IHMA Fever guidelines Version1 released


Indian Homoeopathic Research Centre (IHRC) the research wing of Indian Homoeopathy Medical Association (IHMA) published the “Fever Guidelines” before the homeopathic community.

This is an attempt to standardize the treatment protocol for fever among Homoeopaths.The cases managed on the basis of these guide lines shall be documented for future studies.

Thus the efficacy of Homoeopathic remedies could be established in a much more scientific and systemic way.

Major Contents

General approach in feverWhen and how to investigateCase definitionSupportive managementCase taking format and protocolFirst consultation at critical levelWhen to referRubric analysis of important fever remedies – a really useful sectionPreventive medicine and Genus epidemicus- RAECH guidelines

If you would like to get a copy of this book, Contact

Dr Vinod Joseph
Director IHRC
Ph: 09995403674

Web : www.ihma.in

courtesy : Indian Homoeopathic Research Centre (IHRC)

Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

Originally posted on The Homeopathic Pregnancy Blog:

Pulsatilla is a very common remedy to see in pregnancy, labour and postpartum.  If a remedy works well for you in pregnancy – i.e. it addresses your morning sickness, then it is highly likely that will also be useful for induction, to augment labour or to support any breastfeeding challenges.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that appears to follow a woman from pregnancy to postpartum and often it will be the first remedy to consider should the baby need a remedy.

Pulsatilla emotionally looks like:

  • weeps easily
  • looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
  • indecisive
  • emotional about other children, fear of them feeling abandoned
  • looks to those around her for guidance instead of tapping into her own

Physically this translates as:

  • discharges that are yellow, thick and emerging from eyes, nose, ears – newborn goopy eyes
  • craves touch no matter what – even while in transition prefer to be…

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15 of The Best Herbs and Plants To Stabilize and Boost Thyroid Function by JOHN SUMMERLY

Many natural health practitioners are often quick to tell you that “thyroid problems mean you need iodine” or iodine supplements, however this is not always the case and supplementing with natural iodine will only help those who are deficient. Understanding which herbs can stabilize and boost thyroid function is integral in any natural treatment plan for hyper- or hypothyroidism.

It is estimated that over 200 million people globally (about 35 million people in North America) suffer from at least one of the many forms of thyroid disease. In fact, thyroid problems are increasing so much in frequency that scientists are calling it an epidemic . The incidence of thyroid illness occurs about seven times more frequently in women than men, and it is thought that at least 50% of the cases are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Some homeopathic remediesare very useful in relieving symptoms associated with imbalance in thyroid gland function. However, herbs can directly act on the gland and the immune system itself. Here are 15 herbs that can make in stabilizing and boosting thyroid function.


Schisandra and its berries provide powerful antioxidant protection, particularly from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. Much of the clinical research has focused on the effects of Schisandra on the production of various detoxifying enzymes as well as the antioxidant activity of the extract. More research is needed to fully understand the exact biochemical activity of this tremendous plant. Extensive experimental research in Russia has documented the many adaptogen properties of this herb, including the positive effects it has on the central nervous, sympathetic, endocrine, immune, respiratory, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems and prevention of atherosclerosis, high blood sugar and other outcomes under periods of chronic stress.


Rhodiola has been categorized as an adaptogen because of its ability to help us increase our resistance to a variety of chemical, biological and physical stressors. It is also known as “golden rod,” with tremendous fat burning, energy enhancing and brain boosting power. Its purported benefits include acting as an antidepressant, an anticancer agent and having cardio-protective and central nervous system enhancement abilities. It adaptogenic qualities are particularly notable in its ability to enhance the body’s stress buffering systems and protect the stress responding endocrine glands, the adrenal, thyroid, ovary or testes. Even for individuals who don’t have chronic fatigue syndrome, rhodiola is becoming increasingly popular to counter the exhaustion that occurs from working the body too hard, either physically or mentally. With rhodiola, problems of fatigue- or exhaustion-related sleep, appetite, and headache may lift. Those struggling to recover from an intense work schedule may also benefit from the herb’s apparent energy-boosting powers.


Ashwagandha also known commonly as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry,or winter cherry is a plant that flourishes in India and North America. The roots of the ashwagandha plant have been employed for millennia by Ayurvedic healers. Numerous modern studies have found that ashwagandha shows great promise for being effective in reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, invigorating the body, and as an antioxidant. It is even known to relieve arthritis better than medication.Ashwagandha leads to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. It has been shown to decrease blood cortisol levels by up to 26% in chronically-stressed individuals and boosts immune function, endocrine function, mental functioning and enhances libido — all features of an anti-stress adaptogen.


Sometimes known as Chinese Foxglove, the plants have large flowers and are grown as ornamental garden plants in Europe and North America, and are used medicinally in Asia. It contains the vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as other compounds, such as catalpol, an iridoid glycoside, that has been shown to exert protective effects in reducing pro-inflammatory factors. Rehmannia is especially used for treating hormonal disorders, such as menopause, thyroid imbalance and adrenal insufficiency.


Licorice has many uses and is considered a tonic plant in many traditional medicinal systems. It has been used to support a healthy digestion, lung and respiratory function and promote a healthy adrenal response to stress. Licorice contains triterpenoid saponins, notably glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid as well as a fair amount of flavonoids and flavones like liquiritin, and numerous chalcones and isoflavones. Many people who have suffered from hypothyroidism have found that small, safe dosages of licorice have been dramatically beneficial. People with hypothyroidism often produce lower levels of cortisol and licorice stimulates the production of cortisol by the thyroid gland, suggesting that it could be useful in the treatment of hypothyroidism.


Bacopa is a potent as thyroid stimulating drugs to fight hypothyroidism. Some experiments found that Bacopa monnieri ‘s extract increases by 41% the concentration of Tyroxine, while T3 levels do not change. This suggests that Bacosides work directly on the Thyroid Gland, stimulating the synthesis and/or release of T4, without altering the conversion of T4 into T3. These studies confirm that the plant has a stimulant effect on the Thyroid Gland.


Bladderwrack is a seaweed also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus, and rock wrack. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811, and was used extensively to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency. Primary chemical constituents of this plant include mucilage, algin, mannitol, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, iodine, bromine, potassium, volatile oils, and many other minerals. Many patients who have taken synthetic or natural thyroid hormones have been able to eventually wean off these drugs with the help of this herb (under the supervision). In fact, Dr. Janet Lang, who is the founder of Restorative Endocrinology, talks about this herb as being “liquid magic” for people with hypothyroid conditions. When combined with the herb Ashwaganda this herb can stimulate the production of thyroid hormone in some people with hypothyroid conditions. Since the amount of iodine is low in this herb, most people with Hashimoto’s don’t have a problem taking this herb, although some will still choose to avoid it out of fear that it will exacerbate their condition. This herb shouldn’t be taken by those with hypothyroidism, and is contraindicated in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Bladderwrack, being a seaweed, is also prone to high levels of toxins such as heavy metals like arsenic found in ocean water so source is key.


Black walnut is a species of flowering tree in the walnut family. It has been promoted as a potential cancer cure, on the basis it kills a “parasite” responsible for some cancers. The fresh green hulls are used to produce the herbal medicine and are concentrated in the chemical juglone. Many cultures have used Black walnut hulls to support a healthy intestinal environment and eaten the nuts for their rich Omega 3 essential fatty acid content, vitamin C and flavor. Aside from seafoods, black walnut is considered as one of the richest sources of iodine. Research shows, iodine is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in optimizing the health and functioning of the thyroid glands. Furthermore, it was found out that insufficient amount of iodine usually lead to a number of conditions which include chronic fatigue, depression, mental impairment, and goiters.


This very popular herb is responsible for enhancing immune system function. It is an antioxidant plus it has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and pain-relieving properties.There are distinct functions to differentiate depending on the part of the plant being used. It is important to look for and use products that have been tested for activity and list either Alkylamides or Polysaccharide content on the label, as these constituents are relatively unstable and need to be prepared and delivered properly to maximize efficacy. The flowers when harvested in their early developmental phase contain Arabinogalactin Proteins and Polysachharides. These chemicals support ongoing immune function and are best-used long term for supporting the immune system. The roots harvested in the fall contain large amounts of Alkylamides and support a healthy inflammatory response in the sinuses and are best used at onset, not for long-term use. Most people with autoimmune thyroid conditions are TH-1 dominant and Echinacea has been found to exacerbate the condition in a minority of people. Others benefit and experience no ill effects. Echinacea is a wonderful herb that can benefit many people with Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and will typically NOT aggravate an autoimmune condition.


Eleuthero has a broad-spectrum, normalizing action that brings an organism back to homeostasis. In Chinese herbology it is used by people with bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation, angina, hypercholesterolemia, and neurasthenia with headache, insomnia, and poor appetite. It exhibits excellent anti-inflammatory, immunogenic and antidepressant-like properties. It increases the ability of subjects to withstand stress such as heat, noise, motion, exercise, and increase in workload. Patients with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can take this herb (including both Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease). The herb doesn’t directly affect the thyroid gland, but instead helps the body to adapt to stressful situations, and also helps with the health of the immune system. For people with adrenal problems, which is common in people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions, this is a very beneficial herb. 


In Ayurvedic medicine Coleus species have been used to treat heart disease, convulsions, spasmodic pain and painful urination. The herbal teas contain rosmarinic acid and also flavonoid glucuronides and diterpenoids. The chemical constituents of Coleus Forskohlii have been show to gave excellent antioxidant activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibition. A recent PubMed search yielded 17,256 studies on this plant compound. There are over 35 known biological activities for Forskolin alone. One of the most interesting, researched and prospectively helpful is its it’s ability to promote healthy cells through the enzyme Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP). This enzyme is a cellular messenger, you can think of it as the intelligence of the cell for when a cell is carrying out its function properly, high amounts of cAMP are found and when a cell is not functioning properly, low amounts are found. Low cAMP levels are found in hypersensitized mast cells and other unhealthy cells that will not burn their stored fat.


Used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E- the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments. It is used to promote the health of the circulatory and endocrine system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia and endocrine disorders. Animal and laboratory studies have found that hawthorn contains active compounds with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals; damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, cigarette smoking, and air pollution) can also increase their number. 


Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. Lemon balm is an incredible herb that is considered beneficial by acting directly on the thyroid gland. It may block some of the activity of thyroid hormone in the body. Therefore, it has been used in the past to treat Grave’s disease. Research shows that this herb is useful in normalizing the activities of overactive thyroid glands by reducing the production of thyroid hormones and easing the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.


For many people who don’t want to take antithyroid drugs, Bugleweed is an option. It is essentially is an “antithyroid herb”. Key components include phenolic acids (including derivatives of caffeic, chlorogenic, and ellagic acids). The organic acids in bugleweed may work to lower levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), or it may block the TSH receptors and prevent the hormone from entering the thyroid gland to stimulate production of other hormones. In Graves’ Disease, the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones, resulting in accelerated metabolism with such symptoms as rapid pulse, weight loss, sensitivity to heat, excessive sweating, fatigue, and physical changes, including the development of an enlarged thyroid (goiter) and bulging eyes. Bugleweed appears to influence the metabolism of iodine, which the thyroid uses to make its hormones. Only a very small amount is needed to decrease thyroid function. It is contraindicated for people who have hypothyroidism, and also shouldn’t be taken by those women with hyperthyroidism who are pregnant or lactating. 


Commiphora Mukul produces a resinous sap known as gum guggul. The extract of this gum, called gugulipid, guggulipid or guglipid, has been used in UNANI & Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional UNANI medicine, for nearly 3,000 years in India. Commiphora extract enhances the conversion of T4 to the more potent T3 form. It appears to boost thyroid function without influencing the release of the pituitary hormone TSH, indicating the herbs work directly on the thyroid gland and other body tissues to exert their effects. his action is important. Ninety-five percent of all hypothyroidism cases are not due to pituitary problems. The problem is with the thyroid itself and an impaired T4-to-T3- conversion in tissues outside the gland. 100mg of Commiphora is sufficient for a therapeutic effect. 


John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention. 

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Short term studentship in Homoeopathy program by CCRH–apply now


On behalf of Dr. R. K. Manchanda, Director General, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), applications are invited from interested undergraduate homoeopathic students to participate in theShort Term Studentship in Homoeopathy Program (STSH 2014).

The Council has initiated the Short Term Studentship in homoeopathy Program in order to promote interest and aptitude for research among homoeopathic undergraduates.

The main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity to undergraduate homoeopathic students to familiarize themselves with research methodology and techniques by being associated for a short duration with their seniors on ongoing research program or by undertaking independent projects. This may serve as an incentive for them to take up research as a career in the future. The Institution must provide the student with all facilities for carrying out research.

The Council has decided to initiate the Short Term Studentship in homoeopathy (STSH) Program for homoeopathic undergraduate students of various medical colleges in the country by awarding limited number of studentships to deserving undergraduate students in March, 2014.

The student is required to register on CCRH website ONLINE from 20th June 2014 to 20th July 2014 and submit the application form and proposal from 21st July 2014 to 5th August 2014.

The received applications and proposals will be evaluated by the Council. Results will be announced in October 2014 and list of selected students displayed on the website. If selected, the student is expected to complete the project between October 2014 and March 2015 and submit the report before the last date of submission i.e. 20th April 2015.

The student will be awarded stipend and certificate only if his/her report is approved.

The value of the studentship will be Rs. 10,000/- only and is meant to be a stipend for the student. Cost of research must be borne by Medical College/ Institution where research is carried out.

For any queries please contact preferably through email:

Dr. Praveen Oberai, Scientist ’4′ / Dr. Chetana Lamba, Scientist-1,
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
61-65, Institutional Area, D-Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi – 110058, India

Telephone No.: 91-11-28525523, 28521162
Fax: 91-11-28521060, 28521162
E-mail: sts.ccrh@gmail.com

More at : http://ccrhscholarship.in/
courtesy  : http://homeobook.com/short-term-studentship-in-homoeopathy-program-by-ccrh-apply-now

Homoeopathy Doctor Manoj Rajoria elected to Indian Parliament


Homoeopathy Doctor Manoj Rajoria BHMS, MD (Hom) has been elected to Indian Parliament

Whole Homoeopathic Fraternity in India  is proud of  Dr.Manoj Rajoria from Rajasthan.

We congratulate you on your success and becoming MP, You will be the voice of thousands of Homoeopaths in the Parliament. You are a dedicated Homoeopath and we know you will work for Homoeopathy too.

Dr Manoj Rajoria, Candidate of 15th Lok Sabha, Affiliated to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) serving Karauli Dholpur (RJ) Lok Sabha Constituency.

He took his BHMS from Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College Jaipur

Post Graduate Homoeopathy from  Rajasthan University in 2006

Mobile Phone :  096 67 211234

Website : http://www.drmanojrajoria.com

Source : homeobook.com

होम्योपैथिक क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठानों के लिए क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठान अधिनियम के तहत न्यूनतम मानकों का ड्राफ्ट समीक्षा के लिये उपलब्ध

clinical establishment actस्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय ने क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठानों के लिए  क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठान अधिनियम के तहत न्यूनतम मानकों का ड्राफ्ट  समीक्षा के लिये तैयार  किया है । यह अधिनियम व्यक्तिगत होम्योपैथिक क्लीनिक ( एकल चिकित्सको द्वारा संचालित ) और होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सको द्वारा संचालित नर्सिंग होम दोनो पर लागू होगा। ड्राफ़्ट अभी समीक्षा के लिये है और इसके लिये चिकित्सकों और आम पब्लिक से भी सुझाव  माँगे गये है ।

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होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सकों से अनुरोध है कि इन मानकों  को ध्यान पूर्वक पढें और 20/04/2014 से पहले अपने  सुझाव / टिप्पणी / संशोधन डा अनिल कुमार ( सी.एम.ओ. ) कक्ष नं. 506 ‘डी’ विंग , 5 वीं मंजिल , निर्माण भवन , नई दिल्ली 110018 पर या उनके ई मेल आई डी dr.anilkumar@nic.in पर भेज दें । इन सुझावों की दूसरी कापी nsdharmshaktu@yahoo.com को भी प्रेषित अवशय करें ।

ज्ञात हो  हाल मे ही उत्तर प्रदेश मे २८ फ़रवरी २०१३ से लागू भारत सरकार के क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठान (पंजीकरण और नियमन) अधिनियम, 2010 ने कम पूँजी वाले चिकित्सकों की नींद उडा दी है । हाँलाकि  यह सरदर्द मात्र होम्योपैथों के लिये नही बल्कि मेडिकल सेवा मे आने वाले हर उस प्रतिषठान की है जिसमॆ एलोपैथिक चिकित्सक , डेन्टल चिकित्सक, डाइगनोस्टिक सेन्टर और आयुष पद्दतियों के सभी चिकित्सक शामिल हैं । एक बार राज्यों द्वारा अपनाने पर इस अधिनियम के अनुसार, राज्य सरकारें क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठानों के पंजीकरण के लिए प्रत्येक जिले में पंजीकरण प्राधिकरण की स्थापना करेंगी। किसी भी चिकित्सक को क्लीनिकल प्रतिष्ठान चलाने के लिए इस अधिनियम के प्रावधानों का पालन करना होगा। अधिक जानकारी के लिये http://clinicalestablishments.nic.in/ पर जायें ।

संक्षिप्त में इस एक्ट के अनुसार अब सरकार यह तय करेगी कि क्लीनिक चलाने के लिये आपके पास पर्याप्त जगह हो , प्रक्षिक्षत स्टाफ़ हो , क्लीनिक में शौचालय की व्यवस्था हो , आपातकालीन परिस्थितियों में अगर रोगी का इलाज क्लीनिक मे नही हो सकता है तो उसे पास के अस्पताल तक पहुँचाने के लिये एम्बुलेसं हो , आदि-२ । C.M.O. के पास यह अधिकार होगा कि अगर चिकित्सक एक्ट का पालन नही करता है तो उस पर पहली बार १०००० रु. , दूसरी बार ५०००० रु और तीसरी और अन्तिम बार ५ लाख रु तक का जुर्माना लगाया जाय । एक्ट के अनुसार यदि चिकित्सक मेडिकल सेवा के अलावा और किसी कार्य /कारोबार मे लिप्त पाया जायेगा तो उसे दुराचार ( misconduct ) की संज्ञा दी जायेगी :) विस्तृत जानकारी के लिये यहाँ देखें

 यह सिस्टम आयुष पद्दति के चिकित्सकों के लिये आघात से कम नही है । अगर देखा जाये तो ऐलोपैथिक के  प्रावाधानों को होम्योपैथिक व अन्य आयुष पदद्तियों मे डालने का यह जबरन प्रयास है ।

  • इस एक्ट को समीक्षा के लिये डालने की आवशयकता भी इसलिये पडी क्योकि यदि होम्योपैथी क्लीनिक पर एलोपैथी के मानक तय किये जायेगें तो क्लीनिक खोलना और चलाना कठिन हो जायेगा।
  • इस एक्ट मे होम्योपैथिक के अधिकारियों एवं संस्थाओं तथा प्रतिनिधियों को समुचित स्थान नही दिया गया है तथा जिला स्तर पर भी पर्याप्त प्रतिनिधित्व नही है जिससे होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सकों के हितों की अनदेखी हो सकती है ।
  • एक्ट के अंतर्गत गठित होने वाली नेशनल कांउनसिल एवं जिला कमेटियों में एलोपैथी की प्रोफ़ेशनल संन्स्थाओं , अधिकारियों एवं प्रतिनिधियों को अधिक प्रतिनिधित्व दिया गया है परतुं नेशनल कांउनसिल मे भारतीय चिकित्सा पद्धतियों के तीन सदस्यों को स्थान दिया गया है जबकि केन्द्रीय होम्योपैथिक परिषद के मात्र एक प्रतिनिधि को स्थान मिला है ।
  • होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक के लिये प्रशिक्षित स्टाफ़ उपब्ध हो पाना भी संभव नही है क्योंकि होम्योपैथी मे फ़ार्मासिस्ट का कोई अधिकृत प्रशिक्षण नही है ।

एक्ट नये प्रावधानों के साथ समीक्षा के लिये तैयार है । अब समय है होम्योपैथिक से जुडॆ चिकित्सकों का कि वह अपने सुझावों / टिप्पणियों से  इन प्रावधानों को समयनूकूल और उपयुक्त बनायें ।

Ministry of Health and Family welfare has asked for review of Draft of Minimum standards for Clinical Establishments under Clinical Establishments Act.

This is everything on Homeopathy individual clinics and hospitals

Kindly go through the minimum standards in Homeopathy carefully and give your suggestions/comments/amendments before 20/04/2014

National Council for Clinical Establishments under the Chairmanship of Director General of Health Services, Government of India in consultation with various stakeholders has prepared draft minimum standards for various categories of Clinical Establishments for implementation of the Clinical Establishments Act.

The comments, suggestions, objections, including deletions /additions if required in the draft documents are invited from public at large, including the stakeholders like hospitals and other clinical establishments, consumer groups etc.

The comments may kindly be sent to Dr. Anil Kumar, CMO(AK) Room No.506 ‘D’ Wing, 5th Floor, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110018 at his email- id dr.anilkumar@nic.in  with in one month of publication of this Notice on the website.

A copy of the same may also be endorsed to nsdharmshaktu@yahoo.com

Note : The Indian Public Health Standards(IPHS) four Sub-centre, PHC, CHC, Sub-district/Sub-divisional hospital and District hospital are already approved documents. The comments are being invited only on the draft minimum standards and not on the IPHS.

Cashews Are A Natural Anti-Depressant


2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness, or as the Australians would say, “no worries.” This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. You can do the same thing with your food. And no one can tell us that beans, peas, cheese, nuts and wheat germ are toxic if you eat a lot of them!

Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain. In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbos are required. So cheese and crackers provides a better effect than the cheese standing alone. An egg or two on toast is better than just the egg. Beans, peas, and nuts already contain carbohydrate, so you are all set there.

Consider that five servings of beans, a few portions of peanut butter, or just one big handful of cashews provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants… but don’t tell the drug companies. Some skeptics think that the pharmaceutical people already know. Here are two quotes in evidence:

“Pay careful attention to what is happening with dietary supplements in the legislative arena… If these efforts are successful, there could be created a class of products to compete with approved drugs. The establishment of a separate regulatory category for supplements could undercut exclusivity rights enjoyed by the holders of approved drug applications.” (Source: FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy David Adams, at the Drug Information Association Annual Meeting, July 12, 1993)

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