Chronic respiratory conditions can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. From breathlessness to chronic chest pain, respiratory conditions cause a host of complications that can impair the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Continue reading →
In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress – physical and emotional – and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack. Continue reading →
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is probably the most common digestive disorder seen by doctors. Basically, this condition results when the normal contractions of your digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated. Material starts to accumulate in the digestive tract and causes stomach problems, bloating, pain, and constipation.
Not surprisingly, many people learn to fear eating, which seems to trigger all the painful digestive symptoms that go along with IBS. Malnutrition can then become a real problem. Continue reading →
Osteoporosis needs no introduction. In Chinese medicine, doctors take a different approach to its causes and how to bring about some relief. Here are five pieces of health advice for those who have been diagnosed with this bone-weakened state.
1. Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan: an Herbal Powerhouse
The name of this remedy may sound weird, but it consists of powerful plants found growing wild in Asian hillsides and wetlands. The ingredients in this herbal formula, in English, include Lycium fruit, astragalus, dang gui, both white and red peony, and fleece-flower root. There is good evidence behind this one, too. In one study of 76 patients with osteoporosis, 57 people were improved, Continue reading →
Licorice, or Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a legume and member of the Fabaceae, or pea family. It has been used for over 3,000 years to treat a variety of ailments. Currently, medical studies support the use of licorice for the treatment of inflamed intestinal tissues, but it does much more than just that. Not only is licorice an adaptogen and strong anti-viral, but it can also be used specifically in the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus. Continue reading →
Acne is the scourge of adolescence… and for many adults too. Many readers are likely familiar with the more common home remedies for curing acne… tea tree oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and burdock root. However, because acne is such a wide-spread and troubling problem, scientists are continuing to research new natural substances that are effective against this common issue. Both in vitro and human studies conducted over the last four years around the world have uncovered even more natural substances which are effective against acne.
Propionibacterium acnes is the bacteria most frequently linked to acne. This bacteria is almost always present on the skin of adults and adolescents. The bacteria feed off fatty acids found in sebum. If a follicle becomes blocked, the bacteria grow rapidly and secrete substances which break down the skin and form an acne lesion. Continue reading →
This story is all about doctors’ advice. The target is high blood pressure and the subject is whether alternative health methods can work for you. Here is what an array of cardiologists — heart experts — believes on the subject.
There is no question that patients are inquiring more and more about how natural medicine could help lower their blood pressure. There is a shift away from drugs happening. With this in mind, researchers conducted a review of evidence for a wide range of natural hypertension solutions.
Overall, there is not enough proof to recommend any alternative medicine on a regular basis. But, on a person- by-person basis, they believe that natural medicine could be very useful. Every person is different, and every person may react to a medicine in different ways.
Here are the top alternative remedies — some natural, some not –researchers have identified:
1. Lifestyle: They emphasize that all patients with hypertension should adhere to the low-salt DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which is high in fiber and low in fats and incorporates lots of fruits and vegetables. Another lifestyle measure is to follow an exercise regimen for shedding pounds. Continue reading →
If you think your choice of tea is limited to breakfast tea or green tea, think again. A wide variety of healthy teas have an impressive range of health benefits. Chances are one of them fits your health needs to a T.
The Chinese have mastered the art of making tea for health and wellness. Interestingly, many of their ‘teas’ do not include actual tea leaves but combine herbs steeped in water and enjoyed like tea. These beverages often taste like tea, too.
Yin Yang Classic Tea is known for its ability to nourish blood and boost energy. Its prominent ingredients include reishi mushroom, ginseng and licorice. This tea serves as an antioxidant, adaptogenic, immune enhancement and restorative after illness or periods of great fatigue. This combination makes it the perfect tea for seniors Continue reading →
There are lots of ways to discourage the biting and stinging instincts of insects. Wearing DEET-based repellents, lighting citronella candles, and spraying essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus mixed with water all help. So does swearing off perfume and scented body lotions. But inevitably, we get bit or stung. When it happens to you this summer, consider these ways of relieving the itch, swelling, and sting.
It’s summer, so if you’re outdoors there is no escaping at least an occasional mosquito bite and the itch and swelling it brings. Lots of anti-itch creams are available over the counter, and if you’re really bothered you can get a stronger one with a prescription. Antihistamines also help stop the itch, but make sure it’s an oral medication, warns Dr. Leslie Baumann in her Skin Guru blog on Yahoo!Health. Topical antihistamine lotions can actually make things worse by causing an allergic reaction on skin that is already sensitive, she says.
Also, consider taking licorice, sold as an oral supplement and topical lotion and shown in studies to have cortisone-like effects, she says. Plus, it has the added bonus of being a sunburn soother. Continue reading →
DALLAS – Asthmatics can improve their conditions by changing the way they breathe, say experts.
ThomasRitz and AliciaMeuret, 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.
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.