Medically known as gynoid lipodystrophy. On the street, cellulite goes by the less scary (but no less flattering) description of ‘the mattress phenomenon’, ‘cottage cheese thighs’ or ‘peu d’orange’ translated a..


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Chickenpox is caused by a varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes family. People rarely catch chickenpox twice, however, the virus hangs around in nerve endings and may become reactivated later in life a..

Chilblains, Poor Circulation

Chilblains are a mild form of frostbite. When exposed to severe cold for long periods, the body hoards heat to keep the vital organs functioning by reducing blood circulation to the extremities. This leaves the..


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Cholesterol, High

High cholesterol increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It’s not the only risk factor; a blood test reading of high cholesterol is considered alongside a raft of other things including a family..

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), dismissively named the ‘Yuppie flu’ in the 1980s, is now recognised as a seriously debilitating disease. Kerry Bone, a leading Australian herbalist, believes that chronic fatigue..

Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

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Circulation, Poor

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Coeliac Disease - Diet and Diagnosis

Coeliac (pronounced ‘see-lee-ak’) disease, was not identified until 1950, even though the symptoms had been observed for many years. It is an intolerance to alpha-gliadin, a component of gluten which in turn is a protein..

Cold Sores

Cold sores are little blisters that erupt on the surface of the skin and mucous membranes, mainly on and around the lips. The virus responsible for cold sores is known as Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1). Oth..

Colds & Flu

Colds and flu (influenza) are both viral infections. Head colds tend to be affairs of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat and sinuses) and chest colds affect the lungs; Influenza or flue is felt all over ..


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Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane lining the eyes. Symptoms Bloodshot eyes. Blurred vision. Crustiness around the eyelashes. Sensitivity to light and ..


Horace Fletcher (1849–1919), a self-taught American nutritionist, was known as ‘the great masticator’ for his advice that one must chew each mouthful of food 32 times before swallowing. Horace had more on his m..


Coughing is an important bodily function. Normally the cilia, or the tiny hairs that line the airways, move in unison (like a ‘Mexican wave’) and transport mucus and particles up from the lungs and bronchi to b..

Cradle Cap

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Crohn's Disease

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Cystitis, also known as a urinary tract infection (UTI), is quite common in women and young girls and frankly, can be described as like ‘weeing razor blades’. Caused by a bacterial infection, cystitis..