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Comprehensive assessment of phenolics and antiradical potential of Rumex hastatus D. Don. roots

Posted February 9, 2014

Roots of Rumex hastatus (Polygonaceae) are traditionally used for the treatment of various ailments including liver and lung diseases. In this study, various solvent extracts of R. hastatus roots, like methanolic, n-hexane, ethyl acetate, chloroform, butanol and aqueous fractions were assessed through their antioxidant properties in vitro and determination of phenolic contents.

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Schisandra berries and astragalus root work in synergy to heal the liver – Study

Posted December 30, 2013

The liver is an amazing filtration system for the entire body. It not only processes the body’s blood but also breaks down nutrients for cellular utilization throughout the body. It produces cholesterol to help transport fats, generates proteins for blood plasma and eliminates bile through the gall bladder. The liver also removes bacteria from the bloodstream and filters out any poisonous substances. Signs of a weak liver can be observed through poor skin conditions.

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Ginseng – Benefits of the popular Chinese root

Posted November 20, 2013

Ginseng has strong roots in Chinese medicine. In fact, its use is traced back over 5,000 years to the mountains in Manchuria, where it was incorporated into traditional medical practices. Emperors reportedly used ginseng to treat illnesses and as a primary ingredient in products like soap to get the best use of its beneficial properties.

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Cytotoxic effect of Alpinia scabra (Blume) Naves extracts on human breast and ovarian cancer cells

Posted November 12, 2013

Alpinia scabra, locally known as ‘Lengkuas raya’, is an aromatic, perennial and rhizomatous herb from the family Zingiberaceae. It is a wild species which grows largely on mountains at moderate elevations in Peninsular Malaysia, but it can also survive in the lowlands like in the states of Terengganu and Northern Johor. The present study reports the cytotoxic potential of A. scabra extracts from different parts of the plant.

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Burdock is a powerful herb to treat a variety of ailments

Posted October 6, 2013

The burdock root is part of the Asteraceae family and can be found in various places around the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. You may also already know of some other closely related herbs from its extended family, such as chamomile, yarrow, chicory, thistle and echinacea. Burdock is essentially composed of carbohydrates, volatile oils, plant sterols, tannins and fatty oils. Like many medicinal herbs, some of its incredible health benefits originate from its powerful antioxidants. In this case, quercetin and luteolin are the main phenolic acids working wonders once inside the body.

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Oregon grape root used as an anti-microbial agent

Posted August 23, 2013

The onset of more and more bacteria-caused illnesses has prompted experts to make use of other means other than synthetic drugs to cure people. The Oregon grape is one of the herbs that have become quite a star among herbalists, especially since it is claimed to have anti-bacterial properties. Experts are already trying to harness the extract coming from the Oregon grape root in order to check that it really has anti-bacterial properties that will help cure those who have various bacterial problems.

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Medicinal potential of Morella serata (Lam.) Killick (Myricaceae) root extracts: biological and pharmacological activities

Posted July 8, 2013

Morella serata is a South African medicinal plant used in the treatment of microbial infections and to enhance male sexual performance. There is dearth of information in scientific literature on its efficacy and safety.

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Rhaphidophora korthalsii modulates peripheral blood natural killer cell proliferation, cytokine secretion and cytotoxicity

Posted June 24, 2013

Rhaphidophora korthalsii (Araceae) is a root-climber plant which has been widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for cancer and skin disease treatment. Previous reports have recorded its immunomodulatory effects on mice splenocyte and human peripheral blood. This study investigated the potential immunostimulatory effect of Rhaphidophora korthalsii on human PBMC enriched NK cell.

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Rosemary Essential Oil May Boost Brain Performance

Posted April 30, 2012

Hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of rosemary. Now researchers writing in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, have shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance.

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A Sniff of Rosemary Makes You Smarter

Posted April 30, 2012

Yes, just smelling rosemary might do the trick. Healthy volunteers who took a sniff of 1,8-cineole one of the main chemical components of rosemary scored better on an arithmetic test than people who didnt. In fact, the higher the participants blood levels of 1,8-cineole, the better their speed and accuracy on the tests.

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