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Scientists Unlock Gene Secrets of Opium Poppy.
Reuters. 5-31-12. British researchers found that a cluster of 10
different poppy genes helps synthesize noscapine, a medicinal compound
that suppresses cough and exhibits anti-tumor activity.
Milk Thistle Found Ineffective in Hepatitus C Patients. Infectious Disease Special Edition.
5-12. A multi-center North Carolina study reports that silymarin, an
extract from milk thistle, had no effect on disease symptoms or
Jasmine Odor Improves Sleep and Mental Performance, Decreases Anxiety.
Wheeling Jesuit University. Study participants exposed to jasmine
reported more peaceful sleep and less anxiety and also performed better
on mental tests as opposed to those who breathed in lavender odor or no
odor at all.
Kenya Considers Policy to Regulate Traditional Medicines.
Voice of America. 5-29-12. The Kenyan Ministry of Health is currently
creating a council that will regulate herbal and traditional medicine
practices, and is also considering laws to address herb conservation,
processing, and trade.
Roman Coins Used in Ancient Medicinal Plant Trade. The Times of India.
5-27-12. Researchers think that silver coins and Roman pottery pieces
recently excavated in India show that the village likely had been a
medicinal plant preparation and trading center.
Dietary Supplements Become Utah's No. 1 Industry.
NutraIngredients USA. 5-23-12. Reportedly worth $7 billion, the Utah
dietary supplements industry now outranks all other industries in the
Castor Oil Action Mechanism Elucidated.
Phys.org. 5-21-12. German researchers have found that ricinoleic acid,
an active compound in castor oil, acts in the human body through
pharmacological means and not topically through the intestinal lining as
was previously thought.
Taiwan's Breakthrough Substitute for Valuable Herbal Medicine.
Central News Agency. 5-14-12. Researchers found that an LED spectrum
combination helped to inexpensively cultivate large quantities of Cordyceps militaris — an alternative to the expensive herb Cordyceps sinensis.