acne is nowadays often treated with
antibiotics. Onions and vinegar have antibacterial effects and are a
traditional form of therapy. Expensive skin creams today contain a fat derivate
lanolin. In the past a cheaper alternative was used - chicken fat!" "Milk and saliva both contain growth factors known
to control cell turnover in the body. The Egyptians used breast milk to
heal burns and dogs lick their wounds to help them heal."
"The Chinese have used ginkgo for years to help "the brain".
The chemicals it is now known to contain can reverse some of the ageing
process and have been shown in medical trials to help memory and
concentration." "Many natural sources of essential oils have been
used for centuries to help "calm the nerves". This is probably the basis
of some aspects of aromatherapy." "Chocolate has a long-history as an aphrodisiac, a devotee being Casanova using it as a love potion. One
chemicals it contains is phenylethylamine which probably acts as a
stimulant like amphetamine." "Willow bark is a long-standing treatment for
aches and pains. The anti-inflammatory treatment aspirin is derived from
this and has been used for years as an arthritis treatment. Bee stings
and nettles have also been used in the past and these probably have
anti-inflammatory actions which make them similarly effective in
arthritis. Fish and vegetable oils can also affect the body's
inflammatory defences and have been shown in medical studies to help in
rheumatoid arthritis patients." "From China and Africa come herbal remedies used
for breathing difficulties. Some contain chemicals which can help to open
up the narrowed airways in asthma." "Feverfew has been used traditionally as a
treatment for headaches and in medical trials helped migraine sufferers.
The chemicals contained improve blood flow through the brain, one of the
disturbances in migraine."