Berberine

Indications Dysbiosis, diabetes, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, and inflammatory bowel disease. Mechanism of Action Berberine is a compound found in the protoberberine group of isoquinoline alkaloids, and is considered the major active component present in several plant species.1 Besides antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects,2 recent studies have shown that berberine and…

Mistletoe (Viscum album)

Indications Hypertension, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, cardiac weakness, atherosclerosis, and vascular inflammation. As a vagal nerve tonic, Viscum album may help strengthen weak pulse, slow tachyarrhythmia, or enliven bradycardia. Cardiac enlargement, valvular incompetence, angina, shortness of breath, dyspnea, edema, palpitation with exertion, inability to lie down, and other symptoms of…

Triphala (Combination of Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula, and Emblica officinalis)

Indications Hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, digestive disorders, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, joint pain, and osteoarthritis. Also used as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Mechanism of Action Triphala inhibits lipid peroxide and promotes scavenging of hydroxyl and superoxide radicals in vitro.1 The precise mechanisms of its antiobesity effects have not yet been elucidated.…

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum 3)

Indications Hyperlipidemia supporting liver function and metabolism of glucose, lipids, and hormones. Liver disease including cirrhosis, cancer prevention, hepatitis, and viral-induced inflammation and protection from exogenous chemicals and toxins1 (parenteral preparations have become established as a viable treatment to save the liver after acute ingestion of hepatotoxins such as poison…

Reishi Mushroom, Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Indications Hyperlipidemia, hypertension, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Mechanism of Action Heart disease is associated with decreased mitochondrial function in cardiac muscle cells. Ganoderma lucidum has been shown to protect against mitochondrial dysfunction in animal models of cardiotoxicity.1 Some of its cardioprotective effects are thought to be attributable to…

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