Tag Archives: Solanaceae

Cayenne Pepper Cataplasms May Be Safely Used to Treat Painful Areas of the Body

Musculoskeletal pain is often treated with physical medicine therapies. Herbal cataplasms, or poultices, containing rubefacient substances, which result in redness of the skin by causing capillary dilation and an increase in blood circulation, are used to treat painful areas of the body. A cataplasm containing cayenne pepper (CP, Capsicum annuum, Solanaceae) applied to the skin at a painful area provides beneficial

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Ashwagandha Improves Effects of Strength Training Exercise

In Ayurveda, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae) is considered to be a Rasayana, i.e., a rejuvenator. It has been studied for its effects on cognition, mood, joint health, and inflammation. It contains alkaloids, lactones (withanolides), and glycosides, but it is not clear which constituents account for its adaptogenic qualities. The root is the most used part in traditional practice but leaves also

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Ashwagandha Beneficial for Symptom Exacerbation in Schizophrenia

Immune-inflammatory dysregulation has been linked with the exacerbation of symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. There is some evidence that adjunctive treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may be beneficial; however, NSAIDs may cause adverse effects (AEs). Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae) root extract has demonstrated immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activity. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the

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Ashwagandha Root Extract Improves Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Patients Taking Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), characterized by stressful, repetitive, and intrusive thoughts or obsessions followed by actions or compulsions, is thought to be linked to a defect in the serotonergic system. A common treatment is the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but they are considered only mildly effective, with 40-60% of patients failing to

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Food as Medicine: Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae) is, botanically, a fruit. Nevertheless, in the 1893 Nix v. Hedden decision, the United States Supreme Court classified tomatoes as a vegetable, which created an economic advantage for US producers, because taxes were levied on vegetables, but not fruits, imported into the US.1 The Supreme Court decided that “in

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