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P For Passionflower

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 19 April 2022
P For Passionflower
Spanish conquerors of the Americas first learned of passion flower from pre-colonial (before 1492) people who traditionally used it as a sedative to treat insomnia and nervousness. They took passion flower to Europe where it became widely cultivated and was introduced to European folk medicine.  It became a popular traditional botanical medicine, as well as a homoeopathic remedy, for the relief of mild symptoms of mental stress, anxiety and mild sleep disorder. A number of species, incl...
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What Happens When We Sleep?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 16 April 2022
What Happens When We Sleep?
Our internal body clock, called a circadian clock, tells us when we are ready to sleep. There are actually several circadian clocks in the body, found in the brain and other organs. They are triggered by cues such as daylight (we feel alert) and darkness (we feel drowsy). These clocks can also be triggered by artificial bright light or stimulants like caffeine and alcohol that cause us to feel awake even if it is nighttime. There are several phases of sleep our body experiences. They are c...
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The Amazing Health Benefits of Korean Ginseng

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 9 April 2022
The Amazing Health Benefits of Korean Ginseng
Korean ginseng’s genus name, Panax, is derived from the Latin panacea meaning “cure all”. Traditional Chinese medicine textbooks describe near-mythical qualities for the human shaped root (the word ginseng is derived from the Chinese word for person) such as restoring balance to one’s life force and increasing longevity. In the East, where it is considered to be the most important of all medicinal herbs, wild mountain ginseng was a revered plant (it is now almost extin...
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Broken Hearted: Cardiovascular Effects of Grief

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 3 March 2022
Broken Hearted: Cardiovascular Effects of Grief
The loss of a child may be the most significant grief any person can experience in life. It comes as no surprise that bereaved parents experience a decline in physical and mental health.They utilize healthcare services more, call in sick more often, miss more work, and report more sleep problems than non-bereaved parents. There is no doubt that grief is a major stress; it is hard on people and hard on their health. Past research has demonstrated an association between grief and dying of...
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Ayurvedic Herb Adhatoda Improves Lung Capacity

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 8 February 2022
Ayurvedic Herb Adhatoda Improves Lung Capacity
The Ayurvedic herb adhatoda is well-known for its effectiveness in treating a wide range of inflammatory and respiratory conditions. In modern practice, it is recommended for its strong bronchodilator, antitussive, antispasmodic and expectorant effects. It has been used for centuries with much success to treat asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. It is also a popular plant for digestion due to its extremely bitter taste.  An April 2021 study, published in the Res...
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