Migraine had been with us for a long time. In ancient Egypt, 8,500 years ago, people with migraines used to nibble on parts of wormwood and juniper to try to relieve the pain. As medical science progressed, doctors began to prescribe treatments such as placing hot irons on painful spots, cutting a patient’s temple and rubbing garlic on the wound and even wrapping an electric eel around a sufferer’s head. Fortunately, such ‘solutions’ are no longer in vogue.
Migraine headaches are truly debilitating disease. Sufferers can be out of commission for days at a time, often when they can least afford to be. However, there is hope. There are preventive techniques as well as coping techniques available along with a whole host of alternative intervention. Worldwide, 240 million people suffer an estimated 1.4 billion attacks of migraine each year, with the prevalence varying by country, according to the WHA. Twenty four million Americans suffer regularly from migraine headaches. Migraine affects three times as many women as men. Most of them are between the ages of 30 and 45. The prevalence of migraine, according to the Center for Disease Control, has increased 60% from 1981 to 1989.The economic impact of migraine is staggering, with annual cost of the disease estimated at 18 billion dollars in the USA.
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A recent survey showed that 70-90% of us feel stressed at work and outside. Today’s fast paced lifestyle is putting a toll on us. Unless we learn to manage stress, we will get sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps we can take to manage stress.
Irrespective of what you do, you have and will experience stress at some time in your life. In a recent survey 89% of respondents described experiencing “high levels of stress”.
Stress is recognized as the number one killer today. The American Medical Association stated that stress was the cause of 80 to 85 percent of all human illness and disease or at the very least had a detrimental effect on our health.
Studies show that stress can reduce the power of our immune systems. A study in the U.K. exposed 266 people to a common cold virus and then tracked who became sick. 28.6 percent of those with few signs of stress caught the cold. However, the figure jumped to 42.4 percent for those who were under high stress.
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Over weight

We used to think that an overweight or obese person eat “like a pig.” It may be true in most cases; however, research studies conducted during the late 1980s and early 1990s revealed that we may be quick to pass the blame. These studies showed that many overweight persons may not necessarily eat more than their thinner counterparts. Instead, they had more complicated, biologically seated factors working against them (commonly called “bad genes”).
Several studies have shown that you only have to lose a few pounds in order to see immediate, positive results in your cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin levels. At the University of California, Los Angeles, researchers put 11 obese men on a very low-fat, high-fiber diet, with daily 45-to-60- minute walks on treadmills. After three weeks, the men only lost a few pounds, but their cholesterol levels plummeted 19 percent and their insulin levels dropped by nearly 50 percent. Several men who entered the study with high blood pressure left with normal readings.
In scientific terms, obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns. What causes this imbalance between calories in and calories out may differ from one person to another.
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Over 100 million people suffer from diabetes in the world. In the United States, it is believed that over 14 million people suffer from diabetes. That includes people of all ages, from children to the elderly. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 6 percent of the general U.S. population over age 40 has been found to have diabetes-and an equal amount has not been diagnosed yet.
Diabetes is a very serious disease. Left unchecked, it can bring serious consequences including death. Fortunately, it is a disease that can be managed. Unfortunately most of the people who have diabetes do not know that they have it and hence do not treat it till it become very late. If you suspect you have diabetes, it is very important that you get prompt professional attention and to determine whether you suffer from this.

Diabetes is believed to be the nation’s third or fourth leading cause of death. It makes the sufferer susceptible to serious complications that can lead to death.

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Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. Because it is so common, many people feel that if they ignore the depression, it will disappear. Prolonged “depression” can result in symptoms such as decreased or increased appetite, either insomnia or hypersomnia, anhedonia (loss of pleasure), either agitation or fatigue, poor concentration, increased self-criticism and excessive guilt. This may be the clue that your illness has progressed to the stage that it needs to be treated. Depression is very treatable with medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are commonly used), psychotherapies and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For mild depression, there are a number of complementary therapies and herbs that are useful. Lifestyle interventions such as stress management techniques, diet and nutrition changes, exercise, etc. can make a marked difference in your outlook.

There are few herbal medicine remedies that where studied and reaserched  extensivly that can support mild depression situations.

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Flu / influenza and cold

Who dose not know this iritaing and sometimes dangerous illness.

There is a way you can help your self !

Every year, millions of people world-wide get sick with the flu (influenza) and cold. For most of us, the fever, exhaustion, and aches and pains of the flu can be debilitating for a week or two, but for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems the flu can be much more serious. An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and about 20,000 deaths occur each year from the flu or its complications in the US alone. On top of that, an average American adult suffers two to three colds a year; the average young child has as many as nine. That adds up to something like one billion colds a year in US alone! The cost to the world economy from the common cold and flu is staggering.

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More than 23 million Americans experience some form of anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the country. Anxiety is considered an illness when you cannot control your anxious feelings. Anxiety disorders involve excessive levels of negative emotions, such as fear, worry, nervousness, and tension, and the anxious feelings occur involuntarily despite your best attempts to avoid them or stave them off. From chronic worrying, called generalized anxiety disorder by experts, to panic attacks, most seem to have the same root cause: unrealistic, overwhelming fears that can not only paralyze the mind but also cause serious physical problems.

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Pomegranate Magic

It’s tasty, exotic and even fashionable, but most importantly, this red marvel has Endless Health Benefits which have earned it a “superfood” status, and rightfully so.

The pomegranate, scientifically known as Punica Granatum, is a fruit bearing shrub, growing 5-8 m tall. For centuries, pomegranates have been regarded as a treasure among fruits. In ancient times, the Babylonians would chew the seeds before battle, believing it would make them invincible, And ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates.  In modern times, the pomegranate is a popular addition to Middle Eastern, Indian and Iranian cuisines. In the last couple of years this “jewel of winter” as it’s sometimes referred to, became widely known for its powerful health benefits. An increasing numbers of studies confirm what many cultures have known for centuries: the pomegranate is as abundant with health benefits as it is with taste.

Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the naturally occurring substances that protect the body from free radicals, which are highly reactive atoms or molecules that can damage DNA and cell membranes. This cellular damage has been linked to many diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ALS, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes and cancer. Free radicals are abounding in our modern society in the form of pollutants, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, cigarette smoke, etc.
Research shows that pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine, green tea, tomatoes, vitamin E and other headline makers.  Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have independently confirmed that pomegranate juice contains at least three major antioxidants.  Pomegranate juice has three times the antioxidant power of red wine or green tea (using the Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity test).

Protects the Heart
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pomegranate juice is effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including the oxidation of LDL (“bad” cholesterol), foam cell formation and macrophage oxidative status – all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. It has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum levels of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE).  All of the above actions contribute to the preventative effect that pomegranate juice has on related diseases, like heart attacks and strokes. “The protective effects of pomegranate juice were higher than previously assumed,” said Claudio Napoli, the study’s author and a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples, Italy.

Fights Osteoarthritis
Pomegranate extract may be useful in fighting osteoarthritis. A study at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine shows that extract of pomegranate fruit inhibits Interleukin-1b (IL-1b), a pro-inflammatory protein molecule that plays a key role in cartilage degradation. Researchers said their findings “indicate the pomegranate fruit extract or compounds derived from it may inhibit cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis and may also be a useful nutritive supplement for maintaining joint integrity and function.”

Fights Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers have found that pomegranates could have important implications for breast cancer treatment and the safety of oestrogen replacement therapy. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that pomegranate seed oil triggers apoptosis, a self-destruct mechanism, in breast cancer cells. In addition, pomegranate juice can be toxic to most estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells, while leaving normal breast cells largely unaffected.
“Pomegranates seem to replace the estrogen often prescribed to protect postmenopausal women against heart disease and osteoporosis, while selectively destroying dependent-dependent cancer cells,” explains Dr. Ephraim Lansky, who headed the studies.

Keeps Prostate Cancer From Returning
A study found that pomegranate juice may help fight the return of prostate cancer among men who have had surgery or radiation for the disease. The study included 48 men who had surgery or radiation therapy to treat localized prostate cancer. When the study started in 2003, the men’s PSA levels doubled every 15 months. In prostate cancer patients, PSA is used to monitor their cancer.
All of the men drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily, and that slowed down the time it took for their PSA levels to double, researchers reported in 2006.
After that, the researchers followed the patients every three months. Fifteen of the patients stayed with the study for up to five years, and it typically took four times longer for their PSA levels to double when they were drinking pomegranate juice, compared to their PSA doubling time at the study’s start.
“Pomegranate juice contains antioxidant chemicals that may have cancer-preventing benefits,” the researchers said.

Possibly Prevents diabetes
A new study suggests that one of the benefits of pomegranate seed oil may be increased insulin sensitivity. In this study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers gave a group of mice a high fat diet, while a second group received a high fat diet along with pomegranate seed oil. A third group was given a normal diet. At the end of the study, the mice given the high fat diet along with the pomegranate seed oil gained ten grams less weight than the group given only the high fat diet. The group that received the pomegranate seed oil also had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of adipenectin, a hormone that increases insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity was also increased in the mice given the pomegranate seed oil. All of these changes are synonymous with better blood sugar control and a lower risk of developing type II diabetes. Pomegranate seed oil contains CLA (conjugated linolenic acid), a fatty acid that some studies show can increase insulin sensitivity. Researchers believe it could be this component that accounts for the
reduced risk of developing diabetes.

Rejuvenates the Skin
Pomegranate seed oil is gaining increased attention by cosmetics manufacturers and aromatherapy industries due to its remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School have shown that pomegranate seed oil stimulates keratinocyte proliferation, promoting regeneration of the epidermis.
This study joins a growing body of research supporting the benefits of pomegranate seed oil as a skin treatment, including a 2003 South Dakota State University study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food that showed that a topical application of pomegranate seed oil significantly decreased the incidence of skin cancer in mice that had been exposed to cancer causing chemicals.

In conclusion, it seems that using Pomegranate juice and/or oil is a pleasant and effective way to increase one’s overall health and help the body ward off illness.

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