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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 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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Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) a bio-sweetener: a review.

If you are thinking of lowering your sugar intake you may want to consider using Stevia as a healthier alternative. Studies revealed that Stevia has been used throughout the world since ancient times for various purposes; for example, as a sweetener and a medicine. We conducted a systematic literature review to summarize and quantify the […]

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