Asthma – Identifying And Taming Triggers

Even before asthma is diagnosed, many people who have asthma can recognize triggers that set off their breathing problems. Certain triggers are obvious — being around animals, exercising, or coming down with a cold or virus. It makes sense that things that stimulate inflammation, such as allergies, can make asthma symptoms worse. Identifying Your Triggers Finding some triggers may take a bit of detective work. If you don’t know what triggers your asthma, think about your past few asthma attacks: What were you doing at the time of a flare-up? Did you just finish vacuuming or raking leaves? Were you…

Alleviating Arthritic Pain with Herbs, Part I

Few headlines strip a magazine off store shelves faster than “New Arthritis Cure Found”. The phrase “Arthritis Cure Formula” on bottles containing herbal supplements provides similar selling power to the manufacturers of such products. Why is this so? What is it about arthritis that has so many who suffer from it grasping for whatever relief might be out there? The reason, quite simply, is that arthritis hurts. And people, in general, don’t like pain. And arthritis pain is always present, affecting every aspect of its sufferers’ lives. And-contrary to some advertising claims-there is no cure, which leaves people always scrambling…

Acupuncture and Fertility

Outlined below is some of the evidence gleaned from recent studies in the area of fertility and acupuncture. Acupuncture has become widely recognized as an effective treatment for fertility issues such as unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant, polycystic ovary syndrome, male infertility, etc. Acupuncture can be used on its own or in conjunction with orthodox reproductive medicine (assisted reproduction – see IVF below). In one study acupuncture was shown to be as effective as fertility drugs at assisting pregnancy; [The numbers in square brackets refer to references below]. In other clinical trials comparing acupuncture to drug or hormonal treatments, acupuncture…