Certain bitter herbs are considered liver herbs because they stimulate, cleanse, and protect the liver and gall bladder. While Western palates are not fond of bitter tasting foods, they do stimulate and support digestion. German research shows that bitter tonic herbs stimulate bile and hydrochloric acid production. They stimulate nervous system and immune system function, Continue reading
Castor oil therapy consists of using a warm castor oil wrap over the abdomen in order to stimulate blood flow to this uterus and ovaries. Castor oil treatments are quite often recommended by holistic practitioners to treat many gynecological disorders in women including fertility related problems, like endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc.
This type of treatment is very helpful in many cases to resolve infertility because the castor oil pack relieves congestion and inflammation of the uterus, ovaries, Continue reading
Other names: Cynara scolymus
Artichoke is a plant native to southern Europe, North Africa and the Canary islands.
Artichoke is a food. It’s also available in some health food stores and online as a liquid extract or in capsule form.
Why People Use Artichoke
Artichoke is approved by Germany’s Commission E for liver and gallbladder complaints. It appears to stimulate the flow of bile.
Artichoke extracts are thought to help decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels, although it hasn’t been proven in human studies.
Side Effects and Safety Concerns
Artichoke is thought to stimulate the flow of bile, so supplements shouldn’t be used if there is a known or suspected blockage of the bile duct.
Artichoke supplements should be avoided by people with gallstones, unless under the supervision of a qualified health profession, due to the risk of gallstones getting stuck in the bile duct.