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Naturopathy, or natural medicine, is one of the most important branches of alternative medicine, exerting an influence far beyond the actual numbers of its formal practitioners. Named by Benedict Lust at the turn of the century, its immediate roots go back to the spa treatments of nineteenth century Germany, but its founding principles can be fou...
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2.Functional Foods
Increasingly, foods sold in the supermarkets come with health claims on the label. To name just a few, oatmeal and soy are said to help prevent heart disease, milk and calcium-fortified orange juice to fight osteoporosis, and folate-enriched flour to prevent birth defects. These are all functional foods foods marketed as offering specific health ...
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Native Americans as well as traditional European herbalists used skullcap to induce sleep, relieve nervousness, and moderate the symptoms of epilepsy, rabies, and other diseases related to the nervous system. In other words, skullcap was believed to function as an herbal sedative. A relative of skullcap, /epnat/herb_supp/chinese_skullcap 104661 doc...
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4.Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X, is a poorly understood condition in which several cardiovascular disease risk factors develop in a single person. These include: Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen.) Unhealthy cholesterol profile (some elements of the following: low HDL ("good") cholesterol, high LDL ("ba...
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5.Yellow Dock
Yellow dock ( Rumex crispus ) is a perennial flowering herb, native to Europe, which grows throughout the United States. Its yellow roots were traditionally thought to have medicinal properties, and its sour-sweet leaves can be used (in moderation) as a salad green. Historically, the plant has been used to treat a variety of problems, including con...
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Mat� is an evergreen tree native to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The leaves and small stems of the tree are used to make a tea-like caffeinated beverage. Mat� has traditionally been used to enhance alertness and mental function, and also to treat digestive problems. Mat� is widely advertised as a healthful beverage, said to provide a...
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7.Silica Hydride
Supplements labeled silica hydride are marketed as a kind of universal cure, said to promote wellness, prevent disease, and potentially cure virtually all illnesses. As a chemical term, silica hydride is not well defined, but supplements sold under that name appear to contain a mixture of silicon and oxygen (silica), along with hydrogen (suppo...
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8.Low-Carbohydrate Diet
Mainstream groups such as the American Heart Association and the American Dietetic Association endorse a unified set of dietary guidelines for people who wish to lose weight eat a low-fat diet and cut calories. However, many popular diet books take a very different approach. The Atkins diet, the Zone diet, Protein Power , and numerous other dietary...
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9.Relaxation Therapies
Constant stress is one of the defining features of modern life, and the source of many common health problems. Stress plays an obvious role in nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia, but it is also thought to contribute to a vast number of other illnesses. In the past, most people engaged in many hours of physical exercise daily, an activity that reduc...
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There are three different herbs commonly called ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) , American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) , and Siberian ginseng ( /epnat/herb_supp/eleutherococcus 108346 doc Eleutherococcus senticosus ) . The latter herb is actually not ginseng at all and is discussed in a /epnat/herb_supp/eleutherococcus 1...
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