- January 25, 2019

Naturopathic Protocol for GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) commonly presents as heartburn, regurge of food or sour taste in the mouth. Sometimes GERD is asymptomatic or produces non-digestive symptoms like a chronic cough or post-nasal drip. Most evidence suggests that GERD results from inappropriate Read More

- January 21, 2019

Naturopathic Protocol for Kidney Stones

A naturopathic protocol for kidney stones is a multi-pronged. Several types of kidney stones exist including calcium, uric acid, cysteine, and struvite. However, roughly 80% of kidney stones contain calcium salts; usually calcium oxalate and sometimes calcium phosphate. This naturopathic Read More

- September 19, 2017

Antiulcers – Herbs for Ulcers

Peptic ulcers affect the upper gastrointestinal tract. They include gastric and duodenal ulcers found in the stomach and small intestine respectively. Ulcers typically cause burning pain roughly in the centre of the chest that can be associated with nausea and stabbing Read More

- August 30, 2017

Carminatives – Herbs to relieve cramping, bloating and gas

Carminatives are herbs that help promote digestion and relieve bloating and flatulence. The word carminative comes from the Latin meaning to “comb out”.  The ancient Greeks stated carminatives “help to relax the gross humours from whence the wind arises, combing Read More

- August 13, 2017

Antidiarrheals – Herbs for Diarrhea

Diarrhea produces frequent watery stools, often accompanied by cramping pains, urgency, and in serious cases,  blood in the stool.  Infectious diarrhea is the most prevalent cause of diarrhea worldwide but food sensitivities, inflammation, and medications are also common causes.  Oral rehydration Read More

- August 2, 2017

Astringent herbs – The use of tannins in medicine

Astringent herbs have long been used treat damaged and inflamed tissues.  The term astringent is derived from latin word “adstringere” which means to “to bind together”.  Compounds called tannins are responsible for the astringent effect.  Tannins bind to proteins forming cross-linking that tightens Read More

- July 27, 2017

Natural Remedies for IBS – The top researched natural supplements for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a cluster of symptoms that may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. There are several causes of IBS ranging from food sensitivities, different types of infections (e.g. SIBO) and stress. Determining the cause of Read More

Causes of IBS
- July 19, 2017

Causes of IBS – What factors contribute to IBS?

The precise cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is unknown. Being diagnosed with IBS can be misleading for people because IBS is not a disease per say but rather a group of symptoms that can be caused by multiple factors. One Read More

digestifs-aperitifs
- July 14, 2017

Bitter Herbs – The benefits of digestive bitters in food, drink, and medicine

Bars and restaurants resemble an apothecary with their shelves lined with herb infused liquors. Most people are unaware of the medicinal properties these herbal extracts possess. And few people will venture to taste them because of their “offensive” bitter taste.  Yet, Read More

- July 10, 2017

SIBO – An Overlooked Cause of IBS and Indigestion

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a syndrome characterized by the atypical growth of bacteria in the small intestine.1 Bacteria in the small intestine, in the presence of certain dietary carbohydrates from common food sources, ferment these sugars into gas. Read More