The Calming Actions of Anemone Pulsatilla, Nepeta, and Rauvolfia

Abstract Pulsatilla, Nepeta, and Rauvolfia are important therapeutic agents with nerve-calming effects. Although not as strong as anxiolytic drugs, these herbal remedies are gentle and safe treatments for anxiety and insomnia. They can improve sleep, reduce mood swings and irritability, and moderate the stress-induced ‘fight-or-flight’ state. Theoretical concerns regarding adverse…

The Safety of Phytoestrogens in Menopause, Prostate and Breast Cancer

Abstract Plant based natural products have been proposed as alternatives to the use of hormones for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, which has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and coronary artery disease. Specific herbal compounds such as Thai Kudzu root (Pueraria mirifica) have shown beneficial effects…

The Use of Lobelia in the Treatment of Asthma and Respiratory Illness

Abstract Lobelia is a genus of flowering plants that includes approximately 400 species and was popular in traditional Native American medicine as an emetic, expectorant and respiratory stimulant. Lobelia is currently used as an adjunctive for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory disorders. The active constituent of Lobelia is…

The Treatment of Liver Disease with Botanical Agents

Abstract Traditional herbal medicine has gained increasing attention as alternative therapy for the treatment of liver disease, which has become a global health problem associated with the increased prevalence of harmful chemicals in the environment and the use of pharmaceuticals known to have detrimental effects on liver function as well…

Thyroid Autoimmune Disease

Abstract Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system dysfunctions and attacks host tissues. Although the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease has not been elucidated, there are several factors that have been associated with the disorder. Factors include genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies, use of certain medications…

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