Monday, March 29, 2010

Herbal Pill Cuts Appetite and Cures Sweet Tooth

Scientists at Liverpool University found that an herbal pill called Zotrim can cut your appetite by a fifth and even cure a sweet tooth.
It could be the answer to your weight loss prayers - and there is no punishing exercise regime required.

Women can cut their daily calorie intake by almost a fifth if they simply take a herbal diet pill, research reveals today.

The supplement has also been shown to help those with a sweet tooth - reducing the temptation to indulge in sugary snacks. Read more

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

6 Natural Remedies That Really Work

Six home remedies that really work: these safe, fast, and effective fixes will relieve what ails you, says MSNBC.
Over the past century, Americans have embraced modern pharmaceutical science and the lifesaving medicines it has produced. In the process, we've relegated to folklore the cures our grandparents relied on. As it turns out, that trove is rich with effective remedies. In fact, even modern medicine relies on plants more than many of us realize, says Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD, senior attending pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chief editor of publications for the Natural Standard Research Collaboration, which evaluates scientific data on herbs.

"Practically all of the most widely used drugs have an herbal origin," Ulbricht says. "The number one OTC medication, aspirin, is a synthetic version of a compound found in the willow tree. Many statins are based on fungi; and Tamiflu originated from Chinese star anise."

Following, you'll find a host of age-old remedies whose remarkable effectiveness has been confirmed by new research. Because botanical medicines can interact with other drugs, tell your doctor when you're taking them. The exceptions are the common food items — onions, parsley, and cayenne — when consumed in natural form and conventional amounts. Read more

Monday, March 22, 2010

3 Ways to Compensate for the Deficiences in the Standard American Diet

The standard American diet is deadly. Too many Americans are both fat and malnourished. Losing weight is simple: eat less and exercise more, but the basics of nutrition are a mystery to many. Margaret Durst gives three ways to compensate for the nutritional deficiencies of the standard American diet.
Just the basics of nutrition are a concern to many. I find that some very basic nutritional supplements help almost everybody.

A good multivitamin is the first basic. What makes a multivitamin good is the quality of the contents along with the technology used to encapsulate or tablet the contents. The better vitamins do not have pharmaceutical glaze, artificial coloring, several kinds of cellulose, nor do they contain synthetic vitamins such as synthetic E or dl-alpha tocopherol. Read your labels. Read more

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sex Herbs

Herbalist Buckston Harrison suggests some herbs that may work as aphrodisiacs.
I'm always getting requests for sex advice. People come to me from all walks of life with problems relating to infertility and their sex drive. One couple -- a man aged 85 years old and a woman aged 79 -- reaped great benefits after taking prescribed doses of Sarsaparilla and Penny Royale respectively.

Both of these herbs are generally highly rated aphrodisiacs, however, there are several others which I will share with you today. I will start with the herbs for the women first: Read more

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Make Natural, Harmless Deodorants with Essential Oils

You just got out of the shower and reached for your favorite deodorant. You use deordorant because it smells nice, and it keeps your underarms dry and odor free, but did you ever read the ingredients on the label and wondered about the safety of the almost unpronounceable chemicals listed in the too tiny to read print? If not, you're like most people. You don't expect to find products on store shelves that contain harmful ingredients. But beware. The ingredients in many deodorant products could endanger your health. Why not make your own natural, harmless deodorants with essential oils?
Using deodorants and antiperspirants are considered by many to be essential in order to prevent body odor. Finding a good deodorant that does not contain aluminum oxide, aluminum compounds, synthetic fragrances and stabilizers makes for a tough search. Brands advertised as organic, all natural or herbal often contain the same chemicals, either with lesser quantities or with certain additives removed but others added. Alternative, natural deodorants can be home-made, are cost effective and very simple to make. Best of all, they are not damaging to health. Read more

Monday, March 15, 2010

Vitamin D "Triggers and Arms" the Immune System

Vitamin D is crucial to the fending off of infections, claims new research.
The so-called sunshine vitamin, which can be obtained from food or manufactured by human skin exposed to the sun, plays a key role in boosting the immune system, researchers believe.

In particular it triggers and arms the body's T cells, the cells in the body that seek out and destroy any invading bacteria and viruses.

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defences and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system – T cells – will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body. Read more

Friday, March 12, 2010

Coconut Oil: The Tropical Magic Potion

Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a vital source of food for health and general well-being in traditional communities of tropical regions. Recent research verifies traditional beliefs that the coconut palm is “The Tropical Magic Potion." What are some of the health benefits of coconut oil?
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. Read more

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Are Your Allergies Raging? Try This Ancient Cure

More Americans (20 to 30 percent) claim some form of allergy -- and a Chinese herbal treatment may offer hope.
... Dr. Xiu-Min Li, the director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s federally funded Center for Chinese Herbal Therapy for Allergy and Asthma in Manhattan, has had success treating asthma with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) -- using an herbal therapy of her own devising. About 10 years ago, Li began wondering whether TCM might also be applied to food allergies since allergic asthma and allergic reactions to food have similar immunological blueprints. While there’s no actual mention of food allergy in traditional Chinese medicine, a complete medical system in which the taste of an herb helps determine its therapeutic function, there is talk of symptoms like those experienced during an allergic reaction.

"I found information about one formula in particular," says Li. "It dealt with parasites and was used when people got stomach problems, vomited, and lost sensation after eating. It sounded like what we now call anaphylaxis." The formula, called Wu Mei Wan, dates back nearly 2,000 years and was recorded in the Shang Han Lun, one of the classic tomes of traditional Chinese medicine and a basis for all of its future pharmacology. Li and her team of chemists, biologists and researchers modified this original formula by adding to its preexisting mixture of 10 botanical ingredients, an 11th called Ling Zhi, or, "wooden mushroom," so-called for its ligneous appearance. Read more

Monday, March 8, 2010

80 Effective Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

Can't find time to exercise? Physical Therapy Assistant Schools describes 80 effective exercises that you can do at your desk.
The U.S. surgeon general recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week for adults. Yet with a significant percentage of Americans at the overweight or obese point, it doesn’t seem as if we have the time. So we do what we can, when we can.

Because so many of us spend eight hours or more a day at our desks or cubicles, why not find 30 minutes there? We have gathered 80 effective exercises you can do at your desk to help. Take a look and have your co-workers envying you in no time.

Effective Aerobic Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Get your heart pumping and calories burning with the help of the below. Read more

Friday, March 5, 2010

How to Whiten Teeth With Home Remedies

Use natural ingredients to whiten teeth with information from a dental technician. Home remedies for whiter teeth include brushing with hydrogen peroxide, brushing with baking soda, or brushing with a lemon juice and salt mixture.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Natural Dental Products

Even people who prefer natural remedies often still use conventional toothpaste and mouthwash, but natural dental products are available.
I've been a fan of Tooth Soap for years. This is the product that replaces the usual toothpaste products with far more natural, gentle teeth-washing ingredients. That's why, along with Dental Miracle (, it has remained among my top-recommended products for oral health. (Many other products are mentioned below...)

Because let's face it: You don't actually need to "scrub" your teeth with sand, chemical preservatives and sweeteners. Most toothpaste products are truly a joke -- they're loaded with synthetic chemicals that simply can't be considered safe for human consumption by any reasonable person. Cleaning your teeth only requires a type of soap, some water and some brushing action. You don't need dyes, sweeteners, sand and other nonsense ingredients. Read more

Monday, March 1, 2010

5 Natural Remedies for Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a painful degenerative nerve condition most commonly caused by diabetes, Margaret Durst says there are several interesting natural remedies that can bring relief from the pain, burning, numbness, and other miseries caused by nerve damage.
N is for neuropathy which is a painful degenerative nerve condition most commonly caused by diabetes. Symptoms may range from mild loss of sensation in the feet to constant pain in various parts of the body.

There are several interesting remedies for neuropathy – some of which have had clinical trials conducted with specific usage. Read more