Arnica (arnica montana)

March 20, 2017

ARNICA

(Arnica montana)   Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the sunflower family, which is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Southern Russia. It has also been known to grow in parts of North America and Canada. This herb is also known by the names of Mountain Tobacco, and Leopard’s bane and Wolfsbane. Another herb, Aconite/Monkshood is also known as Wolfsbane. It was used by Swiss mountain guides to prevent fatigue when chewed and was also used as a substitute for tobacco. Arnica montana has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500’s, and is still popular today. It grows to approximately 1 – 2 feet, has yellow flowers with an orange centre, and has an appearance similar to that of daisies. The stems and leaves of these plants are bright green and hairy, which is the reason for its original Greek name Arni, meaning ‘lamb’ (in reference to the plants soft leaves). The main part of this plant used for medicinal purposes are the flowers, but the roots and rhizomes (continuous horizontal underground stem) are often utilized as well.  

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARNICA:

  • Reduces inflammation: This is due to the presence of helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone that is highly effective as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is therefore effective for treating bruises, sprai

August 22, 2016

28 HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS THAT AID WITH ARTHRITIS

  • Ginger: Gingerol, (the active ingredient in ginger), has anti inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing symptoms of arthritis. It has also been found to reduce the action of T cells (which can add to systemic inflammation). Best used for Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Turmeric: Turmeric not only has anti inflammatory properties, but anti-cancer, and antibacterial properties as well. It works by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Best used for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Green tea: The polyphenols in the tea are rich in antioxidants, and have been known to suppress the inflammatory immune response common in arthritis
  • Cinnamon: This herb also has high anti inflammatory properties
  • Garlic: Not only has garlic got powerful anti inflammatory properties, it also prevents the production of cytokines which is a pro inflammatory substance
  • Black pepper/Capsaicin: This herb has anti inflammatory properties and is often the active ingredient in gels and creams used in arthritis treatment. Best used for Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Willow bark: Also an anti inflammatory herb

January 7, 2016

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that help to suppress the immune system. These drugs are effective in treating many ailments, particularly autoimmune diseases, and have been used effectively for many years. Corticosteroids (cortisol, corticosterone, cortisone, and aldosterone) are produced naturally in the body by the Cortex, which is the outer portion of the adrenal gland, and can be broken down into two categories:

  1. Glucocorticoids: These act to suppress the immune system and lessen inflammation, while also assisting in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
  2. Mineralocorticoids: These regulate the balance of salt and water in the body

Synthetic corticosteroids mimic the actions of naturally occurring corticosteroids and are often used as a replacement in people with dysfunctional adrenal glands which are unable to produce adequate amounts of the chemicals. Systemic corticosteroids refer to corticosteroids given orally, or via injection, and distributed throughout the body. These do not include corticosteroids used in the eyes, ears, nose, on the skin, or that are inhaled. Examples of synthetic corticosteroids:

  • Betamethasone
  • Budesonide
  • Cortisone
  • Hydrocortisone