To survive in the Rain Forest, plants must be resistant to bacteria and viruses that would otherwise destroy them. Some of the herbs exhibit similar properties when administered to people.
Cat's Claw Extract, 2 oz.
Uncaria tomentosa is a rain forest herb with demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. It is therefore often used for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Preliminary studies suggest that cat's claw slows tumor growth and that it enhances immunity. It is safe in the recommended doses; side effects are usually associated with possible allergic reactions to plants in the Rubiaceae family.
As more and more studies are being conducted, interest in cat's claw has come to include AIDS (in conjunction with Jergon Sacha) and Lyme disease. There are a few studies suggesting that this herb is capable of such actions because it is not only a superb free-radical scavenger but also promotes the repair of DNA.
Contents: extract of Uncaria tomentosa bark in distilled water, organic grain alcohol, and pure vegetable glycerin.
Pau d'Arco Extract, 2 oz.
Pau d'arco is one of the most well known South American herbs. It has a reputation for having anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It is also used to purify the blood and regulate blood sugar. Like many herbs with ethnobotanical traditions strongly suggestive of antitumoral properties, pau d'arco seems to benefit some patients more than others. It is widely believed to work better with patients with elevated levels of Candida albicans.
The earliest modern studies of pau d'arco were published by Dr. Theodore Meyer who successfully used it to cure very advanced cancers, especially leukemia. Some of his findings were questioned by those who attempted to attribute all results to a single compound. As with most herbs, the whole herb often protects against toxicity of the strongest chemical constituent, in this case, lapachol. In clinical trials, low doses stimulate immunity whereas higher doses reduce inflammation often associated with stimulation. As might be expected of an herb with antifungal properties, it helps to reduce allergic reactions.
Contents: extract of Tabebuia_impetiginosa bark in distilled water, organic grain alcohol, and pure vegetable glycerin.
Sangre de Grado (Dragon"s Blood), 1 oz.
Dragon"s Blood is made from the fresh resin of the South American Croton lechleri tree. In the bottle, the resin is a very dark and quite thick reddish brown color, but when put on the skin, it becomes transparent and makes a natural sterile bandage. It belongs in absolutely every medicine cabinet and backpack. When I was in Europe, we used this in the operating room to reduce (well almost totally eliminate) bleeding. I moved my hand behind the surgeon"s and dripped the resin into the areas where he was cutting. This made for much easier wound management, little or no blood loss, much less pain from cuts and injuries, and very quick healing. I absolutely love this resin and never cease to be fascinated by the gifts of Nature nor the traditions of ethnobotany.
Besides wound healing, studies suggest that dragon"s blood is useful for gastric ulcers. Among other things, it seems to result in the thickening of the mucous membrane of the stomach. It has also proved helpful for diarrhea, especially that suffered by persons with AIDS, and in vitro studies suggest that the latex has apoptotic effects on certain types of cancer cells. It appears to be antimutagenic also.
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