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Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Its main use has been to boost the body’s immune system and appears to work by stimulating the immune system. It is also considered useful to enhance the capabilities of the liver and cardiovascular systems.
It has antioxidant effects that inhibit free radical production. In the body, free radicals’ damage cells and are linked to many health problems associated with aging. It will also help you to deal with fatigue and is helpful if you have been experiencing on-going stress.
Astragalus is usually taken in combination with other herbal supplements. When used appropriately, astragalus appears to be very safe and to have few side effects.
Brahmi is used to help reduce stress and anxiety, as a memory enhancer, for boosting cognitive performance, and a possible therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. It appears to improve the speed of visual information processing, learning rate and memory consolidation.
Brahmi is well tolerated with no major side-effects observed in human trials.
The benefits of Siberian Ginseng for stress and energy are renowned. It is a powerful “adaptogenic” herb used to help the body’s reaction to stress. Siberian Ginseng can be used to increase a sense of wellbeing and stamina, and improves both mental and physical performance.
Siberian Ginseng can be used to help with erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms relating to menopause, and can also be used for lowering blood glucose levels and controlling blood pressure. Ginseng has been shown to reduce the levels of stress in both men and women. Those that take ginseng regularly are able to withstand higher amounts of physical and emotional stress.
People who experience mild to moderate fatigue due to illness, insufficient sleep or emotional problems may benefit from Siberian Ginseng. Siberian Ginseng can be used to improve the health of people recovering from illness.
Siberian Ginseng is usually a very well-tolerated herb when it is taken by mouth. Be aware that ginseng can cause allergic reactions. Because ginseng has an estrogenic-like effect, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take it.
Withania (aka Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, Ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases.
When taking this herb, people are finding they sleep better, feel less irritable and it takes more to get them upset.
Ashwagandha is also a powerful energy booster and people are finding it can increase sexual desire and energy and, they feel like doing more in general. People say things like they feel more motivated and have been getting more things done.
Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body’s primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.
Licorice root is useful for several conditions including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic exhaustion, melancholy, and treating yeast infections. Two controlled studies suggest that regular use of Licorice root in a combination product also containing antacids can heal ulcers as effectively as drugs in the Zantac family.
The phytoestrogenic and anti-oxidant action of licorice root is thought to be useful for hormonal problems including exhaustion, mood swings, and hot flashes in women who are going through menopause. This herb has anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, and a moderate estrogenic action which might assist with PMS symptoms including breast tenderness, menstrual cramps, nausea and bloating, not to mention mood swings.
Use of whole licorice has not been associated with significant adverse effects in the short term. For long-term consumption, about 0.3 g of licorice root daily should be safe for most adults.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhoea, and stomach problems.
Slippery Elm has a soothing action on all mucous membranes, including those of the digestive tract, urinary and respiratory tract and also soothes the skin on contact. It also has astringent effects, tightening the surfaces on which it contacts, providing an effective barrier to bacterial infection and alleviating diarrhoea. Slippery elm is also rich in nutrients and can be used as a gruel for infants, invalids and patients with intestinal inflammation.
Slippery elm also contains various nutrients, such as beta-sitosterol, campestrol, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C.
Our bodies are subjected to a barrage of environmental toxins, mostly absorbed through our skin and respiratory system but also through the foods we choose to eat. The liver is our primary organ of detoxification to help remove these toxins that can damage other organ systems, including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and skin.
Milk Thistle is an herb that detoxifies and protects vital liver functions by binding to the outside of cells and blocking the entrance of toxins. Furthermore, toxins that are already in our liver cells are neutralized by silymarin. Milk Thistle can also help protect against dangerous chemicals, such as carbon tetrachloride, alcohol, acetaminophen, and some commonly prescribed medications.
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Please Note: This research is provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.