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Must Know Facts about Using Senna

Posted March 10, 2014

Senna is a herb used to treat constipation due to its natural laxative effects. The leaves and the pods of senna are used to make alternative medicine remedies and can be found as liquid extracts, capsules and tablets. Other effective part of the plant are the roots, so the medicine is also found in the form of dried root .

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Natural Herbal / Nutritional Pain Therapies

Posted March 7, 2014

Many natural therapies can be very helpful for pain. My three favorite pain relieving herbals are willow bark, Boswellia, and tart cherry. All three of these can be found in combination in the End Fatigue “Pain Formula” by Integrative Therapeutics. Begin with 2-4 tabs 2-3 times a day as needed until maximum benefit is achieved (~ 4-6 weeks) and then you can use the lowest effective dose. Let’s look at these three herbals.

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Walking the Path of Herbalism

Posted February 28, 2014

The secret of herbalism lies in the fact that we all become medicine when we give ourselves to the purpose of healing and nurturing. Taking the path to herbalism means embracing your role as a healer and taking the necessary steps to expand your education.

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Sprouting garlic packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, say researchers

Posted February 28, 2014

Old garlic bulbs that have grown ‘sprouts’ are often considered past their prime, however new research suggests these aging bulbs have higher levels of heart-healthy antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.

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Red clover improves blood flow, bone density and alleviates menopause symptoms

Posted February 26, 2014

Red clovers make beautiful flowers that can now be found just about anywhere in the US although they originally came from Europe, Africa and Northern Asia. The plants are believed to help soils by adjusting their nitrogen levels, thus making them ideal for guaranteeing better soil fertility and overall quality.

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Fennel can help neutralize cancer and encourage weight loss

Posted February 25, 2014

It may not be well known in North America, but the more we go east, the more we see fennel being incorporated in dishes, especially in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible, and you may also recognize it as being one of the main components of the alcoholic beverage absinthe.

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces LDL Cholesterol Levels in Statin-intolerant Patients with Low Cardiovascular Risk, and Red Yeast Rice Further Improves the Effects

Posted February 24, 2014

In a study involving 171 patients, including 46 type 2 diabetics adhering to a Mediterranean diet (MD) (group 1), 44 type 2 diabetics adhering to a MD plus supplemented with red yeast rice (group 2), 38 dyslipidemic patients adhering to a MD alone (group 3), and 43 dyslipidemic patients adhering to a MD plus RYR (group 4), adherence to a MD alone was found to be effective in reducing LDL-cholesterol in statin-intolerant patients with presumably low cardiovascular risk, and the addition of RYR was found to further improve LDL levels in this population and in type 2 diabetics as well.

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The Healing Power of Peppermint

Posted February 23, 2014

Spring is floating around out there somewhere, just waiting for its moment to, well, spring. It’s been quite the winter around the majority of the country, bringing moisture that was well needed; there is no arguing that. I think for most of us though, we are ready to move on. We are ready to dig our hands into the dirt and feel the sunshine on our faces.

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Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds

Posted February 21, 2014

For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report.

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Scientific Information on Black Cohosh for Menopause

Posted February 21, 2014

Timely Information Helps Women and Healthcare Professionals Assess Natural Treatment Options for Menopause Symptoms. The American Botanical Council, an independent nonprofit organization, is making available to the public, a monograph or scientific review of the health benefits of a leading herb used by many women to treat symptoms of menopause.

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