Sleep Hygeine

The habits that help you get a good night's sleep is called sleep hygiene. The habits that can help you are, limiting daytime naps, sleeping and getting up at a fixed time every day, avoiding caffeinated drinks before bedtime, avoiding fatty foods at night, and exercise.

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Will stress and anxiety delay periods along with an increase in gastritis?

Query: Hello doctor, From the past few weeks, I have been feeling really gassy, and I have not had my period in a few months. I think I come from a family with lots of anxiety and stress, which delays your period. I also have a phobia of throwing up and I get anxiety from that. I looked up some stuff on t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is gastritis and acidity problem. Stress and anxiety can cause both these problems and also periods problem. I suggest you try doing the following: You should avoid fatty, oily, and spicy diet. Go for a walk after having food, instead of taking rest. Have multiple s...  Read Full »

Is there any side effect of taking Ponnavarai chooranam consistently?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from constipation, and I tried a lot of tablets for this problem. I started taking Ponnavarai Choornam from a month. Can I take Ponnavarai Choornam continuously? Is there any side effects? When I take this, I have pain around my stomach. I am afraid to take it because I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Alka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query. Ponnavarai Choorana is a Siddha medicine, and it is used in many diseases including constipation. If you are having severe stomach pain while taking this, then stop taking this. As you are taking it continuously, your intestine will get habitual, ...  Read Full »

Does Shankhpushpi help to tackle depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking allopathic antidepressants since two years now, and I want to try ayurvedic medications for the same. How can I change it? I want to take Shankhpushpi now. Can I take only ayurvedic medicine, or should I take both?  Read Full »


Dr. Alka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been taking medications for depression from past two years, it is not advisable to quit medicine immediately or shift from allopathic to ayurvedic. Instead, start ayurvedic medicine along with allopathic medication. After some time, when you start getting r...  Read Full »

I suffer from knee pain and stomach upset. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40 year old female, who weighs 65 kg and I am 5.2 feet tall. I am having a lot of pain in my knees, and my stomach is always upset. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Alka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your height and weight, your BMI (body mass index) is 26.42. The normal BMI should be between 18.5 to 24.9. So, the knee pain may be due you being overweight. So, try to reduce your weight. If due to excess pain, you cannot do exercise, ...  Read Full »

Why do I have occasional dull aches on the right side of the abdomen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have occasionally been experiencing dull aches on right side of the abdomen, about 4 to 5 inches right of the belly button, and about 3 inches below the ribs, from two weeks. I just had an ultrasound of the abdomen and kidneys, and everything is normal. What can this be? It just comes ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It might be due to an acidity and gastritis. Do you also have nausea, bloating, burping, increase in pain on food, sour water feeling in throat, or chest burning? Try doing the following. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicin...  Read Full »

I cannot move my body when I get up in the morning. How to treat sleep paralysis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male, who weighs 70 kg and I am 5.6 feet tall. I am having a lot of problems while waking up in the morning. I cannot move my body when I get up in the morning. It happens when I have a disturbed sleep. One of my friend, who is not a physician and a patient of sleep ...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. Your condition is not "paralysis." It is likely to be a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis. First and foremost, maintain a natural circadian rhythm. This means that you...  Read Full »

Can thyroid problems cause stress and anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I have TSH 6.01. My T3 and T4 are normal. I feel stressed with anxiety. I cannot sleep at night. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Though your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is raised, it does not require treatment with Thyroxine but needs monitoring. Follow steps of sleep hygiene such as sleeping and waking up at regular time, avoiding caffeinated drinks at least 8 hours before sleep, avoid u...  Read Full »

Kindly see my father's reports and say whether he has a heart problem.

Query: Hello doctor, My father was admitted to the hospital last month, due to pain in the stomach, left hand, and shoulder. He is hypertensive from the last two years. After doing some tests, the doctor said that there might be a problem in the heart. I am attaching his reports and prescription. Please gi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have carefully gone through your father's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). He has got two problems, a heart disease called coronary artery disease and gastritis. His ECG shows abnormalities and his troponin level is also elevated, i...  Read Full »

I am having nightmares at night. How to stop having it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have nightmares in the night. How can you help me not have them?  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Nightmare in adults can be due to various reasons. The most common of them being not having a good sleep.Practice sleep hygiene such as sleeping and waking up at the regular time, avoiding caffeinated drinks for at least 8 hours before sleep, avoid using television, mobi...  Read Full »

I suffer from sleep disorder and how to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sleep disorder. Even taking pills does not help me. I have diabetes and high blood pressure. Due to sleep disorder, I remain upset during my working days and it increases my blood pressure and sugar. I am taking Insulin Novomix 50, Anvol 5 mg, Telmisartan, and Rivotril 2 mg.  Read Full »


Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are certain things to be followed to have good sleep. You need to maintain sleep hygiene. Once you start doing it, your sleep will get improved soon. Keep your bedroom calm, quiet, and dark. Maintain regular hours of sleeping and wake up. Use your bed only for sle...  Read Full »

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