Category: Health

Chaste Tree for the relief of symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is very beneficial for the relief of symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is one of my favourite herbs for women’s health and regularly prescribe it. Depending on the presenting symptoms, I typically combine Chaste Tree with other herbs,… Continue Reading “Chaste Tree for the relief of symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome”

Chamomile, Fennel, and Lemon Balm in the treatment of breastfed colicky infants

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to investigate the effectiveness and side effects of a phytotherapeutic agent with Matricariae recutita (Chamomile), Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel), and Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) in the treatment of infantile colic. The daily average crying time for the treatment group… Continue Reading “Chamomile, Fennel, and Lemon Balm in the treatment of breastfed colicky infants”

Rhodiola: an Adaptogen

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is a popular plant in traditional medical systems in Eastern Europe and Asian with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, reducing irritability, enhancing work performance, and improving fatigue. Rhodiola is classed as an adaptogen. An adaptogen has the… Continue Reading “Rhodiola: an Adaptogen”

Tribulus terrestris for Men’s health

I have been using Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) since 1998 for men’s health, particularly for libido, stamina, and endurance. I was treating several rugby league players in 1999 for stress and fatigue. A common issue they had was low libido due to all the training… Continue Reading “Tribulus terrestris for Men’s health”

Vitamin D, Calcium, and Bones

Vitamin D is critically important for the development, growth, and maintenance of a healthy skeleton from birth until death. It plays an essential role in maintaining healthy mineralised bones of the skeleton. The major function of vitamin D is to maintain calcium homeostasis. Vitamin… Continue Reading “Vitamin D, Calcium, and Bones”

Effects of kelp supplementation on thyroid function in euthyroid subjects

Kelp has numerous health benefits, including thyroid, hair, and skin health. A double-blind prospective clinical trial was conducted involving 36 healthy euthyroid (thyroid gland is functioning normally) subjects. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive placebo (4 alfalfa capsules per day), low-dose kelp (2 kelp… Continue Reading “Effects of kelp supplementation on thyroid function in euthyroid subjects”

Institute News

The Institute has been gaining momentum since opening early 2002. A number of seminars and presentations have taken place, with a recent seminar on respiratory health in November. I enjoy presenting on nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes and am planning some presentations for… Continue Reading “Institute News”

Passionflower in the treatment of generalised anxiety

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is one of my most favourite herbs. Have used it with patients since day 1. I tend to combine it with Ashwagandha (Withania), Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Rehmannia, Rhodiola, Inositol, and Vitamin C. A double-blind randomised trial compared the efficacy of Passiflora… Continue Reading “Passionflower in the treatment of generalised anxiety”

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