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St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort

St. John’s wort gets its namesake because it blooms on John the Baptist’s birthday. Also known as Hypericum perforatum, St. John’s wort is a flowering shrub native to Europe and is most commonly used to treat depression, as well as symptoms associated with menopause [1]. St. John’s wort is typically taken in pill or liquid form, but can also be ingested as a tea, or applied topically as an ointment or cream. Its health benefits are just as diverse and below are only just a few of the common conditions for which St. John’s wort can be effective as a...

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Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil derives from Nigella sativa, a small pale purple flower native to Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It has been used to heal a laundry list of skin and health issues for centuries. In fact, the Bible mentions black seed in the book of Isaiah, labelling it an abundant commodity rich in its ability to treat nearly every disease, and King Tut was found with black seed oil buried alongside him in his tomb. Black seed is also known as fennel flower, black cumin, black onion seed, black caraway, or kalonji and has a bitter taste...

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Probiotics and Prebiotics - A Powerful Combination For Gut Health

Probiotics and Prebiotics - A Powerful Combination For Gut Health

A movement toward more holistic living has brought with it a shift; largely in the way people eat. That shift toward healthier eating has brought with it a desire to improve gut health and return it to a more alkaline state. When the gut flora is out of balance, it can cause digestive issues, stomach pain, bloating, food allergies, and indigestion. Often, the way to restore balance to the gut is to eliminate certain foods and beverages such as gluten, refined sugars, high-fat proteins, alcohol, and caffeine. Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, cultured vegetables, and yogurt are often used as...

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What is functional medicine?

What is functional medicine?

Chronic illness is on the rise, with half of adults in the United States reported to suffer from at least one chronic condition. According to the CDC, [1] the most commonly reported chronic conditions include autoimmune and thyroid disorders, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, and asthma. Chronic conditions not only cause you physical pain, but they also cause a significant strain on your emotional, mental, and financial well-being. There is little dispute that traditional medicine is a vital tool in curing sickness, infection, and disease. However, it is not the only tool that is available today. Too often, traditional...

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Ashwagandha: The Miracle Herb

Ashwagandha: The Miracle Herb

Ashwagandha actually derives its name from Sanskrit, literally meaning “the smell of a horse.” The herb gets its equine connotations because it purportedly smells like horse sweat, but it also has the ability to provide vitality and strength to the body. Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that has been used for thousands of years, primarily in Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family. It is shrub that produces yellow flowers and small red fruit, and while both have natural health benefits, it is the shrub’s root that has proven to be the...

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