Staying Safe with Chinese Medicine

tcmWhen Chinese medicine is prescribed correctly, it is seldom harmful. It is quite unlikely to cause side effects. But that is different than believing that, because Chinese medicinals are natural — mostly herbal cures — they are safe. Here is a two-part piece of health advice on the considerations we must all have in order to get the most from herbs and Continue reading

Top Six Herbal Cures for Indigestion

Indigestion is an ultra-common problem, but the good news is there is small treasure trove of herbal cures waiting for you. Here is a story on the six health secrets for evading the pain of “dyspepsia,” also known as indigestion.

1. Artichoke Leaf

This is your best herbal remedy for indigestion of no specific cause. It’s the kind that just happens. Artichoke is a mild bitter that has been shown time and again to be useful for indigestion. The active ingredient for this purpose is cynarin, so ensure supplements are chock-full of this. Continue reading

Plant Compound Could Help You Survive Breast Cancer

Who said there were no herbal cures for breast cancer? A new study has found that phytoestrogens, plant compounds, may have a cancer protective effect. The ones in question here are “lignans” and the target is breast cancer. The answer: it just might help you survive the disease.

Phytoestrogens mimic the actions of estrogen in the body and have been linked to many health benefits. The most important type of phytoestrogens in our diet is lignan. Lignans come in seeds (especially flaxseeds), as well as in wheat and vegetables. The body turns these lignans into another lignan, enterolactone, which is then absorbed.

From 2002 to 2005, researchers took blood samples from 1,140 women who had been diagnosed with postmenopausal breast cancer. After six years, they compared levels of enterolactone with how the disease was progressing.

They found that women with the highest blood levels of enterolactone had a 40% lower risk of death than those with the lowest levels. That is pretty huge. And the news extended for those women Continue reading