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Magnolia Bark Could Someday Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Study Identifies the Future Development of Compounds with Potential Activitiy Against Therapy-Resistant Epilepsy In patients with epilepsy, normal neurological activity becomes disrupted, causing debilitating seizures. Earlier this year, researchers reported in the American Chemical Society Chemical Neuroscience journal that they have found a potential new treatment for this disorder in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Tests …

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Potential of Siberian Ginseng and Gu-Sui-Bu to Improve Neuropsychological Function

By Sandra Nomoto Clinical Study Evaluated Cognitive Enhancement and Anti-Stress Effects A study in Japan that began last year and was published earlier this year expanded on research done on animals using the leaves of Siberian ginseng or eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and water extract of rhizomes (plant stem or rootstalk) of gu-sui-bu (Drynaria fortunei, also …

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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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