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Month: April 2014

Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are a special type of fungus that is quite important from medicinal point of view. The mushroom is mainly cultivated in China and Japan. In China it is known as Ling Zhi and in Japan it’s commonly known as reishi mushroom. The mushroom is available in 6 different colors but the most important among them is the red reishi mushroom. Reishi  mushroom has got much attention of the scientists after realizing its health benefits. The mushroom is originally found on the trees of deciduous forests. These forests are often dense. But due to wide range of its benefits, the reishi mushrooms are now cultivated in farms by adopting the basic techniques. The mushroom is somewhat rare and sometimes expensive. The benefits of the mushrooms have leaded the scientists to grow them on a wide scale for the research purposes.

Reishi mushrooms are not soft like other mushrooms. They are available in dark colors and have woody texture. In China the reishi mushrooms are called the Mushroom of immortality. The reason behind is that the use of this mushroom makes a person immune to a wide range of diseases. It also helps in preventing cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It is supposed to increase life spans of the people.

The main things which are associated with the use of the reishi mushroom are that mushrooms works in a way to prevent cardiovascular disease by maintaining the cholesterol levels in blood. Thus it helps in maintaining blood pressure as well. It also increases the immunity of the body and prevents obesity and diabetes.

reishi mushrooms

Resihi mushrooms are suitable for people of all age groups and have no side effects. They can be taken with normal medications but with advice of a health practitioner. Results vary among individuals. In some it can immediately show the results. However some people have low recovery rate, so here the mushroom will take the more time to be absorbed by the body. The most important active ingredient of the reishi mushroom is water soluble polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are mainly responsible to perform the normal body functioning and prevent many diseases.

Reishi mushrooms are bitter in taste and should be consumed early in the morning on empty stomach. There should be a lot of water intake with reishi mushrooms. They are available in both fresh and dried form and can be consumed in any form; the entire plant body is beneficial having without any serious side effects. The intake will increase the body normal functioning and will release the toxic substances from the body and thus improve liver function.

It is also highly recommended to take reishi with vitamin C, as this combination usually gives great results. Vitamin C helps in the breakdown of polysaccharides, which is one of the main active ingredients in these amazing mushrooms.

Pine Pollen Filled with Many Years of Benefits

Used for thousands of years for multiple ways, the pine pollen is considered as one of the most potent ingredients out there that have various medicinal benefits as well as improves bodily functions. Despite the availability of pine pollen all over the world, only a few have had the opportunity to test the true effects of pine pollen and how much it can help the body.

The pine pollen in itself is filled with a lot of vitamins, minerals and nutrients – it is nutritionally packed. Many also believe that it is because of its high nutritional content that it is able to produce such wonderful effects in health and wellness – let us go through some of its best benefits and effects.

One of the benefits of having pine pollen is how it helps as a great brain food, helping you improve many of your brain functions. It keeps you alert, more adaptive to information and makes your learning processes sharpened.

Hormonal balance is also well maintained with pine pollen consumption. It balances your estrogenic and androgenic levels to what is necessary for you either as a male or as a female.

Because of the many nutrients that are found in pine pollen, it helps you have a better immune system. Through regular use of pine pollen you will be able to develop an immune system that helps fight any ailments and sicknesses.

Use of pine pollen is also considered to help in regulating body weight. It is believed that through constant use of pine pollen, the body’s metabolism is increased, through this process, the body is able to manage weight loss or gains better.

For women the pine pollen can be of great use especially when you are very concerned with nice looking skin and hair. The nutrients that are packed in pine pollen will help you gain better condition for your skin and hair through constant use.

Regular use of pine pollen also results in reduced cholesterol. It also contributes to supporting you liver and helping it to become detoxified. Pine pollen therefore helps in making your body healthier and away from the harmful effects of unhealthy eating.

Older individuals may find pine pollen to be a great way to relieve pain especially those associated with arthritis and other inflammations in the body. Pine pollen has amazing effects that prevents these painful conditions like arthritis and other inflammations.

Prostate care for men and breast care for women is also closely associated with the use of pine pollen. It is beneficial for men and women to use pine pollen as an early preventive step to reducing the probability of prostate or breast cancer.

It is also proposed that the pine pollen can help and protect the cardiovascular system. The many notable vitamins and minerals found within the pine pollen helps to reduce the harmful effects of cardiovascular diseases.

All of these notable benefits and effects of pine pollen use is reason enough for you to start using it and help develop many, many years of benefits to your health. Check out the video below for more information on Pine Pollen benefits.


An introduction to Maral root

Maral roots are not frequently known because it is a rare plant which is only cultivated in some parts of the Russia and in Asia. The rareness and the methods of its cultivation also make the plant less popular among other regions. Maral root is only cultivated on the mountain slopes and it requires extreme care during its cultivation. Germination of maral root is completed in 2-3 weeks depending upon conditions. If the conditions are good for the growth then it gives the best yield but if the conditions are not favorable, like high temperature, then it can results in poor yield. This plant is cultivated because of a wide range of its health benefits. It is available both is fresh and dried powdered forms. Some would argue that it’s expensive, but keep in mind that Maral root is not so easy to find.


Maral Root

Maral Root

Scientists are researching on the importance of the maral grass because of its health benefits. The maral grass is mainly associated with muscle mass building. For that reason it is used by body builders and athletes. There is a wide range of active components in maral roots which are lignin, vitamins, organic acid, flavonoids and the tannins. The ecdysterone is also among these components and is considered as the main component here, as the most of the benefits related to health are associated with the ecdysterone.

There are following health benefits that are associated with the use of maral roots:

  • The main benefit of maral roots is associated with body muscle mass production and strengthening. Maral roots regulate flow of blood towards muscles and increase protein synthesis in the body. In this way it helps in building muscles and gives strengths to them. It is also stated that in earlier days, the Russian soldiers used the maral roots to build up their muscles. It also boosts up the energy level of the body and prevents fatigue and tiredness.
  • The maral roots are also supposed to be good for the sexual strength of males. This benefits is not only confined to human males but it happens with animals as well, since the name of the roots came from the maral deer. The maral deer consumes maral roots in mating season so that they can increase their sexual potency and as well as strengthens the body to fight with other males to defend their territory.
  • Maral roots are also beneficial in preventing the ovarian cancer in the women.
  • Maral roots improves the efficiency of blood cells to intake the oxygen, thus helps in improving the overall efficiency of the body. It also regulates the flow of blood towards body mass, brain and heart muscles. In this way by supplying blood to the brain, it improves the memory and helps in strengthening the brain. That process also helps in preventing mental fatigue.
  • It is also helpful in preventing common cold and increasing resistance of the body.

What is Shilajit

Shilajit, moomiyo, silajit, salajeet or momia is the same name for a tar-like substance harvested in Tibet, Altai and Caucasus mountains. It has been primarily used in the traditional Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, but nowadays people all over the world are reaping the benefits of Shilajit.


Unprocessed Shilajit

Scientific view of Shilajit

From a strictly scientific point of view, Moomiyo has been found beneficial in treating CFS (Chronic Fatique Syndrome) and Alzheimer’s Disease. In a study published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2012 it was found that this substance, which contains more than 85 minerals in ionic form, has a great influence on several processes in charge of energy production in the body. Furthermore, it’s been discovered that Shilajit also provides a positive effect on anxiety and plays an important role in protection against oxidative stress.

Another study from 2012 discovered Shilajit to be beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s disease. One of the main reasons is the fact that Shilajit contains fulvic acid which prevents a special kind of protein called hyperphosphorylated tau from building up, This protein is in charge of forming neurofibrillary tangles, a primary marker of Alzheimer’s and similar neuro-degenerative diseases.

Shilajit in alternative medicine

Shilajit is thought to be a very powerful part of Ayurvedic medicine with a wide range of potential benefits. It is considered to be one of the most powerful all-around remedy in India – While becoming quite popular around the world, too. Even though Shilajit is often used for other problems, it is most popular in those suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions which cause similar pain levels. On the other hand, people often use it to stop depression, eliminate mental fatique and get rid of stress. Other than that, Shilajit is helpful in improving digestion and soothing muscular spasms and pain. As a remedy in the traditional Indian system of medicine, Shilajit has following uses:

– Against common cold and influenza
– As a powerful anti-oxidant
– Anti-allergic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
– Beneficial in those suffering from Diabetes
– Physical and Mental rejuvenation
– Against lethargy, high altitude issues and depression
– Helps in lowering anxiety levels

Shilajit is available for purchase all around the world, primarily in health stores. However, many online shops offer this amazing gift of nature through their websites as well.



Herbs in Medicine – Pros and Cons

Many people nowadays are turning to “organics” and “naturals” otherwise known as herbals. The rising popularity of herbal supplements has created a new fad if not a new health lifestyle. But before you join the bandwagon, here are some things you need to know about this mean, “green” dietary supplementing machine.


What is the difference between a drug and a dietary supplement?

According to the definition set by food and drug administrations in different countries, drugs are chemicals that can prevent, prolong the life, treat other effects of a health condition, improve the quality of life, and/or cure ailments and diseases, or alter the function of any part or chemicals inside the body. These drugs have approved therapeutic claims. For example, paracetamol is a drug given to bring down the body temperature in fever. Ascorbic acid is indicated for the treatment of scurvy. Iron supplements are given to treat mild cases of anemia.

Herbal supplements are not classified as drugs but as dietary supplements. The main difference is that they do not have approved therapeutic claims unlike in the case of drugs. Moreover, dietary supplements could either contain vitamins, minerals, herbals, or amino acids, all aimed to add to or supplement the diet of an individual. They are not intended to be taken alone as a substitute to any food or medicine.

Most of the manufactured medicines we now have once came from animals and plants. Through the years, chemists isolated the life-saving or life-curing components and separated them from the harmful ones. This lead to the further drug research and drug development that lead to the production of a different variety of drugs for many ailments and conditions from synthetic sources. But still we have semi-synthetic drugs, as well as drug that more or less approximate more natural composition. Since herbal supplements are made from a mixture of crude herbs reduced into powder or gel form, and later on packaged as tablets and capsules, there is a possibility that life-threatening or at least body chemistry-altering components are still present, thus the expression of concern from the medical community.

Is there a growing concern with the use of herbal supplements?

Yes. With the rising popularity of using and consuming anything herbal or organic is the proliferation of fake herbal supplements that threaten to endanger lives. If that’s the case, then why are herbal supplements given drug administration approvals? One way of ensuring the safety of the people is to have all candidate drugs, food, drinks, and dietary supplements registered with the proper authority. Otherwise, they would pose more risk with these things being sold in the black market for a hefty sum. We could ensure the quality and safety of herbal supplements if they get proper classification with the food and drug administration. Moreover, people may be able to file the proper complaints in the event a worsening of health condition is proven to be linked to the use of a particular herbal supplement.

Is using herbal supplements worth the risk?

Yes. It cannot be discounted that many who have tried herbal supplements experienced an improvement in their health—whether this is due to the herbals themselves or due to a placebo effect, as long as they do not worsen the condition of an individual, then using them is worth the risk. But of course, certain things must be considered before taking those herbal supplements: Your doctor knows best.

First of all, clear your condition with your doctor. Ask him/her if taking a particular herbal supplement is safe given your health condition. People with heart, liver, or kidney trouble or malfunction, are usually not advised to take these, or at the minimum is to take these herbals in minimum amounts. All substances pass through the liver and kidney to be processed and filtered respectively. Kava, which is used to relieve people from stress, has been pulled out from the Canadian, Singaporean, and German markets because it contains substances that cause liver damage. Certain herbals such as Ephedra used for losing weight, contains chemicals with heart-inducing effects that can increase heart rate, which in turn can exhaust the heart and cause heart attacks in several documented cases by the American Medical Association. Follow the directions for use.

Never take more herbal supplements than what is directed by the doctor or as instructed on the bottle. Each individual reacts differently to the components of herbal supplements. While it is perfectly safe for one individual to take in a supplement of primrose oil capsules, another person may be allergic to it. So, do not even think about downing one bottle of. It has no approved curative effect.

No matter how the product pamphlet or the label of the bottle sounds about how it has been found to be helpful in certain health conditions, these herbal supplements are not therapeutic. So do not substitute these for the medications prescribed by your doctor for the treatment of certain diseases, or for the maintenance of blood pressure, lowering of blood sugar and cholesterol, and fight off infections.

Healing Through Meditation

Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.

Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits. And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it. You could even try it in your own living room!

Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same. The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of debris and prepares it for a higher quality of activity.

The negative thoughts you have – those of noisy neighbors, bossy officemates, that parking ticket you got, and unwanted spam– are said to contribute to the ‘polluting’ of the mind, and shutting them out is allows for the ‘cleansing’ of the mind so that it may focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.

Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input – no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch – and try to detach themselves from the commotion around them. You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is your goal. It may seem deafening at first, since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.

If you find the meditating positions you see on television threatening – those with impossibly arched backs, and painful-looking contortions – you need not worry. The principle here is to be in a comfortable position conducive to concentration. This may be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.

If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep.

Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense.

The place you perform meditation should have a soothing atmosphere. It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in. You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and if the contortionist in you is screaming for release). You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses.

Silence helps most people relax and meditate, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn’t such a bad idea either.

The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value.

You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness.

The principle here is focus. You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight.

One sample routine would be to – while in a meditative state – silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. It works wonders.

In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort (or non-effort – remember we’re relaxing).

Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to the body. And there has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of such. So in the near future, who knows, that mystical, esoteric thing we call meditation might become a science itself!

I found a great video for those who like to listen to the music while they meditate. Enjoy!

Energy Healing

You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality, sex, and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies?


Are All Energy Healings the Same?

Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. “Prana” means life energy. “Aura” is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy. Studying the color and thickness of auras give ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colors are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colors are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green – ambitious achiever
Blue – spiritual peacemaker
White – unconventional chameleon
Red – activist
Orange – creative communicator
Violet – psychic

Although Tantra is popularly associated with the peculiar practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. It comes from the word “tan” which means to spread or expand. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric writings on sex and spirituality. As a method of healing, spirituality and sex figure prominently. It is presupposed that the union of man and woman can reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind off collected impurities. These impurities being negative energies can in turn manifest as physical illnesses.

Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.

Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy respectively.

The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.

Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?

Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawned to them? Here are some possible reasons:

Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed

For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many persons. Research or data may not be able to support this statement. But for the families of the dying as well as for the dying patient, they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing techniques just to be get well.

People perceive modern medicine to be isolating

Medical treatments are oftentimes focused on the disease and its causative agent, which can make a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception still persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.
· Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus it is safer.

Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is but a logical and attractive option to both patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.
· Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.

Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes all the more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.

The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.


Health benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are recognized because of its health benefits. There are several important components that are present as active ingredients in the mushrooms and which are very helpful in combating different types of diseases. All parts of the mushroom are very important from medicinal point of view. Resihi mushrooms may aid in prevention of various harmful diseases like cardiovascular diseases and  cancer.

Reishi mushrooms are known for longevity benefits and that’s why they are called mushrooms of immortality. Depending upon the color, there are about 6 different types of the reishi mushrooms. Among them most important is red reishi mushroom which contain the soluble polysaccharides and possess lots of health benefits.


Based on the researches, the reishi mushrooms have following health benefits.

  • The reishi mushrooms possess the great ability to boost the immunity of the body. The soluble polysaccharides that are present in resihi mushrooms are very important in building the immunity and thus maintain it at a proper level. These polysaccharides are responsible for making the RNA and the DNA in the body. It also increases the production of T cells and B cells in the body which are very important for the immune system of the body. In this way the reishi mushrooms enhance the overall efficiency of the body and prevent the body from various allergies, fever, common cold and asthma.
  • Another miracle of reishi mushroom is that it is very helpful in the proper functioning of the liver. Like the liver stores the harmful substances of the body. So in this way, the reishi helps in the eradication of the harmful substances from the liver and enhances the performance of its functioning. These detoxifying properties help in liver functioning and maintain the health of the liver.
  • Red reishi is also very important in eliminating the cancer. It reduces the size of the cancerous cells. These effects are same in the human and the animals. It reduces or prevents the formation of the clone cells and prevents them to spread to other parts of the body. Reishi mushrooms are also very important to increase the immunity level of the body after cancer recovery. In this way, helps in recovering the body fast after cancer treatment. Moreover, reishi also eliminate the harmful effects of the radiations that are used in the chemotherapy of the cancerous cells.
  • Reishi mushrooms are also helpful in preventing the diabetes. The polysaccharides that are present in the mushrooms are very helpful in preventing the diabetes. It helps in preventing the fat deposition in the body. It also maintains the lipid level of the body that helps in maintain the sugar level and the cholesterol. In this way, it also prevents the cardiovascular diseases.
  • In addition to this, reishi mushrooms prevent the body from the allergies, asthma, flu, common cold, cardiovascular diseases, maintains the cholesterol level of the body and the blood pressure, stomach ulcers, fatigue and tireness of mind.

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