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Archive | August, 2009

Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.

The following information gives a clear indication of the usefulness of Elderberry for prevention of the H1Ni virus. A ionization technique in mass spectrometry called Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART TOF-MS) coupled with a Direct Binding Assay was used to identify and characterize anti-viral components of an elderberry fruit (Sambucus nigra L.) […]

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Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical, and nutritional considerations.

The school season has started therefore the cold and flu season is upon us.  The following information on herbs and vitamins is worth reviewing for the prevention of winter illnesses. The common cold is the leading cause of doctor visits in the United States and annually results in 189 million lost school days. In the […]

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St John’s wort for major depression.

St. John’s Wort has been used in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.  The following study shows it to be effective in the treatment of major depression as well. In some countries extracts of the plant Hypericum perforatum L. (popularly called St. John’s wort) are widely used for treating patients with depressive symptoms. OBJECTIVES: […]

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Soldiering on With Herbs

A new book based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health explores the use of dietary supplements by military personnel. One of the best things about this book? It’s available online in its entirety, HERE. It reports on research conducted by a committee chosen to “identify those that may be of benefit or […]

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Vitamin D and the control of the skin’s immune response

This article illustrates the possible importance of Vitamin D in the management of infectious and inflammatory skin diseases. Schauber J, Gallo RL. Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. juergen.schauber@med.uni-muenchen.de The surface of our skin is constantly challenged by a wide variety of microbial pathogens, still cutaneous infections are relatively rare. Within cutaneous innate […]

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