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  • Acne Symptoms Skin eruptions on the face, back, and elsewhere on the body. The eruptions, which can be blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed pustules, sacs, or cysts, occur when hair follicles from the sebaceous glands become blocked and infected. The infection can cause the pores to become permanently dilated or even lead to scarring. What is Acne? From Modern Western Medicine About ...
  • Allergies Symptoms Allergy symptoms commonly resemble a cold: runny nose, sore throat, mucus discharge, skin eruptions, fatigue, depression, irritated eyes, insomnia, headache, and digestive disorders, such as constipation and heartburn.   What is an Allergy? From Modern Western Medicine A collection of disease symptoms, often affecting the skin, respiratory system, stomach, and intestines in people who are sensitive to a substance ...
  • Anal Itching What is Anal Itching? From Modern Western Medicine The production of mucus from the anus tends to irritate the surrounding skin and may cause pruritus ani (itching of the anus). Hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and proctitis (inflammation of the rectum) may also cause anal discharge and irritation. From Traditional Medicine Anal itching is caused by the inability of the liver ...
  • Anemia Symptoms Pallor, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, depression, slow healing, loss of sex drive, bruising, brittle nails, nervousness, shortness of breath, and palpitations. Additional symptoms from Chinese medical diagnosis: white or coated tongue, pale tissue beneath fingernails, white tissue inside lower eyelid (pull lower lid down and see tissue within).   What is Anemia? From Modern Western Medicine The most common form ...
  • Angina Symptoms The main symptom of angina is mild to severe chest pain in the area of the heart. The pain, which is often accompanied by a sense of pressure in the chest, can spread to the throat, upper jaw, back, arms, and between the shoulder blades. Other symptoms may include nausea, sweating, dizziness, and shortness of ...
  • Anxiety Symptoms Anxiety is a generalized feeling of fear, danger, or dread, often resulting from an unknown source. Symptoms include stomach tension, acid stomach, muscle tension, rapid breathing and heartbeat, trembling, headaches, sweating nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence.   What is Anxiety? From Modern Western Medicine Anxiety is ...
  • Arthritis: Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis Symptoms Osteoarthritis comes on gradually, often after an injury to the bone, with worsening pain and enlargement of one or more joints. It does not migrate from one part of the body to another. Rheumatoid arthritis comes on suddenly or gradually, with many joints involved. It is most common in the hands, feet, and arms, where it ...
  • Asthma Symptoms Difficulty breathing, especially exhalation, wheezing, coughing, and a sensation of choking.   What is Asthma? From Modern Western Medicine Asthma is recurrent attacks of breathlessness accompanied by wheezing during exhalation. Severity of symptoms changes from day to day and from hour to hour. The illness frequently starts up in childhood and often clears up or becomes less severe in ...
  • Atherosclerosis See related entries for Angina, Circulation, and Heart Disease. Symptoms There are no symptoms in the early stages of atherosclerosis. Angina pectoris, or a strangling pain in the heart and center of the chest, emerges when atherosclerosis is advanced in the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis causes heart attack and stroke, either of which can be the first sign ...
  • Back Pain Symptoms Pain in the lower, middle, and upper back and neck. Occasionally there is visible curvature of the spine, but usually there are no apparent external symptoms.   What is Back Pain? From Modern Western Medicine Most people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Multiple causes may be involved, including stress, lifting heavy objects, pregnancy, straining ...
  • Bladder Problems Symptoms Various forms of incontinence, including stress incontinence, or the releasing of small amounts of urine when laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising; overflow incontinence, the inability to fully empty the bladder when urinating, with leaking of the urine throughout the day; urge incontinence, triggered by a single glass of water or the sound of water, causing ...
  • Blood Cholesterol Symptoms High blood cholesterol has no symptoms, but it is the underlying cause of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke.   What Is A High Blood Cholesterol Level? From Modern Western Medicine Blood cholesterol is measured as milligrams of cholesterol per deciliter of blood and written as mg/DL. Anything above 190 mg/dl is considered unsafe. On ...
  • Blood Pressure Symptoms High blood pressure is referred to as the silent killer because very often there are no symptoms associated with the disorder. Severe high blood pressure, also called malignant hypertension, can cause hemorrhages of the small blood vessels, headaches, vomiting, visual impairment, blindness, convulsions, paralysis, and coma. However, even mild to moderate high blood pressure is ...
  • Body Odor Symptoms The secretion of foul-smelling perspiration.   What is Body Odor? From Modern Western Medicine Perspiration provides a supportive environment for bacteria to ground and grow in the body. The decomposing bacteria cause odor. The armpits and genital area produce ideal conditions for bacteria to flourish because of the presence of apocrine gland that, along with perspiration, also produce proteins ...
  • Breast Cancer Symptoms The most common site of a malignant breast tumor is the upper, outer part of the breast. Usually, the lump is not painful. A dark discharge frequently occurs from the nipple. The nipples can retract and frequently a dimple appears over the area of the lump. In 90% if the cases, only breast is affected.   What ...
  • Bronchitis Symptoms Acute bronchitis causes slight fever, cough (dry or productive), mucopurulent secretions, flulike symptoms, chest pain, and reduced respiratory excursion. Chronic bronchitis results in cough, sputum, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, asthmatic episodes, recurrences of pulmonary infection, respiratory failure, and exhaustion.  What is Bronchitis? From Modern Western Medicine Inflammation of the bronchial passages, the airways that connect the trachea to ...
  • Burns Symptoms Damaged tissue and mucus membranes after being exposed to excessive heat, toxic chemicals, radiation (including the sun).   What is a Burn? From Modern Western Medicine Burns are classified as first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. A first-degree burn involves the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, causing the skin to become red, tender, swollen, and sometimes feverish. The skin may ...
  • Bursitis Symptoms Pain, tenderness, reduced mobility, swelling, redness, possible fever, and muscle weakness often in the shoulders, elbows, and knees.   What is Bursitis? From Modern Western Medicine Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, small fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers between joints and the sites where muscles and tendons join. The swollen bursa rubs against tendons and muscles, causing ...
  • Cancer Symptoms The symptoms produced by cancer depend on the site of the tumor and the extent of the development. Any of the following are common: a lump, skin changes, weight loss, a sore that fails to heal, a blemish that enlarges, severe headaches, difficulty swallowing, persistent hoarseness, coughing up blood, persistent abdominal pain, change in shape ...
  • Canker Sores Symptoms An ulcer appears in the mouth that is oval with a gray center and surrounding red, inflamed halo. The ulcer last for one to two weeks.   What is a Canker Sore? From Modern Western Medicine A small, painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, on the inside of the cheek or lip or underneath the tongue. ...
  • Cataracts Symptoms Cataracts cause an opaque blurring of vision. The condition is painless, and the onset is virtually imperceptible until vision is obscured. The person will have progressive loss of visual acuity with increased blurring.   What are Cataracts? From Modern Western Medicine Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to cloud and become hard, thus preventing adequate light from passing ...
  • Cervical Dysplasia Symptoms No obvious symptoms exist.   What is Cervical Dysplasia? From Modern Western Medicine Before any cancer appears, abnormal changes occur in cells on the surface of the cervix. These changes are referred to as varying degrees of dysplasia. The normal cells that can be detected by a cervical smear test (Pap smear). Mild dysplasia may revert back to normal, ...
  • Circulation Symptoms Poor circulation can manifest as cold fingers and toes, frequent bruising, infection, numbness in the joints and digits, and pain. In the extreme, it can lead to claudication, gangrene, amputation, blindness, senility, heart attack, and stroke.   What is Poor Circulation? From Modern Western Medicine Poor circulation—or insufficient blood to the organs, tissues, and cells—can be caused from a ...
  • Cold Sores Symptoms A small skin blister occurs anywhere around the mouth. Usually several such blisters appear together in a cluster. An outbreak is often preceded by a tingling in the lips. The blisters are small at first but soon enlarge, causing itching, irritation, and soreness. Within a few days, they burst and become encrusted, and they usually ...
  • Colic (Infantile) Symptoms Abdominal pain, distention, restlessness, insomnia, and crying in infants are all signs of colic. Babies are said to be suffering from colic when they are crying (even screaming), irritable, drawing up their legs, suggesting pain in the abdomen. The baby may be red in the face and may pass gas. Symptoms usually worsen at night.   What ...
  • Colitis Symptoms Ulcerative colitis causes attacks of bloody diarrhea, cramps, blood in stools, and mucus. Spastic colitis causes abdominal pain, abdominal distention, cramps, gas, constipation, diarrhea, but no blood in stool. In both cases, symptoms may disappear between episodes.   What is Colitis? From Modern Western Medicine Literally, inflammation of the colon, colitis arises from unknown causes. It usually begins in ...
  • Colon (or Large Intestine) Cancer Symptoms Symptoms of colorectal cancer are inexplicable changes in bowel movements, often accompanied by blood in feces and tenderness in the abdomen.   What is Colon Cancer? From Modern Western Medicine The second most common form of cancer, colorectal cancer, is responsible for about 20% of all cancer-related death in the United States annually. These types of tumors found in ...
  • Common Cold Symptoms All of the following symptoms may be present with a cold: nasal mucus discharge, blocked nasal passages, sore throat, cough, chills, fever, headache, joint aches, irritability, frequent urination, diarrhea, skin rash, swollen glands, and fatigue.   What is the Common Cold? From Modern Western Medicine Orthodox medicine defines a cold as a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, ...
  • Constipation Symptoms Infrequent and/or difficult bowel movements, headaches, coated tongue, tiredness, bad breath, mental depression, and mental dullness are all possible symptoms of constipation.   What is Constipation? From Modern Western Medicine Regularity and comfort of bowel movements are more important than frequency. Constipation is usually not considered harmful unless it appears suddenly and persists in an adult over 40. The ...
  • Cough What is a Cough? From Modern Western Medicine A cough is a reflex reaction to try to clear the airways of mucus, phlegm, a foreign body, or other irritants or blockages. Most coughs are due to irritation of the airways by dust, smoke, or mucus dripping from the back of the nose. A cough is said to ...
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  • Crohns Disease Symptoms Spasms of pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, loss of appetite, anemia, and weight loss are the most common symptoms occurring in young people. In the elderly, the disease more commonly affects the rectum and results in bleeding. Both groups may suffer from anal disorders, such as chronic abscesses, deep fissures (cracks), and fistulas (openings in ...
  • Cuts Symptoms Most cuts are successfully treated at home, but those that bleed excessively, are dirty, or infected may require medical attention. Clean dirt from minor cuts and scrapes by rinsing under cold water and washing with mild soap and clean washcloth. Dry with sterile gauze or a clean cloth and apply a healing remedy.   Remedies How to Treat ...
  • Cystitis and Urethritis Symptoms Frequency and burning during urination; tenderness and pain in bladder area; intense desire to pass urine even after bladder has been emptied; cloudy urine that may have strong odor.   What is Cystitis and Urethritis? From Modern Western Medicine Cystitis and urethritis are characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the bladder, which is caused by a bacterial ...
  • Dandruff Symptoms Symptoms of dandruff are flaking and scaling of scalp, often accompanied by itching. Occasionally, a rash or broken skin will also appear.   What is Dandruff? From Modern Western Medicine Dandruff is the flaking and shedding of dead skin from the scalp. Dandruff may be accompanied by an itchy, scaly rash, seborrheic dermatitis, which can occur on the face, ...
  • Dental Fillings (Mercury Amalgams) Symptoms A host of mysterious physical symptoms may occur from toxic reactions to mercury in dental fillings, especially among those who have an acute sensitivity to mercury. Some people, including some dentists, maintain that mercury fillings can cause dizziness, arthritis, colitis, multiple sclerosis, loss of mental acuity, and psychosis in highly sensitive people. There is small ...
  • Depression Symptoms Depression is characterized by withdrawal from the daily activities of life, accompanied by a reduced sense of well-being and feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and pessimism.   What is Depression? From Modern Western Medicine Everyone experiences some degree of depression now and then, and for the vast majority of people, the condition rights itself without intervention of any kind. For ...
  • Diabetes (Type I and Type II) Symptoms People with diabetes may experience chronic thirst, excessive urination, excess hunger, muscle wasting, weight loss, dry skin, itching, rashes, numbness, tingling of the hands and feet, neuropathy with severe pains, vascular degeneration, atherosclerosis, heart disease, retinopathy, loss of sight, kidney disease, gangrene in dependent limbs due to poor circulation (diabetes is the No. 1 cause ...
  • Diarrhea Symptoms Diarrhea is characterized by greater than usual fluidity, frequency, or volume of bowel movements, as compared to the normal pattern for a particular person. Diarrhea is not considered a disease but of itself but a symptom of an underlying pattern.   What is Diarrhea? From Modern Western Medicine Acute diarrhea, which starts suddenly and, for most people, usually lasts ...
  • Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis (Diverticular Disease) Symptoms Only 20% of those with diverticulosis experience symptoms, which can include intestinal cramps, pain sensitivity, and irregular bowel movements. Some may experience symptoms of irritable bowel, such as alternating diarrhea and constipation. The disease can lead to complications, however, including the development of a stricture (narrowing of the intestine) at the site of the inflammation ...
  • Dizziness Symptoms Loss of equilibrium, with light-headedness, a sensation of spinning, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, or fainting.   What is Dizziness? From Modern Western Medicine Harmless in most cases, dizziness usually is caused by a momentary decline in the blood pressure of the brain brought on when one gets up quickly from a sitting or lying position. Such sudden ...
  • Dyspepsia Symptoms Heartburn, nausea, reflux, stomachache, cramps, belching, and flatulence are all listed under the general rubric known as dyspepsia.   What is Dyspepsia? From Modern Western Medicine Dyspepsia is the medical term for indigestion and is usually caused by eating spicy food, fatty foods, eating too rapidly, or overeating. Eating when under stress, when angry, or when suffering from some ...
  • Earache and Ear Infection Symptoms Two types of earaches are most common: otitis externa, a severe and stabbing pain that is sometimes accompanied by fever and loss of hearing; the second, otitis media, is associated with irritation, itching, discharge (such as a boil or abscess), and temporary, mild hearing loss.   What is an Earache and/or Ear Infection? From Modern Western Medicine The most ...
  • Eczema Symptoms Chronic, skin eruptions occur, often inflamed and red, accompanied by scaling, blisters, and itching.   What Is Eczema? From Modern Western Medicine Sometimes called dermatitis, eczema is caused by an allergy but often occurs for no known reason. There are several types. Atopic eczema, which occurs in people who have an inherited tendency to the disorder, is a chronic, ...
  • Edema Symptoms Swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, face, abdomen, or other areas of the body. Edema is often a secondary symptom associated with normal changes in one’s physical condition, such as pregnancy or the menstrual cycle, as well as with a wide array of more serious disorders, such as injury or kidney, liver, and heart disease. ...
  • Emphysema Symptoms Difficulty inhaling and exhaling, accompanied by wheezing, chronic cough, expectoration, shortness of breath, and sometimes foul breath. What Is Emphysema? From Modern Western Medicine Emphysema is a condition in which the air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, become damaged and eventually burst open, thus reducing the number of alveoli. In effect the lungs get smaller, the blood ...
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  • Fatigue Symptoms Fatigue is the experience of lack of energy, mental and physical weakness, lethargy, and depression, all of which combine to make performance of ordinary daily activities difficult or impossible. What Is Fatigue? From Modern Western Medicine Perhaps the most common complaint among people today, fatigue is related to a number of factors that can be taken for granted ...
  • Fever Symptoms A sudden and significant increase in body temperature, as measured by touch or with a thermometer. Fever is often accompanied by other symptoms, including pale, dry skin, sweating, cold chills, weakness, malaise, headache, and changes in breathing. There can be alternating conditions of dry, cold shivering and feelings of heat and sweating or combinations of ...
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease Symptoms Breast tenderness and the presence of cysts within the breast tissue, often manifesting just before and during the menstrual cycle. Eventually, the cysts remain in place, making the breasts nodular, with some cysts deep within the breast and others free moving near its surface. What Is Fibrocystic Disease? From Modern Western Medicine Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that appear ...
  • Fibroid Tumors of the Uterus Symptoms Typically, fibroids are symptomless, especially if they are small. However, a large fibroid can erode the lining of the uterus, resulting in heavy and prolonged menstrual periods. Large fibroids can exert pressure on the bladder, causing discomfort or urinary frequency; or on the bowel, causing constipation and backache. In some cases, a fibroid can cause ...
  • Flatulence Symptoms The passing of abnormal amounts of gas through the anus, with or without discomfort. What Is Flatulence? From Modern Western Medicine Intestinal gas is created when air is swallowed and makes its way into the intestine. Fermented foods and bacteria in the intestines may also produce gas, which is released through the anus. From Traditional Medicine Flatulence occurs when imbalances ...
  • Fungal Infections of the Skin What Is A Fungal Infection? From Modern Western Medicine Fungal infections range widely in their severity and significance. Fungus is a form of plant life, often a single cell, which lacks chlorophyll. It includes yeast, molds, and mushrooms. Fungi are so ubiquitous that they are constantly in contact with the skin, mucus membranes, and tissues of the ...
  • Gallbladder Disease (Gallstones and Cholecystitis) Symptoms Headaches, irritability, quick temper, chronic constipation, nervous tension, and pain between shoulder blades, center of the chest, or right shoulder. For some, fever and chills manifest, as well. What Is Gallbladder Disease? From Modern Western Medicine Gallstones are the principle disorder associated with the gallbladder. Gallstones are composed mostly of cholesterol and bile acids. They develop when the ...
  • Glaucoma Symptoms Though no symptoms appear in the early stages, glaucoma causes gradual loss of vision, colored halos surrounding lights, eye ache, headache, tunnel vision, and other visual abnormalities in its more advanced stages. People who suffer from the disease usually require frequent changes of eyeglass prescriptions. What is Glaucoma? From Modern Western Medicine Glaucoma is the name given to ...
  • Gout Symptoms Acute joint pain swelling, tenderness, and redness frequently appear suddenly as flare-ups or attacks. Often, the skin is shiny, red, or purple. Attacks usually occur at night with throbbing and excruciating pain. Initially, the attacks are short lived, but eventually they become prolonged, sometimes lasting for weeks and even months. When allowed to persist, gout ...
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia) Symptoms Loss or absence of hair, usually at the top and front of head. What is Alopecia? From Modern Western Medicine There are different types of baldness, the most common of which is hereditary alopecia. Hair falls out at the temples and crown, usually in stages, the initial phase being the loss of normal hair that is replaced by ...
  • Halitosis Symptoms Offensive mouth odor is also known as halitosis. What is Halitosis? From Modern Western Medicine Halitosis is the medical word for bad breath, caused most often by smoking, drinking alcohol, eating garlic or onions, or poor oral and dental hygiene. Contrary to popular belief, neither constipation nor indigestion is a cause. Rarely is halitosis a symptom of illness. If ...
  • Headache Symptoms Irregular and sometimes prolonged periods of pain occur in various parts of the head or in the sinuses. What is a Headache? From Modern Western Medicine A mild to severe pain localized in the head, most headaches are the body’s reaction to various forms of internal and external disturbances, including physical tension, emotional upset, hunger, sleeplessness, hangover, travel, ...
  • Hearing Disorders Symptoms The failure to sense sound is easier to detect in adults than in children. Parents of infants and young children must be alert to clues of hearing impairment in their children. Typically symptoms in infants and children with hearing disorders include the child’s failure to respond to sounds, especially loud noises. Often the child does ...
  • Heart Disease Symptoms Heart disease is known as the silent killer because it is very often presents no external symptoms before a heart attack strikes that could be fatal. When symptoms do appear, they can include angina (gripping pain around the heart), difficulty breathing, cold hands and feet (from poor circulation), fatigue, dizziness, inability to think clearly, pain ...
  • Heat Stroke Symptoms Loss of consciousness or fainting due to overexposure to high temperatures. If left untreated, the victim could die. The condition is often preceded by heat exhaustion, fatigue, weakness, faintness, and profuse sweating. However, once heat stroke has occurred, sweating diminishes and often stops completely.  The skin becomes flushed, hot, and dry; the breathing is shallow; ...
  • Heavy Metal Poisoning Symptoms Symptoms vary widely depending on the type of metal and level of toxicity one is exposed to, but common symptoms can include skin rash, headaches, dizziness, immune disorders, joint pain, liver disease, nervous system disorders, loss of memory, and dementia. If a person experiences extreme confusion, seizures, and disorientation due to heavy metal poisoning, they must ...
  • Hepatitis Symptoms Initially, the symptoms of hepatitis appear as weakness, drowsiness, nausea, fever, headaches, loss of appetite, aching muscles, joint pain, and malaise. The liver becomes enlarged and tender, causing pain in the upper abdomen and chest area. Jaundice may develop, along with depression. Stools may become gray, urine dark. As the disease progresses, the liver may ...
  • Herpes Genitalis Symptoms The herpes simplex virus may manifest as itching and burning blisters and sores located in the genital area. Eventually, the blisters open, leaving painful ulcers that heal within 10 to 21 days. Symptoms tend to flare up then disappear for periods. When symptoms arise, the person may feel sick and suffer from fever, headaches, and ...
  • Hiatal Hernia Symptoms Dyspepsia, including heartburn, chronic stomachache and pain, difficulty swallowing, abdominal inflammation, ulcer, gastrointestinal bleeding, reflux (especially when reclining and often with pain), fibrositis, and sometimes stricture of esophagus. What is Hiatal Hernia? From Modern Western Medicine Hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and pushes up against the chest wall. In some cases, supportive garments ...
  • Hiccups Symptoms Repeated spasm of the diaphragm followed by sudden closure of the glottis. What are Hiccups? From Modern Western Medicine Hiccups are a very common and usually minor disorder that occurs without obvious causes. In the vast majority of cases, hiccups stop without treatment. In rare cases, hiccups may arise from an irritation of the diaphragm or its nerve ...
  • Hives Symptoms Itchy bumps, patches, and rash on surface of the skin, often white at their caps, surrounded by red, inflamed tissue. Hives most commonly appear on the limbs and trunk, but in severe cases can spread elsewhere on the body. Hives usually only last a few hours. What are Hives? From Modern Western Medicine Though the cause is unknown, ...
  • Hyperactive Children Symptoms Restlessness, aggressiveness, impulsive activity, nervous tension and anxiety, low stress tolerance, emotional instability, anger, destructive behavior, short attention span, distractedness, confusion, and occasionally awkwardness and poor coordination. What is Hyperactivity in Children? From Modern Western Medicine The cause of hyperactivity is unknown, though many theories abound. Most children have periods when they appear hyperactive, but the diagnosis is ...
  • Hypoglycemia Symptoms Sweating, weakness, hunger, dizziness, trembling, palpitations, confusion, and sometimes double vision. Behavior is often irrational and aggressive and movements uncoordinated; this state may be mistaken for drunkenness. The victim may lapse into a coma due to extreme low blood sugar. Symptoms are usually episodic, being related to time and content of the previous meal. Symptoms ...
  • Immune Disorders Symptoms Recurrent infection; slow or incomplete recovery from illness or injury; slow or poor response to proven treatments; fatigue; lethargy; extended sleep requirements; susceptibility to colds, flu, or cancer. All of these illness stem from weakness of the immune system. Diseases that stem from an overactive immune system include allergies (see the section on Allergies for ...
  • Incontinence Symptoms Several types of incontinence exist, each exhibiting its own symptoms. Stress incontinence is the involuntary release of small amounts of urine when coughing, laughing, picking up a heavy object, or engaging in excessive activity. It is very common in women, especially after childbirth when the urethral sphincter muscles are stretched. Urge incontinence is the strong desire ...
  • Infertility Symptoms Infertility is the inability to conceive. Either the man or the woman or both can be the source of the infertility. Infertility is suspected when pregnancy has not occurred within a year of unprotected sexual intercourse. What is Infertility? From Modern Western Medicine Infertility can occur at any step during conception or maturation of the developing fetus. In ...
  • Influenza Symptoms Physicians classify influenza, or flu, into three types, each with a slightly different set of symptoms. Types A and B symptoms include chills, fever, headache, muscular aches, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Type A is more debilitating than type B. Type C is a mild illness that is indistinguishable from the common cold. The symptoms ...
  • Insect Bites Symptoms The irritation you experience after an insect bite is an allergic reaction to the insect’s saliva and/or feces, often left on or near the bite by the insect and then rubbed into the skin when scratching. Reactions to bites and stings vary widely from a harmless red pimple that itches to a more severe and ...
  • Insomnia Symptoms A person with insomnia has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Once awakened in the middle of the night, the person has trouble returning to sleep. The result of any sleep disturbance is often irritability, depression, emotional disturbances, or poor memory. Conversely, insomnia can be a sign of depression as well. What is Insomnia? From Modern Western ...
  • Itching Symptoms Intense, distracting irritation or tickling sensation in the skin may be generalized (felt all over the skin’s surface) or local (confined to one area). What is Itching? From Modern Western Medicine The cause of itching is not understood. Though it is the most prominent symptom of skin disease, it does not itself necessarily indicate an underlying skin disorder. ...
  • Kidney Disease Symptoms Chills, fever, low back pain, bladder irritation, pain on urination (dysuria), frequency, and possible edema. Each acute episode causes some permanent kidney damage. What is Kidney Disease? From Modern Western Medicine There are many disorders that affect the kidneys. High blood pressure damages the nephrons, or the functional unit of the kidneys, but nephritic damage can also result ...
  • Kidney Stones (Calculus or Calculi) Symptoms Kidney stones are usually felt as a dull, intermittent low backache, or as a pain in the testicles, groin, or legs. The pain often gets worse with activity. When the stones move into the ureters, there can be hemorrhaging, severe pain, pallor, nausea, or vomiting. What are Kidney Stones? From Modern Western Medicine Men are three times more ...
  • Knee Problems What are Common Knee Problems? From Modern Western Medicine Sprains of the ligament within the knee or the tearing of the meniscus, the small piece of cartilage within the knee joint, are usually the result of a sudden twist. Fragments of the meniscus can be torn free from the cartilage and cause the knee to become temporarily ...
  • Sinusitis Symptoms   Congestion and pressure in the interior passageways of the skull behind the nose, forehead, and cheeks. The congestion may result in a throbbing pain or a sinus headache. For some people, fever, runny or stuffy nose, loss of the ability to smell, and even a discharge of pus may result. What is Sinusitis? From Modern Western Medicine Sinusitis ...
  • Sore Throat Symptoms A sore throat is any pain, soreness, and raw sensitivity in the throat, which is especially painful or uncomfortable when swallowing. What is a Sore Throat? From Modern Western Medicine A sore throat is a common disorder that frequently accompanies the common cold, influenza, laryngitis, and viral infections, including those of childhood, such as chicken pox, measles, and ...
  • Sprains Symptoms Symptoms of sprains are pain, swelling, and sometimes discoloration at a joint. Movement usually increases the pain. Muscles contractions and spasms may also occur. What is a Sprain? From Modern Western Medicine A sprain occurs when a ligament between joints is stretched, sometimes with some degree of tearing. Sprains usually occur at the ankle, knee, back, or wrist. ...
  • Staphylococcal Infection Symptoms Staphylococcal infection is associated with symptoms that range from minor to severe to life-threatening. They can include pimples, boils, abscesses, furuncles, carbuncles, osteomyelitis, enterocolitic, pneumonia, and bacteremia. What is Staphylococcal Infection? From Modern Western Medicine These are infections brought about by the family of staphylococcus bacteria, perhaps the most common bacteria in existence. The bacteria appear under a ...
  • Stress Symptoms Stress is characterized by feelings of fear, dread, and anxiety, accompanied by a variety of physical side effects, including muscle tension; changes in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, hormonal balance, metabolism, and immune function; and in elevations of adrenaline and norepinephrine. Chronic stress can cause numerous mental and physical disorders, including anxiety, depression, dyspepsia, palpitations, ...
  • Swollen Glands Symptoms Swelling or discomfort in the neck (near the ears), throat, groin, or armpits, sometimes accompanied by sore throat or fever, are symptoms of swollen glands. What are Swollen Glands? From Modern Western Medicine Swollen glands are actually enlargement of the lymph nodes, which is caused by the proliferation of white blood cells within the glands. The rapid multiplication ...
  • Teeth and Gum Disease Symptoms Dental caries, also known as cavities, is the decay of teeth. Caries are caused by the acid created by bacteria that collect on the teeth. The acid gradually dissolves the enamel and dentin that coat the teeth, exposing the tissue below. Periodontal disease manifests as gingivitis, or the inflammation of the tissue—it becomes inflamed and swollen—and ...
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome Symptoms Symptoms of temporomandibular joint syndrome are headaches, pain and tenderness in the jaw muscle, and dull facial pain, especially around the area of the ear. Other symptoms include clicking or popping noises when the mouth is opened or closed, difficulty opening the mouth, jaws that “lock” or get stuck, or pain when yawning, chewing, or ...
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  • Thyroid Disorders (Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism) Symptoms  Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, headaches, anemia, acne, eczema, chronic infection, psoriasis, menstrual disorders (including pain during menstruation), depression, poor circulation, and sensitivity to cold. Hyperthyroidism (also known as Grave’s disease) causes insomnia, weakness, sweating, hyperactivity, weight loss, sensitivity to heat, tremor, bulging of the eyes, and frozen expression. The thyroid gland, found at the ...
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  • Tonsillitis and Adenitis Symptoms Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and tender, swollen lymph nodes. What are Tonsilitis and Adenitis? From Modern Western Medicine The infection and subsequent inflammation of the tonsils and adenoids. The condition occurs mainly in children. The tonsils are lymph glands, and part of the lymph system. Inside these glands are immune cells that help to ...
  • Toothache Symptoms Pain, oftentimes acute and severe, is caused by a single tooth or teeth or gums. What Is A Toothache? From Modern Western Medicine Most toothaches are cause by dental caries (or decay), but a fractured tooth or a deep, unlined filling may also cause inflammation and pain of gums and teeth (see Periodontitis). Sometimes a toothache can be ...
  • Ulcer (Stomach, or Peptic) Symptoms The primary symptom of an ulcer is usually a gnawing pain or burning sensation in the stomach. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, belching, or a noticeable increase in appetite (a sign of duodenal ulcer, one that occurs in the first stage of the small intestine). With duodenal ulcers, eating causes a ...
  • Vaginal Discharge (Vaginitis) Symptoms Symptoms of vaginitis are discharge of mucus, irritation, redness, intense itching, odor, and pain during sex. What is Vaginal Discharge? From Modern Western Medicine Most women experience mucus discharge from the vagina during child-bearing years, especially as a part of their menstrual cycle. The use of birth control pills can affect the mucus membranes of the vagina and ...
  • Vision Problems What Are Common Problems With Vision? From Modern Western Medicine Most visual disorders arise from errors of refraction, or a failure of the eye to focus light properly on the optic nerve, which is a postage stamp-sized group of nerves at the back of the eye. The cause of these problems are misshapen eyeballs; either they are ...
  • Warts Symptoms Usually there are no other symptoms. What Are Warts? From Modern Western Medicine Warts are caused by the papilloma virus, of which there are 30 types. A wart is a contagious, harmless growth that forms on the skin or mucus membranes. Warts appear only on the uppermost layer of skin. They have no roots, seeds, or branches. Sometimes, ...
  • What Happened To My Non-Vaccinated Children When Whooping Cough Broke Out This article was originally posted on Natural News. My husband and I chose not to vaccinate our three children.  It had nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy, as she was only six years old when our first child was born. It was a decision that was consistent with many other health-related choices that I was making at the ...
  • Worms Symptoms The presence of worms may trigger no recognizable symptoms, or may cause local irritations, especially at the anus. Worms may also cause weakness, fatigue, lack of vitality, grinding of teeth at night, loss of appetite, irritability, frequent colds, brittle and hard fingernails with rigid longitudinal lines, anemia, and loss of weight. What Are Worms? From Modern Western ...
  • Wounds, Cuts, Abrasions What Are Wounds? From Standard Western Medicine Wounds are injuries caused by trauma and damage to tissues. All wounds should be place in ice-cold water immediately to stop the bleeding, reduce the chance of inflammation, and speed recovery. Thoroughly clean cuts in cold water and wash away all dirt and foreign objects. Bandage appropriately and keep the ...
  • Yeast Infections (Candidiasis) Symptoms Yeast infection, or candidiasis, manifests in a wide array of symptoms, depending on the severity of the infection, where the yeast has infiltrated, and the immune system’s response. Common symptoms include the following: Recurrent vaginal infection Fatigue Depression Inability to concentrate Constipation or diarrhea Gas Bloating Abdominal pain Muscle or joint pain Headaches Allergies Skin rashes Nail fungus Menstrual problems Prostatitis Hypoglycemia Hyperactivity Athlete’s foot    What Are Yeast Infections? From Modern Western Medicine The most common ...