Greetings Brethren,


Some people believe in Herbs as an alternative to conventional medicines. Many others believe that there is a relationship between conventional medicines and Herbs. Also some people believe in God and others do not. However, all people will die. Also all that live will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord and King of Kings. We are glad today that we serve The King. However, to the confused this King does not reside on earth.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal May 4, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Part 11: Precautions Celery


In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.


Do not use celery seed if you are, or could be, pregnant.  Celery seed is considered a safe herb. One word of caution, though. If you use it as a diuretic, consult your doctor first. Diuretics can deplete your body of potassium, which is an essential nutrient.  Also, don't use celery seeds from a garden packet. Most seeds sold for planting have been treated with chemicals and shouldn't be taken internally.


Possible Interactions


No noteworthy interactions (positive or negative) between celery seed and conventional

Medications are known to have been reported in the literature to date.




Tribal people in the regions where Cat's Claw grows have used medicines prepared from the root bark for at least 2,000 years. They've used it to treat so many illnesses that it sounds like an amazing super drug. For example, sexually transmitted diseases, arthritis, ulcers, and cancer are all reported to be cured by Cat's Claw.


After these claims drew the attention of scientists in Europe, tests were able to show that

ingredients in Cat's Claw have some potentially powerful qualities. Cat's Claw reportedly has immune stimulant and anti-inflammatory activity; it may be helpful for the treatment of colds, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, or Crohn's disease. Much more research needs to be done on this plant and its medicinal properties. Still, Cat's Claw ranked among the top 10 herbs sold in American natural food stores by 1997.


Plant Description


Cat's Claw is a climbing shrub with thick vines growing as long as 100 feet. It is found in the Amazon rainforest and in tropical countries in South America and Central America. Much of the Cat's Claw available in the United States, as well as information about it, comes from Peru.  Curved, claw-like thorns grow on the stem that's how Cat's Claw got its name. Bitter, water-like liquid collects inside the stem. People in South and Central America reportedly drink this on occasion to stop hunger, thirst, and fatigue.


What's It Made Of?


Cat's Claw preparations are made by scraping the bark off the root of the vine. The root contains many types of plant chemicals. Some tannins also occur in the root (tannins are also found in tea). Quinovic acid glycosides help reduce inflammation and fight against some types of viruses.  Because collecting the root to get the bark kills the plant, herbalists look for other sources of these important ingredients. Right now, the inner bark of the vine seems to be a good alternative.


Available Forms


Both standardized and crude bark Cat's Claw is available. Crude bark is crushed and used to make tea. Standardized liquid or dried products are usually preferable: standardization is the quality control of herb manufacture.


How to Take It



For treating mild stomach pains, sore throats, minor injuries, and colds, or to enhance immune function:

Tea: 1 g root bark to 250 ml water, boil 10 to 15 minutes, cool, and strain. Drink 1 cup three times daily.  Tincture (solution made from herb and alcohol, or herb, alcohol, and water): 1 to 2 mL two to three times daily Dry, encapsulated standardized extract: 20 to 60 mg daily




People who live where Cat's Claw grows say that it is very safe and nontoxic. However, until science has proven this, there are some precautions to keep in mind.  The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) gives Cat's Claw a class 4 safety rating. This means that the AHPA doesn't have enough evidence to base a clear rating on. AHPA does, however, believe that the tannin content of Cat's Claw taken in high doses might cause some abdominal pain or

Gastrointestinal problems. Some researchers say that cat's claw should not be used in skin

grafts or patients receiving organ Transplants, or in-patients with HIV, AIDS, or tuberculosis.  It is not to be used in children who are less than three years of age. Breast feeding and pregnant women also should not take Cat's Claw.


You might notice loose stools or diarrhea while taking Cat's Claw. This side effect is mild

and tends to go away with continued use of Cat's Claw.  Because Cat's Claw can affect your immune system, do not take this herb if you are on any immuno-suppressive therapies.


Possible Interactions


Cat's Claw may protect against gastrointestinal damage associated with nonsteroidal

Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Consult with your health care provider before using Cat's Claw if you are currently taking these medications.


Cont. Part 12: Burdock Root




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