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Alternative medicine: the pros and cons!

I think that for anybody not a secret that there are doctors who mistrust and biased toward non-traditional medicine . preferring traditional methods of treatment. And of course, there are patients who prefer to replace harmful traditional medications useful herbs. Let’s try to understand how justified the negative attitude towards alternative medicine!

Often, the behavior of people can not fail to surprise. When they fail the computer that they are taking? Grab the book “Self-instruction manual on the repair your computer”? Or leave him alone, hoping that he himself miraculously’ll get fixed and start working? No, certainly, these people turn to qualified specialists that they have repaired the computer, isn’t it? Begs the logical question: why are people so irresponsibly are the most expensive in the life of any person, to their life and health?

Why methods of healing they are looking for in the books of the “100 of my grandmother’s advice” or even going door to door-healers, or leave everything to the mercy, with the thoughts that someday you will need to go to the doctor? Why they believe that to fix the computer can only technically qualified experts at the same time self-righteously believe that you just are well versed in medical issues. Why come to doctors when the disease is in advanced form, when to return to health it is hard or almost impossible?

Every year increases the number of people who prefer sorcerers, healers, psychics and other homegrown healers, while ignoring the traditional forms of treatment. Many people collect various non-traditional recipes in the future safely recommend to friends and family, not thinking about the fact that their recommendations can harm your health. Continue reading

Five Superfoods which everyone should know

Relatively recently in this regard in Russia spoke about the so-called Superfoods (superfood). This is a group of natural products, combining the fruits of the plants, karenia, sprouts, seaweeds and seeds. It is believed that the prefix “super” they are indebted for their nutrients, the concentration of which they are much more than in all other products.

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Marketers left and right tell us that with regular use in combination with the General principles of good nutrition, Superfoods erase the traces of improper lifestyle, unbalanced diets and even the negative impact of bad environment. However, to date, there is no global medical research proving the therapeutic effects of such food.

But it is known that almost all products from the group of Superfoods used for thousands of years. Say at once that they never replaced the normal nutrition, Superfoods always went in addition to it.

But, as usual, in the pursuit of fashion people often forget to understand what actually are these natural food additives.

Varieties of Superfoods there are many. In Russia very popular so far acquired five products. We will understand in order that they represent.

In recent years interest towards small coral-red fruits of a Bush of Goji is marketed as a “cure-all”, having allegedly unique concentration of microelements and antioxidants. Continue reading

Herbs in epilepsy

In centuries past, herbal medicine was applied very widely; and many drugs used nowadays, is based on herbs.

As medicines that can be useful in epilepsy, was used Valerian, passionflower or passion flower ( Passiflora incarnate ) (native to North and South America), Kava Kava ( Piper methysticum pepper intoxicating, a plant of the family pepper, black pepper ( Piper nigrum method of traditional Chinese medicine), and Withania somnifera ( Withania somnifera ; synonyms: Physalis flexuosa . solnechnyiy physalis, winter cherry, Indian ginseng — a means of Ayurveda).

In the analysis of herbal medicine in the Renaissance herbals found 2.220 kinds of greens used in the context of treatment of epilepsy. However, pharmacological data obtained in vitro and/or in vivo less than 5% of these plants. Less than 7% of vegetable origin, used for the treatment of epilepsy included in the manuscript writings of Dioscorides “On medicinal substances” ( lat. De materia medica ) developed in the beginning of the VI century in Constantinople.

Be aware that randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of medicinal herbs in epilepsy has not been conducted, and the effectiveness of this method is certainly not proven.

Epilepsy herbal medicine in any case should not serve as a replacement therapy, anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) — AEDs and efficacy of herbs comparable, and herbs can only be used as an additional method in a patient receiving treatment with anti-epileptic drugs. Unlike medicinal plants, the efficacy of AEDs in epilepsy was confirmed by means of evidence-based medicine. Continue reading

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