More than 80% of people across the world now use herbal medicine as a means to help their diseases. I even know some conventional MD's who now call me asking about plant medicine. It is encouraging. Possibly before I turn 100, plant medicine will be part of mainstream conventional practices.

A patient recently gave me a plant called Ashitaba that she has been growing and using with a doctor for the treatment of diabetes. There are many herbs used in diabetes such as Gymnema, Bitter Melon, and Cinnamon. There are also many supplements such as chromium, vanadium, and alpha lipoic acid that can be used. 

Ashitaba is often called the treasure plant, or the longevity plant. This plant is native to Japan and called Angelica Keiskei Koidzmi. Ashitaba means "earth growth " as it has regenerative properties. I have been reading about the benefits of this plant since I was given a cutting in a cup. I placed it on my terrace out of direct sunlight.

It is sometimes mistaken for celery and has been used since ancient times. It has many great benefits. Some of these include: increasing metabolism, fighting constipation, helping all gastrointestinal problems, fighting infection, helping with sugar metabolism, helping with fertility problems, and being a good nerve growth factor.

More needs to be researched about this amazing plant.

Until tomorrow...