Natural medicine is finding an increasing number of supporters. Herbal preparations are associated not only with less costs, but also with safer therapy. Our article presents a few little-known herbs, the supplementation of which can provide many benefits.
Asian basil – Indian adaptogens
Tulasi, or Asian basil, is a herb that is considered one of the most important plants by traditional Indian medicine. Due to its characteristic smell, it is often used in the form of incense, powder or oil. The benefits of using this plant come from its oily extract. The fat obtained from tulasi leaves is primarily regarded as an anti-stress preparation and stabilizing the mental state (it is referred to as an adaptogen).
It is also assumed that this preparation may be helpful in the treatment of colds, strep throat or flu and the accompanying symptoms (eg hoarseness, dry cough). What’s more, the therapeutic properties of Asian basil also include an increase in testosterone levels, slowing down the aging process, stimulating blood circulation and protecting the liver.
The dosage of the supplement is determined by body weight. It is assumed that the administration of 500 mg of the extract twice a day is mainly used for neurological and adaptogenic purposes. Regarding body weight, supplementation looks the following way (doses are theoretical and based on animal studies)
– 1100-2200 mg with a weight of 70 kg for general improvement and 5,500 mg for an increase in testosterone;
– 1500-2900 mg at 90 kg body weight for overall improvement and 7300 mg to increase the amount of testosterone;
– 1800-3600 mg for 110 kg body weight with an overall improvement and 9100 mg for an increase in testosterone levels.
Adverse reactions that may result from permanent supplementation are rare, but include diarrhea, upset stomach and vomiting. Contraindications to receiving tulasi are liver failure and hypothyroidism.
Ayurvedic help for joints
Boswellia serrata is a herb that belongs to phytopharmaceuticals. It can be found in India, Nigeria and eastern Africa. Due to the olibanum contained therein – a grained preparation with a yellow-brown color – it is used to make incense.
Due to the prevention of the degradation of articular cartilage and the reduction of pain, boswellia is used in the case of degenerative disease and rheumatism. This means that it can be intended for athletes as a preparation to prevent problems on the part of the musculoskeletal system.
It is also worth adding that this plant also has antiseptic, immunomodulatory and sedative effects. Boswellii treatment uses doses ranging from 300 to 400 mg, which should be taken orally at three times a day.
In the case of an experiment carried out on mice, a 100 mg dose reduced the pancreatic tumor by more than 50%.
Fenugreek, usually referred to as fenegryk¹, Greek hay or iosoznik, is a popular herb in the Arab and Indian territories, and its cultivation covers almost the whole world. For many centuries it has been used as an aphrodisiac and essential oil, as well as addition to dishes.
Fenegry is used primarily as a preparation to increase libido by improving blood circulation to the genital organs. It also increases breast milk production and testosterone levels. Due to the presence of trigonellins in its composition, it is assumed that it regulates the level of sugar in the blood.
It is also successfully used in stimulating the appetite, preventing cramps, lowering cholesterol and healing wounds and purifying the blood. Fenugreek supplementation depends on the goal we want to achieve. A dose of 500 to 600 mg helps improve libido and increase testosterone levels. On the other hand, a portion of between 2 and 5 g of seeds will maintain the proper level of sugar in the blood.
King of herbs
Sickle cotyledon is a herb used in Tibetan medicine, where it is often referred to as an anti-inflammatory drug. Occurs in north-eastern and south-west China, where it develops mainly in the Himalayas and the Tibetan Uplands.
At the outset, it should be added that there is no empirical evidence for the beneficial activity of the ostroodon on the human body. It is assumed that it has analgesic and antioxidant properties due to the phenylethylamine contained in the composition. Tibetan culture uses this preparation to lower cholesterol levels, improve the work of the nervous system and heart and treatment of influenza, bleeding and inflammation. The preparation is mainly used in the form of a powder that can be used for compresses to speed up wound healing.
Common Tartar is a plant belonging to the family calamus that grows in a large area of the globe. It is classified as edible, cosmetic, medicinal and oil derivatives.
In medicine, it is used in very many cases. In folk medicine, its hematopoietic, diuretic, and calming properties have been underlined and strengthening character. A sweet potato variety found in India and Canada is used as a sleeping remedy. In addition, it is worth emphasizing its influence on the digestive system through diastolic activity.
The calamus extract in the form of an oil is used to produce alcohol and preservatives of fragrances. In the medical industry, it is used as an agent for anemia, bronchial asthma, uterus pain, mental spleen diseases, tuberculosis, hemorrhoids and bronchitis. In turn, its rhizome has a progastric effect and leads to an increase in the secretion of gastric juice, accelerate digestion and facilitate the absorption of food.
Animal studies have made it possible to make doses that can be applied to humans. Portions depend on body weight
-2.200 mg at 70 kg;
– 2.900 mg at 90 kg;
– 3,600 mg with a weight of 110 kg.
She Huang Zi or Cnidium Monneri is a Chinese herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This preparation is perceived as a natural aphrodisiac and libido enhancer (both in women and men). What’s more, in the composition of this plant we can find such compounds as phenylpherena, coumarin, sesquiterpenes or sitosterols.
Cnidium Monnieri is used, among others in sports, due to the help of the body in the production of nitric oxide – a compound responsible not only for the improvement of sexual function, relaxation of the smooth muscle, but above all for causing the effect of the muscle pump. Pro-health properties of the plant are used to treat the symptoms of asthma and cold, acne, stimulation of digestive processes and eliminating indigestion and bloat
Dosing takes place while eating a meal, and a portion of the preparation is 0.5 g per day. Cnidium Monnieri rarely causes side effects, and if they do occur, they appear in the form of nausea and vomiting. The preparation is contraindicated for use by nursing women and during pregnancy.