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If you are a woman with gut issues, then this
episode is for you. I am Daleen, you are watching Natural Medicine World, and we are filming
from Cape Town, South Africa. In a previous episode, we asked Dr David Nye what
could possibly be a natural solution for gut related issues. And he suggested a herbal
remedy made from various different extracts in tincture form. Now Progast is such a remedy
and I asked the CEO of Tara Pharmaceuticals, Paul Bosman, if he would be up for a challenge
in showing us a before and after film interview with a patient taking Progast drops. And Paul’s
exact reply was: ‘Why not? Let’s go big!’ These are real people: Dr David Nye and the patient,
Maya. I see from your questionnaire that you have a lot of issues with your gut and sinuses.
So I wonder if you could tell me a bit more about them, how long have they been bothering
you, what symptoms do you have and what can we do to help you? Look it’s been years and
years that I’ve had a problem with my stomach. Probably even since my teenage years. I’ve
always just found that my stomach gets unhappy with things. Stress can often be a trigger,
but recently the reason I’m here is that its really got worse. I picked up a bit of a virus
and since then my stomach is really not settling down again. Generally, with my gut its bloating.
I get terrible bloating, especially after eating, and after the evening meal. So sometimes
I go out for dinner and I actually walk out like I am six months pregnant. And it is that
awful bloating and the pain that is associated with it. So probably the best way to describe
it is I feel like sometimes it is as if I am eating glass and I am trying to digest
glass. It is such a sharp pain. It is really uncomfortable. Obviously, it is difficult to
sleep and it is just really unpleasant. Ok, have you noticed any particular foods that
affect your gut and how they affect your gut? Well definitely the bread, so cutting out
all the bread has made a big difference. But I kind of sometimes feel it is anything I
eat. I have been trying to work out what it is, so sometimes I think it’s nuts, you know
if I am eating nuts. I wonder also sometimes seeds – things that have high roughage. I
think that could be triggering it. Then I worry things like cabbage, maybe, that are
creating the bloating – so it is actually quite difficult. And sometimes I’ll eat a
meal that I think has got nothing in it, that can trigger me, and I still have a sore stomach
afterwards. It can be very confusing and sometimes very difficult to pin point what foods might
be triggering it, because the problem with food intolerance is that they are not like
an allergy which can react quickly. They often have a delayed affect, so you might have something
that you’ve eaten on a Monday, and it only cause a reaction on a Wednesday, and that’s
then very difficult to tie in and so this is why it can be very difficult to determine
by process of elimination what foods might be problematic. And so, with simple blood tests
we can test 220 different foods and this will give us some good guidance as to what foods
you need to eliminate from your diet. What we also need to do obviously is we need to
do a physical examination. You’ve had a colonoscopy done already, so we don’t need to do that
again. We might do some blood tests to test your vitamin D level, because vitamin D3 is
very important for protecting the gut. And other tests that we would like to do is a
stool flora analysis, whereby we can analyse the concentration of probiotics vs unwanted
bacteria in the gut, to see wether you have any deficiencies or otherwise of the good
probiotics, and to see if there is any overgrowth of unwanted bacteria or yeast or candida or
things like that. With that information we can then go about correcting that. And once
we’ve got the results back, we are going to put all that together into a leaky gut treatment
protocol to really try and correct the gut microbiome, the leaky gut nature of it – all
of which is leading to your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and even to your sinus symptoms.
In the meantime, I am going to give you some herbal drops, which has a combination of 10
different herbs in it. Some of those herbs are really good for… there is like ginger
in there which is very soothing for the stomach. There’s slippery elm which is also very good for the
lining – or soothing the lining of the gut. It’s got liquorice, it’s got melissa and several
other good herbs in there. And these are all going to have an affect on dealing with the
symptoms that you are complaining of. It is in a tincture form, which means it is very
well absorbed – so it is not like a capsule that has to dissolve first. It will get absorbed
very quickly. You just take 20 drops three times a day and that should give you some
good relief until we get your results back. Great! If you are interested to see where Progast
is manufactured, come with me. Good day. My name is Paul Bosman, I am the responsible
pharmacist and managing director from Tara Pharmaceuticals. I am happy to say that the
product Progast is manufactured at a GMP facility Afriplex, under the leadership of responsible
pharmacist Robert Longrigg. Hi I am Robert Longrigg, the responsible pharmacist at Afriplex.
We are proud to be associated with Tara Pharmaceuticals, an ethical marketing company, producing a
product for them called Progast. Let’s ask Robert how a tincture is made. It is macerated
for five days in ethanol. it is a very critical process, a one to ten dilution, pant to extract
ratio. And once that is done, we then press the product and we then have an intermediate
tincture. To get that now into your product we then have to further concentrate it further
by process of evaporation to remove all the ethanol off. And we get a highly concentrated
tincture and then we reconstitute it back up to the 25% ethanol for the preservability
of your product. Which is important for stability reasons, and also for safety in terms of ethanol
and usage in children. I am very happy that Progast is manufactured at Afriplex – a high
quality product that is stable, consistent from batch to batch and effective. So patients
that get it out there will know that each product within each batch – they will have
the same product each time. So this is where the quality comes in. The quality we start
already from the raw materials side. All raw materials are tested when they arrive. We
have a vast array of equipment to test the products. We use FDR which is an infrared scanning process. We use thin layer chromatography to prove that the plants is consistent. Once that is then done, we can release the raw materials for manufacture. And when the product
is manufactured it once again goes through to quality control for testing. We then test
the final product to make sure that the actives are inside. We then also look at the ethanol
content for the label claim. We test that. And we put the product onto micro-biological
testing to make sure there is no bacterial growth in the product. Once that’s all done,
we can release the product and issue you with a certificate of analysis and release to market.
Hi, welcome back! We’ve got the results of the test back, but first of all I would like
to find out how you have been doing with the herbal drops that I gave you. You were complaining
of quite a few symptoms. And I would like to know how the drops have helped you – if
they have changed anything, if anything is worse or better. If you can just tell me what’s
happened with the drops. No the drops have made quite a significant difference. I can’t
say I am completely cured, but they definitely helped settle my stomach. So, I find that
when I am getting that – remember I described that glass – sort of swallowing of glass feeling,
that really helps. It reminds me to go take the drops. And I kind of feel there’s a, it’s
almost a warmth that goes through my, into my gut and it sort of feels like it is all
just settling and calming it down. So I suppose in my head, psychologically I sort of think
of this inflamed stomach that kind of just starts to perhaps be a little less inflamed
and a little bit more settle. That sounds good. Ja it definitely helps. And that’s what
you need – you need something just to elevate when you are in that pain. What about bloating?Has
it helped with that? Yes I think it has helped with the bloating. I suppose my main concern
is always the pain. So when I take it and I just have that warming feeling that definitely
helps. I haven’t been, I know I am suppose to take it three times a day, but I do forget.
I am bad at remembering things. That is human nature. So that is why I am saying the pain
is a good reminder and I think oh, let me go take those drops and I do and it definitely
makes a difference. Good. What about the cramping. I think you complained of cramping as well
or not really? No not really, when I had a virus the cramping was a problem, but not
so much now. Its more that feeling of, its the bloating and that feeling of digesting
glass – I suppose its best explanation. Has it affect your regularity at all? Hmm, possibly.
I have definitely been more regular, so I hadn’t put that two and two together but yes.
It possibly has as well. Good. So it looks like it ticks quite a few boxes. It does yes.
Good. So we got your results back. And the intolerance test we tested 220 foods. Let’s
see which foods are the inflammatory or what you are intolerant to. On top of the list
is the cow’s milk, which think you were not surprised about, I think you suspected that
already. Unfortunately, sheep’s milk and goats milk and almond milk as alternatives would
also be excluded. But eggs and one or two other things are also on the list. This is
a list we need to go through in detail. You need to avoid those foods for a period of
time and while we are working on the rest of the gut. We’ll find that once we’ve done
the leaky gut protocol, which takes you about four to six to eight weeks, you should be
able to reintroduce some of these foods one by one and you might well find that quite
a lot of these foods could be reintroduced quite happily. Some the foods might need to
be avoided for a longer period of time. So the other test that we dis is your stool flora
analysis. We’ve got that back and that shows that your probiotic levels are quite reduced.
So we need to boost up your probiotic levels. This gives us three specific ones to work
on. And it also shows three overgrowths of different bacteria. These are not pathological
bacteria in the sense that they are going to causes illness, but they are causing an
imbalance and so it’s important that we address that and try to get rid of that bacteria so
that they – we can reach an equilibrium again. And the other, the last thing that we find
is that you have a candida overgrowth as well. This can certainly be problematic and we need
to eliminate that as well. So by boosting your probiotics levels and getting rid of the bacteria
and candida, we can certainly do a lot in helping the gut microbiome to recover. So
to conclude, for any gut related symptom relief, there is definite benefits in trying Progast.


  1. This product is like iberogast that I used before. Iberogast helped with temporary relief of symptoms. I discovered that my problem was candida overgrowth in my gut after the doctor gave me more antibiotics than I needed at that time. Thank God I'm fine after treating candida with apple cider vinegar by drinking it with warm water day and night for three days.

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