Herbal Medicine

Does Elderberry Cause "Cytokine Storms" in COVID Patients?

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Elderberry is a staple in many natural medicine toolkits, especially during cold and flu season. Many people are now turning to it as a preventive or therapeutic treatment for COVID-19. It may have some merit in this context, but recent reports that the beloved botanical can set off a storm of hyperinflammation have called its immune-boosting power into question

Climate Change Takes Toll on Herbal Medicine

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists predict that environmental shifts will impact the ability of medicinal plants to grow and thrive in affected regions. Botanists across the world are shining light on the ways that climate change could fundamentally alter the practice of holistic medicine.

Cinnamon Induces Apoptosis in Cancer Cells

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Outside the kitchen, cinnamon stacks up as a powerful anti-cancer ingredient in a recent European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry paper. Research shows that the beloved culinary spice possesses multiple cancer-fighting properties, including an impressive ability to induce apoptosis.

Botanicals Can Ease the Silent Suffering of Incontinence

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Urinary incontinence is far more common than many people realize. Those affected often feel ashamed, and they hide their suffering. Further, the commonly prescribed drugs can cause adverse effects so unpleasant that patients choose to forego treatment. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Several botanical medicines, used in combination, can safely address urinary dysfunction without the concerning side effects.

In New Self-Policing Effort, Herb 
Industry Urges, “Burn, Don’t Return”

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Leaders in the dietary supplement industry have a sharp new directive for manufacturers who discover adulterants or contaminants in botanical raw materials: “Don’t Return It, Burn It.”

The innovative self-policing policy, launched in October, and supported by all the major herbal industry trade groups, puts direct economic pressure on raw materials suppliers to improve the quality of the ingredients they sell into the US market.

Webinar: Pediatric Immune System Support

By Erik Goldman

Ped Immune Webinar

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Many of our patients experience daily immune system challenges, and children are no exception!  Stress, busy school & extracurricular schedules, and erratic or poor eating habits can all impact the body’s natural defense mechanisms.

On top of that, there’s exposure in schools to a whole new host of germs.

Kids’ immune systems really have to ramp up for the fall! 

In this free webinar, Jaclyn Chasse, ND, Vice President of Medical Education at Emerson Ecologics, will look at the top ways we can support the immune health of pediatric patients as they move into the fall & winter seasons.

Dr. Chasse discusses:

  • The most common pediatric immune support questions Emerson's Ask the Experts hear most often from our clinical community (and our answers)
  • The Top 5 immune support products she recommends for children, both for long-term and short-term support (a.k.a. What every family should have in its medicine cabinet!)
  • How to make safe recommendations for children, including appropriate dosing guidelines
  • Other recommendations for holistic immune support, including dietary changes, lifestyle support, and at-home therapies

 

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This webinar is for educational purposes and is not intended as medical advice or to diagnose or treat any health condition.

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Jaclyn Chasse, ND, is the Vice President of Medical Education & Wellevate at Emerson Ecologics, and a practicing naturopathic physician specializing in men's and women's reproductive health and infertility. She is a graduate of Bastyr University where she also holds an adjunct position, and has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has co-authored several scientific journal articles in the field of medical biophysics and integrative medicine, and has been very involved throughout her career in improving healthcare access and education. Dr. Chasse is the immediate Past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Webinar: CBD for Anxiety & Depression--Case Studies & Clinical Pearls

By Erik Goldman

CV Sci Shunney Webinar

 

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Information about CBD (cannibidiol) and the endocannabinoid system is everywhere these days. So are claims about the health benefits of CBD. As compelling as these topics may be, the information presented is rarely clinically applicable.

What practitioners want--and need--is more information and guidance on how to use CBD safely and effectively in clinical practice.

In this free need-to-know primer, Aimée Shunney, ND, will share 3 case studies from her practice focusing on the use of CBD to increase stress resilience, reduce anxiety, and manage depression.

From these cases, she'll draw out key clinical pearls for patient care strategies, avoidance of drug interactions, selection of products, and more.

 

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Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about three patients’ successful experiences using CBD for depression and anxiety
  • Explore dosing strategies and practicalities of dosing titration
  • Review known issues with cannabinoid-drug interactions
  • Discuss challenges with extreme variation in products, including full spectrum products vs isolates
  • Learn various ways to balance the endocannabinoid system
  • Gain a clear understanding of how to choose superior products

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Dr. Aimee Shunney HeadshotAimée Gould Shunney, ND, is a naturopathic physician in private practice since 2001, currently at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. She combines western medical science with evidence-based natural therapies including diet, exercise, lifestyle coaching, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and bio-identical hormones. She specializes in women’s health and bio- identical hormone balancing as well as menopause, menstrual issues, sexual dysfunction, thyroid optimization, stress management, and digestive health.