The main use of the bladderwrack as an herbal remedy is based on its high content of the essential mineral iodine, as an herbal remedy the bladderwrack is used in the form of an anti-goiter medication - the success rate of such treatments is very high. The main action of the remedy is in bringing about an increase in the thyroid glands production of hormones, the bladderwrack does this by raising the metabolic rate and functioning of the gland, at the same time, impaired thyroids seem to respond best to the treatment and the bladderwrack may not promote the same metabolic increases in healthy glands. In another role, various rheumatic conditions are also believed to be rectifiable by the use of the bladderwrack based remedies.
Harvesting of the bladderwrack is conducted throughout the year as the seaweed growth is not limited by seasons; the bladderwrack is native seaweed of the shores along the North Atlantic and in some areas of the western Mediterranean shoreline.
A comparative trail on weight loss demonstrated that patients on bladderwrack tended to lose much more weight than those who did not, this trial was conducted in Italy in the year 1976, and it involved a comparison between a controlled group given no bladderwrack and a test group given bladderwrack as a food supplement.
Bladderwrack contains phenols, polysaccharides, and minerals, especially iodine (up to 0.1%). The polysaccharides are immune-stimulant. The iodine may stimulate the thyroid gland.
The bladderwrack can be taken as an useful dietary supplement in the form of tablets or it can be taken in the form of an infusion that can be prepared by pouring a cup of boiling water over two to three teaspoonfuls of the dried herb, and letting the herb steep in this water for ten minutes by leaving it closed with a lid. The resulting infusion can be drunk thrice every day as a part of the treatment.
TINCTURE - The tincture prepared from the bladderwrack can be used in the treatment of a thyroid deficiency, it acts within the body by gently stimulating the metabolic processes, and this form of the remedy is also very effective in the treatment of all types of rheumatic disorders affecting patients. INFUSION - The bladderwrack can also be used in the form of an herbal tincture to treat a variety of conditions affecting different patients. The bladderwrack in this form is often utilized in various programs to reduce the weight of obese individuals; this is particularly effective where the obesity has come about due to very slow metabolism in the person. At the same time, this treatment using infusion of bladderwrack is not to be taken as some quick technique at losing weight and is only for the use of specific individuals, it is not a magical weight loss agent. TABLETS/CAPSULES - Bladderwrack is also taken in the form of herbal tablets and capsules, these are normally used to stimulate the metabolic rate in the body, and dosage can vary from three to six tablets or capsules every day. In people affected by obesity due to thyroid under activity, these tablets and capsules may be able to bring about significant loss in body weight. INFUSED OIL - The bladderwrack is also used to make infused herbal oil, this can be prepared by macerating about half a kilo of the dried bladderwrack and soaking it in half a liter of sunflower oil, this can then be left overnight to allow the herb to infuse into the oil. Once this infused oil has been prepared, the oil can then be heated in a water bath for up to two hours and then carefully strained to remove the particulate matter in the oil. The oil thus prepared can be used topically as a rub for the treatment of rheumatism and the pains resulting from arthritic joints in the body.
This herbal formula is actually a potent blend of a number of roots and it has a somewhat bitter flavor. Owing to its bitter taste it is advisable that you use this formulation either in the form of a tincture or in capsule or powder forms. The endocrine strengthener is given to young women enduring severe symptoms of hormonal imbalance like acne, profuse bleeding, delayed menses and/ or painful menstruation. The recommended dosage of this herbal formulation is taking two '00' capsules daily - one in the morning and another in the evening. Alternatively, it can be taken in tincture form in dosage of 1/4 teaspoon thrice every day.