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Himalaya LiverCare is also known as Liv-52 and was first introduced in 1955. Company literature claims LiverCare ensures optimum liver function through the protection of the hepatic parenchyma and by way of its potent antioxidant properties. Prohormone users take LiverCare for it's professed ability to protect against damaging hepatoxic side effects.

LiverCare/Liv-52 is one of the most researched herbal products one can find. More than 300 clinical studies, many double-blind, placebo-controlled, have been performed since its introduction. It has become one of the most widely sold medications in the world with more than two billion tablets produced annually.

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Arjuna

Arjuna bark, also called Terminalia arjuna (Neer maruthu in Malayalam), is a medicinal plant of the genus Terminalia. Arjuna bark is thought to be beneficial for the heart. This has also been proved in a research by Banaras Hindu University's Institute of Medical Sciences , Varanasi (India). In this research, they found powdered extract of Arjuna bark provided positive results to people suffering from coronary heart diseases.

Research suggests Arjuna is useful in alleviating the pain of angina pectoris and in treating heart failure and coronary artery disease. Arjuna may also be useful in treating hypercholesterolemia. The cardioprotective effects are thought to be caused by the antioxidant nature of several of the constituent flavonoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins, while positive inotropic effects may be caused by the saponin glycosides. In addition to its cardiac effects, Arjuna may also be protective against gastric ulcers, such as those caused by NSAIDs.

Ancient Indian physicians used the powdered tree bark of Terminalia arjuna for alleviating angina and othercardiovascular conditions. Its stem bark possesses glycosides, large quantities of flavonoids, tannins and minerals.

Flavonoids have been detected to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering effects while glycosides are cardiotonic, thus making Terminalia arjuna unique amongst currently used medicinal plants.

Experimental studies have revealed its bark exerting significant inotropic and hypotensive effect, increasing coronary artery flow and protecting myocardium against ischemic damage. It has also been detected to have mild diuretic, antithrombotic, prostaglandin E2 enhancing and hypolipidaemic activity.

There is ample clinical evidence of its beneficial effect in coronary artery disease alone and along with statin. Considering its anti-ischemic activity and its potential to correct dyslipidemia, reduce left ventricular mass and increase left ventricular ejection fraction; proposition to administer Terminalia arjuna along with statins deserves to be explored in depth for defining its place in the management and prevention of coronary artery disease.

Black Nightshade

Also known as Garden Nightshade, Houndsberry, Kakamachi, Kakmachi, Long Kui, Makoi, Morelle Noire, Petty Morel, Poisonberry, and Solanum nigrum.

Black nightshade contains a toxic chemical called solanin. At lower doses, it can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and other side effects. At higher doses, it can cause severe poisoning. Signs of poisoning include irregular heart beat, trouble breathing, dizziness, drowsiness, twitching of the arms and legs, cramps, diarrhea, paralysis, coma, and death.

Do not take black nightshade if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Claimed (but not verified) health benefits of Black Nightshade include:

The leaves of black nightshade are effective in the treatment of digestive disorders. The raw juice of the leaves can be used alone or mixed with other juices or liquids. It is used in stomach disorders like flatulence, colitis and peptic ulcers. An infusion of the plant is useful in dysentery and other stomach ailments.

The plant helps in removing catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes in asthma patients. The fruits of the plant can also be used beneficially in treating asthma.

It is useful in the treatment of dropsy. It increases the secretion and discharge of urine. Either it can be used as decoction or as a vegetable in the treatment of this disease. As extract of the leaves and stem, in doses of 6 to 8 ml can be taken.

The leaves of black nightshade are useful in fevers. Syrup of the vegetable can be given as a cooling drink. To induce copious perspiration, a hot infusion of 0.75 to 1.25 decigrams, of dried leaves can be used. The fruits of the plant can also be given with beneficial results in fevers.

The plant is beneficial in chronic skin diseases. The juice extracted from the plant should be given in doses of 180 to 210 ml. The juice can also be applied locally on the affected parts in chronic skin disease such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. As an anodyne or pain reliever, a decoction of the plant can be used for washing inflamed, irritated and painful parts of the body.

The paste of black nightshade serves as a useful applicant over corrosive ulcers, pustules and suppurating syphilitic ulcers, severe burns, herpes and rheumatic joints. Green fruits of the plant can be ground and applied locally on ringworms. A juice or poultice of leaves can be effectively applied on eruptive skin diseases, whitlow and burns.

Hot leaves can be applied as a poultice over rheumatic and gouty joints, corrosive ulcers and tumors. A decoction of the leaves can be used to wash tumors and inflamed, irritated and painful parts or the body.

Caper Bush

The caper bush (Capparis spinosa L., Capparidaceae) has been introduced as a specialized culture in some European countries during the last four decades. The young flower buds, known as capers, are greatly favored for seasoning and different parts of the plant are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics.

The salted and pickled caper bud (also called caper and gabbar for Turkish Cypriots) is often used as a seasoning or garnish. Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Cypriot, Italian and Maltese. The mature fruit of the caper shrub are also prepared similarly, and marketed as caper berries.

In Greek popular medicine, a herbal tea made of caper root and young shoots is considered to be beneficial against rheumatism. The sprouts, roots, leaves and seeds were also used in the treatment of strangury and inflammation.

Different flavonoids were identified in caper bush and capers: rutin (quercetin 3-rutinoside), quercetin 7-rutinoside, quercetin 3-glucoside-7-rhamnoside, kaempferol-3-rutinoside, kaempferol-3-glucoside, and kaempferol-3-rhamnorutinoside.

Rutin is a powerful antioxidant bioflavonoid in the body, and is used as a dietary supplement for capillary fragility. Rutin has no known toxicity. Capers contain more quercetin per weight than any other plant.

Caper root bark and leaves may have some anticarcinogenic activity. The hydrolysis products of indol-3-ylmethyl glucosinolates have anticarcinogenic effects. Although the consumption of capers is low in comparison with the intake of other major dietary sources of glucosinolates (white cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower) it may contribute to the daily dose of natural anticarcinogens that reduces cancer risk. Glucosinolates are also known to possess goitrogenic (anti-thyroid) activity.

Selenium, present in capers at high concentrations in comparison with other vegetable products, has also been associated with the prevention of some forms of cancer.

Cassia Occidentalis

Senna occidentalis is a pantropical plant species. Other name include ʻauʻaukoʻi in Hawaii, coffee senna, coffeeweed, Mogdad coffee, negro-coffee, senna coffee, Stephanie coffee, stinkingweed or styptic weed. The species was formerly placed in the genus Cassia.

The plant is reported to be poisonous to cattle. The plant contains anthraquinones. The roots contain emodin[3] and the seeds contain chrysarobin (1,8-dihydroxy-3-methyl-9-anthrone) and N-methylmorpholine.

Cassia occidentalis belongs to Leguminosae family, Its common name is Ponnavarai. The parts used are roots, leaves and seeds. It is used for fever, menstrual problems, tuberculosis, diuretic anemic, liver complaints, and as a tonic for general weakness and illness.

Studies have concluded the antioxidant content of Cassia occidentalis might play a major role in controlling the tissue damage caused by reactive oxygen species. Biochemical and histopathological studies confirmed the protective effect of the aqueous extract of Cassia occidentalis against CCl4 induced liver damage in rats. However, the exact nature of the hepatoprotection exhibited by the plant sample has to be studied for further details.

Chicory

Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a bushy perennial herbaceous plant with blue, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized.

Root chicory contains volatile oils similar to those found in plants in the related genus Tanacetum which includes Tansy and is similarly effective at eliminating intestinal worms. All parts of the plant contain these volatile oils, with the majority of the toxic components concentrated in the plant's root.

Chicory is well known for its toxicity to internal parasites. Studies indicate that ingestion of chicory by farm animals results in reduction of worm burdens, which has prompted its widespread use as a forage supplement.

Only a few major companies are active in research, development, and production of chicory varieties and selections, most in New Zealand.

Chicory (especially the flower) was used as a treatment in Germany, and is recorded in many books as an ancient German treatment for everyday ailments. It is variously used as a tonic and as a treatment for gallstones, gastro-enteritis, sinus problems and cuts and bruises. Inulin, the dietary fiber found in Chicory finds application in diabetes and constipation.

Tamarisk

Tamarix gallica, or French Tamarisk, is a deciduous, herbaceous, twiggy shrub or small tree indigenous to Saudi Arabia and the Sinai Peninsula and very common around the Mediterranean region.

The leaves are astringent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative and tonic. They are used in bleeding disorders like menorrhagia, bleeding in the rectum and epistaxis. It contains an alkaloid, Tamarixin, that has been linked to its effectiveness in conditions associated with hepatic insufficiency. There are indications that Tamarisk is also helpful in increasing platelet counts.

Tamarisk, sometimes referred to as Saltcedar, has been traditionally used as a tonic and diuretic. The branchlets and the leaves are astringent and diuretic. An external compress is applied to wounds to stop the bleeding. The manna produced on the plant is detergent, expectorant and laxative. Galls produced on the plant as a result of insect damage are astringent. They are used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. Its principal constituents are tamarixin along with traces of its aglocone, tamarixetin. It is used in bleeding disorders like menorrhagia, bleeding in the rectum and epistaxis. It is used in disorders associated with hepatic insufficiency.

Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds. Other common names for this species include common yarrow, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf (as its binomial name affirms), and thousand-seal.

Yarrow has seen historical use as a medicine, often because of its astringent effects. Decoctions have been used to treat inflammations, such as hemorrhoids, and headaches. Infusions of yarrow, taken either internally or externally, are said to speed recovery from severe bruising.

Today, yarrow is valued mainly for its action in colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, excretory, and urinary systems.

The dark blue essential oil, extracted by steam distillation of the flowers, is generally used as an anti-inflammatory or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.

The aerial parts of the plant are used for phlegm conditions, as a bitter digestive tonic to encourage bile flow, as a diuretic, as a tonic for the blood, to stimulate the circulation, and can be used for high blood pressure.

Yarrow intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it,and helps eliminate toxins from the body.

The salicylic acid derivatives are a component of aspirin, which may account for its use in treating fevers and reducing pain.