Understanding Ginseng

Feb 21

Understanding Ginseng

While browsing through the supplements counter of your favorite supermarket store, you may have come across the herb ginseng. Immensely popular and known for its use in treating a wide range of illnesses and health conditions, this Chinese herb is believed to be one of the best herbs. Let’s take a closer look and understand what does ginseng do, what is ginseng good for, ginseng tea and ginseng supplements, and how they can help you. What does Ginseng Do? Ginseng, a popular Chinese herb, which is now a component of many natural herbal treatments and supplements, holds many therapeutic and medicinal properties. It is believed to contain steroid-like components called ginsenosides, which produces a ‘heating’ action that improves circulation and overall well-being. When taken orally, ginseng is believed to have an aphrodisiac, nourishing, adaptogenic and stimulating functions, which improve health and wellness of the individual. What is Ginseng good for? Now that we’ve understood how ginseng works and what does ginseng do, it’s time to turn our attention to the next important questions-what is ginseng good for? Ginseng supplements and extracts may be beneficial to people suffering from the following disorders or health conditions- Diabetes- ginseng extracts are believed to reduce blood sugar levels Memory issues- ginseng is believed to boost memory and improve cognitive function Erectile dysfunction- ginseng is surprisingly effective in dealing with many disorders of the reproductive system, even erectile dysfunction Hair problems- ginseng extracts are used in many cosmetic products to stimulate re-growth of hair and prevent balding, especially androgenic alopecia in men. Skin disorders- ginseng acts as a wonderful skin tonic and promotes cell regeneration, slows down ageing, detoxifies the blood, improves complexion and rehydrates the skin. Weight loss issues- those attempting to lose weight can benefit by taking ginseng supplements- they are natural and speeds up metabolism and fat burning process of the body. Cancer side-effects- those suffering from the side effects associated with cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation etc) can have reduced severity of side effects after taking ginseng supplements. Cancer- taking ginseng supplements or extracts is believed to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors, especially in colorectal cancer. PMS- Women suffering from menstrual cramps, low libido and mood swings can be helped...

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Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

Feb 19

Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

While hunting for natural ways to treat and heal your body and illnesses, you may have come across Chinese herbal remedies and medicines. Among the many branches of alternative medicine, Chinese herbal medicine still stands high and among the most used natural treatment approaches. Here, we’ll discuss more about this great form of medicine, some popular Chinese herbal remedies, and list down some must-have Chinese herbs. http://www.2009wccm.com/chinese-medicine-101/   What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? During the ancient times, the Chinese have been using a different range of herbs and botanical extracts to deal with and manage different health disorders and conditions. It all started with the earliest literatures, which date back to 168 BC. Probably the most important contribution to Chinese herbal medicine was by a recognized herbalist named Shénnóng, who’s material medica (a book comprising of different herbs and extracts as treatments) is still regarded among many practitioners today. It is believed that he himself tasted and understood hundreds of herbs, and listed down their benefits and properties. His book on Chinese herbal medicine comprises of 365 species of grasses, roots, furs, animals, stones and woods, and he placed them into the following three categories- A superior category of Chinese herbs that may be used for multiple diseases, and restoration of health, and they have absolutely no side effects associated with their use. A category of tonics and potions that must not be taken for a prolonged duration. A class of herbs, best taken in very small doses, and may be used for specific health conditions only. Unlike conventional medicines, Chinese herbal medicines are usually prepared for the patient, and tailored specifically to meet his needs. While most Chinese herbs are completely safe in use, especially after they have been recommended by a professional practitioner or a herbalist; however, the efficacy of these herbs have not yet been clarified by studies and clinical trials. Common Chinese Herbal Remedies If you’re particularly interested in trying out Chinese herbal remedies for yourself, you may need to seek professional medical help before you proceed- just to make sure you aren’t allergic to any particular Chinese herbs, or don’t suffer any drug interaction whatsoever. Here we’ve listed down the best Chinese herbal remedies...

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Uncovering the uses of Acupuncture

Feb 17

Uncovering the uses of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is well known for its effectiveness as a natural treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Just like other branches under Chinese medicine, acupuncture too, is based on the principle that a life force energy flows through the body, and helps keep the different organs functioning properly. This vital life force energy, also known as qi, when undergoes blockages or any imbalances, causes diseases and health disorders. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate certain points on the body, known as acupoints, which restore the flow of qi through the body, helps it reach all the organs, and promotes health and wellbeing. While acupuncture practices involve the use of needles, which is not to be carried out without professional knowledge and education, you can still reap the benefits of this amazing practice; simply stimulate the acupoints using the tips of your fingers rather than needles- which is nothing but another form of traditional Chinese medicine, which we know today as acupressure. Read on to know more about the use of acupuncture for back pain, acupuncture for arthritis, acupuncture for depression and many other disorders. Acupuncture for back pain It is estimated that around 8 in every 10 people around the world fall prey to some form of back problem in their life, which is concerning. The advancements in medicine and technology have made treatments easier, no doubt; but at the cost of our health. Most of the new treatments and therapies bring with them a good list of side effects. Thankfully, using acupuncture for back pain can guarantee you no side effects. Several studies have found that using acupuncture for back pain was effective in curbing symptoms associated with the condition, and also managed to reduce chronic back pain in patients suffering from the disorder. This probably explains why a lot of people are now restoring to use acupuncture for back pain instead of other treatments. Here are a few acupoints, stimulation of which could help you achieve relief from back pain. Commanding Middle- This point is located in the center, exactly at the back of the knee. This point is more likely to be tender, so make sure you...

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Understanding Alternative Medicine

Feb 15

Understanding Alternative Medicine

You may have heard of the term alternative medicine while browsing through some natural remedies or ways to treat your health condition. Over the past few decades, alternative medicine is getting increasingly popular, and thanks to its effectiveness, more and more people are now turning to using this form of medicine as an alternative to conventional medicine and drugs. Before you get confused, let’s take a closer look at this amazing science, and understand how it can help you deal with your health conditions in a better, efficient way. What is Alternative Medicine? Alternative medicine is basically a very broad field of science that comprises of a number of different practices and healing methods. Acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, naturopathy, herbal medicine, Ayurveda, aura healing, homeopathy etc are among the most popular therapies included under alternative medicine. One of the best benefits of choosing alternative medicine is the fact that it doesn’t have any side effects associated with its use, even if carried out long-term. Alternative medicine practices are also very simple, and are believed to work better when carried out in conjugation with medications and other treatment measures. Acupuncture Decoded Acupuncture specifically falls under traditional Chinese medicine, and is a popular practice, especially when it comes to dealing with stress, depression and chronic pain. Acupuncture uses a very different approach to the treatment of disorders, as opposed to conventional medicine and drugs. It is believed that an imbalance in the vital life force energy flowing through the body, which is known as qi, is responsible for the occurrence of diseases. Through acupuncture, certain points on the body are stimulated using tiny, thin needles, which restore the healthy flow of qi through the body, which improves overall well being. Who is an Acupuncturist?  Simply put, an acupuncturist is an individual who practices acupuncture. Acupuncture needs formal, professional training before it can be practiced upon, so make sure you know well about the professionalism of the acupuncturist before you seek his/her services. Most people tend to be scared of acupuncture, since it involves the use of needles; however, acupuncture practices hardly cause any pain, since the needles used are very thin. It is advisable that you avoid trying out acupuncture yourself and...

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Understanding Acupuncture

Feb 13

Understanding Acupuncture

You may have heard about acupuncture as a treatment for different health conditions, and may have even considered trying it out for yourself. Acupuncture is a popular healing method under traditional Chinese medicine, and if you’re curious about this amazingly effective therapy, look no further- read on to know more about the basics of acupuncture and how you can use it to deal with conditions like tinnitus, fertility, anxiety and acne. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure under traditional Chinese medicine, which involves the use of microscopic needles to stimulate particular points on the body and boost the healthy flow of qi (the life force energy which flows through all the organs of the body, and nourishes them) throughout the body. Skeptics have often compared this healing practice to no more effective than a placebo, however, several studies have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for various disorders, over which we elaborate further in the article. Acupuncture for tinnitus Tinnitus, commonly known for the typical ringing sensation in the ears, can be irritating and may make it difficult for you to concentrate on important stuff that needs your attention. Using acupuncture for tinnitus, you can almost instantly get rid of that ringing sensation, and without any side effects whatsoever. Basically, tinnitus is believed to arise out of a depleted flow of energy to the kidneys, and acupuncture works by strengthening the kidneys and restoring the flow of energy to them. Here is a simple point you can stimulate using light pressure by your fingers itself. Place the index fingers of each of your hands on the area right beside each ear (where the face meets the ear) and using gentle pressure, glide over this area, looking for indentions or elevations and sensitive areas. Massage these areas for 2-3 minutes. Do not practice acupuncture on yourself using needles- you need to have professional experience to try that. Acupuncture for anxiety Anxiety, stress and depression are common today owing to the fast-paced life. What’s even more concerning is the fact that stress is linked to many health problems, some of them particularly severe. Thankfully using acupuncture for anxiety, stress and other mental problems is a safe and effective method....

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