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Herbs to Strengthen and Nourish the
Endocrine System and Liver

The following excerpts are taken from Rosemary Gladstar's Book.

Astragalus although not specifically indicated for liver and endocrine imbalances, it is a wonderful herb for the entire system. It builds and strengthens the whole body and gives energy to the internal organs.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) a nourishing herb, excellent for building and strengthening the entire system. High in a variety of minerals, especially iron. Specifically recommended as a tonic and a cleansing herb for the liver and lymph system. Often combined with dandelion root as a liver cleansing endocrine tonic tea. Completely non-toxic.

Dandelion root Considered the supreme herb for the liver, it both detoxifies an nourishes. When used as a tea over the course of several weeks it will help cleanse and stimulate the liver. Completely safe and gentle though powerful in action. A tonic for the endocrine glands. Because of its taste, this bitter herb is best combined with better tasting herbs like licorice, ginger, sassafras, or sarsaparilla.

Licorice root is one of the primary herbs used as an endocrine gland tonic. It contains chemical substances that are similar to adrenal cortical hormones and is beneficial for adrenal deficiency and other glandular imbalances.
Licorice also contains estrogenic and other steroidal properties and is used to regulate and normalize hormone production. An excellent liver herb, both as a detoxifier and tonic.
It is not recommended for those with hypertension and high blood pressure.

Nettle leaf an excellent liver and blood tonic, especially for young women. A powerfully effective herb yet completely benign and can be used over an extended period of time. Extremely high in minerals especially iron and calcium and thus enriches the blood and nourishes the nervous system. An excellent cleanser and aids the liver in its functions. It has a 'green' taste, which is easily improved with mints, lemon balm or lemon verbena.

Seaweed (Hizike, kelp, arame and related types) are exceptionally high in minerals and are considered one of the best foods for nourishing the endocrine glands.

Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) is an important herb for the health of the liver and endocrine system. Its active constitutes include steroidal saponins which are important hormone precursors, especially of progesterone. Commonly used in formulas for the liver, endocrine glands and the female system. Safe to use for extended periods of time and has no residual side effects. When the goal is to promote fertility it should be taken during the first half of the menstrual cycle. When taken in doses of six '00' capsules per day daily through the entire cycle it is reputed to have a contraceptive effect.

Susun Weed notes Wild Yam can be used for a variety of women's issues including menstrual irregularity, menstrual cramps, infertility, menopause and endometriosis, she notes an infusion is the strongest preparation to prevent miscarriage, because it relaxes the uterus and soothes the nerves.3

Yellowdock (Rumex cripus) Another building tonic herb for the liver rich in minerals, especially iron which is easily digestible. Considered one of the best liver detoxifiers and cleansers, enriching the blood and improving over all health.

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