• August 16, 2022

Arjuna

A while back I wrote about the most prominent cardiac herb in Western herbalism, hawthorn. Many of you are probably familiar with hawthorn, yet, you might not know that there is another equally valuable herb for the heart that comes from Ayurvedic medicine. It’s arjuna, the bark of a tree used to treat heart problems for over 3,000 years in India. Arjuna, like hawthorn, helps the heart and improves cardiovascular health in broad ways. It is a traditional remedy for heart failure and angina.…

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  • August 9, 2022

Scotch Broom

I first learned about Scotch broom from medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera, who also introduced me to the use of toxic botanicals like lily of the valley and belladonna. She shared a formula with me for inducing labor that contains the herb. I’ve used it successfully a couple of times to help induce labor after the due date has passed. The formula contains:2 parts Scotch Broom2 parts Blue Cohosh1 part Motherwort1 part LobeliaThe Scotch broom and blue cohosh have oxytocic effects and oxytocin is…

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  • August 8, 2022

Balancing the Nervous System

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year your nervous system is active, managing all of the processes of your body. It regulates your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, elimination, and cycles of rest and activity.Your central nervous system (CNS), is busy carrying information from your senses to your brain. This allows you to observe, listen and interact with your external environment. As you process this information in your brain and make decisions, the CNS…

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  • August 3, 2022

Nattokinase and Nattozymes

Nattokinase has been used in Japan to treat heart and inflammatory diseases for over twenty years. It is a protease (protein digesting) enzyme extracted from the traditional Japanese food, natto. Natto made by the fermentation of boiled soybeans by the bacteria Bacillus natto. Natto has a strong taste and smell and texture that can be an acquired taste. Nattokinase is similar to plasmin, an enzyme present in the blood that degrades certain plasma proteins, notably fibrin, the protein responsible…

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  • July 25, 2022

Motherwort

As you gain knowledge and experience using herbs, there are some remedies you’ll only use occasionally because you don’t have much need for them and others that you’ll use a lot because they have very clear indications for problems you encounter frequently. Motherwort is one of the latter remedies that I find I use frequently. I've used it with many people for a variety of health issues, and I've found it a reliable and effective remedy. Both the common and Latin names for this plant give…

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  • July 19, 2022

Prickly Ash

Good circulation is vital to the health of every part of the body. No organ or tissue can heal without it. This is why capsicum or cayenne pepper became such a popular remedy with many Western herbalists. By equalizing circulation throughout the system it helps the body heal from many different problems. Not everyone can tolerate the spicy hot taste of capsicum, even in capsule form, which is why I’m glad there’s another less well-known, but equally great herb for improving circulation, prickly…

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  • July 12, 2022

Improving Venous Circulation with Butcher's Broom

Butcher’s broom acts as a diuretic to remove excess fluid from the body. It contains compounds that lower cholesterol levels, inhibit thrombosis, reduce inflammation, and tone up the vascular system. Thus, it can help prevent atherosclerosis and aid people with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

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  • July 5, 2022

Guggul Resin

Guggul has a long history of use in India as an aid for weight loss, as an anti-inflammatory in arthritis rheumatism, and as a remedy for skin disorders such as acne. It has also been used for neurological diseases, hemorrhoids, and water retention.

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