Glossary Of Terms

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Dietary fibre is that part of plants used for food that does not get digested in the small intestine. Dietary fibre absorb and retain large amounts of fluid and act as a bulk forming laxative (see definition above).

Glycerin is a clear, colorless syrupy liquid that is used in rectal suppositories in order to stimulate bowel movements.

A medicinal ingredient that is used to help liquefy mucus so that it can be coughed up. Guaifenesin is an expectorant type medicine.

Histamine is a chemical that is released when the body comes into contact with something that it is allergic to. Histamine causes the common symptoms of allergy and colds such as sneezing, itching, stuffy nose, wheezing and hives.

Hives are welts on the skin that are red, raised and itchy. Hives are most commonly caused by an allergy, and are the result of the release of histamine and other chemicals in the body.

Impaction refers to something being trapped in a body passage. Examples are hardened stool in the colon and stones in a bile duct.

Influenza is an infection that starts in the respiratory tract and is caused by one of a number of different types of influenza viruses. Influenza symptoms include high fever, headache, body aches and pains, extreme exhaustion and fatigue and weakness that can last two to three weeks.