Saffron, derived from the flower of Crocus sativus L., is a traditional Asian spice studied in several trials to assess its efficacy in depression. The available evidence supports its use in this indication, as confirmed by a recently published meta-analysis. … [Read more...] about Saffron: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a new potential indication?
Different Allium species have been applied both internally and externally in traditional medicinal systems. Of these, garlic is considered to be the part of evidence-based medicine. Its therapeutic indications are primary related to its cardiovascular effects (prophylaxis of atherosclerosis; … [Read more...] about The role of Allium species in the prevention of colorectal cancer
Insomnia is a frequent symptom that affects life quality. In Europe, plants with well-established efficacy (valerian, valerian-hops combination) and from the traditional medicine (lemon balm, passion flower) are used to treat insomnia. Unlike other indications, plants of Asian origin are not … [Read more...] about A herbal tea based on Traditional Asian Medicine alleviates insomnia – the results of a clinical study
With deepest regret ESCOP has to inform all members, friends and colleagues in phytotherapy that a doyen of research in the field of medicinal plants, Professor Dr. Max Wichtl, passed away on 30 July 2019 at the age of 94. He started his academic career at the University of Vienna, where – after his … [Read more...] about Obituary Professor Dr. Max Wichtl
Introduction: As heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) can cause low quality of life and iron deficiency anemia in women, the effects of hydroalcoholic extracts of Capsella bursa-pastoris, known as shepherd’s purse, were investigated in patients with HMB. Traditionally, shepherd’s purse has been used to … [Read more...] about Capsella bursa-pastoris, known as shepherd’s purse, reduces heavy menstrual bleeding
Introduction: Dried stigmas of saffron flowers (Crocus sativus L., Iridaceae) are a traditional Persian spice, also used in Europe. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), a global health problem, was shown to be of increasing prevalence during the last decade. As saffron constituents, such as crocin, … [Read more...] about Saffron extract may improve blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes patients