The Best Health Care Plan Available

  • Food is your best medicine and a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits will ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs. Adequate chewing is essential to good digestion, as it breaks down the particle size of the food being eaten and mixes it with enzymes in the mouth that begin the journey through the stomach and the digestive tract. Many people will also juice some of their food to facilitate extraction of nutrients from vegetables and fruits. This has helped many overcome major diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

    A variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure your body has what it needs, but it is important that the food you choose be grown on pesticide and chemical free soil. This soil should not contain contaminents and yet contain a balanced ratio of minerals (similar to the balance in sea water). There are 90 minerals that are found in sea water and at one time the whole earth was covered with this water as a result of The Great Flood. Since that time, many of the minerals have been depleted from the soil and subsequently will be also missing from the food grown in that soil. Optimally, these minerals can be replaced by an application of sea minerals. Although this is not always possible, every attempt should be made to eat food that is grown on soil which has been revitalized with minerals, organically grown and fed with the purest water possible.

    The other basic component of good health is your bodies' detoxification system. Every cell in your body exudes waste products which are excreted into the interstitual space outside of each cell. From here the waste travels through the lymph system and into the blood where it is pumped through the liver and kidneys. The liver and kidneys are amazing filtering systems that pull out waste and excete them into the colon and kidneys. In order for the lymph system to work properly, exercise is essential. This is one reason why cancer patients that regularly exercise (but not to the point of exhausting the body) dramatically increase their ability to over-come their disease.

    By giving yourself a balance of organic vegetables (mostly raw if possible), fruits, grains, beans, seeds your bodies’ approximate 10 to 50 trillion cells will receive fat (essential fatty acids), carbohydrates, protein (vegetable sources are healthier), vitamins, minerals and enzymes and all the nutrients that they need.  Please note that the latest research shows that a plant based diet is the optimum diet for superior health and can help to prevent and reverse cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and most diseases.

    The careful addition of herbs to your diet (in the form of spices, teas, or edible greens and plants) can further aid your body to detoxify, and rebuild itself. Specific health challenges can respond sometimes dramatically and sometimes very gradually and slowly to achieve health. Below is only a partial listing of some of the specific actions that can be achieved with a variety of different herbs.

    In addition to diet and herbs it is important to get fresh air, sunshine, some direct contact with mother earth, restful sleep, pure water and positive productive healing thoughts. Forgiving yourself and others is essential to health, as science confirms that a good mental outlook is a big factor in over-coming any health crisis and is essential for our general well being. Every thought you think has some affect on your body and health.

    Very important and often overlooked is that the elimination of stress is an important factor in over-coming cancer and other illnesses. Many studies confirm this finding.

    Our God is an awesome God and and has given us all the tools we need to heal our bodies, minds and even our spirits. Remember that Jesus died for your sins (as well as mine) and it is He that actually heals us through the tools that He provides for us. Every breath we breathe is dependent upon Him and His goodness. Learn to develop an attitude of gratitude for all you have and it will go a long way in helping you to heal from whatever disease you have and to find the courage to overcome whatever obstacles come your way. Do not lose hope, dear friend.

    Note: It is important to understand that pharmaceutical drugs are a poor substitute as tools to heal the body. Although drugs are useful in emergency situations, they are a poor substitute for the natural medicines that are provided through nature and the many natural healing methods that can be achieved with a more complete knowledge of the body, its natural processes and gentle patience. Although drugs can temporarily mask a condition or symptom of a disease and temporarily relieve the symptom or pain, they cannot address the bodies' fundamental problems. Remember when getting off of pharmaceuticals, it should often be done slowly and in some cases under the guidance of a medical doctor or trained naturopathic physician.

    Herbs

    Herbs are a great addition to your diet because they supply essential vitamins and minerals and also secondary metabolites, resins, saponins, oleoresins, lactones, volatile oils, and many other nutrients that facilitate the absorption and usage of the basic nutrients required by the body.  As the body assimilates an herb; organs, nerves, and various structures will be nourished, strengthened, toned, or cleansed (depending upon the action of the herb or combinations of herbs).  In this way, herbs assist the body to detoxify and regenerate the cells.  It is your bodies' own ability to heal any condition through its innate God-given intelligence. We can assist the body with hebs with various functions; such as alteratives, anthelmintics, astringents, bitter tonics, bland diuretics, calmatives, carminatives, cathartics, demulcents, diaphoretics, diuretics, emollients, expectorants, nervines, refrigerants, sedatives, stimulants, vulnerary, etc.

    According to their specific actions, herbs can be classified into different basic categories.  The following is a list of some of the more familiar categories. Many herbs have more than one action.

    Alteratives - Herbs that purify the blood.  These include:  Alfalfa, Barberry, Burdock, Cayenne, Echinacea, Eyebright, Garlic, Kelp, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Marshmallow, Nettles, Plantain, Red Clover, St. John’s Wort, Sassafras, Turkey Rhubarb, Uva Ursi and Yellow Dock.

    Anthelmintic or Vermifuges - Medicinal herb capable of destroying or expelling worms or other parasite. These include Areca Nuts, Balmony herb, Black Walnut hull, Kousso, Male Fern, Melia Azedarach, Pomegranate rind (or bark of root), Pumpkin seed, Spigelia root, Wormseed herb, Wormwood herb. Note: Care must be given when taking anthelminitcs to assure the correct dosing and schedule.

    Antispasmodics - Herbs that are used for muscular spasms, cramps and convulsions.  The Antispasmodic herbs include Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Blue Cohosh, Calendula, Cascara Sagrada, Cayenne, Cramp Bark, Fennel, Garlic, Hawthorne Berry , Kava Kava, Lady’s Slipper, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Motherwort, Mullein, Oat, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Pleurisy Root, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Rue, Sage, Scullcap, Skunk Cabbage, Spearmint, Thyme, Vervain, and Wild Yam.

    Astringents - Herbs that tighten tone and constrict body tissues.  Their constricting qualities are due to polyphenols and tannins.  These herbs are effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.  Astringents include: Bayberry, Beth Root, Blackberry, Black Walnut, Bugleweed, Calendula, Cayenne, Cleaver, Comfrey, Cramp Bark, Cranesbill, Dandelion, Elecampane, Ephedra, Eyebright, Fenugreek, Gravel Root, Hawthorne Berry, Horsetail, Juniper Berry, Mullein, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Rose Hips, Rosemary, Sage, Shepherd’s Purse, Slippery Elm, Squaw vine, St. John’s Wort, Stone Root, Tormentil, Turkey Rhubarb, Uva Ursi, Vervain, Wild Cherry Bark, Witch Hazel, White Oak Bark, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, and Yerba Santa.

    Cardiacs - Herbs that increase the power and function of the heart.  Cardiac herbs include Black Cohosh, Bugleweed, Cayenne, Hawthorne Berry, and Motherwort.

    Carminatives - Herbs that stimulate the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract.  Carminatives also increase the tone of the musculature and stimulate peristalsis.  These herbs include Angelica, Anise, Caraway, Cardamom, Catnip, Cayenne , Celery, Chamomile, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Juniper Berrry, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pleurisy Root, Rosemary, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint, Thyme, and Valerian root.

    Cathartics - Herbs that cause a rapid evacuation of the upper intestines and the bowels, by stimulating the intestines and colon to remove waste and toxins through bowel movements. Cathartic herbs include: Aloe, Cascara Sagrada, Mountain flax, and Rhubarb.

    Cholagogues - Herbs that promote the flow of bile.  Cholagogue herbs include Barberry, Beet, Bistort, Boneset, Cascara Sagrada, Cayenne , Damiana, Dandelion, Elecampane, Gentian, Goldenseal, Hops, Hyssop, Mandrake, (Olive Oil), Oregon Grape Root, Vervain, Wild Yam, Wormwood, and Yellow Dock.

    Demulcents - Are herbs that soften and relieve irritation of the mucous membranes. In addition to being used in conjunction with expectorant herbs they are often used as powders to bind medications when making pills.  The demulcents herbs include Agar Agar, Aloe Vera, Burdock Root, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Comfrey Root, Cornsilk, Fenugreek, Flax Seed, Pimento, Irish Moss, Kelp, Licorice, Lungwort, Marshmallow, Mullein, Peach Bark, Psyllium Seed and Slippery Elm.

    Diaphoretics - Herbs that increase perspiration by dilating superficial capillaries and blood vessels.  There are 3 categories of diaphoretics: stimulating, neutral and relaxing.  Diaphoretic herbs include:  Angelica (stimulating), Blessed Thistle (stimulating), Blue Vervain (relaxing), Boneset (stimulating), Burdock Root (relaxing), Buchu (stimulating), Calendula (relaxing), Catnip (relaxing), Chamomile (relaxing), Elder Flower (stimulating), Ephedra (stimulating), Garlic (stimulating), Ginger (stimulating), Horehound (neutral), Horseradish (stimulating), Hyssop (stimulating), Lemon Balm (relaxing), Motherwort (relaxing), Mugwort (relaxing), Passion Flower (relaxing), Pennyroyal (stimulating), Peppermint (stimulating), Pleurisy Root (relaxing), Safflower (Neutral), Sarsaparilla (Neutral), Sassafras (neutral), Spearmint (stimulating), Thyme (relaxing), Vervain (relaxing), White Willow (relaxing), Wild Yam (relaxing), Yarrow (stimulating). 

    Diuretics - Are herbs that increase the flow of urine.  Diuretics include Blackberry, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Buchu, Burdock Root, Celery Seed, Chaparral, Cleaver, Cornsilk, Damiana, Dandelion, Elecampane, False Unicorn, Fennel, Gotu Kola, Gravel Root, Hawthorne Berry, Horseradish, Horsetail, Hydrangea, Juniper Berry, Kava Kava, Kelp, Marshmallow, Mistletoe, Mullein, Parsley, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Pleurisy root, Rosemary, Sassafras, Saw Palmetto, Senna, Shepherd’s Purse, Squaw Vine, St. John’s Wort, Stone Root, Uva Ursi, White Oak Bark and White Willow.

    Emmenagogues - Are herbs that promote menstrual flow.  These herbs should NEVER be used during pregnancy.  Emmenagogue herbs include Angelica, Beth Root, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Chamomile, Damiana, Gentian, Goldenseal, Horsetail, Mistletoe (American), Motherwort, Mugwort, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Prickly Ash, Rue, Safflower, Squaw Vine and Tansy.

    Expectorants - Herbs are those which facilitate the excretion of mucous from the throat and lungs. They are usually combined with Demulcents. Expectorants include Chaparral, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Elecampane, Ephedra, Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Horehound, Horseradish, Hyssop, Licorice, Lobelia, Lungwort, Mullein, Myrrh, Nettle, Parsley, Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Thyme, Vervain, Wild Cherry and Yerba Santa.

    Galactagogues - Are herbs that increase the secretion of milk of nursing mothers. Galactagogue herbs include Anise Seed, Blessed Thistle, Cumin, Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek, Raspberry, and Vervain.

    Mucilages - Herbs are those that have mucilaginous properties and are used to soothe inflamed tissues.  Mucilage herbs include Agar Agar, Chickweed, Comfrey Root, Flax Seed, Lungwort, Marshmallow Root, Mullein, and Slippery Elm.                                                                                                                                                               
    Nervines - Herbs that act as nerve tonics and feed, regulate, strengthen and regenerate nerve cells.  They act as either stimulants or sedatives with the result that they lessen aberration, irritability, or pain of the nervous system.  These herbs are not to be confused with inorganic narcotics or opiates that harm the nerves. The nervines include Lobelia, Scullcap (Skullcap), Velerian, Lady's Slipper or Nerve Root, Mistletoe, Wood Betony, Cramp Bark or High Cranberry, Hops, Black Cohosh or Black Snake Root and Wild Yam or Colic Root.

    Parasiticides - Herbs are those that kill and remove parasites from the skin.  They include Black Walnut, Chaparral, Echinacea, False Unicorn, Garlic, Gentian, Rue, Thyme and Wood Betony.

    Purgatives - Herbs are those that stimulate or lubricate the large intestines to promote bowel movement.  These herbs include Buckthorn Bark, Senna, Mandrake Root, and ... although it is not an herb ... Castor Oil.

    Sialogogues - Herbs are those that promote and increase in the flow of saliva.  Sialagogue herbs include Black Pepper, Cayenne , Echinacea, Ginger, Licorice and Prickly Ash.

    Stimulants - Herbs are natural agents in assisting the functional activity of the body.  They increase energy and alertness.  They stimulate the central nervous system and most stimulants also increase the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.  In addition they increase blood pressure, heart rate and respiration.  The Stimulant herbs include  Angelica, Bayberry, Black Pepper, Blessed Thistle, Boneset, Cardamom, Cayenne, Celery, Clove, Devil’s Claw, Elder Flower, Elecampane, Ephedra, False Unicorn, Fennel, Fo-Ti, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Gravel Root, Horseradish, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Mandrake, Mistletoe (European), Myrrh, Oat, Onion, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Red Clover, Rhubarb, Rosemary, Rue, Sassafras, Shepherd’s Purse, Spearmint, Tansy, Turkey Rhubarb, Valerian, Wild Cherry Bark, Yarrow and Yerba Santa.

    Stomachics - Herbs that strengthen the functions of the stomach.  They are usually bitter which increases salivation and improves digestion and appetite.  Stomachic herbs include Agrimony, Barberry, Blessed Thistle, Dandelion, Elecampane, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Hops, Juniper Berry, Mugwort, Peach Bark, Rhubarb, Rose Hips, Rue, Turkey Rhubarb, and Wormwood.

    Tonics - Herbs that increase energy and strengthen the body.  Tonic herbs increase the strength of the muscular and nervous system and improve digestion and assimilation.  The tonic herbs include Agrimony, Barberry, Beth Root, Black Haw, Blackberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, Buchu, Buckthorn, Bugleweed, Burdock Root, Cascara Sagrada, Celery, Chamomile, Cleaver, Comfrey, Cranesbill, Damiana, Dandelion, Dong Quai, Elecampane, Eyebright, False Unicorn, Fenugreek, Fo-Ti, Garlic, Gentian, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Hawthorne Berry Hops, Horsetail, Irish Moss, Kava Kava, Lady’s Slipper, Lobelia, Lungwort, Mandrake, Mistletoe (American), Mistletoe (European), Motherwort, Mugwort, Oat, Oregon Grape, Parsley, Pipsissewa, Pleurisy Root, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto, Squaw Vine, Stone Root, Turkey Rhubarb, Uva Ursi, Valerian, White Poplar, Wild Cherry Bark, Wild Yam and Wormwood.

    Rubefacients - Herbs are those that are used externally to stimulate and increase blood flow to the skin by causing dilation of the capillaries.  Rubefacient herbs include Cayenne , Mustard Seed, Prickly Ash and Rue.

    Styptics Herbs that are used to stop bleeding or hemorrhaging.  Styptic herbs are usually astringents and may be used internally or externally.  They should never be used by persons taking blood thinning agents.  Styptic herbs include Beth Root Bistort, Blackberry, Cranesbill, Horsetail, Plantain, Tormentil, White Oak Bark, Witch Hazel and Yarrow.

     

    Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. ...



Mankind's Use of Herbs

In the beginning:  “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”  Ezekial 47:12

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