Natural Therapies – The Medicine of the Future

Mother Nature is blessed with an abundance of living creatures that can be found in every corner of the earth. It is in the depths of the ocean and even in the air. The human species, taken as the most intelligent of all life on earth; has time and time again worked to improve the quality of life. These efforts based on trial and error; and on research supported by advanced technology have propelled the human civilization forward. The medical field has jumped by leaps and bounds in the ground breaking medical treatments. However, while our faith in the medical profession is strong, we still have a tendency to fall back on the old fashioned Grandma’s “chicken soup” remedy.

Yoga therapy is in essence a system of self healing. The practice of Yoga has clearly shown to work silently on the human body, thus restoring it to its original state. While Yoga therapy is not an independent substitute for medical treatment, its practice will remove ailments and aches or at times it prevents them from deteriorating. There are various types of Yoga therapy that is designed for specific ailments like high blood pressure, neck and spinal pain, arthritis, asthma or bronchitis, diabetes and the many preventive measures that can be adopted as therapy. Below I have listed some Yoga therapies that will definitely aid and curing some of the most common ailments.

Water Therapy / Gajahkarni

This is a special method of consuming plain water daily, non-stop for forty eight days. The results are spectacular; according to Yogic scriptures this unconventional technique removes all diseases above the diaphragm. Completely cleanses the upper half of the body.

Colon Cleansing / Shankaprakslana

This is a natural purified method of water-gastro-intestinal track cleansing. The Yoga end-to-end water cleansing is a remarkable technique of drinking water coupled with specific Yoga postures to clear the entire digestive track. This therapy should be done under the guidance of a Guru.

Water Fast

This therapy provides lasting benefits and is definitely worth the effort. All of Hollywood’s celebrities have written their own beauty books and expounded the benefits of water fasting. However, they all fast one day each, mostly on Monday’s because they party over the weekend. Water fast is simple and efficient way to rest the body, and cleanse it at the same time. The body is feed light and refreshing small meals.

Blood Purification / Satkriyas

This is simplicity at its peak, cleansing the kidneys, liver, pancreas and bladder. Excess build up of toxins are removed and purified. This is a special combination of strategic water intake and specific breathing exercises for forty eight days non-stop. You will feel the benefits by the second day. Works well.

Weight Management / Prana Shakti

This is and amazing therapy because you will learn how to melt your body fat by utilizing your own body heat (body energy, chi, ki, prana; named differently according to different cultures). What’s more exciting is that there is no dietary restriction. Plus you can direct your own energy to target problem areas. All it takes is five minutes a day of this excellent weight loss method, utilizing the ancient Yoga technique.

Oxygen Therapy / Pranayama

This is a simple yet efficient way to maintain health and eradicate disease. Oxygen therapy is a rejuvenation technique to remain glowing and youthful. The key is to oxygenate every cell in the body through specific breathing exercises.

Yoga therapy will improve the quality of your life without the use of medication. Yoga’s natural therapies are indeed the “medicine for the future”

Treating Heartburn, Gastritis, Reflux and GERD With Holistic Medicine and PEMF Therapy

Because GERD is so complex, one has to understand the mechanisms underlying the problem. GERD is due to a hiatal hernia. When there is a hiatal hernia, there are different degrees of reflux of stomach acid up to the esophagus. The primary symptom of GERD is heartburn. Another common problem associate with GERD is “water brash” or a feeling of acid up in the throat. It is not uncommon for people with bad reflux, which is what GERD is, to have vocal cord irritation, coughing, and a chronic sore throat, especially in the mornings-and even asthma.

Hiatal hernia is caused simply by overstretching the stomach, which then unfortunately causes the lower end of the esophagus to overstretch as well. When the esophagus is overstretched, acid freely goes up into the esophagus, which is not designed to handle acid.

Heartburn is often also caused by gastritis or inflammation of the stomach. These two conditions may be difficult to differentiate and can only be done so by doing an endoscopy, or putting a scope down the throat into the lower esophagus and stomach. Gastritis is treated as a very different condition, although both of them tend to get treated by using acid suppression with medications like Zantac, Prilosec, the purple pill [protonix], etc.

The condition that is the most worrisome with GERD is the esophagitis,, called reflux esophagitis. In the worst case it becomes known as Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus can lead to esophageal cancer, because of the chronic irritation of acid of the lower end of the esophagus.

So, there are two approaches to handling GERD.

The first is to reduce the reflux of acid into the esophagus. This is again using the acid suppression medications. In a holistic world, the primary strategy is to reduce the amount of time the food sit in the stomach and to try to heal the esophagus. The medications used to suppress acid reflux into the esophagus simply decrease the acid production. They do nothing to heal the esophagus or the stomach. The doctors in this case rely strictly on the body healing itself. Holistic doctors use an additional strategy using a supplement called DGL or aloe to help to heal the lining of the esophagus and stomach.

The second important strategy is to reduce the time the food takes move out of the stomach. Unfortunately, with the acid blockers we are in a Catch-22. By suppressing stomach acid, we are not able to digest our food as well and consequently it tends to sit in the stomach longer. While appearing counterintuitive, we would typically recommend that individuals with GERD should actually use acid during their meals. Many individuals actually develop reflux simply because they already do not have enough acid in their stomachs to digest their food properly. That means food sits there too long and therefore is more likely to reflux into the esophagus. For this purpose people may use apple cider vinegar, 1 to 2 tablespoons in 4 ounces of water at the end of each meal, or to actually use an acid preparation such as betaine hydrochloride, in the proper dose.

Digestion actually begins in the mouth. People need to properly until their food is liquid before it leaves the mouth. This pre-digestion reduces the amount of work the stomach has to do and as a result of food will leave the stomach faster, decreasing reflux. I strongly believe that a large part of our reflux problems in our society is that people don’t chew adequately, because of how much we end up rushing meals. In addition, those people with reflux — particularly with morning symptoms– need to elevate the head of the bed or get a foam wedge with a 6 inch rise. The foam wedge needs to cover their body from their head to their tailbone. Fortunately, this can be done on one side of the bed so that any partner is not affected. It’s important to do elevation with a wedge [additional pillows just don’t work] to decrease the possibility of acid refluxing into the esophagus. In addition, meals should not happen within two hours of bedtime, as food is likely to still be in the stomach and then reflux into the esophagus. Small meals throughout the day also decrease the amount of food in the stomach at any one time. The stomach is like a small balloon, the size of a fist, and when it is pressed by the down the muscles with bending and lifting or other abdominal muscle straining, the balloon is pressed and the food has only one way to go, up into the esophagus.

In terms of the value of PEMFs in the setting of heartburn or GERD, it is possible that PEMFs may help with motility of the stomach to evacuate food faster. This helps to decrease the amount of reflux. Additionally PEMFs may increase the amount of acid production during a meal to help to digest food better and faster. Finally, PEMFs can help to reduce the symptoms of heartburn and gastritis. I have used magnetic fields numerous times when I have overindulged in spicy foods. They do help the pain of heartburn fairly dramatically. However, this use of PEMFs is just a Band-Aid as long as the other components of reducing reflux are not used. So, using PEMFs in the setting of GERD has to include mechanical measures, nutritional measures and proper digestive practices. PEMFs may be very helpful to reduce symptoms and may additionally speed up gastric motility, reducing the amount of time food spends in the stomach and therefore the likelihood of reflux.

Obviously if you own a PEMF system, it could be used for other health needs as well. If you already have a PEMF system for other reasons, it can also be used for your reflux by applying the magnetic field directly over the upper abdomen and lower esophagus. This can be done particularly at bedtime, whenever heartburn is felt – until the discomfort is relieved, and in the morning when symptoms may be the worst. In this case, again, the PEMFs would be symptomatically helpful along with whatever other therapy is being used.

Von Willebrand Disease Treatment – Orthodox Medicine

von Willebrand disease Treatment (VWD) is based on the type of VWD and the severity of symptoms.

The aim of therapy is to correct the acquired clotting problem. This is mostly and usually accomplished by raising the levels of VWF (von Willebrand factor) and factor VIII (another protein in the bloodstream).

Most cases of VWD are mild, so you may need treatment only if you have planned or abnormal conditions such as minor surgery procedures, tooth extractions, or after an accident.

If your condition does require treatment, there are several options and medicaments available.

DDAVP® {Desmopressin acetate} Injection

This medicine is nothing but a modified synthetic copy of vasopressin (a natural hormone), which works by assisting the body to release stored VWF into the bloodstream side by side by increasing the levels of factor VIII.

Side effects may include:

-local injection (site reactions),

-facial flushing,

-headache

-changes in blood pressure.

It is mostly given to patients as an infusion (by means of injection into a vein), but it can also be given subcutaneously (injected under the skin).

Stimate® (Desmopressin acetate) Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/ml

Stimate® (Desmopressin acetate) in the form of Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/ml is another type of Desmopressin, made as a high concentrate nasal spray.

Plusses:

– It can be used easily without the need of help like injections.

Stimate usage is recommended for people with mild or moderate Type 1 VWD.

Common side effects:

-facial flushing

-headache

Note that Desmopressin nasal spray is fabricated in two forms:

-low concentrate

-high concentrate

Low concentrate nasal spray is used to treat:

– diabetes insipidus

-bed wetting diseases

High concentrate nasal spray is aimed for von Willebrand disease Treatment

Factor replacement therapies – Factor Concentrates

Factor replacement therapies are medicaments given to replace the missing VWF in patients with VWD.

There are two kinds of replacement therapy:

-factor concentrates containing VWF, (preferred for von Willebrand disease Treatment because they are treated to kill any possible viral infection)

-cryoprecipitate.

Both Factor Concentrates are derived from fresh plasma and are set to be given by infusion.

Humate-P®

Humate-P® the Antihemophilic Factor/von Willebrand Factor Complex (Human). Is the only VWF concentrate approved in the United States for von Willebrand disease Treatment (it is used for all types of von Willebrand disease),

Humate-P is effective for most if not all bleeding episodes in all types of von Willebrand disease.

Usage:

-Humate-P is taken by injection. (Home infusion).

Antifibrinolytics (Local clotting agents)

Typical local clotting agents, or antifibrinolytics, usually taken as an injection or via oral tract (by mouth) (tablet, capsule, mouthwash or elixir).

Role:

They help protect clots and hold them in place (anti burst action) thus they help evacuate the reasons of thrombosis i.e. they decrease the possibilities of brain insults, heart attacks…

Usage:

antifibrinolytics can be used to stop bleeding in many circumstances and specially those related to digestive system problems, bleedings from mouth, nose, or gastrointestinal tract.

They are highly used to help control heavy bleeding during the menstrual period.

Oral contraceptive pills (Birth control pills)

OCP, Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, can increase the levels of VWF, by affecting the glandular system as a whole, side by side by affecting the tonus of the white muscles and their mighty role in powering the immune system and fighting hypertension, though they increase the risk of clotting, and is not favored in women with hypotension or thrombolytic diseases

Oral contraceptive pills should be used with the supervision of a doctor specially when it is taken for von Willebrand disease Treatment.

Oral contraceptives are very useful for women with HMB syndrome (heavy menstrual bleeding syndrome).