April 29, 2010

China Ends Entry Ban for People with HIV and AIDS

Recently, China has revoked a ban on people who have HIV or AIDS entering their country. Until now, China had regulations that banned foreigners from entering the country if they had psychiatric illness, leprosy, AIDS, sexually-transmitted diseases, active pulmonary tuberculosis, or their infectious diseases. The State Council in China issued amended rules to remove the ban on people who have AIDS or HIV and people with leprosy. Foreigners with serious psychiatric illness, infectious pulmonary tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases are still banned from the country.

April 22, 2010

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a species of plants that grow in arid climates in Africa, India, an other arid places. The leaf juices of the aloe plant has important medicinal properties and is commonly found in many gels, creams and lotions. It can be used on the skin to heal wounds, especially first and second degree burns, and to treat sunburn. It has compounds that work together to decrease and prevent inflammation and control pain. It also stimulates collagen synthesis and skin regeneration. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help prevent wound infections. It also contains vitamins and amino acids that help to repair damaged tissues.

Aloe vera extracts are also useful at improving glucose levels in diabetics and treating elevated blood lipids. It is non-toxic and has no known side effects.

April 20, 2010

Cinnamon Used to Help Diabetes

Cinnamon is a spice that has been used for medicinal properties since ancient times in ancient Egypt, China, and India. It is now grown in many countries all over the world. Recent studies show that cinnamon can help to keep blood sugar levels stable by enhancing insulin sensitivity and allowing more glucose in the blood to be used. Keeping blood sugar levels stable decreases sugar highs and lows, which may cause a diabetic to need less insulin. Cinnamon increases the ability of fat cells in diabetics to respond to insulin and there is an increase of glucose removal. The spice contains a substance called MHCP that is believed to be the reason for its benefits. Type II diabetes is a condition that causes cells to lose their ability to respond to insulin, which is the hormone that tells the body to remove excess glucose in the bloodstream.

Cinnamon can be bought in powdered form at most food shops and can be added to milkshakes or fruit juices to make it easier to drink. It is recommended that type II diabetics should take a quarter to one full teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Even a teaspoon of the spice each day might help to prevent the onset of diabetes.

April 15, 2010

Lose Weight with Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is a polyunsaturated fat that comes from safflower seeds. It has been shown to increase metabolism, decrease body fat percentage, decrease the risk of heart disease, and lower glucose levels.

A study done on postmenopausal women showed that when they added 1/2 tablespoon of safflower oil to their diet, they were ale to lose up to 4 pounds of belly fat and gain 1 1/2 pounds of muscle in 4 months without changing their diet or exercise habits. The oil contains linoleic acid that might improve the way the body uses fuel. Safflower oil is sold in both supplement and liquid form. It is recommended to add 1 2/3 teaspoon of the oil to your daily diet and wait about four months to start noticing results.

April 14, 2010

Milk Away Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths that are in the uterus. The cause of them are unknown but estrogen promotes their growth. They are not cancerous and are malignant, so they do not spread to other parts of the body. A recent study has shown that women who have four or more daily servings of dairy are 30 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women who have less than one per day. Nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus help to maintain normal cell division, which might protect the body against fibroids.

April 6, 2010

Health Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint is a herb that is native to the Mediterranean region and has a distinct flavor and medicinal properties. A long time ago the leaves of the herb was used to crown luminaries in ancient Greece and Rome. It is good at treating tension headaches, indigestion, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle pain, upset stomach, reducing heartburn, dissolving and preventing gallstones, fighting bad breath, clearing congestion and cough related to cold and allergies, reducing stress, and controlling mild asthma.

Peppermint is good at dispelling gas, bloating, and intestinal cramps in the digestive system. It can have a temporary pain-relieving effect on muscles and organs that are cramped or spasming. It can be used topically for cooling and relaxing the skin.

Peppermint has B vitamins that improve concentration and performance in the brain and nerves. Peppermint tea can be prepared by blending 1/2 ounce of peppermint leaves and 1/4 ounce of camellia leaves together. Use one teaspoon of the mixture per each cup of tea. Blend the mixture and boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes and then strain.