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Vol 7, No. 1,
Feb. 2013


*   A Herbal Panacea  
office hours
 archives lots of things of interest

but first, the adverts...


You know, it's a good idea to come in for a checkup (discuss all those little concerns and see if there is something simple that can help) if not once a month, once a season or, failing that, once a year ...

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I've been drinking this wonderful tea (with some broadly acting herbs that could be considered "panaceas") and when I ran out of ginger the other day and thought, I can substitute burdock, I then though, I should share this. Some of the ingredients are a little exotic, but easily found in Toronto. That's why I'm calling it...

T.O. Panacea Tea

It's brewed with Hawthorn, Turmeric, Ginger, Burdock, Haritaki, and Jaggery...
Hawthorn for the heart; Turmeric against cancer, Ginger for circulation and the gut, Burdock to detox, Haritaki for everything, Jaggery as a "healthy" sweetener.



Hawthorn is the
great cardiac tonic.
Also full of vitamin C,
and tasty.

Best found in
Chinese herb shops.



Jaggery (or Gur) is East Indian whole sugar cane which several people have assured me is "healthy", and a great source of iron.

(If you are diabetic you might substitute stevia {or licorice - but there are some cautions with licorice})


Haritaki / Harde / Arura

I add a little Haritaki powder. Haritaki is a panacea in India. I do not know enough about it, yet, to tell you much more. In the Tibetan Medicine Buddha rituals one intones how "even the slightest touch from your medicine herb (arura) cools the fires of hell turning them into cool lotus ponds".
It is quite bitter, though. Be sparing.

Harde is hard to find. Try little India (Kohinoor Foods : Gerrard Street East), or Herbie's Herbs.



Slice the ginger thin.

Ginger is a mild circulatory tonic,
and a "strong" carminative (tonic for digestion, for the gut).

My ex said, "Take ginger tea for fatigue, to wake you up," and that is where all this started.

And of course you can find ginger in (almost) any produce store.



Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, supposedly has a strong anticancer action. (Wikipedia also mentions arthritis and diabetes.)

Find it in an East Indian produce stop.

Slice it thin.



Once you slice (or grate) burdock it starts to oxidize (goes brown) within minutes, so before you slice the burdock add just boiled water to what you have prepared so far and start to steep. Add the burdock as soon as it is sliced.




Burdock is a liver tonic (a hepatic) and thus used as a detox herb. It is also a lymphatic.
It also has anticancer qualities. (It is the first ingredient of a famous cancer formula called Essiac)

It is a root vegetable in Korea and Japan, and you can find it in the Korean supermarket at Bloor and Manning, where it is called Gobu

I've written more about burdock (click here)



enjoy, in
good health
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Speaking of anti-cancer herbs, new research shows that Milk Thistle protects against cancer: ...

“When you take human skin cells – keratinocytes – and treat them with silibinin (active ingrediant in Milk Thistle), nothing happens. It’s not toxic. But when you damage these cells with UVA radiation, treatment with silibinin kills the cells,” Agarwal says, thus removing the mutated cells that can cause skin cancer and photo-aging.

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  Surprise, surprise:   "Eating Veggies Linked With Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer, Study Finds." Headline in Huffington Post.   
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back to the advertisement: you don't need to be ailing to benefit from alternative medicine. CranioSacral Therapy, for instance, is one of the most relaxing things I know of. Treat yourself. (Your "benefits" may cover it [as it falls into the scope of chiropractic].)
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From vol 3 no 1: An interesting clipping that I've stumbled on since the last letter concerns vibration:(Globe and Mail, 13 June 2006) "SCIENTIST GETS VIBES TO BUILD BONES. Device to help space travelers approved to treat sufferers of osteoporosis." The device is a machine that generates vibrations - vibration implies acceleration/deceleration, and is therefore somewhat like gravity - therefore in theory, and it seems in practice, good for maintenance of bone mass in zero gravity (it was designed for use in space). On earth, the article says, "a person who stands on [the platform of the vibration device] for 20 minutes a day can build bone density an average of 2 percent a year. ... By sending small vibrations through the body - moving about 50 micrometers (or the thickness of a few human hairs) up and down and repeating at a rate of 34 cycles per second - the platform triggers musculoskeletal stimulations that naturally occur... the vibrations from the platform are set to a frequency that [generates acceleration that] is one-third that of gravity... and is therefore safe. Other devices (exercise machines) which generate 4 to 15 gravities are dangerous, we are told.

The thing that I find interesting here is that a relatively subtle vibration is having an appreciable (positive) effect on body metabolism and function. I am therefore wondering what the vibrational effects of chanting, OM, for instance, are? We'd need an engineer to tell us about the difference in order of magnitude between that devise and the vibrations that are set up in your body by, a) a rock band in a bar, b) by chanting, OM for instance. However, orders of magnitude might or might not be of relevance here. Subtle vibrations may be having physiological effects. One would have to look and see.

Meanwhile, the safe course would be to do the chanting. It's bound to have salubrious effects at many levels (if not bone mass and muscle mass - muscles, that too was in the article). ("Salubrious" = health promoting - forgive the use of a relatively obscure word.) "Over all the bone density of the controlled group (the reporter has got this wrong - he means "experimental group" as compared to the control group) increased by 3 percent during a year, and muscle mass improved by 4 percent."

So get chanting, OM (or what you fancy).