10 Potent Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Pneumonia

greekPneumonia is an acute form of respiratory infection in the lungs caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria. When a normal person breathes in air, the air fills the small sacs in the lungs.

Signs and Symptoms
Most commonly, you’ll have a persistent, phlegm-producing cough in which blood may be present, Continue reading

Reasons Why You Bruise Easily

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Your skin bruises more easily as you get older and may also be due to straining during exercise, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions

A deficiency in bioflavonoids and vitamin C may also lead to easy bruising Continue reading

7 Super Healthy Food Staples, and 7 Superfoods You May Not Know

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In their raw non-adulterated state, virtually all foods can be considered “superfoods,” but some stand out as inexpensive, nutritional powerhouses

Seven staples that can supercharge your nutrition include: homemade bone broth, sprouted seeds, Continue reading

Fenugreek Multifaceted Healing Herb

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… that fenugreek can help build muscles, burn body fat and protect against type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

Fenugreek is more than just a flavorful spice to add to chicken, curries and salads.  It’s been a century-old favorite among ayurvedic practitioners and herbalists for treating ailments from Continue reading

Anemia Reversed

Anemia is a symptom caused by a myriad of conditions. These conditions include iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, Vitamin E deficiency, vitamin B6 deficiency, and thyroid disorders, for openers.

Since the most significant and common forms of anemia are related to diet, it is this area that I will address. Continue reading

Four Dangers of Mixing Drugs and Supplements

Any items you might take — herbs, dietary supplements, other natural products, or functional foods such as energy drinks and nutritional bars — can interact with each other and with medications. Doctors Health Press devotes its pages to natural remedies, but this is a reminder that you still must be aware of the risks of interactions. Or, at the very least, your doctor should always know what you are taking. Continue reading

Fenugreek Increases Milk Production for Women

Habitat: Fenugreek is native to North Africa and the Mediterranean area but today it is grown in many parts of the world. It is undoubtedly one of the most widely cultivated medicinal plants.

Characteristics and properties: Fenugreek was esteemed by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a remarkably versatile medicinal plant which could be used as a remedy for a wide variety of conditions. It was a favorite of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, and has been a favorite of most healers and herbalists ever since. It’s most popular use has always been as a galactogogue, a substance which increases a mother’s milk supply, and over the centuries fenugreek has become the most popular and renowned herbal galactogogue of all. Mothers taking fenugreek usually notice an increase in milk flow within 24-72 hours, though it should be noted that a daily amount of at least 3500mg is usually required to produce the effect. For some breastfeeding women it can take 2 weeks to see a change, and if no improvement Continue reading

Fenugreek Best Way to Ward off Cold

LONDON – Don’t reach out for paracetamol if you’re down with a cold, instead, try out fenugreek in your curry to keep yourself warm, says a study.

A nutritionist claims fenugreek, a common ingredient in Indian cuisine, is a ‘winter elixir’ whose anti-viral properties not only alleviate cold and flu symptoms but also prevent the conditions starting in the first place.

The spice, also called Greek hay and wild clover, has been recognised as having medicinal properties for centuries.

During a three-month winter period, 20 volunteers, 10 with colds and flu symptoms and 10 without, consumed half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds twice a week in a curry, the Daily Mail reports.

The cold-afflicted volunteers reported immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of running nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue.

Volunteers who were fit and healthy at the outset remained that way for the duration of the trial, despite usually coming down with a cold at least once in the same period.

The test was conducted by Anglo-Indian chef Gurpareet Bains, author of Indian Superfood. He plans further clinical trials with the help of an American university.

“We already know that some foods and spices can help alleviate the symptoms of cold, but the results of these studies show that fenugreek is significantly more beneficial,” he said.

Home Remedies Series – Diarrhea

Diarrhea treatment using Buttermilk

Buttermilk is one of the most effective home remedies in the treatment of Diarrhea. Buttermilk is the residual milk left after the fat has been removed from curd by churning. It helps overcome harmful intestinal flora. The acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. Buttermilk may be taken with a pinch of salt three or four times a day for controlling this disease.

Diarrhea treatment using Carrot Soup

Carrot soup is another effective home remedy for Diarrhea. It supplies water to combat dehydration; replenishes sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, and magnesium; supplies pectin; and coats the intestine to allay inflammation. It also checks the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria and prevents vomiting. Half a kilogram of carrots may be cooked in 150 ml of water until they become soft. The pulp should be strained and enough boiled water added to it to make a litre. Three-quarters of a tablespoon of salt may be added. This soup should be given in small amounts to the patient every half an hour.

Diarrhea treatment using Fenugreek

Fenugreek leaves are useful in Diarrhea. One teaspoon of seeds which have been boiled and fried in butter should be taken with a cup of buttermilk twice daily. They are valuable in allaying biliousness. The seeds are also beneficial in the treatment of this disease.

Diarrhea treatment using Ginger

In case of Diarrhea caused by indigestion, dry or fresh ginger is very useful. A piece of dry ginger should be powdered along with a crystal of rock salt, and quarter of a teaspoon of this powder should be taken with a small piece of jaggery. It will bring quick relief as ginger, being carminative, aids digestion by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.

Diarrhea treatment using Mint

Mint juice is also beneficial in the treatment of Diarrhea. One teaspoon of fresh mint juice, mixed with a teaspoon each of lime juice and honey, can be given thrice daily with excellent results in the treatment of this disease.

Diarrhea treatment using Bottle Gourd

The juice of bottle gourd is a valuable medicine for excessive thirst due to severe Diarrhea. A glass of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken every day in treating this condition.

Diarrhea treatment using Drumstick Leaves

The juice of fresh leaves of drumstick is also valuable in Diarrhea. A teaspoon of this juice, mixed with a teaspoon of honey and a glass of tender coconut water, can be given two to three times as a herbal medicine in the treatment of Diarrhea.

Diarrhea treatment using Pomegranate

The pomegranate has proved beneficial in the treatment of Diarrhea on account of its astringent properties. If the patient develops weakness due to profuse and continuous purging, he should repeatedly be given about 50 ml of pomegranate juice to drink. This will control the Diarrhea.

Diarrhea treatment using Mango Seeds

Mango seeds are valuable in Diarrhea. The seeds should be collected during the mango season, dried in the shade and powdered, and kept stored for use as a medicine when required. A dose of about one and a half to two grams with or without honey, should be administered twice daily.

Diarrhea treatment using Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are helpful in the treatment of this condition. Two tablespoons of the seeds should be lightly roasted in a frying pan. They should then be ground into a fine powder and mixed with one tablespoon of cow’s clarified butter. The mass should be divided into three parts and each part should be taken with half a cup of boiled goat’s milk thrice daily for six days by the patients. It acts as an excellent medicine in this condition.

Diarrhea treatment using Turmeric

Turmeric has proved to be another valuable home remedy for Diarrhea. It is a very useful intestinal antiseptic. It is also a gastric stimulant and tonic. One teaspoon of fresh turmeric rhizome juice or one teaspoon of dry rhizome powder may be taken in one cup of buttermilk or plain water.

Diarrhea treatment using Rice

Rice is useful in treating Diarrhea in children. A teaspoon of powder of charred parboiled rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk, should be given in does of thirty grams every half an hour. This will bring excellent results.

Diarrhea treatment using Other Remedies

Cooked or baked apples are good for Diarrhea. The cooking process softens the cellulose. Much of its value as a regulating material is thus lost and it is effective in looseness of the bowels.

A glass of fresh tomato juice, mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper, taken in the morning, also proves beneficial.

Other starchy liquids such as arrowroot water, barley water, and coconut water are also useful in the treatment of Diarrhea. They not only replace the fluid lost but also bind the stools.

Other home remedies include bananas and garlic. Bananas contain pectin and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria. Garlic is a powerful, effective, and harmless germ killer. It aids digestion and removes intestinal worms.

Diets for Diarrhea

Observe complete fast for two days, take only hot water

In severe cases of Diarrhea, it is advisable to observe a complete fast for two days to provide rest to the gastrointestinal tract. Only hot water may be taken during this period to compensate for the loss of fluids.

Have juices, cooked vegetables, whole rice

Juices of fruits may be taken after the acute symptoms are over. After the condition improves, meals can be enlarged gradually to include cooked vegetables, whole rice, and soured milk. Raw foods should be taken only after the patient completely recovers.