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Berberine Enhances Chemo-sensitivity and Induces Apoptosis

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 21 March 2021
Berberine Enhances Chemo-sensitivity and Induces Apoptosis
Alkaloids are used in traditional medicine for the treatment of many diseases. These compounds are synthesised in plants as secondary metabolites and have multiple effects on cellular metabolism. Among plant derivatives with biological properties, the isoquinoline quaternary alkaloid berberine (BBR) possesses a broad range of therapeutic uses against several diseases. In recent years, BBR has been reported to inhibit cell proliferation and to be cytotoxic towards cancer cells. Based on thi...
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Metformin interaction with Goldenseal

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 17 February 2021
Metformin interaction with Goldenseal
Patients taking the herb goldenseal while taking the prescription drug metformin may be unwittingly sabotaging efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, as reported in a study published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Metformin was included in a cocktail of selected drugs given to participants in a clinical study led by scientists at Washington State University's College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The study sought to determine the impact of g...
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The Power of Polysaccharides

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 18 January 2021
The Power of Polysaccharides
In recent decades, several biologically active polysaccharides and polysaccharide-protein complexes have been isolated from plants, lichen, algae, yeast, fungi, and mushroom, and due to their antitumor and immunomodulatory properties, these compounds have received considerable attention from researchers and health care professionals. Overall, the two key mechanisms by which polysaccharides act on tumour cells are direct action (inhibition of cancer cell growth and induction of programmed ...
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Posted by Manuela Boyle on 3 December 2020
Oncology has always coexisted with therapies that are not part of conventional cancer treatments. Many of these therapies have focused on altered nutrient intake that my help to 'heal' or 'detoxify' the body from cancer and/or conventional cancer treatment. Therefore, food, diet and medicine play a major role in determining the quality of life during a patient's cancer journey. Information is a vital concern to patients in managing their care. Cancer evades immune system ...
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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
  • British Naturopathic Association

Disclaimer: Manuela Boyle is not a registered medical practitioner or specialist medical oncologist. Manuela Boyle is a general health service provider who is not legally required to be registered under National Health Practitioner regulation law. She practises under the national Code of Conduct that sets standards to general health service providers who are not regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Manuela Boyle is an accredited member of the following professional organisations:
NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia), SIO (Society of Integrative Oncology) USA, AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medical Association), IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) USA