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The book that I recommend all the time: "How To Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist" by Linda Rector-Page N.D.,Ph.D 1991. You would find that most people would benefit from this book, because it explains how to benefit from the herbs themselves in a way no other book does.


Herbs can help digestion and food assimilation.
Digestive disorders are among the most common health problems that afflict people today. Many are chronic, long standing, and deep seated from eating habits learned in childhood. Bad breath, body ordor, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, acidity, bloating and flatulence are all signs of inadequate enzyme activity, and lack of sufficient HCI and bile.
Poor digestion has even further-reaching consequences.
Deficient metabolism is at the root of many serious diseases, including arthritis, anemia, candida albicans yeast overgrowth, hiatal hernia, liver and gallbladder disease, diverticulitis, crohn's disease,
colitis, ulcers, hypothyroidism, and some kinds of cancer.
The causes of these problems are almost as varied as the individuals who have them; food allergies and intolerances, (especially to chemical food additives),
use of MSG and other gastric irritants, poor food
combining, stress, lack of minerals, long illness,pregnancy, over-use of antacids, overeating, poor diet with too many refined carbohydrates, too many acid-producing foods, and too many fried foods, all contribute to poor digestion and nutrient assimilation.

Refined foods with chemical additives are clearly the most prevealent cause of digestive problems, from gas to allergies to hiatal hernias to ulcers.

Too much red meat and too little soluble fiber in the diet results in food that stays too long in the stomach, depletes enzyme capacity, and favors constipation.

Non-metabolized fats and proteins are often stored as body fat and cellulite resulting in obesity.

Lack of stomach HCI and bile affects digestion of acids
and proteins, resulting in an over acid system, fermentation, and auto-toxemia.

Poor food combining causes food to be only partially digested, or even undigested, so that it often just
"sits there" in the stomach, partially fermented, causing gas, belching and bloating.

Eating when under stress incurs a vicious circle. Enzyme production and digestive support slows down to
meet the metabolic demands of stress, and a full or heavy meal puts even more stress on these body systems. Meals eaten under stress are usually poorly chewed, further adding to enzyme depletion.

The natural approach for improving digestion is simple,
successful, and free of any substances that cause dependency. Enhance and maintain a high quality diet. Add hydrochloric acid and/or pancreatic enzymes from herbs or supplements to your daily nutritional intake. Restore and improve the beneficial bacteria in the colon and intestinal tract. Consciously try to reduce the stress in your life, especially when you eat.

Areas of emphasis to be considered for formulation should include:
(1) Mineral rich herbs for better nutrient absorption;
(2) Herbs to stimulate and increase enzyme production;
(3) Herbs to soothe and heal stomach ulcers.

Mineral-rich herbs for better nutient absorption.
Minerals and trace minerals are the basic bonding agents between the body and food. Without them the body cannot absorb nutrients. They are essential to good digestion, by keeping the body pH balanced, alkaline instead of acid. Skin pallor and chronic fatigue are almost certain signs that the body isn't getting enough minerals, or lacks the ability to digest
them. Most of us need more minerals and trace minerals than our nutritional habits provide.

Minerals cannot be synthesized by the body, but must be regularly obtained through our foods. Minerals from plants are higher quality and more absorbable than other sources. They work optimally with enzyme production for nutrient assimilation and strength.
Many minerals and trace minerals, however, are no longer present in the foods we eat. They have been leached from the soil by chemical fertilizers, and depleted from the produce itself by the sprays and pesticides used in commercial farming today.
Because of this, plant minerals from herbal source have become the easiest, most reliable way to assure
yourself of their valuable benefits.

Drink medicinal teas in small sips throughout the day rather than all at once, during a sixteen hour period will allow absorption of the liquid without passing before it has a chance to work.
Boil the water, remove from heat, then add the herbs and cover for 15- 25 minutes.
The use of distilled water or pure spring water for increased herbal strength and effectiveness.
Do not use aluminum pans or teapot.

Mix up an herbal combination, of herbs you think will be useful, using the same amount of each (like one teaspoon of each herb). {I use a blender or coffee grinder to
mix the herbs}

Catalyst are usually employed as carriers to put the active ingredients into the body quickly and with optimum absorption. they normally comprise about 5-10% of a formula.

Psyllium Husks: use as an herbal fiber drink or capsules. Use: as a soothing, lubricating, mucilagenous herb with drawing and cleansing laxative properties. Either alone or in combination with other fiber herbs as a colon broom for chronic constipation. It goes down easy with a little juice, follow with a glass of water.

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