Notes From the Doctor's Desk

A Laboratory Glitch

I had “updated” my wonderful Arthritis Rub formula by increasing the Arnica flower extract to improve the effectiveness of it. The lab made a small


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Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) Photo
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ASHWAGANDHA (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is called “The Prince of Herbs” in Indian (Ayurveda) Herbal Medicine. Benefits include neurological, immune, endocrine, as a help in stress and anxiety, and it is also as a potent antioxidant.

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Boswellia serrata Tree Photo
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BOSWELLIA (Boswellia serrata)

Recently, the boswellic acids that are a component of the resin have shown some promise as a treatment for asthma and various inflammatory conditions. … Boswellia incense may even relieve depression.

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Arnica montana Botanical Illustration
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ARNICA (Arnica montana)

One of the most trustworthy sources of information for medical doctors in the United States is the Physicians Desk Reference, or PDR for short. There is now a PDR for Herbal Medicines (PDR-HM) and the following statement and excerpt comes from the third edition of this work: “The medicinal use of Arnica goes back many centuries. The essential oil used as a natural remedy in many countries all over the world comes from the flowers leaves and roots of Arnica montana and related species.”

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