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Constituents of Ocimum sanctum with antistress activity.

Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, has been used for thousands of years for its help with stress. Three new compounds, ocimumosides A (1) and B (2) and ocimarin (3), were isolated from an extract of the leaves of holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), together with eight known substances, apigenin, apigenin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, apigenin-7-O-beta-D-glucuronic acid ( 4), apigenin-7- O-beta- d-glucuronic […]

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The antiplaque efficacy of pomegranate mouthrinse.

We all know that pomegranate juice is a healthy drink.  The following shows another use for this wonderful plant. OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the effect of a pomegranate-containing mouthrinse on plaque, determine whether it has any adverse effects, and evaluate its antibacterial properties against selected periodontopathogens in vitro. METHOD AND MATERIALS: thirty periodontally healthy volunteers, randomly […]

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St. John’s wort – an overview.

The following abstract gives clear information on the usefulness of St. John’s Wort with mild to moderate depression. This article aims to summarize the current state of knowledge on St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) which is one of the oldest and best investigated medicinal herbs. Dried alcoholic extracts are the most important preparations on […]

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Prospective cohort trial of Euphrasia single-dose eye drops in conjunctivitis.

Eyebright Euphrasia, has long been used as an effective treatment of  conjunctivitis.  The following study shows how well the eye drops of this herb work for this condition. INTRODUCTION: Eye drops made from Euphrasia rostkoviana Hayne have been used in anthroposophical medicine for more than 70 years for the structuring of the fluid organism in […]

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Immune modulation of macrophage pro-inflammatory response by goldenseal and Astragalus extracts.

Goldenseal and Astragalus are two very useful herbs for the immune system.  The following article show their effectiveness at the first sign of infection. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadenisis) is a native American medicinal plant used as an immune stimulant. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a widely used herbal product in China, other Asian countries, and the United […]

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Allicin induces apoptosis in gastric cancer cells through activation of both extrinsic and intrinsic pathways.

Garlic has many wonderful properties to help maintain our health.  The following article shows yet another possible health benefit of this useful herb. Allicin is an active compound derived from garlic that has been shown to have antitumor properties in vitro. The current study was designed to explore the effects and the underlying mechanism of […]

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An examination of antibacterial and antifungal properties of constituents of Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) mushrooms.

Shitake mushrooms have long been known for their medicinal and health value.  The following is an excellent article on the antimicrobial effects of this useful mushroom. BACKGROUND: Antibiotic agents have been in widespread and largely effective therapeutic use since their discovery in the 20th century. However, the emergence of multi-drug resistant pathogens now presents an […]

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Benefits versus risks associated with consumption of fish and other seafood.

The following article explores the benefits and risks of consuming fish. Fish provide nutrition for much of the world’s population, and when not contaminated with chemicals, fish is a very good food. A major benefit of fish is that they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), low in saturated fat, and they contain other […]

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Formulations of dietary supplements and herbal extracts for relaxation and anxiolytic action: Relarian.

Herbs can be very helpful with stress, sleep disturbances and anxiety.  The following article shows some of the herbs that may be considered for these symptoms. Dietary supplements are widely used for desired effects on memory, insomnia, mood and anxiety. This review focuses on supplements which have anxiolytic or mild relaxation properties and enhance mood. […]

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