Most people either think herbal medicines are useless or use them in the same way as drugs.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “What is the best herb for headaches?” over the past 25 years since I first started in the natural health field. My answer is always the same: “That depends on whether your headaches are a symptom of stress, neck tension or misalignment, anxiety, excessive radiation from computer work or television, liver problems, gallbladder problems, blood sugar fluctuations, neurotoxic chemicals in your food, head trauma, chemicals in your home or office, or other factor.” I think you get the point. To help aid in the understanding of herbal medicines, here are 11 things you need to know about these powerful but misunderstood natural healers:
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Acupuncture and herbs outperform drug therapy for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers compared two groups, one received acupuncture and #herbal medicine and the other received drug therapy. The group receiving acupuncture and herbs had superior positive patient outcome rates. Acupuncture and herbs produced clinical outcomes yielding greater improvements in stool consistency and significantly greater reductions of abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, bloating, and bowel urgency.
Acupuncture to the abdomen, boosted by an electric current, helped relieve severe constipation, a new study found.Chinese researchers studied 1,075 patients with severe functional constipation, which means they were unable to have a complete bowel movement more than twice a week. The study subjects all reported a number of unpleasant symptoms, including hard stools, a sensation of incomplete evacuation and often needing to strain when going to the bathroom. They were randomly assigned to receive either a form of acupuncture or a sham procedure, according to the report published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.
A complex mix of plant compounds derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, or the ancient clinical practice in China, apparently works to kill some types of cancer cells.
One of these compounds called “Compound kushen injection” (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumors, usually as an adjunct to western chemotherapy. How CKI works, however, isn’t known.
Because I’m in the health field, people periodically ask me about what I do for my health care regimen. My answer is pretty simple. I try to eat a balanced diet which includes protein—fish, chicken, red meat and vegetables, with an emphasis on vegetables, especially dark leafy greens. I do eat grains but only about 10 percent of my diet unless I’ve stepped up my workouts and need more. There are many types of diets out there with all sorts of research backing why they are the best. The one above is what I have chosen and it works for me.
I also exercise daily. The type of workout I do is never planned unless I’m training for a particular event. Otherwise it can be anything from, running, cycling, lifting, stretching, swimming or as of late P90x3. I think it’s important to work out for at least 30 min. a day even if that means to just go out for a brisk walk.
Supplements seem to be the biggest question people have for me and my answer usually is try to get them in the foods you eat. If you have a particular deficiency that is not responding to your diet then by all means take a supplement. Your herbalist or nutritionist can help you find out what supplementation you may need. Personally, on a regular basis, I take black garlic and turmeric. Again, this is my personal regime. Everyone is different and supplemental intake can vary depending on your age, current health and amount of recreation.
Acupuncture show positive treatment outcomes for both cervical spondylosis and cervical spondylotic radiculopathy.
Researchers (Zheng-tao, et al.) find acupuncture effective for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and conclude that it is a potentially valid and successful substitute for the CPAP machine. The findings indicate that acupuncture is a proven treatment option for sleep apnea patients looking for a cost-effective alternative to standard treatment or for those who find sleeping with the machine cumbersome and difficult to manage.
There are a number of reasons why people might turn to less invasive fertility treatments like Chinese medicine instead of Western treatment methods.
Yoga, tai chi, and other complementary health approaches are effective in helping to alleviate some chronic pain conditions, concludes a new study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health.