One of the first such studies, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2010, looked at seven men who consumed either 500 mL per day of beetroot juice Continue reading
These bright red root vegetables pack a variety of vitamins and minerals rarely found in such high concentrations within one food.
Beets became popular around the world in the 19th century when it was discovered they could be used to make sugar; the very first beet sugar plant was built in Poland. Continue reading
One of the traditional alternative medicines of ancient Chinese tradition, an herb called dan shen, is winning over North Americans. Its effects are said to extend to the liver, heart, immune system, lungs, and increased energy.
Dan shen is regularly used to treat a range of health conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Continue reading
If you have struggled with the pain, swelling and unsightliness of spider and varicose veins, butcher’s broom (Ruscus Aculeatus), also known as box holly, could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Continue reading
Here, we have part two of our look at da huang (a.k.a. rhubarb), one of the pre-eminent herbal secrets in Chinese medicine. Here, we find out some of its amazing powers and the reasons for it-mostly, clearing heat and toxins away.
In part one, we looked at the first and second uses. Let’s move on to the rest of them: Continue reading
If that sounds like you… and if you’re the person who would rather put natural, safe, HEALING ingredients in your body then let’s look at a list of some of the most effective pain-reducing homeopathies in the world. Continue reading
Did you know…that there is a pain neutralization technique that instantly eliminates migraines, headaches, sciatica and other chronic joint and muscle pain…with the simple use of light fingertip pressure?
Let’s admit it: We are a quick-fix society. We want—no, need—immediate results from the healing therapies we use. Otherwise we move on to yet another healing modality with a resounding “Next!”
Listening to his patients’ desires Continue reading
Vitamin B3 (a.k.a. niacin) hones in on the health benefits that it exerts in our bodies. This goes beyond its many roles, but actually describes the disease- fighting nature of the vitamin. It has much to do with the flow of blood in the body, as we’ll see here.
1. Hyperlipidemia, Coronary Heart Disease: “Hyperlipidemia” means high cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin B3 was used as early as 1955 to treat patients with high cholesterol. The nutrient, at doses of 1,000 to 4,000 milligrams (mg) a day, lowered triglycerides by 20% to 50%, and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 10% to 25%, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol by 10% to 30%.
A major study in the 1960s and 70s tracked over 8,300 men aged 30 to 64 who’d had a heart attack in the past six years. Niacin, at three grams a day, reduced cholesterol by an average of 10%, triglycerides by 26%, another heart attack by 27%, and stroke by 26%. In another study, niacin was combined with a statin (i.e. a cholesterol-lowering drug) Continue reading
Over the past few decades, there has been a growing interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques in the U.S. Americans have been exploring how these alternative remedies can treat disease, ease pain and promote fertility.
Recently, researchers from Tel Aviv University discovered that a combination of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and TCM techniques such as acupuncture worked well for women who were having trouble conceiving.
Of the female study participants who received IUI and TCM together, more than 65 percent experienced improved fertility, compared to 39 percent of those who didn’t receive acupuncture or herbal preparations.
“The method is as ‘close to nature’ as possible and can be used by women employing sperm donors, or after a partner’s sperm is centrifuged to enhance its motility in the uterus,” according to a statement released by researchers.
The American Pregnancy Association states that acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the endometrium, making it easier to conceive. The organization also adds Continue reading
Here I enter the vault of health secrets within Chinese medicine. Here I pull forth six ways you can distribute oxygen efficiently throughout the body. This is essential in maintaining your health, and avoiding what many people believe is the world’s biggest cause of disease: oxygen deficiency.
In Chinese medicine, oxygen is known as “yang” and “Qi.” That makes sense, because there are parallels between these concepts and oxygen: they clear blockages, energize the body, and overcome any stagnant parts of the blood flow. Every cell needs oxygen, and the brain, heart, and liver wouldn’t exist without it.
Here are six ideas to consider when boosting your body’s natural distribution of oxygen.
1. Breathe well: Get your lungs to the kind of air they love to breathe. In busy urban centers, the air quality is lower and the amount of oxygen in the air is around 10%. (As you can see, most of what we breathe is not oxygen.) In rural settings, outside of the hubs, oxygen content is generally around 20%. If you don’t live in a rural area, take frequent trips out there for a hike or a picnic and allow your body to soak up the oxygen.
2. Limit toxins: This comes in the form of limiting meat in your diet, and avoiding big meals. Try to spread out your meals throughout the day, Continue reading
Rosemary a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region has many benefits it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, mental performance, concentration–and even have a significant effect on your test-taking ability?
It appears that the ancient Greeks knew something about rosemary herbs that the rest of the world didn’t. Grecian scholars traditionally wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests because they believed the herb would improve their performance.
Two recent studies prove that the Greeks’ use of rosemary didn’t just stem from a herbal folklore or superstition, but actually has scientific merit.
Both studies–one from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, and the other from the Department of Nursing at Nambu University in Korea–found that rosemary benefits has a significant and measurable positive effect on test takers! That same benefit carries over to any high-stress situation that requires concentration, memory, and cognition. Continue reading
One of the natural supplements gaining popularity over the past 20 years is creatine. It is known best for its use to boost athletic performance. It could be far more valuable for people with major heart and lung disease.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) are common diseases in the U.S. A symptom of both is shortness of breath when moving around. This is caused by impaired skeletal muscle function. Your muscle function depends on several factors: blood flow; amount of muscle mass; type of muscle fiber; and energy burned in the muscle. Changes in any factors play a key role in weakened muscles.
Muscle performance consists of two parts: strength; and endurance. Strength is the force it can exert and endurance is its ability to sustain a certain force over a certain period of time. Losing either results in muscle weakness. Now, both diseases here involve muscle weakness — especially those in your limbs and any involved in breathing. Continue reading
More than 50 million Americans will suffer tinnitus in their lifetime. This hearing condition causes the constant misperception of sound, including hissing, ringing and rushing noises. A new study has found that an extract of pine tree — commercially known as “Pycnogenol” — is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear.
Tinnitus is a frustrating and even debilitating condition that can take a toll on your quality of life. Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause. The new study has uncovered a potentially great natural way to clear it up.
Researchers took 82 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with mild-to-moderate tinnitus in only one ear and studied them for one month. Tinnitus in all was caused by restricted blood supply to the inner ear.
Patients were divided into three groups: A; B; and control. Group A consisted of 24 patients who took 150 mg/day of pine bark extract. Group B had 34 patients who took 100 mg/day. Continue reading
Homeopathies are among one of the most popular remedies for people trying to stay away from the greedy, uncaring drug companies of America and around the world. Wish to use natural safe ingredients in your body? Read this list of some of the most effective pain-reducing homeopathies in the world.
Before the Middle Ages, Belladonna was taken as an anesthetic for surgery. That’s how powerful it is! Today it’s used in many cough syrups to take away the pain in your throat… as well as alleviating the symptoms of intestinal inflammation, menstrual cycles, and is even being used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading
Silk moths dissolve their cocoons with a natural substance called serrapeptase. Scientists have found that humans can use this same enzyme to dissolve potential heart problems.
Plaque buildup and inflammation in the arteries are the main reasons people suffer from heart attacks and other dangerous cardiac events. This condition, atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, calcium and other deposits found in the blood clump together, block one or more arteries and interrupt your normal blood flow. These clots can occur anywhere in the body, including in the arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs and pelvis, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Results of the National Health Interview Survey indicate that more than 26.8 million adults suffer from heart disease each year. It is the leading cause of death in the United States.
The main culprit in this epidemic is inflammation. This seemingly nonthreatening condition is the starting point for a wide range of ailments and health conditions. But the good news is that an all-natural substance, Continue reading