Sage for Sore Throats

My grandma used to keep a cup of sage gargle by the sink every time one of us kids would get a cold or a sore throat. Little did she know that years later, science would back up her folk remedy as not only being pain-relieving but also as having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Next … Continue reading Sage for Sore Throats

Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Spring has officially arrived, and with it, seasonal allergies. Roughly 35 million Americans live with seasonal allergic rhinitis, or what we commonly call hay fever. While it can occur at any time of the year, springtime is generally one of the worst seasons for allergy sufferers. Here are some natural approaches for helping curb the … Continue reading Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Food as Medicine: Dog Rose Hip (Rosa canina, Rosaceae)

The rose (Rosa spp.) hip (also sometimes written as “rosehip”) is a pseudofruit in the economically important Rosaceae family, which includes apple (Malus spp.), strawberry (Fragaria spp.), plum (Prunusspp.), and almond (Prunus spp.). The genus Rosa includes more than 100 species that have been cultivated since ancient times in a vast array of climates.1 Both rose petals and rose hips can be used in … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Dog Rose Hip (Rosa canina, Rosaceae)

Umbrella Review on the Health Benefits of Coffee Consumption

Roasted ground coffee (Coffea spp., Rubiaceae) beans provide one of the most-consumed drinks worldwide. Studies have reported varying conclusions about its effects, depending on outcomes, design, coffee type, and other variables. Beans can be roasted to varying degrees and processed in different ways; these processing steps can highly alter the chemical composition. Roasted coffee can contain … Continue reading Umbrella Review on the Health Benefits of Coffee Consumption

Meta-analysis Shows Garlic Supplements Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure in Patients with Hypertension, Stimulating the Immune System, and Reducing Serum Cholesterol

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death worldwide. High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular illnesses, but antihypertensive medications have been associated with a wide range of side effects. High levels of serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol also are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. … Continue reading Meta-analysis Shows Garlic Supplements Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure in Patients with Hypertension, Stimulating the Immune System, and Reducing Serum Cholesterol

The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently presented its first annual Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health to Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a highly respected expert in integrative medicine and women’s health.

AUSTIN, Texas (March 22, 2018) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently presented its first annual Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health to Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a highly respected expert in integrative medicine and women’s health. The inaugural award is named in honor of distinguished researcher, … Continue reading The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently presented its first annual Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Research and Education in Botanicals for Women’s Health to Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a highly respected expert in integrative medicine and women’s health.

These Plant-Based Fats Could Help You Live Longer

A diet that is rich in plant-based monounsaturated fats is linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and other causes. In contrast, if the monounsaturated fats come from animal sources, the link is to a higher risk of death from heart disease and other causes. Opt for plant-based monounsaturated fats instead of … Continue reading These Plant-Based Fats Could Help You Live Longer

Combining Curcumin and Boswellic Acid Is More Effective in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis than Curcumin Alone

The symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), including pain, morning stiffness, joint swelling, limited range of motion, decreased physical function, and restriction of social activities, are treated with an analgesic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cortisone. Although those drugs manage the pain and inflammation, they are associated with adverse effects, drug interactions, and contraindications. Curcumin, a component … Continue reading Combining Curcumin and Boswellic Acid Is More Effective in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis than Curcumin Alone

A Review of Herbal Treatment Options for the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a multifactorial progressive autoimmune disease, causes inflammation and hypertrophy in synovial tissue in joints, leading to joint tissue destruction. Treatment of RA includes a multicomponent regimen including herbs. Yarnell organizes herbs for RA effects as follows: inflammation-modulating, immunomodulating, and "spicy relief." Miscellaneous Asian herbs and formulas and thunder duke vine (Tripterygium wilfordii, … Continue reading A Review of Herbal Treatment Options for the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Food as Medicine: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae) is a herbaceous perennial with stalks that can grow to several feet in height. Most asparagus is harvested once the stalk reaches 6-8 inches in height. The stalk is the edible portion of the plant, along with its pointed, budlike tip.1,2 If asparagus is not … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis, Asparagaceae)