Health and Fitness

The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea (Camelia sinersis) has a long and interesting history of use and has been associated with good health for thousands of years. In Japan, the custom of drinking green tea supposedly came from China around 800 AD when Buddhist monks, who returning from their study in China, brought the tea with them as a medicinal beverage. In Maintaining Health by Drinking Tea, a book written by a monk in...

Herbal First Aid

Do you ever look at the plants around you and wonder if they have any uses? What plants did the people use before they had modern medicine to heal their wounds and ailments? There are a number of common plants (weeds) easy to find and identify that you can use for first aid out in the wild. Knowing what plants you can use for first-aid purposes, whether in your own backyard or out in the woods,...

Common Home Remedies -- The Ayurvedic Way

In a world where instant cure rules, drug firms fight corporate wars for survival and diagnostics and drugs are updated every year, you may not even consider the promise hidden in alternative medical practice of Ayurveda. Ayur means life and Veda means science. The fundamental principle is that nature and man are essentially one; therefore one compliments the other. The origins of Ayurveda can be...

An Herbal Approach to Five Common Illnesses

In ancient times, man realized the healing power of herbs. In spite of superstitious rumors, the herb business continued to thrive. Herbs are used for medicine, aromatherapy and in the preparation of many food dishes. Although there are many herbs that can be used for all these purposes, each has a main purpose and the others are secondary. Did you know that no less than 37 percent of...

Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Method

In a world of increasingly complex and invasive medical procedures, natural childbirth has become a choice rather than a necessary rite of passage to motherhood. For those women wanting an unmedicated birth with minimal medical intervention, childbirth classes in combination with prenatal care help to prepare them physically and mentally for the birthing experience. The Bradley Methoda® is a...

What Is Exercise Bulimia?

Lack of knowledge of this disorder does not change the fact it does exist and it can be serious. Like other eating disorders, exercise bulimia stems from a person's obsession to be thin. The media portrays most women as being perfectly thin, and men as being trim and muscular. People, who are not fortunate enough to have perfect bodies, often find themselves in the endless cycle of dieting and...

What are Eating Disorders?

In a nation where thinness is equated with physical attractiveness, success, and happiness, nearly everyone has dealt with issues regarding their weight, body shape, and self-image. Each year, more than 5 million American women, men, adolescents, and even children suffer from serious and often life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, binge-eating, bulimia nervosa, compulsive...

Eating Disorders: Definitions, Symptoms and Treatment

Eating disorders plague many young women, men and families around the world. Sometimes the symptoms are obvious, sometimes they are not. Eating disorders should not be ignored. They are symptoms within themselves that may hint of a psychological problem which, if not treated, will remain for life. Anorexia Nervosa Characterized by over-dieting and the need for perfection. They appear to want to...

Anorexia and Pregnancy

Imagine this: One part of you is absolutely thrilled about the little life growing inside you, the other is obsessing over all the weight you know you will have to gain and how quickly it will come off after your baby is born. The average pregnant woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds to have a healthy child. Telling this to an anorectic is like telling a normal person to gain 100 pounds....

Making Peace With Codependency and Teen Eating Disorders

Eating disorders among teenagers are rising. With all of the media exposure, competition and concern to look great in a thin body, kids are showing dangerous signs of self-abuse. The numbers are overwhelming. To avoid some of the pitfalls, parents should be aware of how to eliminate some potentially serious problems. Kids as young as six years old are already beginning to show concerns about...

Exploring the Foundation of Your First Chakra: Muladhara (Root Chakra)

Chakra Location and Formation Muladhara is located at the base of your spine, extending through your legs. Because this is the first Chakra within your system, it makes sense that it is also the first of the seven to develop. It is already beginning to form while you are still inside your mothers' womb, continuing to develop until about the end of the first year of your life. This in no way means...

Body Changes During Pregnancy

Any woman who has ever been pregnant is well aware of the changes her body goes through but most don't realize exactly what occurs. Did you know that even your joints experience changes during pregnancy? When you're pregnant your body releases relaxin, a hormone that lubricates the pelvis joints to prepare your body for impending birth. This is why you need to take extra caution since your...

A Homeopathic Way to Treat Arthritis

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are the two most common types of Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is thought to result from the wear and tear of joints with increasing age, while Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, in which one's immune system attacks the body. In homeopathy, contrary to allopathy, the patient with similar pathological changes may need to be treated with different...

Looking at Alternatives: What Options Are Available for Treating Arthritis

For many years people have relied on Western medical therapy and ideas to treat all kinds of arthritis. They used a combination of prescription drugs, rest, exercise, good body mechanics and joint preservation techniques to treat their arthritis. For the most part these kinds of therapies seemed to be the only ones doctors relied upon for symptom relief. This approach has proven beneficial for...

Guide to Holistic Therapies

Acupressure Acupuncture These therapies utilize massage/pressure, needles, and sometimes, electrical currents, to activate the qi at certain points along the meridians of energy flowing through the body. Resources: American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 201 Raleigh, North Carolina 27607 (919) 787-5181 Aromatherapy Essential oils derived from...