Every Tuesday, Dr. Mark Carney formulates a special tincture at a reduced rate for our Thriveology Community! All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.
This week, Dr. Carney has crafted a powerful pain-relieving anti-inflammatory super tincture! “Inflammation is at the root of virtually all disease and can show up almost anywhere internally and externally in the body. Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself, but too much can be harmful and create damage. Causes of inflammation are varied and can be anything from stress, to trauma, to infection, to the foods that we eat. Foods that cause inflammation are those that are high in arachidonic acid, like animal products, such as meat, chicken, eggs, etc. Other inflammatory foods include sugar, saturated fats, gluten, alcohol, and much more. The 5 cardinal signs of inflammation are: redness, swelling, pain, heat, and decrease in function. Chronic inflammation results in a decreased ability for the body to get oxygen to tissues, which can ultimately lead to degeneration. This tincture works by favoring the body’s pathways that make less inflammatory-producing chemicals. This blend is an alternative to your over-the-counter pain reliever. One dropperful can reduce pain associated with headaches, menstrual cramps, stiffness, soreness and other symptoms due to inflammation.
– Dr. Mark Carney, RND LAc
What’s Inside: Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) – Since ancient times, Frankincense has been burned as part of many religious ceremonies and festivals. Less well known are it’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The resin from the trunk of the Boswellia tree contains curative substances that interfere with the process of inflammation at a cellular level.
Curcuma longa (Turmeric) – Known for its bright yellow color and use in Indian cuisine, Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease. In a review of over 700 studies, it was concluded that Turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic diseases, including arthritis, as Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds. Furthermore, Turmeric is the only substance known to work on every inflammatory pathway in the body.
Filipendula ulmaria(Meadowsweet) – Called “The Queen of the Meadow”, Meadowsweet is beneficial for health in the same way that aspirin is; it helps reduce symptoms of influenza, arthritis, rheumatism, and fevers. It is also commonly used for excessive diarrhea, ulcers, and stomach aches.
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) – Licorice root is one of the most frequently used herbs in Chinese medicine and has an impressive list of well-documented uses including the treatment of asthma, colds and flu, gout, liver problems, yeast infections, and much more. Recent research has shown it to reduce inflammation, swelling, tissue damage, and cell death.
Rosmarinus officinais (Rosemary) – Rosemary is used medicinally to alleviate muscle pain and boost the immune system. The herb is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and contains high levels of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6. Rosemary increases the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which removes the potent free radicals that are associated
Syzygium aromaticum (Cloves) – Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the Evergreen Clove tree, and are most often used in ginger bread and pumpkin pie. The primary component of Clove’s volatile oils, Eugenol, as well as the presence of flavonoids , contribute to Cloves’ powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Cloves have been ranked as the most potent antioxidant of all spices.
Zingiber officinale (Ginger) – Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and antioxidant activities, as well as analgesic properties. Research shows that Ginger affects inflammatory processes on a cellular level, and could one day be a substitute to NSAID drugs.
What You Can Expect: This tincture can take approximately one hour to kick in and can create a decrease of pain, headache, stiffness, soreness, and menstrual cramps.
Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.
Dosage: The effect of tinctures vary, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is 1-2 dropperfuls as needed. Repeat every two hours, not to exceed 8 dropperfuls per 24 hour period. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, take directly under the tongue. Hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.
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