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Treatment For Proctalgia Fugax – The Pain In The Butt

At least 16-18 percent of the general population experiences a kind of severe, episodic pain in the rectal or anal region at least once in their life-time. Out of them at least 40 percent patients need a treatment for the same due to its recurrence, which can be one of the most annoying ailments. No pun intended, but it is really the pain in the ass! Fortunately, homeopathic remedies can effectively treat proctalgia fugax, as it is medically called, providing complete relief from the excruciating pain.

It most often appears in the middle of the night or if you hold your urge to pass motions due to any reason. Lasting for few seconds to minutes, it manifests as an excruciating pain, when the patient feels spasm-like pain in the anal region, associated with a need to pass motions. The pain attack subsides on its own within some time. Nothing can stop the pain episode once it starts.

There have been many triggering factors reported – including stress, constipation, sexual activity and menstruation. Although in many patients there may not be any triggering factor at all.

It is thought to occur due to the severe stabbing like pain or sudden spasm of the anal sphincter. There are no diagnostic tests and the final diagnosis is usually done on the clinical picture itself. Most of the patients suffering with proctalgia fugax also show evidence of irritable bowel syndrome. Both these disorders are commonly found in people who have an anxious nucleus.

The treatment includes use of warm fomentation or warm enemas, relaxation techniques or a trial of botulinum toxin in advanced cases. Low doses of diazepam at bedtime was tried as preventive. Inhaled salbutamol has also shown to reduce the duration of the attack. A diet rich in fibre content and drinking lots of fluids has been advocated for such patients.

Homeopathic approach:

A constitutional approach by selecting the most suitable homeopathic remedy based on the psycho-somatic makeup of the patient works best in resolving the recurrence of the pain. In case of acute episodes, remedies with spasmodic manifestations like colocynth, cuprum met, mag phos or plumbum met can be tried in medium to high potency, but in not so frequent repetitions.

Case experience:

Nitesh, a stock-broker by profession, had consulted me at Swaroop Clinic for a recurrent pattern of getting excruciating pain in the anal region. The frequency used to increase during stressful situations. Any kind of anger or vexation always triggered his symptoms. He used to relieve the pain by pressing hard at the affected region. Based on the symptoms, Colocynth 200 was given to him with a thrice-daily schedule followed by a constitutional therapy. His episodes stopped completely within four months.

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How I Stopped Missing Cigarettes When I Quit Smoking For Good

I used to be a smoker myself and smoked 20 to 25 cigarettes a day. I often thought about giving up but I wasn’t really sure how to do it.

At first I tried hypnotherapy. I found the whole experience very relaxing and great for stress relief. I would lay on my bed every day and listen to my hypnotherapy tapes. But as soon as I sat up, I’d instantly feel like smoking a cigarette.

At the same time I also knew another person who was trying to stop smoking. She too tried hypnotherapy. She also read several books and tried several different courses. But to this day she still smokes.

I realized after watching her for several years that her problem wasn’t in the treatments and books she was using. Her failure was in the fact that she really didn’t want to stop smoking and instead was looking for that magic ‘something’ that would make her WANT to stop. She just couldn’t see that unless she herself wanted to stop, nothing was going to make it happen. She simply could never see herself as a non-smoker.

I too had looked into several different ways of giving up smoking while I continued to smoke.

Then my awakening moment came one stormy night in 1990.

It was about 6pm and my 6-year-old son and I had just finished dinner. Outside there was quite a storm raging. I had run out of cigarettes that afternoon and because of the bad weather, I tried to convince myself that I would be fine without a cigarette for the rest of the day.

But once our evening meal was finished I was “DYING” for a cigarette. But I didn’t have any, so I washed the dishes and told myself that I’d be fine.

Then about half an hour later I was thinking of getting my son ready for bed. But the thought of sitting on my own all evening without any cigarettes was worrying.

There was a petrol station about 5 minutes walk from our house so I decided to risk it and walk there (I didn’t have a car). After all, how wet could we get in such a short space of time? It was also a cold night so I dressed my young son and myself in our warmest coats and hats and put on our wellington boots.

Then we set off out the front door to get my cigarettes. We walked as fast as we could but the water was gushing down the road and over our feet and the rain really lashed our faces.

By the time we got home again we were soaked. We took off our hats and coats and hung them to dry. The rain was so heavy that it had penetrated our clothes too and our hair was plastered to our heads.

We stripped off our clothes and I started to towel my son’s hair. I saw for the first time how cold and wet he was and as I watched him shiver I burst into tears. How could I have been so selfish to drag the poor little boy out in such bad weather for something as unimportant as cigarettes?

I don’t need to tell you that I didn’t enjoy smoking the cigarettes that night. Every time I looked at the packet I was reminded of how self-seeking I’d been and I felt miserable that my need for cigarettes had been more important to me than my son’s well-being.

I knew at that moment that I no longer wanted to smoke. I knew that if I was a non-smoker I’d never drag my son out in a storm ever again AND we’d have more money to spend if I wasn’t wasting it all on cigarettes. I felt like a totally selfish mother and I was determined to do something about it.

So although I was feeling bad about what I’d done, I also felt elated because I knew that I was going to stop smoking. And I did.

I didn’t do it instantly. Instead I used a slow system of quitting so that gradually, over the next few months, I smoked less and less, till eventually I wasn’t smoking at all.

Other smokers that I knew were amazed how I cut smoking out of my life for good and they began to ask me the exact method I’d used.

So I began to help them all, taking them step-by-step and month-by-month through how I did it and they did it too.

Eventually I began helping more and more people to stop smoking and now I have decided to put my complete method in a book so that anyone can do it.

Becoming a non-smoker isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. I know, because when I started to

become a non-smoker, although I was determined to do it, I still found it hard.

But my slow and steady system for getting cigarettes out of your life for good makes the whole process easy. In fact, you’ll hardly even notice that you’re stopping.

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Natural Cough Remedies For Babies

When your baby comes down with a cough, you want to do whatever you can to make her more comfortable. Yet at the same time, you don’t want to grab over the counter medication, since there are usually side effects and chemicals that you’d rather not expose babies to if it can be avoided. What’s more, recent studies have shown that cough syrups are worthless and the sugar they contain may even prolong illness.

Thankfully there are quite a few natural remedies that you can try to calm your baby’s cough. If your baby seems congested, take her in the bathroom and run a hot shower. The steam from the shower will help loosen that congestion in her lungs.

Putting your baby in a warm (not hot) bath can have the same effect. Make the bath even more effective by adding a few drops of eucalyptus, sage or thyme oil into the bath water. The vapors from these essential oils will help open baby’s airways, allowing her to breath easier. The vapors from these oils will also sooth a sore throat.

If your baby’s cough is caused by croup, sometimes the best course of action is to wrap her up warmly and take her out in the night air. The cold air sometimes calms the inflammation in the upper airways.

You can also use sage and thyme to make tea out of them. The warm herbal tea will help clear mucus out of your baby’s lungs. Please check with your pediatrician to find out at what age you can start giving your baby these herbal teas.

Licorice tea is another great natural cough treatment. Licorice has antibacterial properties that will help you baby fight the bacteria that are causing the cough. It also soothes the throat and calms the respiratory tract; helping her get some much needed sleep. Make a cup of licorice tea and give it to your baby as warm as possible, of course without burning her.

Another very effective and gentle natural cough remedy for babies is an herbal rub. Start with 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil and add 2 drops of essential oils to the olive oil. Good oils to use are eucalyptus, sage, rosemary and peppermint oil. A mixture of eucalyptus and rosemary works really well at night, since the eucalyptus will calm your baby’s cough and allow her to breath easier, while the rosemary helps calm her down and drift off to sleep.

Mix the olive oil and essential oils well, then apply the mixture to your baby’s chest and back. If the baby is small, swaddle her in a soft blanket, otherwise keep her back and chest as covered as possible with a thicker, tight fitting shirt to build up body heat which will allow the essential oils to vaporize. As baby breathes in the fumes, breathing will get easier.

A humidifier is another great option when it comes to making your coughing baby more comfortable. Use a few of the same essential oils suggested above and run the humidifier in baby’s bedroom.

Some Moms have found that breastmilk will help soothe and heal a cough better than any other drink. If you’re nursing and baby develops a cough, don’t stop breastfeeding. Increase baby’s feedings. Breastmilk is not a dairy product and is the safest food for baby when he’s sick.

This article is provided for information purposes only. Please consult your baby’s health care provider before trying home remedies.

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Crippled By Fear of Driving on Freeways? Here’s 5 Driving Phobia Treatments That Really Work

You’re nearing the onramp. Suddenly, you notice a constriction in your chest. Driving up the ramp, you feel a rush of fear as adrenaline surges through you. It’s like being on a rollercoaster; the sweaty, dizzy feeling as the chain drags the coaster to the top of that first monster drop. Except being scared on a rollercoaster is kind of fun. Feeling scared when you’re accelerating, trying to merge safely into the steel river of traffic looming in front of you…NOT fun. Not fun at all.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. You’re one of millions of people gripped by intense fear of driving on freeways, a type of driving phobia.

Wikipedia defines a phobia as “persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding”. If you have driving phobia, it’s probably specific to only a few situations. You may have no problems most of the time, but certain settings trigger powerful sensations of anxiety, panic, and being trapped. Freeways are one of the most common trigger environments.

Breaking Down Freeway Fear: What Are You REALLY Afraid Of?

It’s likely you struggle with one or more of the following:

Merging. Merging into traffic at freeway speed is very stressful. Even “normal” (aka non-phobic) drivers find their hearts pounding a little. Merging can feel exposed and overwhelming. It feels unsafe because there’s too much happening too fast.

Lane changes. The combination of speed and traffic makes changing lanes difficult. Also, pushy drivers sometimes monopolize every extra inch of space, making lane changes even harder for less confrontational types. Lateral movement across lanes takes skill and a certain amount of aggression. This is tough with driving phobia.

Passing or overtaking. Going around other vehicles at high speed is nerve-racking because you’re so close to other large, moving objects. It’s especially bad passing trucks or other big vehicles. Passing feels exposed and claustrophobic too.

Feeling trapped. Driving phobia is a manifestation of agoraphobia, which “clusters” around social interactions where exit or escape is difficult. Like sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, or driving over a bridge where pulling over isn’t possible. Any experience of close quarters with other people and no “fast out” can trigger panic. Crowded freeways are a prime candidate.

One option, of course, is to just avoid freeways altogether. But what if you live in a densely populated area? Many people live in places where freeway driving is a fact of life. Some have reported driving an extra 2 hours a day to avoid them, but this is not a viable solution for most people.

So what can you do to overcome or reduce your fear of driving on freeways? Are there viable options out there?

5 Effective Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Generally considered the most effective for phobia, CBT helps you identify factors which contribute to your anxiety. It shows how your thoughts contribute to the problem, and how to change destructive thinking. It also helps reduce or stop unwanted, anxious behavior patterns.

Driver Training / Coaching. Perhaps your fear is due to feeling that you lack good driving skills. Whether you need to learn how to drive, or just want to brush up your abilities, a good defensive driving course can make you more confident behind the wheel.

Hypnotherapy. Common misconceptions about hypnosis are that you’re under someone’s “spell” and might be manipulated. This is mostly due to stage hypnosis that’s used for entertainment. A qualified hypnotherapist treats anxiety by inducing a relaxed state where you learn to change your internal reactions to fear triggers.

This also helps you control the physical reactions of anxiety like dizziness and hyperventilation by stimulating the parasympathetic response – your body’s built in stress reduction mechanism.

Self-Help. Many, MANY resources are available. Evaluate your options carefully here, and proceed with caution. If you’re brand-new to this world, you may want to start with professional therapy. It takes familiarity with effective treatment to accurately evaluate the quality of self-help resources. Not all are created equal, and not all have your best interests in mind.

Medication. Sometimes anxiety is so intense it must be chemically reduced before other options can be explored. Medication is not an effective long-term strategy for driving phobia. It should be combined with other methods for more successful recovery. Always seek medical advice from a qualified professional like a doctor or psychiatrist. NEVER buy anti-anxiety medication from potentially dangerous sources like so-called “generic drug” websites.

You don’t have to live like this. And you don’t have to continue avoiding freeways either. Your condition is highly treatable – it’s just a matter of finding the options that work best for you.

Next time your heart starts pounding as you approach an onramp, make a vow to get help for this crippling problem. When the day comes where you’re driving easily down a freeway, WITHOUT fear, you’ll be really glad you did.

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Homeopathy and Homeopathic Remedies, an Answer to the Incurable Psoriasis

Researches have evidently proved that psoriatic patients experienced a momentous improvement in their disease manifestation as well as the quality of their lives after taking Homeopathic treatment.

Psoriasis, an auto-immune inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the skin has been classified into basic five types as plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The disease is marked by silvery white scaly patches appearing in the epidermal layer of the skin. Lesions commonly appear in the skin above the elbow and knees but may appear anywhere on the body. It is a chronic disorder marked with a tendency to recur at regular period of intervals.

Causes of psoriasis are stiff unknown but in many cases there have been evidences of genetic predispositions. However, there are many triggers which are known to aggravate the prevailing psoriatic conditions thereby making it a challenging condition to be treated.

Major stressor causes include:

  • Stress
  • Cold Climatic Condition
  • Discontinuing certain medicines like corticosteroids
  • Injury

Flaring up of the disease can be brought about by injury to the skin known as Koebner Phenomena. Psoriasis may affect the joint and cause severe forms of arthropathies known as psoriatic arthropathy or psoriatic arthritis.

Homeopathy believes that psoriasis is an immune mediated condition brought about by faulty signals sent in the body’s immune system. Therefore, Homeopathy works to stabilize the anomalous immune system. Homeopathic medicines arouse the body’s own healing abilities by restoring the balance of the immune system and decreasing the person’s susceptibility towards a trigger agent that aggravates the disease.

The duration of Homeopathic treatment varies from case to case depending on the following factors:

  • Time duration of psoriatic affection
  • Parts of the body affected
  • Extent of spread of the lesions
  • Any previous medications taken like steroids
  • General health and associated diseases

Homeopathic treatment of psoriasis has been very controversial amongst the people taking treatment for it as the immediate change observed by them after the Homeopathic medicine has been given for the first time, is diverse in different patients. Some experience a slight amelioration; some report no change whereas some report a bad flaring up of the complaints. Most of patients of psoriasis usually observe ameliorating results in about 1-2 months of Homoeopathic treatment and complete relief maybe observed in about 1 to 2 years.

The Homeopathic response can be illustrated through various cases treated with Homeopathy:

A 58 year old widow suffered from extensive psoriasis affecting her scalp, face, chest and both hands along with rheumatic complaints of the joints especially the wrist and ankles marked with great rigidity and swelling. Her history revealed that it was 4 years ago that she had lost her husband and she had a tendency to brood over the past unpleasant situations with lot of weeping. She had two sons one of whom was an earning member and the other studying. The family suffered from great financial difficulties as the earning son lived separately not caring for her mother or his family.

Homeopathic Remedy given: Medo 1000 2 doses (to be taken 12 hours apart) were given.

After 3 weeks: Aggravation of joint pains for few days. Sep 200 3 doses were given. One dose taken daily at bedtime for 3 days.

After 10 days: Some improvement in stiffness at the joints noticed whereas skin lesions healed up. Kali Sulph 6X, 5 tablets to be taken thrice a day with Sep 10M 2 doses to be taken 12 hours apart.

Skin and Rheumatic complaints improved within a month. Patient has had no relapse of both the complaints.

Rubrics considered:

  • Weeping while narrating her illness
  • Despair of recovery
  • Mortification ailments from
  • Psoriasis
  • Worse wet weather

Psoriasis is known to be a psychosomatic disorder having its root cause to be an internal ailment. Hence, its complete cure necessarily needs a remedial influence which can essentially eradicate the malady from its root. Homeopathy is one such system of medicine which believes in stimulating the immune system to eliminate the cause and thus, effectively treat the disease.

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Solutions For Exercise – Induced Back Pain

Did you know that low back pain at some point in time will inflict over 80% of the population? Proper footwear can potentially prevent, reduce and treat biomechanical factors associated with low back pain in runners. Back pain can be a mysterious thing. Every time your feet hit the ground, the reacting shock is transferred up your legs to your hips and spine, and any biomechanical imbalance can ultimately cause lower back pain.

It could be that you have flat feet, and your over-pronation (rolling in of your feet) is causing your back ache. It could be that you have really high-arched, rigid feet and the lack of pronation is causing your back pain. It could be that one of your legs is ever-so-slightly shorter than the other, or that your pelvis is just a tiny bit uneven or tilted. You could have a curve in your spine. More seriously, one of the discs between the vertebrae of your spine could be degenerating or arthritis is setting in.

Back pain can be a tough mystery to solve, but with a little help from your friendly neighborhood sports medicine specialist you should be able to track down the cause. By far the most common diagnosis in patients with low back pain is the lumbar sprain/strain, which accounts for about 75% of all cases of low back pain. While muscle strain is the most common cause of back pain for runners, play it safe and visit a sports medicine orthopedist or a chiropractor to have your spine and vertebrae examined if you are experiencing severe pain.

If you have ruled out all the worrisome spine issue, you may have an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths. These conditions are relatively common and can be ascertained with a good biomechanical exam. With either, the muscles on one side are being pulled. They’re tense to begin with, and the added stress of running can put them into spasm. Relatively weak abdominal and lower back muscles might also contribute to the problem. Running generally tends to cause strength imbalances between these muscle groups. Add tight hamstrings, another common condition among runners, and you have a nifty recipe for back pain. Core strengthening exercises and a lot of stretching can help.

Finally, the root cause is often in your foot, the last place most people look! Back pain is a common injury associated with flat feet and over-pronation. Likewise, if your feet are rigid and high-arched, their lack of stress relief and under-pronation can cause stress imbalance resulting in back pain.

For immediate relief, cut back on the mileage, moist heating pads, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, and a good massage. If the problem is disc deterioration or spinal arthritis, surgery may be necessary, and an adjustment in training is absolutely required. Take this condition seriously, and see a spinal specialist. If your spine is merely out of alignment, manipulation by a chiropractor or physical therapist may help ease your pain. This may also ease your muscle strain.

If your doctor confirms that you have an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths, the solution will likely be to try to correct the problem with a heel lift on the short side. This may be as simple as putting a piece of 1/4″ foam or cork into the heel of your running shoe. If you don’t get any relief at all within a week, go ahead and take the lift out. If it does no good, its better just not to wear one; your body may have adjusted to different leg lengths, and “fixing” it may cause more discomfort. Whatever the case, make sure that the remedy matches the problem; do not use a heel lift if your doctor does not confirm that you have an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths, or you may only make your problems worse.

If your problem is in the structure of your foot, your solution may be as simple as wearing different running shoes or adding orthotics to the mix. Shoes have been shown to lose almost 75% of their shock absorption after approximately 500 miles. This appears to be the critical point in which injuries tend to develop as a result of shoe wear. Thus it is important to have a rough idea how many miles are on your shoes and to replace them before soreness begins. If your shoes are not worn out, see your podiatrist for recommendations of shoe types and to see if an orthotic will help decrease the biomechanical strain causing your back pain. . In most cases of lower back pain, you will benefit from exercises to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.

Back pain can be an indicator of a serious problem and can lead to a cascading injury that slows your running to a complete halt! Muscular back pain is the most common and can be annoying and complicated to treat due to the myriad of causes. If you have severe pain, seek medical attention immediately. If your pain is mild and seems to be directly related to your running, look to your feet as a possible contributor to you pain.

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16 Tips to Awaken Your Senses and Revitalize Your Mood

Sometimes we just sort of fall into a dull place in life. We could really use something fresh and fun to invigorate us, awaken our senses, and revitalize our moods. If you feel like you just need something new and exciting to jump start your mood, you will be happy to find this list of fresh ways to revamp your mood with little or no change in your daily routine.

Work can often put us in a bad mood. And when it isn’t work, it may be errands and having too many things to do, money issues, not having enough time to ourselves, or countless other things draining on us. Sometimes all we need to do to get back into the groove of life is to take a few moments to ourselves and refresh and awaken our senses and flip the switch to put ourselves in a better mood.

If you just need something simple to put your life back on track, or possibly to derail the current direction and change over to a new outlook, consider these tips to rejuvenate your mood.

• Take a hot bath with luxurious bath salts, bubbles, or other bath goodies.

• Try an emotibomb by LUSH Cosmetics. It adds lovely fragrance to your shower experience.

• Go for a ride in a convertible with all the windows down on the next nice day.

• Join a class or do your own yoga or Pilates at home.

• Take the time to meditate on a daily basis.

• Go for a jog outside…. Better yet if you can find safe trails to roam.

• Go swimming, even if the water is cold. Jump right in.

• Plan a tropical vacation, either by plane or on a cruise.

• Treat yourself to new and fragrant bath and body products like lotions, body sprays, and other goodies.

• Spend time outside gardening, doing yard work, or working out. Fresh air can do wonders for your mood and your body.

• Indulge in one delicious and sinful goodie, like triple chocolate cake or a large dish of ice cream.

• Watch a movie that makes you feel good. Or, if you feel like you need to cry but don’t want to cry for your own reasons, watch a sad movie that will let you get that release of tears.

• Call an old friend out of the clear blue sky and catch up.

• Spend time with a family member, friend, or pet. Remember how much you are loved.

• Stop and smell the roses – literally. If you don’t have any flowers in your yard, consider treating yourself to a new potted plant or bouquet to enjoy for a spell.

• Go somewhere peaceful and just relax. A stream, waterfall, or the ocean can be some great places to relax and reflect. You might also consider a hike to the top of a mountain or another pretty location.

No matter how you deal with your stress and mood swings, just remember that you can always try to reverse the negative feelings. In addition to the ideas listed above, consider things in life that make you happy and ideas of what you like to do for hobbies. Be sure to include these kinds of activities to help you eliminate stress.

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Feeling Lightheaded While Driving?

If you ever feel lightheaded while driving, you may be one of the millions of people who suffer from something called driving anxiety disorder. This is actually a very common problem for many people, and feeling lightheaded while driving is often times a symptom associated with this condition and may mean that you are suffering from this condition as well.

First of all, if you are experiencing or ever feel lightheaded while driving, you should always seek professional medical treatment first. This may be a sign of a more serious condition that may need medical treatment from a trained professional. The information contained here is not mean to replace the opinion or treatment of a medical professional or to be used as a guide to self diagnose yourself. This information is to be used as a tool to help you better understand what feeling lightheaded while driving may be.

If, however, you do seek medical treatment and the tests come back negative, but you are still feeling lightheaded while driving, you may suffer from driving anxiety disorder and may need to find a form of treatment that will help you overcome this problem before it gets out of hand.

Many people who suffer from this phobia often times never realize that this is the cause of their panic while driving. This often times grows into a problem that completely effects their quality of life. This is why it can be so important for you to understand whether or not you suffer from this phobia, and find treatment before it gets to the point that you are almost completely incapable of driving yourself anywhere and need to rely on other people in order to accomplish basic daily tasks.

There are other symptoms as well that you may experience as well as feeling lightheaded while driving. These include feeling very dizzy, having blurred vision, nausea, and headaches. Many times these symptoms will come on very quickly and suddenly without any warning. Many times you will simply be driving along and suddenly experience these symptoms.

Most commonly these symptoms are experienced at night, however, they may occur during the day time as well. They are almost always experienced when you are driving, and very rarely when you are a passenger in the vehicle. This can often times make it very difficult to continue driving.

Other symptoms people experience in addition to feeling lightheaded while driving include the inability to focus properly, feelings of being overwhelmed or panic, zoned out, or a feeling of virtago or feeling off balance.

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How Bitters Can Boost Fertility and Combat Unexplained Infertility

The first time I hear someone say that bitters can boost fertility and cure infertility, I thought it was unscientific. I dismissed the folk-remedy philosophy that bitters can make a woman conceive. Not until I started researching the causes of unexplained infertility. Bitters work so well because they boost fertility and combat infertility through different mechanisms. This range from boosting your overall health and toning reproductive organs specifically. Yes, bitters balance the hormones, tones the ovary and makes the ovary release healthy eggs.

The problem with many infertile patients is that they do not associate infertility with ‘fertile nutrition.’ Good nutrition is the foundation a healthy body. Remember a healthy ovary is to be found in a healthy body. When the ovary is healthy, it produces healthy egg (ovum) and healthy egg produces healthy pregnancy leading to the birth of a healthy baby.

How does bitters boost fertility? Well, bitters tone and tune-up the five pillars of health: mind and mood, ingestion, digestion, circulation, immune system.

Bitters stimulate the bitter receptors at the back of the tongue to shut down the craving for refined sugar. This in turn stimulates the vagus nerve (the 10th cranial nerve) responsible for release of digestive enzymes. Any time your digestion improves, your overall health improves. Note also that sugar is the cause of 250 diseases including causing auto immunity and free radical damage which can retard the reproductive organs including the ovary.

Bitters also helps the detoxification work of the liver and the kidneys. Estrogen is eliminated in the liver which is also responsible for balancing all reproductive hormones. The liver pushes to the kidneys the wastes that are water soluble to be eliminated through the urine. The force of the kidneys rules the reproductive organs according to Chinese medicine. Detoxification also help the body to remove pollution of the antibodies that fight disease and initiate tissue repair and degeneration. This can boost the fertility of the ovaries and eliminate ovarian cysts and premature ovarian failure. Bitters have been known to correct irregular menstruation which is a sign of anovulation and hormonal imbalance.

Once infertility is diagnosed, stress tend to kick in. The body is not designed to handle excessive stress. Mental stress releases stress hormones which cause oxidation, immune depletion, inflammation and fibrosis. Bitters are adaptogens that helps the body cope with stress. Adaptogens tend to tone the the internal organs and bring them back to normal physiological function.

Bitters also eliminate estrogen dominance by eliminating excess estradiol (the bad estrogen) while boosting the level of progesterone and testesterone secretion. Without hormonal balance, the ovary, the immune system and ovulation is thrown off balance, too. In fact hormonal imbalance causes majority of the women fibrosis diseases that has been blamed for unexplained infertility. These include uterine fibroids, anovulation, polycystic ovary disease, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, adenomyosis, irregular periods, and luteal phase defect. Bitters helps eliminate growths or tumors including falopian tube blockade due to adhesions.

Specifically not only does bitters help mature eggs, they also help ovulation and propelling the released eggs to the falopian tube to be fertilized by the advancing spermatozoa. Note that once pregnancy test is positive, bitters are no longer needed.

The bitters that are effective (used in combination of other herbs) are gentian (called bitter root), bitter leaf (common in African-folk medicine), golden seal, dandelion greens and watercress. The Chinese bitters are a form of gentian or bitter root found in Europe.

You take bitters consistently for one month to regularize the menstrual periods and stop if period starts again. Then take for the second month and stop if pregnancy occurs. By then it is no longer necessary. If there is no pregnancy, take after your period is over for six days and stop just before ovulation starts. Continue the cycle if there is no pregnancy. It takes an average of two months to get pregnant with bitters.

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Assess Your Stress Using Stress Inventory

This is a tool to measure the amount of stress you experience in your daily life. 66 statements are included. Read slowly and carefully, state how far it is true in your case. You may please choose any one of the following five options to each item.

A. Very true, I agree fully

B. True, I agree

C. I cannot say

D. Not true, I disagree

E. Not true, I totally disagree

Once you finish writing your responses to all items, you can go to the scoring key, given at the end. Now start taking the test.

1. I do things in a hurry.

2. I like to travel slowly.

3. I eat food faster.

4. I never interrupt when others talk.

5. I want to finish works with neatness and perfection.

6. I speak slowly.

7. Seeing lazy people I get angry.

8. I never bet with others.

9. I feel tensed on thinking about my responsibilities.

10. I am not happy to wait in a queue.

11. I always consider the feelings of others while talking.

12. I take intoxicants.

13. I pray regularly.

14. I am interested in religious books.

15. My sexual life is not satisfactory.

16. I watch movies and plays.

17. I practice meditation.

18. I don’t reveal secrets to others.

19. I can’t stay away from home.

20. I fell tensed on unexpected arrival of a guest.

21. I feel disturbed on an unexpected expenditure.

22. I have debts.

23. I quarrel frequently with spouse.

24. I feel that some of my family members are against me.

25. I am not properly understood.

26. I feel devaluated in society.

27. I can’t plan my financial budget properly.

28. I am not being loved.

29. I have a lot of family problems.

30. I reach home late.

31. I discus my problems with family members.

32. I have experiences of losing job unexpectedly.

33. I am often scolded by superiors for coming late.

34. I fear my work place.

35. I quarrel with colleagues.

36. I had been a scapegoat in fight between superiors.

37. I don’t like in engaging in love affairs.

38. I receive confusing and contradicting instructions from above.

39. My job is boring one.

40. I am not paid adequately.

41. My work evokes prick of conscience.

42. I had to bear injustice silently.

43. I am satisfied at work.

44. I am well trained for my work.

45. I get angry soon.

46. I don’t loose opportunities to help others.

47. I believe and spread rumors.

48. I am a patient listener.

49. I am willing to accept my faults.

50. At times I feel like destroying everything.

51. I suffer from headache.

52. I have fre3quent attacks of chest pain.

53. I have poor appetite.

54. I sweat without reason.

55. I don’t get adequate sleep.

56. I have nightmares.

57. I loose control soon.

58. I hate criticism.

59. I feel anxious.

60. I feel calm.

61. I usually regret for what has happened.

62. I fell sorry.

63. I feel frustrated.

64. I am happy.

65. I am confident.

66. I feel worthless.

This is a questionnaire to measure your STRESS in different life situations.

Once you finish answering, give scores to each response.

5,4,3,2,1 Scores respectively for A,B,C,D,E.

Qns. 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 31, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 60, 64, 65 should be scored in the opposite order.( Scores 1,2,3,4,5 respectively for A,B,C,D,E)

Find your total score.

If it is above 130, you should find out what makes you tensed, may be your life style… try to change it. If above 200, you need professional help to reduce stress. Thanks

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