Heartburn, peptic ulceration and gastritis
Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus MarshmallowAlthaea officinalis Meadow sweet Filipendula ulmaria LiquoriceGlycyrrhiza glabra
This mix contains bladderwrack, which has a chemical constituent called alginic acid, which swells upon contact with water, forming a type of "seal" at the top of the stomach, and for this reason is used in several over-the-counter preparations for heartburn. This is combined with soothing herbs with demulcent properties to alleviate inflammation and irritation of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. The tincture counters excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration and gastritis.
Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus - Bladderwrack is antihypothyroid and antirheumatic. The main use of bladder wrack in herbal medicine is as a source of iodine, an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladder wrack is useful in the treatment of underactive thyroid glands (hypothyroidism) and goitre. It helps relieve rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic conditions such as gout. A chemical constituent of bladder wrack called alginic acid swells upon contact with water, forms a type of "seal" at the top of the stomach, and for this reason is used in several over-the-counter preparations for heartburn. Bladder wrack should not be used in cases of hyperthyroidism or cardiac problems, during pregnancy and lactation or acne.
Marshmallow Althaea officinalis – Marshmallow is antitussive, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, laxative and odontalgic. Its soothing demulcent properties make it very effective in treating inflammation and irritation of the mucous membranes such as the alimentary canal, the urinary and the respiratory organs. The root counters excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration and gastritis. An infusion of the leaves is used to treat cystitis and frequent urination.
Meadow sweet Filipendula ulmaria – Meadow sweet is an alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, stomachic and tonic. Meadowsweet has a very long history of herbal use; it was one of the three most sacred herbs of the Druids. The flower head contains salicylic acid, from which the drug aspirin can be synthesised. Unlike the extracted aspirin, which can cause gastric ulceration at high doses, the combination of constituents in meadowsweet act to protect the inner lining of the stomach and intestines whilst still providing the anti-inflammatory benefits of aspirin. The herb is a valuable medicine in the treatment of diarrhoea. It is considered specific in the treatment of children's diarrhoea. It is also considered to be a useful stomachic, being used to treat hyperacidity, heartburn, gastritis and peptic ulcers, for which it is one of the most effective plant remedies. Meadowsweet is also effective against the organisms causing diphtheria, dysentery and pneumonia.
Liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra – Liquorice is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative, pectoral, and tonic. It is a very sweet, moist, soothing herb that detoxifies and protects the liver and is also powerfully anti-inflammatory, being used in conditions as varied as arthritis and mouth ulcers. The constituents, glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid, inhibit 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. This inhibition blocks metabolism of prostaglandins E and F2 alpha and may be responsible for peptic ulcer healing. Liquorice root is used in cough medicines and in the treatment of catarrhal infections of the urinary tract. It is taken internally in the treatment of Addison's disease, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, peptic ulcers, gastric and duodenal ulcers, arthritis, allergic complaints and following steroidal therapy where is tonifies the adrenal gland. In TCM liquorice is said to be sweet, neutral and warm. It enters all 12 meridians but mainly the heart, lung, spleen and stomach meridians. Liquorice tonifies the spleen & stomach Qi and is used to treat digestive disorders, moisten the lungs and stops dry cough, tonifies the heart Qi to regulates pulse, clears heat & toxic fire, alleviates pain, stops spasms, harmonise & moderates the characteristics of other herbs and is an antidote for toxicity. It should be used in moderation and should not be prescribed for pregnant women or people with high blood pressure, kidney disease or taking digoxin-based medication. Prolonged usage raises the blood pressure and causes water retention.
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.
Whilst the Carahealth Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, I recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult. I accept no resposibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although my Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy). I can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medications but would like a consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.
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