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October 2013 Herb Articles

October 31st - HERBS ARE NATURE'S MEDICINE . . . 


One of my favorite and not-popularly-known herbs is GENTIAN, though it is considered to be one of the most popular of the bitter stomachic herbs by herbalists. One of its greatest uses has been to alleviate exhaustion brought on by chronic disease; and is also used for treating general debilitation in the body. The herb is also considered a excellent tonic - an effective strengthening agent for the entire human body. Fevers can be alleviated by its use and gentian remedies also aid in stimulating the menstruation and is used as a major emmenagogue. As a major anthelmintic agent, it aids in the quick elimination of intestinal worms, and is prized for its antiseptic actions.

Gentian root can be added to other herbs to help alleviate any of the above conditions. To make a decoction, boil the root for twenty minutes, covered, then strain and cool. The herbal decoction can be taken for abdominal fullness and stomach pains, once daily before meals.

A tincture can also be taken, 30 drops or ½ tsp two-three times every day to stimulate the digestive system, or whenever necessary to inhibit sudden cravings for sweet foods and sugar. The tincture of gentian is also used to help treat liver imbalances such as hepatitis, and to help alleviate inflammations in the gall bladder.

The use of gentian root is contraindicated in cases of gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as in hyperacidity cases. Expectant mothers and individuals with very high blood pressure also may not tolerate gentian root well.

October 24th - HERBS ARE NATURE'S MEDICINE . . .

The Wood Element: Liver and Gall Bladder

Segueing from last week's article, in the Universe water nourishes wood (trees) and that relationship segues into our internal universe, where the water element's yin/yang organs (kidney/bladder) nourishes the wood element's yin/yang organs, liver/gall bladder. Both yin organs (kidney and liver) are over 80% water (see website tab: Alkaline Water), so it's imperative that you drink enough water to make sure your organs function optimally.

The wood element is consider the Home of the Soul, the liver the body's largest internal organ, and the eyes the Windows of the Soul, as the liver opens into the eyes. When the wood element is properly nourished by the water element, the liver is harmonized and receives blood properly and the eyes can see; many eye and vision disorders are liver-related. Eyebright aids in stimulating the liver to clear the blood and relieve those conditions that affect clarity of vision and thought. It should be taken liberally on a daily basis to treat all eye problems.

The Liver is like a “General of an Army” because it maintains evenness and harmony of movement throughout the body, and together with the gall bladder, controls bile secretion. Therefore, imbalanced wood may result in poor resistance to illness, allergic sensitivities: sinus, skin problems, or irritated or watery eyes.

Herbs with the sour taste, which sedates (or calms) the liver, include aloe vera, barberry, chaparral, gentian, golden seal, Peruvian bark, white poplar bark, dandelion, Oregon grape root, yellow dock and sassaras. Herbs with a sweet taste tonifies the liver, and include licorice and marshmallow. Some herbs that restore balance to the liver include: Burdock, Chaparral, Dandelion, Yellow Dock, Gentian, Prickly Ash Bark and Sassafras.


The Water Element: Kidneys and Bladder

The most important element in the body is WATER. Its yin/yang organs are the kidneys/bladder, the source of many common imbalances. The kidneys are responsible for the storage of energy in the body, and the kidney adrenals - the Root of all Yin and Yang in the body - are responsible for providing all 12 organs in the body with their individual Chi (energy). The yin function is that of maintaining normal bodily functions such as digestion, elimination, reproduction and the secretion of cortisone to counteract inflammation. The yang function provides the spark of life and secretes adrenalin into the blood, which speeds up the action of the heart, increases circulation and warmth, increases blood pressure, and activates the immune system.

Disharmony of the bladder may lead to urinary problems such as incontinence, burning urination, or difficulty in urinating or cystitis. Because the Bladder Meridian is the longest in the body and travels down both sides of the spine, it is intimately connected with the nervous system (which is also why when we are scared we pee, as fear is the emotion of the water element).

Imbalances of the water element include kidney and bladder diseases such as lack of energy, lumbago, back and joint pains, bruises easily, arthritis, rheumatism, allergies, inability to heal, feelings of stress, hormonal imbalances, insecurity, graying/falling out of hair, impotence, paranoia, feelings of never having enough and a high susceptibility to stress.

Herbs for yin imbalances are cinnamon, cayenne, bayberry bark, prickly ash bark, juniper and cubeb berries, and fenugreek. Herbs for yang imbalances are buchu leaves, horsetail, uva ursi, parsley nettle leaves, marshmallow root.


October 10th - HERBS ARE NATURE'S MEDICINE . . .

Elemental Healing: the Elements of Water and Wood

Our regular readers know my fundamental teaching principle for health and healing is that we live in rhythm with the Universe, understand the elements in nature (Ntr) and their yin/yang correlation to our internal Universe. When people complain of lack of energy, headaches, fatigue, backaches, restless sleep, etc., there are two basic elemental approaches to rid the body of all these complaints. Even when the complaint includes lack of sexual stamina, poor digestion or chronic irregularity.

The most important element in the body is WATER. Its yin/yang organs are the kidneys and bladder. They are the most important organs because they are responsible for providing all 12 organs in the body with their personal Chi (energy).

The next most important element is WOOD. Its yin/yang organs are the liver and gall bladder, because they are responsible for detoxifying our entire body (WHEN IT IS AT REST)! If you sleep and wake tired, have restless and interrupted sleep, little inspiration or clarity of thoughts, your liver needs rejuvenating and balancing.

Treating these two elements with herbs will replenish energy and rejuvenate functionality. Then your energy rises, digestion improves, sleep is harmonized and the mind can function more clearly. Drink a full glass of (room temperature) alkaline water DAILY within 20min of waking and another within an hour – and I guaranty immediate general improvements.

Next week we will begin to break down and understand the elements, which herbs to use and how to best improve our kidney and liver functions so that we can improve the quality of our physical and emotional health.

                                                  . . . MAKE NATURE'S MEDICINE YOUR OWN

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