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Archive for the 'Rosemary' Category

May is arthritis awareness month

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Researchers from Bethesda North Hospital Pharmacy, in Cincinnati, Ohio reviewed the evidence for using supplements to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

Initial study of Zyflamend for prostate cancer

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Laboratory research suggests that Zyflamend — an extract containing 10 herbs — decreases prostate cancer growth.

Now, researchers from the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia are starting a systematic evaluation in patients. (more…)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in herbal products

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of antibiotics.

You’re exposed to these bacteria when you swallow the herbal medicine. (more…)

Wolfsbane: Uses, risks, and admonitions

Monday, April 21st, 2008

“The wolfsbane I should dread;
Nor will I dreary rosemarye,
That always mourns the dead;
But I will woo the dainty rose,
With her cheeks of tender red.”
…Thomas Hood

Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus, aconite, monkshood) is sometimes included in herbal remedies to treat inflammation, pain, musculoskeletal problems (eg arthritis), and heart problems. (more…)

Cyclosporine, herbals, and immunosupressive therapy

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) is used to prevent organ rejection following kidney, liver, and heart transplants. It may also be used to treat chronic rejection in patients previously treated with other immunosuppressive agents.

The information in this article should be valuable for people taking cyclosporine for its immunosuppressant effect, and for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are monitoring this therapy.

Interactions between cyclosporine and St. John’s wort and rosemary are discussed. In addition, it reviews the purported immunostimulating effects of certain herbals and herbal medicines that are potential nephrotoxins.

Illustration: University of Texas

8/11/06 20:38 JR