Reasons Why You Bruise Easily

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Your skin bruises more easily as you get older and may also be due to straining during exercise, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions Continue reading

Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, Continue reading

Chamomile Proven to Fight Anxiety and Clinical Depression

Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.

The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with Continue reading

Six Homeopathic Healers for this Skin Problem

Here is another batch of health secrets from homeopathic medicine. Here we look at the uncomfortable, painful situation we know as boils. Here are the best six homeopathic remedies to soothe this condition.

Boils are caused by a bacterial infection in your hair follicles. As they fill with pus, they get increasingly painful. They are more common in those with Continue reading

The Top Eight Herbs to Battle Anxiety and Depression

Herbal treatments for depression and anxiety are often forgotten due to the barrage of pharmaceutical drugs that are currently available. But many herbal cures are effective without causing any of the prescription side effects associated with antidepressants. Take, for example, eight herbs studied in a recent clinical trial.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia determined that, although herbal cures for depression and anxiety are now being researched, a comprehensive review has yet to be done. The researchers therefore set out to conduct a massive review of commonly used psychotropic herbal medicines.

The review looked at the ways in which herbs helped in the treatment of mood, anxiety and sleep disorders. The team emphasized phytomedicines in particular when reviewing clinical databases.

In all, 21 individual phytomedicines were studied, from 66 clinical trials.

Which herbs showed the best results? Here are the top eight according to the Aussie researchers: Continue reading

Many Reluctant to Tell Doctors about Depression: Study

Some people with depression symptoms may not tell their family doctor about it — often out of worry they will be placed on an antidepressant, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 1,000 California adults, researchers found that 43 percent had at least some misgivings about telling their primary care doctor about any depression symptoms.

Their top concern was the possibility that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant — a worry voiced by 23 percent of the whole study group.

Another 16 percent thought it was not their doctor’s job to “deal with emotional issues.” And a similar percentage worried that someone — like an employer — Continue reading

Minimizing Pain from Shingles

Post-herpetic neuralgia (pain caused by shingles episodes) is one of the worst pains one can experience. Newer research has shown that the chronic pain is secondary to immunoexcitotoxicity within the area of the spinal cord supplied by the involved nerve.

In one study, the antibiotic minocycline had great success because it reduces microglia activation — the source of the immunoexcitotoxicity. St. John’s wort, which also reduces glutamate excitotoxicity, is helpful, too, as is L-theonine.

Other useful treatments include curcumin, quercetin (500 mg of each mixed with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and taken three times a day), hesperidin, magnesium, vitamin K,  Continue reading

Prepare a Mother Nature-First Aid Kit this Summer

Who can resist summer`s siren call, beckoning us to the great outdoors? When you commune with Mother Nature, you may encounter more on your outings than expected. From angry insect stings to a sunburned skin, it is a good idea to BE prepared.

Bruises are the result of life and are not life threatening, but they are not very attractive either. Here are some ways to minimize this common occurrence.

First, apply an ice pack to the area for thirty to sixty minutes. Afterward, soak a gauze or cotton pad in witch hazel, and then apply witch hazel to the area.

Daily doses of vitamin C with bioflavonoid  Continue reading