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Top Herbs And Their Uses by kayus4321(m): 3:23pm On Jul 16, 2013
Herbs and its Uses

Aloe

There is lesser known variety called aloe ferox.It is source for cape aloe.The parts of the aloe that is use as herbal treatment is the elaves.The leaves yields juice,gel and can be dried to leaf powder.

The aloe chemical constituents for the gel:Acetylated mannon,steroidal substabces,amino acids,saponins,enzymes,outer leaf:anthraquinone glycosides.

Uses:The aloe gel is gotten by filleting the leaves.This is very effective remedy for soothing scrapes and burns.When you apply this gel to burns, it is best you mix it with honey and vitamin E oil.The gel is also useful for gastrointestinal tract but you need to be careful so you do not avoid ingesting any of the outer leaf.

The dried leaf powder is used as laxative.This powder is made from the aloe ferox which is known as cape aloe.This is useful for aiding the proper function of a slow colon for the short term.

Dosage:Gel: Apply as you need it.For capsules: use 2 capsules of outer leaf powder once or twice daily.But do not use it for long term.

American Cranesbill

It is also known as wild geranium and spotted cranesbill.

The useful part is the rhizome.

The chemical constituents are natural resin,tannic acid,gallic acid.

Uses
It is very effective for stopping internal hemorrhaging and external bleeding.For sore throat is very effective as well. You just need to make a gargle on your throat.If you have diarrhea you may use is some cases.But be careful not to use it as you first aid for diarrhea.

Dosage
Half cup per application will stop the bleeding.You may combine it with cayenne for more effectiveness.

Arnica

The part for herbal use is the dried flowers.

The chemical cosntituents are thymol and arnicin.

Uses

You should use it in salves or oils as antibacterial for treating scrapes,cuts and abrasions.If you have painful joints you can apply topically and it will relieve the pain.
It is advisable you mix wintergreen oil or peppermint oil with it to help make the arnica works deeper.

Dosage

Use externally only unless directed by an experienced doctor.

Astragalus

It is also known as huang qi and mil-vetch.

The part to use is root.

The chemical constituents beta,choline,glycosides,glucornic acid and sucrose.

Uses

This builds and strengthens the immune system.It also strengthen the digestive system.For fatigue it help relieve as it supports normal adrenal function.If you have a debilitating sweat during illness it helps stop it.
Some practitioners says it helps in healing chronic ulcers.It may have mild diuretic effect.

Dosage
for decoction use 1 root slice every other day in 1 pint water.It is useful for long term.

Barberry

It is also called Beriber,wood sour,pepperidge bush.

The chemical constituents are berbamine,berberine,berberrubine,columbamine,hydrastine,jatorrhizine,manganese,oxycanthine and palmatine.

Uses
When applied externally,it helps to kill bacteria.Internally, it is used as laxatives.It do worl to slow down rapid heart rate and respiration.It is best used as liver cleanser.

Dosage
capsules:use 2-4 capsules three times daily maximum.For decoction use 1 cup 3 times daily before meals.

Bladderwrack
It is also known as kelp.

The whole plant is useful.

The chemcical constituents are muscilage,mannitol,alginic acid,iodine,potassium and lots of trace minerals.

Uses
It is effective in dealing with obesity.This is because its iodine that supports the thyroid gland which speed up the metabolic process and lower the bodies ability to store fat.

It is can be used externally in compresses or possibly plasters to use on local inflammation or swelling that is associated with arthritis.

Dosage
It is best used as powder.Use 6 "0" capsules daily.

Black Cohosh
It is also known as snake root and squaw root.

The part for use are dried root and rhizome.

Its chemical constituents are triterpene-glycosides,resin,salicylates.oleic acid,palmation acid, phosphorus,isoferulic acid,ranunculin,tannin,traces of estrogenic substances.

Uses
It is primary used as antispasmodic.It is great for treating both whooping cough and asthma.It is effective for menstrual cramps and spasmodic action and muscle tension in rheumatoid arthritis.The salicylates works as antiinflammatory which is very powerful in dealing with arthritis and respiratory disorders.

Dosage
Typical dosage would be 1-3 capsules used 3 times daily. Decoction: drink 1 cup three times daily maximum.

Blessed Thistle

This is also called hly thistle,benedicten thistle,st.benedict thsitle or blessed cardus.
The useful parts are roots,aerial parts and the seeds.

Its chemical constituents are muscilage,essential oil,cincin and tannin.

Uses

It is mainly used for re-lactation.That ism it can be used to increase the flow of the mother's milk that is already in full lactation.

It can be used to induce sweating if you desire.It regenerate the liver for effective functioning.In case of inflammation in the lungs such as bronchitis and pleurisy, you can use it.

Caution;If you take large dosage,it can result in being emetic and cause diarrhea.

Dosage
capsules is 4 "0" four times daily.
Infusion: aerial part-Use 1/2 cup every 2 hours.
Decoction:roots and seed-use 1/2 cup every 2 hours.

Burdock

It is also known as cocklebur,beggar button and cockle button.

The useful parts are roots,leaves and seeds.

The chemical constituents are fresh roots:insulin,polyacetylenes,acidic acid,proprionic acid,butyric acid,isovaleric acid,lauric acid,palmitic acid,stearic acid,myristic acid,manganese,sulphur,biotein tannin,Seed: arctin,chlorogenic.Leaves:arctiol,funkinone,traxasterol.

Uses
It purifies the blood and the tissues.It has a somewhat laxative property and it is a mild diuretic.It can be used as internal and external use for skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

Decoction of the root helps to restore the liver and gall bladder function and it has mild stimulating effect to your immune system.The antimicrobila action makes it useful in treating skin disorders such as boils,acne and other skin infections.External plaster can be used mainly.

It is useful in treating case of cysts in the urinary tract.The root when used in decoction do remove acids in alleviating symptoms of both osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.Its fresh leaves though bitter is used to stimulate the purification of the liver.In case of bone spurs and related calcification may be eliminated by drinking up to a quarter of the decoction of the root daily for 2-3 weeks.

For better results you can take 8-14 alfalfa tablets daily while drinking the decoction.

Caution:For people suffering hypo-glycemia, care should be taken as burdock lower blood sugar levels.

Dosage capsule of 4 "0" of root power should be taken 4 times daily maximum.Decoction: Drink 3 cups two times daily.

Butchers Broom
It is alos known as broom.

The part to use are the seeds and the seed top.Its chemical constituents are Hydroxytyramine,alkaloids and ruscogenins.

Uses
It has a mild anti-inflammatory action.In case of reduced circulation it is very effective.In most cases,it can be used to lower high blood pressure.But make sure you start with low dosage.It also useful for treating phlebitis.It has the ability to increase circulation as thus could cure to prevent the destructive side of diabetes on the circulatory system.

Dosage

Capsules:Use up to 3 "0" capsules two times daily.It is advisable to start with 1 capsule two times daily and increase it until you see the desire effect.

Catnip

It is known as cat mint.

It useful parts is the aerial.Its chemical constituents are acidic acid,butyric acid,choline,sitral,inositol,thymol,volatile oils,tannins,PABA,phosphorus,sodium,sulphur,valeric acid,limonene,lifronella,dipentene.

Uses

The catnip is effective as antispasmodic in case of diarrhea and cramping.It is works as mild sedative to help in treating insomnia.Stomach upset can be treated with catnip as well as colic.

It helps in combating colds and flu as it stimulate sweating.It can stimulate your appetite and he lp in digestion.

Dosage

capsules:Take maximum of 3 "0" capsules four times daily.
Infusions: Drink 1 cup three times daily.

Cat's Claw

It is also known as una de gato.The parts to use is inner bark.
Its chemical consitituents are alkaloids,plyphenols,triterpens,betasitosterol,stigmasterol,campasterol.

Uses
It is antiinflammatory and antiviral.It blocks fluid retention and stimulate immune systems.It is used in crohn's disease.

Dosage

Capsules: 3 capsule taken for three time daily.
Decoction; Take 3 cups daily.

Cayenne

It is known as bird pepper.
The parts to use is the pods.Its chemical constituents are capsaicin,apsaicine,carotenoids,flavonoids,voltaile oils,capsacutin,capsathine,PABA,capsico.

Uses

It lowers blood pressure but should betaken for short term.Great gargle for sore throat and oral ulcers.This reduces the pain as well as purify and cleanse.It is antibacterila.

Cayenne is great remedy for stopping both internal and external bleeding.Internal and externally effective for pleurisy.For arthritis,it is effective both internal and external treatment.


Chaparral

It is known as creosote bush.The useful part is the leaves.Its chemical constituents are sodium,sulphur,nordihydroquaiaretic acid.
Uses
Chaparral is a free radical scavenger and fights cancer.When you mix with goldenseal,it helps to removes toxic chemicals out of the body cells and suspends them in the blood.

Ensure that you begin the dosage slowly as rapid detoxification can be harmful.It helps to improve liver function and its a good blood purifier.It also have antiviral,anti bacterial and antiparasitic action.It cleanses the urinary system.

Mind you,if you have had lots of chemotherapy and other drug therapies,using this may cause nausea and other types of side effects.This is because chaparral releases substances from the tissues into the blood stream.

Caution;If you use it for long term,this may cause liver complication.

Dosage
Capsules:take 3-6 "0' capsules three times daily.
Infusion: take 1 cup three times daily.

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Re: Top Herbs And Their Uses by Spicylucy4real: 7:38pm On Apr 09, 2019
Please where can the burdock, the bladderwrack, blessed thistle all roots and leaves for decoction be gotten from in Nigeria.

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