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The Benefits of Guggul Print E-mail
Written by Mike Cohen   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009

What is Guggul Extract?

A yellowish resin secreted by the mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), guggul has been used for thousands of years in ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India). Practitioners of ayurvedic medicine often blend guggul extract with other natural substances to heal health problems such as arthritis, hemorrhoids, and urinary tract infections. Guggul is also touted as a remedy for acne, as well as a weight-loss stimulant.


Guggul for High Cholesterol

Although guggul is widely used in India to combat high cholesterol, research on the extract's cholesterol-lowering effects has yielded mixed results. A 2009 study of 43 adults with moderately high cholesterol, for instance, found that those who took 2,160 mg of guggul in capsule form daily had a greater drop in total cholesterol levels than those who took a placebo pill. However, the study members who used guggul showed no significant reduction in their levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

Another study (published in 2003) assigned 103 adults with high cholesterol to take 1,000 mg or 2,000 mg of guggul daily for eight weeks, and found that the extract actually raised levels of LDL cholesterol.

More Guggul Benefits

Preliminary research suggests that guggul extract may help fight tumors. One 2007 study on human cells found that guggulsterone (a compound found in guggul) induced the death of prostate cancer cells, while a 2008 report revealed that guggulsterone thwarted the growth of skin tumors in mice.

Other research shows that guggul extract may help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Guggul Side Effects

Although it's generally considered safe, guggul extract may trigger side effects like headache, nausea, and skin irritation (usually in the form of a rash) in some individuals. Since guggul has also been found to stimulate the thyroid, anyone with a thyroid condition should consult a physician before using guggul extract.

In a 2004 study, scientists discovered that guggulsterone may inhibit the action of drugs that are metabolized by the body's CYP3A enzymes. These drugs include Lipitor, cyclosporine, and quinidine.

 
How to cure Hiccups? Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Wozniak   
Tuesday, 21 July 2009

There are numerous ways to stop hiccups. Here we are going to list some of the traditional customs applied by people worldwide:

 
Meditation May Be An Effective Treatment For Insomnia Print E-mail
Written by Kimberly Vaughn, MD   
Thursday, 02 July 2009
Meditation may be an effective behavioral intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to a research abstract presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
 
New Evidence of Vinegar being natural Fat-fighter Print E-mail
Written by Mike Cohen   
Thursday, 02 July 2009
Researchers in Japan are reporting new evidence that the ordinary vinegar a staple in oil-and-vinegar salad dressings, pickles, and other foods may live up to its age-old reputation in folk medicine as a health promoter.
 
Study: Tai Chi Benefits for Arthritis Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Smith   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
A new study by The George Institute for International Health has found Tai Chi to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain.
 
Opera 'is music for the heart' Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Smith   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Rousing operatic music, like Puccini's Nessun Dorma, full of crescendos and diminuendos is best and could help stroke rehabilitation, say the authors.
 
The wonders of Garlic, natural antibiotic Print E-mail
Written by Eli Smith   
Saturday, 06 June 2009
Garlic contains almost 80 sulphur compounds. Organic sulphur is famous for its healing and infection fighting ability.
Garlic also contains an extremely powerful sulfuric compound called Allicin which is released when ever garlic cells are crushed, bruised or damaged.
 
Herbal Medicines For Thyroid Disorders Print E-mail
Written by Glenn Rosenberg   
Thursday, 04 June 2009
The H-shaped thyroid gland in the lower part of the neck produces the hormone thyroxine, which in turn controls a person's metabolic rate. An essential part of this hormone is the chemical iodine, and therefore an iodine-rich diet (containing seafood, shellfish, organic vegetables, and iodized salt) is a vital self-help measure for thyroid problems caused by iodine deficiency.
 
Coffee is good for you Print E-mail
Written by Mike Cohen   
Friday, 10 April 2009
Most of us would skip breakfast rather than bypass having a morning cup.
 
History of Acupuncture Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Smith   
Friday, 10 April 2009
Some of the techniques of acupuncture do not even use needles anymore. Vibrating objects, ultrasound and even the fingers of the practitioner have taken some of the work to make the person feel better.
 
Natural Remedies for Allergic Reactions Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Smith   
Monday, 16 February 2009

Have you ever had hay fever, or simply allergies related to something currently in bloom? Well don't run to the doctor who will only push drugs on you! Try these natural remedies which are safer, healthier, and maybe even more effective!

 
Alcohol cuts risk of Arthritis Print E-mail
Written by Phillip LaVeque   
Sunday, 15 February 2009

 
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