This month I have found the following pieces of research interesting.1. The effect of ginger for relieving of primary dysmenorrhoea (a type of period pain). In this study 70 woman with primary dysmenorrhoea were given either a placebo or ginger capsules for the first three days of their menstrual cycles. Their pain levels were then scored, and when compared, the women who took ginger capsules found their pain had reduced. An additional benefit that was identified was the reduction in nausea when taking the ginger capsules.
2. Filipendula ulmaria (meadowsweet) has been found to have antihistamine qualities by laboratory studies.
3. Fenugreek has been shown to reduce cholesterol in laboratory studies.
4. Inflammatory bowel disease has been shown to flare up in hot weather, a study in Switzerland found.
5. Cognitive behaviour therapy has been found to be effective for treating people with tinnitus.
6. Oats have been found to improve liver function and prevent obesity in laboratory studies.
7. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) have been suggested as possible treatments for metabolic syndrome.
8. Antibiotic resistance has been declared a crisis by the World Health Organisation, “as pharmaceutical companies are no longer developing new antibiotics and antibiotic abuse is widespread”.
9. Astragalus membranaceus (milk vetch) has been suggested as a possible alternative treatment for Parkinson’s disease.