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Michael Thomsen's blog about phytotherapy (herbal medicine), nutrition, how to improve your healthspan and longevity.
Jun
22

Fasting Mimicking Diet & Diabetes

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Prolonged fasting has profound benefits compared to intermittent, short fasts (calorie restriction). I urge everyone to better understand the effects of the different types of "fasts" such as time restricted eating, alternate day fasting, 5:2 calorie restriction and prolonged water or fasting mimicking diets. The Fasting Mimicking Diet has been sho...

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Jun
17

Ginkgo in the management of Covid-19

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A recent review examined the potential use of Ginkgo biloba extract in the management of COVID-19 (Al-Kuraishy et al. 2022). Other herbal medicines suggested for Covid-19 include Scutellaria baicalensis, Echinacea spp., Glycyrrhiza spp., Camellia sinensis, Nigella sativa, Allium sativum, Zingiber officinale, and Hypericum perforatum (Boozari a...

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Mar
17

Fasting for Weight Loss

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Low Carb versus Balanced Carbs: Same effect. Debates on effective and safe diets for managing obesity and type 2 diabetes in adults are ongoing. Low-carbs diets are widely promoted as being more effective for weight loss than other diets. A Cochrane Systemic Review of 61 RCTs (n= 6925) concluded that there is little to no difference in weight reduc...

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Mar
09

Fasting and Long COVID

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Undertaking the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) during COVID has not been tested so we have no data and can therefore not recommend ProLon during an active case of COVID. Likewise, we have no data guiding a decision to abort the FMD if the user develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID while on the FMD programme. The user should seek advice...

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Feb
17

Learn how to incorporate fasting into your practice

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Free Webinar Tomorrow Night 7 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) has been shown in a clinical trial to reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome and other age-related diseases. There are over 20 trials on FMD underway or completed for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, infertility, depression, ulcerative colitis,...

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Jan
14

Prof David Sinclair: New Podcast

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Australian born, Harvard Professor and sirtuin, resveratrol and longevity researcher, Sinclair is a person to follow. Just listened to episode 2 and really enjoyed it. I am very familiar with the research and even though this is aimed at the general public, the research is not dumbed-down and I encourage all health practitioners to listen to these ...

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Nov
26

Hepatic Oestrogen Receptors and Weight Gain In Menopause

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Animal studies have shown that ovariectomy is associated with weight gain and fatty liver. During the reproductive years, high plasma content of oestrogens is associated with the blockade of de novo lipid synthesis and changes in lipid transport, with increased clearance of LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins), sy...

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Nov
13

Research of Natural Health Products is Lacking – Right?

In conclusion, perhaps it isn't the research that is lacking but that scientifically researched products are difficult to identify in the marketplace. And why not adopt a global standard for consumers and health professionals to inform choice and help people find Natural Health Products with specific evidence?Read the full article#herbalmedicine #p...

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Oct
25

Herbal Medicine Week: Astragalus and Cancer

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Astragalus membranaceus and cancer treatmentBy Michael Thomsenwww.michaelthomsen.com.au #HerbalMedicineWeek #NHAA #Naturopathy #WesternHerbalMedicine #PhytotherapyDeskReferenceInteraction Astragalus may be used to assist in the detoxification of anticancer drugs, and in the restoration of immunity following chemotherapy. Astragalus has been shown t...

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Oct
25

Herbal Medicine Week - Grind your own rosemary

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We used to add sprigs of rosemary to our roast vegetables. However, the sprigs are quite woody and you either have to remove the sprigs or, if you want to eat the rosemary, remove the leaves from the woody bits. A few years ago we started to use a spice grinder to grind our own rosemary. I don't know why we didn't do it earlier because the quality ...

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Oct
23

Herbal Medicine Week

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Once a year, in the last week of October, we celebrate all things herbal with National Herbal Medicine Week.#HerbalMedicineWeek #NHAA #Naturopathy #WesternHerbalMedicine #PhytotherapyDeskreference Herbal Medicine Week - Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) The aim of this week is to promote herbal medicine to the public, edu...

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Sep
25

Integrative Cancer Care – Challenges and Possibilities” – free 1-month trial!

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You are invited to join a case-based educational meeting series, with the first month at no charge. This independent education is being hosted by the Natural Health Science Foundation (NHSF), a non-commercial New York based not for profit organisation. The NHSF Grand Rounds meeting entitled "Integrative Cancer Care – Challenges and Possibilities" i...

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Aug
13

Longvida bioenhanced curcumin extract

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Curcumin. One of the great extracts with enhanced bioavailability is Longvida from Verdue Sciences. It has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier so it may be the extract of choice for anything brain related. Interesting interview by Nigel Pollard from the Natural Health Science Foundation and Grand Rounds with the CEO of Verdue Sciences.

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Aug
09

Dogs and the microbiome

When I was a scout in Denmark, it was an accepted idea that we would probably eat 7 pounds of dirt each year and that it was somehow good for us. We now know it is may improve our microbiome: "New indicate that new parents shouldn't be afraid of a little dirt — or fur. After monitoring a cohort of nearly 1,200 infants, Lynch and her colleagues foun...

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Jul
24

Heart disease kills more than two times as many Australian women than breast cancer

A little while ago, I read about a woman who had been told for 3 years that her chest tightness was anxiety only to be diagnosed with Three Vessel Disease (3VD: the left anterior descending, right coronary and circumflex arteries). And the other day I heard of a woman diagnosed with asthma while she was actually having a heart attack. Did you know ...

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Jun
10

Withania Update May 2021

Withania somnifera Overview - May 2021 By Michael Thomsen, MSc, ND Michael Thomsen is herbalist and naturopath. Originally from Denmark, he completed studies in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in Sydney, graduating in 1986. Michael specialises in integrative oncology supporting patients with lifestyle and dietary advice, nutritional and herbal...

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Feb
11

Withania - Australia's most popular herb

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote youthful vigour, enhance muscle strength and endurance, and improve overall health. Introduced to Australian practitioners of Western Herbal Medicine in the mid-90s, withania rapidly became a much-loved herb and is now one of the top selling herb in Australia and even in the ...

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Jan
29

Vitex and cyclic mastalgia

Cyclic mastalgia is premenstrual bilateral and diffuse breast pain that presents cyclically and affects up to 80% of women in their reproductive years. It usually presents mid to late in the luteal phase and is associated with latent hyperprolactinemia due to the insufficient inhibitory effect of dopamine on the pituitary gland. The hypersecretion ...

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Jan
25

Nigella seed: actions and indications. Clinical study on kidney stones.

Nigella seed is such an important traditional herbal medicine in the Middle East, and in Europe, yet I don't think it is highly enough appreciated in Australia. It is a brilliant herb with so many actions and indications.Nigella seeds have long been used in folk medicine in the Arabian Gulf region, Far East Asia, and Europe. According to common Isl...

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Jan
25

Green tea and diabetes

Drinking green tea has been described as being beneficial for reducing the risk of diabetes type 2.A retrospective cohort study performed in Japan, found a 33% risk reduction of developing type 2 diabetes was found in subjects consuming six or more cups of green tea daily compared to those consuming less than 1 cup per week https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih...

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Book Review: Phytotherapy Desk Reference

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My original copy of Michael Thomsen’s Phytotherapy Desk Reference is herb-stained and dog-eared. So it was with much excitement that I received the latest edition of this little gem.

The book, as with the previous editions, has been designed not as an exhaustive materia medica but rather as a desk reference for the busy herbalist. It contains short, precise descriptions of 236 of the most commonly used herbs in Australia and New Zealand.

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The extensively revised and updated 5th edition of the Phytotherapy Desk Reference

Phytotherapy Desk Reference 5th Edition ISBN: 978-0-646-82443-7 Soft-cover, spiral bound. 200 pages. 233 Monographs.