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Nettle extract (Urtica dioica) affects key receptors and enzymes associated with allergic rhinitis.

Spring is in the air and I am hearing many people complain of seasonal allergies.  Nettle extract can be a key component in your fight against seasonal allergies.   The article below explains how nettles works in the body against the  inflammatory response system. A nettle (Urtica dioica) extract shows in vitro inhibition of several key inflammatory […]

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Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata L.)–a reliable herbal sedative

From time to time, many people experience difficulty falling asleep.  The best way to manage your sleep cycle is to have a bedtime routine and stick to the routine every night.  But when your routine does not work nor does the warm glass of milk there are herbal allies which can help.  Passion Flower is […]

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Activation of CREB by St. John’s wort may diminish deletorious effects of aging on spatial memory.

St. John’s wort is best known for its use in mild to moderate depression.  This article indicates St. John’s wort may be beneficial with memory loss due to aging. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is one of the leading psychotherapeutic phytomedicines. Beneficial effects of this herb in the treatment of mild to moderate depression are well […]

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Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immuno-modulation by Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi).

Especially during the winter months people want to help support their immune function.  Incorporating Reishi mushrooms into your diet or taking in capsule form are a wonderful way to help support your immune system. Ganoderma lucidum (Leyss. ex Fr.) Karst. (Lingzhi or Reishi) has been used for a long time in China to prevent and treat various […]

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Crataegus tanacetifolia leaf extract prevents L-NAME-induced hypertension in rats: a morphological study.

Hawthorn or Crataegus has a long history of use for heart conditions.  After reviewing many studies the consistent conclusion was Hathorn has benefits when treating a variety of conditions of the heart. Crataegus (hawthorn) has long been used as a folk medicine all around the world. Most of the studies with Crataegus species focus on effects […]

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Comparison of antioxidant potency of commonly consumed polyphenol-rich beverages in the United States.

The latest in the  juice market is the acai berry.  This fruit has made its way to the mainstream population with  exposure on the news and shows such as Oprah.  It has been touted as the new wonder fruit with antioxidant potency greater than blueberry or pomegranate.  So is this fruit all it is cracked […]

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Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents.

Over the last few years there has been many warnings about the use of cough suppressants with children.  Honey is a safe and effective way to help a child, over the age of one, with an upper respiratory infection especially during the night when a cough can worsen. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of a single […]

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Silymarin Ascending Multiple Oral Dosing Phase I Study in Noncirrhotic Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C.

Milk thistle can be used in the treatment of many liver conditions.  Milk thistle’s properties include: antioxidant, hepatoprotective, hepatotrophorestorative and gastroprotectant.  In the study listed below it show positive results for patients with Hepatitis C. Silymarin, derived from the milk thistle plant Silybum marianum, is widely used for self-treatment of liver diseases, including hepatitis C […]

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Ginger: history and use.

Ginger has been used for thousands of years for many different kinds of ailments.  Today the most common medicial use of ginger is for nausea.  It is used in cases of motion sickness when traveling, nausea during pregnancy, postoperative vomiting and gastrointestinal problems.  Also it is a wonderful herb to use during the winter months […]

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A review of treatment of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A newer trend in the medical field to help women with  severe PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is the use of pharmaceuticals.  The class of drugs used are antidepressants and SSRI’s.  This study indicates there are other options such as nutrients and balanced diet to help these symptoms. Severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and, more recently, premenstrual dysphoric […]

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