Common Medical Conditions

Sinusitis

DESCRIPTION: A bacterial or viral infection of the moist membrane that lines the air filled sinuses in the face. They lie in the skull bone below, above, between and behind the eyes and are connected together and to the nose by small holes and drainage tubes. CAUSE: Some people secrete excess amounts of fluid in […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

DESCRIPTION: Abnormal spasms of the muscles in the wall of the large intestine. The gut is a long tube with bands of muscle running along and around it. The movement of the food from one end to the other is the result of rhythmic contractions of these muscles which send waves and ripples along the […]

Infertility

WESTERN VIEW Description: Infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after two years of trying without using contraception. Female infertility accounts for 70% of cases and male sterility for 30%. Causes – (Female): The majority of cases (41%) are due to hormonal causes, including failure to ovulate. Other factors include: fallopian […]

High Blood Pressure

DESCRIPTION: Excessive pressure of blood within the arteries that occurs in 20% of adults over 40 years of age. The heart contracts regularly to pump blood through the arteries under high (systolic) pressure. When the heart relaxes between beats, the blood continues to flow due the lower (diastolic) pressure exerted by the elasticity of the […]

Gout (Hyperuricaemia)

Description: Exquisitely tender, red and painful joint. Cause: Excess blood levels of uric acid, which is produced as a normal breakdown product of protein in the diet. Normally uric acid is removed by the kidneys, but if excess is produced or the kidneys fail to work efficiently, high levels build up in the body and […]

Diabetes

WESTERN VIEW DESCRIPTION: Excessive levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is used as fuel by every cell in the body. When glucose is eaten, it is absorbed into the blood from the small intestine. Once it reaches a cell, it must cross the fine membrane that forms its outer skin. This is normally impermeable […]

Depression

DESCRIPTION: A disease, not just a state of mind, that affects 30% of people at some time in their life. Patients are not able to pull themselves together and overcome the depression without medical aid, although a determination to improve the situation helps the outcome. CAUSE: An imbalance of chemicals (that normally occur in the […]

Asthma

WESTERN VIEW DESCRIPTION: A temporary narrowing of, and excess production of phlegm in, the small airways (bronchioles) through which air flows into and out of the lungs. The narrowing is caused by a spasm in the tiny muscles which surround the bronchioles. CAUSE: The absolute cause is unknown, but certain triggers (eg.colds and other viral […]

Arthritis

There are more than 150 types of Arthritis, the most common are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DESCRIPTION: An inflammatory disease that affects the entire body, and is not limited to the joints. The main effect is inflammation (swelling and redness) of the smooth moist synovial membrane that lines the inside of joints. Those […]