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Nature’s Golden Flower

Nature’s Golden Flower  Calendula or Marigold can be found growing in gardens—its botanical name is Calendula officinalis. Image: Marigold Flowers (Calendula) According to German fables, the weather can be predicted accurately by observing these golden flowers....

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Battling Fluid Retention

Battling Fluid Retention Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention and it has nothing to do with how much you drink over the festive season! What is true, is that most people do not drink nearly as much as they should or, at any rate, too much of the wrong fluid....

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Feverfew Foils Migraines

Feverfew Foils Migraines If you suffer from migraines or are allergic to bees, you should seriously consider planting feverfew in your garden.  Image: Feverfew Plant More about the bees later, but migraine sufferers will be pleased to know feverfew is one of the...

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Take The Gall Out Of Those Stones!

Take The Gall Out Of Those Stones! Anyone who has ever suffered from gallstones probably doesn't want to relive the pain of that experience, but what are these hard little substances produced by our bodies that can cause us such grief? Gallstones are called that...

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Cabbage – More Than Just A Vegetable

Cabbage - More Than Just A Vegetable Before frozen foods, refrigeration and cheap transport from warmer areas became readily available in northern, central and eastern Europe, sauerkraut, (like other preserved foods) provided a source of nutrients during the winter....

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Herbal Tea: The Most Ancient Form of Herbal Medicine

Herbal Tea: The Most Ancient Form of Herbal Medicine Preparing medicinal herbs at home has become increasingly popular in most households, with a variety of herbs being more readily available. But, with easy access to different medicinal herbs comes the responsibility...

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The Benefits of Sleep

The Benefits of Sleep  Growing up, we often hear the benefits of getting a good night’s rest - improvements in productivity and concentration, better eating habits, decreased chances of heart disease and stroke, decreased chances of diabetes, and the list goes on....

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Do You Want To Live Longer?

Do You Want To Live Longer? There are societies of people who do live much longer than others and they are remarkably free of heart disease and cancer. These are the Vilcabambans of Ecuador, the Abkhazians of Russia and the Hunzakuts of Pakistan. When US cardiologists...

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Arnica Cream Should Be In Every Medicine Cabinet

Arnica Cream Should Be In Every Medicine Cabinet Arnica is one of the most versatile and useful herbs found in nature and is an essential addition to every medicine cabinet. From treating pain, inflammation, bruising, arthritis and more, arnica cream is extremely...

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Switching From Coffee To Herbal Teas

Switching From Coffee To Herbal Teas Many people report not being able to function in the morning until they’ve had that first cup of coffee. The caffeine found in coffee can increase physical and mental alertness and for this reason many find themselves becoming...

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Discover The Value Of Detoxing After The Festive Season

Discover The Value Of Detoxing After The Festive Season Throughout the holiday season for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, many find themselves over-indulging on both the delicious food available and the flow of alcohol. With diet and alcohol intake being two of the...

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Why Is Sleep So Beneficial For Our Health?

Why Is Sleep So Beneficial For Our Health? Did you know sleep is one of the most important factors in our overall general health and wellbeing? You probably know how a poor night’s sleep can affect your mood and cognitive ability the next day, but did you know that...

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The Importance Of Vitamin D & Where To Find It

The Importance Of Vitamin D & Where To Find It Vitamin D (also known as the "sunshine vitamin") is produced by the body in response to sun exposure and is important for a number of reasons, such as maintaining strong, healthy bones, preventing depression and...

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Ease Depression & Anxiety With Hypericum

Ease Depression & Anxiety With Hypericum The Hypericum plant, otherwise known as St John’s wort, is a perennial herb that has been used to treat nervous conditions since the times of ancient Greece. The Hypericum plant contains a number of chemical compounds, some...

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Medicinal Uses For Dandelion

Medicinal Uses For Dandelion Many people think of dandelions as simply an annoying weed, but did you know that dandelion has many health benefits and is commonly used in natural medicine? Here are some of the amazing ways dandelion and dandelion root can improve your...

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Use Arnica Cream For Muscle & Joint Pain

Use Arnica Cream For Muscle & Joint Pain If you’ve ever found yourself walking up and down the pain relief section of your local health store, you’ve probably seen ‘arnica’ more than a few times. Arnica is known as a ‘mountain daisy’ as its most commonly found...

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Herbal Remedies For Symptoms Of Menopause

Herbal Remedies For Symptoms Of Menopause Every day women experience the many unpleasant symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, excessive sweating and night sweats. The good news is there are alternative medicines available to help alleviate these symptoms without...

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Improve Your Health By Detoxifying Your Liver

Improve Your Health By Detoxifying Your Liver Our general health and wellbeing depends heavily on our body’s ability to break down and purge toxins. We are exposed to many, many toxins every day through our food, the products we use, alcohol and other substances we...

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Effective, Alternative Antidepressant

Effective, Alternative Antidepressant Hypericum is one of nature’s best herbs for the entire nervous system. This herb (also known as St John’s wort) has received much medical attention and recognition, particularly for its use in mild to moderate depression and...

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Prostate Enlargement—A Proven Herbal Remedy

Prostate Enlargement—A Proven Herbal Remedy I have a love of researching and discovering alternative medicine. My library is crammed with books on herbs as I buy virtually every publication on the subject. Whenever I return to Germany I search for herbal books and...

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A Valuable Remedy For Throat/Mouth Complaints

A Valuable Remedy For Throat/Mouth Complaints Sage or salvia officinalis, as it is scientifically called, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is a valuable remedy for throat/mouth problems, intestinal/digestion complaints and menopausal hot...

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Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?

Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine? Good-natured laughter does more than brighten a person’s day. When we laugh heartily, we also exercise our muscles. Psychology today says: Laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves...

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Do You Drink Enough Water For Good Health?

Do You Drink Enough Water For Good Health? Most of us can improve our health by drinking more water. Water is one of our body's most important nutrients, yet the simple advice to drink more water is often neglected by even health-minded people. Did you know that about...

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The Breuss Cancer Cure—Not Just A Cure For Cancer

The Breuss Cancer Cure—Not Just A Cure For Cancer I first heard of Rudolf Breuss on a trip to Germany. I was absolutely astonished at the claims made in his book. Patients with brain tumours, lung cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer told of their success in...

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A Herb For Thyroid, Lymphatic & Kidney Complaints

A Herb For Thyroid, Lymphatic & Kidney Complaints Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a very valuable plant to the average herbalist because it can be used for a wide range of problems. With its diuretic and alterative actions, it is most beneficial as a lymphatic tonic,...

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Uncover The Secrets Of Ancient Herbal Knowledge

Uncover The Secrets Of Ancient Herbal Knowledge Our knowledge on the past use of herbal medicine is mainly derived from cultures which had a written language, recorded on clay tablets, carved or painted on stone, papyrus, later as manuscripts, and in more recent...

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Which Tiny Berry Can Relieve Cystitis & Other UTIs?

Which Tiny Berry Can Relieve Cystitis & Other UTIs? Cranberry’s fame as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (UTIs) came from German chemists in the 19th century, who discovered that, after eating cranberries, people pass urine that contains a...

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Treat Osteoporosis & Inflammatory Disease Easily

Treat Osteoporosis & Inflammatory Disease Easily Parsley is readily available and widely used in cookery but it is often under-appreciated. It can be found throughout the year at the market, it's cheap so just about anyone can buy it. Parsley is a highly...

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Discover Medicinal Properties Of A Humble Vegetable

Discover Medicinal Properties Of A Humble Vegetable For thousands of years the humble onion has had a respected and often revered place in the diet of man. Sacred to the Egyptians, it often appears in the art of ancient India, China and Greece, but it probably...

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Do You Suffer From Anaemia? This Herb Can Help

Do You Suffer From Anaemia? This Herb Can Help Horsetail is a very popular herbal remedy as it is a storehouse of minerals. Due to its high content of silica, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair bony tissues. Silica...

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How Does Echinacea Shield Against Infections?

How Does Echinacea Shield Against Infections? The immune system in our body is one of the most important functions. Without its proper functioning, without a good defence mechanism, we couldn’t survive as we are constantly subjected to the attacks of millions of...

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Find Out How To Detoxify & Energise Your Body

Find Out How To Detoxify & Energise Your Body An overload of toxins in your body will lead to chronic illness, premature ageing and death. You and I are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals, they are everywhere — all the time. They are in the air we breathe, in...

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Regulate Menstrual/Menopausal Problems

Regulate Menstrual/Menopausal Problems Yarrow has an important place in the history of herbs. It has two agents which promote blood coagulation, several which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving action, and others which are antiseptic. As well as healing...

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Take Ginkgo To Delay The Ageing Process

Take Ginkgo To Delay The Ageing Process There seems to be no other plant in herbal medicine that is beneficial to the brain, central nervous system and vascular system at the same time. Anyone over 50 is encouraged to take ginkgo extract for a few months at a time for...

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Relieve Colds, Flu, Sinus Infections, Respiratory Issues

Relieve Colds, Flu, Sinus Infections, Respiratory Issues Elder flower (Sambucus nigra) has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and...

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Herbs For Kidney, Bladder & Cholesterol Problems

Herbs For Kidney, Bladder & Cholesterol Problems Our kidneys suffer badly from our modern habits as many don't drink enough water while consuming large quantities of coffee and fizzy drinks. Golden rod (Solidago virgaurea) is not only useful as a counter to kidney...

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Sebastian Kneipp—The ‘Helper of Mankind’

Sebastian Kneipp—The 'Helper of Mankind' Sebastian Kneipp (1821 - 1897) was an extraordinary man who took an absolutely free product - water - and showed the world how to use it as a curative force for a wide variety of illnesses. The story of his famous water...

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Which Herbs Are Beneficial For “Women’s Problems”?

Which Herbs Are Beneficial For "Women's Problems"? The following herbs are beneficial for women if they experience excessive & difficult menstruation (dysmenorrhoea), menopausal problems such as hot flushes, uterine fibroids and during pregnancy. Lady's mantle tea...

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Pain-Relieving Herb For Rheumatism & Arthritis

Pain-Relieving Herb For Rheumatism & Arthritis Willow bark (Salix alba) has often been regarded as one of nature’s greatest gifts to humanity because the salicin it contains is such an effective pain killer. The chemical factory that is the human body converts...

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How To Keep Your Hair On Herbally!

How To Keep Your Hair On Herbally! Hair: Very few people are satisfied with what hair they've got. It's either too little or too much or it grows in all the wrong places! Dealing with unwanted body hair is a nightmare for some women, but not enough hair on their heads...

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Home Remedy For Arthritic & Inflamed Joints

Home Remedy For Arthritic & Inflamed Joints Cabbage (Brassica oleracea): I don't think I have to tell anyone what a cabbage looks like because it is one of the most widely grown vegetables and is a European native. The heads of cabbage varieties range in shape...

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Anti-Inflammatory Herb For Sprains, Swellings, Bruises

Anti-Inflammatory Herb For Sprains, Swellings, Bruises Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis): Comfrey’s name derives from the Latin ‘confervere’ which means ‘to bring together’. This leafy perennial herb has been used for centuries for its swelling-reducing capacity when...

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Help Save Traditional Herbal Medicine!

Help Save Traditional Herbal Medicine! Herbal medicine is the oldest and most widespread medicine developed by humanity. Although herbalism is regarded in Australia as an alternative medical practice, did you know that 85 per cent of the world's population regard it...

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Tumour-Inhibiting Capabilities Of Beetroot Juice

Tumour-Inhibiting Capabilities Of Beetroot Juice Beetroot (Beta vulgaris): For 2000 years the beetroot has remained as the most valuable vegetable in the medicine chest. After carrot juice, the juice from the beetroot must be the most used of all the root vegetables....

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How Does Potato Juice Cure Indigestion?

How Does Potato Juice Cure Indigestion? The potato is probably the most widely used and best-known vegetable of them all. The organic potato has the most beneficial effects that are unfortunately all but lost when cultivated by commercial methods. Potatoes grown by...

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Avoid A Heart Attack & Protect Your Heart Today!

Avoid A Heart Attack & Protect Your Heart Today! Hawthorn is an excellent herb for the heart. The main medicinal use of hawthorn is as a cardiotonic, a tonic for the heart. It looks after the heart by gradually reducing elevated blood pressure and by stimulating...

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Why Is Grape Seed The Best Antioxidant?

Why Is Grape Seed The Best Antioxidant? Grapes (Vitis vinifera) have been heralded for their medicinal and nutritional value for thousands of years. Egyptians ate grapes, and several ancient Greek philosophers praised the healing power of grapes, usually in the form...

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Eliminate Stress And Anxiety In Your Life

Eliminate Stress And Anxiety In Your Life Cowslip (Primula veris) herbal tea is an excellent sedative ideal for stress-related problems. Unlike sleeping pills which are habit-forming and have the potential to damage long-term users, cowslip has a gentle, relaxing...

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Various Herbal Applications

Various Herbal Applications Inhalations with herbs: Steam inhalations combine the benefit of steam and antiseptic herbs to effectively clear nasal congestion and relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, hayfever and sinusitis. To prepare a steam inhalation, place 50 g of...

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Valerian Is A Powerful, Natural Sedative

Valerian Is A Powerful, Natural Sedative Do you suffer from insomnia, tossing from side to side at night and finally, because you know of no other way in your predicament, reach for a sleeping pill? If your answer is “yes” and you continue using such help, you will...

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Different Forms Of Herbal Preparations

Different Forms Of Herbal Preparations Commercial herbal preparations: You can buy many different forms of herbal medicines from health food stores and pharmacies. Different methods of taking herbal medicines are more suitable for specific herbs and for certain health...

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Banish Poor Digestion, Heartburn & Nausea For Good!

Banish Poor Digestion, Heartburn & Nausea For Good! Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) tea is a wonderful remedy for poor digestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting during pregnancy, sudden pains and cramps in the stomach, tension headaches, flatulence and...

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Why Put Up With Menstrual/Menopausal Problems?

Why Put Up With Menstrual/Menopausal Problems? Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps to stop bleeding. It has a strengthening effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining), making it an effective treatment for many problems associated with menstruation and...

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Protect Your Liver From Serious Disease

Protect Your Liver From Serious Disease St Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum) is undoubtedly the best-documented pharmaceutical agent for the treatment of serious liver disease. The herb is now widely used by the medical profession to treat alcoholic hepatitis,...

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Best Blood Tonic And Cleanser—Ideal For Skin Disorders

Best Blood Tonic And Cleanser—Ideal For Skin Disorders Red clover tea (Trifolium pratense) has a strong metallic flavour as a result of its high concentration of iron and copper salts, which make it a vital blood tonic as well as an important blood cleanser. If taken...

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Can A Herb For Stomach Disorders Calm A Colicky Baby?

Can A Herb For Stomach Disorders Calm A Colicky Baby? Every household with a baby should have a packet of camomile tea or teabags in the herbal pantry as it is a gentle, calming herb that can be safely given to infants. It is an excellent herb for babies at teething...

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Control High Blood Pressure & Support Circulation

Control High Blood Pressure & Support Circulation Today, mistletoe (Viscum album) is still a very important ingredient in herbal medicine. It is used to strengthen the heart, to reduce high blood pressure and it is considered one of the best remedies for heart and...

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Diuretic Herbs Are Essential For Fluid Retention

Diuretic Herbs Are Essential For Fluid Retention Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention which is due to poor drainage and can be treated with diuretic herbs which promote urine secretion in a safe and effective manner. Bedstraw (Galium verum) is a powerful...

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Highly Recommended By Herbalists Everywhere

Highly Recommended By Herbalists Everywhere The stinging nettle is the best blood cleansing herb known to herbalists and recommended strongly in the treatment of acne and eczema. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is high in iron and is also the best blood building herb...

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No Home Should Be Without This Wonderful Elixir!

No Home Should Be Without This Wonderful Elixir! I sincerely believe no home should be without a bottle of Swedish Bitters. Taken internally it is not only for the entire gastric tract, but also for arthritis, gout, hay fever, emphysema, constipation, fatigue and many...

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Calendula For Internal & External Healing

Calendula For Internal & External Healing Many readers of my newspaper columns have reported excellent results for Crohn’s disease, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease after using the following recipe from an old German herbal book: 100g Calendula (Calendula...

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In Case Of A Heart Attack—Steps To Help The Victim

In Case Of A Heart Attack—Steps To Help The Victim Each year millions of men and women worldwide have heart attacks. Many survive with few after-effects. Others do not survive. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. To stay healthy, the heart...

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Is Your Body A Toxic Cocktail? Read More …

Is Your Body A Toxic Cocktail? Read More … Much has changed since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Today, we are faced with a raft of serious diseases that barely existed 100 years ago, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is hardly surprising...

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Effective Remedies For Leg Cramps & Swollen Ankles

Effective Remedies For Leg Cramps & Swollen Ankles Alternate hot and cold Foot Baths:   These are excellent water therapies for complaints such as swollen ankles, foot infections, chilblains, neuralgia, headache, catarrh, colds, cold feet, congestion of...

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Treat Varicose Veins,Haemorrhoids, Vaginal Thrush

Treat Varicose Veins,Haemorrhoids, Vaginal Thrush Water Treading: This is a simple treatment and has many therapeutic applications. Use it every day of the year for the following conditions: Varicose veins, weak ankles, insomnia, general weakness, poor circulation,...

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Quit Smoking—Heal The Wounds Of Nicotine With Herbs

Quit Smoking—Heal The Wounds Of Nicotine With Herbs If you are desperately trying to quit smoking and want to heal the wounds of nicotine, you are probably busy cursing the name of Jean Nicot, the French diplomat who first introduced tobacco in 1560 in the form of a...

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