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gotu kola

Cortisol is a normal hormone found in the body. When it is in balance, it presence is necessary and positive. It is when it is over produced on a chronic basis that it becomes a problem. Stress and the average American diet filled with drinks fortified with caffeine are a big part of this problem. Caffeine stimulates the production of Cortisol unnaturally. This stimulated Cortisol production leads to an over-production which leads to fat storage especially around the stomach. There are a lot of supplements that say they reduce cortisol production. This article is to review several herbs that lower Cortisol production by lowering your stress level.

To reduce cortisol production you must get control of your stress with exercise, and the elimination of caffeine from your diet. Cortisol supplements may help but to achieve lasting success you need to change your negative patterns and lifestyle. Exercise is important to lower stress and cortisol production. Exercise also helps to balance an over production of Estrogen as well. Health comes from changes that start from within. In America, it seems to be that we demand quick fixes, a pill, or a magic wand to lose weight or improve health. It really needs to start with the basics. Herbs are tools for healing along with living a healthy life style.

At times in our life, life style changes may not be enough and we need additional help to get control of stress. I do not believe that drugs are the best choice unless nothing else works. They have side effects and are addicting. You don’t want to be under the control of addicting drugs replacing one problem with another. Here are a few herbs that will help you bring your stress level down a few notches which will lower cortisol production as well. This will help you lose weight.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica): Indian herb used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries to treat depression and anxiety. Gotu kola has been the focus of quite a few research studies here and thousands in China and India. Gotu kola also helps with food cravings and in those who binge eat. Gotu Kola is not the same thing as kola nut used as stimulant.

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Our Recommendation – Gotu Kola Extract /Centella asiatica

60 Capsules and 70 capsules


gotu kola


Rhodiola Rosea: One of the adaptogen herbs from Siberia. Has been used for centuries to boost immune function and to increase resistance to physical and mental stress. In Russian clinical studies, it is shown to be highly effective in the treatment of depression, mental fatigue, and stress. It helps the body to take up and use more oxygen. It has been shown to help in short-term memory, concentration, and audiovisual perception. There are no ill effects with it. A very safe herb.



Suma (Pfaffia paniculata): Plant comes from Central America. An adaptogen herb used to build up the body, improve immune function, and fight against stress and anxiety. Usually combined with other herbs for stress. Very safe herb with no known adverse effects.



Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis): Used in Chinese medicine to promote vitality and strength. Use for the treatment of stress, mental, and sexual function. Lignans are one of the main compounds in Schisandra. In tests Schisandra improves heart health and physical endurance.



Magnolia Bark: Used in traditional Chinese medicine since A.D. 100 to treat stagnation of qi resulting in low energy, and health problems caused from emotional distress. Of the 15 different compounds found in Magnolia Bark, the two most important are magnolol and honokiol. These two compounds according to Japanese research are 1000 times more potent than Vitamin E as an antioxidant. They are also shown to influence brain neurotransmitters in a positive way to help those with depression and stress. They are not as strong as Valium in sedation but 5 times stronger in their ability to lower stress and anxiety. Magnolia Bark according to the research does not cause drug dependence, central nervous system disruption, or a drugged up feeling.

Magnolia bark is either purchased as a tea or in cap or pill form. It helps lower cortisol production by lowering your anxiety and stress but has been proven to directly lower evening Cortisol levels. It also helps to relieve insomnia.

Magnolia Bark


Green Tea: Among the many benefits to drinking green tea is its Theanine content. Theanine is an amino acid found in the green tea leaves. Theanine content depends on the time of year the green tea is harvested.

Theanine relaxes the body without making you feel sedated as Valerian root. It is great for lowering stress, tension, and anxiety. It takes 3-4 cups of green tea to give you enough Theanine (dosage of 50 to 200 mg per day) to lower stress. Theanine also improves focus, concentration, and performance. It is not a central-nervous-system depressant such as Valerian Root or Kava. Theanine increases the Alpha waves in the brain so that you feel awake, relaxed and focused. Alpha waves are present when the brain is effectively working but not in high gear. Often because of stress the normal balance between delta, theta, alpha, and beta waves are disturbed by stress, lack of quality sleep, and over work. We end up so stressed out we accomplish less. The ability to concentrate just goes downhill.

Our Recommendation – Green Tea Extract 60 Capsules

green tea extract

Decaffeinated green tea contains little Theanine because it is destroyed in the caffeine removal process. If you are on a no-caffeine diet than a supplement would be your choice.



Praziquantel was developed in the laboratories for parasitological research of Bayer AG and Merck KGaA in Germany (Elberfeld and Darmstadt) in the mid 1970s. The World Health Organization includes it on its Model List of Essential Medicines.

Praziquantel is well absorbed (approximately 80%) from the gastrointestinal tract. However, due to extensive first-pass metabolism, only a relatively small amount enters systemic circulation. Praziquantel has a serum half-life of 0.8 to 1.5 hours in adults with normal renal and liver function. Metabolites have a half-life of 4 to 5 hours. In patients with significantly impaired liver function (Child Pugh classes B ll///d C), the serum half-life is increased to 3 to 8 hours. Praziquantel and its metabolites are mainly excreted renally; within 24 hours after a single oral dose, 70 to 80% is found in urine, but less than 0.1% as the unchanged drug. Praziquantel is metabolized through the cytochrome P450 pathway via CYP3A4. Agents thatinduce or inhibit CYP3A4 such as phenytoin, rifampin, and azole antifungals will affect the metabolism of praziquantel.

Praziquantel has a particularly dramatic effect on patients with schistosomiasis. Studies of those treated have shown that within six months of receiving a dose of praziquantel, up to 90% of the damage done to internal organs due to schistosomiasis infection can be reversed.

Although the mode of action is not exactly known at present, there is experimental evidence that praziquantel increases the permeability of the membranes of schistosome cells towards calcium ions. The drug thereby induces contraction of the parasites, resulting in paralysis in the contracted state. The dying parasites are dislodged from their site of action in the host organism and may enter systemic circulation or may be destroyed by host immune reaction (phagocytosis). Additional mechanisms including focal disintegrations and disturbances of oviposition (laying of eggs) are seen in other types of sensitive parasites.

Another hypothesis concerning the mechanism of action of praziquantel has been recently reported. The drug seems to interfere with adenosine uptake in cultured worms. This effect may have therapeutical relevance given that the schistosome, as the taenia and the echinococcus (other praziquantel sensitive parasites), is unable to synthesize purines such as adenosine de novo.

Bayer’s Animal Health Division website states, “Praziquantel is active against cestodes (tapeworms). Praziquantel is absorbed, metabolized in the liver and excreted in the bile. Upon entering the digestive tract from the bile, cestocidal activity is exhibited. Following exposure to praziquantel, the tapeworm loses its ability to resist digestion by the mammalian host. Because of this, whole tapeworms, including the scolices (plural of “scolex”), are very rarely passed after administration of praziquantel. In many instances only disintegrated and partially digested pieces of tapeworms will be seen in the stool. The majority of tapeworms are digested and are not found in the feces.”

Praziquantel is administered as a racemate, but only the (R)-enantiomer is biologically active; the enantiomers may be separated using a resolution of an amine obtained from praziquantel.

The majority of side effects develop due to the release of the contents of the parasites as they are killed and the consequent host immune reaction. The heavier the parasite burden, the heavier and more frequent the side effects normally are.

  • Central nervous system: Frequently occurring side effects are dizziness, headache, and malaise. Drowsiness, somnolence, fatigue, and vertigo have also been seen. Almost all patients with cerebral cysticercosis experience CNS side effects related to the cell-death of the parasites (headache, worsening of pre-existing neurological problems, seizures, arachnoiditis, and meningism). These side effects may be life-threatening and can be reduced by coadministration ofcorticosteroids. It is strongly recommended that all patients with cerebral cysticercosis are hospitalized during treatment.
  • GI Tract: Approximately 90% of all patients have abdominal pain or cramps with or without nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea may develop and may be severe with colic. Sweating, fever, and sometimes bloody stools may occur together with diarrhea.
  • Liver: Asymptomatic and transient increases of liver enzymes (AST and ALT) are noted frequently (up to 27%). No case of symptomatic liver damage has ever been seen so far.
  • Sensitivity reactions: Urticaria, rash, pruritus and eosinophilia in white blood cell counts
  • Other locations/body as a whole: Lower back pain, myalgia, arthralgia, fever, sweating, various cardiac arrhythmias, and hypotension



Num Mun Muay Cream is a popular hot cream used widely by Muay Thai fighters, sportsmen and athletes.

Num Mun Muay Cream deep-heating formula provides quick and effective treatment for your:

  • Pain and stiffness
  • sore muscles
  • muscle injuries

Num Mun Muay Cream when used prior to any exercise warm up reduces the chances of muscle ache, muscle strain, muscle pain, muscle cramp, pulled muscle and sports injury.



Ingredients: Cucumber extract,Vitamin E,Mineral oil,Silicone oil, Cetearyl alcohol,Glyceryl stearate, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propyl paraben, Fragrance

Cucumber Extact and Vitamin E have antioxidation effect and gently moisturize your skin.

Direction : Using figertips massage onto thoughty cleansed skin.

About Producer :

Abhai products have been developed under the direction of the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital Foundation of Thailand. A well respected medical and research establishment, whose reputation for natural healthcare is enviable. Abhai are committed to a holistic approach to achieving good health. And their work with local communities, and their continued exploration of, and engagement with, nature’s supreme ability to maintain health and wellbeing, has helped push forward our understanding of herbal approaches to human physical welfare. These are first class products, that gently and naturally work with our bodies own processes to repair and enhance.