Health and Fitness

Historical Homeopathy -- Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Dating back to thoughts of simile and contrarium from the days of Hippocrates, homeopathy has more recent roots with the studies of Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700's that helped revive the popularity of homeopathic medicine. Writing about historical homeopathy should by all means start at the very beginning with Hippocrates. Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), who spoke of two different principles for...

The Forgotten Muscles

All know how to work most of muscles, but what about the ones that most people forget. Kegel exercises can make for an easier pregnancy and spice up your sex life. You can lift weights or run to work your biceps and calves, but what about the forgotten muscles -- the ones in the vaginal and perineal (the area extending from the anus to the vulva) region? What can woman do to strengthen these...

Obesity and Sexual Performance

Can being overweight affect sexual performance? Yes, it can. In fact, improving your sex life might just be a good reason to shed extra pounds. Let's take a moment, though, and define terms. A person who is overweight might have excess body weight compared to the accepted norms because of large amounts of muscle tissue. Obesity is a condition in which a person is at least 20 percent heavier than...

Libido and Herbs

Low sex drive is a common problem for many men and women today. A variety of factors can contribute to it, and the problem itself can develop into a cycle of frustration and anxiety. A number of herbs in addition to a close examination of the problem can help. A great number of herbal products are marketed as "libido enhancers." While several of them are supported by laboratory research and/or a...

Qigong -- Harmonizing Your Energy

You can balance and meet your life's limits by accessing your personal energy through qigong. Learning a variety of qigong forms may help make this process easier and your goals more attainable. The word qi (chi in Chinese, or ki in Japanese) means energy or life force. Without it, you would not be alive. When someone dies, many people can actually feel and/or see the life force leaving the...

Some Perspectives on Natural Hormone Replacement

Many people are concerned about the decrease in various hormones that bodies produce as age, both men and women, and the controversies around the use of hormone replacement. Here are perspectives from several experts in the field of natural and holistic medicine regarding this treatment. Dr. Lisa Everett, Ph.D., nutritionist and pharmacist, spoke at the 23rd Annual Scientific Conference of the...

Complementary Therapies and Stress

In 1991 the American National Institute of Health founded the Office of Alternative Medicine, designated a collaborating center in traditional medicine by the World Health organization (Kuhn 1999). In the USA treatment of chronic disease accounts for 85 percent of health costs (Kuhn, 1999). As people live longer, health-care costs rise partly as a consequence of providing optimal treatment for...

Tremendous Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil has been used for hundreds of years as an antiseptic agent, and although it went out of popularity due to the advent of synthetic antibiotics, it is now enjoying something of a revival. Here are some of the ways it can be employed for therapeutic and beauty treatments. Did you know that a couple drops applied to the armpits makes a useful deodorant or that a few drops sprinkled onto...

What is “Holistic?”

Europe and America are the only places on this planet where you go to a doctor for your body, a therapist or psychiatrist for your mind, and a priest, minister or rabbi for your spirit. But if you step onto an Indian reservation, or visit the African bush, or venture into the rain forest, you will find indigenous healers who practice the holistic traditions of their ancestors; secret practices so...

The Use of Alternative Health Therapies Increases in Popularity

Conventional western medicine has certainly proven to be the solution for many of our serious medical problems. However, for other health issues, as Dr. Ralph Golan states in his book Optimal Wellness, "modern medicine fails miserably... and is grossly inappropriate...." Conventional western medicine treats medical problems mostly by using technological developments — drugs, surgery and radiation...

Rosemary Oil

The wonderful plant, Rosemary, according to its Latin name, rosmarius, means 'dew of the sea'. This is because it is known to grow close to the ocean. The essential oil from this super herb has many applications. This is why I am never without a couple of bottles in my house. Here are some of its many uses. One of Rosemary's main indications is for boosting concentration. A few drops on a paper...

Are There Herbs Around Your House

Have you ever wondered how life was for the pioneers who lived long ago? Has your mind ever pondered the question about how they survived without the modern technologies take for granted today? What did they use for dyes, fragrance, spices and medicine? Well, after studying and researching was amazed to discover how they made use of their surroundings, nature and herbs. When the world began...

Ayurvedic Tips for a Diabetic: Living a Free Life

Diabetes comes third after cancer and heart disease in the list of diseases that cause death. That is why Ayurveda included it in the category of serious diseases. Diabetes is called Prameha in Ayurveda. A detailed description of the disease and its treatment can be found in Atharva Veda, which originated between 3000 BC and 1500 BC. More urine than the actual intake of water is cited as the...

Ocimum Sanctum (Tulasi) A Medicine for all ailments

For many centuries several plants remained the basis for chemicals to meet the medical requirements of the time. Plants, being virtual chemical factories, manufacture carbohydrates, fats, protein and the chemicals from carbon-dioxide using water and minerals available in the soil as well as the air in the atmosphere and by harvesting the sun. These chemicals are stored in the leaves, stems, roots...

Arthritis and Herbs

Arthritis is an inflammation of the connective tissue in the joints. Nutritional imbalance over the long term, along with at times old injuries, result in this disease. Herbs can assist with this disease, here's how. As arthritis advances and pain increases, the joints are usually moved less and less. The surrounding muscles then begin to atrophy, causing crippling of the body in different...