Clinic - Michaela Quinn, M.D. - Medicine Woman
with the Colorado Springs Chateau and Health Resort)
Drs. Andrew & Colleen Cook
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to the inspiration of Dr. Michaela Quinn, brought to life by
Jane Seymour, you can come here for herbal remedy tips - natural
remedies and health tonics for common ailments and illnesses.
As an advocate of "natural remedies", in conjunction
with modern medicine, Drs. Quinn, Cook and Cook will help introduce
you to the wonderful world of herbal medicines, cures that have
been around since the dawn of time, only we never knew about
them! Thanks to Cloud Dancing introducing Dr. Mike to these
cures, we can learn just as she did.
As with all medicinal suggestions, consult a doctor before
trying anything which is even slightly questionable. The
information provided here is by no means meant to be 100% effective;
merely informational. Herbs and plants which can be dangerous
will never be featured. If you wish to try herbal remedies,
use them for conditions that you know are not serious and will
eventually clear up by themselves (for example, colds or minor
pains). If a chronic conditions persists or gets worse, see
- Is used for treating ulcers as well as reduced arthritis and
fluid retention. It also helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels
and clean plaque deposists from arterial walls.
Allium Cepa - Made of potentized red onion, this can help
the body overcome a cold or allergy attack.
Beauty Bush, French Mulberry - Used in the South for blood
purification in blood diseases, the roots and berries are used
in the treatment of colic.
- eases muscular aches, soothes arthritic joints and rheumatic
pains, eases indigestion problems and wind and improves poor
- Is good for bumps and bruises and acts as a soothing balm
to heal them.
- The leaves are taken for diarrhea, bloating and gas and are
valuable for relieving coughs, for liver obstructions and for
clearing high uric acid levels, which cause gout.
- The aromatic leaves of basil are good for the brain, clearing
the head and sharpening memory. In the countries of Levant,
people much of basil in the evenings to promote sleep and drink
an infusion of it in the morning to bring alertness.
Pepper - Warms and stimulates blood circulation; helps to
ease aches and pains; soothes indigestion, stomach cramps and
strengthens the immune system.
- Juice of the leaves cures ringworm.
- This plant is used to treat the effects of the flu. It is
also used to induce sweating with fever and is a treatment for
pneumonia, pleurisy, rheumatism, muscular pains, and (unsuccessfully)
seeds are used to remove toxins in fevers and infections such
as mumps and measles, and the root helps the body to eliminate
waste products in chronic skin and arthritic conditions.
- Native Americans use the bark as an eye wash for inflammations,
to stop bleeding, treatment for kidney stones, and relieving
some of the effects of malaria.
Pepper - Is used as a surface irritant. For rheumatism,
sore muscles, and joints. It also goes into sore throat medications
along with plants such as horehound, wild cherry bark, honey,
- Used for a calming and soothing affect. Especially good in
loosening tense muscles or relieving a headache. Also good for
babies who are crying due to teething or colic.
Bark - Clears all infections causing fungi and viruses.
- Often been given to treat infections such as malaria, cholera
and tuberculosis and parasites such as scabies. Can also relieve
Seed - Used for cases of influenza; eases mental exhaustion;
warms and soothes muscular stiffness and aching joints.
Root - Is used as an excellent source for liver detoxification,
especially in cases where the liver has become rancid.
- Stew into a tea to relieve the symptoms of a cold or to build
up your immune system. Combine it with Meadowsweet for a soothing
and healing tea that cures the common cold.
- Inner bark tea is diuretic and laxative; it is also used for
sores, boils, and relieve swelling. Leaves are a poultice on
cuts to stop bleeding, and on bruises.
- Clears colds, blocked noses, sinusitis, chest infections;
soothes burns cuts, wounds and insect bites; eases muscular
pains; improves circulation; improves concentration.
- Is a good source used to prevent a dull appetite, and it stops
- One leaf per day is used as an effective treatment for migraines.
It may cause oral irritation, but if this occurs it can be easily
avoided by placing the leaf in a dry hot skillet.
Leaves - Used to treat someone with a irregular heartbeat.
Also known as Digitalis.
- It was used as an antiseptic during the Civil War, even though
people weren't aware of germs at the time, but no one realized
why it was effective.
Root - Stewed into a tea or taken in capsule form, it will
calm an upset stomach ... usually within 20 minutes.
- found in East Asia and North America. Good for your well being
and immune system.
- The fruits and flowers of this plant were used as a heart
tonic, for weak hearts and related problems.
Chestnut - In the United States, a decotion of the
leaves has been considered useful for whooping cough. Horse
chestnut is taken internally for leg ulcers, varicose veins,
piles, and frostbite.
- Used for getting rid of intestinal parasites that children
and adults sometimes contract. By eating the berries fresh and/or
drinking their juice, it destroys all intestinal parasites.
- Crushed leaves will prevent poison oak from making blisters.
- Used for anxiety that does not cause drowsiness or affect
the ability to operate machinery. It relieves chronic stress.
The herb makes a useful mouthwash for toothaches and mouth ulcers.
- Soothes cuts, burns, wounds, insect bites and sore skin. Eases
headaches, migraine, and muscular aches and tension. Soothes
chesty spasmodic coughs. Useful for both adults and children.
Balm - Is useful for overcoming anxiety, depression
& tension it also helps cold sores, chicken pox & shingles,
flu and emotional problems.
- Eases pains stomach cramps, indigestion and constipation;
lifts depression or anxiety and improves the mood.
Milk - A commonly used cure for diptheria in children. Although
not a proven cure and not officially endorsed, it was used by
farmers and those who lived too far away from town to reach
a doctor in time.
- Useful for a tinture on an eyepad to ease conjunctivities
and taken for a gargle, it heals mouth ulcers.
- A remedy against cold diseases of the brain and head, being
taken any way; also helps to ease toothach and used for soothing
sprains and bruises.
- heals and disinfects deep cuts, wounds, chapped and cracked
skin, eczema; cleans and disinfects the mout, easing sore gums
and mouth ulcers, relieves bronchitis.
- It's used for allergic rhintis including hay fever, mild asthma,
nose bleeds and nettle rash. It slows or stops bleeding from
- It treats scabs, itching and scurvinesse.
Flower - Is used to treat tension and irritability,
and good for reducing nerves.
- takes away the stinking of the breath; makes it ideal for
those with deficiency of iron and who suffer from weak blood.
- Tea made from the leaves of the peppermint plant are used
to help ease cramping and upset stomachs.
- Though it has it specific useage the pleurisy root is used
for hot and dry and tight conditions in the chest. Helps reduce
- A bitter drug made from the bark of the cinchona plant, for
preventing and treating malaria and to reduce fevers, commonly
associated with the Grippe or the Influenza. Also good for "Restless
Legs Syndrome" or "Myoclonic Siezures."
- Eases muscular aches and pains, backache, poor circulation;
clears the breathing in colds.
- Helps treat digestion and improves appetite it is also useful
for menstrual pain and irregularity impotence, enlarge liver
depression, insommia and cures neuralgia.
- Has been used to treat asthma, and is an herbal remedy to
relieve hormonal troubles. Also helps bites and stings.
- Eases tight chesty coughs, colds, sore throats; soothes dry
chapped skin and improves the texture of all skin types; eases
depression, anxiety and feeling of panic.
- The aromatic leave and berries of this bush are used in tea
for coughs, croup, and measles; the bark tea is used as a blood
purifier. Twig tea is used for colic, fevers, and flu.
- Its invigorating qualities balance the sedative effect of
many herbs used for asthma. It is helpful in hay fever and also
used for sciatica and rheumatic pains and athlete's foot, thrush
and other fungal infections.
- Is a good herb for calming nervous tension. Is used with other
herbs in remedies for high blood pressure caused by stress and
- It is useful for kidney stones and other usage is bronchitis
- are used for inflammations of the lungs. They take away the
hoarseness of the chest and make you breath easier. They have
expectorant properties and work well in cases of respiratory
disorders such as bronchitis, colds, and coughs. Ingesting a
tea made of violet leaves is reportedly also effective as a
laxative and for insomnia, and there are reports in the literature
that Violets contain an aspirin-like substance that in a tea
may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hangovers. This aspirin-like
effect has also been reported as being effective externally
in reducing headache and neck pain.
Willow Bark - White willow is nature's aspirin. Reduces
fever and relieves pain and inflammation. May help prevent heart
attack, stroke, digestive tract cancers and migraine headaches.
willow tastes bitter and astringent, but to improve the taste,
you can add sugar or honey and lemon. You can also mix it into
an herbal beverage tea. Rarely
causes and upset stomach. Do not use if you are with child or
have a stomach ulcer, or if you experience nausea or ringing
in the ears.
Hazel - Appears to help damaged blood vessels beneath
the skin. It is useful for Bruises, cleansing wounds, eczma.
Due to its astringent properties, it helps to tighten distended
veins and restore their normal structure.
- is useful as a stomach medicine, for those suffering from
gastric pain and a lack of appetite, as well as related problems
of heartburn and flatulence. It is also said to be helpful for
liver insufficiency by stimulating liver and gallbladder secretions.
Wormwood oil is a cardiac stimulant and therefore acts, when
taken in proper doses, to improve blood circulation. Wormwood
tea has been recommended to help relieve pain during labor.
The powdered flowering tops have been used to expel intestinal
worms. A fomentation of wormwood tea can be applied externally
to irritations, sprains, or bruises.
- Has a reputation dating back to early Roman and Greek times,
is used as an instant blood stopper, as either a dried powder
from the leaves and flowers or crushed up raw green.
Dock - Considered to be a blood purifier.
taken from The Complete Book of Natural & Medicinal Cures.
©1994 and The Companion Guide to Herbs; Additional herbal
remedies provided monthly by Julie and Doris.