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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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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College Students’ Familiarity with CAM Supplements

As parents increasingly turn to complementary and alternative medicine for their children, researchers pondered whether college students were more or less receptive to CAM. Would a history of use at home influence attitudes as they take control of their own health. These study results may surprise you about overall awareness

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Brown Algae For Medicine, From Food

Should you consider seaweed-derived therapies for your patients? For millennia, humans have been consuming seaweeds as vegetables and using them as traditional medicines. In modern times, extracted fractions have been found to contain compounds with useful properties as additives to foods and other products and with beneficial bioactivities in a

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Integrative Solutions for Thyroid Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system dysfunctions and attacks host tissues. Although the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease has not been elucidated, there are several factors that have been associated with the disorder. Factors include genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies, use of certain medications affecting thyroid function, and environmental factors including exposure to radiation, heavy metals, and chemical contaminants. 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…

Clinical Utility of Curcumin Extract

QUICK READ SLIDESHOW by Gary N. Asher, MD, MPH; Kevin Spelman, PhD ABSTRACT 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

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Ayurvedic Treatment Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—A Case Report

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by sudden onset of severe unexplained fatigue, lasting 6 months or more.1,2 Associated symptoms include impairment of neurocognitive function, non-refreshing sleep, headache, arthral- gias, postexertional malaise, muscle aches, and recurrent sore throat…

Anti-Inflammatory Activity Of The Hexane Extract Of Byrsonima Crassifolia Seeds In Experimental Animal Models

Alethia Muñiz Ramirez, MCs; Luis B. Flores Cotera, PhD; Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez, PhD Abstract Context • Byrsonima crassifolia is a tropical tree, commonly known as nance and distributed widely in Mexico and Central and South America. Since pre- Hispanic times, the seeds of the fruits have been used in

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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 for reflux disease.  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 aboutRead …

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