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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thunder God Vine Supplement

This perennial's habitat is mainly in China, Korea and Japan. As the name already portraits, this plant might have some healing powers, but I would rather fore go those, seeing that it is highly toxic.

Thunder God Vine
Tripterygium wilfordii, Lei Gong Teng

Root of a vine-like plant from Asia.

Extract; 30 mg daily

Reduces pain and inflammation and treats symptoms of RA, lupus and other auto­immune diseases.

What we know:
Used in Chinese medicine for years, thunder god vine shows evidence of suppressing the immune system.

A 2006 review of randomized clinical trials shows that thunder god vine improved symptoms of RA, but serious side effects occurred. This root can cause stomach upset, skin reactions, temporary infertility in men and amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) in women. It should not be used if you are taking immu­nosuppressive drugs, like prednisone.

The leaves and flowers of this plant are highly toxic and can cause death, so preparation should only be made from the root.
~Arthritis Foundation.

Other side-effects I found it can cause, are diarrhea, hair loss and headache. It also seems to decrease the bone-density in women, who take it longer then 5 years. Therefore, I would not recommend it, if you have, or are at risk of, Osteoporosis.

According to a study I found on the Internet, the compound Triptolide, which can be found in this vine, might provide a treatment for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Preparations are made only from the skinned root and can be used directly on the skin, to easy Rheumatoid Arthritis pain. Besides being helpful to the above mentioned diseases and conditions, it is also used to fight Multiple Sclerosis. This vine is also believed to have anti-cancer effects.

I am not too crazy about the use of this vine, since it can cause death. So, if you plan on using it, make sure to ONLY USE THE SKINNED ROOT! Anything else, even the skin of the root, is highly poisonous. The fact that the plant also functions as an insecticide says enough. Make sure to use gloves, or wash your hands thoroughly, after having handled this plant. Do both, just to be on the safe side.

Sin is a poison, which we deal with every day. We have to turn away from it, or it will cause death. God gives us the strength to do so and made provisions for us to have eternal life.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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