phytomedicinal en Asian Ginseng <p>7/12/14: This week on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Plant Detective</em></a>: Asian ginseng, <em>Panax ginseng</em>, helps people with Type 2 diabetes maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Both Asian and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, just in different proportions. Asian ginseng stimulates while American ginseng calms, and in the terms of Chinese traditional medicine, <em>Panax ginseng</em> promotes yang energy and cleans excess yin. American ginseng (<em>Panax quinquefolius</em>) does the opposite.</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21392 at Asian Ginseng Tea II <p>7/5/14: This week on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Plant Detective</em></a>: They may have different flavors but black, green, white and oolong teas all come from the same plant: <em>Camellia sinensis</em>. They're just processed differently; black tea is fermented, green tea isn't. Unfermented green tea is especially high in catechins, those antioxidants that scavenge the blood for free radicals and are associated with lower rates of atherosclerosis.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21180 at Tea II Tea I <p></p><p>6/28/14: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" According to archaeologists, human use of tea,&nbsp; <em>Camellia sinensis</em>, goes back 500,000 years.&nbsp; The flavonoids in tea are more effective antioxidants than Vitamins C or E - they seem to boost immunity and protect against cavities and ultraviolet rays. More research is needed to find out if tea's flavonoids protect against cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21043 at Tea I Ginger <p>5/31/14: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">The Plant Detective</a>:" The rhizome of <em>Zingiber officinale </em>is eaten as a spice, a medicine, and a delicacy. It's an old remedy for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, and the common cold. It's also used to help digestion. And although further research is needed, a 2011 review of scientific literature found that ginger appears to be promising for cancer prevention.</p><p></p> Sat, 31 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 19538 at Ginger Cloud Mushroom <p>5/24/14: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">The Plant Detective:</a>" Cloud mushroom, used for centuries in Chinese medicine, shows immunomodulator properties, helping prolong life after treatment in certain types of cancer. And in clinical trials, a compound derived from cloud mushroom, Polysaccharide-K,&nbsp; inhibited the onset of cancer.</p><p></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 19479 at Cloud Mushroom Elderberry <p>January 18th, 2014: Elderberry is an immune-booster, an antioxidant more potent than vitamin C, a stress reducer, and a powerful anti-viral. As they say in Austria:&nbsp; “Tip your hat to the elder.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 13664 at Elderberry Cinnamon <p>January 11th, 2014: Compounds in the beloved spice show activity against Type-2 diabetes among people with insulin resistance; cinnamon may resensitize cells to insulin. Researchers are studying cinnamon as well for its effects on HIV, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alheimer's disease.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:36:01 +0000 13498 at Cinnamon Foxglove-Digitalis <p>January 4th, 2014: From old wives' tales to pharmaceutical. Compounds in digitalis treat atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, restoring the heart's ability to process fluids. Lanoxin - from the species, <em>Digitalis lanata</em> - remains one of the top cardiovascular drugs in the U.S.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p></p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 13233 at Foxglove-Digitalis