Angelica archangelica healing effects

Angelica archangelica can be found in all regions of Europe and Asia, especially in the northern regions. Naturally healing weaker plain angelica (Angelica officinalis) is also known as archangelica which is a garden plant. Grown and exported mostly by Poland, the Netherlands and Germany and less by Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The usage os this herb

Rhizome contains an essential oil, bitter, coumarin compounds and flavonoid arhangelenon. Angelica archangelica consists of all these ingredients.

Dietary use

It is often used for seasoning dishes, as well as an extract for liqueurs and other spirituous beverages. The Council of Europe classifies Angelica archangelica to a group of spices N3, which can be added to foods in the traditional manner, although it has no sufficient findings on the possible toxicity of this herb.

In US archangelica belongs to the group of GRAS, which is generally considered safe.

Herbal treatment

It is a bitter flavoring agent and as such contains bitter essential oils. By promoting the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and pancreas such as antimicrobial as well as inhibit the formation of winds and facilitate their release it helps eliminate bloated feeling. People may suggest that archangelica may not be very healthy and useful herb, but many studies have proven that this herb really is as healthy as they claim it to be.

In folk medicine, the range of healing properties is much wider. Among other things it is used internally for the disinfection of respiratory problems and problems with urinating. Vascular disease and stalled menstruation with help of essential oils alleviate rheumatic pain and minor skin inflammations.

In Britain and America this plant used to be on forbidden list – considered a drug. In Phytomedicine the extracts are particular components of gastro-intestinal drugs, as well as tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

The dose for adults

Heaped teaspoon (one and a half gram) of this drug is poured in about 150 ml of cold water and boiled for a short time. You can also pour boiling water over drug infusion and let it stand for 10 minutes in a covered container before it is strained. Unless specified otherwise, you should drink a cup of hot beverage several times a day, or half an hour before meal.

Recent findings

According to studies on animals it destroy some bacteria and fungi and act as a mild anti-inflammatory drug. Its essential oil have healing effects too. The clinical findings in humans are not known. A. sinensis should improve protein metabolism in chronic inflammation of the liver and liver cirrhosis. Bergapten is used in treatment of psoriasis using UV rays.

Side effects and toxicity

Containing furanokumarini, especially Bergapten, can make the skin too sensitive when exposed to light because the UV rays cause skin inflammation and are also suspected to cause carcinogenicity. Many coumarins inhibit the activity of calcium, due to poor solubility in water but their effects are negligible when prepared properly.

Prohibitions and warnings

While taking angelica or the use of its products it is best to avoid prolonged sun and ultraviolet rays exposure as phototoxic reaction is likely to occur after contact with the outside plant.

The presence of Bergapten in grooming products is not appropriate, following the recommendation of the IFA, the International Fragrance Association and cosmetic products for sunbathing should not contain more than 0.78% of essential oil. This is the highest amount before irritation of the skin start to appear. Excessive doses of the drug may be due to the presence of coumarins interfere with treatment with anticoagulants and anti-blood clotting.

In gastric and intestinal ulcer this herb should not be used. Due to photosensitive ingredients and because by tradition means for abortion and affect the menstrual cycle, pregnant women and nursing mothers do not need excessive treatment with this herb. It should be stored in a dry and protected room, away from light.

Pharmacy opinion

Chemically-wise, angelica is well researched. Although closely related species tested in Chinese and oriental medicine may not agree, there is a paucity of pharmacological findings that would confirm the use of herbal archangelica.

Due to the presence of pharmacologically active ingredients, especially Bergapten would be a good idea to avoid the dose beyond regular use in the diet.

While it is helpful in gastro-intestinal problems with accompanying cramps and flatulence caused by insufficient secretion of digestive juices, this does not exceed the healing of other Umbelliferae, such as coriander.

What are next steps once you have been diagnosed with diabetes?

Even when a person has completed a diabetes education program and has gone home to try to apply what s/he has learned, some individuals find that questions occur in the “real world” that were not discussed in class and are not covered in the class book or in the resource list provided during class.

Some of these “real world” questions are about things that don’t seem important enough to “bother” your doctor’s office staff. So, where do you turn?

Another thing that has often occurred was that certain patients simply would not attend class. The reasons were varied, but could usually be summed up in one or more of the following:

  1. insurance paid once, will not pay again for an update.
  2. no insurance, too expensive at the hospital’s classes to pay out of pocket. ($240 for group skills instruction; $290 for 7 hours of group instruction).
  3. no time available when class is available.
  4. cannot sit long enough for class.
  5. transportation problems.
  6. the chief cook can’t get off work to attend class, too.
  7. not ready to learn about diabetes.
  8. babysitter not available at the right time to attend classes.

Without that class attendance, and lacking the knowledge and skills needed to control their blood glucose (BG), these individuals often had great difficulty in controlling their blood glucose (BG) levels.

It was not uncommon for both the patients and their doctors to become frustrated because of the seemingly “impossible” task of balancing the blood glucose (BG) level in a safe and healthy range. So, what became of these patients?

Unfortunately, the hospitals are full of people just like these. People who couldn’t or wouldn’t take the time, or didn’t have resources available, to find out what they needed to be doing to live long, healthy lives.

The price of ignorance is just too high:

  • blindness,
  • amputations,
  • kidney failure,
  • heart attacks,
  • strokes!!!!

Those are mighty high prices to pay for “just not knowing.”

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Long-term research has shown again and again that the closer you keep your blood glucose (BG) levels to the range where non-diabetic blood glucose (BG) levels are, the less risk you have of those severe, debilitating, long-term complications – blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, and/or heart attack.

Doesn’t it sound worth finding out how to control your blood glucose (BG) level?

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So why this approach?

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Medical Shingles and Asthma

Asthma

Asthma, though not always fatal, is an ailment that is alarming both to the person suffering from it as well as to the person attending to him. This is because the patient suffers the agony of severe shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and the onlooker has practically nothing to do. All he can do is helplessly looks on at the sufferer who fights desperately for breath with puffed up face and popping eyes.

Medical Shingles and Asthma

Medical Shingles , Shingles Medical or Herpes Zoster in whatever name you may call it, this viral disease caused by the Varicella Zoster virus is a painfully distressing ailment for which there is practically no cure. In some cases it has been reportedly observed that inhalation of toxic chemicals and gases can trigger an attack of shingles. Also, there is no known preventive measure that one could take to avoid an attack. To prevent shingles, you just prevent chicken pox (shingles and chicken pox are supposed to be blood brothers).

Asthma and Medical Shingles – is there a Connection?

Yes there is. People who were around the world trade centre when it went down should agree. The fact is, inhalation of dangerous chemicals may induce an attack of asthma and shingles.

Actually, it has been clinically established that inhalation of dangerous or hazardous chemicals and fumes trigger attacks of asthma as well as shingles. And the primary culprit among them is Nitric acid and Sulphuric acid, both being of highly corrosive nature. In the case of asthma, the acid fume goes through the nostrils, provoking an attack while in shingles, it activates the latent virus by interacting with the mucus membrane.

Maca: Discover How This New Phytonutrient Can Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Maca at a Glance

Maca is a dehydrated, cruciferous root vegetable, and not a drug, so it is imported without any problems. It is a benign, medicinal food, which has been in use for 10,000 years, possibly more, and has had ample time to be judged effective. It is also easily affordable, costing less than $12 per month.

It Contains: Proteins, as polypeptides, make up 11 per cent of the dry maca root, calcium makes up 10 per cent and magnesium and potassium are present in significant amounts. Other minerals include iron, silica and traces of iodine, manganese, zinc, copper and sodium. Vitamins in maca are thiamine, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. The amino acid proteins in maca include aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cystine, alanine, arginine, tyrosines, valine, methionine, isoleucine, lysine, proline, hoproline and surcosine.

Benefits: According to doctors in Peru and the US, maca may be of benefit for:

  • Menopausal symptoms – Hot flushes, tender breasts, sleeplessness, emotional upsets, ‘brain fog’, vaginal dryness
  • Osteoporosis – Significant bone rebuilding, improvement in bone density
  • Energy-booster – Balances the endocrine system – thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Male impotence – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Period problems – Pain, PMS, flooding and/or scant flow.

Rather than hormone replacement therapy (HRT), millions of women are putting their faith in a remedy which has been used for 10,000 years, is safe and amazingly effective – a cruciferous root vegetable from Peru called maca.

Anthropologist Dr Viana Muller has brought this extraordinary remedy to the attention of the Western world. “Once in a decade, a remedy used by native peoples for thousands of years comes to our attention, and it seems so important for health, that we wonder how we ever got along without it,” Dr Muller says. “Maca is that kind of supplement. Now women have an alternative to hormone replacement therapy drugs. Maca works in an entirely different and more satisfactory way for most women than phytoestrogen herbs like black cohosh and liquorice root. Men, too, find that maca counteracts the difficulties they may experience in maintaining good sexual relationships as they age, due to a general slowing down in the output of the endocrine glands.”

Research

The scientist responsible for much of the current knowledge of the maca root is Dr Gloria Chacon de Popivici, a biologist trained at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Dr Chacon says that maca root works in a fundamentally different way than HRT, promoting optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, thereby improving the functioning of all the endocrine glands.

Dr Chacon has done the most important scientific work to date on the maca plant. She isolated four alkaloids from the maca root and carried out animal studies, with male and female rats given either powdered maca root or the alkaloids. Females receiving either root powder or alkaloids showed multiple egg follicle maturation, while in males, significantly higher sperm production and mobility rates were noted than in control groups.

Dr Chacon established that it was the alkaloids in the maca root, not its plant hormones, that produced fertility effects on the ovaries and testes of the rats. “These effects are measurable within 72 hours of dosing the animals,” she said. She deduced that the alkaloids were acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, which explains why both male and female rats were affected in a gender-appropriate manner. This also explains why the effects in humans are not limited to ovaries and testes, but also include the pancreas, thyroid as well as the adrenals, giving a feeling of greater energy and vitality.

Dr Muller says, “Implications of Dr Chacon’s discovery of the pituitary-stimulating effects of maca are enormous. This means that from a holistic point of view, hormone replacement therapy (even the natural varieties) will no longer be the gold standard for optimising health.”

Alternatives to HRT

It is important to remember that maca itself does not contain any hormones. Its action on the body jogs the pituitary into producing the precursor hormones, which ultimately end up raising oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, thyroid and pancreas. But this occurs naturally, unlike time-bomb drugs, which throw the entire body into a dangerous state of confusion.

Dr Jorge Malaspina, a respected cardiologist, has been using maca in his Lima, Peru practice for over a decade. He says, “Maca does not cause the ovaries in women to atrophy, as conventional hormone replacement therapy does. This means that maca may be discontinued at any time without danger.” He adds, “Different medicinal plants work on the ovaries by stimulating them. With maca, though, we should say that it regulates the ovarian function.”

Dr Malaspina reiterates what Dr Chacon says about the way maca regulates the internal secretion organs, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. He has even found mace to be effective on women who have undergone complete hysterectomies. He describes one patient who had a serium oestradiol level of 15, which is very low. After two months on mace it went up to 75. He says that a level above 60 is an adequate postmenopausal level. “Maca enables the adrenals to make sufficient hormones to avoid symptoms,” he says. Dr Malaspina adamantly prefers maca therapy to HRT. “The presence of outside hormones circulating in the system sends a message to the pituitary and the hypothalamus that there is a sufficient quantity of hormones in the body, and so they stop producing them.

When menopause arrives, the ovaries are atrophied and do not produce the oestrogen and progesterone, which the body requires minimally to function. For this reason, I encourage women to start with maca before menopause. It seems to help the endocrine system to stay in balance.”

‘Natural Viagra’

Doctors Malaspina, Muller and Chacon, as well as doctors from the US and Canada, also have good news for men who are suffering age-related sexual dysfunction. They can forget expensive, possibly dangerous Viagra. Maca works extremely well, and safely. Dr Jorge Aguila Calderon, Dean of Human Medicine at Limas’ National University of Federico of Villareal, prescribes maca for a wide variety of conditions, including osteoporosis and the healing of bone fractures in the very elderly. He says, “Maca has a lot of easily absorbable calcium in it, plus magnesium, and a fair amount of silica, which we are finding very useful in treating decalcification of bones in children and adults.”

Dr Calderon has also helped patients overcome male impotence, male sterility, and female sterility by employing maca therapy. Additional problems he treats with maca are rickets, various forms of anaemia, menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, climacteric and erectile difficulties in men, premature ageing, and general states of weakness such as chronic fatigue.

Another health professional using maca is Dr Garry F. Gordon, President of the International College of Advanced Longevity medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He said, “Using maca myself, I experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. I call it nature’s answer to Viagra.

“What I see in maca is a means of normalising our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone and oestrogen.

“Therefore, it has the facility to forestall the hormonal changes of ageing. It acts on men to restore them to healthy functional status in which they experience a more active libido . Lots of men and women who previously believed their sexual problems were psychological, are now clearly going to look for something physiological to improve quality of life in the area of sexuality. Of course, as someone interested in longevity, I am aware that mortality comes on much sooner for those individuals whose sexual activity is diminished or nonexistent. I believe that people who engage in sex twice a week or more, live longer. I’ve found sexual activity to be a reliable marker for overall ageing.”