also, will help lose weight... overall, I feel this is one of those forgotten super supplements that has many uses for maintaining good health! My Naturopath prescribed it years ago, but never told me why... I read up on it and decided to start taking it again to help me treat & maintain my many health problems (likely rooted from my 39 years of initially untreated Lyme Disease).
I have tried several supplements from them and I never feel the affect that I have from other well known brands like: Doctors Best, Now, Enzymatic, Jarrow, Natural Herb, Solaray, Nature's Answer, Thorne, etc. Now I try to avoid this brand if there are other brands available for what I am looking for. Price is useless if it doesn't work as well... sometimes you really do get what you pay for, especially, when it comes to supplements!
I kept getting bursitis in misc. joints (likely due to offending antibiotics use which now I avoid & my Lyme Disease making my joints more susceptible)... l read something about Cissus on the web to help joints heal from injuries. I added it to powder Shilajit (I think that is how it is spelled) and took Cat's Claw Liquid Extract every day 3 times a day... I have Lyme Disease, so I was actually using these to amp up a new Lyme Treatment I was trying (which contained stuff I had taken in the past, just not together)... I have taken Lyme treatments in the past, but only had a lot of pain while it killed the offenders. But this time, my body experienced healing of injuries to joints and gave me pain relief. The only new things I added were the Cissus and the Shilajit, so I think they may have worked synergistically with each other, and possibly with the Cat's Claw (which is used in joint repair formulas or arthritis formulas often). Another bonus... I started to lose weight, and I have read that Cissus will help with weight loss. Several reviewers on here say they are not sure it worked, but I can tell you... it worked for me! However, every time I try to buy more it is out of stock. So, I think Iherb needs to get with the program and order more of the items that often sell out fast, because there are several products I try to buy but are out of stock ALL THE TIME! Again, today... it is still out of stock, so I have been without this product for over a year now!!! I can't seem to time my orders with when it has been in stock.... I think Iherb should allow you to purchase an item they know is out of stock but is on order for stock replenishment and at least give you the option of having it ship at a later date (when it arrives) or to save it for a later order. I believe this will help their buyer planners to order enough product to cover existing orders and still have some for people who will be ordering it shortly!!!
I think this product will dissolve over time any stones in your body (including in your liver and calcium build up in your arteries/veins)... start off at a low dose and work your way up to the maximum dose over time, because you don't want to cause blockages from multiple stones moving out of your organs and getting jammed up causing other problems. I take this for Lyme Disease as well to break down the cell walls of the offending invaders so my immune system can attack them! I have also taken this when I had symptoms of bile blockage from stones in my bile duct and it breaks them down fairly quickly helping me avoid a trip to the hospital!
But it is really strong and can cause nausea or vomiting if you don't take it with food! Grapefruit seed extract will also help your body break down cellulite. When I use this regularly I do notice my thighs do look smoother rather than lumpy from cellulite. I use the 100mg because I have a sensitive stomach, and I also feel this dose 250mg needs to built up to and not something you should start with!
So I take it as a capsule now instead to help keep my lungs clear from chronic Bronchitis as well as Mullein Leaf, and Lobelia... since buying supplements is expensive I have decided to only take these during the flue and cold season (September after school starts through March)... I will also take them if my seasonal allergies trigger bronchitis (which I actually think is triggered from the over spray in the wind from the farmers treating their crops, since this is when I get the most sick!) Anyway, they work well together!!!
I took this with Mullein Leaf, Black Seed (black Cumin Seed) capsules, Oregano Oil softgels, Clove capsules, and Artemisinin capsules to clear up a case of Bronchitis that was not responding well to antibiotics... (had 3 courses of antibiotics and decided to add these to the final course)... I do not believe the antibiotic would have worked alone because I did not feel any relief until I added these to the treatment!!! I believe that Conventional medicine is many times not enough on its own to treat many ailments... I still take prescriptions, but I also take supplements & herbs to boost results, and often times I have way better results when I combine the two instead of doing them on their own!!! Of course, prevention is better... and I can help my kids avoid illness, but my immune system seems to be out of control, so I catch EVERY THING!.. it gets too expensive to be on supplements all the time, so I do take breaks from them and this is when I usually get sick!!!
I like the plain tasting formula versus the one with mint, because the one with mint tasted like I was drinking a cleaning formula!!!! Yuck... I tried to use it up, but I couldn't... so I gave it to my plants and used it to paint open wounds on my trees that had their bark attacked by critters over the winter (saved my trees)... anyway, the unflavored formula is way better tasting, but be careful, b/c it will stain! I do not use the full dose, b/c I also take a multi-vitamin and don't want to OD on Vitamin A!
and it works well... I have also taken this in the past to do the Hulda Clark parasite treatment and I feel it was effective!
I liked this product and mixed it with Cissus to help with joint repair of my chronic bursitis and I feel that it worked very well together, by the way I was also using Cat's Claw Extract (liquid form)... I made a concoction with them in Poland Spring water (cleanest and best tasting spring water I ever consumed, better than Fiji Water!) Anyway, my joints had pain relief and I was able to move them normally again after 2 months daily use... I took them together when I woke up, around lunch time (at least an hour after eating) and before bed... better on an empty stomach for absorption in my opinion. You can read my other review on Cissus for more details.
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