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Onychophagia – Nail biting

Onychophagia (also onychophagy) or nail biting, is an oral compulsive habit (sometimes described as a parafunctional activity; the common use of the mouth for an activity other than speaking, eating or drinking.)

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Nail biting is considered an impulse control disorder in the DSM-IV-R, and is classified under obsessive-compulsive and related disorders in the DSM-5. The ICD-10 classifies it as “other specified behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence.” Nevertheless, the frontier between normal and a pathological nail biting is not clear

Signs and symptoms

Nail biting usually leads to deleterious effects in fingers, but also mouth and more generally the digestive system. These consequences are directly derived from the physical damage of biting or from the hands becoming an infection vector. Moreover, it can also have a social impact.

The ten fingernails are usually equally bitten to approximately the same degree. Biting nails can lead to broken skin on the cuticle. When cuticles are improperly removed, they are susceptible to microbial and viral infections such as paronychia. Saliva may then redden and infect the skin. In rare cases, fingernails may become severely deformed after years of nail biting due to the destruction of the nail bed.

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Nail biting is also related to oral problems, such as gingival injury, and mal occlusion of the anterior teeth. It can also transfer pinworms or bacteria buried under the surface of the nail from the anus region to the mouth. When the bitten-off nails are swallowed, stomach problems can develop.

Nail-biting is also associated to guilt and shame feelings in the nail biter, a reduced quality of life, and increased stigmatization in the inner family circles or at a more societal level.


Stress, Anxiety and Depression are also main cause for Nail Biting which can be reduced through Yoga, Pranayama and meditative techniques. Diversion during the crises of stress helps in overcoming nail biting.

Alopecia Areata – So called Puzhuvettu in Tamil

Alopecia Areata (AA):


Alopecia is the medical term for baldness.

Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when the human immune system will falsely identify the hair matrix as a foreign body and destroys it, leading to patchy hair loss in the region of attack. The damage to the follicle is usually not permanent. It is an autoimmune disease; that is, the person’s immune system attacks their own body. In this case, their hair follicles. T cell lymphocytes cluster around affected follicles, causing inflammation and subsequent hair loss. The extent of the hair loss varies; in some, it is only in a few spots and in others, the hair loss can be greater.


It is believed that the person’s genetic make up may trigger the autoimmune reaction of alopecia areata, along with other unknown triggers.

What happens in alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata usually begins when clumps of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. In some cases the hair may become thinner without noticeable patches of baldness, or it may grow and break off, leaving short stubs (called “exclamation point” hair). In rare cases, complete loss of scalp hair and body hair occurs. The hair loss often comes and goes—hair will grow back over several months in one area but will fall out in another area.

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Symptoms of AA:

Typical first symptoms of AA are small bald patches. The underlying skin is unscarred and looks superficially normal. These patches can take many shapes, but are most usually round or oval. AA most often affects the scalp and beard, but may occur on any hair-bearing part of the body.7d1f1d71-84a9-4a9d-9b29-55444cd77d85 alopecia-areata_691950574e5e8c1c6a22b


Commonly, alopecia areata involves hair loss in one or more round spots on the scalp.

  • Hair may also be lost more diffusely over the whole scalp, in which case the condition is called diffuse alopecia areata.
  • Alopecia areata monolocularis describes baldness in only one spot. It may occur anywhere on the head.
  • Alopecia areata multilocularis refers to multiple areas of hair loss.
  • Ophiasis refers to hair loss in the shape of a wave at the circumference of the head.
  • The disease may be limited only to the beard, in which case it is called alopecia areata barbaealopecia_areata1_beard
  • If the patient loses all the hair on the scalp, the disease is then called alopecia totalis.
  • If all body hair, including pubic hair, is lost, the diagnosis then becomes alopecia universalis.

Alopecia areata totalis and universalis are rare.



How is alopecia areata diagnosed?

Alopecia areata is diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination. The doctor will ask questions about the hair loss, look at the pattern of hair loss, and examine the scalp. And he or she may tug gently on a few hairs or pull some out.

If the reason for your hair loss is not clear, the doctor may do tests to check for a disease that could be causing the hair loss. Tests include:

  • Hair analysis. Your doctor will take a sample of your hair and examine it under a microscope. A scalp sample is also sometimes taken.
  • Blood tests, including testing for a specific condition, such as an overactive or underactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism).

Prone to Alopecia Areata?

Anyone can develop alopecia areata; however, chances of having alopecia areata are slightly greater if you have family history with the disease. In addition, alopecia areata occurs more often among people who have family members with other autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, lupus, or thyroid disease.

How stress triggers Alopecia Areata???


Tips for Alopecia Areata:

Cosmetic and protective techniques that people with alopecia areata can try include:

  • Using makeup to hide or minimize hair loss
  • Wearing coverings (wigs, hats, or scarves) to protect the head from the elements
  • Reducing stress. Many people with new-onset alopecia areata have had recent stresses in life, such as work, family, deaths, surgeries, accidents, etc. However, this has not been proven scientifically as a cause of alopecia areata.

Alopecia areata does not affect you as another condition might: it is not painful, it does not make you feel sick, and it does not result in serious health problems. You cannot spread it to other people, and it should not interfere with school, work, or recreation.

But if hair loss is making to feel unattractive, it is important to talk to someone about it.

Alopecia areata cannot be totally cured; however, it can be treated and hair can grow back. While the disease is not medically serious, it can impact people psychologically. Support groups are available to help people with alopecia areata deal with the psychological effects of the condition.

Alopecia can certainly be the cause of psychological stress. Because hair loss can lead to significant appearance changes, individuals may experience social phobia, anxiety, and depression.

Management for Alopecia Areata:

  1. 3o min Yoga and meditative techniques to regulate the homeostasis of the body and relax the mind
  2. Skin, hair and nails are chemically related. Basic requirements for the health of these structures include adequate intakes of nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
  3. The following are some general recommendations for improving the health of the hair:
    • Biotin is an essential vitamin which has been found in clinical trials to strengthen soft brittle nails and reduce breaking and splitting after 12 weeks.
    • Silica is concentrated in the nails, hair and skin and contributes to collagen formation to help it to strengthen.
    • Improve Kidney function, thereby improve circulation and energy to the hair shaft to stimulate growth.
    • A multivitamin supplement may be of assistance to ensure that you are consuming adequate amounts of nutrients needed to build new hair and strengthen the quality of the hair.
    • Zinc helps maintain the structural integrity of the nails, hair and skin and is important for a healthy immune system.
    • Emu oil can be used topically on the scalp to reduce the resting phase (dormancy) of the hair follicles
    • Vitamin C is important in the production of collagen and for a healthy immune system.
    • Folic acid, iron, manganese, Silica, beta-carotene and vitamin B5 all assist with metabolism of nutrients important for nails, hair and skin.
    • The herb Ginkgo may help to stimulate circulation to the hair shaft.
    • Many women have used the herb Saw Palmetto successfully in alopecia as it addresses hormonal imbalances, other herbs which may be of benefit are Dong Quai, Vitex and Paeonia
    • Protein is an important food group which contributes to the overall health and quality of the hair.
    • For healthy hair and scalp choose a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables, and suggest you eat some good protein sources everyday.  It is important to have a balanced diet to ensure your hair receives sufficient nutrients to stay strong and healthy.
    • It is also recommend to use gentle hair products that protect the hair shaft and keep it supple.  It is recommended that you avoid shampoos, conditioners and hair products which use Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.



Androgenetic Alopecia – Common Problem




–  Loss of hair in male and female in a particular pattern because of male hormone leading to baldness is known as AndroGenetic alopecia.

–   Semi – permanent type of hair loss

  • Confined to particular area or pattern
  • Forms different patterns in male and female





      1. Genetic predisposition
      2. Male Sex hormone Testosterone


  • Genetic predisposition  –  Because of a genetic marker in chromosome 20 P11.
  • Male Sex Hormone  2 molecules of free testosterone react to form Dihydro testosterone in the presence of 5 alpha reductase. DHT shrinks the follicles, making them inactive. This process is called miniaturization of follicles.


  • Oxidative stress
  • Excess carbohydrate consumption
  • Estrogen insufficiency in female
  • Hypothyroid in female
  • Menopause
  • Steroidal injections

Male Pattern Baldness:

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Female Patter Baldness:

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  • Adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limited consumption of processed foods.
  • Limited consumption of high calorie foods
  • Adequate consumption of protein rich foods
  • Adequate consumption of water


  • Avoid smoking, drinks, tobacco and drugs.
  • Limit the consumption of coffee, tea and aerated drinks.
  • Consumption of food at proper time intervals.
  • Going to bed by 10 PM.
  • Adequate sleep to an average extent of 8 hours a day.
  • Aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes in a day





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Free From Pain for Females


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.


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.


My Experience of Treating Children with Autism

Dear Friends,

I would like to share my experience of treating Autism in Children. I had come across a 3 year old kid in my Native Steel plant campus who was diagnosed as Autism. She was one among the twin babies and the other baby was absolutely normal. She had typical symptoms of Autism and it was my first experience to even see such a case.

I was really tensed what treatment could be given for such conditions that too for a randomly moving, playful kid. She dint have patience to stand and listen our words. She was either excited or depressed a lot all day long since the time she woke up from the bed in the morning. It was difficult for me to make her do Yoga practice or even to give her some Naturopathy treatments.

Hence, I consulted My senior physicians and they told me that the symptoms may persist only till 7 or 9 years, so we have to wait until then to overcome this problem. But the parents of the kid were very sad hearing this. That sadness in their face made me think something better; the better option for the kid, atleast to reduce the symptoms.

I remembered using press needles for patients in their ears for Hypertension, Addictions, etc., during my internship. So I thought this would be a better idea to try on the kid. And for my surprise and God’s grace, the acupuncture points on spine with the press needles for 10 days continuously actually helped a lot in behavioural changes of the Kid. But it was a very tough time for myself and the kid’s parents to give the needles when she was awake. So we tried giving it when she was asleep early morning.

The funny thing but practical point in the treatment that we all enjoyed was the kid after she woke up and felt the “Deqi”, commonly translated as “needle sensation,” due to “arrival of qi” she went near the walls and tried to scratch out the needles. Anyway, as the needles were out of reach for the kid and dint come out while scratching, we had seen good results in her.

This is my first confident experience and experiment I had for such case. The second experience was a nice experience in VYASA University. The therapy for Autism here was an Integrated approach of Acupuncture with Yoga, Speech therapy, Healing Music Therapy using MSRT, for a 9 years old boy. This was a very memorable experience for me. The parents of the boy are still in touch with me giving their feedbacks and sharing their happiness about the improvement in their kid after the Natural way of Treatments.

The feedback of the participants:

Dear madam,

wow great… no words to express after seeing chweet yatin kutti’s snap shots…. such a appropriate eye contact and clear expressions with a cute smile. There r off-course lot of remarkable changes in Yatin. Lot of his mannerisms have changed. Besides the advice that is being regularly followed from you in Vyasa, he has been regularly attending Yoga classes, swimming and a lot more. I personally feel its a combination of all efforts and above all gods blessings which has brought in positive results.

thanks a lot

This I am sharing not to explore myself but I am proud to say that our Indian system of Naturopathy and Yoga really helps a lot for many problems and stands as an adjunct Therapy for some. Hence I feel all those who are reading this article will have full faith and confidence to go along with the Integrated therapies and get deserved results.