Diseases of the Urogenital System

Herbs For Diseases Of The Urogenital System Prescription For Nephritis Strategy Treat conventionally until the patient is stable in acute conditions. Treat the underlying etiology if known  (infectious, immune complexes, etc.). Consider ACE inhibitors and conventional renal support, appropriate diet therapy, and thromboxane and PAF inhibitors. Use alcohol or glycetract tinctures for best results; alternatively, use teas. Astragalus: Immune enhancing, cardiotonic, diuretic, hypotensive; 1 part. Dong guai: Blood tonic, circulatory stimulant, vasodilator; 1 part. Siberian ginseng: Immune modulating, adaptogen; 1 part. Hawthorn: Hypotensive, vasodilator, antioxidant, cardiotonic; 1 part. Ginkgo: Inhibits platelet activating factor, antioxidant, circulatory stimulant; 1 part. For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food. Consider using Cordyceps as well: Dried herb, 25 to 100 mg / kg divided daily if extracted and dried; triple or quadruple dose for unprocessed herb; tincture, 1:2 to 1:3: 0.5 to 2 mL per 10 kg (20 pounds) divided daily and diluted or combined with other herbs. Chinese herbal formulas including Rehmannia Read more […]

Diseases of the Digestive System

Herbs For Gastrointestinal Disorders Formulas For Gastrointestinal Conditions The formulas below are indicated for gingivitis, stomatitis, and periodontal disease; food allergy gastritis and enteritis; gastritis and vomiting; immune-mediated inflammatory bowel disease; internal parasites (coccidia, giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms); chronic active hepatitis and cholangiohepatitis; and acute and chronic pancreatitis. Strategy Implement appropriate lifestyle changes and appropriate diet. Monitor patients regularly, particularly if herbs are used as the sole treatment for early cases or if the animals are on conventional medication. Doses can be adjusted upwards if no changes of 20% per week have been observed. Doses of conventional medicines may need to be reviewed 1 to 2 weeks after commencing treatment with herbs. These formulas can be made as per the recipe or adapted from other recipes according to patient needs. They are formulated to allow substitution. Gingivitis and periodontal disease and stomatitis Implement dental prophylaxis and teeth cleaning. Use vulnery (wound healing), antiinflammatory, and antimicrobial herbs, and consider immune-supporting herbs. Improve peripheral circulation Read more […]

Prescriptions For Skin Diseases

The following prescriptions are suggested as a starting point. Herb selection depends on pathophysiology, the patient, the herbs most suited to the individual, and the actions of the herbs. General strategies Consider regulating or enhancing specific body systems, organs, or tissues, and using alteratives to correct imbalances. The gut-skin connection is a central consideration. While the action of alteratives is unclear, they are invaluable in the treatment of chronic allergic skin disease. Optimize nutrition, and improve vitality by using tonics and adaptogens. Concurrent conventional therapy may be required initially, and doses may need to be reduced after 4 to 6 weeks. Continue herbal therapy for a minimum of 3 months. Atopy and skin allergies Reduce exposure to known allergens. Consider an elimination diet, as well as herbs that modulate immunity (those that down regulate TH2 cells). Use herbs to reduce allergic pruritis and those with antiinflammatory action. Also consider herbs that inhibit mast cell release of histamine. For allergic dermatitis with either dry or moist skin lesions, give: Burdock: Depurative, mildly laxative, nutritive; 1 part. Red clover: Alterative; 1 part. Cleavers: Diuretic, Read more […]

Stress: Ginseng

Ginseng (Panax ginseng; Panax quinquefolius) Ginseng species include Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius, Asian and American ginseng, respectively. Panax notoginseng and Panax pseudoginseng are also ginsengs but are not discussed here. Eleutherococcus sentico-sus, formerly referred to as Siberian ginseng, is not, in fact, a ginseng. White and red ginsengs are both forms of Panax ginseng, white being unprocessed, and the red having been steam prepared. In TCM, white and red ginseng are considered to have different actions, the former being much less stimulating, and the latter being used for deep deficiencies and to move the qi. Western herbalists consider American ginseng to be less heating and gentler than either Asian ginseng, especially compared with red ginseng. The word Panax is derived from the word panacea in deference to wide-ranging uses from immune support to energy enhancement to promotion of longevity. Ginsenosides are considered to be the pharmacologically active components of ginseng; however, as stated in Wichtl, “the theory for its use in traditional medicine cannot be explained based on the criteria of western rational medicine.” Chinese medicine has included ginseng in its pharmacopoeias for Read more […]

TRITERPENOID AND STEROIDAL SAPONINS

Triterpenoids or triterpenoid saponins are pentacyclic molecules that are ultimately synthesized from isoprene. Steroidal saponins are tetracyclic molecules that are ultimately synthesized from acetyl coenzyme A (CoA). Although they are structurally distinct, molecules of both types have most properties in common. The only other major differences between these two groups of constituents is that triterpenoids tend to be acidic in pH and occur more commonly in dicots than in monocots, and steroidal saponins tend to be neutral in pH and occur more commonly in monocots than in dicots. Triterpenoids and steroidal saponins are inherently lipophilic. However, these molecules tend to occur as glycosides. Because of the large size of the saponin molecules, what results is that one end of the molecule (where the glycone is attached) is hydrophilic and the other end (the head of the aglycone) is hydrophobic. As a result of this, saponins act as emulsifying agents and detergents. When placed in water and shaken, they form foamy colloids and allow lipophilic and hydrophilic molecules to mix. Saponins can act as mild soaps by removing dirt particles, which gives them a soapy or acrid flavor. This property also seems to improve Read more […]