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Medical Clinic - Michaela Quinn, M.D. - Medicine Woman
(Affiliated with the Colorado Springs Chateau and Health Resort)

Dr. Michaela Quinn
Drs. Andrew & Colleen Cook
(in residence)

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Thanks 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 your doctor.

Alfalfa - 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.

American 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.

Angelica - eases muscular aches, soothes arthritic joints and rheumatic pains, eases indigestion problems and wind and improves poor appetite.

Arnica - Is good for bumps and bruises and acts as a soothing balm to heal them.

Avocado - 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.

Basil - 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.

Black Pepper - Warms and stimulates blood circulation; helps to ease aches and pains; soothes indigestion, stomach cramps and strengthens the immune system.

Black Walnut - Juice of the leaves cures ringworm.

Boneset - 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) for malaria.

Burdock - The 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.

Buttonbush - 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.

Cayenne 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, and alcohol.

Chamomile - 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.

Cinnamon Bark - Clears all infections causing fungi and viruses.

Cloves - Often been given to treat infections such as malaria, cholera and tuberculosis and parasites such as scabies. Can also relieve muscle spasms.

Coriander Seed - Used for cases of influenza; eases mental exhaustion; warms and soothes muscular stiffness and aching joints.

Dandelion Root - Is used as an excellent source for liver detoxification, especially in cases where the liver has become rancid.

Echinacea - 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.

Elder - 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.

Eucalyptus - Clears colds, blocked noses, sinusitis, chest infections; soothes burns cuts, wounds and insect bites; eases muscular pains; improves circulation; improves concentration.

Fennel - Is a good source used to prevent a dull appetite, and it stops bad eyesight.

Feverfew - 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.

FoxGlove Leaves - Used to treat someone with a irregular heartbeat. Also known as Digitalis.

Garlic - 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.

Ginger Root - Stewed into a tea or taken in capsule form, it will calm an upset stomach ... usually within 20 minutes.

Ginsing - found in East Asia and North America. Good for your well being and immune system.

Hawthorn - The fruits and flowers of this plant were used as a heart tonic, for weak hearts and related problems.

Horse 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.

Huckleberry - 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.

Jewelweed - Crushed leaves will prevent poison oak from making blisters.

Kava Kava - 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.

Lavender - 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.

Lemon Balm - Is useful for overcoming anxiety, depression & tension it also helps cold sores, chicken pox & shingles, flu and emotional problems.

Lemongrass - Eases pains stomach cramps, indigestion and constipation; lifts depression or anxiety and improves the mood.

Mare's 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.

Marigold - Useful for a tinture on an eyepad to ease conjunctivities and taken for a gargle, it heals mouth ulcers.

Marjoram - 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.

Myrrh - heals and disinfects deep cuts, wounds, chapped and cracked skin, eczema; cleans and disinfects the mout, easing sore gums and mouth ulcers, relieves bronchitis.

Nettle - It's used for allergic rhintis including hay fever, mild asthma, nose bleeds and nettle rash. It slows or stops bleeding from wounds.

Oregano - It treats scabs, itching and scurvinesse.

Passion Flower - Is used to treat tension and irritability, and good for reducing nerves.

Parsley - takes away the stinking of the breath; makes it ideal for those with deficiency of iron and who suffer from weak blood.

Peppermint - Tea made from the leaves of the peppermint plant are used to help ease cramping and upset stomachs.

Pleurisy Root - Though it has it specific useage the pleurisy root is used for hot and dry and tight conditions in the chest. Helps reduce fevers.

Quinine - 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."

Rosemary - Eases muscular aches and pains, backache, poor circulation; clears the breathing in colds.

Saffron - Helps treat digestion and improves appetite it is also useful for menstrual pain and irregularity impotence, enlarge liver depression, insommia and cures neuralgia.

Sage - Has been used to treat asthma, and is an herbal remedy to relieve hormonal troubles. Also helps bites and stings.

Sandalwood - 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.

Spicebush - 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.

Thyme - 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.

Valerian - Is a good herb for calming nervous tension. Is used with other herbs in remedies for high blood pressure caused by stress and anxiety.

Varuna - It is useful for kidney stones and other usage is bronchitis bladder problems.

Violets - 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.

White 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. White 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.

Witch 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.

Wormwood - 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.

Yarrow - 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.

Yellow Dock - Considered to be a blood purifier.

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Excerpts 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.

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