Fungal Nails – A New Therapy

Most women who have immaculately painted toenails are hiding a little secret, a fungal nail infection that has caused an ugly yellow discoloration of one or more of their nails.

The fact that infections are easy to catch but very hard to cure shows how one in ten of us will suffer from this condition at some point, with up to a million people having infected nails at any one time. Fungal spores thrive in heat, moist conditions, like at swimming pools or in our shoes.

Treatment can take up to a year, and is either ineffective or having serious side effects. But now there is a laser treatment that claims to restore ugly nails to pink and pearly health in couple of sessions.

Forty percent of patients suffering with fungal nail infections and many have never found a treatment that works. Most of us have found lacquers and lotions to be a waste of time. There are anti-fungal drugs available which have to be taken orally, however you could be taking these for up to a year. These drugs have side effects too, such as stomach pains and nausea. In rare cases can cause jaundice, heart disease or even liver failure.

Are lasers a real breakthrough? They are safe, and side-effect-free, they work by applying intense heat to vaporise the fungus. With a treatment time of less than half an hour, they seem the perfect solution costing about £800. You might expect a perfect result, however the new lasers do have some drawbacks. If the infection progresses to the bottom of the toe, the fungus can get under the skin where the laser cannot reach. It’s early days for this treatment, and I would like to see more independent research.

If you have a mild fungal infection which appears to be affecting one nail it is best to treat all of your nails as this will kill any hidden spores lurking on your toes. The laser used is a small hand-held device; it shoots a small beam of energy onto the nail destroying the fungus.

The treatment is relatively pain free some people have a feeling of warmth and have even seen a wisp of smoke, which is the fungal infection being destroyed. One course of treatment is usually enough to kill the fungus, but some of you may require a second session after a few months to ensure the infection is cleared. Your nails may look the same after treatment but the yellow patches should grow out with the nail.

People forget toes age like the rest of our body and even healthy nails naturally become yellow and ridged. And if you’ve had an infection for years, you may never get your youthfully perfect toenails back.

Garlic – The Wonder Drug

Garlic, also known by its botanical name Allium sativum, was first cultivated in China thousands of years ago and ever since it has become quite popular as an important food ingredient. However, this is not the only use of garlic. It also has medicinal properties that traditional medicine practitioners have been using for hundreds of years.

If you crush garlic or chop it up finely, it gives out a compound known as allicin, which is a potent antibiotic and anti-fungal. It is this compound that gives garlic its characteristic odor and taste. Allicin is also an antioxidant and has the ability to dissolve fat. In fact, scientific studies have shown that allicin has the ability to combat atherosclerosis.

Garlic also has many minerals that are extremely important for the body. It contains phosphorus, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, copper and zinc. Besides these minerals, garlic contains a fair amount of Vitamin C and small quantities of Vitamin B complex. It also contains proteins, carbohydrates and a very minuscule amount of fat.

According to scientists, garlic contains more than 100 compounds. However, the scientific community has been able to identify over 30 of these compounds. It is believed that all these chemical compounds are instrumental in making garlic into a wonder drug. For instance, it has allyl mercaptan that has the ability to lower cholesterol levels, prevent onset of atherosclerosis, and it also has the properties to fight diabetes and tumors. Arginine present in garlic works as a stimulant that relaxes the blood vessels and thereby helps in improving blood circulation.

Garlic is also used in traditional medicines to fight fungal and bacterial skin infection, digestion problems, rheumatism, whooping cough and bronchial congestion. It is known to help the body eliminate toxins and stimulate the release of digestive juices in the stomach. In traditional Indian medicine, garlic is used as a cure for respiratory diseases like asthma and tuberculosis.

According to the American Dietetic Association, a person should take around 600 mg to 900 mg of garlic everyday in order to reap its health benefits. This quantity works out to around one clove of fresh garlic.

Why Natural Remedies Work and Drugs Don’t

Have you noticed how we live in a world which has traded personal awareness and responsibility for powerlessness and synthetic solutions? Our bodies are always seeking balance and all the parts depend on each other to work properly. While our bodies have the potential for disease, there exists an internal system for self-healing that can be reinforced with natural remedies.

Before the advancement of modern medicine, people relied upon plant resources, like essential oils, to remedy health concerns. Incorporating essential oils into a daily routine can effectively address the everyday wellness needs of your family. An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from leaves, stems, shrubs, trees, seeds, bushes, flowers bark and roots of plants. The life-blood of plants serve as natural remedies; they are

• anti-fungal

• anti-viral

• anti-bacterial

• anti-inflammatory

• hormone balancing

The highest quality oils, therapeutic grade, are made from organic plants and distilled at low temperatures to retain the organic healing properties. Simply, they keep the human body in a whole state of balance. This means they are particularly designed to:

• Cleanse

• Protect

• Oxygenate

• Nourish

• Heal

Drugs are synthetic, dead matter; inhibit, block, and interrupt normal bodily functions, in addition to having negative side effects. These reasons verify why natural remedies work and drugs don’t.

Essential Oils can be extremely effective, safe, economical and easy to use while tending to a whole range of health issues, right in your own home:

• Anti-bacterial properties make them highly effective for sanitizing, disinfecting, deodorizing and air purification, as well.

• Some essential oils make excellent toxin free cleaning agents for removal of grease, oil, carpet stains, crayon, etc.

• Powerful anti-oxidant properties in some essential oils make them amazingly effective in anti-aging, energy and health giving applications both alone and when combined with supplements.

• And of course, nothing beats the power of essential oils in personal care products for skin, hair and personal hygiene.

Additionally, essential oils are easy to use and further maintains why natural remedies work. The 3 simple applications of oils are:

• Inhalation

• Topical

• Oral Ingestion

Learning how to use oils is not hard. Once you get accustomed to using them as you would use other remedies, you will discover many more uses to suit your unique needs.

Making the decision to exchange toxic products for natural ones is an active step in bringing balance to all areas of your life and that of your family. What are you waiting for? Start NOW to see what Natural Remedies work positively in your home.