Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. In this episode, I wanted to spend some time
talking about one of the oldest and most commonly used herbs for medicinal purposes. The herb I’m referring to is Matricaria recutita,
more commonly known as chamomile. Chamomile has a number of medicinal actions,
and has been researched and recommended for a variety of conditions. Traditionally it has been used as a nervine,
anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Chamomile was first cultivated in the U.S.
by German settlers. The parts most commonly used for medicinal
purposes include the fresh or dry flowers. Two of the main constituents found in chamomile
plant include alpha bisbolol and chamazulene. Researches conducted a study on individuals
who took chamomile in the form of a tea. They concluded that those individuals who
took the tea had higher output of specific chemicals. These chemicals were known to have anti-inflammatory
and anti-microbial properties. Let’s take a further look at some of chamomile’s
uses, and how it functions in the body. Here’s the rundown. Internally, chamomile may be helpful for a
variety of conditions. In the nervous system, chamomile works similarly
to Avena sativa as a trophorestorative. This means that it helps to restore normal
function to the nervous system. It may also be useful for reducing nervous
tension, as well as for restlessness, anxiety and irritability. There are many uses for chamomile in the G.I.
tract for which it may be beneficial. It may help to repair and restore mucosal
integrity, dispel gas and reduce inflammation and upset stomachs. This may be useful for conditions such as
indigestion, GERD, peptic ulcers, gastritis and IBD. Chamomile works great for children because
of its calming and gentle properties. It may also be used externally and applied
topically to a variety of areas for specific conditions. Topical applications of chamomile may be effective
for atopic eczema, diaper rash, cracked nipples, burns, ulcers, and small wounds. For teething children, chamomile may work
as a mild pain reliever. You can apply chamomile to a gauze pad, freeze,
and have child bite down on the gauze pad when they’re in pain. In 2005, a study found that gargling for two
minutes with a diluted chamomile mouthwash reduced inflammation as well as plaque formation. Chamomile supplements come in many forms,
and each form may have it’s own indication. For instance, a liquid extract or herbal tea
may be beneficial in use with minor G.I. complaints, while a steam inhalation of aroma-therapeutic
essential oils may be more indicated for respiratory conditions like the common cold. Chamomile belongs to the Asteraceae family
and should be avoided in anyone with a known sensitivity to plants in the Asteraceae family. Remember to always consult your healthcare
provider before starting any herbs or supplements due to the potential for interactions. Thank you for watching another edition of
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