Could a Cure for AIDS Lie in GERANIUMS? Plant Extract Prevents Virus Invading Human Cells

The root extract can help treat HIV-1, the most common form of the virus

It contains a compound which prevents the virus replicating in the body

It blocks the attachment of HIV particles to human cells effectively preventing the virus invading cells Continue reading

Herbal Medicine Alters Genes, Cell Mitosis and Epigenome

Genetics researchers from Taiwan’s National Central University have determined that over a third of herbal medicines used in Traditional Chinese Medicine  – and nearly all leading therapeutic herbs – alter our genes or Continue reading

The Power of Peppermint: 15 Health Benefits Revealed

A favorite herbal medicine of the ancients, peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC. Modern scientific investigations have now confirmed that this remarkable plant has over a dozen healing properties.

In our continuing effort to educate folks to the vast array of healing agents found in the natural world around us, Continue reading

Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat Cancer? The Research Says Yes

A large scale review of research by Australia and Chinese University scientists has proved with thousands of studies using hundreds of thousands of cancer patients that Chinese herbal medicine offers significant treatment for most types of cancers – including breast cancer.

The research comes from Australia’s University of Western Sydney and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The researchers analyzed and reviewed 2,964 human clinical studies that involved 253,434 cancer patients. Among these were 2,385 randomized controlled studies and Continue reading

Eclipta Alba An All Natural Hair Regrowth Treatment

Did you know…that kehraj also known as eclipta alba, an Ayurvedic herb, can regrow hair even better than popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments?

The U.S. has appropriated many natural health remedies from Ayurvedic medicine, a whole-body healing modality practiced by Indian physicians for 5000 years.

Ayurvedic translates to “the knowledge of life,” and alternative medicine practitioners have willingly dipped into this knowledge to cure their patients of everything from digestive disorders to diabetes to heart disease. Continue reading

The Herbal Chinese Heavyweight Revealed

Here is the first of a quick two-part article series on one of the greatest herbal secrets in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Da huang is one of the oldest and best-known herbal medicines from the Far East. In part one, we look at its ability to fight infection and soothe the stomach.

Da huang (rhubarb, in English) has a wide variety of uses. It fights bacteria, viruses, and toxins, it clears inflammation, it soothes the stomach and promotes digestion, it promotes circulation, and it improves immunity. It has a special relationship with heat Continue reading

Using These Ancient Herbs to Boost Bone Strength

Here’s an alternative remedy that could help protect your bones as you age. It’s a Chinese herbal medicine called “LiuWei Zhuanggu.”  Researchers at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Fengxian Central Hospital, recently studied the performance of the herbal medicine in an animal clinical trial.

Specifically, the research team looked at the impact of LiuWei Zhuanggu granules (LWZGG) on mineral metabolism in “osteopenia” development. Osteopenia refers to Continue reading

Spice Cabinet Staple Could Fight Inflammation

Black pepper is probably the most common culinary spice in the world. Pepper, either ground or as whole peppercorns, is found in cuisines across the globe and has a centuries-long history of use and cultivation.

If you’re like millions of other people, you probably consume pepper in your food every day, without realizing that it is also an important medicinal spice. Pepper can be used Continue reading

Berberine Can Control Blood Sugar in Diabetics

Berberine is a natural substance found in herbs like barberry, goldenseal and Oregon grape. Research now shows that this remarkable phytochemical can be used to control blood sugar in diabetics and moderate problematic blood fats.

Can This Herb Completely Replace Drugs For Type-2 Diabetics?

a diabetic patient  who had been working hard to control his blood sugar wrote this : “Hi Frank, I have some very good news that I’m excited to tell you. I’ve been following your program closely and was a little discouraged. Although my A1C levels [average blood sugar levels] have been dropping, my fasting blood sugar has not. It was still at 123. About two to three weeks ago, I began taking berberine (500 mg, three times daily) and my fasting blood sugar dropped into the 90s. I’m stoked! Sincerely, Rich.”

Berberine is a phytochemical (plant chemical) found in many different plants. When used in herbal medicine, the usual sources are barberry, goldenseal or Oregon grape. It’s the main alkaloid of Coptis chinensis, which Asian folk medicine uses to treat diabetes. You also may hear people refer to Coptis chinensis as Chinese Goldthread and Huang-Lian. Continue reading

African Plant Extracts being used for Fighting Malaria

The malaria parasite has gradually developed resistance to the most commonly used medicines. To make matters worse, several mosquito species that host and transmit the parasite have become resistant to insecticides, making it difficult to eliminate them from populated areas.

Now researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), south of Oslo, are studying and testing plant extracts that have been used in traditional African medicine to fight malaria. Ultimately, the researchers hope to find supplements and replacements for today’s conventional medicines.

Plants used in traditional African medicine may have an effect on the malaria parasite as well as the mosquitoes that spread the disease. A Norwegian pilot project is now indexing and testing these plants. Continue reading

In High Risk People Chinese Herbal Medicines May Prevent Diabetes

More research is required to establish whether Chinese herbal medicines can reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes, according to Cochrane Researchers. Although herbal medicines are widely used in Asian countries to treat pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or IGT), the precursor of the disease, researchers say there is still not enough hard scientific evidence to confidently recommend their use.

“People with impaired glucose tolerance are more likely to develop full blown diabetes and it may be possible to prevent or delay the onset of the disease through lifestyle changes and medication. Chinese herbal medicines have been used for this purpose for a long time, so there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for their safety and effectiveness, but we were interested to find out whether scientific research could provide a basis for recommending these alternative treatments,” says lead researcher, Suzanne Grant of the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.

Pre-diabetes is recognised by higher than normal blood sugar levels. People with pre-diabetes are advised to change their diets to control their blood glucose levels and prevent progress to diabetes. In China, Korea and Japan herbal pills, teas and powders have been used for a long time to treat pre-diabetes and diabetes. They are thought to work in a number of different ways to help normalise blood sugar levels, including by improving pancreatic function and increasing the availability of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.

The researchers considered data from 16 clinical trials including 1,391 people who received 15 different herbal formulations. According to their findings, combining herbal medicines with lifestyle changes is twice as effective as lifestyle changes alone at normalising patients’ blood sugar levels. Those given the herbal formulations were less likely to develop full blown diabetes during the study period. Trials included in the review lasted from one month to two years. No adverse effects were reported in any of the trials.

“Our results suggest that some Chinese herbal medicines can help to prevent diabetes, but we really need more research before we can confidently say that these treatments work,” says Grant. “The real value of the study is as guidance for further trials. We need to see more trials that make comparisons with placebos and other types of drugs, and better reporting on the outcomes of these trials.”