BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
QUESTION: Iím a little
bit concerned what side effects can be produce by
mixing: B Complex, milk thistle, ginger, omega 3,
collagen and artichoke. Iím feeling a bit swollen!
ANSWER: I suggest
eliminating the B-complex, the collagen and the
artichoke. Re-introduce them one at a time and see if
there are any bad reactions.
ANSWERS FROM LORYHL:
Whenever I eat my stomach bloats and I get a very bad
pain in my abdomen. It does
not seem to matter what I eat because it happens every
time. The doctors I have seen
cannot seem to tell me why this is happening and I am
getting frustrated. Is there
anything I can take that may help? I am miserable for a
couple hours after I eat and
then the pain seems to go away.
is hard to give a complete suggestion for you, not
knowing much about you. If you are a woman, I would
suggest, you get the cervical blood test done, CA-125,
to make sure all is well in the cervix.
And even if you are a woman, or a man I
suggest the following to you:
- download and read the suggested diet and cleansing
sheet, make a serious effort to continue to care about
yourself, and make the changes both mentally and
physically you will need to cleanse and heal your body
- not drinking with your meals, and learning how to
"food combine" will be an important part of this, so
that your body has the right kinds of digestive juices
to move foods through without discomfort, and to get the
most nutrition, eating compatible foods, look up food
combining on Amazon.com, and buy a book on it, if you
are having trouble email back, and I will suggest, it is
a whole other topic to discuss, and is a major
contributor to your after dinner discomfort.
- it is possible you have candida in your digestive
tract , parasites, or other toxins
- get the herbs and supplements you will need to make a
change in your body
- do have a sauna at least 2 times per week, as long as
your blood pressure can handle it, rinse with cold water
after, and vigourously towel rub skin or skin brush, in
- do put castor oil "packs" on your abdomen, nightly,
this will help draw out the toxins, and move the
stagnations, and inflammation there, along with the
- start right now, to drink, 1/4 c, sipping, 1/2 hr
before each meal, organic aloe vera juice, this will
immediately begin to help the stomach and release mucous
and toxin from the gut, gently
If you would like to order the herbs and
get more info, please do call
ANSWERS FROM KAREN:
I have a question regarding dandelion and nettle seed in
helping eliminate fluid retention in the body such as
upper back, legs, hands, and face, etc. Fluid retention
due to chronic kidney disease
What I would like to know is how long does it take for
these supplements to start working? What amount should
you take with a body weight 125lbs? & if there are any
serious side effects to be aware of?
Thank you for taking the time to help me. I enjoy
reading the answers to the questions!
Dandelion and nettle are wonderful as diuretics, but
they are not a cure all. You also need to ensure that
you are eating correctly, cutting out the salt,
exercising and most importantly, drinking plenty of
water. Most women assume because they are retaining
water, they should stop drinking. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Make sure you are well-hydrated.
I personally prefer teas, but capsules are OK as long as
you can verify that the herbs in them are organic. If
not, I'd go to the health food store and get some good
organic tea. Follow the directions on the bottle. For
teas, I usually suggest 3-4 cups a day for 3-4 months if
you are trying to work on a particular issue. Keep in
mind, that if you don't have a total wellness plan, your
results may not be what you're expecting. Herbs are not
some miracle cure that you can take one time and still
keep putting garbage into your body. It needs to be a
total wellness lifestyle if you truly want to change
I find that I'm bloated a lot of the time, and I can't
figure out why. I eat very healthy, but for some
reason I retain a lot of water. Is there any vitamins I
can take to get rid of this? Also, are almonds good for
you? I know they have a lot of protein, but is there
anything that bad for you in them? I have almonds pretty
much everyday, could that be the problem??? Thank you...
I look forward to hearing your response.
Are you certain the bloating is water retention? Are you
noticing any swelling in your fingers and ankles?
My favorite herb for water retention is dandelion. To
help you with this, you need to eliminate salt from your
diet. Try herbs or "Mrs.. Dash" on your food instead.
Drink unsweetened Cranberry Juice every day. Also, you
need to be drinking plenty of water. If we aren't
getting enough fluids, sometimes the body will "retain"
so it has enough to function. So don't think because
you're retaining water, you should drink less! Drink
plenty and flush your system out. I have a special tea I
make for water retention if you're interested. E-mail
me with the word ORDER in your subject line for more
info. In answer to your other question, yes,
almonds are very good for you. Taken in moderation of
course. They have a lot of fat. Unless of course, you
are allergic to them. Many people have an allergy to
nuts. But if you have no adverse symptoms, then eat up!
That is, unless your almonds are in a chocolate bar!!
CONTINUATION OF ABOVE CONSULT
QUESTION: Yes I do have gas that buildings up and
will not release. There is no heartburn associated with
this at all. No there is no water retention but there
is one thing I did note, when I drink water I do get a
bloating. Strange huh?
Have you seen a doctor at all about this? I think I
would check with them to ensure it is not a gall
bladder, hiatal hernia or peptic ulcer. The following
herbs are helpful with bloating: cinnamon, gentian,
horehound, dandelion and caraway. Any of these herbs
taken in a tea 3 to 4 times a day may provide some
relief for you.