Herbal Medicine

Intensive Essential Oil Therapy: Effective Treatment for Common Acute Infections

By Corinne Adrion-Israelsen | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

In the US, most people use aromatic essential oils for relaxation and other forms of aromatherapy. In France, they have a long history of internal use for the prevention and treatment of common infections. Corinne Andrion-Israelsen, who trained in the French tradition, explores the history and clinical application of plant essential oils.

Teas, Tinctures, and Extracts: Understanding the Forms of Herbal Medicine

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

It's not just what herbs you take but how you take them. The form in which an herb is taken has a big impact on its clinical effects. Teas, tinctures, decoctions, standardized extracts and pills containing the same herb may have somewhat different effects. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a physician and herbalist, defines the different forms of herbal therapy and their merits and faults.

Herb Industry Grows Increasingly Quality-Conscious

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

As use of herbal medicines continues to grow, supplement industry trade groups are implementing a number of self-regulation systems to try and improve the quality and reliability of botanical medicine products.

Herb Side Effects Need Better Tracking: Inadequate Surveillance Leaves Data Gap

By Jim Rowe | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

While herbal medicines are generally considered to be quite safe, there are currently no laws mandating physicians to report adverse events associated with herbs to federal authorities. Similarly, there are no laws requiring the FDA to investigate reported incidents. Without better national reporting and follow-up systems, it is difficult to gauge the true safety of common herbal medicines.

Indie Labs Play Supplement Rating Game: New Product Evaluation Tools

By Jim Rowe | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Independent laboratories and private companies are jumping into the dietary supplement rating game, hoping to bridge what many see as a gap in government oversight.

NIDDK Will Test Milk Thistle in Hepatitis C: Patients Say, "Thistle Do It"

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Silymarin, a mixture of compounds derived from Milk Thistle, is a popular herbal medicine for hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and other liver disorders. Clinical trials show that these compounds have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can slow the progression of these diseases. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have begun a large-scale trial of silymarin in conjunction with conventional drugs for treatment of hepatitis C.

Colds, Hot and Cold: Herbal Approaches to a Common Condition

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

In Chinese medicine, the common cold comes in several "flavors." There are "hot" colds, "cold" colds and "part hot, part cold" colds. Each type can be treated with common herbal remedies. Dr. Marcey Shapiro explains how to use warming and cooling herbs to best effect in managing this common condition.

The Trade Name Game: A Guide to the Most Studied Botanical Extracts

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Standardized botanical extracts are sold under a plethora of different brand names, making it difficult for physicians and consumers to choose the most effective products. A guide to the most well researched herbal extract ingredients and the brands under which they are marketed.

Harvesting the Best of the Botanical Book Bloom

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Books on botanical medicine are multiplying almost as fast as the botanical products themselves. Varro Tyler, PhD, a world-renowned botanical medicine expert, now deceased, gave us his picks for essential herbal medicine reference books.

Honoring the Spiritual Roots of Plant Medicine

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Herbal medicine can take many forms. Herbs can be used as simple "green pills" for symptom relief, but they can also serve as "teachers," helping us re-connect our human lives to the life of Earth as a whole. Bill Mitchell, ND, one of the nation's true medical visionaries, reminds us "The plants…figured out how Gaia could have a relationship with the Sun in a way that supports life." He shares his views on the spiritual and practical aspects of plant medicine.