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Natural Medicine Research

natural medicine research

Is There Research on Naturopathic Medicine?

You bet there is.  Here’s an overview of some interesting natural medicine research:

  1. Alcohol extract of sage enhances memory (Psychopharmacology 2008; 198(1): 127-139)
  2. Standardised willow bark extract continues to show benefit for painful osteoarthritis, with similar effectiveness and better tolerance than conventional therapy. (Phytomedicine 2008 15(11):907-913)
  3. Garlic standardised for allicin content and administered in a slow-release tablet had a cholesterol-lowering effect in mild hypercholesterolaemia. (J Atheroscler Thromb 15(6):334-338)
  4. Several case reports describe where repletion of vitamin D resolved back pain or significantly improved patients’ quality of life, even after failed back surgery. (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, February 2009)
  5. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation reduces risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, helps fibromyalgia patients, could improve recovery from cardiac surgery, and may even minimize tumors in breast cancer. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, January 2009, Clinical Biochemistry, December 2008, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, December 2008, & The British Journal of Nutrition, December 2008, respectively.

Please do not self-medicate based on this information, consult a naturopathic doctor to determine whether these are appropriate for you and also to source out the most effective products.


Natural Medicine Research Nuggets

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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.

Research On: Oils


  1. Three out of seven flaxseed oils didn’t pass quality tests including measures of rancidity. Source: Physicochemical and quality characteristics of cold-pressed flaxseed oils.  Wee-Sim Choo, John Birch, Jean-Pierre Dufour. Department of Food Science, University of Otago, New Zealand, Dunedin 9015, New Zealand. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2006.12.002
  2. This study found that the majority of Australians are failing to meet intake recommendations for long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (> 0.2 g per day) Source: Lipids. 2003 Apr;38(4):391-897(4):661-6
  3. Dietary omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Source: Am J Cardiol. 2006 Aug 21;98(4A):3i-18i. Epub 2006 May 30

Fiber Research


  1. Dietary soluble fiber inhibits cholesterol stone formation by reducing the biliary cholesterol saturation index. Source: Am J Surg. 1999 Apr;177(4):307-10.
  2. This study found an inverse relationship between stomach cancer risk and various types of fiber, derived, in particular, from vegetables and fruit. Source: Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Aug;20(6):847-53Apr;97(4):661-6
  3. This study compared soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and placebo in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and found that only the soluble fiber group had any significant improvement.  Source: BMJ. 2009 Aug 27;339:b3154