MoonDragon's Womens Health Information
(Inflammation & Infection of the Cervix)
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Cervicitis Description Frequent Signs & Symptoms Causes Risk Factors Preventive Measures Prognosis - Expected Outcome Potential Complications Diagnosis Conventional Medical Treatment Medication Activity Recommendations & Restrictions Diet & Nutrition Holistic, Herbal, & Lifestyle Recommendations Nutritional Supplements Notify Your Health Care Provider Cervicitis Supplement Products
Cervicitis is the inflammation or infection of the cervix and is considered the most common of all gynecologic disorders with over 60 percent of parous women having experienced it, usually as a result of infections related to pregnancy or postpartum. Gonorrhea and other types of mixed infections frequently cause acute and chronic cervicitis in non-pregnant women. There are two types and either may be contagious: Acute cervicitis which is usually a bacterial or viral infection with specific symptoms and chronic cervicitis which is a long-term infection that may not have symptoms. At least 75-percent of all women have cervicitis at some time during their adult lives.
FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Cervicitis involves inflammation and/or infection of the cervix and mucous membranes covering the cervix and is most often affecting females of all ages after adolescence. The symptoms include leukorrhea, low back pain, hypogastric pain, dyspareunia, dysmenorrhea, dysuria, urinary frequency and urgency, metrorrhagia, and cer-vical dystocia. Cervical cancer, venereal infections, and cervical tuberculosis must be ruled out.
CERVICAL MUCUS CHANGES
The characteristics of cervical mucus vary with the menstrual cycle. In the absence of infection, the cervical mucus is thin, clear, and acellular at the time of ovulation or after moderate estrogen stimulation. In cervicitis the mucus is mucopurulent, even blood streaked, and may be tenacious and viscid at midcycle. Microscopic examination of a smear of cervical mucus from a patient with clinical cervicitis or bleeding never shows the normal "fern" formation. The acidity of the mucus and the presence of bacteria are noxious to sperm.
Cervicitis is characterized by erosion (a transient ulceration of the endo and ectocervix) and eversion (ectropion), which is due to outward growth of endo-cervical cells.
Cervix red in color and appearing irritated from infection. Thick, yellow vaginal discharge is common. Discharge may also be white or grey in color and may have an odor.
Slight sometimes unnoticeable vaginal discharge. Backache. Urination discomfort. Discomfort with sexual intercourse.
EXTENSIVE CHRONIC CERVICITIS
Profuse vaginal discharge. Bleeding between menstrual periods. Spotting or bleeding after sexual intercourse.
Acute cervicitis is usually caused by the organisms Neisseria gonorrheae or Chlamydia trachomatis. Herpes virus can also be a cause for cervicitis.
Chronic cervicitis is caused by repeated episodes of acute cervicitis, or one episode that is not treated long enough to heal completely.
Vaginal or cervical instrumentation and laceration may initiate cervicitis.
RISK INCREASES WITH
Multiple sexual partners. Diabetes mellitus. Acute or recurrent vaginitis.
Have an annual pelvic examination and Pap smear.
Wear cotton underpants or pantyhose with a cotton crotch. Avoid underpants made from non-ventilating materials. Synthetic materials hold in vaginal wetness and warmth, which may trigger vaginal or cervical infections.
Avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) by having your sexual partner wear a condom for intercourse. Use safer sex practices. Use a quality brand latex condom for best protection and least chance of breakage. Follow use directions carefully. Avoid old, damaged, cheaply manufactured or specialty-novelty condoms. These will not provide the type of protection needed against STDs and for pregnancy prevention.
If cervicitis is caused by a sexually transmitted infection, your sexual partner will also need treatment.
Avoid multiple sexual partners.
Avoid use of cigarettes, recreational drugs and other substances that compromise the immune function.
Avoid use of oral contraceptive pills, antibiotics.
Avoid use of perfumes, spermicides, lubricants, tampons, or any other substance introduced to vagina that could cause irritation.
Pay attention to genital hygiene.
Keep the foundation of wellness in place, which includes:
Emotional and psychological considerations: The physical effect of emotional issues merit investigation in cases of cervicitis, if a woman wishes to explore that area, a history of incest and/or sexual abuse may be present.
- Schedule in and maintain time for self reflection.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Eat whole foods and follow a healthful diet.
- Minimize stress.
- Exercise regularly.
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PROGNOSIS - AN EXPECTED OUTCOME
Mild cervicitis will often heal without treatment. Acute cervicitis caused by venereal disease is contagious through sexual intercourse and is curable with medication. Most other cases of cervicitis can be cured with appropriate treatment. All women with cervicitis will need regular gynecologic checkups until the condition heals.
Cervical polyps. Pelvic inflammatory disease. Malignant change in cervix cells (rare). Chronic cervical infection is the most common cause of leukorrhea and a major factor in dyspareunia, infertility, abortion, and intrapartum infection. Chronic cervicitis may even predispose to cervical cancer.
The cervix is an extension of the lower end of the uterus into the vagina. Cervicitis is a deeper and more serious pathology than simple vaginitis. Inflammation of the cervix may be infectious or non-infectious. Differential diagnosis and determination of the cause, through appropriate physical and laboratory analysis, is necessary to determine appropriate treatment. Cervical examination, pap smear and culture and serological tests to determine infectious agent may all be necessary. Causes of the symptoms may vary widely in their seriousness.
Diagnostic tests may include a culture of the vaginal discharge and laboratory blood studies.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Treatment may involve destruction of abnormal cells with silver nitrate (chemical used to destroy damaged cells in cervical erosion); cryosurgery (destruction of abnormal tissue by applying freezing temperatures, usually with liquid nitrogen); or electrocautery (destruction of tissue by heat applied with a controlled electric current). Surgery (hysterectomy) for widespread tissue destruction (rare).
ACUTE CERVICITIS: Treat acute infections with appropriate antibiotics. Avoid instrumentation and vigorous topical therapy during the acute phase and before the menses, when an upward spread of the infection may occur.
CHRONIC CERVICITIS: Replace and retain a free retroverted uterus (which both aggravates and predis-poses to cervicitis) with a vaginal pessary to reduce chronic passive congestion of the cervix and corpus. For mild cervicitis, cauterize the ecto and endocervix during the midcycle with 5 percent silver nitrate solution or 2 percent sodium hydroxide solution. In more severe or resistant cases, give diethyl-stilbestrol, 0.1 mg orally, and sulfisoxazole (Gantri-sin), 0.5 gm orally twice daily for 15 days, beginning with the first day of menstruation. In deep hypertropic chronic cervicitis, cauterize the cervix with the galvanocautery ("hot" or nasal tip cautery) or by means of cryosurgery or diathermy (high frequency or "cold" cautery), coagulating lightly with radial strokes of the instrument. Treat only portions of the canal and portio at any one visit, preferably during the first half of the cycle. Treatment may be repeated monthly if necessary. Immediately after cauterization, prescribe warm saline douches or furazolidonenifuroxime (Tricofuron) or sulfonamide cream or suppositories locally for 3 to 4 days to suppress infection. Sound and dilate the cervical canal periodically to prevent stenosis. Trachelorrhaphy (cervical repair), conization, and hysterectomy are justified only occasionally for intractable cervicitis.
POST TREATMENT PROGNOSIS
Mild chronic cervicitis usually responds to local therapy in 4 to 8 weeks. More severe chronic cervicitis may require 2 to 3 months of treatment. The prognosis for acute cervicitis is excellent if an accurate diagnosis by means of smears and cultures is made and appropriate antibiotic treatment given.
Use sanitary pads instead of tampons during treatment. Do not use cervical barrier contraceptives such as a cervical cap or diaphragm until infection has cleared up.
Do not douche unless it is recommended.
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TREATING CERVICITIS WITH HOMEOPATHY
Cervicitis is an inflammation of the uterine cervix, generally due to a bacterial, parasitic or viral infection. The disease is usually contracted during unprotected sexual intercourse with a person that has an STD such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea or herpes. But it can also be caused by an irritation or injury resulting from an intolerance to the chemical substances contained in tampons and contraceptives. Also know that a pregnant woman with cervicitis can transmit the infection to her baby. If the condition is left untreated, it can make the baby blind.
SYMPTOMS OF CERVICITIS
Cervicitis is often asymptomatic. However, there are some precursory signs of the disease. The infection can be caused by leucorrhoea, a thick whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge. This discharge becomes even more pronounced after the menstruation period. Besides that, the patient also experiences vaginal bleeding, itching or irritating sensations on the genitals’ external parts, pain during sexual intercourse and a burning sensation when urinating. In the most severe cases, the patient is subjected to a profuse foul-smelling discharge accompanied by strong vaginal itching or abdominal pain. A fever or nausea can also occur if the infection spreads to the whole body.
Argentum nitricum is the first recommended remedy for the treatment of cervicitis due to its effectiveness in the field of gynaecology. This silver nitrate-based homoeopathic remedy is first diluted before being conditioned in the form of granules. It mainly acts on the pain felt during urination and around the genital area. The recommended dosage is 5 granules of dilutions ranging from 9 to 30 CH, to be taken daily over a 3-month period.
Erigeron canadensis is another homoeopathic remedy that can be used in the treatment of cervicitis. Made from aster plants, of which the polyenes have anti-inflammatory properties, this remedy is to be taken in a unique dose of dilution 15 CH once a day to fight off the infection.
CONSULTING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If the cervicitis has been left untreated, it may spread and reach internal organs, particularly the reproductive organs. A woman may then have difficulties becoming pregnant or be subjected to miscarriages. For this reason, a medical consultation is mandatory as soon as pain manifests itself or in case of unusual discharges. Both the patient and his or her partner, who may also be a carrier of the infection, need to be treated with the drugs prescribed by a health care practitioner.
Kali Bichromicum Kreosotum Nitricum acidum
br> Apart from their use in the treatment of cervicitis, you can also resort to the homoeopathic remedies Argentum nitricum and Erigeron canadensis to alleviate other ailments such as abundant and painful menses. They can even be used to treat urologic disorders.
Homeopathic Information was obtained from www.homeopathyguide.net.
Oral antibiotics if infectious cervicitis suspected. Antiviral or antibiotic vaginal creams or suppositories to fight infection may be prescribed.
No restrictions, except to avoid sexual relations until determination that the infection has healed.
DIET & NUTRITION
No special diet.
However, dietary and nutritional therapies seek to balance the hormonal system and support the immune system. Diets for healthy female immune and reproductive systems as well as healing and the prevention of cervical inflammation and dysplasia should be predominately vegetarian and low in fat, emphasizing fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes (beans and lentils). Alcohol, caffeine, fried foods, and sugar should be avoided, as should foods that may contain artificial hormones and estrogen, such as dairy and meat products that are not organically produced. Women should eat plenty of yellow and leafy green vegetables. Tomatoes contain a substance called Lycopene that may protect against dysplasia. Soy products should also be frequently added to the diet for their estrogen balancing effects.
Exercise is recommended to stimulate the immune system and reduce stress. Yoga has exercises specifically designed to stimulate circulation in the lower abdomen and reproductive organs. Plenty of fresh air during the day is also beneficial for those trying to improve their health and energy.
Stress and emotional problems may also play a significant role in cervical dysplasia and in problems with the reproductive system in general. Mind/body techniques such as psychotherapy, meditation, progressive relaxation, breath work, and visualization may help reduce stress, remove emotional blockages, and stimulate healing. Detoxification therapies may also be recommended, including fasting, sweating, and other techniques, particularly for women who may have accumulated toxins in the body from smoking, drug abuse, or poor dietary and lifestyle habits.
Nutritional support includes the supplementation of B-complex vitamins, particularly Folic Acid, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin B-12. Vitamins A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are recommended, as are the minerals Selenium and Zinc. Grape Seed Extract and Pine Bark Extract are recommended antioxidants to assist healing, and Nutritional Yeast (Brewer's Yeast) and Spirulina are natural supplements for B vitamins and minerals.
HERBAL HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS
Vitex Berries (also called Chasteberries, or Chasteberry tree) and Black Cohosh to balance hormones and stimulate healing in the reproductive system.
Chaste Tree Vitex: The fresh ripe Chaste Tree berries, when pounded to a pulp, have been used in the form of a tincture for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, weakness, and breast pain, in addition to the menstrual regulation and treatment of hemorrhage. Clinical trials have shown that prolonged use of Chaste Tree Berries significantly reduces a range of PMS symptoms, from irritability and headaches to cramping and breast pain. The herb can lengthen the proliferative (first) phase of the menstrual cycle and also relieve water weight, headache and fatigue. Other trials have shown genuine effectiveness for women suffering from infertility and irregular periods. Chaste Tree Berry works well in reducing the symptoms such as hot flashes associated with peri-or post menopause. Some studies have shown the berries to be anti-androgenic and can therefore be used to help treat acne in men and women and reduce an overactive libido. Current research supports the ancient medicinal uses as the Vitex (Chaste Berry) causes the pituitary gland to produce a luteinizing hormone, which re-establishes the normal balance between estrogen and progesterone, thereby regulating a women's cycle. Chaste Tree Berry comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. The recommended dose is 1 capsule per day. For using a tincture, take 40 drops of the extract in the morning in a glass of water. With Chaste Tree Berry, no matter which formulation you use, it can take a awhile before the effects are noticeable, but usually a change is noticed by the third or fourth menstrual cycle after you begin taking it. For other formulations, read product label directions. Those on hormone replacement therapy should not take Chaste Tree Berry. If you are pregnant or nursing do not take this supplement. Safety in young children, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
Black Cohosh: Black cohosh is often used by midwives to help weak contractions to become stronger during labor. Germany's Commission E recommends using Black Cohosh for treating menopause, dysmenorrhea, and PMS. Clinical results show improvement in hot flashes, sweating, headache, vertigo, heart palpitations, tinnitus (a ringing or similar sensation in the ears), nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety, vaginal dryness, and depression. In a 1995 German trial, it was found that when combined with St. John's Wort, Black Cohosh was 78 percent effective in treating hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. As a treatment for menopause, medical studies reported Black Cohosh to be more effective than estrogen in relieving symptoms and in normalizing the appearance of vaginal cells under microscopic evaluation. In a 1999 study at the New York College, it was found that Black Cohosh was shown to inhibit the growth of T-47D cells. The study concluded that this herb and others may be useful in preventing breast cancer. In a 2002 German study, it was reported that Black Cohosh has antiestrogenic effects. It was previously thought to have estrogenic effects. This herb is useful in treating inflammatory arthritis and rheumatism. The sedative action in Black Cohosh is helpful in treating high blood pressure, whopping cough, and asthma.
Black Cohosh comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2 tablets 2 times a day of a standardized extract, manufactured to contain 1 mg of 27-deoxyacteine per tablet. For a tincture, take 2 to 4 ml per day. Black Cohosh can take 4 to 6 weeks to produce the full benefits. Do not confuse it with Blue Cohosh, which is potentially more dangerous because the chemicals in it are toxic to the heart.
Black Cohosh Safety & Interaction Information: Black Cohosh should not be taken for more than six months at a time. Black Cohosh rarely has side effects other than occasional mild gastrointestinal distress. Due to the potential hormonal activity, Black Cohosh is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, or for adolescents. Women taking Black Cohosh should not take it together with birth control pills, HRT, such sedatives as diazepam or blood pressure medications.
Herbs to stimulate and support the immune system include Echinacea, Goldenseal, Burdock, Milk Thistle, Shiitake Mushrooms, Yarrow, Ginger, and Astragalus.
Echinacea: Echinacea purpurea supports the immune system, while Astragalus and Reishi are two of the most important traditional Chinese medicinal herb tonics. This herbal combination is an immune support supplement that helps support your immune system naturally. Echinacea Root is also known as Purple Coneflower and considered very valuable by the North American Indians. Echinacea possesses confirmed anitbacterial and antiviral properties. It is profoundly supportive of the immune system, and Echinacea's therapeutic power amazed practitioners. Echinacea is effective both internally, against such as colds, flu and tonsilitis, and externally against many kinds of stubborn skin problems. The decoction can be used as a mouthwash for pyorrhoea and gingivitis, and as a douche for vaginal infections. Echinacea is the subject of much contemporary research. Its complex chemistry seems to support the immune system by activating white blood cells. Echinacea also increases the production of interferon, an important part of the body’s response to viral infections. Many double-blind studies have confirmed that echinacea is effective for treating colds and flu. Other modern clincial studies confirm that echinacea, taken both internally and used as a douche, is extremely effective against vaginal yeast infections.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal root is considered to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic and fungicide, as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory actions, effective agains a wide range of topical and internal infections of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It is very much in demand worldwide. Its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties have led researchers to study goldenseal root as a possible alternative to chemical antibiotics. Goldenseal also appears to promote healthy glandular function, and may have a tonic and detoxifying effect on the entire system. Goldenseal boosts the immune system, helps with colds, flu, infection, inflammation, heals mucus membranes, helps digestion problems. Topically it has been used for skin and eye infections (such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis), as a mouthwash for soothing canker sores, and as a tea for diarrhea, upper respiratory and vaginal infections. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions, it is useful for cleaning wounds, reducing hemorrhoids, and alleviate skin infections (including ringworm and athlete's foot). The two primary alkaloids in goldenseal are hydrastine and berberine, along with smaller amounts of canadine. They have demonstrated antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, including Chlamydia species, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Candida albicans and Entamoeba histolytica. Suggested Usage: Take 1/4 teaspoon or less, in water or juice, 2 times per day. Maximum Usage: 5 consecutive days. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children. WARNING: Not for long-term use. Do not take while pregnant because berberine can stimulate contractions. Goldenseal may raise blood pressure and may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure (may use Myrrh as a substitute). It should not be used for extended periods of time by those with heart conditions.
Burdock: Burdock is a natural blood purifier and detoxifier. It is favored for helping the body maintain healthy skin. It nourishes the urinary and respiratory systems, and also nutritionally supports joints and other skeletal tissues. It is reported to promote glandular and hormone balance, as well as remove accumulations and deposits around the joints. Burdock Root is used as a food and medicine in cultures all over the world. It is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. Burdock combines well with Red Clover, Yellow Dock, and Dandelion. Uses: Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blood; Bursitis; Calcium Deposits; Disinfectant; Eczema; Gangrene; Gout; Itching; Osteoporosis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Psoriasis; Rheumatism; Skin Disorders; Skin Irritations; & Swelling. Burdock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. A standard dose of Burdock is 1 to 2 grams of powdered dry root 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Burdock works well when combined with Yellow Dock, Red Clover and Cleavers.
Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle (Silymarin) may be taken in capsule form and prevents and treats cirrhosis and other liver disorders. Take 600 mg (about 5 tablets) daily. Note: Milk thistle may cause mild diarrhea. If this occurs, reduce the dosage or discontinue use. Milk Thistle (standardized to 80 mg silymarin) is taken consistently before pregnancy and during the first trimester will help the liver to gently detox and help hyperemesis to be avoided. Clinical studies using standardized milk thistle extract show that it supports and promotes normal liver function. The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that exerts a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver. Thisilyn is especially recommended for those who use alcohol, smoke or are exposed to environmental pollutants. Thisily, the unique standardized milk thistle extract, is the world's standard for quality. The milk thistle used to manufacture Thisilyn is carefully extracted and tested for purity, ensuring all the plant's desirable benefits remain bioavailable.
Shiitake, Reishi, & Maitake: Maitake mushroom extract that contains D-fraction form of isolated beta-1,6-glucan, a substance that prevents carcinogenesis and inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Also helps the body adapt to the stress of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Shiitake/Reishi mushroom extracts have valuable immune-boosting and anti-tumor properties.
Yarrow: Yarrow is well-known for its use as a remedy for colds, flu and fever and it is also used for its skin wound healing and antibiotic properties.
Ginger: Ginger (Zingiber officinale; Gan Jiang) has been used safely for thousands of years in a wide range of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese herbal formulas that benefit the stomach and promote digestive function. Ginger is also used in these formulas as an agent to carry or reinforce the actions of other digestive herbs. It is considered to be a warming herb as it enhances circulation and absorption. Ginger is essential for the reduction and frequency of morning sickness, upset stomach, seasickness, and motion sickness. It is also used expel gas (relieving flatulent colic) from the intestines and to help reduce fevers and lessen symptoms of colds. It is soothing to the digestive tract. Ginger tea can be made by slicing the fresh root into small pieces and added to hot water or milk to steep. It has a slightly "spicy" flavor to it. Ginger can be obtained in candied pieces and popped in your mouth if you are having indigestion problems. Scientific studies have shown Ginger to be an effective treatment for nausea and motion sickness. It is also used as a treatment for atherosclerosis, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, burns, ulcers, depression, impotence, and liver toxicity. Chinese herbalists prescribe Ginger tea at the onset of a cold to ward off infection. Ginger has also been used as a treatment for Raynaud's disease, sciatica, seborrhea, sore throat, swelling, tendinitis, toothache, ulcers, viral infections. Ginger stimulates the circulation and helps blood flow to the surface, making it an important remedy for chilblains and poor circulation to the hands and feet. By improving the circulation, Ginger helps reduce high blood pressure. Ginger also increases sweating and helps reduce fever. A standard dose for most purposes is 1 to 4 grams of powdered Ginger taken daily in 2 to 4 divided doses. Prepare a dose of ginger infusion by taking 10 to 30 grains or 1 ounce of ginger powder or bruised root and adding it to a pint of boiling water, take 1 or 2 fluid ounces at a time. In acute colds the entire train of symptoms may be aborted in a single night, by advising the patient to take a hot mustard foot bath at bedtime, while the body, prepared for bed, is wrapped in warm blankets. During the foot bath the patient should drink a glass or two of hot water, each of which contains half of a dram of the tincture of ginger. To prevent motion sickness, begin treatment 1 or 2 days before the trip, and continue taking it throughout the travel period. Make Ginger tea from the boiled Ginger root as a remedy for nausea associated with pregnancy. Chilled, carbonated, and sweetened Ginger tea is the original form of ginger ale, the famous anti-nausea beverage. Powdered Ginger can be used in the tea instead of the root.
GINGER TEA RECIPE
4 cups of Water
2 inch piece of fresh Ginger Root
Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste. Note: Keep in mind that if you are making this tea to strengthen the immune system and ward off colds and flu, sweeteners are not recommended. Ginger milk can be done the same way, substituting milk for water. This is good for warming the system up after being in the cold and is soothing to the stomach too. I often made ginger milk after shoveling snow off the sidewalk and needing to be warmed up. You could also add a dash of cinnamon, if desired to the ginger milk.
Ginger Safety & Interaction Information: There are no known safety issues associated with using Ginger. Some people may be sensitive to the taste and experience heartburn. If you are taking anti-coagulants, it is best to consult with your health care provider before using Ginger for the treatment of your condition. Those with a history of gallstones should consult a nutritionist or health care provider before using Ginger. If taking Ginger before a surgery, it is best to inform the anesthesiologist you are on Ginger.
Astragalus: Astragalus root is considered to have a normalizing effect on the body's functions. Astragalus is an important herb in Chinese medicine and is commonly included in Chinese cuisine.
Other herbs that may balance hormones include Red Clover, Kudzu Root, Licorice Root, and Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng.
Red Clover: There is no evidence that Red Clover can help those with cancer; however, its use as a cancer therapy in many parts of the world has prompted scientists to take a closer look at this herb. It is also used to treat menopausal symptoms. This herb works well in treating bronchitis, asthma, and spasmodic coughs. Red Clover is also used to treat acne, eczema, abscesses, psoriasis, insect bites, stings, and other skin diseases. In a compress it works well in treating arthritis pains and gout. As an eyewash, Red Clover herb can be used to treat conjunctivitis. Red Clover comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For a tea, take 1 cup of boiling water to 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried flowers. Drink 3 cups a day. In capsule of tablet form take 2 to 4 grams a day. In using a tincture use 2 to 4 ml 3 times a day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.
DELICIOUS RED CLOVER TEA
Kudzu Root: Kudzu has reportedly been used over 1,000 years by Asian herbalists for alcoholism and to curb alcohol craving and is commonly used as part of a proactive program to overcome detrimental health habits. Interestingly, a Harvard study conducted with lab animals confirmed that compounds found in Kudzu, reduced their alcohol consumption by 50 percent. Kudzu also supports nerve tissue and is a thickening agent. Naturopathic physicians report an astonishing range of applications for kudzu. In combination with vitamin B therapy, kudzu has been used to treat deafness caused by exposure to loud sounds. There are numerous reports in the Chinese medical literature of the successful use of kudzu in treating the symptoms of high blood pressure such as headache and dizziness (although kudzu has little or no effect on blood pressure itself). Positive cardiovascular effects have been noted in several studies including the dilation of coronary and cerebral vessels, and the increase of coronary and cerebral blood flow. Recent clinical uses have included treatments for hypertension, angina, pectoris, and migraine headaches. Kudzu powder is also taken internally on a regular basis to prevent recurrences of colds sores, shingles, and genital herpes.
Licorice: Licorice (Glycyrrhzin) is used for HIV / AIDS therapy as it increases T-cell counts and preserves immune function. General Uses: It is taken orally (DGL form) for ulcers, heartburn (esophageal reflux), and mouth sores. Other oral uses involving the whole herb is the treatment of coughs, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In its topical form (whole herb), Licorice can be used for eczema, psoriasis, and herpes. Scientific studies suggest regular use of DGL can heal ulcers as well as some over the counter medications; however, they must be taken regularly or the ulcer will return. For Ulcer Pain - chew two to four 380-mg tablets of DGL before meals and at bedtime in conjunction with conventional medical care.
Do not substitute deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Caution: Do not use licorice if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, or an estrogen-dependent disorder such as breast cancer, endometriosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Consume potassium-rich foods such as bananas or citrus juices, or take a potassium supplement daily when taking this herb.
- For Mouth Sores - Sucking on the tablets will relieve the pain. For best results, follow the directions listed on the label.
- For Respiratory Problems - Take orally 1 to 2 grams of licorice root 3 times daily, not to exceed a week.
- For Eczema, Psoriasis, or Herpes - Apply licorice cream to affected area twice daily.
- For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - This treatment must be taken under a health care provider's supervision to be given the needed dosage for the best possible effects.
- For HIV/AIDS - Take Glycyrrhizin Tablets, 50 to 75 mg daily. Use for 6 weeks, then take a 2-week break.
Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng: Siberian Ginseng, also known as Eleuthero helps bronchial disorders and boosts energy. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder. Siberian Ginseng strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands. It enhances immune function, helps prevent infection, promotes lung functioning and stimulates the appetite. It useful for bronchitis, circulatory problems, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, and stress. There is some evidence that it can help ease withdrawal from cocaine, and help improve drug or alcohol induced liver dysfunction in older adults. Siberian Ginseng protects the body against the effects of radiation exposure. It is used by athletes for overall body strengthening. Siberian Ginseng is most effective in the treatment of prolonged exhaustion and debility, resulting from overwork and long-term stress. As a decoction take 35 ml of Siberian Ginseng 2 times a day for use as a general tonic. To take in tincture form, use 1/2 teaspoon with water 3 times a day. For other forms, read follow product label directions.
Panax Ginseng: Red Panax Ginseng is often used to increase energy. This extract is made from 6 year old Red Ginseng roots plants which are a precious natural product growing in the Mountains of Chang Pai in northern China. Considered by traditional herbals as the king of herbs, ginseng's adaptogenic properties (how it helps and balances and restores the body and mind when dealing with stress related conditions) are prized by many. If you are nursing or pregnant, consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking ginseng.
Aromatherapy baths may also help, utilizing the essential oils of Geranium, Rose, Lavender, Bitter Orange, Rosemary, or Tea Tree Oil.
- Geranium Essential Oil: Originally from South Africa, the Geranium is one of the most cultivated aromatic herbs ever. It has a subtly sweet, floral aroma that is both calming and uplifting. The essential oil is 100 percent pure.
- Rose Essential Oil & Absolute Oil: Rose Oil has a sweetly floral aroma. While primarily used as a fragrance, Rose essential oil can be used for aromatherapy. The distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects. Rose oil is used as an antidepressant and sedative in the treatment of depression, insomnia, lack of concentration, poor memory and helps in an emotional crisis situation.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. The herb has been used for strewing, and the flowers are used as an aromatic. Lavender has analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, and vulnerary properties. Lavender may be beneficial in treating acne, allergies, amenorrhea, asthma, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, colic, conjunctivitis, cystitis, dandruff, depression, dermatitis, earache, eczema, flatulence, halitosis, headache, hypertension, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insomnia, laryngitis, leucorrhea, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, neuralgia, psoriasis, rashes, rheumatism, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, teething, toothache, ulcers, wound. Lavender oil is a good addition to most skin care products. For bug bites and burns the oil is generally safe to apply neat to the affected area. A skin patch test should be performed before using any essential oil directly on the skin. Most essential oils are diluted with a neutral carrier oil for skin safety. Lavender is a powerful antiseptic containing more than 200 compounds that are active against fungi, viruses and other microbes. The oil is also valued for its ability to balance the emotions. It restores vitality in people suffering from nervous exhaustion and also has a calming effect on people who are agitated or who have trouble sleeping. Lavender may be very effective with wounds, however, lavender honey (created from bees feeding on lavender plants), instead of lavender essential oil has the best effects of uninfected wounds. Lavender oil is used to relieve nervousness, anxiety, difficulty in falling asleep, stomachaches, middle ear infections, burns, eczema, insect bites and other skin inflammations. The best-known active components in Lavender oil are geraniol, cineole and coumarin. These ingredients have a strong cleansing and germicidal effect and are believed to be particularly valuable for the treatment of inflammatory conditions and pain. Lavender also brings swift relief from digestive problems and various skin irritations.
- Bitter Orange Oil: Bitter Orange oil is made from the fruit is used for treating exhaustion, cellulite, infections, nausea, vomiting, digestive orders, circulation, disposition and eczema.
- Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary oil is analgesic, antiarthritic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary. Rosemary oil have benefits in treating acne, amenorrhea, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colds, colitis, constipation, coughs, dandruff, dermatitis, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, eczema, fainting, flatulence, flu, fluid retention, greasy hair, hangovers, headache, hysteria, insect repellant, jaundice, leucorrhea, lice, memory loss, mental fatigue, migraine, muscle aches and pains, nervous disorders, neuralgia, rheumatism, scabies, sinus problems, slow circulation, sore muscles, tonic, varicose veins, whooping cough, wounds. Rosemary oil has many applications. Diffusing the oil into the air will aid memory and disinfect the room. Using the oil in a massage oil may help with nasal congestion and sore muscles. Rosemary oil has a strong stimulating and anti-inflammatory effect. It has proven useful for relieving low blood pressure, lack of appetite, digestive complaints, exhaustion, muscle pain, heart trouble, hair loss and circulatory disorders. The substances contained in Rosemary oil activate circulation and the nervous system. To energize, brighten mood, improving mental clarity and memory. Rosemary essential oil has a pronounced action on the brain, clearing the mind and aiding the memory, an effective treatment for mental fatigue, overwork, and nervous exhaustion. It can be helpful for alcohol over-indulgence. As a blended massage oil or diluted in a bath, Rosemary can be used for muscle pains and aches, cramps, spasms, stiff neck, backaches, sprains, and physical tiredness, easing pain, relieving headaches. Rosemary helps with migraine headaches and neuralgia. Disinfecting properties can be used by adding a few drops of Rosemary oil in a spray bottle as a space disinfectant. The antiseptic action of Rosemary oil is especially suitable for intestinal infections and diarrhea. It also eases colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence (intestinal gas), constipation, hepatic (liver) disorders and jaundice. The 1997 Commission E on Phytotherapy and Herbal Substances of the German Federal Institute for Drugs recommends Rosemary leaf used interally for dyspeptic complaints. Externally, Rosemary oil has been used as supportive therapy for rheumatic diseases and circulatory problems. Rosemary oil can relieve pain such as rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain and gout. It can help for arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins. The diuretic properties of Rosemary oil are useful with water retention during menstruation and also with obesity and cellulite. On the respiratory system, Rosemary oil used in vapor therapy is effective for mucus congestion, sinusitis, colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Because of its astringent action, Rosemary oil can be effective for sagging skin. It may ease congestion in the skin, puffiness and swelling and also may help with acne, dermatitis and eczema. Rosemary's stimulating action may benefit scalp disorders and encourage hair growth. Rosemary can be used as an insect repellant and may help with lice>.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea Tree oil is an effective bactericide killing a broad spectrum of bacteria and a range of stubborn fungi. It is safe for healthy tissue and does not inhibit normal cell growth and rejuvenation. The oil contains numerous chemicals known as terpenoids. The oil kills fungus and bacteria, including those resistant to some antibiotics. A topical application of 5-percent tea tree oil in people with acne is as helpful as benzoylperoxide and has fewer side effects. Tea tree oil contributes to an extremely effective antibacterial shampoo. Undiluted tea tree oil applied topically is as effective as the antifungal medicine clotrimazole for people with athlete's foot fungus affecting the toe nails. Dilute solutions, containing no more than 5-percent tea tree oil, can safely be used as a very effective mouthwash. Unlike many antiseptics, Tea Tree oil kills bacteria as effectively in the real environment of the body as it does in the test tube. Its solvent nature allows it to penetrate into skin layers, even reaching inaccessible sites such as the fingernails and toenails. Tea Tree oil is a powerful organic solvent and will actually dissolve the lumps of white blood cells which make pus. Tea Tree oil has a penetrating quality that makes it helpful in treating infected wounds, and it is most effective as an antiseptic against many bacteria and fungi. Tea Tree oil can be used to help control acne when applied directly to the skin. Preliminary studies show it can be useful in treating vaginal infections caused by candida or other organisms, and fungal infections of the feet and nails. In Australia, dentists have patients use Tea Tree oil mouthwash before dental procedures, and as a daily preventive against periodontal disease. It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis. Used as a douch or wash, Tea tree oil could be effective to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections in general.
Herbal douches and herbal vaginal suppositories are available that utilize herbs and essential oils to stimulate internal healing. Cervicitis and cervical dysplasia can be very similar and one can often lead to the other. Both can be caused by infections of the cervix by various organisms.
MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Cervical Dysplasia
CERVICITIS REMEDIES INDEX
The following treatments may be useful for primary treatments or supportive for conventional therapy.
Vitamin E: Paint the cervix with Vitamin E. Do this 2 to 3 times a week for one entire menstrual cycle.
Comfrey Leaf / Root Tea Douche: Douche with Comfrey Leaf or Root tea twice a day for 10 days. Comfrey leaf is typically used in paste, ointment. tincture, decoction, poultice and cosmetic preparations. Research seems to bear out the claims for the healing properties of comfrey leaf. In one major European study, an ointment based on comfrey root proved more effective at relieving both pain and swelling in 142 patients with sprained ankles. In another study with over 300 participants showed that comfrey leaf treatments of varying types (ointments, salves, compresses and other topical applications), were very effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, viral skin infections and ulcers of the lower leg. More recent research in the United States has shown that allantoin, one of comfrey's main constituents, breaks down red blood cells, which could account for its ability to help heal bruises and contusions as well as promoting the growth of muscle, cartilage, and bone growth. With regards to the warnings that comfrey can cause cancer and liver disease, most herbal practitioners point out that those results were from studies that isolated the pyrrolizidine alkaloids and fed or injected them into animal subjects in doses far higher than any typical usage of comfrey leaf, and that comfrey leaf has been regularly ingested by thousands of people around the world without reported ill effects. The root of Comfrey is typically used in oil infusions, salves, ointments, poultice and cosmetic preparations. Comfrey root is used to relieve pain from blunt injuries, promote healing of broken bones, sprains and bruises, reduce swelling and edema, and encourage the rapid and healthy regrowth of skin and tissue cells.
INFECTION FIGHTER SOLUTION
Apply a solution made of: 4 ounces Goldenseal Root, Echinacea Root, Geranium Root (if you use Geranium Essential Oil, add to it after mixture is simmered and cooled - 3 drops per tablespoon diluent). Add to 3 quarts of distilled water. Let solution stand for 6 hours then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain then simmer down to 1.5 pints. When cool, add 8 ounces glycerin. Shake and apply as needed.
Goldenseal Root: Goldenseal root is considered to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic and fungicide, as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory actions, effective agains a wide range of topical and internal infections of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It is very much in demand worldwide. Its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties have led researchers to study goldenseal root as a possible alternative to chemical antibiotics. Goldenseal also appears to promote healthy glandular function, and may have a tonic and detoxifying effect on the entire system. Goldenseal boosts the immune system, helps with colds, flu, infection, inflammation, heals mucus membranes, helps digestion problems. Topically it has been used for skin and eye infections (such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis), as a mouthwash for soothing canker sores, and as a tea for diarrhea, upper respiratory and vaginal infections. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions, it is useful for cleaning wounds, reducing hemorrhoids, and alleviate skin infections (including ringworm and athlete's foot). The two primary alkaloids in goldenseal are hydrastine and berberine, along with smaller amounts of canadine. They have demonstrated antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, including Chlamydia species, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Candida albicans and Entamoeba histolytica. Suggested Usage: Take 1/4 teaspoon or less, in water or juice, 2 times per day. Maximum Usage: 5 consecutive days. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children. Goldenseal is not for long-term use. Do not take while pregnant because berberine can stimulate contractions. Goldenseal may raise blood pressure and may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure (may use Myrrh as a substitute). It should not be used for extended periods of time by those with heart conditions.
Geranium Essential Oil: Originally from South Africa, the Geranium is one of the most cultivated aromatic herbs ever. It has a subtly sweet, floral aroma that is both calming and uplifting. The essential oil is 100 percent pure.
Acute Cervicitis: A 5-percent ointment/cream of Propolis applied in the form of vaginal dressings daily for ten days. Propolis has anti-bacterial activity and can be applied to the cervix as a cream or ointment for cervicitis. Propolis is a substance secreted by bees as a glue. It has a history of use against infection in Russia and a strong following among midwives in North America. It is said to accelerate healing time by increasing the body's metabolism and general resistance to disease. A dose of the tincture is 10 to 15 drops twice a day. It combines well with Echinacea.
DR. CHRISTOPHER'S FORMULA FOR REPRODUCTIVE INFLAMMATION
Dr. Christopher's Formula is to be taken internally for conditions of leukorrhea, prolapsus uteri, relaxed vagina, and inflammation of the cervix.
1/2 ounce White Pond Lily (Nymphaea odorata)Simmer all except cayenne for 20 minutes in one quart of water. Strain over the cayenne while hot, cover and allow to cool, sweeten to taste, store in cool place.
1/2 ounce Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
1/2 ounce Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra, U fulva)
1/2 ounce Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi/ Bearberry
1/2 ounce Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)
1 ounce Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens, C. minimum)
Dosage: 2 ounces 3 to 4 times daily.
Uva Ursi: Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for urinary tract infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis. Uva Ursi leaves were officially a drug for urinary antiseptic in the United State Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.) and the National Formulary N.F. from 1820 until 1950.
Wild Yam: Various species of Wild Yam grows throughout North and Central America, and Asia, and has been used to treat indigestion, coughs, morning sickness, gall bladder pain, menstrual cramps, joint pain, and nerve pain. The primary, but incorrect use of Wild Yam as a source of women's hormones is based on the misconception that Wild Yam contains progesterone and DHEA. Wild Yam contains chemicals that chemists can use only as a starting point to manufacture progesterone. This herb does not contain progesterone. Some Wild Yam products have progesterone in them, but it is a synthetic progesterone that has been added to the product. Do not discount the use of Wild Yam as it can still be used to relax muscle spasms, reduce inflammations, and promote perspiration. This herb can be used for menstrual cramps or pain, menopausal symptoms, rheumatic conditions, and gallbladder complaints. Wild Yam is also used to treat colic, gallbladder disorder, hypoglycemia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney stones, neuralgia, and rheumatism. Wild Yam comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.
Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne contains beta-carotene; beta-ionone, citric acid, hesperidin, imonen, lutein, and quercetin just to name a few. It also contains capsaicin, which reduces pain and inflammation. When combined with other herbs, Cayenne Pepper helps increase their effectiveness by helping them enter the blood stream faster. Capsaicin can also stimulate and then desensitize the warmth detectors in the hypothalamus gland so that a drop in body temperature is evident. This enables natives in hot southern climates like Central and South America and Africa, to tolerate the heat a lot better than we would. Cayenne Pepper has been known for its ability to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and reduce or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. Taken internally it stimulates circulation and induces sweating to break a fever. Some native people of Thailand believe that eating Cayenne everyday helps reduce blood clots. Herbalists recommend it to treat colds and infectious diarrhea, arthritis and rheumatism. There is scientific evidence that suggests adding Cayenne Pepper to meals boosts vitamin C levels and revs up the metabolism. This pepper is also used with lobelia to help soothe nerves. It is beneficial for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. In naturopathic medicine, Cayenne Pepper is combined with lemon juice, and salt to relieve even the worst sore throat pain for up to 4 hours. It also fights viral infection. When applied topically in a lotion or salve Cayenne works to soothe muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, rheumatism, backache, strains and sprains. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Capsaicin for pain caused by shingles, an adult disease that is caused by the virus that causes chicken pox in children. Such over-the-counter (OTC) creams as Zostrix or Heet contain capsaicin and are applied externally to treat rheumatic and arthritic pains, cluster headaches, diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, and post-herpetic nerve pain. These creams usually contain 0.025-0.075 percent capsaicin. In 2002 there was some research done that helped to determine Capsaicin's pain relieving effects. Creams that contain the compound lowered pain in arthritis sufferers' hands by 40 percent when used four times a day. A study done for pain from long-term shingles found that 77 percent of the people had reduced pain after using the cream for four months. The study also said that Capsaicin containing cream is less expensive and safer than other painkillers used for the same conditions. Cayenne Pepper comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For taking capsules, the recommended daily dose is 1 capsule 2 to 3 times a day. Adults and children two and above can safely use it topically 3 to 4 times a day. For treating a sore throat, combine the juice of one-half lemon or lime with one full tablespoon of salt. Stir both into one-half cup of lukewarm distilled water. Stir in one-quarter teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. Gargle as needed, but do not swallow.
HUDSON'S CHRONIC CERVICITIS FORMULA FOR CHRONIC CERVICITIS
Dosage: 1/2 teaspoon of the tincture. two times per day for 3 to 6 months.
2 drams Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
1 dram Usnea (Usnea spp)
2 drams Echinacea (Echinacea spp)
1 dram Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
2 drams Osha (Ligusticum porterii)
Usnea (Usnea barbata) is a lichen which grows on tree branches. It is used internally and externally for fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Usnea's usnic acid has shown effective anti-microbial activity against fungus, trichomonas protozoa, gram-positive bacteria (e.g., staphylococcus, streptococcus, and pneumonococcus, including penicillin resistant strains), and tuberculosis bacillus. Usnic acid shows no antimicrobial activity against gram-negative bacteria (e.g., E. coli and salmonella). Helps to increase resistance against colds and flu; use in combination with Echinacea for effects of general antibiotic and antifungal. Externally, Usnea can be made into a salve along with Thuja leaf and Echinacea. Usnea is very slow-growing and therefore, should not be harvested off of living trees. It is best to take what is offered, such as after a windstorm has blown down tree branches or what has naturally fallen to the ground. Europe has already depleted their own resources for Usnea due to overharvesting. Usnea Extract is prepared from whole Usnea barbata lichens. Use 6 to 12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily.
WHITE POND LILY REMEDY
White Pond Lily (Nymphaea odorata), also known as Nymphaea alba, Nuphar alba, Water-lily, white pond lily, sweet pond lily, water nymph. Asian species: Nymphaea lotus (N. rubra, N. stellata); Nelumbo nucifera (Nymphaea nelumbo, Nelumbium speciosum); Nuphar japonicum, Nuphar pumilum.
White Pond Lily acts as an antiseptic, astringent to mucus membranes, removes toxins from the tissue, not overly drying, styptic, demulcent, vulnerary - healing to skin wounds and ulcerative conditions, tonifying - improving tone and function, anodyne, anti-inflammatory - internally and externally. The rhizome (root), seed and flower are used. It is mucilaginous and slightly pungent-bitter in taste. It acts as an anti-microbial and astringent. It can be used externally as a douche or poultice or internally as a gargle.
Decoction: 1 to 2 tablespoons or more
Fluid Extract: 1/2 to 1 fluid teaspoon (30-60 drops)
Infusion: 2 to 4 tablespoons, 3 to 4 times per day
Between Meals Powder: 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon)
Tincture: 1/2 to 1 fluid teaspoon (30 to 60 drops)
A larger dose of the decoction is also recommended: 2 to 8 cups/day - plus douche.
The preparation of the root is to slice it, place in cold water, heat gently for 5 minutes (in order to preserve the mucilage properties, do not bring to a boil ). The decoction or infusion can be used as a vaginal douche. Venereal ulcers, if present, can be treated with powdered root dusted on the surface.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES - HOMEOPATHIC TISSUE CELL SALTS
Calcaria Fluorica: Connective tissue strengthener. Calcarea Fluorica Hylands (Calcium fluoride, fluoride of Lime) is a cell salt found in the walls of blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, and bone surfaces and may be useful when dealing with rapid decaying teeth or injuries to the surface of the bones. Acute: 4 tablets every hour, Tonic: 4 tablets four times a day taken dry or dissolved in water.
Kali Muriaticum: Anti-inflammatory, especially when tissue is excessively secreting. Kali Muriaticum (potassium chloride) is a homeopathic remedy indicated for inflammations of the nasopharyngeal region, with fibrinous coat, inflammations of the synovial bursae, mouth ulcers, sore throat, mouth ulcers and dandruff. Kali Mur is the remedy for relief of symptoms of sluggish conditions and symptoms affecting the mucous membranes with thick, white discharges: coughs, colds, sore throats and catarrh. This tissue salt is useful as a first aid treatment for burns. Symptoms may be worse with motion and after eating fatty or rich foods. Kali Mur is specifically useful for the symptoms of: Coughs- children's coughs, with white coated tongue and white phlegm can be relieved with the tissue remedy Kali Mur. Eyes- eye irritation with whitish discharge. Skin Ailments are a large and important group which influence the general health. Kali Mur is an effective tissue remedy relief of symptoms of the second stages of inflammatory conditions. Thick, white eruptions accompanied by a white coated tongue are indications for Kali Mur. Acute: 4 tablets every hour. Tonic: 4 tablets four times a day taken dry or dissolved in water.
Kali Sulphuricum: Anti-inflammatory, especially when tissue is secreting yellow exudate. Kali Sulphuricum (Potassium Sulphate) is a cell salt for the maintenance of skin and scalp, alleviating scaling, and is indicated for when there is a sticky, yellowish discharge from the skin or mucous membranes. Skin and scalp eruptions with scaling call for this remedy. Symptoms are generally worse in the evening and better in fresh air. Kali Sulph is specifically useful for the relief of symptoms of Coughs - with yellow expectoration that are worse in a heated room and in the evening. - the distressing earaches of children. Sinus - sticky, yellow or greenish discharge from the sinuses is an indication that may be relieved by the remedy Kali Sulph. Acute: 4 tablets every hour. Tonic: 4 tablets four times a day taken dry or dissolved in water.
Douches - Many herbs and substances can be used in a douche to assist in the healing of the cervix. A homemade tampon can be made from using rolled gauze pads soaked in herbal solution and inserted into the vagina next to the cervix. These can be used as a single herb or combined. If you are going to combine herbs, choose 2 or 3 of the most appropriate herbs for your specific infection and use these (do research) or stay with a few common general healing herbs such as a Calendula-Comfrey-Goldenseal combination. Some of these may be taken internally as a tea or tincture. Again, do your research and decide which herbs would be better for your specific situation. Consult with a herbalist or naturopathic health care practitioner if you have questions. Here are a few herbal choices:
- Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
- Plantain (Plantago major/lanceolata)
- Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)
- Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium/ Mahonia aquifolium)
- Calendula Pot Maricold (Calendula officinalis)
- Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
- Usnea (Usnea spp.)
- Uva Ursi Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
- Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrh)
- Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
TCM HERBAL REMEDIES
Chinese Herbal Recommendations include:
- Isatis (Ban Len Gen and Da Qing Ye)
- Amur Cork Tree Bark /Phillodendron (Huang Bai)
- Sage (Dan Shen)
- Artemesia/Wormwood (Qing Hao)
- Houttuynia (Yu Xing Cao)
- Cnidium Fruit (She Chuang Zi)
- Agrimony (Xian He Cao)
Pelvic rest throughout the treatment period or longer, depending on the case.
Dietary alterations to acidify the vaginal environment. Vinegar or Lemon juice douches can be used as a temporary method of acidifying the vagina.
Fasting or modified fasting, including a detoxification diet. Identification and elimination of food intolerances (serum testing or elimination/rechallenge diet.)
Inverted yoga postures: bridge, shoulder stand, plow, half dolphin or handstand, full dolphin or handstand, or just lying with legs and pelvis up the wall. This will enhance blood flow from the lower extremities and pelvic area and decrease congestion.
Contrast sitz baths, with or without herbs.
Castor Oil treatments applied to the lower abdomen area, over the uterus and the pubic bone.
Essential oils of Thuja, Tea Tree, Bitter Orange.
The following are recommendations for maintaining health. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Acidophilus & Bifidus As directed on label. Take on empty stomach. To replenish friendly bacteria in the colon. Contains powerful anti-carcinogenic compounds. Breaks down metabolites of estrogen. Use non-dairy formula. Kyo-Dophilus is recommended. Vitamin A 25,000 to 50,000 IU daily.
If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.
Needed for tissue repair, normalizing skin and epithelial membranes and immune function. Powerful antioxidants that aid healing. Use with Beta Carotene or Carotenoid Complex. Beta Carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Natural Beta-Carotene
150,000 to 300,000 IU per day IU daily.
As directed on label.
An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed by all cells for repair and rebuilding. Free radical scavengers and immune nhancers. Vitamin B Complex 50 to 100 mg of each B vitamin daily, with meals 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Necessary and important for normal cell division, multiplication and function. Regulates metabolism and promotes good health. A sublingual form is best. Plus Extra
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
100 mg daily. B vitamins improve circulation, build up red blood cells and aid liver function. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
Vitamin B-3 Improves cerebral circulation. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid. 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.
Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products Plus Extra
25 to 50 mg daily or as directed on label. Reduces water retention and helps to relieve anxiety, fear, and tension associated with recovery. An anti-stress vitamin.
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-6 Supplement Products Plus
Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9)
5 to 10 mg (5,000 to 10,000 mcg) daily therapeutic dosage, then 800 mcg daily as a normal daily dose, or as recommended by health care provider. 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. Choline 100 mg 3 times daily. Aids in reducing estrogen production.
Choline is a common source of lecithin that may be helpful for Parkinson's disease, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, baldness, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, eczema, alcoholism, muscular dystrophy, hypertension and disease of the nervous system.
Choline Supplement Products Vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg twice daily. To prevent anemia. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
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 Supplement Products Plus
As directed on label. A source of B vitamins. Aids in reducing estrogen production. Quercetin 400 mg 3 times daily or as directed on label. A source of B vitamins. Aids in reducing estrogen production. Vitamin C
3,000 to 5,000 mg daily, in divided doses. An antioxidant that is essential in the formation of collagen; promotes healing and tissue repair. Important for immune system stimulant. Improves the benefits of MSM. Vitamin E Start with 200 to 400 IU daily and increase slowly to 600-800 IU daily. Can be applied topically to the affected area 3 to 4 times daily by cutting open a capsule to release oil. Powerful antioxidants that aid in healing. Improves circulation and promotes tissue repair and healing. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form, if possible. Purchase in oil or open a capsule to release the oil to apply topically. Zinc 50 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Speeds healing. To increase immunity against viruses by boosting and aiding the immune system, cell division, enzyme activity, and needed for growth and healing of tissues. Promotes the proper utilization of Vitamin A. Also reduces severity of herpes outbreaks. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or zinc methionate (Optizinc) for best absorption. You may want to take 1 mg of copper with this. Essential Fatty Acids 1 Tablespoon Flax Oil and/or Fish Oil, 600 to 1200 mg daily EPA/DHA combined. Needed for proper cell reproduction. Methylsulfonylmethane
As directed on label. MSM and Vitamin C are used by the body to build healthy new cells. A vital substance to the life of hair and skin. The same way that biotin is a component of the manufacturing process of hair, the sulfur found in MS can be intrinsic to the structural development of hair, particularly because it is so well-absorbed. Helpful MultiVitamin & MultiMineral Complex As directed on label. To correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies. All nutrients are necessary for healilng and to maintain a balance of all essential nutrients and for normal cell division. Maitake
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
Mushrooms that have immune-boosting and antiviral properties. Greens
As directed on label. To supply chlorophyll and important nutrients. Wheatgrass is used to for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics. See "Green Drinks".
Daily nutritional "smoothies" made of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh juices are particularly good and beneficial and easy to digest. Supplemental nutrients, oils, powders and extracts can be added to the juice or smoothie for easier intake and digestion. Consume plenty of live juices. Juicing is extremely beneficial for supplying nutrients. Green drinks made from leafy greens such as kale, spinach, beet greens, and carrot and beet root juice, should be consumed on a daily basis, with garlic and onion added. Kyo-Green is an excellent green drink product that contains chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Take this drink three times daily. Wheatgrass is a rich nutritional food and blood cleanser. It reduces abnormal cell growth and fights unfriendly bacteria.
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MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy: Juicing
As directed on label. Take between meals. To supply protein, needed to build and repair tissue. Vitamin D 400 to 600 IU daily or as directed on label. Inhibits abnormal cell division and growth. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to higher breast cancer rates. Needed for calcium uptake and healthy immune system response. Important for the prevention and/or treatment of several forms of cancer. Aerobic 07
As directed on label. Antimicrobial agents. Homeopathic remedy for tissue oxygenation. Kills harmful bacteria and viruses. Bio-Chlor-Dox is like Dioxychlor but less expensive. Kelp 1,000 to 1,500 mg daily.
As directed on label.
For mineral balance.
Kelp is a large, leafy brown algae is high in nutrition, especially minerals. 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 heth. 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.
Kelp Herbal Products Pycnogenol
Grape Seed Extract
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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