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immunological Infertility Looked At From The Viewpoint Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

It is easier to understand the concept of what has come to be called Immunologic Infertility, when we look at its causes as described in Western Medical Science.

A womans ability to successfully retain the fertilized ovum and allow it to grow, depends upon a complex interplay of sophisticated immunologic adjustments designed to convert her Uterus into a host for the developing embryo and protect the developing fetus and its placenta against rejection.
Sometimes these mechanisms can go wrong; depending upon how and when this happens, the woman might experience recurrent miscarriages, infertility, or failure to conceive even after IVF.

An underlying immunological factor needs to be considered in all those cases of “unexplained infertility”, especially when a “blighted ovum” is repeatedly seen.

Western Science has thrown up a lot of evidence to show that anti-sperm antibodies can occur in both men and women and can lead to infertility. Anti-sperm antibodies are protein molecules that get attached to sperms and interfere with the sperm’s activity in any of several ways. They may immobilize sperm, cause them to clump together, limit their ability to pass through the cervical mucus, or prevent them from binding to and penetrating the egg.

Researchers have classified specific antibodies by (1) type viz. IgA, IgG and IgM and (2) the site at which they get attached to the sperm (its head, midpiece, or tail). It is seen that IgG type antibodies are most common in men while IgA type ate found in women’s cervical mucus and follicular fluid.
Binding to the head of the sperm is believed to interfere with attachment and penetration of the egg, while binding to its tail interferes with motility.

Other immunological causes involve women who produce antibodies that indirectly cause clotting in blood vessels leading to the developing fetus. The fetus is deprived of nutrients and dies in utero, which triggers an abortion.
It is now thought that between 20 and 25 percent of all repeated miscarriages are due to immunological problems.

Although several male as well as female immunological factors have been identified as causing infertility, treatment of this condition is still in its nascent stage in conventional medicine, which tends to look at problems in isolation and then proceed to treat them in similar manner.

Specific immune conditions causing infertility are not as yet adequately defined or understood and conventional treatment in suspected cases of Immune disorders is presently limited to use of Aspirin and Heparin to prevent clotting in fetal blood vessels and IVIg for controlling an immune response, often along with Steroids.

Traditional Chinese medicine, with its holistic viewpoint, though it does not mention “immunologic disorders” of course, covers a host of underlying conditions that result in infertility, and addresses what it calls the ‘imbalance’ that causes ‘disharmony’.

In the course of several years of my practice as a TCM Infertility Specialist, I have successfully tackled hundreds of so-called cases of ‘unexplained infertility’ with my custom-made Chinese herbal formulas and I suspect many of these might well have been cases in which there was a then unknown ‘immunological factor’ at work, a factor that got corrected when the underlying imbalance was removed!

Immune factors do not always manifest as physical symptoms but sometimes the following symptoms may be noticed:

Frequent miscarriages in the very early weeks
Bodyaches, PMS
Irritability and depressive episodes and /or panic attacks
Night sweats with sweating over the breast bone
Insomnia in the early mornings
Hormone levels show a decrease in every mid-cycle
Past history of hives or itchy skin
Thyroid disorders with the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies

These symptoms often translate into liver qi stagnation, and yin deficiency with heat in the heart and liver in TCM. These symptoms are further complicated by irregular menstruation and a saw-toothed, erratic BBT graph.

Several studies are now emerging about the use of Chinese herbs in this type of infertility.
www.pubmed.gov (a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health) quotes the following article about the Chinese herb Ziyin jianghuo:
“According to the microcosmic Syndrome Differentiation, immunological infertility is recognised as Kidney Yin Deficiency-Hyperactivity of Fire Syndrome. Zhibai Dihuang Pills, a recipe of Chinese medicinal herbs, was used to treat the infertile couples with antisperm and/or antizona pellucida antibodies in their blood serum. It was found that after the treatment, the antibodies were converted to negative in 81.3% of immunological infertile couples. All 8 cases of successful pregnancy occurred in 1-9 months after antibodies negative conversion and the negative status was maintained throughout the course of pregnancy.”

The Ministry of Health of Chinas published Materia medica now documents over ten thousand herbal substances, most of which have been found through years of usage and experimentation in specific conditions.

Chinese herbs are mostly used in combinations of 8 or more herbs (often upto 20 herbs) and are customized into formulas for individual patients. It is therefore usual to have different herbal formulas for patients in the same clinical setting. These herbs can be dispensed in various forms. Raw herbs are mostly used in infertility conditions and taken in the form of brewed teas.

A study of immunological male infertility by Chen Xiaoping used the traditional remedy Zhibai Dihuang Wan. A control group received cortisone and vitamin C. In the herbal treatment group, autoimmunity measures decreased, sperm became more viable, and 80 percent of wives became pregnant within six months. In the control group, 46 percent of wives became pregnant.

Each herb has distinct properties regarding its energy, flavor and movement in the body. It is related to different meridians of the body, too.

Four types of energies described in TCM are cold, cool, warm and hot and the five flavors or herbs are pungent, sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

Recent studies have demonstrated that traditional Chinese medicine could regulate the gonadotropin-releasing hormone to induce ovulation and improve the uterus blood flow and menstrual changes of endometrium. In addition, it also has impacts on patients with infertility resulting from polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, stress and immunological disorders. Ref. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2008 – Volume 20 – Issue 3 – p 211-215

Western medicine often makes use of the corticosteroid group of drugs, with all there attendant dangers and disadvantages, to treat immunologic infertility.
This alone, apart from several other reasons, should encourage the use of Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, to treat such Cases and I am sure that with increased awareness about this, more and more men and women facing infertility will opt for this line of treatment, in the not-too-distant future!

Patricia Karnowski, M.S.O.M
Fertility Herbalist

Traditional Chinese Medicine And Bnew For Weight Loss

Bnew Beauty and Body capsules are an herbal weight loss supplement formulated from herbs and all natural ingredients used in traditional chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM can be traced back as far as 500 BC. As its name implies, it is based on medical practices originating in China and is much accepted throughout most of the East Asian medical communities. The philosophical concept that the universe is made of an energy called qi, forms the basis of this eastern medicine. Qi can amount to any state of energy present, however, in TCM it represents the “life-force”. It is believed that the body represents a small universe in itself. Within this universe lies intricate subsystems and levels of energy that work together to maintain a healthy state of being in mind, body, and spirit. TCM is based on various schools of thought including Ying/Yang theory, influences from Taoism and Buddhism, and described in terms of the five elements – metal, water, wood, fire, and earth.

Herbal medicine is one of the various treatments used in traditional chinese medicine. It is often used as an alternative to traditional western medicine where drugs are prescribe to help with illness, acne, and even weight loss. The all natural herbal approach is said to help you lose weight naturally, clear your skin, boost your energy levels, and help to restore the natural balance between body and mind.

bnew Beauty and Body capsules contain some of the ingredients used in TCM to help you lose weight and feel better naturally. Among bnew’s main ingredients are bee pollen, seaweed, dietary fiber, chinese yam, and lotus seed. Bee pollen has been called “the perfect food” because it contains every nutrient that your body needs to survive. It also increases your metabolism and is effective at dissolving and flushing fat from your body. Lotus seeds, another ingredient used in TCM, supports your spleen and kidneys and helps to keep them functioning properly. While seaweed, dietary fiber, and chinese yams work together to cleanse the body of toxic pollutants. The combination of these ingredients provide essential nutrients and vitamins, like zinc and Vitamin E that help you lose weight and clear your skin.

Because bnew uses all natural ingredients, it doesn’t pose the harsh side effects of other weight loss supplements. It helps to heal your body naturally with added benefits of clearer skin and more energy. As with most supplements, the best results occur when used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. Whether you use bnew or any other herbal weight loss supplement you should consult your physician.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (tcm Part 1)

In Chinese medicine there are at least five different primary methods of healing and there are numerous other lesser known methods of healing. The main five methods of healing are acupuncture, herbology, Chi Kung, bone setting and tuina massage. Each of these methods has many subcategories, methods and different schools of thought.

YIN & YANG

BALANCE = UNITY OF POLAR OPPOSITES

TCM utilizes Chi and Yin and Yang theory. The basic idea as applied to Chinese Medicine is that balance is the proper state of health. Yin and Yang are polar opposites that are partly defined by each other such as big and small, fast and slow, hot and cold, action and stillness, light and dark, up and down, wet and dry etc.. If there is imbalance in the body, mind or spirit such as to much heat or to much cold then it is unhealthy and sickness will result. The goal of healing with TCM and healing Chi Kung is to restore, regulate and maintain Chi balance to the mind, body and spirit.

Yin and Yang theory is one of the least understood aspects of TCM by most Westerners because it is variable and not fixed. For example: Earth is Yang and Water is Yin. However, either can be yang/hot or yin/cold. Compared to hot water steam is Yin or light even though it is in a hotter (more yang) temperature state than the liquid hot water. Ice is more yang than cold water because it is harder than liquid water even though by virtue of the temperature it is in a colder (more yin) state. Fifty degree air temperature is yin compared to 100 degrees but is yang compared to 10 degrees.

ACUPUNCTURE MERIDIANS AND POINTS

The largest and most common school of thought in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) utilizes meridian and pressure point theory. Meridians are invisible pathways in the body much like the nervous system that carries electrical pulses and stimuli except the meridians are thought to be channels or pathways that Chi energy flows through. Where the meridian lines can easily be accessed from the body surface is where most of the pressure points are located. Quite often pressure points are located in the same vicinity of the body where a blood artery or large vein and large nerves or nerve bundles are near the surface of the body.

Continued in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM Part 2)

The Principles of Foot Massage

The major foot massage principle includes: the blood circulation principle, the principle of reflection endocrine and the meridian theory.

1 blood circulation principle
Whole body’s blood circulation of the beating of the human heart, driven in large circulation of blood within the arteries clean the intravenous blood is not clean, intravenous blood flow than arterial blood flow rate is slow. The vein internal clean blood “impurities” such as uric acid crystal, very easy to settle down. These sediments are subject to the influence of Earth’s gravity, over many years, the last stranded in the human foot, causing the foot to poor blood circulation. As a result, the heart will burden the tissues and organs of the body “dependent”, the body’s tissues and organs function will go a long decline, people will feel uncomfortable, causing varying degrees of abnormal reactions of the human body. Full foot reflex zone massage, foot temperature will increase the blood flow speed (was determined that there is no foot massage, foot blood flow velocity of 12mm / s, full massage foot blood flow rate can reach 24 – 25mm / s); sediments of foot massage “broken”, it will participate in the circulation as blood circulation accelerated re-excreted through the urinary system and excretory organs. 3-5 days after our comprehensive foot reflex zone massage, you will find very turbid and excreted in the urine odor is very strong, which makes the whole body feels relaxed and energetic. Stimulation of the foot reflex zone massage can improve blood circulation, reduce the burden on the heart, improve metabolic function.

2 reflection principle endocrine
The reflex is a reaction to external stimuli. There will be varying degrees of changes within the foot reflex points corresponding abnormal phenomenon when the tissues and organs of the body, such as: bubbles, sand granular, granular, bar lock like small nodules. Massage to stimulate reflex zones is very obvious tenderness, this pain along the afferent nerves to the central nervous conduction coordination, central nervous system, the occurrence of new nerve impulse conduction along efferent to the tissues and organs in the body, causing a series of neurohumoral regulation, stimulating the body’s potential to regulate the body’s immunity and disease resistance function, regulating some imbalance in the body; reflection of the original pathology information also can block the cerebral cortex of patients has formed a pathological when excited stove, touch and pressure and pain impulses came by foot reflex zone will be formed another excited stove, along with the the massage time the extension of this excitement stove in the superposition law of effect will gradually strengthen, and more than a pathological excitement stove, be suppressed even completely disappear. Meanwhile, the body will generate a lot of special “substance”, such as infrared radiation, electricity and magnetism, and a variety of endogenous drug factor “, these particular” substance, factor “is the most beneficial to the human body, the most effective treatment factor, foot massage will appear magical effect is entirely reasonable.

3. Meridian principle
The Meridian Theory is the main theory of traditional Chinese medicine, traditional medicine. Five thousand years ago the Chinese Yellow Emperor records and foot massage enables health “concept toe, articles. Contemporary science has proved the human meridian is there, its structure is the meridian line, cuticle thin, so low impedance; meridian line is very sensitive, very rich in nerve endings and nerve bundles around; meridian line rich in capillaries and especially dense, metabolic blood flow exuberant, so high infrared radiation; meridians around the mast cells into the chain-like dense arrangement, it is highly luminescent; meridians throughout a very thin connective tissue bundle state channel , this channel having a high vibration sound characteristics.

Meridian is a “channel”, the obstruction will feel uncomfortable. Meridian line is connected by the hole point of various body parts, a lot of points on our feet when we massage the foot reflex zones, will stimulate these points, it is the same with the blood circulation and the reflection principle along meridian line line conduction. This conduction like dominoes, and thus play a role to clear the meridians, TCM believes that “pain is unreasonable, not pain, is the truth, so massage foot reflex zone can play the role of the dredge meridians.

In summary, when our foot reflex zone massage stimulation, these principles are unified at the same time play a role, rather than independently to maximize its effectiveness, so the foot reflex zone massage will show a very alarming health effects.

Traditional Chinese Medicine And Bnew For Weight Loss

Bnew Beauty and Body capsules are an herbal weight loss supplement formulated from herbs and all natural ingredients used in traditional chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM can be traced back as far as 500 BC. As its name implies, it is based on medical practices originating in China and is much accepted throughout most of the East Asian medical communities. The philosophical concept that the universe is made of an energy called qi, forms the basis of this eastern medicine. Qi can amount to any state of energy present, however, in TCM it represents the “life-force”. It is believed that the body represents a small universe in itself. Within this universe lies intricate subsystems and levels of energy that work together to maintain a healthy state of being in mind, body, and spirit. TCM is based on various schools of thought including Ying/Yang theory, influences from Taoism and Buddhism, and described in terms of the five elements – metal, water, wood, fire, and earth.

Herbal medicine is one of the various treatments used in traditional chinese medicine. It is often used as an alternative to traditional western medicine where drugs are prescribe to help with illness, acne, and even weight loss. The all natural herbal approach is said to help you lose weight naturally, clear your skin, boost your energy levels, and help to restore the natural balance between body and mind.

bnew Beauty and Body capsules contain some of the ingredients used in TCM to help you lose weight and feel better naturally. Among bnew’s main ingredients are bee pollen, seaweed, dietary fiber, chinese yam, and lotus seed. Bee pollen has been called “the perfect food” because it contains every nutrient that your body needs to survive. It also increases your metabolism and is effective at dissolving and flushing fat from your body. Lotus seeds, another ingredient used in TCM, supports your spleen and kidneys and helps to keep them functioning properly. While seaweed, dietary fiber, and chinese yams work together to cleanse the body of toxic pollutants. The combination of these ingredients provide essential nutrients and vitamins, like zinc and Vitamin E that help you lose weight and clear your skin.

Because bnew uses all natural ingredients, it doesn’t pose the harsh side effects of other weight loss supplements. It helps to heal your body naturally with added benefits of clearer skin and more energy. As with most supplements, the best results occur when used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. Whether you use bnew or any other herbal weight loss supplement you should consult your physician.

New Breast Cancer Treatment Chinese Medicine Prevent Breast Cancer Metastasis

Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors form in the breast tissue. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, after skin cancer. Breast cancer surgery is the main treatments, Recent studies show that the breast conservation surgery is the main model for treating stage and of breast cancer. To date, surgical resection and adjuvant radiation therapy hae been considered the traditional treatment methods for these tumors, such as Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and immune therapy. These therapies have serious side effects, These therapies damage the patient’s psychological seriously.
Combination therapy is Combined with traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine can effectively prevent the metastasis of breast cancer. Remission, CMP, the use of Chinese medicine can improve the quality of life of patients to delay or prevent the recurrence effectively. The therapeutic mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine is in many ways and also very effective for the breast cancers. TCM has shown prominent effect on treating breast cancer, especially pair herbs has done. there are rich dialectical logic content, which is the methodology basis of birth of TCM. Many concepts of TCM possess dialectical attribute. TCM can better improve the quality life in patients, to prevent breast recurrence and metastasis and prolong survival time. Improve the patients physical before surgery by using Chinese medicine. to treat dysfunction in the organs, Reduce surgical damage, Breast surgery serious harm the physical. Many patients immune system began to decline After surgery.
Traditional Chinese medicine, with a unique system of syndrome differentiation and treatment, has vital and positive roles in controlling tumor metastasis. Chinese medicine has a better regulation to the functional state of the body. Chinese medicine treatment can prevent the toxic side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Enhance the effectiveness: use of Chinese medicine, such as Ganoderma lucidum, Astragalus, Huang Jing, Codonopsis, Atractylodes, Poria, Citrus, Pinellia clear, Gallus gallus domesticus, wolfberry fruit, Ligustrum lucidum and so on, Can significantly reduce the gastrointestinal toxicity caused by chemotherapy and bone marrow suppression response.

Chinese medicine treatment of breast cancer have a good anti-tumor effect, especially for physical weakness. The patients use Chinese medicine can achieve the purpose of controlling cancer, preventing recurrence and metastasis in the rest of chemotherapy.

How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Inhibit Tumor Recurrence And Metastasis

Some tumour has an aggressive clinical course, with a high tendency for both local recurrence and distant metastasis. Relapse and metastasis are the main causes responsible for failure of surgical operation in treating malignant tumors. Inhibition of tumor recurrence and metastasis is a very important thing during cancer treatment. Hence harmonizing the dynamic balance between yin and yang and maintaining the homeostasis of internal environment is the vital treatment principle of tumor. This made TCM Oncology become an indispensable role in the system of cancer prevention and treatment.

Cancer, the medical term that cancer, in medicine, said rock, ground control mechanism of cell growth and proliferation disorders and diseases. Chinese medicine believes that the formation of tumors is the first loss righteousness, put together by the evil, caused by a series of diseases. Local recurrences and distant metastases develop in patients with early stage NSCLC ( Non-small Cell Lung Cancer) after surgery. Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that the human body is an organic whole. Internal organs and external body surface, limbs, facial features are the same overall. On the one hand to directly kill cancer cells, On the other hand to rebuild their anti-cancer immune system, control of recurrence and metastasis. Cancer Treatment and improve the bodys immune system is at the same time.

First, the use of Chinese medicine to control and conditioning during the tumor treatment. Killi tumor cells by take Chinese medicines and Western medicine to Control progression of the disease, to improve their physique for surgery.

Secondly, during the surgery and chemotherapy, Chinese medicine can increase the effects of cancer treatment. Reduce side effects to control the chance of tumor recurrence and metastasis.

Third, after surgery, After surgery and following 2 months of rehabilitation program. Chinese medicine can consolidate the curative effect, improve the treatment success rate. Recommendation: use of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine combined treatment under the guidance of doctors.

Western medicine also improved the immune system, But with drug metabolism, if not continuous medication, difficult to maintain immune function. After tumor surgery, Western medicine often use the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other treatment methods, but with a lot of side effects, serious impact on the lives of patients. TCM with minimal side effects, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy is effective in treating malignant tumor.

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine For Panic Attacks

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is also very effective against panic attacks. The Chinese has combined the TCM with modern treatments, and many reported to have positive results. However, finding a qualified and professional TCM therapist is not easy, it might take some time before you find the one who will treat you right.

The information provided below is for reference only, please consult the profession before using.

Kava Kava
This is a very common herb, which is an excellent relaxant. The advantage of using this herb to fight anxiety is that it is extremely effective for reducing anxiety, especially those who suffer from mild to average anxiety levels. This is the reason Kava Kava is usually recommended for those who have stopped their anxiety medication, yet need a little handholding before they would be able to completely shake the problem off. Kava Kava would not help too much if your anxiety levels are very high, or are experiencing a panic attack.

It is also important that your medical practitioner knows if you are contemplating to use this herb side-by-side with anxiety medication. It is possible that you risk the danger of drug interaction if you do not do so. Kava Kava is nicknamed as Natural Valium because it possesses almost all the qualities of this drug.

You will find if you care to look for information on the Net about Kava Kava, that some people claim that this herb is harmful to the liver. This is true, provided it is taken in excess or over very prolonged periods. The same is true with allopathic medicines, too. Therefore, though there are not many studies to approve of disapprove of this fact, Kava Kava is still considered the number one choice for the treatment and cure of mild anxiety.

St Johns Wort
Immediately next on the list of popularity as an anxiety herb is the St Johns Wort. According to history chronicles, in ancient times most civilizations (Aztecs, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, Romans, and so on) have used this wonderful herb to fight depression and chronic anxiety. The action of this herb is very similar to that of the SSRIs about which we discussed a little earlier. This increases the production and flow of serotonin to the brain, which in turn short-circuits the acute anxiety and/ or depression symptoms.

There are a few side effects when using St Johns Wort herb. Fortunately, all these are positive. This herb also cures muscle pain, digestive problems and hypertension all afflictions that are direct by-products of acute depression or anxiety attacks.

The studies conducted so far indicate that the negative side of the St Johns Wort is few. Among these dizziness and sudden dryness of mouth are worth mentioning. This herb is contraindicated for use by women who are on the birth control pill, as this reduces the pills efficacy. Other than this offshoot, everything else points to the fact that this herb is a good choice when anxiety and depression plague you.

Valerian
Valerian is another herb preferred by many because of its fast action. This herb too treats both anxiety and depression in a similar manner as the SSRIs, only with better results. Though not as popular as the Kava Kava and St Johns Wort, Valerian is still well known and extensively used for the treatment of this particular affliction.

SAM-e
This herb is different from all other herbs used for the treatment of anxiety and depression for the fact that it not only increases the production and flow to the brain of two vital compounds: serotonin and dopamine (an action similar to the SSRIs), but also improves liver function and treats osteoarthritis. Some people reported slight nausea in the initial stages of use, which is the only side effect this wonder herb causes. Most people who have used SAM-e stated that they felt better within days from starting treatment.

Passionflower
Passionflower is an exceptional herb often publicized as one of the best-known natural sedatives. It is particularly useful for the treatment of anxiety and depression because it relaxes muscle tension, which is so common with these conditions while at the same time, leaves the mind and respiratory system unaffected. This herb is also used with great success for pain, nerve disorders, high blood pressure and heart palpitations most of which are symptoms of anxiety. The best thing about Passionflower is that it not habit formative, which means there would be no withdrawal symptoms when its use is stopped.

There is only one downside to the use of Passionflower, especially if it is used in combination with other anxiety medication: it induces sleep. Used in excess you would experience confusion and mental fatigue.

Hops
Hope is a very effective herb used mostly to counter anxiety symptoms such as excitability, sleep disorders, restlessness, irritability, nervousness and the like. As a member of the hemp family, this herb is an excellent sedative. Before its property of being such an excellent tranquilizer was discovered, this herb was used to assist the brewing of beer and ale and for giving it a specific flavor.

Gingko Biloba
Gingko biloba is a very effective herb with applications for many disorders. It is used in the treatment of anxiety and depression because it enhances the blood circulation to the brain, clarity of thought, and power of concentration and improves short-term memory. For best results in the treatment of anxiety and depression, Gingko biloba is taken along with ginger, which is one other herb with tremendous anti-stress properties.

Vitamins and Minerals
It has been observed that the deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals such as the Vitamin B complex group and calcium, zinc and magnesium aggravates the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is not yet very clear whether depression causes their depletion, or their depletion causes depression. However, it is very encouraging to note that when these are taken as supplements and maintained at optimum levels, depression and anxiety symptoms reduce considerably.

Selenium
Selenium is yet another compound the deficiency of which affects depression negatively. This compound can be assimilated from foods such as fennel seeds, liver, alfalfa, ginseng, garlic and so on. The advantage offered by this compound is that it is exceptionally effective in preventing heart problems as it counters bad cholesterol. The depletion of this compound from the body affects the mood; it keeps the person into a perpetual low feeling.

Chamomile
You would not find a more versatile herb in Nature. While in context with depression, this is an excellent sedative and sleep inducer, chamomile is also helpful in treating digestive disorders and circulatory problems. The coumarin, which is a natural anti-coagulant and blood thinner, is able to help people who have high blood pressure and plaque thickened arteries. Due to this property, its use is contra-indicated for about two weeks before and immediately after any surgery. This herb is commonly consumed as tea. Just a cup twice day can reduce anxiety symptoms and induce sleep almost instantly.
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