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Home made remedies for common cold

Home made remedies for common cold

Common cold picCome winters common cold is common in almost every household. The presence of viruses which become active with the onset of winter triggers running of the nose and a host of other respiratory diseases. Cold often always begins with the nose, but slowly starts affecting the whole body. The symptoms include running nose, sneezing, sore throat, chills, fever, headache and body pains. A person affected with cold becomes weak and lethargic. However, cold cannot be avoided as it rules in this season. Medications may not always provide complete relief. Hence a few home concoctions that might give the much needed respite when contacted with the virus –

Gargling with Warm Water

The moment you feel the sensation of congestion in your throat or suspect cold, gargling warm water with a pinch of salt ensures a clear throat and might even prevent the further entry of the viruses into the system.

Inhalation of steam

Inhalation of steam from a steam vaporizer provides relief from a stuffy and blocked nose. The hot steam kills any germs present in the nasal tract. Be careful that the steam is not too hot as it might injure the delicate nasal tissues. In the absence of a steam inhaler, make use of a kettle of hot water. When there is a doubt of contacting cold one can indulge in inhalation of steam to prevent it. When already contacted, one can apply balms or vaporizers for a better relief.

Ginger Tea

Drinking a hot, steaming cup of ginger tea is an effective home remedy in combating colds.

Tea with Mint

Tea with added mint (pudina) and Holy Basil (Tulasi) leaves clears the throat and nasal passages and can even prompt you to say ‘Wah Taj’ like the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

Hot steaming rasam

Hot steaming rasam (a South Indian soup) prepared with tamarind and black pepper helps flush out the unwanted toxins. As the nose and eyes water, the congested nasal passages are cleared.

Garlic soup

Garlic soup, another oldie prepared by boiling a few garlic pods, helps decrease the intensity of a cold. Garlic can otherwise be also added to the above rasam for a better and integrated effect.

Turmeric Powder

Add turmeric powder to warm milk and have it. It is an effective remedy as turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, being the anti-infective vitamin is a well known prescription for cold. The best option is to have lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey as it contains abundant amounts of vitamin c and builds the body resistance.

Tulsi Leaves

Children can always be given a teaspoon of Tulasi leaves juice mixed with honey to relieve nasal congestion. Adults however can chew the holy basil for relief.

Wash your hands

Before handling eatables or anything related to food or drink, wash hands thoroughly with an antiseptic hand-wash or if outside clean your hands with a hand sanitizer. This act minimizes entry of cold causing microbes into your system.

Keep Distance

During wet and humid months the common advice rendered is to steer away from the affected persons. Frankly, is it possible to keep a
close and loved one in exile for such a trivial cause and is it practically possible. The virus is spread all over. How long can children be kept away from school or play for fear of contact with the ‘cold virus’ (a dragon) from other affected children? A wise and intelligent option is to teach and follow hygienic health habits –

  • Changing clothes and cleaning up thoroughly once from school or play or work.
  • Washing hands before eating.
  • Using a handkerchief or hand towel while sneezing or coughing to prevent the spread of microbes.
  • Reducing intake of cold causing foods like chilled juices and water, ice-creams and others.
  • Drink copious amounts of water to detoxify and flush out the toxins from your body.
  • Even after all these measures, if cold strikes follow one or more of the above methods to get relief.

Remember an attack of cold is just seasonal. It is always not necessary to resort to antibiotics or other medications, sometimes small ailments can be better handled with effective home remedies before they become chronic. If the cold persists don’t forget to approach a doctor for treatment and cure. The above methods can always substantiate the effect of medicines. A balanced diet devoid of high-fat and indigestible foods and with plenty of vitamin c rich citrus fruits provides immunity against cold. Brisk walking, deep breathing techniques like pranayama, kapalbhati, inhaling fresh air strengthens the immune system and neutralizes the ill-effects of bad weather.

Everything you need to know about bowel cancer

Everything you need to know about bowel cancer

Bowel Cancer

Deconstructing Bowel cancer

bowel cancer, commonly known as bowel cancer starts in the large intestine (colon) or in the rectum (end of colon). Some of the symptoms synonymous with colon cancer include pain the abdomen, change in bowel habits like onset of diarrhea or constipation, blood in stools, anemia, sudden weight loss for no apparent reason.

What Causes Bowel Cancer?

There are many risk factors that are implicated in the development of bowel cancer but faulty lifestyle coupled with improper eating habits have been associated with increased incidence of bowel cancer.

Excessive consumption of processed and red meat (about 5 ounces a day or more), smoking, eating a diet low in fruits and vegetables, sedentary lifestyle are some of the modifiable factors implicated in development of bowel cancer.

There are 4 stages of bowel cancer based on the spread of tumors. It starts in the inner  lining of the bowel, if left untreated spreads to the muscle wall in colon then to the lymph nodes and in the terminal stage (stage 4) like liver, lungs etc. At this stage it is referred to as metastatic bowel cancer (mCRC)

How Common is Bowel Cancer in the general Population?

Bowel cancer is the 3rd most leading cancer killer worldwide. The incidence of bowel cancer related deaths in India is comparatively low but American Indians who have adopted western lifestyle and dietary pattern show increased incidence. In India,  38,000 new cases of bowel cancer were reported in the year 2008. The number rose to It’s clear from the Libra  the new normal in urban education. 2014  — Hearst Magazines announced that Meredith Rollins has been appointed editor in chief of Redbook, replacing Jill Herzig,. 2012 in India indicating a rising trend back home too. Experts warn against consuming the ‘constipating diet’ which is high in red meat, processed ready  – eat foods, low in fibrous constituents of the diet like fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc. Deviating from the Indian cereal based diet and adopting a western diet and lifestyle is proving to be deleterious for Indians worldwide.

Nutritionists suggest moderation in red meat consumption and adopting a vegetarian form of diet to prevent bowel cancer.

Can Bowel Cancer be cured?

Bowel cancer is curable if detected early but the probability of cure decreases as the stage advances. It is 90% in the 1st stage and reduces to 30% when detected in the terminal stage i.e. stage 4. Treatment modalities include the use surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Novel medicines and surgical procedures have revolutionized cancer treatment. Use of monoclonal antibody drugs and multi – specialty approach to cancer treatment has improved survival rates and quality of lives in patients who have been detected with advanced stage bowel cancer. This has helped customizing cancer treatment according to the biological characteristics of each bowel cancer patient.

References: pubmed health