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Natural solutions for common ailments

While we may have traditionally reached for store-bought fixes to treat our ailments, there are plenty of natural options available in your house. For burns, try the topical use of honey. Studies have found its antibacterial properties heal burns twice as fast as creams. Instead of grabbing pain killers when a migraine strikes, try feverfew and ginger elixir. 63 percent of migraine sufferers found relief in just two hours when this was tried in a study. For the common cold, elderberry extract can speed recovery time and improve symptoms. 


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Acupuncture treatment for seasonal allergies

While acupuncture can’t cure your allergies, it can restore your body’s strength and make it less likely to react to triggers. When acupuncture is used in partnership with herbs, foods, and lifestyle changes, it can provide relief from allergies rather than suppression of the symptoms, which is how Western medicine treats them. The Western approach looks at the triggers, such as pollen, and aims to treat the body’s reaction to them. However, Chinese medicine looks at one of the root causes of allergies- a decrease in the functioning of the immune system, largely due to the way we live today.


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Energize by balancing the taste of your meal

According to Chinese medicine, the taste of food nourishes by sending nutrition along the energy pathways of the body. For example, sweet foods such as grains, fruits, and honey support the spleen and stomach. Sour foods help the liver and gallbladder. You can choose from tomatoes, vinegar, chicken, turkey, and green apples. Onions, garlic, ginger, and peppers are considered pungent foods that nourish the lungs and large intestines. For the small intestines and heart, turn to bitter foods like lettuce, kale, and broccoli. Miso, eggs, and fish are salty for the kidneys and bladder. A balance of these five tastes is optimal for energizing the body.


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Chinese Medicine may prove effective against inflammation

Inflammation is a significant factor in many diseases, hanging around and causing damage to surrounding tissues. Scientists have found an ingredient used in Chinese Medicine that appears to reduce inflammation. This could make it useful in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Conditions that don’t have a cure, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, could be treated with this inflammation-reducing medicine to at least improve symptoms. Also, the drugs developed with this ingredient would not increase the risk of infection, unlike many other drugs on the market.


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Blood pressure drugs connected to higher risk of falls for seniors

Scientists have found a connection between the risk of having a serious fall and taking blood pressure medication. Whether or not this is a cause and effect link remains to be seen. However, researchers are concerned that we may be reducing stroke risk at the cost of increasing fall risk. The data showed an increase in the risk of falling by 30 to 40 percent. Blood pressure drugs are the most commonly used across the nation. The researchers theorize that the medicine causes impaired alertness or lightheadedness upon standing up. 


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