and inflammatory diseases to those that cause sleep disturbances. Fatigue is a common side effect of many medications.

Since Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a symptom of an underlying condition, the treatment depends upon the condition that is causing the fatigue, regardless of whether it is physical, psychological or a combination of the two.

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August 13, 2014

From Bad Mood to Good Mood

Bad moods knock us all out of alignment now and again. But why do they happen? And is there anything we can do about it? Let's look at the science behind a bad mood, what it does in your system, and what you can do to keep it at bay.

A bad mood can appear due to all kinds of different events. Maybe you eat lunch an hour late, you get some bad customer service, or your morning commute stuffs you into road rage mode. The triggers of a bad mood are often dependent on the person and the stresses in their lives.

In order to maintain and strengthen your good mood, it’s important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Don’t let stress and negative emotions build up. Try to maintain a balance between your daily responsibilities and the things you enjoy. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better prepared to deal with challenges if and when they arise.

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July 10, 2014

ADHD: Causes and Treatment

The causes of ADHD are not yet understood. So far, there is no specific test for ADHD. There is no blood test, genetic test, psychological test, or brain scan that can tell whether a child has ADHD or is at risk for developing ADHD.

However, scientists do know that ADHD is a complex neurobiological condition. Several factors seem to contribute to ADHD. Scientists believe that genes and environmental factors cause subtle brain alterations. In turn, these brain alterations cause problems with behaviour and learning.

ADHD runs in families:
  • A parent with ADHD is likely to have one or more children with ADHD. 
  • A child with ADHD is likely to have a sibling or parent with ADHD. So when a doctor diagnoses inattentiveness and hyperactivity in a child, it is not uncommon for parents to suspect that a parent or another son or daughter may also have ADHD.
Medications for ADHD don’t cure the condition, but they help manage and reduce symptoms. Many ADHD drugs, including amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderal), methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) have long-acting versions. These allow you to focus for significant stretches of time, such as the entire work or school day.

However, possible side effects include:
  • facial or vocal tics 
  • sleep problems 
  • headaches 
  • decreased appetite

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May 20, 2014

Energy Levels and Your Weight

Every day you hear about people struggling with arthritis, depression, insomnia, allergies, and indigestion, but the biggest problem that afflicts more people, are low energy and weight gain. Those two ailments by far outdistance any other problem.

Unfortunately many doctors and healthcare practitioners haven’t realized that these two problems go hand in hand for one simple reason. Their metabolism is burning the wrong fuel or more specifically they are burning the wrong calories.

Burning your stored fat is a great way to boost your energy. The next question is how to burn that fat and increase energy levels? Anyone looking to lose weight, and successfully keep from piling the weight back on again, should be looking for a program that promotes healthy weight loss and keeps or even improves natural energy levels.

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April 30, 2014

Detoxification: How to Lose Weight

Toxins are chemicals known to have unfavorable effects on the human body. They can be found in food (or substances used in growing food), water and even in the air. Toxins are processed through organs like the liver and kidneys and are eliminated through perspiration, urination and bowel movements.

Scientists recently uncovered a surprising and disturbing fact: environmental toxins make you gain weight. Inside the body, these chemicals monkey with our ability to balance blood sugar and metabolize cholesterol. Over time, the changes can lead to insulin resistance.

Detoxification is a natural, automatic process that occurs in the body 24 hours a day. You can support your body’s ability to detoxify through positive lifestyle choices, such as enhanced nutrition, limiting toxic exposures, exercise, and stress reduction.

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