Premenstural syndrome (PMS) management

Do you yell, scream and show anger for small things, only to realize later that you over reacted? Do you then remember that you are just a week away from your monthly cycle, which makes you realize that you are already in distress – bouts of headache, stomachaches, and backache have all returned after 28 days. Your body is unwillingly welcoming those dreadful days of the month and those thoughts of painful days haunt you. Ever looked for a solution to get freedom from these pains and live those days like just any other day of the month – happy, active and feeling healthy? If you are looking for a solution, then you have banged on the right page. For a start let’s first understand the melancholy of hormones and their effect and what works the best for you….
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Foods that fight Breast Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, women born now, have an average risk of 12.2 percent (often expressed as “1 in 8”) of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. By becoming informed about the latest research and making small changes in their diets, women may have a better opportunity to impact those statistics in a positive way [2]. Although most people with breast cancer will not die of breast cancer, their co morbidities (eg, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes mellitus [DM]) will most certainly affect disease-free survival (DFS) and, ultimately, overall survival (OS). Survivors of breast cancer represent a unique group who must be cognizant of the long-term side effects of their treatment protocols and be given information to encourage a proactive approach to their overall health [19].

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Stroke and Preventive Foods

Stroke commonly called as a “brain attack occurs as a result of stop in the flow of blood to the brain. This results in the death of brain cells causing loss of memory, locomotory functions, speech and paralysis depending on the functions of those cells that are affected. Statistical studies signify that about 15 million people worldwide are afflicted by stroke per year [1]. Considering the increasing rate of stroke cases, campaigns have been carried out to bring in awareness among the people around the world

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World Sight Day: Healthy foods for healthy vision

Vision impairments and avoidable blindness are the most common issues with regard to eyesight problems. Most common vision impairments are untreated refractive errors (near sighted, far sighted, presbyopia, and astigmatism), cataracts (causes blindness), and glaucoma [1]. Eating right foods that include nutrients that help in maintaining healthy vision during all ages plays a major role in avoiding vision impairments.

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Tu Youyou, the Nobel prize winner who explored a hidden gem from the traditional medicine

This year’s Nobel prize for Physiology goes to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria. The drug Artemisinin is isolated from the leaves of the Chinese wormwood plant, Artemisia annua.Tu

called artemisinin “a gift for the world’s people from traditional Chinese medicine,” and urged researchers to turn to herbs in the search for cures for infectious diseases

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World Heart Day: Let’s wish Healthy Heart for All

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer. It’s already responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year, and by 2030, expected to rise to 23 million deaths [1]. But the good news is that we now know a ton about how to prevent cardiovascular disease, which includes both strokes and heart attacks

It’s clear that healthy eating and living can make a huge difference. Lets have a look at top 10 heart friendly food.

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De-stress yourself with lemon balm

Your herbal solution for stress, anxiety and insomnia

Daily stress and anxiety not only creates havoc with our sense of well-being, but also kills our lives by contributing to heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. Drug companies offer medications to treat the symptoms of anxiety, but fears of addiction and side effects cause most health conscious people to avoid them. Imagine that there is an herbal solution to it. Yes your search ends at LEMON BALM. Lemon balm has long been known to relieve anxiety, promote sleep, and sooth agitation.

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Cumin – the coolant

Introducing the coolant herb- Cumin:

Cumin, scientifically known as Cuminum Cyminum, belongs to family Apiaceae. It is called ‘Jeera’ in common language. It has a pungent, sharp, and slightly sweet taste and is greenish brown in appearance. It can be used in form of either as whole seeds or as jeera powder [1,2]. From the same family Apiaceae are other beneficial herbs black cumin (shahi jeera), nigella (onion seeds), fennel seeds, caraway (Persian cumin) and ajwain which are unique herbs by themselves and are not to be confused with cumin/jeera

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Murraya koenigii our very own Curry Leaves: Science and Facts

Just don’t throw away this leaf after cooking. This humble leaf has lot of health benefits. There is much more to it than its flavouring properties.

The leaf of Murraya koenigii belonging to family Rutaceae is used as a natural flavouring agent in various curries. The name ‘Murraya’ commemorates Prof John Murray of Gottingen. Volatile oil is used as a fixative for soap perfume. In addition to the presence of essential oils, the curry leaves contain chlorophyll, beta carotene, folic acid, riboflavin, calcium and zinc which can help in keeping good health. The leaves, bark and root of the plant are used in the indigenous medicine as a tonic, stimulant, carminative and stomachic. The curry tree is native to India. It is cultivated in various other countries such as China, Australia, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Height of the plant ranges from small to medium.

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The white clove remedy – GARLIC

The knowledge on health benefits of garlic dates back to ancient Hindu epics. An incident in the manuscripts quotes that drops of heavenly nectar were accidentally spilt on the Himalaya Mountains, and after a few days a small plant with the divine properties of the next was found growing. This plant was called ‘Rason’ meaning ‘king of rasas as it possesses five out of six tastes (taste, sweet, salt, pungent, bitter and astringent except sour). Rason is known as garlic in English, and its biological name is Allium sativum. For over years it has been used as a natural flavouring agent in cuisines and extensively used for its medicinal value. The potential health benefits of garlic reside in one of its natural component, allicin, a strong antimicrobial. Allicin is the main active component in garlic, which in turn forms the other active components of garlic accounting for a list of health benefits.

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Withania somnifera also known as Ashwagandha: Science and Facts

    1. Also Known as: Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry
    2. Medicinally relevant: The root and berry are used to make medicine
    3. The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”

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‘Living Embryophytes’: Everything you wanted to know about plants

“Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink”, these lines remind me of the situation when one start out to search on any plants or plant related medicines. There are many webpages explaining one after the other benefits of using a particular plant or plant part/component. Along with it there would be another set of pages which would describe all ‘negative’ that could happen if you use the same plant source. In addition to this there will be ‘plant myths’ which we would have either picked up from our grandmas or ‘expert’ neighbours. This leaves the reader perplexed and he would start his search to understand the science behind plant action. This would open to him the ‘science Pandora box’ in the form of PubMed, Elseveir, Bentham, Science Direct and more libraries and journals. Though the articles from these journals holds the answers to your questions, the technical terms used like activation, inhibition, kinetics, pharmacological action and so on would only lead to more complexity.

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