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Saturday, November 15, 2014

MENOPAUSE: and The Endocrine System / Herbs to Balance

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I don't know how many of you have access to the Harlem News (which also distributes in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens: link:, but my article next week will be on the endocrine system, which this Post segues from, since I just this minute finished and submitted it for publication.  Here's my article: 

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM consists of 7 Glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream, carried to every organ/tissue, to regulate various processes and influences all functions of the body.

In my herb course the endocrine system falls under The Earth Element, and consists of the three Zodiac Earth Signs: Taurus (which rules the Endocrine System), Virgo (which rules the Digestive System) and Capricorn (which rules the Skeletal System). The 7 Glands are the adrenals, gonads, pancreas, thymus, thyroid, pituitary and pineal glands; and not by coincidence, they are integrally tied to the 7 Chakras.

Adaptogen herbs are bests used for the endocrine system, as they provide deep nourishment for your total well-being and more resiliency to stress. They can build, tonify and nourish your system for increased overall health. 

My glandular formula provides natural hormone-like herbs useful for: the change of life, adolescence, maturity, sterility, frigidity, forgetfulness, anemia, general weakness and tiredness. Two parts dong quai, ginseng; one part licorice, black cohosh, sarsaparilla, kelp, ginger, and 1/2 part golden seal and lobelia. Powder and take 2 capsules 3X daily, if debilitated or recovering from illness. If you are in normal health, I would take 2caps first thing in the morning and before retiring.

Below is some additional information and more formulas.

The Endocrine System

Endocrine tonic for menopause

Mix the herbs together. Adjust taste. For each quart of tea use four to six tablespoons of herb mixture. Simmer over a very low heat for twenty minutes. Strain. Drink three to four cups daily for three months or as long as needed. The herbs may be simmered several times before being thrown out. Make a quart of tea each day and drink it throughout the day. It may be refrigerated and drunk cold.

Endocrine tonic capsules for menopause

All herbs must be in powdered form. If possible, buy them already powdered. If not, you can powder them in coffee grinders and/or nut grinders. (But if using your coffee grinder, be forewarned; it will never be good for grinding coffee again. Your coffee will taste like herbs and vice versa). Mix together thoroughly. Put in size "00" empty gelatin capsules (available at natural food stores and pharmacies) or rice paper. Take two capsules three times daily for three months or as long as needed.

Endocrine tonic-calcium formula

Mix herbs together. Put two ounces of the mixture in a wide-mouthed bottle and cover with one pint of good-quality brandy or vodka. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in a shaded, warm area. Let your tincture sit for four to six weeks. Shake once a day to mix herbs and alcohol together. Strain through a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Rebottle the herbal liquid. It is now ready for use. Recommended dose: one-fourth teaspoon diluted in tea or juice three times daily for three months or longer.

Menopause high-calcium formula

Mix herbs together and adjust flavors to suit your taste. Use four to six tablespoons per quart of water. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let steep for thirty minutes. Drink two to four cups daily.

High-energy formula for menopause

  • 4 parts sassafras,
  • 2 parts ginkgo leaf,
  • 2 parts gota kola leaf,
  • 1 part dong quai,
  • 1 part ginseng,
  • 1 part cinnamon chips,
  • 1 part ginger,
  • 2 parts licorice,
  • 1/8 part orange peel.
Mix herbs together, reserving the ginkgo and gota kola leaves. Use four tablespoons of the root mixture per quart of water. Simmer over very low heat (with lid on pot) for thirty minutes. Remove from heat and add one teaspoon each of ginkgo and gota kola. Cover pot and let steep for thirty minutes. Strain and drink as desired. The suggested amount is one cup twice daily. You can reuse the herbs for two to three pots of tea before they are depleted.