Scientific Articles, Herbs and Supplements

Pregnancy Eating, Raw food Eating

This article has a ton of information about these two topics:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/embor.2008.61/pdf

 

Here I will begin adding information or links to pages I find interesting on different herbs and supplementation.

Skullcap

University of Maryland says it far better than I ever could:

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/skullcap

Triphala

This is the best herb to help with regularity. It is the only non-stimulant herbal for this use that I know of; this means it can be used chronically (daily) without any danger of dependency. Stimulant laxatives, even herbal ones, can interfere with the ability of the body to produce it’s own peristalsis (ability to “go”) if used chronically (1).

“Triphala, a herbal formula composed of the three fruits of Terminalia chebula Retz. (Haritaki, Family: Combretaceae), Terminalia bellirica Roxb. (Bibhitaki, Family: Combretaceae) and Phyllanthus emblica Linn. or Emblica officinalis Gaertn. (Amalaki or the Indian gooseberry, Family: Euphorbiaceae) is considered to be a universal panacea in the traditional Indian system of medicine the Ayurveda. It has been described in the Ayurveda text as a “Rasayana’ and to rejuvenat the debilitated organs. Ayurvedic physicians use Triphala for many ailments but most importantly to treat various gastrointestinal disorders. Scientific studies carried out in the past two decades have validated many of the ethnomedicinal claims and researches have shown Triphala to possess free radical scavenging, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, antibacterial, antimutagenic, wound healing, anticariogenic, antistress, adaptogenic, hypoglycaemic, anticancer, chemoprotective, radioprotective and chemopreventive effects. Clinical studies have also shown that Triphala was found to have good laxative property, to improve appetite and reduce gastric hyperacidity. Studies have also shown that Triphala was effective in preventing dental caries and that this effect was equal to that of chlorhexidine. ” (2)

1. Munshi R, Bhalerao S, Rathi P, Kuber VV, Nipanikar SU, Kadbhane KP. An open-label, prospective clinical study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TLPL/AY/01/2008 in the management of functional constipation. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2011 Jul;2(3):144-52

2. Baliga MS, Meera S, Mathai B, Rai MP, Pawar V, Palatty PL. Scientific validation of the ethnomedicinal properties of the Ayurvedic drug Triphala: a review. Chin J Integr Med. 2012 Dec;18(12):946-54

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