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Help for Parkinsons


Parkinson's Disease is a slowly progressive & degenerative neurological/brain disorder that is caused by nerve damage to areas of the brain that control muscle tension and movement.  It is associated with a progressive degeneration of the pigmented nuclei of the brain stem and a loss of dopamine in the basal ganglia.  The disease produces three main symptoms: tremor, stiffness of muscles or rigidity and a slowness of movement.  It may affect one limb or one side of the whole body or the whole body.  

Possible causes or contributing factors:
• Glutamate excitotoxicity
• Free radical damage
• Elevated homocysteine levels
• Heavy metal toxicity
• Poor phase 2 detoxification
• Nutritional deficiency in the brain e.g. zinc, vitamin E, selenium, r-lipoic acid, omega 3...
• Pesticide exposure
• Local brain Dopamine deficiency
• Central Nervous System infection e.g. mycobacterium tuberculosis, norcardia from the actinomycetes family.

With natural medicines wholistic approach, you can help to treat, strengthen & rebuild your whole system.  (The following is general advice & you should see your practitioner for more individual care.)

Health Considerations:
• Reduce exposure to toxic metals, pesticides & illicit drugs
• Avoid smoking
• Avoid rancid fats
• Have a predominately organic diet
• Increase garlic in the diet
• Include broad beans due to their high L-dopa levels
• Check for heavy metal toxicity through either hair analysis or red blood cell element testing (available at your practitioners)
• Check for pesticide exposure

To improve circulation, detoxification of the body and getting nutrients to the peripherals i.e. brain where they are needed most, use herbs such as: Hawthorn, Ginger, Ginkgo, Gotu kola, Bilberry & Calendula, Dandelion Root, Cayenne & Chamomile. Click HERE to see individual herbs.

Gotu kola will help the body to relax and strengthen the nervous system.  Crampbark  (Valerian at nighttime) will help strengthen, as well as relax muscles a brilliant anti-spasmodic.  Horsetail, Cleavers, Corn Silk will help to strengthen kidneys, as part of making your whole body work more efficiently.  

Withania somnifera, Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng) will help the body to cope with the stress, supporting overworked adrenal glands as well as strengthening & balancing an overworked immune system.

Ginkgo biloba in a 2012 study at the National Institute of Neurology & Neurosurgery in Mexico showed neuroprotective and neurorecovery effects against midbrain dopamine neuron damage & even damage to locomotion.  Find any of the above herbs HERE

Green Tea polyphenols protect dopamine neurons.  A study in Seoul National University College of Medicine found that EGCG, the neuroprotective agent in green tea slashed the neuronal death rate by half.

Cellfood will help to supply needed nutrients, supply extra oxygen for the brain and improve overall uptake of nutrients within your diet by supplying needed digestive enzymes.

Turmeric, a team from Michigan State University found that curcumin a compound within turmeric helped by disrupting proteins responsible for the disease & preventing said proteins from aggregating.

Natural Sources of Vitamin C & E were shown in a pilot trial to slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.  3000mg of Vitamin C & 3200IU of Vitamin E were given every day.  The patients were followed for 7 years, the progression was considerably delayed (up to 3 years) in those given the antioxidants compared to those who did not receive.  We stock Melrose High Dose Powdered Vitamin C which you can put into water and absorb easily.  Click on the link to read more or purchase.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (OVC) ….click on the link HERE to read how a 74 year old man has improved his life of P.D. by including OVC Oil in his day.

Click on the links for more information on the above products, if you have any questions or need the contact details of a practitioner near you email me at

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Arctium lappa - Burdock


Burdock has many names including Great bur, Clot bur, Cocklebur, Beggars buttons, Cockle buttons, Lappa, Gypsy's rhubarb & Snake's rhubarb.

From the Asteraceae Family, the fresh & dried roots are used medicinally in cooking, tea & tincture from.  Origins in Europe, Asia & North America, naturalised in New Zealand now considered a noxious weed.

Historically it has been used as a blood cleanser, for treating all skin ailments and as part of cancer treatment.  Made famous by Nurse Rene Caisse in the 1920's as part of Essiac Tea used for the reduction and elimination of cancers.  In Japan Burdock is cultivated commerically for use as a vegetable in cooking.  Click on the photos to head to the recipe:


Today the main areas of use for Burdock are for treating the musculoskeletal system, healing the skin & cancer treatment.

Burdocks main active constituents are:

1. Inulin (up to 45%).  Inulin helps to stabilise blood sugar in hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), as well as have diuretic & immuno-stimulating properties, meaning it can help with kidney support and immune related disease.

2. Tannins - tannins give rise to the puckering/astringent effect in the mouth.  Tannins are what enable us to convert animal hides into leather.  The astringent action makes it very useful for wound healing; reducing absorption of toxins; protecting against irritants;  reducing hyper-secretions;  reducing swelling;  reducing internal bleeding; binding effect in the gut - relieve diarrhoea; use externally to reduce inflammation and swelling when used as a wash; liver (hepato) protective.

3. Flavonoid glycosides - flavonoid glycosides are the most common plant pigment after chlorophyll & carotenoids.  They are known to give the autumn leaf colours, as well as yellow, orange & red in flowers, gives plants protection against UV radiation, defence against infection, acting as an antioxidant,  they can help give protection against environmental stress as well as inhibit or stimulate certain enzyme systems.  Giving burdock it's anti-inflammatory, vulnerary and antioxidant actions.

As well as the above 3 constituents burdock also contains: alkaloids, volatile oils, anti-microbial substances, mucilage, resin, polyacetylenes and is rich in iron.  These active constituents result in the following actions:

Bitter - an agent which has a bitter taste that promotes digestive function and improves appetite.
Alterative - an agent used to improve elimination of metabolic waste and in so doing restores normal body functions.
Diuretic - an agent that increases the secretion and flow of urine.
Diaphoretic - an agent that produces perspiration and increases elimination through the skin, often used in reducing fevers.
Nutritive - an agent that nourishes the body i.e. rich in nutrients.
Mild laxative
Vulnerary - an agent used to speed the healing of wounds.

Internally this makes burdock very beneficial for treating skin disorders i.e. eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, ulcers, bruises.  Burdock helps the body to rid itself of toxins cleansing the tissues as well as blood & is best used gently over a longer period of time i.e. 3-6 months if not more.  Taking internally as a tea and/or applying as a poultice externally will further help the healing process.

Burdock is also of benefit in healing the digestive system.  The slightly bitter taste stimulates gastric secretions, increasing bile production.  This in turn helps to aid digestion, relieve constipation and improve appetite.

Its diuretic action makes it very supportive to the kidneys helping to remove excessive toxins and damaging acids (i.e. uric acid) by facilitating their removal through the kidneys.  Helping to ease inflammation and bringing relief to those suffering from musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis & gout.

In a lesser known capacity burdock root can be used to stimulate diaphoresis in sweating which will help to reduce a high fever.  You can even toast the roots of burdock and combine with Roasted Dandelion Root for a rich & wonderful tasting coffee replacement.

To prepare:  Use 1 teaspoon of root per cup of tea.  Place in cold water in a pot and bring to the boil.  Turn down the heat to a simmer and leave simmering with lid on for 10 - 15 minutes.  Drink up to 3 cups daily.

Other herbs that combine well with burdock:



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