Some people over the age of seventy have registered a notable improvement in health after only 4—6 weeks when they have taken a double dose of the tincture three times a day (the normal dose is 15-20 drops three times a day). Relief is even more certain when a low-protein diet, but one that is rich in vital substances, vitamins and minerals is also followed. Although scientists believe that ginkgo flavone compounds are responsible for this plant’s diverse effects, other yet undiscovered substances in the plant must also be given some credit for these benefits.
It is possible to normalise high blood pressure after just a few weeks of taking Ginkgo biloba, probably because the blood’s viscosity will be favourably affected. We do not know of any other plant remedy that is as beneficial for the brain, central nervous system and vascular system. Moreover, it is interesting to note that the tincture produces a welcome secondary effect, the stimulation of the kidneys and pancreas. Improved blood circulation and supply of oxygen ensure that the cells of the central nervous system are better nourished, hence more efficient. Furthermore, the circulation in the skin, therefore the functioning of the finest capillaries, will be promoted. When Hypericum is taken at the same time, ten drops on an empty stomach every morning before breakfast, this will influence the circulation even more. Anyone over the age of fifty would do well to take Ginkgo drops for a few months, since various body functions can thus be improved. For when there is better blood circulation, the entire body will benefit from a general cleansing process. The use of this remedy in daily alternation with Vinca minor has also given very good results.
Vascular constriction caused by nicotine can also be favourably influenced – but one has to stop smoking. Circulatory disturbances in the arms and legs, even diabetic vascular damage, will diminish.
The purpose of combining remedies is to enhance the effect of one through the addition of another. If a calcium deficiency is to be treated, it will be necessary to make sure that there is not a deficiency of silica at the same time. If there is, the patient must take both minerals. Supposing he also suffers from night sweats and at the same time wants to get rid of a bad cough; for the first, sage (Salvia) would be needed and for the second, extract of pine buds or lance-leaf plantain (also known as ribwort, or Plantago lanceolata) would be the indicated remedy.
It will be clear, therefore, that in order to cure different illnesses, the doctor can choose a suitable combination of remedies, but he must be careful that the individual remedies are compatible. There are some that vitalise the body, while others have a relaxing effect. As a rule, a knowledge of pharmacology is required to be able to choose and combine remedies correctly. Still, even in former times, when physicians were not so well trained and informed as they are today, they hit upon remedies by accurate observation and careful analysis of their findings. They were successful in discovering effective combinations, with one remedy increasing the effect of another, so that the action of the combined ingredients was greatly improved. However, if the combined remedies do not complement one another, not being compatible, the total effect can be reduced rather than enhanced.
When I visited Mesopotamia (between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers) I went to a small museum at the edge of the ruined city of ancient Babylon. There I saw vessels that had been used by women of those bygone times for the storage of oils and creams. According to ancient records, the women even used plants as a basis for the preparation of cosmetics and aromatic oils, as it is still the practice in those areas among Arab and Bedouin women. On another visit, this time to the Indians of the Amazon region, I became acquainted with a plant from which a fatty red dye is obtained. The natives use this extract to paint the body and face and it adheres to the skin for weeks, not even soap being strong enough to remove it.
The skin is, and should be, the expression of one’s good health, so if you want to help nature a little by caring for your skin, use nothing but biological cosmetics, especially those of natural plant origin, since they stimulate and support the skin’s natural functions. Other cosmetics are little more than paint, a veritable deception.
The virus, my virologist friend explained, could be seen as a villain who has been thrown out of the house itself but has stayed on the veranda. As soon as the circumstances in the house change – or the body’s overall condition deteriorates again – the villain is there ready to slip into the house to cause havoc once more. This illustration reminded me of something that once happened in our own house. A family of sables climbed from the trees into the attic, where they created an awful racket. What could I do but have some of the trees near the roof cut down, and close up every hole through which they could possibly enter. A few years later, however, a creeping plant grew up the wall unnoticed, giving the sables the chance to climb in and become a nuisance yet again. Once more we had to block everything up, but this time we got rid of them for good because we made sure there were no openings left anywhere.
A degenerated cell could be described as a criminal in the cellular ‘state’ or organisation, since it operates in a way similar to criminals in society. They ignore the law, do what they want and take what they like without any concern for those around them. Of course, it takes time for a person to sink so low mentally and morally that he becomes a cold-blooded criminal.
The same applies to a cancer cell, a cell that has degenerated into a malignant one. It is just like a criminal who lives at the
expense of others and without consideration ravishes and destroys whatever lies in his way. But, you may ask, what makes a healthy cell degenerate and become malignant? What complex series of errors and detrimental influences cause the degeneration? Careful observation and experience has already given us a good insight into the things that may contribute to the change, although we do not yet understand all the causes leading to the mutation that transforms a normal cell into a giant or malignant one.
Whatever the case, calcification is a sign of ageing which appears as a result of a disturbance in the general metabolism and an unhealthy diet, primarily one containing too much protein. But by no means can we hold the calcium in food or a biological preparation responsible for the pathological process of calcification. The bones of the skeleton contain reserves of calcium that would be quite sufficient to calcify all our blood vessels, yet in practice, such a contingency never arises.
As far as possible, naturopathy treats arteriosclerosis with remedies that restore some elasticity to the vessels. The blood pressure will thereby drop, for it previously had to rise because of constriction, with the lack of elasticity of the vessels compelling the heart to generate greater pressure to keep the circulation going. Of course, for arteriosclerosis we do not prescribe any medicines containing calcium. What we do indicate are arnica and Crataegus, as well as Viscum album, garlic perles, Arterioforce capsules and bear’s garlic tonic. These remedies have an excellent effect. At the same time care should be taken to minimise the salt and protein intake. One of the best foods for preventing hardening of the arteries, or helping to reduce an existing condition, is brown rice. For this reason, anyone with arteriosclerosis should eat brown rice several times a week; it can be served morning, noon or evening and prepared in various appetising ways. The blood pressure will then fall, because a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, together with plenty of brown rice, will gradually halt the disease and improve the condition.
Raw vegetables and soft white cheese (quark) should supplement the rice diet. Be sure to eat fresh salads every day, preferably dressed with Molkosan (whey concentrate) and unrefined oils.
For their curative properties, include in your diet wheat germ oil or wheat germ oil capsules, Sojaforce and Kelpasan, as well as any foods that contain seaweed. However, keep off Kelpasan if your blood pressure is high.
Instead of any other favourite cheese, eat only mild white soft cheese (quark) or cottage cheese. If it is difficult to give up the old habit of eating meat, eat very little of it and infrequently. The same advice holds true for eggs, which should never be eaten hard-boiled.
For seasoning, use salt very sparingly, It is best to change over to sea salt and Herbamare herbal seasoning salt. It is of the utmost importance to provide the body with plenty of oxygen. So take long country walks at a good pace to stimulate deep breathing. If it is not possible to do this on a daily basis, at least use the weekend for that purpose. Instead of spending time in one’s favourite cafe, bar or restaurant, sitting in front of the television or behind the wheel of a car, get out and exercise your legs in the countryside, in the woods and through the meadows.
When I think about the enormous amount of traffic that passes incessantly over the highways leading to and from major cities such as New York or London, I must say that the expression ‘arterial roads’ indeed seems appropriate and justified. If for some reason those traffic arteries were paralysed, life in those large cities would soon come to a standstill. The importance of the ‘arterial roads’ in our bodies, the arteries, will only begin to dawn on us when we study them closely. Even the most attractive human body, with shapely limbs and perfect muscular build, will begin to deteriorate and degenerate, just as the gifted and trained brain will begin to fail, when the walls of the arteries thicken and harden and thus lose their elasticity.
Even the anatomical structure of the arteries tells us a great deal about their importance. Imagine a pipe made up of various layers, the inside being a smooth, elastic tube. This tube is covered with other layers that consist of elastic, or loose but tensile, connective tissue. The tube can withstand a pressure of about 20 atmospheres (1 atmosphere equals 14.72 pounds to the square inch).
Every cell is a miniature factory and needs raw materials and fuel for its processes. Only if it is supplied with all it needs, on schedule, can it be expected to perform as reliably and marvellously as it does. Shortages of the required quantities and flaws in the quality of raw materials force the cells to find a make-shift solution. It is only under the most trying conditions that the cells look for shortcuts and thereby suffer in their performance. A case in point is seen when the body begins to build giant cells, known as cancer cells. Of course, the cell itself cannot be blamed for the defect, for it fights and resists desperately to the point where failure can no longer be avoided.
We must, therefore, ensure that the ‘mail trains’ of our arterial system can keep their schedules by stimulating circulation through exercise and proper breathing. Furthermore, we must see to it that all the necessary raw materials are provided in the right quantities and quality. Only then can the laboratories of our cells perform their wonderful work in harmony with the divine purpose and programme assigned to them. We can then reap the full benefits of the cells’ willing performance on our behalf.