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I’ve written numerous other blogs and given many lectures on natural medicine and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I consider this a strong area for natural medicine in the areas of addressing the underlying endocrinologic disorder and improving the many manifestations of PCOS. In the not so distant past, I’ve written about N-acetyl cysteine, myo-inositol vs. […]

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Heart palpitations are a fairly common symptom of the women patients in my practice. While they need to be investigated with a good history, medical exam, and potential testing with heart monitors and/or electrocardiograms or a referral to a cardiologist, fortunately, in my practice, most of them are what are called benign heart palpitations and […]

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammatory scaling, thickened lesions of the skin. Conventional treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis included topical and systemic medications, but all are fraught with potential side effects. Several other studies have shown that turmeric extract applied topically can reduce the severity of psoriasis lesions. The current double-blind, placebo-controlled […]

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Menstrual cramps are classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Your average case of menstrual cramps is referred to as primary dysmenorrhea, meaning they are due to a functional mechanism such as abnormal prostaglandin production from the uterine endometrium, especially PGF 2 alpha, increased inflammatory substances or lack of ovulation. Secondary dysmenorrhea is due to […]

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The term functional dyspepsia refers to indigestion problems that are unrelated to esophageal reflux, heartburn or irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms typically occur with eating and include upper abdominal discomfort or pains, bloating, nausea, lack of appetite and feeling full quickly when eating. Ginger and artichoke have a long traditional history of being used to treat […]

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as the cyclic physical symptoms and mood change which start sometime from mid-cycle to the end of the menses but then ends either with the onset of menses or by the end of menses. Changes in neurotransmitters and prostaglandins are the primary physiological issues of PMS. Curcumin studies demonstrate its […]

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Simple respiratory infections include sinus infections and the common cold and up to about 80% of the time they are self-limiting. Up to 20% are complicated and lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, otitis, pharyngitis or bacterial sinusitis. Prevention of respiratory tract infections is a desired goal of course but often frequent hand washing, healthy […]

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This study included 45 women with ages 18-65 and a mean age of 41.5 years, who were in remission from their depression but who suffered from antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction (AISD). Patients received either 1500 mg Maca root or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. Sexual function was evaluated using common research questionnaires and scales. These […]

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Lavender flower essential oil has a long traditional history of use for anxiety and stress, but also some modern meaningful scientific research confirming its excellent effectiveness in treating general anxiety disorders. Here is yet another recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study comparing the effects of a lavender cream and foot bathing on anxiety, stress and even […]

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The use of herbal medicines, including those with phytoestrogen (weak estrogen-like, but not estrogen) compounds have gained an important place in the management of menopause symptoms. Phytoestrogens are classified in 3 main categories of flavonoids, coumestans and lignans. The hop plant contains phytoestrogens including prenylnaringenin and is thought to be the most potent of all […]

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