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ARISTOLOCHIA CLEMATITIS

ARISTOCHIA CLEMATITIS

Nature can heal but it may also kill, especially when lacking of information or professional advice on its use is lacking. In fact herbs and herbal supplements have been used for medicinal purposes since thousands of years, some of them being the source of well-known medicines as aspirin, atropine, berberine, codeine, morphine, quinine, salicin, taxol, thymol and so many others.

There are some herbs that are already known to exert deadly properties though as Aconitum Ferox for example, an herb that is part of some Ayurvedic medicines and preparations as Mahamrutynjaya rasa, a preparation that contains Aconitum Ferox, Piper nibrum and Piper longum, and the active constituents aconitine and piperine [1], this example highlights the importance of care and professional advice when using herbs and herbal medicines. Image: Aristochia clematitis by Radio Tonreg under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


ARISTOLOCHIA CLEMATITIS

Family: Aristolochiaceae

Genus: Aristolochia

Common name: Clematitis


 

Prostate Health Cocktail (PHC) and prostate cancer

PROSTATE HEALTH COCKTAIL (PHC) FOR PROSTATE CANCER

HERB FARM

In 2008, approximately 900,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer [2]. Some of them got joyfully cured after treatment and surgery while some others experienced a recurrence, an incidence of prostate cancer after this one was treated, these were patients diagnosed with the so-called recurrent prostate cancer

In the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, a new herbal cocktail containing some specific herbs and vitamins showed incredible results on the treatment of recurrent prostate cancer. Image: Lavender's, Bees, Barn, Silo by Deb Nystrom under Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).

Milk thistle and hepatitis C study

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON MILK THISTLE

MILK THISTLE

Silibinin, a polyphenolic flavonoid also known as silybin [4], is the major active constituent of silymarin and the major biologically active compound of milk thistle [1], a plant that has traditionally been used to treat different ailments and illnesses, due to the properties it exerts and the ability of some of the active constituents found in it, as Silibinin.

Silibinin has been used as an effective chemopreventive agent in various types of cancer, suppressing cancer cell growth and inhibiting colon cancer stem-like cells [6], being also studied for its inhibitory effects on certain types of breast cancer cells [9,10], and many other anti-neoplastic effects in a variety of in-vitro and in vivo cancer models, including skin, breast, lung, colon, bladder, prostate and kidney carcinomas [15].

But this time, a study showed for the first time how Silymarin was ineffective for the treatment of Hepatitis C. The study was conducted was conducted using a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial at 4 medical centers in the United States, and included 154 persons with chronic Hepatitis C virus infection who were previously and unsuccessfully treated with interferon-based therapy [24]. Image: Eran Finkle under CC license (CC by 2.0).


SYLIBUM MARIANUM

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Sylibum

Common name: Milk thistle


 

Health benefits of Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

WITCH HAZEL PROPERTIES AND HEALTH BENEFITS

WITCH HAZEL

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub, about six to eight meters tall and original from North America. The Witch Hazel family is composed of more than 20 genera and about 100 species around the world [1]. The flowers are bright yellow and the fruits encapsulated. This shrub blooms in fall and winter.

The name Witch hazel derives from the similitude of witch hazel leaves with those of the hazelnut [2] in combination with the strange blooming time, near Halloween [3].

Many people ask themselves what is Witch hazel and what is Witch hazel used for, if you´re one of them have a look below and discover Witch hazel properties and health benefits and the related scientific evidence on which those have been founded. Image: See credits under ref. [20] below.


HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Genus: Hamamelis

Common name: Witch hazel, Winterbloom (America), Spotted alder [10].