Natural Skin Care Newsletter - August 2007

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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: August 2007 Issue

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Introduction

Welcome to the August Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. June and July have been busy months for us at Wildcrafted and you, our customers, are going to get the full benefits of this.

Susan has been literally inspired and revisited many of our products, some how managing to find ways to improve many of them. Maybe her formulae will never be as famous as old Albert's, but I'm sure your skin will get much more from them.

In addition, Susan has also created a few new products such as the new Age Defying Intensive Crème, which will be available shortly.

COMPETITION:
Our Natural Hair Shampoos are also just about ready to be released - But we need a name! - So here's a competition for you: Send in your ideas via email (wildcrafted@wildcrafted.com.au) for our new range of natural hair care products. The winning entry will receive a free shampoo and conditioner for their participation. We are hoping to be able to launch this exiting totally natural range in our next issue of the Newsletter (September).

Bad News: There will be the inevitable price rise on the 15th of August - Good News: if you are getting low or want to stock up on your favourite products before prices go up, you still have 2 Weeks to put in your orders and save money.

Happy reading.


Index of the August Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

Articles:

Feature Article: Teenage & Adult Acne
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Article: Why We Should use Natural, Eco-friendly Skin and Personal Care Products?
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Article: 100% Natural Skin Care Products - Are you being mislead?
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

About a herb of interest - Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - Kidney Disease in Cats
(by Dr. Osborne)

August 2007 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acne (Acne vulgaris): Teenage and Adult Acne

As you probably already know, acne affects tens of millions of people world-wide. Statistically, 85% of teenagers are likely to suffer from acne outbreaks between the ages 12 to 24. Acne will cause scaring in 25% of these people. According to the American Dermatologists Association, 25% of adults suffer from acne. 60 million Americans experience acne at some point in their lives.

So if you're currently have some un welcomed zits, you're not alone. What is surprising, though, is that despite the fact that millions of people will suffer from acne-generated scars, only 11% will seek medical advice or treatment of some type for their acne.

So, What Is Acne?

Acne is described as a disorder of the skin, resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin's oil producing glands (sebaceous glands) and hair follicles. These factors result in plugged or blocked pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly referred to as pimples or zits.

Acne usually occurs on the face, neck, back, chest, and/or shoulders and even though acne is usually not a serious health threat, it can be a source of significant emotional distress, especially in teenagers.

How Does Acne Develop?

Acne is described as a disease of the pilosebaceous units (PSUs) - The area in the skin where sebaceous glands and associated hair follicles are found.

These are located over most of the body, and consist of a sebaceous gland connected to a canal, called a follicle, that contains a fine hair.

The sebaceous glands produce oil (also called sebum) which normally travels via hair follicles to the surface of your skin, commonly called a pore.

These follicles, or pores are lined with cells called keratinocytes, which are cells that synthesize keratin and are found in your skin, hair, and nails.

So what does this anatomy lesion have to do with acne?

I'm glad you asked...

Acne results when a collection of dried sebum, dead skin cells (keratinocytes), and bacteria clog your hair follicles, partially or totally blocking the sebum from leaving through the pores. If the blockage is incomplete, a blackhead (open comedone) develops; if the blockage is complete, a whitehead (closed comedone) develops. More severe cases of acne may result is cysts. And that's how acne lesions develop.

But, not all acne pimples are the same or equally severe, which is why acne has been classified into types 1-4 with 1 the least and 4 the most sever:

  1. inflammatory
  2. non-inflammatory,
  3. comedonal, comedopapular, papular, papulopustular, pustular, and
  4. “cystic” or nodular (even nodular-cystic) (Shalita, 2004).

Don't worry too much about this classification, it only helps dermatologists to categorise your particular case. What is actually more important to understand is the process of how acne lesions form and progress so that intervention can be put in place.

So let's quickly look at the process...

Process of formation of Acne lesions:

The blocked sebum-filled hair follicle promotes overgrowth of the bacteria know by its scientific name as: Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). These bacteria are normally present in the hair follicle. They break down the sebum into substances that irritate the skin.

acneThe resulting inflammation and infection produce those unwanted acne pimples. If the infection worsens, an abscess may form, which may rupture into the skin, creating even more inflammation (Merck, 2003). This can lead to more severe forms of acne.

More severe forms of Acne include:

  • Papules - inflamed lesions that usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to the touch
  • Pustules (pimples) - papules topped by white or yellow pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base
  • Nodules - large, painful, solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin
  • Cysts - deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring (MedLine Plus).

Now that we understand what acne is, how and where it develops and the different forms it can take, let's look at some of the possible causes of acne.


What Causes Acne?

The exact cause of acne is unknown, but orthodox medical theory believes that acne results from several related factors. One important factor is an increase in male hormones called androgens. These androgens increase in both boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum.

In Women, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy or starting or stopping birth control pills might also cause acne.

Another factor is heredity (or a result of inherited genes). Researchers believe that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. Certain drugs, including androgens and lithium, are also known to cause acne. Greasy cosmetics may alter the cells of the follicles and make them stick together, producing a plug.

What about diet? I hear you ask? Well, scientist are beginning to look into the connection between acne and diet (Wolf, et al., 2004) and have found that the prevalence of acne is lower in rural, non industrialized societies than in modernized Western populations.

Several observations and case reports suggest that acne can develop in groups when a high–glycemic index (GI-index) diet is adopted (Wolf, et al., 2004).

So, genetics, hormones and diet would appear to be the primary factors involved in the development of acne, or lack thereof. But are there others?

 

Other Factors That Can Make Acne Worse

Factors that can cause an acne flare include:

  • Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women 2 to 7 days before their menstrual period starts
  • Oil from skin care products such as heavy moisturizers or cosmetics, or grease encountered in the work environment (for example, a kitchen with fry vats; mechanical workshops, etc.)
  • Pressure from sports helmets or equipment, backpacks, tight collars, or tight sports uniforms
  • Environmental irritants, such as pollution and high humidity
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes
  • Hard scrubbing of the skin
  • Stress.


Myths About the Causes of Acne

There are many myths about what causes acne. Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but there is little evidence that foods have much effect on the development and course of acne in most people. That said, many people swear that if they indulge in chocolate or greasy foods, they will breakout in acne within a couple of days - the key is to ensure eating predominantly fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid alcohol and highly processed foods as much as possible.

Another common myth is that dirty skin causes acne; however, blackheads and other acne lesions are not caused by dirt. Stress doesn't cause acne either, although research suggests that for people who have acne, stress can make it worse.

So Everybody Gets Acne?

Well, no, but most people of almost all races and ages do get acne to a greater or lesser extent. It is however most common in adolescents and young adults. An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem. Women entering menopause may also experience outbreaks of acne associated with the changing hormone levels.

How to Treat Acne using Natural Medicine

Unlike the orthodox approach to acne, alternative medicine views this condition as a natural process of changes in the body’s physiology, especially around puberty and later on in life during menopause. However, just because it is a natural process, does not mean that it is untreatable and non-responsive to appropriate treatment.

In severe cases, it is best for the affected individual to seek professional advice from a qualified herbalist, naturopath or doctor of Chinese medicine.

Treatment Approaches


Treating your skin:

First and foremost it is important to address the skin's health. The approach will change to some extent, depending on whether there are currently acne lesions to be dealt with or not. If the skin is clear and there are no acne lesions, a sound daily skin care regime is the first and one of the most important steps in maintaining the health of the skin. [NB: You should still continue with your daily skin care regime even during an acne flare, however, you would not use a loffah on the areas where there are acne spots.]

However, using a loofah on a daily basis to reduce the amount of dead skin cells is the first step, where there are no acne lesions, followed by a daily skin care regime consisting of cleansing, toning and moisturising.

This is a vital part of treating your acne naturally, that is to prevent and reduce the factors that may lead to a acne flare.

Because acne is usually associated with oily skin, you should use a natural skin care system for oily skin (click on picture for more details) where the acne lesions are and possibly the system for normal skin on the remaining areas of your face and neck.

ProductsUsing skin care products that do not contain synthetic or artificial ingredients will help your skin to regain its healthy state without running the risk of absorbing potentially harmful substances from non-natural type skin care products.

Some of the ingredients used in non-natural skin care products are known to irritate the skin (see Potentially Toxic Ingredients) and can actually make your acne worse. Make sure that all the ingredients in your skin care products are as natural as possible to avoid irritating your skin further.

In addition, DO NOT USE commercially available soap on your facial skin or any other part of your body where you have acne. Firstly, this is because most soap will dry out your skin and while you think this is a good thing, it is not, because this will stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum and all you’ll achieve is to promote oily skin - and you do not want that.

Apart from following this daily regime, the acne sufferer should also use a facial clay mask on a regular basis, 2-3 times per week is a good start. Also, using an exfoliant lotion or gel is another excellent way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation and new cell growth - DO NOT USE a loofah and an exfoliant on the same day. Doing this is likely to over stimulate your skin and may lead to increased oil production by the sebaceous glands - so be careful.

Using Herbs and Essential Oils

In mild to moderate cases of acne, using a topical mix of Eucalyptus oil combined with Echinacea purpurea (Green plant) extract (50/50) will provide an excellent topical treatment for infected pimples. Echinacea is a great herb to treat almost any skin condition and the Eucalyptus oil will provide strong disinfectant properties to eliminate bacteria and other microbes at the site of the pimples.

What ever you do, DO NOT squeeze your acne pimples. Most of the time all this will achieve is to cause pain and if the pimple ruptures, you are most likely going to infect other areas of nearby skin, resulting in new pimples. Use your mask and exfoliant to draw the pimples to the surface and you will most likely find that they will open by themselves. This will also reduce the risk of causing scaring.

When pimples do rupture, use the Echinacea neat on the area over the ruptured pimple to help disinfect the area and reduce the potential infection of other skin tissues.

Treating more severe forms of acne may require a medical approach. That is you will need to take herbs internally to help clear your skin of the toxins associated with acne. Herbs such as Yellow Dock, Burdock, Echinacea, Red Clover and others are strongly indicated in cases of severe acne. However, you must consult a qualified herbalist who will prescribe the right combination and dose for your particular circumstances. You will also need to drink an increased amount of water to help your skin and kidneys to flush out these toxins from your system and especially from your skin.

You should also pay attention to what you eat. Eating processed foods will not be of benefit to you, however, increasing raw foods, especially increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet, will provide your body with increased nutrients that will support your skin and help the body eliminate the toxins. Omega 3, 6 and 9 should also feature strongly in your food intake. These are found in fish oils from fish such as Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines as well as lean red meats and some vegetables (See ‘Food for Your Skin’).

Acne is treatable naturally and usually you don’t have to undergo extreme forms of treatment. A good, daily skin care regime combined with an exfoliant and the regular use of a natural, deep cleansing facial clay mask, will help you get your acne under control. In severe cases, you’ll need to add the knowledge and experience of a qualified herbalist or doctor of Chinese medicine to your skin care regime and eat more wholesome foods.

 

References:

Shalita, A.R. (2004) Acne: Clinical presentations. Clinics in Dermatology, Volume 22, Issue 5 , Pages 385-386.

Wolf, R. Matz, H and Orion, E. (2004) Acne and diet. Clinics in Dermatology, Volume 22, Issue 5, Pages 387-393.

For other references used, click on word(s) in brackets to go directly to the source information.

 

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Why We Should use Natural, Eco-friendly Skin and Personal Care Products

Increasingly, more and more of us are realising and taking advantage of the benefits of using natural, eco-friendly skin and personal care products.

But why does the use of environmentally friendly products benefit our health?

What has sustainable use of natural resources got to do with the quality of skin and personal care products and why should we care?

 

These are just some of the questions the thinking pubic is asking. In this article, we’ll look at these and other issues. We’ll examine why using skin and personal care products that are utilising ingredients grown on farms that employ environmentally friendly, organic growing methods is advantageous to our own health as well as the environment we are living in.

So, why is it good for your own health to use products that utilise ingredients that have been organically grown in an eco-friendly manner?

There are several reasons why using products such as natural skin care products, which utilise organically grown ingredients is good for our health and the environment.

Firstly, farmers growing organic produce do not generally utilise any pesticides or herbicides on their crops. They also do not use synthetic or artificial fertilisers to nourish and reconstitute their soil. That means, that the produce grown has not had the opportunity to absorb any of these potentially harmful chemicals into its makeup.

In turn, that means, you the consumer of the end product, are not absorbing or ingesting these chemicals. Considering the information becoming available on the potential harm of some of the chemicals currently contained in many of the skin and personal care products available in the market place, that’s good news for our overall health.

In addition, the environment benefits from these organic and eco-friendly farming methods, in that rain, which can leach fertilisers from the soil as well as wash off pesticides and herbicides deposited on plant material, does not end up in our rivers, where it can potentially pollute our water ways and promote the growth of blue-green algae (Picture right).

Secondly, organic produce, grown in an eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable manner, utilise less natural resources and provide more long-term viability of the product.

Not having to use crop dusters, for example, saves petrol, oil, and other natural resources that would otherwise be required. I’m sure you could think of many more such examples, however, the key message here is that organic produce, grown in an eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable manner is a safe, effective way to grow produce, which does not make the same high demands on natural resources as other farming methods.

Does it therefore not stand to reason that using natural skin care products, or other products for that matter, that contain organically grown ingredients pose less of a health risk? Does it not make sense to use products that utilise produce from farmers who are concerned about our environment and actively reduce their demand on natural resources?

I’m sure you will agree that we, the consumers, need to look at these issues and make our own, considered choices. We need to do this not just for our own health’s sake, but also for the sake of our natural environment.

Why organic, eco-friendly farming methods are good for our environment?

Well, we covered much of the reasons farmers should consider moving to organic, environmentally friendly methods above, however, it’s not just because our health benefits from using products which contain organically grown ingredients, but the strain that conventional agrochemical farming practices place on our environment is increasingly becoming unsustainable. That means, the result of not properly managing our natural resources is starting to become very obvious. Lack of water, in Australia, and the world over, is beginning to take its toll.

According to Reuters News Service, a contingency plan prepared for the Australian government said unless water catchments across the country received heavy and widespread rainfalls before mid-May '07, allocations for irrigators and environmental river flows would be stopped. The basin covers an area the size of France and Spain and accounts for 41 percent of Australia's agriculture.

Not only does this spell disaster for many Australian farmers, this will result in low quality, high priced fruits and vegetables on the supermarket shelves in the coming months.

This is not an exercise in attributing blame and there are daily segments on TV on how we can all adopt more sustainable methods of using water and other natural resources to reduce the pressures on our natural environment. If all of us implement just some of these hints and tips, we will conserve our natural environment, which ultimately will benefit our general health.

Switching to natural skin and personal care products, which contain at least some organically grown ingredients, is an eco-friendly step in helping our environment, which will also help our own health.

 

 

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100% Natural Skin Care Products - Are you being mislead?

When you see the phrase Natural skin care products, what do you think is being promoted? Products containing natural ingredients perhaps? Skin care that is based on natural rather than synthetic ingredients? Of course - natural skin care products are products that are made exclusively from natural ingredients and nothing else. Or are they?

Are Your Natural Skin Care Products Natural? Or Something Else?

You are concerned with the amount of toxins your body is subjected to, right? Of course, that’s why you look for and purchase products that do not contain artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or substances that are not intrinsically natural.

So when you see a product or a range of products being promoted as Natural, you rightly believe that if you purchase one of these products you are getting a product which does not contain anything that is either non-natural or is potentially harmful to your health. Right?

You’re even willing to pay more for such products because you are under the impression that paying a little more will ensure you don’t subject your body to anything that may harm it...

Unfortunately you could be seriously mistaken. The fact is that while many manufacturers of skin care products have been marketing their range of goods as being Natural, the truth is that only a very small percentage of the ingredients contained in these products are in fact natural. But...

It doesn’t stop there.

Even worse, most of these so called natural skin care products contain several potentially toxic ingredients such as EDTA, Formaldehyde, and many, many more, which scientists tell us, could result in serious health issues.

Fancy that, and you are not told, but expected to know what all the names and numbers on the label mean - sure...

You need a University degree in Chemistry!

Unless you’re a cosmetic chemist, chances are you have no idea and just belief that because the product is called natural those numbers and almost impossible to read names, are just codes for natural substances... Well, why wouldn’t you? After all surely a product can’t be called natural if it’s not? Can it?

Yes, it can.

There are currently no registrations that stop a manufacturer from calling a skin care product natural or even organic as long as the product contains at least one natural, active ingredient and considering that organic actually refers to carbon, as long as one of the ingredients contains carbon atoms (eg: crud oil) they can even call it an organic skin care product. (They cannot call it certified organic however. That’s entirely different and we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of that in a later article.)

So what are you going to do?

To get back to natural skin care products and their level of ‘naturalness’; imagine you are standing at the counter of a department store looking at the offers of different creams, lotions and are wondering how on earth you are going to choose your next moisturiser.

You ask the 18 year old sales assistant behind the counter about the ingredients in the moisturiser you're considering, but she doesn’t know and also does not have a degree in chemistry - so you look at the label, you try to read the names, think of whether you have heard or read something, anything, good or bad about any of these ingredients, and finally you give up, open the sample jar, have a smell, rub some onto your skin and after considering whether or not this feels and smells good you buy it.

Is that not how it usually goes?

You come home and that night there’s a current affair program on TV and guess what? The topic is toxic ingredients used in skin care products.

You prick up your ears and pay close attention to what these ingredients are - you get you’re new moisturiser out and with a magnifying glass you look to see if any of those ingredients are in your ‘natural’ skin care product ...

Yep, they’re all there, the EDTA, the parabens, the formaldehyde, and all the others that where listed - you feel ripped off.

How are you going to prevent this from happening again? How can you avoid those ingredients?

Well, you can become a cosmetic chemist... No, maybe not; You can make your own truly natural skin care products - no, too messy, don’t have the knowledge or the time; or you can think outside the box...

What do I mean by that?
Well, since most of the products at the beautician's or the department store obviously contain ingredients you don’t want to put any where near your skin, you need to look for different types of outlets.

What type of outlet will have what you want?

Natural therapy clinics, herbalists, people who practice alternative medicine and hold the belief that natural ingredients are superior and safer to use than synthetic or modified ones. Look for companies that are run by Herbalists, Naturopaths, Medical Aromatherapists, because chances are good that they would produce natural products that hold true to their philosophy and training.

Who are these companies?

Good questions, most are almost invisible, and the reasons for this are quite simple - firstly, these 'companies' are primarily run by only a hand full of people who are not high-powered business executives with degrees in business. Secondly, they usually do not make the products for the mass market but for their patients, friends and relatives - word of mouth is usually their best and only form of marketing.

Take Wildcrafted Herbal Products for example, up until recently Wildcrafted did not do any advertising, actually, we still don't, and we have no formal marketing campaign. All we do to promote our business is send out Newsletters to those of you who have requested them, and keep upgrading and expanding our web site.

But I digress...

The key part to all this is that there are a few companies, usually small, not well-known companies that do make great 100% natural skin care products. You need to go looking for them, because like Wildcrafted Herbal Products™, most do not have the big advertising and marketing budgets of the department store brands. But thinking outside the box and looking around is well worth your time and effort if you really want to keep toxic substances in your life to a minimum and are looking to use pure 100% natural skin care products.

 

About An Interesting Herb: Ginkgo biloba - Who is Alzheimer?

 

Ginkgo biloba leafBiological Name:
Ginkgo biloba L.

Family:
Ginkgoaceae

Other Names: 
Ginkgo, Yin Guo, Ginkyo, G. biloba, Maiden hair tree

Parts Used:
Dried Green Leaves

Active Compounds: 
Constituents of Ginkgo: flavonoids (flavone glycosides, primarily composed quercetin) and terpenoids (ginkolides and bilobalides) (2).

Major known Actions: Vasorelaxing, anticoagulant, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties of Ginkgo biloba have most frequently been prescribed as preparations that improve cerebral blood circulation, and especially for memory improvement (1,3,4).

 

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:


Western Herbal Applications:

Indications:

  • Asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia;
    • Improvement in thinking, learning, and memory (cognitive function)
    • Improvement in activities of daily living
    • Improvement in social behaviour
    • Fewer feelings of depression
  • Intermittent claudication (leg pain caused by narrowing arteries);
  • Sexual dysfunction,
  • Multiple sclerosis,
  • Eye problems: Macular degeneration (age related)
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Memory impairment
  • Dyslexia
  • Menopausal symptoms (used as a possible alternative to HRT).
  • Other conditions: Depression; Disorientation; Headaches, High blood pressure; Erectile dysfunction; Vertigo.

 

Chinese Herbal Applications:

Functions and Clinical Use:

  • Expels Phlegm and stops wheezing - used for wheezing with coughing and copious sputum (5).
  • Stops discharge - used for leucorrhoea and turbid urine, especially from Damp Heat (5).
  • Stabilizes the Lower Heater - used for frequent urination, urinary incontinence, or sprematorrhoea(5).

 

Scientific Research Into Ginkgo biloba:

Researchers found that 3 months of oral administration of Egb 761 significantly reduced MDA levels of erythrocytes membranes, decreased fibrinogen levels, promoted erythrocytes deformation, and improved blood viscosity and viscoelasticity, which may facilitate blood perfusion. Furthermore, it effectively improved retinal capillary blood flow rate in type 2 diabetic patients with retinopathy (6).

Woelk, et al., (2007) demonstrated the usefulness of Ginkgo biloba in younger patients suffering from generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and found, that Ginkgo biloba was not only safe, but very effective in treating GAD. In addition, they reported that Ginkgo biloba was of particular value in elderly patients with anxiety related to cognitive decline.

 

Dosage:

Consult a qualified health care professional for advice on suitability and dosage before taking Ginkgo biloba .

 

References:

  1. Stromgaard, K. and Nakanishi, K. (2004) Chemistry and biology of terpene trilactones from Ginkgo Biloba, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 43, pp. 1640–1658.
  2. Sonata Trumbeckaite, Jurga Bernatoniene, Daiva Majiene, Valdas Jakštas, Arunas Savickas and Adolfas Toleikis (2007) Effect of Ginkgo biloba extract on the rat heart mitochondrial function. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 111, Issue 3, 22, Pages 512-516.
  3. Christen, Y. ( 2004) Ginkgo biloba and neurodegenerative disorders, Frontiers in Bioscience 9, pp. 3091–3104.
  4. Luo, Y. ( 2001) Ginkgo biloba neuroprotection: therapeutic implications in Alzheimer's disease, Joural of Alzheimers Disease 3, pp. 401–407.
  5. Bensky, D. Gamble, A. and Kaptchuk, T. (1986) Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Eastland Press, Michigan.
  6. Shih-Yi Huang, Chii Jeng, Shou-Chuan Kao, Joseth Jy-Hau Yu and Der-Zen Liu (2004). Improved haemorrheological properties by Ginkgo biloba extract (Egb 761) in type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with retinopathy. Clinical Nutrition, Volume 23, Issue 4, Pages 615-621.
  7. Woelk, H. Arnoldt, K.H., Kieser, M. and Hoerr, R. (2007) Ginkgo biloba special extract EGb 761 in generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with anxious mood: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Psychiatric Research 41 (2007) 472–480

 

The information provided here is not for the purpose of self diagnosis or self treatment. It is provided for the sole purpose of providing general information about herbs used in herbal medicine. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

 

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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months.

Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!

Please don't forget to enter our competition - we really do need your help on a great name for our hair care range.

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

 

© Copyright: Wildcrafted Herbal Products, 2007

Wildcrafted's Natural Skin Care Newsletter - Back Issues

Kitty's Corner

Kitty

Hello to you all, and a hearty Miau.

I hope you found last month's article on 'Choosing the Right Pet for You' interesting and helpful.

Kidney Disease In Cats

KIDNEY PROBLEMS
The kidneys filter and remove toxic waste products from the cat's
blood via the urine. They also regulate calcium and vitamin D
levels, maintain the cat's level of hydration and secrete the hormone
responsible for red blood cell production.

Acute kidney disease occurs suddenly and is rare in cats but, with prompt recognition and
treatment, it is generally reversible. Chronic kidney disease occurs as the kidneys deteriorate slowly over a cat's lifetime. This is a most common situation and is called chronic renal disease (CRD).

CRD is not reversible and the signs generally don't occur until 80% of kidney function is lost.

CAUSES

• Most usual: progressive age-related deterioration of the kidneys.

• Bacterial and viral infections.

• Nutritional factors, e.g. obesity.

• Blood and urine tests will enable your vet to assess the severity of the condition and provide advice on how to stabilize it. The vet may do an X-ray, ultrasound scan or biopsy to aid diagnosis.

• Fluid replacement is central to supportive care for cats with malfunctioning kidneys. Always make sure that the cat's water bowl is full of clean water.

• You can access the state of dehydration by pinching the cat's skin on the top of the neck for 5 seconds and then seeing how long it takes to flatten. The skin should pop back in 1-3 seconds. If it does not, the cat needs to be re hydrated. Rehydration can be done by your vet by subcutaneous injection or intravenously.

• Good nutrition is also vital. The goal is to decrease the workload on the kidneys by decreasing the amount of waste the kidneys must eliminate.

Excess dietary protein, phosphorus and salt create a lot of waste so it's best to give your cat a diet that contains small amounts of high quality protein, e.g. eggs, and foods low in salt and low in phosphorus.

Special diets can be bought from pet stores and the contents will be listed on them.

• Most cats with kidney failure are also anaemic and will need B vitamins and iron. Brewer's yeast and raw liver are good sources.

• Anti-hypertensive drugs (derived from human medicine) are now being given to cats to prevent further deterioration of the kidneys.

Symptoms
Increased urination; Increased thirst; Decreased appetite; Dehydration; Depression; Weakness; Vomiting.

Complementary Treatments

Herbal Remedies:
2 drops of alfalfa tincture three times daily, may be recommended (with water). This can be reduced to 1x daily as the condition stabilizes.

Homeopathic Remedies
Natrum muriaticum 200c (sodium chloride) can be helpful. Higher potencies may be needed in due course, to 10m or beyond.

Eel serum should promote urinary flow, helping to ensure the kidneys can continue to function adequately. Relief can also be provided by Apis mellifica 10m. Four doses administered at hourly intervals are normally recommended. Apis mellifica should be avoided if your cat is pregnant.

 

For now, Miau from me, until next month.

Paw

Information Source:
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