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It is also known by the names Bugloss and Burrage. It is alterative, expectorant, emollient, cardiac tonic, sedative, stimulant, diaphoretic, galactagogue, diuretic and demulcent. Borage is much used for fevers and pulmonary complaints. By virtue of its saline constituents, it promotes the activity of the kidneys and for this reason is employed to carry off feverish catarrhs. Its demulcent qualities are due to the mucilage contained in the whole plant. Internally useful for bronchial infections (including tuberculosis and pleurisy), mouth and throat infections, dry skin conditions, cirrhosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), thirst and chronic nephritis. Also stimulates breast milk production in nursing mothers. Borage acts as a restorative agent that revives and renews the adrenal glands after a medical treatment with cortisone or steroids. There is a growing need for naturals that will aid this gland with the stress it is exposed to, both externally and internally. Stimulates bile secretion and reduces gall bladder inflammation.
Borage has been used since early times to relieve depression and reduce chills and influenza. The flowers or leaves also act as an antidiarrhoeal remedy. Invigorates the heart and is also useful in palpitation and melancholia. The seeds are a good source of gamma-linoleic acid (24%), an essential fatty acid thought to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis.
Each 450 mg. capsule contains:
Borago officinalis Dried Extract (4:1) (Gaojaban) 75 mg.
Borago officinalis Powder (Gaojaban) 375 mg.