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Pancreatitis Herbal Treatment
100ml Blend for $58.00.
Dose 20 drops three times daily in water.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats,
proteins, and carbohydrates in food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon
into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it takes from food for energy.
Normally, digestive enzymes do not become active until they reach the small intestine, where they
begin digesting food. But if these enzymes become active inside the pancreas, they start
"digesting" the pancreas itself.
Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and lasts for a short period of time but then usually
resolves. If injury to the pancreas continues, chronic pancreatitis may develop. Chronic
pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes attack and destroy the pancreas and nearby tissues,
causing scarring and pain. The usual cause of chronic pancreatitis is many years of alcohol
abuse, but the chronic form may also be triggered by only one acute attack, especially if the
pancreatic ducts are damaged. The damaged ducts cause the pancreas to become inflamed, tissue to
be destroyed, and scar tissue to develop.
While common, alcoholism is not the only cause of chronic pancreatitis.
Chronic pancreatitis does not resolve itself and results in a slow destruction of the pancreas.
Either form can cause very serious complications.
The symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen or pain that reachs to the back
and other areas. It may be sudden and intense or begin as a mild pain that gets worse when food
is eaten. Other symptoms may include swollen and tender abdomen, nausea, vomitting, fever, and
rapid pulse. Severe cases may cause dehydration and low blood pressure.
People with chronic pancreatitis often lose weight, even when their appetite and eating habits
are normal. The weight loss occurs because the body does not secrete enough pancreatic enzymes to
break down food, so nutrients are not absorbed normally. Poor digestion leads to excretion of
fat, protein, and sugar into the stool. If the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (islet
cells) have been damaged, diabetes may also develop at this stage.
There is a finely balanced harmony between all the systems of the body including all the organs
and the other major systems like the Urogenital System, the Digestive System, the Nervous System,
the Cardio Vascular System and the Immune System.
Hormonal and nervous system messages are being exchanged between each system and the individual
members of each system constantly, all aimed at tuning the entire metabolism to respond to the
day to day and moment to moment demands of this most complex of machines, the human body.
Pancreatic conditions seem to develop in individuals more from emotional causes, than most other
In particular, an emotional deficit best described as a lack of sweetness in a persons life, and
I don't mean a lack of candy.
Very caring and supportive people are amongst those who develop the two main illness of the
pancreas, diabetes and pancreatic cancer. These folk, for all their virtue and caring often do
not experience sufficient emotional nourishment, of a sweet and intimate nature in their own
lives, and sometimes compensate by craving sweet food. This can lead on through to diabetes and
to pancreatic cancer in some cases.
I also suspect that certain agricultural chemicals may be involved in the sudden onset of
pancreatic cancer .
I see the pancreas as a more sensitive organ than most and when treating it, I rely on herbs to
support the associated systems as much as those supporting the pancreas itself. This approach
seems to work well and the pancreas seems to function best when all its metabolic partners are
For any patient whose pancreas has been out of balance, perhaps reflecting in blood sugar
problems from either emotional or perhaps chemical upsets; I prescribe a generalised mix to help
it come back into normal function.
The herbs I include in my pancreatic reconditioning mix are: Chamomile, Oats, Dandelion,
Bladderack, Rosehips, Fennel, Comfrey and Alfalfa. To this mix I add the Bach Flower Remedies
Walnut, Scleranthus, Olive and Rescue Remedy.
20 drops three times daily of this mix (10 drops for children and 3 drops for babies) given with
Chamomile Tea, will quickly bring back into balance a pancreas which is beginning to experience
This information is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
Herbal descriptions are examples of combinations of herbs and should not be interpreted to mean that this combination is for this condition.
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