Monthly Archives: March 2019

Benefits of Moringa: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Famously called “the miracle tree” thanks to its exceptional nutritional content and therapeutic potential, moringa more than lives up to its name. Moringa offers numerous health benefits, including protecting against free radicals and promoting a strong immune system in all stages of life. Among other things, moringa supports the heart, brain, and liver, and can even give your sex drive

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Plant Compound Could Fight Eye Cancer

A substance present in the popular coralberry plant may halt the development of eye cancer. The scientists previously thought that these findings were impossible. Coralberries could eventually help stop the spread of eye cancer.   Survival rates for eye cancer are generally high, according to the American Cancer Society. However, when it becomes metastatic — that is, when cancer cells break away and

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Could Prescription Vegetables be the Future of Healthcare?

The authors of a new study conclude that healthful food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid would be more cost-effective after 5 years than preventive drug treatments. As the cost of healthcare rises, could prescription vegetables save money? Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programs in the United States. Approximately 57 million people received coverage from Medicare plans in 2016, while Medicaid had about 66 million enrollees in

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Cannabinoids for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting: Overview of Systematic Reviews

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), one of the most distressing chemotherapy-related adverse events (AEs), affects about 75% of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Antiemetic drugs are considered first-line treatments, while cannabinoids are considered an option to be used if other antiemetics fail. The cannabinoids used for CINV include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and analogs of THC. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved

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Aromatherapy Massage and Inhalation Improve Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults

Depression among older adults is associated with problems including functional decline or disability, low quality of life, demands on caregivers, increased use of mental health services, and mortality due to chronic illnesses or suicide. Prescription antidepressants can have limited efficacy and may cause adverse effects. Aromatherapy, which is easy to use, inexpensive, and associated with few adverse effects, is among

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Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Leigh Hunt, an English Romantic essayist, and poet is the first known author of the phrase “shrinking violet.” In 1820, he published a passage describing a bit of woodland in The Indicator, a poetry magazine: “There was the

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A Celebration of Lilacs

One of nature’s long-lived symbols of spring, lilacs bring fragrance, beauty, and nostalgia to every landscape they adorn. Beloved by bees and butterflies, a quality cover for birds and wildlife, and one of the most cherished blooms in America, the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) embodies everything we love about sweet, old-fashioned flowers. After all, is there any other fragrance that

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Napping Maybe As Good as Drugs for Lowering Blood Pressure

A midday nap may be just what you need, not just to boost your energy levels but also to lower high blood pressure. This, at least, is what new research from Greece suggests. Napping could effectively help lower your blood pressure, new findings reveal. When the afternoon slump hits in the middle of a busy workday, many of us may

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ABC Presents James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award to Historic Compilation of Psychoactive Research

AUSTIN, Texas (March 13, 2019) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) has presented its 2018 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award to Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: 50 Years of Research, Volumes I and II (ESPD50). This text, edited by Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., and published by Synergetic Press, compiles the proceedings from the first ESPD symposium in

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The Plant Medicine Summit March 18-22, 2019

Free Online Event The Plant Medicine Summit March 18-22, 2019 In our fast-paced culture, we’re becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. And in doing so, we’re losing touch with our symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom… a vast life-giving resource for healing our bodies, balancing our emotions, and awakening our consciousness. Our environment is suffering too. As a result of our

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