Archive for December, 2012
Have you ever smelled something that has brought back a powerful memory? Perhaps the scent of cinnamon has aroused memories of your grandmother baking apple pie for the holidays. Maybe the scent of a certain flower reminded you of a special romantic evening. That is the essence of aromatherapy.
Flavonoids from many fruits, especially berries have been associated with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help prevent a host of diseases ranging from cardiovascular ailments, metabolic disorders to dementia and cognitive decline. Increased antioxidant activity promoted by consumption of strawberries is paramount to halt damage to metabolically active organs such as the heart and brain, and when consumed as part of a regular dietary regimen, can prevent cellular damage associated with chronic disease and early death.
As herbal medications and supplements are becoming more popular, some dentists have incorporated them into their practice. Herbs have potent effects on the body. Herbal supplements contain essential extracts of a plant source, in a concentrated manner placed most often in a liquid, capsule or tablet. Most prescription drugs are the synthetic chemical forms of what was originally derived from a plant.
Making small easy changes to our eating habits on a consistent basis – 25 days or more per month – can lead to sustainable weight loss, according to research by Professor Brian Wansink in Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab. The challenge is to figure out which changes work for specific individuals and how to stick with changes long enough to make them second nature.
A randomized, controlled study by researchers at the Department of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, involving 100 patients who had been diagnosed with high blood pressure, found that low doses of the omega-3 fatty acids, in conjunction with a reduction of omega-6 fatty acids, could help to reduce the effects of hypertension.
If the sinful excess of holiday eating sends your system into butter-slathered, brandy-soaked overload, you are not alone: People who are jet-lagged, people who work graveyard shifts and plain-old late-night snackers know just how you feel.
Winters are here and it’s time to take precautions against cold and flu. Immune system is the most powerful weapon the body wields to fight infections. Immunity confers on us the strength to withstand the onslaught of diseases and everyone needs it says Ayurvedic experts.
Plants boast a diversified resume. For Laralyn Riverwind, one of the most interesting aspects of plant-based medicine is that a single herb’s uses are so vast, the jobs aren’t just listed in medicinal textbooks. They are organized as paragraphs.
PubMed Health writes that “obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).” Generally the person carries out the behaviors in order to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, however this only provides temporary relief. Great anxiety can occur from not performing the obsessive rituals.