Burdock Key actions: Detoxifying, mild diuretic, antibiotic and antiseptic. Uses: “Burdock has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and diuretic and hypoglycemic (lowering blood sugar levels) effects. It also seems to have an antitumor actions. Recent studies suggest the seeds are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and hepatoprotective”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew Chevallier, p. 65) Burdock is also used treat gout and kidney stones.
Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinalis) – Dandelion is a diuretic used to reduce the volume of fluid in the body and reduce short term weight gain caused by eating too much salt. Dandelion is an effective detoxifier which is used to remove toxins from the liver and kidney. It removes pollutants and help with conditions such as constipation, acne, eczema, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and gout. It also, “increase bile flow in your gallbladder and improves how your body processes fat and cholesterol”. (James A. Duke, Healing Foods p. 186) “Unlike many conventional diuretics, which cause loss of potassium, dandelion leaves contain high levels of potassium, giving a net gain of the mineral”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 141)
Red Clovers contain high levels of isoflavones that are phytoestrogenic. “Within the last few years, red clover isoflavones have been shown not only to have therapeutic use during menopause, helping to reduce the impact of falling estrogen levels, but also to exert a protective effect on the heart and circulation in menopausal women with low estrogen levels. Because the isoflavones are able to “compete with the body’s own estrogen, it is now thought that red clover may be helpful in preventing and treating breast cancer”. Red Clovers “has traditionally been used to treat breast cancer. A concentration decoction was applied to the tumor site, which apparently encouraged the tumor to grow outward and eventually clear the body” (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew, Chevallier, p. 277)
Prickly Ash Key actions: circulatory stimulant, increases sweating, antirheumatic and carminative. “Western herbalists regard prickly ash as a prime remedy for rheumatic and arthritic problems. It stimulates blood flow to painful and stiff joints, promoting the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the area and removing waste products. Prickly ash improves the circulation in both intermittent claudication and Raynaud’s disease”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 153)
Sarsaparilla – is used worldwide to treat syphilis and other sexually transmitted disease, as a blood purifier, general tonic, sexual stimulant and wound healer. The natural steroidal glycosides found in sarsaparilla is an alternative to anabolic steroids.
Butcher’s Broom has anti-inflammatory and vasoconstricting properties and has being use for centuries for venous problems, such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins. “Butcher’s Broom is known for its cleansing properties, especially with blood vessels. It contains agents that support circulation (especially to the legs) and maintain blood viscosity and cholesterol levels. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis Balch p. 39)