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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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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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