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Herbs
Ashwaganda ( Witania Somnifera )

Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb native to India that is believed to increases the body's vital energy, overall health and longevity.

Traditionally it has been widely used with other Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress related discomforts, hypertension, impotence, infertility, libido, joint pains, nerve pains, arthritis, insomnia, for recuperation, aging and children with slow growth.

Ashwaganda consists mostly of glycosides, alkaloids, and withanolides. Withanolides are thought to be responsible for the multiple medicinal applications of Ashwagandha. These compounds are steroid like and are very similar in appearance and action to the active constituents of Ginseng. The withanolides present in Ashwagandha have been studied in multiple animal studies focusing on the effects of inflammation, immune function and anti cancer properties.

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Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa)

In the Philippines, Banaba is a popular plant and is used for support in diabetes mellitus. Banaba has also been traditionally used to aid in cleansing the liver in the Philippines.

Banaba is high in corosolic acid, a “natural plant insulin”, which is used in many treatments for diabetes. It can be taken orally, and has no side effects, according to Japanese research.

Much research was done on Banaba leaves and their ability to reduce blood sugar, and its "insulin-like principle." Because of its ability to assist in regulating blood sugar within the normal range, it can be very useful in treatment of diabetes mellitus and weight control.

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Barberry Root (Berberis Vulgaris)

Barberry Root is also known by the names Oregon Grape Root, Rocky Mountain Grape and Berberry. In the Far East, berberine-containing plants were specifically used for bacillary dysentery diarrhea and typhus fever. The fresh juice was used for mouthwash to strengthen gums or gargle.

 

Historically, Barberry was also used as a bitter tonic to stimulate digestion, and in the treatment of inflammatory arthritic conditions, sciatica, and rheumatic complaints. It was also indicated for inflammation of the gall bladder and gallstones.

 

The primary chemical constituents of Barberry include the bitter alkaloids berberine, berbamine and oxyacanthine.

 
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Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillius )

Bilberry is a relative of blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry, and its fruit looks and tastes much like the American blueberry. It has been used in traditional European medicine for nearly a thousand years, primarily to treat diarrhea and eye health.

Bilberry has long been a remedy for poor vision and "night blindness." Clinical tests confirm that given orally it improves visual accuracy in healthy people, and can help those with eye diseases such as pigmentosa, retinitis, glaucoma, and myopia. During World War II, British Royal Air Force pilots ate Bilberry preserves before night missions as an aid to night vision.

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Bitter Melon (Cucurbitaceae Momordica Charantia)

Bitter Melon grows in tropical areas, including parts of the Amazon, east Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and is cultivated throughout South America as a food and medicine. All parts of the plant, including the fruit, taste very bitter.

Medicinally, the plant has a long history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. A leaf tea is used for diabetes, to expel intestinal gas and as an antiviral for measles, hepatitis, and feverish conditions. In Brazilian herbal medicine, bitter melon is used for tumors, wounds, rheumatism, malaria, vaginal discharge, inflammation, menstrual problems, diabetes, colic, fevers and worms. In Nicaragua, the leaf is commonly used for stomach pain, diabetes, fevers, colds, coughs, headaches and malaria.

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Black Walnut Hull (Juglans regia L.)

The genus name "Juglans" or "jovis glans" means "Jupiter's nut. Mythology tells us that the 'gods' residing on earth lived off Walnuts. Because Walnuts are similar to the shape of the human head, they were historically thought to benefit the brain. In Asian medicine, Black Walnuts were regarded as a kidney tonic, which makes sense as they consider the brain to be governed by the kidneys.

 

Black Walnut Bark, including the kernel and the green hull, has been used by the Asians to expel various kinds of intestinal worms. A substance taken to expel or control parasites (most often referred to as "worms") is technically called a "vermifuge." The fruit, leaves and bark of the Black Walnut tree offer many other benefits.

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Boswellia

Boswellia, also known as Shallaki or Boswellia serrata is a natural and safe herb for optimum joint health. It has traditionally been used as incense because of its fragrant properties. One active constituent, Boswellic Acid, is a pyrazoline derivative shown to be very effective in supporting healthy joints. Like its cousin Guggul, Boswellia has many cholesterol and triglyceride lowering properties. One of the principal constituents in the gum resin is boswellic acid which exhibits anti-inflammatory activity.


Boswellia has been used extensively in Ayurveda for joint support and to provide an overall sense of well-being. Also known as "Salai Guggul," it is like its cousin Guggul in offering broad health and immunomodulating benefits. The gum resin is used as an ointment for sores and has anti-inflammatory, antiatherosclerotic and antiarthritic activities.

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Burdock (Arctium lappa)

In traditional herbal texts, Burdock Root is described as a “blood purifier” or “alterative,” and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. During the Industrial Revolution, Burdock was used as a medicine to help people cope with the increasing environmental pollution. In Hawaii, the roots of this herb are sometimes given as a "gag" wedding gift because of their aphrodisiac powers. In traditional Chinese medicine, Burdock Root, in combination with other herbs, is used to treat sore throats, tonsillitis, colds, and even measles. It is eaten as a vegetable in Japan and elsewhere.

Burdock Root is one of the foremost cleansing herbs, providing nourishing support for the blood, the liver, and the natural defense system. It is rich in Vitamins B-1, B-6, B-12, and E, plus manganese, copper, iron, zinc, sulfur, inulin, essential oil and more.

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