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Ileocecal valve a sphincter muscle located between the small intestine (ileum) and the colon (cecum).
Immuno-stimulant an agent that stimulates or supports the immune system in its attempt to keep us well.
Infusion sometimes called a "tea," the process of steeping an herb in water, usually hot, to extract its active constitutes for consumption. To make a pot of "herb tea" first bring cool fresh water to a rolling boil. Then rinse out a non-metal tea pot with some of the water. Put the herbs in the pot (2 tablespoons of fresh herbs or 1 tablespoon of dried herbs for each cup of water, plus one "for the pot.") Pour the hot water over the herbs, cover, and let steep for about five minutes. (The time can be varied depending on taste. For medicinal use, let steep for 10 to 20 minutes.) Strain the herbs out and serve the tea plain or with honey, lemon, orange slices or fresh sprigs of herb. For medicinal use the tea may be drank a little at a time throughout the day and need not be hot when consumed. Room temperature is fine, but it should be kept covered to retain the essential oils of the herb. The usual dosage is 1 to 4 cups of herb tea a day. (See also decoction.)
Inositol a nutrient that helps prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver; aids in the detoxification of metabolic wastes and toxins.
Insulin a protein pancreatic hormone that is essential especially for the metabolism of carbohydrates and is used in the treatment and control of diabetes mellitus.
Integrative Medicine practitioners of integrative medicine have training and interest in both conventional Western medicine and alternative and complementary therapies, bringing a variety of techniques to their practices.
Iodine a mineral necessary for normal cell metabolism. Required by the thyroid gland in the synthesis and secretion of hormones.
Iridology a diagnostic technique which uses the markings and patterns of the irises of the eyes to determine the condition of various systems or organs of the body.
Iron a mineral essential to the formation of hemoglobin and myoglobin (which carries oxygen in the blood and muscles, respectively). A part of several proteins and enzymes in the body.
Isoflavones compounds found in soy which have been shown to significantly reduce serum cholesterol levels - the leading risk factor for heart disease - as well as alleviate menopausal symptoms in women and assist in combating numerous other serious health risks.
Isoflavones compounds found in soy which have been shown to significantly reduce serum cholesterol levels - the leading risk factor for heart disease - as well as alleviate menopausal symptoms in women and assist in combating numerous other serious health risks.
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