Program 1322: Herbs for healing and optimal well-being

This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we speak with two physicians who have taken a close look at the research on the use of herbs for healing. Sometimes people dismiss the medicines we can find in plants as old wives tales or silly home remedies. However, more and more, scientists are confirming that certain herbs can be very helpful in overcoming chronic diseases and improving well-being.

Herbs to cure:

Culinary herbs like rosemary and thyme add flavor to our food. But they can also do much more. In fact, the use of such herbs could help explain the recognized health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog describes how she uses herbs to heal. What are the differences between herbs and spices? In general, when people talk about herbs, they are describing plants from temperate zones. We generally use the leaves for both cooking and curing. Spices most often come from the tropics and subtropics. They are often plant parts such as seeds, bark (cinnamon), or roots and rhizomes (ginger and turmeric). Researchers have extensively studied turmeric and its main component, curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and has been used to improve memory and mood and to fight cancer. In certain studies, turmeric is more effective than NSAIDs in relieving knee arthritis pain.

Rosemary and Thyme:

Could rosemary consumption be related to longevity? Some doctors think so. Studies are confirming what people discovered from experience long ago: rosemary has beneficial effects on memory and cognition. In addition, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects and can be used to combat H pylori stomach infections

Like rosemary, thyme has antimicrobial effects. It is often used to help fight infection. Also, it seems to help disrupt biofilms and may be helpful against coughs. Dr. Low Dog recommends making your own thyme-based cough syrup to help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

Saffron has multiple uses for optimal well-being:

Saffron is another famous Mediterranean spice. It consists of the stigma of a domesticated saffron. Research suggests that it may be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Also, scientists are exploring its possible use against certain types of cancer. Dr. Low Dog summarizes the research on its use against metabolic syndrome and to treat the harmful sexual effects of menopause. Some studies indicate that it may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Another spice, cinnamon, also has multiple uses. It has anti-inflammatory activity that may be particularly helpful in treating menstrual pain and nausea. It is best known for its impact on blood sugar and triglycerides. There are several different types of cinnamon, and people who plan to use it regularly should be aware of them. real cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, is safer than the more common cassia cinnamon we usually find in grocery stores. This is because it does not contain the coumarin that cassia cinnamon can contain. This compound can be toxic to the liver.

Boost Cellular Wellness With Herbs:

Our second guest, Dr. Bill Rawls, describes how herbs can help promote wellness at the cellular level. We shouldn’t expect quick results from this approach, but the benefits can be long lasting and side effects are rare.

It seems likely that many chronic diseases are linked to latent infectious agents. Conditions like chronic Lyme disease or long-term COVID can be difficult to identify and even more difficult to treat effectively. However, restoring well-being at the cellular level can help reinforce our body’s natural defenses. That is why Dr. Rawls advocates the use of herbs for healing.

Adaptogens as herbs for healing:

You may not be familiar with some of the herbs that Dr. Rawls recommends. However, scientific studies support the use of these herbs for healing. adaptogens like rhodiola, reishi and shilojit can help overcome the consequences of chronic stress. It illustrates how they work synergistically for optimal cellular wellness.

Guests this week:

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a founding member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and the Academy of Women’s Health. She was elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Expert Committee on Dietary/Botanical Supplements and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her books include: Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; life is your best medicine Y Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More. Dr. Low Dog’s eBooks include Cure heartburn naturally Y Spices that heal. Physical copies are available for purchase through Amazon: Click here.
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As a fourth generation physician, Bill Rawls, MD, has dedicated his life to medicine. But when he faced a personal health crisis in his late forties with Lyme disease, everything changed. In his quest to restore his health, Dr. Rawls faced the limitations of conventional medicine and knew that he had to find his own way to restore wellness. For the past 15 years, he has extensively studied the science behind herbal therapies and new sustainable approaches to protect health. His website is

Dr. Rawls is the author of Unlocking Lyme: Myths, Truths, and Practical Solutions for Chronic Lyme Diseaseand his most recent book, The Cellular Wellness Solution: Harness Your Full Health Potential With The Science-Backed Power Of Herbs.

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Program 1322: Herbs for healing and optimal well-being

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