Tag: complementary and alternative medicine

Lavender Reduces Signs of Anxiety in Women

Lavender Reduces Signs of Anxiety in Women

It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it—life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may

11 Best Flu Remedies Backed by Scientific Studies

11 Best Flu Remedies Backed by Scientific Studies

Uh-oh… you’re feeling those dread signs of a flu bug. Some of us, upon feeling that tickle deep in the throat, will opt for flu remedies involving a prescription for the anti-viral med Tamiflu, but is it really worth it? And is it more effective than home flu remedies?
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Maca Root May Help Raise Your Spirits—But Proceed with Caution

Maca Root May Help Raise Your Spirits—But Proceed with Caution

You may have heard of maca root, but what exactly is it? Native to the Andes Mountains in Peru, maca root—after harvesting—can be sundried and then processed as a supplement. Also called ‘‘Peruvian ginseng,” maca is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress..

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5. Treatments for Depression

Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even

Could Your Medications Worsen Your Heart Failure?

About 40 percent of older adults with heart failure have five or more separate medical conditions, and may take as many as seven or more prescription and over-the-counter (OTC)medications daily in order to manage these conditions. But many commonly used drugs and nutritional supplements can cause or worsen heart failure,

Turn Up the Heat with Chili Peppers

The folklore. The chili (or chile) pepper was named a “pepper” by Christopher Columbus during a Caribbean exploration when he noted its spicy hot taste was similar to that of black pepper, and assumed the two were related. They are not, but the name stuck. Once their culinary potential became

Chamomile’s Calming Properties May Be Real

There’s nothing quite like a cup of hot chamomile tea to soothe frayed nerves. In fact, dried chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita) were used as far back as Roman times for their calming effects. Today, an increasing number of studies indicate there may be some true relaxing benefits in a fragrant

Snake Oil or Serious Medicine?

As long as pain and disease exist, there will be questionable products and services that falsely promise to cure our perennial maladies once and for all. Sure, the snake oil salesman’s pitch seems a bit suspicious, but it’s hard not to be wooed by the prospect of giving pain the

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