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 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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Ginseng- Benefits, Types and More

Feb 09

Ginseng- Benefits, Types and More

Characterized by their fleshy roots which resemble a man’s legs, ginseng plants are used widely as a treatment against several disorders and health conditions, particularly in Chinese herbal medicine. The therapeutic use of this herb is such that it is not only consumed as a herb, but also added to tonics and supplements and even make up for a good portion of some herbal beauty products and cosmetics. Infact, in the early times, ginseng had sparked international trade, and was exchanged in place of raw silk, which highlights the importance of this Chinese herb. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of ginseng, their uses, side effects and more. Read on… Uses of Ginseng Though there is limited evidence to support the use of ginseng as a treatment of various health disorders and conditions, herbal medicine practitioners and experts believe that this herb could hold valuable healing properties. A study from Mayo Clinic found how the extracts of ginseng could be helpful in boosting energy levels, stimulating physical and mental activity among those weak and tired, and may also help patients with fatigue. Another study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science found how ginseng extracts, when mixed with fortified milk, could help improve cognitive function. Yet another research conducted at the Medical School of Nantong University found that ginseng extracts were indeed, effective in boosting thinking ability and cognitive function. Ginseng is also a good source of ginsenosides, which are packed with immunosuppressant effects, which reduce inflammation and pain associated with autoimmune disorders like arthritis, rheumatism etc. Some studies have also found ginseng to possess anti-cancer properties and help men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Siberian Ginseng Also known as Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is extremely popular, thanks to its amazing health benefits. The extracts of Siberian ginseng are sometimes even used in skincare products and cosmetics. Several studies have supported the use of Siberian ginseng as a natural treatment for cold and cough, since this herb is believed to hold excellent immune boosting properties that sometimes even prevent seasonal cold. Some other studies have also found Siberian ginseng extracts to be an effective treatment for fatigue, pain associated with osteoarthritis, and high cholesterol levels and more. Korean...

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Chinese Medicine and Herbs Understood

Feb 05

Chinese Medicine and Herbs Understood

Conventional medicine, which involve the use of chemically prepared drugs, are often criticized for the side effects associated with their long term use, and now, many people are turning to choosing natural remedies for their health problems. Among the many natural treatment options, Chinese medicine remains a popular one. Here we’ll understand more about this unique healing approach, and how it works in curing different common conditions such as acne, infertility, obesity, eczema and more. Understanding Chinese Medicine Chinese medicine basically involves a group of different natural approaches that may be used individually or in conjugation with other therapies to treat an individual. Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and reflexology are among the most common forms of practices included under Chinese medicine, and are probably the most popular too. Chinese medicine works under the principle that an imbalance of qi (the vital life force energy flowing through the body, that keeps the body and its organs functioning properly) is what leads to development of disease. Most Chinese medicine practices work to stimulate the proper flow of qi and remove energy blockages, if any. Chinese Medicine Acne Acne is a pressing skin condition, especially among teenagers and young adults. Surprisingly, it is pretty easy to deal with- you don’t need to pile up expensive creams and beauty products to prevent acne- Chinese medicine can do it all! Acupuncture may work wonderfully in preventing and treating acne- it restores the normal flow of qi through the body and aids normal detoxification, which further prevents formation of acne due to presence of toxins in the body. Some herbs may also act as a wonderful Chinese medicine acne treatment- here we’ve listed them down. Bai Ji Bai Fu Zi Bai Lian Bai Zhu Bai Guo You can use the extracts of any of these Chinese herbs to apply to your face- they prevent bacterial and fungal infections on the skin, lessen inflammation and scars and also stimulate good health of the skin. Before you use any of these herbs, make sure you are not allergic to them. Chinese Medicine Weight loss Weight loss is a top priority for most of us, and that’s not a surprise since obesity has now reached epidemic proportions in...

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