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Naturopathy for healthy life for women series by Saravanan Naturopathic Physician

 

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”- Mahatma Gandhi

How true is this saying!

Health is the real wealth and to manage this wealth Naturopathy can play important role in our life. Lady of the house is considered the pillar of a family and to make her family healthy she herself has to be healthy and happy. It is such a pleasure to introduce  Saravanan Naturopathic Physicians as an Influencer for Naturopathy on Women Lines panel. Every month in his article Saravanan will be sharing about how womenfolk can prevent various disease or get cured by following naturopathy.

In this article, Saravanan is sharing about Naturopathy and women’ health-

 

Naturopathy and Women’s health

Holistic and wellness therapies for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual are widely used by women all over the world than men. It may be because women are more aware and empowered to take charge of their health. Women want to look young, be healthy and feel empowered. Naturopathy can play a significant role in it.

Naturopathic therapies do not follow a single road to good health. It combines nature with modern science. This approach to health care embraces a wide array of non-invasive techniques and therapies, including traditional healing methods, principles, and practices.

Naturopathic therapies focus on holistic prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians work with the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. The naturopathic physician tries to encourage good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

Naturopathic physicians treat most medical conditions. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia, skin challenges and chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

Basic Principles of Naturopathy

 

Naturopathy adheres to the following health principles

  • Naturally healing. Naturopathy contends that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and, when working at an optimal level, to ward off disease. Naturopathy is intended to help your body do just that.
  • Therapies healing the person as a whole. Naturopaths work from the perspective that health and disease are more than just germs and infection. Mental, physical, spiritual and environmental factors each play a role. Naturopaths and their therapies take these factors into consideration when developing a treatment. So, where a conventional health care professional may prescribe medication to suppress symptoms, a naturopath may look for alternative approaches because the goal is to restore health, not simply banish illness.
  • First, do no harm. This tenet is, of course, part of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. Traditionally, naturopathy focuses on gentle, non-invasive therapies that enhance the healing process. It is this principle that underlies the reluctance to turn immediately to drugs for a cure. Naturopaths generally avoid methods that merely relieve symptoms without addressing the cause. This is the foundation of another principle:
  • Identify the cause. Instead of treating symptoms, naturopaths seek to identify and treat the underlying cause. Symptoms are not the cause of illness—they simply indicate that your body is out of balance. The cause is often more difficult to identify. It could be anything from a vitamin or mineral deficiency to an emotional problem. By identifying and addressing (or removing) the cause, the symptoms can be relieved rather than suppressed.
  • Naturopaths place great emphasis on preventive care. Naturopaths assess your risk factors and make suggestions that will support your good health.
  • The physician as teacher. Naturopaths see themselves as teachers and try to teach patients how to take responsibility for their own health. This may involve suggesting nutritional, emotional, dietary or other lifestyle changes.

Is Naturopathy safe with conventional medicine? Naturopaths are willing to work cooperatively with their conventional-medicine counterparts. You should continue your existing treatments while seeking care from a naturopath. Be sure to keep all of your health care professionals apprised of all treatments you are receiving.

When to Visit a Naturopathic Physician? You might want to visit a naturopathic physician for many reasons. Perhaps you have a chronic condition that isn’t responding to conventional care. But you don’t have to suffer from a condition to visit a naturopathic physician. You may simply want to improve your overall health.

Naturopathy is particularly well suited for chronic conditions such as asthma, muscle pain, allergies, and arthritis, as well as disorders that may have a stress- or diet-related factors, such as digestive problems, insomnia, skin disorders and fatigue. Naturopathic physicians also treat colds, flu, and bronchitis. They treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and other menstrual and menopausal problems.

If you have a serious condition that requires hospitalization, major surgery or emergency treatment—for instance, if you have a broken bone—seek conventional medical assistance. You can receive follow-up care from your naturopathic physician, which may support natural healing pathways within the body.

Saravanan ND, CH, DMLD, D.Nutrition,

Naturopathic Physician and Transformational Life Coach

Naturopathic Therapies Clinic

http://www.naturopathic-therapies.com

Women’s Day Special: 10 Health Tips That Every Woman Should Follow

Here is an article sharing health tips for today’s women. These tips are great reminders to all women who forget to care for themselves in everyday routine –

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March 8 is celebrated as Women’s Day around the globe. It is the day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is the day that calls for action for promoting gender parity. It is also a day to celebrate the womanhood.

 

Here are ten health tips every woman should follow so as to mark this Women’s Day a new beginning for a healthy lifestyle…

Drink Plenty Of Water

Ensure that you intake plenty of water so as to ensure that your metabolism is perfect. Also, it will help in making your skin glow, removes impurities inside your body, keeping it clean and supple.

Include Vegetables & Fruits In Your Daily Diet

Make sure that you include at least a vegetable and fruit in your daily diet. It helps in building your immune system. Eat healthily and it will make your body and mind healthy and will make you stay protected from falling sick as well, keeping you strong. Buy organic vegetables and fruits online from BazaarCart. Online grocery shopping helps you to save money and you get good and quality products.

Visit Your Doctor Regularly

Once you have crossed your 40’s it is always better and safe to get a monthly check up. Visit your doctor every month just to ensure that your body is fit and beautiful. If your family has any hereditary diseases, make sure that you do frequent check-ups on the same disease so that you remain safe.

You can depend on health supplements for immunity and other ailments. Buy them cheap from Healthkart online shopping. Relevant Healthkart coupon code can get you products at discounts.

Get A Hobby

Create a hobby for you if you do not have one. A lot of hobbies are there that can ignite your senses. Reading, gardening, pets, music – find some time for any of your favorite hobby, and you will see how it can help you relax and make yourself engaged.

Stop Drinking/Smoking

These habits might relieve you from various tensions and disturbances. But, it is not good to follow them as these might affect your health adversely in later stages. So, avoid them altogether.

Do Regular Exercise

Many of us try to start a healthy living by deciding on doing regular exercise which none of us follow with time. As a result, we get a lot of side effects. So, keep a note in following strict rules when it comes to doing exercises. It helps to get rid of many diseases, making your body resistant.

Love Your Body

It is most important that you love your body. If you do not love your body, then you will never try to maintain it fit and healthy. Think that it is the best gift you have got and take care of it in the best way, and you will see how it will make you look beautiful.

Manage Your Weight

Women are likely to put on weight soon after they become a mother and later on due to different stages of life and as they age weight increases. So, it is important that you manage your weight. Check it every month or once every three months to keep an eye on your weight.

If you are pregnant, then you should not restrict on your weight. Wear loose and comfortable maternity clothes. FirstCry is a great store to buy products for your newborn and also for your maternity products. Shop via FirstCry App to get extra discounts on your shopping.

Sleep Well

Last but not the least, make sure that you sleep well. Ensure that your body gets the required amount of rest as well as sleep. If you are not able to sleep properly, then consult a doctor to find the reason.

If you follow these simple steps, you are very much likely to stay healthy and beautiful for years. So ladies out there, gear up this Women’s Day to follow these steps to stay nice!

 

Aloe vera-wonder solution for enhancing beauty!

I love reading tips for improving health, beauty and live life in excellence and I am so surprised in most of the readings I come across usage of this wonder plant Aloe vera!   

Its quite strange that Aloe vera is such a multi purpose plant specially for woman:). I got curious to know more about this multi-tasking and health promoting plant on this planet and here are my findings-

Aloe Vera is an Arabic word, which means bitter. It is a  succulent plant that is found only in cultivation, having no naturally occurring populations. Extracts from Aloe vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties. The spiky, green gem has a rich history of various cultures and personalities who used the plant’s moist middle in a plethora of practical uses.  Cleopatra  used to apply the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks  used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called Aloe vera the “Wand of the Heaven.There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by Aloe vera. It could be considered a superfood, the leaf is filled with a gel containing at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes.

These compounds have tremendous benefit and potential in external and internal applications.In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:

1)Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders

2)Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms

3)Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients

4) Lowers high cholesterol.

5)Aloe vera gel has frequently been cited for its powerful antioxidant effect

6)As may be expected, the beneficial components, including antioxidants, amino acids, and enzymes, increase as plant size increases.

7)Halts the growth of cancer tumors

This is an amazing plant which can be a good solution to all beauty woes.I came  across some interesting tips for hair and skin care-

1. Aloe vera can help moisturising hair. Purchase aloe gel or use a limb from an aloe vera plant and squeeze  directly into the palm of your hand and apply it to your hair. Wrap your hair in  shower cap and let the aloe vera set for about 30 minutes. Wash it out and style  hair as normal

2.Aloe does healing benefits, which increase the strength of skin tissue. It provides good oxygen to skin to the deepest layer. It’s possible to stimulate cell rejuvenation, giving skin a youthful appearance. The gel obtained from an aloe plant is absorbed quickly by skin and cleanses pores, while moisturizing skin at the same time

3.Prepare a mixture of Aloe vera gel and coconut oil(boil together for 10 mins) and store it in a bottle for regular hair massage. It will do wondersin control of hair fall.

Wow! This Aloe vera plant is really like a wonder plant.My new year resolution is now to grow Aloe vera plant at home and keep it handy to use  for so many other benefits.

 

Tulsi .. A Medicine Par Excllence

Womenlines welcome Mrs Ritu Khanna , a Singapore based Homeopathic Practitioner as a guest writer for womenlines. In this article she is sharing about amazing benefits of Tulsi that how can such a small leaf of Tulsi can do wonders in curing some diseases!
Tulsi plant, an integral part of every Hindu home, has always been regarded as divine. Planting   Tulsi/Basil in the courtyard of the house is a thousand of years old practise. Tulsi/Basil plant creates holy living in the home environment and its aroma in the air destroys disease causing bacteria and other toxins in the atmosphere.
Apart from the religious significance of Tulsi, it’s a great drug in itself from the standpoint of science. Homeopathy and Ayurveda consider this Holy herb as an elixir, a panacea, cures all, a sovereign remedy.
Atharva Vedas, the ancient scriptures of Hindu religion, narrates perpetual properties of Basil which means the Holy Herb helps beautifies human body, removes scars and spots and is a wonderful cure to skin related disease.
Homoeopathic View of Tulsi
Tulsi has acquired an eminent position in Homoeopathic world. Greatly beneficial in women disorders, headache, loss of memory, irritability in kids, redness of the eyes, allergies, runny nose, mouth ulcers, sore throat, burning, urination,fever, asthma and for many other chronic symptoms basil has been of great importance in homoeopathy. The 2nd,3rd, 6th, 30thand 200th Potencies have been used as advantage in all these diseases. Homeopathic cures for many diseases cannot be ignored.
Tulsi/Basil Herb to Cure Diseases-
Throat and breathing problems

  • In cough and Sore throat keep the root of Basil plant in mouth.
  • In respiratory diseases Basil leaves with Black salt gives a good relief.
  • Chew Basil Leaves along with 4 roasted cloves to relieve cough.
Problem associated with fever
  • In high fever, Chewing Tulsi Leave along with Honey every 3 Hours gives relief.
  • Drinking Tulsi /Basil juice ,1 teaspoon everyday prevents fever.
  • Tulsi and Ginger paste mixed with honey relives fever in cold.
  • Taking 10 Tulsi leaves along with 4 Black Pepper relieves malarial fever.
Skin problems associated with the disease

  • The medicinal properties of Tulsi juice contains Thaimol element which is beneficial in skin diseases.
  • To treat Leucoderma by Tulsi leaves have been used successfully.
  • Grind the roots of Tulsi and mix with water and add dry ginger .This mixture taken in morning helps in leprosy.
  • Leprosy which may be affected by basil leaves. Eat and rub the juice on the affected spot.
  • Tulsi Leaf paste applied on eczema is very beneficial.
  • Tulsi leaf juice mixed with orange juice and applied on face removes acne.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea

  • In case of vomiting Tulsi leaf juice with honey should be taken.
  • In Diarrhoea Tulsi leaf juice mixed with roasted cumin seeds to be licked with honey three times a day to get the benefits.
Headache

  • Tulsi leaf extract along with one spoon honey, taken every morning and evening removes headache permanently.
  • Tulsi Tea helps to remove headache.
Mouth infection

  • Mouth ulcers and other infections are proven to be cured  by use of Tulsi leaves.
  • Dry Tulsi leaves mixed with Mustard Oil is used to clean teeth and remove bad breath.
  • Tulsi tea removes ulcers of mouth.
  • Stone

  • Basil helps to strengthen the kidneys. Kidney stones can be removed with the juice of Tulsi leaves (basil extracts) taken for 6 months with honey , consumed regularly in slips.
Menstrual Problems for women

  • For painful menses, Tulsi seeds in a glass of boiled water, boiled till it remains half to be taken during menses to remove pain.
Heart disease

  • Ten basil leaves, four to five black pepper and a teaspoon of honey mix all and with half a glass of water to be taken in winters to recover from all types of heart diseases.
  • 4-5 Tulsi and neem leaf juice added in 2-4 tablespoon water, to be taken for 7 days in the morning empty stomach cures high blood pressure.
  • Tulsi is a blessing in heart diseases, it also regulates cholesterol in blood.
Wounds, Injuries and Pimples

  • Ground Basil leaves and make a paste and apply on wounds , stops bleeding immediately.
  • Basil juice along with coconut oil , cook together on low flame till the tie it starts leaving oil, apply on pimples and leave.
  • Basil seeds on grinding and applying hot fills the wound.
  • Basil and camphor powder applied to wound dries it quickly.
Children Diseases

  • In Children’s common ailments such as colds, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea etc. basil juice is beneficial.
  • Tulsi extract helps children in vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, cold etc
Precautions in using Tulsi
Tulsi’s nature is hot so to reduce heat effect always take it with curd or butter milk, its thermal properties will become mild.
  • Do not pluck Tulsi leaves at Night because it may cause body disorders as it’s electromagnetic waves are prominent after sunset.
  • Do not drink milk after intake of basil, skin problems can occur.
  • Do not warm Tulsi juice with honey because with the hot objects honey acts as a venom.
  • Milk , radish, salt, onion, garlic, meat, citrus fruits are harmful to eat along with Tulsi.
  • Do not chew basil leaves with your teeth , if you do eat, be sure to rinse immediately because the contents present in Tulsi destroys the enamel of teeth.
Ref :: Holy Basil Tulsi by Yash Rai
Author :: Ritu Khanna (Homeopathic Practitioner)

Meditation-Panacea for Ramifications of Modernism

Meditation is defined as a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces mode of consciousness either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself!”

I came across this definition somewhere and I was perplexed.  I always wondered how come mind will have time to think to train itself for some relaxation. I have been working from home mother most of the time in my life.Atimes its really challenging for me to manage myself when inflicted with lots of emotions at the same time. As per friend’s suggestion I thought of trying  out meditation to balance myself.Cannot forget the first effort as I simply laughed at myself that how is it possible to sit for a minute also without thinking about anything. How can I even think about it.Our mind is always cluttered with thoughts and idea to make it thoughtless was not digestible to me. But still I was curious that why it is getting so popular.I started trying and it took few years to have a feel of it.I am still not that good in meditating , but yes I have started having a feel of  it.As I am growing, especially after becoming a mother I realize how important it to meditate every day . In a way it should be taken as a regular habit for us and we should not take it for granted. In fact practice of meditation should be taught in schools so that present generation can become strong enough to face life adversities in future.

In rat race of life we almost forget how to live and get used to a robotic way of life. Every individual in family is running towards his goals to achieve abundance and success. Happiness we want  to seek by achieving material goal is momentry only. Meditation helps us to realize who we are and where are we going, besides it also helps in relaxation.Our life is revolving around digital devices and in a way we have started living in virtual world.24/7 we are thinking about how to win this rat race as if we are going to miss something by not participating in it.Happiness cannot be quantified and we are only happy when we are growing in all aspects of life weather it is physical health, material life and also the most important aspect of our life that refers to spiritual health. As we have become too individualistic and consumer obsessed its very important for us to be in real touch of our true self, and meditation helps us in this journey.The benefits of meditation include better health, higher creativity and better personal relationships. Meditation helps us to reduce stress by guiding us to switch off from worries. Meditation is an opportunity to spend time with  ourselves, and be comfortable with ourselves. Spending 15 minutes in quietening the mind and focusing on the present moment, makes us more relaxed and effective decision makers.In fact researches have proved that mindfulness achieved by meditation helps us to increase density of grey matter and thus making our brain more active.Finding from the other research proved that meditation helps in reducing heart diseases.

Healthy body helps in living life happily with passion. So why not try something which helps you to achieve  a healthy body. Happy Meditation!

Organic Clothing: Luxury or Necessity?

Facts you must know about regular cotton/ no.-organic cotton:
* Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16-25% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop 
* High levels of agrochemicals are used in the production of non-organic, conventional cotton. Cotton production uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop and accounts in total for 10-16% of the world’s pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants)
* Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute the air and surface waters.
* Residual chemicals may irritate consumers’ skin (specially babies since their skin is much more delicate than that of an adult)
* Decreased biodiversity and shifting equilibrium of ecosystems due to the use of pesticides
Surely, this is not what we want for our children, our families. It may be difficult to comprehend how pesticides sprayed onto cotton can stay on it even after its turned into yarn and fabric and then be absorbed by our skin when we wear it. Simple. Think pain relief or nicotine patches. If the ingredients in these patches worn on your skin can be absorbed by the body, travel through your blood stream and affect the target organ (your pained muscle or your urge to smoke), so can residual carcinogens on the fabric you wear. Remember, these fabrics are there on your body continuously, day after day..year after year. Its not the same fabric our parents’ generation grew up wearing when chemical farming was not the order of the day. Unfortunately, our generation and that of our generations to follow, will not be as lucky, if we do not take a stand today. If the demand stops, the supply will too! And don’t think its too expensive to buy organic clothing. Kill your urge to buy 20 cheap and toxic, brightly coloured clothing’s for your babies in favour of 5 quality, organic ones and you will be easy on your pocket! After all, what goes into your child’s blood, into his cells and organs is more important than what you put on his body!
What should you clothe your babies in: Organic cotton or organic bamboo clothing, look out for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certification
Where can you find them: Aphea Boutique Organique

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Shailja Suresh Kumar- Owner of Om Vedic Heritage Centre

Holistic wellness-The Ayurvedic way

Dynamic, Aggressive and Highly spirited-three words describe Shailu Suresh in a nutshell who established Om Vedic Heritage Centre in Singapore (OVHC), a traditional wellness center to spread the message of Ayurveda, health and wellness. Shailu was in list of 15 finalists for SICCI-DBS Singapore entrepreneur award2011 and this nomination speaks a lot about her hard work and passion for her entrepreneurial set up. Womenlines is proud to share her success secrets, dreams and her visions with its readers! 

Om Vedic Heritage Centre is a unique medical spa and is a hybrid between a medical clinic and a day spa that operates under the supervision of a certified Ayurvedic physician.  OVHC also offers other holistic services such as Yoga, Meditation, Astrological consultations and more. It is recognized as the first authentic Ayurvedic center in Singapore to be accredited by Case Trust [the accreditation arm of the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE)], for Spa & Wellness Accreditation for good business practices since October 2010.

Mother of 2 girls (18 and 14) Shailu considers her center as her 3rd baby  which is 1 yr. and 5 months old now, hence needs all her attention at this stage! Shailja  held  senior management, administrative and teaching roles at various Singapore Government and Statutory Boards such as A*STAR, NYP, NUHS for almost 13 years in Singapore, in 2009 she quit her role as the Assistant Director from the National Medical Research Council, MOH, to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Even though she is a qualified postgraduate in Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering, she wants to be known as an  ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practitioner’. The reason being her upbringing in a holistic environment with a family of Pioneers in Ayurveda. Shailu shares “A strong belief, drive and passion of wanting to spread Nature’s wealth in the form of our own 5000-6000 year old Indian Vedic Traditions, I started the first One-stop traditional Wellness Centre in Singapore, in 2010 to spread the message of Ayurveda, Health & Wellness.”  Currently she still works part-time at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, helping manage a Government funded research project on Dengue and lectures part-time at MDIS.

OVHC in technical collaboration with the Ayurvedic Trust, Coimbatore, India, brings to Singapore the Pioneers in Ayurveda – The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore, India)). AVP which was established in 1943 is one of India’s premier multi-faceted institutions in Ayurvedic medicines, teaching, therapy, research and related areas. AVP today has a network of over 1000 agencies, 50 branches across India and more than 25 treatment centres and hospitals in different parts of India and abroad. In a short period of time OVHC has been successful in establishing its credibility among its visitors and has also been featured by Tabla and Channel News Asia. OVHC’s clients and customers come from all walks of life, many races and nationalities with only about 50% of its customers beings Indians. OVHC has been successful in managing many chronic diseases. To name a few- Sinusitis in kids and the old alike, skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis , chronic pain management in chronic pain cases.

Talking about the challenges Shailu  comments “Challenges and failures have always excited me and they actually help me strategise and become more creative.”Challenges for Shailu started right from finding an appropriate location for a holistic wellness set-up with close proximity to the Indian cultural belt in Singapore (Little India), with a heritage appearance. This business falls under Singapore’s Spa Service Sector and thus acquiring a Massage Establishment License from Singapore Police Force (SPF), Case Trust Accreditation from Case Trust were her next big challenges. Employing staff (ayurevdic physician and therapists) with required skills after getting across the many hurdles she faced from the Ministry of Manpower and SPF, WERE and ARE still her biggest challenges in this business.

Shailu is big hearted in giving credit to her supporters in her entrepreneurial journey. She says “Fortune of being born into a family that spreads the message of Indian Culture and Heritage, my passion, drive, support from my family, good service oriented staff, 7 decades of reputation from the family business in Ayurveda back in India, a good network built up over 14 years of having stayed in Singapore and a great country (Singapore) are some of the many reasons to get us to where we are today.” Family support is a big support for any women entrepreneur and Shailu considers herself very lucky to have such a supportive family, specially to her husband who provides IT support for her business too.

Any entrepreneurial setup grows well if is backed up by a big vision which aims to provide a strong basement to the set up.  OVHC is also backed up by a big vision by Shailu “To see ourselves Leading the Wellness Revolution” in Singapore, by innovatively coupling our ancient and rich Indian traditions, heritage and culture with modern day people-oriented practices and technology  and set foot on other shores in the region (SE ASIA) with confidence. I intend to diversify further and offer services in the areas of Ayurvedic Education, Ayurvedic/Healthy Diet/Food, and an in-patient facility either in Malaysia or Singapore.”

 

Shailu believes strongly in giving back to the society and also being a global citizen. Hence, organizes the Charity Drive twice annually where she collects toys, stationery, winter clothing etc. for the poor in India and sends collection to GOONJ, an NGO in India founded by Mr. Anshu Gupta (based in Delhi).For the go green campaign what she loves to promote is ‘recycle used cooking oil’, and Om Vedic Heritage center is one of the collection centers for alpha biofuels.

It’s just not only about having vision for her business set up ,Shailu’s next big project in the pipeline, is to launch a “Heritage Library” with books on topics ranging from theology (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism etc.) and complementary and alternative medicine (ayurveda, homeopathy, reiki etc). She has an excellent collection of about 1000 books already, donated to her by a Singaporean Chinese couple who spent about 20 years learning Indian Philosophy and Vedic Literature and various other complementary sciences and philosophies.

Om Vedic Heritage Centre

 

Shailu is an extrovert by nature and loves making friends. She considers TV as an idiot box in the true sense and loves spending her time reading books. Ardent fan of Carnatic music and old Hindi Songs Shailu loves spending quality time with her family. Shailu’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is “If you have a DREAM (that’s been haunting you for years) and a strong desire to make it a REALITY, ACT on it, not fearing the possibility of the obstacles that might arise enroute!”……and of course, if you need a mentor, do feel free to approach other successful entrepreneurs and I am ready to help too.”

Womenlines wishes best of luck to Shailu for her future endeavours!

Visit http://www.omvedicheritage.com.sg to know more about Om Vedic Heritage Centre or email at om@omvedicheritage.com.sg.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique-EFT

Womenlines has started a series on various holistic ways for healing and relaxing yourself when you are stressed out while in mad cat race!

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is an emotional,needle free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body’s subtle energies, your emotions, and your health. EFT has been reported successful in thousands of cases covering a huge range of emotional, health and performance issues.It often works where nothing else will.

Womenlines asked Lena Chen, a Holistic Therapist, about the importance of EFT and its origination.She answered to following questions as-

Q1-What is EFT?
LENA- Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT for short, is a DIY accupressure tool that can be used anywhere, anytime for cleansing negative blocks in our energy system that contribute to physical and emotional stresses. Aside from looking strange, the enormous advantage EFT has is that it is easy to use and works for almost all kinds of issues including back pain, headaches, insomnia, depression, PTSD, etc. It is a very gentle way of healing oneself, and yet, often produces immediate results, especially for phobias and physical pains.

Q2-How long you know about EFT?

LENA-I was introduced to EFT in a 2-day Energy Psychology course and was immediately fascinated by how it is seemingly simple, yet effective for such a large range of issues. I went back home feeling like I just gained a superhero power! I use it on everything… sprains, mood swings, inspiration blocks, even for my husband’s snoring, and because of EFT, I overcame my fear of public speaking and was eventually giving EFT workshops to large groups of people, including over 100! Best of all, I was receiving immense satisfaction from using EFT with my clients and watching them gain confidence and freedom in their lives by using this incredible tool.

Q-Who is the founder of EFT ?

LENA- EFT is the result of East meets West. It originated from principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine which have been around for centuries, and was first developed into a system by Roger Callahan, which is known as Thought Field Therapy, an extensive and complicated system that is used mainly by professionals. It was only in the 1980s, that one of his first students, Gary Craig, simplified the system into a one that is much more accessible and yet equally effective – EFT.

Q6-How this technique is different from other relaxing technique?

LENA-Like other relaxation techniques such as breathing, meditation, yoga, etc, EFT often produces a relaxation effect in the person. The difference is that EFT has the potential to clear negative emotions, thoughts and beliefs as well as bodily discomforts on the spot, when that is the intention of the person doing EFT. For example, when a person is having a headache, he can do EFT directly on the headache and experience immediate relief on the pain. In addition, he may also become aware of the emotional issue that is underlying the headache. For example, he may recall a stressful conversation that he had with his mother in the morning. He can then continue to do EFT for any remaining stress that he has relating to that event, and afterwards, see the event in a whole new light. Hence, EFT can help us to clear our emotional baggage, layer by layer, which will then create positive shifts in our self-esteem, relationships, health and other areas of our life. With other techniques, there is often willpower and discipline involved in creating the change. With EFT, aside from needing effort to do EFT itself, change comes about naturally and effortlessly.

Q7-How you teach this concept to your participants?

LENA- In my workshops, I teach EFT by first introducing to my participants essential concepts on energy, the mind-body connection, and healing. Then I teach them the EFT procedure, and intersperse the hands-on exercises with tips on how to do EFT more effectively. I emphasise greatly on letting participants have their own experience of EFT, and I get them to practice it in the week after the first session. When we meet again, they share their experiences with me, and I help to fine-tune their understanding of EFT applications to their life. I also bring participants through a special EFT process to increase their confidence and motivation in using EFT as an integral part of their life for their healing, so a great majority of my participants actually leave my workshops highly empowered to use this tool to transform themselves and their lives.

Q8-Do you organize workshops?

LENA-Aside from organising basic EFT workshops, I also organise workshops for using EFT in specific areas. An upcoming one is “EFT with Lena Workshop Series: Become a Money Magnet – Clearing Your Money Blocks To Allow Abundance To Flow Into Your Life Easily and Joyfully”, which will be held on 30 January. You will find more information on my website www.lenashealinghaven.com. Another workshop that I am planning in March is “EFT with Lena Workshop Series: Using EFT and Energy Psychology to Help Others More Powerfully” which will be very useful for therapists, healers, and anyone who is passionate about helping other people with their problems.

Q9-Any side effects of EFT?

LENA- EFT is a very safe process because it actually activates the body’s healing potential to heal itself in the most natural and gentle way. However there may be “healing symptoms”, which are similar to effects of detoxification and are the body’s way of clearing those old, stagnated energetic blocks that have been buried within the body for a long time. Some healing symptoms may look like tiredness, headaches, crying for no reasons, bodily aches and tensions. These can also be treated with EFT either at the end of the EFT session or by the client himself or herself.

Lena Chen is a Holistic Therapist who has empowered hundreds of people to free themselves of old self-sabotaging patterns so that they can finally connect with the wisdom and joy that is already within them. She is the author of “Emotional Freedom At Your Fingertips: how to get from PISSED to PEACE in mere minutes with Emotional Freedom Techniques” as well as the creator of the EFT Affirmation Cards. For free weekly inspiring healing insights and tips, subscribe to her highly popular newsletters at her website www.lenashealinghaven.com.

 

 

 

 

 

A Call for awareness and education on the silent and distressing disease-Endometriosis!

Its not Life threatening, BUT its definitely “Quality of Life” Threatening Condition!

Most people know endometriosis as a condition that can cause infertility, but the commonest symptom is pain. Pain with periods, pain with sex, pain opening their bowels, or pelvic pain on most days of the month. Many women with endometriosis become pregnant easily.

Endometriosis is common, but because many women don’t talk about their symptoms, we often don’t realise that it affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women. For many years, endometriosis was thought to be an uncommon condition of women in their 30s and 40s. We now know that it is a common condition of women in their teens and 20s.

The lining of the uterus is called endometrium. This is the tissue that grows each month and bleeds away during a period. When tissue like endometrium is found outside the uterus it is called endometriosis.

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

The only reliable way to diagnose endometriosis is by laparoscopy. This is an operation where a telescope is inserted through the umbilicus (belly button) to view the organs inside the pelvis. Endometriosis lesions can be clear, pink, red, brown or black.

An ultrasound examination is usually normal unless there are large cysts of endometriosis in the ovaries. These are called endometriomas or chocolate cysts. So, even if an ultrasound is normal, endometriosis can still be present.

What sort of problems can endometriosis cause?

Endometriosis presents in many ways. Common presentations include:

  1. Women with no pain, who are found to have endometriosis during investigation for infertility.
  2. Women who have severe period pain, often from their teenage years, but are well at other times of the month. Pain with periods is called dysmenorrhoea.
  3. Women who have a mix of pain symptoms on most days of the month. This is called chronic pelvic pain. They may have a variety of symptoms including sharp or stabbing pains, changes in bladder function or changes in bowel function.

How is endometriosis managed?

Each woman with endometriosis is different, so the best treatment for each woman will depend on what type of problems she has.

In couples who are unable to become pregnant:

  • It is important to get a full picture of all the possible contributing factors. This includes testing her husbands’ semen. Endometriosis may be only one of the fertility problems present.
  • A laparoscopy to remove the endometriosis may be enough to improve her fertility
  • If pregnancy does not occur after this, then invitro fertilisation (IVF) may be necessary

In women with painful periods, but who are otherwise well the pain may be from the uterus, from endometriosis lesions in the pelvis or from both these areas:

  • It is best to first try medications such as anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac), because not all women with painful periods have endometriosis. The medications should be taken early in the period and continued regularly until the pain resolves.
  • If no better, then the oral contraceptive pill or acupuncture may be helpful
  • If no better, then a laparoscopy with excision (cutting out) of any endometriosis should be considered.
  • Sometimes a device called a mirena iucd is used. This is a way of putting progestogen medication inside the uterus and is often very helpful at making periods light and less painful

In women with chronic pelvic pain, treatment is more complicated. Often there are many different symptoms, so no single treatment will fix all her problems. It is often helpful to write down each symptom and plan treatment for each one:

  • Period pain over several days (rather than just 1-2 days), pain opening bowels with periods, and endometriomas are best managed with high quality laparoscopic surgery. This can be very difficult surgery and it is important that the surgeon involved has extensive experience with laparoscopic surgical excision. Other alternatives include norethisterone tablets taken daily to avoid periods or a mirena iucd.
  • Sharp, stabbing pains, increased sensitivity in the abdomen, soreness near the opening of the vagina, sharp pains that wake her at night, and some types of pain with intercourse are often due to a change in the way nerves in the pelvis function. This is called neuropathic pain. It responds best to medications such as amitriptyline or gabapentin in very low dose. It will also be worse if she is overtired or overstressed.
  • Bladder symptoms of frequency (going to toilet more often), nocturia (getting up at night), urgency (needing to rush to the toilet) and some types of pain with intercourse may be due to a condition called interstitial cystitis. It is common in women with endometriosis and needs a special type of test called a cystoscopy and hydrodistension to diagnose. Useful information can be found at www.ic-network.com
  • Bowel changes such as constipation, diarrhoea and pelvic discomfort sometimes improve with surgery, but are often due to food intolerances or an irritable bowel.
  • Pelvic pain which is worse in different positions or with different activities and some types of pain with intercourse is often due to spasm of the pelvic floor muscles. The muscles just inside the vagina are tight and pressure on them causes pain. Treatment options include pelvic floor physiotherapy, botox injections in the pelvic floor muscles to relieve the spasm, and sometimes low doses of amitriptyline.

Many women with chronic pelvic pain also suffer tiredness and may feel generally unwell. Even when their symptoms improve, they require a lot of emotional support from their family and friends to return to an active and healthy life.

Written by; -Dr Susan Evans is a Pelvic & Laproscopic Surgeon & author of ‘Endometriosis and other pelvic pain’ written for women with endometriosis. It is available from her website: http://www.drsusanevans.com

She is also the co-founder of the Asia Pacific Endometriosis Alliance & co-founder of Australian Endometriosis Centre, Adelaide Branch.

Her books will be available in Singapore in the World Women Health 2009, November 28th 2-6pm. Suntec City – Rooms303-306.

Registration details at

http://www.worldwomenhealth2009.com.html

Concern for kid’s health!

Being a mother the toughest challenge which I face is to keep my kid healthy!

Cold , flu, cough, are the most common illness which kids have to suffer with regularly.If  they are going to playschool then they are more susceptible to such diseases.Its really sad to see kids often getting ill and being  prescribed medicine. Then they are deprived of all those childhood charms of sweets, candies, ice creams, and chocolates. I wonder what to do when my kid gets infected!

Doctors say that our environment is changing and thus new viruses are developing around  to which kids are not immune to. So this leads to infection. So are we to be blamed for depriving our  kids from childhood fantasies. We have misused our natural resources which has lead to damage to our climate.My heart sinks observing such small kids going through treatments for various diseases. Being parents I consider it our responsibility to make our kid healthy. But at times it is a serious challenge to make them healthy. I seriously consider that there should be guide to parents how to look after their kids.

In today’s times when there are mostly nuclear families then its tough to get guidance from some elderly in the family. And if both parents are working then its so tough to look after kids properly. I am totally confused, frustrated, sad, and depressed as have to see my kid often getting ill. Its such a helpless situation that fever is rising and you are helpless. No medicine is effecting and you are at God’s mercy. You want to play with them, take them out for swimming , indulge in outdoor activities with them but their illness is not allowing you to do so. May be I have gone through such situation recently that I am getting sentimental.

I really want to request doctors to guide properly all parents how to make their kids stronger. I know their job is to prescribe medicine for illness but to look after the betterment of their patient is also their responsibility.I request my blog readers also to share their tips to prevent cold and cough, or any other disease   if they are aware of.