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If you’re under the weather and are looking for alternative remedies to relieve your symptoms, turn to Pharmaca’s Project Wellness blog for the best in natural remedies. We offer great information on the cutting-edge research that can tell you which natural remedies ease sniffles and sneezes, relieve pain or soothe muscles aches. We even serve as a homeopathic remedy guide, helping you navigate through the often-confusing world of homeopathy. From spotlights on herbal formulas to information about natural health and beauty products, we’ll be your resource for all of the natural and alternative remedies that can help you feel better faster.

Demystifying the Flu

Demystifying the Flu

Want to help prevent the flu? First you need to know a little about how flu and your body work. The flu is a viral infection that often occurs in the winter, for several reasons—because we don’t get much exposure to sunlight and are often deficient in vitamin D, because we’re indoors consistently (and...

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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

February 11, 2013
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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

We know now that probiotics are good for us. But with so many to choose from, how do we choose one that’s right for us? Not all probiotics are created equal; different varieties of bacterial strains have different benefits, in addition to differing potencies, routes of ingestion, manufacturing methods and so on. Read on...

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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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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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Stress Modifiers (and my favorite “chill pills”)

December 17, 2012
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Most of us know something about stress because we’ve experienced it. That tense feeling in the neck… agitation…jitters in your stomach…and that rush of adrenaline that comes when you step off the curb only to realize a bus is barreling toward you. These are all sensations of stress. The stress response is part of...

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A Whole Body Approach to Fibromyalgia

November 14, 2012
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A Whole Body Approach to Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million adults in America. But what is fibromyalgia? The condition is characterized primarily by chronic, widespread unexplained pain and tender points throughout the body, as well as profound fatigue and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is most common among women and people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus....

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Your Everyday Stress-Relief Guide

Your Everyday Stress-Relief Guide

Whether we’re meeting deadlines at work or school or taking the kids to soccer practice, we could all use a little daily stress relief. Keep this helpful guide on hand to remind you of daily practices that can help reduce the stress in your life. Get on a regular sleep schedule. “Try and go...

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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

October 29, 2012
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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

Enzymes aren’t just vital for digestion—they’re important for the function of every cell in the body. In order to maintain balance in the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems, there are millions of metabolic enzyme reactions happening in your body. Where do enzymes come from? Enzymes are proteins made by the...

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Cold and Flu Relief Now

You probably already know the ins and out of boosting your immunity. But what happens when you just can’t escape cold and flu season? Take comfort in these remedies that can speed the recovery process. First, the basics. “The average cold runs 5-7 days, but you can get back on your feet more quickly...

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