Monthly Archives: December 2018

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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