Since 1978 through the pregnancy of my daughter I've practiced herbal remedies, using natural methods to promote a healthy pregnancy. I've continued taking courses in herbal studies at the New York Open Center -
Scott Gerson, M.D. Ph.D.|Ayurveda Letha Hadadday, D.Ac.|Chinese Medicine and Michael Tierra, O.M.D. |Western Herbs
The Cold and Flu season is upon us. Here are a few helpful assists -
Prevention for chills, stiffness? Cinnamon, scallions & ginger tea to sweat out the cold
Stage I - Gan Mao Ling (this really works!) Also Bayberry or Echinaca
(I drink Knudsens Echinacea~Ginger~Lemon juice)
Stage Ii - Yinchiao Chieh Tu Pien (for stiff neck, swollen lymph, sore throat, fever & headache
Stage III - Powerful Linche Anti-inflammation Pills (upper respiratory)
For thick yellow greenish mucus Chin Fei Yi Huo Pien
When the cold has gone its time for recovery and strength rebuilding - Ping Chuan Wan
Fenugreek is good for breathing improvement also fever AND REDUCES signs of ageing _ good for hair loss~thickens!
Western HerbsWintertime is the season for Kidneys. Be gentle and slow with the onset of the colder temperatures. Rest is essential, almost mandatory - if you want to have lots of Energy and reserve. Besides Dulse there are Aduki beans and fruits such as blackberries that give support to the kidneys. Nettle is the quickest way to give your kidneys the boost they need and it helps the adrenals, as well.
Chaste tree Berry aka. Vitex good for Women who have hormonal imbalances, and infertility issues. This particular herb effects the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and helps with ovarian cysts. and if you are going through Menopause it can help with that, too - not everyone can take Black Cohosh.
Cranberry prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall long enough to cause an infection. Either dried cranberries or cranberry extract or capsules are the most concentrated and highly effective
Take vitamin D(3) as well as CoQ10 with healthy fats for better absorption especially during the winter for cold and flu prevention, but also for building healthy bone density. I highly recommend Garden of Life Grow Bone.. If you live in the Bucks County area, go to Frey's in Hellertown, for the best price, and Stan's in Doylestown, PA
Coconut oil is used for so many physical benefits one use for them is for earaches. Warm the oil and put 2 drops in while laying on your opposite ear side and stay there for a minute to let the oil penetrate. Coconut oil is great for your skin and provides deep moisture.
It also strengthens underlying tissue, and adds shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair. I highly recommend it in Oil Pulling for oral health.
Horse Chestnut reduces arthritis symptoms, inflammation after surgery, and is effective in treating hemorrhoids (a form of varicose veins) It improves the strength of veins, prevent the breakdown of capillaries, and decrease inflammation.
White Willow Bark for any kind of pain. White willow bark is a relative of aspirin. It can can cause stomach distress, and it shouldn’t be given to children.
A single gram of Turmeric in the morning can improve the memory of people in the very early stages of diabetes who are at risk of cognitive impairment. Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex 500 Mg with 95% Curcuminoids and Bioperin benefits the joints, brain heart and circulatory system.
Rosemary and Sage for Alzheimer's. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, a neuro-surgeon of The Blaylock Wellness Center has an informative newsletter reporting his research on brain health and how foods, drugs, especially vaccines, may be harmful to brain cells. This article concerns 2 Biblical herbs found to be useful for preventing brain damage and Alzheimer's by helping to neutralize free-radicals.
Pain Killer Herbs:
Turmeric - Curcurmin is a potent anti inflammatory compound found in turmeric and shown positive results in treating patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.
White Willow: The bark of White Willow tree contains a compound called salicylic acid, an anti inflammatory compound used to treat different skin conditions like warts, psoriasis, scaly skin conditions.
Devil’s Claw: contains chemical compounds that reduces pain in inflammation-induced arthritis, headaches, and low back discomfort.
Other potent herbs include Ginger, Holy Basil, Peppermint, Arnica, Boswellia, Clove oil, etc.
The following herbs have shown incredible effectiveness .These herbs can be brewed as a tea -
Ashwagandha Root – adrenal support, strengthens muscles and courage
Damiana - enhances libido, eases anxiety, and a source of hormones
Lemon Balm – liver health, cooling, refreshing
Hawthorn Berries –reduces cholesterol and improves heart strength,
Schizandra Berry – an energy tonic that improves immunity and vision
St. John’s Wort – improves breathing and energy
Valerian – calms restlessness, improves sleep
Scott Gerson taught how to find our pulse and use a 'count' (pulse wave) to determine which Dosha was the predominant type. Here is a very simplified video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n-hzKOafFko showing how its done.
When you go to see an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the first things that he or she will do is to assess your pulse. An Ayurvedic practitioner uses the pulse in a much different way than traditional pulse reading. In a pulse reading, three fingers are used, and each finger to feel how much a dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) is active in your physiology.
The most subtle Dosha is Vata. It is felt with the index finger. Pitta is felt with the third finger; it is liquid and substantial in nature. Kapha is felt with the ring finger - it is heavy and slow in nature.The practitioner feels for these qualities, and also the underlying subtle qualities that lie beneath each dosha. An experienced practitioner can get a lot of information just from your pulse!
Triphala has been reported to cause weight loss and to be useful in anemia, jaundice, constipation, cough asthma, fever, chronic ulcers, leucorrhea and pyorrehea. Tprphals is a a very potent free radical scavenger and has anitioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. Great colon tonic!
Ashwagada promotes vitality and strength and is good for Vata or Kapha Doshas and helps to alleviate stress.
Chayavanprash promotes rejuvination and proper function of the immune system.
Guggulu cleanses unhealthy tissues, increases the white blood cell count. It has traditionally been recommended to clear the sinuses of congestion, relieve chronic skin disorders, treat obesity, shrink swollen glands and cool inflamed joints. It is fascinating how medical science is now validating many of the traditional uses for this ancient herbal medicine.
Shatavari improves the production of breast milk in nursing mothers, is used in inflammatory conditions and to soothe irritated tissues. Shatavari has a cooling influence may also benefit the hot flashes of women going through menopause. Shatavari is beneficial in cooling off an irritated digestive system as expressed by heartburn, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome IBS
Neem purifies the blood and removes toxins from the intestines which allows any aggravated skin conditions such as acne, rashes, eczema and psoriasis to subside and the cooling of any burning or itching. Neem has anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal qualities make it a potent herb used to eliminate a wide range of infection. It treats tapeworm, ringworm &diarrhoea.
Jatamamsi Rasayana May help with sleeplessness, muscle spasms, uterus spasms, nervousness, shaking, headaches, stress, dizziness and balance. It is a vata or air balancing tonic.
Mahanarayan oil is warming to ease muscle and joint discomforts. Put it in places that feel stiff, empty in order to warm circulation. Put it on the top of your arms to send blood circulation to your tired face.
According to Ayurveda, middle age is the pitta stage of life, a time when responsibilities, stress, and the intensity of daily life can be at their peak and further provoke pitta. Healthy Pitta helps calma the mind, soothe fiery emotions and support a cooler, more balanced temperament.
Healthy Pitta (pills made by Banyan Botanicals) is a soothing blend of herbs formulated specifically to balance pitta dosha without aggravating vata or kapha. It may be used year-round by those with pitta constitutions to support overall health and well-being. Healthy Pitta may also be used by any constitutional type that is experiencing a temporary pitta imbalance. For those with a dual constitution that includes pitta or a tridoshic constitution, it is an excellent formula for pitta season, which in most parts of the world is summer. The heat and brightness of summer tends to aggravate pitta. Healthy Pitta contains herbs that cool the system, helping the body to remain healthy throughout the season.
Ayurvedic brain and nerve tonics to improve your sleep patterns, help memory, and reduce nerve pains: Ginkgo, Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Gotu kola are four of the most neuro~tonic herbs known in Ayurveda. Each of these herbs is a major nervous system adaptogen, capable of repairing, protecting, and enhancing nervous function. The synergy of these four herbs, together with the nutritional support of the mixed tocopherols, B12 and folate produces an exceptional complex that can be used in all nervous system conditions. It is an effective formulation for the relief of stress, especially that associated with study or work. It may also provide stamina and endurance, and improve peripheral circulation.
Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian gets blood moving to ease pain and emotions. Chest pain may be a heart problem, indigestion, or nerves.
As the names suggest this Chinese herbal formula has been construed to provide relief from various stress related emotions with anxiety being one of the major ones along with restlessness, anger and depression. Chinese medicine diagnosis this as heart yin deficiency and Calm Spirit has the power to replenish this deficiency. This same medicine is used for the purpose of treating insomnia, excessive sweating and memory related problems that occur due to stress.
The traditional formula Ding Xin Wan which is Heart Stabilizing Pills forms the basis for Calm Spirit. The special ingredients of this medicine will help to tonify heart Qi and Yin. The herbs used in this product include biota seeds, polygala roots, zizyphus seed, white peony root, ophiopogon tuber and codonsopsis root.
This herbal medicine is primarily prescribed to provide relief from anxiety and insomnia. The herbal formula has sedative properties which do not only enable you to sleep at night but also prevent day time agitation, palpitations and anxiety attacks. Schizandra dreams is also used to help in the case of substance withdrawal and can also help against sleep apnea. It is made using Schizandra fruit, mandarin essential oil, amber resin, oyster shell and Valerian extract. The herbal remedy nourishes the heart and calms the spirit down.
This is one of the oldest Chinese herbal formulas prescribed for the purpose of providing relief against irritability, anxiety and insomnia. The cause of such disorders are attributed to heart, liver and blood deficiencies and the Zizyphus formula helps to replenish this depleted energy.
Sexual dysfunction is not widely talked about in our society, but for some it is a problem; stressful, frustrating and often
Here are some everyday herbs that you can find in your kitchen to help
For women with pale tongue (internal. Cold) Cloves as a tea warms you up quickly both body warmth and desire.
Other herbs include fennel, ginger, lemon, rosemary and sage.
Fenugreek is not only good for this, is also good for asthma. As a tea
a pinch) its good for convalescence - do not take if preg - promotes vaginal bleeding.
Ayurvedic recommendations - Ashwagandha a tonic rejuvinator is used for
weak muscles, nervous exhaustion, memory loss, anemia and overwork.
Chinese herbal remedies include:
Kang Wei Ling - it is another warming remedy for men with pale
tongue. Increases sexual drive, helps with premature ejaculation and
Ha Ma Bu Shen Wan - energy tonic & blood building
can be used by both men and women for kidney deficiency which has
affected the heart/digestion. It is for the elderly, women recovering
from childbirth or other heart related problems like congestive heart
failure, also good for fatigue, impotence & even cold limbs.
There is Woman's Treasure and Man's Treasure and Love Female and Love
Male. You can read more in Asian Health Secrets by Letha Hadady, D.Ac.,
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