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Natural Supplements for Insomnia

Insomnia is a very common condition that can contribute to other health conditions and affect work and personal life. People usually turn to natural medicine for the treatment of insomnia after trying conventional medicine. The main problem with conventional medicine is the side effects, which can range from dry mouth, headaches and daytime drowsiness. These medicines are also very addictive and it can be very difficult to come off these drugs.  Long-term insomnia is associated with a number of heath concerns such as weight gain, depression and can speed up the ageing process. There are many natural supplements for insomnia that are easily available. The natural approach to treating insomnia is therefore a better option, and there are many therapies and alternative medicines to choose from. If you are taking prescription medication, please consult your G.P or pharmacist as these medicines could be causing your sleep problems or they may interact with the alternative medicines. Insomnia can also be a symptom of an underlying illness, such as depression, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, anxiety, stress or diabetes. A lack of regular exercise and a diet high in sugar and salt can also contribute to sleep problems. Natural Alternative Sleep Remedies There are many natural sleep remedies that have been shown to be beneficial.  One therapy may be more beneficial than another for the individual person, so please do not give up if you find that the first therapy that you try doesn’t help you.  Please consult your pharmacist if you are taking any regular medication before taking these natural supplements, as there is a possibility that they may interact with your medications. VALERIAN This is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for anxiety and sleep problems. Research has shown that Valerian can increase levels of the neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). This is associated with a decrease in CNS (central nervous system) activity, which results in better quality sleep. This herb is not believed to be addictive or cause drowsiness in the morning (unlike many conventional sleeping pills). Valerian has also been shown to treat mild anxiety, which could be responsible for the insomnia. Valerian comes in the form of liquid, teas, capsules or...

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Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by symptoms such as hyperactivity, a short attention span, restlessness, being easily distracted, constant fidgeting and impulsiveness. These symptoms can also lead to sleep problems and learning difficulties. ADHD is normally diagnosed between the ages of 3 to 7 years. The symptoms may start at an early age, but they become more noticeable when a child starts school or nursery. It is a fairly common complaint in the UK, affecting 3 to 9% of school children and young people. The conventional management of ADHD is to prescribe strong medications such as Methylphenidate and Dexamfetamine, which stimulate the CNS (central nervous system). This will result in altering the balance of the neurotransmitters in the brain and could possibly lead to health problems in later life. The long term side effects of these drugs are not yet known, but these medicines are usually given long term. This is by no means a permanent solution to this condition, but just a means to keep the child in a “calm state”. These medications have a number of side effects such as sleep disturbances, depression, confusion, gastro-intestinal symptoms and growth retardation. These medicines are also addictive and children can become dependent on them. ADHD requires a full consultation with a qualified complementary health practitioner, but there are some very effective natural supplements that can have very dramatic results. These supplements can be taken by young children and extremely safe. Current research is highlighting that deficiencies in certain essential fatty acids can contribute to behavioural disorders such as ADHD. Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain. Low levels of DHA have been linked with behavioural and learning and learning problems in children. Recent studies have highlighted that EPA is very effective in reducing problems with attention and perception that are associated with ADHD. This shows that both DHA and EPA are very important for the health of the brain. Flax seed oil is a rich source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty...

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Avoid Painkiller Addiction

Painkiller addiction is becoming more common. Infact GP’s have been advised to cut down on prescribing sleeping pills and painkillers due to concerns that many patients are becoming addicted to these medicines. Prescribes have now been urged to recommend complementary therapies such as physiotherapy and counselling to treat these conditions. This is a positive step forward as these medicines are very addictive and patients very often take them long term. Many patients find it very difficult to come off these drugs and they suffer withdrawal symptoms when they do try come stop treatment. Latest NHS figures show that approximately 62 million prescriptions are written for painkillers and another 50 million for sleeping pills every year. This may seem like a staggering figure, but these drugs are usually given out to the same patients every month. The official guidelines state that these medicines should only be given for a short duration. Benzodiazepines such as diazepam, nitrazepam and temazepam which usually prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety have been linked with causing dementia in pensioners. Painkillers that contain codeine are also very addictive. Codeine is an opiate from the same family as heroin and morphine. This medicine is a component of a range of over the counter painkillers such as Nurofen Plus, Solpadeine Max, Syndol and Panadol Ultra. Recent guidelines state that these painkillers should not be taken for more than three days. Medical experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the over prescribing and consumption of these medicines and have advised doctors to prescribe other therapies. Muscular and nerve pain can be treated effectively with therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. These therapies work with the body and do not just suppress pain receptors as codeine does. There is also the added benefit of avoiding side effects. Chronic insomnia can be treated with counselling, as there is very often an underlying cause for the condition. Other complementary therapies that have successfully treated insomnia are homeopathy, herbal medicine and hypnotherapy. These therapies work with the body to find a cure, and not just a temporary solution. If you found our article “avoid painkiller addiction” useful, please rate it...

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Antibiotic Resistance – A Real Threat

Antibiotics are becoming dangerously over prescribed, say the Health Protection Agency (HPA). This and the concern for antibiotic resistance is a view that is shared by most health care professionals. Patients have been urged not to request prescriptions for antibiotics from their GP’s. There are plenty of natural remedies that can help to treat everyday colds and coughs. Natural remedies such as Vitamin C, Echinacea, Ginger and Manuka Honey can help to speed up recovery. “A lot of people with coughs, colds and flu still visit the doctor expecting to be given antibiotics for their treatment and it can be difficult for the doctor to refuse,” said Dr Cliodna McNult from the HPA’. “This expectation puts a lot of pressure on the doctor to prescribe antibiotics which is often not necessary and causes increased antimicrobial resistance in the long run. Bacteria will always adapt to try and survive the effects of the antibiotic and we have seen that the problem of resistance is growing.” Dr McNult said that patients who had antibiotics in the last six months are twice as likely to have an infection with resistant bacteria. She continued to say that is is vitally imprtant to preserve the effectiveness of the existing antibiotics so that they are effective when they are really needed. The majority of seasonal coughs and colds can be treated with many natural remedies that are both effective and safe. The use of antibiotics should be reserved for infections that spectially require the use of drugs. The over use of antibtiocs actruallu makes them less effective, as the bacteria become resistant to drug therapy. Adopting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, regular exercise and minimal stress will help to prevent and minimise colds and coughs. Professor Dame Sally Davies, The Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer said that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to modern health. She likened the overuse of antibiotics to the threat of global warming. The articles “Antibiotic Alternatives”, recommends several natural remedies that can help to reduce infections and stimulate the body’s natural defences. We hope you found this health article “Antibiotic resistance, a real threat” useful. PLease let us know by...

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What are side effects of medicines?

All orthodox drugs produce side effects, though their severity can vary enormously from person to person. The side effects occur because a drug does not act only on the particular symptoms for which the person is being treated, but also on other aspects of the body’s function. The existence and magnitude of side effects are a consequence of the individuality of people’s symptoms and responses, and the fact that this individuality is not taken into account in trials. In these trials: Disease definitions are generalised, not individual; Definitions of effectiveness are generalised, not individual; Selection criteria for test subjects are not only generalised but have to compromise between homogeneity and generalisability. The side effects themselves may be caused either by the toxicity of the drug overwhelming cellular reactivity or by the homeostatic reaction of the body to the drug. The difference between ‘beneficial’ effects and side effects is entirely arbitrary, and depends on which effects are considered desirable by researchers or practitioners. Thus, Viagra, one of the most successful drug discoveries in recent years, was originally developed to treat angina, but a pilot study showed that it did little to alleviate this condition. However, when researchers decided to stop the trial early and recall any unused pills, they were perplexed by the reluctance of the trial volunteers to return them. Subsequent interviews revealed that Viagra had an unexpected and desirable side-effect. Further trials and safety tests have resulted in Viagra’s current widespread availability for the treatment of impotence. [1] It should be noted that homeopathic remedies do not produce side effects, because: The remedies are selected for their precise correspondence with the symptoms; The remedies generally do not act chemically, and can only act in those areas already sensitised by the nature of the illness. References 1.  Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst, Trick or Treatment? Alternative medicine on trial (London: Bantam Press, 2008), p....

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Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by symptoms such as hyperactivity, a short attention span, restlessness, being easily distracted, constant fidgeting and impulsiveness. These symptoms can also lead to sleep problems and learning difficulties. ADHD is normally diagnosed between the ages of 3 to 7 years. The symptoms may start at an early age, but they become more noticeable when a child starts school or nursery. It is a fairly common complaint in the UK, affecting 3 to 9% of school children and young people. The conventional management of ADHD is to prescribe strong medications such as Methylphenidate and Dexamfetamine, which stimulate the CNS (central nervous system). This will result in altering the balance of the neurotransmitters in the brain and could possibly lead to health problems in later life. The long term side effects of these drugs are not yet known, but these medicines are usually given long term. This is by no means a permanent solution to this condition, but just a means to keep the child in a “calm state”. These medications have a number of side effects such as sleep disturbances, depression, confusion, gastro-intestinal symptoms and growth retardation. These medicines are also addictive and children can become dependent on them. ADHD requires full consultations with a qualified complementary health practitioner, but there are some very effective natural supplements that can have very dramatic results. These supplements can be taken by young children and extremely safe. Current research is highlighting that deficiencies in certain essential fatty acids can contribute to behavioural disorders such as ADHD. Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain. Low levels of DHA have been linked with behavioural and learning and learning problems in children. Recent studies have highlighted that EPA is very effective in reducing problems with attention and perception that are associated with ADHD. This shows that both DHA and EPA are very important for the health of the brain. Flax seed oil is a rich source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids....

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Natural Herbal Remedies as a Menopause Treatment

The menopause usually affects women between the ages of 45 to 55 years. Most women do not seem to suffer with many symptoms at this time however there are a significant number of women that experience symptoms such as hot flushes, low mood, insomnia, night sweats, headaches, weight gain and general tiredness. The menopause is not a disorder, but a natural time of physical and emotional change. Many women often require some form of menopause treatment. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the conventional treatment for the symptoms associated with the menopause, but it is associated with a number of risks that should be considered. The main risks are an increase in the incidence of developing a blood clot, stroke, breast cancer and possibly ovarian cancer. However, thankfully there are many natural menopause treatments that can be used to reduce these symptoms. These natural treatments do not have the high risks that are associated with HRT. There are a few natural herbal remedies that can be taken to reduce the general symptoms of the menopause, without causing any side effects. Agnus Castus, also known as Chaste Berry, has been used for centuries as a tonic for female reproductive system. Clinical results have shown that Agnus Castus works by balancing the hormones. This herb reduces the levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). As a number of symptoms including hot flushes are related to an increase in FSH, Agnus Castus can be taken to reduce these symptoms. Black Cohosh is one of the most commonly used herbs as an alternative to HRT. This herb works by naturally increasing the levels of oestrogen. This leads to a reduction of symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Dong Qui is one of the main herbs used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. This herb contains phytoestrogens that bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. This leads to an increase in oestrogen levels, which can reduces a lot of the menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. This herb is also known to reduce mood swings and stress. The herb, Passiflora, also known as Passion Flower is a remedy that reduces muscle tension and calms the nervous system. It can therefore be used to treat...

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Reduce the Side Effects of Antibiotics Naturally

Antibiotics can cause a range of side effects that affect the digestive system. This arises because the natural balance of the flora in the body is disturbed by the intake of antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria, which play an important part in balancing the flora, as well as the bad bacteria that are responsible for the infection. Common symptoms and side effects of antibiotics are diarrhoea, feeling sick and vomiting. Another side effect that can occur with broad-spectrum antibiotics is a fungal infection such as thrush. There are a number of natural remedies that can be taken safely alongside the antibiotics to reduce the incidence of these side effects. The main supplement is a good quality probiotic that contain a high level of lactobacillus acidophillus and lactobacillus bifidus. These supplements are best taken during and after the course of antibiotics. The company, Optibac, have a preparation that is a probiotic supplement that helps to prevent the side effects such as thrush and diarrhoea, which can occur to people who are taking antibiotics. If you develop thrush whilst taking the antibiotics, the homeopathic remedy Borax 30C can be taken three times a day to reduce the symptoms. The natural homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica 30C can help with nausea and vomiting relating to antibiotics use. The remedy should be taken three times a day as soon as the symptoms start. If diarrhoea has been caused by antibiotic use the remedies Arsen Alb 30C and Arg Nit 30C should be considered. These remedies should be taken three to four times a day. We hope you found this article on how you can reduce the side effects of antibiotics naturally useful. Please let us know by rating it using the stars...

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