Navigation Links
U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly Work
Date:12/16/2010

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People have been using herbal supplements for centuries to cure all manner of ills and improve their health. But for all the folk wisdom promoting the use of such plants as St. John's wort and black cohosh, much about their effect on human health remains unknown.

But the federal government is spending millions of dollars to support research dedicated to separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to herbal supplements.

"A lot of these products are widely used by the consumer, and we don't have evidence one way or the other whether they are safe and effective," said Marguerite Klein, director of the Botanical Research Centers Program at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "We have a long way to go. It's a big job."

In August, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements awarded about $37 million in grants to five interdisciplinary and collaborative dietary supplement centers across the nation. The grants were part of a decade-long initiative that so far has awarded more than $250 million toward research to look into the safety and efficacy of health products made from the stems, seeds, leaves, bark and flowers of plants.

Reliance on botanical supplements faded in the mid-20th century as doctors began to rely more and more on scientifically tested pharmaceutical drugs to treat their patients, said William Obermeyer, vice president of research for ConsumerLab.com, which tests supplement brands for quality.

But today, herbal remedies and supplements are coming back in a big way. People in the United States spent more than $5 billion on herbal and botanical dietary supplements in 2009, up 22 percent from a decade before, according to the American Botanical Council, a nonprofit research and education organization.

The increase has prompted some concern f
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. National Study Reports Staggering Spending Increases Among Seniors With Chronic Conditions Through Original Medicare - Special Needs Plan Program Offers Solution For Those In Texas
2. SDI Reports: Pharmaceutical Promotion Spending Indicates Trend Toward Electronic and Online Promotion
3. Population health plays a bigger role in geographic differences in Medicare spending
4. Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive, study shows
5. Vast geographic differences found in drug spending under Medicare
6. Prize-winning budgeting model aims for more effective marketing spending
7. Mental health woes grow while spending declines
8. Regional variation in health-care spending and utilization higher in Medicare than private sector
9. Despite highest health spending, Americans life expectancy falls behind other countries
10. Higher medication spending doesnt indicate better prescribing quality
11. Spending Months in Space May Cause Long-Term Bone Loss
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly Work
(Date:9/18/2014)... Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter ... it comes to emergency room waiting times, patients seeking care ... staring down the clock than those seen at smaller or ... crowding and our ability to provide timely emergency care varies ... the authors of the new research, Dr. Renee Hsia, an ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... together with the Chinese Thoracic Society (CTS) announced ... CHEST World Congress 2016 will be held in ... sleep medicine from around the world are expected ... 2016. , CHEST World Congress 2016 will ... keynote addresses, presentations by leading health-care experts, and ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 Qualis Health, ... has published a white paper, “Advancing Primary Care ... Health Information Technology.” , Authors Jeff Hummel, MD, ... provide guidance to organizations engaged in the work of ... health IT can bolster PCMH objectives, such as generating ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola ... The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-led research, published today in ... the use of fecal samples from wild great apes ... the virus. This represents a new tool for performing ... way Ebola virus is studied and improve our understanding ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... guidelines recommending that elderly men should not be routinely ... according to a new study led by researchers at ... letter online in JAMA Internal Medicine , focused ... to test for prostate cancer., "We found that the ... of elderly men in particular has been minimal at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find 2Health News:ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find 3Health News:CHEST announces China as site of CHEST World Congress 2016 2Health News:Advancing Primary Care Through PCMH and HIT: New White Paper Connects the Dots 2Health News:Research yields a game changer for improving understanding of Ebola and great apes 2Health News:Research yields a game changer for improving understanding of Ebola and great apes 3Health News:Professional recommendations against routine prostate cancer screening have little effect 2
... most comprehensive analyses to date of the cost of robotic-assisted, ... this now-dominant surgical approach is significantly more costly than standard ... outcomes. The results of the study are available online and ... Urology . In one of the first studies ...
... we age help keep us sharp in later life, new ... Older people with robust brain ,wiring, that is, the ... process information quickly and that this makes them generally smarter, ... distant parts of the brain together with better wiring improves ...
... WEDNESDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- The use of ... a multi-pronged approach that includes more training and supportive ... new German study. Despite legal regulations and evidence ... rails and belts still are frequently used in nursing ...
... researchers will present findings on prostate cancer risk, screening, ... of the American Urological Association May 19-23 in Atlanta. ... expert comment for reporters covering the conference. Mayo ... dates include: No negative impact on overall ...
... Reporter , TUESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- New research ... snoring and daytime sleepiness, might also cut down on a ... of developing high blood pressure. Researchers in Spain examined ... two groups with sleep apnea who used continuous positive airway ...
... , TUESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who ... of precancerous colon lesions recommend people with the blood ... than others. "Based on our data, it implies ... at age 40, rather than at age 50," said ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery drives up costs, UPMC study finds 2Health News:Robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery drives up costs, UPMC study finds 3Health News:Well-connected brains make you smarter in older age 2Health News:Study Offers Ways to Decrease Use of Restraints at Nursing Homes 2Health News:Mayo Clinic urologists present findings at American Urological Association Annual Meeting 2Health News:Mayo Clinic urologists present findings at American Urological Association Annual Meeting 3Health News:Mayo Clinic urologists present findings at American Urological Association Annual Meeting 4Health News:Sleep Apnea 'Mask' Might Also Help the Heart 2Health News:Sleep Apnea 'Mask' Might Also Help the Heart 3Health News:Sleep Apnea 'Mask' Might Also Help the Heart 4Health News:Middle-Aged Diabetics May Need Earlier Colon Checks 2Health News:Middle-Aged Diabetics May Need Earlier Colon Checks 3
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... and marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials and ... that it has entered into a distribution agreement ... provide its dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane ("dHACM") allograft ... on a private label basis. The ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... and PLAINSBORO, N.J. ... today its support of the National Hemophilia Foundation,s ... , which provides support to people with hemophilia ... and psychosocial challenges that can impede disease management. ... modules, Communication With Your Provider About Pain ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 After 6 months of ... finally here - the new programme for the next Cool ... of our global Cool Chain series, has just been released! ... As the lines between supply chain, logistics, QA ... programme that is broad and yet specific, focused and yet ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:MiMedx Signs Distribution Agreement With Zimmer 2MiMedx Signs Distribution Agreement With Zimmer 3Novo Nordisk Supports National Hemophilia Foundation Initiative for "Collaborating in Care" Disease Management Program 2Novo Nordisk Supports National Hemophilia Foundation Initiative for "Collaborating in Care" Disease Management Program 3Europe's Biggest and Longest-Running Gathering of Life Sciences Logistics, Supply Chain & QA Professionals 2
... Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 ZONARE Medical Systems ... Frost & Sullivan 2011 North American Technology Innovation ... in the development of Zone Sonography Technology (ZST), ... as one of the industry,s most significant ultrasound ...
... Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB: UGNE), ... peptide-based therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Sabatino, ... is currently Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Walgreen ... ), based in Deerfield, IL.  He joined Walgreens in September ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Frost & Sullivan Honors ZONARE for Ultrasound Innovation 2Unigene Strengthens Board with the Appointment of Walgreen's Executive, Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. 2Unigene Strengthens Board with the Appointment of Walgreen's Executive, Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. 3Unigene Strengthens Board with the Appointment of Walgreen's Executive, Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. 4
Patent Pending lateral flow assay platform that contributes to increased sensitivty...
Colloidal Gold Conjugated, Streptavidin - 50 OD...
Colloidal Gold Conjugated, Goat anti-mouse IgG (H&L) - 12 OD...
Colloidal Gold Conjugated, Goat anti-human IgM (Mu Chain) - 12 OD...
Medicine Products: