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#3 TOP READ / CASE STUDY: Melatonin for Reflux Disease

In this second part of a special report on alternatives to proton pump inhibitors, Today’s Practitioner explores the science behind melatonin.  As the use of PPIs comes in questions for some, there are a number of integrative care doctors seeking alternatives. Long before FDA issued warnings about PPIs, Melvyn Werbach MD described a case study […]

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#7 TOP READ Research Review of Curcumin

The evidence is growing that curcumin, the substance in tumeric, should take a bigger role in the human diet for its ability to act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering agent. Western Australian researcher, Gautam Sethi, from Curtin University (Australia), and his colleagues see strong potential, based on this scientific review of past clinical […]






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#9 TOP READ Echinacea & Elderberry Reduces Flu Duration

The coincidental timing of holiday air travel and flu season poses an increased health risk for patients. Two new studies on elderberry or a combination of Echinacea purpurea and elderberry may reduce the duration and severity of symptoms from colds and flu. The first study examined the use of elderberry for travel related respiratory illness.  […]






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Thyroid Autoimmune Disease

Thyroid disorders are often treated with drug therapy, which often have serious side effects and do not necessarily treat the underlying condition leading to the thyroid dysfunction. In recent years there has been increased interest in herbs and supplements as individuals take more interest in their health and well being. (more…) RELATED ARTICLES Aristo Vojdani […]











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Garlic Has Potential Antibacterial Properties for UTIs

Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection, with as many as 8.1 million doctor visits per year, according to statistics from US Health and Human Services. Physicians are concerned about an ever increasing number of cases resistant to the antibiotics Ciprofloxacin and Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ). A new study shows that garlic may be a […]






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The Miracle of Mycelium from Medicinal Mushrooms

“Similar to medicines that come from botanicals, many of the chemicals that fungi produce to flourish in the wild are also active in humans. This is likely not a coincidence.” Stamets and Zwickey review the progress of the use of medicinal mushrooms in clinical practice and how this eclectic science (more…) RELATED ARTICLES











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Perspective & Concern about Chinese Herbal Medicine in America

As healthcare costs rise and incomes decline, many Americans who are not satisfied with western medicine have turned to alternative and complementary medicine. The authors of this paper cite how Americans are increasingly turning to herbal products and traditional Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). Though the (more…) RELATED ARTICLES Using a […]











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Op/Ed: Curcumin Bioavailability & Efficacy

    Editor’s Note: This opinion column is in reference to an article posted earlier this month. Clinical Utility of Curcumin Extract, by Gary N. Asher, MD, MPH; Kevin Spelman, PhD (visible in the attached slideshow). In the article, Asher and Spelman discuss the potential for curcumin and the barriers to effectiveness, (more…) RELATED ARTICLES […]






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Clinical Utility of Curcumin Extract

Turmeric root has been used medicinally in China and India for thousands of years. The active components are thought to be the curcuminoids, primarily curcumin, which is commonly available worldwide as a standardized extract. This article reviews the pharmacology of curcuminoids, their use and efficacy, potential adverse effects, and dosage (more…) RELATED ARTICLES











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Treatment For Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis By Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Randomized Placebo Control Trial

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) is a common condition that significantly affects quality of life. The prevalence rate of SAR varies between 1.4% to 39.7% of the popula- tion,2 with relatively higher rates in western countries including Australia (10%). Current western medical approaches for the management of SAR include drug… (more…) RELATED ARTICLES











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