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Phellinus Linteus: A Cancer-Fighting Mushroom?

A type of medicinal mushroom that grows on mulberry trees, Phellinus linteus may help shore up your immune system and curb cancer development.

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Spikenard Oil: An Aromatherapy Remedy for Anxiety?

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Extracted from a plant in the valerian family), spikenard oil is a type of essential oil sometimes used in aromatherapy. Bearing a strong, earthy scent, spikenard oil is said to soothe anxiety (as well as relieve stress and alleviate insomnia).

So far, researchers have yet to test the health effects of spikenard oil in scientific studies. However, a number of essential oils said to blend well with spikenard oil have been found to offer anxiety-easing effects. For instance, studies suggest that essential oils of lavender and rose may help tame anxiety symptoms. What's more, bergamot essential oil also appears to lessen anxiety.

When using any kind of essential oil, it's important to combine it with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado) before applying directly to your skin.

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Can Hyssop Ease Asthma Symptoms?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Asthma is on the rise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. As of 2009, one in 12 people in the United States now suffers from this respiratory disorder, compared with one in 14 people in 2001. For help in easing asthma symptoms and enhancing respiratory health, some patients turn to such natural remedies as hyssop (an herb found in the mint family and commonly consumed in tea form).

While research on the asthma-fighting effects of hyssop is very limited, a preliminary study published in 2011 found that hyssop extract may aid in asthma treatment. In tests on rats, the study's authors determined that asthma may help curb asthma-associated inflammation of the airways.

There's some evidence that alternative therapies like biofeedback, as well as herbal remedies like butterbur and bromelain, may also help treat asthma naturally. What's more, keeping your weight in check may help with asthma control.

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Lessons from Tibetan Medicine

Monday April 7, 2014

One of the longest-practiced systems of medicine on the planet, Tibetan medicine has been deemed "the world's first integrative medicine." Somewhat similar to ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine , Tibetan medicine centers on the use herbal remedies for healing. In addition, practitioners of Tibetan medicine closely rely on mind-body techniques like meditation and yoga, as well as on nutritional therapy, exercise, massage, and moxibustion.

One of the key principles of Tibetan medicine is that your digestion offers insight into your overall health. To that end, practitioners maintain that many common health troubles stem from imbalances in the digestive system.

For a stronger digestive system, it's essential to drink plenty of water, practice mindful eating, and make sure you're getting enough beneficial bacteria (also known as probiotics). Check out this article for more advice on nurturing your digestive health.

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Can Jiaogulan Fight Fat?

Friday April 4, 2014

Sometimes touted as a natural weight loss aid, the herb jiaogulan has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. While few studies have tested the fat-fighting effects of jiaogulan (often referred to as "Southern ginseng"), a study published in the journal Obesity in 2013 found that the herb may help promote weight loss and trim abdominal fat in obese people. Compared to study members given a placebo, those assigned to 12 weeks of treatment with jiaogulan showed a significantly greater reduction in body mass index, body fat mass, and abdominal fat.

Research suggests that jiaogulan may also help treat a number of other health problems, including diabetes, asthma, and anxiety disorders linked to chronic stress. For more help in promoting weight loss naturally, consider such remedies as cayenne pepper. There's some evidence that adding cayenne to meals may help curb your appetite and rev up your calorie-burning rate.

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