Herbs for Health
28 January, 2013

Alfred Vogel, the famed naturopath and phytotherapist, passionately believed that “nature provides everything we need to protect and maintain our health”. This is an attitude which lives on in Shipley Health Store, where a full range of cleansing herbal remedies and supplements are available to keep your body, mind and soul ticking over! We’re passionate about our products, and we don’t sell anything which we don’t believe works! If you come into the store and describe your symptoms, our staff will be able to help you find suitable herbal treatments. All the remedies suggested below have been found effective in scientific studies. Read our guide to common herbs for common health complaints including the common cold, flu, enlarged prostate, the menopause, low mood, anxiety and sleeping problems.

Conventional medicines only provide relief for the symptoms of the common cold however there is growing evidence that herbs such as Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, the active herb in A. Vogel’s Echinaforce®) work to strengthen your immune system itself, helping your body stop infections before they interfere with your daily functioning, as well as providing an antiviral and antibacterial effect on many of the organisms which can cause respiratory illnesses! Echinaforce® has been found effective in both prevention and reduction of cold or flu-like symptoms.

An enlarged prostate (also known as a benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) can put a lot of stress on your life, and talking about it can also be stressful! But don’t fear, for one thing it is incredibly common: half of men in their fifties have prostate problems and by age 80 it is likely that all men will experience a troublesome prostate. The most common and distressing symptoms are problems with urinating, caused by the enlarged prostate pressing against the urethra. You might find that you need to urinate more often, leading many people to frequent the bathroom at night – both issues may be helped with extracts of the herb Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens), found in A. Vogel’s Prostasan®. If you think you might have BPH visit your doctor to get your diagnosis confirmed before opting for Prostasan®.

Every woman will go through the menopause at some point in their lives – for some people it can be relatively painless and easy-going, but for others it can include some uncomfortable symptoms including hot flushes and night sweats. It is believed that falling levels of oestrogen causes the brain to believe that the body is too hot, and its attempts to cool itself down by flushing the skin and activating sweat glands cause the typical menopausal symptoms.  The herb sage (Salvia officinalis) has been used traditionally to relieve excessive sweating and hot flushes and now there is growing evidence that it is effective. A. Vogel’s Menoforce is a special preparation of sage designed specifically with the menopause in mind.

The modern world is increasingly stressful, with the effect that more and more people are complaining of problems with low mood, mild anxiety, stress and maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. While sometimes these problems can be serious enough to warrant medical attention, for many people there are a number of simple things you can do to make you feel better. Common triggers for anxiety include caffeine, alcohol and nicotine use as well as low blood sugar levels and dehydration. There is a large body of evidence supporting the use of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum, extracts of which make up A. Vogel’s Hyperiforce®) to treat episodes of mild anxiety or depression, with a meta-analysis comparing extracts to commonly prescribed antidepressants, showing similar rates of effectiveness and a more favourable side-effect profile.

Maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern can be very difficult and a poor sleeping pattern can presage problems with low mood and anxiety. Good advice is to always go to bed at the same time, to keep a pre-bedtime routine (simple things like brushing your teeth can go a long way to establishing a routine) and to keep your bedroom as restful and comfortable as possible (avoid working from your room if possible). An effective herbal medicine for short term relief of disturbed sleep or mild insomnia is Dormeasan®, a tincture made with extracts from the herbs Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and Hops (Humulus lupulus), which has been shown in studies to cause a reduction in the time taken to fall asleep and an increase in the overall quality of the participants’ sleep.

A. Vogel’s Herbal Remedies are made using the freshest possible samples, as many herbs lose potency with time or drying, and over years of experience and testing have been formulated to deliver the full therapeutic potential of each herb.

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