Sore Throat? Cough? Toothache?

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting and working with Dr. Darshan Shah who was about to take the road most traveled as an Anesthesiology resident, but instead took the less traveled path and is healing the world through combining Western and Eastern medicine. He and his wife decided mid-way that this wasn’t the life they wanted for themselves and pursued more fulfilling pastures. He transferred into a Family Medicine residency and once complete, they travelled for a year and he found a deeper more holistic and integrative relationship with medicine. His story is fascinating and inspiring. You can learn more about him here: http://darshanpravinshah.com/

He imparted so much of what he learned during our 12-hour shift, including the use of Clove.  He was handing out recipes of clove tea to patients and asked him to explain more. I did some more research and I’ve posted some studies below. So far, I’ve used it for patients with:

Nausea

Sore throat

Cough

Toothache

Clove has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain- killer) properties. The active component is called Eugenol and it is packed with antioxidants and acts as a good source of minerals. Clove oil has been used for centuries for all of the above properties. We’ll learn more about essential oils in another posting.

Like everything else, be cautious if you’re pregnant or allergic to any of the components in the recipe shown. Dr. Shah was kind enough to share his Clove Tea recipe:

 

clove

 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1671292711601429

http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/22783715

http://japr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/04/09/japr.2013-00888.short

Image courtesy of artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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