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ECHINACEA (Andrographis Paniculata)

Andrographis paniculata is also known as Kalmegh and is native to India, Echinacea was traditionally used by the Indians for a variety of conditions, from colds to snake bites. It was considered to be a blood purifier, analgesic, liver and kidney support, and antiseptic. Another variety, Echinacea purpurea, was used in Europe for similar purposes. The root, flowers and leaves of the plant contain many ingredients that boost the activity of the immune system and it is this property that enables echinacea to be helpful in such a variety of conditions.

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For instance, it can help build up resistance to colds and infections and has been found to increase the number and activity of the white blood cells of the immune system, which fight cancer cells. Due to its wide-ranging effects on the immune system, echinacea is also recommended in cases of herpes, throat infections, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, inflammatory diseases and bronchitis.

The herb has recently become increasingly popular and is now available as a supplement in health food stores.

Indian Echinacea capsules by Planet Ayurveda is an excellent herbal supplement useful in Liver as well as kidney disease. It is a natural cleanser of the blood and removes various toxins like urea, uric acid, creatinine, high cholesterol from the blood and improves the functions of liver and kidneys.

The information below is on some nutritients and other herbs. You can read about Echinacea capsules at the above mentioned link.


1 - 2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

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Egga sfurnish more nutrients per calorie than any other animal food except milk. Eggs contain about 73 per cent water, 6 g protein, 5.75 g fat and 0.45 g carbohydrates. Eggs are considered the most nearly perfect source of utilised protein. Eggs are low in fat, rich in vitamin A, low in calories and economical. They contain an outstandingly balanced nutrition with many B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin and pantothenic acid), and many minerals and trace elements like iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium and especially sulfur. Egg yolk is a rich source of the important sulphur-containing amino acids, cysteine and methionine, which help build up immunity against disease. For many years eggs were maligned as contributing to an elevated cholesterol level. It is true that egg yolks contain 275 mg of cholesterol but this is balanced by an abundance of lecithin (1, 700 mg), which emulsifies cholesterol, and a vast number of other nutrients that help metabolise it. The only people who should avoid eggs are those with the con­dition known as hyperlipoproteinemia who should avoid all cholesterol-containing foods.

Caution: raw egg white contains avidin, a protein which binds the B vitamin biotin and prevents its absorption.


This small perennial tree, which is native to Europe, is instantly recognizable in early summer for its masses of pungent white flowers which later develop into small black berries. The leaves, blossoms, root and berries of the elder haveAll had their uses in European folk medicine for centuries. Elder contains an abundance of active ingredients such as flavonoids, alkaloids and glycosides, which have many beneficial effects, particularly as anti-inflammatory, diuret­ics, blood vessel dilators, blood purifiers and mild laxatives.Throughout history, a tea made of elder flowers has been used to alleviate lung infections, rheumatism, measles and scarlet fever and many herbalists still favour a strong elder blossom tea to treat colds, flu or fever, with added peppermint leaves and ginger root. Elder also encourages sweating - a boon in the treatment of colds. Nowadays, elder is also popular as a blood purifier, in cleansing fasts for building immunity and in weight reduction regimes. It is available in health food stores in syrup, tablet or capsule form.


This is a common name for dietary minerals that, in solution, can conduct electricity. These electrically charged particles, which are present throughout the body, are involved in many activities, such as regulating water retention within and out-side the cells. Examples include the bulk minerals potassium, sodium and chloride.


A large deciduous tree native to North America, decoctions of the bark and leaves have long been a folk remedy there for many disorders. Since elm is astringent and abundant in mucilaginous matter, which lubricates and soothes mucus membranes, the decoctions are used mainly to sootheinflammations of the throat, stomach, intestines, urinary tract and lungs. Elm is also highly recommended in the treatment of stomach or duodenal ulcers. 'Slippery Elm Food' is very nutritious and, mixed with milk, it is easily digested by people with sensitive stomachs. Externally, elm powder can be applied to cold sores, boils and burns. Elm powder and Slippery Elm Food are available in health food shops.


Found in all animals and plants, enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts. That is, they act as agents to speed up biochemical reactions in the body, which would otherwise not take place, or that take place so slowly they appear not to be occurring. Various types of enzymes sustain life in a number of ways. For example, without digestive enzymes, digestion of food would be impossible, and with­out antioxidant enzymes we could not survive for very long. Apart from their amino acid structure, various enzymes also contain minerals and vitamins with which they co-operate as 'co-enzymes'. Enzymes can, for example, enable sugar and fat to burn at normal body temperatures, or combine oxygen and hydrogen to produce water in a reaction that would otherwise be explosive. Each enzyme can perform only one specific chemical reaction and thousands of enzymes work in harmony to enable all the physiological activities in our bodies, from digestion to wound healing, to take place. The liver itself produces over a thousand different enzymes, but the lack of even one enzyme can break the chain of biochemical reactions, causing imbalances that are reflected as allergies, nutrient deficiencies and deficiency diseases. The secretion of enzymes in the body declines with age, and enzyme supplementation is highly recommended, particularly after the age of 40.Various digestive enzyme supplements of both animal and vegetable origin are available in health food stores. Some, like betaine HCl, help people with low stomach acid; others such as papain and bromelain are protein-splitting enzymes; and pancreatin tablets contain various enzymes that split protein, starch. and fat for a comprehensive enzymatic action.


Ergot is a fungus that parasitizes the growing kernels of wheat and rye. Extract of ergot contains several important alkaloids, including ergometrine, which induces uterine contractions during childbirth, ergotamine, which stops bleeding and is effective against migraine if used in the early stages, and bromocriptine, which is used to treat female infertility, inhibit excessive milk production in lactating mothers, and relieve the symptoms of prostatitis and Parkinson's disease.

Caution: Ergot is highly toxic. It contains derivatives of lysergic acid, the active ingredient of LSD, which produces dangerous hallucinations and delusions. It should be used only under strict medical supervision.


A large, evergreen tree native to Australia, its leaves are used to produce extracts and essential oils which are used as a disinfectant in many mouthwashes and toothpastes. Eucalyptus is also an expectorant. In addition, it can be used to soothe ulcers and to relax muscle cramps. An infusion of the fresh leaves rubbed into the scalp can promote hair growth. Can be picked or collected. Available at larger health food stores and herbalists.


A tall elegant annual, its spectacular yellow flowers generally open only at dusk, blooming for one night only before withering the next day. The plant was known to the ancient Greeks and flourished throughout Europe and both North and South America. As well as being cultivated, it can frequently be found growing along roadsides.

The plant contains mucilaginous substances with sedative, diuretic and astringent properties. Infusions of all parts of the plant can be used to soothe coughs, relieve asthma, help lift depression, and also stimulate the liver and the digestive system. They can also be used to produce a soothing ointment for skin rashes. The North American Indians used the plant to treat wounds and infections externally, and coughs and colds internally.


The oil extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose has been found to have many beneficial effects, including: inducing weight loss without dieting; lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure; alleviating arthritis; healing or improving eczema and acne (with zinc); and relieving premenstrual tension and irritable bowel syndrome. EPO has also been found to be a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This is a fatty acid which is the starting point in the body for the production of prostaglandins (PGs), hormone-like compounds that regulate various bodily functions. Specific type of PGs perform diverse and sometimes contrasting roles - and their balance is vital for health. For example, PGE 1 inhibits blood clotting and increases urination, while PGE2 accelerates blood clotting and increases water retention. Deficiencies of PGs can cause many and varied conditions such as heart disease and hypertension, arthritis, menstrual cramps, allergies, asthma and migraines. Available in capsules in health food stores and pharmacies.


Exercise is a nutrient that money cannot buy and, like diet, has many health benefits. Regular exercise has been found to reduce stress by releasing brain endorphins. It also strengthens the heart muscle and its activity, helps to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart attack, aids weight reduction, relieves constipation, and improves diabetes, insomnia and varicose veins. In addition, it can prevent porous bones and osteoporosis, especially in menopausal women. Aerobic and non-aerobic exercises have different effects: aerobics involve intensive breathing and tone the heart, while non-aerobic activity, as in a gym workout, increase muscle tone, Exercise.

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