The Plant Detective

The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Astragalus

5/10/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" For centuries, the root of Astragalus membranaceus has been used in Chinese traditional medicine, usually in combination with other herbs, to support the immune system and fight fatigue. Today, researchers are investigating roles for astragalus in cancer treatment and heart disease.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Comfrey

5/3/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Compounds in Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) soothe inflammation and help cells regenerate - hence the old names for plant, "boneset" and "knitbone." But toxic alkaloids in comfrey can damage the liver, so be cautious even with external use of this herb.

Age-old remedy can be dangerous.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Dong Quai

4/26/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Dong Quai, or Chinese angelica, is sometimes called the "female ginseng" for its role as a balancer of the female reproductive system. It's used for menstrual cramps, abnormal periods, and symptoms of PMS and menopause. Dong Quai is not recommended if you're pregnant or breast-feeding or if you're taking blood-thinning medicine, and it can make your skin light-sensitive.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Evening Primrose

4/19/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:"  There's an important acid in the seeds of evening primrose: gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which is an essential fatty acid. From EFAs, our bodies manufacture chemicals responsible for many basic functions, and EFA deficiency may contribute to arthritic inflammation, menstrual problems, eczema, and more.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Bitter Melon II

4/12/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Bitter melon's ability to bring down blood sugar is proven, and it holds promise for treating complications of diabetes as a non-animal source of injectable insulin.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Bitter Melon I

4/5/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) goes by many names and is used as food and medicine across the world, especially in the tropics. It's got twice the calcium and potassium of spinach and bananas, but if you're going to try some raw, be ready: it's one bitter cucurbid.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tulsi

3/29/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" “Holy basil” helps many ailments. It's sacred - dedicated to Vishnu - and has been cultivated by Indian people for centuries, as medicine for fever, digestion, diabetes, stress, and more.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Valerian

3/22/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Valerian is a powerful agent for relaxation and sleep, with no dangerous side effects. In the past, aggression, epilepsy, shell shock and hysteria were all treated with valerian.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Hoodia

3/15/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Hoodia, native to the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, works as an appetite suppressant by telling the brain that the stomach is full without affecting the rest of the body's functioning. After a long legal battle, the San bushmen of the Kalahari won a settlement for traditional claims to the knowledge of the plant. 

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Horse Chestnut

3/8/14: This week, on "The Plant Detective:" Horse chestnut improves circulation by strengthening vein walls, improving blood flow, and fighting inflammation. Applied topically, it can also reduce swelling after injuries.

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