ME and FM
Herbs and ME and FMS
Dear Alan, A quick note to thank you for your exceptional products. My depression has always been alleviated by going for a run but when I became ill with CFS I was unable to run and struggled to walk. I struggled with CFS for about 6 years, which got worse and worse as did my depression. Since using your Tireless Tonic with the ABC Daily supplement (4 months ago) I have begun running again and now run every 2nd day for about 1 hour! Most astonishing is that I have no negative after effects of my run - no headache, no exhaustion and only enjoy the positive effects.
Thank you once again!
With kindest regards
Hi Alan, I've left it very late to order as my daughter has almost run out so I'd be really grateful if you could please send another bottle of TireLess ASAP. She is so much better in the last month and now seems to be more active and doesn't complain as often about feeling ill so hopefully with continual use she'll be full of vitality as she should be for a 20 year old healthy young lady. So thank You so much for this wonder tonic!!
Read the following article published in FaMily Magazine (magazine for people with fibromyalgia)
by Alan Hopking MA MNIMH
The basis of this herbal remedy is to support a person suffering with various symptoms common to FMS/ME. The primary herbs are to stimulate the immune system, circulation and help resist infection. The major herbs doing this work are Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Taheebo bark (Tabebuia impeteginosa) both of which work for the person who frequently feels sick or below par, always getting over a cold or who feels tired all the time. These herbs are regarded as useful adaptogens. An adaptogenic herb helps the body to produce a state of increased resistance to stress; overcoming disease by building up general vitality and strengthening normal body functions. So these are important herbs for improving your protective shield against viral and bacterial invasion and thereby strengthening your resources of energy storage and supply.
To broaden and strengthen this action I’ve included Wild Indigo root (Baptisia tinctoria) which acts as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent throughout the body’s systems. This of course is very useful against virus attacks and low-grade (chronic) colds and flu symptoms (rhinitis). Prickly Ash berries (Xanthoxylum americanum) activate the lymphatic system and so helps Wild Indigo to disinfect the lymph nodes (this with the pain-relieving herbs has the purpose of helping nodal pain in the neck, groin and elsewhere). Prickly Ash also works through the circulation to the skin surface, hands and feet (Raynaud’s) and brain, (counteracting dizziness and poor memory) regulating the temperature of the body, promoting a healthier vascular rhythm and blood pressure (which is frequently too low).
Tiredness, Depression and Forgetfulness
A well-supported nervous system is so important for those suffering from both ME and FM, since it is depressed and usually highly sensitized. TireLess Tonic includes four herbs as its front row to strengthen and empower the nerves. All these herbs are of course working in slightly different ways and from various angles, which has been found to be so effective. To start with there is Vervain flowering tops (Verbena officinalis) a great nervine tonic for debility and sexual dysfunction, shared by the sweetly aromatic Damiana leaves (Turnera diffusa) which also stimulates thymosin from the thymus gland above the heart helping to bring equanimity (thymoleptic) - an anti-depressive to relieve anxiety and strengthen the central nervous system. It is a most important herb for improving energy centrally. Then we have two herbal medicines from India: firstly, Gotu Cola herb (Centella asiatica) which has been found to be excellent in regulating thyroid dysfunction, so energizes the person as well as helps memory and depression, also pains, insomnia and debility; secondly, one of India’s supreme (and sacred) herbal medicines, Myrobalan Tree fruit (Terminalia chebula). Here we meet with a truly remarkable herb which to summarize begins by detoxifying the system but at the same time prevents bowel over-activity while enhancing cerebral momentum to strengthen concentration and memory - an important herb in the fibromyalgia context.
Bladder and Liver
For bladder problems like interstitial cystitis (and overactive bladder function) and liver weakness with corresponding bowel irregularity, I’ve selected a Chinese herb called Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis) because of its wider nervine action (helping Myrobalan for memory) and counteracting fatigue and stress and helping to restore right intestinal function. This herb is reportedly used in the East to improve athletic performance and endurance; studies confirm it beneficially boosts both concentration and information retention.
Pain and Frankincense
Finally, but perhaps most importantly for most sufferers, TireLess Tonic confronts aches and pains in the muscles and joints. A great, well-known, but under-rated herb, is Chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita). In medicinal strength Chamomile is good for gently working throughout the whole body to relieve pain; it is a hormonal regulator and normalizer, promoting healing (vulnerary) and is used for thrush (candida); it is helpful in redeveloping and restoring sleep patterns; it is soothing for anxiety and restlessness. Next we have the gum of the Mastic Tree called Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). This has the benefit of relieving muscular and abdominal pain; it increases the circulation and helps blood supply throughout the body; it has also been found to be regenerative to muscular groups which have undergone wasting due to inadequate use. And last but not least another useful analgesic herb is Black Haw bark (Viburnum prunifolium) which is directed specifically to pelvic pains to relieve and relax muscular distress and spasms.
This is a brief survey and overview of the TireLess Tonic specifically made for those with some or all of the symptoms described. To complement the tonic, I recommend a healthy (organic) diet with a glass of fresh (green and root) vegetable and fruit juice once or twice a day. I also recommend a complete nutritional supplement e.g. ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus (ask us about this). Gentle exercise daily both active and passive. The former relates to walking in the fresh air or yoga-type stretching and twisting; the latter applies to visualization or imaginative meditation for five to fifteen minutes daily. Both forms of exercise refresh and calm the spirit.
To summarise, TireLess Tonic’s aim is to support all the systems of the body. It does this by clearing and detoxing the tissues and relieving pain and boosting vitality, first by regulating the nervous system and thereby restoring deep and strengthening sleep. Obviously, the tonic is for general use and individual response to the medicine will vary and the dose too will have to remain fairly flexible in view of this. But the safety of this tonic has been determined by the great many who have used it. But I am also happy to speak to anyone who has questions about the tonic or have other specific requirements.
Update: TireLess has been used by a great many ME and FM patients with significant improvement of their symptoms and lifestyle.
Make sure you also take ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus
Drinking smoothies will also help your condition - find out more about smoothies
Dear Mr Hopking,
I just wanted to write to say thank you so much! The herbal medicine called Tireless really works!
I have had this awful illness for 8 years - for 2 years it was undiagnosed and I didn't know what was wrong with me and neither did my very unsympathetic doctor. I changed my doctor and was finally diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. Over the years it got worse. I ached all over, and everywhere I pressed it felt like a bruise. I even had tender spots on my head. My doctor prescribed some mild antidepressants and muscle relaxants and that helped a bit.
Over the years I have spent hundreds if not thousands of pounds trying to find a cure. Massage, Chinese acupuncture, devils claw, ginseng, aromatherapy, homeopathy, arnica gel, oils, cod liver oil, starflower... Nothing seemed to work, so I sort of learnt to live with it.
It was without hope or expectation that I came across your clinic and decided to try one more thing. Within 3 weeks of taking your Tireless remedy the difference was Amazing - it really does work! I am so much better, I don't ache, I'm not in constant pain. I can stand up, sit down, walk, lift, grip, open jars, turn on taps, without pain.
I have had to handle quite a lot of stressful situations recently and I've been able to do that without the bodily backlash that used to happen.
Sorry if I've rambled on a bit but after 8 years of pain it is absolutely wonderful to be fixed.
I am truly grateful.
Your TireLess Tonic ia an absolute lifesaver. There are days when I cannot do without it. An absolute miracle for me. I had ME but it has gone now; now I use TireLess to give a boost. A life saver. Thank you so much. You can quote me on this.
Mrs Hilary Weaver, Wiltshire, UK.
I've had an excellent response from your TireLess Tonic. But I've only been taking it for two weeks so I'm crossing my fingers. I've had ME for 10 years and have a lot of stress at home. But this Tonic has made a huge difference to my energy levels, but will it last?....
Update from Phillippa:
I am still very impressed with your TireLess Tonic. This is the end of my second bottle now. It has made a real and significant difference to my life. What's more I've now been able to come off all my anti-depressants! I might be relying on TireLess instead now but it's so much healthier and I feel so much better on it. It has made a big difference to my stamina, and I now sleep soundly. Thank you so much. Please send me another of the 555ml size bottles again.
"I was really unsure about trying Stevia powder cos I have had ME for nearly 15 yrs. But now I'm really, really pleased with it and I'm really, really chuffed with the powder. I use it blended with basmati rice and it's really delicious, just like a pudding! Also with buckwheat and in other foods. I just love it! Thank you it has been so nice talking to you about it."
H. Jones, England
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
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