Michael Thomsen Health Blog

Michael's blog about phytotherapy (herbal medicine), nutrition, healthspan and longevity.
Jun
20

Grand Rounds with Ian Breakspear and Ruth Trickey

FREE MEMBERSHIP PLATFORMJune 29th: Next Grand Round is with Ian Breakspear and Ruth Trickey!Michael Thomsen will present an update on Curcumin.Natural Health Grand Rounds - patient casesPresentation of patient cases for natural health practitioners.Experienced clinicians present challenging patient cases for discussion and learning. Best practices ...
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Jun
10

Withania Update May 2021

Withania somnifera Overview - May 2021 By Michael Thomsen, MSc, ND Michael Thomsen is herbalist and naturopath. Originally from Denmark, he completed studies in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in Sydney, graduating in 1986. Michael specialises in integrative oncology supporting patients with lifestyle and dietary advice, nutritional and herbal...
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Feb
11

Withania - Australia's most popular herb

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote youthful vigour, enhance muscle strength and endurance, and improve overall health. Introduced to Australian practitioners of Western Herbal Medicine in the mid-90s, withania rapidly became a much-loved herb and is now one of the top selling herb in Australia and even in the ...
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Jan
29

Vitex and cyclic mastalgia

Cyclic mastalgia is premenstrual bilateral and diffuse breast pain that presents cyclically and affects up to 80% of women in their reproductive years. It usually presents mid to late in the luteal phase and is associated with latent hyperprolactinemia due to the insufficient inhibitory effect of dopamine on the pituitary gland. The hypersecretion ...
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Jan
25

Nigella seed: actions and indications. Clinical study on kidney stones.

Nigella seed is such an important traditional herbal medicine in the Middle East, and in Europe, yet I don't think it is highly enough appreciated in Australia. It is a brilliant herb with so many actions and indications.Nigella seeds have long been used in folk medicine in the Arabian Gulf region, Far East Asia, and Europe. According to common Isl...
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Jan
25

Green tea and diabetes

Drinking green tea has been described as being beneficial for reducing the risk of diabetes type 2.A retrospective cohort study performed in Japan, found a 33% risk reduction of developing type 2 diabetes was found in subjects consuming six or more cups of green tea daily compared to those consuming less than 1 cup per week https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih...
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Jan
25

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) antiandrogenic activity and PCOS

M. spicata contains about 0.21–2.1% volatile oil, 29–74% carvone, 4–24% limonene and 3–18% cireole. Carvone is the most important constituents of M. spicata.(Akdogan et al. 2007) Carvone has some endocrine function but it is not well studied.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17310494/Clinicians have investigated whether the men who live in Yeniarbade...
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Jan
25

Andrographis safety

In 2008, a spike in anaphylactic and allergic adverse drug reations (ADRs) was observed for products including on the ARTG that contained the ingredient Andrographis paniculata. Nyal cold and flu products were associated with 22 anaphylactic/ allergic-type reactions in 2008. These products also contained Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) and Salix alba (...
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