Chanca piedra is used as a “stone breaker” in both human and veterinary herbal medicine. It is a favourite natural treatment for kidney problems in guinea pigs and hamsters. Scientists are investigating several compounds in the herb as antiviral treatments for hepatitis B and HIV.
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.
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.
Milk thistle is extraordinarily useful in the treatment of liver diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis. Milk thistle is one of the few herbs that have no real pharmaceutical equivalent. It reduces inflammation and is an antioxidant. Traditionally used for functional disorders of the liver and gallbladder such as jaundice, it … Continue reading Milk Thistle Benefits: Snapshot
In Chinese medicine, Baical Skullcap is prescribed for hot and thirsty conditions such as high fevers, coughs with thick yellow phlegm, and gastrointestinal infections that cause diarrhoea, such as dysentery. It is now used for allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and nettle rash, although its anti-inflammatory action is most useful for digestive … Continue reading Baical Skullcap Benefits: Snapshot
Olive leaves lower blood pressure and helps to improve the function of the circulatory system. They are also mildly diuretic and may be used to treat conditions such as cystitis. Possessing some ability to lower blood sugar levels, the leaves have been taken for diabetes.
In India, picrorhiza is used as a bitter tonic, equivalent in many respects to gentian, and given for indigestion, constipation, jaundice, and hepatitis. In China, it is chiefly employed to treat chronic diarrhea and dysentery. Picrorhiza also helps treat asthma, acute and chronic infections, conditions where the immune system is compromised, and autoimmune diseases, including … Continue reading Picrorhiza Benefits: Snapshot
Astragalus is one of the most popular tonic herbs in China, it is a warming tonic particularly suited to young, active people, increasing stamina and endurance, and improving resistance to the cold. It is often combined with other herbs as a blood tonic.
Not feeling yourself lately? Feeling general malaise or just feeling worse after your meals? Perhaps you're on lots of medications or partying hard this festive season. Whatever your situation, your liver's duties are so vital to your well-being that you'll benefit helping it perform at its best. What does my liver do? Your liver is … Continue reading 5 Herbs to revitalise your liver