Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nose bleeding | prevent it from getting more worse, here is the treatment

When the tissue in the septum breaks open and blood flows causing nose bleeding, stopping it is fairly easy. Nose bleeding can be frightening and messy. Nose bleeding causes vary, as would be expected. The most common causes are hypertension (high blood pressure) and drying, or cracking of the hundreds of vessels in the nose. Nose bleeding occurs more often in winter months, when the air is drier.

Genetic disorders can also cause nose bleeding. Hemophilia is the condition where the blood does not clot naturally, symptoms include frequent nosebleeds. If you are taking an anticoagulant like Coumadin, it can cause nose bleeding , when the blood is too thin. It is important to seek medical care immediately if you have a genetic disorder or are taking blood thinners.

Treatment for minor nose bleeding is to hold your head slightly forward and apply continuous pressure and cold compresses to your nose. Hold this position for five minutes. Try this procedure two or three times. If the bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, go to the hospital. They will administer treatment to stop the bleeding.
After the nose bleeding has stopped, go home and rest with your head elevated. Do not blow your nose. Do not take medicine that will thin your blood like aspirin, Plavix, ibuprofen, or Coumadin. If these are prescribed by your physician, contact him for instructions. Eat cool foods for the next 24 hours, eat nothing warm or hot.

When the nose bleeds anterior, there are some common reasons for this. It can be from a finger or a hit to the nose. Dry air is also a cause. Sitting upright and using the fingers to pinch the nose closed will usually stop these types of nosebleeds.

When the nose bleeding is from the posterior of the nose, the blood tends to drain down the throat into the stomach. These types of nose bleeding are not so common. You will need a medical provider to stop a posterior nose bleeding.
What other nose bleeding causes are there? They can be caused by a variety of reasons, the most common being dry air or dryness inside the nose. A blow to the face or nose can cause nose bleeding. Chronic nosebleeds can also be caused by clotting disorders passed down from family. Everyday nose bleeding causes can include allergies, altitude changes, chemical irritants, dry or cold air, nose picking or vigorous nose blowing.

Here is an overview about nose bleeding that may help you read it easily:

  • A nose bleed occurs when a small vein, along the lining of nose, bursts 
  • Most nosebleeds look scary, but are harmless 
  • Can be treated at home 
  • Common in children/elderly
  • Dryness 
  • Nose picking 
  • Blowing nose with force 
  • Use of medications, like aspirin 
  • Introducing objects into nose (mostly children) 
  • Injuries 
  • Allergies 
  • Infections 
  • High BP 
  • Atherosclerosis 
  • Blood-clotting disorders 
  • Use of cocaine
  • Bleeding from nose 
  • Sometimes bleeding from ears/mouth too

A. Anterior Nosebleed 
  • Affects lower part of wall that separates nostrils 
  • The wall or septum contains blood vessels 
  • These can be broken by blow to nose/fingernail 
  • The bleeding starts from front of nose 
  • It flows outward when patient is sitting/standing 
  • Occurs during dry season/harsh winter
B. Posterior Nosebleed 
  • The bleeding starts deep within the nose 
  • It flows down the back of the mouth & throat 
  • This happens even when the person is sitting/standing 
  • Occurs in old people/those with high BP/injuries 
  • This type of bleeding is severe/ requires medical help 
  • If your nose bleeds,
  • Sit down and lean forward 
  • Using your thumb & index finger, squeeze soft part of nose 
  • This part is between end of nose and the bridge of nose 
  • Continue holding till bleeding stops- 
  • Do not stop in-between 
  • If bleeding continues, hold for another 10 minutes 
  • If the patient is a child, divert attention by TV/Stories 
  • Avoid picking, blowing or rubbing nose for 2 days 
  • Place an ice pack on the bridge of nose
Consult a doctor, if: 
  • The bleeding continues for more than 15 minutes
  • The bleeding is caused by an injury 
  • You get nosebleeds often
  • Keep fingernails short
  • Quit smoking
  • Open your mouth while sneezing
  • Use a humidifier at night in case of dry weather 
Read more: Nose Bleed - First Aid and Emergency Treatment Guide

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Pros and Cons of The Best Traditional Herb, Ginseng

Based on the Wikipedia, ginseng is any one of eleven species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae.

From centuries, it is known as a good medical or supplement for our health either by using traditional ways nor modern science and technology.

This famous Chinese herb has been used for over 5,000 years. It was worth more than gold to the Qing Dynasty of ancient China.

Ginseng is used in thousands of formulas to provide vivacity and energy. Ginseng is used more than any other herbal remedy.

ginseng tree
Ginseng contains nitrogenous compounds, minerals, vitamins, fat-soluble compounds, and carbohydrate compounds in its stained root. The herb is costly and not easy to produce and takes six years to reach maturity. Researchers today label ginseng as a strong immune system tonic that can uniquely affect the entire body.

Various types of ginseng include Japanese ginseng (Panax japonicum), Asian ginseng (panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), and American ginseng. Asian ginseng is the most popular and grows in China, Korea, and Japan. Siberian ginseng is native to Korea, China, Japan, and Russia. America ginseng can be found in forested areas from Quebec to Minnesota and south to Georgia and Oklahoma.

American and Asian ginseng, both similar in chemical composition and appearance, are the types recognized for having healing powers. Ginseng grown in North American is often thought of as the most favorable and costly. It is grown and exported from Wisconsin, British Columbia, and Ontario.

Benefits of Ginseng:
  • Effective for treating colds, coughs, rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, diabetes, anemia insomnia, stress, headache, backache and double vision.
  • Women find it helpful in normalizing menstruation and easing childbirth.
  • Endurance and adaptation enhancer.
  • Increases coqnitive functions - resistance to stress, immune and endocrine stimulan.
  • stimulates the immune system, by spuring the production of the body's own virus fighting chemicals, helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Has anti-clotting effects.
  • Reducing risk of arterial blood clots.
  • Helps control diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels.
  • Good antioxidant agent.
  • Protects the liver from the effects of drug.
  • Minimizes cell damage from radiation.
  • Increases intestinal absorption of nutrients.
Side effects or possible interactions of taking too much Ginseng:
  • Most common side effects is the inability to sleep.
  • Possibly cause Nervousness, agitation, headache, insomnia and palpitation.
  • Estrogenic effects can cause mastalgia and vaginal bleeding.
  • May also lead to induction of mania in depressed patients who mix it with antidepressants.
  • Other side effects can include nausea, diarrhea, headaches, nose bleeds, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and breast pain.
I believe there is more good things about this one of well-known herbs in the world. Besides of having it in pills and tablets, now we can have it in a cup, food and also getting mixed with other herbs such as tongkat ali, kacip fatima, and many more. Hopefully, my share here might give you some knowledge, together we share what we know. Happy living.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Type of Hair You Have & Hairstyle Choices

Shiny hair is a sign of healthy hair. Hair that is damaged will start to dry out and appear quite dull and listless. The care you give to your hair has a huge role in defining the health of your hair.

The Type of Hair You Have

Straight hair has different needs from curly hair just as dry hair has different needs from oily hair. Many teens have to deal with oily hair. This is because of the presence of overactive sebaceous glands during adolescence. In this case, the oily hair is a condition that lasts only as long as puberty. The young adults deal with the issue of oily hair by washing their hair each day. This is okay as long as a mild shampoo or simply a conditioner is used.

Dry hair should not be washed as often as average or oily hair. Many individuals only have to wash their hair weekly. People with dry and curly hair have to be gentler with their hair types, especially when using heating accessories. Hair products made particularly for these kinds of hair conditions can be very helpful.

Hairstyle Choices

Hair heating accessories can be used too much. These are elements like straighteners and curling irons, and they are often at the roots of dry hair. To use them properly, be sure and follow the manufacturer’s suggestions. They should never be used on high temperatures or when the hair is still wet.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Strengthen Your Defenses Naturally With Just This 10 Ways

1. Eat a fresh wholefood diet which includes at least five portions of washed fruit and vegetables a day. These contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which protect the body against disease. Choose organic produce to avoid the antibiotic and pesticide residue in food.

2. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and sugary, fried or fatty food – they have been shown to depress immune system activity and reduce levels of vital vitamins and minerals. Instead of coffee, drink green tea. It’s rich in the antioxidants and catechins which can prevent bacterial and viral infection.

3. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need, eating little and often for the maximum absorption.

4. Add herbs and spices to foods to build immunity. For example, garlic is a natural antibiotic, cinnamon helps dispel colds and flu, ginger prevents stomach upsets, basil in antibacterial and antiparasitic, and oregano is antibacterial and antifungal.

5. Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week. Moderate exercise has been shown to increase the levels of the body’s natural defender cells. Avoid excessive exercise which reduces immune activity.

6. Stress depletes levels of protective vitamins and makes you more susceptible to an infection. Relaxation techniques, acupuncture, regular massage or a relaxing hobby can seriously reduce stress levels.

7. Take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement every day, especially if you are prone to recurrent infections. The average diet is unlikely to provide the quantity and variety of nutrients needed for healthy immune function.

8. Make sure that you sleep well. Having too little sleep inhibits the body’s restorative and repair mechanism and reduces your immunity to infection.

9. Lose weight. Being severely overweight reduces your production of antibodies and white blood cells, which fight off bacterial infection.

10. Remember that even healthy people fall ill occasionally. At the first sign of viral or bacterial infection, take one of the natural remedies listed below. They have been shown in practice and in clinical trials to help the immune system overcome infection without side effects.

Is Fasting Good or Bad? Health Guidelines for Fasting

What is fasting?

According to Registered Dietitian Gail Sommerfeld of Loyola University and Peter Vash, M.D., Medical Director of Lindora (Calif.) Medical Clinic and past president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, a fast means no food whatsoever and no liquid except water. And if it is for less than 24 hours it isn't a fast, it's skipped meals.

Portland, Oregon chef Paul Wenner, creator of the Gardenburger and founder of Wholesome & Hearty Foods, Inc., strongly advocates fasting. In his book, Garden Cuisine, Wenner recommends ingesting nothing but distilled water, at least sixteen 8-ounce glasses of it, for 24 hours once a week for three weeks. Once a month, make it a three-day fast, and take one seven-day fast yearly. But if you go without food for more than three consecutive days, Wenner cautions, "you will need supervision."

The licensed professionals agree on this, that fasting is not for the young and not for the older. Before age 18 to 20, the body is still building bone, muscle, and brain cells, and after about 40 to 45 it begins to lose it. Before maturity the body needs constant nutrients to build it; by middle age it needs them to prevent deterioration.

Fasting, even for 10 to 12 hours, causes the body to lose calcium, according to a study reported in The Journal of Nutrition. Any calcium depletion is particularly ominous for persons under twenty, whose bones are still gaining mass, and over forty, who tend to begin losing bone density.

Fasting has been found to be an effective treatment for psychological and emotional disorders. It helps a person to firm up his will, cultivate and refine his taste and manners, strengthen his conviction of doing good, avoid controversy, petulance and rashness, which all contribute towards a sane and healthy personality. Besides nurturing resistance and ability to face hardships and endurance, fasting reflects on outward physical appearance by cutting out gluttony and getting rid of excess fat. The benefits of fasting on health do not stop there but are instrumental in alleviating a number of physical diseases, including those of the digestive systems, such as chronic stomachache, inflammation of the colon, liver diseases, indigestion, and conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, diphtheria and many other maladies.

A Swiss physician Dr. Barsilus noted that: The advantages of hunger as a remedy exceed those ingesting medicine several times.

Generally speaking, fasting hastens the destruction of the decaying tissues of the body by means of hunger, and then builds new tissues through nutrition. This is why some scientists suggest that fasting should be regarded as an effective means of restoring youthfulness and longevity. But fasting should have its regulations too, and not simply the in orderly skipping meals, that is bound to harm health and stamina, rather than improving them.

In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fiber containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods; slow digesting foods including fiber containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours.

Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barely, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, whole meal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates).

Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).

Fiber-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, sem (papry), marrow, mealies, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.

The foods eaten should be well balanced, containing foods from each food group, i.e., fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heartburn, and weight problems.
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