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Understand the body from inside out

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One of the things that separates holistic medicine from allopathic medicine is the focus on whole organs and systems rather than illnesses. There are thousands of classified diseases which could be grouped into nonsensical categories. For example, instead of having a different name for each lung issue; such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma, which as Llaila Afrika points out, are the same illness at varying levels of acuity, we can identify them as issues relating to lung inflammation, lung atrophy, and lung catarrh. The latter certainly paints a clearer picture of what is needed and what is indicated. He stresses not to use fancy jargon; understanding can be best gleaned in laymen terms. No longer should medical terminology serve as a gate keeper to the understanding of the masses.

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Bodily Systems

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Nervous System

Nerves

Brain

Spinal Cord

Endocrine System

Thymus Gland

Thyroid Gland

Cardiovascular

System

Heart

Veins

Vessels and Arteries

Stomach

Respiratory System

Lungs

Pharynx (Throat)

Larynx (Voice Box)

Trachea (Wind Pipe)

Pancreas

Spleen

Liver, Gallbladder

Kidneys,

Bladder

Women's

Reproductive System

Uterus

Ovaries

Men's

Reproductive System

Lympathic

System

Colon

(Large Intestine)

The Nervous system is the body's internal, electrochemical, communications network. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves. The nervous system controls our 5 senses and many of the bodily actions we make on a regular basis. It controls sleep, pain, creativity, and reflex. The brain is able to process, store and transmit information to other body parts.

Herbs Include

Ginkgo             Oatstraw           Chamomile           Gotu Kola           Lavender

The Thyroid gland is butterfly shaped gland that is a part of the endocrine system.  This gland is responsible for the producing, storing and releasing of hormones into the bloodstream. The primary functions of the thyroid gland include the regulation of the metabolism, the maintenance of body weight, growth and development. It controls the rate of energy use and the heart glands, it can also slow the hormones it produces. 4 Parathyroid glands at the back of the thyroid gland produce a hormone that relates blood calcium levels.

Herbs Include

Bugleweed            Ashwagandha            Bladderwrack

The Cardiovascular system transports blood to all of the bodily systems (organs and tissues). The cardiovascular or circulatory system consists of the heart, veins, small blood vessels and arteries. The primary function of the heart is to pump blood around the body.

Herbs Include

Hawthorn           Motherwort           Yarrow           Hibiscus           Roses

The respiratory system transports air (oxygen) to the cells of the body. The respiratory system consists of the lungs, pulmonary vessels, air passages and breathing muscles. The primary function of the respiratory system is to deliver fresh oxygen to the blood for distribution to the rest of the body. Respiration removes carbon dioxide waste from the body.

Herbs Include

Malva/Marshmallow               Sage              Mullein           Licorice

The stomach, described as an elastic sac, forms the widest part of the digestive tract. The stomach consists of layers of muscle, loose connective tissue, mucosa, submucosa, serosa, inner membrane and cells that produce mucus, acid, digestive enzymes and hormones. The primary function of the stomach is the breaking down of food by the stomach acid, digestive enzymes and churning motion caused by the muscles.

Herbs Include

Malva/Marshmallow               Lemongrass              Hibiscus              Fennel

The pancreas is a sweet potato shaped gland that secretes enzymes and hormones. It is both an endocrine and exocrine gland. It contains endocrine glands which create insulin and glucagon.  The pancreas is responsible for regulating blood sugar and stimulating digestive functions.

 The pancreas creates digestize enzymes which help our bodies’ turn food into fuel. After a meal insulin is released into the bloodstream. Glucagon facilitates the breakdown of stored fat into fuel and amino acids into glucose.

Herbs Include

Blue Flag               Honeybush            Quassia               Stevia

The spleen is the largest organ of our lympathic system. The spleen filters the blood and removes damaged or dead blood cells. It also monitors the amount of red blood cells in the body and makes white blood cells and antibodies that help the body fight infection.

Herbs Include

Blue Flag              Red Root          Small Nettle

The liver is a large wedge shaped organ / salivary gland that is has a huge role in the digestive system. It absorbs and stores nutrients, detoxifies pollutants and produce bile. The primary functions of the liver include the processing of nutrients from the intestines, the detoxification of poisons, the conversion of waste to urea and the synthesis of food chemicals such as proteins, fats and sugars.

Herbs Include

Turmeric              Dandelion          Milk Thistle          Ginger

The kidneys are 2 bean shaped, fist sized organs. The kidneys maintain the levels of fluid and PH (Acid/Alkaline) balance of the body. The kidneys also regulate blood pressure as well as electrolyte balance. They filters waste, manufactures the hormone Erythropoietin and transform calcifediol into calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D. The kidneys have about 1 milion nephrons that convert blood to urine during the process of filtering and removing waste.

Herbs Include

Burdock Root              Saw Palmetto          Stinging Nettle          Juniper

The women's reproductive system consists of the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries, and vagina.

The primary function is the female reproductive system is to create, then nourish and protect the growing embryo as it develops into a fetus during the 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Herbs Include

Stinging Nettle              Red Raspberry         Lady's Mantle         Mugwort

The male reproductive system consists of the external genitals: the penis, scrotum and testicles. The internal parts, the epididymis, vas deferens, prostate gland, uretha and seminal vesicles are also functional parts of this bodily system.

Herbs Include

Nettle Root             Pumpkin Seed          Saw Palmetto          Juniper

The lymphatic system is the body’s sewer system. It is responsible for maintaining fluid balance and assisting in the absorption of some fats and fat-soluble nutrients. The lymphatic system is a part of our immune system. When the body is fighting an infection the lymph nodes swell due to the release of extra white blood cells that protect us from disease.

Herbs Include

Chickweed              Dandelion          Calendula           Cleavers

The colon is a major part of the large intestines and the digestive system as a whole. It consists of three parts, the transverse, ascending and descending colon. The main function of the colon is to conserve water in the bowel by absorbing it from the bowel contents, this happens every time you eat!

Herbs Include

Marshmallow              Dandelion          Plantain              St. John's Wort

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