Dandelion leaf spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell

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The engineered spike proteins from SARS-CoV-2 can be STOPPED by a common “weed” that is exterminated from lawns every year. A German university study found that the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinalecan block spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptors in human lung and kidney cells. The water-based dandelion extract, taken from the plant’s dried leaves, was effective against spike protein D614 and a host of mutant strains, including D614G, N501Y, K417N and E484K. Continue reading

Spice is nice: 12 Ayurvedic herbs with incredible health benefits

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Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine that is focused on helping an individual improve their overall well-being by keeping the mind, body and spirit in balance. Instead of treating diseases, Ayurvedic practitioners prevent health problems from occurring in the first place using a holistic approach that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise and positive lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic herbs and spices are also used to improve a person’s health since these superfoods offer various digestive and mental health benefits. Continue reading

Studies look at the potential of natural remedies for treating coronavirus

If you’ve been wondering if there’s a natural way to deal with coronavirus, you’re not alone – it’s a question that researchers have been trying to answer for many years. Continue reading

Effectively Treat Your Sore Throat — Naturally

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • One of the most common reasons for a sore throat is a viral infection; before picking up an over-the-counter drug, consider these effective and natural options
  • Zinc lozenges work locally in your upper respiratory tract to shorten a cold; hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal has been ignored, but is effective
  • An apple cider vinegar gargle helps create an inhospitable environment for germs; garlic may shorten the length and severity of your cold and raw honey is as effective as cough drops or syrup
  • Vitamin C may shorten your cold; echinacea tea soothes your throat and reduces the recurrence of an infection; bee propolis extract may reduce the duration of a cold, and gargling with saltwater is soothing
  • Preventive measures include getting plenty of exercise and quality sleep; using good handwashing techniques; eating fermented foods and taking in optimal levels of vitamin D

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Vanquish Sugar Addiction Naturally (and Painlessly) with these Tips

Sugar addiction is a subtle and insidious dependency that creeps up completely unnoticed. Unknowingly consumed in processed food or a seemingly harmless meal out, sugar is everywhere. In fact, the average American ingests 150 pounds of refined sugar a year — the equivalent of five tons throughout a lifetime. Don’t be fooled. Simply because sugar is a widespread, accepted substance, doesn’t mean it is anymore innocuous than morphine or heroin. It is just as addictive, if not more so. But there is hope. With a few dietary and lifestyle changes, sugar dependency can be tamed and healthy well-being restored. Continue reading

Licorice Root Proven Effective against Oral Infections

A new study indicates that dried licorice root is effective against the bacteria which causes tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss. Reporting their findings in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products, researchers say that that two substances in dried licorice root may help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease. Continue reading

Two Herbal Remedies to Help Ease IBS Symptoms

For those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), good news is often in short supply. Symptoms can be a nagging presence every day, with stomach pains and problems with constipation or diarrhea. It can also be somewhat tricky to treat IBS. Prescription meds don’t always help and sometimes they add prescription side effects on top of everything else. Well, here’s some side- effect free relief discovered by Australian researchers: slippery elm and licorice root. Continue reading

2 Popular Fasts From Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, steeped in 5,000-plus years of wisdom, is brimming with herbal remedies, food cures, acupuncture, and meditative exercises such as tai chi. In keeping with its strong reliance on food, Chinese medicine uses many fasts to enhance health, lift moods, cleanse the body, build strength, eliminate acid and mucus, and take the burden off of certain organs. Here are the first two of five fasts we’ll present, used in Asia for specific purposes.

It may take a visit to a Chinese medicine practitioner to fully understand your particular symptoms. Everyone would do well to get themselves checked out according to this style of medicine.

1. Raw Produce & Liquids
Nobody with symptoms of coldness or deficiency should attempt this diet. Symptoms of these include chills, white complexion, thin/watery mucus, hardened joints, difficulty bending and moving, weakness, shallow breathing, and overall frailty. Continue reading

Introducing – Licorice Root

The root of the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra or Glycyrrhiza uralensis) has a long history of use in Eastern and Western systems of medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, licorice root is referred to as “gan zao.”

Uses of Licorice

In herbal medicine, licorice root is often combined with other botanicals to treat a range of health problems, including:

  bronchitis

  constipation

  gastrointestinal disorders

  menopausal symptoms

  heartburn

  stomach ulcers

  eczema

Benefits of Licorice

Although research on licorice’s health effects is limited, studies suggest that the herb may be helpful in the treatment of prevention the following conditions:

1) Canker Sores

In a 2008 study, scientists found that an adhesive patch medicated with licorice root extract helped heal canker sores (also known as “recurrent aphthous ulcers”). After seven days of treatment with licorice, study members had a significant decrease in ulcer size. Volunteers who received no treatment, on the other hand, saw their ulcer size increase by 13 percent.

2) Functional Dyspepsia

When used in combination with other herbs, licorice root may ease the pain of functional dyspepsia (a chronic condition marked by upper abdominal discomfort). In a 2004 study of 120 people with functional dyspepsia, 43.3 percent of participants treated with an herbal formula (containing bitter candy tuft, matricaria flower, peppermint, caraway, and lemon balm in addition to licorice root) had complete relief of symptoms after eight weeks (compared to just 3.3. percent in the placebo group).

3) Colorectal Cancer

In preliminary research published in 2009, researchers discovered that treatment with glycyrrhizic acid (a compound found in licorice) helped prevent colorectal cancer progression in mice predisposed to the disease.

What Is Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice?

In large amounts, licorice containing glycyrrhizic acid or glycyrrhizin has been shown to cause high blood pressure and other adverse effects linked to heart problems (such as low potassium levels). Therefore, it’s important to use only deglycyrrhizinated licorice (or DGL) extract, from which glycyrrhizic acid has been removed.

Despite the findings that glycyrrhizic acid may help prevent colorectal cancer progression, deglycyrrhizinated licorice has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of a number of conditions (including canker sores and functional dyspepsia).

Is Licorice Safe?

Glycyrrhizin-containing licorice may interact with a number of drugs, including diuretics, insulin, laxatives, and blood-thinning medications.

Licorice should be avoided by people with renal of liver dysfunction, as well as by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How to Use Licorice

Licorice products (including chewable tablets, capsules, tea, and powder) are available in most health-food stores.