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 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.