February 19, 2014 In Herbal Research


Herbs in pregnancy: of the fifteen randomized controlled trials found eligible, the most sufficient evidence of efficacy was found  for Zingiber officinale (ginger) for ameliorating nausea and vomiting; additionally, preparations of Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) were found mostly safe. Howver, the efficacy of raspberry, blue cohosh, castor oil, and evening primrose oil in facilitating labor was found largely unsupported. Moreover, severe adverse effects have been reported for blue cohosh and evening primrose oil. Finally, the safety and efficacy of Echinacea (sic), garlic, and cranberry in pregnancy, as well as the efficacy of St. John’s wort, have not been sufficiently investigated (Abstract)

Clinical trials

Barberry (three capsules a day for six weeks) reduced total and LDL-cholesterol while increasing HDL-cholesterol, reduced hs-CRP, and decreased the antibodies to HSP 27 and 60 in patients with metabolic syndrome (Abstract)


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