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16 Apr 2024 - Tetranational Phytotherapy Congress in Utrecht 2024The 2024 Tetranational Congress of the Societies of Phytotherapy of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands aims to provide an inspiring and interactive forum to share recent insights in the use of herbal products, both from a clinical and preclinical perspective.   This congress will address specifically the increasing use and significance of herb-based products and phytotherapy in infection and immunity in human and animal health care. The Congress will be held in the historical Academy Building of Utrecht University and digital attendance via live-stream is available.   Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Rudolf Bauer, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Pharmacognosy Univ. Graz (AT) Prof. Sigrun Chrubasik, Dept. of Phytotherapy, Institute of Forensic Medicine Univ. Freiburg Breisgau (DE) Prof. Johan Garssen, Division of Pharmacology and Immunopharmacology, Univ. Utrecht (NL) Prof. Michael Heinrich, Research Group 'Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy' UCL School of Pharmacy, Univ. London (UK) Prof. Andreas Hensel, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry, Univ. Münster (DE) Dr. Mercedes Ogal, Medical Special in paediatrics and adolescent health care, Brunnen (CH) Dr. Theresa Schlittenlacher, Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick (CH) Dr. Nadin Schultze. Pharmazeutische Biologie, University of Greifswald (DE) Prof. Coen Smits, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen (NL) Drs. Sam de Snoek, Sana novum, Rhenen (NL) Prof. Ana Margarida Sousa, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho (PT) Dr. Mei Wang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)

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16 Nov 2023 - Popular menopause remedies promoted on Amazon and Google have very low (or dangerously high) levels of the key ingredien

The Daily Mail published an article on Tuesday 14th November, exposing quality issues in black cohosh products (popular for helping with menopausal symptoms) being sold as food supplements via online sellers such as Amazon:  Read more here >

     

13 Dec 2022 - Helping with the symptoms of mild sore throats using herbal medicine

At this time of year the NHS is struggling to cope with the large number of adults and children with sore throats. Some recent studies suggest that herbs such as the African geranium, umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides) and hu zhang (Reynoutria japonica) may be useful to help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat:  Read more here >

     

8 Jul 2021 - MHRA message – Herbal and homeopathic medicines: reminder to be vigilant for suspected adverse reactions and to report them to the Yellow Card scheme

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a reminder of the need to be vigilant for suspected adverse reactions to herbal and homeopathic medicines and to report them to the Yellow Card Scheme.  Read more here >

     

1 Jul 2021 - MHRA safety warning - Herbal products containing Butterbur

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been made aware of a magazine article which promotes the use of Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) for the treatment of hayfever, or to treat migraines, asthma, chronic coughs and gastric ulcers. We advise patients not to take herbal products containing Butterbur to treat these conditions.   Read more here >