This month the following research articles on herbs and health have caught my eye.
1. In laboratory studies, an extract of the
medicinal mushroom Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) was found to protect liver cells.
50030752 – single lion’s mane mushroom
2. In another medicinal mushroom study this month Lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) was found to not only
protect against dementia but also gastric ulcers.
3. In a new study of a very ‘old’ herb,
ginseng was found to have antimicrobial effects against infections.
4. Turmeric is a fantastic herb and one that’s been researched many times for different reasons. However, one of the problems with turmeric is that is can be tricky for the body to absorb when taken as a capsule, unless combined with black pepper. A new study has just confirmed the traditional way of preparing turmeric (usually in a milk product),
makes the turmeric more bioavailable.
5. In laboratory studies, an extract of Andrographis paniculata was shown to
reduce breast cancer tumours.
6. In another laboratory study, ginkgo has been found to be a treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia.
This month the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
1. A new research study has confirmed that the traditional use of using
feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) to treat migraines works when applied in a modern clinical setting.
2. A recent study regarding the treatment
androgenetic alopecia (often know as male-pattern baldness) found that rosemary oil worked as well as the drug minoxidil.
3. A new set of studies in the USA has found that an extract of
Ginkgo reduced anxiety and depression in patients.
4. A cream containing
lavender, peppermint, black pepper and marjoram essential oils was found to relieve neck pain in patients in a study in Taiwan.
5. The medicinal mushroom
Ganoderma lucidum has been studied recently for its powerful anti-inflammatory actions and if those effects could be isolated and made into a new drug.
6. A new research study in Switzerland has
linked anti-depressant use to seizures.
7. A new study in China has found that
St John’s wort is effective at reducing menopausal symptoms.