Used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Gotu Kola is an herb used to treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis and also has the power to heal wounds and improve mental clarity. In China, legend has it that a Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years with the help of Gotu Kola, giving its nickname “the fountain of life.” This healing herb has been used to treat many things, but today in the States and Europe, Gotu Kola is commonly used to treat varicose veins and is also put in ointments to treat psoriasis as well as help heal wounds.
Rapid recovery from a surgical procedure is one of our goals. While gentle technique and diligent post procedure adherence to instructions play a large role, there is always some variability in patients who are "quick healers" versus those who take a longer time to heal. A recent study in Science Translational Medicine found that in patients who healed faster after hip procedures, found that the activity in monocytes within the first day after surgery would help determine how quickly patients would recover. These monocytes are a type of white blood cell and are an important type of immune cell. The authors concluded that pre-operative interventions such as exercise and diet modification as well as immune-modulating medications may be the next step in improving recovery.
So how does this study translate to our patients? A healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and a healthy, balanced diet may help you recover from procedures faster as they have been found to be critical for the overall immune health of a person. For example, a recent British study found that 2 1/2 hours of vigorous exercise per week lowered your chance of getting the flu by 10% by boosting your immune system. While taking immune-modulating medications may seem extreme and have its own potential risks, herbal supplements may offer another option. Just be careful to make sure your herbal supplements are not blood thinners as this will increase your risk for bruising.
Say goodbye to the Kyle Jenner lip challenge and say hello to fillers in the lip.. If you have not heard about the Jenner lip challenge, it is where young teens are taking small cups and placing them over their lips, then sucking the air out of the cup to create a vacuum effect on the lips. This leaves the lips plump and big but with serious long term damage to the lips. If you want fuller lips and less potential damage to your lips a more durable method is the use of facial fillers such as Resatylane Silk. This filler has thinner properties and has just been approved by the FDA. The filler lasts about 6 months and will help give you the lips you’ve always wanted.
From the northern Mediterranean countries, the calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a yellow flower. Not only is this flower known for its beauty but has historically been used for many other purposes. The Egyptians believed that this beautiful flower had rejuvenating properties. The flower has been used to color food, fabrics and has been used in cosmetics. More recently, this flower has been used to treat conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, bruises, burns and has anti-inflammatory properties. Grow your own Calendula to infuse in lotions for great skin benefits or you can order Calendula from online retailers.