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Archive for the ‘Alternative Medicine’ Category

What is Crohn’s Disease? It is a chronic medical condition where the gastrointestinal or digestive tract gets inflamed, as it can occur and affect any place or area of the gastrointestinal tract starting from the mouth down to the anus. Crohn’s disease usually effects the lower portion or at the end of the small intestine (ileum), but the swelling extends deep within the digestive tract lining, as ulcers form deep into these intestinal lining and spreads eventually though the intestinal wall. The inflammation in these intestinal walls can often lead to pain and can result to recurrently emptying the intestines, leading to diarrhea.

Probiotics

Recent research has shown the probiotics can be a powerful tool in the battle against Crohn’s disease. Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are similar to the beneficial bacteria in the healthy human intestinal tract. The ingestion of probiotics helps to restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the intestine and the gut, resulting in fewer flare-ups for Crohn’s sufferers. Recent studies have also shown that probiotics not only increase healthy bacteria, they reduce inflammation and help the intestinal tract begin to heal itself from the long term effects of Crohn’s disease.

Massage

Massage may be the most commonly used complementary and alternative therapy for Crohn’s disease, with about 30 percent of people with the disease trying it, according to the study in the journal Gut in 2012. The hands-on effects of massage and other bodywork approaches may help improve quality of life by reducing stress and pain throughout the body.

Herbal Remedies

Aloe vera juice in large doses (50ml 2-3 times daily) will help with healing and give a reduction in pain.
Slippery Elm bark either in capsules or mixed with warm water (2.5gm twice daily) will also help with healing.
An herbal colon cleanse or a good herbal detox program used over 25 days or longer will allow your colon to heal itself gradually over time.
Herbal bitters blended in liquid form (2.5 ml before meals) such as goldenseal, wormwood, gentian, chaparral, milk thistle, dandelion, globe artichoke and barberry will all help strengthen the entire digestive system and help reduce excess negative bacteria and inflammation.
Herbal teas can also be beneficial for reducing pain and encouraging healing and these include chamomile, peppermint, ginger and ribwort.
A combination of as many of these remedies as possible would be suggested if you want to see results quickly. Natural treatments often bring about gradual healing over a period of months, so keep on track and allow yourself the time to heal properly. It’s worth it to get a long term result that could last for a lifetime.

Dietary Remedies

The Mayo Clinic suggests making dietary changes to help control symptoms of Crohn’s. You may find some relief by limiting your consumption of dairy products or you may find that reducing, or increasing, the amount of fiber in your diet helps you feel better.

Specific foods may trigger symptoms so try keeping a food diary to record how you feel after meals and snacks. You may find that normally healthy foods are not the best foods for you. Some foods that can cause problems include raw fruits or vegetables, cabbage, corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds, citrus foods, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine.

With a little time and effort you can say goodbye to Crohn’s.

If you have ever had an MRI done so that a doctor can determine if there are any conditions wrong with the body, then you know that the tube you are inside can be small and frightening at times. There is no room to move the arms or legs in most situations, and there are loud noises while the machine turns to capture the images of the body. An open MRI in Jersey hospitals is an option.

Open MRIFor children, being in an MRI machine can be scary. They might not understand why the test is being done or what the machine is doing while they are inside. Another aspect is that with the traditional MRI, parents usually can’t be in the room. Children can be sedated if they are afraid, but this is unnecessary if an open MRI is an option. There is enough room for one parent or a nurse to be with the child, offering comfort while the machine circles around to capture the images. The child can also hold a small animal, which can make the experience a little more comforting.

People who are claustrophobic will also find that the open design is a better option. They don’t have to remain in an enclosed area as they will lay on a table like they would while in a doctor’s office. This can give more of a relaxing feeling, making it easier to quickly get the images that are needed to diagnose a medical condition. The open design is also ideal for elderly individuals who might not like being in a darker space or who might not be able to move in a manner that is conducive for being in a small tube.

The open table of the MRI allows for IV poles to be kept beside the patient. This is important for those who receive medications in this manner or for those who need to have any kind of contrast in order to have the MRI completed so that blockages can show up on the image results. Larger patients will also benefit from the open design as sometimes, they might be too large to comfortably be inside the tube.

My son have cold and cough, before taking medicines i’d like to try some home remedies first. What i really hate is his stuffy nose.  I told him to follow these tips to clear the nasal passages:

  • Inhale steam, either from a pot of boiling water, a hot shower or that bowl of Mom’s chicken noodle soup.
  • Another good source of heat, which will open up the nasal passages fairly quickly, is a heat pack. You can make your own heat pack by microwaving a damp washcloth for 30 seconds.
  • Gargling with salt water is good for the throat, and rinsing with salt water is just as good for the nose. You can make your own salt water rinse, which is an alternative to the store-bough saline nasal spray, by combining a quarter-teaspoon of salt, a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda and eight ounces of water. You can either use a Neti pot or a bulb syringe to inject the water into the nose, one nostril at a time.
  • Apply a menthol or eucalyptus-based salve, such as Vick’s Vapor Rub, on the skin just below the nose. Not only will your nasal passages open up, but the skin below your nose, which can get irritated from endless nose blowing, will be restored and will feel less sore.
  • Sleep on two pillows instead of one. The angle will provide relief to the sinuses and you’ll breathe easier while you sleep. If sleeping on two pillows is too uncomfortable, place the extra pillow or a few rolled up towels underneath the mattress.