Phytoestrogens – Dietary Oestrogens

Phytoestrogens, also called ‘dietary oestrogens’ are a diverse group of naturally occurring non-steroidal plant compounds that are structurally similar to the estradiol (17-β-estradiol) and have the ability to cause oestrogenic or/and anti-oestrogenic effects. Phytoestrogens get their name from the Greek word ‘phyto’ meaning plant and ‘estrogens’ meaning the hormone which gives fertility to the female mammals.

 

At molecular level, phytoestrogens are similar to oestrogens and this similarity allows them to mildly mimic and sometimes act as antagonists of oestrogen. Due to their chemical structure, phytoestrogens have a propensity to attach to a particular oestrogen receptor. This is thought to be one of the underlying mechanisms by which phytoestrogens compounds might elicit an effect in the body.

 

Phytoestrogens are considered to be milder than woman’s intrinsic oestrogen and exert their effects primarily through binding to oestrogen receptors . When oestrogen levels are high, phytoestrogens compete with oestrogen for receptor sites, reducing oestrogen ability to bind to receptors thereby lessening its effect. On the other hand, when oestrogen levels are low as in the peri or post menopause, phytoestrogens act as oestrogen supplements.

 

Phytoestrogens occur in plants and plant products that include soy beans, grains, seeds, herbs, fruits and vegetables.

 

Herbs that have phytoestrogen effects include Red Clover, Liquorice, Thyme and Verbena. Herbs that mimic the effects of estrogens include Black cohosh, Dong Quai and Ginseng.

 

 

Helicobacter pylori – Possible Herbal Remedy

Helicobacter pylori can inhabit various areas of the stomach. It can cause inflammation of the stomach lining impairing stomach defences and can be responsible for ulcers.

 

The two herbs that can be used for treating Helicobacter pylori are:

 

  • Golden seal

Golden seal is a bitter that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile and can also be used as an expectorant. It has a strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast and fungi such as E. Coli and Candida.
Golden seal is used for infections of the mucous membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines and the stomach and is useful for digestive disorders including ulcers and Helicobacter pylori.

 

  • Oregano

Oregano as an antiseptic is used as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano is high in antioxidant activity due to high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.
The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of oil of Oregano make it very useful against strains of the food-borne pathogen making it capable of destroying Helicobacter pylori.

 

 

 

Rubefacient Herbs – Functions

The term ‘rubefacient’ refers to a substance that irritates the skin and is used to bring blood rapidly to a concentrated area of the skin thus causing redness of skin. When applied externally, rubefacient herbs heal through stimulation and ironically through irritation.

 

Rubefacient herbs are a class of healing plants which have a unique effect on the body when applied to the skin. They are all powerful stimulants; some have a ‘warming’ effect and others a ‘cooling’ effect. Regardless of whether they are hot or cold or simply irritating, they all have an intense and localized impact where they are applied.

 

Rubefacient herbs stimulate the dilation of capillaries. Blood is drawn from deep within the body increasing circulation around the area of concern and speeding up the healing process. This form of treatment is good for treating the pain due to minor injuries such as muscle sprains and soreness. It is also beneficial for arthritic pain. While initially the sensation may be overwhelming and even painful with some herbs, it is ultimately an energizing and healing action.

 

Common herbal rubefacients include Cloves, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Mustard, Nettle, Rosemary Oil and Rue.

 

 

Male Impotence – Herbal Remedies

Impotence (erectile dysfunction) can be classified as psychological or organic. Psychological impotence is due to mental factors which include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, financial difficulties and mental illness. Organic Impotence is due to some form of body malfunction.
Various causes of organic impotence include reduced blood flow to the penis, low levels of androgens such as testosterone, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and stroke which affect the brain’s ability to respond to sexual stimulation. There are various herbs that are effective in the treatment of male infertility. These herbs help maintain longer erection, increase sexual desire, raise testosterone levels and increase sperm count. The two herbs that could be considered useful for addressing male impotence are listed below along with their benefits:

 

  • DAMIANA

Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians and is used for both male and female sexual stimulation, increased energy, asthma, depression, impotence and menstrual problems.
The chemical composition of Damiana is complex and all of the components have not been completely identified. However, the known make-up is volatile oil, flavonoids, gonzalitosin, arbutin, tannin and damianin (a brown bitter substance). It also contains essential oils (containing cineol, cymol, pinene), cyanogenic glycosides, thymol and trace amounts of phosphorus.
Damiana has also been used traditionally to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect.
It is well known in south western cultures as a sexuality tonic and is recommended by many herbalists. It stimulates the intestinal tract and brings oxygen to the genital area, increases blood flow to the genital area during sexual stimulation facilitating erections.
It also increases energy levels which does a lot to restore libido and desire.

 

 

  • PANAX GINSENG

Panax ginseng also called as Red ginseng, Korean ginseng or Asian ginseng is a perennial  plant native to the mountains of Korea and China. Red ginseng is related to but not the same as American ginseng.
Panax ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. Western medical studies verify that the roots of the Panax ginseng plant contain beneficial plant compounds, including antioxidants and ginsenosides, which may offer a number of health benefits.
Panax ginseng is reputed to be helpful in the treatment of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, weakness, depression, and anxiety. Panax ginseng is also supposed to be helpful as a supplement to improve thinking skills, to boost energy, and to cope with stress.
There is evidence that it is helpful with male sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction when taken orally. It is also an ingredient in a cream that is useful in the treatment of premature ejaculation.
It is known to measurably raise testosterone levels and increase sperm count and motility. Ginseng can also increase sexual desire and help alleviate impotence. It is also a natural male tonic that stimulates the immune system.

 

Siberian Ginseng is also known to restore libido and desire but should not be consumed alongside Panax Ginseng. One should always seek advice when preparing or consuming herbal combinations.

 

 

Aillo – Herbal Water – Relax

HerbWater combines the nutritional factors of water and natural benefits of herbs to create a unique drinking experience. The drinks are free from any preservatives, additives, flavourings and sweeteners. They contain nothing but pure spring water infused with the best possible herbal extracts sourced from various organic farms around the UK.

 

 

 

Aillo HerbWater contains:

Pure Spring Water
Organic Herbal extracts
And that’s all

 

Aillo HerbWater does not contain:
Chemicals
Additives
Flavourings
Juice concentrates
Sugar / Sweeteners

 

 

RELAX HerbWater helps to relieve stress; it includes botanical herbal extracts like Valerian, Chamomile and Passion Flower all of which are very well known to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and even depression.