Herbs as Substitutes to Drugs.

 

There are probably at most only a handful of medical drugs that may be beneficial for the user, eith the thousands of others only beneficial for the prescriber and the pharmaceutical industry. Almost all drugs are designed to alleviate the symptoms without really improving our health. On the contrary, in addition to their numerous side effects, they commonly become a burden on the liver or kidneys by increasing our load of toxic chemicals, and thus accelerate the deterioration of our health. 

Many also tend to become addictive and, when withdrawn, can produce the same symptoms that they originally made to go away. Herbs are not completely harmless either, but damage due to commonly used herbs is very rare - while benefits are usually more genuine and lasting. In contrast to culinary herbs, medicinal herbs should only be used on a long-term basis if there is sufficient reason for using them. 

A good combination to cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract is a mixture of chilies with a sufficiently large quantity of ginger.  Blended or crushed in lemon juice and olive oil and refrigerated.
Use this as a salad dressing or for flavoring meals. Gradually increase the intake to just below your tolerance level for several weeks. Then you may continue to use it just in normal amounts for flavoring your food.  With serious infections, inflammations or cancer of the gastro-intestinal tract you may also add fresh garlic for a while. Peppermint tea is especially good to stimulate the digestion and uplift the spirit, and slippery elm powder soothes the digestive tract. Sage is highly esteemed. An ancient saying is: 'Why die (of a disease) when sage grows in your garden?' Sage can be combined with other herbs, and is prepared by adding two teaspoons of dried sage to a  pint of boiling water. After three minutes take off the heat and let draw for another 10 minutes or so. 

Other fragrant or leaf herbs, such as peppermint or St Johnswort, may be added. St John's wort, is very effective for depression. In a comparative clinical trial it has been found to be as effective as antidepressant drugs. The immune system may be strengthened with echinacea, propolis, European mistletoe (viscum album), Easter lily, Reishi and other oriental mushrooms. Echinacea may be added to all other herb combinations. However, there are some findings that echinacea can cause problems if taken without a break for several months. Therefore it may be preferable to interrupt its use after a month and then take it again a few weeks later. 

Wormwood and garlic are excellent against all kinds of parasites and against Candida. A combination of golden seal, ginger and slippery elm powder is good with gastro-intestinal inflammations and also multiple sclerosis. Comfrey is an excellent wound healer,and also a good detoxifier. You may drink a cupful of comfrey tea two or three times a week. To aid digestion it is generally beneficial to drink half a cup of bitter herb tea after a large or cooked meal. Suitable are centaury, dandelion (not roasted), devil's claw, gentian and others, which also help to restore liver functions.

Licorice, has some effect on sex hormones but is most useful as a stimulant of adrenal functions.  With this it can raise low blood pressure and energy levels and is useful for chronic fatigue syndrome, peptic ulcers, skin inflammations and HIV/AIDS, it also increases pancreas secretions. However, it causes retention of sodium and low potassium levels and should not be used with high blood pressure, kidney disease or during pregnancy. The normal therapeutic range is from 2 to 6 g daily.  Aloe vera is excellent for all skin conditions and beneficial in the treatment of cancer, AIDS and other infectious diseases.

It is also good for gastro-intestinal irritation, inflammation and ulcers. However, not all commercial brands of aloe on the market are effective. If nothing seems to be happening, try another brand.  Preferably use fresh aloe vera gel straight from the garden, as much as you have and can take without getting diarrhea. Normally you slice off the green skin and ingest just the gel but you may also blend a small whole leaf with suitable additions and some fruit juice or other flavoring. Also for wounds it is usually better to slice part of a leaf in half and leave the skin on top. Normally avoid the base of the leaf with its yellow sap, as this is a strong irritant and laxative. Aloe vera is most beneficial for those with blood group A, with other blood groups check for compatibility or observe effects. Parasite infestationscombine with fungi, such as Candida, to greatly undermine our long-term health. Examples of common parasites are intestinal worms and protozoa. Malaria and Giardia are protozoa.

You may put ground wormwood into empty gelatin capsules size 00. Start with 1 capsule before supper and increase by 1 capsule per day to 7 capsules on the 7th day and for 2 more days then continue for several more weeks taking 7 capsules twice a week. Alternatively, you may take it just with a spoon and wash it down; 1-heaped teaspoon is equivalent to about 7 capsules. With cloves you take 1 capsule 3 x before meals on the 1st day, 3 x 2 capsules on the 2nd day and after that 3 x 3 capsules until day 10. Finally take 3 capsules only once a day for several weeks. If you want to take ground cloves directly on a teaspoon use half a level teaspoon instead of 3 capsules and wash down with plenty of liquid.  If you have a sensitive stomach you may proceed much more slowly increasing either one of these remedies. You may repeat this or a similar program twice a year to prevent re-infection. 

There are now tinctures available which contain all ingredients in one convenient preparation. However, the dry herbs are stronger and if you know to have parasites or a serious health problem, then take the individual herbs initially and the combination remedy for maintenance or repeats. During any parasite or Candida cure have a high intake of water or diluted liquids to flush out toxic residues.

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