Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms

Are  you travelling by air and coming down with something? Elderberry may help. This study (full text here) of 312 passengers travelling by air received 2 capsules (600-900 mg of elderberry extract containing 90-135mg of anthocyanins) per day for a period before travel, then a slightly increased dose while travelling and after arrival for a few days. … Continue reading Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms


Lavender Aromatherapy for Hot Flashes

Effect of lavender aromatherapy on menopause hot flushing: A crossover randomized clinical trial (find the full text here) Flushing is generally considered to be the primary symptom of menopause and is typically the most common complaint in menopausal women. Although flushing poses no danger to a woman's health, it decreases the quality of life. Thus, the … Continue reading Lavender Aromatherapy for Hot Flashes

OCD, Ashwagandha and Serotonin Dysregulation

In the latest edition of Galen's Watch a study of interest came up, Evaluation of the efficacy of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root extract in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) taking SSRI's were randomized to 120mg/day of Withania for 6 weeks. It was found to be beneficial as a safe and … Continue reading OCD, Ashwagandha and Serotonin Dysregulation

Do You Have Bitter Deficiency Syndrome?

James Green once said our society has bitter deficiency syndrome. Bitters have always been part of traditional diets. It’s only modern day diets that we see less and less bitter foods being a normal part of what we eat. Looking at the bitter components of beer a group of scientists studied the effect of matured hop … Continue reading Do You Have Bitter Deficiency Syndrome?

German Kava Ban Lifted by Court – Court Ruling Details

  Excerpts taken from the article: German Kava Ban Lifted by Court: The Alleged Hepatotoxicity of Kava (Piper methysticum) as a Case of Ill-Defined Herbal Drug Identity, Lacking Quality Control, and Misguided Regulatory Politics Until the year 2002, extracts of the rhizome and roots of the Melanesian plant kava [Piper methys- ticum G. Forst. (Piperaceae)] were … Continue reading German Kava Ban Lifted by Court – Court Ruling Details

Topical Infused Oil of Chamomile for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Some herbs are very humble. They have been around so long and used so commonly that we forget they are medicine. Chamomile is one of those herbs. It can be found in countless herbal pleasure teas at the grocery store and growing wildly all-around. It can be used dried, fresh, infused in oil or water … Continue reading Topical Infused Oil of Chamomile for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Rhodiola for Mild to Moderate Depression Equal to Sertraline.

The Journal Phytomedicine published the study  Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial earlier this year. In the trial it was found that for mild to moderate depression Rhodiola was slightly less effective  than sertraline and both were not that different from placebo. In addition, there was a much higher rate of adverse … Continue reading Rhodiola for Mild to Moderate Depression Equal to Sertraline.

Decrease Inflammation with Turmeric

  I think the next trending herb will be turmeric (Curcuma longa) or curcumin the principal curcuminoid derived from the spice turmeric. In fact, I rarely hear about turmeric and more often hear about curcumin. Just look at #curcumin and see how many tweets there are! It seems to be popping up everywhere these days … Continue reading Decrease Inflammation with Turmeric

Lavender: A Perfect Herb for the Modern World?

Being an inhabitant almost in every garden, it is so well known, that it needs no description. -The Complete Herbal 1653 Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia) is a gentle medicinal herb that has been used to treat nervousness, anxiety, depression and tension. In The Earthwise Herbal  it is also listed as being for the persons who are perfectionist, over … Continue reading Lavender: A Perfect Herb for the Modern World?

Inflammation and Depression

Depression has been linked recently in article and studies to inflammation. A recent study Curcumin for the treatment of major depression: a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study. looked at the effects of curcumin (500 mg twice daily) or placebo for 8 weeks on individuals with major depressive disorder. There was some positive results in favour of curcumin, … Continue reading Inflammation and Depression