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Western naturopathy and micronutrients


Medicinal plants and herbs are the oldest remedies known to us. Aristotle's student Theophrastus of Eresus (~ 371-287 BC) wrote one of the first works in which the healing effects of certain plants were described.

In all traditional medicines in the world there are i.dR. Plants at the center: in Ayurveda, TCM, Tibetan medicine, etc. “Phytotherapy” is probably as old as humanity itself. Presumably, people simply followed their instincts when choosing certain plants in certain circumstances. With animals, for example, you can observed that whenever they are sick, they eat certain plants that are not normally part of their diet. This “self-medication” of animals is now even a separate branch of biology research as “zoopharmacognosy”.

The Gauls, for example, Verbana was used as a sedative and mistletoe as a kind of panacea. Caraway, coriander, tarragon and saffron were widely used by the ancient Egyptians. In Mesopotamia, garlic, mustard, hemp and fennel were used for medicinal purposes. Long before it was used in cardiac medicine, foxglove was used as a laxative and wound herb. Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic applications are unimaginable without turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin. The fact that many “Western” diseases hardly occur in India is discussed by many scientists, for example. attributed to the widespread use of turmeric.

Traditional herbal medicine, based on centuries of experience, is also known as “monastic medicine” because it used to be used in ancient times.a who were monasteries that preserved and increased herbal medicine knowledge.
The best-known representative of monastic medicine is Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who is generally believed to have founded European naturopathy. Two of her works on natural medicine in particular are still relevant today: “Physica” (Healing Power of Nature) and “Causae et Curae” (Causes and Treatments of Diseases), in which a large number of medicinal plants and recipes are described. Von Bingen has also already addressed the important issue of disease prevention as part of her nutrition theory. In addition, for Hildegard von Bingen, “healing and salvation”, i.e. physical and mental health, were inextricably linked - as is the case in TCM and Ayurveda, where people and their health are always viewed holistically.

Areas of application today

In the West today, medicinal plants are mainly used.a used for colds, e.g. Thyme for coughs or sage for a sore throat. Other typical areas of application of plant medicine (cf. Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, Healing with the power of nature, Insel-Verlag, p. 256) are:

  • Anxiety disorders and stress: lavender
  • Depression: St. John's Wort
  • Sleep disorders: valerian, lemon balm, passionflower, hops
  • Liver diseases: milk thistle
  • Heart weakness: Hawthorn
  • Diabetes: Ginseng
  • Cystitis: nasturtium, horseradish, cranberries
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: fennel, anise, caraway
  • Intestinal inflammation: psyllium husks, myrrh
  • Arthrosis: rosehip extracts, turmeric, tree bark extracts
  • Incipient dementia: saffron, ginkgo

Homeopathy and Bach flower therapy

Herbal active ingredients also play a central role in homeopathy and Bach flower therapy. In contrast to Ayurveda and TCM, where it is always about balancing “too much” with the corresponding opposite (e.g. To reduce an increased Dohsa or to compensate for “heat” with cooling foods), homeopathy is about “curing like with like”. DH A preparation is administered that produces symptoms similar to those of the ailment it is intended to cure. To avoid overdoses, the active ingredient is gradually diluted. In order to still produce an effect, so-called “potentiation” takes place - a shaking that is intended to make the ingredients more dynamic.

Bach flower therapy, on the other hand, sees illness as an expression of a lack of harmony between body and soul. Accordingly, physical symptoms are not treated, but the illness should be counteracted through impulses on a mental/emotional level: based on the patient's mental state, the appropriate plant mixture will be selected, which is intended to stimulate certain mental powers and resolve blockages. 38 plants were described that are said to correspond to the 38 archetypal human soul states - such as: Fear, excessive worry, hypersensitivity to influences, etc.


In addition to herbal products, there are minerals that have been an integral part of natural medicine from the beginning. Even in ancient times, it was correctly assumed that muscle cramps resulted from a magnesium deficiency and that red blood cells absolutely needed iron to bind oxygen.
In addition to minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids, these include:a also vitamins, the so-called “micronutrients”, which are vital for the body.

The term “vitamins” includes a wide variety of organic compounds that are necessary for metabolism. Despite all their differences, what the vitamins have in common is that they do not serve to generate energy, but rather very specific functions, such as: as antioxidants in protecting against free radicals. If vitamins are missing, you will get sick even if you consume enough energy-providing fats, proteins and carbohydrates. With the exception of vitamin D, which can be produced by the organism itself with the help of sunlight, all other vitamins must be supplied through food.

There are both fat- and water-soluble vitamins, although only fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) can be stored in the body (the exception is the water-soluble vitamin B12).
Vitamin deficiency often occurs.a in case of malnutrition, for example A vitamin b12 deficiency is often found in vegans. A vitamin D deficiency is also often typical in our latitudes during the dark season. Athletes, smokers, pregnant and breastfeeding women also have an increased need for numerous vitamins. The same applies in times of increased stress.

Combined preparations

Our combination preparations are of great importance to us because they perfectly embody what we at QIDOSHA have set ourselves as a goal: to combine the best of the 3 worlds of Ayurveda, TCM and western herbal medicine. In close collaboration with Indian Ayurvedic doctors, TCM herbal specialists, alternative practitioners and pharmacists, we have combined ingredients in such a way that they provide you with the best possible support in dealing with various challenges. Legally, we must of course point out that there are no scientific studies on our combination preparations, so we are not allowed to make any statements about their effectiveness. We have therefore given you an overview of the current study situation for each individual ingredient and, where there are legally permissible “health claims”, we have named them accordingly.

Important for understanding the combination preparation approach is the fact that in both Ayurveda and TCM i.dR. several plants and their extracts are combined to form a complete medicinal product. In Germany, on the other hand, analogous to synthetic drugs are used.a individual plant extracts for the targeted treatment of specific complaints. “But in this way only a fraction of the potential effect of herbal medicine can probably be achieved." (see. Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, Healing with the power of nature, Insel-Verlag, p. 253)

Background for the extensive disappearance of active ingredient mixtures in the 1980s, for example occur naturally in plants, the official requirement is to name only the most important active ingredient and to describe its active principle in a so-called “Plant monograph” to describe. Since the active principle in nature i.dR. was not based on just a single substance, a large number of herbal medicines disappeared from the market at that time. Modern medicines are therefore based on a single active ingredient. This then works accordingly, for example: an aspirin with 500 mg of concentrated acetylsalicylic acid faster than a willow bark extract, which contains the active ingredient of aspirin along with other substances in natural form. However, proponents of naturopathy argue that this may be the case. would come at the price of corresponding side effects and there would be a risk that the holistic effect of the traditional medicinal plants would be lost. Multi-substance mixtures, also known as “multi-target” pharmacology, are much more adapted to the biology of the human body. The principle is: you identify herbs and plants that together enhance the desired effect but have different side effects so that they do not add up but remain below the threshold of perception.

In 2004, the legislature made approval somewhat easier across Europe, but herbal medicines were largely excluded from reimbursement by health insurance companies on the grounds that they should not be classified as requiring a prescription due to their very good tolerability (cf. Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen, Healing with the Power of Nature, Insel-Verlag).
We consciously rely on “multi-ingredient mixtures” for our combination preparations – namely the following:E Best that the teachings of Ayurveda, TCM and Western phytology provide us.

Our first four combination preparations focus on strengthening the immune system, antioxidants, detoxification and fat burning. Each preparation uses medicinal mushrooms, Ayurvedic products as well as vitamins and vital substances that optimally support the respective purpose.

Legal consumer information

German and European case law wants to protect consumers from supposedly misleading claims about effectiveness. The statements made here refer to the original Ayurvedic and TCM texts. This ancient knowledge, which is thousands of years old, is based on experiences that are passed on from generation to generation. It is not intended to claim that the products described here have an effect in the sense of western medicine. All products are nutritional supplements; they are not medications and have no medical effect. If you are sick and need medical care, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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