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Crinum research

We are currently reviewing research on Crila, (Crinum latifolium). The plant, in the Amaryllis family, occurs in Vietnam, India, China, Thailand and other nearby Asian countries. In Traditional Medicine, it has been used for urinary and gynecological conditions. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has reported on two studies, for which we received official Ministry of Health […]

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Medical marijuana states have lower opiate overdose

A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association notes the somewhat alarming increase in opiate overdose mortality, mostly from legal, prescription opiates such as OxyContin. A group of medical doctors and scientists led by Marcus Bachhuber, MD from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center looked at the association between opioid (synthetic opiates) overdose […]

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Garcinia nobilis has 3 Penicillin Compounds

Discovery of 3 New Penicillin Compounds with Clinically Relevant Antibacterial Activity According to a recent study from Germany, researchers have isolated three new penicillin-like compounds with clinically relevant antibacterial activity – known as penialidins 1-3 – from the fungus Penicillium growing within the leaves of a medicinal plant from Cameroon. The plant, Garcinia nobilis (syn. […]

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Antidiabetic Potential of Nettles and Walnut Leaves

According to a recent study from Iran, stinging nettle leaves (Urtica dioica) and walnut leaves (Juglans regia) may have potential in antidiabetic therapy. Diabetes affects over 100 million people worldwide. This disease condition causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise, because people with diabetes either do not make enough insulin or are unable to use […]

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Outside Magazine Cries “Snake Oil” on Omega 3s – Huh?

This just in via Facebook. Outside Magazine sez “Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on fish oil supplements every year, but studies have never been able to prove their effectiveness.” I would not recommend seeking health advice from Outside. Sorry, guys. What the author misses here is that intervention trials for preventive medicine are […]

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Herbal Medicine in Peru

Good news from a new article in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: knowledge of local medicinal plants is still fairly strong even in a native community only 4 km from a city center and bisected by a highway. The majority of the population still relies exclusively on medicinal plants for self-medication. In the community […]

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Plants Against Liver Cancer

Despite significant advances in medicine, liver cancer remains a major cause of death in the United States and the rest of the world. As limited treatment options are currently available, novel preventive control and effective therapeutic approaches are needed. Several naturally occurring dietary and non-dietary phytochemicals have shown enormous potential in the prevention and treatment of cancers.

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Hepatoprotective properties of kombucha tea against TBHP-induced oxidative stress via suppression of mitochondria dependent apoptosis.

This popular drink is now being sold in most stores when just a few years ago it could only be found in health food stores.  This article indicates kombucha is beneficial against liver disease. Abstract Kombucha, a fermented tea (KT) is claimed to possess many beneficial properties. Recent studies have suggested that KT prevents paracetamol […]

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