Agree, Dr.Tapan Kumar.But, Our Hydrabad food testing laboratory has not given too much value to Olive oil.These experts said it was all propaganda created by foreign oil companies to increase their sale.Also if you see olive oil is costly.Compared to it pure coconut oil is best option.I also have thought in my mind that,nature creates certain things for those people who are living in that area.Another discovery made by those people--Soyabean oil and sunflower oil is not to be recommended.Always use filtered oil which is free of chemical rather than refined oil.
Olive oil can not be used as cooking oil .it is sprinkled on salad .it is used in Mediterranean countries now in India in Rajasthan state it has been cultivated successfully. It should not be mixed with other oil
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31 Top Benefits Of Prickly Pear (Nagfani) For Skin, Hair & Health stylecraze.com Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM ￼ A fruit belonging to the cactus family that possesses a wide range of benefits. That’s what the prickly pear is. Do not be intimidated by its look as the fruit pulp is delicious, more than you’d expect it to be. It is often regarded as an excellent cure for a hangover. Let us look at this fruit in detail to know more about benefits of prickly pear, its nutrition profile and also simple ways to include it in your diet. Let’s get started! Table Of Contents What Is Prickly Pear? Prickly pear is a fruit that grows on the leaves of the Nopales cacti, belong to the genus Opuntia, it’s scientific name is Opuntia ficus-indica. It is also referred to as Nagfani in Hindi, Nagajemudu in Telugu, Kallimullpazham in Malayalam, and Dindla in Gujarati. The younger plants are edible and often part of the Mexican diet. The other edible parts of the prickly pear cactus are the flowers, stems, and the leaves. Widely known as “cactus pear”, prickly pear by different names in different countries and regions like Tuna, Nopal, Nopales, Barberry figs, Indian figs. Prickly pear is a cylindrical fruit that has a firm outer skin with barbs and softer inner flesh, which is edible. It is green initially and turns reddish-pink as it matures in most plants (1). It can be eaten raw, boiled, or grilled. It is also used to make juice and jams. These tasty, oval fruits sprout from the tops of prickly cactus leaves and range in various colors from deep red-green to yellow or purple. It’s taste is similar to watermelon/raspberries and it has cucumber-like fragrance. What Is The History Of Prickly Pear? Being a cactus, the prickly pear plant can survive in dry weather conditions. It is said to have originated in Mexico and the northern countries of South America, which fall under the arid to semi-arid climate categories. In these regions, it has been a diet staple for thousands of years. It was later found to be used in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as well. With increasing popularity, prickly pear cacti are now cultivated in Europe and Australia too. The fruit is relished not just for its flavor but also for its health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties have made this thorny fruit popular. So, why are these fruits food for you? Why Are Prickly Pears Good For You? Prickly pear is rich in many nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These make it a wonderful and healthy addition to your diet for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Their low cholesterol and saturated fat content make them a suitable option for many people across the globe who are suffering from obesity and heart disease. These versatile fruits are not a hassle to cut or prepare. If you have access to them, go ahead and purchase a few. Let us look at this fruit’s nutrition facts now. Prickly Pears Nutrition Facts When we talk about the nutritional value of prickly pear, it contains magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins C and B, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, and many other nutrients. Having one cup of this fruit can be a good source of a considerable part of the daily intake value of many vitamins and minerals. Bear in mind that the calcium found in this traditional desert plant may not be present in its biologically active form. It is present in the form of a non-absorbable complex (calcium oxalate). Nutrition Facts Serving Size 149g Amount Per ServingCalories 61Calories from Fat 6% Daily Value*Total Fat1g1%Saturated Fat 0g0%Trans FatCholesterol 0mg0%Sodium 7mg0mgTotal Carbohydrate 14g5%Dietary Fiber 5g21%SugarsProtien 1gVitamin A1%Vitamin C35%Calcium8%Iron2% Vitamins Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV Vitamin A64.1IU1%Vitamin C20.9mg35%Vitamin D––Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)––Vitamin K––Thiamin0.0mg1%Riboflavin0.1mg5%Niacin0.7mg3%Vitamin B60.1mg4%Folate8.9mcg2%Vitamin B120.0mcg0%Pantothenic Acid––Choline–Betaine–Vitamin C35%MineralsAmounts Per Selected Serving%DVCalcium83.4mg8%Iron0.4mg2%Magnesium127mg32%Phosphorus35.8mg4%Potassium328mg9%Sodium7.5mg0%Zinc0.2mg1%Copper0.1mg6%Manganese––Selenium0.9mcg1%Fluoride––Fats & Fatty AcidsAmounts Per Selected Serving%DVTotal Fat0.8g1%Saturated Fat0.1g0%Monounsaturated Fat0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat0.3gTotal trans fatty acids–Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids–Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids–Total Omega-3 fatty acids34.3mgTotal Omega-6 fatty acids277mg The amount of vitamin C present in one cup of prickly pear constitutes 35% of our daily value intake, whereas magnesium constitutes 32% of the DV. It is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are the healthy forms of fats that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Now that we have a brief understanding of the nutrients found in prickly pear cactus fruit, let us look what the presence of these nutrients implies. The many health benefits of this fruit are discussed below. What Are The Health Benefits Of Prickly Pear Cactus? Some of prickly pear health benefits include its ability to lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, improve the digestive process, fight cancer cells, decrease the risk of diabetes, boost the immune system and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. Read on to know more. 1. Potential Role In Weight Control ￼ Image: Shutterstock Obesity is a global epidemic and needs to be managed at the earliest. Instead of resorting to extreme measures like harmful medications or surgery, a simple solution to this problem could be consuming plenty of dietary fiber. Prickly pear fruit contains fiber that will make you feel full for longer and reduce hunger pangs. It also helps in the elimination of dietary fat by binding it and excreting it from the system. As the intestines do not get a chance to absorb the dietary fat, this fruit effectively helps in weight control and even weight loss (2). 2. Helps Lower Cholesterol Continuing on the weight loss tangent, prickly pear can also help reduce the cholesterol levels in the blood. Its fiber (pectin) content can be held responsible for this as it helps eliminate LDL cholesterol from the body. Experiments have shown that prickly pear can reduce both plasma levels and hepatic levels of cholesterol (3, 4). Also, certain phytosterols found in cactus seed oil can alter cholesterol metabolism in a positive way (5). Hyperlipidemia, the condition of high cholesterol levels, can also be brought under control. 3. Source Of Essential Micronutrients The essential micronutrients found in prickly pear are vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Of these, the highest % DV is held by vitamin C and magnesium (6). Consumption of one cup of this fruit on a regular basis can provide your body with these micronutrients that are required for various physiological and metabolic processes. 4. Fights Cancer Cells The flavonoid compounds in prickly pear lower the risk of breast, prostate, stomach, pancreatic, ovarian, cervical, and lung cancers. They were shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the lab and mice models. They also caused the death of these cancerous cells at higher concentrations (7). These compounds also have the ability to remove free radicals and improve the activities of pro-oxidant enzymes. 5. Prevents Ulcers Both physical and mental stress can cause changes in the gastrointestinal mucosa and result in gastric ulcers. Inflammation occurs as there is an increase in the pro-inflammatory compounds that damage the gastric wall. Prickly pear exerts a positive effect on the gastric mucosa, and this activity is mainly facilitated by a compound called betanin found in this fruit. The gastric mucus production is regulated, and there is also a reduction in the pro-inflammatory chemicals. As a result of this, the chances of developing ulcers are highly reduced by the consumption of prickly pear (8). 6. Blood Sugar Regulation ￼ Image: Shutterstock Cactus pear is often touted for its hypoglycemic activity. This means that the ingestion of this fruit or its extract can lower high blood glucose levels as well as maintain normal levels. Different experiments on both diabetic and antidiabetic rats have shown a decrease in blood glucose levels. The main mechanism of this reduction is a decrease in the intestinal absorption of glucose (9, 10). Prickly pear cactus fruit’s fiber and pectin content are considered responsible for this activity. Once the blood sugar levels are brought under control, type II diabetes can be managed easily. 7. Nopal Cactus Cleans The Colon The high fiber content of prickly pear not only helps in lowering blood sugar/glucose and cholesterol levels but also helps in regulating the general functioning of the colon. Enough glucose is absorbed, and unhealthy fats and excess bile are eliminated from the body. This keeps the colon in optimum health. The inflammation and oxidative stress that the colon is being subjected to are also alleviated. The antioxidants present in prickly pear eliminate the free radicals and inflammation-inducing compounds, thus cleansing and protecting the colon (11). 8. Soothes The Stomach In Mexico, prickly pear is commonly used as a dietary supplement. People consume prickly pear daily to regularize their bowel movements. This helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and prevents constipation. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of compounds found in cactus pear are also responsible for aiding stomach health and soothing it (12). 9. Protects The Liver We often consume carcinogens and other compounds that can damage the liver without realizing the damage they can cause. Here’s a solution. Consume prickly pear as a juice or in the form of jams or jellies to prevent liver damage. It contains plenty of antioxidants that can reduce the oxidative stress caused by such compounds on the liver. It exerts hepatoprotective activity that mainly involves eliminating free radicals and increasing the body’s antioxidant activity against these compounds (13). 10. Reduces Hangovers ￼ Image: Shutterstock This fruit has the ability to reduce the effects of a hangover. Prickly pear juice reduces the production of inflammatory mediators that induce the uncomfortable feeling during alcohol hangovers. It also reduces other symptoms like nausea and dry mouth (14). 11. Immune System Booster The vitamin C content of prickly pear is responsible for this particular health benefit. Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune response against various infections. It increases the production of white blood cells that undertake the process of killing and eliminating infectious microorganisms from the body. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and reduces the free radical damage throughout the body. This also gives the immune system a boost (15, 16). 12. Reduces Risk Of Colon Cancer Prickly pear contains various types of antioxidants like flavonoids, quercetins, gallic acid, phenolic compounds, betacyanins, etc. The antioxidant activity of these was tested against colon cancer cell lines, and the viability of these cells was greatly affected by them (17). Quercetin, especially, plays a key role in the disruption of a certain pathway involved in the development of cancer cells (18). 13. Protects Against Heart Disease The fiber content of prickly pear helps reduce cholesterol levels in the body and maintain blood pressure. Hence, hypertension and bad cholesterol are brought under control. These factors are associated with atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and other heart diseases. Cactus fruit’s antioxidants also help to enhance cardiovascular health (19, 20). The biologically active flavonoids in prickly pears normalize the blood platelet stickiness, which helps to maintain good cardiovascular health (21). Hence, herbal doctors often recommend consuming prickly pear for alleviating cardiovascular disease. 14. Alleviates Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Prickly pear is rich in the mineral potassium. When ingested, this mineral can reduce the pressure on the blood vessels and lower the elevated blood pressure levels. Regular intake of prickly pear can maintain normal blood pressure levels and give relief from hypertension. The betalain found in this fruit also strengthens the inner walls of the blood vessels, further aiding in the promotion of cardiovascular health (22). 15. Osteoporosis Protection ￼ Image: Shutterstock This fruit is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antihistamine in nature. It also contains flavonoids that prevent the release of the compounds that help in inflammation of the joints and muscles caused due to gout, arthritis, exercise, fibromyalgia, and allergies. Osteoporosis, which is essentially an inflammatory disease, can be prevented and treated with prickly pear supplementation (23). 16. Stroke Prevention A decrease in total body fat and elevated cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels can all impact cardiovascular health in a very positive way. As these levels are reduced in the body, the risk of stroke or heart attack goes down (24, 25). 17. Reduces Frequency Of Migraine Headaches Migraine is a chronic inflammatory condition that is characterized by the presence of a severe headache (usually on one side of the head) with disturbances in digestion and vision. And to alleviate this inflammation, anti-inflammatory compounds are needed. These are found in abundance in the prickly pear fruit, especially the compound indicaxanthin. This is technically a dietary pigment that can reduce various pro-inflammatory factors in the body (26). If consumed frequently, this fruit can help people deal with migraines. It also reduces their intensity and frequency. 18. Alleviates Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Cramps, back pain, headaches, and breast tenderness are common symptoms that woman experience during PMS. Most of these symptoms are associated with an increase in the levels of prostaglandins (hormone-like chemicals) in the body. Prickly pear is known to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, thus alleviating PMS symptoms (27). 19. Strengthens Bones And Teeth Our teeth and bones are composed of calcium, and our diet is the only source of this mineral. The body obviously cannot synthesize calcium by itself. One cup of fresh prickly pear fruit contains 83 milligrams of calcium, which constitutes about 8% of the daily intake recommended by the FDA. This calcium intake will strengthen our bones and teeth (28). 20. Promotes Digestive Health ￼ Image: Shutterstock Fiber is an important part of our diet when it comes to digestive health. And prickly pear is loaded with fiber. This aids smooth digestion of various components of the food we eat and enhances the activity of the digestive enzymes. Additionally, the fiber from the fruit can help in the smooth elimination of wastes from the body (29). 21. Makes Your Nails Healthy Prickly pear seed oil can be used to moisturize dry and damaged nails and restore the health of the nails and cuticles. It contains moisturizing fatty acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid. Small concentrations of other fatty acids are also found (30). What Are The Benefits Of Prickly Pear For The Skin? The seeds of this fruit are cold pressed to prepare a beauty oil. It possesses many properties that give it the following benefits: 22. Anti-Aging Properties It contains skin-softening vitamins E and K. It also contains a good amount of skin hydrating and nourishing fatty acids. These prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, thus making prickly pear oil a good anti-aging agent (30). 23. Anti-Inflammatory Agent This xerophytic plant’s oil has great inflammation-fighting capabilities because of the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds. The betalains and phenolic compounds exert this effect when the oil is applied topically on the skin. Swelling and irritation due to insect bites, scrapes, or inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis can be reduced by the application of this oil. 24. Brightens The Skin Tone This oil is also often used for its skin brightening properties. Linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid, not only nourishes the skin but also eliminates dullness. It also protects the skin from UV radiation (31). 25. Helps Achieve Smoother Skin It is super hydrating for dull and dry skin. Linoleic, oleic, and palmitic fatty acids, which are found in major proportions in prickly pear seed oil, supply the skin with the oils it lacks. 26. Heals Cuts, Wounds, And Blemishes Phenolic compounds are also found in good concentrations in prickly pear oil, which exert antioxidant effects on the skin and help repair damaged skin (32). Cut wounds, scars, and other blemishes that may have formed due to various reasons will start healing and fading over time. Apply this oil regularly to reap its healing benefits. 27. Reduces Dark Circles Dark circles under the eyes are formed due to many reasons. Lack of sleep, dehydration, and oxidative stress are the major factors that can cause your under eye area to become dull and get a bluish-purplish tinge. Prickly pear seed oil contains skin nourishing fatty acids that also possess skin brightening properties. In conjunction, these properties can help to lighten your dark circles. All of these properties make prickly pear seed oil an excellent choice for mature, aging, and/or damaged skin. Let us now look at the benefits of prickly pear for your hair. How Does Prickly Pear Benefit Your Hair? Both the fruit and the oil from its seeds can be used to smoothen hair texture, reduce hair fall, increase hair growth, and improve hair health overall. 28. Nourishes Hair We already know that the oil from the seeds of this cactus fruit contains plenty of fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins that can benefit the skin. Similarly, these can also nourish the scalp and hair by providing the healthy oils they may be lacking. A special mention is required for prickly pear’s vitamin E content that can deeply condition the hair. 29. Makes Your Hair Shiny ￼ Image: Shutterstock You can use prickly pear oil to make your hair glossy. This oil can give you double the amount of fatty acids and protein than argan oil, which is a popular oil used for restoring the natural hair shine. 30. Reduces Hair Loss The pulp of this fruit is often added to hair care products as its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds can give relief from many scalp conditions and, in turn, reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth (33, 34). 31. Natural Hair Conditioner Here’s a simple recipe to concoct your own hair conditioner at home using prickly pear cactus: You Will Need 1-2 large nopal cactus pads1/2 cucumber2-3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil1-2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional) What You Have To Do 1. Wash the cactus carefully and peel it to remove all the thorns and barbs. 2. Dice this into small squares and add chopped cucumber to it. 3. Add the olive oil and coconut milk and blend everything. 4. Apply this on the scalp and hair. 5. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly. Make sure no residue remains in your hair. This cactus pear hair mask will make your hair healthy, silky, and soft. It is also useful to protect your hair from the scorching sun and rejuvenate heat-damaged hair. Those were the benefits of the fruit. Now, let’s see where you can buy these delectable fruits. Where To Buy Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit? Prickly pears can be easily found in regular grocery stores. If you cannot find them there, try the Mexican or Middle Eastern vegetable markets. See the next section to know how to make prickly pear a wonderful addition to your diet. How To Incorporate Prickly Pear Into Your Diet? ￼ Image: Shutterstock The prickly pear cactus plant has different parts that are edible. The pad of the cactus, which is often referred to as the nopal, is used as a vegetable in Mexican dishes. Its texture is similar to that of okra when cooked. It is boiled or grilled and is added to soups and salads mostly. Apart from the cactus pad, the fruit or the pear itself can be eaten. Like any other fruit, you can simply rinse it, peel it, and eat it fresh. The flowers of this plant are often used as garnishing or added to salads for extra flavor. Eating the prickly pear fruit is not a difficult process. All you need to do is peel the skin and eat the fleshy pulp present inside. Be careful of the spines when you are handling the fruit initially and the seeds when you are eating it. Many people also prepare jams and jellies from prickly pear fruit. If you do not have access to a store where you can purchase this fruit from, there are extracts available in the market. The dosage of these extracts would depend on the concentration, and it is best if the manufacturer’s recommendation is followed. Prickly pear water is also available in the market these days. This is prepared from the juice of the fruit and filtered water, along with some additional ingredients like lemon juice. Prickly pear is used in various forms to serve various purposes. These uses are given below. Uses Of Prickly Pear Cactus As A Supplement Due to its benefits for lowering blood sugar levels, supplements for type 2 diabetes patients have been designed. The extract is also used to lower cholesterol, target obesity, and lower the risk of heart disease. This supplement is available usually in a powder or a pill form. People also use the supplement before drinking alcohol to reduce the symptoms of an alcoholic hangover. Juice And Pulp The juice or the pulp (without seeds) of the prickly pear fruit is extracted to make jams and jellies. The juice, by itself, can be very tart. It is often added to lemonade or margaritas for that extra zing. To reduce the tartness and still benefit from this amazing xerophyte, jams and jellies are prepared. Medicinal Uses When it comes to usage in medicine, prickly pear is used in medications for: Type 2 diabetesHigh cholesterolObesityAlcohol hangoverHeart diseaseColitisDiarrheaViral infectionsBenign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) (35) Now that we covered the many uses of this fruit, it is also important to know how to select the best fruit and store it so that you can derive the maximum benefits. Read on to know how. How To Select And Store Cactus Pear Mid-August is considered the best time to harvest prickly pear cactus fruit. Once you have located a plant, follow these steps: Using a pair of tongs, gently pluck the fruit from the cactus pad. It should come off easily. Beware of the spines on the nopales and also the glochids (microscopic spines) on the fruit. Using gardening or leathergloves can help prevent any spines from piercing your skin.Transfer the fruits to a large, clean bowl or bucket. Make sure to leave at least one fruit per cactus pad so that your harvesting does not interfere with the plants’ reproduction process.Pick fruits that are ruby colored (or other colors seen in prickly pear). Do not pick the ones that are still green at the ends.Rinse the fruits with water thoroughly. Swirl them around gently while doing this to get rid of the spines. Cactus pear fruits remain ripe for about a week. They can also be refrigerated for 3-4 days in a plastic bag. Here is how you can cut and prepare prickly pear fruit. How To Eat Prickly Pear Cactus Rinse the fruit thoroughly in a colander using cold water. Keep swirling it around gently while doing this to get rid of the all the spines.Once all the spines have been removed, gently pat the fruit dry using a soft napkin.Take a sharp knife and cut the top and bottom parts of the fruit and discard them.Cut lengthwise to peel off the skin, similar to how you would peel an orange with a knife.Chop or slice the fruit, as per your preference, and eat it. Though the seeds are safe to ingest, many people prefer not to as they are too hard. If you are still confused about how to consume this exotic fruit, we have some simple but delicious recipes for you below. Any Prickly Pear Recipes? 1. Prickly Pear Lemonade ￼ Image: Shutterstock You Will Need 1 prickly pear2 tablespoons lemon juice1 cup water1/2 tablespoon sugar5-6 ice cubesMint leaves for garnishing Recipe Add the sugar and lemon juice to water and mix well.Cut the prickly pear in half and remove the pulp present inside. Add this to the lemonade.Blend all of these for 15-30 seconds.Strain the mixture to remove the seeds.Add ice cubes and drink this refreshing lemonade with a twist. 2. Prickly Pear Puree You Will Need Prickly pear Recipe Rinse and peel the fruit. De-seed it.Squash the flesh thoroughly for a couple of minutes until you get a smooth puree.Store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 3. Prickly Pear Ice Cream You Will Need 1 cup prickly pear juice1/8 cup lemon juice1 quart half and half1 teaspoon sea salt2 cups sugar1 teaspoon tangerine zestA pinch of lemon zest Recipe Combine all the ingredients and pour into an ice cream maker.Let it run for about 20 minutes.Freeze the ice cream overnight or for at least six hours. 4. Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly You Will Need 2 1/2 lbs prickly pear fruit3-4 tablespoons lemon juice2 cups sugarPeel of half a lemonWater Recipe Singe off the spines on the fruit and carefully peel them.Cut into inch-long chunks and transfer to a pot. Add enough water to cover the entire fruit.Bring this to a boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.Strain this using a cheesecloth to remove all the seeds. Use a wooden spoon to mash the pulp and get all the juice from it.To this prickly pear juice, add the lemon juice, sugar, and lemon peel.Cook this at high heat and keep stirring regularly until you get a jelly consistency.Store in airtight jars in the refrigerator for up to six months. Let me now summarize some key facts about prickly pear for you. What Are The Facts About Prickly Pear I Need To Know? Prickly pear is also known as the nopal cactus and has flat, oval green leaves called pads, which are covered in spines.The fruits arise from the top of the cactus pads and are edible.This fruit, which is also called as the cactus pear, cactus fig or tuna, is usually red.Prickly pear is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and omega fatty acids. It contains zero cholesterol.Even the pads of this plant are edible. They are commonly used in soups and salads.The fruits can be ingested by themselves or in the form of juice, jams, jellies, and even candy.Cactus fig is beneficial for the treatment of many ailments like high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and stomach issues. Even though this fruit has plenty of benefits, it can, at times, cause reactions in a few people. Here are the side effects experienced. Side Effects Of Prickly Pear Cactus Upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, and headache are the most common side effects noticed (36).Nasal inflammation or asthma can be caused due to an allergy to it.Eating broiled nopal stem can have an extreme hypoglycemic effect. This is not seen when raw stems or ripe fruit are eaten.It can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb certain medications due to its diuretic properties.Pregnant or women who are breastfeeding should not intake prickly pear in any form as it can interfere with the fetus’ or child’s development. Let us now look at some of the commonly asked questions by our readers about prickly pear. Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions What can reduce the skin irritation caused by prickly pear contact? The spines (glochids) present on prickly pear can come in contact with the skin and at times, cause allergic reactions such as hives. These usually subside within an hour or so. If the spines have pierced the skin, carefully pluck them using tweezers or cellophane tape. To reduce the itching and irritation, you can use over-the-counter steroids or antihistamines. Does prickly pear/tuna increase hemoglobin? Is it safe to consume? Prickly pear has been known to increase hemoglobin. However, there is no clinical proof for this. However, it is absolutely safe to consume. So, go ahead and try it. Does prickly pear cause constipation? Prickly pear is often used to relieve constipation because of its fiber content. Irrespective of this, excessive intake can actually cause constipation because of the high amount of fiber blocking the intestines. Hence, it is best to consume it in moderate amounts. How to prune prickly pear cactus? Pruning is best done in spring or late summer to remove damaged, poorly formed, or excessive cactus pads. Using protective hand gear and clothing, carefully trim the pads at their bases. It might be best to cut off some of the top parts of the pads first to get better access to the base. If you are unsure about pruning the plant yourself or the cactus has grown out too much, get professional help. Are all prickly pear cactus edible? What kind of cactus is edible? The genus Opuntia consists of different species of cacti that are edible. You can identify these plants by their oval, flattened, green, and spine covered pads. The prickly pear cactus (O. Ficus-indica) is the most commonly eaten species. How many calories are in cactus pears? One cup of cactus pear contains around 61 calories. Is a cactus a fruit or a vegetable? The prickly pear cactus is one of those plants that is a vegetable and a fruit. The green pads are the vegetable whereas the red pear is the fruit. Have you ever tried prickly pear fruit? Or have you had a chance to have one of those delicious Mexican dishes with the cactus pads in it? Share your experience with us in the comments section. Stay healthy! Recommended Articles:Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau3 Likes13 Answers
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maybe informative #Leech Therapy Leeches are carnivorous or blood sucking annelid worms with pronounced ability to extend or contract their bodies. They are hermaphrodite in nature and are distributed all over the world, except the polar zones, deserts and altitudes exceeding 3,700 m. In India, about 45 species belonging to 22 genera occur. The common Indian species are Hirudinaria granulosa, H. viridis, H. javanica, and H. manillensis. These species are also common in Burma, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Haemadipsa is a land leech of the hills of Southern India. The medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) is a European species which has been introduced into certain ponds and streams of the eastern portion of the United States. It is relatively large leech often growing to 10 or more centimeters in length. It feeds upon blood of a vertebrate to which it periodically attaches itself.Among Indian leeches, Hirudinaria granulosa has got medicinal properties. It is a common leech found in freshwater tanks, ponds lakes, swamps, and slow streams. It prefers shallow water and remains concealed under weeds, logs and stones. It is sanguivorous (blood-sucking), sucking the blood of fishes and frogs and also of cattle or human beings when they enter the pond. It is abundantly found in the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Leeches are blood sucking worms with segmented bodies and belong to the same large classification of worms as earthworms. These can primarily be found in freshwater lakes, ponds or rivers ranging from 5mm to nearly 25 cm and have two characteristic suckers located at either end of their bodies. To feed, a leech first attaches itself to the host using the suckers. One of these suckers surrounds the leech's mouth, which contain three sets of jaws, each consisting of about 80 calcareous teeth that bite into the host's flesh, making a Y-shaped incision. Between the teeth, lie little openings through which the saliva is secreted. As the leech begins to feed, its saliva releases chemicals that dilate blood vessels, decreases the blood viscosity and deaden the pain of the bite. CLASSIFICATION OF LEECHES For the purpose of therapeutic application, Unani scholars have classified leeches into poisonous leeches and non poisonous (useful) leeches on the basis of specific characteristics. The features of therapeutically useful leeches are leeches with thin tiny head, emerald green colour, tiny and rounded like rat's tail and leeches found in moist rich places where frogs are in abundance. Leeches with long head, black, grey or green colour are described as poisonous. PROCEDURE OF LEECH THERAPY The legendary Unani scholar, Ibne Sina in his famous treatise “Canon of Medicine”, an encyclopedia of medicine which served as a standard text book of medicine in Europe till 17th century A.D, has described the procedure of Leech therapy in a very comprehensive manner and narrated the following steps of the whole procedure:- Pre-leeching procedure involving collection of leeches; preservation of leeches and selection of suitable patient. Leeching Procedure Proper Post-leeching Procedure involving separation of leech; vomiting of leech and control of bleeding. Ibne Sina narrated that leeches should be collected just one day prior to their use. Patient is advised to take light semi-solid diet prior to the procedure. The affected part to be treated is thoroughly washed with distilled water or with a solution of borax and rubbed until redness appears. If the leech is reluctant to attach, a tiny droplet of blood may be smeared on the part to be treated and then leech is applied. Usually, one or more leeches are applied to the affected area and left for half an hour. Once the leech is attached, it will likely remain safely in place until fully distended but it is essential to check the site continuously to insure that the leech hasn′t separated. Thereafter, the leeches are detached with a very careful manner by pulling them off or by loosening their grip with table salt, borax or heat but sometimes leeches detach automatically. The used leeches are then killed and disposed off. MECHANISM OF ACTION According to the Unani doctrine, leech therapy works on the principles of Tanqiyae Mawad (Evacuation of morbid humours) and Imalae Mawad (Diversion of humours). Tanqiyae Mawad means the resolution and excretion of morbid humors and excess fluids from the body, thereby maintaining the homeostasis in the quality and quantity of four body humors, which is actually responsible for the maintenance of normal health. Imalae Mawad refers to the diversion of the morbid fluids from the site of affected organ to the site where from it is easily expelled from the body tissues. Based on this holistic approach, Unani physicians have been widely using this therapeutic regimen for a number of diseases. The effectiveness of this therapy may also be attributed to the Mussakin (sedative) and Muhallil (anti-inflammatory) actions of saliva of leeches. However, from modern perspective, as proved by various research studies, the efficacy of leech therapy lies not in the amount of blood that leeches ingested, but also in the anticoagulant enzymes of the saliva that allow blood to flow from the bite after the leech is detached. Moreover, the saliva of leech contains about 100 pharmacologically active biological substances which contribute to the special property of leech. These include anticoagulants like hirudin, calin, inhibitors of kallikrein, hayaluronidase, histamine-like vasodilators, collagenase, and poorly characterized anaesthetic and analgesic compounds.[19,14] Hirudin is responsible for inhibiting blood coagulation and is employed as an anticoagulant in surgical operations and has been recommended for the prevention of phlebitis and postoperative pulmonary inflammation. Calin also inhibits blood coagulation but it is responsible for slow cleansing of wound by maintaining secondary bleeding for approximately another 12 hours. Histamine-like substances have dilating effect on the blood vessels and thereby cause the blood to stream to the bite site. In the mean time, the spreading factor, hayaluronidase acts to clear the path for the active and healing substances to penetrate. These substances allow continued bleeding for up to 24 hrs after the leech has been detached. Besides, a regional analgesic and antiphlogistic effect by these substances enforced by hayaluronidase as well as counter irritation might be possible. Furthermore, some of these substances have anti-inflammatory and other additional effects like lipotropic activity that can be used at atherosclerotic defects of vessels in ischemic heart disease and diabetes mellitus. The existence of skin visceral connections with the definite organ is well known. Through veins, the biologically active substances act on organ during sucking by leech. It promotes the improvement of blood circulation in the organ, renders thrombolytic, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulant action.Leech therapy reduces pain, stiffness, and joint dysfunction in people with osteoarthritis of the knee as reported by a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. INDICATIONS Leeches were thought to be able to cure everything from head ache to hemorrhoids. Ancient physician used to treat chronic skin diseases, eye diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, gynaecological disorders, ENT disorders, thromboembolic diseases, local congestive condition, as well as brain congestion and mental illness. The commonest indications of Leech therapy as mentioned in Unani classics are Jarabul Ajfaan (Blephritis), Dawali (varicose vein), Darde pindali (Painful Calf muscle), Malankhoonia (Mania), Qooruhe khabisa (septic wound, non-healing ulcer), Warm (inflammation) of organs, Khanaazeer (Lymphadenitis) , Warme Tajaweful Anaf (sinusitis), Warme halq (Pharyngitis), Bawaseer (Piles), Nawaseer (Fistula in ano), Daaul feel (Elephantiasis), at the biting site of poisonous animals, skin disorders like Qooba (Ringworm) , Saafa (Tinea corporis), Namash (Chloasma), kalaf (Warts), Narfarsi (eczema), Daul sadaf (psoriasis), Bars (Vitiligo), Wajaul Mufasil (Osteoarthritis), hypertension etc. Nowadays use of leeches in thromboembolic diseases (coronary artery thrombosis and Ischemic heart diseases), plastic surgery, replantation and other reconstructive surgeries is very famous all over world. CONTRAINDICATIONS Leech therapy is contra indicated in the treatment of certain medical conditions and diseases. These include hemorrhagic diseases, absolute hemophilia, pregnancies, severe anemia, hypotension, general fatigue, allergy to leech, active tuberculosis, mental disorders during acute episode, high temperature, immuno compromised patients, severely ill & bed ridden and in case of extremely fearful patients. According to some Unani physicians, certain sites of the body are also contra indicated for the leech application such as abdomen especially around the liver, spleen, stomach, intestine and buttock. In tropical areas, leech therapy has been prohibited as the site of leech may become infected. ADVERSE EFFECTS In spite of all the precautions taken, there is a risk of certain adverse effects and subsequent complications such as pain during treatment, local itching, hypotension, vasovagal attacks, anemia, super infections, allergies, sepsis, transmissions of infectious diseases, scarring and slight fever. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS In recent past years, various clinical as well as experimental studies have been conducted globally to evaluate the efficacy of leech therapy in various ailments using standardized outcome measures. The leeching has proved very beneficial in microsurgeries and different types of arthritis. In a study conducted in Germany, the effectiveness of leech therapy in osteoarthritis of knee was established. The patients (n = 51) received a single sting of leeches (4 to 6 in number). The primary end point pain at 7th day was reduced from 53.5±13.7 to 19.3±12.2 in leeching group compared to the control group where the pain was reduced from 51.5±16.8 to 42.4±19.7 with topical diclofenac application. In another study, the hirudin was tested for thrombin inhibition in synovial inflammation in Antigen Induced Arthritis (AIA). The study was conducted on animal models where experiments showed hirudin did indeed significantly attenuate the severity of AIA as measured by both 99mTC uptake and synovial histology. The intra-articular fibrin staining was reduced by hirudin treatment. There was a clear reduction seen in synovial inflammation by hirudin. The hirudin as a potential therapeutic agent for arthritis has also been advocated by K Scott, Professor in University of Auckland, New Zealand and synovial stimulatory protein (SSP) acting as auto-antigen, to which T-Lymphocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis respond, identified in synovial fluid has been found to bind to a hirudin-agarose affinity chromatography matrix. In India also, various studies have been conducted to prove the safety and efficacy of leech therapy in musculoskeletal and dermatological disorders on the basis of scientific parameters. A study from Kashmir valley, India has established the safety and efficacy of leech therapy in the management of frostbite. Another study from Bangalore India, has proved the safety and efficacy of leech therapy in the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA). In this study, 30 diagnosed patients of knee OA were subjected to leech therapy and the efficacy assessment was done weekly with the help of Western Ontario and McMaster University (WOMAC) OA Scale and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) Score. After the completion of treatment of one month, these scores were reduced significantly (p<0.05), thereby proving the efficacy of leech therapy in OA. Similarly one more study from India has proved the significant effect of leech therapy in the treatment of varicose ulcers. CONCLUSION It can be concluded that leech therapy has unique features that are easily recognized. It can be used effectively for the management of various disorders specially skin and musculoskeletal disorders where western medical treatment is of less value. It may be used for the restoration of normal heath through its prophylactic and palliative action. It may produce better results either singly or as an adjuvant with drug therapy in diseases like hypertension, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, arthritis, varicose veins, frostbite, skin diseases like dermatophytosis, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and in various surgical and traumatic conditions such as re-attachment of severed extremities, fingers, toes and ears. However authors suggest that it is the need of present era to develop standard operative procedures (SOP'S) and scientific parameters so that the efficacy of leech therapy can be proved in a rational mannerDr. Ruqqaiya Khan6 Likes11 Answers
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23 best foods to improve women's health timesofindia.com Aug 24, 2017 12:09 PM ￼ 20 Best foods to improve women's health (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images) It is pretty clear that there exist both physiological and metabolic differences in both men and women. Considering the fact that a woman's body is different from her male counterpart, the nutritional requirements differ, especially because her body goes through the monthly menstrual cycle for most part of her life, preparing to conceive every month and then the menopausal phase. So here we have mentioned a few foods that every woman should definitely add to her diet. Green leafy vegetables: Enriched with iron content, green leafy vegetables like spinach have natural source of calcium, which are good for your bone strength. Not just this, these leafy greens are loaded with magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C and phytonutrients that provides a package for your bone health. Whole grains: Including whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, bran flakes and whole-grain breads increases the fibre content in your body. Another reason you should add whole-grains in your diet is that it improves the digestive problems. If your digestive system is clean, you can prevent flatulence, constipation and even colon cancer. Nuts: This delicious food is known as the powerhouse of essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They are good for your bones and make your memory sharp. Almonds are loaded with bone strengthening minerals like magnesium and are a great source of calcium too. Walnuts contain excellent source of omega-3 fats, which result in preserving and strengthening bones. Pistachios are not only delicious but are high in magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6. So, eat a handful of nuts every day and improve your overall health. Eggs: Eggs provide a source of non-dairy calcium. They are enriched with vitamin D which promotes overall health. ￼ Onions: Onions have an amazing bone strengthening potential as they contain a certain type of polyphenol which boosts bone health. According to a study, eating onions once a day or more helps in improving your bone mass by 5 per cent. A study conducted on women above the age of 50 showed that those who ate onions regularly had a 20 per cent lower risk of suffering a hip fracture than those who didn't eat onions regularly. Blueberries: Want to slow down your ageing process? Then add blueberries to your diet. Blueberries contain an amazing anti-ageing property, called asanthocyanins. They also prevent memory loss, maintain blood pressure levels and improve motor skills. High in antioxidants, they fight against free radicals and wrinkles. Yoghurt: One of the oldest health boosting foods, yogurt should be eaten regularly. The 'probiotics bacteria' in yogurt helps in digestion, reduces inflammation and builds immunity. Yoghurt also has bone strengthening component - calcium and helps in reducing problems linked with irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal infections, inflammatory digestive tract disorders and stomach ulcers. Tofu and soy milk: A highly nutritious food, tofu is enriched with protein and iron. It also contains other minerals such as manganese, phosphorous and selenium which strengthen bones. You can also include soy milk in your diet as both these food items are an excellent source of non-dairy calcium. Parmesan cheese: Parmesan is a good source for calcium. And if you're watching your weight, add parmesan cheese in your diet. It is lactose-free, easy to digest and enriched with phosphate. Oats: Kickstart your day with a bowl of oats. Oats help in maintaining your cholesterol level as they are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. Losing weight, maintaining cholesterol levels and improved digestion are some of the benefits that you get from eating oats. Tomatoes: Tomatoes help in preventing breast and cervical cancer. They promote heart health and protect against cardiovascular diseases. Milk: High in calcium, potassium, vitamin B12 and riboflavin, milk also gives you healthy bones, teeth and a glowing skin. Milk can lower the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer too. ￼ Bananas: Bananas are high in potassium which maintains the body's circulatory system. They are a great source of natural energy as they contain various vitamins, minerals and carbs. Bananas promote bowel health and relieve you from constipation. Cranberry: Cranberries contain a compound known as proanthocyanidins. This compound helps in preventing bacteria from growing in the walls of the bladder. Cranberries naturally prevent urinary tract infections and helps in promoting heart health. Broccoli: Another superfood, broccoli contains compounds that helps in preventing breast cancer. Enriched in vitamin C and A, it has low calorie content. Broccoli also have high dose of fiber, potassium calcium, and iron. Salmon: Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon promotes the health of the membrane of each cell in the body. Eating salmon protects us against various health problems such as heart disease, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis. Apples: Apples contain quercetin - an antioxidant which helps in boosting our body's disease-fighting abilities. Apples sharpen brain and those who want to shed extra weight, should add apples in their diet as they help to satisfy your hunger. Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They have a disease-fighting compound called lignans and are considered as one of the best ingredients for women. They help to cut down hot flashes and lowers bad cholesterol. It also helps in fighting against breast cancer. Carrots: Carrots are a good source of complex carbs. They provide energy to muscles and potassium to control blood pressure. Enriched with vitamin A, carrots promote glowing skin, and slows down ageing. Avocados: Avocados are rich in the heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which help in reducing belly fat. Avocados are loaded with potassium, magnesium, folate, protein, and vitamins B6, E, and K. ￼ Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate has heart-protective antioxidants which helps in reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. It is also loaded with bone strengthening compounds like magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and phosphorus. Dark chocolate helps in hydrating your skin, lowers blood pressure and boosts your memory. Green tea: Green tea helps in fight cancer and heart diseases. It also prevents dementia, diabetes and stroke. Keeping your body well-hydrated, it helps fight fatigue. Water: Keeping metabolic processes in our body intact, water is an essential component of our daily diet. Water helps in improving energy, removes toxins from the body and keeps the skin radiant and healthy. So drink at least 8-10 glasses a day and keep your digestion system intact. Report a problem ￼45￼dislikDr. Tapan Kumar Sau4 Likes10 Answers
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Friends today I am discussing about High uric acid problem. Patient have pain in joints in sole of feet just take pain killer never try to rule out whether uric acid is high or any other cause. I am telling in detail. Hyperuricemia (High Uric Acid) What Is Hyperuricemia? Hyperuricemia is an excess of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid passes through the liver, and enters your bloodstream. Most of it is excreted (removed from your body) in your urine, or passes through your intestines to regulate "normal" levels. Normal Uric acid levels are 2.4-6.0 mg/dL (female) and 3.4-7.0 mg/dL (male). Normal values will vary from laboratory to laboratory. Also important to blood uric acid levels are purines. Purines are nitrogen-containing compounds, which are made inside the cells of your body (endogenous), or come from outside of your body, from foods containing purine (exogenous). Purine breaks down into uric acid. Increased levels of uric acid from excess purines may accumulate in your tissues, and form crystals. This may cause high uric acid levels in the blood. Uric acid formation may occur when the blood uric acid level rises above 7 mg/dL. Problems, such as kidney stones, and gout (collection of uric acid crystals in the joints, especially in your toes and fingers), may occur. What Causes Hyperuricemia? Causes of high uric acid levels (hyperuricemia) can be primary (increased uric acid levels due to purine), and secondary (high uric acid levels due to another disease or condition). Sometimes, the body produces more uric acid than it is able to excrete. Causes of High Uric Acide Levels: Primary hyperuricemia Increased production of uric acid from purine Your kidneys cannot get rid of the uric acid in your blood, resulting in high levels Secondary hyperuricemia Certain cancers, or chemotherapy agents may cause an increased turnover rate of cell death. This is usually due to chemotherapy, but high uric acid levels can occur before chemotherapy is administered. After chemotherapy, there is often a rapid amount of cellular destruction, and tumor lysis syndrome may occur. You may be at risk for tumor lysis syndrome if you receive chemotherapy for certain types of leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma, if there is a large amount of disease present. Kidney disease - this may cause you to not be able to clear the uric acid out of your system, thus causing hyperuricemia. Medications - can cause increased levels of uric acid in the blood Endocrine or metabolic conditions -certain forms of diabetes, or acidosis can cause hyperuricemia Elevated uric acid levels may produce kidney problems, or none at all. People may live many years with elevated uric acid levels, and they do not develop gout or gouty arthritis (arthritis means "joint inflammation"). Only about 20% of people with elevated uric acid levels ever develop gout, and some people with gout do not have significantly elevated uric acid levels in their blood. Symptoms of Hyperuricemia: You may not have any symptoms. If your blood uric acid levels are significantly elevated, and you are undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia or lymphoma, you may have symptoms kidney problems, or gouty arthritis from high uric acid levels in your blood. You may have fever, chills, fatigue if you have certain forms of cancer, and your uric acid levels are elevated (caused by tumor lysis syndrome) You may notice an inflammation of a joint (called "gout"), if the uric acid crystals deposit in one of your joints. (*Note- gout may occur with normal uric acid levels, too). You may have kidney problems (caused by formation of kidney stones), or problems with urination Things You Can Do About Hyperuricemia: Make sure you tell your doctor, as well as all healthcare providers, about any other medications you are taking (including over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal remedies). Remind your doctor or healthcare provider if you have a history of diabetes, liver, kidney, or heart disease. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding lowering your blood uric acid level and treating your hyperuricemia. If your blood levels are severely elevated, he or she may prescribe medications to lower the uric acid levels to a safe range. If you have an elevated blood uric acid level, and your healthcare provider thinks that you may be at risk for gout, kidney stones, try to eat a low purine diet. Foods that are high in purine include: All organ meats (such as liver), meat extracts and gravy Yeasts, and yeast extracts (such as beer, and alcoholic beverages) Asparagus, spinach, beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, cauliflower and mushrooms Foods that are low in purine include: Refined cereals - breads, pasta, flour, tapioca, cakes Milk and milk products, eggs Lettuce, tomatoes, green vegetables Cream soups without meat stock Water, fruit juice, carbonated drinks Peanut butter, fruits and nuts Keep well hydrated, drinking 2 to 3 liters of water per day, unless you were told otherwise. Take all of your medications for hyperuricemia as directed Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can contribute to problems with uric acid and hyperuricemia. Avoid medications, such as thiazide diuretics (hydrochlortiazide), and loop diuretics (such as furosemide or Lasix®). Also, drugs such as niacin, and low doses of aspirin (less than 3 grams per day) can aggravate uric acid levels. Do not take these medications, or aspirin unless a healthcare provider who knows your condition told you. If you experience symptoms or side effects, especially if severe, be sure to discuss them with your health care team. They can prescribe medications and/or offer other suggestions that are effective in managing such problems. Drugs or Treatments That May Be Prescribed by Your Doctor: Your doctor or healthcare provider may prescribe medications if you have a high blood uric acid levels. These may include: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) agents and Tylenol®- such as naproxen sodium and ibuprofen may provide relief of gout-related pain. Gout may be a result of a high uric acid level. If you are to avoid NSAID drugs, because of your type of cancer or chemotherapy you are receiving, acetaminophen (Tylenol() up to 4000 mg per day (two extra-strength tablets every 6 hours) may help. It is important not to exceed the recommended daily dose of Tylenol, as it may cause liver damage. Discuss this with your healthcare provider. Uricosuric Drugs: These drugs work by blocking the reabsorption of urate, which can prevent uric acid crystals from being deposited into your tissues. Examples of uricosuric drugs include probenecid, and sulfinpyrazone. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors - Such as allopurinol, will prevent gout. However, it may cause your symptoms of gout to be worse if it is taken during an episode of painful joint inflammation. Allopurinol may also be given to you, if you have a certain form of leukemia or lymphoma, to prevent complications from chemotherapy and tumor lysis syndrome - and not necessarily to prevent gout. With high levels of uric acid in your blood, as a result of your disease, the uric acid will collect and form crystals in your kidneys. This may occur during chemotherapy, and may cause your kidneys to fail. When to Contact Your Doctor or Health Care Provider: Localized joint pain (especially in a toe or finger joint), that is red and inflamed. Shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort; should be evaluated immediately. Feeling your heart beat rapidly (palpitations). Bleeding that does not stop after a few minutes. The top five homeopathic medicines for elevated uric acid levels include Colchicum, Benzoic Acid, Ledum Pal, Guaiacum, and Lithium Carb. Colchicum – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid Colchicum Autumnale (commonly known Meadow Saffron) is a homeopathic remedy derived from the freshly dug up bulb of herb colchicum autumnale. This herb belongs to the family Liliaceae and is a native of Great Britain and Ireland. Colchicum is especially indicated in cases where high uric acid levels give rise to the onset of gout. There may be a sharp pain in the great toe. The affected parts may be swollen and very hot to touch. There could be great sensitivity to touch along with extreme pain. The pains could be more intense in the evening and at night. Colchicum may be indicated almost as a specific medicine in most cases of high uric acid levels. Slightest effort to move the legs gives rise to a sharp, shooting and unbearable pain in the toe. Walking may also be difficult. The person needing this remedy has intense swelling and pain in the big toe that is worse from motion. The toe pain also worsens from slightest touch, with the tendency of evening aggravation of the toe pain. Benzoic Acid – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid When Signs Show up In Urine Benzoic Acid is homeopathic medicine for uric acid that is indicated when the signs of high uric acid show urinary symptoms. Uric acid crystals may be deposited in the kidneys or the urinary tract, giving rise to stones. On examination, the urine may exhibit very high levels of uric acid. The color of urine may also keep changing from dark brown to pale yellow. Benzoic acid may also be indicated when there are joint complaints, like a crackling sensation in the joints. The great toe may be swollen, causing difficulty in walking or even moving the limb. Cracking in the knee joint on movement may also be felt. In some cases, nodes from the deposition of urate crystals may be present on the knees. Homeopathic medicine Benzoicum Acidum also works well in cases of knee pain gets worse from drinking wine. It is also indicated as a general medicine in all cases of raised uric acid levels. Ledum Pal – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid with Ankle Pain Ledum Palustre is a homeopathic medicine derived from a small flowering shrub, commonly known as Marsh tea. Marsh tea is a low growing evergreen shrub that only grows up to a height of one meter. The shrub belongs to the heath family and is a native of northern Europe. It is also widely distributed in British America and around Canadian lakes. Ledum pal is indicated when the high levels of uric acid in the blood result in the deposition of the crystals in the joint spaces. The first attack of pain could be triggered by an increased intake of meat or alcohol. Ledum Pal is a very beneficial homeopathic medicine for gout leading to ankle pain. The person needing Ledum Pal has pain and swelling in the ankle. The pain from the ankle may radiate up the leg, and movement tends to intensify the ankle pain. Guaiacum – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid Homeopathic medicine Guaiacum is prepared from the resin obtained from the woods of Guaiacum officinale. Commonly known as Lignum Vite Resin, it belongs to the family Zygophyllaceae and is a native of tropical America. It is a well-indicated remedy to treat high uric acid levels and works well in chronic cases where the deformities and contractures set in. Intolerance to heat in any form, the affecting joints being extremely hot to touch, bad smell from the body are other symptoms. It is given in acute cases where the affected limb is painful, stiff and immobile. Lithium Carb – Homeopathic Medicine for Uric Acid with Stiffness Lithium Carb is a homeopathic medicine used to treat raised uric acid levels. The high levels of uric acid give rise to an unusual stiffness all over the body. Another peculiar feature is itching all over the skin of the joints. The pains are relieved by pouring hot water. Uric acid may get deposited in the joint spaces to give rise to nodosities which can be felt externally. The nodes may also be felt in the finger joints. In severe cases, they may be felt in the ear pinnaDr. Rajesh Gupta11 Likes24 Answers
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Friends today I am discussing about a disgusting Skin problem Psoriasis many peoples are facing. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. This buildup of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface. Inflammation and redness around the scales is fairly common. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed. Psoriasis is the result of a sped-up skin production process. Typically, skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. Eventually, they fall off. The typical life cycle of a skin cell is one month. In people with psoriasis, this production process may occur in just a few days. Because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off. This rapid overproduction leads to the buildup of skin cells. Scales typically develop on joints, such elbows and knees. They may develop anywhere on the body, including the: hands feet neck scalp face Less common types of psoriasis affect the nails, the mouth, and the area around genitals. Psoriasis. It’s commonly associated with several other conditions, including: type 2 diabetes inflammatory bowel disease heart disease psoriatic arthritisDr. Rajesh Gupta16 Likes17 Answers