A patient enquires: How can I get rid of backache, which has become my constant companion?
Backache may be due to many reasons. Disorders, which cause it, should be tackled first. Gout, constipation, a wrong posture and menstrual disorders of women can cause backache. If the pain persists even after these maladies have been cured, hot fomentation and massaging the affected part can help because in that case the ache may be due to accumulation of excess blood in the lumber region. Hot fomentation and massage will dispel the blood and give relief.
A whooping cough patient should do away from all foods, which produce phlegm like milk, ghee, sweets, rice, refined flour products, sugar and lentils. His diet should consist of oranges, muskmelon, tomatoes and raspberry. Vegetables like spinach, cabbage, gourds, should be taken in a boiled from without addition of any condiments. Whole meal bread and roasted potatoes could also be given. The patient should be encouraged to fast for a couple of days with the onset of the symptoms of whooping cough. The fasting period should be followed by a week of living on oranges only.
Another precaution is to see that the child does not develop costiveness.
A sore throat is usually the result of a chill. Milk, and milk products are harmful in such a condition. Take a glass of lukewarm water with a spoonful of honey in the morning and before sleep at night. Apply a cold compress to the throat and cover the compress with a woolen cloth. For a week take only bread, vegetables and fruits.
Someone writes: I since loudly during my sleep and find it inconvenient for those sharing the room with me and embarrassing for myself. How can I get rid of it?
Persons who generally sleep in a supine position throughout are liable to snore. Try sleeping on your side. That will reduce the severity of snoring.