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Dosage and Method: Turmeric

  This article from The Epicurean Digest lays out some great practical information about using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory. We love seeing this kind of science-based dosage and usage info that helps people get the most out of herbal health care. How:  Always with fresh ground black pepper (see below why) and some fat or […]

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New Poisonous Plant Guide

Here’s an important new resource on toxic plants in the home and garden. This is a well-researched online source of information that can help you keep your children and pets safe while enjoying the dozens of house plants and garden plants that are known to be safe. From the guide: While plants and flowers are a […]

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Madasgar Periwinkle: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

The Scientific World Journal recently published a review article addressing the two ‘faces’ of the Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus or vinca rosea): lovely garden ornamental and important medicinal plant. With a long history of both ornamental use in gardens and medicinal use in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, the periwinkle exemplifies the advantages of exploring […]

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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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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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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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