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5 Herbal Medicines That Are Great For Digestion

August 18, 2019

… back to the naturopath. Thanks for coming back. We’re going to talk about some different herbs
for digestive conditions. These are not going to be the standard common
herbs I commonly talk about, like garlic and tumeric and things like that. These are different ones. What I’ve done, I’ve grabbed some of my cards. These are my cheat sheet cards, cards I made
up when I was a student when we used to use typewriters. Remember when we used to use typewriters a
long time ago? Let’s talk about these five different herbs. Five of some of the best ones that I know. Simple herds, good quality ones always work
well. Remember when you’re taking an herbal medicine
for your gut, your digestive condition, you don’t necessarily need to take a whole mixed
mash of 10 or 15 different herbs mixed up. My favorite herbal teacher said to me, “It’s
best to understand the essence of the herb, or the signature of the herb.” You’ll only do that by taking that herb on
its own for a while to get a feel for it and see if it really relates with you, if you’re
going to get a good effect out of it. All right, so let’s have a look at one of
the first herbs. We’ve got these in alphabetical order. The first one is dandelion or taraxacum officinale. It pays to learn that the Latin names, or
the technical names of plants. Then you never get confused. Dandelion, dandelion, or tooth of the lion
… If you look at the leaf of the dandelion it’s got that jagged kind of edge. Now that the correct dandelion to have, or
if you’ve got some growing in your garden, it’s got a single flower on a stalk. We’re not talking about a stalk with multiple
small flower heads. We’re talking one big yellow flower. The dandelion, or the dandelion, is a fantastic
herb for liver cleansing. It’s a cholagogue, so it helps to clean the
liver out. It helps you to poop better. It’s good for a sluggish bowel. So it helps to stimulate the flow of bile. It’s also very, very good herb to use for
people who are mild drinkers. Drinking of alcohol, they want to clean up
the gut. As we’ll see, the last herb we’ll talk about
is more for people who are heavy duty drinkers, or people who want to seriously detoxify the
liver. This is a good introduction to liver detox,
is the dandelion, the dandelion. That’s the first herb you can really use effectively
to get the bowel working. It’s not going to make you very sick or queasy
or nauseous. If you’ve got a very sick liver, you’re not
going to going with a heavy duty, straight off the cuff, off the bat. You could get quite sick. This is a good introduction for you. Good spring cleansing herb to use. Nice to get dandelion root coffee. You can actually get a coffee. That’s basically roasted dandelion roots from
their second year. Dandelion, like parsley, is biennial, so it
lives for two years. It will grow. It will die back, and the root will get big. Then in spring it will sprout out again. The second year is when we dig up the roots. The roots are actually quite pleasant if you
scrub them. You can actually steam them or cook them up
and them like carrots. They’re really healthy too. The leaves are high in vitamin K, vitamin
C. Very healthy to eat the leaves, as long as you’re not people who spray all this crap
around the place. Just watch out for people with chemicals. Just avoid those kind of people that spray
things. I can’t stand them. You’d be surprised how many weeds like dandelion
can be eaten and used to your benefit. Think about the gallbladder, think about the
liver. Also, the leaves or diuretics, so you’ll pee
better. If you’ve got a bit of blood pressure, it
could be a good one to have the leaves. The roots, or the below the ground part of
the dandelion is really liver. The top is a bit of a diuretic. It’s high in potassium but it’s also high
in vitamin C and many other things as well. Very good. Last tip for it, you can also try the juice
off dandelion on water. It’s supposed to work with that. That’s a dandelion. Tea’s commonly available, and for the leaves
and roots you’ll have to grow your own. The second one, of course, is ginger or zingiberaceae
officinale. Ginger is a very warming kind of a root of
a plant. I used to grow ginger when I lived in Australia
years ago. I used to grow ginger and cardamom. They both belong to the same family. Ginger is fantastic when it comes to the gut,
especially the stomach. It’s going to help you with a bit of dyspepsia
or nausea. I know some patients with helicobacter pylori,
who have good benefit with taking ginger. Ginger is used a lot, also for travel sickness,
for some women during the first stages of pregnancy, use ginger quite effectively to
stop morning sickness. It’s a stimulant, so it’s great for circulation
as well. When I had quite a bad motorcycle accident,
in the 90s, I got hold of about two pound of ginger root, put them through the blender
and then packed my whole leg in a ginger poultice, much to the disgust of the doctor who thought
I was a nut job, who thought I was going to die of a blood clot, which I didn’t, of course. I packed my leg in this. I had a very bad contusion. A very bad twisted leg and I had sore muscles. I knew I was in a bad way. When I got out of the hospital I went straight
home and I did a self treatment with a ginger poultice. You can use it for bad bruising or an accident
like that. If the skin’s not broken, it’s going to help. Also it will help, to some degree, to prevent
blood clots. This is a really good one. Also, if you’ve got spasms in the gut like
bloating or gas or things like that, or you’ve got what we call incarcerated flatulence,
or gas trapped in there and it’s causing a lot of pain. A Cup of ginger tea can offer a huge relief,
very much so. I’ll just read off my cheat sheet. It’s also a sialagogue, which means it helps
to produce saliva. Fr those with dry mouth, ginger could be quite
good. It’s a calminitive, so it helps to calm the
gut. A bit like fennel seed will do the same with
babies with colic. Flatulence and Internal congestion, painful
elementary spasms, diarrhea from over relaxation, flatulence, any smooth muscle spasm in the
gut or reproductive area, this is a good one for. Also can be used a bit for a fever, or if
you’re feeling a little bit … About two weeks ago, because we still got
winter here, I woke up with a bad facial pain. I think it was a bit of sinus because we’re
working in a temporary kitchen. My place at the moment is very cold. This stuff worked really well to allow me
to sweat a lot. That night I had a cup of strong ginger tea,
just graded some root into some boiling hot water and a bit of honey on there. I found that night I had perfuse perspiration,
and the following day I felt fine. No trip to the doctor, no pills. Think about that for ginger. It’s warming and it helps to loosen up things
inside the gut. It’s going to stop bloating and gas to a degree. It stops sickness, it’s good for nausea, and
it’s also what we call diaphoretic, so it helps you to sweat. That’s good for that too. That’s the ginger, one of my favorites. Okay, the third one, cynara scolymus. What the hell is that? Have you ever heard of that? That sounds like something out of Harry Potter,
doesn’t it, cynara. Well, actually, I think cynara was the wife
of Zeus. I think it’s one of those old legends, Zeus. Apparently he turned her into a big round
artichoke when she didn’t really come back, and regarding affections, or something like
that. That’s the old story about cynara scolymus
it’s clove artichoke, that’s what it is. It’s beautiful to eat and it’s very good for
liver function, okay. Again, it’s a bit of a cholagogue. It stimulates the release of bile flow. It helps to induce the liver into a nice state
of cleansing. It’s, although not commonly regarded, but
it can also be used like dandelion a bit as a laxative. This is one of my favorite herbs to use for
sluggish digestion, sluggish bowel. I’ll read out some points here: in sluggish
digestion, liver insufficiency, liver disease, gallstones, billary disease, any liver impairment,
chronic constipation it stimulates liver cell regeneration. Of particular value in jaundice, liver damage
caused by poisons. This is a nice one to have alongside dandelion,
for example, or the herb we’ll talk about a bit later on. Also, it’s quite nice to eat dandelions. You can actually eat them in salads. You can get canned dandelion for example. I think this was traditionally one of the
herbs used a lot for jaundice in young people, and also hepatic insufficiency or poor or
sluggish liver. Whenever I think about liberal gallbladder,
I think about globe artichoke, and of course the better the liver function, and the more
the bile flow, the better that the colon is going to be The less hassle you’ll have with
bacteria and yeast and things like that. Let’s look at the fourth one. Ulmus fulva, what the hell is that? That’s called slippery elm bark powder. Slippery elms is quite a tall elm tree and
it’s the pink inner bark that we’re looking for. This is the best demulcent herb for internal
and external use. Demulcent means it’s soothing. It’s very soothing, and it’s building and
soothing. It soothes the elementary mucosas, so the
whole digestive tract will be soothed with this. It’s particularly good for infants up to about
two or three years of age can be fed this. Some American Native Indian tribes would feed
that the baby’s only slippery elm powder with breast milk for the first 12 months of their
life. That’s all they would get would be a powder
like this. It’s particularly good for ulcers or burning
or things like that in the gut. I would recommend it for stomach conditions,
and I would also recommend it for colonic conditions or bowel problems. Whether there’s diarrhea or constipation,
irritable bowel syndrome where there’s helicobacter, where there’s reflux disease or GERD, you
want to try slippery elm bark powder. Make sure you get a pink one. Look at my face. It’s not blue is it? It’s pink. That sort of pinky color, hope it’s not too
red, that pinky color is what you’re looking for. The more pink, the color of the slippery elm,
the higher the quality of it. You don’t want to buy stuff that’s brown or
looks a bit old and smells stale. A good test is to get a good pinch of the
stuff and put it in water. Within literally a few minutes, it should
turn into a mucilaginous, like a jelly almost. That’s a good slippery elm powder. External it’s nice to put on burns and cuts
and abrasions and things like that. It’s often used for wounds externally. Internally it’s soothes and calms and it just
moves things. It’s also a fantastic prebiotic. This will allow good bacteria levels to grow,
particularly the bifidobacterium bacteria. That’s slippery elm powder. Getting harder to get the good stuff now. A lot of junk on the market. Now, drum roll. One of my favorite herbs, St. Mary’s thistle,
silybum marianum. Silybum. Silybum. Literally silly bum, it’ means. Silybum marianum, this is probably one of
the best liver herbs you can get. It’s fantastic. It’s particularly good as a hepato-protective,
so it protects the liver and helps to reverse a lot of liver damage. Dandelions are the mild one. The St. Mary’s thistle is more the chronic
one. This is one of the one of the best herbs you
can use for a period of three or four weeks, six weeks, if we’re coming into a good detoxification. If you really want to rejuvenate the body
and get it into a very high shape, of course, St. Mary’s thistle is quite a smart move. It’s hepato- restorative, it’s hepato-protective
and it’s a mile cholagogue. It stimulates bile flow, but it protects the
liver. This is a nice one to use if you’ve had a
history of a lot of pharmaceutical drugs, if you’ve been taking lots of Paracetamol,
Ibuprofen, drugs like that, Voltaren or drugs that reduce inflammation in the body. They wreck the gut, they make the liver sick,
they make it toxic. This will help to undo a lot of the damage
from that. Garlic and St. Mary’s thistle combination
is particularly good for liver drug detoxification. Agent of rehabilitation, of any acute or chronic
liver condition, hepatitis, alcohol damage, drug or dietary supplement abuse, gallbladder
disease, spleen problems, blah, blah, blah. It goes on and on and on. Good for heavy medic medicine takers. I’ve made a note here. Any detox or fast helps to protect a clear
liver. So try and get the liquid if you can. A good reputable company, like Standard Process,
for example, in the states. One of my favorite companies in terms of from
the seed right through to the bottle. Grow stuff and they make stuff. They make some nice St. Mary’s thistle products,
but there are many good … there’s Gaia Herbs and there’s many different companies that
make a good St. Mary’s thistle. Fantastic herb. There you have it. That was just five of some of the more unusual
herbs I don’t often talk about. The St. Mary’s thistle, the slippery elm,
the glob artichoke, the ginger and the dandelion. I’ll probably do some more videos like this
of similar kind of herbs. Thanks for tuning in. Don’t forget to click on the link below in
the description box. Thank you.


  • Reply Peter Petterssen August 11, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I think I have a problem with foods that have histamine – I take antihistamine and when I fast I feel OK but after eating I often feel like I was poisoned. It would be great if you could say something about this subject if you're familiar with it.

    Thank you.

  • Reply Sharpirate August 11, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Hi, Eric, could you cover dry mouth and lips in more detail?

  • Reply Manuel Ferreira August 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Do these work for citrobacter freundii?

  • Reply JB40 August 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    What are your thoughts on lectins and oxalates in plant medicine?

  • Reply Jacobs videos Are awesome August 12, 2019 at 1:48 am

    is milk thistle oestrogeic or can it increase it?

  • Reply Jacobs videos Are awesome August 12, 2019 at 1:49 am

    thank you for this…can you send through the exact protocol to erridicate blasto please..ive tried to email you a few times now….including diet while on protocol and how long to be on your protocol for…exactly how many bottle i will need

  • Reply Somaia Sbeita August 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Amazing video. Thank you so much Dr.

  • Reply Donal Haughey August 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Brilliant video, great info.. more like this please! Very interesting about the poultice you spoke about, can you talk about more poultices you know about and benefits? Also, just a question I have for a friend…. what is the best herb for chronic constipation in an elderly person? Possibly the slippery elm you mentioned? Thanks

  • Reply i da August 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I buy slippery elm powder from amazon and there is no pink powder, it’s all brown I’ve checked and I’ve used a few different brands. The only one I could find that wasn’t brown was cream coloured. Would it still be ok to take the cream coloured powder if you can’t find anything else? Do you know the name of a manufacturer that sells pink slippery elm powder?

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