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First Aid Through Naturopathy for Low Back Pain

 

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LOW BACK PAIN????

Low back pain or lumbago is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back. It affects about 40% of people at some point in their lives.

 

Low back pain usually classified by duration as

  • acute (pain lasting less than 6 weeks),
  • sub-chronic (6 to 12 weeks), or
  • chronic (more than 12 weeks).

The condition may be further classified by the underlying cause as either mechanical, non-mechanical, or referred pain.

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Functions of the low back, or lumbar area, include structural support, movement, and protection of certain body tissues.

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Pain in the low back can be a result of conditions affecting the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area.

Signs and symptoms

In the common presentation of acute low back pain,

  • pain develops after movements that involve lifting, twisting, or forward-bending. The symptoms may start soon after the movements or upon waking up the following morning.
  • The description of the symptoms may range from tenderness at a particular point to diffuse pain.
  • It may or may not worsen with certain movements, such as raising a leg, or positions, such as sitting or standing.
  • Pain radiating down the legs (known as sciatica) may be present.
  • The first experience of acute low back pain is typically between the ages of 20 and 40. This is often a person’s first reason to see a medical professional as an adult.
  • Recurrent episodes occur in more than half of people with the repeated episodes being generally more painful than the first.

Other problems may occur along with low back pain. Chronic low back pain is associated with sleep problems, including a greater amount of time needed to fall asleep, disturbances during sleep, a shorter duration of sleep, and less satisfaction with sleep. In addition, a majority of those with chronic low back pain show symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Low back pain is not a specific disease but rather a complaint that may be caused by a large number of underlying problems of varying levels of seriousness. The majority of LBP does not have a clear cause but is believed to be the result of non-serious muscle or skeletal issues such as sprains or strains.

Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, poor posture and poor sleeping position also contribute to low back pain. A full list of possible causes includes many less common conditions.

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Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae or a spinal disc herniation, broken vertebra(e) (such as from osteoporosis) or, rarely, an infection or tumor of the spine.

Women may have acute low back pain from medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroids. Nearly half of all pregnant women report pain in the lower back or sacral area during pregnancy, due to changes in their posture and center of gravity causing muscle and ligament strain.

Treatment of low back pain is optimally directed toward a diagnosed or suspected specific cause. For acute lumbar strain, use of a home remedy initially can be beneficial.

First aid Through NATUROPATHY AND YOGA:

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Hydrotherapy:

  • Hot bag to Low Back – muscular pain/ strain
  • Revulsive Compress to the area – Hot bag for 3 min, Ice bag for 1 min – repeated for 4 to 5 times – muscular pain/ strain
  • Warm jeera water – if pain is due to gas accumulation
  • Warm water drinking – if pain is due to gas accumulation
  • Buttermilk with hing – if pain is due to gas accumulation
  • Hot water with hing – if pain is due to gas accumulation

Acupressure:

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Yoga Therapy:

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Postural Modifications:

 

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Diet:

Carrot Juice – 250 ml

Carrot, Tomato and Red apple Juice – 250 ml

Lemon Honey Juice – 250 ml

Note:

For further Treatments, Diet and Yoga Therapy – mail @ swastikanature@gmail.com

 

 

Free From Pain for Females

Dysmenorrhea:

Dysmenorrhea or painful periods is a medical condition of pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities. Menstrual pain is often used synonymously with menstrual cramps, but the latter may also refer to menstrual uterine contractions, which are generally of higher strength, duration and frequency than in the rest of the menstrual cycle. Dysmenorrhea can feature different kinds of pain, including sharp, throbbing, dull, nauseating, burning, or shooting pain. Dysmenorrhea may precede menstruation by several days or may accompany it, and it usually subsides as menstruation tapers off. Dysmenorrhea may coexist with excessively heavy blood loss.

Classification:

Secondary dysmenorrhea is diagnosed when symptoms are attributable to an underlying disease, disorder, or structural abnormality either within or outside the uterus. Primary dysmenorrhea is diagnosed when none of these are detected.

The main symptom of primary dysmenorrhea is pain concentrated in the lower abdomen, in the umbilical region or the supra pubic region of the abdomen. It is also commonly felt in the right or left abdomen. It may radiate to the thighs and lower back.

Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea:

Symptoms often co-occurring with menstrual pain include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, headache, dizziness, disorientation, hypersensitivity to sound, light, smell and touch, fainting, irritation and fatigue. Symptoms of dysmenorrhea often begin immediately following ovulation and can last until the end of menstruation. This is because dysmenorrhea is often associated with changes in hormonal levels in the body that occur with ovulation.

Causes of Dysmenorrhea:

The main causes of Dysmenorrhea for females are Distress and Wrong Lifestyle Adaptation like Wrong food habits, Improper sleeping time.

Primary Dysmenorrhea – First Aid Through Naturopathy:

  • Hot bag to low back, lower abdomen, inner thigh or calf muscles wherever painful
  • Warm Jeera water or Dhania water or Methi water (250 ml)
  • Buttermilk with Hing if any discomfort or blotting of abdomen
  • Cold leg pack for 40 min,
  • Warm water drinking throughout the day (2 1/2 to 3 litres)
  • Cold Foot Bath for 10 to 20 min if excessive bleeding
  • Acupressure on P6
  • Palm and Foot points Acupressure
  • Enough rest and proper sleep
  • Avoid coffee and caffeine substances
  • Avoid spicy, oily diet – preferred to take only bland diet
  • Lie down on either sides during pain than sleeping straight
  • Avoid Stress and Strain and Be relaxed throughout

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Similar application as Pic 2 to other painful areas.

Other respective treatments according to the existing symptoms.

Preventive measures to avoid Dysmenorrhea:

Adaptation of simple lifestyle with right time food habits having bland diet, adequate sleep, simple breathing practices and Yoga techniques and Distress free routine.

 

Diarrhea – First Aid Through Naturopathy

Diarrhea:

  • Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements, an increase in the looseness of stool or both.
  • Diarrhea is caused by increased secretion of fluid into the intestine, reduced absorption of fluid from the intestine or rapid passage of stool through the intestine.
  • Diarrhea can be defined absolutely or relatively. Absolute diarrhea is defined as more than five bowel movements a day or liquid stools. Relative diarrhea is defined as an increase in the number of bowel movements per day or an increase in the looseness of stools compared with an individual’s usual bowel habit.
  • Diarrhea also happens when being in contact with someone else who has it, or may get it from food poisoning after eating the contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
  • Diarrhea may be either acute or chronic, and each has different causes and treatments.

“Acute Diarrhea” is that which comes on suddenly and lasts for not more than a couple of days. Acute diarrhea recover on their own. “Chronic Diarrhea” lasts for more than two weeks. But this condition requires medical care to find the underlying cause and treat complications, such as dehydration.

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Causes of diarrhea:

The length of time diarrhea lasts often depends on what caused it. Diarrhea from norovirus lasts around two days, for rotavirus, the duration is three to eight days, Campylobacter and diarrhea from giardiasis can several weeks.

  • A virus, such as rotavirus, winter vomiting disease, enterovirus, or hepatitis
  • A bacterium, such as  coli or cholera (Vibrio cholerae).
  • A parasite, that causes giardiasis and amoebiasis.

A number of other non-infectious medical conditions may also cause diarrhoea. These include:

  • Inability to digest certain foods, including a lactose intolerance (difficulty digesting the type of sugar found in dairy products); coeliac disease (an intolerance of gluten in wheat and some other grains); and pancreatic problems which interfere with production of important digestive substances.
  • Short-Bowel Syndrome.
  • An increase in bile in the colon can result in watery stools.
  • Diseases of the endocrine (hormonal) system, like thyroid disease, diabetes, adrenal disease, etc
  • Inflammation in the intestinal tract, which can result in chronic diarrhea. If there is inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which may cause alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation.
  • Bowel cancer produces a change in bowel habit that may include diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation.

Many medications can also cause diarrhea. Some of the most common include antacids containing magnesium, laxatives, digitalis, diuretics, a number of antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, cholesterol reducing agents, lithium, thyroid hormone, etc.,

Toxins such as insecticides, psychedelic mushrooms, and arsenic can cause diarrhea, and overuse of caffeine or alcohol may contribute to diarrhea.

Symptoms of Diarrhea:

  • Increased frequency of bowel movements
  • Loose, watery stools
  • Urgency (having to go right away)
  • Incontinence (leakage of stools)
  • Bloating, wind
  • Rectal pain
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Fever
  • Blood or flecks of mucus in the stool
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Dark-black stool that looks like tar (but tell your doctor if you have been taking over-the-counter medications, which also can make the stool look darker than usual)
  • Mucus passed with no stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal pain
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Recent travel abroad
  • Recent seafood consumption
  • Reason to believe that you have food poisoning
  • Family members who have similar illness
  • Colleagues, associates or friends who have similar symptoms after eating in the same venue

Prevention of Diarrhea:

The most important way to avoid diarrhea is to avoid coming into contact with infectious agents that can cause it. This means that hygienic food preparation and storage techniques, and good hand washing, especially when preparing food and after using the toilet are very important.

If someone in your home has diarrhea, take precautions to stop it spreading:

  • Disinfectant the toilet, handle and the seat after the person has used it each time.
  • Don’t share towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils with the person who is unwell.
  • Keep them at home until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhea.

First Aid through Naturopathy for Diarrhea:

The most important aspect of treating diarrhea involves avoiding dehydration and replacing lost fluid. Because plain water does not contain sugar, sodium or potassium, which is also lost in diarrhea, it is important to consume plenty of fluids that contain these substances. Examples of appropriate drinks include water, prepared re-hydration solutions, Vegetable soup. Fresh Fruit juice or drinks can make diarrhea replace the lost substances in adults.

If you also are vomiting, try taking tiny amounts of liquid every 15 minutes. After able to hold down liquids, one can take bland, soft diet.

Cold honey water, warm lemon juice with sugar & salt (as ORS)

Intake of boiled apple cubes

Treatments:

Cold abdomen pack for ½ an hour to 40 Min

Cold compress on abdomen for ½ an hour to 40 Min

Mud pack to abdomen for 40 Min

Foods Triggering Diarrhea:

Certain foods may trigger diarrhea in some people. Some foods to avoid that may cause diarrhea include:

  • Fried foods
  • Foods with rich sauces
  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Citrus fruit
  • Artificial sugar
  • Too much fibre
  • Fructose
  • Peppermint

 

* Avoid fats, sweets, coffee, and milk products until you are completely recovered from diarrhea.

 

Nausea and Vomiting – First Aid through Naturopathy

Vomiting is the forcible voluntary or involuntary emptying of stomach contents through the mouth.

Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that often comes before vomiting.

Causes of Nausea or Vomiting:

Causes of vomiting differ according to age. For children, it is common for vomiting to occur from a viral infection, food poisoning, milk allergy, motion sickness, overeating or feeding, coughing, or blocked intestines and illnesses in which the child has a high fever.

Nausea and vomiting are not diseases. They are symptoms of conditions like

  • Motion sickness or seasickness
  • Medication induced vomiting
  • Intense pain
  • Emotional stress
  • Food Poisoning
  • Infections
  • Overeating
  • Reaction to certain smells or odors
  • Gastric and deoudenal ulcers
  • Other psychological illnesses
  • Gastroparesis or slow stomach emptying
  • Ingestion of toxins or excessive alcohol

Nature of Vomiting:

The timing of the nausea or vomiting can indicate the cause. When appearing shortly after a meal, nausea or vomiting may be caused by food poisoning, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), an ulcer, or bulimia. Nausea or vomiting one to eight hours after a meal may also indicate food poisoning. However, certain food borne bacteria can take longer to produce symptoms.

Vomiting is actually harmless, but it can be a sign of serious illness. Vomiting also causes dehydration. Adults have a lower risk of becoming dehydrated because they can usually detect the symptoms of dehydration (such as increased thirst and dry lips or mouth). Rarely, excessive vomiting can tear the lining of the esophagus, also known as a Mallory-Weiss tear. If esophagus ruptures, it is called Boerhaave’s syndrome and it is a medical emergency.

First Aid Through Naturopathy for Nausea and Vomiting:

  • Acupressure on P6 (Neiguan) [1st 3 fingers from the distal wrist crease]

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  • Ice water sipping
  • Cold honey water
  • Nausea or Vomiting due to Indigestion / constipation – vyagra dhouti (vomiting after food)
  • Ice bag on Epi – Gastric region,
  • Cold Compress on Abdomen for 20 min / Cold Abdomen Pack till it subsides

 

Headache Types and First Aid through Naturopathy

Tension-type Headache:

  • Frequency  –  chronic often daily
  • Pain  – mild, moderate, pressure, tightness
  • Duration  – 30 mins – 7 days
  • Location – both sides, whole head and neck
  • Symptoms –  no light / sound sensitivity no aura                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hd ach

Tension —Headache Management:

  • Hot water intake with jeera or lemon
  • Acupressure, Hot Bag on Nape of the Neck, Ice Bag on Head, Mild Massage on Neck and Shoulders, Cold Water Splash on Face, Cold Compress on Eyes
  • Vyagra Dhouti (Vomiting), Acupressure, Ice Bag on Epi – Gastric region,  Cold Compress on Abdomen / Cold Abdomen Pack
  • Hot Foot Immersion, Hot Arm Bath, Acupressure, Hot Bag on Nape of the Neck, Facial Steam

Migraine (half-head):

  • Frequency – 1-2/year- 2-3/week
  • Pain –  moderate – severe, pulsating – throbbing
  • Duration – 4 hrs- 3 days
  • Location – usually one sided (but side can swap   between attacks)
  • Symptoms – aura, nausea, vomiting, sensitive to light, sound, smells
  • onset often as child / teenager / young adult
  • but can start at any age
  • 2-3 x more common in women than men
  • typical patient : young woman (15% of all young women)

Migraine causes:

  • cause unknown but strongly inherited
  • a lower threshold to spontaneously produce symptoms as if the head and brain had been injured
  • many effective treatments

What Happens During Migraine???

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Aggravating Factors:

  • foods : spices, wine , chocolate, citrus
  • food additives : monosodium glutamate
  • sleep : both too much and too little
  • stress : mainly offset
  • female hormones : fluctuating or falling oestrogen

Migraine – Management:

  • Vyagra Dhouti (Vomiting), Acupressure, Ice Bag on Epi – Gastric region,  Cold Compress on Abdomen / Cold Abdomen Pack
  • Acupressure, Hot Bag on Nape of the Neck, Ice Bag on Head, Mild Massage on Neck and Shoulders, Cold Water Splash on Face, Cold Compress on Eyes

 

Common Acute Diseases

COMMON ACUTE EMERGENCIES

—Headache, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Hyperacidity, Hiccups, Stomach   pain, Hypoglycemia, Hypotension (BP), Hypertension (BP), Fainting, Sprain, Spasm, Bleeding due to injury, Swelling, Muscle cramp, Bleeding in nose, Sore throat, Fever, Cough, Cold, Severe Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), Excess bleeding during menstruation, Acute neck & back pain, Knee & Ankle pain.

Headache

  • in 99.9% of people with headache there is no sign of tissue damage
  • injuring the brain itself does not cause pain – it causes altered brain function
  • however the membrane and blood vessels of the brain are very pain sensitive

Headache: causes

Primary (99%+)

  • Tension – type  69
  • Migraine  16
  • Stabbing  2
  • Exertional  1
  • Cluster  0.1

Due to something else (<1%)

  • Systemic infection  63
  • Head injury  4
  • Vascular  / bleeding  1
  • Braintumour  0.1

Headache diagnosis

  • almost entirely on the patients story
  • tests, scans etc rarely helpful.

Headache: history

How old were you when the headaches started?

How often do they come?

Do they come in relationship to anything else?

At what time do they come on?

How do they start?

Where is the pain?

How long does it last?

How bad is it?

Are there other symptoms?

Does anything bring it on?

What helps?

How long does it last?