Vitamin B6 Functions, Sources, Deficiency Symptoms, Dose

Vitamin B6, also referred to as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and excess amounts of it are flushed out through the urine. Functions of Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 helps to convert food into energy. It helps the...

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Homeopathy vs Herbal Medicine

Homeopathy vs Herbal Medicine

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....

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Engineered Protein May Be HIV Vaccine Alternative

Engineered Protein May Be HIV Vaccine Alternative

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...

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Treating High Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Treating High Blood Pressure Without Drugs

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...

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Can the Immune System Fight Cancer?

Can the Immune System Fight Cancer?

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. Every second of every day your...

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Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Tinctures

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...

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What are Herbal Medicines?

What are Herbal Medicines?

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...

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How does glucosamine and chondroitin work for arthritis?

How does glucosamine and chondroitin work for arthritis?

Glucosamine and chondroitin are undoubtedly among the top-selling health products in South Africa. These 'natural remedies' are often sold under the pretext of being effective arthritis treatments with clinical trials to verify its efficacy. But just how true are...

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Post Nasal Drip Remedies

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...

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Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Remedies

Allergic rhinitis is a condition of the nose where there is inflammation and excess mucus production in response to certain harmless substances (allergens) that are usually airborne and inhaled. There are two types of allergic rhinitis - seasonal which only arises at...

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Anxiety (Nervousness) Remedies

Anxiety is a state of nervousness associated with certain events or situations. It should be differentiated from anxiety disorders where episodes of anxiety arise for no specific reasons. While it is natural for every person to feel anxious now and then, sometimes the...

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