Herbal Medicine

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.

Adaptogen Research Roundup

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

There are few human clinical studies of adaptogenic herbs in the English language medical literature, and few groups in the US have attempted to corroborate the nearly 40 years of work done in Russia, China and Eastern Europe. Following are a handful of significant studies in English:

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs in the Clinic

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

There are solid clinical trials supporting a number of botanical medicines for the treatment of arthritis, low back pain, and other chronic pain conditions. This growing body of literature includes several direct comparisons between herbs and Vioxx or other pharmaceuticals. Following are reviews of data on the most promising herbs for chronic pain, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions.

New Botanical Medicines Help Diabetics Maintain Glycemic Control

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

As the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes continues to rise, so have the number of new natural products aimed at helping diabetics and people with insulin resistance maintain better glycemic control. Several of these products are showing real promise in the management of these difficult conditions.

Bitter Melon May Sweeten Life for Type 2 Diabetics

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Filipinos call it Ampalaya. Chinese people call it Ku Gua. In India it is called Karela. Your diabetic patients may soon be calling it "good news."

Birth and Botanicals: Herbal Allies During Pregnancy and Lactation

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

The idea of pregnant women taking herbal medicines makes a lot of physicians nervous. Dr. Paul Saunders believes the fear is largely unfounded. Herbs, like Viburnum, Mitchella, Rubus, Aletris, and Melissa, can safely mitigate many different health challenges during pregnancy and lactation.