Herbal Medicine

Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

May 27, 2012
By
Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

A few years back I took a trip to Nepal, and spent nearly a month hiking through the Annapurna mountain range. It was absolutely breathtaking scenery, to say the least—miles of trails on which we rarely saw other people. Other than a daily dose of donkeys and porters, our encounters were limited to local...

Read more »

Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

May 18, 2012
By
Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

On nearly every continent, there are plants that contain particular substances and chemicals capable of altering the human physiological and emotional reaction to stress. Known for thousands of years and utilized by cultures around the globe, these healing herbs and fungi—what we now call adaptogens—convey a resistance to chemical, physical and psycho-emotional stressors when...

Read more »

Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

May 12, 2012
By
Natural Relief for Yeast Infections and Candida

Experts think that more than 100 million Americans suffer from yeast overgrowth, commonly called candida. Women often experience it as a vaginal yeast infection, and it’s one of the most common reasons women go to the doctor. It’s also one of the most common health complaints we see at Pharmaca. Yeast overgrowth occurs when...

Read more »

Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

May 4, 2012
By
Herbal Remedy: Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Hopefully you haven’t had many real life encounters with nettle (Urtica Dioica)—also called “stinging nettle,” it grows in temperate climates and its stinging hairs and leaves can cause nasty hives. The hives, formally called urticaria, produce pale red, itchy, raised bumps (in fact, the Latin root of Urtica is uro meaning, “I burn”). The...

Read more »

Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

April 10, 2012
By
Herbal Remedy: Turmeric

Even if you’ve never taken turmeric as a supplement, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted it; it’s a common spice and kitchen staple used in almost all Indian dishes, as well as many Thai and Persian foods. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) grows mainly in southern and southeast Asia and is known for its brilliant deep...

Read more »

Herbal Remedy: Ginger

February 20, 2012
By
Herbal Remedy: Ginger

There’s a reason ginger ale has long been the go-to remedy for anyone with an upset stomach: Ginger is an important aid for digestion–and a variety of other health concerns. Ginger (zingiber officinale) is most commonly grown in India, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal and Thailand. A member of the zingiberaceae family, the utilized part...

Read more »

Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

February 1, 2012
By
Herbal Remedy: Goldenseal

We often hear about goldenseal in combination with echinacea. But goldenseal is a powerful herb in its own right, useful in treating everything from digestive upset to canker sores.  Goldenseal commonly grows in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States, and was commonly used by Native American tribes, and later by European settlers, in...

Read more »

Herbal Remedies: Oil of Oregano

December 16, 2011
By
Herbal Remedies: Oil of Oregano

You may already love it for what it adds to Italian meals, but true oregano is a potent herb that, when its oil is extracted, can serve a variety of health needs. Our practitioners often recommend it as a potent immune booster, and it’s also lauded for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, ideal for...

Read more »

Ask a Practitioner: How can I naturally lower my cholesterol?

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Every now and then we post some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some...

Read more »

Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Cayenne pepper may aid in weight loss

Long used for a variety of purposes in Chinese, Japanese and Ayurvedic medicine, cayenne pepper has now been shown to act as an appetite suppressant and to burn calories. A recent study in the journal Physiology & Behavior explained how capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers can help reduce hunger and encourage calorie...

Read more »

Monthly Exclusives


Subscribe

Enter your email to receive up-to-date health and wellness news and tips: