In July the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
1. A new report in the USA has been looking at antibiotic resistant infections and links to the overuse of antibiotics.
“Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director, points out, “It’s clear that we’re approaching a cliff with antibiotic resistance. But it’s not too late. Clinicians and healthcare systems need to improve prescribing practices. And patients need to recognize that there are both risks and benefits to antibiotics — more medicine isn’t best; the right medicine at the right time is best.”
2. Pomegranate has been studied recently and found to have positive effects on musculoskeletal conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
3. Turmeric has been studied recently for its potential use in the treatment of digestive problems, for example bowel disease.
5. A new laboratory study has found that feverfew can prevent skin damage.
6. A new study in Spain has been researching ways for patients to safely reduce their
benzodiazepine usage (drugs such as diazepam).
7. A new laboratory study on Trifolium spp. (clover) has found they can protect red blood cells from damage.