Struggling with spring induced allergies?

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Having trouble breathing? Asthma attacks clouding your days?

Astragalus root might be the natural prevention and treatment for you!Astragalus root is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on the planet. This adaptogen herb helps beat stress while fighting disease at the same time.

This Chinese herbal medicine has been used to address infections for thousands of years. One representative medicine, Astragalus (Huangqi), has been the most studied. Many studies have reported that Astragalus or its formulations could prevent upper respiratory infection in immunocompromised patients.

Astragalus has the unique ability to support a healthy inflammatory response within the lungs as well as provide antioxidant support. Therefore, astragalus can work to support respiratory tissues from the damaging effects of dry air and air contaminants.

Provides Supplemental Therapy for Chronic Asthma

Astragalus has been used to treat chronic asthma and determined to be a successful supplemental therapy and asthma natural remedy. After being treated, hypersensitivity in airways decreased substantially and mucus production and inflammation were reduced in studies. By preventing or reducing asthma attacks, individuals could be relieved of chronic asthma issues.

It is used in the treatment of numerous ailments, including heart, liver, and kidney diseases, as well as viral infections, and immune system disorders.

In addition to pumping up your immune system, studies show it’s vital for cardiovascular health and can even fight off tumors and alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy!

Astragalus contains three components that allow the plant to have such a positive impact on human health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides, which are all active compounds contained in certain plants, including some fruits and vegetables. Saponins are known for their ability to lower cholesterol, improve the immune system and prevent cancer.

Flavanoids, also found in astragalus, provide health benefits through cell signaling. They show antioxidative qualities, control and scavenge of free radicals, and can help prevent heart disease, cancer and immunodeficiency viruses. Polysaccharides are known to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities, among other health benefits.

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Astragalus Benefits

  • Immunostimulant: act as a catalyst for interferon, which would increase antibody levels in nasal secretions and in the blood, increases the cytotoxicity of interleukin.
  • Improves immunity in Herpes recurrence by regulating Th1 / Th2 balance
  • Antitumor activity, inducer of apoptosis in colon cancer, and hepatocarcinoma
  • Improves the tolerance of anticancer drugs, intravenous injection in combination with conventional treatment
  • Protect bone marrow cells
  • Inhibition of alpha-glucosidase (potential antidiabetic effect), antidiabetic
  • Anti-aging, a telomerase-activating molecule (TA-65) extracted from the root of Astragalus membranaceus is able to increase the average length of telomeres, reduce the percentage of telomeres too short and DNA damage at Mouse embryonic fibroblasts with haploinsufficiency
  • Antioxidant (scavenger of free radicals: hydroxyl radical and hydrogen peroxide)
  • Vascular protector, protects the vascular endothelium
  • Renal protector
  • Neuroprotective neurons (astragaloside IV), potentialities in Parkinson’s disease
  • Anti-allergic, Anti-asthmatic
  • Prevention of respiratory infections.

There are several ways to use astragalus, from teas to supplements in capsules to topical creams. You can also incorporate it into various recipes.

When using astragalus, be sure to consult with your physician and be aware of possible interactions and side effects.

Be happy, stay healthy!

 

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Ginger, the condiment that is also medicine

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Ginger is a popular ingredient in cooking, and especially in Asian and Indian cuisine. It has also been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes.

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. However, some herbs and spices may offer additional health benefits. One of these is ginger.

The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.

Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

The health benefits of ginger are largely due to its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and content of therapeutic compounds like gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerone.

It is available fresh and dried, as ginger extract and ginger oil, and in tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. 

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10 benefits of Ginger :

  1. Decreases rheumatic and menstrual pain.
  2. It is effective against flu and colds, by promoting expectoration.
  3. Improves blood flow, so it prevents cardiovascular diseases.
  4. Eliminates dizziness and vertigo.
  5. It is a natural aphrodisiac, by stimulating libido.
  6. It is a natural antidepressant.
  7. Fights premature aging and reduces stress levels
  8. Decreases migraines by blocking the effects of prostaglandin.
  9. Prevents colon and ovarian cancer.
  10. It facilitates digestion.

Some precautions to have in mind:

Natural ginger will cause little or no known side effects for most people. In some, however, a high intake may worsen symptoms of acid reflux, irritate the mouth, and cause diarrhea. Taking ginger as capsules may help reduce the risk of heartburn.

Anyone who is pregnant, or who has gallstones, diabetes, or a blood clotting disorder should discuss first with their doctor whether to increase their intake of ginger. Ginger supplements should not be used with aspirin or other blood-thinning medications.

Ginger is one of the very few “superfoods” actually worthy of that term. You can buy fresh or powdered ginger at your local grocery store or purchase ginger supplements online.

Be happy and stay healthy!

Soursop and Hypertension, what else should you know?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is caused by a number of factors, ranging from smoking to obesity and lack of physical activity to stress. High blood pressure can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and contributes to hardening of arteries or atherosclerosis and the development of heart failure.

According to the traditional uses of  Graviola / Soursop, it can help in the treatment of nervous disturbances, palpitations, nervousness and hypertension. The dark green lanceolate leaves of Annona muricata are traditionally used as antispasmodic nervines for heart conditions and as sedatives.

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A 2012 study on rats found Graviola helped reduce blood pressure without increasing heart rate. According to researchers, the herb’s hypotensive abilities are due to “peripheral mechanisms involving antagonism of Ca²⁺ [calcium ions].”

The anti-depressant, sedative and tranquilizing properties of Graviola / Soursop may be due to the ability of certain alkaloids to have agonist properties towards the 5-HT1A receptors in the calf hippocampus. Previous treatment with Graviola / Soursop prevented the exhaustion of noradrenaline and dopamine induced by stress, which helps the body to cope better with stress.

The Graviola / Soursop  comes from the Graviola tree and contains a phenomenal amount of vitamins C, B1 and B2. It is known that these important vitamins help relieve stress, in addition to having anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve muscle pain and reduce the healing time between workouts.

The content of vitamin B1 is capable of accelerating metabolism, blood circulation, prevents damage to the nerves, restoring borders and central nervous disorders. The content of vitamin B2 is necessary for the production of energy of the body, the fat storage, the function of the nervous system and the maintenance of the cardiac muscle.

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If you’re wondering where you can get Graviola, take a look at our Herbal D-Tox online store. We have Graviola available in different formats that are suitable for your lifestyle: tea bags, dried leaves, powdered capsules and liquid extract. Have a look!

For more information about Soursop / Graviola and Hypertension, you can also read our article here.

Be happy, stay healthy!

 

Are you familiar with Sweet Annie (Artemisia Annua) Benefits?

Commonly known as wormwood, sweet sagewort or Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for reducing fevers, inflammation, headaches, bleeding and for treating malaria. It is an herb and the parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

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The plant of Artemisia annua L. produces the sesquiterpene lactone, artemisinin, a potent antimalarial drug that is also effective in treating other parasitic diseases, some viral infections and various neoplasms. Artemisinin is also an allelopathic herbicide that can inhibit the growth of other plants.

Sweet Annie is also used for bacterial infections such as dysentery and tuberculosis; illnesses caused by worms, other parasites, and mites; fungal infections; and viral infections such as the common cold. Other uses include treatment of upset stomach, fever, yellowed skin (jaundice), psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune disorders, loss of appetite, blood vessel disorders, constipation, gallbladder disorders, stomach pain, painful menstruation, and joint pain(rheumatism).

People with AIDS sometimes use sweet Annie to prevent an often fatal type of lung infection called pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) that is caused by a fungus.

Sweet Annie is sometimes applied directly to the skin for bacterial and fungal infections, arthritis and other joint pain, bruises, nerve pain, and sprains.

Mechanism of anti-cancer action

Artemisia annua has also been investigated for its anticancer properties. Terpenoids and flavonoids isolated from the herb exert cytotoxic effects in several human tumor cell lines. The constituents artemisinin and artesunate have been studied as anticancer treatments. In a recent safety study in advanced breast cancer patients, oral artesunate as add-on therapy was well tolerated, although it was determined that regular audiological assessments should be included to monitor for ototoxicity.

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Artemisinin induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest of Leishmani  donovani promastigotes . It has antiproliferative effects on medullary thyroid carcinoma cells, and induces apoptosis in a lung cancer cell line by modulating p38 and calcium signaling. In another study, it significantly inhibited cell growth and proliferation, and caused G1 cell-cycle arrest in neuroblastoma cell lines.

In low income and developing nations, malaria is the fifth most prevalent infectious disease and the tenth overall cause of death, and is projected to remain at that level until at least 2030 (Mathers et al. 2006). The World Health Organization (WHO 2005) estimates that more than 380 million cases of malaria occur each year and account for more than 1 million deaths especially in developing countries (Rathore et al. 2005). Artemisinin and its derivatives also have been shown to be effective against a number of viruses, Pnuemocystis cariniiToxoplasma gondii, a number of human cancer cell lines (Efferth 2007), and a variety of other parasitic tropical diseases including schistosomiasis (Utzinger et al. 2001), leishmaniasis (Sen et al. 2007), Chagas disease, and African sleeping sickness (Mishina et al. 2007). All of these diseases probably can be successfully treated with artemisinin, if enough of the drug is made available and, for developing countries, also at a cost that is affordable.

 

Cat’s Claw and its secrets

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Cat’s Claw is a plant. Two species of Cat’s Claw, Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis, are of primary interest for use as medicine.

With a lengthy history dating back to the Inca civilisation, Cat’s Claw has been used as a traditional medicine in the Andes to treat inflammation, gastric ulcers, rheumatism, dysentery, intestinal complaints and wounds.

Cat’s Claw is one of the best antiviral herbs to boost the immune system and fight infection. This powerful herb is not only antiviral — it also has anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and antioxidant properties. These health-promoting attributes may make cat’s claw helpful as a natural treatment for arthritis, allergies, asthma, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, viral infections, ulcers, hemorrhoids and more.

This woody vine native to the Amazon rainforest can help many serious health problems by assisting the body in eliminating free radicals that cause cellular damage.

Today, Cat’s Claw is used as a dietary supplement.

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Constituents:

Cat’s Claw has many phytochemical elements that consist of oxidole alkaloids, quinovic acid glycosides, antioxidants, plant sterols and carboxyl alkyl esters. All of these are thought to have, in varying degrees, an action that can be attributed to the many benefits of Cat’s Claw.

It is used in traditional medicine by the Ashaninka, an ethnic group from the Peruvian Amazon, to treat deep wounds, to relieve gastrointestinal, joint and bone pain, kidneys, and for the treatment of women after delivery/labour.

  • rheumatic pains;
  • HIV or AIDS immunodeficiency;
  • ulcers and tumors;
  • blood coagulation;
  • degenerative diseases such as cancers and tumors; irregularities of the menstrual cycle;
  • gonorrhea;
  • diabetes;
  • deep wounds;
  • Crohn’s disease ;
  • Lyme disease;
  • Treats high blood pressure.

WHO organized in 1994 in Geneva the First International Conference on Uncaria tomentosa. The benefits of this plant were unanimously recognized. Since the discovery of quinine, no wetland plant has attracted so much interest from the scientific community.

Astragalus Health Benefits

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Astragalus is a plant within the Leguminosae (beans or legumes) family, with a very long history as an immune system booster and disease fighter. Astragalus is commonly known as milk vetch. Its roots are in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which it’s been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years — meaning it helps the body fight off stress and disease.

Astragalus root is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on the planet.

Several groups of active phytochemicals such as flavonoids, saponins, and polysaccharides are credited with the wide-ranging medicinal properties of this herb. Flavonoids have antioxidant properties that make them useful in reducing oxidative stress and reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer due to free radical damage. They are also involved in cell signaling.

In addition to pumping up your immune system, studies show it’s vital for cardiovascular health and can even fight off tumors and alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy!

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Some of the health benefits of Astragalus include:

  • Astragalus boosts the immune system
  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Reduces the Effects of Stress
    Promotes Heart Health
  • stragalus protects against cold and flu and other respiratory diseases
  • Astragalus may help prevent diabetes and delay its progress
  • Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory
  • Slows or Prevents the Growth of Tumors
  • Regulates and Prevents Diabetes and Illnesses Related to Diabetes, etc.

Astragalus is generally safe to use with no serious side effects. There are possible interactions with other herbal supplements, so start with smaller doses to prevent side effects.

The excellent immune stimulating effect of the herb may counteract the effect of immunosuppressant drugs commonly prescribed for treating autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and others.

Is Astragalus Root Right for You?
If you like the health benefits associated with astragalus root and want to support your immune system and overall vitality, then it may be right for you. Ask your healthcare professional and work with them to determine a serving size and method that’s right for you. We recommend these Astragalus capsules.

Stay healthy, stay happy!

 


 

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Alternative Medicine as Complementary Medicine

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According to an article, researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center, state that patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for the curable types of cancer instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death.

Let us discuss this, shall we?

Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Some people also refer to it as “integrative,” or “complementary” medicine. Complementary medicine is a group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine.

Following this thought of “complementary medicine” it is important to spread the word about Soursop / Graviola uses in this area.  It can help reducing the symptoms related to chemotherapy sessions, especially weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea. Soursop is compatible with cancer treatments. So, if patients still follow their recommended and conventional treatment, but complement it with Soursop to feel a bit better, why not?

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Why there is such a large number of graviola benefits?

Its in the composition of the plant. To begin with, soursop is rich in minerals and vitamins including vitamin B1, B2, and C. Additionally, it has potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium. The stem, bark and leaves are rich in antioxidants, particularly  the Coenzyme Q10.

The active ingredients present in Graviola/Soursop leaves, are believed to cause the death of cancer cells by oxygen deprivation, energy and sugar deprivation (sugar, which is considered the main ingredient for cancer cells).

Due to the increasing recognition of graviola, there are lots of producers who’ve produced their very own extracts and leaves. It’s essential that you choose carefully and assure that you are getting pure, top quality graviola extracts.

But, it is strictly not advised to stop or replace your conventional treatment with Soursop treatment. We kindly remind you to consult your doctor always before taking any dietary supplement.

Stay healthy, be happy!


 

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Research: Chemotherapy can cause metastasis

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First, it is important to know what is metastasis: it is basically the spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body.

In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the original (primary) tumor, travel through the blood or lymph system, and form a new tumor in other organs or tissues of the body. The new, metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the lung, the cancer cells in the lung are breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells.

A new research at Israel’s Technion alarmingly reveals that the body acts to assist the tumor because it wrongly identifies chemotherapy as damaging.

In a series of research studies on animals, human cancer tumor cultures and indirectly also on cancer patients themselves, Prof. Yuval Shaked and his team found that while chemotherapy destroys the tumor, it encourages the development of metastasis tumors. This takes place since the body identifies chemotherapy as an attack on the body itself and mobilizes all systems for the least desirable cause – saving the tumor.

What does this series of research studies say? It identifies a real need to find a new solution, in which chemotherapy is applied in a way that reduces the damage caused as much as possible, while preserving its benefits.

“It has been known and evident for years that cancer tumors become resistant to chemotherapy and turn ever more aggressive over time, but estimates had been that this entire development takes place inside the cancer cells themselves, the cells that remained in the body despite the damage of chemotherapy,” Shaked explains. “Following our research, it appears that the reality is somewhat more complex. It seems that resistance is developed not only by tumor cells, but by the patient’s entire body. Resistance to the treatment is directed by the body. (…)This is true not only for chemotherapy, but for any intervention aimed at damaging the tumor. Once the tumor is harmed, the body tries to help.”

So, the resistance of cancer to treatment, the fact that treatment becomes less effective over time, is caused by the body and not the cancer cells themselves.

It is important to remind you that Soursop / Graviola is an excellent complement to chemotherapy treatments. Moreover, it can also help reducing the symptoms related to chemotherapy sessions, especially weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea.

Also, the active ingredients present in Graviola/Soursop leaves, are believed to cause the death of cancer cells by oxygen deprivation, energy and sugar deprivation (sugar, which is considered the main ingredient for cancer cells).

But, it is strictly not advised to stop or replace your conventional treatment with Soursop treatment. We kindly remind you to consult your doctor always before taking any dietary supplement.

Learn more about this research here.

Stay healthy, be happy!


Sources:

https://www.cancer.gov/

Soursop: Pharmaceutical interest and Uses

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Graviola / Soursop may have only lately gained popularity in the western world, but this plant features a lengthy history in ancient herbal treatments and remedies.

Before starting to list all its benefits, it is important to comprehend why there is such a large number of graviola benefits? Its in the composition of the plant. To begin with, soursop is rich in minerals and vitamins including vitamin B1, B2, and C. Additionally, it has potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorous and magnesium. The stem, bark and leaves are rich in antioxidants, particularly  the Coenzyme Q10.

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Diagram of some morphological features of Annona muricata. A = Branch, B = Leaf, C = Flower, D = Fruit, E = Seed

According to researches, graviola tea may help regulate blood pressure since it has hypotensive qualities, meaning someone who has high blood pressure may be treated simply by consuming the tea. People also drink the Graviola tea to deal with cough, flu and bronchial asthma.

A research, that was carried out in the National Cancer Institutehad quite an astounding outcome. It had been discovered that one of the graviola benefits includes being able to eliminate cancer cells in our body. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center also verifies that graviola, particularly graviola extract, comes with advantageous elements including anti-rheumatic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and emetic.

But, how does Graviola act on diseased cells, meaning the cancer cells?

The active ingredients present in Graviola/Soursop leaves, are believed to cause the death of cancer cells by oxygen deprivation, energy and sugar deprivation (sugar, which is considered the main ingredient for cancer cells).

Soursop has qualities that will kill toxins and will keep your defense mechanisms operating at optimum health. Graviola is rich in fiber, meaning that when you ingest it regularly, you may expect regular bowel movements.  Soursop is rich in calcium and phosphorous, which strengthens the bones and stops soft tissue illnesses like osteoporosis. Soursop can help in proper blood circulation, boost metabolic process and reduce anxiety, it has been said to help with heart function as well as your central nervous system.

There is not enough scientific evidence to assist some claims, though it’s been broadly thought that soursop leaves may also treat gout by decreasing the crystals in your body. For individuals struggling with back discomfort and rheumatism, they can usually benefit from consuming graviola leaves extract. Soursop is also thought to assist in preventing infection by inhibiting the development of infections, bacteria and unwanted organisms.

Due to the increasing recognition of graviola, there are lots of producers who’ve produced their very own extracts and leaves. It’s essential that you choose carefully and assure that you are getting pure, top quality graviola extracts.


Sources:

herbal-d-tox.com

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What is “Chemo Brain”?

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For years people with cancer have worried about, joked about, and been frustrated by the mental cloudiness they sometimes notice before, during, and after cancer treatment. Even though its exact cause isn’t known, and it can happen at any time when you have cancer, this mental fog is commonly called chemo brain.

Here are just a few examples of what patients call chemo brain:

  • Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling (memory lapses)
  • Trouble concentrating (they can’t focus on what they’re doing, have a short attention span, may “space out”)
  • Trouble remembering details like names, dates, and sometimes larger events
  • Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without losing track of one task
  • Taking longer to finish things (disorganized, slower thinking and processing)
  • Trouble remembering common words.

Doctors and researchers call chemo brain many things, such as cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment, cancer-therapy associated cognitive change, or post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment. Most define it as a decrease in mental “sharpness”.

Many cancer treatments, including certain kinds of chemo and radiation, can cause short-term, long-term, and delayed problems.

So far, research hasn’t clearly shown whether chemotherapy causes these thought and memory changes. Early studies only tested people after their chemotherapy. These tests showed that people had cognitive impairment. But more recent research has shown that some people with cancer have similar problems before they start any treatment and that the changes may even improve during treatment.

At this point it is important to underline some of Soursop benefits. Soursop is an excellent complement to chemotherapy treatments. Moreover, it can also help reducing the symptoms related to chemotherapy sessions, especially weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea.

There are some tips on how to cope with chemo brain, but, so far there is no known way to prevent chemo brain. For some people, treating their cancer will mean trouble with thinking, memory, planning, and finding the right words.

Stay healthy, be happy!


Sources:

https://www.herbal-d-tox.com/en/faq

http://www.cancer.org/

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/