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Kava: Mythical origins and epic coevolution

Origin Myths from various cultures and religions are fascinating examples of oral tradition. Bill...

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Aphrodisiac Plants Used in Ayurveda: Complex Formulas, Ancient and Modern

Matthew Clark takes a historical glimpse at plants and formulations used in Ayurveda as...

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Is there a natural solution to the over-medicalisation of women?

Sebastian Pole explores whether it is best practice for drugs to be the first...

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Five herbs instead of Anti-inflammatories

Modern approach to most inflammatory disturbances is to suppress them with anti-inflammatory drugs, but...

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Endangered Plants and Women’s Health: Fertility Herbs At Risk

Susan Leopold, Executive Director at United Plant Savers, discusses why plants used for women's...

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Inflammation in Acute Hypersensitivities

Kevin Spelman looks at three cases of acute inflammation in hypersensitivities and their clinical...

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The Chinese Herbal Medicine Approach to Inflammation: Solving the Turmeric Paradox

Inflammation is the healing response of the body to tissue damage, and Chinese Herbal...

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Botanical Drugs and Supplements that May Be Safe and Useful in COVID-19

Mark Blumenthal explores the misapprehensions surrounding the safety and efficacy of herbal ingredients to...

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The Metabolic Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Robert Verkerk discusses key factors associated with metabolic disease and treatment approaches.

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How to search for herbal science research: Top tips and techniques

Viv Rolfe explains where to look for good quality herbal research, and how to...

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Too many pills, Not enough roots

Herbalist Edward Thompson discusses the role of herbal medicine in patient self-care and reducing...

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The Art & Science of Herbal Formulation: Western Herbal Medicine

We explore how formulations and medicine making of traditional medicine in the west has...

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The Art & Science of Herbal Formulation: Ayurvedic Formulation

Herbalist Sebastian Pole explores the creation of Ayurvedic formulas which is based on some...

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The Art & Science of Herbal Formulation: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Herbalist Sebastian Pole explores what's in a traditional Chinese herbal formulation.

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The Art & Science of Herbal Formulation: An Introduction

The art & science of herbal formulation can be viewed as a pinnacle of...

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Cannabis: A Folk Remedy in Europe

The cannabis plant is extraordinarily versatile: it can be used for textiles, oil, food,...

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Why there is such an increase in allergies and what herbalism can do about it?

People are having stronger symptoms and more hypersensitivity allergic reactions. Vilma Matuleviciute explores why...

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Environmental Sustainability of Medicinal Plants (Part 8)

Roy Upton explores how traditional healing systems have developed in developing countries compared to...

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Can We Integrate Traditional Knowledge and Modern Science? (Part 7)

Roy Upton explores if, and how, we can integrate the knowledge from traditional herbal...

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Pharmacopoeias in Codifying Quality of Herbal Medicines (Part 6)

Roy Upton explores the history of pharmacopoeias and their important role in herbal medicine.

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Traditional Herbal Medicines: Centuries of Empiricism (Part 5)

Roy Upton explores how the true level of medicine is only revealed through empirical...

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The Most Advanced Medicine in the World and the Worst Health Statistics to Show for It: America (Part 4)

Roy Upton explores the role of herbal medicine in America's healthcare system.

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Economic Influences of Medical Evolution (Part 3)

Roy Upton explores why today’s desire to fit traditional herbal medicines into a modern...

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Historical Perspectives on Traditional Herbal Medicine (Part 2)

The dynamic relationship between humans, plants, and the environment overall has been captured in...

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Traditional Herbal Medicine, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacopoeial Standards: A Discussion at the Crossroads (Part 1)

Despite the development of modern medicines in the past few hundred years, herbal medicine...

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Cleansing from the Ayurvedic perspective – Which cleanse is suitable?

Jo Webber explores why short periods of regular cleansing are an important part of...

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Cleansing from the Ayurvedic perspective – Why do we need ‘to cleanse’?

Jo Webber explores why not feeling our best offers an invitation from our bodies...

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Kratom leaf: An alternative to opioids for chronic pain management?

With the exploration of alternative routes for managing chronic pain, we take a look...

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First do no harm: A call for sustainable herbalism in clinical practice

Josef Brinckmann explores what it takes to make a herbal medicine practice part of...

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Medicinal Mushrooms: An Introduction

Neither plants nor animals but sharing characteristics of both, mushrooms have much to offer...

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The Relevance of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in the COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the adverse health risks faced both at the population and individual...

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Botanical drugs and supplements affecting the immune response

In times of health crisis, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, the potential benefit of...

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The Role of Adaptogens in Prophylaxis and Treatment of Viral Respiratory Infections

Adaptogens are a class of botanicals that offer promise in the prevention and adjunctive...

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Psilocybin and depression – Where are we currently at with the psilocybin revolution?

Collective efforts by researchers, scientists & psychedelic activists bring in major changes with the...

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Herbs suitable for diabetics

Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common in industrially developed societies. Simon Mills explores the...

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Ephedra: ma huang or ephedrine? – A lesson for herbal practitioners

Ephedra is a valuable herb. It is however banned in the USA. We take...

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Five herbs to enhance your mood in winter

These five herbs bring the comforting qualities of nature inside us helping lift our...

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The Jade Screen Project

The Jade Screen Project (JSP) offers immune-enhancing and anti-viral herbal formulae for front line...

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Back to the future: How plant medicine can save us from antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics have undoubtedly saved millions of lives but the assumption that they are safe...

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Do You Know Where Your Herbs Come From?

Do you know how herbs for herbal medicine are harvested and by whom? Paying...

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