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arnica (arnica montana, Arnicare, Arniflora)

arnica (arnica montana, Arnicare, Arniflora)

What is arnica (Arnica montana)-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Arnica montana is a homeopathic topical pain relief agent. Its mechanism of action is not well known. Arnica preparations have shown wound healing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving properties. Arnica’s actions may be due to two chemicals called helenalin and dihyrdohelenalin. These […]

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Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions

What facts should I know about drug interactions? Whenever two or more drugs are being taken, there is a chance that there will be an interaction among the drugs. The interaction may increase or decrease the effectiveness of the drugs or their side effects. The likelihood of drug interactions increases as the number of drugs […]

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What testosterone supplements should I take?

What testosterone supplements should I take?

Various supplements and medications may help increase a person’s testosterone levels. However, increasing testosterone can come with a raised risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke. Some people choose to increase their testosterone levels by using alternative treatments, though many of these lack scientific-backing. Usually, a person should only take testosterone supplements […]

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Does artemisinin help treat cancer?

Does artemisinin help treat cancer?

Artemisinin is a chemical compound in a traditional Chinese herb called Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood. Some research suggests that it may show promise in future cancer treatments. Research indicates that the compound could inhibit the growth of tumors and metastasis. However, this research has typically used animal models. No strong clinical trials in humans […]

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aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)

aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)

What is aspirin? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Aspirin is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body. It also prevents blood clots (i.e., is antithrombotic). As a group, NSAIDs are non-narcotic relievers of mild to moderate pain of many causes, including Other members of this […]

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sodium chloride solution (intravenous)

sodium chloride solution (intravenous)

What is sodium chloride solution-intravenous, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Our body cells are bathed in a watery fluid that contains primary sodium and chloride ions. These molecules play a vital role in maintaining proper fluid balance and keeping our tissues hydrated. Additionally, sodium is involved in many cell processes such as […]

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How to use coconut oil for hair

How to use coconut oil for hair

Coconut oil is a fatty, edible oil that comes from coconuts. It is a popular ingredient in a wide range of products. Hair serums, conditioners, shampoos, and moisturizing products all claim to improve hair using coconut oil. Coconut oil is safe to use on its own or as a component of other hair products. Using […]

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New treatment under trial could restore brain cells in Parkinson’s

New treatment under trial could restore brain cells in Parkinson’s

A series of clinical trials have tested an experimental treatment for Parkinson’s disease that uses a novel approach: administering the drug straight into the brain via implanted ports. The leading researchers believe this may be a “breakthrough” therapeutic strategy for neurological conditions. Newly trialed therapy could launch a fresh chapter in the treatment of Parkinson’s […]

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How to recognize and treat a burn blister

How to recognize and treat a burn blister

A burn blister is a fluid-filled blister that may form as a result of a burn. While some people find these blisters unsightly, they can help prevent infection and other complications. People should avoid popping or damaging a burn blister. These blisters are the body’s way of protecting the underlying burnt skin while it heals. […]

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What to know about back pain in pregnancy

What to know about back pain in pregnancy

Along with nausea, fatigue, and swollen feet, most women experience back pain at some points during pregnancy. Pregnancy-related back pain typically affects the lower back. According to one review that looked into the complaint, low-back pain affects more than two-thirds of women during pregnancy. Back pain can also arise near the center of the back […]