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


Education: Intermittent Claudication

Circulation problems are generally caused by arteries that are to narrow to carry adequate amounts of blood. The arteries become to narrow if cholesterol gathers in the artery linings to form plaques, which can then calcify into blood vessel blockages. Thus known as arteriosclerosis,which can lead to” intermittent claudication”, a painful circulation in the legs. The common symptoms are a pain, ache, cramp, numbness, or a sense of fatigue in the muscle of the leg. It occur after exercise and goes away resting.

Drug treatments of circulatory problems in the leg are not generally successful but herbal supplements can bring substantial relied. Herbal medicine for this problem should always be used under a doctor’s supervision, since some herbs magnify the effect of blood thinning drugs. Treatment is also needed for underlying, cause or causes of the arterial blockages.

Beneficial Herbs, are Ginkgo.. it increases pain free walking distance. and prevents further plaque buildup.

Prickly Ash…It increases pain free walking distance and relieves coldness in the feet and toes.

Education: Essiac Tea

Essica Tea was a invention by an Canadian nurse ( Rene M. Caisse), she used her last name backwards in order to name the tea formula. Still the most popular herbal mixture used for treating cancer in North America, Essiac’s efficacy against cancer can be explained in part by cancer fighting characteristics of herbs in the formula. Two chemicals in the herb rhudarb, emodin and rhein, may stop the growth of melanoma, breast cancer, and hepatic carcinoma. One of these chemicals, emodin, has been of conventional chemotherapies. It makes breast cancer cells, more sensitive to paclitaxel ( Taxol ), and makes certain types of lung cancer cells more sensitive to cisplatin (Plational ), and doxorubicin ( Adriamycin, Rubex ). A closely related chemical, aloe emodin, found in the herb sheep sorrel, has significant activity against lekemia cells. The herb burdoct root increases the rate at which estrogen is excreted into the stool, and the herb red clover blocks estrogen from stimulating breast cancer cells.

And as always ask your doctor before self medicate





















Education: Make Allies out of Antibiotics

There may be a time that you have to take antibiotics for pneumonia, you can prevent the side effects, caused by a decrease in normal digestive bacteria. Hence these are some supplements to try.

Acidophilus and bifidus… These are the 2 main beneficial bacteria that antibiotics kill. You can take these while on antibiotics, but you will need to continue treatment for at least1 month after you finish your antibiotic course for complete replacement. Be sure to buy the best quality product available.

Saccharomyces boulardil… This beneficial yeast has been used in Europe for decades to prevent side effects of antibiotics. It inhibits yeast over growth and decreases the risk of a certain type of colitis that can be brought on by using antibiotics. It also stimulates production of a part of the immune system that fights infections in mucous membranes, as the lungs.

As always consult you doctor if using and herbs.

Education: Vitamins for the Heart Health

Growing up your Mother said to you not to forget your Vitamins, well she was right. As our life is busy we have not time to eat well, even when we cook it always cooks out a lot of vitamins we need for our bodies.

1. L-carnitine is an amino acid.. it involved with energy metabolism at the cellular level. It increases the efficiency of the heart muscle, reduces cholesterol metabolism, and it prevents plaque formation….

Coenzyme Q.. this vitamin-like antioxidant helps cells make energy and improves cholesterol levels. It decreases the frequency of angina and improves exercise tolerance…

Niacin.. This B vitamin lowers cholesterol, but does tend to be limited by the uncomfortable flushing that it may cause. Sustained release or long acting forms of niacin produce l is to be as effective as other less flushing but may damage the liver. An appropriate alternative is a niacin precursor called insositol hexaniacinate, which does not cause flushing even at high does, even better, it is harmless to the liver. Studies show that this form of niacin to be as effective as other forms, with out the side effects reported..

Vitamin E.. There are many kinds of form of vitamin E, the tocotrienol, form may be especially helpful in the lowering cholesterol. Actually it inhibits cholesterol production, a feature that makes this form a good choose for people whose bodies make higher than normal amounts of LDL cholesterol despite changes in diet…

Magnesium.. Studies link magnesium deficiency with heart disease, sudden cardiac death, heart attacks, and dangerous irregular heart rhythms. This mineral may help decrease plaque formation, lower total cholesterol, raise ” good ” HDL cholesterol, and inhibit platelet aggregation…

Vitamin B6..Deficiency of this B vitamin appears to be a major cause of heart disease. It can be taken as part of a good quality multivitamin or a B complex combination…

Always consult your doctor before taken herbs or vitamins



Education: Boil’s

Boil’s are also known as, Furuncle, this is a deep seated infection of a entire follicle and adjacent tissue. A cluster of Boil’s are called, carbuncle,  Boil’s usually appears as a small or conical nodule that is surrounded by redness, progressing to form a pus pocket with a white center. Tenderness, mild pain, itching and swelling of the near lymph glands may occur. Most common sites for the boil’s are the hairy parts of the body that become to friction as the armpits, buttocks, neck, and groin, and can appear in other places as well. They can cause tenderness and pain as well as a mild fever.Almost boil’s stem from infection, with bacterium, ( Staphylococcus aureus, ) known as, staph. Staph may enter the skin by abrasions caused by friction, pressure, or moisture. Never plug the pores of the skin with cosmetics or petroleum jellies because they may trap the infection within, that giving it the opportunity to multiply. Most boil’s will heal in a week or two. Recurrent ones can be a sign of poor nutrition, anemia, diabetes, or HIV infection, chronic perspiration in the folds of ones skin, and poor hygiene.

Beneficial herbs are: Echinacea extract or salve,  it is a immune stimulant and a anti-inflammatory.

Pau d’arco lotion or ointment, it stimulates the production of bacteria destoring immune cells called macrophages. Tree Tea oil lotion or ointment it penetrates the skin with out irritation and kills staph and 11 other boil causing germs.

Coptis, apply as a poultice 2 times a day, it contains berberine which is especially toxic to staph. Will not cause the boil to rupture.

Other herbs to be taken are burdock, dong quai, red clover, and schizonepeta.

There is a precaution on  herbs if you have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or chronic infections as HIV or tuberculosis one must avoid Echinacea. Tree Tea should be avoided if you are allergic to celery, or thyme,

As always ask your doctor for advice on using herbs.

Education: Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a eye disorder that effects the retina or know as the ( projection screen ) which lets light that passes through the lens of the eye is thrown. In diabetic retinopathy , the capillaries that nourish the retina will leak fluid or blood, which thus results in inadequate circulation to the cells that respond to light and relay visual impulses to the optic nerve that carries impulses to the brain. In severe diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the common cause of blindness in people, and usually there is no symptoms until the individual begins losing ones vision.

The risk factors of diabetic retinopathy, is age, length of time one has had diabetes, pressure of a sticky protein the blood called, ( glycosylated hemoglobin ), and a presence of insulinlike growth factor 1 a hormone produced in excess during diabetes. This hormone encourages the growth of fragile capillaries in the eye that breaks and leaks fluid. Conventional treatment consists of laser surgery which seals the breaking blood vessels.

Herbal treatments are primarily preventative. The herbs that provide large quantities of bioflavonoids strengthen the capillaries and slow the progress or prevent retinopathy even when blood sugars are poorly controlled.

Best herbs used are Bilberry ( helps prevent clotting in blood vessels serving the retina), Ginkgo ( prevents damage in retina cells responsible for distinguishing colors,  Jambul  seeds ( lowers blood sugar retards blood vessel inflammation ), Quercetin tablets ( slows formation of insulinlike  growth factor 1 prevents blood clots), Chanca piedra tincture stops the formation of compounds that damage the retina),  Be sure to get check ups and watch ones diets.