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Devil’s Claw: Health Benefits beyond Pain Relief

Devil’s claw is an herbal painkiller that is commonly used to treat bone and muscle pain including osteoarthritis and back pain. The herb comes from a southern African plant Harpagophytum procumbens (Burchell) that is also known as grapple plant and takes its name from the claw-like hooks that cover the plant’s large fruits. Natives have used this herb as medicine for thousands of years to reduce pain and fever, treat liver, kidney and skin problems […]

Potential Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum L.) is an ancient medicinal plant from the Mediterranean region. It was named after its white-veined leaves that were thought to resemble the Virgin Mary’s milk. Other common names of this herb include blessed milkthistle, holy thistle, Lady’s thistle, Mary thistle and Marian thistle. In the past, milk thistle was mainly used to treat the liver. Since most types of liver damage prove difficult to treat with conventional drugs, this herb […]

Acupuncture: Types, Conditions Treated and Potential Risks

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that has been proven effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions. It involves inserting needles into the skin at special points called acupoints where the body’s energy is believed to flow. The aim of this technique is to stimulate the flow of the body’s energy. Several other forms of acupuncture have developed over the years. Instead of needles, these other ways of stimulating the flow of […]

What Is Aromatherapy? Health Benefits and Risks

Aromatherapy is the use of plant-derived essential oils to treat a variety of medical conditions. Essential oils are diluted in carrier oils – most often vegetable oils like sunflower oil or sweet almond oil – before being massaged onto the skin, added to the bath or released into the air by heating or by putting a few drops on a tissue or pillow. Hence, the essential oils enter the body either through the skin with […]

Ginkgo Biloba: Health Benefits, Side Effects and Interactions

Ginkgo biloba is an herb made from the leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, the oldest living tree species on earth, dating back 270 million years. This herb has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for more than a thousand years to treat asthma, digestive disorders and various other diseases. Today, ginkgo is used in complementary and alternative medicine for a number of ailments, including dementia, early stage […]

Aloe Vera Juice as a Natural Remedy for Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers most often affect the stomach and the duodenum, i.e. the upper section of the small intestine. Depending on the overall severity, these ulcers can be incredibly uncomfortable and get in the way of normal daily activities. Nearly 10% of people in the industrialized world will be affected by peptic ulcers at some point in their lives. An estimated 70% of these cases are a result of a bacterial infection caused by Helicobacter pylori. […]

Ginseng’s Medicinal Properties and Side Effects

Ginseng is an herb made from the roots of the ginseng plant of the Panax genus, a slow-growing perennial shrub that has been used for over 2,000 years in East Asian and Native American cultures as a youth tonic to treat various conditions. The English word ginseng comes from the Chinese word “ren shen” (pronunciation “jîn-sim”), which literally means “man root” because the roots of the plant resemble outstretched human legs. The Latin name for […]

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