Plant Preparations

Publication Title: 
Cancer Treatment and Research
Author(s): 
Cobleigh, M. A.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Dietary caloric restriction (CR) is the only intervention conclusively and reproducibly shown to slow aging and maintain health and vitality in mammals. Although this paradigm has been known for over 60 years, its precise biological mechanisms and applicability to humans remain unknown. We began addressing the latter question in 1987 with the first controlled study of CR in primates (rhesus and squirrel monkeys, which are evolutionarily much closer to humans than the rodents most frequently employed in CR studies).

Author(s): 
Roth, G. S.
Ingram, D. K.
Lane, M. A.
Publication Title: 
The virtual mentor: VM
Author(s): 
Fahey, Jed W.
Kensler, Thomas W.
Publication Title: 
European Neuropsychopharmacology: The Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Research in the area of herbal psychopharmacology has increased markedly over the past decades. To date however, a comprehensive review of herbal antidepressant, anxiolytic and hypnotic psychopharmacology and applications in depression, anxiety and insomnia has been absent. A search of MEDLINE (PubMed), CINAHL, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library databases was conducted (up to February 21st 2011) on commonly used psychotropic herbal medicines.

Author(s): 
Sarris, Jerome
Panossian, Alexander
Schweitzer, Isaac
Stough, Con
Scholey, Andrew
Publication Title: 
Primary Care

Numerous vitamins, herbs, supplements, and other agents are readily available for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. Many of these products have little evidence-based medical support to prove the efficacy of these supplements. The physician must be aware that their patients are using these products and must be knowledgeable about their side effects and drug-herb interactions. Our patients have tremendous access to medical information in the lay literature and on the internet. They are using this information to gain access to various diet therapies.

Author(s): 
Roth, Alan
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Obesity (2005)

The prevalence of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate and a plethora of complementary therapies are on offer claiming effectiveness for reducing body weight. The aim of this systematic review is to critically assess the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews of complementary therapies for reducing body weight. Literature searches were conducted on Medline, Embase, Amed, and the Cochrane Library until January 2004. Hand-searches of relevant medical journals and bibliographies of identified articles were conducted.

Author(s): 
Pittler, M. H.
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy

This feature presents information for patients in a question and answer format. It is written to simulate actual questions that many pain patients ask and to provide answers in a context and language that most pain patients will comprehend. Issues addressed in this issue are carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, glucosamine and chondroitin, hypnosis, marijuana.

Author(s): 
Fishman, Scott M.
Publication Title: 
World journal of gastroenterology: WJG

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder with a high incidence in the general population. The diagnosis of IBS is mainly based on exclusion of other intestinal conditions through the absence of inflammatory markers and specific antigens. The current pharmacological treatment approaches available focus on reducing symptom severity while often limiting quality of life because of significant side effects. This has led to an effectiveness gap for IBS patients that seek further relief to increase their quality of life.

Author(s): 
Grundmann, Oliver
Yoon, Saunjoo L.
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)
Author(s): 
Glickman-Simon, Richard
Savasta, Stephanie
Publication Title: 
Cell

Traditional medicines provide fertile ground for modern drug development, but first they must pass along a pathway of discovery, isolation, and mechanistic studies before eventual deployment in the clinic. Here, we highlight the challenges along this route, focusing on the compounds artemisinin, triptolide, celastrol, capsaicin, and curcumin.

Author(s): 
Corson, Timothy W.
Crews, Craig M.

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