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Archive for the 'Ylang-Ylang Oil' Category

Stress, heart disease, and what to do about it

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that psychosocial factors, such as cynical distrust, chronic stress, and depression are associated with higher blood levels of C-reactive protein (associated with acute inflammatory reactions), interleukin-6 (stimulates an immune response to tissue damage), and fibrinogen (causes blood to clot).

All are related to an increased risk of heart disease.

What can we do about this?


Giving equal time to CAM options to manage stress

Friday, May 16th, 2008

An article published on Medscape discusses the impact of stress on insomnia. In addition to a brief mention of mindfulness, the author limits the discussion to benzodiazepines or ramelteon (Rozerem), which acts on melatonin receptors.

There are so many other options that the author fails to even mention. So, I’ll mention them here. (more…)

Seizures associated with guarana in energy drinks

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Recently, 4 patients experienced seizures multiple times following heavy consumption of energy drinks. The authors proposed that energy drinks rich in caffeine, taurine, and guarana seed extract could have provoked these seizures.

Here’s what we know about guarana thanks to researchers from the University of Florida at Gainesville and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Amazonas, Brazil. (more…)

Deadly depression in people with heart failure

Friday, August 24th, 2007

This report provides a reason to review the past few months of CAM studies and reviews on depression. (more…)

Measuring the effects of ylang-ylang oil

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Cananga odorata (common name, ylang-ylang; pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) is among the most celebrated flowering trees in the world. It was made famous by Coco Chanel in 1923 with the introduction of Chanel No.5 perfume,

Read on to find out why ylang-ylang oil is more than just an expensive scent.