October 9, 2011

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs can Ease Gout Pain

Gout is one of the forms of arthritis or joint inflammation. The commonest site is the ball of the big toe.  Some herbs also have anti-inflammatory effects and this is interesting alternative treatments that may help ease pain from gout.  Below are popular herbs for gout pain relief.

Devil's Claw
Devil's claw, or Harpagophytum procumbens, has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antirheumatic actions. It is a creeping perennial native to Southern Africa. Traditional healers use the roots to treat pain, fever, poor appetite, rheumatism, arthritis, ulcers, and boils. It is also used as a general tonic. The active ingredients include iridoid glycosides such as harpagoside, harpagide and procumbide. Dr. Linda B. White and Steven Foster claim that poor digestion of proteins can cause the buildup of uric acid and painful crystals and recommend devil's claw for gout for both its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. An article published in the February 2007 issue "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice" notes that cat's claw may reduce the body's production of pro-inflammatory chemicals.

October 8, 2011

How Herbal Treatment Works for Acne

In many ways, integrative medicines view herbal remedy as another treatment to cure symptom of underlying health problems that cause acne. Generally, roots of acnes include sluggish liver, hormonal imbalances, poor digestion, bowel function and nutritional deficiencies.  

Herbs and herbal supplements for acne treatment are varied by the underlying cause.  We have listed some herbal remedies commonly used for acne treatment here.

Burdock, Dandelion (Taraxicum officinalis), Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) :

These herbs work as blood purifiers, helping to aid in kidney function and correct imbalances and improve digestive function by increasing the output of bile from the gall bladder into the small intestine. Many traditional herbalists will prescribe these herbs together as an overall tonic for the liver and gall bladder.  That will help the body to remove unwanted waste and bring back hormonal balances.

October 7, 2011

What is The Best Herbal Treatment for Arthritis

Arthritis is a particular kind of joint pains that can be chronic disease, commonly found among people of particular age group such as 35 year old and above. There are different types of arthritis but osteoarthritis is regarded as degenerative bone joint issue.  Since arthritis is long-lasting disease, integrative herbalism becomes widely used nowadays as more economic option for arthritis treatments compared with conventional medicines.

Below are some herbs that can be used for Arthritis treatment.

Borage - This is highly prized by natural healers for its medicinal seeds. These contain GLA, a fatty-acid that the body requires to make an inflammation fighting and immune boosting chemical. 

October 6, 2011

Is Turmeric Most Effective for Alzheimer’s?

It has been known that India has the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s Disease. To understand Ayurveda- traditional wisdom, their lifestyle and food intake may reveal the secret.  

One of common food ingredients use in every house of Indian is turmeric, the golden spice which contains powerful antioxidant – curcumin. Indian people have used turmeric powder for hundreds of centuries not only in their everyday food but also in Ayurvedic medicine 
herbalism, wedding ceremony, and daily mask claimed to clear acne and nourish skin either use it directly on the face or mixed together with milk.

There are estimates that people in India take about 2 grams of turmeric per day from the food intake and that provides roughly 100 mg of curcumin. Some scientists think that the regular ingestion of this spice help reduce rate of Alzheimer's disease in India. The prevalence of Alzheimer's among adults in India aged 70 to 79 is among the world's lowest. It is 4.4 times less than the rate in the United States.