Misai Kucing - Orthosiphon Stamineus

Posted by Puteri | 8/14/2010 09:49:00 PM | 0 comments »

This is the flower of an herbal plant called Orthosiphon Stamineus, locally known in Malaysia as Misai Kucing. While in Malaysia I bought a box of the tea because one of the benefits of the tea is that it is a safe and effective diuretic.

Unfortunately for me, drinking the tea daily, at least a couple of times a day, causes constipation! eek

Another reason why I like drinking the tea is that it is has some sugar lowering properties and because I am concerned about diabetes, a disease that runs in my family, a daily dose of the tea should help keep my sugar level where it should be.

Maybe I should drink the tea every few days instead of daily?

Ugly Age Spots

Posted by Puteri | 7/17/2010 03:52:00 AM | 0 comments »

I was just thinking about what to do with the age spots that were beginning to appear on my hands, when I heard a commercial on the radio about a product that was supposedly effective in getting rid of age spots.

Don't ask me the name of the product because I can't remember, and don't ask me if it is effective because I don't know either.

I began to read up on what some of the treatments were, from home remedies to laser treatments. A West Palm Beach plastic surgeon recommends a hydroquinone cream like Obagi.

I'd never heard of Obagi before, but if it is as good as claimed, I should seriously look into it. I also came across a recommendation from a forum participant, an Estee Lauder product called Perfectionist Wrinkle Lifting Serum. I looked up the price of this Estee Lauder product, and boy, is it expensive!

But if a product works, I'd be willing to spend a little more than I normally would! mrgreen

Living with hot flashes

Posted by Puteri | 7/01/2010 10:58:00 PM | 0 comments »

I don't know why it was that I put up with three weeks of sleepless nights! I turned on the air-conditioning every night in my bedroom (actually one of the bedrooms in my parents' home!), yet I felt hot and uncomfortable at various times of the night.

After three weeks I had had enough of the sleepless nights, and turned the temperature lower, by three degrees! Lo and behold, the hot flashes that occurred during the night also reduced! And to think all I had to do was turn the temperature on the air-conditioner a little lower and I would have slept a lot more soundly! evil

Dang it!

Oh well, you live and learn! mrgreen

Oregano Oil and Bio D-Mulsion

Posted by Puteri | 6/20/2010 07:49:00 PM | 0 comments »

I love to add oregano flakes in some of my cooking and salads and this is the first I'd heard of
Oregano Oil and how oregano promotes digestive health and has anti-microbial properties among other things. The only thing about taking the oil orally is that it has to in a vegetable capsule. The oil itself cannot be put on the tongue because it is very potent and causes a burning sensation!

Recently I discovered through my reading about peri-menopausal symptoms, is that weight gain can be slowed down by adding Vitamin D and calcium to your diet.

Bio D-Mulsion is a product that has gone through a unique emulsification process which allows Vitamin D to be absorbed more readily into the body. Weight gain is something I am concerned about at this stage in my life, and adding Vitamin D and calcium are things that I need to look into and the more effective the absorption of the vitamin and minerals the better. I don't like staying out in the sun, and according to Mayo Clinic studies a Vitamin D deficiency is much higher than previously recognized!

Check out the oregano oil and Bio D-Mulsion at Oasis Advanced Wellness web site.

Tingling in the extremities

Posted by Puteri | 6/14/2010 03:54:00 AM | 0 comments »

I started taking vitamin B-12 and magnesium when I discovered that tingling in the extremities that I was experiencing may be caused by a vitamin B-12 deficiency. But like with all food supplements and vitamins that I purchased to "treat" whatever ailment that I thought I was experiencing, I am not very disciplined about taking them on a regular basis.

I started experiencing the tingling in my extremities again the last couple of weeks, and then I realized I had neglected to take my vitamin B-12 and magnesium tablets. Three days after getting back into the routine of taking the vitamin B-12 and magnesium tablets, the tingling sensation in my extremities are gone.

Based on that experience I am pretty convinced that I indeed had a vitamin B-12 deficiency. The other thought that crossed my mind, was diabetes. The same kind of tingling in the extremities can also be a symptom of diabetes. I had tested myself for diabetes a few weeks before that, and my fasting blood sugar was normal.

A deficiency in vitamin B-12 appears to be quite common in peri-menopausal women, and being in that stage of life myself, I am relieved that the tingling in my extremities has nothing to do with diabetes. Just your ordinary vitamin deficiency! Vitamin B-12 deficiency to be exact!

Electromagnetic Stimulation for Treating Depression

Posted by Puteri | 5/04/2010 08:32:00 PM | 0 comments »

Patients suffering from depression may find relief from treatments using electromagnetic stimulation, offering a possible alternative to mood-altering medications, a new study found.

The research, which was released on Monday, tested 190 patients who had previously failed to respond to antidepressant drugs.

Patients were given at least three weeks of magnetic stimulation. Scientists found that the treatment led to remissions for 14 percent of them, and that most remained in remission for several months.

The treatment, known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) offers future hope of a non-drug treatment for depression sufferers, although researchers said additional studies are needed.

"This study should help settle the debate about whether rTMS works for depression," said Mark George of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who led the research team.

Full AFP story here.

I say any treatment that doesn't involve drugs is always good.

I've never had to live with anyone with depression but I do have a friend who has exhibited symptoms of depression. She's never had the symptoms diagnosed by a doctor but I guess it is not serious enough to require treatment. For her, what helped was for her to be around people and to get herself involve with her children's activities and when she got a job, the incidence of the "blues" was dramatically reduced.

The electromagnetic stimulation therapy suggested in this article seems very promising. People don't always respond positively to the mood-altering drugs, and for some it is more a trial and error before they find the drugs that help them with their depression.

Added to the fact that there is no drug involved in this treatment, is that it does not involve any invasive procedure. Just a 37-minute session of 3,000 pulses emitted from an electromagnetic coil, at a doctor's office with few side effects.

If I were suffering from depression I'd want to try this treatment over any drug to treat my problem.

How to stop a nose bleed

Posted by Puteri | 5/02/2010 11:28:00 AM | 0 comments »

This morning I had a nose bleed. It has been several weeks since the last nose bleed. My nose tend to bleed when the air is dry and last night seemed to be drier than it has been. I woke up some time during the night with a very dry mouth.

So far this year, and much of last year, the incidence of nose bleed has been quite infrequent. Unlike the previous years where nose bleeds were a common occurrence. I have to be extremely careful when I wash my face and when I wipe it dry. Too much rubbing may trigger a nose bleed. When that happens, I tend to believe (not that I am absolutely certain!) the membrane inside the left nostril must be pretty thin.

Anyway, I have learned the correct and effective way to stop a nose bleed. When I follow the following steps, the nose bleeds stop pretty quickly. Step number 6 really helps when the nose bleed is severe.

1. Pinch all the soft parts of the nose together between your thumb and index finger.

2. Press firmly toward the face - compressing the pinched parts of the nose against the bones of the face.

3. Lean forward slightly with the head tilted forward. Leaning back or tilting the head back allows the blood to run back into your sinuses and throat and can cause gagging or inhaling the blood.

4. Hold the nose for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary until the nose has stopped bleeding.

5. Sit quietly, keeping the head higher than the level of the heart. Do not lay flat or put your head between your legs.

6. Apply ice (wrapped in a towel) to nose and cheeks.

Reference: How do you stop the common nose bleed.

Age Defying Creams and Serums

Posted by Puteri | 5/01/2010 10:23:00 PM | 0 comments »

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dermajuv Skin Care Products. All opinions are 100% mine.


For a long time, I did not want to spend much on skin care products. I bought those reasonably priced ones from the pharmacy and was happy with the result.

But one day I was introduced to some skin care products that I had never heard of before, and the person who introduced them had such perfect complexion. Wow, I thought to myself, she is living proof that whatever she is selling works!

I was sold. I bought a whole set of the skin care and to this day, I have never regretted that decision.

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Face masks and peels are great but they do take time, and I am not sure if they are as popular today as they were in the past. Like I said, most women want something uncomplicated, and something that works.

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Last night after dinner, we took our kids for ice cream at a popular ice cream parlor near our home. I ordered the same kind of flavor that I liked which is nutty coconut.

I love ice cream but the fact that I am lactose intolerant really limits the ice cream eating. A bummer, really. sad

Well, not that much of a bummer, if I remember to take a couple of tablets called Lactase Enzyme. With those tablets I can enjoy my ice cream and whatever digestive problem that normally comes from my eating dairy products is greatly reduced. I get my Lactase Enzyme and most other supplements from Wonder Labs because their prices are far, far cheaper than any retail store prices.

I forgot to bring my lactase enzyme tablets with me last night, but as soon as I got home I quickly swallowed two tablets. Except for a very slight gas problem, I felt fine, much better than if I hadn't taken the tablets at all. In other words, taking the tablets after eating the ice cream works far better than if I had imagined!

So if you are lactose intolerant like me, there is a remedy for it! You do not have to deny yourself the ice cream that you so crave! mrgreen

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I just read about a stem cell therapy of rabbit fetus offered by European practitioners who claim that "rabbit fetal precursor stem cells" are effective in treating conditions like autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and aging. In the US, and in most countries, this therapy is illegal because its effectiveness is unproven and it could be potentially dangerous.

I am sure that desperately ill people will be willing to give this unproven treatment a try despite the potential danger.

Fortunately for us there are adult stem cell therapies, like bone marrow stem cells, that have been proven to be effective in treating leukemia and other types of cancer, as well as various blood disorders.

Another exciting and potentially effective adult stem cell therapy may come from menstrual blood. A 'Stem Cells and Development' article called Menstrual Blood Cells Display Stem Cell–Like Phenotypic Markers and Exert Neuroprotection Following Transplantation in Experimental Stroke, suggests that cells derived from menstrual blood may be a source of “individually tailored” donor cells that completely match female transplant recipients.

Another important aspect of stem cell derived from menstrual blood is that it exhibits "embryonic-like stem cell phenotypic markers (Oct4, SSEA, Nanog), and when grown in appropriate conditioned media, express neuronal phenotypic markers (Nestin, MAP2)".

Menstrual blood-derived stem cells that were transplanted in ischemic stroke induced adult rats, show that the neurostructural and behavioral benefits may support their use as a stem cell source for cell therapy in stroke.

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