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Avena sativa (Wild Oats)

Avena sativa is quickly becoming a popular natural alternative to pharmaceutical erection enhancers without the dangerous side effects. Also known as Oats Milky Seed or Wild Oats, Avena Sativa is used to stimulate both men and women quickly and effectively. In men it appears to be effective for treating impotence and premature ejaculation. In women it may increase sexual desire. It also contains compounds which are soothing to the brain and nervous system.

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As a food, oats are known to be good for the heart because they keep blood fats under control. They also have other medicinal properties and are used in herbal medicine.

Avena sativa seeds are not only a rich source of carbohydrate and soluble fibre, they also have the highest content of Iron, Zinc and Manganese of any grain. In addition they contain compounds which are both sedative and soothing to the brain and nervous system. It is said to be a good herb as a nerve restorative, it is also said to be an aphrodisiac (hence the term 'sowing your oats')

Wild oats are reported to have been a noticable sexual stimulant for horses and other animals, and studies suggest they have the same effect on humans of both sexes. Dr. Larry Clapp has studied alternative virility medicines extensively and concludes that "ten drops, under the tongue, twice a day works very powerfully to enhance erectile function." Other studies have also suggested powerful results in both sexes.   
 Avena sativa has no known side effects, unlike the sometimes dangerous sexual prescription drugs. It is used as a nervous system general tonic as well as a general health tonic.

Avena sativa is often the primary ingredient in expensive sexual formulas and in the popular alternatives Herbal V, Cobra and Biogra. There is no need to purchase expensive herbal formulas. The pure herb is more powerful and is not expensive to use.

Avena sativa does not appear to interact with drugs so it is often used as a safe alternative to other herbs that are used for anxiety, such as St John's wort, which cannot be taken with many prescription medications. Avena sativa may also be of use in helping with drug withdrawal and is often combined with valerian and skullcap.

Oats are sometimes added to the bath as a topical treatment for the skin condition eczema. Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using avena sativa herbal supplements.

Latin Name:
Avena sativa

Common Names:
Wild Oats, Wild Grass, Oat Straw, Wild Oats Milk seed

Suggested Properties:
Nourishing and restorative to nerves and reproductive organs. Antidepressant. Strengthening

Loss of libido in both sexes
Premature ejaculation
Nervous system tonic
Weakness and nervous exhaustion
Restless sleep from overexcitement
Used with Valerian root to ease withdrawal from tranquilizers
PMS with scanty menstruation and cramps
Exhaustion after childbirth and during breast-feeding
Baths for eczema.


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Avena sativa

In his book, Lotus Materia Medica, Robin Murphy offers these nerve symptoms for Avena: 

"Avena sativa has a selective action on brain and nervous system,
favorably influencing their nutritive function.
The leading indications are:
Nervous exhaustion, general weakness.
Sleeplessness with nervous exhaustion and weakness.
Insomnia due to drugs or alcohol.


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Discovering Herbs:
Avena sativa (oats)
Karen MacKay

A warming bowl of porridge in the morning is a great way to start the day. As well as being tasty, it is an excellent restorative breakfast and actually has many health benefits. It helps lower blood cholesterol, stabilises the blood sugar and has a gentle calming effect helping us to face the day ahead.
It is also understandable that not everyone has time in the morning to make porridge but you can have the same health benefits by taking a tincture of the herb on a regular basis. A herbal tincture of Avena sativa, the very same oats you use to make porridge, is a wonderful restorative for those suffering from nervous debility, fatigue, neuralgia or over-work! This is because Avena is a nourishing herb, helpful in any state of debility and exhaustion, and especially relevant during a period of convalescence or when stress levels are running high. This is because of the high nutritional content of the herb, which helps to restore strength and vitality to the body.
It is particularly suited as a long term treatment in nervous debility where it makes gradual but sustained progress. This means it can be used for those with neuralgia and neuritis. A little known benefit of Avena is that, if it is taken as part of a regime for those attempting to withdraw from an addiction to alcohol, smoking, tranquillisers or other drugs, it can ease the transition and make the whole withdrawal process a lot easier on the individual undertaking it.
It is a mild sedative and helps you sleep, properties that are thought to be due to the alkaloid, gramine. Another alkaloid in Avena, avenine, stimulates the central nervous system and is the constituent that causes horses fed on large quantities of oats to become highly excitable! This illustrates nicely the concept that herbs contain a diverse range of constituents which, when taken in the correct amounts, provide a balancing effect.
So getting our oats in the form of a bowl of porridge or a dash of Avena sativa tincture can really help us have a healthy start to the day!


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Avena sativa

AVENA SATIVA has a selective action on the brain and nervous system, favourably influencing the nutritive function.
 Intimacy debility, nervous exhaustion and the morphine habit call for this remedy in rather material dosage. Best tonic for debility after exhausting diseases ie. Nerves, Chorea, Epilepsy, Post Diptheretic, Paralysis, Rheumatism of the heart (REF page 1151 Dorman's 26th edition) Colds, Acute Coryza (Acute nasal mucus), Alcoholism, sleeplessness (particularly in alcoholics and bad effects of morphine habit)
 The Chinese found when "Green Oat" was thrown into breeding ponds the fish multiplied dramatically and grew to a larger size then previously. The idiom "sow your wild oats" is well known in Western society. Pure bred horses thrive on Green oats. Hahnemann the recognized father of Homeopathy in Germany also discovered the therapeutic benefits of Avena Sativa (Green Oats) and most other botanical extracts.
 Twenty years ago the institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco began a series of studies testing the effect of Avena Sativa on the performance of female and male volunteers for a period of six weeks. Subjects were instructed to take the extract of Avena Sativa on three days of each week and record their daily thoughts, activities and evaluations daily. Results indicated a marked enhancement in stamina, intimacy and general feelings of well being. 



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Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Avena sativa
Common Name: Oats
: Aven-sat
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by William BOERICKE, M.D.

Common Oat

1. Has a selective action on brain and nervous system, favorably influencing their nutritive function.

2. Nervous exhaustion, sexual debility, and the morphine habit call for this remedy in rather material dosage. Best tonic for debility after exhausting diseases. Nerve tremors of the aged; chorea, paralysis agitans, epilepsy.
Nervous states of many female troubles.

3. Post-diphtheritic paralysis. Rheumatism of heart. Colds. Acute coryza (20 drop doses in hot water hourly for a few doses).  Alcoholism. Sleeplessness, especially of alcoholics. Bad effects of Morphine habit.
Mind.--Inability to keep mind on any one subject.

4. Head.--Nervous headache at menstrual period, with burning at top of head. Occipital headache, with phosphatic urine.

5. Female.--Amenorrha and dysmenorrha, with weak circulation.

6. Male.--Spermatorrha; impotency; after too much indulgence.

7. Extremities.--Numbness of limbs, as if paralyzed. Strength of hand diminished.

8. Relationship.--Compare: Alfalfa (General tonic similar to avena-also in scanty and suppressed urine).

9. Dose.--Tincture ten to twenty drop doses, preferably in hot water.


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