Category: Herbal Medicine

August 8, 2016

Schizandra for Hormone Balance

Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND One of my favourite berries in my herbal arsenal is Schizandra, which I first discovered as a student. Its Chinese name, Wu Wei Zi, translates to five-flavoured fruit and it’s an accurate description. Chewing the berries releases all five flavours at once – sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty – to […]

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July 13, 2016

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) for Cleansing

Dr. Julie Moore, ND Burdock is the main ingredient in my Skin formula tincture. I have often contemplated renaming my Skin formula to ‘Blood Cleansing, Liver Detoxing, Kidney Draining, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-oxidant Formula’ but Skin formula has a nicer ring to it, and its cosmetic benefit is unparalleled. Most famously known as a blood cleanser (alterative), […]

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May 16, 2016

Want to feel lighter? More Energy? Clear Skin? Consider a Spring Cleanse!

Dr. Lisa Polinsky, ND Spring is a season of new growth, increasing daylight, enhanced levels of activity and as such is the perfect time to consider embracing a personalized spring cleanse. Traditionally, twice a year cleansing in spring and fall is encouraged to assist your body in optimizing function. The normal systems of elimination in […]

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Herbal Medicine and Acne

Dr. Julia Christensen ND As previously discussed, acne is multifactorial; therefore, a variety of modalities may be utilized to treat it. One of my favorite strategies is to use herbal medicine and specifically in this case, a custom herbal tincture so that multiple contributing factors can be addressed. Below I will provide a brief description […]

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March 14, 2016

Chaste tree, PMS and Menstrual Cycle Rebalancing

Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND Chaste tree fruit or Vitex agnus-castus (latin name) is one of the most popular and effective herbal medicines for the treatment of PMS and menstrual cycle irregularities. It has a long history of use for hormone balancing, dating back to 2000 years ago in ancient Greece. Today extracts of this herb […]

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November 9, 2015

Herbs and the Microbiome

Dr. Natalie MacIsaac, ND The microbiome in our gut is a dynamic environment that shifts in response to our diet, our hormones, and our stress levels. Studies have linked the microbiome to mood and behavior, gut disorders, eczema, asthma, chronic sinusitis, and obesity. The most popular and well known treatment to support gut and immune health is […]

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