Digestion; Garlic, Hyssop

HERB 201

Garlic

"Used daily, garlic aids and supports the body in ways that no herb can match. It is an effective antimicrobial, acting on bacteria, viruses, and parasites of the alimentary tract . . . In general, garlic may be used as a preventive medicine against most infectious conditions, digestive as well as respiratory . . . "

Quote from pg. 526 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Using Garlic

"According to epidemiological evidence, garlic may have cancerr-preventive properties, especially against cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. It has been used externally for the treatment of the fungal infection ringworm and as a suppository against pinworm . . . Immune potentiation and hypoglycemic actions in humans have also been reported . . . "

From pg. 526 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Hyssop

“ . . . Hyssop has an interesting range of uses, largely attributed to the antispasmodic action of its volatile oil. The herb is used for coughs, bronchitis, and chronic catarrh. Its diaphoretic properties explain its use for the common cold. As a nervine, it may be taken for anxiety states and petit mal seizures. . . "

From pg. 560 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Digestive Problems

“A number of overall processes, patterns, and symptoms are seen in conditions affecting the digestive system. By knowing herbal approaches to take in addressing general patterns, the herbalist will go a long way toward understanding treatments for specific pathologies. However, the phytotherapist’s role is not merely to alleviate the discomfort caused by specific symptoms. The focus, as in all holistic approaches to health, must go beyond treatment of symptoms. . . . “

From pg. 262 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

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