Depression

Precious herb ‘Tian Ma’ fights depression Precious herb ‘Tian Ma’ fights depression

CM NEWS – An ancient, precious and expensive Chinese herb might possess anti-depressant effect, according to a new study by scientists at the National Taiwan University.

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Magnolia bark acts like antidepressant Magnolia bark acts like antidepressant

CM NEWS – The two active ingredients of the bark of magnolias that have generated research interests to their anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory activities also exhibits antidepressant-like effects, a new study says.

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Highland herb treats depression, new trial confirms Highland herb treats depression, new trial confirms

CM NEWS, Medicinal News Today – A new clinical trial has found that an extract of Rhodiola rosea (hong jing tian in Chinese, 紅景天) roots and rhizomes demonstrated anti-depressive activity in patients with mild to moderate depression.

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Mood herb found to increase lifespan Mood herb found to increase lifespan

CM NEWS, University of California, Irvine release – The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant indigenous to the Arctic regions of Europe and Asia increased the lifespan of fruit fly populations, according to a University of California, Irvine study.

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700-year-old Chinese medicine can treat depression, study says 700-year-old Chinese medicine can treat depression, study says

CM NEWS – An ancient traditional Chinese medicine “wandering free” formula which is at least 700 years old has been proven scientifically to be effective in treating depression. The results of the study will be published in August.

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Yoga can be possible treatment for depression Yoga can be possible treatment for depression

Boston University release Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and McLean Hospital have found that practicing yoga may elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels, the brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter.

The findings, which appear in the May issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, suggest that the practice of yoga be explored as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety, disorders associated with low GABA levels.

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Cancer

Grape-seed extract kills leukemia cells Grape-seed extract kills leukemia cells

American Assn for Cancer Research release – An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky. They found that within 24 hours, 76% of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to the extract.

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New cancer-killing compound found in salad plant New cancer-killing compound found in salad plant

UW release – Researchers at the University of Washington have updated a traditional Chinese medicine to create a compound that is more than 1,200 times more specific in killing certain kinds of cancer cells than currently available drugs, heralding the possibility of a more effective chemotherapy drug with minimal side effects.

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Lingzhi body, not just spores, also ups immunity Lingzhi body, not just spores, also ups immunity

CM NEWS – Numerous (靈芝, Ganoderma lucidum) products on the market advertise their immunostimulatory efficacy by how “cracked” the spores are. But are cracked spores really that superior over the rest of the mushroom?

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Cancer-kiling viruses offers new hope Cancer-kiling viruses offers new hope

Ohio State University Medical Centre release Viruses genetically designed to kill cancer cells offer a promising strategy for treating incurable brain tumours such as glioblastoma, but the body’s natural defenses often eliminate the viruses before they can eliminate the tumour.

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‘Happy tree’ yields a cancer-fighting drug ‘Happy tree’ yields a cancer-fighting drug

happytreeVancouver Sun – B.C. cancer patients who don’t get better on standard treatment will be offered a locally developed experimental drug using a nanotechnology smart bomb type of treatment derived from the bark of the “happy tree,” indigenous to China.

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Acupuncture

Indigo naturalis treats chronic psoriasis Indigo naturalis treats chronic psoriasis

CM NEWS – Topical application of a traditional Chinese medicine is effective in treating plaque-type psoriasis, according to a new study in Taiwan.

The randomized, double-blind study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, was conducted by researchers in Taipei who developed an indigo naturalis ointment.

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5-herb combo can control eczema, study says 5-herb combo can control eczema, study says

Reuters, CM NEWS – A mixture of five traditional Chinese herbs can help control and manage eczema, a study by researchers in Hong Kong suggests.

Considered a chronic condition, eczema is the inflammation of the upper layers of the skin that results in rashes, dryness, itching, flaking, even blistering and bleeding.

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Sex

Herbal sex remedy linked to cancer Herbal sex remedy linked to cancer

Reuters, CanWest – Two men seeking to boost sexual performance and grow bigger muscles instead ended up with advanced prostate cancer after taking “herbal” supplements, US doctors said.

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Sex drive booster bean improves sperm quality, cuts stress in infertile men Sex drive booster bean improves sperm quality, cuts stress in infertile men

CM NEWS – Extract of a bean used in Indian and Chinese traditional medicines as drive booster, known in modern days for being a dopamine engine, has been shown as effective in reducing stress and improving quality of semen of infertile men.

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Med diet improves sexual function of obese women Med diet improves sexual function of obese women

CM NEWS – One more reason to consume Mediterranean-style diet. Apart from helping the heart, the high-fruit, low-red-meat diet can also improve sexual function in women with the metabolic syndrome, an Italian study says.

What is Mediterranean-style diet? A diet traditionally followed in Greece, Crete, southern France, and parts of Italy that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, olive oil (as opposed to butter) and grilled or steamed chicken and seafood (as opposed to red meat). Plus a glass or two of red wine.

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New Chinese medicine formula ups sperm quality New Chinese medicine formula ups sperm quality

CM NEWS – A Chinese medicine formula “Sperm Increasing Granule” derived by TCM doctors in China shows promising results in improving quality of sperms of infertile men.

The Zengjing or “Sperm Increasing” Granule (增精顆粒) is a new TCM formula came out from the Chengdu TCM University. The content of “Sperm Increasing Granule” includes:

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Dietary

The bitter the better The bitter the better

CM NEWS – A recent study identifies for the first time antioxidant properties of many Chinese herbs that regulates blood circulation. It discovers the herbs traditionally categorized as “bitter” and “sour” in flavours carry more antioxidants than others.

The study was a joint investigation between the Southern Cross University in Australia and Shanxi Provincial People’s Hospital in China.

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Soy, dried plum reverse bone loss Soy, dried plum reverse bone loss

CM NEWS – Scientists may have found a dietary solution to reverse bone loss. A recent study indicates that a combination of soy protein, dried plum and substances used in making artificial sweeteners can restore bone mass in ovarian hormone deficient rats.

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Lingzhi body, not just spores, also ups immunity Lingzhi body, not just spores, also ups immunity

CM NEWS – Numerous (靈芝, Ganoderma lucidum) products on the market advertise their immunostimulatory efficacy by how “cracked” the spores are. But are cracked spores really that superior over the rest of the mushroom?

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