by Robert Pendergrast, MD
Chamomile tea is one of my most frequent recommendations for herbal medications. It has been used for generations in cultures from Europe to Latin America and has a long track record for safety. It is one of the few herbs I regularly recommend for young children...
Editor's Note: Chamomile tea is a favorite in my home and with my patients. Read and see its many uses.
Editor's Note from Margaret Marchuk: During the day these plant containers soak up the sun while holding your greenery, flowers, and herbs and function at night as a solar lights on your patio and in your garden. Plus, product packaging that can recycled by planting in your garden to grow into edible greens or flowers.
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by Cathy Margolin
Millions of kilos of this herb are sold throughout Asia every year, yet most Americans have never heard of it. It is Astragalus Membranaceous, also know as Huang Qi, and it’s one of the greatest immune boosting, fatigue fighting herbs in the world...
Editor's Note: Here's a nice introduction to Huang Qi, Astragalus, a qi tonic and immune boosting herb in Chinese herbology, commonly used world wide.
by Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)
One of my favorite moments in spring is when I come home in the afternoon to air scented by the sweet violets blooming in my yard. Their flowers vary in color from pink to deep purple and they bloom even before the crocus, bloodroot and trees. As an herbal medicine, they make a good tonic for the immune system, and their heart-shaped leaves were once thought to be an indication of benefit for the health of the heart...
Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: Merry Harrison paints a wonderful picture in helping us to see the beauty in growing a diversity of plants in your garden. Even if you live in the city you can benefit from the aromatic flowers of medicinal herbs as well as culinary herbs. Instead of buying basil why not grow it for much less? Enjoy the bouquet of green leaves.
by Stacy Lazar
On the quest for total body health and wellness, we’ll inevitably be met with new tips and terms along the way. And while the Chinese therapy known as gua sha may be widely known among Eastern medical practitioners, at least among us Westerners, some may be less aware...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This article explains the benefits and uses of a Chinese medicine modality called gua sha. In conjunction with acupuncture and herbs, this technique can effectively treat many conditions such as muscle soreness, scoliosis, and pain. Ask your acupuncturist if it can be beneficial for you!
Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: In this video we have a complete understanding from Ed Berger of how herbs are whole foods. Most people that are newly introduced to herbs have concerns about the efficacity of them. Pharmaceuticals are derivatives of herbs and herbs are a diluted form of medicine. Which means they are not as potent, they should be used with care and unlike pharmaceuticals they don't have negative side effects. They have the ability to stimulate certain organs to work better. It is a known fact that 80% of the worlds population uses herbal medicine as their first line of go to defense when the body is weakened.
Editor's Note: Since I pack my lunch for work everyday and I don't have a way to heat anything up I'm always looking for something other than the usual salad that has become the mainstay staple of my lunch. This is a wonderful addition and of course great source of protein for those trying to cut back on meat consumption yet still get enough protein out of their diet. The fresh herbs and spices give this salad a great flavor and add anti-inflammatory benefits to the dish. Additionally, fiber from the beans protects our hearts by pulling cholesterol out of the body.
Editor's Note: Dr. Maryam Mahanian takes us on a trip through a traditional chinese medicine store and explains some of the most commonly used medicinal herbs.
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