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Herbal Diuretic

uva_ursiMultiple health problems can occur from excess fluid in the body. In fact, if we keep excess amount of water in our body, excess dietary sodium and diseases in the heart or kidney will occur at a greater chance.

Because of this, herbal diuretic became one of the best options for losing excess fluid in the body, and prevent the onset of several of these serious illnesses. However, herbal diuretics are not always advantageous. Like some the prescription diuretics, they are they tend to flush some important minerals that we need from our body. Nonetheless, herbal diuretics still persist as the better option compared to over-the-counter diuretic prescriptions.

One of the most popular and used herbal diuretics is an herb called Uva ursi. It is derived from the leaves of the bearberry tree, and it has been used for a long time, with good efficiency. In fact, since the Middle Ages, many herbals demonstrate that Uva ursi was a reliable herbal diuretic, and was often applied in an urinary infection. By the end of the eighteenth century, it had become an official entry in the London Pharmacopoeia.

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Uva ursi contains arbutin, which is a natural chemical that promotes greater urinary output. In addition, it is also applied to treat wounds and vaginal infections. It is contemplated that this remedy has an important cleansing action on the genitourinary system and is suggested as a postpartum diuretic. Another herb known as horse chestnut is also thought to be one of the best options. It contains two active components, aescin and aesculine, both demonstrating moderate diuretic activity. Horse chestnut is also widely used to help vein circulation in the legs for a long time. It has been shown to protect against reducing leg swelling and there has been no known side effects present.

An herb indigenous to South Africa is the Buchu. Like the Uva ursi, this herb has also had a long history of use. It is considered that the leaves of this herb are processed into supplements, and sold to regulate water balance.

The final herbs are the birch tree, butcher’s broom, cola nut, dandelion root, horsetail, and juniper berry, probably the most well known. They too are responsible for regulating water balance in the body.

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Herbal Cure for Diabetes

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One of the common diseases in the world today is diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic biochemical disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce and use carbohydrates, sugars, and starches. It is reported that 16 million Americans suffer from it. Because of this impending threat, many herbal experts have started to study multiple active herbs that have the ability to act as herbal cure for diabetes.

There are thought to be several forms of herbal cure for diabetes. However, some of them are not fully tested for effectiveness and safety. Because of this, many experts recommend those who consume them to take some precaution before taking them. Although it is noted in some studies that only the prospective herbal cure for diabetes that seem most efficient are usually considered non-toxic.

One of the greatest herbal cure for diabetes is called Pterocarpus Marsupium. This is a tree native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It contains a gum resin that looks like dried blood, and is greatly applied in an Indian medicine known as Ayurveda. In India, this herb has a large history of application and as an herbal cure for diabetes because of its large content of pterostilbene. In preparation, the flavonoid and epicatechin content is removed from the bark for use. In studies, they are shown to prevent alloxan-induced beta cell (which produce insulin in the pancreas) damage in rats.

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Another herb is Momordica Charantia, or bitter melon. It is a fruitful vine that is widely cultivated in Africa, South America, and Asia. The use of this herb is evident since early times, as it was applied in folk medicine for the indigenous. This is considered as an herbal cure for diabetes because it has blood sugar lowering properties, which are found in the juice or extract of the unripe fruit. Plus, this herb contains many compounds with confirmed anti-diabetic properties.

The last herbal cure for diabetes mentioned in this article is known as Gymnema Sylvestre. It functions to assist the pancreas to produce insulin. It is also responsible for enhancing the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar levels in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Many people considered it as an exceptional substitute for oral drugs.

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Free Herbal Software

Searching for websites that will offer free herbal software? There are many readily available, and below are a few of the most notable sites online, where you will access several offers for some of the most well-known herbs and herbal actions.

FreeDownloadsCenter.com

This site has over 460 herbal remedies, actions, references, and pictures to browse, and access to their free herbal software that describes the herb’s actions, such as from the German Commission E Monographs. It contains a search function that allows the user a speedy search of the herb of choice, and even has lists of the plants alphabetically, for quick browsing. Plus, they provide warnings and known side effects of the some of the herbs listed, for safer consumption. Finally, upgrades are free for registered owners of the free herbal software.

DynamicArray.com.au

Another site to find a free herbal software trial is DynamicArray.com. The user will have to complete and submit a form they provide, and will receive a message that allows them to access their free herbal software trial version. Furthermore, you are also given some choices for whatever program you are interested in, such as the traditional medicine database, herbbase, nutritional medicine database, and much more.

ProgramFiles.com

The last listed website is ProgramFiles.com. This site will provide the user a solution for their needs. Their herbal software contains over 450 herbs, which can be accessed in English, Botanical, Ayurvedic, German, French, and Chinese. This website includes the German Commission E Monographs, and the user can access their picture browser too.

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VIDEO: Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

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VIDEO: How to Help Prevent Cancer with Herbs and Spices

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Effective Herbal Remedies for Nail Fungus

XN_Matricaria_recutita_00Onychomycosis or dermatophytic onychomycosis are the scientific names of nail fungal infection. This condition accounts for about half of all nails diseases. Toenails get affected more than fingernails.
Nail fungal infections are usually treated with anti-fungal agents. Many herbs and plants are natural anti-fungal and can treat onychomycosis without producing any adverse effects to the body. Some of these plants are given below:
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for their anti-microbial properties. It is widely used to treat topical fungal diseases.
How to use:

  • In hot water, add apple cider vinegar and some Epsom salt.
  • Soak infected nails in this water.
  • Keep your hands or feet in this water as long as you can.
  • Repeat it twice or thrice a day.
  • Drink diluted apple cider vinegar daily to boost natural abilities of body to kill bacteria and fungi.

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Chamomile
Chamomile is renowned for its bacteria and fungi fighting abilities. It kills them and inhibits their growth.
How to use:

  • Make chamomile tea and drink it.
  • You can also directly apply chamomile tea to nails.
  • For fast remedy, apply three times a day.

Cayenne
Cayenne is commonly known as pepper. Good circulation is required for better treatment as it transports nutrients and fungus fighting cells to infected site. Cayenne pepper has potency to increase circulation. It is used to enhance self defense mechanism.
Echinacea
Echinacea is immune booster and member of daisy flower. It supports body in various ways and highly effective against infections.
Garlic
Garlic is not only a taste enhancer; it has many positive health effects. In addition to its various medicinal properties, garlic is also an anti-fungal agent and can be used to treat nail fungal infection.
How to use:

  • Make garlic juice and apply to infected nails with the help of cotton.
  • Apply it 2-3 times a day.
  • You can also eat it to enhance immunity.

Green Tea
Green tea is a complete treatment of many diseases. It is a powerful antifungal agent. Green tea boosts immune response and makes body strong to fight fungus.
How to use:

  • Boil green tea in water.
  • Apply this tea to infected area.
  • Drink green tea to increase your natural fungus fighting abilities.

Ginger root:
There is a big list associated with health benefits related to ginger use. It decreases inflammation and protects body from cardiovascular diseases. It also boosts immunity. Ginger consumption improves ability of body to fight fungal and other infections.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is a natural antibiotic. It is highly effective antimicrobial agent that is proven beneficial against every virus, bacterium and fungus. It can treat wide range of fungal infections. It kills fungus from its root. Other than destroying fungus, it also cleans body from toxic chemicals that are produced by fungus. It also boosts body abilities to fight other infections and invasions.
Snakeroot leaf extract
Snakeroot leaf extracts are antimicrobial. They are able to treat superficial fungal infections very effectively.
Thymol
Thymol is a common component of cold symptom products. It is a thyme derivative. It is a potent antifungal agent. Its antimicrobial activities destroy fungal protective layers and boost their elimination. It is applied on fungal infections directly.
Final Verdict:
These herbal treatments are indeed helpful but consult your doctor before using any of these herbs, especially if you are taking any other medicine.

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Effective Herbal Remedies for Boils

mortar-and-pestle-with-herbs-1144450-mBoils are the infection of hair follicles in which pimples are formed with pus. Boils are mostly harmless and get away in few weeks but can be very irritating and painful depending upon the location.
As a boil is caused by infection of bacteria, antibiotics are used to treat it. However, your home is also full of components that can help in boils very effectively. Some home remedies for boils are given below.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a disinfectant. It can be used to disinfect boils.
How to use:

  • Pour it directly to affected area.
  • To reduce burning by vinegar, dilute it with water.
  • You can also drink it in diluted form to fight infections internally.

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Azadirachta indica
Azadirachta indica is commonly known as Nimtree, Neem and Indian Lilac. This plant is known for its medicinal properties. It is an anti-microbial agent. It is widely used for treating various skin diseases.
How to use:

  • Boil leaves of this plant in water and rinse affected area with it.
  • Make paste of its leave by blending leaves in small quantity of water and apply to boils.

Black Seed
One popular cure for boils is black seed. It can naturally cure many other skin infections also. It gives relief and provides comfort.
How to use:

  • Make paste of black seeds in water and apply to boils.
  • Black seeds can also be applied directly.
  • Drink one and a half teaspoon of its oil in any cold or hot drink. Drink it twice a day to get comfort.

Garlic
Garlic is an antiseptic agent. It can be used to treat boil.
How to use:

  • Apply garlic clove to boil.

Nutmeg
Nutmeg is an anti-bacterial agent; it kills bacteria and treats infection. It also improves blood circulation that has further benefits.
How to use:

  • Grind half teaspoon of nutmeg.
  • Add it in hot water and drink.

Onion
Onion is known to possess antibacterial properties naturally. It also has anti-septic properties.
How to use:

  • Cut an onion and apply it directly to affected area.

Or

  • Cut onion and place it on boil.
  • Wrap with bandage to keep it there. (Don’t cover if boil is open)

Potato
Potato can treat boil without producing burning sensation. It helps to draw pus out of boil easily.
How to use:

  • Cut thin slice of potato and place it on boil.
  • You can also cover a boil with potato slice and bandage it.

Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Taking tea tree oil regularly can enhance healing and provides comfort.
How to use:

  • It is externally applied to a boil with the help of clean cotton ball.
  • Apply it 5-6 times a day.

Turmeric
Turmeric is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It can purify blood naturally that is helpful in treating boils.
How to use:

  • In one glass of warm water or milk, add one teaspoon of turmeric.
  • Drink it three times a day till you get comfort.

Or

  • Take equal amount of ginger and turmeric.
  • Make their paste in boiling water.
  • Apply to affected area and cover.

Final Verdict:
Along with the use of these methods, try to defeat boils by taking care of yourself. Maintain proper hygiene, it will reduce spread and reoccurrence of boils.

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Effective Herbal Remedies for Asthma

herbsAsthma is a respiratory disease in which breathing patterns get affected. Asthma can be acute or chronic. Some common inducers of asthma are allergy, infection, stress, pollutions and anxiety.
Asthma can be treated with herbs. There are many herbs that can treat asthma without producing any adverse effects to the body. Some of them are given below.
Aniseed
Aniseed is an anti-bacterial agent. It is capable of clearing mucus from air pathways and provides comfort in asthma. It can be used as tea.
Coleus Forshkholii
Forskolin is an active component of Coleus Forshkholii. It is a potent bronchodilator. It can be effectual against asthma but it should be avoided with other medications. It can react adversely if used with anti-coagulants and high blood pressure medicines.
Glycyrriza
Glycyrriza is effective against asthma because it can calm respiratory pathways. This herb is effectual but should not be used by patients of high blood pressure.
Gingko Biloba
Wheezing is present in asthma that can be relieved by making tea of gingko biloba by adding 1 teaspoon of it (dried) in boiling water. Honey can be used to improve its taste.
Licorice root
Licorice root is an anti-inflammatory agent that can treat asthma. Its tea can be made by adding one or two teaspoons of licorice root in water. Drink it to ease asthma.
Lobelia
Lobelia is a toxic herb but effectual against asthma. For treating asthma, only small doses of lobelia are required. Heart patients should use it only after consulting doctor. Its tea is used.
Ma Huang
Another name of Ma Huang is Ephedra. It is a bronchodilator, which means it can open airways to allow trouble free gaseous exchange. However, this herb should be used only after taking doctor’s advice. Ma Huang elevates heart rate; if you are a heart patient, increased heart rate can be harmful. It also increases irritability.
Mustard oil
Mustard oil is reported to be effectual against asthma. It is mixed with camphor and massaged on back to provide relieve.
Reishi mushroom
Reishi mushrooms have many positive health effects. In Chinese medicine, it is of great importance. It has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects. It has been used to increase lung strength for ages. In asthma, Reishi can be used as whole or concentrated herbal tincture. It can also be added in foods.
Thyme
Infection is one cause of asthma and thymus is anti-bacterial that makes it effectual in asthma. It is capable of cleaning lungs and improving respiratory system. It can be used in the form of tea and oil.

 

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Final Verdict:
It is well said that prevention is better than cure. Above mentioned herbs are effective for treating asthma but it is better if you avoid triggers of it. Some things that you can do are:

  • Avoid keeping pets
  • Wash your mattress to avoid dust.
  • Reduce your exposure to pollens.
  • Keep away from mold spores by staying away from damp and dark places. It can minimize your exposure.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Save yourself from cold weather.
  • Stay clean.
  • Don’t take stress.

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VIDEO: Natural Allergy Relief

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St. John’s Wort: A potent anti-depressant

depression4Depression is a serious mental problem that not only produces adverse effects on its victim but also on people living in his surroundings. Depression can be treated with herbal compounds. People want to treat their depression by natural components. A widely used herb for treating depression is “St. John’s Wort”.

NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) is promoting the use of St. John’s Wort as anti-depressant. They are educating people to use this herb in mild and moderate depression. They found St. John’s Wort to be best against these forms of depression.

Why to select St. John’s Wort?

St. John’s Wort has no or less side effects as compared with synthetic anti-depressants. Severity of side effect, if produced, is also very low. It can be taken in combination with anti-depressants and other medicines to improve therapeutic effects of these agents. However, it is recommended to consult your physician before using it with any synthetic drug.

How St. John’s Wort is effectual against depression?

How St. John’s Wort truly treats depression is not surely known. It is reported that it may produce it effectiveness by altering serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical messenger of body and known to influence mood. St. John’s Wort doesn’t allow reabsorbing of serotonin back to nerve cells; this helps to reduce depression.

St. John’s Wort has been widely studied for treating many mental diseases. In depression, it is also known to alleviate symptoms of depression including sadness, appetite loss, and alterations in mood and energy levels.

Why people want herbal remedies and not anti-depressants?

Synthetic anti-depressants have many side effects. Adverse effects of these drugs are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia (lack of sleep)
  •  Headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction

To avoid these adverse effects, people are seeking herbal remedies for treatment. Other reason is that St. John’s Wort is less costly as compared with prescribed anti-depressants.

Availability of St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is available in the form of capsule. It can also be taken in a form of tea or extract. Your major concern should be the amount of herb you will take. Increase dose will not remain very effective. It can lead to dizziness, sunlight sensitivity and digestive troubles.

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Some other herbs are also effective against depression like Ginseng, Damiana and Valerian root. These herbs may also treat insomnia and stress associated with depression.

No matter which herb you select to treat your depression, it is necessary to take doctor’s permission first. To produce best outcomes from these herbs, it is important to take correct amount according to the body requirement that can only be told by a doctor.

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