Herbal Remedies – do they work?

Many people look at natural remedies as something which is totally without a basis in science, much like homeopathy. This is a misconception, as all you need to understand about natural and herbal remedies is that a lot of modern medicine is exactly the same as what is contained in plants, except refined and more potent.

A lot of the time, people who suffer from certain conditions don’t have an extreme case of the condition, so the light weight option of herbal remedies can be a great way to reveal lesser symptoms.

Herbal remedies can also be incorporated into a diet relatively easily, usually through teas, but also by introducing certain things to your meal plans.

Another big benefit with herbal remedies is that, due to their relatively low potency, they be a good alternative to a drug which is causing painful and damaging side-effects. The one drawback to them is that, because the potency is low, the effects can go unnoticed when the symptoms are particularly bad.

How to Treat IBS

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is something which affects around 10% of the population, so it is quite a serious issue to tackle, which unfortunately doesn’t have any silver bullet treatment. Although there is some effective medications for the condition, they aren’t advised for extended use, and are usually only used in serious cases, mostly, treating IBS comes down to changing your diet and making lifestyle choices which reduce its impact.

IBS is usually caused by a variety of food intolerances, which means that, once they’ve been identified, they can be cut from your diet which should alleviate a lot of the symptoms. In addition to this keeping fit, healthy and maintaining a balanced diet will help to improve all of your body’s functioning, including your digestive system, which should help to alleviate your symptoms even more.

For most IBS sufferers, minimising the symptoms of IBS is possible purely by understanding your food intolerances and then changing your diet accordingly, but even when the symptoms persist, changing your lifestyle can help you to convince the medical professional treating you that additional efforts need to be made.

The Difference between a Food Allergy and Intolerance

Contrary to what many people believe, food allergies and intolerances are not the same thing. An allergy is an abnormal reaction to the immune system (to a particular food) and a reaction can be life threatening. Food intolerance causes symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating and diarrhoea, but there is no allergic reaction. That said some intolerances can cause serious problems if particular foods are not avoided, and there are different levels of intolerance.

With an allergy, a very small amount of food can cause a reaction, so people who are allergic to nuts may experience a reaction after kissing an individual who has recently eaten food containing nuts. Food intolerances are not usually life-threatening, but they can still cause serious discomfort and pain.

Removing foods from your diet is a good way to find out which types of foods are causing the problems. For example if someone believes they’re gluten intolerant, they should remove wheat, barley and rye from their diet.


So what is Homeopathy?

According to the NHS, homeopathy is “treatment based on the use of highly diluted substances, which practitioners claim can cause the body to heal itself.”

So what exactly does this mean?

Well homeopathy is Pseudoscience – a claim that is falsely presented as scientific, but it cannot be reliably tested. Some people argue that it only works as a placebo effect, and there is the argument that there is no good-quality evidence that it can improve health. That said, many articles online state that it can have healing effect, and Dr Bob Leckridge (the president of the Faculty of Homeopathy) there is exiting evidence that homeopathy works, “something that hundreds of doctors and their patients have known for 200 years.”

Whether or not you believe in homeopathy, there are many treatments available, and you may just have to try these medicines for yourself to see if they really do have any positive effect. Common homeopathic medicines include Arnica, Ignatia and Chamomilla among others.

Recognising The Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

As the average life expectancy has increased around the world, so too has the occurrences of a number of age related illnesses. As our health system and medical knowledge struggles to cope with these new problems, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have emerged as perhaps the biggest issue of our age.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative condition which attacks people’s brain, and while not exclusively effecting older people, the vast majority of its sufferers are of an advanced age, with the average of onset at around the age of 65. In fact, evidence suggests that most people will suffer from some form of dementia once they reach an advanced age.

Unfortunately, medical treatment for the condition is still relatively limited in its effectiveness, and most of the treatments used to help prevent continued deterioration stem from making positive personal choices. Keeping your brain active is essential, and avoiding things like television has also been proven to help.

Recognising the onset of the condition is difficult for a lot of people as the symptoms are what people expect from ageing. However, there are tests which can be conducted by a doctor which have been shown to be accurate, so if you’re just starting to have trouble remembering how to accomplish daily tasks, or planning things that you would normally find easy to plan, then going to your doctor should be done as soon as possible, no matter how unlikely you think it is.