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March 2007 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) and Yuppie ‘flu'.

The 1st diagnosis of this disease was made in the late 1930’s, as an immunological neurological disorder and was termed “myalgic encephalomyelitis” (ME).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has accepted this disease as a disease of the central nervous system since 1969. In the early 1990’s the terms “post viral fatigue syndrome” (PVFS) and “chronic fatigue syndrome” (CFS) also started to be used to name the disease.

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CFS is commonly misdiagnosed as depression, hypochondria, Lyme disease or Epstein Barr. An overall lack of information and general awareness has led to patients being stigmatized as lazy or hypochondriacs. The term “yuppie flu” that is sometimes used to describe the disease also gives a false idea that the disease found only amongst wealthy overachievers, who suffer a type of burnout, but CFS is found amongst all population groups, young and old. Various centers of disease control and prevention throughout the world now accept CFS as a serious illness and are doing much to promote public awareness.

One of the great difficulties in diagnosing the disease is that there is no diagnostic tool of any kind, and diagnosis is usually made by a process of exclusion. The disease is regarded as very controversial by the medical profession, as many doctors refuse to diagnose it, largely due to the belief that a disease, which has almost no biomedical markers, must be psychological in origin. Psychiatrists who are proponents of “cognitive behavioral therapy,” support this belief and claim that the disease can be cured by psychotherapy and exercise.

The symptoms of CFS are extreme fatigue and exhaustion, usually worsened by any activity, either mental or physical; Pain, including muscle pain, joint pain, lymph node pain, sore throat, stomach pain, chest pain, neuralgia and painful skin sensitivity. Sleep disturbance, problems with cognitive functions and confusion, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances, dizziness and poor temperature control are also common symptoms.

Some people seem to get better after a few months, but some show severe debilitating symptoms for their whole lives. Some patients found that the onset of the disease was immediate and severe, following a period of high stress or illness, and others reported a gradual decline in health over a few months. Full recovery seems to be rare and relapses are reported to be common.

There seems to be no one identifiable cause for CFS, although genetics and stress have been found to be integral factors in the development of CFS. Treatment may vary greatly from one patient to the next, depending on what symptoms are presented.

In 1989, a study was published in Australia, documenting the loss of immunological integrity in 100 CFS sufferers. It was found that 33% of the test subjects had a decreased immune response and that 55% had no immune response at all. This leads one to assume that treatment should include a diet of foods rich in anti-oxidants and supplementation with an immune booster, such as Ageless Herbal Tri-Mushroom blend.

Researchers have also found that replacing metal tooth fillings with ceramic fillings relieved symptoms in some patients. Allergies and allergic reactions are also speculated to be a root cause for the disease, as a constant allergy can negatively affect the immune system. Studies done on cats show that damage to the ascending reticular activating system in the brain (known to be associated with the sleep function) also produces symptoms very similar to those of CFS.

Depending on the symptoms presented, doctors treat CFS with tricyclic anti-depressants, antiviral drugs (valganciclovir is reported to have a high rate of success), immune enhancers and pain medication. Psychiatric therapy coupled with drugs and graded activity has been found to be effective, especially amongst children.

It seems as if a great amount of research still has to be done before we really understand this baffling and controversial disease, which is socially, mentally and physically debilitating.

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(Vaccinium Oxycoccos or V. Macrocarpon)

Small Cranberries, most commonly served as a sauce with turkey on the American Thanksgiving holiday, are one of the 3 fruits that are native to North America – the other two are blueberries and Concord grapes.

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Naturally, this tart and tasty berry was a staple in the diets of the American Indians, who introduced the use of the berry to the Pilgrims when they landed at Plymouth Rock.

The Indians mashed Cranberries and mixed the mush with cornmeal to make bread, ate them raw or dried and made a survival ration called “pemmican”, a mixture of game and cranberries, to take with them when they went to hunt.

A cranberry poultice was applied to wounds to draw out poison, and the juice was also used to dye their rugs and blankets a lovely shade of red.

European sailors eventually started taking barrels of Cranberries to sea with them, as a source of vitamin C, to prevent scurvy.

The small Cranberry is classified as V. Oxycoccus and the large as V. macrocarpon. The large Cranberry is native to most parts of the Northern Hemisphere and the small Cranberry is native to North America.

Cranberry is an evergreen shrub, with dark green leaves that turn bronze in winter, with pink flowers followed by round red fruits.

The word Cranberry stems from the older word, Craneberry, which refers to the resemblance the plants tiny stem and pink blossoms have to the back, neck and beak of cranes.

Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and anti-oxidants, containing anthocyanins. The berries are considered excellent for the treatment of urinary infections as well as kidney disorders.

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It was originally thought that the acidic nature of the herb prevented the growth of bacteria in the bladder, but it has now been proven that cranberries contain a compound that prevents the adhesion of E. coli bacteria to the bladder wall lining. Since the E. coli cannot adhere to the lining, the bacteria are excreted. The herb is therefore an excellent remedy for treating bladder and urinary tract infections. It is also of use in cases of incontinence and cystitis.

For more information on cranberries please visit www.Ageless.co.za/herb-cranberry.htm

To look at our Ageless Herbal Urinary Health Capsules please visit www.Ageless.co.za/hz12.htm 

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Chamomile essential oil is extracted from two different plants, the one being known as German Chamomile and the other as Roman Chamomile.

Roman Chamomile essential oil is produced from the Anthemis Nobilis plant and German Chamomile from the Matricaria Chamomilla plant.

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The Roman and German Chamomile both oil have excellent calming properties, but Roman Chamomile is more effective for irritation and impatience and is useful to calm you when you feel disagreeable.

It is also great to use in treating PMS and other menopausal problems, as well as being indicated for use for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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German Chamomile is superbly effective on the skin, not only to soothe and calm, but to heal the skin and promote tissue regeneration.

Ancient Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to the sun – to cure fevers, and to the moon – for its cooling and calming qualities. It was already recognized for its ability to calm nervous complaints and was used in shampoos, to bring out the natural golden color of hair, in cosmetics and perfumes.

German Chamomile oil contains Azulene, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, that is only present in the essential oil – only a small quantity is needed for it to be effective.

Both Chamomile oils are extracted from the flowers by steam distillation, with the Roman yielding 1.7% from fresh flowers and German Chamomile yielding about 0.2 – 04%.

Roman Chamomile oil is used for irritable, impatient, colicky and teething children. Women find it great for relieving PMS and sufferers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or M.E. find it of benefit when used in a vaporizer or burner – to help them relax and sleep restfully.

German chamomile oil also has a calming effect on the mind and the body. It is a miracle worker on the skin, relieving red, dry and irritated skin, calming allergies, eczema, psoriasis and all other flaky skin problems. It is high in (-a) Bisabolol, which promotes granulation (healing) and regenerates tissue.

Both Roman and German Chamomile have calming and relaxing properties, especially on the nervous and digestive systems, easing the sleep patterns of sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, regulating and easing the menstrual cycle. They have soothing and healing influences on the skin, as well as being a potent remedy for inflammatory conditions.

Both oils can be used in a burner, vaporizer, blended massage oil or cream and can be added to a bath.

For the correct dilution rates and for more information on Chamomile oil, please visit: www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/camomile.htm 

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Skin care

  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

 

Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.

 

Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.

 

Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.

 

Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Lavender oil
    • This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
  • Tea tree oil
    • Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

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