Constipation is the difficulty in passing stools or the infrequent passage of hard, dry stools as a result of food moving slowly through the large intestine (Balch 2006).  There are three different herbs that are used for constipation and they are Rhubarb Root - Rheum palmatum (Chinese Rhubarb), Senna - Senna alexandria and Flax - Linum usitatissimum.  


    Rheum palmatum has a purgative action that makes it very effective in the treatment of constipation (Hoffman 2003).  This purgative effect is followed by an astringent effect and it means that the herb has a truly cleansing action upon the gut, as it first removes debris and then astringes the system with antiseptic properties (Hoffman 2003).  Its constituents are anthraquinones (chrysophanol, emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein, sennosides A-E), tannins, stilbene derivatives; volatile oil; rutin, fatty acids, calcium oxalate (Hoffman 2003).  The anthraquinones constituents stimulate peristalsis approximately 6-8 hou...

     Peptic Ulcers are lesions in the mucosal lining of the stomach (Tamparo & Lewis 2000). Peptic Ulcers represent a breakdown in the balance between acid-pepsin secretion and mucosal defense in the stomach (Tamparo & Lewis 2000).  The causes of this breakdown are not clear but they seem related to chronic over-secretion of gastric juices, stress and hereditary factors (Tamparo & Lewis 2000).  Reactions to drugs such as salicylates and smoking and alcohol may be contributing factors (Tamparo & Lewis 2000).  


    The impact of peptic ulcers for over a century has been one of the leading causes of gastrointestinal surgery, with high morbidity and mortality rates (Sumbul, Aftab Ahm, Mohd, & Mohd, 2011).  In a survey study, it showed the socio-demographic characteristics of peptic ulcers in the United States (Sonnenberg, & Everhart, 1997).  There was a random selection of 41,457 of individuals who were given a special questionnaire on the digestive disease...

 

We all at some time or another have experience acute back pain.  But what are some of the ways that you can relieve this troubling pain?  

 

Pain is a sensation that provides us with information about tissue -damaging stimuli and thus often enables us to protect ourselves from greater damage (Seeley, R., Stephens, T., & Tate, P., 1999).  Pain at low levels can motivate you to rest the injured area so that the tissues can be repaired and prevent any additional damage (Balch, 2006).  If the pain is severe, it can motivate you to seek treatment.  Acute pain in the lower back can alert you that there is a problem that needs immediate attention and this pain may last long after an injured area has healed.  

 

There are two types of pain sensations: One is the sharp, well-localized, pricking or cutting pain which results from rapidly transmitting action power (Seeley et al., 1999).  Another is diffuse, burning, or aching pain resulting from action potential that spread more...

I always love the smell of lemon balm herb particularly when it gets close to summer. There is some interesting historical information about this aromatic herb!  

 

Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis  -  has a interesting history since the Greek and Roman  times.   Homer's Odyssey mentioned about Lemon Balm and so has the Roman  scholar Pliny who noted that bees preferred lemon balm to other plants.  The Greek physician Dioscorides placed Melissa officinalis on bites, both scorpion and dog, and then would drop some  more lemon balm into wine for the patient to drink.  Dioscorides wrote about many bite remedies because none of them worked well and alot of herbalist during that time kept experimenting.  (Kowalchick, 1987).  


The Arabs were also fans of Lemon Balm  during the 1st and 2nd centuries.  They claimed that it was good for heart disorders as well as for lifting the spirits as an antidepressant medicinal herb. (Houdret, 2002)...

 

As you probably know that I love cooking with herbs and that I believe in the power of healing with herbs.  But I notice that a lots of people do not like to cook with herbs because they are not sure how to cook with them or that they are afraid that they will not have the right tasty combination to add to their meal. I can understand how they feel because I was one who was only a salt and pepper type of cook.  Once I was able to overcome my fears of cooking with herbs, I started to rely on them more and use salt and pepper less.  For those who want to take this cooking herbal adventure, let me share with you five tips that can help you to start making herbs as part of your culinary repertoire.

 

 5 Tips Cooking with Herbs

 

 

1.  Familiarize yourself with the most commonly used herbs and spices and how they are typically incorporated into various international cuisines. Learning the seasonings and other ingredients they're combined with in these cuisines makes a good starti...

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