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Garlic, a bulbous plant of the lily family, has been used since the days
of the ancient Egyptians as a treatment for wounds, infections, tumors
and intestinal parasites. Many of its healing properties are attributed
to the sulfur-containing compounds that also cause its pungent aroma.
These compounds lower cholesterol production in the liver by stimulating
release of bile from the gall bladder, are effective in lowering blood
pressure, inhibit growth of parasites in the intestines, and are potent
antioxidants. Garlic stimulates the immune system by increasing the
activity of immune cells and T-helper cells. It has long been recognized
as a strong antiseptic that may be applied to external wounds, and is
effective as a treatment for asthma, coughs, and other lung disorders.
There are some studies showing that large amounts of garlic in the diet
lower the risk for certain types of cancer, but more research needs to be
done in this area. Possible side effects are heartburn, nausea,
diarrhea, or allergic reaction.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a tree leaf that has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. It is a powerful anti-oxidant which aids in maintaining the health of cells and tissues, particularly those found in the brain. In addition, it improves blood flow throughout the body by inhibiting platelet and red blood cell aggregation. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Ginkgo can lead to improvement in symptoms associated with cerebral insufficiency, such as memory loss and dementia, as well as depression, circulatory disorders, asthma and tinnitus. As a result of these studies, researchers have concluded that people manifesting symptoms of dementia and/or Alzheimers disease may experience significant improvements in attention and short-term memory when treated with Ginkgo Bilboa. This amazing herb has been found to be extremely safe with very few side effects, none of which were found to be serious. (In a study involving 9,772 patients, only 34 experienced mild side effects: 21 had some short-term gastrointestinal discomfort, 7 reported headaches, and 6 had temporary dizziness.)


The Indigenous people have known and used the herb Goldenseal for thousands of years. The first recorded users of the herb were the aborigines of northern Australia. The Cherokee Indians utilized it as a bitter tonic to assist in healing a number of ailments, and introduced it to the white settlers. Goldenseal strengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and is a first-rate body cleanser. It may be used effectively to assist in alleviating colds, flu, sinusitis, constipation, hay fever, bronchitis, earache, food allergies, fungal infections such as candida, canker sores, swollen glands, gum diseases, morning sickness, diabetis, hypoglycemia, and ulcers.

Gotu Kola

Known and prescribed by Ayurvedic herbal practitioners for thousands of years, Gotu Kola develops the crown chakra and balances the two hemispheres of the brain, which its leaf even resembles. This amazing and powerful herb has many applications: it purifies blood, promotes healthy skin, combats stress, improves reflexes, aids restful sleep, lowers high blood pressure, is a mild diuretic, and is a deterrent to senility and memory loss. In 1995, a controlled laboratory study demonstrated that Gotu Kola destroyed cultures of tumor cells.


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