Herbal Medicine

Six Ayurvedic Herbs Every Doctor Should Know

By Omar Cruz - Vol. 12, No. 2. , 2011

With the growing popularity of Ayurveda worldwide, an many people are discovering the herbs that play essential roles in this millennia-old system of healing. Herbalist Omar Cruz reviews the properties & benefits of six of the most commonly used Ayurvedic plant medicines.

 

Open Mind & Open Heart Are Essential in Caring for People with Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Primary care doctors have a vital role to play in helping patients with cancer, even if they are not directly involved in treatment of the cancer itself. The key, says Dr. Isaac Eliaz, is for doctors to confront their own mortality and become comfortable with the reality of impermanence.

Gaia’s “Meet Your Herbs” Sets New Standard for Quality Control

By August West, Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Gaia Herbs, based in western North Carolina, has had a longstanding commitment to organic farming and rigorous quality control in the making of its botanical medicines. The company’s new “Meet Your Herbs” enables practitioners and consumers trace each product from farm to pharmacy.

Green Tea and Rooibos Tea Inhibit ACE Activity

By Shari Henson | American Botanical Council - Vol. 11, No. 2. , 2010

Data from a well-designed Swedish study indicate that green tea and Roiboos tea—but not black tea—can significantly inhibit Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, and potentially lower blood pressure. An HerbClip from the American Botanical Council.

New Study Corroborates Ginger’s Benefit in Quelling Morning Sickness Nausea

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

Ginger is widely available, safe, inexpensive, and, it turns out, one of the best possible remedies for pregnancy-associated nausea. A new clinical trial involving nearly 70 women, shows that at a dose of 250 mg, four times daily, ginger is highly effective in controlling nausea and reducing vomiting.

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Hibiscus Hems Hypertension

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

Hibiscus, a popular tea herb in many parts of the world, can markedly lower systolic blood pressure in type II diabetic people with mild hypertension, according to a recent clinical trial. On the other hand, black tea tends to increase systolic pressure.

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Elderberry Extract Quells Influenza Symptoms

By Administrator - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

An extract of Elderberry (Sambucus) proved effective in reducing symptoms associated with human influenza in a new placebo-controlled clinical trial.

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Going Against the Flow: Botanical Allies Help Mitigate Urinary Incontinence

By Stephen Siegel, MD & Joanna Cohen | Contributing Writers - Vol. 8, No. 3. , 2007

Urinary incontinence is common, and incidence will only increase as the population ages. Conventional drugs often have unwanted side-effects. Fortunately, there are a number of herbal allies like rosehips, saw palmetto, and teasel, as well as homeopathic remedies that can help strengthen urinary tract smooth muscle and reduce involuntary urine flow.

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