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Some uses of Herbal Medicine -
Sample of Health Conditions and Related Topics:
Information on acne, including acne triggers such as hormonal causes and food allergies. Topics include herbal, nutritional and dietary considerations for both internal and topical treatment of acne. Herbs discussed include: Tea-tree oil, burdock, red clover, dandelion, lavender, garlic, yellow dock, Oregon grape root, strawberry leaves, echinacea, vitex, guggul, and calendula.
Information on alcoholism, including physiological consequences like fatty liver disease, hypoglycemia, poor digestion, and depression. Topics include herbal and nutritional therapies, dietary considerations, and acupuncture as well as information for coping with alcohol cravings and the psychological aspects of addiction recovery. Herbs discussed include: milk thistle, kudzu, goldenseal, dandelion, turmeric, chamomile, Siberian ginseng, and ginger.
Information on the topics of anxiety and stress management. This packet discusses nutritional therapy, homeopathy, herbal therapy and lifestyle suggestions for reducing stress and anxiety. The herbs mentioned include: licorice, ginseng, chamomile, wood betony, black cohosh, rosemary, black horehound, blue cohosh, bugleweed, California poppy, cowslip, cramp bark, damiana, feverfew, goldenrod, gotu kola, hops, hyssop, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lady's slipper, lavender, lemon balm, life root, linden, lobelia, mate, mistletoe, motherwort, mugwort, oats, scullcap, passionflower, peppermint, St. John's wort, valerian, squaw vine, sweet flag, vervain, wild lettuce, wormwood.
- CHINESE HERBS
General information on Chinese herbs. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is discussed, as are techniques of diagnoses and examination used in TCM. There is also an article comparing Eastern and Western medicine. Herbs discussed include: gingko, qinghao, qingdai, huanglian, spiny jujube, magnolia flowers, rhubarb, qian ceng ta, sour date kernel, ma huang, licorice, and many more.
- COLDS AND FLU
Extensive information on the herbal remedies that can prevent or treat colds and flu. Immune system building herbs are discussed, as well as homeopathic remedies. Many of the herbs are broken down by their mode of action: expectorant, antibacterial, diaphoretic, etc. Very comprehensive and helpful. This packet also contains information about nutritional therapies. Herbs discussed include: echinacea, ginger, osha, schisandra, goldenseal, elder, garlic, cat's claw, reishi, lemon balm, mint, linden, thyme, astragalus, and ephedra.
Information on both internal and topical treatments for eczema (atopic dermatitis). Topics include herbal, nutritional, and dietary therapies, symptoms, causes, and allergic / histamine responses. Herbs discussed include: blueberry, rue, hawthorn, forskolin, licorice, burdock, chamomile, grape seed extract, green tea, ginkgo, gotu kola, echinacea, comfrey, dandelion, marshmallow, red clover, and lupine seed extract.
Useful information on menstrual disorders, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal pap smears, and toxic shock syndrome. Alternatives to surgery are discussed, as well as nutritional and herbal therapies. The body/mind connection and environmental toxins are also explored in relation to gynecological problems. Herbs discussed include: angelica, wild yam, dong quai, vitex, black currant oil, sage, evening primrose oil, raspberry, nettle, motherwort, flaxseed, alfalfa, ginger and soy.
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