Below are some of the best herbs to have on hand are: boswellia, echinacea, milk thistle, rhodiola, and St. John’s wort. You can easily apply these herbs to support a variety of systems within the body.
Boswellia serrata: This is an ideal herb for your patients as it helps maintain and support joints. It is also an essential adjunctive therapy for spinal decompression support.
Boswellia is an Ayurvedic gum resin that has been shown to affect systemic inflammation via its key component boswellic acid. Numerous studies have demonstrated that boswellia can reduce joint swelling and is a suitable option for patients who can no longer use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of chronic joint inflammation due to NSAIDs-induced organ damage.
Standardized and stable boswellic acid concentrations are the key to a reliable and efficacious product. These acids have been shown clinically relevant for 5-Lipoxygenase inhibition and are the key marker in bioavailability. Prefer products with extracts standardized to contain at least 180 mg of boswellic acids.
Echinacea: A strong immune system is essential to modern survival. Consider this your innate “immunity adjustment.” Since echinacea is globally a top selling plant extract, most patients will have had some experience with it.
Several recent studies on the alkylamides from echinacea have demonstrated its ability to modulate
innate immunity via interaction with CB2 receptors. These alkylamides have also been shown to increase white blood cell production. Using echinacea with guaranteed levels of alkylamides ensures bioavailability and reliable results.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): You will find this herb to be a true “metabolic adjustment” for many patients. As fatty liver becomes an increasing problem among younger populations, milk thistle holds promise for targeted hepatic support. Milk thistle becomes essential for patients who have a history of NSAIDs abuse, and is a valuable tool for those patients who require surgical intervention as a means to support the detoxification pathways post-surgery.
The unique phytochemicals — flavanolignans — from milk thistle, collectively known as “silymarin,” are the key to healthy hepatic support. Milk thistle has recently shown clinical promise for the support and management of metabolic syndrome in the reduction of several key blood markers including cholesterol, triglycerides, and Ha1C. Having a milk thistle product quantifying flavanolignans is essential for reliable results.
Rhodiola rosea: This herb may offer a stress adjustment for many of your patients. Its ability to reduce fatigue, increase physical work capacity and well-being, and improve performance and endurance in athletes are just some of the reasons your patients will find this herb an invaluable supplement.
It can also improve sexual performance in men with erectile dysfunction, and improve mental performance, concentration, and memory, especially when under stress. It’s suitable for nearly every patient. Selecting a product with quantified amounts of rosavins and salidrosides ensures a reliable outcome.
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum): This is an essential tool in a drug-free practice. While it is pure adjustment support for many of your patients, it can be invaluable for nerve pain as well as immune support.
For patients who have difficulty relaxing, St. John’s wort is recognized globally as the most reliable herb for maintaining emotional balance and supporting the nervous system. It has a mixed reputation in the medical community because of reported adverse drug reactions when used with pharmaceuticals. Having a product that labels guaranteed levels of hypericins and flavonoid glycosides is essential for reliability and safety.
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Source: ChiroEco.com, Dr. Brockenshire