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Medicinal Herbs and Plants for Natural Detox

by Marlie Parsons

milk thistleOne price people pay for living in more developed countries such as the USA and in Europe is the need for body detoxification. This is because our modern lifestyle includes foods that are loaded with artificial preservatives and chemicals such as pesticides that are used to grow them more economically. Moreover, the air we breathe in our general environment has toxins that come from a multitude of sources including factory smoke and off-gases from interior paint and furniture.

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There are several different ways to detoxify the body, including eating detoxifying foods, fasting for several days and using herbs for detox.

Herbs are some of the most helpful and medicinally useful plants in nature. They have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ayurvedic medicine in India and are still widely used around the world for a variety of ailments and health conditions.

If you like the idea of using herbs that naturally detoxify the body, you should look at the following list of herbal remedies that have a long history of effectiveness against body toxins. One note: you can’t use herbs to counteract the effects of a bad diet. You need to eat healthy, unprocessed foods to add to the detoxifying herbs.

Many of these herbs have been shown to detoxify the body for thousands of years, primarily in Chinese medical circles. They have been used in many different cultures all over the world. Some have had research studies to back up their effectiveness in managing many different symptoms. These are the herbs you should try:

  • Dandelion. The entire dandelion plant is a detoxifying herb. It helps keep the body hydrated and is used to regulate the bowels. The root is especially good for detoxifying the liver. Some herbalists feel that dandelion is also excellent for enhancing the effectiveness of the immune system.
  • Milk Thistle. This herb has been used for more than two millennia to help the gallbladder function better. Bile is produced in a greater amount and this helps digestion. The liver is also helped with organic milk thistle. When we digest better, our gut and the rest of the body is detoxified to a greater extent.
  • Acacia gum. This is a product made from the sap of an acacia tree and has been in use for centuries as an agent against symptoms of diarrhea. It bulks up the stool and helps improve the absorption of electrolytes. It is sometimes added to other herbal remedies to help them work better.
  • Wormwood. Wormwood has relatively recently been made legal to import into the United States after a brief ban because it was used to make absinthe. In medical folklore, it has been found to help digest foods better, while ridding the body of infections from worms like roundworms and pin worms.
  • Cilantro. Cilantro is one herb that can be sprinkled in sauces and salads to be used for detoxifying the body.   It especially rids the body of toxic heavy metals found as contaminants in food and water. There are numerous recipes out there that include cilantro as one of its ingredients and you can search the web for them. It has the ability to draw out toxins from the liver and other tissues for better health.
  • Black walnut. Black walnut contains three active ingredients, juglone, iodine, and tannins. This nut is used as a natural defense mechanism against disease, as a fighter against dangerous organisms and as a way to prolong life through better health. It has been used primarily in Europe since the 17th Century.
  • Peppermint. Peppermint is naturally soothing and helps the body fight off cough from colds and flu as well as sinus irritation and sore throat. It fights off unwanted organisms and acts to clear toxins from the lungs.
  • Alfalfa Leaf. Alfalfa leaf acts primarily against infections. It helps stimulate the appetite and can help heal ulcers of the stomach. It has been known to be a helpful herb for many centuries.
  • Stinging nettle. This is an all-encompassing detoxifying herb that resists bacteria, helps reduce blood pressure and acts as an antioxidant.
  • Eucalyptus. This is an herb that can help detoxify the lungs through better expectoration, anti-viral properties, and antibacterial properties. It is used topically as an ointment that can reduce chest congestion and stuffy noses.

A qualified herbalist can be a great asset in herbal detox methods and can guide you to the best combinations and methods. A qualified expert is also recommended for safety.

About the author:

Marlie Parsons is a freelance writer and researcher who has been investigating how to cleanse environmental toxins that can cause overweight and diabetes. Click here for details.

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Acupuncture Shown to Help Weight Loss

acupunctureAccording to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010) two out of every three American adults are overweight or obese. So it’s no surprise that many people include losing weight on their New Year’s resolution list. As Americans gear up to watch what they eat and hit the gym, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, may have a secret to aid in weight loss–acupuncture.

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A 2012 randomized controlled clinical trial conducted by researchers in Iran and China, looked at 196 participants. This study found that acupuncture in combination with other healthy lifestyle choices, such as food choice; portion control and regular exercise, was effective in enhancing weight loss and improving dyslipidemia.

“Acupuncture by itself isn’t the silver bullet to weight loss, but combined with exercise and a healthy diet, acupuncture can curb cravings and help patients keep the weight off,” said Afua Bromley, MSOM, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., Acupuncture St. Louis/Wellness.

“For example, one overweight patient using acupuncture for weight loss, lost 10 pounds in two weeks,” continued Bromley. “When she started to gain the weight back, I asked if she had changed any habits. She admitted to eating pizza every night at 10:00 p.m.  Acupuncture alone won’t help you lose weight, but when combined with diet and exercise, it can help you to reach your weight loss goals.”

In existence for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture and Oriental medicine’s holistic approach can be leveraged not only to help patients lose weight, but also to fight addiction, treat pain, and maintain overall health and well being.

“While acupuncture may help with weight loss, today’s nationally board-certified NCCAOM acupuncturists can address many health concerns including reducing pain, digestive issues, headaches as well as improving immune system function and overall health,” says Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, MT(ASCP), CAE, CEO of the NCCAOM®.

If you are looking for an acupuncturist that can help you with your 2016 weight loss goals, search the nearly 17,000 acupuncturists that are both state-licensed and board-certified by NCCAOM.

To find a nationally board-certified NCCAOM acupuncturist or Oriental medicine practitioner in your area, go to www.nccaom.org .

About the NCCAOM
With a mission to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a nonprofit organization that advances acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing.

Founded in 1982, NCCAOM certification indicates that a practitioner has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 24,000 Diplomates in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Asian bodywork therapy, and Oriental medicine in America.

For more information about NCCAOM, visit www.nccaom.org.

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Can Acupuncture Stop Prescription Pain Killer Addiction?

According to the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. Forty-six Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses–that’s two deaths an hour; and this critical national health issue is on the rise. But, according to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, instead of using an addictive prescription drug, pain can effectively be treated using acupuncture.

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University researchers published a study (September 2015) finding that repeated acupuncture treatment might reduce or eliminate the need for opioids by restoring the balance in key brain regions, altering pain-related attention and memory. The study was published by the National Center for Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Both NIH and the World Health Organization support acupuncture in the treatment for pain based on randomized controlled trials,” says Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)® and Director, Integrative Health Policy Consortium, Pinecrest Wellness Center, Annandale, VA.  “Acupuncture is a viable, evidenced-based solution to our nation’s opioid problem with an infrastructure already in place with nearly 17,000 acupuncturists that are both state-licensed and board-certified by NCCAOM®across the nation.”

A 2012 meta-analysis published by the American Medical Association evaluated acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain involving a total of 17,922 patients suffering from back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headaches.  The conclusion of the study is that, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”

In fact, acupuncture may be used in lieu of pain medication and is listed as an “Essential Health Benefit” among benchmark health insurance plans in six states. In the remaining 44 states, acupuncture has partial or full coverage.

“While acupuncture can reduce pain and may help reduce the growing opioid addiction rate, today’s nationally board-certified acupuncturists can address many health concerns including digestive issues, weight loss, headaches as well as improving immune system function and overall health,” says Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, MT(ASCP), CAE, CEO of the NCCAOM®.

In existence for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture and Oriental medicine’s holistic approach can be leveraged not only to treat moderate to severe pain traditionally treated with opioids, but also to maintain health and well-being.

To find a nationally board-certified NCCAOM acupuncturist or Oriental medicine practitioner in your area, go to www.nccaom.org.

About the NCCAOM
With a mission to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a nonprofit organization that advances acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing. Founded in 1982, NCCAOM certification indicates that a practitioner has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 24,000 Diplomates in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Asian bodywork therapy, and Oriental medicine in America. For more information about NCCAOM, visit www.nccaom.org.

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Ganoderma coffee works with 2,000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine

We have been hearing a log about Gandoderma coffee in recent times. The word on the street is that this delicious beverage has powerful health benefits because it contains the reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderm. Its Chinese name is ling zhi, and documentations of its use can be traced back more than 2,000 year. The reasons for its use are numerous. It eases depression, aids insomnia, strengthens the immune system, helps to cleanse the liver, benefits mental focus, and may also be good for the skin, lungs and urinary tract.

Two of the easiest and most popular ways to benefit from the herb is to drink it blended with coffee and tea, such as Organo Gold Coffee and Organic Green Tea. The following details more about what has been called the “miraculous king of herbs.”

The Power of Ganoderma in Oriental Medicine

by Srinivasan Gopal

Ganoderma, a rare variety of Mushroom credited with the highest medicinal qualities by the classic Chinese ‘Seng Nong’ is indeed a subject of much research from the ancient china of 100 B.C. or earlier to the modern times by various universities and research organizations. It is also known as Linghzi in China and Reishi in Japan.

It is said that in the ancient times anyone who found the rare Linghzi never revealed the place and kept it a secret of health, longevity and wealth. The Japanese revered the herb as ‘God’s Herb’ where it is known as Reishi.

Lingzhi in medicine was considered so auspicious that its medical efficacy has been attested to in the oldest Chinese medical text (over 2,000 years old). The book, which is known in Japan as “Shinnoh Honsohkyo”, is now accepted as being the original textbook of Oriental medical science. In it, 365 kinds of medicines are classified and explained. Ganoderma is classified as “Superior Herb” or “God’s Herbs” and they are for perpetual youth and longevity. The book states that for “superior” medicines, any amount can be taken as desired on a continuous basis with no unfavorable effects. Of the superior medicines listed in the text, Lingzhi was rated number one. You can see how important and powerful Lingzhi was considered in ancient times. It achieved its ranking in the Chinese text not because of its symbolic importance as a good omen but because of its medicinal properties. Centuries ago, Lingzhi was said to be a medicine that would grant you eternal youth and longevity.

But after 2,000 years, Lingzhi has jumped into the spotlight as a specific medicine for cancer. This must be a bitter irony for those in the modern medical profession who discounted the herbal remedies and oriental medicine as being “old wives’ tales”. The families of many cancer patients who have received a diagnostic “death sentence” now seek reishi as the only way left for them.

The Linghzi Mushrooms grows only on old tree barks with specific conditions difficult to replicate.

Till 1971 the herb was so rare that it was hardly sited except in mountainous areas. Many researchers had attempted to plant Ganoderma artificially but failed. Till in 1971 directed by Naoi Department of Agriculture and Professor Zenzaburo Kasai, Kyoto University made a breakthrough in its cultivation.

Presently the herb is grown only by 10 countries. The demand far outstrips supply due to the increasing evidence through various researches on its efficacy in treating many disease including Cancer, HIV, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Liver disorders and mainly as a preventive due its rich anti oxidant and detoxifying qualities. You can check further resources at http://globalhealthnetwork.tripod.com

Some of the research in Japan indicates that those that have taken Ganoderma for over a year the visit to doctors dropped into half. There are thousands of research paper available including on the internet on the subject of the healing breakthroughs achieved by Ganoderma in various treatments and too lengthy to discuss here. However we can highlight the research in short.

Summarized from these reports, it is found that Lingzhi have the following properties:

  • Improves cholesterosis, coronary insufficiency
  • Improves hyper and hypotensions
  • Improves nervous tension, neurosis
  • Improves chronic bronchitis, hepatitis
  • Improves leukocytopenia and reticuloendothelial system
  • Effective in numerous other ailments

The three major killers these days are: cancer, cerebrosis and coronary diseases. The latter two have their etiology closely linked to the blood circulatory system. Related problems like stroke, heart block, arteriosclerosis, obesity etc. are all tied to problems in the blood circulation. One out of three persons dies from one of the above ailments everyday.

Lingzhi can correct this imbalance and strengthen the system to prevent further deterioration.

What are noteworthy are its preventive capabilities. For the 21st century man, stressed out, poisoned by the polluted atmosphere, wrong food habits and drug induced illnesses of the modern medicine. While modern medicine has been very effective in treating certain conditions effectively and immediately, they do not address the holistic approach of the ancient medicine as a preventive and for regeneration of wasted tissues and damaged cells.

In conclusion, Ganoderma has been proven to exert significant effect on diminishing pain, fortifying the body’s immune system and prolonging life. Even though its role in cancer control has not been determined 100 percent yet.

Ganoderma has a history of 3,000 years, during which time it is widely used by many people with no reported unfavorable side effects. It is therefore highly recommend for prevention. I hope that people from all walks of life will take a concerned interest and share in development of Herbal treatments. Hopefully, with so much research and emerging evidence, Ganoderma can bring a brighter outlook to the human race in the conquest of longevity.

Below are links for coffee and tea that contain Gandoderma that you can buy online.

About the author:
Srinivasan Gopal is a syndicated columnist, author and internet entrepreneur. You can download interesting free stuff at his site http://www.freedownloadsonline.biz

 

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