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Benefits of Holistic Medicine to Your Health and Well-Being

Balance is the basic principle behind holistic medicines. A lot of people are considering the importance of balance in their lives so they run to this kind of medicine to achieve a sound well-being. The essential philosophy of the holistic medicine involves a whole person. It is not just the particular function of the nervous system or the heart or a certain physical area but it is you as a whole person. You have to achieve balance in your physical, emotional, mental and social life.

Holistic medicine is more than just seeking something different than a disease-focused approach but it is looking at a sickness or disease as something that should be taken care of with a good kind of balance. Holistic medicine generally relies on herbal remedies and natural foods. Here are some of the most important benefits of holistic medicine.

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1. Comprehensiveness
Holistic medicine is beneficial to the patients because it offers a wide range of treatment options. There are preventive approaches like herbs, acupuncture and spiritual counseling that you can choose from. It is important to note that every person has unique body needs so you have to find the treatment that will work for your specific case. A holistic doctor will integrate variety of approaches into the healing regimen in order to come up with a cure that is comprehensive rather than superficial.

2. Active role of the patient
Holistic doctors in Miami encourage patients to take an active role in the healing process. It is about you so you really have to play a significant role. You will also have to be involved in the decision-making process that will guide you through your lifestyle choices. These choices must lessen the stress in your life and prevent diet-related problems that will come in the future.

3. Few side effects
You will always have to start on an approach that will result to the least harm like opting for a good change in lifestyle. The holistic treatment may not always be a successful one but it does not result to major risks. Low impact treatments are more cost effective than the pharmaceutical medications or surgeries.

4. Philosophical considerations
Advocates of the holistic medicine believes that this kind of approach to medicine can help create a more loving and diverse culture in the specific field. It focuses on the patient rather than on the illness. Now that is a good philosophical consideration to dwell on.

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Top 5 Things to Know Before an ECG Test

Stop and listen to the beating of your heart. That thump, thump, thump is precious and should always be regarded as a blessing for it means life. When the doctor recommends this test, do not be scared. It does not mean you are alarmingly sick. On the other hand, Knowledge is power. The more you know about your condition, the higher the chances of preventive action being successful in providing you overall wellness and good health conditions.

  1. Understand what ECG means and how it will help you:

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ECG stands for Electrocardiography or EKG coming from the Greek word, kardia meaning heart. It is a medical test that interprets the activity of the heart over a period of time as detected by attaching electrodes to the surface of the skin and recorded by a machine external to the body.

A machine records the electrocardiograph. The Electrocardiograph records the electrical activity of the heart muscle and displays traces on a screen which can be printed on paper. It aims to detect if there is any (heart) cardiac abnormality through the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts in this non-invasive procedure.

ECG is recommended for patients who have experienced symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, irregular heartbeats and chest pain. It is used to diagnose if a person has a heart problem like enlargement of the heart, arrhythmia, poor blood supply and congenital heart defects.

  1. Various heart problems that can be diagnosed by ECG

Appearing below is a list of some heart problems that can be diagnosed by the Electrocardiogram test or ECG.

  • Damage to the heart caused by blocked arteries
  • Abnormal position of the heart
  • Poor blood supply to the heart
  • Enlargement of the heart
  • Imbalances in the blood chemicals (electrolytes) that control heart activity
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Abnormal rhythm or Arrhythmia
  • Heart Inflammation or Myocarditis/ Pericarditis
  • Cardiac Arrest during ER or ICU monitoring
  • Disturbances of the heart’s conducting system
  1. Things to do prior to test
  • Be at the hospital early and ask for the location where the ECG Test would be done.
  • No food or drink restriction before the test. It is ok to eat about an hour or before leaving the house, just not exactly before the test itself. You can however drink water to calm yourself.
  • Do not put your heart in any stress, after all, heartbeats would be measured and must be as accurate as possible to your present condition.
  • One should wear clothing that would not get in the way of the wires, in other words, something simple and non-complicated.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies to adhesive tapes that may be used to attach the electrodes to your body.
  1. Long-term benefits
  • ECG is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats and the effect of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart.
  • The result of the ECG will determine any treatment needed if any condition is determined in the results.
  • Taking this test regularly is recommended especially if the patient has a family history of heart disease, smoking, weight issues, diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure for preventive course of action and
  1. Possible side-effects and what to do after ECG

Good news is there are no recorded evidence that proves and side effects from taking this test. The ECG does not send the electric current to the body thus proven safe and no known risk to its takers. However, in some cases patients are allergic to the tape used in connecting the electrodes which may cause reddening of the skin.

So do take the ECG Test immediately when recommended by your physician, do not be afraid for this is for a good purpose. It will help improve your overall wellness by recording necessary data to help determine the course of action necessary to prevent any unwanted life threatening disease or to improve your present heart condition.

A healthy happy heart is necessary in living a long fulfilling life. Time is valuable and should not be wasted.  Make sure the thump, thump, thump of your heart equates to a long well lived life.

Garlic and Its Healing Wonders for the Heart

The heart gives life, love and vitality. Matters of the heart and our overall health should be prioritized for it determines the course of our lives. Having a broken heart can literally kill you in this case.

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World Health Organization

According to the World Health Organization, 17 Million people as of 2011 died of cardiovascular diseases. Having said this, scientists all over the world have taken great extent in finding solutions for disease prevention, protection from it and possible alternative treatments that could reduce risks and improve symptoms in patients.

 

  • Top on the list was Ischaemic heart disease killing 7 Million people for the year 2011 alone.
  • In second place as the most deadly killer, the stroke claiming 6.2 Million lives the same year world-wide.
  • In third place, the lower respiratory infections taking 3.2 Million people all over the world.

Today, Alternative and Complementary medicines are gaining popularity world-wide as more and more scientific studies provide safe and easy administration that produce significant results in alternative treatments.

A recent study was published by the Department of Family Medicine of Aga Khan University by WarisQidwai and TabindaAshfaq, on an open access article, showing the Role of Garlic Usage in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention as of March 2013.

Garlic (Latin: Allium sativum) as a medicinal remedy and potential herb has been used and acknowledged for over 6000 years. Significant use appearing in centuries Traditional Egyptians text and Indian Ayurveda traditional medicine, Garlic has played an important dietary, culinary and as well as medicinal role in human history through the ages.

Hypertension is an important risk factor leading to cardiovascular disease. Regular consumption of garlic has shown some association with blood pressure control and is used as a remedy by many people worldwide. According to one survey, approximately 29% of people are using garlic for their blood pressure control. 

This fact was tested among patients with cardiovascular disease by giving garlic powder tablets allicor, and their 10-year prognostic risk of acute myocardial infarction and sudden death were assessed. It was seen that after 12-month treatment with allicor, there was significant decrease of cardiovascular risk. 

Conclusion

Similarly, it was also suggested that AGE preparation if taken as a dietary supplement by healthy individuals may be beneficial in protection against cardiovascular disease through inhibition of platelet aggregation

A trial using garlic pearls containing 250 mg of garlic among hypertensive patients for 2 months demonstrated decrease in blood pressure level and also showed decrease in biomarkers responsible for oxidative stress in blood (plasma-oxidized LDL, plasma, and urinary concentration of 8-iso-Prostaglandin F2alpha) ultimately decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease 

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We conclude that the beneficial effect of garlic preparations on lipids and blood pressure extends also to platelet function, thus providing a wider potential protection of the cardiovascular system through its major effects on cholesterol reduction. However, its efficacy in blood pressure reduction is mild with some beneficial effects on platelet aggregation.