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Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who took a bitter melon supplement for three months had significantly less pain, lower analgesic use, and reduced body weight and blood glucose levels.

Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health

Type-2 diabetes patients who took an extract of walnut leaf for eight weeks lost weight and had lower systolic blood pressure.

Holy Basil Fights Tooth Infection

The herb reduced infection levels in children following root canals, which could help avoid antibiotic reactions and overuse.

Nettle Leaf Helps Inflammatory Bowel Patients

In a 12-week clinical trail, Iranian patients with inflammatory bowel disease that received a nettle leaf extract had lower markers of inflammation in the blood and a better quality of life.

Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus

A single mindfulness meditation session reduced anxiety levels for participants in a Michigan study, evident even a week later, and breath-based meditation enhanced mental clarity in an Irish study.

Rosemary Lowers the Blues, Aids Sleep and Memory

Iranian students taking rosemary for a month saw their anxiety and depression drop and their memory and sleep improve.

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

After surgery, 86 percent of patients engaged in music therapy eschewed opioids and other painkillers, compared to 26 percent in a control group.

Knitting Releases the Blues

Knitting can lower depression, slow the heart rate, reduce the likelihood of dementia and distract from chronic pain, research shows.

Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels

People with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D, but symptoms can ease with supplementation, report British researchers.

Holding Hands Reduces Pain

The brainwaves of couples tend to synchronize when they are in each other’s presence, and holding hands markedly lowers pain levels—especially if the man is empathetic.