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How Long Should You Take Your Herbs?

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I get this question a lot, "How long should I take my herbal remedies to treat a specific condition?" For example, how long should I take something for the flu vs. a long-term condition like allergies?

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Should You Take a Break from Your Herbs?

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Clearly, we can become habituated to drugs. With some medications, the longer we take them, the more we need- a phenomenon called “tolerance”. Have you ever taken a decongestant for a cold, and by the time the cold was over, you needed four times the dose you needed just days before to dry up your runny nose? How about caffeine? Your first cup of coffee left you plastered to the ceiling, but now you easily pour down several cups a day.

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Herbs for Sleeping Soundly

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We live in an often chaotic and increasingly fast-paced and stimulating world. It’s often difficult to shut off our mental chatter at the end of the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than one-quarter of us report occasional sleep problems, while nearly 10% suffer from chronic insomnia. If we look just at adults, though, the percentage is higher.

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Grains in a Healthy Diet

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During the past century, people began to eat large amounts of refined grains, such as white bread instead of whole wheat bread, and enormous amounts of white sugar. Average whole grain consumption in the United States is only one serving per day, in spite of dietary guidelines that recommend eating several. Almost all grain products devoured in the United States are refined.

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Children and Sugar

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Sugar in children’s diets is of major concern to natural health practitioners. They agree widely that sugar, with its “empty calories”, mood altering effect, and immune suppressing action, can be damaging to children.

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Milk, the Child’s Perfect Food - Or is it?

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We’ve all seen the TV commercials - milk is such a perfect food that none of us could ever live without it. You might be surprised, though, to hear the controversy surrounding this maybe not-so-perfect food.

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Men's Health - Treating Heart Disease with Ayurveda

Herbs for Heart Disease

Men’s health is actually a particularly challenging area of healthcare. Men just don’t tend to present to alternative practitioners. (Or to any other practitioners, for that matter.) But their needs are just as serious and this behavior tends to put their lives and their health in greater jeopardy.

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Sustainable Supplements

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In today’s trendy world, you might say that sustainable is the new black. And that’s a good thing. Saving the planet sits pretty high on most people’s agenda. And now that the whole world’s gone sustainable, dietary supplements should not be too far behind.

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An Introduction to Chinese Herbs

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) makes very little distinction between food and medicine. We put herbs in food for taste, and for medicinal effects. We mix food into herbs to make them palatable. Ultimately, herbs work their way into everyone’s health program.

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An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Part 2

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views people as worlds in miniature, so it seeks to improve our capacity to balance and replenish our own capabilities. Contrast that worldview with that of contemporary medicine, which looks for “busted” parts to replace. Typically, modern conventional medicine intervenes only after a crisis arises, whereas TCM aims to correct depletion and stagnation at earlier stages, avoiding greater problems later on.

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