Alternative Treatment for IBS


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disease suffered by an estimated 25-45 million people in the United States. Symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas and irregular bowel movements. Symptoms can be brought on by a number of triggers including anxiety, insomnia and stress. Although there is no known cure to IBS, there are numerous alternative treatments to prescription medication that can help relieve symptoms.

Herbal Therapies

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses herbal remedies to treat a number of ailments and diseases including IBS.

Peppermint has been studied and used to help treat IBS discomfort. Because it is a natural antispasmodic, peppermint can help decrease muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. Common ways to use peppermint include peppermint tea or peppermint oil, both can be found at your local health store and most grocery stores.

Ginger can also be used to help IBS symptoms. Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory and is thought to strengthen the gastric lining and decrease nausea. You can buy ginger tea as well as make your own by boiling water with ginger root.

Fennel can immensely help bloating and gas due to IBS. Fennel is considered a carminative, meaning it has properties that prevent the formation of excess gas in the gastrointestinal tract. Fennel can also help heartburn, indigestion and common stomach pain. You can find fennel seeds in your local health food store and can be used to make tea.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is commonly used to treat chronic abdominal pain, bloating and other IBS symptoms. There has been at least one study done that specifically looked at acupuncture as a treatment for IBS. Acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain and stress, which are common triggers for IBS. This is done by regulating blood flow and Qi (pronounced “chee”) through acupuncture points.

Probiotics

Probiotics are a healthy bacteria that normally live in your gut. It has been thought that those with IBS do not have enough probiotics in their intestinal tract. You can easily add probiotics to your diet by eating foods such as yogurt and sourdough bread. Kombucha and kefir are drinks that also include probiotics. Probiotic supplements can be found at your local health store.

Meditation and Exercise

Meditation and exercise are excellent stress relievers and in turn can relieve IBS symptoms that are commonly caused by stress and anxiety.

Not only does exercise release endorphins that help fight stress, but regular physical activity can help regulate your gastrointestinal system.

Research done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on meditation and IBS found that women who practiced mediation had around a 38 percent reduction in symptoms, according to U.S. News.

Meditation focuses on deep breathing and staying in the moment to relax the mind and body.


Alternative medicine including TCM and acupuncture can largely decrease your IBS symptoms and help you live a more pain-free life!


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Avoid Side Effects of Acne Drugs by Fighting Naturally!

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting 17 million people. For most, the condition clears up by the age of thirty. Acne is caused by blockage of the pores leading from the sebaceous glands, which secret an oily substance called sebum. When these glands become blocked, they can become infected, leading to comedones and, in more extreme cases, nodules or cysts. When the acne heals it can often leave the skin scarred which can be a reason enough to pursue all sorts of remedies.

Antibiotics and topical creams are usually the first defense dermatologists recommend in fighting acne. They work by inhibiting protein synthesis in bacteria, thereby inhibiting growth of the bacteria in the sebaceous glands that lead to acne. However, they also reduce the normal bacterial flora in your intestines that you need for digestion. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Antibiotics in general are fairly safe for healthy people but they aren't as effective in the treatment of acne compared to medications like accutane, benzoyl peroxide cream, azelaic acid, salicylic acid, retinoids, sulfur, tazarotene, tretinoin, or adapalene gels.

However, if you look at the chart below, you might want to consider natural treatments than taking the risks of the side effects from the acne drugs.

Drug
Use
Common,
Benign
Side Effects
Serious
Side Effects
Life-
Threatening
Side Effects
Reasons
Not to Take
Tetracycline
Acne
Nausea,
Vomiting
Diarrhea, tooth damage, skin sensitivity
Liver or Kidney toxicity (rare)
Hypersensitivity,
Sun sensitivity
Allergy, kidney or liver disease, pregnancy, lactation
Doxycycline
Acne
Nausea,
Vomiting
Diarrhea, tooth damage, skin sensitivity
Liver or Kidney toxicity (rare)
Hypersensitivity,
Sun sensitivity
Allergy, kidney or liver disease, pregnancy, lactation
Demeclocycline
Acne
Nausea,
Vomiting
Diarrhea, tooth damage, skin sensitivity, sunburn
Liver or Kidney toxicity (rare)
Hypersensitivity,
Sun sensitivity
Allergy, kidney or liver disease, pregnancy, lactation
Minocycline
Acne
Nausea,
Vomiting
Diarrhea, tooth damage, skin sensitivity, dizziness, vertigo
Liver or Kidney toxicity (rare)
Hypersensitivity,
Sun sensitivity
Allergy, kidney or liver disease, pregnancy, lactation
Benzoyl peroxide
Acne
Dry skin, skin irritation
Sun sensitivity, rash, blistering
None
None
Azelaic acid
Acne
Itching, burning, stinging, tingling
Rash
None
None
Sulfur
Acne
Skin irritation, itching
Sun sensitivity, bruising
Allergic reaction, jaundice
Kidney disease, allergies to sulfa
Zinc oxide
Acne
Dry skin, skin irritation
Sun sensitivity
None
None
Salicylic acid
Acne
Skin irritation
Dizziness
Confusion, drowsiness, vomiting
None
Tretinoin
(Retin-A)
Acne
Dry skin, skin irritation
Sun sensitivity
Allergic reaction
Allergy to medication
Adapalene
Acne
Dry skin, skin irritation
Sun sensitivity
Allergic reaction
Allergy to medication
Tazarotene
Acne
Dry skin, skin irritation
Sun sensitivity
Allergic reaction
Allergy to medication
Isotretinoin
(Accutane)
Acne
Headache, dry skin, dry eyes, skin peeling
Elevated lipids, osteoporosis
Depression, psychosis, aggression, suicide, irritable bowel disease, birth defects, bone and joint pain, brain swelling, liver damage
Current depression, pregnancy
Dapsone
(Avlosulfun)
Acne
Stomach upset, sore throat, fever
Sun sensitivity, rash, pale skin
Mental changes, bleeding, vomiting
Pregnancy, lactation, anemia, liver disease
Spironolactone
(Aldactone)
Acne
Headache, diarrhea
Hair growth, deepening of the voice, breast enlargement, impotence
Confusion, blurred vision, dizziness, vomiting
Pregnancy, lactation, liver or kidney disease, taking anti-hypertensives

The Bottom Line

Prevention is the first-line treatment for acne.
Drink less milk and stay away from high-sugar and processed foods. 
Exercise regularly and reduce stress. 
And of course there are alternative treatments. 

Get Acupuncture and drink herbal tea from an Acupuncturist who knows what he is doing.

At Raah Natural Care, along with Acupuncture and Herbal tea to restore your balance, we use 100% natural herb mask, formulated and blended just for your skin condition, followed by facial using USDA certified organic products to correct disfigurement and scarring caused by acne. 

Give us a call @ 323-422-4964 to make an appointment for detailed consultation on how to successfully treat acne naturally!

Alternative Treatments for Fertility

About 10 percent of couples struggle with infertility and an inability to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For those struggling to have children, fertility treatment can become tiring and expensive very quickly. There are numerous alternative treatments including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that have been thought to improve fertility.

Acupuncture
 By increasing blood flow and Qi (pronounced “chee”) to the reproductive organs, acupuncture can help increase fertility. Stress has been noted to cause infertility in women due to an increase in the hormone cortisol. A change in hormones can cause the body to be put out of balance, affecting fertility. Acupuncture can help by decreasing stress with acupuncture points and returning the body to balance.

Acupuncture infertility treatment has almost no side effects, compared to Western medications and hormone treatments that can cause lasting side effects.  

Chinese Herbs
 Women who received Chinese herbal treatments once a week for about three months were found to be twice as likely to become pregnant as women who didn’t receive the treatment, according to a study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

Chinese herbal therapy uses more than 150 herbs found in groups of about 15 herbs in each treatment. The treatments are made of formulas that include natural ingredients such as bark, root, leaf, flower and plant extracts. These treatments are most commonly given in pill or tea form.

Clinical studies in China have shown that 70 percent of those struggling with fertility who were  treated with Chinese herbs have become pregnant.

Ask an acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor on how you can receive Chinese herbal treatment.

Yoga
 Yoga is another way to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow, which can help gynecological function.

Breathing practices that are done in yoga can help to relax the mind and lower cortisol levels, bringing hormones back to a normal balance.

Some poses can increase circulation to the reproductive organs including Seated Angle Pose. This pose consists of sitting with your legs stretched out to stretch the hamstrings, bringing more blood flow to the pelvic area.

If you have experience or supervision, yoga inversions such as headstands or shoulder stands can be extremely helpful fertility boosters as they balance the hormones.

 Simple lifestyle changes can also help boost your fertility including eating a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, smoking and environmental toxins, and getting sufficient sleep.

Alternative treatments for fertility can be a less expensive, non-invasive option for improving fertility!










Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma

Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? It's a little-known fact that these two conditions are directly linked to each other. Asthma, which affects roughly one in 12 people according to the CDC, is characterized by spasms of the small airways and inflammation. Furthermore, about 90% of children under the age of 16 with asthma have allergies, while 70% of people between the ages of 16 and 30 have allergies, and 50% of adults over the age of 40 have allergies.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer from allergies and asthma simply mask their symptoms with drugs rather than seeking a treatment for the root cause. Both of these conditions involve an overreactions by the body's immune system to what it believes is a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen (e.g. ragweed, pet dander, etc.), your immune system produces and abundance of inflammatory hormones, which subsequently cause the symptoms of allergies and asthma to manifest.

There are several alternative treatment options available for allergies and asthma, however, one of which is making dietary and lifestyle changes. We live in age in which far too many people choose to pick up convenient fast food as opposed to preparing and cooking fresh meals. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food burger, but basing the bulk of your diet around processed foods such as this will take a toll on your body. The lack of nutrients and increased intake of preservatives can disturb the immune system, causing greater sensitivity to allergens. A better choice is to consume a diet rich in lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

Of course, herbal medicine is a time-tested alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Some of the most popular herbs used to treat these conditions include stinging nettle, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and reishi, all of which contain heavy concentrations of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals, which if left unchecked, may irritate existing conditions like allergies and asthma.

Acupuncture is also known to improve the symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves stimulating the body's life force (Qi) by placing small, thin needles directly under the skin. When a person's Qi grows stagnant or experiences other problems, he or she is more susceptible to disease and illness. Therefore, correcting this problem through acupuncture will naturally deter allergies, asthma and other common problems.


Give me a call today @ 323-422-4964 to learn how you can get back on track to better health!