Presentation on theme: "Heat/Excitation Tissue State"— Presentation transcript:
1Heat/Excitation Tissue State Materia MedicaHeat/Excitation Tissue State
2Excitation/Irritation Tissue State Characterized by Exaggeration of FunctionTissues are in a state of excitation, irritation or over stimulation. Blood rushes to the area with classic symptoms of heat, redness, swelling and pain.This is not necessarily inflammation as inflammation can have multiple underlying tissue state causes e.g Putrefaction. All excitation is inflammation but not all inflammation is a result of excitation.Matthew-Please develop inflammation versus excitation
3Primary Symptoms:Heat, Swelling, Redness, Pain associated with immune overreaction and excess.Mucosa & skin: red/pink (carmine)Pulse: Elevated, beats towards surface of vessel; Rapid.Tongue: Elongated, pointed, red, carmine, flame shaped.Urine: Dark and concentrated
4Remedy Qualities Remedies often have a sour taste. Flavonoids (don’t influence taste), fruit acids and limonene (lemon oil) all reduce tissue irritation/excitation and together yield a sour taste.Cyanogenic glycosides, mainly in the rose family also reduce tissue irritation by interfering with the Krebs cycle and reduce the energy level of the cell.
6Rose (Rosa spp) Taste/Smell: Hips-Sour, sweet, cool astringent. Petals-Sweet, Slightly bitter, aromaticTissue States: Excitation, relaxationEnergetics/Action:cooling, drying, astringentParts used:Hips, Petals most commonly used-most parts of the plant have been used. Seeds are toxic.Constituents:Tannins, flavonoids, fruit acids, (malic, citric and ascorbic) essential oils and anthocyanidins.Notes are here testing testing
7Rose (2of 4)Organ affinity: Emotions, Lungs, Cardiovascular, Digestion, Kidneys/Bladder, Sexual system, Muscular/SkeletalPresentation: Delicate, sensitive children, children born by c-section, never have to fight their way out.Specific Indications: Elongated, pointed, red/pink tongue with moisture or streamers down the sides indicating excess dampness.
8Rose (3 of 4) Characteristic uses : Eyes: Farsightedness Lymphatics: Red, irritated skin and mucosa with watery deposits or stagnation of the lymph of the upper bodyRespiration: Sore throat, irritated cough; TB (traditional use)Cardiovascular: Vascular anomalies (esp. in children); passive venous congestion; easy bruising, clotting, thrombosis;Digestion: heat/irritation in intestine, constipation, damp mucous containing, unformed stools, chronic yeast infection.Kidneys/bladder: Frequent urination, bedwettingSexual system: Vaginitis with bleeding and discharge; In TCM for loss of semen and to strengthen the kidneys.
9Rose (4) Contraindications: Seeds contain glucoside and are toxic. Rose hip tea can contain fine hairs that are irritating to the throat and mouth that cling to the seeds. Strain well.Preparation & Dosage:Hips in various preparations: Short decoction, capsules, tincturePetals as infusion, 1-2 tsp to 8 oz water. 3x/day or as neededEssential oil
10Rose Folklore/Magical/: Wild Rose was standard remedy for rabies by Romans.Distribution/Habitat:Widely distributed, common in wild but generally not in large stands in northwest. Cultivated are also useable. Be aware of pesticides.This is the rose city, they grow well here
11Strawberry (Fragaria ssp.) Taste/Smell: Sweet, cool and moist, mucilaginous, slightly astringentTissue States: ExcitationEnergetics/Action: Cooling, refrigerant.Parts used: LeavesConstituents: Fruit acids, leucocoanthocyanin, Vit C, catechins (all cooling) tannins, volatile oilsNotes are here testing testing
12Strawberry (2) Organ affinity: Emotions, Head, Mouth, lungs, digestion, kidneys/bladder, Female organs, skin, thermoregulationPresentation:Swollen red, dry tongue, possibly with painful itching and swelling (can cause or cure)Specific Indications:Head: Red inflamed eyes, stye,Teeth: Plaque, spongy gums, mouth ulcers, lack of saliva, no appetite.Digestion: Diarrhea, obstinate dysentery (roots)
13Strawberry (3) Characteristic Uses: Kidneys and Bladder: Bladder infections with alkaline urine. Scanty dark urine, painful sharp scalding.Female: Menses: irregular, excessive bleeding, vaginal yeast infection with itchPregnancy: Morning sickness, prevent miscarriagePostpartum: Night sweatsSkin: Eczema, psoriasis (internal and external), hives from overconsumption of season fruit (cause and cure)Other: Fever, Gout, High Blood Pressure
14Strawberry (4)Contraindications: Most likely plant of the rose family to cause allergies.Preparation & Dosage: 1tsp of dried herb to 1 pint water, steep 20 min.Distribution/Habitat: Found widely in scattered stands in Northwest.
16Hawthorne (2)Organ affinity: Emotional, Respiratory, Heart/circulatory, DigestionPresentation: Person is worse from excitement or exertion physical or mental, redness under the nose. Heartache, physical or emotional. Irritable and nervous.Specific Indications: If skin of the palms or fingers is red, press and watch for blanching (skin stays white longer than normal).Characteristic uses:Emotional: Can’t focus, restless, irritable, nervous; ADD
17Hawthorne (3)Heart and Circulation: Angina, Degenerative conditions of heartHypertension: Opens coronary circulation. May reduce deposits and/or effects of arteriosclerosisCardiac arrhythmias: Particularly effective with extra systoles and acute tachycardia.Fever: Weakness of myocardium after fever, flu etc. Also with excessive sweating after such eventsGray pallor showing possible heart attackPulse: rapid irregular, intermittent and small, feeble, deep.
18Hawthorne (4) Digestion: Food sits in stomach, ferments. Indigestion, heartburn constipation, atonic lower intestineNervous stomachOther:Allergies;Inflammatory arthritis;Low blood pressure; exhaustion from small movement.
19Hawthorne (5)Contraindications: Can increase effectiveness of cardiac drugs like digitoxin, digoxin, and other cardiac glycosides. If taking heart medication concurrently with Hawthorne, should be monitored.Preparation & Dosage:Overnight infusion of flowers-1 heaping tsp per cup, water decoction of berries 2-3x day or moreDry Berries 1:5 50% alcohol, 40% water, 10% GlycerineFresh leaf/Flower 1:2 75 alcohol, 15% water 10% glycerinDosage: MW doses or drops 4x per dayFolklore/Magical: Story of Thomas the Rhymer, Tree of the Celts and the Faerie FolkDistribution/Habitat-Widely distributed in northwest
20Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina) Taste/Smell: Sweet, Bitter,Astringent, almond-like taste.Tissue States: Excitation, DepressionEnergetics/Action: Hot and cold, damp and dry. Astringent, Expectorant, Sedating.Parts used: BarkConstituents: Flavonoids, bitter cyanogens, tannins, bit of mucilage, resins and volatile oilsNotes are here testing testing
21Wild Cherry 2 of 4Organ affinity: Heart /Circulatory, Digestion, LungsPresentation/Specific Indications: People with tendency to red histaminic reactions; thin people with cold extremities and cool damp skin. Nervousness, recovering from debilitating illness. Reddish, slightly purple and yellow skin that blanches under pressureCharacteristic uses:Respiration: Suppresses the cough reflex; Calms irritated, histaminic, excited coughs; treats old tired coughs that linger after infection is passed; pleurisy, bronchitis; pneumonia; Accumulation of hardened mucus.Cardiovascular: Pulse weak and erratic, Cardiac irregularities in bronchitis, anemia or nervousness. Heart palpitations, high blood pressure; “Heart fire blazing” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
22Wild Cherry 3 0f 4 Characteristic uses: Digestion: Nervous irritation of GI tract; Food allergies, celiac disease; Poor digestion from weakness after illness. Irritable hemorrhoids.Skin-Shingles; Herpes - when eruption is on tongue or in mouth. Esp with general redness not vesicles. With vesicles try Ranunculous bulbosus.Thermoregulation- FeverOther: Lack of muscular tone after illness, nervous irritability.Works well in formulations
23Cherry 4 of 4Contraindications: Some say use lower dose for shorter periods due to cyanogens, others say look to the extensive historical record of safety even with children and use as it has been used.When to Harvest: Opinions vary; Collect in spring and fall unlike some barks that are collected in winter.Preparation &Dosage:Decoction: 1 tsp dried bark per cup of waterDry Bark Tincture: 1:2 50% alc d 4x per day (first soak in water overnight to remove excess cyanogens)Distribution/Habitat- present in the wild in Northwest.
24Peach (Prunus persica) Taste/Smell: Sour, bitter, sweet; mucilagenous.Tissue States: Excitation, AtrophyEnergetics/Action: Cooling, moistening, sedating, slightly demulcent.Parts used: Twigs, bark, leaves, kernal, even fruitConstituents: Fruit acids, cyanogensNotes are here testing testing
25Peach (2 of 4) Organ affinity: Emotions, Respiration, Digestion, Skin Specific Indication: Carmine, flame shaped, red and dry tongue. (If moist think rose or linden, if harshly dry and burnished think marshmallow for dryness causing heat). Allergic, hot, irritated, jangled nerves, fair skin people, insomnia, overstimulation.Characteristic uses:Complexion-Fair skinned, irritation from heat, allergies, immune excess.Mind/Emotion-Nervousness, overstimulation, insomniaRespiration-Allergies, esp eyes, nose,Cough with irritation and dryness, eg. whooping cough, chronic bronchitis.
26Peach (3 of 4)Digestion: Gastritis, dyspepsia, diarrhea, nausea. Vomiting during pregnancy.Fever: With heat and drynessOther:Hives, rashes, allergic skin; Mild pain reliever.Cyanide disrupts krebs cycle in mitochondria of cells to decrease activity of the cell and associated tissuePeach leaf tea is used in some Native American groups to precede bad news and discipline children.
27Peach (4 of 4)Contraindications: Large amounts of cyanide are poisonous, so use only small doses of peach preparation that have characteristic bitter almond taste and smell of cyanide.Preparation & Dosage:Cold infusion of bark, twigs and leaves 1 tsp per 8oz water. 3x dayTincture : 1:5 (dry herb) tincture 40% alcohol, 1-10 drops of tincture 1-3x daily.Distribution/Habitat- Cultivated. Portland is within its northern range though mostly it thrives under cultivation further south.
28Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus, V. trilobum) Taste/Smell: sour, acrid. There are few plants that combine these flavors to target irritation and tension.Tissue States: irritation, tensionEnergetics/Action: antispasmodic, astringent, cooling, nervine, carminative, anti-inflammatory.Parts used: barkConstituents: hydroquinones, coumarins, tanninsNotes are here testing testing
29Cramp bark (2)Organ affinity: Female reproductive, Nervous, Digestion, Kidneys, Respiratory, Muscular/Skeletal system.Specific Indications: cramp-like, spasmodic pains, pain recurring at intervals, spasmodic and congestive conditions especially of the female genitourinary tract.Characteristic uses:Mind, senses, nerves, emotions, personalityNervous tensionrestores sympathetic and parasympathetic balance
30Cramp bark (3) Female Uterine cramps Menses; bearing down pains precede the period; late period, scanty, with cramps; heaviness, aching in ovaries, sacrum, down the back and thighs.Irritation from IUD.Pregnancy: cramping during, repeated early miscarriageLabor - spasmodic contractions and hemorrhage during labor and post partum.Post-partum pains
31Cramp bark (4) Respiratory system: Acute spasms of bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma.Digestive System:Painful intestinal crampingSudden abdominal cramps and colicEnteritis, colitis, dysenteryNervous indigestion, flatulenceKidneys and Bladder:Spasmodic stricture in urinary tract infectionsEnuresis, cystitis
32Cramp bark (5) Other: Crampy back pains, sore nape of neck or sacrum. Upper and lower back issues (old whiplash stuff)Cramping and feverNeuralgiaPreparation & DosageFresh or dry bark tincture.1:5 dry tincture 50% alc drops 1-4 x/day.Distribution/HabitatViburnum opulus is native to Europe; V. trilobum is native to north America; V. edule in Northwest.
33Elder (Sambucus ssp) Taste/Smell: Sweet, Sour, Slightly Acrid, Tissue States:Dry flowers: Excitation, Tension, DepressionBerries: Excitation, Tension, AtrophyEnergetics/Action: Moist, cooling, sedating, stimulating diaphoretic, mild laxative, diuretic. Elder opens all tubes of body: Skin, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood vessels , increasing oxygenation and removal of wasteParts used: Flowers, BerriesConstituents:Berries: Flavonoids, Cyanogens, some volatile oils,Flowers: Coumarins, Bitters, flavonoids, fatty acid rich volatile oils, mucilage, sterols and tanninsNotes are here testing testing
34Elder 2Organ affinity: Psychological, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Thermoregulation, Skin, Immune, Kidneys, Lymph.Presentation/Specific Indications:In Infants indicated by blue pale coloring across the nose, and red dry irritated skin on cheeks. It lubricates skin, improves respiration. Great children’s remedy.Full bodied persons, esp. women with red blue marbling of flesh on arms and legs with colic, lower back pain and water retention, puffy skin.Older persons w/ edema, blue swollen anklesPale, blue, swelling (stagnant blood and fluids) and/or dry, red, skin.Characteristic uses: Respiratory:Postnasal drip. Chronic sinusitis.Wakes at night, can’t breathe, turns blueSpasmodic cough, croup
35Elder 3 Digestion: Intestinal colic, constipation Skin: Eczema, weeping eczema, purplish, mottled skin, appears swollenThermoregulation: Fever, Flu, Other viral infections eg West Nile. Great for immunity esp. during cold season. Flowers stimulate sweating to break fever. Warm infusion is best in this application. Classic formula is Elder, Peppermint and Yarrow.Kidneys: Increases flow through kidneys. Has been used in rheumatic conditions where a diuretic is helpful.Other : Has been used externally and internally for sprains esp. with classic elder coloring: purple, swollen, little reddish, white esp wrists and ankles. Has anti-hepatotoxic, and anti-viral compounds.
36Elder 4Contraindicaitons: Entire plant is somewhat toxic Large doses are cathartic, may cause nausea, tachycardia, diarrhea. Red Elder is considered more toxic and not used in herbal medicine, though some sources consider it edible in the northwestWhen to Harvest:Flowers: Midsummer to late summer (Red flowers earlier and isn’t used)Berries: later summer, early fallYou can often find flowers and berries on same plant at same timePreparation & Dosage:Dried Flowers: Infusion 2-4 oz in 3 cups water. Divide to 3x per dayDried Berries: up to 3 oz per 3 cups-divide into 3 divided doses
37Elder 5 Tincture Fresh Berries 1:2 100% alc., 20-60d 3x day Tincture Fresh Flowers 1:2 75 % alc. 25 % h2o, 20-60d 3x dayFolklore/Magical: One of 2 or 3 primal remedies of European herbal tradition. King Charlemagne decreed that an Elder be planted in every yard to be a ‘medicine cabinet’ . Called Little Elder Mother, associations to the queen of the underworld. It was once believed to be dangerous to fall asleep under an elder due to danger of being taken to the underworld , with which this tree is often associated. According to some Christ was crucified on Elder, and Judas hanged himself on an Elder tree.Distribution/Habitat-Widely distributed in Northwest
38Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) Taste/Smell: sour, astringent, bitterTissue States: irritation/excitation, relaxation, stagnationEnergetics/Action: cooling (sour), somewhat astringent (binding, drying), alterative (bitter), hepatice, cholagogue, cleansing, laxative. Helps downward movement in digestive tract.Parts used: rootConstituents: small amounts of anthraquinone, tannins, oxalates, glycosidesNotes are here testing testing
39Yellow Dock (2)Organ affinity: Digestive system, liver, Kidneys and Bladder, head and respiratory system.Presentation:Yellow around eyes, nose, and mouth with reddish, often dry cheeks (stagnation of digestive tract).Elongated pointed red tongue with red on the sides, tip, or middle, often with thrush-like coating on back or sides.Overabundance of saliva showing digestive over activity, excessive appetite, and excessive Hydrochloric acid.Slow digestion; food sits in stomach like a brick, in the colon.Characteristic Usage:Digestive System: Digestive Normalizer.
40Yellow Dock (3)Excess stomach secretions and hydrochloric acid; gastric reflux due to heat; red tipped tongue, excess salivation and big appetite. Compared to reflux due to cold digestion/hypochlorhydria/gastric hypofunctioning (pale tongue, thick tongue coating, lack of appetite, food sits in stomach, feels like a brick, and ferments). See bitters.Diarrhea, dysentary, colitis.Diarrhea, especially in the morning; exhaustive, scanty, bloody, offensive, colicky pains before and after passage, sinking sensation in the stomach.Pain in lower back caused by constipation (person more aware of pain than of constipation).Hemorrhoids, with bleeding, itching, pain, poor expulsion of stool.
41Yellow Dock (4) Liver Torpid or sluggish liver, gallstones Skin Red, damp, skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne.Chronic erysipelas, or inflamed puffiness of the skin (dry root decoction).FemalePoor iron absorption/anemia, amenorrhea, Pregnancy: anemia (with nettles).Head:Nursing sore mouth with ulcerated mucosa; thrushTongue elongated, pointed, red with patches of white on the back or in mouth, heavy thrush-like coating
42Yellow Dock (5)Contraindications: use cautiously if person has history of oxalate kidney stones.Preparation & Dosage: Root is ideally collected after going to seed in summer or fall and used by decoction or tincture. Usual dose of tincture 5-30 drops (Fyfe), or 20-40drops twice per day (Gagnon). Curly dock rather than water dock should be used.Distribution/Habitat: Grows widely throughout North America. Mostly replaced in Northwest by Rumex obtusifolia.
44Lemon Balm (2)Organ affinity: nervous system, respiratory system, heart, digestive system, thyroid (hyper), thermoregulation/feverTongue/Pulse: Rapid and or superficial pulse, and an elongated pointed, red tongue.Characteristic uses:Nervous system:Sympathetic excess, hyper-adrenalism,Nervousness, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia.Debility and weakness of nervous originNervous headache (cold infusion)
45Lemon Balm (3) Respiratory System: Antiviral , colds, coughs Thyroid and HeartHyperthyroidism, anxiety, palpitations, headaches, irritability.Atrial fibrillation, heart palpitations, high blood pressure associated with anxiety and hyperthyroidism.Rapid or superficial pulse.Digestive System:Dyspepsia, upset stomach, flatulence.Nervous indigestion (hot tea after meal)Nausea and vomiting.
46Lemon Balm (4)Skin:Burns, blisters, herpes/cold sores (very useful), stings, burning sensations.Sweaty palms (hyperthyroid/hyper adrenalism).Fevers:Recent colds and fevers (hot tea to promote perspiration).Acute febrile conditions in childrenDepression following exhaustive fevers and long irritation of the digestion.
47Lemon Balm 5 Contraindications: hypothyroidism, pregnancy When to Harvest: summerPreparation and Dosage: fresh tincture 1:2 100% alcohol. Fresh tincture preferred d 3-5/day or as neededDistribution: Widely distributed in Northwest (wild and cultivated).
50Linden Flower (3) : Digestion: Indigestion, nervous vomiting, painful digestion, colic, diarrhea.Cardiovascular & Blood:Heart palpitations, crampsArteriosclerosis and hypertension associated with nervous tension.Other:If client is on cortisone this remedy is indicated.
51Linden (4) Contraindications: none known Preparation & Dosage: American and European species are interchangeable.Infusion: 1-2 tsp per cup water1:5 dry herb tincture drops 1-4 times/day.Distribution/Habitat: Often planted along residential streets in the Northwest. See Powell Boulevard Portland in the 20s and 30s and beyond.
53Yarrow (2)Organ affinity: circulatory system, digestion, female, thermoregulation/fever, respiratory system, kidney/bladder, wounds/injuries.PresentationRobust sanguine persons, with red, full blooded complexion.Skin complexion is red with blue veins showing through on the arms and legs; bruises are red and blue.Specific Indications:Tongue elongated, pointed, red, blue in center, dry toward center, not heavily coated, wet toward edges.Tongue cracked down middle and opening to reveal crisscrossed red tissues (feathered look - like a yarrow leaf).Rapid, full, non-resistant pulse.
54Yarrow (3) Characteristic uses: Mind, senses, nerves emotions, personality‘wounded warrior, wounded healer’ remedy; and sensitive delicate persons.Wounds/Injuries/BleedingLacerations; injuries to arteries of violent origin, hemorrhage of bright arterial blood.Bruises of violent origin, with cuts (cf. Arnica - bruises w/out cuts / bleeding)Old bruises that have become hard, especially to headInternal bleeding/hemorrhage; Stroke, head injury; Cerebral thrombosis; NosebleedAcute inflammation with congestion of blood
55Yarrow (4) Respiration: Bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, inflammation and pain in the chest; bleeding from lungs with night sweats.Digestion:Lack of appetite, bloating, digestive cramps, colic.Dyspepsia, colitis, diverticulitis, with tongue cracked down middle and full, non-resistant pulse. OR pale dry tongue (cold digestive system).Bleeding from stomach and intestinesBleeding hemorrhoidsDecongests internal organs when blood is collecting in the interior. Brings blood to surface and improves digestion and assimilation.A cold cup of yarrow tea stimulates digestion, while a hot cup tends to open the skin.
56Yarrow (5)Female:Lack of menstrual flow (slow onset), or heavy hemorrhagic flow/excessive bleeding.Reduces uterine and circulatory blood congestion and moderates menstruation.Clumsy feeling before period; menstrual crampingUterine fibroids with bright red hemorrhage (cf. Capsella (Shepherds purse), fibroids w clotted dark flow).Endometriosis (cf. Trillium)Inflammation of ovariesAtonic uterus and vagina, and Uterine prolapseMenopause, restless night sweatsPregnancy & Parturition - clumsiness 12 hrs before delivery due to hormonal changes, and prevents excessive bleeding; pain after delivery, suppression of the lochia.
57Yarrow (6) Fever: In acute fever, rapid, full, non-resistant pulse. Fever; sudden onset, with or without chills (especially in robust persons)Fever; chicken pox, measles (brings out the rash).Acute fever, early stages; skin cool, weak pulse, brings circulation to the surface and brings out the rash.Circulation and bloodYarrow is Master of the BloodVaricose veins; High blood pressure when there is blood congestion; thrombosis, stroke, clotting disorders; arterial bleeding.Kidney & BladderAcute inflammation and bleeding (Nephritis)Acute cystitis with or without bleeding with scanty urine and incontinence.
58Yarrow (7)Contraindications: Be aware of possible allergies. Some say avoid during first trimester.Preparation & Dosage:Harvest flower tops in summer. Yarrow from harsher environments seem to have stronger medicinal properties.Infusion: 1 tsp per cup of water;Tincture 1:1 fresh tincture 100% alcohol, drops 1-4 times per day.Distribution/Habitat: Widely distributed worldwide.
59Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Taste/Smell: aromatic, bitterTissue States: excitation, constriction, atrophy, depressionEnergetics/Action: antiseptic, cooling, stimulating, relaxing, carminative, antidepressant, and nervine.Parts used: flowerConstituents: volatile oils, triterpenes, coumarins, flavonoids.Notes are here testing testing
60Lavender (2)Organ affinity: Nervous system, respiratory system, skin, digestive system.Presentation/Constitution: Irritability, nervousness, anxiety, panic, depression, nervous exhaustion, especially in Vata types. Driven people with too high standards, insomnia and irritability from stress and overwork.Characteristic uses:Mind, senses, nerves, emotions, personalityPerfectionist, detail-oriented, pickyDepression and mild anxietyInsomnia; mind too active to sleep
61Lavender (3) Head: Dizziness, fainting Severe headaches, neuralgia of the head (a drop of oil on temple)Migraine from detail work or overwork, head droops from fatigueDigestion:Nervous dyspepsia with flatulence, cramping, nausea, vomitingStomach cramp, intestinal gas and colicMotion sickness
62Lavender (4) Respiratory System: Influenza, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough, PneumoniaLiver: liver congestionSkinBurns, vesiculation with rednessCardiovascular system:Emotional mental unrest with anxiety and palpitations.Muscular /skeletalPainful arthritic joints and weak limbs
63Lavender (5)Contraindications: Some herbalists advise avoiding in pregnancy unless supervised by qualified practitioner.Preparation & Dosage:Essential oil (most commonly used preparation external and inhalation)1-2 tsp /cup water (infusion)1:5 dry liquid extract: drops 1-4x/dayDistribution/Habitat: Common garden herb in Northwest.
65Motherwort 2Organ affinity: Mind, Heart/cardiovascular, Digestion, Kidneys, Female system, thermoregulationPresentation: Heart palpitations. Disturbed sleep. Nervousness, anxiety in menopausal women. Issues of the heart, mind, and uterus.Characteristic uses:Mind: Insomnia, anxiety, dizziness from peripheral tension.
66Motherwort 3 Digestion: Indigestion due to nervous irritability Cardiovascular:Heart palpitations during pregnancy, menstruation or menopause. High blood pressure.Hyperthyroidism with heart symptoms including tachycardia, heart palpitations. (compare to Lycopus and Melissa).Tachycardia due to anxietyFemale: Superlative female remedyPremenstrual cramps, nervousness, esp with delayed menstruation; congestive amenorrhea, and dysmenorhea.Suppressed lochia. It expels afterbirth.Relaxes and organizes the contractility of the uterus.
67Motherwort 4 Thermoregulation: Fever, colds, chills, flu esp. when nerves are affected, debility, exhaustion.Opens the skin as a diaphoreticHot flashes, heart palpitations and nervousness following fever.Spasms, seizures associated with feverOther:Mildly stimulates the kidneys and colon,Some benefit in melancholyUsed in china as kidney remedy.
68Motherwort 5Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy due to emmenagogue effects. Contraindicated for hypothyroid.When to Harvest: All summerPreparation & Dosage:Infusion: 1 oz: 8oz up to 4x daily1:2 tincture drops up to 4x per day.Distribution/Habitat:Cultivated in our region. Grows very well in Northwest gardens.
69Lycopus/Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus ) Taste/Smell: BitterTissue States: Excitation, AtrophyEnergetics/Actions: Cooling, Drying, Sedative Astringent, Hemostatic, Nervine, Diuretic.Parts used: Aerial partsConstituents: Flavonoids (cooling) bitters, tannins, and volatile oilsNotes are here testing testing
70Lycopus 2 Organ affinity: Mind, Heart, Circulation, Digestion, Thyroid Presentation and Specific IndicationsStaring, fearful, hunted animal eyes.Pulse rapid and tumultuous showing heart excitationHyperthyroidism, (compare with Motherwort and Melissa); hyperadrenalism.Characteristic Uses:Mind: anxious, driven, fearfulInsomnia- Morbid vigilance (extreme insomnia)
71Lycopus 3 Circulatory: Irregular rapid pulse Labored tumultuous action of heart with skin blanched and extremities coldEqualizes circulation; Tachycardia; arrhythmias; Often works in conditions where digitalis fails.Heart palpitations with nervous originMaybe useful in pericarditis and endocarditis (Ellingwood).Passive capillary congestionEndocrine:Reduces output of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) from pituitary, turning down excessive thyroid levelReduces hyperadrenalismOther: Bleeding in various organs, kidneys, lungs etc.
72Lycopus 4Contraindications: Due to complex pharmacology and endocrine effects it is not advised for nursing mothers, pregnant women and in cases of hypothyroidism. Not advised for moderate coronary artery disease without expert guidance.When to Harvest: Before flowering is bestPreparation & Dosage:Tincture 1:2 Fresh herb drops 3x/dayFor heart arrhythmias lower more frequent doses.Cold infusion 1 oz to 8oz water up to 3x dailyDistribution/Habitat- L. uniflorus common in wet areas, low to middle elevations in Northwest.
74Skullcap 2 Organ affinity: Mind, Nervous system, Musculoskeletal. Presentation: Overly sensitive to sound, lights, activity. Anxiety. Restless, twitches before sleep, digestive constriction. Restlessness with fever. Nervous fear.Characteristic Uses:Mind: oversensitivity, irritability, insomnia with twitching, nervous stomach.Nervous system: Musculoskeletal spasm and twitching due to nervous origin. Can bring this about in large doses. Can also cause twitching and spasm.
75Skullcap 3 Nervous System continued: Nervous excitability and exhaustion. Functions here as a nerve trophorestorativeOnce used to help treat epileptic seizuresThermoregulation:For high fever with delirium, tremors spasmsMild fever with irritability, insomniaRestores the nervous system after a high or protracted fever has caused imbalanceMusculoskeletal:Twitchy muscles, twitching during sleepNervous excitability
76Skullcap 4Contraindications: Earlier reports of hepatotoxicity were due to adulteration with GermanderWhen to Harvest: Before seed is best.Preparation & Dosage:Infusion 1-2 tsp in 8oz water up to 4x dailyTincture: Dry 1:5 in 40% alc drops up to 4x dailyDistribution : Scutellaria lateriflora grows wild in OR in moist bottom lands, meadows and grassy clearings. Grows well cultivated. Can be easily confused with relatives. Safest to pick cultivated.
77Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) Taste/Smell: sour, sweetTissue States: Tension, ExcitationEnergetics/Action: cooling, relaxingParts used: flowering herbConstituents: flavonoids (inc. rutin), indole alkaloids, fatty acids, and sterols.Notes are here testing testing
78Passionflower (2)Organ affinity: Nervous system, Mind, Head, Respiratory system, Digestive System, Female reproductivePresentation: Overactive mind, mind chatter, nervous excitement, irritation, agitation, or exhaustion with muscular twitches; convulsions of any character; neuralgias.Characteristic uses:Mind senses nerves, emotions, personalityWakefulness, insomnia, mental chatter, inability to turn off the internal dialogue; easily distracted and over stimulated during the day with difficulty falling asleep at night.Sleeplessness following excessive use of alcohol.HeadActs strongly on hind brain (medulla oblongata)
79Passionflower (3) Respiratory System Spasmodic Asthma; spasmodic cough, dry nervous cough.Contraindications: In sensitive individuals or children may cause overexcitement , nausea, or vomiting. unknownPreparation & Dosage: There is great variation in the medicinal properties of the wild plant.Dry flower extract 1:2: 5-40 drops 3-5x dayDistribution/Habitat: Native in southern united states and Guatemala. Cultivated in Northwest. Flowers but doesn’t fruit
80Other plants that fit this tissue state Rhubarb root(Rheum officinale)Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)Garden Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)Lemon/lime (Citrus spp)Blueberry (Vaccinium spp)Honeysuckle (Lonicera ssp.)*In general most fruits and berries are cooling and fit this tissue state