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HERBS FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH

As with food supplements herbs can be used to obtain optimum health so that your body can balance your hormones, heal itself and help to prevent illness and disease getting a hold. Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine and herbs have been used for healing in all cultures and in all times. Herbs are in fact the foundation of numerous pharmaceutical drugs. Aspirin is based on an extract from willow, originally used for pain relief by the American Indians and steroids have been derived from wild yam. Up to 70 per cent of drugs in use today have their origins in plants. But Western pharmaceutical practice is to use the active ingredient of the plant or herb in a pure form of a determined strength and quantity as the basis for the drug. When a plant or herb is used in its whole form, as in herbal medicine, the side effects are absent or minimal. In traditional times, the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea), for example, was used for heart problems. In modern times, scientists have been able to isolate the main active ingredient of the foxglove (digoxin). However, by using only the active ingredient in a drug form, there is the real risk of side effects. By using the whole plant, the active ingredient interacts with all the other constituents of the plant which naturally includes ‘buffer’ ingredients that counteract the side effects. Herbalists believe this is the proper way to use the healing powers of herbs and plants.
The best way to use herbs is to choose those that have a balancing effect on your hormones without directly supplying one hormone or another. These balancing agents are called adaptogens. Adaptogenic herbs allow the body to restore itself naturally without causing an imbalance in any hormone or body system. These herbs tone and strengthen the whole of the reproductive system. Examples are: chaste-berry (agnus castus), black cohosh, blue cohosh and false unicorn root. Below I have given a guide for the general use of these and other herbs at the menopause. If you have specific symptoms such as fibroids, etc., it would be worth consulting a good herbalist or a health professional with experience in using herbs because some can have a direct hormone-like action and are used in specific conditions while best avoided for others.
For general use, it is better to have a number of herbs mixed together. Some herbs work better for some women than others, so if you have an appropriate ‘menopause’ mix you can be sure of having a good balance.
The easiest and most effective way of taking herbs is in tincture form (approximately 5ml (1 teaspoon) three times daily in a little water). Try to get tinctures made from organically grown herbs. In the liquid form the herbs are already dissolved and hence they are available faster and their action is quicker. In the dry form, the tablets or capsules have to be digested and the benefit of the herbs is only as good as your digestive and absorption processes. You will find that as the herbs rebalance your hormones you can reduce the dose, bringing it down to 2.5ml (УЬ teaspoon) three times a day, for instance, and eventually to the point when you don’t need them any more. Herbs are not like drugs. If drugs are stopped, the symptoms can return and you are back where you started. The herbs stop the symptoms. But they are also addressing the cause at the same time, so the symptoms are being alleviated because the body is becoming more balanced.
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HERBS FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH
As with food supplements herbs can be used to obtain optimum health so that your body can balance your hormones, heal itself and help to prevent illness and disease getting a hold. Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine and herbs have been used for healing in all cultures and in all times. Herbs are in fact the foundation of numerous pharmaceutical drugs. Aspirin is based on an extract from willow, originally used for pain relief by the American Indians and steroids have been derived from wild yam. Up to 70 per cent of drugs in use today have their origins in plants. But Western pharmaceutical practice is to use the active ingredient of the plant or herb in a pure form of a determined strength and quantity as the basis for the drug. When a plant or herb is used in its whole form, as in herbal medicine, the side effects are absent or minimal. In traditional times, the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea), for example, was used for heart problems. In modern times, scientists have been able to isolate the main active ingredient of the foxglove (digoxin). However, by using only the active ingredient in a drug form, there is the real risk of side effects. By using the whole plant, the active ingredient interacts with all the other constituents of the plant which naturally includes ‘buffer’ ingredients that counteract the side effects. Herbalists believe this is the proper way to use the healing powers of herbs and plants.The best way to use herbs is to choose those that have a balancing effect on your hormones without directly supplying one hormone or another. These balancing agents are called adaptogens. Adaptogenic herbs allow the body to restore itself naturally without causing an imbalance in any hormone or body system. These herbs tone and strengthen the whole of the reproductive system. Examples are: chaste-berry (agnus castus), black cohosh, blue cohosh and false unicorn root. Below I have given a guide for the general use of these and other herbs at the menopause. If you have specific symptoms such as fibroids, etc., it would be worth consulting a good herbalist or a health professional with experience in using herbs because some can have a direct hormone-like action and are used in specific conditions while best avoided for others.For general use, it is better to have a number of herbs mixed together. Some herbs work better for some women than others, so if you have an appropriate ‘menopause’ mix you can be sure of having a good balance.The easiest and most effective way of taking herbs is in tincture form (approximately 5ml (1 teaspoon) three times daily in a little water). Try to get tinctures made from organically grown herbs. In the liquid form the herbs are already dissolved and hence they are available faster and their action is quicker. In the dry form, the tablets or capsules have to be digested and the benefit of the herbs is only as good as your digestive and absorption processes. You will find that as the herbs rebalance your hormones you can reduce the dose, bringing it down to 2.5ml (УЬ teaspoon) three times a day, for instance, and eventually to the point when you don’t need them any more. Herbs are not like drugs. If drugs are stopped, the symptoms can return and you are back where you started. The herbs stop the symptoms. But they are also addressing the cause at the same time, so the symptoms are being alleviated because the body is becoming more balanced.
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Posted on February 1st, 2011 by admin  |  No Comments »

INFANTS’ COMPLAINTS – CRADLE CAP (CRUSTA LACTEA) 4

A year later the mother sent us the following brief note: ‘Last year you helped us cure our little girl’s cradle cap. Thank you ever so much.’
Another letter we received from a nurse reads:
‘At the moment I am looking after two children. The boy, now 15 months old, had cradle cap last year. You sent me a calcium complex (Urticalcin), Viola tricolor and whey concentrate. Thanks to your excellent remedies the condition cleared up within a fort¬night.’
In this particular case, diluted whey concentrate (Molkosan) was used to dab on the rash. Excellent results have also been achieved by dabbing on Echinaforce, a fresh plant preparation made from Echinacea. Water and soap are quite unsuitable for cradle cap and must be avoided. Instead, use oil, preferably St John’s wort oil, to cleanse the baby’s skin. It is indeed good to know that cradle cap can be successfully treated with these natural remedies, sparing the children permanent harm.
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INFANTS’ COMPLAINTS – CRADLE CAP (CRUSTA LACTEA) 3

If the ailing child is already weaned, instead of cow’s milk give the child almond milk only. However, this requires accurate weight control. Some babies cannot assimilate vegetable protein and will lose weight. In such cases, if a protein supplement in the form of soy flour does not produce the necessary weight gain, animal pro­tein, in this case milk, will have to be resorted to once more. Frequently, goat’s milk or sheep’s milk is better tolerated than cow’s milk. Older children suffering from very stubborn cases of cradle cap should be given wheat germ. In all cases, nothing but natural remedies should be employed, never chemical preparations.

Sometimes the natural treatment brings very quick relief, but there are other cases that require more time and patience. As an example, one worried mother wrote to me asking for advice on how to cure her little daughter’s cradle cap. She also sent a sample of the child’s urine, an analysis of which revealed the existence of a liver problem. Almond milk and diluted carrot juice, to be given as a bottle-feed, were recommended, as well as a biological calcium preparation to rectify the girl’s calcium deficiency. Mild stimulation of the kidneys was also necessary, for which a very weak kidney tea with a little Solidago (goldenrod) was prescribed. In addition, Violaforce was prescribed; this is the best remedy for cradle cap and the one that especially guarantees a successful result. For external treatment it was recommended that the mother use St John’s wort oil and then dust with Urticalcin powder. Bran baths are excellent for this too.
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Posted on October 6th, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »