Healing Remedies Found in Nature

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If something ails you and you are not one to rely on pharmaceuticals you may want to try a holistic approach. Some of these natural remedies can be just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs without the negative side effects.

Aloe Vera

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The benefits of aloe vera have been well documented in reputable medical journals. It contains healthy plant compounds that can help a variety of ailments. This thick short-stemmed plant stores water in its leaves and has many uses in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and even the food industries. Each leaf stores water which makes a gel that we associate with the aloe vera products we use. This gel is contains compounds which include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. You can use aloe vera moisturizers and shampoo on your hair and skin. This provides your body a huge amount of vitamins, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E. It also has plenty of folic acid and choline which is great in helping the skin regenerate and stay healthy. The minerals you’ll find in aloe vera are also very good for you—calcium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium, sodium, chromium, and more. It can help with your protein intake, it keeps your blood healthy, it can improve digestion, it’s great for detoxing, it’s good for your heart, it helps to disinfect with its antibacterial qualities, it reduces inflammation, it helps you lose weight, and is probably most well-known for its wonderful healing properties when it comes to sunburn.

Bromelain

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Bromelain is a super enzyme that can be found in pineapples. This protein extract is derived from the stems of the pineapple and is considered to be a great holistic option when it comes to anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agents. It’s even used in a topical medication called NexoBrid, which is used to remove dead tissue in severe skin burns. On top of inflammation (used to treat the nose and sinuses after surgery or injury) this natural remedy is also used to treat hay fever, bowel conditions that include swelling and ulcers such as ulcerative colitis, and preventing the collection of water in the lung (pulmonary edema). It is also used to relax muscles, stimulate muscle contractions, reduce or prevent muscle soreness after exercise, slow clotting, improve the absorption of antibiotics, prevent cancer, shorten labor, and help rid the body of fat. Doctors even used Phlogenzym (to treat forms of arthritis) which is a product that combines bromelain with trypsin and rutin (found in buckwheat) in order to reduce pain and improve the function for people who suffer from arthritic conditions. Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that help fight pain as well as inflammation and also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow blood clotting.

Capsaicin

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This miracle cure is found in hot chili peppers and does amazing things for pain. Capsaicin is the active pain reducing ingredient that can momentarily desensitize your nerve receptors. C-fibers sometimes cause a pain response that capsaicin can counteract. Capsaicin also can help with soreness for up to 3 to 5 weeks while the C-fibers start to get back there since sensation. It helps with neuropathic pain and in some cases can provide effective pain relief for up to 12 weeks. There are also studies that say capsaicin helps decrease migraines and cluster headaches by applying cream to the nasal passages. When you use capsaicin topically you are decreasing a natural substance in your body call substance P that helps pass pain signals to the brain. If you’ve ever wondered what makes hot peppers such as cayenne peppers spicy hot, it is this special ingredient. By first stimulating and then decreasing the intensity of the pain signals you get throughout your body, capsaicin will stimulate the release of that compound believed to be involved in communicating pain between the nerves in the spinal cord and other parts of the body. Along with headaches, capsaicin can also be used to treat nervous system problems such as diabetic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, and shingles. It’s also known to help with joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions such as psoriasis, and mouth sores that are due to chemotherapy or radiation. Sometimes you might feel a burning or itching sensation the first few times you use capsaicin but eventually this decreases and you will see the benefits of this natural wonder.

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