Do I need Gotu Kola herbal supplement?

Gotu Kola has a long tradition of use in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine and for good gotu-kola-herbreason.  It brings so many benefits on so many different levels; many herbalists consider it to be an Adaptogen. This pertains to a unique and small class of herbs that seem to help so many bodily functions but seemingly go to the parts of the body where they are needed most first.  While this is not really likely, and herbs are not ‘smart,’ Gotu Kola does have some magical qualities.   I can tell you with surety; Gotu Kola is just such an herb.  There are no downsides, and I believe young or old, healthy or health-impaired can appreciate improvement in general feelings of well-being, or pronounced reversal of many health challenges in a short amount of time.

What should be trending regarding herbal supplements?

We live in an age and society that tends to focus on ‘in vogue.’  What is trending now?  You can be watching your favorite show, yet be drawn to the latest advertising for the latest weight loss supplement that appears on your TV some 4-5 times during commercial breaks.  The natural supplement industry is not necessarily immune from these trends in our society.   New, is not always better.  When it comes to herbs, herbal combinations and formulas, we at Western Herbal and Nutrition may well be considered traditionalists as it applies to the use of herbal remedies.  Just because something is ‘new,’ does not immediately translate into more effective.  At Western Herbal, tried and true herbal remedies or formulas focused on traditional herbs in combination with cutting edge ingredients, has contributed to the success of our product line.  That focus will likely never change.   The popularity of Gotu Kola has waned in the last 20 years or so.  Gotu Kola is deserving of a permanent recognition in the natural supplements ‘hall of fame’ as a superior herbal remedy.

Gotu Kola delivers many health benefits

Gotu Kola has many culinary uses in Asia and Africa for soups, salads, and even beverages.  Gotu Kola is a concentrated source of saponins.  Saponins have a detergent-like quality when mixed with water.  Cholesterol and arterial plaque may be reduced with the benefit of improved circulation.  Topically, the leaves of Gotu Kola have been used to increase the gotu-kolaspeed of wound healing.  It achieves this benefit by stimulating blood flow, while protecting against infections.  Because this herb can help heal tissue on a cellular level, it has been used to improve appearance of scars and blemishes through inherent antioxidant activity.  The numerous benefits may exactly lie with this herb’s ability to improve circulation to all parts of the body, especially the brain.  In fact, one of the often touted greatest benefits is with Gotu Kola’s enhancement of cognitive function.  It is said to improve neural pathways, and by also reducing arterial plaque in the brain tissue, better mental alertness seems to follow.  Perhaps this is also why Gotu Kola is recognized widely as promoting longevity.  By combing use of Gotu Kola daily with Turmeric Root, risk of Alzheimer’s disease may be reduced.  In addition, the strong anti-inflammatory attributes of both herbs may deliver significant protection to the brain and the destructive ravages of free-radicals.

More Benefits with Gotu Kola

In addition to improving circulation by reducing plaque in the arteries, Gotu Kola actually strengthens blood vessels.  This brings health to skin and other organs through better oxygenation of tissue.  Though not fully understood, this herb seems to help with anxiety issues by reducing frequency of anxiety attacks and improving mood.  Some herbalists consider Gotu Kola to be ‘food for the brain.’  It seems this amazing herb also plays a role in detoxification of the body, and is considered a mild diuretic.  Excess of toxins, fat, and salts may be secreted from the body through urination.  This may have the effect of improving kidney function and kidney stress, and may even help reduce symptoms of enlarged prostate in men.  Chinese medicine holds that optimum kidney function is critical to proper energy levels and fluid balances. Through this action, Gotu Kola may help decrease the risk of congestive heart failure, and help to normalize blood pressure.  Protection from strokes may be an added benefit.  Gotu Kola seems to have a calming effect on the nervous system and in so doing can reduce stress, promote better sleep, and help those with nervous disorders.  Lastly, Gotu Kola seems to improve sex drive in both men and women.  Taking Gotu Kola with the herb Damiana may strengthen the libido, especially in women.   I would recommend to any adult regular use of Gotu Kola.  Many people are amazed at how quickly their mood improves while realizing increased feelings of well-being.

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Why is Complete Colon Care superior for digestive support?

The internet marketplace abounds with millions of supplements some in single herb form, then there are extracts, tinctures, vitamins, minerals, and formulations using a complex of ingredients.  Yet ask yourself for all the supplements you may have taken in your life, how many have you taken and truly felt benefit?  Or, did the ‘placebo effect’ have some type of bearing on the perception of better health?  In a recent study, participants were given a Glucosamine + Chondroitin joint supplement.  The group given a placebo actually reported better results than the group actually taking the joint supplement formula.  I cited the study here to add credence to my point; how do you know a given supplement is working for you?  And… if you can’t realize benefits, maybe it is not working, or you need to try a different product.

Choosing Supplements that really work

We must concede of course that there are many supplements that have importance on health, (Selenium for heart health for example,) yet one may never really appreciate a difference in terms of well-being or energy.  Some things we may just need to take on faith.  Yet to a large degree, we at Western Herbal and Nutrition try to focus on results-driven supplements, that is to say formulations that truly work where one can appreciate the benefits in just a few days, maybe even in the first hours of embarking on a new supplement regimen.  Complete Colon Care is just one such natural product that delivers exceptional results in a short period of time.  Over the years, through testimonials, e-mail exchanges, and over the phone, many customers have referred to Complete Colon Care as a life changing product.  We have to agree.  Rarely can one find a product that is so effective and lives up to its’ billing.  Of course, we hope you agree also.

The fiber story

Numerous studies have shown Americans are generally deficient in essential dietary fiber.  The right form of fiber is as if taking a ‘stiff broom’ to the entire digestive tract.  Lack of dietary fiber may lead to pockets of matter that putrefy and can lead to broader digestive issues such as constipation or IBS.  In addition, high populations of bad bacteria can accumulate in the intestines leading to inflammation, and even diseased tissue.  The preferred remedy should not lie with fiber supplements, most of which only may bring marginal results, but with a proper and balanced diet high in whole grains and vegetables.  But, for many people who can acknowledge they have insufficient fiber intake, they may gravitate to some of the more popular fiber supplements, some of which can cause allergies, and yet others that may only work to increase intestinal discomfort.  Bran would be an example of a poor fiber source, contrary to what we were told in our youth.  It turns out that bran actually leaches vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the body.  So what is a good fiber source?  In addition to a high fiber diet, Complete Colon Care capsules represent the most superior and balanced fiber/herbal supplement you can buy.  We have never seen its’ equal, nothing that comes close.

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The formulation behind Complete Colon Care was designed to address the most common
digestive disorders affecting Americans today.  Taking a fiber supplementonly is not the pathway to optimum digestive health.  So we at Western Herbal decided to bring a product to market that uses a fiber/herbal combination to improve digestive health starting with the
stomach, leading to small and large intestines. Most any complaints regarding impaired colon function can be addressed through using this progressive formulation.  Here are just a few of the benefits of Complete Colon Care:

  • Works with Hem-Relief to bring quicker relief from Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures.
  • Contains pre-biotics to promote healthy, beneficial intestinal flora.
  • Improves digestion to ensure better absorption of nutrients and vitamins.
  • Works to solve any issues of irregularity such as Hard Stools, Constipation, IBS, Diarrhea, gas, bloating , and indigestion.
  • Complete Colon Care is gentle, safe to take as a daily maintenance product, and will promote healthy weight loss!
  • CCC is the most successful product ever for negating the effects of Candida overgrowth.  All symptoms of Candida are diminished with regular use.
  • This supplement works to re-establish healthy mucilage in the intestinal tract and reduce inflammation.
  • Stomach flu, digestive upset, acid reflux can all be addressed by opening up capsules and stirring into a small glass of water.
  • Never need to use laxatives, stool softeners, antacids, Imodium, or Milk of Magnesia again.
  • Symptoms of Diverticulitis, Crohns’ Disease, Spastic colon, and colitis may be reduced or eliminated with regular use.

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GR-911 and some herbs for Arthritis

Arthritis suffering is often just considered a symptom of old age.  Also, it is generally considered a progressive, incurable disease.  I do not hold such a view.   Sweden has been curing people from this affliction for decades now.  Of course diet is a culprit and major contributory factor as well as a genetic predisposition.  A whole host of prescription drugs exist that may offer some benefit with alleviating symptoms, but doing little to help with nutritional support.

I wanted to take the opportunity to point out just a couple of the herbs I feel most beneficial for suffering with Arthritis.  The first herb I would recommend would be Alfalfa.


Alfalfa is a common plant grown widely throughout the world.  Horses thrive on it.  Alfalfa used to be added to bread, a practice that died sometime ago. How unfortunate since it has so much virtue. Alfalfa is good for Anemia, digestive issues, arthritis, kidney, cholesterol, nausea, fatigue, ulcers, as well as being a blood purifier. Alfalfa is also good for breastfeeding mothers, high blood pressure and Gout.  I have always held great esteem for this safe and effective herb, and often use it in my herbal preparations.  Alfalfa feeds the Pituitary gland which regulates many of the body’s functions through hormone secretion.  Alfalfa scores high on my list for Arthritis because the plant puts its’ roots deep into the earth to pull trace minerals into the plant. Some say the roots go as deep as 20 feet or more.

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Devil’s claw

The second herb I put high on my list for Arthritis suffering is Devils Claw.  This herb has tremendous virtue. I have always found that it promotes a feeling of well being.  Not a very scientific observation, but I can name several herbs that have such a broad spectrum of health benefits; they seem to have a mood uplifting effect. Devils Claw has somehow dwindled in popularity. I hope the wisdom and virtue of using this herb is never lost.  It is safe and very effective and cleansing for several organs including kidneys, liver, and circulatory system. Good for arterial plaque buildup, high cholesterol, bladder function, diabetes, and seems to help stomach complaints.  Anyone of adult age using this herb should notice benefit especially if suffering with any arthritic or Gout symptoms.

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Hem Miracle Cream A Natural Option For Hemorrhoids Relief

Hem-Miracle Cream helps provide fast, soothing relief for the itching, burning and pain associated with hemorrhoids.

We developed a special formula designed to help ease the topical symptoms of Hemorrhoid suffering. It brings quick relief to ease that maddening itching, burning, and pain. The many ingredients work to soothe the affected area, and quiet the discomfort of sitting or moving around. Hem-Miracle uses natural oils that begin to soothe the affected area as soon as you apply it. Only the purest ingredients are used in our exclusive formula.

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Fulvium – Fulvic and Humic Acid Complex


Finally, here is a natural supplement that has broad benefits, no side effects and results in health and well-being that can be appreciated by anyone in the first few days of use.

What is Fulvium? 

Fulvium is a liquid formulation that is unique to Western Herbal and Nutrition. We have achieved a product that is all-natural, no additives (except water), and has taken nature approximately 30 million years to create. We have combined soluble Fulvic acid and soluble Humic acid in a 60% to 40% ratio. There are no equivalent natural products on the market today that can deliver so many health benefits in a single product.

Fulvic and Humic substances are often called the “Missing Link” to optimum health and nutrition. Fulvium is a safe and powerful health booster that provides amazing benefits on many levels; we refer to it as 3-D nutrition. Only recently has science really discovered this essential nutrient that contains 72 naturally occurring minerals, trace minerals and trace elements, 18 amino acids, fulvic acids, humic acids and other naturally occurring organic acids. Derived from a rare mineral deposit called E-lite, considered to be nature’s most bio-ionically transferable minerals.

What is Fulmic and Humic Acid?fulvium

Humic acid is formed through the decay of plant, and animal matter. Most soil contains tiny amounts of this valuable substance. While fertilizer helps to bring nutrients to plant life, small amounts of Humic components in the soil work to make this nutrition more available to plants at all levels. All plant life contains Humic substances. Concentrated deposits of Humic acid are formed over millions of years, and can be found and are mined at various places around the world.

Quality and concentration of these natural deposits can vary, but our research has led us to one of the few sources that meet our standards or purity and quality. Concentrated Humic acid deposits are the work of Mother Nature and time. It is estimated that it takes 3 tons of plant and living matter to create just one quart of Humic material. Once cleaned and separated from impurities, it is literally a concentrated and condensed life essence!!

Potential Benefits

Immune Support
Fulvium supercharges your immune system and imparts a strong ‘alkalizing influence” on the body. This can help increase resistance to colds and infections. **

Cleanse and Detoxify
Fulvium restores the body to its optimal potential by cleansing the body of pathogens, parasites, viruses and other toxins. **

Anti-Aging Effects
Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), Fulvium may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to inflammation and cellular oxidative damage. In fact, the fulvic and humic acids are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants. **

Thyroid Support
Promotes exceptional health of the thymus gland and may help balance the thyroid system by stabilizing the immune system. **

Energy Boost
Due its overall health benefits, taking Fulvium can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion by improving blood circulation and oxygenation at the cellular level. Feel better and more alert. **


Additional Benefits

  • Fulvic acid is a powerful chelating agent. Meaning, it helps to effectively remove metallic minerals from the body by turning them into readily absorbable bio-available forms. (1)
  • Enhances nutrients and makes them more available for use by the body and especially at a cellular level. (2)
  • Fulvic and Humic substances are some of the most powerful natural free radical scavengers and antioxidants known. (3)
  • Fulvic acids dissolve and transport vitamins, coenzymes, auxins, hormones, and natural antioxidants (4)
  • Enhances cell division and elongation by stimulating and balancing cells, creating optimum growth and conditions for replication. (5)
  • Improves permeability of cell membranes by acting as sensitizing agents to enhance permeability of the cell membrane. (6)
  • Increases the metabolism of proteins, RNA, and DNA. (7)
  • Fulvic acid has the power to chelate and form stable water soluble complexes with monovalent, divalent, trivalent, and polyvalent metal ions. It can aid the actual movement of metal ions that are normally difficult to mobilize or transport. (8)

Links related


1. Dissolves metals and minerals – Ong, H.L., Swanson, V.D., & Bisque, R.E. (1970) Natural organic acids as agents of chemical weathering (130-170). U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 700 c. Washngton, DC: U.S. Geological Survey.
2. Enhance and transport nutrients – Christman, R.F., & Gjessing, E.T. (1983). Aquatic and terrestrial humic materials. The Butterworth Grove, Kent, England: Ann Arbor Science. Also: Prakash, A. (1971). Terrigenous organic matter and coastal phytoplankton fertility. In J.D. Costlow (Ed), Fertility of the sea, 2, 351-368. (Proceedings of an International Symposium on Fertilty of the Sea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, London, and New York: Gordon and Breach Science)
3. Free radical – Senesi, N. (1990) Analytica Chmica Acta, 232, 51-75. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.
4. Williams, S. T. (1963). Are antibiotics produced in soil? Pedobiologia, 23, 427-435.
5. Cell elongation – Poapst, P.A., & Schnitzer, M. (1971). Fulvic acid and adventitious root formation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 3, 215-219.
6. Enhance permeability of cell membranes – Christman, R.F., & Gjessing, E.T. (1983). Aquatic and terrestrial humic materials. The Butterworth Grove, Kent, England: Ann Arbor Science. Also: Prakash, A. (1971). Terrigenous organic matter and coastal phytoplankton fertility. In J.D. Costlow (Ed.), Fertility of the sea, 2, 351-368. (Proceedings of an International Symposium on Fertility of the Sea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, London, and New York: Gordon and Breach Science) low molecular weight, Aiken, G.R., McKnight, D.M., & VacCarthy, P. 1985). Humic substances of soil, sediment and water, New York: Wiley – Interscience.
7. Proteins, DNA, RNA – Khristeva, L.A., Soloche, K.I., Dynkina, R.L., Kovalenko, V.E., & Gorobaya, A.I. (1967). Influence of physiologically active substances of soil humus and fertilizers on nucleic acid metabolism, plant growth and subsequent quality of the seeds. Humus et Planta, 4, 272-276.
8. Transport metal ions – Schnitzer, M., & Khan, S.U. (1972). Humic substances in the environment New York: Decker.

Get Help For Your Hemorrhoids

There are several options for treating hemorrhoids based on the severity of the condition and your budget. If you have been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, you doctor may recommend one of the following outpatient surgery options:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Rubber Band Ligation
  • Hemorrhoidecotomy
  • Over the counter options

Each procedure has advantages and disadvantages that may or may not be covered by your health insurance.

Rubber Band Ligation

A very common outpatient procedure for treating minor cases of hemorrhoids. Your doctor or specialist will place a small elastic band around the base of the hemorrhoid. This cuts off the blood flow and helps shrink the hemorrhoid. The process may be repeated several times over a six to eight week period. Side effects can include immediate pain or tightness, bleeding or infection.


A procedure for smaller or less severe cases of hemorrhoids that may not be treatable by Rubber Band Ligation. Your doctor will inject a hardening agent at the site. This will reduce the blood flow and ease the condition. Acute pain is possible if the injection is not done at the appropriate location


In some severe cases of hemorrhoids, your doctor may recommend surgical removal. This procedure does not typically require a hospital stay, but does require anesthesia, painkillers and a 7 to 10 day recovery period before you can get back to work.

Over the Counter Products

For many, the cost and potential side effects of these procedures is daunting and in many cases unnecessary. There are several hemorrhoid creams and suppositories available over the counter, but these products usually only address the symptoms and not the cause.

Hem-Relief for Hemorrhoids

For those looking for an inexpensive option that addresses both the cause and symptoms, we highly recommend a natural dietary supplement. Hem-Relief is a popular option that is scientifically formulated to help relieve both internal and external hemorrhoid flare-ups. Prepared from premium quality natural ingredients containing a full biochemical spectrum that insures the highest potency for effectiveness. Read More

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Constipation Can Be Controlled

Almost everyone suffers from constipation at some time during his or her life. Though not usually serious, constipation can be a concern and may lead to other health problems like abdominal pain, bleeding and hemorrhoids. However, constipation can be controlled with the following recommendations.

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Constipation and Hemorrhoids

Constipation is not a popular topic that people like to talk about. However, if you’ve suffered from this problem you know it can be both painful and frustrating.
Almost everyone gets constipated at some time during his or her life. Though not usually serious, constipation can be a concern and may lead to other health problems like abdominal pain, bleeding and hemorrhoids.

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What are Herbal Supplements?

Herbals and botanicals have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Once thought of as ‘traditional medicine’ used by native or ancient cultures, herbal medicine has emerged as a popular complementary and alternative medicine, or supplement to modern medicine. The herbal market is growing steadily and herbal and botanical supplements are the leading type of complementary and alternative medicine for both adults and those under the age of 18. Continue reading “What are Herbal Supplements?”