Author Archive | Teresa Koby


Stevioside and related compounds: therapeutic benefits beyond sweetness.

The following review states the added medicinal benefits of stevia, beyond its usefullness as a safe sweetener. Stevioside, an abundant component of Stevia rebaudiana leaf, has become well-known for its intense sweetness (250-300 times sweeter than sucrose) and is used as a non-caloric sweetener in several countries. A number of studies have suggested that, beside […]

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Effectiveness and safety of Devil’s Claw tablets in patients with general rheumatic disorders.

The following review article clearly states the usefulness of the herb Devil’s Claw in the treatment of artihitis. Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions (AORC) are the leading cause of disability, are associated with poor quality of life and incur considerable direct and indirect costs. It is considered that the instance of AORC will continue to […]

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Vitamin d endocrine system and psoriasis vulgaris – review of the literature.

This is yet another indication of the far reaching benefits of D3 to overall health.  The review article states the role of D3 use in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris. Vitamin D exerts its physiological functions on calcium and bone metabolism in humans through the active metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3(1,25(OH)2D3). The other spectrum of vitamin D […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine therapies to promote healthy moods.

The following article shows the importance of a holistic approach in treating depression. Kemper KJ, Shannon S. Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA. Pediatric mood disorders (unipolar depression and bipolar disorder) are serious, common, persistent, and recurrent medical conditions. Depression is the […]

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

Passiflora is a wonderful herb to use in cases of sleep disturbances caused by anxiety, restlessness and a condition known as the running mind. Extracts and fluid extracts from the aerial parts from Passiflora incarnata L. are widely used as components of herbal sedatives. Many pharmacological investigations confirm the sedative effects of Passiflorae herba. From some […]

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Does long-term coffee intake reduce type 2 diabetes mellitus risk?

The following article gives us yet another reason to consider the use of coffee long  term. ABSTRACT: This review reports the evidence for a relation between long-term coffee intake and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Numerous epidemiological studies have evaluated this association and, at this moment, at least fourteen out of eighteen cohort studies […]

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

The following article gives valued information on the use of herbs in the treatment of symptoms of colds and flu. 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 course of one year the U.S. population contracts approximately 1 […]

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Vitamin B12, folic acid and mental function in the elderly

The following article gives valuable information on the importance of B12 and folic acid when considering cognitive function in the elderly. Elderly people is a vulnerable population group to specific nutrient deficiencies as vitamin B12 and folic acid, which are closely related to mental functions deterioration, especially of cognitive functions. This study was aimed to […]

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