Natural Foods Merchandiser


Chinese herbs take root in U.S. soil
American herb growers are looking to the East for ideas to increase crop variety and revenue. With support from New Mexico State University, 30 farmers are testing out growing and cultivating traditional Chinese herbs. A survey at NMSU found that those who practice Eastern medicine spend $2,500 a year on Chinese medicinal herbs. With more than 14,000 licensed practitioners nationwide, that equates to a multimillion-dollar market. The test growers are in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, which all have the ideal climate for growing Chinese herbs, according to the university. Growers are hoping that practitioners and retailers will benefit from fresher, less expensive herbs grown domestically.

Give kids good vibrations
Ask a practitioner which alternative treatment works best with young children, and you?ll often hear the response ?homeopathy.? It doesn?t taste bad, it?s easy to administer and parents don?t have to worry about side effects, overdosing or drug interactions. A new book, The American Institute of Homeopathy for Parents: A Guide to Healthy Treatment for Everything From Colds and Allergies to ADHD, Obesity and Depression, by Edward Shaltz (Jossey-Bass, 2005), provides retailers and parents with the information they need to treat many childhood ailments with homeopathy on their own. The American Institute of Homeopathy is the oldest medical organization in the United States.

Black cohosh reliable for menopause
Black cohosh alleviates menopausal symptoms, according to a recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. When 151 postmenopausal women took two Remifemin tablets (2.5 milligrams of isopropanoic extract of black cohosh and 20 mg of root stock in each tablet) twice daily for 12 weeks, they reported fewer hot flashes and less emotional disturbance, joint pain and vaginal dryness than the placebo group. The women who had just begun menopause reported the most relief. These results support previous findings that black cohosh reduces menopausal symptoms, especially when taken near menopause onset.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 9/p. 84

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