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written by other witchesaod heal€rs who escaped stake.Or perhapstake a doser rhe look at homeopatl'y,acupuncture,etc., all of arev:lu,ble meuhod, ofhe:ling. ',hich \X,6ile these treatmenrs are speciffcaliy recommended for women, many of them carr also be applied to mcn. "How to PreparearrdUse Herbs" The last scccions "HerbalPropenie',nd Dovter, rnd c,nr;ir *plaaLions. mechods prepamr;on of (infusions,decoctions, tincrures...)and above all, the characteristics waysofusing the and herbsmentioned in this booldet. ile it may be tempting ro sLip ahead to the treatments suggesred,it is EXTREMELY IMfORTANT rhat you read dreserecLjon.. Herbs arevery powerful md it's imporrmt that you understaad how they work, how to prepare them, and when to avoid using certaiaplarrts. Finally ro end on a beau-tea-ful note, there'sa list of usefuladdresses well a.lref€rence c books on the subjecr. Ve hope rhis booklet will inspire you co seekout moreJrernarive inform,rionand ei.-l^." oPtions. /our

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Body Mapping (in brie0 ...........................-............ 4

About Menstmation ....-.-..........................-.-.......... 6 A Good rdeafor Repiacing Tampons.................... 6 Amenorrhea Absence Menses or of ....................... 8 y Menorrhagia Excessive or Flow................-........-... Dysmenorhea PaintulPeriods or ......................... 9 Lovein *re Age ofAids .............................-.......... 1I of 35 Years Fertility.............................................. 14 After a tusly Saual Encounrer ................-........-. 16 A SimpleVay ofBringing on Your l,crn:d .......-. l7 How to Bring on a Period Using Emmenagogues i7 STDs nd Orhcr A1icns......................... .............. 2l Crabs.......................... ........................................ 22 Scabies............................... ............................ 23 GenitalVarrs ..................................................... 23 Herpes ............................................................... 24 Bladder Urinary Infections & ............................. 25 Chlamydia................... ............. ........ ............... 26 Vaginids& VuIvitis............................................ 26 Yeast Infections Candida................................ & 26 Trichomonas ........-.........28 Gardnareila...................................................,. 28 Bacterial Infecdons Gonorrhea....................... & 28 The Ovaries arrdthe Uterus................................. 30

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The cervixis shapedlike a cylinder;it is approximatelytwo and a halfcentimeres long, with a fine canalrunning through it, opening into the uterusup top, and co the vaginaat the borton. A11 chmgesin the functions of the uterus (menstruation,pregn:lrcy,menopause) regulared are by hormonescontrolled by the hypothalamus,the pituitary glaod, the o""ries, and by other substances .uch aspro t"gl$dirs.e. ercdby rhc ur.rrneri..ue. to The uterusis connecred the ft1lopiantubes, which everymonth bv harbor rhe ovum (or egg)released one ofthe rwo ovaries. The Ovaries The ovariesare locatedin the pelvismd rest on either sidc ofthe uerus. Eachovary is hcid in place by strong elasticligaments.The serrated oriftce of rhe fallopiantube is locaredjusr abovecach ovary, with the tube leading to the utenx. Even rhough rhey arevery closeto eachother, the ovariesand rhe openingofthe fallopian rube are not in direct conscr. Tbe ovariesdevelopand release ovLrrn the :rnd play an essential rolc in our hormonal system. They ue pinkish'grey, alnond shapedand are ebour threecentimerres long. A layerof cellsc,lled rhe oogenic epirhelium cover.rheovrrie : rr i< irom thesecellsthar the eggis lormed. Thousandsof immature ova (eggs)gatherin chese poucheson the surf:ceofthe ovaries.In addition to rheir role of developingthe ova, the ovaries produce rhe hormonesestrogenand progesrerone. For more informarion on anatomy,r'omen's gcnical organsand their functions, and on the rolc and Lbri.rrion ^r hormonc...on.ul'rhe folloring Nat ldl R.ddikg Gtntubg, br RihaNn5im, in 1984, 6d(ion
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labia majora (outerlips) cover the other para ofthe rulva. They becomethinner at their base,wherethey fusewi*r the perineum,the muscle bemeen the anus .urd rhe vagina.Inside the labia majora are the labia minom. They arejoined at the t"p t" for- a over the clitoris. Thq' elso p.orecr protectivesheath the opening to the urethra. The areabeween the labia rninora is largely calledthe vestibule.At birth this occupiedbya space space almost completelycoveredby the l,y.*., is which variesin size,shape,and rigidity. The hymen car be torn during sporting activities,by the or rn'enionof, rmpon. or Jurng ma<rutbarion Somewomen have pieces of vaginalpenerration. si<inaround rhe ves buie-theseare the remnarts of The Clitoris & Genital Glands essentially sexual for The clitoris is an organ designed srimulation and pleasurc. The .litoris and labia which swell up during sexual contain erectable rissue Two pans ofglands re anached to the vulva: *re glandsliejust under the clitoris, arrd secrete SLene's m alkalineliquid which reducesrhe vagina s natural acidity.The second and largerset ofglands, the Banholin's glands,are locaredat the opening ofrhc vesdbule, and secrete fluid during stimulation. They are normally about the sizeofa small pea and arenot very prominenl Their swellingcan be causedby whar is calleda Bartholin'sabscess cyst. or The Vagina The vasi,rais $e channelwhich connectsthe rdva md rh. inrcnrJ urg.ns.Ir ir seven rwelve ro centimeneslong. During a vroman'slertile time, her vaginaisecretions acidic, but beforepuberty and are afrer nenopausethe vaginais modcrarelyalkaline. Vaginal secretions come Fom rhc Banholin glards and from the cervicaicanal(which is also rhe source "rucu'r.I ###BOT_TEXT###quot;ir n.rmal dl,"hrrgc is or . ervi.r.l odorlcss and wareryor slighdywhite. They clearse the vaginalcanal,in addition to coating thc ntelor of rhe vagina. lfhe Uterus The uterusis abour the sizcand shapeofa pearard is made up ofrwo main parts: rhe body and the cervix.From puberty to menopause, the endometrium (or the urerinelining) forms every ro provide.'uitive support for a fertilized -onrh, rhe eggi. rot ienilized. endomeLrium rhe egg.If is expelled-thisis kaown as mensrruarion.

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' L,9 Theseare varied;mood changes, irritabiliry, crmps, headachcs, water painfin or sollen breasts, zirs, retention, bloating, lack ofenergy, herpesourbreaks, 9s ard other digestivem:ltunctions, flulike symptoms,back pains...combine thesesymptoms wiLhm irreg"lrror prinn,l ." le sd l-r'vr gor rhe genericprofile ofa woman who's readyto kill. Most likely she,llbe prercribcdthe Pill to 'solve" all her problems.Medical geniusat it's finestlMethods of coPnS: Diet 0 Lower your inrake ofsalt. 0 Eat loods rich in porassium:bananas, potatoes, pearsand almonds. cabbage, 0 Ear a lot of seaweed: kelp (freshor in tabler form), hijiki, dulse... 0 Make foods high in vitamin 86 a regularparr of your diet: greenvegetables, producrs,and so/ nutritional yeast(you can also tale brewer'syeast capsuies)note that wornen who re prone to yeasr ; infections.hould avoid yeastat all times. 0 Take a lot of vitmin A, especially you have if paintul breasts and suffer from cramping.Carrots, .pjna.h. lentiJs, onions. garlic.Lurnipr. apricor.. lemon<. ard raw . eger.rble rre :Jl rich in oil, 0 Drink lots of watcr.

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Most ofus experience sensations ranging from mild discomlort to excruciatingpaj!r during menstruarion. Ve get crampsbefore,during, and after our periods.Medical scGnce rells us that suffcringis part ofbeing a womm. But wc know they'reliars. (STD$ Sexuailytransmitreddiseases are sometimesrcspolsiblefor pain bur mosr ofrhe rimc crampsare caused inflammation, swellilg by md tension in the cei.r'ix md urcrus. 0 Awoid sa1t, sugarand procexed foods (inci,rding whire sugar,whne flour and whne bread). 0 Eat foods high in porassiurn everyday: bananas, dry fmits, melons,oranges, carrors, 1ea6. grcen vegetables ancl potatoes. 0 Eat dark greenvegerablcs orang$ for vlramrn and A (n reduces tension). 0 Eat oatmeal,broccoli, p,Jdey (which cu b. mken asan intusio!), Brazil nuts, almonds,and seawccd for rherrhigh cahiumconren,rwhicheLminJ,"\ cranrpt. Smwrcd (kelp in particular)can be tatcn in tablet form. 0 Hot barhs,a hor warer bonle placedon the lower abdomen,smoking a joint, vigorousor light exercise, md orgasnx aLlhelp relievetensior, cramping and pain.

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Informarion is not too clearon whethervaginal lluids (without the presence ofblood or other infections) carry enoughvirus for tnnsmission.Repons are infiequent and usuallythey involve the presence of other risk facrors(like sharingneedles). up ro you It\ whetheryou want to be cautious. Ifyou are conconed, a condom,with the tip cut offand slit up ber*eenmourh rrc . Jnr. onesid. ..rn :cr "" a barrier plastilvrap can alsodo rn a Non-microwavable pinch. Ifyou havecuts on i.our handsyou can gct from your friendly neighbourhooddoaor larexgloves or dentist.Try not to sharesextoys (like dilooq without rinsing rhem in warerand diluted bleachor coveringthem with a new condorn for each us€. Pregnancy is from infectedwomen to Transmission alsopossible This risk has then children through ptegnancy. grcadydininished (it\ lessthan 25% in Norrh America).h doesnot appearthat pregnancy itself consriNtcsrisk, but infection can occur during Breastfeedingmay also deliverywnhout precautions. involve risk because ofthe possibiliryofpresenceof the virus in breast-milk(sincebabicsalsoingestsmall amorrnts ofblood from chappednipples,it's difficult to determinehow infecdousbreut'milk n alone). are that greatlyredrce the risk of Trearments available infection to unborn children of HIV+ pregnant women, though the long rerm effects mother and on .hild ,re .rill nor under*ood.Krowrngearlyin a whcther or not you are HIV+ and proper pregnancy rhe follow-up c:n alto rcdrr,e 'i.1.oi,-nrmi.:i.:. Knowing beforeyour pregnancy will ensurerhat neirherofyou becomeHIV+ rying to haverhe baby. sinply in terms ofhow This informadon is presented easilyccrtain fluids can enteryour bloodstream duing different activities. c haven'rn::de any about whetheryou aresleeping wnh men distincrions and./orwomen, considcringprcgnancyor nor. HIV -{nd rernernber W Despitewhat you'd like to believe,HIV doesnot otner, becomelesstmsmnsible ifyou reallylove eacrr if you ve bourr e,.h orher: longrime.if you 'e decidedto live togetheror ifyou're sureyou'll never sleep with anyoneelsc,evtr. And jusr how sur€are you, an''way? References Vamp:, Virgin: and V;aims: Hoa can aonenfght London, 1996. ,41D5?, Robin Gorna, Cassell, by lYonen and HIV/AIDS an international rc:osce boob, u by MargcBerer irh sun:ndaRay.tandora.H-rper collins, 1993.

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\(e ortlate every28 days.Thars 15 to 20 dmes per yearand at leasr300 mensrrua.l cycl.s in a lif.time... For thosc ofus who deep wirh feilas,rhars thoLcandsofopponuniries lor gerdngpregnant.Ir's normal ro .h*ge your partners,mind and methods. It's nonnal to abort. It's normal ro frcak out! l " l" *' t 1'heserhingsmakc it evenhard.r "n 0 Men's indifference,and their ignoranceabout their c,wnfcrtiliry; men are fertile all the time, and x,e're n h*e ro de.l *itlr ir. ,.1r ,' l) .hc on.. I "ho 0 The added rcsponsibility ofcontraception od I

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control ovcr our bodies.You may alsolind it usetul to chart 1'ourperiodson a nenstruzi calendar.lt (etc.) rn oetrer may be necessalv get vour ov:rries to shape;see"Hormonal Imbal:rrce" (p.31) or ,-le"n.ir g YoLrr t'en ..1. p \) . Rcd 'apberry leaf (p.45) is excellenr toning the utcnrs ,",i for Your raginal rnucus (or dischargc) changes during rhe monrhly cycle,and during ovulation it tales on r'ery specificcharacreristics *'hich allow a womm ro know ifshe is ovLrlating not. A sort of'mucus or microscope'is available, check ifyour ceriel to mucus is leniie or not. The microscopemakes ir casier idcnri! the variouspropertiesofyour to rnucus.Ifyou havea microscope, practising this is easy. Sornehellrh food srorcsscll rhis gadgct; problem is, n costsabout $50. Onc solution is for women who Jivetogetherto shareit. Clonsultrhe referenccs listed bclow to find out more abour ofi'our mucus. YoLr idcntifiing thc characteristlcs car alsoexmire it wirhout a microscope. Make surc to rcad up on this subjectmd get ro know your cyclewhile usins a reliablemethod of binh control, to make sureyou can tell ifyour mucus is fertile or nor. Check your mucus

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0 l'he stress which resultsfrom having to constantly educare mcn about taking responsibilities their lor bodies... ours. and It can seembleakar timcs...but heepin mind-lovers come and go. \bur body is yours lor the long haul. Bc soodr.1our Jf"bo'e Jl.,nd if'om.one,',., 'o persuade you odrerwise, yourselfwhosernrerests ask rhey'vegot in mind. Our attitudestowardssexhave charged.They've had to n s a marter ofsurvival. Don'r rhink that women don't 'gef' AIDS: we do, n:rnbe . in, re-ing Jl rh. r.me.sJe <exi< \ ' essential md condomsoffer the advantageof i] A protecting againstboth HIV md unwan;ed pregnucies (seesafesex,p.l1). Mmy ofus have found "enfocins" safesexwith our lovershard. lt's a drag lntcning to"guyswhinc about condomsbeing uncomfonabieor unrxy. ft's evenmore ofa drag bcing in conflic*virh the personyou want to fuck, . .p . J lr\r b. tu. [ng rhr. 'lr, "'.cn ,oarguLng. lrelf iul \ nr in.r'eyou don r f"llou rhi, lin.: 0 Never think you'rc inlertile bccausc you've never gonen pregnanrwhen you havehardly used ,,n ra..p i.e.. cvenov er. long pcriodof rime. 0 Avoid thc Pill; try to opt for alternadvemethods of connaccprion:condoms,cenical cap, diaphragm. ###BOT_TEXT###lile they may seemrediousto use,thesemerhods rg'"fn", d <ru b:rgrou' body' olferrl'e ,d' 'n natural cycle.l akc timc to gcr to know your fcnile your cervicalmucus arld other pcriods by observing signsofovularion. 0 l '. imponantLofigureouL hcrh.r yorr . y. lc i. " regularor not, and ro understandhow it wo.ks. I-ror'rworryif r rale.you ; rvhilero figureirour. Your mcnstrualcycleis like a good friend-you get to know ir betrerover time. This i a stcp toward reproductivelreedom and the reappropriationof

For rnore inforrnation The New Ou Bodie:, Ourseha (Updated and jir Expanded the 90), by the lloston \(omcn's Health Book Collective:drn is a good rcsource on women's health issues general; in this most rccclt edirionL,. becnetp;ndcd ro in.lud. ;r,I rn " ion or to the mucus ncrhod and other alternadves chemical 'Ihe Ndacal Birth Contal,Baal, bv Art Rosenotoom. Foundation, Availablc from thc Aquarian Research PA, 19144 USA; 5620 Morton Street,Philadclphia tel,:(2r5) 849-3237. Naaral Bith Contal, by Katia & JonathanDrale:
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(If you suspect alr Lrnwanted pregnarcy) This recipeshould not be Lrsed a regular on nor as a method ofcontraception. lr is easy prepare,cosrsalmost norhing, ard it is nor havc side eflecrs. fhe be.r rime to begir rhe rrerrmer:r .< rhe,1-y "n rhrr you u.rc uppo cd robeg'n men.r,u"(in8 o, rhe next day). L lnsert a sprig offresh parsleym lar aspossibleinto the vrgina. Changerhe parsleyeven l2 hours. Vhen soft, it may be difficult ro remov€,bur ihis is 2. At rhe sametime, drink p{sley infusions Gee of 3. Drrring thcsc3 days,take hieh doses Vitmin C orally. The idet dosaseis 500 milligrams ."..y hour (6000 mg per day) for up ro 6 days.Vitamin C can bring on nrensrruatjoneven threeweels aftcr a "latc" period.You can bcgin taking Vitamin C orally immediately after urui! rx. Ifsuccessful, you should stan to bleedwirhrn two or drrcedavs.You should know rhat: 0 You nay havc crampswhcn you firsr srartto bleed; m rakegingc infsions (p.1r2) nmded. 0 Thar chmcesofthis nethod wori<ingare lower for .rornen rvho reg-larly take high doses Vii;min of C. 0 That this rreatmentis not adviscdfor womcn widr
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(Thescare nor methodsofbirth conrrol and should nor be usedon a regularbasis). t.,,^,.;. h", .,,".,^ - ,-,r -- ,,:.,'--. ^n,lcn breaks,the following merhodscan hdp preventan unwanredprcgnmcy. 0 ln rhe llrst momcn* following risky s* (or ifa insen one non-chewable Vitamin condom breaks), C tablct (idolly a 500 milligram tablet) into the vagina.Thc acidiry rvill chmge the pH-balancein drc vaginaand preventspermfrom stayingalive. l)^.Js.: I ro 2 ubler, in'erredinro rhe vaginrevery 12 hours, for 3 days.This may burn or cause follow the yogurt vaginelirrirarion; in rhis case, rcame,n (see"Yect Infections", p.26). Take high dosages Viamin C orally Gee"A Simple \?:y of of Bringing YoLrr on Period',p.t7). fhisisagooci medrod to Lrse when you'rc travelling,or asm method. emergcncy 0 \(Jld carrot seed(p.47) can be usedro ryoid unwantedprcgnocies by preventingthe fertilized eggfrorn artachingnselfto cheutcrine wall. Iro-ge: I rca'poon 'eed' cvcryd,1. . r,,ring a' of rhe rimc ofovulation or immedhtely after unsafe sexduring the ferdle period. Somewomen take the Lcgin'. e.d. for ore w*|. orh.r. unrrlbleeding mke rhem in a glax of You can chew on thc seeds, rvateror juice, or swallowthem in gelatin capsules. Male surethat the seeds you buy have not been their chemically*eated, asthis destroys elfectiveness.

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([.nmenagogues herbswhich encourage are menstmal flow by promoting uterine contracuonsl. :' corraceprive.. Th*. me,hod.rft no' r^ hc 'r'cd The recipes here usc more conccntratcd combinationsofherbs and arc designcdto induce a Theseplan* can be uscdifyou wish to miscarriage. abort natumlly, but must be usedin the manner .ndiuted hcre.We proridc rhe.crecip* bowins that only a few women will be ableto usethem undcr their optimal condidons. It's important to know thar thc carlieryou usethese herbs,the more effectivethey'li bc, but one

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nec€ssary: haveto be ar condnion is absoiurcly tou the end ofyour rycle. This meanstiat they will nor ro *ork rieht after ovul.tion, as it is not possible .lirninaie the lerdlized eggbeforeit hasadheredto rhe uterinerv:ll. Someherbssuch wild carrot seed ": car be usedto preventthe fertilized eggfrom itselfto the uterine wall G€ep.47). arraching You $ou1d begin drinking rhe teasthe night before is mensrruation to begin;on that day, or up to 6 ttaysaftcmards-but noc larcrlYou may want to have a pregnanrytest to verify whe*rer you are rea1ly are pregnantor not. Thes€Plarrts not toxic, but keep In m nd ,\ | ifrhp/.ar .rr. c a m'"rrri,gc. \cv ,re an certainlyabletc, damage cmbryo. Ifyou are sure rnakean appohtment for an yoLrarc pregnanr,
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within 48 0 Mosc women should begin menstruaring hours or so after beginning the rrearr;rcnt. 0 You should Lnorv drat rhescherbscm causc lots contractions.nd/or dizz-iness; ofrest is advised. F'I Thcl m-y.11." irrdu,cn.u.clnd/or .um;ri,,F: lightly. wirh a ftiend. They crn check 0 Do rheserreatments progress, give support, masage,keepy". 1,our C Pracricchasshown that the more advanccd th. pregnmcy, the more severe sidc cffects.\re rhc stress once again that this trcatmentshould not be done more then 6 daysafter a mixed prriod. 0 Seenote important' following rccipe#2. Emrnenagogue recipe #2 Ingrcdicnts 0 2 tablespoons dried blue cohoshroot. 0 3 tablcspoons dricd pennyroyalleaves. 0 2 tablespoons dried tansyleaves and flowcs (or lcrcs from rhe plmt in flowo). Put the bluc cohosh root into 6 cupsofwatcr and bring n ro a boil. As soon asn boils, rdcl the remaining herbs,coverand removefrom hear.Let ir sreepfor at least30 minutes.Srrainout rhc herbs t-^it\ \-r.,-. :", 'o Jt- I ,::. Jrd ,.h..,, d. I ashot aspossible,cvery3 to 4 hours for no morc *rm 5 da1s.Drinking thn recipewhile sirtrngm r hor bath ircreases cffccrivcncss. irs recipe#1 (sec Side effecrs: sameas for ernrnenagoguc IMPORTAN'I': Even though conplications are very, very rare,ifyou experience ofd,e follo*ing any symptoms after usirg one ofrhese recipes, to a go hospital immediarely:extremelysevere nausea, very liigh,.,v., 1r0 .r0l dcgr"er lemorrh,gi,,g F', (oaking through more thm 2 padsm hour for over :n.^npl, 4 hou,,r. rn ,h.,, . -rn,..,"rirsr "r,, (indicaredby passing large blood clorsandror hemorrhage),a tl & C (dilation and curcnageor scrapingofrhc utcrinc wall) may be nccessary. Emmenagoguerecipesrumbers I md 2 should not be ured rogeLler. Y"e . n ra-ke s:rrg- infu.ior. 1p.42) earfresh or roor wf ile using tinger emmenagogue recipe#2.

Ifyou knorv you rre pregnanrand arc surerhar you ,nlo rermrnre rhc pr.bamry. a., r qui.lJy ,' " posible. \flomen who are awareoftheir cycleshave ofsuccess. These recipesare not greatest chances miraculous,btr ifvou do them earlr/enough, chanccs succeeding:refairly good. of Use only one of tne hllowing 2 recipes. recipe #1 Emmenagogue lngredients Mo*rerworr, mugi,'crr" goldenseal roor, blue cohoshroot, frcsh ginger root. Pennyroyal can be substitutedfor mugworr, bowevcr,it is hard ro find in nany prns ofCanada (especiaLly in QLrtLec). I lnfuse: 1/2 ounce (14 grams.)ofmothcrworr (a medium*ized handful) md t/2 ounce (14 gr.) of mug*on .r mcdiunr rzedh,ndful\ rn 2 or {.ur boiling water;steepcoveredon low heat lor 20 mlnuresaod stf n. 2. Mal<e decocion of I ounce (28 sr.) ofblue a cohoshroot ir 2 cups ofcold water. Simmer on low hcat for 20 ninutes (covered)and strain. '. Vr. rh. rntr.ion /iro n rcpllrnd'hcdeco,rion (trom srcp2) togedrer. Dosage Drink hor, 1/4 cup, 4 to 5 times per day, or drink a rotrl of t arrd 1/2 cups pcr day, taking a small emount everyhour. In addition Take 2 goldenscal root capsuLes cimesa day; chew 3 on freshginger rnd/or drink as many ginger infLxions(p.42) aspossible.

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Other ernrnenagogues and flowers(p.46) carrbe taken in Tarsy leaves Thi, r ncrurero bring on r mrscarriagc. rnfu.ionor menstrualflow' Dosage:I cup plarit helpsstimriate .linfu.i.ne"ery 2 hour. or 10 lsdropsofrincture in warm *arer every 2 hours. by fennyroyal (p.44) can bring on a miscarriage contractions.?reparean intusion of causingLrtcrinc ard drink it rs hot aspossible you pennyroyalicaves r dr rnk ir whilc .irringin r hor barh.Ma'rimum 4 dosage: cupsper day for no rnore than 5 days.A teespoonofbrewer's yeastin eachcup hclps rncreas€ the effecriveness ofthis plant. Never ingest pennyroyal oil; it is highly toxic and can cause death (no jokel). Note: Unfornrnatelypennyroyalis hard to find in many parmof Canada,so grow your ownl

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irh a mnror md a flshlight. ft's alwaysrvorth ir to vrsrt a new prt ofyour bodyl Smell,tmte, touch. You'll quickly be al'le to tell rvhrt s nor quire righr. Most infectiors can be detectedbeforesymptomssuch as vaginaldischarge and itching appear.Once you becomefarniliar wirh the normrl, healthystarcoF your vagina,a vaginalcxam using a specuiumallows you to detectthe first signsofarr infecrion.You'1l bc ableto spor parts ofthc vaginaor cervixthat are redderrhar usual,or notice small red marks on drc cewix. You can alsoget togelherwith lrieDdsand checkeachotbcr ouc.This is a good way to comparc arrd ercharge experiencc. The references provided at provide sources the end ofthis chapter of inlormation on sellexaminations.

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Make sureyou choosegood-qualirydried herbs. u.ins V."ulizarionmd medir" ion help "hcn imagine eggbcingdrdodged rfe enrrncn,gogr.s, Having someone 6om the rrerrrsand then expelled. massage pressdown on your lowa abdomencan or hclp sdmulateurerinecontractionsarrd induce Alcohol, sugar,nicotine and caffeineall interfere with the body's abiliry to absorbherbs.Try to during the minimize your intale ofthese substances courseof thesetreatmenrs. Drir k,,' of *rter *helr,ing oy of rhe recipe. and herbslisted abovc. Do not, under any circumstances, exceed dre Once again,eventhough recommendeddosages. are complications very, very rm, ifyou do , <p,:icn.c ,ny or rhe toliowiaB mprom(.tf'er $ y: u.ing rlr.e rc.ipc'. go ro " ho.pir:Jimmcdiarc nausea, very high fcvu (103-104 extremelysevere ("ak;ng rhroushmore dcgree0. hcmorrh.rging .l'"n p,a m horrrfor ovtr 4 hou'J. In rhe .sc ol' (indicatedby passinglarge an incompletemiscarriage a blood dom ard/or hemorrhage), D & C (diladon and curettage scrapingofthe uterine wzll) may be or

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Ifyou decideto taLechemicalantibiotics,you're bomd to get a yeastinfection. Eat lots ofplain natural yogurt (the kind with active bacteria) to restorethe vaginas natural pH balance. Avoid acidic fruits ad sugr. Vaginal yogun tablets or acidophilustabletscan alsopr€venty€asrinGctions. Or with the help of a specuium you can insen yogurr into the v€ina using a small spoon or a large "baby syringe" (onewhich doesn'thave a needl. p.37). Red raspbenyleaftea (p.45) or yatrow (p.47) can be usedto resrore equilibrium to the genitals after taking antibiodcs. Take these lor a month or \flhen consulting a physicianor gynecologisc, not it's a bad idea to iind out ifit's absolutclynecessary ro rrearyour condition ivith chemicalmedicine (rnforrunarely,sometimes is).Ask about it alternarives-sympathetic doctorswill understmd Most doctors push artibiotics on us for eventhe n"^, minor 1v.Ll.,n<.vrdpharmaceur.cal compui:r make a huge profit from this. 1We don't have to support th€m. Herbal medicinehasproved itselffor md the choiceis yours. centuries... lfyou havean infectior or STD, it's importaat that both you arrdyour sexual panne(s) follow *rese pa,ssed $earmcntsar STDSare easity back and fonh this will help you avoid reinfection after completing a rreatment. Men can heal themselveswith these rreatmen$by tahing tie herbsin infusion or tincture form (referto speciflcnotesin tex$. Keep in mind that practising safesex carr prevent rhe trusmission ofmost STDS, and reduc€sth€ risk of reinfection after a trearment.

oil) ca" be rubbed onto the infeaed areas(skin and hair) and left on all night. \Cash offwith ,""p. Repeatas nceded.Ifit's especially bad, apply 3 dmes a day or more. Drink thyme inlirsions (p.46).

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Scabies tiny parasites are that live ard leed tnder tle our€rmostlayerofour skin, diggiry long furrows where the female lays her eggs. Syrnptorns A-frcr inc rbarion m periodofse"eral week, ,, uLe irchyspo,< appe;rduringrhe nighr. \ . "ill ,l':.e:t.n'u*es

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Crabs
Everyone, even smallchildren caa get crabs.They r.e riny in.c,r likc crearurcr rh,r Ia1r-heir rgs<in dorha, sofas, bedding and carpets. Crabs cannot sr-rrvive more than 24 to 48 hours without a host for ro feedoffol lt's very important to destroy 6eir eggsas well. Syrnptorns in They itchl 'Ihe itchinessis concentrated the hriry.uea.ofrhe body genirJregionrd ot-her They :re small.and rheir eggs reventhe eyebrow<). )ook lile tiny brown dots at the baseofthe hair. 1'at to do 0 Clorhes,towels,and bed linen should be wxhed in driedon.r high setring. hor *,ra:nd machine Rugsand ..rpets should bc "quaantined" lxepr out ofcontact) for 10 to 15 days,dependingon the severiry the invasion. of 0 Thyme. red rhyme (more porenr) or hvendar es'enri:l oi.ls dilured;n oliveoil i2 ro J rexpoon. of oil essential for cvery5 ouncesor 142 ml. ofolive

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in 0 Freshchickweed(p.40) is very effective dissolving warts over an ertended period of sweral months. Eat the fresh pla.rr or make an in6rsion (p.34). The only way to get fresh cirickveedis to oucrthe.ig ,"d in rhe p;ck ir youself-ir g'o-s aJJ plant {p.38t.lfyou car't find the fresh .oLrnrry'ide you carr take chicl:weed in tincture form Take note: Valts calr be easilyspreadthrough handcontact Some to-genitalard genital-to-genital t to warts man omerFyou .houJd ,se condomor den,,l rale pre.audons, " dr- rr you .r your p*n ner r<infected:rry ro wzsh your hmds beforesexuJ conracr.or (a.ndthis r<I rough one) reduce hand-to-geniral conract. omen who have had warts should ha"c " Pap test

Diet 0 Crapes rdr i<edlor rieir .vrri-,ir:1proper are r;c.. concentrated their skins. in 0 Bre"ers ye^r (rn rablcr'). Reminder: this is not re proneLoyeasl adv;ed ro' "omcn "ho infecdons. 0 Vitamin C, vitamin A" vitamin E. 0 Tal<e 800 ro I 000 milligram.of lrsinedailylor one to nvo weeks-not longer. You car repear this treatment after two week'sbreak. 0 Try to undersmnd what dggers an attack stress, *hich ioods. depression. clorhes.mensrruarron. etc... and try to avoid what you can. 0 Avoid cotree,chocolate, nuts, sugararrd alcohol. 0 Take los ofgarlic (freshand in tablersor

Herpes
ro FIerpe. SimplexII is very<imilar SimPld-l kold ..re. on rhe mouLh lr and lip<1. i. saidro affe.ronly on ,1,.b..riLai rcg;on. bur ir c:l Ce"relop an; pa;rcf ol rhebodv.Tbe mov (ommon m€ans (ransmrs<ron c:rl , onracr. rhoughhe.pes also i. g"nirJ-ro-genitai be p,scd from one personto ano$er duting mouth will app€ar o' iand-to genitalcontact.Lesiorls or beveen two to 10 daysafter exposure, more, by accompanied a feverand flu'likc symptoms an S"me wome' *ill exoerience ourbreakinsteadof mensrruatins, and when the flu, beforeor aftJ. is a virus, whi& meansthat it Herpes under stress. \Zomen who livesin your systemand can reappear. mey want to avoid chocolate, nuts, have herpes caffeine, sugarand alcohol in order to prevent outbrealc Geebelow). rWhat to do Infrequent recurence (onceor twice a year) (p.+J)at rheonscr of T.Le eold..*J roorcaosuJ.s rhe orirb*,k and for r*o wtks rfterwards Reperrif the outbreak.eocctrrs. Very frequent recurrence for: longtime Th. :.,',n;.".ysr.- musrbe treaLed (up ro I year).'fake echinacea the root (p.41) Lrncil oroblem is eone.Use a tincture to facilitate is ab.ororion.-A.orher eood rcmedvfor herpes g,rlici rale' i" crp"r,ics r,bleri.TiIe;h;rh dor o' (rz capsulesl rlie onsetofm outbreak (charaiterized"r a tingling sensation), and then by evcry4 hours for 3 days.It is threecapsules of4 to 6 recommnded tLar vou maintain a dosaee to a vear after the i-nitial .ro"o1." d"v fo. "p suggested they as *i"t-e"t. " Kyoli. g".li. tabl.ts "re and have no odor' digested are easily the outbreak During Ta-ke baths,walk around naked (freshair driesout rime' a .ore9. Apply whire Jay aad ler it dry sever:J and hclps relievepain Resr'Rela-x d,yr chy liea-ls

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Bladder & {Jrinary Infections

Symptorns Having to peeall the time, pressure the bladtlcr, in feelingthe urge to pec but nothir'g comes(or maybe just rwo to threedrops), blood in the urine, dark sisnrray urinewir-h vrong odor. Be c.rreful. a rhe<e be indicativeofa rnore seriousinfection such as (PID). Check wnh a PelvicIn0ammatory Disease doctor ifyou'rc not sure. Causes Imbalancein the intestinal bactcria, wiping ftom back to front, nylon underwear, chemicalfoms, suess, cold, analpenctrationfbllowed by vaginalpenetrationwithour clemire rhe fingcrs,pcnis or sextoy in between. 'N7hat to do 0 For thosewho consisrendy suffer from this rype of infection, drinking cranberryjuicedaily is a musr. DrinI a sirccn oun.e glas'hourlyar rhe firsr.:gn' ofan infection. This wiil usuallystop it in a couple of hous. Continuedrinking 16 oun.cso{ juiccar lcxr rwicea day for prevenrion. .ranberry drink a sixtecn Ifnothing but water is available ho"rly, ald make sureyou areCrinking ounceglass a ar leasr6ight glasses day after that. 0 Bearbery (alsocalledUvrusi, p.39) in intusion or tincure is very good. You'll probably feellike your bladderis going to burst but it's sureto get rid ofthe infection. 0 Take yarrow (p.47) in inlirsion or tincture. g*1

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0 Trv a more alLalinedier comprisedoffruits, almonds,leeks,rurnips and bidey. Avoid cotree, rea.merr. u hite llour. sug:r ald acidgeneraring foods. (p.43) for two capsules 0 In addition, take goldenseal or 0 In caseofpain, eke ralerian (p.46) capsuJes

during sexr.ral intercourse. Ifyou havea yeasr infection,penetrationofary sort (penis,sexcoys, fingers) is not recommended (even with a conoo'n, sinceit can aggravare iritation. the Vash your hards ald genitals alier ary sexual contact with arr inlicted partner as it is very .ay ro becomereinfectedthrough intercourse hand toor Causes Neruomness, fatigue, pregnancy, heaq a sudden change in your life, a new sexual panncr, stress, vitamin B deficiencv,e.:rinsroo much -_bsupr .. . , : . .
' w errrng ti ghr-l rl trng or s],nrherrc mdrrue l] - . . . l

ehbmydia ofrenoccur.wiuhoutl mprom, in many is women. Its presence indicated by an infected cervix widr a yellowish color (checL with a when urinaring artd speculum),a burning sensation heary vaginal discharge. Chlamydia can also be You can alsocontact chlamydiain asympromatic... your rhroat during oral sex.Ifyou suspect thar you may haveconrractedchlamydia,or ifyoule noc sure ofyour symproms,have a tesr done. Ifgone untreated over a long pciod of tine, dJamydia cu lead to long-term complications lil-e PID =:ra sterility. No joke! V/hat ro do (p.41) twice a week for 3 weeks. Take echinacea in Takc echinacea tincture to facilirateabsorption. Douche wnh a decoction ofechinacea,rwice a week for 3 weeks.In addition, eat raw garlic or take garlic capsules cveryday. Duration ofthe treatmenr I to 2 monrhs, dependingon the severityofthe infection. After the treatment has ended have another res done to rnake sure the infection is really gone. In (p.43). caseofsevereinfecdon treat with goldcnseal

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Antibiotics will often bring on a yeasr infection rs they wipe out many of rhe vagina s natural bacteria, allowing candida to reproducein high nmbers.

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Waginitis

& V';lwitis

This is a carch'all term for s*eral disorders: ycast infections(candida),trichomonasand gardnarella. Thesecondirions are inflammation ofthe vagina arrd ofthe vulvi; they depend upon many factorsand are nor caused by exclusively sexualintercouse Spermicide,andbiorics,latex and perfurnedsoaps car induce vaginitis or vLrlviris cerrainwomen. in Sensitivityto theseand orher irritants varieswith cachand everywoman. Specificcauses :nd their

0 Plain natural yogtrn is very effective. Insert it with a teapoon (using specuJum a ifnecesaryt. V*r a prd ;s rhe yoguri will flow out. Mal<e<urero use unp,lui,rd yogourr conraining lactob;"illi. Iivc I ou c:n so usevatLnar),ogourtcapsures. Acidophillus capsules work wcn better;but as they aresmall,you shoutdinsen sweral capsules or 3) (2 into the vagina.They can be taken orally at the samecime.Durarion ofrhe trearment 5 to l0 dar-s, T. : i. . i . ,, . i^ , , -.-r--LI.... - ; ^ L . ,,, - - " -.,..,",,..,-.,_,. - ^r yogurtJ to 4 timcs a day. "Baby syringes" will work wel to inserr yogun rnd areavajlable drug'rores. in Yogur cu alsobe apptied u<ingLho,esadsers u<edfor insening rpcrmicide wnh .r dirphragm rhel, cm sometimes bought separately. be 0 Follow the garlic trearments indicatedfor trichomonasbelow Yeast infectionsareoften asymptomaric men. in Men ca;rgct rid ofyeast by rtbbing yogourt anoior garlicon the penis everynight for 7 to 10 days. To treating itching 0useonerer\poonofb,t .g."a, i""n. \ r cup ofwarer.Appryro rhe vurq a ntrd.d. | \*. \ Douchcwirh grlic /p.{2. $n mJy burn if \ Y irritarion <.'e,e)o' goldcn'el tp.zJ1. ic Trv\ I / not to scratch. Acidic vagin3idouches sirh I vinegaror lernon are alsoeffective. Use 2 teaspoons in two cups ofwater. Douche twice a day for 2 days, then rxe the yogoun treatmeDt (abovc) For a few days to rebalance the vaginal flora. NB: Pregnantwooen should avoid douching.

Yeast Infections

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This infection is caused a yeastJikefungus (called by candidr)normallyfound in rhe vrgina.-l he vrginr usuallyproteca againstinfection through ctre production ofbacteria which maintain its natural acidity. en this acidig' is altered,it allows b,crer:a in surh ascmdidr ro muJriply lrrge numbers,causingthe i"fecdon. Yeastinfectionsare nor considereda sexually transmitreddisease they can be transmitted but

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Diet 0 Avoid acid-gencraring foods (citrisfruit, romatoes, erc.),sugar,white flour. Iat foods rich in vitmin B (drk leafi vcgetables). largequantitiesof Eat yogourt and raw gnlic daily.

lf richornonas
This is a one-cellparasiticorgnism, olien transmittedduring s*ua1 contactor by humid rer Ln,ar'on. '-ndi,;^, F,.qJ.n. r. r.-re'rce.trer Abundant yellowishdischarge, "i"hy" smell,itching; sm:ll ""pleas,r"t rhe on the ..d dots on "agi.,1w"1ls -d cenix (viible with the speculum); some mes foamy; rhreadlike secretions, irritation around the vulva and the openingof rhc vagina. rX4rat to do 0 Garlic clovescan be inserrcdin thc vagina,uy ror ir. ni.k the.lo'c wl,cnpcelirrg \r('r:pit up in a '. cheeseclorh gaure (you car leavea "mil,' which or can rhen be ued for e.sy removal, rnuch like a rampon),alrd dip n in olive oil or almond oil to avoidirritating the mucous membrane.Changethe clove2 to 3 times a day fbr the frrst two daysmd rhen onceh rhe morning md once at night for 5 ro 6 days.Men can drink garlic infusionsor take g:rlic rablcrs. (p.13) orally. Do dis 0 l-akegoldenseal capsules rreatmentlor two wcckr. Accompmy rhis rrcarmentwith vaginaldouchesofthe infusron, oncc a day (p.37)-this getsrid ofthe itching. Rcduccthe lrequencyofdouching for the second

V4rat to do 0 Echinacea decoctionor rincture (p.41) for 2 to :t months, accompiniedby a vaginaldoucheofrhe decoctionI to 3 times a rveekuntil the vaginai discharge and irching have disappeared. not Do douchetoo ofte". Take valerian(p.46) to relicve discomfortifnced be. (p.41) fof 3 weeksfoltowedby 0 Echinacea golderxeal(p.43) for I week.It is recommendeil that you take theseherbsin tincture form to faciliratetheir absorption.Tal<ea one-week ureatr and repeatthe sarne'patrern" 2 more times. Do rhis with your parrner. di ,4'f.hS
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Dou(hewi,h sojdensear needed Lhere a ir i' a lo( ofdis.hargc and ir.hine*.

Related Interests

alcrian relinr. di\omfon a. needcd. tp.tr(,)

0 Douche wirh waccrand clay: put 6 ablespoonsofwhite clay ilto a pint oflulewarm water.lrt the day setdeat the boftom ofcontaherDo not stir. Use enoughwatcr to dou;he- ith, do this oncea day or as neededfor 5 days.Avoid metal utensils when using clay.

Douching with claywater hasprovedto be effective in healingmost typesofraginids. 0 In case ofgonorhea or syphillisyou'd be well advised consult a to naturopath,herbalistor homeopath, md ifnecessary, gynccologist. a

Gardnarella
S)'*Pto'.'" Greyishvaginal dnchargewith a srrongsmcJl. 'What to do Samerrcatncnt aslor trichomoms.

Remember, though you may want to avoid medical treatment,many clinics offer testsfor the problems and STDs mentionedin this secrion.Someoftheir 'i-.' " u,l i, . h".' '^ de:eraile which STD you havebeforetreatingyourselfwith herbalremedjes. Cerlain STDs suchas gonorrhea (PID), can resultin pelvic inflammatory disease iniertiiny and other compiicationsifieh untreareci. Ifthese trearments not woi< for 1'ou,be srrreto do seea good gynecologist medicalreatmenr. for fohpe, itc synptom.:nd diagno.j,. inl'ormarion on using a speculum,consuft Thc New Our Bodies, ourselrs (Updzted and Expandedfor the 90t) by tne BostonVomen's Health BooL Collecrive. TabeBach Your L{e: A \u;nnen': Guide to Abematiue Heabh Care, by Alicia non Grara. (address Publishedby PrcfaneExistence in "InterestingReading"sectionon p.{8).

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Bacterial Infections & GonorrLea
Theseproblemsindicatc that thc immun€ systemhas r" be..rio.r.lyrrclcd rnd builLup. Bcparientthc rr..tments can bc long. Theseproblemscan recur irequ-rrlyafrelhe fir'r arra"kr bcrrcrro gcr rid .r'. of them for good. Syrnptorns Vcry lighr grryish.ecrerion.. r.rrible.mcll. irir,rjon or itchiness ofthe vulva. Often occurswithour

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Pain Owarian

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comesbetweenthe tOrh and l5th day This Lrsually ofthe cycle,counting from the onsct of A menstruation. sharppain on either or both sidesof rhelowerabdomermcrn. rh,r rhe eggi. being Thi. c, r also.:u.e d.lficulry. relea ed 'potting. ".rh ile theremay be internal inilammation, rr rs pain. usuallytensionthat causes 0 K.ep . hot wate' bottle on thc lower abdomen 0'iake an infusion ofginger (p.42) or red raspberry (p.45) or cdery sced(p.40) or valerian(p 46) leaves for pain ifneed be. 0lmproveormodifrlourdtct (ee 'ugg. tronsin "Piamenstrual Syncirome, p 7 and tlie seciio.,s "Dysmennorhea Paintul Periods",p.9). or

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(p.46) in tincrure asneeded. 0 For pain: r.aierian 0 lFp.rinper.i*<see h"meop,r\ or a rarurop r 'rF. or seekmedic:l amention.

Fibroids in the (Jterus
Most ofthe dme rheseare benign, but thi:y do have a rendency grow largerduring the cycle.Afrer to menopause tumors usuallydiminish alrd the disappear. Twenty to rhirty per cent ofwomen ovcr the ageof30 have flbroid tumors. Somerimes a vigorousexercising program will gct rid ofthern. If the fibroids grow fasr,arc large and painful p.cs ", on the bladderand rhe colon rhey must be surgically removed. Aside from exceptionalcases, docs not this mean that a hlsterectomy is neededbut rathera myecromy-rhar rhe fibroid rumor Jon. i, i'. V4rat to do 0 Try cleansing your geniul organs(p.32). 0 Stimuiatebloocicircularion by taking cayenoe (p.40) and rry rhis dnsdc nrerhod: peppercapsules sit in a nb ofcold water cverymorning for 2 to 5 minutes (or evenlonger ifpossible). 0 A dier rncorporaring ofraw vegerrLle, lor. is 0 vslefian (p.46) asneededtor pain. 0 Be patientl

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Cysts

and tends to over-dramatize Medical science Cystsare too ofrcn treatscystswith surgery. rr) quite comrnonand in somewomen they appearregularlydrroughout the courseof rheir mensrru:l rydes. Tiny at first, they become hrger during *re cycleand then d<rese in size.The paln, urme retenuon, mosr conmon sgns ar€ scvere discomforraroundthe anuswhen drirting ard

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Varicose Veins on the Cerwix
Visible wirh a speculLrm, thev are thin, purpie, spindlyvcins which resemble varicose vejr,soii thc leg<. Thel rcndto bc paintul beforemen rru"rior 'What to do 0 Cayenncpepper (p.40) for thc rholc morrh or rhe few daysbeicre menstruation. 0 Vitamin E (nu$, bran, wheat germ) and vrtamrn C.

Ntl: Cyststhar do not go awayna7- requirelongr..- reatment, and.'.n medicalaacnrion, as they true of cm becomemalignant;thn is especially V/hat to do cornbinedwith 0 A diet based raw vegetables on to daily excrciseencouragesc1'srs dissolve. (p.45) raken fo.3 to 6 0 Red raspberryleaftea s monrhrimpr.vc' rheoverall ateof thc o"arie' rhey inllnm,rion o'.ys's rhecau'e nd reorrce' arc tste good, rxpberry leaves easilytaken for long periodsof rime). 0 Ifthe cystsare reallybotheringyou, take 3 capsules of cayenne pepper(p.40) ev..y d"y, asweli as intusionsofyarrow (p.47) for 6 weeks, acconpaniedbv intusionsor tincturesofred raspb.iry leavei.Do this treatmentas nc.d.d. 0 Chickweed(p.40) in rincture fonn is very effective ova-riarr cysts, when cysts, espccially for dissolving rakenover long periodsof time. 0 CheckrhequJ ry ol your dge.rion:in c.riral re consripationl ofren oroblcm'r'uch a. ear -d wirh pdn rrom cysts. coniusecl

I{orrnonal

Irnbalance

You may expcrience hormonal imbalancedue to a;r menopau.e. rakingrhe pill. losinglarge am.o-unrr of

weightandseriou stress. Hormoneimbalances resultinr can 0 Mnsedperiods. 0 Unusually shon or longperiods; unusually light or hearyflow.
0 An extremely long or short menstmal cycle(eg., gening your period every 10 ro 21 days,or evcry35 to 42 dayO. 0 Severe PMS or heary cramping beforeand at rhe onsetof menstruation.

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rr-B:Someor all of theseslmptoms may be present in women *'ho go offthe Pill-sometimesfor up ro 6 V4rat to do Use a combination oflicorice root, red raspberry leaves and rosehips: I. lr{ake a regulardecoction(p.35) using 1/2 ounce licorice (14 sr.) and 1/2 ounce rosehips, in 4 cups 2. Make a regularintusion (p.34) usins 1 ounce (28 leaves 2 or 3 cupsofboihrg in gr.) ofred raspberry :1.Srrainaj1dmix the nvo preparations. Dosage:t/4 cup 3 times a day. Do this treatment for stop for 3 weeksand smrt againasneeded. 6 weeks; ,Alr easierway is to use all these planm in tinctures, in Tale 5 to 10 drops of available healthfood stores. eachherb tincture 2 to 3 times a day. treatmenrsare available but Other, more elaborate are roo long to list here. Diet regulaly or take in kelp capsul* c"-y Lat seaweed

lAfkro dislar y f f i
@F NJ cennesby are spices. Theywork on the erogenous
.:'1 rns ,n rnren.e r or blood ro rheper.ph.'.l flo ,,imulr .o' . orsar.. *h ch in,u,n lcrd. ro 'cxurl Bc,u.cof Lhrir.rrong-rom, :ndrhe in.r.rc i' cnergrpro'ided.'pi.e<excite,ensorJper'cprior, . Dc0nitely worth rryingl (stick or powder forh) Cinnarnon sork 20 gr. otcinnanon in onc liLre ofq eerq ir, for 10 days arrd drink two small glasses every day. Simmer 20 gr. of cinnmon with a few cloves 15for 20 minutes in one litre ofgood red wine; sweeten wnh honey and drink I cup as desired.

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Ginger
Grate a good quanriry ofthe ftesh roor, add to water and simmer covaed for menty minutes. Drink a .nr,ll ,:p ri"r mcJ'. lhr< aJ,. rmpr"'- d;g'rorr. Clowes Mix halfa rerpoon of powderedcloveswirh honey. Use it like jan. Infuse 2 or 3 clovesin one cup ofboiling water. Steepwenty minutes. Drink 1 to 2 cupsper day. Steep2 to 3 doves in one cup ofgood hot red u.ine for a few minutes;add some lemon rind, cinnamon and a pincb ofnutmeg. Rosernary Sreepone hardful in boiling water. Drink 2 to 3 cups everyday. trfuse 50 gr.ms of ieaves mri brmchcs in I iitre oi dry white wine for 10 days.Drink 2-3 small glasses San'ory lnfuse one handful in boiling water; drink 3 cups per

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Cleansing Your Genitals
our The follownrg herbscleanse genitals rvhcrecysts, adhesions, fibroids, etc. take retuge... 'fhn combination ofherbs w;ll help in cases of painful, irregular,overly heary or absentperiodsand infertility. sometimes, rWhat to do Prepare iniusion with yarrow, red raspberry an leavcs, and freshgingo root (gratem inch or nvo of leaves sinsef). Use 1 ounce(28 gr.) ofred raspberry ,.J1. . f..,.,-.,"17))n,l"inpe, in6ro8 ^'nrf cupsof*n... Dosage:1/2 cup 3 times a day. Also rake 1 capsule oicayennc pcppcr (p.40) 3 rimesa

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Follow rhis treatmentfor 6 weeks.Consideringthe facr rhat clrosing is a slow process(it rakesar ieast as asmuch time co clemseourselves it took for the systemto clog stop the ueatment for 3 weela "p), and srarragainlor a 6 week period as needed. on by llcre againwe can make n easier ourselves taking rhe herbsin tincrure lorm (5 to l0 drops of eachplant, 2 ro 3 rimes a dal; cornbinethis with iniisions ofginger (p.42) or eat thc fresh grated 0 Drink lots ofwater with all ofthese treatn'..u. Again, other, more elaboratctreatmmx are available but aretoo long to list here. For further reading Y.dr,by SBM\Xtee,l \YxcVonan Hobaffor thcChidbearihg

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For very efftcientresults,poLrr4 to 5 drops ofsavory essential on a pieceofsugar. Take everyday or as oil

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Ginsengand royrl jelly are also aphrodisiacs ard Avail"bl.irnd lc* expenrrve t hine.e in 'onic,. herbalstores, ginsengis usedin Chinesemedicine to strengthenthe elderly and is alwaysusedcarefull)'. Seekadvicelrom the salesperson. NB: Ginsengis commonly uscd for men, royal jelly

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ir'iu-ion'md d.corrion. .r rc,, preparirgherbal Avoid using pots, pans or for rnedicinalpurposes. utensilsmade ofaluminum. Go lor enamelrco, pots with wood utensils.Use sninlessstcl or glass onpr.ng w;ter ior moreporenrpotions. 'ilrered Note rhar rhere are severaldifferent ways to prepare tinctures,etc. Opinions on infusions,decoctions, an llhar constirutes infusion or decoctioncarrrary from one herbal thenpisr or pracritionerro another. \,'t,r ue h.rve choren do is to providcrhc erriesr to mcthodsofpreparation, while ensuringpotent alrd rreatmenrs. These are good for &ied herbs, effecrive use slighdy more wlen they ue fi*h. Ifyou do want to turther exp)orethe subjectofplant preparation, consultthe "Herbal Pharmacy"section ofeirher ofSusun S. weed's two t'ooks Gee 'lnterestingReading"p.48). They are excellent.

I ounce (nedium handful) ofdried root or uart lai' . .<,1 Cove! and simme. Glowly) for 20 minutes. Do not boil. Strain. Can be kept in fridge for 2 to 3 days. Roots arrd bark c:n be soai<ed the same amounr or in water overnight,beforesimmering; this incrcases

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Use3 teaspoons eve.y ."p' of-"t.. for : anddrink 3 cupsper day. Norrnal dosage (adults)
for infusiom md decocdons

Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Do not boil. Srrain

For intusions: 1/4 to I cup, 3 to 4 times a day (unless othevis.); dosages e.ch specified for individual plart are speciied in the chaprer"Herbrl P.^-"*i".,.,.t f)^...". l-ordecoction': ounce./l /4 .upr J Lo rime< .r " ' day (unlessspecified o*rerwise);dosases each lor individual plaat are specifiedin rhe chaprer"Herbal It is recommended take the herbs 6 daysa week, to for a paiod of 6 weeks.This process cm be repeated sevcral dmes (unles specifledothemise). Vc haveto keep in mind that everyone's body reacts differenriy to herbs (according weight, agc,erc...)To adapt to to our needs, can slightly decrest or increase we rhe qumtities arrdduration ofthe rreatments. Use your Tinctrrres finctures containrhe alkJoid prrr' of plan,. 'he ;q crrra,rcd rd prcserucd alcohoi, aoorc ici"" r .l- u'n.e", o, er;c.,i,.. A. u'.(vrr" ..;;""-.d herbalextracts, they remarn porenr tor a iong I can be carriedand ingestedeasily,are easy ltime, - ro p'eprr artdr.r qur,ldy. I heyare,old in herb storesand health food stores.V/trile tinctues may seemexpensive buy (their pricesrarge from to $9 to $14 per dropper botde), drcy lasra very long time; considerthe fact that antibiotics can cost anyr-r'here from $20 to $60 a bottle, for a 7 day dosel Tinctures re useddiluted in warm water {abour 15 drop. in r lirrlebir ofr:rcr. J rime' : dayr.

Regr.rlar infrrsion

and stems lor most flowers,leaves A very basic method 2 cupsofboiiing water per 1 ounce (largehaldfrn) ofhsbs, leaves flowers.This is good for &ied or hcbs, use slightly more when they ae fresh. Add plant material to boiling water; removefrom heatmd cover.Infuse (sreep) at least20 mrnutes for

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NB: This method is more effectiveas it extr:crs more ofthe plant s medicinal propcrties. Use 2 ounces(2 largehandfuls)ofthe plaot pans for e"ery4-5 cups ofwatcr used (or I ouncc ofplant per 2-3 cupswater). Ilring the water ro a boil. Put the plant material in a n*on (pickling) jar. Pour the boiling water into the jar over rhe plant material;try to leaveaslitde air as posible. Screwrhe lid on tighdy. Let it steepat .oon remPerarure: 0 for flowers:2 hours 0 for leaves: to 6 hotrs 4 0 for llower and leaves: hours 4 0 for seeds and beries: 30 minutes 0 for roots and barL: 8 hours or overnight Srrainthe infusionwhen it is rcady. (NB: roots, bark, berriesarrd seeds can alsobe preparedas decoctions; below). see Nevcr boil infusions,evenwhen reheatingthem. the Boiling destroys potency ofthe plants. in Intusionscall be preserved the liidge for 2-3 days, jars. This way you can prepare in tightly capped them in advance, and reheatthem asneeded.

To rnake your

own

tinctures

Tinctures are surprisinglyeasyto make. 0 Always uselresh plant material: flowers,srems, 0 Dried roots can be tsed but are not as potent as fresh ones.

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I .. dru n^on lp.clJing'irr uir\ " rigl-r- .le:n. firring Jid-it's not a bad idea ro boil ir first, ro make surc iis serile (1crit dry out completelybefore ". i g.o rr r:rc u.c Donorrv-horin.eoLl mareriai.Freshroots can be scrubbedor pec{cd. e ,..-y.l- p 'hc DJ r' o'11,.pl,,rr vo.lx" u<i ng (xnh rhe exceptionof small O"*er"). Fill ch. ja' righr up ro the top. For dried rooa: use2 ounccs (56 gr.) in a 500 ml (halflitre) jar. Fill rhe jar wirh grain il..h.l ("hi.h c"n be hard to find) or use45 % vodka or alcohol.Voclla dncturestastebetie! but .rlcoolis rnuch ch*p* (v"u call sharethe costsas *cll as thc finished tincturc mong friends). Usea krife to dnlodge any air bubbles.Makc sure ro fill rhe jrr to rhe top; rry not to leavelrry air (this can .po;lLl errn.rure)bLrrdonrw.rq it'her', rn' bir ofair left. po..ibic.t rbcl rhe i"r r'a( rr . hr,r, .r.righrly,rr i,h rhe n.,me rhe pLrr urd,nd rhe drre. ol d" I VJe one r inc'u-c ior cr' h plm: y"r r e u.ing. I r"cq re*d 1.;rver,crhe j,rriru rime..:rore rrom d,rect(unrtnt. *,$r) e/ I Fe r rr,cr will Le re .dy ir' 6 wce\,.\trhe,riL . ur. and discardrhe plant parts. ready,srrain,squeeze Storeyour tincturesin sterilizedbrown glassbonles, awayfrorn lighr and in a cool place. botdeswith droppersca be bought in Brown glass theseare Lrsed measure to somehealth food stores; rh- do.agc U e onll gL* dropper. pla.ricone' .r. can bc casilycontaminated. Uscful rincturesro keep on hand are:valcrian, cchlnacea, licorice,yarrow...

'S7-ash (also called a soak) L,.,..r ir i.i r . ::r r r ' ' .F.\

1",i.'."J.i. :":;t:1. i f..'l;'t j;j ".'%''
direcdy ln the wash,or dip a clea,rcloth into dre washmd apply n wherevernecded.

ls

Paste A pasteis made by miing the powderedhcrb (eg, roo$ with a small anlounr ofivarff. lh€ goldenseal pasteis then applied externallvto the affectedarca.

u{fl Dou.hc qr r o inru r"n "r "ons o.,o 1,on ''l$rabour I.up ' a body 'emperlre. Do r^"'over-usevaginaldouch* as rhn cm disturb rhe .^ _. hould I h,-,. -i . t --".,., " not Lrsc douches.fhe doucheswe mention h rllis bookler ue medicinal douches;avo;d scenred douchs sold in pharmacies fthe kind d,at male yor 'smdl bener') astheybavebcenlinkedto Pel'ic lnfhmmatog' Discasc(PID). IMfOR-|ANT: Always douche gendy; douchlng lorcetully can worsenalr infection bv forcrngn up inco your uterus,which carrthen cause PID. For malc genitals, soakthe infectedarea.

Vaginal douches & "sitz" baths dor.h. Li,.r. ,oldin Jr .g, - . #'\ 38,rrl

"Baby

syr inges "

L a p su le s \) , i l:. u\cs:Ju:J pJwdered \!rb. /c,. -, ,,.i.nn. p"pp.,.q.ng.,l v., ."r l,y.-y,iy ,f g . l .r .n.,p'u lr . L iz<rl0 Lobeprcj'e),r herrh ) r " o do r I cr h.,^r ,.,, d nll rh.m up y"ur.elf, I ones. ,hn Ls chcrpcrthu buyingthe rerdy'made E s s e n ti al o ils o ;rom:,ic,..en.crarc rarrc ' sub . a , F. cn r ir J r lsor i"r rainplant by di'rillar .r 49 ^,',c,.d fromcer q B' " .'.i .'. r h eesen.e'.lre di*"lvrd in oil. T h . y rr "rc ,oldin healhf"oJ,nd herL,,rores. Poulti ce
A poultice is essenrially rltice cmshcd plant material, applied externallyto rhc infectedarea(eg. cuts, burns...). For freshplants, chop or sores, grarcrhe pl"nt mar€rialajld apply it direcdy to the :rffecred ar.a. Dried plants:pour boiiingwater ovcr the plant, cover and to sork for halfan hoLrr 4 hoursGee the infusiond. Stranr,then sque€ze water out arrd You can alsowrap .pply them to the aFcctedareas. po"ltices in a thin layer ofgauze beforeapplying The liquid can be tsed as arr infusion or a soak Gce bclo*l.

a

Theseare reladvelylargesyringes(abouran inch in diameter)with an opcning at thc rip thcy do nor h.vcancedc. ll-1.,rrb.u'-d lo, i,, ", ;.")oF,,' into thc vagnraor lor douching. Thev cur be found in manypharmacies.

i.iotes
v€ry Cenain infusionsand dccoctionsdo not raste h^n-v .r l"rnon.Vo r prep,r"r good,add "n. should be ral<en wrm unles speclfied oth:o"se For long'tom umrments, rememberrhat tincture: are Most ofthe plarrrsmentioned in rhis booklet gro* in Nonh America and are thereforeavailable botli in the city and in the country, aswell asin rnanyherb/ healrhfood stores. Keep in mind drat herbsare not drugs bur foods.They provicienourishmentfor rhe body to heal nse[. Although someherbsare not to be taLen during pregnancy,there re genoaiiy no side effects. is a normal reaction,however,to havc h lessofu appetiteand/or lighr diarrheadunng a treatment.You may haveto urinareoften. Alrvays drink lots ofwater during a trcatm.nt. You should J'o nor Lh"rfre.h herb, -nd Linc r-are more potent than drGd herbs,evenwell' Don t hesitateto seekhelp from expcnsin your area and remembercenain chronic prol:lens or acure trcat"-'.. condnionswili need more elaborate

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'l^bl#'tt':! W--r
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The Englishmd Frenchcommon names(eg, bearbery in Erglish: busserole French)ofthe in plantsare provided,asare their Latin names(eg, A'trostaphvlos u,l. \e'hen bLryingh.rbs. al$ay. tva ral<e nore ofthe Larin nameofrhe plmr you needr rhis will cnsurethat you get exacdywhat you're lookingior. lr al,o hclpfrl for buyingherhs in non. ' ,pealingregion,or counrrin. or English Frcnch You shouldknow that consumingcaffeine,mcoune, alcohol alld sugarinterferes with the absorptionof plmr m:reri.l1. rrramins and mineral.. maI;ng rhe treatments lesseffecrive. Try to limit your intake of qhcn u'ing hcrbalremedie.. rhe.e.ubsLrn.cl Ifyou buy herbs,mal<e sureyou buy good qualiry, well p'esewrd d,;ed he!b\.D-i.d hcrbsremain potent for abour 12 months. Storethem ir brov.'n paper bagsor dassj*s, in a cool, dark place Commcrciallysold herbsshould be colorful ard aromatic.Buy herbsthat havenot beensprayed with or Consult the resources pesticides other chemicals. secrionfor a list ofreliable herb stora and mailorder disuibutors. NB: \Vhen we talk about using the whole plant, we mean the stems, leavcs and flowers;this doesnot

lound growing in the countryside;many of easily rhem are also commonly found in gardens :rrd in crpry loLs r\e ciry.Chmomile. chiclveed.red .xpberry le."es, tansy, wiid carrot seedarrd yarrow arrd easiest spot. to amo"g rhe most "bundant "'. of Picking your own herbs givesyou the advantage gening the freshest herbs possible, :rllowingyou to prepare your own tinctures arrd dried herbs, a-ndit cm also saveyou money. However,if1-ou do mnt to pick youi own herbs, rhereare a f.w thi"gs you shorid know: 0 Someplants arepoisonousand evendeadly if wild carrot seedis easily ingested(for example, with poisonhcmlock which can be f.tal). confused You sirould be i00o/osurethar rtrc piancyou are plcLing is rhe one you reallywartl Unlessyou've ir. donerhisbciore. besrro goon,'field rrip" who knows their stuff, in addidon to with someone . on. rlrirg a fieJd guidcbool ,o hclp you re.ognire end idenriff plants.Get to know someofthe different plantswell; take note ofhow they look and smcll beforeyou embark on picking anlthing. Ifyou're everunsure,evenslightly, don't ta-ke chmces.Always take a field-guidc book with you. 0 Be respecful. Never pick more than l/3 ofthe planrsarailab1e... ensures this that thcy'll come backthe folJowingyear. 0 lt's 1ir better to pick plants in rhe courtry rarher rhan the city. Ifyou must pick'em in the city, get rhem from parks or empry lots locat€d far from , .rd. b, *".ring;-- rime"J.rn'l*y"" 'nry plantslocatednear roadwaysare high in lead and orher contamnunts. 0 Rcadup on the subject.Know when to pick thc plan* and plant parts you need.For example,roots arebesthanestedin the fall, flowers right after thcy For further reading

Bearberry

(uva-uisi)
ArtostaVhyks uu-ursi 0 t>rss*ole

Bearberry actsspecifi cally on the genital-uinary system.lle useit to treat the prosrate, cystiris,thc kidneys,bladdcr inflmmation, uterine and laginal Infrrsion: Make a regularinfusion (p.34); take 1/2 cup, 3 ro 4 rimesdailn Douche: Use an intusion at body tempcrarure, once d"y. "

Blu e Co h o sh Ro o t
Cattkphlllun thalntroidts 0 actie bleue Blue cohoshis usedto treat amcnorrhea, mginal inflmmadon, slow or hafted dysmenorrhea, contractions(during childbirth), nervousness, exhaustion ard spsmodic cough (asthma, bronchitis,whooping cough).Do not useduring PregnaJlcy. Make a regulardecoction(p.35). Take 1 tealoor !o I rablespoon, rc 4 times a day. 3 For amenorrhea and dysmoothea: 1/4 cup of the hot decoction,3 times a day. or Spasms: Takc strongerdoses ingestmore often-

ThelVne WonenHzrbal: Healing Wie, by Susun \feed. S.
Peterson Field Guilet to Met;cinal Pknts M;iflin Company)a'e *ceJJenr lHor-rghron for identifying plar.rts.The one we use here in Ontario and Qudbec rs t\e Eastcrn/&ntral 3zl1z. Other guides to Nor*r Arnerica and even Centrai and South Amedca are also

available. A Citl Herbal, hy Maida Sil.rcrman,1977. Knopf. Lxcellent ciryherbpickingl for 38

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C ay enne P e p p e r
Capncun futescen: A poivre de cayenne pan used:ftuit pepper(alsoknown ascayenne powder, as Cayenne ir most oiien comesin powdercdform) is a sdmulanc, tonic, an asringent, a blood-cleanser a It ard an anriseptic. inducesswearing alld is excellent blood circulation,to stimularethe for herrr, cleanand restoreclasticityto the veins arrd regulate blood pressure dd lelieve arteries, in the mucus nembrmes. Cay€nne congcsdon md healssoresin *'e stomachand intcsrinal soorhes It stopsboth internal arrdexternalbleeding rissues. md accelerares coagulation. Cayenneis effectrve rn . ofano.eria and liverconge.rion. Ir..r,r hclp "se. y"u . ,y aw-l" l"r longperiod orrime.sirgive. the encrgy.It:1so strengrhens immrrne sysrcmand is exccllcnrfor coldsmd mrhma. Male sureto buy medicinalcayenne pepper;the kind that is usedfor cooking hs beenro.itcd, making it loseirs therapeuticpropefties.Consult your local herb srore. for colds:l/r to t rea.poon hor w.rrer. rimc. in J dai

Related Interests

(veryhor). Capsules: to I reaspoon a capsule i/4 in tal<en wirh a hot beveragc, rimesper day. 3

externally and internally. F'reshchickweed car Ji..olve* u r'; in rincture Formir i, effer riv. in dissolving rysts, especially ovuiar cysts. The leaves can be made into a pouldce (p.36) or wash(p.37) ro treat externalinlectionsand irritations, including pinL'eye. rnfusion: Make a regularinausion(p.34). Drink l/2 cup,3to4timesaday. For constipation:Take I cup ofthe intusion every3 Tincture: 15 to 20 drops in a glass ofwarm *'arer, 2 to 3 times a day. (Thh carrbe used* a iong-rerft treatment for cysts.) Freshplant: The more you eat, the better!

Cinnarnon
Cinnanonun zefuninn 0 carne e pan used:bark Cinnamon is usetulin caseofmuscular pains,flu, and digestive spasms. is alsom aphrodniac. It Decoction:Ma.kea normal dccocrion(p.351;take l/4 cup 3 to 4 rimesdaily.

Clowes
Eugenia caryopb/lzta Q clou de gnofle part used:dried flowersarrd buds clo! e5frcit;,",. . itcul,,ron.rjr bodv Lemperarurc. stinularcod dninlecrrhe sromr.h.sLn. Lidne)s. intestines, lungs ald bronchii. Clove oil is ar analgesic that stopstoothaches when applieddirecdy to the tooth or cavity. Infirsion: I teaspoon clovesin 2 cupswater.Take 1/8 ofa cup, 3 times daily. (Purple conenower) Echinacea Echinacea p rea t atg6tofol,20 rudbeckie p parr ued: the rooc A blood purifier, ir stimolatesthe prcducrion of white blood cellswhich destroybacreria vrruses. or Echinacea arrherbalsubstitutefor mdbioucs c r is srrengrhcns immune system.It is usedfor blood the poisoninB, poi,nnou,(Ling, and Lires. chronrc or acutebacterialinfecions, vaginalinfectlonsand hcmorrhoids.A good prostatetonic, it alsofaciliratcs the climination offat. Eclinacea is non-toxrcmo cm be taken ovcr long periodsoftimc. Decoction: Make a regulardecoction(p.35).Add licoriceroot ifthe nste males yor feelnauseous. Take I to 5 tablespoons, to 6 dmesa dan 3 Tincture: 15 to 30 drops in a litle wam warer every I to 6 hours, dependingon rhe severity ofthe infection. Douche: Use a decoctionat room temperature, ro 2 3 times a weekfor 2 weeks.

C elery Seed
Aptun grarnhuA grzines cileri de Celeryseedis a diuretic. It will loiver high blood pressure, rclieveheadiches and nervousness. Infrxion: Grind [ghdy and put 3 teaspoons 3 in cupsofcold wrter. Cover and simrnerfor 20 m;n. Srrain.DrinL hor, 3 cupsdai)y.

Charnornile
Mattnarla chanon;lla ot Maticarza rccstu 0 camornille Chamomile is a ,cdarivefor rhe nerves.nd a roni. for the intestincs. is usedfor ear aches, lc toothaches, dow or dificult digcstion,insomnia and lor rhc flu. Inftrsion: l/2 ounceofflowcrs, in 3 cups ofwarer. 'I'ake 1/2 to 1 cup, 3 to 4 dmes a day. For colds: I/4 teaspoon ofcayennepowder in I cup ofcharnomile intusion;add honey. Drink hot, 4 to 5

Chickvveed
Stelkria nezlia 0 cera:srcvd,gnre pan used:whole plant all ChlcLweedis found in abundance over the countryside and city. lt is an expector.nt, a laxative, relievcs and colic, helpssoothemd protect gas mucuousmembrancs, and promoteshealingboth

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G ar lic
Allirn bulb part use<l: properi.' rsa nrrurJ mrnepLi..l' medicinal 'n'rn foLrnd rawgr,li. for be.rre.u|. ry o br1 'rc iLreeula',' ore i. cali,r: ir:' " bloodpurifier; . i':.1. ;'. o*,"d .igh bloodpre'.u-,-i' i g.oJ ' chlanydia, odrer inlecrionsmd for veastinfecdons, Gulic is a diuretic,helpsbalmce nervousdisorders. thc md strengthens immone glandulardisorders, arrd corns. iysr.m..Al* good for warts,earaches, G Rrw garlic:r^hopo, pre* garlicclovc.f:-tc"rrh .old w"reror mir *irh honey.fton r walt morerhan 5 minutes:fter you cut th. garlic cloveto consum. it. Ear one or more clovesoffresh garlic3 to 4 cimes Douche: Boil waterlor I5 minutes.Vhen coorco add the juice ofone or down to body temperaturc, Ear'achc (ear infectioa): Peelone gadic clore or ir. wnhout breal<ing Vrap ir with cheesecloth pur in rh. opening rhr of qauc. Dip in ol.' e oil a;rd r* in. b.f"re goingro bcd. l,r dor'r'push;r roo and ifpossible during the day, for 4 daysor more Also cat fresh garlic. !J/arts:llub wnh a garlicclove cut in half, as often s satiutm 0 ail

Go ld e n se a l

Ro o t

Hldrattn canadensn hydraste carladier 0 ,L;"^-^--,,.-,1. -^^. " -,.1 Similar to echinacea and mynh, goldenseal root rs a powerful natural antibiotic. lt is usedfor viral and is bacteriaiinfections.Goldenseal a remedylor severe inflammationsin the nose,rhroat, stomach,colon, md is alsogood for hemorhoids. Especially effective (cold sores, for Herpes-type vnLrses shinslet, n n also excellent as a douche lor vaginal infections, as an eyewash conjunctiviris,anrisepticmouthwash, for md for skin probiemsand burns. Intusion: 1/4 teaspoonof the powderedroot in I cup ofboiling water. Mix well. Tale 2 to 5 4 very bitter. tablespoons times daily. NB: this mstes Capsuls: Measure 1/4 teaspoonofpowder. Fill 3 capsules with this amounr. Take 3 capsules daily. Tincrure:l s drop. in warm warer, timesa d:y. 3 Paste:Mix a small amount ofporvderwith water to mahea light paste.Use externallyon skin infections and coverwith a cloth (it stains). Douche: Use a strong infusion drdng a trcarmenr.It is good ro usegoldenseal both intermlly ud externally. VARNING: goldenseal toxic when is usedexcessively; not usefor longer rhan two do wceks.Do not useduring pregnancy.

Lawender
Laoenduk ofi ciul;s Q lavan le part used:flowers Lavenderis a sedative arrdarr:,rti-bacterial.Usc the esential oil externallyon open soresand to soothe insectbites.Vash it offafrcr about 15 to 20 minutes,asit cm burn. lor a reluing bath, prepare ar infi*ion oflavender arrdadd it to the wa-., o. add a few drops oflavender cssential oil.

G i n ger
Zingiber fficinah 0 gingembre pan used:rhizone and root Ginger is a stimula-.t,an anJgesicand m lt aphrodisiac. is usedlor boils, bronchitis,colic ofthc pain, d;.-hea, flrr, sorc throats,hemorrhage nruse;.neurlgir. rd lun3 . prntul for rheumaisrn. Ginger is prticularly effective abdominal probirms.lt can bc talen in capsoles o. with a h"t beverage .dd.d to y"L,r bath for f."". an.i skin irritatiors. It carralsohelp bring on a iate pcriod. It can be usedin powder form, but the fresh root is much more porent. Intusion: Freshginger:Grate a good qumtiry ofthe roor md infusein boiled water for 30 to 60 mrnures. Porvdoed ginger: t texpoon per cup ofhot water uirh honcyald lem on.Dr ink I cup 3 rime.a d:1 cayenne rvith honey. For colds,add 1/4 teaspoon pepperto eachcup. with gingerpowder, t:*e Fill the capsules Capsules: daily. 3 capsules Freshroor Simply chcw a good quandty ofrhe root several times a day with rvater,or grateit and mix

Licorice
G\qnhim glabta Q reglisse part used:rhe root whole, broken up inro pieces or Licoriceis an emollient, an *pecrorant and a gentle lxadvc. It also containssubstances similar to (as esrrogen doa sage). Chinesemedicinerts In nicknameis "the reconcilor"sinc. in addilion ro being usedon its own, it can be combinedwirh all the other herbs.Its presence increases rhen medicinal propcl ic, whrlcma.Lng rlrebirrerrr.re ofcerra;n herbs. Decoction: I ounce or more oflicorice root. Simmcr for 20 minutes in 2 cups ofwater. Take 1/4 cup 3 to 4 times a day. This quantity carrbe addedto other decoctions infusions. or Laxative:1 teaspoonofpowder nixed with honey. Chcwing on the dried root (in sdck forn) helps regulatcdigcstiveproblems.

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t "ono us.a,lia,a 0 E;Lpaune A rcally good uterineand hean tonic, mothervort cramps.k can be usedin strong doses .rlsorelieves ,nd I r Iors pe ioJ<of';.. p6n61 u.'Juing Prcgnmcy. lntusion: Male a regularinfusion (p.34). Dtink 1/1 cup3to4rimesaday. Lare mcnstruation: Drink w,rm. !(len rhe florv is normal, drink cold asa tonic. Vaginitis; Douchewith the infusion at body 1 doucheper day for a wrek (or les). ..-p.."."..,

Red Raspberry

Leaves

Rubus ;daeut 0 ferl|Ies de fiamboisie, are Red raspbefy leaves usedfor di,rrhea, hemorrhoids, vaginitis,hormonal probicmsand during rd afterpregnancy.Th€y ire by far onc of the bestuterinetonics. Thcy stimulate menstrual flow by toning the ovariesand the uterusand improving their functions. Taken during menstruation, rmpbery leaves red relicvccrarnps and regulare f1ow.They alsohelp wirh digesrion the rnfusion: Make a regularinfusion (p.34). Tat<e1 cup, 3 tima daily. Douche: Once a day with a concentrated inftLsionat room temperature. not usefor morc than one Do

Mugrvort
Atcn ;s;a w lga* 0 armoise pan used'whole plant anti-spasmodic. Do anti epilcpcic, Emmenagogue, ofutcrinc inllamrnation or during not rakein case P.cgnmcy. Make a regularinfusion (p.34). Take 1/4 cup 3 to 4 timesdaily.

Ro se h ip s
Rosacanina Q iglamier A tonic lor fatigueand vitamin deficiencics and a diuretic, rosehips conrain a 1ot ofvirmin C. They arc excellenr rhe skin, and help balan- hormonal lor irregularities-good irregularmenstrualcycles for and heary white vaginaldischarge(lercorrhea). Make a regL ar intuion (p.34); rake the /p rccommcnded do.age Js, l{orchip,rn infu .o,l uc excellenr wirh Iemo" cold

Parsley
Petoselinum satiuun 0 persil pan uscd' *hole plant l'arsleyis rich ir mineralsand containsmore ,ron ft rhr any othcr greenvegetable. is rich in utamrns rr rnd B ad hasthreetimcs more vitmin C tharr is cirru fruirs. Parsley *cellent lor kidneysand srcns, good for the optical and cen-ica1 bladdo ft nenes, the suprarcnal glmds md blood vessds. pr*er,ts rhcumatistr,::ril hdps inflan'.edglards and arc The roots and seeds usedin mensrruaiproblerns. decoctlon.Ifyou havea hard rimc eatingenough freshparsley,takc it in infuion instead.In caseof kidney infecdon, rakeginger (which k an antt' inflammatory) instead. Intusion: Make s normal infusion (p.34). Take 2 to 4 6 rablcspooru rimesa day.

Rosernary
Ro,nar;nu! ofrcindlii 0 rcnaril often usedfor headaches, colic pains,colds, newourne. d.pre,.ion.palpnarrons urerire od .ongcsrion. pLrJmon.rn A cler.er. ir : r.o hJpful for arlhoa whcn the steamis inhaled: add a strong infusion ro your bath. M.rJre regrrJar . iniusronrp.J. r: drin . I /r , up. J ,o

Pennyroyal
Mentha Puhg;un 0 poiiot part uscd,*hole plant Itnnyroyal (oftcn refrred to asAmerican which facilitates pcnny.oy"l) is an expeccoranr evrcuationofbile and is usedfor bronchni. ,rrd whooping cough.It zlso inducesuterine rion.. Do no, ure duringprrgn.ucy conLrr' Pcnnyrolzr in herb form cm be hard to find in rnany parts of Canada. away Essentialoil: Rub die skin, it keepsmosquitoes g.t latemcnst.uation ro staft.1VARNING: and ca" oil lennyroyal cssential is toxic {ao cause.learh

Sa g e
satu;a ofrcinaha suse
Usedfor sorethroats,to bring down high feversmd ro srinulare circul.rrion digestion. od S.rge rmprr. l,.ration rdries morher''milkr This hob rn.r,r-. up estrogen and can help wirh certain menstrual nregularities. Intusion: Make a regularinfirsion (p.34). Take 1 ro To dry up mother's milk 1 cup ofcold infuslon To garglewith: Make arr infusion using 1/2 cup of water and I /2 cup ofapple cider vinegar.

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Tansy

{Bitter Burtons) Tanacenn u"lga,e Q tnaGie vulgaire flowersand sceds pan usedrleaves,

convulsions); cayenne(for oamps); anise(for digestirr disorders); gingu (for menstrual iuegularitied. In6rsion: I ounce ofroot, 2 cups ofboiling warer. Steepcovcredfor 45 minutcs. Take 1/4 cup, 3 ro 4 Tincture: 10 to 15 drops in a lltrle water, 3 to 4

Tans.ris usedfor amcnonheaand dysmenorrhea. c:-r be usedro expelworms. It is an The seeds which can be used ro promote regular emmenagogue in periods.\(arning: Tansy can causehearTbLeeding *omcn who usuallyha"e a heary menstruall1ow. Do not contuse widr tansy ragwort. doses. Extralarge doses Tahe in small ard repeated and result in discomfort to rhe congestion car cause abdominal organs. Infixion: Prepre a regularintusion (p.34) using 1 ounc. herb to 1 pint (500 ml) watcr. Take I cup, 3 times a day beforemerls. Tincture: 10 to 15 drops in rvarm water, 3 to 4

rWrild Carrot
(Queen Anne's parr used:sceds, rooa

Seed
lace) Daucus carota Q ca:otte sasvage

Roorre, i. r diurcri, helpseliminarc urinrry "hich stones md wormsThe seeds be Luedas a "morning afterpill, ro can prc"cr,r impl;nrationofa lenilized egg' ee 'hc p.t6). \fild carrot seed easilyfound in the ciry and is country; the seeds should be picked in rhe nitidle r" end ofseprember (consuftsomeoncwho ha done thn befor€).\|ARNING: be very ereful a'uout idend$ing this plant. It is easilycontused with poisonhemlock,which can cause death (no 1o"e7.

Thyrne
Thlnu n!sr!: ,r Tbnu: pulzgion!* Q th,y:t fever,colds, Thvme is usedfor headaches, bronchiri, cramps,digestiveproblems,nignrmares, scabies, ulcer, whooping cough,wounds, toothaches, sorerhroats,worms, fneumausm,eo as a oeooofanr and a mouthws:h. ofthyme in one cup ofwater. Intusion: 1 reaspoon I ahe I cup, 3 to 4 rimes a day. as For coughrMix with honey; take I to 2 teaspoons For fever:Drink a hot infusion. Vrap yourselfin so biankers as to sweat;then take a shower. oil For worms: 1 to 5 drops ofthyme cssential with honey and someolive oil, 3 tima daily. parasites: Mix 2 ro 3 For skin prohlems,scabies, oii reaspo""' rhyme essential in 5 ounccsolivc oil. Apply 3 or moLetimes everyday to the affected areas. Also takerhyme infusions 3 times a day.

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Valet;ana ofic;naln o vtertne depre*ion. V-er.,,r i' u.eJ in crses ofar>.iery. digcstiveorcirculation disorders.It is good lor rrcermgproblemsrelf,teoro worry, sp.rms, Ir cprlepy. neuralgir. i<al'o rremblrng. .on"'Lrl,ion.. ard uscd to facilirateslecping,for headaches for pain h eeneral. Prepare\alerian x an infusion onln a decoctio' Geep.34). Do not pre*oak the neie. 's ofits roots or steepfor longer than 2 hours Because to tasteand foul smell, it is suggestcd add one bitcer ofthe following herbs (vhich alsohavemedicinal propertiet to valerianintusions:cinnamon (for

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' L,9 Theseare varied;mood changes, irritabiliry, crmps, headachcs, water painfin or sollen breasts, zirs, retention, bloating, lack ofenergy, herpesourbreaks, 9s ard other digestivem:ltunctions, flulike symptoms,back pains...combine thesesymptoms wiLhm irreg"lrror prinn,l ." le sd l-r'vr gor rhe genericprofile ofa woman who's readyto kill. Most likely she,llbe prercribcdthe Pill to 'solve" all her problems.Medical geniusat it's finestlMethods of coPnS: Diet 0 Lower your inrake ofsalt. 0 Eat loods rich in porassium:bananas, potatoes, pearsand almonds. cabbage, 0 Ear a lot of seaweed: kelp (freshor in tabler form), hijiki, dulse... 0 Make foods high in vitamin 86 a regularparr of your diet: greenvegetables, producrs,and so/ nutritional yeast(you can also tale brewer'syeast capsuies)note that wornen who re prone to yeasr ; infections.hould avoid yeastat all times. 0 Take a lot of vitmin A, especially you have if paintul breasts and suffer from cramping.Carrots, .pjna.h. lentiJs, onions. garlic.Lurnipr. apricor.. lemon<. ard raw . eger.rble rre :Jl rich in oil, 0 Drink lots of watcr.

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Most ofus experience sensations ranging from mild discomlort to excruciatingpaj!r during menstruarion. Ve get crampsbefore,during, and after our periods.Medical scGnce rells us that suffcringis part ofbeing a womm. But wc know they'reliars. (STD$ Sexuailytransmitreddiseases are sometimesrcspolsiblefor pain bur mosr ofrhe rimc crampsare caused inflammation, swellilg by md tension in the cei.r'ix md urcrus. 0 Awoid sa1t, sugarand procexed foods (inci,rding whire sugar,whne flour and whne bread). 0 Eat foods high in porassiurn everyday: bananas, dry fmits, melons,oranges, carrors, 1ea6. grcen vegetables ancl potatoes. 0 Eat dark greenvegerablcs orang$ for vlramrn and A (n reduces tension). 0 Eat oatmeal,broccoli, p,Jdey (which cu b. mken asan intusio!), Brazil nuts, almonds,and seawccd for rherrhigh cahiumconren,rwhicheLminJ,"\ cranrpt. Smwrcd (kelp in particular)can be tatcn in tablet form. 0 Hot barhs,a hor warer bonle placedon the lower abdomen,smoking a joint, vigorousor light exercise, md orgasnx aLlhelp relievetensior, cramping and pain.

To bring on rnenstruation ? 0 A .prigot prr\le) inrrr.d * tur aspos<ible inro ( the vaginacan bring on mensuuarionby causing \ u,"-:,,e con,racr;on(. ln.en ir before go;ngro deep. ud remoreir rheloJlowing morning.Do rhislor J to 4 days.Accompanyrhis with parsleyinixions (p.44). 0 Tale sage infusion or tincture (p.45). in 0 Drink nothelworr infusions (p.44) for 4 to 5 days. Do nor cxcccd6 days;yo.i shoulil get youi period in the follcwing days. 0 Masage the rellexzonesfor rhe urerusand ovaries 2 to 3 rimesa day (p.10). 0 Tosy in infusion or rincture (p.46) can hdp regulate amoorrhea. Note thar ransycan cause heavybleedingin women who normalty havc a hea'7 flow. 0 Ifyou sufferregularlyfrom amenorrhea late or periods,ir would be berterfor you to think rn termsofa more holistic treatmentinsteadof simply rrying to bring on your period. Consult an herbalist, try homeopathicremedies other or or alternative medicines. Drinking sageand red raspberry teason a regularbasiscan help leaf improve rhis condition, as they help tone the uterus --+,--...jJ-:.t \.

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rakcn regululy (overa period ofmonrh$. It is mild alld call be usedfor long-term foot mrssage ro alleviate crarnps the Massage uterineand ovarianreflexareas(located 'oehindthe ankles, just aboverhe heel). Press naro very sensrrtve at whereit hurts. This areais generally rhc onsetofmenstruation. Use your thumb to pur on firm prcssure dre area,for five minutes on each Alternatemassaging eachfoot, asneeded. Thn si.1c. yieldsxtonishing results,especially ifit's massage else. done by someone

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Informarion is not too clearon whethervaginal lluids (without the presence ofblood or other infections) carry enoughvirus for tnnsmission.Repons are infiequent and usuallythey involve the presence of other risk facrors(like sharingneedles). up ro you It\ whetheryou want to be cautious. Ifyou are conconed, a condom,with the tip cut offand slit up ber*eenmourh rrc . Jnr. onesid. ..rn :cr "" a barrier plastilvrap can alsodo rn a Non-microwavable pinch. Ifyou havecuts on i.our handsyou can gct from your friendly neighbourhooddoaor larexgloves or dentist.Try not to sharesextoys (like dilooq without rinsing rhem in warerand diluted bleachor coveringthem with a new condorn for each us€. Pregnancy is from infectedwomen to Transmission alsopossible This risk has then children through ptegnancy. grcadydininished (it\ lessthan 25% in Norrh America).h doesnot appearthat pregnancy itself consriNtcsrisk, but infection can occur during Breastfeedingmay also deliverywnhout precautions. involve risk because ofthe possibiliryofpresenceof the virus in breast-milk(sincebabicsalsoingestsmall amorrnts ofblood from chappednipples,it's difficult to determinehow infecdousbreut'milk n alone). are that greatlyredrce the risk of Trearments available infection to unborn children of HIV+ pregnant women, though the long rerm effects mother and on .hild ,re .rill nor under*ood.Krowrngearlyin a whcther or not you are HIV+ and proper pregnancy rhe follow-up c:n alto rcdrr,e 'i.1.oi,-nrmi.:i.:. Knowing beforeyour pregnancy will ensurerhat neirherofyou becomeHIV+ rying to haverhe baby. sinply in terms ofhow This informadon is presented easilyccrtain fluids can enteryour bloodstream duing different activities. c haven'rn::de any about whetheryou aresleeping wnh men distincrions and./orwomen, considcringprcgnancyor nor. HIV -{nd rernernber W Despitewhat you'd like to believe,HIV doesnot otner, becomelesstmsmnsible ifyou reallylove eacrr if you ve bourr e,.h orher: longrime.if you 'e decidedto live togetheror ifyou're sureyou'll never sleep with anyoneelsc,evtr. And jusr how sur€are you, an''way? References Vamp:, Virgin: and V;aims: Hoa can aonenfght London, 1996. ,41D5?, Robin Gorna, Cassell, by lYonen and HIV/AIDS an international rc:osce boob, u by MargcBerer irh sun:ndaRay.tandora.H-rper collins, 1993.

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irh a mnror md a flshlight. ft's alwaysrvorth ir to vrsrt a new prt ofyour bodyl Smell,tmte, touch. You'll quickly be al'le to tell rvhrt s nor quire righr. Most infectiors can be detectedbeforesymptomssuch as vaginaldischarge and itching appear.Once you becomefarniliar wirh the normrl, healthystarcoF your vagina,a vaginalcxam using a specuiumallows you to detectthe first signsofarr infecrion.You'1l bc ableto spor parts ofthc vaginaor cervixthat are redderrhar usual,or notice small red marks on drc cewix. You can alsoget togelherwith lrieDdsand checkeachotbcr ouc.This is a good way to comparc arrd ercharge experiencc. The references provided at provide sources the end ofthis chapter of inlormation on sellexaminations.

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Ifyou decideto taLechemicalantibiotics,you're bomd to get a yeastinfection. Eat lots ofplain natural yogurt (the kind with active bacteria) to restorethe vaginas natural pH balance. Avoid acidic fruits ad sugr. Vaginal yogun tablets or acidophilustabletscan alsopr€venty€asrinGctions. Or with the help of a specuium you can insen yogurr into the v€ina using a small spoon or a large "baby syringe" (onewhich doesn'thave a needl. p.37). Red raspbenyleaftea (p.45) or yatrow (p.47) can be usedto resrore equilibrium to the genitals after taking antibiodcs. Take these lor a month or \flhen consulting a physicianor gynecologisc, not it's a bad idea to iind out ifit's absolutclynecessary ro rrearyour condition ivith chemicalmedicine (rnforrunarely,sometimes is).Ask about it alternarives-sympathetic doctorswill understmd Most doctors push artibiotics on us for eventhe n"^, minor 1v.Ll.,n<.vrdpharmaceur.cal compui:r make a huge profit from this. 1We don't have to support th€m. Herbal medicinehasproved itselffor md the choiceis yours. centuries... lfyou havean infectior or STD, it's importaat that both you arrdyour sexual panne(s) follow *rese pa,ssed $earmcntsar STDSare easity back and fonh this will help you avoid reinfection after completing a rreatment. Men can heal themselveswith these rreatmen$by tahing tie herbsin infusion or tincture form (referto speciflcnotesin tex$. Keep in mind that practising safesex carr prevent rhe trusmission ofmost STDS, and reduc€sth€ risk of reinfection after a trearment.

oil) ca" be rubbed onto the infeaed areas(skin and hair) and left on all night. \Cash offwith ,""p. Repeatas nceded.Ifit's especially bad, apply 3 dmes a day or more. Drink thyme inlirsions (p.46).

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Vhile they are often calledvenereal warrs,you don r gcr nccc*arily Ihem Grough sexuJronr:, r V4rether it's on the cervix or on your finger, a wart is a wart. ans calr disappear without rreatmenrbut it's best ro take action early.Their presence said to is reflectsomesort ofdeficiency (vnamin, nutritional, etc.). \?arts will often appearduring pregr,..y or with vaginJ infecrionr and rendro disrpperr aficrrruds. Cenitalwansofrenrc.cmblc ordinaq wartsand somerimes appcarto be shapedlike a rooster's crown with white dps. They cm grow internally and exrernally,in the anat arrdgenital 'u?l at to do Doctors treat wartswith a toxic oeam, Podophyllin, or by hrr,hcr mcrhods: c[.rrolysi<. liquid nirrogen. Iaser rherrpyor \u'8ery.Ask lbr docrrmenrrrion. Ahome remedyyou can usebeforeseekingmedical 0 Treat your immune sysrem: three wc€l$ of echinacca root (p.41) followed by one week of goldenseai root (p.43). Also douchewith arr infusion ofgoldensealroot once or twice a weeki rhis is effective againstitchiness.Do rhe treatment for four weels; repeatif necessary after a threeweek break.You can take tinctr:resinsteadofinfusions, ar they are much more convenientfor long,term 0 You can alsorub a clove ofgarlic, cur in ha1f,

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Everyone, even smallchildren caa get crabs.They r.e riny in.c,r likc crearurcr rh,r Ia1r-heir rgs<in dorha, sofas, bedding and carpets. Crabs cannot sr-rrvive more than 24 to 48 hours without a host for ro feedoffol lt's very important to destroy 6eir eggsas well. Syrnptorns in They itchl 'Ihe itchinessis concentrated the hriry.uea.ofrhe body genirJregionrd ot-her They :re small.and rheir eggs reventhe eyebrow<). )ook lile tiny brown dots at the baseofthe hair. 1'at to do 0 Clorhes,towels,and bed linen should be wxhed in driedon.r high setring. hor *,ra:nd machine Rugsand ..rpets should bc "quaantined" lxepr out ofcontact) for 10 to 15 days,dependingon the severiry the invasion. of 0 Thyme. red rhyme (more porenr) or hvendar es'enri:l oi.ls dilured;n oliveoil i2 ro J rexpoon. of oil essential for cvery5 ouncesor 142 ml. ofolive

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in 0 Freshchickweed(p.40) is very effective dissolving warts over an ertended period of sweral months. Eat the fresh pla.rr or make an in6rsion (p.34). The only way to get fresh cirickveedis to oucrthe.ig ,"d in rhe p;ck ir youself-ir g'o-s aJJ plant {p.38t.lfyou car't find the fresh .oLrnrry'ide you carr take chicl:weed in tincture form Take note: Valts calr be easilyspreadthrough handcontact Some to-genitalard genital-to-genital t to warts man omerFyou .houJd ,se condomor den,,l rale pre.audons, " dr- rr you .r your p*n ner r<infected:rry ro wzsh your hmds beforesexuJ conracr.or (a.ndthis r<I rough one) reduce hand-to-geniral conract. omen who have had warts should ha"c " Pap test

Diet 0 Crapes rdr i<edlor rieir .vrri-,ir:1proper are r;c.. concentrated their skins. in 0 Bre"ers ye^r (rn rablcr'). Reminder: this is not re proneLoyeasl adv;ed ro' "omcn "ho infecdons. 0 Vitamin C, vitamin A" vitamin E. 0 Tal<e 800 ro I 000 milligram.of lrsinedailylor one to nvo weeks-not longer. You car repear this treatment after two week'sbreak. 0 Try to undersmnd what dggers an attack stress, *hich ioods. depression. clorhes.mensrruarron. etc... and try to avoid what you can. 0 Avoid cotree,chocolate, nuts, sugararrd alcohol. 0 Take los ofgarlic (freshand in tablersor

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ro FIerpe. SimplexII is very<imilar SimPld-l kold ..re. on rhe mouLh lr and lip<1. i. saidro affe.ronly on ,1,.b..riLai rcg;on. bur ir c:l Ce"relop an; pa;rcf ol rhebodv.Tbe mov (ommon m€ans (ransmrs<ron c:rl , onracr. rhoughhe.pes also i. g"nirJ-ro-genitai be p,scd from one personto ano$er duting mouth will app€ar o' iand-to genitalcontact.Lesiorls or beveen two to 10 daysafter exposure, more, by accompanied a feverand flu'likc symptoms an S"me wome' *ill exoerience ourbreakinsteadof mensrruatins, and when the flu, beforeor aftJ. is a virus, whi& meansthat it Herpes under stress. \Zomen who livesin your systemand can reappear. mey want to avoid chocolate, nuts, have herpes caffeine, sugarand alcohol in order to prevent outbrealc Geebelow). rWhat to do Infrequent recurence (onceor twice a year) (p.+J)at rheonscr of T.Le eold..*J roorcaosuJ.s rhe orirb*,k and for r*o wtks rfterwards Reperrif the outbreak.eocctrrs. Very frequent recurrence for: longtime Th. :.,',n;.".ysr.- musrbe treaLed (up ro I year).'fake echinacea the root (p.41) Lrncil oroblem is eone.Use a tincture to facilitate is ab.ororion.-A.orher eood rcmedvfor herpes g,rlici rale' i" crp"r,ics r,bleri.TiIe;h;rh dor o' (rz capsulesl rlie onsetofm outbreak (charaiterized"r a tingling sensation), and then by evcry4 hours for 3 days.It is threecapsules of4 to 6 recommnded tLar vou maintain a dosaee to a vear after the i-nitial .ro"o1." d"v fo. "p suggested they as *i"t-e"t. " Kyoli. g".li. tabl.ts "re and have no odor' digested are easily the outbreak During Ta-ke baths,walk around naked (freshair driesout rime' a .ore9. Apply whire Jay aad ler it dry sever:J and hclps relievepain Resr'Rela-x d,yr chy liea-ls

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Symptorns Having to peeall the time, pressure the bladtlcr, in feelingthe urge to pec but nothir'g comes(or maybe just rwo to threedrops), blood in the urine, dark sisnrray urinewir-h vrong odor. Be c.rreful. a rhe<e be indicativeofa rnore seriousinfection such as (PID). Check wnh a PelvicIn0ammatory Disease doctor ifyou'rc not sure. Causes Imbalancein the intestinal bactcria, wiping ftom back to front, nylon underwear, chemicalfoms, suess, cold, analpenctrationfbllowed by vaginalpenetrationwithour clemire rhe fingcrs,pcnis or sextoy in between. 'N7hat to do 0 For thosewho consisrendy suffer from this rype of infection, drinking cranberryjuicedaily is a musr. DrinI a sirccn oun.e glas'hourlyar rhe firsr.:gn' ofan infection. This wiil usuallystop it in a couple of hous. Continuedrinking 16 oun.cso{ juiccar lcxr rwicea day for prevenrion. .ranberry drink a sixtecn Ifnothing but water is available ho"rly, ald make sureyou areCrinking ounceglass a ar leasr6ight glasses day after that. 0 Bearbery (alsocalledUvrusi, p.39) in intusion or tincure is very good. You'll probably feellike your bladderis going to burst but it's sureto get rid ofthe infection. 0 Take yarrow (p.47) in inlirsion or tincture. g*1

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during sexr.ral intercourse. Ifyou havea yeasr infection,penetrationofary sort (penis,sexcoys, fingers) is not recommended (even with a conoo'n, sinceit can aggravare iritation. the Vash your hards ald genitals alier ary sexual contact with arr inlicted partner as it is very .ay ro becomereinfectedthrough intercourse hand toor Causes Neruomness, fatigue, pregnancy, heaq a sudden change in your life, a new sexual panncr, stress, vitamin B deficiencv,e.:rinsroo much -_bsupr .. . , : . .
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ehbmydia ofrenoccur.wiuhoutl mprom, in many is women. Its presence indicated by an infected cervix widr a yellowish color (checL with a when urinaring artd speculum),a burning sensation heary vaginal discharge. Chlamydia can also be You can alsocontact chlamydiain asympromatic... your rhroat during oral sex.Ifyou suspect thar you may haveconrractedchlamydia,or ifyoule noc sure ofyour symproms,have a tesr done. Ifgone untreated over a long pciod of tine, dJamydia cu lead to long-term complications lil-e PID =:ra sterility. No joke! V/hat ro do (p.41) twice a week for 3 weeks. Take echinacea in Takc echinacea tincture to facilirateabsorption. Douche wnh a decoction ofechinacea,rwice a week for 3 weeks.In addition, eat raw garlic or take garlic capsules cveryday. Duration ofthe treatmenr I to 2 monrhs, dependingon the severityofthe infection. After the treatment has ended have another res done to rnake sure the infection is really gone. In (p.43). caseofsevereinfecdon treat with goldcnseal

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This is a carch'all term for s*eral disorders: ycast infections(candida),trichomonasand gardnarella. Thesecondirions are inflammation ofthe vagina arrd ofthe vulvi; they depend upon many factorsand are nor caused by exclusively sexualintercouse Spermicide,andbiorics,latex and perfurnedsoaps car induce vaginitis or vLrlviris cerrainwomen. in Sensitivityto theseand orher irritants varieswith cachand everywoman. Specificcauses :nd their

0 Plain natural yogtrn is very effective. Insert it with a teapoon (using specuJum a ifnecesaryt. V*r a prd ;s rhe yoguri will flow out. Mal<e<urero use unp,lui,rd yogourr conraining lactob;"illi. Iivc I ou c:n so usevatLnar),ogourtcapsures. Acidophillus capsules work wcn better;but as they aresmall,you shoutdinsen sweral capsules or 3) (2 into the vagina.They can be taken orally at the samecime.Durarion ofrhe trearment 5 to l0 dar-s, T. : i. . i . ,, . i^ , , -.-r--LI.... - ; ^ L . ,,, - - " -.,..,",,..,-.,_,. - ^r yogurtJ to 4 timcs a day. "Baby syringes" will work wel to inserr yogun rnd areavajlable drug'rores. in Yogur cu alsobe apptied u<ingLho,esadsers u<edfor insening rpcrmicide wnh .r dirphragm rhel, cm sometimes bought separately. be 0 Follow the garlic trearments indicatedfor trichomonasbelow Yeast infectionsareoften asymptomaric men. in Men ca;rgct rid ofyeast by rtbbing yogourt anoior garlicon the penis everynight for 7 to 10 days. To treating itching 0useonerer\poonofb,t .g."a, i""n. \ r cup ofwarer.Appryro rhe vurq a ntrd.d. | \*. \ Douchcwirh grlic /p.{2. $n mJy burn if \ Y irritarion <.'e,e)o' goldcn'el tp.zJ1. ic Trv\ I / not to scratch. Acidic vagin3idouches sirh I vinegaror lernon are alsoeffective. Use 2 teaspoons in two cups ofwater. Douche twice a day for 2 days, then rxe the yogoun treatmeDt (abovc) For a few days to rebalance the vaginal flora. NB: Pregnantwooen should avoid douching.

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Most ofthe dme rheseare benign, but thi:y do have a rendency grow largerduring the cycle.Afrer to menopause tumors usuallydiminish alrd the disappear. Twenty to rhirty per cent ofwomen ovcr the ageof30 have flbroid tumors. Somerimes a vigorousexercising program will gct rid ofthern. If the fibroids grow fasr,arc large and painful p.cs ", on the bladderand rhe colon rhey must be surgically removed. Aside from exceptionalcases, docs not this mean that a hlsterectomy is neededbut rathera myecromy-rhar rhe fibroid rumor Jon. i, i'. V4rat to do 0 Try cleansing your geniul organs(p.32). 0 Stimuiatebloocicircularion by taking cayenoe (p.40) and rry rhis dnsdc nrerhod: peppercapsules sit in a nb ofcold water cverymorning for 2 to 5 minutes (or evenlonger ifpossible). 0 A dier rncorporaring ofraw vegerrLle, lor. is 0 vslefian (p.46) asneededtor pain. 0 Be patientl

Owarian

Cysts

and tends to over-dramatize Medical science Cystsare too ofrcn treatscystswith surgery. rr) quite comrnonand in somewomen they appearregularlydrroughout the courseof rheir mensrru:l rydes. Tiny at first, they become hrger during *re cycleand then d<rese in size.The paln, urme retenuon, mosr conmon sgns ar€ scvere discomforraroundthe anuswhen drirting ard

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Varicose Veins on the Cerwix
Visible wirh a speculLrm, thev are thin, purpie, spindlyvcins which resemble varicose vejr,soii thc leg<. Thel rcndto bc paintul beforemen rru"rior 'What to do 0 Cayenncpepper (p.40) for thc rholc morrh or rhe few daysbeicre menstruation. 0 Vitamin E (nu$, bran, wheat germ) and vrtamrn C.

Ntl: Cyststhar do not go awayna7- requirelongr..- reatment, and.'.n medicalaacnrion, as they true of cm becomemalignant;thn is especially V/hat to do cornbinedwith 0 A diet based raw vegetables on to daily excrciseencouragesc1'srs dissolve. (p.45) raken fo.3 to 6 0 Red raspberryleaftea s monrhrimpr.vc' rheoverall ateof thc o"arie' rhey inllnm,rion o'.ys's rhecau'e nd reorrce' arc tste good, rxpberry leaves easilytaken for long periodsof rime). 0 Ifthe cystsare reallybotheringyou, take 3 capsules of cayenne pepper(p.40) ev..y d"y, asweli as intusionsofyarrow (p.47) for 6 weeks, acconpaniedbv intusionsor tincturesofred raspb.iry leavei.Do this treatmentas nc.d.d. 0 Chickweed(p.40) in rincture fonn is very effective ova-riarr cysts, when cysts, espccially for dissolving rakenover long periodsof time. 0 CheckrhequJ ry ol your dge.rion:in c.riral re consripationl ofren oroblcm'r'uch a. ear -d wirh pdn rrom cysts. coniusecl

I{orrnonal

Irnbalance

You may expcrience hormonal imbalancedue to a;r menopau.e. rakingrhe pill. losinglarge am.o-unrr of

weightandseriou stress. Hormoneimbalances resultinr can 0 Mnsedperiods. 0 Unusually shon or longperiods; unusually light or hearyflow.
0 An extremely long or short menstmal cycle(eg., gening your period every 10 ro 21 days,or evcry35 to 42 dayO. 0 Severe PMS or heary cramping beforeand at rhe onsetof menstruation.

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rr-B:Someor all of theseslmptoms may be present in women *'ho go offthe Pill-sometimesfor up ro 6 V4rat to do