Herbal medicine uses medicinal plants to treat a broad range of health conditions.
Various kinds of plant material (flowers, fruits, leaves, roots, bark or whole plants) may be used fresh, dried or powdered, as infusions (hot water extractions), capsules, creams, tablets or tinctures (alcohol based extractions) to treat or prevent illness and restore health.
80% of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from herbs however they have terrible side effects. Herbs on the other hand, contain powerful constituents that mimic the actions of drugs or hormones to exert their effect, without the harmful side effects.
The philosophy is rooted in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when a metaphysical theory called the Doctrine of Signatures was observed in the prescription of herbs for certain ailments. The basic premise behind the theory is 'like cures like” Simply put, a plant's physical characteristics revealed its uses for healing.
As Carl Jung nicely explained, the idea behind the Doctrine was refreshingly simple. Herbalists would observe the physical form of a plant to construe the types of illnesses it could help to cure. By noting aspects such as the colour of a plant's roots, the shape of its leaves, or the area in which it grew, they would attempt to determine how to use it.
The fact that daisies resembled eyes, meant that they could treat eye complaints. Plants with red roots or flowers were thought to help cure blood disorders, herbs with yellow flowers or roots could alleviate the problems associated with jaundice. In fact, I prescribe chrysanthemum effectively for eye complaints, red hawthorn berries for heart complaints and yellow burdock root for liver complaints etc.
Whilst I am a traditional old school herbalist and use time tested herbal formulas one thing I do in particular that sets me apart from other herbalists is that I aim to match the pharmacological effects of drugs with natural alternatives found in herb. For examle Western medicine uses a drug called Finasteride to treat prostate cancer. Finasteride is a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor that inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a potent cancer promoting testosterone. The herb Saw Palmetto is a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor and can also be used to treat prostate cancer with no unwanted side effects.
Carahealth Anticancer contains blend of herbs formulated to treat the scientific causes of cancer, which are excess inflammation, genetic mutation, hyperproliferation of cells, increased angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) and immune system suppression. Western medicine is now targeting these specific causes of cancer with new anticancer drugs, particularly RTK inhibitors. Herbal medicine in my opinion has a far better ability to directly target all the causes of cancer whilst avoiding unwanted side effects.
The herbs in Carahealth Anticancer are natural COX and LOX and IL6 inhibitors, which prevent inflammatio,n and RTK inhibitors, which prevent formation of new blood vessels to a tumour. Carahealth Anticancer has also been formulated specifically to reduce aromatase and betaglucaronidase activity. In women, aromatase is an enzyme in fat cells that converts weak oestrogen into cancer causing oestrogen. Betaglucaronidase, is a bowl enzyme involved in the reconjugation of weak oestrogen to cancer promoting oestrogen in the bowel. These enzymes are also implicated in the formation of prostate cancer. Traditional herbal actions included are alteratives (blood cleansers) and tonic herbs.
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