ASTROHERBALISM: CANCER herbs

Cancer is the sign that rules the lower lobes of the lungs, the breast, the stomach and pregnant womb. It is associated with lubrication of the mucosal membrane, aspects of the emotional heart, and nourishment of self and others. It is the fourth sign of the zodiac and associated with the home and comfort. The Moon governs Cancer.

Agrimony


Agrimony: main sites of action are the liver, and the mucus membranes of the stomach and the lower lobes of the lungs. As an astringent, it benefits tissues that have become stagnant and atonic, and as a mild hepatic from the Rose family, Agrimony is excellent for skin and sensitive digestion made worse with emotional stress.



How it Can Help:


Liver: this herb soothes cramps due to stress and tension, and is indicated in tender breasts before menstruation. It helps to ease liver qi stagnation and blood stasis manifesting as painful periods with cramping and dark, clotted blood.


Lung: soothe wet coughs and can be helpful as a secondary herb in cases of bronchitis and respiratory congestion.

GI tract: promotes healing of ulcers in the GI tract, alleviates diarrhea. Promotes the assimilation of nutrients in cases of sluggish Liver.


Mucus membranes: tightens and tones epithelial tissue internally and externally, useful for pimples in cases of ‘damp heat’ and/or liver qi stagnation. Taken internally or applied externally, assist healing of bruises and slow-healing sores.



Lemonbalm


Lemonbalm: a preferred remedy for children who are feverish, restless or dehydrated. Calms nervous tummies and soothes the heart. Encourages relaxation and comforts anxiousness by instilling a sense of safety and quiet joy. Used to promote longevity. A gentle herb for the young and elderly, and most in between*. Diaphoretic, carminative and gentle ‘spirit tonic’.


how it can help:


Fevers: especially useful for fevers in children due to heat stroke and dehydration. Also helpful in cases of stomach bugs and the early stages of a cold with congestion, chills and tight muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders.

Digestion: resolves griping pains and indigestion, especially when these are brought about by stress and overwork. Gently moves the liver and spleen to promote assimilation of nutrients.

Emotions: drives away ‘black bile’ or melancholy, calms fright and debilitation caused by overwork and overthinking.

Mind: in Europe, it is used as are ‘spirit tonics’ of Chinese medicine. Promotes memory and longevity, and gently restores vitality in cases of old age or chronic overwork. Combined with Lemon Peel, Nutmeg and Angelica Root it is effective in relieving both neuralgic and vascular headaches.