Herbs

Tribulus Terrestris

Female sexual dysfunction In 2014 DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in which 60 women with low sexual desire were given either a placebo or 7.5 mg/day Tribulus terrestris extract for 4 weeks. At the end of the 4th week the 30 women in the Tribulus

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Oregano Oil

Antiviral In 2014 the Journal of Applied Microbiology published an in vitro study which found that carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, inactivated murine norovirus (MNV) within one hour of exposure. The researchers note the potential of carvacrol as a natural food and surface sanitizer to prevent human

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Guarana

Fatigue associated with chemotherapy In 2011 the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a clinical trial in which 65 breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy were given either a placebo or 50 mg guarana twice daily for 21 days. Compared to the placebo, guarana significantly improved chemotherapy-related fatigue. [Source] Physical

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Bacopa

ADHD In 2014 Advances in Mind-Body Medicine published a study in which 31 children with ADHD between the ages of 6 – 12 received 225 mg/d of Bacopa monnieri extract for 6 months. Restlessness was reduced in 93 percent of the children and attention-deficit was reduced in 85 percent. Alzheimer’s

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Ginseng

Erectile dysfunction In 2008 the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a meta-analysis of 7 controlled trials which showed that red ginseng was effective in treating erectile dysfunction. However the authors of the study noted that the total sample size and methodological quality of the studies were too low to

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