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Treatment of Vitiligo

vitiligo Treatment of Vitiligo

These are a few of the natural, holistic, treatment methods that can be used to combat vitiligo.

Herbal

Psoralens are a group of naturally occurring substance that have the effect of sensitizing skin and enhancing the tanning effect of UV light (sunlight). Psoralens are found naturally in many herbal components, being isolated from celery, figs, parsley and West Indian satinwood, etc.  The seeds of Psoralea corylifolia are the most commonly used source of psoralens in Herbal as well as Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Steroids are a fairly potent suppressor of the immune system and can, therefore, be of benefit in the treatment of auto-immune diseases. Steroids are commonly used in the form of topical creams and ointments during the early stages of Vitiligo. The use of steroids is usually recommended for a period of three months and the effect is generally temporary. Local and systemic side effects may limit the use of steroids for prolonged treatment.

Treatment for Tinnitus

Treatment for Tinnitus – Complementary Treatment Options

There are a number of natural and holistic methods used in the treatment for tinnitus.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Complementary form of therapy that was developed in Japan from a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Japanese massage system of Amna.  Shiatsu can also be used as a form of a self-treatment.  However, the best benefits are received when treatment is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner.

It is applied by lightly massaging certain points (acupuncture points), that may be associated with the symptoms or cause of the underlying ailment, using pressure that is applied by the fingers, elbows, or even the knees.  The literal translation of Shiatsu is “finger pressure“.  Through this stimulation, the flow of energy (ki) is restored and balanced.

Shiatsu can also, through its ability to help the receiver to relax, produce positive effects in tinnitus related ailments such as:

• Vulnerability to stress
• Improvement of sleep patterns and alleviation of sleep disorders
• Alleviation of any accompanying symptoms

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Allopathic Treatment Options

Any underlying disorder is treated, if possible.  Many sufferers make use of
radio, television, headphones, etc to block out the noise in their ears. The use of headphones to play white noise (a random mixture of sounds) is often found to be effective.

Treatment for Whiplash – your options

whiplash injuryTreatment for Whiplash

There are a number of natural and holistic methods used in the treatment for whiplash.

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of whiplash, usually bringing about a prompt, positive, response.  Shiatsu creates a feeling of wellbeing and the receiver usually experiences it as deeply relaxing.
Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic
natures.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Medication, physiotherapy, and supportive measures are used to treat whiplash.  Where symptoms are severe, the patient may need to wear a padded collar until the pain diminishes.

When pressure on the root of the nerve causes loss of strength or sensation in a hand or arm, a cervical traction apparatus may be used.

Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia, using pressure on the appropriate acupuncture points to releive pain. Shiatsu creates a feeling of wellbeing and is usually experienced as deeply relaxing.   This, in itself, can create an immense feeling of relief.
Practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Vitamin and Mineral

  • Vitamin B Complex (50 mg three times a day) helps to ensure the proper
    functioning of the nervous system.
  • Magnesium (250-500 mg once a day) Essential for proper nerve functioning. It
    also relaxes the nerves.
  • Evening Primrose oil (1,000 mg twice a day) is an excellent source of essential
    fatty acids. It acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Many of the drugs that are now prescribed to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia were originally developed to treat seizures. The role of the anti- seizure agents in these drugs is to suppress excessive nerve tissue activity. If the pain becomes more severe and frequent, increased doses will be required. This can lead to side effects and/or inadequate pain control.

Treatment for Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow

Treatment for Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu therapy has a good success rate in the treatment of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, using finger pressure on appropriate acupuncture points along with gentle stretching and manipulation to produce an increase in mobility and reduction of pain.
Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Resting the affected arm, applying ice packs, and taking painkillers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs. Ultrasound treatment may also help to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, injections of corticosteroids into the joint capsule may be required.

Treatment for Stress

Treatment for Stress

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Stress. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of stress, creating a feeling of calmness and wellbeing, allowing some respite from the symptoms. Shiatsu is usually experienced as deeply relaxing, although there can also be emotional releases, there is a cumulative effect with each session in the feeling of wellbeing.
Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

 

Stress Management

Benefits of stress reduction: –

  • Improved immune system.
  • Being less prone to illness.
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Increased ability to relax.
  • Improved sleep pattern.
  • More efficient digestion.
  • Being calmer and less irritable.
  • Being more focused.
  • Being more positive.
  • Being happier!

Allopathic Treatment Options

Counselling
Counselling involves talking to a trained specialist who will encourage you to discuss your deeper feelings, uncovering the triggers for your stress, and help you to find solutions to your problems. They can also offer advice on ways to deal with stress and its effects.

Medication

  • Antidepressants.
  • Sedatives.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Beta blockers.

Treatment for Sciatica

Treatment for Sciatica

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Sciatica. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu

Shiatsu therapy has a high success rate in the treatment of sciatica, producing a quicker increase in mobility and reduction of pain.
Sciatica that doesn’t resolve itself after a few days needs prompt professional attention.

Allopathic Treatment Options

  • Medication including painkillers and anti-inflammatories
  • Epidural injections where medication injected directly into the spine
  • Traction
  • Surgery
  • Rest
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Ice packs
  • Proper posture
  • Resting the back by not bending, flexing or lifting heavy weights
  • Warm baths
  • Sleeping on a mattress that is neither too soft, nor too hard
  • Gentle exercises to strengthen and support the lower back

Treatment for Migraine try Shiatsu

Treatment for Migraine

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Migraine. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu

Shiatsu has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of migraine, especially where stress is the trigger for the attacks. As Shiatsu is usually experienced as deeply relaxing, it creates a feeling of wellbeing that can help the body to recognise the relaxed state and learn to maintain relaxation. Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Herbal

  • Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) can be taken, on a daily basis, to prevent the
    “cold” type of migraine, where there is the feeling of a tight band around the head.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is recommended where stress is a trigger for migraine
    attacks.

Allopathic Treatment Options

  • Painkillers.
  • Anti-sickness drugs.
  • Where normal painkillers fail to combat migraine, the ‘triptan’ group of drugs is often prescribed.
  • People suffering a migraine should try to rest in a dark, quiet room.

Treatment for Lumbar Pain

Treatment for Lumbar Pain

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Lumbar Pain. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu

Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of lumbar pain, releasing muscle tension, alleviating pain, and creating a feeling of wellbeing. Shiatsu is usually experienced as deeply relaxing and practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Acute lumbar pain: –

  • Painkillers NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen).
  • Advice to stay active.
  • Spinal manipulation.
  • Muscle relaxants.
  • TENS (trans electrical nerve stimulation).
  • Epidural steroid injections. Traction.

Chronic lumbar pain: –

  • Physiotherapy (back exercises).
  • Painkillers such as Analgesics or NSAIDs.
  • Triggerpoint and ligament injection.
  • Spinal manipulation.
  • TENS (trans electrical nerve stimulation).
  • Muscle relaxants.
  • Epidural injections.
  • Lumbar supports.
  • Advice to stay mobile and active.

Treatment for Insomnia

Treatment for Insomnia

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Insomnia. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu

Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of insomnia, creating a feeling of deep relaxation and wellbeing. Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Qigong

The practice of appropriate Qigong exercises creates a feeling if inner calmness and tranquility that can help the practitioner to achieve quality sleep.

Herbal

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a strong relaxant and sedative that can be used without any ill effects. There are many commercially available tablets, for insomnia, that contain this herb.

Allopathic Treatment Options

  • Sleeping Pills.
  • Behavioural techniques, such as relaxation therapy, or sleep restriction therapy, to improve sleep patterns.