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Health benefits of peppermint

Candy and ice cream come to mind. But peppermint is also an age-old herbal medicine that has been used to treat a wide range of abdominal woes, from flatulence to stomach cancer to gallbladder disease.

But does it really work? Peppermint has fared a bit better than many herbal medicines in clinical trials. Several studies have shown that peppermint oil seems to be fairly effective at relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that includes abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. In 2007, Italian investigators reported that 75% of the patients in their study who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks had a major reduction in their IBS symptoms, compared with just 38% of those who took a placebo pill.

There are also findings — admittedly from studies of iffy quality — that topical application of peppermint oil helps relieve tension headaches and that a combination of peppermint and caraway oils can help with recurrent indigestion.

The oil that’s extracted from the peppermint plant contains lots of compounds. Menthol is the most abundant and pharmacologically important.

Menthol is an ingredient in many conventional over-the-counter products, including cough lozenges and muscle pain ointments like Bengay. Menthol creates that familiar cooling sensation by stimulating nerves that sense cold (your mouth has some of these nerves, which is the reason products containing menthol “taste” cool); it also inhibits those that react to painful stimuli. The effect doesn’t last long, but sometimes a brief reprieve or distraction from a cough or a muscle ache does wonders.

One explanation for how peppermint oil might help IBS sufferers is that the oil — and perhaps especially the menthol — blocks calcium channels, which has the effect of relaxing the “smooth” muscles in the walls of the intestine.

Peppermint oil also relaxes the sphincter that keeps the contents of the stomach from backing up into your esophagus. That’s why people troubled by heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux) are advised to avoid peppermint. It’s also the reason peppermint oil is often sold these days in enteric-coated capsules designed to bypass the stomach and dissolve in the small intestine.

People do occasionally have bad reactions to menthol and peppermint. In 2007, Swedish doctors reported the case of a 44-year-old man who got a runny nose every time he brushed his teeth. Allergy tests showed he was allergic to the menthol in his toothpaste. Several years ago, Israeli doctors reported the case of a woman whose mouth and throat were chemically burned by the large amount of peppermint oil she took to treat a cold.

~~ extracted from Havard Medical School newsletter ~~

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Obese are more prone to asthma than those of normal weight.

Findings by the scientists at King’s College London who suggested that a protein contributes to inflammation of the lungs as well as increasing hunger:-

  • Th2 cells – specialised cells belonging to the immune system can inflame the lungs and contribute to the development of asthma.
  • Th2 cells also produce a protein known as PMCH which is known to increase appetite.

In one of the several European and American studies which was published earlier this year, out of 330,000 patients, for every normal weight person with asthma, 1.5 who were overweight or obese.

Although researchers wrote that “These findings may provide a mechanistic link between allergic inflammation, asthma and obesity,” as people with asthma are not always obese, further investigation was needed into possible genetic variations of PMCH.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6900605.stm

What has cat whiskers got to do with your kidneys ?

Cat Whiskers HerbThat was exactly what I asked when I was given the product, Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea. Cat Whiskers good for cleansing and strengthening kidneys ?

As I digged further, I began to love it. Besides its aroma, it is a nice detox tea for cleansing the kidney and urinary tract. Instead of keeping a cat at home, I am looking forward to growing this beautiful herb in my little balcony and touching its whiskers.

It has been called Kidney Tea, Holy Tea, Toddler Tea, Stone Removal Herb, Ageless Herb, Romance Herb and Cat Whiskers Herb (click here) but its botannical name is Spicate Clerodendranthus.

Although it can be found in Malaysia (called Misai Kuching or Misai Kucing), I can’t wait to visit Xishuangbanna in China Yunnan Province to see the mu of Cat Whiskers.

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BioLife Marketing Launches New Healthy Tea’s That Are Produced from Cat Whiskers Herb, Roselle Flower and Ginger 

Consumers in Singapore are the first to savour the three new types of Good Image Tea™ at the Food & Beverage Fair 2007. Online purchases of Good Image Tea products now available via online payment portal BuyButtonz.com 

Singapore. March 14, 2007  BioLife Marketing, the sole distributor of the Good Image Tea™ today releases three new types of tea during the Food & Beverage Fair 2007 in Singapore. Like the classic Good Image Tea™ , the Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea, Good Image Roselle Tea and Good Image Ginger Tea are uniquely formulated under the guidance of Dr. Aoyama Kanahiro from the University of Tokyo and Professor of ShengYang Medicine University of China. Each is produced from traditional herbs and is manufactured by BioLife Marketing’s associated GMP-certified herbal manufacturing plant in Malaysia. 

“Tea has been appreciated for a few thousands years now and its benefits are easily found by doing a search on the Internet. As a healthy beverage, the number of consumers is growing annually. Since the successful launch of the Good Image Tea™ five years ago in Malaysia and three years ago in Singapore, we have been getting constant feedback from our customers to create variations out of other great traditional herbs.” said Ang Ah Sin, General Manager of BioLife Marketing.

Commenting on Good Image Tea, Wellness Consultant, Ong Kuan Kuan stated, “I’m in the wellness business and am very familiar with the various health cleansing products in the market. When I was introduced to Good Image Tea recently, apart from its good cleansing capability, I was pretty impressed with the refreshing feeling derived as the warmth built up in my body coupled with its cool minty aftertaste.” 

Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea is derived from the traditional tropical Clerodendranthus Spicatus herb, better known as ShenCha (kidney tea) or MaoXuCao (Cat Whiskers herb) in Chinese. ShenCha is believed to be anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-hypersensitivity and diuretic properties. Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea is blended with Wulong Tea, Tea Polyphenols or ShengDi生地as well as with another traditional herb called Glycyrrhiza Uralensis or GanCao甘草). 

Good Image Roselle Tea is derived from the flower of another traditional herb called Roselle or LuoShenHua (洛神花) in Chinese. Roselle is known for promoting healthy intestinal and urinary systems. The unique blending with Mentha, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis and Green Tea gives a sweet and subtly sour fragrance to the Good Image Roselle Tea, thus making it a refreshing, thirst quenching and healthy drink.Good Image Ginger Tea is produced from high quality dry ginger and uniquely blended with Mentha, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis and Lycium or QiZi(杞子). Thus instead of the strong gingery smell, Good Image Ginger Tea gives a subtle mint fragrance while delivering the warming and traditional effects of the ginger and aids in digestion. 

To ensure freshness, portability and ease of storage, all Good Image teabags are individually sealed. They are free from any preservative or artificial colouring”, said Mr. Lai Liew Ming, Managing Director of Comfort Herbal Manufacturing Sdn Bdn.  BioLife’s vision is to facilitate ‘Healthy Indulgence’ and we will continue to develop new products based on the other traditional herbs that appeal and be beneficial to the health-conscious community. We expect our revenue to increase ten fold by the end of 2007”, said Ang. 

Pricing and availability  Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea (S$29.90, 30 sachets), Good Image Roselle Tea (S$29.90, 30 sachets) and Good Image Ginger Tea (S$19.90, 20 sachets), will be available from 19th March 2007 at selected medical stores, spas, beauty salons and other retail outlets in Singapore.  All Good Image products can also be purchased online at www.biolifemarketing.com.sg via BuyButtonz.com

Promotion For every two boxes of Good Image tea purchased, consumers will be given one FREE thermal flask. Offer valid up to 31st March 2007 or while stock lasts. 

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About BioLife Marketing
BioLife Marketing (S) Pte Ltd is a Singapore-grown SME that focused on providing well formulated health products that aims at enhancing the total well-being of today’s hyper-active community. By harnessing the goodness from nature which provides the secrets in balancing the biological system of the individuals, BioLife’s vision of “Healthy Indulgence” set the goals for our current and future products to support the consumers in staying in the pink of health while continuing to enjoy their respective diet.  Good Image Tea™, a popular label of innovative green tea was launched in Malaysia in 2001 and debuted in  Singapore in 2003. It is manufactured by BioLife’s associated GMP-certified factory in Malaysia which has more than 10 years of manufacturing herbal and health-related products for other organisations in the region. For more information, visit www.biolifemarketing.com.sg 

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