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Herbal Support for Human Health

Reflux (backward flow) is a common condition in western civilization, characterized as a gastrointestinal condition that develops when the stomach’s contents (food, digestive secretions, and gas) re...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Peptic ulcers are open sores or erosions in the lining of either the duodenum (duodenal ulcers) or the stomach (gastric ulcers)... The most common causes of peptic ulcers are infection with the bac...

Anaemia is a condition which occurs when you have an abnormally low amount of red blood cells. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, a red pigment which gives blood its colour... The job of haemoglo...

Plantar fasciitis is a condition involving the thick band of tissue (also called a fascia) along the bottom of your feet. It runs from your heel to your toes and is used during walking and all foot mo...

Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles.  There are two main types of angina; 1. Stable angina (which is more common). They have a trigger such as stress o...

Fibromatosis, also known as Ledderhose Disease, 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 he...

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". It's true, however premature balding due to poor circulation and or tension in the s...

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s woman’s ovaries, the reproductive organs that produce estrogen and progesterone. These hormones that regulate the mens...

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...

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name for the varying symptoms women can experience in the weeks leading up to their period. It's estimated that as many as three quarters of women have experien...

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...

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, n...

Candida albicans, the most common human fungal pathogen(1). The Candida yeast organism is normally kept in check by the human immune system and remains in the gut. But sometimes, particularly when the...

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...

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...

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

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...

Restless Legs Syndrome tends to happen in the evening or night time hours when you're sitting or lying in bed. Moving around eases the feeling temporarily but there are things you can do... Re...

There are several distinctly different reasons behind migraine and the first thing is to establish which of these are involved. Dehydration Migraine Most commonly involving habitually not drinking e...

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 ...

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...

Rosacea is a skin condition that appears as red or blotchy skin, usually on the cheeks and nose. It is more likely to affect those with fair skin, and it becomes more common as you get older. Rosacea ...

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...

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...

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.&nb...

Herpes zoster, or shingles, is the painful eruption of a rash, usually unilateral, caused by the varicella zoster virus. The shingles rash is accompanied by severe pain, which, in some people, does no...

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...

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...

Endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrium like glands and stroma (or the normal inner lining of the uterus) occurring outside the uterus. It is often a painful condition and is involved ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 a qualif...

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...

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...

Human females are unique: we menstruate and then 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 referr...

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...

Castor is an oil made from “castor beans” — the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, which is native to tropical areas of Africa and Asia. It has many beneficial properties and applications...

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...

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...

Golden Staph, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a common bacterium that lives on the skin and in some people’s noses. It is antibiotic resistant and first appeared in some hospitals back in the 1...

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 ...

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 mean...

Anaemia is a condition which occurs when you have an abnormally low amount of red blood cells. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, a red pigment which gives blood its colour... We all know that wh...

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...

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, weather, sexual activity ...

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...

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...

We've had lots of questions about our hemp products since we launched them and we wanted to address some questions, concerns and enquiries! Q: Is eating hemp a new health fad?A: Hemp has been grown f...

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...

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...

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...

In the modern day, herpes is nothing more than a reflection of a depleted immune system. In earlier generations, before the abuse of antibiotics and drugs, the herpes virus was not nearly as rampant a...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 &...

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...

Our busy,crazy lives mean that we are increasingly becoming more and more stressed, and depending on what type of person we are we can carry this tension in our scalp. This can result in the starvatio...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

One challenge 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. It is t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Maritime Pine Bark Extract is used at McDowells Herbal in our formulas to support a wide range of illnesses. It has been used for hundreds of years and works synergistically as a potent antioxidant al...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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,...

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