Wednesday, September 15, 2010
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 A TREE BARK
"What helps US to go forward is that WE stay receptive. Believe that anything can happen."
Do you want to move forward in life? Are you stuck in life? Is life on cruise control? I want to think that everyone wants to move forward in life. I have moved forward not only educationally and in my GOD chosen profession, but more importantly spiritually and emotionally. I do believe that anything can happen if you want it to.
You must balance your life. This is not a new concept. The Buddhist teachings as well as other Eastern philosophies have stressed the need for a balanced life for centuries. Do you have a balanced life? Direct your attention to achieving satisfaction and happiness through prayer and meditation, as well as a conscious awareness of the moment being experienced. There is an intersting Navajo teaching called " horzho". This refers to a balanced approach to work, family, friends and the surrounding environment. It is said and I do believe that individual happiness will be achieved when an appropriate degree of balance is achieved in your daily life.
Those who practice healthcare have high physical and psychological demands on their daily routine. As a healthcare professional, I want to be involved in my family, friends, jobs, hobbies and my community.
From my readings and personal beliefs let me summarize some personal and work strategies:
1. Make time to cultivate relaxation time
2. Daily meditation
3. Find a hobby
4. Participate in sports and exercise
5. Have a sense of humor
6. Eat a healthy lifestyle. Avoid simple sugar
1. Avoid small irritations at the office
2. Avoid aggravating individuals
3. Be efficient at work
4. Understand what is important in your daily work life
5. Set personal boundaries for what you will and will not do at home and work
Yesterday we briefly discussed two herbs for enlarged prostate - saw palmetto and pumpkin seeds
In 2008(Complement Ther Med 2008 June; 16(3) 147-154 ) Saw Palmento (Serenoa repens) was studied for its safety. The authors concluded that there is no evidence that saw palmetto extract at a dose of 160 mg twice a day for 1 year.
Another beenficial herb for BPH is the African Plum.
The Pygeum africanum (African plum) tree is a tall evergreen of the family Rosaceae found in central and southern Africa. Its bark has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Traditional African healers have used the bark to treat bladder and urination disorders, particularly symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), which is an enlarged prostate. Historically, the bark was powdered and used to make a tea, which was taken by mouth for these conditions.
The majority of trials conducted since the 1970s report improvements in BPH symptoms including frequency of nighttime urination, urine flow rate, and left over urine volume, with the administration of Pygeum africanum bark extract. This research has led some credibility to the common use of this agent in Europe for BPH. The herb is less commonly used in the United States where prescription drugs or the herb saw palmetto is more commonly used. There is drug herb interaction using this herb with conventional drugs as proscar and advodart.
I have seen Pygeum reduce urinary symptoms. Numerous human studies have not concluded that pygeum reduces prostate size. I feel that saw palmetto is better for reducing prostate size.
I prefer to use Pygeum for initial cases of BPH. I have recommended it to patients who have had prostate surgery. The patients do report beneficial results.
THE TOP PHOTOGRAPH IS THE PYGEUM AFRICUM FLOWER
THE BOTTOM PHOTOGRAPH IS THE PYGEUM AFRICUM LEAVES
I will get a good photograph of the actual plum tree.