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Natural Cures: Bromelain for swelling

The indigenous people from South America have used Bromelain for centuries to dress and treat wounds.  Not, recent research confirms that a medicinal compound (taken in pill form) extracted from the stem and juice of the pineapple plants speeds healing of acute injuries including cuts and bruises.  It works by stopping the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that are by-products of inflammation, improving blood circulation at the injury site.  In Germany, some patients receive Bromelain before and after surgery to minimize swelling around incisions.  It is best to take the enteric-coated version which has a protective shell to help pass the pill beyond the digestive track.  It usually takes 1 to 2 days for Bromelain to work.  Bromelain is known to thin blood; talk to your doctor first about using Bromelain if you already take a blood thinner. A hidden benefit:  Bromelain is also used as a meat tenderizer and helps ease indigestion if taken with...

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Natural Cures: Tai Chi for Insomnia

The slow meditative  exercise regimen known as Tai Chi can help improve sleep for those that toss and turn at night.  Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art in China more than 2,500 years ago and is still practiced widely across Asia.  Tai Chi improves sleep quality in adults with moderate insomnia after practicing the routine for about 16 weeks.  The benefits include reducing stress and improves your...

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Natural Cures: Massage for depression

It has been proven that chronic mental and emotional stress, both of which can lead to depression, are eased by massage.  Studies conclude that massage therapy helps lift the blues.

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Do Fingernails really need to “breathe”?

No-It is a myth that fingernails must be exposed to fresh air to stay healthy, according so some dermatologists.  In fact 24-7 polish protects weak nails from breaking.  To prevent nails from yellowing, it is advised to apply a base coat before the colored polish-especially if you use dark shades.  Darker colored nail polish is more likely to cause your fingers to yellow; the yellowing is harmless and purely cosmetic. If your nails are already yellowed, you can try rubbing them with a lemon wedge.  The acids in the lemon help to whiten the...

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