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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness
Disorders

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Herbal, Nutritional & Holistic Recommendations


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  • Alzheimer's Disease Description
  • Alzheimer's Signs & Symptoms
  • Alzheimer's Disease Causes
  • Alheimers Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Therapy Recommendation
  • Treatment Considerations
  • Alzheimer's Disease - Holistic Recommendations - Providing Care, Exercise & Nutrition
  • Alzheimer's Disease - Supplements
  • Alzheimer's Disease - Herbal Recommendations
  • Alzheimer's Disease Support Products




  • HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS

    PROVIDING CARE FOR A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    If you are involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, seek counseling and support from the various agencies and groups, such as the Alzheimer's Association, that are trained to help. They can teach you how to handle such things as difficult behaviors. With aggressive behaviors, for example - whether name-calling, shouting, or physical aggression toward the caregiver - understanding why the behavior occurred is the key. Some tips from the Alzheimer's Association:
    • Think about what happened just before the reaction that may have "triggered" the behavior.
    • Look for the feelings behind the words.
    • Be positive, reassuring, and speak slowly, with a soft tone.
    • Use music, massage, and/or exercise to help soothe the person.

    Memory loss and confusion can cause a person with Alzheimer's disease to become suspicious of those around him or her. If this occurs, try not to take offense or argue, but rather offer a simple answer or try to divert the person's attention to another activity.

    EAT WELL, STAY ACTIVE, EXERCISE BRAIN

  • Keep your brain active and busy. Using and exercising your brain by remaining busy, writing, reading, and learning new things are important overall factors in staying sharp and preventing mental disorders. This helps slow down the progression of the disease. This means keeping active and intellectually involved, as well as getting plenty of moderate exercise and fresh air. Regular exercise throughout adulthood can reduce the changes of developing Alzheimer's disease. Activities associated with reduced risk include biking, walking, swimming and golf.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet of natural foods and follow with the supplementation program recommended in "Nutrients" section of this article.

  • Consume steam-distilled (preferred) or at least quality bottled water only. Do not drink tap water, as it may contain aluminum, lead, fluoride, and other chemicals that can cause brain-related problems. Drink at least 8 glasses a day. Water keeps the body (and brain) hydrated and helps to remove toxins from the body.

  • Include plenty of Fiber in your diet. Try Oat Bran or Rice Bran.

  • Avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke, processed foods, and environmental toxins and products containing toxic substances and metals, especially metals such as aluminum, lead and mercury. Smoking more than doubles the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal Lancet. While recent studies have not fully substantiated a connection between Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease, it is still wise to avoid aluminum intake as much as possible. All metals in excess are toxic to the body.

  • Avoid the artificial sweetener aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet). Physician and author H.J. Roberts, M.D., who has been researching Alzheimer's disease for 30 years, states that two amino acids in aspartame - phenylalanine and aspartic acid - can be neurotoxic when consumed in this form. He maintains that these substances can get past the blood-brain barrier and cause deteriorations of the nerve cells in the brain.

  • Stevia is an all natural, no calories, no carbs, no bitter aftertaste, with endless uses sweetener. Stevia leaves are one of the sweetest substances known in nature, with a sweetness rating of up to 300 times the sweetening power of sugar. They have been called a "super-sweetener", and are the source of stevioside, a widely available tabletop sweetener in many Asian countries. With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste, stevia is an excellent alternative sweetener to sugar for teas and other recipes that call for sugar. Most commercial Stevia which is a white crystalline color is actually the dried powdered extract of Stevia and is not the whole leaf. The material offered by Mountain Rose Herbs and Starwest Botanicals is whole leaf material.

  • Have a Hair Analysis to rule out the possibility of heavy metal toxins, especially metals such as aluminum, lead and mercury.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Aluminum Toxicity
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Led Toxicity
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Mercury Toxicity

  • Have allergy testing performed to rule out environmental and/or food allergies. Evidence is cited that diet and chemical allergies may play an important role in Alzheimer's disease. Reactions to allergens can cause swelling in the brain. Recurring headaches are a common symptom of cerebral (brain-related) allergies.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies

  • Use Rosemary Essential Oil in aromatherapy, or add 1 tablespoon (10 to 12 ml) of the oil to shampoo. The essential oil releases compounds that can be inhaled and that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine.

  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information Index

    NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) is absorbed into the bloodstream more efficiently than L-Carnitine, passes more easily through cell membranes, and is utilized more efficiently in the mitochondria of the cell. Take 2 grams of Acetyl-L-Carnitine daily, between meals. ALC is a natural substance derived from the amino acid L-Carnitine. ALC works with L-carnitine to help essential fatty acids cross into the cells of the brain. These fatty acids provide a fuel for brain cells that allows them to survive oxygen deprivation. Some studies have shown that ALC can slow the progression of dementia, especially in people who have mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

  • Alive Multi-Nutrient, made from whole foods, is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets and powder disintegrate up to 5 times faster than other leading brands and are easily absorbed.

  • Amino Acid Complex to supply protein for repair and rebuilding of body tissues. L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (L-Cysteine), and L-Taurine are amino acids and related compounds that have various important anti-aging actions. To supply needed protein - Elderly people often have difficulty assimilating dietary protein, and so are likely to have amino acid deficiencies. Protein is necessary for repair and rebuilding of body tissues. Use a formula containing all of the essential amino acids.

  • Take a good Antioxidant Complex supplement daily, as recommended on the label. Although a direct link between increasing dietary antioxidants and controlling Alzheimer's disease has not been proven, it is likely that antioxidants may slow the progress of the condition. They also have many other benefits.

  • Back to Youth, TCM Formula is made of extracts from prepared rehmannia root, common yam, achyranthes, wolfberry, dogwood fruit, poria, salty eucommia bark, polygala prepared with licorice, roasted morinda, schizandra fruit, salty fennel, chinquapin seed, cistanche, acorus root and common jujube fruit, chinese herbs for aging. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula for its adaptogenic, endocrine regulating and metabolism promoting properties to tonify the heart, kidney, spleen and stomach, help maintain healthy memory power and revive sexual potency, especially among the elderly.

  • Bioflavonoids are not true vitamins in the strictest sense, sometimes being referred to as vitamin P, and may be found in herbal plants, fruits, nuts and bark; and because they cannot be manufactured by the body, they must be supplied through the diet. The letter ''P'' represents permeability factor, and it was given to this group of nutrients because they improve capillary strength and permeability. Citrus Bioflavonoids are a class of flavonoids that includes Rutin, Hesperidin, Quercitin, Eriodictyl and Citron, and they are essential for the absorption of Vitamin C, which should be taken simultaneously, so they may act synergistically for maximum benefit. Citrus fruits are well known for providing ample amounts of vitamin C, but they also provide Citrus Bioflavonoids, which are located in the white material just beneath the peel of Citrus Fruits and may be found in Grapefruits, Lemons, Tangerines, Limes and Oranges. Other sources of bioflavonoids include Apricots, Nuts, Peppers, Buckwheat, Blackberries, Black Currants, Cherries, Grapes, Plums & Prunes, and Rose Hips. In addition, several herbs also provide bioflavonoids, including Chervil, Elderberry, Hawthorn BerryHorsetail and Shepherd's Purse.

  • Boron is a biologically active trace mineral which affects calcium, magnesium and phosphorus metabolism. Boron is known to support bone strength and structure in animals but its significance in humans is less certain. Boron is essential to bone metabolism and calcification of bones, and helps prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, and tooth decay. Boron is necessary for cartilage formation and repair; it affects calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels. Memory and brain function can be improved with boron.

  • Brain Formula Supplements such as Brain Elevate Formula w/ Huperzine A, Ginkgo, Phosphatidylserine & RoseOx. Brain Elevate Formula is scientifically formulated to provide maximum support and nourishment to cerebral functions. Brain Tonic, an Ayurvedic formula is used to help improve mental clarity and vision by helping to regenerate comprehensibility and self confidence. Brain Tonic revitalizes the brain functions and also restores its normal metabolism. The formula helps to improve mental clarity and vision by helping to regenerate comprehensibility and self confidence. Brain Tonic brings a feeling of awareness and reduces the common "lethargic" feeling so many of us have. By normalizing a depressive or hyperexcited state of mind, this unique formula helps to reduce and subside emotional strain. Improve your memory and mental clarity with Brain Tonic. This formula uses herbal extracts, which are about 8-10 times stronger than taking raw herbs.

  • Calcium is important for pH balance, bone and nervous system health. Necessary to prevent bone loss and for normal heart function.

  • Carnitine is a non-essential amino acid that helps to maintain overall good health by facilitating the transfer of fatty acid groups into the mitochondrial membrane for cellular energy production. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is believed to enhance brain metabolism, slow deterioration of memory. Carnitine naturally occurs in red meat and other animal-source foods, but supplementation is recommended to obtain optimal levels of this excellent amino acid.

  • Cerebral Cardiovascular Cleanser, Fibrinolytic and Hemolytic, is made of extracts of astragalus root, Chinese angelica root, common peony root, lumbricus (earthworm), cnidium, safflower flower and peach seed. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula to cleanse arteries and promote healthy blood circulation especially to the brain and heart, and maintain normal functions of the brain and the nervous system. Modern research found three fibrinolytic and hemolytic enzymes in lumbricus that are important for healthy cerebral-cardiovascular blood flow.

  • Coenzyme A facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA, supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10. The nutrients supplied by Coenzyme-A product also help the cells efficiently deliver fuel from aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to the TCA cycle for energy release. Because the human body can rapidly absorb these nutrients, Coenzyme-A can be taken by an athlete shortly before a workout or sport performance to provide extra metabolic power when they need it the most.

  • Coenzyme Q-10 protects the heart, increases tissue oxygenation, and is vital for many bodily functions. The liver has the highest level of Coenzyme Q-10 if any tissue. Since the liver is the main detoxifying organ of the body, optimal liver function is vital for minimizing damage to all the body's tissues. As an active contributor to all aspects of cellular function, CoQ10 has become universally regarded as one of the most vital nutrients ever made available to the public.

  • Take 1,000 mg of Cytidine Diphosphocholine (CDP) daily. In late-stage Alzheimer's disease, this nutrient enables the brain to produce more acetylcholine, the building block of healthy brain tissue. In early-stage Alzheimer's disease, it stops the immune system from producing interleukin-1B, a chemical that destroys brain tissue. If CDP is not available, take 4 grams of Choline daily, with food.

  • DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) is naturally found in some foods such as anchovies and sardines. DMAE is a amino alcohol chemical naturally produced in minuscule amounts in the human brain. Known primarily as a highly bioactive nutritional precursor used by the body in converting choline to acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter responsible for nerve transmissions and cognitative function. DMAE may increase levels of the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine which may be helpful for increasing and improving memory, enhancing mental concentration (focus) and learning ability while stimulating neural activity. Because of its ability to improve muscle reflexes and increase oxygen efficiency, many athletes now take DMAE to improve performance and gain a competitive edge. Many researchers believe that it may serve an anti-aging function by increasing the body's capacity to produce acetylcholine - a deficiency commonly associated with memory loss. Taken as a maintenance supplement, DMAE Supplement works synergistically with other smart nutrients like Ginkgo Biloba, GABA, Phosphatidyl Serine and L-Tyrosine, or can be taken alone. DMAE is a memory enhancing substance common to a number of drugs that are known to stabilize cell membranes. In Europe, the drug Centrophenoxine, which combines DMAE with a synergistic chemical called p-chlorophenoxyacetate, is prescribed to boost cognitive function in the aged. Used to assist with Anxiety, Alertness and Neuromotor Control, Behavior and Learning Problems, ADD and Hyperactivity.

  • DMG (Dimethylglycine) is a derivative of the amino acid glycine. It boosts immune function, supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances and improves tissue oxygenation. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA.

  • Take 300 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) daily with a meal. In people with Alzheimer's disease, calcium enters brain cells and starts a series of chemical reactions that result in the formation of beta-amyloid, the toxic protein that forms plaques in the brain. DHA keeps calcium from entering the cells and also stabilizes brain-cell membranes. In addition to taking DHA as a supplement, eat two or three servings of cold-water fish, such as salmon, sardines, or tuna, every week. Cold-Water Fish provides not only DHA, but also other essential fatty acids.

  • Essential Fatty Acid Omega Complex formulas helps to support healthy skin and dermatological function. Good for skin texture, moisture and suppleness.

  • GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. GABA is a non-essential amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the brain's natural calming agent. Together with niacinamide and inositol, it prevents anxiety and stress related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying the receptor sites.

  • Glutathione is essential for the functioning of the immune syste and protects the liver. Glutathione is found to be deficient in cancer growth. It inhibits the growth of free radicals, aids in red blood cell integrity and protects immune cells. Aids in blocking damage from toxic metals and radiation.

  • Heart Rx Heart Supplement is the ultimate antioxidant and cardiovascular support formula. Heart Rx Heart Supplement contains Idebenone and other Essential Heart Co-Factors. Idebenone is a synthetic analog of CoQ10, the vital cell membrane antioxidant and essential constituent of th ATP-producing mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC). Idebenone is a potent antioxidant, with the ability to operate under low oxygen tension situations. Because of its ability to inhibit lipid peroxidation, idebenone protects cell membranes and mitochondria from oxidative damage. Its antioxidant properties protect against cerebral ischemia and nerve damage in the central nervous system. This compound has also been shown to stimulate nerve growth factor, a characteristic that could be important in the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Idebenone has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor and enhanced Cholinergic Activity, thereby showing it to have cognitive enhancement abilities. German studies showed that 90 mg of idebenone administered daily to Alzheimer patients, thereafter showed statistically significant improvement. As a result of the studies, idebenone is being used in the treatment of senile dementias, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Idebenone has been deemed safe and effective, in fact, for the treatment of Alzheimer's patients due to this recent landmark study. It's been shown that if you can catch and treat it early before it becomes a major problem, idebenone can retard the natural progression of the disease.

  • Lecithin is needed for proper brain function and healthy cell membranes. It improves memory and protects nervous system cells. Works as an antioxidant when taken with Vitamin E. It is a fat emulsifier. Since Soy Lecithin provides nutrients that the prescription drug tacrine (Cognex) preserves, the two treatments are complementary. Lecithin may help mild to moderate cases. Soy Lecithin promotes liver cell regeneration and protects the liver from toxic damage. Take 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily. If there is no noticeable improvement within two weeks, this supplement should be stopped, since large doses of soy lecithin are expensive. Soy Lecithin may cause mild diarrhea when first used or used at high doses. If diarrhea occurs, use food sources of Lecithin, which include Brazil nuts, cowpeas (black-eyed peas), dandelion flowers, fava beans, lentils, mung beans, sesame seeds, and the Indian vegetable alu methi (fenugreek leaves).

  • Magnesium works with Calcium for strong bones. Minerals bind with aluminum and helps to eliminate it from the body. Magnesium is important for pH balance, enzyme systems, bone and nervous system health. Protects against coronary artery spasm in arteriosclerosis.

  • Manganese is also called the "brain mineral," and is important in the utilization of all mental facilities and functions.

  • The herbs in Mental Clarity have traditionally been used to enhance all aspects of mental performance, including intelligence, concentration, awareness, perception and learning capacity. This effective blend sharpens the mind and is useful for those prone to forgetfulness, confusion or indecisiveness. Mental Clarity is an ideal supplement for anyone with a mentally demanding workload, students, and those experiencing loss of memory.

  • The vitamins and minerals in iron free MultiVitamin & MultiMineral supplements play many important roles in the body: antioxidants to protect fats, cells and DNA, coenzyme precursors for energy production and metabolism, and cofactors for hormones and enzymes which regulate body processes.

  • Neuromins DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) is a patented vegetarian form of DHA. DHA is an essential fatty acid is the primary structural fatty acid in the gray matter of the brain and retina of the eye and is important for signal transmissions in the brain, eye and nervous system. DHA is taken by expecting mothers to support fetal development, and by mothers while lactating to enhance breast milk.

  • Oxy-Cleanse represents a revolution in colon care with a unique oxygen based process. Its multifaceted approach increases bowel activity and removes old impacted fecal matter as it detoxifies and rejuvenates the entire colon without psyllium or herbs. Oxy-Cleanse helps remove heavy metals, other pollutants, and anaerobic pathogens from the body. Initially, take 2 capsules up to 3 times daily on an empty stomach or as directed. For a complete cleanse, use 3 to 4 weeks. For daily maintenance after achieving desired results, 1 capsules up to 3 times daily on an empty stomach or as needed.

  • Phosphatidyl Choline, a primary component of Lecithin, is converted in the brain into the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Researchers have found acetylcholine to be a primary carrier of memory. Brain acetylcholine levels are thought to be crucial for maintaining memory function as we age. Memory is stored in neurons in the brain, and sufficient acetylcholine supports effective transport of memory across neurons, resulting in protection and enhancement of memory function. Choline Cocktail & Super Choline contain an energy formula, a state-of-the-art mixture of choline synergistically combined with DMAE, Ginkgo Biloba extract, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs. Also contains fructose (a natural sweetener). Also available in capsule form as Choline Super. Choline Cocktail II, is an advanced drink scientifically advanced nutraceutical and brain boosting formula containing a concentrated with high potencies of Choline plus other nutritional co-factors.

  • Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) is a phospolipid compound derived from soy lecithin that plays an essential role in cell membrane compostition and intercellular communication. Phosphatidyl Serine is a key human brain phosphlipid which is essential for normal neuron structure and function. PS, along with other essential fatty acids, may play a critical role in cognitive function, including maintaining concentration. PS is a major structural component of neural membranes where it assists in the conduction of electrical impulses and facilitates the activity of neurotransmitters involved in learning, memory and mood. Phosphatidyl Serine complex aids brain cell function and reduces age-related mental decline. With age normal brain and nerve cell activity may decline due to diminished neurotransmitter and brain cell function. It may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly and support cognitive function, aids in brain function, sharpens mental focus and improves memory.

  • Potassium in an important mineral used in various bodily functions. It is an important factor in the maintenance of the body's acid-base balance and nerve condition, as well as the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes. In combination with sodium and calcium, it helps maintain normal heart rhythm, regulates the body's water balance, and is responsible for the conduction of nerve impulses and the contraction of muscles.

  • Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it provides essential support molecules for Vitamin C absorption (and should, in fact, be taken at the same time to gain maximum benefit). Rutin supplementation prevents the breakdown of vitamin C in the body before it is metabolized and intensifies its beneficial immune-enhancing effects in the body. With regard to eye health, the bioflavonoid, Rutin, is said to improve capillary integrity and believed to help lower ocular pressure when used in conjunction with conventional drugs. (Bilberry extract is particularly rich in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.) Rutin may be very helpful in combating cataracts, macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness) and free radical damage to the retina. The antioxidant activity that fights free radical damage appears to play a role in the prevention of cataracts and other forms of visual impairment. Because Rutin improves capillary integrity (it works synergistically with vitamin C in this regard) by protecting and preserving the structure (permeability) and strength of those capillaries, this action is said to be of great help for capillary fragility (easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins). Because Rutin strengthens capillaries, it may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hemophilia. The bioflavonoid, Rutin, is thought to lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and help in cases of bleeding gums and hemorrhage.

  • S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) aids in stress relief, relieves depression, eases pain, and produces antioxidant effects. It has been found to inhibit growth of breast cancer cells in laboratory tests. Helps reduce stress and nervousness caused by excess aluminum. Gives a sense of well-being. Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants.

  • TMG (Trimethylglycine), also known as anhydrous betaine, is found in a variety of plant and animal sources and helps in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Maintaining normal homocysteine levels is important for the health of the cardiovascular system. TMG has been shown to help protect the liver and raise S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) levels, in animal studies. SAM-e may help to promote a balanced emotional state. Methylation is a normal biological process that occurs in healthy human bodies every minute of every day. Methylation is an important step in the conversion of nomocysteine, a damaging amino acid, into the biologically safe and beneficial amino acid, methionine. In addition, methylation is required for DNA repair, as well as for the production of SAMe, which helps maintain healthy joint tissue. Methylation can be inhibited by poor or inadequate diet and unhealthy lifestyle practices. TMG (Trimethylglycine) has been shown to be a safe and effective methyl donor for the facilitation of methylation processes. TMG supplementation has been shown in clinical and non-clinical studies to support a healthy homocysteine level, which in turn supports healthy cardiovascular function.

  • Vitamin B Complex is important for healthy skin tones, proper digestion, for repair and replacement of lost nutrients, aids in healing. The B vitamins, especially B-6, are important in ridding the intestinal tract of excess metals and in removing them from the body. The B-Vitamins are essential for healthy red blood cells and the absorption of nutrients, including iron.

  • Vitamin B-3 improves cerebral circulation and blood flow to the surface of the skin. Niacin is an essential nutrient, positioned at the core of NAD/NADH and NADP/NADPH, which are major redox-active "electron storage" compounds. One or both of these "redox pairs" is involved in every major biochemical pathway. They participate in the trafficking of electrons as "reducing equivalents", the electron packets that facilitate metabolism. Niacin is involved in the production of energy, detoxification and the normal regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. As a dietary supplement, 1 capsule two or three times daily with meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Niacin can cause skin flushing and tingling (the "niacin flush"). Do not take large amounts of niacin (greater than 1.5 grams [1500 mg] per day) without first consulting a healthcare practitioner. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid. Niacinamide is a non-flushing form of Vitamin B-3 and can be safer to take when higher doses are recommended.

  • Vitamin B-6 is needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. May help lift depression and is essential for healthy nervous system. B Vitamins must be replenished daily.

  • Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) deficiency can cause symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's disease. The deficiency is correctable if detected early, but if symptoms are allowed to become severe, they can be permanent. Unfortunately, many times test results show vitamin B levels that would not automatically lead a health care provider to suspect a deficiency. There may be adequate levels of vitamin B-12 in the bloodstream but inadequate levels in brain tissue. Blood tests for amino acid homocysteine are the most sensitive measures of vitamin B-12 deficiency. High levels of homocysteine indicate inadequate levels of the vitamin.

    Vitamin B-12 is linked to the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Important in making myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made. Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver. It is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve cells and it aids in the production of DNA and RNA. Cell division and blood formation does not occur without Vitamin B-12. It is of special interest to vegetarians and vegans since it is not found in any significant amounts in plant foods. Deficiency of Vitamin B-12 is a serious health issue and should not be taken lightly. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is a common cause of macrocytic anemia and has been implicated in a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. Excessive amounts of homocysteine may increase the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease. In combination with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12 serves to control homocysteine levels. Many people as they age will be unable to absorb the Vitamin B-12 benefits found in foods. This is because stomach's production of acid tends to decrease. It is this stomach acid that is necessary to break Vitamin B-12 away from the proteins in food. This process must happen first before Vitamin B-12 can bind with what is called intrinsic factor in our small intestines before then being absorbed. This is why it is advisable for people over 50 to get their vitamin B-12 benefits from either Vitamin B-12 fortified foods or from supplements.

  • Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's' important enzyme systems. White blood cells utilize Vitamin C to help produce cytotoxic enzymes which they use to eliminate foreign matter. Vitamin C promotes immune function and reduces inflammation.

  • Vitamin E is a major antioxidant and the primary defense against lipid peroxidation. It is particularly important in protecting the body's cells from free radical-oxidative damage.

  • Zinc aids in healing of tissue and helps to prevent scars. A necessary element in the oil producing glands of the skin. Zinc is a powerful immune system stimulant necessary for T lymphocyte function, which is needed to fight infections. Zinc is necessary to increase immunity by boosting the immune system, cell division, enzyme activity, and needed for growth and healing of tissues. Promotes the proper utilization of Vitamin A. Needed for wound healing and healthy skin. It enhances immune function. Increases antibodies. Need due to malabsorption.


  • NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Essential
    Acetyl-L-Carnitine
    500 mg twice daily. Believed to enhance brain metabolism. Slows deterioration of memory.


  • Carnitine & Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplement Products
  • Amino Acid Complex
    Free Form
    1,000 to 2,500 mg daily, before meals. Take with 8 ounces of fluid on empty stomach. Do not take with mllk.. Needed for improved brain function and tissue repair. Use free-form amino acids for best absorption.


  • Amino Acid Complex Supplement Products
  • Beta-Carotene

    Carotenoid Complex
    25,000 IU daily. Important antioxidants promote healing. Deficiencies of antioxidants exposes the brain to oxidative damage. Protect the lungs, needed for growth and repair of body tissues and smooth skin.


  • Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Boron
    3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Improves brain function.


  • Boron Supplement Products
  • Calcium
    1,600 mg daily at bedtime. Has a calming effect and works with Magnesium.


  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances.


  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    100 to 200 mg daily. Increases oxygenation of cells and is involved in the generation of cellular energy.


  • Coenzyme Q-10 Supplement Products
  • Copper
    3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc and aids in protein metabolism and in many enzyme systems. SOD needs copper to function properly as an antioxidant.


  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Huperzine A
    100 mcg daily. Improves cognitive functions and may improve short-term memory. Inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine.


  • Huperzine Supplement Products
  • Iron
    As directed by heath care provider. A deficiency may be present. Caution; Do not take iron unless prescribed by health care provider.


  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Lecithin
    Granules: 1 tablespoon 3 times daily before meals.
    Capsules: 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.

    Soy Lecithin: Take 10,000 to 25,000 mg (15-25 grams) daily.
    Aids in healing of the brain and cell membranes. Needed for improved memory and proper brain function. Contains choline. Soy lecithin prevents brain tissue destruction under reduced oxygen conditions. Works well as an antioxidant when taken with Vitamin E. Caution: Soy lecithin may cause mild diarrhea when first used.


  • Lecithin Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    800 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium. Acts as a natural calcium channel blocker.


  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Melatonin
    2 to 5 mg daily, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. Improves brain function, delays the aging process, aids and improves sleep. Reduces cell destruction in the brain and has antioxidant properties. Good for many disorders associated with aging.


  • Melatonin Supplement Products
  • MultiVitamin &
    MultiMineral Complex
    As directed on label. Needed for brain function and to protect the heart. Use a high potency formula with chelated trace minerals.


  • MultiVitamin Supplement Products
  • MultiMineral Supplement Products
  • Phosphatidyl Choline
    500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Deficiency has been implicated as possibly causing dementia. Converted in the brain into acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, a primary arrier of memory.


  • Phosphatidyl Choline Supplement Products
  • Choline Cocktail & Super Choline Supplement Products
  • Phosphatidyl Serine
    300 to 1,000 mg 3 times daily. Improves brain function and memory.


  • Phosphatidyl Serine Supplement Products
  • Potassium
    99 mg daily. Plays a role in cellular integrity and electrolyte & water balance.


  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • Pycnogenol
    Or
    Grape Seed Extract
    60 mg 3 times daily

    As directed on label.
    Potent antioxidants and possibly the most powerful free radical scavengers that readily pass the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage.


  • Pycnogenol Supplement Products
  • Grapeseed Herbal Products
  • RNA & DNA
    As directed on label. These are the brain's cellular building blocks. Use a formula containing 200 mg RNA and 100 mg DNA per tablet for best ratio. Good for healthy cell reproduction. Use a sublingual. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you have gout.


    Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Phytonutrient, Vegan, are responsible for building proteins and protein synthesis in the body.

  • RNA-DNA Supplement Products
  • SAM-e
    (S-Adenosylmethionine)
    400 mg twice daily. Helps to reduce stress and depression. Gives a sense of well-being.Lowers homocysteine levels. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants.


  • SAM-e Supplement Products
  • Selenium
    200 to 300 mcg daily. Powerful antioxidant for brain cell protection. Encourages tissue elasticity. Prevents premature aging, boosts immunity, protects against cancer. Works well with Vitamin E.


  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
    As directed on label. SOD is an enzyme that is a powerful free radical scavenger that protects the cells. A potent antioxidant that improves utilization of oxygen.


  • SOD Supplement Products
  • TMG (Trimethylglycine)
    500 to 1,000 mg daily, in the morning. Assists the body in utilizing Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B-6. It also helps to rid the body of toxic elements (such as homocysteine) and increases levels of the natural mood elevator S-adenosylmethionine.


  • TMG Supplement Products
  • Vitamin A
    15,000 IU daily. Deficiencies of antioxidants expose the brain to oxidative damage.


  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B Complex
    Injections: 2 cc 3 times weekly or as prescribed by health care provider.

    Sublingual form: 100 mg 3 times daily.
    Needed for brain function and nervous system function. Fights depression. Aids in the digestion of food, transforming proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy.


  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-3
    (Niacinamide; Niacin)
    50 to 100 mg 3 times daily, in divided doses. Important in proper functioning of the nervous system. A vasodilator that protects the heart and body cells. Caution: Do not substitute Niacin for Niacinamide. Niacin can be toxic at high doses.


  • Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-5
    (Pantethine)
    100 mg 3 times daily.. A form of pantothenic acid that reduces LDL cholesterol and helps prevent buildup in the arteries. Plays a role in converting choline into acetylcholine, needed for memory.


  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-6
    (Pyridoxine)
    Injections: 1/2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by health care provider.

    Sublingual or lozenge form: 50 mg daily.
    Deficiency can cause depression and mental difficulties.


  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-9
    (Folic Acid)
    400 to 800 mcg daily or as recommended by health care provider. To Aid in controllling homocysteine levels. Studies have shown high levels of homocysteine in this disorder. Folic acid affects the repair of DNA. Has been linked to cancer protection. To prevent anemia and aid in proper digestion and absorbtion of nutrients. Folic acid is found to be deficient in people with depression. Women need 400 to 800 mcg daily for normal function and to prevent neural tube defects in a fetus if they become pregnant.


  • Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid) Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12
    Injections: 1 cc 3 times weekly or as prescribed by health care provider.

    Sublingual or lozenge form: 2,000 mcg daily.
    It is especially important for normal brain function, maintaining healthy nerve cells and aids in the production of DNA and RNA. Deficient in people with Alzheimer's disease. Injections (under a health care provider's supervision) are fast and give good results for a serious deficiency (often seen in the elderly, vegetarians and vegans).


  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    With Bioflavonoids
    6,000 - 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. A powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that is necessary for tissue repair. Immune system enhancer that reduces allergies, protects the brain and spinal cord, keeps white blood cells healthy, fights fatigue, and increases energy. Use a buffered form, if available.


  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoid Supplement Products
  • Rutin Bioflavonoid Supplement Products
  • Hesperidin Bioflavonoid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    Start at 200 IU daily and increase slowly to 800 IU daily. An antioxidant that helps transport oxygen to the brain cells and protects them from free radical damage. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form, if available. Caution: If you are taking blood-thinning medication, consult your health care provider before taking vitamin E.


  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50-100 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Helps stop amyloid plaque formation induced by zinc defiency. Needed for wound healing and healthy skin; enhances immune function. Increases antibodies and protects the eyes against macular degeneration and vision loss. Very important for the prostate.


  • Zinc Supplement Products


  • HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Practitioners of ayurvedic medicine recommend a diet rich in Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, and Turmeric for people with Alzheimer's disease. These spices contain natural antioxidants that may slow the progression of the disease. Turmeric is useful as an anti-inflammatory and can be used to reduce Alzheimer's debilitating effects.

  • Apple Pectin is a fiber that may be beneficial for cholesterol levels, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), diabetes, and may inhibit cancer metastases. Binds with metals in the colon and excretes them from the body. Supporting sound intestinal health is essential to every lifestyle, Apple Pectin is a completely natural water-soluble fiber that gels-up when mixed with water, offering digestive support that is natural and simple. As a dietary fiber, Apple Pectin can be a smart alternative to help promote desired intestinal health without theuse of chemicals.

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) promotes vitality & strength. Ashwagandha is one of the most highly regarded and commonly used adaptogens in the Ayurvedic pharmacopia. Maximizing the bodies ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day while promoting sound, restful sleep at night. Ashwagandha has been popularly applied to those with overworked and often hyper-tense lives. Ashwagandha is India's native answer to Ginseng and it is currently being applied in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension and stress related ailments. Recent studies have attempted to popularize its use as a preliminary treatment for male infertility and impotence problems. Recommended in times of strife and stress-induced discomfort. It should not be consumed for long periods of time and best reserved for the "times of need." Ashwagandha may be a mild abortifacient and it is not recommended for pregnant women.

  • Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center have studied Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). They found that extracts of the shrub had activity that was similar to GABA, which could explain why the plant is effective in reducing anxiety. Scholars from the University of Leipzig, Germany looked at the effects of Ashwagandha on the brain. The research showed Ashwagandha led to more acetylcholine receptor activity. The scholars concluded that the increase of activity in that particular neurotransmitter could account for the increase in cognitive ability and memory attributed to Ashwagandha. Scholars at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, conducted research which proves many of the elements of Ashwagandha are antioxidants. The researchers found that Ashwagandha led to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The antioxidant effect of active principles of Ashwagandha may explain the anti-stress, cognition-facilitating and anti-aging effects produced in clinical situations.

  • Brahmi (also known as Gotu Kola) has a bitter and pungent flavor. It has been used since the 6th century C.E. in Ayurvedic medicine and is considered the foremost tonic for the nervous system and general cognition. Historically it has been used to treat a variety of ailments including asthma, epilepsy, leprosy, indigestion, memory retention and as a mild sedative. A recent study in Australia has shown that it had a significant effect on the retention of new information. Nutritionally supports concentration, clarity and memory. Brahmi is traditionally used in Ayurveda as a brain and mind tonic.

  • Butcher's Broom promotes healthy circulation. Historically, western herbalists used it to improve circulation, relieve constipation, and help with water retention. It has been used in Eastern medicine to treat urinary and reproductive disorders. Typical preparations include tea or extract. A mild diuretic, butchers broom was approved by the authoritative German Commission E as a supportive therapy and discomforts for chronic venous insufficiency, a condition causing pain and cramping in the legs, itching and swelling, and fatigue in the calves and as a supportive therapy for hemorrhoids (itching and burning), a condition closely related to varicose veins, due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to constrict small veins. Butcher's Broom has also been used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, circulatory disorders, edema, swollen ankles, Meniere's disease (vertigo accompanied by ringing in the ears and deafness), obesity, Raynauds disease (skin discoloration because an abnormal spasm of the blood vessels causes a diminished blood supply), thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein cause by or associated with the formation of a blood clot), and vertigo.

  • Chinese Club Moss, or simply Club Moss (huperzia seratta), is also known as the Chinese herb Qian Ceng Ta (Chien Tseng Ta) increases memory retention. This is the same herb that is the source of Huperzine A. Pure and standardized extracts of this herb have been shown to increase mental acuity, language ability, and memory in a significant percentage of subjects with Alzheimer's disease. It is a potent blocker of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that regulates the activity of acetylcholine, which is an important chemical of the brain that maintains healthy learning and memory functions.

  • Ginkgo Biloba extract, taken in liquid of capsule form, acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown that it can improve brain function. According to a report published in the October 22, 1977, edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Ginkgo Biloba extract can stabilize and, in some cases, improve the mental functioning and social behavior of people with Alzheimer's disease. This was confirmed in a 1997 study. Take 100 to 200 mg of Ginkgo Biloba extract three times daily.


  • GINKGO: THE MEMORY HERB & ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Ginkgo Biloba extract can help people with many diseases of senility, including Alzheimer's disease. This extract increases the functional capacity of the brain through its effects on acetylcholine, a chemical that allows the nerve cells responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with each other. Ginkgo makes the hippocampus, the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer's disease, more receptive to acetylcholine. It also increases the ability of acetylcholine to transmit nerve messages.

    The benefits of Ginkgo in treating early stages of Alzheimer's disease have been demonstrated in two carefully controlled, double-blind studies. In the first study, 216 people with either Alzheimer's disease or loss of mental function caused by "mini-strokes" were given 240 mg of Ginkgo extract or a placebo daily for 24 weeks. The data from the 136 people who completed the study show that Ginkgo was very useful in treating both kinds of dementia.

    A second study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was the first clinical study of Ginkgo extract conducted in the United States. In this study, 202 people with Alzheimer's disease, at six research centers supervised by Harvard Medical School and the New York Institute for Medical Research, were given either 120 mg of Ginkgo extract or a placebo daily for a year. Ginkgo treatment improved symptoms in 64 percent of those who received it, and there were no reports of side effects.

    The authors of the study reported in JAMA did not find Ginkgo to be a miracle cure, but they did find that its use was worthwhile. One of the scientists who conducted the study noted, "While the effect was modest, Egb 761 [Ginkgo] reduced patient' cognitive decline and manifestations of dementia rated by the caregiver as compared with placebo, particularly for patients with a diagnosis of AD [Alzheimer's disease]. The mechanism of action is unclear but it is postulated to be related to the agent's [Ginkgo's] antioxidant properties. Only a single dose was studied, drop-out rates were high, and longer-term follow-up will be important; but this agent is an intriguing addition to the drugs thought to be helpful for patients with AD."

    In addition to treating Alzheimer's disease, Gingko is useful if similar symptoms are caused by insufficient blood blow or depression misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. Discuss the use of Ginkgo with your health care provider before any type of surgical procedure.


  • HealthyNet: Ginkgo & Alzheimer's Disease
  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginkgo Biloba
  • Alzheimers.about.com: Ginkgo Biloba For Alzheimer's Disease
  • Menopause.com: Alzheimer's Page
  • MedlinePlus: Alzheimer's Disease
  • American Family Physician: Ginkgo Biloba


  • Ginkgo Biloba Supports circulation to the brain as well as the extremities. This is achieved by maintaining healthy blood vessel tone and reducing blood viscosity. Additionally, Ginkgo biloba is a proven free radical scavenger and antioxidant. Ginkgo Biloba extract is good for the brain cells and circulation. In Germany, Ginkgo is the most widely prescribed herb, as it is considered to be as effective as drug treatments used for treating Alzheimer's disease and other severe forms of memory and mental function decline. Preliminary studies show that this herb is helpful in ordinary age-related memory loss as well. Germany's Commission E recommends Ginkgo for circulation problems that arise from hardening of the arteries. Some studies are showing promise in Ginkgo's ability to reverse impotence or difficulty achieving orgasm when caused by certain antidepressant drugs. Chinese research suggests this herb can improve the effectiveness of schizophrenia medications and possibly limit their side effects as well. Another study shows that Ginkgo is beneficial in relieving the bloating and fluid retention as well as the emotional disturbance associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many people have used Ginkgo for macular degeneration, depression, complications of diabetes, and Raynaud's phenomenon; however, there is no evidence to support its effectiveness. It is also beneficial for asthma, dementia, depression, eczema, headaches, heart and kidney disorders, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). This herb can ease symptoms of altitude sickness as well. As a topical medication, Ginkgo is used to treat lesions on the fingers, toes, heels, ears, and nose caused by exposure to extreme cold, and using Ginkgo in wound dressings can improve circulation in the skin and promote quick healing. The recommended dosage of Ginkgo is 40 to 80 mg 3 times daily of a 50:1 extract standardized to contain 24 percent Ginkgo-flavone glycosides. For best results, consult with your physician for the treatment of your condition.

  • Ginseng (Panax - Korean) is for general debility, fatigue, for pacifying the nerve system and nourishing the brain and for immunity support, energy, mental power, alterness. American ginseng is eleuthero's kinder and gentler cousin. It is especially helpful for males engaged in weight control. A study published in 2005 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition noted that men who take at least 3 grams of American ginseng per day experience lower blood sugars and lower insulin levels after eating. Lower levels of insulin lead to a lesser tendency to store food as fat. Weight lost by diet and exercise is more likely to stay off when men use American ginseng. Women are more likely to use American ginseng to control undesirable symptoms of menopause. For this application, more is better. A full daily dose of American ginseng provides many of the same symptomatic benefits as estrogen replacement therapy, and laboratory research suggests that the herb provides chemicals that "lock" estrogen receptors and possibly prevent estrogen-stimulation of breast cancer. Both men and women with diabetes benefit from American ginseng at a relatively high dose, at least 3 grams a day. Clinical study has found that the herb prevents post-prandial hyperglycemia, the sudden spike in blood sugars after a meal. Most herbalists recommend taking American ginseng (or any other ginseng) for a month at a time, followed by a two-week "rest".

  • Red ginseng derives its name from the color that it takes on during a special preservation method that involves being steamed (and then sometimes sun dried) with the peel intact. During the drying process the root is steeped in a bath of an ancient, and often protected herbal recipe, which includes a combination of honey or wine and this process causes the root to become brittle in texture. Red ginseng usually always comes from China or Korea, and it is considered slightly stronger and more stimulating than white ginseng. In traditional Chinese medicine ginseng is said to promote yang energy, improve circulation, and restore balance and strength. Ginseng is a known adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress, and to help balance itself. A vast amount of research has been done over the last 20 years that has gone a long way in proving that ginseng does have properties that improve memory, mental acumen, and in relieving stress and fatigue. The German E Commission has noted that used as a tonic, it may help fortify and invigorate in times of fatigue, or in times when great concentration may be needed. Most herbalists do not recommend that anyone use ginseng of any type for more than a few weeks without taking a week or so off to "rest".
  • Ginseng (Siberian Eleuthero) helps support the immune system, improve memory, endurance, vitality, and to balance hormone levels in male and female. Eleuthero is an "adaptogen," an agent that helps the body address to stress. Scientists believe it helps prevent "adrenal burnout" caused by ongoing physical or mental challenges. Eleuthero boosts concentration and focus without the letdown than comes from drinking coffee or other sources of caffeine. Eleuthero also boosts immunity. Healthy people taking 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of tincture three times daily have been shown to have increased numbers of the immune cells (CD4+ cells) that have decrease during HIV-infection and AIDS. Eleuthero may also enhance athletic performance. Just be sure to take the herb for at least 8 weeks for best results. Combining eleuthero with other herbs can be even better. Soviet scientists found taking both schisandra and eleuthero benefited endurance athletes by giving them an immune system boost. The two herbs together helped prevent colds, flu, and other infections after athletic events. Eleuthero is not the only herb for athletes. American trainers report a combination of sea buckthorn, wild oats, and stinging nettle increases strength, anaerobic power (muscle output when the athlete is out of breath), endurance time, and even feelings of well being. For best results, increase the vitamin C foods in your diet when you take these herbs. May cause insomnia if taken too close to bedtime. Not recommended for persons with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

  • Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is used in India similar to how the Chinese use Ginseng, for longevity and vitality. Although its name is similar to cola nut, Gotu Kola does not contain caffeine. This herb rebuilds the energy reserves, and is useful after a nervous breakdown and to help prevent nervous breakdown. The widespread belief that Gotu Kola helps improve memory led to several studies on its effect on the central nervous and circulatory systems. The preliminary results suggest that it may help with memory and cognitive disabilities as well as helping the body overcome stress and fatigue. However it should be noted that those with mild to moderate depression might want to use caution. Some testing done in India indicates it may act as a very mild depressant.

  • Green Tea is a super antioxidant for anti-aging, to support the immune system and to rejuvenate the body. Green Tea inhibits cancer growth, kills cancer cells, lowers LDL cholesterol levels, inhibits abnormal clotting (reducing heart attack risks), burns calories, and prevents tooth decay. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that produces tranquilizing effects in the brain and creates a feeling of relaxation without drowsiness. Helps reduce high blood pressure and relieve stress.Green tea is simply the dried leaves of the tea plant. Black tea are dried tea plant leaves that have been through a fermentation process. The key ingredients of green tea are molecules called catechins and have a variety of actions including vasorelaxation (arteries relaxing) which has aided cardiovascular activity. Catechins of green tea are selectively bactericidal. They do not affect lactic acid bacteria but will reduce the proliferation of other bacteria types particularly those that use alpha-amylase activity in their growth and cell division. Green tea also contains antioxidants and may help to lower cholesterol. Of greatest interest to the research community green tea apparently has a protective effect against a range of cancers, including the reduction in the frequency of smoke-induced mutations and is particularly useful in protection from stomach and colon cancer. Some studies have shown green tea may influence blood concentrations of hormones linked to at least one form of genetic hair loss known as androgenic alopecia. In one study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in 1998, Japanese researchers found that drinking green tea could increase levels of the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in women. Since this biochemical binds testosterone, the more SHBG present in a woman's body, at least theoretically, the less testosterone will be in her bloodstream. And that, say some experts, may block the chain of hormonal activity that initiates some forms of hair loss. Since green tea is certainly a good source of healthful antioxidants and may have some anti-cancer properties, so it certainly would not hurt a woman to include it in her diet. One cup of green tea roughly equals 100 mg of tea catechins. Typically research investigations have involved individuals drinking 3 cups of green tea (300 mg catechins) each day. Alternatively, capsules of green tea are widely available. Most catechins when ingested in green tea are passed through the gut and excreted intact. Very little is actually absorbed into the blood stream. Research indicates that ingestion of 3 grams of green tea solids will yield plasma levels of catechins in the nanograms per milliliter of plasma range which is very low. The researchers also noted that increasing green tea intake to 4.5 grams did not significantly increase the amount absorbed into the blood plasma so there seems to be an upper limit to the amount of catechins that can be absorbed and carried in the blood stream. Taking larger amounts of green tea will not necessarily equate to an increased level of blood plasma catechins or improved treatment effect! Green tea is well tolerated by most individuals with no significant side effects reported.

  • Hawthorn leaf and flower, like hawthorn berries, are antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, sedative, tonic and vasodilator. Like hawthorn berries, hawthorn leaf and flower has a hypotensive effect as well as acting as a direct and mild heart tonic. There is considerable clinical evidence that hawthorn leaf and flower is an effective treatment for mild coronary insufficiency, when there is pressure and tightness in the chest accompanied by a slow heart rate and symptoms of congestive heart failure. The flavonoids in the leaf and flower improve circulation in the heart and increase the myocardium?s ability to withstand oxygen deprivation. Leaf and flowers from the species of hawthorn used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Crataegus sinaica) stimulate the immune system to produce complement to fight infection.

  • Kelp is a large, leafy brown algae is high in nutrition, especially minerals. Kelp has a balanced mineral content that acts as a detoxifier of excess metals. Kelp is a good source of marine minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of natural iodine. Due to overwhelming research results, Kelp has become an effective treatment for thyroid disorders and treating thyroid and mineral deficiencies, obesity, adrenal deficiencies, energy and endocrine gland disorders. Aids in the function of both the pituitary and adrenal glands, promoting glandular health. It regulates metabolism to help digest food. Helps to rid the body of toxins. Kelp is an alternative, diuretic, hypotensive, and antibiotic and also contains vitamins and cell salts essential for good nutrition. Kelp powder can be used as a sodium chloride (table salt) substitute, sprinkled on foods in place of salt. It is beneficial for the nervous system, brain and the cardiovascular system. It is very important for pregnant women. If you have thyroid problems, consult with your health care provider before using. As a dietary supplement, take 1/4 teaspoon 1 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals. Use 6 to 12 drops of liquid extract-tincture in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily.

  • Kava Kava and St. John's Wort help calm people who anger easily. Kava root is used as an effective natural herbal remedy that may help reduce anxiety, stress, and muscle tensions, promote friendliness and sociability, and produce relaxing physical as well as mental sensations. Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. Caution: This herb can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage.

  • Rooibos contains potent anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties packed with selenium, vitamin A, C, E and magnesium. Rooibos is a red tea indigenous to South Africa. This is a great tasting tea - naturally sweet, 100 percent Organic, full bodied and extremely smooth. Just honest to goodness tea. Since 1900, Red Tea has been treasured as an elixir for the mind, body and spirit. Studies conducted at the Institute for Science of Aging at AICHI Medical University in Japan termed Red Tea "an anti-aging beverage," which can significantly help counter the aging process. Scientific studies show that Red Tea is naturally high in Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), an outstanding antioxidant. Red Tea contains very little tannin, a substance that is known to effect the metabolism by decreasing absorption of certain nutrients like iron and protein. Recent studies have found that the unfermented green Rooibos tea contains even more antioxidants than Rooibos Red tea because many valued antioxidants are destroyed in the fermentation process.

  • Rose Hips develop on wild roses as the flowers drop off. The rose hip, also called the rose haw, is actually the fruit of the rose. They are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available, which has led to rose hips being included in many common cold preventives and remedies. While the efficacy of vitamin C in preventing the common cold has been questioned, there's no doubt about the beneficial effects of vitamin C. In addition to C, rose hips also contain A, D and E, as well as antioxidant flavonoids that may reduce the effects of aging and help prevent cancer. All this is wrapped up in the tart-sweet taste of the miniature fruits. They can be used to make jelly, jam, soup or oil. During World War II, the British government used collected rose hips to make rose hip syrup as a source of vitamin C to replace citrus fruits that were impossible to get. Rose hips have a long history of use in traditional medicine. The iron in rose hips make them an excellent supplement for menstruating women, and rose hip tea is a rich source of vitamin C, carrying all the benefits of that vitamin. In addition, the various flavonoids in rose hips have potent antioxidant action, helping to protect the body from the effects of stress, aging and the environment.

  • Soy Isoflavones is a class of phytochemicals found in soybeans that have been isolated such as genistein, which have been found to block negative action of estrogen. Isoflavones has been suggested for PMS, menopause, hormonal imbalances, relieving and reversing heart disease and its anti-cancer effects.

  • Recent studies from Japan suggest that Turmeric has a compound called Curcumin and along with Rosmarinic Acid inhibit the formation and extension of beta-amyloid fibrils, and destabilize existing beta-amyloid plaques. The recommended dosage for curcumin is 600 mg daily. Rosmarinic acid is a plant phenolic that is present in significant quantities in Oregano, Sanicle, Gypsywort, Rosemary, Marjoram, the mints, and Sage. Capsules commonly contain 35 mg of rosmarinic acid, 4 to 6 capsules (140 to 210 mg) a day is a normal dosage.

  • Valerian root improves sleep patterns when taken at bedtime. Valerian root has a long history of use as a sedative in Western Europe, dating back to the time of Hippocrates, (ca. 460 to 377 B.C). After numerous scientific studies, Germany's Commission E approved Valerian root as a sleep aid. Originally native to Europe and parts of Asia but now common throughout North America, in the U.S. valerian root is widely used in sleep aids and sedatives in various forms including teas, tablets, and capsules. Often, Valerian is combined with other herbs traditionally known to promote sleep including Hops, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Lavender. Valerian can be combined with St. John's Wort to increase its ability to reduce anxiety, or with hops and/or lemon balm to strengthen its sleep-inducing properties. Many people find the taste unpleasant and prefer to take it as a capsule or extract. Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. It has been used in the treatment of headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems, nervous stomach, and hysteria. Clinical trials have confirmed the use of valerian for treating insomnia, especially the insomnia that accompanies menopause. The advantage of valerian over tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax is that it reduces sleep latency, the time required to fall asleep, without a period of bedtime drowsiness and without creating a "hangover" or grogginess the next morning. Valerian has greatest effect in treating chronic insomnia, rather than short-term sleeplessness. It also soothes the digestive system and may prevent cramping caused by irritable bowel syndrome. If you use valerian for several months and suddenly stop using it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness, although rare. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb suddenly.

  • BENEFICIAL HERBS
    Herb Supplement
    Form & Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    Apple Pectin
    2 tablespoon twice daily. Aids in removing toxic metals such as mercury, and aluminum, which can contribute to dementia.


  • Apple Pectin Herbal Products
  • Ashwaganda
    (Ashwagandha)
    Take gelcaps as directed on the label. Reduces the brain's reliance on its own cells as a source of choline.


  • Ashwagandha Herbal Products
  • Brahmi
    (Gotu Kola Ayurvedic Herb)
    Bacoside tablets. Take 300 mg once daily. Restores balance between brain proteins GABA and glutamate.Supports concentration, clarity and memory.


  • Brahmi Herbal Products
  • Butcher's Broom
    Capsules or tablets. Take as directed on label. Promotes healthy circulation.


  • Butchers Broom Herbal Products
  • Ginkgo Biloba
    Take up to 500 mg once daily by capsule or tablet.

    100 to 200 mg extract 3 times daily.
    Has many beneficial effects on the brain and on circulation. Acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow to the brain. It can improve brain function. Avoid Ginkgo if you are taking any type of blood-thinning medication. Discuss its use with your health care provider before having any type of surgery.


    In Germany, Ginkgo is the most widely prescribed herb, as it is considered to be as effective as drug treatments used for treating Alzheimer's disease and other severe forms of memory and mental function decline. Preliminary studies show that this herb is helpful in ordinary age-related memory loss as well. Germany's Commission E recommends Ginkgo for circulation problems that arise from hardening of the arteries. It is also beneficial for asthma, dementia, depression, eczema, headaches, heart and kidney disorders, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

  • Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Products
  • Gotu Kola
    Tincture. Take 15 drops of each herb in 1/4 cup water twice daily. Reduces cholesterol plaques in blood vessels serving the brain. Normalizes the brain's use of oxygen.


  • Gotu Kola Herbal Products
  • Hawthorn
    Tablets. Take 100 to 250 mg 3 times daily. Reduces cholesterol plaques in blood vessels serving the brain.


  • Hawthorn Herbal Products
  • Kelp
    1,000-1,500 mg daily. Supplies needed minerals. Acts as a detoxifier of excess metals.


  • Kelp Herbal Products
  • Rose Hips
    Take 1,000 mg daily. A traditional Japanese remedy for memory loss caused by aging.


  • Rose Hips Herbal Products
  • Soy Isoflavone
    Tablets. Take 100 mg once daily, before a meal. Has effects similar to those of estrogen. May slow progression of disease.


  • Soy Bean Herbal Products



  • TCM (TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE) HERBAL FORMULAS


    These formulas are usually only available through TCM Practitioners and may not be available from standard herbal suppliers.
    FORMULA & COMMENTS
          BIOTA SEED PILL TO NOURISH THE HEART

    Considered to be the most important TCM herbal formula for age-related memory loss. It aids short-term memory.

    Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan
    [Biota Nourishing the Heart Pill; Biota Seed Pill to Nourish the Heart]

    Class: Calm the Mind
    Source/Author: Ti Ren Hui Bian (Compilation of Materials of Benevolence for the Body)
    Recipe:
      Bai Zi Ren (Semen Biotae Orientalis) 26.00 %
      Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) 19.00 %
      Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis) 13.00 %
      Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Praeparata) 13.00 %
      Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici) 6.50 %
      Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 6.50 %
      Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori Graminei) 6.50 %
      Fu Shen (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos Paradicis) 6.50 %
      Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis) 3.00 %
    Actions: Calms the Mind. Nourishes the Heart. Tonifies Kidney-Yin.
    Indications: Disharmony between the Heart and Kidneys (Yin Deficiency together with Empty-Heat).
    Symptoms: Anxiety; Continuous palpitations; Disturbing dreams; Insomnia; Memory loss; Mental confusion; Night sweating; Restless sleep; Severe palpitations; Dry mouth; Parched lips
    Preparation: PILLS: Grind the ingredients into powder and form into small pills with honey.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: PILLS: 3-5 g doses, 3 times daily, with warm water.
    Patent Formula Dosage: 2 grams, 3 times a day, depending on the patient's condition, the dosage may vary.


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan, Min Shan, 200 Count
    Nourishes the Heart, tonifies Yin, tonifies Blood, Cools the Blood, Calms the Shen. Also known as: Pai Tzu Yang Hsin Wan, Biota Pills to Nourish The Heart. Contains 200 pills. Standard dosage is 8 pills, 3 times per day. Contains Biota orientalis seed, Lycium chinense fruit, Scrophularia ningpoensis root, Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep, Ophiopogon japonicus tuber, Angelica sinensis root, Poria cocos fungus, Acorus gramineus rhizome, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root. - Bai zi ren, Gou qi zi, Xuan shen, Shu di huang, Mai men dong, Dang gui, Fu ling, Shi chang pu, Gan cao.
          BUPLEURUM PLUS DRAGON BONE & OYSTER SHELL DECOCTION

    A traditional Chinese formula that reduces agitated behavior. A free radical scavenger, it absorbs substances that would destroy nerve tissue. Caution: Do not use Bupleurum plus Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction if you have a fever.

    Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang
    [Bupleurum plus Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction; Bupleurum D Formula]

    Class: Calm the Mind
    Source/Author: Shang Han Lun (Discussion of Cold-induced Disorders)
    Recipe:
      Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) 17.00 %
      Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae) 9.00 %
      Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae) 9.00 %
      Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) 9.00 %
      Mu Li (Concha Ostreae) 7.00 %
      Long Gu (Os Draconis) 7.00 %
      Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis) 7.00 %
      Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens) 7.00 %
      Qian Dan (Minium) 7.00 %
      Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) 7.00 %
      Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae) 7.00 %
      Fu Ling (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos) 7.00 %
    Actions: Calms the Mind. Sedative. Unblocks the three Yang stages.
    Indications: Problems in all three of the Yang-stages of diseases resulting from an improper use of purgatives which are used before the disease enters the Yang brightness stage. The externally-contracted pathogenic influence takes advantage of the weakness caused by the purgatives and invades the Interior.
    Symptoms: Atrioventricular block; Bouts of palpitations; Delirious speech; Epilepsy; Fullness of the chest; Hypertension; Hyperthyroidism; Hysteria; Irritability; Ménière's disease; Neurosis; Schizophrenia; Sensation of extreme heaviness in the body; Constipation; Dysuria; Gastritis; Inability to rotate the trunk; Menopausal disorders; Red tongue, slippery-yellow coating; Rapid-Wiry pulse (Shu Xian)
    Preparation: DECOCTION: 60 g/liter until 40 cl remain. Today Dai Zhe Shi or Sheng Tie Luo are usually substituted for the toxic Qian Dan.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: DECOCTION: Take while still warm 3-4 times daily.
    Patent Formula dosage: 2 grams, 3 times a day. Depending on the patient's condition, the dosage may vary.


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li San, Plum Flower, 100 Grams Powder
    This concentrated powder is a potent formula of Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Wan intended for short-term use. For a less-concentrated formula available in traditional teapill form, please see Bupleurum Oystershell Pills. In China, Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Wan/San is an ancient herbal formula used to calm the spirit. Standard Dosage: 3 grams three times daily or 4.5 grams twice daily. Contains Bupleurum chinense root, Pinellia ternata rhizome, Poria cocos fungus, Cinnamomum cassia twig, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Codonopsis pilosula root, Os draconis-toasted, Ostrea gigas shell-toasted, Zingiber officinale rhizome-fresh, Rheum palmatum root. - Chai hu, Ban xia, Fu ling, Gui zhi, Huang qin, Da zao, Dang shen, Duan long gu, Duan mu li, Sheng jiang, Da huang. Also known as: Chai Hu Mu Li Long Gu Tang, Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Tang, Ease Plus.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Bupleurum Dragonbone, Oystershell Pills, Plum Flower Products, 200 count
    Also known as: Chaihulong, chaihu longgu pills, chai hu long gu mu li wan. Contain 200 Pills. Moves Liver Qi, Clears Heat, Subdues Liver Yang, Dissolves Phlegm, Calms the Shen, Tonifies Righteous Qi. Contains Bupleurum chinense root, Pinellia ternata rhizome, Poria cocos fungus, Cinnamomum cassia twig, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Codonopsis pilosula root, Os draconis-toasted, Ostrea gigas shell-toasted, Zingiber officinale rhizome-fresh, Rheum palmatum root, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Chai hu, Ban xia, Fu ling, Gui zhi, Huang qin, Da zao, Dang shen, Duan long gu, Duan mu li, Sheng jiang, Da huang. Contraindicated during pregnancy and menstruation. Contraindicated for very weak or deficient patients. Use with caution in breast-feeding women as Da huang/rhubarb can pass through the breast milk causing colic and diarrhea in infants. May cause mild abdominal cramping in sensitive patients. Use with caution in Spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite or chronic digestive weakness.
          COPTIS DECOCTION TO RELIEVE TOXICITY

    A traditional Chinese herbal formula that destroys harmful free radicals, preventing the damaging effects of both aluminum and D-aspartic acid from the artificial sweetener, aspartame.

    Huang Lian Jie Du Tang
    [Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity; Coptis and Scute Decoction]

    Class: Clear Heat
    Subclass: Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
    Source/Author: Wai Tai Bi Yao (Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library)
    Recipe:
      Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis Recens) 20.00 % Chief
      Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis) 30.00 % Deputy
      Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri) 30.00 % Assistant
      Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis) 20.00 % Assistant
    Actions: Clears Heat and relieves toxicity. Drains Fire from the Triple Burner.
    Indications: Severe obstruction of the Three Burners by Heat toxin which pervades both the Interior and Exterior.
    Symptoms: Bacillary dysentery; Dark urine; Delirium; Dry mouth; Dry throat; Dysuria; Encephalitis; Epistaxis; Furuncle; Hematemesis; High fever; Insomnia; Irritability; Jaundice; Pneumonia; Scanty urine; Septicemia; Skin infection; Urinary tract infection; Red tongue, yellow coating; Forceful-Slippery-Rapid-Overflowing pulse (Shu Hua You Li Hong); Forceful-Rapid-Overflowing pulse (You Li Shu Hong)
    Preparation: DECOCTION: 30 g/liter until 40 cl remain.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: DECOCTION: Take 3-4 cups daily (very bitter).
    Patent Formula Dosage: 2 grams, 3 times a day, depending on the patient's condition, the dosage may vary.
    Contraindications: Heat in the Blood level. Weak patients. Empty-Heat.


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Huang Lian Jie Du Teapills, Plum Flower, 200 Count
    Drains Fire, Expels Toxins, Clears Damp-Heat, Cools the Blood. Contains 200 pills. Standard dosage is 8 pills, 3 times per day. Contains Coptis chinensis rhizome, Gardenia jasminoides fruit, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Phellodendron amurense bark, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Huang lian, Zhi zi, Huang qin, Huang bai, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. Also known as: Coptis Pill to Eliminate Toxin, Coptis Relieve Toxicity Formula. Contraindicated for very weak or deficient patients. Use with caution in Spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite or chronic digestive weakness.
          EIGHT-INGREDIENT PILL WITH REHMANNIA

    A traditional Chinese herbal formula that keeps blood-sugar levels constant. Particularly useful for people who have both Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.

    Ba Wei Di Huang Wan (1/2)
    [Eight-Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia; Rehmannia Eight Pill]

    Class: Tonify
    Subclass: Tonify the Yang
    Recipe:
      Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Praeparata) 29.00 %
      Wu Zhu Yu (Fructus Evodiae Rutaecarpae) 15.00 %
      Shan Yao (Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae) 15.00 %
      Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis Orientalis) 11.00 %
      Fu Ling (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos) 11.00 %
      Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan Radicis) 11.00 %
      Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Carmichaeli Praeparata) 4.00 %
      Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae) 4.00 %
    Actions: Tonifies Spleen-Yang and Kidney-Yang. Warms Lower and Middle Burners.
    Indications: Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency.
    Symptoms: Bloating; Chronic gastroenteritis; Chronic nephritis; Clear urine; Cold abdomen; Cold extremities; Digestive weakness due to internal cold; Distension of the abdomen; Frequent urination; Hypothyroidism; Oliguria; Pain in the lower back; Persistent diarrhea; Profuse urine; Undigested food particles in the stools; Weakness of lower back; Weakness of the knees; Chronic asthma; Cough; Diabetes; Hot flashes (avoid confusion with hot flashes due to Kidney-Yin Deficiency); Neurasthenia; Edema; Urinary incontinence; Pale, swollen, tooth-marked tongue, moisty-white coating; Slow-Deep-Faint-Empty pulse (Chi Chen Wei Xu)
    Preparation: PILLS: Grind the ingredients into powder and form into small pills with honey.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: PILLS: 6 gram doses, once or twice daily, with warm water.
    Contraindications: Yin Deficiency. Heat.
    Warning: Must be carefully monitored due to the presence of Fu Zi and Rou Gui.


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Rehmannia Vitalizer, Planetary Formulas, 150 Tabs
    Planetary Herbals Rehmannia Vitalizer is based on the classic Chinese tonifier Rehmannia Eight (Ba Wei Di Huang Wan), one of the most strengthening tonics of Chinese herbalism. Traditionally it was used to build warmth and vitality. Contains 150 tablets. Standard dosage is 2 tablets twice daily between meals. Contains Calcium - 50 mg, Sodium - 5 mg. Proprietary Blend: Desert Broomrape Aerial Parts, Rehmannia Root, Psoralea Fruit, Tree Peony Root Bark, Chinese Yam Rhizome, Dong Quai Root, Poria Sclerotium, Schisandra Fruit, Asian Water Plantain Rhizome, Saw Palmetto Berry, Cassia Bark, Morinda Root Extract (10:1), Chinese Dodder Seed Extract (8:1), Asian Ginseng Root Extract (3:1), Epimedium Aerial Parts Extract (10% flavonoids as icariin), Asiatic Dogwood Fruit Extract (5:1) and Lycium Fruit Extract (4:1). - 1.5 grams.
          GASTRODIA & UNCARIA DECOCTION

    A traditional Chinese herbal formula that increases both circulation to the brain and production of the brain's own free-radical scavenger, superoxide dismutase (SOD).

    Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin
    [Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction; Restore the Right Decoction]

    Class: Eliminate Wind
    Subclass: Calm Internal Wind
    Source/Author: Za Bing Zheng Zhi Xin Yi (New Significance of Patterns and Treatment in Miscellaneous Diseases)
    Recipe:
      Tian Ma (Rhizoma Gastrodiae Elatae) 5.00 % Chief
      Gou Teng (Ramulus cum uncis Uncariae) 9.00 % Chief
      Shi Jue Ming (Concha Haliotidis) 14.00 % Chief
      Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis) 5.00 % Deputy
      Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis) 5.00 % Deputy
      Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri Heterophylli) 7.00 % Assistant
      Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae Officinalis) 7.00 % Assistant
      Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis) 7.00 % Assistant
      Sang Ji Sheng (Ramulus Loranthi) 14.00 % Assistant
      Ye Jiao Teng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori) 18.00 % Assistant
      Fu Shen (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos Paradicis) 9.00 % Assistant
    Actions: Calms Liver-Wind. Clears Heat. Moves Blood. Tonifies Liver and Kidneys.
    Indications: Ascendant Liver Yang with internal movement of Liver Wind.
    Symptoms: Cerebrovascular accident; Dizziness; Essential hypertension; Headache; Hemiplegia; Spasms of the extremities; Tic; Tinnitus; Aphasia; Blurred vision; Conflicting dreams; Epilepsy; Insomnia; Restless sleep; Sensation of heat in the head; Red tongue; Rapid-Wiry pulse (Shu Xian)
    Preparation: DECOCTION: 70-90 g/liter until 40 cl remain.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: DECOCTION: Take 3 to 4 times daily.


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Teapills, Plum Flower, 200 Count
    Also known as: Gastrodia Uncaria Pills, Gastrodia & Uncaria Formula. Gastrodia (Tian Ma) has been incorporated into traditional Chinese medicine for several thousand years. Calms the Liver, Extinguishes Wind, Clears Heat, Subdues Liver Yang, Tonifies Liver and Kidneys, Invigorates the Blood. Notoriously difficult to grow and cultivate, gastrodia has long been known as a "superior" herb due to its long record of safety and reliability. Gastrodia is often confused with one of its chemical components, Gastrodin (or Gastrodine). According to the Institute for Traditional Medicine, Gastrodin is the only unique compound among gastrodia's five main active ingredients (the other compounds are found in several plants). Gastrodin's activity is indistinguishable from that of gastrodia. Gastrodin makes up, on average, about 0.4% of the gastrodia tuber, and the other similar compounds together make up a similar amount. Tian Ma Gou Ten Yin Wan combines traditional Gastrodia with Uncaria into a common formula often used to address internal liver wind. Contains 200 pills per bottle. Standard dosage is 8 pills 3 times daily. Contains Haliotis diversicolor shell, Taxillus chinensis twig, Uncaria rhynchophylla vine, Polygonum multiflorum vine, Poria cocos fungus, Leonurus heterophyllus herb, Gastrodia elata rhizome, Gardenia jasminoides fruit, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Eucommia ulmoides bark, Cyathula officinalis root, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Shi jue ming, Sang ji sheng, Gou teng, Ye jiao teng, Fu ling, Yi mu cao, Tian ma, Zhi zi, Huang qin, Du zhong, Chuan niu xi. Contraindicated during the early stages of acute illness such as cold and flu, or during an acute infection. Contraindicated during pregnancy. Use with caution in patients on anti-coagulant therapy. Use with caution in Spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite or chronic digestive weakness.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Teapills, Economy Size, Plum Flower, 1000 Count
          SETTLE THE EMOTIONS PILL

    A traditional Chinese herbal formula that treats poor memory compounded by insomnia, dizziness, hot flashes, or dry mouth.

    Ding Zhi Wan (Formula 1/2)
    [Settle the Emotions Pill]

    Class: Calm the Mind
    Source/Author: Qian Jin Yao Fang (Thousand Ducat Formulas)
    Recipe
      Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) 30.00 % Chief
      Fu Ling (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos) 30.00 % Chief
      Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori Graminei) 20.00 % Deputy
      Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae) 20.00 % Deputy
    Actions: Calms the Mind. Tonifies Heart-Qi.
    Indications: This presentation occurs in those with deficient Heart Qi who suffer a severe emotional shock or are badly frightened.
    Symptoms: Apprehension; Euphoria (incessant laughing); Fear; Mental fragility; Patient is easily frightened; Excess of one of the five emotions (anger, joy, worry, sadness, fear); Memory loss; Palpitations
    Preparation: PILLS: Grind the ingredients into powder and form into small pills with honey. DECOCTION: 30-35 gram in 50 cl. Cook very slowly until 25 cl remain. Shi Chang Pu is added near the end of the decoction.
    Administration/Dosage schedule: PILLS: 4-6 g doses, 3 times daily, with warm water. DECOCTION: Take 2-3 times daily.
    Patent Formula Dosage: 2 grams, 3 times a day. Depending on the patient's condition, the dosage may vary. Note: The name of this formula is literally "settle the will pill". Here the word ZHI refers to all the emotions which are upset due to a sudden fright.

    Ding Zhi Wan (Formula 2/2)
    [Settle the Emotions Pill]

    Class: Calm the Mind
    Source/Author: Za Bing Yuan Liu Xi Zhu (Wondrous Lantern of Peering into the Origin and Development of Miscellaneous Diseases)
    Recipe
      Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
      Fu Ling (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos)
      Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori Graminei)
      Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae)
      Fu Shen (Sclerotium Poriae Cocos Paradicis)
      Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
      Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
      Zhu Sha (Cinnabaris)
    Actions: Calms the Mind. Tonifies Heart-Qi.
    Indications: This presentation occurs in those with deficient Heart Qi who suffer a severe emotional shock or are badly frightened.
    Symptoms: Apprehension; Euphoria (incessant laughing); Fear; Mental fragility; Patient is easily frightened; Excess of one of the five emotions (anger, joy, worry, sadness, fear); Memory loss; Palpitations


    Chinese Herbs Direct: Rehmannia Vitalizer, Planetary Formulas, 150 Tabs
    Planetary Herbals Rehmannia Vitalizer is based on the classic Chinese tonifier Rehmannia Eight (Ba Wei Di Huang Wan), one of the most strengthening tonics of Chinese herbalism. Traditionally it was used to build warmth and vitality. Contains 150 tablets. Standard dosage is 2 tablets twice daily between meals. Contains Calcium - 50 mg, Sodium - 5 mg. Proprietary Blend: Desert Broomrape Aerial Parts, Rehmannia Root, Psoralea Fruit, Tree Peony Root Bark, Chinese Yam Rhizome, Dong Quai Root, Poria Sclerotium, Schisandra Fruit, Asian Water Plantain Rhizome, Saw Palmetto Berry, Cassia Bark, Morinda Root Extract (10:1), Chinese Dodder Seed Extract (8:1), Asian Ginseng Root Extract (3:1), Epimedium Aerial Parts Extract (10% flavonoids as icariin), Asiatic Dogwood Fruit Extract (5:1) and Lycium Fruit Extract (4:1). - 1.5 grams.


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