Sep 262015
 
The pain-killing properties of herbs

Many people are surprised to learn that some herbs/medicinal plants have powerful analgesic effects. That is, pain-killing properties. They associate herbal medicine with a gentle and subtle approach, which is indeed correct. But gentle and subtle can also be powerful. The strongest pharmaceutical painkiller is morphine. Morphine, along with many other opiate-based analgesic drugs, is Read more…

Apr 252015
 
Herbal help for insomnia

Why sleep is so important Insomnia means difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep, resulting in feeling tired and low in energy the following day. It’s a common problem in the doctor’s surgery and the herbalist’s clinic. And it’s a serious problem. There is a lot of research showing that not getting enough sleep can seriously Read more…

Jan 242015
 
Herbal help for hay fever

Hay fever season Depending on which particular plant pollen you are allergic to, you may already be dreading the start of the hay fever season. People who are allergic to tree pollen can start experiencing symptoms as early as February (usually lasting through to June). Grass pollen is released from May to July, and weed Read more…

Dec 122014
 
Alternatives to medication

The health of the nation! The Health Survey for England published this week revealed that almost half the population is taking some form of prescribed medication, ie I in 2 people. This doesn’t include over-the-counter medication such as painkillers, laxatives, sleeping tablets and antacids, and the contraceptive pill. Imagine what the figure would be if Read more…

Nov 222014
 
Varicose veins, Raynaud’s phenomenon

Poor circulation It’s that time of year when the symptoms of circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and Raynaud’s syndrome can flare up. I see a lot of patients with throbbing veins in their legs, and hands and feet that are blue and numb with cold. Often, they have these symptoms, in a milder form, Read more…

Nov 062014
 
Breast cancer and herbs

A holistic approach to breast cancer   I’ve been moved to write this blog after recently meeting yet another woman with breast cancer and a distressing tale to tell about the management of her illness. Chemotherapy She had just come to the end of a grueling course of chemotherapy, with repeated bouts of nausea and Read more…

Oct 312014
 
New research on reducing cholesterol levels

An apple a day… Eating apples, or drinking cloudy apple juice (full of fibre and antioxidants), has been shown to significantly reduce both LDL (aka ‘bad’) cholesterol and Total Cholesterol levels in a study (randomized, single-blind, cross-over) conducted last year. Clear apple juice (much lower amounts of fibre and antioxidants) resulted in an increase in Read more…