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5. Mild Herbs for Stress and Insomnia: Chamomile, Hops, Lemon Balm, and Passionflower

Vukovig M.S.W., Laurel Basic Health Publications ePub

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ertain herbs have been valued for centuries for their calming and relaxing properties and have long been used to treat sleep disorders. In Europe, where herbs are regarded as an accepted form of conventional medicine, organizations such as the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP) now issue suggestions for the modern therapeutic uses of herbs.

Herbs are available in a variety of forms including capsules, concentrated liquid extracts (these may be alcohol based or glycerin based), and dried in bulk for making teas. Some herbs are also offered as standardized extracts, which are formulated to contain a specific amount of the ingredient(s) thought to be responsible for the herbs healing properties. (Unless otherwise specified, all herbal dosage recommendations given in this book are for nonstandardized products.)

In this chapter, youll learn about chamomile, hops, lemon balm, and passionflower, which are the mildest of the herbal sleep-aids. They can be used as often as needed for difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Although they are gentle, these relaxing herbs are also effective; however, if you dont notice a significant difference in your ability to sleep after a few times of using them, then consult the next chapter for more powerful herbal sedatives.

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8. A Ray of Light

McLeod M.D., Malcolm Noell Basic Health Publications ePub

I feel great!

—GEORGE

One day, a little more than a year after George and I had started meeting together, he greeted me in the waiting room with a boyish, almost mischievous, grin on his face instead of his usual downcast look. Instead of walking slowly into my office with his shoulders stooped, he stood tall and had a slight spring in his step.

As he sat down, he smiled and said, “I feel great!”

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing.

George continued, “There is something I am embarrassed to tell you. I feel so gullible. Several months ago, a neighbor of mine asked me to join a multi-tiered organization that sells health supplements. You know, the type of sales organization where the more people you recruit, the more money you make. A pyramid scheme. I don’t believe in such organizations. I’ve never belonged to one and never will.

“But some months ago, I did start taking some of the vitamin and mineral pills he gave me. I felt so bad I was willing to try almost anything. I didn’t notice any effect so I never mentioned it to you, since we had so much else to talk about.

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1. All about Carnosine

Moneysmith, Marie Basic Health Publications ePub

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ALL ABOUT CARNOSINE

Just prior to the discovery of vitamins—in 1900, to be exact—carnosine was isolated from muscle tissue by Russian researchers. Although carnosine has been the subject of hundreds of studies since then, most of them were conducted in Russia. Political tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union prevented the exchange of this sort of information. It was not until quite recently that scientists worldwide learned about carnosine. Since then, it has developed a small but growing reputation as a substance that improves cardiovascular health, strengthens the immune system, encourages healing of skin wounds and ulcers, and fights a wide range of conditions associated with aging, from cellular deterioration to cataracts and wrinkles.

Carnosine is a small but versatile molecule. It is sometimes also referred to as beta-alanyl. In chemical terms, carnosine is actually made up of two different amino acids, alanine and histidine. Technically, this makes it a dipeptide, which simply means a combination of two amino acids. Carnosine-synthetase is the enzyme that helps join the two. At the other end of the spectrum, an enzyme known as carnosinase dissolves the union, leaving behind the two original amino acids.

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CHAPTER 7 NADH to Boost Sex Drive and Increase Longevity

Birkmayer M.D. Ph.D., George D. Basic Health Publications ePub

The center for sexual stimulation does not reside in the genital region but in the brain, more precisely, in the hypothalamus. This pea-sized organ is located in the basal part of the brain. The hypothalamus regulates blood pressure, body temperature, and the production of sex hormones. Sexual as well as non-sexual stimulation is generally triggered by the neurotransmitter dopamine. If dopamine is lacking in the hypothalamus, a depressive mood arises, the exact opposite of a exciting and pleasant one. In patients suffering from depression, and particularly in patients with Parkinson’s disease, a dopamine deficit has been detected in certain areas of the brain.1 If the patients obtain L-DOPA (a precursor of dopamine synthesis) as therapy, the dopamine level in the brain increases. Not only are they less depressed, it has been observed with numerous Parkinsonian patients that their sexual activity increased after long-term treatment with higher dosages of L-DOPA.2

NADH also stimulates the biosynthesis of dopamine and adrenaline in the brain. Furthermore, NADH enhances the production of nitric oxide (NO), a neurotransmitter that relaxes and dilates blood vessels. As a consequence, the organs get more blood. NADH functions as coenzyme in the biosynthesis of H4-biopterine, a compound necessary for the effectiveness of nitric oxide synthetase, the enzyme which produces NO from oxygen and L-arginine (an amino acid). NADH stimulates the biosynthesis of NO to a much greater extent than any other substance.3

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8. Ankle Swelling

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 8

Ankle Swelling

The human ankle is an astonishing example of biochemical engineering since it is an interactive network of bones, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels working in complete harmony. However, like most complex systems, if you disrupt its harmony the system can suddenly go haywire, according to Symptoms: Their Causes & Cures.1

What Causes Ankle Swelling?

When you injure an ankle, the usually quiet joint becomes a hotbed of activity, said Gary M. Gordon, D.P.M., of the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center in Philadelphia. Nerves, muscles, and other components become aggravated. Vessels and capillaries tear, causing the leaking of blood. This causes more blood to rush to the site to begin the healing process. Fluids accumulate quicker than they can be removed, thereby causing swelling.

The most common ankle injuries involve an inversion or inward wrenching of the joint, which results in a sprain (tearing of a ligament), strain (tearing of a muscle or tendon), or even a bone fracture, the publication added. All three components can swell, hurt, and leave a bruise.

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