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Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)  Top

General History & Description

Alfalfa is a perennial herb that grows throughout the world in a variety of climates. Alfalfa grows to about 3 feet and has blue- violet flowers that bloom from July to September.

First discovered by the Arabs, they dubbed this valuable plant the “father of all foods”. They fed alfalfa to their horses claiming it made the animals swift and strong. The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and carotene (useful against both heart disease and cancer). Leaf tablets are also rich in protein, vitamins E and K. Alfalfa extract is used by food makers as a source of chlorophyll and carotene.

The leaves contain all eight essential amino acids which are required for proper functioning of the cells.

Parts of Herb Used: Whole herb and leaf.

Supplementation Health Benefits: This versatile herb is also a folk remedy for arthritis, diabetes, asthma, hay fever, and is reputed to be an excellent appetite stimulant and overall tonic. Excellent source of nutritive properties with minerals, chlorophyll and vitamins. Alfalfa is high in chlorophyll and nutrients. Chlorophyll has also been used to reduce body and urinary odor in hospitals and nursing homes.

Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare)  Top

General History & Description

Barley grass is one of the green grasses – the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age. The use of barley for food and medicinal purposes dates to antiquity. First cultivated in 7000 BC. Ancient gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina. In the West, it was first known for the barley grain it produces. Also been used by Greek Athletes.

Astounding amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in green barley leaves. The leaves have an ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain many vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley juice contains 11 times the calcium in cows’ milk, nearly 5 times the iron in spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams.

Barley also contains a -glucan, along with beta gulcan that has been found to reduce cholesterol levels. The root contains the alkaloid hordenine which stimulates peripheral blood circulation and has been used as a bronchodilator for bronchitis. Barley bran, like wheat bran may be effective in protecting against the risk of cancer.

Parts of Herb Used: Grain, left when barley hull is removed.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Barley is widely cultivated grain used as a food and in the brewing process. It is an additive for human and animal cereal foods. It also makes a flavorful flour for use in baking breads and muffins. Barley has been used in the West to supplement human cereals and animal foods is used in Health Food stores to increase energy and stamina.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)  Top

General History & Description

Cat’s Claw is a tropical vine that grows in rainforest and jungle areas in South America and Asia. Some cultures refer to the plant as the “Sacred Herb of the Rain Forest”. This vine gets its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which looks like a cat’s claw. These claws enable the vine to attach itself around trees climbing to a heights up to 100 feet.

South American common use has been supplemented with studies showing it may have positive effects on, and can boost the body’s immune system. With recent fear of HIV, studies on cat’s claw have started to move quickly.

The active substances in Cat’s Claw are alkaloids, tannins and several other phytochemicals. Some of the alkaloids have been proven to boost the immune system. The major alkaloid rhynchophylline has anti-hypertensive effects and may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, reducing heart rate and controlling cholesterol.

Cat’s Claw has long been used as a homeopathic treatment for intestinal ailments. Uses include: Crohn’s disease, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome. By stimulating the immune system, it can also improve response to viral and respiratory infections.

European clinical studies have used the extract from the bark in combination with AZT in the treatment of AIDS. It is also used in the treatment and prevention of arthritis and rheumatism, as well as diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and prostrate conditions.

Parts of Herb Used: Inner bark and root. Capsules, tea and extract.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Cats Claw has been used to improve the immune system and fight off viral and bacterial infections. It has also helps protect the gastrointestinal tract.

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolio)  Top

General History & Description

Herbalists consider Echinacea one of the best blood purifiers and an effective antibiotic. It activates the body’s immune system increasing the chances of fighting off any disease. This popular herb has been used to help ward off the common cold and to relieve the symptoms of hay fever.

The Plains Indians used various species of echinacea to treat poisonous insect and snake bites, toothaches, sore throat, wounds, as well as mumps, smallpox, and measles. The settlers quickly adopted the therapeutic use of the plant, and since that time it has become one of the top selling herbs in the United States. Since the early 1900’s hundreds of scientific articles have been written about echinacea. Most of the research during the past 10 years has focused on the immunostimulant properties of the plant.

The constituents of echinacea include essential oil, polysaccharides, polyacetylenes, betain, glycoside, sesquiterpenes and caryophylene. It also contains copper, iron, tannins, protein, fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E. The most important immune-stimulating components are the large polysaccharides, such as inulin, that increase the production of T-cells and increase other natural killer cell activity. Fat-soluble alkylamides and a caffeic acid glycoside called echinacoside also contribute to the herb’s immune empowering effects.

Echinacea properties may offer benefit for nearly all infectious conditions. Studies show echinacea prevents the formation of an enzyme which destroys a natural barrier between healthy tissue and damaging organisms. Echinacea is considered an effective therapeutic agent in many infectious conditions including upper respiratory infections, the common cold and sinusitis. The herb is a mild antibiotic that is effective against staph and strep infections.
Echinacea aids in the production of interferon has increases antiviral activity against, influenza (flu), herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It may reduce the severity of symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat and reduce the duration of illness.

Echinacea’s antibacterial properties can stimulate wound healing and are of benefit to skin conditions such as burns, insect bites, ulcers, psoriasis, acne and eczema. It’s anti-inflammatory properties may relieve arthritis and lymphatic swelling.

Parts of Herb Used: Root, dried; also liquid extract and juice. Often used in combination with goldenseal or vitamin C.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Echinacea products are used as a general nonspecific stimulant to the immune system, supporting and stabilizing cellular immunity and cleansing the blood, for the prevention and treatment of infections. There are no known side effects associated with it’s use.

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)  Top

General History & Description

Feverfew, also known as featherfew and bachelor’s buttons, is native to southwest Europe and was brought to America originally as an ornamental. It is commercially cultivated in Japan, Africa and Europe. Greek and European herbalists traditionally used it to reduce fevers.

Recently feverfew has been gaining fame as a effective treatment for migraine headaches. It may also help ease diseases caused by chronic inflammation such as arthritis. It is an aromatic plant with a strong and lasting odor, it has been used externally as an insect repellent and for treating insect bites.

It is the combination of ingredients in the feverfew plant that brings such effective relief. It works to inhibit the release of two inflammatory substances, serotonin and prostaglandins, both believed to contribute to the on set of migraines. By inhibiting these amines as well as the production of the chemical histamine, the herb controls inflammation that constricts the blood vessels in the head, and prevents blood vessel spasms which may contribute to headaches.
Clinical tests have shown the use of feverfew may reduce of frequency and severity of headaches. It may be more effective than other nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDS), like aspirin. Additional benefits include lower blood pressure, less stomach irritation and a renewed sense of well-being.

It may also relieve dizziness, tinnitus, and painful or sluggish menstruation. Its extracts have been claimed to relieve asthma, coughs, dermatitis and worms.

Parts of Herb Used: Leaves and flowers in extract, infusion, and dried in capsules.

Supplementation Health Benefits: The herb has historically been used as remedy for headache, inflammation and as a general substitute for ailments treated with aspirin. Its most popular use is for the prevention of migraine headaches and associated symptoms. Pregnant women should not use the herb, and some people have developed mouth ulcers or experienced loss of taste from eating the fresh leaves.

Ginseng (Panax ginseng)  Top

General History & Description

Ginseng is the most famous Chinese herb. It is the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine. Various forms of ginseng have been used in medicine for more than 7000 years. Several species grow around the world, and though some are preferred for specific benefits, all are considered to have similar properties as an effective general rejuvenator.

The name panax is derived from the Greek word panacea meaning, “all healing” and the benefits of ginseng are recognized as such. Ginseng is commonly used as an adaptogen, meaning it normalizes physical functioning depending on what the individual needs (for example, it will lower high blood pressure, but raise low blood pressure).

It is also used to reduce the effects of stress, improve performance, boost energy levels, enhance memory, and stimulate the immune system. Oriental medicine has deemed ginseng a necessary element in all their best prescriptions, and regards it as prevention and a cure. It is said to remove both mental and bodily fatigue, cure pulmonary complaints, dissolve tumors and reduce the effects of age.

Ginseng is native to China, Russia, North Korea, Japan, and some areas of North America. It was first cultivated in the United States in the late 1800’s. It is difficult to grow and takes 4-6 years to become mature enough to harvest. The roots are called Jin-chen, meaning ‘like a man,’ in reference to their resemblance to the shape of the human body.

Native North Americans considered it one of their most sacred herbs and add it to many herbal formulas to make them more potent. The roots can live for over 100 years.

Ginseng contains vitamins A, B-6 and the mineral Zinc, which aids in the production of thymic hormones, necessary for the functioning of the defense system. The main active ingredients of ginseng are the more than 25 saponin triterpenoid glycosides called “ginsenosides”. These steroid-like ingredients provide the adaptogenic properties that enable ginseng to balance and counter the effects of stress. The glycosides appear to act on the adrenal glands, helping to prevent adrenal hypertrophy and excess corticosteroid production in response to physical, chemical or biological stress.
Studies done in China showed that ginsenosides also increase protein synthesis and activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. Ginseng is used to restore memory, and enhance concentration and cognitive abilities, which may be impaired by improper blood supply to the brain.

Ginseng helps to maintain excellent body functions. Siberian ginseng has been shown to increase energy, stamina, and help the body resist viral infections and environmental toxins. Research has shown specific effects that support the central nervous system, liver function, lung function and circulatory system.

Animal studies have shown that ginseng extracts stimulate the production of interferons, increase natural killer cell activity, lower cholesterol and decrease triglyceride levels. Men have used the herb to improve sexual function and remedy impotence. Ginseng is believed to increase estrogen levels in women and is used to treat menopausal symptoms.
It is also used for diabetes, radiation and chemotherapy protection, colds, chest problems, to aid in sleep, and to stimulate the appetite.

Parts of Herb Used: Whole root. Powdered in capsules, as an ingredient in many herbal formulas, and as a tea.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Ginseng is one of the most popular healing herbs used today throughout the world. It increases mental and physical efficiency and resistance to stress and disease. Ginseng’s adaptogenic qualities help balance the body, depending on the individual’s needs. It is known to normalize blood pressure, increase blood circulation and aid in the prevention of heart disease.

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacanthas)  Top

General History & Description

Hawthorn has been shown in European studies that this botanical increases blood flow to the heart and brain, protects the heart from irregular beats, enhances the strength of the heart’s contractions, and mildly lowers blood pressure. Compounds in hawthorn can help protect the heart against oxygen deprivation, a condition that often leads to angina, a disease marked by intense chest pain.

Hawthorn is rich in bioflavonoids, which relax and dilate the arteries. These compounds are powerful antioxidants that help increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. This reduces the work required by the heart to circulate blood, and in-turn reduces blood pressure and stress to the heart muscle. The bioflavonoid substances give strength to the walls of blood vessels and improve blood flow to other areas of the body. Components in hawthorn have also been shown to lower cholesterol, and the amount of plaque in arteries.

Hawthorn normalizes heart action, which benefits the entire body by improving circulation and increasing tolerance for physical exertion. The herb appears to increase the power of the heart’s contractions, making the organ more efficient. It helps prevent irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias, which can lead to heart attacks.

Hawthorn in combination with other drugs is given for cardiac problems such as palpitations, angina, and rapid heart beat. Studies have shown that the herb restores blood pressure to normal, not only lowering high blood pressure but also raising blood pressure that is low.

Hawthorn’s flowers, leaves and berries are all used in herbal supplements Each is high in flavonoid content, which gives the plant powerful antioxidant properties. Hawthorn contain three groups of compounds which are key to the plant’s positive effects on the cardiovascular system. These constituent groups are the triterpenoid saponins, the amines and the flavonoids. By inhibiting free radical formation, hawthorn’s antioxidant activity can be beneficial in maintaining healthy heart vessels and promoting overall heart health.

Hawthorn is also a diuretic, helping to rid the body of excess salt and water and thus supporting weight-loss programs. It has also been used treat digestive problems, nervous tension, insomnia, and sore throat. Combined with Ginkgo Biloba it works to enhance poor memory by improving circulation of blood within the head and increasing the amount of oxygen to the brain.

The herb is best-used long term, because the active constituents do not produce rapid results. The benefits develop slowly, and have a direct effect on the heart itself, especially in cases of heart damage and heart problems associated with liver disease. It is gentle and safe for long-term use with no toxic side effects.

Parts of Herb Used: Berries, young stems, leaves, and flowers.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Helps treat heart disease and related symptoms. Considered by herbalists to be the world’s best cardiac tonic. Used for beginning heart disease, mild heart-muscle weakness, angina, and arrhythmia. Hawthorn promotes healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels by relaxing blood vessels, increasing metabolism in the heart muscle, and improving blood supply to the heart. Also used for sleeplessness, nervousness, poor digestion, and weight control.

St. John’s Wort  Top

General History & Description

St. John’s wort is a bushy perennial plant with numerous yellow flowers. It is native to many parts of the world including Europe and the United States. It is a wild growing plant in northern California, southern Oregon and Colorado.

The plant has been used as an herbal remedy since the Middle Ages. Many believed it to have magical powers to protect one from evil. Early Christian mystics named the plant after John the Baptist and is traditionally collected on St. John’s Day, June 25, soaked in olive oil for days to produce a blood red anointing oil known as the “blood of Christ.”

It has a 2,400-year history of safe and effective usage in many folk and herbal remedies. Historically used as a nerve tonic, St. John’s wort is now widely used as a mild antidepressant. It is a potent antiviral and antibacterial that is being investigated as a treatment for AIDS.

One of the best herbs for mood elevation is St. John’s wort. Several controlled studies have shown positive results in treating patients with mild to moderate depression. Improvement was shown with symptoms of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, headache and exhaustion with no reported side effects.

Its action is based on the ability of the active ingredient, hypericin to inhibit the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain. The herb also inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO) and works as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI); both are actions similar to drugs prescribed for depression. In Germany, nearly half of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are treated with hypericin. St. John’s wort should not be taken with any other antidepressants, it is not effective for severe depression, and no one should stop taking any prescribed medications for depression without proper medical care.

St. John’s wort has been administered in the treatment of many illnesses. The most well known action of St. John’s wort is in repairing nerve damage and reducing pain and inflammation. The herb has been used to relieve menstrual cramping, sciatica, and arthritis. It has a favorable action on the secretion of bile and thus soothes the digestive system.

The blossoms have been used in folk medicine to relieve ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea and nausea. St. John’s wort can also be effective in the treatment of incontinence and bed-wetting in children. Externally it is used on cuts as a disinfectant and to relieve inflammation and promote healing. The oil can be applied to sprains, bruises and varicose veins. Folk medicine has also has used it as a treatment for cancer.

The active constituents in the herb (there are over 50) include hypericin and pseudohypericin, flavonoids, tannins and procyanidins. The tannins are responsible for the astringent effect for wound healing. Hypericin increases capillary blood flow and is a MAO inhibitor.

There are many studies documenting the clinical effects of hypericum as an antidepressant treatment similar to several synthetic antidepressants, but with a minimum of side effects. Hypericin has been demonstrated to increase theta waves in the brain. Theta waves normally occur during sleep and have been associated with deep meditation, serene pleasure and heightened creative activity. St. John’s wort effectually may improve perception and clarify thinking processes.

There have been incidences of photosensitization as a side effect in animals. Anyone who is hypersensitive to sunlight or is taking other photosensitizing drugs should be cautious.

Parts of Herb Used: Herb tops and flowers. Used as a tea, extract, oil and in tablet form.

Supplementation Health Benefits: St. John’s wort has been used traditionally as an herbal treatment for anxiety and depression. It is an effective astringent that promotes wound healing and has antiviral properties that can counter herpes simplex, flu viruses and is being investigated as a treatment for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Note: Please consult your physician before taking if you are pregnant, lactating or taking any prescription drugs.

Aloe (Aloe vera)  Top

General History & Description

Aloe, native to Africa, is also known as “lily of the desert”, the “plant of immortality”, and the “medicine plant”. The name was derived from the Arabic alloeh meaning “bitter” because of the bitter liquid found in the leaves. In 1500 B.C. Egyptians recorded use of the herbal plant in treating burns, infections and parasites.

There are over 500 species of aloe growing in climates worldwide. Ancient Greeks, Arabs and Spaniards have used the plant throughout the millennia. African hunters still rub the gel on their bodies to reduce perspiration and their scent.

Extensive research since the 1930’s has shown that the clear gel has a dramatic ability to heal wounds, ulcers and burns by putting a protective coating on the affected areas and speeding up the healing rate.

The plant is about 96% water. The rest of it contains active ingredients including essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins. Modern healers have used it since the 1930’s. Many liquid health treatments are made, some combining aloe juice with other plants and herbs. The juice is soothing to digestive tract irritations, such as colitis and peptic ulcers.
As a food supplement, aloe is said to facilitate digestion, aid in blood and lymphatic circulation, as well as kidney, liver and gall bladder functions.

Aloe contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. It naturally alkalizes digestive juices to prevent overacidity – a common cause of indigestion. It helps cleanse the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.
A newly discovered compound in aloe, acemannan, is currently being studied for its ability to strengthen the bodies natural resistance. Studies have shown acemannan to boost T-lymphocyte cells that aid the immune system.

Those wise to the ways of aloe healing keep this plant in the kitchen. When the leaf is broken, its gel is placed on burns to relieve pain and prevent blisters. Aloe may reduce inflammation, decrease swelling and redness, and accelerate wound healing.

Aloe can aid in keeping the skin supple, and has been used in the control of acne and eczema. It can relieve itching due to insect bites and allergies. Aloe’s healing power come from increasing the availability of oxygen to the skin, and by increasing the synthesis and strength of tissue.

Parts of Herb Used: Aloe vera “extract” is made by pulverizing the whole leaves of the plant. Aloe juice is made from the inner leaf.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Aloe supplements can be used for peptic ulcers and for gastro-intestinal health. Aloe has a moisturizing effect on the skin and is a common remedy for sunburn and skin irritation. Often used direct form the flowerpot in the treatment of minor burns and wounds. To make a salve; remove the thin outer skin and process the leaves in a blender, add 500 units of vitamin C powder to each cup and store in refrigerator.


General History & Description

What is DHEA?

DHEA, (Dehydroepiandrosterone), is a natural hormone produced by our adrenal glands. It is present in larger amounts in healthy individuals and is responsible for manufacturing many of the other hormones of the body. Some of these include the more well-known hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and cortisone. Since the body produces DHEA and converts it upon demand to fulfill the needs of these hormones in the human body, DHEA is called the mother of all hormones.

How Does DHEA help the aging process?

DHEA is abundant in our bodies at 20 years of age, but levels continue to decrease as we grow older. For instance, at 80 years of age, we only produce 10 to 20% of the amount available in our bodies at 20 years of age. Research has shown that decreasing levels of DHEA in our bodies as we grow older matches the increase in diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Enhancing Brain Function

DHEA is found in higher levels in the brain than in the bloodstream. Dr. Eugene Roberts, a scientist in the forefront of his field of research, found that DHEA enhanced the long-term memory of mice. He believes that it may play a similar role in the human brain function and assist in protecting the brain from senility-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Ask your doctor. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Learn more about DHEA

Garlic (Allium sativum)  Top

General History & Description

Garlic is a member of the onion family and is nature’s most versatile medicinal plant. Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years for a wide range of conditions. It has been prized since the first records of civilization for its uses in treating wounds, infections, tumors, and intestinal parasites.

Modern scientists in numerous clinical trials have concluded that Garlic lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, thins the blood (which reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke) and fights bacteria like an antibiotic.

Garlic is a potent antioxidant that has been found to inhibit tumor cell formation and is currently being studied by the National Cancer Institute. It may be effective in fighting stomach, skin and colon cancer.

Though it is best know as a culinary herb and vampire retardant, the medicinal benefits and claims for garlic have awarded it the name “Wonder Drug among all herbs”.

Modern day research helps explain the broad applications of this “miracle” herb. Garlic bulbs contain the amino acid allicin. When crushed, allicin is released. This chemical element is the component that gives Garlic its strong odor and is responsible for the powerful pharmacological properties of the plant. One medium clove of Garlic can equal the antibacterial action equivalent to 1% penicillin.
Garlic also contains about 0.5% of a volatile oil that is composed of sulfur-containing compounds. Garlic’s sulfur compounds, in addition to Selenium and Vitamins A and C containing compounds, make it a potent antioxidant, protecting cell membranes and DNA from damage and disease.

Although Garlic directly attacks bacteria and viruses, it also stimulates the body’s natural defenses against foreign invaders. Garlic is reported to be more effective than penicillin against typhus disease, and works well against strep, staph bacteria, and the organisms responsible for cholera, dysentery and enteritis.

It is generally regarded as a preventative measure for colds, flu and other infectious diseases. Furthermore, scientific studies have shown that garlic stimulates the production of the liver’s own detoxifying enzymes which neutralize carcinogens and other environmental toxins. It has also been used to rid the body of intestinal parasites and to treat digestive infections.

Researchers have been studying the anti-cancer properties of Garlic since the 1940’s. It appears that the herb may prevent cells from turning cancerous by enhancing the body’s mechanisms for removing toxic substances. Garlic’s phytochemicals are believed to enhance immunity and the National Cancer Institute (January 1992) reported that people who ate the greatest amount of onions and garlic had the lowest incidence of stomach cancer. Other types of cancer have also been reported as lower.
Furthermore, garlic increases the activity of white blood cells and T-helper cells (natural killer cells), the cells that are central to the activity of the entire immune system.

Garlic supplements can improve many of the processes that can lead to cardiovascular disease. Garlic has been used as a blood thinner and anticoagulant to resolve blood clots and improve circulation. It has been shown to lower cholesterol while increasing the level of beneficial HDLs (high-density lipoproteins), the so-called good cholesterol.

Garlic has no side effects like those associated with cholesterol lowering drugs. (Take garlic for at least two or three months, as often in the first month or two cholesterol may actually slightly rise.) In addition, garlic compounds gently lower blood pressure by slowing the production of the body’s own blood pressure raising hormones. At least seventeen clinical trials have shown that mild hypertension can be effectively managed with garlic.

Garlic has great value as a long-term dietary supplement, helping to maintain healthy circulation, balance blood sugar and pressure, reduce fat levels in the blood, and improve resistance to infection. It can be taken with conventional antibiotics to support their action and ward off side effects.

Garlic has also been used in treating upper respiratory infections (especially bronchitis), late-onset diabetes, urinary infections, acne, asthma, sinusitis, arthritis, and ulcers.

Parts of Herb Used: Bulb or as odorless tablets.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Good for virtually any disease or infection. Improves circulation, maintains healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. A natural antibiotic and immune system stimulant.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadenis)  Top

General History & Description

Goldenseal a North American herb grows wild in moist mountainous woodland areas. Goldenseal’s long history of use among North Americans flourished after the Civil War as it was an ingredient in many patent medicines. It has been collected to the point of near extinction. Goldenseal supplies are diminishing and most is now wildcrafted, making herbal supplements costly.

Goldenseal is used in many combination formulas and is reported to enhance the potency of other herbs. Preparations have been marketed for the treatment of menstrual disorders, urinary infections, rheumatic and muscular pain and as an antispasmodic.

The active ingredients in Goldenseal are the alkaloids hydrastine and berberine. Similar in action, they destroy many types of bacterial and viral infections. These alkaloids can also reduce gastric inflammation and relieve congestion. Berberine is a bitter that aids digestion and that has a sedative action on the central nervous system.

Goldenseal works wonders in combination with Echinacea particularly at the onset of cold and flu symptoms, especially coughs and sore throats. Goldenseal, Echinacea and Zinc lozenges should be in every medicine cabinet.

Goldenseal is a cure-all type of herb that strengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, potentiates insulin, and cleanses vital organs. It promotes the functioning capacity of the heart, the lymphatic and respiratory system, the liver, the spleen, the pancreas, and the colon.

Taken internally, Goldenseal increases digestive secretions, astringes the mucous membranes that line the gut, and checks inflammation. It also aids digestion by promoting the production of saliva, bile, and other digestive enzymes. In addition it may control heavy menstrual and postpartum bleeding by means of its astringent action.

As a dilute infusion, Goldenseal can be used as an eyewash and as a mouthwash for gum disease, and canker sores. It is also an effective wash or douche for yeast infections. External applications have been used in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, herpes, and ringworm.

Parts of Herb Used: Whole root. Available in bulk, capsules, and tincture.

Supplemental Health Benefits: Treatment of any infection, inflammation and congestion of lungs, throat and sinuses. Famous for use in treatment of cold and flu. A potent remedy for disorders of the stomach and intestines such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, ulcers, and gastritis and internal parasites.

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)  Top

General History & Description

Kava Kava has been used in parts of the Pacific at traditional social gatherings as a relaxant and in cultural and religious ceremonies to achieve a higher level of consciousness. The roots can be made into a mildly narcotic beverage that is comparable to popular cocktails in our culture. In Germany, Kava kava is used as a nonprescription drug to reduce anxiety. Kava was first mentioned in scientific records in 1886, and it is gaining popularity in the US for its relaxing effects.

More recently, Kava kava has also gained popularity with the natives of Hawaii, Australia and New Guinea where it is used medicinally as well as recreationally. Kava also is effective as a pain reliever and can be used instead of aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Recent clinical studies have shown that the herb kava is a safe nonaddictive anti-anxiety medicine, and as effective as prescription anxiety agents containing benzodiazepines such as valium. While benzodiazepines tend to promote lethargy and mental impairment, kava has been shown to improve concentration, memory, and reaction time for people suffering from anxiety. Kava has been clinically demonstrated as a means of achieving a state of relaxation without the adverse side effects.

Kava is mildly narcotic and produces mild euphoric changes characterized by elevated mood, fluent and lively speech and increased sense of sound. Higher doses can lead to muscle weakness, visual impairment, dizziness and drying of the skin. Long term use of the herb can contribute to hypertension, reduced protein levels, blood cell abnormalities, or liver damage. Alcohol consumption increases the toxicity of the pharmacological constituents. It is not recommended for those who intend on driving or where quick reaction time is required.

Kava is the most relaxing botanical herb with exception of the opium poppy. Pharmacological studies show kava kava’s active ingredients, kavalactones, produce physical and mental relaxation and a feeling of well being. It has also been used in the treatment of ailments of the genitourinary tract including vaginitis, gonorrhea and menstrual cramps. Kava is a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory, thus useful for gout, rheumatism, bronchial congestion, cystitis and prostatis. It is an effective local anesthetic and pain reliever when applied externally as a liniment. The relaxed state and sharpening of senses also contribute to aphrodisiac effect.

Parts of Herb Used: Root and rhizome. Used as powder, fluid extract, and tonic beverage.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Kava root is primarily used as a natural sedative and sleep enhancement. Herbalists have traditionally used it as a remedy for nervousness and insomnia. Kava kava is an effective relaxant able to induce a feeling of relaxation, peace and contentment, along with a sharpening of the senses. As a sleep aid it promotes deep and restful sleep. It is also a muscle relaxant that can help relieve cramping due to spasms.

NOTE: Do not use if pregnant, nursing, or being treated for depression.

Yucca Root (Yucca spp)  Top

General History & Description

Yucca root is a therapeutic anti inflammatory phytosterol with the ability to break up inorganic mineral obstructions and deposits.

Its primary uses are in pain relieving combinations for arthritic and joint pain, and sediment caused by inflammation such as gout, rheumatism, and cystitis.

It is also used to establish a flora balance in the GI tract and for asthmatic relief. Yucca root may have a laxative effect.

Don Quai (Angelica sinensis)  Top

General History & Description

Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan. The reputation of Don quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman’s tonic herb. It is used for almost every gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.

Dong quai is frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as a general blood tonic.

Dong quai contains vitamins E, A and B12. Researchers have isolated at least six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. Antispasmodics are a remedy for menstrual cramps. The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide and numerous other minor components. Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also found in dong quai’s root. These elements can prevent spasms, reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. Research has shown that don quai produces a balancing effect on estrogen activity.

Modern treatments prescribe the herb to combat PMS and to help women resume normal menstruation after using birth control pills.

The herb has been found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and cycles. Dong quai’s constituents can act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

The herb has also been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and nourish the blood in both sexes. It is high in iron content and may help to prevent iron deficiency and anemia. Studies show that it can aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.

Dong quai has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and calms the nerves. It has also be used to stimulate the uterus during childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine headaches.

Parts of Herb Used: Whole root. Found in tea, herbal preparations, capsules, extract and recipes.

Supplementation Health Benefits: The root has earned a reputation as the “ultimate herb” for women. It is used to restore balance to estrogen and progesterone levels in women and is helpful in restoring menstrual regularity and for conditions of the reproductive system. It is not recommended during pregnancy, for women with excessive menstrual flow or for people taking blood thinning agents.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)  Top

General History & Description

Bilberry is a perennial, ornamental shrub that is commonly found in various climates in damp woodlands and moorlands. In the United States they are known as huckleberries, and there are over 100 species with similar names and fruit throughout the Europe, Asia and North America. The English call them whortleberries. The Scots know them as blaeberries. Bilberry has been used as a medicinal herb since the 16th century.

Bilberry is also used in connection with vascular and blood disorders and shows positive effects when treating varicose veins, thrombosis, and angina. Bilberry’s fruit contains flavonoids and anthocyanin, which serve to prevent capillary fragility, thin the blood, and stimulate the release of vasodilators. Anthocyanin, a natural antioxidant, also lowers blood pressure, reduces clotting and improves blood supply to the nervous system. Bilberry also contains glucoquinine that has the ability to lower blood sugar.

The herb contains Vitamins A and C, providing antioxidant protection which can help prevent free radical damage to the eyes. Vitamin A is required for sharp vision, while Vitamin C helps form collagen and is needed for growth and repair of tissue cells and blood vessels. Anthocyanosides support and protect collagen structures in the blood vessels of the eyes, assuring strong, healthy capillaries that carry vital nutrients to eye muscles and nerves.

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. Bilberry works by improving the microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple, a substance required for good eyesight.
Dried Bilberry fruit and Bilberry tea has been used as a treatment for diarrhea and as a relief for nausea and indigestion. Bilberry is also used as a treatment for mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.

Parts of Herb Used: Berries, leaves

Supplementation Health Benefits: Bilberry contains nutrients needed to protect eyes from eyestrain or fatigue, and can improve circulation to the eyes. Bilberry tea is administered to treat stomach problems and soothe the digestive tract. The leaves and berries are used in the homeopathic treatment of diabetes. Bilberries are used in making jams, preserves, liqueurs, and wines.


Pine Bark Extract  Top

General History & Description

What is it?

Pine Bark extract is a natural plant product made from the bark of the European coastal pine, Pinus Maritima. It is the most powerful antioxidant today and acts as a protector against environmental toxins.

Research has demonstrated that Pine Bark extract is 20-50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C. Studies show that Pine Bark extract is rapidly absorbed and distributed throughout the body within twenty minutes. Pine Bark extract also activates vitamin C and puts it to work before it leaves your body.

How does it work?

Like Vitamins C and E, Pine Bark extract, contains proanthocyanidin, a special family of bioflavanoids, plus 40 other biologically beneficial components. It is a powerful antioxidant which neutralizes unstable or “radical” oxygen molecules that attack the body’s cells.

When these “free radical” molecules go unchecked, they degrade the tissue-strengthening collagen within the body’s joints, skin and organs. Free radicals reprogram DNA and are implicated in more than 60 diseases. In addition, aging, inflammation of the muscles, joints and other tissues, plus improper functioning of the circulatory system, nervous system (including brain cells) and immune system, often result from free radical damage.

Pine Bark extract furnishes the human body with excellent antioxidant nutritional support for a variety of body repairs. It furnishes capillary resistance against fragility and rupture; consequently, Pine Bark extract is useful to prevent diseased blood vessels associated with varicose veins, peripheral hemorrhage, diabetic retinopathy, and high blood pressure. Such capillary resistance adds up nearly three fold over the effects in those patients who normally are prescribed other types of nutrient flavonoids for repair of their damaged capillaries.

The physiology of capillary repair involves the collagenases (enzymes which break down proteins). These collagenases are released inside the body during tissue damage and subsequent inflammation. By supplementing the diet with tablets containing Pine Bark extract, one can effectively inhibit the release of unwanted collagenases, thus preventing decay of the fragile capillaries’ vascular walls.


Your body naturally protects itself against pollutants by forming antioxidants. The most common antioxidants are vitamins A, C, and E; beta carotene; and selenium. Unfortunately, the continual bombardment of stress, environmental pollution, and the popular practice of food industrialization and food conversion processes destroy antioxidants, allowing the body to be more susceptible to disease and ill health. Consequently, the body has an extremely difficult time producing enough antioxidants to combat the contaminants.

Benefits of Pine Bark extract

Improves joint flexibility, and fights joint inflammation and pain from arthritis, low back and neck problems and sports injuries.
Improves skin smoothness and elasticity.
Reduces prostate inflammation and other inflammatory conditions.
Reduces diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy.
Improves circulation and enhances cell vitality.
Improves skin disorders such as eczema.
Improves and arrests varicose veins, and reduces the risk of phlebitis.
Reduces the effects of stress.
Reduces allergic reactions.
Strengthens capillaries, arteries, veins and blood vessel walls, including those that supply the heart. Thus, reduces swelling in the lower extremities.

Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo Biloba Leaf)  Top

General History & Description

The ginkgo is the oldest living tree species, geological records indicate this plant has been growing on earth for 150 – 200 million years. Chinese monks are credited with keeping the tree in existence, as a sacred herb. It was first brought to Europe in the 1700’s and it is now a commonly prescribed drug in France and Germany. It is one of the most well-researched herbs in the world.

In the last 30 years, more that 300 studies have given clinical evidence that ginkgo prevents and benefits many problems throughout the entire body. Ginkgo is gaining recognition as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. It is also used as a treatment for vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a variety of neurological disorders and circulation problems. Ginkgo may help to counteract the effects of aging, including mental fatigue and lack of energy.

Ginkgo works by increasing blood flow to the brain and throughout the body’s network of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the organ systems. It increases metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and boosts oxygen levels in the brain which uses 20% of the body’s oxygen.

Benefits of enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long term memory, increased reaction time and improved mental clarity. Ginkgo is often used to treat elderly persons with Alzheimer’s and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency is a general term for a collection of symptoms that include difficulties of concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of energy, depressive mood, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache.

Ginkgo constituents are beneficial for a variety of imbalances and deterioration in the brain and body. Standardized ginkgo extract inhibits platelet activity factor (PAF), which is a common allergen in the body. Physical stress, and poor quality food can over stimulate PAF production; in other words, blood clotting. Excessive PAF can help cause cardiovascular disease, brain damage, hearing disorders and other immune and inflammatory diseases.

Ginkgo has been used to relieve tension and anxiety and improve mental alertness, elevate mood and restore energy.

Ginkgo has two groups of active substances, flavonoids and terpene lactones, including ginkgolides A, B, and C, bilobalide, quercetin, and kaempferol. The ginkgolides have been shown to control allergic inflammation, anaphylactic shock and asthma.

Ginkgo also acts as a powerful antioxidant and contributes to the oxidation of free radicals which are believed to contribute to premature aging and dementia. Antioxidants also protect the eyes, cardiovascular system and central nervous system.

Ginkgo may also help control the transformation of cholesterol to plaque associated with the hardening of arteries, and can relax constricted blood vessels.

The herb has been used in treatment of other circulation-related disorders such as diabetic peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It can also aid in the treatment of insufficient circulation and complications from stroke and skull injuries. Ginkgo’s beneficial effects on the circulatory system also can be of benefit in the treatment of eye and ear disorders.

Studies have confirmed that ginkgo increases blood flow to the retina, and can slow retinal deterioration resulting in an increase of visual acuity. In clinical tests ginkgo has improved hearing loss in the elderly. It also improves circulation in the extremities relieving cold hands and feet, swelling in the limbs and chronic arterial blockage. Among other things, ginkgo is being investigated as a potential treatment to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, as a treatment for asthma and for toxic shock syndrome.

Parts of Herb Used: Dried leaf.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Ginkgo has been shown to be nutritional support for mental alertness, enhanced vitality level, circulatory health and blood vessel health. Its high antioxidant activity is valuable for fighting age related conditions. All over the world, people have claimed Ginkgo to be beneficial in the fight against the gradual erosion of energy associated with aging.

Gotu Kola – Centella asiatica  Top

General History & Description

Gotu kola has been widely used for a number of conditions, particularly in traditional Eastern health care. In Ayurveda Gotu kola is one of the chief herbs for revitalizing the nerves and brain cells. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it, and to strengthen the adrenals.

It has been used as a tonic for purification of blood and for promoting healthy skin. It has also been used to aid in restful sleep, treat skin inflammations, as a treatment for high blood pressure and as a mild diuretic. Recent studies (1995) demonstrated that Gotu kola destroyed cultured tumor cells in the laboratory setting (in vitro).

The leaves of this swamp plant have been used around the world for centuries to treat leprosy, cancer, skin disorders, arthritis, hemorrhoids, and tuberculosis. In recent years, Gotu kola has become popular in the West as a nerve tonic to promote relaxation and to enhance memory.

The herbs calming properties make it well suited for overcoming insomnia and making one calm for yoga and meditative practices. It is commonly used to rebuild energy reserves improve memory and treat fatigue, both mental and physical.

Gotu kola has been referred to as “food for the brain”. This oriental herb has demonstrated mild tranquilizing, anti-anxiety and anti-stress effects, as well as improving mental functions such as concentration and memory. It has a calming effect on the body and is chiefly used to support the central nervous system. These beneficial qualities make Gotu kola an excellent herb for children with A.D.D. because it has a stimulating effect on the brain that increases one’s ability to focus while having a soothing and relaxing effect on an overactive nervous system.

Gotu kola is often confused with kola nut. Due to this confusion, some people assume the rejuvenating properties of Gotu kola are due to the stimulating effects of caffeine contained in kola nut. In fact, Gotu kola is not related to kola nut and contains no caffeine. There are three main chemical constituents in Gotu kola. The first is asiaticoside, which is a triterpene glycoside and classified as an antibiotic. It aids in wound healing and has been used in the treatment of leprosy and tuberculosis in the Far East. The second constituent is a pair of chemicals, brahmoside and brahminoside, which are saponin glycosides. These are diuretic in nature and have a slightly sedative action in large doses. Finally, there is madecassoside, a glycoside that is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. The plant is also a source of Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and sodium.

Gotu Kola has been found to have significant results in healing of skin, other connective tissues, lymph tissue, blood vessels, and mucous membranes. Researchers have found that Gotu kola contains several glycosides that exhibit wound healing and anti-inflammatory activities and that asiaticosides stimulate the formation of lipids and proteins necessary for healthy skin.

Gotu kola affects various stages of tissue development, including keratinization (the process of replacing skin after sores or ulcers), the synthesis of collagen (the first step in tissue repair), the stimulation of hair and nail growth, and support for the repair of cartilage. Gotu kola has been effectively used in the treatment of second and third degree burns. It has been shown to decrease healing time and reduce scar tissue formation.

Recent studies show that Gotu kola also has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It seems to improve the flow of blood throughout the body by strengthening the veins and capillaries. Gotu kola has been shown to be particularly useful for people who are inactive or confined to bed due to illness.

The herb has been used successfully to treat phlebitis (inflammation of the veins), varicose veins, as well as leg cramps, swelling of the legs, and “heaviness” or tingling in the legs. In modern health care it has been used for venous insufficiency, localized inflammation and infection, and post-surgery recovery.

Parts of Herb Used: Leaves and aerial parts.

Supplementation Health Benefits: Prevention of mental fatigue and enhanced concentration and memory. A balancing tonic that both increases energy and relaxes the body. Stimulates the central nervous system, aids circulation especially in the legs, and is a mild diuretic. Aids in many types of wound healing. Used for rheumatism, blood diseases, mental disorders, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, sore throat, and hepatitis.

Saw Palmetto (Sabal Serrulata)  Top

General History & Description

Saw Palmetto is a small, palm-like plant native to North America. Native Americans and early American settlers used the berries to treat problems associated with the genitals, urinary tract and reproductive system. This herb is called the “plant catheter” due to its therapeutic effect on the neck of the bladder and the prostate in men. Saw Palmetto is widely used in Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and now the U.S. for nutritionally benefiting the prostate and urinary tract. It has been marketed as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

The active constituents are volatile oil, steroidal saponin, tannins, and polysaccharides. Saw Palmetto is a tonic, and is one of the few herbal remedies that are considered to be anabolic – it strengthens and builds body tissues.

For men it treats an enlarged and weakened prostate gland. It has shown significant action in treatment of conditions associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Saw palmetto extract works to prevent testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone, the hormone thought to cause prostrate cells to multiply, leading to an enlarged prostate. It is chiefly used as a diuretic and to tone the bladder by improving urinary flow, and relieving strain. Regular use of saw palmetto may decrease urinary frequency, especially during the night, by allowing complete bladder expulsion and reducing inflammation of the bladder and enlarged prostrate.

Saw palmetto inhibits androgen and estrogen receptor activity and may be beneficial for both sexes in balancing the hormones. Because of it hormonal effects it can aid the thyroid in regulating sexual development and normalizing activity of those glands and organs.

Women have used the herb to stimulate breast enlargement and lactation as well as treating ovarian and uterine irritability. It has been prescribed for reduced or absent sex drive, impotence and frigidity. Because of its potential hormonal effects, pregnant women should not use it.

The berries have been recommended in treatment of diseases that deprive the body of strength and growth. Preliminary evidence exists to also suggest saw palmetto may also aid those suffering from thyroid deficiency. Saw palmetto is a good expectorant for use in clearing chest congestion and can be used to treat coughs, asthma, and bronchitis.

It has also been used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, nourish the nervous system and increase the assimilation of nutrients to the body.

Parts of Herb Used: Fresh berries and dried berries as capsules or in preparation as a tincture.

Supplementation Health Benefits: The berries have long held a reputation as sexual stimulants and aphrodisiacs. The largest use today is as a supplement for reducing enlarged prostate glands, treating urinary tract problems and for improving body strength.

Yohimbe Bark  Top

General History & Description

Yohimbe is a tree that grows throughout the African nations of Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire. (A similar plant in South America is called Quebracho). For centuries, natives from these areas have ingested both the crude bark and purified compound as a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and as an aphrodisiac. The bark has been smoked as a hallucinogen and has been used in traditional medicine to treat angina and hypertension. The herb is a sensual stimulant for healthy men and women. Today, doctors prescribe an extract from the tree to treat organic impotence.

Yohimbe’s energizing effects stem from it’s ability to increase blood flow to the genitals, both male and female. It is thought to stimulate the pelvic nerve ganglia and thus is helpful for men with erection problems. In fact a prescription drug, yohimbine hydrochloride, is the only FDA approved drug for impotence. Effects can include increased libido, increased sensation and increased stamina. Women have also reported similar effects and general pleasant sensations.

Yohimbe bark contains about 6% yohimbine. This constituent is an indole alkaloid that is classified as an alpha-2-adrenergic blocking agent. The herb has a general nervous system stimulatory effect and can cause changes in blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. It can increase the heart rate, raise body temperature and increase blood pressure. At higher dosages, it has a mild psychotropic effect.

Yohimbe bark stimulates chemical reactions in the body that may aid in psychogenic cases of impotence, due to fatigue, tension and stress. Clinical studies have shown the herb to be effective in restoring potency in diabetic and heart patients who suffer from impotency. As an alpha-adrenoreceptor blocker, yohimbe reduces the effect of hormones that cause constriction of blood vessels, which typically increases as we age. It increases the body’s production of norepinephrine which is essential in the formation of erections. Yohimbe may also boost the adrenaline supply to nerve endings, which can quicken male sensual stimulation. It has been used in combination with ginseng and saw palmetto as a remedy for men with low sex drive.

Yohimbe is also a short term MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor and should be used with caution, especially if you have high blood pressure. Being an MAO inhibitor, yohimbe should not be taken with any food or drink containing tyramines (cheese, chocolate, beer, aged meats, nuts, etc.) and particularly not with the amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine. A rise in blood pressure can result from the body not being able to remove the tyramines from these foods. It may be dangerous if used with anti-depressants, sedatives, antihistamines, caffeine, or amphetamines. Yohimbe may have other side effects such as racing heart rate, irritability, headache, nausea, sweating, dizziness and frequent urination. Anyone with a heart condition, kidney disease, glaucoma or history of gastric or duodenal ulcers should avoid this herb.

Parts of Herb Used: The inner bark. Used in tablet, liquid extract, and powder forms.

Supplementation Health Benefits: The herb has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac for men, and has similar effects with women. Recent studies suggest the drug may be effective in the treatment of male impotence especially that associated with diabetes.

Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)  Top

General History & Description

What is Coenzyme Q-10?

It is the cofactor of an enzyme. Enzymes are the protein substances that are found in all living things; they are needed for tissue and cell building and repairing. Coenzyme Q-10 is an antioxidant that is the essential component of cellular energy. It’s highest concentrations are found in the heart and liver, and is synthesized in the body.

CoQ-10 and Aging

In normal aging, the body loses it’s ability to manufacture adequate amounts of CoQ-10. Levels of CoQ-10 can decline by as much as 80% as you age. It is thought that the decreased levels of CoQ-10 brought on by aging may lead to age-related discomforts.

CoQ-10 and your heart

The heart needs a constant supply of energy for it’s continuous actions of pumping and contracting. Because the richest concentrations of CoQ-10 are in the heart, preventing a deficiency by supplying the body with sufficient amounts may promote healthy activity and nourish the circulatory system. As many as 75% of heart patients are found to be deficient in CoQ-10.

The effects of CoQ-10 Deficiency

Along with aging, other factors may deplete the body of CoQ-10, affecting the body’s ability to manufacture adequate amounts and increasing the risk of a deficiency. These are: poor eating habits, stress and particular conditions such as an infection. A deficiency may also have a direct impact on many other body functions as well. Because high concentrations are also stored in the liver, maintaining and adequate supply of CoQ-10 and preventing a deficiency may ensure that it is properly nourished and performing at its peak.

White Willow Bark  Top

General History & Description

What Is It?

The bark of the stately white willow tree (Salix alba) has been used in China for centuries as a medicine because of its ability to relieve pain and lower fever. Early settlers to America found Native Americans gathering bark from indigenous willow trees for similar purposes.
The active ingredient in white willow is salicin, which the body converts into salicylic acid. The first aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) was made from a different salicin-containing herb–meadowsweet–but works in essentially the same way. All aspirin is now chemically synthesized. It’s not surprising, then, that white willow bark is often called “herbal aspirin.”
Although white willow is the species of willow tree most commonly used for medicinal purposes, other salicin-rich species are employed as well, including crack willow (Salix fragilis), purple willow (Salix purpurea), and violet willow (Salix daphnoides). These all may be sold under the label of willow bark.

Health Benefits

The salicylic acid in white willow bark lowers the body’s levels of prostaglandins, hormone like compounds that can cause aches, pain, and inflammation. While white willow bark takes longer to begin acting than aspirin, its effect may last longer. And, unlike aspirin, it doesn’t cause stomach bleeding or other known adverse effects.

Specifically, white willow bark may help to:

1. Relieve acute and chronic pain, including headache, back and neck pain, muscle aches, and menstrual cramps. The effectiveness of white willow bark for easing these and other types of discomforts results from its power to lower prostaglandin levels.

2. Control arthritis discomforts. Some arthritis sufferers taking white willow bark have experienced reduced swelling and inflammation, and eventually increased mobility, in the back, knees, hips, and other joints.

Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides)  Top

General History & Description

COMMON NAMES: Muira Puama, Marapuama, Marapama, Potency Wood, Potenzholz
Muira puama, also called “potency wood”, is a bush or small tree native to the Brazilian Amazon and other parts of northern Brazil. The small white flowers have a pungent fragrance similar to jasmine. Historically, all parts of the plant have been used medicinally, but the bark and roots are the primary parts utilized. Muira puama has long been used in the Amazon by indigenous peoples for a number of purposes and found its way into herbal medicine in South America and Europe in the 1920’s. Indigenous tribes in Brazil use the roots and bark, prepared internally as a tea, for treating sexual debility and impotency, neuromuscular problems, rheumatism, grippe, cardiac asthenia, gastrointestinal asthenia and to prevent baldness. It is also used externally in baths and massages for treating paralysis and beriberi.

Muira puama has a long history in herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac, a tonic for the nervous system, an anti-rheumatic and for gastrointestinal disorders. An earlier published pharmacological study on Muira puma in 1925 indicated its effectiveness in treating disorders of the nervous system and sexual impotency and demonstrated that “permanent effect is produced in locomotor ataxia, neuralgias of long standing, chronic rheumatism and partial paralysis.” Physiological and therapeutic experiments conducted in 1930 confirmed the efficacy of the plant for “gastrointestinal and circulatory asthenia and impotency of the genital organs. Early European explorers noted the indigenous uses and the aphrodisiac qualities of Muira puama and brought it back to Europe, where it has become part of the herbal medicine of England. Early research discovered that the root and bark were rich in free fatty acids, essential oil, plant sterols, and a new alkaloid which they named “muirapuamine. Recent studies have indicated that the active constituents are free long-chain fatty acids, sterols, coumarin, alkaloids and essential oils.

In Brazil and South American herbal medicine, Muira puama is used as a neuromuscular tonic, for asthenia, paralysis, chronic rheumatism, sexual impotency, grippe, ataxia, and central nervous system disorders. In Europe, it is used to treat impotency, infertility, neurasthenia, menstrual disturbances and dysentery. It has been gaining in popularity in the United States where herbalists and health care practitioners are using Muira puama for impotency, menstrual cramps and PMS, neurasthenia and central nervous system disorders. The benefits in treating impotency with Muira puama was proven to be effective in improving libido and treating erectile dysfunction.

While so-called “aphrodisiacs” have come and gone in history, Muira puama has risen above this class of products and may well provide the most effective natural therapeutic approach for erectile dysfunctions. The drug alternatives are few. Yohimbine HCL, a chemical component of the African brown bark, yohimbe, is the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunctions. Consumers must be aware, however, that to achieve the beneficial effects of the plant, proper preparation methods must be employed. The active constituents found in the natural bark thought to be responsible for Muira Puma’s effects are not water soluble nor are they broken down in the digestive process. Therefore taking a ground bark or root powder in a capsule or tablet is not very effective. High heat for at least 20 minutes or longer in alcohol is necessary to dissolve and extract the active components, namely, volatile and essential oils, terrenes, gums and resins found in the bark and roots that are linked to Muira Puama’s herbal effectiveness.

Supplementation Health Benefits:apertif, aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic, anti-stress, anti-dysenteric, central nervous system stimulant, nervine, neurasthenic, tonic.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)  Top

General History & Description

Black Cohosh is a small member of the butter cup family, also known as snake root, rattle root and rattle weed. Black Cohosh was used by Indians to combat female disorders, sore throats and arthritis.

It has long been used with menstrual problems, uterine and ovary dysfunctions. Black Cohosh has been most recently used for hot flashes and menopause symptoms.

Studies show that a 40mg dose of Black Cohosh reduces hot flashes, swelling, headaches, poor sleep, depression and irritability in women.

Black Cohosh has been used with estrogen for the treatment of menopause symptoms and used as an alternative drug.

Black Cohosh works by possibly having a estrogenic activity similar to estrogen. Estrogen has found to have little affect on the other women hormones. Black Cohosh has also been found to strengthen and thicken the vaginal walls during menopause.

Who should take Black Cohosh?

Women with menopause and PMS symptoms should take Black Cohosh as an alternative to prescription drugs. It is an official medicine in Germany.

White Kidney Bean (Amylase Inhibitors)  Top

General History & Description

White kidney beans are commonly known as starch trappers and blockers. It does this by stopping the enzyme before they are absorbed. Certain studies have indicated that white kidney bean extract can help people loose weight by limiting the carbohydrate up take especially for those who are severely obese.

Because starch blockers reduce carbohydrates up take they also may reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Amylase Inhibitors are not produced by the body, the typical dose is around 800-1000mg before meals.
Typically White Kidney Bean extract have been used in conjunction with fat burning herbs, cortisol stimulating herbs, chromium and niacin. These substances may help reduce weight by reducing cortisol production and decreasing fat uptake through thermo genesis.

Grapeseed Extract  Top

General History & Description

Grapeseed extract is made from the skins and seeds of red grapes. Grapeseed extract is rich in flavonoids and phytochemicals.

Proanthocyanidins are the active ingredient in grapeseed extract and are thought to improve blood circulation and cardiac blood vessels.

This ingredient, found in red wine, has lead some researchers to hypothesize that the French, who drank more red wine than most, have lower rates of heart disease because of the higher intake of proanthocyanidins. This is commonly known as the French paradox.

Other doctors have used grapeseed extract to increase skin tone, prevent heart disease, reduce chronic muscle pain and stiffness, prevent certain cancers, fight skin diseases such as psoriasis, and eczema. It also helps in improving vision and night blind.

Vitamin : A (Retinol)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin A is necessary for new cell growth and maintaining self health.. Helps fight infection. Vitamin A is one of the natural antioxidants that help in many different cells of the body to prevent free radical damage. Essential for healthy skin, good blood, strong bones and teeth, kidneys, bladder, lungs and membranes: Helps in the maintenance of good eyesight.
Where it is found in Nature?
Vitamin A has been derived from many sources including, fish liver oils, liver dairy products carrots, cantaloupe, peaches, squash, tomatoes, all green and yellow fruits, and vegetables. Natural vitamin A is produced in natural capsules primarily from Beta Carotene.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best to be combined with?
B-Complex, Choline, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Calcium, Zinc, Selenium, Chromium, Beta Carotene
Supplementation health benefits
Acne, eczema, ulcers, preventing cancer psoriasis, night blindness, color blindness

Vitamin : D (Calciferol)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin D is necessary to help calcium and phosphorus attach to the bones. Vitamin D is necessary to promotes strong bones and teeth and helps prevents osteoporosis. Works to maintain good health and vitality. Protects against muscle weakness. Helps regulate the heart (thru calcium absorption).
Where is it found in Nature?
It is found in nature in butter, cheese, egg yolk, fish, fish liver, tuna, milk, dairy products. Natural sunshine helps increase vitamin D in the skin.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best to be combined with?
Beta Carotene, Zinc, Mangenese, Vitamin A, Choline, Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus.
Supplementation health benefits
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Dental Caries, Mal-absorption, Metabolic Bone Disease such as Rickets and low Thyroid function

Vitamin : B-1 (Thiamin)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin B-1 is required for cellular metabolism of sugars and complex carbohydrates. It is a must to provide energy for the cells. Maintains a healthy nervous system as well as aiding proper function of the heart and other muscles. Stress, anxiety, depression and weight loss increases the need for B-1 and all B vitamins.
Where it is found in Nature?
Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, oatmeal, whole wheat, bran, whole brown rice, blackstrap molasses, soybeans, and meats.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-2, Folic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Manganese, Zinc, Calcium, Kava Kava, Kola Nut, Natural Caffeine
Supplementation health benefits
Lack of energy, obesity, muscle weakness, bacterial infections, viral infections

Vitamin : B-6 (Pyridoxine)   Top

How is it useful for the body?

Vitamin B-6 is critical for many cellular functions. It is important for the cells to contain B-6 to convert proteins and fats into energy. Needed for production of red blood cells and antibodies which fight disease. Helps normal function of nerve and brain cells.

Where it is found in Nature?
Meats, whole grain products, brewer’s yeast, bananas, green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, pecans, beef, organ meats, wheat bran, eggs, milk and cabbage.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-1, B-2, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, Niacin, Black Chohosh, Primrose oil, EPA
Supplementation health benefits
Neurological disease, PMS, Menopause, low energy, anxiety, stress, obesity

Vitamin : FOLIC ACID   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Folic acid is necessary for the proper creation of RNA and DNA. Folic acid, also known as folicin helps for red blood cell production, growth and reproduction. Essential during pregnancy, shown to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (birth defects affecting the brain and/or spinal cord). The U.S. Public Health Service recommends 400mcg a day of folic acid for women of childbearing age.
Where it is found in nature?
Brewer’s yeast, liver, and green leafy vegetables, some fruits
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best to be combined with?
B-Complex, B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium
Supplementation health benefits
Neural tube defects, increased immune system, urinary tract defects, decreased energy, depression

Vitamin : E (Tocopherol)  Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants available in nature. It protects the cells and eradicates damaging environmental substances. Essential to the use of oxygen by muscles, helps improve circulation and promotes normal clotting and healing. Prolongs life of red blood cells.
Where it is found in Nature?
Most vegetable oils, wheat germ, soybean oil, safflower oil, raw seeds and nuts, eggs, leafy vegetables, beef liver, meat, milk, molasses, peanuts, legumes (soybeans, peas, beans), unrefined cereal products, and whole wheat.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best to be combined with?
Vitamin A, B-Complex, B-1, Inositol, Vitamin C, Manganese, Selenium, Beta Carotene, Fish Oil, Borage Oil, Pycnogenol, Grapeseed Oil, Coenzyme Q-10
Supplementation health benefits
Antioxidant activity, cell protection, diabetes, certain burns, restless leg syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, skin burns, cuts and abrasions

Vitamin : B-2 (Riboflavin)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin B2 is required for energy production in the cell and proper growth in the body. Vitamin B-2 is also required for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration and growth. Important for good muscle tone. Involved in metabolism of protein, protein fats and carbohydrates. It is necessary for good vision, skin, hair and nails.
Where it is found in Nature?
Milk, eggs, fish, brewer’s yeast, organ meats such as, liver and tongue, leafy vegetables and whole grain breads.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-6, Niacin, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba, Coenzyme Q-10

Supplementation health benefits
Anemia, migraine headaches, cataracts, aids to alcoholic, chronic fatigue syndrome

Vitamin : B-12 (Cyanocobalamin)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin B-12 is one of the most needed vitamins for body cells. Its key in developing new cell growth and maintaining cell growth. Powerful blood building factor. Key nutrient for new growth. Important factor in maintaining health of nervous system, including brain cells. Necessary for normal digestion, absorption of foods, protein synthesis and carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
Where it is found in Nature?
Liver, kidney, muscle, meats, fish, dairy products, meat and eggs.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-6, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol, Vitamin C, Potassium, Glucosomine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Soy extract, St. John’s Wort, Essential Fatty Acids
Supplementation health benefits
Anemia, depression, heart disease, canker sores, chronic fatigue syndrome, low back pain, decreased energy

Vitamin : B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Vitamin B-5 helps create progesterone, estrogen and testosterone in the body, also helps form certain hormones and antibodies. Plays an essential role in energy and metabolism . Needed for maintenance of healthy digestive tract, skin, nerves and glands. Helps to convert fat and sugar to energy.
Where it is found in Nature?
Organ meats, brewer’s yeast, egg yolk, whole grain cereal, chicken, bran, and nuts.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-6, B-12, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Soy Extract, Black chohost, Don Quai
Supplementation health benefits
Obesity, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus


How is it useful for the body?
Vital to collagen formation, the connective substance in all cells. As an antioxidant, it helps defend cells from the effects of smoke, pollution and other highly reactive substances called free radicals. Helps in healing, in production of red blood cells, preventing hemorrhaging and in fighting bacterial infections. It’s need is increased by physical stress.
Where it is found in Nature?
Fresh fruits (especially citrus) and berries, green vegetables, onions, tomatoes, radishes and rose hips, pine bark, grapes, apples, cherries
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
All vitamins and minerals, calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, vitamin E, selenium, calcium, coenzyme Q10, all B vitamins, grapeseed extract

Supplementation health benefits
Anemia, energy, decreased athletic performance, bruising, external burns, common cold symptoms, high cholesterol, wound healing

Vitamin : K   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Necessary for formation of prothrombin which is required blood clotting. Essential for normal liver functioning and important in maintaining vitality and longevity. also aids the absorption of calcium in bone.
Where it is found in Nature?
Kelp, alfalfa, green plants, leafy green vegetables, cow’s milk, yogurt, egg yolks, blackstrap molasses, polyunsaturated oils, fish liver oils.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
All B vitamins, vitamin C, fish oil, borage oil, flaxseed oil, echinacea, calcium, magnesium,
Supplementation health benefits
Cystic fibrosis, Osteoporosis, increased blood clotting, prevention of excessive bleeding.

Vitamin : B-3 (Niacin)   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Niacin is involved with the proper activity of the brain and the nervous system.Niacin is needed for healthy skin and digestive system. Aids in circulation. Important nutrient used by the body to synthesize sex hormones.
Where it is found in Nature?
Lean meats, poultry, fish, peanuts, Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, whole wheat products, dessicated liver, wheat, avocados, dates, figs and prunes.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
B-Complex, B-1, B-2 Vitamin C, Panothenic Acid, Beta Carotene, Plant Sterols, Fiber, Fish oil, Flaxseed oil, Borage oil, Soy extract
Supplementation health benefits
Acne, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, blockage of blood vessels, osteoarthritis, painful menstruation

Vitamin : CHOLINE   Top

How is it useful for the body?
Choline is important to increase the speed and efficiency of the nerve transmissions in the brain. Choline is critical for testosterone and progesterone in the body. Aids in nerve transmission and utilization of fat and hormone production. Helps maintain normal kidney and bladder function
Where it is found in Nature?
Egg yolk, milk, meat, legumes and whole grain cereals.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
Vitamin A, B-Complex, B-12, Folic Acid, Inositol, Calcium, Magnesium, Soy extract, Phosphatide choline
Supplementation health benefits
Memory deficits, Alzheimer’s, movement disorders, chronic aging. High cholesterol

Vitamin : BETA CAROTENE   Top

How is it useful for the body?
In addition to providing the body with a safe source of Vitamin A, beta carotene is a antioxidant that works with other natural protectors to defend your cells from harmful free radical damaged caused by highly reactive substances that either form in the body or are acquired from the environment (i.e. air pollution, cigarette smoke, smoke carcinogens, etc.)
Where it is found in Nature?
Dark green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange vegetables, and fruits.
What natural vitamins, minerals and herbs is it best combined with?
Other Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Selenium, Coenzyme Q10, Grapeseed extract, Bilberry. Echinacea, Vitamin E, Calcium

Supplementation health benefits
Lung cancer, night blindness, photosensitivity, reduce immune system.