Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Artichoke Leaf- Lower Cholesterol, Natural Weight Loss, Detoxify Your Body

The Artichoke is one of the oldest known cultivated vegetables. It originated in Ethiopia but Italy is the world's leading producer of this wonderful vegetable. In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans used Artichokes as a digestive aid. It was only available to the wealthy due to its lack of availability. Artichoke extract is one of the few herbal remedies that has been through clinical trials and experiments to yield favorable results. Artichoke has been proven to aid with everything from diabetes to curing a hangover. One of the most favorable benefits for many is the ability of Artichoke extract to aid with weight loss. The Artichoke leaf has been shown to improve liver function and help lower cholesterol levels, and prevent heart disease and diminish the risk of arteriosclerosis. It has been used traditionally and in alternative medicine for treating dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, as well as,gallbladder ailments, including jaundice and hepatitis. Artichoke extracts are said to be helpful for kidney and liver insufficiency, post-operative anemia, and in some countries an herbal aphrodisiac. Artichoke liquid extract is known to positively help gout, it also supports the treatment and improves gall secretions. It can slightly lower blood sugar, improve theappetite and digestion, is a natural diuretic and may help some migraine conditions, especially those that are caused by toxins in the blood. Artichoke can serve as a natural diuretic. The Artichoke liquid extract can help to prevent water retention as well as aid in kidney function. Natural diuretics can help you lose 5 to 10 pounds of water weight in just one week. As it helps the body rid itself of excess water and moves toxins, it has the added benefit of improving skin luminosity.
Artichoke leaf has been shown to be a natural remedy which improves various digestive health disorders. Traditional use, as well as recent clinical studies have shown the many benefits of the Artichoke Leaf extract including, lipid-lowering, antioxidant, as well as aiding dyspepsia, and abdominal pain where the stomach, gallbladder, liver and pancreas are primarily affected. Artichoke leaf tinctures are also believed to be an effective way to reduce the discomfort and symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies have proven that Artichoke herbal supplement may help significantly to improve heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, nausea, vomiting and constipation.
Research has been done and it was found that Artichoke liquid extract has anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory effects in those with skin cancer. This is in part the result of antioxidants  in vitamin C that protect DNA and RNA molecules from free radical damage. Severe vitamin C deficiency is called scurvy, while low intake of the vitamin has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. 
The flavonoids from the artichoke have been shown to prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation, an effect that may reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis. These studies determined that when Artichoke leaf extract was administered to otherwise healthy adults with raised cholesterol, levels dropped 6 percent. Artichoke leaf extract has levels of luteolin, an antioxidant efficient at fighting free radicals and reinforcing the functions of the immune system. Additionally, the luteolin content has been shown to increase carbohydrate metabolism. This excellent  source of potassium is also useful for reducing the chances of strokes. 
A good source of magnesium, the extract of Artichoke provides this important mineral that is helpful in energy production, supports bone health and plays a role in nerve and cardiac function.
Studies are being carried out into the effectiveness of Artichoke leaf extract for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, HIV and cancer due to its ability to remove toxins and support the immune system.  
Artichoke's ability to process fats in the body can be beneficial for weight loss. Some of the qualities attributed to Artichoke use include hypoglycemic activity that may assist in  lowering blood glucose levels. It has had traditional uses in the Americas and Spain for treating diabetes.  It is also said to be useful in cases of post-operative anemia. According to The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements, Artichoke extract can serve as a natural diuretic. The extract can help prevent water retention as well as, aid in kidney function. Natural diuretics can help you lose five to ten pounds of water weight in just one week. Highly nutritious Artichoke is considered a diuretic, promoting the flow of urine and appears to be effective in improving kidney function. Artichoke is frequently used to eliminate peripheral edema.
The liver is the most complex of the body's organs and it is important for maintaining a healthy immune system. Artichoke herbal extract can help prevent liver damage and detoxify the body. When toxins build up in the liver it is unable to function adequately. Artichoke leaf extracts protect liver cells from oxidative stress and prevent liver disease. Signs that a liver needs cleansing include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, PMS, skin irritation, dry mouth and sluggish digestion. Because Artichoke Leaf extract stimulates the production of bile, this benefits the liver by helping it eliminate toxins. It also has apoptotic activity on the liver cancer cells. And there is even anecdotal evidence it may help a person recover from a hangover because of its positive effects on the liver.
Artichokes are a good source of folate, providing as much as 15 percent of what the average adult needs. Folate, also known as folic acid, is important in the production of  red blood cells and the formation of the body's genetic material. Pregnant women need  adequate folic acid to prevent birth defects. Folate decreases the likelihood of premature delivery and having a low birth weight infant. 
The Artichoke leaf extract helps maintain the equilibrium of essential nutrients in the body which aid with healthy looking nails, lustrous hair and glowing skin.
Artichokes are a great source of magnesium and chromium, a trace mineral. The  extract is a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, biotin and manganese. They are also sources of niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A, and potassium. 
Ingredients: Artichoke Leaf, Distilled Water, 20% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, or under the tongue. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Artichoke leaf is well tolerated and there are no known side effects or drug interactions. Not recommended for those who are allergic to Artichoke or other members of the compositae family (daisy) family. Those who have obstruction of the bile duct (gallstones) should not take Artichoke.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Onion Bulb

Onion, like garlic, is said to protect against infection and help to build the immune systemand support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levelsHelpful in keeping colds and flu away during the season.Onion has qualities like garlic and it has been used for gravel, dropsy, digestive disorders, nervousness and respiratory ailments. An antiseptic, it is beneficial for cleansing the gastrointestinal tract. It has helped lower the blood pressure, and thought to strengthen sexual vitality when illness or stress are associated with decreased vigor.
One of nature's best natural immunity enhancers it can protect against infection of all kinds. As a potent antibiotic and antiseptic, it is a good way to build up the body's natural defenses against all sorts of ailments, including common colds, flu, sore throat, bronchial infection, gastric infection, worms, dysentery and typhoid. Onion has been used to treat eczema, atherosclerosis, acts as a cancer preventative, diabetes, asthma and fights off infections.
For good heart health, Onion is said to promote healthy blood pressure levels. It is said to raise blood levels of beneficial HDL (good cholesterol) and clean out the arteries of LDL (bad cholesterol) that can clog them, choking off blood flow through the heart. Onion promotes better blood circulation and reduces the risk of heart attack, arteriosclerosis and stroke. Onions are said to be very effective against greasy or fatty foods, reducing the cholesterol and fat content in the blood, giving the heart natural protection.
Onion helps to support healthy blood-sugar levels in diabetics. A compound contained in Onion has been shown to block the breakdown of insulin by the liver and possibly stimulate insulin production by the pancreas, increasing the amount of insulin and reducing sugar levels in the blood. Onion does not reduce blood sugar levels in healthy, nondiabetic people.
Onion has been shown to have immune-enhancing properties that can work to counter harmful invaders that attack healthy cells. A potent antioxidant, it has been known to help neutralize free radicals and the destructive, free radical or oxidative damage to tissues or cells. The flavonoids in the Onion, are thought to slow the growth of malignant cells. It may also help prevent colon cancer, and is an excellent support for a healthy digestive system and works to combat gastric infection and relieve intestinal gas, upset stomach and gastrointestinal pains. Onion may prevent gastric ulcers by scavenging free radicals and by preventing growth of the ulcer-forming micro-organism, Heliobacter pylori. Onion has infection fighting properties that will also help to expel intestinal parasites.
A recent study the potential to decrease the incidence of osteoporosis.
Onion, used as an expectorant, is said to loosen and help rid the respiratory tract of phlegm and clear general catarrh. It is also believed to relax people, and some claim that taking Onion will help provide a good night's sleep.
Ingredients: Onion, Distilled Water and 20% alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Onion. However, because Onion is believed to lower blood sugar, people who are hypoglycemic should not take Onion without first consulting their health care providers. Moreover, because Onion may also have blood thinning properties, those who take blood thinners (Coumadin, warfarin, aspirin, etc.) should consult a physician before using.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Seaweed of Wonders

Irish Moss, also called pearl moss, is considered by many as wonder seaweed as it can be used to treat a number of  health problems naturally. Irish moss has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to treat common cold and flu. It also contains antimicrobial and antiviral agents to treat infections, which makes it a good source for soothing mucous membranes and alleviating respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, sore throat, dry cough, pneumonia and other lung problems. It as been used to treat stomach conditions like diarrhea and ulcers. It can also be used to treat a hangover as it replaces ion content that is leached from the body as a consequence of dehydration. Irish Moss is a wonderful tonic for maintaining youthful and clear skin and promoting a healthy glow. Since it contains vitamins A, B, C and D which nourish the skin, it has been used to treateczema, psoriasis, dry and chapped skin, rashes, dermatitis and sunburn. Irish Moss herbal supplement can be used as a weight loss medication to fight against fat and cholesterol buildup. Irish Moss herbal extract is useful in helping to thin out the blood, removing blood clots and in regulating blood sugar in individuals with diabetes. The herbal remedy is also used to speed up recovery time for individuals suffering from debilitating illness, including tuberculosis.
Irish Moss has an amazingly high iodine content and is used for thyroid health and to relieve low metabolism, fatigue, sallow skin and stringy hair resulting from thyroid malfunction, goiter, hyper-sensitivity to cold and slow heart rate. The escalated metabolic rate caused by improved thyroid function helps to increase energy and burn fat and may be helpful in weight-loss regimens. 
Irish Moss is thought to help reduce the appetite by virtue of its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a mucilaginous, bulking-type material, increasing the feeling of "fullness" and also aiding in the elimination process of waste through the gastrointestinal tract.
Irish Moss is a seaweed and is found to be an effective herbal laxative and a regulator for the colon and bowel systems. And unlike pharmaceutical-grade laxative, you can't become addicted to using an herb as a laxative or for laxative purposes. This is a nourishing food for those recovering from illness. A superior nutritive, Irish Moss carries all the positive qualities and rich elements that the oceans produce and has been used as a healthy and nutritional food that can help restore health in recovering invalids.
As an expectorant, it aids in the formation of stools pulling toxins from the bowel, including radiation poison. Irish Moss is found to relieve digestive problems as well, including indigestion, ulcers and stomach issues. Irish Moss helps to reduce the symptoms related to gastritis, peptic ulcer, dyspepsia, nausea and is also used to prevent vomiting. It also helps stop diarrhea.
Irish Moss is reported to be effective against cancer and radiation poisoning due to its iodine content. Iodine is hard to come by and many people don't get enough in their diets, so Irish Moss is beneficial for that purpose alone. Iodine also has other functions in the body, e.g. it aids in the release of tension, especially nervous tension, which enhances overall well being. Along with iodine, Irish Moss contains calcium, sulfur, potassium and vitamin E. 
Irish Moss is a demulcent that has a soothing effect on virtually all the mucous membranes throughout the body. This sweet, salty, mucilaginous herb has a softening effect on tissues and helps many respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia. It is especially effective for pulmonary (lung) complaints with its ability to absorb liquid and eliminate it from the body. As an expectorant, it relieves dry, unproductive coughs, and the high mucilage content alleviates catarrh (inflammation) of the nasal passages and eases sore throat. Its mucilaginous nature soothes a dry cough and also acts as an expectorant.
Irish Moss has long been recognized for its ability to cure and abate the symptoms of colds and flu. Irish Moss contains potassium chloride, this chemical helps to dissolve catharrs, which is responsible for congestion associated with chesty coughs, therefore, Irish Moss provides a healthy natural alternative to man made, over the counter pharmaceutical cough and flu remedies.
Because Irish Moss contains blood-thinning properties and is considered an anticoagulant, early research has claimed that Irish Moss may reduce high blood pressure and the risk of arteriosclerosis. It helps to prevent the the build up of cholesterol, and protect against obesity. By helping to prevent these problems, Irish Moss can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Irish Moss has shown antibacterial activity and may be useful for kidney and bladder infection, and it has also demonstrated antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans. 
There is promising research that claims Irish Moss possesses antiviral properties that may be effective against influenza-B and mumps, among other viruses.
Irish Moss or carrageenan, is also an ingredient being tested for its effectiveness in a microbicide. A microbicide is a substance that can reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) when applied either to the vagina or rectum. Studies have shown Irish Moss to be a potent invitro inhibitor of herpes simplex virus, human cytomegalovirus, vesicular stomatitis, and Sinbis virus and clinical trials are being conducted on Irish Moss as a preventative in the sexual transmission of HIV as well.
 Irish Moss is a wonderful emollient that softens and soothes the skin and other exposed tissue. It has cosmetic applications by helping rid the body of varicose veins to reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It eases sunburn, chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes. It is used to prevent premature aging when used topically for smoothing wrinkles on the skin, bags or dark circles under the eyes and it promotes a bright, healthy glow.
Ingredients: Irish Moss, Distilled Water, 20% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Irish Moss is considered an anticoagulant, and as such, should not be used by those who take prescription blood thinners (Coumadin, etc.). Irish Moss should be avoided by those suffering with Crohn's disease.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Try A Natural Approach to Menopause

Simple strategies for controlling hot flashes.
What is happening to me?
You feel your heart begin to race. You experience some combination of sweating, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, headache, weakness, or a feeling of suffocation. A sudden, intense, hot feeling flushes your face and upper body and you begin to perspire, a little or a lot. You may feel a chill at the beginning of the episode or at the end.
If this sounds familiar to you, you are all too aware of the affect hot flashes can have on your lifestyle. It is simply a change in hormonal production that acts as a passage to the second half of life, but it can also be the beginning of new energy and a deeper self awareness within.
Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes as they approach menopause and often one or two years after their period stops. Hot Flashes are the result of the hormonal changes that occur during menopause, but they can be dramatically affected by lifestyle and treatment choices. The pituitary hormones begin to flow continuously at high levels and the ovarian hormones, estrogen, progesterone and androgen, begin to slow down.
A diminished level of estrogen has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling your appetite, sleep cycles, sex hormones, and body temperature. A drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus and causes the brain to respond and alert the heart, blood vessels, and nervous system of overheating. The message is then transmitted by the chemical messengers, epinephrine, norepinephrine, prostaglandin and serotonin.
Under normal circumstances, this is how your body keeps you from overheating, but when the process is triggered by a drop in estrogen, the brain is confused. Skin temperature can rise as much as six degrees centigrade during a hot flash. Your body cools down when it shouldn't, and suddenly you are soaking wet with little or no warning. Hot Flashes most commonly occur n the morning, and at night. A sudden severe episode can be very frightening and may be misinterpreted as a heart attack.
For most women hot flashes are mild to moderate, but a small percentage of women experience hot flashes so severe, they seek medical attention to control them. The more rapid the transition to menopause, often after being medically induced, the stronger your symptoms may be. Other factors that may affect the severity include weight, fat to muscle ratio and smoking.
What can I do?
Always begin with the least aggressive and most natural approach when treating your menopausal symptoms. Studies have shown that medication is not always helpful. Many doctors and pharmaceutical companies see menopause as a deficiency disease, instead of a passage of life. So, it makes sense to them to view estrogen replacement as the only viable solution to restore vibrancy to menopausal and post menopausal women. Aside from the misconceptions of this type of thinking, estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women, particularly women with a history of breast cancer.
Here are some positive steps you can take:
• Avoid Pressure: Allow more time to plan your day, as much as possible, around the time you normally experience hot flashes, and give yourself a chance to relax between commitments.
• Avoid Mood Altering Substances: Alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, smoking can all contribute to more severe reactions during hot flashes.
• Avoid Heated Situations: Hot or spicy food, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, hot beds, hot rooms and excessive outdoor heat will intensify hot flashes.
• Avoid Uncomfortable Clothing: Dress in layers to adjust to body temperature swings. Wear breathable fabrics
• Exercise: It will reduce hot flashes, increase endorphin levels, help you sleep better, lower cholesterol levels, improve libido, minimize mood swings, improve self image and strengthen both skeletal and muscular systems.
• Use Relaxation Methods: Breathing exercises, meditation, massage, hypnosis and yoga are all methods proven to reduce stress and the physical affect that stress can have on your body.
• You Are What You Eat: Follow a low-fat diet and avoid processed foods to maintain a healthy weight for your body.
• Use Natural Herbs: A mixture of don quai, a female tonic, chasteberry, which regulates the female reproductive system and damiana, used as a tonic and female aphrodisiac may be beneficial when taken once a day, preferably mid day. A common regimen would be to take these herbs until you no longer experience any hot flashes, and then begin to gradually reduce the dose and stop completely. Other plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, motherwort, black cohosh, and wild yams. These herbal remedies, may be effective at reducing hot flashes. However, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known. Always use great caution when considering plant estrogens and always consult your doctor.
Menopause is one of life’s most natural processes, not a disorder. All of the pressure of pregnancy, premenstrual and menstrual demands are gone. And because women develop, sexually, much later in life than men, many say that after menopause, their sex lives actually improve. So, relax, prepare, listen to your body and enjoy the ride.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lowering Blood Sugar~Naturally

Chances are you know someone, probably more than one person, who is affected by some form of diabetes. Or, perhaps, you are one of the 57 million Americans who are pre-diabetic right now. But did you know there’s an herb for that? Actually, there are several.

The National Diabetes Statistics, 2011 estimates that diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages. There are 18.8 million diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed, or 8.3 percent of the United States population. But what is more alarming than these statistics is the growing number of early onset diabetes in younger populations.

Further, they report that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the U.S. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

The medical community follows standard medical practices and pharmaceutical treatments, including insulin to treat diabetes in the United States today. But there is a growing movement, as this disease becomes so much more intimate to us all, that is taking another look at possible natural alternatives that can help us control, prevent and possibly reverse the ravaging affects of diabetes.

The first two and the most obvious additions to a treatment plan are exercise and diet. A combination of an aerobic and a strength training program will do wonders to lower stress levels, decrease belly fat and stimulate your metabolism. And as we all know (we just have trouble following it) a diet high in fiber and low in fat and bad carbohydrates is our best prevention against blood sugar issues.

But beyond that, there are herbal extracts and tinctures that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine that could greatly enhance your quality life and heal damaged cells that have been affected by dangerous sugar levels.

Gurmar, also called Gymnema Sylvestre, Cinnamon and Blueberry Leaf are three herbs whose properties have shown great promise as a natural way to control and possibly eliminate blood sugar issues.

The herb, Gurmar has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years and is an indigenous plant in the tropical forests of India. It has been used to treat diabetes, digestion and urinary tract infections, as well as obesity and hypoglycemia. Known as the “Sugar Destroyer” this herb boosts the amount of insulin your body produces, reduces excessively high blood sugar levels, and allows your body to process sugar more efficiently.

Gumar herbal tincture is unique in that it actually helps block both the taste of sugar and its absorption in the body. It has been receiving more attention, recently, because of its ability to reduce and control blood sugar levels in diabetics. Because it can reduce blood sugar levels, it can be a very good weight management tool as well.

By stimulating the circulatory system, Gumar may help restore pancreatic function by removing sugar from the organ and increasing urine secretion. It is believed that it may help lower blood sugar levels in Type-2, adult onset diabetics by blocking efficacy of sugar in the system and reducing blood sugar levels after sugar consumption. There is also some evidence that Gumar may possibly regenerate or revitalize the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, as well.

It is interesting to note that Gumar extract is without side effects, unless you are on pharmaceutical medications that perform a similar function and exerts its blood sugar-lowering effects only in cases of diabetes. When given to healthy volunteers, Gumar extract, does not produce any blood sugar lowering or hypoglycemic effects.

As with any new substances you may introduce into your body, anyone with diabetes should use Gumar only under the supervision of a physician and should never be used in place of insulin. Gumar can enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of insulin and hypoglycemic drugs and, consequently, blood glucose levels. Because of this, your blood glucose levels should always be monitored closely by your health care provider.

The second herb is Cinnamon. There is a growing interest in the use of Cinnamon and the potential benefits it may offer in the treatment of diabetes. Recent U.S.D.A. reports have demonstrated that extracts of Cinnamon may increase insulin activity, enhance the breakdown of glucose and improve blood sugar concentrations.
Type-2 diabetes represents 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes and is the most chronically diagnosed form of diabetes. Daily Cinnamon consumption may actually lead to a dramatic reduction in blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides by as much as twenty percent in Type-2 diabetic patients who are not taking insulin. When you lower your blood sugar level and improve your insulin resistance weight loss will often follow. So, much like Gumar, Cinnamon can become a part of your weight loss program as well.

There are 4 types of diabetes. Two types are fully recognized and two are still being researched to fully understand the anomalies of each type.

Type-1 diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes develops when the body’s immune system destroys the pancreatic beta cells. These are the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. If these cells are destroyed, the body can no longer deliver glucose to the cells through the bloodstream. The bloodstream fills with sugar and begins to damage the body.

Type-2 diabetes, or once called, adult-onset diabetes, usually begins as insulin resistance when the cells are not using insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce insulin.

Type-3 diabetes is brain based and has been linked to Alzheimer’s. This can type of diabetes can lead to a disruption brain synapses that make up memory and cognition. The brain becomes insulin resistance, the brain becomes inflamed and cognitive and memory blockages can occur.
Type 4 diabetes is hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose. When this type of diabetes occurs it is recognized by elevated insulin levels that lead to chronic persistent and often progressive pain, as well as a loss of sensation. As the symptoms worsen, patients develop digestive, cardiac, sexual and other severe complications. It can be and often is progressive.

For type-3 and type-4 diabetes, Blueberry Leaves extract may be helpful because of their anti-inflammatory properties. This herb has been shown to lower blood sugar when consumed on a daily basis. Blueberry Leaf can also stop damage to the blood vessels, which is sometimes associated with the symptoms of these types of diabetes. But more importantly, Blueberry Leaves can reduce inflammation and lower triglyceride levels in the blood.

The recent discovery that Blueberry Leaf extract reduces blood sugar levels by 26% and reduces plasma triglyceride by 39% indicates its usefulness in the treatment of diabetes. The herb contains a compound called Myrtillin which acts like insulin, though it is not as strong as insulin. And, it is far less toxic. A single dose of Blueberry Leaf can show continuous results for several weeks.

Blueberry and Blueberry Leaves are considered safe and have no documented drug interactions. However, coumarins in Blueberry may increase blood thinning activity and inhibit platelet activity. Because Blueberries and Blueberry Leaves are known to reduce glucose levels, diabetics should monitor their sugar levels closely. It is recommended that people who are having surgery stop using Blueberry Leaf at least 2 weeks before the procedure.

Properly managed blood sugar levels help ensure diabetics a healthy system and protect against many chronic health conditions such as, neuropathy and retinopathy. Overwhelmingly, diabetes is almost always avoidable, or at least controllable. Make good choices, educate yourself, and explore all of the possible resources that might improve your quality of life.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ashwagandha Offers Herbal Rejuvenation

A tonic for overall good health and stamina

For anyone who suffers from overwork, overindulgence, nervousness, chronic fatigue, low libido or restlessness, the medicinal herb, ashwagandha, may be a good choice for you, as a general herbal tonic. Ashwagandha, also known as “Winter Cherry” has been used in traditional Indian and African medicine for centuries. The plant contains chemicals that work as a restorative element, to help combat the effects of daily stress and to strengthen the immune system after an illness.
Ashwagandha is a unique herb with anti-stress adaptogenic action that helps us cope with the stress of everyday life. It promotes the body's ability to maintain homeostasis, resist stress and stimulate the immune system. Ashwagandha prevents or minimizes imbalances from; poor diet, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or chemical toxins in the environment, which can lead to disease. It is especially beneficial in stress related disorders such as hypertension, high blood pressure and insomnia.
The literal meaning of the name, ashwagandha, is from the Sanskrit language. It is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell or sweat. The symbolic meaning indicates that the herb possesses the virile spirit and power a horse. It is often referred to as “Indian ginseng” even though, botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated.
Although the ashwagandha plant is cultivated in many of the drier regions of India, northern Africa, and the Middle East it is now being cultivated in milder climates, like the United States, as well. It is a short shrub with leaves that are covered with a dense matte of wooly hairs, small green flowers and orange-red fruit (the size of a raisin) with coagulating properties. The tuberous roots are more common in Western herbal remedies, but the leaves and flowers also possess beneficial therapeutic applications. Ashwagandha contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including withanolides, (steroidal lactones), alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars.
The rejuvenating properties of ashwagandha help nourish tissues, particularly muscle and bone, while supporting the proper function of the adrenal glands and the reproductive system. It has been used as mild muscle relaxer and as an anti-inflammatory for a variety of ailments including arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia and menstrual discomfort.
Ashwagandha has been used to balance, strengthen, and calm the nervous system. Researchers at the University of Texas found that the extract of Ashwagandha performed in a similar manner to GABA. Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system and plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone. This might explain why ashwagandha is so effective in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It has been used as an herbal treatment for mental ailments, convulsions, seizures, panic attacks, mood fluctuations, lowered mental power, mental retardation, phobias, schizophrenia, psychosis, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, insomnia and alcohol paranoia.
Not surprisingly, ashwagandha is a wonderful aphrodisiac. Since prehistoric times, it is believed that Ashwagandha has the ability to enhance sexual activity. It is mentioned in the Kama Sutra and is a common herb used in ayurvedic medicine for impotency. Ashwagandha strengthens both male and female reproductive systems, increases lactation, increases sperm count and helps with infertility while increasing libido.
However, the most common cause of functional male impotency is often accompanied by a low sperm count and low sperm mobility. Male impotency can be physiological, psychological, or both. Ashwagandha has been found to effectively reduce oxidative stress and is traditionally used as a sexual tonic for men for this reason. Ashwagandha is a powerful aphrodisiac that helps in enhance sexual powers and physical endurance and promotes fertility.
The applications for overall wellbeing that can be managed with ashwagandha are endless. It is a tonic for overall good health and stamina. To slow the debilitations of aging, as a mild sedative and muscle relaxer, as an antioxidant, to improve respiratory, memory and brain function to strengthen the nerve tissue and to promote restful sleep and an overall sense of wellbeing, ashwagandha may be just what you have been looking for.

Contraindications: Do not use Ashwagandha Herbal Extract if you are taking anxiety or anti-seizure medication. This herb may potentiate the sedative effect of barbiturates. You may feel as if you want to sleep more if you take this herb and pentobarbital (medicine used to help you sleep). Pregnant women should avoid this herb and if you are breastfeeding consult your doctor before taking. Do not take Ashwagandha if you have leukemia and are being treated with chemotherapy. Symptoms of allergic reactions are: feeling cold (decrease in body temperature) or upset stomach.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Usnea: The Powerful Lichen

You may have heard about the herb Usnea recently. It is not something we commonly hear a lot about, but, lately, it has been getting a little more attention. Usnea is a powerful and versatile herb that has both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and can be used both orally and topically. Orally, this herb can be used to heal lung illnesses such as Bronchitis, wet or dry coughs, or other upper respiratory problems. Topically, it can be used to heal a myriad of infections.
Also known as Old Man's beard, Beard Lichen, or Treemoss, Usnea grows in little hair-like tufts, with the green algae covering the white string like fungus. This lichen grows all over the world, but particularly thrives in wet climates like the Pacific Northwest and can be found on the bark of many trees in forests of the Southeastern United States. It is a gray-green covering on tree bark and is one of the mildest yet strongest immune tonics in the herb world.
Usnea is a form of lichen, which is a combination of an algae and a fungus growing together in a symbiotic union. The fungus belongs to the division Ascomycota, while the alga is a member of the division Chlorophyta. It is classified as an aromatic and antibiotic herb, containing Lichenic acids, such as barbatic and lobaric acids. This combination is the reason Usnea is able to inhibit something as strong as tuberculosis bacillus.
Traditionally, Usnea has been used for an array of ailments including headaches, ocular irritation, malaria, scorfula, leukorrhea, bleeding, carbuncle and toxic snake bite. As an immune system herb, it can be used to help heal respiratory and sinus infections, pneumonia, profuse phlegm, strep throat, colds, flues, as well as, urinary tract, kidney, and bladder infections. This can be helpful for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, herpes, and other chronic conditions related with depressed immune systems. It is beneficial for women with yeast infections trichonomosas, bacterial vaginosis, and chlamydia, and is used to treat other fungal infections like athlete's foot and infected wounds.
In acute situations, as well as for long term immune enhancement, Usnea has been used to promote a more rapid healing process. This humble but powerful plant may be your best friend during the cold and flu season, or any other time your immune system needs an extra boost. It has no known oral side effects but may cause an allergic reaction to sensitive skin when applied topically, and it is safe for children and animals. The most common and best form of Usnea is in a tincture form. As mentioned earlier, because this herb can be used both topically and orally, it is applied differently in each application.
To use topically, mix one part Usnea with five parts of heavy stock cream or jelly to make an antibacterial cream. Because some people may experience an allergic reaction when applied topically, always try applying the topical mixture to a small patch of the affected area the first time and make sure your skin is not sensitive to the properties of this herb.
To use orally, the normal dosage in the tincture form is 6-12 drops in juice or water, or dropped directly under the tongue as desired and it can be taken up to 3 times daily. You should store tinctures in a dark cool place. Always keep them out of reach of children and always use standard guidelines for the correct dosages for children and animals, based on size and age.
Now, go. And experience the incredible healing powers of this unassuming lichen.
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Self Heal a Native American Cure All

Self-Heal is a remarkable herb for inward wounds or ulcers in the body, and for bruises or falls and hurts. It is thought to be a potent antiviral agent and in laboratory tests it has shown great promise for possible use in herpes, HIV and AIDS. As an astringent, it has been effective in controlling both internal and external bleeding. It has an anti-bacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Pseudomonas, Bacillus typhi, E. coli, Mycobacterium tuberculi and other bacteria.

Used internally to stop hemorrhage, internal bleeding ulcers and excessive menstruation, and its gentle astringency also helps to control chronic and sudden diarrhea. Externally, it may be applied to relieve hemorrhoids and decrease the bleeding of wounds and cuts.

As an antiviral, Self Heal is said to be useful for treating herpes virus infection and there has been promising research that has shown interesting results with respect to HIV and AIDS. Self Heal is also considered to be an antibiotic and antiseptic and is used externally in gargles to relieve sore throat and ulcerated mouth, and to stopping infection from spreading, also speeding up the healing of wounds, cuts, bruises, burns, ulcers and sores, and is believed to reduce scarring.

It is reported to reduce lymphatic congestion and has been used to relieve swollen glands, mumps and mastitis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it was used as a liver and gallbladder stimulant and was used to treat conjunctivitis, hypertension and headaches, fevers and other disorders.

It has also been found to be useful for edema, nephritis, scrofula and goiter.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Olive Leaf the Super Immune Booster

The Olive Leaf fights all types of viruses it is a considered "The Tree of Life" this should be included in every diet for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of disease.

Olive Leaf is one of nature's best immune-enhancing herbs that is highly effective against bacteria, virus, microbes, fungus, and it is also said to lower cholesterol! It is 400% higher in antioxidants than Vitamin C. Also been used for treating Atherosclerosis. Olive leaf has been used for high blood pressure, Candida, hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, nervous tension, hypertension, colds, flu, malaria, dandruff, obstinate fevers and diabetes decreasing blood sugar levels by 17 - 23%.

This herb has been used to treat pruritis, the effects of stings or burns and as a vehicle for liniments and ointments. Olive's oleuropein, is a powerful disease-resistant antibacterial that counteracts infections and kills parasites, such as protozoa and worms (including ringworm). Extensive testing has been done with Olive Leaf and it has shown to deactivate or destroy every virus (and fungus, yeast and protozoan) against which it was used. It was also effective in inhibiting influenza-3 virus, many different types of herpes, colds, Ebola virus, meningitis, cold sores, pneumonia, shingles, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr and viral-induced skin conditions.

Olive Leaf effective against antibiotic-resistant fungi and yeast strains. It works against Candida, and has shown to be effectual against Chlamydia and other vaginal yeast infections. Olive Leaf also fights against athlete's foot and other infectious fungal diseases.

This wonderful herb may prevent heart disease. A powerful antioxidant it is said to protect the heart and circulatory system from free radical damage. Its properties also help to inhibit (LDL) or "bad cholesterol" that is often connected to various heart problems. Research has demonstrated that it may significantly decrease blood pressure and increase blood flow through the coronary arteries, which is helpful in warding off heart attacks. Used as an aid to good heart health, the herb is believed to relieve hypertension.

Olive Leaf is thought to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties that relieve inflammatory arthritis, etc. Also said to be an astringent and antibacterial that fights diarrheal diseases. This herb works against bladder infections, bacterial skin infections, tonsillitis and pharyngitis, and is used to clear lung conditions and combat other respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.

Drug Interactions: No known drug interactions.

Ingredients: Olive Leaf Extract, R/O Water, 12-% Alcohol.

Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 2 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.