Herbal Research

The APICHS Study

If you have a child aged 2-15 years old, we want to hear from you! The Franklin Institute of Wellness, in partnership with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, is conducting a cross-sectional study about the use of personal care products with children. Participation involves completing a secure online survey once for each child you have who is 2-15 years old. The survey will ask some general questions about your child's health and then several questions about the products you use with this child in your home. These products range from laundry soap to sunscreen to body wash and include everything [...]

2019-02-21T18:15:17-05:00February 21st, 2019|

Elderberry Meta-Analysis

Elderberry syrup has become a household staple during the cold and flu season, but research identifying its effects remains sparse. To address this gap in knowledge, the FIW Research team conducted an elderberry meta-analysis. This analysis evaluated the effects of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) on the severity and duration of upper respiratory symptoms. This analysis included 180 participants and also evaluated how factors such as flu vaccination status and the underlying cause of upper respiratory symptoms may impact the supplement's efficacy. The Study "Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials." Methodology Because [...]

2019-01-22T10:09:42-05:00January 22nd, 2019|

Ginger for Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a traditional food-based preparation which has been used in multiple studies to treat nausea and vomiting from a wide range of causes. It has shown to be beneficial at treating morning sickness, post-operative nausea and vomiting, and many studies have found that it prevents or reduces the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. However, the findings from studies on ginger for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) are mixed, with some studies revealing that its effects are minimal or even detrimental. Ginger is administered both as an essential oil via inhalation and as a dietary supplement via ingestion [...]

2018-11-10T17:54:19-05:00November 10th, 2018|

Study Finds Significant Threat of Herb-Drug Interactions During Pregnancy

According to a recent study, over 1 in 5 pregnant women are taking both prescription drugs and self-prescribed herbal supplements, many of which are known to pose a risk of interactions leading to adverse health outcomes. Because pharmaceuticals are prescribed by a care provider and herbal supplements are typically self-prescribed, the risk of interactions is significant without guidance from a professional who is knowledgeable in the risks posed by these interactions. During pregnancy, these risks become much more serious. Researchers sought to quantify the threat posed by herb-drug interactions in this cross-sectional study. These findings underscore the importance of seeking independent [...]

2018-08-29T17:14:40-05:00January 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Study Finds That Elderberry Keeps You Healthy When Traveling

According to a recent study, elderberry supplementation protects you from the cold and flu viruses when traveling. Several studies reveal that air travel increases the risk of respiratory infections such as the common cold and the flu (Mangili, et.al., 2009). Studies also reveal that elderberry is an effective preventive for the cold and flu. Researchers sought to discover whether or not elderberry could also prevent the viral infections that are faced by international travelers. These findings are particularly noteworthy for the students who join us on our European Educational Tour. The Study "Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A [...]

2018-08-29T17:02:51-05:00November 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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