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Brain & nervous system ailments

  • Central nervous system comprises the brain & spinal cord.
  • Brain’s 100 billion interconnected cells make it the most complex structure known.
  • Though brain is only 2% of body weight, it uses 20% of body’s energy.
  • Brain exchanges info with every organ via spinal cord & peripheral nerves.
  • Brain’s neurotransmitters communicate with every cell in the body.
  • Brain is the center of our senses, thoughts, feelings & the coordination of all movement & body processes.
  • Brain has 4parts: brain stem, cerebellum, midbrain & cerebrum.
  • Brain stem & cerebellum control involuntary functions.
  • Midbrain, located on top of the brain stem deep within the brain, is involved in the expression of emotions.
  • Cerebrum consists of 2cerebral hemispheres connected by a band of nerve fibers. Left/rational hemisphere specializes in logical thought & right/intuitive hemisphere in perceiving & feeling emotions, appreciating visual patterns & music.
  • Spinal cord descends from brain stem in a central canal within the spine & acts as highway for info.
  • Ailments range from the tingle of an irritated nerve to strokes & tumors.
  • Conventional approach: Painful symptoms treated with analgesics & other medications.
  • Complementary approach: Work with body & mind, dietary modifications may be advised.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel is the round bone found at the front of the wrist.
  • Symptoms- Numbness, pain, tingling in palm, thumb, 1st 2 fingers, worsens at night.
  • Cause- Compression of median nerve that passes through the wrist in people who make repetitive movements, such as keyboard operators or in women who are pregnant, menopausal, taking oral contraceptives, experience PMS, or in people with underactive thyroid.
  • Conventional treatment: Consult doctor at the 1st sign of symptoms. If condition persists, medication, plaster cast, or even surgery recommended to take pressure off the nerve.
  • Self help: Hang arm down the side of bed at night or wear wrist brace for relief.
  • Acupuncture: Needles inserted into local points around the wrist to help relax tension in the soft tissues.
  • Osteopathy: Manipulation to increase mobility & disperse excess fluids in the local soft tissue to relieve symptoms.
  • Homeopathy: Nat mur 6c if retaining fluids. Aconite 6c if pain keeps you awake at night as aconite eases pain.
  • Nutritional therapy: If swelling is due to buildup of fluid, may recommend vit B6 supplements or eat foods rich in B6(whole wheat bread, wheat germ, fortified cereals, liver, bananas, fish, nuts, dried brewer’s yeast, yeast extract).
  • Other options: Acupressure & Hydrotherapy.


Add a comment September 11, 2009


  1. Avoid too much salt, fat.
  2. Mint very beneficial. Eat mint chutney, mint tea. 
  3. Spices like dry ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. r good for loosing wgt.
  4. Regular intake of carrot j helps.
  5. Bitter veg’s like karela, bitter drumstick good. 
  6. Honey mobilizes extra deposited fat allowing it to be utilized as energy for normal functions
    Dosage: Start with 10g/1T with hot h20, 1t l.j early in the morning. Fasting on honey & l.j is highly beneficial in obesity treatment without the loss of energy & appetite. For this, take 1t honey+1/2l.j+1gl warm h20 sev times a day at regular intervals. 
  7. Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits conversion of sugar & other CHO’s into fat. Hence, great value in wgt reduction.
  8. Exercise helps to use up calories stored in body as fat.
  9. The gum of Commiphora Mukul called ‘guggulu’ is the drug of choice for the treatment of obesity.
  10. Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to assess wgt problems & associated health risks. Once overweight is determined, other assessments – like the Hip Ratio – should follow. BMI generally fails when applied to persons still growing or to athletes where muscle build-up is extensive. BMI may not be useful for the following conditions: Pregnancies, Mental illnesses, Breast-feeding women, Anorexia nervosa, Osteoporosis etc.
  11. Green Tea & Kelp may increase the metabolic rate
  12. Bromelain, pyruvate may help reduce fat; Garcinia cambogia, Hydroxycitric acid help to reduce appetite & fat;
  13. There r a no of Thermogenic Herbs which increase the metabolism & burn off fat like  Ephedra, Garcinia cambogia, Fucus vesiculosis, Black & Green Tea, etc.;
  14. Minerals like chromium help regulate blood sugar level. In vegs, beans, seeds, grains, nuts, c’d chicken/turkey skinless, fruit.
  15. Apple, unsweetend may reduce fat directly.
  16. Barley, beans, olives will reduce cholesterol.
  17. Some herbs help to reduce h20 retention.
  18. Waist-hip ratio helps to further assess a possible health risk. Pear-shape means fat is more stored in thighs, hips, buttocks, less risk. Apple-shape means fat is stored in abdominal area from where it can more easily re-enter the blood stream. 

Diet recommended to lose wgt

Early morning: 1gl warm h20+1/2l.j+1t honey. sprouts, 1c skimmed milk.
Midmorning: 1gl orange/ j.
Lunch: Raw veg salad or steamed vegs. Whole grain bread/whole wheat roti, 1gl b.milk with r’d cumin seeds, cilantro, little salt, some grated ginger.

Mid-afternoon: Coconut h20, dry fruits, lemon tea, soup.  

Dinner: Whole grain bread/roti, st’d vegs, fruits except banana & apple.

Add a comment October 8, 2007


  1. Avoid nicotine, caffeine, alcohol in the evening. 
  2. 1hr before bedtime, take multivit/ca supplement.
  3. See that temp in bedroom is comfortable. If cool, better.
  4. Take herbal bath.
  5. Drink relaxing chamomille/ tea.
  6. Msg hands, legs with carrier oil + few drops chamomile or lavender or rose.
  7. Turn off lights, tv, comp etc. Bed room shd be dark.
  8. In bed, wear eye mask, take deep breathes. 
  9. Meditate to calm mind, body & soul.  Or listen to peaceful, relaxing music in bed. 
  10. Establish regular sleep-wake cycle.
  11. Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates sleep cycle. Take it right before bedtime.

Add a comment October 2, 2007






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