Advice for Women's Health problems
Herbal medicine has been used throughout the centuries to ease menstrual and menopausal problems. Much of our knowledge has been passed down through midwives, and particularly through the North American native peoples who developed a deep understanding of plant remedies. This traditional use of plants, coupled with our modern understanding of active plant constituents, provides the medical herbalist with a wide range of herbs to support the female system.
Advice for Sleep & Stress problems
Sleep problems and stress are often (though not always) related.
Advice for Joint and Muscle problems
Herbal medicine has a strong tradition in the treatment of joint diseases, especially arthritis and gout, and can also be very useful in the treatment and management of autoimmune conditions and muscular problems.
Medical Herbalists try to identify any factors that may be causing or exacerbating health problems and therefore aim for a long-term treatment and improvement.
No one really knows what causes Rosacea, although there does seem to be some relationship to both bowel problems and hormonal imbalances.
Flares tend to occur when a number of situations all come together, if one is stressed, the diet is often poor, too much caffeine can be drunk and the combination of diet and stress will affect both the bowel and the hormones. Skin problems are always caused by a combination of factors.
Acne is best tackled on a number of different levels. A combination of diet, lifestyle and supplement interventions can help.
A-Z Supplements for Getting Older
You can’t stop yourself from aging, but there are some supplements, as well as diet and lifestyle changes to slow certain aging processes and reduce your risk of age-related disease.
Learn more about supplements for supporting healthy ageing here.
A Self Help approach to Migraines
Migraine headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons. Food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, overwork, stress, poor sleep, diet and exercise.
Some of the usual suspects include alcohol (particularly beer and red wine), chocolate, cheese, caffeine, marinated foods, processed and tinned foods. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be any apparent reason or pattern.
A Natural Self Help Approach to Cold Sores
Lots of people get cold sores repeatedly, especially when they are run down. They find them highly embarrassing. Once the virus is in your body it can be hard to manage. People with genital herpes find this even more distressing.
Take a look at some herbs and dietary approach that help many people to prevent herpes outbreaks.
A Natural Approach to Natural Gas
Helping to reduce flatulence and wind through diet and herbs.
A natural approach to managing Diabetes Type 2
Using a combination of diet, exercise, herbs and micronutrient supplements it is possible to reduce blood sugar levels.
We recently had a patient who followed this approach under the supervision of his doctor. After nine days of rigidly following a diabetes diet and taking some recommended supplements, his fasting blood sugar dropped from an alarming 15 mmol/L to 8.6 mmol/L. In his case diabetes medication was also needed to bring it down further, but his dose is at the low end and he is managing well.
Learn more here.
A Guide to Probiotic Bacteria
It is now a well-known fact that beneficial gut bacteria are crucial to our health. There is increasing evidence that the gastrointestinal microflora is a major regulator of the immune system, not only in the gut, but also in other organs.
However, research studies find that a city dweller, on average, has only 30% of the gut bacterial variety of a hunter-gatherer. Having as wide a range of probiotics as possible has the most impact on your health, especially when digesting a diet high in protein.
A Guide to Digestive Enzymes
For those troubled by digestive issues it is important to improve the right balance of probiotics, prebiotics and the digestive enzymes that help us to break down our food.
If your body is not making the right amount of digestive enzymes then food is not broken down well and starts to break down, and even ferment, in the gut and lower colon where it can cause wind, discomfort and flatulence.