arthritis

  •  Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & gout. Rheumatism is a non-specific good old fashioned Naturopathic term for medical problems affecting the joints and connective tissue. Contains antirheumatic herbs that are alteratives (gradually restore the proper functioning of the whole body to restore health & vitality) & diuretics to assist in the removal of uric acid via the kidneys to reduce build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints that contribute to the gout pain. It also contains anti-inflammatory & anodyne herbs to alleviate swelling, pain & redness.

  • free radical and antioxidant

    A Free Radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. It is highly unstable because of this & roams around in the circulation, stealing electrons from healthy cells, thereby destroying those cells.

  • arthritis 

    Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Degenerative wear & tear changes occur over years of use. Damage to the cartilage results in the release of enzymes that destroy the collagen matrix. This results in pain, swelling, stiffness & restricted mobility. 

  • Chronic Pain Relief contains a strong combination of anodyne (pain relieving), antispasmodics, anti-inflammatory & antirheumatic herbs formulated to relieve muscular, joint & neurological pain. 

    Jamaica Dogwood Piscidia erythrina, Cramp bark Viburnum opulus, Wild yam Dioscorea villosa, White Willow Salix alba, Valerian Valeriana officinalis, Devil's claw Harpagophytum procumbens, Opium Lettuce Lactuca Virosa

    Used specifically to alleviate any pain including chronic muscular pain, arthritic & gout pain, severe neurological pain, headaches, migraines & period pain. It can be used in conjunction with pain killers however will reduce the need for them so medication will need to be adjusted accordingly

    Traditional Indications

    • Arthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthrtitis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Muscle pain
    • Nerve pain
    • Period pain
    • Headaches / Migraines
    • Neurological pain (MS Parkinson’s)
    • Fibromyalgia

    This tincture contains a blend of anondyne, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic herbs used specifically to alleviate any pain including chronic muscular pain, arthritic and gout pain, severe neurological pain, headaches and migraines and period pain. For labour pains use the Carahealth Birth Aid. It relieves gall-stone pain and renal colic. It can be used in conjunction with pain killers however will reduce the need for them. Medication will need to be adjusted accordingly. In fact Carahealth Pain Relief can assist people to come off traditional painkillers.

    Jamaica Dogwood Piscidia erythrina- Jamaica dogwood is anodyne, anti-spasmodic and nervine. Jamaican Dogwood is a powerful sedative, used in its West Indian homeland as a fish poison. Whilst not being poisonous to humans, the given dosage level should not be exceeded. It is a powerful remedy for the treatment of painful conditions such as neuralgia and migraine. It can also be used in the relief of ovarian and uterine pain. Its main use is perhaps in insomnia where this is due to nervous tension or pain. It is indicated for inflammatory fever of any character, and in inflammatory rheumatism. In violent spasmodic cough it produces relief, in phthisis it controls the night cough and induces restful sleep. It is a specific in whooping cough. It can provide pain relief in acute intestinal colic, gall-stone colic and renal colic, It has been used to lessen labour pains. Facial neuralgia seems particularly amenable to the action of piscidia. Ovarian neuralgia and pains due to straining on the uterine ligaments in displacement and tumour, are relieved by this remedy. It seems to have a satisfactory influence on all pelvic pain. In obstetrics it controls erratic pains and conduces to quiet and rest, and overcomes rigidity by its specific relaxing or antispasmodic influence, although it does not interfere with the normal uterine contractions. In the distress following the adjustment of fractured bones or reduction of dislocations, it is especially useful and satisfactory.

    Opium Lettuce Lactuca Virosa - Lactuca virosa is anodyne, antispasmodic, digestive, hypnotic, narcotic, sedative and tonic. Lactuca has mild analgesic and sedative effects which are similar to those of ibuprofen. The sap contains 'lactucarium', which is used in medicine for its anodyne, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic, narcotic and sedative properties. Lactucarium has the effects of a feeble opium, but without its tendency to cause digestive upsets, nor is it addictive. It is taken internally in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, neuroses, hyperactivity in children, dry coughs, whooping cough, rheumatic pain etc. The plant also contains 'hyoscyamine', a powerful depressant of the parasympathetic nervous system. The plant should be used with caution, and never without the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Even normal doses can cause drowsiness whilst excess causes restlessness and overdoses is possible. The amount in this tonic is within recommended therapeutic doses and is safe.

    Cramp bark Viburnum opulus - Vib Op is anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, sedative, smooth and skeletal muscle relaxant, cardiac tonic, and uterine relaxant. It is indicated for cramps, ovarian and uterine pains, spasmodic muscular cramp, uterine dysfunction, menopausal metrorrhagia, threatened miscarriage, partus preparator, infantile enuresis. Viburnum opulus is a specific remedy for visceral tensions. It helps to relax muscular tension and spasm and is primarily used in the treatment of muscular cramps and ovarian and uterine muscle problems. It relaxes the uterus and relieves the painful cramps associated with menstruation. It may also be used in threatened miscarriage. Its astringent action gives it a role in the treatment of excessive blood loss in periods and especially bleeding associated with the menopause. It may also be used to help quieten convulsive states in children. It relaxes the cardiovascular system in hypertension and eases constipation associated with tension. It also relieves migraine headaches.

    Wild yam Dioscorea villosa – Wild yam is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, cholagogue and diaphoretic. In western herbal medicine wild yam is used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation. Wild yam was once the sole source of the raw materials for contraceptive pill, which is nowadays made from pregnant horses urine. In TCM Dioscorea is known as or Shanyao, 山藥, or Huai Shan 淮山. It is primarily known as a herb that drains damp. It is bitter and neutral and said to enter the liver and stomach, kidney and urinary bladder channels. Shanyao tonifies the Qi and Yin of the spleen and stomach and is indicated for deficiency of the spleen and stomach with lack of appetite and energy, loose stools, spontaneous sweating, abdominal distention after eating, and a pale tongue. Shanyao also tonifies the Lung Qi and Yin and is indicated for lung Qi and Yin deficiency syndromes characterised by chronic coughing and wheezing and no sputum or very small amounts of sticky sputum. Shanyao tonifies Yin and is ourishing, slightly astringent and not drying, therfore this herb is effective at treating Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome). Shanyao also expels wind damp (cold and hot bi syndromes), relaxes the sinews and clears damp heat and is indicated for skin disorders including exudative eczema and pustular sores).

    White Willow Salix alba  White willow is anodyne, antiinflammatory, antiperiodic, antiseptic, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hypnotic, sedative and tonic. Famous as the original source of salicylic acid (the precursor of aspirin), white willow and several closely related species have been used for thousands of years to relieve joint pain and manage fevers. It has been used internally in the treatment of dyspepsia connected with debility of the digestive organs, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, inflammatory stages of auto-immune diseases, feverish illnesses, neuralgia and headache. Its tonic and astringent properties render it useful in convalescence from acute diseases, in treating worms, chronic dysentery and diarrhoea.

    Valerian Valeriana officinalis – Valerian is antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, hypnotic, nervine, sedative and stimulant. Valerian is noted especially for its effect as a tranquilliser and nervine, particularly for those people suffering from nervous overstrain. Valerian has been shown to encourage sleep, improve sleep quality and reduce blood pressure. It is also used internally in the treatment of painful menstruation, cramps, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome etc. The active ingredients are called valepotriates, research has confirmed that these have a calming effect on agitated people, but are also a stimulant in cases of fatigue. Valerian is currently one of the most popular orthodox antispasmodic medications in Russia and Germany. It is its anticonvulsant action that has been useful in treating epilepsy. Valerian is classified as a tonic herb. It can regulate and balance opposite extremes. Recent research has shown it to be a sedative but more research has reported it can also stimulate in a way as to improve coordination, increase concentration and energy. This tonic nature of Valerian allows it to depress or stimulate where necessary depending on the current needs of the nervous system.

    Devils claw Harpagophytum procumbens– Devils claw is anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, anodyne, digestive stimulant, sedative and hepatic. This plant has been found effective in the treatment of some cases of arthritis. This action is due to the presence of a glycoside called harpagoside that reduces inflammation in the joints. Devil's Claw is worth considering in cases of arthritis where there is inflammation and pain. This plant also aids in liver and gall-bladder complaints.

    Cramp bark Viburnum opulus - Vib Op is anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, sedative, smooth and skeletal muscle relaxant, cardiac tonic, and uterine relaxant. It is indicated for cramps, ovarian and uterine pains, spasmodic muscular cramp, uterine dysfunction, menopausal metrorrhagia, threatened miscarriage, partus preparator, infantile enuresis. Viburnum opulus is a specific remedy for visceral tensions. It helps to relax muscular tension and spasm and is primarily used in the treatment of muscular cramps and ovarian and uterine muscle problems. It relaxes the uterus and relieves the painful cramps associated with menstruation. It may also be used in threatened miscarriage. Its astringent action gives it a role in the treatment of excessive blood loss in periods and especially bleeding associated with the menopause. It may also be used to help quieten convulsive states in children. It relaxes the cardiovascular system in hypertension and eases constipation associated with tension. It also relieves migraine headaches. 

    Opium Lettuce Lactuca Virosa - Lactuca virosa is anodyne, antispasmodic, digestive, hypnotic, narcotic, sedative and tonic. Lactuca has mild analgesic and sedative effects which are similar to those of ibuprofen. The sap contains 'lactucarium', which is used in medicine for its anodyne, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic, narcotic and sedative properties. Lactucarium has the effects of a feeble opium, but without its tendency to cause digestive upsets, nor is it addictive. It is taken internally in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, neuroses, hyperactivity in children, dry coughs, whooping cough, rheumatic pain etc. The plant also contains 'hyoscyamine', a powerful depressant of the parasympathetic nervous system. The plant should be used with caution, and never without the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Even normal doses can cause drowsiness whilst excess causes restlessness and overdoses is possible. The amount in this tonic is within recommended therapeutic doses and is safe. With it's opioid like properties it is prescribed to treat migraine, its anxiolytic properties are effective to treat anxiety and it's antitussive properties may indicate this herb for the treatment of chronic cough

    Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

    Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.

    Quality Control

    The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.

    Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:

    • Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
    • Gas Chromatography (GC)
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

    Herbs are also tested for

    • Microbial levels
    • Foreign matter
    • Total and acid insoluble ash
    • Loss on drying
    • Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
    • Water soluble extractive
    • Alcohol estimation
    • Swelling index
    • Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
    • Pesticides/heavy metals

    Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

    The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.

    Water used in manufacture

    Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.

    Drug/herb interactions

    The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.

    Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).

    Expectations

    The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.

    Carahealth Dispensary

    Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.

    Special orders

    For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina 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 medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.

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    Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

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