Written Apr 23rd, 2017 by Melissa Potter
Canadian Catalog Update: More Herbal Tinctures
We are consistently seeking to improve the Fullscript platform. Through your feedback and suggestions, we were able to identify key supplement coverage gaps within our Canadian Catalog. Over the coming weeks, our Product Catalog team will continue to review your feedback with the goal of increasing product coverage within the Canadian Catalog for specific conditions.
For our first update, we’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded our selection of tinctures.
Canadian Catalog Update #1: Herbal Tinctures
Herbal tinctures are highly concentrated herbal extracts that are made by soaking herbs in a powdered or freshly ground form to a solution mix of alcohol and water. During this process, the active constituents are extracted from the plant fibres into the liquid. After soaking, the leftover herbal matter is separated from the liquid to provide you with a smooth and potent herbal extract.
Due to the active constituents already released into the liquid extract, tinctures are very easily absorbed by the body. Herbal capsules need to undergo digestion for the active constituents to be released, where the herbal tinctures are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. This method is especially helpful for quick relief.
In addition to easy absorption, tinctures also have a variety of benefits compared to capsuled herbs:
- There are no binders and fillers.
- Tinctures can be applied topically in some cases.
- They have a longer shelf life (some can be stored for years without loss of effectiveness).
- They are administered in drops which provide flexible dosing.
- A great option for those individuals who cannot swallow pills.
- Helpful to patients who are on multiple medications, reducing the risk for possible interactions due to its simplistic ingredients.
We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our current line of St. Francis Herb Farm products to include some of their most popular tinctures - with more suppliers coming on board soon.
Here are some of the new tinctures that are now available on Fullscript Canada:
Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to relieve inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract. Slipperly Elm is a great source of mucilage and is used as a prebiotic to stimulate growth of health gut microbes, as well as being a nutritive tonic for the digestive tract, for inflammatory conditions, gastritis, and ulcers.
Used in Herbal Medicine to help treat digestive disturbances (dyspepsia) and to help increase bile flow (cholagogue and choleretic). Dandelion is used for gallstones, bile stimulation, muscle aches, indigestion, constipation, and flatulence. It is also beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, rheumatic conditions, stiff joints, and eczema.
Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as an antispasmodic for muscle spasms and also for menstrual cramps. Crampbark is used to relieve cramps, including muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, and cramps during pregnancy. It also acts as a uterine relaxant to help prevent miscarriage. In addition, it is useful in controlling nervous bowel and colicky pain from the gut (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome).
European barberry bark, root, and root bark are used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, gallbladder, and kidney, as well as the urinary tract, respiratory tract, and heart and circulatory system.
Fenugreek - Blessed Thistle
Used in Herbal Medicine: (1) as a nutritive tonic; (2) as a galactagogue to help promote milk secretion; (3) as supportive therapy for the promotion of healthy glucose levels; (4) to help reduce elevated blood lipid levels (hyperlipidemia).
Goldenseal is used to treat colds and upper respiratory tract infections, nasal congestion, inflammation of vaginal and urethral mucous membranes, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the urologic symptoms (e.g. weak urine flow, incomplete voiding, frequent daytime and night time urination) associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Schisandra is used as an adaptogen to increase resistance to disease and stress, enhance energy, physical performance, and endurance, improve vision, boost muscular activity, and raise cellular energy. It is also effective for hepatitis, liver protection, and the prevention of premature aging.
How else could the Fullscript Catalog be improved in Canada?
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