What is an enema?
An enema is the insertion of a liquid into the rectum or colon by way of the anus. The colon, also called the large intestine or large bowel, is a long, hollow organ in your abdomen. It plays an important role in digestion by removing water from digested material and forming feces (stool). Your doctor may recommend an enema for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.An enema is only one method used to diagnose or treat diseases and conditions of the colon and rectum. Discuss all the diagnostic and treatment options with your doctor to understand which options are right for you.
Types of enema
The types of enema include:
1) Therapeutic enema is an enema that cleans out the colon or rectum, relieves constipation, or treats diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis).
2) Diagnostic enema is an enema that helps diagnose certain conditions of the colon or rectum, including abdominal pain, bleeding symptoms, and ulcerative colitis. A barium enema is a diagnostic enema. Barium shows up well on X-rays and allows your doctor to see the colon in detail. Link barium enema to the Barium Enema procedure.
Why is an enema performed?
Your doctor may recommend a therapeutic enema to treat diseases and conditions of the colon or rectum including:
3) Constipation, hard, dry, infrequent stools that are difficult to pass
4) Excessive gas, belching, bloating, distended abdomen
5) Fecal impaction, a large amount of hard stool that is stuck in the rectum
6) Ulcerative colitis, inflammation and bleeding in the colon. Your doctor may order an enema that contains corticosteroids dissolved in water. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation.
Your doctor may also order an enema before medical procedures. This type of enema (cleansing enema) makes it easier to examine your colon during certain tests, such as colonoscopy. A cleansing enema can also lower the amount of bacteria in your colon and reduce the risk of infection for certain surgeries.
Who performs an enema?
You may give yourself a therapeutic enema at home as prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, a nurse or technician will administer a therapeutic enema in the hospital setting or a barium enema as part of a diagnostic procedure.
The following specialists often prescribe enemas:
Family medicine doctors provide comprehensive healthcare to adults and children, including acute, chronic and preventive healthcare.
Gastroenterologists are internists who specialize in diseases of the intestines.
Geriatricians are internists who care for older adults and specialize in conditions specific to aging.
Internists provide comprehensive healthcare to adults, including preventing, diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and disorders.
Steam bath benefits
The steam bath benefits can be divided into 3 categories:
- Physical health benefits
- Mental health benefits
- Skin health benefits
Physical steam bath benefits
This healthy sweating is known to be helpful with respiratory troubles like
It helps to clear the mucus from your lungs; and the warm, humid air soothes your airways But it has also proven helpful for detoxification, having positive effects on liver and circulation problems For many people, taking a steam bath also has proven beneficial in relieving symptoms of
- Stiff joints
- Muscular pain
- Muscular tension
These last two are especially useful after you have done a serious bodily workout. In this case a steam bath works in two ways; it eases the pain and speeds up the healing of hurt tissues and muscles.The heat enlarges your blood vessels which in turn boosts your blood circulation, this makes that oxygen and nutrients can get to the injured parts of your body more easily.
Mental steam bath benefits
Steam baths can also be very healthful when it comes to your state of mind; it loosens you up mentally. It is a well known relaxant that can help you overcome
- Sleeping disorders (especially through over-excitability)
- Negative energies
Sitting in a Steam Bath = Total Relaxation
Feeling both relaxed AND recharged when you come out of it.
Steam bath benefits for your skin
Finally there are of course the steam bath benefits for your skin, something us ladies are most interested in Better than soap and water
A good sweat is perfect to keep your skin healthy; every dermatologist will tell you that serious sweating cleans the skin better than any soap and water. It stimulates the blood flow under your skin, opens up your pores and washes out more dirt, dead skin cells & more yucki stuff than whatever product you can think of
The heat also opens up your veins bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your skin surface, which is no punishment to say it gently
It will make your skin feel clean, soft, supple and smooth as silk; no doubt you’ll come out of it with a healthy glow as well, feeling re-energized and recharged
This of course makes it also a good natural way to fight the symptoms of
- Dry skin
- Chapped skin
- Eczema or Dermatitis
…and more skin conditions
Mud & Herbal Therapy
Mud therapy benefits
Mud is an important element of nature. It contains important minerals which have positive effects on human health. Mud can absorb toxins from human body therefore is very useful in preventing many diseases. It is also known for its healing properties. It also helps in cooling and relaxing body as it can hold moisture for a long time.
Benefits of Mud therapy are:
- It relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. It maintains metabolism rendering positive impact on digestion
- It is useful in conditions of inflammation/ swelling and relieves pain
- It is a good hair conditioner and is good for skin
- It is useful in condition of stiff joints
Why use mud therapy?
Out of the five constituent elements of this universe mud (earth) has a pivotal role to play in our well being. The dark color of mud helps in absorbing different colors and conveying them to the the body, giving it therapeutic properties. Also, its shape and consistency may be modified with ease, just by changing the water content, which makes it easy to use. A mud pack is advantageous over a cold compress (cold water therapy) as it retains the coolness over a longer period of time. Therefore, it is recommended whenever a prolonged cold application is required. Lastly, it is easily available and a cost effective treatment option.
Types of Mud
Mud found in different parts of the world has different properties. Mud composition varies with the place of origin. Firstly, mineral constituents of mud varies with the kind of rocks found in the region and the process of soil formation. Secondly, mud property is influenced by kind of flora and fauna of the region. Therefore, it is essential to learn about properties of mud before utilizing it benefits. It is important to note that before using any type of mud it should be dried, powdered and sieved to remove any type of impurities such as stones, grass, etc.
Dark cotton soil having some greasiness is suitable for mud therapy as it is rich in minerals and also retains water for long time. It should always be free from contamination and any kind of pollution.
Mud from Dead Sea:
Cleopatra and Queen Sheeba used it for enhancing beauty, black mud of Dead sea has beautifying and therapeutic powers. It is contains more than 20 kinds of salts and minerals including Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium Bromide, Silicates, Natural Tar and organic elements. While these beneficial minerals are useful for healing any kind of skin disorders, the presence of silicates make its masks very beneficial for softening and cleansing skin. The mud enhances blood circulation and leaves the skin with a glow.
It is mud produced over thousands of years from organic residue of flowers, grasses and herbs. This residue transformed over several years to fine paste which contains fulvic acids, vitamins, amino acids, plant hormones, humic acids in a form which could be easily absorbed by human body. The mud has chelatic properties which enables its top layer to filter out impurities/pollutants and preserve purity of the mud. This mud has therapeutic properties and is useful in detoxification, healing, beautification, nourishing human body. The mud has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. It is also useful in conditions such as Arthritis and recovery from injury in sports.
Mud therapy: How to use guide
Mud therapy could be used in two forms:
1) Mud Packs: This involves frequent application of packs of mud. It helps in improving skin complexion and acts on skin spots and patches to reduce them.
2) Mud Baths: This involves application of special kind of mud rich in natural salts and mineral over the entire body ( except head). Mud baths are useful in many skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Urticaria, leucoderma.
Mud packs are typically used for local application. The construct and usage of a mudpack is similar for all applications on the thickness and the size varies as per the usage. To make a mud pack first soak mud in water for 30 minutes. Now take a thin wet muslin cloth and apply mud evenly on the muslin cloth to form a uniform thin layer of half to one inch in thickness. Fold all the sides to make it a compact pack.
Mudpack for Eyes
Mud soaked in water is spread to make a half inch thick layer. The pack is typically 9 in X 6 in, enough to cover eyes completely. it is placed on the eyes for 20 to 30 minutes. An eye mud pack helps in relaxing the eyes; especially good for those who require to sit in front of a computer for long hours.
Therapeutically, it reduces irritation, itching or other allergic conditions such as conjunctivitis and hemorrhage of the eye ball. It also helps in correcting refractive errors like short/long sightedness. It is effective in Glaucoma, where it works to reduce the eye ball tension.
Mudpack for Head
A head mud pack is normally a thick narrow band. It is applied over the fore head and helps to heal congestive headache relieves pain immediately.
Mudpack for Face
Fine mud is used for face and a smooth paste is first made using cold water. Apply this paste evenly on the face and leave if to dry for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes one must thoroughly wash the face with cold water. It helps in improving the complexion of the skin. In cases of acne it helps by absorbing excess oils and toxins from the skin. It also helps in reducing dark circles around the eyes.
Mudpack for Abdomen
The size of a mud pack for abdomen is generally 10 in X 6 in X 1 in for adults. The mud pack should be applied for 20-30 minutes. The body and the mud pack should be covered with blanket, if applied during the cold weather. An abdomen mud pack helps in all kinds of indigestion. It is very helpful in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates peristalsis.
First the mud is prepared by soaking it in water. The mud is then applied to the full body either in sitting or lying down position. Mud is kept for 45 to 60 minutes and ideally be exposed to sun light, at least intermittently. Remember that the head should always be covered when exposing the body to sunlight. Afterwards, the person should be thoroughly washed with cold to luke warm water. Dry the person quickly and transfer to a warm bed. A mud bath helps in increasing the blood circulation and energizing the skin tissues. It thus helps in cleansing and improving the skin condition generally. Regular mud baths may be considered as natural beauty treatment procedure as it also helps in improving skin complexion and reducing spots and patches, possibly the result of some skin disorder like chickenpox or small pox. Mud baths are useful in many skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Urticaria, leucoderma, Leprosy and other skin allergic conditions.
Despite therapeutic properties of mud which are very useful in maintaining good health and glowing skin, the over-use of mask applications may lead to excessive drying of the skin. Therefore it is essential to keep the pack moistened to avoid excessive dryness and stretching. Also, the mud must be carefully chosen for obtaining desired results, and its quality must be ensured to avoid any complications
Banana Leaf Bath entails lying in sunlight, covered by large plantain leaves. This treatment facilitates movement of the green rays of the sun into the body. These rays are a good antiseptic agent. The process is one of detoxification through profuse sweating. Apart from its applications in reducing fat, Banana Leaf Bath is also used to treat diabetes, asthma, etc..
- Detoxifying the body & helps in weight reduction, Arthritis, All Skin Disease
- Maintain skin glow and clearer
- Helps to open pores & clear away dirt
- Has excellent anti – inflammatory properties
Therapeutic Oil Massage
Oil massage therapy can greatly enhance the quality in wellness as that of the regular meditation. Powerful treatment for the enhancement of muscle, joints and skin. After massage you will feel settled, serene and in a bliss like state.
Reduces the stress and bump up the nervous system for better functioning
Loosens the deep seated toxins from joints and tissues
Releases the accumulated toxins and sedimented fat from skin
Healthy and clearer glowing skin which helps in delaying the aging process
Revitalize blood circulation and enhance sound sleep at night
Ease from menstrual problem.
Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. In between that time, we take about half a billion breaths. What we may not realize is that the mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. Learning to breathe consciously and with awareness can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body.
Researchers have documented the benefits of a regular practice of simple, deep breathing (1,2,6), which include:
Reduced anxiety and depression
Lower/stabilized blood pressure
Increased energy levels
Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm
In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive impact that deep breathing can have on the physiology, both in the mind and the body. According to the research, many of these beneficial effects can be attributed to reducing the stress response in the body. To understand how this works, let’s look at the stress response in more detail.
Pranayama as a Tool to Counter Stress
When you experience stressful thoughts, your sympathetic nervous system triggers the body’s ancient fight-or-flight response, giving you a burst of energy to respond to the perceived danger. Your breathing becomes shallow and rapid, and you primarily breathe from the chest and not the lower lungs. This can make you feel short of breath, which is a common symptom when you feel anxious or frustrated. At the same time, your body produces a surge of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), which increase your blood pressure and pulse rate and put you in a revved up state of high alert.
With deep breathing, you can reverse these symptoms instantly and create a sense of calm in your mind and body. When you breathe deeply and slowly, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which reverses the stress response in your body. Deep breathing stimulates the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system—the vagus nerve—slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and calming your body and mind.
In addition, with deep breathing, you engage the abdominal muscles and diaphragm instead of the muscles in the upper chest and neck. This conditioning of the respiratory muscles results in improved efficiency of oxygen exchange with every breath by allowing more air exchange to occur in the lower lungs. It also reduces strain on the muscles of the neck and upper chest, allowing these muscles to relax. In short, deep breathing is more relaxing and efficient, allowing higher volumes of oxygen to reach the body’s cells and tissues.
As well as reversing the physical stress response in the body, deep breathing can help calm and slow down the emotional turbulence in the mind. Breathing can have an immediate effect on diffusing emotional energy so there is less reactivity to our emotions.
4 Deep Breathing Techniques
Beyond the practice of simple deep breathing, the ancient yogis described different types of rhythmic deep breathing techniques that can have differing effects on the mind and body. In fact, many studies document the beneficial effects of yogic breathing in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), COPD (chronic destructive pulmonary disease), and asthma. (3,4,5) There are also theories that support the notion that by slowing down and controlling the breath, we can improve our longevity.(3)
The basis for all deep breathing practices originates in the science of yoga, specifically the branch of yoga known as pranayama. The word pranayama is derived from two Sanskrit words: prana (life force) and yama (control). By controlling the breath, you can influence every aspect of your life. You can train yourself to breathe in a way that has a positive influence on your health.
Each of the following simple yogic breathing techniques has specific effects on the mind-body physiology.Complete Belly Breath: With one hand on your belly, relax your abdominal muscles, and slowly inhale through the nose, bringing air into the bottom of your lungs. You should feel your abdomen rise. This expands the lower parts of the lungs. Continue to inhale as your rib cage expands outward, and finally, the collar bones rise. At the peak of the inhalation, pause for a moment, then exhale gently from the top of your lungs to the bottom. At the end of exhalation, contract your abdominal muscles slightly to push residual air out of the bottom of your lungs.Alternate Nostril Breathing: When you are feeling anxious or ungrounded, practice Alternate Nostril Breathing, known as Nadi Shodhana in the yogic tradition. This will immediately help you feel calmer.
• Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril.
• At the peak of your inhalation, close off your left nostril with your fourth finger, lift your right thumb, and then exhale smoothly through your right nostril.
• After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation, lift your fourth finger and exhale smoothly through your left nostril.
• Continue with this practice for 3 to 5 minutes, alternating your breathing through each nostril. Your breathing should be effortless, with your mind gently observing the inflow and outflow of breath.
Ocean’s Breath: When you feel angry, irritated, or frustrated, try a cooling pranayama such as Ocean’s Breath, or Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai). This will immediately soothe and settle your mind.
• Take an inhalation that is slightly deeper than normal. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose while constricting your throat muscles. If you are doing this correctly, you should sound like waves on the ocean.
• Another way to get the hang of this practice is to try exhaling the sound “haaaaah” with your mouth open. Now make a similar sound with your mouth closed, feeling the outflow of air through your nasal passages.
• Once you have mastered this on the outflow, use the same method for the inflow breath, gently constricting your throat as you inhale.
Energizing Breath: When you are feeling blue or sluggish, try Energizing Breath or Bhastrika. This will give you an immediate surge of energy and invigorate your mind.
• Begin by relaxing your shoulders and take a few deep, full breaths from your abdomen.
• Now start exhaling forcefully through your nose, followed by forceful, deep inhalations at the rate of one second per cycle. Your breathing is entirely from your diaphragm, keeping your head, neck, shoulders, and chest relatively still while your belly moves in and out.
• Start by doing a round of ten breaths, then breathe naturally and notice the sensations in your body. After 15 to 30 seconds, begin the next round with 20 breaths. Finally, after pausing for another 30 seconds, complete a third round of 30 breaths. Beginners are advised to take a break between rounds.
Although Bhastrika is a safe practice, stay tuned in to your body during the process. If you feel light-headed or very uncomfortable, stop for a few moments before resuming in a less intense manner.
Contraindications: Do not practice Bhastrika if you are pregnant or have uncontrolled hypertension, epilepsy/seizures, panic disorder, hernia, gastric ulcer, glaucoma, or vertigo. Use caution if there is an underlying lung disease.
A regular daily practice of deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving your health and well-being. Performing one of these breath techniques twice daily for only three to five minutes can produce long-term benefits. You can also use them any time you are feeling stressed or notice that your breathing has become constricted. By training your body with a regular practice of deep breathing, you will begin to breathe more effectively even without concentrating on it.
Physical Benefits of Meditation
With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.
On a physical level, meditation:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Mental Benefits of Meditation
Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.
Other Benefits of Meditation
Emotional steadiness and harmony
It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.
Meditation brings harmony in creation
When you meditate, you are in the space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.
Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself
How To Get The Benefits
To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!
Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.
Busy people from all backgrounds are grateful to pause and enjoy a refreshing few minutes of meditation each day. Dive deep into yourself and enrich your life.
Yoga is a spiritual discipline which is originated in ancient India where, various traditions of yoga are found in India. Yoga helps in alleviate health problems, reduce stress and make the spine supple. Yoga includes physical and mental exercise which is a disciplined method utilized for attaining a goal. The ultimate goal of Yoga is Moksha.
- Improves concentration , inner peace, memory power & flexibility
- Meditation has the power to build inner intuition
- Helps to maintain Stress free & fresh mind
- Helps in weight reduction and maintenance
- Strengthen lungs and stimulate blood circulation
- More intake of oxygen retains healthy and clearer skin
- Ease from menstrual problem
- Extends the Life Span
Fruits and vegetables are the gifts of nature. Naturopathy prescribes a diet that can be adopted by anyone easily, it’s a holistic healing approaches take over the task of helping you out in achieving the desired physique. Diet includes juice therapy, fasting & a satvik food style.
- Prevents Cancer, Skin disease, Aging, Arthritis
- Ease from all kind of disease
- Helps in weight reduction & maintenance
- Improves better health & cures disease faster
- Ease stress & anxiety out of this present era
- Purifies blood and maintains glowing skin, Hair and Nail