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Hemp hemp is the name of the soft, durable fibre that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. Hemp oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis). Hemp Seed contains a large dietary supplement of omega-3, higher even than walnuts which contain 6.3% of n-3. These oils are known to improve memory and strengthen brain cells.
Herb a seed producing plant that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of the growing season. A plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.
Herbal of, or relating to, herbs.
Herbal Therapy or Botanical Therapy or Herbalism employs parts of plants (seed, stem, flowers, root, bark, leaf) for the relief of conditions, ailments, or complaints; the earliest known form of medicine.
Herbalism the art and science concerned with herbs and their uses-particularly with regard to their health-enhancing properties.
herbalist 1. one who practices healing with the use of herbs. 2. one who collects or grows herbs
Herbs plants containing many nutrients and phytochemicals, providing an array of health benefits. Herbs have been known for centuries, but are now becoming the basics of many modern medicines.
Holistic relating to or concerned with the whole system, rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts. "Holistic medicine" is concerned with treating the whole person, rather than just the disease or the diseased organs. It recognizes the fact that nothing in the body occurs in a vacuum — everything is related to everything else.
Holistic medicine philosophical approach to health care which treats the patient as a whole person, not simply as a disease process or a collection of symptoms. Holistic health care practitioners may combine allopathic medicine with complementary therapies, taking into account the emotional, spiritual, social, nutritional, mental, environmental, and physical aspects of health and illness.
Homeopathy a system of treating disease founded by Dr. S.C.F. Hahnemann (1755-1843) in 1796 in Philadelphia based on the theory of "like cures like" which is also known as the "law of similars." This theory states that a substance that produces symptoms of a disease in healthy people when given in a large dose will cure the same symptoms when given in very minute (diluted) amounts.
Homeostasis a state of equilibrium of the internal environment of the body that is dynamicly maintained by feedback and regulation.
Hormone a chemical messenger secreted by an endocrine gland into the bloodstream.
Hydragogue a substance that increases watery discharge.
Hydrotherapy Treating a disease with hot or cold water, externally or internally to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, and the application of hot and/or cold compresses (1).
Hydroxycitric acid or HCA a naturally-occurring ingredient of Garcinia fruit (Garcinia cambogia) believed to be responsible for the majority of the herbs benefits including appetite suppression and energy enhancement as a by-product of its ability to block the liver's conversion of excess carbohydrates into fat.
Hygiene or Hygienics the science and practice of maintaining health
Hyperthermia the body protects itself from viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances through the use of numerous defense systems. One of these is fever. Fever raises the body's temperature above normal in an attempt to destroy invading organisms and sweat impurities out of the system. Fever is a highly effective and natural process of curing disease and restoring health, and has been recognized as such for thousands of years. Hyperthermia deliberately creates fever in the patient in order to utilize this natural healing response.
Hypnotherapy the clinical use of hypnosis, in which the subject’s powers of consciousness are mobilized and subconscious memories and perceptions are brought into consciousness. Heightened responsiveness to suggestions and commands, suspension of disbelief with lowering of critical judgments, the potential of alteration in perceptions, motor control, or memory in response to suggestions and the subjective experience of responding involuntarily are induced through hypnotherapy.
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