Botanical Management of Difficult Skin Conditions: Psoriasis and Vitiligo

In the May issue I wrote a general article on research of herbs affecting collagen and the health of the skin. My investigations turned up so much interesting research on a variety of skin conditions that I wanted to continue presenting the information in this issue. I would like to share information on Apiaceae family […]

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Photosensitizing Herbs: Skin Diseases and Cancers

Although photosensitizing herbs are a cause of concern for obvious skin damage and dermal inflammation, they also have many medicinal effects when used in appropriate dosages. The main photosensitizing herbs are in the Apiaceae family, but Monarda of the Lamiaceae family is photosensitizing, and the most potent photosensitizer known is hypercin in Hypericum of the Hyperiaceae family. The Apiaceae […]

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Protecting and Supporting Skin Integrity

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve investigated the research on skin supportive herbs. I’m not getting any younger and cosmetic injections are not my style. And I’m not that vain as to consider surgical methods. I just wanted to do my homework on what research was out there on herbs and the skin, which I’ve summarized below. Are […]

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Botanical Management of Streptococcal Infections of the Skin

Group A streptococci are a leading human pathogen and worldwide health issue. In chronic skin infections, the goal of supporting a healthy ecosystem to invite desirable microbes and protective skin barriers should be equal to the combat of the pathogen. Herbs are excellent in this regard as they can simultaneously support skin health and provide […]

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AromaChemistry: Why Should We Learn It, Anyway?

Dr. Tim explains why you should learn AromaChemistry. Watch the video now.  Sign-Up for FREE Course! If you’d like to have lifetime access to this video, eligible CEUs, and the course slides PDF handout for this video, sign-up for the course for FREE here. Add the course to your cart (FREE) and checkout.   […]

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The Wonder of Wintergreen

When we think of wintergreen, we probably think of that refreshing minty taste in chewing gum or toothpaste. Or perhaps that icy-hot sensation we feel from applying medicated cream for sore muscles after an intense workout. The essential oil that we call wintergreen is most commonly extracted from the leaves of Eastern Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens). […]

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Using Plants to Treat the Spirit

Plants are living beings. Although most of my articles have focused on the plant-based chemistry and research of botanical medicine in terms of diseases, enzyme systems, antioxidant activities, etc., what first got me interested in botanical medicine was a love of nature and the plant realm. I am comforted in the forest; I find joy […]

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Herbal Treatment Approaches to Insomnia

Sleep, and probably even dreaming, is essential to good health. Over the years I have seen enough people with sleep disorders to group them into several general categories: basic stress and nervous disorders, blood sugar and cortisol dysregulation, menopausal and hormonal imbalances, and musculoskeletal pain and physical restlessness. Each of these is best addressed with […]

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Sensory Integration Disorder

Sensory Integration Disorder (SID), also known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction or Sensory Processing Disorder, is a neurological condition involving an inability to integrate sensory information – spatial, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, kinesthetic, and tactile. Children may display symptoms of hyper- or hyposensitivity to various sensations, resulting in learning issues, behavioral disorders, and proprioceptive and coordination […]

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Infertility and Homeopathy

A difficult case of infertility resolved with homeopathy and documented. Mankind has never devised a better tool for solving mysteries of the universe than science. What is Science? Science is derived from the Latin: Scientia means “knowledge”.  Science is an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of prediction and testable explanation. Homeopathy is one […]

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Anxiety and Depression: A Materia Medica Review

By numerous accounts, a large percentage of the US population is using antidepressant and anxiolytic medications. This may say a lot about the condition of the human heart and soul. A 2005 survey1 done by Kaiser Permanente reported that the use of antidepressants by youth, mostly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, doubled in the decade between 1994 […]

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Infertility and Evidence-Based Homeopathy

Dr. Nikunj M. Trivedi successfully treats a young couple who were unable to conceive due to multiple problems of both partners. A young couple visited my clinic in India, having a complaint of no issue after a married life of six years. They had tried many treatment options to start a family, seeking help in […]

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Equal Parts Naturopathy, Love, and Determination: Cancer Prevention and Treatment

I have so many extraordinary stories that have come out of working with cancer patients. Most of them have survived. A few have not, but each of their lives touched me greatly. Each has been my teacher, showing me the preciousness of our time here on earth and the gifts of appreciating every moment, difficult […]

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From Abnormal to Normal with Homeopathy: The process of restoration

Dr. Nikunj Trivedi discusses the process of restoration to health and illustrates with cases of Exotosis and Alopecia Totalis. This article aims to outline the process of restoration from abnormal to normal using homeopathic remedies. Before going further with this, it is vital to understand the difference between normal and abnormal. Normal by definition means […]

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The Chitari Foundation: A Best of All Worlds Approach to Healthcare

The Chitari Foundation envisions establishing hospitals and clinics that will provide inpatient and outpatient services, as well as medical research and education. These centers will provide a foundation where all medical modalities collaborate to promote health in people, communities, and, ultimately, the global environment. My mom died in a car accident when I was 23 […]

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Botanical Therapies for Headaches

Headache Pathophysiology and Botanical Considerations Headache is one of the most common medical complaints treated in general clinical practices and is a significant public health burden, in terms of suffering, disrupted family interactions, and lost work and wages. Headaches can have numerous underlying causes, such as stress, hormonal, vascular, allergic, dysglycemia, exhaustion, chronic constipation, and […]

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Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions

Opiate addiction is an enormous and devastating health  problem worldwide, with over 5 million active addicts in the United States alone.1 And not only the addict is affected; marriages suffer or are ruined; jobs are lost; meaningful relationships to people, other hobbies, nature, and the world at large are lost; and, most of all, the mind […]

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Diagnosing Infertility and Some Remedies in Treatment

Dr. Nikunj Trivedi gives a brief discussion of diagnostics in infertility and some remedies in treatment Infertility is defined as failure by a couple to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. Vital statistics have shown 40% of infertility cases having an abnormality of male factors, which are important in spermatogenesis. Spermatogenesis u     Requires 72 […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: A Primer

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a diagnosis that equally challenges clinicians, patients, and family members. The number of patients with this condition is rising rapidly as our population ages. By the year 2040 – only 15 years from now – it is anticipated that 20% of the population in the United States will be over the […]

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All About Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Autoimmune diseases of the thyroid are on the rise worldwide, believed to be due to nutritional and environmental factors including exposure to heavy metals, organochlorides, pesticides,1 and tobacco smoke.2 Autoimmune thyroid disease, namely Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, involve T cell-mediated inflammatory processes and affect approximately 5% of the population; the incidence of elevated anti-thyroid antibodies is […]

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Homeopathy and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

A Brief Discussion of Homeopathy in Erectile Dysfunction. Erectile Dysfunction is most commonly a psycho-somatic (Psoric in Origin) problem with males, where the person is unable to get or maintain an erection sufficient for  satisfactory Intercourse. Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to achieve orgasm with adequate stimulation resulting in either delayed ejaculation or no ejaculation. […]

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Senior Vaccination: Understanding Shingles & Pneumonia Vaccines

Routine non-annual vaccinations for patients over the age of 65 include a single-dose shingles vaccine and a 2-part pneumonia vaccine. If you see seniors as part of your practice, it is useful to be familiar with these immunizations so that you can provide guidance and information to them. Incidence of Shingles & Pneumonia Shingles is […]

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Improving Estrogen Dominance With Food and Herbal Medicine

Estrogen dominance is extremely common in the general U.S. population and is associated with the discomforts of PMS, the pathologies of breast cysts, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids, as well as contributory to the emergence of hormone-related cancers such as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancer. For several decades, an unanswered question has been whether […]

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Conn’s Syndrome (Primary Hyperaldosteronism): A Homeopathic Approach

Dr.Nikunj Trivedi presents a case of Conn’s Syndrome (Primary Hyperaldosteronism) in a woman of 42. Her anxiety, fear of death, palpitation, nervousness and trembling were clues to the simillimum. Case History: A 42 years old lady, Mrs. S. B.  with tremendous weakness and profound tiredness visited my clinic on 2nd August 2016 with her husband and […]

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Book Review: The Alzheimer’s Antidote

Medical Resources for NDs: Review of Current Publications for the Naturopathic Industry Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is terrifying, not only because it is common (half of all Americans have AD by age 85), but because standard treatment for it is a failure. Amy Berger’s new book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, gives us a solid dietary foundation from which […]

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Melissa and Other Dopaminergic Herbs Useful in Treatment of PCOS

Dopamine is increasingly being recognized as a key regulatory neurohormone in the hypothalamus and the pituitary. Dopamine and L-Dopa inhibit the release of some pituitary hormones. Most notable are prolactin and luteinizing hormone (LH); possibly inhibited is thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and, in some cases, so is growth hormone (GH). Insulin response and complex feedback loops […]

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Book Review – Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1: Digestion and Elimination

Medical Resources for NDs: A Review of Current Publications for the Naturopathic Industry After reading this first volume from Dr Jill Stansbury, my immediate reaction was that I can’t wait for the remaining 4 in her series. Herbal textbooks are not widely available, to begin with, and this series promises to be a cornerstone not […]

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Why Naturopathic Physicians Particularly Need to be Evidence-Based Medicine Rock Stars

Warning, this article is going to be about evidence-based medicine (EBM)… Check in with yourself. What are you feeling? Joking aside, while EBM has become established over the past 20 years in conventional and integrative medicine environments, it is often still met with skepticism.1 Let’s explore that. In the aptly titled British Medical Journal paper, “EBM: […]

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Inositol Compounds: Effects on Fertility, Ovarian Function, & Insulin

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of infertility, affecting from 5-10% of all women. PCOS is commonly associated with insulin resistance, even in those with a normal body mass index (BMI). Insulin-sensitizing compounds not only improve insulin resistance and reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes, they may also improve ovarian response to […]

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Treating Autoimmune Diseases: A Functional Approach for Practitioners

If you have patients with an autoimmune condition, it’s not surprising. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health, autoimmune diseases affect over 23 million Americans.1 Other estimates push this number to over 50 million, because while there at least 80 different autoimmune-related diseases and conditions, only […]

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Calming Effects of Lavender Comparable to Diazepam

  Lavender is a flowering plant from the mint family (Lamiaceae or Labiatae) and is known not only for its beautiful purple flower and sweet fragrance, but also for its calming and soothing effects.  Diazepam is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and certain types of seizures. Known commercially as […]

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The Emerging Diagnosis of Lower Urinary Dysfunctional Epithelia

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is frequently reported to affect women 5 times more often than men; however, these statistics may reflect the fact that men are often labeled as having nonbacterial chronic prostatitis rather than IC. In many cases, the symptoms of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis may be identical to and indistinguishable from the symptoms of IC […]

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Curcumin: A Potential Powerhouse for RA Treatment

In conventional practices, NSAIDs and glucocorticoids are used the most frequently for RA treatment, but they also bring with them a host of side effects, especially in long-term use. Possible adverse effects include stomach and liver damage, allergic reactions, lowered immunity, increased blood pressure, lowered red blood cell activity (myelosuppression), and increased risk of osteoporosis.1,2 Worse […]

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PSA: A Failed Screening Test

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protease produced by prostate cells to liquefy the semen. Though it is found in non-prostatic cells in minute amounts, it is largely a product of the prostate and thus fairly specific for problems in that organ. Unfortunately, the idea that PSA levels are a direct marker of lethal prostate cancer […]

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Hypericum Lights the Path Toward New Bladder Cancer Therapies

St John’s wort for cancer? Bladder cancer is more common in men, for unknown reasons, and is most frequent in later decades of life, presumably due to long-term exposure to carcinogens and epithelial irritants. Carcinoma of transitional epithelium is the most common type of bladder cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma, which is most often […]

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The Harmony of Inside-Out and Outside-In: A Comprehensive Approach to Skin Conditions

As naturopathic doctors, we have a comprehensive approach to treating our patients. In this way, we differ from conventional practitioners of medicine. One way this is very evident is our perception and care for our patients’ skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and can be seen as a barometer of what […]

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Urinary Colic & Lithiasis

Herbal Specifics Renal colic due to kidney stones can present as vague to excruciating pain, no matter the size of calculi. Renal colic pain is not due to the stone itself, but rather is due to obstruction of the urinary flow by the kidney stone causing increased pressure on the urinary tract wall, smooth muscle […]

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Interstitial Cystitis In Men

Tolle Causam For a long time the medical dogma has been that interstitial cystitis (IC) affects women 10 times more often than men.1 This idea was flawed for several reasons, particularly the simple absence of any attempt to look for IC in men with pelvic pain and instead labeling them as having chronic prostatitis. A large […]

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Addressing Acute Allergy Concerns Naturally

I occasionally have been guilty of wanting to be the quintessential ND, looking comprehensively at a patient’s presentation, scrupulously following our principles and digging deep to understand the multifactorial clinical tapestry as to effectively “identify and treat the cause(s),” unfortunately, sometimes all the while ignoring our hierarchy of care and the patient’s acute concerns: his […]

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Picrorhiza & Neopicrorhiza: Applications in Allergic & Inflammatory Lung Disorders

Neopicrorhiza schrophulariiflora and Picrorhiza scrophulariiflora have been used traditionally for allergies, asthma, and inflammatory disorders, including liver disease. Neopicrorhiza grows in high-altitude locales of the Himalayas and is an herbaceous perennial plant of the Scrophulariaceae family whose leaves, stems, and roots are used medicinally. Picrorhiza kurroa was the species originally used in Ayurvedic medicine; however, due to severe overharvesting, it is now […]

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