Importance of lifestyle modification (Diet and activity consultation)

Importance of lifestyle modification

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.

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Preparing for Pregnancy: Part 1

 

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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.

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Importance of mother’s history during pregnancy while treating children

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?” 

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We all know the story of Abhimanyu from Mahabharata. For people who don’t know –

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Homoeopathy for females and during pregnancy

Homoeopathy in Pregnancy

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.

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Hair-Fall Treatment With Homoeopathy

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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!

 

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– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)

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Stories – Mirror Of Child’s Subconscious

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‘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.

 

Sleeplessness – Why, What and How!!!

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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

In addition,

  • 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
      • Medications
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Stress
      • Disorders like – Hyperthyroidism, Restless leg syndrome, hyperacidity, etc.
      • Sleep apnoea
      • Lifestyle habits like working late, using mobile phones/laptops and watching TV till late

 

Treatment options:

 

  • 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.

 

Sleep well!

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– Dr Kruti Trivedi (B.H.M.S., C.C.A.H., C.D.E.)

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