Herbal medicine and asthma

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma tsugae) – Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors have long used this variety as a tonic, it improves vitality, strength and stamina and prolongs life.
Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes) – this mushroom is found in many Asian cuisines.
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) – another immune stimulator, it is widely used in Japanese cooking. Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) – used as a medicinal mushroom in Russian and Eastern European traditional medicine. Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) – a potent antioxidant, oyster mushrooms also have antibacterial and immune boosting abilities. For more information on some specific tips on taking medicinal mushrooms, see my newer article. If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
I cannot locate naturopath in our area PA and only ones at CTCA hosptials and they woun’t tkae me as they did not treat Acinic Cell. Please note:The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. Common Names: Burdock, greater burdock, great thistle, beggar’s button’s, Grosse Klette (German), niu bang zi (Chinese), gobo (Japanese), woowong (Korean). Distribution and Habitat: Burdock is native to Europe and Asia and has now spread worldwide in temperate zones. It was well-known to common people in Britain—the 17th century physician Nicholas Culpeper described several uses of burdock, including treating ulcers, sores, and even dog bites! It is thought that the customary use of burdock by native peoples of Eastern North America may have actually been initiated by the early settlers from Europe, who brought the herb with them. In Japan burdock is called “gobo” and is grown as a vegetable; the freshly dug up roots are served as a stew, fried dish or salad.
Chemical analysis of burdock revealed that the seeds actually have medicinal compounds quite different from those in the roots and in recent years more attention has been given to isolating the active compounds in the burdock seeds and testing these for their potential to fight viral infection and cancer. In traditional herbal medicine, burdock, much like its close relative milk thistle, has long been used for “blood purification”. So, although burdock is a diuretic, it remains to be seen whether this action alone is enough to cure specific complaints such as edema or urinary tract infections or obstructions.
However, detoxification can also mean removal of harmful microbes, and in this case at least there is plenty of scientific evidence that burdock is indeed an effective herbal remedy.
The healthy effect that burdock has on the skin has been shown in laboratory and clinical studies and may be due to more than its mild antiseptic property. An extract from Burdock seeds has been shown to be an effective treatment of high blood pressure by acting on the smooth muscle of arteries. Burdock has been used in Asia and elsewhere in the world for treating stomach and intestinal problems.
Medical researchers were slow to turn their attention to burdock but this has changed in recent years.
Arctigenin may also slow memory loss by acting as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor; this information comes from experiments on rodents and not humans.
Scientists have now begun to isolate different classes of bioactive chemicals from the leaves of burdock, although there is little indication yet of the medical significance of these. The seeds contain different – and often powerful – bio-active chemicals than do the roots and leaves. The European Medicines Agency has yet to complete its public recommendations on the use of Arctium lappa.
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Habitat of the herb: Found in moist soils and shallow water in ditches, marshes, river edges and ponds. Cultivation of the herb: Found in moist soils and shallow water in ditches, marshes, river edges and ponds.
Some studies show that it can enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce the side effects of radiation treatments.
It has anti-tumor effects and also protects the kidneys from the side effects of chemotherapy.  It is one of the most widely used tonics in anti-cancer formulas in Chinese Medicine.

Studies have shown that it is a powerful immune stimulant.  Maitake also protects cells with its antioxidant properties and decreases the inflammatory factor COX2 enzyme which is common in cancer physiology. Chaga has been studied as a potential anti-cancer agent, it contains betulin, a precursor to betulinic acid, which has been shown to inhibit cancer-promoting enzymes.
In episode 3 of The Truth about Cancer one of the doctors said mushrooms were high in glutamine which promotes cancer growth. It’s use in traditional Chinese, Korean, and European herbalism has developed independently in these different cultures. Whether for food or medicine, the root must be harvested by the end of the first year, after which it withers.
It is the seed of burdock that has been used as a treatment to expel kidney stones, since at least the 1600s and possibly earlier in Chinese medicine. Another form of detox is chelation therapy, which is the binding of molecules to harmful metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. Burdock root has mild antibiotic action and is used to treat skin infections such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea. Researchers have confirmed that extracts from the burdock seeds promote blood circulation to the skin and speeds metabolism of the skin cells, thus quickening healing of injured skin and even lessening the appearance of wrinkles. The precise identity of the chemical or chemicals (likely lignans) that are responsible for this effect is not known; however the extract from the seeds is not much different from what has been used in traditional Korean medicine.
Although burdock is not native to South America it has long been used in Brazilian traditional medicine to treat chronic stomach upset and ulcers.
There is now a slew of exciting discoveries as the anti-inflammatory agents, especially the lignans, are better isolated and manipulated in the lab. For treatment of minor skin afflictions such as acne, a decoction of 2 tsp dried burdock root and 5 tsp dandelion root is mixed with water to be ingested once a day.
For this reason, a medical professional should be consulted before using herbal remedies made from the seeds. The roots closely resemble those of several poisonous plants and there is the possibility that these could be inadvertently mixed.
Shiitake is widely used in alternative and complementary treatment of cancer in Japan due to its immune-enhancing functions.
Studies have also shown that Maitake has potential anti-metastatic properties inhibiting the proliferation and spread of cancer.
Now I’m confused as I thought mushrooms were anti- cancer immune building supplements. The flowers resemble thistle flowers and come out of the top of the burrs, which attach themselves easily onto any passerby. Conventional medicine has viewed much of the general claims of detoxification as false or at least overly broad and unsupported by facts. It may be because of this diuretic action that burdock was once prescribed for gout; however, there is not much evidence that it is effective in eliminating gout. Burdock is a frequently listed chelating agent in naturopathic medicine; however, there is as yet very little or no chemical evidence of this.
Likewise, the antibiotic action of burdock is used in Chinese medicine to treat sore throats and colds. Burdock root extracts were found effective in treating experimentally induced colitis and gastric ulcers in laboratory animals, thus confirming the value of this herbal remedy. The seeds of burdock contain as many as twelve kinds of lignans, the most frequently studied being arctigenin, arctiin, and essiac. In particular, arctigenin, which was only recently fully described, is now the target of many experiments to assess its potential as an anti-viral and anti-cancer drug. Pot up young seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle, keep them wet by standing the pots in shallow water and overwinter for the first year in a greenhouse or cold frame.
The essential oil in the roots of some populations of this plant contains the compound asarone. Lentinan, a compound found in Shiitake, is used as an intravenous anti-cancer drug with anti-tumor properties.
However, an objective assessment of the value of detoxifiying herbs such as burdock can only be made by breaking down the broad claim of detoxification into the different physiological processes and looking at each of these.
Detoxification can also mean enzymatic activity, which is the naturally occurring chemical process by which the body’s metabolic products are broken down, through the interaction of enzymes with various waste proteins.

It is the anti-inflammatory compounds in burdock that are effective in treating these problems.
These naturally occurring chemicals have been investigated for their anti-oxidant activity and as possible cancer drugs. Artigenin was found to selectively kill cancer cells when the artigenin was combined with 2-deoxyglucose, which acts as the ‘bait’, causing the tumour cells to take up both the sugar and the anti-inflammatory agent. Those who are already taking blood thinning medications should not take it without their doctor’s approval. Arctigenin preferentially induces tumor cell death under glucose deprivation by inhibiting cellular energy metabolism.
However, some care should be taken in its use since some forms of the plant might be carcinogenic - see the notes above on toxicity for more information. Rich in starch, the root contains about 1% of an essential oil that is used as a food flavouring. The oil is contained mainly in the outer skin of the root, it has a fragrance reminiscent of patchouli oil. This has tranquillising and antibiotic activity, but is also potentially toxic and carcinogenic. Clinical studies have associated lentinan with a higher survival rate, higher quality of life and lower recurrence of cancer. I found that episode of TTAC contradictory as one doctor said mushrooms should be avoided and another Russian doctor was promoting the Chaga mushroom for anti-cancer properties. These are (mainly): enemas and diuretics, metal chelators, enzymatic reactions, and anti-septics. The root is anodyne, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hallucinogenic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, mildly tonic and vermifuge. It seems that these compounds are found in the triploid form of the species (found in Asia) whilst the diploid form (found in N.
A thorough chemical analysis of burdock revealed that the seeds contain a large number of both lignans and caffeoylquinic acids in high concentrations. Comparative analysis of caffeoylquinic acids and lignans in roots and seeds among various burdock (Arctium lappa) genotypes with high antioxidant activity. Very easy, it can be carried out successfully at any time in the growing season and can be planted direct into its permanent positions.
In contrast, the root contains other bio-active compounds but only trace amounts of lignans.
However, the root (but not the isolated essential oil) has been used in India for thousands of years without reports of cancer which suggests that using the whole herb is completely safe, though more research is needed.
In small doses it reduces stomach acidity whilst larger doses increase stomach secretions and it is, therefore, recommended in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. When added to rice being stored in granaries it has significantly reduced loss caused by insect damage because the oil in the root has sterilized the male rice weevils. An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used in perfumery and for making aromatic vinegars. An infusion of the root can bring about an abortion whilst chewing the root alleviates toothache. It is a folk remedy for arthritis, cancer, convulsions, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, epilepsy etc. They can also be burnt as an incense, whilst the whole plant was formerly used as a strewing herb.
Caution is advised on the use of this root, especially in the form of the distilled essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations. It is used in the treatment of flatulence, dyspepsia, anorexia and disorders of the gall bladder.

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