Category Archives: Plants & Medicine

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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?

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Do Birds Chose Herbs to Protect Their Nests?

If the fresh herbs and plant materials that parent birds bring into the nest have a sufficient concentration of antimicrobial compounds, they could protect the nestlings from harmful bacteria.

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Plants That Save Lives Need Saving Themselves

A global survey carried out by more than 100 botanists and other scientists has found that more than 10,000 species of medicinal plants face extinction, including many used in prescription drugs that cannot be commercially synthesised.

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3000 Year Old Indian Herb Reduces Cholesterol

Scientists in the US say they have found evidence to back giving it to patients with high cholesterol