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Herbs with Jan De Vries - Men's Health

Monday, 1 February 2010

Jan De Vries-World Renowned Naturopath


  • Prostate Enlargement (benign) (all instances should visit the doctor)

  • This is when the prostate glands swell

  • Over 40% of men over 50 suffer from an enlarged prostate

What does it cause?

. Frequent toilet breaks
. Weak urine flow
. Sleep disturbed by toilet visits
. Feel that you cannot empty your bladder completely

Recommended Remedies:-

. Prostasan; Saw Palmetto - Brings relief to above symptoms
Other Tip: Eat pumpkin seeds - Cold water compresses it

Erectile Dysfunction

. Weakness of penis caused by, for example alcohol, diabetes or drugs

Recommended Remedies:-

Gingkoforce (available on prescription)

- Ginkgo extract promotes increased blood flow to extremities
Eleutherococcus - From the Ginseng family, used for increased endurance and stamina

Wheatgerm Capsules - A natural source of Vitamin E for health skin, coat, nervous system and to increase fertility

Anything else that can help?
Yoga - Alexander Technique

Muscular Pains and Aches

Inflammation of the tissues, caused by physical activity E.g sport

Recommended Remedies:-

Knotgrass Complex:
-Knotgrass Complex can improve the elasticity and strength of connective tissues in the body, and particularly the joints
- Work as an anti-inflammatory agent by helping the body in the elimination of toxins.

Dosage: Adults 15-20 drops twice daily.

Atrogel Gel

Rub onto affected area if necessary

Indigestion and Heartburn

Whats the cause?

Stress is one of the main causes


Chew food very well and also do some Breathing Exercises

Herbs for indigestions and heartburn?

Centaurium: Yarrow Complex

Centaurium is a stomach bitter and is used to improve digestion, by increasing both the secretion of digestive enzymes and gut motility. This will help relieve symptoms of indigestion such as nausea, flatulence, fullness and gastric discomfort.

Any exercises?
Breathing Exercise


What remedies would he recommend?
Milk Thistle Complex: Avena Sativa


What is it?

High Blood Pressure

What remedies would he recommend?
Hawthorn Garlic,

Any additional information:

Ginkgo biloba's epilepsy seizures warning

People with epilepsy should be warned that using a popular herbal remedy may increase the risk of seizures, researchers say.
German scientists, writing in the Journal of Natural Products, said they had found 10 written reports of seizures linked to ginkgo biloba.

They said they were convinced the herb could have a "detrimental effect".

A leading UK epilepsy charity said the evidence was not yet compelling, although it said care was needed.

Ginkgo biloba remedies - made from the leaves of the tree of the same name - is used by many thousands of people in the UK as a remedy for health problems ranging from depression and memory loss, to headaches and dizziness.

The team from the University of Bonn focused on a particular chemical compound in the herb called ginkgotoxin.
They said that evidence suggested that it might alter a chemical-signalling pathway in the body linked to epileptic seizures, and potentially interfere with the effectiveness of anti-seizure medications.

In addition to any benefits, which still remained unproven, they wrote, there was a "clear potential for adverse effects", particularly in susceptible patients
Even though there was no definitive proof that the herb had been the cause of the increase in seizures in the reported cases, patients should be warned about the possibility, and manufacturers asked to test their ginkgo products for levels of the toxin.

'Be aware'

Professor John Duncan, from the National Society for Epilepsy, said that the current evidence did not necessarily warrant restrictions on the use of the remedy.

He said: "We believe that some herbs, for example St John's wort, are linked to a higher risk of seizures, but there is still not a great deal of evidence about problems related to ginkgo.

"We would say that if someone who has epilepsy wants to take this remedy, they should simply be aware of the possibility."