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Herbal Support for Human Health

Acid reflux is a simple condition to heal by the use of herbs. It is best to treat acid reflux before it becomes an habitual and chronic problem as it can develop into an Hiatal Hernia condition. In...

The adrenal glands sit on top of each kidney and consist of an outer cortex and an inner medulla. Of the 50 or so hormones the adrenals make, only cortisone and adrenaline are recognized by most peopl...

Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate and carries with it long term serious problems with eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. We all know about the Pancreas because we know it is involved in D...

Are you pale, feel dizzy, weak, experiencing palpitations, often falling alseep, have head aches and irritability? Black tea, coffee, chocolate, egg yolk, wheat bran, antacids and excessive calcium...

Our angina pain relief mix contains 1:1 extracts of Cactus (Grindiflora) and Hawthorne along with the bach flower remedy Rescue Remedy. Their combined actions strengthen and rehabilitate the heart mus...

Robert once wrote to a patient "If you could see the top of my head you would see I don't have a cure for balding". Its true , however premature balding due to poor circulation and or tension in the s...

Blushing is a common and embarrassing problem for many people. Blushing can be a precursor to Rosacea. Rosacea often begins with easy blushing and flushing of the facial skin. Eventually, redness wil...

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa (a flat sac of synovial fliud that allows normal movement of joints and muscles and reduces friction). This occurs at major joints such as shoulders , elbows, h...

Candida is really an expression of an out of balance gut flora. Often more common in those who attempt to digest their stresses rather than express and clear them from their systems. In my experience ...

There are many factors to consider when addressing Candida. The Candida yeast organism is normally kept in check by the human immune system. But sometimes, particularly when the immune system is comp...

Stomach cramps are muscular contractions of the strong muscle that forms the wall of the stomach. The stomach is meant to contract rhythmically at times to mix food in stomach acids and to protect the...

Cholesterol testing and drugs for reducing readings have formed the basis of a whole medical and pharmaceutical industry.I have a liver tonic which should be part of any cholesterol management plan.In...

Duodenal ulcers can be a chronic problem. They are created when there is an imbalance between acids, pepsin and the protective mechanisms of the digestive system. Coffee and alcohol being strong stimu...

DVT is blood condition relating to circulation and viscosity. There are three main reasons for deep vein thrombosis. Slowing of blood flow as in prolonged bed rest and/or inactivity due to sitting w...

Eczema—like many skin disorders—is not skin deep. Eczema is a recurring skin disorder. Flare-ups look like dry, red patches of skin that crust, flake, and can develop into oozing blisters...

If you are in a situation where your emotional health is abused for then this will cause you to feel dis-at-ease or disease will manifest within the body. Unhealthy relationships are often at the cor...

This is a not uncommon condition found in the 20-35 year age group Important to work out stress by some form of yoga or meditation or diaphragmatic breathing, to assist with any emotional problems....

The epididymis is a series of small tubes, attached to the back of each testicle, that collects and stores sperm. One of the most common causes of scrotal pain is epididymitis, which is infection and ...

  Below you will find an example of selected herbs for a particular condition. Herbal support can take a variety of forms and combinations, so it is vital that each person consult directly with ...

Fibroids can be seen from several different levels, from the energetic point of view they can be seen either as: Non acceptance of relationship (self or others) issues. As a result of a possible s...

Fibromatosis is a benign growth of the plantar fascia. It may be worse when associated with diabetes, epilepsy, and alcoholism . Some doctors say its an aggressive healing response to small tears in t...

The most common cause for foamy urine is protein in the urine(proteinuria). Hypertension or high blood pressure and diabetes are two common causesof proteinuria. It is wise to have this checked out.O...

It is used medicinally for digestive problems, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. It has been used for sea sickness, headaches, spleen enlargement, catarrh, bronchitis, rheumatism, foot pains, liver...

Gallstones are rocklike collections of material that form inside the gallbladder. Different types exist, and they are categorized by their primary composition; cholesterol stones are most common follo...

Golden staph is a potentially fatal disease caused by bacteria and can be spread by touching infected surfaces or via skin contact. Golden Staph is one of the infections that can be contracted in hos...

Gout is a form of rheumatoid arthritis. Crystals derived from excess uric acid settle as tophi in the ears , thumbs , heel, ankle, instep or toes causing inflammation and excruciating pain. It means ...

The place to start with haemorrhoids is by strengthening the blood vessel walls which is the underlying problem. This is best done by providing you with a mixture which works on the health of all bloo...

Some simple tips to care for your hair; Be gentle with your hair when wet as it is more elastic and can break more easily. Use a good soft brush with round bristles. Massage your scalp regularly ...

You have to look at Hay Fever as an over-enthusiastic immune system response. In the spring it can be caused by pollens from various trees and in the summer from grasses. Occasionally it can also resu...

Herniated Disks are most common in the lumbar spine - the part of your backbone between the bottom of your ribs and your hips. The cushioning disks between the bones of the spine allow us to move our...

In the modern day, herpes is nothing more than a reflection of a depleted immune system. In earlier times before the abuse of antibiotics and drugs (especially marijuana) the herpes virus was not near...

HIV, Human immunodeficiency virus is a retrovirus. Infection occurs through the transfer of body fluids eg blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk. Sexual contact remains the most common form of ...

Horseshoe kidney can be found more so in males then females & occurs at around 1 in every 400-800 births. If you have this condition you need to be made aware of the importance of the kidneys &...

Human females are quite unique: we menstruate; and we cease to be reproductively available after we've lived only half our life span. The years just before and just after the menopause itself are refe...

Irritable Bowel Symndrome can often be a whole gamut of digestive problems lumped under one title. It essentially is a strong response to foods, stress and bile (digestive enzymes)acids. It can also...

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, a...

Your immune system is a very complex defence system that is your first line of protection in all matters related to your health. In simplest terms, it fights off potentially harmful infectious organis...

We have a responsibility to care for our bodies and enhance our body's natural immune system and make it as strong as it possibly can be for the work and life we have chosen to live. You should be aw...

We have a responsibility to care for our bodies and enhance our body's natural immune system and make it as strong as it possibly can be for the work and life we have chosen to live. You should be aw...

The super-nutritional composition of kelp assists the body in its own healing process. Kelp and seaweed supplements are found to create a number of positive benefits in the human body, including a cur...

Congratulations if you have decided to give up smoking you will feel better sooner rather than later, particularly your respiration and energy levels. Have a look at the following tonic it will suppo...

Maritime Pine Bark Extract is used in this Herbal Practice to help people suffering from a range of illnesses. Maritime Pine Bark is a natural antioxidant. It is an excellent source of flavonoids an...

Unfortunately at this age, it seems as if our bodies put on weight with out us even trying.We lose muscle mass due to a change in hormone balance, and as muscle tissue is active at burning up the calo...

Morning sickness often occurs because of low blood sugar, build up of increased hormonal activity, a vitamin B6 deficiency (which may cause low blood sugar problems), Other causes of morning sickness ...

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic degenerative disease in which gradual destruction of the myelin sheath protecting the nerves occurs in patches throughout the spinal cord of the central nervous system,...

A muscle cramp is defined as an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Cramps may be caused by an inadequate blood supply to the muscle such as in after eating or after vigo...

Castor Oil Apply Castor Oil to any foreign body that has punctured the skin or entered the eyes. It is a simple and highly effective treatment for any kind of splinter including wood , glass, metal,...

I treat osteoarthritis by trying to reverse the processes which set up the problem in the first instance. Some of these processes are as follows: An overly acid constitution which seems to disturb ...

Peptic ulcers are open sores or erosions in the lining of either the duodenum (duodenal ulcers) or the stomach (gastric ulcers). Symptoms Abdominal pain with a burning or gnawing sensation Pain ...

What you need to address is the causal factor If you are overweight then address dietary & exercise changes. If sport related then rest & stretching as well as rehabilitation exercises are...

PMS - natural disaster or emotional compass? "What I realized this time round was that the issues that come up during the week are not manufactured. They're real, unresolved issues that don't hinder ...

A polycystic ovary is not purely physical in origin and neither is it a simplistic result of hormonal imbalance. There are energetic, hormonal and physical situations all bound together and this is wh...

Giving birth to your child is one of the most important and memorable events of your life and you want it to be a "good" memory so it is worth preparing yourself well . Taking the Pre/Post Op Mix, ...

The cravings can be maddening. Congratulations if you have decided to give up smoking you will feel better in the long run. Have a look at the following tonic it will support the processes of elimin...

The popularity of fermented products has grown in recent years. And finally science is catching up with age-old knowledge of foods being medicine. Kombucha, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut and pickled...

In most cases, the cause of RLS is unknown. In other cases, RLS appears to be related to the following factors or conditions, although researchers do not yet know if these factors actually cause RLS....

Antibiotics can control Rosacea and they do so by dealing with any secondary infections which arise because of the condition rather than controlling the condition itself. When I treat it I use herbs ...

Rosacea is a combination of weakened surface blood vessels and imbalances in the flushing response which accounts for redness and sensitivity and herbal tonics are well placed to ameliorate the condit...

Rocasea is associated with chronic facial skin redness and pimples and occurs in more women than men in the age group 30 to 50 years. It is associated with an excess flow of sebum. Antibiotics can co...

Sciatica is an inflammation from postural distortion of the sciatic nerve.This can be caused by damage to vertebra or to disks that then puts pressure on this nerve which emerges at that sciatic nottc...

Shingles can be a real bugbear for an elderly person and it is quite common. It comes about through the nervous system and can be a reaction to stress or frustration or anger but it is not all that he...

Shingles can be a real bugbear for an elderly person and it is common enough. It comes about through the nervous system and can be a reaction to stress or frustration or anger but it not all that help...

Congratulations on your decision to give up smoking its not an easy decision to make and carry out; you will feel better in the long run. You need to attack it from many angles and get as much support...

We always need reminding about the excellence of MPB. We had some one write the other day that as long as she stays on MPB "two squirts twice daily" she will not get cold sores. It boils down to being...

This time of year more and more people choose to give up smoking. Smokers may have high stress lives or jobs that makes them become irritated and snappy. They may be the type with a driven impulsive p...

It is difficult to imagine how the loss of taste and smell can effect one. Some complain of losing their appetite and any interest in cooking. A loss of senses can be frustrating because they affect a...

Fungal Infection between the toes is common in those who wear shoes and socks most of the time and who have damp feet, either due to perspiration, or because they don't properly dry between their toes...

The human immune system is really quite amazing , when properly functioning it works as a biological warfare unit. It is able to identify and destroy many foreign invaders. It does all of this work so...

We all know that when one is anaemic one is tired and pale and that a blood test shows low iron levels. We know that pregnant women can become anaemic, as can girls at puberty or women with very heavy...

Gout can be an extraordinarily painful condition and is caused by crystals settling out of the blood stream and depositing in joints. Very often these crystals end up in or around the large toe which ...

The word herpes means serpent-like. Herpes can infiltrate the nervous system and lie in waiting until the nerves are disturbed by some trauma, even the trauma of tight jeans, posture, sexual activity ...

It is interesting to consider from an holistic viewpoint the modern (and more especially, Western) increase in the incidence of asthma. Nowadays we are encouraged to equate any sort of stubborn cough...

As an admirer of excellence in any field I am fascinated by the levels achieved by the modern athlete and so much enjoy watching them perform. I am disturbed however by the lack of understanding of th...

There is much, much more to ADD than the popular or even the common medical understanding. The popular understanding is limited to dismay and often guilt along the lines of "What am I doing so wrong t...

I always advise my patients to look further into understanding their own personal back problem. I also point out that it is simply ridiculous and foolish to just accept the fact of a back problem and ...

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) refers to a marked and prolonged fatigue for which no identifiable cause can be found. Other symptoms frequently present include muscle wea...

When a patient called last evening asking it she could use my Hoof Oil for her weak fingernails, it set me to thinking about fingernail and hair health and their relationship to the treatments I use f...

Glandular fever brings more young adults to their first experience with a herbalist in my practice, than any other condition. The typical introduction to such a consultation is a mother bringing a hi...

It is common enough for us to hear that we were born to live in some sort of harmony with our earth and our environment. Most of us know how good it can feel walking in bare feet in wet grass or along...

Many patients come to me with the problem, which they call Arthritis. Generally what they mean is that they suffer pain associated with their bony structures, back or joints usually. The first thing ...

Psoric Arthritis is an interesting one and even the word Psora is one from 18th and 19th century herbal medicine language and means coming from the blood, meaning taints from previous generations. (In...

To make a naturopathic analysis of this creature, it is first necessary to analyse the genesis and body type in its natural environment and then consider the requirements and demands of its sport. Wh...

  The problem with all natural therapists is that they come with their own philosophical understanding of their particular craft which they ram down your throat, whether you ask for it or not. I...

What we must never forget is that the pressure ultimately is coming from lobbyists working for the Pharmaceutical Companies and that there are risks to our own and our children's health whenever we va...

Where do Vegetarians obtain Vitamin B12 from? Traditionally vegetarians thought that Vitamin B12 was readily avaialble in Mushrooms, however the latest research may disput this Some reseacrh on mushr...

Vitiligo is a condition in which a loss of melancytes results in whitish patches of skin. It can be seen prominently on the upper surface of the hands, and may only include a couple of patches or it ...

Weight loss can become an issue after an enforced sedentary period in our life, very frequently after midlife or if our diet and exercise have not been balanced.  Weight loss requires life style chan...

My Experience: Over 20 years as a professional herbalist I have had many hundreds of patients start a consultation with me by saying "I want to lose some weight!" Most of these patients are serious ...

In Winter, the hands of your body clock are pointing to your Thymus Gland. It is located behind your sternum in the middle of your chest and acts as your "breastplate" of protection. Until recently it...

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