Rehmannia tonifies the blood and helps with deficiencies, working as a blood tonic. It helps strengthen the bones and tissue and can enhance fertility. Chinese doctors have used it with licorice for the treatment of hepatitis, and in reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
St. John’s wort’s ability to fight depression makes it useful in treating fatigue, and its ability to relieve pain makes it helpful for treating vocal pain and laryngitis associated with fibromyalgia.
Cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for “cold” conditions, often in combination with ginger. The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, as well as for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds.
Devil’s Claw has a traditional use for arthritic and rheumatic conditions and can bring relief from pain arising from a range of joint and muscular problems, including gout, back pain, fibrositis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Tongkat Ali has been touted as a formidable libido enhancer for men. However, its main attributes are in fertility and physical output.
Choosing the right herbs can be daunting. We take an introductory look at how the traditional Greek Element theory, helps us to see patterns of Heat, Cold, Moisture and Dryness to determine the correct herbal choice.
Iatrogenesis is the inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon. In this guest post, Dr McKibbin DC shares his thoughts and perspective.
Valerian useful for disorders such as restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, hysteria, menstrual problems,
headaches, and nervous stomach. The German Commission E has approved valerian for restlessness and sleeping disorders based on nervous conditions.
Reishi is probably the most widely available medicinal mushroom in the world. It is available not only as a foodstuff, but also in teas, syrups, tablets, and tinctures. Do not use raw pulverised reishi. It is best to boil the mushrooms to kill any bacteria that may have been growing on them while they were being cultivated.
Dan shen is commonly known as a heart tonic. It has been used to strengthen and tone the heart and helps it to beat in a steady, regular rhythm. It may also help the liver and stimulates the production of bile.
Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda in much the same way that ginseng is used in Chinese medicine: to improve vitality and to aid recovery after chronic illness.
Tribulus is used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance mental clarity. It is often promoted to athletes as an agent to increase muscle buildup and burn fat,…
Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) improves the body’s resistance to environmental stressors and enhances physical and mental performance.
Green tea’s strong antioxidant activity is due to polyphenols, which give the leaf potential as a cancer preventive.
The high intake of green tea in China and Japan is thought to be partly responsible for the low incidence of cancer in these countries.
Extracts of Graviola have been shown to be effective against some viruses, bacteria, and parasites in test tubes. Laboratory studies have also shown Graviola to be…
Cloves may protect the liver, reduce inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, and help with dental pain when used as a topical anesthetic. In ayurvedic medicine it is used for halitosis, eye disease, toothache, flatulence, colic, and anorexia.
Licorice, in general, has been used for ailments of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Licorice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over 3,000…
Garlic shows activity against many infectious bacterial, viral and fungal diseases, including staphylococcus, streptococcus, and salmonella bacteria. It also helps prevent blood platelet aggregation, which makes…
TCM’s leading herb for the treatment of alcoholism, diabetes, neck pain, and the common cold. Kudzu has application in the treatment of cancer and is helpful in treating the early stages of deafness and various neurological conditions.
Used for centuries in Arabian, Greek, and Indian medicine (Unani, Siddha, and Ayurveda), fenugreek contains potent antioxidants that have beneficial effects on the chemistry of the…