Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Homeopathic Remedies

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Homeopathy Homeopathic remedies are a system of medicine based on three simple principles: Like cures Like: For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy. Minimal Dose: The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to…

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Valerian

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Botanical  Information Valerian, native to Europe, has been used since the 2nd century for medicinal purposes. The root of the plant is pressed into fresh juice or freeze-dried to form a powder for supplement use. Valerian is sold in extracts or in capsule or tablet form, also as a tea. Features & Benefits There is…

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Turmeric (Curcumin)

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Botanical  Information A relative of ginger and native to Southern Asia, turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in culinary and medicinal preparations. The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are the parts used for medicinal purposes. It is available in capsules or a tincture. It is used in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic…

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Saw Palmetto

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Saw Palmetto is a small fan palm tree native to the eastern United States. It produces berries that when ripe are dried for medicinal use. Saw palmetto can be purchased as dried berries, powdered capsules, tablets and tinctures. Features & Benefits of Saw Palmetto Beneficial to urinary health, including frequent urination, having trouble starting or…

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Peppermint

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Botanical  Information Peppermint, a cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint), is used as both a flavoring agent and a medicine. The leaves and stems contain the volatile oil menthol. It is available as a tea, prepared from dried leaves, a tincture, enteric-coated capsules and topical preparations. Features & Benefits A number…

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Pau D’Arco (Taheebo)

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Botanical  Information Pau d’arco is an evergreen tree native to South America. The inner bark of the tree is used medicinally. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for pau d’arco, causing the tree to be endangered. Pau d’arco is sold as tablets, dried bark tea and tincture. The chemical that pau d’arco…

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Nettle (Stinging)

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Botanical  Information Stinging nettle has a long medicinal history. It has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals that are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin. Nettle is available as dried leaf, freeze-dried leaf, extract, capsules and as a root tincture. The root appears to have different…

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Vitamins a Quick Reference Guide

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Vitamins are organic molecules that are essential to metabolism in all living organisms. While these molecules serve essentially the same role in all forms of life, higher organisms have lost the ability to synthesize (make) many vitamins. Vitamins are found in the foods we eat, or in supplement form. A lack of proper amounts of…

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