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Calming effect on the body and have been used to relieve insomnia and anxiety when nervous tension has taken its toll. Digestive problems, various types of intestinal or bowel problems, nervous or irritable coughs, irritable bowel syndrome, excitability, sleep disorders, restlessness, hyperactivity, hysteria, fits, delirium tremens, toothache, earaches, painful or absent menstruation, leprosy, pulmonary tuberculosis, and acute bacterial dysentery, HIV, and herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2. As a tonic for the liver, Hops are thought to increase the flow of bile, and the herb was used historically for liver afflictions, such as jaundice. Used as a diuretic and believed to relieve water retention and excess uric acid, which can lead to gout. For women who suffer from serious menstrual discomfort, Hops Flower extracts may offer relief.
Naturally occurring sedative properties, a sleep inducer for people troubled with sleep disorders or insomnia. Its sedative effects are particularly useful when this tension leads to restlessness and headache. It has also been found to be effective for nervous exhaustion or tension and nerve pain. Hops are sometimes combined with Valerian to make a powerful supplement that can help you to relax, sleep more soundly and alleviate mental conditions, helping to promote a feeling of calm and peace during times of stress.
Excellent for the digestive system, calming the smooth muscle and easing muscle spasms (supporting the herb's historical use to treat cramps and menstrual pain). The bitter principle in Hops flowers are considered a fine stomachic and tonic that stimulates gastric juice secretion, which promotes good digestion, relieves and expels flatulence, eases colic, nervous stomach, intestinal cramps, indigestion and nervous intestinal complaints. When Hops flower extracts are sometimes combined with Plantain and Chamomile, the herbal combination has even been known to help treat IBS naturally. Also beneficial for loss of appetite and may be helpful for those who are recovering from illness. Considered to be a relaxant for the gastric nerves and have shown to have a relaxing influence on the liver and gall duct and a laxative effect on the bowels.
May inhibit the formation and growth of tumors. Researchers have studied the effects of the extract of Hops flower and found evidence that suggests the flavonoids found in the herb may cut the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer. These flavonoids neutralize free radicals in the body, which can promote early aging signs. A ten-year study found that the strong antioxidant effects of the polyphenols may help to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's disease.
Acts as a diuretic and may decrease bloating and water retention, which corresponds to weight loss. It can also aid in digestion by increasing stomach secretions. However, it can also increase the appetite, so if decreasing the intake of food is the goal, this herb may not be right for those who are trying to lose weight naturally.
Helpful in treating symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, sleep disorders and other problems related to lack of estrogen production in women.
Anti-spasmodic properties that can be helpful for muscular irritability and twitching, by inducing a calming effect. This appears to be helpful for those who suffer from nerve pain, and early clinical research suggests that it reduces symptoms of rheumatic diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and joint stiffness in fibromyalgia. May help to fight bone loss, and even reverse the process.
May have effects with cholesterol-lowering herbs and supplements such as Green Tea Tincture.
Beneficial for sore throats, bronchitis, infections, high fevers, toothaches, and earaches.
For treatment of problems with dandruff, this can be rubbed into the scalp, then shampooing the hair with shampoo and rinsing with plain water. This herbal treatment will aid in preventing and controlling dandruff and flaky skin in the scalp.
Contraindications: Pregnant women should not take Hops, nor should people who suffer from depression, since the herb is thought to be a mild depressant on the higher nerve centers.
Do not exceed recommended doses, and Hops should not be taken for more than a few days in succession.
Since there appears to be estrogenic activity in Hops, it is recommended that the herb should not be taken in combination with medicines such as oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy; and children who have not reached puberty should not take Hops.
Women with estrogen-sensitive disorders, especially estrogen-dependent breast cancer should avoid this herb.
Use of Hops increases the potency of anesthetics, anxiety drugs, anticonvulsives and insomnia medications and should not be taken without first consulting a physician.
Do not use Hops if you drink alcohol or use medicines containing alcohol.
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