Ginger and Diabetes

A new study (Mozaffari-Khosravi et al., 2014) has shown the benefits of ginger in controlling blood sugar in diabetes; the study of 88 diabetic patients showed, amongst other measurements, a blood sugar reduction of 10.5% in the treatment group when 3g of ginger...

Turmeric Trials

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been the subject of much interest over the last decade in terms of its applications in inflammatory illness, from Alzheimer’s, arthritis and autoimmune conditions to cancer and gastrointestinal problems. As a culinary spice and ancient...

No sting in this tale

Have some nettle tea if you’re suffering from hayfever at the moment – studies have shown it to act to prevent allergic symptoms by multiple mechanisms (Roschek et al., 2009), although its uses don’t stop there by any means. There are generally a...

Liquorice and liver health trial

A clinical trial (Hajiaghamohammadi et al., 2012) was published in Phytotherapy Research this month addressing the beneficial effect of liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) on liver health. Liquorice is a root that is used widely in the practice of herbal medicine around...