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Herb May Offer Hope for Autoimmune Diseases

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None of us are mice and this research still has a long way to go, but recently studies found that a compound that is derived from hydrangea root, an herb typically utilized in traditional Chinese medicine, actually halted the progression of an autoimmune disorder in laboratory mice and human cells.

An article at HealthScout says,

What makes the compound, halofuginone, so promising, the researchers said, is that it slowed progression of the disease without suppressing normal immune system functioning.

That last sentence, without suppressing normal immune system functioning is the key to those of use with auto-immune illnesses, because with every new drug that “works” comes a high risk of infection.

It’s always nice to have a bit of good news!

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Alternative Medicine Resources – Talking to Your Doctor

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If you are interested in trying an alternative treatment like acupuncture or chiropractic or herbal remedies the important thing is to do our research wisely. About 36% of Americans use some form of alternative medicine or treatment according to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

To find a professional, the National Library of Medicine has a search engine where you can type in a specific treatment, an organzation, or a name, to find referrals in your area.

The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine also has a variety of fact sheets that can help you think about the issues to consider and questions to ask. For many patients, knowing how to bring up the topic with his or her doctor can be difficult. There is a fact sheet called, “Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Providers About CAM.”

Other fact sheets include:

About Herbal and Dietary Supplements

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