Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, can cause a wide array of symptoms. Some of the big ones are low energy, depression, weight gain and hair loss, although these are just a smattering. Addressing hypothyroidism sometimes requires the use of thyroid medication, but there is some great herbal support for hypothyroid too, which could be used alone or in conjunction with medications.
Ginkgo boosts brain function via its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and improve impaired memory and mental performance, especially in the elderly. Increasing blood flow increases oxygenation, metabolism and overall functioning of the brain. This is great for the natural cognitive decline that can come with aging, but can also be so beneficial for those suffering from chronic illnesses that have cognitive manifestations such as short term memory loss, word-finding difficulties, and problems with focus and concentration. It can also be very helpful for periods of extra stress which often leads to scattered thoughts, forgetfulness and so on.
The benefits of herbal infusions are extensive. They allow for bio-available forms of vitamins, minerals, proteins, polyphenols, bioflavanoids (antioxidants) and more to be released by the plant and easily absorbed by our bodies. Taking herbs this way can be more beneficial and cost effective then taking supplements. My colleague Dr. Emily Poccia provided these herbal infusion recipes – she is a naturopathic doctor at my practice RestorMedicine, and she has a blog called High Five To Health. She uses herbal infusions extensively and I’m enjoying learning more about them from her.
I feel that olive leaf extract is often overlooked in Lyme treatment. Given it’s broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties and it’s ability to support the immune system, while also crossing the blood-brain barrier, I have seen olive leaf helps fight Lyme brain. In today’s excerpt from my upcoming book Lyme Brain, you’ll learn more about olive leaf extract and how valuable it can be – and not just for Lyme sufferers! It helps to protect the brain and help it to regenerate during times of illness or stress.
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), also known as Human HerpesVirus 4, is one of the most common human viruses. In it’s acute form it is responsible for the common infection, mononucleosis. While most cases resolve without any intervention after 2-4 weeks, there are cases where EBV can become more chronic, and others where latent infection can reactive periodically, contributing to ongoing fatigue and possible symptoms such as fevers and swollen lymph nodes. In the allopathic medical community, treatment for EBV is usually time and rest; in naturopathic circles, there are some natural treatments for Epstein-Barr virus that are worth knowing about.