Chinese Herbs

The Emperor of All Chinese Herbs

June 15, 2011

Standing majestically over all the other traditional Chinese herbs are those that do double duty as both herb and food. And emperor among this royal court reigns the benevolent watermelon. Traditionally used to combat “summer heat” and its effects- significant thirst, dark, scanty urine and dry heaves- it’s no wonder that entire towns have built […]

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Jujube- Fun to Say and Good for You!

September 29, 2010

It always makes me smile when modern scientific research confirms what the classic Chinese medicine texts reveal. I came across this study on the antioxidant effects of Zizyphus lotus L. (Desf.) on human T-cell proliferation. That’s a fancy way of saying they were studying how jujube fruit affects the human immune system. Of particular note, the […]

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And It’s Yellow!

September 22, 2010

I came across this study review about turmeric root used for osteoarthritis this morning. The researchers were studying a “special, patented extract of the roots of turmeric” which conveniently gets a trademark symbol after its name. (but that don’t mean the researchers are bad fellows, just well funded fellows). Aside from being an interesting intersection […]

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Report that Chinese Herbs Help Cure Cancer

August 19, 2010

Chinese herbs are good for what ails you! I came across this study review on Huang Qin Tang. I myself have only taken Huang Qin Tang once and for only a short time during a particularly nasty GI virus. I won’t lie to you- the taste is not for the faint of heart. But I am guessing […]

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Go Gravity!

July 13, 2010

As moderator of this blog, I get the privilege of sorting through real comments versus spam comments. The spam filter mostly does a great job, but periodically a few slip through. Usually I can tell immediately what is spam versus what is real because the authors of spam typically link to websites offering me a hot […]

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Red, Red Wine….

June 22, 2010

Imagine my pleasure when I came across this article reporting that scientists have determined the mechanism by which the polyphenols in red wine inhibit cancer cell growth. Hooray for red wine! But wait, there’s a catch. Dr Gerald Weissmann, MD is quoted in the article: “As long as they are taken in moderation, all signs […]

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Lead, Mercury, Cadmium & Arsenic- Oh My!

May 27, 2010

When my husband and I got married 5 years ago, many people had their doubts whether we would make it for two fundemental differences in our beliefs he’s a Yankee’s fan- hello, Red Sox fan here! he’s card-carrying, small-government, fiscal-restraint Republican- and I just wasn’t But as time passes, and once respectable media outlets like […]

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Diving Back into the Swamp!

April 12, 2010

This article reviews a survey of physicians, most of whom are in the UK, about their perception of their own understanding and attitudes about herbs. Try not to be too shocked here, but generally, they don’t like herbs, they don’t know anything about herbs, and most of all, they don’t want their patients taking herbs. […]

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