Friday, June 20, 2008

US herbal market saturation 1999

The market is expected to peak at $6 to $8 billion in the next two to three years, according to Dr. Herbert Loveless, healthcare expert with the consulting group ExperTeam. The herbal dietary supplement market has been growing at an annual rate of 25 percent and is currently estimated at $4 billion.

Loveless does not believe that the US herbal market can markedly outperform the more mature market in Europe which is currently valued at $6 billion. "The supplement industry’s only hope for continued growth is new federal legislation that will establish a separate track for herbal medications [other than new drug applications which are too costly] that will give some type of exclusivity," Loveless stated.

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Green Tea - The Best Free Acne Home Remedy

If you are looking for a free acne home remedy then you can’t beat green tea. Green tea has been shown to be as effective as a 4% solution of benzoyl peroxide without doing the same damage as this solution in terms of drying the skin and being harsh on the skin. In this article we explore the effects of green tea on acne and how you can use the health benefits of green tea to cure your acne fast.

The Acne Treatment Guide website explains Dr Gan-Wong’s study in which she examined the health benefits of green tea on acne, “According to the findings reported to the American Academy of Dermatology by dermatologist Dr. Gan-Wong, when compounded into a cream with a content of 3% green tea extract, acne treatment results were comparable to using a topical solution containing 4% benzoyl peroxide, a common treatment for acne. Dr. Gan-Wong’s findings were based on an independent study of just over 100 acne sufferers. The test subjects were randomly split into two groups, with one group receiving the green tea treatment and the other receiving a benzoyl peroxide treatment. Neither group was aware of the treatment they received, nor were the dermatologists who documented their progress.”

These studies by Dr Gan-Wong proved the effectiveness of green tea as the best free acne home remedy but are you able to use green tea if you do not have green tea extract cream? The answer to this is yes; simply rubbing a green tea bag on your skin has also been shown to prove beneficial for acne sufferers.

In addition, the best free acne home remedy is to actually drink green tea; since acne is often caused by problem deeper than the skin, drinking green tea can help to really get to the root of the problem. Even better is to prepare yourself a cup of green tea and then use the green tea bag on your face before throwing it away.

We mentioned that green tea is not only the best free acne home remedy because of its comparability to a 4% benzoyl peroxide solution which is a common medication recommended for acne, but also because it does not have the same harsh damaging of this medication; in fact, the health benefits of green tea extend to many other benefits for the skin.

In addition to being the best free acne home remedy the health benefits of green tea means that you are not only curing your acne but also rejuvenating dying skin cells. The EGCG in green tea has been shown to rejuvenate dying skin cells and this provides many benefits for the skin. The person who researched this health benefit of green tea is Dr Hsu and he had the following to say on the Medical College of Georgia website, ‘“When exposed to EGCG the old cells found in the upper layers of the epidermis appear to start dividing again,” Dr Hsu said, “They make DNA and produce more energy. They are reactivated. There are lots of unknowns – this is the first step into the door – but if we can energize dying skin cells, we can probably improve the skin condition”’

The best free acne home remedy you can give your skin is green tea. Prepare yourself a cup of green tea to drink and cleanse your system from the inside and then rub the teabag over your skin to cure your acne fast. The health benefits of green tea not only extend to curing acne but also to various other skin conditions and by using this skin care regimen for your acne you should also improve the overall condition of your skin, unlike normal medication used in the treatment of acne.

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Delicious Green Tea Recipe

Green tea recipe is not only healthy but mighty delicious as well. They can be used as garnishes, dried, or infused.

The trick? Brew your tea leaves that you use for any green tea recipes in a different way than when prepared for drinking.

Here's how to include it in your recipe: use a cool spring water and loose leaf teas, and brew for twenty to thirty minutes in a cup. This prevents it from ever being overly astringent or bitter.

A typical measurement for one recipe is one and one-half heaping teaspoons (7.5 ml) of loose leaf to eight ounces (250 ml) of water. Adjust to your taste accordingly.

So, how do you include it with any food recipe?

Green tea, is cooling, refreshing, and palate cleansing. It is wonderful with any food recipes.

Chinese tea tend to be sweeter than Japanese tea, which is nonetheless subtle and mild.

Indian and Sri Lankan teas are stronger more solid tasting.

All are wonderful for any recipes, but only the subltest ones would be lost with dramatically spiced foods.

Japanese tea is good with typical recipe of that country, and their mildness makes them refreshing with fruits, salads, or any recipe.

The very fine gyokuro is magnificent by itself, or lovely with fresh fruit or pastries.

Sencha is good with main recipes from sukiyaki to beef stew.

Hojicha, bancha tea, and genmaicha tea are excellent for all ages to drink, and taste good with all recipes because of their mild flavor and soft aroma.

With a hint of floral, it is wonderful with recipe for desserts. And when it is intentionally scented with jasmine, osmanthus, lychee, or chrysanthemum is lovely with pastries.

The best way to determine which one you would like to drink with your food recipe is to try as many selections as possible.

Below are the recipes you can make. Just have fun with it.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kheer - Payasam - Payas - Rice Pudding

This creamy rice pudding is delicately flavored with cardamom and full of nuts. It's a great dessert for anytime of the year. In south and east India versions of it are made for certain festivals. In the South, Kheer is called Payasam and in the east it is known as Payesh.
2 litres full-cream milk
1 can (400 gms) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup Basmati rice
50 gms almonds blanched and slivered
50 gms raisins
A few strands of saffron
Rose petals to garnish (optional)

Wash the rice well and soak for half an hour in enough water to cover it fully.
Put the milk, condensed milk and sugar in a deep, thick-bottomed pan and boil. When the milk comes to a boil, add the rice and simmer. Cook till the milk thickens and reduces to half its original volume.
Add the almonds, raisins and cardamom and cook for 5 more minutes.
Turn off the fire and add the saffron. Stir well.
Allow the kheer to cool, then chill.
Serve cold garnished with rose petals.

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Sandesh Mishti Recipes

Sandesh Mishti
No Bengali meal is complete without mishti or sweets and none is more loved by the Bengalis than Sandesh. It is surprisingly easy to make. Being a milk-based sweet, Sandesh doesn’t last long so consume it as soon as possible. Given how tasty it is, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

400 gms fresh paneer (hang to drain whey completely)
10-12 almonds cut into slivers
8-10 of pistachios cut into slivers
A few saffron strands
1 tbsp warm milk (to soak saffron)
2 tsps milk powder
1/2 cup finely powdered sugar
1/2 tsp pistachio essence
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Ghee to lightly grease moulds
Moulds of any shape you like
Soak almond and pistachio slivers and saffron in warm milk. Keep aside to use as topping. If the nuts do not soak up all the milk by the time you are ready to use them, drain it away before you use the nuts as topping.
Mix the paneer and milk powder in a pan and cook on a medium flame stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool.
Add sugar, essence and cardamom powder and mix until smooth dough is formed.
Lightly grease the moulds with ghee.
Put a little topping mixture (soaked almonds, pistachios and saffron strands) in each mould.
Press some of the prepared paneer mixture on top of the topping in each mould and shape.
Chill for a few hours, unmould carefully and serve.

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The History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture comes from two Latin words namely "acus" which means needle in English and "pungere" which means prick. Its history originated in China more than 2000 years ago and has evolved into various forms.

Some of the techniques of acupuncture do not even use needles anymore. Vibrating objects, ultrasound and even the fingers of the practitioner have taken some of the work to make the person feel better.

The history of acupuncture is first discussed in an ancient Chinese medical text called the "Huang Di Nei Jing" or The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.

But there have been a few who are skeptic as archaeologists have found a 5,000 year old mummy in the Alps with similar acupuncture points in the body. This gives some people the idea that it was used even before the Chinese did but sine there is no written text to prove that, no one is certain and credit to this ancient practice goes back to the Chinese.

In the 6th century, this knowledge moved to Japan. In the 17th century, a man by the name of Waichi Sugiyama wanted to make this procedure painless for the patient so he developed the insertion tube, a small cylindrical tube through which the needle is inserted. Believe it or not, this technique is still being used today.

But acupuncture only reached the US in the early 80's with the establishment of a regulatory board called the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. As a result, various schools have been built and those who want to become licensed acupuncturists are now able to practice their profession.

Despite that, there were a lot of people who are not yet convinced on the positive effects of alternative forms of medication. It was only in 1995 that the US Food and Drug Administration decided to classify the needles used for acupuncture as medical instruments and assured the public that they are both safe and effective.

To further promote acupuncture, the NIH or National Institute of Health in 1997 has stated that this technique is very useful in treating various health conditions. These include ear, nose, throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal, eye, nervous system and muscular disorders. In some cases, acupuncture is able to prevent some of them from happening.

This was further strengthened by the fact that the side effects of acupuncture are much less than that of conventional drugs that are being sold by pharmaceutical companies.

So that people can avail of acupuncture, another recommendation by the NIH is for US companies to provide full coverage for certain conditions. If you do not quality, perhaps there is partial coverage which you should look up in your policy.

But despite that, more research needs to be done to see its effects on other health related problems. Some examples of these include addictions, autism, chronic low back pain, migraines and osteoarthritis of the knee.

If you look at the history of acupuncture, not much has changed since the needle technique used back then is still being used today. Even if various forms have developed through the years, one thing for sure is that it works. In order for you to see how effective it is, you have to see a specialist who is not only qualified to treat your condition but also one is well trained.
The History of Acupuncture
By Carlos Montenegro

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Borage seed oil effective against rheumatoid arthritis - Literature Review & Commentary

Thirty-seven patients with active rheumatoid arthritis were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, 1.4 g/day of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) from borage seed oil or a placebo (cotton seed oil) for 24 weeks. GLA reduced the number of tender joints by 36%, compared with a 30% increase in the placebo group (p = 0.02 for difference between groups); reduced (improved) the tender-joint score by 45%, compared with a 55% increase in the placebo group (p = 0.003); reduced the swollen-joint count by 28%, compared with a 48% increase in the placebo group (p = 0.02); and reduced (improved) the swollen-joint score by 41%, compared with a 40% increase in the placebo group (p = 0.01). GLA also produced significant improvements, compared with placebo, in global assessment by physician (p = 0.002) and pain (p = 0.01). The treatment was well tolerated, and no patient withdrew because of adverse reactions.

Comment: This study demonstrates that GLA from borage seed oil is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The magnitude of the benefit (up to a 45% improvement) is impressive, particularly in light of the apparent absence of a placebo effect in this study (patients receiving the placebo tended to become worse). Some investigators have suggested that omega-6 fatty acids (among which GLA is included) are pro-inflammatory; whereas omega-3 fatty acids (such as those derived from fish oil) are anti-inflammatory. However, the results of this and other studies clearly show that one can achieve an anti-inflammatory effect with at least certain omega-6 fatty acids. Moreover, the size of the effect seen with borage seed oil seems to be greater than that obtained in studies using fish oil, although no head-to-head comparisons have been done. One might assume that combining fish oil and borage seed oil would be even more effective than borage alone. However, there is no clinical evidence to validate that assumpt ion, and it is equally plausible that fish oil might interfere with the beneficial effect of borage seed oil. Considering that many Americans appear to be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, how should fatty acid supplementation be administered to patients with rheumatoid arthritis? Obviously, more research is needed; however, based on the available evidence, I often recommend a therapeutic dose of borage seed oil plus a relatively small amount of cod-liver oil (such as one teaspoon per day).

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The Borage seed oil and evening primrose oil may relieve arthritis pain and swelling

New hope may be on the horizon for those suffering the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis. A new study has found that gammalinolenic acid significantly improves symptoms of the disease.

Gammalinolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid similar to the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils, is found in health food stores in preparations of evening primrose oil and borage seed oil, but at less than half the dosage used in the study.

The University of Pennsylvania study followed patients at a hospital rheumatology clinic. They were given capsules providing a daily dose of either 1.4 grams of GLA via borage seed oil, or capsules with cottonseed oil, which has no GLA. Both sets of capsules also contained vitamin E as a preservative for the GLA, not as therapy for the arthritis.

After six months, the group of patients receiving the GLA-rich borage oil had significantly less pain and swelling of affected joints. With one exception, patients receiving the cottonseed oil placebo had no change or showed deterioration in symptoms.

Side effects were minimal, primarily soft stools. That' s consistent with ingesting the oil in the capsules, says the study's researcher.

EN recommends: A hopeful note for arthritis sufferers, but be cautious of double-dosing on health food store preparations. Experts say more studies are needed to determine long-term effects.

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Borage Seed Oil As An Anti-Inflammatory

Borage Oil

Borage oil is also known as borage seed oil or starflower oil. It is extracted from borage plant seeds. It is found in North America, Africa and Europe and is a good source of polyunsaturated long-chain fatty acid.

Polyunsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats. Borage oil is also a good source of important fatty acids known as omega 3 and omega 6 fats, which the human body cannot manufacture. This fat is also very high in calories and people trying to lose weight should not use it too much.

Borage Oil Ingredients

Borage oil consists of GLA or gamma linolenic acid, which is a fatty acid. The human body converts it to a substance that resembles hormones and is known as PGE1 or prostaglandin E1. This element is used as an antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory by the body, since it has blood thinning properties and dilates the vessels.

Borage oil is the richest naturally occurring GLA source and contains almost 20-26 % of this fatty acid.

Borage Oil Benefits

Borage oil is used as an anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic agent. It is effective in rheumatoid arthritis cases, acute respiratory syndrome, and hypertension. It is also used to help in the treatment of eczema. It helps reduce the inflammation and itching of skin and doesn’t have side effects, unlike many medicines. If applied topically borage oil also helps reduce skin lesions on infant skin.

Borage Oil Deficiency

GLA deficiency can occur with aging, fatty intake, and other problems, but the true reason for deficiency is unknown. People who are deficient may take borage oil to help this deficiency.


Borage oil should not be taken by nursing or pregnant women. People who have had seizures in the past, such as temporal lobe epilepsy should not take this supplement. People who have other types of seizers and people who are getting a neuroleptic treatment should also avoid its use. Its use should be completely stopped sometime before a surgery. People with AIDS should also take precautions with this supplement. AIDS causes weakening of the immune system and Borage oil reverses the lymphocyte function. Such people should refrain from using it.


Borage oil GLA, ranging from 1.4 to 2.8 grams, is given to people with rheumatoid arthritis. For topical use about 0.5 milliliters of GLA is usually applied. People with eczema are usually given approximately 360 milligrams of GLA from borage oil to help with the problem.

Side effects

Borage oil may have some side effects, such as indigestion, nausea, and headache. It also contains small amounts of liver toxin, but no traces of alkaloids. Overall borage oil is mostly PA free.
Borage oil, if used with certain blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin, may cause blood complications. Also, if it is used with fish oils, there may be a reaction that causes nosebleeds or other problems. Its use with herbs, such as garlic, may also cause nosebleeds. People using borage oil supplements continually should opt for the products that have been certified by drug associations to be free of any unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

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Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes and as a food flavoring. The legend of black cumin healing power is thousands of years old.
Modern scientists are evaluating this and many other botanicals for safety and effectiveness, searching for alternatives to synthetic drugs that often have devastating side effects.
“What is the herb black cumin seed good for?” We have some answers for you here, but it is likely that the list of health benefits from black cumin seed oil will only continue to grow.

Apparently the Egyptians recognized and revered black cumin healing power, as the seeds were found in the tombs of Tutankhamen and other Egyptian kings. The common practice was to include things in the tomb that the deceased would need in the afterlife.

In Islam, black cumin healing power is regarded as the greatest available. According to scholars, the prophet Muhammad once said that the seeds would cure anything except death.

Avicenna (980-1037), a Persian physician, philosopher and scientist wrote that black cumin seeds stimulate the body’s energy, help recovery from fatigue and are useful for the treatment of digestive disorders, gynecological diseases and respiratory illnesses.

For many years the medical community discounted the health benefits of black cumin seed oil in favor of modern drugs. It has been referred to as an old folk remedy. But, scientists are now taking a closer look at the medicinal value of the seeds of nigella sativa, the Latin name for the plant.

The name “black cumin” is used to refer to another spice, Bunium persicum, but the plant used for black cumin seed oil and being studied for its health benefits is nigella sativa. Bunium persicum, although edible and used as an herb or garnish, is not believed to have medicinal value.

Nigella sativa goes by many names in many different countries. Healers in nearly all of the European, Asian and African countries have used the plant to treat and prevent diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, arthritis and for digestive disorders including parasitic infection.

Black cumin has been used to treat skin conditions ranging from eczema to boils and appears to relieve symptoms of the common cold. It is understandable that the literal translation of the Arabic name for the plant is “seed of blessing”. Today, doctors of the Unani Tibb system of medicine, widely practiced throughout India, regard black cumin seed oil as a valuable remedy for a number of diseases.

Doctors in Saudi Arabia attempted to define the pharmacological and toxicological properties of black cumin seed oil. They were able to show that the oil decreases blood pressure, improves respiration and lowers cholesterol and blood glucose levels. They identified one of the active components in black cumin seed oil as thymoquinone and reported that the seeds and oil have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial activity.

At the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2007, researchers examined the affect of thymoquinone (extracted from black cumin seed oil) on colon cancer cell lines. They reported that thymoquinone destroyed cancer cells by interfering with the metabolic function of human colon cancer cells in the same manner as a drug commonly used in chemotherapy.

They concluded that natural agents, such as black cumin seed extracts, offered a safe alternative for the treatment of colon cancer, without the side affects and damage to healthy cells caused by chemotherapy.

Studies from other countries have shown that extracts from black cumin seed oil may be a safe and effective alternative to insulin for the treatment of diabetes. Black cumin healing power seems to apply to the kidneys, as well. Scientists using laboratory animals have shown that nigella sativa is a strong antioxidant that preserves the activity and prevents the energy decline of the kidneys, typically associated with aging.

In all, we looked at nearly 100 recently published studies from all over the world covering topics such as liver toxicity, lead poisoning, immunosuppression, stroke recovery, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, rheumatoid arthritis, cadmium poisoning and liver cancer.

All showed positive results related to the use of black cumin seed oil. It seems that modern day science will support historical belief in black cumin healing power.

So, what is the herb black cumin seed good for? Black cumin seed oil is good for just about everything it seems.

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Black Cumin Seeds: Benefits and Side Effects

Black cumin seed is derived from a plant with the botanical name Nigella sativa. The plant is indigenous to Mediterranean areas, though it is grown in other parts of the world as well. The seeds of the Nigella sativa plant are black in color and look something like sesame seeds. Both the seeds and oil from the seeds are used as a nutritional supplement.

Black cumin seed is considered to have a number of beneficial properties when used as part of an overall holistic health program. Many studies show that, while black cumin seed is effective by itself, it is particularly potent when combined with other herbs in regimens used to treat specific ailments.

Black cumin seed (also referred to simply as “black seed”) has been used as a nutritional supplement for centuries. It was even found in King Tut’s tomb, suggesting that even centuries ago, great respect existed for black cumin seed’s beneficial health effects. Ancient traditions document the use of black cumin seed as an energy source, perhaps because of its rich nutritional value. The seeds are still believed to increase heat in the body, making metabolism more efficient.

As a nutritional supplement in modern times, black cumin seed is used to treat respiratory conditions like bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. In addition, it is used to support stomach and intestinal health as well as kidney and liver function. Black cumin seed is thought to have antihistamine-like properties that make it useful in treating congestion, and it is widely used as a general tonic to boost immune function and to help prevent cancer.

Several skin conditions can be treated with black cumin seed, and it is also used to enhance circulation. Over the past six decades, black cumin seed has been studied at various universities throughout the world, and more than 200 studies support its use as an effective herbal supplement.

The primary active ingredient in black cumin seed is crystalline nigellone. The substance was first identified and isolated for use in supplements in 1959. Other components with health benefits include amino acids, essential fatty acids, crude fiber, and minerals such as potassium, sodium, iron and calcium.

The usual recommended dosage is between 50 and 75 mg of a supplement made from standardized extracts. Black cumin seed oil is also available as a nutritional supplement. The seeds are cold pressed to extract the oil, which is especially effective when used topically on the skin to treat eczema, psoriasis, and dryness.

Black cumin seed oil can also be taken internally to treat arthritis and asthma and to boost the immune system. The recommended dosage of the oil is one teaspoon daily with meals. It can be mixed with juice or other beverages and should be refrigerated after opening.

As with many supplements, black cumin seed works best when used on a regular basis so that it can support the body’s natural healing ability. Though there is no known toxicity, pregnant and lactating women should not use black cumin seed, which has a history of use in large doses to induce abortion.

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Acne and Green Tea

Green tea is used by the Chinese as a traditional medicine to treat many ailments including acne and to improve general well-being. But does it provide an effective herbal alternative to modern medication?

The answer seems to be 'Yes'. There are only two herbal treatments that are known to be effective in treating acne and green tea is one of them.In a recent study by Jennifer Gan-Wong, M.D. a green tea cream was trailed against a 4% benzoyl peroxide solution on people suffering with moderate to severe acne. The results from this research study showed that green tea was just as good in treating acne as the benzoyl peroxide.

But benzoyl peroxide dries out skin causing itching or allergic reactions. Unlike green tea that has the added advantages of natural anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate which is 200 times more powerful than vitamin E at fighting free radicals.

Green tea also helps to reduce inflammation, hormonal activity and aids in detoxification - which is all good news for acne sufferers.

Green tea extract is an extremely versatile herbal supplement - it can be administered topically, often being used in creams, taken as a in the form of a pill or incorporated into your diet and drunk as a tea.

This last method is very popular (Green Tea with Honeysuckle is often known as 'Pimple Tea' in many Chinatowns) when drunk after a meal it aids digestion and helps to detoxify your system, getting rid of the toxins that can cause acne. Tip: don't drink it with sugar, this will neutralize the worthwhile effects of the tea.

It seems that taking green tea for acne is a win-win situation. It has many beneficial properties which promote good all-round health with little or no known side effects and for the price, green tea it's definitely a herbal treatment that's worth trying.

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Will Colon Cleansing Help Solve My IBS?

Irritable bowel symptom can be said to be a combination of some symptoms of colon disorders. Irritable bowel symptoms may either be inform of diarrhea, constipation or between the two diseases. Irritable bowel symptoms have been found to be incurable, but they can rather be managed successfully, because of their incurable state patients will always ask; will colon cleansing help solve my ibs?

A combination of physiological factors as well as some living conditions such as stress, plus a poor eating habit are found to be responsible for IBS development in the digestive system. Stress for instance causes the colon muscles to contract suddenly, thereby causing irregular bowel movements; hence people who suffer from IBS will normally rush to the toilet when there is sudden abnormal bowel movement in their body. Some foods can also trigger off IBS when consumed. These foods can also cause a diarrhea, cramping, constipation and abdominal pains when consumed. Hence one of the best possible means of fighting off IBS is to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle.

Will colon cleansing help solve my ibs? The answer is yes. The following routine works and food intake can help one reduce or minimize the effect of IBS to the best minimal. First one should include foods in high fiber content in a daily meals, Junk foods should be greatly minimized, caffeine substances should be adequately reduced, Water intake should be adequately increased to prevent dehydration, Healthy oils should be used instead of animal oils, and steaming of food materials instead of pan frying methods.

Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome need medical examinations ,most people who suffer from ibs do think that constipation and diarrhea are the only diseases that might result from ibs, but researches have shown that other diseases like; Food allergies, cancer of intestines, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's diseases can also be linked with IBS.

Probiotics and acupuncture therapies can also be used to suppress the Irritable bowel syndromes. The consumption of Probiotics will increase the quantities of beneficial bacteria in the digestive organs; the increased development of these beneficial bacteria will cause a significant decrease in the number of harmful bacteria in the system. Acupuncture makes use of the stimulation of some nerve centers within the human system and during this puncturing, healing processes are performed. Acupuncture therapies ensure that the pathways of the digestive tracts are partly disturbed and in so doing colon disorders are rectified.

Herbal supplements can be used to reduce the effects of IBS, they create antispasmodic effects which will reduce bowel aggravations, however the prolong use of herbs might lead to some serious health defects that may even add more to the colon problems.

A lot of patient still ask the question- will colon cleansing help solve my ibs? The answer is yes, a combination of all the therapies discussed above can help reduced IBS problem appreciably even though IBS is not perfectly curable but it is suppressible.

Will Colon Cleansing Help Solve My IBS?
By Jenifer Gate

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot kernel oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the apricot tree. The oil is obtained by removing the pit from the apricot and cracking the shell of the pit in order to access the kernel covered by the shell. The oil is then pressed from the kernel. It is a very healthy oil because it is high in monounsaturated fat and contains no trans-fatty acids. It can be used for high heat cooking methods, such sautéing and pan-frying, and the mild flavor will not overpower the other ingredients in salad dressings. It is also popular as a body oil and is commonly used for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Apricot kernel oil is most often available in gourmet shops and in food stores.

Apricot kernel oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it helps to sooth inflammation. This finely textured oil spreads easily and is particularly rich in both oleic acid and linoleic acid.

A member of the Rosaceae family and a relative of the Almond and Peach, the Apricot tree is native to Spain and cultivated in the Mediterranean and California. It bears soft cream blossoms with pink yellow centres. It is used in soothing emulsions, and massage oils especially those for the face.

If you are looking for a fine textured carrier oil, that is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving it feeling oily and that is high in poly- unsaturated fatty acids, that is specifically beneficial when doing facial massage, then look no further than Apricot Kernel Oil.

Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17 and E. An ideal basic carrier oil, nourishing and protecting to the skin. Calms skin irritation. Can be used on its own or with other carrier oils. Good keeping qualities as it contains vitamin E. This is one the most widely used carrier oils.

Latin Name: prunus armeniaca

Natural Touch Aromatherapy sells a light, refined oil, extracted from the seed kernel of the fruit. It is finely textured and contains a small amount of Vitamin E that acts as both a preservative and an anti-oxidant.

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How to Use Sweet Almond Oil

1Use as a carrier oil for aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, you can use different essential oils to achieve different effects. But many essential oils can irritate the skin if applied directly. Therefore, you need a carrier oil, and sweet almond oil makes a wonderful carrier oil.
Step2Use for making soap. Sweet almond oil is often used for superfatting soaps because it is a great moisturizer. If you dabble in soapmaking, add sweet almond oil to your soaps because it makes stable lather.

Use as a massage oil. Sweet almond oil is widely used as a massage oil because it is easily absorbed and serves as a great emollient. It also makes a great lubricant, and therefore it helps combat itching and inflammation. Sweet almond oil is also great for massage because it has a high concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids, which help relieve muscle pain.
Step4Use for removing eye makeup. Not only does sweet almond oil remove your eye makeup, but it hydrates and softens the skin around your eyes.
Step5Use as an all-purpose moisturizer. Use sweet almond oil as a moisturizer after you get out of the shower. You can use it on your face as well as the rest of your body, and it can even moisturize dry cuticles.
Step6Use as a salad dressing. Combine 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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top ten tips for getting rid of acne

top ten tips for getting rid of acne
1. Fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds
Increase the variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds in your diet. The easiest way to do this is to create delicious smoothies and juices from ripe fruit, have at least one salad every day — even just as a side dish — with your main meal, and snack on nuts and dried fruits. Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds are fantastic for acne because they contain selenium (Brazils) and zinc (pumpkin seeds), deficiencies in these minerals have been linked to acne. If you're stuck for recipes containing a good variety of fresh ingredients, look no further than Clear Skin, the new book by Karen Jessett — it contains over 80 delicious recipes to aid acne-prone skin.

2. Water
Drink plenty of water every day. Aim to drink at least two litres of still mineral water. If the skin becomes dehydrated, dead skin cells are not effectively shed, which can lead to blocked pores and further acne.

3. Probiotics and prebiotics
Antibiotics destroy the bacteria in your digestive system, which can lead to poor digestion, constipation and reduced absorption of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients — all of which can lead to more acne because your body isn't able to get rid of waste effectively and toxins get expelled via the skin instead. If you have been taking antibiotics for your acne, it's vital you replace the "friendly" bacteria in your digestive system with a good quality probiotic, such as Nature's Biotics.

Prebiotics are foods which help re-establish the good bacteria in the gut — these include honey, onions, artichokes and bananas. Taking a probiotic supplement and eating prebiotics foods will help restore the levels of beneficial bacteria that are destroyed by antibiotics.

4. Supplements & superfoods
Sometimes it's not possible to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients required to obtain and maintain clear skin. We can be eating all the right foods, but because of other factors — such as long-term antibiotic use — we may not be absorbing everything we need from our diets. There are a few supplements that are particularly useful to those with acne, including:

Maca — a powdered Peruvian root vegetable that helps balance and stabilize the body's systems and helps normalise hormones. It tastes delicious blended into smoothies, a little bit sweet and little bit savoury. Maca is also rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, phytochemicals and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, silica and iodine.
Nature's Living Superfood — A nutrient-dense, mineral-rich superfood, it contains a full spectrum of absorbable nutrients: vitamins, minerals, trace minerals.
5. Use only natural products on your skin
Many skin care products on the market contain chemicals that can aggravate acne-prone skin. By overloading the skin with harsh chemicals that strip the skin's natural oils, the skin will produce more oil to compensate — which can lead to more blocked pores and acne! Use products that contain natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, which is known for its antibacterial properties. The best method for dealing with acne-prone skin is the less-is-more attitude. Use as few products as possible so your skin gets a chance to heal on its own. If you wear make-up, buy formulas that are non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking).

6. Reduce stress
Stress is on of the biggest precursors of acne, especially beyond puberty. Controlling stress can reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol, and therefore reduce the severity of the acne. Id you suffer from stress regularly, learn to recognise the early symptoms and take action. There are various ways you can reduce stress and become more relaxed:

Exercise — especially Yoga and T'ai Chi. Moderate exercise will increase blood flow to the skin and aid healing, as well as improve the health of your internal organs enabling them to get rid of waste more effectively.
Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises and meditation
7. Reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates
There is recent research pointing the finger at diet — eating refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, flour etc) and sugar leads to a surge in insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1. This in turn leads to an excess of male hormones, which encourage the skin to excrete large amounts of sebum. This grease-like substance encourages the growth of bacteria responsible for acne.

Refined carbs/sugar = more insulin = more hormones = more sebum (oil) = more bacteria = more acne

8. Reduce your intake of caffeine
Caffeine increases the levels of stress hormones in the body and can aggravate acne. Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate and other stimulant containing drinks.

9. Reduce your intake of dairy and red meat
Dairy products and meat are hard for us to digest, and are acid-forming in the body. The condition of the skin is linked to the health of your internal organs. If you're struggling to digest high levels of animal protein, your body won't get rid of waste products effectively, and they will be released via the skin as acne. Dairy and red meat also contain high levels of hormones which can increase our our levels, and result in more acne. Many people are also intolerant to dairy products without realising it, and a mild intolerance can manifest itself as acne. There are plenty of alternatives to dairy these days — and you can create simple and nutritious nut milks at home, such as the calcium-rich sesame and banana super smoothie.

10. Sunshine and fresh air
Sunshine stimulates the creation of vitamin D in the body — an essential vitamin for healthy skin. A little bit of fresh air and sunshine every day will also reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin. Even when it's overcast, the sun's rays reach us, so take a 10 minute walk outside every day. Don't get burnt in the sun though — apart from increasing the risk of skin cancer, burnt and heavily tanned skin forms a thick layer on the skin's surface that doesn't exfoliate quickly enough and leads to blocked pores.

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Ginseng Tea

Ginseng tea is great for short periods; this tea can alleviate many symptoms of common aliments and lessen fatigue. Ginseng is the main ingredient to many of the medicinal teas. However, prolonged use can lead to insomnia and heart trouble, so be sure to consult your physician before drinking ginseng tea regularly as an alternative to coffee for that afternoon pick me up.

In China, ginseng is held in high regard. It is believed that ginseng has rejuvenating powers and provides stimulation to the whole body. Ginseng also offers protection against fatigue. Ginseng is known to be a stimulant for the central nervous system. This root can also help with inflammation, fever, and hormonal imbalances to name a few.

The tea is usually made from the Wisconsin ginseng root. Slices can be steeped to create a tea that is a strong as the consumer would like, or purchased as a powder and brewed using tea balls. Both of these methods let the drinker control the amount of tea used. There are ginseng tea bags available from specialty stores, but it is not recommended to buy the tea without reading all the ingredients as some packaged teas are sold as ginseng but in fact have very little of this herb in them, instead using mostly fillers

Consult an herbal practitioner or naturopath as to the right type of ginseng and how to brew your tea. The tea can be sweetened with a little honey or stored cold in the refrigerator, as this tea is quite good served iced.

Take note, if you are pregnant use ginseng sparingly or not at all.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Epazote Tea recipe:herbals recipes

herbals recipes
Easy to make Epazote Tea recipe.

what about Epazote Tea?
Epazote is an annual herb that grows to about one meter in height. It has multi-branched, reddish stems covered with small, sharply toothed leaves. Epazote bears numerous small yellow flowers in clusters along its stems. Following the flowers, it produces thousands of tiny black seeds in small fruit clusters. It is easily spread and re-grown from the numerous seeds it produces which is why some consider it an invasive weed. The whole plant gives off a strong and distinctive odor.

Epazote Tea recipe.
make to easy

8 large stems and leaves of fresh epazote
2 quarts boiling water

Description Epazote Tea recipe
Add epazote to boiling water and let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for another 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

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Dysphania ambrosioides or Epazote,Wormseed

Dysphania ambrosioides
Or Epazote, Wormseed, Jesuit's Tea, Mexican Tea, or Herba Sancti Mariæ (Dysphania ambrosioides) is an herb native to Central America, South America, and southern Mexico. It is an annual or short-lived perennial plant, growing to 1.2 m tall, irregularly branched, with oblong-lanceolate leaves up to 12 cm long. The flowers are small and green, produced in a branched panicle at the apex of the stem. The common Spanish name, epazote is derived from the Nahuatl epazotl.

As well as in its native areas, it is grown in warm temperate to subtropical areas of Europe and the United States (Missouri, New England, Eastern United States), sometimes becoming an invasive weed.

The name epazote comes from Nahuatl epazōtl (pronounced [eˈpasoːtɬ]) via Spanish.

Culinary uses

Epazote is used as a leaf vegetable and herb for its pungent flavor. Raw, it has a resinous, medicinal pungency, similar to the liquorice taste of anise, fennel, or even tarragon, but stronger. Epazote's fragrance is strong, but difficult to describe. It has been compared to citrus, petroleum, savory, mint and putty.

Although it is traditionally used with black beans for flavor and its antiflatulent properties, it is also sometimes used to flavor other traditional Mexican dishes as well: it can be used to season quesadillas and sopes (especially those containing huitlacoche), soups, mole de olla, tamales with cheese and chile, chilaquiles, eggs and potatoes and enchiladas.

Medicinal uses
Epazote is used as a leaf vegetable and herb for its pungent flavor and its claimed ability to prevent flatulence caused by eating beans but also in the treatment of amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, malaria, chorea, hysteria, catarrh, and asthma.

Oil of chenopodium is derived from this plant. It is anthelmintic, that is, it kills intestinal worms, and was once listed for this use in the US Pharmacopoeia. It is also cited as an antispasmodic and abortifacient - the first birth control pills were derived from research on epazote.

Epazote essential oil contains ascaridole (up to 70%), limonene, p-cymene, and smaller amounts of numerous other monoterpenes and monoterpene derivatives (α-pinene, myrcene, terpinene, thymol, camphor and trans-isocarveol). Ascaridol (1,4-peroxido-p-menth-2-ene) is rather an uncommon constituent of spices; another plant owing much of its character to this monoterpene peroxide is boldo. Ascaridole is toxic and has a pungent, not very pleasant flavor; in pure form, it is an explosive sensitive to shock. Allegedly, ascaridole content is lower in epazote from México than in epazote grown in Europe or Asia.

Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Herbals recipes: Longan Tea recipe

Easy just to do Longan Tea recipe.
Longan Tea (For Restoring Health & Vigor)
This tea is delicious and a favorite in boosting energy level. Longan look similar to lichee in size and shape but have smooth pale brown skins. It is a prized item in Chinese medicine.


1 fresh longan
1 preserved plum
1 piece of rock sugar
1 thin slice of ginger
1 teaspoon of Organic Tianmu Yunding Green Tea
1 cups (430ml) of water
Add longan, preserved plum, rock sugar, ginger, and green tea into large mug.
Pour boiling water on to content.
Allow tea to stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir the tea.
Pour tea into cup and allow to cool slightly before drinking.
Dry Fried Rice Tea (For Restoring Health & Vigor)
This energy boosting tea has a delightful nutty flavor.

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herbals recipes: Ginseng Tea Recipe

ginseng is a non-toxic herb, although as with any herb or medicine, avoid excessive or prolonged use. The recommended dosage is 0.5 to 2 grams of rhizome per day, the equivalent of approximately 1 to 5 thin slices of rhizome. Ginseng should not be used for more than three consecutive months without a 2-week break from use.

How to Make Ginseng Tea.
When making ginseng tea, there are several options. The first is to use the rhizome itself. When buying ginseng choose a firm rhizome with no soft spots or discolorations. There is also the option of buying it pre-cut in thin slices.

Ginseng tea is slightly sweet at first but may have a strong biting or even bitter aftertaste. It is often mixed with chrysanthemum tea and sweetened with sugar or honey.

The first method for making ginseng tea is to pour boiling water over 3 to 5 thin slices of ginseng and let steep for 5 minutes—more if you prefer stronger tea, less if you prefer weaker tea.

Alternatively, boil 3 cups of water, add 8 to 10 ginseng slices, and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and let cool. It can be served warm or cold as an iced ginseng tea. Store the tea in the refrigerator.

Or, try the Korean version of ginseng tea. Place thinly sliced pieces of ginseng rhizome in a ceramic, glass, or stainless steel bowl and add a few teaspoons of honey. Let sit for 30 minutes, and then pour boiling water over the mixture to make the tea.

Tea can also be made with liquid extract or ginseng powder. For liquid extract, mix one cup of extract with one cup of boiling water. For powder, dissolve 1 teaspoon in one cup of boiling water.

It is also possible to use a standardized extract to make tea by adding a few drops to hot water in a cup. Be advised that extracts may contain small amounts of alcohol unless otherwise stated.

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Aloe Vera herbals Benefits For Skin care

Aloe vera plant belongs to a family of lily plant and it is explained as succulents.

Earliest Egyptians were the primary persons who make use of aloe vera to heal the injuries.

A wide range of aloe vera is available; however just several of them have curing properties.

Many products are prepared from the gel that is obtained from the aloe vera leaves. The common advantages of aloe vera gel include moisturizing dry skin, maintaining the healthy skin and utilized in many topical creams.

Aloe vera includes anti-inflammatory properties, scar and wounds decreasing properties and burn healing effects.

Advantages of Aloe Vera to the Skin:
Aloe vera is beneficial for burns, blisters, frostbite, allergic reactions and insect bites.

Products that contain aloe vera contain high concentration of curative agent which is useful for the skin.

Aloe Vera is useful to treat cracks and beneficial for dry skin.

All products of aloe vera are utilized as an area of skin cure contingent and maintain the healthy skin.

People who have dry skin utilize aloe vera oil for making the skin shiny and normal.

It is the best skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by providing oxygen to the skin cells which in order improves the synthesis and strength of skin’s tissue.

It makes the skin glowing and smooth.

Aloe vera products are very famous amongst the consumers because of the moisturizing qualities which are good for the skin diseases or skin.

Aloe vera is utilized to treat many skin diseases such as burns, inflammations, eczema, wounds, psoriasis etc.

It is beneficial to remove dead skin cells.

It has the capability for efficient diffusion and transporting healthy substances through the skin.

Aloe vera is beneficial to prevent the aging of the skin.

It decreases the intensity of pigmentation and lightens dark spots on the face.

Aloe vera increases the capability of the skin in order that it can hydrate itself.

It is useful for the cosmetic products such as anti-wrinkle creams, skin conditioners, make up, lipsticks, makeup and facial masks.

Aloe vera gel is beneficial to improve the skin lesions.

Therefore, aloe vera offers many benefits not only to the surface of the skin but other advantages such as treatment of many skin disorders.

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many health benefits of garlic

I consider garlic (Allium sativum) a good remedy for almost anything that ails you. Yes, I've heard plenty of jokes about its odor keeping away vampires, or at the very least, your friends. But more important are the bacterial, viral and fungal infections that garlic fends off. This humble bulb has been shown to improve digestion, enhance the immune system and liver, and is good for the heart, circulation, and eyes. It is considered a tonic in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, and its use is also backed by science. Herbalist and acupuncturist Christopher Hobbs, author of numerous herb books, recently surveyed the literature on garlic and unearthed over 2,000 scientific articles. The consensus of these articles is that garlic is one of the most important medicinal herbs we have. Not bad for a bulb often dubbed the "stinking rose."

Preventing heart disease

Garlic and garlic-derived supplements can help reduce the risk of heart disease in several important ways. Garlic lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, lessens destructive oxidation and decreases the formation of blood clots. It also slows hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) and helps maintain their elasticity. At the same time, garlic decreases troublesome symptoms of atherosclerosis, such as poor circulation, fatigue and headaches.

Garlic's clot-reducing capability takes about three to four hours to peak and remains effective about a day, making garlic a reasonable substitute for taking aspirin to prevent clotting, provided your healthcare practitioner approves. In one study with 200 people who had heart attacks, garlic reduced the likelihood of another attack occurring in the next three years by two-thirds. Also, doctors used to think that once plaque developed in the arteries, it was there to stay, but new evidence, such as the results of a controlled, double-blind, placebo study at Humboldt University in Berlin, shows garlic and garlic-derived supplements can clean up existing plaque. This happens even when there are other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or smoking.

When researcher Dr. Arun Bordia was working in Udaipur, India, he noticed the near absence of heart disease despite the population's habit of dousing their vegetables with butter. He also saw that they ate lots of garlic and wondered if there was a connection. Bordia discovered that when research volunteers dined on butter, their cholesterol levels fell, providing they ate garlic along with it. Take away the garlic, and cholesterol levels jumped. One way to achieve an even more dramatic drop is to decrease the use of butter and other concentrated fats and, of course, eat garlic. High cholesterol levels are lowered by garlic an average ten percent. In some cases, the drop is double that. In fact, the greater the blood cholesterol, the better garlic works.

By the way, thinning the blood is beneficial when trying to avoid blood clots, but can mean trouble if you need your blood to clot during surgery. Also, combining anticoagulant drugs with medicinal doses of garlic can thin blood too much, so work with your healthcare practitioner.

Purple power

The latest news on garlic is that red-purple tinged varieties are extra good for your heart (something Chinese herbalists have been saying for ages). The coloring is produced by anthocyanidins. These highly medicinal substances also color red wine, purple bilberries and blueberries, and make them super antioxidants that protect against heart disease, tone blood vessels and improve circulation. Of over a dozen red varieties, garlic connoisseurs rank Spanish Roja and Creole Red as two of the tastiest. Even the skin of garlic is good for the heart, so be sure to include it if you make your own garlic tincture or vinegar.

Antibiotic action

Garlic's compounds also have antibacterial and antifungal properties. I've seen garlic fight off all sorts of infections, including those of the lung, sinus, bladder, and vagina, as well as colds and flu. Garlic is a practical remedy used both internally and externally to treat fungal and bacterial skin infection.

Relatively low quantities of garlic--say one clove a day--have been shown to improve digestion and reduce intestinal bacterial infection, even dysentery. In a Chinese study, drinking a daily tea made by soaking three crushed cloves in two cups of water cured 80 percent of patients with diarrhea in a week. Garlic also helps knock out intestinal worms and other parasites.

According to Dr. Paul Sherman, a Cornell University behavioral scientist, humans have evolved a taste for spicy foods such as garlic because the foods kill the germs that cause spoilage. He looked at 5,000 traditional recipes from 36 countries and found that the hotter the climate and the faster food spoils, the spicier the seasoning. When he examined 43 spices for their ability to destroy germs, garlic and onions killed all 30 types of bacteria associated with digestive problems.

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Nice Herbal Remedies For Hair Loss

When you speak of hair loss in terms of causes, remedies and treatments, for this particular condition that is sex and age indiscriminate. When considering that men, women and children suffer from it, becomes a bit of a touchy and extensive argument to bring across the road. This is because hair loss is very person specific, in that while you may suffer hair loss because of the all known heredity or from being administered chemotherapy treatments or even stress induced, the causes of hair loss can be exceedingly different from person to person, ergo the treatment methods tend to be just as numerous as the causes.

The thing is, while the treatments and medications may be numerous, these treatments, especially or more specifically the drugs and topical types are loaded with synthesized ingredients with side effects that range from a slight itching discomfort to the level of hospitalization. Because of this, people nowadays whether man, woman or children tend to stray towards herbal hair loss solutions. Herbal hair loss solutions not only downplay the side effect problem that its' neighbors prescription drugs promote, they are generally just safer to use.

What should also be duly noted, whether there is still a "shade of grey" when you speak of the causes of hair loss, just the idea of heredity is a major indication of the chance that you might and/or will suffer from hair loss. Also as already stated there are numerous causes of hair loss but you can have faith because there are several other herbal hair loss products that deal with those other factors.

Herbal hair loss the Chinese way.

The Chinese have always been known to have an insurmountable quantity of natural medicines and for hair loss there is no difference, the most acknowledged of these supplements is Shou Wu Pian. This is a herbal remedy that lays claim to the fact it can thicken hair with the added effects of simultaneously dealing with symptoms such as chronic deficiencies of liver blood and aching joints due to weak kidneys. At the same time there is a pill Alopecia Areata, claiming to nourish and invigorate the roots of the hair.

Green Tea

Yes, herbal tea in form of herbal tea can also be used as a hair loss inhibitor. As many people already know herbal tea is already used to solve and remedy several other health problems and hair loss is no different. It is already known that the key to slowing down and stopping hair loss to impede the secretion of DHT, which is enzyme thought to be the cause of hair loss. Well green tea contains within it catechins, which also inhibit DHT.

The Physicians Preference

This comes in the form of Prostate Power Rx which was formulated by Dr. Ray Sahelian, a herbal hair loss remedy that encompasses a combination of nine key ingredients such as including stinging nettle, saw palmetto and other important herbs. Though the primary task of this herbal remedy is to regenerate prostate tissue fortunately has an alternate effect of also blocking DHT. More or less like killing two birds with stone.

Other Remedies

There are many other herbal hair loss remedies that are out there but here is the thing, they do not all stop the effect of DHT. Licorice extract for example works by stimulating and invigorating the scalp and hair follicles, generating spontaneous hair growth. Silica, that works by increasing the hair's strength and shininess and also by thickening the hair shaft to make fewer hair seem like more hair. This can be found in herb horsetail.

In conclusion, there should be no thought in mind that hinders your prospective of herbal hair loss remedies since when you think of it, the basis of a number of medicines is herbs. Herbs like peppermint and lavender, great for relieving stress and anxiety which by the way, is one of causes of hair loss. Orange blossoms aroma is known to energize and revitalize anyone who smells it. There is really nothing keeping you from going all nature. Is it?

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Foods That Prevent Hair Loss

Healthy diets provide a lot more than healthy bodies. Certain foods can promote hair growth and help prevent loss of hair and hair thickness is maintained by specific nutrients.

Fish provides fatty acids, necessary for the maintenance of healthy hair and skin. Fatty acids found in fish are also effective as a protection mechanism against high cholesterol, heart disease and helps to lower blood pressure.

Vitamin C in oranges is an excellent supply of collagen, vital for hair growth, helps prevent hair loss and assists the body to absorb iron from protein sources such as meat in our daily diets.

An extremely good source of vitamin B6A and zinc can be found in the miracle food chickpeas. These two elements nourish the hair, promote hair growth and prevent loss of hair while zinc and Vitamin A combine well in preventing dandruff and loss of hair.

Soybeans are useful as they contain large amounts of vitamin E and iron. Iron is important in the production of hemoglobin - hemoglobin is an element that carries oxygen in the blood to all the tissues and major organs of the body and normal hemoglobin levels ensures adequate flow of blood to the scalp for hair growth stimulation (vitamin E also assists in the increased flow of blood to the scalp).

Silica and iron are significant in promoting hair growth and are provided by whole wheat. The predominant task of silica is assisting the body to absorb the many minerals and vitamins that it requires to function optimally. Modern diets do not supply sufficient amounts of silica which may contribute to loss of hair.

It is not generally known that almonds help in preventing hair loss. They are a wonderful source of iron, protein and vitamin E (all critical elements in ensuring healthy hair and hair growth stimulation). Almonds also provide vegetable proteins which lower cholesterol levels.

The important minerals potassium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium are found in oats. Following diets that include all of these foods means that the whole body benefits from it and will save you money that may have been spent buying over the counter products.

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Top 5 Herbs to Fight Hair Loss

Hair loss is devastating to all who experience it. From male to female, young and old premature balding can rob you of your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are treatments available that will help fight baldness.

Some of the best alternatives to prescription hair growth treatments are herbal supplements. Herbal supplements have very minimal side effects and improve health as well as stimulate hair growth. Whether you use herbs to improve circulation, halt the process of hair loss, or block the DHT hormone, herbs are highly effective.

Here are the top five herbs recommended in the fight against hair growth problems.

1.Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto has been used for thousands of years and has been shown to be an effective remedy in the fight against hair growth problems. Saw Palmetto helps block the hormone DHT, therefore slowing down the rate of hair loss. Saw Palmetto may be in capsule form, added to herbal hair loss formulas, or applied in oil. Whichever method you prefer, Saw Palmetto is a valuable herb in the fight against premature balding.


Horsetail helps improve circulation and blood flow. This stimulates the hair follicles and is necessary for promoting hair growth. High in Silica, Horsetail strengthens weak hair and increases its vitality. Horsetail is often added to herbal preparations that fight pattern baldness.


Rosemary will help unclog follicles and promote hair growth. Rosemary may be added to oil and massaged in the scalp. Rosemary is also a powerful antioxidant and helps fight free radicals. It is also frequently added to herbal hair remedies.

4.Siberian Ginseng

Ginseng is a wonderful herb that has many benefits. One of these is that it increases stimulation and improves circulation. This has helped those who are suffering from hair loss or weak and damaged hair. Ginseng will also remove any toxins that may be clogging your hair follicles, slowing down or stalling new hair growth. You can choose to apply Ginseng through a hair and scalp oil. You may also take Ginseng in capsule form daily. Ginseng and Saw Palmetto are the most common herbs recommended for herbal hair growth treatments.


Nettle is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also great for promoting blood circulation and helps stimulate hair growth. Nettle has also been shown to block BPH and therefore has been highly useful in the fight against hair loss.

It is important to check with your health care worker or physician before beginning any herbal remedy course of treatment.

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Lime juice for Uses and benefits

Limes are very similar to lemons, but are slightly smaller, green, and can be either sweet or sour (although sweet limes are not easy to acquire in the USA).

Traditionally, they were used by British sailors to stave off scurvy (hence the historical slang term "limeys" meaning someone from Britain) due to their high levels of vitamin C.

In addition to staving off scurvy, lime juice has been proven very helpful in getting rid of kidney stones in their early stages. By drinking a glass of lime juice each day, you increase the level of citrate in your urine, which helps to prevent the formation of calcium crystals that result in kidney stones.

One cup of lime juice provides over 45% of your daily requirement for vitamin C - and it's a wonderfully versatile food. The juice can be used to bring out the flavor of fish, can provide a wonderful zest to rice, or can be used as a light salad dressing. Here are some suggested recipes.


Squeeze lime juice onto avocado. Delicious, easy, and very healthy.

Combine lime rind, lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder and mix. Cut some potatoes into wedge shapes, and coat them in the mixture. Bake the wedges for around 25 minutes at 425 F. Remove, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for a further 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream.

Mix the zest of six limes with 2 1/4 cups sugar, to create lime sugar - great for sprinkling on fruit or adding to iced tea.

Whisk together 1/4 cup lime juice and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Great with carrot, avocado or carrot based salads.


Brighten hair with a mixture of lime juice and warm water.

Clean coffee pots by scrubbing with lime juice.

Get rid of unwanted odors by grinding a lime into a garbage can or down a garbage disposal tube.


Drink one glass lime juice each day to get rid of kidney stones in their early stages. (Note, kidney disease can be dangerous, always see a doctor).

Mix lime juice and honey in hot water to soothe sore throats.

Add lime juice to drinking water to help combat excessive thirst

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Vegetable juices and health benefits

For most people know how good the nature of vegetable to anyone but still some of us didn't pay attention to what healthy living is about. I'm not an exemption to that, oftentimes I ignore vegetables and still prefer meat or something which is delicious.

It's just recently that I, myself, experience how bad meat can be to my body. I always feel bloated, easily gets tired, generate lots of pimples, and many things which I attributed to not eating healthy foods like vegetables.

I learned now my lesson and I want to share you too what I learned, how beneficial vegetable juices are to our body.

Common let's give it a try, after all it's not only us who will benefit but moreover the people we loved dearly.

Here are some of the nature's good vegetable that makes also good nutritious juices for you and your family.

1. CELERY: It Promotes appetite, could lower blood pressure, help eliminate fat in blood, can reduce weight, helps with urination, eliminate stone, gives you strong teeth, normalize digestion system organs (internal organs)
2. CHINESE CUCUMBER (DUA Leo Loai NHo): This yummy thing cleans blood, lowers blood pressure, stops the feeling of thirst, helps with urination, eases inflammation, increases metabolism.
3. RED/GREEN BELLPEPPER (Ot My): Cleans liver during infection, cleans the large intestine when it is infected, remove moisture, make strong muscle and bone, remove spots, eases swelling and boil, good for lung.

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health benefits of cranberry juice

Health benefits of cranberries are just not limited to preventing urinary tract infections. Studies around the world have amazed people because of the antioxidant content which helps fight diseases like cancer, heart disease, stomach ulcers and even gum diseases.

Cranberry juice prevents the adhesion of bacteria to urinary tract prevent urinary tract infections. It can reach parts of urinary tract compared to any other juice preventing urinary infections and maintains acidic pH OF urine. The proanthocyanidin in cranberry juice prevents adhesion of gram negative fimbriated E-coli to walls of urinary tract. Recurrence of urinary tract infections can be prevented with cranberry juice.

The antibiotic resistant H.pylori known to cause gastrointestinal ulcers, gastric cancers and gum diseases could be treated with cranberries. H.pylori bacteria in the body survives in acidic conditions. Cranberry juice or supplements of cranberry prevents the adhesion of H.pylori on to intestinal walls. Cranberry juice do not exhibit any bactericidal action but anti adhesive action prevents peptic ulcers and other diseases caused by this bacteria. Overall, it prevents adhesion of this bacteria to urinary, gastrointestinal tract and mouth.

Juice of cranberries have been found to have anticancer properties and inhibitory growth on tumors. Proanthocyanidin compound in cranberry juice has shown inhibitory effect on tumors of breast, lungs, intestines and even on leukemia cells. Cranberry juice prevents further spread of cancer without affecting normal cells within the body. The exact action of
cranberry juice on cancer cells is still under study.

Cardiovascular heart diseases can be combated with cranberry juice. It prevents the rise of cholesterol levels in the body including LDL cholesterol(bad cholesterol). It even prevents atherosclerosis which is the formation of plaque(Cholesterol and lipids) within arterial walls. This way it prevents the future heart attacks and strokes.

Studies have even reported that cranberry juice could prevent dental plaque. It is an effective ingredient in mouth washes to prevent plaque. Kidney stone recurrence can be prevented with cranberry juice. Quinic acid content and high concentration of oxalate in cranberry juice maintains the acidity of urine and prevents kidney stones.

Cranberry juice may be sour. But numerous health benefits of cranberry juice may one day force us to replace our sodas with cranberry juice.

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health benefits of peanuts

Peanuts are a delicious and convenient legume with an array of health benefits. Adding a few handfuls of peanuts to your weekly diet can greatly improve well-being and decrease your risk for developing serious ailments.

Researcher Frank B. Hu found that 2 4 weekly servings of peanuts might reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease by forty percent. Another study by Rui Jiang in 2002 found that five weekly servings of peanut butter might reduce risk of developing Type II Diabetes by twenty one percent. The health benefits of regular peanut consumption are endless considering the many nutrients they pack.

People typically try to avoid eating nuts because they consider them a fatty food. However, peanuts are full of mono-unsaturated fats, which are beneficial to health. Mono-unsaturated fats are "good fats" in that they decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and lower the noxious LDL's responsible for transporting cholesterol to the arteries.

Diets consisting of "good fats" control weight better than low fat diets, thus making peanuts a great source for weight management.

Peanuts are a significant source of Niacin, a water-soluble vitamin, which provides many health benefits. Niacin assists the body in the stabilization of blood sugar, metabolism of fat, lowering cholesterol, energy production and cellular support. This vitamin prevents decline in cognitive function and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease while Folic Acid, also found in peanuts, helps reduce the onset of dementia.

The powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol, is in peanuts along with red grapes and red wine. Peanuts are close in competition to some of the top sources of antioxidants, such as berries. Resveratrol decreases risk of stroke by improving circulation and blood flow to the brain. Roasting peanuts increases their antioxidant output by twenty two percent.

The high quantities of protein found in peanuts will improve the health and appearance of your hair, skin and nails. There are many misconceptions about the benefits of protein, such as their use for building muscle, but they are the building blocks of life. All systems of the body utilize proteins for structure and adequate intake of peanuts will increase ability of the immune system.

Minerals, such as manganese and copper, are important nutrients found in peanuts. Copper plays a vital role in assistance to enzymes, yet American intake is generally low. Both copper and manganese promote strong and healthy bone structure. Manganese promotes blood sugar stabilization and improved thyroid function.

Peanuts are a simple addition to the diet for increased health benefits, unless there is an allergy. They are available in many varieties to suit your taste and compliment many meals. Increasing peanuts into your meals is easy as using peanut butter as a spread for breakfast and lunch or a handful to snack on during breaks. Whichever way you choose to incorporate them, the health benefits will be everlasting.

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Coconut oil and weight loss explained

There are so many benefits of virgin coconut oil. It is unusually rich in Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are easily digested by the body for quick energy and also known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition in March 2002, MCT oils used in place of other dietary fats significantly reduces body fat. In other words, virgin coconut oil supports weight loss.

The vast majority of fats in our diet are composed of molecules known as long-chain triglycerides (LCT). As the name implies, LCT are larger in size than MCT. The size of the fat molecule is very important because our bodies process and metabolize fats differently depending on their size. Most all the vegetable oils used in cooking and food preparation are composed entirely of LCT. This includes corn, safflower, soybean, canola, and other typical cooking and salad oils. The only significant natural source of MCT are found in coconut and palm kernel oils. Coconut oil is composed predominately of MCT and its effects on the body are characterized by these fats.

In the Journal of Nutrition study researchers reviewed all the published studies to date on MCT and weight management. These studies demonstrated that diets containing MCT result in an increase in energy, a rise in metabolism, increase burning of calories, decrease in food consumption, lower body fat mass, and reduce body weight. Because of these effects, the authors of this study recommend using oils containing MCT, such as coconut oil, as a means to lose excess body fat, control weight, and even treat obesity.

One of the reasons why coconut oil is effective in reducing body fat and lowering weight is because it contains fewer calories than any other fat. For this reason, it has gained the distinction of being the world's only natural, low-calorie fat. When you use coconut oil in your food preparation, you can eat the same types of foods as you normally do yet consume fewer calories.

So take a spoonful 30 minutes before a meal. It will reduce your appetite. Take before bedtime to assist with constipation (according to

Here's an experience of using coconut oil:
"I'm a nurse assistant in a hospital and looking at most of the elderly they are dehydrated from lack of oil I can tell it from their toenails (dry looking and fungal, cracked) also their bowel movements are not regular - after usually 3 days of no movement they'll pile in the hospital. The solution I find that is inexpensive and actually good for you is drinking coconut oil.
I know it goes against what your told, but coconut oil is good for cardiovascular. I use two large tablespoons in my coffee with carnation french vanilla cream to taste- take the day off it will clean you out - and I do about 3 cups a day like this. I repeat whenever I don't void in under 1 minute. That's how well it works!

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coconut oil Health benefits

Coconut oil is a common cooking oil among south asian populations. But is it beneficial or harmful to health? "Coconut oil has been used as cooking oil for thousands of years. Popular cookbooks advertised it at the end of the 19th century. Then came the anti-saturated fat campaign and the promotion of polyunsaturated fats, such as flaxseed, canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils plus their partially hydrogenated counterparts (margarine, "I can't believe it's not butter", etc.) as the way to go," says chemist, enzyme therapist, nutritionist, author and lecturer, Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D.

Are there any people who live on saturated fats who are healthy? Yes, says Dr. Lee. "People who live in tropical climates and who have a diet high in coconut oil are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, colon problems and so on, than unsaturated fat eaters. Two such groups of people include those from Melanesia and the Yucatan. These people are slightly hyperthyroid because of the thyroid stimulating effects of coconut oil plus a diet which includes protein (fish) and adequate fruit (stimulates thyroid function).

Citing research on the subject Dr. Lee goes on to say, "Many researchers have reported that coconut oil lowers cholesterol (Blackburn et al 1988, Ahrens and colleagues, 1957). In 1981, Prior et al. showed that islanders with a diet high in coconut oil showed no harmful health effects. When these groups migrated to New Zealand and lowered their daily coconut oil intake, their total cholesterol and especially their LDL cholesterol - the so-called evil one - increased. The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are a direct result of its ability to stimulate thyroid function. In the presence of adequate thyroid hormone, cholesterol (specifically LDL-cholesterol) is converted by enzymatic processes to the vitally necessary anti-aging steroids, pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA. These substances are required to help prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other diseases associated with aging and chronic degenerative diseases."

Why then is there a doubt about the beneficial effects of coconut oil? In an article titled, 'How a P.R. Campaign Led to Unhealthy Diets' by Beatrice Trum Hunter, MA, and published in (Printed with permission from Beatrice Trum Hunter and
The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation) she has this to say, "In 1988, N.W. Istfan of Harvard University Medical School's Nutrition Coordinating

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Chamomile Tea As a Sleep Aid

Upon coming home from a hard day's work, you unwind and try to relax only to find out that you actually can't sleep. You do all you can, but to no avail as you toss and turn on your bed throughout the majority of the night. In this case, you may want to try chamomile tea as a sleep aid.

Chamomile is an annual plant belonging to the sunflower family Asteraceae. It grows mostly in Europe and temperate Asia and has been introduced to temperate regions in America and Australia. Its seeds require open soil to grow and survive, it is usually found near roads and landfills, posing as a weed. Its other names include Wild Chamomile, Hungarian Chamomile, and Scented Mayweed. The stem is erect and smooth and grows up to fifteen to sixty centimeters. Its long and narrow leaves are either bipinnate or tripinnate.

The word chamomile comes from the Greek word chamomelon - "earth-apple", from chamai - "on the ground", and from melon - "apple". This is because of the plant's scent, which is akin to that of apples. Its flowers bloom in early to mid summer.

However, its long-reputed effectiveness in promoting sleep has been debated in the scientific community. Despite the dissent, chamomile is definitely among the top five choices of remedies for sleep difficulties. Its effects are anecdotally popular and there have been nearly no reports of adverse side effects. While it may have medicinal properties, it can also be reputed to placebo effect. As it is taken as a tea, it may have promoted relaxation and ease of tension more because of its preparation.

If you do give chamomile tea a try, then it is best to prepare it as a tea that is to be taken at half an hour to an hour before bedtime. This, along with other preparations, will bring you eventually to sleep. Measures like taking away distractions and stimulators such as the television and other people, as well as doing whatever is possible to relax can help maximize the effect of chamomile tea as a sleep aid.

Chamomile tea has been shown to work as a depressant that can soothe one's nerves and bring in relaxation, which can lead to sleep. As most people in the work force are fueled by caffeine and stress, chamomile can alleviate the gradual deconstruction of one's digestive system due to caffeine, which usually leads to stomach upsets at nighttime when in a reclining position.

Chamomile's possible side effects relates to it being a relative of ragweed, which means that it can cause allergies in individuals with ragweed allergies. It is also a coumarin and should be avoided by those who are currently taking blood thinners. Also, in extremely rare cases, very large doses can lead to nausea and vomiting. However, moderation can keep these things from happening.

It can be said that chamomile tea as a sleep aid may not be the total cure, but it is an invaluable option for curing insomnia and relieving stress. As long as it is taken in moderation, then it can work its magic.

Chamomile Tea As a Sleep Aid
By Anne Rivera

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

English lavender,Lavandula Angustifolia

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavandula spica or Lavandula vera; common lavender, true lavender, or English lavender (though not native to England)) is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to the western Mediterranean region, primarily in the Pyrenees and other mountains in northern Spain.

It is a strongly aromatic shrub growing to 1–2 m tall. The leaves are evergreen, 2–6 cm long and 4–6 mm broad. The flowers are pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes 2–8 cm long at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm long.

The species name angustifolia is Latin for "narrow leaf".

English lavender is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is popular for its colourful flowers, its fragrance and its ability to survive with low water consumption. It does not grow well in continuously damp soil. It is fairly tolerant of low temperatures, generally considered hardy to USDA zone 5

In addition to its use as an ornamental plant, the flowers and leaves are also used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called herbes de Provence.

Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use including lotions, eye pillows—including lavender flowers or the essential oil itself—bath oils, etc. are also used to induce relaxation.

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herbs recipes,Lavender Tea Recipe

Lavender was brought to North America by the Pilgrims and was one of the first garden plants imported to Australia in the 19th century.
This popular flowering herb’s essential oil has been demonstrated to depress the central nervous system in a manner comparable to pharmaceutical tranquilizers.

Lavender Tea Recipe to make 4 cup
1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon green tea leaves
4 cups boiling water


Place the herbs in a warmed teapot. Pour in boiling water, cover and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and serve, sweeten with honey if desired

Lavender Tea Recipe it easy for you make Lavender Tea.

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Cancer Hair Loss And What It Entails

As we all have knowledge of in today’s world there are numerous causes out there for the condition hair loss whether it is hereditary or some kind of underlying health condition or the over treatment of hair. The thing is by far one of the worst ways to lose your hair is through what is called more or less cancer hair loss. This usually happens or occurs when a person is dealing with a certain type of cancer and undergoes evident amount baldness on their head.

The real spin on this type of hair loss that comes as result of cancer is because the chemotherapy those cancer patients usually have to attend as a form of treatment for the disease. Chemotherapy basically is the use of drugs and/or medication along with radiation in the case of cancer to cure disease destroying cancer cells that have spread to parts of the body far away from the primary (original) tumor. The radiation however is very powerful and most times result in damaging the hair shaft at root of the scalp and causes baldness.

What should not be forgotten or mistaken is that the medication taken can also result in hair loss. That is the main reason why before starting a medication plan you should gain awareness of the drugs and the side effects of such by sitting down and having a one on one with your doctor.

What should be expected?

As it is related to cancer hair loss, it is of utmost importance to the patient him/herself to realize and have knowledge of what is to be expected and be ready for what is to come. Really and truly when you think of it you might take your hair granted that is has always been there and will always be there, unless of course that hair loss runs in your family, you might realize the importance of it to you until there is a pending threat that you will lose it. What you have to know is, if you have cancer and you are to undergo chemotherapy then hair loss is a very big possibility, probably a define one.

This is not to say your hair will fall out as a result because this is not always the case. The hair loss is really dependent on you the person, especially in the case of your hair type and also how far along your cancer is.

Is this Avoidable?

Is it? Think about it, cancer hair is really inevitable no matter how you look at it, unless of course you decide that your hair is to important and you pass up the chemotherapy and as such voluntarily put your life at risk. Now really is there even a minute comparison here, really even a choice, now think, your life or your hair, your life or your hair, are you getting the gist. The thing is the lost will eventually grow back anyway after the treatment is finished.

What you really should know hair loss unfortunately is not the only side that results for chemotherapy, there are also symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite; diarrhea, constipation, and nausea are also often experienced.

Though cancer hair loss is one the hardest types of hair loss to deal with because of the lack of options in treatment resulting from the interim where you taking the chemo medication, you can talk to your doctor if you do have a hair loss. This way he/she can along with properly assess your condition and find a way to deal with it and find a treatment plan that would work for you.

Cancer Hair Loss And What It Entails
by Trendon Cato

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Natural Healing Herbs For Cancer

Nature has its own ways to life, there are some bad things and good things as well to make us cheerful. The same goes for cancer. If the body can be infected by cancer then the body too has mechanisms to throw it away. These mechanisms help in fighting against cancer and revitalize immunity to further enhance our fighting abilities. There are groups of herbs (natural) that are potent in cancer prevention; the herbs have qualities like antioxidant & help revitalize the immune system, examples are given underneath


Chinese mushroom are used for these extracts. The extracts from Maitake are helpful in eradication of cancer cells & at the same time stops tumors from multiplying.


These extracts come from tea plant leaves; the leaf extracts have ECGC a chemical, the chemical as ingredients which can negate free radicals that can cause immense harm. Also cell replication is inhibited; replication is a major characteristic of cancer.


There exists curcumin which is a therapeutic compound, it has been proved to be cancer fighter & stops growth of tumor, plus properties of immunity-stimulating.


In other term it is a citrus bioflavanoid, it has a good remedy to annul cell growth & also slows prostate cancer process.


It is derived form an herb having 3 leaves and has as many as 4 anti-tumor composite. Tocopherol is in excessive quantities, it too is a antioxidant that will suppress and kill free radicals that destroy cells.

Beta Glucan

They can rejuvenate the immune system as they are polysaccharides.

Vitamin C & K

Cancer growth will be inhibited by taking the two together. Liver cancer can be treated with Vitamin K.

Certain herbs are useful in treating cancer. If there is no relief then they could a minimal be reducing the free radicals, herbs increase life time period and thwart development of cancerous cells. Garlic extract, cat’s claw, L-arginine, suma, flaxseed, pau d’arco, Norwegian kelp, red clover, dandelion root, graviola & barberry help greatly. Specific conditions of cancer require specialized medication

· INTESTINAL and STOMACH CANCER: Cancer is a painful disease and more so when affecting the intestine & stomach. Shove off the cramping, bleeding and pain by consuming fennel, milk thistle extract, fenugreek, cat’s claw, goldenseal, cayenne, cascara sagrada, cinnamon bark, ginger root, psyllium husks, and oat bran.

· BONE CANCER: Cancer of bones could affect any bone, such as skull, spine, shins, pelvis, limbs, hips, ribs and others. In this type of cancer the bone is more likely to have fractures and becomes fragile too. Paget’s disease too might take over the body. This disease can get treatment in the form of coral calcium, glucosamine sulfate, L-phenylalanine, shavegrass, alfalfa, white willow bark, and nettle.

· PROSTATE CANCER: This type of cancer is the 2nd most reason leading to the death of men through cancer. This is certainly a life threatening disease. Graviola, dandelion root, saw palmetto, red clover, pygeum bark, licorice root, and yarrow can prove helpful.

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How Herbal Remedy for Hair Loss Works

Herbal remedies are useful and effective ways to help people suffering from hair loss. Since herbal remedies are natural, they are generally considered safe and free from side effects, although there may be isolated cases once in a while. Each herbal remedy for hair loss are believed to provide hope for people experiencing hair loss. Below is a list of herbal remedies for hair loss that have been proven to be effective.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a potent herbal remedy for hair loss with medicinal properties that showed efficacy in improving blood circulation to the scalp and head and to other parts of the body. It is believed that the increase of blood to the brain and skin provides more nutrients to the hair follicles, causing hair to grow back.

Saw Palmetto (Seranoa Repens)

Saw palmetto is also an herbal remedy for hair loss that is currently the treatment of choice of several men because of its capability to slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Tinctures and extracts from this herb block the receptors on cell membranes for dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of hair loss in many patients. Also, this herbal remedy for hair loss prevents the formation of DHT the way that FDA-approved hair loss treatment medication finasteride does. This ability makes saw palmetto an effective treatment for hair loss.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia)

Stinging nettle is an herbal remedy for hair loss that has long been preferred as a means of curbing balding. This herb slows down loss of hair by preventing testosterone from being converted into DHT, allowing stimulation of hair growth. Stinging nettle is more effective when used together with pygeum and saw palmetto.

Pygeum (Pygeum Africanum)

Pygeum is an herbal remedy for hair loss that has the capability to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that regulates the production of DHT. Pygeum also prevents loss of hair by slowing down the conversion of testosterone to DTH, thereby preventing hair follicles from weakening.

Green Tea (Camellia Sinesis)

Camellia Sinesis is another herbal remedy for hair loss considered an effective cure for male pattern baldness. Green tea contains components called catechins that help in preventing hair loss. These catechins prevent the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase from converting male hormone testosterone to DHT.

He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)

He Shou Wu is a Chinese herbal remedy for hair loss. It has been traditionally used as a remedy for hair loss. It has also been used in many commercial preparations that reduce loss of hair. In its processed form, He Shou Wu delivers nourishment to the liver. Blood in the liver nourishes the head and the hair, thus, promoting growth of hair and preventing hair from becoming gray.

Gotu kola

Gotu kola is a herbal remedy for hair loss that works by stimulating and increasing blood circulation throughout the brain and the scalp, which then revitalizes the hair follicles. When hair follicles have sufficient blood flow, they are protected from the harmful activity caused by DHT. Gotu kola extract also purifies the blood and improves the growth and the health of hair. Several herbal products that use gotu kola as a base promote hair growth and fortify collagen and the blood vessels.

How Herbal Remedy for Hair Loss Works
by Patricia Hammond

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