Milk Thistle: What You Need To Know To Use It Safely

Milk Thistle: What You Need To Know To Use It Safely

Milk thistle (Carduus marianus L.) has long been prized for its radical scavenging properties, and it has widely been regarded as an antioxidant. The herb has also been hailed for its cytoprotective activities. Its mechanisms of action are attributed to a polyphenolic...
Licorice: Contraindications & Interactions

Licorice: Contraindications & Interactions

Unlike most of the herbs under review regarded as safe under most conditions, licorice has been associated with a variety of concerns. Some of them are tied to possible drug interactions while others are linked to worrisome side effects. In some cases, research...
Is Horse Chestnut Safe To Use?

Is Horse Chestnut Safe To Use?

Like many of the herbs under review, horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) is used in a variety of applications. It has been used since the 1600s for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its compounds are believed to protect against the development...
Can Ginko Help To Heal Your Body?

Can Ginko Help To Heal Your Body?

Ginkgo biloba is a plant native to China that has received attention around the world. It has been touted as a memory aid and as an ally in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that the herb can enhance blood flow through vascular tissues,...
Hawthrone: Its Properties & How It Heals

Hawthrone: Its Properties & How It Heals

Over the centuries, hawthorn has been used to treat many disorders and diseased states. Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) has logged considerable time as a warrior against ailments of the gastrointestinal tract. A member of the rose family, hawthorn is high in antioxidants...
Eleuthero and Its Medicinal Properties

Eleuthero and Its Medicinal Properties

As technology expands and the world shrinks, practices around the world can come to be seen differently. This is particularly true with respect to herbal therapies and remedies. This paper shines a light into the world of herbs and highlights some of the therapies...
Cold and Flu Support: Echinacea and Elderberry

Cold and Flu Support: Echinacea and Elderberry

Echinacea and elderberry are herbs used to treat upper respiratory tract infections. There are three main types of Echinacea used as herbal remedies: Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpura and E. pallida. Historically, Echinacea has been used by the Native Americans. The...
Feverfew Mechanisms Of Action

Feverfew Mechanisms Of Action

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a plant of the daisy family that claims new uses with each passing year. The herb got its name from the Latin Febrifugia, which means “fever reducer” and it was first described as a remedy to treat “all hot inflammations” (Pareek et...
Curcumin As a Medicinal Healing Tool

Curcumin As a Medicinal Healing Tool

Curcumin Curcumin is a polyphenolic compound found in turmeric, a flowering plant of the ginger family. Both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine have used turmeric as medicine for hundreds of years. Turmeric is also used as spice and as a coloring agent....
Chamomile And Its Healing Properties

Chamomile And Its Healing Properties

Chamomile The use of chamomile dates back the Romans, Greek and Egyptians. The two varieties of chamomile used in herbal medicine are German (Matricaria recutila) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). While the plants have some similar properties, they differ in...