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Oat Seed
Oat Straw
Oregon Grape
Osha Root

Oat Seed (Avena sativa) Antispasmodic; soothes and supports nervous system; for depression, insomnia hysteria, irritation, anxiety. Helpful in breaking addictions.

Oat Straw is said to promote healthy skin. Traditionally it has been used during times of insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Some herbalists consider Oat Straw to be a superb tonic for the whole system, helpful for both physical and nervous fatigue. It has also been used for colds, especially if recurrent or persistent.

Octacosanol was identified by Professor Thomas Cureton at the University of Illinois as the component of wheat-germ oil that improved strength, reaction time, and endurance. His studies were conducted over a 20-year period and involved weightlifters, swimmers, wrestlers, and track and field athletes. Octacosanol is a solid white alcohol, whose exact mechanism of action is still unknown, although some evidence suggests it works to improve the efficiency of transmission of nerve impulses. This came from studies showing that patients with Lou Gehrigs disease and Parkinson's reported some gradual improvements in neuro-muscular coordination when taking octacosanol. Many customers who run, bike, or engage in other endurance sports have reported a strengthening and steadying effect from octacosanol.

Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia spp.) Liver and blood cleanser; cholagogue; anti-bacterial. Stimulates digestion and absorption. For sluggish liver, hangovers, acne, eczema.

Ornithine is a natural amino acid not found in proteins. Produced in the body from L-arginine, L-ornithine can be converted back into L-arginine or into L-glutamic acid or L-proline. It plays a role in stimulating the release of growth hormone, insulin and other hormones. Growth hormone stimulates overall protein production and is mildly fat burning, by causing fat cells to release free fatty acids and the liver to increase the rate of fat burning. Pearson and Shaw, in Life Extension, suggest that L-ornithine is effective against autoimmune arthritis and against the formation of tumors in mice. It also is thought to be helpful in reducing fatty deposits in arteries, stimulating wound healing through stimulation of growth hormone release, and regenerating the liver. Large quantities of L-ornithine may be tolerated differently by different people according to their biochemical individuality. L-ornithine may increase the severity of symptoms in some schizophrenics.

Osha Root (Ligusticum porterii) Strong antiviral, used for herpes, sore throat, colds, flu; bronchial expectorant; immune stimulating properties. (top)