The herbal remedies for treating heartburn, headache and fatigue are no longer exclusive to the Western world.
A new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) has found a range of herbal remedies that work equally well in the Western or developing world.
The researchers say their study provides a blueprint for the development of a new class of herbal medicines.
The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The researchers, from Nottingham and Leeds, UK, recruited patients from the Nottingham and London Heart Centre who had heartburn symptoms.
The participants were divided into groups of three and asked to undergo a clinical trial.
The four groups were then given different herbal preparations to test their effects on the participants’ heart and blood pressure.
The results showed that, although there were some differences between the groups, the heartburn medicines worked equally well for both groups.
However, some of the herbal remedies, such as tinctures and powders, were ineffective in the treatment of heartburn.
These included, among others, the herbal preparation of St John’s Wort, which is a medicinal plant derived from the leaves of the Saint John’s wort, and the herbal powder of the Indian black pepper, which has been used for centuries to treat fever, cough and headaches.
Dr. David Waugh, senior lecturer in hepatology at the Royal University of London, said: “The fact that the two trials showed the same results for all three groups is a really exciting finding.”
The use of herbal therapies is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
We know from clinical trials that they work and that there are many of them, but we have yet to understand how they work.
“He said that many of the herbs were found to have beneficial effects in treating various illnesses, such a: asthma, chronic bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, diabetes and asthma, heartburn and migraine headaches, chronic fatigue and chronic pain.
Dr Waugh added: “Some of these herbs may be better at treating chronic pain than others, and in terms of health benefits, we know that some of these are quite effective.”
These results also suggest that we need to consider more widely the range of herbs that can be used to treat a range in terms and dosage that might work for different illnesses.”
In the future, it is also important to consider whether herbs can also be used in a variety of other conditions, including depression, chronic pain and other conditions.
“Dr Wain says there are some herbs that have been developed for various health conditions that may be effective for the treatment and relief of pain, including: chamomile, ginseng, aloe vera, sage, and parsley.
Dr Nalini Bhatia, senior researcher at the RCPS, said that the results showed there was a range that could be useful for patients with heartburn as well as other conditions.
Dr Bhatias said:”In this study, we have shown that there is a range available for patients who have heartburn who might be able to benefit from the same herbal therapies as people with other chronic conditions.”
This is very exciting news for people with heart or lung conditions, or those who are currently being treated with antibiotics or other medication, or who are taking other medicines that might have adverse effects.”