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Thu, 27 Feb 2020
In all honesty, the word “fasting” doesn’t exactly bring up delicious thoughts and positive vibes. For many people, it most likely associates with words such as starvation and food deprivation.
According to the Johns Hopkins University novel-Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) tracking map, as many as 64,422 cases have been reported from around the world. While the death toll is spiking every day,
When someone snores in his or her sleep, many think that it means the person is having a deep sleep and will wake up feeling refreshed. However, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Ja
Undupiyaliya (Desmodium triflorum) is frequently seen in many parts of the country. The entire plant is used to treat various ailments and illnesses.
Most of us are afraid these days of coronavirus, influenza and tuberculosis like infectious diseases which are caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, virus, fungus and protozoa.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases that has affected over 50 million people globally.
It is very difficult to find someone aged forty five years or more who has not experienced at least one episode of back ache. Worldwide, millions of healthy people suffer from back pain on a daily basis.
Thippili (Piper longum linn) is a perennial herb that is found in particular regions in Sri Lanka. It comes in two varieties and it’s fruits are quite small, completely sunk in solid, fleshy spikes and is blackish green in colour. Immature dried fr
After months of feeling unwell, tons of blood work and other tests later, what happens when you hear the words “You’ve got cancer”?
A considerable number of patients get their gallbladder removed, due to stones every year. A commonly asked question is “how do these stones form and where do they come from?”
Given the concerns about the Coronavirus in Sri Lanka, Health Capsule thought it is apt to underscore the benefits of using acupressure to boost the immune system at a challenging time like this. Our resource person for the article is Deshamanya Dr.
Akkapana (Bryophyllum pinnatum) is a plant that had originated from Africa, but is now found in most parts of Sri Lanka. Growing to a height of one metre, the plant has a complex arrangement of leaves. One known fact about Akkapana is that once leave
People are living longer than ever before, and many seniors lead active and healthy lifestyles. Growing old is another phenomenon that all of us will experience in our life cycle.
We tend to consume processed food as it’s easily accessible and makes life easier. But it may have long-term effects on our health. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Health Capsule, Professor Suranjith L.Seneviratne, Consultant and Professor in Clinical
Siyambala (Tamarindus indica linn) is a plant that grows in many parts of the country. Its leaves, flowers, seeds, pods and bark are used for various medicinal and therapeutic purposes. Siyambala contains tartaric acid, Citric acid and potassium citr
As the seasonal influenza outbreak was slowly subsiding, news of a new virus made its rounds in early January. Known as the Wuhan pneumonia, as the first case was reported from China, the World Health Organisation has informed the Health Ministry in
Food is a miracle which enriches our nutrition requirement daily. While it positively correlates with our health, an overconsumption would tend to affect our health negatively. Therefore, maintenance of a better health is a big challenge since the fo
The World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January every year and helps raise awareness about a skin condition that could result in severe deformity if not treated properly. Leprosy can simply be defined as an infection leading to severe
Nidikumba (Mimosa pudica linn) is a plant that has many medicinal and therapeutic properties but has been mistaken for a weed. It could be found in almost every district in Sri Lanka.
When many vision related conditions tend to show symptoms in terms of gradual loss of sight or vision impairment, a condition that is asymptomatic until the final stages is diabetic retinopathy. One of the leading causes of blindness according to the
Nowadays people don’t give much attention to food, sleeping and other habits that need to be prioritised. Therefore they look for easy ways to prepare meals. With globalization, people have been discovering new materials to prepare cooking utensils
Do you believe in the genesis creation narrative? Some say that God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being. Some say that man was created from fire and clay. Respecting a
This is a herb found in both dry and wet zones in Sri Lanka and is mostly used in treating skin conditions. Eth Thora leaves are used in treating colourless skin lesions (aluham). Several balms used in Ayurveda are made out of Eth thora seeds.
Losing weight might sound like a good thing and maybe that’s what everyone dreams of. Finally changing into a skinnier person might excite you and you might also win a few compliments. Maybe all the hours spent on daily workouts succeeded in bringi
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes can be easily distinguished as it is larger in size and have black stripes on its body, so it is sometimes called tiger mosquitoes. They breed in artificial accumulation of
Have you been experiencing a change in your normal bowel habits recently where there are days with diarrhea followed by constipation and vice versa without a regularity at all? Time to time variations of the bowel habits can be completely normal espe
Iramusu is a herbal plant that could be found in any part of Sri Lanka. While the entire plant is used to treat various ailments and illnesses, it’s roots contain Hemidesmine smilasperic acid. Although it is an aromatic herb it has a mild bitter ta
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a symptomless silent killer that quietly damages blood vessels and leads to serious health problems. While there is no cure, using medications as prescribed and making lifestyle changes can enhance your quality
From january 2020, the Dailymirror Health Capsule is introducing a column based on Ayurveda to give a better understanding about the curative values of eastern and ayurvedic medicine and how local herbs could be used to get rid of ailments and illnes
Ever yearned for a quick break in between all your work? This is probably because your mind is saying ‘ENOUGH!’ When you have too much to handle, you can’t get the best out of you because one part of your mind is already pre-occupied with somet
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