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

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

However, green tea supplementation does not seem to be efficacious in the treatment of diabetes. The results of a systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that the supplementary intake of green tea had no significant effect on FPG, fasting insulin, HbA1c and HOMA-IR in patients with T2DM.

Akdogan, M., M. N. Tamer, E. Cure, M. C. Cure, B. K. Koroglu, and N. Delibas. 2007. 'Effect of spearmint (Mentha spicata Labiatae) teas on androgen levels in women with hirsutism', Phytother Res, 21: 444-7.

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Thursday, 07 July 2022

Book Review: Phytotherapy Desk Reference

PDR5Reviewed by  Mim Beim

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.


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.