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Arthritis & our super CFB Anti-Inflamm II formula

Do you really need pharmaceuticals for arthritis relief? Here’s what a client said yesterday ( March 24, 2013):

“I purchased your Anti-Inflammatory II at  the market in Boquete earlier this month and it has eliminated  pain/stiffness in my hands due to arthritis. Thank you! I am now back in Toronto and because of the shipping costs, I would like to explore  whether you can also help my husband before putting together an order.  He has suffered for many years from what doctors refer to as  “non-specific allergies.” Symptoms are intense sneezing and running nose and eyes for bursts of time usually upon waking up. It appears he is  becoming immune to pharmaceutical antihistamines like Reactine. I think  that’s a good thing because it will result in the need to search for an  alternative and healthier solution!! Which tinctures would you advise?  Much thanks”, Karen B., Canada

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How does our Cloud Forest Anti-inflammatory II formula work?  First you have to know that a wide array of health problems, including chronic pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer are all rooted in inflammation, and arthritis is included. To address any of these problems, the inflammation issues must be effectively dealt with if you wish to be healed.

At Cloud forest Botanicals we use a multi-pronged approach to reducing inflammation through diet and lifestyle modifications, together with the herbal support of organic tinctures.

Our proprietary AI II tincture blends 3 traditional mountain herbs – Ortiga, Anamu and Horsetail, into a very strong, organic Turmeric base. Each herb has is own character and brings a set of healing phyto-chemicals to the mix.

Ortiga (the Panamanian version of nettles) is rich in B vitamins and mineralsand has a long history as a healing aid. The formic acid from the nettles is believed to have a beneficial effect upon rheumatic joints, reducing inflammation and speeding joint healing. The juice of the nettle can be used as a soothing lotion for burns. The root has been shown to have a beneficial effect upon enlarged prostate glands. The whole plant is anti-asthmatic, astringent, depurative, diuretic, galactogogue, haemostatic, hypoglycaemic and a stimulating tonic.

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Anamu ( Peteveria Alliacea) is relatively unknown in the European herbal world but in South America this smokey flavored plant is the go-to remedy for inflammation.Anamu’s traditional use as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism has been validated by clinical research confirming its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. One research group in Sweden reported that anamu possesses cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) inhibitory actions. COX-1 inhibitors are a new (and highly profitable) class of arthritis drugs being sold today by pharmaceutical companies.

Horsetail (Cola de caballo) is one of Panama’s most widely used plant remedies and can be bought fresh in any market. No other plant contains as much silica as horsetail. It absorbs this mineral from the earth and silica facilitates the absorption of calcium by the human body. Both of these minerals are necessary for teeth, bones, hair, nails and other connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. The body uses calcium in its fight against inflammation by reducing acidosis.

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Tumeric  The Turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa) has been enjoying the limelight in recent years. In fact it has become a bit of a rock star in the herbal healing world. If you’ve never heard of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) — the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color — you’re in for a treat, as this is one natural compound that should be on your health radar. Both the ancient Chinese and Indian systems of medicine have recognized curcumin’s beneficial properties for thousands of years and now modern research is showing it may be one of nature’s most powerful potential healers. Most notably, curcumin is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. The compound has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects help to reduce irritation to tissues characterized by pain, redness, swelling and heat, which is particularly helpful for osteoarthritis patients.

A critical thing to note here is that you must use clean, strong plants to get the benefits from these herbs. At Cloud Forest Botanicals we are committed to using only the best plants for our tinctures. And, it seems to be working. We thank our clients for being in touch and letting us know how these fabulous natural alternatives are doing.

Thanks and be healthy!