Preclinical Ginger Study Shows Promise for Antiphospholipid Syndrome

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In the alternative, complementary and integrative medical community, it is well known that ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, which makes it a popular herbal supplement in inflammatory diseases. This new study offers insight into what happens when researchers and physicians, who are not familiar with its beneficial properties, areRead …

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Study Shows Goldenseal May Interact with Metformin and Compromise Glucose Control

Diabetic patients taking the natural product goldenseal while taking the prescription drug metformin may be unwittingly sabotaging efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, as reported in a study published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Metformin was included in a cocktail of selected drugs given to participants inRead …

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Case Report: Hormonal Regulation In PCOS with Acupuncture and Herbal Supplements

From our partners at Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of menstrual irregularity and hyperandrogenism in women of reproductive age. Conventional treatment is centered around the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) to regulate menstrual cycles, protect against endometrial hyperplasia, and manage clinicallyRead …

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Chicory and Chicoric Acid Show Potential Health Benefits

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Chicoric acid, a hydroxycinnamic acid, derived most commonly in the roots of chicory (Cichorium intybus), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), and basil. Each possesses a variety of health benefits, such as antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, weight management, and neuroprotector. A number of companies are selling chicory root as a dietary supplement forRead …

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Medicinal Plant Extracts and Their Use As Wound Closure Inducing Agents

Throughout history, compounds have been used from nature to assist with wound closure. As this study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, suggests, “despite the discovery of antimicrobial agents, antiseptics, and anti-inflammatory drugs, the wound closure process is challenging in the clinical setting of modern medicine. “Plants and naturalRead …

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Pistachio Hull Essential Oil May Combat Candida sp.

In immunocompetent subjects, Candida sp. are generally responsible for mucosal infections, including thrush and vaginitis, which can lead to invasive candidiasis in immunocompromised patients, with emerging species becoming multi-drug resistant. Candida sp. represent the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. In this work, researchers evaluated the activity of anRead …

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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

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The Miracle of Mycelium from Medicinal Mushrooms

“From an evolutionary and survival point of view, it is safer to avoid that which is poorly understood yet so powerful.” Medicinal Mushrooms fall in this category, as some can save your life and others can kill you.   Paul Stamets, Dsc and Health Zwickey PhD writes in a recent commentary

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VIDEO: GI Botanicals for Optimal Digestive Support, by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

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As clinicians, we always strive to give our patients the right tools to succeed in their personal health and wellness goals. To that end, a focus on gastrointestinal health is a key component of any comprehensive treatment plan. As Hippocrates said 2400 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.”Read …

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Perspective & Concern about Chinese Herbal Medicine in America

It is estimated by the World Health Organization that 80% of the world population uses herbal medicine. And 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

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