Several Nigerian ethnomedicine herbs show remarkable cytotoxic activity on cancer cells
(Natural News) Researchers found that two plants used in Nigerian ethnomedicine have stronger cytotoxic activity than cyclophosphamide, a drug used in chemotherapy. The study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine initially looked at 31 plants before it singled out Macaranga barteri and Calliandra portoricensis for their anti-cancer effects. The researchers used two... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: The coralbush plant shows potent anti-influenza activity
(Natural News) The coralbush (Jatropha multifida Linn.), a medicinal plant from Myanmar, has been reported to contain antimicrobial, antimalarial, and anti-tumor activities. In the study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the anti-influenza activity of coralbush was evaluated. The coralbush has been used in traditional medicine for treating various diseases. Researchers at... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Korean starwort is an effective herbal supplement for patients with diabetic retinopathy
(Natural News) The extract of the Korean starwort (Aster koraiensis) was tested on diabetic rats for its purported ability to inhibit retinal vascular dysfunction associated with the disease. The new animal study showed that the herbal extract could protect the vulnerable blood vessels of the retinas from the degenerative effects of diabetes. Researchers from the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The humble sodaapple nightshade could be a great alternative cancer remedy
(Natural News) The sodaapple nightshade (Solanum aculeastrum), a medicinal plant found in tropical Africa, contains potential anti-cancer activity, according to a study led by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, together with the University of Pretoria. The study, which appeared in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the uses of the sodaapple nightshade, especially in alternative... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Depression can be remedied with natural extracts
(Natural News) Depression is a huge problem in modern society, not only because it’s very unpleasant for sufferers and those around them, but also because safe and effective treatments are hard to come by. A study published in Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs, however, points to a natural extract that could make a difference. In... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Back to nature: Five of the best medicinal plants to grow in your garden
(Natural News) More often than not, you can find the solution to your ailment in nature. That unassuming-looking weed can actually be a cure for stomach flu or something else. Here, we look at some of the best medicinal plants to have and grow in your garden. While there are many more excellent medicinal plants... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jian-Pi-Yi-Shen, a Chinese herbal decoction, found to promote kidney health
(Natural News) Researchers at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that Jian-Pi-Yi-Shen, a Chinese herbal decoction, can improve chronic kidney disease (CKD) associated with anemia. In the study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they looked at the effect of Jian-Pi-Yi-Shen on the expressions... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hookah smoking raises cardiovascular risk comparable to traditional cigarette smoking, study finds
This study is believed to be the first to investigate the effects of hookah smoking on stiffening of the arteries. Studies have shown that as cigarette use continues to decline, hookah smoking is rising, especially among youth and particularly among college students.“We know that flavored tobacco products are frequently the first kind of tobacco product used by youth,” Rezk-Hanna said. “One of the major issues with hookah is the fact that the tobacco is flavored with fruit, candy and alcohol flavors, making hookah the most popular flavored tobacco produc t among this audience.”According to the ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 2, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Not so common after all: Extracts from the dandelion can protect your blood vessels
(Natural News) It’s a good thing the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is such a common herb – or weed, for those who own ornamental gardens. A Korean study reported that extracts from the traditional medicinal herb can protect blood vessels from the inflammation caused by atherosclerosis. Inflammation is considered to be a significant contributor to different... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Step-by-step guide to effortlessly grow oregano
(Natural News) Growing oregano is relatively easy, especially indoors. Just like thyme, oregano can successfully thrive in a six-inch pot and can survive in a hot, dry, and sunny place. It is important to note that the herb grows best when sufficient light is provided. Placing the plant near a bright window is ideal so... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about vaginal steaming
Vaginal steaming refers to exposing the vagina to steam to cleanse it and enhance its health. In addition to hot steam, some people put herbs in the water for added benefits. In this article, learn about whether vaginal steaming is safe and effective, as well as about the possible risks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Women's Health / Gynecology Source Type: news

The Cycle: Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness
Charcoal, “ toxins ” and other forms of nonsense are the backbone of the wellness-industrial complex. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JEN GUNTER Tags: Vitamins Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Source Type: news

Yale Study: Complementary Medicine Can Shorten Cancer Survival
Cancer patients — including those with mesothelioma — who receive complementary therapy are likely to die sooner than those who use only conventional treatment, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Patients receiving complementary medicine also were more inclined to forego at least one component of their conventional treatment regimen. The study was done by a team from the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center at Yale School of Medicine. JAMA Oncology published the study July 19. “The study was about patients who were using unproven therapies for treatment...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 1, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Food science: Indian herbs found to have profound protective effects against diabetes and Alzheimer's
(Natural News) Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes have been linked to each other. When a person has diabetes, Alzheimer’s is more likely to occur too – most likely because of the insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and inflammation diabetes causes. Because of this, researchers at Yogi Vemana University in India aimed to develop natural powerful... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists study the anti-influenza virus activity of a traditional Vietnamese medicinal plant
(Natural News) The active ingredients present in the Polygonum chinense Linn., commonly referred to as the Chinese knotweed, could be used to treat common influenza viruses, in a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers from Vietnam and South Korea looked at metabolites present in P. chinense to determine their mechanisms of antiviral activity. Researchers used both the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Examining the antidepressant effect of a novel herbal compound made with dried jujube seeds
(Natural News) Researchers have found that a combination of two herbal formulations, the dried seed of the jujube (Zizyphus jujube) and the lily bulb, can be used as an alternative treatment for depression. The study, which appeared in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, discussed the effects of a novel herbal compound called ziziphi spinosae lily powder suspension, in terms... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An overview of forensic herbal products - Acikkol M.
The use of herbal products has significantly increased during the last few decades, and they are routinely used on a daily basis throughout the world. Most herbs are sold in a large number of forms, such as, raw, tablets, capsules, or tinctures, and are ge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Clinical perspective of herbal poisoning in emergency room - Bavuno ğlu I.
In recent years, there is an increase in herbal product consumption, since herbal products are presented as harmless under the mask of the term "natural". It is obviously seen in the clinical evaluation of the intoxication cases that the most plant exposur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Forensic and analytical consideration to herbal intoxication cases - T ürkmen Z.
As a self-medication method, there is an increasing interest in herbal products in the recent years. Some herbal extracts were consumed uncontrollably either directly or as a drug form. Numerous researches on some specific plant extracts have been conducte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Nine herbal teas for constipation
Constipation occurs when people cannot pass stool as freely as they would like to, and it may cause symptoms including bloating and discomfort. Some possible remedies include using tea. The best teas to use include senna, chamomile, and ginger tea. Learn more about the best tea for constipation here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Constipation Source Type: news

A Korean herbal complex protects against memory decline in postmenopausal women
(Natural News) Dangguijakyak-san (DJS) is a much-beloved Korean multi-herbal medicine that is widely used to treat various gynecologic disorders, particularly those related to estrogen synthesis. The mechanics of the formulation, however, have not been extensively studied. Thus, its role in alleviating symptoms of associated conditions related to a deficiency in estrogen – such as menopause... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal blend containing two plant extracts shown to protect the pancreas of diabetic patients
(Natural News) Diabetes is not a sweet problem to have – a fact that nearly 30 million Americans know all too well. While there are a number of available methods for controlling the condition, its effects, and the risk of its complications, most of these involve the intake of risky chemical drugs. A natural herbal... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists discover that common purslane and henna show great potential in preventing yeast infections
(Natural News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 46,000 people in the U.S. contract invasive candidiasis every year, about 20 percent of whom die from the disease. A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine examined several herbs for antimicrobial properties that could make them effective against... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural herbs that battle both depression and anxiety
(Natural News) Individually, anxiety and depression are both hard to deal with. However, many people have to deal with both. Approximately 85 percent of people with depression also experience some anxiety; while 90 percent of people with anxiety also suffer from depression. Knowing how to manage and treat depression and anxiety can help improve one’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Compounds in saffron found to demonstrate toxicity against cancer cells
(Natural News) Saffron is a small, perennial spice derived from the flower of the Crocus sativis (more commonly known as the “saffron crocus”). Considered to be the world’s most expensive spice due to its rarity, saffron holds the claim in being a highly beloved medicinal herb as well. A botanical review of the food item... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The therapeutic potential of three traditional Indian herbal medicines in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Type 2 diabetes
(Natural News) Researchers at Yogi Vemana University in India aimed to develop natural powerful agents for dual therapy of both Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. In their study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they found that three traditional Indian herbal medicines possess multifunctional abilities to treat both Alzheimer’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis found in this traditional Chinese ethnomedicine
(Natural News) Diu Le Bang, an herbal treatment used in folk medicine for relieving swelling and pain, can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. In their study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers looked at the effects of the medicine in treating mice with adjuvant-induced... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 -- The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has announced the launch of an app for easy access to research-based information on the safety and effectiveness of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Herbal remedy that was effective against SARS found to be beneficial for acute lung injury
(Natural News) In traditional Chinese medicine, the chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata) is associated with lung diseases. Its primary function is to treat the abscesses and heat that develop in the lungs, which often manifest as coughs with phlegm. Because of this, the chameleon plant became the focus of research relating to severe acute respiratory syndrome... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: New herbal medication effectively reduces arthritis symptoms
(Natural News) A new Korean trial tested the efficacy of ChondroT on rats suffering from collagenase-induced osteoarthritis. They reported that the newly-released medication – made of five different herbs from traditional Chinese medicine – suppressed inflammatory cytokines, toned down the harsh immune response, prevented the loss of articular cartilage, and protected the articular surface. The trial... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Extract of a Chinese herb exhibits protective properties against cerebral diseases
(Natural News) A plant-based compound from the Chinese foxglove (Radix rehmanniae) showed promise as a means of protecting the brain from cerebral diseases. A Chinese study reported that catalpol encouraged the remyelination process that fixed neurological damage caused by multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders. The study was supported by the Capital Medical University. Its findings... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Back pain - 35p natural remedy could ease your lower backache
BACK pain could be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, or by having bad posture. But, some diet changes could help to get rid of lower back pain symptoms, it ’s been claimed. Eating or drinking more of this herb could reduce signs of backache. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eat more cress for a healthier liver
(Natural News) You can vastly improve the health of your liver by increasing the amount of garden cress in your diet. Saudi researchers who studied the tangy-tasting edible herb reported that its seeds contain hepatoprotective agents that can manage the potentially deadly effects of hepatitis. Hepatitis can lead to fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), a condition where... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alternative Cancer Treatments May Be Bad for Your Health
People who used herbs, acupuncture and other complementary treatments tended to die earlier than those who didn ’ t. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Cancer Acupuncture Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vitamins Source Type: news

Making medicine after a disaster: North American’s top medicinal plants
(Natural News) Nature is a wonderful source of food, but did you know that you can count on it for medicine too? North America is rife with medicinal plants. Some can speed up the healing process of cuts and bruises, while others can help you get through a bad cold. Either way, we’re surrounded by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Christmas in July: Luxe gadgets to enhance a healthful lifestyle
Nut milks, infused oils, fresh herbs and homemade breads made with whole wheat. Here are a few gadgets home cooks might enjoy using to make the kinds of staples many of us wish were at hand ’s reach. Admittedly, some of these prices are steep. (You could, after all, make your own infused oils in... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

The many uses of TCM herb Gynura divaricata in health, medicine, and food
(Natural News) Also known as “Bai Bei San Qi,” the Gynura divaricata is a plant known for being one of the most famous traditional Chinese medicine herbs. Widely distributed across southern China, G. divaricata has been utilized in the treatment of numerous diseases, ranging from diabetes to bronchitis to rheumatism to toothaches. Its leaves, stems,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alfalfa as human food: A rich source of nutrients, it is consumed as a tea, herb, supplement and now as flour
(Natural News) Could alfalfa concentrate help you meet your recommended daily intake (RDI) of various nutrients? According to a recent study, it most certainly can. A team of Romanian investigators has found this legume to be an exceptional source of minerals, proteins, and much more. Through laboratory analysis, the researchers were able to assess the nutritional... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Complementary Cancer Therapies Can Increase Risk of Early Death
People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...
Source: TIME: Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news

A medicinal plant used in Mexican folk remedy shows great potential as an alternative cancer treatment
(Natural News) Yellow oleander has been used by Mexican folk healers to treat various illnesses for many centuries. A new study indicates that the fruit of this indigenous medicinal plant contains bioactive compounds that can treat different kinds of human cancers. Known in scientific circles as either Thevetia peruviana or Cascabela peruviana, yellow oleander goes... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asafoetida, a plant used in traditional folk medicines, found to show antitumor effects on breast cancer
(Natural News) Plants and herbs that have long been used in folk medicine may very well hold the key to treating modern-day diseases. In a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, researchers found that asafoetida, a plant used in traditional food and medicine, could potentially have anti-tumor and anti-metastasis effect against breast cancer. The study,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A popular East Asian herb could hold the key to preventing and treating diabetes
(Natural News) Winged prickly ash (Zanthoxylum armatum), a well-known medicinal herb in East Asia, can be used to prevent and treat diabetes, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study, conducted by a group of researchers at COMSATS University and The Islamia University of Bahawalpur in Pakistan, assessed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Herbal plants found to treat tuberculosis naturally
(Natural News) A major issue facing the medical community today is the rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which hampers current efforts to end the deadly disease globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that while the incidences of tuberculosis have been decreasing by around two percent each year, all effort must be made in exploring every... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could this native Mexican plant be the next cancer cure?
(Natural News) A recent study investigated the antiproliferative, apoptotic, and cytotoxic effects of compounds in the fruit of the yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) on human cancer cell lines. It indicated that the methanolic extract of the indigenous Mexican medicinal plant could serve as a safe and natural means of treating various human cancers. The findings... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda:Inside Rwanda's Growing Herbal Medicine Industry
[New Times] When the stinging nettle (Igisura) healed her father of liver disease (hepatitis) a while back, Janvi ère Ingabire picked interest in the magic herb. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Wonderful, versatile cheesecloth – a must have for preppers, campers, and homesteaders
(Natural News) What do you use your cheesecloth for? Chances are you only use it once for the holidays as a holder of herbs for soups. They are then thrown away or forgotten until the next year. However, cheesecloths are more versatile and durable than you realize. Many preppers and seasoned survivalists say that the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Start planting these perennial herbs today; not only do they taste good, they can be used as medicine when SHTF
(Natural News) Prescribed medications can be expensive, and there are times when they are not readily available. This is why more people are rediscovering the importance and benefits of natural remedies, such as herbs. Not only are they easy to grow, but they are also good ingredients both for culinary and medicinal purposes. (h/t to HomesteadSurvivalSite.com) 7 perennial... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High blood pressure: Add this herb to your cooking to lower blood pressure
HIGH blood pressure, or hypertension, can be lowered by eating certain ‘natural remedy’ foods. Using more of this herb on roasts, omelettes and vegetables could help slash blood pressure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High blood pressure: This natural remedy could help lower your BP reading
HIGH blood pressure, or hypertension, can be lowered by eating certain ‘natural remedy’ foods. Using more of this herb on roasts, omelettes and vegetables could help slash blood pressure. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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