Ceylon Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol in Healthy Adults

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum syn. C. zeylanicum, Lauraceae; CV), a well-known spice derived from the inner bark of the tree, is indigenous to Sri Lanka and parts of India. Cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic medicine and marketed as a treatment for various ailments, including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis. Compared to cassia cinnamon (C. aromaticum syn. C. cassia), CV has a

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Clinical Trial Studies Effectiveness of Saffron in Treating Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels, and withdrawal from the use of drugs such as heroin or prescription opioids can cause acute physical and mental distress. Methadone is often used as replacement therapy in the treatment of opioid dependence since it is slow-acting and able to treat withdrawal symptoms while blocking the high associated with other opioids. Since methadone is

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Cross-sectional Survey Studies Potential for Herb-drug Interactions in Pregnant Women

Herbal and natural products (HNP) are generally considered safe, and many people take them without considering the presence of active compounds that may interact with other HNPs or prescription medications. These interactions have the potential to be severe, according to the authors. Women are the majority users of HNPs, so the possibility for herb-drug interactions (HDIs) becomes doubly concerning in

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Food as Medicine: Cherry (Prunus avium and P. cerasus, Rosaceae)

Take advantage of the fleeting cherry season to explore the fruit’s sweet side, sour side, and beneficial side. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, cherry fruit and cherry bark have been used to treat and support a wide variety of chronic inflammatory conditions. In addition, the fruit’s rich phenolic compound content has been studied for their potential benefits for sleep disorders,

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A Review of the Physiological and Toxicological Effects of Peppermint Oil in Gastrointestinal Disorders

A centuries-old remedy for a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, data indicate that peppermint (Mentha × piperita, Lamiaceae) may be beneficial in clinical treatment.  Peppermint is a generally sterile hybrid between water mint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata) thought to have occurred naturally. Peppermint essential oil (PEO), obtained by distillation from fresh leaves, has been used for centuries for gastrointestinal (GI) ailments.

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Cannabis: Answer to The Opioid Crisis?

Opioid drugs* like oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and heroin caused over 28,000 deaths in the United States in 2014, more than any earlier year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was estimated in 2012 that about 2.1 million Americans suffered substance abuse disorders related to prescribed opioids and another half million were addicted to

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Tea Tree Oil Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

The document assesses strengths and limitations of various lab methods to verify the authenticity of tea tree oil AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on tea tree oil, the essential oil obtained from tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia and M. linariifolia) leaves. Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient known for

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