Health

Building Up Resistance

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Q. Our four-year-old daughter has spent four nights in hospital with pneumonia. She is taking a seven-day course of antibiotics with Calpol. What can we give her to build up her resistance?

A. When she finishes the antibiotics, pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends taking the herb astragalus to strengthen her immune system and fight infections. Try Eclectic Kids Astragalus Alcohol Free Tincture for Kids (£12). She should take a weight-related dose as directed three times daily for one month. Do not use astragalus if she has a temperature. Read More…

Suffering From PMS

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Q. My daughter appears to be suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is there a test she could take and would the herb agnus castus be appropriate to try?

A. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (rcog.org.uk), ‘Forty per cent of women experience PMS symptoms. Of those, five to eight per cent suffer severely. PMS encompasses psychological sympyoms such as depression, anxiety and irritability, with physical symptoms typically bloatedness and mastalgia [breast pain].’ Read More…

The Best Mucoid Plaque Cleanser

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What is mucoid plaque?

Mucoid plaque is not something that most people will have heard about. In fact, there is controversy between the medical profession and the holistic practitioners over whether this exists or not. Though there is little proof of whether mucoid plaque actually exists or not, there are many testimonies from thousands of individuals who claim to have got rid of it.

So what is mucoid plaque?

Mucoid plaque is thought to be the body’s reaction in the lower intestines to toxins and chemicals from the foods we eat. The body has many natural defence mechanisms and a good example is why sites of injury swell up with fluid which is basically to protect the injured tissues. Likewise, the ingestion of chemicals and toxins is thought to cause the release of mucus to protect the cells within the intestines and forms plaque in the gut. Although protective, this mucoid plaque may harbour parasites and pathogenic bacteria; it can stop the absorption of nutrients from food and it can slow the digestive process. Many practitioners believe that mucoid plaque may be the cause of numerous other concerns in the body such as allergies, food sensitivities, fatigue, low energy and constipation to name a few. Read More…

Restoring Optimal Gut Health

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The health of our gut is the cornerstone to our wellbeing. Most of us try to eat the right foods, supplement our diet with vitamins and nutrients to prevent deficiencies within our bodies and try to get sufficient sleep. Yet all this could be to no avail if we have poor gut health.

Our digestive system plays an important role in the function of the human body. The digestive system consists of numerous organs such as the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, rectum and anus. The cells lining the digestive system secrete a fluid that aids in the digestion of food whilst the muscles along the tract ensure that food is moved until it is finally excreted. Two additional glands, the liver and the pancreas, play an important role in digestion by releasing digestive fluids which enter the intestines through small tubes or ducts. Read More…

Rosemary Herb’s Health Benefits

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Rosemary herb is used frequently for culinary purposes and yet most of us do not realise its multiple health benefits. Rosemary’s origins lie in the Mediterranean and it is a very hardy plant with silvery leaves which exude a pine type fragrance due to their essential oil content. Rosemary leaves are best picked in early summer before the plant flowers and can be used fresh or dried. Rosemary leaves are often used with meat dishes or sprinkled onto vegetables such as potatoes and tomatoes for a pleasant flavour.

Rosemary has a long history of traditional use as a medicinal herb and was recommended for a myriad of health concerns from boosting the immune system to the growth of hair. Ancient Greek scholars wore rosemary garlands on their heads to improve memory; Shakespeare mentioned rosemary in several of his plays, and in the 13th Century, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary was responsible for a tonic called ‘Hungary Water’ which contained rosemary in alcohol and was credited with curing a wide range of ailments. During the bubonic plague in Europe, rosemary was burned to purify the air and prevent infection. Read More…

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is a condition that affects over half a million people in the UK. This condition impacts upon the mental well-being of people during the winter months particularly during January and February when the days begin to shorten. If you tend to feel really down during winter or find it hard to get going during the winter months, you may think that this is a natural reaction to the cold and dark days, but you may actually be suffering from SAD.

Sufferers of SAD often experience low mood, varied degree of depression, loss of energy, sleep problems, irritability, increased appetite, strong cravings for carbohydrates and sweet foods as well as headaches and muscle pain. The defining characteristics of SAD are that the symptoms return annually and go away during other seasons. Read More…