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Homeopathy: Does It Really Work and How?

Homeopathy was founded by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann at the beginning of the 19th century. It is a holistic complementary treatment that seeks to stimulate the body’s own healing forces, such as its immune system, to repair injury and illness and maintain good health. Homeopathy does this with remedies that contain a tiny amount of a substance that has been shown to cause similar symptoms in a healthy individual. For instance, if a homeopath […]

Osteopathy: What is Osteopathy Used For?

Osteopathy is a therapy based on the belief that illnesses can result from problems with the body’s structure and that health will return when these problems are put right. Osteopaths use their hands to gently move the spine and joints (technique called mobilisation) and to perform thrusting techniques (manipulation) to restore the correct structure. Osteopathy is an effective treatment mostly for musculoskeletal problems, especially back pain and neck pain. It is closely related to, yet […]

Massage: Types, Uses and Safety

It is almost a reflex to rub our body when we experience pain. In that sense, massage is probably the oldest therapy known to mankind. It is used in all medical systems around the world mostly to stop muscular and joint pain and to aid relaxation. Massage can be used effectively for a range of conditions such as headaches, back pain, depression as well as enhancing the development of premature babies. There are many different […]

Traditional Chinese Herbalism: How Does It Work?

Traditional Chinese herbalism is part of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been used for over three thousand years. It was formally codified in the classic book on this form of medicine called the Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine (or the Huang Di Nei Jing in Chinese), which was published in the third century BC. Whereas in the Western world acupuncture is better known (which is also part of traditional Chinese medicine), in China herbal […]

Garlic: Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses

Garlic (Allium sativum) produces a strong-smelling bulb used as a cooking ingredient that also has medicinal benefits. Though native to Asia, it has been cultivated throughout the world for thousands of years. Today, garlic and its products are used mainly to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease such as angina and heart attacks. Some experts suggest that garlic could also work on cancer. If taken sensibly, garlic is entirely safe. Potential […]

Ginger: Health Benefits, Risks and Uses

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a perennial plant that is both a medicinal herb and a common ingredient in Asian cooking. It grows in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Central America. The root and underground stem (rhizome) of ginger have been used for two thousand years to treat conditions such as nausea and vomiting, digestive complaints, loss of appetite, common colds and breathing problems. Ginger has few health risks and, today, it is an increasingly popular […]

Evening Primrose Oil: Health Benefits, Uses and Interactions

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a medicinal herb which is usually taken as oil. The oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, especially linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. There is a long list of medicinal claims associated with evening primrose oil. It has been used for years to treat a variety of health conditions ranging from gastrointestinal problems and neuralgia to asthma and whooping cough. Today, evening primrose oil is mainly used for skin problems […]

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