Ethnobiology

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.

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Got a Pain? Researchers Test Brazilian Mint as Pain Reliever

4 May 2010

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For thousands of years it has been prescribed by traditional healers in Brazil to treat a range of ailments from headaches and stomach pain to fever and flu.

Endocannabinoids, Closely Related To Active Ingredients In Cannabis Plant, Can Promote Pain

4 May 2010

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The endocannabinoids occurring naturally in the human body are closely related to the active ingredients of the cannabis plant.

Ginseng: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory?

4 May 2010

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Laboratory experiments have demonstrated the immunological effects of ginseng

Chinese Medicine Societies Reject Tiger Bones Ahead of CITES Conference

4 May 2010

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WWF and TRAFFIC welcome a World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) statement urging its members not to use tiger bone or any other parts from endangered wildlife.

St. John's Wort Collection Mined for Its Medicinal Value

4 May 2010

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A unique collection of St. John's wort (Hypericum) curated by ARS scientists in Ames, Iowa, is providing university collaborators with genetically diverse, well-documented sources of this herb to use in studies examining its medicinal potential.

Studies Show Marijuana Has 'Therapeutic Value'; Research Reported to California Legislature

4 May 2010

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Researchers from the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) have found "reasonable evidence that cannabis is a promising treatment" for some specific, pain-related medical conditions.

Doctor Warns Against St. John's Wort for Anxiety

4 May 2010

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In a broad-based review of studies focused on drugs that treat anxiety, a Saint Louis University doctor found no evidence supporting the use of so-called "natural" treatments in combating the effects of anxiety.

Herbal Medicines Can Be Lethal, Pathologist Warns

4 May 2010

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A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist has sounded a worldwide warning of the potential lethal dangers of herbal medicines if taken in large quantities, injected, or combined with prescription drugs.

Medicinal Plant Kava Safe And Effective In Reducing Anxiety, Study Suggests

4 May 2010

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Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have found a traditional extract of Kava, a medicinal plant from the South Pacific, to be safe and effective in reducing anxiety.

Animal Sacrifice In Brazilian Folk Religion

4 May 2010

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Candomblé, a religion practiced primarily in South America and inspired by older African beliefs, makes much use of animal sacrifice.

Hepatoprotective effect of root bark of Oroxylum indicum on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) - induced hepatotoxicity in experimental

8 Aug 2009

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The present study was designed to investigate the effect of Oroxylum indicum against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatotoxicity in mice and rats.

Ethnobotanical study of wild edible plants in Derashe and Kucha Districts, South Ethiopia

30 Mar 2009

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The study discussed ethnobotany of and threats to wild edible plants in Derashe and Kucha Districts, South Ethiopia.

Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by people in Zegie Peninsula, Northwestern Ethiopia

30 Mar 2009

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An ethnobotanical study was conducted from October 2005 to June 2006 to investigate the uses of medicinal plants by people in Zegie Peninsula, northwestern Ethiopia.

Does the taste matter? Taste and medicinal perceptions associated with five selected herbal drugs among three ethnic groups in West Yorkshire, Northern England

30 Mar 2009

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The study aimed to explore whether taste retains an importance in determining emic medicinal perceptions of botanicals.

Curing the common cold?

28 Mar 2009

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Folk and herbal remedies are often used in the hope that they will prevent the common cold or reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. Yet, few of these compounds are evaluated scientifically.

Scientific evidence of the significant anti-cancer effect of milk thistle

28 Mar 2009

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Scientists demonstrated the anti-cancer effects of silibinin, a major biologically active compound of milk thistle

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28 Mar 2009

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Milk thistle extract, an herbal remedy since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, is today one of the most popular herbal supplements, with U.S. retail sales of nearly nine million dollars.

Green tea may protect the bladder from becoming inflamed

28 Mar 2009

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Herbal agents could be used to treat inflammatory bladder diseases, according to a preliminary study that looked at the ability of green tea to protect bladder cells from inflammation.

Typhoid fever led to the fall of Athens

28 Mar 2009

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Scientists have for many years debated the cause of the Plague of Athens.

Mayo Clinic collaboration mining of ancient herbal text leads to potential new anti-bacterial drug

28 Mar 2009

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A unique Mayo Clinic collaboration has revived the healing wisdom of Pacific Island cultures by testing a therapeutic plant extract described in a 17th century Dutch herbal text for its anti-bacterial properties.