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Medication & Treatment
November 30, 2018

The dangers of medication

Medication helps us feel better, right? If taken the right way, yes. After a consultation with your doctor, he may prescribe certain medications to help you recover. These are normally given with directions like how much to take and at what times. Medication becomes dangerous when you leave the doctor’s room without being clear on how you should take it. This lack of knowledge could cause serious consequences. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), an estimated 20% of high school students admit to taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Misusing medication can leave you with…
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Medication & Treatment
June 18, 2018

What is cupping and how does it work?

Can cups boost your health? They just may. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, originally used in Egyptian and Chinese cultures for healing. The process involves therapy in which a practitioner places special cups on the skin to create a suction. The cups are usually made from glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone. How does it work? According to Ayesha Abrahams, a cupping practitioner from Cape Town, there are two types of cupping; dry and wet cupping. During both the wet and dry cupping process, the cupping therapist places a flammable substance like alcohol, herbs or paper in…
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Medication & Treatment
April 20, 2018

Need chronic painkillers? Try these natural alternatives

You massage your temples to try and ease the pain. This is your second headache of the day; time to pop another pill. Painkillers have become household and handbag essentials over time. In the United States Opioids have even made headlines, as the drug-dependence epidemic surfaced. Strangely, many of us don’t know (or care) what we’re swallowing, as long as it gives us relief. What you need to know There are two main kinds of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and opioids. When you’re injured or hurt, special nerves send messages to your brain to communicate that you’re in pain. Painkilling drugs block…
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Medication & Treatment
March 7, 2018

My phlegm is yellow – do I need antibiotics?

Coughing and wheezing, sniffles and sneezing are all symptoms of a cold, flu or even a sinus infection. These symptoms may leave you feeling down and lousy. Over-the-counter medication may have not eased the symptoms. Is it time for antibiotics? An antibiotic is not ‘stronger’ than other medication Would you say that spoons are stronger than scissors? Of course not. We understand that scissors have a different function to spoons: the one is used for cutting, and the other is used for dishing up. The same rule applies to antibiotics: it's not stronger than other medication: it is different. It works…
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Medication & Treatment
January 5, 2018

When can you stop taking your medication?

You’ve been on antibiotics for a few days now to combat that infection, but you’re already feeling much better. Should you stop taking your meds? Or maybe you are taking meds for your blood pressure, but you don’t feel sick anymore. Is it fine to stop taking them? Absolutely not! Your doctor prescribed your medication for a reason. If you don’t take your medication exactly as prescribed, you can have many complications, such as unnecessary hospitalisation, delayed recovery, increased healthcare costs and even death. Why people stop too soon Many people stop taking their medication when they feel better. Once…
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Medication & Treatment
May 7, 2017

The new face of hormone therapy

Bio-identical hormones are products that contain hormones which are identical in their molecular structure to those made naturally in the human body. Think of these substances as a more natural approach to traditional hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormones are created from plant chemicals, derived from plants such as yams and soy. Like hormone therapy, bio-identical hormones help alleviate symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline. Why take hormones? As you age, crucial hormones in your body take a dive. These include oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. When a woman stops having periods (menopause), these hormones decline dramatically. This can lead to: Hot…
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Medication & Treatment
April 21, 2017

Understanding medical cannabis

Good news for those who enjoy a little “herbal” remedy; after two years of process, the Medical Innovation Bill now makes medicinal cannabis legal in South Africa. The bill was approved in November 2016 and means that chronic pain sufferers will now be able to use medical cannabis as a legitimate pain medication – once pharmacies and doctors start supplying them of course. The South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) says that people can apply for a license to: cultivate or grow and produce cannabis and cannabis resin, extract and test cannabis, cannabis resin and manufacture a medicine containing cannabinoids.…
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Medication & Treatment
March 14, 2017

Do you really need that aspirin?

Most of us have taken an aspirin at some point in our lives. Some of us take it every day. Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) that is used to treat fever, mild to moderate pain, and inflammation in the body. It works by blocking substances in the body that cause pain and swelling. This helps to relieve the amount of pain sensed and reduces the inflammatory response. Aspirin can also be used to lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It has blood-thinning properties, which means it can improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots. If…
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Medication & Treatment
October 30, 2016

Should I be taking these meds?

It’s often easy and convenient to look up any topic in this day and age, but when it comes to your health, how do you know what information you can trust? Self-diagnosis can be dangerous, which is why Hello Doctor is here to help walk your through your symptoms. You might wonder whether or not you need a prescription medication for your condition, but how would you know? So do you really need that medication? Let’s take a look. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
August 19, 2016

All about antibiotics

This week I have been inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms, and all wanting antibiotics to get them better quickly!! Unfortunately, most of the time their symptoms are due to viral infections and I've sent them off to the pharmacy with a battery of medications, but no antibiotics. "How can you be so cruel?", I hear you ask. Well let’s take a closer look at antibiotics before you judge me!  (more…)
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