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Natural insect repellents

Most of us will delight in the warmer weather typical of this time of year, and balmier temperatures certainly seem to lure us outside. The trouble is, we’re not the only species of animal that the heat tends to bring out in droves. The buzz that accompanies the summer months all too often comes from […]

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Tea – the perfect cuppa?

A lot of the dietary advice that comes at us these days seems to ask us to forgo our favourite foods, or swallow more stuff we’re not partial to. Like most of us, I like an easy life, which is why I’m always on the lookout for good news about foods and drinks the consumption […]

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Natural approaches to eczema

I’ve often heard it said that while orthodox medicines essentially suppress the symptoms that come with illness and disease, naturally-oriented therapies are generally inclined to address their underlying cause. One branch of medicine in which these differing approaches seem aptly demonstrated is dermatology. Dermatologists have a vast array of medicaments in their armouries, most of […]

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Can eating chocolate actually enhance health?

As Valentine’s day approaches, many of us will be venturing into speciality chocolate shops in search of an edible token of affection for that special someone in our lives. Top-notch boxes of chocolates have a sexy and seductive image, and are a classic accompaniment to a bunch of red roses or a romantic meal à […]

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The health benefits of honey

Before the advent of modern medicine, traditional methods of healing using food and herbs were all the rage. Despite the fact that such folk medicine has become overrun by high-tech and drug-oriented health care, a few homespun remedies survive. One natural concoction that appears to have endured is honey and lemon ” a traditional elixir […]

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Natural treatments for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

When I was a small boy, I had some pretty antisocial habits. One of these was to engage in wee-up-the-wall competitions with my mates. A recent discussion over the dinner table reveals that this practice was commonplace amongst little lads of my generation. Alas, though, it appears that now we have grown up, peeing games […]

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Natural cures for the common cold

The distinct downturn in the temperature that comes at this time of year inevitably signals an upsurge in the numbers of individuals going down with a cold. On any given day, nigh on a million people in the UK will be blighted by the common cold, and each of us can expect to endure some […]

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Reducing the impact of stress with Siberian ginseng

My first flirtation with natural medicine came just a few short weeks before my final medical examinations. Not the most diligent student during my time at college, I was doing some serious burning the midnight oil in an attempt to fill the gaping lacunae in my knowledge. Energy reserves were running low and my 10-mug-a-day […]

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Natural approaches to pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)

According to research, as many as 80 per cent of women will be affected by pre-menstrual syndrome at some point in their lives. Traditionally, this condition has been thought of as an entirely female affair. However, I have to say experiences in both my professional and personal life have lead me to believe that the […]

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Can nutritional therapy help to prevent of cataracts?

When I was at medical school I learnt that blue eyes are associated with an increased risk of succumbing to the blood disorder pernicious anaemia. For years, I have taken comfort from the belief that having brown eyes afforded me some degree of immunity from disease. This month, however, new research has linked brown eyes […]

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