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Looking for a natural way to regrow hair? Try chaga mushrooms

Alopecia areata is a condition characterized by hair falling out in patches. Research suggests it is caused by the immune system attacking the hair follicles, causing them to shrink and slow down hair production. Because of this, alopecia is called an autoimmune disorder. According to statistics, alopecia is a common autoimmune disorder that affects about 6.8 million people in the U.S. alone. One ...

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Cannabis found to be an effective treatment for headaches and migraine pain, say researchers

Few things can derail a person’s day like a bad headache or migraine, and over-the-counter remedies often provide little relief. However, scientific studies are now pointing to cannabis as a potential solution for this common and frustrating problem. One particularly promising study, which was led by Carrie Cuttler Of Washington State University, is the first one to use data from ...

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Adequate glutathione intake found to boost liver health

A recent study has found that supplementation with glutathione could help reverse liver damage associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is characterized by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver, which, if left untreated, can progress to a more aggressive form of liver disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is accompanied by inflammation that eventually damages liver cells, impairing liver ...

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Black cutch, an Asian medicinal plant, contains compounds that are effective against the dengue virus

Dengue is a viral infection that’s common in countries with subtropical and tropical climates. It is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti or A. albopictus) carrying the dengue virus (DENV). Although many cases of DENV infection involve only mild symptoms, severe dengue can be life-threatening and requires hospitalization. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are four distinct, but ...

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Research confirms folk uses of medicinal plants in Pakistan

The use of plant parts to relieve or treat ailments is something that’s still practiced even today. Asian countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are known for their use of traditional herbal remedies in various forms, such as powders, decoctions, infusions or poultice. Despite advancements in modern medicine, many people still rely on these natural medicines for various reasons, primarily because ...

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Grow your medicine: Japanese goldthread grown with hydroponics is just as potent as wild variants

Hydroponics is a form of gardening that doesn’t involve soil. Instead, plants are grown in a nutrient solution and a controlled environment. Hydroponics is popular among hobbyists who like to grow their own foods at home. This system not only requires less space and helps conserve soil and water, but it also improves plant yield. In addition, hydroponics allows plants ...

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Researchers evaluate the efficiency of natural plant products for disinfecting surfaces

In this study, researchers from India evaluated the efficiency of traditional fumigation practice using natural plant products to disinfect the air and surfaces. They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Environmental disinfection is an excellent method for reducing nosocomial or healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs are major healthcare problems worldwide. In India, ...

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Bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus bacteria can be used as biopreservative

In recent years, awareness about the negative effects of food additives has increased among consumers, especially in the United States. A push for a healthier diet, with emphasis on clean, whole foods, has also led to a rise in the demand for less-processed foods and foods that contain little to no additives. Manufacturers use additives to improve the quality of their products. For instance, ...

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Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

British and German researchers may have found the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preventing the diseases they cause. In their study, which appeared in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, the researchers said that their newly developed tiny capsules loaded with curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains of Helicobacter pylori. “[This] novel formulation, consisting of ...

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White mulberry can help with weight loss, study finds

White mulberry (Morus alba) is a tree native to China well-known for its use in traditional medicine. According to historical texts, Ancient Chinese healers made a tincture for toothache from the bark of the white mulberry tree and a remedy for colds and flu from white mulberry leaves. White mulberry fruits, on the other hand, served as a mild laxative and as ...

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