Herb of the Day: Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw
( Uncaria tomentosa)

Also called Una`de gato

Found in South American rain forests and wilded harvested in Peru and Brazil

Parts used: Root and stem

South American folk medicine uses cat’s claw for intestinal disorders, arthritis, wounds, dysentery, and cancer. Now modern research has indicated significant immune stimulating activity and antiviral, cancer fighting, and antioxidant effects. Australian and German physicians have used cat’s claw to stimulate the immune systems of cancer patients. Extracts have been used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, herpes.
There is a caution, and that is standardized Cat’s claw products are not allowed to be combined with hormones, insulin, fresh blood plasma, or some vaccines ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE USING CAT’S CLAW.

Herb of the Day: Maca Root

Maca Root
( Lepidium meyenii)

It is an Anticancer,Infertility, Nutritive, Steroidal, Antifatigue

Maca is a little known herbal remedy and high energy food. It has been used for increasing energy, stamina and endurance in athletes, promoting mental clarity, treating male impotence, infertility, and helping with menstrual irregularities and female hormonal imbalances that includes menopause and fatigue syndrome.It has been helpful to prevent cancer of various tissue including the mammary gland, esophagus, liver, small intestine, colon, and bladder.
Maca has been used as an immunostimulant and the treatment of anemia, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, stomach cancer, sterility and other sexual disorders as well as to improve memory.
Maca root, from a plant in the brassicaceae family, grows in the high Andean region of Peru. Sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, maca root extract is a powerful remedy for sexual dysfunction and infertility in men and women as well as an adaptogen – an herb that may improve energy and help the body deal with stress.Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient.

Herb Infomation: Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial Cancer is the common from of uterine cancer, it effects the lining of the uterus. Endometrail cancer usually strikes after menopause, and its primary warning sign is bleeding( before menopause, bleeding not related to the menstrual period). It causes pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. The growth of endometrail cancer is stimulated by estrogen. All throught out a women’s reproductive life, the lining of the uterus grows and shrinks in response to rising and falling estrogen levels during the menstrual cycle. Than after menopause most of the estrogen produced in a women’s body is produced by fat tissue. High fat diets encourage the development of fat tissue and production of excess estrogen.
Endometrail cancer is diagnosed by examining a piece of endometrium, which is usually removed via a biopsy,. The first line of conventional treatment is surgery, usually to remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Thus if the cancer spreads than chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used. The doctor may also use hormonal therapy, in the form of progesterone , another female hormone is used to counteract the effects of estrogen.
Some herbal therapies for endometrial cancer counteract estrogen and support the immune system. Others supplement conventional treatments. Always use herbal medicine as part of a medically directed overall treatment plan for endometrail cancer.
Here are some beneficial herbs… alfalfa a good source of vitamin K and needed minerals, including iron….astragalus slows spread of cancer activates T and NK cells…Cat’s claw raises T-cells counts…Chamomile contains chemicals that prevent camcer cells from anchoring to new sites… Garlic retards angiogenesis and metastasis…Greentea contains ployphenols which blocks estrogen from tumor…Polysaccharide kureha ( PSK) shown to increase 3- and 5-year survival rate….Soy isoflavone concentrate contains genistein which inhibits growth of estrogen dependent cancers.

Discussthe use of these herbs before having any type of surgery. Always ask your doctor before self treating your self with herbs..

Herb Recipe of the Day: Too-Heavy Periods Tincture

Every women experiences menstruation differently. For some , it is painless and predictable and for others is just plain misery. Some women looses very little blood, while others lose enough to bring in anemia, fatigue, and dizziness.

Blend this tincture and keep it on hand for times when your menstrual flow is
uncomfortably heavy.

Too- Heavy Periods Tincture
1 teaspoon shepherd’s purse tincture
1 teaspoon yarrow tincture
1/2 teaspoon red raspberry leaf tincture
1/2 teaspoon vitex tincture

Combine all of the ingredients in a dark glass jar with a tight lid.
Take 3 dropperfuls every 15 to 30 minutes for heavy bleeding, or 2 dropperfuls every hour for moderately heavy bleeding.
( If you can , try to buy shepherd’s purse tincture that is made from the fresh herb, because it looses some of its strength when it is dried.)

As always consult your doctor before self medicate ones self.

Education: Macular Degeneration

You are most likely saying I have not the vaguest ideal what she is saying, and it probably does not sound good. Well your are right it is not good. It is an eye condition which involves the deterioration of the center of the retina. This is the leading cause of blindness in people whom are 65 and older.
Macular degeneration can be caused by light or chemicals exposures. But another culprit is ” free radicals “… ( they are rogue compounds that steal electrons from healthy cells )… Free radicals oxidize fatty acids in cell membranes and in enzyme systems. Whitin the retina of the eye such cell damage can disturb energy production plus the chemical balance og the eye’s fluids.
The antioxidants in your body can counteract this process, but they can not do it fast enough, when the free radical levels are high, or your diet is deficient in antioxidants. That is why a poor diet is a risk factor for macular degeneration.
Herbal remedies are … Bilberry which is a anthocyanoside rich herb and has a strong antioxidant effects…. Another herb is Ginkgo… It is an powerful antioxidant and has shown to improve vision in people with macular degeneration.

Always ask you doctor before self medicate oneself

Herb of the Day: Carrot ( Wild )

Carrot ( Wild )
( Daucus Carota )
Wild Carrot is found by the sides of fields and untilled places on the roadside, in the summer.
Aww, Nicholas Culpeper M.D. : the spirit of the great 16th century herbalist his caustic observations about the practices of his time, the values he placed on his herbs and their medicinal values.He writes about this herb, Carrots highly to break the wind, yet experience teacheth they breed it first, and we may thank nature for expelling it. I love his writings and how he loved his herbs.

The medicinal uses are: Carrotts are an important item in the deit of a cancer patients. Carrott juice should be taken. The wild carrot is rich in vitamins and carotene, from which the body manufactures vitamin A. The infusion of the herb is used in treatment for fluid retention. To relieve the colic, use 1 teaspoonful of the wild carrot seed make into powder, use 1 teaspoon to 1 cup hot water. And drink as a tea.
The flowers are dried and made into a tea to treat dropsy…
As always consult a doctor before self medicating ones self Herbs are medicine.