Emotional and Mental Well-Being

Can Velvet bean (Mucuna-pruriens) Be Used To Treat Parkinson’s Disease And Depression?

Velvet Bean as a Natural Treatment for Depression and Parkinson's Disease The Velvet Bean (Mucuna Pruriens), has long been used in natural medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions. This unusual plant has many usages due to its active chemical constituents. The benefits of Velvet bean include aiding in the relief of chronic pain, improved mood enhancement, increased libido, blood sugar stabilization, and increasing testosterone.  Velvet bean has been prescribed both as a powder and in capsule form Velvet Bean is a Natural Source for L Dopa Leva Dopa (L Dopa) is the main active ingredient…

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Magnesium and Your Health

Magnesium is an Important Nutrient for Maintaining Our Health Magnesium is one of the most common supplements I prescribe in my naturopathic practice. While found in a variety of foods, it is often deficient in the average American diet.  A recent study indicates that nearly thirty-two percent of Americans do not get adequate amounts of magnesium in their diets. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, and an increased risk of osteoporosis, as well as mental disturbances such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In fact, recurring anxiety and depression, or a depression that does…

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Los Angeles Syndrome: How To Treat Chronic Stress and Exhaustion

The Stress of Living in Los Angeles Could Be Costing You Your Health The People of Los Angeles are stressed, very stressed. In fact, stress is one of the first things I notices about living and working as a naturopathic doctor in Los Angeles. Perhaps, it is how the city is laid out;  a sprawling metropolis that both frightened and fascinated me when I first moved here. The constant onslaught of amazing, talented, harried and over-worked people, has inspired me to call the this health phenomenon “L.A Syndrome.” Amongst some of the symptoms I see are, a…

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