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January 2014


Herbal Treatments


Peppermint Herb

The peppermint herb is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first dis-covered in 1750 in London, England. Commonly used for digestive assistance, peppermint (Mentha piperita) as an oil can be used topically or ingested.

Peppermint is commonly used to soothe gastrointestinal tract by relaxing the mus-cles in the intestinal wall. It increases the saliva, which increases swallowing mak-ing it possible to improve appetite, relieve cramps, and reduce pain associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, or motion sickness.

Peppermint has also been used to reduce muscle spasms associated with endoscopy, colonoscopy and barium enemas. When taken orally as tea or tablets, peppermint is also used for relieving respiratory conditions such as colds, coughing, acute respiratory difficulties, and for bacteria, fungal, and viral infections. It may be inhaled as oil for soothing irritated nasal passages from allergies and can be rubbed on the chest for comfort and relief of other respiratory discomfort.

Dosage and Administration
As a tea soak 1tea spoon of dried leaf in 5 or 6 ounces of boiling water for 10-15 min. Remove solid particles. Drink one cup up to 4 times a day. As an oil it can be rubbed on the chest or inhaled for respiratory assistance. In capsule form it is recommended to use one or two 0.2ml or 3 times a day, 2 hours before

liquorice ginseng

Liquorice and Ginseng

Fibromyalgia - Two herbal answers to your body’s ailing stress response Some experts believe that the body's normal responses to stress are imbalanced in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Your adrenal glands, which are situated just above your kidneys, are your body's primary stress responders, and the outer part of your adrenal gland, known as the adrenal cortex, helps your body cope with chronic stress. Your adrenal cortex is under the control of your pituitary gland, which is, in turn, under the control of a part of your brain known as the hypothalamus. This stress responding trio is called the hypotha-lamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

In fibromyalgia patients, the HPA axis has been found to function abnormally: The hypothalamus and pituitary overreact, and the adrenals don’t respond, as they should. This results in what is known as adrenal exhaustion, which can cause a range of debilitating symptoms like fatigue, irritability, depression and insomnia. Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can help correct this problem. It prolongs the life of the hormone cortisol which helps you respond in times of stress and reduces the burden on tired, overworked adrenal glands to manufacture more of it. The recommended dosage is one to three deglycyrrhised liquorice root extract capsules a day. Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) can also help improve the HPA axis response. It increases energy levels and endurance and helps fight stress. The recommended dosage is 500mg a day.


Devil's Claw

Devil's Claw is a root that is often used to help naturally relieve inflammation. Many medical professional in the States have suggested this herb to their patients with fibromyalgia, who noticed improvement after regular use for a couple of months. Many patients have improvement of both their pain and fitigue after taking devil's claw for at least two to three months.

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens DS) Has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-rheuma-toid effect. It is effective at inflammatory processes of the urinogenital system, improves digestion.

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recognises Devil's Claw as having analgesic, sedative and diuretic properties. Most studies involve chronic use rather than acute treatment of pain.

Devil's Claw is also claimed to be beneficial for treating diseases of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder and bladder, arthritis and rheumatism. It is said to help alleviate problems with and improve the vitality of the joints, as well as stimulating appetite and aid digestion, increase cholesterol and fatty acids in the blood. Devil's Claw has been recommended for treating diabetes, hardening of the arteries, lumbago, gastrointestinal disturbances, menstrual difficulties, neuralgia, headache, heartburn and gout

Several studies have been performed using Doloteffin, a standardized preparation of Devil's Claw. A series of small-scale studies completed in Germany found that H. procumbens was indistinguishable from Vioxx in the treatment of chronic low back pain, and was well-tolerated after more than four years of treatment of H. procumbens alone. H. procumbens also seems efficacious in the treatment of arthritis-caused hip and knee pain.

A separate 2006 systematic review of herbal medications for low back pain reached the conclusion that a standardized daily dose between 50 and 100 mg of harpagoside performed better than a placebo.

Devil's claw can also be used externally to treat sores, ulcers, boils and skin lesions.


St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort is know to be a very powerful and natural antidepressant, which works by helping to control the hormones in the adrenal gland. St. John's Wort also helps to relieve stress and calm the nerves, which can help to relieve the shooting pains that affect the nerves.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a long-living plant with yellow flowers whose medicinal uses were first recorded in ancient Greece. It contains many chemical compounds. Some are believed to be the active ingredients that produce the herb's effects, including the compounds hypericin and hyperforin.

How these compounds actually work is not yet fully understood, but several theories have been suggested. Preliminary studies suggest that St. John's wort might work by preventing nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing the chemical messenger serotonin, or by reducing levels of a protein involved in the body's immune system functioning.

St. John's wort has been used over the centuries for mental conditions, nerve pain, and a wide variety of other health conditions. Today, St. John's wort is used for anxiety, mild to moderate depression, and sleep disorders.

In Europe, St. John's wort is widely prescribed for depression. In the United States, there is public interest in St. John's wort as a treatment for depression, but it is not a prescription medicine.


Herbs and Spices

I found these two following extracts on line and thought they may be of some use to fello sufferers of aches and pains. I recently became interested in herbs and spices and have found with some frequent use some advantages. Not all of my symptoms have gone in their entirety, but they are more bareable to a point that I can function far better with daily routines. If you want to try some and you want a quantity of some spices at a reasonable price, contact me at I regularly drink ginger and lemon herbal tea, have spices with rice and given up wheat based breakfasts, only use lacosfree milk, given up smokin among a few other things. Pete.


Black Pepper

Black pepper is an antioxidant that has antibacterial effects. It also improves digestion and helps stimulate the breakdown of fat cells. Isn’t it great when something you use anyway turns out to be so good for you?

Description: Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper fights inflammation, prevents stomach ulcers, boosts immunity, offers pain relief, contains cardiovascular benefits and helps clear congestion. It will spice up your food while improving your health. Plus it carries a healthy dose of vitamin A.

Description: Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains healthy compounds that have been shown to relieve pain, improve circulation, fight inflammation and thin the blood. Research suggests it may also help to lower blood sugar levels, helping to manage Type 2 diabetes.

Description: Ginger

Ginger contains antioxidants that help to prevent certain diseases. It has been shown to be a good treatment for nausea associated with travel sickness, pregnancy and hangovers.

Description: Turmeric

Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, which may help in the fight against cancer. It also contains inflammation fighting compounds that may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and joint inflammation.


Heal with ten top common herbs and spices

Many of us have a cabinet full of herbs and spices we use to help improve the flavour of our meals. What many may not realize is how much common kitchen herbs and spices can also help improve our health. Here are ten top examples:

CAYENNE - Cayenne pepper has wonderful cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure. Famed herbalist Doctor John Christopher noted that a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper never failed to stop a heart attack in only minutes. When added to food, cayenne increases appetite, improves digestion and relieves gas, nausea and indigestion. It also thins phlegm and eases its passage from the lungs.

GARLIC - Garlic is a natural antiseptic and powerful cancer fighter with numerous other health benefits. It helps lower cholesterol, reduces plaque, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhoea.

TURMERIC - The curcumin contained in turmeric provides powerful anti-cancer properties, especially for past smokers. Curcumin has clinically proven anti-inflammatory effects, including significant beneficial effects in relieving rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Turmeric is also packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, and may help prevent cataracts.

CINNAMON - Cinnamon contains a compound that kills a variety of illness causing bacteria, including the E.coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus. Research shows that cinnamon can also stop the growth of the Asian flu virus. Cinnamon helps lower blood pressure and helps regulate menstrual cycles. In addition, cinnamon has a tranquilizing effect that helps reduce anxiety and stress.

OREGANO - Oregano is a powerful natural antiseptic. It contains 19 chemical compounds with antibacterial actions as well as four compounds that soothe coughs. In addition, oregano helps soothe stomach muscles, making it a good digestive aid, and it helps lower blood pressure.

GINGER - Ginger is a wonderful digestive aid which stimulates saliva flow and digestive activity, settles the stomach, relieves vomiting, and eases pain from gas and diarrhoea. Ginger is also effective as an anti-nausea remedy. Researchers have found that gingeris more effective against motion sickness than the most commonly used over the counter medication. Ginger is also used as a pain reliever and it helps lower bad colesterol.

FENUGREEK - Fenugreek seeds help treat diabetes, lower blood sugar and lower bad cholesterol. Fenugreek also helps maintain good metabolism, prevents constipation, purifies the blood and helps flush out harmful toxins. Fenugreek seeds and leaves are good for increasing breast milk in lactating women.

BASIL - Basil is an herbalcarminative which can relieve gas and soothe stomach upsets. Research has also indicated that basilhelps prevent aging.

CLOVE - Oil of clove is 60 to 90 percent eugenol, which is a potent pain deadening anti-microbial. Clove has earned the official endorsement of the FDA as an effective stopgap measure for tooth pain. Clove also helps lower blood sugarby helping the body use insulin more effectively. Clove was also found in one study to speed healingof dreaded cold sores.

BLACK PEPPER - Black pepper is one of the oldest and most commonly used spices. It has a stimulating effect on the digestive organs and produces an increased flow of saliva and digestive juices. Black pepper can help relieve indigestion as well as flatulence. It also helps improve absorption and utilization of curcumin, which the body normally does not absorb very well.