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Evaluation of antioxidant activities and phenolic content of Berberis vulgaris L. and Berberis croatica Horvat

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)is an herb which is not often discussed.  Like goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) it also contains berberine which herbalists use for its antibacterial properities and to help support the immune system.  The study belows indicates barberry has antioxidant activity which suggest its use would be beneficial for the support of the immune system. Antioxidant activities of the […]

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Taraxacum–a review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile.

It is that time of year when dandelions are popping up in lawns everywhere.  It has long been known by herbalist what to do with these plants.  The leaves are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and has diuretic, choleretic and anti-inflammatory actions.  The root has choleretic, cholagogue, tonic, anti-rheumatic, bitter and alterative actions. Below […]

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Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults.

Ashwagandha is a very useful herb.  The following information shows its possible use for improved physical endurance and to help with strength. Several medicinal plants have been described to be beneficial for cardiac ailments in Ayurveda like Ashwagandha and Arjuna. Ashwagandha-categorised as Rasayanas, and described to promote health and longevity and Arjuna primarily for heart […]

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Anti-acne activities of pulsaquinone, hydropulsaquinone, and structurally related 1, 4-quinone derivatives.

Pulsatilla is a beautiful flower with powerful medicine.  The following shows its antimicrobial uses in the treatment of acne. Quinone type compound, pulsaquinone 1, isolated from the aqueous ethanol extract of the roots of Pulsatilla koreana exhibited antimicrobial activities against an anaerobic non-spore-forming gram-positive bacillus, Propionibacterium acnes, which is related with the pathogenesis of the […]

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The Antioxidant Activity and Thermal Stability of Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) Infusion.

Lemon Verbena is not only an herb with a delecious flavor but as the article below states, it is used for its antioxidant consitutents. Abstract Because of its good sensorial attributes, lemon verbena is used as a primary ingredient in infusions and nonalcoholic drinks. The present study was designed to assess the antioxidant activity (AA) […]

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The role of enzyme supplementation in digestive disorders.

Bromelain has many wonderful uses.  The following information shows its usefulness as a safe and effective digestive aide. This article reviews various forms of enzyme supplementation used clinically in digestive and absorption disorders. Enzyme supplementation plays an integral role in the management of various digestive disorders, particularly with regard to exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. However, application […]

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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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