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"Eighty-five different medicinal conditions were recorded. Most plants were used for the treatment of multiple ailments. The large variety of applications was grouped into 37 main categories. "\ A PI AMTAQ Ho la I HMCFUTnAn Internal Organs The highest number of species was used to treat internal organ and digestive system disorders (101, 21% of all conditions treated)."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"In the current book this earlier work is incorporated into subsequent fieldwork and the entire corpus (21 5 plant species) is characterized in terms of indigenous nomenclature and medicinal usage. Since the start of the project in 1995, there have been some relevant innovations. In 1996, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters published a comprehensive work on the ethnobotanical use of plants by three indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador1'51."

- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"It is an alternative to Western medicine and is strongly linked to religious beliefs and practices of indigenous cultures. medicinal plant lore or herbal medicine is a major component of Traditional Medicine. In Latin American countries, herbal medicine is deeply rooted, practiced extensively by indigenous groups, and frequently used by a broad cross-section of the larger society. Often it is an economically inevitable alternative to expensive Western medicine."

- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"Current medicinal Use Based on traditional evidence, scullcap is now primarily used to treat conditions of nervous tension and exhaustion, such as insomnia and anxiety. Relevant Research Preventative and Therapeutic Effects CONSTITUENTS'257 Since there is a lack of information specifically relating to Scutellaria lateriflora L., the information provided here refers to a number of species contained in the Scutellaria genus. ž flavonoids: including apigenin, luteolin, scutellarin (baicalein, wogonin, baicalin are found in S. baicalensis Georgi)."
- Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD and Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, The Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common medicinal Herbs (Get the book.)

"Some of the popular literature on medicinal mushrooms has suggested that grinding whole dried mushrooms or mycelium to a powder can break up the indigestible cell walls and "release" the beta-glucans contained inside, allowing for their absorption through the digestive process. However, grinding mushrooms is never recommended in traditional herbalism or the medical research. There are a couple of reasons why this might be the case. As explained in the next section, many scientists believe that the immune-boosting power of beta-glucans is based on their shape."
- Mark Stengler, The Health Benefits Of medicinal Mushrooms (Get the book.)

"The history of the medicinal uses of these plants mostly comes from South America and Third World countries that typically do not have access to the types of prescription drugs commonly used in the United States. For this reason, the information that is provided for contraindications and drug interactions is not all-inclusive or complete."
- Leslie Taylor, ND, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals (Get the book.)

"Part Three provides extensive information on seventy-four medicinal plants, trees, vines, and herbs of the rainforest. You will find the following information on each plant: family, genus, and species; common names; parts used; properties and actions; main text on the plant; worldwide uses of the herb; and plant chemical information. The main text provides well-referenced information about each plant."

- Leslie Taylor, ND, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals (Get the book.)

"Pharmacognosy Phytochemistry medicinal Plants, Lavoisier Pubs, Paris. Cometa, F., Nicoletti, T. M. and Pieretti, S. 1993, 'Phenylpropanoid glycosides. Distribution and pharmacological activity', Fitoterapia LXIV: 195-217. Facino, R., Carina, M., Aldini, G., Saibene, L., Pietta, P. and Mauri, P. 1995, 'Echinacoside and caffeoly conjugates protect collagen from free radical-induced degradation', Planta Medica 61: 510-514. Hansen, K., Andersen, A., Brogger-Christensen, S., Rosendal-Jensen, S., Nyman, V. and Wagner Smitt, V."
- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"The Constituents of medicinal Plants was never designed as a pure exposition of chemical structures—I leave that to the analytical chemists. My belief is that the structures give us an important insight into the way herbal medicines act, and are a way of rationalising many of the traditional applications that have been passed down over the centuries. The structures also give us valuable information into the potential for adverse reactions and interactions with pharmaceutical drugs."

- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"The author is a well known and respected authority on medicinal herbs who through his teaching and journal articles has helped to pioneer the scientific understanding of herbal practice in Australia. Kerry Bone Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences (Herbal Medicine), University of New England, Armidale Director, Research and Development, MediHerb, Warwick PREFACE This is a book about plant chemistry written by a herbalist with no claims of being a chemist."

- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Picking the supplement that matches the potency and quality of the supplements used in the supporting research requires that several key issues about medicinal mushroom supplements be understood. This understanding is important if people are to achieve the health benefits and therapeutic results identified in the clinical research and described in the popular literature. The first issue to consider is the relationship between manufacturing methods and product quality and potency."
- Mark Stengler, The Health Benefits Of medicinal Mushrooms (Get the book.)

"Current medicinal Uses Ginkgo biloba is one of the most widely used and best researched herbal medicines. While more evidence is needed, Ginkgo biloba products are used for a variety of conditions, many associated with aging, including: peripheral vascular disease, tinnitus, dementia, cases of trauma to the brain and "chronic cerebral insufficiency."78 It is important to realize that the vast majority of research supporting the use of Ginkgo biloba refers to standardized extracts (Ginkgo biloba extract or GBE) made from the leaf."
- Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD and Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, The Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common medicinal Herbs (Get the book.)

"Historical use and published research has consistently shown that hot-water extracts are the preferred method of extraction for most medicinal mushrooms and mycelium in order to attain therapeutic levels of active constituents. It is also important to select the mushroom extract that is most highly recommended for a particular condition for optimal benefits."
- Mark Stengler, The Health Benefits Of medicinal Mushrooms (Get the book.)

"In addition, Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi (Baikal Scullcap/Huang-qin) is a major medicinal herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.3 Scutellaria lateriflora is native to North America, where it still grows wild, reaching 60 centimeters or two feet, with a straight stem and pink-to-blue flowers. The dried seed husks look like skullcaps. Scutellaria baicalensis is a perennial native to China, Japan and Russia, with a fibrous roots and erect stems growing up to 4 feet or 120 centimeters, topped with purple flowers."
- Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD and Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, The Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common medicinal Herbs (Get the book.)

"Current medicinal Use Today, saw palmetto is best known for it use as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Several excellent reviews have been written on this topic.37 8 Relevant Research Preventative and Therapeutic Effects CONSTITUENTS14 ž fatty acids: lauric acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, capric acid, caproic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, stearic acid. ž phytosterols: beta-sitosteroi, stigmasterol, campesterol. ž alcohols: docosanol, hexacosanol, octacosanol, triacontanol. ž miscellaneous: carotenes, lipase, tannins."

- Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD and Michael Smith, BPharm, MRPharmS, ND, The Natural Medicine Guide to the 50 Most Common medicinal Herbs (Get the book.)

"Construction Erythrina and Inga species were used as material to plant live fences. Ochromapyramidale (balsa) was used as a light construction timber. Palm fronds and palm stems (Bactris sp.j were used for thatching and roof construction. Ceremonial Uses Palm staffs (Bactris sp.J are still used as power objects on Southern Ecuadorian mesas. Veterinary and Fodder Hardly any plants in Southern Ecuador had veterinary uses. Cicuta virosa was used to treat animal wounds. Various species of Erythrina and Inga were used as animal fodder."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of Longevity, The medicinal Flora of Vilcabamba (Get the book.)

"Eudesmanolides—two fused six-membered rings • Germacranolides—ten-membered ring • Guaianolides—a five-membered ring fused to a seven, methyl substituent at C-4 • Pseudoguaianolides—as above but with methyl substituent at C-5 Some Asteraceous medicinal plants and their main sesquiterpene ingredient are listed in Table 5.1. Apart from their benefit as digestive bitters, many of these alantolactone—an eudesmanolide sesquiterpene lactone parthenolide—a germacranolide sesquiterpene lactone Table 5."
- Andrew Pengelly, The Constituents of medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine (Get the book.)

"Sustainable cultivation of medicinal plants. • Reliable information for consumers on the proper use of Traditional Medicine and Complementary Alternative Medicine therapies and products. The present study, financed through the "MHIRT," attempts to address some of these issues. MIRT (Minority International Research and Training) or MHIRT (Minority Health Disparity International Research and Training) as it was recently renamed, is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, administered by the Fogarty International Center for Advanced Studies in Washington, D.C."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"In humans, they exhibit many desirable medicinal activities; it appears that most of the observed effects are due to their antioxidant properties (discussed in detail in Chapter 5). The basic ring structure common to all members of the group is shown in Figure 4.21. The R group is either H or OH, and the middle ring can have additional alcohols, ketones, and/or double bonds, depending upon the particular subfamily. The alcohol groups are frequently bound to sugars as glycosides."
- Bryan Hanson, PhD, Understanding medicinal Plants: Their Chemistry And Therapeutic Action (Get the book.)

"The traditional use of medicinal plants in this region, which encompasses in particular the Departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Cajamarca, Amazonas, and San Martin possibly dates as far back as the first millennium B.C. (north coastal Cupisnique culture) or at least to the Moche period (A.D. 100-800), with healing scenes and healers frequently depicted in ceramics."
- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"The expectation is that, by placing the knowledge about long-term cultural precedents for traditional uses in the public domain, this research will prove that contemporary patent applications derived from local medicinal knowledge lack originality, i.e., that they are not "novel" enough to qualify as inventions warranting protection under international patent law, and are thus not patentable."

- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"The use of plant species in this field could provide particularly interesting leads in medicinal development. Infection (Bacterial and Viral, Parasites) Infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and various parasites are common in many developing countries. Bacterial infections treated included cholera, tuberculosis, and gangrene, with 14 applications (0.56%; 11 species, 2.1%). Viral infections were mostly related to dengue fever, yellow fever, and measles (15 applications, 0.6%; seven species, 1.4%)."

- Rainer W. Bussmann and Douglas Sharon, Plants of the four winds - The magic and medicinal flora of Peru (Get the book.)

"Plant a medicinal garden. Mugwort, ginger, and turmeric are all staples of an Okinawan garden, and all have proven medicinal qualities. By consuming these every day, Okinawans may be protecting themselves against illness. Nave an attitude. A hardship-tempered attitude has endowed Okinawans with an affable smugness. They're able to let their difficult early years remain in the past while they enjoy today's simple pleasures. They've learned to be likable and to keep younger people in their company well into their old age."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"We'll spend less time on ionic bonds because they are not quite as important to our topic of medicinal plants. Seeking Nobility: The Formation of Ions Ions are charged atoms or molecules. For now, we will consider only the case of atoms. If an atom somehow gains electrons, it becomes negatively charged because electrons have a negative charge. If it somehow loses electrons, it becomes positively charged. The important question is, Why might an atom gain or lose an electron? The periodic table provides us with the answer, as well as a way to remember the answer."
- Bryan Hanson, PhD, Understanding medicinal Plants: Their Chemistry And Therapeutic Action (Get the book.)

"Then we will turn to exploring the antioxidant properties of medicinal plants, which will bring us back to chocolate and red wine. Chapter 6 discusses how plant drugs and toxins move through the body and act on specific molecules. We will first look at some general principles that affect how a drug is absorbed, distributed through the body, and eventually excreted in some form. We will then move to a molecular view of what happens once a drug reaches its final place of action (referred to as its target)."

- Bryan Hanson, PhD, Understanding medicinal Plants: Their Chemistry And Therapeutic Action (Get the book.)

"In one example of green chemistry's advances, several major food and other companies now use a process known as supercritical C02to extract caffeine from raw coffee beans, carotenoids from tomatoes, and medicinal ingredients from herbs ()(3). The process works by pumping carbon dioxide into a closed, temperature-controlled chamber under high pressure, which causes the gas to liquify. The liquified or supercritical gas then behaves as a very efficient solvent."
- Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald, Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (Get the book.)

"Generally speaking, herbs for medicinal purposes are readily available. This was, of course, vital in the days before the invention of the motor car, when the opportunities for travel were limited. Medicine had to be accessible to the population. Herbs are seldom used singularly, herbalists preferring to prescribe a number together. This is because they are often treating several symptoms, not just one."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"The same leaping tiger and hexagonal jar, and the same scent, texture, colours, and medicinal contents distinguish the product in its home market in Singapore as in every other of the hundred countries in which it is sold. Moreover, in sharp contrast to, for example, acupuncture in nineteenth-century Britain, Tiger Balm today is recommended and used in each of those countries for the same basic conditions and ailments."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"What are the medicinal plants grown in the vicinity already, and the measures which might be taken for extending the cultivation of them? ... What are the medical and chemical preparations made in the district from vegetables used in medicine?... What are the mines and other localities yielding crude mineral substances, and the quantities of them attainable for medical purposes? .. . What are the preparations of these now manufactured, and the practicability of producing them on a more extensive scale?"

- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"One Egyptian medical papyrus, called the Codex Elsers, contained more than twenty medicinal formulas citing garlic as a cure for heart disease, worms, and tumors. In more recent times, garlic has gained the reputation as a natural antibiotic. This germ-killing property is attributed to allicin, a sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive odor. Researchers have developed stabilized garlic compounds for use with supplements and found they have considerable promise against antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Pathogens contribute to inflammation."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

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