Five Powerful Herbal Tinctures to Boost your Immune System

tinctureThe beauty of the natural world extends far beyond just the aesthetic characteristics that make plants and shrubs visually appealing. Some of the most powerful healing and immune-boosting agents in existence can actually be found growing unassumingly in fields, forests, and jungles around the world — Continue reading

Five Ways Astragalus Helps your Body Heal Itself

With a healing reputation in Eastern medicine that’s already thousands of years old, the astragalus herb, renowned for its ability to deeply strengthen the immune system, is becoming even more widely used in Western treatments as well.

Derived from a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia and Korea, the plant’s root is dried, prepared into a tincture, tablet or topical treatment, and applied as a natural remedy for all kinds of health conditions, from fatigue, ulcers and liver toxicity, to diabetes, blood pressure and circulation, and even cancer. Continue reading

Fortify yourself this winter with Nature’s Medicine Chest

Cold and flu season is almost upon us. Before it’s too late, strengthen defenses naturally with herbal, dietary and lifestyle tips. If a bug does manage to settle in, use a few of the following suggestions to lessen symptoms and severity — helping you to get back on your feet fast.

Diet for a strong immune system

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Strengthen your Immunity this Cold and Flu Season with these Vitamins and Herbs

The cold and flu season is right around the corner so it’s a good idea to get a head start on improving your immunity before it hits. There are plenty of vitamins and supplements that are currently known for possessing immune-enhancing properties. After all, washing your hands frequently and avoiding contaminated surfaces will only carry you so far in preventing infection. Continue reading

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Did You Know…

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Herbs That Increase Semen Count

Today, there are scientifically engineered pills to cure a number of sexual ailments from erectile dysfunction to low sex drive. For those who are interested in taking a more natural approach to boosting their fertility, the good news is that certain natural herbs and tonics that–along with a healthy diet–have been known to increase sperm count. Many not only improve the quantity of sperm, they improve the quality of sperm, while boosting overall sexual health. Horny Goat Weed, for example, does just what you’d expect–it increases sperm count and revs up the libido. Continue reading

Using Hormones? What You Need to Know

More and more people are using bio-identical hormone therapy. Though this therapy conveys a wide range of benefits, it can also pose the risk of undesirable side effects. But you can make this therapy safer and more effective with an individualized approach: Understand how your body metabolizes hormones and boost their benefits with the right diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Hormonal Help

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Natural Food Remedies Fight Cold and Flu

During the holiday season, the cold and lack of sufficient sunlight are enough to weaken the body’s natural defenses against cold and flu. Luckily, experts say that consuming specific types of foods might increase our resistance to colds and seasonal pathogens. These cold fighting foods are rich in minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals that help repel invading microorganisms, strengthen our immune response, and reduce inflammation and cold associated symptoms.

Consuming raw, vegan foods (such as sesame and mustard seeds, celery, beans, almonds, cashews, whole grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and cocoa powder) may work wonders on human immunity due to their high zinc content. Continue reading

Breathing Technique can Reduce Asthma Severity

DALLAS Asthmatics can improve their conditions by changing the way they breathe, say experts.

Thomas Ritz and Alicia Meuret, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, have developed a four-week program to teach asthmatics how to better control their condition with the help of new breathing techniques.

During an attack, sufferers tend to hyperventilate, breathing fast and deep against constricted airways to fight an overwhelming feeling of oxygen deprivation.

Unfortunately, this makes the problem worse by lowering the body’s carbon dioxide levels, which restricts blood flow to the brain and can further irritate already hypersensitive bronchial passages.

Patients who “overbreathe” on a sustained basis risk chronic CO2 deficiencies that make them even more vulnerable to future attacks.

Rescue medications that relieve asthma symptoms do nothing to correct breathing difficulties associated with hyperventilation.

As part of a four week program, Ritz and Meuret use their biofeedback-based Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training (CART) to teach asthma patients to normalize and reverse chronic overbreathing.

A hand-held device called a capnometer measures the amount of CO2 exhaled. Using this device, patients learn how to breathe more slowly, shallowly and regularly.

Ritz said that CART techniques could have a positive impact on quality of asthma treatment even as they reduce the need for acute care.

“The research shows that this kind of respiratory therapy can limit both the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. That means fewer doctor visits and less frequent use of rescue medications, with the associated savings of both time and money,” he said

“The training gives patients new ways to deal with acute symptoms, and that helps them to feel more in control,” said Meuret.

Lesser Known Chinese Herbal Remedies

HONG KONG – Chinese herbal remedies and medicines such as ginger, garlic, ginseng, and others have become quite common in Western culture. Many of us have assimilated these traditional Chinese herbal remedies into our daily lives in an effort to promote better health and well-being.

But there are  many lesser known Chinese herbal remedies that are still undergoing testing and research to determine their healthful properties, despite the fact that they have been used by the Chinese for thousands of years.

Corydalis is one such herb that is said to have a number of healthy benefits. Traditionally used to bring pain relief, Corydalis is also said to help prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes. Studies have also proven the herb to have an effect on lowering blood pressure and relieving the symptoms of heart arrhythmia. It has also been utilized as a cure for insomnia in traditional Chinese medicine, and to treat stomach ulcers. Scientists are very interested in Corydalis, as a number of healthful properties are still being discovered.

Reishi mushrooms are used as a Chinese herbal remedy to treat a variety of ailments, including fatigue and weakness, helping to revive the body with energy. Reishi mushrooms have been shown to contain a number of useful compounds that may help with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the risk of coronary disease. Other healthful properties may also include benefits for individuals suffering from diabetes and hepatitis B. Reishi is consumed either as a dried mushroom or in a tea.

Most westerners know of licorice as a tasty candy, but the licorice plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and plays a number of useful parts as an herbal remedy. Proven to help fight against infection and aid in digestion, acting as a soothing aid in  the stomach, intestines, and urinary tracts, it also provides relief from ulcers, sore throats, and coughs and canker sores.

 The healthful properties of licorice stem from its high amount of anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants. Licorice is used to treat many other ailments in Chinese medicine, and its healthy properties and benefits are still being studied extensively.

Dong quai is a member of the celery family and its root is used as a medicinal herb beneficial to women. In traditional chinese medicine, it has been used to treat painful menstruation and other related ailments in women, and cardiovascular disease in both men and women. Dong quai is usually combined with other herbs to help with other ailments and afflictions, such as anemia.

 The root of the Astragalus plant has been utilized in a tonic to help cure fevers, fatigue, the common cold and cough, and is said to help strengthen the immune system. The various flavanoids found in the root of Astragalus are being studied to determine their effects on cancer prevention and other diseases, such as viral hepatitis. It is normally taken as a tincture or with tea.

The berries of the Ligustrum shrub have been used for a variety of benefits in traditional Chinese medicine, specifically for strengthening the immune system and treating infections. Other useful properties may include cancer prevention, though studies have yet to prove this.

The medicinal properties of the bupleurum plant are mainly focused in the roots, and have been used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments. Used on its own or as an ingredient in a powerful herbal formula known as sho-saiko-to, bupleurum root is said to be able to treat infection, liver disease, hemorrhoids, and other afflictions. The root contains anti-inflammatory properties and may also aid in treating hepatitis and even epilepsy.