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Nicholas Culpeper, the famous 17th century physician, wrote that Chickweed was effective in fighting disorders of the liver, reducing swelling and redness of the face, treating various pustules and skin ailments, curing palsy, cramps, convulsions and both external and internal ulcers. In North America, The Chippewa and Iroquois tribes used chickweed as an eyewash and a poultice. Other historical uses for chickweed include: asthma, coughs, constipation, hemorrhoids, blood disorders, cancer, spasms, tuberculosis, urogenital ailments and obesity.
Inflammation is a common thread in many of these disorders, and this isn't surprising, because chickweed is an anti-inflammatory herb. It is also a refrigerant (i.e., heat reducing herb) with demulcent and emollient (soothing and softening) properties. Chickweed is renowned for its nutrient value, supplying most of the B-complex vitamins, ascorbic acid, vitamin A, calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, zinc and molybdenum. This explains its inclusion in the herbal iron formula, I-X.
Chickweed is commonly used as an aid to burning fat, both for weight loss and to break up fatty tumors and deposits. It's probably chickweed's saponins that make it valuable for this purpose. Saponins--naturally occurring steroid-like compounds-act somewhat like bubble bath. They are emulsifying agents that cause water to bond to fats, thus causing them to foam or bubble up. Saponins enhance the elasticity or permeability of almost all membranes, thus encouraging the assimilation of nutrients, especially minerals.
This ability to emulsify fats is at least partly responsible for chickweed's value as a weight loss aid. Dr. James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, recommends raw chickweed as part of a "Weed Feed" slimming salad mixture, along with dandelion, evening primrose, stinging nettle (cooked and cooled, of course'), plantain and purslane. The ability to emulsify fats is the reason chickweed is included in many of NSP's weight loss products, including SF and Fat Grabbers
Chickweed is primarily used as a remedy for irritated skin. It is typically applied topically, and considered one of the best remedies for itching. It soothes and softens skin, while reducing inflammation. Itching is due to fat-soluble toxins stored under the skin that are causing inflammation and trying to work their way out of the body. These saponins help "boil up" the fats and toxins for easier elimination. This explains why chickweed is an ingredient in Black Ointment, which draws toxins out of the skin, and in Golden Salve, which is used to heal skin irritations.
Chickweed is also part of All Cell Detox (a general cleansing formula) and V-X (a formula for uterine fibroids, used both internally and externally as a suppository). The CBG formula (short for chickweed-Black Cohosh-Golden Seal) takes advantage of chickweed's anti-inflammatory and soothing demulcent qualities, especially for use with nerve over stimulation and chronic ear infections.
Chickweed (100 caps)