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Articles on Ethnobiology encompass the past and present human interactions with the environment, for instance the use of diverse flora and fauna by indigenous societies.

Ethnobiology Articles

Researchers urge caution over using ginseng in early pregnancy
Researchers from Hong Kong have warned that women should be cautious about using the herbal remedy ginseng in the early stages of pregnancy.

Date: 28 Mar 2009, Rating: not rated

Plants used traditionally to treat malaria in Brazil: the archives of Flora Medicinal
The archives of Flora Medicinal, an ancient pharmaceutical laboratory that supported ethnomedical research in Brazil for more than 30 years, were searched for plants with antimalarial use.

Date: 22 Jan 2008, Rating: 1.00, 7 pages

The supernatural characters and powers of sacred trees in the Holy Land
This article surveys the beliefs concerning the supernatural characteristics and powers of sacred trees in Israel

Date: 22 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated, 11 pages

Ethnoveterinary medicines used for ruminants in British Columbia, Canada
The authors documented and validated (in a non-experimental way) the ethnoveterinary medicines used by livestock farmers in British Columbia.

Date: 22 Jan 2008, Rating: 3.11, 13 pages

Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for reproductive problems
This paper presents the plants used for reproductive purposes in Trinidad and Tobago.

Date: 22 Jan 2008, Rating: 1.50, 9 pages

International alliance to unlock secrets of Egyptian mummies
Two world-renowned teams of experts on Egyptian mummies have joined forces in an international effort to better understand disease and its treatment in ancient Egypt.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 1.00

Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine
Scientists examining documents dating back 3,500 years say they have found proof that the origins of modern medicine lie in ancient Egypt and not with Hippocrates and the Greeks.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 2.50

Insane? - Better Go to the Local Witch Doctor
Despite the competition from Western medicine, traditional medicine is still much in demand in Africa.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 4.00

Sage improves memory, study shows
NEW research has proved that sage can improve memory, confirming centuries-old theories

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 4.67

Chinese medicinal compound stops formation of cysts in polycystic kidney disease in lab
Using a compound from a centuries-old Chinese traditional medicine, Yale University researcher has been able to prevent the formation of kidney-destroying cysts in a mouse model of polycystic kidney disease.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 3.75

8 plants from South Africa may hold potential for treating high blood pressure
Medicinal plants are an integral part of African culture, one of the oldest and most diverse in the world

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 4.14

Study of African traditional medicine will begin world-first clinical trial
Described as a hotspot of botanical diversity, there are more than 20,000 indigenous plant species in South Africa.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 1.50

Trial shows no clear benefit from cannabis for patients with MS
The three year cannabis in multiple sclerosis trial, involving more than 600 patients in the United Kingdom, has yielded no definitive verdict on

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated

New rules for homoeopathic remedies anger UK peers
The health of patients in the United Kingdom could be at risk after rules governing the licensing of homoeopathic medicines were changed

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 5.00

Researchers investigate potential use of plant as a pain killer
The active ingredient, resiniferatoxin, was isolated in the 1970s. It is a potent analogue of capsaicin, the substance that gives chilli peppers their pungency.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: 1.00

Minority ethnic groups have poor cancer care
People from minority ethnic groups in Britain are not getting the cancer care they need, according to data published this month by the Cancer Research Campaign.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated

Plan for Amazonian jungle medicines is threatened
Ethnic and political arguments have paralysed an ambitious scheme to make an inventory of indigenous medicinal plants and remedies in Venezuela's Amazon jungle that could be used to develop drugs to fight cancer and AIDS.

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated

The ethnobiology of the Haitian zombi
Abstract: For many years students of Haitian society have suggested that there is an ethnopharmacological basis for the notorious zombies, the living dead of peasant folklore

Date: 21 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated

Scared to Death
This article examines the phenomenon of self-willed death, or the "bone-pointing syndrome."

Date: 1 Sep 2007, Rating: 7.31

Dead Man Walking
This is an account of the man who learned the secret behind the zombie legend, and the ensuing controversy.

Date: 1 Sep 2007, Rating: 4.68