The low back supports most of the body’s weight, and as a result, is susceptible to pain caused by injury or other problems. Over 80% of adults experience low back pain (LBP) sometime during their life. More than half will have a repeat episode.
It is often difficult to pinpoint the root of low back pain, though poor muscle tone, joint problems, and torn muscles or ligaments are common causes. A herniated or slipped disc may also cause low back pain as well as sciatica, a condition where pain travels down one or both buttocks and/or legs.
Standing or sitting for extended periods, wearing high heels, and being sedentary increase the risk of developing low back pain, as do obesity and back strain due to improper lifting. Up to half of pregnant women experience some low back pain. Long hours spent driving a car may contribute to a herniated disc. This is possibly due to the vibration caused by the car.
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Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain that appears in early childhood. The condition causes impairment of social interaction and communication, as well as unusual behaviours.
What are the symptoms of autism?
Symptoms vary but are characterized by a difficulty in relating to people, objects, and events. Communication problems may be present, such as a lack of eye contact or response when their name is called; fixation on specific subjects or toys; difficulty with changes to routine or surroundings; and repetitive body movements, such as head banging or hand flapping.
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Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD) is defined as age-inappropriate impulsiveness, lack of concentration, and sometimes excessive physical activity.
ADHD has been associated with learning difficulties and lack of social skills. Obviously what constitutes “normal” in these areas covers a wide spectrum; thus it is unclear which child suffers true ADHD and which child is just more rambunctious or rebellious than another. No objective criteria exist to accurately confirm the presence of ADHD. ADHD often goes undiagnosed if not caught at an early age, and it affects many adults who may not be aware of their condition.
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Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the foot that can be caused by a number of different skin fungi.
Generally, athlete’s foot does not cause serious problems; however, the disruption of the skin barrier can be a source of significant infections in people with impaired blood flow to the feet (such as people with diabetes) or in those with impaired immune systems. Infections of the nails are more difficult to treat than those affecting only the skin.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include a persistent, burning itch that often starts between the toes. The skin on the feet may be damp, soft, red, cracked, or peeling; the feet may also show patches of dead skin. The feet often have a strong or unusual smell, and sometimes small blisters occur on the feet.
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Botanically, rosemary is known as Rosmarinus officinalis and has aromatic leaves as well as evergreen needles. Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb that may have flowers that are white, pink, blue, or purple and is native to the Mediterranean region.
The leaves of the rosemary plant are commonly used in cooking for flavoring in foods such as roast, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, or salads.
However, rosemary is not only good for use in foods in fact, essential Rosemary oil has many uses in healing.
There are also many health benefits to rosemary including its ability to:
• Boost memory
• Improve mood
• Relieve pain
• Reduce inflammation
• Stimulate circulation
• and others
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There are many wonderful herbs and plants that are powerful natural healers and have been used by humans long before antibiotics and other modern medicines were even an idea.
When most people hear of peppermint, they think of candy as well as all the ways peppermint is used in their home. You see peppermint in your home in your bath products, mouthwashes, toothpaste, ointments, candies, and gum. However, the uses of peppermint go way beyond those things.
While it is the peppermint oil that gets most of the credit for being the source of the benefits peppermint brings, in reality compounds in the peppermint leaf have also been proven to be beneficial.
A combination of the peppermint extract and peppermint leaves can bring you a wide range of health benefits, as we are going to see below.
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There is nothing new about using herbs and plant life to treat our illnesses, ancient civilisations have been harnessing the power of nature for thousands of years. While feverfew might not be one of the most commonly known supplements, it is widely used to treat migraines and has been since the 80’s.
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Echinacea is possibly the most well-known herbal remedy that has been in use for over 400 years. It is a North American cornflower that the Great Plains tribes have long used as a medicine.
Prior to the introduction of antibiotics in 1950, it was Echinacea that held esteemed status in the medical community. However, as the health care industry moved toward antibiotics and modern medicine practices, Echinacea was lost in the furore.
There are different chemicals in the root and the upper part of the plant. The root holds high concentrations of oils that are known to trigger immune functions.
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Chamomile refers to a range of daisy like plants. These are members of the Asteraceae family. There are actually a number of different species, however the two most commonly known are, Roman chamomile, and German chamomile. Both of these species have been used for their anti-inflammatory and calming properties since ancient times.
It’s an age-old herb that has been used for its medicinal purposes in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. It grew in popularity during the middle ages and was frequently used for a number of medical complaints.
It is widely believed to have been the European counterpart of China’s ginseng. The common complaints chamomile treated were skin diseases, cancer, nervous complaints, nausea, children’s ailments, fevers, inflammations, colic, and asthma.
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Aloe Vera is a long time used medicinal plant that has many uses in the area of natural healing and is a long used medicinal plant that has many uses in the area of natural healing.
While Aloe Vera is about 99% water, the remaining 1%, contains powerful nutrients that work together to provide various medicinal and health values. These ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignins, saponins, fatty acids, and salicylic acid.
Each one of these categories could have an article in their right, regarding the individual molecules and ongoing studies into their effects. For the purpose of this article, we are going to look at how all the properties of Aloe Vera work together and the benefits they provide.
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