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Herb Information Packet Series

All the information you need to use herbs safely and effectively

Here you can read summaries of our Herb Information Packets on health conditions and related topics.

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Extensive information herbs used in the prevention and treatment of dental disease: tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Recipes for herbal mouth rinses and toothpastes are included, as well as health updates and helpful suggestions for maintaining dental health. Herbs discussed include: aloe, propolis, chaparral, tea tree oil, echinacea, horsetail, myrrh, prickly ash, sage, peppermint, fennel, tea-tree, ginger, calendula, clove, bloodroot, burdock, goldenseal, hawthorn, gotu kola, and licorice.


Helpful information on the diagnosis, possible causes and treatments for depression. Nutritional, homeopathic, environmental and lifestyle considerations are examined, and herbal treatment options are discussed. Chinese medicine is also mentioned. There is extensive clinical research on the efficacy of St. Johns wort in the treatment of depression. Herbs discussed include: St. John's wort, lemon balm, vervain, rosemary, gotu kola, wild oats, ginkgo, valerian, chamomile, black cohosh, and bee pollen.


Extensive information on the various methods of detoxification; including fasting, diet, herbs, sauna, colonic irrigation, chelation and others. Specific toxins examined are heavy metals, toxic chemicals, drugs, and conditions like colds/flus. Herbs are discussed at length, including which herbs aid specific organs of elimination in the body. Research studies are also included, as well as lifestyle suggestions to help the body in cleansing and maintaining good health. Herbs discussed include: milk thistle, goldenseal, yellow dock, dandelion, artichoke, celandine, turmeric, triphala, picrorhiza, nettles, cleavers, yarrow, mullein, coltsfoot, Siberian ginseng, echinacea, plantain, sage, burdock, pau d'arco, sarsaparilla, prickly ash, Oregon grape root, parsley, elderflower, and ginseng.


Information about the dietary supplement DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). The various claims of DHEA are discussed.


Extensive information on treatment options for diabetes, and the complications of diabetes. Nutritional, herbal, dietary, and lifestyle considerations are discussed. Herbs that contain constituents that have an insulin-type action in the body are examined. Experimental studies are also included. Herbs discussed include: onions, prickly pear cactus, garlic, fenugreek, bitter melon, brickellia, cinnamon, jambul, devil's club, dandelion, schisandra, ginger, ginseng, bilberry, gingko, cayenne, and gymnema sylvestre.


Information about the digestive system and herbal medicine. Gastritis, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, appendicitis, gallstones, GERD, ulcer, leaky gut syndrome, flatulence and other conditions of the digestive system are addressed. Lifestyle suggestions, herbal tea recipes, acidophilus and nutritional therapy are discussed. Herbs mentioned include: hops, peppermint, slippery elm bark, flax, chamomile, ginger, aloe, fennel, artichoke, milk thistle, licorice, guggul, bromelain, turmeric, cayenne, centaury, and many more.


Information about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. This packet gives information on general compliance with this act, and is geared towards people in the herb business.

EARS AND HEARING (formerly Tinnitus)

Information for treating aliments of the ears including earaches and infections, and tinnitus. Topics include herbal, nutritional and dietary considerations. Herbs discussed include: ginkgo, black cohosh, goldenseal, sunflower, violet, echinacea, ephedra, garlic, mullein, peppermint, tea-tree oil, calendula, plantain, lobelia, St. John's wort, periwinkle, pulsatilla, and turmeric.


Herbal and nutritional information on eating disorders. Covers both anorexia nervosa and bulimia, with therapies for stimulating digestion, rejuvenating a depleted constitution, and overall health rejuvenation. Herbs discussed include: Siberian ginseng, ginger, dandelion, red clover, wild yam, ashwagandha, gotu kola, milk thistle, and bitter herbs.


Information on both internal and topical treatments for eczema (atopic dermatitis). Topics include herbal, nutritional, and dietary therapies, symptoms, causes, and allergic / histamine responses. Herbs discussed include: blueberry, rue, hawthorn, forskolin, licorice, burdock, chamomile, grape seed extract, green tea, ginkgo, gotu kola, echinacea, comfrey, dandelion, marshmallow, red clover, and lupine seed extract.


Information on endangered plants. This packet discusses ethical wildcrafting, sustainability, biodiversity and more. The United Plant Savers "at risk " list is included and so is a source list for nurseries that specialize in native plants. Threatened herbs include: black cohosh, ginseng, echinacea, goldenseal, osha, arnica, gentian, pipsissewa, and many more.


Information on substances that may cause sensitivity and allergic reactions. Topics include herbal, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle considerations, environmental and chemical pollutants such as herbicides, pesticides, food additives, radiation, and toxic substances found in common household products and beauty aids. Herbs and other supplements for detoxification and protection from these substances are discussed, including: calendula, chamomile, elder, tea-tree oil, ginseng, milk thistle, burdock, ashwagandha, and more.


Helpful information on epilepsy, including the type of seizures experienced and predisposing factors of this disease. The traditional Chinese treatment approach is contrasted with western medicine, and many herbs are listed that have been used in the treatment of epilepsy, along with safety information. Nutritional and lifestyle recommendations are also included. Herbs mentioned include: black cohosh, hyssop, lobelia, bupleurum, skullcap, peony, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger, forskolin, valerian, elderberry, linden, ashwagandha, and chrysanthemum.


Information on essential fatty acids, what they are, and why they are necessary for overall good health. Includes information on evening primrose, flax, borage, black currant, and hemp oils.

EYE HEALTH (formerly Vision)

Information on ailments that affect the eyes. Topics include glaucoma, conjunctivitis, night blindness, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and sties. Herbal, nutritional and other dietary supplement therapies are discussed. External remedies and compresses are also included. Herbs mentioned include: eyebright, bilberry, ginkgo, barberry, pasque flower, chamomile, evening primrose, garlic, goldenseal, echinacea, thyme, chickweed, dusty miller, and forskolin.


Information on fibrocystic breast disease. One article questions whether fibrocystic breast disease constitutes a disease process, and offers classifications of benign breast lesions. Other articles offer information on the incidence, identification, possible causes along with nutritional and herbal considerations. Herbs mentioned include: flaxseed, dandelion, fennel, angelica, burdock, licorice, wild yam, sarsaparilla, vitex, blue cohosh, hops, echinacea, goldenseal, squaw vine, evening primrose oil, mullein, pau d'arco, poke, and red clover.


Helpful information on fibromyalgia; including the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Herbs and their actions are described, along with dosage information. Side effects of pharmaceutical drugs are mentioned, and research studies are included as well. Herbs discussed include: turmeric, chaparral, horsetail, watercress, Irish moss, garlic, cayenne, ginger, burdock, nettles, kelp, cleavers, willow, ginseng, and valerian.


Information discussing the issue of fluoridation. Includes commentary on the potential health risks of long-term fluoride exposure, a description of water flirtation processes, physical signs of fluoride toxicity, and methods of detoxification. Also includes information from the Conference of the International Society of Fluoride Research.


Information on gallbladder disease and disorders and gallstones. Topics include herbal and other dietary supplements and dietary considerations for the prevention and treatment of gallbladder disorders and for dissolving gallstones. Also includes information on the link between food allergies and gallbladder problems. Herbs discussed include: barberry, burdock, peppermint, dandelion, globe artichoke, goldenseal, milk thistle, turmeric, alfalfa, catnip, fennel, ginger, celandine, couch grass, horsetail, goldenrod, lovage, parsley and Java tea.


Discussion regarding GMO's, including potential dangers of genetic manipulation of our food supply such as damage to wildlife and human health, hidden allergies, and the creation of resistant weeds, insects and bacteria. There is also information on organic foods, and web site resources for looking up further information on the web and places to call or write to voice your opinion regarding GMO's.


Information on gout, including descriptions and symptoms. Topics include herbal remedies for relief, dietary considerations, and possible links to lead toxicity. Herbs discussed include: chamomile, mint, yarrow, baikal skullcap, bilberry, grape seed, pine bark, celery seed, autumn crocus, boswellia, turmeric, devil's claw, yucca, bromelain, cherries, chiso, licorice, avocado, cat's claw, oat, olive, nettle, and willow.


Information on plants that are high in chlorophyll and how they can benefit health. Plants discussed include: wheat and barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, alfalfa, green tea, kelp, and blue-green algae.


Useful information on menstrual disorders, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal pap smears, and toxic shock syndrome. Alternatives to surgery are discussed, as well as nutritional and herbal therapies. The body/mind connection and environmental toxins are also explored in relation to gynecological problems. Herbs discussed include: angelica, wild yam, dong quai, vitex, black currant oil, sage, evening primrose oil, raspberry, nettle, motherwort, flaxseed, alfalfa, ginger and soy.

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