Posts Tagged ‘poor immune system’

Herbs – Our Little Helpers for Coughs and Colds

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Why is a Liquid herbal mix so effective with colds and flus?

Herbs – our little helpers. Santa Claus isn’t the only one that needs helpers, from time to time we do too. Especially around this time of year as people are often effected by those persistent coughs and colds.

Do you try to ride the cold out only to have it drag on for another few weeks and just when you’re feeling better contract another cold to do it all again? Or just come down with that one cold a season that renders you in-operational for days bordering on weeks? Either way it’s not any fun battling colds and flu.

Why is a liquid herbal mix made for you so effective? Vitamin C and zinc are well known for supporting immunity and then there’s herbs. There are many herbal supplementation formula’s so why is it better to see a naturopath specifically for a cold? Does that bottle of liquid herbs (fertiliser or twig juice otherwise affectionately known as) really work? And if so, why?

Basically, herbs are multi-faceted in action. That is each herb has many constituents which each support different aspects of body systems in different ways. In other words herbs are broad-spectrum in action. Essentially one can say that herbs can be selected to create a formula specific to support for the individual’s health needs at that time.

For example, herbs such as Echinacea and Andrographis are particularly well known as immune supporters but they both support other systems in the body which as an end result contributes to the speedy recovery of the patient. That is, Echinacea stimulates and modulates the immune system but also increases circulation, helps vasodilation and supports lymphatic drainage. That means when you’re glands are swollen with a sore throat it helps to drain them and clear away the waste products from each cell efficiently.

Whereas Andrographis stimulates the immune system and also supports liver function, stimulates bile flow and is one of the strongest anti-oxidants of the plant kingdom, which are all important actions to promote and protect each cell whilst the body is under fire of an infection.

Although the predominant focus of action of these two herbs is supporting immunity, each of them also support the body in different ways. They are both suitable herbs individually but more effective together as a team. Therefore it is advantageous to combine these two herbs in one formula for a synergistic effect. That is, different actions of herbs working in harmony to support the one overall health goal – in this case help the body fight the infection.

When considering an herbal formula for any particular pesky cold there are certain factors which are taken into consideration. Factors include:

  • Presenting symptoms – sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, digestive changes, aches and pains, feeling of malaise
  • Progression of symptoms – how fast are these symptoms appearing? What is the usual progression for this person? Is this going faster or slower than usual
  • Health history – Does this person come down with colds & flus a lot? If so how long does it normally take to recover? Does it normally develop into secondary infections such as coughs, bronchitis, etc. Are there other factors in this persons health history which lead to this point?
  • Other current health issues – how efficiently are other systems working in the body? For example, often when the liver has a lot of detoxification to do it can impede the efficiency of the immune system and making recovery a lot more drawn out.
  • Lifestyle factors – is the person burning the candle at both ends? Are they coming into contact with other infected people?
  • External stressors – Stress does not help at all. Is this person really busy at work? Being sick can add to stress when the daily to-do list is not getting any shorter!
  • Current dietary factors – Is this person eating nutrient packed foods? If so, is it enough?
  • Sleep quality – Is this person sleeping well? Are they getting enough sleep, rest and reco-operation for the body to recovery?
  • Daily energy – how is this person’s energy throughout the day? Are they wiped out by lunchtime and reaching for stimulants for energy.
  • Iridology or constitution – Are there area’s of the body when it’s under stress needs more support than others? i.e. some people have very sensitive nervous system’s other’s have very sensitive digestive systems.

The basis for creating an efficient herbal mix for the individual relies upon the consideration of each herbal action matching them with areas of the individual’s body which needs support to reach wellbeing again. For example with a cold considerations may include an herb that stops the mucous production of the sinuses, one to preserve lung tissue tone or help calm coughing or making a cough productive (depending on what that patient’s symptoms are) and another to support adrenal function and energy. Such herbs for each of these actions may have other actions such as supporting digestion, soothing raw inflamed linings such as the throat or further antibacterial and antiviral support. When mixed together this little team of helpers all creating a synergistic effect working together to support the body as a whole to reach wellbeing again.

 

Georgia Kilpatrick – Ba H Sc (Nat) – SSNT

Naturopath/Kinesiologist

What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & Fibromyalgia? Reasons for poor diagnosis in medical circles…

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

There are real reasons for poor diagnosis, medically, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia.  Think about what happens in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia – medically there is often nothing outstanding in the blood tests, slight variations in iron levels, liver function, but nothing conclusive.  There may be a little rise in inflammatory signs, and yet medically this will be blamed on ‘fighting a bug’, ‘pain’ or ‘being tired.’

Anything that slows down metabolism, makes the blood supply sluggish, upsets the liver and digestive tract can be involved in chronic fatigue. Isn’t it time to start dealing with the reasons, one by one, and get your life back on track??

Here are various reasons for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and what tests we do to confirm/deny this is a problem for you.

  • the body is too acidic (urine test)
  • the body is inflamed (live blood analysis and cellular analysis/VLA)
  • heavy metal toxicity (urine test)
  • candida (blood)
  • celiac (blood)
  • helicobacter (blood)
  • insulin resistance (blood)
  • low HDL cholesterol levels (blood)
  • fungal and mould spore infestations (blood & kinesiology)
  • allergies/intolerances (live blood analysis & kinesiology)
  • general toxicity (live blood analysis & cellular analysis/VLA)
  • tooth toxins/amalgams
  • scar tissue toxins
  • environmental allergens & intolerances (kinesiology)
  • endocrine issues – thyroid, adrenals, sex hormones (kinesiology)
  • adrenal stress (kinesiology/blood)
  • emotional stress/post traumatic stress syndrome
  • poor immune system (live blood analysis)
  • geopathic stress
  • electromagnetic stress (kinesiology)
  • viral and bacterial load (live blood analysis & urine test)
  • parasites (live blood analysis)
  • digestive issues and leaky gut syndrome (live blood analysis)
  • poor diet
  • smoking, drugs and alcohol

You can see why the one-reason-fits-all ’cause’ that they’re looking for medically doesn’t work.  In all of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia clients we see, there has been a combination of causes that we find through our various testing processes.

Our naturopaths all have experience in dealing with these causes, can recommend treatments to help speed up the healing processes and will recommend lifestyle changes that ultimately will save your cells!

Madonna Guy ND, Naturopath, Wynnum Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies