Natural Healing Alternative Medicine – Madison, WI http://herbalpalace.com Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 Fruit Juice And Smoothies Contain Far More Sugar http://herbalpalace.com/fruit-juice-and-smoothies-contain-far-more-sugar/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:10:21 +0000 http://herbalpalace.com/?p=9439 Fruit Juice And Smoothies

New research published in BMJ Open confirms what scientists and many healthcare professionals have believed for some time: the sugar content in fruit juices, drinks and smoothies are “unacceptably high.” What’s even more disturbing about the findings is that the article is entitled “How much sugar is hidden in drinks marketed to children?”

Researchers at the University of Liverpool and the University of London analyzed the sugar content per 100ml in over 203 supposedly healthy beverages. All were taken from the seven top supermarket chains in the UK and all were aimed squarely at children. The average sugar content across all types was 7g/1.5 teaspoons and was significantly greater in purer smoothies. Over 40% of the products had 19g of sugars.

For a little perspective, here’s the American Heart Association‘s daily sugar intake recommendations:

  • Adult women – 5 teaspoons / 20g
  • Adult men – 9 teaspoons / 36g
  • Children – 3 teaspoons / 12g

The high quantities of sugar within smoothies and fruit juices undermine their status as a ‘health food.’ Certainly, there are benefits, as they carry vitamins and minerals, but the problem here is the quantity of sugar ingested at the same time. Cracking open of those 19g-sugar-smoothies is like chugging down half a can of Coke.

What’s the solution?
The study recommends that “fruit should be consumed in its whole form, not as juice… In order to help combat the growing problem of childhood obesity, manufacturers need to stop adding unnecessary sugars.”

The AHA states that 1 in 3 children in the USA are obese.

Here is what a ‘healthy’ green smoothie might contain:

  • 1 cup spinach, fresh
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cups strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 banana

This concoction contains 218 calories. Even though it may feel like a ‘green’ smoothie with all those leaves in the blender, only about 6% of the calories come from the spinach. The rest is all fruit, with a total of 32 grams of sugar. 59% of the total calories in this smoothie come from sugar.

You can find more information about the current research on how glucose affects the heart.

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Natural Remedies for Illness http://herbalpalace.com/natural-remedies-for-illness/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:42:48 +0000 http://herbalpalace.com/?p=9432 prevent flu

When the flu bites, when the cold stings… these are a few of my least favorite things… Fortunately, some cases of illness can be easily prevented, and even once an illness has struck, natural and herbal remedies can help shorten the duration and get you feeling better faster. I posted before about what I keep in my medicine cabinet (and in my purse when traveling), but since we are getting in to the heat.. er, cold, of flu season, I thought more information could be helpful.

Cold and Flu Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… you’ve heard it a million times, but how does it practically relate to illness prevention? In short, giving the body what it needs and keeping a constant supply of nutrients will help ensure that the body can resist any pathogen it encounters. Following a basic Wellness Lifestyle will go a long way toward preventing illness, as you will be supporting the body to function optimally. Avoiding grains, sugars and other highly starchy foodswill also ensure that the body is functioning at peak immunity should it encounter a virus or bacteria. Some studies show that optimizing vitamin D goes a long way to preventing illness and shortening duration. Getting enough sleep is also crucial to preventing illness, and even a couple nights of interrupted or not enough sleep can leave the body worn down and unable to resist illness. Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce the number of times a person gets ill per year and the duration. But I’m sure you are already doing all that… so in the off chance you are doing all of the above and you still get sick, don’t worry- there are natural ways to heal faster!

Natural Remedies for Cold, Flu, & Illness

Once you or your child has contracted an illness, there are a lot of natural options that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms. I’ve included my whole bag of tricks below, so pick and choose what works for you. I get all my herbs that I don’t grow myself from Mountain Rose Herbs, though there are a lot of places that carry them. Just look for organically grown herbs and make sure they are fresh.

Home Remedies From Things Already In Your House

  1. Garlic– A powerhouse natural antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial, garlic can tackle almost any illness. For the most potent effect, finely mince 1-2 cloves or garlic and float in a small glass of water. Drink quickly- if you are sick enough, you won’t even notice the taste. Note: Pregnant women should not take more than 1 clove of garlic medicinally per day, and children often resist this remedy.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide– At the first sign of cold, flu, sinus infection, or ear infection, put a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide into each ear. Have the person lie still with the hydrogen peroxide in the ear until it stops bubbling. Do this on both sides. This is especially effective for kids. Repeat every few hours until infection is gone.
  3. Hot Liquids– This one is pretty instinctive, but load up on the hot herbal teas and hot lemon water at first sign of illness. The heat helps boost immune system and a variety of herbs can help with infection.
  4. Cinnamon– Good for more than just stabilizing blood sugar, cinnamon is an effective antiviral and antibiotic. When sick, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever.
  5. Face Steam– In a pinch, this can be made with kitchen herbs. Boil 1-2 cups of water in a large pot. Remove from heat, add 2 teaspoons each of thyme, rosemary and oregano. Cover for 5 minutes with a lid, and then remove lid and put face directly over pot with towel covering your head to hold in the heat. Breathe in the steam as long as you can, aim for 15 minutes. This will help loosen congestion and kill viruses and bacteria in the lungs, bronchials or sinuses. Alternately, you can use 1/2 cup vinegar in the steam. It won’t smell great, but it will help fight the illness.
  6. Remove White Foods– At the first sign of illness, completely remove all white foods from the diet. This includes grains, sugars, milk, cheese, dairy, sweeteners, soda, etc. These foods suppress immune function and slow the body’s healing ability. When you are ill, you don’t actually need to eat a lot of food, as the body needs to focus more on healing than digestion. Eat fresh chicken soup and drink hot liquids to keep strength up.
  7. Hydrate and Rest– If the body is running a fever (which means it is fighting the illness) the best support you can give is to stay well hydrated on water and herbal teas and to rest enough. The body needs several extra hours of rest a day when ill, and often several extra glasses of water also. If you are running a fever, it is easier to get dehydrated, so drink enough water!

Herbs to Help Remedy Cold and Flu

There are many herbs that support the body when healing from an illness. I recommend buying these from a trusted source online or growing them yourself, though you can find some of them at supplement stores.

  1. Nettle Leaf– Some natural doctors say this is the only herb needed for illness treatment. It contains large amounts of vitamins and trace minerals and helps the body stay hydrated and remove toxins. In a tea with Red Raspberry Leaf, Alfalfa and Peppermint, it makes a powerful immune supporting and illness preventing remedy.
  2. Elderberry– Elderberry is well known for supporting the body, especially during flu. You can find conventionally made elderberry syrups at many stores now, or to save money, make your own.  Here is the recipe.
  3. Ginger– In capsule form, ginger can greatly help with nausea and vomiting associated with the flu. It can also help with high fever and headache. Fresh ginger root can be steeped in boiling water to make a tea that is very effective against sinus symptoms and congestion.
  4. Yarrow– Unsurpassed for flu and fever, and great for children. If used abundantly in tea or tincture at the beginning of an illness, it will usually shorten the illness to less than 24 hours. It is especially good for fevers as it induces perspiration and is great for all childhood type illnesses. It is naturally bitter, so it is often good to include peppermint and stevia leaf when making a tea. It is great for the liver and kidneys and supports the endocrine system.
  5. Chamomile– An absolute staple, especially for kids. Chamomile calms the nerves, helps children sleep better and reduces inflammation or fever. Soaking a chamomile tea bag in warm water and placing over an eye for 15 minutes every 2 hours will relieve pink eye in less than 24 hours. Chamomile tastes great and is easy to get kids to take. We use it in tea and tincture formula. It is also great for regulating hormones and for the skin and can be used regularly for good sleep.
  6. Peppermint– Great for all digestive disturbances and for lowering fever. It can be used as a tea or tincture or rubbed on the skin to bring a high fever down. It is antimicrobial and antiviral and kids usually love the taste. It can be consumed as a hot tea or cold tea during illness in any amounts.
  7. Catnip– A traditional cold and flu remedy, and a great herb for children. It helps induce sleep and settles the stomach. As a tincture or tea, it is a great herb for combating flu, cold or other illness.
  8. Red Clover– Very high in nutrients, Red Clover purifies the blood and relaxes the body. It has been used in hormonal preparations, but is also useful in treating almost any illness. Can be used in tea or tincture.

Vitamins For Cold and Flu Treatment

  1. Vitamin D3– A hormone precursor, this vitamin is finally getting recognition as a necessary nutrient for health. Optimizing Vitamin D levels can help prevent illness in the first place, and taking several thousand IU a day while sick can help speed recovery. Blood tests can help determine any underlying deficiency. This can also be obtained from supplements like Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
  2. Vitamin C– Perhaps the best vitamin for cold and flu, vitamin C in large amounts can greatly speed recovery. We take a real food form from camu camu and acerola cherry.
  3. Zinc– Can reduce the severity of a cold or flu virus and can help shorten the duration of illness.

Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals for Illness

There are several potent natural antibiotics that in some cases work much better than store bought varieties. The following are ones I keep around at all times:

  1. Oregano and Oregano Oil– Oregano oil is a potent natural antibiotic and antiviral. I diffuse this as needed during illness or use a tiny amount (diluted) on the feet.
  2. Thyme and Thyme Oil– A tea (not nice tasting) made from thyme is very effective against cold and flu. Thyme oil rubbed on the skin will help the body fight infection. Pregnant women and small children should not use thyme.

Other Effective Natural Remedies

  1. Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is high in lauric acid and is thought to dissolve the  lipid coating around some viruses and make them more susceptible to attack by the immune system. If sick, aim for 5-6 tablespoons per day in food or melted and stirred into hot tea. Coconut oil has many other health benefits as well and is known to boost the immune system.
  2. Onions and Garlic on the Feet at night– For extreme cases of illness, I slice onion and garlic and place all over  the bottom of the infected person’s foot (rub olive oil on the foot first). I then wrap the foot in saran wrap and place a sock on overnight. Onions and garlic have been shown to pull toxins and help the body heal. Some natural practitioners even claim that having cut onions around will absorb toxins and keep others in the family from getting sick, though I have not tried this.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle and Drink– Yes, it tastes awful, but if you are sick enough, you won’t taste it anyway. Drink a tablespoon in water (gargle first) at the first sign of illness and repeat hourly until symptoms disappear. This alkalizes the body and helps kill viruses and bacteria.

A Natural Remedy Reference

There are a lot of options in natural illness treatment, so what do you actually do when illness hits? Below is my reference sheet that I keep in my herb cabinet for reference whenever anyone in the family starts to show signs of illness. The earlier you can catch an illness, often the easier it is to beat.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide in ears (be careful if you have sensitive skin. only use 3% and dilute if needed)
  • Removal of all grains, dairy, sugars, etc.
  • Consumption of only water with chlorophyll and herbal teas
  • Garlic in water followed by cinnamon honey tea (twice a day)
  • Chamomile, Yarrow, Catnip and Peppermint tincture (every 3 hours)
  • Cool nettle, red raspberry, alfalfa and peppermint tea to sip with grapefruit seed extract added
  • Elderberry syrup every 2 hours
  • Vitamin C and Zinc every 2-3 hours in small doses until bowel tolerance
  • Apple cider vinegar gargle and drink every few hours if they will take it
  • Hot tea with melted coconut oil before bed
  • Onions and garlic on feet during sleep

How to Make Your Own Herbal Tincture for Kids

This tincture is great for symptom relief for kids and adults. I have found it to work better than Tylenol or cough syrups and it is healthier too! It is simple to make, and you can get all the ingredients here.

Herbal Tincture Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 2/3 cup dried yarrow flowers
  • 2/3 cup dried peppermint leaf
  • 2/3 cup dried catnip herb
  • 100 proof vodka

Herbal Tincture Instructions

  1. Put all herbs in 1 quart mason glass jar
  2. Pour 80-100 proof vodka over herbs, filling jar
  3. Let steep at least two weeks, but preferably 2 months, shaking daily.
  4. Store in cool, dark place.
  5. After 2 weeks-2 months, strain liquid through cheesecloth and store in glass dropper botles for easy use. Store in a cool, dark place and it will last indefinitely.
  6. Use 8-10 drops for kids over age 2 whenever ill.

Important Notes: If you have concerns about any sickness, talk to your family physician. Do your own research on natural remedies to ensure that you think they are safe.

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Avoid vaccines and use top natural remedies for flu prevention http://herbalpalace.com/avoid-vaccines-and-use-top-natural-remedies-for-flu-prevention/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:37:24 +0000 http://herbalpalace.com/?p=9426 natural remedies for flu prevention

The Cochran Collaboration studies were published in 2010 without any fanfare from the mainstream media. Only recently did Heidi Stevenson of Gaia Health pick up on it, and Jon Rappoport immediately cited her article in a Natural News article.
The Cochran study is a comprehensive study conducted by totally independent scientists, here’s their essential conclusion: Flu vaccinations don’t work.

The Cochran study shoots down the “herd immunity” fairy tale and reminds readers of how minor influenza usually is without complications from other factors. They did report that over 1.5 per million flu shot recipients came down with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).

GBS cripples for life if you recover from the initial, intense period of seizures after the vaccination.

The Cochran study used VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system), to determine the GBS incident rate. VAERS is so cumbersome and full of road blocks that only an estimated five percent or fewer of all adverse events even get reported.

So the rate of GBS incidence is probably 10 or more times higher. Other than death itself, it ranks highly as a vaccine adverse reaction from hell.

Other adverse reactions considerably under reported include different manifestations of brain damage or simply a reduction in the level of health leading to other autoimmune diseases.

Bottom line: You’re paying money and time to gamble with something of no benefit while endangering your health. That’s a sucker’s gamble. Don’t be a sucker. Use natural means to improve your immunity against influenza.

Four easy, natural immune system promoters

Surely you know about vitamin D3. Ignore D2. It’s toxic. And don’t trust pharmacy store vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is a pre-hormone that kick starts your immune system if you have enough in your blood stream.

If you’re not getting a lot of direct sunlight on exposed skin for your body to manufacture it, you need to supplement it liberally enough for your D3 blood count to be high.

Usually 4,000 to 10,000 IU supplement doses will do the trick. But getting a vitamin D3 blood test from a health practitioner who understands vitamin D3’s real story.

Astragalus is an ancient herb used in Ayurvedic (India) and Chinese medicine as an adaptogenic tonic. Adaptogenic means that it adjusts your immune system (up or down) according to what’s needed.

This adaptogenic activity is similar to vitamin D3, which is considered an immune regulator. It should be started before any flu “season,” and it can be taken daily all the time. Astragalus can be purchased as a tincture anywhere or bulk herb powder online.

Golden seal and/or echinacea are two reliable flu and cold prevention herbs, available in tinctures or capsules. You should consult with a knowledgeable herbalist or health food store clerk to determine which is better for you.

Improve lifestyle and diet by avoiding processed foods that contain toxic additives, oils, sweeteners, and GMOs. Include generous amounts of raw garlic with your organic foods. Hydrate often with purified non-fluoridated water. If you can get real spring water, that’s perfect.

Get plenty of quality sleep and stress less. Make sure your bedroom doesn’t allow any light into it. Keep electronic and EMF devices away from your bed. Meditation, laughter, and mild exercise help handle stress.

Sources for this article include:

http://gaia-health.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/033868_vaccine_injuries_compensation.html

http://maxwellskitchen.com/mercolavitD.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com/

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Curcumin and black pepper combine to stop breast cancer tumor cells http://herbalpalace.com/curcumin-and-black-pepper-combine-to-stop-breast-cancer-tumor-cells/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:16:19 +0000 http://herbalpalace.com/?p=1 Curcumin

Natural chemicals found in the spices turmeric and black pepper appear to stop the growth of breast tumors, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Researchers applied a solution containing both curcumin, found in turmeric, and piperine, which makes black pepper spicy, to breast cancer cells in a laboratory, using concentrations 20 times higher than those found in the human diet. They found that the solution hampered the ability of stem cells to propagate but did not affect the differentiation of normal breast cells.

“This shows that these compounds are not toxic to normal breast tissue,” lead author Madhuri Kakarala said.

Cancer stem cells are the cells in tumors that allow it to keep growing without limit. Current chemotherapy treatments are unable to affect stem cells, which is part of the reason that cancers can spread and recur even in those undergoing treatment.

“If we can limit the number of stem cells, we can limit the number of cells with potential to form tumors,” Kakarala said.

The researchers found that the piperine appeared to make the curcumin more effective. They also found that the solution affected cancer stem cells regardless of whether the tumors were estrogen-sensitive or not. This is an especially significant finding because the cancer-preventive drugs tamoxifen or raloxifene, which can have highly toxic side effects, do not affect estrogen-independent tumors.

“The concept that dietary compounds can help is attractive, and curcumin and piperine appear to have very low toxicity,” Karkala said.

Previous studies have linked a diet high in turmeric to a lower risk of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancers. Black pepper and piperine have both also been shown to suppress the development of colon and lung tumors in animal tests.

Sources for this story include: health.usnews.com; timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

This information is brought to you by Dr. XiPing Zhou, M.D.O.M., L.Ac.Dr. Zhou is founder & president of East West Healing Arts Institute Massage School, Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture & Pain Management Clinic,Madison Family Wellness Community Clinic,  The Herbal Palace, &China Delight Tours. Visit anyone of these websites to learn about Chinese medicine and culture

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Herbs for Anxiety – Herbal Treatments for Stress, Tension and Work Pressure http://herbalpalace.com/herbs-for-anxiety/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:22:04 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/moover/?p=7078 Herbs for Anxiety

Feeling anxious is a common feature in most human beings. There is nothing abnormal in it, but if a person is very often subjected to anxieties due to simple and trivial reasons then it must be checked otherwise it may lead to serious disorders like depression creating much problem in later stages of life.

Stress, tension, pressure at workplace, competition, family problems back at home seldom leave a person’s mind to sit back and relax. The constant duel and turmoil that continues in one’s mind leads to a habit of being anxious and at the same time disturbing other physiological functions too.

Some simple herbal treatments

Instead of getting addicted to sedatives and other drugs in order to get rid of anxiety, some herbs have magical spells in alleviating anxiety because herbs contain the essential chemical constituents that affect the functions of the brain and heart. Most of these herbal therapies have very little side effects and are quite cheap compared to the drugs sold over the counter. Some of the best herbal therapies in treating anxiety can be summarized as follows:

1. Kava kava is well known to lift one’s spirits and so its roots were used to prepare drinks since ancient times. It also reduces the stress and anxiety within one week of its use. Even women suffering from post menopause depression have found good results after using kava kava.

2. Ginseng has many beneficial factors but it is most popular in treatment of anxiety. It helps to maintain emotional balance and produces a relaxing effect on the nerves reducing tiredness and fatigue.

3. Valerian root is generally applied as a sedative. But it has also yielded good results in reducing stress, anxiety levels, agitation and other mental disturbances. It is also advantageous to the fact that it helps to fall sleep in less time and promotes sound sleep in spite of a disturbed mind.




4. Catnip is a mint type of herb that reduces nervousness, sleeplessness and so is widely used as an anti anxiety medicine. It has been used as a sedative through ages but studies showed that it can also reduce migraine.

5. St John’s wort has been popular for its anti depressant qualities since ages and so it is widely used as medications to reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Chamomile herbs are the safest in treating anxiety problems. German chamomile and Roman chamomile are the most commonly used herbs. They have some chemical constituents that relax the brain and have a soothing effect on the nerves.

From the above studies the main benefits of herbal treatments is that they are non toxic and being natural does not lead to any sort of addiction. Apart from treatments herbs develops the resistance to fight against any disorder.

Find information on Ashwagandha Benefits to reduce stress and anxiety. Read Brahmi Supplement Benefits to improve memory and concentration. Find information on Shilajit Capsules Benefits to increase libido and sperm count.

This information is brought to you by Dr. XiPing Zhou, M.D.O.M., L.Ac.Dr. Zhou is founder & president of East West Healing Arts Institute Massage School, Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture & Pain Management Clinic,Madison Family Wellness Community Clinic,  The Herbal Palace, &China Delight Tours. Visit anyone of these websites to learn about Chinese medicine and culture

by Nick Mutt

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Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine http://herbalpalace.com/relieve-menstrual-cramps-with-acupuncture-and-herbal-medicine/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:21:35 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/moover/?p=7099

(NaturalNews) A study in the journal Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine demonstrated a significant beneficial effect when acupuncture treatments were administered to patients who were suffering from dysmenorrhea resistant to conventional medical treatment. Dysmenorrhea manifests as painful menstrual cramps, and it can be either “primary” (without proven pelvic pathology/causation) or “secondary” (cramps in the presence of pelvic pathology). The dominant symptom of either classification of dysmenorrhea is pain, which is not alleviated by NSAID drugs in approximately 25% of cases.

Patients included in this study were suffering from dysmenorrhea of a moderate to severe nature for 1 year or longer and had not responded well to NSAID use. They had also refused oral contraceptive therapy, which is currently administered as a first line of treatment in dysmenorrhea cases. The participants were given 8 weekly acupuncture treatments over a period of 2 months, with needles inserted in applicable point locations for 30 minutes.

13 of the 15 participants in the study experienced substantial reduction of pain and of NSAID consumption following the acupuncture treatments. Greater pain reduction was observed in patients experiencing primary, rather than secondary dysmenorrhea. 7 of the 15 participants ceased NSAID use completely and remained asymptomatic when questioned 6 months after treatments ended.

Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a scientific therapeutic modality with an effective pain-relieving ability, and it has been recommended by the NIH for the treatment of several diseases, including dysmenorrhea. The beauty of acupuncture treatments is that they are virtually devoid of side effects, non-invasive and extremely safe. It is postulated that the insertion of acupuncture needles causes enhanced blood flow to the affected area.




Herbal medicine can also be used together with the above acupuncture protocol to enhance the effect. Although the proper Chinese Herbal Formula must be selected for each individual patient’s exact signs and symptoms, one of the most commonly prescribed formulas for primary dysmenorrhea patients is known as gui zhi fu ling wan. This combination of 5 Chinese herbs includes cinnamon twig (Cinnamomi Ramulus), hoelen (Poria), peony root (Paeoniae Radix), moutan root bark (Moutan Cortex), and peach kernel (Persicae Semen). These herbs are considered in the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to have a strong invigorating or circulating quality of the blood, and they serve the role of alleviating pain by eliminating blockages or stagnations in the body. This same formula is also appropriate in certain cases of uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.

The study mentioned above concludes that acupuncture treatment may be indicated to treat dysmenorrhea related pain, especially for patients in whom oral contraceptives or NSAID are refused or contraindicated. This agrees with clinical results that many acupuncture clinics have been reporting. However, it should be noted that this particular study had a relatively small group of participants, and it did not employ a randomized, double-blind format. It will be useful to seek further scientific validation of the effect of acupuncture in dysmenorrhea treatment.

Sources for this article:

http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/…

Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd edition, by Dan Bensky, et al.

Handbook of Oriental Medicine, 3rd edition, by Hyunbae Kim.

This information is brought to you by Dr. XiPing Zhou, M.D.O.M., L.Ac.Dr. Zhou is founder & president of East West Healing Arts Institute Massage School, Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture & Pain Management Clinic,Madison Family Wellness Community Clinic,  The Herbal Palace, &China Delight Tours. Visit anyone of these websites to learn about Chinese medicine and culture

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Children with cancer often use alternative medicine http://herbalpalace.com/children-with-cancer-often-use-alternative-medicine/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:21:19 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/moover/?p=7091

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many children undergoing treatment for cancer use herbal remedies, vitamins or other types of alternative therapies, a new research review suggests.

The review, of 28 studies involving 3,500 children, found that anywhere from 6 percent to 91 percent of study participants used some form of alternative or complementary medicine at some point during their cancer treatment. In half of the studies, the rate ranged between 20 percent and 60 percent.

It is not clear from the studies whether some children were receiving alternative therapies instead of a particular standard cancer treatment, or whether they were only being used in addition to conventional medicine, according to lead researcher Dr. Felicity Bishop, of the University of Southampton School of Medicine in the UK.

What the studies do indicate, she told Reuters Health by email, is that “a substantial proportion of pediatric cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine at some point in their treatment.”

The bottom line for parents, according to Bishop, is that they should discuss any use of such therapies with their child’s doctor.

She and her colleagues report their findings in the journal Pediatrics.

The public often perceives alternative therapies as “natural” and safe. But while some approaches are unlikely to cause harm — like relaxation therapies to reduce stress — other alternative treatments may present a risk to cancer patients. Research has found, for example, that high-dose vitamin C, St. John’s wort and green tea compounds may interact with certain cancer drugs and lessen their effectiveness.

And few alternative therapies promoted for cancer patients have been subject to rigorous clinical trials to test their effectiveness.

Some recent studies have had promising results; for example, a clinical trial last year found that the herb milk thistle may help limit liver inflammation as a side effect of chemotherapy in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Another found that adding flaxseed to the diets of men scheduled to undergo surgery for prostate cancer seemed to slow the cancer’s growth in some patients.

However, researchers caution that these are the first well-controlled clinical trials to evaluate those therapies, and more studies are needed before recommendations can be made.




In their review, Bishop and her colleagues found that herbal remedies were the most commonly reported alternative therapies, though use varied widely across the studies — with anywhere from 2 percent to 48 percent of children using herbs.

Between 3 percent and 47 percent of children used special diets or other nutritional therapies, while 3 percent to 30 percent used prayer or other forms of “faith-healing.” Other forms of alternative therapy included high-dose vitamins, mind-body therapies like meditation and relaxation techniques, and homeopathy.

In studies that asked parents why they had turned to alternative therapies, the most common reasons were “to cure or help fight the child’s cancer,” to help ease symptoms and to counter the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.

According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, patients considering alternative therapy should speak with their doctors first to make sure it fits safely into their overall care. Doctors or staff at a patient’s cancer center may also be able to recommend an alternative-medicine practitioner. Some cancer centers now offer alternative- and complementary-medicine programs that can be integrated into standard care.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, April 2010.

This information is brought to you by Dr. XiPing ZhouM.D.O.M., L.Ac. Dr. Zhou is founder & president of East West Healing Arts Institute Massage School, Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture & Pain Management ClinicMadison Family Wellness Community Clinic,  The Herbal Palace, & China Delight Tours. Visit anyone of these websites to learn about Chinese medicine and culture.

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How To Relax Your Mind http://herbalpalace.com/relax-mind/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:15:00 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/dotted/?p=3667
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Alternative remedy use common among infertile http://herbalpalace.com/alternative-remedy-use-common-among-infertile/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:11:57 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/moover/?p=7084

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A substantial number of American couples are looking beyond just state-of-the-art fertility treatments to therapies dating back centuries in hopes of improving their chances of conceiving a baby, according to new research.

More than a quarter of northern California couples followed in a study sought help from acupuncture, herbal therapy and massage-often as a complement to conventional conception strategies such as in vitro fertilization. Rates were especially high among wealthy, older couples.

“We suggest that couples struggling to achieve pregnancy are more likely to seek out any treatment that offers hope,” Dr. James Smith of the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study, told Reuters Health in an email.

The research is the first in the U.S. to quantify the use of complementary and alternative medicine for infertility-a problem that afflicts 7 to 17 percent of American couples, note the researchers in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Overall, studies have shown that up to 40 percent of Americans use such remedies for all conditions.

As a first step toward understanding what motivates a couple’s decision to pursue alternative remedies, Smith and his team recruited 428 couples from eight reproductive clinics and followed them via questionnaires and interviews over the next 18 months.

During this period, 29 percent of the couples reported using some form of complementary and alternative medicine: 22 percent underwent acupuncture, 17 percent took herbal therapy, 5 percent had body work such as chiropractic or massage, and 1 percent tried meditation.

With every five-year increase in the woman’s age, the chances of her and her partner pursuing at least one of these strategies rose by about 29 percent, even after accounting for factors such as having previous children and the use of other infertility treatments.

Couples earning more than $200,000 were nearly three times more likely to seek alternative remedies than were those with combined incomes less than $100,000.




In another study, not yet published, Smith and his colleagues calculated the total out-of-pocket infertility costs for couples using in vitro fertilization at $16,550. A visit to the acupuncturist runs about $100, added Smith.

“Couples with higher incomes were more likely to have the financial resources to seek out” complementary and alternative remedies, said Smith, emphasizing the relevance of “complementary” over “alternative” in this case.

Perhaps less surprising, couples failing to achieve pregnancy had a nearly two and a half-fold increased chance of using such remedies compared to those successfully conceiving, and partners that had a positive attitude about the effectiveness of alternative treatments were 85 percent more likely to try it.

The authors say the study’s design may limit whether their findings can be generalized to the larger population, because the couples were self-selected and there were low numbers of certain racial and ethnic groups. And, Smith said, the study was not designed to test whether such treatments are effective.

SOURCE: Fertility and Sterility, online March 24, 2010.

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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for Asthma, Allergies http://herbalpalace.com/traditional-chinese-herbal-medicine-for-asthma-allergies/ Wed, 28 Sep 2011 21:25:04 +0000 http://www.mnkystudio.com/dotted/?p=3666

Asthma and allergies involve abnormal production of immunoglobulin E antibodies, according to Western researchers. A simplified model of the immune response includes two parts, Th1 inflammatory and Th2 antibody. Allergic disorders appear to be “too much Th2,”while inflammatory disorders appear to be “too much Th1.” There are many Western drugs that suppress the immune system by a variety of mechanisms, but it has been a challenge to modulate the relative strength of Th1 and Th2 responses without too much overall immune suppression.

In a recent review article, a team from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reported that herbal formulas from Chinese Traditional Medicine may do a better job of balancing the function of the immune system.

Chinese herbs are used either alone or in combination with standard (Western) medicine. Clinical trials have shown positive results for five Chinese herbal formulations in treating asthma:

1. Anti-asthma herbal medicine intervention (ASHMI), formula with three herbs. This is the only one that has been tested alone in the U.S.

2. Modified Mai Men Dong Tang (mMMDT), with five herbs. When added to standard asthma therapy, this formula improved lung function, compared to standard asthma therapy plus placebo.

3. Ding Chuan Tang (DCT), with nine herbs. This formula improved airway stability as an add-on therapy.

4. STA-1, with 10 herbs. This is a combination of mMMDT and Lui-Wei-Di-Huang Wan (LWDHW). Patients used less standard asthma medication and had improved symptoms with this formula.

5. Sophora flavescens Ait. This herb alone reduced the need for inhaled corticosteroids and beta-agonists.

ASHMI has been the best studied. In trials comparing this formula with prednisone, both treatments produced significant improvement in lung function for patients with asthma. The prednisone group had slightly better lung function than the ASHMI group, but gained 2.8 kg over four weeks of treatment. The ASHMI group had a much smaller weight gain of 0.8 kg. In addition, prednisone suppressed serum cortisol levels in asthmatic patients who had cortisol below normal to start with.

Patients taking ASHMI returned to normal cortisol levels.

These herbs are not available from the average health food store, but you may have a Chinese pharmacy in your area. Most licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. are also qualified to recommend or prescribe Chinese herbs. To locate a practitioner, check the web site of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: http://nccaom.org.

References:

Xiu-Min Li, MD and Laverne Brown, PhD, “Efficacy and mechanisms of action of traditional Chinese medicines for treating asthma and allergy”, J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Feb; 123(2): 297-308.

Xiu-Min Li, Md, “Traditional Chinese herbal remedies for Asthma and Food Allergy”, J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 July; 120(1): 25-31.

Author: Linda Fugate is a scientist and writer in Austin, Texas. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her background includes academic and industrial research in materials science. She currently writes song lyrics and health articles.

Source: EmpowHER.com

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