Herbal Articles& Information
by Kris Wetherbee
The abuse and overuse of antibiotic medicines and antibacterial products have turned the war on germs into a war on humankind as once-common bacteria and viruses mutate to new levels of resistance. You may not be able to avoid the onslaught of bacteria, viruses and other germs capable of wreaking havoc in your body. But you can take the offensive by revving up your immune system so your body can more effectively resist whatever disease comes your way. Two great herbs for boosting immunity: ECHINACEA & ELDERBERRY
by Devon Young
It may be an understatement to say that the internet is a bottomless well of misinformation, exaggerated claims, and outright falsehoods. In an age of social media and viral posts, such misleading tidbits get tossed around as truths and become accepted as viable material on which to base a decision. A popular topic entangled in this unfortunate situation is that of essential oils.
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Your pantry is full of powerful healers. Try these food cures before popping a pill
by Matthew Kadey, R.D.
Food is good natural medicine, and not just in the self-medicating-with-chocolate way. “Not only are whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but they’re also loaded with phytonutrients that support the immune system, decrease inflammation in the body, and ward off chronic diseases,” says Michelle Babb, R.D., owner of Eat.Play.Be, a nutrition consulting business in Seattle. So next time you’re suffering from jet lag, a sleepless night, or any of these other ills, just remember: There’s a snack for that.
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Your first treatment doesn’t always have to come in pill form
by Teresa Carr & Ginger Skinner
Americans often rush—or get rushed—into taking drugs too quickly. Sometimes doctors prescribe them for problems—back pain, heartburn, and insomnia, for example—without first giving lifestyle changes a chance.
Or they diagnose people when they’re in the “predisease” stage of a condition—think mild bone loss or slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels—and immediately start treating them with drugs when simple steps are often enough.
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by Susan Melgren
Aging brings many changes: physical, psychological, hormonal, even cultural. Wrinkles develop around our eyes, we forgot the occasional name and getting around isn’t as easy as it used to be. As we age, our immune systems also become less efficient, leaving our bodies more susceptible to free radicals. At this stage in life, herbs can be a big help. Packed with antioxidants, these nine anti-aging herbs have been shown to boost brain power, protect eyes, relieve joint pain and treat a number of other age-related ailments.
Gotu kola improves memory and boosts brain health.
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Used correctly, herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Doctors have begun to recognize their treatment value.
by Michael Castleman
Rather than herbs being too weak, many drugs are too strong, and using herbal remedies may help alleviate your symptoms without as many side effects. Thirty years ago, when I started writing about herbal remedies, the vast majority of M.D.s never recommended herbs over drugs. Today, doctors are increasingly open to recommending nondrug alternatives given reasonable evidence of safety and effectiveness. Unfortunately, many medical authorities still disparage medicinal herbs. Critics make four accusations: Herbs are ineffective, unsafe, unregulated and, when they work, they’re not as strong as drugs. Ineffective? Hardly.
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