This month the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
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.
In September the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
1. A new report in the USA has highlighted the need for doctors to have better education in nutrition.
2. A recent study found that bayberry reduced inflammation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
3. A review of the research on honey has shown that its use is growing in a clinical setting as an antimicrobial agent.
4. A recent study in the USA has found that the practice of mindfulness can be used to treat migraine.
5. Ginger supplements were found to be effective in helping diabetic patients maintain blood sugar levels.
This month I have found the following research particularly interesting.
Blueberry1. A 300g portion of blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) has been found to protect DNA from damage, in a study in men.
2. Korean ginseng (Coreanica ginseng) has been found to improve erectile dysfunction in men, when taken for 8 weeks.
3. There have been several studies showing that artichoke (Cynara scolymus) can reduce cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease, this new study has highlighted the lipid lowering properties, backing up the earlier research on its use in reducing cholesterol levels.
4. Walnuts (Juglans regia) have been shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer in a new laboratory study.
5. A new study of the phytochemicals within Cinnamon (Cinnamom verum) has found it protects neurons which could see it used in neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and dementia.
6. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) has long been used as both a treatment and preventative for migraines. A new report shows that its use as a preventative for migraines is backed up pharmacologically and it could be taken long term.
7. A component of Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) has been shown to reduce colon cancer in laboratory studies.
8. A new five step plan to help patients cope with pain is being used in USA.
9. Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus castus) has recently been studied for its use to treat migraines as part of premenstrual syndrome with good results.
10. A new report shows that an external preparation of comfrey root (Symphytum officinale) has been used effectively to treat painful joints and muscles, from sports injuries to degenerative arthritis.