Natural Health Questions and AnswersMay 5, 2010 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Answering questions about natural health topics is one of my favorite parts of this job. It’s rewarding whether or not I have a good response to the inquiry being posed. If I already know the answer, it makes me happy to share it with others. On the other hand, if I’m stumped by a question, it gives me an incentive to do a little digging and expand my own knowledge base. Either way, it’s a winning proposition for all involved.
Today I’ve chosen three reader questions and answers to share with you because I think the answers will be relevant to many of you or perhaps someone you know.
- Question #1 – Is there anything natural I can take to help ease the pain I feel after working out?
You might want to consider experimenting with ginger root. A study appearing in the April 23rd issue of the Journal on Pain reports that 2 grams a day of ginger effectively reduces pain intensity resulting from eccentric exercise. The degree of pain relief was classified as “moderate-to-large” and was evident in volunteers using either a heat-treated or raw ginger preparation. These results are consistent with previous studies that have demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity re: ginger and arthritis. (1)
- Question #2 – I know some people use ginseng to boost energy. Is it a stimulant like coffee? My doctor doesn’t want me to drink coffee because it’s too stimulating.
Ginseng isn’t considered a stimulant. Rather it’s generally defined as an adaptogen – a non-toxic substance that aids your body and mind in dealing with mental and physical stress. Some physicians consider coffee inadvisable for certain patients with cardiovascular or psychological conditions. However ginseng may actually yield special benefits for select patients living with either of these health concerns. Recent experiments published in the American Journal of Hypertension and the journal Sleep indicate that ginseng may improve arterial stiffness and enhance sleep quality thanks to an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect. (2,3)
- Question #3 – What’s new in the world of natural prostate cancer treatment?
A preliminary study in the May edition of the European Journal of Cancer Prevention tested the effects of a phytochemical known as DIM (diindolylmethane) in an animal model of prostate cancer (PC). Three groups of mice with PC were administered varying dosages of DIM (2 or 10 mg/kg) or a placebo for “five or more weeks”. At the completion of the trial, it was determined that the mice receiving DIM had “significantly reduced tumor development”. It’s interesting to note that the lower dosage of DIM (2 mg/kg) performed better than the higher dosage (10 mg/kg) – a 60% vs. 40% reduction in tumor development. The DIM mice also exhibited smaller tumors in comparison to the placebo mice. No changes were found in relation to kidney or liver function and body weight. This suggests a lack of toxicity. I wouldn’t call this a new “treatment” option, but it certainly seems like encouraging news which will hopefully be replicated in future human studies. (4)
What natural health questions do you want to have answered? Let me know what’s on your mind and I may be able to help. But even better than that, just know that your questions will also be helping me out and possibly even others who read our question and answer exchange. So please send me what you’ve got and keep a look-out. The answer to your question may be appearing soon in an upcoming blog.
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Tags: Fatigue, Ginseng, Prostate
Posted in Bone and Joint Health, Exercise, Mental Health