Dr. Edward E. Shook, N.D., D.C. in the work Advanced Treatise In Herbology wrote, "nature has not
produced for us many herbs whose food and medicinal value equal this one. It's ancient history as
a reliable remedy for bad blood, ulcers, tumors, and many skin diseases such as what we today call
eczema, psoriasis, acne, lupus, etc., to say nothing of internal disorders such as syphilis, leprosy,
cancer, etc., and the modern proofs of its marvelous efficacy in the treatment of humanities most
fearsome and loathsome diseases is positive proof that very few if any herbs are more virtuous or
possess more curative powers."
It should be noted that Dr. Shook was a very successful natural healer. In fact, the imminent
herbalist and naturopath Dr. John Christopher, N.D., was a student of Dr. Shook. Dr. Shook went on
to say, with regard to burdock root: "to our certain knowledge, it has cured syphilis after all other
treatments had failed. For the successful treatment of chronic skin diseases, especially eczema,
burdock has no equal, while for boils its quick alterative and curative effect is truly remarkable."
Scrub the burdock root, cut into matchsticks and soak in water. Rinse until water runs clear. Cut carrots into matchsticks as well. Measure out the sugar, mirin and soy sauce. Heat sesame oil in a pan and saute burdock, carrot and red chili on medium heat until carrot is soft. Burdock root will remain a bit harder. Add in sugar and mirin first. Mix well for a minute or two, then add in tamari sauce. Stir fry until tamari sauce begins to caramelize and gives off a nice smell. Stop heat and sprinkle on sesame seeds. Goes well with rice and keeps well for leftovers and lunches
Ginger is not only delicious but it also has a variety of health benefits. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and fights against digestive problems such as nausea. This is helpful to pregnant women experiencing morning sickness and cancer patients undergoing the effects from chemotherapy.
There are many ways to add ginger to your diet. You can drink in as hot tea, grated in soup, add ginger spice to fish or stir fries, or bake it with your favorite baked goods. Whatever form you consume, ginger is a great addition to your daily diet to keep digestive issues at bay.
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The word “alfalfa” comes from the Arabic phrase, Meaning “father of all foods.” alfalfa is extremely
utritious. The extensive root system allows the plant to absorb a high level of nutrients from the
soil. Alfalfa leaf contains essential vitamins including the entire spectrum of
B-Vitamins, A, D, E and K. Alfalfa Leaf is a source of iron, niacin, biotin, folic acid, calcium,
magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It is also a source of chlorophyll. Compared to other
plants, alfalfa is very high in protein and amino acids. Alfalfa sprouts are rich in canavanine, an
amino acid analog known to be beneficial in fighting leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancer as well
as fibrocystic breast tumors.Other health benefits of alfalfa are many and include supporting
healthy circulation and the immune system. Moreover, Alfalfa sprouts are rich in saponins,
a chemical compound believed to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels while maintaining good
cholesterol (HDL) levels. Saponins are also believed to reduce atherosclerosis (the hardening of the
arteries) and other cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Toni is a Best-selling author, Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, an Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 13 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.