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  • Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests
    A recent study revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers.
    Published: September 12, 2019, 2:09 pm
  • Temps up, blood pressures down in hot yoga study
    Adults taking hot yoga had lower blood pressure measurements after three months of classes, in a small study examining hot yoga's impact on blood pressure. Hot yoga is typically a vigorous workout practiced under hot and humid conditions. Study researchers say this is one of the first studies of hot yoga's benefits in lowering blood pressure and more research is needed to determine if the practice has true blood pressure lowering power.
    Published: September 5, 2019, 8:14 pm
  • Depression, anxiety linked to opioid use and reduced survival in women with breast cancer
    The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say.
    Published: August 26, 2019, 3:27 pm
  • Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help
    A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms.
    Published: August 21, 2019, 8:38 pm
  • In first-of-its-kind study, researchers highlight hookah health hazards
    Hookah waterpipe use has grown in popularity in recent years -- 1 in 5 college students in the U.S. and Europe have tried it -- but the practice could be more dangerous than other forms of smoking, according to a first-of-its-kind study.
    Published: August 12, 2019, 6:49 pm
  • Encapsulated Indian medicinal herb shows anti-diabetic properties in mice
    Extracts of the herb Withania coagulans, or Paneer dodi, are used in traditional Indian medicine. Although some healers claim that W. coagulans can help treat diabetes, the bitter-tasting plant hasn't been studied extensively by scientists. Now, researchers have found that herbal extracts packaged in polymers derived from natural substances can reduce blood glucose levels in diabetic mice.
    Published: July 31, 2019, 3:30 pm
  • New study explains the molecular mechanism for the therapeutic effects of cilantro
    Herbs, including cilantro, have a long history of use as folk medicine anticonvulsants. Until now, many of the underlying mechanisms of how the herbs worked remained unknown. In a new study, researchers uncovered the molecular action that enables cilantro to effectively delay certain seizures common in epilepsy and other diseases.
    Published: July 22, 2019, 5:25 pm
  • Drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety
    Using the 'elevated plus maze' test with mice, researchers have shown that Matcha green tea can reduce anxiety. Their experiments revealed that Matcha's anxiolytic effects are due to the activation of dopamine D1 receptors and certain serotonin receptors. The researchers suggest that adding a little Matcha tea to your diet may improve your health.
    Published: July 9, 2019, 3:02 pm
  • Safety concerns: Herbal supplement used to treat addiction and pain
    The herb kratom is increasingly being used to manage pain and treat opioid addiction, but new research suggests that it is not safe to use as an herbal supplement.
    Published: July 9, 2019, 1:11 pm
  • Widely available antibiotics could be used in the treatment of 'superbug' MRSA
    Some MRSA infections could be tackled using widely-available antibiotics, suggests new research from an international collaboration.
    Published: June 24, 2019, 3:16 pm
  • Psoriasis patients turn to alternative medicine when traditional treatments fail
    A recent survey from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences found patients with psoriasis frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms when traditional treatments fail.
    Published: June 20, 2019, 2:49 pm
  • Beta blockers can block the effects of stress and anger in patients prone to emotion-triggered atrial fibrillation
    Individuals who are prone to emotion-triggered atrial fibrillation (AF) may benefit from taking beta blockers. A new study shows that beta blockers can block the effects of psychological stress and anger in individuals prone to AF.
    Published: June 4, 2019, 12:49 pm
  • Synthetic version of CBD treats seizures in rats
    A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists. The synthetic CBD alternative is easier to purify than a plant extract, eliminates the need to use agricultural land for hemp cultivation, and could avoid legal complications with cannabis-related products.
    Published: May 28, 2019, 6:01 pm
  • Don't overdo omega-6 fat consumption during pregnancy
    New research showed that eating a diet with three times the recommended daily intake of linoleic acid might be harmful in pregnancy.
    Published: May 25, 2019, 5:22 pm
  • Exercise: Psych patients' new natural prescription
    A new study advocates for exercise as a fundamental treatment and intervention method within inpatient psychiatric facilities.
    Published: May 21, 2019, 4:46 pm
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloid levels in dried and deep-frozen spices and herbs too high
    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are natural constituents detected all over the world in more than 350 plant species and suspected to occur in more than 6,000. Plants produce them as a defence against predators. Out of more than 660 known PA and similar compounds, the 1,2-unsaturated PA in particular have a health-damaging potential. Consequently, they are undesired in foods and feeds.
    Published: May 20, 2019, 2:36 pm
  • Ancient secrets of medicinal mint
    The precious chemistry of a plant used for 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine has been unlocked in a project that raises the prospect of rapid access to a wide array of therapeutic drugs.
    Published: April 24, 2019, 12:33 pm
  • Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests
    Compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus's entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person's immune response to the virus.
    Published: April 23, 2019, 5:36 pm
  • One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine
    A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements.
    Published: April 11, 2019, 9:25 pm
  • Active ingredient of aconite root against peripheral neuropathic pain is identified as neoline
    Aconite root is used in East Asian traditional medicines to treat pain. Since its toxicity, it is used after heat-processing for detoxifying. The present study revealed that processed aconite root could relief neuropathic pain in murine peripheral neuropathy model induced by oxaliplatin, paclitaxel, or partial ligation of the sciatic nerve (Seltzer model), and identified that its active ingredient is not benzoylmesaconine, a degraded compound of toxic mesaconitine, but neoline, a stable compound by detoxifying heat-processing.
    Published: April 10, 2019, 2:23 pm