Oregano - can it lower blood pressure?

Oregano has hit the headlines as a possible cure for high blood pressure, and it’s being recommended that you substitute it for salt in cooking. But before you rush out to buy some, there are a few things you might be interested to know. The research that this claim is based on was actually carried out on carvacrol, one of the aromatic molecules that makes up the distinctive smell of oregano. Carvacrol is present in m...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 8 Dec 2017

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It's not (just) what you eat...

How and when we eat matters almost as much as what we eat. Traditional medicine systems like the Chinese and Ayurvedic disciplines agree that we should eat well at breakfast and lunchtime, and lightly in the evening a few hours before going to bed. The complete opposite, in fact, of a typical Western pattern these days. And eating slowly matters too; more modern approaches like naturopathy and macrobiotics advise chewing each mouthful up to...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 1 Dec 2017

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What about coffee?

Until recently, everyone knew about coffee. It’s lovely, and it wakes you up and keeps you going through the day…and through the night as well, if you drink too much of it. Many of us have found that we can’t drink coffee late in the evening, if we want a good night’s sleep. And we know that an overdose can give you palpitations and make you jittery, raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart attack....

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 24 Nov 2017

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Mushroom update

Mushrooms are springing up in every woodland in Britain right now, and they’re also being promoted as the latest ‘superfood’. This is not news to traditional Chinese medicine, where they’ve been jewels in the crown for thousands of years, but they hardly feature in the Western pharmacopoeia. Perhaps it’s because in Britain, at least, fungi are usually viewed with deep suspicion. It’s a shame, because we h...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 17 Nov 2017

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Adaptogens - the true story

So Gwyneth Paltrow talked about adaptogens, and suddenly they are the answer to everything. And it’s true that they turn up in probably four out of five herbal prescriptions. An adaptogen is a herb that helps you function at an optimal level; it supports your vital energy, so that a lot of problems fall away. As a practitioner, it’s my experience that you can go a lot further by using herbs like these, rather th...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 10 Nov 2017

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