Category: Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Carnitine

Carnitine

Description: Carnitine is an amino acid that is essential for babies and nonessential for others. In this context, essential means it must be obtained in the diet. Nonessential types of amino acids can be synthesized to some extent within the body. The kidney is able to form carnitine from the amino acids lysine and methionine, …

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Alternative Medicine Cantharis

Cantharis

Description: Cantharis is a homeopathic remedy obtained from the insect Lytta vesicatoria; common names are Spanish fly or blister beetle. This beetle lives on honeysuckle and olive trees in western Asia and southern Europe. It is bright green and about 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in length. Other names for cantharis include: Cantharis vesicator, N.O. Insecta, …

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Alternative Medicine Canker Sores

Canker Sores

Definition: Canker sores are small sores or ulcers that appear inside the mouth. They are painful and often recur from once every few years to almost continually. Canker sores are known medically as apthous ulcers or apthous stomatitis. Description: Canker sores occur on the inside of the mouth, usually on the inside of the lips, …

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Alternative Medicine Cancer Treatments, Biological

Cancer Treatments, Biological

Definition: Biological cancer treatments, also known as metabolic treatments, work by detoxifying and strengthening the body so that it can overcome cancer cells and metabolize them. This is almost always done nutritionally, possibly with the aid of nutritional supplements and/or herbs, or by employing detoxification procedures such as enemas and colonic irrigation. Origins: It is …

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Alternative Medicine Cancer

Cancer

Definition: Cancer is not just one disease, but a large group of almost 100 diseases. It is a genetic disease, with two main characteristics of uncontrolled growth of the cells in the human body and the ability of those cells to migrate from the original site and spread to distant sites. Description: One out of …

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Alternative Medicine Calendula

Calendula

Description: Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is also known as garden marigold, holligold, goldbloom, golds, ruddes, Mary bud, bull’s eyes, and pot marigold. It is a member of the Asteraceae family. Other members of this plant family include daisies, arnica, chamomile, and yarrow. This bright, flowering herb opens its gold blossoms in the morning and closes them …

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Alternative Medicine Calcium

Calcium

Description: As the most plentiful mineral in the body, calcium plays a key role in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. Calcium enables the contraction of muscles, including the function of the body’s most important muscle, the heart. It is also essential for normal blood clotting, proper nerve impulse transmission, and the appropriate …

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Alternative Medicine Calcarea carbonica

Calcarea carbonica

Description: Calcarea carbonica, abbreviated as Calcarea carb., is a homeopathic remedy made from the middle layer of shells. In chemical terms, Calcarea carbonica is impure calcium carbonate, CaCO3. Unlike most homeopathic remedies, which are made from substances soluble in water or alcohol, Calcarea carbonica must be prepared by a process called trituration. Triturated material is …

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Alternative Medicine Caffeine

Caffeine

Description: Caffeine is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS). Caffeine is found naturally in coffee, Kola seed kernels or nuts (Cola nidtida), and a variety of teas. Other foods and beverages, such as chocolate and soft drinks, also contain caffeine, and the drug can be purchased in over-the-counter tablet and capsule form …

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Alternative Medicine Cadmium Poisoning

Cadmium Poisoning

Definition: Cadmium is a metal with an atomic weight of 112.41. In the Periodic Table of the Elements, cadmium is located between zinc and mercury. It is used in a large number of industrial applications. In the United States, over 10 million pounds of cadmium are used industrially every year. The uses for cadmium include: …

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Alternative Medicine Buteyko

Buteyko

Definition: Buteyko, also called the Buteyko method, is an asthma management method based on breathing exercises that reduce airway constriction e. The therapy is a learned breathing technique that is designed to slow and lessen the intake of air into the lungs, which if practiced over time is proposed to to reduce the symptoms and …

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Alternative Medicine Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s Broom

Description: Butcher’s broom is the root of the plant Ruscus ac-uleatus. R. aculeatus is a common evergreen shrub native to Mediterranean countries. It is related to asparagus. The shrub grows to less than 3 ft (1 m) in height and about the same size in girth in shady, moist, uncultivated ground. Its leaves are small …

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Alternative Medicine Bursitis

Bursitis

Definition: Bursitis is the painful inflammation of one or more bursae, which are padlike sacs found in parts of the body that are subject to friction. Bursae cushion the movements between the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. Bursitis is most often caused by repetitive movement and is known by several common names, including …

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Alternative Medicine Burns

Burns

Definition: Burns are injuries to the tissues caused by heat, friction, electricity, radiation, or chemicals. Such injuries cause the breakdown of body proteins, death of cells, loss of body fluids, and edema. Description: Burns vary depending on the cause, the intensity, and the body parts involved. They are classified by de-gree, based on the severity …

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Alternative Medicine Burdock Root

Burdock Root

Description: Great burdock (Arctium lappa) is a coarse biennial herb native to Europe and Asia, and naturalized throughout North America since its introduction by European settlers. This massive herb is thought of as a tenacious weed by many gardeners but it is valued by herbalists worldwide as a medicinal and culinary storehouse. Great burdock may …

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Alternative Medicine Bunion

Bunion

Definition: A bunion is an abnormal enlargement of the joint (the first metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTPJ) at the base of the great or big toe (hallux). It is caused by inflammation and usually results from chronic irritation and pressure from poorly fitting footwear. Description: A displacement of two major bones of the foot (hallux valgus) …

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Alternative Medicine Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Definition: Bulimia nervosa is a serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorder affecting mainly young women. People with bulimia, known as bulimics, consume large amounts of food (binge) and then try to rid themselves of the food and calories (purge) through fasting, excessive exercise, vomiting, or use of laxatives. Bulimics often feel that the behavior serves …

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Alternative Medicine Bugle weed

Bugle weed

Description: Bugle weed is the common name given to at least two low-growing flowering ground cover plants which are members of the Ajuga family, Lycopus europaens and Ly-copus virginicus. Ajugas are part of the Lamiaceae, the same grouping to which plants of the mint family belong. Other names by which bugle weed is known include …

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Alternative Medicine Buckthorn

Buckthorn

Description: Buckthorn is the common name for one of several species of shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhamnus that are used for medicinal purposes. The two most common species are R. frangula and R. cathartica.R. cathartica is also called common or European buckthorn. It was known as a healing herb hundreds of years …

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Alternative Medicine Buchu

Buchu

Description: Buchu is the bushy shrub known as Barosma betuli-na or Auguthosma betulina. It is native to the Cape region of South Africa where it grows wild on sunny hillsides. It is also cultivated in other areas of Africa and in parts of South America. Commercially buchu is used to enhance black currant flavor in …

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