Synergy Plus Herbs

Synergy Plus


Synergy Pluss Tonic

I recommend a specific herbal medicine called Synergy Pluss to help integrate all the systems of the body in order to give extra support to the whole system (synergy). It will also help to strengthen the immune system and improve the overall functioning of the organs which will help to establish and maintain extra energy and well being.
People who have energy dips in their lives, or who have particular stress at certain times in the month or every so often which completely depletes their energy for a long time afterwards, or who have low energy after meals (the need to doze), poor concentration, poor memory, a quick fuse, anger, criticism, weakness, premature greying, headaches. These sorts of signs and symptoms might benefit from this health tonic.

What are the herbs in this health tonic?

Allium sativum (Garlic, bulb): anti-bacterial, hypotensive (lowers cholesterol and blood pressure), expectorant, anti-septic, anti-viral (common cold); anti-parasitic; chronic bronchitis. You won't taste the garlic and it won't affect your breath.

Capsicum minimum (Cayenne pepper): spasmolytic, diaphoretic; systemic stimulant, carminative, circulatory and digestive tonic, colic, circulation - peripheral insufficiency. The tonic won't be noticeably hot but its action will activate the other herbs.

Centella asiatica (Gotu Cola aerial parts) (= Hydrocotyl asiatica): vascular problems, tissue repair, significant benefits in the treatment of cellulite, varicose veins, memory loss, peripheral vasodilator (esp. lower legs), Alzheimer’s disease, Reynaud’s phenomenon, brain enhancement, skin problems, antirheumatic, action on cicatrisation after surgery.

Cola vera (Kola nuts): stimulant to higher centres of CNS, thymoleptic, anti-depressive, diuretic, cardioactive, anti-diarrhoeal; depression, general muscular weakness, exhaustion, migraine, nervine, anti depressive, debility.

Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng): adaptogen, circulatory stimulant, vasodilator; stress, depletion, (mental and physical), depression, immune stimulant. Siberian Ginseng belongs to the same family as ginseng from Korea and China. It is a common plant in Siberia, and during the past few years it has been studied extensively in the Soviet Union. The results of this investigation by the Russians have been extraordinary, showing that Siberian Ginseng causes an increase in both physical and intellectual capacities. It has become the anti-fatigue supplement "par excellence" in Russia, and is given to cosmonauts, Olympic athletes and workers doing heavy physical work. An adaptogen is an agent that "produces a state of increased resistance of the body to stress, overcoming disease by building up our general vitality and strengthening our normal body functions."

Erythrea centaurium (Centaury aerial parts): bitter, aromatic, stomachic, mild nervine, gastric stimulant; loss of appetite, dyspepsia, sluggish digestion.

Paullinia cupana (Guarana seed): nervine tonic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, febrifuge, headaches, depression, fatigue, mental sag.

Polygonum multiflorum (Fleece flower root): tonic to liver and kidneys, nourishes blood and semen, arteriosclerosis, premature graying of hair, aching back/knees, lumbago, insomnia, nourish blood, lymph gland swelling, palpitation, dizziness, abscesses and ulcers.

Stachys betonica (Wood Betony): sedative, nervine tonic; strengthens CNS and relaxes, anxiety, tension, vertigo, headaches, neuralgia, stress, hysteria.

Withania somnifera (Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha root): adaptogen, rejuvenating, balancing, strengthening, calming; relieves fatigue, nervous exhaustion, memory loss; aphrodisiac, sterility in men, sexual ailments; mild sedative, promotes calm sleep; promotes tissue regeneration; slows aging; body building (instant charge of long-lasting energy); Alzheimer’s and memory problems; arthritic pain (has natural steroidal compounds), carpal tunnel syndrome, autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), preventive to cancer, increases potency, stress. The root of this plant is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to augment the faculty of learning and memory retention, and to attenuate cerebral function deficits in the elderly. It is regarded as being particularly useful as a "nervine restorative" in those who have memory impairment and general debility, both common components of the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Adaptogenic effects have been shown in several studies, and the increase in numbers of dopamine receptors in the corpus striatum produced due to stress, was prevented by pretreatment with Withania.

I also recommend the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder for complete nutritional back-up to your system, see below.

Each Tonic is a mixture of organic whole medicinal herbal tinctures. Please note that every patient is different with differing demands and responses to herbal medicine. If you have any other questions about this or our other specific herbal tonics please contact me. I will do all I can to help you.

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Our herbal tonic medicines are carefully prepared on a personal and individual basis for your healing by medical herbalist Alan Hopking MA MNIMH FINEH.

Only whole herbs are used in our herbal medicines. Nothing else is added. If you have symptoms which you consider might be helped with herbal medicine please contact herbal practitioner Alan Hopking for a friendly confidential professional consultation. See terms and fees.

Once you have received your herbal prescription you can contact Alan Hopking at any time for more free advice (preferably by email). When you have completed your bottle of herbal medicine and if you want a repeat prescription you are requested to phone or email so that your progress can be assessed and adjustments made if necessary so that there is no break in your treatment. To order or re-order, click here.

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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK


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