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Light Therapy For Depression

Light Therapy For Depression

New research shows that light therapy may be more effective than Prozac for patients with depression.

Bright light therapy has been traditionally used for people who suffer from circadian rhythm disorders, along with other sleep disorders. It has also been used extensively for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as this type of mood disorder is largely affected by light exposure. However, a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that light therapy may be also effective for major depressive syndromes that are non-seasonal in nature.

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Headache Home Remedy: 5 Natural Remedies To Relieve Your Headache Pain

Headache Home Remedy: 5 Natural Remedies To Relieve Your Headache Pain

Headaches are of different types such as a migraine, sinus headache and tension headache and they all bring discomfort and pain. Among their symptoms are nausea, pounding headache and vomiting. Headaches can be treated with preventive medications and anti-nausea drugs. On the other hand, there are also natural remedies that will relieve your headache pain.

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Cognitive Impairment: Herbal Considerations

Cognitive Impairment: Herbal Considerations

Robin DiPasquale, ND, RH (AHG)

The definition of cognitive function is an intellectual process by which one becomes aware of, perceives, or comprehends ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering. Cognition includes the attention of working memory, producing and comprehending language, learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision making. (www.thefreedictionary.com)

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Herbal Medicines for Hair Loss

Herbal Medicines for Hair Loss

In addition to genetic predisposition to androgenic alopecia and poor circulatory health, stress may exacerbate the process. Acute stress causes hair loss in animals and humans. One investigation of serum cortisol levels and glucocorticoid receptor expression in patients with severe alopecia areata showed a lower expression of glucocorticoid receptors compared to controls1; researchers believe this contributes to pathological changes in the scalp that promote alopecia. Therefore, adaptogenic and nervine herbs might be included in formulas for patients with hair loss where stress and adrenal activation are suspected to play a role.Male-pattern baldness – referred to medically as androgenetic alopecia – involves a slow transformation of large, scalp hair follicles into shorter, thinner, vellus hairs. The major mechanisms that contribute to hair loss in genetically predisposed individuals include rapid shifts in hormone levels (such as in menopause and andropause), loss of extracellular matrix proteins in the follicular bed, poor circulation to the scalp, and localized microinflammation. The most active form of testosterone, 5α-dihydrotestosterone, aggravates genetically-programmed scalp hair follicles to stop producing “normal” head hair, and instead produce fine, miniaturized vellus hairs.

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