Foot Zone practitioners never trigger symptomatic pressure points. They work through mapped pressure points (know as trigger points) of systems in the body in order to get to the cause of the condition. For instance, if there is a respiratory condition, not only do the pressure points for the lungs need special attention, but other pressure points, such as the adrenals, also need special attention because they produce anti-inflammatories for the lungs.
The following are great herbs for supporting the respiratory system. And many of them are my favorites.
ASTRAGALUS-in a specific and nonspecific way, astragalus restores tones and builds the immune. It also stimulates the immune system to fight against viruses by increasing immune cell action. Traditional Chinese medicine refers to it as a mild antibiotic.
Its common uses are for immunity, colds, flu, respiratory conditions and weak lungs, digestion, higher metabolism, wounds, and kidneys. However, many have also used it for viral infections, including aids, and for chronic fatigue syndrome. Precautions: It is said that if one is on medication to suppress the immune system, be sure to consult the doctor before using this herb.
CATNIP-is an astringent, and an aid for asthma, bronchitis, flu, and fevers. It is known to relieve headaches. It also relieves aches and cramps, and spasms of the smooth muscles. Catnip also calms the nerves, reduces anxiety and stress, and helps one sleep. Catnip is also great for the digestive system such as colic, stomach cramps, gas, and diarrhea.
It’s most common uses are for col and flue, digestion, insomnia, and diarrhea. And there are no known side effects.
CHAMOMILE-is also known as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic herb, and also known to calm the nerves. It helps to relax the nervous system, and the lungs and is known for the treatment of hay fever allergies, sinus congestion, and colds.
Chamomile is most commonly used for anxiety and stress, allergies, digestion, colds, and flu.
ECHINACEA-is an anti-inflammatory, and known to kill microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses and helps inhibit their growth to rid the body of excess mucus. It is used for colds, flu, infections of the respiratory system, tonsils, and strep throat. It also builds the immune system by raising levels of the immune cells
Precautions: It is said that people who are allergic to daisies or on medication to suppress the immune system, should not take echinacea.
Echinacea is most commonly used for colds and the flu, respiratory infections, boils or wounds, and arthritis.
MYRTLE– is known as a calming, anti-viral, anti-fungal herb
It is most commonly used for colds, flu, bronchitis and digestive issues
Precautions: At this time, there are no known precautions.
OLIVE LEAF-one of my favorites! It is an anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antioxidant herb. It is great for the heart which directly correlates with the lungs. And many refer to it as a natural antibiotic. For thousands of years, it has been used to boost the immune system and fight viral infections. Some major studies show that it fights colds, flu, giardia, malaria, candida, staph, and HIV.
Precautions: There are no known precautions.
Olive leaf is most commonly used for the immune system, colds, flu, parasites, and heart health.
PAU D’ARCO-is another one of my favorites! It stimulates the immune system, fights tumors, and it is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral
For thousands of years, pau d’arco has been used for respiratory conditions, such as colds, flu, and coughs. But it has also been used for cancers and clinical trials show its effectiveness for leukemia and cancer tumors. It is used for syphilis, and arthritis and parasites. Pau D’arco increases red blood cell count needed to fight anemia, and also boosts the human immune response. Pau D’Arco is most commonly used for cancer, candida, cols and flu, fungus infections, respiratory tract infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.
SAGE-I grew up around a lot of sage in Montana. Using a sage therapy, the Limhi Indians cured my Grandpa Bob of a chronic sinus headache that he suffered with for years. Sage is anti-bacterial, astringent, a tonic, and decongestant herb. It is used for colds, sore throat, sinus congestion, indigestion or heavy menstruation.
Precautions: If one is nursing, it may reduce the production of breast milk.
Sage is most commonly used for colds and flu, congestion of the sinuses, indigestion, and smudging.
YARROW-is an astringent, an anti-inflammatory, mucous expectorant, and decongestant herb. Yarrow fights bacteria and reduces fevers. Reducing fevers with yarrow is best as a tea, and while one is soaking in a tub. It fights sinus infection and coughs. Scientists say yarrow has a minor effect on every organ of the body. This is probably due to the fact that it has a lot to do the blood in the circulatory. Yarrow is used for bleeding, especially bleeding ulcers or heavy bleeding. Yarrow also has the ability to act as an astringent of mucous in the lungs. It is also used for pollen allergies and the healing of wounds.
Precautions: It is said not to take if one is pregnant, because it may cause a miscarriage. Yarrow is most commonly used for colds and flu, fever, digestion, and wounds.
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