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Hope for plant-based contraceptive, study claims
Conclusion This laboratory study aimed to investigate a variety of steroid hormones and plant compounds to look at their effect on sperm activation and ability to fertilise an egg. The researchers confirmed that the hormone progesterone present in the female reproductive tract seems to be needed to activate sperm and make them able to fertilise an egg. The also found that two plant compounds, pristimerin and lupeol, were able to block the sites on the sperm that are activated by progesterone. This means these two compounds could have a potential contraceptive action. But it's far too early to say whether new contraceptiv...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Summary of Evidence: Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products
Learn what the science says about musculoskeletal inflammation and natural products in the current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest. Read more about the evidence base of tumeric, bromelain, willow bark, Omega-3 fatty acids, devil’s claw, ginger and thunder god vine in the treatment of conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendinitis. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - July 13, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

Fatal honey poisoning caused by Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F in Southwest China: a case series - Zhang Q, Chen X, Chen S, Liu Z, Wan R, Li J.
We describe a rare case series of fatal honey poisoning caused by Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) in Southwest China. Three male construction workers were deliver... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Thunder God Vine Fizzles in Ankylosing Spondylitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Chinese herb falls short in meta-analysis of treatment efficacy (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - August 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Thunder god vine' may hold key to effective obesity drug
Stephen FellerBOSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- An extract called celastrol from the Chinese "thunder god vine" may help with weight loss by enhancing an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is the thunder god vine the key to beating obesity? Ancient chinese remedy led to a 45% decrease in body weight in obese mice
An extract from the thunder god vine reduced food intake in obese mice, researchers found. Experts say it could lead to 'novel and powerful treatment for obesity'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment
An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45 percent decrease in body weight in obese mice. The weight-loss compound, called Celastrol, produces its potent effects by enhancing the action of an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. The findings are an early indicator that Celastrol could be developed into a drug for the treatment of obesity. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Adding Chinese Herb to Methotrexate May Help Ease Active RAAdding Chinese Herb to Methotrexate May Help Ease Active RA
Patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may benefit from treatment with Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) and methotrexate (MTX), new research from China suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

The thunder god vine, assisted by nanotechnology, could shake up future cancer treatment
(Institute for Basic Science) Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second leading cause of cancer-associated death worldwide. The collaboration between the Institute of Basic Science/Seoul National University and National Cancer Center Singapore represents an auspicious therapeutic approach about HCC. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 27, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Thunder God Vine for Pain?
I have rheumatoid arthritis and have been told that a Chinese herb, thunder god vine, works better than prescription medication for pain. Would this be a worthwhile treatment for me? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - June 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TGen and Scottsdale Healthcare launch Phase I 'Thunder God vine' trial for cancer
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Taking a page from Chinese herbal medicine, Scottsdale Healthcare and the Translational Genomics Research Institute today initiated the first-in-human clinical trial for pancreatic cancer patients using a compound derived from a plant known as "Thunder God vine." The first patient to participate in this clinical trial received treatment today at Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership of Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news