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Everyday Yarrow Uses for Natural Healing

Posted January 27, 2014

Yarrow is historically known for its medicinal properties. Find out how you can use it — in all forms — for natural healing and first-aid treatment.

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Powerful Cancer-Killing Compound Found in Rare Medicinal Mushroom

Posted January 6, 2014

Legends say that this mushroom sprouts wherever the milk of a tigress falls to the ground. Despite the fanciful origins of this fungi’s name, the tiger milk mushroom’s benefits are firmly rooted in reality.

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Cutting Out the Middle Man: Grow Your Own Medicinal Peppermint

Posted December 31, 2013

You say the word ‘health’ and a lot of us tend to think of the bad things that could happen. Maybe more people are thinking about co-pays, insurance and Obamacare in this current climate but besides that, we tend to think about the worst case scenarios. We could get cancer or have an organ fail, get an infection or need some major surgery. Even those who think positively about health do so for the prevention of those bad things from happening. Eliminating chemicals from our lives, eating natural food and exercising to keep our heart and body strong all go toward this goal.

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Three beneficial colloids and the conditions they can help treat

Posted December 19, 2013

Many cultures throughout history understood that certain colloids – solutions in which one substance is evenly dispersed throughout another substance at the microscopic level – contained important medicinal properties. After all, if a certain substance possessed proven healing properties in its natural state, then its colloid form – which increases its surface area and absorption levels – would naturally intensify those properties.

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Medicinal Chinese herbs offer hope for type 2 diabetes sufferers

Posted December 10, 2013

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that develops gradually from metabolic disorders that morph into prediabetes. Both diabetes type 1 and type 2 are similar in one respect: There is too much blood glucose (sugar), and it’s not being metabolized by one’s cells into energy.

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Comparison of the antibacterial activity of essential oils and extracts of medicinal and culinary herbs to investigate potential new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome

Posted November 30, 2013

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder, which may result from alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiota following gastrointestinal infection, or with intestinal dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This may be treated with antibiotics, but there is concern that widespread antibiotic use might lead to antibiotic resistance. Some herbal medicines have been shown to be beneficial, but their mechanism(s) of action remain incompletely understood. To try to understand whether antibacterial properties might be involved in the efficacy of these herbal medicines, and to investigate potential new treatments for IBS, we have conducted a preliminary study in vitro to compare the antibacterial activity of the essential oils of culinary and medicinal herbs against the bacterium, Esherichia coli.

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Medicinal properties of ‘true’ cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): a systematic review

Posted October 23, 2013

In traditional medicine Cinnamon is considered a remedy for respiratory, digestive and gynaecological ailments. In-vitro and in-vivo studies from different parts of the world have demonstrated numerous beneficial medicinal effects of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CZ). This paper aims to systematically review the scientific literature and provide a comprehensive summary on the potential medicinal benefits of CZ.

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The Wisdom of Sage: 7 Special Medicinal Properties

Posted September 24, 2013

Native to the Mediterranean world and one of the healthiest herbs that can be found and harvested around the world, alternative medical experts rave about the medicinal benefits of sage.

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Treat the Fungus Among Us With Nontoxic Medicinal Compound

Posted September 13, 2013

A Kansas State University microbiologist has found a breakthrough herbal medicine treatment for a common human fungal pathogen that lives in almost 80 percent of people. Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries use a medicinal herb called Gymnema slyvestre to help control sugar levels. He decided to study the microbiological use of Gymnema slyvestre — a tropical vine plant found in India, China and Australia — to see if it could treat a common human fungal pathogen called Candida albicans.

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Medicinal Mushrooms

Posted August 26, 2013

Mushrooms have been valued throughout the world as both food and medicine for thousands of years. Throughout the world, many people enjoy hunting for wild mushrooms, delighting in the variety of shapes, sizes, and colors exhibited by these “flowers of the fall.” Europeans have always appreciated the gastronomic value of wild mushrooms. In Japan, pushcart vendors on the streets still sell medicinal mushrooms to the average citizen who uses them to maintain health and promote longevity.

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