Monthly Archives: May 2015

Article: Natural medicines for alcoholism treatment: a review

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Link: Herbs for alcoholism article

Click on the underlined link above to read about herbal medicines for alcoholism, but more for their anti-hangover properties.  Like I said in my break blog post, I’m not posting this and condoning more drinking, but to inform people, as I don’t think many people are just going to quit partying anytime soon.  Also mentioned, maybe a lifestyle change is in order before rushing off to the herbal medicine shops, but that’s for you to decide.  Hope your enjoy this article, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  Xu, B, Zheng, Y, & Sung, C 2005, ‘Natural medicines for alcoholism treatment: a review’, Drug & Alcohol Review, 24, 6, pp. 525-536, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 30 May 2015.

Study Week Blog 1: Study, study, study, party?

So this week has been, as the title suggests, all about studying.  We have 2 weeks of study time and then 2 weeks for the exam period.  I have 4 exams and they are all super content heavy. This week I took each day to do chapter summaries for 2 of my classes, which completely gave me cabin fever.  I used this pent up energy to have a pretty big night out on Friday after work, and it is now Sunday and I am on my second day of hangover…..  I realized that I do this quite often, or at least every couple weeks.  I think the major problem is that I don’t feel like I have a balance in my life, as I have so much school work and I feel like that is always a priority. This is a bit ridiculous for me to think because how can I take care of people and tell them to have a balance when I can’t even do it for myself.  I feel like this semester has definitely been a wake-up call for me.  I need to get my priorities in check, one of which, at the top of the list, is balance in my life.  I have a bit of an A-type personality and I really commit myself to study, maybe a little too much.  When I go back to Canada I really feel like there are going to be a lot of positive changes in my life and I’m so happy I get to share those changes with someone I love very deeply.  I look forward to more balance and stability, and I am going to focus my efforts on committing myself to this balance so that I have a little more peace in my life.  The article I am posting this week is for all the people that like to work hard and play hard. Its all about herbal medicine for alcoholism, but it describes some of the best herbs from around the world for hangovers.  I’m not suggesting that you keep up a party lifestyle and then just use natural medicine to get over it, as a lifestyle change might be in order, but its definitely interesting to know and try, as I very much doubt that most people will just quit drinking.  So I hope you enjoy knowing that even health oriented people like myself are still a bit self-destructive and that I’m not just a preacher with no understanding of the real world.  Gotta keep it real!  haha  Hope your not like me this weekend, but if you are then its okay, just stay hydrated and have a nap! Thanks for reading and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Handout and Article: Topic of Libido enhancement!! Yay!

Article #1 handout/download: Expanded Academic ASAP – Document – Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs

Article #2 link: Arginmax supplement for female sexual functioning

So this week I have decided to dip into the topic of libido or sexual arousal.  This is a pretty interesting topic and doesn’t specifically relate only to men and erectile dysfunction, although there is a lot of research available.  Article #1 is a systematic review all about scientifically proven herbs that enhance sexual functioning for mostly men but can relate to women as well.  Article #2 is specific for female libido enhancement and is a double-blind, placebo study all about ArginMax, which is a herbal/vitamin/mineral supplement that helps enhance female sexual functioning, especially for women in menopause.  Sexual functioning is always a hush-hush topic, yet almost everyone has sex!  Let’s take the cat out of the bag and really enjoy having sex, because why not!  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

ArginMax supplement: Ingredient description

ArginMax for Women is a premium formula of L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, damiana, calcium, and iron that work in concert to support female Sexual Fitness AND provide you with your daily value (DV) of 14 vitamins and minerals.

L-ARGININE is an essential amino acid necessary for the formation of nitric oxide, the body’s key signaling molecule for starting and maintaining arousal.

GINSENG promotes energy, stamina, and endurance, and supports sexual function by stimulating the production of nitric oxide.

GINKGO supports sexual function by enhancing blood circulation and improving the nitric oxide pathway.

DAMIANA, with the scientific name Turnera Aphrodisiaca, is an aromatic herb that helps calm anxiety and induce a relaxed state of mind.

CALCIUM is essential for strong bones, muscle contractions, and nerve transmissions.

IRON supports energy metabolism and helps to combat fatigue in women.

VITAMINS A, C and E have major roles as antioxidants, and are involved in reproductive processes.

B-COMPLEX VITAMINS are critical to the activity of hundreds of  enzymes and play an important role in energy metabolism.

ZINC is crucial to cell growth and the maintenance of healthy, glowing skin.

Ref:

Article #1: Kotta, S, Ansari, S, & Ali, J 2013, ‘Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs’, Pharmacognosy Reviews, 13, Expanded Academic ASAP, EBSCOhost, viewed 22 May 2015.

Article #2:  Ito, T, Trant, A, & Polan, M 2001, ‘A double-blind placebo-controlled study of ArginMax, a nutritional supplement for enhancement of female sexual function’, Journal Of Sex & Marital Therapy, 27, 5, pp. 541-549, MEDLINE Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 22 May 2015.

ArginMax ingredient information: http://www.arginmax.com/sexual-enhancement-for-women/ingredients.php