Herbal Cures For Gout? How to Treat Gout Naturally Without Doctor Prescribed Medication

Most of us who suffer with frequent gout attacks think that the most logical conclusion is to get doctor prescribed medication to help treat the condition. However, did you know that there are herbal cures for gout that work just as well as their prescription based counterparts?

Well, the jury is in and it is good news for those who suffer from gout attacks. A recent study of 120 people who had frequent gout attacks were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 5 how effective prescribed medications were compared to their herbal counterparts. The results? Of all the prescribed medications, Prednisone scored the highest with a 4.4 rating. Anturane scored the lowest in its effectiveness for treating gout.

In contrast, both gout care and Urinex compared comparable results as an effective alternative to prescription based medications like Prednisone. This is significant because it means that gout sufferers do not have to spend their money on high priced doctor prescribed medicines and can opt for alternative herbal supplements for the same results.

Other alternatives to high priced prescribed gout medicine?

In the same study, the respondents were asked to rate several natural remedies to gout on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most effective. Out of the 120 questioned, the most top natural remedy for those polled was cherry juice, followed by baking soda, celery seed extract and finally activated charcoal. All of these herbal alternatives were on par with Allopurinol, Probenecid and NSAIDS in terms of controlling gout symptoms.

What does this mean?

The point of this article is to show that there are alternatives to using steroids and other prescribed medications for gout and that most of these medications, when compared side by side, are not more beneficial than treating gout using herbal supplements and common natural gout treatments That many view as "folk medicine." …

Diabeticine and Diamaxol: New Diabetes Medicine and the FDA

Diabeticine, however, claimed to target the root of diabetes. Diabeticine claimed that it was a hypoglycemic agent. The FDA looked at Diabeticine’s advertising campaign and declared that it was a drug, not a supplement. This seems to be fair reasoning on the part of the FDA. (The name, Diabeticine, also implies that it is a medicine).

There appears to be mixed feelings about Diabeticine (now Diamaxol). Some people praise it for lowering their blood sugar, without them having to change their diet or exercise. Others claim that taking a pill is not the solution to managing diabetes and that lifestyle changes are the only truly healthy way to maintain the sought blood sugar levels. Those who laud the drug sometimes claim that they have tried diet, exercise, and even other diabetes medicines, but that they were not effective.

Online testimonials generally support Diabeticine, though there are also some testimonials that claim Diamaxol and Diabeticine do not work. A major complaint is that Diabeticine and Diamaxol are too expensive. There are generic options with the same ingredients.

Diamaxol is licensed as a supplement by the FDA. As such, it cannot claim to cure diseases. Diamaxol still claims to lower blood sugar, just like Diabeticine. Diamaxol has a 30 day 50 point lower guarantee, as well as a long term one year claim.

Diamaxol has the same ingredients as Diabeticine, and it claims to be all-natural. A partial list of the ingredients, according to the manufacturer includes Bitter Melon, Licorice extract, Cinnamon herb powder, Yarrow, Cayenne, Juniper Berries, Huckleberry, and Vanadyl Sulfate.

The bottom line is that the helpful effects of Diamaxol are as yet unproven. Though the manufacturer claims to have clinical proof, many sceptics dismiss this as marketing. Because the FDA has approved Diamaxol as a supplement, at least we know that it can’t hurt. If you have tried all of your other options, consider this one, but only after talking with your health care team.…

The Health Benefits of Drinking Water Boiled With Fenugreek Seeds

Most Indians have close encounters of the culinary kind with Fenugreek or methi seeds very early in life. These seeds are remarkably bitter and have a marvellous aroma when roasted or fried in a little oil.

How did we start using these seeds, bitter as they are?

Fenugreek down history lane

Apparently, in the 1st century AD, the Romans flavoured wine with fenugreek. The use of fenugreek /methi in India is probably older than history itself; the leaves and the seeds of the herb are well entrenched in Indian cuisines from all parts of the country.

In West Bengal, for instance, methi seeds are used as ‘paanch phoron,’ one of five spices that are used to temper dishes. In fact, the aroma of these little mustard-coloured cuboids makes them a popular choice for the tempering of dals and chutneys. Methi seeds are also used whole or powdered in sambar powder in South India, and pickles in all parts of India.

Modern miracle seed

Fenugreek seeds were always around in Indian kitchens and traditional medicine cabinets. But in recent times, there has been a steady stream of information about the health benefits of fenugreek seeds as many people have ‘adopted’ this seed and reaped health benefits.

The most popular way of consuming fenugreek seeds is to boil them in water. This softens the seeds and releases their nutrients. It also reduces their extreme bitterness so that they are easier to chew and swallow. This requires a little getting used, of course, but the benefits far outstrip the initial distaste.

Fenugreek in water

Soaking fenugreek in water is recommended because it has water soluble minerals and fibre.

There are two ways to make methi/fenugreek water:

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 2 glasses, about 400ml, of water overnight.

Put 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a flask at bedtime. Add 2 glasses of boiling water into the flask. Screw on the lid. Let the seeds soak the whole night. Drink the water first thing in the morning. Chew up the seeds and swallow.

The second method is convenient and healthier. Of course, the seeds are bitter, but you will get used to it. After all, coffee and tea are bitter too; yet we drink them with devotion!

Health benefits of drinking ‘fenugreek water’:

Very beneficial to people with diabetes: Fenugreek encourages the slower absorption of sugars and also stimulates insulin. Diabetics and people on the borderline of diabetes will reap many benefits in drinking warm fenugreek water. Fenugreek seeds can also be powdered and added to dishes like idlis and dosas.

Aids digestion: Fenugreek seeds have mucilage, and the soaking process makes them mucilaginous. They coat and soothe the stomach and intestines. This property also makes fenugreek seeds a good choice for helping patients with acid reflux.

The water soluble fibre in fenugreek helps to relieve constipation.

Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek seeds and water have been successfully incorporated into diets to treat ulcerative colitis.

Advantageous to kidney health: Fenugreek …

Eczema Diet – Seven Chinese Food Secrets That Will Change Your Life

Eczema can make life a misery for children as well as adults with red, dry, thick and scaly skin that is constantly itching. For many people, eczema is triggered off by an allergic reaction to specific foods and avoiding these foods can relieve the symptoms. Chinese dietary therapy is a holistic system of treatment, part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at diet in a completely different way from our western diets. Here I will give you my Seven Chinese Foods secrets that will help your eczema and change your life.

1. Avoid cow’s milk

Often eczema can be triggered off by cow’s milk which is a common food fed to children. Cow’s milk is very damp in nature and if your child’s digestive system is compromised can cause itchy skin, rashes and oozing and weeping lesions. Milk is not a common ingredient in a Chinese diet and is used sparingly. However, in the West we tend to over consume milk which is why more and more people are experiencing an allergic reaction to it. If your baby is suffering with eczema then you really should look for an alternative. Possible replacements are soy or goat’s milk which are less damp forming.

2. Avoid damp forming foods

Not only is cow’s milk damp forming, but other foods can be extremely damp forming as well. Interestingly, some of these foods are common triggers for eczema such as wheat and peanuts. Other damp forming foods include orange juice, bananas, sugar, cheese and other dairy products.

3. Stop the greasy food

Fried, greasy foods are extremely damp forming and warm in nature. Eczema is Yang (warm) in nature which means that if there is an excess of heat in the body it will cause symptoms such as redness, inflammation and thirst. Cooking methods such as roasting, grilling, baking, deep frying, stir frying and sautéing are all yang cooking methods. It’s preferable to boil, simmer, stew, braise or steam your food as these cooking methods are more yin in nature. Foods cooked in this way are cooler in nature and more nourishing to the body and skin.

4. Eat more cooling and nourishing foods

To treat eczema, you need to reduce redness, inflammation and itching of the skin by clearing heat. As well you should moisten dryness and strengthen the qi (vital energy) and blood. Cooling and moistening foods include grapefruit, lettuce, seaweed, watermelon, cucumber, celery, barley, beancurd (tofu), pears, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and tomatoes.

Excellent foods to strengthen qi and blood are dark, leafy green vegetables, dark red fruits and vegetables such as beetroot, kidney, aduki beans and blueberries. Meats such as liver, kidneys and chicken are all qi and blood strengtheners. A fantastic start to the day would be to have a bowl of oat porridge sprinkled with a few dates.

5. Avoid raw and ice cold foods

Too many raw and chilled foods (as opposed to cooling foods) can damage the digestive system. The digestive system requires warmth or …

Best Ayurvedic and Herbal Treatment For Gastritis

Gastritis is a common name for all kinds of inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach, which is known as the mucosa. It is characterized by severe stomach ailments like cramps in the stomach, diarrhea and constipation and even blood with the stools.

In Ayurveda, gastritis is known as Urdhavaga Amalapitta. It is caused in people with pitta constitution. When the pitta dosha gets vitiated in such people, there are greater chances of getting gastritis.

There are many causes of gastritis. Food poisoning can lead to gastritis, and so can consuming alcohol and drugs like aspirin and steroids. Allergies to certain foods can cause gastritis. Oblique causes for gastritis are physical stresses caused due to flu, some major surgery, severe burns or injuries.

Nowadays the infection of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is looked upon as an important cause of gastritis.

(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Gastritis

– Asparagus (Asparagus racemosa) Asparagus is known to be an antispasmodic. It reduces the fire in the stomach. The root of the asparagus is effective in reducing the hyperacidity of the digestive system.

– Bitter Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) The tea of the bitter chamomile is effective in allaying the gastritis that is caused due to tensions and worries.

– Cardamom (Elattaria cardamomum) Cardamom has soothing effects on the stomach. It is especially beneficial if the gastritis causes heartburn.

– Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare) Fennel is used as a digestive traditionally by Indians. After each meal, there is a tradition of chewing some seeds of fennel. Fennel soothes the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

– Ginger (Zingiber officinale) The extract of ginger is effective in treating the acid dyspepsia that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

– Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) The Indian gooseberry, or amla, is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments, gastritis included. The other digestive ailments it is used for dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and hemorrhage.

– Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) The root of the licorice can soothe the inflammation and the injury to the stomach. It is also known to reduce the proliferation of Helicobacter pylori.

– Rhubarb (Rheum emodi) Rhubarb is a mild agent; so it is effectively used in treating gastritis problems in children. It can reduce the acidity in the stomach.

– Sandalwood (Santalum album) Sandalwood helps in gastritis because it has cooling properties. It can soothe the stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis.

(2) Dietary Treatments for Gastritis

A careful dietary regime is needed in case of gastritis. The following points must be noted.

– Only rice that has been aged for one year must be used. Wheat and barley are beneficial.

– Among vegetables white pumpkin, bitter gourd, cucumber, green banana and banana flower are effective.

– Cow’s milk is preferable to buffalo’s milk.

– People suffering from gastritis must not confuse their stomach glands with different kinds of foods at the same time. …

Heal Your Liver With Eden Energy Medicine

Your liver is the largest physical organ in the body. It is involved in digestion, metabolism, storage and distribution of nourishment, filtration, detoxification, and immune function.

You’d think having short legs wouldn’t be a problem. Less body to nourish and protect, right? But according to the online article, “The Ten Weirdest Clues to Your Body’s Health,” that’s not the case!

“If your legs are on the stocky side, you may need to take better care of your liver. In a 2008 study, British researchers found that women with legs between 20 and 29 inches tended to have higher levels of four enzymes that indicate liver disease. Factors such as childhood nutrition may not only influence growth patterns, but also liver development well into adulthood, say researchers.

Prevent it: Avoid exposure to toxins your liver has to process, which will keep it healthier, longer. Wear a mask and gloves while cleaning or working with any type of harsh chemical. Limit alcohol intake to one 5-ounce glass of wine or 12-ounce bottle of beer daily.”

Eden Energy Medicine can be another easy way to support your Liver’s health. Massaging your hands and feet on a daily basis will keep your liver strong and healthy. It’s a lovely form of self-care as well, which can take place in a bubble bath, in bed, while watching a good movie or listening to good music. If you have a partner in your life, try trading foot and hand massages as a form of nurturing, nonsexual touch.

The acupuncture points on the feet that are most effective for keeping your liver clear are found at the “V” where the big toe meets the second toe on the top of the foot at the base of the metatarsal bridge. If nothing else, be sure to massage these “source points” of Liver chi several times a day.

Your liver is very important to hormonal health. If you have PMS, sedating Liver Meridian can help immensely with groin pain. The simplest way to sedate Liver Meridian is to lie down and place your fingertips where your legs attach to your body. Rest in this pose for two to three minutes.

You can also sedate your Liver Meridian by holding specific acupuncture points. This is known as acupressure and it is usually the most effective. Here’s how:

1. Simultaneously place the middle finger of one hand on Liver 2 (inside of big toe where it meets the foot) and the other hand on Heart 8 (make a fist; see where the pinky touches the palm? That’s Heart 8). Press in lightly. Hold for two minutes.

2. Repeat on the other side.

3. Then place the middle finger of one hand on Liver 4 (a little dip in front of the anklebone) and the middle finger of the other hand on Lung 8 (on the crease of the wrist just below the thumb).

Don’t panic about pinpoint accuracy. Meridian points have a range of a dime to a quarter. So if …

Ayurveda Effective Treatments to Cure Infertility

Causes of Infertility According to Ayurveda:

Infertility is often spoken in whispers. There is still a lot of stigma accompanying this increasingly common medical edition. Yes, infertility is a medical problem and requires medical intervention.

According to Ayurveda, infertility occurs when the reproductive tissue of a person or Shukra dhatu, remains deprived of nutrition. This can be caused due to poor digestion and due to certain toxins in the body. Some of the other causes of infertility According to Ayurveda are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Spicy and salty
  • Foods

Ayurveda treatment for Infertility:

Ayurveda takes a holistic view of health and treats the body as a whole instead of an individual illness. Once you visit a good ayurveda doctor, you will be asked to ask many questions before you diagnose. Once the doctor is sure of what afflicts your body, you will be ready to treat yourself!

The main goal of Ayurveda treatment for infertility is to ensure the proper transformation of food into nutrients that can be moved to the ‘dhatu shukra’. Some of the treatments used for infertility in Ayurveda are:

SWEDANAM

In swedanam the person is made to perspire for getting rid of impurities through sweat glands. This therapy is very helpful in curing vata dosh and can be done either by external application of heat or through a heat chamber with medicated steam.

Ayurveda practitioners use this method to induce sweating in patients suffering from infertility with the aid of heavy blankets or exercises. This is done to remove toxins from the body.

Vamanam

Here the vitiated dishes (or waste products) are treated through upper gastro-intestinal track. Also known as therapeutic vomiting it helps to clean Kappa, undigested food and Pitta. Emetic nut, liquorices and sweet flag are use in vamanam.

This Ayurveda therapy is somewhat uncomfortable, but ultimately, detoxification induces vomiting to rid body of undigested food.

Banyan Tree Bark

Many Ayurveda doctors prescribe the use of dry fig tree bark powder mixed with sugar to treat infertility problems.

Ashwagandha Churna Y Kapikacchu

Both drugs are known to increase sperm count and also improve their quality.

Guduchi, Gokshura, and Triphala Churna:

These medications are used to clean blockages in the body, which prevents the production of dhatu shukra.

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This is only Women’s Medicine, which is used to treat female infertility in Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic medicines for infertility

Kashayams, Arishtams and Lehyams are commonly prescribed for infertility. These oral medications are extracted from pure medicinal herbs, leaves and spices.

Ingredients included in preparations of ayurvedic medicine of infertility include:

  • guggulu, cumin (to purify urinary tract in men and uterus in women)
  • Turmeric (facilitate interaction between hormones and the target tissues)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Piper longum
  • fenugreek
  • sarsaparilla
  • Black cumin

The Best Foods to Nourish the Lungs and Large Intestine

In Oriental Medicine, the nature and quality of food including its flavour, taste and heat/cold nature, determines its healing potential and its ability to balance or unbalance the body, through affecting the Blood, Qi and other body fluids.

There are many ‘diets, and the aim of this perspective on food and nutrition, is not to give you another ‘diet’ to follow rigidly, but rather, to give you some simple guidelines from a combined western and oriental perspective. These will give you a way to gently nurture and support your body from the inside. In Chinese Medicine the organs in the body correspond to the different elements, and these all connect with the various seasons in nature. The Air Element (also known as Metal in Traditional Chinese Medicine) relates to the season of Autumn and the Lungs and Large Intestine Organs and the functions of protection and purification.

Autumn is the time when we begin to turn our energy inwards. We turn our focus away from the external world and begin to focus on our internal process. Autumn signals the time to begin this self-reflection and inward journey. In doing this, we need to build up our resources to sustain and nurture us through the autumn months and into winter.

Autumn is the time to let go. I love the image of the leaves falling effortlessly off the trees. No holding on, just gently releasing themselves from the branch and spiraling slowly home to rest in the earth.

As our energy starts to move inwards and downwards in Autumn, we need to release unwanted energy and emotions and protect ourselves from unwanted outside influences.

The skin is our main organ of protection and purification. It is governed by the Air(Metal) element and influenced by the work done by the Lung and Large Intestine.

Pungent foods have protective and cleansing qualities and specifically affect the Lung and Large Intestine. They help to disperse the stuck energy and mucous, that can build up in these organs.

Pungent foods include chillies, onion, turnip, ginger, cabbage, radish, daikon radish and white peppercorns. The white pungent foods are particularly useful as this colour especially affects the air element.

Other protective foods include all dark green and orange vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, wheat grass, and watercress. These veges, because of their high beta-carotene content, protect the surface (skin) and mucous membranes of the body. They also protect the Lung and Large Intestine from cancer.

To help cleanse the Lungs and Large Intestine eat plenty of fibre rich foods such as the vegetables mentioned above, fruit, plus whole grains such as oats, millet and rice.…

Glycoproteins and Their Benefits For Health

INTRODUCTION

In 1999 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Gunter Blobel for the discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localisation in the cell. It was based on this research into how cells use these signals that the functions of glycoproteins were discovered.

Glycoproteins are molecules that have a sugars and protein bonded together. The sugar chains of glycoproteins play a role in determining their destination in the cell or body. The bonding of sugars to proteins to form glycoproteins significantly alters the properties of these proteins.

There are eight sugars that predominantly bond with proteins to form glycoproteins, these are: xylose, galactose, glucose, mannose, fucose, N-acetylgalactosamine, N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylneuraminic acid.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF GLYCOPROTEINS?

Glycans contain biologic information and are the specific sequence of sugars in a glycoprotein that determine its recognition and interaction with other molecules in the cell, often resulting in a biologic effect or response. These impart their function to glycoproteins.

Glycoproteins have many functions in the human body. A few functions of interest is that they are used structurally in the body to form some types of collagen; or are involved in cell-cell interactions, such as in the proteins involved in sperm-egg interactions during fertilisation or how cells stick together to form tissues and communicate with each other. They also function in cell signalling.

Cell signaling is the related study of how healthy cells respond appropriately in health to various stimuli e.g., hormones, growth factors, drugs, cell-cell contact, etc. Glycoproteins on the surface of one cell bind to glycoprotein receptors on another cell, which allows the cells to communicate with one another. These communications then result in other cellular events, such as secretion of bioactive substances, killing of bacteria and cell debris, inhibition of adherence necessary for bacterial infection. Conversely, the responses may be inappropriate in certain diseases, such as cancer and cancer cell metastasis.

Lectins, for example, are proteins that selectively bind glycans. One lectin will recognize and bind mannose at the end of a glycan, whereas others will recognize and bind to glycans containing fucose, galactose, or other sugars. A class of lectins called selectins helps white blood cells to sites of inflammation.

WHAT IS GLYCONUTRITION?

Glyconutrition is the supplementation the 8 principal sugars that are needed by the body to from glycoproteins. They are considered essential nutrients, much the same as essential amino acids or essential fatty acids, which means you have to get them from your diet.

WHY IS GLYCONUTRITION CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL?

Metabolic pathways exist for synthesis of non-glucose sugars from glucose, and it has long been thought that glucose is the most important dietary sugar; it has recently been shown that glycoprotein formation actually prefer to utilize non-glucose essential sugars (e.g. mannose) provided in the diet as substrates. In fact, if only glucose is supplied, the liver severely malfunctions, due to a lack of the other essential sugars, indicating that the body simply cannot synthesize all the other essential sugars …

How Traditional Chinese Health Beliefs and Chinese Culture Influence Health and Illness?

Traditional Chinese health beliefs adopt a holistic view emphasizing the importance of environmental factors in increasing risk of disease. According to Quah (1985), these factors influence the balance of body’s harmony, yin and yang. These are two opposite but complementary forces and, together with qi (vital energy), they control the universe and explain the relationship between people and their surroundings. Imbalance in these two forces, or in the qi, results in illness.

In order to restore the balance, traditional remedial practices may be needed. For example, excess `hot’ energy can be counterbalanced by cooling herbal teas, and vice versa. These beliefs are deeply ingrained among the Chinese, and have been found to be unchanged following migration to Singapore.

Lee, et. al. (2004), found that patients with specific chronic diseases, namely arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases and stroke, were more likely to use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This was strongly determined by the ‘chronic disease triad’, perceived satisfaction with care and cultural health beliefs.

Hence the use of TCM is not associated with the quality of doctor-patient interaction. Astin (1998) also agreed that it was seen as being more compatible with the patients’ values, spiritual and religious philosophy, or beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of health and illness.

In traditional Chinese culture, taking medication is thought to be aversive, hence medications tend to be taken only until symptoms are relieved and then discontinued; if symptoms are not obvious, medications will probably never be taken.

Apart from parental cultural beliefs, minor side effects of certain antibiotics such as stomach upset may contribute to the poor adherence of medication. The use of “leftover”, “shared” antibiotics and over-the-counter purchase of antibiotics by parents are common situations in the community.

They think that their children suffer from the same illnesses judging by the similar symptoms, so they would give the “leftover” or “shared” antibiotics to their children and only bring them to their doctors if there is no improvement (Chang & Tang, 2006). This may cause their conditions to deteriorate and may necessitate aggressive treatments later which may have unnecessary side effects.

However, there are small groups of Chinese who also blamed ill-health or misfortunes on supernatural forces, or on divine retribution, or on the malevolence of a ‘witch’ or ‘sorcerer’ (Helman, 1994). Such groups will usually seek cures from their religions.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Health has drawn up the TCM Practitioners’ Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines to prevent any unscrupulous practitioners from preying on their patients and taking advantage of their beliefs, for example, molesting ignorant patients.

The degree of acculturation has been evidenced in the following case. An old man was brought into our hospital with a week-long history of malaise, nausea and vomiting, and sudden jaundice. He was diagnosed to have an obstructive mass in the liver.

A biopsy revealed hepatocellular carcinoma. The serological test suggested chronic active hepatitis B. When the news broke to his son that his father had cancer, he requested not to disclose that to his father.…