It Can Be Okay To Have Irregular Heartbeats

Inderal Propranolol 40 mg

Hi there, dear friends 😀

Further to my post “Admitted Into Hospital With Heart  Arrhythmia” written a few days ago ,  I found out today from my cardiologist that it is okay to have irregular heartbeats happening. Phew! 😀

This morning, I had gone back to the hospital to find out the results of my baseline tests (urine, blood, stools) as well as to take a 2-D Heart Echo test. All my test results came out normal – my heart is normal, my liver and kidneys are functioning normally, blood pressure is normal at 122 over 70, my blood sugar has gone down from 5.9 four months ago to 5.4 now, my thyroid is function normally…..however, the only problem I have now is a high cholesterol level of 6.4! 😳 

Because I am at a perimenopausal age when the lowering or erratic levels of hormones could result in some real health issues, my cardiologist did not rule out the possibility of hormones affecting my heart rate. He said hormones can cause increased heart rates, not irregular heart beats.  Anyway, I will do a hormonal profile test when I visit my gynaecologist in a few months.

Meanwhile, my cardiologist said my irregular heartbeats are benign and I can continue with my life’s routine as usual.  Meanwhile, he has prescribed me Inderal Propranolol in 20mg doses to be taken 3 times a day for now. I found that this medicine do help to calm me down and reduce the intensity of the irregular heart beats. He said I could also lower the dosage to just once in the evening  when I told him of my worries about its long term effects .  💡

I found interesting information on Propranolol being used for alleviating anxiety and countering migraines at some forums HERE and HERE.

So, if you are experiencing irregular heart beats, do  see your doctor or a cardiologist and have some tests done. Your irregular heart beats  may just be benign and are one of those things that just happen without any causes nor triggers at all.  Recently, I found a simple but cool remedy for my irregular heartbeats – my husband would make me a small cup of espresso (1 shot or 1 ounce to be espressed in less than 15 seconds for the least amount of caffeine) and that will help to calm my heart! 😆

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

Added on  29 August, 2012

I had gone  off the Inderal since last Sunday, as I didn’t want to rely on medication and chemicals to calm my heart. 😥  Instead, on Monday I have gone to visit my lady healer friend for a healing massage as well as to tell her my irregular heatbeats. She has a few theories, which I am testing out now  for a week and will post here  to tell you all about them once I have confirmed my findings. 😀

Meanwhile, I am very lucky to have Christine from Canada dropped by here a few days ago and she opened up a whole new , exciting world of herbs and tinctures to me. You can follow our discussion below. I am so looking forward to making my own tinctures, but right now, I have to find  motherwort first in Malaysia …so far, I have looked at pictures in the Internet and this site has some good pictures and information on motherwort.

The other fruit that I am looking for to treat  high cholesterol  is hawthorn. So far, I have only seen dried hawthorn in Malaysia (picture below) and I will start a new post on Hawthron Tincture once I make some. 😉

Dried Hawthorn

Dried Haw Chips from a dried fruits supplier online

Processed Haw Flake Snack Slices

 

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  1. 1

    Info about the 2-D Echo Test for the heart I did today …

    Source – http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100324181314AAIjycA

    An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two- dimensional (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional “slice” of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle.

    What does 2d echo ultrasound show?

    # Size of the chambers of the heart, including the dimension or volume of the cavity and the thickness of the walls. The appearance of the walls may also help identify certain types of heart disease that predominantly involve the heart muscle. In patients with long standing hypertension or high blood pressure, the test can determine the thickness and “stiffness” of the LV walls. When the LV pump function is reduced in patients with heart failure, the LV and RV tends to dilate or enlarge. Echocardiography can measure the severity of this enlargement.

    # Pumping function of the heart can be assessed by 2D echocardiography. One can tell if the pumping power of the heart is normal or reduced to a mild or severe degree. This measure is known as an ejection fraction or EF.
    Source(s):
    An Internist

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    Eddie said,

    Hi Choesf

    Glad to know that you are okay. Great that everything is functioning well except slighly high cholesterol. I m sure u can work on it

    Honestly your reading is far better than alot of people in 30’s

    I believe your kindness really do have a positive impact on ur good health

    Bless you

    Eddie

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      Good evening, dear Eddie 😀

      Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words! Heheh, this afternoon, I bought a 1 kilo bag of Black Fungus or Wood Ears in preparation to boil that for my family to drink – I am testing its efficacy in reducing cholesterol potently and will post here my findings later. 😉

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    Christine said,

    Hi Choesf

    I’ve just found your wonderful blog, it looks like I have some very interesting reading to do 🙂

    In relation to your rock ‘n roll heart :), I just wanted to mention that in the Western Eclectic tradition, we use Motherwort. I’ve used it very successfully to get me through menopause. You could try to find the tincture. Taking a few drops in water a few times a day helps to calm the heart and the other symptoms of menopause like mood swings and hot flashes. It is also helpful to take some as the heart begins to race or pound, it works almost instantly. It clears congestion of the womb as well.

    We also use Hawthorne as a tonic for the heart – again, tincture form is easiest. This works in the long term to rebuild healthy heart tissue and arteries and can help with cholesterol. I take it for three months, stop for three, again for another three etc.

    I’m sorry, I don’t know the Chinese names for these, but I can tell you a saying I’ve been told the Chinese have “If you take motherwort, your heirs will be cranky – because they have to wait so long for their inheritance!”

    Blessings
    Christine

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      Hi there, dear Christine 😀

      Wow, am I glad to have you stumbled onto my blog! Ah, you are a God sent! Thank you so much for your recommendation in taking Motherwort and Hawthorn tinctures for good health and to get through menopause. 😀

      I must look for them and hope they are available in our Chinese Medicine Shops here. I will post here any information that I get for my readers in Malaysia who may be interested, too. 😉

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf 😀

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        P.S. A preliminary look in the Internet yielded the following information 💡 ===>

        http://www.evitamins.com/encyclopedia/assets/nutritional-supplement/motherwort/how-it-works

        Motherwort
        Common names: Yi Mu Cao in Chinese 益母草
        Botanical names: Leonurus cardiaca

        How It Works

        The identities of the active constituents of motherwort are not entirely clear, though they likely include compounds in its volatile oil and the alkaloids. Little research has been done on motherwort in the West. Animal research performed in China suggests that motherwort alkaloids can calm the central nervous system and stimulate the uterus to contract. A report suggests that preliminary human trials have found that Chinese motherwort stimulates uterine contraction after delivery and may alleviate glomerulonephritis (kidney disease secondary to infection). However, insufficient details were provided to assess the quality or results of these studies.
        How to Use It

        A tea can be prepared by steeping approximately 3/4 teaspoon (4.5 grams) of the cut herb in 1/2�3/4 cups (150 ml) of water. Three cups (750 ml) of the tea may be consumed daily. Alternatively, a tincture, 1/2�3/4 teaspoon (2�4 ml) three times per day, can be taken.

        http://estore.euyansang.com/Health-Concerns/Cholesterol-Management/Cholesterol-Management.aspx

        Hawthorn
        Shan Zha – 山楂
        English/ Common name – Hawthorn fruit
        Latin species – Crataegus pinnatifida

        Part of plant used – Fruit

        Action/s -Helps to lower blood lipids. Useful in treating certain cardiovascular diseases [3].
        Precaution/s – Individuals with excessive gastric acid production or weak stomach should use with caution. Not recommended for pregnant women.

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    Christine said,

    hi again Choesf,

    Motherwort is very, very bitter so tea would be nasty tasting. I like bitter things, but it’s too bitter even for me! It’s also very common as “weed” in many gardens, so it’s easy and almost free to make the tincture at home. I make some very year.
    Yes, I would agree to some extent from experience that it “stimulates uterine contraction” but there is more to it than the science above implies. Long term use actually conditions both the uterus and heart, which are both smooth muscles. It is not so much “stimulating” in the ordinary sense, but strengthening and calming. Perhaps they use the term stimulating to mean that it helps the organ to work more effectively? If a woman’s periods are too scanty this can often cause cramps. Motherwort relaxes while strengthening, so the flow can be normalized over time. Same with the heart. In the short term it calms a fluttering heart, in the long term it prevents future episodes of the flutters.
    Susun Weed has some excellent writing on its use – if you find her website, look around in the section on Menopause, and she has a wonderful book called “Menopause the Wise Woman Way”.
    I’ve never heard of its use for kidneys, that is very interesting! I have found that it relieves bloating, so perhaps that is the connection?

    I have never seen the cautions cited above for Hawthorne. It is very commonly used to make jellies and jams in Britain, just as common as apple, which it is related to. I can’t help but wonder if the cautions are due to the method of preparation that was used for the study.

    Enjoying the discussion, have a lovely day

    Christine

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      Good morning from Malaysia, dear Christine 😀

      Thank you so much for sharing your information above. This is the first time I hear of “tinctures” and I am so excited about them. I didn’t know we can even make our own tinctures (in this case, Motherwort and Hawthorn tinctures) for health. I just Google-ed for information on making our own tinctures and hope the link below has the right instructions that I can use :-

      http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/3469/1/How-to-Make-Tinctures-From-Herbs.html

      I am not sure if we have fresh motherwort or hawthorn here in Malaysia, I have to go ask around and look for them. But I know we can easily buy dried hawthorn from Chinese Medicine Shops. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), hawthorn drinks (dried horthorns simmered with some honey or red dates in a pot of water for about 2 hours) may cause gastric pains for some people with weak stomachs.

      Once I find either fresh or dried motherwort, I must try making some tinctures with it and also try making some teas. I, too, love bitter stuff, especially any form of stirfried bittergourd dishes. As for the hawthorn, I have a packet of dried hawthorn in my fridge – I bought them quite some time ago, intending to boil it with some dates but didn’t do so when my lady healer friend told me it could cause gastric pains.

      In TCM, the term “stimulates” usually mean enhancing the functions of a particular system. I am always willing to try any natural remedies out. Right now, motherwort sounds to be the perfect one for my heart. I have stopped taking the Inderal Propranolol that my cardiologist had prescribed me as it doesn’t seem to help much with my irregular heart flutters. 🙄

      Yesterday, I visited my lady healer friend for a healing massage and I told her about my heart situation and how I was in the hospital for tests. She has another explanation for my heart condition, which I will post here shortly after I “test” out her theory for 1 week and see. 💡

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf 😀

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    Christine said,

    Good morning from Canada, Choesf!

    Woops! The first link you sent there is about MUGwort, not Motherwort, there is a difference! Mugwort is known the Wise Woman tradition as Cronewort – a crone is an older woman, so it is especially for women past menopause. I’m not sure about kachama, I’ll look into that further.

    The information in the link for making tinctures not quite the method I would use. In my tradition we try to always use fresh plant material, and all we do is chop the plant material roughly, then put it in a jar with enough vodka or brandy to cover. Shaking once a day is a good idea, and so is making sure the plant material is covered. We have a saying that the fairies like to take a sip, and that is why the vodka sometimes seems to disappear 🙂 Just push it down or add more vodka. We also vary dosage, starting with just a few *drops* from an eyedropper and working up if needed. Everyone is different and the beauty of herbal medicine is that we treat the person, not the illness.

    You can make a tincture from the dried hawthorn you have – I would see if I can crush the berries a bit, then just pour a *very small amount* of boiling water on the berries and let them steep til cool. Then I’d proceed as above, including the water. Let it sit for at least a month, though, and only use it after it has turned a nice bright red – the colour indicates the strength. By all means contact me by email if you’d like and I can describe vodka vs vinegar tinctures. I don’t want to clog up your comments area!

    Your site is just so full of great information! So many ideas are so different from anything I have seen before and I am learning a lot.

    I (and I’m sure your other readers) look forward to hearing what your lady healer friend has suggested to you. I have some theories about heart issues during the Change, too.

    Have a good night!

    Christine

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      Good morning to you in Canada, dear Christine! 😀

      I am very grateful to you for taking the time to teach me all about tinctures. You are a wealth of information on herbs and tinctures. Heheh, this is so exciting for me because it is like a “East meets West” experience for both of us, whereby we are sharing information from the Western Eclectic Tradition and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives. 💡

      If it is alright with you, it is okay for me to have your comments here because I have many readers visiting daily, and I am very sure that those of us from this part of the world (South East Asia) in Malaysia and Singapore will be truly interested in following our discussion here. 😆

      I will start a blog post on “Dried Hawthorn Tincture” once I buy a fresher batch of dried hawthorns tomorrow… then we can continue our discussion there. I will be following your instructions as above on how to make the Hawthorn tincture. 😉

      Tomorrow, I will go hunting for either fresh or dried Motherwort and will update my findings here. The first link I posted there was indeed on Mugwort 😳 but somewhere further down that page, there is some mention of Motherwort… that was the first reading I came across on Motherwort and so, I was very happy to know I can find this herb in Malaysia. 😀

      Kachama or Kachangma is a local (Sarawak, East Malaysia) name for Motherwort or Yi Mu Cao in the Chinese language. It seems like Motherwort is popular used in a chicken stew dish as a confinement food to nourish a recuperating new mother…but that chicken dish is rarely found here in Peninsular Malaysia where I am.

      I have a few questions on making tinctures :-

      1) is vodka the preferred type of alcohol to make tinctures? I used some Smirnoff’s Vodka to soak some vanilla beans to make some extract and my husband was rolling his eyes when I used his stocks of liquors. He has a lot of whisky though. 😆 I wonder if I can use our local distilled white wine which has no flavour, has a 45 % proof alcohol and this type of wine is usually used to make tonic wines with herbs…I have some pictures at the following post :-

      https://happyhomemaker88.com/2010/09/08/chinese-prescription-formula-recipe-for-homemade-tonic-herbal-wine-for-good-health/

      2) what other types of liquor can we use? Maybe I can loot my husband’s whisky stocks? 😆 I have a 3/4 bottle of Hennessy VSOP that I had originally bought many years ago to go with some herbal soup that I made for my husband and it is now sitting in my kitchen cabinet as my husband is not a brandy drinker and I shall use that to make my Hawthorn tincture.

      3) is the one month sitting time also applicable to fresh herbs or fruit? Or just the dried ones.

      Wow, I can’t wait to make my very own tincture for the first time!

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    Christine said,

    Choesf – since we are 12 hrs apart, (yes?) we need to find a greeting somewhere in between 🙂

    My apologies, I’m afraid I was skimming the linked articles instead of reading carefully – I promise not to do that anymore!

    I see from the picture of Yi Mu Cao it is definitely Motherwort. It is fascinating to me that the plant is used in cooking in your tradition. Here in the West people have mostly lost the old traditions and have even in some cases given up cooking altogether and eat mostly prepackaged “industrial food-products.” That you may be able to buy Motherwort fresh in a market is astonishing – and wonderful!

    I would suggest as well that you could try to find some growing wild in your area. Be very certain you have the right plant, of course! If you find what you think is it, look to see that the seeds and their pods are sharp, and that the underside of the leaves is paler than the upper side. The stem should be square, like mint of which it is a relative. If so, you may taste one of the tiny flowers. Let it stay in your mouth for as long as you can manage. It will taste a little sweet at first and then bitter. If you can manage a second one, you will taste the bitter more strongly – it is said that very few people can handle a second!

    Motherwort is often found growing very close to the woman who needs her help, even in the largest cities. The same is also true of the other healing plants. If I am asked to help someone with a health problem I often look at which plants are growing as “weeds” near to their doorstep. It can often give me a clue as to where the problem lies. This one of Wise Woman traditions, we use the most common plants, which are often the most valuable to us in their healing.

    It may sound strange to say this, but see if the plant has anything to say to you if you find one growing. It is also part of our tradition that plants are living, spiritual creatures who are happy to help us. How you “hear” the plant is a personal matter. It may be a feeling or you may even hear a small voice inside your head. Be open to it. Of course if you can buy some, go ahead and do so, but there is value in building a relationship with a living plant as well. It opens the heart, in a way 🙂

    Fresh plant material is definitely preferred for motherwort tincture. Just clip off a flowering stalk with some leaves, then use that to make a small tincture. You could also carry some with you like a charm, or sleep with some under your pillow to “get to know it” while you wait for your tincture to mature. Then you will have a better idea if it is right for you.

    You can use any kind of strong booze for your tinctures, whether the hawthorn or Motherwort. I have used brandy, whiskey and even gin once when I had no vodka available. We use vodka mostly because it has the right alcohol %. and does not mask the taste as much. It is important for the body to taste a remedy, we do not like to mask flavours, except for children. That being said, Motherwort loses much of its bitterness when in a tincture and becomes quite pleasant. Wine is not as strong so it would not extract as much of the medicine but you can absolutely try the wine method if that is what feels “right” to you. You are making your own remedy, so it is best to follow your instincts.

    You could try your hawthorn as a tea if you like. Are the berries small and reddish, almost like rosehips? In any case, for dried berries I would crush one or two and simmer them gently in a cup of water for a few minutes, or until the water gets some colour in it and you can smell the herb. It should smell tart yet sweet. Start with a sip at a time to see how it does for you, and again, you could carry some with you to get to know it. Just hold the berries in your hand as you sit quietly and notice how you feel.

    Tinctures of fresh plant material are generally left for a full cycle of the moon. You can always try the tincture sooner, it will do no harm. The dried material may take a little longer, although steeping it as suggested above may soften the material enough that it speeds things up to the same level. I have rarely tinctured dried material so can’t really say exactly how long to do so. You needn’t worry about straining the plant material out of the tinctures before trying it- I’ve kept it in for years with no problem. Once you think it is ready, strain it into a little bottle with a dropper. Tinctures can last for decades without spoiling, just like the booze they are made with 🙂

    cheers!
    C.

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    Hi there, dear Christine 😀

    Yes, I think we are 12 hours apart! 😆 No need for any apologies there on those links, it is alright. 😉

    Thank you so much for taking the time here to teach me how to make the tinctures. I will be sure to follow closely what you have told me here. I am so eager to get started but first, I must find the motherwort, especially the fresh ones.

    I went to the wet market (farmers market) at 7am after dropping my son off at school to look for fresh motherwort. I went to a few stalls manned by elderly ladies (grannies?) that sell all sorts of local kampung (village) herbs. I checked with a Chinese lady first and then a Malay one – but alas, they didn’t know what I was plant I was talking about. They told me to bring a fresh motherwort leave or plant to show them and they will know. 😦

    The Chinese Medicine Shops were not opened yet but I am quite sure they will have the dried motherwort, seeing as how it is commonly used in TCM to treat menses’ problems. Hopefully, there may be some seeds from the dried motherwort that I can try planting at home.

    I have posted some pictures of hawthorn above – I am now not sure if the quality of the dried hawthorn that I have is good enough to make tintures. 😳 After seeing a picture of dried haw flaked that show the dried fruit to be reddish in colour…mine is too dark, or maybe, they have been kept for too long? 😳

    Anyway, I will go look for fresher dried hawthorn and dried motherwort this afternoon.

    Meanwhile, I am already thinking that after I have made the motherwort and hawthorn tinctures, I would like to use some really good local herbs which I had posted before to make tinctures. I feel that tinctures are easier/more convenient to take and are more effective than when I boil the herbs. 💡

    https://happyhomemaker88.com/2010/12/19/daun-pegaga-a-miracle-herb-youve-got-to-try-an-elixir-of-youth-for-menopayse-a-memory-enhancer-good-complexion-one-herb-pharmacy-anti-viral-etc/

    https://happyhomemaker88.com/2008/08/02/quest-for-a-healthier-life/

    https://happyhomemaker88.com/2012/07/22/black-face-general-a-wonder-anti-cancer-herb-good-for-treating-gallstones-kidney-stones-constipation-body-detoxification-heatiness-hepatitis/

    I don’t have much garden space in my house compound…what I have planted are in pots and half of my plants are :-

    1) Black Face General or Strobilanthes Crispus – a good anti-cancer/tumour herb, blood cleansing and cooling to the body

    2) Gymnanthemum amygdalinum or Lam Fei Yip – very bitter, good for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure

    3) Acanthopanax Trifoliatus L. Merr. or Sam Kar Pei – good for clearing urea acid fast

    The 3 hers that I have also grow wild easily but many people, especially those from the younger generation, do not know much about herbal plants nor natural remedies to take for maintaining good health. Many people are busy working and do not spend much time cooking …most of their food are processed food or fast food or take-outs that have too much artificial flavourings.

    Anyway, I shall stop here for now…I will go on my search for motherwort and food hawthorn later today. 😀

    With best wishes,

    choesf 😀

    P.S. After sleeping on your advice, I have decided to use vodka for making my tinctures. 😉

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    P.S. If the plant at the link below is the right motherwort, then I have the Malay and Indonesian names for it, thus making the search easier

    http://herbaniaga.com/blog/baru-cina-motherwort/

    Nama Tempatan: Baru Cina
    Nama Saintifik: Artemisia vulgaris Linn
    Nama Lain: Saint John wort, Motherwort(English), Damong Maria, Santa Maria (Filipina), Daun Manis, Brobos Krebo, Daun Sudamala(indonesia)
    Famili: Compositae
    Lokasi dijumpai: Tumbuhan liar

    *** The Chinese name for it, yi mu cao, translates as “benefit mother herb.” or “Yik Moe Choe” in the Cantonese dialect.

    Another Malay name – “Seranting Padang Derman”

    Motherwort used in Aryuvedic healing –

    http://www.indianmirror.com/ayurveda/motherwort.html

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    Hi there, dear Christine 😀

    What you had described earlier as listening and communicating with plants really fascinates me. Living in a faced paced life in the urban city can make it difficult to stop what we are doing and spend more time mindfully to be in more connection with nature and plants around us. I went looking around the Internet read up more on tinctures and the first site I visited was Susun Weed’s “Be your own herbal expert – listening to the Plant Spirits” ….fascinating! 😀 –

    http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_Weed_Self-help1.htm

    This morning at the market, when I was looking for fresh motherwort at one of the fresh herbs stall, I was compelled to buy some Asiatica Centella or Indian Pennywort. I used to boil a large pot of this pennywort with honey dates often for my children to drink to enhance their memory and for clearing their acne. My second daughter said when she drank 3 cups of this drink a day, her mind felt very crystal clear and she could concentrate on her studies very well. Sadly, since my health wasn’t that great this year, I couldn’t keep boiling this drink for them. 😦

    Just a moment ago, a light bulb went off in my head 💡 – my eldest son was with me and I told him I had bought the Asiatica Centella for him and his siblings to take, seeing as how their semester’s final exams are just around the corner. However, this son loves gin and the light bulb was the idea of making Asiatica Centella Tincture with a bottle of gin. Well, my son loved the idea that he will be taking that herb in gin tincture! 😆

    This way, I can make a large batch of the Asiatica Centella tincture for my children and that supply would last a long time – I need not resort to boiling the herb so often (it was a weekly basis last time). 😉

    Also, I very excited that I get to make a tincture now just to see how it goes…and that will allow me to have more time to look for fresh or dried motherwort and fresher dried hawthorn.

    I will take some pictures for posting later with the motherwort tincture preparation. 😉

    Okay, I’m off to the kitchen now to prepare my Asiatica Centella herb, Gin and a glass bottle for the tincture….yippee! 😆

    Do have a wonderful day!

    With best wishes,

    choesf 😀

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    Christine said,

    Greetings Choesf,

    You’re really on a roll! Good for you, coming up with the idea for the gin tincture, that is exactly the way a good herbalist/mother thinks, make the remedy for the *person*. I’m so pleased you find Susun Weed’s writings fascinating. Although I had worked with plants for many years, once I came across her work everything I had learned just began to make more sense. I learned from her that just learning from books is not enough, we have to learn by way of our own experience, and what the plants themselves teach us. If you can find her books I think you will really enjoy them. She sometimes gives the TCM name and uses for any plant she is discussing, too!

    The link to herbaniaga above is showing a picture of Mugwort again, Artemisia Vulgaris. There tends to be a lot of confusion in the world of herbs as even in English different regions have different nicknames. I notice one of the other names given is St John’s wort, which what I call is another plant entirely! Anyway, what you seek is Leonurus Cardiaca. Using the Latin usually (but not always!) keeps things clearer. Mugwort is good, too, and you may well find it useful to you – but not for heart flutters, for that you want “Mother’s” help.

    The indianmirror link has exactly the *right plant*. They are related so they share similarities such square stems and leaves being lighter underneath, but the way to tell you have Motherwort is to look for those sharp seed pods directly on the stem, often between the sets of leaves. Perhaps you could order some of the Ayurvedic tincture in the meantime.

    I have never tried to start Motherwort from seed, what a good idea! I wonder if it is legal for me to mail them to you? I have lots of it growing nearby. I live in the countryside now, so I have access to all the herbs I work with at my fingertips. But even when I was living in a city I had Motherwort grow right beside my door. Of course I didn’t know what it was in those days, and I wish I did, as it would have been exactly what I needed at the time. By the way, it is a rather shaggy plant, it can grow up to 3 or 4 ft tall, or it can be as low as a few inches. If it gets cut down it will come right back up. So if there is anywhere near you with an empty lot, or a school yard or sprots field that has an area that is not manicured, you may well find it.

    Congratulations, my new friend, you are well on your way to becoming a Wise Woman healer 🙂

    By the way, I have a blog too, I’ve now put the link in with my “details” in your comment field. I must warn you, however, I swear like a sailor sometimes. 🙂 But you may find some more interesting reading about plants if you look around using the search bar at the top.

    All the best
    C.

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    Christine said,

    P.S. – your Hawthorne does look a little dull but keep in mind some companies will add dye to their product to make it brighter. Hold yours in your hand and judge for yourself if it has “life” in it. Left hand is best, it is the receiving hand – right is the giving hand. Now I’m straying into Native American tradition 🙂

    C

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      Hi there, dear Christine 😀

      Thank you for checking if those links really do have motherwort or not. There do seem to be some confusion in the name of the plants. I will be sure to remember “Leonurus Cardiaca” or in the Cantonese dialect “Yik Moh Choe.” 😉

      I have visited your blog, which has a lot of well written articles and I will be back to read up on the herbs and plants. 😆

      Tomorrow, I am going out to run some errands and I will to the Chinese Medical Shops to look for the dried motherwort and hawthorn. I have asked my lady healer friend if she has seen any motherwort growing around in her area and she said no. She has been going around collecting herbs from the wild or in the mountains/hills for medicinal purposes since she was young. Unfortunately, with more development spreading out, she is finding it harder to find certain herbs nowadays. 😦

      I going to post now my newly prepared Asiatica Centella Gin Tincture. 😀

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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        P.S. Thank you for your kind offer of sending the motherwort seeds to me. So far, I have no problems with my local postal services on mailing of seeds and dried herbs. I had a reader from Japan who sent me various types of seeds. e.g. Japanese daikon, Radish Leaves, Carrots, etc. 😆

        I’ll see how my “hunt” goes tomorrow and if I still can’t find any motherwort seeds, is it okay for me to ask you to send me some? 😳 I will send you a Konnyaku Jelly Starter Set as my return gift to you. I had sent the moulds and the jelly powder to Canada before, and so, I know it is alright and they will reach you. I have had some people who made Konnyaku Jelly with Chamomile Tea, and that made a very relaxing, refreshing and healthy jelly after dinner. 😉

        With best wishes,

        choesf 😀

        P.S. I’m glad to be learning stuff on Native American tradition. My husband and I stayed in Vancouver, BC in 1983 for 2 years before we moved to Oregon, USA and we stayed there for 4 years. 😉

        Anyway, my hawthorn doesn’t “feel” very suitable for making tincture 😳 …I will go look for fresher ones. They don’t cost a lot here in Malaysia as they are imported in bulk from China and are commonly used in TCM.

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    […] for my heart arrhythmia and hawthorn for my high cholesterol at my post earlier on “It Can Be Okay To Have Irregular Heartbeats.”  You can follow our initial discussions there on the two herbs mentioned and on […]

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    Christine said,

    Hi Choesf –

    I’ll go out and have a look at my Motherwort and see if it has any ripe seed yet. I’ll be happy to send you some, I just wasn’t sure about the legalities, some countries don’t allow the export or import of seeds, right?

    Anyhow, don’t be sending me a gift back until the plants come up! (Those jellies sound wonderful though…)

    Cheers
    C

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      Hi there, dear Christine 😀

      Thank you for your helpful explanation to Xiao Hu on whether young children can take tinctures or not. Over here, we are now all learning of tinctures! 😉

      You must have been sent by angels to help me and others here when you first taught me that motherwort can help me with my menopausal and heart flutters….for that alone, it will be my great pleasure to send you that jelly set anyway, as a sincere heartfelt gesture of appreciation and thanks from me. Whoo..hoo…I finally ‘met’ motherwort yesterday when I found and bought the herb from a popular Chinese Medicine Shop and I will be writing an article on that after this **jumping up and down with joy**

      Meanwhile, I will email you to give you my mailing address and to get yours. 😉

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    […] when Christine dropped by HERE my blog earlier this week and told me that I could take motherwort in tincture form to help me […]

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    A good read from Oprah’s website on heart palpitations and perimenopause 💡 ===>

    Oprah from her website http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Be-Aware-for-Perimenopause said :-

    “My body sent me its first wake-up call more than a year ago, on an evening I’ll never forget. One night last June, I—someone who has had every heart test known to womankind and has been repeatedly reassured that I have no blockages—awoke with my heart palpitating so intensely that it felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest. Pound! Pound! Pound! For the first time in my life, I thought I was about to die.

    A doctor’s visit confirmed what I’d already been told: I don’t have heart disease. Over the next six months, my attempts to figure out what I did have led me to four more doctors—and not one could explain the palpitations. Then one morning when I was out running, I mentioned the palpitations to my trainer, Bob Greene.

    “I think it’s the big M,” he said.

    “The big M what?” I shot back.

    “I think it’s menopause,” he said.

    I stopped and stared at him. “Of course it’s not menopause!” I said. “I’m still having my periods. Regular as rain!”

    Like nearly every other woman in America, I believed that menopause would hit when my periods ended—that I’d suddenly wake up one day during my fifties in a fit of hot flashing. Yet over the next few days, Bob’s words stayed with me: Could he be right? Of the five doctors I’d visited, two were female. Neither had asked whether I, then age 47, might be nearing one of the major markers of a woman’s life. I finally put the question directly to my fifth doctor, a heart specialist: Could I be entering menopause? “Well, if it’s menopause, ma’am,” he said, chuckling, “you’re definitely in the wrong place! I don’t know a thing about that.”

    What happened next can only be called a miracle. A few days later, I was walking around the Harpo offices when I noticed a book called The Wisdom of Menopause. I opened it right to page 456, where I saw a subtitle that seemed to shout directly at me: “Palpitations: Your Heart’s Wake-Up Call.” I spotted a woman’s story that sounded exactly like my own: “I am a 48-year-old female with no major health problems.” Check. “My periods are still fairly regular.” Check. “About a month ago…I started experiencing heart irregularities. I felt like my heart was skipping a beat and was going to beat out of my chest!” Double check. Then I saw the line that clarified everything: “There’s no question that heart palpitations at menopause are related to changing hormones.”

    (Before you declare yourself perimenopausal—peri means near or around—hear this: A racing heart could be a symptom of a life-threatening condition, like heart disease. If you experience irregular heart rhythm, please get to a doctor right away.)

    Shortly after my revelation, I made a call to the woman who wrote The Wisdom of Menopause—Christiane Northrup, M.D., an expert on holistic healing and women’s health. Dr. Northrup says that perimenopause begins years before a woman’s last period. It can start as early as 35 (yes, 35) and last anywhere from 5 to 13 years. In this country, the average age at which a woman has her final menstrual cycle is 51. And here’s a kicker that’ll keep you using birth control into your fifties: An entire year must pass after your final period before you can be certain that you’ve absolutely stopped producing eggs.

    Here’s what I realized after reading all 498 pages of The Wisdom of Menopause: Everything you’ve always known about taking care of yourself—getting adequate sleep, balancing your diet, drinking water, exercising regularly—comes into sharp focus during this phase. Perimenopause is your body’s way of shifting your full attention back onto your well-being. “When you don’t take care of your body in your twenties,” Northrup says, “you can get away with it. But as you move toward your forties, your body says, ‘If you keep this up, I’m gonna make you old—but if you stop now, you’ll get a second chance.'”

    At Dr. Northrup’s suggestion, I cut out what I call the white stuff—high-glycemic-index foods such as potatoes, white rice, refined sugar and bread that throw my insulin level out of whack, cause weight gain, and trigger palpitations. I’d already cut out salt months before, believing that my racing heart might have been a symptom of high blood pressure. After just four days of swearing off the white stuff, my palpitations completely ended.

    So many women I’ve talked to see menopause as an ending—a loss of youth, autonomy and vitality. But I’ve discovered that the approach of menopause is a knock at the door that can prompt you to finally create the life you’ve always wanted. This is your moment to reinvent yourself after years of focusing on the needs of everyone else—your mate, your children, your boss. It’s your opportunity to get clear about what matters to you, and then to pursue that with all of your energy, time and talent.”

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    Here’s a site with wonderful information on healing foods for Cardiac Arrhythmia 💡 ===>

    http://www.guidetohealth.com/library/the-green-pharmacy-herbal-handbook/cardiac-arrhythmia/

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