At a drug store, there are shelves upon shelves of different medicines to choose from. Over the years we have developed many forms of these medications, so whether we are looking for cold medicine or a pain killer, we are faced with a decision: Should I get the gel capsules or the tablets? Which one is … Read More

After spending countless nights pulling all-nighters during my time at UC Berkeley, I ended my collegiate career needing 5 cups of coffee a day to stay awake. That’s right. Five. I ended up needing two cups of coffee every morning to start my day, and more to get through it. Caffeine addictions are not as detrimental as other … Read More

Did your mother play Mozart music for you when you were a child? Have you ever wondered if listening to Mozart can actually raise a child’s IQ? Studies on what has been dubbed the “Mozart effect” have shown extremely mixed results. The truth is that there is not enough scientific evidence to determine if listening … Read More

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection are quite distinct: Pain or a stinging sensation while urinating Cloudy or strange-smelling urine A frequent need to urinate, but only a small amount of actual urine produced Pressure in the lower belly If you’ve had any of these symptoms before, do not worry: you are not alone. Urinary … Read More

As of February 2015, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana. As overall exposure to the drug has been spreading across the country, cases of allergic reactions to marijuana have also been spreading. Embed from Getty Images  Many states now … Read More

You may have seen chia seeds floating in someone’s bottle at your yoga studio, or in a tub at Whole Foods, but do you actually know what they are? Chia seeds are the seeds of the plant Salvia Hispanica, a member of the mint plant family. It produces purple or white flowers and is native to Central … Read More

Did you know that our body shares a chemical reaction with sparkling water? Carbon dioxide’s interaction with water, which yields bicarbonate and protons, is a key element in processes such as gastric acid secretion and eye pressure maintenance. For efficiency, an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase (CA) resides in our body to speed up the reaction. However, … Read More

Have you ever considered that Veritaserum, the powerful truth serum from Harry Potter, might exist? Chemists and pharmacologists actually had Professor Snape’s potion ingenuity and synthesized amobarbital: a widely used truth serum in psychological therapy. However, amobarbital is merely a member of the barbiturates, a group of drugs famous for their depressing effects on the central nervous … Read More

You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but have you ever heard, “Apple cider everyday keeps the doctor away?” Okay, me neither, but there may be some truth to this statement! Apple cider vinegar is often an ingredient in foods like salad dressing and meat marinades, but did you know … Read More

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a mental disorder characterized by impulsivity, increased activity, and difficulty in maintaining attention. The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, and because of this there is no cure for the disorder. However, ADHD is treatable by behavioral therapy and medication. While cases of ADHD can vary greatly by severity of symptoms, … Read More

It’s no secret that drinking tea can be good for your health. Teas are jam-packed with flavonoids, plant chemicals known to help prevent disease. According to a New York Times survey of studies investigating tea’s health benefits, tea consumption has been linked to reduced risk of liver disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, … Read More

Massage is an established form of alternative medicine, said to reduce pain from numerous conditions and potentially improve mental health. Usually applied to high tension areas, massage can also be specially utilized around the face and neck. Facial massage is said to have benefits such as slimming the face, brightening complexion, detoxifying the area, and relieving pain. … Read More

Soybeans were first domesticated in Northern China, where they were used as a staple food source. Soy can be processed from soy beans into a variety of forms including soy milk and soy protein.  Recently, soy has been appearing in various diets and healthy dietary regiments. Its many health benefits include the alleviation of diarrhea and the … Read More

Thinking about old-time medicine can be intimidating. In the 19th century, mothers would often calm their infants with Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a formula primarily composed of morphine and alcohol. Doctors didn’t hesitate to prescribe heavy metals like arsenic and mercury, and pharmaceutical companies featured drugs such as opium, heroin, and cocaine in their products. However, … Read More

What is Acupuncture? These days, it seems that almost everybody is interested in holistic health. Acupuncture is among the long list of complementary and alternative medicines that are increasingly popular. It may seem counterintuitive that sticking needles in yourself could actually benefit your well-being, but recent studies have shown that the claims made in favor of … Read More

Often known as “lady fingers” in the Southern states, okra is a star-shaped vegetable that has a unique texture and taste. The outside feels firm and crisp; however, one bite of the vegetable brings a sensation of chewiness and goo. In fact, it is often used in soups as a thickening agent. However, it’s known … Read More

Its signature look is an eerily bright green powder with an earthy, grassy scent: matcha, a specific type of green tea, originated in Japan. In fact, “cha” is the Japanese word for tea while “ma” means powder, literally translating to powdered green tea. In the past, matcha tea was typically served during Zen tea ceremonies, tea gatherings in Buddhism that encourage … Read More

Phencyclidine, more commonly known as the street drug PCP, has beginnings that lie far from the recreational purposes it serves today. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, PCP was first produced and distributed pharmacologically as a surgical anesthetic and phencyclidine was later used as a veterinary anesthetic and tranquilizer. Today, the production and … Read More

Castanea sativa, or Sweet Chestnut, originated in Western Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe. In these regions, the nut part of the plant is often cooked as a staple food source. In many cultures, however, these plants are also used for medicinal purposes, such as for the treatment of respiratory illnesses, digestive problems, and circulation issues. The leaves of the … Read More

The use of lavender as a remedy dates back nearly 2,500 years. The ancient Greeks used it as a cure for nearly everything from insomnia to insanity. Today, lavender is popularly used in the aromatherapy industry. Best known as a natural sedative, lavender’s most prominent strength is its ability to calm the nervous system. These calming … Read More

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