has been used as a health enhancer since the 11th century, when
Hildegard of Bingen discovered its powerful health maintenance
properties. Since then it has been used likewise in many countries
including Russia, China, India and the Americas.
Burdock Root – Arctium lappa
Burdock platelet activating factor (PAF) inhibitor; anti–bacterial; anti–fungal
(Arctium lappa) protects against cellular damage; cytotoxic;
immuno–modulator; anti–diabetic; cellular differentiation–inducing
activity; bifidogenisic; anti–inflammatory; free radical scavenger
root contains a proven compound called arctigenin, which has been shown
on scientific studies to have marked pro–health activity (G. Dombradi
1970: Journal of Chemotherapy 15:250).
Other studies have found the herb to decrease mutations in cells exposed
to toxic chemicals (K. Morita et al. 1984: Mutation Research 129:1:25).
These studies show that the herb exhibits an anti–poisoning effect;
animals fed burdock root were protected against several toxic chemicals.
root is very safe for consumption, as it has been valued as a food for
centuries by the Japanese (J. Tsujita et al. 1979: Nutrition Reports
International 20:635). The major sugar (carbohydrate) in the root is
inulin (up to 45% of the root), which does not affect insulin levels and
thus is often recommended for diabetic patients and is known to be a
root used to be considered "poor man's potatoes", a staple food of many
oriental immigrants. It is becoming more popular for its good taste and
is now available at some farmers' markets and oriental food stores.
The root also contains polyacetylenes that neutralize certain bacteria
and fungi. This may explain traditional use of the herb against ringworm
and several bacterial infections (M. Castleman 1991: The Healing
Burdock has been shown to be a uterine stimulant and should not be taken by pregnant women.
has traditionally been used to cool fevers and inflammation and as a
diuretic to promote the flow of urine (Foster 1990: Medicinal Plants).
Sheep Sorrel – Rumex acetosella
anti–estrogenic; anti–oxidant (Rumex acetosella) anti–inflammatory;
anti–septic; anti–spasmodic; cathartic; viricidal; laxative;
Immuno–suppressive; vaso–relaxant; anti–diuretic; anti–bacterial;
A good source of vitamin C, Sheep Sorrel
was eaten to prevent scurvy and at least ten native tribes in Canada
and the United States used this plant as food and medicine (Turner and
Kuhnlein 1991: Traditional Plant Foods of Canadian Indigenous Peoples).
is an excellent healing herb that has been used for centuries and is
even recognized by The American Food and Drug Administration for its
Slippery Elm – Ulmus rubra, U. fulva
Slippery Elm bark
anti–inflammatory; demulcent; emollient; anti–oxidant; (Ulmus rubra)
reduces bowel transit time; absorbs toxins from the bowel; increases
fecal bulk; dilutes stool materials; reduces stool contact with the
intestinal mucosa; enhances beneficial colonic bacteria.
A decoction of the bark helps soothe the throat and digestive tract. It
is safe for even the most sensitive stomach, soothing the inflamed
digestive tract and providing nutrients when nothing else can be kept
down. The mucilaginous tea is soothing for stomach ulcers. It gives
relief from diarrhea with a gentle astringent action and can be used by
pregnant women without any side effects.
leaves fresh are a superior "food" medicine high in vitamins A and C and iodine. This herb is an excellent remedy for vitamin deficiency and was traditionally used for that purpose.
Watercress – Nasturtium officinale
Watercress is chemo–preventive; anti–estrogenic; digestive aid; (Nasturtium off.) nutritional supplement; blood cleanser; choleretic; cytotoxic; remedy for vitamin deficiency.
Today watercress is a popular item with gourmet chefs and health food restaurants, who love to use it in salads and as a garnish. It has a mild stimulating effect on the metabolism and is known as a blood purifier and diuretic. It has been used since classical times as a detoxicant and restorative in challenging health conditions.
through its bitter properties increases the flow of gastric juices, relieving dyspepsia, indigestion, and the headaches associated with liver congestion. It is believed to improve circulation and blood, thereby strengthening the brain and memory.
Blessed Thistle – Cnicus benedictus
Blessed Thistle cytotoxic activity; anti–biotic; anti–bacterial; (Cnicus benedictus) bacteriostatic action against Staphylococcus aureus, S. faecalis choleretic; hypo–lipidemic; relieves dyspepsia, indigestion and liver congestion; anti–cholesterolemic; tonifying; stimulates appetite; anti–inflammatory; activity of seed lignans.
This herb was used in ancient times for digestive issues. Studies show that it increases gastric juices and bile secretions and is anti–bacterial (Foster 1990: Medicinal Plants). Traditionally used to stimulate appetite, it has also been shown to induce sweating, increase milk production, and act as a mild diuretic: and is still considered specific for digestive complaints and for loss of appetite.
facilitates the elimination of wastes and toxins through the skin, kidneys and bowels. This herb also increases the activity of phagocytes, the body's amazing "clean–up" cells, that remove micro–organisms and debris from the blood and mucous.
Red Clover – Trifolium pratense
Red Clover Herb anti–estrogen; anti–bacterial; inhibits endothelial cell (Trifolium pratense) proliferation; anti–oxidant; inhibits in–vitro angiogenesis; anti–microbial; inhibits proliferation of abnormal cells; cellular differentiation activity; stabilizes protein–linked DNA strand breakage and dynamic changes in chromatin structure; dose–dependent inhibition of cell multiplication and induction of cell differentiation; detoxification; increases the activity of phagocytes.
Thirty–three different cultures around the world use red clover to treat degenerative health conditions (J. Hartwell: Journal of Natural Products).
After researching and reporting this amazing fact, Dr. J. Hartwell decided to study red clover and has since isolated four separate health supportive compounds (Lloydia 3:97).
The NCI also discovered that this herb contains significant amounts of the antioxidant tocopherol. Contemporary Chinese research shows that red clover also contains anti–microbial compounds, which are effective against several bacterial, viral and fungal infections (D. Scharz 1993: Thirty Plants that can Save Your Life).
used since ancient times, is an effective remedy for digestive
ailments. Traditionally used to improve weak digestion and loss of
appetite, it increases both the flow of saliva and gastric secretions
(Foster 1990: Medicinal Plants).
Turkish rhubarb anti–inflammatory; anti–mutagenic
(Rheum palmatum) cathartic; antiseptic; antispasmodic;
immuno–suppressive; vaso–relaxant; viricidal; improves digestion; remedy
for digestive ailments; stimulates appetite; choleretic; laxative
Turkish Rhubarb root – Rheum palmatum
It helps to normalize bowel movements and is considered a safe and effective laxative. Turkish rhubarb root
is considered the "Number One" treatment for dysentery and is effective
even when nothing else will work; it is said to be almost magical in
its ability to alleviate this dreadful tropical scourge without any side
is used traditionally for the nutritive benefits of its abundant minerals, kelp is also a great source of iodine, which helps to regulate energy levels. The alginates found in kelp
have a soothing and cleansing effect of the digestive tract and are
known to help prevent the absorption of toxic metals like mercury,
cadmium, plutonium and cesium (M. Castleman 1991: The Healing Herbs).