Show 1322: Herbs for healing and optimal well-being

This week on our nationally broadcast radio show, we talk to two doctors who have looked closely at the research on using herbs for healing. Sometimes people dismiss the medicines we can find in plants as old wives’ tales or silly home remedies. More and more, however, scientists are confirming that certain herbs can be very helpful in overcoming chronic diseases and improving well-being.

Herbs for Healing:

Culinary herbs like rosemary and thyme add flavor to our food. But they can also do much more. In fact, the use of these herbs could help explain the recognized health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog describes how she uses herbs to heal herself. What are the differences between herbs and spices? Generally, when people talk about herbs, they are describing plants from temperate zones. We generally use the leaves both for cooking and for healing. Spices most often come from the tropics and subtropics. Often these are parts of the plant like seeds, bark (cinnamon) or roots and rhizomes (ginger and turmeric). Researchers have extensively studied turmeric and its main constituent, curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and has been used to improve memory and mood and to fight cancer. In some studies, turmeric is more effective than NSAIDs in relieving knee arthritis pain.

Rosemary and Thyme:

Could rosemary consumption be linked to longevity? Some doctors think so. Studies confirm what people discovered through experience long ago: rosemary has beneficial effects on memory and cognition. Additionally, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects and can be used to combat H. pylori stomach infections.

Like rosemary, thyme has antimicrobial effects. It is often used to help fight infections. Additionally, it appears to help disrupt biofilms and may be useful for coughs. Dr. Low Dog recommends making your own thyme-based cough syrup to help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

Saffron has many uses for optimal well-being:

Saffron is another famous Mediterranean spice. It consists of the stigma of a domesticated crocus. Research suggests it may be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Additionally, scientists are exploring its possible use against certain types of cancer. Dr. Low Dog summarizes research on its use for metabolic syndrome and to treat the deleterious sexual effects of menopause. Some studies indicate that it may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Another spice, cinnamon, also has multiple uses. It has anti-inflammatory activity which can be particularly helpful in treating menstrual pain and nausea. It is best known for its impact on blood sugar and triglycerides. There are several types of cinnamon, and people who plan to use it regularly should learn more about them. real cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, is safer than the more common cassia cinnamon we usually find in grocery stores. This is because it is free of coumarin that cassia cinnamon may contain. This compound may be toxic to the liver.

Boost cellular well-being with herbs:

Our second guest, Dr. Bill Rawls, describes how herbs can help promote wellness at the cellular level. You shouldn’t expect quick results from this approach, but the benefits can be long-lasting and side effects are rare.

It seems likely that many chronic diseases are linked to dormant infectious agents. Conditions such as chronic Lyme disease or long COVID can be difficult to identify and even more difficult to effectively treat. However, restoring wellness at the cellular level can help strengthen our body’s natural defenses. This is why Dr. Rawls advocates the use of herbs for healing.

Adaptogens as herbs for healing:

You may not be familiar with some of the herbs recommended by Dr. Rawls. Nevertheless, scientific studies support the use of these herbs for healing. Adaptogens such as Rhodiola, reishi and shilojit can help overcome the consequences of chronic stress. It illustrates how they work in synergy for optimal cellular well-being.

Guests this week:

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a founding member of the American Board of Physician Specialties, the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and the Academy of Women’s Health. She was elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia’s Dietary/Herbal Supplement Expert Committee and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His books include: Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Life is your best medicine and Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More. Dr. Low Dog eBooks include Cure Heartburn Naturally and Healing spices. Physical copies are available for purchase through Amazon: Click here.
His websites are and

As a 4th generation physician, Bill Rawls, MD has dedicated his life to medicine. But when faced with a personal health crisis in her late 40s with Lyme disease, everything changed. In his quest to regain health, Dr. Rawls faced the limitations of conventional medicine and knew he had to find his own way to regain wellness. Over the past 15 years, he has studied in depth the science behind herbal therapies and new sustainable approaches to protecting health. His website is

Dr. Rawls is the author of Unlocking Lyme: Myths, Truths, and Practical Solutions for Chronic Lyme Diseaseand his most recent book, The cellular wellness solution: tap into your full health potential with the scientific power of herbs.

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The podcast for this show will be available on Monday, November 28, 2022, after airing on November 26. You can stream the show from this site and download the podcast for free.

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