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Horse Chestnut

The beneficial horse chestnut extracts are concocted using the bark and the nut of the tree.

Properties of Horse Chestnut

✔ The horse chestnut tree is used in treating conditions, such as stomach cramps, various forms of arthritis, hemorrhoids, and tinnitus — i.e., ringing sounds in the ear. Ringing sounds in the ear is also a major symptom indicating the onset of vertigo. Thus, when the symptom is eradicated with the help of extracts, the question of vertigo being an extension of the ringing symptom, does not arise.
✔ Horse chestnut benefits those who are suffering from an ear infection. Be it swimmer’s ear or excruciating ear pain, the horse chestnut can cure the ailment.
✔ Preparations of horse chestnuts are available in herb stores. They are cream- or gel-based concoctions, or oral tablets. The most essential benefit of the creams or gels is their ability to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins is an extremely painful condition to endure. This may cause the veins in the legs to swell. The swelling of varicose veins also indicates plummeting energy levels. It also leads to the development of blood clots in the legs.
✔ If an individual suffers from a condition called edema, horse chestnuts have the power to cure the pain and the fatigue. The oral pills or tablets are perfect for the treatment. They need to be ingested with a glass of water. Thus, administering horse chestnut in tablet form helps put the individual at rest.
✔ The swelling in the joints, muscles, and tendons lessens and is finally curbed when the horse chestnut cream or gel is applied to the affected area. Ingesting it orally will also serve its inflammatory purposes.
✔ The seeds of horse chestnuts have essential properties that help cease diarrhea.
✔ Horse chestnuts are also known to be effective in ceasing the growth and the inadvertent metastasizing of cancerous cells. However, detailed research is prerogative to deem horse chestnut as a potent measure.
✔ Another benefit is its beauty enhancement property, since horse chestnut is known to promote healthy blood vessels. To lighten the dark circles under your eyes, you could resort to consuming horse chestnut supplements. Horse chestnut in gel or cream form could be an alternative, if you are not too keen on ‘oral swallows’.

Not Meant For …

✘ As it has the property of making the blood thin, horse chestnut should not be administered on people who are prescribed anticoagulants or aspirin therapy.
✘ Nursing mothers or mothers-to-be should not consume or use the horse chestnut in any form.
✘ People with low blood sugar levels should not take the horse chestnut preparation in any form.

The causes and negative effects of xenophobia.

Literally
The word xenophobia is made up of the Greek words ‘xenos’, which means strange or foreigner, and ‘phobos’, which means fear.
What is Xenophobia?

When a person is born, the only people that he/she is comfortable around are the parents. Gradually, the child warms up to other family members and slowly gets used to them. His world, for a few years then, is limited only to his family. A big change is introduced into this world of his when he starts going to school. His circle of comfort now includes his teachers and classmates as well.

What I am trying to say here is that, a person, through the course of his life, meets strangers and makes acquaintances. In this process, there are some inhibitions at the beginning, but soon these are overcome. But this is not the case always. Some people find it difficult to mix with people who they deem are different from them; strangers from a different land. This irrational fear of strangers or foreigners is termed as xenophobia. There are various reasons that lead to this fear, and it brings out a range of emotions that vary from a biased attitude to violence.
Causes of Xenophobia

The fear of foreigners can be attributed to the mismatch in the basic thinking process and culture. However, this reason is not all that there is to it. One of the reasons responsible for painting a negative picture of foreigners is their involvement in various crimes. This can create a feeling of alienation, and strangers are seen as someone who have come to reign chaos in the homelands of the local populace.

Another reason is the increase in competition for jobs because of the incoming ‘aliens’. The locals, along with the already existing competition, have to further face steep odds owing to the influx of foreigners. Even in case of the ones who are already employed, replacements are available, rather easily. Thus, foreigners become a threat to their jobs.

There can be a presence of ‘one bad apple’ among the incoming populace. But generalizing one negative experience from one foreigner or a bunch of them, and applying it to every stranger leads to xenophobia. Further, this hatred is passed along among the locals. Along with this, the hatred towards foreigners can be a reciprocated reaction when the roles were reversed.

The incoming strangers are also deemed as a danger to the culture, traditions, and customs of the locals. This is also the reason for the spread of xenophobia, as foreigners are seen as a threat to the local heritage and legacy. The migrations result in sharing of resources, including the natural ones, which can lead to a stress on the economy and the general lifestyle of the natives.

How to Cope With Anxiety During Pregnancy

These days, pregnant women read a lot about pregnancy, childbirth, health of the child, etc. in order to prepare themselves for the new phase in their life, the phase of motherhood. Relatives and friends provide information on ‘what to do and what not to do during pregnancy’ as soon as they come to know about pregnancy. Pregnant women are confused and even more worried about their health and the health of their baby. Pregnancy can bring on anxiety attacks even in normal women. To understand how to cope with anxiety, one should be aware of the causes and symptoms of anxiety.

Causes and Symptoms of Anxiety During Pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes several changes during pregnancy. Hormonal changes taking place in the body of a pregnant woman exhibit various symptoms. Everyday pressure at the workplace and high levels of chronic stress due to a hectic lifestyle can worsen the situation. A woman too concerned about her family, which many women, by nature are, makes it almost impossible for her to prioritize her own health over everything else. She may find it unnatural or even selfish to take extra care of herself, further increasing her anxiety.

Not sharing your worries is one of the main reasons of anxiety attacks. Women usually feel uncomfortable talking to their doctors about their worries and tensions. Single mothers, divorcees, teen-aged pregnant women and those in their fifties and women with unwanted pregnancy, find it difficult to deal with stress during pregnancy. Lack of correct information regarding the health of the baby or care to be taken during pregnancy results in excessive worrying and women tend to follow wrong advices. These days, many women find it difficult to change their lifestyle on getting pregnant, due to work pressures and the demanding jobs that they are in. Thinking of the desperate need for a ‘helping hand’ after the arrival of her baby can make the woman even more anxious.

Anxiety symptoms during pregnancy may vary from one woman to another. Soreness, muscle ache, tension, unsteadiness, insomnia, nausea, getting tired with even little activity, fatigue, increased irritability, dreadful feelings, difficulty in relaxing, inability to control anxious thoughts, lack of concentration, dizziness, sweating and a fear of miscarriage are some of the common symptoms of anxiety that are seen in pregnant women. Excessive worry about future events and crying spells are also seen in such women. Excessive anxiety can lead to chest pain, abdominal pain, headache, breathing problems, etc.

How to Cope with Anxiety During Pregnancy

Taking antianxiety medications during pregnancy is not a good idea. These medications can prove to be harmful for both the mother and the baby. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques can help reduce the need for medication. They are generally used to treat anxiety in pregnant women. The pregnant woman should first find out what triggers her anxiety. Only then, she might be able to control it.l

Dietary Supplements and Herbs

Use of Dietary Supplements to Tackle Anxiety

A dietary supplement is simply an add-on or accessory of our usual diet. Dietary supplements are used by people in order to take in specific chemicals, nutrients and substances along with the common dietary nutrients which we consume. It is basically an accessory for the usual diet. Dietary supplements can be consumed in different forms such as capsules, tablets, liquids, powders, softgels and gelcaps. In some cases, the supplement is also consumed in raw form, or as a condiment or garnishment or topping on normal food. In some cases herbs are also consumed. It is essential that you consult a doctor or a dietitian before you consume any kind of dietary supplement.

Herbs

In the recent past, medications in the form or traditional herbs have been revived. Liquids, tablets and small extracts of these herbs are often consumed for their medical properties.
Kava Kava or simply Kava which is scientifically known as Piper methysticum is a herb/crop from the western Pacific regions. The roots of this plant are known for their sedative and anesthetic properties, and upon consumption, the consumer depicts some substantial anxiolytic effects by getting rid of the anxiety, keep the mind at peace, steadying and lowering very high blood pressure and pulse and overall relieving the body of stress and tension. Kava can be consumed in the form of simple herb, Kava beverage, tea cola, and pills
Passion Flower, which is sometimes also known as Passiflora is another herb. The juices and extracts of the Passion flower can be used as medication, especially to curb down symptoms of anxiety such as extreme stress, muscular tension and insomnia. Negative emotions occurring as a result of secretions in large proportions can be soothed by this herb. Spasmodic activity of the muscles are also curbed down by this herb
Peppermint is a great answer for a digestive system which has been affected by the anxiety and stress. The human digestive system often reacts very badly to extreme stress and anxiety. Peppermint soothes the upheaval caused in digestive system. Unexplained diarrhea, vomiting (in some cases) and nauseating acidity can be cured by this herb. Peppermint can be consumed directly, or in the form or extract capsules
Hops is another remedy for stress and anxiety. Hops is a great remedy for diarrhea and anxiety associated digestive problems. It reduced restlessness and nervousness when consumed. The flower is used in the brewing processes, however extracts are often available for medical purposes. Furthermore several alcoholic brews. The herbal form of Hops is often used in collaboration with Valerian
Valerian is another flowering plant which is used as a herb. Extreme nervousness, hysteria, stress and tension which make the body very volatile and the nerves unstable get soothed by the action of Valerian. The calming effect on the nervous system, digestion and respiration and also helps people to fall asleep. Oral formulas dosages of extracts and pills along with raw herb or fresh extract of Valerian are also used