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Archive for the 'Raspberry Leaf' Category

Use of herbal supplements by pregnant women

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Researchers at the University of Oslo, in Norway, studied the use of herbal supplements by pregnant Norwegian women. (more…)

Review: CAM options to induce labor

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Researchers at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia, examined the scientific evidence for the use of CAM to stimulate labor. (more…)

Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

Let’s focus on complementary options. (more…)

The value of CAM for pain relief during labor

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Professor Michel Tournaire and Dr. Anne Theau-Yonneau have reviewed the literature.

Few publications report a statistically significant reduction in labor pain? Here’s what we know about pain relief and other outcomes. I’ll summarize the more familiar options. (more…)

Getting specific about CAM-drug interactions

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Dr. Philip Hansten from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy has spent more than 30 years chronicling and documenting drug interactions.

In an article in Pharmacy Times, he and Dr. John Horn focus on the risks for people with diabetes or taking blood thinners. (more…)

Black-raspberry gel to prevent mouth cancer

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Oral cancer (cancer of the mouth) accounts for about only 4% of all cancers diagnosed each year in the US, but survival rates are among the lowest of major cancers.

Dr. Susan Mallery from the Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry reports that a gel made from black raspberry could stop oral lesions that often leave patients permanently disfigured. (more…)

Black cohosh use during pregnancy

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

A survey of midwifes in the United States revealed that 45% used black cohosh to induce labor. The preparation is called “mother’s cordial? or “partus preparatus.” In addition to black cohosh, it contains squaw vine (Mitchella ripens), raspberry (Rubus idaeus), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), and false unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum).

What do we know about using black cohosh safely during pregnancy? (more…)