Healthy Living & Natural Medicine
by complementary healthcare professionals

Diabetes is one of the leading endocrine problems across the globe. It has been rising rapidly in South Africa largely due to obesity. Every now and then health products are touted as being the answer to the diabetes epidemic but lacks the scientific evidence to justify its use. Cinnamon is a spice that has recently grown in popularity as a diabetes treatment. But does the scientific evidence validate its benefits and justify its use in diabetes?
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There may be more to the symbolic term ‘heartbreak’ than just grief and sorrow. A study conducted at St. George’s University in London (United Kingdom) has shown that the grief associated with the loss of a partner may correlate with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in the surviving partner.
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Homeopathy is often confused with herbal medicine or phytotherapy. These are two different systems of alternative medicine although there is some degree of overlap. In South Africa, homeopathy and herbal medicine (phytotherapy) often sit side by side with each other. Homeopaths may also prescribe herbal medicines in conjunction with homeopathic medicines. Despite the label ‘all natural’ being attached to both systems of medicine, the way in which a homeopathic medicine acts on the body is significantly different from the action of herbal medicines.

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A new designer protein may hold the answer to HIV prevention as an alternative to a traditional vaccine. A team of researchers headed by the Scripps Research Institute in Florida (USA) have discovered a way of ‘deactivating’ the replication of HIV within the human body for several months after administering the protein.

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Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common chronic conditions among South Africans. Many people not realise that they have this condition because hypertension is usually silent. This means that it does not cause any symptoms until it is discovered incidentally during a medical consultation or when complications arise like narrowed arteries.

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It is a common question in the minds of many people who are concerned about cancer, recently diagnosed with it or have a loved one with a malignancy. The answer is quite simply YES. Your immune system is constantly fighting cancer.

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What is a tincture?

A herbal tincture is a solution containing the ingredients of plant substances. It uses either alcohol or glycerine as a solvent. The plant is immersed in the solvent and left for a period of time, after which is it is pressed and strained to yield the tincture. The preparation of a herbal tincture depends largely on the pharmacopoeia that is used. In South Africa, the British and German pharmacopoeias are primarily utilised for manufacturing herbal tinctures.

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Herbal medicines are plant-based substances used in the treatment and management of a disease. It is also used for general health and wellness purposes to prevent the onset of certain diseases and maintain the body in peak condition. Herbal medicines are widely used across the world. Most traditional systems of medicines use herbs as the primary modality. Plants have also been the source and/or inspiration of some 80% of today’s modern drugs (pharmaceuticals).

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Post nasal drip is an excess of mucus produced in your nose or sinuses which drips backwards down the throat instead of through the nose. Mucus can also be produced within the mouth, throat and lower airways as well to further contribute to the condition. Post nasal drip typically accompanies a runny nose and sinusitis but may occur on its own. As with common nasal and sinus problems, a post nasal drip may be due to allergies or acute viral infections. More serious cases may be a result of bacterial infections.

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