Lifestyle diseases refer to diseases that result because of the choices people make in their life. They are most common in developed nations where people are inclined towards eating unhealthy foods, having a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. They can include Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and obesity.
Pregnancy is a very beautiful time in a woman’s life. But, at the same time, it brings a lot of physical changes for the woman. Not only that, but it also brings a lot of changes at the level of mind and family dynamics for the couple and the family as a whole. Preparations are not only required by the woman alone but, the couple together. And, the whole family!
In this article, we will see, how we can prepare our bodies to be ready for pregnancy.
A 2-month-old child was brought to me with skin complaints from her parents. I observed the child and asked various observations of parents about the child. Parents answered all the questions and then, I asked the mother about her history during pregnancy. They both were puzzled. I could see that but they answered all my questions. I treated the child based on the history given and she was completely better in a week. On a follow-up visit, the mother asked me, “Doctor, I have a query and if you don’t mind, can I ask you why you took my history during pregnancy while treating my daughter? Is it that important?”
We all know the story of Abhimanyu from Mahabharata. For people who don’t know –
Abhimanyu was the courageous son of the great Arjuna. Arjuna was married to Krishna’s sister, Subhadra, and this story begins just before Abhimanyu was born. When Abhimanyu was in his mother’s womb, Sri Krishna used to take Subhadra on excursions. To humour her, Krishna used to relate many of his adventures to the pregnant Subhadra. On one such excursion, Krishna was narrating his experience with the technique of Chakra-vyuha and how step-by-step the various circles could be penetrated. Chakra-vyuha was a military formation that was an effective form of defence. The army would be arranged in the form of a circular grid and would then challenge the enemy to break that grid. Nonetheless, it seems that Subhadra did not find this topic interesting and she soon fell asleep. However, someone else was interested in Sri Krishna’s narration – the yet to be born Abhimanyu.
While Subhadra dozed off, Abhimanyu continued to carefully follow Sri Krishna’s narrative of the Chakra-vyuha. But, after talking for some time and not receiving any response from Subhadra, Sri Krishna realised that she was savouring a sweet nap. Sri Krishna, who had at that time come up to the seventh step of the Chakra-vyuha, gave up his narration and returned with Subhadra to the palace. The unfortunate Abhimanyu could never obtain the technique of breaking all the circles in the chakra-vyuha, but whatever he had heard Sri Krishna say, he carefully preserved in his memory. He grew up to be a brave, handsome young man. Many years later, during the Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra, the Kauravas set up a Chakra-vyuha and challenged the Pandavas to come forward and break it. However, only Arjuna (who was fighting elsewhere) knew the technique of doing so. At that stage, to save the honour of the Pandavas, Abhimanyu came forward and offered his services for the task of breaking the chakra-vyuha. Despite his incomplete knowledge of the technique he entered the grid and overcame one circle after another until he comes to the seventh one, the breaking of which he did not know. Brave and ambitious as he was, he fought valiantly in the unequal struggle but in vain. His strength and bravery proved no match against the skillfully laid out maze of warriors, upon fighting whom, he met his end.
This story highlights the importance of how the healthy mental growth of a child begins even before it is born, while still in its mother’s womb. Recent scientific findings support the same too.
In Homoeopathy, we believe the same; the mother’s state during pregnancy affects the child to be born. If a mother has gone through traumatic experiences during pregnancy, it manifests in the child. Whatever the mother has gone through during pregnancy reflects in the child’s personality. That is why all mothers need to take care of themselves during pregnancy holistically.
Also, some changes observed during pregnancy in the mother’s psychology, cravings, aversions, dreams and physical symptoms help in selecting Homoeopathic medicine for the child as those changes are because of the fetus within and depict some symptoms of the child to be born. Symptoms of the child are manifested in the mother during pregnancy. It’s a mutual phenomenon and hence, both histories are important while treating children.
E.g.: A 1-year-old kid was brought to me for a recurrent upper respiratory tract infection. The mother in her history mentioned that she had craving for oranges which she did not have before pregnancy and she was very irritable during pregnancy. After pregnancy, both these symptoms disappeared. Asking about her observations about her child, her child had the same craving and also child used to cry on trifles. The child was very sensitive.
Not only the points mentioned above but the history of nutrition, drugs are taken during pregnancy, radiological scans performed, obstetric history of the mother, family history of mother’s and father’s side are also very important.
How can you help your Homoeopath in treating your child?
Make a pregnancy diary:
Maintain a diary of your pregnancy and you can write day to day incidences, your feelings, intense emotional states, your cravings if any, dislikes, appetite, thirst, your dreams, any physical symptoms, discomfort, sleep patterns, any change in sensitivity to heat or cold, etc.
This not only will help your Homoeopath understand your child better and treat them well but also will make you understand your child better from his/her womb days. To solve one more query of many parents, we can even treat a child as young as a newborn with Homoeopathy. It is a very safe and gentle mode of treatment that you can choose for your child.
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Have a healthy and happy childhood for your kid with Homoeopathy!
Dr Kruti Trivedi Abhyankar
Homoeopathy is effective in treating a variety of troubles that female faces. Whether it is a menstrual problem, PCOD, infertility, migraine, depression, anxiety, recurrent infections, Asthma and many more; Homoeopathy can manage them all. The Homoeopathic system of medicine works from within, it helps in strengthening a neuro-endocrine-immunity axis and thus helps in keeping illnesses at bay. It strengthens one’s natural defences so that he or she can fight off and helps them stay healthy and illness-free for longer durations of time.
Pregnancy is a very crucial time not only for the ‘mum to be’ but also for the child and the whole family. When the ‘mum to be’ falls sick in pregnancy, she has a lot of dilemma and restrictions regarding which medicines to take and not to take. Even modern medicine doctors have restrictions when it comes to treating pregnant females. In pregnancy, no medicine should be taken without a doctor’s supervision and guidance.
Every trimester brings different problems for the female. There are quite a few common issues related to pregnancy like Hyperemesis gravidarum (nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy), cramps, giddiness, weakness, breathlessness, urinary frequency and incontinence, heartburn and indigestion, varicose veins, swelling, backache, constipation, haemorrhoids, thrush and infections. Some females are also diagnosed with chronic problems like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorders, etc. during pregnancy which can stay or disappear postpartum. Out of these problems, some might need immediate attention and intervention for the mother’s and child’s health. And, while treating these annoying problems, what if the medicines are taken to affect the child in any way? That’s the biggest fear every mother and family go through.
In this time of dilemma, Homoeopathy comes as a boon for mothers to be, the child and their family. Homoeopathy is a safe and gentle mode of treatment. It can be safely taken during pregnancy without any side effects under the supervision and guidance of your Homoeopath. Many mothers are now opting for Homoeopathy for their illnesses during pregnancy. Homoeopathy can not only treat their physical symptoms but can also give aid in mental symptoms like mood swings, anger, irritability, sadness, depression, anxiety, etc. It can balance their physical as well as mental being and can be the safest treatment companion during pregnancy.
-Dr. Kruti Trivedi Abhyankar
1 in every 2 females suffers or has suffered from hair fall/ hair thinning in their life.
40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60, and 80% by age 80
The issue is so common; we forget the severity of it. But, people who have hair loss, they would know how it affects them in so many aspects. I would like to talk about common causes of hair fall followed by implications of it from psychological point of view which are not talked about so often.
Normal hair loss is considered to be 100 hairs per day, based on the average scalp containing 100,000 hair follicles.
Common causes of hair loss are:
Male and female pattern baldness: Male pattern hair loss is believed to be due to a combination of genetics and the male hormone testosterone.
The cause in female pattern hair loss is still not known
Local infections: Some bacterial and fungal infections of scalp and hair follicles can cause hair loss like folliculitis, Tinea capitis etc.
Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder also known as “spot baldness” that can result in hair loss ranging from just one location to every hair on the entire body. It can also spread to the entire scalp (alopecia totalis) or to the entire body (alopecia universalis).
Trauma: Traction alopecia is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with excessive force. Trauma such as child birth, pregnancy, stress can cause hair loss
Drugs: Many drugs can cause hair loss including chemotherapy.
Thyroid disorders: Patients of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism complaint of hair loss commonly.
Pregnancy: Post pregnancy hair loss is quite common because of hormonal imbalance.
Unhealthy scalp environment: Not washing hair and scalp properly, Air and water pollutants, environmental toxins, conventional styling products and excessive amounts of sebum have the potential to build up on the scalp
Nutrition: Lack of proper nutrition is one of the most common causes of hair loss.
Stress: Mental wellbeing plays a vital role in maintaining quality and quantity of hair. Hair loss due to stress is very common which is caused by Telogen effluvium in which a large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing shedding and subsequent thinning.
Hair is an integral part of self-image for both males and females. Hair loss and thinning can make people look older and is very closely related to our standards of beauty and attractiveness. That is why hair loss becomes such an important issue for most. Hair loss changes their self image for them and subsequently confidence, interactions, communication and so on for many people. It is a complex psychological issue and not only hair loss but also this psychological complex needs to be addressed. Many people don’t regain their former self image even if they have been treated for hair loss.
There are many causes of hair loss which can be successfully treated with Homoeopathy without any surgical interventions. Hair loss due to Alopecia areata which is an autoimmune disease can be treated so beautifully with Homoeopathy that result can astound you. Homoeopathy gives wonderful results in other causes like stress, local infections, thyroid disorders, faulty nutrition, post-pregnancy hair loss too. As per my experience, pattern baldness is difficult to treat but the pace can be slowed down with Homoeopathy.
The beauty of Homoeopathy is- it not only treats hair loss but treats you as a whole so that all psychological issues along with it are taken care too.
Have healthy hair and healthy self!
– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)
‘Make a story’ – I play this game quite often with the kids who are brought to me for treatment. I encounter so many children with different personalities; some very talkative, some shy, some very hyper, some calm and so on. But, one thing which acts as an ice-breaker for me in striking conversation with the children is ‘Story-telling’. Kids love listening to stories and creating their own stories. Given a chance, every child will come up with so many stories of their own, we won’t require any storybooks. Kids can create their own stories depicting different emotions and they are so interesting, you will wonder how can a child so small think so much! Their world is full of fantasies, metaphors and creativity. And, you can enter their world through their stories.
When a child tells you a story, there are so many elements in the story. If we listen to them properly, they tell us a lot about their deepest fears, their strengths, their weaknesses, their love, their hatred and so many different emotions. Also, you must have observed that even if you have told many stories to your kid but he/she will love only one or two and will tell you to repeat it again and again. They won’t get tired of listening to that one particular story. If you tell 10 children same 10 stories, every child will love different story. Even if two children like same story, when you will ask them which part of the story they loved the most – the answers will be different.
Which story does your child love?
Which part or character of the story the child loves?
Which situation/ incidence of the story affects the child?
Which character your child relates to the most?
Answers to all these questions will bring you closer to your child. Not only stories but the kind of movies/cartoons/programs the child watches, speaks about his/her personality too.
How to use stories to know and educate your child?
Make a random story with him/her: Play this story game with your child. You make a story and tell the child to make a story. Discuss about this story and the qualities of the lead character of his/her story because most of the times, lead character of the story is closest to child’s personality. Whatever affects the lead character, whatever the lead character does and the personality of the lead character depicts child’s deepest psyche.
Palpating specific emotions in child through stories: Fear, anger, joy, surprise, disgust, sadness and contempt are 7 basic emotions. Tell your child to make stories based on a specific emotion e.g. Tell your child to make scariest story. You will get an idea, what are the deepest fears of the child. After story is over, talk about things that child is afraid of in the story and talk about fear in general. Tell about your fears and child will open up with his/her fears. In this way you can know things the child is affected by, reaction of the child to different situations and emotions, coping and many more things.
Moral education with stories: Stories with morals were, are and will be favourite for all parents as they can teach moral values through stories.
Healing with stories: This is a little deeper topic and may require a proper guidance. But, Yes! We can heal our child with stories. This is one of the therapies used in Arts based therapy.
So, this was just a small introduction of story-healing.
To know more about the same and discuss, leave a comment.
Insomnia or sleeplessness in simple words is difficulty in falling and staying asleep. Sleeplessness is very common and can affect multiple levels in our body and mind. The estimated prevalence of difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep is about 30%
DSM-5 is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and serves as the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses
Symptoms of insomnia as per DSM-5 criteria are as follows:
A predominant complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality associated with one (or more) of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty initiating sleep – which means problems in falling asleep
- Difficulty maintaining sleep, characterized by frequent awakenings or problems returning to sleep after awakenings
- Early-morning awakening with inability to return to sleep
- The sleep disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, educational, academic, behavioural, or other important areas of functioning.
- Sleep difficulty occurs at least 3 nights per week.
- Sleep difficulty is present for at least 3 months.
- Sleep difficulty occurs despite adequate opportunity for sleep.
- The insomnia is not better explained by and does not occur exclusively during the course of another sleep-wake disorder (e.g. narcolepsy, a breathing-related sleep disorder, a circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder, a parasomnia).
- The insomnia is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g. drug abuse, medication).
- Coexisting mental disorders and medical conditions do not adequately explain the predominant complaint of insomnia.
Commonest causes of insomnia:
- Primary insomnia: Insomnia due to primary sleep disorder
- Secondary insomnia: Insomnia due to some underlying causes like-
- Poor sleeping habits
- Disorders like – Hyperthyroidism, Restless leg syndrome, hyperacidity, etc.
- Sleep apnoea
- Lifestyle habits like working late, using mobile phones/laptops and watching TV till late
- If insomnia is due to poor sleeping habits, it can be corrected by going to sleep and waking up daily at the same time which will create a steady rhythm.
- Avoiding the use of mobile phones, laptop, and television just before sleeping or till late night can improve sleep as they emit blue light which has been shown to impact health. Natural exposure to blue light during the daylight hours boosts people’s energy, alertness and mood. However, elongated exposure to these waves during the evening can disrupt circadian rhythm and cause various health effects including a disruption in normal sleep schedules.
- If the use of these things is really necessary, then you can apply blue light filter screens on your laptop or TV screens and download blue light filter app for smartphones.
- Avoiding vigorous exercise and caffeinated drinks a few hours before going to sleep is recommended.
- Treatment of the underlying cause of insomnia is the treatment for insomnia too, e.g. if the cause of insomnia is hyperthyroidism then treating hyperthyroidism will improve sleep. Similarly, treating anxiety or depression will improve sleep if they are the causes of insomnia. Stopping medicines which cause insomnia can help improve sleep if that’s the cause. Sleep apnoea is also one of the causes of insomnia and can cause daytime drowsiness with many other complications.
- Homoeopathy can not only treat primary sleep disorder but also treat many of the underlying causes like depression, anxiety, hyperacidity, restless leg syndrome, stress, hyperthyroidism etc. In-depth study of patient’s psyche helps in understanding deeper issues of patients and hence helps in treating at multiple levels.
So, ideally, cause of insomnia should be identified first and then treated accordingly.
Do not get addicted to sleeping pills before knowing the cause for your insomnia.
– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)
Do you feel your relationship is not working out as you had always wished or the way you had imagined?
Do you have arguments and fights more than pleasant moments in your relationship?
We really need to break the ‘fairytale relationship’ bubble and see the world the way it is! Most problems start once we land on Ground from cloud 9. We can’t accept the realities because we have always imagined relationships as we see in movies, read in stories, with all roses and no thorns. We obviously don’t know where to look for an ideal relationship.
But, do we have any standard protocol to measure the success of a relationship or to make a relationship ideal?
NO, we cannot have a standard protocol because every relationship is different; it is as individual as individuals in a relationship. Once we try to understand different people, we can understand our own and other’s relationships too. Does it sound very difficult? But actually it is not. Let’s try to understand the relationship we are in, to maintain them and improve them.
To improve any relationship, it is mandatory to know yourself first. Ask yourself these simple questions and write down their answers.
- How am I as an individual? Who am I?
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
Once you get answers to these questions, you have taken the first step towards understanding and improving your relationship.
KNOW YOUR PARTNER
It is as mandatory to know your partner as it is to know your own self. Again, ask yourself these simple questions and write them down.
- How is he/she as an individual?
- What are his/her strengths and weaknesses?
- How different is he/she from you? (Which includes nature, lifestyle, culture, etc?)
Once you know in detail about yourself & your partner, you can easily know the origin of your discrepancies, your difference of opinions and origin of arguments. The most important thing in any relationship is accepting your partner as he/she is. Knowing your partner is a pre-requisite. Once you know and accept your partner, you can actually predict/know his/her behaviour in any situations and you won’t be disturbed by that because you are already aware of it.
As we know, introspection is important for any person to grow, relationship-spection is equally important for any relationship to grow.
- Am I happy in this relationship?
- If not, what are the reasons for my unhappiness?
- What are my expectations out of this relationship?
- Where do I want to take this relationship?
- Is he/she (partner) happy in this relationship?
- If not, what are the reasons for his/her unhappiness?
- What are his/her expectations from this relationship?
- Where does he/she want to take this relationship?
Answers to these questions will give a fair idea about where your relationship is!!
Now the question comes, how do I improve my relationship after knowing these things?
To improve any relationship, efforts are required from both sides. It can’t be a one-way road to travel. Both partners have to travel together. Here are some tips on how to revive your relationship and make it candid again.
Your relationship-spection will definitely guide you where your problems originate. You both have to understand each other’s needs and expectations from the relationship and need to come on the same page in understanding the reasons behind your needs and expectations. You have to mutually accept each other’s needs and help in fulfilling them because till basic needs of any relationship are not satisfied, frictions will be there and relationship cannot grow further. Once the opposite person understands that you understand his/her needs and co-operate in fulfilling them, your relationship will grow. To simplify this further, you just need to understand your and each other’s expectations from this relationship and understand the reasons behind it. Once you are aware of the reason behind your own expectations and others, the vicious cycle of (expectations – not getting fulfilled – disappointment – quarrels and arguments – more expectations….and so on) will break. You will be able to understand yourself and your relationship better.
The ultimate key: ACCEPTANCE
Accepting the differences, similarities, socio-economic, cultural aspects of your partner is the ultimate key to improve any relationship. If both the individuals involved in a relationship think about each other’s happiness, both will be taken care of and both will be happy as the relationship will become selfless.
We focus too much on our needs. We just have to think about the other person and we will see the change happening in us and our relationship.
Stop comparing your partner and your relationship with others. This applies not only to romantic relationships but also on all the relationships you have in your life.
Relationships should make you grow in every aspect! It should be transparent and free-flowing from both sides. A relationship which suppresses obstructs your growth and makes you weaker have quite negative impacts on your personality and steps should be taken to either improve that relationship or come out of it.
How Homoeopathy can help in improving your relationship?
As we say, “If you want to see the world change, change yourself first”
When you give a Homoeopathic case history, it shows you who you are, your pattern of behaviour, your perception of the world, your personality. In short, it brings you closer to yourself. Homoeopathic medicines balance your personality and make you aware about your own self. It helps in a very subtle way to improve your relationships by bringing yourself to peace.
Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!
– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)
In my last 8 years of practice, many children with frequent Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) have come to me and Homoeopathy has never disappointed them. URTI is a major concern for many parents and they feel helpless after every episode their child goes through repeatedly.
Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are illnesses caused by an acute infection which involve the upper respiratory tract including the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx.
Some common Upper Respiratory Tract Infections are:
∙ Cold (This includes allergic rhinitis, viral, bacterial infection, etc.)
∙ Otitis media, etc.
Let us look at some common symptoms of URTI one by one.
∙ Nasal obstruction
∙ Nasal discharge
∙ Irritation and itching in the nose
∙ Postnasal discharge
∙ Sneezing, etc.
∙ Irritation, pain or redness in the throat
∙ Cough with or without expectoration
∙ Difficulty in swallowing food
∙ Hoarseness of voice or difficulty in speaking, etc.
∙ Pain in ears
∙ Discharge from ears
∙ Decreased hearing
∙ Blockage of ears, etc.
Each symptom and some group of symptoms can help us diagnose as mentioned above. Sometimes, these symptoms can be associated with irritation and discharge from eyes, fever, malaise, body ache, headache or weakness.
∙ Hyper-reactive immune response causing all allergic problems
∙ Viral infection
∙ Bacterial infection
∙ Poor immunity because of multiple factors like poor nutrition, protein-deficient diet, lack of sleep, poor hygiene or surrounding environment, some underlying immune-deficiency disease, etc.
We have observed that children start getting recurrent infections usually after going to school.
Immunity can be improved and recurrent infections can be prevented by following simple measures unless there is some underlying cause of poor immunity.
∙ Proper balanced nutrition and disciplined food habits
∙ Physical activity (playing outdoors)
∙ Adequate sound sleep
∙ Hygienic surroundings
∙ Mental well being (At family, school, peer level, etc.)
Homoeopathic treatment includes understanding all the factors mentioned above in assessing the cause of recurrent infections. After understanding the personality of the child, suitable Homoeopathic medicine is selected. Homoeopathic treatment can be given to even a day old child. It is very safe and gentle.
How does Homoeopathy work for recurrent infections?
Homoeopathy is not only used to treat acute infections but also to reduce the frequency and intensity of infections. It improves the immunity of the child so that child does not fall prey to infections repeatedly and his/her innate ability to fight the infections is developed.
I have seen children being bombarded with antibiotics every time they get these episodes even if they are viral or allergic in nature; which weakens child’s immunity further. One thing which should be kept in mind as a parentsis:
‘NOT EVERY INFECTION REQUIRES ANTIBIOTICS’
Even if you are opting for Allopathic medicines,
∙ Viral infections should be treated symptomatically or with anti-viral drugs in some cases
∙ Allergic symptoms should be treated with anti-allergic and symptomatic treatment
∙ Only and only if the infection is bacterial, it should be treated with Antibiotics. Complete the whole course of antibiotics if started, do not leave it halfway. It makes bacteria resistant.
Have a Healthy and Happy childhood for your child with Homoeopathy!
– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)