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    Natural Solutions    

March 2008   


Nutri Centre’s Q & A section    


Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Senior Nutritionist Alex Shalet BSc (Hons) in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.

Q. I have been suffering from painful piles which some times bleed. I don’t seem to have much luck with over the counter remedies from the chemist. I am already taking codeine for another ailment and I don’t really want to use steroid type medication. Can you suggest anything natural?

Piles or haemorrhoids occur when blood vessels in the tissue around the anus become dilated and swollen and project into the rectum to form visible swellings. They are very common and affect about half the population. It’s not true that they are caused by sitting on cold hard surfaces, prolonged standing or sedentary work.
Aggravating factors such as constipation or being overweight can make the condition worse so it’s important to get plenty of exercise, try to move your bowels regularly – but without straining - avoid dehydration and consume sufficient dietary fibre.
You mention taking codeine which can in fact cause constipation. See your doctor about an alternative to this and mention the symptoms you have been having.
Horse chestnut is traditionally used by herbalists for its healing properties to help relieve the pain and swelling associated with conditions which involve chronic venous insufficiency such as piles. Horse chestnut extract, or Aesculus hippocastanum, contains a saponin known as aescin felt to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oedema, and venotonic actions. Aescin improves the tone of vein walls, thereby strengthening the support structure of the vein.

Pilewort is a plant (Ranunculus Ficaria of Linnaeus) whose tuberous roots have traditionally been used in poultices as a gentle remedy for piles. A good product which combines both these ingredients is Horse Chestnut & Pilewort Ointment by Herbs Hands Healing. As well as these two herbs it contains other soothing ingredients including oak bark and comfrey root plus emollient olive oil, beeswax and cocoa butter.

Recommended Product:
Horse Chestnut & Pilewort Ointment by Herbs Hands Healing costs ?5.75 for 50g Ointment.

Q I always find that the winter weather brings on cold sores which makes me feel self-conscious as well as being painful. I have tried natural remedies in the past but not found anything which will really clear this up. Can you help?

Super Lysine+ is an excellent treatment as a cold stick or ointment which is clinically proven to heal cold sores quickly, naturally and painlessly. It contains an all natural formula of lysine and 14 other vitamins, herbs, and minerals.

A study from Southern California University of Health Sciences showed that Super Lysine+ healed colds sores faster than the leading over the counter pharmacy and prescription brands. The average healing time was just 4.0 days. Within three days, the formula either completely eliminated or dramatically reduced cold sore symptoms, including tingling, burning, itching, tenderness, prickling, and soreness and blistering. In addition, a remarkable 40% of the participants had a full cure by end of the third day.

As well as L-lysine, ingredients include healing Propolis extract and soothing Calendula flower extract. Ointment should be applied directly to cold sores at the first sign of tingling. It does not cause a burning sensation so gives some immediate relief and as it goes on clear so does not draw attention to the cold sores.

Recommended Products:
The Super Lysine+ coldstick or ointment by Quantum Health costs ?5.95 for a 7g stick or 7g ointment.

These products are available from The Nutri Centre at or by ‘phone on 0207 436 5122 where free advice also available form qualified nutritionists.

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If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to

The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'


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