Clinical Safety of Ephedrine Alkaloid-free Ephedra Herb Extract (EFE)

Ephedra (Ephedra sinica, E. equisetina, and E. intermedia; Ephedraceae) herb (primarily stem tissue) is used in Japanese Traditional Medicine (Kampo) formulations. Ephedra herb is defined in the Japanese Pharmacopoeia as stem material containing ˃0.7% ephedrine alkaloids (ephedrine and pseudoephedrine). Ephedrine alkaloids (EAs) are thought to be responsible for the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antitussive, and diaphoretic effects of … Continue reading Clinical Safety of Ephedrine Alkaloid-free Ephedra Herb Extract (EFE)

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. … Continue reading Ceylon Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol in Healthy Adults

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

Safety of Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract in the Elderly

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) is one of the most widely used medicinal plants throughout the world, and ginkgo leaf extract is used frequently to treat cognitive decline. There is extensive research evaluating the efficacy and safety of ginkgo. Clinical studies show that the rate of adverse events in patients treated with ginkgo is similar to … Continue reading Safety of Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract in the Elderly

So, What Are Bagged Salads?

This is not one of those "When I was growing up, we walked 20 miles barefoot through the snow to go to school" stories--although to Millennials, it may seem like it. No, this is more along the lines of, "When I was growing up, we bought salad greens by the head from a bin in … Continue reading So, What Are Bagged Salads?

Raw Water; Is It Safe To Drink?

A person's body is about 60 percent water, and drinking water is essential to a healthful diet. However, what types of water a person drinks has become surprisingly controversial. One of the emerging trends in late 2017 and early 2018 is the sale of "raw water."Raw water is unfiltered, unprocessed, or untreated water that is … Continue reading Raw Water; Is It Safe To Drink?

Safety When You Use Herbs.

Plants have the power to heal...but first, know these basics for safe and effective results. Humans, like most mammals, have turned to plants for food and medicine since our earliest times. No doubt some of our ancestors suffered the consequences of unfortunate choices along the way. Most of the herbs sold in the United States … Continue reading Safety When You Use Herbs.