The tincture contains a blend of natural antifungals shown to be effective in the treatment of systemic and local candidiasis. The plants contain saponins and compounds called berberine that are antifungal and act specifically against the Candida fungus which is the cause of vaginal, chronic cystitis, oral thrush and tinea.
Golden rod Solidago virgaurea, Burdock Arctium lappa, Barberry Berberis vulgaris, Pau d'Arco Tabebuia Avellanedae
- Chronic thrush
- Recurrent cystsitis
- Jock itch
Full List of Potential Symptoms of Candida Albicans Infestation
- abdominal gas and bloating
- excessive fatigue
- cravings for alcohol
- rectal itching
- cravings for sweets
- inability to think clearly or concentrate
- mood swings
- sinus inflammation
- pre-menstrual syndrome
- poor memory
- persistent cough
- low sex drive
- muscle weakness
- learning difficulties
- sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
- cognitive impairment
- athlete's foot
- sore throat
- acid reflux
- chronic pain
Burdock root Arctium lappa – Burdock is an alterative, antibacterial, antifungal, antiphlogistic, aperient, blood purifier, carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, hypoglycaemic and stomachic. Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. It is used to treat conditions caused by an 'overload' of toxins, such as throat and other infections, boils, rashes and other skin problems. The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The plant is also part of a North American formula called Essiac, which is a popular treatment for cancer. The plant is antibacterial, antifungal, carminative and can be used to treat fungal infection such as candida. Recent research has shown that seed extracts lower blood sugar levels. In TCM Burdock is known as Niu Bang Zi. The fruits are used. Burdock fruit is said to be pungent, bitter and cold and enters the stomach and Lung meridian. It is said to expel wind-heat and benefits throat and is indicated for fever, cough, sore-red-swollen throat, clear heat and relieve toxicity and is indicated for red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, rashes and moisten the intestines and treat constipation due to wind-heat.
Barberry Berberis vulgaris – Barberry is antibacterial, antipruritic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, appetizer, astringent, anticancer, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, hepatic, laxative, ophthalmic, purgative, refrigerant, stomachic and tonic. It is indicated for correcting liver function and promoting the flow of bile and ameliorates conditions such as gallbladder pain, gallstones and jaundice. It is indicated when there is cholecystis (inflammation of the gall-bladder) or in the presence of Cholelithiasis (gallstones). When jaundice occurs due to a congested state of the liver, Barberry is also indicated. As a bitter tonic with mild laxative effects, it is used with weak or debilitated people to strengthen and cleanse the system. An interesting action is its ability to reduce an enlarged spleen. It acts against malaria and is also effective in the treatment of protozoal infection due to Leishmania spp. Berberine is antibiotic, immuno-stimulatory, antispasmodic, sedative, hypotensive, uterotonic, cholerectic, & carminative activity. As a traditional medicine or dietary supplement, berberine has showed some activity against fungal infections, candida, yeast, parasites, and bacterial/viral infections. Some research has been undertaken into possible use against infection. It is used orally in the treatment of various enteric infections, especially bacterial dysentery. It should not be used with Glycyrrhiza species (Liquorice) because this nullifies the effects of the berberine. Berberine has also shown anti-tumour activity and is also effective in the treatment of hypersensitive eyes, inflamed lids and conjunctivitis. The root bark has also been used as a purgative and treatment for diarrhoea and is diaphoretic. A tincture of the root bark has been used in the treatment of rheumatism, sciatica etc
Pau d'Arco Tabebuia Avellanedae - Pau d’Arco is antifungal, antiviral, antivbacterial, anticancer, antiparasitic, antioxidant and expectorant. Pau d'Arco is a natural herb retrieved from the inner bark of the Tabebuia Avellanedae known as taheebo. Pau d'Arco has been used for centuries by the Indio tribes of South America, as well as the ancient Incas and Aztecs. Pau d'Arco tea or tincture concoctions have had beneficial effects for cancer victims, anywhere from alleviation of chemotherapy symptoms to complete remission of tumours. An article published by Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey on Pau d'Arco stated that "who Lapacho has produced clinical anti-cancer effects without side effects." Candida Albicans, a fungus which causes yeast infections, has also been treated by the Pau d'Arco herb. Clinical studies also showed strong in vitro activity against various other bacteria, fungi and yeast, including: Aspergillus, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori (common cause of stomach ulcers), Bucella, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and dysentery. Antiviral properties have been displayed in vitro by Pau d'Arco against viruses such as: herpes I and II, influenza, polio virus and vesicular stomatitis virus. Pau d'Arco is also confirmed as being an antiparisitic against various parasites, including: malaria, schistosoma, and trypanosoma. Additionally, the herb has even demonstrated usefulness as an anti-inflammatory. Pau d'Arco bark has active principles, mainly lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. As an expectorant, Pau d’Arco is used by many during the cold and flu season, and is a remedy for smoker's cough. Possible Interactions include antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs (blood-thinners), including, Warfarin (Coumadin), Clopidogrel (Plavix) & Aspirin. Pregnant and nursing women should not take Pau d'Arco.
Golden rod Solidago virgaurea – Golden rod is anti-catarrhal anthelmintic, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant. Golden Rod is perhaps the first plant to think of for upper respiratory catarrh, whether acute or chronic, It may be used in combination with other herbs in the treatment of influenza. According to Priest and Priest, Golden rod is specific for influenza, repeated colds, catarrhal bronchitis with purulent expectoration, putrescent tonsillitis, naso-pharyngeal catarrh with sneezing and excessive mucus. Goldenrod is a safe and gentle remedy for a number of disorders. In particular, it is a valuable astringent remedy treating wounds and bleeding, whilst it is particularly useful in the treatment of urinary tract disorders, being used both for serious ailments such as nephritis and for more common problems such as cystitis. The plant contains saponins that are antifungal and act specifically against the Candida fungus which is the cause of vaginal and oral thrush. It also contains rutin which is used to treat capillary fragility, and phenolic glycosides which are anti-inflammatory. A good vulnerary herb, it has also proved of value when used internally in the treatment of urinary infections, chronic catarrh, skin diseases, influenza, whooping cough, bladder and kidney stones etc.
Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures
Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.
All tinctures are supplied in a one month supply only consisting of 2 x 200 ml bottles (400 ml total). Again your purchase will last one month when taken at the therapeutic dose of 7 1/2 ml 2 x day or if preferred 5 ml 3 x day in a little water before meals (or after meals if you have a sensitive stomach).
The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.
Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:
- Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
- Gas Chromatography (GC)
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Herbs are also tested for
- Microbial levels
- Foreign matter
- Total and acid insoluble ash
- Loss on drying
- Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
- Water soluble extractive
- Alcohol estimation
- Swelling index
- Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
- Pesticides/heavy metals
Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures
The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.
Water used in manufacture
Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.
The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.
Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).
The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.
Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.
For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.