A polyherbal mouthwash containing hydroalcoholic extracts of Zingiber officinale, Rosmarinus officinalis and Calendula officinalis (5% v/w) was compared with chlorhexidine and placebo mouthwashes in subjects with gingivitis. Participants were instructed to use the mouthwash twice a day (after breakfast and dinner) for 30 seconds for a period of two weeks. The herbal mouthwash was shown to be effective in the treatment of gingivitis and its efficacy was comparable to that of chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Chamomile oil used topically 3 x daily for 3 weeks significantly reduced knee osteoarthritis patients’ need for acetaminophen.
Type 2 diabetics consumed chamomile tea (3 g/150 mL hot water) 3 times per day immediately after meals for 8 weeks. Chamomile tea significantly decreased concentration of glycosylated hemoglobin, serum insulin levels, homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance, and serum malondialdehyde, compared with control group. Total antioxidant capacity, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase activities were significantly increased by 6.81%, 26.16 %, 36.71 % and 45.06% respectively in chamomile group compared with the control group.
Researchers have summarized and evaluated the evidence on the efficacy of turmeric as compared to chlorhexidine in the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Five reviewed studies showed that both turmeric and chlorhexidine significantly decrease plaque index and gingival index, and can therefore be used in the prevention and treatment of gingivitis.
In this study researchers investigated the effects of a herbal medicine Cordyceps sinensis for 3 months on patients with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma. The results showed a significant increase in Juniper’s Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire scores and lung function compared with the control group. The expression levels of the inflammation markers IgE, ICAM-1, IL-4, and MMP-9 in the serum were decreased and IgG increased in the treatment group compared with the control group. The authors conclude ‘a formulation of Cordyceps sinensis improved the HR-QOL, asthma symptoms, lung function, and inflammatory profile of the patients with moderate-to-severe asthma’.
In a study of 80 Taiwanese postnatal women with poor sleep quality, those who drank chamomile tea for a period of 2 weeks had significantly lower scores of sleep inefficiency and symptoms of depression. The authors conclude ‘Chamomile tea may be recommended to postpartum women as a supplementary approach to alleviating depression and sleep quality problems’.
Chamomile oil applied twice daily for 4 weeks has been found to significantly improve symptomatic and functional status of patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome.