Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels. Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein. Everybody’s body is different, you should consult with your doctor to find out if alkaline water is right for you.
Scientific Name:Vitex agnus-castus
Common Names:Chaste berry, vitex, agnus castus, monk’s pepper, Abraham’s balm
Habitat:The chaste tree is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia
For over 2,500 years the chaste tree has been used to treat gynecological problems such as relieving menstrual cramps, promoting normal menstruation and to treat a host of other menstrual disorders. Today it still used for these same conditions. It is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of PMS.
CAUTION:NEVER take chaste tree if you are pregnant. Should not be taken with any type of hormone therapy.
Scientific Name:Cinnamonum verum
Common Names:Chinese cassia, ceylon cinnamon, saigon cinnamon
Habitat:Cinnamon is native to India. Cultivated in Indonesia, Africa and South America.
Cinnamon is most often used to soothe digestion, treat colds, nausea and inflammation. Cinnamon’s essential oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties.
Scientific Name:Lycopodium clavatum
Common Names:Ground pine, stag’s horn moss, wolf’s claw moss, running pine
Part Used:Whole plant
Habitat:Clubmoss is native to the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Clubmoss has been used by ancient healers for over two thousand years. The druids used this plant as a laxative and purgative. Native Americans used it to treat postpartum pain, fever, weakness and to stop the bleeding of wounds. Today, clubmoss is used for kidney and urinary disorders, stomach upset, diarrhea and for treating skin conditions. This plant contains a substance called Huperzine which may be effective for memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease. More studies on clubmoss have to be done to determine it’s safety and effectiveness in this area.
Scientific Name:Symphytum officinale
Common Names:Knitbone, slippery root, blackwort
Part Used:Leaves, roots
Habitat:Comfrey is native to Europe and Asia
Comfrey was used as a poultice by the ancient Greeks to stop bleeding. They also drank it as a tea for diarrhea and bronchitis.
CAUTION:Never take comfrey internally. Even though it was recommended by ancient healers in the past it has recently been shown to cause severe liver damage.
Scientific Name:Cordyceps sinensis
Common Names:Caterpillar fungus, Zhiling, Cs-4
Part Used:Fruiting body
Habitat:Cordyceps mushrooms grows wild on the Himalayan Plateau
This mushroom has a long history of use in Chinese herbalism. It is considered a great tonic for building physical strength and endurance. There is a substance in cordyceps which dilates the lung’s airways, providing more oxygen to the blood. For this fact it is very popular with athletes. This healing mushroom is also used to treat asthma, cough and bronchitis. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and has the ability to relax the bronchial walls. It’s a great immune system booster as well.
Scientific Name:Taraxacum officinale
Common Names:Lion’s tooth, blowball, fairy clock, wetweed, priests Crown
Part Used:Leaves, flowers, root
Habitat:Dandelion is native to Europe and Asia but grow all over the world
The dandelion was in use as far back as ancient China for it’s medicinal properties. It was used as a potent diuretic and detoxifying herb. Other common uses of this plant were to treat breast inflammation, digestive disorders, appendicitis and to stimulate milk flow. European herbalists used dandelion as a remedy for eye problems, diarrhea, diabetes and fever.
Scientific Name:Angelica sinensis
Common Names:Dang gui, tang-kuei, danggui, Chinese angelica
Habitat:This herb is native to China, Japan, and Korea
Often called female ginseng in China, Dong Quai is very popular with women there. It is used as a remedy for menstrual cycle disorder and to treat symptoms such as bleeding of the uterus and menstruation pain. It is helpful for relieving vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood swings and PMS.
CAUTION:Never take Dong Quai if pregnant. Taking this herb could stimulate contractions of the uterus, which could lead to miscarriage.
Scientific Name:Echinacea purpurea
Common Names:Purple coneflower, coneflower, purple encinacea
Part Used:Roots, leaves and flowers
Habitat:Echinacea is native to Central and Eastern North America
Echinacea is very popular for treating colds and flu. This herb is a great immune system booster. Many people enjoy it as a healthy tea. Some of it’s other uses are for treating sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections. It is a good detoxifier and has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.
Scientific Name:Polygonum Multiflorum
Common Names:He Shou Wu, climbing knotweed, flowery knotweed, Chinese cornbind, polygonum flower
Habitat:Fo-Ti is native to China
Fo-Ti is a famous longevity herb that has been in constant use in China for thousands of years. It is very popular with older men and is said to be able to turn one’s hair back to it’s youthful color and appearance. This herb is also used to strengthen the lower back and knees. It can be used to strengthen the bones, tendons and muscles as well as to nourish blood.
CAUTION:Fo-Ti could cause stomach upset and diarrhea if taken in very large amounts.
Scientific Name:Ginkgo biloba
Common Names:Ginkgo, bao gou, Yin-hsing, Maidenhair tree
Part Used:Leaves and seeds
Habitat:Ginkgo biloba is native China but is also cultivated in Japan, France and the southern United States.
Ginkgo Biloba improves the flow of blood to the brain and increases oxygen to the brain cells. It is often used as an effective cognitive enhancer and memory booster.
Ginkgo possesses anti-coagulating properties and prevents the formation of blood clots. This could in turn reduce risk of stroke. This herb contains powerful antioxidants. Its terpenoids and flavonoids protect the body from free radical damage and cell oxidation.
CAUTION:Ginkgo can sometimes cause headaches and dizziness if taken in large doses. You should not take ginkgo if you are taking anti-depressants such as MAOI or SRRI medicines.
Scientific Name:Centella asictica
Common Names:Centella, Indian pennywort, Brahmi, Luei gong gen
Part Used:Leaves, Stems
Habitat:Gotu Kola grows in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Madagascar
Gotu Kola has been used historically to relieve congestion from upper respiratory infections and colds and for wound healing. It is very popular for treating varicose veins and memory loss.
CAUTION:Gotu Kola should NEVER be taken by women who are trying to get pregnant. It should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women or children without talking to your doctor first. May cause sensitivity to sunlight and should never be taken by people with skin cancer.
Scientific Name:Gynostemma Pentaphyllum
Common Names:Jiaogulan, southern ginseng, miracle herb, longevity herb, miracle tea, Jiao Gu Lan
Habitat:Gynostemma is native to Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam
Gynostemma (Jiaogulan) is an adaptogen. It can bring you body into a state of balance. This herb is great for increasing strength and protecting the body and mind against stress. Gynostemma can boost the functioning of the immune system and is good for the digestive and cardiovascular systems.
CAUTION:Gynostemma should not be taken with herbs or medicines that affect immune system suppression or blood clotting.
Scientific Name:Ocimum Sanctum
Common Names:Tulsi, Sacred basil, Surasa, Tulasi, Kemangen
Part Used:Leaves, Stems
Habitat:Holy Basil is native to India
Holy Basil is used for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It promotes health and wellbeing and protects the body and mind in a very positive way. It is also known to enhance cerebral circulation and improve memory.
CAUTION:Holy Basil has the ability to thin the blood and should not be taken along with blood thinning medications. It should not by taken by persons with hypoglycemia. It may decrease fertility and should never be taken by women trying to get pregnant. Never take if pregnant or nursing without first consulting your doctor.
Scientific Name:Piper Methysticum
Common Names:Kava, awa, ava pepper
Part Used:Rhizome, roots
Habitat:Kava grows on the Pacific Islands
Kava has been used by the people of the Pacific islands for hundreds of years as a natural anti-anxiety treatment. It has a very calming effect and puts most people in a good mood. It has also been used as a diuretic and to treat urinary problems, arthritis, asthma and upset stomach. It is very popular in Germany and often prescribed as the first line of treatment for anxiety disorders.
CAUTION:Some studies suggest that Kava could harm the liver. Never take this herb if you are pregnant or nursing. Could cause dry mouth and dizziness it taken in high doses.
Scientific Name:Panax ginseng
Common Names:Korean ginseng, Asian ginseng, Oriental ginseng, Man root, root of immortality, Asiatic ginger
Habitat:Korean ginseng is native to Korea and China
Korean ginseng is an adaptogen. An adaptogen can help your body and mind handle stress better. This is an energizing herb often taken by people to ward off fatigue, increase strength, stamina and sharpen mental abilities. This herb is believed to lower cholesterol and may be helpful in treating diabetes and depression. Korean ginseng is a good immune system booster. Since it has a warming effect on the body, it’s best taken in the winter months.
CAUTION:Taking large doses or prolonged use may not be good for people having high blood pressure. Taking high doses of this type of ginseng may cause irritability.