Study ids alternative to HRT in 800-yr-old decoction

January 26, 2009  
Filed under Women's health

CM NEWS – It’s well known that menopausal women using estrogen replacement therapy are exposed to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. A group of scientists have found hope in an 800-year-old Chinese herbal decoction which has been used in age-related illness of women. The science behind the decoction and the optimal proportion of each herb have been uncovered. Scientists are hopeful the formula might offer alternative to HRT for menopausal women. Read more

Grape-seed extract kills leukemia cells

January 6, 2009  
Filed under Cancer

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. Read more

Magnolia bark fights ‘super bug’

January 4, 2009  
Filed under Infections

CM NEWS – Among eight popular Chinese medicinal plants used by Asians, magnolia bark has the best antimicrobial and antioxidant results, including fighting against MRSA, or the “Super Bug”, according to a study done at the National University of Singapore.

The eight plants chosen by the researchers are: Read more

Combo of Taichi, Qigong benefits patients with dementia

January 3, 2009  
Filed under Aging

U of Illinois release - Those diagnosed with early stage dementia can slow their physical, mental and psychological decline by taking part in therapeutic programs that combine counseling, support groups, Taiji and qigong, researchers report. Some of the benefits of this approach are comparable to those achieved with anti-dementia medications. Read more