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The fruit and flowers of Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) have been traditionally used to treat and help to prevent common colds and the flu. Sambucus nigra is a species complex of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae native to most of Europe and North America.  Common names include elder, elderberry, black elder, European elder, European elderberry, and European black elderberry native to a large area of North America east of the Rocky […]

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Rhodiola has long been categorized as an adaptogenic plant, the same category as Ashwagandha, Panax ginseng, Schisandra and others.  These plants are known for their ability to support the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and by doing so, foster a healthy physiologic response to stress and the release of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), cortisol and beta-endorphins.  Rhodiola also […]

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Many herbal options have been studied for the purpose of relieving menopause symptoms.  Black cohosh has been studied the most.  This current study evaluates the effectiveness of a combination of black cohosh and rhodiola, compared with black cohosh alone to relieve menopause symptoms.   Numerous symptoms are possible with perimenopause and/or menopause.  These include hot flashes/night […]

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Perimenopause and menopausal symptoms can include hot flashes/nightsweats, insomnia, anxiety, depression, cognitive changes, decline in sexual desire, and skin and mucus atrophy including the eyes, mouth, vulva, vagina and our general skin thinning, wrinkling and drying.  That list might seem long enough, but there can be others.   The good news is that not all women […]

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The most common symptom women experience in perimenopause and menopause, is hot flashes— day and/or night.  They are also called vasomotor symptoms, which are a sudden feeling of heat, burning and/or sweating with a slight increase in body temperature due to  increased metabolic rate and vasoconstriction in the periphery.  These fluctuating levels of estrogen, and […]

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Consumers, patients and clinicians have long wrestled with the safety issues of phytoestrogens regarding the breast and uterine endometrium in particular.  Phytoestrogens are used for both prevention and treatment strategies in areas of bone health, cardiovascular issues, bone density, hot flashes and more.  Research has been debated regarding their effects on endometrial or breast tissues. […]

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Hello all… I often try to write a seasonally pertinent blog… waxing somewhat philosophical at times or calling our attention to Mother Nature or a meaningful seasonal footnote. This spring….well…..it’s a mighty different situation for all of us.  In many states, including mine, we call it “lock down”…which means all non-essential businesses are closed and […]

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Vaginal delivery often comes with postpartum uterine contractions and pain in more than 82% of women.  This pain can interfere with bonding between mother and child, interfere with breast feeding, and can obviously affect the comfort and quality of life of the mother.  Numerous conventional analgesics are used to mediate the pain, but many plant […]

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