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Category Archives: Natural Medicine Articles

Meaningful holidays Many of us often get the feeling that the December holidays could be more meaningful, with a little less emphasis on the material, don’t you agree? Have the holidays become too commercial for you? Making some simple changes, adding a few easy activities – for yourself, your family and friends – will ensure a read more…

Natural Recipe for Sunburn, Insect Bites, Blue Bottle Stings, Skin Irritations Try this easy natural recipe for sunburn by making it from scratch to ensure that all the ingredients are in the mixture and to ensure correct amounts.   Ingredients: 1 cup each of chopped lavender and calendula flowers – to be found in most gardens  1 read more…

Live Blood Analysis (LBA) Packages Are you feeling under the weather with no energy? LBA and a gentle detox can be just what you need. The packages available for the gentle detox (read more about detox below) and LBA (click here for more info): 1. LBA Detox package of R1500 includes the following (SAVE R400): 30 minute read more…

Gentle Detox Developed by Dr Arien – especially for you!   Are you feeling exhausted or sluggish, bloated, with hair and skin looking lifeless and dull, waist band just a little too tight? You could be in need of a simple, gentle, healthy 2 day detox – a weekend cleanse will work well to restore read more…

A string of pearls: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) A Natural Approach to PCOS Written by Anri van der Merwe (Physiologist and Fitness Specialist) What is PCOS? PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting 5-10% of women. PCOS involves irregular ovulation in read more…

Gut Health Written by: Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Introduction Billions of microorganisms live on and inside us. Most are beneficial, some are potential pathogens. The beneficial ones are called probiotic microorganisms. Lactobacillus (e.g. L acidophilus and L plantarum) bacteria reside mostly in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium bifidum are found read more…

The Natural Approach to Menopause After countless calls after a recent radio talk, Dr Arien realised once again how important it is for all of us to obtain health and wellness related trustworthy information. Here is an excerpt from her book Health & Happiness (Geluk & gesondheid) on the natural approach to menopuase. For more information read more…

Ginkgo biloba   Summary of Ginkgo biloba’s many benefits in the human body Brain: keeps the mind alert, lifts the mood, regulates brain metabolism, enhances mental function, memory, concentration and focus. Circulation: improved blood supply with oxygen and nutrients to peripheral body parts (especially helpful for winter hands and feet as well as impotence). Senses: optimises read more…

Essential Fatty Acids Extract Summary from Dr Arien van der Merwe’s book Health & Happiness Poly- and mono-unsaturated fatty acids form part of the fats (lipids) that serve as a source of energy in the body. Fat is the form in which the body stores its energy. Lipids also form part of the phospholipid structure read more…

  Poor concentration and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Young Adults and Stimulants – is there a solution?  Excerpt from Dr Arien’s book Health & Happiness   Read more about: Ginkgo biloba Read more about: Essential Fatty Acids Children, teenagers and young adults Considerable research indicates that supplementary micronutrients improve the function of the nervous read more…

Coconut Oil Facts Written by Anri van der Merwe. Adapted from an Article by Something Natural What is coconut oil? Coconut oil is preserved form the white meat of the coconut. There are two types of coconut oil, namely: 1. Virgin coconut oil – pressed form the fresh meat of raw coconuts. It is cold-pressed read more…

The Natural Approach to Treat IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Written by ©: Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) FRSPH (London) MISMA (UK) NOTE: The natural treatment options and stress management tools discussed in this article, will of course alleviate symptoms of any disorder or disturbance in digestive tract function. Introduction Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or read more…

Looking For Sweetness – All Sugar Is Not Created Equal Sugar is nearly unavoidable in our modern day diets.  It’s everywhere and it’s highly addictive, which is why so many people eat far too much of it.  Sugar is hidden in almost all things processed, including things you’re probably not aware of, such as salad read more…

Spice Up Your Life Spices are not just great in food but the health benefits are unbelievable!   Try this easy recipe for allergies: Mix together a pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, mustard powder and turmeric, with a little raw honey in hot water – it makes for a delightful spicy drink. Add a pinch read more…

Spring and Summer Sunshine Tips We were designed to live under the sun! However, sunburn and overexposure to the sun without protecting our skin, could damage our DNA. It also causes photo ageing. That means it breaks down the elastin and collagen fibres that support the skin, causing wrinkles and premature ageing.That’s why so many read more…

Health Benefits of Weight/Fat Loss A little goes a long way when it comes to losing some body weight, particularly fat. Research has shown that losing 5-10% of your body weight, can have major benefits for your health. Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to fit into your bikini, read more…

Sleep and Health One of the most important health benefits is sleeping 7 to 8 hours in darkness and quiet every night. Following your natural sleep-wake rhythm or circadian cycle, is one of the most important ways of keeping cortisol (the long term stress hormone) levels balanced during the day. Our body, including our mind, brain read more…

A Peek Inside Yourself – Live Blood Analysis Adapted and edited by Dr Arien, based on an article published in Natural Medicine Journal, March 2012, originally written by Dr David Nye, co-authored with Dr Okker Botha You stare enthralled, with rapt attention, at the blood cells floating across the screen in front of you. It read more…

Leptin, Insulin, Glucose and Weight (Adding to the Weight Control / Healthy Eating Brew!)   Preamble The high fat and protein, low-no carbohydrate diet, recently popularised by Tim Noakes (actually the Banting and Atkins diet) is to a certain extent in agreement with what Dr Gauche has been practicing at his Weight Control Clinic since read more…

The Energy Vitamins: Vitamin B2/Riboflavin   Vitamin B2, part of the B-complex vitamins, is crucial to metabolise carbohydrates into energy used for fuel by all the cells.   What does it do? Vitamin B2 (with the other B-complex vitamins) is important for body growth and red blood cell (necessary for oxygen transport) production. Vitamin B2 read more…

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