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…

Fibromyalgia, Thyroid Dysfunction and Treatment Modalities

Abstract Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition presenting with symptoms of chronic muscular pain, fatigue, insomnia and cognitive dysfunction among other symptoms, which lead to a diminished quality of life. Although the exact pathogenesis and underlying mechanisms which lead to clinical manifestation are unknown, there is a growing line of evidence…

Autoimmune Thyroiditis and Iodine Therapy

Abstract The incidence of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also referred to as goitrous autoimmune thyroiditis, is estimated to be equivalent to that of Grave’s disease. Although first discovered one hundred years ago, the pathophysiology of this disease has not yet been completely defined. Patients present with varying degrees of symptoms and may…

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