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Herbal Extract


herbal extractsFor many centuries, herbs were widely cultivated and harvested for numerous reasons. One of the more popular reasons is for the herbs’ medicinal properties. Now, a huge variety of herbs are prepared and formulated in to provide means of treating/preventing ailments. From lab testing, the concept of herbal extract came about.

The most commonly known form of herbal extract is liquid. The liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution, developed by extracting the herbal plant alkaloids from the herbal mash of a specified formula. The extracted liquid preserves different herbal compounds contained in an herbal liquid, that then can be applied internally for a larger effectiveness, as it flows to the bloodstream quicker. Most liquid herbal extracts are made with grain alcohol and/or glycerin contents.

In formulating the herbal extract, the extract is prepared from any mixture of herbal bark, leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, and others parts. They are then blended together, where the extracting liquids like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin are applied as a form of solvent to remove the vital nutrients from the plant and its parts for usage. The extraction usually takes at least two weeks.

Once a finished herbal extract is created, it will be readied by squeezing the removed solution under a strong pressure, separating the liquid herbal extract from the pulp. To create a powerful liquid herbal extract, many manufacturers prepare 28 to 42 ounces of the dried herb, coupled with aqueous solvent for a gallon of liquid. The aqueous solution is usually composed of water and grain alcohol.

Many people wonder why alcohol is added into the extract. It is usually because alcohol is the safest, most effective, and the most easy-to-change form of extraction. Alcohol acts as a solvent to remove the herbal alkaloids from the pulp. With the application of alcohol into the herbal extract, the herbal compounds will also enter the blood stream faster, compared to other alternatives.

In these days, most people choose herbal extracts rather than tablet, powder, and capsule forms. This is mainly because the extracts, unlike the other forms, digest faster in the intestinal tract because of its alcohol content. The herbal alkaloids are digested into the bloodstream starting as early as in the mouth.

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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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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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Exploring the Herbal Cure for Arthritis


Arthritis is something that plagues most people at one time or another. Unfortunately, some of the people that are afflicted by it suffer from it so much that they are unable to carry out daily activities such as walking or taking a shower on their own. While there are over 100 specific forms of arthritis, the most common forms are osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to being the two most common forms of the disease, they are largely responsible for most of the cases that prevent individuals from living their lives to the fullest. As a result of the effects of the disease, many people have found themselves trying one medication after another. While some over the counter medications and prescription medications are effective to a point, they also come with a multitude of side effects. Therefore, many people have made the decision to turn to herbal supplements as a means of treating the disease without the risk of such significant side effects. Below are the three effective herbal ingredients that are used in supplements to treat the various forms of arthritis.

Capsaicin

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Capsicum

Capsaicin comes in the form of a topical ointment or in herbal supplements. It often relieves arthritis pain by reducing the inflammation that is associated with it in addition to increasing circulation to affected areas. It provides relief by blocking the pain signals from nerve endings that cause a person to experience pain. Several studies have been done surrounding the effectiveness of capsaicin and it has been found that approximately 80% of patients that have participated in such studies did in fact find relief when using it.

 

Reishi Gano

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Reishi Gano

This is a popular, edible mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum). It has been used for centuries in Asian medicine and it has been found to be quite effective against the pain of arthritis. It is so effective that it is also used for several other diseases that cause patients to experience pain. It reduces or eliminates pain in several different ways. Perhaps the most important is that it is capable of blocking the signals from pain receptors so that an individual who is taking the supplement never feels the pain to begin with or feels it in a far less severe state. However, the supplement also acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the inflammation that is so common in arthritis. It is also thought to boost the immune system, helping patients to be better able to fight off the effects of arthritis and other diseases on their own.

Tongkat Ali

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Tongkat Ali

This supplement is derived from a root of a plant that grows in Malaysia. It produces the hormone within the body that is known to boost energy, thereby helping arthritis patients to combat fatigue. Because fatigue is such a common symptom with arthritis, the use of the supplement is effective in helping them to feel more energetic and thereby helping them be better able to carry out daily activities. Moreover, the supplement is believed to increase bone density and muscle mass, two vitally important factors in combating arthritis and protecting patients who are already suffering from the disease against bone fracture, which may occur along with arthritis. Use of the supplement also increases blood flow to the body, helping to alleviate pain and increase healing properties to areas that are affected by the disease.

By using these three plants or herbs, people who are suffering from arthritis may be able to find the relief that they have been looking for. This is especially true of individuals who have already tried several other types of treatment programs with little or no success.

R.D.K holdings S.A

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VIDEO: Natural Menopause Treatments


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Not a fan of hormones replacement therapy when it comes to managing menopause symptoms? Well, here are a few alternative treatments.

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Herbalism: A Holistic Approach to Health


Holistic-healthHerbalism can be defined as the use of plants for the detoxification of the body, support of the immune system and prevention of disease, and for the treatment of ailments, chronic illnesses and injuries. The idea is to use herbs to restore balance in body, mind and spirit and maintain a naturally healthy human system; the achievement of holistic health in other words.

The earth is an ecosystem whose components exist in equilibrium, and the human system is a microcosm of this complex organic arrangement. From this point of view we can look at ourselves as cells in the body of an earth which breathes the same air as we do, has the same minerals at its core and whose vascular system is the rivers and their tributaries which carry water, just as our arteries and veins carry blood. From this point of view it naturally follows that the earth supplies all of the nutrients and medicines necessary for its inhabitants to live healthily. Plants deliver a vast proportion of the goods.

The roots of the holistic approach to health possibly lie in folk medicine. Folk medicine refers in part to the use of indigenous plants by a native, rural population for the maintenance of health and curing of ailments. The people of the mountainous regions of Vermont, for example, have often chewed gum from the spruce tree to cure a sore throat. It seems safe to say that the spruce tree would not be available to help the inhabitants of a desert region to cure a sore throat, but there will be an indigenous plant somewhere in the area that can do the same job, and the local people will know which one it is. The plants used in diverse regions of the world are different, but folk medicine is the same everywhere, insofar as the tradition is passed down unmodified over generations by word of mouth. Those who pioneered these traditions originally learned about the plants by observing which ones animals chose to cure their own ailments.

Today we can follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by looking for herbs in our own locality. The very act of getting outdoors and acquainting yourself with the natural world is in itself beneficial to health. Fresh air and the fragrance of flowers, the sound of birdsong and the breeze rustling the leaves, the hum produced by industrious insects going about their business on a miniature scale, the sound of running water-not forgetting moments of utter silence-are all simple sensory delights which have a calming and therapeutic effect on the human psyche and are available to everyone.

Holistic healing recognizes this and seeks the integration of the human being with its natural environment. If you haven’t got time to go out exploring the fields and woods then you can grow herbs in your own garden. If you don’t have a garden, or suffer from any condition which restricts your ability to move around, you can grow them in pots.

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Herbs in Human History


Nymphaea_stellata,_MyanmarFrom the inception of life on earth man has existed in a symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom. We have always depended on plants for food and medicine and they’ve always relied upon us to assist them with their propagation. The earliest human societies were hunter-gatherers who chose their migratory routes according to the availability of the fruit and nuts which formed their staple diet. Plants benefited from this arrangement as the people discarded seeds and kernels and thus increased their distribution.

Plants have been with humans every step of the way. Some of the earliest evidence of this can be seen in the cave paintings and hieroglyphs of ancient civilizations. Plant motifs in ancient art are in a sense the signatures of a society, and their appearance naturally prompts the researcher to ask questions. Why, for example, were the ancient Egyptians so fascinated by the Blue Lilly? It was obviously an important part of Egyptian life, as it is ubiquitous in their art (hieroglyphs and paintings), often depicted entwined around wine goblets. It frequently appeared in paintings of sex scenes and parties, and its blossoms were found strewn over the body of Tutankhamun when the casket was opened in 1922.

This discovery led archaeologists to focus on the plant in the context of Egyptian royalty and religious worship. Plants have indeed always been associated with the belief systems and rituals held by a group. More recent scientific research, however, has found that the Blue Lilly blossom contains a compound which is soluble in alcohol, and that a psychoactive solution is produced when the blossoms are infused in wine. The Blue Lilly may well have been revered by the priesthood and royalty, however the appearance of the flower in paintings of bawdy scenes, when looked at in the light of modern scientific research, perhaps indicates that the Blue Lilly was also simply a popular aphrodisiac; an ancient Egyptian party drug.

The mysterious case of the Blue Lilly serves to illustrate a point. Plants have been used by people of all classes in myriad and complex ways throughout history.

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How to Make Herbal Therapy More Effective?


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Herbs are alternative of modern medicines. They are available easily and known to have better results than synthetic drugs because they produce less or no adverse effects. Herbal medicines are indeed helpful in diverse diseases but they must be taken with care. Human body is very sensitive and reacts to almost everything. Make sure that herb you take produce positive response.
There are certain things that can be done to make herbal treatment more effective. Things you can do are:

  • Make sure to take right herb

Some herbs are dangerous and in ample amount they may produce much harm to your body. Make sure you take right herb.

  • Choose herbal companies wisely

On internet, you may find different companies offering diverse herbal products. What every company is claiming is not true. Invest wisely and only select those companies that are reputable.

  • Maintain healthy life

If you want good outcomes from herbal treatment, maintaining healthy life is necessary. Simple treatment is not enough when you are taking help from herbs. Eat balance diet and exercise daily to obtain better results.

  • Know correct quantity

Anything below or above normal cannot produce much effectiveness. Take herb in a quantity that is recommended for it. Exceeding the optimum amount may lead to adverse effects instead.

  • Talk to your doctor

Don’t take any herb with your routine medicine before asking your doctor. If you are planning to take any herbal medicine, it is recommended to take doctor’s advice because synthetic drugs and herbal medicines can interact and produce harm to body.

  • Do as directed

Directions of using particular herbal medicine are given on its package. If you don’t find it, don’t try to use it in your own way. Search online, you will find information about any medicine. It is better to search than to use herb in a wrong way.

  • Check if you are allergic

Allergies vary from person to person. It is not necessary that if one herb suited your friend, it will also produce same results for you. To test if it is good, take herb in smaller quantity first. If no rash or other allergic symptoms appear, continue using it as recommended.

Herbs are beneficial, they can treat many diseases but it is also necessary to go to doctor. If you are taking herbal medicine alone or in combination with any other synthetic medicine, it is good to consult your doctor. Your health is important and nobody knows about health better than a doctor.

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Naturopathy – A Better Treatment Option


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Naturopathy is a natural treatment that doesn’t require surgery and synthetic drugs. Many people are going for naturopathic medicines for the treatment of different diseases. They are seeking this form of therapy because it is not restricted to heal a single body part like in modern medicine; this therapy produces its response overall. It can provide with better healthy life.

Naturopathy is a way to live healthy life

Naturopathy just not heals body. It is a treatment of mind and spirit as well. It makes mind strong which in turn gives power to body to heal faster and to fight infections. It balances mind and body that provides protection to body and also improves mental state.

Naturopathy has been known for thousands of years. Before evolution in modern science, people had been relying totally on nature’s healing power. Still, in many parts of the world, naturopathy is the sole treatment. Herbs and spiritual rituals are combined together effectively for the treatment of various diseases.

It is known and proven by modern science also that body has power to heal itself. Day to day, many infections and diseases come to invade human body but they are tackled and defeated without any medical treatment. Naturally, different antibodies are produced that treat and heal body every day. Sometimes these daily attacks are strong that we need external help to encounter these diseases. Herbs are the natural way to boost immune responses. In naturopathy, herbs are used for the same purpose.

Naturopathy is more than just herbs

Naturopathy is a treatment of life – not of a disease only. If you seek help from naturopathic medicines, you will not rely entirely on herbs for treatment; you will need to make your body strong as well. In naturopathy, you are asked to improve your life with your mental and spiritual power. Much emphasis is given to your lifestyle. Use of healthy diet and exercise is encouraged to get better results.

Herbs indeed help to alter any adverse condition but living healthy is also necessary to make body permanently strong. When healthy living is practiced with herbs, illness will not return after time to time. You continue to live healthy.

Naturopathic treatments are all natural. They do not produce any adverse effects like synthetic drugs. Naturopathy is a non-toxic therapy and doesn’t harm body in any way. This treatment is evolving. In coming years, this whole body treatment will become more popular and advance because of all the benefits it holds.

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Dandelion – A Nature’s Gift


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Dandelion is a common weed that is known to possess many health benefits. This plant gets its name because of the resemblance between lion’s tooth and its leave. Dandelion is capable of inducing numerous health associated positive effects.

Dandelion is not only common in humans – animals also know what this plant can do. Honey bee makes honey with it. Different animals use this plant for various purposes. Some use it to increase milk production. Human use this plant for taste and also for the treatment of wide range of ailments. Its leaves are used in salad, soups, and sandwiches and in making of medicines.

Essential Elements of Dandelion

As alternative medicine, roots and leaves of dandelion are commonly used. A very strong milky white juice is found in root of Dandelion. This juice has many medicinal properties. Infant Dandelion plant produces more health benefits than adult plant.

Medical Properties of Dandelion

Medicinal properties of Dandelion have been known from ages. Other medical effects of this plant are given below:

Liver

Firstly, Dandelion had been used in tenth century as a treatment of liver cancer. It is used for treating chronic liver problems. People have reported that soup of young roots of this weed provides great effectiveness in alleviating liver symptoms.

Urinary Tract

Dandelion is highly known for the treatment f urinary tract diseases, mainly kidney disorders. For the treatment of urinary diseases, Dandelion tea is used. In boiling water, one ounce of Dandelion juice is added with honey to cure urinary symptoms.

Digestive Tract

Dandelion is known to have laxative properties. It improves digestion. In upset stomach, it is also effective. It can treat gallstones successfully.

Skin Problems

In many topical diseases, Dandelion holds much importance. It can treat eczema. If juice of stalk of this weed is applied directly to warts, it can also cure them.

The major benefit of using Dandelion is that its higher doses are non-poisonous. Mainly, it is combined with other agents to produce better results. Quantity of Dandelion to be used is entirely dependent on the purpose of its usage like in piles three wine glasses of its mixture are consumed in a day whereas in liver and kidney disorders, only one teaspoon is required. Dandelion is a helpful plant in many diseases and one best alternative medicine. However, every person is different and has special requirement. Talk to your doctor before using Dandelion to know if you really need it.

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