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Kampo: A Modern Japanese Medicinal System with Traditional Chinese Roots

By Jhena Waring What is Kampo? Kampo is a traditional Japanese herbal medicine system, used to treat chronic and acute disease alike. Its guiding principle is the balance of physical and mental health; body and mind. The body and mind are seen as inseparable, and health is achieved by balancing these two entities. Kampo Through …

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Entangled Life: An Introduction to the World of Fungi We’ve Never Seen

Merlin Sheldrake’s New Book is a Journey into the Fantastical World of Fungi By Jhena Waring Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures introduces us to a world we’ve never seen, even though it’s right before our eyes. Most of us are familiar with fungi, but do we …

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What Australia’s Doctors for Nutrition Says About Plant-Based Diets and Kidney Disease

By Dr. Anis Ta’eed, MBBS, FRACP Chronic Kidney Disease Currently Affects Approximately One in Ten Adults Worldwide and Its Burden is Increasing. Maintaining healthy kidneys is often overlooked in the fight against chronic diseases. Yet, chronic kidney disease (CKD) currently affects approximately one in ten adults worldwide and its burden is increasing. By 2040, it …

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Ashwagandha, The King of Ayurvedic Herbs, Fights Stress For Your Body

Commonly Used to Combat Stress, Ashwagandha Provides a Variety of Benefits to Plant-Based Lifestyles By Jhena Waring Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), is an evergreen plant native to India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Often hailed “the king of Ayurvedic herbs,” its usage goes back over 3000 years. Ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen: a …

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Despite a Rich Traditional History, Chaparral is Still Controversial

Chaparral Has a History of Medicinal Use and a Controversial Place in Cancer Therapy. By Safiyyah Bazemore Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a low-growing evergreen shrub native to the deserts of North America’s southwest and central Mexico. Also known as creosote bush, greasewood, and gobernadora, the plant is in the Zygophyllaceae family. To people who live …

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Ayurveda: The Holistic Intersection of Mindful Living and Eating

By Jhena Waring Ayurveda, translated to “science of life,” is a system of holistic medicine. It focuses on intentional living, through the cultivation of complete mind-body harmony. Dating back 5,000 years from India, it continues to be one of the world’s most powerful mind-body health systems. Navi Gill, a Vancouver-based Ayurvedic Therapist & Lifestyle Consultant, …

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Psilocybin Dreams: A Brief Reflection on Life With the Mushroom

By Clinton Kaley The mountain of clouds towers over me as I lie in the field. I can still taste the earthy, cardboard flavor of the mushrooms in my mouth. The periphery of my vision circles ominously, prodding me, balking. I watch the clouds gather into a form: four arms, a long blade clutched in …

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How a Plant-Based Diet Can Prevent and Treat Type 2 Diabetes

By Jhena Waring Research Suggests That the Prognosis of Diabetes Can be Improved on a Plant-Based Diet. Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. The disease affects an estimated 415 million people worldwide, not accounting for roughly 46% who are undiagnosed. Specific to Canada, one in three Canadians has diabetes …

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Scientists Look to Produce Better Heart Medicine From Foxglove Plants

A University at Buffalo Biologist’s Quest to Understand How Foxgloves Make Medicinal Compounds Foxglove plants, found in many gardens, are known for the showers of bell-shaped flowers they produce. But plants belonging to this genus, Digitalis, also harbor a less visible asset: Chemicals called cardiac glycosides, which have been recorded to treat heart failure since the …

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A Review of Psychedelic Plant Medicine Studies in Canada

Canada Plays a Significant Role in the Research of Natural Psychedelic Plant Medicine. The study of plant medicine and psychedelic plants gets a back seat when it comes to legal research and clinical trials. This is compared to the ease and simplicity of focusing on a psychedelic molecule, plant derivative, or a plant-based proprietary medicine, …

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