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Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal herbs and plants, however, gathered for the production both of modern drugs and of herbal remedies are not generally found in garden cultivation, but are gathered from the wild in many countries throughout the world, or cultivated in commercial plantings for specific purposes. Their use in the manufacture of medicinal drugs is limited as this method aims to make synthetic replicas of the active ingredients by chemical means. In contrast, great volumes of raw herbs and plants are required for drying for herbal teas, for powder used in tablets or for the liquid plant extracts which provide the bottled medicines we find in health food shops and in herbal dispensaries.

Professional herbalists have the responsibility of undertaking considerable study in order to learn which herbs are best prescribed and in what doses, as well as learning the cautions which are required as to those plants which are best avoided. …

Benefits of Vitamin B5

Benefits of Vitamin B5

There are many conditions that can be greatly relieved with Vitamin B5.
Acne, alcoholism, allergies, hair loss, asthma, ADHD, autism candedeases,
and cystitis. Other conditions that could benefit from the use of B5 include dandruff, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory problems, celiac disease, and depression. Diabetic neuropathy, hyperactivity, and immune system improvement can all be treated with vitamin B5.

The benefits of vitamin B5 vitamin may also potentially be used: “orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), prostatitis, protection against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, mouth ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, vertigo, and wound healing.”

Athletic performance, hypoglycemia, insomnia, irritability, and low blood pressure can be improved with the benefits of vitamin B5. Cramps in the legs due to pregnancy, alcoholism, …

B Complex Vitamins

You should note that there are four additional substances in the B complex group, though they are not known as vitamins because they are not necessary for normal body function. They are choline, lipoic acid, PABA and inositol. When you purchase B complex vitamins, these four will not be included, and at least one or two of the recognized B vitamins may also be omitted. B5 and B7 are so widely available in food that most people simply get enough of these vitamins, even if they aren’t eating a healthy diet.

Arguably one of the most commonly recognized uses of the B vitamins is an energy booster. Some health care professionals tout the advantages of taking B12 in large doses to combat tiredness, but most seem to agree that starting a regimen of B vitamins is only advisable in severe cases.

More recently, research suggests that some Vitamin B deficiencies …

Magnesium Oxide

Medicinally, magnesium oxide is used as a short-term laxative for rapid elimination of the bowels, especially before surgery. It is also used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not sufficient. Magnesium oxide use is not recommended for persons with heart and kidney problems. It is also not advisable for pregnant and lactating women. Magnesium oxide can interfere with other drugs like warfarin, aspirin, ranitidine, etc.

Apart from medicine, magnesium oxide also boasts several industrial uses. Magnesium oxide lined with carbon forms a tough refractory brick for metallurgical furnaces. Such magnesia bricks are resistant to corrosion and high temperature.

Magnesium oxide cement is also a good industrial binder. Magnesium oxide is high temperature resistant and so it is used to sheath thermocouples and also as filler in high temperature appliances such as rings of electric cookers.

Magnesium oxide is a highly versatile compound. Due …

Dark Side of Prescription Drugs

An Invisible Epidemic
A great deal has been written about alcoholism and drug addiction over the last two decades. However, information regarding prescription drug abuse and addiction only seems to surface when someone famous has a problem and needs treatment or dies.

Historically, prescription drug addiction has been the most underreported drug abuse problem in the nation( National Institute of Drug Abuse). It is also the least understood. Addiction to and withdrawal from prescription drugs can be more dangerous than other substances because of the insidious nature of these drugs.

Two types of the most commonly abused drugs are opioids and benzodiazepines. Opioids are generally used to control pain. Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers, are used to manage anxiety. These drugs are prescribed for short-term use such as acute pain and anxiety that is in reaction to a specific event. They may also be prescribed for chronic pain or generalized anxiety.

Chronic …

Discount Prescription Drug Plans

Major retail chain pharmacies are participating in these discount medication plans. The list includes: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Ekert and Walgreens. Make sure you double check that these stores are working with these discount benefits plans. Any individual with limited coverage or without any prescription drug coverage can benefit from a discount prescription benefit plan. Instead of paying full price for prescription drugs, members can save when they purchase their prescriptions.

People, who have insurance coverage, may still find these discount plans very useful as it can discount their prescription drugs not covered by their health plan. Members just show their card at a participating pharmacy and receive substantial discounts on their prescription drugs. Usually twenty-five percent on most brand names and up to fifty percent on most generics, it is that easy.

Drug costs are continuing to rise and are one of the fastest growing health care expenditures. It is …

Compounding Pharmacy

Today, customizing a medication, creating accommodating methods of drug dosages and providing other methods of dispensing drugs, are fundamental underpinnings of the role of compounding pharmacies. The goal is to provide a drug that fits the unique needs of a patient. Physicians may prescribe compounded medication for a patient with a unique health need that can include:

  • Used in the Veterinary profession for a change in the method of administration, a change in dosage, and to make it more pleasant tasting for the animal.
  • Patients having the need of medicines that require a certain dosage not available in regular mass produced forms. An example would be a small dosage strength such as an infant who requires a tiny dose of a particular medication.
  • Patients undergoing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy It is used as an alternative to synthetics for patients suffering from menopausal symptoms
  • Patients requiring allergen-free medications
  • Children who require

Resveratol

Resveratol helps lower cholesterol. It is also said to be more powerful than Vitamin E in protecting against LDL oxidation that has been linked to cardiovascular disease. It may slow tumor growth by blocking the action of Cox-2 an enzyme that is believed to have a part in the development of colon cancer.

Resveratol is found in stems, leaves, and the skin of grapes. It is also present in purple grape juice, red or purple grapes, and peanuts. Research has shown that non-alcoholic red wine works just as well as its counterpart. The fermenting process in red wine raises the level of resveratol in red wine. Red wine has as much as 3 times as much as grape juice.

There were no reports on toxicity found. Neither were there reports on side effects. No drug interactions were noted. Also no information on precautions was noted. There is no RDA (recommended …

Muscletech Gakic

GAKIC is a pre-workout supplement that is designed to help your body remove toxins that are released when you fatigue your muscles. Research has shown that two of these toxins, ammonia and lactic acid, can be reduced by taking Gakic prior to working out. The theory is that when you reduce these fatigue toxins, you will allow yourself to lift more weight and for longer periods before you actually fatigue the muscle. Clearly, if you can lift more weight, your muscles will grow bigger, faster.

The interesting part about the Muscletech research on Gakic is that there is a lot of data to support their claims (something you don’t get much in the bodybuilding supplement industry) that have been published in some pretty decent publications.

Gakic works pretty quickly. You can get it in powder or pill formula and you take it about 30 minutes before you workout. It is

Vitamin Smoothies

  • Protein Smoothies Protein is known as the building block for muscles and insufficient amounts of protein will make it difficult to obtain muscle mass and grow larger muscles. Protein supplements are available in powder forms and can easily be added to smoothies in order to build your muscles faster. A large container of protein will cost about $30.00. Who Drinks Them? Protein smoothies are great for individuals looking to build larger muscles in a short amount of time. Protein is also used for individuals looking to lose weight while maintaining strong and healthy muscles. Body-builders and weight lifters often use protein supplements.
  • Energy Drinks Energy drinks include stimulants, vitamins and minerals such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng and creatine. The caffeine and stimulants are the ingredients which give you the energy boost you desire. The amount of caffeine in one energy drink is usually equal to the amount used to