Posts tagged Herbs
10 Natural Alternatives to Allergy Medications

With nearly 50 million Americans and even more world wide suffering from seasonal allergies, people are beginning to look for solutions outside of conventional medications. Over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicines can have a plethora of side effects like nosebleeds, headache, brain fog, drowsiness, dry mouth, and nervousness just to name a few. There are many natural allergy remedies floating around out there, so we searched for the herbal equivalent to common allergy medications and here’s what we found.

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Beating High Blood Sugar With Berberine

With staggering statistics put out by the CDC on how over 100 million Americans (not including other countries) have either diabetes or prediabetes, many people are searching for means of controlling blood sugar issues without having to resort to pharmaceutical interventions. What is even more staggering is that approximately 1 in 4 don’t even know that they have diabetes or prediabetes, and are simply living with the consequences of a dysregulated metabolism. Aside from the obvious diet, exercise, and lifestyle interventions, what approaches can be taken using supplementation of naturally occuring herbs or compounds? Enter: berberine.

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Fix Your Joints and More With Turmeric (6 Main Health Benefits)

We have an extensive research review on turmeric which can be read here, but this article is meant to be a quick guide to the main health benefits of turmeric and how you should use it in your daily regimen. Curcumin is also included here, as it is the main component of turmeric which gives it the beneficial effects, but tends to be found in supplement form most often. To use our name properly, we find that turmeric is the herbal equivalent to many common pain medications like ibuprofen as you'll see shortly. So let's get into why you should use this spice.

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Ashwagandha for Athletes and Anxiety

Our constantly stressful lives has made the adaptogen craze bigger than ever. Everything from medicinal mushrooms like reishi and chaga to herbs like rhodiola and ashwagandha have had an explosive boom in sales because we love to constantly live on the edge, but we also love to have low stress - two things that don’t often coincide. Anxiety is one of the top mental health issues facing the world, largely due to the huge amounts of stress we impose upon ourselves. I suppose you’ve heard that adaptogens can help, and we’re here to give you the scoop on what the science says about these herbs. Today, our focus is ashwagandha.

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Sambucus nigra (Black Elderberry), Oscillococcinum and Immune Boosters for Flu Season

There has been a recent explosion of people looking to use sambucus extract (derived from elderberries) in hopes of reducing the suffering that’s coming along with the extreme flu outbreak in the past few weeks. Store shelves have been ravaged due to a viral social media post depicting the combination of oscillococcinum and sambucus as a flu treatment as recommended by an unnamed nurse. As a result, prices online have skyrocketed due to scarcity of the products. Should you shell out the money for it?

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Turmeric: The Medicinal Wonder Spice

The market for turmeric has exploded over the past few years as both a supplement and food ingredient. At The Herbal Equivalent, we find it fascinating the amount of research that’s been conducted on turmeric for a host of different applications, and that it’s only recently caught on in the western world despite it having roots in ancient medicinal practices for a few thousand years.

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