Category: Drug

Natural Medicine Research Nuggets

woman doing natural medicine research

A brief round-up of some natural medicine news

  1. Use of SSRI medications (anti-depressants) increases the risk of osteoporosis.
  2. At least twice per day intake of grapes, oranges, apples, and fresh tomatoes were protective for wheezing and rhinitis (allergies).
  3. Folic acid supplementation effectively reduces the risk of stroke.
  4. A double-blind placebo-controlled study found that supplementation with a Korean red (Panax) ginseng (2 g/meal) improved plasma glucose and plasma insulin regulation in people with well-controlled type 2 diabetes.

Five Good Reasons to Wean off Prescription Drugs and Switch to Herbs

  1. Herbal remedies are not addictive or habit forming so that when you and your naturopathic doctor feel that you no longer need their support, you can just stop taking them without any rebound side effects or nasty withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Herbal remedies work with your body chemistry to help correct the underlying imbalance rather than just mask the symptoms.
  3. Herbs contain not just medicinal ingredients, but because they are plants also come with vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and polyphenols that naturally occur in plants and help nourish you back to excellent health.
  4. Fewer or no side effects. Good quality herbs used at the appropriate dose for the right amount of time cause little or no side effects.
  5. Many herbs have been studied in comparison to prescription drugs and found to be as effective, yet without the risks and side effects.

Wean off prescription drugs only under the combined guidance of your MD and a naturopathic doctor.