These studies support my clinical experience, and are in line with others that have concluded many common herbs are safe to use with warfarin. There is a prevailing trend to over focus on in vitro studies and theoretical concerns about drug-herb interactions that do not account for the complex interactions found in Chinese herbal formulations.
This is particularly important when discussing ginseng since it helps explain why previous studies have yielded contradictory or inconclusive results when studying the affects of ginseng on a study group. Not only does American ginseng itself vary significantly based on its genetic lineage and environmental rearing, but the study subjects themselves have variant microbiomes that produce different, sometimes opposite, results. Undoubtedly this process is it play in other herbs and medicines as well.
Here we have an excerpt on fats and oils from the book Food as Medicine by Todd Caldecott. It is a superb book for the modern physician and recommended reading for my patients.
The Internal Medicine Classic states: ‘The heart commands all of the organs and viscera, houses the spirit, and controls the emotions.’ In Chinese, the word for ‘heart’ (hsin) is also used to denote ‘mind’. When the heart is strong and steady, it controls the emotions; when it is weak and wavering, the emotions rebel and prey upon the heart-mind, which then loses its command over the body.
Researchers pulled data from 14 drug trials involving 34,000 patients and found that, while statins appeared to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some patients, there was simply not enough evidence to prove that people with no history of heart disease can safely take the drugs. And yet millions of healthy people needlessly taking statins every day at the direction of their doctors.
“Inflammation is the common denominator in nearly all of the diseases we deal with,” says James O’Keefe, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. “Heart disease, diabetes, dementia — they’re all tied to inappropriate, low-grade, chronic inflammation.”
The so-called “bad cholesterol” – low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL – may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise.