Thunder God Vine

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Tripterygium wilfordii: Exploring Reputable versus Non-Reputable Websites Holistic Healthcare – NUR4177

Tripterygium wilfordii also known as Thunder God Vine is a perennial vine native the China, Japan, and Korea. Traditional Chinese medicine has used this herb for the treatment of conditions involving inflammation or over activity of the immune system, excessive menstrual periods, and autoimmune disorders to include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Thunder God Vine also may have anti-cancer effects. This kind of information is enticing but how does one go about ensuring the validity of the information? How do we determine which reference to believe or which reference is not from a reputable publisher? I have chosen two websites to compare and contrast. The first is from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The second website is from The Arrows of Truth: Taking Aim at Lies, Hidden, and Supressed Information.

Each website is unique in the way they provide the information. Automatically I could tell that the first website is an extremely reputable resource just from the mere fact that they are affiliated with the National Institute of Health. The second website revealed to be less reputable simply because the title of their website is misspelled. Although they both provided information on the herb Thunder God Vine, the first website is more of a factual definitions and basic information sheet versus the second website being a news article on the most recent “breakthrough”.

I enjoyed the ease of how the information on the first website was laid out. They were able to break down the information into sections with the first section describing where the herb had originated from. The second section describes in more detail what exactly Thunder God Vine is used for. The last section provides readers with the long list of side effects and cautions from using the herb. This type...
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