Category Archives: Herbal medicine

Green tea and liver toxicity

IMG_1027Recent media reports have cast doubt on the safety of green tea, so perhaps you are wondering what is factual in these reports. Is it safe to drink? And if so, are you having too much?

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.

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Top 3 Stress Herbs


Withania somnifera

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