Nervous diseases are more difficult to diagnose than diseases of the various organs of the body because the nervous system is hidden from the eye of the physician and it can be known only from the disturbances of the organs governed by the affected nerves whether and of what type the nervous diseases if. Under this head come apoplexy, illness, neurasthenia and others. The most common nervous disorder with which the layman is familiar is nervous weakness, nervous breakdown or nervous exhaustion.
Many factors contribute to the production of nervous diseases. Some people are born with a nervous disposition and it is that category which generally suffers from headaches, neuralgia, hysterical manifestations and bizarre forms of mental activity. The nervous system is exposed to the fast pace of modern life which tends to bring on many diseases like anxiety stages, digestive disturbances and exhaustion.
Shocks to both mind and body, such as the loss of a dear one, money reverses, an unfortunate love affair and an accident may be the starting point of many chronic nervous complaints. Certain organic poisons like the one produced in body by diseases like syp0hilis give rise to serious nervous disorders. Chronic alcoholism may bring on severe mental derangement. The organic diseases may be apparent from an autopsy but the inorganic disorders manifest themselves in the shape of hysteria, anxiety states and nervous breakdowns.
Weakness of the nervous system can give rise to diseases like dyspepsia or palpitation which cannot be helped by remedies directed towards those organs. It is but natural since it is the brain and the nervous system enclosed in it which controls the bodily functions. A sudden loosening of bowels or the bladder in case of fright is an example. Another example is of certain persons with a strong will power who are able to fight serious crisis brought on by disease much better than ordinary individuals.
A person suffering from nervous weakness or debility generally experiences a sense of nameless fear, agitation, perplexity, confusion, worry, disappointment, loneliness, irritability, and insomnia. The physical symptoms are constipation, dyspepsia, headaches, vague aches and pains all over the body and feverishness. The patient is also inclined to be a hypochondriac. The moment he reads about or hears the symptoms of a disease he imagines that he suffers from it. The wise physician will keep him away from any medical literature.
The main cause of a nervous breakdown is the rat race in which modern man engages. The lust for money and success which again is measured in the good things of life motivates a man to overwork, both mentally and physically. Constant worry about things being done and to be done lead to tension and a man falls prey to his imagination. Over straining leads to mistakes which erodes his self confidence and after that the only way is the way downhill.
Since a healthy mind can reside only in a healthy body, see that the body regains its health. The patient must live a normal, natural life. He should try to get more sleep. During the day also he should be advised to relax in a bed for some hours. The loosening of tensions by relaxation will help his organs to do their work properly and he would be able to get rid of the poisons.
The next imperative for such a patient is exercise. He should take walks and if possible take to jogging. His food should include bread made from wheat from which bran has not been sieved out, fruits and boiled vegetables. Since nervous debility shows a marked lack of Vitamin B, the deficiency should be made up by inclusion in his diet of foods which contain it in larger measure. Unpolished rice, milk, cucumber, mangoes, pears, pineapples, guava, tomatoes, raisins and leafy vegetables should be his mainstay. He should be asked to eat his food in a relaxed manner, chewing it properly before ingestion.
Massages can help in reactivating the nervous system. Hydropathical treatment is also recommended and that merely consists in bathing his spine with a garden or bathroom shower for a couple of minutes. The water should be cold. During summer cold showering of the spine could be done three times or more and in winter twice would do.
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