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Essiac Herbal Tea

Essiac tea is one of the favorite alternative medicine for cancer. Essiac was discovered by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse (1888-1978), who named it after her name spelled backwards. The recipe is said to be based on a traditional Ojibwa (Native American) remedy. Essiac contains greater burdock root (Arctium lappa), slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus rubra), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), and Indian rhubarb root (Rheum officinale). Many users of essiac believe that it does improve the body ability to fight cancer and that is effective at reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The most common current use of essiac is as a tea. Some people take essiac tea on occasion for general health purposes or for healing of various ailments, not just cancer. Caution is advised when using essiac herbal tea since one of the ingredients - burdock may either lower or raise blood sugar levels.

Rosemary Medicinal Uses

Rosemary is a stimulant and mild analgesic, and has been used to treat headaches, poor circulation, and many ailments for which stimulants are prescribed. It can be used as a disinfectant, as a mouth wash and to treat fever or rheumatism. Externally it can be used in hair lotions; a few drops of Rosemary oil massaged into the scalp, then rinsed with an infusion of nettles can revitalize the hair. Used in this manner, it is supposed to prevent premature baldness. Rosemary is also reported to reduce or even stop dandruff. Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance (during weddings, war commemorations and funerals) in Europe, probably as a result of this reputation. Students in ancient Greece are reported to have worn sprigs of rosemary in their hair while studying for exams to improve their memory and mourners would throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. Rosemary and its constituents carnosol and ursolic acid have been shown to inhibit the growth of skin tumours and to provide a natural anti-oxidant protection against skin cancer and photo damage.

Medical Use of Ginkgo Leaves

The extract of the Ginkgo leaves contains flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids such as ginkgolides and bilobalides. Ginkgo's medical properties has been known for a long time and it has been part of Chinese medicine for more than 2800 years. It is mainly used as memory enhancer and anti-vertigo agent. Many research reports indicate there are three effects of Ginkgo extract on the human body: it improves blood flow (including microcirculation in small capillaries) to most tissues and organs; it protects against oxidative cell damage from free radicals (antioxidant); and it blocks many of the effects of PAF (platelet aggregation, blood clotting) that have been related to the development of a number of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and CNS (Central Nervous System) disorders. Ginkgo can be used for intermittent claudication (cramping sensation in the legs). Various trials indicate that Ginkgo shows promise in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, although further study is needed. Ginkgo is commonly added to energy drinks, but the amount is typically so low it does not produce a noticeable effect, except perhaps via a placebo effect from Ginkgo being listed on the label.

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