It is probably wise to view laboratory-bench research as a little less relevant, simply because it’s so removed from real human physiology (cells in a Petrie-dish just aren’t the same thing as cells in a human body).
The “gold-standard” on the other hand, is high-quality placebo-controlled, double-blind studies using human patients. But there is an important third kind of research paper that is probably as important as the high-quality gold standard studies are, and these are the review papers. Review papers collect and interpret the results of many (usually gold-standard) studies, and thus can draw conclusions and provide perspectives that individual studies cannot.
The last paper we shall cover is a review paper that lists a wide range of beneficial health effects due to oregano, and in particular carvacrol. The properties of oregano include:
• antimicrobial and antiparasitic (kills microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and yeasts, and parasites)
• insecticidal (kills and repels insects)
• antitumor (effective against cancer),
• antimutagenic and antigenotoxic (help reduce damage to one’s DNS),
• analgesic (naturally relieves pain),
• antispasmodic (relieves spasms),
• anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation and discomfort associated with infection),
• angiogenic (aid to the formation of new blood vessels),
• antiplatelet (aids blood situation),
• AChe inhibitory (can help against Alzheimer’s disease, and Glaucoma),
• antielastase (counteracts poison),
• antihepatotoxic (detoxes the liver),
• hepatoprotective (protects the liver), and,
• aids in gastrointestinal ailments.
Biological and pharmacological activities of carvacrol and carvacrol bearing essential oils.
Curr Pharm Des, 2008, 14(29), 3106-3119.
Author: Dr. William Soukoreff, Ph.D.