Herbal Medicine

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.

New SPES Formula Offers Promise for Liver Cancer

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

A combination of herbs based on a traditional Chinese formula, is proving effective in inducing necrosis in various types of liver cancer cells.

Mushroom Extracts: Powerful Medicine from Humble Sources

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Mushrooms are mysterious, and where there is mystery, there is often medicine. Asian traditional medicine has known this for centuries, and various kinds of mushrooms occupy a prominent place in Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan medicine. A review of some modern mushroom medicines making their way into Western clinical practice.

Extracts of Coriolus Improve Survival in GI, Lung, Breast Cancer Patients

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

The coriolus or "Turkey Tail" mushroom is a common denizen of dead tree stumps worldwide. But it is proving to be uncommon medicine for a number of cancer types. Used for centuries in Asian medicine, coriolus extracts are now being studied in modern medical settings.

Hispanic Communities Show Unique Patterns of Herb Use

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Use of herbal medicine is widespread in Latin American communities, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas. People from Hispanic cultures tend to favor herbs in tea and tincture form, rather than as pills or capsules. They are also more likely to use herbal plasters, baths and poultices than members of other ethnic groups.

A Guide to Hispanic Healing Herbs

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Latin Americans use a wide range of herbal medicines that are not as common in other cultural communities. Cumin, Sage, Rue, Wormwood, and Chamomile are especially common. Drs. Jose Loera and Victor Sierpina, who have been studying patterns of herbal medicine use in Hispanic communities, are at work on a textbook to educate physicians about the most commonly used herbs in Latin American communities.