Category Archives: Plants & Medicine

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Take A Pine Tree On Vacation

Some science also suggests the bark extract may be useful in combating deep venous thrombosis, a dangerous blood-clotting sometimes dubbed economy class syndrome because it can arise from sitting in cramped condtions.

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Mayo Clinic Harvests Cures From 17th Century Herbal

The study provides a creative new model for drug discovery. It integrates nontraditional, ancient medical information with advanced technologies to identify promising natural products to investigate as drugs for new and better therapies.

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What Gorillas Teach Pharmacists

If Aframomum lives up to the current hopes for it… we will owe a great debt to early native healers in Africa… and the wild lowland gorillas whose habits they perhaps observed and mimicked.

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Drug Companies Harvest Cures From Chinese Herbalists

The collaboration between East and West on drug development is in many ways an unlikely one. Chinese and Western specialists approach pharmacology from very different angles.

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Who Profits from "Useful" Plants?

This is the silent plunder of natural resources from developing countries. Here we have a large multinational taking out a patent on a plant that grows naturally in a part of Africa and claiming it is their invention. Now the company is making a fortune selling it to the mass market, but the Tanzania communities that live in these regions will not receive one penny.

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Elixir of Youth from Madagascar Plant?

The cream, Sublimage, has its origins in the northern extremity of Madagascar from whence, almost a decade ago, Ormancey received a tip-off about a species of vanilla tree bearing an amazing, life-giving fruit, of which only 13 specimens remained.

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New York Botanical Garden and Pfizer Join to Look for Drugs in Plants

We want to know what builds plants,’ said Amy Litt, director of the genomics program, where researchers map plant DNA to chart the evolutionary differences between related flora. ‘It's entirely possible that we could come up with something that someone might use.

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Beautiful Flowers, the Shaman, and the Harvard Professor

So, Western medicine, with its expensive machinery and sophisticated scientists, has finally figured out what DaBuWan (the Suriname shaman) and his peers knew long ago. But how did they know it?