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SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) a type of depression caused by insufficient exposure to light and which is prevalent during the months of the year in which there is less natural daylight.
Salt in chemistry, a compound consisting of a positive ion other than hydrogen, and a negative ion other than hydroxyl. (See electrolyte.)
Savory pleasing to the sense of taste. "Savory herbs" refer to herbs that are used to season food.
Scurvy a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C characterized by hemorrhagic manifestations (e.g., bleeding gums) and abnormal formation of bones and teeth.
Scurvy a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C characterized by hemorrhagic manifestations (e.g., bleeding gums) and abnormal formation of bones and teeth.
Selenium mineral acting as an antioxidant; needed for proper immune and heart functions.
Serotonin a neurotransmitter of the nerve cells in the brain. Problems with serotonin insufficiency have been associated with mental disorders such as depression.
Shiatsu a form of acupressure used in Japan to treat pain and illness as well as for general health maintenance. Practitioners apply rhythmic finger pressure at specific points on the body to stimulate qi. (see Chi)
Sialagogue an agent that stimulates the secretion of saliva.
Sign objective evidence of an illness or condition. Signs are more definitive and obvious than a symptom, which is usually considered more subjective.
Sodium helps regulate blood pressure and water balance in the body.
Soya the soybean (U.S.) or soya bean (UK) is a species of legume native to East Asia. The plant is classed as an oilseed rather than a pulse. Soybeans contain essential fatty acids and the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, which are types of phytoestrogen.
Strain an injury to a muscle which results when the muscle is partially or totally torn (compare with sprain). Strains and sprains are referred to as "soft tissue injuries."
Strain a partial dislocation or misalignment of a body part, especially a joint (See also Chiropractic).
Sucanat (a contraction of "Sugar Cane Natural") or "dark brown soft sugar" is non-refined cane sugar. Unlike refined and processed white sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content; it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice.
Symptom any perceptible change in the body that can indicate an illness or abnormality. Symptoms usually refer to subjective indications (felt by the patient) while signs usually refer to more objective indications (can be observed by others.)
Synapse the tiny space between two nerve cells through which the neurotransmitter is passed to conduct a nerve signal from one nerve cell to another
Synergy, synergistic action of two or more substances such that the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.
System a group of structures, such as organs, related and organized in such a way to perform a specific function, e.g., the circulatory system.
Systems approach a method of determining nutritional need based on an analysis of the body systems. Two steps are involved: (1) An analysis is made to determine the body's weakest system(s), and (2) nutritional supplements, e.g. herbs, are selected by their ability to support those systems.
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