HERBAL REFERANCE Might be very helpfull for some of us

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  1. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    Herbal References
    Blue Cohosh
    Blue cohosh contains the phytochemical caulosaponin, capable of triggering powerful contractions of the uterus - research also suggests the plant possesses some anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and antirheumatic properties. James Duke

    Black Cohosh
    The root of this plant is much used in America in many disorders, and is supposed to be an antidote against posion and the bite of the rattlesnake. The fresh root, dug in October is used to make a tincture. The infusion and decoction have been given with success in rheumatism. Maud Grieve

    Pleurisy Root
    It possesses a specific action on the lungs, assisting exporation, subduing inflammation and exerting a general mild tonic effect, making it valuable in all chest complains. It has also been used with great advantage in diarrhaea, dysentery and acute and chronic rheumatism, in low typhoid states and in eczema. Maud Grieve

    A tea made from three of four leaves in an infusion of one and one-half cups of boiling water is a spring tonic and blood purifer. The same infustion can be used to treat burns. The leaves can be used to treat rheumatism, sciatica, and infertility. Used raw and applied directly to the rheumatic pain area, they increase circulation and draw out pain. Adele Dawson

    Leaves, seeds, and root have medicinal value in the treatment of diseases of the bladder and kidneys, (gravel, stones, congestion, and jaundice) and for rheumatism, arthritis and sciatica. Parsley is high in iron content and rich in viamins A, B, C and trace minerals. The bruised leaves, applied externally are used by herbalists, alone or with celandine, comfrey and red clover to dispell tumors. Adele Dawson

    Blue vervain has been used for more than thirty diseases, and amoung other valuable qualities it is a natural tranquilizer. A warm infusion of either root, leaves or flowers is helpful for colds fevers, throat and chest congestion and headache. A poultice of bruised leaves gives relief in cases of neuralgia and rheumatism. Adele Dawson

    Cayenne Pepper
    In herbal treatment today, Capsicum is used for rheumatism, arthritis, and as an internal disinfectant and a heart stimulant. Adele Dawson

    Fennel is useful to relieve abdominal cramps and flatulence, and to get rid of mucus... Oil of fennel relieves muscular or rheumatic pains Adele Dawson

    Tonic, cathartic, deobstruent and febrifuge. An extract is made from the leaves, which possesses strong tonic properties, and which renders great service in rheumatism, scurvy, and skin diseases. An infusion of 1 OZ. of the dried leaves to 1 pint of boiling water is taken in wineglassful doses, frequently repeated. It has also been recommended as an external application for dissolving glandular swellings. Finely powdered Buckbean leaves have been employed as a remedy for ague, being said to effect a cure when other means fail. In large doses, the powder is also purgative. It is used also as a herb tobacco. Maud Grieve

    It is generally used as a stimulating expectorant - and a useful agent in feverish conditions. Angelica is a good remedy for colds, coughs, pleurisy, wind, colic, rhemuatism and diseases of the urninary organs, though it should not be given to patients who have a tendency towards diabetes, as it causes an increase of blood sugar in the urine. Maud Grieve

    An infusion of the leaves, strobiles and stalks, as Hop Tea, taken by the wineglassful two or three times daily in the early spring, is good for sluggish livers.
    As an external remedy, an infusion of Hops is much in demand in combination with chamomile flowers or poppy heads as a fomentation for swelling of a painful nature, inflammation, neuralgic and rheumatic pains, bruises, boils and gatherings. It removes pain and allays inflammation in a very short time. Maud Grieve

    Locally, lemon is a good astringent, whether as a gargle in sore throat, in pruritis of the scrotum, in uterine hemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn. ..The juice may be used in diaphoretic and diuretic draughts. It is highly recommended in acute rheumatism, and is sometimes given to counteract narcotic poisons, especially opium...Lemon is said to be the best cure for severe, obstinate hiccough...Lemon is helpful in jaundice and hysterical palpitation of the heart. The decoction has been found to be a good antiperiodic, useful as a substitute for quinine in malarial conditions, or for reducing the temperature in typhoid. Maud Grieve

    Ginseng, Siberian
    In traditional Chinese medicine, eleuthero is considered good for vital energy (qi/ch'i), used for sleeplessness with many dreams, lower back or kidney pain, deficiency of yang in the kidney or spleen, lack of appetite, and to enhance overall resistance to disease or stress. for treating rheumatoid arthritis and making muscles and bones strong, one prescription mixes wu-jia-pi with sweet rice wine. Steven Foster and Yue chongxi

    Wintergreen has all the properties of the salicylates and therefore is most beneficial in acute rheumatism, but must be given internally in capsules, owing to its pungency, death from inflammation of the stomach having been known to result from frequent and large doses of it. It is readily absorbed by the skin, but is liable to give rise to an eruption, so it is advisable to use for external application the synthetic oil of Wintergreen, Methyl Salicylate, or oil from the bark of Betula lenta, (Sweet Birch, Cherry Birch) which is almost identical with oil of Gaultheria. In this form, it is a very valuable external application for rheumatic affections in all chronic forms of joint and muscular troubles, lumbago, sciatica, etc. Maud Grieve

    A fomentation of lavender as external application relieves stiffness of the joints. Oil of lavender is sometimes effective in bringing back circulation to feet that have lost feeling. Veternarians in England use lavender oil to get rid of lice and other animal parasites. Adele Dawson
    Meadowsweet is a specific for diarrhea in children, it's astringent action combined with nutritives makes it safe,mild, and effective.
    Meadowsweet's salicylic acid content make it useful in treating influenza, respiratory tract infections, arthritis, rheumatism, and fevers. Adele Dawson

    Sea-pod liniment, is the expressed juice and decoction of fresh seaweed (bladderwrack) as dispensed by sea-side chemists for rheumatism, and the extract, taken continuously in pills or fluid form is reputed to relieve rheumatic pains as well as to diminish fat without harm. Maud Grieve

    Like evening primrose and black current seeds, borage seeds are another source of gammalinolenic acid (GLA), the omega-6 fatty acid that the body uses to make an inflammation fighting, autoimmue-boosting prostaglandin. James Duke

    Some reports of clinical sucess with an extract used against arthritis pain and asthma. Encourages fluid excretion, relaxes blood vessels and stimulates the adrenal glands. James Duke

    Research demonstrates bromelain helps the body eliminate substances releated to arthritis and triggers the release of a prostaglandin that tamps down inflammation. Some question remains about bromelain's absorption from the gut, and to many herbal authorities the value may be overhyped. Nature gave us many simular proteolytic enzymes, (like Ginger), that are more highly concentrated in the edible parts of the plants. James Duke

    The curcumin and curcuminoids in turmeric are first-rate arthritis-alleviating anti-inflammatories that also help the gallbladder and liver and provide a defence against cancer. These phytochemicals fight inflammation much like COX-2 inhibitors. James Duke

    Combined with rue, wormwood is a powerful antirheumatic treatment. Adele Dawson

    Barberry, Common
    Both Chinese goldthread (native to the mountains of Szechwan province in China) and the barberry known in Europe and North America are rich natural sources of berberine. Berberine is bright yellow and somewhat bitter, and has long been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. In ancient Egypt, barberries were mixed with fennel to treat fevers, and the Catawba Indians of the Carolinas used barberry for peptic ulcers. In Bulgaria and throughout Eastern Europe, root extracts of the Berberidaceae species were used in rheumatic and other chronic inflammatory disorders. These traditional herbal uses for inflammation and fever confirm historically what science has now established in the laboratory: Compounds in these plants inhibit the COX-2 enzyme. Berberine-containing herbs thus offer significant medical benefits across the spectrum of diseases. Thomas M. Newmark

    -Carminative stimulant, diuretic, tonic, nervine, useful in hysteria, promoting restfulness and sleep, and diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence. Good combined with Scutellaria for nervous cases with loss of tone. On this account it is recommended to eat the cultivated fresh root as well as taking the oil or fluid extract. Celery is said to be very good for rheumatism, when it is often combined with Coca, Damiana, etc. Dose: fluid extract, 3 to 7 drops every four hours Maud Grieve

    Black Pepper
    Aromatic, stimulant, carminative- Black pepper said to possess febrifuge properties. Its action as a stimulant is specially evident on the mucous membrane of the rectum, and so is good for constipation, also on the urinary organs... On account of black pepper's stimulant action it aids digestion and is specially useful in atonic dyspepsia and torbid condition of the stomach. It will correct flatulence and nausea...Black pepper has also been used in vertigo, paralytic and arthritic disorders. Maud Grieve

    Ginger may help reduce anginia episodes by lowering cholesterol and preventing platelets from sticking together. This aromatic herb lowers cholesterol by decreasing the absorption of dietary cholesterol, and by stimulating its excretion of bile- one of the primary ways the body removes excess cholsterol. Ginger root has traditionally been used in India to treat arthritis. Components of ginger such as gingerol can inhibit the production of prostagladins possibly more effectively that the arthritis drug domethicin. Linda B. White, M.D.

    Among its many medicinal benefits, licorice is considered an adrenal tonic, in particular, it increases production of the very chemicals that aid in the body's recovery form chonic anxiety.
    This root is a one-stop herb shop for bronchitis. It soothes mucous membranes and is expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and directly antiviral. It also stimulates cells to produce interferon, the body's own antiviral compound.
    It acts much like your body's own natural corticosteroids. Licorice decreases generation of damaging molecules called free radicals at the site of inflammation and it inhibits an enzyme that's involved in the inflammatory process. Linda B. White, M.D.

    Evening Primrose
    The seed from this plant contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid ( GLA), which as an effect on inflammation. For this reason, the seed oil may significantly help arthritis pain, especially in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Linda B. White, M.D.

    The linoleic acid found in flaxseed oil may also be benefical for arthritis because it alters how the body breaks down prostaglandins, chemicals involved in inflammation. Linda B. White, M.D.

    Devil's Claw
    The tubers contain a group of chemicals called iridoids tha have anti-inflammatory activity. Study results have been mixed, it may be best to find out for yourself. This herb has an extensive history of use as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and digestive stimulant. Because improper digestion of protein plays a role in gout, causing the uric acid buildup, this is a remedy tailor-made for people with gout. Linda B. White, M.D.

    It's active ingredient, curmumin, inhibits the production of prostaglandins. Turmeric can be taken in food, or applied topically to the joint as a poutice to relieve pain Linda B. White, M.D.

    Human studies have shown that an extract of yucca reduces the swelling, pain and stiffness of arthritis, though the studies were controversial. Many Native American tribes uses yucca as a food, and it has traditionally been used as an arthritis remedy. Linda B. White, M.D.

    Cayenne Pepper
    The capsaicin in cayenne blocks a chemical involved in the nerve transmission of pain. Cayenne is also rich in salicylates, natural asprin like compounds. Massage a balm containing cayenne into your temples for headaches, or take encapsulated cayenne.
    Capsaicin, an extract from cayenne and other peppers, can dramatically reduce chronic nerve pain. Studies have proven its usefulness for arthritis, shingles, trigeminal neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy. It appears to act by decreasing the concentration of substance P, the primary chemical used by nerve cells to transmit pain signals. This effect can require several weeks of regular use. Linda B. White, M.D.

    Ginger combines well with tumeric, which is also anit-inflammatory and pain-relieving. Linda B. White, M.D.
    Cayenne Pepper
    Applied topically, it works partly as a counterirritant, but it also blocks a body chemical intergral to the transmission of pain impulses. Clinical studies have demonstrated its value in alleviatin pain and discomfort from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, psoriasis, cluster headaches, diabetic neuropathy, mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, and shingles. Salicylates (like those in asprin) add to its pain-preventing power. James Duke

    Evening Primrose
    The seed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid that the body uses to manufacture a prostaglandin vital to soothing inflammation and supporting the immune system. It also helps keep the blood flowing freely, reduces high blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol. Research shows that GLA is helpful against arthritis, and premenstrual tension, amoung other conditions. James Duke

    Quick Tips
    Apply a compress of Rosemary to relieve sore muscles, stiff joints, and rheumatic pains.

    A clove or two of garlic, pounded with honey and taken two or three nights successively, is good in rheumatism
    Nettles are high in boron, the Rheumatoid Disease Foundation recommends getting 3 milligrams of boron a day.

    To ease arthritis pain, drink a cup of ginger tea daily, brewed with one half to one teaspoon of fresh ground root. Available at most grocery stores, choose roots that have smooth skins, and freeze sliced ginger to keep fresh.

    I hope I spaced it enough so everyone can read it.Also hope you oticed Celery helps with sleep.

    I need you to know That NONE of these are my telling anyone to try.This is for those who were wondering about herbal remidies.BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR> Thank You

    [This Message was Edited on 02/12/2007]
  2. foggygirl

    foggygirl New Member

    Thanks so much.

  3. California31

    California31 New Member

    Great to see the info.

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