Chinese medical practitioners often use herbs to act on the twelve body lines mentioned above. Many herbs and combinations of herbs are recommended for treatment of HIV infection and are available in health food stores. The most popular herb is raw garlic; it is used for many conditions and is available as odorless capsules of garlic oil. Recent scientific studies indicate that garlic may have wide-ranging health benefits, although the usefulness of this or any other herb for people with HIV infection is not known.     Advocates of herbal medicine believe that herbs improve the immune system. Many of these herbs and combinations of herbs have side effects that include nausea and vomiting, allergic reactions, liver damage, blurred vision, dry mouth, nervousness, sedation, and hallucinations.     Body Work-One form of body work is endurance exercise programs and weight lifting. Another form of body work is yoga, a Hindu philosophical system of balancing mind and body through breathing and posturing exercises. A third form of body work is t’ai chi, a Chinese exercise program that achieves a balance between mind and body through slow movements. There is no evidence that body work is harmful if done within reason. It may be beneficial, and it certainly makes the people who practice it feel better.*193\191\2*

Restless legs syndrome is different from another condition called nocturnal myoclonus, which means “nighttime muscle-twitching” and is the name given to the problem of frequent strong leg jerks. Sleep laboratory studies have found that some patients may have leg jerks three hundred to four hundred times a night, occurring every twenty to forty seconds. Both legs are usually involved. Unlike restless legs syndrome, myocolonus causes no unpleasant sensations in the leg. Because it occurs during sleep, episodes are seldom recalled. Myoclonus may arise from such medical problems as kidney disease, metabolic disorders, narcolepsy, drug withdrawal, or apnea. Withdrawal from medications, such as antidepressants or anticonvulsive drugs, can serve to worsen the problem. I should stress that myoclonus is not a seizure disorder like epilepsy. EEG tracings of people with myoclonus indicate that both their sleep and their waking patterns are normal (except for the nighttime arousals caused by twitching).Obviously, victims of myoclonus have trouble maintaining sleep. While they may not actually awaken during a twitching episode, these patients may perceive their sleep to be light, broken, and restless. They may also awaken feeling unrested and unrestored. Frequently, too, their bed partners complain of disturbed sleep, pointing to the bruises on their shins as evidence. Researchers estimate that as many as 10 to 15 percent of patients with a sleep disorder have nocturnal myoclonus; an estimated one out of three people over the age thought to suffer from the problem. *124\226\8*

Whenever we call on the nervous system to carry out some ne task, something it has no experience of, there will usually be an anxiety response. The first time we stand up and address the class, give a lecture, take out an appendix or get behind the wheel of the car, we experience significant anxiety. This doe not mean anything other than the fact that the nervous system has not done this thing before and therefore alerts us to its difficulty in processing the information by triggering an anxiety reaction.
In our society, therefore, we tend to recognize that anxiety is normal and expected part of learning new skills and performing new tasks. However, there should not be any anxiety in learning new information. A student would not expect to experience significant anxiety just simply from sitting in lectures listening to his teachers. This distinction, I believe, is important. Our schoolchildren these days display increasing levels of anxiety; it is important for educators to consider carefully how much of the children’s anxiety is primarily due to stress breakdown and how much is due to performing new skills.
When a normal person is suffering the adverse effects of excessive stress, the first symptoms to be experienced are the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is the alarm mechanism of the nervous system which alerts us to the fact that the nervous system is beginning to fail to process the information adequately.   It is possible to diagnose our anxiety symptom immediately they occur with five questions – two related to the tasks required of the brain, and three related to factors which will reduce the brain’s processing ability.
A person suffering from anxiety symptoms due to excessive stress can stop whatever he or she is doing immediately and take steps to restore the normal balance between the brain’s processing ability and the tasks required of it. These steps will prevent progression of stress breakdown beyond this first stage, the stage of anxiety symptoms.


We all know the story: the ocean liner Titanic was heading straight for an iceberg and its watery grave while the passengers, totally oblivious of the danger ahead, were having a ball. Most died when the ship sank. A common analogy for the useless manoeuvring of things that have no effect on the final outcome or the underlying cause is to say that a procedure is like ‘shifting the deck chairs on the Titanic’.
Sharon had asthma since infancy. After regularly seeing a doctor and taking medications for many years, she decided to go it alone once she moved out of her parents’ home, and used only a puffer as a preventive measure.
Sharon had not had a severe attack since she was thirteen, and that was almost ten years before. She knew that it was probably wrong to use her puffer for so long as her only medication but, as she put it: ‘I don’t really fancy taking steroids’. Yet, a few months later, that is just what she had to do after experiencing a scary asthma attack. Her new doctor started to experiment with different medications while monitoring her lung function, and finally decided on the one that appeared to work best. Sharon did not like taking drugs so she sought the advice of a naturopath.
Following the advice given, she made a few half-hearted attempts at diet changes by avoiding sulphites, monosodium glutamate and food colourings, and this helped her to reduce her need to use medication a little. She also took some herbal medicines, but after a few weeks she felt that such a small improvement was not worth all the trouble and her Ventolin was working anyway, so why bother? She was happy until another attack forced her back to her doctor, who placed her on yet another medication.
Next she visited an acupuncturist. Once again, she improved and stopped the prescribed drugs. After a few weeks she was experiencing breathing difficulties, although she did not have an attack as such. She decided to see a homeopath. This helped her so much that she did not even need to take Ventolin any more.
Then Sharon experienced what was the worst attack of her life, ending up in hospital and nearly losing her life. Back on steroids. She neither understood nor cared to search for the underlying causes of her problem and she certainly did nothing to alter her personal environment. Australia is full of people who think and act just like Sharon. Like the passengers on the Titanic, they rearrange a few chairs and sail happily towards possible disaster.
By the time Sharon became my patient in 1992 she was using her puffer nearly a dozen times every day. First of all I advised her to throw away her vacuum cleaner, get rid of the carpets, clean up her bedroom (our investigation with mould plates found an alarmingly high mould count near her bed) and avoid some food additives and colourings. I also prescribed some garlic and a diet which included lots of fresh vegetables, especially onions, and excluded milk. For the first few days I arranged a B12 injection (methylcobalamine) daily. The only vitamins I prescribed were vitamins C and B6 and some fish oil.
Within two weeks Sharon was hardly using her puffer and felt great. Sometimes it can be as simple as that. Sharon obviously reacted badly to environmental factors she breathed in at home.

The muscle fibres that entwine the vagina are largely under voluntary control. They may be readily contracted. The movement is similar to that occurring when suddenly shutting off the flow of urine, or cutting short a bowel action; the tighter the muscles are contracted, the more the vaginal canal is squeezed. This is worth remembering, for it can give added delight to your partner during intercourse. All males enjoy internal massage of their penis, and this is the way to do it. Alternate contracting then relaxing, contracting-relaxing of these muscles will inevitably impart a joyous sensation to him—in fact, with skill he may be soon brought to a climax.
There are other important structures closely related to the vaginal canal.
In front, the urethra runs upwards from its external opening, to join the urinary bladder. There, urine formed in the kidneys is stored until it can be conveniently voided.
Behind, the external bowel opening, called the anus, joins with the rectum where waste matter is stored until it also may be conveniently expelled. So, it is urethra and bladder in front; anus and rectum at the back. (These close relationships may become vitally important later on if the vaginal walls become weak, lax and lose their elasticity because of repeated childbirth.) The bladder may bulge into the vagina, causing an unpleasant condition called a cystocele. Behind, the bowel may also press inwards, producing a swelling called a rectocele. Bit by bit, if left untreated these may gradually pull on the uterus above, causing a condition called prolapse. Left, the entire vaginal tract and womb can literally fall out or ‘prolapse’ from the vaginal vestibule, an uncomfortable condition often suffered by older women.)
The superficial cells that line the vagina are constantly being shed and replaced with new ones. In some women, the shed cells together with normal secretions can produce a discharge that is often a little frightening. But a certain amount of moisture is quite normal, and usually inoffensive. The broken-down cells release glycogen which is converted to lactic acid, giving the fluid an add consistency. This is fortunate, for it acts as a barrier against infection. The vaginal canal, despite the thrashing it gets during normal reproductive life, remains amazingly free from infections. The copious blood supply readily replaces damaged cells and tissues; and a frequent thrashing, thrusting penis can remove millions of superficial cells.
Another capability of the lining cells is their ability to absorb chemicals; and the female hormone oestrogen, if present, is readily absorbed. This plays an important part with many women in later years when the vaginal canal tends to become dry and thin and atrophied. The insertion of creams or suppositories rich in oestrogen quickly enable a return to a normal, moist, vagina. Problems that an atrophied vagina have when active intercourse is still being pursued are legion. But treatment, is usually simple, rapid and eminently effective, as well as safe.

Enter oxygen. We’ve all heard of this, right? So what does oxygen have to do with free radicals and premature ageing and even getting fatter and getting thinner? I’m glad you asked that question. Because oxygen has an evil twin.
Picture the scene: an earth before time, a fiery ball hung in an inky sky. Almost 4 billion years ago when the earth was just a pot of space soup kepc bubbling hot by the sun the first free radicals were born as a result 0f ultraviolet radiation. In their excitement and agitation, these free radicals formed new molecules, genetic mutations, ever different patterns like some primitive kaleidoscope until evolution came up with us. Free radicals have been part of our every cell all the way up the staircase of human development from the very first step to the pinnacle where we stand today.
The camera pulls back and back. The scene switches to a lab at the University of Michigan in 1894 and focuses on a serious young doctoral student hunched over the counter, his legs wrapped around a wooden stool, his hands busy with an experiment. Moses Gomberg had escaped to America with only the clothes on his back, one sabre length ahead of the czar’s soldiers. Here was a true Horatio Alger story. He went on to educate himself, become head of the chemistry department at Michigan, and the first to discover free radicals. He watched them charge around, sending off sparks of destruction, before they burned themselves out. He gave these excitable elements their name.
Time passes. The camera moves on. The calendar pages turn faster and faster (like they always do in those black-and-white movies) and then stop. The year is now 1954. And look. What do we see? A woman in a lab coat. She is Rebecca Gersman, a scientist. Rebecca and her lab partner Daniel Gilbert are doing some research on a form of blindness called retrolental fibroplasia that affects premature infants. Little bitty babies were going blind and nobody knew why. The two medical sleuths investigated and found that the air in the incubators housing the premature babies had a higher concentration of oxygen than the regular air we breathe. Further experiments pointed to the culprit. It was oxygen that was making those babies blind. Rebecca went even further in her conclusions and stated that most of the damage done to living tissue was done by free radicals arising from oxygen. This was heavy stuff.

The glands of sex serve a double function: they provide the necessary materials for reproduction of the human being, the male sex cell uniting with the female sex cell; they also provide material which goes directly from the glands into the blood, and which determines the nature of the growth of the body. If the amount of the material secreted by the gland into the blood is insufficient, definite changes will take place in the body inclining towards the female side if the male sex tissue is insufficient, and to the masculine side in the woman if the female sex tissue is insufficient.
A deficiency of the male sex material may result from absence or destruction of the gland or from failure to function, in cases where the pituitary gland does not produce the trophic hormone that stimulates the male sex gland. Again, there may be disturbance of the function of the cells within the gland, without actual destruction of the tissue.
A deficiency of male glandular material varies in its effects according to the age at which it occurred. If the material is completely absent, the condition called “eunuchism” is developed; this usually refers to a complete loss. When the loss of sexual gland function takes place before the time of maturation into an adolescent, a deficiency is shown in growth. The skin is delicate; the hair that ordinarily covers the surface of the body of the male is absent; there also may be exaggerated length of the arms and legs with broad hips and a tendency towards the development of a “pot belly”; sometimes also the breast of the male will enlarge.

Apprehensions, vague fears, fear of some impending calamity, all fears of inexplicable origin, “Afraid of fear”, but dare not talk about it to anybody.
It is a queer state of mind. The man is afraid. He knows he is afraid. Any other man can observe the causeless perspiration on his face and forehead, his hair standing on edge and his goose flesh. He is tongue tied and yet if somebody asks him what is the matter with him, he will only say ‘Oh nothing’, and he is not telling lies. It is very true that he himself does not know what he is afraid of. Although this state is transitory and it passes off by itself after sometime, but till the time it lasts, the man remains terrified and does not know what he is afraid of.
It is not like Mimulus, where the man knows what he is afraid of and he can name the cause of his fear. The extent of fear is also much more than Mimulus, it is more like the terror of Rock Rose. Yet it is not like the terror of Rock Rose where the terrorising cause is known.
In its nature, it resembles ‘MUSTARD’ where a pall of depression descends upon an unsuspecting prey, engulfs him completely and leaves him after sometime, by itself. In the whole operation the patient has suffered from a bout of extreme depression but does not know, how and why it happened.

Ginseng is a wonder herb with outstanding medicinal properties. It has been used in China, Korea, Japan, India and Southeast Asia for its vitalizing and restorative power.
Ginseng can be used beneficially in treating cancer as a supportive treatment and in overcoming the after effects of medical treatments. Modern scientific studies on this herb found that it emits a mitogenetic ray, which is considered as an all-natural ultraviolet radiation. Nature has put within ginseng, a process of cellular proliferation via this mitogenetic emission. It is said that this all-natural cellular rejuvenation process stimulates the body’s own sluggish process and thereby promotes the youth-building benefit of cellular renewals, which is the key to healing and regenerations.

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Holy basil, known from the Vedic period, has many medicinal virtues. It is highly beneficial in overcoming stress arising from cancer and the after effects of medical treatment. The basil leaves are regarded as adaptogens or anti-stress agents. Recent studies have shown that the leaves protect against stress significantly. It has been suggested that even healthy persons should chew 12 leaves of basil twice a day, morning and evening, for preventing stress.

If you have swelling and/or pain in your knee, your doctor will look for several causes, including destruction of the articular cartilage. Unfortunately, there is no noninvasive diagnostic test that provides a good view of articular cartilage; only an arthroscope of the area can provide a definitive answer. Very often, we try to rule out other possible problems that we can diagnose using noninvasive methods before considering the articular cartilage.
An X Ray
An X ray will not show the articular cartilage per se, but a standing X ray will show if the spaces between the joints have narrowed, which suggests an erosion of articular cartilage.

Although I believe that MRI will eventually be able to “see” articular cartilage, to date, it does not with any degree of accuracy. However, it does show whether the menisci are injured or whether any of the ligaments are torn. In addition, an MRI will show whether any bones are bruised, which could indirectly be a sign of injury to the articular cartilage.

Your physician may decide to arthroscope the knee to assess the extent of the damage or if he is convinced that there is a problem with the articular cartilage (or any other structure of the knee) that may be improved through surgical intervention.

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