Showing posts with label Traditional Chinese medicine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Traditional Chinese medicine. Show all posts

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Garlic an antifungal, garlic can also support your immune system, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood sugar levels.


Garlic is a proven antifungal . Research studies have shown that garlic is effective against pathogens like Candida. In addition to its use as an antifungal, garlic can support your immune system, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood sugar levels.
You can start taking garlic supplements once you have finished your cleanse and moved on to the strict anti-Candida diet. As always, it is better to take two or three antifungals at once to prevent the Candida from adapting, so you can use garlic in addition to other natural antifungals.

How does Garlic help with Candida overgrowth?

There is a wide range of scientific literature supporting the use of garlic as an antifungal. Much of this research is focused on Candida and similar pathogenic organisms. For example, a 1988 study (see the full text here) found that “the growth of Candida Albicans was found to be markedly inhibited by AGE [aqueous garlic extract]”. According to another article by Huntington College of Health Sciences, “Research has clearly shown that garlic has anticandidal activity, inhibiting both the growth and function of Candida Albicans”.
One of the key compounds in garlic is ajoene, a proven antifungal that has been shown to be effective against many fungal strains. Ajoene is formed from a compound named allicin and an enzyme named allinase. When these two natural compounds come into contact (by chopping the garlic, crushing it or by other means), they form an antibacterial agent named allicin, which then combines to form ajoene. Although this has proven antifungal properties, the exact mechanism by which this happens is not clear. As with other antifungals, scientists suspect that it works by disrupting the cells walls of the Candida yeast cells.
A major advantage of garlic is that it is so easy to include in your treatment plan. Garlic tablets, softgels and oils are widely available, and fresh garlic cloves make a tasty addition to many recipes. You can use garlic as a complement to your other antifungals without having to spend a great deal of money. To get the best results and prevent the Candida yeast from adapting to the treatment, it is best to take two or three antifungals at the same time.

How do you take Garlic?

Garlic products can be found in a number of different forms, in both your supermarket and your health food store. In your supermarket you will find items like fresh garlic cloves, garlic paste, crushed garlic, garlic flakes or garlic powder. Your health food store should stock garlic tablets and garlic oil.
Each type contains different levels of the active ingredients, so make sure to read the ingredients. Here is a basic run-down of the recommended dosage for each type:
  • Garlic cloves: 2 to 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove
  • Garlic Tablets: 600 to 900 mg daily, freeze-dried garlic standardized to 1.3% alliin or 0.6% allicin
  • Garlic Oil: 0.03 to 0.12 mL three times a day

Who should not take Garlic?

Although a natural remedy, concentrated garlic can still interact with other medicines, so always consult a health professional. Garlic has a blood-thinning property that can be very useful, but can also be dangerous to sufferers of hemophilia or platelet disorders, as well as pregnant women or patients about to undergo surgery.
Side effects from garlic include upset stomach, bloating, bad breath, body odor, and a stinging sensation on the skin from handling too much fresh or dried garlic. Handling garlic may also cause the appearance of skin lesions.
Other side effects that have been reported by those taking garlic supplements include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches, dizziness described as vertigo (namely, the room spinning), and allergies such as an asthmatic reaction or contact dermatitis (skin rash).
Some people may suffer a mild allergic reaction to concentrated garlic. Others may have an upset stomach, body odor, bad breath, headache, loss of appetite or fatigue. It may prompt a skin reaction, such as a stinging in the hands.

Friday, 26 July 2013

5 Must To Have Foods To Keep The Levels Of High Cholesterol Under Control

A condition called high cholesterol slowly creeps on you and you are unable to see its ill-effects until it becomes unbearable with spike to several complications such as diabetes, heart diseases and much more.

Other than just to pop up pills to keep the level of bad cholesterol or LDL under check, it is always a good choice to go for 5 must to have foods to keep the levels of high cholesterol under control. Thus, let’s go straight and see them.
  1. Oats- Oats are believed to have soluble fiber whose intake can easily lower the cholesterol level. Adding oatmeal every day at breakfast can lower your high cholesterol level.
  2. Beans- Similarly like oats beans are also especially rich in soluble fiber that can easily help your cholesterol level to keep low. Beans can also help to lose weight and makes one feel fuller as they take longer to digest.
  3. Nuts- Several studies all across have shown that nuts are a superb food choice when dealing with high cholesterol level as it can significantly lower your high LDL levels. What’s more, it is also a great option to keep your heart healthy.
  4. Stereos and Stalons rich foods- Foods rich in sterols and stallions can lower the cholesterol as they have the power to absorb cholesterol from foods. Always check food labels to see if they contain these substances.
  5. Fatty Fish- Are you a fish fan? If so, you are lucky as fish such as Salmon and Tuna possess Omega 3 fatty acids that can lower down the level of cholesterol. It would cut your intake of meat as it can increase cholesterol level and instead go for fish.
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Traditional Chinese medicine - chemistry and application

Traditional Chinese medicine - chemistry and application
Traditional Chinese medicine - chemistry and application

Amongst the many aspects of modern Chinese chemistry described in the Journal of Chemical Research during 2012, are phytochemical investigations into the constituents of traditional Chinese medicines derived from plants and fungi. Such studies have afforded new medicines to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, malaria and cancer.