This month the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
1. A new laboratory study has found that an extract from hawthorn berries reduced breast cancer tumours.
2. Vitamin E has been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s according to the Alzheimer’s research centre in New York.
3. A new study has shown that people who are suffering from depression have lower levels of zinc in their blood and supplementation (or dietary changes) can make a significant difference.
4. A new study has shown that red clover significantly reduced hot flushes in menopausal women.
6. Cocoa has been found to have anti cancer chemicals as well as cancer preventing chemicals.
7. Cognitive behavioural therapy is now being used to help people with health anxiety (also known as hypochondriasis).
8. A new study has found that babies who took probiotics in the first three months of their lives did not develop colic.
9. A new study involving mistletoe found that its use alongside orthodox treatments increased the survival rates of patients with pancreatic cancer.
10. Gout is on the increase and while there are new drugs being developed, the main advice is dietary and lifestyle changes.
11. A new study of ginger and turmeric has shown effectiveness in treating rheumatoid arthritis.
12. Ashwaganda has been shown in a new study to reduce the tiredness felt after chemotherapy.
13. A new study from the USA has shown that the traditional remedy of sage for hot flushes is accurate.