"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860), German philosopher

Cancer

Inflammation orchestrates the microenvironment around tumours, contributing to proliferation, survival and migration. Cancer cells use selectins , chemokines and their receptors for invasion, migration and metastasis. On the other hand,...

Types of inflammation

Comparison between acute and chronic inflammation:   Acute Chronic Causative agent Pathogens, injured tissues Persistent acute inflammation due to non-degradable pathogens, persistent foreign bodies, or autoimmune reactions Major cells...

Misleading Beauty Products

  The 'organic' beauty products laced with 'cancer-causing' chemicals found in anti-freeze and floor cleaner Shoppers are being hoodwinked by organic beauty products laced with chemicals found in antifreeze, floor...

The drugs aren't working

The drugs aren’t workingThirty years ago, antibiotics were miracle drugs, treating and containing even serious illnesses like TB.  But, as their reputation grew, so did our reliance on them –...

The amazing health benefits of drinking lemon water

After visiting some friends recently who drank copious amounts of water spiked with fresh organic limes and lemons from trees in their yard and freely offered this delicious concoction to...

Pharmacological

Certain drugs or exogenic chemical compounds are known to affect inflammation. Vitamin A deficiency causes an increase in inflammatory responses, and anti-inflammatory drugs work specifically by inhibiting normal inflammatory components....

Spit on an iPhone

To self-diagnose, spit on an iPhone29 November 2011 by Paul MarksMagazine issue 2840. Subscribe and saveHANDHELD gadgets could one day diagnose infections at the push of a button by using...

Sunscreen tips

1. Quick tips for a good sunscreen. Ingredients: Oxybenzone Vitamin A ( retinyl palmitate ) Added insect repellent Zinc Titanium dioxide Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX Products: Sprays Powders SPF above...

Cellular Component

Cellular componentThe cellular component involves leukocytes, which normally reside in blood and must move into the inflamed tissue via extravasation to aid in inflammation. Some act as phagocytes, ingesting bacteria,...

Vascular changes

Acute inflammation is characterised by marked vascular changes, including vasodilation , increased permeability, and the slowing of blood flow, which are induced by the actions of various inflammatory mediators. Vasodilation...

Complementary & alternative therapies

Whether or not your doctor prescribes medication to lower your blood pressure, you will need to make changes in your diet and lifestyle. Do not stop taking your medication without...

Preventive Care

Studies suggest that the following actions can help prevent hypertension: Maintaining a proper weight - According to several large-scale, population-based studies, being overweight is one of the strongest predictors that...

The Wisdom of Your Cells

Bruce Lipton Ph.D.Uncovering the Biology of BeliefThe Wisdom of Your CellsThe Wisdom of Your Cells is a new biology that will profoundly change civilization and the world we live in....

Quercetin, Skin Issues & Stress

Quercetin has been found to powerfully stabilize mast cells , helping to prevent stress-induced anxiety and allergic reactions. Stress itself is adequate to begin the migration of immune cells towards...

Systemic effects

An infectious organism can escape the confines of the immediate tissue via the circulatory system or lymphatic system , where it may spread to other parts of the body. If...

     

Various remedies

Which form of healing do you use most often?
 

Natural Healers' Association

Energy Medicine falls under the Natural Healers Association.

Established in February 1999, the Natural Healers Association, was founded by Dr H. Zungu, Katharine Lee Kruger and Chris Rall in Johannesburg . This national organization was registered as a Non Profit Organization on 22 May 2003 by the Department of Social Development. 

NHA aims to widen the window of opportunity to influence the development of healing legislation in South Africa to recognize the spiritual elements of International Traditional, Indigenous, Spiritual, Energy and Natural Healing Methods. By obtaining Government Recognition members will be able to provide a more cost effective and efficient healthcare service for all South Africans and others.

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Hypertension


Treatment PDF Print E-mail

The goal in treating hypertension is to reduce the risk of serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, by getting blood pressure under control. Ideally that means reducing blood pressure to 120/80 mm Hg, but even a partial lowering of blood pressure brings benefits.

You may need prescription medications to treat hypertension, but lifestyle changes -- including diet, exercise, and relaxation -- are also necessary.

Often, in the early stages of hypertension when blood pressure elevation is mild, your doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications alone for 6 - 12 months. After this time, if blood pressure is still high, you will probably need medication.

 
Signs & symptoms PDF Print E-mail

High blood pressure usually have no symptoms. Occasionally, some people may have a mild headache when their blood pressure is high.

Advanced cases of hypertension may produce the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Confusion
  •  Nausea
  • Visual disturbances
  • Seizure
 
Risk factors PDF Print E-mail

The following factors increase an individual's risk for high blood pressure:

  • Being overweight
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Having a family history of hypertension
  • Being African-American
  • Abusing alcohol or smoking
  • High sodium (salt) intake
  • Stress
  • Chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or high cholesterol.
 
Preventive Care PDF Print E-mail

Studies suggest that the following actions can help prevent hypertension:

  • Maintaining a proper weight - According to several large-scale, population-based studies, being overweight is one of the strongest predictors that you will develop high blood pressure.
  •  Reducing salt intake - Although how each person responds to salt in the diet varies, cutting back on salt can help lower blood pressure for some.
  • Increasing physical activity - Several studies suggest that sedentary people may be at higher risk for developing hypertension.
  •  Limiting alcohol consumption - Studies suggest that people who consume three or more alcoholic beverages per day increase their risk for developing hypertension
  •  Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables - Most American eat diets that are too high in saturated fat and lack the right amount of fruits and vegetables.
 
Nutrition & dietary supplements PDF Print E-mail

Eating a healthy diet that's low in saturated fat and sodium can help lower blood pressure.

Following these nutritional tips may help:

  • Try the DASH diet, which emphasizes eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, and keeping sodium intake low.
  • Try to eliminate potential food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives.
  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
  •  Eat foods high in B-vitamins and calcium, such as almonds, beans, whole grains (if no allergy), dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.
  •  Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and especially sugar.
  • Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy), or beans for protein.
  • Use healthy oils in foods, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  •  Drink 6 - 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
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Mind & body therapy PDF Print E-mail

Homeopathy

Few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic remedies. A professional homeopath, however, may recommend one or more of the following treatments for hypertension based on their knowledge and clinical experience.

  • Argentum nitricum -- for people whose blood pressure increases as they feel anxious or nervous.
  • Aurum metallicum -- for people who are serious in demeanor and who concentrate on their career.
  • Calcarea carbonica -- for people who often feel tired and overwhelmed when sick
  • Lachesis -- for people who are often talkative and agitated, with a fear of disease.
  • Nux vomica -- for people who are impatient, don't like to be delayed, and are ambitious and driven.
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Medications PDF Print E-mail

Several medications are available to treat hypertension.

Some of the most commonly prescribed medications include:

Diuretics

Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of sodium and water from the body. This decreases the volume of blood in the body and lowers blood pressure.

There are three types of diuretics: thiazide , loop, and potassium-sparing.

Other medications

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Hypertension introduction PDF Print E-mail

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious condition. Blood pressure is the force of blood as it pumps through your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries are, the higher the blood pressure.

Normal blood pressure is defined as an average systolic blood pressure of 120 mm Hg and an average diastolic pressure of 80 mm Hg. Systolic pressure measures the pressure in arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic pressure measures the pressure between beats. Hypertension is defined as an average systolic blood pressure above 140 mm Hg, a diastolic blood pressure above 90 mm Hg, or both.

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death among Americans. Hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity are the biggest contributors to atherosclerosis.

 
Herbs PDF Print E-mail

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body's systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your health care provider to get your problem diagnosed before starting any treatment.

You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites ( glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Unless otherwise indicated, you should make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water.

Steep covered 5 - 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 - 20 minutes for roots.

Drink 2 - 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures alone or in combination as noted.

Talk to your doctor before taking any herbs to treat hypertension, especially if you already take medication to control blood pressure.

  • Achillea wilhelmsii , 15 - 20 drops of tincture two times per day, may help lower blood pressure, according to one double-blind study.
  • Hibiscus ( Hibiscus sabdariffa ) tea, 2 tablespoonfulls of dried herb steeped in 1 cup of water, taken one time per day, helped lower blood pressure.
  • Reishi mushroom ( Ganoderma lucidum ), 150 - 300 mg two to three times daily, may help lower blood pressure.
  • Garlic ( Allium sativum ) , standardized extract, 400 mg two to three times daily, may help lower blood pressure slightly
 
Diagnosis PDF Print E-mail
Each time your heart beats, or contracts, it pumps blood into your arteries. The pressure of the blood against the artery walls is called systolic blood pressure, when blood pressure is at its maximum. When your heart is at rest, between beats, the blood pressure falls, which is known as To diagnose hypertension, your doctor will measure your blood pressure using an inflatable cuff and a stethoscope. If blood pressure is high, your doctor will check your pulse rate, examine your neck for swollen veins or an enlarged thyroid gland, listen to your heart for murmurs, and examine the eyes for damaged blood vessels in the retina. Additional laboratory and blood tests can help determine if it is secondary or primary hypertension.
 
Complementary & alternative therapies PDF Print E-mail

Whether or not your doctor prescribes medication to lower your blood pressure, you will need to make changes in your diet and lifestyle. Do not stop taking your medication without your doctor's supervision. Abruptly stopping some types of blood pressure medications can cause blood pressure to rise to extremely high levels, possibly resulting in stroke, hart attack, or other medical complications. Always tell your health care provider about the herbs and supplements you are using or considering using.

The following lifestyle changes will help treat hypertension:

  • Lose weight if you need to.
  • Stay physically active.
  • If you smoke, quit.
 
Causes of hypertension PDF Print E-mail
There are two major types of hypertension:
  • essential (primary)
  • secondary
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