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.
4. Plantain (Plantago spp.) seeds have been studied in a laboratory and found to have anti-inflammatory properities.
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.
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.
5. Tulsi (holy basil) has been found to contain anti cancer chemicals.
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.
This month the following research studies on herbs and health have caught my eye.
1. With MRSA infections a growing problem in hospitals this piece of Australian research shows that both lemongrass and tea tree oils applied after surgery prevented infection, including MRSA.
2. New laboratory research in Korea has found that rosemary could prevent skin cancer.
3. Another study of rosemary in Spain has found that it reduced tumour growth.
4. A global study has found that depression is now the second most disabling condition in the world.
5. A new study has found that walking just 2 and a half hours a week can prevent depression.
6. New research has found that Panax ginseng can reduce fatigue in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
7. A study on the biochemistry of corn silk has found that it could help to treat diabetes.
8. Research in Hong Kong is looking at the anti-inflammatory effects of several herbs in the possible treatment of rheumatoid arthritis including nettle, liquorice, angelica and centella.
9. Rhodiolia has been found to increase exercise performance in a new study.
10. A summary of several studies on the use of herbal topical applications in osteoarthritis has found that in some cases the herbal cream/gel was more effective than the orthodox medical counterpart.
11. Research is mounting for nutritional supplements and targeted diets for cancer patients to prevent reoccurrence of cancer.