A clinical study conducted by Cohen et al was aimed at determining the effect of Honey in children suffering from nocturnal cough. They enrolled 300 children between the age of one and five with the disease condition lasting for less than seven days. In this one night study, children with symptoms of asthma, pneumonia, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, or laryngotracheobronchitis were excluded. Children who received any kind of cough remedy were also excluded from this study. This double-blinded study was randomized into four different arms (groups of patients), while one arm received placebo the remaining three arms received honey in different forms of preparation. Eucalyptus, citrus, or labiatae were the three types of honey used in the trail. The method adopted for assessment was through a questioner before the trial followed by telephonic interview the very next day after receiving the treatment.  

  • Considering all the subjective and objective parameters, it was concluded that the children who received Honey as remedy for cough responded well. The change noticed was statistically significant in the treatment arms when compared with the placebo arm which gives the levy for concluding in favor of using Honey as a remedy for children suffering from cough. This is one of the significant clinical studies conducted more specifically on children. 

Honey is known for its positive impact in reducing cough, especially during the nights. It could replicate the results produced by some of the OTC drugs like Dextromethorphan and Diphenhydramine in terms of easing cough symptoms as well as improving the night sleep. Consult your physician for accurate dosage and duration of use, especially when your child is already on any other medication.           

There are quite a few research publications and recommendations that advocate the use of Honey in children as an effective remedy for cough. However, it has to be used with caution by considering all the clinical recommendations. Random usage can prove to be counter-productive and you may risk your child’s health if the standard guidelines are ignored.  Honey alone is not sufficient, if cough is associated with fever, wheezing and cold symptoms. 

 

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Why turning to Ayurveda ideally helps 

Allergic Rhinitis which is also known as hay fever is different from the fever caused by virus though the symptoms may appear to be similar. It is identified with signs and symptoms of cold, runny nose, itching, congestion and sinus pressure. Though the term hay fever is very commonly used, it doesn’t essentially suggest that the exposure to hay is the primary cause for Allergic Rhinitis. Similarly, it doesn’t have to be always associated with fever. Hay fever is caused due to the exposure to allergens such as pollens and dust mites apart from saliva or flecks of skin from the pets at home. It also occurs when our immune system becomes sensitive and overreacts to certain elements of external environment. Allergic Rhinitis needs immediate attention and it is also important to be aware of the preventive measures that can help avoiding its occurrence. We have compiled ten essential things about hay fever along with treatment options recommended by Ayurveda. 

  1. Allergic conjunctivitis and allergic shiners identified through swollen eyes with blue colored skin under eyes can mark the difference between hay fever and viral fever. However, symptoms including nasal congestion, itchy nose and fatigue can also indicate the possibility of Allergic Rhinitis. 
  2. It is also seasonal in its occurrence in many regions. Pollination season during which tree, grass and ragweed pollens can be mixed with the air favors conditions for the occurrence of hay fever.
  3. Indoor allergens that can cause Allergic Rhinitis include dust mites, cockroaches and dander of pets, especially from cats and dogs. 
  4. Apart from pollens and indoor allergens, fungi are considered to be both seasonal and non-seasonal agents that promote hay fever.   
  5. Hay fever shouldn’t be neglected by considering it to be a simple allergy that will subside on its own. It impacts quality of life of any affected person by causing sinusitis, asthma, infections and sleeping disorders. 
  6. Treatment with Ayurveda is considered to be very effective as it is highly focused on comprehensively reducing the allergic symptoms. 
  7. Ayurvedic anti-histamines are recommended for providing relief from sneezing and itchy eyes. Nasal congestion can be easily relieved with the help of Ayurvedic decongestants. 
  8. Ayurveda treatment for hay fever is not associated with any side effects and it doesn’t cause drowsiness.
  9. Preventive treatment recommendations as per the Ayurvedic practices are more aligned to improve immunity and body resistance. Immunotherapy is naturally effective in helping a person to resist allergic attacks. 
  10. With Ayurveda, a person can experience complete relief from Allergic Rhinitis within 8 to 10 weeks.                           

Preventive and cautious measures are essential in avoiding allergies in general. Talking more specifically about hay fever, protecting oneself from the exposure of pollen, dust mites and pet dander is essential. It can be done by keeping your surroundings clean, keeping doors and windows closed during the vulnerable seasons, using proper air conditioning, vacuuming carpets and regularly bathing the pets. Avoiding the triggers and exposure to the allergens would help preventing Allergic Rhinitis to a great extent.       

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All about Caution and Preventive Care 

The dawn of June is also the indication of the arrival of Monsoon in India which indeed is much awaited. It is very important to exercise caution as much as wanting to cherish the first rain of the season. It happens every year and there are many lessons to be learned from each outbreak of disease with a potential of creating an epidemic scare. The relationship between monsoon seasons and disease outbreak has a lot to do with stagnant water. It’s the primary cause which also serves as the breeding ground for all sorts of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes on the other hand are the primary carriers of the microbes, infections and contaminations. Therefore caution during monsoon season would be predominately about eliminating stagnant water along with preventing the growth of mosquito population. This can be highlighted from the perspective of various dreadful diseases, their causative reasons and the measures of preventions.

Mosquito Bite Related Diseases 

  1. Malaria – Carried by female Anopheles mosquito, Malaria is responsible for thousands of deaths during every monsoon season. These mosquitoes are the evening and early morning biters, causing fever with severe chills. Coughing, sweating and cold are among the symptoms. This can also be associated diarrhea and jaundice. 
  1. Dengue – Considered to be the most dreadful monsoon disease, Dengue is carried by Aedes mosquito. These are day time biters causing high and severe fever. This disease can be assessed by the symptoms including body rashes combined with severe muscle and joint pains, loss of appetite, bleeding gums and pain behind the eyes.        

Precautions – 

Protecting self from mosquito bite is the primary objective which can be achieved by various measures. They include using mosquito repellents, wearing full sleeve shirts, using insecticide-treated mosquito nets and keeping the nearby ponds or water bodies clean. Cultivating Gambusia fish in the water bodies is known to be effective in preventing the growth of mosquitoes.              

Water-Borne Diseases       

  1. Cholera – Easily spread through contaminated food and water, mainly through human faeces, Cholera spreads very fast in poorly sanitized areas. Though it can be cured easily, negligence can prove to be fatal. It is also associated with severe diarrhea with effortless vomiting, dehydration leading to weight loss and muscle cramps along with low blood pressure.          
  1. Typhoid Fever – Water contaminated by the bacteria Salmonella typhi is the cause for Typhoid which is manifested through high fever associated with diarrhea, poor appetite, abdominal pain, lethargy and headaches. The causative bacteria can survive in water and dry sewage for weeks together. 
  1. Hepatitis A – It’s an acute infectious disease affecting the liver, caused by ‘Hepatitis A’ virus. It spreads through water contamination and food apart from close personal contact with an infected person. It can be identified with jaundice, dark amber colored urine, clay colored faeces, loss of appetite apart from fatigue and nausea. 

Precautions –    

Ensuring high standards of personal hygiene and avoiding the consumption of contaminated food or water would be the primary precautionary measures. Additionally, it is important to always store the food and water in closed containers, protecting from flies and insects.                  

Infectious Diseases

  • Viral and fungal infections are the common causatives of infectious diseases such as viral fever, eye and skin infections. While viral infections are known to cause fevers and eye infections, fungal activity spreads skin infections. 
  • Fevers are associated with fatigue, body ache, running nose and sore throat. Eye infections can be identified through swollen eyelids, itching, discharge from eyes and blood clots around the cornea. 
  • Skin infections would lead to peeling, cracking and scaling of the skin. 

Hygienic diet, adequate intake of fluids, avoiding contact with affected people  are some of the precautionary measures to combat infectious diseases.     

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Curd in Cosmetics

A forgotten beauty enriching solution from the science of Ayurveda

 

The present day cosmetic discourse talks about beauty enhancement, which is based on half-truths. Beauty preservation and enrichment on the other hand are supposed to be the core objectives of cosmetic interventions. And, it can be done at the comfort of home with natural measures and remedies. 

Curd is one of the naturally and abundantly available products rich in cosmetic value and also being unfortunately undermined. I would like to present my case for Curd by beginning with an example from my clinical experience. I was approached for consultation by a software professional by name Prema. She had extremely dry skin with dry whitish patches on her face. By then she tried various home remedies, moisturizers and dermatological creams which did not have any positive impact. I recommended massaging her skin with Curd for 10 minutes every day followed by applying a pack of Curd with Gram Flour (Besan). Not surprisingly, her facial skin got rejuvenated just within 30 days. There are numerous hidden treasures and cosmetic value in Curd; its advantages go much beyond the obvious. Exploring the cosmetic benefits of Curd will reveal multiple facets of it, adding beauty to health. Zinc, Lactic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin –B are the health and beauty enriching factors that are richly available in it.                        

 

Skin Care Benefits of Curd 

  • Curd is a natural treatment for sun burns; it keeps the skin clean and enhances the natural glow. Curd is also a very effective anti-aging solution which acts as a moisturizer as well. 
  • With its potential to exfoliate the skin, it is effective in minimizing blemishes, toning freckles and wrinkles. 
  • Curd when combined with Besan is good for treating Acne. It also works very well against the tanning effect of skin.    

Curd as a Natural Remedy for Hair Care 

  • It is an established fact that Curd can be used as an effective solution to treat hair frizz, a condition faced by people with curly hair. 
  • Applying curd mixed with lemon juice will result in softy and silky hair. It also treats dandruff. 
  • In order to cure rough hair, using curd pack once in a week is recommended, smooth and soft hair would be the anticipated end result.                   

Skin Cleansing and Nourishment with Curd 

You can help yourself with skin cleansing with Curd, ideally it is refreshing after a long busy day at work. All you need to do is to simply apply Curd over your face and rinse it off in 15 minutes. It would soften your skin and helps in exfoliating it with the help of lactic acid. Curd has lactic acid in abundance which helps rejuvenating the skin. Occasional massaging of your skin with Curd mixed with Turmeric will provide adequate nourishment; it is also effective against sunburns. Curd is also known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties because of which applying sour Curd will assertively act against Acne related problems. Curd mixed with Orange Peel is used for massaging the facial skin; it enriches fairer and glowing skin. 

Considering the unmatched benefits of Curd in Hair and Skin Care, I would encourage you to prefer it over chemical based synthetic cosmetics. Stay healthy with enriched beauty!!  

 

DR.BRAHMANAND NAYAK

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