Chinese Herbs

Am I pharmacovigilante?

March 17, 2010

I came across this Candian study http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/10/8 wherin the researchers interviewed people who had self reported adverse reactions to natural health products (NHP), which included “…vitamins (regardless of source), minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, Ayurvedic medicines, Native North American medicines, traditional herbal remedies and homeopathic medicines.” Specifically, the researchers wanted to understand, when people had an […]

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Trolling for news

March 15, 2010

Increasingly,traditional Chinese herbs are showing up in the news.  Sometimes good, sometimes bad, often times misrepresented. My request to all of you, if you see an article, or news report, or blog post, or even a really interesting looking advertisement about Chinese herbs, send me the link.  Chances are pretty good that I am going […]

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Always…. Never…. What’s a consumer to do?

March 2, 2010

This British article was brought to my attention this morning. Once again, sensationalism sells- if you read the article, you’ll notice that it has painfully little to do with the headline. In fact, upon reading the headline, I was all set to start bashing the article as once again being irresponsible journalism. But upon reading […]

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Viagra, Cealis, and Horny Goat Weed

February 18, 2010

My husband sent me a link to this science blog with a review on a patent dispute between Pfizer, makers of Viagra, and Eli Lilly & Co., makers of Cialis. And though I am not entirely clear on the legal details, somehow the Chinese herb, Yin Yang Huo, aka Horny Goat Weed, has entered into […]

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Chinese Herb in Cancer Study Already Banned in U.S.

December 23, 2009

Saying Chinese Herbs Cause Cancer Equals Bad Science Recently the article Alternative Medicine Warning: Some Chinese Herbs May Increase Cancer Risk came to my attention.  The Fox News report reviews an academic article published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Having more than a passing interest in Chinese herbal medicine, I chased down […]

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