Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Green Tea is today’s herb of the month because it’s my morning beverage of choice. I typically drink the caffeinated form in the morning, especially mornings before going to the gym, but decaffeinated versions are also available. There are many therapeutic benefits to consuming green tea as a beverage but it’s ideal if you purchase the organic form of it because it tends to be sprayed very heavily with pesticides. In traditional herbal medicine, it acts to as an antioxidant, antibacterial, immune modulator (especially in cancerous conditions), antiviral, hypoglycemic, and hypotensive. According to medical research, it’s benefits are to prevent high blood pressure, prevent tooth decay by preventing bacteria from attaching to teeth, prevents heart disease through inhibition of LDL cholesterol oxidation, and protection against cancers (particularly colon and stomach cancer). Oxidation is when a wrench rusts or an apple turns brown. When this oxidation process happens to our LDL cholesterol, it creates inflammatory changes within the arteries, which promotes atherosclerosis and increases risk for cardiovascular events (i.e. heart attack, stroke, etc). It’s not so much that high cholesterol is always bad; we need cholesterol to make our hormones. It’s more whether the cholesterol is in a more inflammatory form, like oxidized LDL cholesterol, small particle size, increased particle number, etc. I also recommend people with to consume green tea regularly for prevention and management of cancer due to protection from chemotherapy and laboratory studies showing one of its constituents (EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate) may interfere with formation of blood vessels around tumors and may cause tumor cell death (apoptosis).

You should consult with a naturopathic doctor before taking this product especially if you are taking any medications because there are many potential herb-drug interactions.

My favorite brands are Yogi and Tazo.


Maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Maca is today’s herb of the month because a patient living in Peru recently brought me some of the freshly harvested root. Although it’s used in Peru extensively as a food due to its rich nutritional content, Maca has numerous medicinal functions. In traditional herbal medicine, it’s often used to enhance libido, reduce hot flashes of menopause, balance menstrual irregularities, improve erectile dysfunction, enhance fertility, and improve anxiety/depression. Herbal actions include adaptogen, aphrodisiac, anti-depressant and trophorestorative. In laymen’s/laywomen’s terms, it helps us adapt to physical and mental stress, enhances libido, improves symptoms of depression and supports fertility/hormones. I’ve used this clinically to help improve athletic performance, increase libido, reduce hot flashes in women, and increase fertility in men and women. One research study even found it to improve prescription-induced sexual dysfunction in women. Another study on male cyclists found maca to increase exercise performance and sexual desire after 14 days. Other studies have shown it to increase sperm motility, reduce blood pressure and depressive symptoms, and reduce psychological symptoms and sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. I personally have been using the powder in my morning smoothies to help me adapt to physical and mental stress of life. One of my favorite brands for Maca as food is Navitas Naturals, but one of my favorite brands for Maca as medicine is Herb Pharm (liquid) or Gaia Herbs (capsules). Consult with a health care provider to determine if this could be the right supplement for you. Until next time, enjoy God’s pharmacy right outside.

Maca is today’s herb of the month because a patient living in Peru recently brought me some of the freshly harvested root. Although it’s used in Peru extensively as a food due to its rich nutritional content, Maca has numerous medicinal functions. In traditional herbal medicine, it’s often used to enhance libido, reduce hot flashes of menopause, balance menstrual irregularities, improve erectile dysfunction, enhance fertility, and improve anxiety/depression. Herbal actions include adaptogen, aphrodisiac, anti-depressant and trophorestorative. In laymen’s/laywomen’s terms, it helps us adapt to physical and mental stress, enhances libido, improves symptoms of depression and supports fertility/hormones. I’ve used this clinically to help improve athletic performance, increase libido, reduce hot flashes in women, and increase fertility in men and women. One research study even found it to improve prescription-induced sexual dysfunction in women. Another study on male cyclists found maca to increase exercise performance and sexual desire after 14 days. Other studies have shown it to increase sperm motility, reduce blood pressure and depressive symptoms, and reduce psychological symptoms and sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. I personally have been using the powder in my morning smoothies to help me adapt to physical and mental stress of life. One of my favorite brands for Maca as food is Navitas Naturals, but one of my favorite brands for Maca as medicine is Herb Pharm (liquid) or Gaia Herbs (capsules). Consult with a health care provider to determine if this could be the right supplement for you. Until next time, enjoy God’s pharmacy right outside.

Meet Dr. Meyer!

Originally from Hammonton, New Jersey, Dr. Kyle Meyer he moved to Atlanta, GA where he recently completed his 2-year residency after graduating from naturopathic medical education in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Meyer attended National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon for 4 years where he received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree and a certificate in Shiatsu massage. Before attending naturopathic medical school, Dr. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Albright College in Biology, Business, Pre-Med.

Dr. Meyer’s goals are to provide patients with the resources to attain health through the use of physical medicine, exercise, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and pain education. After his patients recover from their health imbalance, his goal is to educate others on how to maintain health using diet, exercise, lifestyle, natural remedies and food as medicine. When he isn’t aiding patients on their road to health, you can find him at sporting events, concerts, or hiking with his chocolate Labrador and his wife.

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