Natural Wellness Techniques & Treatments

Natural Wellness Techniques & Treatments

Natural Wellness Techniques & Treatments
The cure for what ails you isn't always found inside your medicine cabinet. Holistic medicine, with techniques like detoxification, natural wellness spas and cue-controlled relaxation, offers a more natural solution to health management. Other effective wellness strategies include eating well, getting enough rest and exercise, participating in relaxing and creative activities, and reaching out to your friends and community.

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    Sinus infections are known to pretty much take care of themselves.  The key to improvement is to encourage good sinus drainage.  If the sinuses drain, antibiotics will not be needed.  In fact, the CDC now recommends against the treatment of acute sinusitis with antibiotics.  Herbal medicines like wasabi or eucalyptis improve sinus drainage and can hasten the resolution of sinusitis.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Plants and healing herbs have been a part of the human medical armamentarium since the dawn of time. Our ancestors who foraged for healing herbs passed the knowledge down through the ages, and years of trial and error produced some powerful remedies. Plants contain bioactive compounds that have many therapeutic uses. In fact, many active ingredients in Western medicine pharmaceuticals were first discovered in plants, following the lead of traditional medicine men and shamans of indigenous and Asian cultures.

    One complaint that has found refuge in herbal medicine is the hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms) of menopause. Hot flashes are experienced when estrogen naturally wanes during menopause or when estrogen is intentionally disabled as a part of treatment. Popular herbal remedies to temper hot flashes are black cohosh and sage tea, both thought to work on receptors that affect vasomotor symptoms.

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    Dr. Tod Cooperman - What guidelines should I follow when using herbal supplements?

    Consumer healthcare specialist Dr. Tod Cooperman explains the guidelines consumers should follow when using herbal supplements. Watch Dr. Cooperman's video for tips and information on nutritional supplements.


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    A distrust of the medical establishment arguably has helped fuel popularity of herbs in the West. Many people began taking charge of their health, essentially self-medicating.

    In response, the medical establishment began integrating herbs into their practices, creating a hybrid of traditional and modern medicines. This kind of medicine is called Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

    The practice of CAM is predicated upon the efficacy and safety of the herbs. But without regulation from the Federal Drug Administration, physicians are unsure of how safe or effective an herbal supplement may be.

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    There are herbs and spices that can fight cancer, aid digestion, calm allergies, and fight arthritis. Learn about the ultimate herbs and spices you should eat if you're over 40 in this video with Dr. Oz.


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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    Most of the evidence for efficacy of "natural" remedies and herbal products is empirically derived, which means that recommendations and usage are based upon repeated experience and observation throughout history. Few have been subjected to the rigors of scientific testing. But even if no better than placebo, "natural" remedies may be helpful.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    Dr. Weil and Dr. Oz talk about alternative medicine herbs that boost energy and act as anti-agers. Find out what herbs everyone should be taking in this video.

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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    If you decide to take natural remedies or herbal medicines, consider the following tips:
    • Don't take them if you don't need them.
    • You may need to experiment with herbal remedies, since most of the evidence for efficacy is empirical, meaning that recommendations and usage are based upon repeated experience and observation throughout history. Few have been subjected to the rigors of scientific testing. Allow your experience to be your guide and use only those remedies that provide you with consistent benefits.
    • Be sure to let your doctor know about it, particularly since some of these treatments can react with prescription drugs.
    • Herbal products may be contaminated or adulterated, and they may not contain advertised amounts of the active ingredients. So, purchase reputable brands that also advertise the purity of their ingredients. Search for herbal preparations that have been "wildcrafted" (harvested from wild stands) or cultivated organically.
    • Discontinue use if you have an adverse reaction.
    • Tinctures (alcohol based) and freeze-dried extracts of herbals are usually the best preparations to purchase.
    • Loose herbs that are sold in bulk and powdered herbals within capsules are less likely to be effective.
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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Here are some healthy tips to cleanse and detoxify your body:

    1. Organic: This tops the list because you can't be effective or efficient at removing toxins from the body when you are putting them right back in.

    2. Greens/Greens Powders: Greens top your list during a cleanse. Daily and several times daily, greens will help to remove toxins, provide energy, and alkalinize your lower digestive system.

    3. Lemons: These play a key role in cleansing and purifying the system.

    4. Hydration: True hydration is more than water. That said, you need adequate water: half your body weight in pounds gives you the minimum ounces of water. You need potassium too to get the water into the cells -- so choose plain coconut water as an ideal source.

    5. Fiber: The right fibers like chia and flaxseeds, psyllium, rice and oat bran among others will help to pick up the toxins from your digestive tract and remove them from the body.

    6. Sweet sans sugar: Ideally you don't want to have any sweets during a cleanse. That said, we don't want to miss out on valuable antioxidants and fiber, so I recommend using organic fruits.

    7. Vegetarian proteins: Cleanses require protein. Proteins are used in our hormones, for our lean body mass, and to stabilize blood sugar -- a cleanse that eliminates protein threatens an imbalance of these during the cleanse and potentially thereafter. I recommend organic vegan sources. Hemp and quinoa top my list.

    8. Spices: Spices are one of your best detoxifying and supporting components of a diet. Spices help fight off bad bacteria and their other benefits range from stimulating metabolism, helping you sweat out toxins and calming the digestive tract.

    9. Regularity Aids: It's imperative that you "go" regularly. Many cleanses use tools that the body can become dependent on and thus don't encourage the body to regulate itself. Hydration, fiber and motility are the keys to regularity. In terms of motility, we need the mineral magnesium. Magnesium relaxes the body and helps to encourage normal and optimal motility. We get magnesium from whole grains and many vegetables but you may also benefit from a supplement during the cleanse.

    10. Immunity: If you are sick or if you are immune-compromised a cleanse is not for you. The body needs to harness all its energy to heal itself and that is not what a cleanse does. A cleanse stirs up toxins that are tucked in fat cells and other parts of the body to eliminate them.
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    Because there is no federal oversight of herbal supplements and because herbs are naturally occurring, many assume that the drugs are less harmful than those which are produced by chemists in laboratories and that are regulated by the federal government.

    That perception, however, can prove dangerous. While they are not synthetic, herbs contain power chemical compounds. For instance, Monkshood can stop the lungs or heart, killing someone within a couple of hours of even handling it.