Category: Herbs

Fennel for Dysmenorrhea Pain?

A study was performed in Iranand published in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (2006; 12(3-4):423-7). It compared mefenamic acid to fennel for the treatment of dysmenorrheal pain. Memfenamic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain, including menstrual pain. Two groups of high school girls were selected randomly to receive either a fennel Read More …

Depression, Dyspepsia, and Herbs

In Chinese medicine, the herbal combination known as Xinwei Decoction is used to treat patients who have depression in conjunction with dyspepsia. In a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2005; 33(2): 249-257), 73 subjects were examined using the FD (functional dyspepsia) scale and the Hamilton Depression Scale at the beginning and Read More …

Curcumin and Stress

Curcumin is a constituent of the spice, turmeric (a common ingredient in curry). Research appearing in the journal Brain Research(2006; 1122(1): 56-64) shows that it may help to reverse some of the negative effects of chronic stress. Rats were subjected to 20 days of chronic stress. The stress adversely affected their physiology, behavior, and the Read More …

Curcumin and Colitis

Turmeric is a perennial plant, botanically related to ginger that is native to India,China and Indonesia. It is a component of curry powder and prepared mustard. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to treat digestive disturbance, menstrual difficulties, pain and protecting Read More …

Cognitive Decline in MS Patients Helped by Ginkgo Biloba

A six-month double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 23 individuals with mild multiple sclerosis (MS) was performed at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Physicians noted better performance on neuropsychological tests by patients who took Ginkgo biloba compared to those who took an inactive placebo. Past studies have shown that Ginkgo slows mental Read More …

Boswellia and Cancer

A study appearing in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology (2000;46:97-103) looked at the effect boswellia had on cancer growth in female wistar rats. The rats were injected with C6 tumor cells in the right caudate nucleus (brain). The animals were divided into four groups, a control group and three groups receiving varying concentrations of boswellic acids. Read More …

Boswellia and Asthma

Research appearing in the European Journal of Medical Research (November 17, 1998;3(11):511-514) tested the effect of an extract from the herb Boswellia serrata on patients with asthma. Subjects in the study were 17 women and 23 men between the ages of 18 and 75 years of age. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study lasted six weeks. In Read More …

Berberis

Berberis vulgaris As an herbal remedy, Berberis has been used for centuries and by many cultures. It has been used by the Native Americans, European hebalists, the Chinese and by Ayurvedic physicians in India. It has been used to treat peptic ulcers, liver problems, gall bladder problems and diarrhea. As an herb, it is a Read More …

ASTRAGALUS ROOT

Astragalus is important in Chinese folk medicine. It enhances the metal element of Chinese philosophy, which has to do with the body’s defenses. It has been used to treat infections of the mucous membranes, especially the urinary and respiratory tracts. It is commonly combined with ginseng to prevent winter colds and viruses. It may be Read More …

Arthritis Symptoms and Ginger

Research appearing in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism (November 2001;44(11):2531-2538) tested ginger and its ability to reduce pain in subjects with arthritis. The study involved 262 subjects (98 males and 164 females with a mean age around 65 years). The subjects all had arthritis of the knee. The subjects were given either a standardized extract Read More …