Herbs For Those With Stomach Ache Ulcers and Heartburn

What is the biggest mistake people make about stomach ache?

Calling it stomach ache. The stomach (fortunately) does not ache. Usually when people say their stomach aches, they mean they have a gas pain. Gas pain can be severe pain. My friends who work in emergency rooms say you wouldn’t believe how many people come in for what turns out to be gas pain.

What herbal allies would you recommend for those dealing with:

HEARTBURN?

Herbalists, myself included, see heartburn as a lack of HCL (hydrochloric acid) in the stomach, instead of the prevalent opinion, that it is caused by too much acid. So instead of trying to turn off production of HCL (as drugs attempt to do), herbalists seek herbs that increase HCL, such as dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).

You can use any part of dandelion: the flowers make dandelion wine, you can cook the greens, or eat them in salad, you can even cook the root, or make a vinegar with it (my favorite), or tincture it. Some people make a coffee substitute from roasted dandelion root. Any way you take it seems to work. (A standard dose would be 10-20 drops of the root tincture taken at the beginning of the meal.) Dandelion, and its friend chicory (Cichorium intybus), which is a fine substitute should you have access to one and not the other, are true tonics. That is, the more you take them, the less you need them. You don’t have to keep taking this remedy forever. After 3-6 weeks you’ll find you need it less and less.

In Europe it is customary to take bitters before a big meal. Most mild bitters, such as yellow dock (Rumex crispus), cronewort/mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), gentian (Gentiana lutea), barberry (Berberis vulgaris), and Oregon grape are liver tonics and digestives. They aid in digestion, and decrease risk of heartburn, by increasing production of both HCL and bile.

A few more tips for those who suffer from heartburn:

  • Eat less at each meal
  • Stay upright after eating; no lounging around or sleeping
  • Avoid eating late at night
  • Reduce the amount of coffee you drink
  • Don’t overdo it with the orange juice, either
  • Use slippery elm lozenges (available in health food stores) for immediate relief from heartburn

2B. ULCERS?

The herbs that increase HCL in the stomach, such as dandelion, also decrease ulcers, which are the result of a bacterial infection. When stomach acid is increased, that bacteria has a harder time of it and is less likely to cause ulcers.

Amusing isn’t it that medical science says “OK, there must be a mind/body connection, because gastrointestinal ulcers are caused by stress”; only to find out what my herbal teachers taught me long ago: bacteria cause ulcers.

Here’s one way to kill that bacteria (besides taking drugs): Get a food grater with a very fine grating side. Grate a large potato as finely as possible. Into another bowl, grate ¼ to ½ of a cabbage. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes, until liquid starts to collect in the bottom of the bowls. Use your hand, or something hard, to press and squeeze the potato until it is dry. Throw away the pulp and keep the liquid. Repeat with the cabbage. Don’t use a juicer. There are plant starches that you don’t get when you use a juicer. A food processor is ok.

Put the liquids in separate jars in the refrigerator, taking 1-3 tablespoonfuls 2-3 times a day. The more severe the symptoms, the larger and more frequent the dose would be. I expect symptomatic relief within 36-48 hours. But this remedy is safe to take for weeks at a time if needed.

If you can’t make the potato liquid, you can buy potato starch and mix it with water. Instead of the cabbage liquid, you could buy coleslaw. It isn’t the same as grating the potato and the cabbage, but it is better than nothing. And even if it doesn’t work as fast, if that is what is available to you, use it.

2C. STOMACH ACHE?

To me, this means gas pain. Herbs that relieve gas pain are called “carminatives” because they make you “sing” (carmen). Many aromatic herbs are carminatives, especially the seeds of members of the Apiaceae family including dill seed, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. Just put a big spoonful in a cup, cover well with boiling water, steep five minutes, sweeten if you like, and drink.

Ginger is another readily-available carminative. Especially warming to the gut. You can make a tea with powdered ginger, or use up to a tablespoon of fresh ginger per cup of water for a strong brew. Ginger works best sweetened with honey. NASA found it would counter the nausea of space-sickness. You can also buy crystallized or candied ginger to take traveling with you.

The fastest remedy for gas pain is two capsules of acidophilus. I expect pain relief in 5-10 minutes. And I don’t pay much attention to the expiration date on it. I keep mine in the refrigerator, and use them so rarely that I often have a bottle for ten years – and they still work.

Eating yogurt helps prevent gas pain, and can be used as a remedy, but it is not as fast as the acidophilus. A quart of yogurt a week is a good goal. And buy plain yogurt. No need to pay a fancy price for white sugar and poor quality fruit. Add maple syrup or honey and fruit of your choice, fresh or frozen at home. Make your own fantasy yogurt creation.

And the bitter tonic herbs mentioned above are also excellent allies to take long-term if you have frequent gas pains.

When I was in Spain I often had to eat late at night. Then I would take a sip of their very strong coffee, served in tiny cups. It had just the right amount of push to get that food into my digestive tract and still allow me to fall asleep at a reasonable time.

But most people in America drink coffee in the morning on an empty stomach. Might this be one reason so many are in such digestive distress? Instead of coffee, try this:

  • Put one ounce by weight of dried peppermint leaf in a quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water.
  • Cap tightly and allow to steep for 4-8 hours. (OK to let it steep while you sleep.)
  • Strain the plant material out after the allotted time, squeezing it well.
  • Then drink the liquid: hot or cold, salty or sweetened, with milk or whiskey or what have you.
  • Refrigerate what you don’t drink then. This will stay good in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Peppermint helps move the intestines and make you feel really awake, just like coffee. I would not use it if someone were feeling nauseated, as it tastes vile on the way back out.

3. CAN PEOPLE EXPECT QUICK RELIEF FROM THESE REMEDIES?

(See above)

With dandelion, you often see results in the first 24 hours.

4. HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU HAVE TO TAKE THESE REMEDIES?

(See above)

5. DO YOU THINK THE PUBLIC DISMISSES HERBAL REMEDIES AS A LAST RESORT?

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 90% of the health care given on any day is given in the home by the woman of the home. Just by cooking dinner a woman can heal her family and keep them healthy. She can protect her husband’s heart by using lots of garlic. And protect his libido by serving less soy.

Many Americans have food phobias. Think about how many people are frightened of drinking milk. How many won’t eat bread. I go into the health food store to get bread and there are loaves with no flour, and those with no yeast, and those without wheat, and I wonder where all the bread has gone.

We have a national history of food phobias, starting with Graham (inventor of the healthy graham cracker), continuing with Kellogg (of breakfast flake fame), and right into the modern day’s current fads (no fat? no carbs? all protein? all raw?). Not too much has really changed. More and more people are learning about herbal medicine, but I am sure many of them think it is difficult and arcane. They may be unaware that herbal medicine is the medicine for the people, of the people, and by the people.

6. ARE THERE ANY WARNINGS ABOUT ANY OF THE HERBAL REMEDIES TAKEN TO RELIEVE STOMACH ACHE?

I specialize in safe, food-like herbs. I prefer them to drug-like herbs. The remedies I have suggested here are as safe as foods, taken in food-like quantities. When herbs are powdered and encapsulated, they can be dangerous. They are more like a drug and you have to be more careful. I use herbs because they aren’t drugs.

7. ARE THERE FOODS THAT CAN INITIATE A STOMACH ACHE?

Beans! The magical fruit. So good for us, but so hard on the guts. And even worse when they are soy beans. The gas people get from tofu and tempe and soy beverage is outrageous.

From regular beans, try this simple five-step approach – guaranteed to reduce how much you “toot”

  • Soak your beans overnight in a generous amount of cold water. Add a piece of wakame or kombu if desired.
  • Rinse beans thoroughly in cold water (retain seaweed).
  • Cover beans with fresh cold water, add retained seaweed, and cook until tender.
  • Cool.
  • Reheat beans to serve.

8. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Yes, I believe all peppers are upsetting to the digestive tract. I suggest avoiding black pepper and cayenne, jalapeno and all others if you are prone to heartburn, have frequent gas pain, or suffer from irritable bowel or even simple diarrhea.

Green Blessings!

Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

Women’s Sexual Health – Increasing it Naturally With Proven Herbs

Here we will look at womens sexual health and while much has been written on lack of male sex drive, many women lose their libido and here we are going to look at the key causes and how to reignite it naturally…

Let’s look at the physical causes first.

Lack of nitric oxide and poor blood circulation. This is the chemical which plays a vital role in dilating the blood vessels which allows stronger blood flow to genitals increasing sexual pleasure providing a satisfying orgasm. For peak sexual wellness you must have strong blood flow to the sexual organs and it’s also vital for overall well being.

Low testosterone is another cause. Although seen as male hormone it is also vital for women’s sexual health.

Another common cause is low levels of estrogen which plays a critical role in women’s sexuality. Low estrogen levels are associated with lack of sex drive, arousal, and issues which make intercourse painful.

Mind and Spirit

While physical problems can result in loss of libido there are mental issues which can sap sex drive.
Stress, Fatigue, anxiety and tiredness can all affect libido, making you feel not in the mood.

It’s important therefore to enhance mood and this comes from a brain which is nourished, receives well oxygenated blood, and has correct hormonal balance. When your spirit is filled with feelings of well being, you feel happier, you feel sensual, and you are in the mood for sex.

Let’s look at some herbs to lift libido and start with one which is known as the ultimate herb for women:

Dong Quai

Contains vitamins E, A and B12 and high in tannins. Medical research has identified at least six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide, Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides. These elements can help reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels.

Here are some of the ways it helps libido

” Enhances the effects of ovarian and testicular hormones

” Helps regulating blood sugar levels and lowers blood pressure

” Relieves insomnia

” Brings relief from symptoms of PMS, migraine headaches, abdominal pain and arthritis

” Helps resume normal menstruation after using birth control pills

” Acts as a mild sedative to relive both stress and anxiety

” Strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising

” Relieves menopausal conditions like vaginal dryness and hot flushes

This herb is simply a great one for women to take and acts as a base to build on – now let’s add in some other powerful herbs to compliment it.

Damiana

This herb is well known for its affect on sex drive and positive effects on the reproductive organs. Damiana acts to relax the body and mind reducing stress and anxiety. It is also known to relieve headaches during menstruation. Finally, it helps to balance female hormone levels and control hot flushes.

Satavri

Shatavri strengthens and increases muscle tone, moistens dry tissues of the female sexual organs, kidneys, stomach and lungs, and increases overall body strength. Shatavri also helps increase levels of testosterone in the body naturally.

Schisandra

Schisandra has a vasodilatory effect which increases blood flow to the female pelvic region.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha energizes and rejuvenates the body and is a great tonic herb. It combats stress and tiredness and enhances vitality. It is a great herb for promoting overall sexual and reproductive balance.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo has acts as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its effect on the vascular system, and as a treatment for a number of neurological and circulatory problems. It is also a great blood tonic enhancing blood flow to the pelvic region.

Avena Sativa

Avena Sativa helps the body relax and enhances sensitivity of the whole vagina region.

The above combination of herbs combat both the physical and mental issues that can sap sex drive and enhances overall wellbeing at the same time.

Today, many companies are realizing its not just men that suffer from low libido, there are millions of wome These compaines are responding by blending powerful herbal pills, containing the above ingredients and more, to help women’s overall wellness and sexual health.

Herbs For Hard Erections That Work Quickly

You don’t need to use drugs to get a strong erection and here we will look at proven herbs for hard erections that work safely and quickly to give you the rock hard erection you have always wanted…

Before we look at the herbs themselves let’s look at the erection process and how it occurs and the reasons men have erection problems.

One of the main causes is sluggish blood circulation and sex drive and your erection relies on a strong blood circulation to the genitals. As soon as you become aroused, your heart rate increases and blood is pumped to the penis to fill it with blood.

The blood to enter the penis when it arrives needs to be let in and this involves the realize of a chemical called nitric oxide in the blood vessels which enables them to expand enough for the increased rush of blood to enter. Nitric oxide is the key to an erection and if you are not producing enough, you will never get an erection – period.

There are other contributing factors – you need to be in general good health of course and have enough testosterone the key make sex hormone as well as plenty of energy, as fatigue and stress can cause havoc with libido.

So let’s now look at our selection of herbs for hard erections that best herbal sex pills will contain and remember there is no one herb that works on all areas, you need to combine several and this combination is proven to work.

Ginkgo Biloba

This herb is well know as a libido enhancer and tonic herb and is one of the most effective herbs for increasing blood flow around the body and to all the extremities including the genitals. It also protects blood vessels and keeps them clear of obstructions. It plays a key role by also increasing the half-life of the endothelium relaxation factor, which helps maintain a strong erection for longer.

Cnidium

Cnidium, a plant found in china has been popular in Chinese medicine to treat libido problems and is now becoming better known in the west. The herb works just like Viagra to increase nitric oxide release in the blood vessels and inhibit PDE-5.Cnidium also helps promote better blood circulation throughout the whole body and is also a blood tonic.

Horny Goat Weed

This is another herb which is great for enhancing nitric oxide levels and also increases testosterone. On a mental level, it fights stress and fatigue and increases energy, which is reflected in increased sexual drive and libido.

Tribulus Terrestris

Tibulus can improve libido and enhances sexual performance. The herb acts as a circulatory system tonic and helps to build muscle and strength and muscle recovery time. It also enhances testosterone levels in the body and is believed to keep sperm healthy. Tibulus contains protodioscin which is a saponin constituent and known to improve libido and help cure impotence.

Get them ALL in Safe Herbal Sex Pills

There are other herbs but these 4 cover the key areas that cause erection problems. There are others and the best sex pills will blend these and others into natural powerful libido enhancing pills that can get you a harder erection safely. Herbs for hard erections work so try them and get the erection you desire safely naturally and quickly.