Great post on the herbs here...
I am new here.
In regards to digestion, I also like fennel. When I feel things are not as they should be and there is a dull / mild feeling of sour stomach digestive stagnance, I take fennel tincture and I am doing well in no time.
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Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 8:28 AM
Subject: [AlternativeAnswers] Empowering Resolutions: Weight Loss and Herbal Supplements
This month we will be keeping tabs on your New Years Resolutions, in
order to empower you, help you to stay on track and give you some
great tips for keeping your promise to yourself.
Empowering Resolutions: Weight Loss and Herbal Supplements
Herbs used in the treatment of weight loss are utilized in many
different ways. Dietary supplements and thermogenesis or "fat-burning
herbs" are stimulants that reduce appetite and speed metabolism.
Thermogenesis is the process by which the body generates heat or
energy, by increasing the metabolic rate above normal. This rise in
metabolic rate is referred to as the thermogenic effect, thermogenic
response, or specific dynamic action (SDA). Thermogenesis is
activated by a few different mechanisms, including supplements,
nutrition, exercise, and exposure to cold. The herbs below are to
help in systemic problems, which can slow down the process of weight
Bladder wrack is also a natural source of iodine, it has been found
to promote a healthy thyroid and stimulate blood circulation, and is
used to treat obesity, goiter, and kidney dysfunction.
Cayenne Pepper aids digestion. It also eases muscle pain, relieves
cluster headaches, reduces arthritis pain, lowers cholesterol, fights
shingles pain, prevents heart disease, and treats diabetic foot pain.
Corn silk is very beneficial in treating urinary tract infections and
helps to pass urinary stones. It is a soothing diuretic for kidney
and bladder problems.
Dandelion Root is a mild herb laxative, especially effective in cases
of chronic and age-related constipation and water retention.
Holy Basil is a cortisol modulator, supports normal blood sugar and
promotes a healthy inflammation response. A gift from the Ayurvedic
system of medicine, Holy Basil is the ultimate adaptogen. Holy Basil
helps support blood sugar levels already in the normal ranges,
supports detoxification, promotes healthy gastric tissue, encourages
healthy immune function, and is radioprotective. It contains several
biologically active compounds found to support a healthy inflammation
response, including eugenol, apigenin, and ursolic acid.
Kelp is a significant source of iodine. Studies show that iodine
stimulates the thyroid, boosting the body's metabolism rate, allowing
the body to burn calories more quickly.
Marshmallow Root is a natural herb that is effectively used to assist
in stimulating and cleansing the kidneys and bladder.
Peppermint has a relaxing effect on the digestive system muscles,
combats flatulence, and stimulates bile and digestive juice flow.
Spirulina, a type of algae, is a rich source of protein, vitamins,
minerals, and essential fatty acids. In one double blind study of
sixteen overweight individuals, ingestion of 2.8 grams of spirulina
three times per day for four weeks resulted in a small, but
statistically significant weight loss.
It is my recommendation, that any herbal program should be utilized along with
proper nutrition and exercise. It is also important to add herbal supplements to
your regime when under the supervision of a qualified herbalist, holistic doctor
or Chinese medicine practitioner.
Remember, there are no quick fixes or magic bullets for loosing weight, only
discipline and hard work in order to achieve your goal!
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
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