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Many of the medical conditions that are afflicting modern socIET®y are listed below. Improved diagnosis has identified a number of conditions that were previously grouped together as a single ailment. Many of these medical conditions are treatable and may be cured by complementary and alternative therapies.

Medical Condition Brief Description
Acne A chronic disorder of the pilosebaceous apparatus associated with an increase in sebum secretion. It is characterised by open comedones (blackheads), closed comedones (whiteheads), and pustular nodules.
Allergies Altered reactivity to an antigen, which can result in pathologic reactions upon subsequent exposure to that particular antigen.
Alzheimer's Disease A degenerative disease of the brain characterised by the insidious onset of dementia. Impairment of memory, judgement, attention span, and problem solving skills are followed by severe apraxias and a total loss of cognitive abilities.
AnxIET®y Attacks AnxIET®y is a state of apprehension or fear, either real or imagined, resulting from anticipation of a threatening event or situation.
Anorexia Nervosa Syndrome in which the primary features include excessive fear of becoming overweight, body image disturbance, significant weight loss, refusal to maintain minimal normal weight, and amenorrhea. This disorder occurs most frequently in adolescent females.
Arthritis Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases that cause inflammation of a joint or joints.
Asthma A form of bronchial disorder associated with airway obstruction, marked by recurrent attacks of paroxysmal dyspnea, with wheezing due to spasmodic contraction of the bronchi.
ADHD A behaviour disorder originating in childhood in which the essential features are signs of developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Back Pain Acute or chronic pain located in the posterior regions of the trunk, including the thoracic, lumbar, sacral, or adjacent regions.
Bed Wetting Involuntary discharge of urine after the age at which urinary control should have been achieved
Behavioural Problems in Children Behavioural problems can occur in children of all ages. Very often they start in early life. Toddlers and young children may refuse to do as they are asked.
Bulimia Episodic binge eating. The episodes may be associated with the fear of not being able to stop eating, depressed mood, or self-deprecating thoughts (binge-eating disorder) and may frequently be terminated by self-induced vomiting (bulimia nervosa).
Candida Candida is a type of yeast infection that is generally found in the mouth rectum and vagina.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A syndrome characterised by persistent or recurrent fatigue, diffuse musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbances, and subjective cognitive impairment of 6 months duration or longer. Symptoms are not caused by ongoing exertion and are not relieved by rest.
Coeliac Disease An autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive in children, and tiredness.
Infrequent, difficult and sometimes painful evacuation of faeces.
Cystitis Inflammation of the urinary bladder. See Urinary Tract Infections.
Depression Depressive states usually of moderate intensity in contrast with major depression present in neurotic and psychotic disorders.
Diabetes A heterogeneous group of disorders that share glucose intolerance in common.
Dyspraxia Dyspraxia is a condition that affects body movements and co-ordination. It can leads to clumsiness, and problems with speech, perception and thoughts. The causes of dyspraxia are unclear, but it may be acquired by stroke, accident, illness, weak trauma, momentary lack of oxygen at birth or during pregnancy. The disability can be treated with early intervention, using physical and occupational therapy to improve motor skills.
Dizziness Dizziness is defined as disorientation in space; a sense of unsteadiness. A feeling of movement within the head such as giddiness or a swimming sensation, light-headedness, or a whirling sensation.
Dyslexia Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly
Eczema A pruritic papulovesicular dermatitis occurring as a reaction to many endogenous and exogenous agents
Fatigue Fatigue is a feeling of being drained of energy, of tiredness and a lack of enthusiasm or motivation. It may involve an inability to concentrate and a sense of hopelessness.
Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes restricted movement and leads to chronic pain. The technical medical condition is known as adhesive capsulitis. It is not a well understood shoulder problem. Frozen shoulder affects muscles and other soft connective tissues around the shoulder joint resulting in pain and stiffness.

Hay Fever Also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common condition that shows signs and symptoms similar to a cold with sneezing, congestion, runny nose and sinus pressures.
Haemorrhoids These are itching, painful, or bleeding masses of swollen tissues and varicose veins located in the anus and rectum
Headache Pain or discomfort in the head or face area of the head. Headaches may be one-off or recurrent in nature, and localised to one or more areas of the head and face.
Hernia A hernia is an abnormal protrusion, or bulging out, of part of an organ through the tissues that normally contain it. In this condition, a weak spot or opening in a body wall, often due to laxity of the muscles, allows part of the organ to protrude.
Hip Pain Hip pain is common problem, and it can be confusing because there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the underlying problem
Hypertension / High Blood Pressure Persistently high arterial blood pressure. Currently accepted threshold levels are 140 mm Hg systolic and 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure.
Impotence The inability to perform sexual intercourse.
Insomnia Disorders characterised by impairment of the ability to initiate or maintain sleep.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Irritable bowel syndrome is a syndrome, meaning a group of symptoms. The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. IBS affects the colon, or large bowel, which is the part of the digestive tract that stores stool.
Keratosis Pilaris (KP) Keratosis pilaris (also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin.
Lyme Disease An acute inflammatory disease characterised by a rash with joint swelling and fever. Caused by bacteria carried by the bite of a deer tick.
Lymphoedema Lymphoedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissue, usually in the arms or legs.
Menopause The last menstrual period. Permanent cessation of menses is usually defined by 6 to 12 months of amenorrhea in a woman over 45 years of age.
Migraine A subtype of vascular headaches characterised by periodic unilateral pulsatile headaches which begin in childhood, adolescence, or early adult life and recur with diminishing frequency during advancing years.
Multiple Sclerosis An auto-immune disorder mainly affecting young adults and characterised by destruction of myelin in the central nervous system.
Panic Attacks An episode of incredibly intense fear or apprehension that is of sudden onset. A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort in which (at least 4 of 13) symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes.
Pre-menstrual tension (PMT) The term pre-menstrual tension, or PMT, is used to cover a range of symptoms experienced by some women for up to two weeks before their monthly period. As many as three out of four women suffer from the condition.
Postnatal Depression Depression in women occurring usually within four weeks after the delivery of a child. The degree of depression ranges from mild transient depression to neurotic or psychotic depressive disorders.
Psoriasis A common genetically determined, chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterised by rounded erythematous, dry, scaling patches. The lesions have a predilection for nails, scalp, genitalia, extensor surfaces, and the lumbosacral region.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body.
Repetitive Strain Injury Harmful and painful condition caused by overuse or overexertion of some part of the musculoskeletal system, often resulting from work-related physical activities.
Sinusitis An inflammatory process of the mucous membranes of the paranasal sinuses that occurs in three stages: acute, subacute, and chronic.
Sleep Apnoea Disorders characterised by multiple cessations of respiration during sleep that induce partial arousals and interfere with the maintenance of sleep.
Sleep Problems Somnipathy, or sleep disorder, is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning, and require medical intervention.
Stress Stress is a normal condition that can be positive for us but too much stress can be debilitating and can lead to self-destructive behaviours such as alcohol or drug abuse, and extreme cases lead to self-harm.
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