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Herbal and Alternative Medicine

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Fronteras: A Changing America Edmundo Resendez discusses the use of alternate and herbal medicine.

July 2014.


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CBD and how Moe-Bile Air dispenses it to the Borderland

About the medicinal uses for CBD...

February 2019.

Introduction to Herbal Wellness

In this introductory Herbal Wellness information capsule, Professor Armando Enrique Gonzalez-Stuart explains the importance of scientific Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy, as well as pointing out the risks and benefits of using various herbal products.


Wereke (Ibervillea sonorae) is a plant in the pumpkin (gourd) family that is used in Mexico to lower blood glucose levels.


However, more research is necessary in order to ascertain its safety and efficacy.


Acai is a berry from South America that has a high content of antioxidants.

Antioxidants from plants have been shown to reduce the damaging activity of free radicals or reactive oxygen species.


Stevia is a natural, non-caloric sweetener that may also have important medicinal applications.


Yellow oleander seed, also known as "lucky nut", "codo de fraile", and "yoyotl", is very poisonous.

Some individuals and companies sell the seed as a purported "weight loss supplement", but no proof exists as to its efficacy.

Avoid ingesting this seed in any quantity.


Alfalfa is a nutritious plant for both humans and animals, that also has medicinal properties.


Aromatherapy is an art and a science whereby essential oils from plants are used for health and well being.


Not all essential oils have the same quality or medicinal properties.


Hoodia gordonii is a plant from South Africa that is being researched as a possible supplement for weight loss. However, more studies are needed to prove its efficacy and safety.


Mexican magnolia, known to the ancient Aztecs as "Yoloxochitl", is a plant that deserves to be studied in depth for its possible applications as a heart medicine.


Soursop, also known as Graviola or Guanábana, is a delicious and nutritious fruit from the American Tropics, that may have important medicinal properties.


The fruit of this spiny tree has been used for centuries in Mexico for the treatment of coughs and colds. However, recent videos mention a product known as "RaÍz de tejocote" or "Mexican Hawthorn root" for weight loss and many other health claims. However, there are no known studies to establish this product's efficacy for weight loss or any other health issue.


Mexican arnica is not the same species as the European Arnica, although it shares certain anti-inflammatory properties.


Neither species of arnica should be taken internally.


Star anise is an important spice, medicinal plant and source of essential oil, but should be best avoided in young children.


This flower has been used in Mexican traditional medicine for centuries.


The Aztecs called it "Macpalxochitl" or "little hand flower". It is used for heart problems, nerves, and anxiety.


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant used for many centuries by Ayurveda and Siddha, two of the traditional medical systems of India. In commerce, it has been called "Indian ginseng", although it is not a true ginseng. However, it is used as an aphrodisiac in Indian traditional medicine. The plant's bio-active ingredients include the withanolides. These natural compounds are said to help people adapt to diverse stressful situations. For this reason, Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic plant.


Various parts of the Noni plant, but not the fruit juice, have been used for centuries in Asian and Pacific Islands' traditional medicine.


Recent evidence suggests the juice may possess beneficial properties. However, some commercial Noni juices may be adulterated with apple, orange or grape juices.


Mexican Mullein is a very different plant than European Mullein, although both are used against coughs.


Kava Kava is an herb used for centuries in the South Pacific as part of religious and state ceremonies, as well as a relaxant. However, it is very important not to combine it with alcohol or certain prescription medications.

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As a Herbal Research Coordinator in the UTEP / UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, I had  the honor to be part of the project to develop the Herbal Safety web page.

We invite you to check it out! you'll find quite useful information about specific herbs:

  • Their common and scientific names;

  • Their botanical family;

  • Where they are found;

  • How and for what medicinal purposes they are used for;

  • Safety and precautions to take and;

  • Research and/or academic references.

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