Berberine – good for what ails you

berberineEver heard of berberine?   Berberine is a classical natural medicine. It has a wide range of effects, being effective against gastroenteritis, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and having antimicrobial, antidiabetic and antiinflammatory properties.  Sound too good to be true?  It has also been shown to have great therapeutic potential against neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease as well as stroke. Due to its effectiveness at crossing the blood-brain barrier as well as its small size, which allows for the ability to act on a number of molecular targets, berberine has merit as an anti-neurodegenerative agent.  What else do people use berberine for?  Frequently used as a dietary supplement for relieving a fever, common cold, respiratory infections as well as influenza, Berberine has been also used as astringent to tone down the skin and has beneficial effects on the upper airways, the gastrointestinal system, the bladder and the rectum.  Berberine in humans has been fully studied for the treatment of different disorders and it is considered safe even at high doses, although it is not recommended during  pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25749423

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About the Author:

Dean Smith, DC, PhD, husband, and father of two children, is a highly respected health and wellness authority. He is a chiropractor at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center and a researcher and clinical professor at Miami University. Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).

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