Pelvic Pain: More Possible Culprits

Friday, 30 March 2012

Pelvic or lower abdomen pain can be related to reproductive system, digestive system or urinary system. The article Pelvic Pain: Some Possible Culprits lists down 8 possible causes. This article elaborates on another 9 more potential causes of pelvic pain.

1. Endometriosis

Endometriosis is when endometrial cells grow outside the uterus and form growths on the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder and lining of the pelvic area. The symptoms are:
  • pain in the lower abdomen or lower back, before, during or after menstruation
  • cramps and pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • pain with bowel movements
In severe cases, surgery is carried out to remove all endometrial implants and scar tissue, or more drastically, to remove your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

2. Vulvar Pain

Vulvodynia is chronic pain around the opening of the vagina. There is no known cause. The pain could be a burning, stinging or throbbing sensation. It may be there constantly or come and go. Certain activities like sexual intercourse or riding a bicycle may make the pain worse.

3. Interstitial Cystitis

This pain relates to long-term inflammation of the bladder wall. There is no known cause. The pain is felt:
  • during urination. You may feel the need to urinate multiple times every hour throughout the day.
  • during sex.
  • as a sensation of pressure above the pubic area.

4. Pelvic Organ Prolapse

This is when the bladder or uterus slips out of their normal place and drops into a lower position. This happens when the ligaments or muscles supporting the organs weaken, usually due to age. The symptoms include:
  • pain or pressure in the groin or lower back and against the vaginal wall.
  • a feeling of fullness in the lower belly
  • pain during intercourse.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

No known cause. Symptoms include:
  • recurring stomach pain that comes with cramps
  • stomach bloating
  • diarrhea or constipation.

6. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Symptoms include:
  • pain while urinating
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • feeling of pressure in the lower pelvis.

UTI is caused by bacteria getting into the urinary tract and causing infection to the urethra, bladder, ureters or the kidneys.

7. Kidney Stones

The size can range from a grain of sand to a golf ball. Symptoms include:
  • pink or red color urine
  • sudden sharp pain in the stomach or pelvic area.

8. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

This is caused by pelvic veins that become swollen and painful especially when you sit or stand.

9. Scar Tissue or Adhesions

Surgical procedures can cause scar tissue to form between organs in the pelvic area, causing them to stick to each other instead of shifting easily as the body moves. These adhesions can cause long-erm abdominal or pelvic pain in some people, and even blockage of the intestines.

As you can see, pelvic pain can be caused by a wide range of conditions, some of which are not easily treated.

(Source: StarFit4Life, Pain in the Pelvis by Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar 8 January 2012)

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25 Cancer Symptoms Most Often Ignored

Monday, 26 March 2012

Dear friends - all of us know some people who are suffering from cancer or have succumbed to this frightening disease. They may be our close family members, friends or even well-known corporate captains and famous celebrities. So, please take some time to read this article, and share with people you care..

Annual checkups and tests such as colonoscopies and PSA tests are important, but it's not a good idea to rely on tests alone to protect you from cancer. It's just as important to listen to your body and notice anything that's different, odd or unexplainable.
You should also listen to those close to you, such as your wife, children or partner, because others sometimes notice things we're unaware of - or don't want to admit.

You don't want to join the list of cancer patients who realize too late that symptoms they'd noticed for a long time could have sounded the alarm earlier, when cancer was easier to cure.

1. Upset stomach or stomach-ache

One of the first signs colon cancer patients remember experiencing when they look back is unexplained stomach-aches.
Those with pancreatic cancer describe a dull ache that feels like it's pressing inward.
Many liver cancer patients say they went in complaining of stomach cramps and upset stomachs so frequently that their doctors thought they had ulcers. Liver cancer patients and those with leukemia can experience abdominal pain resulting from an enlarged spleen, which may feel like an ache on the lower left side. If you have a stomach-ache that you can't attribute to a digestive problem or that doesn't go away, ask your doctor to order an ultrasound.
Finding a liver or pancreatic tumour early can make all the difference in treatment.

2. Chronic "acid stomach" or feeling full after a small meal
The most common early sign of stomach cancer is pain in the upper or middle abdomen that feels like gas or heartburn. It may be aggravated by eating, so that you feel full when you haven't actually eaten much. What's particularly confusing is that the pain can be relieved by antacids, confirming your conclusion that it was caused by acid in the stomach, when it's more than that.
An unexplained pain or ache in lower right side can be the first sign of liver cancer, known as one of the "silent killers". Feeling full after a small meal is a common sign of liver cancer as well. If you have frequent bouts of acid stomach, an unexplained abdominal ache, or a full feeling after meals even when you're eating less than normal, call your doctor.

3. Unexplained weight loss
If you notice the pounds coming off and you haven't made changes to your diet or exercise regime, it's important to find out why. Unexplained weight loss can be an early sign of colon and other digestive cancers; it can also be a sign of cancer that's spread to the liver, affecting your appetite and the ability of your body to rid itself of waste.

4. Jaundice

Pancreatic cancer, another one of the "silent killers", is often discovered when someone notices jaundice and asks the doctor to do a battery of tests. Jaundice is most commonly thought of as a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, but darker-than-normal urine that's not the result of dehydration is also a sign. Clay-colored stools are another little-known sign of jaundice. Oddly, jaundice can also cause itching, because the bile salts in the bloodstream cause the skin to itch. Some people with pancreatic cancer say they noticed the itching before they noticed the jaundice itself.

5. Wheezing or shortness of breath

One of the first signs lung cancer patients remember noticing when they look back is the inability to catch their breath. "I couldn't even walk to my car without wheezing; I thought I had asthma, but how come I didn't have it before? ", is how one man described it. Shortness of breath, chest pain, or spitting blood are also signs of testicular cancer that's spread to the lungs.

6. Chronic cough or chest pain

Several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung tumors, can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. One way to tell the difference: the problems persists or go away and come back again in a repeating cycle. Some lung cancer patients report chest pain that extends up into the shoulder or down the arm.

7. Frequent fevers or infections

These can be signs of leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that starts in the bone marrow. Leukemia causes the marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, which crowd out healthy white cells, sapping the body's infection-fighting capabilities. Doctors sometimes catch leukemia in older adults only after the patient has been in a number of times complaining of fever, aches and flu-like symptoms over an extended period of time.

8. Difficulty swallowing

Most commonly associated with oesophageal or throat cancer, having trouble swallowing is sometimes one of the first signs of lung cancer too. Men diagnosed with oesophageal cancer look back and remember a feeling of pressure and soreness when swallowing, that didn't go away the way a cold or flu would have. Consult your doctor also if you have a frequent feeling of needing to clear your throat or that food is stuck in your chest; either of these can signal a narrowing of the oesophagus that could mean the presence of a tumor.

9. Chronic heart-burn

If you just ate half a pizza, heartburn is expected. But if you have frequent episodes of heart-burn or a constant low-level feeling of pain in the chest after eating, call your doctor and ask to be screened for oesophageal cancer. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - a condition in which stomach acid rises into the oesophagus, causing heartburn and an acidic taste in the throat - can trigger a condition called Barrett's oesophagus, which can be a precursor of oesophageal cancer.

10. Swelling of facial features

Some patients with lung cancer report that they noticed puffiness, swelling or redness in the face. The explanation for this is that small cell lung tumors commonly block blood vessels in the chest, preventing blood from flowing freely from the head and face.

11. Swollen lymph nodes or lumps on neck, underarm or groin

Enlarged lymph nodes indicate changes in the lymphatic system, which can be a sign of cancer. For example, a lump or an enlarged lymph in the neck or underarm is sometimes a sign of thyroid, head or throat cancer. A painless lump on the neck, underarm, or groin can be an early sign of leukemia.

12. Excessive bruising or bleeding that doesn't stop

This symptom usually suggests something abnormal happening with the platelets and red blood cells, which can be a sign of leukemia. One man with leukemia noticed that his gums bled when he brushed his teeth; another described bruising in strange places, such as on his fingers and hands. The explanation: over time, leukemia cells crowd out red blood cells and platelets, impairing the blood's ability to carry oxygen and clot.

13. Weakness and fatigue 
"I had to stop halfway across the yard and sit down when I was mowing the lawn," said one man when describing the fatigue that led to his discovery of pancreatic cancer. Generalized fatigue and weakness is a symptom of so many different kinds of cancer (and other ills) that you'll need to look at it in combination with other symptoms. But any time, you feel exhausted without explanation and it doesn't respond to getting more sleep, talk to your doctor.

14. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool

"I thought it was hemorrhoids" is one of the most common statements doctors hear when diagnosing colorectal cancer. Blood in the toilet alone is reason to call your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy. Another sign of blood in the stool many people miss is stools that are darker in color.

15. Bowel problems

Constipation, diarrhea, and changes in stools can all be signs of cancer. As with many other cancer symptoms, the way to tell if this is cause for concern is if it goes on for more than a few days without a clear cause, such as flu or food poisoning.
People diagnosed with colon cancer say they noticed more frequent stools, as well as a feeling that their bowels were not emptied completely.
One of the early signs of pancreatic cancer is fatty stools, which can be recognized as frequent, large stools that are paler than normal and smelly. This is a sign that your body's not absorbing your food normally, and it should be brought to your doctor's attention.

16. Difficulty urinating or changes in flow
Hands-down, the most common early sign of prostate cancer is a feeling of not being able to start peeing once you're set to go. Many men also report having a hard time stopping the flow of urine, a flow that starts and stops, or a stream that's weaker than normal. Any of these symptoms is reason to call your doctor for an exam and a screening test for prostate-specific antigen.

17. Pain or burning during urination

This symptom can also indicate a urinary tract infection or sexually transmitted disease, of course, but in any case it warrants an immediate trip to the doctor. This symptom is often combined with the feeling that you need to go more often, particularly at night. These same symptoms can also indicate inflammation or infection in the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia, the name for what happens when the prostate grows bigger and blocks the flow of urine. However, you need to get checked out to tell the difference.

18. Blood in urine or semen

Men are often warned about blood in the urine, but they may not realize that blood in semen is also a danger sign for prostate cancer. Blood in the urine or semen isn't always visible as blood; urine may just be a pink, dark red, or smoky brown color, while blood in the semen may just look like a pinkish streak.
19. Erection problems

As prostate cancer progresses, another very common sign is difficulty getting or sustaining an erection. This can be a difficult subject to talk about, but it's important to bring it to your doctor's attention. It could be a sign of sexual dysfunction with another cause, of course, but it's a reason to have an exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.

20. Pain, aching or heaviness in groin, hips, thighs or abdomen

One sign of prostate cancer is frequent pain in the hips, upper thighs or the lowest part of the back. Men with testicular cancer report noticing a heavy, aching feeling low in the belly or abdomen or in the scrotum or testicles themselves. They sometimes describe it as a feeling of downward pulling or as a generalized ache throughout the groin area. Prostate cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes often makes itself known as discomfort in the pelvis or swelling in the legs.

21. Testicular swelling or lump

The lumps that indicate testicular cancer are nearly always painless. It's also common for a testicle to be enlarged or swollen, but lacking any specific lump that you can see or feel. Some men report feeling discomfort from the enlargement, but not an outright pain.

22. Unexplained back pain

Back pain can mean all sorts of things, of course - most often pulled muscles or disc problems. But unexplained, persistent back pain can be an early sign of cancer as well, so get it checked out. Pain in the lower back and hips can be a sign of prostate cancer, while pain in the upper back can signal lung cancer. A pain in the upper abdomen and back is one of the few early signs of pancreatic cancer.

23. Scaly or painful nipple or chest, nipple discharge

Men do get breast cancer; they also get a condition called gynecomastia, which is a benign lump in the breast area. Breast cancer is usually detected as a lump, but if it's spreading inward it can also cause chest pain. Other signs of breast cancer include patches of red, scaly, or dimpled skin or changes to the nipple such as turning inward or leaking fluid. Bring any lump, swelling, or skin or nipple problem, or any chest pain, to your doctor's attention.

24. A sore or skin lump that doesn't heal, becomes crusty, or bleeds easily

Most of us know how to watch moles for changes that might indicate skin cancer. But other signs, such as small waxy lumps or dry scaly patches, are easier to miss.
Familiarize yourself with the different types of skin cancer - melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma - and be vigilant about checking skin all over the body for odd-looking growths or spots.

25. Changes in nails

Unexplained changes to the fingernails can be a sign of several types of cancer.
A brown or black streak or dot under the nail can indicate skin cancer.
A newly discovered "clubbing," which means enlargement of the ends of the fingers, with nails that curve down over the tips, can be a sign of lung cancer.
Pale or white nails can be an indication that your liver is not functioning properly, sometimes a sign of liver cancer.
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Coffee for the Health Conscious: CEO Cafe

Friday, 23 March 2012

Are you a coffee lover? Can your "engine" only crank up when the rich aroma of a freshly brewed cuppa tickles your nose? If you're drinking coffee every day, don't you agree it's very important to choose coffee that's healthy for you?

I highly recommend CEO Cafe coffee, for the special creamer used and the 2 big benefits of caffeine.

About Coconut Oil

Instead of the usual dairy creamer, CEO Cafe uses a natural, low-fat creamer derived from coconut oil. Some people are immediately wary at the mention of "coconut oil", as they think it contains cholesterol and may lead to cardiovascular diseases. But this is a Myth. In actual fact, coconut oil is plant-based, has low-calorie and is cholesterol-free - making it one of the best choices of food-grade saturated lipids.

The main component of coconut oil is made up of 65% plant-base saturated medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), rather than the usual plant-base saturated long-chain fatty acids. As a cooking oil, coconut oil will remain stable even under high temperature. It does not produce harmful trans fat, nor become readily oxidized to form free radicals.

When MCFAs enter our body, they will be readily absorbed without going through such processes as enzymatic hydrolysis and bile salts emulsification. This means it does not have to stay in our stomach for long hours, waiting for its turn to be digested and absorbed. Moreover, the MCFAs will be directly delivered to the small intestines where they will be broken down and converted into energy. Hence, they will not build up in the body system or blood vessels nor turn into fatty cells to cause obesity. In other words, they will not bring about the formation of thrombus, which is the prime culprit behind cardiovascular diseases.

2 Big Health Benefits of Coffee

Numerous research papers have indicated the many health benefits of caffeine to our body. Here are 2 big ones:

1. Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

Research studies conducted in Europe, USA and Japan point to the discovery that for people who drink coffee on a daily basis, their levels of blood sugar in an empty stomach and after food are both markedly lower compared with people who do not drink coffee.

This leads to the conclusion that drinking a moderate amount of coffee can effectively help prevent diabetes. Research findings have also shown that the ability of coffee in preventing diabetes is attributed to the fact that coffee contains rich amounts of a powerful antioxidant called chlorogenic acid.

Chlorogenic acid is a form of organic acid capable of discouraging the absorption of sugar in the digestive tract. At the same time, through its ability to encourage rapid transportation and oxidation of glucose, it

a) speeds up the metabolism of glucose in our body,
b) controls the blood sugar concentration, and
c) prevents excessive elevation of the blood pressure.

2. Cuts Down the Risk of Liver Cancer

A study was conducted in 2011 by the Epidemiology Department of National University of Singapore on 63,000 male and female subjects, all Singaporean Chinese, with ages ranging from 45 to 74. The results indicated that:

a) Coffee beans contain 2 special types of oil, namely cafestol and kahweol, which exhibit an amazing effect in protecting the liver.

b) As coffee beans are rich in chlorogenic acid and various powerful antioxidants, they are very good in preventing oxidative stress and subduing the formation of carcinogens.

c) consuming 2 cups of coffee a day can help cut down the risk of contracting liver cancer by up to 43%.

CEO Cafe is recommended because it uses natural low-fat creamer. Further, premium grade coffee beans have been found to prevent diabetes and reduce the risk of liver cancer.

(Source: Shuang Hor Magazine Mar-Apr 2012)

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Causes of Sensitive Teeth and How To Reduce It

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Have you ever experienced a sudden uncomfortable tingling sensation in your teeth when you're drinking ice-cold water or eating something sour? Ooouucchh.. What happened?

Our teeth are divided into the crown (the part we can see in our mouth) and the root (buried inside our gums). There are 3 segments:

(a) Enamel. It's the outer hard layer and doesn't have nerves. It cannot repair or heal itself.
(b) Dentine. It is covered by the enamel on the crown, and protected by the cementum in the root. It can register pain and can repair itself.
(c) Pulp. It contains the nerves and blood vessels. If in any way it is exposed to decay or injury, it will die and cause severe pain.

Our teeth can become sensitive in the dentine and pulp area. It is triggered by heat, cold, sweetness or sourness. It may be from food, drinks or even breathing in cold air. The pain can be sharp or a dull ache, it can be sudden or come on gradually. It can last for a little while or a long time.

Sensitive teeth occurs when our dentine is exposed. It's not a tooth cavity. It happens because of receding gum tissue. The root which are not covered by the enamel are exposed, resulting in the sensation reaching our teeth's nerves.

Causes of Teeth Sensitivity
  • Brushing your teeth too hard and using a hard-bristled toothbrush, which wear down your enamel and recede your gums.
  • If your tooth decays near the gum line, it exposes your dentine.
  • If your gum moves away from your tooth as a result of disease such as gingivitis (inflammation of your gums). There may be loss of supporting ligaments of the gum, resulting in the root of your tooth being exposed.
  • If you have cracked, broken or chipped teeth which may be filled with plaque. The bacteria will enter the pulp to cause inflammation.
  • If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw very often, it can wear down the enamel.
  • It you use too many tooth-whitening products or mouthwash that contains acids.
  • If you like eating a lot of acid-containing foods like oranges, lemons, tomatoes and pickles.
  • If you like to drink a lot of tea.
  • If you recently had a dental procedure. But sensitivity caused by this usually disappears within 6 weeks.

How to Reduce Teeth Sensitivity
  • Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss thoroughly.
  • Use desensitising toothpaste.
  • Don't eat acidic foods or drink ice water.
  • Don't grind your teeth. Use a mouth guard at night if you do it during your sleep.

(Source: Star2, My Sensitive Teeth by Dr Y.L.M., 7 March 2012)

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Enlargement of Prostate - Symptoms, Treatment and Side Effects

Friday, 9 March 2012

The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland that is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, and surrounded by the urethra (urinary passage). The prostate gland produces fluid which forms part of the semen that carries the sperm on ejaculation. The gland starts to increase in size from puberty onwards, and there is a greater rate of increase from 40 years of age onwards.

Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate Gland

The reason for the enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)) is not very clear. Symptoms of enlarged prostate glands (generally classified as lower urinary tract symptoms), include:
  • slowing down of the urinary stream
  • straining to pass urine
  • delayed start of the urinary stream
  • dribbling at the end of micturition
  • feeling of incomplete emptying of bladder
  • inability to pass urine (urinary retention)
  • incontinence of urine
  • passing urine more frequently
  • waking up at night to pass urine, usually more than twice a night
  • strong and sudden urges to pass urine
  • pain during urination
  • blood in the urine
These symptoms can be assessed using the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), consisting of questions grading the severity of each symptom. The IPSS score is from 0-35, wherein 0-7 is mild, 8-19 is moderate and 20-35 is severe.

Other Conditions that give rise to these symptoms include:
  • urinary tract infection
  • bladder stones, bladder tumours
  • narrowing of the urethra (urethral stricture)
  • patients with neurological (related to nerves) problems
  • post-micturition dribble (the few drops of urine still remaining in the urethra (after passing urine) that will trickle out)

Diagnosing Benign Enlargement of Prostate

Some of the tests carried out to help diagnose the benign enlargement of prostate (BPH) include:

1) Urine analysis to look for evidence of possible infection and presence of blood.
2) Blood test to assess kidney function to ensure that the enlarged gland has not resulted in obstruction that could lead to impairment of kidney function.
3) Urine flow test to measure the speed of the urinary flow.
4) Blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced by the prostate cells. The PSA Test measures the level of PSA in the blood and is a marker for prostate cancer. However, PSA alone cannot be used to determine if a patient has prostate cancer.
5) Measurement of residual urine in the bladder by performing an ultrasound.

Treating Benign Enlargement of Prostate

1) Watchful Waiting
BPH needs treatment only if the symptoms are bothersome or if the enlargement is giving rise to life-threatening complications.

2) Medical Treatment
  • Alpha blockers help makes the flow of urine faster.
  • 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors helps reduce the size of the prostate gland.
3) Surgical Treatment
  • Transurethal resection of the prostate gland operation. It doesn't result in any external scar.
  • Laser prostatectomy is used to vapourise, resect or enucleate the prostate gland.
  • Open prostatectomy operation, for very large glands.
  • Other minimally invasive procedures such Needle Ablation (TUNA), Microwave Therapy (TUMT), High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) or urethral stent.
Risks associated with surgical treatment include:

Alternative treatments, especially saw palmetto and pumpkin seeds are very popular worldwide, used by men with lower urinary tract symptoms. However, the evidence for the efficacy of these products is lacking.

Generally, patients with mild symptoms and minimal impact on their quality of life is advised to stick to watchful waiting. Patients who have failed medical treatment or those with certain complications (impaired kidney function, bladder stone, recurrent bleeding from the enlarged prostate gland) may need to consider surgical treatment.

(Source: StarFit4Life, Obstruction Ahead! by Prof Dr Azad Hassan Abdul Razack, 12 February 2012)

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Health Benefits of Lu Chun Lingzhi Tea

Monday, 5 March 2012

Do you prefer coffee or tea? For me, I always go for tea as it's easier and lighter on my palate, without leaving the strong lingering taste that coffee gives after swallowing.

Recently, I learnt something worrying about tea leaves. I was told that many unscrupulous tea plantation owners maximise their profits by making sure every leaf is used. How do they ensure that? By spraying a lot of pesticides on their plants so that none of the leaves are "lost" to the insects and pests. Regular consumption of such tea will definitely cause harm to our body and our liver.

You will be glad to know there is a tea formulation which is safe from such "crime". What is this tea? It's called Lu Chun Lingzhi Tea.

The base of this beverage is Oolong Tea, also called Camellia Sinensis. It gives off an aromatic scent and has a non-bitter taste with a golden tinge. Some benefits include:
  • Increases mental alertness.
  • Sharpens thinking ability.
  • Manages obesity as it has the ability to bring out excessive oil.
This functional Tea also contains 3 other ingredients which together, give a uniquely rich flavour and are health-enhancing in their own ways. They are:

Semen Cassiae (a seed of Cassia Obtusifolia)
  • Help expel pathogenic heat / remove "liver fire". When we take a lot of "acidic food", meat, or eat out regularly, it builds up a lot of "heat" in the body. This component helps to bring out excessive heat, so you don't feel so heaty inside.
  • Enhance visual functions; very good to help with glaucoma problem by reducing blood pressure in the eyes and reducing redness and dryness of the eyes.
  • Moisten gastrointestinal tract, improve digestion, bring out gas and improve bloatedness.
  • Encourage smoother bowel movements.

Gynostemma Pentaphyllum

It's also known as "southern ginseng" as it's grown in the southern part of China that grows ginseng. It is consumed and used in similar manner as ginseng. It contains an important component called Saponin (which is also available in ginseng).
  • Help remove phlegm.
  • Moisten the lung and alleviate cough.
  • Gives a calming effect i.e. has the ability to calm down our tense nervous system.
  • Relax the mind and remove stress.
  • Increase body resistance to environmental stress.
  • Reduce blood pressure and cholesterol level.
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Prevent hairloss.
  • Prevent memory loss.

Lingzhi / Ganoderma Lucidum
  • Detoxify and cleanse our body.
  • Regulate our immune system and body functions.
  • Enhance liver protection function.
General Benefits / Usage of Tea
  • Excellent antioxidant.
  • Deodorant - get rid of smell. Try putting a used sachet of tea-bag in your shoe cabinet, fridge, pillow etc.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-virus.
  • Prevent tooth decay.
  • Prevent rise on blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar level.
  • Anti-cancer, radiation and UV rays.
This tea formulation has the ability to remove oils and break down the excessive build-up of fats in our digestive system. By getting rid of these greasy burden, the environment in our stomach and intestines will be cleaner.

How To Drink Luchun Lingzhi Tea?

For people who are always on the move, brew or boil 2-3 sachets of the tea-bags for 10 minutes, then put the tea in a flask which you can conveniently carry around, so you can drink it the whole day. Continuously add water onto the tea-bags whenever you have finished the flask.

You will find that your health improves a lot. Combine together with Lingzhi, you will find the effects are even better. It does enhance the effects compared to just taking Lingzhi alone. This is especially so for people who cannot afford to consume high dosage of Lingzhi.

Isn't this a fantastic drink? Quench your thirst with a drink that not only tastes good, but gives so many health benefits.

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Sinusitis Explained: Causes, Symptoms & Complications

Friday, 2 March 2012

What are sinuses? They are hollow spaces in the skull located behind the nasal cavities and eyes. Under normal circumstances, mucous is able to drain out of these sinuses and air is able to circulate. When the sinus cavities around our nose is inflamed and swollen, this will interfere with the drainage, causing mucous build-up. This is called sinusitis.

Sinusitis is a common problem worldwide, and affects about 12.8% Malaysians.

Common Sinus Conditions
  • Acute sinusitis - sinus infection that lasts between 7 and 10 days. Most often caused by the common cold.
  • Chronic sinusitis - long term sinus inflammation lasting more than 12 weeks. Keeps recurring despite treatment.

Causes of Sinusitis

Symptoms of Sinusitis
If a common cold worsens after 5 to 7 days, one may suffer from acute sinusitis. Symptoms include:
  • bad breath or loss of sense of smell
  • cough, often worse at night
  • fatigue and generally not feeling well
  • fever
  • headache - pressure-like pain behind the eyes, toothache, facial tenderness
  • nasal congestion and discharge
  • sore throat and postnasal drip
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis are the same as above (no fever), but tend to be milder.

Complications Arising from Acute Sinusitis
  • It can trigger an asthmatic attack or it could flare into chronic sinusitis. 
  • It can occur with an ear infection.
  • It can cause reduced vision or even blindness.
  • It may cause infection of the brain. When the brain is infected by the invasion of anaerobic bacteria through the bones or blood vessels, it can cause abscesses, meningitis, and other life-threatening conditions.

How to Reduce the Risk of Getting Sinusitis
    • Avoid upper respiratory infections by minimizing contact with people who have colds.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before meals.
    • Carefully manage your allergies.
    • Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air. 

    Source: StarFit4Life, When Sinuses Attack by Dr Kalpana Nayar, 1 January 2012

    Boosting up your immune system is a very effective way to fight viral and bacterial infections that cause sinusitis. Check out this article:

    How Ganoderma Modulates Our Immune System

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