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Clinician’s Corner: Ginger

Latin Name: Zingiber officinale Ginger can be found in our kitchens as spice for “ginger snaps” and in “ginger ale”. Ginger, which is found in the tropics has green-purple flowers and a rhizome (a bulky underground stem) that is the basis for its use in the kitchen. Ginger has...

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Clinician’s Corner: Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice (RYR)  (Monascus purpureus) is a natural product that lowers LDL-C (bad cholesterol) levels by 20 to 30 percent.  Red yeast rice is a fermented rice product that has been used in Chinese cuisine (like Peking duck) and medicinally to promote “blood circulation”.  Because it is a...

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Clinician’s Corner: Black Cohosh

After the results of the HERS trial in 2000, estrogen is to be used for relief of hot flashes, at the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time. Estrogen is no longer recommended for prevention of chronic heart disease, osteoporosis, or prevention of dementia. Indeed, estrogen has...

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Clinician’s Corner: Valerian

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant native to North America, Europe and Asia.  For hundreds of years it has been used in Europe to relieve insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms and stress induced palpitations. Source: Valerian products are made from its underground stems, and horizontal stems. Dried roots are...

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Clinician’s Corner: Saw Palmetto

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is characterized by too frequent urination, having trouble starting or maintaining urination, and needing to urinate during the night. The urethra, the tube that “drains” urine from the body, runs through the prostate gland in men. When the prostate gland is enlarged, obstruction of the...

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Clinician’s Corner: GINKGO BILOBA

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common cause of dementia and affects as many as 5.1 million Americans age 65 and older in the U.S., may triple in the next 40 years. Many of our caregivers, sometimes out of desperation will turn to herbals or over the counter supplements...

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Clinician’s Corner: St. John’s Wort

We treat a lot of depression at Thompson Pharmacy with the help of our local physicians.  Patients may ask if they can treat themselves with over the counter herbal supplements. Common Names:  St. John’s wort, hypericum, Klamath weed, goatweed. Antidepressant activity of SJW is attribute to its hyperforin content, which...

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Clinician’s Corner: Feverfew

Feverfew—might have some effect in migraines Petasites is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family, that are commonly referred to as butterburs and coltsfoots. Feverfew is ranked #19 as the most often used herb in the US. This indicates that it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. EVIDENCE...

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Clinician’s Corner: Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the top five herbs that our patients have questions about.  Like all products we sell it does come with a few warnings that might not make it appropriate therapy for a select group of patients.  Efficacy seems to be another issue. Ecinacea  is commonly known...

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