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Bael Fruit for Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome

Estimated to affect as many as 1.4 million Americans, inflammatory bowel disease includes a painful condition called colitis. While colitis is often treated with medication or surgery, natural remedies like bael fruit are sometimes used to alleviate colitis-related pain and other symptoms (such as bloating and diarrhea). Show More Summary

Lomi Lomi Massage for Healing and Happiness

For centuries, Hawaiian healers have practiced a form of massage known as lomi lomi. Rooted in a philosophy based on attaining harmony in mind, body, and spirit, lomi lomi aims to boost emotional wellbeing in addition soothing stress and easing health troubles. Show More Summary

Say No to Sassafras Oil

An essential oil with a sweet scent, sassafras oil is extremely varied in its uses: sometimes touted as a natural remedy for issues like head lice, it's also used in the production of the drug MDMA (more widely known as "ecstasy"). But...Show More Summary

Avipattikar: Natural Relief for Stomach Ulcers?

For help in soothing stomach troubles (such as indigestion and stomach ulcers), practitioners of ayurveda sometimes rely on an herbal formula known as avipattikar. Available in dietary supplement form, avipattikar contains a dozen herbs (including amla, clove, ginger, and haritaki).... Read Full Post

Bhringaraj Oil for Beautiful Hair?

In ayurveda, a natural remedy known as bhringaraj oil has long been used to enhance hair health. Made from a mix of extracts of bhringaraj (a plant also known as false daisy) and sesame or coconut oil, bhringaraj oil is thought to help...Show More Summary

Ferulic Acid: An Anti-Aging Solution for Skin?

Some skin-care products said to slow aging contain ferulic acid, a compound sourced from such plants as sweet corn and tomatoes. Rich in antioxidants (and also taken in dietary supplement form to enhance heart health and curb cholesterol and blood pressure), ferulic acid is said to treat sun-induced damage and help remove fine lines and wrinkles from the skin.... Read Full Post

Carrot Seed Essential Oil for All-Natural Stress Relief?

A sweet-scented substance long used in aromatherapy, carrot seed essential oil is sometimes touted as a natural solution for stress relief. It's thought that breathing in the somewhat earthy fragrance of this essential oil can send messages to the limbic system (a brain region known to influence the nervous system) and, in turn, promote relaxation.... Read Full Post

Red Raspberry Leaf for Menstrual Cramps?

An herb said to relax the uterus, red raspberry leaf is often taken in tea form to help ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Also said to enhance overall women's health, red raspberry leaf contains such antioxidants as quercetin and kaempferol.... Read Full Post

Can Maracuja Oil Revitalize Your Skin?

One newly trendy ingredient in natural skincare products is maracuja oil, a substance sourced from the seeds of the passionflower or passion fruit plant. Fans of maracuja oil suggest that it can help shield skin by locking in moisture and reversing signs of aging (such as fine lines and wrinkles).... Read Full Post

Thalassotherapy for Fibromyalgia

To soothe the pain and ease the fatigue commonly associated with fibromyalgia, some patients have tried a type of alternative medicine known as thalassotherapy. Sometimes considered a form of hydrotherapy,... Read Full Post

Spikenard Oil: An Aromatherapy Remedy for Anxiety?

Extracted from a plant in the valerian family), spikenard oil is a type of essential oil sometimes used in aromatherapy. Bearing a strong, earthy scent, spikenard oil is said to soothe anxiety (as well as relieve stress and alleviate insomnia).... Read Full Post

Can Hyssop Ease Asthma Symptoms?

Asthma is on the rise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. As of 2009, one in 12 people in the United States now suffers from this respiratory disorder, compared with one in 14 people in 2001. For helpShow More Summary

Lessons from Tibetan Medicine

One of the longest-practiced systems of medicine on the planet, Tibetan medicine has been deemed "the world's first integrative medicine." Somewhat similar to ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine centers on the use herbal remedies for healing. Show More Summary

Can Jiaogulan Fight Fat?

Sometimes touted as a natural weight loss aid, the herb jiaogulan has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. While few studies have tested the fat-fighting effects of jiaogulan (often referred to as "Southern ginseng"),...Show More Summary

Cassava: A Cancer-Fighting Herb?

A plant native to South America, cassava is rich in a variety of health-boosting substances: its roots contain such nutrients as calcium and vitamin C, while its leaves are a source of protein, carotene, and lysine. But although cassava...Show More Summary

Arabinoxylan for Diabetes Control?

The outer shell of wheat, rice, and other cereal grains contains a compound called arabinoxylan, a fiber component that's also available in supplement form. Often used to stimulate the immune system (as well as to treat common conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, arabinoxylan shows promise in the treatment of diabetes.... Read Full Post

Transfer Factors: A Natural Solution for Shingles?

Sold in dietary supplement form, transfer factors are a type of protein produced by cells in the lymphatic system. Proponents claim that taking transfer factor supplements can boost your immune system and stave off all kinds of sickness.... Read Full Post

Can Wild Indigo Keep You Cold-Free?

Each year, about one billion cases of the common cold affect adults and children in the United States. To boost their defense against cold-related sneezing, sniffling, cough, and congestion, some people turn an herbal remedy known as wild indigo. Show More Summary

Autogenic Training for IBS Relief

For people struggling with irritable bowel syndrome, working to reduce stress may help to soothe such symptoms as pain and cramping. One stress-management strategy that shows promise in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome is autogenic...Show More Summary

A Chinese Herb for Better Heart Health?

In traditional Chinese medicine, an herb called Coptis chinensis is sometimes used to boost cardiovascular health and fend off heart disease. Also used to ease gastrointestinal issues, Coptis chinensis contains such compounds as berberine (a chemical with anti-inflammatory effects).... Read Full Post

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