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Herbal Medicine and Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 28 October 2021
Herbal Medicine and Cancer Treatments
Cancer is a terrible disease and while medical oncology is the first line of recommended treatment, it suffers from several limitations. Surgery can be the initial treatment and is often recommended. One of the consequences of surgery is the increase in inflammation. i.e. inflammatory cytokines, which have been shown to promote tumour growth and stimulate angiogenesis. Radiotherapy or radiation therapy is another standard protocol which shrinks tumours, but we recognise ionising radiation ...
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M for Mullein

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 29 September 2021
M for Mullein
Proudly erect, growing up to two metres high, mullein is a striking weed that is hard to miss in the wild with its woolly leaves and tall solitary stem studded in golden flowers. Much loved in folk medicine to assist breathing, the leaves are a beneficial respiratory remedy for toning the mucous membranes and treating lung congestion. The flowers are famous for their use as an external earache remedy when infused in oil.  More than 2000 years ago mullein was described as a treatment f...
Posted in:NewsEvidence Based ResearchCancerHerbal MedicineLung cancer  

C for CELANDINE

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 September 2021
C for CELANDINE
A bitter cholagogue and antispasmodic herb, used to treat spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and bile duct, celandine is said to clean the gall bladder and stimulate bile flow in cases of hepatitis, jaundice and gall stones. It is often used as an example of the doctrine of signatures, the concept that a plant resembles the condition or part of the body that it can heal, because the bright, yellowy, orange sap resembles bile. This sap is also used topically, twice daily, for viral warts a...
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Urtica (Nettle) Root May Improve Prostate Health

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 3 September 2021
Urtica (Nettle) Root May Improve Prostate Health
Urtica Dioica or Nettle roots are a folkloric classic for treating genitourinary complaints, although the mechanisms of action have not been extensively researched or explored. Limited evidence has shown that Urtica roots contain the phytosterols' stigmasterol, campesterol, and related steroids. In addition to these phytosterols, polysaccharides and lectins contribute to the medicinal effects. Recent research shows that Urtica has many mechanisms of action on the genitourinary trac...
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Ashwagandha's Effects on Muscle Growth and Recovery

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 28 August 2021
Ashwagandha's Effects on Muscle Growth and Recovery
When we think of supplements for strength and muscle building, modern options like creatine monohydrate, whey protein, or BCAAs likely come to mind. But research continuously shows that Ashwagandha also known as Withania or Winter Cherry, a herbal supplement with ancient roots, deserves equal attention from today's performance and strength building communities.  Ashwagandha is a herbal supplement that has been used in Ayurvedic naturopathic medicine for centuries. It's made...
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  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia