Herbs Etc - Peak Defense Alcohol Free Goldenseal/ Echinacea Complex - 60 Softgels
Herbs Etc Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine is a Goldenseal/Echinacea complex. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine is specific for the second or third day and beyond of a challenge. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine is a favorite for fighting a cold or flu. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine reduces inflammation and strengthens tissues of the throat, sinuses and bronchioles. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine liquefies mucus, relieves deep-seated joint, muscle and bone pains, and headaches, as well as generalized body aches and headaches. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine also breaks fevers and stimulates the immune system's response. Peak Defense Alcohol Free Herbal Medicine quickly eliminates waste products and helps the body regain its balance.
Parts used and where grown
Goldenseal is native to eastern North America and is cultivated in Oregon and Washington. It is seriously threatened by over-harvesting in the wild. The dried root and rhizome are used in herbal medicine.
Historical or traditional use
Goldenseal was used by Native Americans as a treatment for irritations and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It was commonly used topically for skin and eye infections and has been used historically as a mouthwash to help heal canker sores. Because of its anti-microbial activity, goldenseal has a long history of use for infectious diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infections, and vaginal infections. Goldenseal is often recommended by herbalists in combination with echinacea for the treatment of colds and flu. Its benefits are most likely limited to helping ease the discomfort of a sore throat associated with these conditions. Goldenseal was considered a critical remedy for stomach and intestinal problems of all kinds by early 20th century Eclectic physicians (doctors who recommended herbs).
Parts used and where grown
Echinacea is a wildflower native to North America. While echinacea continues to grow and is harvested from the wild, the majority used for herbal supplements comes from cultivated plants. The root and/or the above-ground part of the plant during the flowering growth phase are used in herbal medicine.
Historical or traditional use
Echinacea was used by Native Americans for a variety of conditions, including venomous bites and other external wounds. It was introduced into U.S. medical practice in 1887 and was touted for use in conditions ranging from colds to syphilis. Modern research started in the 1930s in Germany.
Herbs Etc. Frequently Asked Questions
What forms do herbal products come in?
The most popular herbal products in America are capsules, softgels and tablets. Herbal teas, especially in teabags, account for a substantial amount of the herbs consumed in the United States. Herbs in liquid herbal extract form are also a popular way to ingest therapeutic herbal products. Finally, herbs are available in bulk form in some health and natural food stores.
Which form of herbs offers the most therapeutic benefits?
The therapeutic benefits achieved by using herbs depend on a variety of factors. For instance, does the herbal product contain all of the active constituents in ratios found in nature, or have the constituents been altered? Is the herbal product fresh? What is the shelf life of the herb? Has the herb been processed in such a way to ensure that it will be effective when you are ready to take the product? Does the product require you to digest the herbs in order to get all of the benefits from these herbs? Is it convenient to take? Is it affordable? Does the product address the problem that you are trying to solve? Of all the available forms of herbs, liquid herbal extracts best address all of these factors. This is the reason that American herbalists recommend this form of herbs the most.
Is it better to choose herbal formulas instead of single herbs?
To get the results you hope to achieve, it is important to choose the herbs that best address your specific health concerns. This web site lists both single herbal extracts and formulas, as both are effective healing agents.
Can I take herbal extracts at the same time I am taking conventional drugs?
In many instances taking herbs at the same time as conventional drugs will actually support and heal the body faster and more thoroughly. For example, taking immune stimulating herbs while a person is on antibiotics is recommended, because these herbs will strengthen the immune system and prevent relapses after the round of antibiotics is done. In other instances it is best not to take herbal extracts at the same time as conventional drugs. For example, I do not recommend taking antidepressant drugs and herbal antidepressants at the same time. Be aware that when herbs are combined with drugs, they can increase the action of the drugs. Consult a knowledgeable herbalist, a naturopath or primary care physician when combining any medications.
Keeping You Healthy. Naturally.
From Daniel Gagnon, Owner
My name is Daniel Gagnon. I am the Medical Herbalist and Owner of Herbs, Etc. As a child and as a young adult, I suffered from eczema, asthma and allergies. My journey back to health is the driving force that motivates me to share the benefits of natural healing with other individuals. My number one goal is to develop effective herbal medicines that contain only natural and beneficial ingredients that have little or no side effects.
Research and Development In Our Retail Store
Herbs, Etc. operates a retail store in Santa Fe, New Mexico, selling bulk herbs, herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements and essential oils. The store's primary mission is to offer herbal medicine information and remedies to the Santa Fe community. It is also a research and development center. Many of Herbs, Etc.'s herbal medicines are created and tested here.
The retail store offers over 250 varieties of bulk liquid herbal extracts. From these, products that are specific to clients' health needs are custom-formulated. For example, our best selling herbal throat spray was created while working with performers at the famed Santa Fe Opera. Singers would come to the store complaining of sore throats. Many formulations were tested, however, one formula was requested more often than all the others. This formulation became known as Singer's Saving Grace. Today, this product is available in four classic formulas (Extra Strength, Cool Mint, Honey Lemon and Serious Cinnamon) and 2 alcohol-free formulas (Professional Strength and Citrus & Honey).
From The Field To The Plant
Once a formulation has been tested and approved, the manufacturing process begins. At Herbs, Etc.'s certified organic manufacturing facility each herbal medicine product starts with fresh or dried whole herbs. The herbs we purchase are grown on family-owned, certified organic farms. They are grown throughout the United States in the climate and ecosystems in which they thrive.
Herbs, Flowers, Leaves, Buds: When Fresh is Best
Some herb parts, such as flowers, leaves and buds, must be processed while fresh (undried) to retain their full medicinal qualities. This critical step ensures that the essential oils and other fragile constituents are not lost, evaporated or destroyed in the drying process. Fresh herbs are picked from the field and shipped overnight in refrigerated containers. Herbs, Etc. receives them while fresh the very next morning. Once released from quality control, the herbs are immediately ground to break the cell walls, put in an alcohol/water solution and extracted while fresh and vibrant. This process allows the release of active constituents.
Exclusive Kinetic Maceration
Herbs, Etc. created an innovative, proprietary process called kinetic maceration. During this process, the alcohol, water and herbs are placed in a hermetically sealed container and tumbled non-stop for 12 hours. Analyses concluded that Herbs, Etc.'s kinetic maceration method yields 20-50% more active constituents than the maceration methods used by other herbal companies.
Seeing is Believing
At Herbs, Etc. we always purchase roots, barks and stems in their whole form. Whole herbs prevent falsification by providing our herb buyers with obvious distinguishable plant characteristics. It is next to impossible to visually guarantee the identity of an herb powder. On the other hand, a whole herb is instantly identifiable. Keeping herbs in their whole form before grinding them protects against loss of potency and the destruction of their active constituents.
Herbs, Etc.'s Guarantee
Every step Herbs, Etc. takes guarantees effective herbal medicine. More than 35 years of expertise as a leading manufacturer of high quality, potent liquid herbal extracts is your assurance. This is why every Herbs, Etc.'s herbal medicinal product is unconditionally guaranteed. As a medical herbalist since 1976, I have been an early proponent of the healing properties of herbs. I hope that this brochure helps you in your quest to make educated herbal supplement choices concerning your health and your well being.