Comparison of Peppermint Oil and Mefenamic Acid for Relief of Dysmenorrhea Symptoms

Dysmenorrhea is associated with painful uterine contractions, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pain is thought to be caused by the release of prostaglandin F2α in the menstrual fluid. The main treatments are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prostaglandin inhibitors, and contraceptive pills. NSAIDs can be effective in relieving dysmenorrhea but commonly cause adverse side effects and are … Continue reading Comparison of Peppermint Oil and Mefenamic Acid for Relief of Dysmenorrhea Symptoms

Food as Medicine: Anise (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae)

Anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae) is a herbaceous annual that grows to almost a meter (3.3 feet) in height. 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, … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Anise (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae)

Fennel ‘Safe and Effective’ for Easing Menopause Symptoms

Although a normal phase of a woman's life, menopause can have a wide range of inconvenient symptoms. New research suggests fennel may help to relieve these symptoms, with little to no side effects. Clinical trial shows fennel is a safe and effective treatment for menopause symptoms, with no side effects. The symptoms of menopause range … Continue reading Fennel ‘Safe and Effective’ for Easing Menopause Symptoms