• Understanding the Therapeutic Importance of Saponins and Saponin Containing Herbs

Speaker: Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG) Saponins are secondary metabolites synthesized by many different plant species and marine animals. They have many medical uses including anti-microbial, anti-tumor, anti-insect, hepatoprotective, hemolytic, and anti-inflammatory activities. They also decrease the blood cholesterol level and may be used as adjuvants in vaccines. In this presentation, we explore types of saponins, their biological functions, the synergistic effects, and medications that are derived from them. Saponin-rich herbs highlighted in the presentation include Glycyrrhiza, Panax spp, Tribulus, Salvia milt, Aesculus hippocastanum, and more. We also cover the special indications for using saponin containing plants, including detoxification, inflammation, and regulation of the HPA effects.

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