ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, recently released the results of its Product Review of valerian supplements used primarily as sleep aids and minor tranquilizers. Sales of valerian more than doubled over the past year, making it the fastest growing herbal product in the US according to the research firm Information Sources, Inc.
ConsumerLab.com purchased seventeen products claiming to contain Valeriana Officinalis root, the species for which most supporting clinical evidence exists, and tested them for key compounds to evaluate the identity and quantity of the herb present. Neither the FDA nor any other federal or state agency routinely tests valerian products, or other supplements for quality prior to sale.
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Ginkgo biloba may be effective in improving attention to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and cognitive impairment, according to investigators at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine in Portland. Adverse effects were minimal, said the study’s lead author, Jesus Lovera, MD, a Fellow in the Portland VA Medical Center Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence. Results were presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Lovera, who is an Instructor in the Department of Neurology at OHSU, and colleagues conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ginkgo’s efficacy in improving cognitive impairment in patients with MS. “Cognitive dysfunction is a major cause of disability in MS, and presently there is no effective treatment,” said Dr. Lovera. “One agent that may have some effect is ginkgo biloba, which many MS patients use despite a paucity of existing evidence to support such use.
By Louis Keith, M.D., Ph.D.
All readers want to enjoy good health, and Sleep and Health goes to great lengths to present its readers with a great variety of articles that suggest means to either maintain or improve one’s health. Here is yet another, but it deals with a somewhat controversial topic, that is, vitamin supplementation. Why should this be controversial, some may ask? Well, the answer is simple: there are two diametrically opposed camps, those who favor supplementation and those who do not. Interestingly, both can provide literature to back up their point of view.
By: Peter Dodzik, Managing Editor
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved StratteraTM (atomoxetine HCl), for use in the treatment of Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults.
Marc I. Oster, Psy.D., ABPH
When teaching beginning workshops or courses, or when speaking to the public, or even professional groups, I'm often asked, "Is hypnosis good for (insert your favorite malady)?" For many years my reply would entail a rendering of the various conditions, psychological, medical, dental, and anything in between for which hypnosis is helpful. Sometimes my replies were met with hopeful surprise and sometimes with disappointment.
from New York Times 6/2000
People are taking more and more nutritional and herbal supplements, but these are not often asked about or reported during routine physical examinations. Doctors whose patients are having trouble falling asleep or staying awake should ask about herbal supplements according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Some people have the rare ability to create tranquil, healthy and happy atmosphere by their mere presence. Sylvia Gerber is one such person. She can calm down the most turbulent situation by the warmth and sincerity in her approach to the world. She is one of those natural healers and her gifts she possesses are best described through the people whose lives she has impacted.
A new treatment that delivers brief but intense magnetic pulses to the brain may be as effective as traditional electro convulsive therapy in treating severe depression according to the study by the University of Illinois at Chicago psychiatrists.
Dr. Varro Tyler from Columbia-Presbyterian indicated that the potential hazards of herbal medicines result in large part from misuse, misrepresentation and mislabeling at a meeting on botanical medicine. Dr. Tyler also indicated that these "mis-es" would continue to plague users of herbal medicine until quality standards for herbal products are established and enforced.