UCLA release – The neurotransmitter serotonin, which acts as a chemical messenger between nerve cells, plays a critical role in regulating emotions such as aggression during social decision-making, new research by scientists at England’s University of Cambridge and UCLA suggests. Their findings appear June 6 in the peer-reviewed journal Science. Read more
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.
Honokiol (???) and magnolol (????) are the main constituents simultaneously identified in the barks of Magnolia officinalis, which have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of respiratory and intestinal disorders. Read more
CM NEWS, Medicinal News Today – A new clinical trial has found that an extract of Rhodiola rosea (hong jing tian in Chinese, ???) roots and rhizomes demonstrated anti-depressive activity in patients with mild to moderate depression. Read more
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. Read more
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.
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. Read more