Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements are dietary supplements derived from nature. Herbal plants or parts of a plant are broken down and used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic benefits. When taken as a supplement, they can deliver strong benefits, however, herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They act like drugs once in your system and can affect metabolism, circulation and excretion of other substances in your body. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, are breastfeeding or have chronic illnesses and want to add herbal supplements to your health regimen.

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    Herbs include flowering plants, shrubs, trees, moss, fern, algae, seaweed or fungus. In most cultures, including Western culture, herbs are used in medicine not only as a part of the treatment of disease, but also in the enhancement of life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Plant parts, including flowers, fruits, leaves, twigs, bark, roots or seeds, are all considered usable. 
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    The essential oil of pennyroyal is considered toxic. Death has been reported after the consumption of small amounts. A characteristic noted in most cases of pennyroyal overdose is a strong minty smell on the patient's breath.
     
    A possible role for N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in the management of pennyroyal overdose has been suggested. However, this application has not been confirmed by animal or human studies.
     
    The essential oil of pennyroyal may act as an emmenagogue (menstrual flow stimulant) and induce abortion. However, it may do so at lethal or near-lethal doses, making this action unpredictable and dangerous. Future research to determine the safety and efficacy of the less toxic parts of the pennyroyal plant on the menstrual cycle is needed before a recommendation can be made.

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    Ellagic acid is a phytochemical found in pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, walnuts and pecans. It's been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Pomegranates are a wonderful source of ellagic acid. Mice fed pomegranate juice were found to have decreased blood vessel plaques and blockages. It also lowers blood pressure.
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    Since marijuana cannot be distributed through a conventional pharmacy, some patients grow their own or turn to a caregiver for supplies.

    Others go to dispensaries, which are legal in some places. These dispensaries, often known as cannabis clubs or cannabis co-ops,often have names that denote health or caregiving.

    The dispensaries often call themselves collectives and claim that the marijuana sold there was grown by its members, who also are patients.

    Critics claim that many dispensaries actually buy marijuana illegally and create the potential for abuse by people who do not need marijuana for medical reasons.

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    Liver extract and desiccated (dried) liver have been marketed as iron supplements for over a century. The extract is processed cow or pig liver that may either be a freeze-dried brownish powder or a concentrated liquid that has had most of the fat and cholesterol removed.

    Preliminary clinical studies indicate that liver extract may be helpful in treating hepatic (liver) dysfunction. In addition, liver extract seems to work synergistically with interferon in treating hepatitis C and other viral infections. More research is needed in these areas.

    Laboratory studies indicate that liver extract may have some effects that could be useful in treating certain forms of cancer, such as the ability to direct migration of metastasizing cells and the inhibition of DNA, RNA and protein formation. More research is needed in these areas to quantify liver extract's properties.

    Some concern has been raised about the safety of liver extract, as it is made of animal liver, which may be infected with parasites, bacteria or prion diseases. Although there are currently no available reports of diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE, or mad cow disease) being transmitted by liver extract, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still cautions against the use of any animal organ extract. It is not clear how the processing of liver extract affects the transmission of these organisms.

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    Dr. Peter Bongiorno - What are fucus supplements?

    Fucus supplements are a type of seaweed that can improve thyroid function and boost energy. To learn more about the health benefits of fucus and other types of seaweed, watch this video featuring naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno.


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    For the homeopathic treatment of arthritis, guaiacum is suitable for people whose symptoms include rheumatic affections of the small joints, especially the wrists and fingers. These symptoms may be worse from warmth and better from cold applications.
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    Bogbean supplements, taken as a tincture or extract, are made from the leaves of the bogbean plant. The herb is often used in processed foods to add flavor, and a tea can be made with the dried leaves.

    Although there isn't much research on the effect of bogbean leaves, they do contain an ingredient that may boost your appetite.

    The amount commonly used by food manufacturers is safe, but  high doses can upset the gastrointestinal tract and possibly cause bleeding.
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    The genus Sassafras contains two main species, Sassafras albidum andSassafras tzumu. Sassafras albidumis found in eastern North America, and Sassafras tzumu is found in Asia, primarily in China.

    Although sassafras was used originally in Native American medicine, sassafras should not be used internally, as safrole found in sassafras oil and tea is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Increased incidence of esophageal cancer has been noted in areas with habitual sassafras consumption. In addition, safrole is hepatotoxic (liver damaging).

    There is insufficient evidence in humans to support the use of sassafras for any indication.

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    The herb Coleus forskohlii comes from India and is sometimes recommended to treat asthma. While there is some evidence that it might work, it cannot be given a wholehearted recommendation. As presently sold, the herb is more like a drug than an herb. Natural Coleus forskohlii contains small amounts of a potent substance called forskolin. However, manufacturers deliberately modify the herb to dramatically increase its forskolin content. Forskolin appears to be safe, but more studies need to be undertaken before it can be recommended for self-treatment.