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Reflections about my Indian journey

I would not have travelled to India were it not for my youngest son who has been travelling in India for almost 6 months, realising great personal growth and having a great time.It was a wonderful time of connection and openness to new experiences.

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Dr Clare GP and Medical Herbalist Talks about IBS

How can herbs help me with digestive problems? Dr Dilis Clare MBBCh, DRCOG, BSc (Herbal Medicine), Hon Clinical Fellow NUIG Medical School. What is IBS? This is a common disorder causing a wide range of uncomfortable digestive symptoms. According to Prof Eamonn Quigley (Professor of Medicine University College Cork, president of the World Gastroenterology Assoc.) more than 10% of people could be suffering from this disorder.  The common symptoms are bloating, wind, crampy tummy pain and either constipation or diarrhoea. Some people alternate between constipation and diarrhoea. It can come and go often depending on dietary factors or stress levels. It is diagnosed by excluding other more serious digestive conditions. If you have regular or ongoing digestive disturbance it is...

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Let's talk about Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is a member of the Ginger family. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over two thousand years to treat inflamed joints, digestive conditions such as peptic ulcer and dyspepsia, skin problems, and age-related degenerative conditions.

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Herbs to boost your immune system

In conjunction with plenty of sleep, vitamin D, exercise and a healthy diet, some herbs can help keep fight those bugs. I have formulated an immune tonic based on the herbs below. AstragalusAstragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Astragalus is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress. The dried root is used medicinally.Astragalus is used for common cold, upper respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and to strengthen and regulate the immune system. It is also used as for fibromyalgia, as an antibacterial and antiviral tonic. People with autoimmune disease should speak with their doctor or herbalist first before taking Astragalus because it may stimulate...

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Why I left a successful clinical practice to become a herbalist

I consider myself a conventional doctor after all herbal medicine is very conventional. As a herbalist, I follow the same path as Hippocrates and take the same clinical history and use the same language and clinical examination as taught to me in medical school. This is shared ground with all western medical herbalists. Herbs and pharmaceuticals have shared history and science; many drugs originated as plant derivatives and a number can still only be produced from plants.

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