Natural Health Remedies, organized by the complaint. Please note that if you choose to help your body heal by using any of these remedies, it is important that you still have to seek help with a qualified health advisor, such as a doctor, as well, because everyone's body is unique. It is good to take responsibility for your own health but make sure that you are informed by many different sources, before taking action.
Dr. Mercola recommends ozone therapies for degenerative joint disease. (6)
During my diet experiments, I found two less-well-known candidates for causing dehydration: too much fiber, and too few carbohydrates. I'm not sure which one (or both) was the cause of dehydration, but you can read more in these articles: Fiber Can Cause Dehydration and Carbohydrates Increase Energy.
Dehydration can be linked to restless feet, hot flushes, brain fog, tiredness, hormone imbalances, premature aging, addictions, and almost any other problems in the body and mind. The most common cause of headaches is dehydration. Also, if you are constipated, the first remedy should be to drink more water.
A high-quality water source will make it easier to become hydrated. Also, adequate natural salt, surprisingly enough, is important for hydration (even though too much of and the wrong kind of salt is dehydrating). The same is true of other minerals. Stay away from diuretics, such as caffeine and alcohol, as well as from dehydrating foods, such as sugar.
Sweating a lot (baths, saunas, exercise), being in a hot environment, salty sea air, and central heating (processed air) can increase the body's need for water.
According to a Chinese Doctor, kidney weakness may be behind the body's fluid imbalances - use herbs and lifestyle changes to strengthen the kidneys. She also says that stress causes bad kind of heat in the body which increases the body's need for fluids. Other sources say that adequate levels of potassium and sodium are important for both hydration and proper kidney function.
If you need inspiration on staying well-hydrated, read: Cellular Awakening (book summary).
Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and other conditions can make you more thirsty than usual as well.
Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You're Not Sick; You're Thirsty: Don't Treat Thirst with Medications by F. Batmanghelidj:
Note also that many people report that adequate hydration is required for your body to be able to function properly electrically and energetically.
Your body's every single cell needs oxygen, water and nutrients to function properly. If you get enough absorbable minerals (ideally in ionic form) from your food, drink and supplements, they will be transported to the cells in the blood plasma. Out of the four macrominerals, sodium and potassium are needed for the 'sodium-potassium pump' to work properly, which is one of the mechanisms the cell has to take nutrients into the cell and push toxins out of the cell. Water can either get into the cell via the sodium-potassium pump or - if the water consists of small enough molecules - it can get through the cell membrane via protein pathways ('facilitated diffusion'). This process is explained in more detail here: Cell Membrane Permeability.
Adequate sodium, potassium, other macrominerals, trace minerals and water are all crucial to proper hydration of the cells (and therefore proper hydration of the body). Exercise is important because it speeds up the metabolism and enables the cell exchanges (of water, nutrients, toxins, etc.) in and out of the cell to be speeded up and more energy to be generated for the body. From Wikipedia: "Cellular respiration is a set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products."
Some types of water may be easier for the body to utilise than others. In other words, some water may be better at hydrating you. The science of this under debate at the moment, however. Many people believe that tap water is not as easy to utilise due to the processing and filtration it goes through. Some, e.g. Dr. Pollack, believe that the best water is 'structured', which is achieved by sunlight or infrared radiation. Live spring water and water in raw foods (especially in fruits) is considered best by those who believe that living natural water holds energetic benefits. Some people believe that adding lemon juice to water 'charges' it and helps to structure it. Magnets may change the water, the molecule size of different waters may be different, and water may carry certain frequenzes, nutrients and oxygen. The pH of the water is considered to be important too. Therefore the science of water is complex but drinking natural spring water is probably the best bet.
Note that Dr. Batmanghelidj's book 'Your Body's Many Cries for Water' explains that dehydration symptoms can include asthma, inflammation, allergies, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stress, pain, etc.
I have noticed that drinking 2 pints of water each morning before breakfast, with liquid ionic minerals added, greatly reduces my histamine intolerance symptoms.
Read also: Live Spring Water Benefits.
Read: "Dementia on the G8 Agenda: The Good, the Bad, and the Encouraging News" (external link). The article suggests that healthy food, i.e. diet rich in vegetables and low in meat, is better than drugs to fight dementia. It also quotes a research study which found that supplementing with 2000 IU of vitamin E per day slowed the decline of the disease. Those taking vitamin E also functioned significantly better in daily life.
The above article also states that 70% of those with dementia have Alzheimer's. You may also wish to read the entry here on Alzheimer's disease natural remedies.
This article is relevant to dementia generally, and not only to Alzheimer's: Diabetes Type 3
Depression is a complicated problem with potentially some very simple solutions.
Depression, especially in pre-menopausal or postmenopausal women can also be due to estrogen deficiency. See: "Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps" for a general discussion on women's hormone imbalances, their causes and how to remedy these naturally.
Spending time in nature and exercise have both shown to be very helpful in reducing depression. And at least in milder cases of depression meditation can be very beneficial, as it boosts the brain's 'happy hormones'.
Bright light has not only been shown to help seasonal affective disorder (winter-time depression) but also other types of depression. Natural daylight and full-spectrum light sources are the best in this case. Read also the entry on seasonal affective disorder.
According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, high levels of toxic calcium in the body may be linked to depression, emotional numbness, psychological withdrawal, sexual numbness and lowered awareness level. He calls this 'calcium shell'. (9)
Copper toxicity or copper deficiency may be a contributing factors. See also: Brain Allergies.
Psilocybin of magic mushrooms has been shown to treat depression and other mental health problems. Read more on this topic under anxiety.
In the documentary Food Matters Dr. Andrew W Saul gave the following example of niacin therapy on a suicidally depressed person. She was advised to take 3,000mg of niacin per day or as much as was needed. She got up to 11,500 mg of niacin per day and the depression disappeared. When she stopped taking niacin the depression came back.
Read also: Book: 'The Vitamin Cure for Depression' by Bo Jonsson and Andrew W Saul. Brief summary here (external link).
Dr. Mercola and many other doctors highlights the importance of gut health in overcoming depression. See: intestinal dysbiosis. Intestinal dysbiosis is often an important component, if not a full cause, of depression. Mental health and gut health are very closely linked - do an internet search for 'intestinal dysbiosis depression' and 'the gut is your second brain' to understand this better. Note that systemic candida overgrowth may be an underlying cause of both intestinal dysbiosis and depression.
"Depressed patients with low folic acid levels that do not respond well to anti-depressants often improve significantly with folic acid supplementation. High B12 levels are similarly associated with improved outcome in depression." - Dr. Raymond J Pataracchia on Alternativementalhealth.com, "Orthomolecular treatment for Depression, Anxiety & Behavior Disorders"
Read also: "The Tryptophan Steal: The Hidden Reason Stress Makes You Depressed" by Dr Rostenberg.
Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. It can be caused by systemic candida overgrowth among other things.
Book: "There is a Cure for Diabetes" by Dr. Gabriel Cousens
Also you may wish to attend or visit the website of Dr Cousens' Tree of Life Health Center and their Diabetes Recovery Programme ( treeoflifecenterus.com/diabetes-recovery-program ).
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: "The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes":
Ian Brighthope: "The Vitamin Cure for Diabetes":
Watch the documentary: Raw for 30 Days, which shows how people were able to get off insulin following a raw food diet. Type 1 diabetics improved on the diet as well, although Type 2 diabetics got faster and better results.
Dr. Brian Clement explains in a You Tube video entitled: "Diabetes, Sugar Addiction and Other Diseases" that Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and can be healed by a low-fat, low-sugar diet, while following the Hippocrates Health Institute's recommended (raw food) diet. Type 1 Diabetes, he says, can sometimes be reversed but not always. But even those who can't reverse it will gain better health and be possibly able to reduce insulin, according to him. One of the causes of Type 1 diabetes, he says, are mothers being gluten-intolerant or having Celiac Disease while pregnant.
In another video ("How to Eliminate Sugar Addiction") Dr. Clement quotes research results that maybe upward of 40% of the people who have type 1 diabetes have an allergy to gluten or celiac disease. So, he says, watch out what you eat in the form of grains and even if you're eating raw grains, go to the heavier protein ones, like millet and quinoa and taf. Any cooked grain, wholegrain or not, should be out of your diet, according to Dr. Clement.
Although both Dr. Clement and Dr. Cousens recommend a raw food and low-sugar diet, Dr. Gabriel Cousens' diet seems to allow for more fat consumption.
For information on diabetic circulatory problems, look into Dr. Matthias' Rath's work on Dr. Rath Health Foundation website.
Please note also that a mycoplasma infection may be a causative factor in Type II diabetes.
In the juice fasting documentary: 'Superjuice Me' (summary here), some people juice fasting for 28-days report improvements in diabetes symptoms. I wouldn't recommend this approach without a doctor's supervision, however, since especially fruit juices, but also vegetable juices can be too sugary for many with insulin resistance and/or diabetes.
Doctoryourself.com: "Ways to Make Nutritional Progress Against Diabetes" by Dr. Andrew W. Saul
Note that according to Jeffrey McCombs (a candida expert) diabetes-like symptoms may be linked to systemic candida overgrowth.
Read also, as relevant: Type 3 Diabetes: Alzheimer's Disease
Sometimes diarrhea can be a sign of a serious illness and doctor's help should be sought at first instance. It can be also caused by food poisoning, a stomach flu, laxatives, or too much of certain foods or natural herbs (e.g. prune juice or senna).
For someone with diarrhea, it is very important to ensure enough liquids and electrolyte minerals, as these are lost through body fluids.
Gut health has been increasingly linked with mental health also.
Parasites are a major cause of stomach pain and other digestion-related problems.
"Heartburn, gas, bloating, constipation and general indigestion are often the first signs of problems related to mineral deficiencies and imbalances, poor protein digestion, sodium deficiency and calcium excess in over 90 percent of patients." - Robert Thompson, MD, and Kathleen Barnes in (book): "The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor STILL Doesn't Know". They advice that these interlinked problems can be gradually resolved with ionic mineral supplementation, ideally informed by HTMA mineral analysis performed by Trace Elements Inc (lab), and by secondary means of good diet and individually-tailored supplementation of wholefood based vitamins. 90% of people also need to eat more sea salt (Celtic), to counter sodium deficiency, they advice. Read also: Benefits of rock salt. (Note: Normal table salt is chemical poison.)
See also, as relevant, natural health remedy entries for: gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS), diarrhea, inflammation, abdominal bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, autism, anxiety, autoimmune disorders, infections, bad breath, carbohydrate sensitivity, constipation, flatulence (gas), inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal permeability, metabolic syndrome, nausea, overweight, belly fat, parasites, stomach ache, ulcerative colitis.
See: Intestinal dysbiosis.
Colloidal silver may be helpful for this, a drop in each ear. But please research the type of colloidal silver to use to ensure it's safe before trying this.
I have also heard that a piece of garlic placed in the ear can help. Be careful, don't make the garlic piece too small as to go inside the ear because it may harmful or difficult to get out. The garlic should be like an earplug, visible and only slightly inside the ear.
I suspect the reason both of these work is because they are natural antibiotics.
See also: natural health remedy for infections.
Read: Is Vitamin C an Ebola Cure in Megadoses?
Important information on Ebola virus and how to increase your chances of survival in the case of an Ebola outbreak near you. Preparedness, natural antivirals, how to strengthen your immune system, isolation and self-sufficiency, basic essentials, how to prevent exposure and how to prevent getting infected.
In the following article Dr. Mercola features Dr. Robert Rowen and his quest to heal ebola in Sierra Leone using oxidation therapies: Ozone Therapy: A Possible Answer to Ebola? (external link)
See also: natural health remedy for viral infections.
Jeffrey McCombs states that eczema can be caused by systemic candida overgrowth.
Helpful short-term remedies may be: coconut oil, sea salt spray, sea water, sunlight (or sunbed) and magnesium baths. Longer-term probiotics may help to improve gut health and overcome intestinal dysbiosis which may be linked to skin problems. Addressing gut health and any digestive issues in general may be key to eliminating this problem for good.
Note that both eczema and digestive problems can flare up with stress.
See also: natural health remedy for skin conditions.
Edema, also called oedema, is a condition where too much fluid is retained in the body's tissues and cavities and usually manifests as swelling in all or some parts of the body. It can be caused by injury or inflammation. To rule out chronic conditions requiring medical care (e.g. dangerous infections, heart disease, burns, liver disease, other illnesses, kidney disease, etc.) please consult your doctor, first of all. Mild edema is common during pregnancy.
For a discussion on less severe causes of edema, swelling and puffiness, as well as natural remedies, please see: water retention.
"Endometriosis involves series 2 prostaglandins. It should, therefore, be helpful to add [omega 3] fatty acids from flax or fish to the diet to down-regulate excessive PG2 production. Often, candida is involved in endometriosis. This should be treated. Soybean products and flax may also be helpful. [..]
"Nutrient enrichment and better nutritional balance, improved life-style, and detoxification should improve endometriosis. More research is needed."
- Udo Erasmus in Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, pp. 350-351
"Areas where endometrial tissue grows in the body become very inflamed, and the long-lasting inflammation prevents the body from properly healing. Therefore, one of the most important things for an endometriosis sufferer to do is to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body." - "Curing Endometriosis Through Natural Methods" on Healthwyze.org, written by Sarah C. Corriher
Points made in the above article, summarized:
"Exercise in the week prior to the menstrual cycle can be very beneficial. Sweating is the only way to cleanse the lymph nodes, and endometriosis is a disease that is often influenced by toxicity." - Sarah C. Corriher (link as above)
Research findings show Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) to be effective in treating endometriosis:
Flower A1, Liu JP, Chen S, Lewith G, Little P.: "Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis".
"Being gluten free is almost a must with this condition. Inflammation from gluten sensitivity aggregates the side effects by possibly feeding the scar tissue internally." - Gizmo on Amazon Book Reviews, reviewing: "The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis" by Tamer Seckin MD.
"Endometriosis: A Key to Healing Through Nutrition" by Dian Shepperson Mills, Michael Vernon:
This book states that endometriosis is an auto-immune disease. It advises to:
"From Pain to Peace With Endo: Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis" by Aubree Deimler:
"Heal Endometriosis Naturally: WITHOUT Painkillers, Drugs, or Surgery" by Wendy K Laidlaw:
"Endometriosis Diet: Heal Naturally With Nutritional Therapy" by Barbara Williams:
Vitamin D3 supplementation, raw food diet, and eliminating MSG have shown some promise in helping this condition. Food allergies and mineral and other nutritional deficiencies (see: 'brain allergies') should definitely be tested for, and all processed foods eliminated, in favour of organic wholefoods - to eliminate all symptoms caused by chemicals.
Copper toxicity may also be a factor.
Naturalhealthnews.com reported that the herb Valerian can be very helpful for epilepsy.
Read also: natural health remedy entry for nervous system disorders.
See also, as relevant, natural health remedy entry for menstrual cramps.
See: "Natural remedies for menstrual cramps" for a discussion on women's hormone imbalances, their causes and how to remedy these naturally.
See also: natural health remedy entries for women's hormonal problems.
Vitamin A is important for good eyesight. Many people are not able to get enough A vitamin from vegetables due to lack of enzymes. Supplementation or eating the liver of animals or liver oil of fish may be important. Synthetic A vitamins can be harmful, however.
Lutein is a carotenoid found in many green vegetables and is linked to improved eye and heart health. Eat green vegetables with butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter or avocado to improve the absorption of this nutrient in the digestive system.
Goji berries have and "extraordinary amount" of eye-health-improving carotenoid, zeaxanthin, according to David Wolfe (in Longevity Now). He says that recent research indicates that goji berries can help protect the eyesight of the elderly.
The Vitamin Cure for Eye Disease: How to Prevent and Treat Eye Disease Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation by Robert G Smith, PhD, and Andrew W Saul, PhD:
Natural Health Remedies A-Z - full list of conditions
This list is work in progress... New remedies are added weekly. Much of the information I have been collecting is still unwritten - I am doing the best I can to share it with you. However, if you would like me to write about a specific condition you can leave a request below.
Natural health remedy for parasites
Brief History of Natural Medicine in Europe
Zakhah: The Joy of Living Live
David Wolfe: Longevity Now - book summary
David Wolfe on Calcification
Brian Clement: How to Avoid Aging
Natural health remedy for arthritis
AIDS Abdominal Bloating Abdominal Fat Acid Reflux Acne Addiction Addiction to Cigarettes ADHD Adrenal Fatigue Adrenal Insufficiency Aggression Aging Alcoholism Allergies Alzheimer's Disease Anemia Anger Angina Anorexia Anxiety Arteriosclerosis Arthritis Asthma Aspergillus Mold Infection Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Autism Autoimmune Disorders
Bacterial Infections Bad Breath Brain Fog Back Pain Bee Sting Behavioral Difficulties Belly Fat Bipolar Disorder Bloated Belly Blood Clotting Blood Pressure, High Blood Sugar Imbalance Bone Density Loss Brain Tumor Breast Cancer Burnout
Caffeinism Calcifications Cancer Candiasis, Systemic Candida Yeast Infection Carbohydrate Sensitivity Cardiovascular Disease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cataracts Cell-Wall Deficient Bacteria Cholesterol, Too High Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cigarette Addiction Cold Sore Colds, Common Colon Cancer Confidence Problems Constipation Copper Toxicity Cough Cravings for Alcohol Cravings for Food Cravings for Sugar Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Degenerative Joint Disease Dehydration Dementia Depression Dermatitis Diabetes Diarrhea Digestive Problems Dysbiosis Ear Infection Ebola Eczema Edema Emotional Control Problems Endocrine Problems Endometriosis Epilepsy Estrogen Dominance Estrogen Deficiency Eyesight, Poor
Hangover Headaches Heartburn Heart Disease Heart Palpitations Hepatitis Herpes Virus Heavy Metal Toxicity Hiccups HIV Hormonal Problems, Women Hormone Imbalance Hot Flashes Hyperthyroidism Hypoglycaemia Hypothyroidism
Immune System, Weak Infections Infertility Inflammation Inflammatory Bowel Disease Influenza (Flu) Intracellular Bacteria Infections Insomnia Intestinal Dysbiosis Insulin Resistance Intestinal Permeability Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Jitters
Meniere's Disease Menopause Menstrual Cramps Menstrual Pain Mental Health Problems Metabolic Syndrome Migraines Mineral Deficiencies Mold Infection Moodiness Mosquito Bites Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Muscle Pain Mycoplasma Fermentans Infection
Pain Paranoia Parasites Parkinson's Disease Period Pain Phobias PMS Polio Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Post-Nasal Drip Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Prediabetes Premenstrual Syndrome Progesterone Deficiency Prostate Problems Psoriasis Psychosis Puffiness
Scars Schizophrenia Sciatica Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Shingles Sinus Infection Sinusitis Skin Conditions Sleep Apnea Smoking Snoring Stagnation in the Body Stomach Ache Stomach Fat Stress Sugar Addiction Swelling Swine Flu
Thirst Thyroid, Sluggish or Too Slow Tics Tinnitus Tiredness Tooth Decay Toothache Tourette's Syndrome Trauma Tuberculosis (TB) Tumors Ulcerative Colitis Vertigo Violence Viral Infections Water Retention
Ulla is the Editor of Cheap Health Revolution, covering natural remedies and health solutions.