John Heinermann in Nature's Super 7 Medicines (Prentice
Hall,1997) states the both protein and carbohydrates
adversely affect the bioavailability of Siberian
Ginseng, as does many other herbs, including chili or
cayenne pepper (pp173, 174).
I assume this means Siberian ginseng should be taken
between meals, on an empty stomach. Is this so?
I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, together with a
condition which compromises my walking (the effort
required is similar to walking through deep soft sand)
for which I have recently started taking gelsemium and
have gained some relief. I take Siberian Ginseng with
Ginkgo, olive leaf extract and a multi vitamin
immediately on rising and find my stamina has improved
as long as I donít allow myself to get too fatigued and
note that Heinermann states Siberian Ginseng enhances
the uptake of many other herbals and drugs. In my case I
have been able to do a longer period of heavy gardening
than previous, up to three hours when previously the
heavy tasks were becoming untenable (I am 76). As I live
in a severe fire risk area of Western Australia this is
a great relief.
Having gained so much to complain about not being able
to have a cup of coffee on rising appears petulant. I
had found the coffee did help with the lethargy caused
by my health problems and while its use is criticized by
many feel it is a genuine herbal when used in my
instance. What is your advice in my instance? Thank you
for your assistance.
From reading what you wrote I believe those were his
intentions. Please remember that any herbal in extract
works better and faster. On the coffee issue, based
on the information you give me, I would not ban you from
having a cup.
Regarding Wheatgrass. Is there any problem for a
person in good health to take Wheatgrass? Some think it
might act as a tonic or Vitamin Supplements and throw
off the balance of a healthy person who doesn't need the
Supplement? And what would be the ideal dosage? Should
I take breaks or is it ok to take daily for long periods
of time? It "cured" my migraine headaches. But if I
quit taking it for 2-3 days, the headaches come back in
force. Thank you for any information. Also, what would
you recommend for my sister who has fibromyalgia, what
is the best way to relieve her pain?
Thank you kindly for the inquiry. I feel as the
scripture says, "wheat is the staff of life of man".
Especially the ancient grains, not the hybrid grains, of
today that are making so many people ill, with allergy
If you are sprouting the wheat, make sure it is not
a hybrid, use Kamut, Spelt, etc. Some people
react adversely to the wheatgrass. Either it detoxes
them too fast or it upsets their system in some way.
Listen closely to your body, and you will know if you
are in touch with how good it is or isn't for you.
In today's world, with the amount of toxins we
ingest and breathe in, if your body likes it, use it! I
suggest using it 6 days a week, take a rest day off.
Every 2-3 months, take a week or two off, or less if you
feel you need less. This way your body will be able to
tell you if something is amiss, or just absorb nutrients
on another level.
I personally feel, it is a wonderful tool of health
for the body. I do not recommend using wheatgrass, and
then eating a diet daily, that is laden with toxic
foods, sugar white flour heavy meats etc. This would
likely cause greater feeling of ill health and unease,
due to toxins.
For Fibromylagia, I suggest you read the download,
and add to this our blend, called Free Flowin, it is
wonderful for chronic inflammation, and pain. I suggest
she find a well recommended acupuncturist in the area,
and see them, regularly for a couple of months, then
occasionally as she needs to. This will bring relief and
a new sense of well being to her, along with the diet
and herbs. Essential fatty acids are very good, and
should be in the diet, nuts, seeds, fish if not
Anything that slows her body down, and makes her
feel lagging, in any way is suspect for her to eat. For
a time, her diet may be very limited until she finds
what agrees with her. Inflammation causing foods, or
stress are the enemy.
Use diet, cleansing, acupuncture, massage ,
reflexology, and hot/cold water baths and saunas also.
Skin bruising is excellent in restoring a sense of well
being and healthy circualtion, and movement of stagnant
CHil or vital force.
I hope you find this helpful.
ANSWERS FROM KAREN MALLENGER
For the past three years or so I have been suffering
from chronic fatigue, and I am only twenty-one years
old. Ever since I was a child I expressed feelings of
constantly being tired. I've had a very pale complexion
and dark circles around my eyes for the majority of my
life. Six years ago my dark eye circles began to get
worse, they are constantly dark and have a sunken look.
My eyelids are droopy, and there is an evident loss of
collagen. One dermatologist told me that I have
hyperpigmentation, another told me that he only saw
dilated blood vessels. If I look closely at my eyes I
see big green and red veins, but they are covered by the
extra pigment or darkness. Many sources say that the eye
darkness is due to kidney problems. Is it? My doctor
told me that I have a mild case of anemia, six years ago
one doctor told me that I might have a liver problem,
because they found blood in my urine. I have a very
mild case of psoriasis, that has recently been getting
worse. My liver was tested around a year ago and the
test came back negative. I drink a great deal of water,
but my urine is constantly acidic, and sometimes
odorous. As a child I had tuberculosis, but I received
treatment for it and have not had it since. I am also
suffering from depression. Two years ago I used to take
Paxil, but I did not feel that it was working for me so
I stopped taking it. I am still depressed. I am also
over weight, around 30 pounds. Lately, I've been
running, but I guess I over did it and now my right knee
hurts too much to go up and down stairs, and certainly
to run. I suffer from body dysmorphic disorder due to my
severe under eye circles/ dilated blood vessels and
weight. I dropped out of college around two years ago
and I have basically been wasting my life. I don't go
outside I just stay home and watch TV. This is due to my
lack of energy, and severe depression/body dysmorphic
disorder. I also suffer from some kind of sinus problem,
because I can't breathe well through my nose. What is
wrong with me? I am also very constipated. Do I have
leaky gut syndrome or auto -intoxication? Please help me
find herbs that will help with: 1)my severely dark eye
circles/ dilated blood vessels w/ the loss of collagen
2) my very pale complexion (everyone in my family has an
olive skin tone) 3) my severe lack of energy 4) my
depression 5) my knee pain 6) my dark and acidic urine
7) my constipation 8) my mild case of psoriasis 9) my
being overweight 10) my sinus issues. Thank you very
much for your time.
ANSWER: With all the issues you've brought up, my
recommendation is that you go to see a medical
professional and have a full blood chemistry done as
well as a urinalysis. That will give you a better idea
of the condition of your system. My first thought is to
improve your diet. With all these symptoms, I'm sure you
aren't eating a healthy diet. Stay away from processed
foods, exercise every day, even if it's only walking
down the block and back. Get professional medical
advise. There's way too much going on here to pinpoint
what the problem is.
ANSWERS FROM DAVID BRILL