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Insect bites and stings can be simply divided into 2 groups: venomous and non-venomous. A sting is usually from an attack by a venomous insect such as a bee or wasp, which uses this as a defence mechanism by injecting toxic and painful venom through its stinger. Whereas non-venomous insect bites pierce the skin to feed on your blood. This usually results in intense itching.

Causes:

  • Insect bites and stings

Symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Swelling

Diagnosis:

  • Maintain good personal and household hygiene
  • If the reaction is mild, insect stings should be treated by first removing the stinger.
  • If an insect sting causes a severe reaction or anaphylaxis, urgent medical attention should be sought.

Ingredients:

  1. Achyranthes aspera leaves.

Natural Remedies:

  • Chemical Constituent: Plant yields achyranthine. Other Uses: Useful for reclamation of wastelands, Leaf is consumed as potherb, Seeds rich in protein, cooked and eaten, used in religious ceremonies in India.

Take some achyranthes aspera leaves, clean and grind it. Then apply it.

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Coughs:  Doctors classify coughs into 2 categories, acute and chronic. Acute coughs can be divided into infectious (caused by an infection) and noninfectious causes. Infectious causes of acute cough include viral upper respiratory infections (the common cold), sinus infections, pneumonia, and whooping cough. Noninfectious causes of cough include flare-ups of the following chronic conditions: chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and environmental allergies.

Causes:

  • Mucus
  • Bacterial infections
  • Common cold (viral respiratory infection)
  • Sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the sinuses)

Symptoms:

  • Coughing up clear, yellow, light brown, or green mucus
  • Headache.
  • Runny nose (nasal congestion)

Diagnosis:

  • Cough preparations may help your cough. Avoid cold remedies that combine medicines to treat many symptoms. It is generally better to treat each symptom separately.

Ingredients:

  1. Black pepper plant leaves.

Natural Remedies:

Take some black pepper leaves, boil with water. Filter it and drink 1 ounce of this water.

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Hyperthermia is the general name given to a variety of heat-related illnesses. Warm weather and outdoor activity go hand in hand. However, it is important for older people to take action to avoid the severe health problems often caused by hot weather.

Causes:

  • Hyperthermia occurs when body metabolic heat production or environmental heat load exceeds normal heat loss capacity or when there is impaired heat loss.
  • Drinking alcohol/smoking
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle factor

Symptoms:

  • Heat stress
  • Heat fatigue
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke

Diagnosis:

Hyperthermia is generally diagnosed in the presence of an unexpectedly high body temperature and a history that suggests hyperthermia instead of a fever. Some prevention methods for hyperthermia

  •  Drink 2 to 3 quarts of water daily.
  • Avoid exertion or exercise, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • If traveling, allow 2 to 3 weeks in an unusually hot climate before attempting any type of exertion.
  • When outside, wear a hat and loose clothing; when indoors, remove as much clothing as needed to be comfortable.
  • Take a tepid bath or shower.
  • Use cold wet towels or dampen clothing with tepid water when the heat is extreme.
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Determine if the person is taking any medications that increase hyperthermia risk; if so; consult with the patient’s physician.

Ingredients:

  1. Vernonia leaves.

Natural Remedies:

  • Vernonia leaves have a capacity to reduce your high body temperature, so take some vernonia leaves, clean and cook it. Eat it with your food often.
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To cure the Wound: In medicine, a wound is a type of injury in which skin is torn, cut or punctured (an open wound), or where blunt force trauma causes a contusion (a closed wound). In pathology, it specifically refers to a sharp injury which damages the dermis of the skin.

Causes:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Skin breakdown and sores affect many patients with diabetes, vascular disorders, and paresis.

Symptoms:

General signs and symptoms of a wound infection include

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness, and pus drainage.
  • The skin may also harden or tighten in the area and red streaks may radiate from the wound. Wound infections may also cause fevers, especially when they spread to the blood. Skin infections often redden or discolor the skin and may cause pustules, scaling, pain, and/or itching.

 Diagnosis:

  • The risk of wound infection can be minimized with prompt and proper wound cleansing and treatment.  Most wound infections that do occur can be successfully resolved.
  • Wounds may also require removal of dead tissue (debridement) and/or drainage – sometimes more than once. Topical antimicrobials and debridement are also used for burn treatment.  With extensive injuries, grafting and other surgeries may be required.

Ingredients:

  1. White deadnettle plant leaves.
  2. Cat’s whiskers leaves.
  3. Onion.

Natural Remedies:

Take same quantity of white deadnettle plant leaves and cat’s whiskers leaves. Add some onion pieces. Grind it. Then apply on your wound.

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(Dyspepsia) Indigestion is just another name for an upset stomach. It may be triggered by eating particular foods or after drinking wine or carbonated drinks. It may also be caused by eating too fast or overeating.

Causes:

  • Eating too fast.
  • Eating a heavy meal.
  • Eating too much spicy foods.
  • Irregular meals, because long gaps between meals allow the acid more time to act. Each meal neutralizes the acid for a while.
  • Tobacco or smoking.
  • Pregnancy, which commonly causes heartburn, indigestion or vomiting.

Symptoms:

  • Think you’re losing weight.
  • Pain, which may be in the upper part of the abdomen or the chest. This may not always be related to eating.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes).
  • Back pain, profuse sweating, and anxiety.

Diagnosis:

  • Dyspepsia is generally diagnosed to routine blood, urine, and stool tests, a sigmoidoscopy may help detect problems in the rectum and lower colon and also maybe taken to check for thyroid disorders.

Ingredients:

  1. Neem flowers.
  2. Cumin.
  3. Pepper.

Natural Remedies: 

  • Neem has been used in a variety of ways both for personal and community health. Neem leaves, fruits, flowers and Bark contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antinflammatory and also acts as a  contraceptive agent. Neem leaves are now known to contain nimbin, nimbinene acetylnimbinase, nimbandial, nimbolide and quercentin. Tender leaves are effective in parasitic infections. A 10% aqueous extract of tender leaves has been found to posses anti-viral properties.

Take some neem flowers. Fry with ghee. Then add aome cumin and pepper powder. Mix with rice and eat it often.

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Bilious:  A condition in which the yellow bile (which is very bitter) is brought up to the mouth from the stomach.

Causes:

The improper breakdown and processing of food causing an upset stomach

Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache and constipation

Diagnosis:

  • Avoid fried foods
  • Rich curries
  • Animal fat and milk

Ingredients:

  1. Neem flowers.
  2. Curry leaves.

Natural Remedies: 

  • Curry leaf has many herbal medicinal properties and it’s a most prominently used herb in south Indian cooking. Using curry leaves with food strengthens the functions of stomach and promotes its action. It is good for indigestion problem. It also helps to control Diarrhea, and upset stomach problems.  It also helps prevent premature hair graying.

Make curry leaves chutney with dry neem flowers. Eat it with your food often.

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