Everyone around this city has been coughing lately. I began a cough just when someone brought something home the other day in their energy field, then whenever I do go out among people I bring it home worse.Guidance suggests a liquid form of Irish Moss to deal with it:http://www.amazon.com/HoneyCombs-Industries-Liquid-Irish-Extract/dp/B0001ITV5Q
· Irish Moss
Irish Moss is also known by the names Pearl Moss and Carrageenan. This plant is found on the Atlantic coast of both Europe and North America. Irish Moss is a seaweed that was used by the Irish during the famine of the 19th century. During the potato famine of 19th century Ireland,
Irish moss saved thousands of people from starvation. It was once used as a mattress stuffing, as cattle feed, and as a thickener for colored inks used in printing. The entire plant has been used medicinally. Traditionally, use of Irish Moss was in respiratory illnesses where it was often the core of prescriptions to treat irritating coughs, bronchitis, and many other lung problems. It has been used in digestive conditions where a demulcent is called for, such as gastritis, ulceration of the stomach, and duodenum. This herb's soothing activity has also been useful for inflammations of the urinary system. It has also been used as a food in maintenance diets for diabetes patients. The primary role of this herb was in speeding recuperation from debilitating
illness, especially tuberculosis & pneumonia.
Herbs such as Irish Moss and other tonic nutritive remedies have much to offer in facilitating proper recovery of health. The primary chemical constituents of Irish Moss include protein, polysaccharides, iodine, bromine, mucilage, carrageenans, beta carotene, and vitamin B-1. The extract of this plant consists of sulphated, straight chain galactans. Of these, there are two different types: a gelling fraction known as k-carrageenan, and a non-gelling fraction known as
l-carrageenan. They are both composed of o-galactose and 3,6-anhydrogalactos e residues with a high proportion of sulphate esters, but are differentiated by the relative proportions and the number, type and position of the sulphate esters. There is a variety of grades of different molecular weight, including a food grade which has a molecular weight of about 100,000 to 500,000.
Recent animal research has shown Irish Moss to exhibit an anti-viral property against influenza B and the mumps viruses. This research supports the traditional use of Irish Moss in such conditions. Studies have also confirmed the herb's value in treating ulcers, and to use it
as an anti-coagulant. The mucilage present in Irish Moss is used in large quantities by the food industry to make jellies and as a smooth binder (adds texture and stability to ice cream, whipped cream, puddings, soups, and salad dressings). It has also been used as a thickening agent in cosmetics, and used in lotions as a skin softener and to prevent premature wrinkling.
Take two (2) capsules, two (2) times each day with water at mealtimes.
Warning: Because Irish Moss has some blood thinning properties, people taking anti-coagulating medications should avoid using this product. Long-term use, however, can decrease stomach acid and thus interfere with digestion.
Irish moss also contains many vitamins and trace minerals, including iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc, pectin, B vitamins and vitamin C. It contains antiviral and antibacterial factors. Thus, those recovering from operations or illness will find it beneficial during recuperation. The Holistic-online. com Web site states that traditionally, "The primary role of this herb was in speeding recuperation from debilitating illness, especially T.B. and pneumonia."
Typical preparations come as tea, tincture or tablets made from the whole dried plant, usually in combination with other herbs.
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29 August 2011 Last updated at 09:50 ET
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Avian flu shows signs of a resurgence, while a mutant strain - able to sidestep vaccines - could be spreading in Asia, the United Nations has warned.
The variant appeared in Vietnam and China and its risk to humans cannot be predicted, veterinary officials said.
Virus circulation in Vietnam threatens Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, where eight people have died after becoming infected this year, they warned.
The World Health Organization says bird flu has killed 331 people since 2003.
It has also killed or provoked the culling of more than 400m domestic poultry worldwide and caused an estimated $20bn (£12.2bn) of economic damage.
The virus had been eliminated from most of the 63 countries infected at its 2006 peak, which saw 4,000 outbreaks across the globe, but remains endemic in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
And the number of cases has been rising again since 2008, apparently because of migratory bird movements, said the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief veterinary officer, Juan Lubroth.
"Wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it," he said.
Avian flu has in the past two years appeared in poultry or wild birds in countries that had been virus-free for several years: Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia are among those recently affected.
Mr Lubroth said the new strain had infected most parts of northern and central Vietnam and could also pose a risk to Japan and the Korean peninsula.
South Korea began culling hundreds of thousands of chickens and ducks in December last year after confirming its first cases since 2008.
The FAO is calling for countries to adopt "heightened readiness and surveillance" against a resurgence of the virus.