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Lavender flower essential oil has a long traditional history of use for anxiety and stress, but also some modern meaningful scientific research confirming its excellent effectiveness in treating general anxiety disorders. Here is yet another recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study comparing the effects of a lavender cream and foot bathing on anxiety, stress and even […]

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What if I told you there was a natural therapy that boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, improves sleep, reduces stress, increases energy, increases focus, and speeds the recovery from surgery…..and, is free!!! I’m guessing you would say… “I definitely want some of that!” Turns out the healing power of nature is […]

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Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the more common gynecological reasons why women come to their health care provider. The experience and results of heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly impact quality of life just due to frequency of needing to attend to bleeding protection in the bathroom, restricting her desire or ability to go out […]

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Introduction: The relationship between the microbiota in the gut and the etiology (cause) of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is becoming increasingly clear. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, and more common in women. It is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain and variable types of other symptoms including episodic diarrhea and/or constipation, […]

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Migraine headaches are one of the most common causes of pain and can vary from a minimal impact on activities of daily living to even incapacitating. Numerous over the counter and prescription drugs exist for acute migraine headaches but problems abound with poor satisfaction in many cases and varied side effects in others. In addition, […]

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A randomized double blind placebo controlled trial was conducted in patients with chronic primary insomnia in West Bengal, India. Individuals were randomly assigned to receive 1 tablet of an herbal combination or 10 mg of zolpidem for 2 weeks. The herbal combination contained 300 mg valerian extract (standardized to 0.8% total valerenic acid), 80 mg […]

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Women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study, were evaluated for the relationship between sleep duration and hypertension. In women who slept 5 hours or less, the incidence of hypertension was significantly higher than among those women who slept 7 hours. This association of 5 hours or less and hypertension was seen only in women […]

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Medications During Pregnancy

Two recent studies suggest that select medications during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in the child. The first study looked at the use of antidepressants during pregnancy in a Swedish study. The records of 4,429 children who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were reviewed and compared with 43,000 age and […]

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Effect of aromatherapy massage on menopause symptoms

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils from plants. These essential oils can be utilized through inhalation, oral intake, bathing, compresses and massage. Aromatherapy massage is the most widely utilized complementary therapy in the U.S. The purpose of the current study was to determine the effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms. This study […]

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SJW and Perimenopause

This double-blind, randomized clinical trial, studied the effect of Hypericum perforatum extract (St. John’s wort extract) compared with placebo, on symptoms and quality of life of 47 symptomatic perimenopausal women aged 40 to 65 with three or more hot flashes per day. Women were randomly assigned to receive a St. John’s wort extract (900 mg […]

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