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Homeopathic Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long do homeopathic remedies last/keep for?
    I have some homeopathic remedies from over 2 years ago that I used when in labour. I'm due again and want to use them again. There is no 'use by' date on the bottle but lots of pills are left. Are these still usable or should I buy new ones? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If they are homeopathic dilutions, they keep just as long as water normally keeps.

      Homeopathy has become a marketing term, and the companies that use it make millions of dollars selling mostly placebos and fakery to people who really want to believe. They WANT you to think "oh, I've heard about homeopathy for years, so it must work."

      What is homeopathy?
      -------------
      Classical homeopathy originated in the 19th century with Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) as an alternative to the standard medical practices of the day, such as phlebotomy or bloodletting. Hahnemann's theories were based on metaphysical energies rather than on biology, anatomy, chemistry, etc.

      Classical homeopathy is generally defined as a system of medical treatment based on the use of infinitesimal amounts of substances that in larger doses produce effects similar to those of the disease being treated. For example, the homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness is a highly diluted dose of caffeine. Hahnemann believed that very small doses of a substance could have very powerful reverse healing effects because their potency could be affected by vigorous and methodical shaking (succussion).

      So in other words, if you put a tiny amount of some ingredient in water, then shake it, then dilute it, then shake it more, then dilute it more, eventually you'll have an effective medicine.

      Homeopathic dilutions
      ------------
      Homeopathic dilutions are indicated by letters like X or C. "X" means dilute 10 to 1. So a dilution of 6X means do a 1 in 10 dilution six times. Or, in other words, 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000 parts water (six zeros). "C" means dilute 100 times. So a 6C dilution means 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000,000,000 parts water. You can find many homeopathic remedies available with 30C dilutions - you do the math. And the totally ridiculous bit of advertising - the bigger the dilution, the "stronger" the medication.

      They're selling you WATER. Or, they're selling you a sugar pill on which water has been sprinkled!!!

      For example, one gram of the very popular homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum contains 1 gram of sugar and 1/10^400 (1 over 10 followed by 400 zeros) of diseased duck liver. Now, physics will tell you that there is not a single molecule of duck liver in your sugar pill. It's just a sugar pill.

      Hahnemann came up with his ideas before we knew what molecules were. So when molecular theory came along and proved that many homeopathic remedies didn't have even a single molecule of the original substance, homeopathy proponents like Jacques Benveniste tried to prove that water "remembered" the original ingredient. (1) They never explained how the water "remembered" the homeopathic ingredient but didn't "remember" the copper pipes, glass jars, or contents of the lake it came from. (2) Benveniste was completely discredited when it turned out his lab technicians were altering data so that their boss would have positive results.
      http://br.geocities.com/criticandokardec/benveniste02.pdf

      Do Homeopathic Remedies work?
      --------------
      Because it has marketing appeal, "Homeopathic" is used as a label on many things, including soothing creams and herbal remedies that are NOT classic homeopathic dilutions. An herbal remedy may work just fine, but it is just like any drug, and should come with all the same testing and warnings as any drug. However, the classic homeopathic dilution liquids and pills do NOT work better than water or sugar pills.

      1) Large scale, well-designed studies of homeopathic dilutions find they work no better than placebo. (But don't underestimate the power of a well-delivered placebo to cure somebody's complaint. Just don't use it for cancer or malaria or AIDS, etc.)

      2) Many of the people who point to studies and say "See! This study says it works" are pointing to the same set of studies by Reilly published in Lancet in the early 90s. Nobody has been able to independently repeat Dr. Reilly's results.

      3) There is a million dollar prize available from JREF for anyone who can show, under reasonable scientific controls, that homeopathic dilutions work better than placebo. The prize has been available for over a decade, and nobody has claimed it. Here is an example of a failed attempt: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s827502.htm

      4) No homeopathic practitioner (or anyone else) can tell the difference between a vial of homeopathic dilution and plain water.

      5) James Randi regularly demonstrates homeopathic remedies do nothing by taking an entire box of a homeopathic sedative.

      In short, homeopathic pills/dilutions don't work any better than sugar pills.

      Why does the FDA allow ineffective "medicines" to be sold?
      ---------------
      Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician's prescription. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC drugs must undergo thorough testing and review by the FDA for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold, this requirement does not apply to homeopathic remedies. In other words, the FDA gave anything with the words "homeopathic" an exemption from the requirement to demonstrate that they're effective.

      Most people know that the herbal remedy St. Johns Wort can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. However, unlike herbal remedies, there are no "drug interaction" warnings for homeopathic remedies. Why? Because they don't do anything.

      Conclusion:
      --------
      If you can be cured by placebo, then by all means, continue supporting the imaginative people who dream up all the different homeopathic remedies. But you should look at the price on the box and ask yourself: Is this a lot to pay for sugar pills and water?

  2. QUESTION:
    What Homeopathic Remedies should I take?
    I get a lot of muscle pains in my neck so I've been on muscle relaxers and would like to stop taking them. I would like to try some some homeopathic remedies but I'm not sure what to take and if it's possible to take too many. I have arthritis in my neck, herniated and bulging discs that press on some nerves and cause arm pain. My neck muscles are always very tensed and painful. Also, I would like to know what the difference is between different remedies. Some answers I've read say to take Arnica 200 but where I order from they only have 30X or 30C and I don't know the differences. If someone could please help answer what remedies are useful, the differences of the # after the remedy and where to order them I would great appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      If there's not a homeopath near you, ABC Homeopathy offers an extensive questionnaire on their site. It's kinda' like the Materia Medica in questionnaire form. After completing it, they suggest remedies that may help. You can buy them from ABC or go to a different site, such as National Homeotherapeutic.

      You can also check the second link below to find a homeopath near you.

      Have you considered acupuncture as a supplemental therapy to homeopathy? I would also recommend aromatherapy; however some essential oils do antidote homeopathy. If you'd like me to suggest an oil blend, please feel free to email me.

  3. QUESTION:
    what is the best homeopathic remedies/faith healers for cancer therapy?
    my mother in law has decided to go all natural on our advice, can anyone link me to some sites giving cheap homeopathic remedies for cancer. she doesn not trust doctors and big pharm as they take your money unecessarily.
    also any success stories with faith healers in the cali area would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy has become a marketing term, and the companies that use it make millions of dollars selling mostly placebos and fakery to people who really want to believe. They WANT you to think "oh, I've heard about homeopathy for years, so it must work."

      What is homeopathy?
      -------------
      Classical homeopathy originated in the 19th century with Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) as an alternative to the standard medical practices of the day, such as phlebotomy or bloodletting. Hahnemann's theories were based on metaphysical energies rather than on biology, anatomy, chemistry, etc.

      Classical homeopathy is generally defined as a system of medical treatment based on the use of infinitesimal amounts of substances that in larger doses produce effects similar to those of the disease being treated. For example, the homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness is a highly diluted dose of caffeine. Hahnemann believed that very small doses of a substance could have very powerful reverse healing effects because their potency could be affected by vigorous and methodical shaking (succussion).

      So in other words, if you put a tiny amount of some ingredient in water, then shake it, then dilute it, then shake it more, then dilute it more, eventually you'll have an effective medicine.

      Homeopathic dilutions
      ------------
      Homeopathic dilutions are indicated by letters like X or C. "X" means dilute 10 to 1. So a dilution of 6X means do a 1 in 10 dilution six times. Or, in other words, 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000 parts water (six zeros). "C" means dilute 100 times. So a 6C dilution means 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000,000,000 parts water. You can find many homeopathic remedies available with 30C dilutions - you do the math. And the totally ridiculous bit of advertising - the bigger the dilution, the "stronger" the medication.

      They're selling you WATER. Or, they're selling you a sugar pill on which water has been sprinkled!!!

      For example, one gram of the very popular homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum contains 1 gram of sugar and 1/10^400 (1 over 10 followed by 400 zeros) of diseased duck liver. Now, physics will tell you that there is not a single molecule of duck liver in your sugar pill. It's just a sugar pill.

      Hahnemann came up with his ideas before we knew what molecules were. So when molecular theory came along and proved that many homeopathic remedies didn't have even a single molecule of the original substance, homeopathy proponents like Jacques Benveniste tried to prove that water "remembered" the original ingredient. (1) They never explained how the water "remembered" the homeopathic ingredient but didn't "remember" the copper pipes, glass jars, or contents of the lake it came from. (2) Benveniste was completely discredited when it turned out his lab technicians were altering data so that their boss would have positive results.
      http://br.geocities.com/criticandokardec/benveniste02.pdf

      Do Homeopathic Remedies work?
      --------------
      Because it has marketing appeal, "Homeopathic" is used as a label on many things, including soothing creams and herbal remedies that are NOT classic homeopathic dilutions. An herbal remedy or some moisturizing cream may work just fine. However, the classic homeopathic dilution liquids and pills do NOT work better than water or sugar pills.

      1) Large scale, well-designed studies of homeopathic dilutions find they work no better than placebo. (But don't underestimate the power of a well-delivered placebo to cure somebody's complaint. Just don't use it for cancer or malaria or AIDS, etc.)

      2) Many of the people who point to studies and say "See! This study says it works" are pointing to the same set of studies by Reilly published in Lancet in the early 90s. Nobody has been able to independently repeat Dr. Reilly's results.

      3) There is a million dollar prize available from JREF for anyone who can show, under reasonable scientific controls, that homeopathic dilutions work better than placebo. The prize has been available for over a decade, and nobody has claimed it. Here is an example of a failed attempt: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s827502.htm

      4) No homeopathic practitioner (or anyone else) can tell the difference between a vial of homeopathic dilution and plain water.

      5) James Randi regularly demonstrates homeopathic remedies do nothing by taking an entire box of a homeopathic sedative.

      In short, homeopathic pills/dilutions don't work any better than sugar pills.

      Why does the FDA allow ineffective "medicines" to be sold?
      ---------------
      Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician's prescription. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC drugs must undergo thorough testing and review by the FDA for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold, this requirement does not apply to homeopathic remedies. In other words, the FDA gave anything with the words "homeopathic" an exemption from the requirement to demonstrate that they're effective.

      Most people know that the herbal remedy St. Johns Wort can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. However, unlike herbal remedies, there are no "drug interaction" warnings for homeopathic remedies. Why? Because they don't do anything.

      Conclusion:
      --------
      If you can be cured by placebo, then by all means, continue supporting the imaginative people who dream up all the different homeopathic remedies. But you should look at the price on the box and ask yourself: Is this a lot to pay for sugar pills and water?

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anybody help with some advice for homeopathic remedies to help with giving up metadone and other drugs?
    Please help with any advice on alternative homeopathic remedies such as ginseng, valarian etc, anything that could help someone who is gradually detoxing from serious drug addictions. I have been reunited with a family member who lives abroad and discovered he has been addicted for 30 years to heroin, and is now on 150ml methadone per day, 20 tablets of diazepam (5mg) and nitrazepam (5mg) 20 tabs per day, plus other pills for sleeping and stomach problems. He now really wants to get clean but can't do cold turkey as he could die thorugh this option aparently? He also has hepatitus b and c and has a poor liver now.
    Please help, advice is much appreciated! He lives in Scandinavia and there are no centres locally.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicine are prescribed according to the symptoms of the patient not of the disease or disorder. If you need a Homeopathic solution please give the patients symptoms exactly the way the patient feels them from head to toes, Body and Mind.
      For more on Homeopathy check these sites :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/ezine/index.asp
      http://www.homeopathyusa.org/faq/
      http://www.homeopathic.com/

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between 200X and 200C for Homeopathic remedies?
    What is the difference between 200X and 200C Homeopathic remedies when being prescribed medicine for a sinus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      "X" indicates a 10 time dilution so 200X would be a 1:10 dilution done 200 times.
      "C" indicates a 100 time dilution so 200C would be a 1:100 dilution done 200 times.

      That being said, the difference between them as far as the impact would be that a 200C would have a bigger impact on the body than a 200X because Homeopathic products stimulate the immune system responses similar to the idea of vaccinations, but work in a different way. The skeptics don't like to accept the idea, but scientific tests have been done (with heavy water and spectral analysis, IIRC) that show that water actually can retain a "memory" of what was in it. I can't find the link with the research off hand, but I'll post it if I find it.

  6. QUESTION:
    What has been your EXPERIENCE with making homeopathic remedies?
    Can you tell me what your experience with using diluted and potentized homeopathic remedies has been?

    Did you ever make a homeopathic remedy and did it work?

    Please don't tell me about what homeopathic remedies are supposed to do or what they are for.

    Ten Points for best answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Tink's strategy works for me too.
      I have only good experiences with something shaken, not stirred and very few C's.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what ingredients are used to make homeopathic remedies? Is brandy a common ingredient?
    I took my 2 yr old daughter to a homeopath for sleeping difficulties and she prescribed lycopodium, but the remedy is based on a mix of water and brandy. I thought it was unusual to give alcohol to young children but she said its quite common when I brought it up. Just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of homeopathic remedies or used them on their children and what results were gained. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to avoid giving your child the alcohol, put three drops of the prescribed Homeopathic Medicine in a sip of warm water swirl it for sometime the alcohol will evaporate leaving just the medicine in the water. That's the best way to administer Homeopathic Medicine or you can buy them in Pellet or Tablet form which are made onto the lactose of sugar and children love its taste plus you avoid the alcohol ingredient in all Homeopathic Medicine that way. Children respond very well to Homeopathic Medicine and get cured very quickly contrary to the morons belief that its mere placebo try making a kid understand that or animals too. For more information on Homeopathy please visit these sites :-
      http://www.1-800homeopathy.com/index/single.html
      http://www.hpathy.com
      http://www.homeopathy.com
      http://www.homeopathy.org

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves to be of help to you.
      Take care and God Bless you.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some homeopathic remedies for meningitis?
    My 4 year old son is deathly ill with meningitis and treatment is way too expensive for us to afford.. I've been looking into homeopathy and have read it's a safer, and less expensive alternative to mainstream medicine. What are some good homeopathic remedies for meningitis?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy will do nothing, it is not medicine. It is water. If your child has meningitis, it is essential that he received medical attention ASAP.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are homeopathic remedy pills made from?
    I am on a very low carb diet and I am wondering what homeopathic remedy pills are made from. They are rather sweet, so I am a bit worried that they are made of sugar. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I just LOVE people who talk without doing any research at all. Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals and animals.Yes they do have a lactose base. Are they effective? If recommended by someone who knows what they are doing they work. Do they work for everyone? No..wow that sounds just like traditional medicine..Hmmmm.. Before one trashes an entire therapy it would behoove them to look into it and not just express an ignorant opinion.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can a Psychologist prescribe homeopathic remedies?
    I know that a Psychologist is not a medical doctor, and that in order to prescribe MEDICINE you have to be a Psychiatrist.

    But, seeing as homeopathic remedies are not pharmaceutical drugs I'm not sure of the answer to this question.

    Please help, I've searched everywhere and cant find an answer.

    Web links would be amazing!

    • ANSWER:
      If the psychologist has taken a course of studies to become a professional Homeopathic practitioner you bet s/he can.
      So-called psychiatric medications are dangerous, create suicidal tendencies and are not based on any scientifically validated tests or studies.
      The latest research shows that in comparative studies, Homeopathy outperforms drugs for depression, etc.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any homeopathic remedies for chalazions?
    This is my second chalazion in two years. I had the first surgically removed with disasterous results. I want to go the natural route. Other than hot compress, cleaning frequently with baby shampoo, and no makeup are there any supplements or homeopathic remedies that have been known to help?
    The mass is somewhat hardened. I've had good luck with the hot compresses, cleansing, and tea tree oil twice a day.

    • ANSWER:
      No there aren't. Homeopathy is a placebo treatment.

      You are quite correct in the use of frequent hot compresses and lid hygeine. Opthalmologists don't like to do the surgical treatment either, as there are usually some cosmetic problems with scarring of the eyelid.

  12. QUESTION:
    rosacia homeopathic remedies, do they work? and where do i find them?
    i have rosacia and i have tried perscription medications with no sucess,has anyone tried any homeopathic remedies that helped them?

    • ANSWER:
      there are better treatments out there now...laser drastically improves this condition. Also taking and aspirin a day will help (if you don't have any bleeding problems)

  13. QUESTION:
    Any bipolar 1s out there that have tried homeopathic remedies instead of traditional medicine?
    How has it worked out? Is there really a homeopathic remedy that can stop psychosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people use the terminology 'homeopathic' synonymous with alternative medicine. Some people specifically are talking about diluted tinctures when they say 'homeopathic remedies'.
      Some of the homeopathic remedies are dangerous and specifically put out there by people in the medical profession to give alternative medicine a bad reputation. So you have to be careful and develop an understanding of what is going on and how medicine actually works. Don't just take anyone's word; especially when they are wearing a white coat with a big business industry backing them.

      I was never diagnosed as bi-polar, so I cannot really tell you what you want to hear. My understanding is that every mental disorder is simply a different collection of symptoms that say the same thing: there is damage to a specific part of the brain. The treatment for damage to the brain is the same in every case: a focus on good general health to allow the brain to heal.
      1. Avoid the causes of damage including all toxins. 2. Get good nutrition. 3. Exercise. 4. Get quality sleep, and 5. Get positive social interaction and/or mental stimulation. 6. Learn positive thinking and replace dysfunctional coping mechanisms with functional constructive ways to cope with symptoms.

      One person has said that homeopathy is just placebo. I believe it. The traditional medicine actually only indirectly masks symptoms and in the process causes greater harm, hastening psychosis. Taking a placebo is often better. Read SNTP.NET for more information on why modern psychiatry and the drugs being pushed are causing more harm than good.

      Also check out this site: http://www.sailhome.org/

  14. QUESTION:
    How can you tell homeopathic remedies apart from each other?
    If the labels came off two different homeopathic remedy bottles that looked the same, how could they told apart from each other, given that they would typically contain no molecules of active ingredient?

    Could the contents be lab tested to determine which is which? Or is there some other way? If not, why not, and what conclusions should be drawn?
    I would really like a homeopath's answer please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Because it is virtually impossible - you do the same thing you do in telling two allopathic practitioners apart from each other.

      To decide which one is useful or useless and tell the difference between - is impossible as well.

      Just chuck them in the waste bin and select a new ones.

  15. QUESTION:
    What homeopathic remedy is for cough or bronchitis?
    I am trying to cure a flemmy cough / bronchitis that has been persisting for the last 19 days. As I cannot take any antibiotics, somebody advised me to try homeopathic remedy Bryonia. Do you know if Bryonia is the right remedy for cough / bronchitis and what would be the best potency to use for this e.g. 6c, 12c or 30C or some other remedy / potency?

    • ANSWER:
      BRYONIA is a marvelous remedy for respiratory disease and disorders but so are a lot of other remedies in Homeopathy. Remember Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, for an appropriate remedy for your Bronchitis all of your symptoms have to taken into consideration from head to toes Physical and mental symptoms.
      I am giving a brief description of the Head remedies used in Homeopathy for Bronchitis, cough please read carefully and take the remedy which has the most similar symptoms to your conditions.

      The following have been taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/bronchitis-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the part of the respiratory system that leads into the lungs. There are two types of bronchitis -- acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis usually appears after a respiratory infection, such as a cold, and can be caused by either a virus or bacteria. Chronic bronchitis does not have a sudden onset and is most frequently caused by long term irritation of the bronchial tubes. A case if bronchitis is considered "chronic" if symptoms continue for three months or longer. (Chronic bronchitis is a type of COPD.) Bronchitis caused by allergies can also be classified as chronic bronchitis.

      Symptoms and signs of acute bronchitis
      Symptoms usually commence during epidemics of colds or influenza. They are frequently first noticed in the upper airways and are characterised by mucus drainage from sinuses, a burning throat and a general feeling of ill health. There may also be a raised temperature. A dry cough may herald the onset of bronchitis and this may be followed within hours to days by the production of small amounts of white and eventually yellow sputum. You may experience discomfort over the main airways (trachea or large bronchi), which will be accentuated by coughing or wheezing.

      Symptoms of chronic bronchitis

      Symptoms may not be immediately obvious for chronic bronchitis. They include:

      Chronic productive cough (a cough that produces mucus) that increases in strength and frequency
      Shortness of breath or wheezing, especially during exercise, Chest pains

      Bronchitis - Treatment & Homeopathic Medicines
      #Aconite [Acon]
      The sphere of Aconite in bronchitis is limited to the onset of the affection, and here it must be distinguished carefully from other remedies also suitable to this stage. When, as a result of checked perspiration, exposure to cold, drafts or dry, cold winds,a cold is taken starting in with a coryza, frequent sneezing, chilliness,restless sleep,full,hard pulse, and the characteristic mental condition, Aconite will come in,though its stage is a brief one is usually over before the physician sees the case. It is of use, therefore,only before the inflammation is localized. Dr. Pope says that Aconite will often prevent the development of a thorough bronchitis. If the cases are characterized by lassitude and physical weakness and indisposition with a full flowing pulse and moderate congestion, then Aconite is supplanted by Gelsemium. Often times it is difficult to determine which of these remedies is indicated, when Ferrum phosphoricum must be considered, and more especially so in the bronchitis of children,where it will often check the trouble. It stands therefore,midway between Aconite and Gelsemium, with less restlessness and bounding pulse than the former and less flowing pulse and drowsiness than the latter remedy. It corresponds to cases where every little cold adds to trouble, the cough is short and dry, the lungs are sore, and the breathing is somewhat oppressed. Veratrum viride suits violent cases from the first where there is high temperature, full,hard rapid pulse, and great heat of the body. It differs from Aconite in having no anxiety and no restlessness. When the arterial turgescence is over its period of usefulness is past.

      #Belladonna [Bell]
      Belladonna suits cases of bronchitis with a violent fever, short,dry, continual,distressing cough,worse at night and on lying down,where the breathing is irregular and hurried, no expectoration, or,if present,it is apt to be bloodstreaked, fulness in chest without any pain,though children will cry when coughing,the skin is hot and inclined to moisture,not dry like Aconite or Veratrum viride. There is a tendency to drowsiness, the patient does not sleep, but dozes in semiconscious manner and starts frequently. Do not be too great hurry a change to another remedy when the cough is spasmodic and the child cries after each paroxysm. Belladonna is still the remedy.

      #Bryonia [Bry]
      Probably this remedy is seldom indicated in pure bronchitis,though very frequently given. It is of especial good service when the cough is very severe, hurting the head and distant parts of the body. The patient presses the hands on the sides of the chest while coughing to relieve the pain. There is great pressure over the sternum,dyspnoea, and a dry cough,which seems to start from the stomach. It is worse after a meal and there is but little expectoration. The cough is more the result of an irritation in the larger bronchi than in the finger tubes, and the hacking produces sore spots in the trachea and chest. Stitching pains in the sides, of course, further indicate Bryonia. The cough is aggravated by coming into a warm room from the cold air. Hughes says that it is the best remedy after Aconite for what is known as a cold on the chest. If the expectoration becomes copious,loose,thick and muco-purulent, Pulsatilla may be indicated; if accompanied by nausea and vomiting of mucus, then give Ipecacuanha, especially bronchitis following measles and whooping cough, Chelidonium is an excellent medicine.

      #Phosphorus [Phos]
      Especially suitable to sub-acute and lingering cases in delicate, tall, slender, overgrown or phthisical subjects. It thus suits non- resistant individuals. There is a paroxysmal cough with pain under the sternum, suffocative pressure in the upper part of the chest with constriction of the larynx, hoarseness,mucous rales,bloody and mucous sputum or purulent, having a salty or sweetish taste; patient better after sleep. The respiration is embarrassed and the tendency is toward pneumonia. Rumex has a tickling in the supra-sternal fossa; any change in breathing causes cough; must breathe warm air to avoid coughing. With Phosphorus the cough is worse after meals, and a guiding symptom is soreness and rawness of the chest; the cough is also worse going into the open air, being the reverse of Bryonia. Talking, or any use of the voice, aggravates the cough. Hepar sulphur. When the cough begins to loosen and becomes rattling, fatiguing and choking , with moist rales, Hepar will be the remedy. "Coughing into a choke" is a valuable indication for this remedy. It corresponds more closely to subacute cases. It is particularly adapted to dyscrasias, herein differing from Pulsatilla. Kali carbonicum is also valuable in capillary bronchitis with dyspnoea,a choking cough, and sharp stitches in the chest. The 12x potency is perhaps the best.

      #Mercurius [Merc]
      The sovereign remedy in inflammatory bronchial catarrh; there is roughness and soreness from the fauces down through the middle of the chest, a dry, raw concussive cough, which is very exhausting ;sputum watery, saliva-like,or yellow and muco-purulent. There is fever and alternation of hills and heat, desire for cold drinks, which aggravate the cough. and pasty sweat without relief. Kali bichromicum has for its indication the tough,tenacious,glutinous character of the expectoration; it can be drawn out in long strings. Hughes considers it useful when bronchitis lingers long in a sub-acute condition. The expectoration may also be of bluish lumps, and the cough is especially troublesome towards morning , the tightness seems to be at the epigastrium.

      #Antimonium tartaricum [Ant-t]
      This remedy corresponds to two stages of bronchitis, an early one and a late one. In the beginning of capillary bronchitis in young infants, or in old people, this remedy stands most prominent. There are sub- crepitant rales throughout the chest, wheezing breathing, the cough sounds loose, but no phlegm is raised. In children the cough is infrequent, and the child becomes drowsy, the respiration is superficial, requiring labored efforts of the respiratory muscles, and vomiting of food and mucus may be present. In these cases carbon dioxide poisoning threatens, and the patient's own mucous secretion drown him. These are clear indication of Antimonium tartaricum. Ipecacuanha is the most similar drug; the rales are louder and coarser, there is much coughing, but the patient raises little phlegm of infants, the prostration not being as marked as with Antimonium tartaricum. There is great accumulation of mucus,spasmodic cough,nausea and vomiting, and difficulty in breathing. After its use the expectoration becomes less tenacious which permits it to be raised more easily. Baryta carbonica has loud rattling in the chest, but the patient cannot raise. Ammonium causticum has also a copious accumulation of mucus in the lungs with incessant cough. Another preparation of Antimony, namely, Antimonium iodatum, is praised by Goodno for a heavy, yellow, muco-purulent expectoration. It often acts promptly in relieving when other remedies fail. Antimonium arsenicosum is also a most useful remedy and corresponds to dangerous types of capillary bronchitis.

      #Sulphur [Sulph]
      Sulphur corresponds well to inveterate cases of chronic bronchitis, and brilliant results are here obtained. Its catarrh of the bronchial mucous membranes is accompanied with loud rales, a persistent, profuse, thick, muco-purulent expectoration and attended by suffocative attacks. Balsam Peru. Bronchial catarrh, with loud rales and profuse expectoration; both this remedy and Pix liquida have expectoration of purulent matter. Bacillinum is a remedy highly spoken of by some competent observers; it seems to suit especially individuals who are constantly catching cold, one is hardly gotten rid of before another is contracted. The irritation locates itself in the bronchial mucous membrane leaving troublesome cough. Arnulphy considers the remedy a most useful one.

      #Carbo vegetabilis [Carb.v]
      Bronchitis of old people with profuse, yellow, foetid expectoration, dyspnoea, much rattling in the chest, and burning calls for this remedy. Among other remedies suiting bronchial troubles in old people are Senega where the cough is irritating and the phlegm is especially adhesive and the patient complains of a pressing pain in the chest, when respiring, moving or coughing. Lachesis where the cough comes on when the patient is about to drop of to sleep; Arsenicum, fatiguing suffocative cough with violent dyspnoea; Scilla, obstinate chronic coughs with stitches in the chest, expectoration transparent or muco-purulent, easy at times, hard at others; Nux vomica, Rhus and Veratrum album. Dulcamara is a valuable remedy for bronchial catarrhs of old people with a very free greenish expectoration, worse from change of weather to cold and wet.

      Take the indicated remedy in 30C or 30X potency, if there is any ambiguity about the dosage or the potency please feel free to email me for advice and/or suggestions

      I hope and pray that the above information proves helpful for you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  16. QUESTION:
    I'm having trouble staying focused, especially when writing papers and am looking for homeopathic remedies?
    i'm having trouble staying focused in class, and keeping on track when trying to write papers. i have trouble getting the ideas from my mind to a workable form on paper. and when i watch videos i often get bored and skip over parts. i figure i MIGHT have add, but don't want to have to take prescription medication. does anyone have any homeopathic remedies i could try? i did a little research and saw st. johns wort, and read something somewhere about omega-3. i need the help, i have 6 classes this semester.

    • ANSWER:
      Focus and attention is related to a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine in the brain. Prescription medications used to increase attention are actually just increasing or mimicking our own neurotransmitter. I noticed a comment below say cocaine, interestingly prescription medications can be viewed more or less as synthetic cocaine. In fact doctors have and can still prescribe methamphetamine for ADD.

      St. johns wort actually increases serotonin and induces CYP3A4 metabolism in the liver causing many drug interactions. Although it is well studied for depression, it won't help as much for ADD.

      Is there anything OTC that increases norepinephrine? Yes. In other words you're looking for herbal adderall.

      Ginseng is an adaptogen and is used to increase stamina and increases norepinephrine.
      Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) when taken orally may be as effective as adderall.

      Side effects/ rare (same as prescription medications): arrhythmia, chest pain. Especially if take too much.

      Make sure you get these supplements from a good supplier, not a walmart or gnc. The fda found many otc supplements did not contain what was stated on the label. Choose a health professional line that are quality tested like those carried at Earth's Way and talk to their experts to pick the right dosage for you. They have health professionals on staff and provide free consultations with purchase.

      Good luck with school.

  17. QUESTION:
    homeopathic remedies for nerves from stress?
    Can anyone suggest any homeopathic remedies for nerves from stress. I've been getting them so bad lately that I haven't slept in 3 days and I'm throwing up all that I've eaten.
    It's not when i'm tense or stressed at the time, it's times when I can relax when there is no stress that I throw up and of can't sleep. I've also been getting very bad head aches. So just something that can help calm nerves.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety / Panic Attacks / Stress / Depression(Bereavment) / Mood Swings :-

      ANXIETY / PANIC ATTACKS & STRESS :-

      Sudden with restlessness and fear of death, Panic Attacks, Aconite 30X or 200X,1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Prolonged with periodic and panic attacks Arsenic Alb.200X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      With fainting spells; profuse sweating; worse in the morning Sulphur 30X or 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Makes patient walk fast; due to anticipation Argentum Nit 200X, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Worse lying in bed and closing the eyes Carbo Veg 30X or 200X, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Anxiety aggravated by upward or downward motion; going in an elevator; worse till 11 P.M, Borax 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxious about business even when seriously ill Bryonia Alba 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Full of apprehensions in the evening Causticum 200X, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety and fears in the evening with restlessness and palpitation Calcarea Carb.200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety worse while lying still. Sad music ameliorates the complaints Manganum Acet 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety due to fright, fear,exciting news; stage fright; worse while appearing for examination or interview etc Gelsemium 30X or 200X 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Mood Swings, Anxiety due to grief or shock in the subconscious mind Ignatia 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety; better after eating Anacardium Or 30X, 4 hourly.

      DEPRESSION & GRIEF(Bereavement) :-

      Severe shock due to sudden death of loved ones; restlessness, anxiety and fear Aconite 200X. 10 min (3 Doses)

      Prolonged mournings; cannot overcome the loss of loved ones and/or Mood Swings. Ignatia 1M or 10M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      When the grief is in the conscious mind; patient weeps; does not like sympathy Natrum Mur.200X or 1M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      For chronic grief and indignation Staphysagria 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Depression with suicidal thoughts feeling of worthlessness, Aurum Met 30X, three times a day half hour before meals.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are available at most Health& herb stores all over USA and EU.

      Take Care and God Bless.

  18. QUESTION:
    will suppliments,and or chelation therapy,antidote homeopathic remedies?
    Can you take nutritional suppliments that detoxify the body,while taking homeopathic remedies.Or will they cancel out the remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      None of that stuff works.

  19. QUESTION:
    What's a homeopathic remedy for really bad headaches?
    I get really bad headaches over my right eye. I can't function very well at all when I get them. What is a homeopathic remedy to make my headaches go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Tension headaches are bad! Try massage therapy. Deep breathing to help with oxygenation of the brain. Have you had your eyes checked for a stigmatism? Try those.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to prove whether homeopathic medicines are placebos or not?
    Many people have benefited from homeopathic remedies, but maybe a positive caring attitude from their doctor made the difference? Have there been real scientific studies of this?

    • ANSWER:
      WWD has summed up very well. I just wanted to say that homeopathic 'medicines' are nothing but mere placebos. The principle of homeopathy is flawed and their reasoning skewed. It defies and distorts basic science to such an extent that even a fifth grader would understand whats amiss. I have written about this 'cult' in my site http://www.physiology-physics.blogspot.com/2007/07/homeopathy-quo-vadis.html
      , where you can have a glimpse of this silly subject.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do homeopathic remedies work for anxiety?
    Have any of you had good results from a homeopathic remedy for any type of anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      There are homeopathic remedies that can help but if you address the cause you can cure it for good.

      People always think that the mental side needs to be dealt with through psychological methods.

      Herbs are a better approach because they don't have such serious side effects but what most people forget is that the brain is physical like the rest of the body, so it can suffer from incomplete nutrition and respond to the right nutrients just like any other part of the body.

      You might want to try things like omega-3 supplements, gingko biloba and L-Carnosine which have all been proven to help with such problems and without serious side effects like drugs can have.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies that speed up heroin withdrawal / detoxification?
    Natural/ Homeopathic remedies (vitamins/minerals/herbs etc.) that eliminate toxins from the body quicker and/or easier.
    I've done research have learned some things are: water, vitamins A&C, liver cleansers, fibers, and a few others. Is there anything that is essential or used for withdrawal / detoxification?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Gentain and Dandelion root as well as Milk Thistle all together in combination, in equal parts in a tea. These are all good detox herbs. They tea will taste foul but this is the most potent way to get the herbs. Drink a cup 3-5 times daily. Keep up the vitamins and electrolytes as well.

      Also on the end of the index fingernail on the inside (thumb side) is the accupuncture point for the beginning of the large intestine meridian, tap here around 20 times, then on the side of the hand where you would hit if you did a karate chop, this is the small intestine meridian point, tap here straight after tapping the index finger. keep doing this repeatedly as often as you can throughout the detox, it help tremedously.
      Best of luck.

      Craig - Naturopath.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do herbal remedies help you in the long run?
    Do homeopathic remedies like products from Native Remedies help you in the long run?

    As in do you have to keep taking them to get the effects or do they just generally put that part of your system back in balance?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they help in the long run as homeopathic medicine is more preventive and try to go to the cause of the problem. For example, if you have pain the medical doctor will give pain reliever to stop the pain, homeopathic doctor will try to find the cause of the pain and treat it. Herbal remedies work slower than medicine but go to the roots of the problem and try to put the system back in balance.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried homeopathic doctors for their babies?
    I dont mean for anything serious obveously, but things like eczema, colds, reflux conditions ect.....
    I remember being given homeopathic remedies as a child for different things and them working, and am planning to give it a try for any minor problems that may occur with my daughter in the future.
    Just looking for other parents experiences with homepoathy....

    • ANSWER:
      Yes!! Homeopathic doctors are wonderful. The one I am seeing will use a natural remedy for minor issues but will also use traditional medicine when he knows that is the best way to go. Most traditional docs don't entertain the homeopathic ideas...if that is something you are passionate about I would encourage you to find a doc that uses both. That way you have more options.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are homeopathic contraceptives made from babies?
    I read that homeopathic remedies are made from taking the thing that makes you ill and diluting it many times in water until there is almost nothing left. I dont know if they make them from actual babies or just the bathwater.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the theory makes as much sense as anything else to do with homoeopathy. I thought they used sperm, but who knows.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between homeopathic Belladonna and the herbal plant Belladonna?
    I`ve heard a lot of bad info about the plant.I`m interested the the homeopathic remedy as my son has many of the symptoms that belladonna may help.Are there any side effects or dangers from the homeopathic remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference between homeopathic Belladonna and the plant itself is that the homeopathic Belladonna will cure diseases which have the same symptoms as the plant Belladonna would cause.

      There are no side effects from the homeopathic remedy if it is the correct remedy for the patient. Remember that if it is the correct remedy, the person will get worse for a few hours before getting better.

      The danger is that giving it too long (over 3 weeks) or in the wrong dilution will eventually cause the symptoms that the Belladonna would give (poisoning).

      All the best to you and your son
      Lisa J

  27. QUESTION:
    Are there any pediatricians that have a homeopathic approach to pediatrics?
    Aloha!

    My wife and I have had our first child and are looking for a pediatrician on Oahu. I hear it is difficult to find a pediatrician that accepts medquest and is also open to waiting on vaccinations and to using homeopathic remedies.

    We live in the North Shore so we would prefer not to have to drive to Honolulu. Preferably in the Kahuku to Millilani areas, but we would drive as far as Kapolei or Aiea for the right pediatrician.

    Your recomendations or advice would be very much appreciated!

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Gentlemen, I offer you proof of the validly of homeopathy...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0 Homeopathy can save lives LOL!

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any natural remedies for extreme mood swings?
    I just want to be happy. I have gone to psychiatrists and they won't give me medication because I do not STAY depressed for at least two weeks without being happy. My moods right now usually vary from day to day. I am looking for something such as herbal remedies, vitamins, homeopathic remedies, etc. Something I don't need a doctor's prescription for but will help not just level out my moods but help me be relatively or even very happy as well.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      St. John's Wart?
      Are you Bi Polar? Did they not see that?
      If they won't give you medication, tell them to refer you to someone who will.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do homeopathic remedies (the little ones you can buy in health stores) work at all?
    I am 20 and I've had constant/24 hr ringing in the ears for 6 years now. I've tried pretty much anything, but have never tried a homeopathic tinnitus remedy? is there any chance however slim that it may help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sparsile,

      Sorry nobody has answered you.

      I've used this answer before. In fact, I think my prior account was deleted because of it. But there's nothing wrong with the facts.

      In a word, "no", they don't work. No homeopathic dilution works better than placebo. They can't.

      What is homeopathy?
      -------------
      Classical homeopathy originated in the 19th century with Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) as an alternative to the standard medical practices of the day, such as phlebotomy or bloodletting. Hahnemann's theories were based on metaphysical energies rather than on biology, anatomy, chemistry, etc.

      Classical homeopathy is generally defined as a system of medical treatment based on the use of infinitesimal amounts of substances that in larger doses produce effects similar to those of the disease being treated. For example, the homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness is a highly diluted dose of caffeine. Hahnemann believed that very small doses of a substance could have very powerful reverse healing effects because their potency could be affected by vigorous and methodical shaking (succussion).

      So in other words, if you put a tiny amount of some ingredient in water, then shake it, then dilute it, then shake it more, then dilute it more, eventually you'll have an effective medicine.

      Homeopathic dilutions
      ------------
      Homeopathic dilutions are indicated by letters like X or C. "X" means dilute 10 to 1. So a dilution of 6X means do a 1 in 10 dilution six times. Or, in other words, 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000 parts water (six zeros). "C" means dilute 100 times. So a 6C dilution means 1 part ingredient, 1,000,000,000,000 parts water. You can find many homeopathic remedies available with 30C dilutions - you do the math. And the totally ridiculous bit of advertising - the bigger the dilution, the "stronger" the medication.

      Here is a useful table of homeopathic "potentencies" and their dilution rates (0.1ml of original ingredient):
      6C = 4 Olympic class swimming-pools.
      13C = 3/4 of all Earth's oceans.
      16C = Sphere of water the size of Earth.
      19C= 10 Spheres with same diameter as our Solar System
      22C = 1 cubic light-year
      26C = 1 Sphere with same diameter as the Milky Way

      Another example, the very popular homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum 200C is made with a 1 in 100 dilution performed 200 times. That's 1 part ingredient in 1 followed by 400 zeros parts water, then sprinkled on a sugar pill. Now, physics will tell you that there is not a single molecule of duck liver on your sugar pill.

      In summary, the homeopaths are water or a sugar pill on which water has been sprinkled.

      Hahnemann came up with his ideas before we knew what molecules were. So when molecular theory came along and proved that many homeopathic remedies didn't have even a single molecule of the original substance, homeopathy proponents like Jacques Benveniste tried to prove that water "remembered" the original ingredient. (1) They never explained how the water "remembered" the homeopathic ingredient but didn't "remember" the copper pipes, glass jars, or fish poop from the lake it came from. (2) Benveniste was completely discredited when it turned out his lab technicians were altering data so that their boss would have positive results.
      http://br.geocities.com/criticandokardec/benveniste02.pdf

      Do Homeopathic Remedies work?
      --------------
      Because it has marketing appeal, "Homeopathic" is used as a label on many things, including soothing creams and herbal remedies that are NOT classic homeopathic dilutions. An herbal remedy may work just fine, but it is just like any drug, and should come with all the same testing and warnings as any drug. However, the classic homeopathic dilution liquids and pills do NOT work better than water or sugar pills.

      1) Large scale, well-designed studies of homeopathic dilutions find they work no better than placebo. (But don't underestimate the power of a well-delivered placebo to cure somebody's complaint. People who "believe" they feel better usually DO feel better. Just don't try to use a placebo for cancer or malaria or AIDS, etc.)

      2) There is a million dollar prize available from JREF for anyone who can show, under reasonable scientific controls, that homeopathic dilutions work better than placebo. The prize has been available for over a decade, and nobody has claimed it. Here is an example of a failed attempt: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s827502.htm

      3) No homeopathic practitioner (or anyone else) can tell the difference between a vial of homeopathic dilution and plain water.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/homeopathy.shtml

      4) James Randi regularly demonstrates homeopathic remedies do nothing by taking an entire bottle of Calms Forte - a homeopathic sleep aid. Even though the box says "warning, don't exceed recommended dosage", the entire bottle of pills has no effect on Randi or on anyone else.

      In short, homeopathic pills/dilutions don't work any better than sugar pills.

      Why does the FDA allow ineffective "medicines" to be sold?
      ---------------
      Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician's prescription. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC drugs must undergo thorough testing and review by the FDA for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold, this requirement does not apply to homeopathic remedies. In other words, the FDA gave anything with the words "homeopathic" an exemption from the requirement to demonstrate that they're effective.

      Most people know that the herbal remedy St. Johns Wort can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. However, unlike herbal remedies, there are no "drug interaction" warnings for homeopathic remedies. Why? Because they don't do anything.

      Conclusion:
      --------
      If you can be cured by placebo, then you can be cured by homeopathic remedies. But you should look at the price on the box and ask yourself: Is this a lot to pay for sugar pills and water?

      Buyer beware.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any all natural remedies for a tooth ache for 35 week pregnant lady?
    I am 35 weeks pregnant, and have a severe tooth ache in the back of my mouth. I have never had a cavity before but all signs point to one!!! I have an appointment with my dentist in a couple weeks, but was wondering if until then any one had any tried and true homeopathic remedies for a toothache(thats safe during pregnancy!)

    THANKS GUYS!

    • ANSWER:
      Before i was pregnant i had a REALLY bad toothache, and I mean bad. because i only had tylenol at the time which doesnt work for me, I used a clove, they say to chew on it, also you can put meat tenderizer (sp?) on it too, if there is a hole in your tooth somewhere even if you cant see it, the tenderizer can go to the nerve and numb it. Tylenol is safe to use during pregnancy, but i know for a toothache you may have to take more than one and take them often and so i understand why you dont want to do that. Also, my dentish, when my tooth was abcessed, amde me wait a few months to see me, and i was pissed, so i called a dental surgeon, and they took me right away, and had the tooth out in 30 seconds as opposed to half an hour the dentist takes. Not saying to have it removed, but they may be able to do something for you. Or if you live near a city, call dentists there, when I did that (i live in a rural area) the city dentists took me in within a couple of days.

  31. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies will work for my 8 year old with asthma?
    My 8 year old suffers from asthma, coughing which is brought up with a cold and she coughs alot. Is there a good homeopathic remedy or something else thats better that I could give her that will stop the coughing? I tried Respiractin and that doesn't seem to help her.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't mess around with substances that could have no effect or a terrible side effect. You are not an herbalist, nor a doctor, which are your two choices at this point.

      Asthma can come along slowly, with minor difficulty breathing and then out of the blue, your daughter will not be able to breathe, at all, and when that happens, if you don't have something sure fire on hand to stop it cold, she will die. There will be nothing you can do about it and mouth to mouth doesn't do any good if the lungs are closed or the throat is swollen.

      I understand your point of view about homeopathic medicine, and share your inclination but an eight year old with asthma is not a suitable candidate for such treatment and any holistic provider would tell you the same thing.

      So, try what you want but always keep an emergency inhaler on hand and also an epi kit for when the inhaler doesn't work.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for plantar warts?
    My daughter has a large plantars wart on the ball of her foot. I have tried the freezing method and also the pads with the salyic acid on them ( both over the counter remedies) and neither one of them have worked. Does anyone have any tried and true home remedies or homeopathic remedies that would help get rid of it? Make sure to tell me how to use the remedies and for how long in your answers please. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    P.S. She is deathly afraid of the doctor cutting it out so I'm trying to avoid the doctor visit.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors have more methods than cutting (which is how he got rid of mine as a girl). He can freeze or inject with a substance that kills the virus.

      Go to www.mayoclinic.com and click on p -scroll down to plantar warts. Duct tape!! Believe it or not - and this site tells you how.

  33. QUESTION:
    What remedies worked for you with Morning Sickness?
    Hi everyone

    I am approx 6weeks preg and been experiencing quite bad morning sickness (actually all day sickness) I have also caught the flu on top of things at the moment (can't you believe!!!)

    I have heard of Preggie Pops and some homeopathic remedies. Can anyone give me their tips/tricks on getting through the first trimester with it.

    I work full time and taking time off it not really an option for me at the moment.

    Thanks in Advance

    • ANSWER:
      Ginger might help, Ginger snaps, ginger ale, Ginger root. Also you can ask your dr about meds to help, my dr put me on Zofran. Good Luck and Congrats

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you convince somebody that Homeopathy doesn't work?
    All the evidence is against it. Clinical trials have consistently shown that homeopathic remedies are no better than placebos. The discipline is as flawed and outdated as Creation Science. So how do you persuade somebody it's a load of bull?

    • ANSWER:
      The aformentioned overdose demonstration is very, very, very good. James Randi does it as a part of his regular speeches on the ridiculousness of homeopathy:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3-XNttnug

      Taking a whole bottle of whatever in front of them and not dying is...a pretty good argument for it being BS. : ) Ever notice how there are no homeopathic remedies for overdosing on homeopathic medicine?

      Also, I'd recommend the skeptoid podcast on the topic:

      http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4113.mp3

      A good history on the topic and how it's....very akin to goat sacrifice as a means of becoming well.

      The Darwin story parroters: It really doesn't matter what one man in the 1800s took, said or did....what matters is evidence. Evolution had it. Homeopathy has none. Honestly people, do I have to invoke that lesson we all learned in grade school? If X person walked off a cliff, would you do it too? Fifth graders know the answer to that one...you apparently don't.

      Lastly, I'll link what I probably should have linked first....a "what to do" guide for when you have a friend who believes in Woo.

      (Woo is skeptic slang for magical thinking)

      http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4187.mp3

      You need to ask yourself if this belief is really harmful to them. If they're forsaking Western (Real) Medicine for this crap, then yes, its harmful.....but if they just occasionally buy homeononsense sugar pills at the local paga-vegan health foo store every now and again.....it's not worth losing a friendship over.

      If you need to dissuade them, for the good of your friend or their family, just remember: Treat it like you're going after their religion--it's not something to go about doing casually. Know which battles to fight.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there a homeopathic -or other- remedy to lessen the pain of hair waxing?
    As some of you may know, the waxing of body hair can be really painful.

    Does anyone know a homeopathic remedy that would numb the nerves that are connected to the skin?

    Alternatively, if you know of a solution to that problem I'd like to hear about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies, Beauty tips (Plastic Medicines to improve Complexion / Glow / Scars / Keloids / Burn Scars ) :-

      For dry and rough skin. Aversion to take bath; scratching of the effected lesions Sulphur 30 (3 Doses) or 200, (6 Doses), weekly

      Pain after scratching with rough and dry skin. Patient likes cold climate Psorinum 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Dark circles around eyes due to shock or grief Natrum Mur 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Eyes sunken and face pale due to loss of vital fluids China 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Saddle like brownish complexion of nose and cheeks. Yellow spots on chest. sallow look Sepia 200 weekly (3 Doses)

      Dark circle around the eyes due to nervous weakness or prolonged nervous tension Phosphorus 200 weekly (3 Doses)

      For blackish spots; dry, rough, scaly skin; burning sensation. Restlessness Arsenic Album 30, 4 hourly

      Bluish, purple spots, face pale, jaundiced. patient cannot tolerate pressure of even clothes around throat, abdomen and waist Lachesis 30 or 200, weekly (3 Doses)

      Complexion yellow due to anemia Ferrum Met 3X , 4 hourly

      Face deathly pale with blue rings around the eyes Bismuth 200, weekly (3 Doses)

      Warts, epithelioma; frickles and blotches; brownish spots Thuja Occ 200 weekly, (6 Doses)

      Face pimply, dry, rough, scaly skin; to clean the complexion Berberis Aq Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 4-5 drops

      To dissolve scar tissue Thiosinaminum 3X, 4 hourly

      Old burn or injury marks; bleeds easily; warts Causticum 30 or 200, 6 hourly.

      To make skin smooth and supple and to heal wounds without leaving a scar, CALENDULA OINTMENT.

      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless !

  36. QUESTION:
    Herbal or Homeopathic Treatment of hyperhidrosis?
    Does any one have a personal success story with using any herbs or homeopathic remedies (sepia?) to treat hyperhidrosis (profusive sweating)? For homeopathic remedies is it important to have a homeopathic doctor prescribe your remedies or is it safe to guess? I do not have a homeopath in my area. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you look at how homeopathy is supposed to work, you will be fine in no time. The more dilute the "treatment" the more powerful it is. Since lots of people will have been treated for this condition, when their homoepathic practitioner washed out the vials they use to shake the "medicine", the diluted treatment went into the water supply and was diluted still further, making it even more effective. SO I am guessing that you just need to drink some tap water and you will be fine. I wonder why we get ill at all, with all these super-effective homeopathic remedies in our water supply.

  37. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the use of mild steriod creams for babies and young toddlers?
    My 16 month old has been prescribed some mild steriod cream for a dry skin condition but I don't like the idea of using it. The doctor said he had a form of dermititis that wasn't contagious but caused most likely by our detergent- which I've changed but the rash still hasn't gone! Any homeopathic remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I use that cream very sparingly for my daughters eczema. I think as long as your using it that way it should be fine. Check before using any homeopathic remedies on your baby. Homeopathic does not equal safe...

  38. QUESTION:
    do homeopathic remedies work?
    I want to know if the homeopathic remedy i took for anxiety a whie back was a placebo or if it actually worked....any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      We have thousands of customers every day that use homeopathic products with great success. There have been hundreds if not thousands of studies done on homeopathic products that prove they work better than placebos. I've even talked to customers that were told the wrong information about a homeopathic product (they were told it was good for another ailment), but they got the benefits that it should have (which they didn't know about). And there are a few vets that use homeopathic products for animals (who have NO clue what the pills are for) and have gotten good results.

      ......So yeah, homeopathic remedies help a lot of people.

      The only drawback to anything natural is that different people respond differently to different supplements, so some people may not notice as much of a benefit as other people.

  39. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any treatments for Vitiligo that actually work?
    Tried topical creams and looking at homeopathic remedies on the internet but worried they are a load of rubbish.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many treatments that work, but there would hardly be any treatment that works in every body.
      All who are affected by disease, expect a permanent and complete eradication of the disease, and are very upset when things happen in a different way. We must however remember that in trying to cure a disease we are fighting against the nature, which is difficult preposition in any case.
      Please don not loose heart. Keep looking for a remedy that suits you. Have you tried antivitiligo oil?

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I give a correct answer to a question that is already resolved with wrong answers?
    There was a question that says resolved about homeopathic remedies being FDA approved. All of the answers that I read said no - but in fact - homeopathic remedies are FDA approved. The person was given uninformed guesses. How does someone inform the asker or community of a more informed (correct) answer?

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't contact the relevant person by email perhaps you could ask the same question yourself and include a comment to the effect that some people seem to be under the false impression that ----------- whereas the true and correct situation is that ------------.

      You could then invite people to comment on your true and correct answer as a question is supposed to be a question and simply volunteering some information is not really a question.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does homeopathic remedies help insomnia?
    I've not been able to sleep properly for the last week or so and have been getting incredibly distressed about it. I tried Nytol for two nights and felt so ill that I refuse to use it again! Does anyone know if or what homeopathic remedies would help? I've been trying lavendar oil (which I don't really like!), hot milk, warm baths, less sugar and caffiene with limited effect. It gets to the point where my eyes are sore (from both not sleeping and crying because I can't get to sleep!) and I just feel terrible. So if any of you good people have any advice on herbal, natural or alternative method, please, please, please let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      There are NO homopathetic remedies which will help you sleep.

      Once you are tired enough, you can sleep.

      I'm sorry but I have had sleep problems all my life.

      Perhaps you need to see a doctor because you do sound extremely stressed.

      You do not say whether this is a UK question. I have to respond to the other suggestion, that you take melatonin. Americans eat melatonin like sweeties but it is banned throughout Europe for a very good reason. Once you start taking melatonin your brain stops making seratonin and you end up no better off.

      Please see a doctor, maybe he will prescribe something to help you sleep.

      Nytol is just an antihistamine, you should not use it.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had success using homeopathic cures?
    I am using a holistic chiropractor for a sleep condition and she has been remarkable effective. She has placed me on several homeopathic remedies which seem plausible but I am wondering if any has had success using them to treat a chronic condition

    • ANSWER:
      Trust your Chiropractor, especially if she's doing muscle testing to find the right remedy for you.
      Muscle testing does not lie!

      You probably won't find much positive feedback on homeopathy on this board as you have seen so far with GaryY and Tink.

      Check this out:

      And to the homeopathy skeptices:

      It is amazing that so many skeptics are so misinformed about homeopathy, and it is ironic (to be diplomatic) that these skeptics hold themselves out as “defenders of science,” while being embarrassingly ignorant of the “body of evidence” that verifies the efficacy of homeopathic medicines and the biological activity of its doses.

      First, some skeptics are so daft about homeopathy that they mix it up with other treatment modalities. Some skeptics mis-assume that homeopathy is a type of herbal medicine or a type of nutritional supplement. It isn't.

      Second, it is important to emphasize that homeopathic doses range from the tincture of an herb to “low potencies” of a plant/mineral/animal/chemical medicinal substance (1X to 12X or 1C to 6C) to “medium potencies (13X to 30X or 7C to 15C) to high potencies (200X or 200C and higher). The scientific field of low-dose effects (called hormesis) has literally thousands of studies from a wide variety of scientists that have evaluated the biological effects of low and medium potencies.

      Because a large percentage of homeopathic medicines sold in health food stores and pharmacies today contain doses of low and medium potencies, the skeptics of homeopathy who assert that there is “nothing” in homeopathic medicines are embarrassingly uninformed and misinformed.

      Skeptics tend to “lump” all homeopathic medicines together, but this effort is simply sloppy thinking and analysis. As for the homeopaths' use of “high potency” homeopathic medicines, they (and anyone) will benefit from reviewing of the body of evidence (clinical evidence and basic science trials) that are referenced below. Further, when skeptics say that the high potency homeopathic medicines make no sense or “break present laws of physics,” such assertions simply show their ignorance of present laws of nature. The website of Professor Martin Chaplin, mentioned below, provide references to 1,000+ (!) studies of water and its mysteries and phenomena that help us to understand how and why homeopathic medicines may maintain biological activity even in high potency solutions.....more

  44. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a good site for finding magazine subscriptions?
    Anyone know of a credible site for finding magazines based on topic?

    More detail:

    My mom is interested in homeopathic remedies and unique health advice. Does anyone know of a good magazine I could subscribe to for her for a Christmas present?

    Also, my dad is an aviation enthusiast planning to build his own aircraft. I thought he might like a good magazine on that topic too.

    I just don't know how to go about finding such magazines.

    • ANSWER:
      bestdealmagazines.com has an excellent selection of magazines at rock bottom prices.

  45. QUESTION:
    My mom is premenopausal. Can I give her something to make her less bitchy?
    My mom is SUPER bitchy. She just is. But now, she's officially pre-menopausal. Her overall jerk attitude is now through-the-roof! Is there anything my mom can do or take (homeopathic remedies, etc.) that might tone her down?

    By the way, I'm her son. I don't really care how she feels; I know it's a hormonal imbalance. Otherwise, I'd honestly believe her when she tells me to go to hell or to go f**k myself. :-p She's EDGY, I'm telling you.
    I'm living in a college dorm, now, too. So I'm glad that I can avoid her for as long as I can. :-p

    I feel bad for my siblings and pretty much everyone else at home, too. Lol. Seriously, what're some good ideas to get rid of the godzilla?
    Like I said, Sue F, if I cared about any of the horrible stuff that comes out of her mouth, I'd believe them. Pray for yourself. I'm not asking for prayers. I'm asking for good suggestions, not complete REPEATS of other answers.

    And how dare you call me spoiled? You don't even know me or what I'm going through with godzilla as a mother. I raised myself through childhood and fed and clothed MYSELF. So don't give me that cliche "mother" bullsh*t. It won't work on me.

    All I'm concerned with is what pill I can stuff into her mouth to take away "the bitchy" before I stick her into a convalescent home. It's a sad reality, I know. But your elitist and socially condescending BULLSH*T is not helping me. Either give me solid answers or go back to whatever it is you do on the internet. Look at pictures of puppies, you sad clown, you.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't care how she feels you're in for a world of hurt and no wonder she's bitchy at you. She honestly can not help how she feels or barely control her emotions.

      And there are homeopathic remedies, and some good ones. But there is also medical intervention which is proven to work well and work quickly.

      All you can do is bite your tongue, it's not her fault she's going through this. Gentley encourage her to see a doctor, actually your dad should be having that conversation with her. Is her mom still alive? Maybe you could call up grams and explain the situation to her and maybe she can talk to your mom. If not her mother, maybe a sister?

      But you shouldn't be having to deal with this, so talk to your dad and have him deal with it. If no family members maybe a friend? Or maybe he should just talk to her. Tell her she'll feel more sane if she takes hormones.

      xxx

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the easiest way to become a natural health practicioner?
    What are the steps in order to work in herbology, aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies, or something like that? Do I have to take prerequisites at a college first? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Naturopathy and Homeopathy usually require a BSc degree.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is sciatic nerve pain? What causes it and how long does it typically last?
    And are there any homeopathic remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      1) A sciatic pain is a pain that usually starts in the buttocks and extends down the rear of the thigh and lower leg to the sole of the foot and along the outer side of the lower leg to the top of the foot. Pain may also be present in the lower back.
      2) There R 6 causes.
      (a) Lumbar Bulging or Herniated Disc
      A bulging disc is also known as a contained disc disorder. This means the gel-like center (nucleus pulposus) remains 'contained' within the tire-like outer wall (annulus fibrosus) of the disc. A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus breaks through the annulus. It is called a 'non-contained' disc disorder. Whether a disc bulges or herniates, disc material can press against an adjacent nerve root and compress delicate nerve tissue and cause sciatica. The consequences of a herniated disc are worse. Not only does the herniated nucleus cause direct compression of the nerve root against the interior of the bony spinal canal, but the disc material itself also contains an acidic, chemical irritant (hyaluronic acid) that causes nerve inflammation. In both cases, nerve compression and irritation cause inflammation and pain, often leading to extremity numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.

      (b) Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
      Spinal stenosis is a nerve compression disorder most often affecting mature people. Leg pain similar to sciatica may occur as a result of lumbar spinal stenosis. The pain is usually positional, often brought on by activities such as standing or walking and relieved by sitting down. Spinal nerve roots branch outward from the spinal cord through passageways called neural foramina comprised of bone and ligaments. Between each set of vertebral bodies, located on the left and right sides, is a foramen. Nerve roots pass through these openings and extend outward beyond the spinal column to innervate other parts of the body. When these passageways become narrow or clogged causing nerve compression, the term foraminal stenosis is used.

      (c) Spondylolisthesis
      Spondylolisthesis is a disorder that most often affects the lumbar spine. It is characterized by one vertebra slipping forward over an adjacent vertebra. When a vertebra slips and is displaced, spinal nerve root compression occurs and often causes sciatic leg pain. Spondylolisthesis is categorized as developmental (found at birth, develops during childhood) or acquired from spinal degeneration, trauma or physical stress (i.e. weightlifting).

      (d) Trauma
      Sciatica can result from direct nerve compression caused by external forces to the lumbar or sacral spinal nerve roots. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, falling down, football and other sports. The impact may injure the nerves or occasionally fragments of broken bone may compress the nerves.

      (e) Piriformis Syndrome
      Piriformis syndrome is named for the piriformis muscle and the pain caused when the muscle irritates the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. Piriformis syndrome develops when muscle spasms develop in the piriformis muscle thereby compressing the sciatic nerve. It may be difficult to diagnose and treat due to the lack of x-ray or MRI findings.

      (f) Spinal Tumors
      Spinal tumors are abnormal growths that are either benign or cancerous (malignant). Fortunately, spinal tumors are rare. However, when a spinal tumor develops in the lumbar region, there is a risk for sciatica to develop as a result of nerve compression.

      3) The time it lasts depend on how serious it is. Some people have it from 3-8 years.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a homeopathic remedy for ongoing tachycardia?
    I have had an elevated heart rate for over a month. I was hospitalized and I have seen three cardiologists who can't pinpoint what's going on. It was suggested that I am anxious because all of my tests came back normal, but lorazepam didn't help.

    Is there a homeopathic remedy that will lessen my headaches, dizziness, fatigue and palpitations?

    I am a 19yo female and I'm not pregnant
    .....gee thanks ying. how did you know that I was also interested in Nike shoes!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, an occasional bout of irregular heart beat should not bother anyone, but if the problem is persistent, it calls for medical attention. In effect, an abnormal heartbeat rhythm may call for a medical emergency. There are various types of arrhythmia of varying degrees and severity and only a GP or ND can diagnose and suggest medications.

      The following herbal medications are usually recommended as a supplement to the conventional medicine and we strongly recommend you, as always, to contact your Naturopath Doctor or a Medical Herbalist before trying out any of these. Also be sure to source to obtain any natural remedies from a reputable company to ensure maximum safety and efficacy.

      The herbal ingredient Crataegus oxyacantha (Hawthorn) is highly praised for its beneficial affects on heart health, and has been traditionally used to reduce arrhythmias. Hawthorn is known to regulate heart actions, normalize blood pressure, and strengthen the heart muscles, thus reducing the occurrence of heart related problems.

      Other herbs such as Passiflora incarnate, Viburnum opulus and Ginkgo biloba are also well-known their benefit on heart health, and all have been implicated in the reduction of cardiac arrhythmias. These herbs also help to reduce the underlying triggers of arrhythmias such as stress, muscle convulsions and high blood pressure.

      You may get additional details over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/arrhythmia.htm

  49. QUESTION:
    Alternative ways to fight an ear infection?
    I was just wondering if anyone had any tried and true homeopathic remedies for an ear infection. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      get a prescription for CiproDex ear drops.. its the best sh*t ever.. really works wonders

  50. QUESTION:
    What can i do to help reduce a abcess in my mouth?
    I don't have dental insurance was wondering if there were any homeopathic remedies or anything like that that would help my abcesses.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try warm water and salt rinses. Just add a tsp of salt to about 4 ounces of water, stir it up, and rinse your mouth. Take the salt water into your mouth and swish it around for a few seconds then spit it out. Finish the whole glass and repeat it 3-4 times a day. Sometimes this helps.


homeopathic remedies

Best Natural Remedies For Menopause

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I find menopause natural remedies?
    What is menopause natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Black Cohosh, Chastberry, Progesterone cream, and St. Johns wart. All of these ingredients will help with menopause. And you can find these in your local drug store. Of course check with your primary care physician to make sure nothing is conflicting with any other drugs you may be taking.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the natural remedies for those on the way to premature menopause at 36 yrs old?
    Been on clomid for 7 months, with no success, blood results show that i am not ovulating, and there are signs of premature menopause.Is there any natural remedies to help with ovulation?

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Inconceivable diet by Julie Indichova

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

  4. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  5. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to prevent early menopause and increase a sperm count?
    I am tired of of all S h i t t y treatments, and need to know , is there any natural remedy?
    For your information.. my age is 29 and my husband's age is 35.. is that too old for a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor about these things. "Natural " remedies are useless for most things....why would you even bother with them, if you are trying to conceive at the end of your fertile life ...see a fertility specialist.

  6. QUESTION:
    How much longer will my menopause last?
    I had a hysterectomy in 2001 in which I also lost an ovary. My menopause started not long after that and still continues. I took HRT for a while but stopped after moving to Spain as I don't have a regular doctor over here. I still have the hot flushes and the mood swings but the worse for me is the lack of sex drive. It is driving a huge wedge between me and my husband which I do understand from his point of view but am tired of being called sexless and frigid, I am scared he will leave me because of it. Is there any natural remedies or anything over the counter that will help me. Also, how long does the menopause last. Getting desperate here now.

    • ANSWER:
      Your menopause will last forever, it is permanent and not reversible....

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some natural supplements and foods to help with depression?
    We are what we eat. And I think pharmaceutical fixes are not always the answer. Can anyone suggest natural remedies for combating depression and anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      Eliminate potential food allergens – If you suspect that there is a link between food sensitivity and your state of mind, try eliminating the allergen foods from your diet to see if this brings relief. The usual suspects are dairy products, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your doctor may also suggest tests for food sensitivities.

      Eat antioxidant rich foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, oranges and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

      Vitamin B6 is believed to work in the brain similar to valium-like drugs - hence its importance in your diet as food or as supplement. Mainly, women taking oral contraceptives or with premenstrual tension or going through menopause require good amount of B6.

      Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of depression without the unwanted side-effects.

      The most commonly used as natural remedies for depression are Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) which has been called “nature’s Prozac” and Passiflora which is one of nature's best natural tranquilizers.

      Many people around the world have now turned to this more natural approach of regaining the subtle balance of brain chemicals and rejuvenating the body and mind for all round natural health. Natural remedies for depression that include homeopathic remedies can also be of great benefit and are free of side effects as well.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/d/depression.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    Is anyone experiencing menopausal symtoms from hysterectomy?
    I had a hysterectomy and ovary removal 8 weeks ago. I am now experiencing surgical menopause. Hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, lethagy etc. Anyone else gone through this. Input would be great. I don't want to go on to HRT. I would try natural remedies, but not medical.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a hysterectomy in January, 2007. I had to wait 3 weeks to start hormones because of endometreosis. I opted to do HRT, I was only 27 and think that is what was right for me. It has taken me this long to get my hormones right. I am now on 1 mg of estrace a day and I use Progesterone cream twice a day and it has really helped.. I don't know much about the natural remedies, except a girl at work says she uses Estroven that she buys over the counter. She swears by it. Hope this helps.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there any other reason to have hot flashes other than menopause?
    Having them for over 10 years. 4 years on Hormone Therapy (they do work but the side effects are terrible). Natural remedies don't work or at least the ones I have tried.

    • ANSWER:
      It's hormonal, but maybe you have too low a dose of HRT, or your other systems are out of whack, like your thyroid hormones, etc.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to reduce hot flashes after the ovaries have been removed?
    I recently had partial hysterectomy ( I still have my uterus ) and the hot flashes began soon after.Night sweats very often disturb my sleep,anxiety with no apparent reason and depression.I'm not very good at taking medications and looked into natural remedies.Primrose oil,black cohosh,magnesium etc.However,studies show that there's no proven effectiveness and there are side effects too,like damaging the liver.I need help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take hormones. The hormones are better than the menopause.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have been trying to stop taking Premarin but the symptoms during withdrawal are horrible. Advice?
    I started taking Premarin at 40 after having a radical hysterectomy. Now 14 years later I'm trying to get off the stuff. The hot flashes and general feelings of being very unwell are debilitating. I've tried the natural remedies offered at the health food stores but none have been effective. Any one out there gone through this? How long does it last? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't remember if it was Premarin that my friend was taking prior to deciding to try a natural product called Menopause Balance Complex and is extremely pleased with it.

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural substance I can take to help with my vagina getting wetter?
    I used to get really wet now after taking birth control I am very dry anyone have any natural remedies
    I don't want to have to use lube

    • ANSWER:
      there is nothing to eat or drink to make your vagina moister.
      Thats why there is lube.
      Make it a fun part of your sex life.
      'Get the fancy flavored stuff or the stuff thats suppose to make YOU warmer, or what ever the commercial is about. Its a whole lot more comfortable playing with lube with your partner than enduring dry painful sex.
      Nearly every woman has this same problem when going through menopause. Thats we have to do too; get the lube.

  13. QUESTION:
    Menstruation with heavy bleeding nausea and pain?
    44 yrs old and 2 years ago started bleeding heavily with periods. Now I have nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, severe cramping and a sense of doom. Starts 2-3 days before period and goes away about the 2nd day of bleeding. Would like natural remedies, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm 17 and surprisingly enough I have the quite the same. It's almost like I get the flu before I start my period. I have read online that some women, before they begin menopause will actually experience heightened severity in their symptoms, but it does go away. It most likely means either A.) You're actually sick, and need to be checked out or B.) Menopause is coming your way. A great place for information is webmd or talk to your doctor I'm sure they can help you. As far as solving the diarrhea and others on their own, simply take Pepto-Bismol, it's what I do and the dizziness goes away too. (Dizziness is linked to diarrhea). If cramping is too severe take Extra Strength Excedrin or Midol. I really hope this helps! =]

  14. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any natural remedies for hot flashes?
    I am 53 and am finally I believe in menopause. I am not feeling to bad except for a few headaches and exhaustion but mostly the hot flashes. Living here in Texas with the 100 degree heat sure didnt help (looking forward to winter), anyway I do not want to go on any drugs and prefer to do it naturally. Can anyone recommend any vitamins, teas, foods anything that will help my hot flashes. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      my sister who had bad hot flashes and did not believe in alternative health at all as she is very medically oriented in that field tried this product I recommended to her and later told me her hot flashes completely left

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26b%3D21%26ni%3D20%26ei%3DUTF-8%26pstart%3D1%26fr%3Dytff1-%26fr2%3Dtab-web&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.physicianformulas.com%2Fstore%2FProdImages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.physicianformulas.com%2Fstore%2FScripts%2Fprodview.asp%3Fidproduct%3D153%26name%3DProgesterone-Cream&size=21k&name=progesterone+jpg&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=c5afa88d2dc45b36&fr2=tab-web&no=22&tt=4031&b=21&ni=20&sigr=13121qnpt&sigi=11r2bmr1r&sigb=13sf8amgc

      purchase it here

      http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=ytff1-&p=source+natural+progesterone+cream&SpellState=n-1935705323_q-Ouw0bXd.mrMROAoIypuh1QAAAA%40%40&fr2=sp-qrw-corr-top

      also try the female plus formula found on the products page under female formulas on the left of page here

      https://web2.herbdoc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=38

      more help can be found here

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Menstruation.html

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to make my period more regular?
    I am 15 years old. I know I am still very young and it is supposed to be irregular but a few months back, for maybe 3-4 months, it was pretty regular but I haven't had my period for about 2 to 3 months.

    Is there any way (natural remedy, perhaps?) to make it more regular?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, here is the way out, if U r really serious to have regular menses for life.
      •MENSES*
      •Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days.

      •Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle. Remote control acu points of 'breasts' are located in the ‘middle’ of Ur dorsal side of palms, where U can see nails. Massage on all these points, with Ur thumbs, for 2 minutes daily morning & evening.
      By virtue of regular menses cycles, girls may grow in height up to 21st birth day with aesthetically designed boobs, the study says. More over, married women in India, don’t have much problems of ‘tensions’/‘menses’/ by virtue of wearing tight silver rings on middle toe [to regulate heart functioning] and index toe--just beside big toe [to regulate lust and menses cycles]. Notwithstanding the religious practices, all Indian women wear silver rings, given in the marriage.

      Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      PS.If U r satisfied with good results, U may inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers Team’ for any health problem.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can I take anything for "fuzzy thinking" as a result of menopause?
    I've noticed since I've gone into menopause that my thinking is fuzzy, as I've heard a million times before from other women my age.I hate it! Has anyone out there in Yahoo World have any natural (or chemical) remedies for this? I've been laid up for three monts with a herniated disc so exercise is pretty much out. I eat well and I am not overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing I would suggest is homeopathy. IF you want to do to a pharmacy and buy agnus castus it will probably help you, homeopathy will clear most symptoms in as little as three weeks.

  17. QUESTION:
    where can i get natural remedies to eat or drink to solve lost of menstrual problems?
    what type of natural products in the supermarket that can help improve menstrual flow

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless

  18. QUESTION:
    I am wondering if anyone can tell me a good herbal medication or a natural remedy for menopause symptoms ?
    I am having really bad night sweats and day sweats for that matter .I am hoping someone has experienced a herbal remedy for thyis that does work.The nights are especially bad..

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the most popular natural products for hormone support (including the transition into menopause) would be Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Vitex (also called Chasteberry), Wild Yam, Damiana Leaf, Motherwort, GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid, commonly in Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil), and some Soy germ products.
      Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a good, natural (homeopathic) remedy for join pain?
    I have, what feels like arthritis in my joints. In particular when it is cold or rainy outside. Can anyone recommend something natural for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      *****************************
      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are natural foods to help eleviate the side effects of Menopause?
    My mom has Menopause and read somewhere or saw on TV where they said (think it was Dr. Phil) where there are foods you eat and a special diet and you don't get those terrible hot flashes all the time that my mom is currently getting.

    Any advice or links appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      here is a website for your mom:
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/252607/top_foods_that_help_alleviate_menopause.html
      http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/womenshealth/a/Menopause_2.htm
      on this one: go down to natural remedies:
      http://www.the-natural-menopause.com/
      hope that helps.
      I have menopause and was taking the synthetic hormones, but I didn't feel right on them, so I took the natural approach and I do feel better. I rarely get hot flashes anymore.
      Hope this helps your mom.

  21. QUESTION:
    Prescription drugs, what is your opinion of them? I have heard so much negative about them in the past years.?
    Are prescription drugs necessary or should we rely upon more natural remedies and lifestyle changes such as natural supplements, exercise, and diet? Do prescription drugs actually harm our bodies over time or do they actually improve our overall health? What is your opinion on this matter?

    • ANSWER:
      It totally depends on the drug. Would I trust a natural remedy for something like a cold? Probably. Joint pain? Menopause symptoms? Yes. But I wouldn't use herbs to treat strep throat, prevent malaria, cure a kidney infection, etc.

      Healthy lifestyle makes a difference in preventing illness, but for getting rid of infections I would go with conventional medicine. On the other hand, a lot of prescription drugs, like blood pressure pills, oral diabetes pills, etc. would not be necessarily if people took care of themselves in the first place.

  22. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to reduce extremely heavy menstrual bleeding?
    My mother had uterine fibroid tumors, and I think I may have them, too. I am bleeding extremely heavily, enough to soak a tampon within half an hour. I have made a doctor's appointment, but they cannot see for a month.

    Are there natural ways to reduce this bleeding? HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless.

  23. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for painful, heavy periods?
    I have always had quite heavy periods, but since coming off the pill they are very heavy with alot of big clots, does anyone know of any naturals remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone out knows of any good natural fat burning supplements?
    I am trying to lose weight, I want a little more help than just diet and exercise. I am looking for a natural supplement, like an herb to lose weight. I have lost a good deal already I want to accelerate the fat lose though.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Women: What menopause symptom remedies do you recommend?
    There is a bewildering array of herbal remedies on the shelves, and they are pretty expensive.
    Can you please tell me which ones you have tried?
    Which ones have relieved which symptoms?
    (I suffer from mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, and overheating.)
    Did you experience ill-effects from any of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. John Lee is an advocate of NATURAL progesterone to treat both peri-menopause and menopause. Go to the health food store and get Life Flo Progesta Care. Here are some other brands that have the amount of progesterone recommended by Dr. Lee: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/resource_progesterone.html

      Hope this brings some relief to you. All the best

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the best remedies for Gout?
    I would like to know what are the best remedies for gout? Not involving drugs. My other half suffers from gout in his leg and sometimes ends up limping.

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, tissues and urine crystallizes in the joints. People who have gout are unable to break down and excrete uric acid, a byproduct of digesting certain foods. It usually comes on suddenly, and can last from a few hours to several days. It can cause extremely sore toes or other areas of the foot, and because it frequently manifests itself in the big toe, it is also known as "gouty big toe". Another name is "gouty arthritis". Gout can also appear in an ear, heel of the hand, small hand joints, ankles, knees, elbows, or wrists with inflammation, swelling and intense pain from the buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of a class of chemicals known as purines. In people with gout, the body does not have enough of the digestive enzyme uricase, and, as a result, uric acid builds up and crystallizes. Left uncontrolled, excessive excretion of uric acid in the urine can lead to the development of painful kidney stones, kidney disease, and even kidney failure.

      Gout is associated with high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and uric acid kidney stones.

      It is estimated that up to 2 million people have gout. Between 75-90% of gout sufferers are middle-aged males and 25% have family members with it. In women, uric acid starts building up after menopause, quite possibly due to the drop in estrogen.

      Remedies
      Folk
      Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and other nutrients that help reduce serum uric acid.

      Apple cider vinegar (ACV) Add some rose hips to vinegar and boil; dab on affected area. You may need to apply this mixture several times a day for a few weeks. The vinegar changes the blood pH so that the crystals will go into solution and be excreted.

      • Mix two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in a glass of water and drink at mealtime.

      • Soak the foot in a mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV and three cups of hot water.

      Bilberry is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout.

      Black cherry juice Get some natural, concentrated black cherry juice and drink several tablespoons of the concentrate daily. You should expect relief in 48 hours.

      Black cohash moderates blood acidity.

      Blueberries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins, which help ease the pain of gout.

      Buchu tea helps dissolve and flush out uric acid crystals.

      Castor oil packs Soak a piece of white flannel in warm castor oil, wring it out and place over the affected area; cover with plastic wrap and apply a heating pad. Do this for one hour twice daily.

      Cayenne pepper Boil one tablespoon of pepper in 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and dab onto the painful joint.

      • Mix cayenne with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply to the affected area.

      Celery seeds These seeds are quite effective in relieving gout by eliminating uric acid from the body. According to James Duke, Ph.D., a medical botanist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, celery seeds contain about twenty different anti-inflammatory agents. Although there is little scientific research on celery seeds, according to Kerry Bone, a leading expert on herbal remedies in Australia, "it (sic) works brilliantly in patients." Recommended dosage is 500 mg (standardized to 450 mg of celery seed extract) 2x daily. Note: This remedy is not to be used by pregnant women because of its diuretic effect and the fact that it can encourage uterine contractions, or those with kidney disease because of its potential diuretic effect and that the plant's oils can worsen kidney inflammation.

      • Cook a tablespoon of celery seeds in two cups of water until they are soft; strain and drink 1/2 cup four times a day.

      Charcoal Take 1/2 -1 teaspoon of activated charcoal daily.

      • Make a poultice using � cup of activated charcoal, 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and warm water to draw out the toxins.

      Cherries If you are lucky enough to have fresh cherries, eating 6-8 cherries daily will relieve the symptoms of gout. This remedy was reported in 1950 by Dr. Ludwig W. Blau who cured his own gout. Frozen and canned cherries may also be used. When you feel an attack coming on, eat 20-30 cherries immediately. Cherries are rich in compounds that prevent the destruction of collagen, which the body uses to form connective tissue. The connective tissue is damaged by gout. Cherries also have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and are high in anthocyanins which have high antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory action. For greatest effectiveness eat them between meals.

      Devil's claw reduces uric acid levels and is a natural cleansing agent for toxic impurities. Take 400 mg of the dried extract 3x a day for as long as desired.

      DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) is very effective in relieving pain and swelling caused by inflammation. It helps dissolve crystalline deposits.

      Garlic Eat several cloves of raw garlic daily. Mince the garlic and add it to black cherry juice for a potent remedy.

      Ginger Put 1/3 cup of ground ginger (buy in bulk to keep the cost down) in a bathtub of water and soak for 30 minutes. This will cause you to sweat (a good thing) which will help eliminate the uric acid from your tissues. When you are finished the bath be sure to rinse off thoroughly, as the ginger can cause skin irritation if it dries on your skin.

      Grapes are high in alkalines which lessen the acidity of uric acid and aid in its elimination from the body.

      Hawthorn is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout.

      Hydrangea is an anti-inflammatory.

      Ice Apply an ice pack for ten minutes, then alternate with a moist hot-towel compress, to soothe and numb the pain.

      Mullein Soak mullein leaves in a hot vinegar/water mixture. Pack the leaves on the affected area.

      Nettle contains alkaloids which neutralize uric acid.

      Parsley acts as a natural diuretic.

      Quercetin The flavonoid quercetin inhibits uric acid production in a similar fashion to commonly prescribed drugs for gout. Take 1000 mg of quercetin along with 1,000-1,500 mg of the enzyme bromelain (to enhance absorption) two to three times daily between meals. Bromelain also help reduce the inflammation.

      Red clover has traditionally been one of the standard remedies for gout, as well as removing toxins from the body, and treating psoriasis, eczema, and hot flashes. Studies have shown that red clover may thin the blood, so it should not be used by patients who are also taking an anticoagulant medication. While red clover is high in isoflavones, the reason it is helpful in treating gout has not been studied.

      Saffron neutralizes uric acid buildup.

      Spearmint Make a poultice of spearmint leaves and wrap the affected area.

      Strawberries Eating a cup of strawberries with each meal should bring quick relief. They neutralize uric acid.

      Yarrow Make a tea by using equal parts of yarrow and stinging nettles; strain, cool and drink several cups a day.

      Prevention
      • One of the best ways to prevent gout is to drink at least 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water, fresh juices or herb tea daily, especially at the first signs of gout. This will keep your urine diluted and will help your body excrete uric acid and prevent crystals from forming.

      • Eat foods high in potassium, as mentioned above.

      • Eating generous amounts of other fruits and vegetables helps keep uric acid crystals in solution.

      • Take the flavonoid quercetin - see below under Folk Remedies. This should be part of your permanent gout-prevention diet.

      • Having sex prevents men from getting gout. It seems that increased sexual activity reduces uric acid levels in fertile men.

      • Lemon juice prevents gout attacks by stimulating the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate neutralizes acids in the body, including uric acid that triggers gout attacks. After each meal drink the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. To get more juice out of the lemon, bring it to room temperature, then roll it around on the counter with the palm of your hand.

      • Taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with meals will prevent gout attacks. This will help alkalize the body.

      • Keep the leg elevated.

      • A high fiber diet also aids in the elimination of uric acid by absorbing bile acids formed in the liver. These bile acids can act as a precursor to uric acid.

      Foods and Other Things to Avoid
      • Meat: organ meats, offal, meat extracts, veal, bacon, sweetbreads, meat gravies and broths, consommé/bullion

      • Poultry: turkey, goose

      • Seafood: salmon, mackerel, trout, cod, herring, sardines, anchovies, mussels, crab, shrimp

      • Vegetables: peas, beans, lentils, asparagus, mushrooms, cooked spinach, rhubarb, cauliflower

      • Yeast products: baked goods, beer

      • Alcohol - it increases the production of uric acid and inhibits its excretion by the kidneys

      • Coffee - it accelerates the breakdown of protein into uric acid

      • All fried foods - they cause a depletion of vitamin E, which can cause uric acid to rise

      • Cream and ice cream

      • Rich desserts

      • Spices

      • Pastries

      • Simple sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats - they increase your body's production of uric acid and impair your kidneys' ability to get rid of it. Eliminate fructose (found in food and drinks, like sodas)

      • White flour

      • Aspirin can raise uric acid levels. If you need to use pain killers, only use ones with ibuprofen.

      • Oatmeal

      • Whole grains

      • Caffeine - it impairs kidney function, which is needed to get uric acid out of the body.

      HOPE THAT HELPS!

  27. QUESTION:
    have just been diagonesed as going through the menopause,?
    and cannot take HRT due to previous DVT. Was also told I cant take natural remedies like black cohosh etc. as it contains eostrogen. Am confused does that mean I cannot take any remedies at all?

    • ANSWER:
      You may find that you don't need any remedies. Women have been going thought the menopause since the beginning of time. Some experience symptoms they wish to relieve and for some menopause is merely the cessation of menstruation. It is not an illness so don't automatically presume that you will need to take a remedy.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way to deal with menopause?
    I had cancer of the cervix, and the radiation treatment threw me into early menopause. What is a natural alternative to hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, and I have read all the latest info about natural alternatives to hormones, nothing really helps. The only remedy (partly a remedy) was to take some of the anti-anxiety medication like Prozac etc. Of course there are natural anti depressants (look at this site)
      http://www.menopause.realage.com/content.aspx/topic/17
      but I am not sure how well they alleviate the symptoms. I wish I kept these medical journals I get to give you the reference. If I find it I will let you have it.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  30. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ______________________________________

      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  31. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to deal with thrush problems?
    im a 39 year old woman and for the past 15 years or so i have been dealing with thrush. i have been to various doctorts over the same issue but the medication i have received has only acted as a temprol remedy because the problem always comes back. im not married so it cant be reinfection. i would also like to know if there are natural or traditional remedies. please help, thrushedout.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are a lot of different ways things that cause it and ways to help it.

      1) Don't wear silk under wear. It does not breath and makes bacteria build up.
      2) Don't wear too tight pants.
      3) Do not wear wet swim suits for a long period of time
      4) Watch your diet. Research the foods that you should and should not eat.
      5) Use of antibiotics and some other medications, including birth control pills can cause it
      6) Significant change in the diet can cause it
      7) poor nutrition can cause it
      8) diabetes can cause it
      9) pregnancy can cause it
      10) Some women get mild yeast infections towards the end of their menstrual periods, possibly in response to the body's hormonal changes
      11) Sometimes hot, humid weather can make it easier for yeast infections to develop. And wearing layers of clothing in the winter that make you too warm indoors can also increase the likelihood of infection.
      12) Don't use deodorant tampons and feminine deodorant sprays, especially if you feel an infection beginning.

      Bascially, anything that upset your body can make you have a yeast infection/thrush. You just have to be very careful and try to listen to your body. Eat right and keep your girl areas dry and clean. Also, you may or may not be going through pre-menopause. That is another thing that can upset the balance of your hormones.

      Hope this helps!

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I ease my menopausal symptoms naturally?
    I have menopause symptoms and they are full blown. Its driving my crazy trying to deal with it everyday. Also I have a milk allergy which doesn't help. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural and herbal remedies to help deal with the symptoms of menopause.

      Here are a few other suggestions for easing the transition…

      1. Add soy to your nutritional plan.
      2. Eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables as well as more fruits.
      3. Get adequate amounts of daily exercise including
      both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
      (See more under Osteoporosis prevention)
      4. Add vitamins and minerals to your daily diet. Calcium, Vitamin D
      and Magnesium aid in strengthening your bones and
      preventing Osteoporosis.

      Fore more information for natural menopause relief I suggest you visit this site.

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  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a good remedy for hot flashes after 60?
    Would like natural remedies...have tried hormone replacement therepy and that doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is actually due to menopause symptoms, soy and black cohosh are supposed to be helpful. Without knowing your menstrual history, still having problematic hot flashes after sixty seems as if the symptoms may have lasted a long time. This combined with your statement that HRT did not help, makes me wonder whether the cause is not something else. Have you considered consulting an endocrinologist?

  34. QUESTION:
    Ways to increase my libido after menopause?
    I am 45, diabetic, going through menopause and have almost no sex drive. My blood sugar is under control. What else can I do to increase my libido?

    Serious answers only please. Proven homeopathic remedies? Links where I can learn more. Real life experiences would be great!
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you need to do is figure out why your sex drive is low and try to help get it back. I was in your situation and it's not fun without being horny and feeling in the mood when needed. I also felt like my orgasms (if I would even get one) were really weak. Probably because of my sex drive.

      However, I tried exercising and dieting but nothing seemed to be working. I thought I was screwed. I then found something just as amazing as the vibrator.

      My friend at work told me about this stuff she took to raise her sex drive. It was a natural herbal supplement and was I lucky to of found it. Theres no side effects and the sex drive is just tremendous along with orgasms that are blasting. The stuff is called Hersolution pills. At the time I saved money on them at herenhancement.com

      What I did was tried out for 3 months and that was really it. I found taking them every other day or so was the best to stretch it out. After the months were up, I was back to normal with a beating sex drive and my orgasm strength in increased so much.

      Well good luck and I hope this helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    Please help with my moms severe migraine?
    My mom gets severe headaches and hurts really bad that she cries (which she barely does). She has tried many things, all over the counter stuff (Excedrin, ibu, aspirin, aleeve, advil) and prescription stuff too (celebrex, treximet). I really want to find a way to help her out. If you have a natural remedy or any advice, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have used several remedies including homeopathic for the symptoms and they help a lot, often more than anything else. I've also used an herb called feverfew. I try to get the guaranteed potency and the brand I like the best is "Solaray" I think that Nature's herbs has a blend and they work very well, because the herbs work synergystically. I've also known of women who get headaches close to their menses starting, or at the time they would start if they are in menopause already. Also a mineral called magnesium can help because it helps with smooth muscle function which can be a problem in some migraines. Sometimes progesterone cream will help because it is a precursor to many hormones and it helps to get them all balanced. All women can benefit from progesterone, from teenagers all they way to 99. :) These are just things that have worked for me and you need to make sure that you check with someone like your pharmacist or physician to make sure they won't interfere with any medications you may be taking and if you are allergic to any flowers because feverfew is related to chrysanthemums and Daisies.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis?
    I'm still young, but suffering from osteoarthritis. Lots of pain (on movement) and stiffness. I feel like a rusty old hinge. I don't want to start taking prescription medications for this. Instead, I'm looking for some lifestyle changes or natural solutions.

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are there any OTC treatments that help ease the symptoms of menopause?
    hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, you name it... i hate this so much. :( i'm not myself anymore, my husband won't even sleep in the same bed as me because i'm up all night. my kids think i'm going crazy. i've tried several home remedies already. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      have you heard of menoclear? it's the only thing that helped me get through menopause. it's basically an all-natural supplement that does exactly that, eases the symptoms of menopause, and just makes it much easier to handle for both yourself and those around you. menopause was horrible until i discovered it, after that i was back to my old self. :) good luck! menoclear.com

  38. QUESTION:
    i have not been sleeping well. i get off to sleep ok but sometimes wake up and stay awake.?
    i am a 40 year old woman. when i am awake at night i feel hot and restless and it takes me ages to get back to sleep. i even have palpations.
    i dont drink tea at night and have tried nytol tablets which work but i dont want to get used to them.
    i would like to know if anyone knows of any natural remedies apart from valerian ( which gives me nightmares).
    many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using lavender oil on your pillow, and then use a mixture Lemon Balm, Lavender, chamomile,Lime blossom, Sage. you can buy some ready made teas with this mixture in some herbal stores. maybe called some thing like "Good Dreams" I know there is a German company has a very good mixture "Teekanne Träum schön" which means exactly that. www.teekanne.de see if they supply to Britain. maybe under another name. I use Valerian along with this but make sure it is a good supplier of Valerian must be fresh and only the root, do not leave in for longer than 10 Min's. 5 is recomended. Chamomile on it's own is the same do not brew for longer than 5 Min's can make you feel sick brings out other oils which can upset the stomach.
      I am surprised Valerian gives you nightmares. I would say there is another reason, you may even get this with other teas but the mixture I just told you. Make sure you don't eat late or drink coffee later than 6pm. Cut down on your coffee drinking if you do drink any, make sure you eat well and lightly cooked vegetables no raw till this is over. steamed or Wok is better. eat rice with vegetables and stay away from heavy meats. and especially pre prepared foods. which can contain additives that do not help this condition. I would recommend a cleansing diet, which many health shops can give leaflets on, but drink warm water first thing in the morning half a litter. then yogurt. plain no fruit or added sugars.Then eat normal drink more water eat with the idea of less but more often.
      You sound a little young yet for Menopause, But your Oestrogen levels may be out which cause headaches, hot flushes, insomnia, nervousness ,night sweats. there other symptoms as well which are a give away. I would talk to your doctor about this if you feel you can trust him or her. Or find a good female doctor. P.S eat more soya in your diet that helps with Oestrogen and take some evening primrose oil capsules talk to a good health store about this. there are a few good ones in the UK. I am lucky the System over here the Doctors know more about natural medication and can prescribe it. My Doctor is always asking me questions on herbal, what he does not know or unsure of. (feel free to contact) I hope this has been a little help, I would need to know more to answer more deeply, some would be to personal to ask here.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for cold sweats?
    a luke warm bath did not help and neither did baby powder... it turned into paste O.O i think my mom's going through menopause and she feels really hot and really cold at the same time and she needs some home remedies please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      There are some natural remedies she could try that really help some people. Here's a good web page that gives some more info. Hope that helps!

  40. QUESTION:
    my hair is currently very dry and brittle though i use conditioner regularly. what can i do to fix it?
    i am getting a lot of hair fall and breakage and split ends. i have naturally fine hair so this is a major problem. what can i do to fix it? are there any natural home remedies that are effective?
    i very rarely blow dry or straighten my hair. im arleady taking a vitamin supplement and eat a healthy balanced diet. im not on any medication and im not pregnant or menapausal.
    and i am naturally blonde
    and i am naturally blonde

    • ANSWER:
      drinking 8 glasses of water a day
      grease scalp everyday
      braid hair
      try to avoid heat on hair
      never pick at it
      never play with(breaking it off)
      best choice is to go natural
      try to avoid chemicals in hair
      try not to sweat it out
      find the right product for you
      take care of your hair

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could peri- or menopause be making me feel masculine?
    This is a repeat. I got one good answer the last time, but I wanted to post this during a higher traffic time to see if anyone else had suggestions. 'm a 41yo woman. Lately, much to my chagrin, I've been feeling a sort of hypermasculinity. I also have acne along my jawline, which I've read can indicate an excess of androgens. Could both of these things be indicative of menopause? Are there any natural, vegan, non-hormonal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hypermasculinity" could mean many different things, so I can't address whether perimenopause can make you feel masculine. It can certainly make you aggressive and irritable due to hormone imbalances.

      Many women in perimenopause, due to testoserone imbalances, can experience acne. Just like being an adolescent again.

      It sounds as if you've educated yourself well on perimenopause and menopause. (Perimenopause is the years leading into menopause, which is defined as having gone one year without menstruation).

      It's always interesting when women want "treatment" for menopause, since it's a natural transition. However, the hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, acne, irritability, mood swings, libido changes, and skin/hair changes can be disturbing. All these signs/symptoms certainly don't feel natural.

      Some women find that the herb black cohosh (marketed as Estroven and Remifemin) helps these signs and symptoms. You may want to visit the websites for these; sometimes they offer free samples.

      After almost 8 years of perimenopause misery, including dozens of daily hot flashes, palpitations, and weight gain, I am now on hormone replacement therapy. Most of my signs/symptoms have improved. HRT does have its dangers, though, so my physician and I are monitoring my health very carefully.

      If you decide to check out black cohosh, be sure that it doesn't affect any medical conditions you may have or any other drugs you may be taking. Herbs may be all-natural, but they still can have adverse effects.

  42. QUESTION:
    how can i lose weight while going through menopause?
    im 46, about 80 lbs overweight, on anti depressants, (prozac, well butrin) seroquel and ambien to sleep at night, anyways, im going through menopause, have no doctor, only medi-cal so the only place i can go is to an emergency room, which is pathetic, but that's our government for ya, want to find out what type of pills i could take to help me lose weight and get me through this menopause stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      i can relate. im only 32 but had to have an emergency hysterectomy about 3 years ago, therefore sending me into early mental-pause as i call it LOL i too was about 90 pounds overweight. here is what u can do. first, eat right, and i dont mean here and there.. take calcium pills, and you wil have more joint and bone pain and suffer bone loss during this time. i take oscal. also take a multi vitamin to help with fatigue. next.. and this is the real bitch.. you MUST exercise.. stretching, swimming, walking.. all those are GREAT exercises. i prefer swimming becaise of joint pain that i have. doc told me theo only way to actually lose weight is to be on a 1000 calorie diet or less, which is crap.. i starved on it.. but i found that i can survive on about 1300 calories IF i exercise one hour a day... everything is starting to sag and things just arent where they used to be anymore.. and the moodiness.. OMG i cried if i got a lump in my gravy! Things do slowly get better.. oh and take lots of fish oil too! u can also get natural remedies from a company called "Shaklee" you can find them on the internet.. i usually dont do those gimicks.. but shaklee really does work.. it only took me about a month before i noted changes. I too am also on prozac.. which makes u gain weight. welbutrin gave me violent tendencies though.. so i couldnt take that. and to sleep.. i drin k two beers before bed.. thats all i need... it also keeps the blood thin! no worried about clots or strokes! (doc gave me that advice after suffering 2 strokes at the age of 24 and 28!) start your asprin a day and next time you go into the ER, tell then your situation.. they can get you with someone who can answer all your questions and help you out for FREE! i dunno where you are, but here we have lots of ways to help you pay. the HILL-BURTON act is one of them.. another is called "CHARITY CARE" through the hospital. if u can get assistance through your hospital, ask which doctor participates in that program.. The hospitals have their own doctors who see patients like you, in your situation.. like me :) good luck and hope i helped you! :))

  43. QUESTION:
    what remedies or natural medications is there for hot flashes?
    I am looking for natural supplements not prescirbed medications I try to avoid that as much as possible

    • ANSWER:
      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (no refrigerated).

  44. QUESTION:
    At 49 I have stopped the combined pill. Why is Implanon the best contraception during menopause?
    Research on the side effects of Implanon - prolonged/irregular bleeding,weight gain, depression, dizziness, abdominal pain, etc., how will these interact with menopause. I have no idea how frequent/infrequent my natural bleeding/periods will be yet?. What method of contraception would you recommend during menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Lol ! at Menopause you don't need any more contraception methods. You're better free now to live your sexual life as better as you like it.
      Perhaps you'll get some diseases some weight gain or some anxiety but you're good enough to overcome this by some natural remedies. Just go : http://menopauseandweight.com/sitemap.xml ,
      surf in different links there to know better about menopause and how to get better.

  45. QUESTION:
    is there an answer to virginal dryness during sex?
    During sex with my boyfriend he will play with me so much I will get dry between my legs and it will start to hurt. Is there an over the counter or natural remedy for vaginal dryness.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but you did not mention your age as we know maybe if women are going through menopause they have vaginal dryness.It could be that you need more gentle foreplay or maybe some lubricant.Maybe you need to add some extra spice that will excite you as a female more.Well I hope this helps and best of luck to you=)

  46. QUESTION:
    What can i do to keep my hair from fallin out ?
    Im 30 i dknt use hair products n barley ever hair spray i blow dry after i wash but not completly dry i dnt straighten but mayb on occasion i curl it its long just more than half way down my back but its so thin n stringy n it just looks so blah its not really dry but breaks so easily what r some home remedies for fuller healthier hair mayb even over the counter

    • ANSWER:
      Find the cause before you find solution. Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      What should you do if you think that you may have hair loss? First, call your dermatologist today! If you don't have one, visit the "Find a Doctor" portion of the website of the American Academy of Dermatology. Secondly, when you visit your dermatologist, have a list of your medications, allergies, medical conditions and your hair care practices (for example: relaxers for 20 years, hot combs for 10 years, no weaves, braids with extensions for two years and natural styles for the last 5 years). Do not be afraid if your doctor suggests blood test, a scalp biopsy or culture. These procedures are recommended so that the doctor can determine the type of hair loss that you have and treatment can be started. ~Susan C. Taylor, MD

  47. QUESTION:
    In the world of Woman's life change, what natural remedy's can be used for these blooming "Hot Flashes"?
    I know that I am going through the change.

    I am okay with that for it is apart of the circle.
    I choose to go through this naturally without the chemicals of man, approved by the FDA,with their warnings of serious side effects and possible death.

    What I am going through is natural and natural is how I select it to be.
    My question is how and what I may do for the "Hot Flashes" naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for hot flashes

      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (not refrigerated).

  48. QUESTION:
    63 and night sweats, what can I do to stop them?
    What is a natural remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      *Thinner women may experience more hot flashes since fat cells convert hormones secreted by the adrenals into estrogen [in other words, it's wise to retain a little extra weight during menopause.
      *The low incidence in Japan has been linked to high soy bean consumption which stimulates estrogen production, which is why many women have turned to natural plant estrogen's, aka soy phytoestrogen / isoflavones.
      *Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.
      *Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].
      *Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed.
      *Natural remedies work in conjunction with a healthy diet and adequate exercise and tend to work more slowly.
      Hope this helps some. :)

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend any herbs/natural remedies to help increase a females sexual drive?
    I am almost 44, a married mother of 3 (10,5,3) and have just about lost my interest in sex. We have gone from having it several times a day to once a month. I know, pertty bad. We are both healthy, fit, trim and have an incredible diet but can't seem to find the sexual drive we used to have (after baby #3, we kinda pooped out!).

    Thanks for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Low libido for women is different that it is for men. I just read yesterday that even when they've given women something to help (like meds), biologically their bodies responded but they still didn't "feel" sexual etc. It could be the after effects of the baby, hormones or the lack of certain ones, pre-menopause, emotional, psychological, even birth control does that to lots of women. I would suggest that you investigate what you think when you even consider sex e.g does the idea bore you? Irritate you? Cause anxiety? Exhaust you? Once you can see your reactions to just the thought of sex, then you can dig further as in why does the very idea of sex make me feel like it's too much work etc. I don't think it's anything to panic about but it may take you some work and some time to figure it out. Make it a team project with your hubby to figure this out. Also, make a concious effort to keep it on your mind consistently. Sometimes you just have to do it (so to speak) and the flow will follow. Just look at this period of time as a gift in disguise. It'll be an adventure of unwrapping it every week and seeing what awaits. Good luck.

  50. QUESTION:
    How can I help my girlfriend to stress free?
    My girlfriend is not former smoker, sometimes the things/stuffs make her stress and she start to smoke to calm her stress down. I didnt want her to smoke, she wont stop smoking when stress came on to her. Is there a way to calm her stress down instead of cigerettes? Pls help me. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Go for lots of walks, and make her a cup of chammomile tea.
      Less sugar, less coffee. Good nutrition, calcium. Plenty of Omega 3's. There are many good books written - but I would find a good one written by an MD who also knows some natural remedies, and I would give her the book to read. Be kind to her, maybe watch some funny movies - laughing is the best medicine. She also could maybe use a doctors appt., or have someone to talk to whose opinion matters to her. Good luck, she is lucky to have someone to care about her like you do! I wouldn't nag her about the smoking, she probably feels bad enough about it as it is, and that would just add to the stress. I used to get upset with my husband when he would start smoking after quitting (more times than I can count). Finally he really did quit at the age of 51, for good. And it was nothing to do with me. I might as well have not been so disappointed in him all those times he couldn't quit, because in the end he did quit. We just don't have a crystal ball to see the future in, and sometimes good things do happen. Also, what is causing the stress? In my own case, it was a combination of starting menopause, an inherited nervous condition, and some personal problems (mostly always trying to be super efficient on the job with great difficulty!). Medication helped me a lot, but not everyone needs that, so it is good to try other remedies first.


best natural remedies for menopause

Estrogen Therapy Menopause

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can I expect starting estrogen therapy?
    I'm 49, close to 50. Had my uterus removed 4wks ago. Just started taking low dose estrogen. I know it's suppose to help the hot flashes, but what else?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, you can read this if you want to know:

      Estrogen, in pill, patch, or gel form, is the single most effective therapy for suppressing hot flashes.

      The term estrogen therapy, or ET, refers to estrogen administered alone. Because ET alone can cause uterine cancer (endometrial cancer), a progestin is administered together with estrogen in women who have a uterus to eliminate the increased risk. Thus, the term estrogen/progestin therapy, or EPT, refers to a combination of estrogen and progestin therapy, as is given to a woman who still has a uterus. This method of prescribing hormones is also known as combination hormone therapy.

      The term hormone therapy (HT) is a more general term that is used to refer to either administration of estrogen alone (women who have had a hysterectomy), or combined estrogen/progestin therapy (women with a uterus).

      All forms of hormone therapy (HT) that are FDA-approved for therapy of hot flashes are similarly effective in suppressing hot flashes.

      What are the side effects and risks of hormone therapy (HT)?

      Women can experience side effects during hormone therapy; these can be divided into more minor side effects, and more serious side effects. The more minor side effects are more common than the serious side effects, and are generally perceived by women as annoying.・These symptoms include:

      headaches,
      nausea,
      breast pain.
      It is still controversial which of these side effects are due to the estrogen component as compared to the progesterone component. Therefore, if side effects persist for a few months, the doctor will often alter either the progesterone or the estrogen part of the hormone therapy (HT).

      Contrary to common belief, recent research has confirmed that women who take commonly prescribed doses of hormone therapy (HT) are no more likely to gain weight than women not taking hormone therapy (HT). This is probably because menopause or aging itself is associated with weight gain, regardless of hormone therapy.

      (endometrial cancer): Research shows that women who have their uterus and use estrogen alone are at risk for endometrial cancer. Today, however, most doctors prescribe the combination of estrogen and progestin. Progestin protects against endometrial cancer. If there is a particular reason why a woman with a uterus cannot take some form of progesterone, her doctor will take sample tissue from her uterus (endometrial biopsy) to check for cancer annually while she is taking estrogen. Women without a uterus (including women who have had a hysterectomy) have no risk of endometrial cancer.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the risk and benefits in increasing estrogen levels in teenage girls?
    I don't mean by taking pills or anything but I mean by food. Does eating foods that increase estrogen do any good or bad to your body? Does your chest get bigger or butt get bigger? Do your hips widen? Are there any heath risks? How often should you eat foods that increase estrogen?

    • ANSWER:
      Advantages and Disadvantages of Estrogen Therapy

      In the past years, many women have stopped taking estrogen hormones because of the report that it can cause heart disease. Now, researchers have found out that this hormone is not as terrible as what others thought.

      Estrogen hormones are helpful in avoiding diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Once a woman has an insufficient number of estrogen in her body, she needs to get a solution to this kind of problem. And the only solution for it is an estrogen therapy.

      An estrogen therapy is a therapy for the body, emotional and health-risk factors linked with menopause. It can be in the form of a pill, patch, cream, implant, injection or vaginal ring.

      Who should take the estrogen therapy?

      There is no exact answer for this since every woman has her own medical record and desires. However, the women who can benefit more from estrogen therapy are those:

      • With serious vasomotor symptoms like hot flushes

      • More prone of having bone fracture and osteoporosis

      • Who have experienced early menopause which is resulted from:

      1. Surgery of the ovaries
      2. Chemotherapy
      3. Malfunction of the ovary

      What are the advantages of estrogen therapy?

      1. It lessen the threat of osteoporosis
      2. It lessen the threat of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease
      3. It reduce hot flushes
      4. It may reduce mood changes and enhance psychological comfort

      Although there are severe threats associated with estrogen therapy, many health practitioner and institutions believe that the helpful result set aside the risk factors. Consider the following statements made by the American Medical Association:

      • Estrogen therapy is the only reliable and adequate therapy to maintain system dependents with the hormones in the ovary and to reduce hot flushes.

      • Indicative vaginal waste and vaginitis and waste changes of the lower urinary tract with irregular and inconsistent urination are reversible with the estrogen therapy.

      • In order to avoid osteoporosis, it requires estrogen replacement.

      What are the disadvantages of the estrogen therapy?

      1. It increases the threat of uterus cancer

      2. It increases the threat of breast cancer especially when used for over 10
      years.

      3. It can be very dangerous for women who are more prone to blood clotting.

      4. It can give headaches or migraines

      5. It increases the threat for endometrial cancer

      6. It can destroy the liver

      With all these advantages and disadvantages presented, it all depends to the person if she wants to have the therapy. However, if you really want to take an estrogen therapy, it would be a nice idea if you discuss the matter carefully with your doctor. Keep in mind that it is your health that will be at stake so, you have to think about it a hundred of times.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you take hormone replacement if you have chronic kidney disease?
    I'm going through menopause and I'm wondering if I will be able to take estrogen replacement therapy with CKD (nephritis - GFR 50%). Is it too dangerous?
    I'm asking because the symptoms include fatigue & muscle pain, not symptoms to be taken lightly. I can deal with hot flashes. Please give me a straight answer or an alternative answer (like an herbal supplement).

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you want to take hormone replacement in the first place. This is a normal part of aging and taking replacement hormones is dangerous and has many side effects. I am going thru it myself and would never take replacement hormones. No one ever died from going thru menopause and besides that once you go off the hormones, you go thru menopause all over again and get hot flashes.......

  4. QUESTION:
    What can I expect right after oopherectomy as far as menopause symtoms?
    I'm having my last ovary removed next week. Will the menopause symptoms hit right away? Am I in for a nightmare or just a bumpy ride. I have to wait a couple weeks before starting any hormones due to endometriosis.

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as you are estrogen deficient, you will notice hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, etc. It may take a little longer for vaginal dryness, but by then you may have already started your hormone replacement therapy. Hope the surgery goes well. Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is combined Tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women and why?
    I'm getting a massive mental block and can't remember or figure out which is the answer:

    Is combined Tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for treating breast cancer in premopausal women or better for treating postmenopausal women? Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have a mental block, but dozens of your questions have been answered by contributors with, to my knowledge, not the courtesy of a thankyou from you let alone a best answer.

      They are not used together.

      Types of hormone therapy
      There are several types of hormone drugs used for primary breast cancer including
      * Aromatase inhibitors * Tamoxifen
      * Pituitary downregulators

      Aromatase inhibitors
      Although women who have had their menopause do not produce oestrogen from their ovaries, a small amount is produced by the adrenal glands (small glands above the kidneys). Aromatase inhibitors block this oestrogen from being made. So these drugs are used for women who've had their menopause. You take them as tablets once a day. There is information below about
      * Aromatase inhibitors for early breastcancer * Aromatase inhibitors to prevent breast cancer

      Aromatase inhibitors for early breast cancer

      The aromatase inhibitors anastrozole, exemestane and letrozole can be used to treat women with early breast cancer, who have had their menopause. They are given after surgery and other treatment and aim to reduce the chance of the cancer coming back.
      Tamoxifen
      The type of hormone treatment which can be used for premenopausal women is to stop the ovaries from working with particular drugs or to remove the ovaries, so that they do not produce oestrogen. This is called 'ovarian ablation'. If you have not yet had your menopause, and you have ER positive breast cancer, you will usually be offered tamoxifen hormone therapy, and possibly chemotherapy. The chemotherapy will often stop your ovaries working, but not always.

  7. QUESTION:
    If a lady takes oral contraceptive pill into menopause, will she continue to have regular period?
    If a lady is on oral contraceptive pill, and she enters menopause, she doesn't know she is into menopause, she continues to take oral contraceptive pill, will she continue to have monthly bleed?

    • ANSWER:
      A woman still goes through menopause even if she is taking birth control pills. But she may not know it. Menopause occurs naturally when your ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone.

      A menopausal woman taking birth control pills continues to get enough estrogen and progestin from the pills and will not realize her ovaries are no longer making these hormones. Her periods will continue, although she can no longer get pregnant. Menstruation occurs during the placebo week of the pill regimen. And she may have no symptoms of menopause because the pill continues to deliver more than adequate amounts of estrogen and progestin.

      When you no longer need contraception, hormone therapy is a better option for managing uncomfortable menopausal vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take Estrogen after having had a complete hysterectomy for endometrial cancer?
    I'm 44 and am at a higher risk for osteoporosis without any estrogen. However, endometrial cancer is estrogen dependent, so my thought is it wouldn't be wise to take it for risk of recurrence elsewhere. I can deal with the other menopausal symptoms, but am concerned about bone loss since I would typically have had several more years of estrogen before hitting menopause. Any alternatives or thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that it is probably not safe for someone who has had endometrial cancer to take estrogen replacement therapy but the only way to find out for sure is to double check with your dr to see what they think.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of menopause?
    I am 47 years old and my periods have become very heavy. They have always been very light. Is this a sign that I am starting to go through menopause? What can I expect next?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be...everyone is different when it comes to the first stages of menopause - usually you have changes in your cycle (some get heavier and more frequent, some are the opposite) accompanied by symptoms of hormonal changes (moodiness, achiness, fatique, hot flashes, sweating). Talk to your doctor - if you're interested in hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), this can relieve some of the symptoms you're experiencing (as well as help to prevent bone loss that can occur during menopause). Some women will continue to have abnormal, irregular periods for years before they actually hit 'menopause'. Others will progress quite quickly...again, talk to your doc, they can give you an idea of where you are by testing the functioning of your ovaries (which excrete estrogen), as well as give you some treatment options.

      here's some general menopause info:
      http://www.fbhc.org/Patients/Modules/menopause.cfm

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  11. QUESTION:
    what are the pros and cons of taking estrogen replacement drugs?
    I had a complete hystorectomy two weeks ago and this put me straight into menopause. I have experienced hot flashes and night sweats...im 44 so the doc put me on premarin
    also do u grow hair like a man would when u are in menopause? how long does menopause last?

    • ANSWER:
      You are going to find alot of pros and cons of HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy) I had a complete hysterectomy at 38 and I'm 46 now. Boy, I have been experimenting alot of HRT. My point of view, the best for me, is estrogen patches. I have tried it all, believe me. I even went to compounded hormones and that was okay. The best for me is the patches. I'm trying to spare you alot of disappointment and weight gain. So this is a suggestion that I'm sharing with you. I hope that I have helped you with your question and you take my advice.

  12. QUESTION:
    What kind of dr for estrogen therapy?
    I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago. I realize i really need to be on estrogen. My body hurts,dry skin and no sex drive none at all anymore. What kind of dr is best for getting you on the right dose of estrogen?

    • ANSWER:
      reproductive endocrinologist--this is a specialist in gynecology AND endocrinology. Also, there are vast differences in the skill of doctors prescribing hormones. Some are awful and others are great. My recommendation is to go to http://www.menopause.org/ . They have recommended physicians in all areas of the US and Canada. Might as well start with someone there, who specializes in prescribing pills for menopause.

  13. QUESTION:
    does any body know what to take for the menopause without resorting to pills from the doctor. Also?
    is excessive sweating whilst only doing the housework, hoovering etc part of the menopause?, i have heard people sweat at night but most days i really don't have to work hard in the home before i am dripping in sweat. please help if poss.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble with herbal alternatives such as plant oestrogens is that no one knows what the long term implications of using them are, the studies are just not being done. It has taken more than 20 years of studies into the long term effects of conventional HRT, and doctors are even now not totally sure of how the risk benefits stack up.

      Homeopathic preparations are of course useless, since none of them have effects beyond placebo.

      Perhaps there is still an argument for conventional therapy as it can at least be said it is the devil we know.

  14. QUESTION:
    Menopause and home remedies question?
    Does anyone have any home/over the counter remedies for hormonal migraines and significant all over joint & body pain that occurs with the migraines around the time (within 3 days) that my period should start? Seeing a doctor isn't an option at the moment as I lost my health insurance & I can't take estrogen due to my mom having had a form of breast cancer that is linked to estrogen therapy.

    Thanks for all suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I have hormonal migraines and the only thing over the counter that I've found that helps is two extra strength tylenols, ibuprofen (400 or 600 mg) and a can of real, full sugar coca cola. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it is actually close to the over the counter migraine medications. The caffeine helps and I think the liquid in the coke is helpful too. You can mix tylenol with ibuprofen, they work differently. I mentioned it to my OBGYN and he thinks it's great, but suggested I try the "cocktail" before the migraine comes on, like a prophylactic to head off the headache before it starts. I can't time my cycle that closely, but I try.

      Feel better.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find a good summary on estrogen therapy?
    I need the main points and it has to be between the dates of 12/7/10-12/9/10.

    Please and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Try here. Not sure of the dates.

      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/estrogen-replacement-therapy-ert-16198
      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/276107-overview
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007111.htm

  16. QUESTION:
    why is menopause considered a highly evolved aspect?
    what is the significance of menopause ? why is it useful?

    • ANSWER:
      - menopause is not totally useful for a woman, but has some beneficial effects in her body systems.
      - menopause is the regression of the functions of ovary, so that the eggs are not produced and also the hormones level also goes down- estrogen
      - when estrogen is getting reduced, it has ill effects on bones producing a condition called osteoporosis and so the bones finally get fractured on its own or with some trivial trauma
      - but estrogen decrease has a protective effect on heart.
      it alters the level of good and bad cholesterol and finally reducing the risk of heart disease.
      - the important use is, she cannot reproduce anymore and controls the family growth.
      but not soon after the menopause, a lady becomes infertile, it takes few months for the ovaries to get completely shut down
      - as estrogen is reduced it no more can maintain the moisture of the female genital outlet, vagina, and this gets dried leading to what is called senile vaginitis
      - but the risk of breast cancer gets reduced with increase in the risk of cervical cancer

      yes, menopause is highly evolved and from various research studies, it now possible to take necessary actions like hormone replacement therapy to avoid the detrimental effects of menopause.

  17. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  18. QUESTION:
    What links are there between aging and the endocrine system?
    It appears to me that the endocrine system is extensively involved in post-embryonic ontogeny, including puberty and menopause, so it probably has a lot to do with aging too, huh?

    • ANSWER:
      Aging

      Despite age-related changes, the endocrine system functions well in most older people. However, some changes do occur because of normal damage to cells during the aging process and genetically programmed cellular changes. These changes may alter the following:
      hormone production and secretion

      hormone metabolism (how quickly excess hormones are broken down and leave the body, for example, through urination)

      hormone levels circulating in blood

      biological activities

      target cell or target tissue response to hormones

      rhythms in the body, such as the menstrual cycle

      For example, increasing age is thought to be related to the development of Type II diabetes. With aging, the target cell response time becomes slower, especially in people who might be at risk for this disorder.

      The signs and symptoms of endocrine system diseases affect many body systems. In elderly persons, they are frequently subtle and may be harder to detect than in younger persons. At times, these signs are incorrectly linked with other causes, such as the changes of normal aging, other medical disorders or conditions, or drug therapy.

      The aging process affects nearly every gland. For example, the hypothalamus is responsible for releasing hormones that stimulate the pituitary gland. During aging, there is either impaired secretion of some hypothalamic hormones or impaired pituitary response. These changes appear to influence the endocrine system's ability to respond to the body's internal environment. As a result, the body cannot not respond as well either to internal or external stresses.

      With increasing age, the pituitary gland can become smaller and more fibrous and may not work as well. For example, production of growth hormone may decrease. This may lead to a hormone imbalance that causes problems such as decreased lean muscle, decreased heart function, and osteoporosis.

      Aging can affect a woman's ovaries. These organs eventually exhibit the most common endocrine change related to aging: menopause. In menopause, the ovaries stop responding to follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone from the anterior pituitary. Ovarian hormone production of estrogen and progesterone slows down and then stops. Eventually a woman stops having her periods altogether

  19. QUESTION:
    How risky is Hormone Replacement therapy?
    I am 45 and had a hysterectomy with one ovary removed when I was 41. I took a low dosage of HRT for two years and slowly reduced and stopped it. I am having severe menopause symptoms again and am miserable.Considering trying low dosage HRT again but worried about breast cancer risks. I am confused and weighing my options. What do you think about the risks versus the benefits of HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually not that risky. And there are benefits to HRT that offset the risk of the HRT. And in the biggest study of HRT, done by the WHI in the early 2000s, they found that women who take premarin plus provera (Prempro):

      For every 10,000 women taking Prempro, each year:

      8 more will develop breast cancer
      7 more will have a heart attack or other coronary event
      8 more will have a stroke,
      and 8 more will have blood clots in the lungs

      That's probably the thing you've been hearing about. BUT!!!!! they also found:
      "After careful consideration of the data, NIH has concluded that with an average of nearly 7 years of follow-up completed, estrogen alone does not appear to affect (either increase or decrease) heart disease, a key question of the study. At the same time, estrogen alone appears to increase the risk of stroke and decrease the risk of hip fracture. It has not increased the risk of breast cancer during the time period of the study."

      You are not taking provera, because you do not have a uterus. You are only taking estrogen. And estrogen alone does not appear to increase risk of breast cancer!

  20. QUESTION:
    What Are The Risks In Increasing Estrogen Levels In A Woman?
    I'm curious to know the risks of increasing estrogen levels in women (older than 18, but before menopause). Thanks to all who provide an answer.
    My other question about estrogen: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090213210523AA3CsNG&r=w

    • ANSWER:
      Potentially, an increased risk of certain female cancers, and cardiovascular problems (increased blood clots potentially causing strokes or heart attacks). The cardiovascular risk is particularly associated with smoking. The risks are usually more pronounced in those over 35-40, and may be associated either infrequently with hormonal birth control or much more frequently with hormone replacement therapy (peri- and post- menopausal women).

  21. QUESTION:
    Turner Syndrome, What happens when they reach the age of 25?
    I have a 17 year old sister that have turner syndrome. She went through hormone therapy for about 4 years. When she reached her teenage years , she started having problems with her kidneys and she is now prone to diabetes. What happens to girls to have TS when they reach the age of 25? Is it true that they will also experience pre-mature aging?

    • ANSWER:
      No, I'm not aware of any correlation between premature aging as such and Turner's. There are medical issues she needs to be aware of, though, like cardiac issues and the propensity to diabetes you mentioned. When you say she "went through hormone therapy," do you mean estrogen or growth hormone? If she's 17, she's probably old enough that she's stopped growth hormone, but she still needs to be on estrogen/progesterone replacement therapy. Adequate HRT throughout adulthood is *very important* in women with TS, and the current thinking is that women with TS should remain on HRT until 50 or so, the age at which menopause would naturally be beginning. It will do a lot to combat osteoporosis and other issues. I don't know why you picked 25, but there's nothing in particular that "happens" to women with TS at that age or any age, they just need to be aware throughout their adulthood of the medical issues that can arise with TS and be sure they are getting good medical care from a doctor who is knowledgeable about the condition. The Turner's Syndrome Society of the United States is a great resource for keeping up with the latest medical research on TS - http://www.turnersyndrome.org.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why is Menopause worse than having periods?
    I thought Menopause means no periods so that means girls can be better than when they were having periods?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, yes, at the end of menopause a woman no longer has periods, but it doesn't happen overnight. Over the course of several years (it varies) a woman's body will start 'preparing' for menopause, go through it, and then finish it. Symptoms of menopause may include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, aching joints and muscle problems, anxiety, irritability, depression and mental fatigue. Decreased libido, headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, urinary tract infections, weight gain, hair loss and incontinence are also symptoms of menopause.

      If you survive that intact then you're on a roll. No periods will be great, but it also means the body isn't producing enough estrogen or progesterone, they are female hormones and effectively they are what makes us female (in essence!). Any woman who has premature menopause is then at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis - estrogen, among other things, is very important in maintaining bone density and preventing bone loss.

      Of course, there'shormone replacement therapy which helps combat the symptoms of menopause, but that in itself comes with risks of blood clots, cancers etc.

      My mum developed breast after being on HRT for 20 years - she had premature menopause and needed to go on HRT.

      Being a woman isn't always a barrel of laughs - there's a lot of shit that can happen!

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does a menopause period last not not in years but in days?
    my neighbor is 55 and she is on menopause already but she takes estrogen and she was curious as to how long in days her period it will last. Doesn't it usually vary depending on the person and their body type?

    • ANSWER:
      People who takes hormonal replacement therapy will get her period just like before menopause. So, it shall be the same like before she experience menopause.

  24. QUESTION:
    Estrogen and progesterone signal cell division. Why do women still get breast cancer after the menopause?
    What I mean is that tamoxifen and drugs try to cancel the effects of estrogen and progesterone. That shouldn't even be applicable to women past menopause!

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists have identified two genes which are more likely to be defective in a breast cancer patient than someone without breast cancer.
      These genes are also blamed for some other cancers.
      However, even the two mutated genes are thought only to be responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
      Hormones seem to have an important role in breast cancer. Research has shown a link between levels of the female sex hormone, oestrogen, and the risk of developing breast cancer.
      Women who take certain types of hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk of breast cancer.
      Women who have their first child later in life also appear to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
      Tamoxifen blocks the female sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone influences the growth of cells related to female reproduction, such as those in the breast or the uterus. If there is too much oestrogen in the system, cell growth can accelerate to the point where tumours start to develop. Tamoxifen competes with the sex hormone for the same proteins - called receptors - found on the surface of cancer cells. When the drug locks onto the receptors it blocks the way for oestrogen - which would otherwise activate the cancer cell to divide and make the tumour grow.
      Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. These conditions may be serious or fatal.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  26. QUESTION:
    If both ovaries were removed from a 20 yr old female what would happen to the hormones?
    What would happen to the levels of GnRH, FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone in her blood? Since the ovaries are gone would the estrogen and progesterone sitll be produced?? What would happen to her menstrual cycle???

    • ANSWER:
      This is a medically induced early menopause and the results would be the same hormonal changes as in full menopause. At twenty, this would be a radical procedure and it's not often done. Most hysterectomies aim to leave the ovaries intact when done on pre-menopausal women. If the ovaries are gone, the woman would likely choose hormone replace therapy to replicate normal estrogen patterns and retain her cycle. It's unlikely that she would have ovaries removed and not the uterus, however.

  27. QUESTION:
    Any one know of a good medication I can take for hot flashes I seem to get them at least 20 times a day?
    I cant take estrogen because I had breast cancer there has to be something out there. I also need a good vitamin

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like soy foods or supplements with isoflavones (the "active ingredients" in soy) are the most promising for women that can't take hormone replacement therapy.

      Isoflavones may also lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

      Get yourself a good muti-vitamin for women moving into menopause, like Centrum Silver.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest that women starts to go through the?
    change of life. I am 36. I think I might be going through it. I guess other people call it menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause

      * What is menopause?
      * What is ‘perimenopause’?
      * What are the signs of menopause?
      * Do all women experience menopause in the same way?
      * What is ‘induced’ menopause?
      * How should I prepare for menopause?
      * Where can I go for more information?

      What is menopause?

      Menopause is the end of menstruation. The word comes from the Greek mens, meaning monthly, and pausis, meaning cessation. Menopause is part of a woman's natural aging process when her ovaries produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become pregnant.

      Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages of 42 and 56.

      A woman can say she has begun her menopause when she has not had a period for a full year.
      What is ‘perimenopause’?

      ‘Perimenopause’ refers to the several years before menopause when a woman may begin experiencing the first signs of her menopausal transition. But many people use the term ‘menopause’ for both the perimenopausal years as well as the few years following menopause.
      What are the signs of menopause?

      Menopause is a natural process that happens to every woman as she grows older, and is not a medical problem, disease or illness. Still, some women may have a hard time because of the changes in hormone levels during menopause.

      There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women have many moderate or severe symptoms.

      The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes lighter or heavier.

      Other signs may include some of the following:

      * weight gain;
      * hot flashes;
      * insomnia;
      * night sweats;
      * vaginal dryness;
      * joint pain;
      * fatigue;
      * short-term memory problems;
      * bowel upset;
      * dry eyes;
      * itchy skin;
      * mood swings; and
      * urinary tract infections.

      Most of the time, these symptoms will lessen or go away after a woman has finished menopause.
      Do all women experience menopause in the same way?

      Menopause experiences are different among individual women, and also among women in different cultures and in different parts of the world.

      Research has shown that women’s experience of menopause can be related to many things, including genetics, diet, lifestyle and social and cultural attitudes toward older women.

      For example:

      * Japanese women report fewer hot flashes and other symptoms.
      * Thai women record a high incidence of headaches.
      * Scottish women record fewer severe symptoms.
      * Greek women report a high rate of hot flashes.
      * Mayan women report no symptoms.

      Some scholars wonder if the North American emphasis on youth and lack of respect for older people contributes to a more difficult menopausal transition here.

      The typical North American diet, high in saturated fats and sugars, along with our in-active lifestyle and low childbirth rate, may also contribute to the physical complaints common to many North American women at menopause.
      What is "induced" menopause?

      "Induced", "sudden" or "surgical" menopause happens when a woman goes through an immediate and premature menopause. This occurs when her ovaries no longer produce the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

      This may be caused by:

      * surgery to remove your ovaries;
      * chemotherapy;
      * radiation treatment; or
      * ovarian malfunction.

      Women going through induced menopause may have more severe menopausal symptoms, and are usually treated with hormone therapy.
      How should I prepare for menopause?

      Menopause is one of women’s many important natural life-stages. For some, it is a challenging period of difficult physical and emotional changes. For others, it is a time of personal growth and renewal. And for many women, it is both at the same time. They don't call it "Menopausal Zest" for nothing!

      Here are some suggestions to help you enjoy your menopausal years to their fullest:

      * Learn about menopause through recent books, articles and other reading materials.
      * Talk to friends and relatives who have already gone through menopause.
      * Join a menopause or midlife support-group in your area.
      * Have a nutritious diet and enjoy regular exercise.
      * Manage your stress by balancing your work and social life.
      * Talk with your health care practitioner about your personal health concerns.
      * Know that you have choices and can take charge of your health.
      http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/faq/menopause.html

      Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause

      Print out these questions and answers to discuss with your doctor.

      1. Can Menopause Cause a Woman's Voice to Change?

      The majority of women do not experience a voice change during menopause. Rarely, some women may lose the upper register of voice.

      2. What Can I Do About the Facial Hair I've Developed as a Result of Menopause?

      Although many women do not experience any additional facial hair growth, it can be a problem for some. There are a number of hair removal options available to you, including waxing, depilatories (liquids or creams that remove body hair) and laser hair removal. Check with your doctor or a medical aesthetician to determine the right hair removal method for you and to ensure that it will not harm your skin.

      3. Now That I've Begun Menopause, Do I Still Have to be Concerned About Birth Control?

      You will know for sure that you have experienced menopause when you have not had your period for an entire year. Until you have gone one year without a period, you should still use birth control if you do not want to become pregnant. You should continue to practice safe sex techniques with use of latex condoms to reduce risk of sexually transmitted infection.

      4. My Hot Flashes Aren't As Intense As the Ones My Friends Describe. They're Actually More "Warm" Than "Hot." Is This Normal?

      While hot flashes (or flushes) are very common in perimenopause, not all women experience them, and not all flashes are of the same intensity. Hot flashes can be as mild as a light blush or severe enough to wake you from a sound sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last 30 seconds to 5 minutes. They usually disappear within a few years after menopause. However, up to 10-15% of women experience hot flashes for years.

      5. I'm Perimenopausal And Have Been Told That I Should be Taking Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills. Why?

      Compared to regular birth control pills, the lower dose of estrogen in very-low-dose pills may be safer for perimenopausal women. (Perimenopause begins about 3 to 5 years before your final period.) While regular birth control pills contain 30 to 50 micrograms of estrogen, these low dose pills contain only 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol.

      6. What Are Some Other Benefits of Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills?

      In addition to preventing pregnancy, the pills can regulate heavy or irregular menstrual periods and may provide protection from ovarian and uterine cancer. The pills may also prevent bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis . However, women with a history of breast cancer, blood clots, or heart disease, or women who smoke, should not take these pills.

      7. How are hot flashes treated?

      While menopausal hormone therapy (HRT) relieves hot flashes for many women, there are other drug treatments that may offer relief. These include both over-the-counter and prescription therapies. Over-the-counter therapies you may want to try include Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Ibuprofen and soy protein found in foods.

      Prescription treatments include:

      * Bellergal-S, a combination medicine used to treat some symptoms of menopause. However, based on side effects and the butalbital-an additive substance in Belergal-S-it is not recommended by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) www.menopause.org .
      * Catapres, Catapres-TTS and Aldomet blood pressure medications. However, based on the side effects, these drugs are not recommended unless a woman has hypertension.
      * Antidepressants Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor (Note: Paxil has been shown to reduce tamoxifen levels)
      * Other hormones, such as Provera and Megace

      8. Is Menopausal HT Safe?

      As with all medicines, there are risks and benefits. Scientists continue to study the long-term effects of HT. The most recent study found that Prempro, a type of menopausal HT, increased a woman's risk of blood clot and stroke, and slightly increased the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Estrogen alone has not been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. If you are concerned about taking menopausal HT, talk to your doctor; there are other options.

      9. What Alternative Treatments Are Available?

      Botanical products containing or acting like estrogens may provide some of the benefits of estrogen in relieving menopausal symptoms, but are not as well studied. Other botanicals, including black cohosh, have also shown promise for reducing menopausal symptoms. However, more research is needed to define the benefits and risks of these alternative treatments, and you should always check with your doctor before using them.

      10. Sex Has Become Painful. What Can I Do to Make It More Enjoyable?

      The pain you are experiencing during sex is likely due to vaginal dryness associated with declining estrogen levels. There are a number of lubricants you can try. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a suggestion. There are local estrogen treatments-cream, tablets, and an estrogen ring-for women desiring treatment of vaginal atrophy.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=42719

  30. QUESTION:
    Could Nolvadex or Clomid be used as a performance enhancing drug?
    I understand that these drugs are used for post cycle therapy but would using them alone, without first having done a cycle of steroids, enhance strenght, muscle gains, testosterone, or lower estrogen thus resulting in gains? I am just wondering. I don't use steroids (I am not against them and I wonder why it is ok for women to use steroids for birth control/menopause but it is criminalized for men) but I just think the whole thing is very interesting. Any informative answers would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually quite an interesting question.

      Despite the raise in Testosterone caused by clomid though the answer is not really, no.

      "Clomid stimulates the hypothalamus to, in turn stimulant the anterior pituitary gland (aka hypophysis) to release gonadotrophic hormones. The gonadotrophic hormones are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH - aka interstitial cell stimulating hormone (ICSH)). FSH stimulates the testes to produce more testosterone, and LH stimulates them to secrete more testosterone. This feedback mechanism is known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-testes axis (HPTA), and results in an increase of the body's own testosterone production and blood levels rise, to, in part, compensate for the diminishing levels of exogenous steroids. This is vital to minimise post cycle muscle losses."

      So, there may be a slight increase in Testosterone production in males caused by taking this drug however the body would even it out after a few days. As you obviously already know, clomids main use in the performance enhancing stakes is when used as part of Post Cycle Therapy.

      Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) works by flooding eostrogen receptors in the body with itself, effectively clogging them up before any free aromatase can bind to them. Again a raise in T levels may be noted but not for long enough to be considered performance enhancing.

      Your points about women using steroids is a valid one to some degree although I doubt you'd get any argument about birth control/menopause and linking them to performance enhancement to stick! Many males now are prescribed TRT (Testosterone replacement therapy) in the same way as women get HRT. Despite all the media hyped rumours about anabolic steroids (there are many types of steroids - anyone reading this use an inhaler for asthma? Then you are using a steroid), low testosterone in a male can cause lethargy, mood swings, even cancer.

      Anyhow, we live in a world were the likes of Tiger Woods can have laser corrective surgery on his eyes (despite having good eyesight in the first place) so that he can see the contours of the ground even better and yet this is not considered cheating! The governor of California is a walking advertisement for steroids and yet it is illegal to even purchase a syringe there. The mind boggles.

      Take a look at 'Bigger, Stronger, Faster' to have your eyes opened a little more. I'd strongly suggest anybody who is against the use of steroids do so too so as to have a little factual knowledge before regurgitating media fed rubbish.

      Personally I'm very much for steroid use if done with good knowledge and planning. I'm over 40 years old and have used anabolic steroids very successfully and safely for many years now. I'm also 265lbs at 7% body fat and in better shape than anyone I know outside the sports and fitness game. Of course I could put it all down to good nutrition, training and rest but it's not. Sensible use of anabolics and other so called performance enhancing drugs have aided in making me what I am today.

  31. QUESTION:
    So what can I expect during menopause?
    I just got my test results today to say I am in my menopause. I am 49. So far I've had no symptoms or discomfort. Is this a sign that I might skip all the uncomfortable side effects, or is it too soon to say? Also what kinds of supplements are best for calcium and what kinds of exercise can I motivate myself to do, as I really hate it?

    • ANSWER:
      During the perimenopausal transition, a woman's estrogen levels decrease, leading to the typical symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration or mood, vaginal dryness...the list goes on. Some options for relief include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), an alternative medical therapy, or herbal remedies

  32. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is it like the second time around when taking lupron?
    I was on lupron about 4 months ago and into the 3 month shot I decided to stop because I could not stand the menopause symptoms I was experiencing. I was told that the second time around things could be better. I would love to hear any kind of experience someone had the second time around being on lupron. I am going to be taking a small dose of prempro with the lupron so I hope that helps. My first time around I did the add back therapy and that was hell!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't done actual Lupron but did another medication similar to it called Zoladex. I did the addback with that first course and did really good. I used the Vivelle patch. The second round I had hoped to be on the addback therapy but didn't and did pretty good.

      As for the addback with the first time around it sounds like the amount of estrogen in that addback therapy was too high. When I used the Vivelle patch I asked for the lowest dosage possible to help with the potential side effects I might get and not have it affect what the medication was trying to do to help my endometriosis.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can low estrogen levels affect having children in the future?
    Ive been told i have low eastrogen levels and im worried incase it Can affect me having children in the future? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely it can effect it!! I would say that when you are ready to try to have a baby ask them to put you on Progesterone, it is what they use in women when they are going through menopause and need hormone replacement therapy aka replacement for estrogen. More than likely they will put u on that and vitamins and maybe some other stuff but it should get the job done. Dont give up or be upset because there are ways that it is still possible to have a baby! Good luck!!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    When women reach menopause do they typically lose their sex drive? Is there a women's Viagra equivalent?
    Typically one year after periods cease a women is considered in menopause. What happens to her sex drive--mine disappeared--I am not on any estrogen or premarin--do they increase llibido? Is there a women's pill like Viagra for men?

    • ANSWER:
      There s no Viagra for women and hormones replacement therapy has some side effects. There is a FDA approved gadget called Eros that applies suction to the clitoris to engorge it. The idea is somewhat similar to Viagra because, as Viagra, it does not really boost sexual desire: it only provokes the mechanics of it ( blood flow to the genitals ).
      I think people have been looking for aphrodisiacs for thousands of years and there must be dozens or hundreds of substances that are supposed to boost libido. I m not too sure if any of those sold in drugstores really work. All I can say is that some substances that seem to have a real and immediate effect are illegal as far as I know....

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have an opinion or stories about Prempro?
    Took my first pill this morning for Menopause. I'm really sleepy right now. Not sure if it's the drug or what. Anyone have experience with this medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Prempro sucks. It's the most convenient thing for a doctor to prescribe, and it's also one of the worst. It's PREMarin--estrogen from the urine of pregnant horses. The horses are treated very badly and cruelly. If that were your only option, then I'd say OK, but there are so many better options that it's crazy to do it. Also in the pill is PROvera, a type of artificial progesterone. You may have read about some big medical studies a few years back that showed all kinds of risks of hormones. Actually, they think that a lot of the reason for those risks is the specific hormones in Prempro, especially Provera, since women taking just the Premarin didn't fare so badly. So for that reason alone, Provera sucks. But like I said, it's the easiest to prescribe because it's been around the longest and so during the few hours of medical school your doc studied post-menopausal hormone therapy, they said "Prempro" and so that's what he uses. Instead, you should try some of the better, newer ones. Like for estrogen, use Vivelle Dot or Climara. These are estrogen patches that have been shown in studies to not have many of the harmful side effects of the oral estrogens (that doesnt' mean it's harmless, but it does mean that if you do feel like you really need to take it, then it's better than Premarin. And as for the artificial progesterone, there are other types that are better.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the best and cheapest product out there for Cellulite?
    I have been excersizing for a year and I try to gain muscle in my legs to get rid of it. I dont have the money to be splurging on things that dont work. Please anyone know of an awesome cellulite product?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason that so many women, even slim women, get cellulite on their hips and thighs, is because the female hormone oestrogen makes women get fat there; and they store more of their fat just under the skin's surface, whereas men store some of their fat internally, underneath muscles. After menopause, women deposit more fat on the upper parts of their bodies, but this can be reversed by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). As women grow older, surface skin becomes thinner and less elastic, and the dimpling becomes more exaggerated. Therefore cellulite is a natural characteristic of the female body. It may be upsetting for women who have it, but it does not cause physical harm. Dimpling is made worse by sunbathing because excessive exposure to sunlight is known to cause the skin to lose its elasticity. Injections, liposuction and electrical treatment do not have a long term effect but massage is supposed to help.
      Doctors believe that the best ways to improve the appearance of cellulite are regular exercise, walking, swimming, cycling, dancing; going on a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables; cutting down on fatty foods such as meat, dairy products, ice cream, hot chips, biscuits, chips, cakes, tea, coffee and alcohol. Rapid weight loss can make the problem worse so it is recommended that weight loss is done slowly.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for the pill to affect your acne?
    I had mild acne because of really bad water where I lived. Then I moved, used my regular stuff, and my acne went away.

    Then I started taking the pill. This is the second pill I've tried. I have the worst acne now I have ever had in my entire life. I am 26.

    I am half way through my third pack of pills. Is this not going to change? Should I find another pill or give this one another month or two. It is pretty horrible. I would almost rather just use condoms at this point.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Limin, i hope this answers your question,
      A major factor in the appearance of acne is abnormal hormone levels, which usually occurs during puberty. For women the level of testosterone, known as the male hormone, rise during the menstrual cycle, that may lead to acne out breaks, due to the fact that the subcutaneous gland producing more oil at this time. Hormone levels can also alter during pregnancy and menopause, making acne out breaks common.

      When symptoms are noticeable medical care is recommended, in order to prevent scarring, that can last a life time, that can occur from chronic acne. Once a dermatologist has diagnosed the skin condition, an individual treatment series can begin. This can include lotions, cleansers, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy or acne pills.

      The acne pill is actually the birth control pill, but has been shown to be effective some times, to correct hormone levels. Everyone has both male and female hormones, excessive testosterone levels, the male hormone, as well as the androgens, cause the sebaceous glands to go into over production, leading to acne out breaks. The acne pill, which are synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin can help level out these hormone levels, and have been shown to stop the ovaries from producing excess testosterone, and reinstating normal male and female hormone levels.

      The effects of the acne pill will not be seen immediately after beginning this treatment, and in some cases acne can get worse before getting better. As soon as the acne pill starts to equate hormone levels out the benefits will be able to be seen. Some times one acne pill will not work, and actually cause more problems, so another acne pill needs to be tried. There are different types of acne pills for the different hormonal levels of different people.

      People who suffer from chronic acne need to understand that the acne pill is a temporary cure, and in most cases, when the medication is stopped the acne will return. In some cases the acne can be far more serious after the acne pill is not being taken.

  39. QUESTION:
    How does blood affect your aging process?
    I've heard studies have shown that blood is what ages us, but I've been unable to find them again. Find me direct links and I'll make sure you get best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood it self is a connective tissue. What is present in blood affects aging. Toxins, free radicals and excessive cholesterol floating in the blood can damage organ tissue, cause genetic mutations and plaque buildup. These in turn could cause organ damage, cancer, increase likeness for heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer's.

      Other hormones and chemicals can prevent aging. For example, antioxidants will cancel out damage by free radicals. HDL (good cholesterol) will cancel out LDL (bad cholesterol). Even sex hormones can help decrease onset of cognitive decline that comes with age. Low levels of testosterone is shown to increase spatial learning abilities (high levels of exogenous testosterone does not), while estrogen increases hippocampal (memory center of brain) glucose metabolism and decrease the chance of Alzheimer's. Women who took estrogen replacement hormone therapy after menopause or ovariectomy until the age of 50 were something like 70% less likely to get Alzheimer's than women when did not have estrogen replacement from 43 to 50 years old (for women who no longer make estrogen starting at 43). The positive effects of estrogen replacement on Alzheimer prevention does not affect women who stop producing estrogen (due to menopause or ovariectomy) by age 50 or old.

  40. QUESTION:
    Any natural suggestions for coping with early menopause, due to ovary removal and hysterectomy?
    I am using HRT and would like to get off them. I feel cheated of my youth, but thankful i am alive. I did not expect to be dealing with this until another 20 or so years. I feel I am aging so rapidly, but feel so young and vibrant on the inside. I have tryed black cohosh but they did not stop my hot flushes, I was having them every 20 mins. Any suggestions would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I understand your dilemma I to had a complete hysterectomy at age35, I took the hormone replacements but I always felt very agitated, I started using Estrovent it is a natural hormone therapy, also progesterone cream works. When we get thrown into menopause UN naturally it's a shock to our system, It plays havoc with our emotions, and body. You could also try eating foods with natural estrogen's in them like sweet potatoes, eat plenty of Green Vegetables, Also find a good vitamin and mineral supplement. It may take a few months of taking these things to work because they have to build in your system. I still have hot flashes but not a severe. Keep your skin hydrated, I use a skin care line with vitamin c from Adrian on Hsn, it brings back the youthful glow to your skin. Remember your skin is a organ and needs to be fed, I also make my own face masques from bananas, strawberry's, aloe, these infuse natural peptides into the skin. I hope this helps Hun, if you have any questions feel free to email me.
      God bless!

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for deficiency of estrogen?
    What is the best medicine/treat for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sign and Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels:

      Rapid pulse rate
      Bloating
      Fatigue that worsens during the day
      Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
      Short-term memory failure
      Poor Memory
      Hot flashes
      Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
      Decreased Sex Drive
      Depression
      Headaches
      Osteoarthritis
      Low Back Pain
      Dry skin
      Vaginal Dryness
      Recent unexplained weight gain
      In the past, women looked to synthetic hormones to remedy the symptoms of low estrogen levels. Recent studies showing clear dangers associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy spurred a renewed interest in HRT natural alternatives.

      There are a number of food and herb sources that provide plant-based phytoestrogen for HRT natural alternatives that can combat the cause of symptoms of low estrogen levels by naturally supplying the body with estrogen forms readily processed by the body. By addressing the effects of estrogen deficiency with HRT natural alternatives, women reduce their risks of HRT related side effects, conditions and diseases.

      Although menopause is the time of estrogen deficiency and symptoms of low estrogen levels, premenopausal women can also have estrogen deficiencies and symptoms of low estrogen levels. In either case, HRT natural alternatives are well advised.

  42. QUESTION:
    Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining bone strength and density. This is why women over 50 and women ov?
    Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining bone strength and density. This is why women over 50 and women over experience premature menopause are at risk for developing osteoporosis. What can be done to minimize this risk ? (Involving hormone therapies and lifestyle factors.)

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise, calcium, Fosamax or Boniva.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is a migraine headache just a really strong headache or is it a totally different ailment?
    I'd like to know because I have been getting super strong headaches in the last year that only migraine medications are effective on.

    • ANSWER:
      Migraines are different from ordinary headaches. Whatever the exact mechanism of the headaches, a number of things may trigger them. Common migraine triggers include:

      Hormonal changes in women. Fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women with known migraines. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a major drop in estrogen. Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Hormonal medications — such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy — also may worsen migraines, though some women find it's beneficial to take them.

      Foods. Some migraines appear to be triggered by certain foods. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; aged cheeses; chocolate; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate — a key ingredient in some Asian foods; salty foods; and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines.

      Stress. Stress at work or home can instigate migraines.

      Sensory stimuli. Bright lights and sun glare can produce migraines, as can loud sounds. Unusual smells — including pleasant scents, such as perfume, and unpleasant odors, such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke, can also trigger migraines.

      Changes in wake-sleep pattern. Either missing sleep or getting too much sleep may serve as a trigger for migraine attacks in some individuals, as can jet lag.

      Physical factors. Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, may provoke migraines.

      Changes in the environment. A change of weather or barometric pressure can prompt a migraine.

      Medications. Certain medications can aggravate migraines.

      Check here for more information.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120/DSECTION=causes

  45. QUESTION:
    What part of the vagina does the wetness come from?
    If you have a total hystorectomy will the vagina still get wet? The Dr. said they sew the top of the vagina up so the parts don't fall out. Gross, help I am serious. Do I have to buy a wetting agent? Is about how long will the vagina be? Details and only serious details.
    Specific tissues and location for glands that wetness comes from.

    • ANSWER:
      There are small glands (called sebaceous glands...similar to saliva or sweat glands) that line the walls of the vagina. It is from these that the secretions (vaginal discharge) emit.

      If the surgeon is removing your ovaries as well as your uterus, you will probably experience considerable vaginal dryness, as the estrogen your ovaries produce directly influences your vaginal secretion levels.

      So you need to discuss your hysterectomy options with your surgeon. BTW, as you age and menopause occurs (if the ovaries are left behind), you will experience vaginal dryness anyway...in which case artificial lubrication and/or estrogen cream therapy would help a lot.

  46. QUESTION:
    what type of drugs are appropriate for estrogen therapy?
    are the following drugs advisable to administer on patients with cystocele that are in need of estrogen therapy, if not, what can be administered:
    -premarin
    -premelle
    -premelle cycle
    -primax

    are there other drugs that can be used on patients with cystocele

    • ANSWER:
      Up to Date:
      Cystocele: hernia of the bladder with associated descent of the anterior vaginal segment.

      There is no evidence estrogen therapy will prevent prolapse or that it is an effective treatment of prolapse symptoms.

      Mayo Clinic/University of Maryland Medical Center:
      This site states that a doctor may recommend using estrogen — either orally or in a vaginal cream — if the patient has already experienced menopause. This is because estrogen, which helps keep pelvic muscles strong, decreases after menopause.

      Your doctor is in a better position to assess your condition, weigh the benefits/risk of estrogen therapy, and to recommend the most appropriate medication for you if it is indicated.

      Also note that there is no consensus of estrogen therapy for cystocele.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of vaginal pain during intercourse?
    I never had any pain during intercourse until several months ago. I had a bladder infection. It was treated and it cleared up but sex has not been the same since then. The pain that I am experiencing is on penetration. It feels like it's on the front wall of the vagina. After he's been thrusting for a while, the pain turns more into a burning sensation. Can anyone tell me how I can get this pain to stop? Also, I know that I do not have any STD's. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lady Please try this measures I hope it should help Applying lubricating gels to the outer sexual organs, including the vulva and labia, and in the vagina may be helpful to women and ease pain during intercourse. Sex toys, such as vibrators or dildos, may also be useful. A woman should talk with her health care provider before attempting to use a vaginal dilator. Treatment of pain during intercourse depends on the cause.

      * Entrance pain may be treated when the cause is identified.

      o Atrophy (thinning of the vaginal walls): Entrance pain caused by atrophy is common among postmenopausal women who do not take hormone replacement medication. Blood flow and lubricating capacity respond directly to hormone replacement. The most rapid relief of atrophy comes from applying topical estrogen vaginal cream directly to the vagina and its opening. This cream is available by prescription only.

      o Urethritis and urethral syndrome: With this condition, a woman may urinate frequently with urgency, pain, and difficulty, but a urinalysis can find no identifiable bacteria. These symptoms may be caused by chronic inflammation of the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body) from muscle spasms, anxiety, low estrogen levels, or a combination of these causes. Using a special instrument, the doctor may dilate the urethra. The doctor may prescribe low-dose antibiotics. At times, antidepressants and antispasmodics may also be prescribed.

      o Inadequate lubrication: Treatment of inadequate lubrication depends on the cause. Options include water-soluble lubricants (for use with condoms ; other types of lubricants may damage condoms) or other substances such as vegetable oils. If arousal does not take place, more extensive foreplay might be needed during sexual relations.

      o Vaginismus: Painful spasms of muscles at the opening of the vagina may be an involuntary but appropriate response to painful stimuli. These spasms may be due to several factors, including painful insertion, previous painful experiences, previous abuse, or an unresolved conflict regarding sexuality. For a woman with vaginismus, her doctor may recommend behavioral therapy, including vaginal relaxation exercises.

      o Vaginal strictures (abnormal narrowing): Doctors commonly see vaginal strictures after pelvic surgery, radiation, or menopause . Estrogen, or special surgical techniques may be used to treat these strictures.

      o Interstitial cystitis: This chronic inflammation of the bladder has no known cause; however, pain with intercourse is a common symptom. A health care provider may perform a cystoscopy (a procedure to look inside the bladder), or a urologist may distend (stretch) the bladder to examine the bladder wall. These procedures often work to clear the condition. Other treatments include amitriptyline, nifedipine, Elmiron, or other prescription therapies. Other options include bladder washings with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or other agents or transcutaneous electric stimulation (TENS) and acupuncture. Surgery is a last resort.

      o Endometriosis: Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus. Pain during intercourse caused by endometriosis is not uncommon. Relief of this pain often indicates success in treating endometriosis.

      o Vulvovaginitis (inflammation of the vulva and vagina): Whether recurrent or chronic, this problem is common despite the rise in the number of over-the-counter treatments.

      + If not responsive to self-treatment with lubricating gels or initial treatment by a doctor, a woman may need a more thorough evaluation to identify the cause.

      + A doctor may ask the woman if she uses antibiotic or antifungal medication or if she douches. If so, these practices should be stopped to help determine whether a specific disease-causing organism is present.

      + Treatment is based on the presence of bacteria or other organisms. Often, no single organism is identified. The doctor may talk to the woman about proper hygiene.

      + If recurring symptoms are shared with a sexual partner, both individuals should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

      + A doctor considers the possibility of intermittent urethral infection with chlamydia, an STD, as well as a more obvious urinary tract infection, and then treats with the appropriate antibiotics.
      * Treatment for deep thrust pain includes 2 strategies.

      o Pelvic adhesions (tissue that has become stuck together, sometimes developing after surgery): Pain with intercourse caused by pelvic adhesions can be relieved by removing the adhesions.

      o Uterine retroversion: The health care provider may find physical causes of the pain, including ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease , endometriosis (mucous tissue out of place), or retroversion of the uterus (uterus is tilted backward instead of forward).

      A doctor should be able to find the cause and to select proper treatment for pain experienced during intercourse. Sometimes, the doctor refers the woman to a specialist.

  48. QUESTION:
    What happens if you give females a female hormone?
    They give transexual men who are becomming women the female hormones by pills or injections. They do this to help the man's body become more women like (deposit fat in the hips butt thighs and make breasts) etc, but what if they give this to a female? Would it cause her breasts to become bigger or her hips or butt to become bigger? what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transsexual women essentially starts the onset of female puberty.
      At first puberty brings on body changes due to accumulated hormone exposure, but the body only has so much potential for change. If a cissexual (ie. non-transexual) woman has already gone through puberty she might see very slight puberty changes but nothing significant. Transsexual women also don't see more significant changes after the first few years of hormone treatment.

      That said, many cissexual women do take lower dose HRT during menopause.

      It's also worth noting that if one is already producing estrogens, and takes _more_ estrogens, there is an increased risk of certain cancers by having such a high estrogen count.

  49. QUESTION:
    Any doctors out there that can explain what would happen if a woman in menopause was given birth control pills
    Just wondering what would happen if a woman, say in her mid 50's was given birth control pills? Is this the same thing as hormone replacement? Even though the woman would not ovulate naturally, could the pill help with the side affects of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It can, since it introduces synthetic estrogen into your system. But this shouldn't be given to women past menopause, as the risk of developing cervical cancer is great. It also contains synthetic progesterone. It is supposed to make your body think it is pregnant. Your body stops creating lining to your uterus after menopause, so the synthetic hormones in BCPs can cause uncontrolled bleeding in post-menopausal women.

      If a woman needs hormone replacement therapy due to menopause, she should not use BCPs.

  50. QUESTION:
    desire for my husband after ovary ablation?
    I have just recently had my left ovary removed and 6 years ago had my right ovary removed due to large masses. I still have my uterus, but in menopause now. My question is about sexual desire. Is there any woman out there who has had both ovaries removed, kept their uterus and have any insight on sexual desire? I will ask my doc, but he'll be general and clinical. Please help if you can!

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had a full hysterectomy and had low to no libido afterward, until recently.

      Her sex drive is getting better now after being on cremes (progesterone, estrogen, and small dose of testosterone). You should see a doctor about hormone replacement therapy.


estrogen therapy menopause

Hormone Therapy Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What happens when a girl does not get her period because she has hormonal problems?
    Do they put her on the pill or do they give her hormone therapy? What is hormone therapy?
    What treatment does she receive and for what length of time, in general?

    • ANSWER:
      This was going to happen to me, until I got my period a few days ago. Hormonal problems with menstruation usually are caused by the thyroid, some kind of hormone producing organ in your neck. When too much of one kind is released, it can cause hormone imbalance, which leads to lack of periods. So, the girl would get a blood test first to see if she has this. Then, she would either take pills to balance the hormones, or she may even have to get her thyroid removed, which would result in more pills. In order to have a regular period, it would have to be caused by pills. So the girl would basically never have a "natural" period. I'm not sure what hormone therapy is; this is what my doctor told me literally 4 days ago, until I got my period 2 days ago.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can hormone therapy causes a heart attack?
    My dad is 80 years old with stage 3 prostate cancer. And the hormone therapy is the only treatment that works for him. He will be on this treatment for 1 and a half year or more. Other treatments did not work for him well like Chemo and Radiation.

    I read somewhere that this treatment can cause a heart attack as its one of its side effects? he currently experiences other normal side effects but wondering if heart attack be part of that list?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost any intense therapy has the possibility of triggering a heart attack....

      I am NOT saying that this therapy WILL trigger a heat attack in your grand father....

  3. QUESTION:
    Hormone therapy for a stallion who is not completely dropped?
    Has anyone had any experience with hormone therapy for a stallion who has not dropped completey. Has one down, no show on the other. Cannot show like this. Does this work and is it worth the expense, since it would be easier to geld with both down, or should we just go ahead and have the surgery done and forgo the hormone treatment. Vet said we could do either, choice is up to us. Just uncertian, since I have never had a stallion who was not fully decended before he was cut.
    Do not and have never planned on breeding this horse. My question was not breeding related (since he is not stud material), but if the hormone therapy would work, since it would be easier on the horse to geld with both dropped, instead of having to lay him down and do major surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      On the racetrack we call them ridgelings. It always requires surgery to remove retained teste. Aside from the breeding issues and behavior issues (for pets) I'm convinced that it can become uncomfortable for some horses. I rubbed an older horse (8yo) who was a ridgeling, he had no major leg issues and overall was at one point a really classy horse. The trainer sent him out for the surgery, he was back training a few days later (just shedrowing) in a couple of weeks was back galloping in the am and then raced in a couple of weeks. He made a huge jump in class and was even back in allowance races. I swear he had been uncomfortable. Also, if your friend is not wanting to deal with a "colt" attitude, she wants no part of hormones. Many horses on the track are on them in part to get them "racy", trust me- big difference in attitude!

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone fighting breast cancer been thru treatment and prepparing for hormone therapy?
    I have read articles on hormone threrapy and find myself being very nieve about this treatment. My doctors have left me with so many open questions I am not sure what to do. So my real question is " what do you feel about hormone therapy or is there a natural remedy to equal the hormone drug therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm sorry that you are going through this as I know personally how difficult it can be. I am approaching my 4th year of Tamoxifen therapy and am very grateful to have this option for treatment (I am 4 years in remission so it appears that the Tamoxifen is working for me!) The side effects are pretty tolerable and it's in a daily pill form which is easy to manage. Depending on your age, you may be considering Arimidex which I have also heard positive things about. I know how hard it is to make these kind of decisions and my heart goes out to you. I personally make my choices based on what I can live with long term. For example, will hormone therapy give you peace of mind long term or will the potential side effects be a bigger issue for you? Your Dr. likely explained to you the positive results of hormone therapy in reducing a recurrence. That is a very important factor to consider when making your decision. There are many women who do not have hormone sensitive cancer and so the opportunity to use this therapy should not be taken lightly. I know a lot of women who have had breast cancer in all different stages and my best advice to you is to do everything you can to protect your health and your life. It is a precious gift. Good luck and god bless!!

  5. QUESTION:
    About 870 men took part in a study to study the effectiveness of a hormone therapy. Half of the men were sele?
    About 870 men took part in a study to study the effectiveness of a hormone therapy. Half of the men were selected randomly to come in and receive the hormone therapy while the other half were told to stay home and thus did not receive the therapy. After about a year, blood tests were conducted on each subject by a lab technician who was aware of which group (treatment or those given nothing) the blood samples originated from. In presenting the results of the experiment, the authors reported that the men in the treatment group had experienced a statistically significant increase in HDL (the so-called "good" cholesterol) and a statistically significant reduction in LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) when compared with the control group.

    a. This is an example of a block design.
    b. The treatments are the hormone therapy or the absence of it.
    c. This study would be classified as un-blinded.
    d. This study would be classified as double-blind.
    e. The subjects are the blood tests.
    f. The treatments are the HDL and the LDL.
    g. This is an example of a completely randomized design.
    h. This is an example of a matched pairs design.
    i. The subjects are the 870 men in the study.
    j. This study would be classified as single-blind.

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to a patient where you are stuck w only 1 treatment option?
    My father is on prostate cancer, and despite other treatments he is only from now on hormone therapy?

    He has tried other treatments but no good. Is that usually a bad sign that the end might be near for him than we expected?
    My dad has tried Chemo and Radiation therapy and told me he has tried some Lupron drugs before. I live in another state so I cannot see his situation.

    • ANSWER:
      What other treatments are you suggesting?
      Have you talked to his doctor?
      This has nothing to do with how much time someone may have.

      So are you saying he should go back to those?
      There is something wrong if he has had chemo as it has nothing to offer prostate cancer patients.
      You were saying the other day it is in his node so radiation is not going to help.

  7. QUESTION:
    About 870 men took part in a study to study the effectiveness of a hormone therapy. Half of the men were sele?
    About 870 men took part in a study to study the effectiveness of a hormone therapy. Half of the men were selected randomly to come in and receive the hormone therapy while the other half were told to stay home and thus did not receive the therapy. After about a year, blood tests were conducted on each subject by a lab technician who was aware of which group (treatment or those given nothing) the blood samples originated from. In presenting the results of the experiment, the authors reported that the men in the treatment group had experienced a statistically significant increase in HDL (the so-called "good" cholesterol) and a statistically significant reduction in LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) when compared with the control group.

    select all that apply

    This is an example of a block design.
    The treatments are the hormone therapy or the absence of it.
    This study would be classified as un-blinded.
    This study would be classified as double-blind.
    The subjects are the blood tests.
    The treatments are the HDL and the LDL.
    This is an example of a completely randomized design.
    This is an example of a matched pairs design.
    The subjects are the 870 men in the study.
    This study would be classified as single-blind.

    • ANSWER:
      ye

  8. QUESTION:
    How much will hormone therapy cost if I went into private health care?
    In the uk we have the NHS. It's where tax money pays for all medical bills. I'm transexual and I want to start hormone therapy. The waiting list in my area is about 3-5 years for the hormone therapy/ surgery. How much would it cost to go private so I wouldn't be on a waiting list for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of money, as the individual consultations and the cost of the actual medication will be extensive over a period of time. Once you enter the private sector the drugs bill also becomes a private expense as mix and match is not always an option.

      Private is not a short cut to the NHS and will not get you a NHS bed for this type of treatment and gender re assignment surgery will cost thousands.

      Remember that some of the waiting time within the NHS is also part of the future treatment programme and there is a lot of counselling and other support processes in place while you go on to hormone treatment and then surgery. This type of extensive and permanent surgery should not be rushed as it is life changing the time involved is to some extent a safety net as well.

  9. QUESTION:
    How will I know if prostate cancer treatment has helped?
    I have had 41 external beam radiation treatments, 25 full pelvic treatments and 16 "Boost" treatments aimed at the prostate only. I am receiving hormone therapy also that requires one shot every three months. So far I have had two treatments.

    When I was first diagnosed, my Urologist said three hormone treatments was all I could have as more would cause brittle bones. Now, this same doctor says I may have to take these shots for the rest of my life. When I asked how I would know if treatments have helped, he replied six months after I'm off the hormones a PSA test would tell. Now that's really a Catch 22.

    Has anyone experianced these same treatments and what are your results?
    My Gleason score from my biopsy was 9, so removal was out of the question. My bone scan did not show any cancer there. I am told the full pelvic treatments were for cancer cells that may have been in the lymph nodes.
    My Gleason score from my biopsy was 9, so removal was out of the question. My bone scan did not show any cancer there. I am told the full pelvic treatments were for cancer cells that may have been in the lymph nodes.
    Several good answers, to the answerers who wanted me to go to link, I've tried and didn't get anywhere.

    To the researcher, read the post, PSA levels are no good as long as you're on hormone therapy and I was told, I might be on hormone for the rest of my life.

    No removal is what I was told as soon as I met with the Urologist who did the biopsy. I could overhear him talking with his assistant about what the tumor looked like with the sonogram while doing the biopsy. I can only speculate that the cancer had left the prostate. A bone scan showed that it had not got into the bones.

    It could also be that the insurance company would only pay for one procedure and radiation was chosen.
    There are some good answers here, there are a couple that refer me to a link that doesn't work and one that sounds good except it doesn't answer the question. I have provided all the details.

    I guess I'll just let this go to vote.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me see if I can help you a bit. After your third hormone treatment, you will go off for 6 months, retest the PSA, & then if your PSA is low enough, you can stay off the hormone therapy & just get the PSA rechecked in 3-6 month intervals for life. When the PSA levels rise again, then the Dr. will discuss the possibility of going back on the hormone shots. An eventual tolerance to the hormone therapy will develop down the road, that is why you are on for a certain amount of months & then off.

      This hormone therapy does cause Osteoporosis. I would highly suggest adding a good Calcium supplement along with Vitamin D to combat this inevitable side effect. My father was on this therapy on & off for 8 years & suffered from this along with hot flashes & uncontrollable sweating, weight gain, bone pain,& a host of other things. He chose to eventually go off because of the side effects. The decision comes down to an individual choice of what you wish your quality of life to be & how controllable your case may be.

      If I were you, I would suggest getting a 2nd opinion on your treatment plan. Looking back on my Father's care, that is something we didn't do, that I wish we had done!. We followed his Urologist's hormone therapy plan & didn't try any alternative therapies. I am unsure with your Gleason numbers why they didn't decide on surgery after your radiation. If you have a Cancer Institue in your state, I would start there to get an appointment with a specialist in Prostate Cancer. If you don't have one, ask your Radiologist who he would recommend. I would also suggest seeing if you qualify for any investigational drug studies being conducted with Prostate Cancer specialists in your area.

      The hormone therapy companies got in trouble a few years back for bribing Dr's with kickbacks to keep patients on these shots & they settled it for a record 875 million $$$$$!!! So, I am always suspect of motives.

      Anyway, as far as helpful sites, I suggest www.mdanderson.org & then just type in prostate cancer. I think that is a great resource & they have an 800 number you can call for advice.

      My prayers are with you & I hope that I have been of some help! Be strong in your fight ! God Bless!

      ADDITIONAL QUESTION: My husband just brought up this morning, if surgery isn't an option what about Radioactive Implant(seeding).?

      In our past research we found that a diet with limited dairy is best.. If you have milk make sure it is hormone free. Also, if you can buy hormone free meat & eggs that is key. The more you limit your outside hormone influences the morre control you will have in your cancer. I know I mentioned Vit. D & calcium earlier, but no matter what increase your intake of those. If you can get at least an hour a day of sunshine along with taking Vitamin D3 (3 Capsules a day, for a total intake of 15,000 IU) that is as important in treating the cancer as much as helping in the bone loss. I would get the D3 from a health food store in your area. Thorne makes a good brand called D-5000. In addition, take 3000 mg of Calcium Citrate daily.( capsules are easiest to take) If you have any bone pain, take MSM capsules 3000 mg twice daily. You can get this anywhere & any brand is fine (inexpensive) New studies have found Lycopene 10 mg. twice a day is extremely beneficial in fighting the cancer cells. EGCG (Green tea extract....decaffinated) 200 mg. twice a day. Try & not drink soda pop as it will pull calcium from your system. Also the aspartame in diet drinks can create toxicity enhancing cancer cell growth. If you have any more questions please email me, my husband is a Dr. & I spent the last 12 years researching everything I could to help my Dad during his fight.

      NOTE: DO NOT TAKE MUTIPLE VITAMINS containing SELENIUM or CADMIUM because a new study in Britain shows these may ne linked to Prostate Cancer.

      INSURANCE: Your insurance will pay for whatever treatment your Dr. deems necessary to eradicate the cancer. If you have problems or questions with insurance coverage contact your treatment hospital & ask for the Patient Advocate for assistance & advice.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you have to get hormone therapy if you have gynecomastia?
    So if you have gynecomastia during puberty and your testosterone level is fine, do you still have to get hormone therapy? What if the production of estrogen once was too high, but isn´t no more? Should you still get hormone therapy? Or is it just something that had happened once and all that is needed is a surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      No - you need liposuction, unless the development of breast tissue is very pronounced in which case surgery is the usual way. Hormone treatment works for some things - but not for reversing changes that have already happened (you don't say how old you are). You should see your doctor to discuss the options.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why my blood color got much darker after hormone therapy?
    I had some hormone therapy involves letrozole, progesterone, etc about a month ago ( not for health reason but as part of family expansion plan). And I had fever during my treatment. Doctor couldn't find what is wrong with me at that time. Now I noticed that my blood color changed from brite red to really dark color. Is this a concern?

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood normally varies in color depending on whether it is in a vein or an artery. Oxygen-rich blood is in the arteries (going away from your heart and lungs) and is bright red. Oxygen depleted blood in your veins that is on its way back to the heart and lungs for replenishing is a deep reddish-purple.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does hormone therapy for males suffering prostate cancer cause mental confusion?
    My father has organic brain damage and moderate cognitive deficits after suffering a stroke in 2001. He has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. We are concerned that hormone therapy might increase his level of mental confusion. Is this a common side effect of hormone therapy to assist in treatment of prostate cancer? He is looking at radiation therapy and hormone therapy now.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it could actually help your cognitive abilities. Men are hardwired a weird way, and we actually need testosterone at certain points in our lives, not having the testosterone making organs, you need to substitute. I feel this would be his best bet to actually keep his sanity.

      Consult with his doctor. They will tell u the truth seeing as how they see it every day.

      I hope this helped!

  13. QUESTION:
    would be possible to avoid transgender through hormone therapy?
    Would be possible through hormone therapy to keep a male with female feeling a male or a female with male feelings a female? Usually a male preparing to become a female receives female hormones and a female preparing to become a male receives male hormones? My question is if using male hormones a male can remain a man or if using female hormones a female can remain a female? What will be the negative side of this kind of treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to Clones what she has told you is correct

  14. QUESTION:
    What should I expect to see for men with prostate cancer?
    My dad was diagnosed 2 years ago and even though the hormone therapy and other treatments are working, what should I expect that might happen to him? his now 80 will be 81 in sept. I'm afraid as he grows older, I always get worried of what will happen to him in the next year or so.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    What are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?
    My 75 year old mother made a life decision today ...............she is not going to go through with chemotherapy treatments. She has decided to pursue just radiation and hormone therapy. Is there any other treatment options she can take. She is afraid that chemo is not worth the risks at her age and would rather just live her life to the fullest without it.

    • ANSWER:
      *Prevention & Cure of Breast Cancer--If U press the surrounding area on both sides of palms, soles, wrists and ankles regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further. Side benefit is that Ur menses cycles are regulated.Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally in 45-90 days. T & C apply.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      In Ur case, target therapy is helpful to have total cure. “Target therapy” is worth trying.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 2.00 lac cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

      Latest recorded documentation on cure for ‘breast cancer’-live case.
      •1. A diabetic patient aged 62 years from Hyderabad. Mastectomy of left breast in 2005 and recurrence of tumors in the left chest in 2011. Metastases/Secondaries spread to sternum and complained of breathing problems, constipation, insomnia, severe pain edema in the left chest. Chemotherapy is fraught with severe reactions & doctors refused to treat her due to advancing age & extremely weak constitution. On 01102011 Doctors @ Image Hospitals, Hyderabad predicted, in the light of prognosis, metastases, etc., that she would live for a month. Patient shifted to Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies on 17102011. Feed back Dated 01012012-sleeping well, edema and pain subsided substantially and no problem of breathing on passing very stinking stools on 15122011. Again the patient approached us for further treatment and the domiciliary treatment is commenced on 25042012 and she is getting on well. Her son made a phone on 12052012 and told that her appetite improved, constipation issues solved, sleeping well. Excepting that she has severe sciatica pain, for which we suggested them to contact an Acupuncturist @ Hyderabad.
      •On 10062012, her son rang up and sought further medication for stomachache, bronchial asthma. Sciatica pain under check.
      •Impression of CT Scanning- Dated: 22092011 [before commencement of target therapy—Known case of carcinoma of left breast, post modified radical mastectomy, multiple lung secondaries, chest wall metastases.
      CT Scanning Dated 21062012 [after 2 sets/bouts of target therapy] Bilateral pulmonary sternal metastases, Bilateral plural effusion. Target therapy for another 45 days continues.

  16. QUESTION:
    How would you feel if you found out your pet was transgendered?
    trapped in the body of the wrong gender.

    Would you seek treatment hormone therapy for your pet so that it could be it's true self.

    • ANSWER:
      Nah, that would be just fine

  17. QUESTION:
    Where can a gay man get testosterone treatment in Vancouver?
    I'm writing a story about a family who forces their son to take testosterone injections under the delusion that it will "cure" his homosexuality, and I just want to know if there are locations in Vancouver that will administer such treatments, and if so, what these locations might be. Thanks a mil, guys!

    P.S. And if you can also help me with this question: what kind of background/religion would a Canadian family have to have to believe in hormone therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      No medical person in their right mind would prescribe such treatment. They tried that back in the 50's and 60's and it was an utter failure. Testosterone may make a person horny, but it can't make a gay person straight. The idea that it will is MYTH.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does hormone therapy for prostate cancer cause impotence?
    Someone I know got prostate cancer in their 50's. They have been taking hormone therapy for 1 year. No surgery. No radiation. Will this drug cause impotency? What is the percentage of it happening. Also, they want to stop the treatment because they are afraid of other side effects. Has anyone had any experience with hormone therapy for prostate cancer? Did they have side effects and did you use an alternative treatments successfully?
    Is it permanent impotency or only when the drugs are taken and for a short time after they are discontinued?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes hormone therapy can cause impotency and loss of libido.
      The best treatment for prostate cancer is surgery.
      Once alternative treatments are proven to be successful they are no longer alternative.

  19. QUESTION:
    What type of doctor handles treatment of hormone imbalance?
    I need to know what type of doctor specializes in hormone therapy.
    I thought it was an Endocrinologist but I'm being told that they deal with metabolic issues such as diabetes.

    Specifically, what type of doctor would test/treat someone for testosterone deficiency or start HGH supplementation?

    • ANSWER:
      endocrinologist.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to approach unovulatory cycles and Polycystic Ovaries?
    My Wife has a problem of Polycystic ovaries. We have tried all kinds of hormone therapy. Though the hormones do bring her cycle in order it has its side effects. We have tried Naturally and through IUI but no results. Can somebody suggest how we can get treatment and if there is a good IVF center in India?

    • ANSWER:
      I would highly recommend seeing a Reproductive Endocrinoligist. PCO is quite common and treatable...but you need the right doctor.

      Make sure they are a reproductive endocrinologist. You may want to check your local chapter of resolve.org and see if they have any doctors in your area that they can reccommend for pcos

  21. QUESTION:
    Quicker way of starting hormone therapy in london?
    Just wanted to know if anyone in the UK knows a quicker way of starting hormone therapy for FTM's.
    Doesn't have to be in London, im willing to travel any where to get this treatment started, really cant wait on the NHS is a loooong process (could be over a yr before i even see someone to talk about my condition at a clinic)
    I already had my mentall exam though and got the go ahead for a referrel.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're concerned about the wait for treatment on the NHS, you could try seeing a private specialist; it will, of course, cost you money. Typical charges are around £150 for an initial appointment, and £50-70 for subsequent appointments.

      There's a list of gender specialists here (although it's a little out of date; Richard Green has - thankfully- retired now) http://www.drbecky.com/therapists01.html

      But for trans men, the name that's most often recommended is Dr Richard Curtis; his clinic has a website here; http://www.transhealth.co.uk/

  22. QUESTION:
    Where can a gay man get testosterone treatment in Vancouver, BC?
    I'm writing a story about a family who forces their son to take testosterone injections under the delusion that it will "cure" his homosexuality, and I just want to know if there are locations in Vancouver (or anywhere in Canada for that matter) that will administer such treatments, and if so, what these locations might be. Thanks a mil, guys!

    P.S. And if you can also help me with this question: what kind of background/religion would a Canadian family have to have to believe in hormone therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      hi doubz i think thiland is best place for this treatment .it has done many changes like there sex can be changed like boy can be changed into girl and girl into boy.thank you.

  23. QUESTION:
    Where can a gay man get testosterone treatment in Vancouver, BC?
    I'm writing a story about a family who forces their son to take testosterone injections under the delusion that it will "cure" his homosexuality, and I just want to know if there are locations in Vancouver (or anywhere in Canada for that matter) that will administer such treatments, and if so, what these locations might be. Thanks a mil, guys!

    P.S. And if you can also help me with this question: what kind of background/religion would a Canadian family have to have to believe in hormone therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      POLICE OFFICER

      have bad day snitch
      good luck with chasing your tail
      at lease dog is smarter than you one he bight in his tail he know his wrong doing,
      for you it may take life time
      have bad luck until you stop being a bully and enforcer of segregation and communist rule dictatorship in born and raised country

  24. QUESTION:
    What options are there for male breast augmentation?
    Hormone therapy will lead to the growth of breast tissue; however, the hormones will have other effects as well. If a man gets breast implants, will the operation be able to make the breasts look natural without natural 'extra' breast tissue growth? Are there other treatments for natural looking breasts in men w/out the other feminizing effects of hormones or unnatural results from surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      i'm not sure what you want to happen with your body but i guess i should be consulting with a specialist, if you want to have breast implant try this: http://www.sp-cosmeticsurgery.net/thailand/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=28
      Thailand is very popular with its very good and affordable cosmetic surgery packages!

      hope it helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    What enviromental hazards could be present in my house that would cause my testosterone to be fouled up?
    In the last year myself (19) and my mother (55) have gone to seperate doctors and both been prescribed hormone therapy. Is this a coincidence or is there something chemical, enviromentally wrong with our house that could cause this? I tested the house for radon it was low but not exceptionally low.
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother also needs hormone therapy, could be hereditary.

      If this is something new for your mom: Women around her age begin to stop their menstrual cycles....this means the ovaries begin to shut down. This can cause very uncomfortable symptoms for her. This could be the reason she is on treatment. It is very common in women.

  26. QUESTION:
    How would one find a HRT doctor who specializes in the use of pellets near Asheville, NC?
    The facility I have been driving to for over 10 years is in Augusta, Georgia. He is kind, but very expensive and the drive is about 4 hours and my car is feeling the ill effects of overuse.

    HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) pellets used for the treatment of loss of hormones. Mine due to the removal of ovaries and such 13 years ago because of familial ovarian cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      kool i live near asheville n.c!!!!

      its cold and haunted!

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I lower my testosterone level to slow the growth of prostate cancer?
    I presently have prostate cancer and have been treated with 120 radio active iodine seeds imbedded in my prostate gland. I do not want to follw up with hormone therapy but want to lower my testosterone level via vitamins or herb therpy. My PSA after the seed procedure was at 1.29 but a year and a half later has risen to 1.78.

    • ANSWER:
      If you really want to avoid the therapy - then I would see a naturopath - don't screw around with remedies you read on the web. This is your life you're talking about. I am all for homeopathic, herbal and naturopathic remedies, but most of them I talk to (who are any good) believe that combination therapy is a good thing. You might be able to follow up with hormone therapy - but take something homeopathic or naturopathic to help with the side effects or to help cleanse your body (just make sure it doesn't interact with your therapy) Some herbs and remedies can actually counteract certain treatments - so see a professional. I know - seeing a classical homeopath can work wonders. My sister shrank her cancerous tumour in her breast (before surgery) to a third of its size - through one dose of a remedy. I used a homeopathic vet for my cat too - and her tumour went down to next to nothing as well. But remember - they all help each other. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    My 73 year old Brother is ungoing radiography treatment for his prostrate cancer?
    he is already having hormone treatment and both are making him feel poorly. What can I do to make him feel more comfortable please. His consultant has not been very forthcoming in the way of support and advice.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many treatment options for prostate cancer. Hormone therapy is done as an alternative to surgery or radiography. He should be able to discontinue hormone therapy if the radiography is successful. Radiography almost always makes a person nauseous and fatigued up to one or two weeks following each round of treatment. Now days, robotic-assisted surgery has become so precise that non-surgical treatments don't make much sense (to me) unless a person has other health problems that make surgery a high risk.

  29. QUESTION:
    What exactly will happen when i go in for a hysterectomy inc taking the ovaries away due to endometriosis.?
    need to know what the best hormone therapy will be best? Endometriosis is affecting my quality of life so hysterectomy is only option for me now i've exhausted all other treatments. How will it make me feel once the op is done.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble is that endometriosis may be deposited in many different areas of the pelvis, thus the last resort plan of hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy ( removal of tubes and ovaries) must be all that is left for you.

      Your gynaecologist must decide on your hormone replacement. He will probably choose oestrogen only, since you have no uterus there is no increase in uterine cancer risk. I quite like premarin, it is a natural oestrogen, the one from pregnant mares urine, but it is sometimes better tolerated than the synthetics.

      It tends to elevate mood and helps prevent osteoporosis. I suspect once things have settles down you will feel better than pre-op.

      Breast cancer risks on hormone replacement don't seem to rise until after 50 years, so you will probably be kept on oestrogen until then.

  30. QUESTION:
    What does chemotherapy do for prostate cancer?
    My father is 82 years old with prostate cancer stage 4 (presently in the lymph nodes only, not yet bones).

    He thinks his doctors is going to sign him up for chemotherapy later this year because his PSA seems to be rising and his hormone therapy its not working.

    Which is worst, hormone or chemotherapy? And after chemotherapy, do you think he can go back to hormone?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. The progress that has been made in the treatment of prostate cancer has resulted from development of better treatments in patients with more advanced stages of cancer and participation in clinical studies. While some progress has been made in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer, the majority of patients still succumb to cancer and better treatment strategies are clearly needed. Future progress in the treatment of prostate cancer will result from continued participation in appropriate clinical studies. Currently, there are several areas of active exploration aimed at improving the treatment of prostate cancer.
      Chemotherapy: Because hormone therapy is not curative and only controls metastatic prostate cancer for a certain amount of time, efforts are underway to discover more effective systemic therapy. Recently, several chemotherapeutic drugs have demonstrated the ability to kill prostate cancer cells in patients with recurrent cancer. Developing and exploring single or multi-agent chemotherapy agents as a treatment approach for patients with metastatic prostate cancer is an area of active investigation. In particular, the chemotherapy drugs Novantrone®, Taxotere®, paclitaxel and estramustine are being evaluated in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer.
      Select patients with recurrent prostate cancer have been shown to live longer when treated with Taxotere compared to standard chemotherapy.
      In a direct comparison of treatment with Taxotere®/prednisone to the historical standard treatment–mitoxantrone/prednisone–patients treated with Taxotere survived more than a year and a half (19 months), on average, compared to 16.5 months for patients treated with mitoxantrone.[4] There also appears to be a similar improvement in survival when Taxotere is combined with the chemotherapy drug estramustine.[5]
      Combination Therapy: The growth of prostate cancers can be slowed but not eliminated by using drugs that block the effect of hormones on prostate cancer cells. Combining hormonal therapy with chemotherapy treatment appears promising.
      Targeted Therapy:-is worth trying. Why? Because----

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.

      Target Therapy with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, comprising Ayurveda-[ Using Patented Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Supplements manufactured India and USA, approved by USFDA, in KOSHER, HALAL, GMP, ISO ETC., and made available at Stores in your vicinity in 40 countries all over the globe. No Side Effects.], Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc., U can have sizable & perceivable cure/relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.
      U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Prostate caner, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc.,

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you go about getting gender reasignment surgery?
    I'm a man who wants to go through gender reasignment surgery to become a woman. How do you go about this? Is there any kind of hormone therapy you need to start on?

    • ANSWER:
      Men don't "become" women. Transsexual women get medical treatment for their birth condition (transsexualism).

      How to obtain treatment depends on which country to live in. In the USA you need to see a GENDER therapist. The therapist will evaluate you and MAY diagnose you as being transsexual.

      Beyond that there is a million and one details to the process we call TRANSITION. Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is but the last physical step in this long, expensive, medically monitored process. If you are not transsexual don't even bother because you will be rooted out. That's why the internationally recognized Standards of Care (SOC) exist:

      http://www.wpath.org/documents2/socv6.pdf

      You can also find lots of information in regards to gender identity, transsexualism and transition here:

      http://www.LynnConway.com

      Now if you're still interested after reading all that... see a gender therapist.
      .

  32. QUESTION:
    Where can a gay man get testosterone treatment in Vancouver, BC?
    I'm writing a story about a family who forces their son to take testosterone injections under the delusion that it will "cure" his homosexuality, and I just want to know if there are locations in Vancouver that will administer such treatments, and if so, what these locations might be. Thanks a mil, guys!

    P.S. And if you can also help me with this question: what kind of background/religion would a Canadian family have to have to believe in hormone therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a Books and Authors section on this website.

  33. QUESTION:
    I feel that my husband is punishing me for his infertility?
    My husband and i have been undergoing infertility treatment and with each cycle it becomes more and more clear that it isn't going to provide us with the family that we crave.

    It is my husband that is infertile and i feel that i have done everything possible to try and help him to achieve his own biological children.

    The problem is that we keep trying and trying with IVF and we never get any closer to having a baby and i am starting to feel so physically and emotionally exhausted.

    We're always checking every aspect of our diet and lifestyle, always taking one pill or another, always having hormone therapy, always researching - always suffering a huge disappointment when it fails.

    A break doesn't cut it. You can't have a break from wanting a family.

    We only have two alternative options:
    Adoption
    or
    Donor sperm

    I had assumed that donor sperm would be the obvious choice. I would still have biological children, we'd have them from birth, we could find a donor very similar to my husband and no one needs ever know.

    My husband, however, is set against the idea. He says it makes him feel sick to think of me reproducing with another man when i am his wife.

    He does not seem to have an issue with adoption which is like a slap in the face.

    I'd understand more if he said he didn't want any children, but to be happy with some random people's children who have probably suffered abuse and god knows what and also it would be obvious to everyone we aren't their biological parents - while at the same time denying me the opportunity to have what i have done everything possible to try and allow him to have...

    It just isn't fair.

    We have discussed it and he pretends to consider my pov and then if i start talking about it in greater deal he totally flips out.

    I don't know what the best way is to make him realise that our relationship is a two way street.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are already doing IVF, then I assume your husband has at least some sperm in there. Have you tried ICSI?

      If you do use a sperm donor, some banks will do photo-matching, and find the donor that looks the most like your husband, even right down to the same blood type and facial structure.

      Good luck! :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Should parents consider growth hormone therapy when their child is really short?
    A girl has been diagnose with idiopathic short stature (ISS), which is a familial short stature. Her parents are concerned about the challenges she may face as a short child and are considering growth hormone therapy to make their child grow taller. Is this ethically right? what are the ethical issues involved in this case? (also giving the fact that the treatment is extremely costly)

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for migraines?
    I heard some sort of hormone therapy helped. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm tired of taking medication and feeling like I'm being "drugged up" all of the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "A work in progress." The lemon can be your best friend when you have a common headache. Simply cut a long strip of the rind and put it on your forehead – rub in the inside white part and then fasten it to your head. Sure, you’ll look a little nutty but who cares as long as it gets rid of the ache!

      Also Butterbur Extract. Butterbur extract can help prevent a migraine. Scientists discovered Butterbur extract has the ability to prevent blood vessel expansion during a migraine, while also preventing inflammation which can intensify the migraine experience.

      Relieving tension can often relieve migraine headaches. Tension can be relieved in many ways such as by taking a warm bath or shower, lying down in a quiet dark room to rest, putting something cold on the back of the neck (at the base of the skull) or having someone massage your neck muscles and possibly your temporal region to help relieve your tension and muscle spasms.

      There are many other natural treatments available to migraine headache patients including the Soothe-A-Ciser Migraine Headaches Cushion. This pillow was designed by a chiropractor to help correct neck problems that can cause headaches.
      Jason Homan

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the pricing for therapy at HRC Medical centers?
    I've heard a lot about their services and am thinking of getting hormone replacement therapy, but am wondering what the cost would be. I am very interested because a lot of the reviews I have read are from people who have had success with similar symptoms to mine but I need to find out if this is something I could pay for. Does anyone have pricing information or know if they have billing plans that I could work with? Thanks a lot in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      They offer different pricing options based on their different types of treatment. Treatment depends on the types of symptoms you may be experiencing. There is plenty of information on their website.

      http://stories.hrcmedical.com/hormone-replacement

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  39. QUESTION:
    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy of steroids from a licensed and FDA approved Dr. illegal?
    I would like to know if I contacted an FDA approved licensed Dr. in America at a Hormone Replacement Therapy clinic for treatment of true symptoms and began using these anabolic steroids for medicinal purposes is it illegal? Also, can I be fired from my job if I tested positive in a steriod drug screen for this prescription?
    Also, I have contacted this Dr. with this question and I am awaiting his answer.

    • ANSWER:
      If a licensed medical doctor prescribes medication then it should not be a problem with a drug screening. You should check the credentials of the doctor to see they have American Board certifications in their area of expertise, then ask questions about litigation past or pending relating to medical malpractice etc. Do your homework on what the program is offering, not all doctors are above board unfortunately.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know at what age does hrt become less effective?
    Hrt as in hormone treatment/therapy....for trans people.
    So would it be more effective to start hrt at 24,25 or pretty much the same to start at 28...30+years old....etc?
    Can anyone please help?

    • ANSWER:
      The younger you start the more effective hrt can be. There's no age at which it absolutely will not be effective, but there's seldom any good biological reason to delay.

      More importantly, the younger you start, the more years of your life you will have as your true self.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are my mothers chances of reoccurence without chemo?
    I was also wondering my mother has a stage 2 breast cancer but its a grade 3. If my mother declined chemo what are her chances of reoccurence with only radiation and hormone therapy. Also are the chemo drugs used today less toxix then say the ones that were used 15 years ago -

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 2, grade 3 is usually treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation (depending upon whether or not a lumpectomy was performed. Most mastectomies don't require radiation following surgery and chemotherapy.). Hormone therapy is used for hormone positive cancers.

      Chemotherapy is just as toxic as it was in the past, but support drugs are much better now. It used to be a given that patients would be incredibly ill under chemo, but with modern support medications, the gastro-intestinal side effects are reduced. They aren't gone completely and most people still feel quite ill, but it's not as bad as in the past.

      Grade 3 cancer is a fast growing cancer and the chemotherapy could be instrumental in attacking cells that may be floating around your mother's bloodstream.

      "Clinical trials have shown that adjuvant chemotherapy for the treatment of stage II breast cancer improves a patient’s chance of survival and decreases the risk of cancer recurrence compared to local therapy alone." http://www.texasoncology.com/types-of-cancer/breast-cancer/stage-ii-breast-cancer/#_edn6

      You might want to take a look at the Texas Oncology site I quote from above as it goes into more details over the type of chemotherapy typically used for Stage II breast cancers. Of course, the best recourse for your mom is to talk in-depth with her oncologist.

      Best wishes to all of you.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the lowdown on hypothyroidism?
    I plan to test for it this week. I have all the symptoms yet lack information regarding treatment. I've heard about hormone therapy but the steroids concern me. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am hypothyroid. I have never in my life heard of taking steroids for it. I take levothyroxine, I take a small pill each morning and get blood work done every 6 weeks to check the levels and that is it. I feel great. If you are hypo and begin taking hte meds at the right level you will feel so much better.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why are my emotions so out of control?
    I am a male to female transsexual just starting hormone therapy. My emotions have really escalated since I started treatment and I now find that I cry at the silliest of things, or laugh hysterically at things that may not be that funny. I am loving the physical changes, but I did not expect to be on such a hormonal roller coaster ride. Do women experience this on a regular basis, or will things level off?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you are just starting off it may take some time but you will probably level off some. Women are more emotional then men in general so don't expect it to dissapear all together! You can and probably will learn to control your emotions better with time.Until then enjoy the changes... Welcome to womanhood,hope you enjoy it!

  44. QUESTION:
    How bad is it when a PSA (prostate cancer) goes from below 0 range to 1.7?
    My dad is 82 years old with prostate cancer stage 3 (presently in the lymph nodes). For the past year almost two, it has been below 1 regarding the psa, but today is now 1.7. People tells me its really bad. Hes not gonna live long.

    It's obviously getting to my head, are they right? He is on hormone therapy. He used to be on chemo but went into hormone. Then he stop getting the injections ever since last Sept. From what I've heard by other people close to my dad, my dad wants to get his private part working. He still wants to basically have sex. I said, ewww at age 82? lol. But hey, it's his life. But I get the feeling his part doesn't work anymore. So his sex life is completely over.

    So, what do you think are the chances? I asked other people close to my dad for advice, they say, either he gets an operation or just dies with it. And my dad being stubborn and being to cheap to get the proper treatments, he will just mostly die with it.

    Any advice please? Thanks!

    Only gleason score that he ever took was at 7. He has this cancer for 2 years now.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is in his lymph nodes it is a stage 4 and it does not get worse than that.
      Obviously if he has stopped treatment his PSA will go up.
      What are his chances of what?
      Side effects of hormone therapy include impotence. People have sex until they die in case you didn’t know.
      Leave him alone and let him do what he wants.

  45. QUESTION:
    How would a cognitive psychologist and a biological psychologist explain these disorders?
    How would a cognitive and biological psychologist explain paranoid personality disorder and an irrational fear of spiders? And also, how could they be treated by therapy or treatment, how would this be given by the approaches, what are the implications / advantages and disadvantages of these? Sorry there's loads to answer, but it's work i need to do for a psychology course before i start college, and I've never done psychology before so i don't really know what it's on about :S Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Cognitive psychology regards mental processes such as memory, thinking, problem solving, language and decision-making. So paranoid personality disorder, in their opinion, is due to the thinking process of the brain being wrong. As if the wires are crossed causing a personal to feel paranoid, anxious etc. An irrational fear of something may relate to a memory issue, where a person remembers a relative or friend being scared of a spider and then also being scared of it. Or remembering an occasion where they had an encounter with a spider and were scared - this memory stuck to them.
      To treat a fear a popular treatment is Cognitive therapy (CT) is a type of psychotherapy developed by American psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck. CT is one of the therapeutic approaches within the larger group of cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and was first expanded by Beck in the 1960s. Cognitive therapy seeks to help the patient overcome difficulties by identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
      To help deal with a personality disorder Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), previously called rational therapy and rational emotive therapy, is an empirically based psychotherapy which focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems enabling people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. REBT was created and developed by the American psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis.

      It implies that all behaviours and conceptions can be 'undone'.
      Advantages: It's short term so more cost effective for both client and therapist
      It deals with the here and now and focuses on strategies in order to become your own therapist
      When a core belief/schema is identified it usually covers a broad range of cognitive errors in your thinking, and therefore helps manage a variety of your problems (although not always)

      It helps the client identify the underlying reason to why certain behaviours occur or why the feelings are there...
      Logic based approach and pro-active, in collaboration with the therapist

      Disadvantages: Still fairly new as a model compared to Psychodynamic counselling and much of the research hasn't been compared to control models but only on the target outcome.

      Biological psychology means any mental illness is due to a hormone for example, something physical in the body. So a fear could be genetic? The personality disorder due to a neurotransmitter. A genetic contribution to paranoid traits and a possible genetic link between this personality disorder and schizophrenia exist. Neurotransmitters modulate the signals between neurons and other cells. Serotonin acts in the brain and, among other things, moderates mood. A serotonin level that is too high or too low can cause both depression and anxiety. Consequently, phobias are often treated with a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Antidepressants, anti-psychotics and anti-psychotics used to treat Paranoid Personality Disorder. It implies mental illness is physical, not something about perception and that sometimes we have no control over it (genetics and hormones etc)

      Advantages - simplifies mental illness, reducing it to something manageable via medication, can be seen clearly in people with head injuries (changes in behaviour)
      Disadvantages - Medication doesn't always work, it relies heavily on the physical body and not a person's thought process.

      Best I could do at 3.00am,

  46. QUESTION:
    Medical trials on the results of orchidectomy and LHRH agonist drugs on prostate cancer?
    I have biology coursework in on Monday. I'm writing an issue report on prostate cancer and I'm using those forms of hormone therapy as my 'solution' to the problem (prostate cancer). I'm finding it hard to find/understand medical trials on orchedectomy and LHRH agonist drugs.
    Any information of medical trials on prostate cancer would be very useful. Thanks for the help :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Trials are quite a complicated business. Below is a link to the US government database of registered trials. For your information, here is a basic rundown of the basic "phases" of each trial.

      * Phase 1- A small study on just a few people to make sure that the new treatment is safe and doesn't have any obvious side effects.

      * Phase 2- A medium-sized study to see if the new treatment is effective against the disease it is supposed to treat, and if so, is it better than existing treatments. Sometimes, phases 1 and 2 are combined.

      * Phase 3- A much larger trial involving hundreds of patients to confirm the results of the phase 2 study. This is the final stage necessary before review by regulatory agencies.

      * Phase 4- This is done after the drug enters the market, and basically involves seeing if it continues to produce results outside the trial setting, and keeping an eye out to see if any unwanted effects got past the trials.

      Needless to say, you must pass all of 1-3 to get approval.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do we convince insurance company to approve treatment they denied?
    I am looking for help from anyone that has had to battle the insurance companies in order to get the treatment they DESERVE.My Father (56) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer that has metastasized to his hip bones. His original PSA was 184. He started hormone therapy in February and with hormone therapy it has dropped to 60 and then 26.6, and hopefully lower; but haven't gotten the latest results yet. His Gleason score is 9 (5+4). His biopsies showed that the prostate had undifferentiated carcinoma (meaning that the cancer was solid all the way through).He has started seeing Dr's at City of Hope and has signed up for a clinical trial using hormone therapy and Helical Tomo Therapy. The Helical Tomo Therapy is looking like it is going to be his best opportunity to fight this cancer. This type of radiation spirals around the entire tumor and "hits" it from hundreds of different angles as it travels around. Blue Cross Blue Shield has denied the treatment, how do we fight this???
    They said it is just too expensive. That is their only reason.
    The clinical trial part of it is that is is hormone therapy combined with this Helical Tomo Therapy and the treatment last for 32 or 36 weeks (I don't remember exactly). He receives the hormone therapy for only that many weeks. At the point when his PSA level reaches the lowest the begin the radiation. At the end of the trial he comes off of the hormone therapy and they watch him to see if his PSA rises again. This type of radiation is the standard that they use for prostate cancer at City of Hope. I just found out that they will treat the prostate cancer with it, just NOT where it has metastasized to the bone.
    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all of the info and ideas. Panda, thank you so much! sound like you know from first hand experience. I cannot believe some of the decisions they are allowed to make about other people's lives and family members!

    • ANSWER:
      My son has a very rare abdmoninal sarcoma that does not follow any known protocol. Because of this he is frequently denied benefits including a treatment we feel may have saved his life. What we did, and what you need to do is file for an appeal. Continuously.

      Even though my son was a stage IV with no known 'cure' available, the insurance company would deny the benefit based on being 'medically unnecessary'. At first we were just too horrified not to react emotionally, but we soon learned that if we talked calmly to enough people that eventually they would approve the benefit based on 'compassionate need'. We did need to go through two appeals for one denial. One thing you need to do is ask specifically for an expert in your fathers type of cancer to review the treatment plan. We asked that our insurance company provide us with the reviewers name and credentials too. Once we had someone review the case who understood what we were up against his benefits were paid.

      Another option is to contact your states insurance bureau to register a complaint. And, you should also put a call into your local and state representatives (the last thing they want is bad publicity).

      Turn to a lawyer only as a last resort. It is best to just try and reason with the insurance people first. You might also check to see if your father can have a 'case worker' help you manage his insurance (the company provides a case worker who can help guide you through some of the process - although they can't determine benefits).

      Don't give up. Keep after the insurance company, especially if you feel they should cover this expense. Get your fathers medical team to back you on this, have them write or talk to your Dads insurance provider.

      It's a lot of work sometimes and we're still at it. It helps to keep a notebook and write everything down too, any correspondence, who you talk to, and the dates. I keep a huge notebook and keep all insurance and billings in plastic sleeves arranged by date. Works really well.

      Good luck. I know what its like, just keep cool and go after what you deserve.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for a recurrence of prostate cancer being treated with hormone therapy?
    My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 years ago and had radiotherapy after which he was ok until early this year when his PSA started to rise. It is now 16 and he has been advised to go on permanent hormone treatment. The doctor didn't tell us how likely this was to work and how long for. He is 63. Does anyone here know anything about it.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure what you mean by “work”. I assume you know this will not cure him of the disease. Prostate cancer is typically slow growing and far more often than not managed very well. How aggressive it is, is determined by the Gleason score. This would have been determined at biopsy. Hormone therapy is standard care and works quite well at slowing the disease for long periods of time. It is not unusual to see men with prostate cancer for 15-20 and more. Whenever you realize you have an unanswered question call the doctor and ask over the phone they are used to it – it’s part of the job.

      You may also be interested in knowing there is a prostate cancer vaccine due on the market by February. I can’t remember the name but I believe it is coming from a company in New Jersey. From what I was told it works very well, but it is also very expensive ,000-,000. The patient’s tumor cells are used to make the vaccine so it is specific to the patient and their cancer. Over time, which fortunately you husband has, I suspect the price will come down. I also believe this type of vaccine will become available for different types of cancer. I work with a doctor who has had one for brain tumors in clinical trials for a few years now and it has been doing very well. Best wishes.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is genetic disorder this patient have?
    This syndrome has no cure. However, several treatments are in place to lessen the condition's symptoms. Growth hormone replacement therapy improves body composition and increases linear height. During infancy, subjects should undergo therapies to improve muscle tone. Speech and occupational therapy are also indicated. During the school years, children benefit from a highly structured learning environment as well as extra help. Throughout their lives, the subject's food should literally be kept under lock and key, since the largest problem associated with the syndrome is severe obesity.

    • ANSWER:
      Prader-Willi syndrome

  50. QUESTION:
    How much does treatment cost for someone who has Prader-Willi Syndrome?
    Treatments would include hormone replacements, growth hormones, speech therapist, physical therapy, developmental therapy, and specialized treatment facilities to live at once they are an adult. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      The cost of HGH alone is between ,000 and ,000 per year; it has become a cornerstone of early care as it reduces fat ratio and builds muscle in addition to achieving more normal height. Not all PWS patients need physical therapy or speech therapy, etc., but if needed those costs can add up to ,000 (or more) per year for each specialist therapy. Nutritional counseling is usually needed to help the family provide low calorie foods in adequate quantities to satisfy the patient's food cravings. This may cost roughly ,000 per year. There are very few facilities that provide specialized life care for PWS patients. I worked at one, but honestly have no idea of the yearly cost. My best guess... ,000 to ,000 per year?

      There are many other unique medical and social needs for PWS patients. Many have type II diabetes and related complications. They often suffer from sleep apnea and need sleep studies and require CPAP or BIPAP(assisted breathing machines) at night. Life expectancy is not shortened if the patients weight is controlled, otherwise health issues related to obesity can shorten a PWS patient's life expectancy.


hormone therapy treatment

Menopausal Hormones

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    question for Physicians or anyone who knows much about hormones?
    I have read information that estrogen is key in the youthful glow of womens skin & full lips etc
    also I have read that excess of it has been linked to breast cancer
    so, how would the estrogen in contraception pills or menopausal hormone therapy have an effect?
    do they enhance the appearance of youthfulness &/or increase the risk of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting thing about the bc pill and cancer. It increases the risk of some cancers and lowers the risk of others. Research shows the pill increases the risk of breast and cervical cancer but it decreases the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. Another factor that influences risk is whether the pill is a combination pill (estrogen and progesterone) There are many sites you can read up on this, here is one of thousands.

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=2572

  2. QUESTION:
    How do hormones contribute to mood changes?
    Scientifically, how do hormones and endorphins change the mood of a person. Sources will be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Our modern lifestyle with its stressful demands, irregular eating habits, junk food cuisine, frequent use of pharmaceutical drugs, and environmental toxic exposure has shifted the hormonal balance way over to the estrogen excess side. When estrogen is out of balance with progesterone, a condition called estrogen dominance occurs. This imbalance can cause depression, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, anger, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, bloating, mental fogginess, low libido and sore breasts.

      Estrogen excess plays a huge role in creating PMS symptoms. Progesterone is the dominant hormone the two weeks before menstruation. It is produced in amounts 200 times greater than estrogen at that time.The mood changesin this emotional ride, are the result of this topsy-turvy hormone production. Far from deficiency in estrogen, the modern menopausal woman is more likely to experience high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone, creating that all too familiar estrogen-dominant profile. Take care always

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I do to increase my enjoyment of post menopausal sex?
    I am 50 years old and haven't had a period for over a year. I have noticed lately that I am very tight and intercourse is uncomfortable for both me and my husband. My doctor recommended hormones, but I would really like to stay away from them. Does anyone have a natural remedy for this problem? Or is there something you've done to help it? Thanks for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      We're probably the oldest people on here (haha)

      Anyhow...I can't use hormones either...We now need ALOT of foreplay (oral sex works best) and also alot of lube if that didn't get you greased up enough.
      Use a lube that doesn't have alot of additives - nothing flavored and no massage oils...just plain old KY is the best and safest
      I also get infections easier now & all that crazy crap causes one!

      You being on top is helpful in making sure he's not too rough...and I actually have tried anal sex quite a few times & am loving it!
      It's just as small and dry...so why not? (haha)
      and a small vibrator is the vagina during anal sex is amazing!

  4. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to have my hormones tested?
    I am 46 years old. My doctor thinks I might be in peri-menopause. I still have a regular period, but have terrible insomnia. I don't have any medical insurance right now, She wants me to have my hormones tested. How much will it cost me out of pocket?

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor's lab charges 4 for a CBC (complete blood count which) includes everything from hormone levels, to thyroid levels, to calcium levels, etc. I would request a CBC and a copy of your results for you to keep. :0)

      It sounds like you are peri-menopausal... Welcome to the next stage of womanhood! :0)

  5. QUESTION:
    Wouldn't Spaying a female dog be the same as creating a menopausal woman?
    Doesnt an animal need hormones to function properly? Spaying a dog or neutering is cutting off estrogen and testosterone right? I know the benefits of getting my pet fixed if I don't plan on breeding, but at the same time, how can they still function as a living being with so many hormones missing?

    • ANSWER:
      You are quite right to question the routine practice of sterilization. Spaying prior to the 1st heat cycle can remove the chances of mammory tumors but after the 2nd heat cycle the risks go way down. Keeping hormones natural as nature provides can help in preventing approx. 8-10 other types of cancer. An excellent source to read is dogtorj.com. Quite elementary, natural is the way God intended the body. My biggest concern is pyometra, which is a uterine infection and quite dangerous. Learning the symptoms are important. Read up on incontinence caused by spay. It is quite common. It also becomes a life sentence.

  6. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between taking hormones for menopause and taking hormones as a contraceptive?
    I hear a lot of people warning about HRT. But there doesn't seem to be much of a fuss made about taking birth control pills, Some of which a woman can take almost continuously.What I want to know is why is HRT so frowned upon when BC doesn't seem to be. They are both hormone pills..what's the difference..besides the obvious reasons one would use them.

    • ANSWER:
      There's not a huge amount of difference in the pills themselves, you're right. They're both estrogen and an artificial progesterone. The difference comes in in that young, menstruating women who take birth control pills are replacing their normal hormones with the birth control hormones. So they'd be exposed to hormones anyway. You're not changing their lifetime exposure to those hormones, just changing the monthly pattern.

      In the case of HRT, however, the women taking it are post-menopausal, and would therefore have very low doses of those hormones in their bodies naturally. HRT therefore increases the lifetime exposure to those hormones for those women.

      Thus, studies show that hormonally related problems with birth control pills in young women are smaller than problems with older women taking HRT. It's not so much a matter of what is in the pill as it is what is the age of the woman taking the pill.

      A second reason for the difference may be that tests on HRT tend to be performed on women who may have spent years with no HRT. The years with no HRT may have damaged their bodies in certain ways, and the resumption of HRT caused more problems rather than fixing the old problems, due to changes in the body that occur with age. Thus, if older women took birth control pills, they'd have similar negative effects that are seen with HRT. And if younger women took HRT, they would likley not have the same negative effects that older women have with HRT.

      And yet another reason for the difference might be the type of hormones used. The most popular artificial progesterone used in HRT is Provera. It's used in Depo-Provera, but not in birth control pills. Provera might have some problems associated with it, but these problems don't show up in women who use the birth control pill because they're not taking it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to stop gaining weight during menopausal period?
    I am a pre-menopausal woman and I am afraid to face the likelihood of serious weight gain.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a natural step in a woman's life cycle,And yeah it is right to be afraid because of its accompanying weight gain is an absolute concern. Menopausal weight gain also increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and has been strongly linked to increased incidence of breast and other hormone-related cancers post menopause. There is a supplement ESTRO-SD for you to prevent weight gain during menopausal period.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard about how soy has female hormones in it?
    I need to know if it hurts young boys to eat soy? If it has female hormones in it can it cause a young boy to develop differently? I am serious. Please help if you know. And send links if you know if any reliable ones on the subject. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, soy does indeed have hormones similar to estrogen. Many women use this as a natural remedy for peri-menopausal symptoms. Soy can also increase thyroid problems and really isn't the best thing to use regularly by anyone although sporadic use should be okay.
      http://www.nysopep.org/page.cfm/71

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the normal mesurement of the edometrium for post menopausal women?
    I'm a student who needs help. A 70 y/o female patient came in complaning of LLQ pain. A TV ultrasound was performed to better evaluate the edometrium and the adnexa. The uterus is found to be the normal size of 6.5x3.5 cm. While, the endometrium was seen heterogeneous, abnormal in echogenicty and was thickened to 7mm. There are some hyper attenuated focus found centrally and some free fluid within the endometrium, and in the cul-de-sack. The andexa seemed to be grossly normal. She is not on hormone replacment therapy. This exam is a follow-up from previous, and since then, the focus found within the endometrium have enlarged.

    • ANSWER:
      I am apparently post-menopausal, have to be ultrasounded at least once a year for reasons I won't go into now, they tell me I should be concerned if the endometrium is thicker than 5 mm. Apparently there is no lower limit, have had as little as 1 mm and no one raised any red flags.

  10. QUESTION:
    What vitamins do i take for pre menopausal?
    I'm 40yrs old and think i may be starting the menopause.Night sweats,irritability and the list goes on.Can anyone recommend any vitamins or hormone tablets to help, Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      About pre menopausal can be read in http://health-schools.blogspot.com/?q=pre%20menopausal

  11. QUESTION:
    Why is it that menopausal women are the bitchiest?
    Really every woman I have known who is of that age is like just crazy in the head! If their hormones are leaving their bodies, why do they still act so hormonal?

    • ANSWER:
      Lol i dont know you should see a PMS ridden me and my menopausal aunt in the same room...

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some good hormone replacement therapies/supplements for women?
    I know every woman's pretty much different in their needs but I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations to try. I'm also on a tight budget so I can't try too many at one time.

    I'm particularly looking for supplements for post menopausal women.

    • ANSWER:
      What I found helpful was a cobination of black cohosh, dong quai, and soy. I've heard from other women that it did reduce the hot flashes. I didn't have hot flashes but I suffered headaches to the point of fainting---and it did help. However, if you are on heart medication then you need to talk to your doctor.

      I cannot remember the exact name of the product I took--but you can find them everywhere--including Walmart. Just ask the pharmarcist there and they will find it for you. It's also not very expensive--I paid around 10 dollars for 120 tablets....

  13. QUESTION:
    What happens if I don't take hormones after a hysterectomy?
    Im 30 years old and had a complete hysterectomy. I started taking hormones but I don't like them. I stopped taking them for almost a six months now. Will this hurt me?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have early onset of menopausal symptoms, including risk of osteoporosis.

      Talk to your Dr to see if you need a Calcium + Vit D supplement to help prevent this.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer more common in post menopausal women?
    Studies show that 78% of cases are diagnosed in women who are post menopausal. Due to "hormonal and reproductive factors." What are these factors?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes the chances of getting breast cancer in post menopausal women are comparitivelyl more due to Estrogen Exposure.

      The more estrogen a woman is exposed to over her lifetime, the greater her risk for breast cancer. This includes women who began menstruating at a younger age, and those who are recent or current users of estrogen-progesterone hormone replacement therapy. Obesity increases the risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women, because estrogen is produced in fat tissue once the ovaries stop producing the hormone.

      Because growth of breast tissue is highly sensitive to estrogens, the more estrogen a woman is exposed to over her lifetime, the higher her risk for breast cancer.

      Duration of Estrogen Exposure. Early age at menarche (first menstrual period) or later age at menopause may slightly increase a womans risk for breast cancer.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy. Many studies have reported a higher risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women who take combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which contains both estrogen and progesterone. Combination HRT is used by women who have a uterus, because estrogen alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer. Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy is prescribed for women who have had a hysterectomy.

      Another reason is Obesity which increases the risk for all types of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers. Women who gain weight after menopause are most at risk. (On a positive note, losing weight after menopause decreases breast cancer risk.) In postmenopausal women, estrogen is produced in fat tissue. High amounts of fatty tissue increase levels of estrogen in the body, leading to faster growth of estrogen-sensitive cancers.-

  15. QUESTION:
    Can dizziness be a side effect of hormone replacement therapy?
    I asked this a while back, no-one answered. Maybe this therapy is no longer so common. But if you are a menopausal woman on it and know anything about side effects, I really need to know. Thanks! (I've been on the therapy for 3 months and only had the dizziness for 6 weeks.)
    I take estradiol and medroxyprogesterone, both low dose, both at night. I have dizziness all day long, into the night.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you're taking and when. For example, if you take Prometrium, then it will make you dizzy, so that's why you should take it right before bed.

  16. QUESTION:
    How dangerous is using Hormone Replacement to stop abnormal menopausal bleeding? ?
    My girlfriend is 47, and is probably going through menopause, but I understand using Hormones can cause a person to have to take blood thinners possibly the rest of their life, among other side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Not very dangerous, frankly. HRT has gotten a bad rap because it's slightly risky. But it also has benefits. So it's a cost/benefit analysis. It's often quite worth it for some women who are having a lot of menopause problems. I've not heard of women using HRT going on blood thinners. If the person has a clotting problem, they shouldn't be on HRT. But here's something important: oral estrogen does raise your risk of blood clots. But non-oral estrogen does NOT raise risk, so if blood clotting is a concern, then the person taking the HRT should think about using an estrogen patch instead.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good product for the face of dry post menopausal women?
    I am 47. My skin is really taking a beating from this menopause.
    I am not taking hormone therapy.
    My face is dry and getting like leathery. I am fair skin.
    Any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I buy the Vit.C/E caps. I squeeze it out and apply it my face. Works better than all the expensive stuff I purchaced so far. And I take Fish oil twice a week and Flaxseed caps. My skin doesn't seem to have created anymore cracks and crevices over the last year. I'm 49. And for awhile there, I thought my only hope was a tube of Bondo or Spackle! ha!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best form of hormone replacement therapy with the lowest risk for weight gain?
    Due to severe menopausal symptoms, my doctor has placed me on hormone replacement therapy. We decided on a pill that is plant based, Cenestin. However, I have taken Cenestin for 4-months and now noticed a slow weight gain. Can anyone suggest another hormone replacement therapy medication that is not known to cause weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to take Progyluton for irregular periods, and the info packet said it was for hormone replacement therapy too. And I didn't gain weight while on it.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do you think of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
    I am over 50 and considering bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like the latesst expensive gimmick...
      Compounded "bioidentical hormones" are plant-derived hormones that pharmacists prepare and label as drugs. The products are claimed to be biochemically similar or identical to those produced by the ovaries or body. However, the relevant chemicals (steroids) in plants are not identical to those in humans. To make products that work in humans, raw materials from the plants must be converted to human hormones synthetically. Thus, to the extent that they are potent, the "bioidentical" products would pose the same risks as those of standard hormones—plus whatever problems might be introduced during compounding.
      The FDA regards "bio-identical" as a marketing term that implies a benefit for which there is no medical or scientific basis. Some were also making unsupportable claims that their drugs are better than FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy drugs

  20. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have hotflashes every 20 minutes 24 hrs a day?
    I started having hot flashes all of a sudden one day a couple months ago and they wont go away. I have only been without a period for 4 months now. I am 45 yrs old. FSH test says Im post menopausal , at 115.9 ,and am on estrogen and progesterone now for 1 week. I am still having these terrible hot flashes all day and all night . I am so exhausted. I have to wear summer clothes and its winter here in IL.

    • ANSWER:
      It's normal for menopause. It will take a short while for your hormones to kick in. But also, you might not be on a high enough dose, so if the hot flashes don't go away after a few weeks, check back with your doc.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I am going through Early Onset Menopause?
    The only real symptom I have is a screwed up menstrual cycle. I work with menopausal women that say I am about to go through the change. I am only 42. No night sweats, in fact I am always cold.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your doctor but here's some information.
      http://www.epigee.org/menopause/early.html

      Early and Premature Menopause

      When we hear the word menopause, we usually think of older women above the age of 60. Very rarely do we ever think of ourselves. However, menopause is not a stage necessarily relegated to elderly women. Early or premature menopause is more common than most women realize - it affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45. Early or premature menopause can occur for a variety of reasons, but in the end it leaves an imprint on the lives of all of the women it affects.

      What are Early and Premature Menopause? Early onset menopause is often confused with premature menopause, but actually the two are different things. These terms hinge on the age of the woman involved; if menopause occurs before the age of 45, it is considered early menopause; if menopause occurs before the age of 40 it is considered premature menopause.

      Because doctors are finally beginning to recognize the symptoms of menopause in younger women, more and more women are being diagnosed with early or premature menopause. As a result, women who are experiencing infertility or are dealing with menopause symptoms at a young age no longer have to wonder why.

      What Causes Early and Premature Menopause
      More often than not, doctors are unable to determine a cause for menopause in younger women. This can be very frustrating for women as it makes it difficult to accept and deal with this new stage of life. Sometimes though, there are very obvious causes of premature or early menopause.

      Premature Ovarian Failure (POV): Premature ovarian failure is another name for naturally-occurring premature menopause. Women with POV have ovaries that aren’t functioning properly. Either they stop producing eggs or no longer produce the hormones needed to ovulate. POV can occur for a variety of reasons. Autoimmune disorders are responsible for more than 65% of POV cases. With these disorders, the body sees itself as an invader and develops antibodies to its own products, including ovum and menses. Genetic factors may also be involved in POV. Five per cent of women seem to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, entering into menopause early. Some women are born with irregularities in their X chromosomes, interfering with egg production before menopause should begin. Other women are just born with very few eggs, causing menopause to occur years before it should.

      Surgical Menopause
      Surgical menopause involves the conscious decision of forcing women into menopause for specific health reasons. Women who suffer from endometriosis, polyps, or ovarian cancer may have to undergo an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries). These surgeries dramatically cut off ovarian function causing estrogen levels to drop suddenly and forcing the woman into menopause.

      Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
      Menopause can be caused by chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells but, unfortunately, they also kills healthy cells. Hair cells, digestive cells, and ovarian cells are particularly at risk. Some women who have undergone cancer treatment temporarily enter menopause, while others permanently enter menopause.

      Infection
      Infection is also linked with premature menopause. Infections such as the mumps and tuberculosis can infect the ovaries, affecting your hormonal balance. This is extremely rare, however.

      Early Menopause Symptoms
      Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.

      Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body’s functions.

      Early and premature menopause tends to be associated with more severe symptoms than menopause occurring after the age of 45. Because early menopause is often due to illness, surgery, or genetic issues, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as "estrogen crash") in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. 90% of these women complained that their symptoms were severe and lasted more than 8 years.

      Treatment Options
      Unfortunately, there are no menopause cures. Menopause treatment has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, though. It is suggested that most women who have undergone early or premature menopause seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Menopause symptoms will be very sudden and severe, especially after surgery, and can be lessoned by taking appropriate doses of estrogen. If oral medication is too difficult to take directly after surgery, estrogen patches that release hormones through the skin can be used to help lessen symptoms.

      A good support network is also recommended to help you through the difficult times. You may be unprepared for such an immediate entry into menopause and friends, family, and other menopausal women can really help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living life after menopause isn’t so bad – in fact, it can be a very rewarding time when you have the right support.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of vasomotor instability?
    I was diagnosed with vasomotor instability last year. I was researching it today to see what it really is, and it seems like menopausal women have it. I'm 14. I was diagnosed with it because when I stand up after resting for a little while, my pulse rises high and I get dizzy and sometimes I can't see very well for a few seconds when I get dizzy. Do I really have vasomotor instability? Or does this sound like something else?

    • ANSWER:
      vasomotor instability is an inability to regulate your temperature. You may get very warm quickly. It's also known as "hot flashes". menopausal women get it because their hormones are out of wack. I do not know I am not a doctor I am just guessing. Does this happen before you start your period. Maybe your hormones are out of wack too?

      Good Luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    If I was 42 when I had a total hysterectomy, how much longer will I have to endure menopause?
    I was forced into menopause (hot flashes, night sweats) after my total hysterectomy. I use a hormone patch which works very well, but I wonder how much longer I'll have to use it.

    • ANSWER:
      Women who go through surgical menopause will sometimes have menopause symptoms until natural menopausal age.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can having plastic surgery interfere with a woman's hormones?
    A friend of mine in her late 30's had liposuction and she stopped her periods, and she starting having the sweats real bad day and night. Her doctor says it has nothing to do with the lipo, and that she is possibly perimenapausal, but I think it is way too much of a coincidence that she had lipo and then suddenly stopped her periods. Any insight into hormones getting all out of wack because of surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of different possibilities, but we can't tell more unless she gets some testing done. I've never heard of surgery causing sudden, premature menopause, but first she should get tests to see if she does have premature ovarian failure (POF). This can be done by seeing her gynecologist and getting LH, FSH, estrogen, etc. tested. It's true that fat plays an important role in a woman's fertility cycle, but her experience seems extreme. While one might have a delayed period, it is surprising that she's getting hot flashes (and likely, other menopausal symptoms).

  26. QUESTION:
    Why am I alternating between goofy moods and paranoid moods?
    This is not like me. (I am a 39-year-old female) I take Elavil at the current time for Major Depression and have been at the same dose for quite a while. My thyroid is a tiny bit low. My hormones were tested and my female hormones turned out to be at the lower end of normal while my testosterone is through the roof. Does these swings between goofy and paranoid sound hormonal or mental?

    • ANSWER:
      You are kind of young to be pre menopausal, but maybe you are not eating enough. I would get HRT. I would get meds for thyroid. I would find out about the mood swings, but in my case, prefer to calm myself by natural ways via proper dieting, exercise, calm music, yoga, and thinking of business matters. As you are on Elavil for clinical depression, the obvious thought would be a misdiagnosis and bipolar disorder. So, how your proceed would depend on your ability to get to these various specialists. I wouldn't give up. Take it one thing at a time, and try to get the doctors to coordinate your treatment plan.

  27. QUESTION:
    How did that 70 year old Indian woman get pregnant?
    I understand that she had IVF but I thought that after women go through menopause they can no longer get pregnant. If a post-menopausal woman gets implanted with someone else's eggs, can she still get pregnant? I thought once you no longer have your own eggs you are done being able to reproduce.

    Can someone with gynecological experience give some insight on this?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to implant fertilized eggs into a post menopausal womb and acheive a pregnancy, however the hormone levels must be condusive tosupportin pregnancy. So she either needs to still being producing the hormones at a level to sustain pregnancy or she needs to take hormones.

      I was disgusted with the 70 year old woman and her 77 year old husband for the sole reason why they had IVF... They wanted a male heir for their property when they died. Those poor kids are going to grow up without their parents.

  28. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions on dealing with major menopausal hot flashes?
    I do not want to have to take any hormones or other prescription medication. But the hot flashes are getting so frequent and so bad that they are affecting my ability to function normally sometimes. (not to mention embarrassing in a store or at work)

    • ANSWER:
      New Chapter makes a supplement called estrotone I just started taking it so I don't have enough info yet to form an opinion but...yeah....standing in a cooler with you...

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to adjust to lower hrt levels?
    I am 35yrs old and went into early menopause 5yrs ago. I have been taking oral contraceptives for hormone replacement for 3years. My doctor had me on a very high dose for two years of these years. Less than three months ago I lowered my dose. I was wondering how long does it take for my body to adjust to this change or has it already?

    • ANSWER:
      It might not adjust. When you go through early menopause, you could very well experience menopausal side effects until you reach the normal age of menopause--so like for 20 years. The National Institute of Health recommends that women with premature menopause be on higher dosages of hormones because their younger bodies need it. It's not the same as an older, naturally menopausal woman. The risks are greater by NOT taking hormones than by taking hormones.

  32. QUESTION:
    What kinds of vitamin supplements should I be taking after my total abdominal hysterectomy?
    i had a total abdominal hyst. on Sep. 30th 2008. I know my body has to be missing valuable vitamins now. i am taking estradiol bio-identicals for the hormone therapy and herbs for hot flashes but what about iron? or other valuable needed vitamins...can anyone point me in the correct direction?

    • ANSWER:
      Post menopausal women actually require less iron than they did before, so you should be fine. If you like to take a multivitimin/mineral supplement for now, you certainly can and it won't hurt a thing. You shouldn't have lost that much blood in the surgery, and should have recouperated just fine- iron wise, anyway, by now. A regular supermarket brand, generic label, should do well for you. Get a chewable if you can, and if you like you can even take the children's chewables as they provide the majority of what you will need. Since you are taking an estradiol bioidentical, you shouldn't really be having much trouble with the hot flashes. The only other thing you will need to be concerned with taking as a supplement would be calcium, because you will now be depleting those calcium stores at a slightly higher rate than before. You probably should discuss the options for calcium with your doctor. There are those tablets and chews at the grocery store, but those are not always as easily absorbed by the body. There are also prescription medications that can help you avoid osteoporesis. But first you should discuss it with your doctor, and then decide which is best for you.

  33. QUESTION:
    My mom is premenopausal. Can I give her something to make her less bitchy?
    My mom is SUPER bitchy. She just is. But now, she's officially pre-menopausal. Her overall jerk attitude is now through-the-roof! Is there anything my mom can do or take (homeopathic remedies, etc.) that might tone her down?

    By the way, I'm her son. I don't really care how she feels; I know it's a hormonal imbalance. Otherwise, I'd honestly believe her when she tells me to go to hell or to go f**k myself. :-p She's EDGY, I'm telling you.
    I'm living in a college dorm, now, too. So I'm glad that I can avoid her for as long as I can. :-p

    I feel bad for my siblings and pretty much everyone else at home, too. Lol. Seriously, what're some good ideas to get rid of the godzilla?
    Like I said, Sue F, if I cared about any of the horrible stuff that comes out of her mouth, I'd believe them. Pray for yourself. I'm not asking for prayers. I'm asking for good suggestions, not complete REPEATS of other answers.

    And how dare you call me spoiled? You don't even know me or what I'm going through with godzilla as a mother. I raised myself through childhood and fed and clothed MYSELF. So don't give me that cliche "mother" bullsh*t. It won't work on me.

    All I'm concerned with is what pill I can stuff into her mouth to take away "the bitchy" before I stick her into a convalescent home. It's a sad reality, I know. But your elitist and socially condescending BULLSH*T is not helping me. Either give me solid answers or go back to whatever it is you do on the internet. Look at pictures of puppies, you sad clown, you.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't care how she feels you're in for a world of hurt and no wonder she's bitchy at you. She honestly can not help how she feels or barely control her emotions.

      And there are homeopathic remedies, and some good ones. But there is also medical intervention which is proven to work well and work quickly.

      All you can do is bite your tongue, it's not her fault she's going through this. Gentley encourage her to see a doctor, actually your dad should be having that conversation with her. Is her mom still alive? Maybe you could call up grams and explain the situation to her and maybe she can talk to your mom. If not her mother, maybe a sister?

      But you shouldn't be having to deal with this, so talk to your dad and have him deal with it. If no family members maybe a friend? Or maybe he should just talk to her. Tell her she'll feel more sane if she takes hormones.

      xxx

  34. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your friend psychiatric help if she is being mean to you for no reason, it could be a mental problem...

  35. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  36. QUESTION:
    I am 24 and recently had a hysterectomy,how can I reduce the hot flahes?
    My doctor offered hormone replacement therapy,but I refused because it can cause cancer.He also offered Birth control cause it also has hormones in it.But I refused it cause it can make you gain weight.I'm looking for some thing natural.

    • ANSWER:
      the hormones, though have been reported to be a catalyst to somes cancers, is not that dangerous, they will monitor you, & to be safe take also the progesterone, if th e dr tells you its needed.

      Soy products are rich in ingrediants for menopausal women. & if you go to Swanson.com , they can really assist you as to what herbs to take & have very reasonable prices.

      Black currant oil ,,or evening primrose oil capsules, & many other things are out there, but get a health expert to help you.

      Meanwhile,carry something you can use as a fan. & Drinking LOTS of ice water helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for your body to reset after an abortion?
    I am scheduled to have an abortion this Wednesday. It is a valid medical reason and the health of my unborn child would be at risk due to the treatment for my condition. I am not looking for any snappy answers or comments that I am killing anyone.

    I was wondering how long it takes for the hormone levels to drop and for your body to "reset" itself so to speak.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on you and how pregnant you are. The hormones in your system can last up to 8 weeks after but it can take a few months to heal after the end of an pregnancy (no matter how it ended). I would say give it 3 months/12 weeks to 'reset'. Afterwards your uterus always has a wound in it, this is where the pregnancy was attached (when it's a live birth, this is where the placenta detaches). The faster this wound heals, the more stable your hormones will be and the faster you will 'reset' - midwifery taught me this tidbit.

      This is something I tried after getting of off birth control, my miscarriages and my abortion and the birth of my daughter; it really helped balance my hormones out, better than if I had been without it, in my opinion.

      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)
      Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. The greatest use of Vitex Agnus Castus - or Chasteberry - lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function.
      It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill. Because it can increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women begin taking it when they ovulate, though regular daily use is indicated in the promotion of fertility.
      As vitex is safe, it may be used by women seeking to become pregnant to increase chances of conception. More specifically, it can be used by women with irregular ovulatory function and by women with shorter luteal phases. Vitex may also be used after discontinuing use of birth control pills to restore normal ovulation.
      http://gaiaherbs.com/product.php?id=268
      This is what I take. It's just a suggestion to balance your hormones out and help speed healing. It would also be suggested that you up your intake of vitamins especially iron and calcium for faster healing. More herbal suggestions for faster healing, if you are interested - http://www.sisterzeus.com/post_ca.htm

      Any other questions, my email is always open.

      ~Pro-Choice Momma; Have had an abortion and I have a 12 month old daughter . I believe in protecting my daughter's choice.

      Abortion: There is a Consensus
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSQiazUv

      Ps - As for others who would judge you, this is your business and their opinion don't have to mean anything to you. They are strangers after all, who don't know you or your situation. I hope you heal well.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  39. QUESTION:
    What estrogen ( greater then 2mg) is best for hormone replacement when...?
    The women has a history of blood clots and the patch is not an option due to allergy,
    To control menopausal symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't take oral estrogen--it's too dangerous due to the blood clots. You need to take an estrogen cream, which shouldn't raise blood clot risk, since it's the oral stuff that causes the clots. The 2mg number you have named sounds like an oral dose of estrace, which you can't take. To take a cream, you might be best getting a custom type from a compounding pharmacy, but you need to be closely monitored due to the blood clot risk. You'll need to take an anti-coagulant.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does menopause cause women to be a little mean?How long does menopause last?
    Why does menopause cause meanness?
    I notice that women tend to be a little mean when going through "the change"
    Why?
    How long does menopause last?
    Women are kind of crazy during menopause.
    My mom sure is moody lately.I can't wait for her to be done.I don't live with my parents but when I visit she can be a little mean sometimes lately.
    How long does it last?
    Why are menopausal women so mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It's pretty much the same issue as PMS, fluctuating hormone levels alter a person's mood.

  41. QUESTION:
    Are there any other ways to successfully bring back regular periods?
    other than taking hormones (i.e., medroxyprogestrone)? Thank you for any tried and true solutions, any information? I know there must be a way other than taking awful hormones 1/2 of each month for a year. I appreciate your help.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way is to focus on becoming healthy again. Many women suffer from this issue because they are listening to the wrong advice from people promoting hormone therapies. Just so you know, women in Agrigarian cultures and 3rd world countries do NOT GET they typical menopausal problems that women from industrial countries do. There is a very good reason for this; DIET.

      Many times doctors prescribe hormones only to find that in a few weeks more hormones are required. This is due to the deficiency being created by an excess of hormones. Since doctors do not study nutrition and real health, they prescribe drugs to treat symptoms.

      ALL of your steroid hormones come from cholesterol; ALL OF THEM. This means that if you are not making enough cholesterol, your body cannot make good hormones. If you are deficient in minerals, this contributes to the problem. If you eat a diet high in carbohydrates, LOW IN FAT, you are setting yourself up for these problems. Women who live long lives and make good hormones have cholesterol readings for total cholesterol between 240 and 270. That flies in the face of pharmaceutical drug companies advice. Hmmm. Wonder why?

      In some cases, it is advisable to use a progesterone cream made from natural sources, not the laboratory fabricated junk you get from a pharmacy or doctor. When you go through menopause, the body slows down and eventually stops the production of estrogen in the ovaries and gives the job back to the adrenal glands. If the adrenals are exhausted, like most American women, then that is when you get the booby prize of symptoms. The transition should only take a couple weeks, but when the adrenals are exhausted & stressed, it typically takes much longer. A nutritional therapist can help you far better than a doctor with this issue.

      good luck to you

  42. QUESTION:
    Why could I be bleeding vaginally after urination?
    I am 43, last month I was on my period for 3 weeks. Now I just bleed vaginally after I urinate. I am not pregnant and my hormones have been checked and they are normal what could possibly be wrong? I am also late with this months period.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds pre-menopausal to me...I am in the same boat as you are...
      Some of us don't bleed at all or we bleed sporatically...whenever, with no schedule...
      I just had a proceedure done called "endometrial ablation"...
      This proceedure is used for women that bleed all the time, like you are...and it's also used for women that bleed very heavy and are our age...It's a short surgical proceedure and it takes about 5 hours total...not the proceedure itself, that only takes about 20 minutes...but you do get put under anesthesia and then go to a recovery room afterwards, just like any other surgical proceedure. It's done in place of a hysterectomy...in other words, the doctors today don't go directly to doing a hysterectomy...they do this first...and in 97% of the women that have it done...they stop bleeding and there are no PMS symptoms any more...
      Ask your doctor about this proceedure or look it up on the web...I was pleased with the results...
      For the time being, I am sorry to say, you just have to deal with the bleeding...and that can be a bummer for sure...
      If I were you, I would make an appointment and discuss some options that you have...

  43. QUESTION:
    What can you do for thinning hair in women?
    I am a post menopausal woman who does not take hormone replacement therapy, and have had a total hysterectomy. My hair seems to be getting thin. Is there anything that can be done to make my hair thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      There is Rogaine for women now. It works good, you can get it at Wal-Mart

  44. QUESTION:
    How do women get through the change of life without HRT?
    Saw my doctor last night to discuss the menopause (which has been confirmed by blood tests). He is reluctant to prescribe Hormone Replacement Treatment as I have high blood pressure which he prescribed medication for instead. I get the sweats during the day which is really embarrassing cause I work in an office and have to keep having a quick blast of my desk fan. Has anyone got any real suggestions how I can combat this. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are symptomatic, and many very fortunate women do sail though the menopause with few symptoms, then HRT has never been bettered as a method of relieving symptoms. Only yesterday I read a journal article critical of its current under-use due to a failure to balance risk with benefit. Both patients and doctors are almost as guilty in this respect.

      If your blood pressure is controlled and of course it should be, you can still be prescribed HRT. If as it seems your GP is very unsure of his ground, ask him to refer you to a Specialist Menopausal Clinic. Here you will get all the information as to both the risks and the benefits for you as an individual.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

  46. QUESTION:
    How should a woman prevent middle age weight gain?
    if you've always done 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, lifted free weights and eaten low-fat food/many vegetables, what else can you do if you are concerned and have close relatives that gained 60+ lbs. My mom said she exercised an hour a day, and always ate healthy foods (no fast food, etc.), yet still developed metabolic syndrome. Is it hopeless, or can women prevent pre and post menopausal weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      In addition to the eating lots of fruits and veggies and the exercise drinking a lot of water and also watching portion sizes can help with weight loss.

      Also, weight gain such as in middle age can be as a result of hormone imbalances like with the thyroid. If there is a problem with the thyroid medication can be prescribed to help it. One of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid also called hypothyroidism is weight gain.

      As to how to prevent it trying to eat right, exercise, and get checked for potential problems that can help with some of the prevention.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you personally know someone over the age of 35 who has given birth without scientific help?
    I just got married last June and I am 36 and want to try to have a baby for my husband. We each have one from previous marriages. I go see my doctor this Friday but just wanted to know how many people do you guys know personally that did it after 35 without any scientific help (without artificial insemination, hormones). Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I had my daughter at 36 with no medical assistance to conceive. You know you are both fertile because you already have had a child. Take folate supplements, work out your ovulation dates and go from there. Give yourself 6 - 12 months and if you haven't yet fallen pregnant, ask your doc to look into some reasons. Good luck :-)
      My nan had my aunt at 42 - thought she was menopausal but turned out that she was pregnant.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have been menopasal for 3 years and I still get Migraines, Why?
    I have been menopausal for 3 years and still I get migraines! I read in many articles that when a women reah menopause their migraine decreases , I still get as before Why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Long … but well worth the reading.

      Make the connection!

      I am a nurse with over 25 years experience in this area and I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in their homes, schools and workplace. This problem is growing as more and more chemicals are being introduced into the market and used on a daily basis.

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Migraines, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS (do a web search for MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s ---- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines - The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.

      You will certainly want to read this article on how chemicals and fragrances affect your health.
      http://members.aol.com/enviroknow/perfume/EHPscents.htm

      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances. Look on MCS sites if you need help finding them.

      More and more workplaces & schools are creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

      Are you wondering why you get Migraines or headaches?
      Look here.
      Here is a Brain Spect Scan Before and after a whiff of perfume: http://www.ourlittleplace.com/spect.html

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a supplement to help with brain function?
    I am in Menopause and I can't take hormones. I am told that lack of hormones can cause dementia or Alzheimers. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Taking a supplement to improve brain function seems that it will only be addressing a symptom brought on by the lack of hormones. The better way to approach this may be to find a natural way to replenish hormones or support natural production, even if it's reduced.

      A good natural progesterone cream may be very beneficial. I'd used one by Nature's Sunshine that worked very well according to my body's needs. It's expensive, but one tube will last several months making it reasonable on a monthly basis. Medicine usually focuses on estogen replacement but doesn't pay enough attention to progesterone replacement. True, you lose a large % of estrogen in menopause, but can quickly lose all of your progesterone production. Balance between these two hormones is imperative to minimize negative effects of menopause, whether that's mood, bone loss, brain function or whatever.

      Another approach is to look at support of your entire endocrine system. Do a google search for 'natural endocrine support' and you will come up with a lot of good informative sites.

      The product that I've had and seen most success with (for endocrine support ) is by Mannatech called 'Plus'. It is wonderful for supporting your entire endocrine system, all natural and safe for anyone to take. It can be quite pricey while you're getting things in balance as you'd need to take more than the label recommends. I know of a few menopausal women who order this product by the case as it is the only thing they've found that gives their bodies what they need nutritionally to support their hormonal systems. This product also gives some people a mental boost, as serotonin is a hormone regulated by the endocrine system.

      Bottom line is that there are a lot of options. The trick is to find the one that supports your exact needs - and that's different for everyone.

      Blessings during this difficult time.

  50. QUESTION:
    What foods increase a man's oestrogen and female hormones? I heard soy milk has heaps of female hormones, and?
    I'm not sure if cow's milk has heaps of female hormones in it.
    Do all products containing soy have a high amount of female hormones in them? And what other food/drink products have lots of female hormones and anti-androgens in them?
    um, rick, what on Eath do you mean????

    • ANSWER:
      Good question, but I don't think there's a simple answer. There are lots of food sources of phytoestrogens; besides soy, phytoestrogens are also found in certain fruits (i.e. naringenin in citrus fruits like grape fruit), as well as flaxseed (though flaxseed and soy seem to have the greatest amounts of phytoestrogens).
      Contrary to soy-specific products like soy protein powder, many products which have soy have low amounts (it serves as filler in lots of snacks).

      Phytoestrogens seem to bind to certain tissues and sometimes compete with other estrogens; this could alternatively produce estrogenic effects (i.e. easing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes in women) or potentially reduce the estrogenic effects compared to estradiol. However, there is also the possibility that they can decrease testosterone production in males, since estrogen is a source of negative feedback (telling the source to diminish production) to the HPTA.

      Some people make equol when digesting soy products. Equol can prevent a product of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) from exerting its effects (on the prostate in particular, though it's worth studying whether it reduces DHT activity elsewhere). This *could* reduce the effects testosterone exerts in maintaining male features if it prevents DHT binding in other locations. Also, lignans (flax phytoestrogens) can interfere with DHT binding as well, though the only source I can locate at the moment shows lignans interfering with DHT binding to SHBG, not target tissues.

      Phytoestrogens may cause estrogenic effects (positive or negative) without necessarily increasing blood levels of estrogen.


menopausal hormones

The Symptoms Of Menopause

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for menopause?
    What are all the symptoms for menopause?
    How old are you when you normally reach it?
    Can you be in your 30s and get menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      My period started coming less and less starting in my 40's. It was a pain because I basically wore a pad every day because I never knew if my period was coming or not. I'm 50 now and haven't had a period in 2 years. Luckily the only symptoms I've had are severe mood swings. My gynecologist gave me sarafem (antidepressant) for that. I hope this is all I get!! I think 30 is pretty young. Talk to your doctor. Good Luck

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some of the symptoms of menopause?
    I'm 44 and my periods are irregular. I have new hair growing around my hairline and bad headaches. Are these symptoms that menopause is starting?

    • ANSWER:
      hot flashes, night sweats, and mood fluctuations are common syptoms of menopause,but usually menopause starts around 50 but has been known to start sooner.

  3. QUESTION:
    Would a shot of Progestogen help ease the symptoms of menopause?
    I am suffering from symptoms of menopause such a moodiness and sadness. Would my normal Depo provera shot ease the symptoms? It is not estrogen based by progestogen only.

    • ANSWER:
      No. The symptoms of menopause are mostly due to low estrogen. So the artificial progesterone in Depo doesn't help them. Quit the depo and get on something designed to be hormone replacement.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for menopause?
    I want to know more about symptoms for menopause. Please tell me in details.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting cancer again after taking estrogen because of menopause?
    Because if I do have cancer I don't want to feel the symptoms of menopause. Will all doctors refuse to give you estrogen after having cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes; they will not give you estrogen.
      There other treatmants for menopause symptoms though - Effexor is approived for Hot flashes [ I had to take that for a while - worked well! ]

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the youngest age a woman can go through menopause?
    I'm only 25 but I've been having symptoms of menopause, is this even possible? I've had problems with my period ever since I got it, so I wouldn't be surpised! Thanks.
    I won't be able to go to a doctor for about 2 weeks, we're in the middle of moving and pretty much all of our time is used up packing and working. I'm kinda embarrassed to even ask a Doc about it. It seems kinda ridiculous.
    I'll give you some history real quick.
    I've always missed periods, from 6 weeks in between to 4 months (been since Sept this time). Bad cramps all the time. Went on the pill for about 7 years on and off to control it. Didn't have insurance for the last 2 years and went off it. In the last year, had major issues, longer gaps and longer lasting (3 weeks one time), had hair grow on my face and breasts (never did before) and had a higher temp then normal.
    I guess it is pretty dumb that I'm embarassed to ask my doc, I had a bad experinace when I asked one about something I thought I had. I was mocked and laughed at. I stopped going to see him.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a link on Premature Ovarian Failure aka Premature Menopause:
      http://www.4woman.gov/menopause/stages/premature.cfm
      and
      http://www.medicinenet.com/premature_menopause/article.htm

      You more likely have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
      Here's a link for that:
      http://www.4woman.gov/faq/pcos.htm

      Don't be affraid to talk to your gynecologist about this. You've got something going on hormonally. It needs checked out.

      If you had symptoms for diabetes would you feel silly for seeing a doctor? Well, this is the same type of thing. Your body isn't giving you what it needs.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some natural cures or herbs to combat menopause?
    Are there any natural cures to comabat the symptoms of menopause like moodswings, bloating, confusion, and hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      - Nordic Naturals Omega Woman supplement
      - Black Cohosh, scientifically proven to work.

      hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    Having a period two times a month,is this related to menopause?
    How can I stay healthy even though symptoms of menopause seem to effect me with arthritis in my knees?

    • ANSWER:
      Try an all natural health product like Hot Flash Freedom instead of using chemical based treatments for your symptoms in order to stay healthy while treating such discomfort.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does weight affect how early one goes into menopause?
    I am heavy set and 39 years old. Suddenly the cycles are not regular anymore and I have had some symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes, sudden lactose intolerance, Nausea, anxiety. Anyone know if this might be menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      welcome ver_jen to your new age of life! just some chemical in balance to your body when i quit smoking my body went thru major changes and stress my daughter if you remember...it was to much and my body just changed and the hot flashes were the worst for me and all of your other changes are the norm for me being epileptic those are natural for me other than the hot flashes and losing weight ! good luck to you and your whole family !

  10. QUESTION:
    Does early onset of menopause run in the family?
    My maternal grandmother had her last child at 28 and went through menopause at 35. My mother had her last child at 32 and went through menopause at 40-45. Im 27 now with no children. My question is, is there a possibility that I will have trouble conceiving if I wait much longer to try? I currently have no symptoms of menopause but I worry that I will wait to long and not be able to have a child when I want.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be due to several reasons like surgical removal of ovaries,damage to ovaries,radiation therapy,if your mother contracts a viral infection while you are still in her uterus - it can affect your ovarian development or thyroid disease etc.
      Most women go through menopause at about the same age their mothers did --- which means that if there is family history ( your mother,grand mother,sister ) there is a chance that you too will experience it,although it is not a hard and fast rule.

  11. QUESTION:
    What could cause a rash on the bend of the arm and break out in a sweet?
    Age 52--- Woman Rash looks like little red raised bumps.
    Could it be symptoms of menopause ?
    Can a high consumption of fish oil cause this condition ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Elbow rash. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

      Heat rash
      Contact dermatitis
      Stasis dermatitis (type of Eczema)
      Seborrheic dermatitis
      Measles
      Chickenpox
      HIV infection
      Nummular eczema
      Dry skin
      Bacterial meningitis
      Melanoma
      Q fever
      Syphilis
      Erythema nodosum
      Atopic eczema (type of Eczema) - rash on the inside of the elbows.

      Technically, you don't actually "hit" menopause until it's been one year since your final menstrual period. In the United States, that happens about age 51, on average.

      The signs and symptoms of menopause, however, often appear long before the one-year anniversary of your final period. They include:

      Irregular periods
      Decreased fertility
      Vaginal dryness
      Hot flashes
      Sleep disturbances
      Mood swings
      Increased abdominal fat
      Thinning hair
      Loss of breast fullness

      The Mayo Clinic lists 195 causes of sweating.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is hair loss a symptom of menopause?
    I turned 49 in August. I've had noticeable hair loss for at least the last 6 months. Wondering if this is a symptom of menopause or if I need to consult my doctor about this.

    • ANSWER:
      it is hard to say! it will be better if you will visit your doctor!!

      anyway as we know hair loss can be caused by many different reasons! There are many causes of loss of hair such as stress, poor nutrition ,medications, thyroid dysfunctions, illness, fungal infections ,hormonal problems, to mention a few.

      year ago I suffered very much from dandruff and hair loss too and I started trying everything you can imagine to stop my hair loss.
      the things that really worked for me was:

      1) Vitamin A - an anti-oxidant which promotes healthy production of sebum in the scalp;

      2) Vitamin E stimulates circulation. Good blood circulation in the scalp is important in keeping hair follicles productive. The 'B' vitamins contribute to melanin, which gives hair its healthy color and also stimulates blood circulation;

      3) massage is also beneficial. Massage stimulates circulation. As already noted, good circulation in the scalp keeps hair follicles active. Experts suggest a few minutes of daily head massage by hand. Circulation through massage may be improved by using a few drops of lavender or bay essential oil in an almond or sesame oil base with massage;

      4) Try rubbing your scalp with garlic juice, Onion Juice or Ginger Juice(you can either of one out of three, Do not mix any of two or three);

      5) also he used herbal treatment - TrichoZed or Provillus (do not use Rogaine - it will not work!)
      Those are a good products that helps prevent hair loss and contains Biotin and the clinically tested ingredients approved by the FDA to help re-grow your hair.! I think it is very important!

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry TrichoZed but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here

      http://www.trichozed.info/ingredients.php

      (TrichoZed™ will produce noticeable hair growth in 30 to 45 days. A consistent use of TrichoZed™ ensures permanent results within 6 months. Further use shall maintain optimal health of your hair.)

      and here

      http://www.provilluss.info

      (Provillus™ will produce noticeable hair growth in 40. A consistent use of TrichoZed™ ensures permanent results within ~5 months.)

      It enhances hair growth by blocking DHT (Dihydrotestostrone) - a major cause of hair loss!

      Also Informative video about Provillus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ydvCHhbRkk

      good luck!

      not only my own personal experience + working as a family physician

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for periods to stop with premature ovarian failure?
    My periods last a day and a half to two days now, just wondering when they will stop completely. I have almost all symptoms of menopause from hot flashes to anxiety to cold sweats to the embarrassing parts, and I am 24. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There's no clear guide--everyone is different. Complicating matters is that women with premature ovarian failure are advised to take hormone replacement to avoid the numerous body-damaging problems inherent in ovarian failure at a young age. Hormone replacement causes a bleed that is like a period, so they can't tell what their body is doing on its own. If you have premature ovarian failure, then you should be taking hormones. And check out www.ipofa.org, which is a support group.

  15. QUESTION:
    Want to know about the symptoms of menopause?
    guys tell me what is the symptoms of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.The transition from reproductive to non-reproductive is the result of a major reduction in female hormonal production by the ovaries. This transition is normally not sudden or abrupt, tends to occur over a period of years, and is a natural consequence of aging.The average age of menopause is 51 years old. But there is no way to predict when an individual woman will enter menopause. Common symptoms of menopause include:
      1.Heart pounding or racing
      2.Hot flashes
      3.Night sweats
      for more visit:- http://menopause-symptoms.yourhealthorbit.com/

  16. QUESTION:
    How to convince my parents to get another dog?
    On the 13th of May last year (which happened to be Mother's Day) we had to unexpectedly put down our dog of nearly 11 years due to water on the lungs. I had had her since I was 5 and I was torn up over it for weeks and it is still unpleasant to the point of tears to think about today. We have recently moved house and in two weeks our lawn will be put in. I want to ask my parents if we could get another dog, as I really miss the company they give (I'm an only child who doesn't like spending more time with people than I really need to). After my last dog died we did discuss briefly the idea of getting another dog once we were in our new house.

    Unfortunately life isn't going particularly well at the moment. About two months after Mali (my dog) died, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to some lymph nodes. She underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy and is now in her second last week of six weeks of radiation. She will be on hormone therapy for the next five years as the tumor was hormone receptive. This means that she will most probably have all the symptoms of menopause all over again for that period of time. So basically Mum is now staring to lean towards no dog. Dad is more open to the idea.

    I'm not planning on asking for a new dog, I would much prefer to rescue on from the pound or similar welfare organisations in my area, reducing the cost somewhat. We still have my old dog's bed and several kilograms of dog food (yes, it is still good) and I've obviously had previous experience in looking after a dog, and in light of recent event's I feel a lot more mature than I was raising Mali from a puppy. I have two other pets, a python (most low maintenance pet ever!) and a horse about 5 minutes drive away whom I ride regularly and see twice a day every day, before and after school. Unfortunately, horses and snakes are not the most cuddly animals and I've been longing for a dog for a long time. A lot of my friends have dogs, and at the farm where I work every weekend there's an old kelpie and a husky and when they come say hello and ask for cuddles, it makes my day.

    Any advice on how t approach this matter would be highly appreciated.
    @Dominator You sir, are an insensitive piece of humanity. And at 16, I have as much of a right to controlling my own life as anyone else. Go grow a heart.
    @Dominator I'm not a nagging child. And who's to say that "children" are incapable of thought and emotion. I've certainly met children with greater emotional and rational capacity than you seem to have.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell them as you've told us. I agree, having a wonderful friend to tell every thing to makes life easier.
      As long as you are willing to care for it I'd say yes.
      Getting a rescue is a wonderful idea and you can give a lonely dog a forever home.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a test to determine if someone is going through premature menopause?
    I have found lists of symptoms for premature menopause, but am looking for something more definitive. Is there such a thing as a test for this condition? If so, how readily available is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. YOu get your FSH tested. This is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is very low when your ovaries are working normally, and very high when they're not working. The only reason it would get high in someone who is not of menopausal age is if her ovaries have stopped working due to premature menopause. The doc will also test you estradiol level.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can a magnet worn on your underwear help to reduce menopausal symptoms?
    I have saw a magnet being advertised that claims to help reduce the symptoms of the menopause, it is to be worn on the underwear. Do you know how this works? And if so how?

    • ANSWER:
      The way it works is to put food on the table of the retailer. Commonsense should tell you it's total bullshit.

  19. QUESTION:
    When a female dog is spayed, is only the uterus removed?
    Are the ovaries left inside? If the ovaries are removed, does the dog experience hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause? Do dogs get uterine and ovarian cancer? Are there any "cons" to having a dog spayed?

    • ANSWER:
      no

  20. QUESTION:
    I want to know if I am experiencing symptoms of menopause?
    I am 44 yr old women and i think i might be experiencing menopause. My periods are light one month and heavy the next. This last period is particularly unusual, because I am still spotting 10 days after my last period. I don't mean to gross your out but just by curiosity I sniffed the toilet paper with my blood and it did not smell at all like blood. It had a kind of an antiseptic smell.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you say, it looks like you are experiencing menopause. Apart from the change in cycle, do you also experience any other changes either physically or emotionally? Because there are a lot of changes that usually happens during menopause. Here is an article that talks about various signs and symptoms of menopause:

      http://aboutwomenshealthissues.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-menopause/2010/

      However, the symptoms vary from one person to another. So, you might not be experiencing everything stated in the list.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I go through menopause at 32 years old?
    I am 32 years old.. About 5 years ago I had an IUD put in and my periods stopped. I had the IUD removed in December of 2005 and got pregnant in Feb of 2006. After I had my baby I got another IUD and then a little while later had my tubes tied. So I haven't really had a period in 5 years. I am having symptoms of menopause. Could I be going through menopause this early?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you could be going through early onset menopause. There are even gals in their 20's that are going through menopause. You need to go to your doctor and ask for a FSH blood test. This test will tell your hormone levels and what stage of menopause you are in. If you have symptoms then discuss the treatments with your doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    I'm 47 and have not had a period in two months. Is my period blood building up in my body?
    The nurse has assured me that it is normal to skip periods at my age and I will get it at some unknown time. I wonder what is happening hormonally in my body. I don't have hot flashes or any other symptoms of menopause. I did take a pregnancy test and it was negative last at the end of August. I had a short period at the end of July.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be starting to enter perimenopause. Which is the beginning stage of Menopause. You may skip one or two periods initially, but you will be considered in Menopause after 12 period-free months. I am 51 and have not had a period for almost 11 months now. However, I still wear pads (Always Infinity) when I am out and about just in case I sneeze or cough and leak urine (it has happened) or I have some spotting (hasn't happened yet).

      Below is a link to a website that has good, clear information and a list of Menopausal symptoms and descriptions of each one. Take heart though, generally women don't get every symptom listed. The most common symptoms are: hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness. I have a few these symptoms with the exception of irregular periods (no periods), vaginal dryness and loss of libido ... which I have found myself desiring sex even more these days. But that can change later on down the road .. but I hope not.

      Hopefully this will help you better understand what is going on with your body.

      http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/

  23. QUESTION:
    Is 38 too young to be going through menopause?
    I am 38 and I have been having symptoms similar to menopause. I have been having severe cramping when I do have a period, which is unusual for me, hot flashes, moodiness, etc. I was always told that menopause doesn't begin until late 40's or later. Could there be something else wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      it is uncommon but not unheard of at 38. menopause can begin in women in early 30's. it sounds like a hormone imbalance.

  24. QUESTION:
    Are swollen breasts a symptom of menopause?
    I have had swollen breasts for over 6 weeks now. The two periods I have had in this time have been reasonably light and the heaviness in my breasts did not go down after each period.

    Is this a menopause symptom? Please help, I am 38 years old and haven't even thought about menopause before now.

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily...!!!

      I am sure you will be landed in a land of confusion and troubles if you only depend upon the analysis of your symptoms and any medical advice and the indications, side effects, interaction of drugs you get in this platform, as it the prerogative of medical professionals.

      Keep Smiling & Good Luck...!!!

  25. QUESTION:
    menopause question were you prescribed anti depressants during the menopause?
    were you depressed? or was it just a case that depression is a symptom of the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      There are as many symptoms or ramifications of menopause as there are for periods, none of which are good and of which depression is but one. Others include chronic insomnia, hot flushes, hair loss, vaginal dryness, amorphia (extreme skin itchiness because you feel like you've got ants crawling all over you), memory retention problems, panic attacks, severe mood swings and extreme anger/agression, etc. etc.

      I deeply envy those fortunate women who breeze through menopause without a single problem.

      Many women do suffer from severe depression during menopause and there's certainly nothing wrong with properly prescribed anti-depressants to get you through the worst. The problem with these though is that they can literally become a habit that you simply can't live without, even when menopause if over (they don't call them "happy pills" for nothing!).

      Instead of anti-depressants, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is worth serious consideration (unless of course you are simply not able to take this because of breast cancer, etc.).

      Is there any reason why you don't take HRT? Have you talked to your doctor about this, and in particular, canvassed with him or her the possible benefits to you of HRT? A lot of doctors (particularly males ... funny thing that!) simply don't believe or really accept that menopause symptoms can be so severe and debilitating that they take over your life and make you crazy (after all, having even only a couple of the symptoms listed above is enough to make you chronically depressed!). Hence, many don't believe in the value of HRT and won't prescribe it. They also tend to give you lots of scary statistics about increased risks of breast/cervical cancer, heart attack, stroke, etc. to put you off wanting it.

      Whilst it's true that taking HRT does VERY SLIGHTLY increase these types of risks, the value you may get from it in terms of getting the quality of your life back can make it very worthwhile despite the risks.

      How do I know all this? Because I've been there and done that (and I mean every single one of those nasty symptoms listed above - yes, I had all of them!). HRT gave me back my life and continues to do so because I'm still on it. I even went off it once last year but within a week, all the symptoms started to return, so I very quickly went back to my doctor and told her I just had to have it back. She agreed - thank God!

      If HRT interests you, do some research before you visit your doctor to discuss it so that you can present a truly informed front to him/her. If you don't get a sympathetic hearing, find yourself another doctor.

      The bottom line here is that for 98% of women, there is absolutely no reason these days why they should have to suffer through menopause when there are therapies out there to help.

      Whatever you do, hope it works well for you.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is vaginal discharge a symptom of menopause when you haven't had your period in a month?
    My mom has a lot of the symptoms such as mood swings, irregular periods, hot flashes, itchy skin, hair thinning, breast pain, cracked fingernails, things like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal discharge is normal. The amount/consistency will change with the balance of hormones which is usually out of whack during menopause/perimenopause. If it were a yeast infection, she would have severe itching.

  27. QUESTION:
    At what age do the symptoms of menopause actually begin? How long is the period of "pre-menopause"?
    And what are the symptoms of that?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be wonderful if there were clear cut answers to your questions.

      What surprised me was to discover that a lot of ob-gyns don't know the signs of pre menopause. I ran frantically for blood pregnancy tests when my periods began to skip in my late 30's. Instead of ruling out pregnancy, the doc should have been doing blood tests to test levels of hormones and determine that I was beginning menopause.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I ease my menopausal symptoms naturally?
    I have menopause symptoms and they are full blown. Its driving my crazy trying to deal with it everyday. Also I have a milk allergy which doesn't help. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural and herbal remedies to help deal with the symptoms of menopause.

      Here are a few other suggestions for easing the transition…

      1. Add soy to your nutritional plan.
      2. Eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables as well as more fruits.
      3. Get adequate amounts of daily exercise including
      both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
      (See more under Osteoporosis prevention)
      4. Add vitamins and minerals to your daily diet. Calcium, Vitamin D
      and Magnesium aid in strengthening your bones and
      preventing Osteoporosis.

      Fore more information for natural menopause relief I suggest you visit this site.

      http://bestproducts.awardspace.com/menopauserelief.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Dear Senior Ladies, can you recommend natural but effective ways to help with menopause symptoms?
    I look forward to your answers. I am having a tough time with all the menopause symptoms (except I do no have the 'hot flashes' everybody talks about).
    I am eating right, exercising and trying to get a good night's sleep.
    Bless you for your help, I will really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      I did not take HRT. I was having awful night sweats and some pretty bad hot flashes. Someone told me that soy would help. So I started drinking Silk soy milk (chocolate, of course.) It helped so much I wish I would have tried it sooner. You have to find the right amount for you. I was drinking 2 or 3 glasses a day. That really cut down on those symptoms. Good luck!

      I've heard that HRT gives you a 60% greater chance of getting breast cancer. Not worth it to me.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can women still go through menopause even if they had a partial hysterectomy?
    I had my uterus removed but my tubes and overies remain. I am on no medications. I have just been having so many mood changes lately and some other symptoms of peri-menopause. I hope that's what it is and I'm not going nuts!!

    • ANSWER:
      I guess my first question would be how old are you?
      Normal menopause happens at about age 52, but it can occur anywhere from your 30's to your 60's. Sounds to me like you are getting the normal symptoms associated with perimenopause. Check with your doctor. If you are experiencing mood changes alot - might want to suggest having him put you on a low dose anti-depressant med.

  31. QUESTION:
    Change in menstruation cycle with menopause?
    I am 49 yrs old and have always had regular periods. My last period was almost nothing. No cramps and hardly any bleeding at all, just light pink and sometimes a little brown. Is this a symptom of menopause.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of impending menopause?
    Apart from irregular periods or them stopping altogether, what are the other signs that the menopause is coming? Is the sudden onset of constantly sweaty armpits one of them?
    Unfortunately, I'm 46!

    • ANSWER:
      45 and just got told last year that I have the "medically early" onset of the menopause but "family history wise" I am right on target. Irregular or heavy periods, forgetfulness (that moment you open the cupboard door and wonder why you were in there), feeling bloated, not feeling hungry then suddenly wanting to eat everything in the cupboard particularly just before your period. Hot sweats in my case I get them from the head down and if you didnt know me you would think I had just got out of the shower. One minute they are not there and the next whoosh. You can also get hot flushes (flashes) to me these feel like I am being cooked from the inside out they feel very strange.
      Oh and overnight you can literally develope an extra waistline I woke up one more with what I can only describe as a tyre round my waist and it wasnt there the day before.
      GPs are now reluctant to give medication mine recommended anything with Phytoestrogens in mainly for the sweats and it amazed me but it works. Superdrug do their own brand of "Menopause "tablets and they are inexpensive compared to a lot of others one a day has made a real difference. I was having the sweats everyday since taking these herbal tablets I have only had one sweat in three months. They dont work for everyone.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  35. QUESTION:
    what natural vitamins or OTC medicines can a woman take to reduce/relieve symptoms of menopause(cramps, flashe?
    my mother-in-law is going through menopause and she doesn't have very much money to spare, and she asked me to find out some stuff about it menopause and what she can take to help.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend all natural Menopause Balance Complex. It uses compounds found in plants to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes associated with menopause with no side effects.

      Key ingredients are: Black Cohosh, Soy Isoflavones, Flaxseed, and a blend of dong quai, red clover, and licorice. Has no artificial colors, flavors or synthetic preservatives.

      A friend of mine has been taking it for some time and is very pleased with the results.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of menopause symptoms be really really bad?
    I have just started menopause or at least the part with no more periods. And for the last 8 years I have had anxiety and panic attacks. Well now that my periods are gone ( no periods in 4 months) I feel like I am going crazy. My anxiety is so bad I can't stand myself. I forget everything and the hot flashes are 6 to 8 times and day. I tried permpro and the naxiety got even worse. Can anyone help. Anyone have any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they can be bad, it depends upon the person, every one has different symptoms to menopause. Talk to your doctor, She/He will tell you what to take or they might suggest that you take hormone therapy or talk to a holistic doctor, no need to go throough this without help. Try to stay away from the caffeine it triggers the hot flashes.

  37. QUESTION:
    My period only lasted 1 day, could I be pregnant or starting menopause?
    I am 48, healthy, (except for minor leg cramps and mood swings) and had regular periods for years (28 day cycles). My last regular period was February 6th (lasting 6 days). This month, my period was on time (March 6th), but it only lasted that 1 day (heavy), then it stopped. I only spotted lightly the following night then it completely dried up. I have absolutely no symptoms of menopause. On March 9th I was feeling ovulation type cramping around my right ovaries, and I know I wasn't ovulating since I just had a "cycle". Could this possibly be the start of menopause (I hope), or pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like perimenopause which is the time leading up to menopause. If you have reached menopause it means you habnt had a period for one full year. You need to do some reading to educate yourself.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms & signs of the menopause?
    Just wondering what the signs & symptoms are of the menopause.I'm 46 this year & don't know if some of the symptoms I've had for a year or so are the early signs etc.Can anyone help with this question?

    • ANSWER:
      burning of hands,
      face flushed,
      crying spells,
      anxiety,
      pannic attacks,
      tingling of hands and feet.
      insomia,
      skin dry,
      less sex desire,
      hurts during sex,
      head pressure,
      vertigo during it to,
      light headed,
      -----------------------------
      these are mine, dont go by me, cus everyone is diffrent, look up menopause yahoo groups to, there great, if you get the right ones. or menopause message boards,
      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=85

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I expect right after oopherectomy as far as menopause symtoms?
    I'm having my last ovary removed next week. Will the menopause symptoms hit right away? Am I in for a nightmare or just a bumpy ride. I have to wait a couple weeks before starting any hormones due to endometriosis.

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as you are estrogen deficient, you will notice hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, etc. It may take a little longer for vaginal dryness, but by then you may have already started your hormone replacement therapy. Hope the surgery goes well. Good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    Now I need to find out numerous symptoms on menopause. So what are 10 symptoms of menopause?
    I need 10 symtoms of menopause and what they do to the body.

    Thanks Lori

    • ANSWER:
      There is a site with 35 (!!!) symptoms of menopause:

      1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling (see note)
      2. Irregular heart beat
      3. Irritability
      4. Mood swings, sudden tears
      5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
      6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
      7. Loss of libido (see note)
      8. Dry vagina (see note)
      9. Crashing fatigue
      10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
      11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)
      12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
      13. Disturbing memory lapses
      14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (see note)
      15. Itchy, crawly skin (see note)
      16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)
      17. Increased tension in muscles
      18. Breast tenderness
      19. Headache change: increase or decrease
      20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
      21. Sudden bouts of bloat
      22. Depression (see note)
      23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
      24. Increase in allergies
      25. Weight gain (see note)
      26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
      27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
      28. Changes in body odor
      29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (see note)
      30. Tingling in the extremities (see note)
      31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
      32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
      33. Osteoporosis (after several years)
      34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
      35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.

      Do I get extra credit LOL?

  41. QUESTION:
    How is a hysterectomy induced menopause likely to last?
    I had a full hysterectomy a year ago and have been going through an induced menopause ever since, I was just wondering how long it is likely to last as i know it is not as long as a normal menopause. I will not take HRT.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. Nobody can tell you how long you will experience the symptoms. Through research i have done ( i had a hysterectomy also ), it can be 1 to 10 years. Some women never have any symptoms at all ( hard to believe, but it's true ). Other women seen to experience symptoms for many years. I took hormones, and i regret it now. I have thyroid disease, and cancer. I believe taking hormones for 15 years caused both conditions. It may help with the symptoms, but it's not worth the risk. If i had it to do all over again, i would not have taken them. Having a hot flash is better then having cancer. Good luck. Hang in there :-)

  42. QUESTION:
    A drug that blocked the enzyme aromatase would do what to a patient?
    A) bring on symptoms of menopause
    B) reduce the risk of breast cancer
    C) prevent the synthesis of estrogen
    D) increase the risk of osteoporosis
    E) all of the above

    • ANSWER:
      Aromatase is the enzyme which is responsible for the biosynthesis of estrogens.

      Androstenedione ---(aromatase)--> Estrone
      Testosterone ---(aromatase)---> Estradiol

      Aromatase inhibitors like anastrozole and letrozole prevent aromatase from converting androgens into estrogens resulting in low estrogen levels.

      Low estrogen levels will contribute to E) All of the above.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can you start menopause when you are on birth control pills?
    Or, will you know you are starting menopause when you are on the pill? Will you still have normal periods? I am 32 and a bit young but the females in my family go through menopause young. I was just wondering because I am having horrible hot flashes at night and was wondering if the pill would mask menopause? Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The oestrogen provided in the BCP (birth control pill) may be enough to control menopausal symptoms if you happened to be going through it whilst on birth control pills so in a way yes it could mask the fact that you were going through the menopause (depending on the level of oestrogen you are on) . Having said that, the night sweats can be side fx of the pill.
      With regards to periods, the bcp causes a monthly period so there is no reason why that would necessarily stop because you may be going through an early menopause. They would stop however, if you were definitely going through menopause and not on the bcp!

      If you are concerned and really want to know then a trip to the Doc to check your hormone levels esp FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH ( lutenizing hormone) (used to determine if you are in or about to enter menopause) would be best but am not sure if they can test that if still on the bcp, but I'm sure they'll clarify that for you!

      (",)

  44. QUESTION:
    At what age do men start to see the signs of male menopause?
    At what age do the signs of male menopause begin?
    Do all men reach menopause?
    How often do you hear cases of men suffering from male menopause?

    Men do suffer from symptoms similar to menopause.
    That's why it's called male menopause
    I beg to differ J John. infertility is when a man stops producing sperm. Cancer can also be a cause for a mans infertility.

    • ANSWER:
      to answer your question i did a little research and no all men go through menopause! here is what i found:

      Unlike menopause in women which represents a well-defined period in which hormone production stops completely, male hormone (testosterone) decline is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovary, does not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

      However, as a result of disease, subtle changes in the function of the testes may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age, and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

      If you or a loved one is considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as a new diet or exercise program, or other medications, such as an antidepressant, to help with some of the symptoms of male menopause.

      hope this helps
      good luck and have a good day
      Hiedi

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a 17 year old to go through menopause?
    I am 17 and haven't had a period since the end of september. I thought I could be pregnant but i did home pregnancy tests, a blood test, and a sonogram.. and nothing. Then they said it was my thyroid so my doctor gave me medicine to make everything come back to normal.. but again, nothing.

    Then I noticed Ive been having hot flashes, irritability, and a lot of other symptoms related to menopause.
    Does anyone think this could be possible? Or what else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      It actually is possible, but very unlikely. You are probably having a hormonal imbalance for another reason. Have your hormone levels tested, check for cysts, etc. If you are overweight or underweight this could cause you to not ovulate and therefore not get a period because your body doesn't think it is fit for pregnancy. Stress can also stop you from ovulating, but it would have to be some pretty constant stress to stop it for this long.

      P.S. Minor League Fan is wrong. Menopause does not occur when you run out of eggs, but when you stop producing hormones that cause you to ovulate. You have enough eggs to last a lifetime.

  46. QUESTION:
    If I was 42 when I had a total hysterectomy, how much longer will I have to endure menopause?
    I was forced into menopause (hot flashes, night sweats) after my total hysterectomy. I use a hormone patch which works very well, but I wonder how much longer I'll have to use it.

    • ANSWER:
      Women who go through surgical menopause will sometimes have menopause symptoms until natural menopausal age.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the most natural thing to take to regulate hormones during the first stages of menopause?
    I have some of the early symptoms, a few hot flashes and a couple of missed periods but nothing too bad so far. I just want to find out if there is anything natural that will help balance things so that all my hard workouts and correct eating will not be counteracted by the imbalance of hormones. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend all natural Menopause Balance Complex. It uses compounds found in plants called phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes associated with menopause.

      Also, Menopause Balance Complex Cooling Lotion. It's a blend of natural ingredients that offers soothing relief and can help reduce the often dramatic sensation of skin temperature fluctuations common in women in their late 30's, 40's and beyond. It's progesterone-free and may be used as often as needed without side effects.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do you know when will you be menopause?
    I had my first period when i was 12. Can we calculate the estimated time of our menopause? Somebody told me to add 30 to the age I had my first period and that'll be my age to be menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      34 Menopause Symptoms

      Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Typical menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, are caused by changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called perimenopause, which often begins in the early 40s.

      The symptoms of menopause usually last for the whole menopause transition (until the mid 50s), but some women may experience them for the rest of their lives. The most common symptoms are: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Irregular Periods, Loss of Libido, and Vaginal Dryness.
      However, there are a variety of treatments that can be considered to deal with these symptoms.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can the symptoms of menopause start in your early thirties?
    I am experiencing hot flashes at night, especially, and wondering how likely it is that I am in peri-menopause? ( pre menopause) I heard you can get symptoms years before you turn barren.

    • ANSWER:
      you can experience this even in your 20's. I would check with your doc for proper diagnosis.

  50. QUESTION:
    How do you know when menopause is over?
    After years of hot flashes, night sweats, hormone replacement treatment, bad nerves, ........ After starting hormones they symptoms slow down almost don't know they are there. How do you know when it is over and you can stop taking the hormones? Or is this a life style for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the deal, from a guy with 5 sisters (all at various stages of menopause), and a partner who's had to wrestle with hot flashes / night sweats after coming off HRT at 61 -- I'm not sure the symptoms are ever done. All it takes is for your hormone levels to get out of whack, and you're off the the races. OK, maybe you shouldn't call it menopause, but anything from head trauma to bad diet to an overly warm shower can take you past the tipping point and light up a hot flash. So maybe menopause doesn't last forever, but some of the symptoms seem to. So watch your diet, exercise, do all the things you should be doing - but keep a small fan handy, use wicking pajamas, etc. My partner and I actually put together a web page with a number of issues attendant to the symptoms of menopause at the link below.

      Oh - and finally - in addition to the remedies we listed on the web site, her OB/GYN suggested that she try venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - and it stopped her hot flashes and night sweats almost immediately - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms, and there are a lot of doctors who don't know of this benefit. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may stop the hot and cold flashes and night sweats. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary, however - or it may not work at all. If you'd prefer to avoid drugs, visit the web page below for other ways to attack the beast. Hope your symptoms stay at bay!


the symptoms of menopause

Arthritis Cures Natural

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best drug or natural med to treat osteoarthritis in the knees and ankles?
    I am taking Tylenol arthritis, and a prescription pill called Meloxicam that is for inflammation. They help but I wonder is there is something better.

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest, there is not much science to support many of the "medications," such as glucosamine, outside of studies put out by companies that sell the medications. That isn't to say that there aren't things out there that can help, but that more often than not, it is simply a snake oil product, brought to you by a company that relies on peoples emotions and the placebo effect to sell drugs. Magnets and Copper are a great example of this, but the medical industry is filled with fake cures.

      Typically, you will be much better suited to spend time preforming safe low impact exercises and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Accredited medical studies have found this to be an effective way to help prevent arthritis from getting worse.

      Finding ways of making your life easier by identifying tasks that are difficult or cause arthritis pain and then brainstorming ways of making these tasks easier is also a very important part of treatment.

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural medicine is there to take place of narcotics?
    I have currently been on high levels of narcotics for the past six months and trying to get away from them. Is there any natural remedies. All of the tendons in my foot were cut along with nerves and after four operations I still have a lot of pain and sick of dealing with habit forming meds.

    • ANSWER:
      www.earthclinic.com/CURES/pain.html

      this site talks about apple cider vinegar for relieving pain.

      I hope you can get more info there.

      I have severe arthritis and I use, externally, castor oil on my knees. Don't laugh, but as I rub it into my painful knee joints, it DOES help. It has increased my mobility and lessened the pain.
      Also, I have used the pain patches for arthritis...Ben Gay and Wellpatch work fairly well for me. There's many other pain patches available as well.
      The castor oil can be found in the laxative aisle at Walmart, but as I said, I rub it on my knees.
      Good luck and GBU and I wish you well in your search.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedies to relieve ankle arthritis?
    My grandmother has bad arthritis in her ankle. It hurts me to see her do her best to walk on that sore, swollen ankle everyday. I really want to help her. I know I can't fix the problem, but I was hoping that maybe someone would know a way to ease the pain and prevent some of the swelling. I would really appreciate it if someone could lend me some advice. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Artheritus usually gets a lot worse in the winter, the cold bites into the affected area and in bad cases-unbelievable pain is endured by the patient, since it is winter, i understand the pain your grandmother mus be in and i respect you for taking this time to find a cure for her pain.

      First of all, your grandmother should be taking her medication regularly, if the medication has any side affects which your grandmother doesn't like, she doesn't have to take the medication, so here's some natural remedies which should help;

      The MAIN thing is to keep the affected area warm the affected area left in the cold for just 30 seconds could trigger an excurtion of uncontrollable pain- so the best thing to do is to probably cut open the end of a sock so that the sock has two holes in it (one at either end) and put her foot throught the hole and over her ankle so that the ankle is covered- do this everyime your grandmother goes outside.

      A second thing is to avoid srinking orange juice, the acid in the juice also triggers the pain, so if your grandmother has a lot of orange juice, the best thing to do is for her to replace all those glasses full of orange juice that she drinks with water- she should see a difference in pain levels withing a few days.
      i really hope your grandmother gets better.
      good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Do doctors not tell us about natural cures because they get kickbacks for the drugs they prescribe?
    I really believe that doctors get money from drug companies when they prescribe their drugs. It is a shame that doctors don't take the time to learn about natural cures used around the the world. Why should they when the drug companies will pay them for "selling" their drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors are not allowed to prescribe or recommend anything that the AMA does not consider the standard thing..ie for cancer--radiation, chemo and surgery. Many have lost their medical licenses for things as small as selling "unauthorized vit b shots"

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      Doctors are courted while in medical school where alternative health and nutrition is not taught except to say it is quackery and a few things like beriberi or scurvy.

      They are pursued by drug reps who give them small favors like pens and notepads etc and large incentives for recommending their drugs that range from free computer programs to frequent flyer miles. If they are going to prescribe a drug for arthritis, doctors feel why not prescribe x brands on the prescription and get a free vacation since they are prescribing a type of drug anyway. They also receive free drug samples that they can give their patients who cannot afford drugs etc.

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      The thing is that the average person knows a lot more than medical doctors on alternative health.

      this is because doctors are kept so busy with paperwork, etc that they have little time. What reading they do it is usually in the medical library and the medical journals.

      Here, too, the drug companies, massive industry that they are, have the upper hand. Highly respected medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and others can keep in business because they get tons of high priced full color, multi-page ads for various pharmaceuticals.

      If the magazine publishes a study or something favorable to an inexpensive, safe, non toxic treatment that threatens to cut into their massive profits, they use threats to stop it.

      It takes millions of dollars of investment to bring any drug to market..once they do and are approved by the fda, the drug company that invested their money and research into the drug, gets an exclusive patent for 7 years in return for their investment of time and money and noone else by that company sell the drug or can make generics until the 7 years pass.

      No company is going to spend millions of dollars on studies etc-- for say-- garlic that anyone can buy at the store or some herb people can pick for free. Thus few studies are done.

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      Remember when I said they use threats (the drug companies) here is how..on the few studies that do get done and make it to publication in medical journals and magazines, the magazine is full of more pages of ads than content and they need this money to keep the magazine running.

      The drug makers threaten to pull their advertising money from the magazine anytime the medical journal publishes anything favorable to some cheap herbs or treatment that might harm their bottom line profit. They have folded other magazines and this example keeps them all towing the line.

      Thus doctors who read these magazines never ever see the studies and effectiveness, thus keeping what they were taught in school intact.

      Drug companies market to to the consumer directly in ads and mags saying ask your doctor if x is right for you to maximize profits. since doctors know if they don't give a demanding customer what they want, they might go to another doctor, they prescribe it in essence letting the patient self diagnose

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      Plus they are highly trained and guarded with peer pressure as well to consider anything besides them as quackery.

      Plus face it, doctors can be ego driven to think only they, the highly educated in medicine, know the answers and if they do not know it, then it must be crap or if they do not know how to cure it that it is incurable..in reality what they are telling you when they say something is incurable is that there is nothing they know of or believe in that can cure you not that nothing on this earth will.

      They are so used to rejecting something you read about and ask they never learn..when people do cure themselves, they say maybe you were misdiagnosed or why did you do that or show no intellectual curiosity or say that is great, keep it up but never recommend it for any of their other patients with the same illness. They don't learn and they don't change unless it is in tune with their belief system like many humans.

      ________________

      Also we have set up a massive system of profit making industry that is hard to reverse for the economic impact.

      I just read that if, for instance, a cure was found for cancer that it would collapse the US economy and the world economy thus TPTB (not individual doctors which may be kind and generous) have a vested interest in maintaining things as they are.

      What they might like is to ban all supplements and herbs giving them even more monopoly as more and more people currently turn to alternative health which can only be spread by word of mouth one to another from people knowing how to cure or curing disease in themselves or someone else.

      _____________________

      Eventually this will happen. Years and years ago, I could scarcely find organic food and it was puny and wilted and overpriced. Now it is everywhere and known by all. Now doctors are using "complimentary" treatment as patients are demanding it. but they do not use powerful treatments that cure the killer diseases but small puny treatments.

  5. QUESTION:
    help! How can i find relief for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?
    I am a 23 yr. old female and have been living with fibromyalgia and rheum. arthritis for about 2 1/2 years. It all happened after the birth of my daughter. These conditions affect my every day life so negatively that i have trouble performing the easiest tasks. I'm on multiple medicines for these conditions, but nothing eases my pain. I'm on pain relievers as well, but the barely even take the edge off. anyone else dealing with this? What should i do? pain management doc?

    • ANSWER:
      I managed my chronic pain from fibromyalgia with guaifenesin for 10 years til I learned about vitamin D3. Guaifenesin is no "cure" but it does manage the pain. My theory is that the lymph fluids thicken & pool. They pool around nerves and create pressure on the nerves. Do you wake up with muscle pain that "drains away" in a few hours if you sit up but the longer you stay in bed the more pain?

      Three months ago, I started high levels of vitamin D3 for 3 weeks & became pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain is back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again. I am very hopeful that this may help improve my health.

      I personally did 30,000iu per day for a couple of months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low & the prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when our stores are at their lowest. Low Vitamin D levels greatly increases your risk of cancer, diabetes, MS & heart attack.

      My current research is leading me to believe that fibromyalgia may actually be a thyroid problem & possibly insufficient iodine (which causes iodine problems) Iodine like guaifenesin thins the mucous membranes. Iodine unlike guaifenesin is a needed nutrient. Testing is showing that 95% of people are iodine deficient.

      My thyroid lab tests have always shown as "normal" but I have obvious symptoms of thyroid dysfunction (basal temp of 95F among many others) The basal temperature test is (in my mind) a more accurate testing of thyroid function.

      The Barnes Basal temperature test is a simple, do it yourself test, that you can do at home. It is accurate and requires nothing more than an oral thermometer. Here’s what you do. At bedtime shake down a mercury thermometer to 94F and place on the nightstand, within easy reach. DO NOT USE a DIGITAL thermometer for taking the axillary temperature because they are not as accurate. When you wake up in the morning, make sure you stay in bed quietly and take the thermometer and place it securely under your arm in your armpit. Hold it in place for ten minutes and then write down what the thermometer reads. During the ten minutes you’re waiting, take your pulse for one full minute and record what this result is also.

      Do this exact procedure each morning for several weeks. Make sure you do not get up to go to the bathroom or anything else. It must be done before you have any activity. You must be in bed for a minimum of two hours before reading your temperature and the reading will not be accurate if you move around or get up. Do not use an electric blanket or other electrical devices in your bed. Do not sleep on a waterbed to perform this test. A waterbed will elevate your temperature artificially. It has also been found that a woman’s body temperature varies with the different phases of her menstrual cycle. The second and third days of your menstrual cycle are when the most accurate/reliable temperature can be found. Therefore, it is recommended that you make note on your records with red pen on the days you were menstruating and make sure you perform your test during this week.

      If you’re basal temperature consistently runs below 97.8 or your pulse runs below 65 you may benefit from a trial period of thyroid medication

      From what I've read, people I've talked with natural thyroid hormones are more effective than synthetic.

  6. QUESTION:
    how do ibuprofen help to treat arthritis differently from aspirin?
    I just need to no some differences between the two and how they both help to treat arthritis differently.
    Also which one is most popular to use for arthritis.
    Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      They're both anti-inflammatories that block the neural pathways that convey pain signals. Aspirin also has an anti-clotting action.
      This forum is for alternative medicine, not drugs. If you want to cure arthritis permanently drugs won't do it. A holistic health practitioner like a Homeopath or Naturopath can prescribe an adverse-effect free treatment that removes the cause rather than just suppressing symptoms like ibuprofen or aspirin. Natural substances can also rebuild cartiledge destroyed by arthritis.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there a good homeopathic treatment for osteo arthritis of the hip?
    Natural cures for osteo arthritis?

    • ANSWER:
      did a paper for a degree on this... stay away from night shade foods, get your calcium in natural forms, make sure you wear shoes that good.....check into eating foods in the best combination for absorbing calcium

  8. QUESTION:
    Am I the only one who finds conventional medicines terrifying?
    The commercials for them, are twice as scary.
    Your taking a medicine to aide in the cure of a sickness or disease that gives you 5 other side effects, and some of these side effects are life threatening.
    So why aren't more people researching natural cures, and remedies for sickness?
    There really is a LOT to be said for it.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. I see commercials every day for asthma or arthritis medicines that "may cause the conditions to become worse" or "increase the risk of asthma related death." Whats the point of taking a medicine that will make your conditions worse! Then there are others where they have to speed up the side effects until they're nearly incomprehensible so they don't go over the 30 second mark. I agree with you, go for the herb remedies...

  9. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis?
    I'm interested in stretches, exercises and foods that are natural not meds.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't any.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the lining of your joints and sometimes your organs. There is nothing 'natural' that can prevent this damage.

      You need to consult your Rheumatologist before making any changes because it may interact with your other treatment or make things worse.

      Rheumatologists recommend Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules. There is sold scientific evidence behind this. It's generally believed that it's better to get the Omega 3 from food rather than capsules, but that's better than nothing. Omega 3 Fish Oil can help with joints, hair, eyes, brain, skin and heart.

      Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked? This is common in people with RA. By taking Vitamin D supplements you also can help improve fatigue and joint pain.

      I have heard a few people discussing the Paleo diet and how it's cured their Ankylosing Spondylitis. I don't know much about it, but you could Google it.

      You can also buy creams and gels from the pharmacy. Ones that have anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to help.

      You could also good "inflammatory foods" and avoid them. Google "anti-inflammatory foods" and eat them.

      Aside from this, I wouldn't do much more without speaking to your doctors.

      ....

  10. QUESTION:
    Anything natural I can take to help speed up rehab on both my rotator cuffs?
    I have whiplash,which has developed into arthritis in both shoulders over this year of recovery.My right shoulder blade is improving,less swelling now,so I can use the rehab gym I belong to more effectively.I have to rebuild those muscles before the arthritis takes hold,Crrently,I take a can of Boost at night to supplement.Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You're trying to seduce me, aren't you...

      Well...I can tell you right now, Little Missie...

      It's working...

      (Hot sex is the only cure for that kind of problem...will it help your rotator cuffs?!? Probably not...but...

      ...It sure the Hell can't hurt...if done properly and with Casanova skill...Schwing!)

  11. QUESTION:
    what are some good remedies for severe arthritis?
    My mom has really bad arthritis in her legs and is making her life miserable. Does anyone know of any kind of medication, natural remedies or exercises that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis: How to Stay Active and Independent

      What is arthritis?
      Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It causes pain and usually also limits movement of the joints that are affected. There are many kinds of arthritis. A type called osteoarthritis (also called degenerative joint disease) is the most common.

      What causes osteoarthritis?
      The exact cause isn't known. A person may be at increased risk of osteoarthritis because it runs in the family. Osteoarthritis seems to be related to the wear and tear put on joints over the years in most people. But wear and tear alone don't cause osteoarthritis.

      What happens when a joint is affected?
      Normally, a smooth layer of cartilage acts as a pad between the bones of a joint. Cartilage helps the joint move easily and comfortably. In some people, the cartilage thins as the joints are used. This is the start of osteoarthritis. Over time, the cartilage wears away and the bones may rub against one another.

      Bones may even start to grow too thick on the ends where they meet to make a joint, and bits of cartilage and bone may loosen and get in the way of movement. This can cause pain, joint swelling and stiffness.

      Who gets osteoarthritis?
      Osteoarthritis is more common in older people because they have been using their joints longer. Using the joints to do the same task over and over or simply using them over time can make osteoarthritis worse.

      Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. Athletes are at risk because they use their joints so much. People who have jobs that require the same movement over and over are also at risk. Injuries to a joint can increase the risk of arthritis in the joint later on. Excess weight also can accelerate arthritis in the knees, hips and spine.

      Is there a treatment?
      No cure for osteoarthritis has been found. But the right plan can help you stay active, protect your joints from damage, limit injury and control pain. Your doctor will help you create the right plan for you.

      Tips on staying active
      Lose weight if you're overweight.
      Exercise regularly for short periods.
      Go to a physical therapist if you can.
      Use canes and other special devices to protect your joints.
      Avoid lifting heavy things.
      Avoid overusing your joints.
      Don't pull on objects to move them--push them instead.
      Take your medicine the way your doctor suggests.
      Use heat and/or cold to reduce pain or stiffness.

      Will my arthritis get worse?
      Osteoarthritis does tend to get worse over time. But you can do many things to help yourself.

      It's important to stay as active as possible. When joints hurt, people tend not to use them and the muscles get weak. This can cause contractures (stiff muscles), and it can make it harder to get around. This causes more pain and the cycle begins again. Ask your doctor to discuss pain control with you so that you can stay active and avoid this problem.

      Will medicine help?
      Medicines you can buy without a prescription that reduce inflammation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (one brand name: Motrin), ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis) or naproxen (brand name: Aleve), or pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol), can help you feel better. Your doctor can also prescribe medicine for you, such as prescription pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat certain types of arthritis. NSAIDs can help by reducing inflammation, swelling and pain in the joints, but not everyone can take them.

      Medicine should be used wisely. You only need the amount that makes you feel good enough to keep moving. Using too much medicine may increase the risk of side effects.

      Can special devices really help?
      Yes. Special devices (see box below) and different ways of doing things can help people with arthritis stay independent for as long as possible. These devices help protect your joints and keep you moving. For example, if you learn to use a cane the right way, you can help reduce the amount of pressure your weight puts on your hip joint when you walk by up to 60%. Talk to your doctor if you think a special device may help your arthritis.

      Special devices for people with arthritis
      Canes, walkers and splints
      Shoe inserts, wedges or pads
      Special fasteners (such as Velcro) on clothing
      Large grips for tools and utensils (wrap foam or fabric around items with narrow handles, like pens)
      Wall-mounted jar openers
      Electric appliances, such as can openers and knives
      Mobile shower heads
      Bath seats and grab bars for the bathtub

      Will special exercises really help?
      Yes. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and helps you stay flexible. Exercises that don't strain your joints are best. To avoid pain and injury, choose exercises that can be done in small amounts with rest time in between. Dancing, weight lifting and bike riding are good exercises for people with arthritis.

      Try tightening your muscles and then relaxing them a number of times. You can do this with all of your major muscle groups. You could also try an "aquacise" program available through your local swimming pool or community center. These programs involve special movements in the pool, with much of your body's weight held up by water.

      Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

      Should I use heat to ease pain?
      Using heat may reduce your pain and stiffness. Heat can be applied through warm baths, hot towels, hot water bottles or heating pads. Try alternating heat with ice packs.

      Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

      Source
      American Academy of Family Physicians

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any other alternatives for treating rheumatoid arthritis other than prescription medicines?
    is there really a cure or any way to reverse it? is there any supplements that can be taken that would be effective, if so what are they? i've been on many different pain medications before but now i just started taking methotrexate and now also celebrex and i know the long term side effects are not good. so i am looking for different alternatives if there are any..

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors use a variety of approaches to treat rheumatoid arthritis. These are used in different combinations and at different times during the course of the disease and are chosen according to the patient's individual situation. No matter what treatment the doctor and patient choose, however, the goals are the same: to

      Relieve pain
      Reduce inflammation
      Slow down or stop joint damage
      Improve a person's sense of well-being and ability to function
      Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. Conventional medications include analgesics (aspirin or acetaminophen), NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents may be used.

      It is important to discuss these medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

      More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

      Remember to obtain all herbal and homeopathic remedies from a reputable source.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/rheumatoidarthritis.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    What treatment options for RA do I have other than drugs?
    I am 24 years old and I just found out that I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis). I don not want to take medications for the rest of my life and am just wondering if I have any other approaches for treatment options.

    • ANSWER:
      Your answer is food !

      Medical researchers have found that there are some foods that promote inflammation (bad - do not eat) and other foods that reduce inflammation (good - eat these).

      Top of the list of foods that promote inflammation and must be avoided are of course processed foods. Anything in a packet or box with additives.

      Anything white - white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour...

      The alternative is of course wholemeal. Wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal flour...

      Wheat is not tolerated well by some people, so if that is you find an alternative bread such as rye or spelt bread...

      Dairy milk products are another inflammation promoter. Cheese, cream and butter are the worst as the milk is concentrated. Natural potset yoghurt made with no fruit is the best as it is already partially digested by the billions of good bacteria it contains.

      Omega 3 oils found in oily deep sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna are inflammation reducers. They are also found in almonds, linseed oil and other foods.

      Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which are also very beneficial for you. Blueberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, artichoke...

      All this information and more is in a book written by Immunologist and Toxicologist William Joel Meggs in his book "The Inflammation Cure".
      These foods and all the information in the book will benefit any autoimmune condition as well as some heart conditions and cancers, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, obesity and 'Fibromyalgia'.

      The book can be read online at Google Books. Chapter 9 deals with diet starting at page 101.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found a natural remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I have had RA since I was 17 years old. It is a genetic form. I am responsive to Enbrel but not Plaquenil. Prednisone helps some. I am breastfeeding and have a low milk supply.My rheumatologist says that the reason that I am not making milk is due to my swelling from the illness. What are some natural ways to cure or stop the symptoms? Please no illegal drug references or immature answers. I am serious and expect the answerer to be too.

    • ANSWER:
      especially don't eat any of the" night shade family of foods."look it up.
      nor any white flour products."at all".no sweets ,and red meat no fried foods.and DO take alfalfa tablets .3 with each meal.Its will better digest your food.and you will have better milk.and a good b vitamin complex.100.mgs.to fortify the t cells.and learn to relax.stress is very bad for r.a.take time every day a few times a day to just relax. OK?All This will improve your condition.I guarantee it.
      I wish you and your wonderful baby well.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i cure a stuffy nose?
    For some weird reason, my nose has always been stuffy most of the time whenever im in a room with a lot of people or when its very stuffy. If you know a way of curing my stuffy nose instantly, can u please tell me?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have allergies and then I tried a product called OPC-3. It is an all natural anti histamine and I take it regularily and I haven't had any problems with allergies. It comes in a powder form and you mix it with water and drink it. OPC-3 also helps with arthritis and asthma if those are a problem too. With it, I would also recommend the multivitamin product because together they taste like a flintstone vitamin that you drink. (and everyone needs vitamins too) You can also register on the site and shop the partner stores (which are pretty much any online store you can think of) and earn points towards getting the products for free. Even then, if you take what you have spent on the previous allergy medications, you would come out cheaper by trying this. I use these products and I am very happy with them
      Source(s):
      www.marketamerica.com/BHunter
      e mail Hunterbeth81@aol.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative way to get rid of arthritis from the human body ?
    I've been told that only surgery can remove arthritis, but some of these many doctor's newsletters mention alternatives that are less expensive and more effective. WHAT ARE these alternatives??

    • ANSWER:
      That seems a little fishy... they can't remove the arthritis itself from your body as that is more of a disorder or disease (depending on how you look at it), but they can remove the inflamed tissue with surgery.
      Unfortunately, there are many potential causes of arthritis so there's not just one "magic bullet" that will cure every instance of it (nor is there anything that will cure it without further application), but there are many nutrients that help to nourish the joints and can help to minimize the symptoms. The most popular are Microlactin, Tart Cherries, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Danish Rose Hips, and Bromelain. Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM are commonly in combinations together because they work for similar aspects of joint health (and most recommend 1500 mg of Glucosamine, 1200 of Chondroitin, and various levels of MSM spread throughout the day) so that would probably be a good place to start. The down side is that those take the longest to work because they are the main nutrients that your body uses to create new cartilage, but because of that, they work the best in the long run. You could also try some natural anti-inflammatories like Fish Oil or Curcumin if the inflammation is bothering you more.

      The only thing to really watch out for is allergies. Glucosamine is typically from Shellfish and Microlactin is from milk. As long as you're not allergic to those, you should have no problem and you could safely take any number of those together. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that won't interfere with immunosuppressants?
    My grandmother is currently taking Remicade for her rheumatoid arthritis. Since it's an immunosuppressant, she often gets colds because she is a nanny and is around germy kids. I have heard that garlic and cranberry juice are natural antibiotics. What are some other natural foods/drinks/supplements that have antibiotic/antiviral properties that DON'T boost the immune system? (since the purpose of RA medicine is to suppress the immune system, since RA is an autoimmune disease).

    • ANSWER:
      Foods (sometimes called "Superfoods") that are very high in certain nutrients will be very helpful to your Grandmother. Some of these would be:

      1) yams and sweet potatoes, squashes and carrots--all for their beta carotene content
      2) all greens (for their Vitamin A, iron & calcium content)
      3) nuts and nut butters (Vitamin E, natural oils and an acid content in the case of walnuts that helps to dissolve arterial plaques)
      4) whole grains (B vitamins,
      5) beans, peas, legumes, pulses, peanuts and peanut butter
      6) lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs--amino acids (protein building blocks that body must have in order to function well, te heal itself, and to fight off infections. (Grandma should go easy w/ red meat, especially beef, as there is a lot of research to show that beef, wheat, tomato, red wine, Solanaceae family (vegetables like potatoes, eggplant (especially), zucchini, tomatoes, nicotine, peppers of all kinds, except cayenne peppers) seriously aggravate all forms of arthritis.
      7) Fish is a really healthy food for almost everyone, so look to this as a best source of protein. Balch & Balch say this about fish consumption and arthritis: "Omega-3 EFA's found in fish may alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing the immune system reaction that causes joint inflammation. Over a dozen studies have shown that people w/ RA have fewer tender and swollen joints and less morning stiffness after several months of taking large doses of fish oil supplements (2.5 to 5 grams a day) with meals. A limited amount of people have even been able to reduce or discontinue use of anti-inflammatory drugs."
      8) I find soy foods (tamari, shoyu, miso (especially), tofu, tempeh, okara) and raw foods to be extremely helpful and beneficial in trying to maintain my own health.
      9) I have had many clients report their arthritic pains get much better when they change and clean up their diets. I would be extremely skeptical about ANY pharmaceutical that depressed my immune system, especially if I were older, and regardless of how much pain I were in. I just really do not find that true healing can be found with the use of pharmaceuticals very often. Once in awhile it will work, such as in the case of intestinal paracites like worms, amoebas and flukes. I also believe in immunizations, especially for more serious diseases, and I definitely find there is a time and a place for antibiotics and many other types of medicine. I have found no cure for autoimmune diseases w/ allopathic meds. These simply control or repress symptoms. They in no way address cause of symptoms, nor do they reverse the symptoms in the body, and I know this b/c I've been diabetic for 20+ years now. Read Annemarie Colbin's writings, especially Food and Healing. Twenty years ago she was saying auto-immune diseases would be the diseases or "plague" of the future. She was right.

      10) I have also had excellent experiences with such foods as chlorella, spirulina, blue green algae, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, brewer's yeast, veg juices w/ lots of fresh garlic and ginger, (The ginger would be particularly helpful for G-ma, as it is a very powerful antioxidant AND an anti-inflammatory.) and multiple herbs (Balch and Balch Prescription for Nutritional Healing lists the following herbs as being good for arthritis: alfalfa, kelp, boswellia, Cat's Claw (Una de gato), cayenne, Du Huo Jinsheng Wan, Nettle Leaf, noni, Olive Leaf Extract, Phytodolor (which contains ash bark, aspen bark and goldenrod), Turmeric, white willow bark (for pain; original source of aspirin), Brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devil's claw tea, horsetail, nettle, parsley tea , willow bark and yucca; vitamins and minerals. The more attention I pay to health and healing and the more time and money and effort I invest in my well-being, the better I feel.

      11) And don't let me forget fresh fruit and vegetables. As Louise Hay says, "If it grows in or on the ground, or in a tree, I eat it." Regarding your grandma, she may find that papaya and pineapple (fresh ONLY, canning or freezing destroys all the beneficial enzymes) are helpful to her with her arthritis, as they have high levels of bromelain and papain which are two enzymes that scavenge excess proteins in the body. This is a good start. There is MUCH, MUCH more information out there in the world that should help your granny. Blessings to you both. And please understand this, if you get NOTHING else from my post: There are MANY ways to get the anti-inflammatory effects your granny needs to do her day without taking hepato-toxic, immune system depressing or destroying pharmaceuticals. Please look for some of these FIRST, in order to best serve her and save her health! Drugs that depress or destroy the immune system can in no way be a good idea, especially for an older or elderly person (and even more so in dealing w/ children) from my perspective.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why is Embryonic stem cell research funding being shut down?
    Most people should have know it's wasn't going to be instant cure, science takes times. So what's the issue whit using embryos that otherwise would be destroyed for research. If current lines aren't as viable as though. Why not establish new lines. I know there are adult stem cells but they don't have as much potential as embryonic.

    Why are so many against it. I mean these cells have great potential, time is just need to unlock them.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure of the legal reasons why the current embryonic stem cell research is being halted.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to relieve joint pain?
    My mother has a lot of pain in her leg lately. Her doctor has given her some medicines, but they have not been working that well. What is the best way to cure/relieve this pain? I need to know both naturally (as in what diet) as well as some good medicines that might help. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      This is from an article that will help:

      "What Causes Your Joint Pain?

      The most common causes for joint pain are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Bursitis (inflammation of the bursae).

      In fact, millions of people who suffer from various aches and pains like arthritis and joint pain, back pain, fibromyalgia and others do so because of chronic internal inflammation. The pain you feel is your body telling you about an injury or damage. The swelling is your smart body stopping you from moving to protect you from more damage.

      Then what happens is your body producing proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes fight the inflammation and repair the damage. They also clean your blood, break down scar tissue and even fight viruses and bacteria. The problem is that after the age of 25, your body produces dramatically less amount of these enzymes (we can’t stay young forever…). In addition, there are more factors that cause increased inflammation, like chemicals in our food and air, bad nutrition, allergies and even stress.

      This is how your body is flooded with inflammation it can not control anymore. Your pain increases and out of nowhere you are diagnosed with arthritis, chronic fatigue, heart disease and the list goes on and on.

      Most Common Treatment and Why It’s Dangerous

      Unfortunately, most doctors simply write prescription after prescription for drugs like Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx – that have been proven to have side effects often much worse than the pain they are supposed to be treating.

      A study by the National Cancer Institute found elevated risk for heart attacks and strokes. Another study by Pfizer (Bextra’s manufacturer!!) found elevated risk of heart and blood clotting for patients that have undergone cardiac surgery. Several drugs have been recalled in the past few years such as Vioxx, Bextra and others. And what about those plain old side effects like cramping, headaches and even damage to the liver and kidneys?

      Natural Joint Pain Relief – What is Systemic Enzyme Therapy?

      Nature has its solutions for all our conditions and diseases. Your Pain is one of them. Natural joint pain relief is as effective as prescription drugs – but safer.

      Remember those enzymes we talked about earlier?

      Enzymes are basically the main line of defense against inflammation. They reduce inflammation by neutralizing the bio-chemicals of inflammation to the point where your body can repair injured tissues. They promote healing without the side effects of prescription drugs. Enzymes also Break down scar tissue and fibrosis, support a healthy immune system, clean the blood and fight viruses and bacteria."

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the name of the herbs that have radium/radon and are used to cure arthritis?
    I remember someone told me about some plant/bush that is the only plant with natural levels of radium (or radon). It's apparently good to relieve arthritis pains. Does anyone know the name of this plant?

    • ANSWER:
      The most widely used plant to cure arthritis for the last several hundred years is Boswellia extract. It reduces inflammation almost immediately in the joints of most people. You can read about it on Wikepedia. The scientific name is Boswellia Serrata also known as Indian frankincense.

      I buy it for about a bottle at iherb (dot) com

  21. QUESTION:
    What is best way to cure/remedy arthritis?
    I have minor to severe arthritis on my back and my leg. What is the best way to cure /remedy this? I heard of Aspirin but I know it is bad for the stomach. What dosage should I take that will do the job but not hurting the stomach. What about fish oil. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Fish oil is an excellent option. Not only is it good at reducing inflammation it is also good for the heart and brain. Here is a good article that should give you the information you need.

      http://arthritis-symptom.com/alternativel-arthritis-treatments/omega-3-fatty-acids.htm

      Tumeric is another natural anti-inflammatory that many people find helpful.

      Cetly Myristoleate is anther type of fatty acid many people find helpful. Here is a link about it.

      http://arthritis-symptom.com/cetylmyristoleate/

      Rusty

  22. QUESTION:
    What is great for knee joint stiffness and pain?
    My mom have been dealing with joint stiffness and pain, what is works great for this?
    Is there a cure for this?

    Blessings!

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends why she has the knee pain. If it is swelling due to arthritis I suggest Wobenzym N. It is a natural formula of enzymes to help reduce inflammation. It was recommended to me by a friend that had a bike accident and tweaked his whole spinal column. I suffer from Gout and it helps me from taking fistfuls of tylenol and aleve to relieve the pain. Knee pain can also be a lack of enough lubrication (Synovial Fluid) This fluid can be replaced. You can find out more at Myknee.ie. about synovial fluid replacement or wobenzymn.org for info on the about the enzymes. You can comparison shop Wobenzym N at urshoponline.com.
      Good luck,

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some questions to ask the people that are against stem cell research?
    I am doing a debate for my class. My partner and I need really good questions to ask the team that is against stem cell research...

    We personally think it's good because scientists have now possibilities to find cures of diseases...
    and we also found out that the new technology has been advanced that it actually doesn't destroy the embryo

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know of anyone who is against stem cell research but many are against embryonic stem cell research.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      With love in Christ.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to protect & build a strong immune system.?
    I recently got rather sick, But chose not to get the annual flu shot for influenza. I have heard U could potentially get more sick.

    Just let me know what is the best defense, If I chose to go natural..Please help Me!

    • ANSWER:
      Maximizing your vit.D levels - Most people are deficient - make sure your levels are at the highest range of normal greater than 50 ng/ml. If you are sick now, I would suggest taking 50,000iu a day for 12 days (preferably oil based D3)

      Combine Vitamin D with other vitamin supplements known to boost the immune system. In particular, take zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.

      Read more: How to Use Vitamin D As Flu Medicine | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5343048_use-vitamin-flu-medicine.html#ixzz15WzZqoFH

      Avoid Flu Shots, Take Vitamin D Instead -
      http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller27.html

      Seventy percent of doctors do not get a flu shot.

      Mercury in vaccines has also been implicated as a cause of autism. Vaccine makers have now removed thimerosal from all childhood vaccines, except flu shots.

      To achieve all of vitamin D’s benefits one has to take an amount ten times the government’s RDA – 4,000 to 5,000 IU a day.

      Doctors in India and Canada give people a once-yearly injection of 600,000 IU of vitamin D That would be better, and safer, than having a flu shot.

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  25. QUESTION:
    If you have rheumatoid arthritis in both hands and one knee are there any benefits you can claim?
    My mam is 51, not working but signs on. Gets working tax credit because husband works but is there anything else she might be entitled to. She has rheumatoid arthritis in both hands and one knee so there are not many jobs she can do. She used to be a cleaner but can not do this now because of the pain she gets. Any help much appreciated. U.K

    • ANSWER:
      Natural medicine is available for this ailment.I found an effective natural medicine.you may try www.rane-nature-cures.com for further information please.

  26. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to ease the pain of Arthritis?
    Natural ways to avoid medication since they don't work either.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Eating omega-3 rich cold water fish like salmon, herring, sardines, and others can help reduce joint inflammation, which is basically when the joints get larger and cause pain. If you eat it continually, it can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

      2) Applying a heated pad seems to help also. Just apply a heated pad to a joint for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour (the timing I have read controversial information about. Some say 10-20 minutes, other say and hour or more... I'll just tell you to try and see what works for you...)

      3) Add foods that relieve the symptoms of arthritis These include: Fish (that are rich in omega-3's, for reasons stated above), Ginger (reduces inflammation); alfalfa, seeds, legumes, and whole grains (which all add manganese, a nutrient that may be deficient in the bodies of those with arthritis); oysters, liver, beef, poultry, nuts, wheat bran, and wheat germ (which restore another nutrient, zinc, which may be deficient in the bodies of those with arthritis); chive, parsley, green onions, eel, beef, and mutton (which expel dampness that may cause the pain and promote the circulation of blood); Pearl Barley (which can cure inflammation), ginger tea (which eases pain in joints, stiffness, and warms up the body), sea cucumber (which is anti-inflammatory and has vitamins A, B1, B3, C, magnesium, and zinc), and mistletoe tea (which also expels wind-dampness, rheumatism, weakness in the back/knees, and the rigidity of limbs and joints). You may also drink juices such as pineapple juice, aloe vera juice, noni juice, carrot juice, or cabbage juice.

      4) Some herbs you can take include: Cat's Claw, Devil's Claw, Parsley, Olive Leaves, Celery, Burdock root, boswellia, and others.

      5) Foods to avoid would be those rich in omega-6's, such as safflower or sunflower oils, which COULD fight the effects of omega-3's.

      6) Take hot baths and you may wish to add Esom salts, as these two together reduce pain and swelling.

      7) Ice packs help by reducing inflammation, and thus pain.

      8) Exercising regularly and non-vigourously to increase muscle strength and relieve the tension and pressure put on your bones. This one helps overtime and won't be immediate relief, but it is a good idea to invest in exercising and stretch-exercises, which are also pretty healthy for long-term joint health.

      Also, check out this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_4500417_ease-arthritis-symptoms-naturally.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art.
      It has a few home remedies such as the use of honey and such that help in reducing pain and inflammation. Hope this was helpful!

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with Carpal tunnel or Arthritis in my hands?
    My hands are effected by the weather so my hands ache like crazy in the joints.

    The problem is I love playing guitar and I had not picked up the instrument for a few days and now I'm feeling it. I would hate to give up something that I love.

    • ANSWER:
      Ayurvedic herbs are one way to help with your joint pain. Boswellia is an herb that is used to support normal joint function and can alleviate pain associated with carpal tunnel or arthritis. This herbal supplement comes in easy to take capsules and is all natural. Although this isn't a cure for anything, it does help with those symptoms. I know people who have taken this supplement and have seen a major difference in their symptoms and it has helped me with my carpal tunnel. You can buy this supplement at health food stores or online. Hope this information is helpful.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some amazing natural cure-alls?
    Sometimes you hear about certain natural products that do tons of amazing things, and it's always fascinating. For example, if you Google olive oil you'll find TONS of uses, including using it as a skin moisturizer and healer.

    What are some other natural products that do lots of cool things?

    • ANSWER:
      Serrapeptase

      For nearly three decades, people in Europe and Asia have been enjoying the many benefits of serrapeptase, the “silkworm enzyme.” Serrapeptase (commonly misspelled as serapeptase) is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk worms to break down cocoon walls.
      Research has shown that this amazing enzyme dissolves (digests) non-living protein cells and tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched. Thus serrapeptase dissolves: scar tissue, blood clots, cysts, inflammation, arterial blockage, edema, mucous. For the millions of people who take anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and promote cardiovascular health, Serrapeptase shows great promise.

      This enzyme is proving to be a superior alternative to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Serrapeptase has been used to treat chronic sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and torn ligaments, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, ear, nose and throat infections, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, migraines (vascular), Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) including Crohn's, colitis and cystitis, enlarged prostate, pain, and postoperative inflammation. Some researchers believe Serrapeptase can play an important role in arterial plaque (hardening of the arteries) prevention and removal

      Colloidal Silver
      Natures Penicillin On Steroids

      Colloidal silver is considered to be the most potent natural ant-fungal, anti-bacterial remedy known to man. killing bacteria, virus, fungus and more, and all without side effects. In fact, properly formulated colloidal silver has been proven to be useful against over 650 different infectious microorganisms. Read more at link below.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you support Government Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research ?
    I am all for this type of research. Religious people seem to be the only road block to curing a lot of ailments that we have these days. If there was a cure for cancer that was found by this type of research and your against it, would you go get treatment, or die a painful death ?
    I wish people against it would answer the second question also, instead of just repeating political talking points.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Pro-Life advocates (like Catholics) believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the BEST food to feed my 9 year old English Bulldog?
    I've been feeding her Solid Gold hundnflocken for the past 6 months or so and she's been having agreement problems with it and her stomach. She was on Purina Beneful for years and didn't have any problems with it, but I've been reading that it is actually a much poorer food than Solid Gold.

    She has no other health problems. No arthritis, no allergies, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      your right,it is a much poorer food than solid gold.anyway you need to change your dog to a senior formula.canidae platinum is great.i much prefer canidae to solid gold.solid gold is good.also innova is too rich odf a dog food and very expensive.california natural is only for dogs with allergie probles and your dog clearly does not have thatbut canidaes great.heres why.

      All Natural CANIDAE® PLATINUM™ for dogs and FELIDAE® PLATINUM™ for cats have been specifically formulated to meet the special dietary needs of your pets as they age and grow older.

      Seniors, overweight pets, and those pets showing reduced levels of activity can benefit greatly from feeding these human grade, meat-based formulas that provide a reduced calorie and lower fat diet, while not compromising on the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients so important for your pet’s proper health maintenance.

      You can be assured your adult dogs and cats are getting the best they deserve with our feral type diets which contain; 4 Antibiotic and Hormone free meats as the main ingredients, and also include whole grain Rice, balanced omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidant vitamins, chelated minerals, and a total of 10 natural skin and coat conditioners. All of this without the use of allergic irritating corn, wheat, soy, or other cheap grain fractions, fillers or by products.With glucosamine and chondroitin to promote better joint health and psyllium for fiber intake to help with digestion, CANIDAE® PLATINUM™ and FELIDAE® PLATINUM™ feature the same great taste and palatability as our All Life Stage formulas and are the perfect all natural, reduced calorie choices to help control and maintain your pet’s weight.

      All Natural Formula with Lower Protein, Lower Fat and Reduced Calories. Made with Glucosamine and Chondroitin to Promote Better Joint Health and Psyllium for Fiber Intake to Help with Digestion.

      Benefits
      Human Grade Meats – Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish
      Wholesome Nutritional Brown Rice
      10 Skin & Coat Conditioners to Help Maintain a Healthy, Luxurious Coat
      Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
      Natural Psyllium Husk Fiber
      Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids
      Antioxidant Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
      Cranberries
      Added Viable Micro-Organisms
      Inulin from Chicory Root
      Guaranteed Enzyme Activity
      Superior Digestibility
      Excellent Palatability - Dogs Love CANIDAE® PLATINUM™

      All Natural Ingredients
      Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Chicken Fat, (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sunflower Oil, (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken, Lamb Meal, Herring Meal, Flax Seed, Psyllium Seed Husk, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Norwegian Kelp, Lecithin, Cranberries, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Riboflavin (Source of Vitamin B2), Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Inulin (from Chicory Root), Dried Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin, Beta Carotene, D-Biotin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Papaya, Pineapple, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

      Chicken & Turkey Meal – (Human Grade)
      Hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat, flesh tissue and skin only.

      Lamb Meal – (Human Grade)
      Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat.

      Herring Meal – (F.D.A. Inspected), (Omega 3)
      Meats have been tested to have No Ethoxyquin Residual.

      Brown Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

      White Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; also nutritious, and of all grains, Rice is the most easily digested and least likely to cause allergic reactions. Rice helps clear up psoriasis and has anticancer and antidiarrheal properties. Rice helps to lower cholesterol and may also help to prevent kidney stones.

      Chicken Fat – (Omega 6), (Human Grade)
      Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid.

      Sunflower Oil – (Omega 6)
      Cold pressed, naturally preserved, Rich in linoleic acid and is known for producing a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

      Omega-6 & Omega-3 Fatty Acids – (5:1 Ratio)
      With balanced Omega's we can improve the coat and help to avoid hot spots, hair loss and allergy problems caused from flea bites, repeated licking and from a fat imbalance.

      Eggs
      An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.

      Flaxseed Meal – (Omega 3)
      Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat’s sheen.

      Linoleic Acid – (Omega 6)
      Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

      Lecithin
      Is used in the digestion and absorption of fats.

      Alfalfa
      Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

      Sage
      Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

      Rosemary
      Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

      Cranberries
      Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

      Apples
      Rich in soluble fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

      Amaranth
      Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces
      tissue swelling, removes worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

      Kelp
      Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

      Taurine
      An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

      Yucca Schidigera Extract
      Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

      Psyllium
      All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anticarcinogenic.

      Glucosamine
      An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

      Chondroitin
      Exist naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

      Prebiotics
      Inulin (from chicory root), Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) / Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Mannan-Oligosaccharide (MOS) - Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

      Probiotics
      Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products - Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

      Digestive Enzymes
      Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) – Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

      Cellulase
      Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Canidae Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the inclusion of Cellulase.

      Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
      All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal’s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion.

      Vitamins
      Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

      Minerals
      Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

      as you can see this is a really great brand and with the perfect formula for your dog.hope i helped.go to their website to find a store that carries it near you.this food is not pricey.about for a 40 lb bag.a great deal.

      http://www.canidae.com/company/storelocator.html

  31. QUESTION:
    Osteo arthritis natural way to avoid pain and further damage. Pls help?
    I got osteo in my both legs, I'm just 40, there is pain and un easiness. When ever I consume butter there won't b pain(i suggest propre to eat butter and try if they have pain ). But damage is happening inside which I can feel. Any natural way of treatment to avoid the more damage.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural cures are supposed to include avocado, soybean extracts, fish oil and others as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22natural+cures+for+osteoarthritis%22&fr=ush-ans

  32. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to lose acne without prescriptions or proactiv shit? Thanks?
    Its not very bad acne but some, blackheads are constant, I have tried several products, and some work, some don't , just wondering what a natural way might be to lose them. thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rosey

      Here is a method I just learned about and it;s worth exploring.

      INTRODUCTION TO OIL PULLING ("OP")
      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:

      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; Acne, High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels,.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health.

      According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed.

      For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Here is the link for more info

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

      Best of health to you

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I explain lab observations in terms of equilibrium?
    I did the equilibrium lab and I was asked for my observations. After, I was also asked to describe what happened in terms of equilibrium. What does that mean and what is it asking me for?

    I was given

    Cu(OH)2(S) Cu+2 + 2OH-

    and asked to describe why the copper (II) nitrate turned a lighter blue and turned a little more solid when 1M NaOH was added.

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      he/she wanted to know why did this balanced out. and would the outcome be bogus if the action/reaction was presented in the opposite manner. You need to remember to go back to the basics when a question is presented to you. You have copper which is metallic which conducts many things be it vodo in a bracelet that cures arthritis. To wire, electricity. He/she wanted to know your opinion as to the balancing of the copper since copper is in itself a raw yet natural ingredient in your cake mix...do you understand? You'll pass the class with flying colors if you remember to keep all of the outcomes or conclusions, centered on the natural elements. Hope I helped.

  34. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the stem cell research?
    If you heard about the berlin guy who had HIV nd he went threw stem cell research to cure his leukemia do u think that will be the new cure for aids?

    • ANSWER:
      Adult adult stem cell therapy is moral and embryonic stem cell research is immoral

      The man cured of HIV received adult stem cell therapy in which no other human beings were killed.

      Embryonic stem cell research kills human embryos during stem cell harvesting.

      Pro-Life advocates (like Catholics) believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that can help REGROW CARTILAGE?
    Someone I know has knee problems. It has been over a month of everyday pain and there are no signs of improvement. They have been to the doctors but no help, only other option is surgery which we don't really want to do.
    Cartilage at their knee joint is missing causing bone to bone rubbing which is very painful so they can barely walk.
    So is there anything, natural/holistic or not that can help to regrow the cartilage and fast?
    can eating cartilage help? like pig ears, them clear bones in mean, etc. what are some other foods with cartilage?

    • ANSWER:
      it is probably osteo-arthritis and as far as I know, there is no cure other than surgery.
      There are ways to manage the pain and one is regular exercise of the right kind. Walking, on flat ground only, no incline or stairs, helps.
      So does massage, heat packs, or ice or alternating(everyone is different on this one) taking fish oil supplements is said to help as is taking a glucosamine/chondriotin supplement. I take both as I have arthritis in all my joints but my knees bother me the least at this point.
      Some say drinking cherry juice or eating cherries helps as there is something in the cherries that is suppose to be good for arthritis. Haven't tried that yet though.
      Distracting oneself also helps. water exercise is suppose to be good as well.

  36. QUESTION:
    Please can anyone tell me if they have used white willow bark for cats with arthritis and in pain?
    There seems to be no long-term pain relief for cats that is safe to use. Aspirin can be used on short-term basis only. What about white willow bark, this is a natural extract. Has anyone tried it, or know of info about this for cats?

    • ANSWER:
      I tried Rhus toxicodendron with my cat (6C) and it seemed to help her mobility a great deal. My vet recommended that dosage and it was difficult to pill her because she would spit it out frequently and they were very tiny pills.

      I have been taking Rhus myself at a 200C dosage twice a day (on the recommendation of a homeopath) since January and have completely stopped taking any other pain medication. It is not a "cure" for arthritis and I no longer risk stomach problems with daily NSAIDS.

      Most homeopathic remedies are totally "safe" to take so I wouldn't hesitate to try the daily 6C dose for your cat to see if she can benefit from it.

      Irene De Villiers is the owner of the CATWELL Yahoo group. She is a veterinary homeopath. You might join that group and ask what she thinks about using it.

  37. QUESTION:
    Want to know the best, quickest way to get rid of FOOD POISONING?
    As soon as you think you have eaten something 'dodgy', take 2 TABLESPOONS of Apple Cider Vinegar. It will stop the symptoms developing and kills off any bacteria in the stomach and gut- instantly! You feel really great again after half an hour. It works every time. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the oldest cures and check out on google what else its good for - arthritis, weight loss etc. It's marvellous. It has a bit of a' kick' when taking it, and you can dilute it into some water, but remember to brush your teeth straight after, as the acid in it can erode the enamel on your teeth. Most of the time, only one dose is necessary, but if its severe, take another dose an hour later. It will be gone! I am a firm believer in it, and its all natural too. Hope it helps people on here next time they think they are gonna be ill. Great for nausea/sickness too.

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks hun! =)

  38. QUESTION:
    How to stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?
    How to stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?
    My mum have one finger which is moving towards her little finger (ulnar deviation) and it is swollena nd painful. Any ideas?

    Natural Remedies would be good, because it's probably not bad enough to get prescribed drugs. xx

    • ANSWER:
      There is a direct relationship between the tremendous stress of self-hatred and all autoimmune diseases. The person is afraid of themselves. They just don't want to face themselves. Out of that comes self-hatred, out of that comes guilt, out of that comes conflict that causes the white corpuscles to attack the connective material of the bones, eat at it and produce rheumatoid arthritis.

      Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
      If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that

      when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain,
      and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to supplement with Vitamin D?
    There's hardly any sun where I live all winter, and I'm really trying to be healthier in general, including my diet. I'm taking a daily multivitamin+mineral, which provides 100% of DV for vitamin D, but I'm sure not all of that gets absorbed. I'm interested in adding some other sources of vitamin d. What is the best way to do it, in terms of best absorption, cheapest, and easiest? Absorption is most important though, if the others must be sacrificed. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The RDA is *much* too low.

      Country Life Vitamin D3 -- 5000 IU - 200 Softgels .62

      http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-200-Softgels

      This is the one I recommend. If you send me your email address, I will send them a new customer referral & they will send you a coupon for off first purchase. They have free shipping with order

      I recommend this one specifically because it's packed in MCT oil - this is an extract of coconut oil & is a saturated fat. VitD3 requires saturated fat to be assimilated into the body structure. Suggestions are made to eat with a meal containing saturated fats but I like that it's prepackaged in it & MCT have benefits of their own as well.

      Only the liver of cods have any appreciable amounts of natural vitD - other foods are fortified with vitD2 (the wrong kind)

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system, bones & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.

      With Vitamin D3 deficiency becoming an epidemic, it is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun. Or simply that people are washing daily, if you wash skin exposed to the sun within 48 hours, you wash off the oils where the vitamin D production starts. In northern latitudes (above that of Atlanta, Georgia) the sun is at too low an angle for half the year to provide sufficient UV radiation. If even available, UVB rays are only accessible while the sun is directly overhead. Most people need to take vitamin D, especially seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.

      With exposure to sunlight in the summer, the body can generate up to 20,000iu of vitamin D per hour with no ill effects. In addition, no adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D intakes up to 10,000 IU daily.

      Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.

      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400676/More-Vitamin-D.html

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. U.S. RDA are much too low. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not replenish depleted stores.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults

      http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression & other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  40. QUESTION:
    Suffering from ankle pain due to rheumatoid arthritis. Can ayurvedic tretment help?
    I am taking "Trayadosang Guggul" & "Mahayograj Guggul " of Patanjali Yog Pratisthan of Babaamdev ( 2 Tabs each daily twice before meals 4 last 2 months as prescribed by the Ayurvedic Doctor. Pain reduced by 50% . But not yey fully cured. Should I continue with that or consult an Allopath. Pl advise who have undergone similar problems

    • ANSWER:
      Supplements
      Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. In a 2002 review of 20 years' worth of available medical literature, titled "Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases," the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health concluded that "many of the placebo-controlled trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs." The mechanism behind this is primarily the inhibition of inflammatory mediators collectively known as cytokines.

      Supplement with S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e), a form of the amino acid methionine, which is naturally produced by the body to stimulate production of proteoglycans, proteins that form the building blocks of cartilage. Argentinean researchers who conducted a double-blind clinical trial involving 45 subjects found not only that supplementation with SAM-e was as effective as piroxicam in reducing inflammation and pain, but that relief was longer-lasting. (See Reference 2.)

      Suppress the production of excess inflammatory mediators even further by taking stinging nettle leaf extract. German researchers have found that nettle blocks the release of leukotrienes by 50% and prostaglandins by 100% within 24 hours of supplementation.

      try these remedies:
      - Two teaspoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey mixed in a cup of warm water, is taken twice a day for curing arthritis.
      - Take chondroitin sulfate 700 mg. a day for strong joints and ligaments. Take it with the advice of your physician.
      - Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water should be taken twice a day.
      - One raw clove of garlic every day for 3 months is very beneficial.
      - Vitamin E protects joints and improves mobility.

      home-remedies-for-you.com
      Read more: Natural Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5683557_natural-treatment-rheumatoid-arthritis.html#ixzz1qi5fkqmw

  41. QUESTION:
    What countries are doing stem cell research and trsnsplantation?
    Where have they performed the most procedures, and of course, had a good track record? Anything in Canada?
    Thanks, iamacatholic for an enlightening explanation, but it doesn't answer the question.

    • ANSWER:
      The U.S. has decades of stem cell research and use. Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are arguments about the use of stem cells and the routine of freezing umbilical cord blood from new Born'?
    I need this for my anatomy class. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      I know of no arguments about the use of stem cells taken from umbilical cords.

      Pro-Life advocates (like Catholics) believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      Umbilical Cord Blood Donations:
      http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Donate_Cord_Blood_Share_Life/How_to_Donate_Cord_Blood/index.html
      http://www.huggies.com.au/childbirth/labour/cord-blood-donation

      Placenta Donations:
      http://amniondonation.org/donation.html
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/cancer/202917.html

      With love in Christ.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are all the possible ways of obtaining stem cells?
    I am doing a research project and I need to be knowledgeable in this subject. What are all the possible ways of obtaining/harvesting them?

    Thanks :)
    Sheena: Because I feel like it. How 'bout answering a question instead of judging. Nice.

    • ANSWER:
      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Pro-Life advocates (like Catholics) believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should the government continue to use tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research ?
    Or should this kind of research be restricted to private research institutions? Why or Why not? (Consider that under the Bush administration, tax monies could only support research conducted on already existing embryonic stem cell lines- a policy which was recently reversed under the Obama administration.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      1. Embryonic stem cell research is against the law.
      2. Embryonic stem cell research is immoral.

      Children should not have to die today for the remote possibility of saving a child at some point in the future.

      Stem cell research is a relatively new technology that takes primitive human cells (stem cells) and develops them into most any of the 220 types of cells in the human body and then curing diseases and repairing injuries with them.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should the government continue to use tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research ?
    Or should this kind of research be restricted to private research institutions? Why or Why not? (Consider that under the Bush administration, tax monies could only support research conducted on already existing embryonic stem cell lines- a policy which was recently reversed under the Obama administration.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      1. Embryonic stem cell research is against the law.
      2. Embryonic stem cell research is immoral.

      Children should not have to die today for the remote possibility of saving a child at some point in the future.

      Stem cell research is a relatively new technology that takes primitive human cells (stem cells) and develops them into most any of the 220 types of cells in the human body and then curing diseases and repairing injuries with them.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is "Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions" that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  46. QUESTION:
    What would be some good discussion questions regarding the topic of stem cell research?
    I am doing a research project for science class. Us students are put into groups of four and each person has a specific job. Im suppose to develop a list of question that are to be used in class for discussion.
    But im having difficulty coming up with different questions that could be asked. All ive got is the basic: Are you for or against stem cell research?

    • ANSWER:
      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      With love in Christ.

  47. QUESTION:
    What would you say the pros and cons of stem cell research are?
    If you're against then what are the cons? If you are for then what are the pros?

    • ANSWER:
      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      With love in Christ.

  48. QUESTION:
    How should i make a commercial for stem cell research?
    Well for biology me and my friends have to make a commercial for stem cell research. Now we're usually pretty creative, but we cannot think of anything. We would like it to kind of be funny, but we don't know how to approach this subject at all. Any suggestions?
    Are teacher warned not to give our views on it, it just has to be a general comercial that gives information on the subject.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some background information:

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      With love in Christ.

  49. QUESTION:
    What if your opinion on the issue of destorying human embryos for stem cells?
    Personally I don't support killing of any kind. But give your honest opinion and please provide your reasoning behind it.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you.

      Not all stem cell research is immoral. Only embryonic stem cell research is immoral.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:
      http://stemcellcures.org/
      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      With love in Christ.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have pain on my neck on my back whenever cold air hits the place?
    The pain is like a piercing needle and would last for couple of hours until there is some heat. could this be spondlyttis?
    Any cure for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Use biomagnetic therapy The body's energy is thought to flow through channels known as Energy Meridians. These can be compared with the currents that exist in a magnetic field. The meridians can be accessed through classic acupuncture points (acupoints) on the skin surface, and form the basis of ancient therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure.
      In good health, energy flows through the meridians in a balanced way. Ill health is thought o be associated with imbalances or blockages in energy flow through the body. Many illnesses affect the bioenergetic functions of cells.

      When energy flow becomes abnormal, acupoints on the surrounding skin become tender and painful to touch. These are known as tsubos. In acupuncture, these points are stimulated with fine needles to generate electrical impulses and restore energy balance. In magnetic therapy, the acupoints are stimulated by tiny pulses of electromagnetic energy. Our bodies today have been developed in an environment enriched in oxygen water, nutrients and MAGNETISM. All of the natural human systems in our bodies are electro-magnetic in nature and respond to the earth's natural magnetism.

      Our bodies' natural magnetic field is created by the flow of electrically charged ions in and out of cells, and the transmission of electric impulses through cell membranes. Due to the fast pace of modern living and the continual development in technology and society, the earth's geomagnetic field has grown very much weaker in the recent past. This field is constantly being shielded from us by everyday items we take for granted such as: steel cars, trains, airplanes, ships and metal framed buildings.

      The measurement now used for magnets is called “GAUSS,” named after the 19th century German physicist Carl Gauss, gauss measurement is based upon the lifting power of a magnet. Size, shape and construction of the magnet can also affect the strength. It is a natural way of stimulating your body to combat pain like.

      Arthritis & rheumatism
      Joint and muscle pain
      Shoulder pain
      Back ache, headache and neck ache
      Respiratory Problems: coughs & asthma.
      Constipation
      Inflammation
      Insomnia
      Jet lag Stress.

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Sore Throat Home Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to stop sore throat home remedies!?
    How do i stop my sore throat with home remedies? Suggestions wanted ty

    • ANSWER:
      i use warm water with honey and lemon juice. gargle and because i hate wastage i swallow.

      if it hurts to eat just have soups.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for sore throat, cough and sinus congestion?
    Note: I am a diabetic. A trip to the doc is not exactly an option. Have been fighting the sinus and chest congestion since October. Lots of sinus drainage. Which in turn is what I think is making the cough and sore throat.

    ANy home remedy ideas that can get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      After 4 months I think I'd be heading for the doctor too, but if you really don't want to then for the cough and sore throat I would try hot lemon drink (make it yourself - just boil a pan of water with a lemon sliced up in it). As you are diabetic I won't suggest adding sugar or honey but I think there are sugar-free sweetener granules you could add just to take away the tartness of the lemon. A shot of whisky or brandy in it always helps me but I'm not sure if you can have that as a diabetic.
      For the sinus congestion, steaming is always good. Get a large bowl, fill with boiling water, add peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils (or Olbas Oil), stick a towel over the back of your head and lean forward over the bowl (enclosing the bowl within the towel), and breathe deeply for as long as you can. Warning - the oils may make your eyes water so keep them shut while you do this.
      As far as diet is concerned, dairy is considered a common factor in sinus problems and mucus production. Try cutting dairy out of your diet for a month (and yes, I mean all of it, no milk, butter, cheese, nothing with lactose, whey powder etc etc), have a really healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit (more than the rather low recommended 5 a day if possible).
      Get some exercise - get out in the fresh air and walk. Breathe deeply.

  3. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to cure sore throat when it starts?
    This morning ive felt a small sore-ness in my throat, now 12 hours past its a sore throat.

    Are there any home remedies I can use and do before it blows out to a full cold?

    I know the Gargle with salt water already, anything besides warm salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's tip i found and tested, and it worked!
      Warm water with some lemon juice, and two spoons of honey.
      It will really do it some good.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to treat a sore throat with home remedies?
    I just woke up with a sore throat today, and don't really have the money to go to a doctor just for it. Is there any home remedies out there to treat my sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      ricola herbal throat drops

      make some tea and use honey to sweeten it.
      Use lemon for added flavor plus its good for your throat

      the honey and the lemon are both soothing to the throat.
      drink plenty of fluids

      also gargling helps.
      gargle with salt water every morning evening and night.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any home remedies for sore throat?
    I have a really sore throat and wondered if anybody knew any home remedies to ease the pain?
    My boyfriend last week was told he had tonsillitis so would it be best to go to the doctors and get myself checked out?

    Obviously i can't go today as it's the weekend, so i just need something to help just now.

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with salt water is the best way to kill bacteria and viruses in the throat. You can also put it up your nose allowing it to run down the throat.
      Apple cider vinergar also kills bacteria, but is harder to gargle with. Just swallow it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Very sore throat, any home remedies to relieve the pain?
    Iv been sick for about 3 days now, and my sore throat is getting worse. I don't feel like driveing anywhere so does anyone know any home remedies to relieve the pain?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      mix malt vinegar into a glass with a little warm water and gargle twice a day.Also gargle with a tsp of salt in warm water three times a day in between using the vinegar. the treatment will kill the bacteria causing the infection and pain. salt is very soothing usually one day of this treatment is sufficient. vinegar is very cleansing and will strip away the bacteria gently.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for sore throat?
    I'm starting to get quite the sore throat, and I was wondering if there were any good home remedies for curing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Zinc lozenges
      Herbal Tea with honey
      Warm tap water + salt + gargle
      Steam (take a hot shower, use a vaporizer) sometimes your throat is sore because it's dry
      Ice chips

      Regardless: Stay WELL hydrated, drink lots of water.

      Stay away from smoke (smoking), dryness, OTC throat sprays, milk, caffeine, soda

  8. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for a really bad sore throat?
    I'm just starting to get a cold and the sore throat is killing me! Lozenges don't often soothe enough for me, are there any home remedies which will reduce the symptoms of my cold and possibly eliminate or reduce my sore sore throat?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the honey and lemon teas which need to be slowly sipped.

      Another old remedy is to dissolve an asprin or disprin and gargle for a few minutes. I have tried a few things in desperation and I personally believe this is the best remedy for me when my throat get that sore.

      Depending on your symptions you could also try so aromatherapy blends to assits with the cold.

      Eucalyptus oil is excellent for colds and can assist greatly with breathing. This can be placed on a tissue and inhalded or in a aromatherapy burner or diffuser.

      Another excellent form of natural therapy is Reiki, if you know someone who coulc send you some it would be most beneficial.

      Its your decision on how to relieve your sore throat but if it hangs around for two long you may need to see the doctor.

      Cheers to improved health

      Take care!

  9. QUESTION:
    Help! I have a terrible sore throat. What are some home remedies that work?
    I have had a sore throat all day. I cant afford any medicine right now. I need some home remedies that work. Does gargling with warm salted water help? In need of some suggestions. I cant waste time being sick. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes gargling with warm water and salt really helps. Not talking, no dairy, and maybe hot water and lemon does too. Ice-cream soothes, doesn't make better... Good luck :)

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat fast?
    I need to get rid of a sore throat fast. Home remedies please.

    • ANSWER:
      Dissolve a teaspoon of salt and a sprinkle of baking soda in a pint of warm water and gargle for a minimum of 30 seconds. If you do this every hour or so you'll find it soothing. Well, all but the salty flavour, as I tend to go a little overboard with the salt myself, but a teaspoon per pint of water is just enough salt to mimic the body's own natural saline content. And if you're concerned about your sodium intake, don't swallow, just spit it out. I prefer to make up a jar and pour from it only what you need each time.

      A spoonful to bourbon or whiskey to a glass of warm water to gargle will help numb a sore throat.

      Honey or lemon juice in a hot tea or hot water sipped throughout the day is soothing as well.

  11. QUESTION:
    Sore throat remedy or helpful tips and tricks to get rid of it?
    Just soneothig I could do because it sucks... I have had school this whole week and it's really annoying to go through school with a sore throat. Just a home remedy or tips or tricks thanks to all!

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing that we have found that works is to gargle some salt water or listerine for the salt water you just put one or two tablespoons in a glass of water and mix it until it dissolves and gargle for about thirty seconds and gargle the same amount of time with the listerine

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you have any home remedies for a sore throat?
    I'm trying different things. I've had a sore throat for awhile now. So do you know any home remedies? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Boil two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 1 1/2 litres of water for 30 mins... strain and drink the liquid.
      Another one I know is drinking milk with turmeric powder in.
      You can buy both these things from the supermarket.

  13. QUESTION:
    Any good home remedies to help a sore throat fell and get better quickly?!?
    I got a cold on Thursday and I have a sore throat and my voice is fading in and out. I DO NOT have strep throat. Are there any home remedies that can help soothe my throat, and make it better quickly???
    Any inappriate, rude, and or gross, mean things said will get a thumbs down and you will be reported. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Three things always work for me when I get a sore throat...

      Run hot water in a sink and almost fill it up then put a towel over your head to breathe the steam in. This will open up your sinuses really good. Then gargle with warm salt water.

      I also drink a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar in water or apple juice for a few days straight, combined with the gargling and steam it usually kicks my sore throat pretty quick.

  14. QUESTION:
    Best home remedy for congestion and sore throat?
    I have tried a few things for my sore throat, congestion, headache and for the pain in my ears. I was wondering if any one had some home remedies that work best to fix such ailments.

    Halls, TheraFlu and Advil don't seem to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Boil water with fresh ginger like tea .Put some honey in it .
      It is very good for throat.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedies for a sore throat?
    I woke up with a really bad sore throat. It's pretty bad but not bad enough to go see a doctor. Does anyone know any good home remedies that don't involve gargling because gargling makes me sick?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use warm water and salt, if you don't wanna gargle it then you could just swallow it but I suggest putting in less salt if you're going to do that xD
      You could also try hot water with lemon and honey, just put a few drops of lemon juice in and a teaspoon or two of honey and mix it together :)

  16. QUESTION:
    home remedies on how to soothe a sore throat?
    out of no where i have a sore throat. it hurts to swallow so i didnt really drink or eat anything today. and i have no medicine for it so what are some home remedies to treat a sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Gargling with warm, salty water
      2. Chamomile tea can also help you in treating sore throat
      3. Crush onion and sugar, extract the juice and consume like syrup. Let it go over your throat very slowly. This will also help you cure your cough if you have any.
      4. Of course, avoid consuming cold stuff.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for a sore throat?
    i have a sore throat right now and it hurts to cough, swallow, and sometimes it hurts to inhale. does anybody have WORKING home remedies out there?

    • ANSWER:
      the best home remedy is homey and lime. put some honey in a bowl and squeeze enough lime in it so that the mixture is a bit sour. the lime will cut the cold and the honey will soothe the throat. take about a tablespoon every hour. this ALWAYS works for me plus it is quite yummy. hp u feel better =)

  18. QUESTION:
    I feel like I want to cut my throat off. Any home remedies for a sore throat?
    Its killing me and I can't get out to a store right now for medicine. Any home remedies for a sore throat?
    Or any medicines that work really well that I might can pick up later?

    • ANSWER:
      Easing the pain of a sore throat

      * Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
      * Gargle with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
      * Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy.
      * Suck on flavored frozen desserts (such as Popsicles).
      * Use a humidifier in your bedroom or other rooms you spend lots of time in.
      * Drink lots of liquids.

  19. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for sore throat and swollen gland?
    my 50 year old dad is sick with a sore throat and swollen glands.
    he went to the dr. ANd is in medication but is there any home remedies i kAn prepare for my daddy?
    thanks for your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      there is an Indian remedy which suggests ginger slices with honey, second one says normal tea with/without sugar but with a pinch of salt. I dont know actual condition of your father so better if you please check that would ginger is good for his glands or not. Honey is always useful .

  20. QUESTION:
    who has a good home remedy for sore throat and coughing?
    i have heard lemon juice and honey.
    or salt and water and gargle. do those really work?
    any other home remedies for sore throat and coughing

    • ANSWER:
      I always use a cup of hot herbal tea with honey. That always seems to work for me. Also, warm salt water gargles can help to relieve the sore throat. Do it hourly for about a day or so and you should receive some relief. Hope this helps! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    Do you know any sore throat remedies?
    I live in Maine, and the recent fires on Canada have cause major pollution, and it has given me a sore throat. Does anyone know any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Salt water can help, as can brushing your teeth regularly (not saying you dont, lol, but yeah, it helps)
      Using Betadine Mouth Gargle can work, not too sure if you have that in Maine, I live in Australia, but the main thing is to stay inside away from the smoke, as much as you can, and avoid using aircon or heaters, as these dry the throat out even more.
      Drink plenty of water and just eat as usual, if you have breathing problems or get a throat infection and these remedies dont help, see ur doc :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and stuffy nose - home remedies?
    I had a sore throat from last night, until now.. I recently got a stuffy nose as well, and I am suppose to go on vacation on Friday morning...

    Will I get better by then? What are some home remedies for it to go away as soon as possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Colds and sore throats are common right now (you might scroll through the question and find lots of answers to help you).

      There are many things which will help you relieve symptoms and which may help the cold run its course faster, but it will still have to run its course and it is unlikely that you will be completely well by Friday. Here are some remedies that may help you:

      An almost sure fire way to ward off and beat a cold, congestion and sore throat before they can get a grip is to take lots of colloidal silver, echinacea, and vitamin C along with some olive oil extract capsules. Gargle with the colloidal silver before swallowing - and it is best to have the echinacea in extract form so you can gargle with it too, but capsules will do (if you use capsules take 3 capsules 3 times a day at the first signs of a cold).

      If there is any congestion or cough, also nebulize with colloidal silver and lobelia (five parts colloidal silver to one part lobelia) and take a Chinese herbal formula called ClearLungs.

      The above combo is what I personally used and have used the past week with great succes every time. It will usually help you whip a cold in only a few days - the sooner you get started the quicker the cold will be gone.

      Here are some other remedies collected from around the world which should be helpful:

      Congestion:

      • For dry and stuffy nose, try normal saline or salt water nasal drops made by adding 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 4 ml lukewarm water. Make a fresh solution every few days keeping it in refrigerator. Use a clean dropper to instill one to two drops in each nostril about three to four times daily for common cold .
      • Do not use medicated nasal drops without physician's consent as excessive use will cause chemical rhinitis with rebound block
      • 5 black pepper seeds
      5 cardamoms
      5 cloves
      5 leaves of basil
      5 small pieces of cinnamon
      Half inch piece of fresh ginger
      Half spoon of caraway seeds
      Two tablespoons of honey
      5 cups of water
      Instructions: Boil all the ingredients in the 5 cups of water till it turns brown and have a hot cup of this mixture every hour to relieve congestion. (From India)

      Cold:

      • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
      • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
      • One tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • One tablespoon honey (or to taste)
      • Two tablespoons water

      Instructions: Mix together and store in small bottle. Take three teaspoons whenever needed.

      • A Mexican-Apache Cold Cure:

      "My father, Crisosto Pena, a Mexican Apache, believed that chili could cure anything. He said that it was packed full of vitamins and therefore a cure-all, especially for colds.

      One day he returned from work and found his wife and five children in bed with the flu. He felt so bad for them that he took out the bag of hot chili pods and soaked them in hot water for 15 minutes. Then he put them into a grinder and ground them with the water they were soaked in. He gave each one of his family members a spoonful with a piece of tortilla. About an hour later the family was moving about. The children were out playing around, and his wife was cooking dinner.

      From that day on, I too believe that chili is a cure-all, especially for colds. As a preventive medicine, you can mix the chili with garlic and onions. It not only tastes good, but also keeps colds away.”

      Told by I.M. Crisosto Pena, daughter of Crisosto Pena, and the great great granddaughter of Geronimo.

      • GARLIC! GARLIC! GARLIC! Eat about 5 cloves a day when sick and one a day when healthy.......should clear up a chest cold fast, also good for sinuses....friends may not want to be around you for those days, but "hey!...you can get some peace a quiet too! Garlic is a natural antibiotic with none of the side effects.
      • Garlic juice made by adding few drops of garlic oil to a teaspoonful of onion juice and diluting it in a cup of water is helpful for common cold
      • Another garlic remedy is made by taking 24 peeled cloves garlic and placing them in a medium-sized jar; and then adding raw honey a little at a time over a couple of days until the jar is full. Once full, set the jar set it in a sunlit window until the garlic has turned somewhat opaque and the honey tastes strongly of garlic. Take a teaspoon every few hours or whenever necessary.
      • A cup of strong elderberry tea at the onset of upper and/or lower respiratory virus seems to help thwart the virus. Some report that this is more effective for than echinacea.
      • Vitamin C, Zinc and Chicken Soup – three old standbys that work wonders! Like many home remedies that get pooh-poohed here by mainstreamers, science has found that chicken noodle soup actually is beneficial for the common cold.
      • Ginger tea or a teaspoonful of ginger juice taken with equal quantity of honey brings relief from common cold

  23. QUESTION:
    any home remedies to prevent a sore throat?
    I have a concert coming up in a few weeks and i'm scared my voice is going to go, i keep waking up with a bit of a sore throat but then it goes away later on in the day.
    Does anybody know any home remedies please?!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with salt water is very effective for sore throats . you can also try sipping honey in warm water.

  24. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a very sore throat?
    I've already tried gargling with warm salt water and drinking tea with honey and lemon, but my throat is still killing me! I can't take any medicine as I am pregnant. Does anyone else have any other home remedies for a sore throat? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy does not preclude the use of all medications though of course as a mother we do everything we can to protect our unborn child. Having had four children, I tried to bear in mind that being ill also affected the child I was carrying.
      Most sore throats are viral but there is a lot of Strep circulating right now. There are many antibiotics that can be taken safely while pregnant, others which cannot. Your doctor can choose the correct medication and dosage for you if you have a bacterial throat infection. You can also take acetaminophen safely during pregnancy; it can be used for both pain and/or fever without fear of harm to the baby.
      I recommend you speak with your OB/GYN regarding your concerns. They will be able to guide you, reassure you and if not evaluate and prescribe for you, they will work with your primary care provider in choosing the right plan of treatment.
      I do hope you feel better soon, wish you an easy pregnancy and a strong, healthy baby!

  25. QUESTION:
    How Not to Get sick What are some home remedies?
    I feel Like Im getting a cold or a sore throat What are some home remedies that help to not get sick?

    • ANSWER:
      - warm milk with honey
      - a spoon of honey by itself
      - chewing on ginger (actual ginger)
      - if you have a scratchy throat, you can gargle warm water and salt (do not swallow!) but this works really well for me.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to treat my kitten's sore throat at home?
    Her breath smells of raw mucus and she coughs every now and again. I don't think its serious so I want to try some home remedies. Shes about 7 months old and kind of fat. She sleeps with me in the air conditioning, could this have something to do with it? I have another long-haired persian-mix, could her fur or the protein on it possibly aggravate the sore throat?
    Thanks a ton in advance.
    Regards,
    Shelly

    • ANSWER:
      How does her breath smelling like mucus - which would be sign of INFECTION - and coughing not sound "serious" to you? Either get this poor cat to the vet or surrender it to a no-kill shelter. This cat needs antibiotics from a vet not foolish home remedies. Shame on you.

  27. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a sore throat?
    I have a horrible sore throat, anybody know some home remedies to cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      my mom always tells me to add 1 spoonful of salt into a glass and add warm water. (remember that you can resist the warmness of the water)*NOT HOT, JUST WARM. don't drink it. all you have to do is a deep gargle until reaching the throat. do this 3 times a day. and eat lots of vitamin C fruits. A warm lemonade. Oranges. etc. you should not drink anything cold, or anything sweet. and you should take anti biotic cuz sore throats are infections.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat fast with home items ?
    Tomorrow I'm going out with my friend for her birthday .
    I have a really bad sore throat , it feels scratchy and dry .
    What are some home remedies to get rid of this FAST ?

    I don't mean completely gone by tomorrow , but something that will make me feel at least a little bit ??

    • ANSWER:
      Lemonade!!! It works great.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat fast?
    Any home remedies to get rid of a sore throat quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some remedies on http://www.TryAyurveda.com

      NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR SORE THROAT
      After first confirming that strep bacteria are not involved, one may choose to treat the pain of a sore throat with any of the following natural remedies:

      1. A mixture of honey and ground lotus seeds taken periodically throughout the day
      2. Sucking on acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruit, or lemons
      3. A combination of a half teaspoon of table salt with a quarter teaspoon of honey and ground turmeric
      4. Gargling with a mixture containing equal parts of peroxide and water
      5. Taking a tablespoon of vinegar with a tablespoon of honey when symptoms first appear

      Get well soon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a really sore throat?
    What is best to drink with a really sore throat? I've had hamumelia (greek tea) which has dissolved honey and something else in it, but what else can I use? Other than things from the drugstore like throat losanges or anything. I've already gone through almost 2 packs of the Vicks ones, and I just wanna try out home remedies. Please and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I drink green tea w/ honey and lemon.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long should a sore throat last?
    How long should a sore throat last and are there any home remedies that I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a sore throat for 3 days, you need to see a doctor. When you get a sore throat, you can try drinking tea with honey and/or lemon, and gargle with warm salt water.

  32. QUESTION:
    Any natural home remedies for getting rid of a cold?
    I have a runny nose and sore throat with some sneezing. Is this a cold or alergies maybe. I'm not sure if i'm alergic to anything. Is there any good home remedies that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD
      * Vitamins are most helpful in fighting against the cold as well as other diseases. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is helpful in preventing the colds and it can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, some vegetables.
      * Zinc is also helpful for cold that can cut colds short. When you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start taking zinc
      * Garlic, as well as onion, is sometimes taken for the relief of congestion and minor infections.
      * Horseradish is another herb that has an excellent property to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
      * Another effective remedy for sore throat is to gargle with a strong solution of table salt and warm water. Gargle several times a day.
      * Echinacea is an herb that acts as nature's antibiotic. It helps to increase the body's immunity and thus helps in fighting against the infection and illness.
      * Goldenseal is another herb that acts as a natural antibiotic, and can be taken to help fight against the cold.
      * Add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water. Use this solution as a nasal drop. Use 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
      * A ginger tea can be prepared by boiling ginger in normal tea. It gives relief to congested nose.
      * Drink a teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with equal quantity of honey.
      * Take hot water in a bowl and put some Thyme leaves. Inhale vapors by covering head with a towel.
      * Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 shot of lemon juice, 1 shot of whiskey to a coffee cup. Fill the remainder of the coffee cup with steaming hot water, stir, and sip until cold is relieved.
      * Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog nasal passage.
      * Warm ¼ katori mustard; add 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on nose, chest and back. Cover up and sleep.
      * Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.
      * Sage is used to cure sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs, is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Use as a gargle.
      * Warm up coconut oil. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest for about 5 minutes. Repeat the same on the upper portion of the back. The massage should be given just before child goes to sleep.
      * Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can impair immune function. Orange juice contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
      * Chilies, especially Jalapeno, are the best, most available and most effective antiviral.
      * Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Recent research indicates that elderberry fruit extract may de-activate cold and flu viruses by preventing them from replicating.
      * A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, low saturated fats and whole cereals will provide protection against infective organism. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than the cooked one.
      * Take 1 tbsp of fresh gooseberry juice with 1/2 tsp ginger. It is a very effective remedy. This can be taken regularly to prevent recurrence of cold.
      * A tablespoon of ajwain crushed in the palms and tied up in a thin kerchief can be used for inhalation to relieve nasal block.
      * Boil 1 tbsp of pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric. Add some sugar for taste. Drink this once a day for three days.

  33. QUESTION:
    Need to get of this sore throat by tonight, any home remedies?
    Im off to see Foo Fighters tonight (standing!!), but have a sore throat and I really want to sing along!!

    Any home remedies? Im not fond of lemsip, sore throat sweets and stuff like that. ^^;

    • ANSWER:
      gargal warm salt water. has to be warm and hot plain tea helps too

  34. QUESTION:
    How to help my sore throat?
    I have school today and it's supposed to be really nice and I don't wanna be miserable because of my sore throat. What medicine or home remedies can I do to help my sore throat become a lite better or gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Try gargling with listerine or salt water. :3 Both of those really help me. Just mix a little salt in water and gargle. Make sure to keep gargling for a good 30 seconds. :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies you use to soothe a sore throat?
    like at home things, hot and cold drinks?, etc.

    or if you don't have any at home remedies what are the best medicines for a sore throat.
    I am waiting for my allergy medicine to come in and it hasn't yet so I need something to help with my irritated throat until then.

    • ANSWER:
      I always drink a ton of diet or regular soda. Soda is really bubbly, so it feels so good on your throat. Also, if your throat hurts and makes you not want to eat, eating a baked potato really feels good. Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to get ride of sore throat, dry cough, stuffy nose?
    Past 3-4 weeks, I have been suffering sore throat, dry cough and stuffy nose in every morning when I wake up; some times it is clearing the day after taking some warm water, it may cause due to allergies, please provide me some home remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      NASAL WASH WITH SALT WATER
      DRINK CAMOMILE TEA
      VIT C TABS
      AVOID MILK EN MILK PRODUCTS ( ADDS ON MUCUS), MEAT EN FISH
      GO FOR MORE STEAM COOKED VEG.
      TAKE A WARM WATER FOOTBATH BEFORE GOING TO BED

  37. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat? (without going to the doctor)?
    Well tomorrow is March break and I don't want to be sick my throat isn't that bad but, I want to stop it before it gets worse. All I have is a irritated/sore throat. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know the best home remedies for sore throats?
    Hi!!

    Just looking for the best home remedies for sore throats--tried salt down the throat--didn't work.

    Any ideas on this would be great!!

    Thanks!

    K
    Homeopathic remedies are welcome also!!

    :)

    • ANSWER:
      cough drops,
      lollipops,
      tea with honey
      lemon water [warm] and honey
      a hot shower.

      they can all help a bit with your throat :)

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this sore throat fast?
    It's 4 days until Christmas and I woke up this morning and my throat was a little sore. We always go up to my Grandmas on Christmas and spend the night there. My mom probably wont let me if I am sick. Plus, I don't want to be sick on Christmas so i decided to heal my sore throat before it even started so does anyone have any home remedies and recipes to get rid of this sore throat? Help me out please.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I know how miserable it is to have a sore throat! Here are some home remedies I found over the internet:
      This link http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sore_throat.html has a TON of things you can do. The Lemon and Honey this one REALLY works. I had a sore throat this morning after I drank it my throat is just fine. I felt better as soon as I had one sip!
      All so what my mom says to do is get a cup of hot water (As hot as you can handle) Poor in as much salt as you can endure, And gargle, do this several times a day.
      I hope you have a good Christmas, And that I helped.
      Bye! :P
      P.S. Please give me feed back if I am chosen best answer!

  40. QUESTION:
    How do i cure a sore throat fast?
    I am having a very bad sore throat and need to cure it fast.Any home remedies or stuff that can cure me quick and is free? Why do i feel like I am going to vomit every now and then but there is no vomit at all?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey!! you need to eat some honey; lemon juice too if you have it. First the lemon juice then follow it up by a spoonful of honey

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies to get over a sinus infection?
    To be more specific, I have an earache in each ear, head ache, runny stuffed up nose, fever, sore throat, and sneezing.
    I don't have a chance to go to the doctors and get medication yet, so are there any home remedies that can maybe speed up the process of getting better?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, when we were children and had those problems, mom would boil water, put some Vick's vapor rub in the water and had us put out face over the steam with a towel on our head to help relieve the stuffiness. It really does work and boy, is this old. Earache,, what she did is not good for anyone's ear so I won't even bother, but because with an earache, the inside may be swollen, take some Motrin to relieve the swelling and fever. The remedy will also be good for the sneezing. She would also rub out chests with the Vick's. Try them, you can't go wrong, Oh, for the sore throat, she made a mixture of lemon juice and honey, That too really works. I have been a nurse for 30 yrs and I still like using these. Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to cure a persistent sore throat that does not include a cough or stuffed nose?
    For the past week and a half, I have been battling a sore throat. At first it was painful constantly so I took Nyquil and used Vicks on my throat-the works. Well now, the sore throat is more of a constant reminder every time I swallow than painful. I do not want to visit a doctor because lately I have been there for other reasons and I'm tired of going there.

    Do you know of any home remedies to cure this or foods that seem to zap away soreness or anything, really?

    I would be forever grateful, thanks! Have a good weekend!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with warm water with 1tsp of regular salt will help soothe your throat. do this 2-3 times a day. Honey, and ground black pepper is also good for sore throat.
      drink warm beverages like herbal teas, that will also help sooth a sore throat.
      you can also try steam inhalation 1-3 times a day to loosen up any mucus in your throat which can also be present.
      hope you feel better soon

  43. QUESTION:
    What can i do about my sore throat?
    Does anyone know of any home remedies for getting rid of a sore throat? I could use any help, because it really hurts to swallow so i can't eat, and i have medication but that doesnt always help the pain. I'm open to any suggestions, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      add 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice to 1 cup warm water, sip gently. Any cough drops with zinc and vitamin c in them will take down the inflammation, ease the discomfort and keep your throat moist.
      If you have Listerine, it is the best for killing the bacteria and got it's fame in early 1900's as a medicine for tonsillitis.
      Also, Vick's vapor rub keep the membranes moist when you breath it, thus relieving the stress and strain on the throat and helps keep the mucus expelled and reduces inflammation. Although people commonly only use it for colds, it does help as a decongestant. Just make sure to wash it off in the morning before going out because it will open you up to much since it is also absorbed through the skin.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a sore throat super duper FAST?!?
    Please help me!
    I have had a sore throat/cold for a few days but the sore throat has gotten worse.
    I can not be absent from school tomorrow because i have a lot of important inclass things to do. Can anyone recommend any home remedies or medication i can take?
    THANK YOU in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      •Tonsillitis*:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter remedy for sore throat?
    Im away from home, out of state until Sunday and I can't visit a doctor because I don't have a copy of my insurance card with me. I have a really bad sore throat, only on one side though. Its hard to swallow and my lymph nodes around my neck are swollen. I know I need to be seen but what are some over the counter drugs or home remedies that might help until I can be seen? Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with salt or baking soda and warm water, it will help neutralize any acidic secretions running down the back of your throat. Buy fresh garlic and chop & saute it and add to food or garlic toast, garlic is a natural antibiotic, make sure you have plenty of it. Lemon juice and water (I know it's acidic but follow with a salt water gargle) will up your vitamin C and help to balance your body's Ph level to normal. Stay away from sweets with the exception of using a bit of real honey to soothe your throat, you can add it to hot tea. With swollen lymph nodes there is a good chance of bacterial infection such as strep or sinus drainage from a sinus infection. Take care. If there is a health food store nearby check to see if they have Andrographis, not expensive, very bitter like Bactrim anti-biotic and it will work against viruses, fungi, and bacteria. I buy a bottle of Full Spectrum, 120 tablets for about , you only should take it 10 days at a time though.

  46. QUESTION:
    I have a sore throat and cold and need relief fast?
    I have a horrible sore throat and cold, and I need to sing in a winter concert tomorrow. I have tried gargling salt water, drinking tea, inhaling vapors, eating raw garlic, drinking orange juice and eating oranges for vitamin C, and drinking warm water. I NEED help! Any tips, or home remedies, or even preferred brands of cough drops or pain relievers will be extremely helpful.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ludens throat drops help a lot so does the new mucinex drops that can be found at Kroger Ludens can be found at Walmart

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I take expectorant with a sore throat? An effective method to get rid of cough and sore throat both?
    I've been experiencing this horrible sore throat (I also have trouble swallowing) and coughing up phlegm and Expectorants are supposed to help make coughing up phlegm more efficient. But coughing up the phlegm just irritates my throat even more. Also, for some reason taking expectorant medication stings my throat. I've tried various home remedies like gargling salt water, taking honey with tea etc and lozenges to soothe my throat but nothing is working. Is there any issue with taking expectorant with a sore throat in this case? Is there an effective method to get rid of both the phlegmatic cough and sore throat at the same time?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    How do i cure a sore throat fast?
    I am having a very bad sore throat and need to cure it fast.Any home remedies or stuff that can cure me quick and is free!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of cures. Cough drops work, espcially halls. You could also try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Also, try mixing honey, lemon, and water. I heard that somewhere. =]

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedies for a cold?
    I have a really bad cold(stuffy/runny nose, cough, sore throat, no fever, but the worst is my ears feel like they need to pop so everything is muffled) So my question does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do/take to help get rid of this cold. I have had it for 5 days now and I am just sick of it. (Any suggestions are welcomed, medicine, home remedies etc). Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I know w/ a sore throat.. o.j.. just doesn't sound that appealing.. but it really help to boost your immune system and get you to feeling better. plus taking vicks and rubbing all over your throat and chest and covering w/ a dish towel... will help.. take care...

  50. QUESTION:
    Any remedies to heal a sore throat quickly ?
    I hate getting sore throats and it's bothering me. Are there any simple home remedies that I can drink or eat or whatever to speed up the healing process?

    • ANSWER:
      Warm tea with honey and lemon always soothes my throat.


sore throat home remedies

What Other Herbs May Help Menopausal Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What chinese medicine herbs treat psoriasis?
    I just saw an acupunturist/chinese medicine doctor to help my psoriasis after seeing 3 dermatologists. He gave me three immortals. I googled it and it supposedly helps menopausal symptoms and not psoriasis. I have put in a call to him about these herbs, but I think he made a mistake.

    Can someone tell me which herbs do help treat it? Which brands etc. sell it?
    To the person who answered below, the CMD I saw said I had a liver issue and hot blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese medicine addresses the pattern of imbalance in a person. The manifestations of any one pattern of disharmony can manifest in many ways depending on the constitution of a person. Also, there can be many patterns of disharmony responsible for any given ailment. Of 10 patients with psoriasis, each may have a very different treatment protocol.

      The primary indications of the formulas used (I presume you were given a bottle of patent herbs in pill form) can sometimes be misleading. You are taking a variation of Er Xian Tang which is used to tonify Kidney energy which is often depleted in menopausal women, but can also present in younger people, again depending on your particular constitution. You may have back ache, menstrual issues, irritability or insomnia, frequent urine etc.

      So, to answer your question, without having completed a fairly comprehensive intake (by western standards), nobody can give you an effective herbal recommendation. There is no "magic bullet", and herbs that worked for one person may not work for another with a different presenting pattern.

      I urge you to continue with the prescribed treatment for a few weeks and see what happens. I presume the TCMD you saw was well qualified, and if not, I would find one that is. Chinese medicine really shines where these sorts of obscure, poorly understood conditions are concerned. Good luck!

      Further to your reply above:

      This formula you're on will nourish and cool LIver blood in addition to strengthening the Kidneys (Kidneys are the "root" and are very closely related to Liver). It was likely chosen based on the sum of your presenting signs and symptoms. You see how the primary indications of a formula can be misleading. I hope you'll persevere. Are you getting acupuncture treatments? They would be very helpful to speed things along.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there an herb that helps lower blood pressure?
    I have borderline high pressure & would really like to consider a herbal method instead of a prescription drug.

    Is there a herb that may work?

    Thank you~

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q or 30, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age; old bachelors and old maids Conium mac.200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus ox.Q or 30, 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod 30 or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8pm. Lycopodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes etc.Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum iod.30 or 200, 10 min(3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent,hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms etc. Phosphorus 30 or 200 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum iod 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia diffusa Q or 6X, 4 hourly
      ___________________________________________
      Take the medicine which is the most similar to your symptoms, conditions as prescribed above.

      Take Care and God Bless you !

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else had serious restless leg problems while taking a dietary supplement with Black Cohosh in it?
    (I started taking a dietary supplement containing 40mg of Black Cohost extract to help with my hot flashes) . . . however,
    I have been experiencing serious restless leg symptoms ever since I started taking it a couple weeks ago. I have even tried taking it at different times, but the results is always the same. I can take a capsule in the morning, suffer restless leg symptoms most of the night, and still have lingering restless leg symptoms most of the next day.

    • ANSWER:
      It may just be a coincidence to have the restless legs symptoms at the time you started taking the Black Cohosh as I haven't heard of this being a side effect of the herb.

      I would continue taking the Black Cohosh for now and try something to help with the restless legs. I have heard that Coral Calcium is really good or alternatively try a magnesium/calcium combination tablet from any health store, such as dolomite or a proprietary formula/blend that is more easily absorbed such as a citrate blend. This should be in a ratio of 2:1 calcium:magnesium, such as 500mg calcium and 250mg magnesium. It is the magnesium in particular that helps with any muscular tension and spasms,but it is always best taken in combination with calcium. Take one after your evening meal.

      If you don't have any success with the Black Cohosh after taking for 3-4 months then try Sage leaf capsules (Salvia officinalis). These can also help alleviate any sweating.
      I would also seriously recommend taking 400iu of Vitamin E as this can preserve any hormone you do produce and in so doing should help counteract any flushes. If you are still pretty much perimenopausal as opposed to full-blown menopausal then the herb Agnus castus could help by improving your natural regulation of hormones. Basically, there are a few alternatives to Black Cohosh if that doesn't help. But you do have to try a herb for a few months to see any real effect.
      Others include: Red Clover blossoms, Dong quai (Angelica sinensis), Licorice extract (not if you have high blood pressure though), and Soya isoflavones (not if you are hypothyroid/borderline hypothyroid though). All beans and pulses increase the amount of isoflavones available in the diet and can help with menopausal symptoms in theory.

      Hope this helps.
      Best wishes.

  4. QUESTION:
    How often does a menopause aged women stop having her period & that is it?
    I have heard so many women complain about hot flashes & their period coming back, etc. Yet I have also heard women say they stopped having their period & never had a hot flash or anything else. What are the chances of that happening?

    I would imagine the healthier a women is the better the chance of things going smoother? Any info. on that?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going through menopause now i can give you some suggestions about hot flashes and you can find your answers at http://menopauseandweight.com/

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to increase hormonce if both overys are removed?
    My sister had removed both overy by dr. Now she has to take tablates to increase hormonce but its harmful for her, So please tell me any natural medicine or homely item which is helpful to increase hormonce and make balance in her body structure.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat soy protein. Soy isoflavones have been the subject of numerous studies and the subject of more than 1,000 articles in medical and scientific journals in the past decade. Researchers have found that soy phytoestrogens (plant estrogens that act like natural estrogens when ingested) help prevent bone loss in menopausal women, and that they lessen hot flashes, night sweats, and breast tenderness. It’s no wonder the average woman in Japan, who eats four to six servings of soy every day (100-200 mg soy isoflavones) experiences one third the menopausal symptoms and a far lower death rate from breast cancer than women who live in the West.

      Exercise! It lowers stress hormones, boosts your energy, builds bone mass, and increases immunity. Choose an activity that you like (walking, dancing, yoga, tennis) and do it several times a week.

      Cut down on caffeine and soft drinks. As little as 300 mg of caffeine can cause a considerable loss of calcium from the body. Caffeine also elevates the stress hormone cortisol, which can set you up for a host of health problems including poor sleep, impaired immunity, and age-related deterioration. Also, carbonated beverages have been found to leach calcium from your bones.

      Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Water is the key to life. It clears out toxins, lowers your levels of histamines—which trigger allergic reactions— promotes clear, moist skin, and maintains overall health. Without enough water, dehydration in the body creates an imbalance in minerals, which can throw your hormones out of whack.

      Eat whole, organic, unprocessed foods. Eliminate dairy foods that come from cows fed hormones that increases milk production. There’s no telling how they may affect your hormones, so why take the risk?

      Get outside! A little sunlight everyday will enhance your body’s natural rhythms and provide you with vitamin D—essential for healthy bones.

      Take These Herbs and Supplements

      TransMist Natural Progesterone Spray or Natural Progesterone Cream -- increase your progesterone levels and decrease excess estrogen levels.

      Chasteberry (Vitex agnus) – appears to increase secretions of LH (luteinizing hormone) and decrease FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which means progesterone levels are increased and estrogen levels are decreased. This herb is especially helpful in treating PMS symptoms, heavy menstrual bleeding, and perimenopausal symptoms.

      Black Cohosh – Phytochemicals in black cohosh decrease LH, shifting the estrogen/progesterone ratio towards estrogens—just the opposite of what chasteberry does. This herb is especially useful as an aid for depression, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness at the time of menopause.

      Don Quai (Angelica sinensis) – One of the most respected herbs in Chinese traditional medicine, this herb is used as a women’s tonic to treat PMS and menstrual cramps. It acts as an estrogen modulator, which means that if estrogen levels are low, the herb’s phytoestrogens increase estrogen levels by filling unoccupied receptor sites. When estrogen levels are too high, the phytoestrogens block some of the estrogen by occupying the same receptor sites.

      Licorice – contains natural estrogenic compounds. Its active ingredient, glycyrrhizin—like the isoflavones in soy—appears to act as an estrogen modulator like in don quai, reducing estrogen levels in women when they’re too high and increasing the levels when they’re too low.

      Panax Ginseng – has been traditionally used in Asia for a wide variety of menstrual cycle disorders, as well as an anti-aging supplement; it is especially helpful for relieving vaginal dryness and pain.

      Magnesium - Relieves mood swings, and stress; enhances energy; supports normal sleep patterns.

      Vitamin B complex - Boosts immunity; protects against nervous disorders; alleviates fatigue; plays an important role in hormone balance.

      Multi-vitamin/mineral supplement for overall health.

  6. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  7. QUESTION:
    How do we know when we have our menopause?
    I'm 43 and I would like to know what will tell me that I am entering the "wonderful world" of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.
      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.
      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.
      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to ween yourself off cymbalta?
    I started taking cymbalta a couple weeks ago and I feel it is helping me but I dont want to be on any drug for a long time.I was wondering how long I should be on cymbalta ?Would switching to something more natural like st johns wort be as effective?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's possible & NOT a good idea.

      You're on Cymbalta for depression. I know it's a drug. It's helping your depression in more ways than you realize. St. John's Wort is an herb that's extremely dangerous to take. You need 300mg of it, compared to only 30, 60 or 90 of Cymbalta. It can interfere with other meds too.

      Here's more from webmd.com:

      St. John’s Wort
      For centuries, the flowering plant St. John's wort was used as a health remedy in Europe. Today, St. John's wort is best-known as a treatment for depression.

      St. John's Wort Uses
      Some studies have found St. John's wort helpful for depression. In fact, a few showed that St. John's wort was as effective as some prescription antidepressants. But the evidence is conflicting. Two recent major studies showed that St. John's wort worked no better than a placebo for moderate depression. St. John's wort might prove more effective for milder forms of depression. For now, however, the evidence is uncertain.

      St. John's wort has also been studied in the treatment of other mood disorders, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD.) It's also been used for insomnia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and eczema. However, studies on St. John's wort for these uses have not shown solid evidence of benefit.

      St. John's Wort Dose and Instructions for Use
      For depression, the standard dose for adults is 300 milligrams of St. John's wort (of 0.3% hypericin extract) taken three times a day. After the initial treatment, some people choose to go onto a lower maintenance dose of 300 milligrams to 600 milligrams of St. John's wort per day.

      St. John's Wort Food Sources
      There are no natural food sources of St. John's wort.

      St. John's Wort Supplement Information
      St. John's wort may be sold as capsules, tablets, teas, and liquid extracts. In general, most St. John's wort is standardized to 0.3% hypericin extract. Switching between products with higher and lower percentages of an extract may not be a good idea. Like any supplement, keep St. John's wort supplements in a cool, dry place, away from humidity and direct sunlight.

      St. John's Wort Warnings
      Side effects. At recommended doses, St. John's wort generally does not cause side effects. Uncommon side effects of St. John's wort include anxiety, dry mouth, sensitivity to sunlight, dizziness, stomach upset, headache, sexual problems, and fatigue.
      Risks. Depression is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. Never try to treat it on your own without the help of an expert. Given the lack of evidence about its safety, St. John's wort is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
      Interactions. You should not take St. John's wort if you're using antidepressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, medicines for HIV, cancer drugs, cyclosporine, or digoxin. St. John's wort may interfere with how these drugs work.

      Here's another source on the same site:

      St. John's Wort - Topic Overview
      What is St. John's wort?
      St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that people in European countries have used for centuries to treat mild to moderate depression. In the United States, it is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found at health food stores and pharmacies.

      What is St. John's wort used for?
      St. John's wort is used in the short-term treatment of mild to moderate depression. One study found that St. John's wort may also be effective in treating moderate to severe major depression.1

      It may take up to 2 to 3 weeks for St. John's wort to improve depressive symptoms. Not all preparations of St. John's wort are the same. A standardized form means the amount of St. John's wort is the same in every capsule.

      Is St. John's wort safe?
      St. John's wort causes fewer side effects (such as digestive discomfort or headaches) than antidepressant medicines, although it may cause a rash with sun exposure.

      St. John's wort may interact with medicines used to treat some other illnesses, such as AIDS. It is important to let your doctor or pharmacist know if you want to try St. John's wort so that he or she can determine whether it might interfere with other medicines you are taking.

      Do not take St. John's wort while you are taking other antidepressants. You may overmedicate yourself, resulting in serious negative side effects. Always talk with your doctor before you take any herbal remedies to treat depression or other conditions.
      Do not take St. John's wort while you are taking protease inhibitors (PIs) or nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) for the treatment of HIV infection.
      Do not take St. John's wort while you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements in the same way it regulates medication. A dietary supplement can be sold with limited or no resear

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do I get PMS feelings even though I am Menopausal at 55 yrs. old . What to do to stop this?
    Every month I get the PMS headaches and feeling of coming on a period, even though I don't bleed. What is up? Will this ever end. I need to hear from people out there with similar concerns. My head is heavy now.

    • ANSWER:
      It is about your menopause and you low hormones, maybe due to your body going crazy of the decrease of hormones, you have a very low level of prostaglandines, giving you this sympthoms. Prostaglandines are the guilty one for pms and period pains.
      Don´t worry, it is normal and you dont´have to go to your doctor for it.
      -Eat tofu it is has progesterone that can help you.
      -Exercise
      -Try to take few red meat
      -Take flaxx seed everyday it has omegas that help you with postaglandines, it lows the levels.

      Herbs
      There is growing evidence that some herbal remedies may help alleviate menopausal symptoms. The most commonly used herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms are black cohosh, St.-John's-wort, valerian, ginseng, dong quai, and evening primrose oil.

      Reducing your intake of caffeine helps in menopause relief as well. Herbal teas, and using onion, garlic and lemon instead of salt should help as well. One study at UCLA noted that garlic halted the advance of heart disease in post-menopausal women

      Flax Seed's Benefits Contribute to Menopause Symptom Relief
      A flood of recent flax seed research underscores the benefits flax seed has on healthful living. The idea isn't new. Specifically, scientists, nutritionists and physicians studying menopause have determined that the high fiber and lignan content of flax seed products can offer natural menopause treatment. Products supplied by North American Nutrition can have a large impact on menopause, along with a preventative role concerning certain cancers.

      Good luck! ;D

      Good luck! ;D

  10. QUESTION:
    How do i know i have low progesterone? really worried, please help, !?
    What are the signs that i have low progesterone?
    Besides doing blood test?
    I am reluctant to do to the doctor because i am afraid of hearing a bad diagnosis.
    I'm only 16 this year.

    Please, especially if you are somebody like me who had experience with this problem before, answer this question.
    i
    'm really worried about my period because it has been irregular for a few months and i'm currently on chinese herbs therapy.

    Thank You !

    • ANSWER:
      Only a blood test can definitively show if you are low or not.
      Symptoms of Low Progesterone and Effects

      A woman with low levels of progesterone may experience some of, although not limited to, the following symptoms: irregularities in menstrual cycle, infertility, depression, anxiety, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and reduced libido.

      Research has determined that low progesterone levels play a role in infertility in women as well as miscarriages, sometimes recurrent miscarriages. Progesterone creates an enabling environment for the fetus. During pregnancy, after the first trimester, the placenta continues to produce progesterone which facilitates the development of tissues in the uterus that will nurture the fetus. When progesterone levels are agreeable, this delays the shedding of the uterus lining that would otherwise result in menstruation. Should the levels of progesterone be low during the first weeks of pregnancy, it is likely to cause a miscarriage.

      Correcting Low Progesterone Levels

      Menopausal hormone therapy may make use of either estrogen therapy on its own or sometimes combine with progesterone to offer an effective strategy as a relief for menopausal discomforts. Progesterone and estrogen are also often used in combination as a hormonal imbalance treatment strategy in women who have reproductive disorders associated with hormonal imbalance

  11. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have menopausal symptoms even if my last period was 12 years ago? I'm currently 53?
    I'm getting "night sweats" and what I assume are hot flashes recently.

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and I've wrestled a bit with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - at any age. For example, your thyroid may be responsible for rocking your world. It's another possible cause of menopause symptoms.
      Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc.
      For what it's worth, Sassy did find a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor). It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary (it caused a dry mouth as a side effect for Sassy) - or it may not work at all. Hope you find relief!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to drink Don Quai tea throughout my?
    cycle? My lmp was 12-27 and judging by my chart I should be ovulating in the next few days or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Dong Quai Tea Benefits have been known since ancient times as being potent as a female reproductive tonic. Its name dong quai means "state of return" and is known to refer to the hormonal and emotional balance that women return to after taking the herb.

      Dong Quai is a perennial aromatic herb that grows in China and Japan. Dong quai has a round, hollow stem that grows as high as 7 feet. It has large leaves that look like those of carrot or celery. The leaves emerge from dilated sheaths surrounding a bluish-colored stem that is branched at the top. Dong quai flowers are honey-scented, with a greenish hue that bloom between May and August.

      Also known as angelica sinensis, dong quai's active constituents are sequiterpenes, dihyrophthalic anhydride, ligustilide and beta-sitosterol, among others. Dong quai is rich in vitamins A, C and E, cobalt, iron, vitamin B complex, magnesium, and potassium.

      Dong quai has analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-coagulant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

      Pregnant and lactating women, and people who are on blood thinning medicine are advised not to use dong quai.

      Tea infusion, capsules, and extracts are often used to derive the health benefits of dong quai. To make dong quai tea, place about 1 to 2 grams of the dried dong quai root or powder into a cup of water that's simmered for 2 to 5 minutes. Then remove the mix from the heat and let stand for a further 5 to 10 minutes. One to three cups of dong quai tea may be taken per day.

      The following are the health benefits attributed to dong quai tea:

      Dong Quai Tea may help reduce pre-menstrual syndrome, as well as menstrual pains.

      Dong Quai Tea may help alleviate difficulties associated with menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia and mood changes.

      Dong Quai Tea may be a helpful complement in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

      Dong Quai Tea may help in the treatment of fatigue, anemia and high blood pressure in both sexes.

      Dong Quai Tea may help relieve pain caused by poor circulation, neuralgia and arthritis in both sexes.

      Dong Quai Tea stimulates the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.

      Dong Quai Tea may help relieve emotional distress and irritability

  13. QUESTION:
    Im 41 years old and my period is 3 months late?
    Hey well im 40 years old and my period is 3 months late. I have never been on the pill. I already took 4 pregnancy tests and they were all negative. I think that im entering menopause. Im scared that when my period comes that it will come at a moment that im not expecting it like at work. What can I do so my period can come right now?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Things To Do

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take estroven while taking blood pressure medication. Any risks?
    I have hot flashes and want to take something that is natural. But I am concerned because I don't want to take anything that has side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      estroven is safe to take with blood pressure meds. some women have luck alleviating hot flashes with a calcium/magnesium supplement. (there are Cal/mag supplements that contain soy isoflavones which also alleviate menopausal symptoms.)

      estroven gets expensive because it is a "proprietary" formula. the correct combination of herbs (including black cohosh, evening primrose oil, soy products, dong quai, others) may even work better. try some different combinations and find the one that gives you the best results.

      the advantage to herbal remedies for menopause is that they are supportive of hormonal function but are not hormones. check out a health food or herb/vitamin store and start reading labels on bottles. you will learn and find something that will work for you.

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used bio-identical hormones to treat menopause?
    I found some affordable ones online at www.AgelessApple.com and supposedly they're safer than regular hormone regimines. Does anybody know anything about them?

    • ANSWER:
      I was reading through some articles about the menopause and I noticed that some people have a very positive attitude towards this difficult time of life for women.  I read that the menopause should not be regarded as an illness or a disease. It is simply an occurrence wherein the woman is entering her second phase of feminine life.
      Of course, these women are experiencing a gradual discomfort because of the transition...this is only natural. If there are telltale signs of menopause symptoms, you can opt to procure some treatment in order to minimize the feeling of discomfort. But it is important to remember that any kind of treatment will not prevent you from undergoing menopause process, especially when your age is already falling from and between 48 - 55 years old.
      It will only help you to deal a lot easier with menopause symptoms or relieve the  majority of their major discomfort effects. Your lifestyle might also need some changing especially your smoking, eating, drinking, and sleeping habits in order to minimize the severity of menopause symptoms.
      What can herbs do to treat menopause symptoms?
      There are many types of reliable herbs available that can treat menopause symptoms. They can maintain women's healthy life even when menstruation process causes a lot of discomfort and decline in their health aspect. With herbs carefully and religiously applied you may not only alleviate those various forms of discomfort but you will also maintain your healthy life. Two basic types of herbs for menopause Phytoestrogenic herbs These are the herbs or plants that contain natural phytoestrogen, a type of chemical compound, which is similar to the women body estrogen. These herbs work by replacing the lost natural body estrogen with the plant hormones, phytoestrogen. Aside from this, there are other elements of phytoestrogenic herbs that are considered beneficial to menopausal women such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
      Generally, these herbs are an alternative to disorders relating to low hormonal/estrogen levels. Most popular phytoestrogenic herbs: Ginseng. Used to improve your overall vitality and energy, this is a dried root from one of the Araliaceae herb species. Ginkgo. Used to enhance memory, prevent memory-related diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer's and others. This herb is one of the oldest herbal medicines used in China. Dong Quai. Most effective in treating gynecological complaints caused by the change in hormonal production. Red Clover. Diseases treated are skin disorders and bronchitis, asthma and spasmodic coughing. Black Cohosh. Symptoms treated include depression, night sweats and hot flashes. Non-estrogenic herbs In contrast with the phytoestrogenic plants, non-estrogenic herbs, as the name suggests, are those plants that do not produce estrogen chemical structures.
      These plants are widely recognized by the doctors and medical experts because of their effectiveness to relieve women's menopause symptoms. Furthermore, they are considered completely safe and do not provide side effects. The right non-estrogenic herbs contain nutrients that can nourish endocrine system, eventually balancing your hormonal levels. With the proper application, occurrences of the loss of hormones will be reduced as they can promote your body to naturally produce the needed healthy level of estrogen hormones, without the distracting side effects. Specifically, non-estrogenic herbs will provide relief to the following disorders relating to menopause symptoms: - majority of the menopause symptoms - hormonal imbalance - osteoporosis or bone mass loss - infertility - sexual intercourse problems - cardiovascular disease It is important to note, however, that even these herbs are a natural treatment you need to research on the kind of plant that you are going to take as not all of these will relieve and alleviate you from those menopause symptoms.
      There are herbal plants that can cause many other side effects, may it be minor or major. It has been written that Menozac has been developed as a natural alternative support, formulated with the best-known combination of well-researched phytoestrogen botanicals.   These plants have a long history of helping to relieve menopausal symptoms and supporting the body's hormonal balance and a natural alternative to HRT.

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever tried Black Cohosh for menopause?
    Sleepless nights, fatique, thinning hair, mood swings= Menopause for me. Any advice will be appreciated I thinking about using Black Cohosh, but I need to know if some had used it and what is their opinion. Other options will also be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concerned about taking HRT then this article may be of some help to you.
      Use a step ladder approach to your health. Diet: First eat a health diet, limit coffee and alcohol as it can increase hot flashes. Exercise 1/2 hour a day with a walk at min. This helps your well being and increases certain hormones levels. Use vitamins and herbs such as estrogenic like from plants, doug quai, black cohosh, licorice, red clover or wild yam extracts. Any one of them can help, but do not use all at once or combine them. It is a waste of resouces. You can try one and see if it helps and switch to another one if it doesn't. You can add chaste tree berry or vitex, which is the only documented herb that shows in your blood life to increase progesterone. You can blend vitamins and herb's together, but be sure not to use more than one phyto-estrogen. When symptoms change or this is not effective enough, begin using a natural progesterone cream (aka wise women essentials a bio indentical cream) which will help the whole body and systems. If you are like me then you will be thinking 'I don't have the time, ability, resources to round up all these wonderfull natural ingredients. Well you could find the answer in Menozac.

      Menozac is Help from Mother Nature Menozac  is a botanical formulation containing a blend of natural herbal extracts. These are plants from Mother Nature that specifically ease your transition. They provide effective menopause relief, from the onset, and through the duration of typical menopause.
      Menozac has been developed as a natural alternative support, formulated with the best-known combination of well-researched phytoestrogen botanicals. These plants have a long history of helping to relieve menopausal symptoms and supporting the body’s hormonal balance.
      Your grandmothers and great grandmothers learned how to make this life transition smoothly, by studying the plants. Their long history is being shared with you in the Menozac formula.
      For more information about Menozac then Click Here

  17. QUESTION:
    whatts that word where you have like instant mood swings?
    because i think my mom has it. and i want her to go get checked for it.
    she could be perfectly fine then all of a sudden she will be bitchy and tired?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal changes like those occurring during and after pregnancy, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), post-partum depression and menopause can cause horrible mood swings in women. Your mother must be having PMS or menopause induced mood swings.

      For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there are some herbal remedies that are generally recommended containing ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms.

      For menopause, many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and soothes the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/blog/2010/06/nutrition-herbal-supplements-homeopathic-remedies-for-mood-swings/

  18. QUESTION:
    How can evening primrose oil help in conceiving?

    • ANSWER:
      How does Evening Primrose Oil help you in getting pregnant?

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms and aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). This gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. These anti-inflammatory properties of evening primrose oil help people suffering from pains, aches and cramps.

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO also has effects on premenstrual syndrome symptoms and cervical mucus. If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome, it could be because you are deficient in the fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can help your body to alleviate the premenstrual syndrome symptoms by replacing the gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO helps women to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as “egg white cervical mucus”. This type of cervical fluid is fertile, thin, watery, clear and “stretchy” and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don’t have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      If your cervical fluid is thick, brown or dry, it can obstruct or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid in these women.

      What is the dosage for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO?

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy as well.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as Evening Primrose Oil or EPO. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. There are a large number of women who will vouch for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO as a great agent to increase the fertile type cervical fluid.

      Like all herbs, the use of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is essential that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  20. QUESTION:
    Using Black Cohosh and the menopause?
    has anyone used this for menopausal symptoms and if so, did it help? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't used it, but it is a natural supplier of estrogen and can help with hot flashes, night sweats, headaches and heart palpitations. So it kind of depends on what symptoms you are having and which hormone is off. You have to take into account your progesterone level as well.

      You may also want to look up these herbs as well:
      Damiana and Don Quai

      If you know a herbalist talk to them. Or get tested by a person trained in Kinesiology to know which one would work best for you and how much to take.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this cohosh herb which causes miscarriage?

    • ANSWER:
      Black cohosh can be found in natural or health food stores, and in many supermarkets and drugstores. WalMart, Walgreen's, and Food Lion carry it, and it can be ordered online. Here are some online sources:

      http://www.pipingrock.com/black-cohosh?mkwid=s1gw4BqE6&pcrid=14878666842&pmt=e&pkw=black%20cohosh%20supplement&gclid=CKvC3-LXjrQCFQ-f4AodJgoATQ

      http://www.doctorvitaminstore.com/0392_BlackCohoshExt.html

      Black cohosh is most often used to control the symptoms of menopause, such as:
      Headaches
      Hot flashes
      Mood changes
      Sleep problems
      Heart palpitations
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness

      Some studies have found evidence that black cohosh does help with these symptoms. However, many experts consider the evidence unclear and say that we need more research.

      Other uses of black cohosh have less scientific support. Women sometimes take it to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and induce labor. Black cohosh has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and help lower blood pressure. There are some preliminary lab studies showing that black cohosh may be useful in preventing or treating prostate cancer. Definitive research has not verified black cohosh's effectiveness for these uses.
      How much black cohosh should you take?

      For menopausal symptoms, the dose of black cohosh used in studies has been 20-40 milligram tablets of a standardized extract taken twice a day. More than 900 milligrams a day of black cohosh is considered an overdose. Directions for taking black cohosh in other forms will vary. Some experts say that no one should take black cohosh for more than six months at a time.
      Can you get black cohosh naturally from foods?

      There are no food sources for black cohosh.
      What are the risks of taking black cohosh?

      Side effects from black cohosh include headaches and upset stomach. Side effects usually occur at high doses. There have been some people who may have developed liver problems after using black cohosh, the specifics of which are still being investigated. Nonetheless, people with pre-existing liver problems, or those taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, should either avoid black cohosh or check in with their health care provider prior to use.
      Risks. Black cohosh may not be safe for:
      Women who are pregnant (although it is sometimes used to induce labor)
      Women who have -- or have had -- breast cancer or uterine cancer
      Women who have endometriosis
      Children under 18
      People with liver disease, a high risk of stroke or blood clots, or seizure disorders
      People with allergies to aspirin

  22. QUESTION:
    Really..how bad is soda for you?
    I drink a lot of Pepsi. I mean alot. Other than that, I eat very healthy. My mom and sister have been telling me for years to give up the soda because it is bad for me but I am pretty much addicted and nothing tastes better than an ice cold Pepsi. How bad is it for you?

    • ANSWER:
      The health effects of drinking soda
      - quotes from the experts
      This is a compilation of quotes about the destructive health effects of soft drinks from some of the leading authors on health, nutrition and junk food.
      Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno ND
      Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition

      "The allergenicity of penicillin in the general population is thought to be at least ten percent. Nearly 25 percent of these individuals will display hives, angioedema, or anaphylaxis upon ingestion of penicillin…. Hives and anaphylactic symptoms have been traced to penicillin in milk, soft drinks, and frozen dinners."

      "Many general dietary factors have been suggested as a cause of osteoporosis, including: low calcium-high phosphorus intake, high-protein diet, high-acid-ash diet, high salt intake, and trace mineral deficiencies. It appears that increased soft drink consumption is a major factor that contributes to osteoporosis. A deficiency of vitamin K leads to impaired mineralization of bone. Boron deficiency may contribute greatly to osteoporosis as well as to menopausal symptoms."

      "Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium."

      "The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week."

      "Soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones."

      "Of the fifty-seven children who had low blood calcium levels, thirty-eight (66.7 percent) drank more than four bottles (12 to 16 ounces per bottle) of soft drinks per week, but only forty-eight (28 percent) of the 171 children with normal serum calcium levels consumed as much soft drink … These results more than support the contention that soft drink consumption leads to lower calcium levels in children. This situation that ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks."

      James A Howenstine M.D.
      A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work

      "In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells' ability to ingest and kill gonococcal bacteria for seven hours."

      "Soft drinks also contain large quantities of phosphorus, which when excreted pulls calcium out of the bones. Heavy users of soft drinks will have osteoporosis along with their damaged arteries."

      James Duke PhD
      The Green Pharmacy : The Ultimate Compendium Of Natural Remedies From The World's Foremost Authority On Healing Herbs

      "And watch out for cola soft drinks, which are very high in bone-dissolving phosphorus."

      Marion Nestle
      Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture).

      "Soft drinks are the single greatest source of caffeine in children's diets; a 12-ounce can of cola contains about 45 milligrams but the amounts in more potent soft drinks can exceed 100 milligrams — a level approaching that found in coffee."

      "Soft drinks have replaced milk in the diets of many American children as well as adults. School purchases reflect such trends. From 1985 to 1997, school districts decreased the amounts of milk they bought by nearly 30? and increased their purchases of carbonated sodas."

      "The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times."

      "Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not."

      "Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel."

      "Americans drink 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year."

      William Duffy
      The doctor speaking in these dialogs is, Dr. McCay, the nutritionist at the Naval Medical Research Institute.

      "I was amazed to learn," he testified, "that the beverage contained substantial amounts of phosphoric acid. . . . At the Naval Medical Research Institute, we put human teeth in a cola beverage and found they softened and started to dissolve within a short period… The acidity of cola beverages ... is about the same as vinegar. The sugar content masks the acidity, and children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter. "

      Carol Simontacchi
      The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children

      "One liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about fifty-six milligrams of methanol. When several of these beverages are consumed in a short period of time (one day, perhaps), as much as two hundred fifty milligrams of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream, or thirty-two times the EPA limit."

      "What may happen, in the face of day-to-day, continuously high levels of sodium in the diet and the bloodstream, is that we experience a type of acute hypernatremia — not enough to kill us or cause the myelin sheath to lose its integrity, but enough to keep our sodium potassium pump slightly dysregulated and throw off the electrical system of the brain…. Americans drink soft drinks that are often loaded with more sodium and which further unbalance the mineral stores."

      Greg Critser
      Fat Land : How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

      "A joint study by Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers in February 2001 concluded that such excess liquid calories inhibited the ability of older children to compensate at mealtime, leading to caloric imbalance and, in time, obesity. "

      "One extra soft drink a day gave a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese. One could even link specific amounts of soda to specific amounts of weight gain. Each daily drink added .18 points to a child's body mass index (BMI). This, the researchers noted, was regardless of what else they ate or how much they exercised. "Consumption of sugar [high fructose corn syrup]-sweetened drinks," they concluded, "is associated with obesity in children."

      Samuel S. Epstein MD
      The Safe Shopper's Bible : A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products

      "Saccharin is a 100-year-old non-nutritive, non-caloric sweetening agent. Its use has exploded over the last twenty years as a staple of the diet food and drink craze. Its major current consumption is in diet pop by teenagers, and not by diabetics and the obese. The public now firmly believes that foods containing saccharin are effective in weight control, and has been persuaded by the soft drink industry (through the Calorie Control Council) that these benefits outweigh any possible health risks."

      "More than a dozen animal tests over the last thirty years have demonstrated the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder and other sites, particularly female reproductive organs, and in some instances at doses as low as the equivalent of one to two bottles of diet pop daily."

      "The public board of inquiry concluded that experimental data "…do not rule out an oncogenic effect of aspartame, and that, to the contrary, they appear to suggest the possibility that aspartame, at least when administered in the 'huge' quantities employed in the studies, may contribute to the development of brain tumors. Until these controversial findings on brain cancer in experimental animals have been resolved, use this product sparingly, if at all."

      "PET bottling and packaging: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is used extensively in soft drink containers. PET bottles can release small amounts of dimethyl terephthalate into foods and beverages. Although the National Cancer Institute claims that dimethyl terephthalate is noncarcinogenic, these results have been questioned. Some experts believe this compound to be carcinogenic."

      Neal Barnard MD
      Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: : The Negative Calorie Effect

      "Another advantage of avoiding sodas is that you will avoid the caffeine that is in many of them. Caffeine is a weak diuretic that causes calcium loss via the kidneys."

      Dr. Earl Mindell
      Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible

      "Recent research has linked soft drinks with childhood obesity — and an estimated 200 school districts nationwide have contracts with soft drink companies that give them exclusive rights to sell their products in schools."

      "Saccharin is a noncaloric petroleum derivative estimated to be three hundred to five hundred times sweeter than sugar… It's used in diet soft drinks… Studies done in the 1970s linked saccharin ingestion to bladder cancer in laboratory animals."

      "Children who drink large quantities of diet sodas containing aspartame are particularly vulnerable to its dangerous side effects."

      "Aspartame contains methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development."

      "Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft drinks. That's more than just an unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous, nutrient-depleting additives."

      "Soft drinks contain large amounts of phosphorus, which can throw off the body's calcium/phosphorus ratio (twice as much calcium as phosphorus), decreasing calcium as well as reducing your body's ability to use it."

      "For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium."

      "Heavy soft drink consumption can interfere with your body's metabolization of iron and diminish nerve impulse transmission."

      "Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, possibly causing constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and kidney damage."

      "Soft drinks can decrease the antibacterial action of penicillin and ampicillin."

      "Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis."

      "Excessive consumption of soft drinks, which are high in phosphorus, can also deplete you of calcium and increase your chances of osteoporosis."

      Jean Carper
      Food: Your Miracle Medicine : How Food Can Prevent and Cure over 100 Symptoms and Problems

      "Tests at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine by Roland R. Griffiths, MD, show caffeine withdrawal can strike people who drink a single cup of strongly brewed coffee or drink caffeinated soft drinks everyday. Further, Dr. Griffiths discovered that caffeine-withdrawal symptoms include not only headache, but also fatigue, mild depression, muscle pain and stiffness, flu-like feelings, nausea and vomiting."

      "Those consuming at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as coffee, tea or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. And the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their PMS symptoms."

      Elson M Haas MD
      The Detox Diet: A How-To and When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body

      "Phosphorus is found in most foods but soda pops, diet pops… contain especially high amounts. The ideal dietary phosphorus-calcium ratio is about 1:1. The ratio in the average American diet is often greater than 2:1 and sometimes even 4:1 or 5:1. At those levels, excess calcium is removed from bone and eliminated, blood levels are reduced, and there is bone demineralization. A diet high in phosphorus and low in calcium has been shown to cause bone loss and increase tissue calcification."

      "Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass. Rickets in children, osteomalacia (decreased bone calcium) in adults, and osteoporosis (porous and fragile bones) can occur when calcium is withdrawn from bones faster than it is deposited. Fractures are more common with osteoporosis—almost eight million yearly in the United States are related to this prevalent nutritional deficiency disease."

      "High dietary phosphorus, as is found in a diet with meats, soft drinks, and other convenience foods, can readily affect calcium metabolism. Potential calcium deficiency symptoms may be more likely when the phosphorus intake is very high. A low calcium-to-phosphorus ratio in the diet increases the incidence of hypertension and the risk of colon-rectal cancer."

      Barnet Meltzer MD
      Food Swings: Make the Life-Changing Connection Between the Foods You Eat and Your Emotional Health and Well-Being

      "But soft drinks are far from soft. High in phosphorous and phosphoric acid, they infiltrate bodily fluids and corrode stomach linings, upset the alkaline-acid balance of the kidneys, and eat away at your liver like Hannibal Lecter. Soft drinks also contain hidden caffeine, refined sugar, and artificial chemicals."

      Ralph T Golan ND
      Optimal Wellness

      "Avoid processed foods and cola soft drinks; their phosphates can also cause calcium loss and excretion."

      Dr. Gary Null
      "Natural Living" radio show.

      "A study on the relationship between caffeine and fertility found that… just one caffeinated soft drink per day was associated with a reduced monthly chance of conception of 50 percent."

      "It should be noted here that soft drinks are the number one source of phosphorus in the American diet today… According to Dr. Steenblock, excess phosphorus is one of the major contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis."

      James A May
      United American Industries Inc.

      "Absorption in primates is hastened considerably if the methanol is ingested as free methanol as it occurs in soft drinks after the decomposition of aspartame during storage or in other foods after being heated. Regardless of whether the aspartame-derived methanol exists in food in its free form or still esterified to phenylalanine, 10 percent of the weight of aspartame intake of an individual will be absorbed by the bloodstream as methanol within hours after consumption."

      Marcia Zimmerman CN
      The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution : A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan

      "Sodium benzoate Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative (microbial control) in foods, including soft drinks, fruit juices, margarine, confections, pickles, and jams. Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions to sodium benzoate include recurring urticaria (rash), asthma, and eczema."

  23. QUESTION:
    Herbs that help with hormonal imbalances?
    Hello everyone!

    I have a hormonal imbalance and was wondering if anyone could recommend me any herbs that would help balance them out?

    I'm 20 years old, so it's not a hormonal imbalance for menopause. I'm not sure exactly what it's from, but I just need some help balancing them out. My hormones are whacked.

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • ANSWER:
      The following may be helpful tips:

      1. change your diet and, in particular, avoid chemicals as these can interrupt the way your hormones work. Reduce the dairy products and meats that you eat. These foods can be very bad for your hormones because the animal fats store chemicals and once these chemicals get into your body they can wreak havoc with the way your hormones work.

      2.Get enough of the omega-3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. These will help you maintain good hormonal balance. The omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds but you should make sure that you are getting 200 mg of omega-3 DHA and 300 mg of omega-3 EPA. The omega 6 is important to and you should try to get 100 mg of this - finally a good multi-nutrient that supplies these values can help to ensure that you’re getting enough as it is hard to get that from your diet.

      3. Take a Herbal. There are many herbal available in the market today can help balance your hormone level and improve your overall health. The most popular over the counter preparations include dong quai, red clove, wild yam, chaste tree berry, milk thistle and black cohosh. These herbs are often used by herbalists to cure menstrual problems or menopausal symptoms, and balance women’s hormones.

      4. Keep the stress way. One of the major contributing factors for a woman for hormonal imbalance is stress. This is something that needs to be worked out purely on the basis of will power. All you need to do is let things not affect you, take a break occasionally and visit places of your interest and try and find ways that will relax your body and mind. Get into some form of meditation, relax and sleep well whenever you get a chance to do that and find ways to distress yourself.

  24. QUESTION:
    Red Rasberry Tea and Red Clover?
    MY QUESTION IS WHAT BENEFITS DO THESE TWO HERBS HAVE? CAN THEY HARM ME AT ALL? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

      Pure Raspberry Leaf to aid in strengthening and toning uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy. Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.

      Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.

      Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions. It is not an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.

      Raspberry is also a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness.

      Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You may use this tea as a gargle or apply it topically. Tea should be cool when used for these ailments.

      Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

      It’s because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. In extremely high doses, raspberry leaf may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore a miscarriage could occur. No side effects have been associated with using raspberry leaf either by mouth or on the skin.

      Red Clover

      Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a herbaceous perennial plant that commonly grows wild in meadows throughout Europe and Asia, and has now been naturalized to grow in North America. The red flowers at the end of the branched stems are usually dried for therapeutic use.

      Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

      Historically, red clover has been used for cancer and cardiovascular health, such as whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Tea made of the red clover flower has been used as an antispasmodic, expectorant, a mild sedative, and a blood purifier. Current uses of red clover are for menopausal symptoms, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and symptoms of prostate enlargement. Externally, it's considered a treatment for chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

      No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in humans. General side effects can include headache, nausea, and rash. However, infertility has been noted in grazing animals that consume large amounts of red clover. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.

      Red clover is also an ingredient in eight-herb essiac tea (blend of herbs used to make a tea that is believed by some and questioned by others to have cancer-treating properties).

      Some people take Essiac Tea on occasion for general health purposes or for healing of various ailments, not just cancer. Other ailments it may possibly be used for are diabetes, immune system disorders, and liver problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are Phyto-oestrogens and how do they act?

    • ANSWER:
      Phytohormones refer to plant compounds with hormonal effects.

      Such compounds may convey estrogenic, androgenic, corticosteriod, or progesterone-like effects. The function of phytohormones is exceedingly complex and probably involves many other plant actors that, by synergy, enhance their hormonal effects. When ingested, plant compounds that convey hormone-like effects are absorbed and activate hormone receptors, usually with less effect than human hormones. In case of hormone deficiency, they can provide horomone-like beneficial effects. Many herbs with hormonal effects are revered in medical folklore for benefits such as improved fertility, healthier babies, and relief of hormone-deficiency symptoms. Plants with well-known hormone-like actions include vitex (chaste tree), licorice, sarsaparilla, legumes such as soybeans, and the European mistletoe.

      Women, who eat a plant-based diet that is rich in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and thus rich in phytohormones, are less likely to experience premenopausal or menopausal symptoms. Often, women who have mild symptoms of estrogen deficiency, such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness, can take herbs that are rich with phytoestrogens (compounds in plants with estrogenic effects), which will suffice. Thus, proper diet or herb supplements often make prescription estrogen unnecessary.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the herb alfalfa ? Why is it good for you?

    • ANSWER:
      What is Alfalfa?
      Latin Name: Medicago sativa
      Other Names: Buffalo herb, Lucerne, Purple Medic, Chilean clover

      Alfalfa is a plant native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated elsewhere. It has an age-old reputation as a nutritious food. Alfalfa contains chlorophyll, protein, minerals, and beta-carotene, B vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K.

      Alfalfa has a long history of use as a folk remedy in Europe, China, and India for indigestion, arthritis, bladder problems, high cholesterol, allergic rhinitis and hayfever, and irregular menstruation.

      Sources of Alfalfa
      Alfalfa is best known as a food. The raw sprouts can be found in the produce section of grocery stores and health food stores.

      It is also available in capsule, powder, tablet, and liquid extract forms. Many of these supplements are made from dried alfalfa leaves and/or seeds.

      Why is it good for you? Why People Use Alfalfa?

      Nutritional Support, Allergies, Diabetes, Menopausal Symptoms (e.g. Hot Flashes), High Cholesterol

      What is the Scientific Evidence for Alfalfa?

      Although preliminary studies with human subjects suggest that alfalfa may lower total and LDL cholesterol, there haven't been any randomized, controlled trials to substantiate these initial findings.

      In fact, there haven't been any randomized, controlled human trials on the use of alfalfa for any human health condition.

      Alfalfa contains coumestans, which are phytoestrogens. For this reason, alfalfa has been examined in laboratory studies for menopausal symptoms.

  27. QUESTION:
    TTC for over a year no luck, need tips!?
    My husband and I have been ttc for over a year. I have had one miscarriage. Any tips for us. I really also need help on pin pointing my ovulation times to my cycle is around 29 to 32 days. I have tried ALL ovulation calenders on the internet and they done seem to be helpin.. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Pre-Seed, It is a sperm friendly lubricant that expands their lifespan as well as helps with motility. You can buy it online or at CVS.com. I HIGHLY reccommend it, Everytime it as been used people have got pregnant the first month they used it.
      Also you can have six with a pillow under your hips and stay that way after sex for about a half hour. Let gravity help you!
      Have him take Zinc!Zinc:
      This mineral is involved in over 200 proteins and enzymes and is essential for male fertility. Zinc is involved in the activation of key sperm enzymes, and moves into the prostate with the assistance of testosterone. A lack of zinc causes a lowering of testosterone, shrinks testicle size and produces misshapen and less healthy sperm, among other negatives. Upon restoring a daily dose of 15 milligrams, testosterone and sperm count levels rebounded to acceptable levels within 12 months. Take zinc with a full glass of water.
      YOU TAKE EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
      Evening Primrose Oil:
      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate pms and most importantly here, aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. The anti-inflammatory properties help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. We want to discuss the effects EPO has on pms and cervical fluid.

      If you suffer from pms - this is a sign that you are deficient in the fatty acid contained in EPO. EPO can help the body to alleviate the pms symptoms. EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts.

      EPO helps the body to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as "egg white cervical mucus." This is because fertile cervical fluid is thin, watery, clear and "stretchy" and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. If there is a lack in this type of cervical fluid, it can impede and/or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don't have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. I usually took around 2000 mg of EPO. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy. Check the label to see the correct dosage.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as EPO. EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating pms symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. I have heard of many praises to EPO and the fact that it definitely increases the fertile type cervical fluid. This may take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is imperative that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

      GOOD LUCK THIS WILL HELP TREMENDOUSLY!!!
      SORRY IT IS SO LONG you can read about other herbs and vitamins at http://thefertilityshop.com

  28. QUESTION:
    can i use valerian root instead of clonopin for social anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use it but it probably won't do any good. One of the problems of taking drugs (natural or pharmaceutical) in the treatment of anxiety disorders is they do not cure anything. You may get relief from symptoms but until you "cure" yourself, the problem will persist in the absence of the drugs. This means that you need to be especially careful about long term side effects of adverse effects on health.

      Here's what the NIH has to say about Valerian...

      What the Science Says

      * Research suggests that valerian may be helpful for insomnia, but there is not enough evidence from well-designed studies to confirm this.
      * There is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether valerian works for other conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
      * NCCAM-funded research on valerian includes studies on the herb's effects on sleep in healthy older adults and in people with Parkinson's disease. NCCAM-funded researchers are also studying the potential of valerian and other herbal products to relieve menopausal symptoms.

      Top
      Side Effects and Cautions

      * Studies suggest that valerian is generally safe to use for short periods of time (for example, 4 to 6 weeks).
      * No information is available about the long-term safety of valerian.
      * Valerian can cause mild side effects, such as headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness the morning after its use.
      * Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about CAMA group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine., see NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign.
      * Search the scientific literature for potential herb-drug interactions

      Follow the source link below for more. Also use http://www.nih.gov for information about all things health. Type "Valerian" into the search box and you'll find many more white papers on the substance.

      Good luck and good health!!

  29. QUESTION:
    Any medical minded buffs out there?
    I have been going through the menopause for a year or so now and thought that these horrible sweats would subside eventually. Unfortunately, they are getting worse, not only in the night, I now have them most of the day and it's interfering with my everyday life and work.. I have not opted for hormone replacement, so is there anything, other than that, which will calm these sweats down?? Also, is there a time limit that I should be looking forward to?? Thanks, I would really appreciate any decent advice...

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, these symptoms and discomfort are very typical, and they do take a while, there is not a set "time limit".

      Most "natural" remedies do not seem to be as effective as HRT, from what I had read and heard. But then some women swear by them.

      Check this out:

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS

      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

      1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31
      Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his cli

  30. QUESTION:
    This question is for menopausal women.? After 15 years of HRT, my Dr took me off of hormones.?
    Hot flashes, night sweats are bad, but my main concern is osteoporosis--family trait. What vitamins, herbs, supplements can anyone recommend for menopausal symptoms as well as bone/body health. There are so many vitamins, etc. out there, I get confused trying to pick the right one. Some say Q-10, some Ester C, others Estroven. I need help by someone who has experienced some success with a certain brand. Thanks.
    Young age had hysterectomy--that's why HRT for so long.

    • ANSWER:
      Registered Nurse here; Dear, the main person that can give you the most accurate answer is your OB/GYN, or General practitioner, having had a hysterectomy at a early age, your needs may be a little different than one who went through menopause as a natural process. What you need is a calcium supplement and not one sold over the counter. There are several calcium replacement supplements that require a prescription. With a history of osteoporosis in your family history, I would think you would definitely need one prescribed by your doctor. Thanks for the opportunity to address your question.

  31. QUESTION:
    ladies, what foods help you with your hormonal imbalance?
    like you know...menopausal symptoms

    • ANSWER:
      It can be as helpful to cut out certain foods as it can to eat others.

      For hot flushes cut out stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol and chocolate, especially at night - they're notorious for setting off hot flushes. Lachesis is often used to help reduce hot flushes. Other remedies include graphites, silver nitrate, sepia and sulphur.

      For fatigue avoid snaky sugary foods and eat fresh fruit instead.

      For thinning bones avoid fizzy drinks as they contain phosphates, which can prevent your body taking up magnesium and calcium and help increase the absorption of calcium by taking half a tablespoon each of cider vinegar and honey in a cupful of warm water up to three times a day. And do eat more alkaline foods - vegetables, fruits, seeds, almonds, brazil nuts and yogurt - to help prevent calcium reserves being leached.

      Increase you intake of phyto-oestrogens by eating more: soya milk and soya flour, linseeds, tofu, pumpkins seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

      Some herbs increase adrenalin and may increase oestrogen. These herbs include: siberian ginseng, nettle, borage and liquorice. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and sage.

      Eat foods rich in vitamin B6. Many breakfast cereals are high in B vitamins. Eat foods with vitamin E, such as hazelnuts, almonds, sweet potato and avocado. Avoid hot spicy foods. Take supplements of Evening Primrose. Eat foods high in magnesium and calcium.

  32. QUESTION:
    My step mom makes me drink pee?
    She drinks her own pee, and makes me drink it. She says that its very healthy and cures a lot of stuff. I don't like drinking it, its so salty. How do I say this to my step-mom?

    • ANSWER:
      Urine therapy is said to cure almost anything; however, it is very important if doing it that it be your own urine as it is believed the body has innate wisdom in fixing what is wrong with your body by analyzing the urine somehow.

      If it belongs to your step mother, the body will not work correctly for you as it is for her body to use to heal/analyze and not yours. Also the female hormones in it could be harmful to you.

      It must be a clean catch midstream with the first morning's urine. It is sterile if drunk right away. Do not leave it sitting around and then drink it as it will gain bacteria in that case.

      I did try it before and one must be aware that one may have a healing crisis and get worst before you get better and you might get things like coughs, colds, flu, upsets and other signs that the body is detoxing.

      I found it hard to drink even though mine was not strong without putting ice in it and adding to a strong juice like grape juice if drinking more than a tiny bit.

      If she is making you drink yours, I would say she is misinformed about the need for it to be your own urine and not someone else's. If she does not care, I would say this is child abuse or maybe she does it for some sick sexual reason.

      I feel it should be your choice to do it or not do it as this is something that is not easy to do. One must really want to get better and be sicker to try it. I personally do not think this is helpful to you if you are just doing it to stay healthy if you are not even sick in the first place and also do not want to do it and find it distasteful. For her, it is fine to do and her choice(she should not do it in front of you though) but on something like this I personally do not think it should be forced. Most people will not do this if sick let alone well..,I did it to test it as my mother's was dying and I heard this helped but though she found it interesting and shared it and a book with some of her friends, she never tried it. I certainly would not force her to and respected her chose for obvious reasons. I figured I should test it first before mentioning it to her in case it was harmful as I was in better health.

      If it is her urine, tell her you did research that said it is not good to drink the urine of another person, especially a females which is so rift with estrogenic female hormones that they use horse urine to make pills that they give to menopausal women to prevent symptoms of menopause since you are a male.

      If you want to do your own, ask that it just be a little bit and that you be allowed to drink it with grape juice and ice and only in the morning. be sure to gather it correctly.

      If you absolutely do not want to do it, tell her you are getting very upset doing this and it is unpleasant. Tell her you would be willing to eat healthier, exercise and take herbs or vitamins to assure good health in lieu of this practice. Tell her if she insists that there is a line that parents should not cross and that you believe authorities would agree but do not say you are turning her in or anything...just getting her wondering if you might as this may make her stop insisting you do it.

      Tell her you appreciate her letting you know about this inexpensive way to cure health problems and you will keep it in mind if you ever get sick when you are an adult but you cannot do it anymore as it makes you nauseous.

      Make sure she knows it is not healthful to drink any urine but one's own and it must be the first morning clean catch and it is not good for a male to drink a female's urine due to the female hormones which are rift in the sample.

      If she persists and makes you, ask first to do the ice and juice thing to lesson the ill taste. Then go online and research the harm of drinking the urine of a female and copy them..make two copies...give one to your dad and tell him you are worried and you need his help to stop doing this.
      See what he can do.

      If he refuses to help, you might want to take the info on both its health benefits so they know there is a chance the step mom may be doing this with good intentions and the dangers of drinking another's urine and take it to a trusted relative and enlist her/his help to speak with your dad to see if he can confront her without making her mad and taking it out on you first.

      You may want to read some books and websites on urine therapy to see that other cultures use this and feel it is very healthful so if it continues at least it will not seem so foreign to you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have an ideas to help night sweats and hot flashes. My sister has cancer and went into menoplause

    • ANSWER:
      She could try hormone replacement therapy, but only if her cancer doc and gynecologist agree to the regimen. They need to agree, because sometimes cancers are encouraged by such treatment. According to traditional Chinese medicine, she needs to cool her body; think of it that her body is "overheating" without being able to regulate (i.e., female hormones) itself. I would suggest eating soy-based products to help her body with the components she is missing. This should help alleviate her symptoms and she will be getting high protein in her body to boot....

      I would be careful and consult with the doc regarding any herbal remedies to mitigate her menopausal symptoms, because herbs in their raw form aren't necessarily beneficial (due to bacteria, mold, fungus, etc.) and can impact her during a time of low immunity. Herbs can also interfere with her medication regimen currently and work against her. Realize that the most important thing right now is to stop the cancer and she may need to just "ride through" the side effects.

      Tell her to keep "cool" and stay strong...!

  34. QUESTION:
    will the herbal supplement estroven shrink my package?
    my bf wants me to take it, obviously im a bottom...

    • ANSWER:
      The following was copied and pasted from this link. . .

      http://www.drugs.com/drp/estroven-caplets.html

      What is Estroven?
      Estroven is a dietary supplement containing natural ingredients. Estroven helps reduce physical and psychological effects of hormonal imbalance associated with perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

      Estroven Uses
      Clinical studies of the specific ingredients in Estroven when used by women experiencing early climacteric symptoms (perimenopause) have shown significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms including night sweats and hot flashes; reduction of hormone-related irritability; support for a restful sleep; and protective effects on bones and the cardiovascular system.*
      Estroven Directions
      Take one caplet daily a few hours before bedtime with food.
      Estroven contains a natural calming herbal blend that, when taken before retiring for the day, may help you relax, enjoy a good night's sleep and have an energized morning.*
      It is recommended that all supplements be taken with food to avoid any minor stomach upset that may result when supplements are taken on an empty stomach. Additionally, some nutrients such as vitamin E and the B vitamins are better absorbed with food.
      Estroven Precautions
      Do not take if pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive
      Estroven Adverse Reactions
      There are no major side effects associated with the recommended dosage of Estroven.
      Ingredients
      Each caplet contains: Vitamin E 30IU; Thiamin 2mg; Riboflavin 2mg; Niacin 20mg; Vitamin B-6 10mg; Folate 400mcg; Vitamin B-12 6mcg; Calcium 150mg; Selenium 70mcg; Estroven Calming Herbal Blend (proprietary blend of Date seed extract [ Zizyphus spinosa ] and Magnolia bark extract) 150mg; Isoflavones (from Pueraria lobata root extract and GMO-free soybeans) 55mg; Black cohosh root standardized extract 40mg, Boron 1.5mg.
      Estroven helps to naturally support hormonal balance with ingredients known to be good sources of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants including soybeans, whole grain cereals, seeds, nuts and many herbs. Phytoestrogens have a structure similar to that of the estrogen produced in your body and help support hormonal balance.* Studies have shown that women who consume foods high in phytoestrogens experience less dramatic hormone fluctuations during menopause.*
      Soy Isoflavones
      Soybeans are very rich sources of phytoestrogens called isoflavones. The specific plant estrogens in soy include daidzein and genistein.
      Standardized Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is a rich herbal source of natural phytoestrogens that has been clinically shown to reduce hot flashes.* It has been used for centuries throughout the world to provide support for many areas of female health.
      Calcium and Boron
      Estroven is a good source of supplemental calcium to support strong bones.* Boron is an essential nutrient which aids calcium absorption.*
      Natural Vitamin E, B-12, B-6 and Folic Acid
      Vitamins E, B-6, B-12 and folic acid have been extensively researched, and all play an integral role in supporting cardiovascular health.*
      Estroven Calming Herbal Blend
      A natural blend of traditional herbs used to reduce irritability and get a good night's sleep.*
      B Vitamins
      Thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), and niacin (B-3) work together to transform carbohydrates in your diet into energy.*
      Other Ingredients - cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (natural mineral source), vanilla and caramel color.
      Estroven contains no artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten or lactose.
      * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Estroven is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

      This is dietary supplement for women that are menopausal

      So please do not waist your money on estroven it will do absolutely nothing for you.

  35. QUESTION:
    what herb relieves hot flashes?
    I heard that there is an herb that relieves "hot flashes" associated with menopause. I just can't remember what it is and I'm willing to try anything. LOL

    • ANSWER:
      What else have you tried already to manage hot flashes? There is an herb called black cohosh that people believe to help, but the National Institutes of Aging/National Institutes of Health didn't find this to be the case (see link below). You may also want to check out with that NCCAM has to say about alternative medicine in relationship to menopausal symptoms (see link below).

      Personally, I've found for women removing as much soy from your diet as possible can be generally helpful. Soy seems to be a "trace" ingredient in just about everything (it seems to be in every sort of processed food product out there!). I definitely feel better after removing products with soy from my diet. The NCCAM link does discuss soy, but it's pretty mixed as to whether it is or isn't effective in management.

      If you're looking to manage your hot flashes more naturally, there are some things you can do...see the links under "self-care strategies."

      Good luck to you!

  36. QUESTION:
    Does any one have a home remedy for Hot Flashes.?
    Dr. has taken me off Prempro since I've been on it for so long. The hot flashes just won't leave me. Am struggling to sleep at nite. Have had this problem for more than 20 yrs. The gyne sez some people never get rid of them and I guess I'm 1 of them. Have tried Soy stuff(which my Male G.P. suggested) and Cohase.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the webmd site, hope it helps............

      Managing hot flashes

      Most women experience hot flashes at some point before or after menopause, when their estrogen levels are declining. While some women have few to no hot flashes, others have them numerous times per day. If hot flashes are disrupting your sleep or daily life, you are no doubt looking for relief. Fortunately, you have a number of self-care and medical treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms.
      Key points

      * However disruptive and frustrating they may be, hot flashes are not a sign of a medical problem. They are a normal response to natural hormonal changes in your body. Hot flashes usually subside after the first or second year following menopause, when estrogen levels stabilize at a low level.
      * Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and stress tend to worsen hot flashes. By avoiding these risk factors, exercising regularly, and eating well, you can prevent or reduce hot flashes.
      * The body-mind connection is a powerful element of hot flashes and emotional symptoms. Rhythmic breathing exercises (paced respiration), which help you meditate and relax, can effectively reduce your hot flashes.1, 2
      * Treatments that may either reduce or stop moderate to severe hot flashes include short-term, low-dose estrogen (hormone therapy), certain antidepressant and blood pressure medications, and the herb black cohosh.

      How can I manage hot flashes

      You can manage hot flashes by making certain lifestyle choices. You can also take daily medication. Some measures help prevent or reduce hot flashes, and others can make you more comfortable when you're having a hot flash. If you are looking for additional treatment measures, you have a few options to choose from.
      Lifestyle choices for preventing or reducing hot flashes

      Eat and drink well, and avoid smoking.

      * Limit your intake of alcohol.
      * Drink cold beverages rather than hot ones.
      * Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the heat generated by digesting large amounts of food.
      * Eat plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods.
      * Do not smoke or use other forms of tobacco.

      Stay cool.

      * Keep your environment cool, or use a fan.
      * Dress in layers, so you can remove clothes as needed.
      * Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk.
      * Sleep with fewer blankets.

      Reduce stress.

      * Get regular physical exercise.
      * Use relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, or biofeedback. Using a breathing-for-relaxation exercise called paced respiration has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.1, 2

      Medical treatment options for hot flashes

      * Short-term, low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by raising your body's estrogen level. Use the lowest dose needed for the shortest possible time and have checkups every 6 months. This is because HRT causes breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dementia in a small number of women. These risks may be different for younger menopausal women.3, 4 There are as yet no firm safety guidelines for HRT use by healthy women. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Estrogen-progestin birth control pills (before menopause) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by evening out fluctuating hormones. If you are older than 35 and smoke, have diabetes, or have a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by improving the brain's use of serotonin, which helps regulate body temperature.5 Side effects are possible. This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes, irritability, or mood swings are your only perimenopausal symptom.
      * Clonidine, a high blood pressure medication, can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by lowering blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure is safe for some women and not for others.6 This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes are your only perimenopausal symptom, especially if you have high blood pressure.
      * Black cohosh may reduce or prevent hot flashes, depression, and anxiety as well as low-dose estrogen does.7, 8 As with HRT, have a checkup every 6 months when taking black cohosh. Research on human cells and on animals suggests that black cohosh doesn't cause the same cancer changes that estrogen does. But it's best to be cautious until long-term studies are done.8
      * Some women eat and drink a lot of soy to even out hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. However, studies show mixed results about whether soy phytoestrogens are clearly effective, particularly when taken as a pill. This may be because the active ingredients in soy are not well understood.9

      Here is the link in case you want to research more options...............

      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/Managing-hot-flashes

      Here is the link to all articles at webmd on hot flashes.

      http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=hot+flashes&x=20&y=6

  37. QUESTION:
    For women with PCOS and actual experience with herbs.?
    Have you used and had success with any herbs? I am considering saw palmetto b/c I want to take something that will decrease testosterone. Also, does anyone know about green tea? Let me know if you have any suggestions of herbs.

    I am aware of the prescrition meds available already.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some recommended herbs, these should be taken in addition to diet and exercise- PCOS is more likely to occur if you are overweight:

      Red clover ( Tritolium pretense)

      Part Used: Dried flower heads; fresh plant

      Actions and Uses: Red clover contains a plant estrogen called coumestrol that stimulates the ovaries. It is a good 'alkalinizing' herb that restores healthy body functions. Red clover is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

      Dosage: To relieve hot flashes, take 1,000-2,000 mg of red clover in tablet or capsule form or drink 3-4 cups of red clover tea daily. Or take 1/2-11/2 teaspoons of red clover tincture, up to three times daily.

      Shepherd's purse (CapseIla bursapastoris)

      Part Used: Dried flowering plant; fresh plant

      Actions and Uses: Shepherd's purse is a pituitary regulator with androgenic properties. One of its primary attributes is its ability to normalize progesterone levels. It you are moving into menopause and have been experiencing excessive, irregular bleeding or spotting, this herb will help to regulate and increase the length of your menstrual cycles until the natural cessation of menses.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form daily, or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to twice daily.

      True unicorn root (Aletris farinosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This estrogenic herb stimulates and strengthens the female genital organs. It is a bitter herb that is also useful for indigestion and has a mild sedative action.

      Dosage: Take 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

      Wild yam (Dioscarea villosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: Wild yam is a powerful estrogenic herb used by women around the world. It has a good anti- inflammatory action and gives relief from menopausal arthritis. It also has progestogenic properties, and may help to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

      Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg of dried extract daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

      Black cohosh ( cimicifuga racemosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This is a good estrogenic herb that acts specifically on the uterus to reduce cramps and congestion. It is also good for relieving hot flashes. Black Cohosh contains two anti-rheumatic agents. It is an excellent herb for relieving muscular pain and cramping. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

      Dosage: Take 250 mg in tablet or capsule form, two to four times daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      Damiana ( Turnera diffuse)

      Part Used: Dried leaves

      Actions and Uses: Damiana is a pituitary regulator and antidepressant. It is also an aphrodisiac and is of benefit for sexual difficulties. It should not be taken too frequently, however, or it may irritate the lining of the urinary tract.

      Dosage: Take 100-150 mg in tablet or capsule form, for two or three days out of the week. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily, for two or three days out of the week.

      Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

      Part Used: Leaves, roots, and tops

      Actions and Uses: Dandelion is a wonderful herb for the liver. If your hormones are out of balance, then your liver is under extra stress, and dandelion root will be beneficial for this.

      Dosage: Take 1,000-3,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 2-3 cups of tea, daily. Or take 1-2 teaspoons of dandelion tincture, three times daily.

      Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)

      Part Used: Roots

      Actions and Uses: This herb is high in natural plant estrogens called phytosterols and helps to reduce the symptoms of estrogen deficiency.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, twice daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This plant is an estrogen regulator. It has a direct action on the uterus and ovaries and is considered to be a corrective herb for women. It is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1 teaspoon of tincture, daily.

      Liferoot (Senecio Bursas)

      Part Used: Dried plant

      Actions and Uses: Liferoot is a uterine tonic that contains plant estrogens. It helps to reestablish emotional and vascular stability and eliminate hot flashes. It may also help to treat irregular, painful, or excessive menstrual bleeding.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg daily in tablet or capsule form. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

      Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves and fruit

      Actions and Uses: Raspberry is an astringent and nutritive estrogenic herb. It has a direct action on the muscles of the uterus, helps to tone weakened uterine muscles, and relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms. It also assists in correcting prolapse of the uterus and/or vagina.

      Dosage: Take 2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or drink 2-3 glasses of rasp- berry tea daily. Or take '/,-I teaspoon of rasp- berry tincture, up to three times daily.

  38. QUESTION:
    how much Evening primrose oil ?
    on the bottle (500mg) it says "Take 2 to 3 softgels, 2 times a day... May be used up to 3 months consecutively" so i've been taking 2 w/ breakfast and 2 w/ dinner. am i supposed to take 2 to 3 daily or 4 to 6 daily? and what does 3months consecutively mean? that im supposed to stop after 3 months? i take it so my period comes more regularly
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy as well.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as Evening Primrose Oil or EPO. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. There are a large number of women who will vouch for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO as a great agent to increase the fertile type cervical fluid.

      Like all herbs, the use of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is essential that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

      to take it three months consecutively just means for it to start working the best you to take it daily for at least three months. if it helps then keep taking it after that

  39. QUESTION:
    Rooting Belladonna?
    I received some Belladonna and went through and put the ones that had no roots into some water, hoping to root them. Unfortunately, the plants I had dried before I could plant them. Will the Belladonna root in the water or will I have to go and harvest more? Thanks very much!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it will root now...Best to start over.
      Belladonna leaf is harvested between May and July and dried at temperatures no warmer than 140°F (60° C). The roots of Atropa belladonna plants that have reached two to four year old maturity are also harvested for herbal preparations in early fall between mid-October and mid-November. The roots are then cleaned and dried at temperatures no warmer than 122°F (50°C). After drying, the leaves and roots are crushed for use in a number of forms, including decoctions, tinctures, infusions, plasters, pills, suppositories, liquid solutions or suspensions, and powders. They can be used both alone and in combination with other herbs and medications.

      It is extremely dangerous to self-prescribe belladonna, and it should always be taken under the direction of a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. The frequency and quantity of dosage will depend on both the patient and the illness the herb is prescribed for, but the doses are always extremely small. For example the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) for Herbal Medicines recommends an average single dose of 0.05-0.10 g. Each patient's illness is different and some patients experience toxicity at unusually low doses.

      For homeopathic remedies, the plant is broken apart and juice is extracted through a pressing process. The extract is then mixed with a water/alcohol solution by a ratio of either 1:10 or 1:100, and this process is repeated up to 30 times to form an extremely diluted dose of the extract. Homeopathic belladonna remedy is generally added to pellets of sugar for easier administration. The dilution and dosage frequency depend on the symptoms being treated, but homeopathic remedies are typically administered only until the patient starts to show signs of improvement so that the body's natural healing response can take over.

      Belladonna is available by prescription both alone (in high concentration strength) and in combination with other drugs. Currently available prescription combinations include belladonna with opium (for uterine pain), kaolin and pectin (for diarrhea), pheno-barbital (for menopausal symptoms and migraine prophylactic), other barbiturates (for insomnia and for cramping and muscle spasms in the digestive tract), or belladonna and opium suppositories (for severe intestinal cramping).

      Belladonna preparations should be stored in air-tight containers away from direct light. Under these conditions, most preparations will remain potent for up to three years.

      Precautions

      Ingestion of high concentrations of atropine, a potent alkaloid found in belladonna, can cause severe illness and death. Atropine is fatal in doses as small as 100 mg, which equals 5-50 g of belladonna herb, depending on the potency of the particular plant. For children, a fatal dose is even significantly less. For this reason, belladonna should never be used unless prescribed by a trained practitioner.

      Patients with any chronic health conditions should never take belladonna without a doctor's prescription.
      Resources
      Jonas, Wayne B., M.D. and Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Healing With Homeopathy. New York: Warner Books, 1996.
      Medical Economics Company. PDR for Herbal Medicines. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, 1998.
      Balzarini, A. et al. "Efficacy of homeopathic treatment of Homeopathic Journal. (January 2000) 89 (1): 8-12.
      The American Botanical Council. P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345. (512)926-4900. http://www.herbalgram.org.

      Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: belladonna

  40. QUESTION:
    Is alfalfa a natural diuretic? are there any benefits to taking a supplement?

    • ANSWER:
      Beneficial Uses:
      Alfalfa is a good laxative and natural diuretic that promotes urine flow and is often used to treat urinary tract infections and eliminate excess retained water.

      Alfalfa is especially useful for replacing vitamin K that is depleted during treatment with a wide variety of drugs, including antibiotics.

      Alfalfa acts as a blood purifier and has helped many arthritis sufferers. The action as a detoxifier and blood purifier has been found to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses, including liver disorders, breath odor, infections, disorders of the bones and joints and skin ailments.

      Alfalfa has an alkalizing effect on the body. It is a great source of mineral supplements that are all alkaline, which has a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract, thereby easing digestive problems, such as upset stomach, gastritis and indigestion.

      Alfalfa contains a high calcium and magnesium content, and studies have shown that migraines may be prevented and/or reduced when these two minerals are combined. All the minerals are in a balanced form, which also promotes absorption.

      Herbalists have long used Alfalfa Leaf to treat ulcers, as the bioflavonoids found in Alfalfa reduce inflammation of the stomach lining and build capillary strength, while Alfalfa's vitamin A helps to maintain the stomach's overall health. The herb's enzymes aid in food assimulation. During the Han Dynasty (200 A.D.), Alfalfa was used to treat ulcers and continues in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen the digestive tract and stimulate the appetite.

      Alfalfa is said to lower cholesterol (by blocking cholesterol's absorption into the body from the intestines), balance blood sugar (especially when taken with manganese) and promote pituitary gland function.

      Alfalfa is an immune-system stimulant that promotes normal blood clotting; and the vitamin K content helps treat bleeding gums and nosebleed, but does not interfere with normal circulation. The bioflavonoids found in Alfalfa are believed to build capillary strength.

      Alfalfa contains phytoestrogens, and the herb has had some estrogenic activity in women whose own sex hormone production has declined; thus Alfalfa has helped many women with the discomforts of menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes. The phytoestrogens appear to reduce the risk of estrogen-linked disease, including serious breast problems). The Vitamin K2 found in Alfalfa may also partially prevent bone loss caused by estrogen deficiency.

      Recommended Dosage:
      Take two (2) capsules, two (2) to three (3) times each day with water at mealtimes.

      Contraindications:
      Alfalfa should not be taken by those who have autoimmune problems (lupus, etc.), nor should it be taken by pregnant women. Those taking prescription anticoagulants such as Coumadin, etc., should avoid this herb.

  41. QUESTION:
    Herbal Fertility Remedies?
    I'm wondering if anybody has any ideas on herbal fertility remedies? Apparently I don't ovulate on my own and, instead of jumping right into hormone therapy (I haven't heard good things about synthetic hormones) I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions as to what I can do to improve my fertility and reproductive health. I've read things about red raspberry leaf and what not but, I don't know if it actually helps. Any ideas or personal experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some information we've collected about how the various vitamins, minerals and herbs affect fertility. As with all use of any of these products, please check with your doctor as to how they might affect you.
      Our favoriites:
      FertilAid: A blend of many of the supplements listed below
      Evening Primrose Oil: For increasing Cervical Mucus
      Vitex: All natural aid to assist in luteal phase defects.

      Vitamins and Minerals for Fertility
      Vitamin C and Fertility:
      According to a study conducted at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, insufficient amounts of vitamin C in a man’s diet can lead to agglutination of sperm. Agglutination occurs when sperm cells clump together, thus inhibiting maximal progression or movement of the sperm. According to Dr. Earl Dawson M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the U of Texas at Galveston, vitamin C is also helpful in smokers who have increased amounts of abnormally formed sperm. Cigarette smoke is absorbed through the lungs and enters the circulatory system (bloodstream). Once the toxins reach the bloodstream they find their way to the semen and this can lead to less than optimal sperm count and function. It is believed that vitamin C helps to neutralize the toxic effects of cigarette smoke on the sperm. When sperm stick together (a condition called agglutination), fertility is reduced. Vitamin C reduces sperm agglutination,(3) increasing the fertility of men with this condition. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 60 milligams per day for an adult male. According to Dr. Dawson intake of 200 to 1000 milligrams per day had a beneficial effect on sperm.

      Women should avoid megadoses of vitamin C because it can dry up cervical fluid, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Limit the amount you take to the dose included in your prenatal vitamin.
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      Vitamin E and Fertility:
      Vitamin E Essential for fertility and reproduction. Deficiency in rats has shown that it leads to absorption in the female and loss of fertility on the male. This potent antioxidant plays important roles in male sperm production. It is known that a lack of vitamin E inhibits the formation of sperm. Low vitamin E levels can cause a decline in the formation of key sex hormones and enzymes responsible for sperm production.. Although potency is not affected, fertility is improved due to its protective effect on sperm cell membranes. Supplementation with Vitamin E may also aid in improving sperm motility. Dose: 400 IU daily. Talk to your doctor prior to starting Vitamin E, particularly if you are currently taking aspirin or other blood thinners.
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      Selenium:
      A study conducted at the University of Padua in Italy and published in the Journal Science states that a diet low in selenium could be a cause of male infertility. Selenium acts to help prevent oxidation of the sperm cell, thus aiding in maintaining sperm cell integrity. Good sources of selenium can be found in red meat, liver and seafood. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for selenium is 70 micrograms/day for an adult male.
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      Zinc:
      This mineral is involved in over 200 proteins and enzymes and is essential for male fertility. Zinc is involved in the activation of key sperm enzymes, and moves into the prostate with the assistance of testosterone. A lack of zinc causes a lowering of testosterone, shrinks testicle size and produces misshapen and less healthy sperm, among other negatives. Upon restoring a daily dose of 15 milligrams, testosterone and sperm count levels rebounded to acceptable levels within 12 months. Take zinc with a full glass of water.
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      Herbs for Fertility
      Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is used primarily for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh, a phytoestrogen, is the most promising herbal remedy to treat mood swings, hot flashes and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. Phytoestrogens are non-steroidal, plant-derived substances that bind or activate estrogen receptors in various areas of the body. In post-menopausal women, phytoestrogens typically act as weak estrogens.

      An improvement in overall menopausal symptoms, reduction in hot flashes and stimulation of vaginal changes were observed in a series of clinical studies in more than 800 women. Few or no toxic effects were observed.
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      Evening Primrose Oil:
      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate pms and most importantly here, aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. The anti-inflammatory properties help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. We want to discuss the effects EPO has on pms and cervical fluid.

      If you suffer from pms - this is a sign that you are deficient in the fatty acid contained in EPO. EPO can help the body to alleviate the pms symptoms. EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts.

      EPO helps the body to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as "egg white cervical mucus." This is because fertile cervical fluid is thin, watery, clear and "stretchy" and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. If there is a lack in this type of cervical fluid, it can impede and/or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don't have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. I usually took around 2000 mg of EPO. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy. Check the label to see the correct dosage.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as EPO. EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating pms symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. I have heard of many praises to EPO and the fact that it definitely increases the fertile type cervical fluid. This may take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is imperative that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.
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      Ginseng:
      Stimulates the immune system and can help fight male impotence and improve male fertility. Measurable test results show that it can increase sexual desire, raise testosterone levels, increase sperm count and increase sperm mobility

      Pycnogenol

      According to a study done by Dr. Scott Roseff, author of the study and Director of the West Essex Center for Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology "Up to 60% of infertile couples have difficulty conceiving due to abnormalities in the male's sperm. By taking Pycnogenol(r) to increase normally functioning sperm naturally, couples may be able to (or potentially) avoid in-vitro fertilization and either enjoy improved natural fertility or undergo less invasive and less expensive fertility-promoting procedures."

      Pycnogenol(r) is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. It represents a unique and natural combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, making it a super antioxidant.

      The antioxidant Pycnogenol improved the quality and function of sperm in men with fertility problems by a mean of 38% and 19%, respectively, after only 90 days of use, according to a new landmark clinical trial being published in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, giving infertile couples new hope and a new alternative to more invasive procedures.
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      Saw Palmetto:
      Iis a natural steroid source herb with tissue building and gland stimulating properties to tonify and strengthen the male reproductive system. It is a primary herb for male impotence, low libido and prostate health.
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      Vitex:
      Vitex helps to lengthen luteal phase defects and helps to lower high prolactin levels, both of which causes infertility. However, vitex does not contain hormones - its benefits stem from its actions upon the pituitary gland - specifically upon the production of lutenizing hormone. This helps to increase the production of progesterone - thus helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. It also aids in decreasing prolactin levels. A breastfeeding mom, for example, would produce a high level of prolactin, thus the natural birth control effect. But in decreasing the prolactin levels - it may enable a woman to finally become pregnant

      Some say to take it from menstruation to ovulation - stopping once ovulation has been established and then continuing again if menstruation should occur. Others have said it is safe to take all month long - stopping if pregnancy should occur. On this argument - the effects vitex has on a woman’s hormones can benefit her throughout her entire cycle. Also, it may be a smart practice to discontinue any supplements during menstruation, to allow the body to completely cleanse itself.

      Vitex is not a fast acting herb and may take several months to build up in your system. When using vitex to treat infertility you can take it up to 12 to 18 months - or until pregnancy occurs. Should pregnancy not occur in that time span, seek the advice of a health care professional for the next steps in achieving pregnancy. Another note of caution - you cannot take vitex while taking the fertility drug Clomid - or any drug like Clomid. It seems that vitex and Clomid counter act each other.

      Vitex helps minimize symptoms of PMS, regulate heavy, frequent or lack of menses.
      It helps to improve fertility in cases where fertility is the result of hormonal imbalances.
      Vitex useful in treating peri menopausal and menopausal symptoms, in particular hot flashes, and menstrual irregularities such as flooding, clotting and irregular cycle. Post menopausal women who still feel cyclic mood swings can also benefit.
      Vitex should not be taken during pregnancy or with hormone therapy.
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      Flaxseed Oil

      There are quite a few different herbs that men can take to increase their fertility. One such herb which plays a role in promoting male fertility is flaxseed oil. The ingredients within flaxseed oil help to keep the sperm healthy and may also help with regard to male impotence. Flaxseed oil is a wonderful herbal supplement to consider taking when trying to promote fertility and achieve conception.

      Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis. Because the hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in flaxseed oil help stabilize a woman's estrogen-progesterone ratio, they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle, and relieve the hot flashes of perimenopause and menopause. Flaxseed oil may also improve uterine function and thus treat fertility problems. In addition, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to block production of prostaglandins, hormonelike substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.
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      Hormones for Fertility
      Progesterone Creams
      Modern science confirms that insight, as, of all female hormones, progesterone is the one most essential for conception and to the survival of the fertilized egg and the fetus throughout gestation.At Ovulation, progesterone levels rapidly rise from 2-3 mg/day to an average of 22-25 mg. per day, peaking as high as 30 mg/day. If fertilization does not occur in ten or twelve days, progesterone levels fall dramatically, triggering the shedding of the secretory endometrium (the menstrual cycle).If pregnancy does occur, however, progesterone production is taken over by the placenta which secretes an ever increasing supply, reaching 300-400 mg/day during the third trimester!

      Among the numerous Other Desirable Effects of Natural Progesterone are the following:

      Makes Possible the Survival of the Fertilized Egg
      Maintains the Secretory Endometrium which Feeds the Ovum & Resultant Embryo
      Progesterone Surge at Ovulation is the Source of Libido
      Inserted intravaginally it will help eliminate vaginal dryness due to menopause.
      Because Progesterone is essential to prevent the premature shedding of the supportive secretory endometrium, a significant drop in progesterone levels or blockade of progesterone receptor sites during the first 10 - 12 weeks of pregnancy may result in the loss of the embryo (Miscarriage).

  42. QUESTION:
    Essay on importance of health and medicine?
    Please answer quickly its very urgent

    • ANSWER:
      Medicine is considered as one of the most important necessity to all of us. It is derived from the Latin words ars medicina meaning "the art of healing". It is a branch of the health sciences and is the sector of public life concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, treatment and possible prevention of disease, injury and other damage to a body or mind.

      It is both an area of knowledge, a science of body system and their diseases and treatment. This branch of science encompasses treatment by drugs, diet, exercise and other nonsurgical means. It is also used to maintain our health. An agent such as drug is used to treat disease or injury. There are different types of medicine, we have herbal medicine, which came from different kinds of plants, medicines treat in hospital and etc. Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to use of any plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Long practiced outside of conventional medicine, herbalism is becoming more mainstreams as up-to-date analysis and research show their value in the treatment and prevention of disease. Some of us believe in herbal medicines, for it is pure came from plants and no other ingredients. Herbal medicine also uses for cough, fever, toothache and some other diseases that might catch from our environment. Herbalists treat many conditions such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and an irritable bowel syndrome among others. Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. For most herbs, the specific ingredient that causes a therapeutic effect is not known. Whole herbs contain many ingredients and it is likely that they work together to produce the desired medicinal effect

      Some medicines may cause problems if you take them with other medicines. This is why it is important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you are taking. And some medicines can cause problems, even if you take them correctly. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you think your medicine is making you feel worse. We take medicine to make us feel better when we are sick.

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  43. QUESTION:
    My ultrasound showed a 8.4 * 8.0 cm fibroid in the posterior wall of my uterus is this a big fibroid?
    My uterus is enlarged the size of 11.2 * 8.1cm, my ovaries are normal and also my kidneys could having this fibroid stop me from becoming pregnant PLEASE HELPPPPPPPPPPP PLEASEEEEEEEE could I have some response ASAP PLEASEEEEEEEEE thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Help for Women With Fibroids
      c. 2002 Susun S. Weed

      Wise Woman herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids.

      Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They are also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. Fibroids occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. The occasional fibroid can become enormous (medical literature reports one that was 100 pounds!), but the majority (80%) remain as small as a walnut.

      Fibroids are the number one reason American women have hysterectomies.

      The causes of uterine fibroids are unknown, but estrogens, especially estradiol, promote their growth. After menopause fibroids disappear. But because estrogen levels can rise during the early menopausal years, previously asymptomatic fibroids may grow in the years just before the cessation of menses, resulting in symptoms such as feeling of heaviness in the belly, low back pain, pain with vaginal penetration, urinary frequency or incontinence, bowel difficulties, or severe menstrual pain and flooding.

      Women of color are three to nine times more likely to have fibroids than white women, and theirs will grow more quickly.

      Fibroid tumors are not cancer, not malignant. Tumor means a swelling or a growth, not a malignancy, not cancer. Less than 0.1% of all uterine fibroids are malignant.

      Small fibroids often disappear spontaneously. Larger fibroids are more difficult to resolve, but not impossible to control with natural measures.

      • The “root chakra” (lowermost energy center in the body, which includes the uterus) said to store unexpressed anger. It is believed that any unwanted growths in these organs can be countered by allowing the anger to safely discharge.

      • One woman’s fibroids (and menstrual cramps) disappeared within three months of beginning a vigorous exercise program. Exercise helps insure regular ovulation, and irregular ovulation seems to worsen fibroids.

      • Consuming three or more servings of whole grains or beans daily not only reduces the size of fibroids but offers protection from breast and endometrial cancers as well.

      • Red clover flowers (Trifolium pratense), are one of my favorite infusions, but use during the menopausal years may increase difficulty with fibroids.

      • Strengthening the liver with herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle seed, or yellow dock root helps it metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus reducing fibroids.

      • Vitex or chasteberry tincture, 25-30 drops two to four times daily, often shrinks small fibroids within two months. But results come from long-term use — up to two years.

      • Ask someone to burn moxa over the area of the fibroid while you envision the heat releasing the treasures in your uterus. What is locked up in this fibroid? What can you give birth to?

      • Acupuncture treatments can shrink fibroids.

      • Poke root (Phytolacca americana), used internally as a tincture (1-10 drops per day; start small) and externally as a belly rub oil, has gained a reputation as a profound helper in relieving pain and distresses from fibroids. CAUTION: Poke is considered poisonous; it is not often found for sale. This is one remedy you may have to make yourself to try.

      • Warm castor oil packs on the belly, or ginger compresses (soak a towel in hot ginger water) relieve pain and help shrink the fibroids.

      • The use of progesterone to treat women with uterine fibroids is hotly debated. One side holds that fibroids are created by lack of progesterone. The other side makes, to my mind, the better case: that progesterone increases fibroids. Evidence? Fibroids increase in size during pregnancy, when progesterone production is high, and atrophy after menopause, when progesterone levels decrease. Whichever side is right, eating more whole grains and beans usually changes estrogen/progesterone ratio for the better and shrinks fibroids.

      • Reduce fibroids by reducing your exposure to estrogen: avoid birth control pills, ERT/HRT, estrogen-mimicing residues from herbicides and pesticides used on food crops (eat organically- raised products). Tampons that are bleached with chlorine may mimic the bad effects of estrogen, too.

      • Lupron (leuprolide acetate), a drug which induces “artificial menopause”by shutting down the body's production of estradiol causes a significant decrease in fibroid size within 8-12 weeks. Fibroids do regrow to about 90 percent of their original size when the drug is withdrawn however.

      • Major advances have been made in surgical treatments for women with fibroids. There are many options now besides hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), including hysteroscopic resection, uterine embolization, myomectomy, and suprecervical hysterectomy. Since these are fairly new procedures, take the time to find a surgeon who is skilled in the procedure.

      • Hysterectomy can be a life-saving procedure, but by the age of sixty, more than one-third of American women will have given up their wombs to the surgeons. The presence of non- symptomatic fibroids is never sufficient reason, to my mind, for a hysterectomy. Of my students and apprentices who have had hysterectomies because of fibroids, those who “did their homework” — that is, helped themselves before and after their surgery with all the tools at their disposal — seemed to fare much better than those who did not.

      • With very few exceptions, no woman is healthier without her ovaries. So, even if you elect a hysterectomy, keep your ovaries.

      These Wise Woman ways, and lots more, are in my book New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, available from www.ashtreepublishing.com. They are arranged in order of risk: the safest first, the most dangerous last. If you have a uterine fibroid and it is a problem, begin with the mildest remedies first. Set a time limit for your use of any remedy, but, except in an emergency, don't go on to stronger remedies until you are sure the safer ones aren't effective for you. As with any advice, you are the best judge of what works for you.

  44. QUESTION:
    use of the herb called revandchini in unani medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Revandchini is rhubarb root.

      Rhubarb root contains lindleyin, a substance with estrogen-like properties. On this basis, extracts of rhubarb have been tried for control of menopausal symptoms . In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 109 women with menopause-related problems, use of a standardized Rheum rhaponticum. extract significantly improved symptoms as compared to placebo. Improvements were particularly seen in rate and severity of hot flashes. While this is meaningful supporting evidence, additional independent trials will be necessary to establish this rhubarb extract as a safe and effective treatment for menopause.

      Other potential uses of rhubarb lack reliable supporting evidence.

      One human trial purportedly found evidence that rhubarb could reduce the impairment of lung function that may occur when people with lung cancer receive radiation therapy. However, this study suffered from a number of significant flaws, and its results cannot be regarded as reliable.

      In another human trial, this one using a cream containing sage and rhubarb, researchers failed to find more than modest benefits at most for the treatment of herpes.

      Additional proposed uses of rhubarb are supported only by test tube studies . For example, various rhubarb species have shown hints of potential value for treatment of diabetes , kidney disease, liver disease, allergies and pancreatitis. However, the vast majority of effects seen in test tube studies do not pan out when human trials are conducted.

      Principal Proposed Uses

      • Menopausal Symptoms
      Other Proposed Uses

      • Allergies, Cancer Treatment Support, Diabetes, Herpes (topical application) , Kidney disease, Liver disease, Pancreatitis.
      Dosage

      A typical dosage of rhubarb root is l/2 - l teaspoonful of the root boiled for 10 minutes in a cup of water, three times daily.

      In the menopause study mentioned above, a standardized extract was used. Such extracts should be used according to label instructions.

      Safety Issues

      As a widely consumed food, rhubarb is thought to be relatively safe if consumed in moderation. However, the plant contains high levels of oxalic acid, and rhubarb consumption can markedly increase oxalic acid levels in the urine. This could lead to increased risk of kidney stones , as well as other problems. Rhubarb leaf contains the highest oxalic acid content. The roots and stems contain less oxalic acid, but higher levels of anthraquinones, laxative substances similar to those found in senna or cascara. It is safest to use rhubarb standardized extracts processed to removed oxalic acid.

      Contrary to some reports, consumption of rhubarb probably does not impair calcium absorption.

      Very weak evidence hints that excessive consumption of rhubarb could increase risk of stomach and/or colon cancer.

      Maximum safe doses in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.

  45. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever tried taking Dong Quai?
    i is an herb that claims provides relief from menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS),
    i have never taken an herb so i am a little weary

    • ANSWER:
      Don quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman's tonic herb. It is used for almost every gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.
      Dong quai is frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as a general blood tonic.
      The herb has been found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and cycles. Dong quai's constituents can act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.
      The herb has also been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and nourish the blood in both sexes. It is high in iron content and may help to prevent iron deficiency and anemia. Studies show that it can aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.
      Dong quai has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and calms the nerves. It has also be used to stimulate the uterus during childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine headaches.
      I am a Herb lover and i have tried Dong quai but shortly after stopped it because i decided to try Vitex which is more for irregularities in woman...Dong Quai is used mostly for woman going through menopause but it can help with female cycles..If your looking to just help with your cycles i would suggest red clover, vitex, red rasberry, or female toner...
      I hope i helped!

  46. QUESTION:
    Brahmi and vitex intract with each other?
    does brahmi and vitex agnus interact wih each other when taken simoltaniously

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would interact as both are herbs
      What is Vitex?

      Vitex is a plant found in Asia and in Mediterranean countries. The part used medicinally is the dried fruit. Other names for it include Vitex agnus castus, Agnus castus, chaste tree, and monk's pepper.

      Why People Use Vitex

      Vitex was used as a traditional folk remedy for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the "passing of afterbirth". One of its alternate names, "chaste tree", comes from the historical belief that it can suppress libido.

      Vitex does not actually contain hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating the release of a hormone called luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. Vitex is also thought to normalize excessive prolactin levels and promote fertility.

      Female infertility
      PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
      Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
      Fibrocystic breast disease
      Heavy menstruation
      Menopausal symptoms
      Side Effects and Safety Concerns

      More common side effects include mild digestive upset or skin rash. Other side effects may include rapid heartbeat, hair loss, headache, dry mouth, nausea, rash, itching and bleeding between periods.

      Vitex is not recommended during pregnancy. It shouldn't be used by nursing women unless under the guidance of a qualified health professional.

      People with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus or prostate shouldn't take vitex.

      Small amounts of vitex could increase the production of breast milk in post-partum women. High doses may have the opposite effect and decrease the production of breast milk.

      Vitex may affect levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. People with Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, or any other condition in which dopamine levels are affected should avoid vitex unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
      Possible Interactions

      Vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or female hormone replacement. It could also theoretically increase the risk of side effects.

      Vitex could interfere with the effectiveness of drugs that increase dopamine, such as bromocriptine, cabergoline, carbidopa-levodopa, Mirapex or Requip, or decrease dopamine, such as chlorpromazine, clozapine (Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), metoclopramide (Reglan), Risperdal, Seroquel, thioridazine, trifluoperazine or Zyprexa.
      Good luck and God bless you

  47. QUESTION:
    Brahmi and vitex intract with each other?
    does brahmi and vitex agnus interact wih each other when taken simoltaniously

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would interact as both are herbs
      What is Vitex?

      Vitex is a plant found in Asia and in Mediterranean countries. The part used medicinally is the dried fruit. Other names for it include Vitex agnus castus, Agnus castus, chaste tree, and monk's pepper.

      Why People Use Vitex

      Vitex was used as a traditional folk remedy for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the "passing of afterbirth". One of its alternate names, "chaste tree", comes from the historical belief that it can suppress libido.

      Vitex does not actually contain hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating the release of a hormone called luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. Vitex is also thought to normalize excessive prolactin levels and promote fertility.

      Female infertility
      PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
      Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
      Fibrocystic breast disease
      Heavy menstruation
      Menopausal symptoms
      Side Effects and Safety Concerns

      More common side effects include mild digestive upset or skin rash. Other side effects may include rapid heartbeat, hair loss, headache, dry mouth, nausea, rash, itching and bleeding between periods.

      Vitex is not recommended during pregnancy. It shouldn't be used by nursing women unless under the guidance of a qualified health professional.

      People with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus or prostate shouldn't take vitex.

      Small amounts of vitex could increase the production of breast milk in post-partum women. High doses may have the opposite effect and decrease the production of breast milk.

      Vitex may affect levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. People with Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, or any other condition in which dopamine levels are affected should avoid vitex unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
      Possible Interactions

      Vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or female hormone replacement. It could also theoretically increase the risk of side effects.

      Vitex could interfere with the effectiveness of drugs that increase dopamine, such as bromocriptine, cabergoline, carbidopa-levodopa, Mirapex or Requip, or decrease dopamine, such as chlorpromazine, clozapine (Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), metoclopramide (Reglan), Risperdal, Seroquel, thioridazine, trifluoperazine or Zyprexa.
      Good luck and God bless you

  48. QUESTION:
    help! I'm so sick of these night sweats and hot flashes.?
    how can i minimize these menopausal symptoms and sleep through the night once again?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest all-natural Menopause Balance Complex and Menopause Balance Complex Cooling Lotion.

      The complex uses compounds found in plants called phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes. Black cohosh is a clinically proven herb that helps relieve hot flashes.

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover, and licorice. No aritificial colors, flavors, or synthetic preservatives.

      The lotion is a unique blend of natural ingredients that offers soothing relief and can help reduce the often dramatic sensation of skin temperature fluctuations.

      Contains a proprietary, synergistic blend of more than a dozen natural herbs including black cohosh, soy isoflavones, evening primrose extract, flaxseed, and jojoba seed oils.

      It's progesterone-free and may be used as often as needed without side effects. Pleasantly scented, and easy to use. Convenient size fits into most handbags.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions or the website.

  49. QUESTION:
    what fertility supplements should i try? Please help me out !?
    If i go to CVS or a pharmacy, what would you recomend for trying to get pregnant? any other methods? please give any helpful advice! thanks ! Bless you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex) - Vitex is a PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and fertility herbal supplement. It is known to stimulate the release of LH and promote Ovulation. It has been known to bring on Ovulation sooner. It may help to restore or regulate periods. It helps to improve chances of conception. It can be purchased in tablet form, dried berry or tincture form. Side effects may include nausea, stomach upset, headache and/or allergic reaction.

      Dong Quai - Dong Quai is used for many gynecological problems. It has been shown to balance estrogen activity and has been used to help with endometriosis and menopausal conditions. It is a blood purifier and it promotes circulation. It is known to restore menstrual regularity. It regulates a weak uterus and regulates hormones and the menstrual cycle. Caution: It is not recommended during pregnancy or for people taking blood thinners or those who have clotting disorders. It is not to be used by diabetics.

      Red Clover Blossoms - Red Clover Blossoms are rich in estrogen-like compounds and may promote fertility in women who have low estrogen levels. It may also help to regulate hormone levels. Caution: Individuals on anticoagulants or antiplatelet therapy should not use this. It may also increase the risk of bleeding.

      Licorice - Licorice improves menstruation in women who have infrequent periods. It also helps women who have high testosterone and low estrogen levels, which is characteristic of PCOS. Licorice should not be used during pregnancy. Side effects can include increased blood pressure. Caution should be used if there is a history of stroke, glaucoma, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, edema, heart disease, and severe menstrual problems. When taking licorice, blood pressure should be monitored and potassium intake should be increased.

      Siberian Ginseng - This herb improves overall health and vitality. It also regulates reproductive hormones. This herb may interfere with the absorption of Vitamin C. It should not be used in people taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet therapy. May interact with Warfarin. May induce mania if used with Phenelzine. May exacerbate seizures. Should not be used if you have Diabetes Mellitus. May interfere with Digoxin.

      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) - EPO aids in the production of fertile quality cervical mucus. EPO also helps to alleviate signs and symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation because it can cause uterine contractions. Use caution if pregnant or lactating. Side effects may include headaches, nausea and/or diarrhea. Should not be used by people with Epilepsy or Schizophrenia.

      Black Cohosh - This is used widely as a uterine tonic, to restore suppressed menstruation. It is also used for aching of the ovaries, inflammation of the uterus or ovaries, infertility, threatened miscarriage and relief of menstrual or labor pains. The estrogen-like effects of Black Cohosh are controversial. Caution: the use of Black Cohosh may cause intermittent contractions of the uterus. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and/or weight gain. Some reports show a few serious problems possibly resulting from Black Cohosh use including hepatic and circulatory conditions.

      Maca - Maca is used for infertility enhancement. Maca does not contain hormones, as many other supplements do, but it does help women to produce a natural balance of her own hormones. Maca promotes the production of LH (Lutenizing Hormone). LH causes ovulation. Maca has been shown to increase chances of conception. Maca may help with menstrual irregularities, female hormonal imbalances, menopause and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It has shown to increase energy and stamina, which is important while trying to conceive.

      Wild Yam - Wild Yam contains natural progesterone and may increase the production of progesterone. It is not recommended while pregnant or nursing. Wild Yam would be used during the second half of the cycle (the Luteal Phase) when progesterone is important for implantation to occur and to be maintained. Rarely one may have an allergic reaction that may include difficulty breathing, swelling and/or hives.

      Flax Seed Oil - Flax Seed Oil is one of nature’s greatest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid. It has shown to regulate steroid production, hormonal synthesis and nerve transmissions. It can help with infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome and irregular periods. Flax Seed Oil can spoil and should be kept refrigerated. Side effects may include diarrhea, gas and/or nausea. Should not be used with laxatives or stool softeners. People with inflammatory disease of the intestines, esophagus or stomach should use caution while using Flax Seed Oil.

      Red Raspberry Leaf - This herb is used as a uterine tonic. While this herb does not affect ovulation it does cause mild uterine contractions therefore toning the uterus. The m

  50. QUESTION:
    do you know of any herbs that kill your sex drive.?
    i am getting annoyed with having a high sex drive and not being able to release my frustrations so id there a herb i can take untill i can have sex again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Vitex also called chasteberry. (Chaste is an old fashioned word for abstinence).
      It's mainly a 'women's herb' for helping with menopausal symptoms however according to several sources it may also help men with reducing their sex drive. It's an herb and you can probably pick up a bottle for under in any health food store to give it a try.


what other herbs may help menopausal symptoms

Cure For Hemorrhoids

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to cure hemorrhoids without taking medicines?
    is there a way to cure hemorrhoids naturally? what do i have to avoid and what to eat/ take? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi James,

      It is believed generally that constipation and straining to have bowel movements promote hemorrhoids and that hard stools can traumatize existing hemorrhoids. It is recommended, therefore, that individuals with hemorrhoids soften their stools by increasing the fiber in their diets. Fiber is found in numerous foodstuffs including fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, grains, and cereals. Generally 20-30 grams per day of fiber are recommended whereas the average American diet contains less than 15 grams of fiber. Supplemental fiber (psyllium, methylcellulose, or calcium polycarbophil) also may be used to increase the intake of fiber. Stool softeners and increased drinking of liquids also may be recommended. Nevertheless, there is no strong, scientific support for the benefits of fiber, liquids, or stool softeners.

      There is also a free report below,

      Hope this is helpful

      Jon

  2. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for hemorrhoid remedies. anyone know how to cure hemorrhoids naturally?
    I am a hemorrhoid sufferer and I'm looking for hemorrhoid remedies. anybody got any site about how to cure hemorrhoids. i'm looking for natural hemorrhoid remedies. i don't want to see a doctor coz it is rather embarrassing. i want to know how to cure hemorrhoids naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      adam, if you are looking for hemorrhoid remedies and you want to cure hemorrhoids naturally, you should

      1. Use ice pack as hemorrhoid remedies. When you are suffering from hemorrhoid, it is more likely that your anus will be swollen. Thus, by putting ice on the affected area will soothe the swelling. Just put some ice cubes in a plastic bag or wrap the ice in a thin towel, and put it on the anal area for 15 minutes 5 times a day. But do not forget to wipe the moisture after the ice pack treatment.

      2. make sure that your anal area is always clean and dry. An anal that is always moist causes uneasiness and itchiness.

      3. One of the causes of hemorrhoid is hard constipation. In order to overcome this, you must drink more. You should also start high fiber diet. High fiber meal like cooked broccoli, bok choy, carrot and kale should be in your menu. Fruits like avocado, raspberries, pear and grapefruit should also be consumed regularly. When your body is hydrated enough and with the help of the fiber that you consume, constipating can be done easily. Hence, gradually terminating your hemorrhoid.

      i got this info from http://the-home-hemorrhoid-treatment.blogspot.com/

      good luck adam and i hope will help you to cure hemorrhoids naturally

  3. QUESTION:
    Have anybody tried "Hemorrhoids Miracle", natural way to cure hemorrhoids?
    I'm suffering from internal hemorrhoids, and I was browsing online for natural remedies for them. I found website which sells Natural method to cure hemorrhoids, "H Miracle". Have anybody tried this method and what is your experiance? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have a better solution and it is not a miracle just good science behind it-pardon the pun. Hemorrhoids are veins that are engorged with blood and has swollen and started to bulge from the rectum. The vessel walls are weak. You need to take a goodly dose of vitamin C that includes lots of Bioflavonoids. This will strengthen the vessel wall and it should retract back. The bioflavonoids are rutin and hesperidan and take like 1000 mg total bioflavonoids a day.

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the active ingridient in medicine that helps cure Hemorrhoids?
    i have a health project and i have to find out whats the active ingredient in Hemorrhoids medicine that helps cure Hemorrhoids. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Namaste,
      I have been healing Chronic Patients with Distant Reiki and Distant Pranic healing, and that too without any medicine.

      if you wish you can contact me.

      Love and light

  5. QUESTION:
    Can Vaseline or petroleum Jelly be used to cure hemorrhoids or symptoms of hemorrhoids?
    Can Vaseline or petroleum Jelly be used to cure hemorrhoids or symptoms of hemorrhoids

    • ANSWER:
      No. A great all natural treatment for hemorrhoids is Rue Care Oil. YOu can get it online. It not only shrinks the hemorrhoid, but also strengthens the veins, thus prevent hemorrhoids from returning.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to cure hemorrhoids?
    I want a CURE, not a relief. I want something that will permenantly cure hemorrhoids that doesn't involve surgery. I've already ried Preparation H, various creams, and stuff like that.

    By the way, I already eat 25 grams of fiber a day at least, drink plenty of water, and solved my constipation problems, so I already know how to keep it away once it's gone.
    It is an external hemorrhoid.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doc will give you butt pills that will cure you. The OTC stuff doesn't work.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does Apple Cider Vinegar actually work for hemorrhoids?
    I've heard a lot of hype about how applying apple cider vinegar can cure hemorrhoids like nothing ever has. Just wondering if anybody has tried this method and if it worked or just burned like fire.

    • ANSWER:
      this is new. i doubt it would cure them. it,s worth a try; but you do it. i have internal hemorrhoids. if they become a problem, i get an internal chemical injection from my surgeon that stops any discomfort. there is no pain involved.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does Venapro really work or is it just a scam?
    I've been researching how to cure hemorrhoids and everything I find talks about Venapro, but it all looks very suspicious, like fake websites detailing fake studies that prove how great Venapro is. If Venapro is for real, then I want to know, but if it's not, then I want to find something else that really works.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried zinc oxide suppositories? I don't know whether they are clinically provem to work but I know they are used to treat hemorrhoids in the UK

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the best cures for hemorrhoids?
    Does anybody know the best cures for hemorrhoids? I need something that will work as fast as possible...thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are treatments that you can perform at home without consulting a physician. First, it is suggested that you take precautions against constipation. Second, a warm sitz bath is recommended to relief hemorrhoid discomfort. A sitz bath is a bath where you sit in warm water that covers the buttocks and hips only. Third, you may apply a cold compress or icepack to the anal area or a cool cotton pad with witch hazel. Fourth, you may apply petroleum jelly or aloe vera gel to the painful area. Finally, it is important to continuously clean the area.

  10. QUESTION:
    What do I do about my hemerrhoids?
    What are some home remedies, or things I should be doing to cure hemorrhoids? I vaginally delivered 3 weeks ago, and got a one degree tear (still have stitches). I had no medicines to help with the pain during labor or delivery and the anesthetics guy was busy, so I missed out on the epidural completely. I'm thinking all the quick pushing, just to get her out of there was what caused the hemorrhoids. I'm not sure though, what do I do about them?

    • ANSWER:
      I am 20 and i get them, i am not overweight(quite athletic actually) and my diet is fine.

      so i learned to live with them.

      eats lots of fiber! first and foremost. Take anti-inflamatory pain killers and sometimes creams, if they get really bad. Wait it out, they will get better. Also NEVER have anal sex. i haven't, but it seems like a horrible thing to do with them.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I heal myself internally from scalding water I used in a sitz bath?
    I'm trying to cure internal hemorrhoids. I used water that was too hot, for way too long and burned myself in there. What is best for a scalded anus and rectum.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be seen by a physician immediately. Tissue damage can result in infection, scar tissue and complications, depending on the degree of burn, none of which you want to have. Using hot water will not cure your internal hemorrhoids anyway. Using warm water will help in symptom relief which, in itself, improves blood flow and helps in the healing process, but used alone, rarely will fully repair internal hemorrhoids. I'd definitely avoid all heat application until you have this looked at.

      Once you get the attention for the scalded tissue handled, its best to learn precisely how internal hemorrhoids form and what tools are available to you to deal with them long term. There are many ranging from surgical (for more advanced cases) to commercial products to homemade remedies. Each varies in effectiveness, but most can be handled at home.

      Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Natural Cures For Hemorrhoid - Is it Possible?
    I Found a website http://CuresHemorrhoidsNow.Com, H Miracle is a homeopathic and natural solution to trating hemorrhoids. Through H Miracle you will see exactly how to treat your hemorrhoids in 48 hours from the comfort of your own home.

    My Question, Is it possible To Cures Hemorrhoids with Natural?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to cure hemorrhoids by following simple, yet highly effective home treatment techniques. These can help to alleviate the pain, and even prevent your condition from worsening. Let’s look at some hemorrhoids home treatment you can resort to in order to find relief.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to cure Piles /Hemorrhoids permanently without surgery?
    Hi . I am suffering from piles/ Hermorrhoids ( internal piles) from last 7 years. Still unable to get cure permanently. Any body can help me to cure permanently without surgery. Any midicine or any Yoga ?

    • ANSWER:
      i ever have hemorrhoid before, same as you and i try this simple step to cure my hemorrhoid

      1. Consume more fruit and vegetables, you need more diet fiber
      2. stop drinking alcohol, coffee or smoke
      3. don't do any heavy exercise
      4. drink lot's of water each day a least 2 Liter.

      i manage to cure my hemorrhoid in 6 days, and after that i eat a lots of fiber and drink more water frequently to prevent it coming back.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to cure hemorrhoids?
    Any other Idea How to Cure Hemorrhoids?

    • ANSWER:
      Thankfully it is possible to cure Hemorrhoids, take a look:

      http://b1d3030im1v7p8d150hr735n8a.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=GOLDBIBLE (affiliate link)

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I cure my hemorrhoids without surgery?
    I've had hemorrhoids for three years and it sucks! Is there any natural way I can get rid of them? I don't want to go into surgery because it looks painful.

    • ANSWER:
      all the symptoms cited-an offshoot of a disturbed solar plexus. If Ur solar plexus is set right with the aid of acupressure techniques and constipation issues are resolved, U can have total and permanent cure.

      Can Chronic Constipation* ever Cure, permanently?
      Yes.
      Most of “the cancer issues” pertaining to alimentary canal –esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, liver, gall bladder, appendix, sigmoid colon, rectum, etc., are linked to excessive accumulation of feces in the rectum and large intestine. The accumulated fecal matter over weeks/months/years & putrefied fecal matter, with billions of pathogenic bacteria + toxins produced thereat---weighing even 8-10 Kgs., is an offshoot of chronic constipation, as per an American research study—says Dr.Manthena Satyanarayana Raju, the world famous celebrity in ‘Nature Cure’ and the Chairman of the biggest nature cure hospital in the world with 700-bed strength started on 01022012 @ Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India..
      Terms and conditions.
      1. As and when u get up from bed, in the early morning, after mouth wash, just take 2 glasses of plain water. and then 2 hours after every breakfast/lunch/dinner take one glass of water every one hour. Finish Ur dinner before sunset; so that u can give rest of 12 hrs., to Ur digestive system for the fecal matter to move down Ur intestines for its total purge. Do not take any water during breakfast, lunch and dinner, excepting when Ur throat is choked with food particles. That too a small gulp of water only.
      2. Avoid/Minimize salt, baking soda, bakery products, pizzas, burgers, mutton and non-veg. Say no to McDonald’s Pizzas, burgers, KFC’s deep freeze and deep fried chicken, etc.

      3. Include in Ur diet, half-pound rice, sprouted green gram, horse gram, beans, soya beans; black salt, butter milk, wheat powder without filtering/sieving of out bran; green juice, raw vegetables, like tomato, spinach, coriander leaves, hybiscus esculantus/lady's finger/Hindi-bendi , etc.
      4.After sitting on the toilet seat, just massage hard Ur chin [below the lower lip] with Ur thumb and middle finger for 3 to 5 minutes continuously. It shall make hard stools soft and Ur defecation shall be total. The entire rectum gets vacated completely.
      5.1 tsp of triphala churan [available @ any local Ayurveda shop] + 1 cup of butter milk every night before sleep.
      6.For letting out accumulated feces, best remedy is with an enema set, just for 3 days b.d.s.

      The more U follow like rituals, U can out beat not only constipation, but also cancer, hiv/aids, diabetes and all other modern diseases.
      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to rectify the external hemorrhoids?
    I am having a great doubt about the external hemorrhoids. Is it possible to cure the external hemorrhoids.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible to cure the external hemorrhoids. There are several methods are used to cure the hemorrhoids. If the external hemorrhoids is in advanced stage then it can be removed surgically. Natural remedies are also possible. Eating whole grains, vegetables, fiber rich fruits and high fiber food can cure the hemorrhoids. Clean the anal area with hazel pads after bowel movement to stay clean and hygienic to prevent the severity of hemorrhoids.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I cure hemorrhoids during my 36 week of pregnancy?
    I feel sore down there and I know it has to be due to the fact that my baby is pushing to much weight right down there. I can;t even walk right. what can I do to cure it???

    • ANSWER:
      You call your doctor and ask if he/she can give you a prescription or ask if there is an OTC remedy that is safe to use. You won't 'cure' them however, you will just relieve them.

  18. QUESTION:
    External hemorrhoids, how many days it will take to cure after surgery?
    Usually how many days will it take to get completely cured after hemorrhoid surgery. Its 2 weeks now.

    • ANSWER:
      After surgery for external hemorrhoids usually it takes 2 to 3 weeks to completely cure. But treatments of hemorrhoids should be continued for life long and you should follow strict anti hemorrhoids diet.
      It may return after 2 or 3 years if you don't adhere to the diets.

      OR

      You may try some natural proven remedy for the same. My friend has used and he is very much satisfied with the remedy. See Below if you are interested.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any ways to cure hemorrhoids at home?
    Is there anything that I may be able to find around the house that can help cure me?

    • ANSWER:
      Prayer. Lots and lots of prayer. Now go out there and get it gurrrl!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    How to cure hemorrhoids at home?
    I'm 15 and I have hermorhoids!I'm embarrased to tell my parents+i want to know how to cure it,I have money to buy any products to cure them(please can u put some tablet products too thanks)please I'm opening school next week and I don't want to go in this condition!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Any way to cure this at home?
    Is there anyway to cure hemorrhoids at home?

    • ANSWER:
      Not cure, but if they are not too bad, Prep H and related creams work to keep the swelling down. Getting some light exercise (yoga primarily) will help the body to balance itself (muscles, etc.) and might help. Also, take a lot of fiber so there's no straining during bowel movements, and reduce stress that also adversely impacts the bowels.

      Eat lots of oatmeal, applesauce and other high-fiber but gentle on the rectum foods! And most important, drink lots of water.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural cure for hemorrhoids?
    I have had flare-ups for the last 25 years or so, and just in the last 4 to 5 years it seems to be getting worse. My remedy up to this point has been the use of over-the-counter creams, and either I am getting immune to it or my situation has gotten to the point of no return. My doctor has recommended removing the hemorrhoids via surgery. I would like to avoid going under the knife if at all possible. I would appreciate any reasonable suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      1) high fiber diet ie cereals, brown bread, fruit,
      2) drink plenty of water
      3) goto the toilet when you need to ie don't hold it in as the longer you delay the harder the stools.

  23. QUESTION:
    What can I do to cure bad hemorrhoids?
    I'm 8 months pregnant and have horrible hemorrhoids, It hurts to get up it hurts to sit down, I don't know if I can use preparation H, I also was wondering what else I can do for them I'm miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      Apply an ice pack (with a soft covering) to the affected area several times a day. Ice may help decrease swelling and discomfort. Some women find cold compresses saturated with witch hazel to be soothing.

      Soak your bottom in warm water, in a tub or a sitz bath. A sitz bath is small plastic basin that you fill with water and position over your toilet, allowing you to submerge your rectal area simply by sitting down.

      Try alternating cold and warm treatments. Start with an ice pack followed by a warm sitz bath.

      Gently but thoroughly clean the affected area after each bowel movement using soft, unscented, white toilet tissue, which causes less irritation than colored, scented varieties. Moistening the tissue can help, too. Many women find using pre-moistened wipes more comfortable than using toilet tissue. You can buy medicated wipes (such as Tucks) made specifically for people with hemorrhoids.

      Ask your healthcare practitioner to recommend a safe topical anesthetic or medicated suppository. There are many hemorrhoid-relief products on the market, but consult your practitioner before trying one on your own. Most of these products should be used for a short course of treatment only (a week or less). Continued use can cause even more inflammation.

      Up your fibre intake but eating products such as All Bran in the morning, and drinking heaps of water. This can alleviate straining and constipation which is one of the main contributors to hemorrhoids.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can God cure my hemorrhoids and herpes lips?
    I wiped today and some crusty skin fell off. Might've been the hemorrhoids.

    And my lips feel cold and icy and minty, in a bad way.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi from France ♫

      .. Oh wait ! .. Since when a nonexistent thing can cure / help someone ? ... !o! .. Wake up !

      Have a nice day,

      Cat.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best cure for external hemorrhoids?
    What is the best remedy for hemorrhoids(external) aside from operation?Is there any medicine that can remove this?

    • ANSWER:
      We are not what we eat, we are what we don’t expel"

      u can still treat it conservatively!!!

      Drink a cup of milk boiled with a mashed banana thrice daily.
      Grate up some white radish and eat it with a little honey.

      Create a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger juice, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice, a tablespoon honey, and a 1/2 teaspoon mint leaves and take once a day.
      all the best

  26. QUESTION:
    What can cure hemorrhoids naturally?
    I have hemorrhoids, they bleed. I have tried everything there is. The doctor told me I have to do the banding. Before I get to that is there any natural medication etc that heals hemorrhoids and shrinks them?

    • ANSWER:
      Home remedies include various herbs as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22hemorrhoids+home+renmedies%22&fr=ush-ans

  27. QUESTION:
    How to cure external hemorrhoid?
    I have a small(smaller than a kidney bean) external hemorrhoid. it didnt cause any pain at all, i dont have a blood on my stool, but sometimes(rarely), it causes itchiness but not too much.

    I just want to ask what are the home remedies for external hemorrhoids. Since i have to go to abroad, i have to get rid of it. Can someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard iodine tincture helps, I haven't had to try it though so can't say from experience

  28. QUESTION:
    have you every heard of taking the vitamin RUTIN for hemorrhoid?
    had an old woman to tell me it would cure hemorrhoids .she said it was a vitamin c complex

    • ANSWER:
      The bioflavonoid Rutin can apparently prevent and cure both hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

      Some or perhaps all vitamin C complexes contain Rutin in the extra components. Both the bio C complex and the calcium ascorbate complex contain Rutin.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to avoid getting constipated?
    Well I have hemorrhoids and i got really constipated, I got over that and now i don't want to go throw that again so I want to know what I'm supposed to eat and what not to eat? I'm a lover of chocolate but i know that it causes constipation so I'll stop eating it. I'm getting really skinny and i can live forever on vegetables and fruits. So I'm asking for advice how to avoid getting constipated and still regulate my weight. And in the same time to cure my hemorrhoids problem forever.

    • ANSWER:
      Adding fiber to your diet does not mean that you cut everything else out. It means that you eat several servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with your other food. Eat high fiber cereal for breakfast, have a salad with dinner, an apple for a snack, a slice of whole wheat, oat, or bran toast or crackers in the evening. Of course you will get skinny if you try to live on fruits and vegetables alone.

      Go to the drugstore and buy an over-the-counter fiber supplement. This is a powder you add to liquid and drink every day to boost your fiber intake. Drink extra water so all that fiber has something to work with. Don't sit on the toilet for more than 10 minutes at a time (this makes hemorrhoids worse). Sit in warm water (tub or basin) for 15 minutes a few times during the day. Clean yourself gently but thoroughly after bowel movements and at least once per day.

      Your hemorrhoids will get better if you do these things. Try it for two weeks.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to shrink hemorrhoids?
    I have 3 external hemorrhoids, and one or 2 internal ones as well. My life is not very pleasant.
    Recently, they have been very swollen and hurt to the point where it's difficult to go number 2.

    Any home remedies or things to shrink hemorrhoids, or at least help?
    Note: I've already tried Aloe Vera Juice, fiber and plenty of water.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
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  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for bleeding Hemorrhoids?
    I have had Hemorrhoids for a couple weeks now and they bleed every time I go to the bathroom.I went to the Dr's last week and he gave me a prescription for Hydro cortisone cream. That has relieved some of the itching but there is still burning and bleeding present. I've changed my diet and am drinking more water. He told me if they continued to bleed he would refer me to a surgeon. Is there any other option besides surgery?
    I can feel them on the outside to I assume they are external and I have been taking stool softeners.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Dog Lover, other than surgical excision, there are no guarantees for permanent cure of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are collections of dilated (enlarged) veins in or near the anal opening. Because their walls are thin and stretched, they tend to bleed some red blood on the outside of the stool (feces). There are things you can try, but no guarantees. Your diet changes and added fluid intake may help. Gentle wiping with MOIST baby wipes after a bowel movement may help. Try to reduce irritation by keeping the area clean and powdered with baby talcum powder (starch). In the pharmacy, there are varieties of Preparation H, both in anal suppositories and in soft gel toothpaste-like tubes that can be applied for pain relief. Stool softener gel capsules may also help. Sometimes they will just disappear - for a while. Some people try sitting on a soft circular tube, like the inner tube of a car tire, to relieve pain and reduce bleeding. Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to completely cure hemorrhoid?
    Hi, I think I have internal hemorrhoid, and I heard that it is impossible to cure it completely without surgery, is it true? If that is true, how do I know that my hemorrhoid condition is getting better?

    • ANSWER:
      You can definitely cure your hemorrhoid 100% WITHOUT surgery. Surgery should be seen as a last resort as it can have serious physical and psychological effects (not to mention it can be very expensive). Natural cures work very well and are a lot cheaper. They can also work to relieve the pain rapidly.

      Below I have included a couple of links where you can find out more about hemorrhoids and the ways to cure them that don’t involve surgery.

      Hope this helps,

      Heather-Jane

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the available hemorrhoids treatment ?
    I am looking for some alternative treatments for hemorrhoids. I am fed up with the conventional treatments. I am scared of hemorrhoid surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      Hemorrhoids treatment differs depending on the type of hemorrhoids one has. Bleeding hemorrhoid treatment can consist of a stapled hemorrhoidectomy. This treatment is quite popular due to the fact that there is little pain and suffering involved as no tissue is cut in the sensitive area. Rather, a circular-shaped stapler is used to reduce the cause of the hemorrhoids.

      Hemorrhoids Treatment CenterMany patients obtain hemorrhoid relief and even total hemorrhoid removal by applying natural hemorrhoid treatment at home. Natural hemorrhoid home treatment can be started by sufferers by adding fiber to their diets. The average adults consumes about 15 grams of fiber. Hemorrhoid sufferers are often told to double that amount. Doing so can soften the stool to promote healthy bowel movements which promote the healing of the hemorrhoids. It is also helpful to drink plenty of water and to take a stool softener. There is no known cure for hemorrhoids but rather numerous ways one can go about getting rid of hemorrhoids.

      Other types of treatments for hemorrhoids commonly used are special over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatment (OTC) creams, gels, ointments, suppositories and pads. The suppositories used are called “pile pipes”. The most effective types of these pile pipes have holes in the sides and ends. Pile pipes should be lubricated with ointment before inserting them into the anus. Quite often local anesthetics are prescribed by doctors to relieve the itching and burning. These creams or ointments are applied to the affected areas. Protectants can also be used to prevent irritation. Protectants work by forming a barrier on the skin which prevents contact of the affected area with liquid or stool coming from the rectum. Things like cocoa butter, glycerin and kaolin are commonly used protectants.

      Hemorrhoids laser treatment is often used in the most severe cases when much pain, swelling, inflammation and bleeding is present and when other treatments fail to provide relief. Hemorrhoids laser surgery is usually used as last resort and most of the time proper hemorrhoids treatment at home can most sufferers help with getting rid of hemorrhoids.

      While hemorrhoids are unpleasant and even alarming to have, affected people should know that there are many hemorrhoid treatment options available which can prove very effective. It is recommended that you see your physician if you suspect that you have hemorrhoids so that a treatment recommendation can be made for the type of hemorrhoids you have. It could be that a simple change in your diet is all that is necessary or that an over-the-counter medication could be used which can help to relieve your agony and condition completely. Anyone with hemorrhoids should know that there many natural hemorrhoid treatments available from which many suffers have found relief.

  34. QUESTION:
    Recipe for treating hemorrhoids the natural way?
    I have had hemorrhoids almost 5 years, but I'm an old grandmother told receptors for the treatment of hemorrhoids, so I cured my hemorrhoids, I got the idea to create a blog about http://treatmentforhemorrhoidsnaturalcream.blogspot.com
    If you still have some prescription for the treatment of hemorrhoids?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink plenty of water and eat a diet high in fiber, especially fruits and vegetables.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to treat bleeding hemorrhoids? I am only 31 not pregnant and have dripping blood from them.?
    Please do not say go to the doctor, I have no insurance and cannot afford a doctor.The blood is only there when I use the bathroom,however it is enough to drip into the toilet. I already have a pretty stable diet I do not even eat red meat. Can anyone tell me how to cure these. Once again I cannot afford a doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't want to disappoint you but, you don't cure hemorrhoids, you can bring hem under control. First of all, don't let yourself get constipated. For now, take hot baths, sitz baths to bring the swelling down. Hemorrhoids are blood vessel that are ruptured and will start bleeding due to constipation.
      Get some Preparation H ointment and treat yourself every time you use the toilet, wash good, then dry, put the ointment on. If they get bad enough take a sitz bath to relieve them.
      Use the suppositories at night, you'll find relief with these also. Sty away from foods like peanuts, popcorn this type of roughage.
      Wheter you eat red meat or not, has little to do with it but, I will make a summarizing here for that. Your a young lady and need the iron in the meat, if you don't eat anything else to give you the proper vitamins of the red meat you may want to rethink your attitude toward it because you need the Iron in it.

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent Hemorrhoid pain after going to the bathroom?
    I had my son this past December and I’m rather positive I have hemorrhoids. It is painful when I have a bowel movement and sometimes blood on the toilet paper. I am using cream, hemorrhoid pads and even a hemorrhoid suppository but still after I go to the bathroom it hurts to sit down or lay down for up to 3 hours after. What can I do to be able to sit and lay down in comfort after a bowel movement?

    • ANSWER:
      I would use any kind of ointment, containig alcoxy glycerol - this component speeds healing, reduces the severity of inflammation, gives strength after illness.
      it will help

      another effective method is making a herbal infusion from Polygonum persicaria L.(if you find this herb somewhere....)
      Polygonum persicaria is on of the most effective herbs which cures bleeding hemorrhoids and uterine bleeding.
      For the preparation of infusion - take a teaspoon of chopped herbs to a half cup of water and boil it for 15 minutes. Then leave it for 2 hours and filter it finally. Take half a glass of infusion 3 times daily before meals.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can changing my diet cure my minor external hemorrhoids?
    hey guys, ive got minor external hemorrhoids and the only symptoms are it just puffed up a bit and it itches pretty bad. This is my second day having them. I was wondering if this will go away for good, if i just use ointment and change my diet, as in drink alot of water, and eat alot of fibers. will it go away if i only change my diet and not give too much pressure while using the toilet?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, eating foods that have a lot of fiber will definitely improve your chances of getting rid of hemorrhoids. In the vast majority of cases a bad diet is responsible for hemorrhoids.

      You can also sit in a hot bath in which you have mixed in some apple cider vinegar, a couple of times a day. This will help shrink your hemorrhoids.

      You can also try applying some Witch Hazel with some cotton wool directly to the hemorrhoids, and that should help with the irritation.

      Hope that helps.

  38. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had needle treatment of hemorrhoids and was it effective?
    Does the needle procedure cure an internal hemorrhoid?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need needle treatment or any of this unpleasant surgeries.
      I cured my hemorrhoids in 3 days with a pure natural treatment. You can read about it in my blog: http://hemorrhoids.ericshealthblog.com/?isd=1&fr=yahoo1

  39. QUESTION:
    How to cure Hemorrhoids?
    How can you cure hemorrhoids Without surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, hemorrhoid surgery is not always 100% successful and I have consulted with many hemorrhoids sufferers who have had multiple operations, and have not been cured.

      You can revive the natural immune capabilities to fight your hemorrhoid problem such as:

      1. Have food that has enough fiber content.
      2. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.
      3. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at a predefined time and try to stick to this time regularly.
      4. Make sure you pass bowels regularly. If required take some natural laxatives like flaxseeds for getting relief from constipation.
      5. Exercise regularly.
      6. Find the optimal weight for your height and reduce weight if required.

      Yet there are many natural hemorrhoid remedies which will shrink your hemorrhoids, stop bleeding hemorrhoids and reduce pain.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to completely rid of hemorrhoids?
    I have intermittently battled with hemorrhoids this past year. I try to use Prep-H (which offered no relief), drink more water, and intake more fiber. The last two did relieve it for a while but they came back (probably because of additional stress and poor diet). I'm trying to take it easy, drink more water, and eat better, but how long will it take to completely rid of hemorrhoids? Will Tucks pads help?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it can be cured by surgeries. There are lot of pills and herbal products available on the market. Most of them are useless and some stuffs will only work for some people. Visiting a good doctor is a good idea. He will be able to give you a treatment method suitable for you.

      If you are affraid to visit a Doctor, you can try some natural home remedies like Stool softener, Witch Hazel, Sitz bath etc. Sometimes it can be cured permanantly within 4 weeks time by these natural remedies.

  41. QUESTION:
    What's the easiest/quickest way to cure thrombosed hemorrhoids?
    I've had a hemorrhoid on the outside of my rectum for about 2 years now. I never did anything out of embarrassment. I just started using preparation H but I believe it's only for temporary relief. How can I cure this condition using the easiest and most effective methods? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      use the cream, it works really well!

  42. QUESTION:
    is there any fast cure for hemorrhoids that bleed when I poop ?
    I am suffering from hemorrhoids that bleed whenever I poop and the poop will be bloody.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain can be conquered within few hours after applying the remedy. Time tested and proven remedy. Check below.

  43. QUESTION:
    How painful is it to have the banding procedure done for hemorrhoids?
    I am aconsidering treatment options for hemorrhoids, and have heard of band or ligature treatment.If anyone has had this done, how painful is it. How about IRC treatment, infared coagulation therapy, does that hurt a lot?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't had any surgical treatment for my hemorrhoids. Instead, I embarked upon a high fiber diet, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain bread. Chopped up prunes on a high fiber breakfast cereal is very helpful. And I drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. This helped a lot.

      But what really got rid of them was this natural cure at
      http://www.InstantHemorrhoidRelief.info which worked in 48 hours!

  44. QUESTION:
    How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast? I need to cure my hemorrhoid fastly.?
    This hemorrhoid is really a nasty thing and painful. Please help me solve my problem. What is the best hemorrhoid treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I do research for hemorrhoids treatment since 3 years. My name is Dr. Delton. Getting rid of hemorrhoids may be something that will become a priority to you someday, if it hasn’t already. Right now, the concentration will be on getting rid of severe hemorrhoids, which may actually end up becoming life threatening if not dealt with. Hemorrhoids are actually very much like varicose veins. The vein becomes irritated and inflamed for some reason. It can become sore, swollen, painful, burning, and itch really bad. When a hemorrhoid becomes thrombosed, meaning it develops a clot, it may be so painful that it’s almost unbearable. With the pain associated with this type of hemorrhoid, you will want to seek help immediately. If you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, you will need to get rid of that hemorrhoid fast. The only way to do that, is to have your doctor remove it. Another type of hemorrhoid that you will want to get rid of fast, is a prolapsed hemorrhoid. With this type of hemorrhoid you will notice that it is coming through your anal canal. It is actually an internal hemorrhoid which comes through the anal canal, possibly becoming stuck, and having to be manually pushed back up into the canal. Getting rid of this type of hemorrhoid may take surgery. If hemorrhoid treatments don’t work, or it becomes unable to be put back manually, you may need medical help to get rid of it. Strangulated hemorrhoid are another type of hemorrhoid that you will want to get rid of fast. With a strangulated hemorrhoid, there is severe pain that will get your attention for sure. When you have a strangulated hemorrhoid, what you really have is an internal hemorrhoid which has had the blood supply cut off. This is very painful, and actually creates an emergency situation. If you develop a strangulated hemorrhoid, you will need to get rid of the hemorrhoid fast. Seeking immediate medical intervention is necessary. There are some good options for getting rid of hemorrhoids which have become severe, and are possibly life threatening. Depending on whether you are in an emergency situation or not, you may have a choice about which method is used to get rid of your hemorrhoids. With a thrombosed hemorrhoid, sometimes the best option is a minor procedure which is able to be done on an outpatient basis. The doctor will either remove the clot in the hemorrhoid, and some of the surrounding tissue, or do a complete hemorrhoidectomy, taking the whole hemorrhoid and some of the surrounding tissue. It all depends on the severity of the hemorrhoid. An option when dealing with a prolapsed hemorrhoid might be PPH ( Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids). This hemorrhoid treatment is meant to reduce the size of the hemorrhoidal tissue, making it possible to get rid of the hemorrhoid faster and with less pain than surgery or simply waiting would give you. Getting rid of hemorrhoids may be something that is done in an emergency if necessary. Taking care of the hemorrhoids before they become an emergency may give you a better chance of avoiding invasive treatments to get rid of hemorrhoids. We have researched the best products and compiled a list of the most effective hemorrhoid treatments for you. Based on customer feedback HM is the best solution regarding results, time until relief, customer service, and overall satisfaction, HM earns our recommendation as the most effective hemorrhoid treatment. http://thebesthemorrhoidtreatment.blogspot.com/ My co-worker applied venapro for Hemorrhoids Treatment . It is very effective so if you need to try it, you can visit this web site http://doiop.com/1hemorrhoids

  45. QUESTION:
    How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast? I need to cure my hemorrhoid fastly.?
    This hemorrhoid is really a nasty thing and painful. Please help me solve my problem. What is the best hemorrhoid treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I do research for hemorrhoids treatment since 3 years. My name is Dr. Delton.

      Getting rid of hemorrhoids may be something that will become a priority to you someday, if it hasn’t already. Right now, the concentration will be on getting rid of severe hemorrhoids, which may actually end up becoming life threatening if not dealt with.

      Hemorrhoids are actually very much like varicose veins. The vein becomes irritated and inflamed for some reason. It can become sore, swollen, painful, burning, and itch really bad. When a hemorrhoid becomes thrombosed, meaning it develops a clot, it may be so painful that it’s almost unbearable. With the pain associated with this type of hemorrhoid, you will want to seek help immediately. If you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, you will need to get rid of that hemorrhoid fast. The only way to do that, is to have your doctor remove it.

      Another type of hemorrhoid that you will want to get rid of fast, is a prolapsed hemorrhoid. With this type of hemorrhoid you will notice that it is coming through your anal canal. It is actually an internal hemorrhoid which comes through the anal canal, possibly becoming stuck, and having to be manually pushed back up into the canal. Getting rid of this type of hemorrhoid may take surgery. If hemorrhoid treatments don’t work, or it becomes unable to be put back manually, you may need medical help to get rid of it.

      Strangulated hemorrhoid are another type of hemorrhoid that you will want to get rid of fast. With a strangulated hemorrhoid, there is severe pain that will get your attention for sure. When you have a strangulated hemorrhoid, what you really have is an internal hemorrhoid which has had the blood supply cut off. This is very painful, and actually creates an emergency situation. If you develop a strangulated hemorrhoid, you will need to get rid of the hemorrhoid fast. Seeking immediate medical intervention is necessary.

      There are some good options for getting rid of hemorrhoids which have become severe, and are possibly life threatening. Depending on whether you are in an emergency situation or not, you may have a choice about which method is used to get rid of your hemorrhoids. With a thrombosed hemorrhoid, sometimes the best option is a minor procedure which is able to be done on an outpatient basis. The doctor will either remove the clot in the hemorrhoid, and some of the surrounding tissue, or do a complete hemorrhoidectomy, taking the whole hemorrhoid and some of the surrounding tissue. It all depends on the severity of the hemorrhoid.

      An option when dealing with a prolapsed hemorrhoid might be PPH ( Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids). This hemorrhoid treatment is meant to reduce the size of the hemorrhoidal tissue, making it possible to get rid of the hemorrhoid faster and with less pain than surgery or simply waiting would give you.

      Getting rid of hemorrhoids may be something that is done in an emergency if necessary. Taking care of the hemorrhoids before they become an emergency may give you a better chance of avoiding invasive treatments to get rid of hemorrhoids. We have researched the best products and compiled a list of the most effective hemorrhoid treatments for you. Based on customer feedback HM is the best solution regarding results, time until relief, customer service, and overall satisfaction, HM earns our recommendation as the most effective hemorrhoid treatment.

      http://thebesthemorrhoidtreatment.blogspot.com/

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a thrombosed hemorrhoid be treated at home? Or do I need surgery?
    I've had to combat hemorrhoids since I became a mom. This is the first external thrombosed hemorrhoid I've ever had and it's much more painful. Can it be treated with the same over the counter remedies or should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      See the link for picture and references

      Conservative treatment typically consists of increasing dietary fiber, oral fluids to maintain hydration, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)s, sitz baths, and rest. Increased fiber intake has been shown to improve outcomes, and may be achieved by dietary alterations or the consumption of fiber supplements.

      While many topical agents and suppositories are available for the treatment of hemorrhoids, there is little evidence to support their use. Steroid containing agents should not be used for more than 14 days as they may cause thinning of the skin. Skin protectants such as petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream may potentially reduce injury and itching.
      Procedures

      Rubber band ligation is a procedure in which elastic bands are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid at least 1 cm above the dentate line to cut off its blood supply. Within 5–7 days, the withered hemorrhoid falls off. If the band is placed too close to the dentate line, intense pain results immediately afterwards. Cure rate has been found to be about 87%.
      Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosing agent, such as phenol, into the hemorrhoid. This causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up. The success rate four years after treatment is 70%.
      A number of cautery methods have been shown to be effective for hemorrhoids. This can be done using electrocautery, infrared radiation, laser, or cryosurgery.

      A number of surgical techniques may be used if conservative medical management fails. All are associated with some degree of complications including urinary retention, due to the close proximity to the rectum of the nerves that supply the bladder, bleeding, infection, and anal strictures.

      Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical excision of the hemorrhoid used primary only in severe cases. It is associated with significant post operative pain and usually requires 2–4 weeks for recovery.
      Doppler guided transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization is a minimally invasive treatment using an ultrasound doppler to accurately locate the arterial blood inflow. These arteries are then "tied off" and the prolapsed tissue is sutured back to its normal position. It has a slightly higher recurrence rate. However, there are less complications compared to a hemorrhoidectomy.
      Stapled hemorrhoidectomy, or, more properly, stapled hemorrhoidopexy, is a procedure that involves the resection (removal) of much of the abnormally enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue, followed by a repositioning of the remaining hemorrhoidal tissue back to its normal anatomic position. It is generally less painful than complete removal of hemorrhoids, and is associated with faster healing compared to a hemorrhoidectomy.

  47. QUESTION:
    How old are people typically when they get hemorrhoids?
    I have just recently discovered a hemorrhoid and I am an 18 year old female that bathes regularly, do not engage in anal sex and never have constipation problems that would cause me to strain. The only thing recently that I can think of that might have caused it was from being sick but that sickness only lasted less than 24 hours. What is the most likely cause for this hemorrhoid then? And how long will it probably be there?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to have constipation to get hemorrhoids you can get them several ways.
      There are many causes of internal hemorrhoids. Some of the more common ones include:
      -straining during a bowel movement
      -sneezing or coughing
      -diarrhea
      -vomiting
      -pregnancy
      -sitting a lot
      -eating a low fiber diet
      -being overweight
      -standing too much
      - anal sex

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  48. QUESTION:
    Can you develop hemorrhoids 3 weeks after delivering a baby?
    I had a baby girl 3 weeks ago,and I didn't have hemorrhoids during the pregnancy, and I never have before in my life. Now when I go to the bathroom it hurts like hell (just starting today) and there is some blood. I don't know how to tell if it's hemorrhoids or not, because I've never had them. It still hurts for a while after pooping too, like I went over an hour ago and it still hurts.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jodi,
      You most certainly can lots of women develop hemorrhoids during the pregnancy.Hemorrhoids do not "just" happen over night so yours were so to speak in the developing stages while you were pregnant and with all the extra straining and during giving birth they have now broken out.

      Be aware they may go away but once you've had them the chances of them coming back are very good unless you take a few steps to change that.

      Jodi first of all two methods to relieve the pain, No1 Ice pack apply for 15-20 minutes on external hemorrhoids.WARNING! Keep the ice wrapped in a cloth or place a cloth in between ice and your skin to reduce the possibility of any damage to your skin.

      No2 Sitz bath,Do not use HOT water as this will have exactly the opposite effect of what you want. Sitz bath is a form of bathing where the bottom and hips are immersed in warm or cold water for a period of time, 15 – 20 minutes is ideal.

      Sitz baths are best for cleansing the area while cool sitz baths help to ease swelling and can even help with constipation. A simple trick is to add salt, or baking soda to the water and allow yourself to soak in the water, this trick works to clean the affected area as well as relieving pain.

      Don’t add soap to the water as this can be irritating if you have any type of anal infection or irritation,after wards dry the affected area with a soft towel.

      People usually run out to the drug store and get pills creams or suppositories this is all well and good most of them do work in the short term,BUT as they do not heal the cause of the hemorrhoids you always need more and more of them.

      Having a newborn baby you must be extra careful what you put in or on your body thats why down below in the source area I have given you the address of a totally Natural cure for hemorrhoids which is fast working and you only need it once.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I license Herbal medicine product? It is used to remove the Hemorrhoids and piles?
    this product is tested for many people and the result is 70-100% of removing the Hemorrhoids, the time you need to use it varies from one person to another, usually 2 weeks. Every day (eat) only 2 grams of this herbal combination.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is herbal you do not need a license but you can also not claim a cure. It takes a patent and scientific testing to get anywhere.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does Anusol treat hemorrhoids or does it just relieve the symptoms?
    What I mean is, does it make the hemorrhoids go away or does it just stop the discomfort?

    • ANSWER:
      stops the discomfort by shrinking them. is this a cure? not really

      you have to have soft bowel movements and no more labor pains or straining in order to not have them come back....


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