BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I have acid reflux, can I
treat it naturally?. I have stopped taking the little
purple pill because I have heard that it ultimately
weakens your esophagus over time.
Like with many ailments diet plays a very important role
in treating acid reflux.
Bad habits also play a part in being successful treating
I would suggest and encourage you to eliminate foods
that stagnate the system, and should be avoided by folks
that suffer from acid reflux, such as: Red meats, pork,
white sugar, all dairy, pastas (macaroni & cheese,
spaghetti with sauce), coffee, alcohol, creamy salad
dressings. chocolates, doughnuts, oranges and orange
juice, lemon, lime, tomato, cranberry juice, all foods
contains additives and/or preservatives and all fried
You should enhance your diet with foods that are
conducive to easy digestion and still be satisfying.
Foods like: Chicken (not fried) grilled or baked,
turkey, fresh fish (in particular salmon, mackerel and
sardines), brown rice, yogurt, honey, multi-grain bread,
raw or steamed fresh broccoli, carrots peas, green
beans, fresh fruits in particular apples, papaya and
bananas, and very importantly fresh pineapple.
As to the bad habits, sip rather than drink while eating
and take your time eating, masticate every bite well.
There is some controversy as to whether drinking tea
will increase the chances of having the symptoms appear,
or whether it can actually be beneficial. I personally
am in favor of the latter position, but with a caveat.
The tea has to be the correct one and it must be
sipped. Here's my formula for you: I suggest drinking
in small sips during your meal Ginger root tea. Peel and
cut a small piece 1" x 1" of fresh ginger root. boil two
cups of bottle water, add your root, bring to a low
simmer, cover for 10 minutes. Sweeten with a bit of
honey and sip during your meal. You may also try this
with Chamomile tea. After your meal, it may be very
helpful to have a cup of Peppermint tea. There is a
Chinese tea that will certainly help in digestion, named
Bonjemi Tea. You will find it at any Chinese
supermarket. Drink with your meals.
One last thought. Make sure that you walk a bit after
eating rather than sitting down or lying down. This will
greatly improve digestion and absorption.
I have been suffering with
mild to extreme nausea every single day for 1 1/2
years. I have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy,
ultrasound, blood, urine and fecal testing. All have
come back negative. I don't know what to do at this
point. I was diagnosed with acid reflux and given
several different kinds of rx's to no avail. I never
know when I eat something if my mild nausea is going to
cause me to take to my bed with extreme debilitating
nausea. I am at my wits end and don't know where to
turn. Can you help?
Nausea can be caused by the presence of bacterial
toxins, and it can also often be triggered by anxiety
It can also happen by eating very rich foods. There is a
couple of things I can suggest.
First, you fail to tell me about your diet or if
constipation is also a problem, but either way, you need
to avoid eating heavy red meats, pork, all dairy (eat
eggs in moderation), white sugar and all fried foods.
Avoid chips, sodas and colas. Moderate also your
caffeine and alcohol intake.
Steam your vegetables, eat plenty of fresh fish (salmon,
mackerel), honey, fresh garlic and onions, brown rice
and fresh fruits. I suggest that you drink a cup
of Lemon balm tea, adding 15 drops of extract or
tincture of Ginger (extracts and tinctures work better
and faster). Sweeten only with a bit of honey drink as
needed. If you cannot find either, just buy a Ginger
root at your local market, peel and cut about a 3/4 in.
piece, slice and brew into an infusion or tea.
Don't take Ginger at the same time you take aspirin or
Tylenol, as ginger may add to the thinning effect these
drugs have on your blood. For the same reason, don't
take ginger during the week before or after you have
surgery. Also do not drink Ginger 1 hour before bedtime,
it may keep you awake. If you feel bloated after meals
you may find crystallized Ginger at your local food
store and just eat a small piece.
If the nausea still continues you may then want to try
either Peppermint tea, Chamomile tea or Goldenseal herb
tea. Ginger overall has been proven to be the most
effective, but sometimes the others seem to work better
for some people.
I was wondering what you could suggest for irregular
bowel movements ranging from normal to foul smelling
sticky stools, abdominal bloating, feeling of food stuck
in stomach, egg tasting burps?
The first suggestion I have is for you to eliminate
foods that stagnate the system and are likely to cause
the symptoms described.
Eliminate from your diet all fried foods, red meats,
pork, white sugar and all dairy. Eat eggs only in
moderation. For now, eliminate all forms of caffeine,
such as coffee, colas and sodas. Also eliminate all
forms of chocolate and other candies.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine your symptoms
may indicate a "stuck" or stagnant Middle Qi. This
condition is often treated with one of these two
remedies Xiao Yao Wan or Shu Gan Wan.
I suggest you enhance your diet with high fiber bread,
high fiber products, fresh fish (salmon and mackerel),
fresh garlic and onions (if tolerated), chicken, turkey,
fresh raw or steamed local vegetables and fresh fruits.
To detoxify the system drink Green tea and add 25 drops
of extract or tincture of Dandelion root. Sweeten only
with a bit of honey and drink 3xs day. Drink
Peppermint tea with your meals, and if feeling bloated
drink Chamomile tea after your meals.
I encourage you to begin a low-level exercise program,
such as Yoga, T'ai Chi or light jogging. This will also
help balance the body and release toxins.
As to bowel movements, a change in diet is paramount,
but after beginning on the above recommended diet, you
may want to mix in water 40 drops of either Globe
Atrtichoke extract or tincture or 30 drops of Cascara
Sagrada extract or tincture. These will help eliminate
most toxins, they will of course make you go more, but
it is really what the body needs to do. Repeat once a
day for 3 days as needed.
ANSWERS FROM LORYHL:
My son has Gerds & Hiatal Hernia. There is some
burning, that doesn't go away. Is there as herb that
will sooth this area to help it heal?
I suggest you take a close look at his diet, as there
are some things that are making the problem worse. Have
you heard of food combining? A starch is OK , eaten with
vegetables, or a protein with vegetables, or fruit with
some nuts, but not all together, not starch with a
protein, or fruit with vegetable, or fruit with protein,
these would cause acidity in the body. Also packaged
foods, processed meats, foods, and high sugar chemical
diets, cause acidity and digestive problems also.
Eating according to a persons blood type is another
method that can be very helpful. I can send you diet
sheets to look at and food suggestions if you are
interested. You can herbally give him to sip, several
times daily, 1/3 to 1/2 cup throughout the day of pure
Aloe Vera juice, organic, high grade. I don't know how
much he weighs , so adjust it to his weight. This will
help his condition, and bring some relief and healing.
Also taking activated charcoal tablets, and cleansing
the bowel, gently. We also have a blend, called Soothe
and Life Force Fiber Food, that is very helpful to the
tummy. I suggest he take calcium magnesium, supplements,
together to help the hernia and also the gut. Please let
us know if we can serve you further
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
I have chronic cholecystitis since about 1 year ago, and
have had about 10 gallbladder attacks since then. The
doctor said the gallbladder is likely to rupture and
recommend surgical removal. I have been taking Chinese
herbs for a couple of weeks, followed by a gallbladder
supplement containing taurine to help dissolve stones
and strengthen the gallbladder muscle, and sometimes
oregano to block infection. I have followed that by a
"Stone Dissolve Tea" comprising hydrangea root and
gravel root stewed in apple juice, for 4 days. The
primary purpose is to dissolve the stones, if possible,
but the gallbladder is now shrunken, fibrotic and
necrotic due to the repeated bouts of inflammation. The
fibrosis of the gallbladder wall is due to the
inflammation caused by the stones. The necrosis is due
to thrombosis of one of the arteries that terminates at
the gallbladder. The question is how to restore the
gallbladder functionality after the stones are gone,
otherwise they will tend to re-form due to the inability
of the gallbladder to expel the bile. I suppose this
means breaking down the fiber in the thickened
gallbladder wall to restore its elasticity. Which
herbs would you recommend? I heard that "dan shen" can
reverse liver fibrosis, but the gallbladder is a smooth
muscle and does not regenerate like the liver. For the
time being, I have added 100mg of gingko in a single
daily dose, because gingko is antifibrotic and
antithrombotic. but I think it worsens
gallbladder inflammation - unless turmeric is present in
the curry as an anti-inflammatory. Looking forward to
ANSWER: You might try goldenseal with equal parts
of red clover, yellow dock, dandelion and parsley. Also
milkweed is an excellent gallbladder tonic herb. I have
seen conflicting statements on the safety of using
Astragalus Root. Some say it is ok to use it long term.
Some say it is not. Some say you should not use it when
a fever is present. Can you help me with this conflict.
Astragalus is one of the Chinese herbs that has made its
way into western herbal medicine because of its
immune-strengthening qualities. It is especially useful
against viral infections of the respiratory tract and
heart. It is also used to boost energy levels in
debilitated people. Add to that the antiviral properties
and it's a pretty exciting herb. Make sure you are
getting A. membranaceous, the medicinal variety of
Astragalus and always buy organic whenever possible.
According to Chinese medicine, of which I'm not an
expert, it is not to be used in "excess heat' or "yin
deficiency" situations. So I don't know if a fever is
considered excess heat, but you may not want to take it
with a fever present. I believe that it is to be taken
before the onset of colds or flu. After they start,
better to take echinacea and goldenseal to lessen the
TRIPHALA AND CONSTIPATION
QUESTION: I suffer from chronic constipation and taking
triphala two times daily has really helped. However, my
nutritionist also has me taking Swedish bitters. In
Ayurvedic medicine, I am considered a cold, dry, "windy"
Vata type, the type that does better reducing the amount
of bitter taste in the diet. Even though the bitters
seem to help in terms of external applications for my
skin condition, I have my doubts as to whether they are
good for my constipation. Would you give me your advice
regarding the Swedish bitters? Many thanks!
I'm not qualified in Ayurvedic medicine, so have no
opinion. I have heard of triphala and understand it is
very effective for some people. As far as the "type" you
are, I think all of us are probably combinations of
different types. Each of us is so unique, it's hard to
stick someone in a box and say, that's the only thing
you can do because you are a certain type. I think that
you have to learn to listen to your body. If the bitters
are helping you, and you aren't having any adverse
reaction to them, then not taking them simply because
you're the wrong "type" seems a little silly to me. It's
kind of like those diets based on blood type. Although
it may work for the majority, there are many that it
just doesn't work for because of some idiosyncrasy. I'm
not saying that Ayurvedic medicine doesn't work, because
I've seen it work. I'm just saying we need to have a
little common sense about things. There are too many
variables to be that restrictive. If you trust your
nutritionist, and are doing well with their
recommendations, then stick with them unless you are
seeing something that would cause you to question it.
Can you please help me this is the problem of my feces
the problem is that i go to school and at the morning
2nd period i get feces I want to prevent having feces at
school can you please help even if I did my feces in
house but I donít know it stills comes in the
ANSWER: Actually, you sound pretty healthy to me.
You should never try to stop the body's eliminative
processes. This is how it gets rid of toxins and waste.
Don't fool around with the natural process.
I would like to know what is the best way for me to
cleanse my stomach. I tend to have eating disorders and
what I mean by that is I don't eat usually at the same
time and always running. Never take the take the time
to really digest, etc. Some other I do is that I take
things like Metamucil, Citrucel, and colon cleansers and
staff and what I end up doing is messing up my stomach
even more. Anyways, my basic problems and and I
constantly experience is - sudden constipation, bloated,
gas, heartburn, sense of
fullness, burping , etc. I would like to kind of
clean my stomach and get rid off excess "garbage" I
might have. Can you suggest me a mixture of herbs
beside fasting to cleanse my stomach. Please, please,
please. I made an appointment with my
gastroenterologist, but I am hoping to try
some herbal first.
ANSWER: It's amazing to me that in the same
letter you have described the problem, described the
solution and then asked for another solution. Your
problems with digestion can probably be linked to the
fact that you are not taking time to sit down and digest
your meals slowly. Don't feel bad, we all do it, but
it's so destructive. Is whatever you're running to next
really more important than your health? You've seen the
results, and you've seen what trying to treat it with
OTC does. Not much.
No herb is going to magically make up for bad habits and
unhealthy behavior. My suggestion to you is to take your
time to eat. Chew your food slowly and try to relax for
30 minutes and enjoy your food. That will do wonders for
your problems. Peppermint and Ginger tea can help with
upset stomach and gas, but again, if you are purposely
doing the wrong thing, all the herbs in the world aren't
going to help you. Try changing the behavior first and
see how that works.
girlfriend told me a story about someone with a stomach
ailment who drank maple leaf syrup for 10 days while
fasting and was cured of this ailment. I have an
ulcerated stomach. Would you advise that I buy a bottle
of maple leaf syrup and try the same fasting for 10 days
as well? I would really appreciate your advice.
ANSWER: I have no idea if that remedy works or
not. I've never personally heard of it. The fast is
probably what helped more than anything. What are you
eating? I would suggest a bland diet for awhile to let
your stomach heal. Has this been diagnosed by a medical
QUESTION: I read about your talent with herbs in
this week's paper. I'm wondering if you can help me. I
have had Irritable Bowel Syndrome w/constipation for 10
years and have been seeing a gastroenterologist
for about 8 years. I have been on Zelnorm on and off
since last summer and it seemed to be working until my
latest episode which started a month ago. I looked at
the info on your site about IBS, but there were
so many herbs, I was overwhelmed! This latest bout of
IBS is incredibly painful for me. My stools are
very hard and sticky WHEN I manage to pass a little. I
have been curled up in a ball all day because the
cramping is so bad. I drink at least 5 bottles of water
a day, basically live on yogurt, Healthy Choice dinners
and eggs. I cannot tolerate fruit-they really hurt my
stomach and the only vegetables I eat are in the dinners
that I microwave. I do not eat bread, as this also
hurts my intestines. So, can you give me an herb to
take that will empty my colon? I have used Cascara
Segrada in the past with not much success. I just read
about a new OTC product called Digestive Advantage which
has a big write-up the the Internet. Thank you so much
for taking the time to help me-I REALLY am in agony!
ANSWER: I'm so sorry you're suffering. It's best
to treat your liver as well as your digestive tract, so
Milk thistle is at the top of the list of
recommendations for you. Also Licorice Root, though you
need to be careful
with it as it can raise blood pressure. If you have high
blood pressure, don't use it at all. The other herbs
that are beneficial for you are Alfalfa, aloe vera,
Peppermint, Skullcap, balm, chamomile, fenugreek,
ginger, goldenseal, lobelia, marshmallow, pau d'arco,
rose hips and slippery elm.
It won't do you any good to use a cleanser before you
build up the system as it will just clog up again once
you stop. Ground Flaxseed is one of the best things you
can take for your digestion. I get the whole flaxseeds
and grind them myself. They are great on granola,
salads, yogurt, just about anything. Also Psyllium will
help regulate your bowel movements.
Last three years, I have symptoms such as itchy on the
chest or stomach area I feel burning
itch. sometime in the throat area, one the empty stomach
too. Three years ago, I had upper GI test. They
said it was reflux. I also belch empty stomach or one
hours to two hours of after eating. some times upper
chest sensation or light pain. So I think like heartburn
type symptoms, but my doctor said heartburn doesn't have
redness on the skin. Can you help me in that regard, if
any herbs can help me. I am already taking the licorice
supplements. I recently read the book about stomach
acid. In the book referred that lack of stomach acid can
give many symptoms like heartburn gerd/ bad breath,
belching. In the book, Dr said that bitter herb can help
like gentian root and wormwood.
ANSWER: I don't know about gentian, but for
digestion, I usually recommend Peppermint, chamomile,
licorice and lemon balm teas both before and after
eating. Eat slowly and try not to take in a lot of air.
Relax and enjoy your food. If you can get your hands on
some Swedish Bitters at a local health food store, that
is also effective.
I have bouts occasionally with what I believe to be
ulcers. I have taken drugs in the past for this but am
not comfortable doing this. I do not drink a lot of
coffee or eat spicy foods. This comes on when I recline
and continues throughout day and is somewhat alleviated
with water. I am not a big soft drinker.
ANSWER: I would suggest you make sure that what
you really have is ulcers before trying to treat them.
It could be acid reflux. I would suggest trying a very
simple remedy to start with and if it doesn't bring
relief, you can move on to something stronger. Take 1
tsp. of apple cider vinegar before eating every meal.
This will help level the acids in your stomach and aid
in digestion. Also, get some acidophilus and take some 3
times a day with meals. This encourages the "good"
bacteria in the digestive tract. Keep me posted on your
I suffer from chronic constipation. Its a long story as
to why so I won't go into it. I want to know if there
is an herbal medicine that I can take on a regular basis
to help me.
Do you know what's causing this? Are you on
anti-depressants perhaps? Constipation can be a tricky
thing. There are lots of great herbs to treat it, but
sometimes the body becomes dependant on them, so you
need to be aware of that. I have a constipation tea on
my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com in the Herb Shoppe under Teas.
It's called Regulari-TEA. You also need to ensure
you are eating plenty of fiber in your diet and avoid
all starch and refined foods. You should be eating a
salad 2 or 3 times a day. Apricots, prunes and grapes
are very helpful with constipation. Psyllium seeds or
husks, can be taken daily in a capsule form. You should
be able to find it at any health food store, or even
your local Wal-Mart. Flax seed is wonderful for this and
I grind my own and sprinkle it on salads, put it in my
granola and on veggies. If you can get some flax seed,
grind it up and use it instead of salt. It doesn't taste
salty, but it's better for you. If you can't find it,
e-mail me with the word ORDER in the subject line and
I'll grind some up and come up with a price for you.
I am writing because I have a problem. I am a rather
thin person but when I eat and I don't eat much (I am a
vegan) I get bloated and I my abdomen expands. I don't
know if this is normal but when I see my older sister
eat this never happens to her. So I was wondering if you
can recommend something.
Well, if you are a Vegan, I'm assuming you eat
beans, broccoli and cauliflower, all of which can
produce gas which is causing your bloating. You can pick
up some Beano at the health food store or even some
grocery stores now carry it. It is very effective. Make
sure you take it with that first bite of food.
Also, make sure you're getting a good supply of
acidophilus every day. Lastly, try taking 1 tsp of apple
cider vinegar before eating.
I was so happy to find your website and I'm hoping you
can help me! I am 16 weeks pg and I have had Irritable
Bowel Syndrome and other digestive problems all my
life. Prior to my pregnancy, I was taking a wonderful
blend of herbs called "Digest It", and they helped me SO
much. When I found out I was pregnant, I quit taking it
because it has many different herbs in it and I'm unsure
of their safety. Since discontinuing it, I have had
horrible pain, gas, and have even become totally dairy
intolerant! I am sensitive to just about everything I
eat it seems.
I was hoping that you may be able to help me
figure out if these herbs are safe for the baby or not?
Before my pg, I was taking 3 caps a day, and recently I
got so desperate for relief that I began taking just 1
capsule with dinner. But I got paranoid and quit. Any
info you can give would be SO appreciated!
Here is a list of the herbal components:
Chinese peony root
French Tarragon leaf
Northern Prickly Ash bark
Total of 415 mg in one capsule
If you think this is dangerous, could you please suggest
something safe that
will help me? Thank you SO much!
ANSWER: I usually steer clear of anything with
clients that are pregnant. Most of the herbs in the
compound should not cause problems for you with the
exception of Angelica Root which promotes blood flow and
Astragalus Root. My suggestion, while you're pregnant,
is to avoid anything unless you really need it and then
only to treat the particular symptom like nausea or
I'd be happy to help you. If you have specific issues
you'd like help with, let me know and I will make a
custom formulation for you that has herbs that are safe
to take while pregnant.
IMPROVING LIVER FUNCTION:
I am currently taking cholesterol lowering medication
and pain medication. Any specific herb I can take to
improve the function of my liver
ANSWER: The best herb I know of for promoting
liver health is milk thistle. I also make a wonderful
tea for helping improve the health of the liver. Please
speak with your medical professional concerning the
interactions between Milk Thistle and the medications
you are taking.
have been having problems on and off for the last year
with my digestion. I have what I consider to be a very
healthy diet mainly vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish.
First I should mention that I live in Mexico and travel
quite a bit. Despite everyone's theories I am certain I
do not have parasites.
As often as once a week I am awakened
by a burning sensation in my stomach area accompanied by
pain and nausea. I normally vomit and have very painful
diarrhea. the intensity and process last about three
hours normally then I feel more or less fine.
Originally this was only a problem when I ate peanuts
and the results where very very intense lasting much
longer so I of course gave up peanuts.
Last night I ate a salad full
of vegetables and with a few olives and a little avocado
and a salad dressing made of wine vinegar, olive oil,
prunes and a little avocado , and a small amount of raw
nut pate (blended nut with lime and garlic and celery).
And I work up with horrendous fire and pains, vomiting
with diarrhea. I forgot to mention that I take
boldo almost every day. Is there a possibility of maybe
a problem with rancid oils, or just too much fat or do
you think I potentially have a digestive disorder. I
would go to a doctor but like I mentioned I live in
Mexico and the doctors in my area are very very
conventional. Absolutely everyone believes that if I
just ate a steak I would be fine. Can you maybe
recommend an herb that could balance or strengthen my
My first impression is that you may have an allergy to
nuts - all nuts. I would suggest you eliminate all nuts,
nut butters and nut oils from your diet and see if it
helps at all. Drink only distilled water wherever you
go. Impure water can be the cause of a myriad of
mentioned you are taking boldo every day, but didn't
give details on how much or what form. Boldo can be very
dangerous if taken in it's purest form and can
cause kidney damage. Also, studies indicate it should be
taken in a combination rather than by itself for the
I am looking for some information about IBS. I have had
it for a very long time. I go from one extreme to
another. But this time I have been battling
constipation. I have tried psyllium husk fibber for a
month but it was not helping. I have tried the kits for
detox and I could only do it for 2 weeks and it was very
rough (too much) . I finally went to the doctor and he
put me on zelnorm. Well that worked for 1 day and back
to constipation. So I went back to the health food
store and got some flora essence ( tea like herb, has
slippery elm etc ). You do this for 3 weeks. It seems
to help a bit but what happens after the three weeks,
Is there anything that you would recommend and why is
fibre not good. I am also taking a probiotic from renew
life once a day.
is the most common digestive disorder seen by
physicians. 1 in 5 Americans suffer from it, and it is
more common in women than in men. I don't know what
zelnorm is, but my first suggestion is to get some good
quality acidophilus into you. This will replenish the
beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. Fiber is
very good for you and the Psyllium husks should work,
but you need to ensure you are drinking plenty of water
and that means at LEAST 2 liters a day. Garlic is great
for aiding in digestion as well as the destruction of
toxins in the colon. Flax seeds and oat bran are also
good for fiber. You should be avoiding all animal
fats, coffee, carbonated beverages junk foods, sugar
and wheat. To treat your liver, milk thistle is
excellent. Licorice can also be used, but sparingly and
if you have high blood pressure, don't use it at all.
Alfalfa is also good for rebuilding the beneficial flora
in the intestines.
ANSWERS FROM DAVID BRILL:
I have IBS. Can you tell me a herb that would help
me. Heard that peppermint tablets would may help
me. Is that true? I take Fiberco--Two in the
morning and two at night but still have problems.
I now watch what I eat. But things I love to eat I
can't have. If I do, I take Immodium AD in
the morning and that sometimes helps. But I don't
want to get immune to it and it stops working.
IBS is a tough condition to treat what you refer to as
peppermint tablets is actually a caplet with peppermint
oil in it. A suggested dose is .2 to .4 milimeters
three times a day with improvements after 2-4 weeks of
use. It has worked for some and not for others.
I have a friend who uses fennel; he loves the
results he gets with daily use of fennel tincture.
Additionally, not ingesting the aggrevating foods is one
of the best approaches, some people have reaction to
dairy products, soy,gluten(wheat products and many
others). Other herbs you may want to try are Chamomile,
Ginger and Carraway
QUESTION: I AM A PERSON WHO LIKES TO USE HERBS FOR
HEALING....I HAVE BEEN USING GREEN TEA FOR OVER A YEAR NOW .......AND
TRY TO HELP SOME OF MY HEALTH ISSUES WITH GOLDEN SEAL...HAVE JUST FOUND OUT I HAVE THE H-PYLORI BACTERIA AND MY DOCTOR JUST
PUT ME ON A PAC CALLED "PREV PAC" - HAVE ALREADY HAD
REACTION TO IT AND HAVE HAD TO DISCONTINUE...AM LOOKING FOR HERBS TO
TREAT THIS WITH AND INFORMATION ON HOW MUCH TO TAKE...I KNOW
GOLDENSEAL HELPS BUT MAYBE I HAVE NOT BEEN TAKING ENOUGH....
PLEASE RESOND WITH HELP OR REFER ME TO WHERE I CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT
HOW TO ADMINISTER HERBS AND WHAT PARTICULAR HERBS..........
ANSWER: Licorice is a great herb for GI tract and is very
effective with H-pylori, it has been show effective as a
antihelicobactor treatment. It is also a great adaptogen and
balancer of the immune system, in addition to being demulcent to the
GI tract, moistening and soothing to ulcers caused by this bug.
Golden Seal, an its analogs Barberry and Oregon Grape root are also
effective against this bug.
QUESTION: I recently quit drinking alcohol and am eating
very healthy. My body is detoxifying to the extreme and I find myself
sick. I feel like I have either yeast and or bacteria in my digestive
tract, stomach and throat. I was wondering what herb might help stop
this growth and get me back to normal.
Bacteria and Yeast are normally found in the digestive tract. What
causes you to think they are a problem for you, can you describe any
symptomology, white thrush in mouth, etc?
There are some herbs that can be used for true systemic fungal
infections, but I would rather have you see a local practitioner to
verify the problem.
If stress and anxiety along with withdrawal are an issue.
Try a fresh oats extract and combine with kudzu, valerian.
You didn't mention if you were considered an alcoholic, but if you are
find glycerin extracts of these herbs or pills. We can provide
the Valerian and Oats glycerin extract if you cannot find it locally.
If digestion is an issue in general use a bitter herb combination
before meals to jump start the digestive tract. Look for a
combination of warming and cooling herbs such as Angelica, Dandelion,
Orange Peel, Gentian combined with carminative herbs such as
peppermint or ginger. Most of these are alcohol based, so if
that is a problem for you, look for bitter foods such as dark green
salad greens and eat them first.
QUESTION: What is your suggestion for a flatulence remedy ?
ANSWER: Gas can be a sign of something else.
You may be swallowing to much air or it could be the foods you eat or
something completely different.
Eat slowly don't gulp food.
Watch what you eat, some foods can cause gas for some individuals:
such as beans, broccoli, cauliflower, some fats, milk and dairy
products, soy...etc. Try to relate your gaseous times with
certain foods and avoid them to see what happens.
Try Fennel chew the seeds, make a tea or take the extract, after meals
it is good for gas.
Also mild herbs such as Lemon Balm and Chamomile tea have been used.
In general bitter herbs are good for digestion you may want to employ
them to help with your digestive problems, read my other answers
online about bitters.
FOLLOW UP QUESTION ON ABOVE
Thank you for your response and advise. The advise you gave,
I am familiar with. I do eat too fast, and some foods I need to
avoid. Habits I have to correct. Also due to my age, the
intestines have slowed down their capacity to function. I also
have to consider myself a human skunk. When people, in various
settings and situations come too close, I either belch or fart.
For instance belching. More than once, while walking seemingly alone
in a quiet neighborhood, I will have a sudden belch. I have
learned to look around to see from where my unconscious mind has
picked up the presence of another human being. There is always someone
that I would have either not noticed because my mind was occupied with
the task at hand. Like someone working on a car in a driveway, and I
see that person once I pass. Or a person, ( or persons, more
than one belch ) coming towards me a short time later on a dark road.
Flatulence is somewhat similar in nature. It is however triggered by
something in my mind. It is especially severe after my evening meal while studying at my computer.
It really does not matter what I ate. There are some foods that give
me a more severe reaction as far as bloating and odor. My
active mind and apparent nervousness is the real problem. So
what should I supplement in my diet to minimize the eruptions?
Been thinking, experimenting and studying. This led me to the
latest insight. The pancreas. It supplies digestive enzymes to
QUESTION: To your knowledge. What herbs or foods are beneficial to a
healthy pancreas ?
ANSWER: I would suggest a bitter herb blends with
carminatives mixed in. Bitter herbs help improve digestion
including increasing secretion and production of all digestive juices
and increasing function and efficiency. The formula should be a
combination of warming and cooling bitters such as Angelica, Orange
Peel, Gentian, Artichoke and Dandelion along with some carminative
herbs such as peppermint or ginger, stay away from the Swedish Bitters
which have a laxative ingredients or Angustora Bitters which has only
one ingredient, Gentian.
Additionally, I would suggest it is a nervousness problem, I would try
a fresh extract of Oat tops and Saint Johnswort mixed with an
adaptogen such as Siberian Ginseng. This would be a custom blend
or you could get them individually and mix your own formula.