Natural Prescription Alternatives

By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Co-Medical Directors of Inner Source Health in New York

Posted on | By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc, Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc

One good way to take rose hip powder is with some applesauce. Just add three-quarters to a full teaspoon to a serving of applesauce. We will often recommending mixing rose hip powder with other herbs like arjuna, which comes from the arjuna tree, a tree native to India. Arjuna can help dilate the blood vessels, which also helps the pressure come down and allows the heart to beat against less pressure, which keeps it healthy longer because it does not have to work as hard.

Rose hips can be taken twice daily with food. You can take it along with the arjuna bark capsule at a dose of 100 mg twice a day.

Thyroid Disease Alternative: Bladderwrack

Thyroid disease has skyrocketed in the past few years. While no one is sure of the reason, many experts suspect stress, environmental toxins, and increased body inflammation is responsible. More than 80 million prescriptions are given out every year for thyroid disease.

One natural alternative to prescription drugs is called bladderwrack, also known as Fucus Vesiculous. Bladderwrack grows in both the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is nutrient–rich, and contains a fair amount of magnesium, potassium and micronutrients. Micronutrients are often not found in many other foods we normally eat.

One nutrient it has is iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack has been used in traditional natural medicine to help support the thyroid for years. This is considered helpful for those that have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid. In truth, there needs to be studies to confirm this, but anecdotal reports suggest it can be effective.

The best way to take this is in capsule form, and we suggest you take 600 mg twice a day. Have your blood checked, and look for underactive symptoms to improve (symptoms like constipation, feeling cold, dry hair, raised cholesterol, and slow thinking), as well your blood thyroid levels to normalize.

Because bladderwrack is harvested in the ocean, you want make sure you check the labels to make sure it was harvested in clean water and is contaminant-free. People who have overstimulated thyroid conditions should not take bladderwrack.

Article written by Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc
Co-Medical Director of Inner Source Health in New York

Article written by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc
Co-Medical Director of Inner Source Health in New York