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Breast Cysts

The most common cause of breast lumps is fibrocystic breast disease. In this illness, one or more fluid-filled masses form as cysts, causing recurrent flare-ups of tender lumps in one or both breasts, especially before menstruation. Breast cysts are often linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The lumps are movable, and they fluctuate in size during the menstrual cycle. Breast cysts most commonly occur in women between the ages of thirty and fifty.

The Dandelion

The name dandelion comes from the French ‘dent-de-lion’, referring to the plants lions tooth leaves. It’s also known as ‘wet a bed’ or ‘piss in lee’, after its diuretic action. Its Latin name Taraxacum is derived from the Greek taraxos (disorder) and Akos (remedy) on account of its curative actions.

Allergies | Hayfever

Every spring we see many people enduring weeks of sneezing and sniffing as the hay fever season sets in. What’s more, more and more people seem to be falling prey to hay fever. It seems that up to 12% of the population now gets hay fever here in Ireland. The hay fever season is also getting longer too.

Swollen Abdomen|Bloating

Bloating, a very common complaint (especially among women) bloating or abdominal distension is often described as ‘fullness’ or ‘discomfort’. It may or may not be associated with visible swelling of the abdomen, it usually is not associated with pain, and it’s more often described as a discomfort.

Probiotics

In order to keep our immune systems in good shape, and to get those bugs that will strengthen our immune system many use probiotics today. The term ‘probiotic’ is derived from the Greek and literally means ‘for life’. Humans have been consuming probiotics for many thousands of years, and fermented foods have been, and still are, of great importance to the diets of most of the world’s people.

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation is felt in different ways. For instance, Raynauds disease is the result of improper circulation to the fingers. Poor circulation that affects the whole body can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating and fainting, since the brain is the most sensitive to sudden changes in blood supply. Cold hands and feet are also clues to poor circulation. Impeded circulation will affect every cell in the body, as each cell needs oxygen for rejuvenation.

Heartburn

Heartburn develops when the muscular opening from the oesophagus into the stomach doesn’t work properly.  This set of muscles, the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) or cardiac sphincter – opens to allow food into the stomach but then closes to keep stomach acid from washing up into the oesophagus.  In chronic heartburn these muscles don’t work correctly allowing acid back up into the oesophagus.

Vertigo and Dizziness

The terms dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably, but technically there is a distinction. Dizziness simply means unsteadiness. Vertigo is worse. It is a disorienting illusion of movement, as if the world were whirling around you or you around it.

Autism

Autism is a condition that begins in childhood, resulting in a behavioral disorder that lasts a lifetime. It is psychologically demanding on the parents because the child isolates him or herself from the rest of society, desiring to live in a world of his or her own. Often the child will not speak, or only restrictively so. This behavior is accompanied by repetitive movements, such as head banging or rocking. Ritualistic behavior and strong resistance […]

Diabetes

Over 100 million people around the world suffer Diabetes and according to the International Diabetes Federation we are in the grip of a global epidemic.We are all at risk, for diabetes can strike without warning in any family, at any time. The word diabetes originates from the Greek for ‘ Siphon ‘or ‘ flow through ‘. The two main symptons are a great thirst and a need to pass water frequently.


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