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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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Antioxidant and antifungal activity of Verbena officinalis L. leaves.

The following provides evidence that Verbena officinalis would be an excellent herb to use for skin conditions. The scavenging activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenil-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical and the antifungal effect against chloroform, ethyl acetate and 50% methanolic extracts of Verbena officinalis leaves were investigated. The activity of different fractions of 50% methanolic extract and some isolated compounds […]

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Cancer and metastasis: prevention and treatment by green tea.

The following study gives information of the positive effects of green tea in the prevention of cancer. Metastasis is the most deadly aspect of cancer and results from several interconnected processes including cell proliferation, angiogenesis, cell adhesion, migration, and invasion into the surrounding tissue. The appearance of metastases in organs distant from the primary tumor […]

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Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses.

The following article shows the importance of lemon balm in the treatment of the herpes simplex virus, (HSV). Extracts and essential oils of medicinal plants are increasingly of interest as novel drugs of antimicrobial and antiviral agents, since herpes simplex virus (HSV) might develop resistance to commonly used antiviral agents. Melissa officinalis essential oil was […]

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Medicinal properties of neem leaves: a review.

The following review gives information on the neem plant.  Neem has a wide variety of medicinal usages as the article points out. Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem, has attracted worldwide prominence in recent years, owing to its wide range of medicinal properties. Neem has been extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani and Homoeopathic medicine and […]

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nvestigation of the tuber constituents of maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp.).

The information below gives us information on the currently popular herb, Lepidium meyennii, Maca. Lepidium meyenii, known in South America as maca, has received attention worldwide as a powerful energizer that improves physical and mental conditions and increases fertility. Because of these reports, we investigated the secondary metabolites of the tuber of maca. The methanol […]

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Ocimum sanctum Linn. (Holy Basil) ethanolic leaf extract protects against 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene-induced genotoxicity, oxidative stress, and imbalance in xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes.

The following information clearly states the effectiveness of Holy Basil in reducing the extent of lipid and protein oxidation and up-regulating antioxidant defenses. The present study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of ethanolic Ocimum sanctum leaf extract against 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced genotoxicity, oxidative stress, and imbalance in xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes. Four different concentrations of ethanolic […]

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Flaxseed oil reduces the growth of human breast tumors (MCF-7) at high levels of circulating estrogen.

Flax seed should be considered as a healthy addition to ones diet.  The following article shows its possible benefits in the prevention of breast cancer. Flaxseed (FS) has been shown to attenuate mammary tumorigenesis, possibly due to its high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)-rich oil (FSO) content. This study determined the effect of FSO on the growth […]

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Inhibitory effects of rosemary extracts, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid on the growth of various human cancer cell lines.

Rosaemary is a very useful herb for many conditions.  The following article shows us the importance of this herb in the prevention of cancer. The leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis harvested from three different locations of Turkey were extracted by both methanolic and supercritical CO(2) extraction. Subsequently, six extracts and the active compounds, carnosic acid, and […]

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Acupuncture for treatment of insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

The following review article shows that acupuncture is useful in the treatment of insomnia. BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is commonly used in treating insomnia in China, and clinical studies have shown that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on insomnia compared with Western medication. METHODS: We included randomized controlled trials on acupuncture for insomnia. We searched PubMed, […]

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