Valued for its aroma and medicinal properties, Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. It is still in use today in religious rituals and is part of the Western Herbalists dispensary (including mine) for its healing properties.
In 1999 a weight loss product was commercialised in France that was based on an ethanolic extract of green tea (Camellia sinensis). Since then, numerous cases have been described in literature associating this product with elevated liver enzymes (a marker of liver damage) with at least one known liver transplant case. The evidence implicating this proprietary product in liver damage is strong.
Although herbal medicine is the first medicine having been in use since the dawn of humankind, its relevance today is as profound as it was then. Take stress, for example. Stress is very much a 21st century issue. We can perceive pressure in our everyday lives that, when experienced for prolonged periods of time, can exacerbate an existing illness or become the beginning of a new health issue. Fortunately, nature’s medicine cabinet has the answer in the form of herbal medicine. Continue reading