Natural Remedies - Greenprescription.net » Natural Treatments http://greenprescription.net Get your Daily Dose of Health Tips and Live Healthier Sun, 16 Jun 2013 04:35:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Avocado Hair Treatment http://greenprescription.net/home-remedies/avocado-hair-treatment/ http://greenprescription.net/home-remedies/avocado-hair-treatment/#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 04:35:48 +0000 Greenprescription.net http://greenprescription.net/?p=1670 Avocado hair treatment is one of today’s fastest growing remedy for alopecia or baldness, and other hair problems. This offers a lot of advantages over the commercially prepared solutions and medications for hair problems. Being cheap and organic are just some of the enlisted edges.

 Avocado Hair Treatment

            Avocado fruit is one of the richest sources of essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are good in the overall wellness of the body, also, for the hair. The use of aloe vera shampoo has long been practiced across the globe. This has been believed to regenerate hair loss in the past. Well, it is true as was proven by the experts. With the advent of modern research, avocado has been one of the most popular subjects being investigated for hair problem remedies. This nutritious fruit has been found as effective as aloe vera and may serve as a good alternative for the earlier forms of natural hair treatments.

There are a lot of commercially prepared avocado hair treatments now available in the market today, but, preparing your own solution at home can be more satisfying and for it doesn’t just save you a lot of money, it also gives you a sense of fulfilment.

Laboratory results showed that avocado hair treatment adds shine, corrects dry and dull hair, and restores luster of your hair. You may try making your own avocado hair mask and see for yourself how and what it brings; simply follow the simple steps below.

Before doing the steps, you should consider first preparing the necessary materials needed. These are: 1. ripe avocado fruit, 2. olive oil, and 3. sweet almond.

 

Now that the materials are now in place, try to take the following steps:

  1. Cut the avocado fruit into halves,
  2. Scoop the first halve and put in a stirring/mashing bowl,
  3. Mash it thoroughly,
  4. Mix ½ cup of olive oil,
  5. Mix ¼ cup of sweet almond,
  6. Wet hair and partially dry it with a towel,
  7. Apply the avocado hair mask using a wide-toothed comb,
  8. Let it stay for 20-30 minutes,
  9. Rinse hair thoroughly,
  10. You may use shampoo to eliminate the mask more effectively.

 

So there you have it, a natural way to respond to your hair problem. This can be done 2-3 times a week, or depending on the severity of the hair problem. The amount of avocado hair mask to be prepared also depends on the length of hair; the longer the hair, the more mask to be prepared.

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Fever Herbal Treatment http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/fever-herbal-treatment/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/fever-herbal-treatment/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:29:35 +0000 Renniel Paul Raquepo RN, MAN http://greenprescription.net/?p=1643 Fever is one of the most commonly manifested symptoms of health problems, yet, fever herbal treatment is not that popular. It is always over-shadowed by the commercially prepared antipyretic pills that are easy to purchase everywhere. Only those who are knowledgeable (herbalists) and folks from the far-plank areas support the idea of using herbal remedies for fever. Filipina women fever Fever Herbal TreatmentThis is because antipyretics are getting cheaper and cheaper with same fast results. With this, beyond their knowledge, it brings counter-unwanted effects with misdosages.

            Health institutions practice the usual way of lowering body temperature through sponge bathing in conjunction with or while waiting for the antipyretic to take effect. Using this method, you may also try using herbal remedies for fever at home. This means that you can have an equal effect with no or less adverse and/or side effects, since you are using herbs and not pills.

Recent researches found out that there are a lot of plants, trees and organic materials that are good sources of same antipyretic properties. Some of them were already used in the past and continuously used by those who found it effective in lowering body temperature. Some of them are prepared for sponge bath; some of them are prepared for oral intake.

            Among the herbal plants that may be used for sponge bath are averrhoa bilimbi (AKA: balimbing, bilimbi, cucumber tree, and tree sorrel) and ginger lily (AKA: kamias, kalamias, iba, kolonowas, pias, and kalinguis). These are prepared through boiling their leaves for 10-15 minutes. The decoction is left to cool and ready to use for sponge bath. Left overs may be refrigerated for future use.

            On the other hand, there are also fever herbal treatments that are used orally, or through ingestion. These are vernonia (tagulinaw plant), gumbo (okra), five-leaved chaste tree (lagundi). These are prepared in various ways, but, with same level of effects.

 

Vernonia

Gumbo

Lagundi

Preparation Boil leaves for 15 minutes Roast dried seeds, grind, and boil for 15 minutes Boil leaves for 15 minutes
Dosage

     Adult

1 cup every 4 hours or as needed 1 cup every after meal 1 cup every 4 hours or as needed
     8-18 y/o ½ cup every 4 hours or as needed ½ cup every after meal ½ cup every 4 hours or as needed
    2-8 y/o ¼ cup every 4 hours or as needed ¼ cup every after meal ¼ cup every 4 hours or as needed
    0-2 y/o 1 tbp. every 4 hours or as neede 1 tbp. every after meal 1 tbp. every 4 hours or as needed

Oral herbal remedies for fever may be added with flavorings to make it more palatable and more inviting to take, especially, for children. You may use orange juice or blended apple, or any fruit you like to add sweet taste or mask the bitter taste of the formula. Just take note, measure first the formula before adding the flavorings.

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Anemia Natural Remedies http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/anemia-natural-remedies/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/anemia-natural-remedies/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:50:32 +0000 Connie Cris Tagupa RN http://greenprescription.net/?p=1616 When you are working as a nurse in rural areas you will discover a lot of misconceptions regarding health. Let’s take this as an example. Blood pressure taking is one of the common procedures a nurse can perform during community exposure. Once someone requests you to measure his or her BP, assume that others will rush towards you eagerly. By the time you inform the client that his or her BP reading shows 90/60 mmHg, I heard comments from the crowd exclaiming that the said person is anemic. I keep on telling them that BP measurement is not an indicator of anemia. It is when a being’s CBC result confirms low red blood cell or hemoglobin count. I hope this article will help you understand anemia and it’s natural remedies.

All about anemia

Anemia is the term used for low red blood cell (RBC) count. The red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which is responsible for the redness in the blood. This hemoglobin carries the oxygen to the different parts of the body to be used for production of energy for proper functioning in order to survive. If hemoglobin is low, there will be insufficient oxygen delivery. So, to compensate for the low oxygen supply, the heart will have to pump double-time to adequately supply the needed oxygen.Anemia in Blood Anemia Natural Remedies

Anemia is manifested as weakness, rapid heart beats, poor appetite, altered sleeping pattern and dizziness. Because of the decreased oxygen supply to the brain, a person may experience dizziness when he or she suddenly gets up from a lying position.

There are many causes of anemia. The four main causes are from blood loss, from destruction of RBC, from failure of production by the bone marrow, or from lack of raw materials to make up the hemoglobin. Examples of blood loss include bleeding from a wound, from an ulcer or from parasites that suck blood. Destruction of RBC can be a result of hemolytic problem, which can be congenital, or acquired as in drug reaction or malaria infection. Anemia can be a result of bone marrow failure as in aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome or in chronic debilitating diseases. Lack of the hormone called erythropoietin due to kidney failure will stop bone marrow production of RBC. Anemia from lack of raw materials occurs when there is lack of iron intake or the other vitamins (B complex) that are needed to make hemoglobin. Nutritional deficiency is the most common cause of anemia.

Anemia natural remedies

  • Take nutritious food especially those that are rich in iron. Liver, meat, poultry products, nuts and darkly colored or green leafy vegetables are rich in iron like camote tops, kangkong, saluyot, malunggay, alogbati and a lot more.
  • You should also include vitamin C rich foods in your diet like citrus fruits, guava and mangoes in order for the iron to be properly absorbed. Anemia Natural Remedies
  • Avoid drinking large amounts of tea, coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated alike) because it can deplete iron absorption. Same is true with alcohol such as wine, beer or whiskey as not only interferes with the absorption of vitamins, it also depletes body stores.
  • Prevent excessive exercise and dieting. If you experience weakness and dizziness, extreme exercise can add fatigue. Make sure to eat a balance diet in order to get necessary nutrients needed by the body.
  • Don’t hesitate to visit the health center for further evaluation and to rule out anemia.

 

Herbs that are endorsed by some and believed to treat anemia naturally

  • Black strap molasses
  • Beet root
  • Yellow dock root
  • Spirulina
  • Dandelion
  • Gentian

 

Suggestion: You can do thorough research regarding these herbal plants so that you will know its components and weigh its efficacy and consider it a part of anemia’s natural remedies.

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5 Natural Ways to Control Acne http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/5-natural-ways-to-control-acne/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/5-natural-ways-to-control-acne/#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 01:08:15 +0000 Michael Klein http://greenprescription.net/?p=1373 pimples natural treatment 225x300 5 Natural Ways to Control AcneFew things are more annoying or embarrassing than having an acne breakout. Even just one pimple can stand out like a shining red beacon that draws everyone’s attention to you for all the wrong reasons – or at least that’s what it feels like.

You can try all of the expensive chemical treatments on the market – there are certainly enough of them out there! – but often it feels like you have to continually buy more products to help balance out the damage each one causes. There is another option, though: go natural.

Acne isn’t new. We’ve been dealing with it forever, and over the years people have discovered plenty of completely natural ways to help control it. Here are five of the best:

Ice, ice, baby. What are pimples? Essentially, they are a kind of skin inflammation. And what helps to reduce inflammation? The cold. If you wrap an ice cube in plastic and hold it over a budding pimple (about once every hour for no more than five minutes), it can keep the pimple from swelling and getting too red.

Use a stress ball. Most people don’t associate stress with outbreaks of acne, but studies would beg to differ. If you’re worried about your job, that big test, or whether or not the person you like really likes you back, it does more than make your muscles tight – stress exacerbates skin conditions. Of course, it’s a lot easier to say that you should relax than it is to actually do it (in fact, sometimes just suggesting that someone relax can make them more tense!), but there are practical solutions. Taking a walk, listening to music, or working out can all be great ways to reduce your stress and prevent new pimples from forming.

Eat better. Greasy, spicy, and oily foods are known to add to acne problems, but recent studies also show that seafood and milk can also cause problems – who knew? If you’re suffering from acne, changing your diet to have less of these foods and more veggies and zinc can make a world of difference.

Tea (oil) time. If you buy a product for acne from the store, it’s likely to have a 5% benzoyl peroxide solution as the active ingredient. What that means is that’s the ingredient really fighting against the acne. It’s been shown to be fairly effective, but there’s a natural solution that research has proven to be just as effective:5% tea-tree oil. It will help make pimples go away faster and keep them from getting infected. And you don’t even have to like drinking tea!

Drink and be merry. Water not only hydrates you and quenches your thirst better than anything, it flushes out waste and toxins that can lead to acne. And to top it all off, water actually makes your skin have a nice, healthy glow. So put down that soda and pick up a cool glass of H2O.

Obviously, these aren’t the only natural ways to keep your acne in check. Exercise, as mentioned above, not only reduces stress but helps remove toxins and improve your circulation. Keeping clean and staying away from oily beauty products helps, too. Even some hair products can encourage acne breakouts.

But the number one thing you can do to control acne is… don’t pick at it. Not only does it cause scars if you squeeze your pimples, even just rubbing or pressing them can make membranes break under your skin and allow the acne-causing chemicals to spread.

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14 Sweet Truths about Sweet Potatoes http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/14-sweet-truths-about-sweet-potatoes/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/14-sweet-truths-about-sweet-potatoes/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 08:22:20 +0000 Greenprescription.net http://greenprescription.net/?p=1328 sweet potato 14 Sweet Truths about Sweet PotatoesSweet potato is an economical food with bunch of health benefits. Filipinos are very lucky because we have ample source of “camote” in our country. So, what are you waiting for? Read its sweet facts and enjoy the abundant blessing of eating this simple, affordable, yet nutritious food.

The Sweet Truths

Why should we junk sweet potato in favor of expensive, eye-appealing desserts? Here are  14 sweet truths about sweet potatoes:

  1. Fiber. It helps the body rid itself of toxins and lowers the risk of constipation and colon cancer. And “when eaten with skin on, sweet potatoes have more fiber than oatmeal.”
  2. Protein. It provides anti-oxidant activities that come from the root storage protein.
  3. Saturated fat content. Sweet potato is almost fat-free! It is also low in sodium content.
  4. Vitamin A. Sweet potato has the highest vitamin A among the root vegetables category. Eating the yellow- or orange-flesh color (directly linked to beta-carotene content) can lead to healthy skin and healthy surface linings of the eyes and the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Vitamin A fights infections very effectively and protects the walls of the arteries and veins against hardening.
  5. Vitamin C. A cup (200 grams) of cooked sweet potato is better than broccoli and cabbage in vitamins A and C, iron and calcium content. Because these nutrients are anti-inflammatory, they help reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  6. Vitamin B6. It helps transform homocysteine into harmless molecules.
  7. Anti-oxidants. A purple-fleshed potato has higher concentration of anti-oxidants called anthocyanins and is 3.2 times higher than that of blueberry variety. Anti-oxidants help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  8. Lowest in glycemic index. Among the root vegetables, sweet potato has the lowest glycemic index. It also digests slowly, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar (from complex carbohydrates into glucose). To lose weight, eat sweet potato! That feeling of fullness helps control food intake. For diabetics, research shows that sweet potatoes stabilize blood glucose levels and enhance the response to insulin.
  9. Anti-aging properties. Fight aging with sweet potato.
  10. Potassium. It regulates blood pressure levels and helps prevent heart attack, stroke, muscle cramps and injury. Stressed? Eat sweet potato because of its potassium content.
  11. Copper. Sweet potato contains copper that is important for enzyme reactions, energy production and growth.
  12.  Manganese. It keeps bones healthy and strong.
  13. Calcium. Sweet potato contains calcium for bone density, muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system.
  14. Iron. Sweet potato contains 1.4 mg of iron which is very good when compared to green leafy vegetables like cabbage that has 1.8 mg per serving (170 g).

Sweet Tips

To keep its nutrients intact, roast, bake or steam rather than boil sweet potato. Submersing it in water may take out the water-soluble nutrients. Most of sweet potato’s nutrients are near the skin, so eat it with the skin.

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Natural Treatment for Kidney Stones http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/natural-treatment-for-kidney-stones/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/natural-treatment-for-kidney-stones/#comments Sun, 05 May 2013 05:48:25 +0000 Greenprescription.net http://greenprescription.net/?p=1279 anatomy of kidney stone 300x241 Natural Treatment for Kidney StonesStone in the kidney is called urolithiasis. Kidney stones are made up of crystals which are breakdown products of the food we eat and from body metabolism. Some people are more prone to stone formation. There are different kinds of stones and they are formed depending upon the pH of the urine. Acidic urine precipitates uric acid and calcium oxalate stones. Alkaline urine encourages amorphous phosphate stone formation. At times, stones can be a mixture of these crystals. People who have gout or high uric acid in the blood can form uric acid stones.

A stone causes symptoms when it is dislodges from the kidney and as it passes through the urinary tract. It is usually described as severe stabbing pain in the abdomen or flanks, radiated to the groins. Oftentimes, there will be blood in the urine.

Stone formation can be recurrent. It has been observed that “once a stone former, always a stone former” therefore, water and exercise are very important part of a preventive treatment of kidney stones. Water and exercise help by flushing out potential crystal or stone aggregation. Engage in sports like badminton or tennis. Do exercise like jogging or jumping rope. These activities will help dislodge any beginning stone formation.

HOW TO PREVENT KIDNEY STONES

  • Drink plenty of water. Aim for ten glasses (2.5 liters) a day.
  • Avoid animal meat. Animal protein when ingested gives raise to uric acid as one of its breakdown products.
  • Eat plenty of cereal fibers in every meal.
  • Do not drink more than three glasses (2/3 pint) of milk a day.
  • Avoid foods that are refined or processed.
  • Avoid eating two items from any of the following list per day: egg, 2 oz cheese, 1 yogurt and 3 oz cooked meat.
  • Avoid foods rich in oxalate such as: strong coffee or tea, chocolate, peanuts, cola drinks and spinach.
  • Avoid refined or sugary foods.

Natural treatment for Kidney Stones

  • Sambong (Blumea balsamifera)-it is one of the herbal plants approved by the Department of Health.  Its uses include anti-edema, diuretic and anti-urolithiasis. You will boil chopped leaves in water for 15 minutes until one glassful remains. Cool and strain. Divide decoction into 3 parts. Drink one part 3x a day. Or you can buy commercially prepared sambong in tablet form.
  • Lemon juice- the citric acid that is found in lemon can help breakdown moderate-sized kidney stones and may help avoid further growth of such stones. You can drink a glass of water with few drops of lemon 2-3x a day or lemonade will do since it is a natural diuretic.
  • Cranberry juice- it contains high amount of acid that may prevent kidney stone formation.
  • Watermelon- it is recommended by doctors and nutritionists and it is considered as best diuretic. It is packed with potassium and highest concentration of water necessary in flushing out kidney stones. Regular consumption can help in preventing and treating kidney stones.
  • Pomegranate- its seeds and juice are both beneficial in kidney stone treatment. You can drink one glass of freshly extracted pomegranate juice daily or you can eat the fruit itself.

 

NOTE: You can try any of this natural treatment for kidney stones, but if symptoms still exist, you have to consult your physician.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://greenprescription.net/health-news/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/ http://greenprescription.net/health-news/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:11:12 +0000 Greenprescription.net http://greenprescription.net/?p=1220 In the Philippines, the practice of medicine is solely given to or licensed by the government to those who finished a medical degree or Doctorate of Medicine. Paramedical courses like nursing, midwifery, physical therapy can be performed mainly under the supervision of a doctor. Paramedical practitioners, however, are not to diagnose, treat or prescribe medicines.

CAM Complementary and Alternative Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In contrast, in the United States and other countries like Canada or in Europe, there are other licensed practitioners like nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists or psychotherapists. Through the years, these countries have allowed licensing of “unconventional” medical practice like naturopathy, osteopathic and chiropractic medicine, and homeopathy. There are even schools that offer these practices as a degree. Since the treatments these “unconventional” practitioners use are not of the typical evolvement of scientific researches for drugs before these come out in the market, neither do they follow the epidemiologic framework that is accepted in conventional practice of medicine, these practices are now collectively known as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Some call it complementary since its practice is to complement the usual accepted practice. Others use the term alternative, since it is used as a full alternative form of healing or treating. Other forms of CAM are acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and iridology.

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTICES

ACUPUNCTURE A Chinese medical practice that uses insertion of hair-thin needles into non-anatomic energy channels
ANTHROPHOSOPHIC TECHNIQUE A spiritually based system medicines that use herbs, homeopathy, diet and movement therapy
AROMATHERAPY Makes use of plant oil concentrates in massage, baths or inhalation
AYURVEDIC MEDICINE An East Indian traditional medicine that use pulse and tongue diagnosis
BIOFEEDBACK Utilizes machinery or gadgets that translate physiologic processes into sounds or signals
CHIROPRACTIC The spinal vertebrae is adjusted to balance the nerve and muscle function
GUIDED IMAGERY Treatment by the use of imaginations to create specific images hoped to positively affect the body
HYDROPATHY Makes use of water in different forms to treat ailments
IRIDOLOGY Different spots or colors in the iris are interpreted to represent certain diseases
NATUROPATHY Incorporates several modalities of treatment such as herbals, homeopathy, acupuncture, diet, etc.
OSTEOPATHY A medical field that uses manipulative techniques for treating musculoskeletal problems
REFLEXOLOGY/ZONE THERAPY Pressure points in the hands or feet are stimulated to affect distant organs in the body
SHIATSU/ACUPRESSURE Application of finger pressure in different body points
TAI CHI CH’AUN Chinese dance-like exercises likened to a “dancing meditation”
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE A medical system that uses examination of the tongue and pulses to diagnose ailments ant treatments and employ the use of herbal mixtures, acupuncture, massage, exercises
YOGA An Indian form of practice that uses postures, breathing exercises and cleansing techniques

 

REMEMBER: If you have a specific health problem, I would suggest that you find an internal medicine doctor who can regularly follow up your problem. Inform him or her the “natural medicines” that you are taking so that they will not conflict with conventional drugs he or she may prescribe or that he or she can maintain the natural medicines if you are responding well to them.

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Healing Wonders of Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa) http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/healing-wonders-of-black-seed-oil-nigella-sativa/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/healing-wonders-of-black-seed-oil-nigella-sativa/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:46:40 +0000 Greenprescription.net http://greenprescription.net/?p=1105 nigella sativa Black seed plants Healing Wonders of Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)The black seed oil is a well-known health remedy for different kinds of diseases. The oil is extracted from the seeds of a plant named Nigella Sativa. It is a flowering plant that grows annually, native in South and South West Asia. People around the world conducted research and studies in order to reveal the therapeutic facts of the said plant. It was proven that it has healing wonders that even the ancient people used in curing ailments. The use of nature’s abundant blessing as a means of healing is an option aside from the use of modern medicinal science. Black seed oil  has promising results over a century that’s why it is still recommended nowadays. It is also commercially known as black cumin, black onion seeds. Black seed oil is considered as one of the most powerful medicinal plant recognized by man. No wonder its health benefits are amazing.

Here are the healing wonders of black seed oil:

  • Analgesic- The black seed oil contains a component that helps lessen pain.
  • Anti-pyretic- It can promote perspiration which may help release toxins through sweat. Black seed oil has been found to reduce fever by cooling the body temperature of a person.
  • Anti-asthma - It is proven that black seed oil can help treat the symptoms of asthma and cough. Aside form its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory action; it will relax the bronchial muscles.
  • Anti-inflammatory- It has been shown that black seed oil can help reduce inflammation.
  • Anti-bacterial- According to studies, black seed oil can destroy different types of bacteria invading the body.
  • Anti-histamine- It is proven that black seed oil can be used as an effective treatment for allergic reactions. It can lessen symptoms of allergies.
  • Anti-diarrhea/anti-flatulent- Black seed oil is considered as a good remedy for stomach ailments. It can promote gas expulsion and improve digestion.
  • Anti-spasmodic- Black seed oil will be useful in preventing and easing muscle spasm and cramps.
  • Anti-hypertensive- Extracts from black seed oil can lower high blood pressure.
  • Anti-diabetic- An active ingredient of the black seed oil aids in reducing high blood sugar levels.
  • Anti-neoplastic- Based on a study, extracts from the black seed can destroy tumor cells and it can help protect healthy cells.
  • Anti-oxidant- It is believed that it contains anti-oxidant properties which can help fight the free radicals in the body.

 

Black seed of Nigella Sativa Healing Wonders of Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)

Aside form the health properties mentioned above, the black seed oil has a lot to offer. It can treat toothache due to its anti-bacterial and ant-inflammatory power. It can also help decrease bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good ones. It can also eliminate sleep disorders and be able to keep the hair and skin healthy.  On the other hand, it is considered as a good immune-system booster. The black seed contains a lot of essential nutrients needed by the body. It can stimulate energy, promotes menstruation and increase production of breast milk in nursing mothers. No question why it is called a “healing wonder”.

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Natural Treatment for Cough http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/natural-treatment-for-cough/ http://greenprescription.net/natural-treatments/natural-treatment-for-cough/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 05:31:48 +0000 Renniel Paul Raquepo RN, MAN http://greenprescription.net/?p=930 Cough is a natural defense mechanism of the body to expel anything that is irritating the lining of respiratory passages. This is the most common of all the symptoms, especially to respiratory problems. The brain recognizes everything that blocks, minimizes, and interrupts the air flow towards the lungs as foreign, thus, this uncomfortable symptom occurs. Coughing is also considered as a sign of healthy body for it signifies properly functioning defenses.

Microorganisms that accompanies dust and air molecules and sudden whether changes are the main causes of cough or coughing. Aside from coughing, the body also produces mucous (phlegm) that traps microorganisms, ready for expulsion through expectoration. In cases of massive mucous production, when retained, it may also lead to chronic coughing for it will be a good ground for multiplication of microorganisms.

Inhalation of toxic substances like smoke and chemical fumes are also among the leading causes of cough. Clogging of ingested objects in the esophagus may also stimulate coughing.

There are herbal medicines proven to be effective to control or stop cough or couching. These herbal medicines are the main sources of pharmaceutically processed remedies, but, taking them the natural way is also as effective as those in capsules or tablet forms.

 

1. Lagundi (Five leaved Chaste tree)

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Lagundi is a native shrub that grows in the Philippines. It has been traditionally used for cough and it was approved by the Department of Health for use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Oregano (Coleus aromaticus Benth)

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Oregano is popularly used in Mexican foods for its balsalmic taste. Aside from its antiseptic used, it is also popularly used for respiratory problems from its minty taste and property.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Kantutay (Coronitas)

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Kantutay is a rapidly growing plant. It has 40 different species, most has extreme unpleasant odor. Its leaves provides minty taste suitable for respiratory ailmets.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Alagaw (Premna Odorata Blanco)

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Alagaw is familiar in the Philippines, particularly the Southern Tagalog provinces. It has a semi-heart shaped leaves that is traditionally flavoured with calamansi for cough remedies.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mansanilya (Indian chrysanthemum)

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Mansanilya is one of the oldest traditionally used herbal medicine. Its leaves are boiled for cough, flatulence, indigestion and head ache.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since these five herbal plants are used for cough through concoction, they have the same manner of preparing.

How to prepare concoction:

  1. Wash fresh leaves thoroughly with running water.
  2. Add water, take note of the proportion (1 cup of leaves for every 4 cups of water).
  3. Boil for 10 minutes or until water turned greenish.
  4. Let it stand to cool for few minutes.
  5. Strain.
  6. Flavourings (sugar and/or calamansi) may be added in controlled amount.
  7. Drink half cup three times-a-day.

*Excess may be refrigerated for future use.

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Thanks to Bitter Gourd http://greenprescription.net/health-blog/thanks-to-bitter-gourd/ http://greenprescription.net/health-blog/thanks-to-bitter-gourd/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 02:15:25 +0000 J.Mag, RN, USRN http://greenprescription.net/?p=954 ampalaya 246x300 Thanks to Bitter GourdHave you ever seen a bitter gourd? – Well! It is a fruit of a climbing vine. Its color is dark green, oblong in shape, and looks like a cucumber with bumps all over its body. Its name is derived from its bitter taste and usually grows in hot and humid climates.

Have you ever heard of the effects of a bitter gourd? – In the Philippines nowadays, it is already used as an alternative medicine for Diabetes Mellitus. It contains a hypoglycemic compound called charantin, which improves glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels.

Many years ago my mom has been told of the benefits of bitter gourd, but she had second thoughts if the stories were true. At that time, we had no Internet where we can do our research and get our information from. In addition, our family members were not yet working in the health care field, so we did lack the knowledge about it. Luckily, back then, my mom was very experimental and chose to try the natural way to help cure her diabetes.

My mother had type 2 diabetes brought about by her diet and lifestyle. She even had edematous lower extremities due to poor blood circulation caused by the viscosity of the blood. She also kept taking hypoglycemic medications but disliked the side effects such as frequent mood-change and appetite loss.  Conscious of the devastating effects of diabetes on the body’s organs, she came to a point where she wanted to control the disease without having to take those synthetic medicines. Consequently, she included in her diet the so called “ampalaya” or better known as bitter gourd.

She just learned of its benefits from experience because every time she serves ampalaya for her daughters, who are my sisters, the probability of their dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea decreased. So, this bright idea hit her that if it can help her daughters, then it might help her too. She considered the stories about this fruit-vegetable might actually be true and that it was worth the try.

Bitter gourd is very abundant in our place. She would just pick one from her backyard garden and serve it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She would then slice it open and boil it so she can have a sort of bitter gourd tea in the morning. Other times, she would chop it into medium-sized pieces and cook it with scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Then for lunch and dinner, she would add it in every meal she can think of, especially when it involves chicken meat or vegetables.

After years of adding bitter gourd in her diet almost every day, remarkably, her weight has reduced and her lower extremities have thinned and consequently, her blood glucose levels were always under 110 mg/dl.  Her doctor congratulated her and said that she had controlled her diabetes. The family, especially my mom, was very happy of the results.  Diabetes has not recurred. Today, she is diabetes-free and claims that she feels great too.

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