Monday, June 4, 2012


     We are all coming to the realization that there must be a better way to good health than always taking prescription medicines.  There are so many side effects to some prescription medicines that our quality of life is suffering.  More and more people are looking for alternative care.  Mother Nature has given us herbs that can do what prescription drugs do, without harming us or building up a resistance to a drug we will need in the future.
    I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go to the doctor---you should.  But for the small things, like sinus, menopause, achy joints, headaches, Mother Nature has some remedies you could try.  It sure beats medication that makes you go through your day in a fog.
     It is worth a try.  In looking for something that could help my husband with some of the aches and pains of a dialysis patient, I read a reference guide called Herbal Health by Louise Tenney, M.H.  She gives a complete guide to the use of natural remedies.  I found it very enlightening.
     There are many natural remedies that really work.  A few years ago I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about, if you asked me about echinacea.  Now I know that taking it when I feel a cold coming on is helpful in warding off a cold.  In fact, I take it every day.  A growing number of physicians are now open to trying some of these natural remedies.
     Of course, you shouldn’t replace a doctor’s care by self-treating with natural remedies.  In fact, you should never begin any herbal or vitamin therapy without the approval of your doctor.
     Remember that you should be a little skeptical about the claims made by the herbalist.  Not everyone has the same results from these herbs, but it is definitely worth a try.  The Food and Drug administration looks at all drugs, but they don’t check out herbal and vitamin products with the same eye.  I did find a few home remedies that caught my eye.
     Hot peppers are good for the heart.  Capsaicin, the ingredient in hot red peppers, has been used in Eastern medicine to soothe ulcers, improve circulation and speed up sluggish bowels.  German researchers have found that capsaicin goes to work in the bloodstream, forming clot-dissolving stimulant that prevents clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes.  Capsaicin is also helpful in protecting the heart by suppressing the liver’s production of cholesterol.  You know that we are all trying to keep our cholesterol lower.
     Onions can help prevent cancer.  According to a study in the journal Gastroenterology, half an onion a day can lower the risk of stomach cancer.  In a study, those who ate half an onion daily had a lower risk of stomach cancer than those who ate no onions at all.  Onion contains vitamin C, fiber and the phytochemical allium, which are thought to protect the body against carcinogens.
     Tension headaches can be relieved by moistening the fingers with a few drops of lavender oil and massaging your temples with a circular motion.  Use the same motion behind your ears and then up and down the back of your neck.  It will relax your muscles and ease the tension in these areas.
     If you are prone to migraine headaches, you may want to try feverfew.  Feverfew is said to reduce headache and migraine pain because it prevents blood vessels from dilating.  There have been several studies that have shown it to be effective in reducing the number of migraines as well.  It is suggested that you take three 125 mg capsules three times daily.

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