LOW ENERGY /MILD FATIGUE/LACK OF ENERGY
- Magnesium & calcium
- Coenzyme Q10 vital nutrient involved in cellular energy production throughout the body
- Ginseng is a stimulant and has stress protective properties
- Cordyceps is a traditional chinese medicinal fungus that may help fight fatigue & boost energy levels.
HEARTBURN / ACID REFLUX
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil for Acid Reflux
- Use DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). Slowly chew two tablets or take a half-teaspoon of the powder before or between meals and at bedtime. Taper your dose down after your symptoms are under control.
- Consider slippery elm. It can heal irritated digestive tract tissues.
SINUS (Postnasal Drip)
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, for Postnasal Drip
- First recommendation is to help bring your problem under control is to eliminate all dairy (cow's milk) foods from your diet, including prepared foods that list milk or cheese as an ingredient. The milk protein, casein, stimulates mucus production in many people and can aggravate asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and allergies. It may take six to eight weeks to see results, but a majority of those who make this dietary change report dramatic improvement.
- You might also try nasal irrigation; that is, rinsing your nasal passages with a saltwater solution. You'll probably need to do it a few times before you feel comfortable with this procedure, but once you do, it can be a big help. Dissolve one-quarter teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water. Pour some of the salted water into your cupped hand and inhale the liquid through one nostril at a time, keeping the other one closed with an index finger. You can inhale directly from a small cup or glass in the same way, or you can use a rubber bulb to gently squirt the solution into your nostrils.
MENTAL CLARITY & MEMORY
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil Bets for Memory Sharpening
- Ginkgo biloba is a well-studied botanical remedy with a reputation for enhancing memory. It may also slow the progression of dementia in early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Look for products standardized to 24 percent ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6 percent terpene lactones; the dose is 60 to 120 milligrams twice a day with food. (Ginkgo may cause mild stomach irritation.)
- Actyle-L-carnitine (also called ALC or ALCAR) is an amino acid derivative that has improved cognitive performance and memory in Alzheimer's patients in several clinical trials. The dose is 500 to 1,000 milligrams twice a day on an empty stomach. ALCAR is nontoxic, but expensive.
- Phosphatidyl serine (PS) is a naturally occurring lipid component of cell membranes that is considered a brain nutrient. Human studies have shown positive effects on memory and concentration: PS may improve cognitive function in normal adults and may help reverse age-related cognitive decline. These supplements are fairly expensive. The starting dose is 100 milligrams two or three times a day; if improvements occur after a month or more, it may be possible to take a lower maintenance dose. Like the other supplements listed above, PS is nontoxic.
- Ginger and turmeric. Follow dosage directions on the product.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Depression http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00696/depression-treatment
- B vitamins. The B vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, can be helpful in mild depression, and you should know that B vitamins can increase the efficacy of prescription anti-depressants.
- St. John's wort. St. John's wort is an herbal remedy that has long been used in Europe as a treatment for mood disorders. Standardized extracts have shown an effectiveness equaling Prozac in the treatment of mild to moderate forms of the disease. It should not be taken with anti-retroviral medications, birth control pills, or antidepressant medications, especially SSRIs like Prozac or Celexa. Try 300mg of an extract standardized to 0.3 percent hypericin, three times a day. Its full effect will be felt in about eight weeks. NIH reports St. Johns Wort may help some types of depression, similar to treatment with standard prescription antidepressants, but the evidence is not definitive. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm
- SAMe (S-adenosy-L-methionine). Has the advantage of working more quickly than St John's wort. Use only the butanedisulfonate form in enteric-coated tablets, or in capsules. Try 400-1,600 mg a day on an empty stomach. NIH reports “Research has provided hints that SAMe might be helpful for depression, osteoarthritis, and a liver condition that can occur during pregnancy.”
- Fish oil. Recent preliminary studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be helpful in maintaining a healthy mind. I think that reasonable doses of fish-oil supplements (1,000 - 2,000 mg per day) might be useful in addressing mild depression. Fish oil is an excellent source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential fatty acid found in nerve and brain tissue.
- Turmeric: Used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint pain.Ddoses of 1 to 2 g per day have found some benefits for joint pain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16562833
- Avocado-soybean unsaponifiables: Four studies have shown that 300 to 600 mg of the avocado sterol compounds per day are associated with reduced knee and hip pain and swelling after 3 to 6 months of therapy. The compounds have also been evaluated for cholesterol and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Widely promoted for a host of health benefits. Some studies have shown the fatty acids, specifically 2 to 4 g of marine-based docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, can offer some benefits for arthritis.
- Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa): "Clinical trials show that after a few weeks, patients will report some benefits in joint pain, and this is coming up more and more in clinical practice.
- Ginger: In order to receive the anti-inflammatory clinical effects that have been studied, the dried formation, which includes a higher content of shogaols, is important. The best clinical effect is using combination products that have a little bit of ginger in them.
- Glucosamine: Representing a nearly 20% chunk of the multi-billion-dollar supplement market, glucosamine is among the most popular for chronic pain, but despite the popularity and heavy marketing, the verdict on benefits for pain such as knee osteoarthritis is still out. Large meta-analyses conclude only a small improvement over placebo or none at all.
- Bomeline; There's some evidence that taking bromelain by mouth might reduce mild acute knee pain that’s lasted for less than three months in otherwise healthy people. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/895.html
- Blond psyllium is used as a laxative and for softening stools in people with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and after anal surgery. For relieving bleeding from hemorrhoids: 3.5 grams of psyllium seed husk, twice daily for three months. As a laxative for constipation: 7-40 grams of blond psyllium seed per day, in 2-4 divided doses.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil
- Try DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) topically. You can buy it at your health food store or on the Internet. It penetrates the skin and promotes healing of pockets of inflammation. Make a 70 percent solution of DMSO by diluting a 100 percent solution with distilled water and apply it to the shoulder with absorbent cotton. Let it dry. Apply the solution three times a day for three days. If you don't see any improvement, stop using it. If you do notice improvement, cut back to twice a day for three more days, then once a day for a final three days. After that your body can continue healing on its own.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Parkinsons-Disease
- Preliminary but promising evidence indicates that high-doses of coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 - at a level of 1,200 mg a day - may be beneficial. Take CoQ10 with a meal containing fat for best absorption. The best form to use is a softgel capsule.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Multiple Sclerosis
- For constipation: probiotics and psyllium or use the Ayurvedic herbal bowel regulator, triphala.
- A quality antioxidant and daily multivitamin formula and a B-50 complex vitamin, along with a multi-mineral supplement daily.
- Soy lecithin granules: take five grams daily (store this in the refrigerator).
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): take 30 milligrams two or three times a day.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Kidney Stones
- The following dietary measures can also help prevent stone formation:
- Consume potassium and bran fiber in foods, not supplements, because both can reduce urinary levels of calcium.
- Take calcium citrate, which may bind with oxalates in the intestines and be eliminated as calcium oxylate.
- Drink lemon juice in sparkling water, as lemon juice is a natural source of citrate.
INTERUPTED SLEEP/INSOMNIA due to Menopause
- Valerian improves the quality of sleep in women with menopause who are experiencing insomnia. Findings from this study add support to the reported effectiveness of valerian in the clinical management of insomnia. http://reference.medscape.com/medline/abstract/21775910 Valerian is available In tincture, extract, tablets. Valerian may interact with alcohol, some antihistamines, muscle relaxants, psychotropic drugs and narcotics. When taking any of these drugs, you should use valerian only under the supervision of a health-care provider. May increase sedative effects of anesthesia and should be discontinued at least a week prior to having surgery. Valerian is relatively safe and no significant side effects are known, but try not to use it on a regular basis, or you may become psychologically dependent upon it. People with impaired kidney or liver functions should not take valerian except under a physician's supervision. It should not be used with kava. Use on a short-term basis only. When Buying, look for valerian products standardized to 1% valerenic acid. Dosage: Use 1 teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or 1 or 2 tablets, at bedtime.