How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies

How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies is a question asked by many of our clients on buying our products. Used correctly, herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Doctors have begun to recognize their treatment value. By Michael Castleman | October/November 2010 Herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals, and you can grow many of them in your backyard. PHOTO: DIANE GUTHRIE, STYLING BY BITTERSWEET FLORAL & DESIGN. How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies Like drugs, medicinal herbs can cause harm. Anything that’s pharmacologically active can. Anyone who calls herbs hazardous is totally misinformed. Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) compiles statistics on accidental deaths from drugs, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements. The AAPCC’s most recent report (2008) records 1,756 accidental poisoning deaths. How many were attributable to medicinal herbs? Zero. In every accidental death caused by a pharmacological agent, the culprit was a pharmaceutical. And it’s been that way for many years. Herbs are safer than drugs. University of Toronto researchers combed 30 years of medical literature (1966 to 1996) for reports of drug side effects in hospital patients. Extrapolating from the 39 most rigorous studies, (more…)

Homegrown herbal remedies

Homegrown herbal remedies Labels on store-bought herbs rarely reveal how plants are raised, let alone how long the ingredients are exposed to light and high temperatures while stored in their plastic containers. Grow your own to ensure the best quality and potency of your herbal remedies. “The primary benefit is being able to develop a relationship with that herb,” according to Jen Bredesen, an herbalist and teacher at the California School of Herbal Studies. Even novice gardeners can concoct simple home remedies such as teas and salves using Bredesen’s list of the top nine easy-to-grow medicinal herbs. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula is also known as pot marigold. It’s a centuries-old antifungal, antiseptic, wound-healing ally. The petals of these cheerful yellow-and-orange daisy-like flowers lend skin-soothing properties to many natural cosmetics and diaper creams. Calendula is a freely reseeding annual that blooms all season long. It makes a lovely addition to gardens with full sun. Harvest the petals fresh. You can also dry entire blooms — which close in the evening — before they form seeds. Homegrown herbal remedies Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Cilantro boasts a unique flavor that people either love or hate. The leaves often garnish Mexican and Thai dishes. The seeds, known as coriander, (more…)

Add this to your diet if you’re diabetic: The English walnut prevents neuropathy

Add this to your diet if you’re diabetic: The English walnut prevents neuropathy   earch has found that English walnut (Juglans regia L.) leaf can prevent and treat peripheral neuropathy, one of the most common chronic complications of diabetes that affect all peripheral nerves. In the study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the therapeutic effects of the English walnut leaf extract against diabetic neuropathy in mice were investigated. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences and Lorestan University of Medical Sciencesin Iran who induced diabetic peripheral neuropathy by injecting streptozotocin in mice. To evaluate the effects of the English walnut leaf extract, the research team administered the English walnut leaf extract before or after the development of neuropathy to a subgroup of the streptozotocin-induced mice; who were also given isotonic saline every day. Based on the results, the streptozotocin caused the degeneration of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve, in mice. However, this degeneration was attenuated after the treatment of the English walnut leaf extract. Moreover, the expressions of caspase-3, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) also decreased after the treatment of the English walnut leaf extract. The (more…)

Diabetes and Herbal Remedies

Diabetes and Herbal Remedies Herbal and Natural Therapies Herbal remedies can assist in lowering blood glucose levels Many common herbs and spices are claimed to have blood sugar lowering properties that make them useful for people with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes. A number of clinical studies have been carried out in recent years that show potential links between herbal therapies and improved blood glucose control, which has led to an increase in people with diabetes using these more ‘natural’ ingredients to help manage their condition. What herbal therapies are available? Plant-based therapies that have been shown in some studies to have anti-diabetic properties include: Aloe vera Bilberry extract Bitter melon Cinnamon Fenugreek Ginger Okra While such therapies are commonly used in ayurvedic and oriental medicine for treating serious conditions such as diabetes, many health experts in the west remain sceptical about their reported medical benefits. In fact, because certain herbs, vitamins and supplements may interact with diabetes medications (including insulin) and increase their hypoglycemic effects, it is often argued that use of natural therapies could reduce blood sugars to dangerously low levels and raise the risk of other diabetes complications. Whatever your intended reasons for using these specific (more…)

SALT:  IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?  

SALT:  IS IT GOOD FOR YOU? LOVE TOO MUCH SALT-LESS IS MORE Salt: Is it good for you? – How did this topic arise, it is quite strange that as I sat in front of my computer wondering what to put onto my Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading web site, which might be of interest to all, I was paging through a “Life Magazine” – Autumn 2017 and there was an article on “Less is more when it comes to Salt”. As I was reading trying to decide whether this would be a good topic, I had a pop-up notice from www.organicfacts.net  “Love too much salt”-Think again as it may affect your thinking. Amazing co-incidence, so here goes. From Organic Facts: A High-Salt Diet May Harm Brain Health We are aware that a high-salt diet can cause various cardiovascular diseases.   However, are you aware of its effects on other systems of the body? A high-salt diet is found to cause cognitive impairments, says a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.   Although the study was performed on mice, scientists say that it would have similar effects on human body too. The study, conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, reveals a (more…)

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