Phytotherapy Blog

Michael Thomsen's blog about phytotherapy (herbal medicine)
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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Jan
25

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) antiandrogenic activity and PCOS

M. spicata contains about 0.21–2.1% volatile oil, 29–74% carvone, 4–24% limonene and 3–18% cireole. Carvone is the most important constituents of M. spicata.(Akdogan et al. 2007) Carvone has some endocrine function but it is not well studied.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17310494/Clinicians have investigated whether the men who live in Yeniarbade...

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25

Andrographis safety

In 2008, a spike in anaphylactic and allergic adverse drug reations (ADRs) was observed for products including on the ARTG that contained the ingredient Andrographis paniculata. Nyal cold and flu products were associated with 22 anaphylactic/ allergic-type reactions in 2008. These products also contained Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) and Salix alba (...

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