Thursday, January 11, 2018

Astragulus Wine Recipes

Astragulus served in wine has a long history in Western Herbalism.

Pliny the Elder recommended astragulus in red wine as a remedy for scurvy.
William Salmon 

  • The Decoction of the Root of the Milk Vetch inWine. 
  • It is Astringent, and Galen says, it stops Fluxes, and provokes Ulrine.

How to use wine as a tincture - see Investigate Botanical Power Let Food Be Your Medicine
Wine with infused botanicals is called Medicated Wine
Points to remember when creating a compound formula 

  • Additive or Compound solutions include the botanicals involved and also the menstruum. 
  • Astragalus is Hot and Dry in the first degree.
  • Wine is Hot and Dry in the second degree. 
  • White wine is diuretic.
  • Red wine is astringent.

Simple Astragalus Wine Tea 

  • Take an 8-ounce cup
  • Add
  • 6 ounces of warm water
  • 1-2 ounces of astragalus macerated wine.

Astragalus Powder in Wine
  • Take 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) of Astragalus powder
  • Add to wine of choice.
  • (Note: Historically, the wine was diluted with twice as much water.) 
  • Drink 2 times a day (Morning and Evening).

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Astragalus Botanical Benefits

Astragalus - Dioscorides
Astragalus sp. healing powers appear in Greek medicine, Western Botanical tradition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Unani Tibb and Ayurveda systems.
Modern research has noted that astragalus lengthens telomeres. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA. Shortened telomeres speed up the effects of aging.
Valued medicinal properties of astragalus are restorative, vulnerary (healing), anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulant. A complete list of astragalus virtues appears in the introductory post.
Qualities of Astragalus are Hot and Dry in the first degree.
Hot in the first degree means the botanical warms the too cool body temperament and warms the pores.
Dry in the first degree, the purpose strengthen the body.
The goal—attain a healthy temperate balanced state.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Astragulus (Milk Vetch)


Alas, European traditional healing plants may be forgotten. It is important to know the Latin/Scientific name of a botanical. For example, who has not heard of Astragalus known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Huang Qi? Historically in the Western Botanical tradition, the medicinal powers of astragalus have been used for centuries. In botanicals, astragalus common names are milk vetch, wild licorice, tragacanth, etc.

Milk Vetch [Astragalus]

Latin or Scientific Name:
Astragalus sp.
Parts Used:
Green leaf, green stalk, root, seeds (pulse). 
Adaptogen, alexipharmic, alterative, antianemic, antiasthmatic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticatarrhal, anticholesterol, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-radiation, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, aperient, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent, cardiovascular, cephalic, cosmetic, dental, depurative, dermal, diuretic, energetic, gastrointestinal, gout, hepatic, immunostimulant, lymphatic, nutritive, oral, pulmonary, restorative, splenic, stimulant, stomachic, telomerase, tonic, vulnerary.
Hot and Dry in the first degree.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why is it important to recognize old knowledge?

Why is it important to recognize old knowledge?
This from Dr William Osler
  1. But to consult old books gives us more than a literary or an ethical satisfaction. The study of old literature teaches us many things:
  2.  They knew things.
  3. If they had been remembered much labor would have been saved.
  4. They would teach us modesty, proving that much that is called "new" is very old indeed.
  5.  They would give us respect for our ancestors and predecessors.
  6.  It makes us respect our race of all ages, and appreciate the slow but steady progress to which 1000 men contributed almost everything, and we only a mite.
  7. Let me give you a few fragments of ancient medicine. You will find much in it that you have considered modern. You will have to excuse, however, the fragmentary character of all my tales. My first reminiscence concerns hydrotherapy.
  8. The Cleveland Medical Journal, Volume 5
  9. Dr William Osler FRS FRCP

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Investigate Botanical Energetics Let Medicine Be Your Food

Investigate Botanical Energetics Let Medicine Be Your FoodAvailable on Amazon Kindle.

  If the physician is able to treat with foodstuffs, not medication, then he has succeeded. If, however, he must use medications, then it should be simple remedies and not compound ones. Rhazes
Food and drink are compound drugs. The underlying principle is the concept of temper. Temper means to bring the Five Fold Temperaments of Medicine into an even state by a neutralizing or counterbalancing botanical. Attaining the temperate state preserves the body temperature, conserves strength and restores health. For those in a weakened unbalanced state, choose a therapeutic regimen using hygiene (food, drink, exercise, drugs).
Follow Avicenna’s Three Basic Principles of Treatment with Medication:
1. Select foods, drugs whose properties are opposite to those of the ailment.
2. What is the degree of heat, cold, humidity, and dryness of the medication?
3. Establish the drug dose.
There are external factors when choosing a botanical:
1. Know the seasonal differences.
For instance, in summer with hot temperatures, you want to eat cooling foods—cucumbers, melons, ices, lettuce, etc. In winter choose warming botanicals—allspice, nutmeg, garlic, onions, etc.
2. Consider your age, constitution to personalize your choice of diet.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Investigate Botanical Power -- Let Food Be Your Medicine

Investigate Botanical Power - Let Food Be Your Medicine
Available on Amazon Kindle.

Discover the correlation between Western Humoral Theory and antibiotic plant power.
How does the forgotten wisdom of the Five Temperaments aid vibrant health, longevity and reproductive success? Investigate balancing foods in the diet to preserve body temperature, conserve strength, and restore well-being.

Contains practical knowledge on how to include the described 50+ medicinal plants. There are recipes to add the health benefits of medicated teas, oils, vinegar, and wines into your daily life. Includes general directions on how to create personalized formulae. This book has an exhaustive bibliography and glossary.

There are answers to questions such as: What spices contain strong antibiotic actions? Which plants are anti-inflammatory? Use kitchen herbs to support brain function? What herbs improve circulation? What botanicals to use for respiratory problems? What spices aid digestive health? What botanicals help to heal wounds? What are anti-carcinogenic plants? What are anti-diabetic herbs? What botanicals help with cholesterol? What herbs support eyesight? What botanicals help ease headaches and migraines? What plants promote lymphatic health? Why is terroir important? What does temper mean in Humoral therapy? What is the difference between white or red wine for a therapeutic medicinal drink? How to make Mulsum? How to make Posca? What is Oxymel? What is Oenomel? What are synergistic botanicals? What are diffusive herbs? Which bioabsorbant plants purify water? What herbs to use for sperm health? What is the modern equivalent of one eggshell measurement? Which botanicals strengthen bones? What does bechick mean? What is milkvetch? Read Saint Hildegarde of Bingen's advice about using parsley in wine with honey for heart, and spleen health. Follow the maxim -- Let Food Be Thy Medicine.