A Review of Herbal Treatments for Viral Respiratory Tract Infections

Viral respiratory infections (VRIs) like the common cold, viral pharyngitis, acute bronchitis, and influenza (flu) are among the most common human illnesses. Annual vaccines for flu lack acceptance and have variable efficacy. There are no vaccines for other VRIs, and the flu vaccine cannot prevent them. Conventional treatments for VRIs are generally lacking; even neuraminidase inhibitors (e.g., oseltamivir, zanamivir) are

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Aloe Vera Juice Improves Thyroid Function in Patients with Subclinical Hypothyroidism

The leaves of aloe vera (Aloe vera syn. A. barbadensis, Asphodelaceae) contain more than 200 phytochemical substances, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, active enzymes, anthraquinones, sterols, lignin, saponins, and salicylic acids. Among its amino acids, the most abundant one is arginine; the rarest one is tyrosine, a precursor to thyroid hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine). These authors examined the effects of

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Do You Need to Boost Your Digestive Enzymes?

“You are what you eat,” has never been a more important statement, given the latest science in digestive health. Decades of research has confirmed the role the gut plays in your health. A healthy gut can boost your mood, energize your metabolism, and support a vigorous immune system, among other things. On the other hand, an unhealthy gut may do the

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Need Low Sodium Foods? We’ve Got You Covered!

When people talk about sodium, they usually mean table salt — technically, sodium chloride. Around the world, people use salt to add flavor and verve to savory dishes. We eat salt because the body requires it to send nerve impulses from the brain to the body, enable muscle contraction, and act as an electrolyte, regulating your blood pressure and blood volume. However,

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The 7 Healthiest Cooking Oils: Plan Ahead for the Holidays!

When it comes to the cooking oil in your cupboard, plant-based oils made from fruit, seeds, nuts, and grains are the way to go. They are a healthier choice than animal fats which have all the health disadvantages of meat. From familiar olive oil to exotic macadamia oil, plant-based oils can be rich and flavorful or light and neutral. You can use

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Echinacea Mouthwash More Effective than Chlorhexidine in Decreasing Oral Microbial Load in Intubated Patients

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common bacterial infection among patients in intensive care units (ICUs). For patients placed on a ventilator, the risk for nosocomial pneumonia and mortality is higher than for other patients. The use of anti-bacterial mouthwashes is recommended to prevent the occurrence of VAP. Among the available mouthwashes, chlorhexidine is highly effective in reducing dental plaque and

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Food as Medicine: Anise (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae)

Anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae) is an herbaceous annual that grows to almost a meter (3.3 feet) in height.1,2 The lower leaves of the plant are dark green, heart-shaped, and shallowly lobed, while the upper leaves are feathery. In the summer, the plant produces small, white flowers in an umbrella-shaped head, and, in the fall, these flowers produce aromatic fruits that are three to

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