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Panax ginseng

Ginseng is an herb which should be considered when dealing with immune function, psychologic function (stress), and diabetes.  This herb has a long history of use in Asian cultures.  While this article refers to Panax ginseng another plant with slightly different properties which should also be considered is American ginseng. The herbal remedies referred to as “ginseng” are derived from the roots […]

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Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.

The following information gives a clear indication of the usefulness of Elderberry for prevention of the H1Ni virus. A ionization technique in mass spectrometry called Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART TOF-MS) coupled with a Direct Binding Assay was used to identify and characterize anti-viral components of an elderberry fruit (Sambucus nigra L.) […]

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Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical, and nutritional considerations.

The school season has started therefore the cold and flu season is upon us.  The following information on herbs and vitamins is worth reviewing for the prevention of winter illnesses. The common cold is the leading cause of doctor visits in the United States and annually results in 189 million lost school days. In the […]

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St John’s wort for major depression.

St. John’s Wort has been used in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.  The following study shows it to be effective in the treatment of major depression as well. In some countries extracts of the plant Hypericum perforatum L. (popularly called St. John’s wort) are widely used for treating patients with depressive symptoms. OBJECTIVES: […]

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Soldiering on With Herbs

A new book based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health explores the use of dietary supplements by military personnel. One of the best things about this book? It’s available online in its entirety, HERE. It reports on research conducted by a committee chosen to “identify those that may be of benefit or […]

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Vitamin D and the control of the skin’s immune response

This article illustrates the possible importance of Vitamin D in the management of infectious and inflammatory skin diseases. Schauber J, Gallo RL. Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. The surface of our skin is constantly challenged by a wide variety of microbial pathogens, still cutaneous infections are relatively rare. Within cutaneous innate […]

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Hawthorn for Heart Failure

A 2008 review of literature of Hawthorn has found benefits with the use of the extract in the treatment of chronic heart failure.   These  results suggest that there is a significant benefit in symptom control and physiologic outcomes from hawthorn extract as an adjunct treatment for chronic heart failure.  The review found 14 high quality trials […]

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