Supporting a Healthy Immune System
To learn more about each of the four essiac herbs and their specific medicinal constituents and properties, we suggest you consult herb references below.
All herbal products mentioned in this article are available from OJIBWA TEA OF LIFE™ through our online store. We hope that the information presented here will be helpful to you!
Life Style Immune Support
- Find out what your allergens or food sensitivities are and avoid them.
- Eat a nourishing diet of organic foods, low in fat, low-protein, high fiber, and with complex carbohydrates, fresh and ripe fruits.
- Eliminate chemical sensitivities in your environment.
- Nourish organ systems that are depleted or not functioning properly.
- Get adequate sunshine, exercise and rest.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of clean water (not tap!) each day.
- Learn meditation techniques.
- Treat yourself to a massage.
- Include JOY in your life!
Contraindications and cautions for immune support formulas
Herbal formulas should not be a substitute for qualified healthcare. Bacterial issues like Strep throat can cause complications like rheumatic heart disease and nephritis. Some viral issues are serious and can be deadly. Elders, infants and immune-compromised individuals should always consult a health practitioner.
Olive Leaf Extract (O. europaea)
FAMILY/CLASS: Family Oleaceae; Genus and species: Olea europa (O. europaea)
HABITAT: Olive trees were first cultivated in the "fertile crescent" region in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, and moved westward over the millennia. Olive trees were planted in the entire Mediterranean basin during Roman rule. Olives are now cultivated in many regions of the world with Mediterranean climates, such as South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and the U.S.
PARTS USED: Leaves.
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, astringent, antiarrhythmic, antihypertensive, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral/anti-HIV, diuretic, glucoregulatory, anticholesterol statin.
CONSTITUENTS: Iridoide monoterpenes: oleuropein ligstroside; triterpenes: oleanolic acid, maslinic acid, uvaol; flavonoids: rutin, chrysoeriol, apigenin and luteolin glycosides, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, apigenine-7-O-glucoside; secoiridoids: oleuropein, as well as ligustroside and oleacein; sterols; and various other phenolic acids.
HISTORICAL USES: Medicinal use of olive leaf has traditionally been for treatment of fevers and for the topical treatment of wounds. As a poultice, it was also used by herbalists to treat skin rashes and boils.
DISCUSSION: The cholesterol lowering effects of olive leaf extracts are attributed to the iridoide monoterpenesoleuropein, a substance contained within the leaf. Studies on hypercholesterolemic rats have shown that olive leaf extracts are more effective at lowering cholesterol than pure oleuropein, suggesting a synergistic effect occurs between oleuropein and one or more other substances within the leaf. In the body, oleuropein is converted into elenoic acid, which may prevent viruses and bacteria from replicating. Olive leaf has antihypertensive and vasodilating effects that occur independently of the integrity of the vascular endothelium. Oleacein inhibits Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE). Certain constituents of olive leaf have been shown to strongly inhibit the complement system. Complement, part of the immune system, is a specific pathway for destruction of invading pathogens; however it is unknown what the precise effects of olive leaf are in this regard . The hypoglycemic activities of olive leaf are considered to be due to two mechanisms: (a) potentiation of glucose-induced insulin release, and (b) increased peripheral uptake of glucose. Hypoglycemic activity is greater in samples collected in the winter months. Olive leaf extract is very beneficial for conditions caused by viruses, retrovirus, bacteria, as well as protozoa. Olive leaf extract has been shown to be an effective antimicrobial against the following microorganisms: E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staph. aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum canis, T. rubrum,s and Candida albicans. Anti-viral/anti-HIV properties of olive leaf extract include up-regulation of the expression of apoptosis inhibitor proteins as well as protein kinase signaling molecules; however, there have been few trials in humans.
CAUTIONS/CONTRAINDICATIONS: No severe adverse effect reported.
HERB-DRUG INTERACTIONS: Hypoglycemic agents: May have additive effects; diabetics use with caution when taking insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs. Antihypertensive: May have additive effects; may cause dangerously low blood pressure when used with diuretics, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin-2 receptor antagonists, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers, or central alpha agonists.
Glucoleve™ (Dioscorea dumetorum)
SUPPORTS HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR BALANCE *
DIABETES - PATHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Diabetes mellitus, a metabolic disorder characterized by impaired carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism resulting in high blood sugar levels, presently affects more than 150 million worldwide. Attributed to the lack or dysfunction of the hormone insulin, which is produced by specialized beta cells in the islets of langerhans in the pancreas, diabetes has become the leading cause for the development of related disorders such as kidney disease, blindness, cardiovascular disease, impotence and gangrene. Symptoms of diabetes include increased frequency of urination, increased and often extreme thirst, increased appetite, weight loss, irritability, and fatigue.
There are two types of diabetes, Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood and involves such a severe depletion of insulin that it must be taken by injection everyday. Type II diabetes is usually diagnosed in adulthood, and most often can be managed with diet and other oral medication rather then insulin injections.
The ability to convert glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver and reconversion to glucose for energy usage is impaired in diabetes. Large amounts of sugar accumulate in the blood and spill over into the urine.
THE CONTROL OF DIABETES IN AFRICAN MEDICINE
The recognition of diabetes as a disease was a fairly recent development among certain tribes in Africa. In some communities there is no vernacular name for diabetes and treatment is practically unknown. The few native doctors that treat this disease sometimes rely on some evidence of glucosuria for the diagnosis, such as whether or not ants gather at a spot where the individual passed urine. They can manage both juvenile and maturity-onset diabetes. They have proved remarkably competent in handling insulin-dependent diabetes and cases with severe ketoses. Certain African medicinal plants have been experimentally verified as useful in the treatment of diabetes. One plant is Dioscorea dumetorum, marketed under the name "Glucoleve™". The plant grows primarily in the woodland forest of west Africa. It is also called traveler's yam, cluster yam, or bitter yam. The medicinally active part of the plant are its roots (tubers). It came to be known as "destroyer of sugar" because it was observed that chewing the roots suppressed the taste of sugar. It was also observed that regular use of the root reduced glycosuria, or the appearance of carbohydrates in urine.
Trials using an extract of dried Dioscorea root indicated that it lowers blood sugar levels. Although the precise mechanism of action remains to be fully determined, it was observed that damaged beta cells of the islets of langerhans produced and secreted insulin after administering a standardized extract of Dioscoretine, the hypoglycemic agent isolated from Dioscorea dumetorum tubers.
The results of these invesigations have established the hypoglycemic activity of Dioscorea dumetorum in individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
By virtue of its hypoglycemic activity, Glucoleve™ has become an important therapeutic aid in supporting healthy blood sugar balance. Before using this product, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
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Sugarleve™ (Voacanga africana)
IF YOU FIND THAT SUGAR IS PART OF YOUR DIET EVERY DAY, YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM *
THE CHALLENGES OF QUITING SUGAR
If you've tried to quit eating sugar and failed, you know how hard it is. It is hard because sugar is a very addictive substance. It's been said the psychological or mental side of sugar addiction is difficult to overcome.
The botanicals contained in Sugarleve™ help maintain emotional and physical health in the face of those challenges.
YES! You can become Addicted to Sugar
Can you go for more than a day without eating sugar in some form? Do you drink soft drinks or milkshakes, eat Danish pastry, donuts, bagels, cakes, cookies, or many other sugary items?
Although the term "sugar addiction" often appears in magazines and on television, scientists had not demonstrated that such a thing as sugar dependency really exists, until now. Researchers at Princeton University studied rats that were induced to binge on sugar and found that they exhibited telltale signs of withdrawal, including "the shakes" and changes in brain chemistry, when the effects of the sweets were blocked. These signs are similar to those produced by drug withdrawal.
Sugar triggers production of the brain's natural opioids. That is a key to the addiction process. The brain is getting addicted to its own opioids. When the researchers suddenly removed the sugar portion of the rats' diet, the animals exhibited teeth chattering, a common sign of withdrawal. In addition to teeth chattering, those animals showed anxiety and a reversal in the usual balance of neurochemicals in the brain's motivation system.
Voacanga africana the key ingredient in Sugarleve™ help support the nervous system, decrease sugar cravings and stabilize mood. Voacanga helps you BEAT sugar addiction by interrupting the symptoms of sugar withdrawal, reducing sugar cravings for extended periods of time, allowing you to eliminate the body's craving for sugar.
Sugarleve™ also contains Griffonia simplicifolia, which has been used in the treatment of headaches and stomach problems. More impressively, Griffonia seed has been shown to raise serotonin levels, leading to relief from insomnia, depression, anxiety, and addiction. In overcoming sugar addiction, Griffonia can be an effective supportive treatment. The use of many addictive substances elevates serotonin levels. When these substances are eliminated, serotonin levels drop drastically which may cause anxiety and cravings. The symptoms of withdrawal may be reduced by taking Griffonia to help stabilize serotonin levels.
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11. Erlanson-Albertsson C. Sugar triggers our reward-system. Sweets release opiates which stimulates the appetite for sucrose. Lakartidningen. 2005 May 23-29; 102(21):1620-7.
12. Spangler R, et. al. Opiate-like effects of sugar on gene expression in reward areas of the rat brain. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2004 May 19;124(2):134-42.
Indungulu - African Ginger (Siphonochilus aethiopicus)
MAINTAINS A HEALTHY INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE *
HISTORY OF TRADITIONAL USE OF GINGER
Ginger and her cousin Turmeric are proud members of the zingiberaceae family and grow in sub-tropical, volcanic soils in the southern hemispheres. The plant is thought to have originated in tropical Asia and is widely cultivated in the Caribbean and Africa. All cultures report similar uses of this plant. It has been used as a favorite "diffusive" circulatory stimulant and heating agent; calming nausea, removing phlegm or catarrh in a wet cough. It has also been used to support a healthy inflammatory response. Ginger is also widely used for motion sickness. Ginger is one of the most widely consumed aromatic spices on the planet.
MECHANISM OF THERAPUTIC ACTION
Ginger contains hundreds of chemical components. The highest percentages of chemicals are the volatile oils (camphene, phellandrene, zingiberine, zingiberol, eucalyptol, citral, borneol, and linalol) and the phenolic compounds (gingerol, zingerone, shogaols) and resins. Ginger has been shown in numerous clinical trials to work as well as or better than Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medicines without the adverse events reported such as gastric mucosal irritation and ulceration. It is thought that Ginger promotes normal production of Thromboxanes and Leukotrienes which would explain its action on the immune system as well as its ability to promote healthy circulation and inflammatory responses.
SIDE EFFECTS AND TOXICITY
There have been no reports of significant side effects or severe toxic reactions following the consumption of ginger in usual therapeutic doses. This fact and the use of ginger for thousands of years by many different cultures attest to its safety. Ginger has been approved by the German Commission E and is on the FDA's GRAS list
HISTORY OF GINGER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Siphonochilus aethiopicus is found in forest of KwaZulu/Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Province and Swaziland. This rare African plant of the Ginger family is regarded as Africa's natural anti-inflammatory, and it has many other uses. The Zulu know this plant as "Indungulu." They use the rhizome in a cough and cold remedy, in tonics, and in addressing hysteria. Historically the plant is taken in winter to treat fevers. Indungulu is also used as a malarial remedy and for the relief of menstrual pain, for which purpose the rhizomes were chewed. Elsewhere in the region, rhizomes have been employed in the treatment of rheumatism, toothache, neuralgia, and to decongest nasal passages.
PHARMACOLOGY OF AFRICAN GINGER
Indungulu (S. aethiopicus) has been used in South Africa for centuries for safely addressing headache, pain and inflammation. The plant belongs to the Ginger family, but has a completely different phytochemical profile to other commercially available ginger. In a recent pharmacological study, researchers tested a number of medicinal plants used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. In an assay which considered the ability of materials to disrupt the inflammation process, extracts of S. aethiopicus were found to exhibit higher inhibitory activity than indomethacin, a standard pharmaceutical drug used as an anti-inflammatory.
In another study, plants used by Southern African traditional healers for the treatment of menstrual pains were screened for prostaglandin-synthesis inhibitors and the ability to reduce isolated uterine muscle contraction using the cyclooxygenase and in vitro uterine bioassays respectively. Ten plants used by traditional healers for menstrual pains were assayed for cyclooxygenase inhibitory activity. Several plant extracts exhibited high inhibitory activity in the assay. The highest activity was obtained with an ethanolic extract of Siphonochilus aethiopicus. The study demonstrated that African Ginger (S. aethiopious) has among the highest cyclooxygenase-1 inhibitory activity of the medicinal plants tested.
WHY USE INDUNGULU - AFRICAN GINGER
Using several processing techniques, the natural oil of S. aethiopicus is extracted for use in Indungulu. This potent ginger oil contains 20% total pungent compounds, calculated as 6-Gingerol and 6-Shogaol, making Indungulu the most potent ginger extract available. The ginger oil in Indungulu contains a level of total pungent compounds that cannot be equaled by other forms of ginger available on the market.
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Anxileve™ (Khaya senegalensis)
SUPPORTS RELAXATION DURING TIMES OF ANXIETY *
More than sixty-five million Americans suffer annually from anxiety and one out of every two people will experience some form of mild to moderate anxiety for at least a two week period during their lifetime. More people suffer from anxiety than any other mental health problem, yet less than 25 percent receive adequate help. Anxiety disorders include phobia and obsessive/compulsive behavior, as well as panic disorder. Until recently, the only choice for many was to suffer in silence or take synthetic, tranquilizers and sleeping pills. Anxiety is an exaggerated stress response stemming from the brain's alarm system.
THE USE OF KHAYA SENEGALENSIS IN AFRICAN MEDICINE
Khaya senegalensis is used extensively in west Africa as a bitter tonic and as a fever remedy. The species is found in the Savannah woodland forests from west Africa to the Sudan.
Khaya senegalensis bark contains a bitter principle called "calicedrin," which consists of a mixture of triterpenes with a lactone or epoxide function and a furan ring. The bark also contains 2,6-dimethoxy-p-benzoquinone, B-sitosterol, and its B-D-glucoside, catechin, tannins, saponins, and polysaccharides. The coumarins scopoletin, aesculetin, and scoparone have been shown to be constitutes of the bark.
The crude aqueous alcohol extracts of the stem bark possess sedative and reduced locomotor activity, as well as CNS depressant activity in mice. The coumarins found in the bark have been associated with analgesic, antipyretic, and moderate anticonvulsant action.
Because of its sedative properties, Khaya senegalensis may play a significant role in supporting relaxation during times of anxiety. Before using this product, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
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2. Olmo L.R.V., et. al. Rearranged limonoids from Khaya senegalensis. Photochemistry, June 1996, Vol: 42, Issue:3, pp. 831-37.
3. Nakatani M, et. al. Three new modified limonoids from Khaya senegalensis. J Nat Prod. 2002 Aug;65(8):1219-21.
According to herbal lore, the juice of the black elderberry has been used for over 2,500 years as an effective remedy for flu, coughs, and colds. This research was done in the mid 1980s at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center.
The key to halting the progress of flu is to prevent the formation of tiny spikes (called hemagglutinin) that cover the surface of the virus. Unchecked, these spikes (laced with a special enzyme called neuraminidase) penetrate the cell wall of the healthy organism, allowing the virus to produce what we know as FLU. Two active ingredients in black elderberry tend to disarm nueraminidase within 24-48 hours, according to Dr. Mumcuglu.
In one study patients took 4 tablespoons black elderberry extract per day. Within 24 hours fever, cough and muscle pain were significantly reduced. Subsequent studies have proved that black elderberry is effective against 8 different influenza strains. Blood tests show that those taking black elderberries have higher levels of influenza antibodies. [Source: .Sambucus nigra (L) Black Elderberry Extract: A breakthrough in the Treatment of Influenza,. Madeline Mumcuoglu, Ph.D.]
How to Make an Alcohol-Free Elderberry Extract
To make an alcohol free extract, you need to first use alcohol to liquefy the active properties in the elderberries and then use low temperature evaporation to remove the alcohol. Elderberries are available through our online store.
- 1 pound of dried elderberries (Order Elderberries and Elderflowers here)
- 2 ounces of elderflowers (optional)
- 1 liter of 80 proof vodka
- 2 liters of water
- porcelain, glass, or stainless steel bowl
- candy thermometer
- fine stainless steel strainer
- cotton terry cloth (optional)
1. Place one pound of dried elderberries in a porcelain, glass, or stainless steel bowl (do not use aluminum) and add one liter of 80 proof vodka and 2 liters of water. Stir this mixture daily.
2. After 2 days or longer, place the mixture (before straining), berries, and solution into a crockpot, slow cooker or "Nesco."
Note: Adding 2 ounces of elderflowers to the batch improves the taste (sweetens) and aroma and is reported to benefit the eyes and kidneys. The berries also help by promoting sweating.
If using the Rival brand crock-pot, set at "low." Leave cover off and insert a candy thermometer in the solution. Check temperatures every half-hour until the temperature reaches 125°F (about 1 hour in the crackpot). Then set a clock for 3 hours; after this time, all the alcohol has evaporated.
3. With the RIVAL brand crock pot set on low, it took exactly 4 hours total to evaporate all the alcohol from the solution.
4. If using a slow cooker or "Nesco," you might initially set the temperature at 160°F until the solution reaches 125°F, then reduce the temperature setting to 130°F, or to a setting that keeps the solution between 125°F and 130°F. After 3 hours in this narrow temperature rage, the alcohol is evaporated.
5. Turn off heat and place cover on and let stand for 2 hours. Use a cup or small bowl to scoop out berries and solution and strain through a fine stainless steel strainer. You may also do a second straining through cotton terry cloth placed over a large funnel to remove the sand and pulp. Your finished product will be smooth and have the color of deep purple ink. Pour into glass jars and refrigerate until used up, as there are no preservatives in the product. You should end up with about 2 quarts or liters. The finished product needs to be used within about 3 weeks.
Adult dose: 1/3 cup daily with the last dose just before bedtime. Tastes good when mixed with concord grape juice, orange juice, or diluted with plain pure water.
Note: If severe diarrhea results, stop using or reduce dosage to 1 or 2 tablespoons twice daily and gradually increase until at the maximum dosage.
BONESET TEA: In Germany, boneset tea is a major remedy for colds and flu. The herb stimulates the immune system by encouraging the white blood cells to destroy viruses and bacteria. Add one or two teaspoons dry boneset leaves to one cup boiling water; steep for ten to twenty minutes; drink 2-3 cups per day until symptoms disappear.
HERBS FOR BACTERIAL issues
The following formulas, herbs for bacterial issues, herbs for viral issues, and herbs for yeast and fungus issues are made by the Health Balances Company.
Introduction: The basic herbs are echinacea, usnea, bee propolis, baptisia and poke root. These herbs are useful in addressing conditions of staph, strep, and other bacterial issues. Goldenseal and myrrh are also useful for bacterial issues and can be used in addition to the other herbs. All of these herbs are also useful for viral issues, especially when used in conjunction with anti-viral herbs such as lomatium, pau d' arco and osha.
ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLA ROOT: This popular herb increases the activity of white blood cells, and contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral activity according to many studies by famous herbalists (Brinker, Hobbs, White, Watkins, Santillo, Tierra, Christopher, and others). This herb contains import oils that evaporate during normal drying so that it must be used either fresh or freeze-dried for best results (Hobbs, Brinker, and others).
GOLDENSEAL: This very popular herb is useful for bacterial and viral issues as well as mucous membrane inflammations (Hobbs, Santillo, Ody, Tierra, Christopher, White, and others). It is specifically recommended for bacterial issues (White, Brinker). This herb also contains anti-candida properties (Brinker).
CAUTIONS: This herb should NOT be used during pregnancy (Santillo, White, Ody, Tierra, Hobbs), or by those with high blood pressure, (Tierra, Ody), or by those with hypoglycemia.
MYRRH: This herb is a very powerful antiseptic (Santillo, Christopher, Watkins, Ody, and others). It also speeds up poor circulation (Ody, Watkins, Christopher).
CAUTIONS: Myrrh is a powerful herb and should not be used for more than two weeks at a time (Santillo, Tierra), and NOT during pregnancy (Ody, Tierra, Brinker).
USNEA: This is a variety of lichen called "old man's beard" that hangs from tree branches in the Cascade mountains of Washington State. It is a useful anti-bacterial for staph, strep, and other bacteria (Hobbs, White, Tierra). It also contains anti-viral properties (Hobbs, Tierra). Tierra and others also find it useful for yeast and fungal issues.
BEE PROPOLIS: In various countries, research has shown bee propolis to be effective for bacterial issues, viral issues, fungus issues, allergies, pain, and many other conditions (Wade). Hobbs suggests use at the first sign of a cold or sore throat.
BAPTISIA: This herb is also called "wild indigo." Hobbs combines this herb with echinacea for "flu" and says that baptisia has anti-viral activity. It also contains antibiotic activity (Tierra, Cullen, Ody). Ody uses it for tonsillitis and says that it cleanses the lymphatic system. Sally Cullen uses babtisia for strep issues. It is an immune stimulant (Prevention, January 1990), and is recommended for upper respiratory issues (Leviton).
NOTE: Baptisia is a potent herb and should be used in small amounts (Lust, Cullen, Ody, Brinker).
POKE ROOT: This herb is a great favorite among herbalists. It is often used as a spleen, lymphatic, and tonsil cleanser (Santillo, Tenney, Christopher, Tierra, Ody, and others).
CAUTIONS: It is a very potent herb and can cause adverse effects in eating large amounts (OVER 1 pound!), so the FDA does not approve of this herb. HOWEVER, this is a caution when eating the fresh herb and WE DO NOT recommend eating the fresh herb. In our tinctures we use dried herb and do not recommend the use of the fresh root. Herbalists usually recommend the use of the tincture, made only with dried root of 2-10 drops of the tincture several times per day.
CAUTIONS: Those who are ill, pregnant or nursing should consult a health practitioner before using herbal products. While these herbs have been found useful against strep, staph, and other issues, those with serious conditions normally requiring the services of a physician are urged to consult with one.
HERBS FOR YEAST AND FUNGUS issues
Introduction: Chronic yeast (candida) issues, particularly of the intestinal tract (systemic candida), are common in both men and women. Antibiotics kill off normal intestinal bacteria, enabling yeast to grow in larger than normal numbers. In immune compromised individuals, this is common. Birth control pills and some other medications also enable yeast to proliferate. Conditions such as vaginal yeast and athlete's foot usually do not occur apart from intestinal infection. Candida results in food and chemical allergies causing numerous symptoms such as: intestinal disorders, respiratory ailments, cardiovascular symptoms, fatigue, and weight gain to name a few. Systemic candida can be a great misery according to the Townsend Letter for Doctors, January 1995.
CINNAMON: Studies in Germany showed that cinnamon destroyed 67% of cadida when exposed to it (Belaiche).
THYME: The same studies found that thyme destroyed 70% of candida.
CLOVES: The same studies showed cloves to be 40% effective. Freshly ground cloves also kills parasite eggs in the body (Clark).
CITRUS SEED EXTRACT: This popular herb is effective against candida (Ionescu, Werbach, Schemker, Harich, Cooter, and others). It is also useful in addressing a variety of other parasites (Schenker and others) and bacteria (Harick, Ionescu, Sachs, and others).
OIL OF OREGANO: Oil of organo has been found to kill 77% of candida that it came in contact with (Belaiche). A study of oil of organo was also done in Kent, Washington. All patients had been diagnosed as having candida overgrowth. After 4 weeks of oil or on oil of oregano, all reported improvement in various symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, etc. No side effects were reported.
SPILANTHES: This little known herb has anti-candida properties (Partridge, Smith). Traditional uses for this herb also include treatment of intestinal gas, kidney stones, inflammation of the mouth and throat, parasites, gout, and rheumatic conditions (King.s American Dispensatory).
USNEA: This is a variety of lichen called "old man's beard" that hangs from tree branches in the Cascade mountains of Washington State. It is a useful anti-bacterial for staph, strep, and other bacteria (Hobbs, White, Tierra). It also contains anti-viral properties (Hobbs, Tierra). Tierra and others also find it useful for yeast and fungal issues. Partridge and others have found it to be useful for yeast and fungal issues.
MOLYBDENUM: While not an herb, this mineral is an important part in the recovery from yeast issues as well as other health conditions. One of the many toxins made by yeast cells is acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde appears to be responsible for many of the conditions caused by chronic yeast Overgrowth. Molybdenum is needed to detoxify acetaldehyde and other common toxins known as sulfites. Dr. Stephan Cooter has commented: "Moybdenum was the chief player in turning around my own chronic illness."
Other factors to consider - It may take months to get control over candidiasis. In addition to using herbs, the following may be helpful.
- Starve out yeast by avoiding sugars, starches (breads, flour products, rice, starchy vegetables), fruit, cheeses, and alcohol.
- Use a vitamin mineral combination such as Oxygenic B.
- Use additional supplements as needed to correct metabolic imbalances.
- Use a good acidophilus product.
- Avoid foods that cause allergic reactions.
- With you doctor's approval, avoid the things that caused the candida to become a problem in the first place (antibiotics, hormones, steroids).
"Die off" reaction - When yeast, parasites, etcetera are killed off, their cells break down and release their contents. These materials can be irritating and can cause symptoms. The result is that when you kill yeast, you may temporarily feel worse.
CAUTION: THOSE WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING SHOULD NOT USE THYME OR OIL OF OREGANO WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN. KEEP HERBAL PRODUCTS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN!
SOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ESSIAC
- Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., R.D., C.N.S. (Nutrition Times Press, Tulsa, OK., 1998)
- Essiac, A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy, by Cynthia Olsen (Kali Press, Pagosa Springs, CO, 1996)
- Options, The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book, by Richard Walters (Avery Publishing Group Inc., Garden City Park, New York, 1993)
- The Essence of Essiac, by Sheila Snow (published by the author, Sheila Snow, Box 396, Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0, Canada, 1993-1994)
- Herbs Against Cancer, History and Controversy, by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. (Eqinox Press, Inc., Brooklyn, New York, 1998)