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Bacterial Infection

A screening for antimicrobial activities of Caribbean herbal remedies

Posted June 5, 2013

The TRAMIL program aims to understand, validate and expand health practices based on the use of medicinal plants in the Caribbean, which is a “biodiversity hotspot” due to high species endemism, intense development pressure and habitat loss. The antibacterial activity was examined for thirteen plant species from several genera that were identified as a result of TRAMIL ethnopharmacological surveys or were reported in ethnobotanical accounts from Puerto Rico. The aim of this study was to validate the traditional use of these plant species for the treatment of bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis, fever, otitis media and furuncles.

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How the body uses vitamin B to recognize bacterial infection

Posted October 11, 2012

An Australian research team has discovered how specialised immune cells recognise products of vitamin B synthesis that are unique to bacteria and yeast, triggering the body to fight infection.

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Jiaogulan the Chinese Herb of Immortality

Posted April 30, 2012

The Jiaogulan plant from the far-distant mountains of China that is so powerful that locals call it the herb of immortality. In the Guizhou Province of China, one of the places where jiaogulan (literally, twisting-vine orchid) grows most abundantly, the natives have nicknamed the herb they regularly consume as tea the herb of immortality. They also credit it with their reportedly long life spans.

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Tai chi benefits people with chronic health problems like Parkinsons, arthritis and fibromyalgia

Posted April 30, 2012

Recent studies conducted by Fushong Li of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon have determined that the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi can a positive impact on those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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