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Aloe Vera Leaf Standard Botanical Extract (20%)

Aloe Vera
Botanical: Aloe Vera; Aloe barbadensis
Family: Liliaceae (lily)
Other common names: Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe

Cleopatra used Aloe Vera as a beauty treatment, and today this remarkable emollient is still used to smooth wrinkles, heal skin irritations, soothe burns (including sunburn) and draw out infection from wounds. Aloe Vera has attracted the interest of modern physicians for its ability to heal radiation burns. Taken internally, Aloe Vera is a powerful laxative, anti-inflammatory and promotes healing. Aloe Vera is a natural source of beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids and the important antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E and B1, B2 and B3).

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

History:
For more than 3,500 years, healers and physicians have sung the praises of this fragrant desert lily. Pictures of this juicy, succulent plant have been found on the walls of the temples of Egypt, where it was believed to have been used in the embalming process. Alexander the Great was reputed to have conquered the island of Socotra in the fourth century B.C., in order to acquire the beautiful violet dye produced by the species of Aloe (socotrine) grown there. The Greek physician Dioscorides wrote of its benefits to heal wounds and treat hemorrhoids, and the Romans also used the plant to help heal wounds. Aloe originated in southern Africa, and many varieties of this perennial are now cultivated throughout Africa, the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions, and in many countries of South and Central America and Asia. Although there are nearly five hundred varieties of this perennial plant, only Aloe Vera is considered to be the “true” curative healer. Some of Aloe Vera’s constituents include beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, lignins, saponins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, amino acids and the important antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E and B1, B2 and B3).

Beneficial Uses:
Aloe Vera is a powerful laxative and known to be one of the finest body cleansers, removing morbid matter from the stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen and bladder and is considered to be the finest colon cleanser known. It will not promote “gripe” (sharp pains and grumbling in the bowels) when used as a laxative, and it is also less likely to cause dehydration from such use.

Aloe is potentially helpful in the treatment of Type-2 diabetes and does not cause weight gain, a common side effect in some diabetes medications. The herb also promotes the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract and normalizes blood sugar.

Indian Ayurvedic physicians highly recommend the use of Aloe internally as a drink that acts as an astringent for hemorrhoids, in addition to stimulating fertility in women.

In test tube studies, acemannan, a potent immune-stimulating compound found in Aloe, was shown to be active against HIV. In people with AIDS, it soothes the lining of the digestive tract, increasing nutrient absorption. University Maryland researchers found another compound in Aloe, aloe-emodin (responsible for its laxative effect), which appears to kill the viruses that cause herpes and shingles.

Aloe juice also contains aloemannan, a complex sugar that concentrates in the kidneys, stimulates the growth of healthy kidney cells and slows rate of crystal formation.

Aloe Vera soothes the gastrointestinal tract and eases peptic ulcer inflammation caused by excess acid, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Ingested, Aloe helps to lower cholesterol, increases blood-vessel generation in the lower extremities of people with poor circulation, soothes stomach irritation and promotes healing.

A medically active complex sugar in Aloe stimulates and regulates various components of the immune system, and some clinics have used Aloe Vera to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments when used with other chemotherapy agents. Aloe protects against skin-damaging X Rays – an effective antioxidant that absorbs free radicals caused by radiation. It also reduces inflammation resulting from radiation therapy and stimulates cell regeneration.

Applied topically, Aloe Vera is known to rejuvenate wrinkled, sun-aged skin, and will stimulate cell regeneration. Application also promotes the healing of sores, insect bites, cuts and burns, and is an effective treatment against psoriasis and eczema. Aloe contains enzymes that relieve pain, and as a mild anesthetic, it relieves itching and swelling. Its topical application will help burns from scarring. Aloe Vera is an astringent and emollient; it is antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial.

A tea made from the dried juice of Aloe Vera Leaf makes a fine mouthwash, effective against cold sores and also a wash for the eyes.

Contraindications:
Pregnant or nursing mothers, children and the elderly should never take Aloe Vera internally, nor should people who take potassium-depleting drugs for high blood pressure. Aloe and prescription medications should be taken at different times. Allergic reactions, though rare, may occur in susceptible persons.


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Astragalus Root Standardized Extract (0.3% Astr.)

Astragalus
Botanical: Astragalus membranaceus

Family: Leguminosae (legume) – Fabaceae (pea)

Other common names: Locoweed, Milk Vetch Root, Huang Qi, Chinese Astragalus
Promote resistance to infection, and hopefully reduce the number of colds and flu with Astragalus Root. Oriental herbalists have used it for centuries to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, treat coronary heart problems and lower blood pressure. Many people also use it as an overall good-health tonic to support healthy digestion and to help increase energy levels and stamina.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

History:

Astragalus is a bushy plant with hairy stems that grow to sixteen inches and includes many species that are used interchangeably. First recorded for its importance as a tonic herb over two thousand years ago in China, Oriental herbalists have used it for centuries, usually in combination with other herbs, for wide variety of ailments. Many Western researchers are just beginning to discover its benefits and striking results. Recent studies suggest that Astragalus appears to help activate the immune system, enhancing the body’s natural ability to fight major diseases. This ancient cure-all contains betaine, beta-sitosterol, calcium, choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, flavonoids, essential fatty acids and polysaccharides (the main nutrient that feeds our bodies).

Beneficial Uses:
Astragalus Root is an energy tonic is a mild stimulant that combats fatigue and prolonged stress. It is used to increase metabolism, stamina, strength and vitality.

Astragalus is considered an “adaptogen,” an herb that tends to normalize body functions and reinstate metabolic balance after physically and emotionally stressful situations have altered those functions. It helps the body to adapt and return to a sense of well-being.

Modern Chinese clinical studies have found that the herb contains an anti-clotting agent and has vaso-dilating properties, helping to prevent coronary heart disease and improving circulation.

Astragalus Root is said to help strengthen and restore normal immune function in seriously debilitated patients. Many modern researchers claim that the herb appears to increase the production of the body’s T-cells (white blood cells), which attack the invaders that cause disease, and seems to protect healthy cells while defending against unhealthy cells

This tonic is reputed to protect the immune system and promote resistance against invasive infection. It is said to be useful in treating immune-deficiency related problems, including the debilitating effects of AIDS, by stimulating the activity of T-helper cells tha aret depleted by AIDS.

Astragalus is considered an anti-inflammatory. It is said to be effective in relieving the discomforts associated with lung weakness and may promote general healing.

As a diuretic, urine flow is improved by Astragalus, which may also reduce the potential of infection in the bladder. It is also said to be an anti-hypertensive, which promotes healthy blood pressure by helping to rid the body of excess water weight.

In treating the common cold, when used during cold and flu season, the herb is thought to protect against the number of colds caught or possibly shorten their duration. Astragalus seems to increase the body’s level of antibodies and interferon (the protein compound that slows the course of viral infection) in the body.

Astragalus increases the flow of bile and digestive fluids and supports good digestion and also helps to support adrenal gland, liver and spleen function. It is an antibacterial that helps to eliminate toxins, thus promoting the healing of damaged tissue. In supporting the liver it is also thought to protect it against the chemical damage caused by chemotherapy.


Recommended Dosage:

Take two (2) to three (3) capsules, one (1) time each day with a morning or mid-day meal.


Contraindications:

If you are undergoing chemotherapy, do not take Astragalus, or any other medication, without first consulting a doctor who is familiar with this herb. Astragalus should not be taken if fever is present.


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Bilberry Fruit Standardized Extract (25% Anthocyanidins)

Bilberry Fruit Standardized Extract
Botanical: Vaccinium myrtillus
Family: Ericaceae (blueberry)

Other common names: Blueberry, Huckleberry, Black Whortles, Whortleberry, Burren Myrtle, Whinberry, Dyeberry, Wineberry, Grouseberry

Improve your vision! During World War II, some RAF pilots enjoyed
Bilberry jam on their bread, and it was noted that these men were more successful in hitting their targets. Later research discovered that Bilberry does, in fact, reduce eye irritation, nearsightedness and night-blindness, and it also extends range and clarity of vision. Pregnant women find the herb to be beneficial, as it fortifies veins and capillaries and combats fatigue.

Disclaimer
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Bilberry is a shrubby perennial plant that is native to northern Europe and Asia. It is similar in appearance to the American blueberry, but it contains higher quantities of the constituents useful for improved eye health and better circulation. Its name is derived from the Danish bollebar, meaning dark berry, and its botanical name, vaccinium, means purple flower. In Elizabethan times, English herbalists prescribed “Whortleberry” for stomach complaints and diarrhea. American herbalists later combined whortleberries with gin to make a diuretic. Rich in lutein, tannins, bioflavonoids, calcium, inositol, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur, zinc, B-vitamins, vitamin C, glycosides, fruit acids, and glucoquinone (and more), Bilberry has long been a well-known folk remedy for poor vision. Modern European medical journals are filled with studies confirming Bilberry’s positive effect on vision.
  
Beneficial Uses:

Bilberry helps to preserve eyesight and prevent eye damage. It is particularly useful for people who suffer from eyestrain or poor night vision and is helpful for nearsightedness (myopia). The fruit is beneficial in strengthening the red blood cells and capillaries around the eyes and thereby increases circulation of blood and nutrients to the many blood vessels in the eyes.

Botanical: Vaccinium myrtillus
Bilberry has been used to regulate bowel action. It is a mild but strong astringent that has been effective in treating dysentery and diarrhea. It is an antiseptic that helps treat urinary tract infections and is said to curb intestinal putrefaction (which produces flatulence and gas), helping to reduce stomach cramps.

Italian scientists have discovered that Bilberries contain significant, curative anti-ulcer activity, which they attributed to the fruit’s anthocyanoside (a flavonoid) content.

Bilberry has also been used as a mild diuretic and is said to relieve bloating and rid the body of excess water retention.
  Herbalists say that Bilberry tea makes a fine mouthwash or gargle and also recommend its use to relieve inflamed gums and tongue; it is held in the mouth for a while and then swallowed.

Bilberry is most effective when taken over a period of time as a dietary supplement that helps to strengthen the immune system.

Recommended Dosage:
Take one (1) capsule, one (1) time each day with an early to mid-day mealtime.

Contraindications:
Currently, there are no warnings or contraindications with the use of Bilberry.


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Garlic Standardized Extract (5% Allicin)

Garlic Standardized Extract
Botanical: Alliaceae (onion)
Family:Berberidaceae (barberry)

Other common names: Stinking Rose, Lucifer’s Tulip, Poor Man’s Treacle, Russian Penicillin, Rashona, Billy Goat’s Cologne, Clove Garlic, Devil’s Posey, Devil’s Rose, Dragon’s Perfume, Hell’s Passion Flower

Discover Nature’s time-honored “cure-all” with Garlic! When it comes to fighting infections, Garlic enjoys the reputation as nature’s most potent weapon against germs. Garlic is is said to pulverize viruses, bacteria and fungi. If you want to detoxify your body, promote healthy serum cholesterol and blood sugar levels and enhance your immune system, give Garlic a try; you won’t be sorry!…and now, thanks to modern technology, you can supplement your diet with “odorless” Garlic.

Disclaimer
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Garlic has been prized for at least five thousand years, and so, it is difficult to trace its exact origin. One early botanist considered it to be indigenous to the southwest of Siberia, later spreading to southern Europe. Others claim that it came from Central Asia, where it was considered the most important herb in Persian herbal medicine. It is widely cultivated in the Latin countries bordering the Mediterranean, even growing wild in Sicily. Garlic has been described through the ages in almost spiritual terms and has been called the wonder drug of the herbal world. It is a bulbous perennial with a single stalk that may grow to three feet.

Ancient Egyptians not only worshipped Garlic but also fed it to their slaves to keep them healthy, and a 3,500-year-old Egyptian scroll tells us that healers at that time believed Garlic could help a person fight cancer. Hippocrates (460 B.C.) is believed to have used Garlic to treat uterine cancer. In 1722, Garlic was used to protect against plague in Marseilles, and in London, in the early 1800s, where there was an outbreak of infectious fever in certain poor quarters, the Garlic-eating French priests who treated the sick did not die, but the English clergy, who did not eat Garlic, succumbed to the disease. Garlic contains a sulphide of the radical allil, which is rich in sulphur but contains no oxygen, thus giving Garlic its peculiar, penetrating odor. It also includes enzymes, linalool, oleanolic acid, quercetin, rutin, saponin, stigmasterol, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and essential oil. Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic without the deleterious effects of the drugs that kill all life within the body. Today’s orthodox medicine recognizes that the plant is a stimulant for the immune system and a natural antibiotic.

Discover Nature’s time-honored “cure-all” with Garlic! When it comes to fighting infections, Garlic enjoys the reputation as nature’s most potent weapon against germs. Garlic is is said to pulverize viruses, bacteria and fungi. If you want to detoxify your body, promote healthy serum cholesterol and blood sugar levels and enhance your immune system, give Garlic a try; you won’t be sorry!…and now, thanks to modern technology, you can supplement your diet with “odorless” Garlic.

Beneficial Uses:
Garlic helps to detoxify the body. It is said to stimulate the lymphatic system to throw off waste materials. This powerful natural detoxifier helps to strengthen blood vessels, providing protection against pollutants and heavy metal toxicity. It also works to cleanse the kidneys and increase urine flow.

Garlic appears to help promote healthy heart function by maintaining normal blood pressure and blood lipid levels. Scientific studies reported in the German Commission E Monographs support the use of Garlic in lowering excessive serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It is said that long-term use of Garlic helps to lower low-density lipoproteins (LDLs or” bad” cholesterol), while increasing high-density lipoproteins (HDLs or “good” cholesterol). This activity reduces the tendency of the blood to clot, thereby increasing circulation and reducing blood pressure and the risk of arteriosclerosis, stroke and heart attacks. Moreover, Garlic also helps to dilate peripheral blood vessels, thus also helping to balance blood pressure levels. Other studies have indicated that people who suffered heart attacks, and then were given Garlic, had a lower incidence of a second attack.

Garlic is considered a powerful anticoagulant that normalizes blood platelet adhesion by reducing the stickiness of the blood and stimulating fibrinolysis, a process in which blood clots are dissolved. This action also helps to improve blood circulation and combat arteriosclerosis.

Garlic is called a powerful antibiotic that destroys harmful bacteria and leaves behind beneficial bacteria for the body to utilize as an infection fighter. Garlic has been thought to be beneficial in ridding the bowel of parasites. It has also been shown to inhibit the growth of Helcobacter pylori, the bacterium implicated in the formation of ulcers in the digestive system (peptic ulcer). Moreover it is thought to enhance good digestion by increasing bile production and reducing stomach gases. Its antibacterial properties are also believed to relieve bladder infection, strep throat and vaginosis.

Garlic is considered to be an antioxidant that helps to promote healthy immune system function and inhibit destructive, free radical or oxidative damage to tissues or cells. Garlic includes germanium, a mineral that is said to strengthen the immune system and build the body’s defense against harmful infectious invasion. It is believed to activate germ-eating macrophages, cells that are produced by the immune system, and it is thought that chemicals in Garlic reduce the production of toxic, free radicals in liver and lung tissue. Some researchers claim that Garlic use may retard proliferation of unhealthy cells, including hormone-sensitive breast and prostate cells, among others.

Garlic is regarded as an antiviral and antifungal. The activity of the parasitic fungus that is associated with AIDS is said to be inhibited by the presence of Garlic, and the growth of the yeast organism, Candida albicans, is also said to be reduced by Garlic. Applied directly to the ear canal, Garlic is a traditional remedy for earaches; it retards the growth of aspergillus and Candida, two fungi that sometimes cause ear inflammation.

In supporting healthy blood-sugar levels in late-onset diabetes, Garlic is thought to help regulate blood-sugar levels by tying up the chemical receptors that would otherwise deactivate insulin, the hormone that controls sugar usage and also stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin. It is said to accomplish this without stimulating weight gain (a common side effect with certain prescription medications). In a 1976 report from the British medical journal, Lancet, it was noted that Garlic (and onion) is very hypoglycemic in nature and can lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and it should be mentioned that people with high or low blood sugar levels should always consult their physicians before using.

Garlic is said to be an effective expectorant that helps to loosen and rid the respiratory tract of phlegm.


Recommended Dosage:

Take one (1) capsule, two (2) to three (3) times each day with water at mealtimes.

Contraindications:
Taking therapeutic doses of Garlic during pregnancy and lactation may cause indigestion. Because of Garlic’s anti-clotting properties, people taking anticoagulant drugs should check with a physician before taking Garlic. Those scheduled for surgery should inform their surgeons if they are taking Garlic. Because Garlic is hypoglycemic in nature, diabetics and people with low blood sugar levels should always consult their physicians before using.


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Epimedium Grandiflorum Standardized Extract (10%)

Epimedium Grandiflorum Standardized
Botanical: Epimedium grandiflorum
Family:Berberidaceae (barberry)
Other common names: Horny Goat Weed, Yin Yang Huo, Fairy Wings, Bishop’s Hat, Barrenwort
For those who wish to improve their sex drive and performance, why not try Epimedium ? It has been used for two thousand years in China as a powerful aphrodisiac for both women and men and is said to be effective in promoting and maintaining normal sexual desire in both sexes, as well as supporting erectile function and promoting the increase of sperm production in men. The herb is also thought to be effective in reducing temporary fatigue, increasing energy and alleviating menopausal discomforts. The Chinese Academy of Sciences even recommends Epimedium to slow the ageing process.

Disclaimer
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Epimedium is one of about twenty-five species of herbaceous flowering plants that is native to China and other parts of Asia (other species are native to Europe). The hardy, deciduous perennial grows as a leafy groundcover, most abundantly at higher altitudes, and bears four-petaled, purple, pink, yellow or white “spider-like” flowers that resemble a “Bishop’s Hat” (giving the plant one of its common names), and blooming in spring or early summer. Epimedium has a two-thousand-year-old history in China, where its medicinal properties were first recorded in 200 B.C. The Chinese regard this herb as one of the most effective aphrodisiacs for both men and women, and its use came about in a somewhat circuitous way (or so legend has it). Centuries ago, Chinese goat herders noticed incessant sexual behavior in his goats and observed that this activity seemed to be directly related to their diet. When the goats fed on this herb, the activity increased; hence, another common name, Horny Goat Weed, was christened, and it probably did not take too long thereafter for its use to be shifted to humans. In China, its name is translated as “the herb for the man who likes sex too much, like a goat.” In Chinese herbal medicine, Epimedium has also been used to treat kidney, joint, liver and back disorders, but its fame rests upon its aphrodisiacal qualities. Some of the constituents included in Epimedium are a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, lignins, sesquiterpenes, phenolic and penethylol glycosides, ionones, sterols and an alkaloid called magnaflorine.

Beneficial Uses: Epimedium is believed to be one of the most potent aphrodisiacs available for both men and women. The flavonoid content is said to promote the stimulation of sensory nerves, particularly in the genitals, and its use is said to support increased sexual arousal, as well as copulation activity and testosterone levels. Testosterone stimulates centers of the brain having to do with increased sexuality in both men and women, and in several studies that were conducted, it was demonstrated that Epimedium does, in fact, appear to enhance sexuality and quality of sex life and has been prescribed for women suffering from decreased sexual motivation. It was also claimed that it improved sexual performance in patients undergoing hemo-dialysis for renal failure. Although the exact way that Epimedium acts is not fully understood, it is thought that an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase supports high levels of the key cholinergic neurotransmitters that are associated with sexual arousal, and, certainly, the plant has been in use for centuries to restore sexual desire in both women and men.

With specific regard to male sexuality, Kee Chang Juang, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, claimed that in laboratory research, Epimedium appeared to have a sexual stimulatory effect on human males and may also stimulate the growth of the testes. In addition, it was also reported that men who took this herb showed a boost in erectile function and an increase in spermatozoa production. In the Chinese Materia Medica, pharmacist, You-Ping Shu, Ph.D., reported that in animal laboratory experiments, there was an increase in semen secretion.

Epimedium is said to be highly effective in treating bronchitis. Pharmacist, You-Ping Shu, Ph.D., reports in The Chinese Materia Medica that there is a 74.6% efficacy rate in clinical trials for treating this condition.

There are claims that Epimedium reduces fatigue, increases energy and stamina and revitalizes the body. Studies have shown that the herb helps to promote an increase in the body’s metabolic rate and may provide a temporary physical boost.

Epimedium is believed to be a tonic that improves the overall quality of life. The Chinese Academy of Sciences even recommends the regular use of Epimedium to slow the ageing process. There is also strong scientific evidence (in current research), which would support the traditional Chinese herbal use of Epimedium, claiming that it is helpful for heart, liver and osteopathic problems (particularly inflammation associated with the lower back and knees). There are also studies in progress, asserting that use of the herb may lower blood pressure by dilating capillaries and blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow.

Because Epimedium is believed to promote normal hormone balance, it is believed to relieve both the temporary discomforts of menopause and also premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Recommended Dosage:
Take two (2) capsules, one (1) to two (2) times each day with water at mealtimes.

Contraindications:

Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Epimedium.


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Ginger Root Standardized Extract (5% Gingerols)

Ginger
Botanical: Zingiber officinale
Family:
Zingiberaceae (ginger)
Other common names: African Ginger, Jamaica Ginger, Black Ginger, Chiang

If you have ever reached for a glass of Ginger ale for an upset stomach, you are on the right track! Ginger is an ancient remedy for upset stomach, indigestion, motion sickness, and cramps, and that’s just the beginning. This wonderful food additive can also help reduce fevers, relieve pain and help remove toxins from the body.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Ginger is an exotic, perennial plant with highly aromatic flowers that grows to a height of three feet. It originated in tropical Asia, where its tuberous rootstock was not only used as a spice for culinary purposes, but has also continued to play an important role in Asian medicine for 2,500 years. The Chinese considered it a “warming” herb and used it extensively to warm the stomach, ward off colds, dispel chills, and treat digestive problems, and Chinese ships even carried Ginger on voyages to prevent seasickness. In ancient Greece and Egypt, Ginger was used as a confection, and the Romans considered it a taxable commodity by A.D. 200. The Persians were said to use Ginger as a remedy for arthritis. The origin of Ginger’s name may be derived from two sources: The Greek word for Ginger is zingiberis, and some say it is derived from Zanzibar, from whence it was imported to Europe in the fifteenth century. It is believed that gingerbread was sent as a gift to Russia to celebrate the birth of Peter the Great and was also a favorite in the court of Elizabeth I of England. Ginger had spread to Spain, where it was cultivated, and later, Spanish conquistadors brought it to the New World, where it has thrived as a major commercial crop in Jamaica. Ginger is now cultivated in tropical areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, and the West Indies. Under cultivation, Ginger seldom blossoms, and the fruit is rarely seen. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is called “the universal medicine,” and in both Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine, its use still comprises more than half of all prescriptions dispensed. Ginger is rich in volatile oils, beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, amino acids, resins, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, B-vitamins, vitamins A and C and gingerols (including shogaols, a breakdown product of gingerols and are produced only upon drying and twice as effective and pungent as gingerols).


Beneficial Uses:

For nausea, Ginger is a wonderful and time-honored remedy. It is frequently used to settle a queasy stomach, control vomiting and colic, ease morning sickness, motion sickness and seasickness (some research showed it to be even better than Dramamine).

Ginger is said to improve digestion and has been known to pep up the appetite, promote saliva production, combat dyspepsia, and relieve flatulent colic (it is said to prevent flatulence if included with the meal). It is also thought to be helpful for stomach cramps, alcoholic gastritis and hangover. The shogaol content in Ginger increases the activity of the digestive tract and is particularly helpful in digesting rich, fatty foods.

Ginger has been used to cleanse the body of toxins through the skin by stimulating and increasing perspiration and has also been useful in breaking fevers. It is slightly diuretic and further cleanses the body by strengthening kidney function and increasing kidney filtration.

Ginger is a natural blood thinner and may help to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and hardening of the arteries. The chemical gingerol appears to inhibit an enzyme that causes cells to clot and thereby reduces platelet aggregation and blood “clumping.” Ginger helps to retard the production of cholesterol by the liver and has been known to reverse the increase in triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, thus helping to combat heart attack.

As an effective expectorant, Ginger has been used to rid the body of mucus buildup in the sinuses, throat and lungs. For centuries, the Chinese have used Ginger as a drying herb to eliminate mucus and have used it for colds, diarrhea and coughs. This sweet, pungent, aromatic and warming herb is still considered a fine treatment for congestion, colds, influenza, asthma and chronic bronchitis. It is said to ease cold symptoms, and the shagaol in Ginger is thought to kill cold viruses. Its pain relieving properties have been said to ease the abdominal pain sometimes associated with colds and flu and also to counter the pain of strep throat.

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are said to help arthritis, bursitis and sprains. It inhibits the production of immune system components called cytokines, chemicals that create a long-term tendency toward inflammation and also stimulates blood circulation, offering pain relief, increased joint mobility, decreased swelling and morning stiffness. Other pain-killing benefits attributed to

>Ginger include treatment of migraine headaches, menstrual cramps and the cramping caused by constipation.

Recent research indicates that Ginger is useful in the treatment of minor burns and skin inflammations.

Ginger is said to increase the absorption and efficacy of other herbs and drugs that are taken with it.


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Milk Thistle Standardized Extract (80% Silymarin)

Thistle Standardized Extract
Botanical: Silybum marianum; Carduus marianus
Family: Compositae (daisy) – Asteraceae (aster)
Other common names: Mary Thistle, Wild Artichoke, Silybum, Marian Thistle, St. Mary’s Thistle, Lady Thistle, Holy Thistle

Did you know that your liver is the toxic waste disposal plant of your body? Keep it healthy and nourished with Milk Thistle . This remarkable herb is said to have no pharmaceutical equivalent for its beneficial effects on the liver, spleen and gallbladder. Rid yourself of toxins and temporary depression, and boost your immunity with Milk Thistle. In the meantime, you’ll also gain valuable antioxidant protection.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Milk Thistle is a stout, spiny annual or perennial that is native to the Mediterranean region and has been naturalized throughout Europe and parts of North America and Australia. This common weed grows to about six feet in height in the dry, rocky soils of fields and waste places. The plant produces a purple flower, and there are distinctive white markings on its leaves, which legend has described as the splashes of the Virgin Mary’s milk. Historically, it has been a very popular plant in Europe for its medicinal and dietary qualities and is still a favorite in France as a wholesome, delicious vegetable and as an ingredient in salads. The seeds and leaves are used in herbal medicine, and their use goes back two thousand years. The Greek, Dioscorides, prescribed Milk Thistle to remedy the poison of snakebite. In the first-century, Pliny wrote that it was excellent for “carrying off bile,” meaning that it restored impaired liver function, a claim that has been justified by many modern researchers. In the Middle Ages the liver was regarded as the seat of emotions (both in Europe and in traditional Chinese medicine), and depression and emotional distress were ultimately thought to be caused by a malfunction of the liver. Consequently, Milk Thistle was commonly prescribed to remedy such ailments, and the herb was widely used as a spring tonic to provide relief from the pent-up emotions and depression housed in the liver. It was an early remedy for the winter’s doldrums and “blues.” According to the noted herbalist, Gerard, in his 1597 Herball, Milk Thistle was considered the “best remedy that grows against all melancholy diseases.” As a matter of fact, the word “melancholy” is derived from the Greek translation of “black bile,” and in Gerard’s day, that referred to any liver or biliary derangement. Milk Thistle was also considered a key ingredient in the diets of European wet nurses to ensure a healthy milk supply, and it continued to be used in the nineteenth century for improving the liver, spleen, kidneys, varicose veins and menstrual ailments. The herb lost popularity but interest in it was renewed in the 1950s, when scientific research supported many of the medicinal claims that herbalists had known for centuries. The liver is the body’s second largest organ and has often been called the body’s toxic waste disposal plant and chemical factory, and Milk Thistle is said to have no pharmaceutical equivalent in the remarkable way in which it benefits and affects the liver. Some of Milk Thistle’s constituents include beta-carotene, mucilage, silymonin, silymarin (a flavonoid that is its most active ingredient, which increases protein synthesis in liver cells by increasing RNA activity and stops absorption of toxins in the liver), apigenin, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Beneficial Uses:
Milk Thistle is known to be extraordinarily useful as a tonic to safeguard the liver from all types of liver disorders. As a free-radical scavenger, it protects the liver from toxins and pollutants by preventing free radical damage, and it also stimulates the production of new liver cells. It is considered a remarkable herb for relieving temporary discomforts associated with cirrhosis, alcoholic poisoning, jaundice, fatty liver, hepatitis and viral hepatitis. A flavonoid complex (silymarin) stimulates liver protein creation, enabling the organ to produce new liver cells and replace the old ones damaged by hepatitis infection or other toxins.

Milk Thistle increases the production of bile, the fluid created in the liver that helps to break down fats in the small intestine. This helps to remove (via excretion) testosterone byproducts that cause acne. As a demulcent with mucilaginous properties, it soothes mucous membranes from irritating substances and helps to protect the intestinal lining (reducing inflammation of the intestine), alleviating the constipation of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, as well as other inflammatory bowel disorders.

By increasing the bile production and stimulating protein synthesis in the liver, Milk Thistle regulates the digestion of fats and may be beneficial in preventing arteriosclerosis and strokes, in addition to reducing the chances of gallstone formation by promoting total, normal cholesterol levels and helping the liver convert low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad cholesterol”) into high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good cholesterol”). Milk Thistle is also thought to prevent cholesterol that has been excreted into the bile from being reabsorbed into the body. Another compound in Milk Thistle stops the oxidation of LDL cholesterol into a form that creates plaques in the linings of artery walls.

Milk Thistle is believed to detoxify the liver and gallbladder and the poisons that enter our blood stream by enhancing overall liver function. The herb has been effective in countering the toxic effects of nicotine, alcohol, carbon monoxide pollutants, dry-cleaning fluid and cadmium. Thousands of years ago the herb was prescribed to counteract the poison of snakebite, and current research shows that Milk Thistle does, in fact, combat the poisonous activity of many toxins, including the deadly mushroom poisoning of Death Cap.

Milk Thistle is not only a rebuilding herb for the liver and gallbladder, it is believed to also protect the kidneys, brain and other tissues from chemical toxins. Using the herb is believed to protect against inflammation of the bile ducts.

Milk Thistle is thought to help to protect specialized immune cells in the liver known as Kuppfer cells by engulfing bacteria, toxins and other invasive matter from entering into the liver and may destroy harmful cells that have entered blood circulation as the first step in spreading to other parts of the body.

Chronic liver damage sometimes results in diabetes, in which the liver is no longer able to respond to insulin, and Milk Thistle has been said to help promote and regulate normal blood sugar levels and may also help to actually lower blood sugar.

For thousands of years Milk Thistle has been used to promote lactation and increase the production of breast milk in nursing mothers.


Recommended Dosage:

Take one (1) capsule, one (1) to two (2) times each day with water at mealtimes.


Contraindications:

Currently, there are no warnings of contraindications with the use of Milk Thistle, but the herb may reduce the efficacy of birth control pills. It is essential that people with diabetes and liver disease should have regular blood tests.


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Korean (Panax) Ginseng Standardized Extract
(80% Ginsenosides)

Korean (Panax) Ginseng
Botanical: Panax ginseng
Family: Araliaceae (ginseng)
Family: Compositae (daisy) – Asteraceae (aster)
Other common names: Chinese Ginseng, Ginseng Root, Red Ginseng, Asian Ginseng,

Asiatic Ginger
Many athletes swear that Korean Ginseng gives them a competitive edge; women drink it to alleviate unpleasant symptoms of menopause; and millions of people have used this “wonder herb” to cope with stress and also as a stimulant and tonic. Researchers claim that it lowers cholesterol (especially LDL or bad cholesterol), acts as an aphrodisiac, improves mental function and increases the body’s energy and stamina. Long considered it to be an overall body tonic, Korean Ginseng is believed to vitalize, strengthen and rejuvenate the entire body.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

The Mandarin word for Ginseng is Len seng, which literally means Root of Man, and the name Ginseng comes from the Chinese jen shen, also meaning Man Root. This low-growing, perennial shrub, native to the cool-summer regions of China and North Korea, takes at least four years to mature, and it has been a part of Chinese medicine for over five thousand years. It was first mentioned in the Shen Nong Herbal (compiled between the first and second centuries B.C.) as a superior drug, suitable for long-term use without toxic effects, and it was long considered an “anti-ageing” herb. Another Asian species (Panax pseudoginseng) is native to Japan and may be used for the same purposes. Ginseng was traditionally used to curb emotions, stop agitation, brighten the eyes, enlighten the mind, and increase wisdom. The herb was also commonly used by elderly people to improve mental and physical vitality. The reverence with which some hold Ginseng is reflected in its botanical name, Panax, which is derived from the Greek word for panacea or all healing.


Beneficial Uses:

Korean Ginseng has been known to increase physical and mental endurance, reduce cholesterol, and increase energy. It is commonly taken to enhance physical performance, prolong life and increase sexual potency. Long before scientists researched its benefits, Chinese herbalists prescribed it to normalize blood pressure, improve blood circulation and prevent heart disease.

With regard to cognitive ability, Korean Ginseng is said to significantly improve abstract thinking. Several studies have found that treatment with Ginseng improved the ability to complete detailed tasks, perform mental arithmetic and improve memory, attention, concentration and a general ability to cope.

Korean Ginseng has long been reported to be an aphrodisiac: Chemicals in Ginseng are thought to stimulate the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus to direct the production of hormones that stimulate cell growth and healing in the sex organs. It is also believed to promote better blood circulation within the penis, and an Italian study found that Ginseng use increased testosterone levels, as well as the number and motility of sperm cells.

Korean Ginseng is considered an “adaptogen” in that it normalizes body functions during stressful or other situations that would alter those functions, helping the body to adapt and return to an overall sense of well-being. Dr. I. Brekhman, a Soviet scientist, was the first to describe this unique ability to normalize body functions. For example, if blood sugar levels drop too low, or blood pressure climbs too high, an adaptogen will aid the body’s return to normal function.

Korean Ginseng is thought to prevent liver damage in people who have been exposed to various drugs and toxins. It has also been used to help in withdrawal from methamphetamines and cocaine.

When taken in lower doses, Korean Ginseng acts as a sedative, and in higher doses, it is a stimulant.

Many women have claimed relief from hot flashes and other discomforts of menopause when taking the herb. Lab studies indicate that it increases ovarian estrogen production in early menopause.

Korean Ginseng is said to enhance the breakdown of alcohol in the body and therefore may shorten a hangover.

Panax Ginseng has been used to help the digestive system and stimulate the appetite, and some herbalists have used it with some success when treating anorexia. It is also said to reduce digestive upset caused by emotional stress and inhibit ulcer formation.

Korean Ginseng may be very beneficial to good heart health: Studies in Japan have shown that taking Panax Ginseng will lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and raise the beneficial HDL cholesterol. This action is believed to increase blood circulation, reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes, arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. Long before scientists researched this herb, Chinese herbalists prescribed it to normalize blood pressure, improve blood circulation and prevent heart disease. Modern tests have shown that Korean Ginseng slows the heart rate and reduces the heart’s demand for oxygen. It is also said to increase the strength with which the heart muscle can contract, and protects the heart from myopathy, a weakness or wasting of the heart muscle.

With regard to invasive disease, Japan’s Kanazawa University’s preliminary research found that unpurified Panax Ginseng’s saponins (or ginsenosides, the main active ingredients in Ginseng) not only inhibited the growth of cancer cells, but also actually converted the diseased cells to normal cells. Polyacetylinic alcohol, a compound in Korean Ginseng is said to retard cell reproduction in tumors, and the ginsenosides in the herb have been found to induce cell differentiation, a prelude to natural cell death in leukemia cells. Another Korean study found that Ginseng destroys lung cancer cells that are resistant to standard chemotherapy drug treatments.

Non-saponin constituents in Korean Ginseng root appear to be responsible for its ability to lower blood sugar in diabetics. People with Type-2 diabetes often find that after two weeks of consuming Ginseng their blood-sugar levels go down considerably, and and it may reduce insulin requirements and prolong the effect of injected insulin. Diabetics should take Ginseng only under a physician’s supervision.

Recommended Dosage:
Take two (2) capsules, two (2) times each day with water at mealtimes. Do not exceed recommended dosage.

Contraindications:

There have been reports of interactions between Ginseng and MAO inhibitor drugs, digitalis, warfarin (Coumadin) and high doses of prescription steroids. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not use Ginseng, and diabetics should consult a physician before using. Avoid taking Asian/Korean Ginseng for two weeks prior to elective surgery.

Suggested Reading:

The American Academy of Family Physicians has a very informative article about Panax (Korean) Ginseng.

Click here to read it!


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Rhodiola Root – Standardized Extract (1% Salidrosides)

Rhodiola Root
Botanical: Rhodiola rosea
Family:
Crassulacae (orpine)
Other common names: Golden Root, Roseroot, Roseroot Crenulin, Russian Rhodiola

Suffering from stress? Fight fatigue and help combat temporary depression with Rhodiola Root. Athletes like the stamina-building properties of Rhodiola Root, and this arctic native has been used to fight infection, anemic conditions and heart problems, while helping to enhance mental clarity and sexual function. It may also be useful for fighting fat!

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Rhodiola Root is a native of the arctic regions of eastern Siberia and may also be found in the mountainous regions of Asia and Europe at altitudes of eleven- to eighteen-thousand feet above sea level. The herb grows to about two and a half feet in height, and the fragrance of its flowers is similar to attar of roses, which is the reason it was given its botanical specific, rosea, and one of its common names, Roseroot. Rhodiola Root is a perennial plant with red, pink, or yellowish flowers and has no biological relation to the “common” rose, but due to its similar fragrance, it has been used as a substitute for attar of roses. Its use in herbal medicine reaches back for centuries: The Emperor of China organized expeditions to Siberia to bring back this highly valued plant, and Rhodiola Root was used by the Vikings to enhance their physical stamina and strength. In the 1930s, extensive research began in Russia, Scandinavia and Germany to seek the secrets of the “Golden Root” that had been used for centuries as an anti-ageing miracle that helped the people of Siberia cope with the cold climate and stressful life. In recent history, Rhodiola Root has been widely used by Russian athletes and cosmonauts to increase energy. Some of the constituents in Rhodiola Root include glycosides (rosavin, rosin, and rosarin) and monoterpenes (rosiridin and salidroside).


Beneficial Uses:

Rhodiola Root is an “adaptogen” and is said to stimulate and protect the immune system by reinstating the metabolic balance in the body after stressful situations. It helps the body adapt and return to normal function and a sense of well-being when exposed to stresses that would alter those functions. Use of Rhodiola Root is also thought to promote faster adaptation to climatic and social changes.

Rhodiola Root is believed to be an aphrodisiac for both men and women, helping to increase sexual potency in men, managing erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculations, and also normalizing prostatic fluid. In traditional medicine the herb was given to married couples to increase fertility.

Researchers have recommended Rhodiola Root for anyone suffering from temporary depression, stress or anxiety. Used as an antidepressant, all subjects in clinical tests showed a positive therapeutic effect with its use. It is thought to work by making serotonin’s precursors (tryptophan and 5-HTP) more available to the brain and by optimizing the amount of serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

Athletes use Rhodiola Root to improve physical performance and maintain energy and endurance levels in various sports. It is said to be particularly valuable for body builders, because it is thought to stimulate muscle energy status, glycogen synthesis in muscles and liver, muscle protein synthesis and anabolic activity. The herb is believed to increase strength and mobility and also to shorten recovery after strenuous and prolonged exercise and workouts.

Rhodiola Root is considered a heart healthy herb that may protect against heart ailments. It appears to decrease the amount of adrenalin and cortisol released during stress and defends the heart against “adrenalin burn.” It is believed to lower serum fats and cholesterol, while increasing the resistance of blood vessels to cholesterol plaques, thus helping to increase blood circulation and reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks. In clinical tests, Rhodiola Root was shown to reduce and/or prevent stress-induced cardiac damage, decrease myocardial catecholamines and cyclic adenosine monophosphate levels and activated receptors in the heart muscle, preventing arrhythmias.

With regard to thyroid function, Rhodiola Root was shown in clinical tests to enhance thyroid function without causing hyperthyroidism.

Rhodiola Root has been recommended for or anyone requiring more mental clarity or anyone who has memory problems. Because the herb is believed to improve blood circulation, this activity apparently increases the blood supply to the brain, enhancing both cognitive function and attention span. It is also thought to increase bioelectrical activity in the brain, which also may improve memory and brain energy.

Studies show that Rhodiola Root may be effective in promoting weight loss by stimulating the “lipolytic processes.” It seems to have the ability to mobilize fromadipose tissue and activate adipose lipase, a key enzyme required to burn the body’s fat stores. This process helps to stimulate the natural fat burning system in your body that is needed for weight reduction.

Rhodiola Root combats the effects of asthenia, an emotional stress condition that is characterized by sluggishness, low motivation, muscle weakness, continual fatigue, labored breathing, palpitations and excessive sleeping. In clinical tests, use of Rhodiola Root reversed this condition.

It is thought that Rhodiola Root may possess potent antioxidant properties. Russian researchers have found that in laboratory tests, it inhibited the growth of, and improved immunity to, various types of serious invasive illness.

Contraindications:
Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Rhodiola Root.


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Skull Cap – Botanical Extract (4:1)

SkullCap
Botanical:
Scutellaria lateriflora
Family:
Labiatae/Lamiaceae (mint)
Other common names: Scullcap, Blue Pimpernel, Hood Wort, Mad Dog Weed, Helmet Flower, Side Flower, Madweed, Virginia Skullcap, Quaker Bonnet, American Scullcap

Too much anxiety and stress in your life? Try Skull Cap as a natural way to ease frayed nerves, relax, and get a restful sleep. It is an old remedy that helps to relieve “women’s complaints,” such as premenstrual syndrome and monthly cramps. Skull Cap is also considered very useful for alleviating the difficulties of barbiturate and drug withdrawal.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Skull Cap (also spelled Scullcap) is a small, herbaceous perennial, indigenous to North America, with an erect and branching square stem and flowers that may grow to a height of three feet. It is abundant throughout the land and thrives in damp places, meadows, ditches, and waste places from Canada to Florida. Different varieties of this herb grow throughout the world in temperate regions (most notably in China and Russia) with some similar medicinal applications as the “American Scullcap.” The name, Skull Cap, is derived from the helmet-shaped flower that resembles a helmet with the visor raised, and a “Skullcap” was the word for a type of military helmet that was familiar to early colonists. Native Americans wisely used this herb as a sedative and to promote menstruation. Skull Cap was believed to treat rabies in the 1700s, a use that was later discredited, but several of the herb’s common names (Mad Dog Weed and Madweed) remained to describe it. In the nineteenth century, Skull Cap was a popular medicinal treatment for nervous disorders and was used to subdue undue sexual desires without damage. Some of the constituents included in Skull Cap include essential oil, albumen, a bitter principle (scutellaine), flavonoids (scutellarein, isoscutellarein, wogonin, and baicalin), acids, beta carotene, lignin, tannins, chloride of soda, salts of iron, silica, many valuable minerals, B-vitamins, and vitamin C.


Beneficial Uses:

The time-honored use of Skull Cap has been as a nervine and tonic to renew and revive the central nervous system and treat nervous disorders of all kinds. The herb calms the nerves, quiets and strengthens the system, and is a valuable remedy for controlling nervous irritation, excitability, restlessness, hysteria, anxiety, hyperactivity, fatigue, night terrors, and nervous headaches. The flavonoid, scutellarein, is thought to be the active ingredient that acts as a natural sedative and also stimulates the brain to produce more endorphins, promoting a feeling of calm. Use of the herb has helped to aid sleep and treat insomnia.

As an antispasmodic, Skull Cap has been useful in relieving menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, muscle spasms, and cramps due to stress. The herb is used to help treat St. Vitus dance, convulsions, and shaking palsy, and some modern herbalists use it to prevent epileptic seizures.

Skull Cap has been given to alcoholics who are suffering from withdrawal symptoms and delirium tremens. It is believed to be helpful in treating barbiturate, tranquilizer, and drug withdrawal symptoms.

The baicalin in Skull Cap has shown strong anti-inflammatory activity that may inhibit tumor growth. It is a powerful antioxidant that appears to protect red blood cells from free radical damage more effectively than vitamin E, and it also shows some promise in preventing the oxidation of blood fats.

Skull Cap is said to strengthen the heart muscle, improve circulation, and be helpful for treating cardiovascular disease.

Skull Cap has been used to treat snakebites and the bites of poisonous insects.


Contraindications:

Pregnant and nursing women should not use Skull Cap. Large doses (many times the recommended amount) may cause giddiness, confusion, twitching, and stupor, but the herb works well when taken consistently over a period of time. Skull Cap should not be given to children under six years of age.


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Shiitake Mushroom – Standardized Extract (15% Lentinan)

Shiitake Mushroom
Botanical: Lentinula edodes
Family: Basidiomycetes (button mushroom)
Other common names: Japanese Mushroom, Hoang Mo, Oriental Black Mushroom,

Oak Mushroom, Glossagyne

Shiitake Mushrooms is becoming well known as a superior way to improve your health and stimulate your immune system. Try it to build resistance against virus, infection, the common cold

and macular degeneration, among many other ailments. Much research has been done in recent years, and numerous imunostimulating qualities have been attributed to this wonderful fungus.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

The wild Shiitake Mushroom is a light amber fungus that is native to Japan, China and other Asian countries, and is now widely cultivated throughout the world, including the United States. The caps have nearly ragged gills and an in-rolled margin when young, and they are covered with a delicate white flocking. The mushrooms are frequently found on downed hardwood trees and have been used as a food and medicinal source for over three thousand years in the Far East. Legend claims that Shiitake was given by the aboriginal people of Japan to their emperor, Chuai, around the year 200, but they were used long before that in China. In the Orient, several types of mushrooms have been used for centuries to maintain health, preserve youth and increase longevity. Wu Ri, a famous Chinese physician from the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1368-1644), described Shiitake’s ability to increase energy, cure colds and eliminate worms. Japanese physicians have long used lentinan’s immune-stimulating capabilities in cancer treatments, and modern Japanese physicians use it to treat viral infections. Now popular in the United States as a tasty alternative to the blander varieties more commonly found in food markets, there is enormous interest in the Shiitake mushroom, and much research is being conducted into the possible great health benefits that may be derived from it. Some of the constituents in Shiitake include fatty acids (largely unsaturated), proteins (containing all the essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids), eritadenine, vitamins D, B-2 and B-12, and the important and active glucan polysaccharide, lentinan.


Beneficial Uses:

Shiitake Mushroom is believed to promote healthy heart function and prevent heart problems. It is thought to be beneficial in lowering levels of both total cholesterol and LDLs (“bad cholesterol”). In laboratory tests, the alkaloid, eritadenine, was said to reduce the total cholesterol levels by twenty-five percent in one week, and the effect was more pronounced in subjects who ate high fat diets than in those on low fat diets. Japanese scientists have found that Shiitake accelerates the accumulation of LDL in the liver, where it is then converted in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Shiitake is also said to promote normal blood pressure levels.

Shiitake Mushroom is believed to build resistance against viruses and stimulate the production of interferon, a protein compound that slows the course of viral infection. Japanese physicians use lentinan when treating people with HIV/AIDS (by injection), and may be beneficial in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis and Lyme’s disease. Interferon is also reputed to rein in the blood vessel overgrowth experienced in macular degeneration.

In regard to immune system stimulation, the glucan polysaccaride, lentinan, in Shiitake Mushrom is said to heighten the production of interleukin, a hormone that stimulates the immune system to produce B-cells that create antibodies and helper T-cells that coordinate the immune response against infectious microbes and cells. It is also thought to build resistance by activating the immune system’s lymphokine-activated killer cells (LAK) and natural killer cells (NK) to combat various types of infectious materials and invaders.

Shiitake is the basis of several extracts including lentinan, and chemically, the sugars in lentinan form a helix that is structurally analogous to the helix of DNA, accounting for many of lentinan’s healing properties.

Japanese researchers have claimed that lentinan may prolong the survival rate or possibly lower the discomforts and/or damage associated with chemotherapy. In addition, it may improve the quality of life, providing substantial relief to patients who have undergone such therapy.

People with bladder cancer should not use Shiitake (or eat) raw Shiitake Mushrooms. The mus


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St. John’s Wort – Standardized Extract (0.3 Hypercins)

Standardized Extract
Botanical:
Hypericum perforatum
Family: Guttiferae/Clusiaceae (mangosteens) – Hypericaceae (dilleniid dicot)
>Other common names:
Goatweed, Hypericum, Amber, Witches’ Wort, Klamath Weed,

St. Joan’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is powerful natural medicine for temporary depression. It has become the world’s most popular herbal supplement for banishing the blues and controlling stress and has also been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety and a host of other ailments.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

St. John’s Wort is a perennial plant, native to Western Asia, Europe and Great Britain (especially in Wales). The herb grows in well-drained to dry soil in partial shade to a height of about thirty-two inches and bears bright yellow petals with flowering tops. The plant allegedly possessed mystical and magical powers, partly due to the fluorescent red pigment, hypericin (one of its most powerful chemical constituents) that oozed like blood from the crushed flowers. If you rub the petals of this flower between your fingers, that red resin will ooze out, and according to one legend of the Middle Ages, this plant sprang from the blood of St. John the Baptist when he was beheaded. Another legend says the plant’s name came from the fact that it bloomed around June 24th, which is the feast of St. John on the Church calendar. In Middle English, the term “wort” referred to any plant or vegetable that was used medicinally, and this herb was used in herbal medicine in medieval England to treat attacks of insanity attributed to the work of evil spirits or the devil; hence, one of its common names, “Witches’ Wort.” European settlers brought the plant to the United States in the 1700s, and although it has been used for at least two millennia, it did not become popular in the North American media until the 1990s. Today, there is much research being conducted into the plant’s potential uses. Some early studies indicate that the hypericin in St. John’s Wort may help to slow the spread of breast cancer to tissues between the chest wall and the lungs, and oddly, hypericin’s efficacy appears to be increased by exposing the skin to sunlight, since the herb increases photosensitivity. Moreover, some early trials have demonstrated that tumor growth was inhibited by the hypericin content. Again, because it has been used as a photodynamic therapy in the treatment of certain cancers, St. John’s Wort utilizes that sensitivity to light and may produce positive results in the treatment of skin melanoma. These treatments, of course, were conducted only under strict medical supervision. Traditionally, the petals were gathered in midsummer for use in herbal medicine, but today, the entire plant is used. Aside from its valuable use as a calming herbal supplement, the plant yields a red dye and is also used in cosmetics. Some of the chemical constituents in St. John’s Wort include carotenoids, hyperforin, hypericin, pseudohypericin, chlorophyll, essential oil, flavonoids, acids, saponin, tannins and vitamin C.


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Wild Yam – Standardized Extract (6% Diosgenine)

Wild Yam
Botanical:
Dioscorea villosa; Dioscorea batata
Family: Dioscoreaceae (yam)
Other common names:
Colic Root, Devil’s Bones, Bitter Yam, Barbasco, Yuma, Liver Root, Rheumatism Root, Wilde Yamwurzel, China Root

The many varieties of Wild Yams have been used worldwide for so many medical applications that it is difficult to enumerate all of them. The Wild Yam is high in plant hormones, which may be synthesized by the body to support its own hormone health (Wild Yams have provided the source material from which birth control pills are derived). The Wild Yam also includes steroidal saponins, which are used in the preparation of steroids (cortisones) by the pharmaceutical industry. For women who want to continue the normal balance of hormones, benefit from relief of pains and aches or simply enjoy overall good health, why not try an old and natural way with Wild Yam.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


History:

Wild Yam (not to be mistaken for our Thanksgiving sweet yam) is a hardy, twining plant with long, knotty, matted, contorted, ligneous rootstocks. This climbing perennial may grow to a height of twenty feet and bears pointed, heart-shaped, ovate, hairy leaves and drooping green-yellow flowers that appear in summer. The plant thrives in rich, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade and may be found mostly in moist woods and along roads in North America, with many other varieties distributed throughout Central and South America, Africa, and many parts of Asia; and the long, branched, crooked woody roots are used for numerous medicinal applications. Yams provide the source material from which birth control pills, cortisones, and sex hormones are derived, and until the hormone was synthesized in 1970, Wild Yam was the sole source of diosgenin for contraceptive pills. In Mexico, Indian women utilized the Wild Yam for birth control and to prevent miscarriage; and in the United States, it also played an important part in herbal medicine, where it was employed as a contraceptive, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, and remedy for colic and muscle spasms. Yams are high in plant hormones, which may be synthesized by the body to support its own hormone health (and is, thus, an important constituent in hormone regulating herbal formulas). Moreover, many species contain steroidal saponins, which are used in the preparation of steroids by the pharmaceutical industry. Some of the constituents in Wild Yam include a high saponin content, beta-carotene, diosgenin, starch, tannin, calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, B-vitamins and vitamin C.
Beneficial Uses
Wild Yam is believed to be a wonderful, natural hormone regulator. The herb contains compounds that are similar to female hormones (progesterone and estrogen), which have been helpful for female disorders, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopausal-related symptoms and dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Moreover, Wild Yam contains a natural steroid called dehydro-epiandrosterone (DHEA) that is said to rejuvenate and give vigor to lovemaking.

With further regard to hormonal support, Wild Yams once provided the sole source material (diosgenin) from which birth control pills and sex hormones are derived. This supports the herb’s historical use in folk applications when used for contraception, easing the pains of childbirth, restoring hormonal balance after birth and alleviating nausea during pregnancy (no longer recommended).

Wild Yam is thought to be an antispasmodic that relieves muscular cramps, abdominal cramps, ovarian and uterine pain, irritable bowel syndrome, spasmodic hiccoughs, spasmodic asthma and menstrual cramps (a further support for women’s complaints).

The steroidal saponins in Wild Yams have provided the source material from which cortisones are derived and are used in the preparation of steroids by the pharmaceutical industry. This has been beneficial in cases of inflammation and easing painful arthritis and rheumatism.

Wild Yam is said to be soothing on the nerves (and body) and beneficial for neuralgia anywhere in the body, pains in the urinary tract and digestive problems. The herb has been used to expel gas from the stomach and bowels, and not only relieve wind, but also colic.

Wild Yam is considered a liver cleaner that has been used for stagnation of the liver and gallbladder and has sometimes been called one of the best natural relievers of jaundice, bilious colic and nausea. Its hepatic qualities are thought to support and stimulate the liver, gallbladder and spleen, and increase the flow of bile (which is not only good for the liver, but also further supports good digestion).

As a diuretic, Wild Yam is believed to promote the flow of urine and has been said to relieve the problems of excess water retention, urinary problems and kidney stones.

Contraindications:
Although frequently used in herbal medications for nausea and pains during pregnancy, Wild Yam is not currently recommended for pregnant and nursing women. Large amounts (many times the recommended dosage) may produce vomiting.


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