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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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Natural approaches to prevention and treatment of infections of the lower urinary tract.

Uva Ursi is a wonderful herb to use as an alternative to problem causing antibiotics, for urinary tract infections. Infections of the lower urinary tract are common occurrences in young women, during pregnancy, and in peri- and postmenopausal women. Because of the chronic nature of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and the potential for antibiotic resistance, […]

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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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Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.

The following shows that Elderberry would be an excellent choice to use to strengthen the immune system in preparation for the coming cold and flu season. 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 […]

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

The following shows the possible use of Pulsatilla in the treatment of acne vulgaris. 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 inflamed lesions in a common […]

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Borage oil in the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

Borage oil has shown promise in the treatment of some topical skin conditions. Nutritional supplementation with omega-6 essential fatty acids (omega-6 EFAs) is of potential interest in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. EFAs play a vital role in skin structure and physiology. EFA deficiency replicates the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, and patients with atopic dermatitis […]

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Ginkgo biloba extract enhances glucose tolerance in hyperinsulinism-induced hepatic cells

Ginkgo biloba is a very useful and versitile herb.  The following shows its promise in helping the condition of diabetes. Ginkgo biloba, an herbal medication, is capable of lowering glucose, fat, and lipid peroxide in diabetic patients. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) prevented hyperinsulinism-induced glucose intolerance in […]

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