Natural healing, natural wellness

Boswella Serrata for Inflammation and Pain

One of my sisters has been suffering from pain for the longest time. She has all kinds of joint pains and also had several surgeries. I keep telling her she needs to lose at least 20 kg, exercise regularly and stop eating junk food, and her health will improve significantly. But she keeps finding excuses to carry on with her terrible habits. So how does she deal with pain? She pops painkillers like candy. Well, until a few months ago anyway. She found herself passing blood in the toilet – the result of overusing painkilling drugs for many years, and taking them frequently on an empty stomach. When her doctor found out that she was passing blood in her urine, she told her that she would not prescribe painkillers to her anymore.

So my poor sister had to find some other way to manage her pain. Fortunately for her, I had been reading good things about Boswella Serrata, also known as Indian Frankincense or Shalaki. It’s supposed to be an effective anti-inflammatory and painkiller, while having no side-effects. I gave my sister a few bottles to try when she recently visited me from overseas. Well guess what? She called me a couple of weeks later to say that it began working for her within a week! She said that she used to be unable to get up from a low position, such as her bed, without holding on to something like a railing. Now, she has no problems at all. The inflammation and pain has diminished considerably. I was so happy for her.

Just thought I would share.

Using Ultrasound to Treat Cancer

Gosh! How time flies! Around four months ago, I took on a new client who needed a writer for several newsletters. While I love to write, this new contract consumes practically all my time, and I often even find myself working during weekends. So my poor blog has been sadly neglected.

I’ve found some time today to squeeze in some exciting news. Well, it’s not news exactly as it was announced in the media in March. Still, for those who may have missed it then, I thought I’d write about it here. Doctors in Singapore have developed a new treatment for prostate cancer which does not require radiation therapy or invasive surgery. This treatment uses, believe it or not, ultrasound waves! These waves converge on the tumor without affecting the surrounding tissue. What this means is that side effects of existing prostate cancer treatments, like impotence and incontinence, are eliminated.

Ultrasonic waves are used to heat the tumor to between 65 degrees C and 85 degrees C. effectively killing it. It works best for early-stage prostate cancers and is not useful for those with large or multiple tumors, as it targets only the tumors and not the surrounding cells. If large areas or many areas are targeted, there will still be side-effects.

The ultrasonic treatment is carried out in a magnetic resonance imaging chamber, so patients with devices like pacemakers or metallic heart valves, or who are claustrophobic, are also not suitable for this treatment. The treatment takes three hours so those who cannot keep still or who cannot undergo anaesthesia are also excluded.

Said Professor Christopher Cheng, the project lead who also heads the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) urology department: “The machine will correct for minor movements but, because the waves need to hit a specific point in the body, the patient cannot move around too much during the three hours.”

Called magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound, this form of treatment may have other uses, such as to treat brain and breast cancer and to shrink uterine fibroids.

This ultrasound treatment for prostate cancer, developed by the SGH together with the National Cancer Centre, is the first of its kind worldwide. The second clinical trial began in February and will involve 40 patients with early-stage prostate cancer to be selected over the next two years. If results are good, the procedure may be available in hospitals within three years. If not, a Phase 3 trial may be required.

Raw Garlic Health Benefits

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been prone to developing bronchitis. Every time it hits me, my lungs will get congested with fluid and I’ll cough non-stop through the day and night for a month on average. Nothing seemed to help or, if it did, it was only temporarily. Until recently.

Almost a month ago, my lungs were congested again. I had been researching the health benefits of raw garlic, which includes:

  • Traditional cough and cold remedy
  • Helps in the treatment of tuberculosis
  • Relieves sore throat and toothache
  • Powerful antioxidant (garlic contains high levels of selenium and Vitamin C)
  • Boosts immune system to fight infection
  • Helps lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL)
  • Helps to lower blood pressure
  • Remedy for arteriosclerosis
  • Good for the heart
  • Anticoagulant properties
  • Helps relieve rheumatism pain
  • Reduces cancer risk and also aids in treatment

Garlic is known to have antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, so it has been used for centuries to treat many health problems. To cut to the chase, I decided to eat a whole bulb of garlic daily more than three weeks ago. That’s  anything from 12-16 cloves of raw garlic each day. I ate half a bulb twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening, with food and lots of water to prevent any burning sensation in my stomach as the garlic went down. To my surprise, my congested lungs cleared up in less than 36 hours.

As a bonus, I realised that I was no longer suffering from fatigue, a malady which had been plaguing me for more than a fortnight, forcing me to take naps almost every day. I haven’t felt tired or sleepy ever since I started eating raw garlic daily.

So I’ve been burping something terrible every day, and passing more gas than I’ve ever had in my whole life but, having seen how garlic has improved my health and well-being so far, I’m going to keep eating a whole bulb of raw garlic daily just to see what else garlic may remedy in my body. I’ll keep you posted.