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An overview of different herbal realities focusing on the medicinal value of plants, indigenous herbs of South Africa
and aspects of the herbal industry that affect the person in the street.
Since time does not allow most of us to read long newsletters, this newsletter will only deal with one herb at a time starting with the series kitchenwise and streetwise.



• Street-wise----Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild..
• Fatigue

Withania somnifera
Indian gingseng
Winter cherry
Bpfepha (sotho)
Ubuvuma (xhosa)
Ubuvimbha (zulu)

Adaptogens restore the health of those whose health is beyond hope, and give back youth to fading old age.
Such a one is Ashwagandha, aiding the quality of life and longevity.
To qualify as an adaptogen the herb has to be non-toxic and have positive results.
Adaptogens act when there is an imbalance in the physiology. Adaptogens correct only when conditions are out of the normal ranges. Meaning it acts only when activated by an imbalance and does not function forcefully. So it’s a fixer, it finds out what is wrong and fixes it.

Ashwagandhas’ effects on the nervous system are due in part to both the Withanolide and the very potent antioxidant activity of Ashwagandha. It helps in the treatment of nervous exhaustion, memory related conditions, insomnia, tiredness and epilepsy. The sedative effect makes it useful as a muscle relaxant.
The substance in Ashwagandha, Sitoindosides, promotes the potent anti-stress properties of Ashwagandha.

After Experiments to erase memory areas using chemicals (researchers often stimulate an illness by injecting a substance that causes that illness), it was found that the substance Withanolide A from Ashwagandha caused recovery of those lost memories. This has far reaching consequences for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and trauma-caused brain lesions..
It has a role to play as the normalizer to counteract the brainwashing effect of the media and sometimes-excessive gunk on the Internet. Not to mention each persons own special brand of conditioning that this life on earth imposes.

Huge international government experiments such as HAARP and 21st century lifestyles may affect the minds of large groups of humanity and the mental mayhem caused to intelligent people may find some relief through taking the herb.

As an anti depressant and for anxiety, the effect of Ashwagandha extract is equal to current allopathic drugs used widely for depression and unlike allopathic drugs, with no side effects.
The behavior of obsessive compulsives may be reversed.
Certain drugs can induce Parkinson’s disease—this was done experimentally and an oral administration of Ashwagandha prevented any symptoms that may have resulted due to that artificially induced Parkinsons.

Withanolide in Ashwagandha extract can regenerate damaged neurons especially in the hippocampus, which governs learning, memory and emotion. This action in a herb is as rare as an honest politician.
Those experiments offer great hope to those whose memory and learning ability declines especially with age.
Dosages vary from 6 gm. per day upwards. Mainly the root is used. Ashwagandha is also obtainable as a tincture and extract. It is suggested that your practitioner advise regarding dosage as it may be much less.


Ashwagandha has been used in Africa by traditional healers to strengthen the immune system.
The rural population of South Africa is approx. 20 million people and conservatively the majority do not have access to clinics so resort primarily to traditional healers so at least 10 million people (probably much more) use herbal medicine via traditional healers as a first resort in illness.

Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic (traditional Hindu) medicine. Ashwagandha is used to help increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina, and strengthen the immune system. It is not fully understood how Ashwagandha functions but increase in white blood count and strengthening of the blood and immune system may be due to the production of nitric acid, which would have that effect.
The increase in lymphocytes, helper cells and activation of macrophages that ‘eat‘ pathogens is extremely helpful in cancer patients especially after chemotherapy when immune factors are lowered. The same effect would also lower inflammation and account for the energizing effect.

Anti microbial effects have been demonstrated in labs especially with salmonella, which is associated with food poisoning.
It is difficult to understand how a herb can exert so many benefits. We are taught in the west that one drug will act in a certain way and the idea of a drug multitasking is foreign to us yet it works as nature intended and often the effect of a herb varies per person. For example the recommended dosage is 3–6 grams per day of the dried root but often much less would be effective for more sensitive people. People who are sensitive to the nightshade group of plants should be careful with use of Ashwagandha

The effect on the metabolism may be attributed to Withanolide and Sitoindosides which are powerful antioxidants also contributing to the anti aging factor. This too would benefit energy levels, reduce fatigue and increase stamina. Ashwagandha may protect the Liver from the detrimental effects of some Toxins viz carbon tetrachloride in cleaning agents.
Strange how many political leaders are aged, seems that they need the power to compensate for their lack of sexual endurance or inherent inferiority.
Even though many drugs today fortify their lust, the power their position gives is obsessive and addictive. Tell an aged Politician that they need to go for therapy and you will end up in jail. Long ago someone said power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and African and many corporate leaders show that immaturity clearly. Crazily enough we need to wish them maturity and wisdom in place of their obvious shortcomings.

Today, herbalists often recommend Ashwagandha for people with high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and impotence associated with anxiety or exhaustion. It enhances endocrine function, especially the thyroid and adrenals. Ayurvedic healers have long prescribed the herb to treat exhaustion brought on by both physical and mental strain.
The testosterone like effect of Ashwagandha has put it high on the list of aphrodisiacs.
The same testosterone effect may alleviate male impotence and increase sexual desire.Often it seems that we are governed by hormones
The actions of hormones are governed by cellular wisdom and not by any act of will on the part of the person except to take some medication to balance the hormonal strength. Ashwagandha increased the production of sperm and hence may alleviate male infertility. This too is attributed to its testosterone like effect.

Rape in south Africa is endemic and attests to the impotency of the rapist if harmonious sex is substituted by an act in which a coward requires violence to be stimulated to compensate for his or her impotence


When dealing with a breakdown in one aspect of the body health, it may be wise to treat the whole system rather than focus on a single organ or system. In this way mixtures of herbs may work more effectively than a single herb—some helping with elimination and detoxing.Our mixtures contain herbs, which do all that and fortify the mineral and vitamin supply hence providing a more complete healing process with no side effects.

The process of cutting a herb generates heat so the finer the cut of the herb so too does the potency diminish that little bit. So I recommend the rough tea cut rather than teabags even though it appears to be a mission to make in the rush rush everyday world.


Guidance with professional health practitioners from the naturopath, sangoma, dietician, alternative healer to a MD is an responsible course of action when dealing with any substance affecting your health.
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In the next newsletter we will deal with the herb in the series called kitchen-wise:-talking about the medicinal value of usual herbs found in the kitchen



Fatigue is mental and/or physical tiredness.

Afternoon Fatigue is Fatigue experienced only during the afternoon. This is common amongst many cultures with siesta and afternoon naps.
Afternoon fatigue seems to be part of the normal part of the natural rhythm of the body controlled by the hypothalamus (Circadian Rhythm). It is disrupted by excess stress.
About 20% of people experience some form of afternoon fatigue.
You would think those elected representatives dosing in parliament could take their siesta in a more private location.

Sunlight helps to restore the normal Circadian Rhythm especially if confined indoors most of the time.
A high protein lunch may help. That could also contribute to the success of some high protein diets which seem to give more energy.
Melatonin has been used to restore a normal pattern, but has recently been banned by the powers that be together with other helpful herbs and substances.

It seems that those who implement policy are really out of touch with the facts and references and follow the money to accept bribes by corporations with hidden agendas. Herbs which have been used successfully for 1000s of years are removed on the whim of some well placed psychopath.

For general fatigue the following herbs either individually or combined are some which may be helpful.
Ginko biloba

Central Nervous System Fatigue (also known as Mental Fatigue; Central Fatigue; Neurasthenia) is a reduction in the ability to perform Mental processing with resultant Memory impairment, lowered Attention Span and Focus.

There are many substances that help
Deficiency in Vitamins especially Vitamin A, D, BI, B2, B6 AND B12 and Folic acid seems common amongst Neurasthenia sufferers.
Brewers yeast and dark chocolate seems to help
The herbs that have been researched and shown to alleviate neurasthenia by strengthening the immune sytem and regulating hormone function
Aloe vera (consumed orally)
Green Tea (try use good tea not the junk generally available)
Neem (leaf extract consumed orall
Olive Leaf

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