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Herbalism - The Top Botanicals Used Today - Dave Hawkins Health
With the increase in consumer awareness concerning the use of botanical medicines, I thought it would interest the reader to know about the top herbs being sold today and why they are in such demand. The herbal industry has grown in recent years by about 20-25. This translates into almost a billion dollars a year in sales of herbal products. This includes herbs used in foods and in body care categories. Americans are interested in a more natural approach to healing, and it is being reflected in the marketplace.
How does one know what they are purchasing? Before you buy a product, it is important to know what you want. The label will help you in the following way:
· The name will be the common and the scientific name. The ingredients will be listed in descending order if it is a formula.
· The form of the packaging: Do the capsules or tablets contain raw herb or an extract? If an extract, it will say if it is standardized or not.
· The total amount and unit size: Examples are 100 caps of 450 mg each.
· An expiration date
· Dosage recommendations: For adults and children, and suggested guidelines.
· Any health warnings, cautions or contraindications.
The label cannot tell you any condition that the herb may help prevent or treat. Only structure function claims can be made. For example: Ginger root is a safe and natural aid to digestion. But it cannot say it is good for motion sickness. Also, the label must have a disclaimer that reads “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.” This product is not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
Let’s look now at the top selling herbs:
· Aloe vera: Gel from the leaves are used for minor skin disorders, like burns, sunburn, rashes, poison ivy, vaginal dryness, athletes foot, and insect bite. It is also used to sooth inflamed tissue of the stomach and intestines. Being researched for use with aids and HIV.
· Bilberry (vaccinium myrtillus): A member of the blueberry family, it offers improvement for a number of vision problems. Night blindness, eye fatigue, severe nearsightedness, and used for prevention of macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. It is also used for diabetes and other vascular disorders.
· Cayenne: Known to stimulate circulation, aid digestion and promote sweating. Will stop bleeding, aid in healing ulcers due to stimulation of mucous membrane, used for pain relief and normalizing blood pressure.
. Cranberry: Is currently being used for urinary tract infections. It also is used for stomach and gall bladder problems.
· Echinacea: Has been shown to boost the immune system, short circuit colds and flu, fight bacterial and viral infections, lower fevers and calm allergic reactions.
· Elderberry: Has been used for cold and flu, reducing fevers, as an anti-inflammatory and nerve tonic.
· Feverfew: Helpful for migraine headaches, reducing fevers, as an anti-inflammatory and nerve tonic.
· Garlic: Lowers overall cholesterol, has antibiotic properties, aids circulation, lowers blood pressure, aids liver functions, fights colds and flu, and protects against cancer.
· Ginger root: Aids digestion, good for nausea and vomiting, helps with motion sickness and vertigo, lowers cholesterol, works as an anti-inflammatory, and increases circulation. Safe during pregnancy for morning sickness.
· Gingko biloba: Used for thousands of years for asthma, allergies and colds. Stimulates blood flow to the brain thus aiding mental and sensorial activity. It is an antioxidant and aids with tissue integrity. Used by elderly for memory problems and diabetics.
· Ginseng (panax): This tonic herb is a rejuvenator and revitalizer for the body. Known to aid athletic performance and endurance, stimulate the nervous system, increase alertness, enhance memory and concentration, and as a strengthener for the sexual system.
· Goldenseal: Works as an antibiotic, anti-viral agent and liver cleanser.Â Great for sinus infections, fights cold and flu, heals bleeding ulcers, fights chronic yeast infections, and has anti-cancer properties.
· Grape seed: Is used as an antioxidant, for the prevention of atherosclerosis, bruising, diabetes, macular degeneration, varicose veins, and helps with wound healing.
· Green tea: Help to protect us from cancer of the lungs, skin, liver, pancreas, and stomach. Boosts cardiovascular health by aiding weight loss and regulating blood sugar. A useful antioxidant.
· Hawthorn berries: A cardiac tonic; used for angina and congestive heart failure. Improves cardiac output as well as strengthens the heart muscle. Aids digestion. Works as an antioxidant.
· Kava kava: Used to calm the body, a natural muscle relaxant, helps promote sleep, helps with anxiety. Helps one feel good.
· Milk thistle: Protects the liver from harmful chemicals and drugs, used in detoxification programs, is being used to treat cirrhosis and hepatitis, as well as other liver diseases.
· St. John’s wort: Is a nervine and is used for insomnia and wound healing; is being researched for its anti-viral properties. Currently being used for depression.
· Saw palmetto berries: Used as a tonic for the male reproductive system. Reduces the discomfort of enlarged prostrate. Used as an aphrodisiac by the Indians. Known to have immune boosting properties.
· Shitake mushroom: Boosts the immune system, protects us from cancer, known to shrink tumors, lowers high cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and combats viruses and bacteria.
· Siberian ginseng: Is an adaptogenic herb. Strengthens, normalizes and regulates entire body. Works with the adrenal glands and helps prevent nervous tension, increases energy, helps regulate high blood pressure, blood sugar irregularities and depression.
· Turmeric: Has been used for centuries as an antioxidant, for all liver disorders, inflammatory conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, and a cancer preventative.
· Valerian root: Classified as a nervine and an antispasmodic. Works with insomnia, nervous tension, helps relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, and helps with anxiety.
· Wild yam root: Has been used as a liver tonic, digestive aid and muscle relaxant. Works with the adrenals and is helpful with PMS and menopausal symptoms.
The herbs on the preceding list are currently in demand for the brief conditions mentioned. It is very important for you to do research on your own when beginning a herbal program. Make sure you have an authoritative manual or consult with a holistic practitioner.
Two good books are The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D. or The Healing Power Of Herbs by Michael Murray, N.D.
Homeopathy - How And What To Use For Common Ailments - Dave Hawkins
Many people in the United States are just becoming aware of homeopathy as a natural treatment. Homeopathy is a low cost non-toxic system of medicine.
It is used by millions of people around the world. Homeopathy has been used for over 180 years as an effective treatment for chronic illnesses that fail to respond to conventional treatments.
However due to its low cost, which threatens pharmaceutical profits, as well as its divergence from conventional medical theory, homeopathy has been continually attacked by the medical establishment. Homeopathic remedies are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals, and animals.
The World Health Organization has cited homeopathy as one of the systems of traditional medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine in order to provide adequate global health care by the year 2000. There are over 500 million people worldwide that utilize homeopathic treatments. In the United States, there are an estimated 3000 medical doctors and licensed practitioners.
The FDA (Food And Drug Administration) recognizes homeopathic remedies as official drugs and regulates their manufacture, labeling, and dispensing. The homeopathic pharmacopoeia of the United States was first published in 1897. In Europe, there are over 11,000 practitioners along with pharmacies that carry the remedies and specialized hospitals that use homeopathic as its treatment.
In Britain, homeopathic clinics are part of the national health system.
Let’s look at the history of homeopathy and the mechanisms of how it works.
Homeopathy was founded in the late 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. He was known for his work in pharmacology, hygiene, public health, industrial toxicity, and psychiatry. Because of his frustration with conventional treatments at the time (blood letting, the use of mercury, and other toxins), he set out to find a more rational and humane approach to medicine.
He formulated three principals based on his research. They are as follows:
1. Like Cures Like (Law Of Similars)
2. The More The Remedy Is Diluted, The Greater The Potency ( Law Of Infinitesimal Dose).
3. An Illness Is Specific To The Individual.
Let’s look into these a little deeper.
Like Cures Like means that a substance taken in large dose that produces the symptoms of an illness will have the reverse effect if taken in a very minute dose. This is referred to as the Law Of Similars set down by Hippocrates in the 4th century. This same law was the basis for the theory of immunizations and even used today with allergy testing.
The More Dilute The Remedy The Greater The Potency, the next principle, is probably the hardest for the rational mind to comprehend. Most of us believe that more is better. A medicine is more effective in a higher dose.
Homeopathy believes the opposite. The more diluted a remedy the greater ability to be effective. Homeopathic remedies are prepared by producing what is called a mother tincture, which is an alcoholic extract of a substance, and then it is diluted by taking 1 part and mixing it with pure water or alcohol and succussing (vigorous shaking).
Each time this happens it is rated as 1 X potency. This is done numerous time until there is no physical sign of the original material. When a remedy is broken down, there is no visible sign of anything in it. So how does it work? According to Trevor Cook, Ph.D. President of The United Kingdom Homeopathic Medical Association, the explanation of the therapeutic action of the highly diluted remedy appears to lie in the domain of quantum physics and the emerging field of energy medicine. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (Nmr) shows distinctive reading of subatomic activity in the remedies tested.
The third principal of Dr. Hahnemann was that Illness Is Specific To The Individual. This is truly a holistic model. Comparing this to the conventional medical approach that wants to give specific conditions the same or similar treatment, in homeopathy, each condition is treated individually. Practitioners of classical homeopathy consult vast compendiums called repertories and materia medicas to determine the remedy that most closely matches the total picture of the patient’s symptomology. It takes years of study and practice to be proficient in this process.
Dr. Constantine Hering, the father of American homeopathy stated that “the healing progresses from the deepest part of the body to the extremities; from the emotional and mental aspects to the physical; and from the upper part of the body to the lower part of the body.” Herings Law Of Cure also goes to state that the healing progresses in reverse chronological order, from the most recent malady to the oldest.
Basically any imbalance system of the body can be treated effectively with homeopathy. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, skin disorders, allergy, cold and flu, headaches, fatigue, pms, and more. It is safe and non-toxic so if the wrong remedy is taken it will not have a negative effect on the body. This makes this system ideal for young children and elderly. No one wants to give potentially toxic drugs to children, and when dealing with the elderly that may be on multiple medications homeopathy will not interact or interfere with these medications.
There have been numerous clinical studies done with homeopathic remedies, so why is this system just now gaining acceptance?
The fact is that numerous Americans are frustrated with the current conventional system. People are looking for other approaches to better health. The history of how medicine has evolved or digressed in this country is fascinating. Unfortunately, it has been controlled by economic and monopolistic thinking by our own AMA, pharmaceutical, and medical industry.
For some good reading on this subject, the following books will enlighten you:
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings, MD, and Dana Ullman, MPH
Homeopathic Medicine Today: A Study by Trevor Cook
Divided Legacy: A History of the Schism in Medical Thought, Vol. 3
Ethics in American Medicine, 1800-1914
For more information, contact The National Center for Homeopathy at 801 North Fairfax, Suite 306 Alexandria, Va. 22314 703 548-7790
Article by herbalist Dave Hawkins, MH, CNC
Naturopathy - A Natural Way To Better Health - Dave Hawkins Health
With increased awareness to the healing benefits of natural medicine, many people are confused about naturopathic medicine.
What is naturopathy and how it works will be the subject of this article. You will understand the history and the basic foundation that underscores the methodologies that a naturopathic physician utilizes in the process of aiding the healing process.
Let’s look at history first. The term naturopathy was first coined by Dr. John Scheel, a German homeopath in 1895. Many of the therapies incorporated at the time were based on the work of Friar Sebastian Kneipp. Kneipp is renowned for his work with hydrotherapy (water cure). Naturopathy in the United States became more prevalent through the work of Benedict Lust, a German missionary trained in the Kneipp cure, due to his own healing of tuberculosis with the “water cure”. Lust later obtained degrees in osteopathy and medicine and founded his own school, the American School of Naturopathy, offering massage, chiropractic, and naturopathy in New York. Popularity of this therapy grew during this time period. There were over 83 naturopathic colleges at its peak in the 1930’s with over 10,000 practitioners.
Naturopathy took a decline around World War II with the rise of allopathic medicine and pharmaceuticals. There has been a resurgence over the last 10 years in the growth of naturopathy. Currently there are two accredited colleges offering degree programs. Approximately 20 states have licensure for naturopathy. This growth is due mainly to our increased awareness to the role of diet and lifestyle in the cause of chronic disease as well as the failure of modern medicine to deal effectively with these conditions.
Let’s look at some of the guiding principals of naturopathy and then we will look at the methods utilized. Even though the term naturopathy is fairly new the founding principals have roots in the healing systems of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Native American, and Greek systems.
· The healing power of nature is powerful: all healing comes from within and the body heals itself. The role of the naturopath is to help facilitate this natural process.
· Treat the cause rather than the effect: seek the underlying cause of disease rather than suppress symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s imbalances on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
· First do no harm: one of Hippocrates principals to do no harm in the treatment of trying to create balance within a body. This utilizes natural substances and therapies.
· Treat the whole person: a holistic viewpoint of total body, which goes beyond single body system treatments. This approach results in a therapeutic approach in which no disease is automatically seen as incurable.
· The physician as teacher: naturopaths are first and foremost teachers that educate, empower, and motivate the person to take responsibility for his or her own health by assessing and adopting lifestyle changes.
· Prevention is the best cure: by understanding underlying lifestyle imbalances and understanding body systems a person can prevent many disease processes. This is taught by the naturopath.
Naturopathic doctors are considered primary care physicians. They can treat everyday problems. Lets look at the methods and applications they might utilize.
· Nutrition: the diet is the foundation of naturopathic medicine. Minimizing over process chemical laden foods is a start with emphasis is on whole foods rather that particular diet programs like vegetarianism etc. Nutritional supplementation is part of this process when trying to get positive body responses.
· Herbal medicine: plants have been used for thousands of years and have known benefits for balancing body systems. Most naturopaths recognize the necessity of conventional drug for emergency and short-term use but work with natural substances to restore harmony and balance.
· Homeopathy: another form of natural medicine employed as means to restoring balance using natural substances with no toxicity.
· Acupuncture-acupressure: stimulating the “chi” by opening pathways of energy to restore balance.
· Hydrotherapy: using hot/cold pack, spas, sitz baths, saunas, whirlpools, poultices, castor oil packs and enemas to maintain health and prevent disease.
· Physical medicine: which involves massage, therapeutic touch, reiki, ultrasound, magnet and light therapy.
· Counseling and lifestyle modification: the education and assessment of each person to activate their own desire to be responsible for there condition. Understanding what you may be doing to cause your symptoms can help you make changes in your lifestyle.
A typical visit to a naturopath will take about an hour to an hour and a half. You will fill out a questionnaire before the interview. During your first visit, the ND will ask about your condition beginning with your health history, present symptoms, lifestyle, and diet. A physical exam will follow with other diagnostic techniques and tests. Hair analysis, urine analysis, and blood testing might be employed based on what the ND needs to find out. New functional medicine testing is becoming more prevalent as a more accurate assessment in testing for organ or system functions than standard testing procedures. After the assessment process the ND will develop a comprehensive program for you to begin. This will utilize many of the methods mentioned above.
This is a joint process between you and the ND. Remember you have choice in this process.
A follow-up will usually be within two weeks to make adjustments and to review any test results that may affect the protocols implemented in the first visit. Another follow up is within thirty days of the first visit. Of course depending on the nature of your condition, how long a person will work with the ND is based on the amount of time it takes to see results that have lasting effects.
I personally know and have worked with a number of naturopaths over the years. I utilize there expertise and services in my own life. What I like most is the fact that I am empowered to be involved in my own healing process and feel that I have an advocate at my side.
Article by herbalist Dave Hawkins, MH, CNC
Theraoeutic And Healing Touch - The Art Of Therapeutic Touch - Dave Hawkins Health Report
This weeks topic of discussion will review a technique called Therapeutic Touch. Therapeutic Touch is an energetic therapy based on the concept of a subtle, non-physical energy, which sustains all living organisms. It is vitalizing, a universal force. This concept can be found in numerous traditional healing systems (known in Chinese medicine as “chi” or “prana” in Yoga systems or better know as laying-on of hands).
Each of us has our own energy field that radiates out two to six inches from the body and interacts constantly with the environment. A trained practitioner is attuned to this energy field’s flow. In good health the energy flows and is smooth and balanced. However if we are injured, or are suffering for emotional distress or disease the flow is blocked.
By using this technique the practitioner can help rebalance the energy field promoting better flow and alleviate vitality and in turn reduce symptoms.
Therapeutic Touch developed by Dolores Kreiger, PH. D.,R.N., professor emeritus at New York University and Dora Kunz, a healer interpreted many healing practices such as, visualization, laying-on of hands and aura therapy.
Since it’s development this technique has been taught to over 37000 nurses, doctors, and health practitioners. It is taught in over 50 colleges and uses in over 200 hospitals.
With Therapeutic Touch there is generally no physical contact between patient and practitioner.
Even though styles may vary the practitioners use their hands held a few inches over the body to assess energy fields. The practitioner assesses the client, clears congestion, transfers energy to depleted areas, and balances the energy flow.
Sessions last from 5 to 25 minutes depending on the patient. Acute conditions respond faster and chronic illness responds slower.
Therapeutic Touch has proven effective in treating a variety of conditions.
It has been shown to reduce anxiety, reduce pain, and ease problems associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Other examples include altered enzyme activity, increased hemoglobin levels, and to accelerate wound healing. Many studies have shown that patients receiving this therapy experienced a reduction of headache pain, ease of asthmatic breathing and a reduction of fever and inflammation.
Although numerous studies have demonstrated it to be useful and harmless, many people remain skeptical about its’ effects. One problem it that some of its working principals-intuition-energy-consciousness- don’t fit in very easy with a conventional medical mind set or laboratory research methods. Anecdotal evidence abounds even though patient response is very different.
Despite these drawbacks and our lack of certain scientific understanding, something does happen during a session. Over the last 20 years research has been conducted with it in relation to cardiac studies, stress and anxiety, wound healing, and pain relief.
Therapeutic Touch is one alternative approach that offers a balance between technology and miracles and life’s mysteries. There are nurses in our area that are trained in this technique. If you are looking for someone contact me or check with your health care practitioner.
Article by herbalist Dave Hawkins, MH, CNC