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How does it work?


Herbal medicines operate via these same compounds e.g. polyphenols, saponins, alkaloids, tannins, essential oils, fatty acids, vitamins and trace elements. The orchestra of chemical compounds naturally present in plant medicines act in concert to make active constituents safely and easily available. This is why herbal medicines are ideal tools to restore health and treat disease. The therapeutic effect of the whole plant tends to be significantly more effective than the particular action of any of its known constituents. In this context, two and two turns out to add up to rather more than four. Using this synergetic principle, Jo customarily combine herbs together to take further advantage of the subtle but potent healing potential of mixtures of traditional herbal medicines.

Herbal medicines – green power to optimum health
Human beings (Homo sapiens) evolved some 200,000 years ago. Over this time human physiology has adapted to benefit from a plant-based diet rich in compounds and nutrients (phytochemicals) naturally present in fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and other plant foods. Herbal medicines have been used by humans since the dawn of history too and over millennia our systems have similarly become well adapted to them. Evidence suggests that consuming foods high in phytochemicals reduces the risk of contracting illnesses as well as helping to alleviate many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes as well as playing a vital role in healthy aging.[1],[2] It is for this reason that diets like the Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, rich in these phytochemicals, are thought to be so beneficial for health.[3]



[1] Murugaiyah V, Mattson MP. Neurohormetic phytochemicals: An evolutionary-bioenergetic perspective. Neurochem Int. 2015 Oct;89:271-80.
[2] Howes MJ, Simmonds MS. The role of phytochemicals as micronutrients in health and disease. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2014 Nov;17(6):558-66.
[3] Whalen KA, McCullough ML, Flanders WD, Hartman TJ, Judd S, Bostick RM. Paleolithic and Mediterranean Diet Pattern Scores Are Inversely Associated with Biomarkers of Inflammation and Oxidative Balance in Adults. J Nutr. 2016 Jun;146(6):1217-26.

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