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..


Herbal Healing: Edema

Edema is also known as water retention or dropsy, it involves the accumulation of fluild in between the cells of ones body tissues. The result is swelling and bloating. Edema ususlly refers to under the skin fluid accumulation. Problems may simply result from insufficient water intake, in this case water retention is the body’s camel like attempt to compensate for the lack of fluids. Allergies are a common cause of water retention, as well as toxic overload, as well as circulatory, lymphatic, kidney disorders, inflammatory conditions, sodium retention, electrolyte imbalance, and premenstrual syndrome can also produce edema.

Herbal Medicine as a lymphatic flusher meaning a substance that promotes drainage of the lymph system, cleavers ( Galium aparine ) is a useful herb for adema, to make a infusion, pour boiled water over the herb, 1 tsp. of dried cleavers per cup of water or 1 0z, per pint of water, cover the mixture let steep for 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day the more the better.

It is important to know the cause of your edema so you will know what treatment to apply and whether heart disease or other more serious problems are involved.

Peppermint tea and vitamin and food that will flush the water will also help.


Herbal Healing: Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a inflamation of the tonsils, which is a masses of lymphatic tissue on each side of the throat. It tends to come on suddenly starting with chills and than fever, often high, headaches, aches, and pain in the limb and back, and swollen, red, painful tonsils. Swallowing can be particularly very painful. The adenoids or know as pharyngeal tonsil, that is located at the top of the throat, may be swollen as well, as may be the lymph nodes in the neck. Tonsils like lymph nodes, are lymphatic filters. They filter the lymph fluid that flows between cells in the body and prevent bacteria and other substances from entering the bloodstream. They assist the immune system, both in their filtering function and contributing to white blood, disease fighting, cell production, Normally the tonsils can keep up with the filtering demands, however they can become inflamed or infected when the lymph system is over loaded. The bacteria they filter accumulate in their tissue and than produce infection.

Herbal use is a herb called Red root ( Ceanothus americanus ) has a great ability to clear congestion of the lymph glands and has a long history of use for that purpose. Red root is one of the most important lymphatic plant. The herb can clear dead cell debris and accumulated waste of bacterial infection.

A fresh root tincture is the most effective form in which to take red root. Use equal parts of red root and echinaccea tincture, during the acute stage take 30 to 50 drops of the mix up to 5 x a day for 1 week. Reduce the dosage by 10 percent each day. For child 11 to 13 years old, cut the dosage in half of the adults. Under 12 cut doses in half again. Drink lots of water to aid the body in breaking up the congestion.

Herbal Healing: Bitters Myrhh, Bladderwrack

These group of herbs has a overall stimulating  effect on ones body which includes the digestive plus the hormone-producing endocrine system that the thyroid gland is a part of. In a clinical experience of many doctors, bitters are the most effective treatment for mild to moderate hypothyroidism.

Bitters are named for their taste, they have a strong taste to boosts the body’s production of digestive fluids so one gets more nutrients from eating the same foods. The more bitter the taste, the better they work for you. One has to actually taste the bitterness, so swallowing capsules will not do the trick. They are many commercial bitters tinctures on the market, but look for those that contain gentian.

Typical dosage: 1/8 to 1/2 tsp. of tincture 3 times per day before meals, or 1 cup of tea 3 times per day before meals.



Myrrh( Commiphora myrrh )

This tree resin stimulates the thyroid, Resins does not extract in hot water so myrrh does not work in a tea form. It is used in tincture form, Typical dosage is 1/8 to 14 teaspoon of tincture  3 times a day.

Bladderwrack ( Fucus vesiculosus )

This is a iodine-rich seaweed of one of several seaweeds that can help balance and nourish the thyroid. Typical dosage, 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon of tincture 3 times a day.

Herbal Healing: Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins

Common names are: grapeseed extract, and pine-bark extract

Aids with allergies, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, Diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, high blood pressure, stroke, swellen ankles, cuts, scrapes, lymphedema, nosebleed, tendinitis, vand varicose veins.

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or better known as OPC’s, are classified as flavonols and are derived from grapeseeds or pine bark. They are also in red wine, hops, various flowers, leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, and beans. The way in which theses versatile healing compounds are distinct from flavonids is their simple chemical structure, which allows them to be readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

OPC’s are very powerful antioxidants. Vitamin E defends against fat-soluble oxidants, and Vitamin C neutralizes water-soluble ones, but OPC’s are active against both types. Also the help stabilize the walls of blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and generally support tissues containing collagen and elastin, proteins found in cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, skin, and muscle. Off all these herbs and herbal supplements, OPC’s are the most useful in supporting vascular health. They maintain capillaries, which are the channels through whic the blood delivers nutrients to individual cells and carries away waste products. Capillaries must be permeable enough to allow nutrients and oxygen to seep through them, but strong enough to prevent too much fluid from flowing out and causing edema. The beneficial effects of OPC’s on capillary health result in relief of many neurological diseases and can prevent the swelling and inflammation of allergic reactions. OPC’s are popular for preventing heat disease, revitalizing aging skin, and reducing a tendency to bruise easily.

Check with your doctor to see if you can benefit from any herb.

Sorry about being slow on writing, as I am a bit busy with canning for the winter. Always have a blessed day. Susan



Herbal Healing: Boil Fighting Formula

Boils are bacterial skin infections that may grow quite large and spread. This formula may act to fight infection. My sister had as a young girl a lot on her back, so my Grandmother made this formula for her and seem  to help her.

Boil Fighting Formula

1 cup water ( not tap water )

2 teaspoons powdered echinaccea root

10 to 15 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon powdered goldenseal root

honey and lemon to taste

Boil in a sauce pan add water, echinacea root and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Turn off heat than add garlic and goldenseal root. Steep for 20 minutes, than strain with a fine strainer. Add honey and lemon.

Caution on some, pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 2 years of age, older children and those over 65, should use extra water to reduce formula strength. The younger the child the more you dilute formula. Echinacea can cause tingling of the tongue. headache, rash, stomach distress, or other unpleasant effects develop, discontinue use. Do not break the boils, instead apply a warm compresses until boil breaks naturally.

To care for a opened boil, because when a boil breaks, it releases the debris of dead cells plus, the bacteria that caused the infection. So you must disinfect the open boil to prevent the bacteria from spreading. Wash area carefully with soap and water, apply a honey based salve made from 2 Tbs. honey mixed with 2 Tbs. aloe vera gel, 1 tsp. powdered comfrey root.

Honey has been used to treat wounds since the Biblical times, honey acts as a infection fighting antiseptic, aloe vera and comfrey encourage wound healing.