Science-Based Nutrition For Good Health & Well-Being General Guide To Nature’s Herbal Remedies

Science-Based Nutrition For Good Health & Well-Being General Guide To Nature’s Herbal Remedies
Throughout history, herbs have been used for the treatment of specific ailments and conditions. They provide a wide-range of health-enhancing properties. Today’s scientific research supports many of their traditional uses and are available in easy-to-take capsules . . .

ALOE VERA (Aloe Barbadensis) Specific part used: inner gel of plant. Said to be useful in treating certain intestinal disorders. Helps improve absorption of nutrients. Taken internally in capsules, it soothes stomach ulcers, assists digestive function and acts as a gentle laxative.

BILBERRY Specific part used: berries. This European blueberry taken in capsule form are used to improve vision (eg. night blindness) and treat cataracts by increasing blood circulation to the eyes.

BLACK COHOSH (Cimicifuga Racemosa) Specific part used: root. Has been used as a relaxant, antispasmodic and sedative. Also used in cases of rheumatism. The root in capsule form treats a variety of women’s reproductive system conditions, including menstrual problems such as cramps and irregular bleeding, PMS, and symptoms of menopause.

CAYENNE (Capsicum Annum) Specific part used: seeds. This pepper plant contains capsaicin, which works as a pain reliever. Taken internally in capsules, cayenne an relieve migraine and other headaches. Adding it to as a skin cream or salve helps relieve chronic pain (eg. arthritis, backache.) Can be used as a gargle to treat sore throat and hoarseness. Reduces nausea

CHAMOMILE (Anthemis Nobilis) Specific part used: flowers of plant. Known to be an effective remedy for menstrual discomfort and associated symptoms. Acts as a gentle sedative, helpful in treating insomnia.

CRANBERRY Specific part used: berries. These berries treat women’s urinary tract and bladder infections. Studies show that concentrated cranberry capsules are more potent and more effective than cranberry juice.

CHICKWEED (Stellaria Media) Specific part used: herb. Helps provide relief from symptoms of bronchitis, coughs, colds, inflammation. Also may be used as a mild laxative.

DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum Officinole) Specific part used: root. Has been used to fight anemia because it contains iron, calcium, and other trace minerals. An ideal natural laxative, it is also helpful in treating poor circulation, bowel inflammation and stomach disorders.

DONG QUAI Specific part used: root. Popular Chinese herb used to improve mental acuity and to help relieve symptoms of daily stress and mental fatigue. Especially soothing for women’s ailments, the root of this Asian plant promotes the body’s production of the hormone estrogen to relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause.

ECHINACEA Specific part used: root. Helps stimulate glandular organs such as the kidneys to function more efficiently. Has been used by herbalists to fight infection, detoxify and stimulate healing. Echinacea is also used to help relieve symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. The root is used in capsule form to strengthen the immune system and increase resistance to stress to help

EYEBRIGHT (Euphrasia Officinalis) Specific part used: herb. Used to treat jaundice, loss of memory and vertigo. Topically, has been used to relieve conjunctivitis (pink eye.)

FENNEL SEED (Foeniculm Vulgare) Specific part used: seeds. Helps decrease the appetite so it has been used for weight-loss. Aids acid stomach, intestinal gas and gastric troubles.

FO-TI (Polygonum Multiflorum) Specific part used: root. Acts as an effective diuretic. Excellent nourishment for the blood. Also has been used to help improve memory and treat depression.

GINGER (Zingiber Officinale) Specific part used: root. The root, in capsule form, is used to treat nausea and symptoms of motion sickness (vertigo, nausea, vomiting), mild stomach aches, and indigestion. It also promotes healthy circulation. Eases the effect of a cold and soothes sore throat.

GINKGO BILOBA Specific part used: leaf extract. Used extensively in Europe to treat a variety of ailments . . . Helps increase blood circulation to the brain and has positive effect on mental performance. The leaves, taken in capsule or extract form, help treat short-term memory loss, ringing in the ears, poor circulation, and arteriosclerosis. Current studies suggest Ginkgo

GINSENG (Ponax Quinque Folius) Specific part used: root. The root of ginseng increases energy, reduces stress, and strengthens immunity. In China, it is a male tonic and an anti-aging herb for the elderly. A demulcent, it is helpful for coughs, colds and chest congestion. Reduces symptoms of feverish and inflammatory illness and can help relieve nausea.

GOLDEN SEAL (Hydrastis Canadenis) Specific part used: root. Helps decrease nausea. Excellent remedy for colds and digestive troubles. The root in capsule form reduces inflammation of ulcers, cleanses the blood and liver. Mix with warm water as an external eye wash, goldenseal is also used for treating conjunctivitis and other eye inflammations.

GOTU-KOLA (Cantella Asiatica) Native to India, where it is taken to slow aging, the leaves improve mental ability, relieve stress. This plant also helps to speed the healing of wounds, eczema, and other skin conditions. Accelerates healing of bruises and abscesses. Acts as a sedative and diuretic. Also claimed to help energize brain cells and relieve tension.

HAWTHORN (Crataegus Oxyacantha) Specific part used: berries. Capsules of the berry are widely used to treat cardiovascular conditions, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, promote blood circulation, and slow and strengthen the heartbeat. Provides nutritive support to the heart and circulatory system. Stimulates increased enzyme metabolism in the heart muscle. Improves oxygen utilization.

JUNIPER (Juniperus Communis) Specific part used: berries. Excellent for kidney and bladder difficulties. Also effective in relieving flatulence and gastric afflictions.

LICORICE (Glyeyrrhiza Glabra) Specific part used: root. The root in capsule form treats respiratory infections, asthma, and gastric ulcers. Current research shows it may help fight viruses, boost immunity, and treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Acts as a soothing remedy used to heal ulcers, inhibit the growth of harmful viruses and has the ability to stimulate the adrenal glands.

MILK THISTLE The seeds help remove toxins and protect the liver. Used in capsule form to treat hepatitis and cirrhosis. It is also used as a liver cleanser for smokers, alcoholics, drug users (eg. prescription, over-the-counter), and those who come in contact with toxic chemicals and pollutants.

PARSLEY (Petroselinum Satirum) Specific part used: leaves, root, seeds. An excellent diuretic. Valuable in treating gall bladder problems. High iron content makes it valuable in preventing anemia. Also has been used to treat menstrual problems, asthma, coughs and indigestion.

PEPPERMINT (Mentha Piperita) Specific part used: leaf extract. The flowering plant leaves are used to treat tension headaches, aid digestion, calm the stomach, and treat irritable bowel syndrome. The best known herbal remedy for intestinal gas and to inhibit diarrhea.

SAW PALMETTO Specific part used: berries. The dark berries of this palm tree have traditionally been used as a male tonic to treat urinary tract infections and reproductive problems, most notably enlarged prostate.

SARSAPARILLA (Smilax Officinalis) Specific part used: root. Used extensively in China for a variety of conditions. Has been recommended to relieve symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. Also known to be useful as a diuretic and to enhance digestive functioning.

ST. JOHN’S WORT Specific part used: flowering tops of plant. The flowering tops of this plant in extract or capsule form are used as a sedative to relieve mild anxiety and depres

WHITE WILLOW (Salix Alba) Specific part used: bark. Pain reliever, fever reducer. Used as an antacid in stomach troubles (heartburn, gas, indigestion). Has a major constituent known as salicin, which is closely related to aspirin and produces similar effects as a pain reliever.

John Grube

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