Saturday, May 31, 2008


Fainting is a feeling of light-headedness and dizziness.

First Aid
1. Lower the head between the knees, if the patient is still on a chair.
2. Or let him lie flat with the head lower than the feet. This is done to draw blood to the head.
3. Check pulse and respiration to see if breathing and pulse is strong. If breathing is rapid and pulse is strong, get a paper or plastic bag, big enough to cover the face. Hold the bag over the nose and mouth and let the patient breathe in and out slowly in the big bag for a few minutes. If he does not recover after 15-20 minutes, bring the patient to the nearest hospital or medical clinic for medical attention.
4. if the patient is not breathing and pulse cannot be felt, prepare to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Have someone to call a doctor or get ready to transport the patient to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment. If someone is able to do CPR, give CPR while the patient is being transported to the hospital. Stop only when the patient’s pulse becomes palpable and he is already breathing.
5. Check if the patient is diabetic or not. Ask the family of the patient.

Herbal Medication
1. Atis or Sweet Sop Leaves. If the patient is breathing and pulse is strong, crush atis or Sweet Sop leaves. Let the patient smell the aroma of the juice. Put it over the nose for him to smell it. Let him smell it until dizziness or fainting spell is out.
2. Bayabas or Guava leaves. Crush the bayabas or Guava leaves. Let the patient smell the aroma instructing him to take deep breathes. Put the crushed leaves over his nose for him to smell the essence of the leaves.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


It is often said that the most important ingredient in the Mediterranean diet is extra virgin olive oil. However, some would argue that. Most of the notoriety of the Mediterranean diet is due to research unlike other high profile diets which have normally received their promotional thrust through commercial vehicles. The facts remain that hardly anyone would take any notice of the Mediterranean diet except for the highly satisfactory findings that have resulted from universities and food research foundations across the globe.

The reason I mentioned extra virgin olive oil first up is because it's always present in any of the many countries who are labeled with using the diet. You would think that this would make the diet high in fat. The calorie intake from the Mediterranean diet that comes from fat is over 30%. However, all the fat is 100% unsaturated fat and is a product of olive oil. This means (in general) that the fat that comes from extra virgin olive oil is a healthy type of fat.

From another angle, it means that the fat from olives does not trigger unhealthy consequences which are said to come from animal fat. This is also supported by several scientific studies in the USA and Europe in the last decade which indicate that extra virgin olive oil and a diet high in fruits and vegetables can work to lower the incidence of breast cancer in women.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil differs to day-to-day olive oil in that extra virgin olive oil comes from the first crush. Thereby retaining many of the nutrients. If you decide to work with the Mediterranean diet, you would be wise to shop only for extra virgin olive oil and make that a discipline.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


This is a lettuce garden at Eden Nature Park. The lettuce garden is organically grown and no chemicals used as pesticides. The lettuce garden is covered with mosquito net, protection against leaf eating insects. The planting system used in this garden is hydroponics , where water is free flowing. The lettuces that are being harvested in the garden taste great. To have a healthy living, eat only organically grown vegetables.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I would be honest to all. There is no absolute cure for cancer at this very moment. The present medical solution for cancer patients is to undergo operation or radiation. Actually these medical operations cannot eliminate the cancer cells from generating. These operations might slow down the growth of cancer cells but not eliminating them from the patient's body.

There are cases that the patient diagnosed with cancer was cured. The early detection of the cancer might be helpful but still there is no cure of it. The medical field is still on the process of researching the cure for cancer.

As they say prevention is better than cure. That statement is absolutely correct. People sometimes tend to abuse their body. Let us take for example lung cancer. Lung Cancer is caused by smoking. It is the main cause of this type of cancer and is considered one of the most deadly disease. Eliminating the habit of smoking removes the person from the candidates of lung cancer patients.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


The application of turpentine and oil to the abdomen or joint, combined with moist heat.

1. Relieves abdominal distention or gas pain.
2. Relaxes bowel or intestinal spasms.
3. Stimulates the peristaltic movements of the intestines.
4. Relieves pain and congestion in the adjoining parts of the sprained ankle.
5. Relieves pain due to intestinal colic.
6. Promotes the absorption of serious effusion and exudates.

Things Needed:
1. Set of Hot fomentations.
2. Sheet or Blanket to cover the patient.
3. One bath towel.
4. Bottle containing turpentine and oil in the following mixture: 1 tablespoon turpentine to 8 tablespoons mineral oil for children, 1 tablespoon turpentine to 6 tablespoons mineral oil for adults. Turpentine Mixture: Put one tablespoon of turpentine in a bottle with cover and add 8 tablespoons mineral oil, for children. For adults add only 6 tablespoons of mineral oil to 1 tablespoon of turpentine. Cover the bottle and shake mixture thoroughly. Label the bottle with this proportion of turpentine and mineral oil. This mixture can be kept for future use. Keep bottle away from children.
5. Cream and lotion.

1. Brings all things needed to the bedside including the mixture of oil and turpentine.
2. Prepare the patient as for fomentation on the abdomen or ankle.
3. Apply the oil and turpentine mixture with your fingertips to the area to be treated.
4. Observe the skin very carefully o see if the patient is allergic to turpentine. If redness is noticed, discontinue the treatment. Wipe and remove the oil and turpentine mixture and apply cream on the skin.
5. Cover the area with the dry towel and apply the hot fomentation over the area with the turpentine mixture. Fomentation pad should not be very hot.
6. Give the three sets of fomentations. For abdominal distention teach patient to do abdominal breathing. While the hot fomentation is still on the abdominal area, tell patient to do abdominal breathing. Breathe in slowly bringing the abdomen up on inspiration and down on expiration. Do this exercise for a few minutes, with rest periods in between.
7. After the last fomentation pad, remove the hot towel and with the dry towel remove the oil from the skin.
8. Apply cream on hand lotion over the skin area treated and bandage (for sprained joint).
9. If abdominal distentions persist, repeat the treatment after two hours, unless contraindicated (not advised).
10. If patient is not relieved in spite of the treatment, consult your physician immediately.

Precaution and contraindications:
1. Do not use turpentine on patients who have kidney disease.
2. Do not give to patient allergic to turpentine.
3. If intestinal obstruction is suspected, never give any hot treatment but bring the patient immediately to the nearest hospital. Symptoms of intestinal obstruction are: severe abdominal pain, no intestinal activities. Listen with your ears against the abdominal movements of the intestines. Cannot pass out gas or stool.
4. Elderly patient and fair-complexioned individuals are more sensitive. Use mixture of oil and turpentine for children.
5. For diabetic patient, use children’s mixture.
6. Fomentation towels should not be very dry.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


A local immersion bath covering the feet, ankles and legs.

1. Relieves head, chest and pelvic congestions by the drawing of blood from those areas to the legs and feet.
2. Stops nosebleed.
3. Relieves pain and spasm of the feet and legs.
4. Induces sweating in the case of fever-lowers body temperature.
5. Relieves menstrual cramps by relaxing the uterine spasm.
6. Relieves headache.
7. Relaxes the whole day.

Things Need:
1. One kerosene can or plastic pail.
2. One small basin.
3. One large “Kaserola” or kettle of boiling water.
4. Chair or stool.
5. Compress cloth or face towel.
6. Pitcher or diaper.
7. One old newspaper, if done in bed.
8. Bath towel.
9. One blanket.

1. Close windows and doors. If done in the bathroom, the patient should seat on a chair. If the patient is too weak to sit, patient may lie down and treated in bed.
2. Remove clothing of patient, and drape with blanket.
3. Assist patient’s feet into pail or basin of water. Water is ankle deep to start with. Temperature should be as hot as can be tolerated.
4. Apply cold compress to the forehead or on the nape if compress is small.
5. Add hot water. In adding hot water to the foot tub, push the patient’s feet to one side and place your hand between the feet and steam of water. Increase the water temperature to the patient’s heat tolerance.
6. Continue adding hot water for 20-30 minutes. Don’t let the water cool off.
7. At the end of the treatment lift feet from the water and poor cold water over again.
8. Give hot and cold-water shower if patient. Give him warm sponge bath if done in bed.
9. Dry patient and keep him comfortable. Let patient rest till he stops perspiring.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


A sprain is the wrenching of a joint, producing a stretching or laceration of the ligaments.

Water Treatment
1. Ice pack on the ankle or wrist, 3 times a day immediately after the sprain.
2. Cold compress on the ankle or wrist for 30 minutes. 3 times a day.
3. Wrap ankle or wrist with elastic bandage after the ice pack.
4. Rest the foot or arm for 3 days for severe swelling and pain.
5. Consult a doctor immediately for severe pain and swelling.

Herbal Medication
1. Sabila or Aloe Vera Leaves. Pound 2 to 3 leaves of sabila or Aloe Vera. Apply directly as poultice on the ankle or wrist for 30 minutes, 3 times a day. Use bandage to hold poultice in the place.
2. Kamantigui or Touch me not balsam stems and leaves poultice. Pound 2 stems with leaves. Apply directly as poultice for 30 minutes, 3 times a day. Use bandage to hold the poultice in place.
3. Kakawate or Madre de cacao leaves poultice. Crush 10 leaves. Apply directly as poultice for 30 minutes, 3 times a day. Use bandage to hold poultice in place.
4. Mayana Leaves Poultice. Crush 10 leaves. Apply directly as poultice for 10 minutes, 3 times a day.
5. Kataka-taka or Life plant leaves poultice. Crush 10 leaves. Apply directly as poultice for 30 minutes, 3 times a day.

Monday, May 5, 2008


A local application of ice over the body segment.

1. Relieves pain.
2. Prevents or lessen black and blue discoloration due to capillary bleeding.
3. Stops bleeding especially if applied with pressure.
4. Prevents and Reduces swelling.
5. Decrease blood flow to the area.
6. Constricts blood vessels, therefore decreases tendency to bleeding.

Things Needed:
1. Two bath towels.
2. Two safety pins.
3. Fined crushed ice-amount depends on the size of the area to be treated.
4. A piece of flannel cloth or a baby’s blanket.
5. A piece of plastic.


1. Spread the finely crushed ice on the bath towel, forming a layer about one inch thick. Adjust the surface area as needed for the affected part. Wrap the ice and secure it with safety pins.
2. Wrap the area or joint with flannel cloth or baby’s blanket and place the ice pack, following the contour of the area.
3. Never apply an ice pack direct on the skin. Cover the packed ice with plastic and secure carefully to prevent the bed from getting wet.
4. Treatment time: 30 minutes to one hour. If there is a burning sensation during the icepack application, the ice pack is not well insulated. Add insulator or add towel or flannel cloth.
5. To end treatment, remove the pack, dry the area and observe reaction. Treatment may be repeated after two hours in acute injuries to relieve pain and swelling.
6. Cover or bandage areas avoid chilling, especially in acute sprain ankles.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Herbal Medications for sore throat.

1. Ginger or Luya lozenges. Was and peel a small piece of ginger or Luya. Chew slowly for a few minutes. Swallow the juice. Or keep small piece in the mouth, chewing it little by little.
2. Sabila or Aloe Vera leaves. Wash the leaf and cut it in ½ inches size. Keep in the mouth all day, swallowing the juice. Take another piece when there is no more juice.
3. Bawang or Garlic lozenges. Wash one piece and peel. Keep in the mouth for some time, chewing it slowly. Swallow juice.


Herbal Medications for sore throat.

1. Ginger or Luya lozenges. Was and peel a small piece of ginger or Luya. Chew slowly for a few minutes. Swallow the juice. Or keep small piece in the mouth, chewing it little by little.
2. Sabila or Aloe Vera leaves. Wash the leaf and cut it in ½ inches size. Keep in the mouth all day, swallowing the juice. Take another piece when there is no more juice.
3. Bawang or Garlic lozenges. Wash one piece and peel. Keep in the mouth for some time, chewing it slowly. Swallow juice.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Snakebites may be poisonous and can be fatal if nothing is done immediately.

1. Keep the patient still to slow down circulation.
2. Incise the bitten area and let it bleed to remove the poison.
3. Wrap a teaspoonful of salt in a handkerchief or a piece of cloth and moisten the salt with water. Apply directly over the wound after the bleeding. Apply for 10-15 minutes.
4. Bring the patient to the nearest hospital for immediate anti-venom if the snake that it the patient is poisonous.

1. Adelfa Leaves and branch poultice. Pound 10 leaves of adelfa and a piece of branch. Apply directly to the bitten area after it has been bled.
2. Kamantugui or Touch Me Not Balsam Flowers Poultice. Crush about 10 flowers. Apply directly on the wound as poultice after it has been bled.


A sore throat is a congestion or inflammation in the throat due to tonsillitis, pharyngitis or laryngitis.

Water Treatment:

1. Hot salt gargle, 3 times a day. Before breakfast, before lunch and at bedtime. Click here for the procedure.
2. Heating throat compress at bedtime. Leave it on until morning. Repeat procedure if the patient stays home in the morning.
3. Steam inhalation, 2 times a day. In the morning before breakfast, and before bedtime after salt water gargle.
4. If possible, rest the voice until the swelling or inflammation subsides.