Some Health Quaries & Answers


Q.I’ve suffered with Raynaud’s disease in my hands for two years. There is no underlying cause, such as lupus.

My doctor has prescribed blood pressure medicines that are supposed to work for this condition, but nothing seems to help. Is there a natural remedy that might help? Would acupuncture work? Any suggestions would be most appreciated, as cold weather makes it hard for me to function.

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A.People with Raynaud’s syndrome really suffer in the winter. In this condition, blood vessels in the hands and feet constrict. Fingers may turn white or blue and be painful or numb. The colder the temperature, the worse the symptoms.

Acupuncture may be helpful. One small study found that acupuncture reduced attacks by 63%, compared with a 27% reduction in the control patients (Journal of Internal Medicine, February 1997).

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Some one reported that taking cinnamon capsules alleviated her Raynaud’s symptoms. In Chinese medicine, cinnamon and astragalus have been used for circulatory problems of this sort.

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Q.I was having trouble with my nails. Although I tried numerous remedies, some very expensive, nothing seemed to work. Then my daughter told me to try castor oil.

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A.I put it on my nails and leave it on for 15 or 20 minutes, then rub it in and wipe the residue off. It has made all the difference. I’m glad I found something so effective and yet so simple. I don’t get hangnails anymore either.Others have found almond oil helpful.

Sources: Los Angles Times

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