BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
sound perfect for knowing if the Arjuna tablet
(planetary herbal formula 550mg) I took just before I
started to exercise using 5-8 pound weights and then
Pilates would cause my blood pressure to sky-rocket and
my body to shake uncontrollably. After an hour of this
I called 911 and EKG was fine, blood pressure 167/112
when my normal is 118/67. I could only think it was the
Arjuna as I had not taken anything else that was
different. I did take Hawthorne 300 mg a few hours
before. It was a very frightening experience. I have
carotid stenosis mostly from many years of smoking. I
have quit. And high hereditary cholesterol without
medication for too many years though now on a statin. I
am 65 year old female. 5'6" and 120 lbs. What do you
think happened to me? I would be so very thankful for
I suggest just using the Hawthorne, but in extract, 15
drops in an infusion of Green tea 3xs day. Extracts work
better and faster. Stop the Arjuna. Hawthorne is
better, safer and much more documented as to efficacy.
Can you suggest something for high blood pressure?
ANSWER: It important
that you follow a good and proper diet. The best remedy
I know of for the heart is Hawthorn berry extract or
tincture. I suggest adding to a cup of Green tea 30
drops 3xs day. Sweeten only with a bit of honey.
I am trying to maintain a good blood pressure and avoid
having full blown diabetes. I am not taking medication
for either. Can I take Dandelion root and garlic at the
same time without any problem?
The capsules I have are 500 mg of garlic and around the
same mg for the dandelion root.
Thank you for your help
Yes you can, but keep in mind that adding fresh garlic
to your diet is better and that extracts or tinctures
work better and much faster than pills.
After reading the site, I see
you're favorite seems to be dandelion tea. Does this
have side effects?
Twice now, doctors have prescribed diuretics in addition
to my high blood pressure medication. Twice now, I have
found myself in so much pain that I can barely stand
long enough to take a shower.
With HCTZ I hurt all over. But it got the fluid out.
But I was in so much pain, they had to stop it. Now,
they're giving me Spironolactone and after a week of
this, my back hurts so much, I'm in tears. The lower
back and abdominal pain is intense. The upper back pain
is tingling in the shoulder blades.
So are there herbals that won't cause the side effects
of these drugs?
Actually for being safe Dandelion is my favorite, as are
Burdock and Red clover. Others that are good are
Goldenseal, Stinging Nettle and Yarrow.
Drink plenty of fresh water daily. Eliminate the use of
salt, if you must use salt use Kosher salt, it contains
only 12% sodium, versus 25% in regular salt.
In the final analysis though, I still would suggest in
an infusion of Green tea add 15 drops of extract or
tincture of Dandelion. Sweeten with a bit of honey and
drink 3xs day.
To help with the back pain you may want to try 25 drops
of essential oil of Eucalyptus in your warm water baths,
you may also add a handful of Epsom salt.
Alternating heat and cold packs may also prove of
help.If taking Spironolactone you must avoid potassium,
remember this is a synthetic steroid.
I have a question for the herbalist. I am taking a Blood Pressure
pill (Cozaar 25 mg). What herb tincture can I take for
water retention (from bp pill?), obesity & diabetic
neuropathy that is safe for prolonged use. Corn silk?
Dandelion? Dandelion seems to cause acid indigestion (I
have GERD). Trying to loose weight.
Thanks for writing. The 5 herbs that I would personally
choose are as follows:
All of these herbs are diuretics. Since nutrients can
also be lost through urination it is important that
you consume plenty of fruits and steamed vegetables as
well. The loss of water also needs to be balanced by
drinking plenty of fresh water.
ANSWERS FROM AMANDA:
While I was
searching information concerning tinctura Gingo bilobae,
I many times met your name as a renown herbalist with
large experience in this field. I would be very grateful
if you would spend a while answering my small question.
With my low blood pressure and continuously cold palms
and feet, I decided to take tinctura ginko bilobae (5:1)
because the other ethanol free tablets, here in Poland,
are made from extract with acetone as dissolvent. So, as
I am not happy with long term use of ethanol I thought
that if it make sense to heat my tinctura to make
ethanol evaporate? The problem is wheater all active
chemicals will be still there to help me?
Evaporating off the ethanol alcohol of herb tinctures
including a 5:1 Ginkgo biloba product, will remove most
but not all the ethanol. It will leave most, if not all,
the active constituents intact, so if this method is
working for you, continue in confidence. If, however,
the potential blood thinning properties of Ginkgo do not
seem to improve your circulation, another cardiovascular
herb that you might consider adding is Hawthorn (Crataegus
species), many of which are on the market in
alcohol-free forms, and without acetone as a solvent.
Let me know what you find?
I am currently on 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide for mild
high blood pressure but no other medications and no
illnesses. Is it safe for me to add hawthorne berries
along with the medication?
There is a beneficial herb-drug interaction between
thiazide diuretics and hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha
and other species) provided you have good monitoring by
your physician. So, yes, it is safe to add berries to
your daily regimen. By the way, Hawthorne is the author,
Hawthorn the herb has no final e. Just the
schoolteacher in me...
FROM LORYHL DAVIS
QUESTION: My husband has high blood pressure. He
had stints put in about two years ago. the blood
pressure medicine the doctors give him make him feel
tired, lightheaded, etc. He is not on any medication at
this time. He just refused to take the blood pressure
medicine, What herbal remedy would lower his blood
pressure without all the side effects?
ANSWER: This is an indepth question, and one not
easily addressed, if you want it addressed with
effectiveness. There is many solutions to the problem,
it takes desire and will power to do it. Look over the
diet, oil pulling, castor oil packs, and cleansing
sheets in this download, on this email. Herbs I suggest
he takes are the following:
- 100 mg of Ubiquinol, COQ10, 4-6 times daily with 1000
mg of vitamin C each time, Ester C
- hawthorn berry pills, 3 two times daily
- bilberry fruit pills, 3 two times daily
- do the cleanse, change the diet, and castor oil packs
- take the Life Force Fiber Food, one tspn, 3 -6 times
daily while cleansing, or if not cleansing, 1 tspn 2
- take no flush niacin pills, one per day
We have these herbs, and can supply you with
what you need to make the cleanse and change of diet a
I have been trying to find out which herbs for tea are
NOT diuretic. Most sources only make note of some that
are. I love to drink tea, but have been advised not to
have any that would interfere with blood pressure meds.
One source said even lemon peel is diuretic. I'm at a
loss here, and any information you can offer would be
We have a formula, that is compatible with blood
pressure meds, and many other meds. It has been on the
market for over 22 yrs, and works with many conditions,
and is mild. It is not diuretic. although it has
diuretic properties in it. It is what I call "an
intelligent blend", it knows what your body needs.
Although it has lemon peel in it, it is less than 3% of
the blend. This formula is great for high blood
pressure, and is suggested. We have a tea, made out of
Berries and herbs, that is mild and not a heavy
diuretic. It is called Berry Good. There are several
downloads that will help with diet suggestions, and
cleaning of the body, gently.