Used for thousands of years in TCM, Psoralea corylifolia treats a variety of diseases from heart disease to cancer

Psoralea corylifolia or babchi is a medicinal herb that is popular among traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda practitioners. It is used to treat various skin diseases, including rashes, psoriasis, leprosy, and leucoderma – a condition that causes the appearance of white patches due to loss of melanin. However, several studies have reported that P. corylifolia has other clinical applications, and these can … Continue reading Used for thousands of years in TCM, Psoralea corylifolia treats a variety of diseases from heart disease to cancer

A component of ginseng found to have anti-tumor effects against liver cancer

Ginseng, referred to by some as the “king of all herbs,” is a widely used herbal medicine and health supplement. Numerous benefits are associated with the use of ginseng, most notably the enhancement of male reproductive function, the improvement of general well-being, and the prevention of cancer. While different varieties of ginseng exist, each variety contains … Continue reading A component of ginseng found to have anti-tumor effects against liver cancer

Herbal combination used in Chinese medicine found to improve efficacy of asthma relief drug, study finds

A mixture of herbs commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine could help those suffering from asthma find relief, according to a study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study, led by researchers from Capital Medical University in Beijing, looked at the effects of using a decoction of Herba Epimedii and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi with the asthma drug budesonide can improve the condition using in … Continue reading Herbal combination used in Chinese medicine found to improve efficacy of asthma relief drug, study finds

Medicinal mushrooms found to strengthen the immune system

Despite the naysayers, several studies have proven that certain herbal remedies used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can help treat various illnesses. A study even determined that two mushrooms often used in TCM, turkey tail (Coriolus versicolor) and lingzhi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum), may have potent immunomodulatory properties. Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea often use TCM … Continue reading Medicinal mushrooms found to strengthen the immune system

Strong scientific evidence points to acupuncture as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders

Could acupuncture be the solution to anxiety you’ve been looking for? The ancient practice of inserting needles into the skin may sound a bit daunting, but research has continued to confirm that this traditional healing art can offer a myriad of health benefits — including relief from anxiety. Recently published research has further examined the … Continue reading Strong scientific evidence points to acupuncture as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders

Clinical trials show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for asthma

According to a review, patients with asthma may soon find relief thanks to a form of alternative medicine called acupuncture. The paper reviewed several clinical trials and outcome studies concerning cases that used acupuncture to treat asthma. It is of note that none of the trials had a large sample size. The authors also encountered problems often … Continue reading Clinical trials show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for asthma

Acupuncture found to be an effective treatment for vascular dementia

When people talk about dementia, one of the first things that come to mind is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Indeed, AD is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders (over five million people in the U.S. have it), but there are other forms of dementia – like, for instance, vascular dementia. For the uninitiated, vascular dementia refers to … Continue reading Acupuncture found to be an effective treatment for vascular dementia

Large-scale survey concludes that traditional Chinese medicine can be used to remedy infantile cerebral palsy

For people whose children happen to suffer from infantile cerebral palsy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may prove to be a therapeutic boon. A major Taiwanese survey determined that complementary treatment with TCM helps improve both cerebral palsy and associated disorders. The survey is the first large-scale study on the use of complementary TCM in treating this particular … Continue reading Large-scale survey concludes that traditional Chinese medicine can be used to remedy infantile cerebral palsy

How acupuncture works: Explaining the five elements theory

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal technique which stimulates specific points of the body by inserting tiny needles, promoting good body circulation and alleviating pain. Most of the people who seek out acupuncture suffer from musculoskeletal problems, which include lower back pains, knee pain, and shoulder stiffness. The Five Elements theory, based on the five elements of … Continue reading How acupuncture works: Explaining the five elements theory

Natural remedies for acid reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a condition that describes the unintentional and uncontrollable regurgitation of the stomach contents back into the esophagus. Otherwise known as acid reflux, GERD is a common gastoentorological disease affecting millions of Americans daily. The American College of Gastroenterology has estimated that roughly 15 million of us experience GERD every day. Western medicine views GERD as … Continue reading Natural remedies for acid reflux