Milk Thistle May Prevent Photo-Aging and Skin Cancer

For more than 2,000 years, a spiky purple plant known as the “liver herb,” has been used in traditional medicine for healing a wide range of conditions from mushroom poisoning to indigestion.  Modern researchers have now added the prevention of photo-aging and skin cancer to the long list of milk thistle’s benefits. Continue reading

Milk Thistle is a Natural Medicine

Milk thistle is a flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. It gets its name from its bristly and prickly nature and the “milky” sap that oozes out of the plant. The leaves, fruits and seeds of milk thistle have been used for centuries as a natural medicine. Milk thistle is one of the world’s most powerful liver detoxifying agents.

Milk thistle was used by medical herbalists in the late 19th century to treat varicose veins and liver, spleen and kidney disorders. Today, it is primarily used to Continue reading

Modern Science Validates Light and Color Therapies in Promoting Full-Spectrum Health

The ancient practices of phototherapy and chromotherapy are gaining momentum as valid science. Researchers are now able to study how light and color not only affect psychological behavior, but also physiological systems of the body. An article in The New York Times explores how color and light influence well-being in a variety of circumstance; from prison cells to neonatal units, Continue reading

This Popular Drug Creates Over 60,000 New Diabetics Each Year

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• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring additional warning labels for the cholesterol-lowering drug class known as statins, warning that the drugs may increase your risk of liver damage, memory loss and confusion, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness

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Home Remedies Series – Mononucleosis

Common symptoms for mononucleiosis

Some of the common symptoms associated with mononucleosis are:

– Loss of appetite

– Sore throat, swollen tonsils or swollen lymph glands

– Fever and fatigue

– Headache

– Enlarged Liver

– Enlarged Spleen causes pain in the upper left abdomen

– Jaundice

– Muscle soreness or joint pain

– Irregular or rapid heartbeat

Causes for Mononucleosis

Direct contact with infected saliva is a main cause

The Epstein-Barr virus is a part of the herpes family of DNA viruses. This is a common type of virus and is common throughout the world. EBV is spread by contact with virus infected saliva. One can come in contact with this virus through: sneezing, coughing, kissing or sharing saliva infected utensils, lips gloss, straws etc. Infection through sexual intercourse also cannot be ruled out. EBV is not highly contagious as only direct contact with infected saliva can cause the disease.

Rest is most necessary

Rest is one the most suggested remedies for mononucleosis, given that the disease affects the liver and spleen. Some other home remedies to treat mononucleosis are:

– Aromatherapy treatment using extracts of bergamot, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils for a warm bath may help relieve fatigue.

– Intake of garlic can help fight viral infection

– Incase of a sore throat, gargling with slippery elm bark and licorice is considered beneficial. Alternatively, gargling with salt water will also relieve a sore throat.

– Cleavers and Wild Indigo plant extracts are known to cleanse the lymphatic system

– Yarrow and Elder flower have medicinal properties and helps reduce fever.

Sticking to a diet is necessary

To cleanse the system of viral infections it is suggested to adhere to a strict healthy diet plan to boost the immune system. Here is a list of dietary do’s and don’ts when affected by mononucleosis.

Do’s:

– Eat four to six small meals every day instead of only three main meals

– Include : fresh fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods in your diet

– Drink plenty of water to flush toxins

– Intake of supplements to boost the immune system. Required supplements are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Don’ts:

– Avoid eating meat, saturated fats, caffeinated or decaffeinated drinks.

– Avoid indulging in sports or stressful activities

Other Suggestions & Tips for Mononucleiosis

– Avoid sharing personal items such as toothbrushes, glasses or eating utensils.

– Maintain good hygiene and wash hands regularly

– Avoid contact with those who are infected with mononucleiosis

– Yoga and meditation can help relax and de-stress the body