Herbal Medicine

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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Botanical Medicine’s “Shiny Horse” Rides to the Rescue of Damaged Mucous Membranes

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. , 2006

Named for Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek myth, Sea Buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides) has been mainstay of traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Its orange berries are very rich in Omega 7 fatty acids as well as vitamin E and other compounds speed the healing and support the integrity of the skin and other mucous membranes. It may have an important role in treating irritable bowel syndrome and other gut problems.

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TCM Herbs Help Break the Stress-Insomnia-Obesity Triad

By Bob Garrison, R.Ph. and Kerry Hughes, M.Sc. | Contributing Writers - Vol. 7, No. 3. , 2006

Stress, sleeplessness and weight gain are inter-related and self-reinforcing problems that wreak havoc on an individual’s health. Researchers are starting to understand how these problems are connected. The good news is, a combination of two Chinese herbs, Magnolia and Phellodendron, can safely and effectively break the metabolic cycles that drive these conditions.

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Birth and Botanicals: Herbal Allies During Pregnancy and Lactation

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. , 2007

The idea of pregnant women taking herbal medicines makes a lot of physicians nervous. Dr. Paul Saunders believes the fear is largely unfounded. Herbs, like Viburnum, Mitchella, Rubus, Aletris, and Melissa, can safely mitigate many different health challenges during pregnancy and lactation.

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Bitter Melon May Sweeten Life for Type 2 Diabetics

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

Filipinos call it Ampalaya. Chinese people call it Ku Gua. In India it is called Karela. Your diabetic patients may soon be calling it “good news.”

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New Botanical Medicines Help Diabetics Maintain Glycemic Control

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. , 2005

As the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes continues to rise, so have the number of new natural products aimed at helping diabetics and people with insulin resistance maintain better glycemic control. Several of these products are showing real promise in the management of these difficult conditions.

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Anti-Inflammatory Herbs in the Clinic

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. , 2004

There are solid clinical trials supporting a number of botanical medicines for the treatment of arthritis, low back pain, and other chronic pain conditions. This growing body of literature includes several direct comparisons between herbs and Vioxx or other pharmaceuticals. Following are reviews of data on the most promising herbs for chronic pain, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions.

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Adaptogen Research Roundup

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

There are few human clinical studies of adaptogenic herbs in the English language medical literature, and few groups in the US have attempted to corroborate the nearly 40 years of work done in Russia, China and Eastern Europe. Following are a handful of significant studies in English:

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