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A History of Alternative Herbal Medicine

History Of Alternative Herbal Medicine

The use of alternative herbal medicine can be traced back to ancient times. The lack of modern medical technology has made our ancestors improve their healing arts by making use of nature's gifts. Even today, current medical discoveries are mostly based on the findings and usage of natural herbal components by early civilization, improving it to become useful in today's health-related concerns. 

Where It All Began

The use of alternative herbal medicine started out as trial and error. Application looms large in the practice than actual research; though the latter came sometime later when medical practices started its evolution. 

The basic application of herbal medicine involves disinfecting wounds or used as a poultice. Later discovery on the method involves pounding leaves and roots to paste for directly administering it to patients. It later evolved into combination with other potent medicine to improve its effects, and was even later introduced to meals and normal human diet to promote better health and improve physical, emotional, and mental recovery. 

Variation Of Use

The use of herbal medicine varies according to the customs, traditions, and beliefs of the different cultures. Medical practitioners of the Orient tends to use herbal components in all aspect of their daily lifestyle -- integrating them into a person's daily diet to promote healing and longevity, as well as improving their normal rejuvenation capabilities. 

Oriental medical practitioners are also known to use herbal products alongside energy therapy, like Qi Gong and Reiki. Energies provided by an experienced practitioner of the arts stimulate the healing process from the outside, while nutrients and extract from herbal components works its function on the inside to achieve total body rejuvenation.

North American's use of herbal medicine varies; aside from its basic use to treat wounds and cure minor ailments, these natural components are also utilized in tribal ceremonies and customs - to drive away evil spirits, blessing during weddings and celebrations, and so on. Some of these healing traditions involving herbal components are carried on even today. 

Uses Of Herbal Medicine

Alternative herbal medicine has many uses today. Aside from being utilized for physical ailments -- like sore throat, fever, flu, diarrhea -- herbal concoction are now being used to address emotional and mental problems. 

Certain plants have the capability to help a person relax to cope with their emotional and mental problems. Peppermint, for example, is known to have a minty quality that can cool a person's temper or help a person relax during stressful times. 

Also, herbal products today are also utilized to improve the body's overall performance -- boosting a person's stamina, improving the body's defense against infection, and so on. 

Safety In Usage

It's true that alternative herbal medicine is safe to use as compared to its synthetic counterpart, but it is essential to take some necessary precaution to ensure that there will be no side-effects or allergic reactions to its ingredients to promote body wellness. 

Consultation of a medical expert is necessary to determine whether it is safe for you to use herbal products or not. Even if the medicine worked on others, there is a possibility that it will have a reverse effect depending on your body's chemistry. Such is the case; it is essential to have doctor look at your present medical condition to determine if you are compatible with the alternative herbal medicine or not. 

I personally do not recommend that anyone discontinue their current medication and start using alternative herbal treatments without consulting with a professional.  Sometimes the body needs time to detox from other medications and some people need an entire lifestyle change for the alternative treatment to be effective.  Keep researching and check with a professional before using alternative treatments. 

 

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Small Changes: Tips for Weight Loss

Tips For Weight Loss That Can Slim You Down

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Is weight loss a struggle for you? There is no magic pill for weight loss. There are tips and tricks, though, that can make weight loss a much easier process. With a little knowledge, some patience and hard work, you'll see just how easy successful weight loss can be.

Some people hate what they call "diet food." So try combining foods you don't like into something you will! Hate cottage cheese? Try adding pineapple or sugar-free gelatin. Hate yogurt? Make a smoothie with it and add fresh or frozen strawberries or blueberries and ice. The possibilities are endless!

The more healthy foods you eat, the less your body craves unhealthy foods that you ate before. Eating organic foods, grass-fed meat and cooking with healthy oils, will help you start to get the toxins out of your body, as well as, lose taste for cheap, fast food alternatives, that can be bad for you.

Start reading labels to help in your weight loss goal. Reading labels will assure you know what you are putting in your body, otherwise, you really have no idea. Knowing what you're putting in your body will give you a better idea of the reason your weight loss is successful or not successful.

A good way to help you lose weight, is to reduce the amount of salt you add to your food. Consuming too much sodium can make you bloated and can also, raise your blood pressure. Instead, try to use other alternatives to salt or just keep your salt intake low.

Splurge once a week. That's right, order that pizza and eat that ice cream at least one time a week. Why? For two reasons: first, your body's metabolism will kick into high gear when it realizes that there will be fluctuations in what you're eating; and secondly, you'll discover that it doesn't taste as good to you as it once did, and you can't eat as much as you used to. You'll see how far you've come.

Many times a restaurant will give you way too much food for a meal. If they let you, order off the kids menu. The portion that kids are served are really the amount that an adult should be eating. If they won't let you place the order, order your meal from the appetizer section.

Juice: who doesn't like it? It's the sugary, delicious sweet part of the fruit. However, people interested in losing weight might want to cut out the juice. Although derived from natural fruits, most juices have no fiber and little to offer nutritionally in the way of vitamins, with the exception of the high levels of vitamin C found in orange juice. Tomato and V-8 juice fare somewhat better, and are very low-calorie to boot, but both are loaded with salt. So if you want to lose weight, either skip your morning juice in favor of morning tea or coffee, or choose one of the reduced-calorie "healthy choices" juices now on the market. You'll still get that sweet-tart taste without all the calories.

When doing your crunches, focus on proper breathing to really get rid of that belly. What you need to do is fully exhale at the top of your abdominal crunch movements. This will cause your abdominal muscles to have to work harder, which will cause you to see results much quicker.

Weight loss no longer has to be a struggle for you. Losing weight can happen, and you can be very successful at it. If you will follow our helpful tips you will have no trouble losing the extra weight that has been hanging around for a little too long.

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