St Francis Sinafect ( Elder Combo ) 500 Ml :
Sinusitis and Nasal Allergies.
Sinafect® is formulated specifically for treating sinusitis and nasal and bronchial catarrh. The herbs of this formula have combined antihistamine, antibacterial, antiviral, and overall antiseptic properties, as well as supporting and enhancing immune function.
The ingredients – eyebright, elder, wild indigo, nettle tops, bayberry, EchinAce¨, golden rod, goldenseal, prickly ash and thuja - have hundreds of years of traditional use behind them. Modern clinical and laboratory work confirms that they effectively promote nasal, bronchial, and sinus health.
This combination is used primarily:
• As an anti-catarrhal for excess mucous of the upper respiratory tract.
• For the relief of symptoms related to hay fever, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.
Certified Organic Elder Flower (Sambucus canadensis)
Wildcrafted Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)
Certified Organic Nettle Spring Tops (Urtica dioica)
Wildcrafted Bayberry (Myrica cerifera)
EchinAce® (Echinacea angustifolia & Echinacea purpurea)
Wildcrafted Golden rod (Solidago spp.)
Certified Organic / Wildcrafted Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Wildcrafted Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylum clava-herculis)
Wildcrafted Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
CWS (Clear Whey Soluble)
The following is a brief explanation of the individual herbs and the rationale for their use:
Eyebright – The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists nasal catarrh and sinusitis among the indications for this longstanding traditional herb. Herbalist David Hoffmann echoes this, saying that, "Eyebright is a powerful anticatarrhal, and thus may be used to treat nasal catarrh, sinusitis, and other congestive states."
Elder – This antispasmodic herb is commonly used for catarrhal inflammations of the upper respiratory tract. Thus Kerry Bone lists acute and chronic sinusitis as well as hay fever among its indications.
Wild indigo – Wild indigo is both antimicrobial and anticatarrhal. David Hoffmann explains that it "is especially valuable for the treatment of infections and catarrh of the ear, nose, and throat. It may be used for laryngitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and catarrhal infections of the nose and sinuses."
Nettle tops – Dr. James Duke points out that, "Some good research shows that nettle preparations may effectively treat allergic nasal symptoms... We shouldn’t be surprised that nettle does, in fact, help relieve allergy symptoms. For centuries, cultures around the world have used this herb to treat nasal and respiratory troubles: coughs, runny nose, chest congestion, asthma, whooping cough and even tuberculosis."
Bayberry – A circulatory stimulant, this herb fights coughs, colds, and the flu. In addition, as an astringent bayberry alleviates excessive mucous discharge. David Hoffmann points out that it can also be employed as a gargle to soothe sore throats.
EchinAce® – This ingredient is comprised of St. Francis Herb Farm¨’s robust proprietary blend of Echinacea angustifolia root and Echinacea purpurea root and tops. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Eclectic physicians relied on E. angustifolia for its antiseptic powers, including serious infections like sepsis and typhoid among its indications. Because of to its immune modulating (balancing) activity, echinacea diminishes allergies. It also enhances immunity and improves resistance to infection.
Golden rod – With antiinflammatory and anticatarrhal properties, Kerry Bone recommends golden rod for the treatment of "upper respiratory tract catarrh or inflammation, especially of a chronic nature." David Hoffmann considers it the plant of first resort for such indications.
Goldenseal – Dr. James Duke agrees emphatically with noted naturopaths Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, who "call goldenseal the most effective botanical treatment for acute bacterial infection." Goldenseal also has anticatarrhal and anti-inflammatory properties. One of its key therapeutic qualities is its ability to tone and restore mucous membranes that are in a catarrhal state.
Prickly ash – Like goldenseal, this herb tones and soothes mucous membranes. As an alterative it also has a stimulating action on the lymphatic system. In vitro and animal studies have shown it to have significant antimicrobial properties as well as being anti-inflammatory. Bone points out that in Western herbal medicine this herb has been traditionally used for "conditions of mucous membranes such as pharyngitis and postnasal catarrh."
Thuja – Thuja has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and it is an alterative. As noted by Bone, "A controlled trial found combined use of Thuja, Baptisia [i.e. wild indigo], and Echinacea spp. root with the antibiotic doxycycline had better success than doxycycline alone in treating acute sinusitis." David Hoffman remarks that thuja promotes expectoration in cases of bronchial catarrh.
In this formula, a strong anticatarrhal and antiinflammatory dimension can be attributed to eyebright, elder, wild indigo, goldenseal and golden rod. The specific antihistamine effects of nettle as well as the vigorous antiseptic qualities of EchinAce®and thuja complement this. Meanwhile prickly ash and bayberry help soothe mucous membranes.
Combinations to consider:
Consider combining Sinafect® with Laprinol™ for a chronic tendency to sinus conditions. Also, consider adding Deep Immune® for long-term immune support.
Administration: (adults) take 30-60 drops (1-2 ml) 3 times daily in a little water, between meals
Contra-indications and Cautions:
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have kidney disease. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use if you are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family. Hypersensitivity/allergy is known to occur, in which case discontinue use.
A NOTE ON TINCTURES
Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body and have a high degree of bio-availability. As well, they have a long shelf life.
Sometimes people ask us why tinctures are alcohol-based. There are very good reasons. Alcohol is critically important in the extraction of an herb's medicinal ingredients. It also helps to stabilize and preserve them. Alcohol is the ideal carrier substance, conveying the therapeutic goodness of the herb to the body. In itself, too, science has proven that alcohol enhances the immune system and its defences.
As for the amount of alcohol taken in an average dose of tincture, you'll be surprised to learn that it's about the same as what you'd find in an overly ripe banana!
Tinctures remain the most practical way to take advantage of the amazing, health-giving power of herbs.
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