is a disease where the normal red blood cell level decreases significantly. It
leads to lower hemoglobin level and oxygen deficiency in the blood.
Anemia can cause fatigue, lack of concentration, shortness of breath and pale
complexion. Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of anemia. Below
are the foods which increase the amount of iron in the body or aid in its
absorption, thereby preventing anemia. A person suffering from this disease
must make these foods a part of his anemia diet in order to recover fully.
and Dementia are life altering conditions which affect millions
around the world. It is estimated that currently 50 million people are
suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and in 2010 more than 400000 dementia
related deaths were registered. The worst part is that there is still no cure
for these diseases and only precautions can delay its onset.
Few symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are behavioral changes, mood swings,
appetite loss, memory loss, inability to take care of himself and talk,
isolation from the family and ultimately death. Memory loss and cognitive
disability are some of the symptoms of dementia. Even though people above the
age of 65 are more vulnerable to this disease but the present lifestyle of
today’s world can drastically reduce this age. So, given below are few tips and
diet that one needs to follow.
for Alzheimer’s and dementia:
are doing you no good. These are only increasing your cholesterol, decreasing
the ability to fight free radicals and thus increasing the risk of brain cell
damage. Switch to Mediterranean diet which comprises of fishes, vegetables and
15-30 minutes is a must. It is found that daily workout can reduce the onset of
Alzheimer’s and dementia by 50%. Workouts help in increasing the blood
flow to the brain cells thus keeping them active. Mental exercises are highly
recommended to keep the mind active. Solving puzzles and playing Sudoku are
some of the ways to keep your cognitive ability intact.
It is really
important for a person to have a hobby which they can pursue during leisure
time. Indulging in a hobby has been found to reduce the stress level of a
person and also enhances the mood.
a social life:
friends and talking can prove to be a stress buster. Now days a lot of us don’t
find time to meet our friends and family. Monotonous life can make a person
dull. Plan trips for few days with your family or go out for a movie or dinner
every once in a while.
Foods to eat:
3 fatty acids rich food:
Omega 3 fatty
acid helps in improving the cognitive abilities of a person. Consumption of
this nutrient can enhance the blood flow in the brain thus keeping it efficient
and active. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are the
key substances present in omega 3 fatty acids which are responsible for the
functioning of neurons. These substances can prohibit the damages caused by
oxidation to the brain and can prevent the occurrence of inflammation. Their
deficiency causes depression and anxiety. It has been found that people with
lower DHA have depleted cognitive ability and smaller brain volumes. Walnuts,
tuna, salmon, sardines re some of the foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty
Foods rich in
Vitamin-E and Vitamin-C have shown signs that they can delay the onset of
Alzheimer’s disease. These nutrients help in protecting the brain from free
radicals and restrict cognitive impairment. Almonds, broccoli, guava and olive
oil are some of the foods that can delay this disease.
Foods rich in flavonoids:
production is the primary reason why a person suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Amyloid-beta turns into amyloid plaque which sticks to the brain. Flavonoids
help in preventing its production altogether. Kale, spinach, apples,
blueberries and cranberries are some foods rich in flavonoids.
Curcumin is a
key substance present in turmeric. This substance is anti-inflammatory and can
also prevent the production of Amyloid-beta. Try to add turmeric powder in your
meals to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
originates from China
and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture
being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of
the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada.
involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at
specific points on the body - the needles are inserted to various depths.
The medical community is not in conclusive agreement about how acupuncture
works scientifically. However, we do know that it does have some therapeutic
benefits, including pain relief and alleviation from nausea caused
to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on
meridians through which gi vital energy runs. There is no histological,
anatomical or scientific proof that these meridians or acupuncture points
exist. Acupuncture remains controversial among Western medical doctors and
case studies that use proper scientific controls is difficult because of the
invasive nature of acupuncture - a clinical study involves and compared to
the targeted treatment. It is very hard to devise a sham acupuncture control
that one can compare to proper acupuncture. While some studies have concluded
that acupuncture offers similar benefits to a patient as a placebo, others have
indicated that there are some real benefits. This article in a
peer-reviewed British Medical Journal explains that the principles of
acupuncture are firmly grounded in science, and you don't need Chinese
philosophy either to make it work, or to practice it.
to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating 28
conditions, while evidence indicates it may have an effective therapeutic value
for many more.
with tension headaches and/or migraines may find
acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms, according
to a study carried out at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Another
study at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that twice
weekly acupuncture treatments relieve debilitating symptoms of xerostomia
- severe dry mouth - among patients treated with radiation for head and
Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of
the complementary extremes of yinand yang of the life force
known as gi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians
(pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these
meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the
consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these
points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be
brought back into proper balance.
Western societies and several other parts of the world, acupuncture is
explained including concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are seen
by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue
can be stimulated. Acupuncture practitioners say that the stimulation increases
blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's
How is acupuncture treatment carried out?
generally involves several weekly or fortnightly treatments. Most courses
consist of up to 12 sessions. A visit to an acupuncturist will involve an exam
and an assessment of the patient's condition, the insertion of needles, and
advice on self-care. Most sessions last about 30 minutes.
patient will be asked to lie down, either face-up, face-down or on his/her
side, depending on where the needless are inserted. The acupuncturist should
use single-use disposable sterile needles. As each needle is inserted the
patient should feel them, but initially without pain. However, when the needle
reaches the right depth there should be a deep aching sensation. Sometimes the
needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. Once
inserted, the needles will remain there for about twenty minutes.
are the health benefits and risks of acupuncture?
possible benefits of acupuncture are:
performed correctly it is safe
2. There are
very few side effects
3. It is a
very effective combination treatment
4. It is
effective in controlling some types of pain
5. It may be
considered for patients who do not respond to pain medications
6. It is a
useful alternative for patients who do not want to take pain medications.
possible risks of acupuncture are:
1. It is
dangerous if the patient has a bleeding disorder
2. It the
dangerous if the patient is taking blood thinners
3. There may
be bleeding, bruising and soreness at the insertion sites
4. The needle
may break and damage an internal organ (very rare)
needles may infect the patient
inserted deeply into the chest or upper back there is a risk of collapsed lung (very rare).
Reduce Headaches and Migraines:
2009, after researchers from the Center for Complementary Medicine at the University of Munich reviewed over 11 studies
involving 2,137 acupuncture patients, they concluded that acupuncture “could be
a valuable non-pharmacological TOOL in patients with frequent chronic
review looked at multiple clinical trials comparing the effects of acupuncture
sessions to “sham” (placebo-type of acupuncture) sessions and to receiving no
treatment at all for the relief of migraine headache pain. In
particular, both the group that had needles randomly placed and the group
that had strategically placed needles experienced a reduction in headache
symptoms. The control group did not experience any change.
in the follow-up survey, the group that had the real acupuncture
treatment continued to have both a decrease in the number of
headache days and headache pain intensity.
2. Improves Chronic
for the Back, Neck, Knee or Arthritis Pain Acupuncture was proven to be more
effective for improving chronic back pain than no acupuncture treatment in
a 2006 study done by the University Medical Center of Berlin. In patients with
chronic low back pain, there was a significant difference in pain reported
between groups of patients receiving acupuncture over eight weeks versus those
not receiving any treatment.
more impressive is a 2012 study done by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Department of
Epidemiology and Biostatistics aimed to determine the effect of acupuncture for
four chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic
headache and shoulder pain.
researchers reviewed clinical trials involving over 17,000 patients, and the
results showed that patients receiving acupuncture had less pain than patients in
the placebo control group for back and neck muscle aches and
pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. The conclusion was that
acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is “more than
just a placebo effect, therefore it’s a reasonable referral option for
Helps Treat Insomnia:
University of Chinese Medicine conducted large meta-analyses in 2009 that
showed a beneficial effect of acupuncture on reducing insomnia symptoms,
compared with no treatment. The analysis found that in patients who were taking
medications or herbal treatments to help with sleep, adding acupuncture
therapy showed better effects than taking the medications or herbs alone.
benefit was that unlike many sleep medications, the acupuncture sessions had no
adverse side effects at all.
Improves Cancer and Chemotherapy Recovery:
to the National Cancer Institute, several studies show that acupuncture can
help boost immunity and speed up recovery following cancer treatments.
One randomized trial, for example, found that acupuncture treatment enhanced
immunity, platelet count and prevented a decrease in healthy cells after
radiation therapy or chemotherapy when compared to receiving no acupuncture.
reported that the patients in both acupuncture treatment groups also
experienced less pain from treatments, improvements in quality of life and a
decrease in various negative side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea.
Helps to Prevent Cognitive Decline:
early research has showing new information about the effectiveness of
acupuncture on Parkinson’s. Studies show that can relieve age-related cognitive
decline symptoms as it generates a neural response in areas of the brain — such
as the putamen and the thalamus — that are particularly affected by Parkinson’s disease.
a 2002 study done by the Department of Neurology at the University Of Maryland
School Of Medicine, after 20 Parkinson’s patients
were treated with acupuncture for 16 sessions, 85 percent of patients reported
subjective improvements of individual symptoms, including tremor, walking,
handwriting, slowness, pain, sleep, depression and anxiety. There were no
Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Health:
doctors are now recommending acupuncture as a treatment to reduce stress,
balance hormones, and ease the anxiety and pain of pregnancy and labor.
considered a safe treatment for many of the common symptoms during pregnancy —
to ease the physical and emotional strain on the body — as well as after the
baby is born to help with any mood, depression, mental or physical symptoms the
mother may experience. It can even be used right before the baby is dueto prepare the body for labor.