Category Archives: Ailments: W-X

Whooping Cough

This is a highly infectious bacterial disease characterised by a strange ‘whoop’ sound upon coughing.

What to look for

  • a runny nose, cough, mild fever and loss of appetite.

  • conjunctivitis

  • spasms of coughing – with the characteristic ‘whoop’ at the end.

  • vomiting after coughing episodes.

Whooping cough or pertussis, is a highly contagious and potentially dangerous respiratory infection. It should always be treated by a conventional doctor. If left untreated, it can cause lung damage and recurrent bronchial infections, brain damage or death.

Causes

Whooping cough is caused by bacteria. It is spread by droplets of water sneezed or coughed by the sufferer.

Traditional Treatment

You must go to a doctor and receive treatment for this as soon as possible. Any delay could be very dangerous.

Alternative/natural Treatments

Alternative therapies should be used only in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Herbal Therapies  –  For cough relief, try wild black cherry (Prunus serotina) bark syrup. For cough relief, try wild black cherry (Prunus serotina) bark syrup.

Other herbs that might help relieve the cough include sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), (Lactuca canadensis).

Homoeopathy  –  Homoeopathic remedies can help supplement conventional care remedies may include Carbo vegetabilis, Drosera, or Coccus cacti. Homoeopathic remedies can help supplement conventional care remedies may include Carbo vegetabilis, Drosera, or Coccus cacti.

Personal Care

  • Ensure plenty of fluids are taken in to avoid dehydration.

  • Keep your child away from cigarette smoke.

  • Make your child sit up while having coughing fits as this can help the passages.

Prevention

Always have your children immunised against this disease – it is commonplace these days.

When to seek further professional advice

  • your child has not been vaccinated against whooping cough and has recently been exposed to the illness.

  • or if your child has this illness and is experiencing problems with breathing

     

Wheezing

What to look for

  • a whistling sound and laboured breathing.

Wheezing usually occurs in hayfever sufferers, respiratory infectionsbronchitis or emphysema and asthma. Less commonly people who suffer cystic fibrosis will wheeze. You should see a regular doctor if you suffer from wheezing.

Causes

If you are breathing through bronchial passages that are narrow or constricted due to a build up of mucus, you may experience difficulties and are likely to make whistling sounds which are a characteristic of wheezing. Because you are having difficulties in breathing, you may become worried and this makes your breathing worse.

Traditional Treatment

You must see a conventional medical doctor to determine the cause of your wheezing and receive treatment for it.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Many natural complementary therapies for asthma may be effective for wheezing. Chinese medicine, reflexology, and herbal therapies are all reputed to help this condition. Talk to us for assistance.

Go to our section for Asthma as well.

When to seek further professional advice

  • wheezing is accompanied by a fever

  • breathing is so difficult that you feel that you are suffocating

     

Wind

Wind is a build up of excessive gas in the stomach or intestines which can cause cramps and discomfort.

What to look for

  • abdominal bloating and pain.

  • belching.

  • flatulence

Gas is a normal part of your digestive process, however it can still be painful and embarrassing. You can usually prevent and treat gas and gas pains without professional care, but if you have other symptoms, you should consult with a doctor to find out if you have a more serious health problem.

Causes

Usually when we eat too fast or eat foods that are raw (such as vegetables, fruits etc) or if we eat under stress, or eat too quickly we may become flatulent. As well as this, eating too much fats can cause this problem.

If you eat high-fibre foods, the partially digested parts of these foods will pass into your intestines, where bacteria begin a fermentation process that produces gas. A gastrointestinal infection may also produce intestinal gas.

Treatment

You can usually treat gas and gas pains without the active involvement of a doctor. Usually changes in what you eat will be of great benefit to you. If that does not help, there are over-the-counter preparations which may provide relief. Alternative medicines offer a wide variety of treatments.

Moderate exercise after meals can help move gas through your system more quickly.

If you are lactose intolerant, lactase supplements can help you digest milk products more effectively.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

There are many alternative therapies for gas problems.

Herbal Therapies  –  Teas made with peppermint (Mentha piperita), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), or fennel(Foeniculum vulgare) may also relieve gas pains. Teas made with peppermint (Mentha piperita), chamomile(Matricaria recutita), or fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) may also relieve gas pains.

Homoeopathy   –  Carbo vegetabilis is the most commonly used homoeopathic remedy, but Lycopodium is used as well. Nux vomica is used for gas associated with constipation, and Chamomilla is preferred for gas in infants. Talk to us about which is most suitable for you. Carbo vegetabilis is the most commonly used homoeopathic remedy, butLycopodium is used as well. Nux vomica is used for gas associated with constipation, and Chamomilla is preferred for gas in infants. Talk to us about which is most suitable for you.

Lifestyle

Regular exercise stimulates digestion and promotes the reabsorption and expulsion of gas.

Dietary Considerations

  • Increase your fibre intake and try avoiding beans, peas, and fermented foods such as cheese, soy sauce, and alcohol.

  • Drink fewer carbonated drinks.

  • Avoid mixing proteins and carbohydrates at the same meal.

  • Do not overeat,

  • eat fewer different food items at one sitting.

  • For people who are lactose intolerant, replacing cow’s milk with soy milk may help.

  • Supplements of charcoal, ginger as well as peppermint tea help

PREVENTION

One of the main methods of preventing gas and gas pains is also the primary treatment: Avoid foods that generate gas in your system.

When to seek further professional advice

  • you have persistent, unexplained bloating for more than three days

  • you have severe abdominal pain

  • you are flatulent, are losing weight