IBS, Cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
Wild yam Dioscorea villosa Hops Humulus lupulus Chamomile Matricaria recutita Peppermint Mentha piperata Fennel Foeniculum vugare Marshmallow Althaea officinalis Ginger Zingiber officinalis
Pain, Bloating, Flatulence
This tincture is recommended for symptoms of IBS including cramping, abdominal pain, bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhoea. The tincture includes antispasmodic herbs in combination with gentle bitter nervines, which promote digestion and tonify the nervous system. The tincture treats the causes, which are stress and hypochlorydria (low stomach acid) and alleviates the symptoms. It is wise to adopt a low reactive diet with an emphasis on reducing and rotating grains and milks, the most common suspects of which are dairy and wheat. Complete elimination is not advisable as it may increase sensitivity unless true allergy exists.
Mexican wild yam Dioscorea villosa – Wild yam is antispasmodic, antiinflammatory (possibly steroidal), antirheumatic, cholagogue, diuretic, expectorant, mild diaphoretic, relaxant for smooth muscle and a mild peripheral vasodilator. Wild yam contains steroidal saponins. Wild yam is indicated for bilious colic, intestinal colic, functional colitis, colonic spasm, dysentery, diverticulitis, acute phase of rheumatoid arthritis, muscular rheumatism, rheumatic inflammatory conditions, cramps and intermittent claudication, cholecystitis, dysmenorrhoea, ovarian and uterine pain. Dioscorea has traditionally been used for easing menstrual cramps and for threatened miscarriage. Its antispasmodic action makes it good for flatulence and colic caused by muscle spasm. The herb also promotes the flow of bile and is sometimes used to ease the colic of gallstones. It's anti-inflammatory action is due to the steroidal saponins, and it is often used for the inflammatory stage of rheumatoid arthritis. It has a diuretic affect which, combined with its antispasmodic action, makes it useful in painful conditions of the urinary tract. Its antispasmodic action also makes it useful for treating poor circulation and neuralgia. It is given for intermittent claudication (pain in the calves caused by spasms in the blood vessels supplying the leg muscles). Dioscorea contains hormonal substances very similar to progesterone.
Hops Humulus lupulus – Hops are anodyne, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antioxytocic, bitter, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, hypnotic, male anaphrodisiac, nervine, sedative, sopoforic, stomachic and tonic. Hops have a long and proven history of herbal use, where they are used for their soothing, sedative, tonic and calming effect on the body and the mind. Humulus is a central nervous system relaxant used to treat insomnia. Their strongly bitter flavour accounts for their ability to strengthen and stimulate the digestion, increasing gastric and other secretions. Humulus helps relieve tension and anxiety and may be used where tension results in restlessness, headache and indigestion. Alcoholic extracts of Humulus show a strong antispasmodic action on smooth muscle and is of benefit wherever there is visceral tension, for example, in nervous dyspepsia, nervous colitis, palpitations, nervous or irritable coughs, and asthma. It reduces the effects of the nervous system on the digestive system, whilst at the same time gently stimulates digestion. Its’ relaxing and astringent actions can be applied to mucous colitis as well as tense bowel states such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis or Crohn's disease. Humulone and lupulone have an anti-inflammatory action. These constituents are also antibacterial, particularly affecting gram-positive bacteria. The hairs on the fruits contain lupulin, a sedative and hypnotic drug. When given to nursing mothers, lupulin increases the flow of milk. Hops are said to remedy swellings and hardness of the uterus. The oestrogenic substances in Humulus may cause loss of libido in men. It has been used with some success in the treatment of premature ejaculation and priapism. Recent research suggests an anti-oxytocic property, supporting the claims for its use in dysmenorrhoea and amenorrhoea (particularly when associated with anorexia nervosa).
German Chamomile Matricaria recutita – Chamomile is anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, nervine, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilator. German chamomile is a well known herbal remedy and is much used in the West. In particular it is an excellent herb for treating various digestive disorders, nervous tension and irritability and is also used externally to treat skin problems. An infusion is particularly useful as a stomachic, nervine and sedative for young children, especially when they are teething. It is also used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia. The flowers contain various volatile oils including proazulenes. Upon steam distillation these proazulenes produce chamazulene, this is remarkably anti-allergenic and is useful in the treatment of asthma and hay fever. The flowers are sometimes added to cosmetics as an anti-allergenic agent.
Peppermint / Bo He Mentha piperata - Peppermint is antispasmodic, carminative, choleretic, diaphoretic, aromatic, nervine, antiemetic, peripheral vasodilator with a paradoxical cooling effect, cholagogue and bitter. Peppermint is indicated for intestinal colic, vomiting of pregnancy, flatulent dyspepsia, biliary disorders, common cold, dysmenorrhoea. Peppermint is specifically indicated in flatulent digestive pains. It has a notable action on the lower bowel. It reduces nausea and is helpful in travel sickness. It promotes sweating in fevers and influenza. As a nervine it acts as a tonic, easing anxiety, tension and hysteria. In dysmenorrhoea it relieves the pain and associated tension. The pharmacological actions of Mentha are largely due to the volatile oil, which is carminative and a potent spasmolytic, acting locally to produce visceral muscle relaxation. The volatile oil acts as a mild anaesthetic to the mucous membrane of the stomach, relieving nausea and the desire to vomit. It reduces the tone of the cardiac sphincter and relaxes the gastro-oesophageal sphincter, allowing expulsion of air in flatulent dyspepsia. It relieves colonic spasm and bowel irritability and is specific for IBS. Chronic disease of the pancreas also responds well to peppermint, as do abnormal fermentation processes in the intestine, for example, when the bowel flora is abnormal. Menthol is bactericidal and antiparasitic. Dissolved in alcohol, it is effective against ringworm and other fungal infestations. It is also four times as powerful an antiseptic as phenol. The flavonoids contribute to the spasmolytic activity, and flavonoids and phenolic acids to the choleretic activity. It promotes liver and gallbladder function. In TCM Peppermint is pungent, aromatic and cool and to enter the lung and liver meridians. It is said to expel wind-heat to treat fever, headache, and cough, clears head and eyes and aids throat, sore throat, red eyes, headache, clears rashes, and moves liver Qi stagnation to alleviate emotional, gynaecological and hypochondriacal disorders.
Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactogogue, hallucinogenic, circulatory stimulant, and stomachic. Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system. An infusion is used in the treatment of indigestion, abdominal distension, stomach pains etc. Fennel is often added to purgatives in order to allay their tendency to cause gripe, and also to improve flavour. An infusion of the seeds is a safe and effective cure for wind in babies and to promote breast milk in mothers.
Marshmallow root Althea officinalis– Marshmallow is anti-inflammatory, demulcent, diuretic, emollient and expectorant. Its abundance of mucilage makes marshmallow an excellent demulcent that is indicated for all inflammatory conditions of the GI tract, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, oesophagitis, gastritis, peptic ulceration, colitis etc. Priest & Priest says it is a "soothing demulcent indicated for inflamed and irritated states of mucous membranes. Particularly suitable for inflammatory conditions of the gastro-intestinal system such as gastroenteritis or diarrhoea”.
Purchasing and additional information
All herbs are 40 euro per bottle except for Carahealth Memory, Carahealth Antiageing, Carahealth Immune, Carahealth Male, Carahealth Adapt and Carahealth Anticancer, Carahealth Chemotherapy support and Carahealth Partus Prep which are 45 euro. Herbs are sold in a miniumum of 2 bottles at a time or one month supply (this can be a combination of 2 different tonics such as a Partus Prep and Birth Aid). This is because you will need a minimum of one month to see a real effect in chronic conditions, although if the herbal tonic is right for you, you should expect to see some improvement of your condition within the 2 weeks. Postage and packaging is 10 euro for 2 bottles to Ireland and UK. Contact me for postage rates to other countries. As a rough guide, I say for every year you have had a condition you need a month of treatment. The shop is in the process of being built, meanwhile, please email me your order and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Herbs are posted on receipt of payment and delivery is 3-5 days.
All herbal tinctures come in 200ml bottles, taken at either 5ml 3 x day or 7 1/2 ml 2 x day. One bottle taken at this therapeutic dose will last 2 weeks. All herbs are either 1 in 1s or 1 in 2s meaning they are 1 part herb in 1 or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1 in 3s or 1 in 5s. Therefore my tinctures are at least 2 x greater in strength and effectiveness. They are also organic or wildcrafted where available and I do not use endangered species.
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