ANOTHER HERBAL HEALER SENT US BY THE GOD OF HEAVEN
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: GOLDENSEAL / ECHINACEA What it is—Cayenne pepper belongs to the rhage. (Use it with an infusion with birthroot or star capsicum family, and its botanical name is capsi-cum annuum. It is the red chili pepper that is used
Cayenne pepper (or cayanne pepper as it’s
to add flavor in food and has high medicinal val-
sometimes spelled as) increases metabolism by
ues. Cayenne contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vita-
immediately speeding up the flow of blood in
min K, carotenoids, and the complete B complex
the arteries and veins.
vitamins. It is also a source of organic calcium, po-
This herb is a great food for the circulatory
tassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. system. It feeds the necessary elements into the cell
For health and medicinal purposes, you only
structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries;
need to drink small amounts of cayenne powder,
so that these regain the elasticity of youth again,
and the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal. How cayenne can help you—Cayenne pep-
It improves blood circulation. When any body
per increases blood circulation. It also draws the
part is sick, the blood flow to that area is usually
blood to where it is especially needed. Because of
affected. Cayenne helps to remove entire blood con-
these special abilities, it can be used to help you in
gestion, stimulates the blood flow, makes sure that
many ways. Cayenne is a counterirritant; it brings
the vitamins are properly delivered to all areas, and
blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be
taken away. It wonderfully improves blood circula-
Cayenne pepper for high blood pressure is cer-
tainly one of its core uses; but cayenne cleans the
An amazing substance—The benefits of cay-
arteries as well, helping to rid the body of the bad
enne are almost too unbelievable; but its reputa-
LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It is an excellent
tion keeps growing and growing, and deservedly so.
home treatment for mild high blood pressure and
It can do everything from killing cancer cells in high blood cholesterol levels. Cayenne prepara- the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to immedi-
tions prevent platelets from clumping together and
ately stopping a heart attack within 30 seconds.
accumulating in the blood, allowing the blood to
Incredible, but successful in many instances.
flow more easily. Since it is thought to help improve
The health benefits of cayenne pepper include
circulation, it’s often used by those who have cold
improvements in regard to digestion, immunity, heart diseases, dyspepsia, inflammation, head-
It equalizes the blood circulation in the arte- ache, throat congestion, and blood circulation.
rial and venous system, and produces natural
Cayenne pepper improves the effectiveness of
warmth in your body. It does this by regulating the flow of blood from the head to the feet, so that
the pressure is equalized. It influences the heart
immediately; then it gradually extends its effects
Circulatory system and high blood pres-
to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves. (The fre-
sure—There are evidences that prove that giving
quency of the pulse is not increased, but is given
cayenne extract orally, to a patient, helps to stop heart attack. Cayenne helps to reduce cholesterol
It is warming, dilating, a specific for varicose levels in the blood. Cayenne helps to dissolve fi- veins and other vascular troubles. brin, which causes formation of blood clots. It also
Capsicum is highly effective in causing hemor- reduces triglyceride levels. rhoids to regress; and these fruits have the same
It is excellent for any type of internal hemor-
action on varicose veins. The results are attrib-
uted to alkaloids or glucosides in the peppers.
with, to cure sore throats. Capsaicin stimulates se-
cretions, which helps to clear the mucus from Help for the heart—Dr. John Christopher, the nose and lungs by clearing the sinuses and caus-
famed natural herbalist, was relentlessly harassed
ing sweating. Cayenne pepper added to a tea is good
by the government for his practice of herbal medi-
in conditions of cold and flu.
cine, all the while assisting patients in curing heart
Capsicum is particularly efficient in tonsillitis,
disease, cancer, tuberculosis, infertility, rheumatism,
the sore throat of scarlet fever, and diphtheria.
leukemia, and many other conditions with herbs.
No application is so efficient as a strong gargle or
He could instantly stop a heart attack if he
wash made with capsicum. For sore throats, gar-
could get the patient to drink a glass of warm cay-
gle with a preparation of capsicum and honey. Cap-
enne water. He said, “A teaspoon of cayenne should
sicum is also good for spasmodic and irritating
bring the patient out of the heart attack.”
coughs, heartburn, diarrhea, and scarlet fever.
For internal hemorrhaging (bleeding inside the
It boosts immunity. Vitamin A, or beta-caro-
body), if the patient can drink a glass of extra warm
tene, in cayenne pepper gives protection against
cayenne water, Dr. Christopher wrote, “by the count
invading pathogens by helping the development of
of ten the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pres-
healthy mucous membranes in the nasal passages,
sure being centralized, it is equalized and the clot-
lungs, and urinary tract; this gives immunity to
With over 700,000 Americans experiencing a
Capsicum is an important remedy in cholera.
stroke each year and almost half a million dying
It stops vomiting. Mix equal parts of capsicum and
yearly of either heart disease or related issues, cay-
common table salt (one half ounce of each) and one
enne pepper is worth keeping on your shelf.
pint of lemon juice. Give in tablespoon doses for
Capsicum may be valuable in the prevention
cholera, when vomiting “cholera morbus” (the gross
and treatment of blood clots. Cayenne is also great
material produced by cholera) from the system.
Combine with asafetida and sweet flag root or cam-
Digestion, stomach, and intestines—Cay-
phor in the form of pills in cases of cholera.
enne stimulates the appetite, more especially as
Cayenne is an excellent remedy for a cold; mix
a hot climate tends to produce anorexia. Cayenne
infusion with slippery elm and molasses or honey,
pepper is a useful therapeutic agent against anor-
and take in doses throughout the day; also excel-
exia (not eating enough food). We have always held
lent for sore throat and coughs.
that the saliva is the key that unlocks the door to
Capsicum has a powerful action on the mucous
digestion. Capsicum, a sialagogue, stimulates the membranes, the sore throat, and in hoarseness. flow of saliva. This will be very helpful to people
A gargle made of capsicum is particularly benefi-
who have become accustomed to swallowing their
food almost whole, thus robbing themselves of the
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has
benefits of saliva in the digestive process. Capsi-
the ability to prevent ulcers.
cum will stimulate their flow of saliva as they re-
It rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and
turn to a healthier attitude toward eating. heals both stomach and intestinal ulcers. It
Cayenne is often found in formulas for diet
stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines. and weight loss. But can eating hot peppers re-
It aids in assimilation and elimination. It is excel-
ally help you lose weight? Probably not; but cay-
lent for quinsy and all other diseases of the throat.
enne supports your diet and exercise efforts. Be-
Cayenne stimulates digestion and muscle
cause it aids in digestion and absorption of nu- movement in the intestines, which helps restore trients, cayenne can reduce excess appetite that
deficient digestive secretions and aids absorption
is due to malabsorption, a common condition in
of food nutrients. (Stomach acid tends to decline
with age; and some cases of poor digestion are re-
It eases toothache and preserves the teeth from
rotting. When rubbed on the gums, it stimulates
Cayenne pepper added to the diet helps avoid
them enough to prevent pyorrhea. stomachaches, gas, and cramps. It does this by
Use it as an infusion for ulcers in the mouth,
stimulating the flow of stomach secretions and sa-
strep throat, or tonsillitis. It is used to eliminate lockjaw.
Cayenne added to the food helps one lose
When made into a lozenge with sugar and traga-
weight, when needed, through proper digestion.
canth, it is a remedy for hoarseness.
It thus reduces excess appetite due to malabsorp-
Cayenne added to water can be used to gargle
Cayenne also stimulates circulation and blood tent and lethargic affections, for atonic gout, flow to the peripheral areas of the body. Be-
and in advanced stages of rheumatism.
cause it stimulates digestion and circulation, cay-
In chronic lumbago, a plaster of capsicum with
enne is often added to a wide variety of herbal rem-
garlic, pepper and liquid amber or storax is an effi-
edies; it improves the absorption and circula-
cient stimulant and rubefacient application. tion of the other herbs throughout the body.
When capsaicin causes its substance to flood
Itenables feeble stomachs to digest food,
out of the cells, you experience a sensation of
and helps eliminate atonic dyspepsia.
warmth or even extreme heat. When the nerve end-
Capsicum is given internally in atonic dyspep-
ings have lost all of this substance, no pain signals
sia and flatulence.
can be transmitted to the brain until the nerve end-
Oral administration of capsicum may stimu-
ings accumulate more of this substance. For this
late the gallbladder reflex. It helps eliminate liver
reason, topical cayenne pepper products (placed
on the skin) are popular for the treatment of ar-
Capsicum either contains a cholagogue or acts
thritis, bursitis, and for temporary relief of pain
as a powerful stimulus upon the mucous mem- from psoriasis, herpes zoster, and neuralgia brane of the duodenum.
(nerve pain). These cayenne preparations are most
Good for kidneys, spleen, and pancreas; it
appropriate for long-standing chronic condi-
will heal a sore, ulcerated stomach. tions, not acute inflammations. Attacks cancer cells—The main ingredient in During pregnancy and childbirth—Cayenne
Cayenne, capsaicin, has been found to destroy pros- relieves pains of the womb and removes ob- tate cancer cells. Here is what the research report structed menstruation.
Dr. Coffin includes cayenne pepper in his com-
“Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate
position powder, to restore the normal function of
cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a
the body in the various stages of pregnancy and
process known as apoptosis, the researchers said.
childbirth. For morning sickness, he recommends
Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were
a combination of white poplar bark, agrimony, cen-
about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice,
taury, raspberry leaves, yarrow, and rhubarb. Steep
they reported in the journal, Cancer Research.
a quarter of an ounce of this mixture in two quarts
‘Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect
of water, strain, and add (while hot) two teaspoons
on human prostate cancer cells in culture,’ said Dr.
of powdered cinnamon and half a teaspoonful of
Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Cen-
cayenne pepper. Let the patient take one table-
ter and the University of California Los Angeles
spoonful every three hours until the symptoms are
removed. If this should not relieve, give an emetic
Beta-carotene contained in cayenne pepper
works as a good antioxidant that prevents or re-
It has the power to control menorrhagia.
pairs the damages caused by free radicals. Thus,
Cayenne mixed with pennyroyal (an herb) and
it helps to prevent atherosclerosis and colon can-
taken for three days will expel the dead birth material from a miscarriage. Rheumatic and arthritic problems—Cay- Good for the immune system—Currently, the
enne is used externally (on the skin) as a counter-
importance of cayenne in helping the immune sys-
irritant in the form of ointment, plaster, medicated
tem is the subject of studies conducted by many
wool, etc. for the relief of rheumatism and lum-
nutritional supplement companies and microbi-
bago. Use it as a plaster with honey for rheumatic pains and pains of the joints, gout, swellings, etc.;
Use outwardly as a liniment; apply it warm or hot
Destroys fungus—Another benefit of cayenne
for arthritis and rheumatism.
pepper is its antifungal properties. Cayenne
Cayenne pepper is very soothing; it is effective
pepper’s antifungal properties are significant; al-
as a poultice for rheumatism, inflammation, pleu-
though this is not its primary health benefit. Cay-
risy, and helpful also if taken internally for these.
enne has been shown in some studies to be active
Topical (on the skin) application of cayenne
against phomopsis and collectotrichum—both fun-
pepper causes irritation in the applied area; thus
gal pathogens. (Those fungal pathogens affect fruits,
it helps distract the nerves from joint pains due to
especially strawberries, and are not directly related
Combine capsicum with cinchona for intermit- Helps solve many other problems—Cayenne
can be taken in capsules followed by a glass of wa-
is useful in alleviating allergies and muscle cramps. It gives more pep and energy, and helps
It gives temporary relief of pain from psoriasis, wound healing with minimal scar tissue. herpes zoster, neuralgia, and toothache.
“Capsicum supports the natural beat (rhythm)
Cayenne actually can raise the body tempera-
of the viscera and interior actions of the glandu- ture a bit, as it stimulates circulation and blood lar, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive sys- flow to the skin. An herb, such as cayenne or gin- tems. It has been used with great success as a cure
ger, that promotes sweating is considered to have
for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the most ac-
a diaphoretic (sweat-inducing) action. This action
tive stimulant to support and re-animate feeble or
can help reduce fevers and relieve the conges-
exhausted powers.”—March 16, 2006 by Reuters.tion of colds and sinusitis.
It is also very effective in relieving diabetic com-
You can use cayenne peppers topically as a
plications, such as nerve damage and heart dis- pain-relieving muscle rub and joint liniment.
The source of the heat is capsaicin, the fiery phe-
nolic resin found in most hot peppers. Capsaicin
Cayenne pepper is a source of beta-carotene
causes nerve endings to release a certain chemical.
which is helpful in reducing symptoms of asthma.
This chemical transmits pain signals from the body
It aids in all respiratory problems.
Capsicum is a general nervous stimulant, a
To clear a head cold and relieve sinus pain
specific for delirium tremens (alcoholic delerium). and congestion, try drinking a cup of tea made
It does this by enabling the patient to retain and
with lemon and ginger or some horseradish to which
digest food. A dose of ten grains of finely powdered
you’ve added a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
capsicum seed, given with an ounce of hot water,
two or three times a day, sometimes shows won-
How should you take cayenne?—Ideally, it
derful effects in cases of delirium tremens. should be taken orally with some water. Or place
Smelling cayenne helps cure headaches. Topi- it in a mixture with flaxseed or something else
cal application of capsaicin also helps to relieve
on the skin.
The cayenne pepper drink, when taken faith-
For atonic gout, in paralysis, in dropsy, in tym-
fully, will dramatically improve your heart health
panitis (inflammation of the inner ear), and in
as well as your venous structure. Drink it with
the debilitated stages of fever. warm distilled water; but, if that is unavail-
For scrofulous, dyspepsia, and flatulence; it’s able, purified water will substitute nicely. Start
an excellent carminative. (For a carminative, make
by mixing about a quarter of a teaspoon in a
pills of equal parts of capsicum, rhubarb, and gin-
glass of warm water. Then, down the hatch. Don’t
It is a specific for hemorrhoids, cures intermit-
Of course, the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of
tent fever, and has the power to relieve seasick-
the cayenne pepper you’re using should be known.
Most cayenne is between 30,000 to 50,000 SHUs.
When taken internally, it warms the body; and
Some, though, like the African Birdseye cayenne
it has even been used, by some herbalist doctors,
pepper powder, can be anywhere from 90,000 to
to help heal and rebuild flesh damaged by frost-
140,000! Needless to say, you should scale back
your dosages of this until your body acclimates to
Use it in a compress or plaster, to reduce swell- ings and hardened tumors.
This is a medicine of great value; it may be safely
As well as the fruit being used as a spice, the
used in all cases of disease, to raise and retain the
leaves were applied to ulcers and headaches.
internal vital heat of the system, cause a free per-
For sores and wounds, it makes a good poul-
spiration, and keep the determining powers to the
tice. It is a stimulant when taken internally as well
surface. Only use it in the form of a fine powder. For
a dose, take from half to a teaspoonful in hot
Capsicum is a specific and very effective rem-
water or tea sweetened with honey.
edy for yellow fever, as well as other fevers; and it Cayenne - cautions and warnings—Exces- More WAYMARKS - from ——————PILGRIMS REST 1288 MYERS TOWN ROAD - BEERSHEBA SPRINGS, TN 37305 USA ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: GOLDENSEAL / ECHINACEA
Continued from the preceding tract in this series
Do not use cayenne in cases of high fever
(104 degrees Fahrenheit or above). Cayenne prepa-
sive amounts of capsicum (above 20 grams, thus,
rations are not recommended for use by indi-
nearly an ounce) may induce frequent bowel move-
viduals who have rapid heart rates or who be- come overheated or perspire easily.
Keep in mind that regularly taking large
Avoid internal use of cayenne in cases of asthma amounts of cayenne may eventually damage
and gastrointestinal irritation or inflammation, the kidneys—and lead to pleurisy and other
except under the supervision of an experienced
conditions caused by weakened kidney func-
herbalist. Do not use cayenne on broken skin. tion. It is the kidneys which have to process the
Like all other foods or herbs, we have to also be
cayenne by extracting it from the blood into the
careful when using this herb. Excessive consump-
urine. Too much cayenne, too frequently, weak-
tion may cause burning sensations in the throat, stomach, or rectum.
If you’ve ever accidentally rubbed your eyes af-
When cooking or making medicines with cay-
ter cutting hot peppers, you know this herb should
enne peppers, you must take into account the
be handled carefully. Cayenne pills may cause a widely varying intensities (heat) of different burning sensation in the throat, stomach, or peppers—from very mild to extremely fiery. rectum of sensitive individuals. Some people may
There is even considerable variance in heat of pep-
tolerate cayenne fluid preparations or combi-
pers from the same bush throughout the season
nation products better than tablets or capsules.
or due to the health and size of the pepper. Always
Others may find cayenne pepper in the diet easier
Cayenne peppers are a member of Solanaceae,
Only use small, cautious doses.Avoid get-
also called the solanaceous ornightshade family.ting cayenne into the eyes or open wounds. Do
This family includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant,
not use topical applications of cayenne products
and tobacco. A very few individuals have an in-
too frequently; since there is some concern that
tolerance to this entire family, experiencing symp-
nerve damage could occur with daily repetitive use.
toms that can include joint pain after eating even Cayenne placed directly on the skin can cause burns and even blisters; so dilute a cay-
enne preparation in oil before placing it on the skin. Cayenne is easy to obtain—Cayenne pepper
Or mix it with flour and water until it forms a paste,
is one of the greatest health secrets in the world. It
which you can spread on muslin, to prepare a poul-
is also remarkably inexpensive. Sometimes it is as
tice. You also can mix cayenne with orrisroot pow-
low as $1.67 a pound. Buy some and use it, but do
der and dust it very lightly on heavily oiled skin,
not take too much at a time! Just a little usually
The Goldenseal plant has the scientific puccoon. Goldenseal can be found in moist forest
name, Hydrastis canadensis, and is only na-
soils and damp meadows. This plant is so bitter
tive to North America. This medicinal plant was
that it has almost no natural predators.
introduced to early settlers by the Cherokee Indi-
Goldenseal, with its thick yellow rootstock, is
ans. It is also called oxeye daisy, golden daisy,
also known as goldenroot. The roots of this herb
maudlinwort, moon daisy, eye balm, orange root,
were formerly used as medicine by the American
eye root, Indian dye, Indian turmeric, and yellow
Indians of the Northeast who called it yellow root.
They used this herb as an eyewash, as a treatment
It was not until 1798 that its medicinal virtues
for skin wounds, and for such ailments as sore
began to attract attention. From then on its repu-
throat and digestive complaints.
tation, as a powerful healing herb, spread in En-
gland and America; and, by about 1850, it had
What it is used for—In the early 19th cen-
become an important article of commerce. It was
tury, it was an American herbalist, Samuel Thom-
popularly used as a bitter stomach digestive (to
son, who changed the Indian name for this herb to
help stimulate digestion and improve appetite); goldenseal root, when its popular use was as an
it was also used to treat skin inflammations and antiseptic. conjunctivitis of the eyes. It was also used for
Later, after the Civil War, goldenseal root was
inflammation of the mucous membranes of the
being used externally to relieve a variety of condi-
throat and digestive system. Its traditional uses
tions (such as wounds, boils, eczema), and also
also include the treatment of peptic ulcers, gas-
used internally as a treatment for colds, tonsilli- tritis, dyspepsia, and colitis. It is said to stimu- tis, digestive problems, and other ailments. late appetite and generally have a toning effect on
It was also given as a tonic when convalesc-
the whole body. This has also been used for anor- ing from any major illness. The benefits of Gold- exia nervosa. It is also said to be effective for treat-
enseal caused it to become a popular folk medicine
ment of catarrhal conditions of the upper respi-
that was used extensively as an astringent and an-
ratory tract and inflammations of the urinary
tiseptic to treat chapped lips, canker sores, and When echinacea and goldenseal are com-
One of the benefits of Goldenseal root is that it
bined, they are more effective than when taken
contains alkaloids. However, this also means it is a
individually. Some herbalists use one for a week
powerful plant and should be used with caution.
and, then, switch to the other—since both are pow-
It is believed that it may cause uterine contrac- tions and/or uterine relaxation and should not
Goldenseal has been used successfully in the
be taken by pregnant or nursing women.
treatment of bacterial, fungal, and protozoan in-
Goldenseal’s benefits can be attributed to its
fections. In addition to colds and flu, goldenseal
alkaloids. These alkaloids are strongly astringent.
has been used to treat pneumonia, sinusitis, ear-
Traditionally, goldenseal has been applied topically
ache, tinnitus, sties, canker sores, athlete’s foot,
to treat minor skin wounds and cold sores. It has
bladder infections, chronic fatigue syndrome,
been taken orally to subside diarrhea and to boost intestinal parasites, vaginitis, viral infections, the immune system. Once, it was also used as various wounds, and yeast infections. Goldenseal
strong tea for indigestion. Today, it is used to help
has a long history of use as a gastrointestinal rem-
symptoms of the cold and flu. edy, especially for infectious diarrhea. Goldenseal is commonly combined with
This herb is well-known as one of the herbal
echinacea to treat cold and flu symptoms, es- cold remedies, a mouthwash that is one of the pecially coughs and sore throats. Lozenges con-
home remedies for canker sores, a gargle that can
taining goldenseal, echinacea, and zinc are also
help mend a sore throat, a treatment for internal bacterial parasites and gastritis, and an exter-
Goldenseal is one of the most popular herbs sold
nal wash for skin problems.
on the American market and has recently gained a reputation as an herbal antibiotic and immune In summary: system enhancer. American Indians used gold-
1. Goldenseal herb is a common home remedy
enseal as a medication for inflammatory internal
for detoxifying the body. It eliminates toxins and conditions such as repiratory, digestive, and
other harmful components. This herb increases genitourinary tract inflammation induced by al- fluid elimination, and helps cells get rid of lergy or infection. The Cherokees used the roots wastes and toxins that may be built up. Clearing
as a wash for local inflammations, a decoction
this fluid out of your body can clean out your body,
for general debility, dyspepsia, and to improve
and prevent illnesses and diseases. This herb is
appetite. The Iroquois used a decoction of the root
common in many herbal remedies, and is also
for whooping cough, diarrhea, liver disease, fe-
becoming more common in teas and drinks that
ver, sour stomach, flatulence, pneumonia, and
flush drug residues from your system as well. for heart trouble. They also prepared a compound
2. Echinacea and goldenseal combined are a
infusion with other roots for use as drops in the
real knockout punch for the flu and colds, as well
treatment of earache and as a wash for sore eyes.
as many other viral infections. It not only strength- ens the immune system, but this combination
9. Goldenseal promotes more efficient and helps soothe any mucous membranes which are effective function of all your internal organs and inflamed. The goldenseal components responsible systems. This means all the systems and organs,
for doing this are alkaloids, called berberine and
including your colon and intestines, your pan- hydrastine, which fight bacteria and viral infec- creas, your liver, your lymph system, your cir- culatory system, your respiratory system, your
3. One of the benefits of goldenseal is the topi-
spleen, and many more.
cal antibiotic and cleansing effect that this herb
10. Goldenseal herb can be very beneficial for
can have on the skin for wound care. For this menstrual and postpartum bleeding. The herb
purpose, echinacea extract can be added to gold-
has an astringent effect which helps dilate the sur-
enseal; both are powerful antibiotics. When added
face blood vessels and slow down the bleeding.
to water and used to wash the skin and wound,
When taken regularly right before and during your
either or both can clean and sterilize the area to
menstrual cycle and after childbirth, goldenseal can promote healthy healing and no infections in help prevent and stop excessive bleeding. the wound. Each one also improves lymph circu- lation, which will help speed up the healing pro- Its alkloid, berberine—It is the alkaloid, ber- berine, that is most likely responsible for golden-
4. Goldenseal extract and the herb itself can help
seal’s effectiveness against bacteria, protozoa, prevent and treat heartburn, especially if it is fungi, and streptococci. It also promotes easier
caused in part by emotional stress. This herb can
removal of the bacteria by inhibiting their abil- help soothe the digestive system and lower the ity to adhere to tissue surfaces. Berberine is also acid level, so that heartburn and acid reflux do antifungal and strongly antidiarrheal. It aids
not occur as frequently. If taken after the heart-
against the infection of mucous membranes (such
burn starts, it can stop it very quickly. This is a
as the lining of the oral cavity, throat, sinus,
natural way to prevent or treat heartburn without
bronchi, genitourinary tract, and gastrointesti- nal tract). Clinical studies have shown it is effec-
5. Goldenseal herb can help with ear infections
tive in the treatment of diarrhea-type diseases: di- and diseases. The herb helps boost your immune arrhea caused by E. coli (traveler’s diarrhea), shi-
system; so that your body can fight off invaders,
gella dysenteriae (shigellosis), salmonella
like bacteria, before they can infect the tissues. In
paratyphi (food poisoning), giardia lamblia, and
addition, lymph is drained more efficiently from vibrio cholerae (cholera).
the ear area; so there is no congestion that can al-
Cautions—Negative side effects of goldenseal in-
clude skin, mouth, throat, and gastric irritation.
6. One of the benefits of goldenseal is that this
It may also cause nausea and diarrhea. herb can increase the effect of many other heal-
Topical application of goldenseal or berberine
ing herbs. This is one of the reasons that echinacea
may lead to phototoxic reaction, after exposure to
with goldenseal is much more effective, when used
sunlight or artificial light sources.
together. This is the reason that many illnesses
Goldenseal is a potent plant. It is generally and medical conditions are treated with a com- best to not use large doses of it in fighting a bination of herbs that include goldenseal. disease for more than a week at a time.Some
7. Echinacea with goldenseal can help clean herbalists use goldenseal for a week, and then vital tissues and organs, while improving di- switch to echinacea for a week. gestion. These two herbs, combined, will improve This herb should not be used by pregnant
the amount and quality of your digestive secretions;
or nursing women; since it is believed to stimu-
this will result in better production of the enzymes
late the uterus.
and fluids needed for good digestion without any
problems. It will increase the amount of saliva Buying Goldenseal—Because it is expensive, and other digestive juices, and help with any in-
be a careful shopper when buying this herb. Be sure
flammation present in the digestive tract.
that you are actually getting goldenseal, not an
8. Goldenseal extract can help calm your cen- adulterated version containing bloodroot. The tral nervous system. This herb has been shown
adulterated version is cheaper and can cause diz-
to have relaxing and sedating effects when taken.
ziness, gastrointestinal burning, vomiting, diar-
It may help you fall asleep faster and stay that way
rhea, and intense thirst. Buy goldenseal from a
all through the night. Your heartbeat will slow down
good, reputable health-food distributor.
some, and your blood pressure will lower slightly. Echinacea, also known as coneflower, is a
that, though echinacea itself does not cure diseases,
wildflower that grows naturally in meadows and
it helps the body resist and fight the illnesses, moist lowlands throughout the Midwest. While
making it stronger. People who take this plant’s
echinacea is most commonly known for it medici-
preparation tend to fall ill less often, experience
nal effects, it is also a common garden plant with
milder symptoms, and recover sooner.
beautiful purple flowers. While already popular as
Years of careful German research found that the
a medicinal herb, the true potential of echinacea
special diseases which echinacea is a strong help-
has yet to be fully explored by the medical indus-
ing hand against are respiratory problems, bron- chitis, sore throat, enlarged prostate glands,
There are three varieties of echinacea: echi-urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) nacea purpurea, echinacea pallida, and echi-infections, ear infections (otitis), sinusitis, and nacea angustifolia. All three varieties are commonly
hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Topically placed on
used to support a healthy immune system and
the skin, it can help heal eczema, psoriasis, and maintain an infection-free environment. Echi- slow-healing wounds. Echinacea is added to
nacea is most commonly used to help shorten the antihemorrhoid medications; it is also an excel- duration of the common cold. It is one of the most
lent skin protector from the sun’s damage.
popular herbal remedies for respiratory illnesses.
“It is also used for flu and other upper respi- Cautions—Echinacea helps white blood cells ratory conditions, enlarged lymph glands, sore
attack germs; but these effects may decrease throat, urinary tract infections, bladder infec- if it is taken for more than a few weeks. tions, vaginal yeast infections, other minor in-
It is best not to take echinacea or goldenseal for
fections, wounds, skin regeneration, skin infec-
more than a week at a time. But it is of interest
tions, psoriasis, eczema, inflammatory skin con-
that, in Germany, echinacea is approved to treat
ditions, tonsillitis, strep throat, syphilis, ty- colds, upper respiratory tract infections, uri- phoid, malaria, and diphtheria. nary tract infections, and slow-healing wounds.
Echinacea may help combat herpes and can-
However, treatment period is restricted to 8 weeks
dida. It stimulates the immune system and pro- motes T-cell activation while it increases the ac-
In spite of some claims that echinacea has no
tivity of the immune system.
side effects, studies show that some people may
Echinacea is also useful against runny or stuffy experience allergic reactions, dizziness, drowsi- nose, hay fever, other similar allergies, gum dis- ness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, sore ease, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, in- throat, temporary numbness of the tongue, and digestion or heartburn, dizziness, rattlesnake upset stomach. bites, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Echinacea is generally not recommended for (ADHD), cancer, eczema, skin wounds, psoria- use by people with diseases of the immune sys- sis, and hemorrhoids. tem (such as HIV, multiple sclerosis, or tuber-
Due to the combination of ingredients in this
culosis). The German government recommends
herb, echinacea works as a natural antibiotic
against using echinacea if you have these conditions.
which can suppress viruses’ activity and pro-
Some researchers believe that echinacea could ac-
mote immune stimulating effect through the ac-
tually worsen these immune system problems.
tivation of T-cells (immune system natural bacteria
Even though there are some restrictions on tak-
ing echinacea, the benefits far outweigh the draw-
All the conducted trials made the scientists state
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