|Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – Traditional therapeutic uses |
include the soothing of the mucus membranes of the urinary,
respiratory and digestive tracts. Other traditional uses include
treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis,
adrenocortical insuffciency and upper respiratory disease.
Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng) – Panax is derived from the
Greek word panacea, which means to “cure all.” Traditional
Chinese Medicine practitioners used Ginseng for its observed
ability to tonify the Qi affecting the lungs, stomach and spleen. Also
traditionally used for its adaptogenic, tonic, immunomodulator
and cardio tonic effects.
Huang Qi (Astragalus membranaceus) – Tonifes the Spleen and
augments the Qi; for Spleen defciency presenting with lack of
appetite, fatigue and diarrhea. Raises the yang Qi of the Spleen
and Stomach; for disorders such as prolapsed uterus, stomach
or rectum. Also traditionally used for impaired immunity,
infammation, colds, viral infection and chronic fatigue.
Bee Pollen (Polen granulado) – Most extensively studied by
the Chinese, who show that Bee Pollen may help treat chronic
prostatism, inhibit prostate growth, counter the effects of aging,
boost immunity, reduce symptoms of radiation sickness, and as
a general health tonic to boost athletic stamina and ability.
Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) – Herbalists have traditionally used
this botanical as a stimulant, astringent and tonic infuencing
the digestive system, toning and promoting glandular activity,
invigorating and strengthening the body and as an excellent
tonic for the uterus, bowels and lungs.
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) – The name Capsicum comes from
the Greek word meaning “to bite” and cayanne is described as
the plant that bites back. Known for its stimulating properties,
Cayenne has been used extensively by herbalists as a catalyst in
many herbal formulas. It’s traditional uses range from stimulating
the fow of digestive secretions and peristalsis, to support in
healing an ulcerated stomach and stimulating circulation to all
areas of the body; it may also thin mucus, allowing the body to
expel toxins more easily.
Ginger (Zingiber offcinale) – In Western herbal medicine,
Ginger has been used traditionally for dyspepsia, fatulent colic,
infammation, circulation, nausea and gastrointestinal cramping.
Eclectics used Ginger as a stimulant tonic to enhance metabolism
and circulation and to reinforce the therapeutic activity of other
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) – Historically, herbalists have
considered Gotu Kola to be one of the best herbal nerve tonics; it
is valued for its ability to restore the nervous system. Herbalists
have also used this herb to combat fatigue and stimulate
circulation to the brain to enhance memory. Other traditional uses
of Gotu Kola relate to skin rejuvenation, speeding the healing of
wounds of all kinds, deterring scar formation, and vein-related
Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) – Irish Moss is a seaweed that
has been used traditionally to support thyroid problems because
of its high iodine content. Other traditional uses include soothing
infamed tissue, supporting respiratory problems and absorbing
toxins from the bowel.
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