Herbal Remedies for Strep Throat

60A bacterial infection, strep throat is a contagious disease which is more severe than a throat infection caused by a virus. Children between 5 – 15, are the ones who are the most vulnerable to contract this infection. However, it is also known to affect people of all ages. It is characterized by symptoms such as sore and scratchy throat, difficulty swallowing, and pain in the throat. This infection isn’t harmful in itself, but it is considered severe due to the complications it gives rise to. An untreated case of strep throat can easily lead to infection of the tonsils, sinuses, skin and middle ear. Blood infection could also be an outcome. Aside these, other serious conditions such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, and kidney inflammation could also be the result. In some cases, such complications occur even after the infection has been treated.

Strep Throat Herbal Treatment

A popular herbal treatment for strep throat is the herb sage. Pour a cup of water on a handful of sage leaves, and bring the water to a boil. Let it come down to the room temperature, and add lemon juice and salt to taste. Drink this tea whenever required. This herb is antimicrobial in nature thus, helps in treating such an infection.
Echinacea is an effective, natural remedy for strep throat. Pour a cup of boiling water over a handful of dried echinacea flowers. Let the mixture steep for 15 – 20 minutes. You can also add grated ginger to the flowers. After they have steeped, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, stir well and drink. Honey can be added to enhance the flavor. Echinacea treats strep throat by boosting the immune system. It helps the body to increase its immunity against infectious microbes like those which cause strep throat.
Then comes a herb known as goldenseal. This herb gets its power to acts as an antibiotic from its constituent known as berberine. And not only does it help the body to ward off bacteria, but it also acts on intestinal parasites, fungus, and even a wide range of flu viruses. As mentioned in the above methods, pour a cup of boiling water on dried goldenseal root, and let it steep for 10 – 15 minutes.
Garlic is well-known for its antibacterial properties, and that is why its use is a popular treatment of strep throat. This bulbous herb has what is known as allicin as one of its active constituents. And this very substance can be compared to a weak penicillin. So, if you have a mild strep throat, all you may need to do is to chew some raw cloves of garlic or take it with your meals.
A herb called angelica is beneficial in relieving the symptoms of strep throat. Chewing the stems of the herb in the morning helps in soothing the throat, and when chewed before bed time, it aids in sleeping.

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Essential Tremor Natural Remedies

59Essential tremor (ET) is the most frequently reported movement disorder. Medically, it is described as a chronic and progressive neurological problem that affects mostly the upper extremities (hands) and head. Nevertheless, an essential tremor can affect other parts of the body as well. Involuntary shaking to some extent is commonly seen in nearly all people, but the symptom is so mild that it is hardly worth paying any heed to. To understand better in regards to the natural remedies for essential tremor, first let’s take a look at the causes and symptoms of this neurological problem.

Causes and Symptoms

Involuntary or uncontrolled shaking of the body parts is resulted due to malfunctions in the nerves that are connected to the affected areas. There is no relevant data that describes the actual essential tremor causes. But, chances are high that it may run in families in the form of a condition known as familial tremor. People of all ages may be afflicted with essential tremor, but the ratio is higher among elderly citizens who are above 65 years. Also, women are at a higher risk of developing this movement disorder than men.

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Herbal Remedies for Allergies

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An allergy can be termed as a disorder associated with the immune system, where the immune system becomes hypersensitive to certain substances called allergens.Usually, the immune system protects the body from the possible invasion of harmful foreign substances, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites by producing antibodies against them.

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Herbal Remedies for Gallstones

57The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, sac-like organ, located beneath the liver in the upper right abdomen. The primary function of this organ is to store the digestive liquid produced by the liver. This liquid, which is known as bile, aids the body in digesting fats. When the body needs this liquid, the gallbladder contracts, forcing the bile to pass through the bile duct to enter the small intestine, where it helps the process of digestion. Normally, bile contains cholesterol, water, proteins, salts, and a waste product called bilirubin. Sometimes, these substances harden to form gallstones, which can be the size of a small grain of sand or can be as big as a golf ball.

In some people, gallstones do not cause any symptom or complication, while others experience severe problems. Those with symptoms require treatment, which involves surgical removal of the gallbladder or medication to dissolve the gallstones. Home remedies may also work wonders for relieving the condition.

Herbal Remedies

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Chinese Herbs as Medicine

56Chinese herbal treatments have been in use since ancient times. These treatments are based on the analysis of the body mechanism which is based on the principles of Daoism. The treatment of various illnesses is based on the diagnosis and the symptoms. The treatment of an illness using Chinese herbs acts on the body internally. Along with herbal treatments, several other remedial measures, such as acupuncture, qigong exercise, and lifestyle management may also be prescribed as part of the treatment process.

Chinese herb therapy has gained a significant amount of interest recently, simply because of the absence of side-effects from the treatments. This is because, the treatments are taken in a whole food form. This way, the drugs are not reduced to their chemical fundamentals (as is the case in Western medicine).

Sometimes, herbal treatment may produce effects which may seem like side effects. However, what is really happening is that the body is detoxifying, and the symptoms worsen before they completely disappear.

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