A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic
value. The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and
motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not
the doctor, who ultimately creates healing. Sharing knowledge and
understanding with my patients has always been a priority so that they
are able to make informed decisions about their health care. Once we
share knowledge we help empower one another to reach optimum health.
Question. Hi Natalie, is there any herbal or medicinal cure for prolapsed hemorrhoids as an alternative to surgery?
Prolapsed Hemorrhoids, which are distinguished by an external lump of
inflamed tissue protruding from the anus, can be treated with a variety
of interventions, depending on their severity.
be reduced by bathing in warm water, which assists the blood vessels in
the rectal area to relax. Consuming bulk fiber products like psyllium
seed husk and plantain produces softer stool, which is easier to pass
and therefore less likely to induce new hemorrhoids or inflame
Adopting a squatting position when making a
bowel movement is thought to ease stress to the anal walls and aid in
For individuals whose poor circulation is
the cause of their hemorrhoids, it is recommended to use a pillow to
raise the legs while sleeping to assist in eliminating altogether the
presence of external hemorrhoids. The use of soothing compounds and
substances such as Witch hazel, Cranesbill, Aloe Vera and honey provide
relief for some of the symptoms associated with the condition.
dietary interventions will also help, such as Butcher’s Broom,
Horse-Chestnut, as well as bioflavanoids. Because compounds such as
Butcher’s Broom contain naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents
such as ruscogenins, they are often sought out by patients who wish to
try an organic approach to addressing the symptoms that accompany
Bioflavonoids are a type of plant compound
that work by stabilizing and strengthening blood vessel walls and by
decreasing inflammation. They reduce anal discomfort, pain, and anal
discharge during an acute hemorrhoid attack (shouldn't be used by people
taking tamoxifen for breast cancer).
The major flavonoids found
in citrus fruits, diosmin, herperidin, and oxerutins, are also
beneficial. The plant butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), which is also
known as knee holly, box holly, and sweet broom has a long history of
traditional use for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It is often used
when there is underlying poor circulation in the veins.
butcher's broom work? Butcher's broom extract contains anti-inflammatory
and vein-contricting properties that improve the tone and integrity of
veins and shrink the swollen tissue. The active compound is called
ruscogen. Butcher's broom is usually recommended in capsule or tea form.
The tea has a slightly bitter taste, so a bit of honey can be used to
sweeten it. The tea can be made by steeping one teaspoon of the herb in a
cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Butchers broom is also
effective when applied topically as an ointment or compress. Butcher's
broom should not be used by people with high blood pressure, benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), by pregnant or nursing women, or by people
taking alpha blocker or MAO inhibitor drugs unless otherwise recommended
by their doctor.
I also recommend using a topical application of chamomile or calendula. You can apply this as a compress or ointment.Q. I live in Haifa right by the sea and
I am being bitten alive by mosquitoes! Can you recommend anything other
than DEET as an effective mosquito repellent?A.
You can repel mosquitoes with several natural and extremely effective
methods using herbs and essential oils that can be purchased from your
local health food store or even from your garden. For a quick effective
mosquito repellent, simply crush a handful of lemon balm leaves in your
hand and rub them on exposed skin. Grow the plants near the backdoor or
in the garden, where the leaves will be handy when you need them.
plant oils mosquitoes don't like are citronella, jojoba, neem, witch
hazel, tea tree oil, peppermint, lemon basil, lemon oregano, lemon
geranium, lemon grass, catnip, eucalyptus and pennyroyal. Its very
simple to make your own natural anti mosquito lotion.
To make a lotion, use:
2 ounces distilled water
2 ounces olive oil
Roughly 120 drops essential oil.
the water into a deep mixing bowl, and using a wire whip, begin beating
quickly while slowly drizzling in the olive oil. After oil is mixed
into the distilled water, stir in the essential oil of your choice
(citronella is probably the most effective for insect repellent use).
should also eat raw garlic. The essence laces breath and exudes from
skin pores, dettering mosquitoes away. A more sociable option is to take
Vitamin B1. This is a fantastic repellent against mosquitoes since they
cant bare the smell. You should take one a day during mosquito season
(if possible a good idea to begin a few weeks before the season starts).
I also recommend sleeping with a fan at night! Fans, are very effective
at keeping mosquitoes away. A seminal 2003 study by epidemiologists at
the University of Michigan found that outdoor fans work to keep
mosquitoes from biting. There are two reasons behind this. First, a fan
disperses your body's carbon dioxide, and it is your CO2 that attracts
mosquitoes. Second, a blowing wind makes it harder for the mosquito to
land on your skin. Q. Other than drinking water, are there any foods that rehydrate the body?A.
Rehydration means to restore fluid to something dehydrated, in this
case the replenishment of bodily fluids. There is no question that water
is the most effective and preferred means of rehydrating. However,
using food to rehydrate should not be forgotten since many foods contain
water. Incorporation of foods and liquids can improve symptoms of
dehydration, such as fatigue, headaches and muscle aches. The best
rehydration foods are the ones with the most water content.
contain water; Cucumbers are 97 percent water, lettuce and zucchini are
95 percent water and eggplant is 92 percent water. High-water content
in vegetables not only provides hydration, it also encourages feelings
of fullness with fewer calories, according to Barbara Rolls, researcher
for a 1999 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
that contains the greatest water content include tomatoes at 95 percent
water, watermelon at 92 percent, grapefruit 91 percent, peaches at 85
percent and apples are 84 percent water. Soups make an excellent choice
for rehydration due to the water and sodium content. Water makes up the
majority of most broth-based soups. According to a study in the 1998 Journal of Physiology
, soup is recommended for athletes during
post-exercise rehydration as the sodium in broth based soups is
effective at retaining and restoring water in the body.Thought for the day: 'Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body'
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