This question needs to be directed to your doctor who prescribed you your meds. We are happy to help where we can however we don't know what medication you are on, why you were put on it or how high your cholesterol is.Read More
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I have had quite a lot of infections -- multiple yeast infections, a bladder infection, staph, sinus infection. What might recurrent infection be alerting me to?
Yes, heat is an aspect of the 5 temperature characteristics (hot, cold, warm, cool, neutral) that can be applied to the Qi (Yin & Yang) in TCM. There are also 5 taste characteristics (acrid, sweet, bitter, sour and salty). So yes with your frequent infections etc. it seems that the liver and intestines need to be cooled.
First neutralize the toxins with cleansing the colon and re-establish intestinal environment with friendly bacteria to be in excess of unfriendly bacteria etc. that will then support the immune system to prevent dysfunction and breakdowns in your system. From a diet perspective and TCM certain food tastes "travel" in the "qi" or “channels” so too much of any one thing can cause imbalances where moderation in the diet of all things is the essential key.Read More
I know raspberry leaf can lower blood sugar in diabetics but can it do that in non-diabetics? I took holy basil tea for two weeks and my blood sugar level crashed. So should I be cautious with raspberry leaf?
Yes, raspberry leaf may help lower blood sugar. Studies have indicated that raspberry leaf has a slight hypoglycemic effect when insulin is released to help normalize blood sugar. With that it would be recommended to use caution. Holy basil, on the other hand has a more direct effect on blood sugar immediately independent of insulin release.Read More
I am on day 5 of the colon cleanse and I have not seen the mucoid plaque discharge. I am doing the best option - is that normal to not have the removal of plaque?
Because everybody is different, it's important to know that what happens during cleansing to one person may not be the same thing that happens to another person. Some people are more "clogged" than others which means there may be more mucoid plaque. As long as you are still having three bowel movements per day your system is functioning correctly and you are still expelling toxinsRead More
I am on day 2 of the colon cleanse and I did not have a bowel movement. I am increasing my dosage from two to three pills. Do I need to do anything else?
Make sure you are drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of water per day. Also do exactly what you are doing by increasing your digestive stimulators in order still have three bowel movements per day. What's happening is that the toxin absorbers are full of fiber and as you are taking more and more of them so people find they need to also increase the digestive stimulators. Go with adding one extra one, even two if necessary.Read More
Questions on Passionflower, Chamomile, Saffron, L-Theanine & Lemon Balm to help deal with anxiety and low-mood.
First I would explore for causes of anxiety and low mood to improve overall well-being, vital force and quality of life without dependence on even natural herbal formulas each day for long term use. Then specifically, for these questions:
Do you feel like this is a good regimen for dealing with anxiety and low-mood?
The herbs you are taking are good selections, however I would consider taking those in the evening perhaps one hour before you go to sleep where the body can benefit optimally. In the morning maybe a dose of St. John’s Wort along with a good adaptogen such as Ashwaghanda, Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero) or Asian Ginseng can help with chronically moderate stress levels.
Are each of these substances safe to take on a daily basis?
I would say you should try to not rely on any herbal for long term use as they are meant to alter and improve current daily wellness so you can enjoy vital health without dependence. Multi-vitamins such as B Complex and Vitamin C may help as daily supplements for stress, however nutritional approaches are best to eat foods in season, fresh, eat variety of foods by rotation, appreciate simple foods, eat with your senses eat moderately and eat less rather than more and keep regular with your dietary inputs.
With a history of Type 2 Diabetes in my family, do you feel that Cinsulin (a water-based extract of Cinnamon) would be a good option for me?
Yes, Cinsulin is a unique extract of Cinnamon and should be a good herbal supplement to include for support of healthy blood sugar levels.Read More
Lemon Balm is associated with the central nervous system of which the vagal nerve originates. Lemon Balm is considered an herbal anti-spasmodic and limbic (inner brain) sedative used for nervous conditions associated with anxiety. Since it involves the autonomic nervous pathways that would include the vagus nerve for parasympathetic responses (rest & digest) then that is how it is indicated for use as an “herbal tranquilizer” in general and as a calming herbal with gentle sedative results for tension and stress, so with that it is considered an herbal tonic as an interface between digestion and the nervous system.Read More
I think these conditions require introduction to cleansing periodically. Also what helps are the elimination diet protocols to find out the foods or food categories that are causing distress and contributing to spasms in the gut that result in constipation events.
Of course probiotics and prebiotics with enzymes are an additional tool. Essentially Digestive Stimulator, or a natural laxative at night only that can sometimes allow the dietary changes to become more effective while introducing probiotics / prebiotics help to control pH and fermentation of the gut.
The main basis is to introduce a protocol that is on and off of the natural laxative but in no way allow reliance until the vitality of the gut becomes stronger on its own. Perhaps use natural prunes in the diet occasionally and FOS containing foods to help improve the condition. With any chronic conditions, take gentle care and attention with oversight of elimination diet protocols and diet dairies.Read More
What daily tea drinking routine do you recommend for Yerba Mate-Green Tea-Ginseng and Dandelion Tea?
- You could use these teas each day without doing harm.
- Take both of them together is OK up to 2-3 times a day for a time such as 6-8 weeks with a pause from that regimen.
- Or take these separately with the Yerba Mate-Green Tea-Ginseng in the morning and Dandelion Root tea by itself at lunchtime or after higher fat meals.
- Try to experiment with flavors such as honey, almond milk or simple herb additions like Cinnamon to the Dandelion Root and Leaf to take the bitter edge
off of the tea.