US Natural Products Association to verify purity of Chinese raw herbs

July 27, 2007  
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Medicine News Today – In an industry first, the nation’s largest trade association of dietary supplement manufacturers announced a new program for testing Chinese raw materials for purity and composition. Read more

70% breast cancer patients use alternative medicine

July 24, 2007  
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CM NEWS – Younger women with higher anxiety level about cancer are more likely to try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a study says. Findings say about 70% of breast cancer patients or survivors choose CAM and the most popular CAM is herbs. Read more

Ancient ‘Sperm-gathering Pill’ energizes sperms: new study

July 15, 2007  
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sperm and eggCM NEWS – A special pill made out of fish maws and milkvetch seeds can energize sperms which otherwise don’t swim progressive enough to fertilize an egg, according to a new study.

Jujingwan (???), or the “Sperm-gathering Pill” formula was included in Chapter Four of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) traditional Chinese medicine classic “Gynecological Treatment Standard” (????????, or??????). Read more

Canada studies effectiveness, safety of natural health products

July 12, 2007  
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BCIT NEWS RELEASE – Researchers at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) recently received grant monies from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to look into the effectiveness and safety of natural health products. Read more

World’s largest conference on acupuncture to convene in China

July 12, 2007  
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Xinhua – More than 1,500 acupuncturists from nearly 30 countries and regions will gather in Beijing this October, to discuss the future of traditional Chinese medicine. Read more

Oyster mushroom cuts blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure in diabetics

July 8, 2007  
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CM NEWS – The value of yummy oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) might not be limited to their good taste. Studies have shown that the mushroom could lower blood glucose and cholesterol in diabetes patients.

A study done at Department of Diet and Nutrition, Dhaka assessed the effects of reducing blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetic patients. Additionally, this study addressed whether there was any hepatic and renal toxicity of mushroom. Read more

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

July 7, 2007  
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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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