Herbs for Organ Health (Part I)

Herbs for Organ Health (Part I)

The organ systems are benefited from different herbs, some herbs producing a medical action within one system and not another. This is a three-part series of articles highlighting specific herbs beneficial to specific organ systems.

Digestive System: Yarrow Aerial Parts

Asteraceae (Aster Family), achillea millefolium, Yarrow. Common Yarrow, Western Yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil

Yarrow is used for medicinal purposes to break a fever by increasing perspiration, to treat hemorrhaging and as a poultice for rashes. A tea used by Native Americans to cure stomach disorders was made by steeping the leaves.

Common yarrow is known in traditional medicine for its ability to stop bleeding, and indeed, it contains an alkaloid called achileine that enhances blood clotting.

Yarrow has long been used to treat digestive issues like ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms of which include stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation. In fact, this herb contains several flavonoids and alkaloids, which are plant compounds known to relieve digestive complaints.

In a study in rats, a yarrow extract tonic protected against stomach acid damage and demonstrated anti-ulcer properties. Another animal study found that the flavonoid antioxidants in yarrow tea may fight digestive spasms, inflammation, and other IBS symptoms.

Other test-tube studies reveal that this extract may reduce liver inflammation — as well as fight fevers.

Yarrow has been observed to provide the digestive system with astringent properties, such as reversing diarrhea, and reduce any pathological mucus production. It triggers a sensory response in the mouth which gives rise to the digestive hormone gastrin.

Yarrow supports the liver, improves its function, and increases the flow of bile and acts as an overall tonic of the liver. It relieves, prevents, or lowers the incidence of muscle spasms especially of smooth muscles within the digestive tract. Infusions of Yarrow has been known to increase the production and elimination of urine. As a Gastroprotective, Yarrow protects the gastric system and helps prevent pathologies of the digestive system.

Endocrine System: Schisandra Berry

Schisandraceae, schisandra chinensis, Schisandra Berry:

There are many supplements or herbs that promise to boost performance and recovery. However, few are as effective as a class of compounds called ADAPTOGENS!! The Schisandra Berry is an adaptogen, and protects the body against physical, mental and emotional stress.  

The schisandra berry has been used as a medical herb for thousands of years in China and Russia as an adrenal tonic supporting adrenal functions that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and response to stress. 

The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's metabolism, energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress, and mood. The Schisandra Berry acts as an Immuno-Tonic, returning the immune system to a healthy state of balance, and as an Immuno-Stimulant, to activate various immune functions such as white blood cell activity. As a cognitive enhancer, the berry is used to improve memory, increase mental alertness, and concentration as well as boost energy levels and wakefulness.

Adrenal glands, also known as suprarenal glands, which are small triangular-shaped glands located on top of both kidneys, and are part of the endocrine system, utilize the schisandra berry as an adrenal restorative to help produce hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, and blood pressure response to stress and other essential functions.

The schisandra berry acts therapeutically upon the nerves to strengthen and calm the nervous system particularly in the sense of a sedative that serves to calm ruffled nerves. It acts as a hemo-modulator, modulating levels of blood pressure, and mixes of blood types.

There are two principal communication methods in the body, using either nerves or through hormones. The endocrine system is responsible for the hormones, and the schisandra berry acts as an endocrine system tonic and stimulate.

Cardiovascular System: Black Cohosh Root

Ranunculaceae, actaea (cimicifuga) racemose, black cohosh, also known as snakeroot, black bugbane, rattleweed, macrotys, and rheumatism weed. 

Its flowers and roots were commonly used in traditional Native American medicine, and today it’s a popular women’s health supplement claimed to help with menopause symptoms, fertility, and hormonal balance.

As a hypotensive, black cohosh lowers the blood pressure. It Reduces inflammation redness swelling and pain in the body allowing other herbal actions to address the cause.

It is the friend of the vascular system, it acts as a Vasodilator, Opening or dilating blood vessels, which reduces the heart’s workload. It strengthens and enlivens blood vessels that carry blood low in oxygen content back to the heart.

Black cohosh is a Cardioprotective, serving to protect the heart or coronary arteries from injury, disease, and malfunction. It’s also a Cardio Tonic and produces a favorable effect upon the action of the heart.

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