Archive for May, 2016

Herbal Solutions for Tooth Pain


The nutritional, medical and health information in this article is based upon the research, training, and professional experience of the author. The information presented is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. This information is only intended as an informative guide for those wishing to know more about their health and nutrition. It is not intended to replace or countermand the advice given to readers by their personal physician. Each person and each situation is unique, the author urges the reader to check with a qualified healthcare professional before using any product where there is any question of its appropriateness. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the information in this article. It is the responsibility of the reader to consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional.


A natural tooth can become chipped, fractured, and broken. A tooth can chip as a result of trauma, biting down on something hard, there is a large filling in the tooth and the tooth is unable to with stand the normal pressures of biting any longer, placing excessive forces on the tooth from clenching or grinding, or a cavity can form under an old filling weakening the tooth. Often there is no pain, and the person doesn’t even know the tooth has become broken or chipped.

Teeth that are broken should be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. See a dentist as soon as possible

If you have a painful broken tooth the following herbs may provide some relief until you are able to see your dentist:

  • Aloe vera  Place the gel on a cotton tipped swab. Apply to the gums at night. The gel, which is taken from the leaf of the aloe vera plant is an excellent moisturizer that soothes skin irritations, burns, wounds, nd dry skin. Aloe also contains a compound called acemannan that appears to boost immunity. Aloe vera will promote healing
  • Chamomille  Prepare as a tea and drink 2-3 cups per day. Chamomille contains natural anti-inflammatory. If you are allergic to ragweed steer clear of this herb as they are in the same family. This herb has a soothing effect on a toothache and promotes relaxation.
  • Clove Oil Place on a cotton tipped swab and rub on the affected tooth. Clove oil is a strong antiseptic and can bring immediate relief to a toothache.
  • Hops Prepare as a tea. Drink 2-3 glasses. Similar to Camomille, Hops generates a soothing effect on tooth aches and promotes relaxation. Hops create a calming effect on the nervous system; it is utilized as a pain reliever and a sleeping aid.

Dr. Kevin Flood is a general dentist in Grand Rapids Michigan. Dr. Flood has taken the principles of dentistry and interwoven them with alternative healing modalities such as nutrition, dental material sensitivity, and manual medicine to create a new paradigm for dentistry. This new paradigm moves beyond drilling and filling and addresses the relationships of dentistry to the rest of the body.




Finding How Much Sleep is Enough


March 6 through 13 was National Sleep Awareness Week. Insufficient sleep puts us at risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, accelerated aging and other degenerative conditions. Learning to get better quality sleep is a powerful health strategy.

Our health history, current well-being, stress load and sleep efficiency all contribute to our sleep requirement. The best gauge of our ideal sleep dose is to look at how many hours we sleep on vacation when we wake naturally without the effects of excessive indulgences or crazy hours. Seven to eight hours of sleep is the normal range for healthy sleep.

Less than six hours of sleep per night is assuredly brain damaging. During sleep is when “brain bathing” takes place; when the brain rids itself of toxins produced and ingested, and it repairs and renews its structures. Without a good bath of restorative sleep, we can accumulate degradation of brain tissue, structures and function. More than nine hours of sleep per night, on a regular basis, is not good either; it may suggest an underlying metabolic problem.

Many people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping restfully. A major factor is cortisol, the stress hormone; when called into action late in the day, it interferes with the production of melatonin, the hormone naturally produced in deep restorative sleep and required for brain and body repair. To minimize cortisol production before bedtime, avoid eating, working in front of a computer screen, watching violence or bad news on television or engaging in arguments or stressful conversations.

The best strategy for getting a night of healthy sleep is to develop a sleep routine as much as possible. Have a consistent bedtime and targeted waking time and replace bedtime snacking with sleep-support teas such as chamomile, valerian root, kava-kava and passion flower. Light doses of relaxing aromatherapy like lavender or geranium can also be helpful.

Sherron Marquina, DC, is the owner of Health InSyncs. She will conduct an in-depth workshop about the sleep cycle and how to enhance sleep quality using learn easy-to-implement steps on Mar. 22. For more information, call 804-377-2222 or visit