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Archive for March, 2009

HERBAL TREATMENT FOR SKIN PROBLEMS: CUTS, WOUNDS AND ECZEMA

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Cuts, Wounds and Grazes A good all-purpose remedy for cuts, wounds and grazes is made as follows: 1 part Marigold flowers (antiseptic/vulnerary) 1 part Plantain leaves (haemostatic/antiseptic/vulnerary) 1 part St John’s Wort herb (analgesic/antiseptic/vulnerary) 1 part Comfrey root (emollient/vulnerary) Poultice, compress or ointment: apply to affected area, renewing 2-4 times daily Many other herbs are [...]

HERBAL TREATMENT OF FEMALE AILMENTS

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Uterine and Ovarian Problems For uterine haemorrhage or bleeding: Shepherd’s Purse herb Decoction of the fresh or dried plant: 1/2-1 cup every 15-30 minutes until the bleeding is checked (in most cases bleeding is arrested after the first or second cupful)   3 parts Stinging Nettle herb 2 parts Cinnamon bark (powdered) Infusion: 1/2-1 ñèð [...]

HERBS: VERVAIN

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Verbena officinalis Action: Nervine, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, antipyretic, cholagogue, galactagogue, tonic, vulnerary. Systems Affected: Nerves, circulation, liver, gall-bladder, stomach, intestines, uterus. Preparation and Dosage (thrice daily): Dried leaves and flowers, dose 2-5 grams by infusion. Vervain, native to Europe and introduced elsewhere, is a perennial herb growing up to 80 centimeters or so in height. It [...]

HERBS: MOTHERWORT

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Leonurus cardiaca Action: Sedative, antispasmodic, cardiac tonic, hypotensive, emmenagogue. Systems Affected: Nerves, heart, circulation, uterus. Preparation and Dosage (thrice daily): Dried flowering plant, dose 2-5 grams by infusion. There are several species of Leonurus throughout the world, all with similar cardiotonic, sedative and emmenagogue properties. The Asian species L. artemisia is an important herb in [...]

HERBS: COLTSFOOT

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Tussilago farfara Action: Expectorant, antitussive, anti-catarrhal, pectoral, antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient. Systems Affected: Lungs, mucous membranes. Preparation and Dosage (thrice daily): Dried leaves, dose 0.5-3.0 grams by decoction. Named after its leaf shape, Coltsfoot is one of the most important herbal remedies for respiratory problems. Used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, its Latin name Tussilago [...]

HIV TRANSMISSION: SEX WITH INFECTED PARTNER

Friday, March 27th, 2009

It is estimated that with a single anal or genital sexual contact with an infected partner, the average risk of becoming infected is roughly 1 in 300. The risk may be as high as 1 in 10, however, if an infected partner is at a more infectious stage, as described previously. No reliable statistics are [...]

STD GONORRHEA: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

About 10 percent of men and 20-40 percent of women are symptom free. If a person infected with gonorrhea experiences symptoms, the symptoms usually appear within a few days of infection, but they may develop at any time from one day to a few weeks afterward. Women Symptoms of cervical infection with gonorrhea are discharge [...]

BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS (BV) INFECTION AMONG LESBIAN WOMEN

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Women who have sex with other women are also at risk of becoming infected with STDs in the ways that any person could become infected, such as receiving a transfusion of a blood product that was not adequately screened for infection, sharing injection drug works, and receiving tattooing or body piercing with unclean equipment. The [...]

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS: TRANSRECTAL ULTRASOUND

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Like sonar on a submarine, ultrasound draws pictures using sound waves. Transrectal ultrasound can detect differences between cancerous and normal tissue in the prostate by means of a special probe, inserted in the rectum. In most cases, it allows doctors to see the entire prostate. This transrectal (through the rectum) approach is a big improvement [...]

THE URINARY TRACT: KIDNEYS FUNCTIONS

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The kidneys are the body’s main filters. The system by which they cleanse the body of impurities—and, at the same time, salvage and recycle useful materials—is at once intricate and elegant. They work like a vast complex of drainage ditches, tributaries, and streams leading to a river. Each kidney contains more than a million building [...]