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Volume 1; Issue 8

The Editor's Corner -- September 1, 2002

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In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Traditional Native American Medicine
Traditional Formula of the Month - Lakota Topical Pain Relief
Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month - Fang Feng

In recognition of the recent introduction of the Native American herbal formulas of Lakota Herbs to our array of traditional healing products at , we are pleased to bring you this month's article, 'Traditional Native American Medicine'.

The writing provides a brief, but informative overview of this all too often overlooked healing practice, one that shares much common ground with both TCM & Ayurvedic methods, and which therefore, should present our readers with a direction of interest.

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Our Featured Article
Traditional Native American Medicine
by Staff Writers

Native American medicine is a term that refers to the historical collection of information, and treatment modalities of many different North American tribes, over thousands of years.

Much about the practices of these various peoples have been passed down through strictly oral traditions, a factor that makes documentation of it's origin, and initial use a relative mystery. What is known to date is that much of their existing medicinal knowledge was in use when the Europeans first visited this land more than 500 years ago. Some estimates suggest the first medical practices of the North American Indians at some 40,000 years ago.

In a manner similar to that of TCM and Ayurveda, the approach of Native American medicine is one that takes all aspects of one's inner self, lifestyle, emotions...

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Featured Traditional Formula
Joint Care Topical - Lakota Herbs
Principal Actions:
Renowned in the reduction of localized pain stemming from conditions such as arthritis, muscular exertion, lower back concerns, shingles, and fibromyalgia.

This unique topical pain relieving gel is considered one of the very best products available on the market today for alleviating arthritis related pain. Developed in Canada by the Metis and Plains Cree, this formula is said to outperform any topical pain reliever known.

Depending on the severity of your condition, pain relief is said to be felt within 5 to 30 minutes of the initial application. Larger muscles areas, such as the hip, may require application 3-4 times daily for three days before pain relief is achieved. Hands, knees and ankles get almost instant pain relief.

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Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Fang Feng

Latin: Radix ledebouriellae sesloidis
Component of: Migraine Relief
Western Medical View:
Commonly indicated for such disorders as headaches, migraines, rheumatic conditions, arthralgia hypertonicity of the limbs, pruritis and urticaria. It has known antipyretic, antibacterial, and antiviral effects.
Eastern Medical View:

Considered to be warm, acrid, exterior releasing. Pungent, sweet, mild, and warm in properties. Enters through the Bladder, Liver, and Spleen channels.

General Overview:

Radix ledebouriellae sesloidis is officially listed in the Chinese pharmacopoeia as the dried root of Saposhnikovia divaricata.

The drug is collected in spring and autumn before the growth of the flowering stem, is removed from the rootlet and soil, and dried in the sun.

This herb is an effective diaphoretic, antirheumatic, and analgesic. The literal English translation of Fang Feng is to "Guard against wind". This herb dispels wind, resolves surface and removes dampness. It is listed as a high grade drug in 'Shen nung pen tsao ching.'

Pharmacological Actions:

The oral delivery of Fang Feng extract in a clinical study has shown a marked analgesic effect, providing an impact 40 minutes following the initial dose of between 46% and 56%.

The fresh juice of this herb showed antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. It also inhibited Columbia SK virus and Microsporum lanosum.

Fang Feng has also shown an impact in studies involving the resolution of incidents of arsenic poisoning.



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