Herbal 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.

Botanical Antibiotics: Oregano Oil Offers Alternative for Fungal, Bacterial Infections

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

Herbal medicine truly represents a crossroad between the culinary and medical arts. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the emerging body of data showing that a number of commonly used cooking herbs contain powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds.

Enzyme Awareness Can Clear Herb Drug Interactions Fog

By Todd Zwillich | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

Many herbal compounds are metabolized by the same set of liver enzymes, the Cytochrome P450 group, as are pharmaceuticals. A clear knowledge of which herbs are metabolized by which enzymes will help clear up much of the confusion and concern about herb-drug interactions.

Palm Oils, Breast Milk Share Potent Antimicrobial Compounds

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

Coconuts, like the human breast, produce medium-chain fatty acids, which have strong antimicrobial properties. Monolaurin, a monoglyceride of lauric acid, one of the key fatty acids in coconuts, is proving effective as a treatment for Staphylococcal and Streptococcal infections. It also appears to work against pathogenic fungi and some viruses as well.

Psychoactive Herbals: A Modern Identity Crisis?

By Todd Zwillich | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2003

PHILADELPHIA—St. John's Wort and other psychotropic herbals are making headway in the treatment of mental conditions, compelling many patients to view them as safe herbal alternatives to modern chemical medications.

A Japanese Army's Herbal Diarrhea Cure Comes to the US

By Todd Zwillich | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

In 1902, Japanese generals were preparing to confront the Czarist armies of Russia on battlefields in northeast China. It was the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, in which the two powers would battle in 1904 for control of Manchuria's vast natural resources.