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Welcome back to my series on doing herb research. Last I wrote, I had gone to PubMed and found a study on Milk Thistle and its effects on chronic Hepatitis C. While the results appeared to be strongly positive, unfortunately, that single study was not of the highest quality. Moreover, I’m a busy Mom: I don’t have the time to go back to PubMed to read through each and every single study to determine if there ARE any high-quality studies that support Milk Thistle. Enter the American Botanical Council, my favorite site for herb research. What I like about ABC – … Continue reading
Okay, where were we? In Part 1, I showed you how to get started looking for herb research on PubMed and American Botanical Council. In Part 2, we searched for “Silybum marianum” (or Milk Thistle) on PubMed to see if we could find any studies that describe its effect on the liver. We found one, but I ended my last post by saying that in my opinion, the study was not a good one (much to my disappointment). And in this post, I’ll explain why. A good study is one that is able to isolate the effect of one variable (in this … Continue reading
Nerdy Moms unite! So you are interested in reading up more on herbs in order to make informed decisions about which ones to use for your family’s health. You’ve read Part 1 of “How a Holistic Mama Interprets Scientific Research,” and you eagerly anticipate Part 2. If that’s the case, then you are about as geeky as I am, and I like you already! Okay, so I’ve decided to research “Silybum marianum” (Milk Thistle), and I’ve clicked over to PubMed. I type “Silybum marianum liver” into the Search bar (because I’m specifically interested in research that tests the effects of … Continue reading
Luckily for each of our eleven organ systems, there’s a group (and in some cases, more than one group) of herbs that “love” and support them. Today, I’m going to list the organ systems and their affined herb group, as well as provide some examples of those herbs. One note: I may not get through all of them today. My brother reads this blog and says I’m “verbose,” by which I think he means that I talk too much. So I’ll talk until I hit the 700-word count limit, and then I’ll just continue on tomorrow. Another note: I’m assuming … Continue reading