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Elecampane fresh root (Inula helenium)*

Known primarily as an antimicrobial expectorant for bronchitis, pneumonia and tuberculosis. It also stimulates digestion and liver function. Elecampane is rich in inulin, a source of fructo-oligero saccharides, so it also promotes intestinal health. It is used in European and Chinese medicine for dyspepsia with belching or acid reflux (rebellious Qi).

Black Walnut fresh green hull (Juglans nigra)*

A strong antifungal, antibacterial and vermifuge. It is used externally for athlete's foot, ringworm and cradle cap.  Internally it can be used for amoebas and protozoans (Giardia, Blastocytis hominis, etc.), nematodes (pin worms) and systemic candida.


Used in Ayurvedic medicine as a Rasayana or rejuvenative remedy. It is used as a carminitive, to enhance digestion, as an expectorant and for damp coughs. In animal studies it has been found to have hepatoprotective, radioprotective and antitumor activity.

Sweet Annie herb (Artemisia annua)*

Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for fevers (especially malaria)as well as parasites (leptospirosis) and fungal infections (dermatomycoses). It is used for heat in the blood, which is infections characterized by reckless blood (abnormal bleeding), high fevers and delirium.

Quassia wood (Picrasma excelsa)*

Used since the late 1600s, Quassia is an intense bitter that stimulates digestion by increasing hydrochloric acid production, bile secretion, small intestine and pancreatic enzyme secretion. It increases absorption and elimination. Quassia has strong antiamebic activity and is useful for dysbiosis, leaky gut syndrome and intestinal worms such as nematodes, ascaris and pinworms.


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