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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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Can Maracuja Oil Revitalize Your Skin?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

One newly trendy ingredient in natural skincare products is maracuja oil, a substance sourced from the seeds of the passionflower or passion fruit plant. Fans of maracuja oil suggest that it can help shield skin by locking in moisture and reversing signs of aging (such as fine lines and wrinkles).

Although there's not much scientific support behind the supposedly skin-saving effects of maracuja oil, some research shows that the oil is rich in linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid that plays a central role in skin function) as well as in antioxidants (a class of compounds found to fight sun damage when applied to the skin).

Other sources of skin-protecting essential fatty acids include argan oil, baobab, and sea buckthorn) (all commonly found in natural skincare products). There's also some evidence that upping your intake of antioxidant-rich foods and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance your skin's health.

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Thalassotherapy for Fibromyalgia

Thursday April 17, 2014

To soothe the pain and ease the fatigue commonly associated with fibromyalgia, some patients have tried a type of alternative medicine known as thalassotherapy. Sometimes considered a form of hydrotherapy, this practice involves using the ocean, seawater, or marine products like algae and seaweed to promote healing. It's thought that--once absorbed into the body--minerals found naturally in seawater (including magnesium and zinc) can help fight mineral deficiencies and enhance health.

Although research on thalassotherapy is limited, a few studies have shown that fibromyalgia patients may experience improvements in mental and physical health after undergoing this treatment. There's also some evidence that thalassotherapy may boost emotional health in people with fibromyalgia, a condition closely linked to anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues.

Other alternative approaches that show promise in the management of fibromyalgia symptoms include receiving massage and practicing yoga.

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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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