How Herbs Help Humans: Vol. 1, Section 1: Hopping Mad! Will Hops Cure Road Rage? Hops for Intense & Angry People

28 10 2015

Hops or Humulus lupulus,  may not cure road rage, but it is a great herb for people who are intense, th-4angry & bitter people.  You may not show it in your mannerisms, but deep down inside you have these intense emotions that need to come out…or you could use Hops to help dissipate these emotions by “digesting” them away.  Poor digestion has always created misery, just look at all those colicky kids whose mothers ate cruciferous veges or drank cow’s milk at the advice of their physician, everyone suffers when colicky kids crank constantly through the night.  And if you are eating those heavy, high-society foods that taste yummy but make you sluggish, sloth-like & miserable, do everyone a favour & take a bitters formula with Hops or take Hops alone after you eat.

Interestingly enough the taste of this herb is both intense & bitter which stimulates digestive function/juices including bile & increases the absorption of nutrients.  Its main organs of action include the stomach, nerves and liver but because of its “salty” flavour it can also help the kidneys with the water/solid balance.  For digestion take a small amount say 1 or 2 mL after eating…usually works best in a “bitters” formula…for insomnia you need large doses like 3 mL 1 hour before bed…but it often works best in a “nerve” formula.  You can also take it in a tea for sleeping, but it must be made strong as in a good quality herb in a large tea ball infused in a mug for 15 to 20 minutes.  But if you find you are an intense, angry/bitter person with insomnia it may work okay alone, since you share in its personality.

Besides it digestive & nervine properties it actually has pain relieving properties as well and can help kill some bacteria in the gut.  It also has been recently shown to have anti-cancer abilities when they extract certain compounds from it.  See: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691599000198

The personality type as mentioned above is for angry, bitter & intense persons but it is also suited for strong-headed people with the need to work all the time…they are the “drivers” as it were.  They have a lot of mental strain & strong emotions of hatred & anger which when expressed causes nervous exhaustion, insomnia & worry.  Ultimately, the person is “too strong above & too weak below”, so to speak.  They present with red, flushed faces typical of a person who eats too much heavy food & works too much.

It is for the “abused stomach” where food is eaten and not digested well causing a pounding head and insomnia.  Its intense, acrid/bitter flavour  will help this type of stomach heal.

Take it in a tincture for better digestion or even for sleeping, but it can also be used in a pillow or in a bath if the smell of a Hops pillow is repulsive to you.  King Henry lll & Abraham Lincoln actually benefitted from the Hops pillow, so if you think you are of the same “line” as they, try it & see if your sleep is sublime.        I am not recommending it in beer, though occasional use this way would be okay, but generally those who need this herb are drinking way too much anyway so the tincture is recommended for digestion.

You may not be a “Hopping Mad Hops” personality type, but you may have seasons where you are like this, so I would recommend using this for those seasons in your life, but take it with the herb that fits your “personality” type.

This information has been derived & contrived mainly from Matthew Wood’s book “The Earthwise Herbal” for the “Old World Medicinal Plants”, David Winston’s book “Herbal Therapeutics” and my clinical use of this herb.  It for information purposes only & if you are self-helping you take full risk and responsibility.  I always recommend consulting with a Clinical Herbalist to get pertinent solutions for your health issues.  I hope you find this information helpful.





Fruity Lemon Water Kefir

18 12 2013

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1/  1 package of Water Kefir Grains that have already been activated.  (If you do not know how to do this, then please refer to the instructions contained in the box that held the package of Water Kefir Grains.)

2/  125 mL of Cane Sugar  (Organic Cane Sugar is the best.)

3/  1 to 2 dried figs (Can also be raisins, sultanas, dried prunes etc. Organic is best.)

4/  Half a lemon.

5/ 1 to 1.5 Litres of Filtered Water, it can be water that contains minerals. Ie.  Does not have to be distilled or reverse osmosis water.

6/  2 Litre glass container or two different glass jars that will hold 1 litre each.

7/   Coffee filter or cheesecloth & 1 elastic.

8/  Plastic sieve or strainer.

9/  Plastic or wooden spoon.  (Do not use metal spoons or bowls or metal anything when you make any kind of culture.)

Steps:

1/  Dissolve sugar in the water.

In the container, pour in mineral water and add the sugar.  Dissolve sugar using the plastic or wooden spoon or even better just swirl the jar gently until all the sugar dissolves.

2/  Add the kefir grains, dried figs or dried fruit of your choice and the lemon as is, do not sqeeze it yet.

3/  Cover the container with the cheesecloth or coffee filter and secure with an elastic.  (It should not be air tight.)

4/  Place away from sunlight and leave at room temperature of 18 C to 25 C.

(65F to 77F)

5/  Allow to ferment for 24, 48 or 72 hours.  For a stronger kefir, ferment the grains longer.

6/  Once the fermentation is completed to your satisfaction, squeeze the lemon.  (Use plastic tongs to get the lemon out of the water.  Do not put hands into the water.)

7/  Strain & separate the kefir grains separately from the fruit.  Store the kefir grains in a BHP free plastic container either in the fridge or the freezer.  When you want to make your next batch, just warm it up on the counter in your kitchen to room temperature…and start the whole process over again.

Benefits of Kefir are:

  1. Helps to restore normal flora inside your gut.
  2. Helps your probiotic to “implant” inside your gut.
  3. Crowds out unfriendly bacteria, yeast and parasites.
  4. Can get rid of “tummy aches” and pains in both adults and children.
  5. Good for breast feeding women to take in regularly to increase digestion & prevent colic in infants.
  6. Good for restoring normal flora after antibiotics especially when taken with a good Human Microflora strain of probiotic.
  7. Helps to manufacture certain Vitamins like some B vitamins, vitamin K, enzymes etc.
  8. Can help with hormone balance by crowding out the yeast.
  9. Can help get rid of food cravings due to low normal gut flora.

What you will need:





Colon Cleansing

3 12 2013
  1. Make sure that you take Magnesium citrate capsules or powder for at least one week before images-6you start the colonics.  Then make sure you continue to take them to keep your bowels regular and soft.  The dosage is: 4 capsules before bed and 2 in the morning.  It can be lowered if you get too loose or can be increased if you are not going at least 2 times per day.  With the powdered Magnesium, the best is to start with the highest dose suggested on the bottle then decrease it or increase it as you see necessary.
  2. Make sure to take the fiber drink that works for you.  Ground Chia seeds, Ground Flax seeds, Psyllium Combination Powder, and follow the directions on my website (At the bottom of the Book An Appointment page, look for “How to take a   Fiber Drink”.)
  3. Take your probiotic daily (HMF probiotic from Seroyal is the best as it stays in your body the longest.  Ask me about this if I haven’t told you already.) especially at the beginning of your suggested regime.  As you increase your fermented foods, you will need to take the probiotic less and less until you don’t need it anymore.  You can tell when you don’t need it anymore because you will not be bloated after you eat or later in the day any more.  (Provided you are eating the diet that is right for you.  Check my website: www.hiraihealth.com for recipes on fermented foods  under: healthinfo/articles&links.
  4.  Report any problems that you may have after the colonic like; a) feeling sleepy, b)increase in gas, c) right-sided lower abdominal/back pain d) not being able to have a bowel movement for more than a day after having a colonic. (Missing the day after having a colonic is normal.)  You need to call me when you have these symptoms.  Usually if you have any of these symptoms it means you have a dysbiosis, which is low good gut flora and increased yeast & parasites.  It can be easily solved by taking a parasite remedy or yeast remedy or a combination of the two.
  5. Remember it takes at least 3 colonic spaced out no more than 2 weeks apart, (1 week apart is recommended) to get decent results and most people need at least 6 colonics or more depending on the nature of your digestive issues.
  6. Once your colon is cleaned out you will need to have a “Maintenance Program” in place to help you maintain proper elimination & digestion.  This will vary from person to person and you will need a follow-up appointment after your series of colonics.  With this program you will be able to have colonics as a part of a cleansing program or before & after travel or as needed for general health maintenance.  Cleansing clinics around the world recommend a minimum of 3 colonics spring and fall for cleansing to help keep the body free of dis-ease.
  7. Eat fermented foods daily and especially on the days that you have colonics.  If you don’t know which fermented foods would be best for you, ask.  Fermented foods help the Probiotic Supplement stay in your system better.  The suggested minimum for fermented foods are 1/4 cup minimum for the kefir drinks and 1/8 to 1/4 cup fermented veges or yogurt. (This may vary from person to person and you may have to start at 1 tsp of kefir and work your way up to 1/4 cup.)
  8. Books on cleansing & colonics:  1) Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Dr. Bernard Jensen. 2) Colon Health by Norman Walker. 3)The Colon Health Handbook by Robert Gray.

If you have any questions or concerns or have any symptoms as listed under #4 of this list, please       email me or call me right away.

HAPPY CLEANSING!  🙂

 





Digestive Health

15 10 2013
  1. Why do people get bloated, gasey and constipated?imgres-5

The main causes are the heavy North American diet that most people devour.  What I mean by heavy foods is cooked grains & animal sourced foods like meat & dairy.  Some examples are; white bread, white pasta, white rice, hamburgers, steaks, pork, pizza, hotdogs, sausages etc.  Anything deep fried or full of sugar.

These foods are very heavy because they lack enzymes, vitamins & minerals used for digestion.   They are also hard to eliminate as well because they are low in fiber.  The stomach & liver become burdened with digesting this food and “food residue” is left in the intestines because it could not be burned “cleanly”.

Over the weeks & months this builds up in the intestines and impairs the digestion in the small & large intestines, because the food becomes rotten and turns into a “glue-like” substance-something like old gum on the sidewalk.  Hard to get off!  It clogs the delicate, finger-like projections in the small intestines and the body becomes auto-intoxicated because you will keep reabsorbing the toxins into your bloodstream causing the liver to constantly work cleaning the blood so you can stay alive without poisoning yourself.

Some of the symptoms of this malady are bloating, smelly gas, low energy after eating, dark circles under the eyes, bad breath, sensitive spots on the abdomen etc.

Some remedies for this problem are; a)  start eating “live” foods.  Foods like sprouts, raw veges, raw fruit, raw nuts and seeds.  b) do a cleanse which needs to include; fiber drinks with bentonite clay, herbs to help release the old “gum” on the intestinal walls, herbs for the liver & kidney and with the cleanse you must do juicing, skin brushing, colonics or at the very least enemas.  c)  do a daily fast once per week and to make it more effective do  skin brushing, but use a rebounder to really get the lymphatic system moving and drink tons of water with fresh lemon & cayenne pepper.  (You can do this longer if you like) d) Take enzymes with the heavy protein meals even with the vegetarian meals on a daily basis.

The main idea is to eat so you can digest properly by incorporating foods easy to digest while also clearing the intestines of the “goop” so you can also absorb what you digest.  Happy assimilation!





How to Make Coconut Water Kefir Correctly.

25 07 2013

How to Make Coconut Water Kefir Correctly..





Fiber drinks while Fasting. Will the Fast still work? What do Fiber Drinks do anyway?

10 04 2013

imagesFasting on either juices or water is usually done for 1 or 2 reasons.  One of the first reasons most people fast is to detoxify.  These people typically do not have trouble taking the fiber drinks of Ground Flax Seed, Psyllium seed, Psyllium husk and Bentonite Clay since they know this fiber drink acts as a “broom” and a “sponge” to sweep away the “gunk” in the 26 feet of intestine that we all have.  

While the people who fast for the reason of “resting their digestion” usually have trouble with even the consideration of taking Fiber Drinks while fasting since they believe that this is not going to “rest” their digestion.  

Here is my rebuttal to this notion that Fiber Drinks interfere with the “resting” of the digestive system.

Firstly, 

Firstly, in order for the intestines to empty properly the stomach must have some “solid” matter in it to “trigger” the rectum to release.  Thus, while fasting, fiber drinks provide this in the absence of food.

Secondly, the intestines are not smooth inside.  The small intestine has valleys & hills created by the “villi” and “micro villi” which are through out all three sections of the small intestine.  The large intestine has many folds through out it and “round” pockets all joined together.  This intestinal anatomy needs fiber to help it to stay clean and while fasting it will do a great job and scraping matter off the walls, plus in the presence of enzymes taken before bed it will do a great job at sweeping away the loosened matter from the enzyme activity.  

      This along with some bile-stimulating herbs will help to get rid of the “goop” that collects on the walls of the colon.  Very important!  This “goo” will stop your liver from functioning properly as well as stop you from absorbing all your nutrients from your food.

Thirdly, fiber does not stop you from “resting” your digestion because it is not being digested per say it is just “passing” through and giving your intestines a workout and helping you to truly detoxify.  The liver dumps toxins via the intestines and fiber helps to absorb these toxins so that they can be eliminated via the bowels.

Fiber as you can see from my comments above is actually quite beneficial for both juice and water fasts.  It is even more beneficial when the ground flax seed, psyllium seed & husk & bentonite clay are taken in conjunction with, Ie. not at the same time during the day, but with enzymes & herbs.  Dr. Bernard Jensen’s cleanse that has been around 20 years or more is a good example of this.  Check out his book: “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”.  I usually modify some of his ingredients since some of these names are outdated, but the principal remains the same if you substitute with the same type of supplement in his protocol.

Not everyone has “black” goop, but if you are just starting out and have every eaten anything “white” in your diet…then you will have a certain amount of black goop in your guts.

 This information is intended for strictly information purposes.  It does not take the place of regular medical attention as required or a visit to your Natural Health Practitioner of your choice.





Colonics: How to make them comfortable & efficient.

20 01 2013

Colonics: How to make them comfortable & efficient..





Colonics: How to make them comfortable & efficient.

20 01 2013

How to make your colonics or colon hydrotherapy as comfortable and effective as possible.  Some people would wonder if this could really be true.  I mean, putting water up the colon has got to be uncomfortable right?  At some point, those of you who have tried colonics have had at least one that was uncomfortable.

The reason the colonic was not comfortable is for 3 main reasons;        top_pic_naturopathic-1

1. Inflammation from foods that you are sensitive to.

2. Spastic colon.

3. Inflammation from parasites & yeast.

4. Lack of fiber.

I am here to tell you that when your colon is functioning correctly, without these problems, it WILL be a COMFORTABLE COLONIC.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1.  Make sure you avoid or find out if you don’t know first, foods that are irritating to your intestines.  This is part of  what I normally do when people come to see me for an assessment prior to starting the colonics.  I test and see what foods they are sensitive to.  It varies from person to person, but wheat & dairy of often culprits, but there are many other foods that can be irritating to the person as well.

2. Take Magnesium Glycinate or Magnesium Citrate at least 1 week prior to help soften the stools and relax the colon so it can move without cramping both on the toilet & during the colonic.  Tip: To determine whether your colon is spastic observe whether you have very skinny stools at times and whether or not you have pain or discomfort in the upper left area of the colon.  (Situated just below the ribs on the left side.)  Make sure you are taking enough so that you are having at least 2 bowel movements per day or at least 1 time per day if you were not doing that prior to taking the Magnesium  This really helps your colon allow enough water to enter it during the colonic so that you can get rid of the waste without discomfort or very minimal discomfort.

3. Eat fermented foods daily.  Rotate the fermented foods that you eat so that your gut will have the right combination of bacteria & friendly yeast to colonate your intestines.  This will “crowd” out those nasty parasites & the pathogenic yeast & fungi.  If you do have a strain that is quite pathogenic you will need the help of herbs to completely eliminate them, BUT your infestation will be easier to get rid of because you have built up the microorganisms in your gut.

4. Take a fiber drink at least daily in the morning.  Start with 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds or take 1 to 3 tsp of psyllium hulls combination power by Nature’s Sunshine ( it is very high quality) or mix together, depending on what you can handle.   Mix quickly in water or a diluted, unsweetened juice and drink down, wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.

These are general steps to take for everyone, in order to determine what your needs are specifically you really must see a holistic health practitioner prior to starting the colonics.  I suggest at least 1 week.

Please note this blog is not meant to diagnose or prescribe or to take the place of your regular Medical Doctor or regular Medical attention.  It is meant for self-education & information purposes only.





Gallbladder/Liver Flush

8 01 2013

Gallbladder/Liver Flush.

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Gallbladder/Liver Flush

8 01 2013

There are a few myths regarding the liver/Gb flush or the Gallbladder flush as it is also called.  Some of imgres-1the myths are; it is a cleanse, you will get stones stuck in your bile ducts, the stones that come out are really soap created by olive oil and your bile reacting together; it does not really do anything so just get your gallbladder out because you don’t really need it…the list goes on and on.

Here are some facts;  If you use the epsom salts as part of the flush that you are doing…this is the recipe that I recommend AND  you follow the directions of the whole procedure with the help of a Holistic Health Practitioner…then I have never is 17 years seen anyone get a stone stuck in their bile ducts.  I also have seen, and experienced myself, people avoid gallbladder surgery with this procedure.  AND though some natural health practitioners will say that “soap” is made with the flush and the stones are tiny and inside the “green pea” that comes out….I think though there might be an element of truth to this… the fact is that I have seen stones that are large and hard come out of a gallbladder that was removed from a patient..back in my histology days.  So I believe a lot of the stones are larger than what people think.

I can also tell you that in the 17 years I have done these flushes myself and counselled countless others to do the same…I have seen nothing but good come out of this flush.  People who had trouble with years of chronic constipation have been cured plus others, like myself, have avoided this needless Gallbladder surgery.

What is this flush anyway??  You may be asking this.  It is a procedure to “clear the bile pathway through the common bile duct” into the duodenum.  It is not a “cleanse” in the true sense…as cleanses involve using herbs orally along with a cleansing diet…and usually lasts for at least 1 week.  Cleanses involve at least 3 colonics over that same time period.  Cleanses remove toxins at the cellular level…the action of the herbs..and focus on the liver, kidney, lymph and bowel.  Other procedures such as skin brushing are also incorporated in order to intensify the cleanse.  The biggest point to take home with you is this; Cleanses clean cells, Liver/Gallbladder flushes clean out the bile ducts so that the liver can dump the toxins from a cleanse into the bile..the way the liver detoxifies..into the intestines to be eliminated.

Often the Liver/Gallbladder flush is done at the end of a cleanse, but I am here to tell you that…because it assists in getting out the toxins…I believe it should be done at the beginning of the cleanse and also and the end of the cleanse.

 

A few things to consider if you are contemplating doing this;

1. If it is your first time, consult with a natural health practitioner first.  There are some contraindications and other pre-cleanse procedures that need to be considered in order for the flush to be a success.

2. Have a colonic before and after the first flush for sure and maybe even the second flush.  Most people have to start with 2 flushes spaces out 1 to 2 weeks in order to get the whole gallbladder and liver flushed out.  Some even need to start with 3.  This can be determined when you consult with your Natural Health Practitioner.

3. Make sure you follow the diet recommended before the cleanse, it is mainly the day of…though if it is the first time doing it you may want to do the extended version which requires the lemon juice or apple juice for 5 to 7 days leading up to it.  For those that fast, they will fast on those two juices, for the many that do not fast, they can just eat a fat free diet for 5 to 7 days and incorporate the juices in between meals.

For the Gallbladder/Liver flush instructions please visit my webpage:

Click to access Liver%20and%20Gallbladder%20Flush%202012.pdf

 

This blogpost does not in any way take the place on consulting with a Holistic Health Practitioner and is definitely not meant to prescribe or treat or give advice.  It is for information purposes only.

 

 








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