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    Aloe Vera Aloe VeraAloe Vera gel is beneficial for many skin

    conditions plus other health problems.Applying the Aloe Vera gel treats Eczema. It is

    also useful for cooking burns,minor cuts, sun burns, andalso for hemorrhoids.It can also be used orally for constipation.

    In India it is commonly known as Ghegwar and a sweet dish called ghegwar halwa is prepared for making the aloe tasteful for medicinal use.

    Aloe Vera helps to reduce pain in joints. It is good also for stomach ache. The plant grows good also in pots.

    Butter bur Extract Butterbur Extract

    Herbal Extract May Help Prevent MigrainesButterbur Extract Reduced Migraine Headaches by Nearly 50% in StudyBy Jennifer WarnerWebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MDon Tuesday, December 28, 2004More From WebMDTips for Managing and Avoiding Your MigrainesSuffer From Chronic Pain? Learn Ways to Overcome ItGet Health News Delivered to Your Inbox

    Dec. 28, 2004 -- An herbal extract may help many migraine

  • sufferers reduce the number of attacks by nearly 50%, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that a daily dose of Petasites hybridus root, commonly known as butterbur, appears to be safe and effective at preventing migraine headaches."The 75-mg butterbur dose reduced headache frequency by 48 percent -- a substantial treatment effect," says researcher Richard B. Lipton, MD, professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, in a news release."Butterbur is a traditional herbal treatment for migraine prevention," says Lipton. "Our study shows that butterbur really does reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, so it's a welcome addition to the therapeutic arsenal we have available to combat migraine."The results of the study appear in the Dec. 28 issue of the journal Neurology.Butterbur May Aid in Migraine TreatmentIn the study, researchers compared the effects of 50 or 75 mg twice a day of butterbur extract pills vs. a placebo in preventing migraine headaches in 245 people with frequent migraine. All of the participants reported at least two to six migraine headache attacks per month over the previous three months before the study began.After four months of treatment, researchers found the 75 mg dose reduced migraine headache frequency by 48% vs. the 26% reduction found with the placebo. The 50 mg dose was associated with a 36% reduction in migraine headache frequency, which according to the researchers is not significantly different from the effects of the placebo..The most commonly reported side effects of treatment with butterbur were gastrointestinal problems, predominantly burping.

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    Simple Steps for Lowering Cholesterol

    For people battling high cholesterol, choosing meals wisely

  • can be a challenge. Restaurants, holiday meals, even an office potluck may present unhealthy temptations. However, making dietary modifications that cut out the bad stuff while still allowing you to enjoy your meals is possible and relatively easy - try these healthful ways to lower your cholesterol:

    * Reduce saturated fat. The richest sources of saturated fat (fat that is usually solid at room temperature) in the diet are red meat and dairy foods. Substitute soy protein for animal protein, and try non-fat versions of dairy products. * Avoid trans-fat. If "partially hydrogenated oil" is found in the ingredient list on food labels - especially snack foods - try baked or air-popped versions of those treats instead. * Use fresh garlic regularly in your meals. Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. * Drink green tea daily. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol and prevent the cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing. * Eat plenty of soluble fiber. It has a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect. The best sources are beans and lentils, apples, citrus fruits, oats, barley, peas, carrots and freshly ground flaxseed.

    And don't forget one of the best ways to lower cholesterol levels: exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Your doctor can provide you with diet and exercise recommendations specific to your situation.


    A Natural Cough Remedy

    Respiratory problems are common in cold, dry weather. Everything from chest congestion, bronchitis, and bronchial cough to sinusitis, sore throat and laryngitis can disrupt the holidays. Instead of suffering, try the natural antibacterial agent eucalyptus. The dried leaves of eucalyptus trees are available as a salve, rub, essential oil or in whole leaf form, fresh or dried, all for topical use. Try a small handful of whole leaves or a teaspoon of the essential oils (I recommend oils containing 100 percent pure eucalyptus or

  • at least 55 percent eucalyptol) in boiling water for twice-daily steam inhalations. Apply rubs as needed to chest and throat or cautiously around nostrils to ease congestion. It smells wonderful and will help to ease respiratory symptoms.


    Contemporary herbalists recommend fennel to aid digestion, and yes, it does help expel gas. It works by relaxing muscles in the digestive and reproductive systems. It's been used traditionally to boost mothers' milk production and promote menstruation.

    * Soothe Indigestion: Like many other aromatic herbs, fennel appears to relax the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract to help expel gas. European research shows it also kills some bacteria, lending support to another of its traditional uses-to treat diarrhea.

    * Stimulate menstruation: One study suggests the herb has a mild estrogenic effect, meaning it acts like the female sex hormone, estrogen. This action may have something to do with its traditional use as a milk and menstruation promoter.

    Cure colic: In a recent Israeli study, researchers gave an herbal fennel tea to 33 colicky babies and a non-medicinal drink to 35 other colicky infants for seven days. More babies who received fennel tea showed improvement that those who received the placebo drink. Although the study is from conclusive, it can't hurt to try giving fennel tea to a colicky baby. "It' worth a try, because colic is such a complex thing," says Dr. DerMarderosian.

    Fenugreek FenugreekThis ancient herb may help increase your milk production

    What is fenugreek? - Fenugreek is one of the worlds oldest

  • medicinal herbs. It has a variety of uses, including increasing breastmilk production.

    Where does it grow? - Fenugreek is indigenous to the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but it is grown in India, Morocco, Egypt and England. The herb can grow to be about two feet tall. It blooms white flowers in the summer and has very aromatic seeds.

    What is it used for ? - Fenugreek seeds are ground and roasted and used to flavor to curry. The seeds are also soaked and then powdered and used to make lip balm and tonic. The seeds can be used to make tea, which can reduce fever and menstrual pains, or they can be used in an ointment to treat skin infections. The seeds have also been used to increase libido in men and serve as an aphrodisiac. Ground seeds are often used to give a maple flavor to sweets and candies. Ground seeds are also used to flavor cattle food, including different vegetable meals and hays. Fenugreek's leaves, which are high in iron, are used in salads. Taken internally, fenugreek is used to treat bronchitis, coughs, respiratory problems, sinus conditions and to increase milk supply (see more below).

    Fenugreek in history - The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used Fenugreek for medicinal and culinary purposes. According to Kathleen E. Huggins, RN, MS, director of the Breastfeeding Clinic at San Luis Obispo General Hospital, fenugreek was one of the major ingredients of Lydia E. Pinkhams Vegetable Compound, a popular 19th century cure-all for "female complaints."

    Fenugreek and breastfeeding Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors that increase milk supply. Scientists do not know for sure how this happens. Some believe it is possible because breasts are modified sweat glands, and fenugreek stimulates sweat production. It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing mothers milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. Once an

  • adequate level of milk production is reached, most women can discontinue the fenugreek and maintain the milk supply with adequate breast stimulation. Many women today take fenugreek in a pill form (ground seeds placed in capsules). The pills can be found at most vitamin and nutrition stores and at many supermarkets and natural foods stores. Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form, although tea is believed to be less potent than the pills and the tea comes with a bitter taste that can be hard to stomach.

    FLAXSEED OIL FLAXSEED OIL contain omega 3 fatty acidsThis particular product by Allergy Research has the added advantage of not onlyomega 3, but omega 6 (like what you get in evening primrose oil or borage oil &omega 9, like what you get in olive oil). It therefore provides you with a balance ofthe 3 essential fatty acid groups in the proper relative proportions. Making sure youget the essential fatty acids in the ideal proportions maximizes their beneficialeffectsFlax Seed Oil for ArthritisIn addition, we also suggest that you take 2 500 mg capsules of flax seed oil in themorning and another in the evening. We just couldnt fit 2 grams of flax seed in theArthritis Team. Flax oil has numerous studies demonstrating its many benefits forthe treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and other health problems. It also is the bestsource of omega-3 fatty acids. See the World Review of Nutrition and Diet, vol. 66,p. 367-382.