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AIM Herbal Release®

A Cleansing Food

Formulated to bring out the benefits of 12 time-tested herbs, Herbal Release draws on global herbal traditions to create a unique cleansing food. For centuries, many different cultures have developed healing traditions around herbs. In Western cultures, these traditions date back to Egyptian medical records that aremore than 4,000 years old. This herbal tradition continued throughGreek and Roman times eventually leading to the regular use of herbs in the European diet.

Western civilization, however, is not the only culture with a centuries-old herbal tradition. In India, as far back as 2500 BC there are records of herbal healing remedies. In China, where much of the medical tradition is tied to herbs, the tradition dates back to at least 2500 BC.

Virtually every culture and continent in the world has a history of using herbs as part of the daily diet. Often, these traditions havemerged. Such was the case in North America, where European herbal uses and theories combined with what Native Americans practiced. Infact, with time, herbal practices from around the world have merged,and a realization has developed that many cultures use herbs in much the same way.

Today, herbs have found their way into mainstream medical practice. Active ingredients from innumerable plants are used to make modern medication. Morphine, a powerful painkiller, comes from the poppy plant. Pilocarpine, an extract taken from the jaborandi plant, is used to treat glaucoma. Vincristine, which comes from the rare Madagascar periwinkle, is used to treat leukemia. Hundreds of similar examples abound.

AIM Herbal Release® draws on this ancient herbal tradition, providing 12 herbs that have beneficial effects on the lymphatic system. This system, composed of literally hundreds of miles of lymphatic vessels and nodes, is the key to the elimination of waste products generated throughout the body.

Dead cells, one of the major components of this waste, collect inthe lymph nodes where they are passed on to the blood stream. This in turn delivers them to the lungs, kidneys, colon, and skin for elimination from the body. The lymphatic system also plays a critical role in the formation of white blood cells - the body's front line of defense against viral and bacterial invaders.

Each of the herbs in AIM Herbal Release® was carefully selected for its ability to work with the lymphatic system to produce a positive cell environment. In doing so, AIM Herbal Release™ provides benefits not currently available in any other herbal formulation.

The herbs in this "cleansing food" are sure to be a tremendous addition to your daily diet. These herbs include:

 Cascara Sagrada

In Spanish cascara sagrada means "sacred bark," a name given by 17th century Spanish explorers after they observed American Indians using the bark. Common to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, cascara sagrada's use spread with the arrival of Europeans to North America. Soon, it was shipped back to Europe,where it became one of the most widely prepared and used laxatives.It is still used today in many preparations.

 Echinacea

According to anthropologists, echinacea was the herb the American Indians sed most frequently. After Europeans observed Indian uses for the herb, echinacea became popular among Western cultures. By 1885, it was being packaged and sold as a commercial product. Today, herbalists continue to recognize its many benefits.

 Gotu Kola

Used in Asia for centuries, gotu kola is a recent newcomer to Western countries. Nevertheless, it is quickly earning a reputation for its many benefits and is now available in a wide range of products.

 Burdock

Like most herbs, the history of burdock goes back centuries,i n this case originating in Europe. It is used as a tea and also in some external applications to the skin. So old is this herb's reputation that Shakespeare refers to it in his play, As You Like It.

 Barberry Root Bark

Called a variety of names including European barberry, jaundice berry, pepperidge berry, and sowberry, barberry also has a wide range of uses. Mainly, it is the plant's bark that brings benefits as an herb, although sometimes the berries are used as well. Both have a bitter taste, so they often are added to herb mixtures or used in flavored teas.

 Sarsaparilla

Unlike the other herbs found in Herbal Release, sarsaparilla is a tropical plant, common to many parts of Central and South America. As is often the case, it is the plant's root that is used as an herb, applied externally as an ointment, or brewed as a tea for internal use.

 Buckthorne Bark

Buckthorne, a close relative of cascara sagrada, hasbeen used as an herb since the 16th century. Europeans first used the plant's berries, often mixing them with cinnamon or sugar to hide their bitter taste. Later, other parts of the plant--especially the bark--were found to be beneficial. The bark was dried and added to teas to bring out its benefits.

 Dandelion Root

Often, we simply think of dandelion as a weed that we want to remove from our lawn. Over the ages, however, it has been used as an important food source and in herbal applications. The greens ofthe dandelion are a nutritious food source. The roots are the most common part of the plant to be used in herbal mixtures. Sometimes the dried roots are roasted and used as a coffee substitute or added to hot chocolate.

 Licorice Root

For centuries we've used licorice in confections as a flavoring for syrups, lozenges, and candies. It also can be found in a number of herbal formulations. A member of the legume family (making it to peas and beans), it is the root of the plant that we grind and use.

 Chickweed

Historically speaking, chickweed is a relative newcomer to the family of herbs. Therefore, herbologists still are researching its benefits. Regardless of the varying opinions, chickweed has earned a place among the most commonly used herbs.

 Kelp

A sea-born plant, kelp is harvested from the oceans of the world, not as an herb, but as an important food source. It isrecognized as source for many minerals, including potassium, sodium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and iodine.

 Parsley

You often see parsley on your dinner plate, providing a touch of bright-green color. As an herb, however, it has many other applications, both internal and external. In fact, because of its ability to grow in a wide range of temperatures and climates, parsley is one of the most common herbs around the world.

To learn more about the herbs in AIM Herbal Release®, look for the following books at your library:--Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs edited by Claire Kowalchick and William Hylton--The Book of Herbs by Edmond Bordezus Szekely--Proven Herbal Blends by Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D.--Eat the Weeds by Ben Charles Harris

How Taken

Take 1 - 2 a day with or without meals. Goes great with AIM Composure® or AIM Herbal Fiberblend®!

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