Medical Uses for Natural Products

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There are a number of products out there that you will be told can help you or are better than what is currently prescribed, but finding ones that actually can be of assistance with studies to back them up is a little bit harder. Here we are going to look at some of the medicinal uses for some products and how they might help you.

 

Medical Marijuana

 

Medical marijuana is somewhat of a controversial topic across the world with different countries employing different policies. So, let’s break down some of the reasons that marijuana is used for medicinal purposes, but before we do that we need to understand what the makeup of this plant is.

 

For starters, it is important to note that medical marijuana is, in essence, the same product as is used recreationally, but for different purposes. The marijuana plant is made up hundreds of chemicals called cannabinoids and the main two used for medicinal purpose are known as CBD and THC, the latter of which produces the well-known ‘high’ experienced by users.

 

Now we know what makes up the plant marijuana it is time to look into what it can be used for. There are often different uses for the two main cannabinoids, but for the purposes of understanding how medical marijuana works we are just going to look at their combined properties.

 

Currently, medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions and amongst these are Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and Crohn’s disease. However, the proof that it treats these illnesses are disputed and, in fact, the evidence currently says that the greatest therapeutic effects of cannabis are for people suffering with chronic pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy.

 

Briefly, if you are suffering from mental health issues you might want to look into the effects of CBD on its own as a treatment. It has been shown to have assisted people suffering from depression and anxiety and could be used to help you too.

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Coconut Oil

 

Less controversial yet beneficial with relatively untapped potential is coconut oil. The fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to have restorative properties and are currently being researched further with regard to helping patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.

 

One of the reasons coconut oil is now being looked into a lot more by western medicine is due to the fact that a number of populations that eat a lot of coconut oil have demonstrated a low rate of heart disease and a generally healthy outlook.

 

In addition to its other uses, the fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to kills harmful bacteria and viruses. With further research we might soon see coconut oil being used to help prevent infections and the spread of other disease.

 

And finally, as with the cannabinoids discussed above, there is evidence that the fatty acids in coconut oil can lead to a reduction of seizures in epileptic children due to its ability to increase the level of ketone bodies in the bloodstream.  

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