January 19, 2012

Echinacea

Echinacea pictFlu usually strike at any time of year, especially when it is in cold temperatures. To treat the symptoms of this disease with herbs, echinacea has worked wonders on colds, flu, and beyond for over a century.

Does Echinacea?
is a selection of herbs known by another name "Coneflower purple" for the treatment of antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial system, and immune stimulating properties. From recent years, studies have been conducted to see if the plant has a positive effect on the treatment of AIDS.
Brief History
In the past, Echinacea angustifolia was the species of plant that the Native Americans first used to treat medical problems, such as snakebites, persistent wounds, fevers, and respiratory infections. During the 19th century, early settlers caught onto the herb’s healing powers of echinacea, which soon took hold of the United States, as it became a popular pharmaceutical remedy in the 1920s. Door-to-door businessmen even began selling herbal mixtures containing echinacea.

Less potent than angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea is the species of plant used today to treat colds and flu. If the plant was so good in relieving cold and flu symptoms, why is the species with the higher variety not in use? Actually, a historical blunder is the cause for the widespread use of Echinacea purpurea.

As America promoted the benefit of the plant, Germany soon fully embraced its capabilities. The demand for the plant was so high that imported echinacea could not keep up. The top pharmaceutical company in the country made the mistake of purchasing a high quantity of purpurea seeds, thus catapulting the lesser-potent species into the forefront of treatment. Today, the plant is used to treat more than 1 million minor respiratory infection cases in Germany.

Parts Used
It is the root of the echinacea plant that is used to treat numerous infections and inflammations, regardless of its fresh or dried form. The plant should be harvested after flowering has taken place, where the roots are washed, chopped and then dried. The product is then used to create tinctures, powders, pills, and capsules. Parts of the flower are also known to provide an efficient antibiotic. The dried root and powder also makes a soothing tea.

As a Dietary Supplement
When taking echinacea natural supplements, recent studies suggest a total of 1000 mg (three times per day) will ensure the best results. To give a child an echinacea dietary supplement, you will have to adjust the recommended dose for an adult. Since most herbal dosages are calculated using weight, as a rule of thumb, giving a child 1/3 of an adult dose is recommended.

Proposed Uses
Echinacea works best when taken at the first sign of flu or cold for a period of 7 to 14 days. It is suggested to avoid taking echinacea for any longer stretches of time. The main uses for the herb is for the treatment of cold and flu symptoms, but the plant has shown promise in treating acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, and even genital herpes.

a) Acute Stages of Infections:
Taking three 200 mg capsules three times per day is a proposed treatment for the early signs of infection. Every 2 hours, 10 ml doses of decoction may also substitute a dietary supplement. A decoction is a water-based solution made from the root of the echinacea plant that has been simmered in boiling water.

b) Influenza:
Soaking echinacea in vodka or rum will create a tincture that has a rather strong effect. 2-5ml doses of tincture should be taken every 2-3 hours. An individual may also opt to take three 200mg capsules three times per day instead of creating a tincture. The chills associated with flu and cold can be treated as well.

c) Urinary Tract Infection:
Three 200 mg capsules taken three times per day are known to ease UTI symptoms.

d) Skin Infections:
Using a diluted tincture or decoction is an effective treatment for stubborn wounds. For weeping cases of eczema, you may dust the powder form of echinacea onto infected areas. When combining the powder with marshmallow, boils can be treated.

e) Sore Throats:
Mix 10 ml of tincture in a glass of warm water to create a gargle that provides soothing relief.

Precautions
It is advised to take the correct dosage for echinacea because taking higher doses have been known to cause nausea and dizziness. Also, there have been a handful of cases regarding allergic reactions, but this is extremely rare. Pregnant women should also refrain from taking this herbal remedy. With all treatment methods that you introduce to your body; you should always consult your doctor first.

Possible Side Effects
Echinacea is highly regarded as being one of the safest herbal supplements to consider. The worst side effects associated with this herb come when taking high doses (nausea and dizziness). Rare cases of adverse reactions have included minor gastrointestinal issue and frequent urination.

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January 12, 2012

Acupuncture Treatment for Hypertension and Diabetes

Acupuncture Treatment for Hypertension and Diabetes pictBefore stepping into the arena of both the modern disease iediabetes and hypertension, one must understand the 'Homeostasis' terms - the attunement of physiological systemstoward a healthy balance.

Physical and physiological parameters such as heat, sweating,pressure, water balance, ion balance, the balance of acids and bases, etc., all brought to the normal value through innatephysiological processes and several constitutional therapy.Certain acupuncture points will activate the appropriatephysiological pathways to bring homeostasis through specificmediators and receptor organ.
Diabetes Mellitus goes with many a syndrome triggered by several factors that shift the Insulin agonism of the endocrine system to disequilibrium.

The imbalance is due to one or more of the following :

• Genetic factors
• Bio Chemical antagonism (Glucagons or Somatostatin)
• Anxiety, Stress and Emotions
• Depletion of Trace (Oligo) elements which act as carriers (Chromium, Zinc, Cobalt, Copper etc). Modern foods and synthetics are harmful.
• Strict vegetarianism.
• Pathological obstruction of the Pancreatic duct due to calculi.

Since Acupuncture is a neuro hormonal therapy, it is a palliative as well as a curative therapy in Diabetes. Drug administration is unaffected by Acupuncture; instead, receptor clearance is enhanced by Acupuncture, for effecting a better uptake of the Ligands.

The precise causative factor is reflected in the Five Element Pulse Diagnosis of Comprehensive Acupuncture, and corrected using the method of defective Yin supplementation.

Symptomatic Clinical Acupuncture is suitable for advanced cases of Diabetes.

The Acupuncturist’s Basis for Diabetes lies within the following links:

FIRE: Anxiety, Stress, Emotional imbalance.
AIR: Support needed for fire, to eliminate unwanted blockers (Lipids).
WATER: adrenergic activity needed for stimulating the cAMP at Intra-cellular level.
EARTH: Stabilized enzyme and Hormone activity for perfect assimilation.
WOOD: Storage of glucose, Half-life cycle of Insulin, Neuro-muscular transmission.

Points to be used generally on all sittings are the Source Point of Pancreatic channel, the Luo points, Mu point of the Pancreas and Liver, and Influential point of the Yin energies.

Treatment based on the Five Element theory, supplements or depletes the Earth energy along the Sheng or Ko cycle, and strengthens the other elements that support Earth. Thus, treatment is given for strengthening Fire and for increasing the Water that defends or Controls fire (whenever it tends to go excessive). This results in conditioning the Hormonal factors.

Pulse Diagnosis on each sitting is a must, and the weak Yin should be strengthened each time. Symptomatic recovery should be recorded from the patient’s feedback. The patient should be advised regarding Low Glycemic foods, Low Fat diet, Antioxidants and Trace Elements, Yoga, Breathing Exercise and Walking.

Misconceptions regarding Diabetic syndromes is that the Pancreas alone is at fault. The Liver has a major role to play in Diabetes as well as Hypertension, and the Duodenum supports Insulin secretion through certain L cell and K cell secretions known as GLP-1 and GIP respectively. Therefore, the health of the Liver and the GI system plays a major role in Diabetic conditions.

Acupuncture treatment is comprehensive in treating the whole system and taking into account all the functional pathways and the diagnosis is easy compared to modern scientific methods.

Hypertension is a silent killer and is associated with complications like Stroke, Kidney failure, Heart disease or malignant hypertension. In most cases it is genetic, and is a result of stress. New lifestyles add to stress and stress headaches. 140/90 is considered as the upper limit of normal BP in the thirties and forties. As age advances, higher readings are accepted and during the seventies, 160/96 is acceptable.

Hypertension is only controlled by drug therapies; therefore to get a cure the alternative methods are resorted to by almost all patients with a history of persistent headaches and insomnia. Acupuncture has proven to be the best in most of the cases.

Causes: In 90 percent of patients no apparent cause can be clinically found; this is termed ‘Primary hypertension’. In the remaining cases the high pressure is a manifestation of Renal or Hepatic disorders. Some of the causes may be:

• Environment and workplace
• Excessive fat and calories
• Excess Alcohol or Cigarettes
• Excess of salt (Sodium chloride)
• Few vegetables and more meat
• Stress and competition
• Lack of physical activity

If hypertension is secondary to some disease, treatment of the cause may be curative. Most of the drugs used for controlling Hypertension are Diuretics, Beta blockers, Dopamine derivatives, Calcium channel Blockers or ACE Inhibitors.

In Acupuncture, Diuresis is achieved by K 3 and K 7; Dopaminergic points are H 7, P 7, DU 20, P 6 and so forth. P 3, H 3 are ACE Inhibitor points. These points are commonly used for ‘curing’ Hypertension. This shows that the Physiology is corrected by the stimulation of natural (live) mediators and hence the curative results.

In addition to the treatment, the following measures speed up the cure:

• Lowered consumption of Sodium salt and increased intake of Potassium, Magnesium, Greens, Vegetables and Citrus fruits.
• Moderation in the consumption of Chicken, Red meat and Eggs.
• Management of stress - Entertainment and Music (Melodious) will help the Endocrine and Nervous system to reduce stress and fatigue.
• Stoppage of smoking and Alcohol consumption.
• Meditation and Prayer will help to reduce stress and anxiety.
• Exercise will help a lot to overcome excess fat and stress.

There are many nutritional supplements and trace minerals besides nature’s own treasure of herbs that can cure these conditions permanently. Let us live happy with Acupuncture and such natural resources and it is possible to thwart these syndromes away.

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Define a Clear About Stress

stress pictEveryone has experienced stress including you. This is part oflife. Having a clear definition of stress is the first step in the examination stress your life.

Is your stress level is working for or against you?
Only you can answer.

Imagine, something happens in your life. You feel...
• Overwhelmed
• As if you want to cry
• Drained
• Excited
• A tightness in your chest
• Your heart racing
• Like you want to run away
• Driven

All of these are ways of responding to stress.

So What Is Stress?
Stress is the end result of having a negative response to an outside force or situation. This definition of stress requires three things...

• Something happens.
• You view what is happening as bad.
• You doubt whether you have the resources to handle it.

No matter what is happening around or to you, how you interpret and respond to it determines whether or not you experience stress.

If you believe you can't cope with what is going on, you feel stressed. In response your body begins to make hormones that...

• Speed up your heart rate
• Make you breathe faster
• Raise your energy

This is know as the flight or fight response. It's the same response our ancestors had to being chased by wild animals.

Types Of Stress
In short bursts stress can be useful. But if it happens too often or lasts too long, it has detrimental effects on your body and health.

To further clarify your definition of stress...

Acute stress - stress that is over quickly
You hear aloud noise and think it's a gun shot. You jump and your body prepares to take action. A few seconds later you realize it's just a car backfiring.

You take a deep breath and your body returns to it's normal state of being. No harm done.

Chronic stress - stress that is ongoing
You hate your job. You care for your mother with Alzheimer's. You're in a problem relationship. All of these can cause chronic stress.

So can having too little stress in your life. Women who feel bored or as if their lives have no meaning experience ongoing stress.

With chronic stress your nervous system is constantly on alert.

The effects...

• Neck and back pain, headaches and difficulty sleeping may occur.
• Chronic stress weakens your immune system, increasing your risk of disease.
• It can worsen any health problems you may already be facing.
• Feeling tense, having mood swings and depression can come from being under constant stress.

In short all areas of your life can be negatively impacted by long term stress.

A Positive Definition Of Stress
On the up side, the right amount of and response to stress can make you feel alive. It can help you succeed and keep you healthy.

Good stress is called eustress. Examples are finishing a race, completing a project and falling in love.

Graduating from college is another form of eustress. However the journey to graduation may be experienced as good or bad. What else was going on in your life at the time, how you paced yourself and what you believed about your experience created your response.

Many things you feel are stressful may be perceived as exciting adventures to others.

Once again you are a big part of your definition of stress.

What Can I Do About Stress?
Stress is and always will be present in your life. It affects your body, mind and spirit. How it affects them is, to a great extent, determined by you. Put this definition of stress to use. Begin to take control...

• Learn more the causes of stress. Make what changes you can to avoid some of them.
• Become familiar with the signs and symptoms of chronic stress.
• Discover the connection between stress and menopause symptoms and what you can do to relieve them.
• Find out what's causing your stress. Sometimes this is crystal clear. Like the death of a loved one or during a divorce. At other times you may not be sure why you feel so stressed. Try keeping a stress diary to find out.
• Learn healthy ways of handling the stresses you can't avoid.
• Develop a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, healthy eating habits, getting enough sleep and having close relationships all help you handle stress better.

Get help if you're experiencing a high level of stress and/or you've tried self management and are having trouble getting your stress under control.

Look for a stress management course, hire a wellness coach or seek out a professional counselor.

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December 19, 2011

Kaffir Lime

kaffir lime pictKaffir Lime are citrus fruits with the appearance of wrinkledskin. Oranges originated from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, andThailand. Kafir lime is popularly used in Southeast Asian cooking, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodian cuisine.However, also able to grow worldwide as a backyard bush.

Another name for kaffir lime

In southeast Asia, Kafir lime is known by many names, including"Kieffer lime" and "Lemons kaffir". It is also sometimes referred to as "Thai lime" or "wild lime". Leaves, bark and lime juice usedin cooking of all Southeast Asia.
“Kaffir” comes from the German word “Kafer”, which means “bug”. This fruit is so named due to the fact that it slightly resembles an insect. Some controversy surrounds the use of the “kaffir” name for this fruit because this word is used by white Afrikaners as a pejorative for black people, meaning “infidel”. This usage derives from the Arabic word “kafir”, which was used by Portugese explorers to describe native Africans. This word is considered a derogatory term that remains in use today, and as such, alternative names such as Thai, Makrut, Asian, or Wild lime are preferred to ensure no one is offended.

Traditional and Current Uses of the Kaffir Lime

Southeast Asian Cuisine

There are many different ways that the kaffir lime is used in Southeast Asian cooking. The rind, or zest, is often used as a curry paste in Lao and Thai cooking. This usage provides an aromatic and astringent flavor.

In fact, this fruit is so commonly used to impart flavor in Thai cooking that if a dish calls for the use of citrus leaves, it can be assumed that it means kaffir lime leaves. Kaffir leaves are the only citrus fruit leaves that are used on a regular basis in a large number of Thai dishes.

The leaves exude an aromatic perfume and provide a striking and distinguishable flavor that is virtually impossible to substitute. The zest of this fruit also adds a piquant flavor to such mouth-watering favorites as fried fish cakes and “jungle soup”, or “gkaeng bpah”. The zest of the kaffir lime can also be found in creole cuisine. Additionally, the zest of this fruit is often used to add flavor to “arranged” rums that are made in Madagascar and the Reunion Island.

Flavor

The zest or rind of the kaffir lime has such a strong flavor that it can overpower a dish’s other, more subtly flavored ingredients. As such, the rind is to be used sparingly. The rind should be grated or chopped very finely and then further reduced in a mortar along with the other paste ingredients until it become indistinguishable. This promises a recipe containing a proper balance of ingredients and flavors.



The whole kaffir lime leaves themselves, which have a somewhat hourglass shape creating the appearance of a double leaf and have a glossy sheen, are commonly used in Lao, Thai and Cambodian cuisine. The kaffir lime leaf contains two parts. There is a top leaflet which has a slight point at the tip. Attached to that is another leaflet at the bottom which is broader on the upper portion. The size of kaffir leaves can vary in size, from several inches long to less than an inch. The bigger the leaf, typically the darker its color. Because of the variations in size, it is often best to specify in recipes the number of leaves based upon size so that one does not use too much or too little.

Medicinal Uses

The juice and rind of the kaffir lime is also used in traditional Indonesian medicine. As such, in Indonesia the kaffir lime is referred to as “asjeruk obat”, which translates to “medicine citrus”. The juice of the kaffir lime is also used in Southeast Asian folk medicine, where it is touted as promoting gum health.

As such, this culture recommends using the lime juice to brush the teeth and gums. The fruit has essential oils which are incorporated into various ointments as well. The rind itself serves as an ingredient in many medicinal tonics which are believed to be beneficial for the blood. Just like galangal and lemon grass, the rind of the lime is also said to be beneficial for digestion.

The oil from the lime’s rind also contains strong insecticide properties.

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November 21, 2011

Cholesterol Risk Calculator | Free Download

cholesterol risk pictCholesterol is a waxy steroid metabolite found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all mammalian. It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes, where it is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and fat-soluble vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Cholesterol is the principal sterol synthesized by animals, but small quantities are synthesized in other eukaryotes, such as plants and fungi. Although cholesterol is an important and necessary molecule for mammalian, a high level of serum cholesterol is an indicator for diseases such as heart disease.
The name cholesterol originates from the Greek chole- (bile) and stereos (solid), and the chemical suffix -ol for an alcohol, as François Poulletier de la Salle first identified cholesterol in solid form in gallstones, in 1769. However, it was only in 1815 that chemist Eugène Chevreul named the compound "cholesterine".

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October 19, 2011

Bee Venom Therapy

bee venom therapyBee venom therapy is part of apitherapy which utilizes bee venom in mengobatan disease. Apitherapy is the use of beehive products, including honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, bee venom. Apitherapy has been used since ancient times to treat arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, skin diseases and in modern times as an alternative therapy to treat multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Bee venom comes from the stingers of honey bees who use it in defense of the bee colony.

Bee venom therapy is an alternative form of healing. In the hands of a licensed practitioner, it is considered to be safe and can be used when the patient does not respond to conventional treatment methods.
Bee venom is a rich source of enzymes, peptides and biogenic amines. There are at least 18 active components in the venom which have some pharmaceutical properties. The effect mechanism of the venom is not entirely know yet. Scientists believe it can modify the way the immune system functions in the body and contribute to increased cortisol production.

Traditionally, bee venom was administered with live bees by stimulating them to sting in the affected area, trigger points or acupuncture points. Depending on the nature of the disease, the standardized venom can be used in a cream, liniment, ointment or injection form.

Bee venom is most effective when it comes directly from the live bee during the late spring to early fall season when bees have a good pollen source to produce potent venom. Their venom during the winter period is less potent. Next to the effect of a live bee, injectable venom solution is considered to be a standard method to administer bee venom. Venom solution is prepared from pure bee venom (Apis Venenum Purum) and is a homeopathic preparation. It is administered intradermally just between the skin layers or subcutaneously under the skin to imitate the effect of a bee sting. Each injection is equivalent to or is less than the average dry venom sac content of a honey bee. Bee venom is also used topically in creams, liniments and ointments. The application of venom solution with electrophoresis or ultrasonophoresis is practiced in Europe and China.

Bee venom therapy is practiced by health practitioners and lay apitherapists. There are treatment protocols available to follow. In general, the therapy starts with the determination of whether the patient is allergic to the venom by administering a small amount of venom intradermally. If no allergic reaction develops within a certain time, the therapy is continued with the administration of one to two bee stings or injections. The therapy is carried out every other day (three times a week) by gradually increasing the number of bee stings or injections. The length of the therapy is determined by the nature and severity of the condition.

There is discomfort associated with the administration of bee venom including pain, itching, swelling, inflammation and redness. Symptoms like redness, swelling and itching are desired effects of the therapy showing the response of the patient to the venom. The more severe the reaction, but not anaphylaxis, the faster the recovery. Anaphylactic reactions which can be life threatening are also reported from bee venom, but they are rare.

The literature of bee venom therapy is very extensive and lists over 2,000 titles. There are basic guidelines of the therapy which need to be followed. The education on the part of the patient and the therapist is critical and the obtained result is proportional to the knowledge and experience of the administrator of the venom.

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October 7, 2011

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingo biloba pictPlant Ginkgo Biloba is derived from eastern China, then brought to Japan and from there moved to the western world. Ginkgo trees can sometimes live for as long as 2,000 years and can reach heights of over 100 feet. They are extremely hardy; in fact, there are several ginkgo trees in Hiroshima, Japan that survived the atomic bomb. The trees are sometimes called fossil trees, maidenhair trees, or kew trees. The ginkgo tree is the national tree of China.
Historical Usage
The use of Ginkgo biloba as a medicine has been going on for almost 3,000 years. In ancient medicine, the leaves are used to help blood circulation and to treat skin problems such as sores and spots. The seeds, which were used medicinally as well as for culinary purposes, were thought to cure indigestion, bladder problems, and even cancer. Ginkgo was also traditionally used to treat lung problems such as asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Modern Usage
For the most part, only ginkgo leaves are now used for medical purposes. It is very rare, in the western world, that the seeds are used either medicinally or as a food product. Ginkgo is still considered a good treatment for poor circulation. However, it does not appear to provide any relief from skin problems and it has not yet been proven to fight cancer.

Two of the main components of ginkgo leaves are flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids, which are plant based antioxidants, help protect blood vessels and the central nervous system. Terpenoids dilate blood vessels and help keep blood platelets from sticking together.

Although ginkgo is now mostly used by adults, it does not generally harm children above the age of two. It has been found particularly useful for adults with cognition and/or concentration problems such as attention deficit disorder. Since its discovery 3,000 years ago, ginkgo biloba has never been out of use. In the 20th and 21st centuries, ginkgo has been used to treat the following problems:

Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most common natural remedies used for treating the symptoms of ADD. Ginkgo brings more oxygen to the brain and aids concentration, thereby helping the person calm down and focus on one activity at a time. It has been proven particularly helpful for adults with the disorder.

Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia
Because ginkgo has been proven to help aid concentration and enhance cognitive abilities, it was long thought that it could help alleviate, if not reverse, the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. However, it has recently been proven that, although ginkgo does not harm people with these illnesses, it does not, by any means, offer relief. Although ginkgo aids concentration, it does not keep the long term memory from deteriorating.


Tinnitus
At times, ginkgo is prescribed for tinnitus. It has been proven mildly effective because it can help the damaged blood vessels of the ear. However, the success rate is not very high. Tinnitus is not, by any means, considered the number one malady that ginkgo biloba treats.

Eye problems
If taken properly, ginkgo can slow down eye deterioration. It particularly helps the part of the retina that is affected by macular degeneration. Also, ginkgo, taken in large doses, can help improve the vision of those with glaucoma.

Depression and anxiety disorders
Ginkgo can act as an antidepressant. It has also been proven to help calm the mood swings of those with anxiety disorders. However, in order for ginkgo to effectively treat anxiety disorders, it should be combined with another natural remedy, particularly ginger or GABA complex.

Impotence
Ginkgo can strengthen the arteries that supply blood to the penis, thereby helping an erection to take place.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause
Ginkgo can be helpful for women with unpleasant symptoms from PMS or menopause. It can calm mood swings and will also help control the muscles of the uterus.

Asthma
Ginkgo can be an effective natural remedy for asthma. Its ability to dilate blood vessels can greatly reduce airway constriction. However, particularly when treating children with asthma, ginkgo should only be administered under the guidance of a medical professional.

Available forms of Ginkgo Biloba

Tablets
Ginkgo is most often taken in tablet form. The extract from the leaves is combined with silica and other inactive ingredients and made into tablets of different milligram strengths.

Liquid/Tincture

Ginkgo biloba leaf extract is also available in an oral liquid form. Ginkgo purchased in this form is usually already divided into proper dosages. Also, ginkgo is available in a traditional tincture form. These two options can be useful for those who have difficulty taking tablets and capsules.

Tea
Ginkgo leaves can also be made into tea. Pre-made teabags usually include green tea. Also, bulk ginkgo leaves can be purchased and used in tea balls and homemade teabags. However, ginkgo in tea form does not provide are very large dose. If ginkgo is being used to treat a serious malady, it is highly recommended that it is taken in a form other than tea.

Capsules
Ginkgo in capsule form is rarely combined with other ingredients. This can be useful if a larger dose is desired. Also, ginkgo leaf extract is available in a bulk powder form that can be used for making homemade capsules.

Side Effects
In general, ginkgo biloba has very few side effects. If an overdose occurs, the person could experience heart palpitations or faintness. However, these symptoms will only be temporary and will cease once consumption is brought under control.

Normal use of ginkgo can cause mild intestinal problems such as vomiting or diarrhea; however, these symptoms will not generally occur unless ginkgo is taken on an empty stomach.

Caution should be used because ginkgo biloba is a blood thinner. It can interfere with anticoagulants and antidepressants. Pregnant and nursing women should, of course, consult a medical professional before use.

Adverse effects of ginkgo seeds
Although ginkgo seeds are edible, caution should be used: long term consumption can lead to poisoning, particularly in children.

Typical Dosage
When using ginkgo to enhance concentration or to treat other minor problems, it is generally recommended to take 60-200 mg per day. However, larger doses can be taken when treating a more serious problem. Ginkgo is usually taken 2-3 times a day, generally with a meal.

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October 1, 2011

Effects Of Common Psychiatrics Drugs

Sure you've seen an advertisement for a pharmaceutical drug, you may have seen and realized the long list of harmful side effects found in pharmaceutical drugs, only after the audience was told how the drug "X" will save their lives, improve their memory or do not give them energy limited. What was that? Did he just say that pill might cause bleeding out of my eyes?
Drug companies do a great job - and spend a lot of money - to ensure that most consumers aren't aware of the harmful side effects of common drugs prescribed for conditions like depression, heart disease, arthritis, ADHD or high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the result of this has created a society where the average person with a health problem is captivated by the promises delivered in clever advertising. There is a drug for everything? All I have to do is talk to my doctor? How convenient.

But what if there was a way to take back control of our lives and our health? What if, despite talking to your doctor, you still have questions or concerns about the safety of a drug?

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) has a database that allows you to do just that. It's called the Psychiatric Drug Database, and it allows consumers to research the potential side effects of common psychiatric drugs, such as Ritalin or Wellbutrin.

While the database is limited to psychiatric drugs, this type of public information portal represents a significant step in the right direction to help patients find unbiased information and make informed decisions about their health.

The database allows you to search by drug and will retrieve information about adverse reactions reported by patients who have taken the drug, international warnings and studies that have been done on the drug and what side effects different age groups or genders have experienced. For example, a search of the effects of Ritalin on 18-30 year old women retrieved 89 reported cases of adverse side effects.



These effects including anxiety, fatigue, hypertension, tremors, chest discomfort, nausea, panic attacks, cardiac murmurs, aggression, suicide attempts and completed suicides. The results are broken down by case and list specific symptoms and reactions caused by the drug in each reported case.

Another search of Zoloft and its effects on young children included cases of cerebral disorders, upper respiratory tract infections, sleep disorders, vertigo, hallucinations, psychomotor hyperactivity and suicidal ideation.

The database only includes information on cases that were actually reported to the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System between 2004 and 2008. Based on the FDA's own estimates, only about 1 to 10 percent of adverse drug side effects are even reported to the FDA. The CCHR's database, therefore, represents only a small margin of the population that has been affected by adverse side effects of pharmaceutical psychiatric drugs.

Visitors to the site will also notice an interesting anecdote that describes how the definition of poison - a substance that causes death or harm when consumed by a living organism - clearly characterizes the drugs listed in the database. Consumers are encouraged to research potential problems of a drug before agreeing with their doctors to start a course of therapy.

Sources for this article include www.cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers


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September 23, 2011

Top 5 Outdated Medical Treatments

Although not fully understand, people are always trying to tame the difficulties and challenges faced. The same is true with medicine. While we can never fully come to terms with the throes and devastations we are dealt by the natural world, that doesn’t stop us from trying to mount a saddle on the very worst of it. Along the way to a closer understanding of virtual infinity, there have been stubborn and idealistic, if not necessary, shots in the dark with the hopes of an eventual hit, a glimpse of enlightenment. Here are some of the best works of medical science in his day, which is now considered obsolete.
1. Peg Legs

Peg legs were the prosthetic limb of choice for pirates and Civil War-era amputees who wanted to get their hobble on. A crude hunk of wood fastened to the remaining leg-matter, a peg leg was an option for upright mobility that today is a lot better than was the case a few hundred years ago: nowadays artificial legs and prosthetics allow the legless to run in Olympic-caliber strides, and move about without looking distinctly “parrot less.”

2. Leeches

Even while leeches are still used to this day, it’s not often you go to the doctor complaining of a sore throat and he pulls out a juicy leech as a remedy. Barber-surgeons relied on this natural blood-letter to fix virtually every medieval ailment, thinking it could drain all impurities in a really good suck session. While it sounds barbaric, leeches do have true medical merit; they are used in some kinds of reconstructive surgery to prevent clotting, as the leeches produce a special anti-coagulant enzyme (called hirudin) in their saliva for that very purpose.

3. Blood-Letting

Blood-letting stems back to an ancient Greek tradition, where in which blood would be drained from an afflicted individual in order to balance the bodily “humors” which were thought to be the determining factors of one’s health. This practice was kept up in medieval Europe as barber-surgeons would drain blood to rid toxins.



4. Barber-Surgeons

You may notice whenever you go to get a haircut by some lost-in-time WWII vet who really loves baseball, something that looks like a slice of a giant candy cane marking the door. What you may not realize is the origin of such a universal staple which goes back to when haircuts and major surgery shared a common denominator: the barber-surgeon. The red and white striping hails directly from the bloody bandages which said hack-artist would drape around a pole. Thankfully barbers these days only operate with a pair of hair clippers and the occasional lollipop.

5. Cocaine

The ultimate painkiller, cocaine used to be prescribed for a variety of mundane ailments, ranging from depression to headaches, and was naturally the best sought way to make all bad feelings turn to good ones. That was before it became illegal, or any kind of official evaluation or prolonged study turned out any possible negative effect of treating the stuff like aspirin, such as the addictive qualities, possibilities of overdose, and psychological/cardiological detriments. Freud himself had more than a bad habit, which explained all his vivid dreams, and saw no reason his patients couldn’t benefit themselves from his favorite nose candy. While it may have lost its favor in medical science, it maintained its popularity in nightclubs straight into the eighties.

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September 14, 2011

Yumeiho Therapy

 yumeiho therapy pictYumeiho therapy is a self-healing techniques with the correct body bone radically. Movements in Yumeiho manipulation done by shaking the joints thoroughly with hip bone as its center. Yumeiho therapy aimed at restoring balance to the body to mobilize resources to enhance the body's immune lives to fight various diseases, so the body can heal itself because the body is the best doctor for every illness.

Yumeiho therapy not to cure disease or symptoms based on the phenomenon, but finding the cause of disease according to symptoms.
Many cases may actually be cured, one of which is a pinched nerve problem. It usually occurs in the father or mother in middle age where they lifted something heavy in body position are less fit, then there feeling like a sprain in his spine. Usually followed by pain that is. On his journey, the longer the pain does not go away, can even lead to other problems such as problems of the digestive organs, often dizzy, easily tired, sexuality issues, to not infrequently lead to paralysis

Usually when it comes to a nerve doctor, patients are given just a pinched nerve pain relief medications, or spinal surgery is offered. It is conceivable, spine surgery is very risky but also very costly.

Theory Yumeiho method is based on the fact, that more than 95% of people have been wrong since the birth of their pelvic position.

Results rongent Scoliosis patients before and after therapy Yumeiho

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Yumeiho therapy benefits:

1. Make the body feel warm, fresh and comfortable, no load in the liver or fear such as in hospitals.

2. Eliminate tired of the blood circulation becomes regular and metabolic body to be smooth.
3. Increase endurance. So that the body is able to fight diseases that enter the body. so it will not fall into a severe illness.
4. Increases immunity to cold weather.
5. Elevate the body, especially for children and adolescents in its infancy. This occurs because the distance between the intervertebral become wide and the spine is straight.
6. Beautify the face, removing wrinkles on the face and treat eczema. Also form a tight breasts.
7. Creating a flexible body movement and movement is lively and aggressive.
8. Improving sexual function.

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