Month: January 2020
Do you want to get to your bed at night and just fall into the embrace of a refreshing sleep?
Is it a pounding headache trying keep your noeyes short or are you a night guard in your room waiting for sleep to pay you a visit?
There are different types of sleep disorder but we will be looking at Insomnia.
Insomnia is when you are finding it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or when your sleep is not adequate or not refreshing.A lot of people depends on drugs to even be able to keep their eyes close.
Individual requirements for sleep varies widely and this can be from 4 – 10 hours.
How long you sleep and how rested you feel after waking up depends on
1. Emotional state of mind like excitement or depression
5. Some food components like caffeine, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), strong spices.
Difficulty falling and staying asleep and waking up earlier than desired are common among young and old. About 10% of adults have long-standing (chronic) insomnia, and about 30 to 50% sometimes have insomnia.
Types of Sleeping disorder
A shor period of difficulty sleeping. This is usually caused by a life event, such as a stressful change in a person’s job, receiving bad news, or travel. Often it resolves without any treatment.
A long-term pattern of difficulty sleeping. Insomnia is usually considered chronic if a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least three nights per week for three months or longer. Some people with chronic insomnia have a long-standing history of difficulty sleeping and it has many causes.
Insomnia that occurs with another condition. Psychiatric symptoms — such as anxiety and depression — are known to be associated with changes in sleep. Certain medical conditions can either cause insomnia or make a person uncomfortable at night (as in the case of arthritis or back pain, which may make it hard to sleep.
Difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night. It often occurs when people cannot let their mind relax and they continue to think and worry. Sometimes the body is not ready for sleep at what is considered a usual time for sleep.
That is, the body’s internal clock is out of sync with the earth’s cycle of light and dark—as can occur with many types of circadian rhythm sleep disorders, such as delayed sleep phase disorder, shift work disorder, and jet lag.
The inability to stay asleep. People with maintenance insomnia wake up during the night and have difficulty returning to sleep. People with this type of insomnia fall asleep normally but wake up several hours later and cannot fall asleep again easily. Sometimes they drift in and out of a restless, unsatisfactory sleep.
Sleep maintenance insomnia is more common among older people, who are more likely to have difficulty staying asleep than are younger people. It may occur in people who use certain substances (such as caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco) or who take certain drugs and in people who have certain sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea or periodic limb movement disorder). This type of insomnia may be a sign of depression in people of any age.
Not having a good night sleep regularly can really give you some challenges such as
- Lack of concentration
- Become easily irritated
- Fatigue during the day
- Use or withdrawal of drugs
- Large quantity of alcohol
- Change of environment
- Poor sleeping habit
- lack of exercise
Home Remedies for Insomnia.
Your health care provider will most likely recommend medications if you complain of difficulty in having sound sleep.
There are some herbs that will do the same job with the benefit of no horrible side effects or the danger of you becoming a drug addict.
There are some herbs that can give you the refreshing sleep you really desire.
1. Bitter leaves
Bitter leaves (Vernonia amydalina) Onugbu (Igbo), Ewuro (Yoruba), Shivaka (Hausa).
According to its name, it is a very bitter plant, every part of the plant is bitter. It is best taken fresh as boiling or cooking reduces its potency.
Squeeze or blend the leaves, extract the water and take at night. You will sleep soundly.
2. Kola leaves
Kola Cola acuminata, Oji (Igbo), Obi (Yoruba), Goro ( Hausa)
Squeeze or blend the leaves in water, take a glass every night.
3. Lemon leaves
Soak 5 to 7 leaves in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Take 1 cup two times daily
Onions Allium cepa, Yabase (Igbo), Alubosa (Yoruba),
Chew 1 bulb every night.
5. Swizzle stick
Rauwolfia vomitoria, Akanta (Igbo), Asofeyeje (Yoruba), Ukheta (Esan).
Boil the root bark in water and drink a glass at night
6. Umbrella tree leaves
Terminalia catappa, Indian almond.
Boil the leaves in water, filter and take a glass at night.
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Fibroid ( Uterine fibroid) is one of the most common health challenges affecting women of child bearing age.
It is really a big problem for women.
Presently, medically there is no cure for fibroid and it cannot be prevented.
Various studies have shown that it is more common in blacks than other race.
For now, nobody know why it is so and even what is responsible for it.
Uterine fibroid (UF) are abnormal growth (tumor) that grows in the muscle of the Uterus. (womb).
Fibroids are more common in:
1. Women who haven’t had children
2. Obese women
3. Black women
4. Women whose relatives have ﬁbroids
5. Women older than 30.
Fibroid may affect the shape and size of the uterus. It may also cause changes in menstrual cycle and ability to get pregnant.
Symptoms depending on the location, size and number of tumors.
- Abdominal pressure.
- Lower back pain
- Long lasting menstruation with heavy bleeding
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Increased urination,
- Pain during sex.
Some women do not have any symptoms.
Medically, there are different methods of getting rid of it such as
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a procedure to treat fibroids without surgery. During the procedure, the blood supply to the fibroids is cut off. This typically causes the fibroids to shrink.
With these methods, experience have shown that fibroid tends to grow back or if they could not be completely removed, they may continue to grow.
I know fibroid can be cured using herbs but the major problem is that there are not enough scientific studies on such remedies.
I have decided to compile all the remedies I have and share.
1. Coconut root (Cocos nucifera) Agbon (Yoruba) 15 parts
2. Negro pepper 5 parts
(Xylopia aethiopica) Uda (Igbo), Erunje (Yoruba), Kimba (Hausa), Unien (Esan)
3. Water. 600mls
Boil the herbs and allow to stand for 24 hours
Take 100 mls three daily
Mistletoe leaves (Viscum album), Afomo onishana (Yoruba) – this is a very simple and effective remedy. Boil the herb in water and take 200 mls daily for 6 to 12 months.
1. Physics nut (Jatropha curcas) Olulu -idu (Igbo), Botuje (Yoruba), Ughongbon (Esan) leaves and roots
Boil all the herbs in water for 30 minutes.
Dosage: Take 200 mls three times a day for 3- 6 months.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Ata Ile pupa (Yoruba)
This is a spice. It contains the active ingredient curcumin. In a study, a group of researchers have successfully reduced the size of uterine fibroids after six months of daily oral administration of turmeric.
Black seed (Nigella sativa:
The seeds of black seed and the oil have been widely used for centuries in the treatment of various ailments throughout the world. A Study confirmed its efficacy in treating various ailments. It is known to have anti- cancer properties and should be effective in treating fibroid.
1. Stone breaker (Phyllantus nuriri)
Make a tincture of these herbs and take 1 – 2 tablespoonful three times a day. Or you can boil the herbs in water and take 100 mls daily.
1. Hog plum (Spondias mombin)
2. Palm nuts
Boil the seeds of Hog plum with immature Palm nuts. Take 100 mls three times a day for two months.
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2. Adodo, A. (2004). Nature power. 6th ed. Lagos, Nigeria: Generation Press, pp.108, 255,263.
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