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Osteoarthritis and Natural medicine: The latest Scientific findings…

Osteoarthritis and Natural medicine: The latest Scientific findings…

Author: Justin Sinclair. There is now irrefutable evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of both herbal and nutritional medicines in managing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Several double blind, randomised controlled studies have been conducted now showing that herbs such as Salix alba (White willow), Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw) and Zingiber officinale (Ginger) have shown symptomatic benefit in this condition. Zostrix, a topical preparation of the fruit of Capsicum frutescans (Chilli)

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How much protein?

How much protein?

Author: Robyn Friend. A question that many athletes ask of Naturopaths is: ‘How much protein should I have in my diet?’. Each athlete, depending on their particular sporting event, has different requirements regarding optimal body weight, lean tissue mass, energy intake and expenditure. The current debate on what is the appropriate ratio of the three major nutrients in the diet (protein, carbohydrate and fat) is still raging and researchers are

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Boost your intake of magnesium

Boost your intake of magnesium

Author: David Casteleijn. It is common for people with long-term stress, anxiety and depression to have a deficiency of a number of nutrients, especially magnesium.  Many of us know that magnesium works on muscles, but it plays an equally important role on nerve impulses. Typical signs of magnesium deficiency are a foggy head with clouding of thoughts, decreased memory function and an over reaction to situations.  

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Reduce stress, anxiety and depression, naturally

Reduce stress, anxiety and depression, naturally

Author: David Casteleijn. The worth of herbal medicine in reducing long-term stress, anxiety and depression is being validated by mounting scientific evidence.Studies have shown that St John’s Wort is equally effective as a number of common antidepressant merdications in treating moderate to severe depression. In addition to this, naturopaths use herbs classified as adaptogens to work on the hormone produced by stress: cortisol. Science is now demonstrating that high levels

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Echinacea ain’t Echinacea

Echinacea ain’t Echinacea

Author: David Casteleijn. You may have heard that Echinacea is good for keeping colds and infections away, bought some and wondered why it seemed to have little effect.  The more research that is done into herbal medicine, the more it becomes apparent that there can be vast differences in the quality and efficacy of herbal medicine products on the market. Echinacea is a clear case in point, where a large

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