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4 Simple ways to improve your GUT health
If you’ve been experiencing digestive problems such as increased bloating, sensitivity to certain foods, gas, or cramps, chances are your gut is in need of a bit of care. With bad gut health also linked to autoimmune disease, mental health problems like anxiety and depression, as well as food allergies, good gut health should be prioritized as a key part of your overall health.
Here are easy and simple 4 steps to take to work towards a healthier gut!
Increase plant-based fibre intake
We all know fibre is good for us, as its predominant function is aiding in regulating bowel movements, ensuring everything moves smoothly through our digestive system. However, that’s not the only function of fibre—some fibre sources are also prebiotics. This means that they feed the good bacteria in our gut. Foods high in inulin, a form of soluble dietary fibre naturally found in garlic, onions, lentils and oats, should be a vital part of your diet, though there’s a gentle balance to be struck with amounts. While eating sufficient fibre is important, it’s also important not to eat too much fibre, as it can result in loose stools and diarrhea.
Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich food
Probiotics are important for gut health. It helps to create a protective lining in the intestines, as well as shields it against pathogenic factors, such as salmonella and E.coli. It’s also proven to increase antibodies and lead to a stronger immune system.
Reduce refined-sugar intake
Refined sugar has a detrimental side-effect in many situations, but here’s one other reason you should remove it from your diet if you haven’t already. Refined sugars have been linked to Candida, as the sugar stimulates the growth of bad bacteria and fungus, that eats away at your gut lining. Too much fructose has also been found to have an inflammatory effect on the gut lining, leading to chronic illnesses like leaky gut, SIBO, and Crohn’s disease.
Manage your stress
Ever heard of the brain-gut connection? Turns out our gut is actually sensitive to emotion, meaning that what we feel can actually be “felt” in our gut—this is why we can feel butterflies in our stomach! The connection goes both ways so a person’s gut distress could be the cause or the product of stress or mental health problems. Excess anxiety has also been linked to reducing the diversity of bacteria in the gut, as well as harming the good bacteria. Exercise, meditation, and aromatherapy are great ways to reduce and manage stress.
It’s important to note while these are all steps to aid in better gut health, remember to make gradual lifestyle changes in order to make them sustainable and to not shock your system.
How To Prevent Heat Exhaustion During Warm Summer
UAE enjoys some high temperatures every summer. We must be aware of the of heat related injuries sustained from exercise in sport and other forms of strenuous work-related activity.
It’s important to realize from the start that heat related injuries can be avoided, if adequate precautions are taken. Heat related injuries can start with mild forms of heat cramps which are easily treated if identified early enough.
Let’s look at different types of heat injuries.
Such cramps are caused by the levels of body fluids reducing too far before replenishment, typically as a result of prolonged forms of exercise in hot conditions. These cramps can produce pain in the stomach as well as possibly be felt in the muscles of the arms and legs.
How to treat heat cramps
- Stop exercising immediately
- Replace fluids by drinking an electrolyte solution (low sugar and salt mix)
- Perform gentle stretches of the affected arm and leg muscles
As a result of water/fluid and salt loss.
When the symptoms of heat cramps deteriorate further, when fluid loss is not replaced, the body will begin to suffer weakness and more extreme fatigue, headaches and with possible fainting episodes.
A key sign the heat injury is progressing to this stage is when the body actually stops perspiring but the skin and body temperatures continue to rise.
The body depends on salts and minerals for optimal functioning and during prolonged periods of exercise in warm conditions replenishing with water alone is actually not sufficient. We must replenish with salt and mineral supplemented drinks – such as found certain sports drinks (beware of excess sugar!) or purpose electrolyte formulas.
Important note: people taking diuretic medicines are at higher risk
A key symptom of extreme salt depletion would be nausea and vomiting
Treatment for heat exhaustion
- If the person is conscious try to get them to drink and replace fluids as soon as possible, in small doses
- Move to a cool location and try to apply cooling measures such as fanning the body
- Remove tight clothing if necessary to allow the skin to breathe and cool
- Contact medical services for further advice and support
Know the causes so you can prevent heat related injuries
- Ensure adequate hydration
- The less fit you are the longer your body will take to adapt to heat
- Bodies with higher fat percentages also take longer to cool themselves
- Diuretic and stimulant medications can increase the risk
- Dark clothing and worn equipment makes body cooling more difficult
- It is necessary to reduce the intensity and duration of your activity
- Take regular rest periods
- Use sunscreen
- Avoid activity altogether during periods of unusually high temperatures
- Don’t exercise alone in isolated areas
3 Reasons Athletes Need Probiotics
If you frequently experience digestive problems, chronic colds or sub-optimal recovery, there’s one simple thing you can do to resolve these issues: consume more probiotics.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your gut and in fermented, raw and living foods. They’re very important for health and wellness, but their benefits are especially important for endurance athletes.
Really, it’s no wonder. Healthy bacteria are crucial to optimal gut health, which is extremely important for overall wellness. It’s the gateway through which nutrients affect the body.
Without healthy digestion, foods aren’t broken down completely, absorbed efficiently, or eliminated properly. Without a healthy gut, whole, harmful proteins can invade the blood stream and cause inflammation and immune-function reactions. Immune function is decreased and overall health is compromised.
Luckily, the inverse is also true. A healthy gut leads to better digestion, overall health and immune function.
How Probiotics Benefit Endurance Athletes
- They improve recovery by increasing antioxidant absorption. Since free radicals are abundant after training, it’s important that athletes meet them head-on with high amounts of antioxidants in recovery and throughout each day. When eaten during recovery, probiotics increase antioxidant absorption, and thereby promote extra free radical fighting just when you need it.
- Probiotics support immune function by promoting higher levels of the natural virus fighter, interferon, which is decreased in fatigued athletes. Ever notice how some endurance athletes are sick more often than less-healthy individuals who don’t exercise as much? With endurance training, many athletes cross the line from improving health with exercise to hurting it, in some areas, anyway. One area of suppression is the immune system, and specifically interferons, which are proteins made and released by cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and tumor cells. Studies have shown an increase in interferons in fatigued athletes with the supplementation of healthy bacteria, and thereby a decrease in illnesses such as mononucleosis.
- Healthy bacteria improves digestion by increasing the bioavailability and absorption of proteins and fats. Healthy bacteria can improve the digestion of these nutrients in the stomach and intestines. Athletes have some of the highest nutrient needs of anyone, and these needs are best met when digestion is improved. What’s more, they can acutely reduce nausea, intestinal inflammation, bloating and hypersensitivity to foods—common complaints among athletes during and after training.
How to Get More Probiotics in Your Diet
- Eat natural, fermented foods and drinks each day. Options include plain and Greek-style yogurts, kombucha, miso, high-quality aged cheese, sauerkrauts and kimchi. The more types of fermented foods, and different strains of probiotics you include, the better.
- Eat functional foods with added probiotics. One example is a dark chocolate bar probiotic bars. These are great if you tired of fermented dairy or you can’t tolerate it, but want another tasty option for daily probiotics. In fact, many of these foods also contain inulin, a prebiotic fiber that serves as probiotic food.
- If needed, add a high-quality probiotic supplement to your regimen. Look for ones that are freeze-dried and don’t require refrigeration. Or, if you’d like to reduce the number of pills, use a multivitamin that contains them.
We are slowly transitioning from winter to summer in Dubai and during this season, influenza (commonly called the flu) is highly active, this highly contagious illness can occur in children or adults of any age. This illness is caused by the influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting, Vitamin C infusions, alternative treatments like Homeopathy and a healthy nutritional plan.
How Flu Spreads
Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with a flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
Period of Contagiousness
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body.
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
How to treat seasonal flu?
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre offers a wide range of services, to combat the seasonal flue. This includes:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Vitamin and mineral infusions
- Nutritional advice
Ayurvedic Massage: Everything You Need To Know About ‘Abhyangam’
The word ‘Abhyangam’ is composed of two Sanskrit words, abhi and anga. Abhi means ‘towards’ and anga, in one of its meanings, refers to ‘movement’.
Abhyangamm is a synchronized massaging of the body towards the direction of the movement of arterial blood. In practical terms it means massaging the body in the direction of the body hair. The scientific reason for this is to increase the blood flow towards the most distal parts of the body and avoid overwhelming the heart through increased venous return if the massage is done towards the heart, or in other words, in the direction opposite to that of the body hair.
Abhyangam may be done using oil, herbal powder, herbal pastes or ghee. It is a part of the daily routine suggested by Ayurveda. It is used for relief of pain, stiffness and tiredness. It also forms an important part of snehana or oleation which is an indispensable prelude to panchakarma treatments, the five Ayurvedic detoxification therapies.
Abhyangam not only prepares the body for panchakarma, but also helps to mobilize the dosha from the periphery toward the core in order to get them eliminated through the body orifices. The Vata dosha is particularly pacified by Abhyangam but even Pitta and Kapha can be pacified using different massage mediums like ghee and herbal powders respectively. Abhyangam is considered an important treatment modality for balancing the dosha.
The difference between Ayurvedic massage (Abhyangam) and regular massage
Abhyangamm and other types of massage are the same in that both involve the basic manipulation techniques that have been developed through experience by different schools and have been passed on from generation to generation. Interestingly, Ayurvedic texts do not give details of the procedures involved in Abhyangamm but mention ‘samvahan’ which means gentle rubbing, ‘peedan’ which means pressing and squeezing and ‘mardan’ which means pressure massage, which corresponds to modern day massage techniques. Different Abhyangamm techniques have been developed over centuries. Marma massage and Kerala foot massage which were traditionally used to heal injured warriors were carefully guarded secrets. Now they are being taught to other seekers as well.
Abhyangam differs from other massage in that it invariably uses oil for massaging the body. Unlike massage which is used more for recreation and relaxation, Abhyangam is a therapeutic procedure in many Vata disorders. Different oils are used to encourage different therapeutic effects on the body. This type of distinction is not made by modern day massage therapy, unless combined with aromatherapy
Fatigue and Homepopathy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as the name suggests, refers to a constant feeling of being tired physically and mentally — almost like the body’s vital systems are switched off or are working on a low battery. The symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, pain in muscles or joints, and headache. A few people also experience impaired memory, confusion or poor and difficult concentrating power.
Depressed feeling and mood swings, dizziness, vision problems may also be faced by some others. Sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in neck or axillae are noticeable symptoms at times. The fatigue is marked to such an extent that it puts a hindrance in the daily routine work and resting does not bring much relief. The exact cause of Chronic Fatigue Symptom is not clear, but various factors have been linked to it.
Homeopathic medicines, which are made from natural substances, are of great help in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The natural homeopathic remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will not only increase the body’s stamina, but will also energise the body’s immune system that will ultimately help in the cure of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be very efficiently treated with natural Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic medicines are completely safe with zero side effects. Sourced from natural substances, the Homeopathic medicines help the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients by increasing the body stamina and threshold for fatigue against a particular level of exertion.
They also help in energising the body’s immune system to come out of extreme physical or mental weakness and the person feels rejuvenated as a result.
Homeopathy for Kids
Becoming a parent and having a child completely changes your world. Your world begins to revolve around your kids and their happiness. All you want is to provide them with the best of everything. Parents tend to be more concerned about their child’s safety, food-diet, health and hygiene than they are about themselves. Today with increasing awareness, parents want good quality health care services for their children even in case of minor ailments.
The moment one sees their child sneezing, coughing or crying due to pain or some health issue, they succumb to anxiety and rush to the nearest doctor hoping that the doctor will make their child’s problem go away. And almost invariably, the physician will prescribe a mixture of medicines in varying doses for relief. What most of us fail to understand is that kids and their immature organ system deals with drugs differently as compared to an adult. Medicines given to our children should be as natural and organic as possible and also be free from chemicals and side-effects. The human organism is resilient and adapts to everything around him. However, a child’s body is fragile especially during infancy hence it is necessary to opt for a mode of treatment that does not do any harm to your kid.
Talking about safe and side-effect free treatment options Homeopathy scores highest among the various natural and holistic treatment options available. Owing to the safety of Homeopathy medicines, Homeopathy is considered to be the ideal treatment option for infants, toddlers and older kids. Millions of people worldwide recognize the effectiveness and safety of Homeopathy treatment and are resorting to it for their children’s health needs. In some countries, it is seen that Homoeopathy is no longer considered as an ‘alternative medicine’. It is, in fact, fast becoming the most preferred system of medicine
Homoeopathy is effective in treating variety of troubles that a child faces. Whether it is an infantile colic, teething trouble, aches and pains or even a behavioral disturbance Homoeopathy can manage them all. The Homoeopathic system of medicine works from within, it helps in strengthening a child’s immunity and thus helps in keeping illnesses at bay. It strengthens the child’s natural defenses so that he or she can fight off the cold or flu that every child around him may be facing. And helps them stay healthy and illness-free for longer durations of time.
Homoeopathic medications not only relieve common and acute problems of children but also prevent recurrent episodes of ill-health. Recurrent tonsillitis, enlarged adenoids, bedwetting, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, constipation and many more illnesses can be safely and effectively treated with Homeopathy. Emotional and behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, defiant or aggressive behaviour can also be treated with Homeopathy.
The biggest advantage of Homeopathy is that the medicines are easy to administer and not bitter. Kids love them as they are small, sweet sugar pills which can be administered directly or can be crushed with the help of spoon and then given to the child. Children willingly and happily take Homeopathy. The amount of lactose content in Homoeopathic medications is so less that it poses no problems even in case of Diabetic children.
Homoeopathic system of medication believes that every person is unique and has his or her own ways of reacting to the environment and his or her own unique way of manifesting an illness. Your Homoeopath gives importance to each symptom that your child has, he also takes into consideration the causation of each complaint. It takes into consideration these differentiating, individualizing symptoms for prescribing. Hence, the treatment that each child receives is different from another child suffering from the same ailment.
The benefits of Homoeopathy are much more than any other system of Medicine. Hence its time that you be wise, choose Homoeopathy and give your child the safest and most effective treatment for his or her illness.
Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.
It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.
Worldwide, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Ayurveda and Your Life Energy
Practitioners of CAM therapy believe that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have good health. When something disrupts this balance, you get sick. Among the things that can upset this balance are genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, age, and your emotions.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth).
Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each one controls a different body function. It’s believed that your chances of getting sick — and the health issues you develop — are linked to the balance of your doshas.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe this is the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, like how cells divide. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and ability to get rid of waste through your intestines. Things that can disrupt it include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late.
If vata dosha is your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
This energy controls your digestion, metabolism (how well you break down foods), and certain hormones that are linked to your appetite.
Things that can disrupt it are eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun.
If it’s your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.
This life force controls muscle growth, body strength and stability, weight, and your immune system.
You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water.
If it’s your main life energy, you may develop asthma and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.
An Ayurvedic practitioner will create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. He’ll take into account your unique physical and emotional makeup, your primary life force, and the balance between all three of these elements.
The goal of treatment is to cleanse your body of undigested food, which can stay in your body and lead to illness. The cleansing process—called “panchakarma”— is designed to reduce your symptoms and restore harmony and balance.
To achieve this, an Ayurvedic practitioner might rely on blood purification, massage, medical oils, herbs, and enemas or laxatives.
Colon cleansing with colon irrigation
The first modern colonic machine was invented about 100 years ago. Today, colonic hygienists or colon hydrotherapists perform colon irrigations. It is the process of cleansing the colon by passing purified filtered water through it with the use of special disposable equipment. It is similar to an enema but treats a larger part of the colon, not just the lower bowel. This has the effect of flushing out impacted toxic wastes, yeasts and other undesirable matter that often build up over the passage of time. It is a procedure that should only be undertaken by a qualified practitioner.
The therapist may use a variety of water pressures and temperatures.
What is the theory behind natural colon cleansing?
One of the main theories behind colon cleansing is an ancient belief called the theory of autointoxication. This is the belief that undigested meat and other foods cause mucus buildup in the colon. This buildup produces toxins, the theory goes, which enter the blood’s circulation, poisoning the body.
Some people claim these toxins cause a wide range of symptoms, such as:
- Weight gain
- Low energy
What are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy?
Colon Hydrotherapy has 8 important benefits for your health:
• Improve bowel regularity.
• Increase energy levels and improve mood.
• Improve digestion.
• Clearer & brighter skin complexion.
• Boost your immune system.
• Assist in reduce bloating and excess water rentention.
• Alkalise your body.
• Hydration of the body.
Is natural colon cleansing needed?
Are bowel movements enough to clear the colon? Or is it true that colon cleansing can be beneficial? We do know that the body alone can do the following:
- Natural bacteria in the colon can detoxify food wastes.
- The liver also neutralizes toxins.
- Mucus membranes in the colon may keep unwanted substances from reentering the blood and tissues.
- The lining of the intestines regenerates itself faster than any other tissue in the body, preventing a buildup of harmful material.
- The normal number of bowel movements varies from person to person.
- Increasing the number of bowel movements doesn’t improve weight loss. That’s because the body absorbs most calories before they reach the large intestine.
What else can you do to enhance colon health?
What you eat — not what you flush through your colon — may have the greatest impact on colon health, lowering your risk of colon cancer and enhancing your overall health.
Increasing both soluble and insoluble fiber can help with a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, including constipation, diverticular disease, and colorectal cancer. Also, drink plenty of fluids, but drink alcohol in moderation. Avoid tobacco and limit red meat. And, of course, get screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, or earlier if your doctor advises.
Scoliosis is where the spine twists and curves to the side.
It can affect people of any age, from babies to adults, but most often starts in children aged 10 to 15.
Scoliosis if it creates symptoms, discomfort or pain needs professional treatment to improve.
Signs of scoliosis include:
- A visibly curved spine
- leaning to one side
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder or hip sticking out
- The ribs sticking out on one side
- Clothes not fitting well
Some people with scoliosis may also have back pain. This tends to be more common in adults with the condition.
When to see your GP
See your GP if you think you or your child has scoliosis. It’s unlikely that there’s anything seriously wrong, but it’s best to get checked out.
Your GP will examine the back and can refer you to a specialist for help with diagnosis if they suspect scoliosis.
An X-ray of your back will be carried out to check whether your spine is curved and how severe the curve is.
If you’re diagnosed with scoliosis, you should see a physiotherapist to discuss treatment options.
Treatments for scoliosis
Treatment for scoliosis depends on your age, how severe the curve is, and whether it’s likely to get worse with time.
Many people won’t need any treatment and only a small number will need to have surgery on their spine.
It’s not clear whether back exercises help improve scoliosis, but general exercise is good for overall health and shouldn’t be avoided unless advised by your doctor.
Treatment in adults
Back pain is one of the main problems caused by scoliosis in adults, so treatment is mainly aimed at pain relief.
If the condition isn’t severe and isn’t causing any pain, treatment may not be needed.
Activities that strengthen and stretch your back may help reduce your pain. Exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce the strain on your back.
It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose – the important thing is to keep your back moving. Choose something you enjoy and are likely to be able to stick with.
Some people may also benefit from doing back exercises taught by a physiotherapist. This is likely to improve the curvature of your spine, and alleviate your pain.
Causes of scoliosis
In around 8 in every 10 cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This is called idiopathic scoliosis.
Idiopathic scoliosis can’t be prevented and isn’t thought to be linked to things such as bad posture, exercise or diet.
Your genes may make you more likely to get it, though, as it sometimes runs in families.
Less commonly, scoliosis may be caused by:
- the bones in the spine not forming properly in the womb – this is called congenital scoliosis and is present from birth
- an underlying nerve or muscle condition, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy – this is called neuromuscular scoliosis
- wear and tear of the spine with age – this is called degenerative scoliosis, which affects older adults
3 Exercises for Better Desk Posture
Maintaining correct posture at a desk is not a common sight in the workplace. But as we head back to the familiar routine of long days spent sitting, it’s important to find ways to strengthen your posture. To help, we’ve gathered some of my favourite “desk-ercises” – so you can properly align your posture as you sit.
These are important exercises to master because sitting with good posture is not only important for our presentation, but it also helps ensure our bodies function properly. Poor posture is linked to many body ailments, including headaches, as well as back, neck and shoulder pain. With poor posture, our bodies have to work harder because of the stress and strain it causes on our joints.
Poor posture can also cause:
- Muscle weakness
- Low self-esteem
- Excess weight
Stop slouching and start working on your posture. Here’s how:
- Chin Tucks
- Draw your head back.
- Leading with your chin, line your ears with your shoulders.
- Hold for three seconds and perform two sets of 10 repetitions, complete three times a day
- Shoulder Blade Squeezes
- Draw the shoulder blades back and down.
- Perform two sets of 10 repetitions, complete three times a day.
- Transverse Abdominal Activation-Sitting
- Sit upright, align your ears, shoulders and hips.
- Draw your bellybutton in towards your spine.
- Hold for 10 seconds while maintaining a normal breathing pattern. Perform 10 repetitions every two hours to improve activation of theses core muscles during sitting.
Pelvic Floor Exercise
Lazy & me….no way!!
With the hot summer days coming along exercising outdoors can be challenging. The consistent climate changes from warm to hot & humid can be quite overpowering. Any activity outdoors seems quite difficult and most of us end up cooling ourselves indoors, ultimately slowing down our fitness routines. On other days how often do we do the basic activities like walking to the nearby supermarket or talking a quick jog around the nearby park in the evening? ‘It’s too hot outside’ seems to be the most common reason, for people not to stay physically active.
A recent study conducted by scientists at the US-Stanford University calculated the number of individuals that are routinely active or are below average, and compared the numbers across different countries across the globe. The data analyzed was 68 million days’ worth of minute-by-minute data from 700,000 smartphones which recorded the number of steps taken by users with the help of accelerometers, and apprehended that residents in the UAE scored below average, calculating the number of steps taken daily. The average number of steps taken by UAE residents are 4516 as opposed to the global average of 4961, as cited in the international science journal Nature. UK scored an average of 5444 as opposed to Brazil which scored 4289, placing the Gulf just before Brazil on the charts. Hong Kong recorded on the higher end scoring 6880 and Indonesia sat at the bottom of the charts with an average of 3513.
With regards to the study, the average number of steps taken in a country was not as important as ‘activity inequality’, which was linked to obesity. This activity inequality is the gap between the fittest and the laziest people, just as the gap between the rich and the poor noted as ‘wealth inequality’. Hence, the bigger the activity inequality, the higher the rates of obesity.
So UAE being on the lower side of an active country, we have seen higher cases of morbid obesity and diabetes. Figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) revealed that, in 2015, 19.3%, almost one in five people, of the UAE population between the ages of 20 and 79 have type 2 diabetes. This is an extremely worrying number, and corrective steps have to be taken to combat the rising obesity and diabetes epidemic.
But, it is never too late to create a healthier version of yourself. You don’t need to force yourself in the heat or enroll into an expensive gym membership. There are so many ways you can keep fit this summer. The key is to aim for a wholesome nutritious diet, exercise/fitness routine and relaxation regiments, which overall provides with a holistic well-being. According to American college of Sports Medicine and the American heart association, a daily exercise routine helps keep multiple health risk factors on the down low. Namely, blood pressure levels, heart diseases, stroke, cancer, dementia and other chronic diseases.
Let’s take a look at the hottest trends in exercise regimes this summer.
HIIT also known as High Intensity Interval Training, is a great 30 mins fat burning activity that usually involves short bursts of activities and short periods of rest or recovery times.
Body Weight Training; also known as no- equipment training, has minimalistic equipment’s and back-to-basic exercise routines. This is even affordable and quite possible to follow at home.
Group training; is great way to get some company and motivation along the road to fitness. They are fun, challenging and dynamic routines that keep you wanting for more.
But, do keep in mind to change your workout routines once in a while as it can place you in a tough plateau to break. Aside from that, it can hinder your results and make your workouts tedious. Other than plateau, you can also prevent overuse injuries when body goes through a similar motion repeatedly. This is also known as ‘repetitive strain injury’. It imperative to have variety in your routines. You can change the frequencies, the intensity levels, the type of exercises and the duration.
Along with exercise, tracking your movements and progress also heightens the motivation to keep fit. Tons of mobile apps and fitness tracking devices have made their way to the market. These apps and wearable are one great if you enjoy the technology upgrades and like to keep a track of your progress for yourself. 2017 is known to be the era where fitness wearable have or will become a part of most individual’s fitness schedules.
Accompanied by exercise, with the summer heat we must also remember to keep ourselves hydrated. Drinking water during your summer activities will assure a healthy, balanced body and mind. It keeps your metabolism functioning at peak levels and also contributes to maintenance of normal physical functions, cognitive functions and thermoregulation. Look at some tips on how to stay hydrated.
Tips to stay Hydrated:
– Don’t wait to get thirsty.
– If you exercise or get out in the sun often, you need more water.
– Always keep a bottle handy or at eye level, even at meetings in conference rooms.
– Drinking water should become an involuntary action. Drink throughout the day so it doesn’t feel like a chore.
– Eat water-based foods that have more than 90% water content like, watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, etc.
– Sip on beverages like green tea, herbal teas instead of coffee. The high doses of caffeine leads to dehydration. The green teas however provides the body with powerful antioxidants and nutrients that help improve fat loss, brain function, blood sugar levels, cancer fighting properties and more.
– Stay away from sugar beverages. Instead have coconut water which is another great natural drink to enjoy and re-hydrate your system. It provides the body the much needed electrolytes and contains a host of vitamins and minerals.
– Check your urine. If it’s dark make sure to re-hydrate yourself.
Summertime Nutrition Tips
All that abundant sunshine in the summer can cause dry skin and hair, eye damage, and other ailments. Find out which vitamins and minerals can counteract sun damage.Summertime, and the living is easy — that is, until you notice the havoc all that fun in the sun has wrought on your body. Fortunately, summer also brings an abundance of tasty and nutritious foods, including berries (loaded with antioxidants), tomatoes, bell peppers (good vitamin C source), and protein-filled grilled fish. And by simply choosing the right ones to add to your daily diet, you can help prevent or alleviate the following common hot-weather woes:
Dry or Damaged Skin
What causes it: You sweat more in the summer, so skin is less supple; plus, saltwater and chlorine have a drying effect. Sunburns and bug bites are also saboteurs of healthy skin.
What to eat: Help heal weathered skin with foods like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Protein, in the form of lean meats, beans, nuts, and seeds, is also key. Keep dryness at bay by drinking lots of water. Women drink 8-10 cups of water in the summer and men up to 15 cups to prevent dehydration.
What causes it: Overexposure to sun, saltwater, and chlorine.
What to eat: Make a three-bean salad or other protein-rich meal because hair consists of protein fibers called keratin. Eating foods rich in vitamin B-5 (found in yogurt and California avocadoes), vitamin B-8 (in liver and cooked eggs), folic acid (in fortified cereals and beans), calcium (in yogurt), and zinc (in meat and fish) can reduce hair loss and replace dull hair with shiny hair. Theses nutrients also play a role in maintaining healthy skin.
What causes them: Muscle cramps result from overexertion and dehydration. When you don’t have enough fluid in your system, it leads to an electrolyte imbalance that causes your muscles to cramp up. Sodium, calcium, and potassium are the main electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise.
What to eat: Drink water. Potassium-rich foods include, raisins, potatoes, and spinach.
What causes it: Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 55. This occurs when the central part of the retina (macula) becomes damaged.
What to eat: The retina is actually made up of vitamin A. Thus, foods rich in this vitamin — along with beta-carotene, zinc, and Vitamins C and E — are beneficial to the eyes. Good sources are dark green vegetables like kale, chard, and mustard greens, plus bell peppers, carrots, and blueberries.
What causes them: Sun exposure can trigger cold sores in people who are prone to them.
What to eat: The amino acid L-lysine has been shown in some small studies to help, but larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. Deficiency in B vitamins and riboflavin can make you susceptible to cold sores. Taking a B-complex vitamin can help prevent cold sores.
IBS and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Between 10 to 15 percent of people worldwide are affected by the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Traditional Chinese medicine herbs may improve symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and distension caused by IBS.
What is IBS?
A common and chronic health condition, irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine, or the colon, and can cause the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can be managed through a variety of natural methods, including diet modification, stress reduction and lifestyle changes, and traditional Chinese medicine herbs.
The benefits of natural treatment
Using traditional Chinese medicine herbs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders offers many benefits, including:
- Management of symptoms when conventional therapies prove ineffective
- A lack of adverse side effects
- A strengthening boost for the immune system
- Aid in general health maintenance
There are many lifestyle changes, which you can help you alleviate the symptoms of IBS. Some of them are:
- Have regular eating times–The digestive system really loves it when it knows you are going to regularly feed your body. Often times having 3 meals at regular times a day makes a huge difference.
- Sit down, chew your food and eat slowly. Sit down, chew your food, turn off the TV, eat with people you like. Your ability to digest increases when you are calm and relaxed. Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing. Patients with digestive issues that has taken on the commitment to slow down, sit down and chew their food has seen improvement in their digestion–whether they have GERD, ulcers, IBS or just a little gas and bloating.
- Avoid spicy foods–too much spice will aggravate the heat patterns of IBS.
- Avoid raw food–too many raw or cold foods quells the digestive system.
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre also provides below services to effectively treat IBS:
- Colon Hydrotherapy
- Chinese Herbs
- Food Intolerance Test
- Nutrition consultation
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Your foot has thick, fibrous band of tissue (”fascia”) reaching from your heel to your toes. These tissues support the muscles and arch of the foot. When they’re overly stretched, tiny tears can occur in their surface. This can cause pain and inflammation.
Doctors once thought this type of pain was caused by bony growths called heel spurs. Now they believe that heel spurs are the result — not the cause — of pain from plantar fasciitis.
What Causes It?
A number of things can contribute to plantar fasciitis. While men can get plantar fasciitis, it’s more common in women. You’re also more likely to suffer from this condition as you age or if you’re overweight or on your feet for several hours a day.
Your risk also increases if you:
- Wear worn-out shoes with thin soles
- Have flat feet or a very high arch
- Often wear high-heeled shoes
- Have tight Achilles tendons, or “heel cords”
- Have an unusual walk or foot position
Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the bands of tissue that connect your heel to your toes.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms include pain in the bottom of your foot — at the front or center of the heel bone. You might notice that it’s worse in the morning when you first wake up (“first-step pain”). And it may happen when you’re standing after having sat for a long time.
You are also more likely to feel it right after exercise.
How is it Diagnosed?
Your doctor can normally tell if you have it just by checking for tender areas in your foot. Often, they can pinpoint what’s causing the pain by where it’s located. They probably won’t do any imaging tests. In rare cases, they might suggest an X-ray or MRI to rule out another cause, like a pinched or compressed nerve or stress fracture in your heel.
Plantar fasciitis normally goes away on its own after a few months. Resting and taking over-the-counter pain meds can help reduce swelling and make you more comfortable. But call your doctor about your condition if it doesn’t improve, or if you notice redness or bruising on your heel.
What Will My Doctor Do for My Plantar Fasciitis?
If your first steps in the morning cause a stabbing pain in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. This inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue that connects your heel to your toes — is very common, especially for runners.
With the right treatment, this condition usually goes away in several months. To speed up your recovery and rule out other injuries, you may want to see your doctor.
There are a few options your doctor could try to ease your pain and reduce inflammation in your foot. She might even recommend you try a few therapies at the same time. These include:
Physiotherapy. If medication, rest, and ice don’t help enough, your doctor might recommend that you go to a physiotherapist.
You’ll learn exercises to stretch and strengthen your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and lower leg muscles.
If you don’t show progress after several months, your doctor may recommend a more involved procedure or even surgery. These options include:
Shock-wave therapy. This literally “shocks” your plantar fascia with sound waves. It stimulates blood flow in the foot and helps the tissue heal. It also stuns your nerves to stop pain.
Can You Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?
Once your foot feels better, you can make a few lifestyle changes to help keep plantar fasciitis from coming back. These include:
Lose weight. If you’re overweight or obese, you may put more pressure on the bottom of your feet. That pressure can lead to plantar fasciitis.
Choose shoes with good support. Replace your athletic shoes often. Stay away from high heels.
Don’t go barefoot on hard surfaces. This includes your first few steps when you get up in the morning. It’s common to feel plantar fasciitis then. So you’ll want to keep some supportive footwear by your bed.
You may also want to ask your doctor if it would help to wear inserts in your shoes.
Do low-impact exercise. Activities like swimming or cycling won’t cause plantar fasciitis or make it worse. After you’re done, stretch out your calves and feet. For instance, curl and relax your toes and make circles with your feet and ankles.
Avoid high-impact activities. These include running and jumping, which put a lot of stress on your feet and can make your calf muscles tighter if you don’t stretch them out.
Keep doing your leg and foot stretches. Two of these include:
- Stretch your calves. Stand facing a wall. Put your hands on the wall. Step one foot behind the other, keeping both feet parallel to each other. Gently lean toward the wall, keeping your back heel on the ground. Hold for 10 seconds, and then switch feet. Repeat several times on each side.
- Stretch the bottom of your foot. Sit down and cross one foot over your other leg. Hold your toes and gently bend them backward.
Untuck your bedsheets. If your sheets are tucked too tightly and you sleep on your back, your feet will be in a pointed position while you sleep.
What is the difference between Pilates and Medical Pilates?
What is Medical Pilates?
Medical Pilates is a system of safe and effective exercises which meet your specific individual needs. Medical Pilates is used by our physiotherapists to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions, ranging from low back pain and chronic pain to hypermobility and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also used by elite athletes and dancers to improve essential movement patterns and enhance fitness and performance, as well as assisting with injury prevention. By working into your body’s preferred movement, Medical Pilates improves your mobility, stability, balance, posture and overall function.
Medical Pilates offers a system of safe, effective and highly specific exercises appropriate for all ages. There are stages of exercises that you can progress through that will allow you to see the improvements in your strength, control and healing.
Differences between Regular and Medical Pilates
There are important differences between regular Pilates and Medical Pilates.
Regular Pilates is conducted by a Pilates instructor, whereas Medical Pilates is prescribed and supervised by a Medical Pilates trained Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist (E.P.). This difference is very important because a Physiotherapist or E.P., unlike a Pilates instructor, has an in-depth knowledge of injury, pathology, bodily function, healing and movement patterns. This knowledge allows a Physiotherapist to assess each patient and determine which exercises will be the most effective for each individual. This becomes especially important if you have any history of injury – whether it be low back pain, whiplash, osteoporosis, or if you are an athlete coming back from an injury. There will be certain exercises which need to be adapted specifically for you so to avoid further harm; this is something that only a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist is trained to do. Like any form of exercise, Pilates can be wonderful for fitness, however still has the potential to cause injury or pain if not prescribed and monitored in the correct way.
Forms of Pilates:
At Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Pilates comes in many forms so that the benefits can be enjoyed by everyone. You will often see our Physiotherapists as a part of the treatment sessions, to assist in re-establishing correct movement patterns in the body following injury. Some athletes coming back from surgery of the hip or spine will need a program based on core work and mobility. It can also be used for high-level athletes as part of a strength session and to work on weaknesses in mobility throughout the body, leading to better overall performance, or with stroke patients to assist with rehabilitation.
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre offers a number of small group classes, designed to cater for different levels of fitness and skill, from beginner through to advanced. The classes are an excellent way to build base core strength in a fun and supervised environment, allowing your physiotherapist to closely watch your technique as you perform the exercises and to give you variations based on your individual needs.
One of our Physiotherapists can work closely with you to develop your own Pilates program using the equipment at the clinic. A Physiotherapist will regularly monitor your program and prescribe more advanced exercises as you progress.
Benefits of Medical Pilates
Medical Pilates has been shown to prevent injuries, improve balance and stability, strengthen and tone muscle and improve bone density. It is a great form of general exercise to improve fitness and improve technique in specific movements, such as dance, running and golf. It is appropriate for all age groups from kids through to the elderly and is safe and fun!
- Prevention and treatment of back pain & injury
- Resolution of spinal pain
- Enhanced core stability and pelvic floor function
- For the elderly, enhancement in movement, balance, agility and flexibility
- Falls prevention
- Muscle toning without adding bulk
- Increased bone density (for Osteopaenia & Osteoporosis)
Physiotherapy for office workers
If you’re an office worker then chances are you spend a lot of time sitting! If you spend most of your day parked up in the chair then here’s two things you need to know:
- How to build regular breaks and movement into your day (as too much sitting is bad for your health).
- How to set up your workstation to prevent posture and back problems.
Here’s our advice…
Taking regular breaks
Did you already know that sitting isn’t great for your health? Recent studies have shown that sitting can shorten our life and others have compared it to the effects of smoking!
If you spend the majority of your day sitting then ensure your breaks are active. Go for a walk at lunchtime or try and stand for some of your break rather than sit. You can also look at where your printers or other information is situated. Where possible create a routine task that makes you get up out of chair. This builds natural breaks into your day.
A few other office related tips:
- Walk over to a colleague rather than sending an email.
- Set a reminder on your calendar to get up and stretch every hour or so.
- If you are making a call on your mobile you can walk around while you talk.
- Active meetings – take your discussions outside for a few minutes’ walk. You could stop for a cup of coffee on the way.
Setting up your workstation
Since most of us spend a lot of time at work it’s important that our area is set up correctly. Here are a few things to check:
- Learn how to adjust the seat back of your office chair. The rounded part (lumbar support) should fit comfortably into the small of your back. This can be lowered or raised. Chairs have varying mechanisms with which to do this so have a look or ask. Change the height of your seat back before you change the back angle.
- When you sit with your back supported you should not feel like you are being pushed forward. If that is the case your seat back is too upright; recline it slightly back. You may want to recline it slightly more if your lower back is sore to ‘unload it’. Not too far that your head and neck have to strain forward but a tiny degree of change can make a big difference to comfort.
- Feet need to be fully supported either on the floor or by using a footrest.
- When sitting up tall the top of your monitor should be at, or below, eye level with a slight angle so that bottom of screen is closer to you than the top. Use of glasses or lenses may impact on the height and angle with which you need to use your monitor. Be aware that a smaller screen rather than larger may be better for your viewing. Multiple screens can be challenging to good positioning – if one is used more frequently make this your main screen and position yourself in front of this as much as possible.
- Using a sit-stand desk allows the freedom to change positions more easily. It also allows you to adjust the height by a millimetre of two which can also increase comfort.
- Limit time on laptops; tablets; pads; mobile devices when you don’t have a docking station or some method to set them up as you would for a PC workstation. Use a separate keyboard and mouse for longer periods of use and either a separate monitor or a stand so that your screen is positioned in line with the guide above.
If you want more detailed advice on your workstation then talk to our physiotherapists who will be able to provide advice and an exercise plan tailored just to you.
Lymphedema and Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
Any type of chronic swelling in the tissue is referred to as lymphedema. Oftentimes, patients will experience postoperative lymphedema following a mastectomy or other oncology-related surgical procedure.
Lymph nodes serve as filters to purify the interstitial fluid sent to them via the lymphatic vessels. Their second function is to work like small bulb syringes—tiny little vacuums that draw in interstitial fluid. They absorb fluid, detoxify the body, and prevent and resolve congestion in the tissues.
When lymph nodes are removed in order to stage or treat cancer, the corresponding limb or quadrant of the body loses some of its suction ability, or ability to pull lymphatic fluid from the affected body part. This can lead to congestion in the tissues and uncomfortable and debilitating edema that decreases mobility and function.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is often implemented to help alleviate excess fluid and help the healing process by decreasing bruising and swelling, increasing comfort. Our trained therapist uses MLD to alleviate lymphedema related to lymph removal.
Gentle and noninvasive
Manual lymphatic drainage uses a light, repetitive skin stretching movement that is very specific: the skin is stretched in a specific direction and sequence to help speed the rate at which the lymphatic fluid reaches the appropriate lymph node groups for filtration and decongestion of the tissues.
Our massage therapist’s role is to help in the reduction of lymphatic congestion that often occurs after surgery. In addition, full-body MLD stimulates the entire lymphatic system, which is highly beneficial to the immune system.
Diet Tips To Alkalise Your Body
If your body is highly acidic you will know as you will feel sluggish and unwell for sure! Some of the other signs are body odour, bad breath, skin blemishes, indigestion, high or low blood sugar levels and feeling tired with little energy. The good news is that there are diet and lifestyle changes you can follow to create a more alkaline environment which will greatly reduce the risk of inflammation caused by toxic levels of acidity in the body.
The types of foods you eat affect your body’s pH level. Eating foods that are too acidic can have a negative impact on overall health. On the other hand, eating foods that are alkaline tends to balance and maintain your system to the proper pH level.
Here are some tips to help create a more alkaline environment for your body by following the triple A approach (alkaline, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant rich)!
- Start your day with hot water and lemon every morning. Get into the habit of adding lemons to everything like salads, juices, and tea.
- Limit your coffee and tea intake. It is not easy at first but you may swap these drinks with herbal teas such as mint lemongrass, chamomile, rooibos, and green tea.
- Introduce simple green vegetable juices or smoothies to your diet – watercress, kale, apple, cucumber, basil and water is a great green alkalizing juice to get you started.
- If you are frequently consuming meat, poultry and fish in your diet make sure it’s balanced with alkaline foods such as spinach, avocados and peas etc. Try limiting your meat intake and swap with protein-rich beans like chickpeas and pulses along with some nuts like almonds, brazil nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
- In case you didn’t know there are plenty of herbs and spices out there that fit into the alkaline category so start experimenting with fennel, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, basil, and coriander.
- When it comes to acidic foods, milk is on top of the list – with all the healthy plant-based milk options available on the market such as soy, coconut, rice, almond and cashew milk it should make the swap easy!
- Go Organic. Opt for organic produce whenever possible, and look for grass-fed, free-range or wild-caught sources of beef, poultry and seafood.
Kinesio Tape was created and developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1973. It is a treatment that is felt to prolong the effects of physiologic work done. After many unsuccessful attempts to use adhesive tapes that were commercially available, Dr. Kase developed Kinesio Tape.
What is the Kinesio Taping Method?
Kinesio Taping is currently being used by therapists to change muscle tone, move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns, and improve posture. The Kinesio Taping Method is a unique method of applying Kinesio Tape in a specific manner to create change in the aforementioned systems. Benefits of using the tape are that it is more economical over time than other modalities, it is easy to learn and apply, there are less types of tape, and it may be used over a longer period of time.
What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio Tape is a newly popularized modality that is used by therapists trained in the Kinesio Taping Method. Kinesio Tape is a latex-free hypoallergenic cotton fiber tape with an acrylic heat-activated backing that stretches only along its longitudinal axis. The tape can be stretched 40%-60% of its resting length. The tape has no medicinal properties. The thickness and weight of the tape is designed to approximate the weight and thickness of skin.
The physical benefits of kinesio tape includes:
- Pain Relief.
- Reduced Swelling and Inflammation.
- Accelerated Recovery from Bruises and Contusions.
- Prevents and/or Relieves Muscle Spasms and Cramping.
- Speedier Recovery of Overused Muscles.
- Supports Injured Muscles and Joints without Restricting Range of Motion.
- Allows Athletes to Remain Active while Injured.
- Enhances Strength and Muscle Tone in Weak or Poorly-Toned Muscles.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
There are different methods of cupping, including:
- Wet (Also known as Hijama in Unani medicine and it also has a religious significance in some cultures)
During both types of cupping, your therapist will warm the cups to create a suction.
As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place can vary anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on reason behind the cupping therapy.
Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 10 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, he or she does a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.
The number of cups in your first session might vary. Or you might just try one to see how it goes.
Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.
Cupping therapy can be used to treat:
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Fertility and gynecological disorders
- Skin problems such as eczema and acne
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and herbs have been used to promote and maintain good health for thousands of years and are the cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM focuses on health promotion, illness prevention and treatment through natural remedies such as acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine.
The philosophy and practice of TCM are:
- An emphasis on prevention.
- The call for natural, non-invasive medical approaches.
- An acknowledgement of the need to balance the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life.
- The changing role of the medical practitioner as the facilitator of a patient’s health and well-being.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care with a holistic and systematic approach. The body has many passages of Qi (energy that circulates along the body’s meridian channels) and the points where Qi is induced the most are called acupoints.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing power through stimulation of these points by placing fine and sterile needles at specific acupoints. It is a safe, painless, natural and effective way to treat a wide range of medical conditions such as:
- Back and Neck Pain / Headache
- Anxiety and Depression
- Chronic Fatigue
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual Problems
- Skin Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Endocrine Problems / Infertility
- Sport Injury
- General Health Promotion
- Acupuncture /
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Tuina Massage / Acupressure
Do the Needles Hurt? Is it Safe?
Acupuncturists use extremely fine needles made of stainless steel. Five to ten acupuncture needles equal the size of one conventional hypodermic needle. Acupuncturists attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles into the skin with minimal or no discomfort. Once the needle is inserted, the patient may feel a tingling sensation or numbness of the area. Most patients feel calm and notice a high level of relaxation once the needles are all in place.
At Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre the safety of our patients is always paramount and thus all of our Acupuncture needles are sterile, used only once and then disposed of.
Homeopathic Remedies For The Winter Cold Season
This is the season of the common cold, and with it comes coughs, fevers and congestion. While many people’s automatic response is to turn to the aggressively advertised cold medications that mask the symptoms, homeopathy is a valuable alternative that can actually stimulate the body to heal itself.
Homeopathy draws from a vast array of plant, mineral, and animal substances which are diluted many times over and designed to trigger a healing response in different situations. In order to select the correct remedy, the symptoms of an illness are matched with the symptom picture of a particular homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy can be used as a first-aid intervention when the signs of sickness appear. In this article, we will look at specific remedies that may be useful in treating certain cold symptoms, depending on the complete symptom picture.
Coughs associated with colds are the body’s natural defense intended to clear the airways of unwanted mucus and irritants. Before taking a cough suppressant – which may impair the body’s natural defense system – you may want to first allow homeopathy to help provide relief by supporting the immune system with the right natural remedy.
The fact is, not all coughs are the same; nor are their cures. Dry coughs usually produce no mucus and include an irritating tickle in the throat, while loose coughs produce a great deal of mucus and may involve a rattling in the breathing and in the cough. Other coughs involve episodes of violent and prolonged spasms. In each instance, the best homeopathic remedy will vary. For example:
1) In the case of a dry and severely painful cough felt in the whole head and chest, and which is worsened by swallowing, bending the head back, becoming overheated, or sitting up from a lying down position.
2) In the case of a dry, tickling cough accompanied by a chest infection, laryngitis and hoarseness that involves a great thirst for cold water, is made worse by going from warm to cold air, and improves with warmth and with lying down on the side.
3) For a loose, rattling cough accompanied by shortness of breath and distinct rattling when breathing in and out.
4) For a tickling cough accompanied by scant, difficult expiration which may vanish for periods of time during the day and return at night.
Fever develops either as a result of external factors such as infections, or internal factors such as auto-immune disorders, and is the body’s natural defensive response. For many people, a fever below 102°F is not too serious; however, such a fever in infants, small children, the elderly, or those with specific serious illnesses can be a danger sign.
Again, it is useful to differentiate the nature of the fever when considering the best homeopathic remedy. For example:
1) For a fever that strikes suddenly following exposure to cold air or wind, is worse at night, is temporarily relieved by sitting up and breathing open air and is accompanied by fear, anxiety and a great thirst.
2) In another type of fever, the head is hot but the body and hands are cold. This fever may come and go, is generally worse after midnight, generates much restless anxiety, and the person wants to sip at warm drinks.
3) In the case of a sudden, intense fever, possibly including delirium, the face may be brightly flushed and the eyes glassy with dilated pupils. In this instance, the person may also have a sore, bright red throat, thirst for sour drinks, and the fever may worsen with motion, light or noise.
These are only a few examples. Much depends on the person’s overall symptoms and general constitution when choosing the remedy for fever.
This condition occurs when swelling of the membranes of the nasal passageways takes place. This is a frequent symptom of a cold and it makes breathing difficult. Locating the correct homeopathic remedy may largely depend upon the nature of the discharge, the presence of crusts and scabs, as well as the other symptoms most often described as “a stuffed nose.”
PCOS Awareness Month – 2017
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women. It affects 6-10% of reproductive aged women. It often develops around puberty it can persist for years. A classic case of PCOS presents with obesity, acne or facial hair growth, polycystic ovaries (cysts on the ovaries), elevated levels of androgens including testosterone and absent or irregular menstrual cycles; however, many women with PCOS have only a few of these symptoms.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
To make a diagnosis, your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms and perform tests to rule out other possible conditions. Your doctor will perform a physical and pelvic examination to look for signs of PCOS.
Blood tests to measure sex hormone levels are typically ordered, as well as:
- Thyroid function tests to determine how much of the thyroid hormone your body produces
- Fasting glucose tests to measure your blood sugar levels
- Lipid level tests to assess the amount of cholesterol in your blood
A vaginal ultrasound allows your gynecologist to create real-time images of your reproductive organs.
How is PCOS treated?
PCOS is a complex condition, and the road to resolving the hormonal imbalances that cause it are not the same for every woman. Practitioners, and women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, both agree that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach that balances hormones best.
The treatment will vary from woman to woman, depending on specific symptoms.
- Advice to follow a healthy diet.A healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended for all women with PCOS, particularly those who are overweight. This can help to regulate your menstrual cycle and lower your blood glucose levels.
- Anti-androgens drugs that reduce male hormone levels. These can help stop excess hair growth and reduce acne. Diabetes medications may also be prescribed to lower blood glucose and testosterone levels.
Support Your Body Using Alternative/Complimentary Treatments
Some women with PCOS find relief from symptoms when turning to complimentary practices like chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and herbalism. These can help relieve stress and restore proper “energy” to the body, likely by lowering stress hormones and improving a sense of well-being.
While it might seem complicated, fortunately the best options for moving forward for women with different types of polycystic ovarian syndrome is a holistic approach when doctor focusing on all aspects of health: mainly eating a balanced diet, maintaining an appropriate body weight, and eliminating as much physical and psychological stress as possible.
There are many natural herbs, nutrients and supplements recommended to help women with PCOS. The goal of herbal medicine might include: reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function, and supporting optimal endocrine function.
Nutritional therapies can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility, reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of estrogens.
Whole body detox program with colon hydrotherapy, restoration of friendly intestinal flora improved diet, activity and weight loss is focused on underlying causes of metabolic syndrome to improve cell’s insulin sensitivity, normalize acid-alkaline balance, replenish the body with vital nutrients, and decrease the amounts of toxins, yeast and parasites
Depending on your specific symptoms an individualized treatment plan can be tailored to your specific health needs.