In a recent newspaper article*, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen (Chief Medicial Officer of the Cleveland Clinic) recommend the use of 4 herbs as scientifically validated. They cite an article on the Cleveland Clinic Wellness website's Supplement Review which reports that the following popular herbs "are generally safe and have some scientific backing as effective remedies":
- Turmeric (Curcumin) for easing inflammation of ulcerative colitis in conjunction with standard medications
- Aloe vera cream "may work better than some prescription preparations" for healing mild skin burns
- Saw palmetto "for benign prostatic hyperplasia" (enlarged prostate gland in men); this herb seems to block the hormones responsible
- Garlic has moderate but good results in helping "control blood pressure and cholesterol, and slow down hardening of the arteries"