Category Archives: Alternative Medicine

Menopause Benefits of Wild Yam

Also primarily known as Dioscorea Villosa, Wild Yam has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine.  Its applications are varied.  Mostly known for treating menopausal symptoms, the Wild Yam has also been used to treat inflammation, abdominal cramping, menstrual cramps, nervous conditions, high cholesterol, gallstones, urinary tract issues and liver problems.  Wild Yam is not…
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Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and Longevity

For thousands of years Gotu Kola has been used as a rejuvenating herb.  It is a staple in Ayruvedic medicine mostly used in China and India where it is called “the fountain of life”.  This comes from a legendary Chinese herbalist who is said to have live for 200 years due to his lifelong use…
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Hops Effect on Estrogen

The use of hops for medicinal purposes has been ongoing for hundreds of years.  While it has been used for many more years to brew beer, it has only been found to have health related properties for the last few centuries.  Hops are used extensively in brewing beer due to their antibacterial and anti fungal…
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Kudzu for Menopause

Also known as Pueria mitifica and a number of other names, Kudzu has been used in Chinese medicine since at least 200 BC.  Over the centuries it has been used to treat alcoholism, hangover, gastric distress, high blood pressure and other circulatory problems, colds, flu, diabetes, skin rashes, kidney disease and diabetic retinopathy to name…
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Lemon Balm and Healthy Living

Officially known as Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm has been used traditionally for reducing stress and anxiety and improving cognitive skills.  Lemon Balm (aka bee balm or garden balm) has been used in Eastern Europe for centuries and particularly in Croatia.  It has been cultivated in the Mediterranean are for 2000 years.  There is documented history…
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Dong Quai and Women’s Health

Dong quai, also known as tang-kuei, dang-gui and Angelica polymorpha has been prescribed in China, Korea and Japan for thousands of years.  A member of the same botanical group as parsley, carrots, celery and dill, Dong quai has traditionally been used to treat “female ailments” and other conditions (in both sexes) such as high blood…
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Why the Combination of Selenium and Iodine Is Important

The thyroid, this mysterious gland that is shaped like a butterfly and seems to rule almost every function in our body, needs food just like every other organ. We are responsible for providing our thyroids with the right amount of trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients for it to function properly. One of the most important…
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The Differences Between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid function is something that plagues countless numbers of people. The thyroid is a gland that is found on the middle of the neck. It is responsible for controlling the body’s metabolic rate, which is how people convert food to energy. The hormones that this gland produces are also helpful with the body’s ability to…
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What Is Functional Medicine and How Is It Different From Acute Care?

Most of the health care models that we are familiar with in the modern world are focused on acute care. Think about the number of emergency room visits and critical care centers that exist in every city, the rising trend of chronic rather than infectious disease dangers and the overwhelming statistics on poor nutritional, lifestyle…
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