Researchers eye ginseng as a natural medicine for preventing obesity

Chinese researchers have discovered that the root extract of an herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may help fight obesity. Ginseng root (Panax ginseng) is used in TCM to promote vigor and vitality. It is also prescribed to address anemia and impotence. A recent study published in the journal Guthighlighted another use for ginseng, which is to help people shed excess body … Continue reading Researchers eye ginseng as a natural medicine for preventing obesity

Chinese skullcap can kill brain cancer cells, thanks to its active component baicalein

Researchers from Qingdao University in China have found that a flavonoid present in Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) has potential anti-cancer properties. In their report, published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, the researchers noted that baicalein, a flavonoid derived from the roots of Chinese skullcap, can induce cell autophagy and apoptosis — two processes that help clear out damaged cells … Continue reading Chinese skullcap can kill brain cancer cells, thanks to its active component baicalein

20 Herbal preparations for your herbal medicine cabinet

There’s more to herbal medicine than just growing or foraging for medicinal herbs. It also involves knowing how to prepare herbal formulas to maximize the medicinal properties of your chosen plants. Most people are familiar with herbal teas, but there are many other ways to use herbs medicinally. Certain herbs, for instance, are best used topically instead of orally. … Continue reading 20 Herbal preparations for your herbal medicine cabinet

Gut microbiota may affect the anti-cancer activity of this oriental herb against colorectal cancer

Oplopanax elatus, commonly known as nakai, is an herb native to northern China that is known for its anti-cancer effects, especially against colorectal cancer (CRC). But questions remain on whether or not the human gut microbiota interferes with nakai’s anti-CRC effects. To address this, a team of researchers from China’s National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders and … Continue reading Gut microbiota may affect the anti-cancer activity of this oriental herb against colorectal cancer

Easy kitchen hacks: How to boost the anti-inflammatory benefits of vegetables

From leafy greens to root plants, vegetables are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Packed with important vitamins and minerals, these superfoods can help strengthen immunity, fight inflammation and boost overall health. But veggies have a lot more to offer than they let on. When paired with the right foods, they become more … Continue reading Easy kitchen hacks: How to boost the anti-inflammatory benefits of vegetables

5 Kid-friendly herbs for treating different ailments

Natural remedies have long been known for effectively addressing different ailments without the dangerous side effects that come with conventional medicine. Many parents nowadays are choosing natural cures whenever their children get sick. They head over to their gardens instead of the nearby pharmacy whenever their children experience a fever. But with the many different … Continue reading 5 Kid-friendly herbs for treating different ailments

Prepper medicine: How to use dyer’s woad, a natural antiviral

Dyer’s woad (Isatis tinctoria) is a versatile weed used to make beautiful and natural dyes for yarn. The weed is also used to make home remedies that can treat various health issues like cold, flu and even chickenpox. (h/t to PrepSchoolDaily.Blogspot.com) What is dyer’s woad? Isatis or dyer’s woad is a plant used to make natural dyes … Continue reading Prepper medicine: How to use dyer’s woad, a natural antiviral

STUDY: Japanese knotweed extract (resveratrol) may help reduce cancer risk linked to processed meat (sodium nitrite)

Many gardeners are wary of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), especially since it’s invasive to the United States. But in a paper published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, researchers have found that Japanese knotweed extract can help reduce the harmful effects of nitrite in processed foods like bacon. Resveratrol and Japanese knotweed Despite being infamous among homeowners, researchers … Continue reading STUDY: Japanese knotweed extract (resveratrol) may help reduce cancer risk linked to processed meat (sodium nitrite)

5 Natural remedies to treat the common cold

The common cold is a viral infection of the nose and upper respiratory tract. Even though it’s usually harmless, it can cause discomfort in the form of a runny nose, sore throat, fever and body aches. Most people recover fully from the common cold after a few days. But taking natural remedies can help reduce the duration and … Continue reading 5 Natural remedies to treat the common cold

Human glioma (cancer) cells can be destroyed with baicalein flavonoid from Scutellaria baicalensis

In a study, researchers from Qingdao University‘s School of Basic Medicine revealed that baicalein, a flavonoid present in Scutellaria spp., can potentially be used in cancer therapy. The results of their study were published in The American Journal for Chinese Medicine. Baicalein is a natural flavonoid that has exhibited anti-cancer activity.However, the molecular mechanism for this anti-cancer activity is … Continue reading Human glioma (cancer) cells can be destroyed with baicalein flavonoid from Scutellaria baicalensis