Archive for Natural Remedies

3 Health Tips for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (aka Degenerative Joint Disease) affects 27 million adult Americans according to the CDC. Treating severe cases of arthritis usually involves joint replacement surgery but making some lifestyle changes can slow down or even repair the damage to the joint.  Here are three changes you can make right now. Read more

Asian Herbs: Ginseng

Prepared Ginseng Root

Ginseng is one of the most important herbs in Asian medicine. It has traditionally been used to tonify, i.e. to build energy. In Chinese, it is called Ren Shen (person root) because it is a root that has a shape similar to humans. It is an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it responds to the internal environment of your body and brings the body back to a natural internal balance. The reason it can work to both stimulate and calm the body is because it has many different active ingredients called ginsenosides. In Asian medicine, ginseng is often combined with other herbs to heighten the desired affect. Read more

Herbal Remedies for Allergies; is there a magic bullet?

For those searching for relief from allergies, it can be a real maze of options.  I am amazed at the variety and differing approaches out there for treating allergies with natural remedies. It must be very confusing for those with allergies to even pick a product, let alone find something that works. So, why all the confusion. Part of the problem is that there is no simple answer. Read more

Butterbur, a Natural Antihistamine

Butterbur is a natural antihistamine, that has been used for years in Europe. It is effective for treating allergy symptoms and migraine headaches. Since the allergy season has already started, this is a good herb to highlight. Read more