Natural Medicine News

The Natural Medicine News section draws from the fast-evolving edge of the international world of natural healing, herbalism, alternative therapies and scientific exploration. From interesting bits and news bytes, to significant new research or unusual discoveries, Chanchal shares her latest findings.

Eating Soil Is Good For You

A recent study published online in Neuroscience indicates that treatment with a common soil micro-bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, has the potential to alleviate depression in much the same way that Prozac does, by activating serotonin-releasing neurons in the brain. The implication is that simply by inhaling M. vaccae while digging in the garden or eating lettuce or carrots, could induce mental and physical health benefits.

Are You A Sugar Addict?

How much sugar do you eat? This infographic from Online Nursing may give you reason to reconsider that sugar loaded daily latte or second helping of dessert!

Potential risks of black cohosh in the spotlight

A UK case of liver damage requiring a transplant, linked to the use of a Black Cohosh herbal product, highlights the controversy about the safe use of this herb, and the importance of correctly identifying and verifying the ingredients in herbal remedies.

Forest Bathing – Science backs up an old concept

Home / Articles & Research / Forest bathing Topics: Human Wellbeing | 9 comments Forest bathing Research into the Japanese practice of forest bathing indicates that time spent in nature lowers stress levels, enhances the immune system and may even help fight cancer.

Comparative Risk of Death – How Herbal Remedies Measure Up

This graph, commissioned by the Alliance for Natural Health International in the UK, compares the risk of death from heral remedies to other risks, from the likelihood of death by food poisoning, air travel, or drowning, to the risk of dying from preventable injury in hospitals, or from adverse pharmaceutical drug reactions.

Plants ‘Talk’ for Self Defense – New Study

Are plants doing more than just swaying in the breeze? For the first time, scientists at Exeter University have captured on film the process by which plants use chemical messages to alert each other to possible danger. Meanwhile, Bristor University researchers have discovered that plants can produce and respond to sounds that are inaudible to human ears.

Psychedelics and End of Life

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Soy and Red Clover for Women’s Health – Research Review

Review of medical research related to the use of soy or red clover for prevention and/or treatment of heart disease, osteoperosis, cognitive decline and other issues related to menopause and aging. The research suggests that isoflavinoids in soy foods and red clover appear to have a small but positive health benefit.