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Astragalus

Astragalus Membranaceus

Herb Dictionary 284x300   Astragalus is rich in polysaccharides which are basically the main nutrient that feeds our bodies. Astragalus is known for its supporting of T-cell function and overall immunity. Astragalus has been demonstrated to increase energy levels by reducing toxicity in the liver. As such, it acts as a heart tonic, lowers blood pressure, and increases endurance for fatigued hearts. It is known to increase strength and vitality and to support the healing process. Astragalus is an anti-clotting agent and has vaso-dilating properties, helping to prevent coronary heart disease.

 

 

 

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, choline, capper, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Caution: Do not take if on immunosuppressive drugs.

 

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Bilberry

Vaccinium Myrtillus

Herb Dictionary 284x3002 After research was done on the use of Bilberry for eye disorders, it was found to help against fatigue, reduce eye irritation, near sightedness, night blindness, extend the range and sharpness of vision, aids in the adaptation to darkness by accelerating regeneration of the retina and helps to restrain the development of conditions such as glaucoma cataracts. The dried berries are primarily used for their astringent qualities in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea. Bilberry also improves blood circulation and helps fight against heart disease, varicose veins, urinary tract problems and bacterial infections.

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, inositol, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulphur and zinc.

Caution: Interferes with iron absorption when taken internally. Should be taken by diabetics with care.

 

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Black Cohosh

Cimicifuga Racemosa

Herb Dictionary 284x3003Black Cohosh has long been used for its anti-inflammatory benefits in joint problems such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis. As a women’s tonic it is used for relieving period pain, menstrual problems where progesterone production is too high and for menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes, debility and depression. The sedative action of Black Cohosh makes it valuable for treating a variety of conditions including high blood pressure and tinnitus.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Beta-carotene, cimicifugin, formononetin, gallic acid, phytosterols, salicylic acid, tannic acid and tannin.

Nutrients: Calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, and C. Caution: Do not take during pregnancy or in presence of chronic disease.

 

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Black Walnut

Jaglans Nigra

Herb Dictionary 284x3004Black Walnut  hulls have traditionally be used by herbalists as a nutritional aid for the intestinal system. Black Walnut oxygenates the blood which helps to kill parasites. It has anti fungal properties and is also said to promote bowel regularity. Black Walnut is able to burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials, while it helps balance sugar levels.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, cnicin, ferulic acid, kaempferol, luteolin, oleanolic acid, stigmasterol.

Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, and C.

Caution: Do not take during pregnancy or in presence of chronic disease.

 

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Boswellia

Boswellia Serrata

Herb Dictionary 284x3007Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it useful in the treatment of arthritis, lower back pain, myositis and fibromyalgia. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties and may be applied topically for pain relief. It lowers cholesterol and protects the liver. Boswellia helps repair blood vessels damaged by inflammation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Burdock

Arctium Lappa

Herb Dictionary 284x3005   Burdock’s diuretic, antibiotic and mildly bitter actions make it helpful for skin disorders, especially where toxicity is a key factor, for example acne, boils, abscesses, local skin infections, eczema and psoriasis. Burdock helps the body to eliminate waste products such as uric acid via the urinary tract in cases of gout. Burdock is an antioxidant and may help to protect against cancer by helping control cell mutation.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Acetic acid, arctigenin, arctiin, beta-carotene, butyric acid, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, costic acid, inulin, isovaleric acid, lauric acid, lignin, myristic acid, propionic acid, sitosterol, stigmasterol.

Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, and C.

 

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Cat’s Claw

Uncaria Tomentosa

Herb Dictionary 284x3006   Cat’s Claw enhances the action of white blood cells. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It stimulates the immune system, is good for intestinal problems and viral infections. Cat’s claw may be helpful for AIDS, arthritis, cancer, tumours or ulcers. Topical uses include athlete’s foot, conjunctivitis, fistula, haemorrhoids, herpes and shingles.

 

 

 

 

Caution: Not to be taken during pregnancy.

 

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Cayenne

Capsicum Frutescens

Herb Dictionary 284x30025Cayenne  aids in improving circulation and digestion. Cayenne also acts as a catalyst for other herbs. Cayenne helps to prevent infections establishing themselves in the digestive system and will counter infections if present. Cayenne, as a warming stimulant, makes it a valuable remedy for poor circulation and related conditions. In particular it improves blood flow to the hands and feet and to the central organs. Studies show that capsaicin may block the feeling of pain by depleting and then blocking the production of ‘substance P’, which is thought to be the main chemical messenger of pain from the peripheral sensory nerves to the brain. Cayenne’s influence on prostaglandin activity may also account for some of its anti-pain properties. Cayenne, helps ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-ionone, caffeic acid, campesterol, capsicin (0.1-1.5%), carvone, caryophyllene, chlorogenic acid, citric acid, cryptoxanthin, hesperidin, kaempferol, limonene, lutein, myristic acid 1.8-cineole, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, scopoletin, stigmasterol, zeacanthin.

Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C & E.

Caution: Do not exceed recommended dosage. Do not take if suffering from peptic ulcers or acid indigestion. Do not use while pregnant.

 

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Celery

Apium Graveolens

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Celery is used for its cleansing properties and for treating rheumatic conditions and gout. Celery helps the kidneys dispose of urates and other unwanted waste products as well as working to reduce acidity in the body as a whole. It is useful in helping detoxify the body and improve the circulation of the blood to the muscles and joints. Celery is mildly diuretic, an antioxidant and has a significant antiseptic action.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Alpha-pinene, apigenin, bergapten, beta-carotene, caffeic acid, carvone, chlorogenic acid, coumarin, eugenol, ferulic acid, isopuercitrin, limonene, linalool, luteolin, mannitol, myrstic acid, myristicin, p-coumaric acid, rutin, scopoletin, shikimic acid, thymol.

Nutrients: Amino acids, boron, calcium, choline, essential fatty acids, folate, inositol, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium sulphur, zinc, Vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E and K.

Caution: Do not take during pregnancy or if suffering from kidney disorder.

 

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Chaste Berry

Vitex Agnuscastus

Herb Dictionary 284x30010   Chaste Berry is considered the herb of choice for emotional support before and during menstruation. Herbalists recommend Chaste berry for PMS more than any other herb. The dried berries are also used in the form of a tincture for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs and weakness. Chaste berry increases and improves breast milk. It may also assist women trying to conceive if infertility is due to low progesterone levels.

 

 

 

 

Caution: Not suitable for children or for use during pregnancy

 

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Cloves

Eugenia Caryophyllata

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Herbalists world wide have recommended cloves tea to cure nausea and to rid the stomach and intestines of gas. Cloves have wide spectrum antiseptic and pain relieving properties. The most stimulating and carminative of all aromatics, Cloves taken as a powder or tea, is useful in alleviating nausea, flatulence, languid indigestion and dyspepsia, and is chiefly used to assist the action of other medicines.

 

 

Vitamins: A, B1, B2 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Caution: Do not use therapeutic amounts during pregnancy.

 

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Comfrey

Sympytum Officinale

Herb Dictionary 284x30030Comfrey contains a chemical called allantoin which promotes the growth of new cells, thus validating its more than 2,500 years of external use on everything from minor cuts and burns to major battle wounds. Studies show Comfrey helps relieve inflammation. Comfrey is of much value as an external remedy, both in the form of fomentations, for sprains, swellings and bruises, and as a poultice, to severe cuts, to promote suppuration of boils and abscesses, and gangrenous and ill-conditioned ulcers. Some research suggests Comfrey calms the digestive tract.

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Caution: Excessive internal use has been known to cause liver damage. Do not take while pregnant.

 

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Cramp Bark

Viburnum opulus

Herb Dictionary 284x30011Cramp Bark is useful in cases where joint weakness and pain have caused muscles to contract, as muscles relax, blood flow to these areas improve, waste products such as uric acid are removed and normal function can return. In headaches & migraine cases where back and neck muscles have contracted until they are almost rigid, Cramp Bark can bring remarkable relief, as the muscles relax, blood flow to the head increase, reducing headaches. Cramp bark relieves over-tense muscles in the smooth muscles of the intestines bringing remarkable relief of constipation, colic and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Esculetin, scopoletin, valerianic acid.

Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.

 

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Devils Claw

Harpagophytum Procumbens

Herb Dictionary 284x30032Devils Claw’s medicinal properties were first discovered by various Southern African natives who used the plant to treat digestive problems and joint related disorders. French research conducted in 1992 indicated that devil’s claw is an anti-inflammatory and there is evidence to confirm that it seems to be effective in easing the symptoms of joint pain and reduces inflammation. It acts as a diuretic, sedative and digestive simulate. The strongly bitter taste of Devil’s Claw stimulates and tones the digestive system. Many joint related conditions are associated with poor digestion and absorption of food. The stimulant effect of this herb on the stomach and gallbladder contributes to its overall therapeutic value as an anti-arthritic remedy. Uric acid is a potentially damaging by-product of metabolism, which particularly collects around joint tissue, causing pain and inflammation. Devil’s claw appears to aid the removal of this compound and thus may reduce the associated symptoms of gout.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Chlorogenic acid, cinnamic acid, harpagide, harpagoside, kaempferol, lueolin, oleanolic acid.

Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.

 

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Dong Quai

Angelica Sinensis

Herb Dictionary 284x30013   Dong Quai’s principle use has been for female problems, especially for ailments afflicting the female organs and the smooth muscles of the uterus. Dong Quai helps to maintain a proper balance of female hormones. For men, Dong Quai can enhance the use of Vitamin E, which may be an explanation of its prevention of testicular disease. Dong Quai has been reported to have antibiotic effects on several bacteria including E. coli, streptococcus and shigella. It helps cleanse and purify the blood. Dong Quai is a bowel lubricant, thus helping to overcome constipation.

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B5 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Not to be used by diabetics or those sensitive to light.

 

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Echinacea Root

Echinacea Purpurea

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Echinacea  is the most important immune stimulant in herbal medicine.  It is useful for infections such as post-viral fatigue syndrome. It is especially good for colds, flu & skin disorders.

 

 

 

 

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Elecampane

Inula Helenium

Herb Dictionary 284x30014Elecampane has long been valued as a tonic herb for the respiratory system. Its warming effect on the lungs, combined with its ability to gently stimulate the coughing up and clearing of mucus from the chest, makes it a safe remedy for young and old. Elecampane can be used for almost all chesty conditions and is very useful when the patient is debilitated. Elecampane’s qualities have led to its specific use for chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. it is particularly useful because it both soothes the bronchial tube linings and is an expectorant. In addition, the herb is mildly bitter, helping recovery by improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Anthocyanidin, avicularin, coumarin, hyperside, methyl salicylate, quercetin, rutin, salicin, salicylic acid, vanillin.

 

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Eyebright

Euphrasia Officinalis

Herb Dictionary 284x30015   Eyebright is most helpful in acute or chronic inflammations of the eye including over-sensitivity to light and with stinging and weeping conditions as well. Eyebright tightens the mucous membranes of the eye relieving inflammation caused by conjunctivitis and blepharitis. It’s ability to counters catarrh means that it is a valuable herb for infectious and allergic conditions affecting the eyes, middle ear, sinuses and nasal passages.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Beta-carotene, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, tannins.

Nutrients: Calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.

 

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Fennel

Foeniculum Vulgare

Herb Dictionary 284x3009   Contemporary herbalists recommend Fennel as a digestive aid, milk promoter, expectorant, eyewash and buffer in herbal laxatives. Like most other aromatic herbs, fennel appears to relax the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract. It also helps expel gas. Fennel has also been used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Fennel seeds help in the treatment of kidney stones, and, combined with urinary antiseptics such as Bearberry, make an effective treatment for cystitis. The seeds have a long-standing reputation as an aid to weight loss and longevity.

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B2 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

 

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Ginger

Zingiber Officinale

Herb Dictionary 284x30028Ginger is an excellent remedy for many digestive complaints, such as indigestion, nausea, wind and colic. It relieves travel sickness and morning sickness. Ginger’s antiseptic qualities also make it highly beneficial for gastro-intestinal infection. Ginger stimulates circulation and helps blood to flow to the surface, making it an important remedy for chilblains and poor circulation to the hands and feet. By improving circulation, Ginger helps high blood pressure. It also increases sweating and helps reduce body temperature in fever. Ginger is warming and soothing for coughs, colds, flu and respiratory problems.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Alpha-pinene, beta-carotene, beta-ionen, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, camphor, capsaicin, caryophyllene, chlorogenic acid, citral, curcumin, farnesol, ferulic acid, gerniol, gingerols, lecithin, 1,8-cineole, zingerone.

Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc. Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, & C.

Caution: Not recommend for people who take anticoagulant or have gallstones.

 

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Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

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Numerous well-controlled studies have shown Ginkgo Biloba may improve blood flow to the brain and alleviate vertigo and ringing in the ears.  Ginkgo stimulates cerebral circulation and oxygenation of cells, thereby improving mental clarity and alertness. It’s anti-allergenic & anti-inflammatory action makes it useful in the treatment of asthma.

 

 

 

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Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus Senticosus

Herb Dictionary 284x30018Siberian Ginseng is a powerful tonic herb with an impressive range of health benefits. Unlike many herbs with a medicinal use, it is more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill health. Research has shown that Siberian Ginseng stimulates resistance to stress and it is now widely used as a tonic during times of stress and pressure. Russian studies since the 1950’s have shown that Siberian Ginseng appears to have a general tonic effect on the body, in particular on the adrenal glands, helping the body to withstand heat, cold, infection and other physical stresses. It has even been given to astronauts to counter the effects of weightlessness. Siberian Ginseng improves mental resilience, physical stress and is also effective in the treatment of prolonged exhaustion and debility, resulting from overwork and long-term stress. The herb also stimulates immune resistance and is taken to aid recovery from illness.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Beta-sitosterol, campesterols, caryophyllene, cinnamic acid, escin, ferulic acid, fumaric acid, ginsenosides, kaempferol, oleanolic acid, panaxic acid, panaxin, saponin, stigmasterol, vanillic acid.

Nutrients: Calcium, choline, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, zinc Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and C.

Caution: Do not take for more than six weeks at a time. Avoid caffeine when taking Siberian Ginseng.

 

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Gravel Root

Eupatorium Purpureum

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Gravel Root is primarily used to treat kidney stones. It may also be beneficial in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis. It may assist in cases of excessive uric acid, chronic endometriosis and chronic uterine disease.

 

 

 

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Green Tea

Camellia Sinensis

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Green Tea contains compounds knows as polyphenols, including phytochemicals that have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and health enhancing properties. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) a particular type of polyphenol in green tea, has shown that it is able to penetrate the body’s cells and shield DNA from potent free radicals.

 

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Apigenin, astragalin, benzaldehyde, beta-carotene, beta-ionone, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, caffeine, carvacrol, catechins, chlorogenic acid, cinnamic acid, cryptoxanthin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, eugenol, farnesol, gallic acid, geraniol, hyperoside, indole, isoquercitrin, kaempferol, lutein, lycopene, myrecene, myriceting, myristic acid, naringenin, polyp0henols, procyanidins, quercetin, quercitrin, rutin, salicylic acid, tannic acid, thymol, vitexin, zeaxanthin.

Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassioum, zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and C. Caution: Do not take if suffering from high blood pressure. Not to be taken while pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

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Hawthorn Berries

Herb Dictionary 284x30024Hawthorn Berries have a long tradition of use as a nutritive, medicinal food. Modern researchers now believe Hawthorn is one of the most beneficial heart-health herbs available. As an herbal heart tonic, Hawthorn helps with a feeble heart, pulse irregularity, an enlarged heart, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, breathing problems due to ineffective heart action and the lack of oxygen in the blood. It helps regulate blood pressure whether high or low.

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Amino acids, calcium, choline, chromium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc.

Caution: Take only under professional guidance. Hawthorn enhances the activity of cardioactive drugs.

 

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Horsetail

Equisetum Arvense

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Horsetail is known to be a healer and builder of bones, flesh, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Horsetail is rich in silica and is essential for calcium metabolism. It has been used for urinary tract infections and kidney related problems.

 

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc.

 

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Liquorice

Glycyrrhiza Glabra

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Liquorice’s demulcent and anti-inflammatory properties ease inflammatory conditions of the digestive system such as mouth ulcers, gastritis, peptic ulceration and excessive acid problems. Additionally Liquorice soothes many chest complaints, arthritis, inflamed joints, some skin problems and inflammation of the eyes. Liquorice stimulates the adrenal glands, helping in Addison’s disease, where the adrenal glands cease to function normally. Liquorice is also a gentle laxative.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Apigenine, benzaldehyde, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, betanine, camphor, carvacrol, estriol, eugenol, ferulic acid, formononetin, geraniol, glaberene, glabridin, glabrol, glycyrrhetinic acid, glycyrrhizin, isoliquritigenin, isoliquirithin, isoquercitrin, lignin, mannitol, phenol, qurcetin, salicylic acid, sinapic acid, stigmasterol, thymol, umbelliferone, vitexin.

Nutrients: Calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc. Vitamins: Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Caution: Do not take if anaemic, suffering from high blood pressure or in pregnancy.

 

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Meadowsweet

Filipendula Ulmaria

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Meadowsweet is a remedy for acid indigestion. By reducing acidity within the stomach contributes to its effectiveness in painful arthritic and rheumatic problems. It would seem that reducing acid levels in the body as a whole helps joint problems associated with acidity. Phytochemicals: Anthocyanidin, avicularin, coumarin, hyperside, methyl salicylate, quercetin, rutin, salicin, salicylic acid, vanillin.

 

 

 

Caution: Do not use if allergic to aspirin.

 

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Milk Thistle

Silybum Marianum

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Milk Thistle protects the liver and it’s many metabolic activities and help renew its cells. It is used in the treatment of hepatitis and jaundice as well as conditions where the liver is under stress – whether from infection, excess alcohol or from chemotherapy.

 

 

 

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Mistletoe

Viscum Album

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Mistletoe is chiefly used to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It eases anxiety and promotes sleep. In low doses it may relieve panic attacks, improve concentration and alleviate headaches. Mistletoe may be prescribed for epilepsy, tinnitus and in the treatment of hyperactivity in children. Mistletoe’s efficacy as an anti-cancer treatment has been subject to a significant amount of research. There is no doubt that certain constituents, especially the viscotoxins, exhibit an anticancer activity, but the value of the whole plant in cancer treatment is not fully accepted.

 

 

Caution: Take only under professional supervision

 

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Olive Leaf

Olea Europa

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Olive Leaf’s active compound oleuropein has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Phenolic compounds found in olive leaf have long been known to exert antioxidant/free radical scavenging properties. Scientific investigation of oleuropein points to a potential blood pressure-lowering action, an increase in blood flow through the coronary vessels and an anti-arrhythmic capability. Although clinical trials are currently lacking with respect to olive leaf’s cardiovascular attributes, the research that has been published suggests that it does show great promise as a general cardiovascular tonic.

 

 

Phytochemicals: Apigenin, beta-sitosterol glucoside, cinchonidine, esculetin, kaempferol, luteolin, mannitol, maslinic acid, oleanic acid, oleuropein, quercetin, rutin, tannins.

 

Nutrients: Calcium

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Sage

Salvia Officinalis

Herb Dictionary 284x30034Sage is used to relieve excess mucous build up. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and promoting concentration. Chewing the fresh leaves soothes mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. It is good for all stomach troubles, including diarrhoea, gas, flu and may be used in conjunction with other herbs to treat colds. It is used to decrease milk flow in lactating women. Sage is a valuable remedy for irregular and sparse periods, encouraging a better menstruation flow. It reduces sweating, which together with its oestrogenic effects, makes it an excellent remedy for menopause, not only reducing hot flushes but helping the body adapt to hormonal changes. Topically, it may useful for treating sores and skin eruptions, and for stopping bleeding in all cuts. As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff and it can be used as a deodorant.

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Boron, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Caution: Do not take medicinal doses during pregnancy or if epileptic.

 

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Saw Palmetto

Serenoa Repens

Herb Dictionary 284x30033Saw Palmetto’s use dates back to the Mayans. Historically, Saw Palmetto berries have been used to treat several related disorders of the urinary system. This historical use prompted European researchers to investigate the clinical use of Saw Palmetto berry extract in BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Testosterone levels build up in the prostate. There, it is converted to an even more potent compound called dihydrotestosterone. This compound causes cells to multiply excessively, which leads to prostate enlargement. Studies have showen that Saw Palmetto extract helps reduce the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Beyond being helpful to any condition in the urinary and reproductive systems, Saw Palmetto may reduce pain and swelling, help stimulate appetite and improve digestion.

 

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Senna

Cassia Senna

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Senna has always been specifically used for constipation. It is particularly appropriate when a soft stool is required. Senna is a good short term laxative and should not be taken for more than 10 days as this leads to weakening of the large bowel muscles.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Anthroquinone glycosides, naphthalene glycosides, mucilage, flavonoids, volatile oil.

Caution: Do not give to children under 12 years old. Do not use continuously for more than 10 days. Do not take if suffering from colitis. Do not take during pregnancy.

 

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Turmeric

Curcuma Longa

Herb Dictionary 284x30020Turmeric helps to stabilise the body’s microflora, thus inhibiting yeast overgrowth. It also sensitises the body’s cortisol receptor sites, and its anti-inflammatory properties are considered at least equal to those of cortisones. Turmeric prevents blood platelet aggregation that can lead to dangerous blood clots. The curcumin in Turmeric helps protect the liver and is excellent for those exposed to toxic chemicals. Turmeric is also antimutagenic and helps protect the body from mutagens such as smoke and other pollutants. It shows promise against the formation and progression of cancer.

 

 

 

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Nutrients and Minerals: Calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Caution: Not recommended for persons with biliary tract obstruction.

 

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Valerian Root

Verbena Officinalis

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Valerian reduces mental over-activity and nervous excitability, helping people who find it hard to “switch off”.  It is beneficial for almost any stress related condition and has a calming, rather than directly sedative effect on the mind.

 

 

 

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White Willow Bark

Salix Alba

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White Willow Bark is an excellent remedy for arthritic and rheumatic pain affecting the back and joints such as the knees and hips. In combination with other herbs and dietary changes, it relieves inflammation and swelling and improves mobility in painful or creaky joints.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Apigenin, beta-carotene, catechin, isoquercitrin, lignin, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, rutin, salicin, salicylic acid, tannin.

Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 & C.

Caution: Do not use if allergic to aspirin.

 

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Wild Yam

Dioscorea Villosa

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Wild Yam contains a special compound called diosgenin. Research has shown that the body can easily convert diosgenin into human Progesterone, promoting hormonal balance and feminine relief. It helps relieve menstrual and menopausal related symptoms such as cramps, PMS, hot flushes, mood swings, depression, etc.

 

 

 

Phytochemicals: Beta-carotene, diosgenin.

Nutrients: Calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.

Caution: Do not take during pregnancy.

 

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Yohimbe

Pausinystalia Yohibe

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Yohimbe is a hormone stimulant and has been used in numerous formulas to improve sexual performance in both male and female. As a testosterone stimulant, Yohimbe is also used in athletic formulas.

 

 

 

 

Caution: Do not use if you have high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease. Take only under professional guidance.

 

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existing reviews (2)

  • Anette du toit May 26, 2017 2:02 pm

    I would like to order Yohimbe

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    • Johan Oelofsen July 18, 2017 3:09 pm

      Hello

      Unfortunately Yohime has been banned in SA so even thou we have I cannot sell….

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