By Sherril Sego, MSN, FNP., Author at Clinical Advisor - Page 5 of 5

By Sherril Sego, MSN, FNP.

All articles by By Sherril Sego, MSN, FNP.

Valerian

The search for calming therapies is as old as civilization itself. Alcohol, opiates, and other illicit drugs have been used for centuries. More recently, prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines, have become overwhelmingly popular. Because of their addictive properties and the strict control placed on these tranquilizer prescriptions, however, the quest continues unabated for more accessible…

Cranberry

The food industry has done a marvelous job of marketing this small, tartly bittersweet fruit. Cranberry juice and juice blends, dried berries, and other forms are available in nearly every grocery store year-round. Another growing area of consumption is the use of cranberry for various health reasons. Therapeutically, it is touted for everything from UTIs…

Bitter orange

More than two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and each year they spend more than $2 billion on OTC weight-loss products and appetite suppressants. Products that promise “quick” weight loss are particularly popular. After numerous claims of illness and death resulted in the FDA banning of all supplements containing ephedra in 2003, the…

Horse chestnut seed extract

An herb with the unlikely name of horse chestnut may prove to hold some of the keys to managing chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Approximately 10%-15% of men and 20%-25% of women are afflicted by this condition, which causes leg heaviness, aching, varicose veins, significant edema, and, in more severe cases, chronic ulcerations, skin changes, and…

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