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Homeopathy: A Prescription for Pain Relief

Homeopathy: A Prescription for Pain Relief

Homeopathy can be a difficult treatment modality to understand. If you’ve never tried it, you might wonder how exactly those little pellets can be so effective. But many people find them to be just that. In fact, approximately 100 million Europeans use homeopathic medicines—and even more in India. In France, homeopathy is the leading...

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A Holistic Approach to Stress

A Holistic Approach to Stress

Whether you need just a few extra minutes of calm in your day or more long-term stress relief, Pharmaca offers a variety of different approaches to beating anxiety. And don’t forget—helping your body better cope with stress can go a long way toward optimal health and reducing your risk for chronic conditions like cancer,...

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Joint Comfort from Pure Encapsulations

Joint Comfort from Pure Encapsulations

Joint comfort is a key issue for many mature men and women. Pure Encapsulations’ high quality nutritional supplements offer support for healthy joint, connective tissue and cartilage through a number of mechanisms. Functional ingredients for joint mobility and comfort include building blocks to support cartilage composition and herbal extracts to maintain healthy immune mediator...

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Ask the Trainer: How Do I Maintain Motivation?

Ask the Trainer: How Do I Maintain Motivation?

By Allen Gardner Allen is in his second year as a professional triathlete and trains out of Boulder, Colo. Pharmaca sponsors Allen, 26, who competes in 12-14 triathlons around the country each year. Motivation (noun): Initiating and maintaining a path of goals over a given period of time. It’s the key to waking up...

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The 411 on Allergies

The 411 on Allergies

Yup, it’s the beginning of allergy season. If you’re already dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose, you may wonder why exactly you fall victim to the ravages of ragweed each year. Here’s how allergies work. Pollen, let’s say from a juniper bush, is for some reason seen as an invader in your...

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A Holistic Approach to Menopause Relief

A Holistic Approach to Menopause Relief

Menopause symptoms manifest in a variety of different ways. For some women, it’s just a matter of losing some sleep and experiencing a few hot flashes. But for others, it can mean dramatic mood changes and prolonged physical problems. Fortunately women now have access to a range of solutions, including individualized doses of compounded...

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The Skinny on Cholesterol

The Skinny on Cholesterol

So many things can affect our heart health—blood pressure, inflammation levels and, of course, cholesterol levels. In case you need a reminder of how cholesterol functions in the body (and why it’s important to our cardiovascular health), here’s a little primer. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that helps to build cells, produce hormones and...

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Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Looking for a way to boost long-term immunity for cold and flu season? Mushrooms may be the next big thing in the fight against sickness. “Mushrooms are used to strengthen the immune system in a deep way over a long time,” says Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our North Boulder store. “They...

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The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Ever wonder what is it about Echinacea that helps fight colds? Or why practitioners often recommend elderberry? Anne Salazar-Dunbar, herbalist and lead practitioner at our La Jolla store, tells us about these immune-boosting herbs. Echinacea Echinacea’s ability to boost the immune system’s performance has been extensively documented over the years. Research suggests that the...

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Simple Steps to a Healthy Cleanse

Simple Steps to a Healthy Cleanse

It happens every year: We overindulge around the holidays and by January we’re desperate to give our systems a break from heavy foods and sugary treats. If your body is telling you to ditch the junk food and give it a break, listen to it. “It’s best to go with the flow of how...

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