Herbal Medicine

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.

TCM Herbs Help Break the Stress-Insomnia-Obesity Triad

By Bob Garrison, R.Ph. and Kerry Hughes, M.Sc. | Contributing Writers - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Stress, sleeplessness and weight gain are inter-related and self-reinforcing problems that wreak havoc on an individual's health. Researchers are starting to understand how these problems are connected. The good news is, a combination of two Chinese herbs, Magnolia and Phellodendron, can safely and effectively break the metabolic cycles that drive these conditions.

Botanical Medicine's "Shiny Horse" Rides to the Rescue of Damaged Mucous Membranes

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Named for Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek myth, Sea Buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides) has been mainstay of traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Its orange berries are very rich in Omega 7 fatty acids as well as vitamin E and other compounds speed the healing and support the integrity of the skin and other mucous membranes. It may have an important role in treating irritable bowel syndrome and other gut problems.

Natural Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis

By Kamyar Hedayat, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Allergic rhinitis may not be the most serious problem confronting us as primary care physicians. But it is very common, affecting up to one-fifth of the US population, including children. This amounts to 40,000,000 people. While not life threatening, it causes a great deal of discomfort, and more importantly, it can be an indicator of dysfunction of the adrenals, liver, immune system, or of dysbiosis and/or chronic stress, all of which warrant careful assessment and treatment.

Black Cohosh Compares Favorably With Drug Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

In the first head to head comparison of a botanical therapy versus a drug for management of menopausal symptoms, a standardized formulation of Black Cohosh was equally effective as tibolone, a drug widely used in Europe and Asia; the herbal formula had fewer adverse effects. Pycnogenol, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory derived from the bark of French Maritime Pine trees, can reduce menopausal symptoms while improving women’s lipid profiles.

To Sleep, Perchance To Heal: Managing Sleep Disorders Without Medications

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Chronic sleep problems are so common that many people simply accept them as an inevitable part of modern life. But lack of sleep is extremely detrimental to health. According to Anne McClenon, ND, chronic sleep loss should be considered a medical emergency. But quick-fix drugs are not the answer. Nutrients like melatonin, herbs like Valerian, and elimination of late night TV or computer use, are a lot safer and more effective in restoring healthy sleep.

Japanese Researchers Find Ampelopsis Vine Harbors Potential Hepatitis Therapy

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

It sometimes happens, given the complex nature of our relationship with plants, that one person's bane turns out to be another's balm.