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This randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in women between the ages of 40 and 70 who reported menopausal symptoms. Women were evaluated using two conventionally recognized scales of menopause symptoms, the Kupperman Index (KI) and the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Women were randomized to receive either placebo or an extract of Schisandra chinensis… […]

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Did you know that curcumin, a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), has antidepressant activity? Natural medicine has much to offer individuals who suffer from mild to moderate depression, and increasingly, we have things to offer for those with major depression. One of the problems with conventional treatments, is that nearly 50% of patients with major […]

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Fenugreek seed has a long tradition of being used as an agent to increase the production of breast milk (“galactagogue”). There is general agreement among health care advisory organizations, including the World Health Organization, breast feeding is recommended for at least 6 months, due to its short and long term health benefits to the recipient. […]

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I’m regularly looking for more satisfactory results for treatment of acne vulgaris— those nasty pimples most commonly on the facial area. There are multiple factors that cause acne, but a few of those factors includes and excessive production of sebum, an immune response to the bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, inflammation and abnormal cell turnover of […]

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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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