Herbal Medicine for Cough: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. [Free Full-text]

Herbal Medicine for Cough: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22(6):359-368 Authors: Wagner L, Cramer H, Klose P, Lauche R, Gass F, Dobos G, Langhorst J Abstract BACKGROUND: The aim of this review was to systematically assess the literature on herbal medicine for cough as a symptom of upper respiratory tract infections and common…

Natural Antimicrobials and Oral Microorganisms: A Systematic Review on Herbal Interventions for the Eradication of Multispecies Oral Biofilms.

Natural Antimicrobials and Oral Microorganisms: A Systematic Review on Herbal Interventions for the Eradication of Multispecies Oral Biofilms. Front Microbiol. 2015;6:1529 Authors: Karygianni L, Al-Ahmad A, Argyropoulou A, Hellwig E, Anderson AC, Skaltsounis AL Abstract Oral diseases such as caries and periodontitis are mainly caused by microbial biofilms. Antibiotic therapy has reached its limits with…

Zingiberaceae extracts for pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. [Free Full-text]

Zingiberaceae extracts for pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr J. 2015;14:50 Authors: Lakhan SE, Ford CT, Tepper D Abstract BACKGROUND: Members of the family Zingiberaceae including turmeric, ginger, Javanese ginger, and galangal have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Preclinical studies of Zingiberaceae extracts have shown analgesic properties. This study aims to systematically…

A Systemic Review on Aloe arborescens Pharmacological Profile: Biological Activities and Pilot Clinical Trials.

A Systemic Review on Aloe arborescens Pharmacological Profile: Biological Activities and Pilot Clinical Trials. Phytother Res. 2015 Dec;29(12):1858-67 Authors: Singab AN, El-Hefnawy HM, Esmat A, Gad HA, Nazeam JA Abstract Since ancient times, plants and herbal preparations have been used as medicine. Research carried out in the last few decades has verified several such claims….

The effect of glucomannan on body weight in overweight or obese children and adults: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

The effect of glucomannan on body weight in overweight or obese children and adults: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Nutrition. 2015 Mar;31(3):437-42.e2 Authors: Zalewski BM, Chmielewska A, Szajewska H Abstract OBJECTIVE: Glucomannan (GM), a soluble fiber derived from the plant Amorphophallus konjac, is marketed as being helpful in reducing body weight. However, the…

The impact of complementary and alternative medicines on cancer symptoms, treatment side effects, quality of life, and survival in women with breast cancer–a systematic review.

The impact of complementary and alternative medicines on cancer symptoms, treatment side effects, quality of life, and survival in women with breast cancer–a systematic review. Nutr Cancer. 2015;67(3):373-91 Authors: Leggett S, Koczwara B, Miller M Abstract Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst women. Women with breast cancer frequently consult dietitians for…

Clinical perspectives on medical marijuana (cannabis) for neurologic disorders. [Free Full-Text]

Clinical perspectives on medical marijuana (cannabis) for neurologic disorders. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015 Aug;5(4):344-351 Authors: Fife TD, Moawad H, Moschonas C, Shepard K, Hammond N Abstract The American Academy of Neurology published an evidence-based systematic review of randomized controlled trials using marijuana (Cannabis sativa) or cannabinoids in neurologic disorders. Several cannabinoids showed effectiveness or probable…