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Symptoms of Hot Flashes in Men

Hot flashes in men are directly related to the hormonal changes taking place in the body. With right treatment and home care measures you can reduce the discomfort.

Hot flashes or sweats are most common menopause symptoms, and so are mostly associated with women. However, there are many men who suffer from hot flashes and don’t consider any treatment for this condition. But, men experiencing these flashes should seek medical help, as they could be sign pointing a serious health disorder.

Andropause: Andropause is male menopause which occurs during the aging process in men, and hot flashes are the common symptoms of this condition. Other symptoms accompanied by the flashes in this process include weight gain, trouble at sleeping and slow hair growth.
Infections: Certain infections like HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis can also cause night sweats.
Tumor/Cancer: If you are experiencing hot flashes along with testicular pain, immediately contact a doctor as this could be a sign of cancer. Males can also experience these flashes due to a tumor present in pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
Hormone Level: Sudden hot flashes may also occur as a hormone imbalance symptom, like when there is a sudden and substantial lowering in the level of the testosterone, which is the sex hormone or the androgen hormone.
Reaction to Food/Medicine: Reaction to MSG, that is, mono sodium glutamate can also cause them. This is a food additive, and one needs to check their diet for MSG. A person can also experience hot flashes as an allergy to certain medications, like nifedipine, niacin, calcitonin, etc.
The symptoms can be mild to severe. The mild signs are less discomforting than the severe ones.
The signs typically start with the face and spread to the neck and chest area, lasting for seconds to minutes
The hot flash can start with a feeling of warmth spreading in the upper body, with skin redness and mild perspiration to excessive sweating
Finally the person will get a cold, clammy and uncomfortable feeling, if the hot flashes are occurring during night they can interfere with sleeping
Other uncomfortable sensations like dizziness, weakness, heart palpitations and pressure feeling can also be experienced along with the hot flashes

It is important to get yourself diagnosed, to know the exact cause behind the occurrence of the flashes. The doctor will suggest a blood test to check the deficiency of testosterone, which most probably will be giving you the hot flashes. After the underlying cause has been identified, a person can get rid of them with the appropriate treatment. The treatment involves mostly changing the medications or testosterone therapy.

Traditional vs. Alternative Medicine

Traditional medicine, as we commonly know, includes modern health science, medical technology, surgery, and associated practices. It can also be referred to as contemporary medicine or the western medicine. Alternative medicine is the collection of all the knowledge, skills, and practices based on age-old theories or experiences. It comprises a wide range of procedures native to different cultures around the world. This science is a combination of all the unconventional practices that are used to prevent, diagnose, improve, and treat any form of illness. While experts differ in their view on this subject, it is important to deduce the pros and cons of both the branches of medicine. A judicious mix of both can be a good way forward.
Different Aspects of Both Sciences
☛ Traditional approach focuses on the cause of the ailment. It concentrates on factors causing the disease, its prevention, remedies, and deals with the abnormality as an independent entity. The person affected, the environment, or the circumstances under which the disease occurred is insignificant in this system. It is limited to the scientific study of an anomaly and ways to remove it.
✔ The alternative approach is an ancient concept and varies according to person and place. It has evolved in different regions of the world over a long period of time. Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, or homeopathy are some of the practices that come under this category.
☛ The underlying principle of these systems is the same, i.e., considering the ailment as a dynamic entity of the system and ways to uproot its foundation. It considers a disease as an upset of balance between a body and its surroundings. Therefore, it focuses on cleansing the entire system rather than eliminating the immediate cause of concern.

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✔ Traditional medicine, as we commonly know, does not consider other processes while treating a disease. It is entirely concerned with the organ affected and its treatment. This approach may adversely affect the other parts during the course of healing.
☛ Alternative practices consider a disease as a deviation from the normal functions of the entire system that is affected. Hence, it focuses on the background, environmental, and social conditions and of course, the part affected. The healer’s job, in this case, is to remove the disharmony prevailing and not the elimination of the actual ailment. The healing of a system amounts to the alleviation of the particular disease.
✔ However, both the systems have certain advantages over each other. For example, in case of an emergency, such as a severe accident or where an urgent surgical procedure is required, conventional systems prove to be far more superior.

What is Iridology ?

It’s funny how the eyes can tell so much about you; all it takes is just one look and stories will unfold. From sickness to health, your eyes can predict just about anything regarding you. The most interesting fact is that even after your death, it can reveal the cause of your death. The best part is that your eyes simply cannot lie; it is no wonder then, that doctors first check your eyes when you visit them.
The iris is the thin circular structure located in your eye which controls the amount of light entering your eye. Considered to be the most visible part of the eye, the iris works as a map of your body. The iris is framed with dense lines radiating from the pupil to the outer rim, called markings. These markings are related to certain parts of your body, which when observed closely can reveal the overall health of the individual.
What is Iridology
According to a theory, the iris is a display area of all the nerve fibers terminating in the brain. Hence, the iris is able to sashay any sort of change that takes place in the body, and this is detectable due to the discoloration of the iris. When the iris is examined by a practitioner, the discoloration throws light on the condition of the individual, which then allows for proper medication. Studying the iris to detect ailments is what iridology is all about.

Iridology, broadly defined, is the study of the iris for diagnostic purposes. It is considered to be a pseudoscience, owing to its non-conventional means of healing. Iridology, in other words, is the science of determining the state of the body or the overall well-being of the individual, on the basis of the observations of the iris of the eye. The observations are matched with an iris chart, which then allows for detailed diagnosis of the individual’s health.

Iridologists claim that the iris is capable of not only throwing light on the present health, but also reveals the problems of the past while giving a glimpse to the future health of the individual.
Iridology: Observations
Iridology does not determine the cause of the problem; in fact, what it does is simply plots the area where the problem has occurred. The unique patterns of the iris and the delicate fibers forming the iris are studied and compared to that of the iris chart. In a healthy iris, the lines are dense and straight, whereas the lines resembling a close grain (like that of a wood board) shows signs of temporary sickness. The iris of individuals who aren’t in the ‘pink of health’ are distorted and generally resemble lesions or knots, which again corresponds to the particular organ in the body.

Benefits of Drinking Water We Often Fail to Notice

How many liters of water do you drink everyday? 3-4 glasses… 8 glasses or a gallon? The truth is that although you don’t need to drink 3 quarts or liters of water each day, we fail to drink even 2-3 glasses. Additionally, most of us consume tea/coffee or smoke everyday which further contributes to the lack of hydration in the body. Hardly paying attention to our daily water intake, we fall prey to several health problems. So, instead of practicing bad health habits, then popping pills and visiting doctors, let us learn about the benefits of drinking water and practice water therapy. You’ll do your body and your finances a huge favor!

What is Water Therapy?
Just to be more precise about the whole deal, let me answer this question explicitly and keep the ambiguity away. Water therapy entails drinking water early morning right after you wake up. Drink up to a quart and a half or 6 glasses of water even before you brush your teeth. Though the later part of the statement is cringe-worthy to many, this helps cleanse your colon, aid in better functioning of the body and eliminate diseases. You can brush your teeth after drinking water. As a matter of fact, this therapy has been around for many centuries and been practiced ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It was later adopted in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine as well.

If feasible, store the water in a copper vessel overnight. It maximizes the benefits of drinking it. After drinking water, you must allow yourself 45 minutes before eating, drinking anything else or exercising rigorously. This time window ensures that the modus operandi of this therapy is not disturbed. It is recommended that the consumption of alcohol be avoided as much as possible. Although not advisable, if you have alcohol the previous evening, you do not need to skip your water therapy session in the morning. Please note, the therapy will increase the frequency of urination to help get rid of bodily wastes. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of having to force yourself to gulp down so much water one fine morning, you can start with a glass or two of water and gradually increase its quantity. You can drink natural spring water, filtered or boiled tap water.

What are the Benefits of Drinking Water?
Oft repeated, I am going to say it one more time. Water helps flush out toxins that are the root of all your health woes. Alternative medicine advocates that drinking plentiful water when one wakes up, is useful in cleansing the bowel. This said, water therapy has wide range of benefits. If water is consumed by following the right method, it purifies the human body, gives you a healthier colon which is more effective in forming new fresh blood; the process is known as Haematopaises in medical terms. This blood helps in curing ailments and restoring health. Not only this, the mucousal folds of the colon and intestines are also activated by this method. The therapy simultaneously forms and maintains a regular pattern of drinking water.