On this episode of our nationally syndicated radio show, we talk with two doctors who have been closely following research into the use of herbs for healing. Sometimes people dismiss the medicines we can find in plants as old wives tales or silly home remedies. However, scientists are increasingly confirming that certain herbs can be very useful in managing chronic diseases and improving health.
Culinary herbs like rosemary and thyme add flavor to our food. But they can also do so much more. In fact, consuming such herbs may help account for the well-known health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Dr. Tierraona Low Shun describes how she uses herbs for healing. What are the differences between herbs and spices? Generally, when people talk about herbs, they are describing plants from temperate zones. We mainly use the leaves for both cooking and healing. Spices come more often from tropical and subtropical regions. Often these are plant parts such as seeds, bark (cinnamon) or roots and rhizomes (ginger and turmeric). Researchers have extensively studied turmeric and its main component, cumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and has been used to improve memory and mood and fight cancer. In some studies, turmeric is more effective than NSAIDs in relieving knee arthritis pain.
Rosemary and thyme.
Is rosemary consumption associated with longevity? Some doctors think so. Studies confirm what people have long discovered through experience. rosemary has a beneficial effect on memory and cognition. Moreover, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects and can be used to fight H. pylori stomach infections.
Like rosemary, thyme has antimicrobial properties. It is often used to fight infection. Additionally, it appears to help disrupt biofilms and may be helpful for coughs. Dr. Low Dogg advocates making a thyme-based cough syrup to help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory infections.
Saffron has many uses for optimal health;
Saffron is another popular Mediterranean spice. It consists of the stigma of a domesticated coccus. Research shows that it can be effective in treating depression and anxiety. In addition, scientists are investigating its possible use against certain types of cancer. Dr. Some studies show that it can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
Another spice, cinnamon, also has many uses. It has anti-inflammatory activity that can be especially helpful in treating menstrual cramps and nausea. It is best known for its effects on blood sugar and triglycerides. There are several different types of cinnamon, and people who plan to use it regularly should know about them. Cinnamomum verumor Ceylon cinnamon is safer than the more common cassia cinnamon we commonly find in grocery stores. This is because it is free of the coumarin that cassia cinnamon can contain. This compound can be toxic to the liver.
Strengthening cellular health with medicinal herbs.
Our second guest, Dr. Bill Rawls, describes how herbs can promote health at the cellular level. We shouldn’t expect quick results from this approach, but the benefits can be long-lasting and side effects are rare.
It seems likely that many chronic diseases are associated with dormant infectious agents. Conditions such as chronic Lyme disease or long-term COVID can be difficult to detect and even more difficult to treat effectively. However, restoring health at the cellular level can help strengthen our body’s natural defenses. This is why Dr. Rawls advocates the use of medicinal herbs.
Adaptogens as medicinal herbs.
You may not be familiar with some of the herbs that Dr. Rawls recommends. However, scientific studies support the treatment of these herbs. Adaptogens such as Rhodiola, reishi and shilojit can help overcome the effects of chronic stress. He shows how they work synergistically for optimal cellular health.
This week’s guests:
Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a founding member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and the Academy of Women’s Health. He was elected chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements/Herbals Expert Panel and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His books include: Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Life is your best medicine and: Strengthen your life. your guide to vitamins, minerals and more. Dr. Low Dog eBooks include Treating burns naturally and: Spices that heal. Physical copies are available for purchase through Amazon; Click here.
His websites are drlowdog.com and https://www.medicinelodgeranch.com/
As a 4th generation physician, Dr. Bill Rawls has dedicated his life to medicine. But when he faced a personal health crisis in his late forties with Lyme disease, everything changed. In his quest to restore health, Dr. Rawls faced the limitations of conventional medicine and knew he had to find his own way to restore health. Over the past 15 years, he has extensively researched the science behind herbal therapies and new sustainable approaches to health care. Its website is https://vitalplan.com/
Dr. Rawls is an author Lime opening. myths, truths, and practical solutions for chronic Lyme diseaseand his most recent book, A cellular health solution. reach your full health potential with the power of science-backed herbs.
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