A Doctor's Guide to Alternative Medicine: What Works, What by Mel Borins

By Mel Borins

This ebook outlines the advantages and risks of other medication, drawing on medical study to teach which remedies paintings, which don't, and the way to take advantage of them. It deals a balanced, independent viewpoint sponsored by way of technology.

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7 Safety of Black Cohosh Black cohosh does not appear to contain the isoflavonoid phytoestrogens (plant-based hormones) that are contained in hormone replacement medications. Most studies suggest it has no effect on hormone levels and little or no effect on the lining of the vagina. It appears that black cohosh did not hook up with estrogen receptors, suggesting that black cohosh may not increase the risk of cancer of the uterus. indd 26 7/15/14 1:44 PM Black Cohosh for Menopausal Symptoms safety profile.

10 In patients with diabetes, there was a significant reduction (19 to 22 percent) in postprandial glycemia (rise in blood sugar) versus placebo regardless of when the ginseng was taken. In healthy patients, the effects were only seen if ginseng was ingested forty minutes before the glucose challenge. 11 One more study looked at ten Type 2 diabetic patients who were randomly administered 3 g, 6 g, 9 g, or 0 g (placebo) of ground American ginseng root in capsules at 120, 80, 40, or 0 minutes before a 25-g oral glucose challenge.

Quinquefolius). It has also been shown to have impact on the adrenal glands through enhanced adrenocorticotrophin secretion (moderates the body’s stress hormone release), increased plasma cortisone (hormone that combats inflammation), and a reduction of ACH-evoked catecholamine release (reduced fight or flight symptoms). They also report that Panax also seems to have a positive effect on immune function. This is believed to be mediated through its positive effect on white blood cells, an increase in T-helper cells, macrophages, and a reduction in leukotriene release.

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