A study carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences suggests that a cup of hot cocoa might help protect against mental stress-induced cardiovascular events. Even a single stressful episode has been shown to increase the risk of such event, possibly due to the influence of stress…

Covid-19 recovery breathing techniques The Covid-19 coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, for some people leaving breathing difficulties long after the acute stage of the virus has passed. There is much research available online about the benefits of breathing exercises as a step towards recovery from Long-Covid.  “Deep breathing can help restore diaphragm function and increase…

In a huge breakthrough for complementary medicine, a conventional health journal, The Oncologist, has published a study on how homeopathic medicine has a significant effect on a type of lung cancer. The study was conducted in 2020 in four outpatient centres across Europe, and evaluated the effects of homeopathic treatment in patients with stage IV…

You might go to bed understanding why you’re feeling anxious, but do you also wake up with anxiety that seems out of proportion? If so, you’re not alone as according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, a sleepless night can trigger a 30% rise in anxiety levels. The researchers announced they had…

Nutritional Therapy in Covid-19  Management A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine identifies key aspects in the nutritional management of Covid-19. It provides research on nutrients and dietary compounds that have a positive influence on the immune system in general, and interact with the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors. These receptors are referred…

The following was published on 14 December by Univadis, an organisation linked to Medscape, that provides information primarily for medical professionals. It is interesting to see a medical-based organisation reporting on an initiative instigated by CAM professionals   A major new international campaign is being launched to promote the widespread use of vitamin C wherever…

Many years ago, when I was training as a herbalist, Richard Schulze introduced us to his “Plague Formula”. When he was in herbal school, Dr Christopher taught a Plague Formula which was complicated and challenging to make (it also tasted awful!) I don’t remember all the herbs in the formula, but I do remember making…

Have you ever wondered why the Three Wise Men carried gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? Gold speaks for itself as a commodity for trading goods, but what about the other two gifts. At that time in ancient civilisation diseases were rampant but the physicians of the day were clever people, using herbs and spices…

Early detection of cancer  A new blood test that may detect more than 50 types of cancer will be piloted by the NHS in 2021. The test checks for molecular changes that can identify many types of cancer currently difficult to detect at an early stage. These include cancers of the head and neck, ovaries,…

On the 9th November 2020 promising results from a vaccine candidate against Covid-19 were announced by Pfizer and its partner, the German company, BioNTech. They stated that their candidate vaccine (BNT162b2 (modRNA)) was “more than 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 in participants”. Whilst there have been substantive funds poured into vaccine development in the UK,…