Ghee, also known as clarified butter comes from India. It is a simmered butter; usually made out of cow's milk. In the process of making it, the liquid residue is removed, and some spices can be added. Ghee is used in traditional Indian, Arabic and South East Asia kitchens. However, ghee is not used just in the kitchen. It is also associated with health benefits, and in some Asian cultures, it is associated with health and religious rituals.

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Fasting is abstinence from food or drink consumption, or both, for a specific period of time. The word Fast comes from Feastan in English, which means to observe. In Sanskrit fast is called Vrath. In naturopathy, it is believed that fasting is important for preservation of health. Fasting could be practiced for a long period or could be practiced with intermittent breaks. It is essential to consult a naturopath incase one wishes to proceed with a prolonged fast. Fasting duration in Naturopathy- Duration of fasting depends on age, nature of illness and prior drug usage. Under professional guidance, fasting could be started with smaller fasts lasting two to three days and gradually duration could be increased.

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Menopause (climacteric) is a situation whereby a woman stops experiencing monthly vaginal bleeding permanently and can no longer give birth. Typically, women between 49 and 52 years experience menopause, yet this stage can come at different biological ages to different individuals. Professions consider occurrence of menopause when a woman has not had vaginal bleeding for one year. Causes of Menopause: Menopause is a natural process and occurs when there is a drop in hormone production by ovaries. In case of uterus removal, menopause comes in earlier as hormone ( estrogen and progesterone) levels fall. Onset of Menopause and its symptoms: Before Menopause actually happens, women usually experience irregular periods. Periods may become longer or shorter or lighter or heavier. Women may also experience hot flashes initially, which gradually subside in a year or two. Vaginal dryness is another symptom that many women experience. Some women also experience pain during menstruation at this point in time, however, post-menopause the condition improves.

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Natural remedies that help in reducing anxiety and depression work towards establishing a state of emotional and physical wellbeing. Once you are aware of your emotional and physical wellbeing, you are better equipped to handle anxiety and depression through making simple lifestyle changes. Most people realize that anxiety is building up in their systems through several indicators such as shortness of breath; constant worry about work, love, money, family or health. One gets anxious, worried and feel need to relax. At this time, one does not feel need for any medication yet , but looks for natural remedies for anxiety and depression. Chamomile tea can work wonders when it comes to calming you down. Some components of Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) are known to bind brain receptors in a way similar to drugs such as Valium do. Chamomile tea can also be consumed as a supplement. Usually supplements available in the market contain dried chamomile flowers along with active ingredient.

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Hemorrhoids are swollen and enlarged blood vessels at the lower part of the anus or rectum. They tend to affect almost every individual, during their lifetime. Recent studies indicate that more than 50% of the US population experience hemorrhoids, by the age of 50. Hemorrhoids can lead to various symptoms and conditions. Although the symptoms tend to be very irritating, they are easily treatable at home. Sometimes, hemorrhoids can bleed heavily or become infected, which may require urgent intervention or even surgery. The good news is that there are numerous prevention tips that can be applied. Causes of Hemorrhoids: The most popular causes of hemorrhoids are straining at stool, constipation, prolonged sitting, irritants in the diet such as red pepper, decaffeinated coffee, as well as alcohol. Stress and pregnancy can also cause hemorrhoids. However, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy usually disappear immediately after delivery. Chronic diarrhea, anal intercourse and obesity, are other causes of hemorrhoids.

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Chinese Alternative Medicine or most commonly known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the use of different mind and body practices as well as herbal medicines to prevent and treat various health problems. It is over 2,000 years old and originated in Eastern Asian regions like China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and Tibet. These are ancient practices that are usually designed to restore balance and harmony in the human body. TCM stimulates the body’s natural curative powers. Today, many people use it as a complementary health approach.

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What is Eczema? Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a term used to describe a cluster of medical conditions that lead to the skin becoming inflamed or irritated. These conditions vary from person to person and manifest in many forms. In mild cases, the skin is generally dry, discolored, scaly and itchy. In more serious cases, there may be crusting and bleeding. As a result of constant scratching, the skin splits and bleeds leaving it open to infection. Although everyone is susceptible to eczema, it is mainly seen in children. Those who get healed of the condition during their childhood may see a recurrence later on in their lives.

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What is Acupuncture? How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy which promotes body’s self-healing process by stimulating acupuncture points. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the philosophy that body remains healthful when two opposing forces, Yin (Universe) and Yang (Body), are in balance. There is a constant flow of energy along specific path (meridians) through 350 Acupuncture points of the body, this keeps Yin and Yang balanced. When the flow of energy is disrupted, body experiences pain/illness. Acupuncture releases blocked energy and helps in bringing Yin and Yang back to a balance, thus enhances self-healing process of the body. Native to China, Acupuncture therapy has recently gained popularity in Europe, the US and Canada for innumerous health benefits that it provides.

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Yeast infection (Candida) is caused by a group of microscopic fungi called Candida albicans. It mainly develops in the vaginal area, but is also found under breasts, lower abdomen, and skin folds. People are more prone to yeast infections in conditions of pregnancy, stress, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Chances of yeast infections also increase when one is on steroids, antibiotics or oral contraceptives. Decline in Estrogen level due to menopause also increases chances of yeast infection.

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