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Some of you may already know about these plants... I'm just now getting up to speed and well aquainted with their use. I can't believe I didn't know more these little miracle plants until now. I'm currently using them for a 'burned up tummy' thanks to a 6 day pack of steriods. That will be my last ever dose of steriods for the rest of my life, and as much as possible (I already knew to do this anyway) treat any ailment naturally.
These plants do more than coat the lining of the stomach and promot healing. So far I am having pretty good results with slippery elm especially. I found the licorice root and slippery elm in a liquid form, and I am taking them with lukewarm herbal tea or water. Both seem to have several antiviral and immune supporting properties as well. I always research things that go into my body... it's something I've done for most of my life. (Yes, I even like to pick my food apart).
Ginger is good to mix with any of these as well, espcially the Slippery Elm. I've also found Ginger Peach Red Roobios Tea is helpful, with all the benefits of Green Tea minus the caffine. I love coffee, but currently that's not a good option, not in large or strong doses.
I could only find the Marshmallow root in my area in capsule form, but I did order the powder as that is the best way to digest it with any stomach issues. At the moment, I am emptying the capsules into soy milk shakes, with greek yogurt. I also poured a few capsules into Ginger tea. There is a possiblity that it can interfere with absorbtion of certian medications (if you take any) so it's good to wait a few hours between taking meds and taking Marshmallow root.
I've only started with these as of yesterday, but I have had good results with slippery elm and respiratory problems in the past. It's not external allergies I suffer from anymore, it's now high sensitivity to any medication prescribed. Any side effect they have to offer, I'm likely to get.
Herbal remedies and natural healing have to be the way to go... some still have side effects, but most are purely benefical.
Licorice root has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal remedies. It is used for many ailments including asthma, athlete's foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.
Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds and is an excellent alternative to St. John's Wort. As a herbal medicine it has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal wonders. Licorice is useful for many ailments including asthma, athlete's foot, baldness, body odor, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.
Hundreds of potentially healing substances have been identified in licorice as well, including compounds called flavonoids and various plant estrogens (phytoestrogens). The herb's key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin (which is 50 times sweeter than sugar) exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body, making licorice a valuable herb for treating a host of ailments. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body's primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.
It has a well-documented reputation for healing ulcers. It can lower stomach acid levels, relieve heartburn and indigestion and acts as a mild laxative.
It can also be used for irritation, inflammation and spasm in the digestive tract. Through its beneficial action on the liver, it increases bile flow and lowers cholesterol levels.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach problems.
Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines; it also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.
There has been little scientific research on slippery elm, but it is often suggested for the following conditions:
I haven't had to continue taking these supplements, it was just a temporary fix and alternative to taking the prescribed medication. This did seem to be effective but I also had extra help from accupuncture and chiropractic care. However, I did see a huge turnaround very quickly. I am sticking with colostrum on a daily basis and like what I see. I will take these probably once or twice a week, but they can get expensive after a while.
I had to look into the blood type, as that hasn't really crossed my mind before. It does seem that certain blood types shoud avoid certian foods. For instance, type A should avoid red meat, eat lots of fish and vegtable and lower dairy intake (which is currently what I am doing now and it seems to be working out very well). Some sites say to avoid fish in large quanities, but I eat quite a bit of salmon - and it doesn't seem to hurt at all. I love sushi as well, another food that doesn't hurt my metabolism or my stomach. So, I stick with what works as it seems the diet I have finally adjusted myself to is just what my blood type needs.
What I don't understand is how the meds have such an effect on my system, it does seem that my body fights them off as an invasion and not a helper. I suppose that is many times what they are, artifical invasions that claim to be a cure. They are not.
What I do have good response with are plant based, natural cures. That seems to be available, I just have to dig to find the right ones.
Not to sound cocky or anything but I figured you might be an A-type:) I love slippery elm but one thing to keep in mind is it kind of becoming endangered. Herbs can be divided into their healing properties: all the ones you've mentioned are considered 'demulcents' which are herbs that soften and relieve irritation of the mucus membranes. Other ones include, agar-agar, burdock root (which I HIGHLY personally recommend for A-types), chickweed, coltsfoot, cornsilk, fenugreek, flaxseed, irish moss, kelp, lungwort, mullein, peach bark and psyllium. Out of those I would suggest mullein, it's a GREAT mucilage/demulcent. Burdock is just all around AWESOME and is a great blood purifier and detoxifier all on it's own. I like administering it through tea.
On the blood type spectrum, type A's are predisposed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Types A's generally have a tolerant immune system but a sensitive digestive tract. Type A's generally have low stomach acid content which seems to be opposite of how you described your problem?? Dairy inhibits nutrient metabolism and increases mucous secretion in type A's, wheat is also something that should be avoided in overabundance. Kidney beans and lima beans should be avoided as well. Pineapple is great to take a bit after any meal as it increases calorie utilization and intestinal mobility - if you don't like pineapple you can get bromelian capsules which are the active enzyme. Salmon IS highly beneficial to type A's. One thing to keep in mind when mending your tummy is you want to fix it but not go overboard in the other direction and make it TOO mucus-y as it makes a perfect breeding environment for bacterium and might lead to allergies, infections of other things that aren't great. Hope some of this info helps:)
I read up on the type A blood type, very interesting information as I never thought to check this out before. It does seem I have many of the sensitivites for this category, but some of the total opposite as well. I do think that the diet suggestions may be very helpful, but not all sites have the best information. I won't be staying away from fish, but I will be staying away from red meat. I don't touch the stuff any more, but it's not for everyone to stay away from. Some really need the iron, as with type O - they were the earliest types classified as the "hunters" while another 10,000 years later the type A came along as the "farmers" they begin to thrive on agriculture instead of meat. The newest type AB combines a little of both needs, but I would think it's the hardest diet to define. All things in moderation and of course high fat isn't good for anyone.
The majority of blood types (all the positives) are more prone to allergies of any kind - at least that's what I am reading. The lack of antigens means that the blood won't try to fight it's own immune system, which is what happens with internal allergies. Looks like it's part of what's happening with me, since lately my allergies from pollen have died down almost completely, but my allergies to medications have increased. So... perhaps there is really something to the blood type and sensitivites.
Just to be clear on the antigens, the different blood types that are + have the antigens on the surface that fight off the opposing blood types, but also fight "invadors" such as pollen, by introducing antibody. When a blood type overproduces the antibody, it will cause "allergies" or symptoms of the immune system fighting off what it considers to be an invador. Types A- and AB- must take shots during pregnancy, to insure their body doesn't try to fight off the pregnancy as an invasion. In this sense, the body fights it's own immune system, or it's own natural enviornment.
In conclusion... yes, the blood type does seem to connect with how each body interacts with "invasions", whether it be pollen, medication, drugs, babies, etc. Fascinating... and I'll have to keep my list of do's and don'ts in the back of my mind, because it does seem to have some effect given the no no foods for type A+ and my body.