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Elderberry - Nature's Medicine Chest


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Elderberry (Sambucus nigra [Latin]), also called elder flower are native to Europe, but have been naturalized to the Americas, and have a long history of medicinal use, particularly in England, where it is commonly used to make elderberry wine and pies, and was once referred to as "nature's medicine chest."

Elderberry is a natural remedy with three flavonoids that have antiviral properties. Flavonoids are very effective against different strains of influenza virus. Black Elderberry also has other compounds, called anthocyanins, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, thus reducing aches and pains. Elderberries contain flavonoids, which are natural chemical substances that give food their taste and color; they also boost the immune system, and supply the body with antioxidant protection. Elderberry may be effective in treating some diseases related to a depressed immune system, and preliminary studies have shown some preliminary promises against some viruses, including herpes and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Two of the compounds found in Elderberry, alpha- and beta-amyrin palmitate, have been shown to exhibit strong antihepatotoxic activity, making it an excellent choice for combating liver damage. Other plant chemicals, the flavonoids, phenolic compounds and triterpenes, have antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities, with subtle "hormone-like" communication capabilities. This subtle herb can often avert problems before they get started, making it increasingly popular as an immune booster among people who have immune compromised health issues such as HIV. Elderberry has been traditionally used for relieving pain, inflammation, water retention, and congestion. All parts of the Elderberry tree, including the bark, flowers, and leaves, have been used in herbal medicine. Elderberry leaves are added to topical creams and sitz baths to treat inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis, boils, and eczema. Aged Elderberry bark has been used to treat water retention and constipation, and to induce vomiting.

Elderberry has been shown to be very effective against at least eight strains of flu virus. It contains Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which help prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells. Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections. Studies have shown that elderberry reduces excessive sinus mucus secretion, and some studies also suggest that elderberry can help lessen swelling of mucous membranes, improve sinus drainage, and decreased nasal congestion in those with bacterial sinusitis. Elderberry works as a simple cleanser and as an antioxidant. It is also a diaphoretic, diuretic, and hepatic. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, and acts as a mild laxative. This gentle herb is used for bronchitis, catarrh, common cold symptoms including coughs and sore throats, fevers, influenza, neuralgia, rheumatism, sciatica & skin disorders.

Uses Of Elderberry

* Elderberry used for kidney problems, urinary problems, eliminating excess water from the body and Inflammatory Conditions.
* Elderberry may be helpful in arthritic and rheumatic complaints.
* Elderberry flowers tea use to treat respiratory infections.
* It is also used for fighting influenza and colds as an excellent internal cleanser.
* Elderberry helps in relieves asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, colds and influenza.|
* Other proposed uses of Elderberry are :
High Cholesterol
HIV Support

Side Effects Of Elderberry

Elderberry flowers are generally regarded as safe. Side effects are rare and consist primarily of occasional mild gastrointestinal distress or allergic reactions. Nonetheless, safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.

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