Herbal Medicine

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.

Dances with Mushrooms: Clinical Researchers Discover Maitake Medicine

By Florence M. Rollwagen, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) are native to Northern Japan, growing wild in cool hardwood forests. It is said that in ancient times, people would dance for joy to find these large, tasty, medicinal mushrooms growing in clusters of 100 pounds or more. This, of course, is why they were called "the dancing mushroom."

Optimizing the Use of Cardiovascular Herbs

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Garlic, Capsicum, Hawthorn, and Ginkgo are among a number of herbs that can help in preventing or treating cardiovascular disease. Judicious use of these herbs can eliminate the need for expensive medications in many cases. Paul Saunders, ND, PhD, offers his extensive experience using herbs for heart health.

Endobiogenic Medicine: A Neuroendocrine Approach to Botanical Therapies

By Dan Kenner, PhD, LAc | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Botanical medicine in the US often amounts to "green allopathy," in which plant-derived substances are used in place of synthetic pharmaceuticals for control of specific symptoms. But plant medicine has potential far beyond symptom relief when used as part of a comprehensive system based on individualized metabolic and neurohormonal patterns.

American Botanical Council Launches Clinical Guide, CME Program

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April , 2003

Physicians wishing to expand their knowledge of botanical medicine will get a lift forward this Spring, with the publication of the American Botanical Council's ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. The new compendium on 29 common medicinal herbs is the nucleus of a home study course approved for 13.5 hours of CME credit by the Texas Medical Association. NDs can also obtain credits.

Adaptogens and Tonic Herbs: Old World Preventive Health Care for the Modern World

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

The notion of herbal "health tonics" may seem like a quaint and dubious relic of the early 1900's, conjuring up images of fast-talking hucksters selling patent medicines from the backs of their wagons as they rolled through frontier towns.