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Category: Pain and Inflammation

How Vitamin D can help manage Multiple Sclerosis by protecting the nervous system.

  There is evidence that Vitamin D Deficiency is associated with Multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease. Vitamin D supplementation is recommended to protect against progression of MS. In a study published in 2013, in JAMA Neurology the researchers found that higher serum 25(OH)D levels in the first 12 months predicted reduced MS activity and a slower rate of MS progression. By the end of the follow-up at 5 years, participants with serum 25(OH)D concentrations of at least 50 nmol/L (20-ng/mL, a moderate level) had significantly fewer new active lesions, a slower increase… Read more How Vitamin D can help manage Multiple Sclerosis by protecting the nervous system.

Australia has a health crisis.

This country has a  crisis of chronic preventable disease and chronic unresolved stress. Here one in two people are overweight or obese. There are almost a million people with Type II diabetes and two million  estimated to be pre-diabetic  There are eight million Australians are predicted to be diagnosed with bowel cancer, a preventable condition. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. This number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than five years. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050. One million Australia have depression… Read more Australia has a health crisis.

More evidence that Honey Suckle is an anti-inflammatory

Honey Suckle has been used in Tradition medicine for millennia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the flower of the honey suckle (Jin Yin Hua ) is a key herb in formulas for Flu, sore throats and acute skin rashes.   A new study concluded that the vine of the honey suckle would be a safe and promising natural drug in inflammation treatment. In TCM the vine (Ren dong teng) helps clear pathogenic heat  (inflammation) and improves circulation. Reng dong teng is used in formulas to treat pain with swelling and bruising, so… Read more More evidence that Honey Suckle is an anti-inflammatory

Acupuncture relieves tension-type headache

Bottom line The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache. Tension-type headache is a common type of headache. Mild episodes may be treated adequately by pain-killers. In some individuals, however, tension-type headache occurs frequently and significantly impairs their quality of life. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular points. It originated in China and is now used in many countries to treat tension-type… Read more Acupuncture relieves tension-type headache

Green Tea Extract blocks Rheumatoid arthritis pathways

EGCG is a major active component from Green Tea and there is a vast amount of research that show it remarkable affects on human conditions like Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, dementia , and Rheumatoid Arthritis and as a chemopreventative medicine. EGCG extract is now widely available on the internet, but beware of low quality low concentrate products. This report highlights the protective affects EGCG has on Rheumatoid Arthritis By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy SPOKANE, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have identified a potential new approach… Read more Green Tea Extract blocks Rheumatoid arthritis pathways

Chinese Herbs show potential for treating Arthritis

Chinese Herbs show potential for treating Arthritis via control of autoimmune pathways   Chinese herbal formulas are used all over the world to relief symptoms of arthritis, but how they affect the body’s immune system is still an area of research. A recent study by Venkatesha et al, investigated how commonly used formulas, herbs and bioactive components   affected the complex pathways of our immune system. The laboratory results showed how herbs and active components directly inhibited the immune system mechanisms that promote inflammatory responses and contribute to the symptoms… Read more Chinese Herbs show potential for treating Arthritis

Sleep Problems? What do you treat first ? Mind or body?

Here’s abstract on a study  I found last week. This is a great example of mind-body integration. Perhaps most of us know that constant worrying , suppressing negative emotions , being in toxic relationships and stressful work situations keep us a wake at night. But how many of us accept that  thoughts and feelings affect the body at a cellular level? It is more widely accepted now that inflammation is associated with depression. Research has found a correlation between elevated inflammatory markers and patients with depression. We don’t know whether inflammation can… Read more Sleep Problems? What do you treat first ? Mind or body?