Fall is finally in the air. I am seeing the first glimmers
of color changes in the leaves down here in town
while in the high country it is already well underway.
I chose the lungs this month according to the
Chinese medicine calendar as this is the time of year
lung organ energy is dominant. The lungs have to do
letting go (fall), grief and striving towards perfection
which could mean letting go of whatever in your life
doesn't work for you anymore.
Transitioning well through this time of year can help
prevent lung conditions later on during the winter
according to this form of medicine . Be well and
enjoy the many wonderful fruits of fall !
|Biological Activity of Common Mullein, a Medicinal Plant
Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.,
Scrophulariaceae) is a medicinal plant that has been
used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases,
asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and other
pulmonary problems. The objective of this study was
to assess the biological activity of Common Mullein
extracts and commercial Mullein products using
selected bench top bioassays, including
antibacterial, antitumor, and two toxicity assays--
brine shrimp and radish seed. Extracts were
prepared in water, ethanol and methanol.
Antibacterial activity (especially the water extract)
was observed with Klebsiella pneumonia,
Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis
and Escherichia coli. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-
induced tumors in potato disc tissue were inhibited
by all extracts. Toxicity to Brine Shrimp and to radish
seed germination and growth was observed at higher
concentrations of the extracts. From the
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
|All About Quercetin, one of my favorite antiallergy allies!
Quercetin is a flavonoid and more specifically a
flavonol. It is the aglycone form of a number of other
flavonoid glycosides, such as rutin and quercitrin
found in citrus fruit. Quercetin is found to be the most
active of the flavonoids in studies,
and many medicinal plants owe much of their activity
to their high quercetin content. Quercetin has
demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity
because of direct inhibition of several initial
processes of inflammation. For example, it inhibits
both the manufacture and release of histamine and
other allergic/inflammatory mediators. In addition, it
exerts potent antioxidant activity and vitamin C-
sparing action. From Wikipedia
|Food Allergies May Trigger Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks
June 12, 2003 - Food allergies may trigger life-
threatening asthma attacks, according to results of a
case-controlled study published in the July issue of
the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
(JACI) and released early on the JACI Web site. Half
of children hospitalized for asthma had food
allergies, especially to peanuts, compared with 10%
of controls. From Medscape
I am rather partial to the apple. This time of year you
can get so many wonderful varieties. Organic apple
skins are a great source of quercitin (see above
article) Also I just read a book about Johnny
Appleseed to my son and so apples are on my mind!
Here is a link to some recipes that may give you
some new ideas about what to do with all of those
Tips for better Lung Health
1. First of all, if you are a smoker, PLEASE QUIT!
Here is a link that may be helpful for those of you who
have been unsuccessful in the past. http://
Keep trying! I know it's hard!
2. Identify and
eliminate your food allergens from your diet.
Avoiding food allergens may also help reduce your
airborne allergies and asthma symptoms. Gluten ,
dairy and soy are often big culprits, but it could be
3. Avoid exogenous dust in your living
environment. Investing in a HEPA air filter may be a
smart move as well as removing carpeting and fabric
drapes from your home. Lots of dust mites and mold
can accumulate there and exacerbate respiratory
conditions. Avoid burning incense which just puts
dust and smoke in the air.
4. Get regular
cardiovascular exercise. Avoid exercising early in
the morning during allergy season as that is when
plants are more likely to be pollenating.
Cardiovascular exercise will strengthen your heart
5. Practice yoga, meditation, prayer ,
breathing exercises, or stretching as this will calm the
mind and reduce stress.
6. Avoid exposure to
chemical cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides,
herbicides and other toxic substances. These are
often inadvertantly inhaled and can damage lung
tissue. Chronic exposure to these pollutants may
increase your risk of lung cancer.
7. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as
these contain lots of carotenoids and flavenoid
compounds which are nourishing to lung tissue. Also
drink lots of fresh clean water. Be well and breathe
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