By Mel Borins

This booklet outlines the advantages and hazards of other drugs, drawing on medical study to teach which remedies paintings, which don't, and the way to take advantage of them. It deals a balanced, independent standpoint sponsored via technology.

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0 g of ginger. 9 Ginger for Menstrual Pain Another traditional use of ginger is the relief of menstrual cramps. Primary dysmenorrhea is menstrual pain that is not associated with obstruction or disease. Many women experience cramps during menses. One trial was conducted with 150 medical university students. Participants were divided into three groups, with Group One receiving 250 mg capsules of ginger rhizome powder four times a day for three days from the start of their menstrual period. indd 21 7/15/14 1:44 PM A Doctor’s Guide to Alternative Medicine protocol.

American Ginseng In the New World, American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, which is closely related to the Asian species, was also used by Native Americans for wholebody purposes. Menominee hunters chewed the aromatic root to attract deer, while the women of Meskwaki and Pawnee nations used it to attract a lover or husband. Penobscot women drank an infusion of the root to increase their fertility, and Ojibwa hunters carried it for a good luck charm. The Iroquois used it as eyewash for infants’ sore eyes, and an infusion was drunk to alleviate body sores.

Shakespeare Few medicinal herbs have a history as colorful and well traveled as the tropical herbaceous ginger, Zingiber officinale. No one knows for certain where the plant originated, although many botanists believe it came from India, since that is where most biologically diverse varieties of ginger are found. The part of the plant used for culinary and medicinal purposes is the rhizome, a thickened underground stem, from which roots and shoots appear. Ginger was mentioned in literature as far back as the fourth century BCE, in the Indian epic Mahabharata, as one of the main flavorings used in stewed beef.

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