Natural Health Products

Article by Patveda

A natural health product is a fast growing industry as now people have understood the vale of living close to nature. With the advent of twentieth century, man had devised certain method to control his own health and living conditions that are basically artificial. And are now paying the price of it. No doubt man has remained the part of nature but it’s a fact that he has also exploited the nature like a beast.

But as it is said that humans are the most intelligent animal in all the living entities present on the planet, hence he is now realizing the value of natural health products. The natural health products are the ways in which we utilize natural supplements for a certain physical or mental health condition that helps us in maintaining a proper balance in the body to avoid the invasion of any foreign particles and infections.

There are various natural health products available world wide as the most of the old system of medicines have again been revived. Chinese system of medicines, Indian system of medicines (Ayurveda), Greek system of medicines, Tibetian system etc have long been prevailing with us. Our kitchen contains most of the natural health products supplements in the raw form like ginger, garlic etc.

Natural health products are the products that comprises of those products of herbal origin that helps in curing a certain diseased contain in the body. There are many things that you can get in your kitchen and many in grocery shops that you have been using unknowing as natural health products.

Natural health products are totally free from any side effects and also are sift on the body. It does not have any kind of chemical involvement and thus is extremely safe for use even for children and women. People of all ages and group have been deriving benefit from these natural health supplements.

Some of the most commonly used natural health products are:-

Triphala – natural colon cleanser
Shatavari – For enhancement of general health
Shialajit – for enhancement of sexual power of a man
Gurman – for control of diabetes
Garcinia – for natural weight management and weight loss
Bacopa – natural brain enhancer
Indian goose berry – immunity enhancer
Ashwagandha – natural body growth promoter

These are the products that you can easily co relate to and must in your life time have used without even realizing that these are natural health products.

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The Future of Herbal Medicines within Modern Society

Article by Greer Deal

What are Herbal Medicines?

“Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.” <sup>1</sup> These medicines use plant-based materials for the treatment of specific symptoms or diseases with many herbs and herbal formulations having been used for centuries within different cultures e.g. India and China.

Current Trends and Regulations

Today, the public is more informed about their health and the options available to them to prevent and/or treat disease. Couple this knowledge with the current focus on organics and health foods, herbal medicines have become increasingly popular. The traditional herbs and herbal formulations used in India and China are making their way into Europe and so increasing the range of herbal medicines available. Because of this trend, it is even more important that people are aware that herbal medicines do have a physiological effect on the body and therefore, should be used with care. Until recently, the regulation of herbal remedies within the UK has been fairly relaxed but particular safety concerns have come to light, for example, the interaction of St John’s Wort with some conventional medicines.

Currently herbal medicines can reach the market via the following three routes:

• Unlicensed herbal remedies

• Registered traditional herbal medicines

• Licensed herbal medicines

a) Unlicensed herbal remedies

At the moment most herbal remedies within the UK are unlicensed as they are exempt from holding a product licence or marketing authorisation as per the exemption outlined in Section 12 of the Medicines Act 1968.

b) Registered traditional herbal medicines

On the 30th October 2005 a new scheme the “Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme” was introduced within the UK which is also a requirement of the European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products (2004/24/EC). This is a simplified registration scheme where remedies are required to meet standards of safety and quality but not necessarily the same level of efficacy as for a fully licensed product.

c) Licensed herbal medicines

Currently there are approximately 500 herbal medicines which have a product licence (marketing authorisation). In order to obtain a product licence, a company has to demonstrate that their herbal medicine meets certain standards of safety, quality and efficacy. For many, it has been difficult to meet the required criteria and this is one of the reasons why the Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme has been introduced. Licensed herbal medicines can be readily identified by a unique nine number Product Licence number on the product container or packaging with the prefix “PL”.

The Future

Due to safety and quality concerns, the sale of unlicensed herbal remedies is no longer allowed and all herbal medicines must have either a Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) or a Product Licence (PL). There is, however, one exception to this and that’s where the herbal remedy can meet both of the following requirements:

1) it is legally on the UK market as an unlicensed herbal remedy in accordance with s12(2) of the Medicines Act 1968 and

2) was also legally on the UK market under s12(2) at 30 April 2004

As long as the herbal remedy does meet these two requirements, it will qualify for transitional protection and, therefore, can continue to be marketed as an unlicensed herbal remedy until 30 April 2011 provided it continues to comply with the requirements of s12(2).<sup>2</sup>

All companies must take note that any herbal remedy which does not have a Traditional Herbal Registration or a Product Licence after 30 April 2011 will not be allowed to sell or market their remedy. If it is already on the market, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will insist that it is withdrawn even if the company has submitted their application and are waiting for approval.

Recently, the MHRA demonstrated their authority to withdraw a product from the market. They discovered that Neal’s Yard Remedies’ homeopathic product “Malaria Officinalis 30c” didn’t have a product licence even though all homeopathic remedies are classed as medicines and this product was clearly to be used for the treatment or prevention of malaria. The company have now withdrawn this remedy.<sup>3</sup>

Today, the challenge for herbal companies is to provide the correct information to satisfy the criteria and standards set by the MHRA in order to continue selling their herbal remedies. With tight budgets and lack of resources, it is important to consultant a regulatory professional who has experience in liaising with the MHRA and deals with regulations on a day-to-day basis. A regulatory compliance consultancy, such as Global Regulatory Services, can help ease this extra regulatory burden and ensure that herbal remedies can continue to be offered to the public as a safe alternative and/or complementary product to conventional medicine.

1 Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

2 Source: MHRA

3 Source: MHRA Press Release, 6 May 2008

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Greer Deal is the Founder and CEO of Global Regulatory Services Ltd. which has been created to offer regulatory advice and services to a wide range of industry sectors. Her website is www.globalregulatoryservices.com and she can be contacted on +44(0) 1353 774000.

The Best Brain Enhancer Supplement On The Market Today Is Omega 3 /DHA Fish Oil

Article by Gordon P Hall

There are many medications on the market today which purport to help your brain, however the best brain enhancer supplements that I know of is good old fashioned Omega 3 /DHA fish oil. If your memory is starting to play tricks with you, for instance, you go into the kitchen to get something, you look into the fridge, but you can not remember what you went into the kitchen for.

You need Omega 3 /DHA fish oil, to give your memory a small nudge. I started to forget the small details that I needed to remember to write articles. I have been taking Omega 3 /DHA fish oil as brain enhancer supplements for over two years now, and I am glad to say, my memory seems to be getting better each and every day.

When you start taking Omega 3 /DHA fish oil as brain enhancer supplements, the benefits do not stop there. You see, the Omega 3 /DHA fish oil helps to prevent cardiovascular problems as well. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. The company that I buy my oil from has developed an Omega 3 supplement that has double the anti-inflammatory properties of other highly concentrated oils.

The Omega 3 brain enhancer supplements help our pregnant women’s foetuses as well. You see, the DHA fatty acids help to build the foetuses cerebral cortex. When you consider that this is tied to the babies IQ, you can understand how important this is for the normal development of the baby.

The benefits of the DHA do not stop there. The DHA helps to build the babies immune system, preventing allergies later on in life.

There is one thing you must remember though, only buy Omega 3 supplements that have been molecularly distilled to remove the impurities such as the heavy metals like lead and mercury. And the toxins such as the PCBs. The PCBs have been known to cause cancer and this is the only method that will get rid of them. The oil that remains after this process will be as pure as you can buy.

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Cognitive Supplement Manufacturing Trends

Article by Kevin A

The demand for supplements that support cognitive health is booming. Although aging is associated with declining memory, the alarming news is that symptoms of cognitive deficiencies are occurring more frequently and exhibited in younger age groups as well. As research develops consumers are seeking a wide array of botanicals and nutrients that could help boost brain functions and improve moods.

According to the Nutrition Business Journal (Oct 2009) trends in 2010 are predicted to favor ingredients that help improve cognitive health. According to this report, 2010 is the right time for new cognitive health products that will help stressed out professionals, children and the elderly improve their moods and enhance their mental acuities.

Who’s Looking for a Brain Boost?

Data from the 2007 Health & Wellness Trends from the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI is a market research organization based in Pennsylvania), shows that 71% of the general population is concerned about memory loss.Those over 65. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that every 70 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this will increase to every 33 seconds. Older African Americans (two times more likely) and Hispanics (one and half times more likely) are considered more likely to get Alzheimer’s than older white people.Longer life expectancies and a growing baby boomer population will add to the growth of the aging population.Half a million Americans under 65 suffer from some form of cognitive deficiency.

Research behind the Brain

Although there is no cure for dementia, research reveals that there may be controllable factors and preventative strategies that could be adopted for either delaying or even possibly avoiding age-related decline in cognitive health.

Nutraceuticals support healthy brain functions through a number of mechanisms. They work as antioxidants protecting cellular integrity; they help to improve blood flow to the brain and exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.

Nutraceuticals for Cognitive Health

Algal DHA / omega 3 fatty acids1 is known to improve learning skills and memory in older adults.Turmeric2 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It is known to have a positive influence on neurotransmitter production.Chromium Picolinate3 may improve memory functions in elderly adults.Sage extracts4 have cholinergic effect and therefore improve cognitive abilities.Brahmi5, Bacopa monnieri, a traditional herb from India, dates back thousands of years and is used to increase intelligence and improve memory.Resveratrol6,helps to promote blood flow to the brain and impacts cognitive functions.Vitamin D7, a lack of this vitamins in the body is associated with impaired cognitive functions in the elderly.

Phosphatidylcholine8 is possibly he most well-researched brain nutrient showing significant improvement in memory retention, learning and concentration in middle-aged and elderly individuals suffering from impaired memory functions. Huperzine A9 is a neuroprotective agent. It is known to improve memory and learning performance among adolescent students and the elderly.B12 vitamin and folate10 are important micronutrients that support healthy brain functions.Citicoline11 is ubiuitous. Its presence is in every cell assuring its structural integrity and signaling functions of cell membranes. Citicoline can cross the blood-brain barrier. Cognizin®, is a clinically proven generally recognized as safe (GRAS) ingredient that supports memory functions and cognitive skills.

Cognitive health supplements are typically manufactured in capsule form as they offer higher stability and longer shelf life.However, drink mixes have also become quite popular as of late.

Manufacturing Cognitive Health Supplements

If  your company is interested in meeting the growing demand for cognitive health supplements, you should partner with an experienced supplement manufacturer such as Nutricap Labs.

Since 2003, Nutricap Labs has been providing companies of all sizes with exemplary nutraceutical manufacturing solutions. They have a state-of-the-art GMP certified laboratory and a team of in-house product advisors that will work closely with you to formulate your own line of high-quality cognitive health supplements that will meet the needs of your target audience. They also offer in-house packaging, labeling and order fulfillment solutions.

If  selling a custom formula is not currently in your business plans and you’d prefer to privatelabel your own line of cognitive health supplements, you are in luck! Nutricap Labs’ private labeling division, Vitacap Labs, offers private labeling services with minimums as low as 96 bottles and product lead times as little as 3 to 5 weeks.

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From Natural Health and Back Again

Article by Boyd Martin

How did we get here?

Hippocrates It was Hippocrates, nearly 2400 years ago, who put forth the most influential ideas about human health and the creating and preserving of it. His observations and reasoning have formed the basic underpinnings of modern medicine, yet his approaches to actual medical conditions would be defined today as “alternative.” Hippocrates espoused such “alternative” ideas as:

· The natural healing power of the human body.

· The importance of eating wholesome unadulterated foods.

· The effect of thoughts and feelings on the health of the body.

Yet, as time wore on, the teachings of Hippocrates were forgotten, with men of medicine reverting to dogmatic and fatalistic approaches to disease, using astrology, numerology and religious superstitions. Disease prevention and even daily hygiene were dismissed.

Enter Paracelsus, in the first half of the 16th Century, who attacked the dogmatic belief of his modern doctors that the human body is controlled exclusively by the stars and the planets. He insisted upon the right to discover latent powers of nature by daring to use his faculties of observation and imagination. He stressed the healing power of nature, and raged against modern methods, such as wound treatment that prevented natural drainage of bodily fluids.

Paracelsus

Paracelsus was particularly interested in the role earth elements–metals and minerals–played in the human body. He was the first to connect goiter with lead in drinking water. He correctly maintained that miner’s disease (silicosis) resulted from inhaling metal vapors. Doctors and clerics at the time maintained that miner’s disease was a punishment for sins.

As Europe emerged from the Middle Ages, and industrialization became the new cornucopia, technology leapt forward in the areas of mass production and building conveniences, exporting its promise of riches and luxury to America. As big factories were built, and cities arose, people worked and lived in close proximity. Efficiency for profit had become the battle cry of the new corporation, yet the medical establishment responsible for the health of the workers were still stuck in the Middle Ages. The concept of hygiene was considered heretical as late as the 1850′s, until such humanitarians as Florence Nightingale put forth such bold yet sensible statements as: “The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured, unstable minds, such as now rule in the medical profession. There are no specific diseases; there are specific disease conditions,” referring to overcrowding, filth, and lack of sunshine and fresh air in hospitals.

Soon the commercialization of chemical treatments for “specific disease conditions” ran full-steam ahead into the present day. The seemingly idealistic propositions of Hippocrates just aren’t profitable to industrialized medicine, and the power of profit is a heady temptation to young graduating medical students.

With the advent of fast and convenient global communications and transportation–not to mention the Internet–the Real Medicine of Hippocrates, Paracelsus and Florence Nightingale is making more and more common sense to the general public, despite apparently endless deep pockets of the drug corporation’s media blitzes. There is hope for Human Health on Planet Earth, and in honor of this Hope, we salute those who created it.

Pioneers of the North American Natural Health Movement

Sylvester Graham (1794-1851)

Sylvester Graham shocked the Victorian society of his day by preaching a vegetarian lifestyle. In lectures and in his Treatise on Bread and Breadmaking (1837), Graham extolled the virtues of bulk matter in food, over a hundred years before the importance of dietary fiber became widely recognized. His original “Graham Bread” was the centerpiece of a vegetarian diet created with the intent of suppressing carnal urges, which he believed were the source of many maladies.

John H. Tilden (1851-1940)

With his theory of toxemia, or infectious bacteria, John Tilden recognized the role of stress in causing disease long before this became an accepted idea. Tilden practiced medicine for years before losing faith in drugs and searching for a new understanding of disease. He observed that health is impaired when a person’s nervous energy becomes dissipated and the body is no longer able to properly eliminate the toxic by-products of metabolism. The resulting state of self-intoxication, or toxemia, was regarded by Tilden as the single underlying cause of impaired health.

John Harvey Kellogg (1855-1946)

John Harvey Kellogg was an important promoter of vegetarianism and founder of the Battle Creek health center. He is the author of the most comprehensive American textbook on hydrotherapy, Rational Hydrotherapy. Kellogg was a leading member of the American Medical Association, but he cured tuberculosis patients with a natural foods vegetarian diet, water, fresh air and sunshine, enraging the Association. Kellogg’s brother, Will, developed shredded wheat, cornflakes, granola biscuits and other health foods.

Henry Lindlahr (1862-1924)

Henry Lindlahr, one of the most successful early American nature doctors, was a rich, corpulent Montana business tycoon in his mid-thirties when he was diagnosed with incurable diabetes and advised by physicians to prepare for his death. Instead, inspired by The New Science of Healing by Louis Kuhne and a visit to a Kneipp clinic in his native Germany, Lindlahr began to apply natural healing methods to himself. Lindlahr believed that chronic disease was caused by the accumulation of waste matter and poisons in the body, and that acute disease was nature’s way of cleansing the body.

Arnold Ehret (1866-1922)

As a young man, he suffered from Bright’s disease, the principal symptoms being mucus and albumin in the urine. In his search for a cure, Ehret traveled through Europe and Africa studying vegetarianism, naturopathy, medicine, and physiology. While in North Africa, eating primarily fruits, and fasting, he regained his vitality. Ehret wrote The Mucusless Diet Health System and The Story of My Life. Ehret believed that the goal of his therapy is to get rid of wastes by eating foods that do not cause obstruction and by fasting occasionally.

William Howard Hay (1866-1940)

The American medical doctor Howard Hay turned to natural medicine when he became very ill with Bright’s disease and cured himself by changing his diet. He ate food only in its natural form and only as much as necessary. He also found it important to respect what he called the immutable laws of chemistry, combining foods that had compatible digestive chemistry. The Hay Diet became the basis of Hay’s therapy. He wrote A New Health Era, and How To Always Be Well. He taught that an organ needs healthy cells to function, and that healthy cells can only be built up through proper nutrition.

Benedict Lust (1872-1945)

In his twenties, Lust went to New York City to seek his fortune and contracted serious tuberculosis. Lust returned to his native Germany to die. There, he managed to visit Father Sebastian Kneipp, and after submitting to Kneipp’s hydrotherapy, Lust was cured in eight months. Although Lust sought to diffuse some of the hostility of mainstream doctors by studying medicine, he was brought to court countless times. It was in this context of persecution that the term “naturopathy” was adopted to designate the science of natural healing in the United States.

Dr. Norman Walker (1867-1985)

Norman Walker popularized fresh vegetable and fruit juices in the US and Canada. The English-born businessman discovered the value of vegetable juices while recovering from a breakdown in a peasant house in the French countryside. Watching the woman in the kitchen peel carrots, he noticed their moistness under the peel. He decided to try grinding them, and had his first cup of carrot juice. When he recovered, Walker moved to Long Beach, California. With a medical doctor, he opened a juice bar and offered home delivery service. From 1910 to 1930, they devised dozens of fresh juice formulas for specific conditions. Walker believed colon cleansing with fresh juices was the key to good health. Walker designed his own juicer, the Norwalk, in two parts–a grinder to grind the vegetables and a press to extract the juice. He lived to be 119 years old, and gave his fresh juices credit for his long, healthy life.

Linus Pauling (1902-1994)

Linus Pauling was one of this century’s great scientists, the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes. In the late 1960s, Pauling became interested in nutrition and the role of vitamins. He began using Vitamin C in 1966, and in 1970, he published his findings on the healing powers of Vitamin C, in Vitamin C and the Common Cold. It was immediately accepted by lay readers, but scorned or ignored by the medical community. In 1986, he published How to Live Longer and Feel Better, a scathing indictment of the health care establishment which he dubbed “the sickness industry.” Pauling was the honorary president of the American Orthomolecular Medical Association, whose members promote the use of conventional medical therapies in conjunction with vitamin supplements and nutritional therapy. He also founded the Linus Pauling Institute in Corvallis, Oregon.

Paul C. Bragg (1881-1976)

Paul Bragg was an energetic promoter of natural health and nutrition through health crusades, books, tapes, radio, TV and personal appearances. He was perhaps best known for his popularization of the beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar. Crippled by tuberculosis as a teenager, Bragg developed an eating, breathing, and exercise program of running, swimming, biking and weight training to rebuild his body. Bragg opened the first health food store in the US, and inspired followers to do the same. He pioneered the nationwide availability of herb teas, health beverages, seven-grain cereals and crackers, health cosmetics, health candies, vitamins and minerals. He broadcast radio health programs from Hollywood and a TV show called “Health and Happiness.” With his daughter Patricia Bragg, he ran the Longer Life, Health and Happiness Club in Hawaii. He died before his time at the age of 95 in a body-surfing accident.

Adelle Davis (1904-1974)

During her more than forty years as a consulting nutritionist and author of the best selling “Let’s…” series of books on diet and health, Adelle Davis was a vociferous and relentless critic of North American eating habits. She also alleged a conspiracy among food processors, chemical and drug companies, and the government which promoted nutritional impoverishment. Ahead of her time again, she advised against giving antibiotics to children (or anyone) for routine, non-life-threatening illnesses. Davis also chided professional dieticians for asserting that white flour is just as nutritious as whole grain.

Dr. John R. Christopher (1909-1983)

During World War II, Christopher became the US Army’s only practicing herbalist. As a conscientious objector, he was placed in charge of a medical dispensary at Fort Lewis. After he cured a case of “incurable” impetigo with a black-walnut tincture, he was allowed access to the medical laboratory. He developed his first herbal formulas in this laboratory. After the war, Christopher studied herbology at the Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began a herbal practice in Olympia, Washington, before moving back to Salt Lake City. His herbal formulas are now marketed under the widely recognized labels Nature’s Way and Nature’s Herbs.

Ann Wigmore (1909-1994)

Ann Wigmore is best known for her promotion of the health value of wheatgrass. Born in Lithuania in 1909, she was raised by her grandmother, who introduced her to herbal cures. After she joined her parents in the U.S., Wigmore surmounted two personal crises which showed her that natural healing was to be her mission. First, she managed to cure a patient’s crushed leg which was to be amputated by applying her knowledge of the healing power of grasses, chlorophyll-rich weeds and flowers. Then, at age fifty, she cured herself of colon cancer using the same methods. Wigmore studied homeopathy and naturopathy at the Anglo-American Institute of Drugless Therapy in London, England. In 1963, she opened America’s first holistic health center, the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, later renamed the Ann Wigmore Foundation. Wigmore was especially aware of the health-building importance of enzymes available in raw foods, and that is why cooked foods are absent from her program.

The Natural healing explosion…

As the basic concepts of “natural healing” are disseminated and accepted by consumers, the drug treatment approaches to specific diseases begins to make less and less sense to all but the least interested. The tenets of self-treatment through health responsibility, positive attitudes about the healing power of the body, as well as hope, confidence, and the striving for a vibrant life, are all part of the Natural Healing modality.

Taking responsibility for one’s own health is so much more rewarding than handing it over to medical drug therapists, and millions of success cases attest to the effectiveness of doing so. Now, more than ever, we all have access to healing and health naturally!

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Boyd is a professional writer from Portland, Oregon. He writes primarily about his passions: health, nutrition, metaphysics, consciousness, music and drumming. He is a professional drummer, and maintains a daily Bikram yoga practice. Boyd is currently editor and webmaster of subtleenergysolutions.com, a company specializing in bringing energy medicine products to market.

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Benefits of Using Herbal Medicine

Article by Oz Zeldom

Herbs have been used for healing purposes and to promote wellness since from the ancient times. Nowadays, herbal medicines, and health and dietary supplements are flooding the markets today. People have begun to recognize the usage of herbal medicines and natural remedies because of the numerous advantages it has. The use of herbal medicine is widespread and growing. In fact, herbs are always the alternative medicine and primary source of health care for more people in the world.

People are greatly concerned about the efficacy and side effects of many synthetic drugs, and hence choose herbal medicines for providing a safe and natural alternative treatment for many health problems. Among the many benefits in using herbal medicines, some of them are as follows:

Herbal medicines are not categorized as medicines but are treated as food as they are natural products. Herbal medicines need not be tested to prove that they work well and are safe before they are sold. Herbal medicines are even more convenient to buy. You can buy herbal medicines without a prescription. Herbal medicines are much cheaper than synthetic drugs.

The use of herbal medicines in the right way provides effective and safe treatment for many ailments. The effectiveness of the herbal medicines is mostly subjective to the patient. The potency of the herbal medicines varies based on the genetic variation of the herbs, growing conditions of the herbs, timing and method of harvesting of the herbs, exposure of the herbs to air, light and moisture, and type of preservation of the herbs.

Herbal medicines can be used for healing purposes and to promote wellness. Herbal medicines are not addictive or habit forming, but are powerful nutritional agents that support the body naturally. Herbal medicines promote health and serve as excellent healing agents without side effects. Chinese herbs are taken as tonics to enhance physical and mental well-being. Herbal medicines are safe and effective for health, healing, weight loss/gain/maintenance, etc. Herbal medicine can nourish the body’s deepest and most basic elements.

Herbal medicines are great body balancers that help regulate body functions. Natural therapies such as herbal medicines can be used to support balance process of our body. Herbal medicines offer the nutrients that the body fails to receive due to poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil and air.

Herbal medicines can be used to treat many diseases such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome, etc., and can be used for maintaining general health. Herbal preparations are the best when taken under the guidance of a trained professional. When used correctly, herbal medicines are considered safer than conventional medications.

Though herbal medicines have so many advantages, herbal medicines does not necessarily mean safe for you always. Many natural substances and herbal medicines can be harmful if taken in over doses or if used wrongly. More over, herbal medicines may not be pure sometimes. Unregulated, herbal products may be mislabeled and may contain undeclared additives and adulterants. They may also include other things such as plant pollen or contaminants that could make you sick. Hence, it is always wise to consult with your doctor first before taking your herbal medications. Testing and standardized manufacturing of herbal medicines and supplements is needed, in order to have the full benefits of herbal medicines. Researches reveal that all herbal medicines should be stopped 2 weeks before any surgery.

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Brain Enhancement Methods Techniques Software and New technology Tools

Article by Leon Edward

Brain Enhancement can be attained with natural and technical methods both rather quickly and longer term more permanent results. You will be glad you spent the extra effort in optimizing your brain power and maintaining brain health for your entire life. Being smarter and optimizing your IQ, you will also be happier and more than likely financially successful.

Some short term fixes that can show improvent almost immediately include simply improving your posture, correctly breathing, modifying your diet – yes you can be more intelligent, smarter and be happier in life just by giving yourself the right fuel, having the right diet and even boosting performance with supplements as simple as caffeine in limited amounts.

A brain needs a lot of water and oxygen for optimal functioning. It is estimated that your brain will use about one fifth of your entire oxygen consumption. even though the brain makes up hardly any of your entire body weight. If you take away oxygen supply from us, our brain performance decreases immensely. If you start to feel drowsy, even lazy and not that alert, get some fresh air, walk down to the water cooler for a double dose of brain food, oxygen and water.

After large meals, our digestive processing uses up a good portion of the available oxygen in biochemical reactions and limits the oxygen percentage that the brain receives through the blood transport. Subsequently, many of us feel sleepy after such a large meal. A suggestion here is rather than eat three full meals a day, choose twice as many smaller meals or snacks. Many work lifestyles might prevent breaking throughout the day even for a few minutes, so there is another way. It is to chew up your food extremely well allowing some breakdown of food or digestion to occur within the mouth alleviating the stomach of the full oxygen depleting digestion processing.

Blood transports nutrients and oxygen to our brain which needs a vast amount of blood circulation. Of course blood is made up of mostly water, so its easy to see the role of water in optimizing brain functioning here, drinking water is essential for optimal concentration and mental alertness.

The brain needs a constant supply. So do not reach the point where your mouth is dry and your desperately needing water. At that point, you are already dehydrated. Keep a steady supply of water throughout the day, keep sipping it as you work or exercise or even watching television. Long term, brainwave patterns have been entrained to match electrical frequencies associated with advanced brain functioning. By listening to computer generated tones that are emitted at specific frequencies, your brain’s electrical impulses will match these generated electrical impulses. We can thank how we were created for our brain’s ability to in a sense learn without having to learn.

Brainwave entrainment can actually be a shortcut to success as brain wave patterns can be developed quickly instead of the method of many super successful in the past often requiring decades of training to form their neural pathways. The practice of entrainment relies on our brain’s ability to adapt to the preferred frequencies simply by listening to the corrected patterns in certain deep states of mind.

Meditation is a natural method that has been scientifically proven in some cases to effect the brain physically. First, meditation allows better breathing and with it the benefits of oxygen and improved blood flow as previously written here. Meditation can be learned from a beginner book from your library, articles on the web written by authorities in this field, and of course specialized training which can become quite expensive.

The benefits of meditation are worth it to many, as it is known to create a sense of heightened awareness, better focus, increased learning ability, improved recall and long term memory. Being quiet and listening in the learned relax state can provide your brain with better performance as actually processing information becomes more efficient as proven with the latest brain technology monitoring.

Simple self hypnosis has shown improvement to a limited extent in accelerated learning, absorbing information faster with eye movement and still increasing comprehension. Some hypnosis in repeated sessions will increase the processing of information and subsequently recall. This is an area that has definitely shown proven results in brain improvement, however the reliability has not been flawless as some people will not be changed.

The scientific community has also discovered that our brains have a hidden potential for improvement, creative thinking and optimal usage. Minimizing the detrimental effects that effect brain optimization is another field of study by many and a topic with too numerous fail modes to include all here in detail.

Besides the physical limitations by lack of oxygen, water, exercise, incorrect nutrients, there exists new causes of brain degradation all of which are not clearly defined. Poor effects are known already from harmful stress, negative thoughts, distractions, excessive noise, alcohol, chemicals and more.

There is new hope as well as great strides are being made in researching radiant thinking, mind mapping, linear thinking, creative visualization and effects, imagery, positive thoughts, positive surroundings and effects of affirmations…

Remember, your brain cells crave stimulation. Use your brain throughout life. If your work doesn’t challenge you, go out and play brain games even, write, keep a daily journal.

Some of the great minds in history as Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton, Thomas Faraday, Einstein, even Steven Hawking (electronically) were compulsive journal or diary maintainers and many people in a wide variety of professional disciplines have proven the IQ building effects of daily journal success, themselves being super high achievers.

At whatever intelligence level you are at now, you can improve your brain functioning and maintain optimal performance as you age.

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Leon Edward helps people improve Brain Health, be smarter and increase brain power, focus, memory, concentration, IQ, creativity at his intelligence improvement website.

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What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

Article by John Scott

The marketers are out in force these days. They want to convince everyone that there is a pill to cure all ills. Oral medications are convenient for the patient. Just swallow and wait for results. They are profitable for the doctors because it takes only a minute to write out a prescription and wheel in the next patient. If you have to talk to the patients, this is fewer patients per day and less profit. It’s great for the pharmaceutical industry. Just press the “go” button on the machines in the factory to make the pills and watch the money roll into the bank account. But, as a country, do we really want everyone to be dependent on pills? Surely there must be a better way of delivering treatment to those who need it. Well, in the question lies the answer. The most effective treatments deal with the patient as a human being with a problem instead of a piece of meat to be pacified and sent away with a pill. This is not to say that pills cannot and do not provide effective relief. The drugs used to treat anxiety are safe and effective. But all the major clinical trials show that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) produces better results than drugs. So what is CBT?

If you have an anxiety disorder, you should be the focus of attention. You need to move from a negative mindset to a positive outlook on life. Let’s take each of the letters in turn:

c = cognitive. Cognition is the process of thinking. It deals with beliefs, opinions and all the other emotions and ideas that run around inside our heads. The problem with anxiety is that you see the future and fear the worst. It’s great to have foresight. It helps you avoid danger. But you need a sense of proportion. Not everything is really dangerous, not everything has to be perfect, so you need to learn new priorities. Stop the automatic fear response. Slow down and think about the world more carefully. With a little determination, you can be more focused, avoid anger and frustration, and build a better outlook.

b= behavior. This is what you do and this is your chance to put that new world view into practice. When you have learned the new skills of relaxation, you have to confront the real-world situations where you have felt anxious. No more hiding away. You have to destress, grow calm and find peace as you try to reach your goals.

t = therapy where a guide teaches you coping skills so you can heal and recover from all that negative emotion and find new purpose and optimism. This is not teaching you to be less anxious. It’s teaching you to be more self-confident.

Nothing in CBT denies a role for xanax. It’s a great drug for the relief of anxiety over the short term. In fact, using xanax helps to calm your mind and make you more responsive to the therapy. As your mind slowly changes around to a positive way of thinking, you can ease off on the drug and allow yourself to start living life afresh. Let your new self-confidence crowd out the old fears and leave your mind calm.

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Which natural health supplements?

Article by Annaolivia

Natural health supplements – which nutritional remedies work? Which don’t supplement your health?  This Wonder Herb article shares the shocking truth.

Natural Health Supplements and the Foods That Are Killing Us.

The fact that you’re considering natural health supplements means you want to improve your health naturally. You probably know that cancer rates are higher than ever. That people are getting obscure diseases that didn’t even exist 50 years ago. That conventional medicine isn’t working.

Why is this happening?

Sure, it’s because the ever-increasing number of chemicals that we put on our skins and breathe in everyday but it also has a lot to do with our diets.
More importantly, 50 years ago, even though we lacked education in nutrition, the health foods we did eat were rich in nutrients. We ate real apples that weren’t chemically altered – that were freshly picked – not the 6 month old, genetically modified ones we get in supermarkets today.
Then there’s the fact that today, people are busier than ever, so more and more families are turning to pre-packaged, frozen meals as their main source of nutrition, than ever before. Frozen pizzas, pasta, white breads, over-processed cereals, biscuits, coke, energy drinks, confectionary, pies, processed meats, tinned foods – many laced with chemicals, artificial colours and flavours and preservatives. Most families eat these regularly as part of their daily diets. The reality is they offer very few natural health benefits.
The benefit of convenience is slowly killing us. We’re walking around overweight yet undernourished. We get more colds and flus than ever. There are more allergies in our schools than ever. And cancer rates are skyrocketing despite all the advancements in medicine.

Today, health foods and natural health supplements are vital just so we can feed our bodies with the nutrition we need to live healthy lives – the nutrition that food gave us many years ago.

The solution?

Lay off the packaged, pre-processed foods and turn to fresh fruits, vegetables and unprocessed grains. And – supplement your diet with high potency natural health supplements. The right brands and the right type of health supplement and health foods, at the right potency are very powerful ways of boosting your health naturally – and in many cases, without the need to rely on conventional medicine.

Which Nutritional and Vitamin Supplements Work Best For Your Health?
Often, some of the most potent, natural (not synthesized) health remedies aren’t readily available commercially in supermarkets. Instead, they are available online so health food companies can provide you with the highest quality and highest dosage of active, natural ingredients without the high cost of being sold in-store.

Ganoderma is one of them. For years, Chinese medical practitioners and herbalists have been hailing Ganoderma as the King of Herbs. The Ganoderma fungus is well known in Asia as being a master protector of the immune system. It has been known to do amazing things for cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, energy levels and dozens upon dozens of other health conditions.

The revolutionary thing about Ganoderma is that it is a health food that is rich, not only in anti-oxidants, but it is also packed with organic Germanium, Adenosine, amino acids, Polysaccharides, Ganoderic acids, vitamins, proteins, enzymes and minerals. Uniquely, it is also classified as an adaptogen. In other words, it actually penetrates and cleans toxic cells.
It’s little wonder then that natural health practitioners and Chinese herbalists rave about medicinal mushrooms. And with Ganoderma Lucidum being the richest in nutrients of all the medicinal mushrooms, it makes sense to add Ganoderma to your health arsenal.

For more information on Ganoderma and other natural, high potency natural health supplements, just check out the Wonderherb online health store where you can research and buy some of the world’s greatest “wonder herbs” online.
It’s little wonder then that natural health practitioners and Chinese herbalists rave about medicinal mushrooms. And with Ganoderma Lucidum being the richest in nutrients of all the medicinal mushrooms, it makes sense to add Ganoderma to your health arsenal.

For more information on Ganoderma and other natural, high potency natural health supplements, just check out the Wonderherb online health store where you can research and buy some of the world’s greatest “wonder herbs” online.
It’s little wonder then that natural health practitioners and Chinese herbalists rave about medicinal mushrooms. And with Ganoderma Lucidum being the richest in nutrients of all the medicinal mushrooms, it makes sense to add Ganoderma to your health arsenal.

For more information on Ganoderma and other natural, high potency natural health supplements, just check out the Wonderherb online health store where you can research and buy some of the world’s greatest “wonder herbs” online.
It’s little wonder then that natural health practitioners and Chinese herbalists rave about medicinal mushrooms. And with Ganoderma Lucidum being the richest in nutrients of all the medicinal mushrooms, it makes sense to add Ganoderma to your health arsenal.

For more information on Ganoderma and other natural, high potency natural health supplements, just check out the Wonderherb online health store where you can research and buy some of the world’s greatest “wonder herbs” online.
It’s little wonder then that natural health practitioners and Chinese herbalists rave about medicinal mushrooms. And with Ganoderma Lucidum being the richest in nutrients of all the medicinal mushrooms, it makes sense to add Ganoderma to your health arsenal.

For more information on Ganoderma and other natural, high potency natural health supplements, just check out the Wonderherb online health store where you can research and buy some of the world’s greatest “wonder herbs” online.

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Different Herbal Medicines for Diabetes

Article by herbal Cures

Over the ages, herbal medicines have been proven to treat diabetes and have numerous other uses in modern times.

Insulin rich substances are found in a number of plants and other species. What follows is a short yet descriptive review of various plants rich in diabetes substances and the process that of interaction in order to better understand it.

Remember that individual persons have different health related issues and constitution, so is true with how herbs, medication and other elements interact. If you are planning to take the alternative herbal medication, you are advised to seek the opinion from medical authorities specifically those with competent knowledge about these.

Among the many herbal alternatives, here’s a review of some few:

1. European blueberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) This is also known as bilberry. You may take 2-3 handful of leaves of this plant, soak in four cups of hot water for an hour. The leaves of this plant are known to be rich in natural sugar lowering action as stressed by traditional herbal medicine. Three cups of the concoction everyday will help you see result fast. Lately, it has been learned that berries or their extract bring more benefit to our health.

2. American Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Both animals and human studies conducted in 1985 have shown that this plant is rich in saponin that has shown hypoglycemic effect and increases the production of insulin. A separate study also shows American Ginseng to have successfully prevented type II diabetes blood sugar level from elevating.

3. Bitter Melon (Momordia Charantia) a study conducted in 2003 which was published in Americal Journal of Health-System Pharmacy showed hypoglycemic effect of this plant and is said to be more potent compared to Tolbutamide, a well known hypoglycemic drug. This is because of the active ingredient called charantin. Commonly found in India, Philippines, Malaysia and Australia, this herb can be served in various forms: sautéed, steamed or salad. Added to that, its juice, tea and dried herb are proven effective in maintaining blood sugar level.

4. Gynmena (Gymnema Sylvestre) The tropical forest of India is rich with this plant, it is proven effective in the reduction of glucose in the blood and aid restore pancreatic cell damage. The leaves of these plants are known to effectively increase blood insulin levels. Potential extract preparation may contain 300 mg of this herb’s active ingredient, the charantin.

5. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) Some tests have shown that this heb brings more benefit to animal and human types of diabetes and recorded to have anti-diabetic effects. The 15 g of powdered fenugreek seed, soaked in water have considerably reduced the level of after meal blood glucose and has proven its lipid lowering action. It is also potential to lower insulin resistance and improves lowering of blood sugar in type II diabetes.

6. Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Speciosa) According to tradition, this herb is used to treat diabetes in Asia, and have shown very promising results. However, there is a need for further studies in order to establish its safety and efficacy for long term use.

7. Holy Basil ( Ocimum Sanctum) This herb has significantly demonstrated 17.6% decrease in blood glucose, lower blood levels, cholesterol and triglycerides, studies revealed. This led to the conclusion that Holy Basil is proven potential remedy for mild to moderate diabetes. What is more about this herb is, it is simply and often served in the form of tea.

We have just named some of the most popular herbs that have proven effective in lowering blood sugar. Other herbs such aloe vera, psillium, cinnamon, garlic, Asian ginseng and salt bunch may also have the capacity to reduce blood glucose and other diabetes related disease.

The various discoveries of herbal alternatives is something to be happy about yet it is still important to seek the guidance of medical experts especially when using pharmaceutical products because they may have ill effects. It is also equally important to consider taking in of healthy food, regular exercise in our goal of attaining a healthy sugar levels.

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