If you've ever used the herb agrimony, you have something in common with the injured men on medieval battlefields. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to treat a variety of health related problems from bad backs, internal hemorrhages, and wounds received on the battlefield.
Astragalus is an herb which can provide a great boost for your immune system and help fight off many diseases. It is an immunostimulant used in the treatment of chronic viral infections, hepatitis, edema, common cold, and flu.
The Bacopa Monniera herb has been used effectively for hundreds of years as a brain and nervous system restorer. In studies, Bacopa extract yielded significant improvement in mental control, logical memory, and paired associated learning.
While bamboo may still be on the newer side of things here in Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long known of the many health benefits of bamboo. Its usage as a medical remedy can be traced back to ancient Chinese times. In fact, the Chinese have uses for every part of the bamboo plant.
Sanguinaria canadensis, most commonly referred to as bloodroot, has a rich Native American background. Its nickname, war paint, should give you some indication of its importance to the early Indian culture. The nickname, bloodroot, came about because of the red sap that would "bleed" from the roots of the flower.
If you have ever suffered from constipation, you are not alone. 63 million people in North America suffer from constipation and if not treated, it can lead to a host of other health issues. For some people, adding fiber to the diet is not enough. Are there other natural remedies? Turns out, there are!
The rainforest holds many natural medicine secrets still to be uncovered. One of the secrets that HAS been discovered, however, is a well-known tribal Peruvian cure-all that has been used for nearly 2,000 years. Cat's claw (Uña de Gato in Spanish) is a thorny vine that can grow up to 100 feet in the tropical regions of South and Central America. Its name comes from the rounded thorns that look like cat's claws that grow on the vine.
Catuaba bark is the most well known aphrodisiac plant in Brazil and has a long history of medicinal use. Its aphrodisiac properties were first discovered hundreds of years ago by the Tupi Indians of Brazil.
Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from kidney stone or gallstone problems? In fact, each year, more than one million people in the US learn they have gallstones. Overall, nearly 10% of the American population have gallstones. They join the million people who visit their healthcare providers for kidney stone issues. Each year, more than 300,000 people end up in emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.
Chaparral leaf is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. The primary biochemical responsible for this is NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid) - so effective, it is often used as a food preservative.
Chicory root was widely used during the Great Depression and World War II when coffee was in short supply or too expensive. Today, it is used around the world and in the US, particularly in New Orleans, as a natural caffeine-free substitute to coffee. However, it's much more than a rich drink.
Each week we like to take a moment to give special attention to a natural ingredient used to promote health. This week we're going to take a look at a Chinese fungi known to do everything from increasing endurance in athletes to helping rebuild the body after long-term illness.
Many think of dandelions as nothing more than a bright yellow pesky weed. However, you may want to rethink that belief. Dandelion is a bitter herb that is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D and contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
If ever there was a miracle herb, echincea would fit the bill. The history of this highly debated herb has its roots steeped in Native American culture. The interesting discovery of this herb, however, is a little less glamorous than its uses.
Gentian, one of the “bitter” herbs, has been used by herbalists for over 2,000 years as an anti-toxic to stimulate liver function. It was named as a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was believed to have discovered that the herb had tonic properties. Traditional folk healers believed that gentian root could improve the digestive process by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and stomach acids if you took the herb before your meal. During the Middle Ages, it was used as an antidote to certain poisons.
While you may not have heard of the herb gravel root, there are in fact over forty species of the genus, many of them used medicinally. You can find the flowering plant growing in North America from Canada to Florida in mostly wet, wooded areas. There are a number of interesting legends associated with this herb too.
Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens) is a tropical legume also known as velvet bean, cowitch and cowhage. It is a constituent of more than 200 indigenous drug formulations, and is heralded as an aphrodisiac in Ayurvedic medicine.
Mistletoe may prove much more valuable than simply as a sprig to stand under for a smooch with a loved one. New research has found that mistletoe may be a complementary therapy for fighting colon cancer.
Often referred to as the "Viagra of the Amazon," muira puama has long been considered an effective natural therapeutic approach for loss of libido in both sexes. A flowering plant native to the Amazon rainforest, its name, muira puama, means "potency wood." Muira puama is one of the most active botanicals with a long history of traditional use as an energy tonic, general health improver, and remedy for impotence and sexual insufficiency.
Oregano is an herb native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used for culinary purposes for centuries. The ancient Greeks must have understood its value as their name for the herb translates into "joy of the mountain."
Methionine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is responsible for the production of collagen and is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body as well as slow the aging process.
For anyone suffering from progressive cartilage damage, reprogramming the immune system with undenatured type II chicken collagen as found in UC-II is an essential component of his or her joint repair regimen.
For this week’s featured ingredient, we’re exploring the benefits of activated barley (AKA Aktivated Barley). Before we actually get into the details of Aktivated Barley, however, we need to look briefly at barley in general...
If you forgot to drink your coffee with breakfast this morning, here's something that may jog your memory in the future. A new study has found that drinking coffee may help you to not only avoid getting Alzheimer's, but actually reverse it.
The Ginger herb has been used as a healing agent for conditions including arthritis, inflammation, colic, diarrhea, clotting disorders, high cholesterol, and heart conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and has a number of incredible health benefits.
February was Grapefruit Month, and even if you missed it, it is still a great time to pay a little tribute to the virtues of this much maligned fruit. Its tangy, citrusy flavor can serve as a reminder of the warm weather climates in which it grows, helping us get through the sluggish end of winter.
It's always thrilling when new research discovers that a favorite treat isn't poison, after all. We've learned that chocolate may actually benefit body and soul, red wine is a must-have for a healthy heart, and coffee delivers a plethora of health advantages along with the caffeine buzz. And now, there's one more pro-coffee study to be pleased about. Investigators from the University of Athens have discovered that coffee can make you live a lot longer, but there's a catch. The coffee has to be boiled, Greek-style.
Rated one of the hottest peppers on the Scoville chart, this spicy, citrusy fruit continues to grow in popularity. And, not surprisingly, this little pepper is more than just a way to heat up a dish. Habaneros also have a number of great health benefits as well.
In natural healing circles, honey long has been used for its multiple benefits. Its flavonoids and antioxidants have been shown to be cancer and heart disease preventive; it helps reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems; it's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal; it works as a cough suppressant; it heals wounds, it contains probiotics, it is a component of many skin crèmes, and it's an anti-allergenic agent and one of many natural allergy remedies, based on the theory that because honey contains tiny traces of pollen, repeated exposure should help build up immunity to those pollens. But if you've been taking your daily dose of honey without receiving any of these benefits, the reason may not be that honey is useless. It may be that your honey isn't actually honey.
Is a vegetarian diet automatically healthier? Not necessarily. Some people actually do better when they include small amounts of meat in their diet—although, to be sure, a balanced vegetarian diet appears to offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.
Milk is often pitched as a great source of calcium. It is not. Yes, it has a high calcium content, but the human body is able to utilize very little of it. In fact, because of the way the body deals with milk, consumption of milk actually leaches calcium from the bones.
You may have heard quite a lot about the noni fruit as it rose in popularity a few years ago. The claims that it was a magic cure-all certainly didn't hurt. But, how effective is this fruit, and can it do all that people claim? To answer this, first we need to take a look at the history of the noni.
Nuts are a very versatile type of food. Whether you sprinkle them on top of a salad for added crunch and flavor, put them in some homemade trail mix to munch on, or add them into the treats you bake, nuts can definitely provide a little extra zest.
Eating orange peels can help diabetics, those with kidneystones or cancer, and those looking to stop overeating. Orange peel has antiseptic, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties, and may also help with heartburn.
It's certainly no surprise to any literate, health-minded person that fresh fruits and vegetables benefit health, but, considering the negative press dietary antioxidants received earlier this year, it's nice to see studies come out that drive the point home.
Red raspberry ellagitannins stop cells from mutating into cancer, and also lower the incidence of birth defects, promote wound healing, reduce heart disease, and may reduce or reverse chemically induced liver fibrosis.
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