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Use Rose Water To Improve Digestion: Know The Other Health Benefits Of Rose Water

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We have been using products derived from herbs or flowers for various culinary and medicinal purposes. In the similar way, rose water comes from the species of the Rosaceae plant Rosa damascene, a well-known ornamental plant which is also called the king of flowers. Rose water has been used since time immemorial and is created by distilling fresh rose petals with steam. Rose water has a nice fragrance, and it is sometimes used as a mild natural fragrance as an alternative to chemical-filled perfumes. The plant contains several components such as flavonoids, terpenes, glycosides and anthocyanins have potent health benefits as well. It is believed to have numerous medicinal benefits as well and has been used as an analgesic, bronchodilator, anti-convulsive, anti-microbial and as an anti-inflammatory. Apart from these benefits rose water has also been used to treat reflux, as a laxative, cough syrup and to reduce blood sugar levels. The rose water oil is even said to treat depression and stress. It may also be useful for wound healing, allergies and skin ailments.
Top 5 health benefits of rose water:
1. Sore throats:
Doctors often prescribe antibiotics for sore throats, but there is no harm if you try rose water as well. Rose water has traditionally been used to soothe sore throats. Drinking rose water helps if you have cold, flu and sore throats. It may have a bronchodilator effect and help with respiratory illness as well.
2. Treats infections:
Rose water has powerful antiseptic properties, which can help prevent and treat infections. It is because of this property rose water is often included in a variety of natural and medicinal treatments. As an added benefit, rose water can help wounds, burns, scars and cuts heal faster, by keeping them clean.
3. Relive headaches:
Rose essential oil and rose are commonly used in aromatherapy to help relieve headaches. You can apply rose water on a piece of cloth and keep it on the forehead for similar effects. Just as the fumes of rose water are inhaled to enhance mood. It is also believed that managing stress and anxiety can also help treat headaches and migraines.
4. Skin:
The skin is the largest organ in the body and acts as a barrier against UV radiation, chemicals and other harmful pollutants. The antioxidants in rose water protect the cells in the skin against damage. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial to soothe the irritation caused by conditions, such as eczema, rosacea and other skin ailments. On the other hand, rose water acts as an inhibitor against elastase and collagenase, which are both harmful for the skin. This, in turn, can help reduce redness on the skin, as well as act as an anti-aging product by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
5. Digestion:
The ingestion of rose water has also been shown to be effective for your digestive health. The consumption of rose water can also work as a laxative. It can increase both the amount of water in the feces and the frequency of going to the toilet, thereby making it a beneficial for constipation.


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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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