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Hawthorn: Effective Herbal Remedy for Heart Failure

Hawthorn berries and leaves
Hawthorn berries and leaves

Several recent clinical research studies have demonstrated that the herb Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) can be of great benefit to those suffering from heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure, as described by Dr. Ed Zimney, MD, is “a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump out blood effectively or efficiently. […] Left untreated, heart failure can become progressively worse because a vicious cycle develops wherein the heart gets further and further behind in its ability to pump the blood, which can lead to worsening symptoms and to acute heart failure requiring emergency medical treatment.”

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Why You Should Consider Herbal Products For Your Cat

cats_health_tab1_498x380By Gregg Hall

Cat owners everywhere are choosing to pamper their loving feline companions with all-natural herbal products instead of conventional veterinary medicine. The holistic philosophy teaches that a natural diet and lifestyle are best for sustaining a healthy, long life. Herbal holistic medicine was popularized for use in people, but it didn’t take long for cat lovers to begin taking care of their feline friends in the same manner. Herbal products are being successfully employed to treat and prevent health issues targeting cats. Holistic treatment utilizes natural products from our environment instead of synthetic medications. It also treats the animal as whole, as opposed to focusing on one specific area at a time.

Herbal products to take care of your cat typically come in liquid or powder forms. You can mix the product with food, feed it to your pet with a dropper, or mix it in their water dish. Herbal products exist for every ailment and chronic condition your cat might face. There are also herbal products which serve as vitamins to promote general health for your cat. Holistic veterinary practitioners have discovered herbal remedies for your cat for everything from dental hygiene to intestinal health.

For example, if your cat suffers from anxiety when going to the vet or traveling in the car or any other potentially stressful events, there are herbal products which will soothe and relax it. If your cat suffers from allergies, there are herbal products designed to ward of the symptoms. There are herbs for your cat to help it maintain healthy teeth and clean gums. For upset stomachs and digestion problems, give your cat an herbal product made just for such issues. Herbal products will aid their digestion, relieve gastro-intestinal inflammation, and improve their bowel movements. Tonics are available which will stop chronic vomiting. To make sure your cat has healthy eyes, you can find herbal products to help their vision. Herbal remedies exist to help your cat deal with the itching, swelling, and pain from the bites and stings. Herbal products for the skin and fur maintain coat health and decrease shedding. If your cat has joint pain and inflammation or circulatory problems, there’s relief in the form of an herbal product made just for such issues. Even the seemingly unavoidable hairballs can be eliminated with laxatives and all-natural organic herbs.

Aging cats can be rejuvenated with herbal remedies. An herbal remedy which targets the thyroid gland can help when your cat has become chronically sluggish. These remedies will make your cat more alert and lively. Such herbal products also improve their coats and will address weight issues. Since overweight cats have more health problems, keep your cat slim with an herbal product designed to help them lose weight. Cats commonly experience urinary difficulties, and there are herbal products which will relieve them of such troubles. Another issue commonly afflicting older cats are joint problems. Have no fear, there’s an herbal product for your cat which will have her springing onto countertops in no time.

So you may be wondering what exactly is in all these new-fangled herbal remedies. Well, being all-natural you have nothing to fear. These medicines contain well-known ingredients such as dandelion, milk thistle, garlic, echinacea, and gingko. People have been taking these so-called new remedies for centuries, and now you can give them to your cat. In addition to herbs, these holistic products may also employ mineral products such as silicon dioxide, which is a natural dewormer and gets rid of other parasites as well. Another interesting substance employed by holistic veterinarians is lignite. Lignite is a by-product of the coal industry which is not only safe for you cat, but it serves as a detoxifier that helps your cat eliminate harmful chemicals.

Contact a holistic veterinarian for further information to find out more about improving and maintaining your cat’s health with holistic herbal remedies and nutritional supplements.

About the Author:

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre, Florida. Find more about this as well as feline herbal products at shop4petstuff(dot)com

Blood Cleansing Herbs

Yellow Dock Rumex crispus
Yellow Dock / Rumex Crispus

In this increasingly toxic world, we all need to take care to cleanse our system of the poisons. Blood cleansing herbs are a great way to undo some of the damage wrought by our contaminated environment. Blood cleansing improves circulation, removes toxins from the bloodstream, helps neutralize excess acidity and may reduce certain types of cancer.

My favorite blood cleansing herbs are Yellow Dock, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover and Burdock Root. Other amazing blood cleansers include Poke Root, Chaparral, and Sheep Sorrel.

I will start by describing the qualities and contraindications of each of the herbs.

Yellow Dock – In traditional herbal medicine, yellow dock is thought to be a general health tonic. Yellow dock is thought to benefit the digestive tract, liver and skin. One of its primary uses by herbalists is for skin conditions associated with poor digestion, poor liver function or “toxicity”. It’s great for acne and other congestive skin conditions, which is why it’s become my all-time favorite cleansing herb.

Yellow dock has a mild laxative effect, due to constituents called anthraquinone glycosides. It appears to stimulate the release of bile and digestive enzymes. Yellow dock may cause mild diarrhea in some people. Call your health practitioner if you experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

Yellow dock should not be used by people taking drugs that decrease blood calcium, such as diuretics, Dilantin, Miacalcin, or Mithracin. Yellow dock should also not be used by people with kidney disease, liver disease, an electrolyte abnormality, or pregnant or nursing women.

Excessive use of yellow dock can cause a blood disorder called metabolic acidosis and life-threatening calcium deficiency in the blood. Call your health practitioner if you experience signs of low blood calcium, such as fatigue, seizures, confusion, muscle spasms, and numbness around the mouth.

Oregon Grape RootHerbalists use Oregon grape root in the treatment of bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and eye infections. It has a sedative effect on the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract and can relieve stomach cramps and abdominal pain.

Oregon Grape can be used in skin washes to deter the over production of skin cells that occurs in placque psoriasis. One of the advantages to using preparations of the whole herb, as opposed to using products that only contain berberine extracts is that Oregon Grape Root contains tannins that ease inflammation, irritation, and itching of the skin.

Herbalists consider Oregon Grape an excellent alternative to the now endangered Goldenseal. They are not botanically related, but they both contain the immune-stimulating, infection-fighting, antiseptic constituent berberine. Herbs that contain berberine are scientifically proven to protect against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Warning: Do not use Oregon Grape Root when chronic gastrointestinal irritation or inflammation is present, such as irritable bowel. The herb is not a problem for nursing mothers unless the baby has jaundice, however it should not be used while pregnant. Limit use to no more than 7 consecutive days for adults, 3 for children, exercise caution when using in children. Taking vitamin B6 supplements can give infectious bacteria resistance to the antibacterial toxins in the herb. So, deep six the B6 until you have completed your treatment.

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Home Remedy Herbal Guide

By Aliza Adar Levine

Herbs in mortar with pestalHerbal Remedies that you can take as a home remedy can make a tremendous difference in quality of life.

Obviously, the suggestions offered are never in the place of a qualified medical practitioner. With that in mind here is some interesting information about how herbs as home remedies can make life better.
Take energy for example.

Herbs are very helpful for building stamina and endurance. Highly recommended is Siberian Gingseng, or Eleuthroccocus Senticosus. It’s not even in the (Asian)Ginseng Family. It gently but solidly boosts energy, without unwanted jitteriness. It was extensively researched in Russia. It was so successful that it was given to all Russian Cosmonauts, Olympic athletes, and even factory workers.

A standard tonic dose is what does the trick. 1 teaspoon 3 X Day of tincture. 2 large capsules of powder 3X Day. Eleuthrococcus usually comes in a fairly mild-tasting powder.

You can mix 1 teaspoon with water and gulp down a few times a day. By two weeks most people feel a definate improvement in basic energy level.

Other good energy herbs are the Chinese “CHI” or Vital Energy herbs. My favorite is Huang Qi (Astragalus Rt.). It boosts energy and also the Immune System. It’s my herb of choice for Thyroid sluggishness. Standard tonic dose is good.

While Chinese Or Korean Ginseng is a bit too heating for women experiencing hot flashes, American Ginseng(Panax Quinifolium),is often just right.

Spirulina is a Super Nutrient, that is SUPER energizing and nourishing to cells. Its a MicroAlgae that is higher protein than Meat! Take 3-4 500 mg. tablets daily and watch your energy soar! It’s also an Incredible Fluid and Blood Builder. Spirulina is helpful for practically Any menopause symptom.

Ashwaganda (Withania Somnifera) an Ayurvedic (Indian)herb is very energizing yet calming. It’s a highly regarded as an Aphrodisiac in India for women and men.

Insomnia Herbs offer real help to fall asleep. Good herbs to try before bed are:

Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata) — try a full Tablespoon of tincture or Strong tea a half hour before bed. Scullcap (Scutelaria Latiflora) — try a full Tablespoon of tincture or Strong tea a half hour before bed. Chamomile -try a full Tablespoon of tincture or Strong tea a half hour before bed.

If the problem is that you fall asleep without difficulty; but then you wake up throughout the night the following herbs can help:

  • BaiZiRen (Biota Seeds)
  • SuoZaoRen (Zysiphus Seeds)
  • HeHuanPi (Albizia Bark)

They work excellent together, or even singly could really help, taken on a tonic basis;1 teaspoon 3X Day. Even taken before bed alone these herbs can help.

Depression

Helpful Herbs are : Motherwort(Leonrus CardiacusMotherwort(Leonrus Cardiacus)-1/2 teaspoon of Motherwort Tincture gives a fast moodlift. It does not induce sleepiness.

LemonBalm (Mellissa) seems to lift off the depression in no time!1/2- 1 teaspoon of the tincture is very effective. It actually has a pleasant taste, so the tea is Nice. The herbs suggested for sleeping are very calming. Just take less, because a small amount helps with tension. Too much puts you to sleep!

Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata) — try a 1/2 Teaspoon of tincture or Strong tea if stressed out! . Scullcap (Scutelaria Latiflora) — try a 1/2 Teaspoon of tincture or Strong tea if stressed out! . Chamomile — try a 1/2 Teaspoon of tincture or Strong tea if stressed out! The following TCM herbs really help feel more relaxed:

  • BaiZiRen (Biota Seeds)
  • SuoZaoRen (Zysiphus Seeds)
  • HeHuanPi (Albizia Bark)

You can sip it all day as lemonade.

Concentration

If you can’t concentrate try herbs. They really help. A great formula to try is:

  • Centella Asiatica (GotuKola)
  • Ashwaganda (Withania Somnifera)

Taken as a Tincture it really boosts concentration and Memory noticeably within a few weeks.

Constipation

Occasional herbal relief of constipation can provide big relief. But, it should not be something that you MUST have to “go”.

Mild herbal help is Cascara Sagrada (Buckthorn), Rhubarb Rt. (or Turkey Rhubarb Rt.), Aloe Vera Juice is very good. For really bad occaisional constipation you can use Senna

Laxatives often cause cramping. Mixing your herbal laxatives with Powdered Ginger rt. stops the cramping. It’s also unbelievably effective for tummy aches and nausea.

Hemmorhoids

Big relief can be obtained by mixing Golden Seal (Hydrastis Canadensis)Powder with AloeVera gel and applying locally after every bowel movement. Squirting some inside the rectum is possible with an applicator,or a small enema, really helps. Butcher’s Broom(Ruscus Aesculus) is an herb that brings quick relief to Vein pain. Hemmorhoids involve the inflamation and enlarging of veins in the rectum.

A good TCM Herb formula for Hemmorhoids is:

TCM — “Damp Heat” Chronic Hemmorhoid Formula
Equal parts of:

  • HuangBai (Phellodendron)
  • HuangLian (Coptis Rt.)
  • DaHuang (Rheum)
  • FuLing (Poria mushroom)
  • MuDanPi (Moutan Bark)

Immune Boosters

Astragalus Rt., (Huang Qi-Chinese name) is a Powerful Immune Booster. It gives energy and endurance. You can take it daily to build up the Immune system. It’s ideal after getting over Viruses, or any illness. It builds up weakened metabolism.

I’ve used Astragalus Rt.with success for Hypothyroid (sluggish thyroid). Reishi Mushroom (LingZhi) boosts Your Immune system and energy level, as do Ginseng (Panax) and Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthrococus Senticosus).


Author Resource:
Aliza Adar LevineRNMH is a Nurse, Midwife, TCM Herbalist, and Medical Researcher for over 20 years.

Herb Gardening Made Easy

By Sandra Stammberger

Herb gardenHerb gardening is becoming more and more popular every day, and for a good reason. Herbs have practical value, serve a purpose, and with herb gardening you can actually use your plants. When most people think of herb gardening they automatically think of cooking, but herbs are also grown for their pleasant aroma and their beauty.

One important part of herb gardening is drying the herbs for use during the winter months, especially if you plan on cooking with them. First the tops of leafy herbs have to be cut, washed, and hung up for the water to evaporate. Then, tie stems together and hang up in a paper bag to dry. After two to three weeks they must be removed; crumble the leaves, dry them out in the oven, and store in a glass jar.

One of the most common herbs gown in herb gardening is basil. “Dark Opal” and regular green basil are beautiful additions to any garden and often used as decoration. Dark Opal has light pink flowers and dark red leaves. Basil isn’t just used for its looks; it is used for extra flavor in tomato juices and pastes.

Chives are very petite looking and resemble a blade of grass. They are much stronger than they look, however, and will grow well through a drought and a drought. Their toughness and sturdiness makes Chives a perfect plant for herb gardening, especially if the gardener doesn’t want plants that require a lot of hassle. Chives are good used in salads, egg dishes, and many different sauces.

Mint is also very simple to grow and is good to use in mint jelly, mint juleps, lemonade, and any other kind of fruity drink. Mint is also good in herb gardening for its unique minty smell. Two herbs that appear in nearly everyone’s herb garden are thyme and sage. Both of these herb gardening favorites are used for flavoring soups, chicken, turkey, pork, and other sausages. Sage is also grown sometimes for its beautiful blue spiked flowers.

Lavender is probably the best smelling herb in all of herb gardening and is often used in candles, as a perfume scent, and to improve the smell in linen chests. The light purple flowers smell absolutely lovely.

Other types of herbs often grown in herb gardening include borage (used in salads), chervil (used in egg dishes), sweet marjoram (flavors lamb, fish, salad, and soup), sesame (flavors crackers, cookies, and bread), and dill (flavors meats and used in pickles). Herb gardening allows gardeners to use herbs from their own garden for cooking, looks, and smell. Herb gardening will produce much fresher herbs with more flavor than store-bought herbs, and are a lot cheaper.


Author Resource:

For more information on Herb Gardening visit Your Garden Pros. (Their website no longer appears to be online, but you can Google them.) Your one-stop resource for gardening tips, answers to plant questions, expert advice, and much more.

Ginger Health: Goodness of Ginger Herb

By Kevin Pederson
Fresh gingerRevered in the Orient for its powerful healing qualities and its culinary uses, Ginger has been in use since ages. A perennial herb, ginger is a greenish yellow rhizome. The botanical name of the spice is Zingiber Officinale. Ginger is been used extensively in the Orient; its benefits covering a spectrum so wide, that it includes the medicinal, culinary as well as aromatherapy fields. A pungent and flavorful spice, ginger is one of the most widely used spices in the East.

Ginger is known to be beneficial to the body in a number of ways. Ginger can be used in its raw as well as dried form. Raw ginger is thermogenic, anti-flatulent, appetiser, digestive and a powerful laxative.

Dried ginger is thermogenic, appetizer, laxative, expectorant, stimulant and effective to cure stomach disorders. Dried and ground ginger is used to cure cold, cough, cholera, nausea ad vomiting, inflammations, diarrhea, colic, flatulence, anorexia, asthma and headaches.

Ginger has extensive uses in aromatherapy as well. Ginger yields an essential oil that is steam distilled from the unpeeled, dried and ground root. Ginger oil is used in combination with sandalwood, cedar wood and patchouli, which renders a woody-spicy scent to the mixture.

The uses of ginger as a digestive aid can be largely attributed to the presence of gingerols and shogaols, which help neutralise stomach acids, enhance the secretion of digestive juices and tone the muscles of the digestive tract.

The active ingredient in ginger is terpenes and an oleoresin, which is called ginger oil. These active agents are responsible for its antiseptic qualities, lymph-cleansing, circulation-stimulating and mild constipation relief. Research has shown that ginger lowers blood cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the blood and liver.

Other Ginger health benefits

    • Ginger has been known to reduce inflammation of the joints and muscle tissue for people suffering from arthritis or rheumatism.
    • Ginger improves blood circulation, hence thought to improve the complexion too. It is also known to have reduced nervousness, ease tendonitis and relieve sore throats.
    • Ginger is an effective herbal remedy for all kinds of motion sickness and even morning sickness during pregnancy. A great way to get rid of the uneasy, queasy feeling in the stomach.
    • Scientists have found that ginger can block the effects of prostaglandin – a substance that causes inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to migraine.
    • Many women believe that consuming ginger tea during periods helps minimize menstrual cramps.
    • Known for its warming action, ginger is an effective treatment in colds and flu.
    • An effective remedy for cramps caused by flatulence, ginger stimulates digestion.
    • Ginger is a mood enhancer, the Cineole present in ginger helps provide stress relief.
    • It is a great mouth freshener and ginger tea is known for its refreshing properties.

About the Author:

Kevin Pederson has been managing a number of natural home remedies websites which have information on home based natural cures and remedies for some of the most common illnesses and health problems.

All Natural Cures For Gout: 7 Simple Herbs To Cure Gout

By Chris Randon
English: Severe gout complicated by tophi (exu...
English: Severe gout complicated by tophi (exudate is uric acid crystals) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When considering all natural cures for gout, one of the first things that gout sufferers think about are herbs. Here, you’ll discover 7 simple herbs commonly used as natural cures for gout.

First though, although the title of this post is All Natural Cures For Gout – 7 Herbs To Cure Gout, I should point out that an actual ‘cure’ for gout doesn’t yet exist. However, the condition is absolutely ‘controlable’. And this is what both modern medicine, and natural remedies for gout, are able to do.

So I use the term ‘natural cures for gout’ in the sense that, by taking the right steps, you can get rid of the symptoms of gout, and, help prevent further gout attacks.

The key is to get rid of the symptoms of gout and, at the same time, prevent it returning. And you want to prevent recurring gout because, apart from the great pain and inconvenience, frequent gout attacks can leave you with permanently damaged joints and even kidney problems.

So, when considering herbs as natural home remedies for gout, you have to consider reducing the pain and inflammation, plus, reducing your uric acid levels to prevent future attacks.

Here, I list seven natural herbs that you can use to help eliminate the symptoms of gout, plus, help to prevent recurring gout attacks…

7 Simple Herbs to Cure Gout

Bilberries: these have anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the pain of gout symptoms.

Celery seeds: also have anti-inflammatory properties for inflammation and pain reduction.

Hawthorn: has anti-inflammatory properties too.

Alfalfa: has been shown to neutralize and reduce acid levels. It can be taken in seed, tablet, capsule or liquid extract form.

Juniper: can neutralize your uric acid.

Nettle: contains alkaloids which can neutralize acid too.

Parsley: is a natural diuretic which can help to flush acid out of your system via the urine.

These are, of course, just a very small selection of the natural herbs that can be used to help ‘cure’ gout. But, there are many other issues you need to consider when looking to ‘cure’ your gout: things like dietary and lifestyle changes, your weight, general health, and so on.

The Gout Remedy Report

To stop this (gout) happening to you, please now go to The Gout Remedy Report where you’ll also get the facts on a devastatingly simple 2 hour remedy.


About the Author:
Chris Randon is a nutritionist specialized in human health, and is based in Los Angeles, Carlifornia.