How The Opioid Crisis Affects The Elderly

The number one reason Americans today seek medical attention is pain according to the National Institute of Health. In fact, pain is a more common condition than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Some of the links on this page may link to our affiliates. Learn more about our ad policies. Table of Contents Opioid Use Among […]

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Herbs for Weight Loss

We have all seen patients who struggle with their weight and for whom, on taking a look at their diets and their activity levels, we conclude that their biochemical balance must be working against them. Results of tests for thyroid function, diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, and liver function may help us uncover precise diagnoses in […]

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“Down Home” Detox

There is a great deal of research available on nutraceuticals, chemical constituents in plants, whole herbs and foods that support systemic detoxification by a variety of mechanisms. I’m not going to write about those this time. Instead, let’s focus on what a whole detoxification regimen might include in addition to those pills and potions. Following […]

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Review of Herbs for Allergies: Important Options to Remember

We welcome springtime with great joy here in the Pacific Northwest, embracing the sun, the flowers and the fresh green growth after months of winter’s gray drizzle. Many people, however, pay for their delight in the garden and first blush of colorful blooms with respiratory allergies. What really works to reduce this tendency, not only for hay […]

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Herbal Sexual Tonics for Men: Help or Hype?

Health food stores often have an entire section of products dedicated to enhancing the libido, improving erectile function, and boosting low testosterone, sometimes located right next to the pills that help you gain muscle mass and “burn” fat. Low testosterone levels are frequently demonstrated with modern lab testing, especially in the elder decades of a […]

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“Women’S Herbs” For Men

Approximately half of all men experience some symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy in the latter decades of life,1 and American men have an 18% chance of developing prostate cancer.2 Herbal medicine is both therapeutic to and preventive of the development and progression of this common disorder. Most readers will be familiar with the value of nettle root (Urtica species), […]

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Tasty Herbal Options for Children

How many of you have ever struggled to find a botanical medicine that children would take? What can you do when children are too young to swallow pills, tinctures are a bit too vile to consume, and not enough tea can be consumed to do the trick no matter how much licorice you add? Sure, […]

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Herbal Medicines for Hair Loss

In addition to genetic predisposition to androgenic alopecia and poor circulatory health, stress may exacerbate the process. Acute stress causes hair loss in animals and humans. One investigation of serum cortisol levels and glucocorticoid receptor expression in patients with severe alopecia areata showed a lower expression of glucocorticoid receptors compared to controls1; researchers believe this […]

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Astragalus: Use of the Herb in the Treatment of Allergy & Autoimmunity

Astragalus membranaceus, going by the common names Huangqui in China, and milk vetch in the United States, is one of the most fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Astragalus roots have also been used as a medicinal food by slicing longitudinally and simmering in soups; and for culinary purposes, such as a thickening agent, by processing out […]

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Yokukansan: A Traditional Kampo Formula for Dementia

With Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affecting millions of elders, the need for safe remedies to both halt the progression and help treat symptoms is greater than ever before. One of the greatest challenges for caregivers and family members of patients with cognitive impairment is handling aggression and other disturbing behavioral issues that […]

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Childhood Infections & Injuries: Topical Herbal Formulas

No one escapes childhood without some scrapes, burns, bruises, and infections. Every herbalist and family physician needs a supply of gentle but effective topical applications for lice, burns, and other common issues. Most readers will be familiar with all-purpose wound-healing agents such as Calendula and Symphytum, both useful as tinctures and teas to apply to cuts and abrasions, as […]

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Rosmarinic Acid for Allergies

Research is growing regarding the use of rosmarinic acid, a safe and ecologically abundant constituent of common herbs that you probably already know and love. Rosmarinic acid is found in rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis of course, and in many Lamiaceae (formerly Labiatae) family plants, which are commonly referred to as the mint family, including Coleus species, Lycopus virginia, Lavendula,1 Melissa officianalis,2,3 Nepeta cataria, Ocimum sanctum, Origanum […]

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Sarah was Saved by a Radish: A Case Study of Congenital Biliary Atresia

I first moved to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1980s to attend National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, and found a wooded rural home with a large friendly family next door. On getting to know the neighbors a bit, they were delighted that I was beginning the naturopathic program and shared that an […]

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Botanicals for Emotional Illnesses

This article is a bit “out of the box.” As some readers may be aware, I have been living in Peru for 6 months a year for the past 5 years, studying shamanism and ethnobotany with several indigenous Amazonian tribes. Their ideas about mental and emotional illness are so strikingly different from the Western paradigm […]

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A Long Perspective on Longevity: Antiaging and “Inflammaging”

Over the many millennia of humanity’s evolution, the average life expectancy has increased substantially, from well under 30 years in Paleolithic times to about a world average of 67 years at present. There are striking differences in the average life expectancy in various countries, with Japan and other Asian countries on the high end at […]

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Herbal High Road Can Alleviate Pain Precisely: Formulas for Acutely Painful Conditions Aimed at Restoring and Correcting Underlying Pathology

Pain is of course a good way to get our attention that something is wrong in the body. We can ignore less urgent symptoms for months and even years on end, but not pain. Treatment of patients with painful conditions and acute pain often has several goals. We expect to offer something that will assuage […]

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Petasites for Pain and Inflammation

The Petasites genus comprises 15 to 20 species, and all have been used to treat pain, inflammation, and allergic hyperreactivity. Petasites species are large-leaved, moisture-loving plants native to temperate woodlands of northern Asia, Europe, and North America. They are sometimes referred to by the general name sweet coltsfoot because of similarity to Tussilago. Petasites are in the Senecioneae tribe of the Asteraceae […]

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Seaweed, Chewing Gum, and GERD

Botanical Insights Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine (H2) acid blocking drugs are the mainstay of acid reflux treatment. With an estimated 100 million people experiencing occasional symptoms, and 15 million suffering from heartburn on a daily basis, sales of these drugs currently exceed 10 billion dollars per year. However, the innocuous public opinion regarding ant-acid […]

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Traveler’s Diarrhea: Prevention and Treatment

Spending half the year in third-world countries for the past 5 years has put traveler’s diarrhea high on my radar. Statistics have shown that traveler’s diarrhea is almost part of the price of traveling to exotic locales and is somewhat hard to avoid when venturing outside of cloistered 5-star hotels. And if you are not […]

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Materia Medica Review for Gastrointestinal Inflammation

Irritable bowel, food intolerances, stress-related digestive disorders, ulcerative pathologies, and infectious and dysbiotic gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common of all patient complaints in general family practice. The acute pain, nausea or bloating, and discomfort occurring with many of these conditions will respond well to herbal therapies, especially teas because direct surface contact is […]

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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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