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The Ayurveda Experience

The Ayurveda Experience is a three-step process to becoming more calm, healthy, and happy with a carefully researched 3-step process described in this eBook guide. You will identify your unique personality type and all of the problems and struggles that your personality type faces, and way to live your life so that you will become more satisfied and happier. Most of your problems in life stem from the fact that people do not realize that you are different from them. Since everyone is unique, everyone needs special treatment for their individual problems. There is no such thing as a one size fits all treatment plan for depression or weight or anything else. The Ayurveda Experience takes ancient Indian religion and medicine into account, and your unique person to come up with the perfect plan for you to become as healthy as you could possibly be. Learn your personality and what makes you tick, and then follow the plan to become the best person that you can be, treated the way that you were intended to be treated!

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Background The Ancient Indian Texts The Ayurvedic Texts

Ancient Indian Medicine had close ties with philosophy and religion. The basic texts of Hinduism are the four Vedas Rg, Sam, Yajur, and Atharva. Ayurveda, meaning the science of life, is considered to be the fifth of these texts and as important as the other four. All of the first four Vedas have sections that deal with healing and the prevention and cure of sickness. Yet the approach is usually magical or by prayer to the deities of the Vedic pantheon. The Ayurvedic texts, by contrast, are of later origin and tend to attribute disease to divine causes less frequently. The codification of Ayurveda probably occurred around the sixth century B.C., and the texts presumably took their defined forms, in which they are still available, by the sixth or seventh century A.D. They were compiled in the northwestern part of India and in areas that today include Pakistan and Afghanistan, although, with the spread of the Aryans and their culture, Ayurveda came to be practiced over much of the...

Oriental Medicine Manages the Immune System

I have certainly seen the benefits of treating HIV AIDS with acupuncture and herbal medicines in my office, benefits that are reported by other practitioners who treat HIV and AIDS throughout the United States and around the world. I give each new patient an initial exam outlining the patterns of disharmony in Oriental Medical terms. It's important to learn the overall health and specific immune strength of the patient. Remember that Oriental Medicine can't promise to weaken or kill the HIV virus. Its strength is in increasing your body's immunity and overall health.

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine AGAOM

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), formerly the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM), was established in June 1982 by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Its mission is to foster excellence in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education. The commission acts as an independent body to evaluate first-professional Master's degree and professional Master's level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture, and first-professional Master's degree and professional Master's level certificate and diploma programs in Oriental Medicine with a concentration in both acupuncture and herbal therapies for a level of performance, integrity, and quality that entitles the practitioners to the confidence of the educational community and the public they serve. The commission is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the...

Islamic and Indian Medicine

Islamic and Indian medicine originated in distinct cultural traditions but have been in close contact for many centuries. The terms Islamic and Indian as they refer to medicine do not describe static, idealized, or monolithic systems that can be categorized by referring to the medical texts of a distant golden age. Medical practices in Islamic and Indian cultures were, as elsewhere, eclectic and pluralistic, evolving in response to complex influences that varied according to time and place. This essay briefly traces the origins and the major components of the two traditions and compares and contrasts their institutional responses to the challenges of modern times. The term Indian medicine usually refers to Hindu or Ayurvedic medicine. It is a medical tradition distinct from either Greek or Islamic medicine. Ayurvedic scholars trace its roots to verses from the ancient Vedic hymns, which contain medical doctrines, mostly of a magicoreligious character, and date from as early as the...

Herbal Medicine

Vinca rosea, a variety of the periwinkle plant, grows bright pink on the East Indian island of Madagascar. It had long been used there as an herbal remedy for diabetes. The periwinkle was brought to North America for scientific study in the late 1940s, and researchers in Canada and the United States identified its chemical structure. When a promising component of the plant was found to destroy cancer cells in a test tube, it was subjected to further study in animals. As in the test tube, the animals' cancers were reduced. Eventually, two forms of this chemical substance, vinblastine and vincristine, were approved for use against human cancers. They are still used today in various chemotherapy regimens. Vinblastine attacks Hodgkins disease and other cancers, and vincristine helps cure childhood leukemia and is used also to treat many types of cancer in adults. The Madagascar periwinkle plant story illustrates some of the blind alleys (diabetes) and rewards (cancer) of herbal medicine....

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies, or botanicals, are supplement preparations made from various plant components. Herbals typically contain numerous chemical compounds. One study found that 34 of the U.S. population used herbal remedies at least once, and 14 took at least one herbal remedy consistently from June 2002 to June 2003 (Rogers, 2005). Chinese herbs, Ayurvedic herbs, and Latin American herbs are frequently used, but the great number of available herbs from around the world is not the only issue to discuss with patients. A given remedy's potency and efficacy are influenced by where an herb was grown, the particular species used in the formulation, how the plant products were processed, which plant parts were used, and which compounds were used for chemical standardization. Table 52-3 lists common forms of herbal preparations. Table 52-4 lists some of the most common individual herbs, with indications, efficacy, and potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Yale University Press Health Wellness

A Yale University Press Health & Wellness book is an authoritative, accessible source of information on a health-related topic. It may provide guidance to help you lead a healthy life, examine your treatment options for a specific condition or disease, situate a healthcare issue in the context of your life as a whole, or address questions or concerns that linger after visits to your healthcare provider.

Psychological Factors

Hardiness is one personality construct that has received considerable research support in explaining who does and who does not become sick under stress (Kobasa, 1979). Hardiness includes three characteristics (Table 3-2) (1) a strong sense of personal control (2) commitment, a sense of purpose or involvement in events or activities and (3) challenge, the ability to see change as an opportunity for growth. Kobasa and her colleagues (1982) demonstrated that people with high levels of the three Cs of control, commitment, and challenge tended to remain healthier than their less hardy

Acu Boxes for Accurate Understanding

Throughout the book, you'll find boxes that contain valuable tips for treatment and for better understanding of oriental medicine. Pay close attention to these warnings and potential hazards to your health. These tidbits of news for your review will deepen your understanding of oriental medicine or give you a good laugh while you learn. These tidbits of news for your review will deepen your understanding of oriental medicine or give you a good laugh while you learn. This book or any book on oriental medicine would not be possible to produce in English without the talented and dedicated work of Oriental Medical translators. Their pursuit of knowledge and desire to share the wealth of accumulated medical expertise, which has been evolving in Oriental Medicine over the past three centuries, benefits the many educators and practitioners around the world. I was fortunate in being able to study with some of the best practitioners. Their high standards and caring have inspired me to strive...

Integration of Psychosocial Issues in Clinical Practice

Wynne (2003) states, In the 'real' world of health care, systems thinking is more needed than ever before, but its increased complexity challenges both clinicians and researchers to the depths of their resources. Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, behaviors, relationships, and social environmental interact to affect the experience of illness or well-being. Accordingly, physicians' ability to promote health and relieve suffering depends on their ability to engage effectively in this complex web of interrelationships. This is a daunting task that depends on fostering a quality relationship over time, gathering sufficient biopsychosocial data about a particular patient, and integrating data with theoretic understanding to inform interventions.

Beliefs on Which It Is Based

Native American medicine rests on the core belief that all life is interconnected, and that everyone and everything has a corresponding presence in the spiritual world. Not only living things including plants and insects, but also inanimate objects such as rocks and wind, are believed to contain spirits. The web of life and the connectedness of body and spirit are fundamental to the related belief that the spirit world can influence the activities of the physical world, and thus promote health or cause illness. Shamans were and still are employed primarily to access and influence the spiritual forces that govern the physical world.

Isaac Ray and the Consolidation of Medical Jurisprudence and Clinical Psychiatry

Of insanity based on the existence and disturbances of discrete faculties and propensities in cerebral tissue. He became the foremost American proponent of the concept that impairment of the will or the emotions could occur in the absence of impaired cognition or rationality. He noted that the insane mind is not entirely deprived of this power of moral discernment, but on many subjects is perfectly rational, and displays the exercise of a sound and well balanced mind, is one of those facts now so well established, that to question it would only betray the height of ignorance and presumption (Ray 1838 1989, p. 32).

What to Expect on Your First Visit Does It Hurt

In this chapter, you'll learn what kind of information about you and your health that your acu-pro needs in order to figure out how to help you. Knowing what to expect takes most of the mystery and anxiety out of your first visit, so that you can concentrate on your health. Afterwards, you'll feel great and wonder what all the fuss was about. Your conventional physician checks your heart rate by taking your pulse. By pressing on the radial artery located where the wrist meets your hand, he or she can determine the number of times per minute your heart beats. In Oriental Medicine, your pulse gives clues to the condition of the channels that run over your body and your corresponding organs. Although each channel has its own pulse points located on the body, the three pulse positions located on each wrist are traditionally the principle sites for pulse diagnosis. Your acu-pro must feel and distinguish between three pulse positions with three depths to each position. Right now, as you are...

Organization of Services

And developmental disorders such as autism. Nonetheless, behavioral issues and psychosomatic illnesses are quite common presentations in the urban areas and are well documented in the Indian literature. Psychosomatic presentations commonly encountered in children and adolescents include psue-doseizures, headaches, stomachaches, difficulty in breathing, and limb pain. Alternative traditional modes of treatment, such as yoga, meditation, homeopathy, and Ayurveda (an ancient form of medical practice, primarily using herbs and extracts of various medicinal plants), are often pursued.

Mysteries of Early Research Abdilgaards Chickens and Kites Successes

A child three years old, fell from a one-pair-of-stairs window, upon the pavement, and was taken up without any signs of life. An apothecary being sent for, he declared that nothing could be done, and that the child was irrecoverably dead but a gentleman who lived opposite to the place, proposing a trial with Electricity, the parents consented. At least twenty minutes elapsed before he could apply the shock, which he gave to various parts of the body without any appearance of success. At length, on sending a few shocks through the chest, a small pulsation became perceptible soon after the child began to sigh, and to breathe, though with great difficulty in about ten minutes, she vomited. A kind of stupor remained for some days but she was restored to perfect health and spirits in about a week.9

Assessing Pain and Planning Treatment Strategies

Living with unnecessary pain decreases your overall quality of life. It may make you less active or depressed. You may have difficulty sleeping, working, or spending time with family and friends. You may erroneously equate your pain with advancing cancer and begin to feel hopeless. Because you need all of your energy to get through your cancer treatments and get healthy again, living with cancer pain is simply foolish.

Regulatory Issues Whos Minding the Store

Despite continuing concern on the part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and others who work in the public interest, there are still no across-the-board standards or federal laws governing the quality of food supplements, herbs, and other products marketed with claims for improving health benefits. Caveat emptor let the buyer beware is the only rule governing the purchase of many products used as health foods or dietary supplements. What you think you are buying is not necessarily what you get.

The Supplement Shambles

Top experts in herbal medicine and dietary supplements decried the lack of public protection. The 1994 regulations took good care of the multibillion-dollar supplements industry, but many scientific reviews concluded that they left the public in the lurch. Here's what the November 1995 issue of Consumer Reports said about what that law allowed Products can be sold with no testing for efficacy or effectiveness and supplement manufacturers do not have to prove the safety of their products already on the market.

Types Of Complementary Medicine

The four different systems have two main unique features. The Greek and Egyptian systems concentrate on the use of single herbs, while the Chinese and Indian systems use multiple combinations. Combined formulae are most commonly prescribed in Chinese herbal medicine. 2. Herbal medicine The author cannot possibly be knowledgeable about all the varieties of complementary medicine, and is not able to discuss all their clinical trials. Rather, he will concentrate on the two varieties that he is familiar with, herbal medicine and acupuncture. While discussions are being made, examples of clinical trials will be given, based on personal interests and experiences.

General Considerations

Studies have shown that the frequency of use of complementary or alternative medical therapy in the United States is far greater than previously reported. These therapies include relaxation techniques, imagery, chiropractic, massage, spiritual healing, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, folk remedies, and prayer, to name a few. It has been estimated that 42 of the American population uses at least one of these and other alternative healing methods to satisfy their medical needs. The most common users of complementary and alternative therapy are the more affluent people, women, those better educated, individuals born after 1950, and those who are concerned about emotional stress and the environment. The most common therapies were relaxation techniques (18 ), massage (12 ), herbal medicine (10 ), and megavitamin therapy (9 ). The perceived efficacy of these therapies ranged from 76 (hypnosis) to 98 (energy healing). The number of visits to providers of this health care is greater...

Family Physicians within the Health Care System

The good news is that family physicians, despite limited face-to-face time with patients, already spend a significant amount of time promoting health behaviors. One large study found that physicians addressed health behaviors during one half of all visits, spending on average more than 10 of the visit promoting health (Stange et al., 2002).

Concluding Thoughts

Ang-Lee MK, Moss J, Yuan CS Herbal medicines and perioperative care. JAMA 286 213, 2001. De Smet PA Herbal remedies. N Engl J Med 347 2046, 2002. research. Altern Therap Health Med 9(3) A54, 2003. Warner JW, Fan MD A Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine Principles and Practice for Easy Reference.

With anorexia you lose the ability to see yourself as others see you

You may have trouble understanding or agreeing with their concerns for your health and well being. You think you're on your way to achieving a very important goal and assume everyone who challenges you is jealous. You're able to ignore the reactions and rejection of people who have been part of your life, because the anorexia makes you believe you're strong and superior, in spite of the fact that others see and say that it's making you ill. However physically ill or weak you feel when you're starving yourself this way, however lonely and isolated you are, such things are secondary to the sense of power you believe you have over yourself and your hunger. And because they're secondary, you don't try to fix them.

Applying Complementary Medicine

Although there are still confident herbal practitioners who believe and declare that whatever the modern scientific practitioners can do, they could substitute with other herbal remedies, the number who remain that committed is getting less and less. Indeed today, most herbal practitioners accept the role of functioning as supplementary or alternative healers in a combined effort of cure and care.11 HOW DOES HERBAL MEDICINE REALLY WORK Traditionally the system of herbal medicine was built on the rich experience of herb users or herbalists, accumulated over more than two thousand years in China since the early Chinese culture. For some reason, while basic medical sciences, e.g. anatomy and physiology, developed gradually in European territories around the Renaissance period, Chinese healers never felt the need to explore these basic medical sciences. Without sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology, i.e. biological structure and function of the human body, it would not be possible to...

Institute of Medicine 2005 Report and 2009 Summit

In 2009, IOM and the Bravewell Collaborative convened a 3-day summit, Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. More than 600 scientists, academic leaders, policy experts, health practitioners, advocates, and other participants from various disciplines examined the practice of integrative medicine, its scientific basis, and its potential for improving health. Note how the recurring themes and shared

Energy Medicine Frontier Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The practice of CAM presents many challenges to Western science. How does acupuncture work, and what is qi How can dilute homeopathic remedies induce effects on biologic systems What are the chakras, or energy centers, so integral to yoga and Ayurveda These mysteries present us with opportunities for new discoveries and an expansion of our healing capacities (eAppendix 11-3). Many scientists are showing how research in biophysics and bio-magnetism is helping to elucidate the subtle energies of

Fibromyalgia Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbal medicine are recommended as effective treatments by the Fibromyalgia Network (see Appendix D, State and National Organizations)- The Network is an organization that provides information to patients with this potentially debilitating condition. Moxi-bustion or infrared heat treatments are also useful in driving out the cold. Nutritional supplements such as antioxidants (coenzyme Q10, vitamins E and C) are helpful in managing this condition, as are dietary changes to eliminate dampness and build immunity. V Oriental Medicine holds help for fibromyalgia sufferers.

Metabolism Of Sesquiterpenes

(-)-b-Caryophyllene is the main sesquiterpene of hops and is being used as a cosmetic additive in soaps and fragrances (Wichtel, 2002). Storage of fresh hops under aerobic conditions leads to rapid oxidation. The main product of this reaction (-)-caryophyllene-5,6-oxide markedly affects the quality of beer. In herbal medicine, (-)-b-caryophyllene is also responsible for the mild sedative properties of hops. Furthermore, it also demonstrates cytotoxicity against breast cancer cells in vitro (Asakawa et al., 1986 DeBarber et al., 2004). The biotransformation of (-)-b-caryophyllene in rabbits yielded the main metabolite and the minor biotransformation product cayrophyllene-5,6-oxide-2,12-diol. The formation of the minor metabolites is easily explained via the diepoxide intermediate. Thus, it is suggested that regioselective hydroxylation of the epoxide occurred (Asakawa et al., 1981, 1986). Whether (-)-b-caryophyllene also shows the same metabolic pathway in human is not known yet....

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement Illustration of psychological needs assessment

It is hard to compromise. You have always identified yourself as a someone who is capable, successful, and gives more than 100 per cent. It gives me an image of a person who needs to 'drive' their life at 120 m.p.h. and now your heart is dictating a speed of 25 m.p.h. I believe compromise is necessary to protect your health and future, but you need to determine an acceptable speed to achieve a meaningful existence 25 m.p.h. is unacceptable.

Risk and the Extremes of

A few words on the extremes of age and risk are warranted. Many studies suggest that risk increases with advanced age. However, if the elderly patient is in generally good health, or if his coexisting medical conditions are well managed, then the risk of anesthesia and surgery may not be increased. The risk is more related to the patient's biological age and fitness, not strictly chronological age. Conversely, several studies have confirmed that the pediatric patient is at higher risk of complications than the older child or adult and that this applies to the healthy infant, not just the sick.

Recommended References

Proponents and critics of herbal remedies alike recommend books by herb expert and professor of pharmacognosy, Dr. Varro Tyler The Honest Herbal A Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs and Related Remedies and Herbs of Choice The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals (both from Pharmaceutical Products Press, an imprint of Haworth Press, Binghamton, N.Y., 1993 and 1994). More related to cancer, see Barrie R. Cassileth, K. Simon Yeung and Jyothirmai Gubili Herb-Drug Interactions in Oncology, Second Edition (PMPH-USA, 2010). Goldenseal The Cherokees and other Native American tribes have used this herbal remedy for centuries. As a tea, it was used to treat sores of the mouth and throat, and to help calm inflammation of the digestive and urinary tracts. A tea wash with Goldenseal is a folk remedy for eye infections. The main compounds in goldenseal, berberine and hydrastine, have been studied widely. In animal studies, berberine reduced fevers, killed bacteria, fungi and protozoa, and slowed the...

Public Pension Programs

Two basically different approaches to reforming public pensions are being debated (Disney 2000). The less radical approach, referred to as ''parametric'' reform (Chand and Jaeger 1996), argues that unfunded PAYG schemes can be brought into equilibrium by making changes in a few parameters. More money available for paying pension benefits could come from either increasing taxes on the workers or by increasing the proportion of the working age population that participates in the labor force. Pension expenditures could be reduced by decreasing benefits, either by directly cutting benefits or by increasing age for pension eligibility. The approach of increasing normal retirement age has received support from some demographers who point out that that increasing life expectancy and improving health of cohorts entering old age make a fixed retirement age (such as 60 or 65) increasingly obsolete (Chen 1994 Uhlenberg 1988). The general view of those favoring parametric reform is that by making...

Head and Neck Diseases

Some Ayurvedic diseases of the mouth would seem to have a recognizably modern counterpart, among them (1) neoplasms of the lip (when the latter is described with raised areas of flesh that ultimately ulcerate) and (2) herpes labialis, with varicolored multiple small swellings. A condition in which the gums became spongy, retreated, and bled easily may have indicated scurvy, whereas another in which the gums and dental roots bled easily and gave off a purulent exudate may have been pyorrhea or periodontitis. Mahashaushira was a grave and painful condition in which teeth became loose in the gums, and the palate and the cheek were ulcerated. This seems to have been either cancrum oris or buccal carcinoma. In the region of the neck it was thought that Vayu and Kapha can become vitiated and lodge in the muscles and fat. The result would be a swelling called Galaganda, which did not suppurate, enlarged slowly, and might produce a vague noise in the throat. This disease was clearly goiter....

What Is the Cost of the Treatment

The financial cost of treatments for ASDs is a hot topic. As you may already know, costs can be exorbitant. Which is why, in your search for treatments, you need to find out which ones are covered by your health insurance company and which are covered by your state agency or school district. In chapter 7, I'll give you tips on how to exercise your legal rights to get treatments at no cost to you through your early intervention program or school district. In chapter 8, you will learn other ways to relieve financial stress, including ways to work effectively with your health insurance company for coverage and reimbursement, steps on how to get Medicaid and other services, and tips from other families on ways to handle finances.

What It Can Do for You

Total or partial, a well-balanced vegetarian diet is good for your health. Even cutting back on animal meats and full-fat dairy products helps, as does increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Vegetarian diets also are less expensive. Part Two Dietary and Herbal Remedies Where to Get It

Lighten the Load of Your Legs with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very effective during the early stages of MS. The techniques of needle or electro-acupuncture, along with herbal medicine, can be of considerable help in slowing down and even greatly alleviating the heavy, numb feelings in your limbs. It can be a real relief. The longer you wait for treatment, the more difficult it becomes to turn the tide of healing your way.

Health Promotion Activities and Information for

Preparation for the birthing process is a key theme around which to discuss care issues and choices such as breastfeeding. Structured educational programs to promote breastfeeding have unclear effectiveness. Pregnant women should be counseled about the risks of possible teratogens, including smoking, alcohol, and drug use, including exposure to medications, prescriptions, OTC drugs, and herbal remedies. Good handwashing is always encouraged because this is one of the best ways to avoid community-acquired infectious diseases. Appropriate immunizations such as influenza and novel influenza A (H1N1) virus should be offered. Common exposures such as workplace conditions and use of hot tubs and saunas should be explored. Exercise should also be encouraged if there is no obstetric contraindication (Box 21-4). Intercourse during pregnancy should be actively addressed because some women are reluctant to discuss this topic even with their physician. Sexual activity can generally...

Improvement in Hospital Business Processes due to Electronic Dissemination of Prescriptions

As mentioned previously, clinical practice in healthcare provider organisations is undertaken in the context of a health economy and practitioners are under pressure to achieve health outcome targets and service-level agreements. These pressures exist irrespective of whether the health economy is insurance-driven, as in the US and many countries in continental Europe, or based on central government funding, as with the UK National Health Service. Consequently, healthcare managers in any context are receptive to the use of electronic systems to facilitate greater efficiencies in the use of healthcare resources in a provider organisation.

Choosing1 a Doctor for Your Baby

Much depends, first of all, on whether there are two or more doctors in your community, or in your health rnanagpTTipnt organization, to give you a choicp. Tf not, and if you find you're dissatisfied, you've got to screw up your courage and have a frank talk. In many such situations, the frank talk solves the difficulties well enough to make a go of the relationship. One thing to remember is that you and your baby's doctor aren't the first to have difficulty understanding and working with each other. Also, frankness in discussion of such difficulties may create, in the end, a better than average doctor-parent relationship.

Compliance by Year of Training and Specialty

Before implementation of the 2003 duty hour limits, there was great variability in total hours worked by different specialties, but even when mean duty hours were less than 80, on average, for a given specialty, a large percentage of its residents would still have been in violation of that limit at some point in the year (with the exception of those in pathology, dermatology, psychiatry, and preventive medicine) (Table 2-3) (Baldwin et al., 2003). In 2002, program directors anticipated greater relative difficulty for surgical programs in adhering to the duty hour changes, and since 2003, surgery programs have had to reduce the duty hours of residents by 20 percent or more (e.g., neurosurgery second-year residents averaged 110.6 hours per week before 2003) to meet the 80-hour limit (Baldwin et al., 2003 Brotherton et al., 2002 Lieberman et al., 2005). Only half (49 percent) of surgical residents compared with three-fourths of medical residents (73 percent) were expected to be in...

C A Disagreement among the Commission

Corrections of obvious defects are not unnatural, as they do not manufacture the human genome capriciously, but measure it against nature, that is, good health.'' (1988. Prospects and risks of gene technology The report of the Enquete Commission to the Bundestaq of the Federal Republic of Germany. Bioethics 2, 256-263.) Illness and suffering can be a part of a person's identity, but if they are prevented before the person even exists, there is no point in maintaining that her or his individuality is unlawfully changed or manipulated. The geneti-cal treatment of early embryos is, so the moderate reading goes, directly comparable to any conventional treatment of fetuses and neonates who cannot give their consent to the procedures. There are two intrinsic problems within the moderate view. First, defining good health'' is not an unambiguous matter, and one could well argue that human caprice always enters germ-line gene therapies through the particular definition employed. Second, the...

Beam Radiation Therapy

Candidates Any man of any age, even if he is not in good health, has a life expectancy of less than ten years, or has cancer that has spread beyond the prostate. Not appropriate for very large prostates unless initially shrunk by hormone therapy, nor for men with chronic bowel disease.

Client Health And Stress Management

Replacing negative behaviors (e.g., poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, limited exercise, and social isolation) with positive ones (e.g., healthy diet, regular exercise, and healthy social involvements) is essential in all treatment programs. Assisting addicted clients in developing a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in controlling their impulses to take psychoactive drugs. An insomniac might consider one of these alternatives to taking sleeping aids

Historical Perspective

Herbal remedies continue to play a significant role in human medicine. Chemical investigations have identified many of the active principles in many commonly used products. These products are often sold as dietary supplements rather than ethical pharmaceutical products. Because these products are complex mixtures of many natural products there is a need to establish criteria for their standardization. This situation is complicated by the natural variation in secondary metabolites produced by closely related species of medicinal plants. Owing to the possibility that variations in the composition of the products will result in unpredictable potency, the herbal products industry has been developing quality control standards. Black cohosh, for example, which is taken for the relief of menopausal symptoms, has a number of signature triterpenoid constituents including, actein, 23-epi-26-deoxyactein, and cimigenol-3-O-arabinoside (Figure 6.2). These compounds can be identified by coupled...

When Formal Exercise Is Just Not Your Thang

Not into planned sweat Only read this far to humor yourself Well you're not hopeless yet you can still cash in on some of the benefits. In fact, everyday activities can also substantially benefit your health, even if they are done intermittently throughout the day. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator (you live on the twenty-fifth floor great ), walk short distances instead of driving the car, join your kids in a game of tag, do some gardening, rake the leaves, shovel the snow, and let's not forget how physical housecleaning can be. Whatever your style, formal exercise or increasing plain old daily activity, make your only life a healthy and active one.

Creativity and Musical Structure

As mentioned, Haydn played a primary role in the development of the string quartet and symphonic forms that grew out of Viennese classicism. It was in this environment that he worked alongside other composers, notably his friend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who as Griesinger reports, warned him against traveling to England because of his advanced age, to which Haydn retorted, but I am still vigorous and in good health (p. 23). Furthermore, itwasto Haydn in Vienna that the young Ludwig van Beethoven came for lessons in composition. In recognition of Haydn's influence, Beethoven dedicated his first set of piano sonatas to his teacher (Opus 2 nos 1-3, 1795) along with his first String Trio (Opus 3, 1794) and first String Quintet (Opus 4, 1795).

Katharines Early Life

Katharine's physician father helped women in his community and elsewhere who, faced with sordid circumstances, contracted venereal diseases that sometimes resulted in death. He became a leading light to improve societal conditions especially for women. In fact, both parents created sparks in the Hartford community and beyond. Ahead of his time, Dr Hepburn strongly advocated physical exercise to promote good health and he modeled this view in his everyday life. After work each day, he joined his own and neighbor children in physical activities.

Flow Cytometric Analysis of Cycling Cell Populations

The combined use of immunofluorescence and fluorescent cell cycle probes with multiparameter flow cytometry provides an extremely important tool for analyzing the complex behaviors of individual cells within cell populations that mediate immunological responses. Detailed information can be obtained concerning the correlated expression patterns of cellular events that lead from cellular activation, growth, proliferation and differentiation to generate cells that play particular roles in immunological and inflammatory responses. Information of this type is crucial for better understanding how the Immune System works and thus how it can be manipulated to promote health.

Pulmonary Stenosis with Interatrial Communication

However, one boy became cyanotic only when engaged in sports,8 a woman with severe pulmonary stenosis and reversed interatrial shunt was in good health until age 40 years,19 and a woman with a gradient of 120 mm Hg underwent surgical repair at age 58 years (see Fig. 16-5).

Massage Using Essential Oils

Massage has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine in India as well as in China and shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, and many other contemporary techniques have their roots in these sources. Massage was used for conventional therapeutic purposes in hospitals before World War II and is still used by physiotherapists for various conditions including sports injuries.

Additional Resources

Howatt (1999) explains that clients who wish to gain a healthy lifestyle must balance five elements money, career, relationships, self, and health. Zackon (2001), suggests that a recovery lifestyle needs eight vital elements (1) Participation in a community that supports abstinence and nourishes moral or spiritual values (2) productive work (or appropriate training or education) that yields sustenance and social approval (3) social activities with friends who offer drug-free recreation and support (4) a home setting that is comforting and relatively free of strong triggers (incitements to use) (5) personal growth activities in any or all of the preceding (6) standard practices for avoiding high-risk (triggerladen) situations (7) standard practices for coping with unavoidable high-risk situations, and (8) regularity in personal routines and schedules.

False Claims Challenged in Court

The false promotion of products for treating not only medical conditions but also well-being generally is now being challenged in the law courts. For example, in 1997, Los Angeles attorney Morse Mehrban charged that Lafabre and Aroma Vera had violated the California Business and Professions Code by advertising that their products could promote health and well-being, relax the body, relax the mind, enhance mood, purify the air, are antidotes to air pollution, relieve fatigue, tone the body, nourish the skin, promote circulation, alleviate feminine cramps, and do about 50 other things (Barrett, 2000). In September 2000, the case was settled out of court with a 5700 payment to Mehrban and a court-approved stipulation prohibiting the defendants from making 57 of the disputed claims in advertising within California (Horowitz, 2000).

Psychosocial Adjustment

Theoretically, depression may impact physical health by influencing patient and family adherence to prescribed treatment regimens and the requirements of a healthy lifestyle and could also have a direct physiological impact on the disease process itself, perhaps via immune mechanisms. Consequently, aggressive management of depressive disorders in patients who are physically ill might be found to benefit physical health status, and considerable interest has been shown in whether treatment of depression or anxiety in patients with IBD might positively impact the course of the disease.

Part with Postpartum Depression

Oriental Medicine explains this condition as a sudden loss of blood and yin, which leaves the body unable to nourish and balance the mind and spirit. Your acu-pro will use acupuncture and acupressure, Chinese herbal medicines, and Qi Gong meditations to help you take back your life and feel good again. As usual, your exact condition will determine the treatment, but many of the herbs that you are likely to find in The topics we've just discussed can be extremely emotional if you're in the middle of important decisions about the life and welfare of your family and yourself. I suggest taking a moment and weighing the options available to you. Oriental Medicine can be a valuable addition to your health team. We continue dealing with some of the most common and disruptive conditions that some women face. Stay with me, there's empowerment and assistance around the bend.

What Practitioners Say It Does

Reflexology advocates believe that this approach can increase energy flow to the organs that correspond to the reflex points, and increase the vitality of those organs. By increasing the vitality of the internal organs, practitioners believe they can improve patients' health. They claim that reflexology can reduce stress and tension, improve circulation, eliminate toxins, and bring the body into a state of balance conducive to good health. These beliefs echo the vital-force concept that dominated the earliest ideas about health, illness, and physiological function. There are two linked beliefs on which reflexology is based. One is that reflex points exist on the foot, and that these reflex points can influence health in distant organ systems and parts of the body to which they are linked. The second is that the body contains an invisible life force, or subtle energy, similar to the concept of qi (chi) in Chinese medicine and acupuncture (Chapters 6 and 1), or prana in Ayurvedic or...

How to Find the Help You Need and Want

Once you decide you're willing to try therapy, the next step is to find the right kind of help. If you're a teenager or young adult, your parents or guardians will help you do this. They've probably made most decisions about your health care, to date, and it's possible you've never before had a voice in this process. But this is one time where your input is both desirable and important. How do you begin What are your options

Psychology Physician Psychiatrists and the Clinical Association of Genius and Madness

Unlike the school of psychological empiricism, therefore, the faculty psychology of Reid, Wolff, and others, with its stress on innate powers and inherent mental dispositions, was sufficiently vague and mystical to accommodate most of the romantics' assertions regarding the transcendental nature of profound creativity. Importantly, also, faculty psychology even concurred with the romantics' position that the genius's dependence on an 'overcharged' and highly impulsive imagination constitutes a form of madness, divine or otherwise. It had long been an established principle, particularly for faculty psychologists, that an excessive stimulation of any faculty of mind is incompatible with perfect health and mental adjustment.

Harm Reduction Programs

Reasoning that the spread of AIDS from needle-sharing drug users to the general population posed a greater health threat than the drug abuse itself, public health officials in western European countries (notably The Netherlands, Great Britain, and Switzerland) led the way in substituting this public health-based approach for the usual punitive model (see Denning, 2005, for a history of the harm-reduction movement).

Concerns and issues associated with traditional medicines

It is important to be aware of the factors that influence the safety of traditional medicines, particularly herbal medicines. These include the following 1. The presence of intrinsically toxic constituents to which a patient may be exposed whilst using herbal medicines, and the potential for adulteration and contamination of herbal products. Practitioners or manufacturers may deliberately incorporate allopathic medications that may be banned in some countries or are only available on prescription from an allopathic practitioner in developed countries. 2. There may be disadvantages or danger of delays in seeking allopathic medical care that may be caused by the initial use of herbal medicines of doubtful efficacy for a particular disease state. 3. Some specific population groups may be vulnerable to adverse effects of herbal medicines. These include pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, infants, and older people. 4. There may be a risk of patients not revealing their use of herbal...

Menopause The Hormonal Hostage

HRT stands for hormone replacement therapy, which attempts to restore estrogen and progesterone to their premenopause levels. Using HRT is a personal choice and should be made after careful consideration of potential side effects or at-risk history for heart disease, breast or uterine cancers, or fibroid tumors. Read and ask your health provider questions before making one of the most important decisions at this stage of your life.

Pesticide contaminants

Tagami et al. (2008) detected 56 pesticides in natural medicines. The 2004 Annual Report of the Government Laboratories in Hong Kong reported that about 1 of Chinese herbal medicine samples were found to contain levels of pesticides that were of concern (GovHK 2004). In early 2004, some ginseng powder products imported from Taiwan were found to be contaminated with organochlorine pesticide. Since then, all ginseng powder products imported from Taiwan have been screened for the presence of pesticide residues. Contamination of ginseng was also reported in 2002 on the ConsumerLab.com website. Of the 21 ginseng products tested, two had levels of pesticides 20 times more than allowed levels (Aschwanden 2001).

What is different when including nonrandomized studies

Including NRS in a Cochrane review allows, in principle, the inclusion of truly observational studies where the use of an intervention has occurred in the course of usual health care or daily life. For interventions that are not restricted to a medical setting, this may mean interventions that a study participant chooses to take, e.g. over-the-counter preparations. Including observational studies in a review also allows exposures to be studied that are not obviously 'interventions', e.g. nutritional choices, and other behaviours that may affect health. This introduces a 'grey area' between evidence about effectiveness and aetiology. It is important to distinguish carefully between different aetiological and effectiveness research questions related to a particular exposure. For example, nutritionists may be interested in the health-related effects of a diet that includes a minimum of five portions of fruit or vegetables per day ('five-a-day'), an aetiological question. On the other...

Regulation of traditional medicines in the UK

Globally the preparation, distribution, and marketing of traditional medicines are largely unregulated, although this is changing in some countries. However, new European rules require all herbal medicines to be registered from 1 May 2011. Thus all traditional herbal medicines available in the EU, including the UK, in health food shops, pharmacies, and other outlets must be formally registered and approved before they can be sold. The new requirements are set out in the EU's Traditional Herbal Products Directive (Directive 2004 24 EC 2004), which was agreed in 2004. The directive gives manufacturers of traditional herbal remedies a seven-year transitional period to register their products already on sale in the EU with the relevant national authorities, which for the UK is the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA 2011). In summary, the new rules mean that only products whose use is 'plausible on the basis of longstanding use and experience' and whose quality and...

Mental Health Treatment Considerations

Despite the burdens of heart disease and its associated treatments, children and adolescents have the capacity for healthy functioning and resiliency. Nevertheless, many youngsters with these illnesses may present with developmental, social, and or emotional vulnerabilities. Due to a lack of literature on psychotherapy and psychopharmacological interventions related to heart disease, child mental health clinicians responding to these vulnerabilities must rely on the general mental health treatment considerations for youngsters with physical illness. Comprehensive reviews of individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychopharmacological treatments for youngsters who are physically ill can be found in Chapters 28, 29, and 30, respectively.

Patient Safety Events in the United States and Abroad

The main objective of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), issued by the European Council, is to promote health and safety at work, given the clear evidence that people who work long hours run higher risks of illness and accidents (European Trade Union Confederation, 2006). The EWTD was first established in 1993 to place limits on all workers' hours throughout Europe. That directive included physicians but excluded doctors in training. In 2000, a new directive passed to include the junior doctor constituency after European resident groups lobbied for the change (Woodrow et al., 2006). The amended article established that medical residents are subject to all laws of the EWTD, accompanied by a requirement that by 2009 all health systems in the European Union limit resident work to a maximum of 48 hours averaged per week (European Trade Union Confederation, 2006). Regulated transition periods allow countries

Should you employ someone with back pain

Some employers are concerned about taking on people who have had back pain in the past. But low back pain is very common and not usually serious. And whilst many people have more than one episode of pain it is usually short-lived. With good health and safety procedures in your workplace a recurrence, if any, should have a minimal

Behavioral Treatments

Contingency management is another therapy that has been studied by Dr. Steve Higgins and others. It is a technique that uses a reward to divert the patient from dangerous behaviors. Getting the reward is contingent or dependent on carrying out specified, helpful behaviors or avoiding destructive behaviors. For example, if a patient has drug-free urine, which is obviously a goal in treatment programs, then he or she might be eligible for a voucher, which has some value. It might be tickets for a movie or credit for a meal. Getting healthy rewards that compete with drug use is effective.

Risk factor physical inactivity

The World Health Report 2002 reducing risks, promoting healthy life. Geneva, WHO, 2002 61. Kujala UM, Kaprio J, Sarna S, Koskenvuo M. Relationship of leisure-time physical activity and mortality the Finnish twin cohort. Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998, 279 440-444.

Underlying Moral Debates About Peoples Quality Of Life Suffering And The Bestinterests Standard

The Best-Interests Standard permits complex judgment about what, all other things being equal, is likely to be best for that individual. For example, the benefit of obtaining a long and healthy life would outweigh the burden of enduring intense pain for a short time. The Best-Interests Standard, however, might also be used to justify withholding or withdrawing maximal life-support

Depression Checklist Are You at Risk

If you suffer from five or more of the following symptoms for at least a two-week period, T advise you to see your healthcare professional Since there are many forms of depression, Oriental Medicine is well equipped to take your individual diagnosis and symptoms of overall health and find a treatment plan to help you out of the hole. My patients are often being seen simultaneously by psychiatrists. physiologists, or licensed social workers. I've found communication and involvement of the whole healing team the most beneficial for the patient's condition. I want to make sure my patients are getting all the help they need. One of the most common diagnoses in traditional Oriental Medicine is heart-blood deficiency As you can tell by the name, this condition deals with issues concerning the heart organ or channel. These issues are usually emotional. Blood deficiency implies an energetic weakness. This usually presents itself as palpitations, insomnia,...

Committee Member Biographies

Astronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut for 15 years, Dr. Bagian was a crew member on two Space Shuttle missions, Discovery, March 1989, and Columbia, June 1991. Following the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, he supervised the capsule's recovery from the ocean floor. He served as an investigator for the Challenger mishap and, in 2003, as the medical consultant-chief flight surgeon for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Dr. Bagian holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a doctorate in medicine from Thomas Jefferson University and is board certified in preventive medicine. Dr. Bagian is on the faculties of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. Bruce Siegel, M.D., Ph.D., is a research professor and director of the Center for Health Care Quality in the Department of Health Policy...

Garattini MC Meazzini

It is a well known fact, to the international scientific community that orthodontic treatment can be performed only when the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity are in perfectly good health. In other words, a patient candidate to orthodontic treatment must not present caries or other periodontal diseases of any sort. In the case of such a disease, the patient must first undergo treatment to solve these problems, then maintain a suitable state of health of the tissues, by means of scrupulous oral hygiene, before starting any orthodontic treatment. Otherwise it is impossible to start any orthodontic treatment due to the serious complications that might arise. Orthodontic therapy is an elective therapy. Pathological situations where emergency treatment may be called for are inexistent in the orthodontic field. There are also systemic diseases where orthodontic treatment is contraindicated. After recording the patient's case history and clinical examination, we are in a position to...

Acu Points to Relieve the Fatigue

Oriental Medicine is particularly well suited to look at your chronic fatigue. Work with your acu-pro to figure out a treatment strategy that realistically meets your expectations and goals. I'm a provider for the Fibromyalgia CFIDS Network, which connects members with qualified practitioners who understand and frequently treat those conditions. The conditions we've just discussed take consistent effort and follow-through to achieve desirable results. I believe that Oriental Medicine can make a significant contribution to your health, and would also urge you to incorporate an entire health team to bring the best possible care during the course of your treatments. But don't fall asleep on me now because we talk about insomnia, weight loss, and other tricky conditions in the next chapter > Your CFIDS symptoms can improve greatly and be well maintained with Oriental Medicine. > Sleep soundly with Oriental Medicine

Lifestyle and longterm management

People who have had a stroke often feel dependent on others, lack knowledge and with one-third feeling socially isolated (Young et al., 2003) and one-quarter being depressed (Hackett et al., 2006), it is not surprising to find that patients have often lost the social networks they had before the stroke. Occupational therapists can initiate and enable people to start participating in society but over time people do not want to be always associated with professionals and they move to groups more normally associated with the community such as work, family, visiting friends, voluntary groups such as social clubs, luncheon clubs, hobbies and religious activities. There are vast benefits to improving social participation on quality of life, personal choice, dignity and ultimately improving health by easier access to health centres, better physical health through exercise, reduction in falls through improved muscle strength and balance. One complaint from people with stroke is that although...

Benefits for the Society

Financial, economic and social crisis. Business-oriented writers see creativity as the key to meeting the challenges of the early twenty-first century arising from technological advances, social change, globalization, and now the global financial crisis. Creativity is thus seen as capable of contributing to raising the quality of life, easing the burden of manual labor, improving health care, and promoting peace and security. In other words, in addition to its benefits for the individual, creativity is also seen as having an important role in the favorable evolution of society.

Measurement of Mortality and Morbidity

Finally, the World Health Organization has taken the lead in refining summary measures of population health status that combine measures of survival and morbidity into a single metric (Murray et al. 2002a). Two classes of measures have received particular attention the disability-adjusted life-year (DALY), which is a ''health gap'' measure that combines time lost due to premature mortality with time lived with disability and healthy life expectancies (HALE), which measures the equivalent number of years of life lived in full health extrapolated from comparable cross-national data (World Health Organization 2000). Both sets of measures have been widely debated. In particular, critics have pointed out the data demands and complexity of making the calculations that involve numerous assumptions (Almeida et al. 2001). The weighting of disability states as well as the social values implicit in the weighting of life years at different ages has been similarly contested. Such debates...

Education of Patients Diet and Exercise

Physical activity and good dietary guidelines not only help control a patient's headaches, but also contribute to an overall healthier body. These suggestions should be introduced to patients as necessary for general good health (see Table 19.13). Wellness programs in the community, along with daily routine physical activity, should be expected and encouraged. Nurses can be proactive in helping patients adjust to a healthy lifestyle. Be assertive take an active role in your health care Keep good records of your health care

Access To Emergency Obstetric Care

Even under the very best of circumstances, with adequate nutrition, high socioeconomic status and good health care, approximately 15 of pregnant women experience potentially fatal complications. Fortunately, virtually all obstetric complications can be successfully treated if EOC is universally accessible and appropriately utilized. United Nations guidelines recommend a minimum of one comprehensive facility and four basic EOC facilities per 500 000 population. To reduce maternal mortality ratios by 75 , high-mortality countries must substantially improve access to emergency care.

Responsibility A New Point of View

Effective partnership between patient and provider. More patients are asking me what they can do to help themselves feel better. Chances are, since you're reading this book, you're also willing and able to take more control over your own health. Maybe you've also been taking workshops, learning how to cook differently to improve your health, and making other lifestyle changes. Put some positive stress to work for you by getting excited about the possibilities. The best results in treating any condition come from a combined effort between practitioner and patient. As you've read, Oriental Medicine has taken this approach for centuries. I think it's wonderful that we're here at this time in history when it's actually become popular to take charge of your health. I can only do so much to assist you, and I need your help in order for our treatments to have lasting benefits. Build awareness about what's going on in your life monitor your health and reactions to certain events. As your...

Nutrition for the Athlete

Maintain a healthy body weight by adjusting food intake and exercise. This means an adequate supply of calories as well as the type of foods to optimize performance. Body mass index (BMI) from 18.5 to 25 may not be a desirable goal for some strength athletes, so physicians should be able to evaluate composition using other measures.

Planning for Your Mental and Physical Health Care and Treatment

You should give copies of your Advance Directive to your health care agent and alternate agent (if you have appointed them), to the treatment providers and health care professionals who routinely provide care to you, and to your family or friends. You may also want to give a copy to the hospital where you are likely to be treated if the need arises, and to keep a copy with your important papers.

Implicit Theories of Intelligence

Within our implicit theories of intelligence, we also recognize that it has different meanings in different contexts. A smart salesperson may show a different kind of intelligence than a smart neurosurgeon or a smart accountant, each of whom may show a different kind of intelligence than a smart choreographer, composer, athlete, or sculptor (see Sternberg et al., Chap. 15, for a discussion of the related concept of creativity). We often, use our implicit and context-relevant definitions of intelligence to make assessments of intelligence. Is your mechanic smart enough to find and fix the problem in your car Is your physician smart enough to find and treat your health problem Is this attractive person smart enough to hold your interest in a conversation

Cost Effectiveness And Health Policy

For example, none of the current estimation methods take into account that good health is likely to be more highly valued at some stages in life (e.g., childrearing years) than at others. In addition, calculation of QALYs requires the assumption that patient preferences for different health states do not depend on the length of time spent in those states. Important technical issues relating to QALYs remain unsettled. For example, should ratings of disease states be obtained from patients who actually have the disease, from members of the general public asked to imagine that they have the disease, or from members of the medical profession familiar with the disease and its manifestations Some data suggest that patient preferences (and consequently QALYs) may not be stable over time and that they are strongly influenced by the context of the assessment in which they are measured. Some have argued that QALYs and other utility scales are uniquely personal and cannot...

Abdominal and Intestinal Disorders

Among the discernible intestinal disorders are dyspepsia, acute diarrhea, and dysentery with some symptoms of the latter suggestive of amebic dysentery. Clearly discernible is cholera, or Vishuchika -the Ayurvedic term for cholera. The patient vomits, trembles, has continuous watery diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, and hiccoughs. In agonal stages there is tingling all over the body, and the patient loses consciousness and becomes cyanotic. The voice becomes weak, the muscles and joints become lax, and the eyes retract into the orbital cavity. In a

Notion Of Bucco-dental Superinfections

For many, the term aromatherapy originally became associated with the concept of the holistic use of essential oils to promote health and well-being. As time has progressed and the psychophysiological effects of essential oils have been explored further, their uses to reduce anxiety and aid sedation have also become associated with the term. This is especially so since the therapy has moved into the field of nursing, where such activities are of obvious benefit to patients in a hospital environment. More importantly, the practice of aromatherapy (in English-speaking countries) is firmly linked to the inhalation of small doses of essential oils and their application to the skin in high dilution as part of an aromatherapy massage.

Classifications of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Alternative medical systems are complete, complex systems of health-care practices that incorporate natural products, spiritual elements, diet, and other modalities. Some systems such as homeopathic medicine and naturopathic medicine have evolved in the Western world, whereas others, such as Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, have developed in non-Western cultures. Ayurvedic medicine was developed in India more than 5000 years ago and is the best known of the traditional approaches associated with Indian medicine. The system involves the use of diet and herbal remedies, with emphasis on the mind, body, and spirit in disease prevention and treatment. Homeopathic medicine is based on the belief that ''like cures like'' minute doses of highly diluted animal, vegetable, and mineral substances can cure the symptoms that would be caused by higher concentrations of the same substance in a healthy person. It is believed that these minute doses stimulate the body's own defense mechanism...

Patient Encounter 1 Part 1

A 67-year-old female with history of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and GI reflux presents to your clinic complaining of persistent flatulence, bloating, and feels she is getting fat. After discussing the symptoms with her, you learn that her reflux symptoms are recent onset and her proton pump inhibitor is working. However, for the past 3 or 4 months, she also has irregular bleeding and occasional cramping, which has been frustrating for her because she thought that ended years ago when she went through menopause. She reports her menses began when she was 9 and lasted all way until she was 61. She has two sisters in good health and a brother with diabetes. She has been married for 25 years with no children. The physician orders a CA-125 and CT scan that both come back positive and suggestive of ovarian cancer.

Knee Pain Whats the Deal with Your Kneel

Techniques that increase circulation and decrease swelling and pain are used and may include using acupuncture needles, electricity, and electromagnetics. Chinese herbal medicine may be prescribed internally to deal with an overall damp and cold condition that aggravates the knee, or used in an external herbal wash (the warm liquid of boiled herbs rubbed on the surface of the knee with a washcloth).

Acu Points to Block the Bleeding

Many women who come to my practice are opting to use acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to stop the pain and excessive bleeding from fibroids and cysts. I make sure that they have been properly examined and diagnosed by their conventional physician to rule out any malignant growths. Over 30 percent of all hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) in the United States are done to remove uterine fibroids. Since these growths shrink after menopause, avoiding surgery is an option some women are choosing, and Oriental Medicine is a helpful partner. To shrink the cysts or fibroids, acupuncture is often accompanied by herbal medicine or moxibustion (see Chapter 5, Acupuncture Tools of the Trade). Cysts and fibroids vary in their oriental diagnosis according to your body's health and general well-being. According to traditional theory, emotional stress is the most common cause of abdominal masses. Anger and worry tend to slow down the flow of Qi and blood in the lower abdomen. Consumption of cold...

History of Public Health and Sanitation in the West before 1700

In Egypt, India, and China where political upheaval was not as common as in Mesopotamia and Greece, highly individualized solutions to the communal responsibility for providing physicians were devised. Thus, Egypt may have developed a state system for the use of doctors as expert witnesses and provided a living allowance to all physicians, and by the period of the New Kingdom had established a formal hierarchy of doctors, the chief palace physician at its pinnacle. Similarly, in ancient India the king and other extremely wealthy individuals were obliged to provide medical care for their people by underwriting the services of priestlike Ayurvedic physicians (Basham 1976). Outside the Italian sphere, where state medicine and public health carried the longest and strongest tradition, public health boards and epidemic controls did not evolve into permanent magistracies concerned with all aspects of public health. As Caroline Hannaway (1981) has indicated, at the beginning of the...

Herb Drug Interactions

One of the most common adverse effects of many herbal remedies is alteration of coagulation. Levels of warfarin, heparin, or antiplatelet agents are altered by some herbs. Box 52-3 lists common supplements that affect coagulation and fibrinolysis. Box 52-4 lists herbs that may affect serum glucose levels, and Box 52-5 lists herbs with potential effects on blood pressure. A recent review of available case studies summarizes possible interactions among several popular herbal remedies, including echinacea, garlic, ginkgo,

Colds Nosing Around for Better Health

Discover how Oriental Medicine cuts through your cougfi Try herbs to hasten the course of the cold and relieve unwanted symptoms. During the first 12-24 hours of common cold symptoms, which include body aches and nasal congestion, crush four to six white bulbs of a green seal lion into a pot of boiling water. Cut up the greens from the seal lions and add those as well. In addition, grate several slices of fresh ginger root and add them to the pot. Let the mixture steep for five minutes strain off the herbs and drink a cup of the tea every two to three hours. This is an old Chinese herbal remedy I have found effective for the beginning stages of a cold. Oriental Medicine Calms the Cold While there is no proven cure for the common cold, the time-tested techniques of Oriental Medicine can definitely shorten the course of your condition. Also, these methods are designed to strengthen your body's immunity to avoid secondary infections, such as bronchitis or strep, or the same cold over and...

Benign Neoplasia Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Enough to obstruct the bladder outlet completely, leading to acute urinary retention. If this occurs, catheterization is warranted. The addition of an a-blocker may aid in voiding once the catheter is removed (Thorpe and Neal, 2003). A randomized, double-blind trial of doxazosin and finasteride over 4 years showed that combining these two medications significantly slowed symptomatic progression and reduced the risk of urinary retention and invasive treatment. Treatment was safe, and the effect of combined treatment on symptom scores was greater than the effect of either agent alone (McCo-nnell et al., 2003). In addition to prescription medicines, a number of alternative therapies are available. Saw palmetto extract (Serenoa repens) is one of the most studied herbal medicines (Buck, 2004). Earlier studies found it is as effective as tamsulosin or finasteride for BPH. Other herbal medicines include p-sitosterols (promising), pygeum (African plum, Prunus africanus), and rye grass pollen...

Is it Dangerous to Have Multiple Anesthetics in a Short Period of Time

Your particular risk associated with each anesthetic and surgical procedure will depend on a complex interaction of factors, including your disease, the surgery, and the anesthesia. Generally, the risk associated with multiple anesthetics is simply the additive risk associated with each procedure. Usually, there is no special risk associated with having multiple anesthetics in a short period of time. However, there is an unusual circumstance where patients who are otherwise in good health and undergoing low-risk surgery may have a rare and sometimes devastating reaction to general anesthesia, especially if they have multiple exposures to certain anesthesia gases within a relatively short period.

What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary Alternative Medicine

The NCCAM further classifies CAM into five categories, or domains (Figure 11-1). Examples of alternative or whole medical systems include homeopathy, naturopathy, and Ayurveda (eAppendix 11-1 provides a glossary of CAM terms online at www.expertconsult.com). Although there are a variety of approaches to the complex taxonomy of CAM (Kaptchuk and Eisenberg, 2001b), the NIH system is most often used.

Medical vs chiropractic care

There is some uncertainty about whether patients who go to a chiropractor are comparable to those who go to a physician (Carey et al 1995b, Nyiendo et al 1996, Hurwitz et al 1998, Cherkin et al 2002, Coulter et al 2002). Some studies suggest they may have less pain and disability, but others suggest they have about the same. Most patients who attend a chiropractor have recurrent pain and anything from 30 to 80 have seen a chiropractor before. Forty to 50 attend within 3 weeks of onset of their back pain, but 20-25 have had pain for more than 6 months. Carey et al (1995b) found that those seeking chiropractic care were in better general health, were more likely to have good health insurance, and had less severe pain. Coulter et al (2002) found that chiropractic patients had comparable levels of low back disability but poorer mental health.

Treatment Of Cirrhosis Portal Hypertension And Complications

Portal Hypertension Treatment

Medication use must be monitored carefully for potential hepatotoxicity. Hepatic-ally metabolized medications have the potential to accumulate in patients with liver disease. Little guidance is available on drug dosing in hepatic impairment because these patients have historically been excluded from drug trials. Daily acetaminophen use should not exceed 2 g. Dietary supplements, herbal remedies, and nutraceuticals have not been well studied in hepatic impairment and cannot be recommended.

Primary Prevention A Focus on Lifestyle

The five key elements of a healthy lifestyle are Only about 3 of the U.S. population has a healthy lifestyle as defined The potential benefits of a healthy lifestyle are studies demonstrated that a healthy lifestyle is associated with large reductions in all-cause mortality and major reductions in multiple disease-specific outcomes. These studies succinctly define what should be understood by the term healthy lifestyle. These primary prevention studies demonstrate that persons who have a number of healthy characteristics at the beginning of a period of observation enjoy remarkable benefits over periods ranging from 4 to 20 years. diabetes among 3324 nondiabetic patients. The standard healthy lifestyle intervention consisted of written information provided at the beginning of the study and an annual 20- to 30- minute individual counseling session. The defined standard lifestyle goals included instructions to adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid and the...

Pcspes A Cautionary Tale

The formulation was an immediate success. Men with prostate cancer noted a rapid decrease in their PSA, and word spread quickly through the Internet and prostate cancer survivor groups. In 1999 The Herbal Remedy for Prostate Cancer was published by James Lewis, a Ph.D. in education administration who himself had prostate cancer. It extolled PC-SPES and acknowledged that Sophie Chen had read

Acyclic Monoterpenoid

Figure 5.18 shows a selection of cyclic monoterpenoid alcohols. a-Terpineol (74) is found in many essential oils as is its acetate. The isomeric terpinen-4-ol (93) is an important component of Ti tree oil but its acetate, surprisingly, is more widely occurring, being found in herbs such as marjoram and rosemary. l-Menthol (94) is found in various mints and is responsible for the cooling effect of oils containing it. There are eight stereoisomers of the menthol structure, l-menthol is the commonest in nature and also has the strongest cooling effect. The cooling effect makes menthol and mint oils valuable commodities, the two most important sources being cornmint (Mentha arvensis) and peppermint (Mentha piperita). Isopulegol (95) occurs in some species including Eucalyptus citriodora and citronella. Borneol (79) and esters thereof, particularly the acetate, occur in many essential oils. Isoborneol (96) is less common however, isoborneol and its esters are found in quite a number of...