Sunday, June 24, 2012

Medicinal Herbs - 12 Herbs for Men

A good portion of information about medicinal herbs is related to women, but what about men? Some common herbs may help relieve or prevent health issues related to men. From athletes foot to sperm count, 12 common herbs and the possible benefits they can provide may help your man's health.

Garlic (Allium Sativum) - Possibly reduce cholesterol. There is more than 30 years of research to show garlic reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels. For flavoring stews, soups, meats, dressings.

Ginseng (Panax ginseng) - Boosts energy and reduces fatigue. This is one of the oldest remedies for boosting energy. It also appears on the market as crystals, extract, powder capsules and is sold as the whole root.

Hawthorne (Crataegus oxyacantha) - Strengthens the heart by dilating the coronary arteries. This can be taken as a tea or tincture. Effective for lowering blood pressure. The stems, leaves and fruit of Hawthorne are used for medicinal preparations.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - Helps lower blood pressure by inhaling the aromatic oils.Grown inside or out -- they take such little space and give so much pleasure!

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) - The active ingredient, Silymarin, binds with liver cell membranes. This can protect the liver from damage caused by toxic chemicals and may even help repair damage already done.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - Treat most digestive problems with the bitters, tannins and menthol oils of peppermint. Peppermint makes an excellent tea, and adds flavor to many foods.

St-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) - A German study concluded the use of St-John's-wort worked for the treatment of mild depression. This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) - May be able to maintain a healthy prostate gland, increase sperm count and nourish male sexual organs. This plant got it's name for the saw-toothed leaf stems that are very sharp.

Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) - Anxiety and stress reliever, skullcap is taken as a tincture. Skullcap is an herb of the mint family from rich woods and moist soils in eastern North America.

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca species) - Inhibits the growth of yeast and other fungal infections. Used as an antiseptic for cuts, insect bites and athletes foot. Melaleuca is a fast-growing and hardy tree.

White Willow (Salix alba) - A tea brewed with white willow bark may be useful in reducing pain and swelling. The salicin in white willow is the nature's version of the active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - Aside from the many benefits for women, yarrow may also promote healthy sexual organs and urinary tract in men. Yarrow is an aromatic herb that grows in meadows. It has alternate, wooly gray-green fern-like leaves.

As always, you should check with your physician before starting any herbal treatment. It is possible that medicines prescribed by your doctor contain some of the same properties as the herbs. This may cause an overdose of that particular chemical.

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