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Herbal Medicine

10 Herbs and Supplements for Menopause
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10 Herbs and Supplements for Menopause

Menopause is the natural decline of female reproductive hormone production and conclusion of a woman’s menstrual cycles. It usually begins during your 40s or 50s. Common menopause symptoms include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, chills, night sweats, weight gain, irregular periods, labile moods, decreased sex drive, poor sleep, bone loss, headaches, anxiety, and depression. Since it’s a completely natural process, treatments focus primarily on symptom management. A variety of pharmaceutical drugs are available, but the risk of side effects leads many women to use alternative therapies either alongside — or instead of — conventional treatments. Remember to consult your healthcare provider before adding any supplements to your routine. Here are 10 herbs and supplements commonly used to man...
5 Herbs for Health: Grow plants that Look After You
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5 Herbs for Health: Grow plants that Look After You

Did you know the humble aspirin (salicylic acid) is derived from the bark of the willow tree (Salix babylonica)? And the glorious cure for most of days’ #firstworldproblems – caffeine – is harvested from coffee beans (Coffea arabica) and tea leaves (Camellia sinensis)? Most plants contain properties that are beneficial for our health and wellbeing. Herbs are wonderful examples. Depending on the herb, they may contain medicinal properties which can help with reducing inflammation, lower stress, and aid digestion. Plus, their delightful aromas and flavours can be used for variety of culinary uses, too. Leafy herbs like mint and oregano can be grown inside, provided they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Fruiting and rooting herbs and spices need at least 6-8 hours of full sun and are ...
How to live longer: The herbal tea that may play a role in preventing and treating cancer
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How to live longer: The herbal tea that may play a role in preventing and treating cancer

One in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure or known way to prevent it but evidence hints at the promise of certain items in helping to keep it at bay. A particular herbal tea has displayed promise while helping to manage other health risks. Life expectancy is, to a degree, left to chance - a sobering thought to contemplate. You cannot dodge every threat that comes along but you can reduce your risk of facing them in the first place. What's more, you can take steps to ensure you are well-equipped to confront them. This holds particularly true in relation to chronic diseases, which threaten longevity. Your risk of cancer, for example, can be reduced and your response to it can be improved, by making healthy dietar...
Plant power: why demand for traditional herbal remedies is booming
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Plant power: why demand for traditional herbal remedies is booming

Just a handful of businesses have boomed through lockdown – Netflix, Joe Wicks, your local bike shop, online sex toys. Medicinal herbs have also emerged even stronger and healthier. Between January and May, UK online searches for herbs associated with building immunity or fighting flu – andrographis, for example – rose by 200 per cent over the same months last year. For Sebastian Pole, master herbsmith and co-founder of Pukka Herbs, lockdown has been busier than ever – meeting this surge while simultaneously moving 130 staff out of Pukka’s head office to work from home. On top of this, there’s his private practice – Pole has been treating his own patients for 22 years and the pandemic has generated a stream of requests for herbal remedies to boost immunity, reduce anxiety and ward off i...
Herbal food best for pet anxiety, says vet expert
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Herbal food best for pet anxiety, says vet expert

Veterinary expert and TV personality, Joe Inglis, is raising awareness of the benefits of herbal dog food, which can reportedly work to ease separation anxiety and stress in pets. It comes as the expert, who has appeared on Vets in Practice, Blue Peter, The One Show and This Morning, anticipates an increase in separation anxiety amongst dogs as families begin to return to workplaces and schools. According to Inglis, chamomile and valerian are two proven herbs that can have calming effects on animals. Having incorporated them into recipes, he said the calming effects were “noticeable”. Inglis said: “This is an understandable situation for our pets – after so many months of daily security and companionship, they face suddenly being left alone again. Separation anxiety can be a big p...