Bicarbonate of soda
Sodium Bicarbonate more commonly known as baking soda is a well known household product generally used in the kitchen. With a wide range of uses, and several health and medical benefits, hygienic, and cleaning uses, baking soda is an inexpensive and useful compound to have in the house. However, like any other compound that can have health implications, the usage of baking soda for health benefits or medical treatments should be discussed with a physician beforehand.
- Powerful anti-fungal
- Alkalizes the body
- Balances PH
- Relieves skin irritation combats acne
- Treats heartburn and indigestion
- Used in medical practices today for UTI's
- Powerful against bladder & kidney stones
- Treats scalds while medical attention is pending
- Beneficial for cleaning teeth and mouth hygiene
- Could be effective in kidney disease.
Sodium Bicarbonate Historical Uses :
Baking Soda Treatment For Colds and Flu
Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1922 were:
During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.
During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.
During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.
In addition to the above a hot Soda Bath is very beneficial. Use half pound to one pound of Bicarbonate of Soda in as hot a bath as can be borne. Remain immersed in the water for about fifteen minutes. It is important to go to bed at once after this bath in order to avoid exposure.
A bath taken in this way causes the Alkali to penetrate the system and is a material aid to the human system in throwing off the germs of Grippe (flu).
On another page, an additional health tip:
In continuous hyperacidity and in fermentative conditions a dose an hour before meals will tend to prepare the stomach for the next meal; or sometimes a dose will be necessary immediately after eating, because of abnormal acid or base having been present at the commencement of the meal. (For the average person one-half hour after meals is recommended).
dose at bedtime tends to check the early morning acidity, or a dose on arising cleans the stomach of acid and mucus before breakfast.
Whenever taking a bicarbonate solution internally the soda should be dissolved in cold water.
Dr. Hays also stated:
Besides doing good in respiratory affections, bicarbonate of soda is of inestimable value in the treatment of Alimentary Intoxication, Pyelitis (inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney), Hyper-Acidity of Urine, Uric Acid disturbances, Rheumatism and Burns. An occasional three-day course of Bicarbonate of Soda increases the alkalinity of the blood, assists elimination and increases the resisting power of the body to all Infectious Diseases.
Sodium Bicarbonate and Kidney disease:
One recent student in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that baking soda improved kidney function for patients with advanced kidney disease. This was a single study with no placebo group, and further studies would need to be completed to prove if baking soda is beneficial for kidney disease.
Baking soda as a natural application to rashes, stings and other skin irritations:
Baking soda shows to be extremely helpful in eczema and makes an excellent footh bath for tired, achy feet. Baking soda will help in any skin irritation, such as sunburn, diaper rash, insect bites and bee stings, poison ivy, measles and chicken pox. Baking soda mixed with water makes a wonderful natural bee or wasp sting remedy and brings fast relief. Just make a paste and neutralize the sting with it.
How to combat acne with baking soda paste
Baking soda paste makes a very efficient remedy against acne. In the evening, wash your face with a mild face cleanser, leave the face wate and then apply the baking soda paste (baking soda and water) on your skin. Do not scrub! Leave the paste on for about twenty minutes. Baking soda is antibacterial and is said to clean the skin and do wonders with acne, blackheads and even acne scars. Baking soda will dry oily skin, that's why it is important to rinse well and then apply a natural moisturizer. Baking soda will make the skin smoother and pores smaller, acne scars should fade. But it is important not to scrub the paste, since it could cause a burning effect, especially on sensitive skin.
Baking Soda for Heartburn
Baking soda works to treat heartburn by neutralizing excess stomach acids. It can also be used to treat acid indigestion, nausea, and sour stomach. It is safe to use in small amounts. Most packages of baking soda have directions for treating heartburn or indigestion, but for a general rule, one teaspoon of baking soda should be stirred in a glass of warm water. If the product is more concentrated, then less baking soda should be used.
Historical information on application in cancer treatment:
In 1983, an Italian oncologist Dr Tullio Simoncini began treating his cancer patients with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). What he discovered was that when the 5% sodium bicarbonate solution was washed over the tumors, within weeks the tumors disappeared. The patients with intestinal cancers - from the throat cancer to the stomach cancer and colon cancer could take it orally, but a catheter was needed to flush the tumor sites in other parts of the body.
The Simoncini treatment is explained in his book and it should not be used for more than three weeks at a time. During the first week no more than two teaspoons of baking soda a day should be taken orally. During the second and third week no more than one teaspoon a day of baking soda should be taken orally. For skin cancers and other external cancers, including a rectal enema, where the baking soda solution comes into direct contact with the cancer, this restrictions do not apply. Of course this therapy, like any other therapy, should only be undergone under the care of a medical practitioner.
Recent research with Sodium Bicarbonate on cancer:
The University of Arizona has been using Sodium Bicarbonate as a potential treatment for cancer.
Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues demonstrated that precautionary treatment of mice with sodium bicarbonate results in the alkalinization of the area around tumors (Raghunand 2003). The treatment has been found to "enhance the anti-tumor activity" of other anticancer drugs.
In 2011 researchers reported that Sodium Bicarbonate increases tumor pH (increases alkalinity) inhibiting spontaneous metastases (Robey 2009). They demonstrated that taking baking soda orally increased the tumors pH reducing the formation of spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer. Also it reduced the rate of lymph node involvement.
An article awhile ago from the Daily Mail was rare report on some of the benefits reads:
Scientists have proven what athletes have been claiming for years - that Granny's old cure-all, bicarbonate of soda, can enhance performance.
'Soda-doping', as it is known amongst professional sportsmen, can have a significant effect on endurance and speed.
Baking soda appears to work best to enhance speed. A study at Loughborough University found that of nine swimmers who took baking soda before an event, eight reduced their times, the Times reports.
Jonathan Folland, who led the study, said: 'Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood.
'This seems to reduce and offset the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.'
Sodium bicarbonate, as anyone whose taken it for indigestion knows, reduces acids - helping the body to deal with the acidic waste products produced during exercise, that tire us more quickly.
Full article available at Daily Mails website (we have not included it as it goes on to negative information with no backing evidence)
We supply Pure Sodium Bicarbonate, we encourage anyone interested in alternative health research looks into the application of it. There seems to be huge benefits but also warnings to its use. Take the time to learn how it may help you or someone close.
The information here is purely for historical purpose and interest.
Precautions for Using Sodium Bicarbonate/Baking Soda:
It is important to note that baking soda should never be used for any medical application without consulting with a licensed physician first beforehand. Baking soda should not be used for children under the age of 6 without consulting a pediatrician. The usage of baking soda might be dangerous for those with allergies or health conditions that make them sensitive to sodium intake.
Certain conditions such as appendicitis, intestinal bleeding, and other conditions can be made worse by ingesting baking soda. High blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, toxemia, edema, and other illnesses can be made worse by ingesting baking soda. Also, some medications like tetracyclines, methanamine, and Nizoral can be reduced in their effectiveness by baking soda.