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Americans have heard about, looked into, considered and possibly even
used natural herb remedies as alternatives to modern
medicine. It's important to know
that even though natural herbal remedies have been used
for centuries, the Federal Food and Drug Administration has
not approved of any herb for any healing power. [The
FDA is for regulating proprietary chemical products.]
consult your physician about your situation for advice
regarding any remedy to help you, as well as for any
interactions they may have with your current
medications. The following natural herbs are
believed by many to help with certain illnesses and diseases, as well
as aid with other health concerns associated with aging:
- Rejuvenates and energizes the nervous system. Increases
physical endurance and improves sexual function. Has
anti inflammatory and anti aging effects.
- Good for colds, flu and immune-deficiency-related problems, including
AIDS, cancer, tumors,
as well as chronic lung weakness.
Cohosh - Indicated for: blood pressure,
cholesterol, mucus production, cardiovascular and circulatory
disorders, arthritis, relieving hot flashes.
Anti inflammatory, circulatory aid, blood purifier, liver healer and
heart strengthener. Has been recommended as a brain food.
Indicated for memory problems, nervous disorders and muscle spasms.
glands. Contains valuable minerals and essential fatty acids
helpful to cardiovascular function and healthy skin and nails.
- Acts as
an anti inflammatory, anti arthritic, anti fungal and
antibacterial. Lowers cholesterol and protects the
liver. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis
and fibromyalgia. Helps repair blood vessels damaged by
inflammation. Used as a remedy for obesity, diarrhea,
dysentery and pulmonary diseases.
Intestinal cleanser, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, enhances white
blood cell action. Indicated for intestinal problems and
viral infections. May be helpful for AIDS, arthritis, cancer
tumors and ulcers.
• Cayenne - (Capsicum
for digestion, circulation, arthritis, rheumatism, colds, sinus
infections and sore throats. Stops bleeding from
ulcers. A tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas,
spleen and stomach.
- Anti inflammatory,
diuretic. Stimulates appetite, digestion and sleep.
Indicated for colitis, diverticulosis, fever, headaches and
pain. Has a long history of use for stress and anxiety,
indigestion and insomnia.
Free radical scavenger. Pain
reliever. Protects against radiation and sun
exposure. Good for skin disorders. Reduces
formation of tumors and cancer cells.
Fights inflammation and
stimulates the immune system. Good for arthritis, rheumatism,
back pain, muscle spasms, fever, skin tumors, bronchitis and diarrhea.
- Good for kidneys, bladder
and skin. Has anticancer properties.
Bloodstream and liver cleanser. Increases bile
production. Reduces serum cholesterol and uric
acid. Tonic for kidneys, pancreas, spleen and
stomach. Recommended for abscesses, anemia, boils, breast
tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice,
rheumatism. Has been said to help prevent age spots and
claw - Relieves pain and reduces
inflammation. Acts as a diuretic, sedative and digestive
stimulant. Good for back pain, arthritis, rheumatism,
diabetes, allergies, liver, gallbladder, kidney disorders,
arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gout and menopausal symptoms.
- Anti inflammatory.
Antiviral. Stimulates certain white blood cells.
Enhances immune and lymphatic systems. Useful for colic,
colds, flu and other infectious illnesses.
- Antioxidant. Cleanses
the system. Recommended for: constipation, inflammation,
fevers, poor circulation, respiratory problems. Helpful in
building up blood, immune system and perspiration.
- Recommended for: colon problems,
female disorders and inflammation. Good for bones, nails,
teeth, healthy skin. (Grind or boil.)
- Detoxification, infection
protection, immune enhancement. Lowers blood pressure,
improves circulation, lowers blood lipid levels. Recommended
for: arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, cancer, circulatory problems,
colds, flu, digestive problems, heart disorders, insomnia, liver
disease, sinusitis, ulcers, yeast infections.
- Improves cellular
oxygenation, keeps immune system functioning properly, and rids the
body of toxins and poisons, improves many illnesses, including
rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol,
candidiasis, chronic viral infections, cancer and AIDS.
- Recommended for: asthma,
eczema, heart and kidney disorders, depression, headaches, memory loss
and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Increases cerebral and
peripheral blood flow, circulation and oxygenation, thus improving
brain functioning and relieving leg cramps.
- Recommended for: adrenal and
reproductive glands, immune function, lungs, appetite stimulation,
bronchitis, circulation, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, stress,
protection against the effects of radiation exposure, overall body
strengthening. Not suggested for people with hypoglycemia,
high blood pressure or heart disorders.
- Anti inflammatory and
antiseptic properties and is an excellent diuretic. Goldenrod
contains bioflavonoids, which strengthen the veins and is therefore
indicated for varicose veins and fragile capillaries. It is
also a carminative (antispasmodic against cramps of the digestive
tract) and will ease colic and flatulence.
anti inflammatory, antibacterial. Tonic for: colon, liver,
pancreas, spleen, lymphatic and respiratory systems,
digestion. Recommended for disorders affecting the bladder,
prostate, stomach or vagina.
Tea - Reduces risk of esophageal,
stomach, colon and skin cancer, delays the onset of arteriosclerosis,
offsets mental fatigue.
- Recommended for: anemia,
cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, immune system, dilating
coronary blood vessels, cholesterol and heart muscle.
chestnut - Protects against
vascular damage, makes capillary walls less porous, shields against UV
radiation damage. Good for varicose veins, reducing excess
tissue fluids and easing nighttime muscle spasms in the legs.
Used topically, reduces pain and swelling and prevents bruising.
- Diuretic recommended for:
arthritis, bone diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets, bronchitis,
cardiovascular disease, edema, gallbladder disorders, inflammation,
muscle cramps and prostate disorders. Increases calcium
absorption, promotes healthy skin, strengthens bone, hair, nails and
teeth. Promotes healing of broken bones and connective
tissue. Strengthens the heart and lungs.
• Macela - (Achyrocline
satureoides) Acts as an anti inflammatory,
antiseptic, antiviral and anti parasitic. Stimulates and
supports the immune system. Good for gastrointestinal and
respiratory disorders. Useful in treating cancer, Crohns
disease, colds and flu, diabetes, menstrual problems and menopausal
symptoms, muscle aches and spasms.
Thistle - (Silybum marianum)
free radical damage, protects the liver). Recommended for:
kidneys, adrenal disorders, inflammatory bowel disorders, weakened
immune system, liver disorders (such as jaundice and hepatitis,
psoriasis). Contains potent liver-protecting
substances. Stimulates production of new liver cells and
prevents formation of damaging leukotrienes.
Recommended for: anxiety, hyperactivity, insomnia, neuritis,
Seeds - Indicated for:
prostate. Influence the colon and spleen-pancreas;
diuretic. Used for motion sickness, nausea, impotence, and
swollen prostate with signs of difficult or dribbling urination.
- Reduces inflammation
congestion. Lowers levels of inflammatory compounds in the
prostate. Effective in reducing prostate enlargement.
Palmetto - Diuretic.
Urinary antiseptic. Indicated for: poor appetite, prostate
disorders, sexual function and desire.
(Brazilian ginseng) - Recommended
for anemia, fatigue, stress, immune system, AIDS, cancer, liver
disease, high blood pressure.
Indicated for: anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia,
irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, nervousness,
pain, spasms, stress, ulcers, circulation, mucus from colds.
- Blood purifier.
Indicated for: arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation.
Many of these natural herbal remedies are combined into
special formulas for specific illnesses to help optimize
results. Consult your local nutritionist for specific details
or recommendations for what is ailing you. And again, please
consult your physician for introducing anything new into your body.