Indications associated with oils Text search: Indications Indication Abdominal cramps Constrictive intermittent abdominal discomfort resulting from the spasm of an internal organ. Abnormal sperm morphology Sperm with a double tail or no tail; a sperm head that is crooked, has double heads, or is too large. Abscess (tooth) A contained collection of liquefied tissue known as pus reacting as a defense to foreign material. Absentmindedness Preoccupation so great that the ordinary insistence on attention is avoided. Abuse trauma Trauma caused by being intentionally harmed or injured by another person. Ache Pain identifyed by persistent and usually limited intensity. Acid reflux A chronic digestive disease occurring when stomach acid or content flows back into the food pipe irritating the lining of the esophagus. Acidosis Excess acid in the body due to the accumulation of acid or the depletion of alkaline reserves. Acne A common skin disease identified by pimples that surface when pores of the skin become clogged. Acromegaly Excess growth hormone production in the anterior pituitary gland after puberty. Actinic keratosis A small rough reddish colored spot on the skin that comes from too much sun exposure. ADD/ADHD A disorder characterized by short attention span, impulsivity and in some cases hyperactivity. Addictions The repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the potential substantial harm it may cause, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. Addison’s disease A long-term endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough steroid hormones. Adrenal fatigue A decrease in the adrenal gland’s ability produce a diversity of hormones essential to life, commonly caused by chronic stress. Age spots Flat tan, brown, or black spots that vary in size that usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Agitation A feeling of restlessness associated with increased motor activity. AIDS or HIV A disease in which there is a severe loss of the body’ cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy. Alcohol addiction The frequent intake of large amounts of alcohol, commonly noted by the impairment of regular functioning. Alertness A measure of being mentally keen, active, and rapidly aware of one’s environment. Alkalosis Uncommonly high alkalinity of blood and body fluids. Allergies (insect) A hypersensitive reaction to an insect allergen. Allergies (pet dander) An overreaction of the immune system to ordinarily harmless pet dander resulting in skin rash, sneezing or wheezing. Allergies (respiratory) Uncommon reactions of the respiratory system that arise in response to otherwise inoffensive substances. Alzheimer’s disease A progressive neurological disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Amenorrhea Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row, as do girls who haven’t begun mentruation by age 15. Amnesia A partial or total loss of memory. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s disease Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles. Anemia A condition in which there is an unusually low number of red blood cells in the bloodstream. Aneurysm Excessive localized enlargement or ballooning of an artery caused by a weakening of the artery wall. Anger A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Angina A condition marked by severe pain in the chest caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) An inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints. Anorexia An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. Anosmia Loss of the sense of smell, usually caused by a nasal condition or brain injury. Anthrax A rare but serious bacterial illness typically affecting livestock but can be spread to humans affecting the intestines, skin, or lungs. Anxiety A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Apathy A lack of, absence, indifference, or suppression of emotion. Appetite (loss of) Absence of the desire to eat. Appetite (overactivate) Excessive feelings of hunger. ARDS Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome is a condition in which fluid collects in the lung’s air sacs, depriving organs of oxygen. Arrhythmia An irregularity in the strength or rhythm of the heartbeat. Arteriosclerosis A chronic disease involving the thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries, occurring typically in old age. Arthritic pain Inflammation and stiffness of the joints followed by pain, and swelling that can worsen with age. Arthritis (reactive) A chronic form of arthritic joint pain and swelling triggered by an infection. Asthma A respiratory condition characterized by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. Typically results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. Ataxia Loss of the full control to coordinate bodily muscular movement. Atherosclerosis The increase of a waxy plaque on the inside of blood vessels. Athlete’s foot A fungus infection that typically begins between the toes in which the skin starts cracking and peeling away, becoming itchy and sore. Auditory processing disorder A disorder affecting the ability to understand speech in noisy environments, follow directions, and distinguish between similar sounds. Autism / Asperger’s A serious developmental disorder, presents from early childhood, that impairs the ability to communicate, interact, and regulate behavior. Autoimmune disorder A disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Autointoxication Poisoning by toxins or metabolic waste formed within the body itself. Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder A type of eating disorder where the consumption of certain foods is limited based on the food’s appearance, smell, taste, texture, or a past negative experience with the food. Previously known as selective eating disorder (SED). Back muscle fatigue A state of fatigue or loss of strength and/or muscle endurance following arduous activity associated with the accumulation of lactic acid in muscles. Back pain A pain in the lumbar regions of the back varying in sharpness and intensity. Back stiffness Persistent throbbing or stiffness anywhere along the spine, from the base of the neck to the tail bone. Bacteria Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) organisms or as parasites (dependent on another organism for life) that thrive in diverse environments. Bags under the eyes The appearance of mild swelling or puffiness in the tissues under the eyes caused by fluid buildup. Balance problems Symptoms include light-headedness to dizziness and may be caused by viral or bacterial infections in the ear, a head injury, or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain. Baldness Having little or no hair on the scalp. Basal cell carcinoma A slow-growing form of skin cancer with a low metastatic risk. It is the most common skin cancer. Bed bugs Small, oval, brownish parasitic insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Bed sores A painful reddened area of ulcerated skin caused by pressure and lack of movement. Bed-wetting Involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control typically happens. Bee sting An injury caused by the venom of bees, usually followed by swelling and pain. Bell’s palsy A weakness of paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face causing that side of the face to droop. Usually the result of a virus, respiratory, cranial, nerve or blood sugar issue. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) A noncancerous case of the prostate that causes overgrowth of the prostate tissue and obstructing urination. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) A serious eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of compulsively consuming unusually large amounts of food quickly and feeling unable to stop. Will not use compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting or over exercising after it. Bipolar disorder A mood disorder characterized by extreme episodes of mania and depression. Individuals with severe episodes may experience psychotic symptoms. Also known as manic-depressive illness (manic depression (MD)). Bladder control Urinary incontinence is unexpected loss of urine that is sufficient enough in regularity and amount to cause physical and/or emotional concern in the person experiencing it. Bladder infection Inflammation of the urinary bladder, tipically due to a bacterial infection of the bladder. Bleeding The discharge of blood from the vascular system as a result of harm to a blood vessel. Blisters from sun A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid, caused by overexposure to the sun. Blisters on leet A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid, caused by moisture or friction. Bloating Any abnormal general swelling of the abdominal area with symptoms including feeling full, tight, or in pain. Blood clot A thickened lump in the blood formed to stop bleeding, such as at the site of a cut. Blood pressure (high) / Hypertension A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too strong. Commonly known as hypertension. Blood pressure (low) / Hypotension A condition in which a person’s blood pressure is not satisfactory for tissue oxygenation. Commonly known as hypotension. Blood sugar (high) Hyperglycemia A condition in which the body does not handle glucose effectively. Blood glucose levels may fluctuate outside of the body’s optimal blood glucose range. Blood sugar (low) Hypoglycemia An uncommonly low concentration of glucose in the circulating blood. Blood toxicity Occurs when bacteria causing infection in another part of the body enters the bloodstream. Body dismorphic disorder (BDD) A type of chronic mental illness in which one cannot stop thinking about a minor or imagined flaw in appearance. Appearance seems so shameful that the individual does not want to be seen by anyone. Body myositis Inflammation of a muscle, especially a voluntary muscle, characterized by pain, tenderness, and sometimes spasm in the affected area. Body odor An unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that breaks down the acids in perspiration. Boils Painful, pus-filled bumps under the skin caused by infected, inflamed hair follicles. Bone pain Any pain that is associated with an unusual condition within a bone, such as osteomyelitis. Bone spurs Bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. Also referred to as osteophytes. Brain fog A condition defined by decreased clarity of thought, confusion, and forgetfulness which may lead to minor depression. Brain injury A comprehensive term for any injury occurring in the brain that is typically traumatic. Breastfeeding (milk supply) Giving a baby milk from the breast, suckling or nursing. Breathing problems A condition in which respiratory function is insufficient to meet the needs of the body when physical activity increases. Brittle nails Brittleness with breakage of finger or toenails. Broken bone A break in continuity of bone. Broken capillaries Break in the tiniest blood vessels with the smallest diameter. Broken heart syndrome A severe but short-term condition in which extreme stress can lead to heart muscle failure, feeling similar to the sensation of a heart attack. Bronchitis Inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs, resulting in hoarseness and a vigorous cough. Bruise An injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels. Bruised muscles A deep bruise on a muscle can occur when the underlying fibers and connective tissue of the muscle are crushed without breaking through the skin. Also known as a contusion. Buerger’s disease A blood vessel disease with swelling and blockage from blood clots. Typically caused by smoking. Bulimia A chronic eating disorder involving repeated episodes of uncontrolled eating followed by self-induced purging. Bunions A bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Burns Injuries to tissues caused by electricity, radiation, heat, friction, or chemicals. Bursitis Inflammation of the fluid-filled pads that act as cushions to the joints. Calcified spine A spine that is hardened by calcium deposits. Calluses A thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction. Cancer (bladder) A growth of abnormal cells forming masses called tumors in the bladder. Cancer (blood) (Leukemia) A cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body’s ability to fight infection.Also known as Leukemia. Cancer (bone) A skeletal malignancy typified by a mass of unusual cells growing in a bone. Cancer (brain) A mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain or central spinal canal. Cancer (breast) The development of uncontrolled breast cells causing a malignant tumor. Usually only occurs in women but sometimes is present in men. Cancer (cervical) A malignant tumor of the cervix, the lowermost part of the uterus. Cancer (colon) A cancer of the colon or rectum, located at the digestive tract’s lower end. Cancer (follicular thyroid) Occurs when cells in the thyroid undergo genetic changes (mutations). The mutations allow the cells to multiply and grow rapidly. Characterized by capsular invasion and vascular invasion by tumor cells. Cancer (Hurthle cell thyroid) An unusual form of cancer that affects the thyroid gland. Cancer (liver) A rare form of cancer that is either initiated in the liver or spread from another part of the body. Cancer (lung) Malignant growths of the lung believed to be caused by inhaled carcinogens. Cancer (lymph) A cancer characterized by the formation of solid tumors in the immune system which impact white blood cells. Also known as lymphoma. Cancer (mouth) Cancer that develops In any part of the mouth typically induced by tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and HPV. Also known as oral cavity cancer. Cancer (ovarian) A cancer that begins in the female organs that produce eggs (ovaries). Cancer (pancreatic) An uncontrolled multiplication of cells in the pancreas (the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach) that impacts endocrine and exocrine functions. Cancer (prostate) A disease in which cells in the prostate gland become atypical and start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors. Cancer (skin) The abnormal growth of skin cells caused by genetics, chemical carcinogens, fumes, or overexposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet light. Cancer (throat) A group of cancers of the mouth, sinuses, nose, tonsils or throat. Cancer (thyroid) A disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissues of the thyroid gland. Cancer (tongue) A form of cancer that begins in the cells of the tongue. Cancer (uterine) Cancer of the womb (uterus) is a common cancer that affects the female reproductive system. It’s also called uterine cancer and endometrial cancer. Candida A variety of yeast like fungi that are generally part of the normal flora of the mouth, skin, intestinal tract, and vagina, but can cause an array of infections. Canker sores (inside the mouth) Small white or yellow colored sores or ulcers that grow inside the mouth. They are painful to the touch, self-healing, and can reappear. Cardiovascular disease Heart conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots. Carpal tunnel syndrome A numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Cartilage injury An injury to the fibrous, flexible, and connective tissue found in adults resulting in joint pain and stiffness. Cataracts A medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision and may lead to blindness. Cavities The decayed part of a tooth that has developed into a hole. Celiac disease A genetic disease defined by malabsorption of nutrients from food and an immune response to eating gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye). Cellulite A fatty deposit causing an uneven or dimpled appearance, commonly found around the thighs. Chapped skin Skin that is rough, cracked, or reddened by exposure to cold or excessive moisture. Chemical imbalance A disequilibrium of one or more neurotransmitters. Chemical imbalances association with mental illnesses. Chemical sensitivity reaction (allergy) An allergic condition attributed to extreme sensitivity to various environmental chemicals, such as water, food, air, building materials, or fabrics. Chest infection An infection in the airways or lungs, commonly resulting in coughing up yellow or green phlegm (fthick mucus). Chest pain A sharp, burning, or crushing sensation in the chest. Chicken pox A highly contagious viral infection causing an itchy, blister-like rash on the skin and fever. Most cases occur in children under the age of 16. Chiggers Red bugs similar to a tick from the Trombiculidae family; however, chiggers do not burrow into the skin but have feeding structures that insert into the skin. Cholera A bacterial disease causing severe diarrhea and dehydration, usually spread in water. Cholesterol (high) Abnormally high levels of cholesterol (a waxy substance found in the fats in the blood) that can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Chondromalacia patella Damage to the cartilage under the kneecap, also known as “runner’s knee”. Chronic fatigue A disease characterized by profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain, and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion. Chronic pain Persistent pain that lasts weeks to years from a disease or unknown cause. Circulation (poor) A poor circulation of blood and lymph through the body, consisting of the heart, blood vessels, blood, lymph, and the lymphatic vessels and glands. Cirrhosis A continual degenerative disease in which normal liver cells are impaired and then replaced by scar tissue. Clogged pores A plug of sebum and keratin within a hair follicle. Club foot A condition in which one or both feet are twisted into an unusual position before birth. Cold (common) A viral infection of the upper respiratory system including the throat, nose, and sinuses. Sneezing, coughing, and temperature are common symptoms. Cold body temperature A body temperature below 97,6 degrees Fahrenheit (36,4 degrees Celsius). “Normal” body temperature is 98,6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Cold hands/ feet/ nose Relative to problems with poor blood circulation, small blood vessels, and the body attempting to maintain its natural core temperature. Cold Sores/Fever Blisters (herpes simplex) Infection with the herpes simplex virus around the border of the lips. Colic Persistent, unexplained crying in a healthy baby between two weeks and five months of age. Colitis An inflammatory reaction in the colon or large bowel, often resulting in ulcers. Coma A state of severe unresponsiveness, in which an individual shows no voluntary movement or behavior. Concentration (poor) The inability to focus the mind or concentrate. Concussion A trauma-induced change in mental status with or without a brief loss of consciousness. Confidence (lack of) The low belief that you have in yourself and your abilities. Self-esteem affects how you think and act, how you feel about others, and how successful you are in life. Confusion Impaired orientation in terms of time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state or lack of clarity or discernment. Congenital Heart Disease An abnormality in the heart’s structure that develops before birth. Congestion The existence of an unusual amount of fluid in a vessel or organ causing obstruction. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid. Connective tissue injury Injury to tissue that binds and supports other connecting ligaments and tendons. Constipation A condition in which bowel movements occur less often than normal or consist of hard, dry stools that are painful and difficult to pass. Convalescence Recuperation time spent recovering from an illness or medical treatment. Convulsions A sudden violent contraction of a group of muscles. Also referred to a seizures. Corns Thick and hardened layers of skin caused by friction and pressure, usually found on a toe. Cortisol Imbalance An imbalance In the naturally produced cortisol hormone generated from the adrenal glands that helps the body use sugar and fat for energy, and to manage stress. Cough A strong release of air from the lungs that can be heard. Coughing protects the respiratory system by clearing it of secretion and irritants. Cough (whooping) A highly contagious respiratory tract Infection causing spasms of uncontrollable coughing. Cradle Cap White or yellow scaly patches on an infant’s scalp. Cramps (intestinal) An uncontrolled, spasmodic muscular contraction in the lower abdomen causing severe pain. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease A degenerative neurological disorder that leads to dementia and is incurable. Also called a human form of mad cow disease. Crohn’s Disease A type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), followed by swelling and dysfunction of the intestinal tract. Croup An upper airway infection that blocks breathing and has a distinctive barking cough, typical to children. Crying Baby A sudden, loud automatic or voluntary vocalization in response to fear, pain, or a startle reflex. Cushing’s Syndrome A condition that occurs from exposure to inappropriately high cortisol levels over a long period of time. Cuts The separation of skin or other tissue created by a sharp edge. Cyst An abnormal membranous sac or cavity in the body containing semisolid material or liquid. Cystic fibrosis An inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system. Dandruff A common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. Deep vein thrombosis A blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs. Dehydration A condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. Dementia A chronic disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Dengue fever A mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a measle-like rash. Dental infection An infection of the jaw, face mouth, or throat that begins as a tooth cavity or infection. Depression A mental state of altered mood associated by feelings of despair, sadness, and discouragement. Deteriorating spine A deterioration of the series of vertebrae that provide support and form a flexible bony case for the spinal cord. Detoxification The process of removing toxic substances or qualities from the body which is mainly carried out by the liver. Diabetes A disease identified by an inability to process sugars in the diet, due to a decrease in or total absence of insulin production. Diabetes (gestational) A condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes show high blood glucose levels during pregnancy, especially after the third trimester. Diabetic sores Open wounds or sores that normally occur on the bottom of the feet over weight-bearing areas. Diaper Rash Irritation of the genitals, buttocks, lower abdomen, or thigh folds of an infant or toddler. Diarrhea The fast movement of fecal matter through the intestines resulting in poor absorption of nutritive elements and persistent watery stools. Digestive Discomfort Symptoms may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. Diphtheria A contagious disease that commonly involves the throat, nose, and air passages. Diverticulitis An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract. Dizziness A disturbed sense of relationship to space involving light-headedness and a sensation of unsteadiness. Do Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Inflammation of the tendons on the side of the wrist at the base of the thumb. Commonly causes pain when grasping anything, turning the wrist, or making a fist. Down Syndrome A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays. Drug Addiction An overwhelming desire to continue taking a drug because of a particular effect, typically an alteration of mental status. Dry Skin Epidermis that lacks sebum or moisture, often identified by a pattern of fine lines, scaling, and itching. Dumping Syndrome A condition which occurs when food, especially sugar, moves from the stomach into the small bowel too quickly. Can develop after bypass stomach surgery. Dysentery An infection of the intestines resulting in severe diarrhea with potential mucus and flood in feces. Dysmenorrhea The existence of painful cramps during menstruation. Dysphagia Difficulty swallowing foods or liquids arising from the throat or esophagus. E. Coli Bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of warm-blooded organisms. Most E. Coli are harmless but some can cause serious infection. Ear Infection The existence and growth of bacteria or viruses in the ear. Ear Mites The existence of tiny parasites that feed on the wax and oils in the ear canal. Earache A pain in the ear, sensed as dull, sharp, intermittent, burning or constant. Eczema Chronic or acute noncontagious Inflammation of patches of the skin. Defined mainly by itchy red lesions that may become scaly and encrusted. Edema A condition of unusually large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells. Ehrlichiosis A bacterial illness transmitted by ticks that causes flu-like symptoms ranging from mild body aches to severe fever. Electrical Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) A group of symptoms caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields resulting in effects similar to allergic reactions. Emotional Trauma An extremely disturbing, overwhelming, and stressful event that exceeds one’s ability to cope that can lead to emotional impairment. Emphysema A progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the air sacs in the lung. Endometriosis A condition in which part of the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body. Endurance (poor) A weak ability to continue an activity over an extended period of time. Energy (lack of) The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. Engorgement A condition where the breasts become painfully firm and swollen from being overfull with milk. Epilepsy A neurological disorder defined by recurrent seizures with or without a loss of consciousness. Epstein-Barr (EBV) The most common viral infection in humans and the best known cause of mononucleosis. Erectile Dysfunction The inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual activity; also known as impotence. Esophagitis Inflammation that damages the tube running from the throat to the stomach (esophagus). Estrogen imbalance A condition where a woman can have deficient or excessive levels of estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Exhaustion A state of extreme loss of mental or physical abilities caused by Illness or fatigue. Eyes (dry) Dryness of the cornea caused by a deficiency of tear secretion resulting in a gritty sensation and irritation. Eyes (swollen) Uncommon enlargement of the eyes not due to an underlying disease. Fainting Loss of consciousness caused by a brief lack of oxygen to the brain. Fatigue Physical and/or mental exhaustion that can be triggered by stress, overwork, medication, or physical and mental illness or disease. Fear A feeling of dread and agitation caused by the presence or imminence of danger or perceived threat. Fear of Flying A fear of being on an airplane or other flying vehicle, such as a helicopter, while in flight. It is also referred to as flying phobia. Causes great anxiety or panic attacks. Fever Any body temperature elevation above 100° F (37.8° C). Fibrillation Fast, uncoordinated contractions of the lower or upper chambers of the heart. Fibrocystic Breasts Noncancerous changes that give a breast a lumpy or rope-like texture. Fibroids (uterine) Growths in the uterus which are non-cancerous (benign). Fibromyalgia (fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)) A chronic neurosensory disorder defined by widespread joint stiffness, muscle pain, and fatigue with pain moving throughout the body. Fifth’s Disease (Human Parvovirus B19) A common and highly contagious childhood ailment causing a distinctive face rash. Sometimes referred to as “slapped-cheek disease.” Fleas Small flightless external parasites of warm-blooded animals, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals. Floaters Spots in vision that look like black or gray specks or strings that drift across the eye. Flu (influenza) A common viral infection of the nose and throat with common symptoms including chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, and fatigue. Focal Brain Dysfunction (brain injury) Injuries confined to one specific area of the brain, often the result of a severe head trauma. Focus The ability to concentrate or direct one’s attention or efforts. Food Addiction A compulsive behavior of uncontrolled eating, often consuming food past the point of being comfortably full, followed by feelings of guilt and depression. Food Poisoning Illness caused by food contaminated with bacteria marked by diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Fragile Hair Damaged or dry hair that is prone to breaking because of weakness. Frozen Shoulder (Adhesiv capsulitis) A condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Also known as adhesive capsulitis. Fungal Skin Infection Any inflammatory skin condition caused by a fungus, including athlete’s foot, and yeast infections. Fungus A condition in which primitive organisms duplicates by spores. Gallbladder Infection Generally categorized as inflammation of the gallbladder which can be caused by gallstones, excessive alcohol consumption, infections, or tumors causing bile buildup. Gallbladder Issues Disruptions that affect normal function of the gallbladder. Gallstones Small stone-like masses in the gallbladder that are formed by excessive bile or calcium salt buildup. Ganglion Cyst Round or oval lumps that most frequently develop in the wrist and are filled with a jelly-like fluid. Gangrene The death or decay of a tissue or an organ caused by a lack of blood supply. Gas (flatulence) An overabundance of gas in the digestive tract. Gastritis Inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Symptoms include abdominal discomfort or burning. Gastroenteritis/ stomach flu An intestinal infection marked by diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) A digestive disease in which stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. (Also known as acid reflux.) Genital Warts Growths in the genital area generated by a sexually transmitted papillomavirus. Giardia (giardiasis) An intestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite that causes diarrheal illness. Gingivitis Inflammation of the gums, identified by redness and swelling. Glaucoma A condition that is linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye that can lead to loss of vision and even blindness. Goiter A swelling of the thyroid gland, sometimes leading to a swelling of the larynx (voice box) or neck. Gout A form of intense arthritis that causes severe swelling, tenderness, and pain in the joints. Grave’s Disease (Graves-Basedow disease) A thyroid dysfunction characterized by generalized overactivity of the entire gland. Grief The commonly emotional response to an external and consciously recognized loss. Growing Pains Pains in the joints and limbs of children or adolescents frequently appearing at night and often attributed to rapid growth. Gulf War Syndrome A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans with symptoms including fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory problems, and memory issues. Gum Disease Often appears in the form of gingivitis and bone loss to toxins produced by bacteria in plaque collecting along the gum line. Gums (bleeding) Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing. H. Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) Spiral-shaped bacteria that grow in the digestive tract and have a tendency to attack the stomach lining. Responsible for the majority of stomach and intestine ulcers. Hair (dry) Occurs when the scalp does not produce enough oil to moisturize the hair or the hair does not absorb moisture. Hair (oily) Excessive sebum production caused by heredity, unhealthy eating habits, medications or improper hygiene. Hair Loss The lack of all or a significant part of the hair on the head or other parts of the body. Halitosis The condition of having revolting-smelling breath. Hallucinations Seeing, hearing, or experiencing sensations that appear to be real but are actually created within the mind. Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease A mild, contagious viral infection common in young children that is defined by sores in the mouth and a rash on the feet and hands. Hangover A group of disagreeable physical effects, including thirst, nausea, headache, fatigue, and irritability, resulting from the heavy consumption of alcohol and/or certain drugs. Hardening of Arteries A chronic condition defined by hardening and thickening of the arteries and the build-up of plaque on the arterial walls. Hashimoto’s disease An autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland in which immune cells mistakenly attack healthy thyroid tissue, causing inflammation. Hay Fever Head (allergic rhinitis) An allergic reaction caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen, typically defined by nasal discharge and itchy/watery eyes. Head lice A wingless parasite that spends their entire lives on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood. Transmitted in crowded conditions. Headache A painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull. Headache (sinus) The buildup of pressure in the sinuses resulting in sensitive pressure which may worsen when bending over. Headache (tension) A common form of headache that is defined by severe muscle contractions triggered by overexertion or stress. Headaches (blood sugar) Pain in the head caused by blood sugar levels being either too high or too low. Hearing in a Tunnel The ability to hear only one thing at a time with the accompanying sensation of hearing noise as if standing in a tunnel. Hearing Problems An impairment of any degree of the ability to apprehend sound. Heart Failure Sudden interruption or inadequate supply of blood to the heart, commonly resulting from occlusion or obstruction of a coronary artery and often defined by severe chest pain. Heart Issues Generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Heartburn A burning pain or discomfort in the upper chest. Heat Exhaustion A condition deriving from exposure to intense heat. Defined by dizziness, abdominal cramp, and prostration. Also called heat prostration. Heatstroke A serious condition caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Heavy Metal Toxicity The toxic buildup of heavy metals in the soft tissues of the body, most commonly associated with lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Hematoma A localized swelling filled with blood emerging from a break in a blood vessel. Hemochromatosis An inherited blood disorder that causes the body to retain more than normal amounts of iron, leading often to cirrhosis of the liver. Hemophilia One of a group of inherited bleeding disorders that cause abnormal or exaggerated bleeding and poor blood clotting. Hemorrhage An emergency condition in which a ruptured blood vessel causes bleeding that is difficult to control. Hemorrhoids Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. Hepatitis An inflammation of the liver, with accompanying liver cell damage or cell death. Created frequently by viral infection, but also by certain poisons, drugs, or chemicals. Hernia, Hiatal Occurs when part of the stomach pushes upward through the diaphragm. Hernia, Incisional A type of hernia caused by an incompletely-healed surgical wound. Herniated Disc A condition which refers to a swelling or fragmented disk between the spinal bones. Herpes Simplex A virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals. Hiccups The outcome of an involuntary, spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm followed by the closing of the throat. Hives (skin) An allergic skin reaction resulting in localized redness, swelling, and itching. Hoarse Voice An inflammation of the voice box from overuse, irritation, or infection. Hodgkin’s Disease A malignant form of lymphoma defined by painless enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. Hormonal imbalance (female) Subtle changes in the endocrine system with an estrogen decline causing a change in the ratio of estrogen to testosterone in the body. Hormone imbalance (male) A testosterone decline with advancing age which causes a change in the ratio of estrogen to testosterone in the body. Hot Flashes Troublesome warmth beginning in the upper chest, neck, and face followed by chills and sweating. Huntington’s Disease A rare hereditary condition that causes mental deterioration and progressive jerky muscle movements that ends in dementia. Hydrocephalus An unusual expansion of cavities (ventricles) within the brain that is caused by the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid. Hyperactivity Excessive or abnormally increased muscular activity or function. Hyperpnea (respiration) Fast and deep respiration that appears normally after exercise or abnormally when associated with fevers or other disorders. Hypersomnia Excessive daytime sleepiness. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time, even while driving. Hyperthyroidism A medical condition that results from an excess of thyroid hormone in the blood. Hypoglycemia Occurs when blood glucose or blood sugar concentrations fall below a level necessary to support the body’s need for energy stability at the cellular level. Hypothermia A condition in which core temperature drops below the needed temperature for normal metabolism and body functions which is defined as 35.0° C (95.0° F). Hypothyroidism A condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hysteria A psychiatric disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions. Ichthyosis Vulgaris An inherited skin condition that occurs when the skin does not shed its dead cells. Also known as “fish scale disease” because of the similar appearance. Impetigo A highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores on the face. Impotence The inability to maintain or achieve an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. Incontinence Loss of bladder control, varying from a slight loss of urine after sneezing, coughing, or laughing to complete inability to control urination. Indigestion A broad term covering a group of universal symptoms in the digestive tract including bloating, heartburn, nausea, or gas discomfort. Infant Reflux A condition where the contents of the stomach are spit out shortly after feeding. Also known as infant acid reflux. Infected Wounds Infiltration of microorganisms in body tissues. Infection Multiplication of microorganisms in body tissues, mainly causing cellular injury due to competitive toxins. Infertility The inability to conceive a pregnancy after trying for at least one full year. Inflammation A protective tissue response process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect from infection. Inflammatory Bowel Disease A chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract defined by inflammation of the intestine and resulting ¡n persistent diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Inflammatory Myopathies A disease featuring weakness and inflammation of muscles. Another term for chronic muscle tissue inflammation is myositis. Ingrown Toenail Abnormal growth of a toenail with one edge growing deeply into the nail groove and surrounding tissues. Injury (muscle, bone, connective tissue, bruising (skin)) Harm or damage caused to the body, specifically to the muscles, bones, or other connective tissue. Insect Bites An adverse response to a bite or sting of an insect such as bees, wasps, hornets, ticks, mosquitoes, or ants. Insect Repellent A substance applied to clothing or skin which discourages insects from landing or climbing on that surface. Insomnia The inability to access a satisfactory amount or quality of sleep. Insulin Imbalances Irregular levels of insulin produced by the pancreas to help the body use sugar (glucose) for storing energy. Insulin resistance A physiological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. Iris Inflammation Inflammation of the iris caused by eye trauma. (Do not put oil directly in eye.) Irritable Bowel Syndrome An intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Itching An acute disturbing irritation or tickling sensation that may be felt all over the skin’s surface or confined to just one area. Jaundice A yellowish tinge to the skin, whites of the eyes, and mucous membranes caused by elevated levels of the bile pigment bilirubin. (See dilution recommendation for infants). Jet Lag A condition marked by insomnia, fatigue, and irritability that is caused by air travel through changing time zones, probably as the result of disrupting circadian rhythms in the body. Jock Itch A fungal infection that causes an itchy, red rash to the skin of the groin area, inner thighs and buttocks. Joint Pain Discomfort, pain, and/or inflammation originating from any part of the joint. Kidney Infection The condition that occurs when microbes from the bladder or blood (bacteria, fungi or viruses) invade the tissues of the kidney(s) and reproduce. Kidney Stones Small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. Kidneys A bean-shaped organ that regulates fluid and excretes waste products through urine. Knee Cartilage Injury When damage occurs to the cartilage (tough, flexible connective tissue) in the knee, resulting in pain, stiffness and inflammation. Labor The process during which the uterus contracts and the cervix opens to allow the transition of a baby into the vagina. Lactation Problems Conditions which prevent or discourage breastfeeding, including engorged breasts, sore nipples, mastitis (infection), thrush, and low milk supply that new nursing mothers may experience. Lactose Intolerance Failure of the body to digest lactose, a compound found in dairy products, due to lack of the enzyme lactase in the small intestine. Laryngitis Inflammation of the larynx followed by hoarseness of the voice and a painful cough. Lead Poisoning A potentially fatal buildup of lead in the body, usually over months or years. Leaky Gut Syndrome A type of gastrointestinal tract dysfunction that allows bacteria, fungi, toxins and parasites to permeate the intestinal wall and leak into the bloodstream. Learning Difficulties An impairment or significantly reduced ability to learn, understand, organize, retain and/or use new information. Leg Cramps An abrupt, involuntary, spasmodic muscular contraction causing severe pain, often existing in the leg or shoulder as the result of chill or strain. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Occurs when too little blood is supplied to the ball part of the hip joint. Without ample blood flow, the bone stops growing, begins to die and breaks more easily. Legionnaires’ Disease A severe form of pneumonia (lung inflammation caused by infection) which is typically caused by inhaling a bacteria called legionella. Leukemia A progressive, malignant cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body’s ability to fight infection. Libido (low) for Men The inhibition of a man’s sex drive or natural desire for sexual activity. Libido (low) for Women The inhibition of a woman’s sex drive or natural desire for sexual activity. Lichen Nitidus A chronic inflammatory skin condition defined by small, glistening, skin-colored bumps on the surface of the skin. Lipoma A benign, rubbery, encapsulated tumor of fatty tissue that is not tender and feels doughy to the touch. Lips (dry) Skin on the lips that has lost moisture, often due to dehydration, too much sun or wind, or constant licking or picking. Listeria Infection A food-borne bacterial illness that is often contracted by eating improperly processed deli meats and unpasteurized dairy products. Liver Disease Any condition or damage that lowers or stops the functioning of the liver. Lockjaw (Tetanus) An early symptom of tetanus that affects the central nervous system by causing painful muscular contractions that result in difficulty opening the jaw. Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) A heart rhythm disorder that can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats, which may trigger a seizure, sudden fainting spell, or death. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) A rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks and kills the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Lumbago An old term used to describe pain in the muscles and joints of the lower back. Lupus A chronic inflammatory disease caused when the Immune system attacks its own tissues. Lyme Disease An inflammatory disease caused by bacteria carried by ticks. Lymphoma A type of blood cancer that starts In the lymphatic tissues of the body, causing white blood cells to behave abnormally. Macular Degeneration A progressive deterioration of a critical region of the retina called the macula which can severe vision impairment. Malabsorption Syndrome A condition that prevents absorption of nutrients through the small intestine. Malaria A life-threatening blood disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Marfan Syndrome (Connective Tissue Disorder) A genetic disorder that affects connective tissue and causes excessive bone elongation, joint flexibility, and abnormalities of the cardiovascular system. Mastitis A bacterial infection in the mammary glands of the breast which typically only occurs in women who are breastfeeding. Measles A highly contagious viral infection which causes full-body rash and other symptoms, mostly in children. Melanoma The least common but most deadly form of skin cancer which typically develops in pigment-containing cells. Melatonin imbalances / insufficiencies Melatonin is a hormone produced at the onset of darkness to aid in sleep. Imbalances or insufficiencies may lead to sleep deprivation or sleeping disorders. Memory (poor) The weak mental capacity of retaining facts or recalling previous experiences. Meniere’s Disease Inner disorder with symptoms including vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss and a sensation of pressure. Meningitis Inflammation of brain and spinal cord membranes, typically caused by a viral or bacterial infection, characterized by serious symptoms. Menopause The period of permanent cessation of menstruation, typically occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. Menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) Extremely heavy menstrual flow with cycles of normal length or prolonged uterine bleeding lasting longer than seven days. Menstrual Cycle (irregular or scanty) Uncommonly slight or infrequent menstrual flow. Menstrual Pain/ Cramps Also referred to as dysmenorrhea, a female condition of painful, debilitating menstrual cycles that ranges from dull to severe. Mental Fatigue A cognitive or emotional state associated with decreased ability to function, typically caused by prolonged mental exertion or emotional duress. Mesenteric Lymphadentis Painful inflammation of the lymph nodes that attach the intestine to the abdominal wall, typically a temporary condition in children. Mesothelioma A cancerous tumor of the epithelium lining the lungs, heart, or abdomen often associated with exposure to asbestos dust. Metabolic Muscle Disorders A condition that interferes with the body’s ability to draw and utilize energy from food, resulting in muscle weakness or pain. Metabolism (Low) A low basal metabolic rate normally leads to low energy expenditure. As a result, the number of calories a person normally expends is likely less than the number of calories consumed. Migraine A severe recurring headache over the course of 3 hours to 4 days associated with sharp pain, nausea and sensitivity to light. Milk Supply (Low) Milk supply is considered low when there is not enough breast milk being produced to meet the need of the baby. Miscarriage (prevention) The spontaneous and unexpected loss of a pregnancy resulting in a complex and often difficult emotional healing process afterward. Miscarriage (recovery) The spontaneous and unexpected loss of pregnancy resulting in a complex and often difficult a emotional healing process afterward. Mitral Valve Prolapse Improper closure of the valve between the heart’s upper and lower left chambers, typically not serious. Mold/Mildew Fungi; mold typically grows on food whereas mildew typically grows on damp surfaces such as walls, cardboard, etc. Moles A common skin condition, moles are pigmented and slightly raised blotches on the outer layer of the skin. Mononucleosis An infectious disease typically spread through saliva resulting in severe fever, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and extreme fatigue. Mood Swings An unpredictable alteration of a person’s emotional state between periods of depression and euphoria. Morning Sickness Vomiting and nausea beginning in the morning upon arising, common during early pregnancy. Mosquito Bites Itchy bumps that appear after a mosquito has pierced the skin to consume blood. Motion Sickness The uncomfortable nausea which people experience when their sense of balance and equilibrium is disturbed by constant motion. Mouth Ulcers Ulcers of the oral mucosa commonly caused by a secondary bacterial infection of less severe mucosal lesions. MRSA An infection caused by a type of staph bacteria that has become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Mucus A thick, gel-like, viscous material that functions to protect and moisten inner body surfaces. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Reaction A medical condition identified by symptoms to low-level chemical exposure. Substances include pesticides, smoke, plastics, petroleum products, scents, and paints. Multiple Sclerosis A potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord In which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. Mumps A mild short-term viral infection of the salivary glands that commonly occurs during childhood. Muscle Pain Pain in a muscle or group of muscles that is typically shared by a feeling of unease. Muscle Pulls, Strains Partial or total breach of muscle fibers due to sudden applied force or overuse. Muscle Spasms A quick, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles. Muscle Stiffness The rigidity of muscles due to inadequate use and movement. Muscle Weakness / Lack of Growth Muscle development from exercise and exertion. When a muscle Is pushed to its limits, it will repair and rebuild itself for future exertion. Muscular Cramps/ Charley Horse (muscle spasm) An immediate, uncontrolled, spasmodic muscular contraction causing severe pain, often occurring Charley Horse in the leg or shoulder as the result of a strain or chill. Muscular Dystrophy A group of inherited disorders in which muscle bulk and strength gradually drop. Myasthenia Gravis A weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles under voluntary control. Myelofibrosis A severe bone marrow disorder that disrupts the body’s normal production of blood cells. Myotonic Dystrophy A genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. Nails The hard, cutaneous plate on the dorsal surface of the end of a finger or toe. Narcolepsy A disorder distincted by extreme daytime sleepiness, cataplexy and uncontrollable sleep attacks. Nasal Polyp A rounded, stretched piece of pulpy, dependent mucosa that projects into the nasal cavity. Nausea An undesirable queasy sensation including an urge to vomit. Neck Pain Pain in response to injury or another stimulus that resolves when the injury stimulus is removed or healed. Nerves, Weakened / Damaged A dysfunction or breakdown of the nervous system. Nervous Fatigue A form of fatigue associated with changes In the synaptic concentration of neurotransmitters within the central nervous system. Nervousness A state of concern, with great physical and mental unrest. Neuralgia Characterized as an extreme stabbing or burning pain caused by irritation of or damage to a nerve. Neuritis The inflammation of a nerve or group of nerves that is defined by loss of reflexes, pain and atrophy of the affected muscles. Neuromuscular Disorders A broad term that encompasses many different diseases that affect the function of the skeletal muscles that move the limbs and trunk. Neuropathy A condition affecting the nerves supplying the legs and arms. Night Eating Syndrome (NES) An eating disorder characterized by abnormal food intake patterns during the night, not to be confused with binge eating disorder. Night Sweats Profuse episodes of sweating at night that soak nightclothes or bedding. Nighttime Urination Nocturia, or nocturnal polyuria, is the medical term for excessive urination during the night. Nipples, Sore Increased sensitivity due to breastfeeding, friction, running, or hormonal imbalances. Nose (dry) Irritation caused from insufficient mucus in the nasal cavity. Nosebleed Bleeding from the nose, either spontaneous or induced by nose picking or trauma. Numbness Loss of sensation or feeling. Obesity Obesity is an uncommon quantity of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individual’s ideal body weight. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) A type of anxiety disorder marked by distressing excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive ritualized behaviors (compulsions) that interfere with daily life. Ocular Rosacea A common inflammatory condition affecting the eyes. Often develops in individuals who have rosacea, a chronic condition that affects the face and chest. Olfactory Loss (anosmia) The inability to perceive odor or loss of the sense of smell. Also known as anosmia. Oppositional Defiant Disorder A disorder in a child marked by defiant and disobedient behavior to authority figures. Oral Health The state of health of the mouth, throat, tooth and other capacities to allow for biting, chewing, smiling, and speaking. Topical use can indicate brushing with or rubbing oil(s) on affected area. Osgood-Schlatter Disease A childhood repetitive-use injury that causes a painful lump below the kneecap. Osteoarthritis A form of arthritis, occurring commonly in older persons, that is defined by chronic degeneration of the cartilage of the joints. Osteomyelitis Inflammation of bone caused by infection, generally in the legs, arm, or spine. Osteoporosis A disease defined by loss in bone mass and density, occurring commonly in postmenopausal women, resulting in a predisposition to fractures and bone deformities such as vertebral collapse. Ovarian Cyst A solid or fluid-filled sac or pocket within or on the surface of an ovary. Commonly benign. Over-Exercised Overuse of muscle and connective tissue that may cause injury or exhaustion. Overactive Bladder (OAB) The leakage of urine in large amounts at unexpected times, including during sleep. Overeating Uncontrolled ingestion of sizable quantities of food in a discrete interval, usually with a lack of control over the activity. Overheated An elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation. Overwhelmed To feel overcome completely in mind or body, usually by large amounts of stress. Ovulation (lack of) The failure of an egg to rupture from the ovary at mid-cycle. The cause is a lack of progesterone. Paget’s Disease A disease that disrupts the replacement of old bone tissue with new bone tissue. Pain An undesirable sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of disease, injury, or emotional disorder. Palpitations A sensitivity in which a person is aware of an intermittent, hard, or rapid heartbeat. Pancreatitis An inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that is essential in digestion. Panic Attacks Periods of intense apprehension or fear typically characterized by hyperventilation that occur suddenly and of variable duration from minutes to hours. Paralysis Complete or partial loss of strength or muscle function. Parasites An organism that feeds, grows, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host. Parathyroid disorder Overactivity of one or more of the parathyroid lobes, which make too much parathyroid hormone, causing a potentially serious calcium imbalance. Parkinson’s Disease A gradual nervous disease appearing most often after the age of 50, associated with the ruin of brain cells that produce dopamine. Pelvic Pain Syndrome Pain in the pelvis that arises in endometritis, appendicitis, and oophoritis. Perforated Ear Drum Occurs when there is a rupture or hole in the eardrum (the thin membrane that separates the outer ear canal from the middle ear. Do not drop oil(s) directly in ear. Pericardial Disease Occurs when there is too much fluid buildup around the heart. Perimenopause The three to five year period before menopause during which progesterone and estrogen levels decline and symptoms of hormone deprivation begin. Perineal Tearing, Lack of Elasticity An unintended laceration of women’s skin and other soft tissue structures which separate the vagina from the anus. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep. Pernicious Anemia A severe anemia associated with poor intake or absorption of vitamin B12, defined by defective production of red blood cells. Perspiration (excessive) An inherited disorder of the eccrine sweat glands in which emotional stimuli cause abnormal amounts of sweating. Phantom Pains Pain, itching, tingling, or numbness in the place where amputated parts used to be. Phlebitis Inflammation of a vein. Pica Craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value, such as ice, clay, soil, or paper. Pinkeye Inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the Inner eyelid, causing the eye to become pink in color. Pinworms (nematode) A parasitic nematode worm infecting the rectum, colon, and anus of humans. Plantar Fasciitis An inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar Warts An unpleasant verrucous lesion on the sole of the foot. Plaque An semi-hardened accumulation of substances from fluids that surround an area. Examples include dental plaque and cholesterol plaque. Pleurisy An infection of the membrane that surrounds and protects the lungs. Pneumonia Infection that inflames air sacs in one or both lungs which many fill with fluid. Poison Ivy A poisonous North American vine or shrub that is well known for causing itching, irritation, and rash on skin that has come in contact with its leaves. Polio A highly infectious viral disease that may attack the central nervous system and can cause paralysis. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) A hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. Hormonal symptoms include acne and facial hair. Polymyositis A disease featuring inflammation of the muscle fibers. Polyps A tumor with a small flap that attaches itself to the wall of different vascular organs such as the rectum, uterus and nose. Porphyria Disorders resulting from buildup of certain chemicals related to red blood cell proteins. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) A disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Individuals who are triggered can relive the event as if it was happening again in the present. Postpartum Depression An emotional disorder that starts after childbirth and typically lasts beyond six weeks. Pre-Workout Muscle Prep To help insure a good workout and decrease chance of injury, preparation or stretching should be implemented before a workout. Precocious Puberty A condition in which a child’s body begins changing into that of an adult too soon. Preeclampsia A condition during pregnancy that results in high blood pressure, large amounts of protein in the urine and swelling that doesn’t go away. Also called toxemia. Pregnancy The time from conception until birth, typically lasting 9 months or 40 weeks, with three stages or trimesters. Pregnancy (post-term) Delivery on or after 41 weeks plus three days of gestation, or 10 days over the estimated date of delivery. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) A group of symptoms including irritability, bloating, and fatigue that occur in women, typically between ovulation and a period. Preterm Labor Labor before the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy. Prostatitis Enlargement or inflammation of the prostate gland which is relatively typical in adult males. Psoriasis A continual, non-contagious skin disease defined by inflamed lesions covered with silvery-white scabs of dead skin. Purging Disorder An eating disorder characterized by recurrent self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas to control weight or shape in the absence of binge eating episodes. Pyorrhea A serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Q Fever A sickness caused by a type of Coxiella burnetii bacteria and resulting in a rash and fever. Radiation Damage Radiation can damage the DNA inside a cell’s nucleus, and if the DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, the cell can become cancerous. Rashes A spotted, pink, or red skin outbreak that may be followed by itching. Raynaud’s Disease A disorder in which the toes or fingers suddenly experience reduced blood circulation. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) A rare but severe condition in which an infant or young child does not establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers, resulting in markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially. Reiter’s Arthritis Joint pain and swelling triggered by an infection in another part of the body. Renal Artery Stenosis The narrowing of one of the renal arteries that can impede blood flow to the target kidney, resulting in a secondary type of high blood pressure. Respiratory Issues Respiratory problems can be as minor as the common cold or as serious as pneumonia. They may affect the upper respiratory system (nose, mouth, sinuses, and throat) or the lower bronchial tubes and lungs. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) A condition characterized by a nearly irresistible urge to move the legs, typically in the evenings. Restlessness A failure to achieve relaxation; perpetually agitated or in motion; unquiet or uneasy. Retinitis Pigmentosa An eye disease in which the back wall of the eye (retina) is damaged. Rheumatic Fever A sickness which emerges as a complication of untreated or inadequately treated strep throat. Rheumatism Any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue (especially rheumatoid arthritis). Rheumatoid Arthritis A chronic disease of the musculoskeletal system defined by swelling and inflammation of the joints (hands, wrists, knees, and feet). Rhinitis An infection of the mucous lining of the nose. Ringworm A highly contagious fungal infection of the skin or scalp. Rosacea A condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face. Roseola A common viral infection in young children that may cause high fever and a rash. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) A virus that causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. The virus is so common that most children have been infected by age two. Rubella An extremely contagious viral disease, spread through contact with discharges from the throat and nose of an infected person. Rumination Disorder An eating disorder in which a person (usually an infant or young child) brings back up and re-chews partially digested food that has already been swallowed. Scabies A somewhat contagious infection caused by a tiny burrowing mite. Scarlet Fever An acute contagious bacterial illness that develops in some individuals who have strep throat. Produces a bright red rash that covers most of the body. Scarring The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue ruined by disease or injury. Schizophrenia A long-term mental disorder characterized by extremely impaired emotions, thinking, hallucinations, and behaviors. Schmidt’s Syndrome A combination of Addison’s disease with autoimmune hypothyroidism and/or type 1 diabetes. Sciatica An inflammation of the sciatic nerve, commonly defined by pain and tenderness along the course of the nerve through the leg and thigh. Scleroderma A gradual hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body. Scoliosis An abnormal side-to-slde curve of the spine. Scurvy Disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) A type of depression that tends to occur as the days grow shorter in the fall and winter. Sebaceous Cyst Noncancerous small bumps beneath the skin that can appear anywhere on the skin, but are most common on the face, neck and trunk. Seizures A convulsion or attack, commonly from a stroke or epileptic fit. Sepsis A bacterial infection in the body tissues or bloodstream. This is a very broad term covering the presence of many types of microscopic disease-causing organisms. Sex Drive (excessive)/ Hypersexuality An obsession with sexual thoughts, urges, or behaviors that may cause distress and negatively affect one’s health, job, relationships, or other parts of life. Sex Drive (low) The Inhibition of the sex drive or natural desire for sexual activity. Shigella Infection An intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria known as shigella. The main sign of shigella infection is bloody diarrhea. Shin Splints Acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by moderate to heavy physical activity. Commonly occurs in athletes who have recently intensified or changed their training routines. Shingles A viral infection that causes a painful rash, most often as a stripe of blisters that wraps around the torso. Shock Critical condition brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body often accompanying severe injury or illness. Sickle Cell Anemia Disorder of the blood characterized by distorted red blood cells which are fragile and prone to rupture. The decrease in number of red blood cells results in anemia. Silent Thyroiditis Inflammation of the thyroid gland, commonly occurring in the middle-aged women. Sinus Congestion Blockage of the nasal passage, also known as a stuffy nose. Sinusitis Inflammation of the nasal sinus. Sjogren’s Syndrome A chronic, autoimmune disease characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes. Skin (dry) Chapped or flaky skin caused from dehydration, lack of omega 3s, or sun or wind damage. Skin (oily) Excessively oily skin caused by excessive discharge of sebum from the sebaceous glands. Skin Issues A variety of issues that occur on the skin, causing irritation, outbreaks, or a breach in the surface. Skin Ulcers A lesion of a mucous membrane or the skin. Sleep Apnea Disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while asleep. Sleepwalking Purposeful moving or walking while in a deep stage of sleep. Smell (loss of) Inability to perceive odor. Smoking Addiction A physical addiction or strong craving for nicotine, a chemical found in tobacco products. Snake Bites A bite from a snake which may be nonpoisonous or poisonous. Snoring A sound achieved during sleep by vibration of loose tissue in the upper airway. To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by pulsing of the soft palate. Social Anxiety Disorder Excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations, arising from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others. Sore Feet Pain or discomfort in the foot. Sore Muscles Pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. Sore Throat Any of various inflammations of the pharynx, tonsils, or larynx defined by pain in swallowing. Spina Bifida Birth defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord is exposed through a gap in the backbone. Sprains An injury to a ligament when the joint is carried through a range of motion larger than its normal range without dislocation or fracture. Staph Infection Infections caused by staphylococcus bacteria. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Disorder of the skin and mucous membranes in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. Stomach Ache Pain in the abdomen or stomach area. Strep Throat A sore throat with fever caused by streptococcal infection. Stress An organism’s total response to environmental pressures or demands. Stress Fractures A fracture of bone caused by replicated application of a heavy load, such as the constant pounding on a surface by runners, dancers, and gymnasts. Stretch Marks Streaks or stripes on the skin, especially the abdomen, caused by prolonged stretching of the skin. Stroke The sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to insufficient blood flow. Stye Infection of the sebaceous gland of an eyelash. Do not drop oil directly in eye. Sunburn Overexposure to the sun that causes redness and inflammation. Swimmer’s Ear Infection of the outer ear canal that runs from the eardrum to the outside of the head. Often caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming. (Do not drop oil directly in ear canal) Swimmer’s Itch (allergy) Rash usually caused by an allergic reaction to parasites that burrow into the skin while swimming or wading in warm water. Tachycardia A fast heart rate which is above 100 beats per minute in an adult. Taste, Loss Loss of taste functions of the tongue. Also refers to alterations in taste (such as metallic taste, etc.) Tear Duct (blocked) A blocked nasolacrimal duct which typically moves tears from the eyes to the nose. Teeth Grinding The habit of grinding and clenching one’s teeth at night during sleep. Teeth, Discolored Occurs when the outer layer of the tooth is stained by smoking, coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods. Teething Pain Pain experienced when an infant’s first teeth emerge through the gums. Tendonitis The inflammation of a tendon, a hard rope-like tissue that connects muscle to bone. Tennis Elbow Inflammation of the tendons of the elbow caused by overuse of the muscles of the forearm. Tension (muscle) Condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Testosterone (low) Abnormally low levels of testosterone, a hormone required for male development and sexual function. Thrush A contagious disease caused by a Candida albicans, fungus that appears most often in children and infants, defined by small whitish outbreaks on the mouth, throat, and tongue. Tick Bites (bloodsucking parasitic) Bites from any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the group Ixodidae and Argasidae, many of which spread febrile diseases. Tinnitis Hearing buzzing, ringing, or other sounds without an external cause. TMJ (TempoRo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction) Pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Toe Fungus A nail fungus causing thickened, brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails. Tonsillitis A swelling and infection of the tonsils, which are oval-shaped masses of lymph gland tissue located on both sides of the back of the throat. Toothache A soreness or pain around or within a tooth, indicating inflammation and possible infection. Tourette Syndrome Disorder of the nervous system characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations. Toxemia Blood poisoning by toxins from a local bacterial infection. Frequently used to refer to preeclampsia, a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure. Toxicity The degree to which a substance can damage an organism. Transverse Myelitis Inflammation across both sides of one level, or segment, of the spinal cord. Trigeminal Neuralgia A disorder of the trigeminal nerve that causes episodes of stabbing, sharp pain in the lips, cheek, gums, or chin on one side of the face. Tuberculosis Infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules in the tissues, especially the lungs. Tularemia Rare infectious disease that typically attacks the skin, eyes,, lymph nodes and lungs, characterized by ulcers, fever, and loss of weight. Tumor An uncommon growth of tissue resulting from uncontrolled, continuous multiplication of cells. Turner Syndrome Chromosomal disorder affecting only females characterized by the absence of part or all of a second sex chromosome in some or all cells. Typhoid An infectious bacterial intestinal fever with an eruption of red spots on the chest and abdomen and severe irritation. Ulcers (Duodenal) An ulcer that occurs in the duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine. Ulcers (Gastric) An ulcer of the inner wall of the stomach. Ulcers (Leg) An ulcer in the leg. Ulcers (Peptic) Ulcers in the upper duodenum and stomach (first portion of the small Intestine) caused by a bacterium and stomach acid called Helicobacter pylori. Ulcers (Varicose) Loss of skin surface in the drainage area of a varicose vein, typically in the leg, emerging from stasis and infection. Ureter Infection Infection in the tube that transfers urine from the kidney to the bladder. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) An infection in any part of the urinary system, ureters, kidneys, bladder and urethra. Urination (Painful/Frequent) Discomfort or burning with urination, usually felt in the urethra or perineum. Urine Flow (poor) Abnormally slight or infrequent urination. Uterine Bleeding Any loss of blood from the uterus. Uvetitis An infection of the uveal tract, which lines the inside of the eye behind the cornea. Do not drop oil directly in eye. Vaginal Yeast Infection Fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva. Vaginitis Vaginal inflammation. Varicose Veins Tortuous, dilated, elongated superficial veins that are commonly seen in the legs. Vertigo A feeling of whirling or irregular motion, either of oneself or of external objects, generally caused by inner ear disease. Virus A microorganism that cannot grow or reproduce apart from a living cell. A virus invades living cells and uses their chemical machinery to keep itself alive and to replicate itself. Vision (blurred) The loss of sharpness of eyesight, making objects appear out of focus and hazy. Do not drop oil(s) directly in eye. Vision (poor) Decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses. Vitiligo A condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches. Vomiting Forcible elimination of contents of stomach through the mouth. Warts Small, benign growths generated by a viral infection of the mucous or skin membrane. Wasp Sting Painful stings or bites from bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and ants. These stings are generally harmless; however, more serious allergic reactions may occur which can be deadly. Water Retention Excessive buildup of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. Weight Issues Having more or less body fat than is optimally healthy. Whiplash Neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. Withdrawal Symptoms Unpleasant physical or mental symptoms that accompany the process of ceasing to take an addictive drug. Workout Recovery The period of time following sustained exercise needed for the body to recuperate and for muscles to repair. Worms A family of parasites that mainly reside in the intestinal tract, but can also live in the brain or muscles. Wounds An injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken. Wrinkles A fold, ridge, or crease in the skin typically appearing as a result of aging processes. Xenoestrogens A type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen and creates byproduct estrogen metabolites as it is utilized by the body. Xerophthalmia Abnormal dryness of the eyes. Yeast Overgrowth of the Candida fungi, which live on the surfaces of the body, causing systemic infection.