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BI Appetite & Digestion

Appetite is often a clue to the presence of the gastric juices needed for good digestion. Ideally, the body would signal readiness to eat by promoting hunger. Presence of the aroma of food can trigger salivation which softens food and promotes improved digestion. If the body fails to produce enough secretions, some food will be broken down through fermentation rather than digestion. The gases from this result in abdominal rumbling and distress. Carminative spices reduce the gases, but when taken before meals, they stimulate the flow of gastric juices. In sufficient quantity, they also aid peristalsis.

 

Boldo Extract

Boldo Extract, 2 oz.

Peumus boldo comes from the Chilean Andes and has a marvelous minty aroma. It is a stomachic and digestive aid, particularly beneficial for people with a tendency towards gall stone formation, especially when such conditions give rise to pain. It is also useful for genito-urinary inflammations. In South America, it is regarded as a cure for gonorrhea. Further north, it is considered useful for hepatic congestion and is often used by veterinarians for jaundice. It contains a chemical constituent very similar to chenopodium and is thus often used for intestinal parasites.

Alcohol: 60%

Contents: extract of Peumus boldo leaf in organic grain alcohol, distilled water, and pure vegetable glycerin.

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Fenugreek Extract, 2 oz.

Fenugreek is used in Ayurvedic medicine to lower blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. It works by delaying absorption of glucose because of balanced chemical structure. In Western herbal medicine, it has been used to promote breast development, lactation, and libido; reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms; regulate blood sugar; and aid thinking. It is high in antioxidants and is used to retard aging. It is nutritive and used for convalescing patients as well as those suffering from anorexia.

Alcohol: 34-36%

Contents: extract of organically grown Trigonella foenum-graecum seeds in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Galangal Extract, 2 oz.

Galangal is both a culinary and medicinal herb, related to ginger but with a distinct taste. It was the favorite herb of Hildegard of Bingen and her Abbey still owns plantations in Thailand for growing this fine herb. It is warming and is a fine digestive aid. It can also be considered by people suffering from candidiasis.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contents: extract of Alpinia officinarum rhizome in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Gentian Extract

Gentian Extract, 2 oz.

Gentian is a popular digestive bitter. It is an ingredient in the famous Angostura Aromatic Bitters. It is used to stimulate the appetite and promote production of gastric secretions. As such, it is often used to overcome both anorexia and cachexia. but some traditional uses include topical applications on skin tumors.

Daniel Mowbry, author of The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, adds a highly interesting note: "Gentian root increases the sensitivity of many glands and organs to the effect of adrenalin."

Alcohol: 45%

Contents: extract of Gentiana lutea root in distilled water, organic grain alcohol, and pure vegetable glycerin.

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Ginger Extract, 2 oz.

Ginger is a wonderful culinary as well as medicinal herb. It is probably the number one choice for nausea, motion sickness, and indigestion, but it also aids metabolism of cholesterol and thus lowers the risk of complications such as high blood pressure and arterial congestion.

Alcohol: 59-61%

Contents: extract of organically grown Hawaiian Zingiber officinalis rhizome in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Warning: Since it reduces blood clotting, people using blood thinning agents should be careful.

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Intesti Guard, 2 oz.

This blend of herbs has been formulated to protect the gastrointestinal tract, especially when traveling in third world countries or any area where there is poor hygiene or risk of infections. The formula is both detoxifying and carminative, meaning it cleanses but also relieves nausea and indigestion. It is one of four formulas comprising our travel kit and meets airline regulations for carry on items.

Alcohol: 40-42%

Contents: Proprietary Blend of Extracts of Tinospora cordifolia, Andrographis paniculata, Emblica officinalis, Coptis chinesis, Coriandrum sativum, Zingiber officinalis, Terminalia chebula, Cyperus rotundus, Piper nigrum, Cinnamomum verum, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Azadirachta indica, Clove Bud Essential Oil, Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, and Organic Alcohol.

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Musta Extract, 2 oz.

Nut grass is one of the ingredients in Chyawanprash. It is a highly revered herb and is used in such a wide variety of situations that it is hard to pinpoint its role in rejuvenative therapy. First of all, the roots are considered to be effective against a wide range of abdominal and intestinal complaints, everything from menstrual discomfort to parasites. Secondly, they are anti-inflammatory and have an action on the brain that suppresses appetite, and this function works in tandem with a lipolytic effect that makes it easier to lose weight. Lastly, it has an effect on melanin that aids restoration of hair and skin color.

Alcohol: 59-61%

Contents: Cyperus rotundus rhizome in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Spilanthes Extract, 2 oz.

Spilanthes is nicknamed the toothache plant. It temporarily numbs the areas of the mouth where it makes contact, mainly the gums, and through increased production of saliva has an antibacterial effect similar to that of echinacea. Spilanthes is also antifungal and antiparasitic. It has also been used to treat co-infections of Lyme disease. Spilanthes is native to Brazil and Africa where it is used to treat stammering and to improve digestion of carbohydrates and fats. Be aware that spilanthes causes a temporarily tingling sensation that is part of the immune response it triggers.

Alcohol: 54-56%

Contents: fresh, organically grown Spilanthes acmella leaf and flower in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Pure Vegetable Glycerin.

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Tamarind Extract, 2 oz.

This extract was added with the intention of offering a remedy for intoxication, but it was soon learned that the fruit has countless additional benefits. Tamarind is originally from Africa but is grown throughout the Caribbean and Asia as well as on some Pacific Islands. The bulk of imports come from the Antilles.

Tamarind is used mainly to improve digestion but the mechanism whereby it achieves this power seems to imply that tamarind is anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, being used for such serious poisoning as that caused by ingesting datura. It restores sensation in certain kinds of paralysis. It is also used for gingivitis as well as to promote excretion of fluoride.

For pdf on Tamarind, click here.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contents: extract of fresh Tamarindus indica fruit in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Teasel Extract, 2 oz.

Teasel is a potent astringent and is often used as a diuretic and to arrest diarrhea. It stimulates the appetite, improves digestion, and, like other members of the thistle family, aids rejuvenation of the liver and gall bladder. However, it is also regarded as useful in the treatment of Lyme disease. Matthew Wood devoted an entire chapter to it in one of his books and it is one of the ingredients in the Stephen Boehner formula we produce under the name of Spiro Pro. Use very cautiously and check the directions before dispensing.

Alcohol: 60%

Contents: extract of Dipsacus sylvestris root 1:2 in organic cane alcohol, distilled water, and vegetable glycerin.

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Triple Zing, 2 oz.

"Triple Zing" gets its name from three members of the ginger (Zingiber) family: ginger, galangal, and turmeric. All three herbs are used both medicinally and in cooking. They support better digestion, particularly by aiding fat metabolism. This formula is intended by use by people who need more zip and zing: it is warming, stimulating, and carminative.

Alcohol: 50-52%

Contents: proprietary blend of fresh organic Zingiber officinalis rhizome, fresh organic Curcuma longa tuber, and dried Alpinia officinarum rhizome in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Organic Turmeric Extract, 2 oz.

Turmeric Extract, 2 oz.

Turmeric is what gives curry powder the yellow color. It has been a favorite culinary spice in Africa and Asia for millenia, but it also has medicinal value, particularly in helping to metabolize fat, including fatty deposits in tissues. It is entirely safe in enormous doses; effects are gradual and cumulative.

Alcohol: 44-46%

Contents: extract of organically grown Hawaiian Curcuma longa root in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Vidanga Extract, 2 oz.

Vidanga is used to eliminate excess vata from the lower intestines. This is extremely important since vata can become debilitating. Vidanga also strengthens agni (digestive fire) and supports detoxification. In Ayurveda, it is regarded as ascaridal, specific for large intestinal nematodes, as well as giardia. In clinical trials, tape worms were expelled in 6-24 hours. It is also a febrifuge. Studies indicate that it is estrogenic and mildly progestogenic. The berries are spermicidal and are being studied as a natural contraceptive. The effects on male fertility are easily reversed once stopping the use of the berries.

Use of this herb should be suspended if changes in peripheral vision are noted. It should also not be used by those trying to have children since it acts as an antifertility agent.

Alcohol: 29-31%

Contents: extract of organically grown Embelia ribes fruit 1:4 in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Dioscorea Root Tincture

Wild Yam Extract, 2 oz. [Formerly called Dioscorea]

As the doctrine of signatures might suggest, wild yam is spleen tonic. It is antispasmodic and used to quell nausea, especially during pregnancy. One of its chief constituents is a steroidal saponin that is used in rheumatoid arthritis treatment, but the herb as a whole is demulcent, nourishing, soothing, and tonifying. It makes an excellent supplement for people suffering from deficiency conditions, especially during convalescence or after the age of 65.

Alcohol: 50%

Contents: Dioscorea villosa, fresh root and organic grain alcohol.

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